Patents Examined by Shantese McDonald
  • Patent number: 10492597
    Abstract: A tuft picker for a tuft-picking device has a working surface having a tuft-picking notch with a depth, a width, and an opening. First and second projections reduce the opening of the notch versus an inner width. At least one top of the first and/or second projection is located off-site the working surface of the tuft picker and inside of the notch. A distance from the at least one top to the working surface of the tuft picker is in the range of from 0.05 mm to 0.5 mm, and an angle between the working surface of the tuft picker and a line of reflection symmetry crossing the at least one top is from 1° to 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventors: Jens Alinski, Uwe Jungnickel
  • Patent number: 10428228
    Abstract: A composition for pretreating surfaces of equipment for use with an uncured cementitious material, such as uncured concrete, and/or for cleaning cured cementitious material from the surfaces of such equipment includes an aqueous solution with colloidal silica. Pretreatment of a surface with such an aqueous solution may reduce or eliminate adhesion of uncured cementitious material to the surface. Cured cementitious material may be removed from equipment surfaces by wetting the cured cementitous material with the aqueous solution to chemically soften the cured cementitious material, along with abrading the cured cementitious material to mechanically remove the same from the equipment surfaces. Systems for removing cured cementitious material from the surfaces of equipment configured to use with uncured cementitious material include an abrasive element and an aqueous solution with colloidal silica.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Arris Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Wetherell
  • Patent number: 10358325
    Abstract: A jack for raising of an exposed hub or axle of an off-road vehicle is provided. The jack has an elongated base member including an upper end and a foot portion with the upper end including a pivot attachment area. An articulating over center arm assembly is pivotably attached at the pivot attachment area of the elongated base member. The assembly includes an offset over-center arm portion with a leverage handle on a first end and a pivoting adjustable strap portion on a second end. When the strap is attached to the axle or suspension member of a hub or axle the handle may be lowered and the base pivots wherein the strap end is moved upward and temporarily secured in the up position at full actuation of the handle for raising of the wheel for removal of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10342326
    Abstract: A cleaning device that passively self-adjusts to improve biofoul removal across curved, non-uniform, or irregular underwater surfaces. The cleaning device includes a motor, one or more shafts coupled to the motor and coupled to one another via at least one universal joint, and a cleaning mechanism for removing biofoul from the target surface. The cleaning device includes an alignment mechanism that restricts the cleaning mechanism's movement to improve biofoul removal. The alignment mechanism can include bearings, spring components, dampening material, adhesion components, floatation objects, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ali Outa, Fadl Abdellatif, Ayman Amer, Sahejad Patel, Hassane Trigui, Ameen Obedan
  • Patent number: 10335927
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus including first and second clamp arms, which are supported rotatably on a body, with a cover being installed to cover outer sides of the body. The cover includes openings through which portions of the first and second clamp arms are inserted and rotatably operated. An unloading tray is arranged in the body at a position below the openings in the direction of gravity. Spatter, which invades into the clamp apparatus from the openings when a welding operation is carried out on a workpiece that is clamped by the first and second clamp arms, is deposited on the unloading tray, and the spatter is eliminated by taking out the unloading tray to the exterior of the clamp apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chiaki Fukui, Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Hideki Sasaki, Masaharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10335933
    Abstract: An adjustable wrench provides a drive head that rotates about two axis with respect to a drive gear. The wrench includes a wrench casing having an orbital cavity. A drive head, drive gear, pawl gear and an axis pin bushing are positioned in the orbital cavity. A drive head axis pin connects the drive head to the axis pin bushing such that the drive head can rotate about a first axis with respect to the drive gear. A drive gear axis pin connects the drive gear to the axis pin bushing such that the drive head can rotate about at second axis with respect to the drive gear. The pawl gear and drive gear rotate the drive head about a third axis with respect to the wrench casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Luke William Michas
  • Patent number: 10307893
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a clamping apparatus that includes an upper jaw structure having a hinge end and a clamp end, a lower jaw structure having a hinge end and a clamp end, and a hinge located at the hinge ends of the upper and lower jaw structures, the hinge providing for rotation of upper jaw structure with respect to the lower jaw structure. The clamping apparatus includes an elongated element threadably attached to the first and second upper jaw structures between the hinge end and the clamp end of each of the first and second upper jaw structures, wherein rotation of the elongated element in a first direction causes the clamp end of the upper jaw structure to move closer to the clamp end of the lower jaw structure. The elongated element includes an end configured to receive a tool configured to facilitate the rotation of the elongated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DIMIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Costen
  • Patent number: 10299649
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a first flexible electrified air flow conduit having an air inlet end that is electrified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10292778
    Abstract: Described herein is a surgical instrument holder for use with a robotic surgical system, for example, during spinal surgery. In certain embodiments, the surgical instrument holder is an interface between the robotic arm and a surgical instrument used during surgery. This interface may hold the surgical instrument precisely, rigidly, and in a stable manner while permitting a surgeon to easily and quickly install or withdraw the instrument in case of emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Szymon Kostrzewski, Billy Nussbaumer
  • Patent number: 10283396
    Abstract: Techniques herein provide a workpiece holder that can hold relatively flexible and thin workpieces for transport and electrochemical deposition while avoiding electroplating fluid wetting contacts or contact regions of a given workpiece. A workpiece holder frame holds a workpiece by gripping the workpiece on opposing sides of the workpiece. A flexure structure is used for clamping a given workpiece and for providing an electrical path for supplying a current to the workpiece. An elastomer covering provides sealing and insulation of the electrical flexure structure. The workpiece holder also provides tension to the workpiece to help hold the workpiece flat during processing. Each flexure structure can provide an independent electrical path to the workpiece surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ASM NEXX, INC.
    Inventors: Arthur Keigler, David G. Guarnaccia
  • Patent number: 10279437
    Abstract: A jack stand apparatus has a frame having a first portion and an outwardly extending second portion, a barrel affixed to the outwardly extending portion so as to have a generally vertical longitudinal axis, a jack screw threadedly received by the barrel, and a plurality of caster wheels removably affixed to the frame. The barrel has an outer end extending outwardly for a first distance from the first portion of the frame. The plurality of caster wheels support the frame for a second distance from a level of the bottom of the caster wheels. The first distance is no more than the second distance. A support head is affixed to an end of the jack screw opposite the barrel. The frame is invertible relative to the caster wheels such that in one position the barrel extends upwardly from the frame and a second position in which the barrel extends downwardly from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SUMNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence Velez
  • Patent number: 10271698
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner is provided with an openable door that opens an air flow passage that extends rearwardly from an air treatment member to a suction motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10273131
    Abstract: A portable and foldable lift can be attached to a surface such as a tailgate of a truck. The lift can be slid off the gate and used to lift heavy objects from the ground to the bed of the truck. The portable and foldable lift is returned in a folded position to the tailgate for easy storage. The portable and foldable lift can also be attached to a work bench, either on top or underneath, and can be folded up and stored out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Brent Hurd
  • Patent number: 10270232
    Abstract: A tool for installing cables in a split sleeve includes first and second guide portions, a third arcuate guide portion extending from and positioned radially outward of the first guide portion, the first and third guide portions forming a first guide slot therebetween, and a fourth arcuate guide portion extending from and positioned radially outward of the second guide portion, the second and fourth guide portions forming a second guide slot therebetween. The tool may be assembled to a split sleeve that is biased toward a rolled up configuration in which one side of the split sleeve at least partially overlies another side of the split sleeve. By positioning one or more cables within the tool while the tool is assembled to the split sleeve, a user may slide the tool along the split sleeve to position the cables within the split sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Go!Foton Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Takeuchi, Haiguang Lu
  • Patent number: 10234488
    Abstract: A hand tool for current sensing includes a body (110) and a current sensing module (200). The body (110) includes two clamping handles (120) pivotally connected by a pivot (130), two pliers jaws (140) disposed at respective one ends of the two clamping handles (120) respectively, and a clamping structure (150) disposed at the two pliers jaws (140). The current sensing module (200) is detachably coupled to any of the pliers jaws (140) and is arranged adjacent to the clamping structure (150). The current sensing module (200) includes an alert unit (220) for sending out an alert signal. Accordingly, an operator can sense whether a cable carries a current by means of the hand tool, thus ensuring safety of the operator during work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Chao-Chin Yen
  • Patent number: 10214399
    Abstract: A bottle jack may be manufactured differently or converted (retro-fitted) by replacing a conventional shaft in a main lift piston to be inserted and removed, at will, without tools. The threads in the main lift piston may remain or be removed. A yoke or other head is fitted to provide registration, horizontal restraint, or both against a lifted object, component, or surface to prevent sliding off the head in use. In a smooth-walled-shaft embodiment, a set of risers (spacers, adjusters, trims, or shims) provide an extension height of the shaft, elevating the head with respect to the piston prior to beginning to lift the hydraulic piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Moore
  • Patent number: 10201374
    Abstract: An assembly tool for assembling components of an implant can include a finger assembly, a handle assembly, and a crossbar assembly. The finger assembly can include first and second fingers oriented parallel to each other, and sized and shaped to releasably engage first and second components of the implant during assembly. The handle assembly can include first and second handles pivotally connected to each other and configured to control movement of the first and second fingers. The crossbar assembly can be configured to maintain the first and second fingers substantially parallel to each other during movement of the first and second fingers. The assembly tool can be used for assembling a bearing assembly to an ulnar component of an elbow prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry W. Wagner
  • Patent number: 10194735
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a handle and a head mounted to the handle. In one aspect, the head may extend from a proximal end to a distal end along a longitudinal axis, the head having a base portion formed of a rigid plastic material and a flexible portion formed of an elastomeric material, a first longitudinal section of the flexible portion spaced apart from the base portion by a gap. The flexible portion of the head may have an upper surface and an opposing lower surface such that within the first longitudinal section of the flexible portion the upper surface and the lower surface are substantially planar and parallel to one another. Furthermore, tooth cleaning elements may be secured to the flexible portion of the head by in-molded technology to extend from the upper surface of the flexible portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Moskovich, Joachim Storz, Tanja Langgner, Thomas Kuchler
  • Patent number: 10189690
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle lift which includes, under the support plate (1) of the vehicle a lifting/lowering mechanism (101) having at least two pairs of levers articulated to one another in an intermediate section, which constitute the two forks, moved by at least one fluid-dynamic actuator (9). The fluid-dynamic actuator (9) acts on an articulated system (10), which supports at least one first roller (20) and at least one second roller (21) arranged on respective axes. The two rollers (20, 21), in the initial step of lifting/opening the fork, are kinematically coupled with two corresponding inclined surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Marta Fiorese, Sara Fiorese
  • Patent number: 10189150
    Abstract: A torque limiting driver system, including: a torque limiting driver including: a handle with a locking cap engagement protrusion; a shaft with a cam portion including a cam mating feature; and a locking cap including: a mating recess including a plurality of scallops along the outer edge of the mating recess and wherein the plurality of scallops are configured to interface with the first mating feature; a through-hole with through-hole mating feature configured to interface with the cam mating feature, wherein the locking cap is configured to engage the torque limiting driver to lock the rotation of the shaft with respect to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Healey, Philip Watt, Adam Nelson, Steven Greco