Patents Examined by Shantese L. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10376005
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable vacuum cleaning apparatus for use on an opening in a combustion chamber. The portable vacuum cleaning apparatus includes: a shield with one or more connectors each independently configured to provide an air tight seal with an opening of a combustion chamber; a first aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a first air hose with an air source and a second air hose with a nozzle; a second aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a vacuum source, a third aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a glove. Methods of using and systems for vacuum cleaning a combustion chamber are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Albers
  • Patent number: 10357859
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a clamping system for supporting a work piece in position for receiving a machining operation and more particularly to a clamping system for supporting a work piece for receiving a machining operation whereby the work piece is held in position by exerting pressure against two or more locations along the surface of the work piece and that the supporting force at least one location is directed against the work piece in at least two vectors. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the clamping system of the subject invention is effective for supporting more than one work pieces in position for receiving a manufacturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel J Reed
  • Patent number: 10358876
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting heavy machinery, equipment or other heavy loads from one location to another, whereby the apparatus may be constructed as a walking machine including a plurality of lifting assemblies operative to lift the load above the supporting surface and then move the load relative to the supporting surface by transporting the load via rollers or tracks in the walking machines. In one example, the lifting assemblies are provided with separate longitudinal and lateral drive mechanisms independently operative for translating the load in either or both longitudinal and lateral directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Columbia Trailer Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Andrew Csergei, Ira James Crisp
  • Patent number: 10349801
    Abstract: A double-sided mop according to this invention, being provided to solve the problems of a conventional mop on poor floor mopping quality, includes a mop pole, a mop head connecting to the mop pole, and a cleaning cloth provided on the surface of mop head. The mop head includes a mounting plate, a first panel, a second panel, a hinged shaft, a universal joint, and an elastic part, in which the mounting plate is provided between the first panel and the second panel, the mounting plate is hinged and connects to the hinged shaft together with the first panel and the second panel, the elastic part applies a force to clamp the first panel and the second panel, the universal joint is installed on the mounting plate by rotation, and the mop pole connects to the universal joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: JIAXING JACKSON TRAVEL PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xue Lin Zhu, Jiu Hong Zhang, Kai Feng Lu
  • Patent number: 10343452
    Abstract: Provided are a quick disconnect tool and a male connector. The tool includes a socket, detents in the socket and a collar to open and close the detents. The male connector fits within the socket and cannot rotate within the socket. The male connector includes a recess into which the detents can lock the male connector inside the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Henry Rodriguez, Edwin Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10342403
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nozzle suitable for being releasably connected to a suction source of a vacuum cleaner. The nozzle comprises a nozzle tube, a slim nozzle head, a flexible joint configured to provide a freedom of movement, a flexible conduit, a light source, and a power generation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: APIROS AB
    Inventor: Arash Fard Rahmani
  • Patent number: 10344914
    Abstract: A mount assembly for a mountable device such as a laser unit, such as a hybrid point and line laser that projects a vertical plumb dot(s) up and down, combined with horizontal and plumb projected lines. The mount assembly comprising: a base, a X-axis linear actuator, an upright support, a Y-axis linear actuator, an extension arm, a Z-axis linear actuator, a support plate assembly, and a mount for mounting on the mountable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: William Cardozo
  • Patent number: 10338334
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for direct cable expansion are provided. A system includes a pump, a probe, and a coupler. The pump is coupled to a reservoir holding a fluid. The probe is in fluid communication with the pump, and is configured to introduce the fluid into a cable such that a channel is created, by the fluid, between an outer sheath of the cable and a core of the cable. The coupler is configured to attach to a cable, receive the probe, and position the probe at an interface between the outer sheath and an inner material of the cable adjacent to the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 10335839
    Abstract: A system includes a body having a front end and a back end, a channel within the body that is configured to hold at least a portion of a service unit, a guiderail extending along a portion of the channel and configured to couple with a pushrod, and an adapter configured to couple with a portion of the service unit and a portion of the body. The channel also includes a front opening positioned proximate to the front end of the body, wherein the front opening is configured to allow at least a portion of the service unit, or at least a portion of a connector, to pass through the front opening, and a back opening positioned proximate to the back end of the body, wherein the back opening is configured to allow at least a portion of the pushrod to pass through the back opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Wozniak, Ling Zhang Larson, Floyd A. Fazi, Jr., Jeffrey Allen Lucas, Stephen R. Wood
  • Patent number: 10327607
    Abstract: A hand carriable surface cleaning apparatus can include a first cyclonic cleaning stage having an upper end, a bottom end spaced longitudinally below the upper end and a side wall extending therebetween. A second cyclonic cleaning stage may be positioned in the fluid flow path downstream from the first cyclonic cleaning stage and may be positioned above and overlie the upper end of the first cyclonic cleaning stage. The second cyclonic cleaning stage may be longitudinally translatable relative to the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10334747
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fixture comprises a first frame horizontally oriented relative to a second frame. The first frame may be coupled to a member adjustable along a first plane. The fixture may also comprise a plurality of lifts, coupled to the member. The plurality of lifts may be adjustable along a second plane that is vertical in relation to the first frame. The fixture may also comprise the second frame vertically oriented relative to the first frame and coupled to the first frame. The second frame may be configured to accept a template for receiving a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Dawit Gebremichael, Khalid Kayal
  • Patent number: 10328481
    Abstract: A clinching apparatus includes a clinching punch having a specifically dimensioned tapered surface which improves the strength of a clinch joint created therewith. In another aspect, a tapered surface adjacent a distal end of a clinching punch has an angle of 20-35° relative to a distal end. A further aspect of a clinching apparatus provides a tapered surface adjacent a distal end which is configured in accordance with a specific formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BTM Company LLC
    Inventors: Glenn R. Koenigbauer, Steven J. Sprotberry, Paul D. Boyes
  • Patent number: 10323421
    Abstract: The template for a router to notch a door latch slot is a jig that is adapted for use in routing slots in door slab such that the door slab can receive a latch. The template for a router to notch a door latch slot is clamped to the door slab such that an aperture formed in the template for a router to notch a door latch slot is positioned over the lock rail of the door slab. The aperture can then be used as a template for the router to create a door latch slot to receive the latch plate of the door lock. The template for a router to notch a door latch slot comprises a U channel, a pressure plate, and a thumbscrew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Gold
  • Patent number: 10314447
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet and includes a cyclone bin assembly, a screen and a suction motor positioned in the air flow path. The screen is axially removable from the cyclone bin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10279456
    Abstract: A universal object holding mechanism for holding three-dimensional objects for printing thereon uses an array of suction cups reciprocally connected to a vacuum box to acquire objects from a staging platen while in a horizontal position and then pivot into a vertical position for movement of the objects past print heads. A plenum connected to the vacuum box is valve controlled to allow a low flow rate to the vacuum box to acquire objects and then a high flow rate pulse to close off all un-sealed suction cups with ball valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M Fromm, Jeffrey J Bradway, Erwin Ruiz, Linn C Hoover
  • Patent number: 10258912
    Abstract: Highly efficient particulate collectors, such as for dust and street debris collected by a mobile street cleaning vehicle, with very low pressure loss are disclosed. One embodiment uses a specially contoured passage to separate the solid particles from particulate-laden gas stream by rapid directional change at a throat region. By using the Venturi effect at the accelerating zone communicating with a gas return channel from the particulate retaining chamber, a small amount of the gas will be recirculated from the deposit zone to help move and retain the separated particles in a confined collection receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Xiaolun Huang
  • Patent number: 8075374
    Abstract: A belt sander is disclosed that may include a sanding assembly having a first roller and a second roller, the sanding assembly being configured to receive a sanding belt around the first roller and the second roller to define a sanding surface therebetween. The belt sander may include a motor operationally coupled to the sanding assembly and opposite the sanding surface, the motor being configured to rotate at least the first roller and thereby rotate the sanding belt around the first roller and the second roller, as well as a handgrip formed around at least a portion of the motor and substantially encasing the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Wall, Jeremy D. Leasure, Craig A. Carroll, Julie L. Jones, Jeffrey D. Weston, Thomas A. Mooty, James P. Nichols, Jr., John W. Schnell
  • Patent number: 7984538
    Abstract: An installation tool assembly for advancing a fitting's swage ring onto a fitting's connector body while a conduit is received in the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the fitting to the conduit includes a body defining at least two spaced apart piston chambers, a fixed jaw connected to the body and adapted to engage one of the connector body or the swage ring, and a movable jaw connected to the body and movable relative to the fixed jaw. The movable jaw is adapted to engage the other of the connector body or the swage ring. Pistons are disposed in the at least two spaced piston chambers. The pistons and the movable jaw are configured such that movement of the pistons in a first direction moves the movable jaw toward the fixed jaw thereby moving the swage ring axially onto the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the connector body to the conduit received therein when the fixed and movable jaws are engaged to the connector body and swage ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Lokring Technology LLC
    Inventor: Albert A. McKay
  • Patent number: 7836569
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitor (TPM) installation tool adapted for use by a operator, and for installing a push-in style TPM within a valve stem opening defined by a wheel, wherein the tool is configured to provide mechanical advantage while assembling the TPM and wheel, and includes an elongated member configured to receive an applied force from the operator, a nesting fixture configured to retain the TPM in a relatively fixed position, and a wheel engaging member for securing the tool during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Spaulding, Marcus P. Beckman, Bruce R. Koch, James Hytinen
  • Patent number: 7707912
    Abstract: A disposable oil filter wrench includes an adhesive layer for adhering the wrench to an oil filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Gregory Sparks