Patents Examined by Rhyan C Lange
  • Patent number: 9285188
    Abstract: A selective sight assembly for a sighting device associated with an archery bow or similar devices, has a frame portion defining a sight window and a sight portion connectable to the frame portion. The sight portion includes a sight pin connectable to the frame portion and a light conduit connected to the sight pin for movement therewith. The light conduit has a first light coupling end and a second light transmitting end that defines a sight point for view by a user. A plurality of light collectors are provided, with each light collector having a second light coupling end for selective optical coupling with the first light coupling end. Movement between the light conduit and the light collectors causes optical coupling between the first light coupling end and one of the second light coupling ends. The frame portion is rotatable about three mutually perpendicular axes to enable tuning of the selective sight assembly for a particular archery bow configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TruGlo, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul LoRocco, John Estridge
  • Patent number: 9273945
    Abstract: A disclosed measurement head includes a sensor body attached to a camera by a resilient member. The sensor body includes a sensor that measures linear distance and is actuated by arms pivoting outward from the sensor body into contact with an interior surface of pipe for measurement. Each of the arms includes a catch engageable to a latch sleeve to hold each of the arms in a compact folded position for insertion into a pipe. The latch sleeve is movable to release the catch and the arms to provide for measurement of the interior profile of the pipe. Another measurement head includes guide wires attached to an end of each of the arms. The guide wires provide for movement of the arms to provide for insertion of the measurement head into and through a pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Liqui-Force Sewer Services Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Lewis, Darcy Warren, Ron Bartel, Steve Bartel
  • Patent number: 9267779
    Abstract: A flexible mount is provided for coupling a force actuator to a caliper jaw. The flexible mount includes a first mounting portion for being coupled to the caliper jaw, a second mounting portion for being coupled to the force actuator, and a flexible element (e.g., a parallel flexure) coupled between the first and second mounting portions. When a force is applied to the force actuator (e.g., by a user pushing on a thumbwheel) along the measuring axis direction, the flexible element flexes to generate a measuring force that is applied to the caliper jaw. The use of the flexible mount results in more control and a better feel for a user when attempting to exert control to provide a desired amount of force during a measuring process. The flexible mount may also utilize a fastening configuration that is compatible with existing mounting features on existing caliper jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Casey E. Emtman, Michael Edward Goldsworthy, William Randall Garrity
  • Patent number: 9261344
    Abstract: A probe head for a coordinate measuring machine has a coupling part having a retaining pin, on which a probe tool is detachably arranged. The probe tool has at least one stylus for touching a measurement object, and a rotary plate. The rotary plate is coupled to the coupling part by means of the retaining pin in one of a plurality of defined rotation angle positions. Moreover, the rotary plate has a latching mechanism including at least one adjustable latching element and a detector. The latching element has a latching position in which it fastens the rotary plate on the retaining pin, and it has a release position in which it releases the retaining pin. The detector generates a signal which is representative of at least one from the latching position and the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Kurt Brenner, Walter Jenisch
  • Patent number: 9255778
    Abstract: A gauge apparatus includes an extension assembly. The gauge apparatus also includes a profile assembly configured to radially extend from an outer periphery of the extension assembly. The profile assembly is configured to reciprocally coaxially travel relative to the extension assembly. The profile assembly is configured to cease coaxial movement in response to making travel-interfering contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ali Wada, Joseph Zarb, Dale Quinn
  • Patent number: 9250053
    Abstract: A surface roughness measuring unit according to the present invention includes a contact pin unit having a contact pin and a displacement detector, the contact pin being provided so as to project and retract through a through-hole of a skid and scanning and moving along a surface of a work piece, the displacement detector detecting displacement of the contact pin in a direction perpendicular to the work piece surface; a driver moving the contact pin unit forward and backward along the surface of the work piece; and a joint coupling the contact pin unit and the driver to a measurement head holder of a coordinate measuring system. The surface roughness measuring unit further includes a contact detector that detects contact of the skid on the surface of the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Kotaro Hirano, Nobuyuki Hama, Masanori Arai, Sadayuki Matsumiya
  • Patent number: 9239219
    Abstract: There is provided a form measuring apparatus which is configured to perform measurement of a surface form of a surface of an object to be inspected having a three-dimensional shape, the form measuring apparatus including: a detecting section which performs detection of the surface form of the surface of the object having the three-dimensional form; and an area-setting section which sets, as a measurement area, an adjacent area adjacent to a designated area, based on form information of a form of the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Kenta Kanto
  • Patent number: 9234733
    Abstract: The framing layout assembly includes a housing that is positionable proximate the member. A tape is operationally coupled to the housing. The tape may be extendable from the housing. The tape has indicia printed thereon. The indicia indicates distance. The tape has a tape hole extending therethrough. A guide is operationally coupled to the housing. The tape extends through the guide. A stop is operationally coupled to the housing. The stop is extendable through the hole in the tape. The tape is retained at a pre-determined distance. A jig is operationally coupled to the housing. The jig is positionable on the member. A user marks the member at the pre-determined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Marcus Paul Sampson
  • Patent number: 9226537
    Abstract: An eyelash measuring device having: a ruler, a substantially eye shaped opening formed by an upper arch and a lower arch, and a graticule. The ruler is on the upper arch of the substantially eye-shaped opening and allows a user to measure an eyelash, and then set the measurement via the graticule. The eye shaped opening allows a user to gaze through the device to a mirror for measuring, and the ruler is printed in reverse so that when gazing in a mirror the type appears to be correctly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Yongho Han
  • Patent number: 9228820
    Abstract: A straightness measuring instrument includes a base, two loading units, a center clamping apparatus, and a measure apparatus. The base includes two support rods and a sliding rod. The loading units are mounted on the base and are arranged along an axial direction of the support rods at intervals. The center clamping apparatus is mounted in the base and includes a fixed seat and a movable seat. The measure apparatus is mounted movably around the sliding rod. The loading units are adjustable for easy and quick movement depending on the length of a workpiece. Also, the center clamping apparatus can assist with clamping the workpiece that has different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Chin-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9228818
    Abstract: The tool for detecting the verticality between an axle hole and a milling plane comprises a base provided with a horizontal plane and a vertical plane which are vertically intersected, a vertical through hole is provided, a locating plate is vertically arranged and located in the middle of the vertical through hole, the locating plate is fixed with the vertical plane, a horizontal through hole is provided on the locating plate, two vertical pin rods are arranged at a position of the base away from the vertical through hole, the vertical pin rods are symmetric with respect to the axis of the horizontal through hole, a detection rod can be inserted into the horizontal through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 9217997
    Abstract: A method improves surface scanning measure machine speed while minimizing tip touchdown impact on the surface of the object being measured. Specifically, the method controls a surface scanning measuring machine having a probe head with a distal probe tip that contacts the surface of an object to be measured. To that end, the method selects a nominal initial contact point (on the surface) having a normal vector, and then moves the distal probe tip toward the nominal initial contact point along an approach path. The approach path has a generally linear portion that generally linearly extends from the nominal initial contact point to some non-contacting point spaced from the surface. The generally linear portion forms an angle of between about 20 degrees and about 60 degrees with the normal vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology Center GmbH
    Inventor: Paul P. Racine
  • Patent number: 9212881
    Abstract: In a hole examining device, an examination head (105) is supported to be movable in an X direction and a Y direction which are orthogonal to each other, measurement heads (125, 126) are supported to be movable in a Z direction which is orthogonal to the X direction and the Y direction with respect to the examination head (105), and a plurality of first measurers (127) and a plurality of second measurers (128) are arranged in the measurement heads (125, 126) in parallel and may be held at an advance position which advances as well as retreats with respect to the Z direction, thereby improving workability of an examining operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshitake Kasubata, Masaaki Ishii
  • Patent number: 9212935
    Abstract: A rotary encoder includes a rotatable conductor and first and second signal contacts. The rotatable conductor includes a first contact finger that slides on a track which is at least a part of a circle having a center point as a center thereof; and second contact finger that slides on the track and is located at an angular position different from an angular position of the first contact finger. The first signal contact is disposed on the track, and is configured to output a signal according to an angular position of the rotatable conductor about the center point. The second signal contact is disposed on the first track, and is configured to output a signal according to the angular position of the rotatable conductor about the center point. The second signal contact is electrically independent of the first signal contact. This rotary encoder includes a small number of tracks, and accordingly has a small size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hisamune, Kenji Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9212889
    Abstract: An apparatus for pointing spatial coordinates, comprising a movable hand-held probe, having a pointing tip, and a portable base unit provided with a rotatably supported elongated arm, wherein the hand-held probe connects to the portable base unit by means of a cord or a wire via the elongated arm and wherein the base unit is provided with sensors for measuring length or a change in length of the cord or the wire and rotation of the arm in at least one degree of freedom, and computer-controlled processing means for processing measuring signals delivered by the sensors into position data of the hand-held probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Rene Teune, Antonius Johannes Janssen
  • Patent number: 9207058
    Abstract: A measuring tape rule device includes a tape rule housing, the housing having a connection portion. The device also includes an axle within the housing, the axle configured to rotate about an axis of rotation. The device also includes a reel within the housing, the reel configured to rotate about the axis of rotation and the axle. The device additionally includes an elongated tape having gradations thereon and wound on the reel. The device further includes a first spring coupled between the axle and the connection portion of the housing, and a second spring coupled between the axle and the reel. Rotation of the reel relative to the housing in a direction tending to tension the second spring transmits rotational movement to the axle through the tensioning of the second spring. Such rotational movement of the axle is applied to the first spring to tension the first spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: John Delneo
  • Patent number: 9207078
    Abstract: A construction surveying device having a base, an upper part mounted on the base and can be rotated about an axis of rotation, a sighting unit having a laser source which is designed to emit a laser beam and a laser light detector, and an evaluation and control unit, a first rotary drive and a second rotary drive enable the upper part and the sighting unit to be driven and aligned, a spatial alignment of the sighting unit with respect to the base can be detected using two goniometers, and coordinates for space points can be determined using the evaluation and control unit, the construction surveying device has a horizontal line projection functionality which, at least sometimes, takes place automatically after triggering and is intended to measure and mark space points along a horizontal line, running in a horizontal plane, on an arbitrarily shaped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Schorr, Frank Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9188512
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the invention relates to an aquatic sample analysis system adapted for in situ use. The system includes an incubation chamber having an optically clear portion and forming an opening for receiving a fluidic sample and apparatus for sealing the opening. The system also includes a sensor for sensing at least one parameter associated with the sample inside the chamber, a control module in communication with the sensor, and a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Inventors: Benjamin A. S. Van Mooy, Richard G. Keil
  • Patent number: 9175928
    Abstract: An archery sight includes an annular sight ring, one or more sight pins, and a set of two or more nested, annular, substantially concentric, visually contrasting areas on a rearward surface of the sight ring arranged substantially concentrically relative to the sight ring. One or more of the sight pins are visible through a central opening of an innermost annular colored area. With the bow held at full draw, the peep aperture and the central axis of the sight ring are substantially aligned along an intended sight line for the bow. Respective diameters of the peep aperture and the annular contrasting areas result, with an archer looking through the peep aperture along the intended sight line, in an observed image of a substantially circular border of at least one of the annular contrasting areas substantially coinciding with an observed image of the peep aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Cabe M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9170089
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a pipe is provided. The system includes a frame rotatably receiving the pipe, a carriage movably positionable along the frame, a guide floatingly positionable about the carriage, at least one sensor for measuring a position of the pipe, and a measurement unit operatively linked to the sensor for collecting measurements therefrom. The guide has a mouth that receivingly engages the pipe and axially aligns therewith. The pipe is measured with the sensor(s) while moving at least one of the pipe, the carriage and the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Logan, Andres C. Rodriguez, Claudio Aguirre, Clive C. Lam