Patents Examined by Robert J Scruggs
  • Patent number: 10660431
    Abstract: According to a method or an apparatus for fastening bristles in a bristle carrier (10) without using an anchor a heating (39) is provided in a tool part configured to transport the bristles. After inserting the bristles into anchoring openings (12) in the bristle carrier (10), the anchoring openings are closed by applying pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GB BOUCHERIE NV
    Inventors: Bart Boucherie, Henk Vandenbussche
  • Patent number: 10653281
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a canister, a power head connected to a top of the canister, an inlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, an outlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, and a pre-filter bag disposed within the canister and fluidly connected between the inlet and the outlet. The power head includes an impeller assembly operable to generate airflow through the canister from the inlet to the outlet. The pre-filter bag includes an inlet port connected to the inlet, a radial inner wall, and a radial outer wall. The radial inner wall and the radial outer wall at least partially define an internal cavity and extend circumferentially about a central axis of the pre-filter bag such that the internal cavity forms a continuous, closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Gierer, Daniel M. Henke, Jason E. Hill
  • Patent number: 10646030
    Abstract: According to a method or an apparatus for fastening bristles in a bristle carrier (10) without using an anchor a heating (39) is provided in a tool part configured to transport the bristles. After inserting the bristles into anchoring openings (12) in the bristle carrier (10), the anchoring openings are closed by applying pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GB BOUCHERIE NV
    Inventors: Bart Boucherie, Henk Vandenbussche
  • Patent number: 10646981
    Abstract: A screwdriver for resisting premature disengagement of a screw from the screwdriver. The screwdriver includes a shaft having a central axis; a tip radially aligned with the central axis of the shaft which includes an end opposite the shaft, at least one radial protrusion extending away from the central axis, and a notch; and a screw retention mechanism including a flexible member aligned with the notch and attached to either the tip or the shaft. The flexible member has an unattached end which is separated from the second end of the tip. When the tip is inserted into a recess of a screw, the flexible member flexes toward the central axis and creates an opposing elastic force which holds the screw to the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Kennedy, Charles J. Turner
  • Patent number: 10646028
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a brush assembly, which brush assembly may include: a motor capable of generating vibration; a head coupled to the motor, wherein the head may be capable of receiving vibration generated by the motor; a face removably coupled to the head; and a tuft slidably coupled to the face, wherein a surface of the head may be capable of pushing an end of the tuft a distance away from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Quang Huynh
  • Patent number: 10638904
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner nozzle (N) comprising a rotatable brush (B) having a light distribution mechanism for distributing light from the rotatable brush (B), a transparent screen (S) through which a user can see the rotatable brush (B), and a drive unit for rotating the rotatable brush (B). The light distribution mechanism may have a plurality of lighting positions (L) on the rotatable brush (B). The light distribution mechanism may have a plurality of light sources distributed over a surface of the rotatable brush (B). The light distribution mechanism may have a light guide (LG) inside the rotatable brush (B), from which light escapes at the plurality of lighting positions (L), and may further have a light source (LED) for applying light to the light guide (LG). Alternatively, the light distribution mechanism has a plurality of mirrors at the lighting positions (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Bastian Cornelis Kleine-Doepke, Paul Van Der Wal
  • Patent number: 10638902
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes an air treatment or debris removable assembly with a multi-layer filtration stage. The multi-layer filtration stage can include an outer mesh screen, a louvered exhaust grill, and a multi-layer filter. Optionally, an inner perforated exhaust grill is also provided. The debris removable assembly can further include a cyclonic filtration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Acker, Gabriel Melching, Mark J. Bissell
  • Patent number: 10638900
    Abstract: An air blowing device includes a motor, a ring-shaped cover, an impeller, and an impeller housing. The impeller includes a base portion and moving blades. The impeller housing includes an exhaust air guide portion. The ring-shaped cover includes a ring-shaped cover upper face portion and a ring-shaped cover outer edge portion having faces disposed across a gap that configures a flow path through which a fluid is guided. The gap has a first width where a distance between the faces is shortest, and which is smaller than a flow-in opening width where the fluid flows into the gap and a flow-out opening width where the fluid flows out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Hayamitsu
  • Patent number: 10631699
    Abstract: A robot cleaner is disclosed. The robot cleaner includes a main body defining an outer appearance thereof, a suction device mounted inside the main body and including a suction motor and a suction fan, a suction port for sucking foreign substances from a floor upon operation of the suction device, a dust collection device for collecting foreign substances from air sucked through the suction port, one or more wheels for enabling the main body to travel autonomously, and a control unit for controlling the operation of the suction device and the wheels. The suction motor includes a stator and a rotor disposed around the stator and formed to be rotated with a rotating shaft. The rotor includes a first magnet for rotating the rotor around the stator, and a second magnet for preventing the rotating shaft of the suction motor from moving axially within a range of end play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihoon Sung, Bongju Kim, Hyungsuk Kang
  • Patent number: 10625405
    Abstract: A power tool includes a housing defining a grip portion, a motor having a motor drive shaft, a drive assembly coupled to the motor drive shaft and driven by the motor, an output assembly coupled to the drive assembly and having an output member that receives torque from the drive assembly, causing the output member to rotate about an axis, and a transducer assembly disposed between the grip portion and the output assembly to measure the amount of torque applied through the output member, when the motor is deactivated, in response to the power tool being manually rotated about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Wyatt R. Silha, Jacob P. Schneider, John S. Dey, IV, Hans T. Banholzer
  • Patent number: 10611006
    Abstract: A lockable torque wrench providing acoustic indication includes a main shaft, a handle tube, a first cleat, a locking ring, a second cleat, a clip, and a torque-adjusting component. The handle tube is mounted around the main shaft, and the locking ring is rotatably mounted around the handle tube. The first cleat is movably provided between the locking ring and the handle tube. The second cleat is movably provided between the main shaft and the locking ring. The torque-adjusting component is located between the main shaft and the handle tube. Thereby, a user can rotate the locking ring to lock or release the main shaft and the handle tube with respect to each other. When the two are released for torque adjustment of the torque wrench, the second cleat pushes the clip to impact the locking ring, thereby generating acoustic indication for the current torque level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CHIA MIN PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wun-Jin Guo
  • Patent number: 10611012
    Abstract: A multitool includes a carabineer gate. The multitool further includes a body portion. The body portion includes a carabineer portion, the carabineer portion including a hook portion and apertures for receiving the carabineer gate. The body portion further includes a wrench portion, the wrench portion located in a portion of the carabineer portion, the wrench portion including a first aperture sized to receive a nut. The body portion further includes a screwdriver portion and a bottle opener portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Adelman, Ian M. Core
  • Patent number: 10611103
    Abstract: A tire repair tool assembly includes a tool body, at least one tire plug, a plug storage cap, and a hollow tube. The tool body may have a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the tool body having a storage compartment within the tool body, the storage compartment having an opening at the first end. The plug storage cap may be operably coupled to the first end of the tool body. The hollow tube may be sized to receive a first end of the at least one tire plug within the hollow tube, the hollow tube extending from the second end of the tool body and having a tip distal from the second end of the tool body. The tire repair assembly may further include a tool body case having a closed end and an open compartment within the tool body case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Park, Mark J. Matson
  • Patent number: 10603767
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to ratchets and include ratchets having a positive stop ratchet mechanism which controls the movement of a pawl and/or pusher with various geometric configurations and using various materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Matco Tools Corporation
    Inventor: Jeff Mitcheltree
  • Patent number: 10603778
    Abstract: A pneumatic screw driving device includes a body having a grip to be held by an operator and housing a pneumatic motor, a rotating terminal member for cooperating with a screw driving element and liable to be driven in rotation by the motor, and a coupling piece for an air feed tube for supplying air to the motor. The coupling piece includes a first element partly mounted inside the grip, and a second element external to the grip for being connected to the air feed tube. The second element is fixedly attached to the first element by a rotating link. The first element and the second element are mobile relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ETABLISSEMENTS GEORGES RENAULT
    Inventors: Loic Michel, Nicolas Julou, Pascal Roussy
  • Patent number: 10602903
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus is provided with a primary fluid distributor and an auxiliary fluid distributor. Each distributor can have a separate and independent flow control actuator. The flow control actuator for the auxiliary fluid distributor is operably coupled with a push-push flow control mechanism, where push-push flow control mechanism has a push on/push off configuration such that pushing the auxiliary flow control actuator once starts fluid flow from the auxiliary fluid distributor and subsequently pushing the auxiliary flow control actuator again stops fluid flow from the auxiliary fluid distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Johnson, James Michael Preston, Alan Finnie, Mitchell J. DeJonge, Jason W. Pruiett
  • Patent number: 10595697
    Abstract: Embodiments include a surface maintenance machine, comprising a maintenance tool chamber comprising a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side. A rotary broom is housed in the maintenance tool chamber and substantially enclosed by the first, second, third and fourth sides thereof. The rotary broom sweeps particulate from the surface. A vacuum system generates vacuum for drawing particulate swept by the rotary broom. The vacuum system is positioned proximal to the first side. A skirt assembly extends substantially around the second, third and fourth sides of the maintenance tool chamber. The skirt assembly has a vacuum passage defined therein and in fluid communication with the vacuum system to direct air flow into the vacuum passage, thereby drawing particulate into the vacuum passage and preventing particulate accumulation at portions of the second, third and fourth sides that are distal to the vacuum system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Adam J. C. Runnoe, Laurence A. Jensen, Erik M. Weatherly, Derek R. Younggren
  • Patent number: 10582824
    Abstract: A central vacuum cleaning system including a receptacle for receiving dirt; conduits terminating in valves to which a flexible hose may be attached; a motor for generating airflow through the conduits to the receptacle; a motor control circuit controlling power to the motor; and a remote module receiving, through a communications medium from the motor control circuit, signals indicating an operating condition of the central vacuum cleaning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: CUBE INVESTMENTS LIMITED
    Inventor: J. Vern Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10575629
    Abstract: A bristle and a tooth brush incorporating the same. A toothbrush (100) having a handle (120), a head (110) coupled to the handle (120), and at least one bristle that comprising a composition including a polymer and fibroin particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Guang Sheng Guo, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10575616
    Abstract: APPARATUS FOR REMOVING HEAD LICE, designed on the basis of a base casing (2) comprising a drier (3) formed from a first electric motor (4) with an air-blowing turbine and a resistance (5), coupled to a first flexible tube (6) which comprises, on the distal end thereof, a detachable applicator head (7) with prongs (8) via which hot air is expelled. It also comprises a suction device (9) formed by a second electric motor (10) with an air suction turbine coupled to a second flexible tube (11) with a detachable suction nozzle (12), a dismountable filter (13), a very fine “nit-removing”-type comb (14), an electronic circuit (18), and at least one temperature sensor (17) which is connected to the electronic circuit (18) and determines the automatic actuation of the power-saving system on the basis of pre-established temperature parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: JOOPI KIDS GLOBAL, S.L.
    Inventors: María Dolores Riazor Vilches, Francisco Javier Sanchez Crespo