Patents Examined by Seahee Hong
  • Patent number: 12017491
    Abstract: Maneuverable ergonomic trailer stands are disclosed. An example portable trailer stand includes: a frame having an upper ledge, a post, and a lower subframe, the lower subframe connected to the upper ledge via the post; an extendible leg coupled to the post independent of the lower subframe, the upper ledge being vertically movable based on movement of the extendible leg relative to the upper ledge, the post, and the lower subframe of the frame; and a wheel connected to the frame via the lower subframe such that the wheel is to move with the upper ledge as the upper ledge is vertically moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventors: Aaron J. Wiegel, Andy Olson, Charles Waugaman, David Swift, Donald Grant, Garret Wernecke, James Oates, Jason Dondlinger, Joe DiBiase, Joe Korman, Lucas I. Paruch, Ronald P. Snyder, Tony Duesing
  • Patent number: 12011117
    Abstract: A chopping board for foodstuffs has a base and an upper part which can be arranged detachably on the base. A cutting surface on which foodstuff to be chopped can be arranged and cut is formed on an upper-part upper side. The upper part has connecting elements, by which the upper part is located on the base. The base of the chopping board has at least one bearing surface by which the chopping board sits on a supporting surface. The upper part has an optical element, by which electromagnetic radiation emitted and/or reflected by the cut foodstuff, in particular near-IR light, is propagated. At least one radiation sensor for detecting electromagnetic radiation, more particularly an interferometer, is arranged in a sensor area of the base assigned to the optical element, by which sensor the electromagnetic radiation is detected, so that characteristics of the foodstuff to be chopped can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Aurora Life Science GmbH
    Inventors: Philo Boras, Jonathan Oberthür
  • Patent number: 12006010
    Abstract: An articulatable support eye capture knuckle assembly for attachment to a support eye includes an attachment knuckle with a first arm and a second arm, a retention aperture in the first arm and the second arm along a retention axis, an attachment aperture along an attachment axis and an adjustment passage along an adjustment axis transverse to the attachment axis; a support eye retainer with an arcuate channel to receive a portion of a support eye; a support eye retainer plate fastened to the support eye retainer along a pivot axis, the support eye retainer plate pivotable about the pivot axis to at least partially enclose the arcuate channel; and a fastener mounted through a support eye retainer aperture and a support eye retainer plate aperture along the retention axis to secure the support eye retainer plate to the support eye retainer between the first arm and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Robert R. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 12007616
    Abstract: The pipe cable ring clamp (1) comprising a coiled flat clip band (11) provided with transverse slots (111) on which at least one cable holder (4) is attached and comprising the outer coil (112) and the inner coil (113), and a strap lock (12) in which the clip band (11) is fastened, wherein the inner coil (113) of the clip band (11) is slidably mounted in the strap lock (12) and the strap lock (12) includes lock springs (139) coupled to the inner coil (113) of the clip band (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Michal Najman
  • Patent number: 11993329
    Abstract: An rapid underbody kit deployment crate including a pallet, at least one inflatable bladder, and at least one cover, wherein the underbody lift kit is constructed and arranged to store, ship, and vertically lift and lower an underbody kit for installation and removal of an underbody kit to and from a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Government of the United States, as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Victor Wilhelm Burguess, Frederick Carl Rickert, II
  • Patent number: 11993453
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a roller jack includes: caster wheel attached to jack lift attached to an angle member having an angle member opening, and a locking mechanism to releasably lock the angle member to a corner block of a container through an elongated opening of the corner block. The locking mechanism includes: a locking mechanism baseplate having a baseplate protrusion, a swivel locking plate to be inserted through the angle member opening and the elongated opening of the corner block to the interior of the corner block, and a locking bolt for moving the swivel locking plate to an engaged position, where the swivel locking plate is prevented from passing through the angle member opening and the elongated opening of the corner block, and for threadingly moving the swivel locking plate toward the locking mechanism baseplate to press the angle member and the external wall of the corner block together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Mickey D Blackmon, David M Rogillio, Christopher M Ables, Timothy P Hynum, Jeremy N Sellers
  • Patent number: 11981002
    Abstract: A tool system for installing a parking pawl includes a tool that includes a base, a plate, and an actuator. The base includes a base surface configured to support a parking pawl in a predetermined position. The plate includes a protrusion that extends upward from a front portion of the plate. A rear portion of the plate is coupled to a front portion of the base. The plate is movable relative to the base between a retention position in which the protrusion is positioned to retain a pawl spring loaded on the parking pawl in a pretensioned state, and a release position in which the protrusion is configured to release the pawl spring. The actuator is operably coupled to the plate such that activation of the actuator moves the plate between the retention position and the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Brandon Paul Wilson, Zachary Alan Westhoff, Edward Lee Hollingsworth, Sr., David Eastman, Thomas Edward Krol
  • Patent number: 11981552
    Abstract: A pry bar assembly includes a plate that is elongated and has a first end, a second end, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, an upper surface and a lower surface. The plate includes a claw section, a chisel section and a middle section positioned therebetween. The claw section includes the first end and a rounded heel. The claw section includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is attached to the middle section and curves upwardly and away from the middle section in a semi-cylindrical shape to form the rounded heel. The second portion extends downwardly from the first portion. The chisel section is angled upwardly from the middle section. The upper surface has an elongated crest therein that is spaced from the first and second lateral edges and extends along a length of the middle section and into the chisel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: NCH Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Lenart
  • Patent number: 11976710
    Abstract: A device comprising a main support an equipment support having a first position and a second position adjustable relative to the height of the main support. A first crank lever is mounted to the first bearing and rotatable about a first rotational axis via a first shaft. A connecting rod is connected to the first crank lever via a first joint and to the equipment support via a second joint. A guide is arranged such that the equipment support is displaceable while guided to remain parallel to the main support. The equipment support passes an upper dead center position when moving from a first to a second position by rotation of the first crank lever and, upon further rotation a stop element contacts a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Zanzinger
  • Patent number: 11969866
    Abstract: A manual clamp, comprising: a sliding rod; a fixed clamp body fixed at one end of the sliding rod; a movable clamp body sliding on the sliding rod; a movable clamp head sliding on the movable clamp body; a handle rotationally connected to the movable clamp body; a cam portion provided at one end, close to the movable clamp head, of the handle, wherein when the handle is operated, the cam portion comes into contact with the movable clamp head and drives the movable clamp head to move toward the fixed clamp body to realize clamping, or the cam portion disengages from the movable clamp head to realize loosening; and a locking device configured to lock a position of the handle or unlock the handle by releasing the locking device. The manual clamp may realize clamping by pulling the handle once when clamping an object, thereby improving the efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Yueming Li
  • Patent number: 11969884
    Abstract: A gripping mechanism (3) includes a gripping roller (32) and a holder (31) that houses the gripping roller (32). A gripped portion (42) of a first component (4) is gripped between an outer surface of the gripping roller (32) and an inner surface of the holder (31) through action of gravity acting on the gripping roller (32). Preferably, the gripping roller (32) includes a core (321) that is cylindrical or columnar in shape and a covering section (322) that is an elastic body covering a circumferential surface of the core (321). Preferably, the covering section (322) has a circumferential surface with a friction coefficient greater than a friction coefficient of the circumferential surface of the core (321).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamakawa, Koji Izumi, Masaru Takagi, Hayato Mori
  • Patent number: 11964856
    Abstract: A wireless portable battery powered vehicle jack. The vehicle jack is comprised of a handle portion and a base portion that is manipulated by a pair of wheels. The handle portion comprises of an emergency stop switch, a control panel, a battery indicator, a remote control, a light, and an electric lock solenoid that is used to manipulate the handle portion. The base portion comprises of a tank, a power unit, a battery, a controller, a safety manifold, a master switch, a hydraulic ram, and a hydraulic conduit. The vehicle jack is designed to provide comfort to the user, to prevent injuries, and to minimize freak accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Christopher Rourk
  • Patent number: 11964844
    Abstract: A fish tape case is configured to house a fish tape. The fish tape includes a shell having an upper base wall, a lower base wall, an inner side wall extending between inner perimeters of the base walls and forming a central aperture through the shell, an outer side wall extending between outer perimeters of the base walls and defining an outer diameter of the shell, the walls defining a cavity therein, the upper base wall having a first opening therethrough in communication with the cavity through which the fish tape can exit, and the outer side wall having a second opening therethrough in communication with the cavity through which the fish tape can exit. A storage reel is mounted in the cavity for holding the fish tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: GREENLEE TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: John Wayne Kroening, James Donald Schmidt, Greg Sassi, John Hagan
  • Patent number: 11958556
    Abstract: An assembly tool for assembly of a window pane in a window frame of a vehicle is provided. The assembly tool includes a tool body with a support for supporting and holding the tool body on a first edge of the window pane and a tool arm extending along a longitudinal axis. A distal end of the tool arm includes a distance gauge extending transversely to the longitudinal axis of the tool arm and configured to be inserted between a second, guided edge of the window pane and a pane guide part which guides the guided edge of the window pane within the window frame. The assembly tool also includes a push arm that is displaceable relative to the tool body and configured to clamp the tool body between the first edge of the window pane and a frame part of the window frame. The push arm is actuated by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marvin Wagner, Daniel Zwetkow
  • Patent number: 11958174
    Abstract: A valve seat puller head assembly is comprised of seat puller head halves and springs. The seat puller head halves come together forming an opening. A pair of spring clips hold and secure the seat puller head halves together providing the outward force required to pre-position the tool (i.e., seat valve puller head assembly) in proper area for valve seat removal. In one embodiment, the valve seat puller head assembly further comprises an allthread having a tapered buttress engaged with the valve seat puller head via the opening of the valve seat puller head, eliminating thread clearance there between and greatly reducing the shear pressure at a root initiation area. In an alternative embodiment, a subzero temperature glycol solution within a portion of the valve seat puller head is circulated to “cold pull” heat from the valve seat puller head assembly and the valve seat which is in contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: John Vela
  • Patent number: 11955783
    Abstract: An automated cable runner (ACR) for a cabling tray. The ACR includes a pathway, a carriage operable to travel along the pathway, a plurality of supports connectable to the pathway and connectable to the tray and configured to support the pathway over the tray, and a cable holder attached to the carriage. The carriage is operable to autonomously travel along the pathway from a desired start point to a desired end point to deploy cabling into the tray from the start point to the end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Jacob Cox, Robert S Newnam, Sheridan Jarrett Wendt
  • Patent number: 11945064
    Abstract: A system for supporting workpieces during machining. The system comprises one or more adjustable workpiece support assemblies and a robotic unit. Each workpiece support assembly comprises a pedestal and a rotatable fixture element. The robotic assembly comprises means of mobilizing and immobilizing each support assembly, so that the fixture element may be secured in a particular orientation. The robotic unit moves along a frame, and manipulates and fixes the position of the fixture elements to match the contour of a workpiece. Vacuum forces may be applied through the workpiece support assemblies to secure the workpiece against the fixture elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Advanced Machine Works, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Don Kirby
  • Patent number: 11925524
    Abstract: An apparatus for grasping an object includes a base having a cylindrical wall, a circular plate attached to the base, and a screw configured to move a second section with respect to a first section of a circular plate. The circular plate includes the first section having a first face and the second section moveable with respect to the first section and having a second face opposite the first face. The first face and the second face each have at least one recess aligned to create at least one opening for grasping the object when the first face and the second face are brought into proximity with each other. Also disclosed is a method for grasping an object using the disclosed apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Zohaib Khurshid
  • Patent number: 11909185
    Abstract: Method for installing a cable into a duct, comprising the steps of: determining a maximum pressure, setting a leaking mode of a leaking plug to start at a leaking pressure drop equal to or lower than the maximum pressure, attaching the leaking plug to a foremost end of the cable, introducing the foremost end of the cable into the duct, supplying a pressurized liquid into the duct: at a supply port, and at a supply pressure, so that the cable is pulled by the leaking plug, before the foremost end has reached the second extremity, exceeding the leaking pressure drop at a location close to the leaking plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Plumettaz Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Willem Griffioen, Alexandre Uhl, Christophe Gutberlet
  • Patent number: 11905149
    Abstract: A device for lifting a metal cover may include a rope having a first end and a second end and a magnet connected to the first end of the rope. The magnet may be configured to be applied to a manhole cover, and upon applying an upward force to the second end of the rope, the magnet pulls the manhole cover upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Mag Lift, LLC
    Inventor: Scott R. Hilderbrand