Patents Examined by Orlando E. Aviles
  • Patent number: 10800008
    Abstract: A clamp device is provided with a detection section which detects the pivotal position of a clamp arm. The detection section has: a cam section which is provided on a pivot shaft, includes a predetermined cam surface, and is formed so that the radial distance from the center of the pivot shaft to the cam surface varies circumferentially; and a proximity sensor which detects the position of the cam surface which varies as the pivot shaft pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chiaki Fukui, Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Hideki Sasaki, Takeshi Seo, Jiro Mandokoro, Koichi Katsumata
  • Patent number: 10800009
    Abstract: A toggle clamp has a base with a support portion and a securement portion. A handle mechanism is connected to the base support portion. A clamping arm is movably supported by a pivot pin on the base support portion. The clamping arm is coupled with the handle mechanism. The clamping arm includes a clamping element that moves transverse to the workpiece. The handle is moved between a first and second position. The clamp arm pivots about the pivot pin on the base until reaching a stop position. The handle continues to a clamping second position as the clamping element moves linearly transverse toward the workpiece into a clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Grobbel
  • Patent number: 10799992
    Abstract: A work support and method of clamping a translatable component of a hydraulic work support system. The work support may include a rigid, hollow slotted collet, a sleeve, and the translatable component, such as a plunger or rod. Hydraulic fluid may be pumped into an inlet of the hydraulic work support system to hydraulically actuate the translatable component outward from a first retracted position to a second extended position. The hydraulic fluid may further be pumped to the sleeve at a sufficient pressure that the sleeve presses against the collet. The collet responds thereto by flexing into contact with the translatable component, thus holding the translatable component in the second extended position. The slots in the collet allow for flexure even when using a thicker material with stronger column strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Vektek, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Yotz, Aaron Vernon Luthi, Tyler Wayne Anliker, Michael Dean Swan
  • Patent number: 10793176
    Abstract: A pallet lift includes a base and a plurality of wheels supporting the base. A pair of contact surfaces are proximate a distal end of the base. A handle projects upward proximate a proximal end of the base. A rear support surface support is on the base between the contact surfaces and the handle. The base may include a pair of spaced apart rails capable of receiving columns of a pallet therebetween. In one embodiment, the base includes a pair of four-bar linkages and the handle is a lift handle configured to selectively collapse and extend the four-bar linkages to raise and lower a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Philip A. King, Jon P. Hassell, William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 10793438
    Abstract: A method of recycling a composite container for a high-pressure gas is carried out so as to recover carbon fibers in a long fiber state, using a recovering apparatus that can separate the inner and outer containers of a composite container for a high-pressure gas such as a hydrogen tank and take carbon fibers out of the outer container without cutting it in order to recycle the composite container, in order to increase the degree of recovery of carbon fibers and improve the efficiency of recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Boo Youn An, Dong Jun Lee, Kie Youn Jeong, Hong Mo Koo, Bong Hyun Park, Sung Joon Hong
  • Patent number: 10792112
    Abstract: Various exemplary drive apparatuses and associated methods are disclosed for driving an elongated member, e.g., a catheter, sheath, or guidewire. An exemplary drive apparatus may include a first component and a moveable component, each configured to selectively grip the elongated member. In some examples, the first and moveable components may each include a gripping device. The moveable component may be configured to selectively move axially and rotationally with respect to a support surface to effect axial movement and rotation movement, respectively, of the elongated member with respect to the support surface within a range of motion of the moveable component. The moveable component may be configured to move the elongated member across a predetermined movement having a magnitude greater than the range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Arkady Kokish, J. Scot Hart, Jr., Alan L. Yu, Enrique Romo
  • Patent number: 10787349
    Abstract: A lifting device, in particular for lifting and lowering loads, vehicles or similar, having a vertical lifting column, having a support arranged on the lifting column, which is guided by a guide on the lifting column and is able to be driven vertically along the lifting column, having a drive device for lifting and lowering the support and a load receiver arranged on the support, wherein the load receiver is able to be driven over and has a drive-on region, a support region and a drive-off region which are arranged in a row along a mutual axis in the drive-over direction and the load receiver has a holding arm outside of the support region and outside of the drive-over direction of the drive-on region or drive-off region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Gerhard Finkbeiner
  • Patent number: 10787350
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lifting column, lifting system and method for lifting a vehicle. The lifting column according to the invention includes a frame with a carrier configured for carrying the vehicle; a drive for driving the carrier in at least one of the ascent or descent of the carrier; and a modular power system configured for providing power to the drive and adapted to comprise a variable number of energy storage systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Stertil B.V.
    Inventor: Jurjen Jan De Jong
  • Patent number: 10786886
    Abstract: A pneumatic crankshaft clamp assembly for retaining a crankshaft during processing having a housing for supporting the crankshaft and a clamp arm pivotally coupled to the housing for movement between a clamp position and an unclamp position. The clamp arm engaging the crankshaft to retain the crankshaft in contact with the housing in the clamp position and be spaced apart from the crankshaft in the unclamp position. The proximal end of the clamp arm having a cam follower. The assembly further having a pneumatic piston disposed within a piston cylinder of the housing. The pneumatic piston is moveable in response to pneumatic pressure. The piston having a cam formed thereon engaging the cam follower of the lifting arm such that the lifting arm moves in response to pneumatic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Dominion Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Mietling, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10780553
    Abstract: A vacuum adsorbing workbench and a vacuum adsorbing device are provided. The vacuum adsorbing workbench includes a workbench body, a first suction tube and an occluder. The workbench body is provided with multiple suction holes. Each suction hole is in communication with the first suction tube. The occluder is able to be connected with the first suction tube cooperatively to cut off communication between each suction hole and the first suction tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lu Wang
  • Patent number: 10780561
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a detaching tool The detaching tool includes a detaching plate. A detaching part of the detaching plate is adapted to be inserted between a printed circuit board and a backlight source back plate. The detaching tool is configured to separate and detach the PCBA, adhered to the backlight source back plate, from the backlight source back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hailong Gao, Lizhao Hou, Ji Zhang, Wei Zhang, Yanhong Liu, Lei Lv, Dandan Xin
  • Patent number: 10780559
    Abstract: A driver for applying torque to threaded fasteners has a plurality of teeth extending along and projecting outwardly from a longitudinal axis of a body on which the teeth are located. The teeth have a helical twist about the longitudinal axis. Each tooth has an angularly oriented engagement surface which is engageable with similarly angularly oriented surfaces within recesses in the head of a compatible fastener. When the driver engages the recesses torque applied to the driver draws the driver deeper into the recesses as the engagement surfaces react against and slide over the angularly oriented surfaces within the recesses. The torque also causes the fastener to turn and advance or retract depending upon the sense of the torque and the angles of the engagement surfaces and the angles of the surfaces within the recesses. The fastener and its method of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: William Norton
  • Patent number: 10781089
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lifting device, especially a mobile lifting device, for lifting loads, vehicles or the like, said lifting device comprising a lifting column (14), a support (21) which is guided by the lifting column (14) and on which a load carrying means (22) can be arranged, and a drive unit (18) which can be controlled via a control unit (17) and which moves the support (21) up and down in relation to the lifting column (14). The support (21) has a sleeve-type or bullet-type shape and surrounds at least part of the lifting column (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Gerhard Finkbeiner
    Inventor: Gerhard Finkbeiner
  • Patent number: 10781056
    Abstract: Various adaptive apparatus and systems for automated handling of components such as composite plies are provided. In one embodiment, a ply manipulation system is provided that comprises an automated machine having an arm, and a ply manipulation tool attached to the arm of the automated machine. The ply manipulation tool includes a first shuttle including a first gripper, a second shuttle including a second gripper, and an actuator. The ply manipulation system further comprises a processor that automatically controls the actuator to move the first and second shuttles linearly with respect to one another to adapt the first and second grippers to a ply shape. In another embodiment, the first and second shuttles include one or more clamping elements moveable to a position to be deployed outside a perimeter of the ply. Methods for removing a ply from a sheet of material using a ply manipulation tool also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dragan Filipovic, Sultan Shair, Mathias Ernst Messmer, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove
  • Patent number: 10785889
    Abstract: A fan wire trimming module includes a lower moldboard, an upper moldboard and a base plate. One side of the lower moldboard is formed with a depression and multiple locating bosses. One side of the upper moldboard is formed with multiple locating holes. A periphery of the upper moldboard is formed with at least one fixing split. The locating bosses are fitted in the locating holes. A fixing member is assembled in the fixing split. The upper moldboard is formed with a stator receiving space and at least one hollow section. An inner circumference of the stator receiving space is formed with at least one rib. The hollow section is formed around the stator receiving space. A stator assembly is received in the stator receiving space. Multiple windings are wound on the stator assembly. One end of each winding is engaged in the fixing split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Wei Sun, Hai-Yang Xiong, Sixi Dong
  • Patent number: 10773902
    Abstract: Various adaptive apparatus and systems for automated handling of components such as composite plies are provided. In one embodiment, a ply manipulation tool module is provided that comprises a first shuttle including a first gripper and a first clamping element, and a second shuttle including a second gripper and a second clamping element. The first and second shuttles move with respect to one another along a path to position the first and second grippers to grip a ply and to position the first and second clamping elements outside the ply. In a particular embodiment, the ply manipulation tool module includes a lead screw and nut assemblies, the nut assemblies moving along the lead screw to position one or more grippers for gripping components. Ply manipulation tool assemblies comprising at least two modules also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dragan Filipovic, Sultan Shair, Mathias Ernst Messmer, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove
  • Patent number: 10766124
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench (1) has a flexible clutch ring (500) that forms the mid part of a laminate-like structure comprising a wrench head (200), the clutch ring (500) and a drive element (40). When under load, the compression forces applied to the clutch ring (500) are substantially dissipated around its circumference (508) and inner surface (509), this inward force clamping upon the inherently strong drive outer surface (45). The laminate-like construction enables a reduction in the width or depth of the wrench head without a loss in strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Nigel Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10770324
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments, provision is made of a substrate holding device, wherein the latter may comprise a carrier plate with a recess, the recess extending from an upper side of the carrier plate to a lower side of the carrier plate through the carrier plate, a holding frame, which has a frame opening and a support area, surrounding the frame opening, for holding a substrate in the recess, wherein the holding frame inserted into the recess lies on the carrier plate in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: VON ARDENNE Asset GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Kuenanz, Jens Melcher, Georg Laimer, Erwin Zschieschang, Bjoern Hornbostel, Christoph Haeusler
  • Patent number: 10771388
    Abstract: A machine (10) for grinding and/or polishing slabs of stone material, such as natural or agglomerated stone, ceramics or glass, comprises: a support bench (12) for the slabs to be machined. At least one working station (14) is provided above the support bench (12), said station comprising at least one pair of bridge support structures (16, 18) situated opposite each and arranged transversely on either side of the support bench (12). First means (19) are provided for performing a relative movement in the longitudinal direction of machining station (14) and slab on the support bench (12). The machine further comprises at least one beam (20, the two ends (22, 24) of which are supported by the support structures (16, 18), and at least one rotating spindle (26) with a sliding vertical axis mounted on the at least one beam (20). The beam (20) is movable transversely on the support structures (16, 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Luca Toncelli
  • Patent number: 10759025
    Abstract: A vise includes a base and two opposed jaws. At least one of the jaws is movable with respect to the other so that an object can be gripped therebetween. At least one of the two opposed jaws includes a frame and an array of polygon-shaped pins stacked parallel to one another. The frame has a bottom side and two opposed sides tapering towards the bottom side. The pins are disposed on the bottom side. Each pin has a cross-sectional shape such that when stacked together, the pins fit flush with one another and an area defined by the frame is tiled by the pins without any substantial gaps therebetween. The pins are oriented such that the tapering opposed sides direct force vectors to increase a pin-to-pin clamping force and the frame selectively clamps down on the pins such that the pins are held in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Atwater, Andrew Ha