Patents Examined by Stephen Vu
  • Patent number: 10568250
    Abstract: A component mounting device mounting a component on a substrate comprises a pair of opening/closing members opening and closing, and a plurality of adapters detachably attached to the opening/closing members; the adapters are attached to the opening/closing members depending on the component to be mounted so as to clamp the component by using the adapters; and the plurality of adapters includes first adapters each having a flat clamping surface clamping a body of the component and second adapters each having a holding groove holding an axial portion of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Watanabe, Dai Yokoyama, Shigeki Imafuku, Yosuke Nagasawa, Yew Song Danny Ng, Yet Ling Loh
  • Patent number: 10562194
    Abstract: A holding nozzle is provided with a suction member including a suction portion which comes into contact with a panel and a shaft portion communicated with the suction portion, an accommodation portion in which the shaft portion is accommodated, a suction member support portion supporting the shaft portion such that the suction member is movable with respect to the accommodation portion, a negative pressure connection portion to which a negative pressure generator is connected, and a communication member accommodated in the accommodation portion between the negative pressure connection portion and the suction member support portion and has a hollow portion which is a portion of a flow path through which a fluid is flowed. The communication member includes a first connection portion connected to the negative pressure connection portion, a second connection portion connected to the shaft portion, and a contractible portion installed between the first and second connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Kawamoto, Satoshi Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10544011
    Abstract: Provided are weight distribution hoisting brackets and methods of using such brackets that offset a lifting position to an upper lifting mechanism off a center line of a heavy load to be lifted enabling sharing of the weight of a load to be lifted between at least two lifting mechanisms such as cranes such that lifting mechanisms may be employed that have a lower lifting weight capacity than the weight of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mammoet USA South, Inc.
    Inventors: Piet Nooren, Thomas Lambooij
  • Patent number: 10543601
    Abstract: A workpiece conveying device includes a traveling platform which moves on traveling rails, a workpiece sucker arranged below the traveling platform, a vertical drive guide which is provided on the traveling platform and vertically drives the workpiece sucker, and a fork which is placed on the workpiece sucker so as to sandwich the workpiece sucker. With this structure, effects are obtained such that the workpiece conveying device is capable of achieving space saving in a factory and is capable of improving moving accuracy and increasing a moving speed while making it difficult to damage a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunihiro Tanahashi, Kenji Saruta, Motohiko Hirao
  • Patent number: 10538888
    Abstract: The present invention is a water soluble collection bag for the disposal of bodily waste and pet fecal matter in a toilet. The present invention includes a method of use that prevents plumbing system clogs when disposing of bodily fluids and pet fecal matter in a toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Tesler, Jacob Paarlberg
  • Patent number: 10526183
    Abstract: A holding device for holding a container, for example for holding a container in a transport device of a beverage filling plant is described. The holding device includes a fastening part and two gripping arms, which are pivotably connected to the fastening part and can be brought into a closed position in order to hold the container and can be brought into an open position in order to insert and remove the container. A preloaded elastic bow is disposed between the gripping arms, and the elastic bow can be brought into a first position, in which the gripping arms are in the open position, and into a second position, in which the gripping arms are in the closed position. The preload of the elastic bow in the first position holds the gripping arms in the open position and the preload of the elastic bow in the second position holds the gripping arms in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Bruno Landler, Matthias Kraus
  • Patent number: 10525602
    Abstract: An automation component or clamping device includes a basic housing, at least one jaw movably guided in a jaw guide of the basic housing, and a piston movably guided in the basic housing, wherein the piston has a piston surface, wherein the piston is coupled in terms of movement to the jaw, and wherein a piston rod extending on the piston transversely with respect to the piston surface, wherein the centroid of the piston surface is spaced apart from the central longitudinal axis of the piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SCHUNK GMBH & CO. KG SPANN-UND GREIFTECHNIK
    Inventors: Benjamin Kirsten, Samuel Wuetherich, Michael Franz
  • Patent number: 10518391
    Abstract: A puller including a plurality of pivoted lever members carrying gripper members for securely gripping a mat, pad, carpet or the like for ease in sliding movement and placement thereof. An adjustable handle including a pair of hollow shafts which receive therein slidable shafts each carrying a spring loaded button which can be positioned in a series of openings in the hollow shafts for adjusting the length of the handle so the user can work from a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Peter A. Dvorscak
  • Patent number: 10518883
    Abstract: A small store suspension and release unit uses a resiliently biased electrical connector assembly and/or resiliently biased feet pivotally attached to adjustable sway brace legs to apply an ejection impulse to a store after release from a suspension hook. A safety latch mechanism includes a pawl which engages a nib on the suspension hook assembly to prevent inadvertent release of the store if the suspension hook assembly becomes jammed, e.g., due to ice formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: EDO MBM Technology Limited
    Inventor: James Lewendon
  • Patent number: 10506887
    Abstract: Example item alignment tools for aligning items on a shelf are described. The item alignment tools include an elongated planar body defining a proximal end, a distal end, a bottom straight edge, a top edge, and first and second opposing sides extending between the bottom straight edge and the top edge. The item alignment tools include a handle coupled to the proximal end of the elongated planar body. The item alignment tools include a wrap positioned over and covering at least a portion of the bottom straight edge of the elongated planar body to provide a protective layer for sliding along a surface of a shelf to facilitate alignment of items on the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Bellar, William Mark Propes
  • Patent number: 10499630
    Abstract: An apparatus for use by a human to bag, transport and release a small object without the human touching the object, the apparatus including an open ended flexible net bag supported by a frame having an opening, the frame including a handle with which a person maneuvers the open end to bag the object, transport the bagged object and release the bagged object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Randall L. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 10500715
    Abstract: An object-picking tool for picking objects from a distance includes an elongated arm and a gripping device. The elongated arm includes a distal arm and a proximal arm. Further the gripping device is provided at a distal end of the distal arm. The object-picking tool also includes a handle present on a proximal end of the proximal arm. Further, a controlling device is present on handle for controlling the gripping device. The object-picking tool further includes a folding and locking device having a button. The button, when pushed inside locks the distal arm and the proximal arm. The button when pushed back again or release unlock the distal arm and the proximal arm for folding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: James Fleming
  • Patent number: 10499771
    Abstract: Multi-function tongs are presented including: a pair of arms mechanically hinged along a proximal end; a pair of rotatable paddles each rotatably coupled with each of the pair of arms along a distal end; a pair of rotatable gears each rotatably coupled with each of the pair of rotatable paddles and with each of the pair of arms, where the pair of rotatable gears mesh when the multi-function tongs are in the closed position; and a pair of levers mechanically coupled with each of the pair of rotatable gears, the pair of levers extending outwardly from each of the pair of arms. In some embodiments, multi-function tongs further include: a tongs lock disposed along the proximal end to lock the multi-function tongs in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KIERAN BERGIN INC.
    Inventor: Kieran John Bergin
  • Patent number: 10493634
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a robotic end effector configured to mount to a robotic manipulator includes gripping elements configured to grasp objects, a drive mechanism configured to open and close the gripping elements, and a central controller configured to control operation of the drive mechanism and the gripper elements, the central controller hosting a control program that enables control of the end effector independent of the robotic manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Redwan Alqasemi, Paul Mitzlaff, Andoni Aguirrezabal, Lei Wu, Karl Rothe, Rajiv Dubey
  • Patent number: 10485365
    Abstract: Locking tongs that are operable to lock in a closed position and unlock to an open position with the use of one hand. The tongs include a first arm and a second arm connected at a pivot point and extend out from each other in an open position. A tension spring positioned at the pivot point holds the first and second arm in the open position. A locking mechanism includes: (i) a locking member having an elongated body and forms a stop at an end, the locking member positioned on an inner portion of the first arm and extends towards the second arm, and (ii) a receiving aperture defined on the second arm sized and shaped to receive the stop of the locking member. The locking member engages the second arm when the stop passes through the receiving aperture and thereby holds the pair of tongs in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Big Sky Product Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Eric John van Dalen
  • Patent number: 10483138
    Abstract: A wafer clamp includes a platform with a top surface, a stopper disposed at a front end of the platform, a push rod disposed at a rear end of the platform, at least one actuator pivotally connected to the push rod, and a sensor disposed at the front end of the platform, the sensor measuring a distance between the sensor and a wafer over the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Himax Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Fang Wan Lu, Jui Tang Chang
  • Patent number: 10471602
    Abstract: A gripper includes a body frame mounted on a magazine transfer robot. A first guide assembly is mounted on the body frame. A first gripping unit is movable along the first guide assembly. A second gripping unit is movable along the first guide assembly. A driver is configured to move the first gripping unit in a first direction. The driver is configured to move the second gripping unit in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The first gripping unit includes a first finger unit and a second finger unit independently moveable with respect to the first finger unit. The second gripping unit is spaced apart from the first gripping unit. The second gripping unit includes a third finger unit and a fourth finger unit independently moveable with respect to the third finger unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Seong Ko, Kwang-Jun Kim, Jung Jun Park, Hee Yun Choi
  • Patent number: 10470440
    Abstract: An animal waste collection device includes an elongated shaft having a channel extending through at least a portion thereof. A handle is proximate a first end of the shaft. A loop is proximate a second end of the shaft and extends at an obtuse angle relative to the shaft so the loop can be held parallel to the ground. Clips are coupled to the loop to grasp an open-end of a disposable bag. An adjustment mechanism is maneuverable to reduce of a size of the loop by pulling a portion of the coated cable into the channel of the shaft, and maneuverable to increase the size of the loop by pushing a portion of the coated cable out of the channel of the shaft. The size of the loop controls an extent to which an open-end of a disposable bag is held open by the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Hyung Sok Kim
  • Patent number: 10472782
    Abstract: A portable dustpan structure for cleaning pet excrement includes: a box body, a tubular member, a shaft and two roller units. The tubular member is pivotable relative to the box body to move between the upright position and the lie-flat position. When the tubular member is in the upright position, the mouth of the box body is upwards, the pet excrement won't fall out, and it can save space for easy storage. When the tubular member is in the lie-flat position, the pet owners can rake the pet excrement into the box body via the mouth so as to achieve of the purpose of cleaning. The dustpan further includes two roller units, so that the pet owner can move the dustpan by pulling the shaft, thereby improving the comfort of carrying object, moving without lifting, making the dustpan easy to carry and saving effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yali Limited Company
    Inventor: Nian-Zhao Li
  • Patent number: 10465351
    Abstract: The animal waste-collecting device is adapted for use with a companion animal. The animal waste-collecting device is configured for use in the collection of the excrement of the companion animal. The animal waste-collecting device comprises a telescopic structure, a ring mount, a capture head, and a lamp. The ring mount attaches the capture head to the telescopic structure such that the faces of the capture head rotate relative to the center axis of the telescopic shaft. The capture head is configured for use with a disposable collection bag. The disposable collection bag attaches to the capture head such that the excrement is captured during the elimination process of the companion animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Perez