Patents Examined by Shelley M. Self
  • Patent number: 11794232
    Abstract: A system for shaping a workpiece, which may be in the form of a structural framing component, includes a tool with first and second indenting blades for indenting the workpiece as driven by a blade control apparatus. The workpiece is supported at the tool by one or more workpiece support modules that are each selectively and removably securable to the tool. A base plate is provided at the tool for removably securing the workpiece support modules to the tool without having to detach the tool from a platform of substructure. The workpiece support modules may therefore be quickly replaced to coordinate with workpieces of various size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Mears
  • Patent number: 11772144
    Abstract: A process is provided for the continuous production of thin-walled, radially closed hollow profiles composed of nonferrous metals and having a small cross section comprises supply of a flat strip of the metal to a forming apparatus at a first supply speed, the thickness of the strip corresponding to the wall thickness of the hollow profile. The forming apparatus continuous forms the flat strip into a shape corresponding to the hollow profile. After forming, two opposite edges of the flat strip rest flush against one another in a contact region and are continuously welded by means of a laser which emits light having a wavelength of less than 600 nm. The laser heats an area in a welding region having a diameter of less than 20% of the cross-sectional dimension of the hollow profile. The welded hollow profile is taken off from the welding region and taken up in an uptake device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Ralf Egerer, Olaf Petersen, Steven Dinkel
  • Patent number: 11752505
    Abstract: A wood chipper comprising a chamber in which wood is chipped, and a pair of rollers for feeding of the wood into the chamber. One of the rollers is a smooth roller and may or may not be an idle roller, and an other of the rollers is driven and has cutting elements thereon. One or more pressurized gas springs are attached to the rollers to apply a predetermined pressure to the rollers to cause the cutting elements to bite into the wood fed between the rollers. The cutting elements are blades each of which is un-notched in a direction radially of the other roller and each of which extends over substantially the entire length of the other roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventor: Kurt M. Schie
  • Patent number: 11745251
    Abstract: A multiple anvil fixture possesses multiple anvils engaged to a base in a fixed relation to each other with the anvils oriented in a common direction. Each of the anvils includes a first structure and a second structure. The first structure and the second structure are slidably engaged. Each of the anvils has an extended position and a recoiled position and a biasing-element to bias the first structure and the second structure in the extended position. The multiple anvil structure can be used to rivet brackets onto containers. The anvil protrudes through the container in the extended position to help align holes in the feet of the brackets with openings in the container. The anvil then recoils beneath the container to serve for the fixation of rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventors: Richard Dillon, Jason Hawkes
  • Patent number: 11744406
    Abstract: Food processing apparatus and methods for processing food are disclosed. The apparatus may include stored sequences for operating a processing tool. The stored sequences may address various challenging aspects of blending solid foods and/or ice. In some embodiments, particular sequences are implemented with specific processing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventors: Amy L. Golino, Vanessa H. Spilios
  • Patent number: 11745243
    Abstract: A multi-axis roll-forming system for forming a stepped diameter in a cylinder includes a support that spins about a rotation axis while supporting a workpiece that includes the cylinder. A first actuator translates a first roller perpendicularly to the rotation axis. A second actuator moves a multi-axis roller radially outward, relative to the rotation axis, and upward along the rotation axis. The system may also include a first roller arm to which the multi-axis roller is coupled. The first roller arm is connected to a pivot joint having a pivot axis that is perpendicular to the rotation axis. The second actuator may include a linear-drive actuator that is coupled to the first roller arm and extends along the rotation axis to force the multi-axis roller to pivot about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Inno-Spin LLC
    Inventors: Doug Watchorn, Michael Nasson, Maximilian Linder, Brian Ford, Robert Chrouch
  • Patent number: 11745245
    Abstract: A metallic worked article suppressing the worked surfaces from being scratched during the plastic work that is conducted aiming at reducing the thickness or decreasing the diameter. The metallic worked article has a reduced thickness or a decreased diameter as obtained through the plastic work, wherein on the worked surface thereof, the ratio Ra1/Ra2 of an arithmetic mean roughness Ra1 measured in a direction at right angles with the direction of working and an arithmetic mean roughness Ra2 measured in the direction of working, is from 0.5 to 1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventors: Takuho Kumagai, Ryozo Shiroishi, Naoya Matsumoto, Masahiro Shimamura, Tomohiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11745322
    Abstract: Portable, hand held, battery operated, hydraulic tools are provided with a tool frame and one or more interchangeable working heads. When the working head is connected with the tool frame, a piston actuated by a hydraulic system within the tool frame applies force to the working head to perform a task. A coupling mechanism holds the working head to the tool frame. The coupling mechanism allows the working head to be removed from the tool frame and another working head to be joined to the tool frame. The coupling mechanism can hold the working head at a fixed rotational angle with respect to the tool frame. The coupling mechanism can also allow the working head to rotate with respect to the tool frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: John David Lefavour, Thomas Romeo Faucher, Lawrence Brown, Peter Matthew Wason, Bernard P. Vachon, Sarah LaPerriere, Mark A. Chiasson
  • Patent number: 11731307
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a lumber handling and cutting apparatus, including an incoming material conveyor assembly, a material infeed assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly, a cutting assembly adjacent to the material infeed assembly, a material outfeed assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, an outgoing material conveyor assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, and a printer assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly and the material infeed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Findley, Mark K. Gipson
  • Patent number: 11731139
    Abstract: Machine having a rotor which is mounted in a cantilevered fashion on a bearing and has a rotational axis along which a free, subsequently non-mounted rotor end runs starting from the bearing, the rotor end having a rotor end side which is spaced apart from a fixed rotor opposing side by a gap, and which, during operation of the machine when the rotor is rotating, is deflected with respect to the rotational axis as a result of imbalance of the free, non-mounted rotor end, or as a result of externally applied forces, wherein the rotor end side is curved or beveled so as to drop away at least in its end region towards its edge and in a direction towards the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Netzsch Trockenmahltechnik GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Nied, Lars-Peter Weiland
  • Patent number: 11731182
    Abstract: Improvements and modifications to coil steel straighteners provide an integrated structural head that allows for quicker setup of the equipment, integrated lower backup rolls to the structural head, self-aligning rollers, setup timing blocks for equipment calibration, and adjustment screw jacks that allow for narrower center distances and include pointers and scales internally. The backup rollers for each work roller are supported on separate backup roller plates enabling the backup rollers for each work roller to removably installed and independently adjusted. The backup rollers may be supported between opposing blocks and adjusted by moving the blocks toward and away from the backup roller plate using leveling jacks. The work rollers associated with the upper bank may be supported between opposing slide blocks that move up and down in slots formed in opposing side plates, with visual indicators to establish a zero position associated with each work roller in the upper bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Inventors: Bruce R. Grant, Akshai Nakkana, Ervin Lee Brooks
  • Patent number: 11724297
    Abstract: A method for producing seamless pipes and an extruder are provided, including: S1, sleeving an ingot holding cylinder on an upsetting shaft and feeding an aluminum bar; S2, moving the ingot holding cylinder backwards; S3, squeezing the aluminum bar by an extrusion plug; S4, after upsetting, moving the ingot holding cylinder and the extrusion plug back to one side away from the upsetting shaft; S5, removing the upsetting shaft and installing a mold on the mold shaft; S6, perforating the aluminum bar after upsetting by a perforating needle; S7, extruding the perforated aluminum bar by the extrusion plug. The aluminum bar after upsetting keeps the same central axis as the extruder centerline and the ingot holding cylinder. The seamless pipes extruded from the mold are uniform, thereby improving their concentricity and finished product rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventor: Runming Liang
  • Patent number: 11724263
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a dual-blade agricultural grinder are disclosed. A dual blade grinder comprises a casing, a hopper, a cutting mechanism, a chute, and a display. The grinder is configured to cut a plant to a desired particle size. The casing is configured to provide rigid structural support for components of the grinder and provide a safety barrier between the user and the cutting mechanism. The hopper is configured to store and distribute a plant to the cutting mechanism. The cutting mechanism comprises a static blade with one or more serrated edges and one or more plain edges, a floating curved blade, and a particle screen. The display is configured to accept input from a user operating the grinder, and to control operational settings of the grinder. The grinder and its components may be comprised of a food-grade quality steel configured to resist bacterial growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Sesh Technologies Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Dueweke
  • Patent number: 11724304
    Abstract: A blind riveting device is provided, which is adapted for engagement to a handle having a powered translating member projecting therefrom. Force from the translating member imparted to a drive piston moves a second piston to pull a blind rivet connected to a jaw engaged with the second piston, thereby mounting the blind rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventor: Goran Olsson
  • Patent number: 11717833
    Abstract: An environment-friendly construction waste treatment equipment for civil engineering is provided, including a main frame, a wringing frame, first fixing columns, a second fixing column, an electric motor, etc. wherein the first fixing column is provided on each of front and rear sides of a left side of an upper portion of the main frame, the wringing frame is provided between the first fixing columns, the second fixing column is provided on rear and left sides of the upper portion of the main frame, and the electric motor is provided on the second fixing column. The electric motor is turned on, the wringing wheels wring the construction waste, the wringed construction waste falls onto the conveying belt, and then is transferred to the filtering plate via the conveying belt. In this way, as the construction waste is conveyed via the conveying belt, the equipment is prevented from being blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Jinggangshan University
    Inventors: Zhenwu Wang, Xiaoling Liao
  • Patent number: 11717834
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process of comminution of iron ore or iron ore products (pellet feed, sinter feed, etc.) at natural moisture without the need to add water or to include a drying step in the process, that is technically and economically feasible. The comminution process of this invention uses at least one piece of equipment selected from the group consisting of roller press (HPGR), vertical roller mill (VRM), roller crusher (RC) and high acceleration screen of at least 10G.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: VALE S.A.
    Inventors: Michelle Lacerda Sales Marques, Joaquim Donizetti Donda
  • Patent number: 11712701
    Abstract: A wood grinding machine may have a vibration detection system including one or more vibration sensors. The vibration detection system may include a trip point representative of a maximum allowable level of vibration. If a vibration signal from the one or more vibration sensors exceeds the trip point, a trip protocol may be executed to automatically stop the grinding process. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Alamo Group Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Cesena, Lawrence Alan Hazen, Peter Hoekstra
  • Patent number: 11712698
    Abstract: A process for converting spent grain into flour by drying and milling is disclosed. The process includes the steps of introducing a quantity of wet spent grain into a container for removing moisture by the action of gravity. After the gravity drying, the wet spent grain is transferred to a press to mechanically remove additional moisture. The wet spent grain is placed in a fluid bed processor where the grain additional moisture is removed through heating and fluidization. Some embodiments may include a dust collection system in connection with the fluid bed processor, wherein the dust collection system incorporates a separator for separating the grains. Once dried, the dry spent grain is introduced into a mill to be ground into the proper flour consistency. The resulting flour product can then be used for a variety of foodstuff applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Backcountry Mills, LLC
    Inventors: Yonatan Medhin, Matthew Mechtly
  • Patent number: 11712725
    Abstract: A framework cooler (20) for cooling a steel strip (50), installed in a roller framework (11), in place of the work rolls (5) and their associated installation pieces (5a and 5b). The framework cooler (20) is sized to be installed into the roller framework (11) through the operator-side roller stands (1) of the roller framework (11). The cooler (20) includes a lower (21b) and an upper water tank (21a), each having a connection (22) for a coolant, and includes a plurality of cooling nozzles (23), or cooling tubes (23a) arranged in the depth direction (T) of the framework cooler (20) or at least one cooling slot (24) extending in the depth direction (T). The bottom and top sides of the steel strip (50) may be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Lengauer, Bernd Linzer, Alois Seilinger, Michael Zahedi
  • Patent number: 11712920
    Abstract: A press can include an upper platen, a lower platen, a support arm, and an adjuster. The support arm can be adapted to move the upper platen substantially parallel to the lower paten between an open position and a closed position. The adjuster can have a cam adapted to engage a surface of the support arm and to rotate between a first rotational position and a second rotational position relative to the support arm. Rotation of the cam from the first rotational position to the second rotational position can move the upper platen toward the lower platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: STAHLS' INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Robinson, Richard Antoszewski