Patents Examined by Sarkis A Aktavoukian
  • Patent number: 10940519
    Abstract: Disclosed is a machine for forming sheets by longitudinal stretching, the machine includes: two stretch heads located on either side of a forming tool for the sheet, the stretch heads each including a line of grippers integral with a support structure which is associated with way of stretching and which is mounted on a chassis by the intermediary of a tipping axis; at least one tipping cylinder being inserted between the chassis and the support structure, in order to allow for the maneuvering in rotation of the support structure about the tipping axis; and the chassis being carried by a support frame. The stretching machine includes a unit, inserted between the support frame and the chassis, arranged to allow for an adjusting of the vertical positioning of the tipping axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ACB
    Inventors: Benoit Bourriau, Julien Clergeau
  • Patent number: 10932415
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an agricultural crop baler comprising: a supporting frame; a pressing chamber configured to receive a stuffer, the stuffer compressing the crop into the pressing chamber; and at least one positionally adjustable side wall forming part of the pressing chamber, the side wall being supported by the supporting frame and configured to vibrate upon movement of the stuffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Valentin Gresch
  • Patent number: 10920405
    Abstract: An interlock device coupled to a magnetically activated switch when the interlock device is removably seated in a sink flange coupled to a food waste disposer, comprising: a base having interlock device magnets, a recessed seat having drain holes, a helical cam, a strainer basket adjoined to a rotatably mounted spindle having a handle adjoined thereto, opposing nubs, which travel within the helical cam, when the handle is twisted, a spindle mounted seal adapted to block flow through the interlock device, when the spindle mounted seal is releasably seated in the recessed seat, and allowing fluid to flow through the interlock device, when the spindle mounted seal is releasably unseated from the recessed seat; the interlock device activating the food waste disposer when the interlock device is removably seated in the sink flange and one of the interlock device magnets is adjacent a switch magnet of the magnetically activated switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce Reidel, Oran Baldwin, III
  • Patent number: 10913097
    Abstract: A bending device for forming a product from a workpiece includes a shaft driven to rotate by a motor, an actuator including an extendable end configured to secure a portion of the workpiece, and a die coupled to the shaft and driven about an axis. The die includes a peripheral portion including a channel configured to receive the workpiece. The channel includes a first end and a second end offset from the first end in a direction parallel to the axis. Rotation of the die about the axis causes the workpiece to bend along the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: James Archer
  • Patent number: 10894281
    Abstract: A bending wheel of a tube bending apparatus includes a tube-accepting recess, proximal and distal wheel faces, and a rotation recess. The proximal wheel face includes a lever pivot anchor. A cam insert includes a shaft having a tool driving feature. The shaft is configured for selective insertion into the rotation recess. The cam insert includes a camming flange, which includes a lever urging feature. A keeper lever includes a keeper finger rigidly connected to a laterally extending lever arm and extending longitudinally from the proximal wheel face. An anchor end of the lever arm includes an arm pivot feature and a spaced-apart cam following feature configured to interact with the lever urging feature. Rotation of the cam insert causes rotation of the lever urging feature to drive the cam following feature of the keeper lever and pivot the lever arm in the same rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: STRIDE TOOL, LLC.
    Inventors: Lynne Boehnlein, Leonard R. Murg, Ryan Jarvis
  • Patent number: 10882048
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for conditioning bamboo or other types of vegetable cane are provided. In one aspect, the present technology provides a cane processing assembly for use with a substantially flattened sheet of bamboo culm or vegetable cane having a plurality of longitudinally oriented fiber bundles. The assembly comprises first and second conditioning rollers configured to apply pressure to the sheet that breaks at least some natural bonds connecting laterally adjacent fiber bundles in the sheet. The first and second conditioning rollers are adjustable relative to each other so as to vary the pressure applied to the sheet by the first and second conditioning rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Resource Fiber LLC
    Inventors: Leland Slaven, Jr., David Knight
  • Patent number: 10882093
    Abstract: A hot stamp cell has a source of blanks, an oven to elevate the temperature of the blank, and a press to form the blank to the required shape. The oven has a pair of access doors located on opposite sides. A first robot is provided to move a blank from the source to the oven through one of the doors and a further robot provided to remove the blank from the oven through the other door. Each of the robots has a material handling tool that includes a fork with tines to carry a blank and a gripping mechanism to secure the blank to the tines. The floor of the oven has a support surface to allow stable support of the blank during heating. The floor is provided with channels extending between the doors dimensioned to receive the tines. The channels permit placement of the blank on to the surface by lowering of the fork and subsequent removal of the fork from the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: THE ELECTROMAC GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Greg Livingstone, Norm Lehn, Mike Benoit
  • Patent number: 10883284
    Abstract: A binding machine includes a wire feeding unit configured to feed a wire to be wound on an object to be bound, a cutting unit configured to cut the wire wound on the object to be bound, and a binding unit configured to twist the wire wound on the object to be bound. The cutting unit includes a pair of blade parts configured to interpose the wire therebetween and cut the wire. One or both of the pair of blade parts include a delay part which is configured to delay cutting a part of the wire as compared to a remaining part of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Itagaki
  • Patent number: 10875079
    Abstract: A method of forming a sector of an annular component such as an inlet cowl/lip skin of a nacelle for an aircraft engine. The method comprising the steps of clamping at least part of a blank along a clamping boundary in a retaining arrangement so as to leave a portion of the blank exposed within the clamping boundary. Moving a punch and/or retaining arrangement radially so that the punch comes in to contact with the exposed portion of the blank and through the main body of the exposed blank thereby drawing the blank onto an external surface of the punch forming the sector from the leading edge to the trailing edge. Activating cooperating forming arrangement for engaging the blank and drawing the blank over the punch forming the sector of the inlet cowl from the leading edge to the inlet edge, the method comprising using a second draw forming tooling arrangement for the cooperating forming arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ludlow, David McCracken
  • Patent number: 10843249
    Abstract: A machining apparatus includes a movement direction converting mechanism that converts lowering movement of a first punch into raising movement of a second punch and converts lowering movement of the second punch into raising movement of the first punch. The first punch and the second punch are raised and lowered in an alternating manner by this movement direction converting mechanism. Accordingly, machining by the first punch and machining by the second punch are performed individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Oka, Takayuki Motojima, Yosuke Komatsu, Yasuhiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10843203
    Abstract: A viscous food product dispensing system having a transport section for receiving a particulate food product from a bin, an auger for processing and conveying the received particulate food product from the transport section into an outlet adapter via one or more flutes, a milling device housed in the outlet adapter, and a discharge nozzle in the outlet adapter that pinches off the viscous food product created by the milling device. The auger has a unique design that allows it to engage and break whole nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Trade Fixtures, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Johnson, Shaji Kulangara Veettil, John Calow, Vaishakh Rajan, John Clayton Odom, Ronald Brundick, Ashok Dyavarasegowda, Pranav Bhat
  • Patent number: 10835943
    Abstract: A tray bender allows a user to easily and efficiently bend a tubing tray or similar item. The tray bender includes a shaft and a tray-bending head. The shaft is an elongated, tubular structure which acts as a gripping element of the tray bender. The tray-bending head is a specifically designed structure which is used to engage the tray bender with a tubing tray or similar item. The user can apply an input force onto the end of the shaft opposite to the tray-bending head in order to provide a torque force to bend a tubing tray or similar. The tray-bending head is designed with prong-like structures with a gap space in between each prong-like structure to receive a tubing tray or similar item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Shon Barker
  • Patent number: 10807142
    Abstract: A hot blow forming method for the aluminum alloy sheet carries out a hot blow forming to an aluminum alloy sheet using a first metal mold being a female mold for forming having a protruding surface portion on an inside surface thereof and a second metal mold for gas introduction. Immediately prior to the hot blow forming, a temperature (T1) of the aluminum alloy sheet and a temperature (T2) of the first metal mold satisfy a relation (T1)-(T2)?30° C. and the temperature (T2) is equal to or higher than 400° C. In the hot blow forming, the aluminum alloy sheet is made to be brought into contact with at least a part of the protruding surface portion of the first metal mold within 30 seconds from a start of the gas introduction from the second metal mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UACJ CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mineo Asano
  • Patent number: 10799924
    Abstract: A method for controlling a roller line, preferably a cold roller line, which has one or more roller stands each with two working rollers, which form a roller gap, through which a roller band is transportable. One or both working rollers can shift relative to the other, so that the roller gap is adjustable. The method includes making available a reference speed, which is a parameter for controlling the roller line, measurement of speed of the roller band before the inlet into the roller gap, measurement of the thickness of the roller band before the inlet into the roller gap, and adjustment of the roller gap of one or more roller frames in the roller line on the basis of measured speed and thickness before the inlet into the roller gap as well as the reference speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SMS group GmbH
    Inventors: Jörn Sieghart, Andreas Gramer
  • Patent number: 10799876
    Abstract: A drive device for a vertical stirred mill, including a main housing, a motor, and an element able to be rotated by the motor around a vertical axis, the rotary element being fastened to a rotary milling tool of the vertical stirred mill, the rotary element including a substantially horizontal rotary plate, and the main housing including an axial stop able to guide the rotary element axially, the rotary plate being arranged bearing on the axial stop, the axial stop thus being able to react to the axial forces exerted on the milling tool during operation of the vertical stirred mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE ENGRENAGES ET REDUCTEURS-MESSIAN-DURAND
    Inventor: Fabrice Lessard
  • Patent number: 10792717
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards an automated bending device for bending a strip of material into a desired shape. The device is either a single or dual bending tool with interchangeable rotating bending dies which allows for a faster transition from a break bend to a radius bend using air cylinders for positioning of the tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CLN of South Florida, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Kane, David P. Kane
  • Patent number: 10792723
    Abstract: A binary nozzle for atomizing a mixture of agent to be sprayed and spray air is connected to at least one supply duct via which the mixture or the agent to be sprayed can be supplied to the binary nozzle, wherein a valve is arranged between this supply duct and a nozzle outlet of the binary nozzle. A corresponding spray head and also a method for atomizing a mixture of agent to be sprayed and spray air uses a binary nozzle. The binary nozzle includes a nozzle body formed in a single piece and including the nozzle outlet, wherein a movable assembly of the valve is fastened to the nozzle body by a fastening element and/or held tight against the nozzle body by a spring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SMS group GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Rossbach, Thomas Koch, Norbert Gober, Erdem Karakas
  • Patent number: 10786844
    Abstract: A balanced panel punch drive system. The system includes a main hydraulic drive including an outer casing forming an internal housing and a main piston slidably disposed within the internal housing. A main fluid chamber, a first output chamber and a second output chamber are formed within the internal housing. A pump is fluidly connected to the main fluid chamber by an input line. A first die hydraulic cylinder and a second die hydraulic cylinder each have an outer casing forming an internal housing and a die piston slidably disposed within the internal housing. An opening is formed through an end of the outer casing sized to receive a distal end of the die piston therethrough. A first output line fluidly connects the first output chamber to the first die hydraulic cylinder and a second output line fluidly connects the second output chamber to the second die hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Myron Milo Oakley
  • Patent number: 10780479
    Abstract: A method for straightening a distortion of a component by way of a straightening device is provided. The straightening device includes a clamping element for clamping in the component, a straightening element for introducing a straightening force into the component, and an anvil element for supporting the component during the introduction of the straightening force. Furthermore, a straightening device for straightening a distortion of a component is provided. The straightening device includes a clamping element for clamping in the component, a straightening element for introducing a straightening force into the component, an anvil element for supporting the component during the introduction of the straightening force, and a control element for operating the straightening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lucas Schulte-Vorwick
  • Patent number: 10780481
    Abstract: A bending and molding mechanism includes two bases, wherein the bases are provided with a transverse sliding rail, two transverse sliding bases are disposed on the transverse sliding rail in a sliding manner, the base is provided with a transverse driving device driving the transverse sliding bases, the base is provided with a central clamping device, the transverse sliding bases are provided with a longitudinal sliding rail, the longitudinal sliding rail is provided with a longitudinal sliding base, the transverse sliding bases are provided with a longitudinal driving device driving the longitudinal sliding base to slide, the longitudinal sliding base is provided with a bending and molding device, one side of the transverse sliding base at the left side is provided with a left clamping device, and one side of the transverse sliding base at the right side is provided with a right clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: JIANGSU UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ZHANGJIAGANG, JIANGSU UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Wenxian Tang, Jian Zhang, Hongcai Lin, Yang Zhang, Shijie Su, Shifeng Hang, Hong Zhuang