Patents Examined by Thiem D Phan
  • Patent number: 11911125
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with a robotic manipulator includes an end effector assembly having one or two end effector members, each having a distal treatment end, a proximal end, and a tendon pass-through. Tendons that provide both mechanical actuation and electrical conduction to the end effector members are positioned in the pass-throughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Asensus Surgical US, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Penny, Nicholas J Jardine
  • Patent number: 11908611
    Abstract: A formed body incorporating a coil by using: a coil formed by winding a conductive wire, and a formed body incorporating the coil, the formed body being formed with a sealing material containing a resin and a magnetic material. The coil is formed by winding the conductive wire so that lead-out ends are positioned at an outer periphery of a wound portion. The formed body is formed so that surfaces of the coil are partially exposed on four side surfaces of the formed body which are parallel to a winding axis of the coil, and the area of a portion of the formed body outside the outer periphery of the wound portion is almost equal to or smaller than the area of a portion of the formed body inside an inner periphery of the wound portion of the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitoshi Shoda, Kozo Sato, Makoto Murakami, Kunio Sasamori, Naoto Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11904175
    Abstract: A battery configured to support a relatively high rate of energy discharge relative to its capacity for energy intensive therapy delivery. The battery includes a feedthrough insulator cap disposed within the interior of the battery on at least a portion of a ferrule, at least a portion of an insulator, and at least a portion of a pin, which define a feedthrough extending through an enclosure of the battery; a first electrode disposed within the enclosure and electrically coupled to the pin; a second electrode disposed within the enclosure and separated a distance from the first electrode; and an electrolyte disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. During operation of the battery, the feedthrough insulator cap reduces dendrite formation on at least a portion of the ferrule, the pin, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Louwagie, Richard W. Swenson, Joel Hoepner, David J. DeSmet
  • Patent number: 11908594
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an electrical cable accessory system for covering an electrical cable and/or cable connection. The electrical cable accessory system includes a pre-expanded cable accessory unit and a time-temperature indicator associated with the pre-expanded cable accessory unit. The pre-expanded cable accessory unit includes a pre-expanded cable accessory formed of an elastomeric material and a removable holdout mounted within the elastomeric cable accessory, wherein the holdout is operative to maintain the elastomeric cable accessory in an expanded state and to permit the elastomeric cable accessory to elastically contract when the holdout is removed from the elastomeric cable accessory. The time-temperature indicator is configured to undergo a visible change in appearance in response to a cumulative heat exposure and signal to a viewer when the elastomeric material of the pre-expanded elastomeric cable accessory unit has experienced a threshold cumulative heat exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Harry George Yaworski, Kavitha Bharadwaj
  • Patent number: 11901766
    Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, a method of making a carbon rotor includes, providing a quantity of material, densifying the quantity of material, and forming the densified material into a disk shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Iwona Wrobel, Lara Naomi Huapaya Rojas, Tod Policandriotes
  • Patent number: 11901654
    Abstract: A method of interconnecting first and second printed circuit boards using a float connector with a contact assembly that includes installing a first guide member onto the first printed circuit board with the float connector in an open non-compressed position, after installing the first guide member onto the first printed circuit board, installing a second guide member onto the second printed circuit board with the float connector in the open non-compressed position, and compressing the first and second printed circuit boards toward one another to move the float connector from the open non-compressed position to a compressed position until contact ends of the contact assembly of the float connector are exposed outside of the first and second guide members, respectively, thereby electrically connecting the contact ends to the first and second printed circuit boards, respectively, for electrical connection between the first and second printed circuit boards through the float connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: AMPHENOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. Hoyack, Joachim I. Grek, Owen R. Barthelmes
  • Patent number: 11891299
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of controlling the placement of micro-objects on the surface of a micro-assembler. Control patterns may be used to cause phototransistors or electrodes of the micro-assembler to generate dielectrophoretic (DEP) and electrophoretic (EP) forces which may be used to manipulate, move, position, or orient one or more micro-objects on the surface of the micro-assembler. A set of micro-object may be analyzed. Geometric properties of the set of micro-objects may be identified. The set of micro-objects may be divided into multiple sub-sets of micro-objects based on the one or more geometric properties and one or more control patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Anne Plochowietz, Matthew Shreve
  • Patent number: 11894485
    Abstract: A wire bonding system attaches wires to a solar cell wafer. The wire bonding system includes a feed tube through which a wire is drawn. Rollers contact the wire through openings in the feed tube to facilitate movement of the wire. The wire bonding system includes a soldering heater tip and a wire cutter. The solar cell wafer is placed on a platform, which moves the solar cell wafer. The system has multiple lanes for attaching multiple wires to the solar cell wafer at the same time in parallel operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Maxeon Solar Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Vergil R. Sandoval, Emmanuel C. Abas, Yafu Lin
  • Patent number: 11894522
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a laminated power storage device disclosed herein includes a step A of preparing an electrode body to which an electrode terminal is connected, a step B of preparing a laminated film, a step C of building a power storage device assembly in which the electrode body is covered with the laminated film and is sealed, and a step D of placing the power storage device assembly in a predetermined reduced-pressure atmosphere. The power storage device assembly has a welding portion in which the laminated films are stacked and welded together in a state in which part of the electrode terminal is protruded to the outside from between the laminated films around the electrode body. A pressure of the reduced-pressure atmosphere in the step D is set so as to guarantee that a weld strength of the welding portion is not less than a predetermined strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: PRIME PLANET ENERGY & SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Seigo Fujishima
  • Patent number: 11887800
    Abstract: The disclosed concept relates generally to overlay composite fuse elements, materials for their construction that include copper and silver metals, and methods of production and fabrication using metal stamping and ultrasonic welding processes. In certain embodiments, a composite overlay fuse element includes a composite metal material 37 constructed of silver and copper metals, which includes a plurality of strain absorbing bend features 39 constructed of copper metal, and a plurality of arc interrupting weak spot features 43 constructed of a silver metal portion and a copper metal portion. The silver and copper metal portions on each of the plurality of arc interrupting weak spot features 43 are connected by a weld joint surface 45 that is structured to form an overlay of the silver and copper metal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Stephen Douglass, Ankita Mehra
  • Patent number: 11887969
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatus, systems, and methods having a base, a first die, a second arranged in a stacked with the first die and the base, and a structure located in the stack and outside at least one of the first and second dice and configured to transfer signals between the base and at least one of the first and second dice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Brent Keeth, Mark Hiatt, Terry R. Lee, Mark Tuttle, Rahul Advani, John F. Schreck
  • Patent number: 11885857
    Abstract: A cage with a fastening system (1) in a magnetic resonance device (MRD) is disclosed, said cage in an MRD comprising (a) M pole pieces (45) (M?2); (b) N side magnets (20) (N?2), said side magnets substantially enclosing said pole pieces and thereby defining a magnetic envelope and enclosed volume therein; (c) N side walls (10), said side walls substantially enclosing said side magnets; (d) P face walls (30) (P?2); and (e) a plurality of fastening rods (100); wherein each of said fastening rods physically interconnects at least one pair of side walls, passing through at least one of said side magnets and at least one of said pole pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Aspect Imaging Ltd.
    Inventor: Uri Rapoport
  • Patent number: 11881748
    Abstract: A method can be used for inserting a hairpin in a stator core. The method includes unwinding a coil spiral-wound on an uncoiler, forming a decoated portion by decoating a predetermined portion on the coil, bending the coil in multiple stages to two-dimensionally form a leg portion and a head portion of a hairpin, cutting the coil formed with the leg portion and the head portion by a predetermined length, and moving the hairpin to be inserted into a stator core while three-dimensionally forming the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Min Choi
  • Patent number: 11881672
    Abstract: Systems and methods of electrically connecting electrical energy storage or photovoltaic equipment with electrical destination equipment without performing any hard-wiring or installing any terminations in the field. A utility-scale electrical energy storage system and/or photovoltaic inverter is provided with a receptacle at its electrical output with a frame shaped and sized to secure to a first plug on a first cable to form an electrical connection between the first source equipment, first cable and the destination equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Gridworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bassalleck, Dustin Neel
  • Patent number: 11869703
    Abstract: A wound-wire-type inductor component includes a core including a column-shaped shaft part that extends in a first direction, and a first support part and a second support part that are respectively provided at a first end portion and a second end portion of the shaft part; a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode that are respectively provided on the first support part and the second support part; and a wire including a wound wire part that is wound around the shaft part and a first end and a second end that are respectively connected to the first terminal electrode and the second terminal electrode. The interval between adjacent turns of the wound wire part in the first direction is set so that the number of turns wound around the shaft part is high with respect to a prescribed inductance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sugie, Tomotaka Gotoda
  • Patent number: 11858674
    Abstract: A method for laying multiple conductors in a container may be provided. The method may comprise receiving the multiple conductors at a monitoring station; receiving the multiple conductors at a drive; and receiving the multiple conductors at the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Temblador, Allan W. Daniel, John D. Moore, Daniel Irvin, Franklin Calhoun, Juan Alberto Galindo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11862921
    Abstract: A connector insert device for automatic switching of connector fixture includes terminal fixing portions clipping a wire, a wire storage portion storing groups of wires, transferring portions configured to store the wire clipped by the terminal fixing portion in the wire storage portion through a conveying portion, a connector fixing portion storing connectors, and an insert portion inserting the groups of wires in the wire storage portion into the connector fixing portion through the conveying portion. Each terminal fixing portion includes a terminal fixing base, a terminal clipping base, and a terminal gripper. The terminal clipping base is rotatably connected with the terminal fixing base through a terminal connecting shaft. The terminal gripper is connected with the terminal clipping base. The terminal fixing portion rotates the wire to a predetermined angle. The transferring portions clip the wire and places the wire in the wire storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CITY LINQUAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Donglin Gao
  • Patent number: 11862920
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembling machine includes a connector strip feed unit including a feeding device configured to index the connector strip through a feed track in successive feed strokes and a contact loading assembly loading contacts into the connector strip. The contact loading assembly includes a wire distribution unit and a wire feed unit having a feeding device configured to simultaneously index wires through feed tracks in successive feed strokes. The wire feed unit includes a wire guide assembly guiding the wires through the wire feed unit. The contact loading assembly includes a contact forming unit and a contact loading device loading the contacts made from the wires into the connector strip as the connector strip is advanced through the electrical connector assembling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Solutions Gmbh
    Inventors: David Wiltraut, Jeffrey Zerbe, Craig Roper, Edward T. Price, III, Albert W. Wolfgang, III
  • Patent number: 11862366
    Abstract: A method of making a heater includes an aluminum nitride base having equal to or less than 1% impurities, particularly one embodiment having none of polybrominated biphenyl, polybrominated diphenyl ether, hexabromocyclododecane, polyvinyl chloride, chlorinated paraffin, phthalate, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury. The base is fired in a heating unit before any layering. Thereafter, on a topside and backside of the base a conductor layer is layered and allowed to settle and dry before firing. Next, a resistive layer is layered on the base from a resistor paste such that the resistive layer connects to the conductor layer on the topside. The resistor paste is allowed to settle and dry and then the base with the conductor and resistor layers is fired. At least four layers of glass are layered next over the resistive layer, each instance thereof including layering a glass, drying the glass and firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Makoto Aoki, Jerry Wayne Smith
  • Patent number: 11855395
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes a busway and a bus plug. A mechanical assembly rotatably mounts the bus plug relative to the busway. The system includes a remote racking device including a mechanism having a first mechanical component coupled to the bus plug and a second mechanical component coupled to the busway. The remote racking device rotates the bus plug relative to the busway about a rotation axis defined by the mechanical assembly based on mechanical interaction of the first mechanical component and the second mechanical component. Methods of connecting and disconnecting a bus plug relative to a busway with a remote racking device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Kundan Deore, Gordon Pettersen, Shrikant Machale