Patents Examined by William A. Rivera
  • Patent number: 10702106
    Abstract: A dispenser for rolled materials, including a first base, a second base rotatably engaged with the first base, the second base including a disc including a top surface having one or more ribs arranged thereon, and a vertical member connected to the top surface, a first post connected to the first base, and a second post connected to the first base, the second post including a flapper operatively arranged to engage the one or more ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Umbra LLC
    Inventors: David Green, Dominic Marco Montante
  • Patent number: 10701916
    Abstract: A retractable fishing line spooler for mounting on a building wall or a boat surface. The spooler is positioned on a lever arm held on a mounting body. The lever arm is retracted to be in line with the mounting body when not in use and pulled partially away from the mounting body when in use for spooling fishing line. A ball bearing-and-spring locking mechanism and a pin hold the lever arm in place on the mounting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Myong Yu
  • Patent number: 10703600
    Abstract: A floating water mat reel that has a plurality of plates mounted to an axle. A floating water mat is selectively connected to the plates. A crank, connected to the axle is used to rotate the plates so that the mat wraps around the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: David Donald Behrendt
  • Patent number: 10696511
    Abstract: A tape reel supporting device includes a plurality of shaft members and a plurality of roller members. The plurality of shaft members extend to be parallel to each other in a horizontal direction. The plurality of roller members are provided to be externally fitted into each of the plurality of shaft members, and each of two inclined surfaces inclined to an axis of each shaft member abuts on an outer peripheral edge of each of a pair of disk members. The two inclined surfaces provided on each of the plurality of roller members are inclined in directions opposite to each other in a direction along an axis of each shaft member on which the roller member is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroki Kobayashi, Yoshiaki Awata, Tetsushi Oohori
  • Patent number: 10696002
    Abstract: A paper crumpler has a dispenser with a bottom, a top, a side wall between the bottom and the top, and a cavity defined by the bottom, the top, and the side wall. A hole is formed in the top of the dispenser. A shelf is positioned within the cavity below the top of the dispenser. Uncrumpled paper is stored in the cavity beneath the shelf. An orifice is formed in the shelf. The orifice has protrusions that extend radially inward toward one another and that are configured to contact the uncrumpled paper when the uncrumpled paper is passed through the orifice from the cavity to thereby form crumpled paper above the shelf. The crumpled paper can be dispensed from the dispenser through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Danco Packaging Supply Company
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Mulvey, Daniel Joseph Mulvey
  • Patent number: 10694901
    Abstract: A method of dispensing sheet material from two rolls includes dispensing a first sheet of material from a first roll of the material located at a first location, lowering the first roll from the first location as the first sheet of material is being dispensed, lowering a second roll of material onto a second location above the first location when the first roll has been lowered to a location below the first location, and dispensing a second sheet of material from the second roll. A dispenser allowing for dispensing from two rolls includes a first wall having a forward end, a second wall opposite and spaced apart from the first wall and a cam coupled to each wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Dikran Babikian, William Conway, Marlon Rincan, Nancy LaCroix-Toyne
  • Patent number: 10694900
    Abstract: Dispensing towels includes, using a motor assembly configured to cause a leading edge of the toweling to be extended from a housing of the dispenser and to cause the toweling to be subsequently retracted back into the housing, (a) the step of extending the toweling exterior of the housing for grasping by a user; and (b) subsequent thereto, the steps of (1) retracting the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly; (2) sensing a leading edge of the toweling, using a sensor, while retracting the toweling; and (3) ceasing retracting of the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly as a function of sensing the leading edge of the toweling using the sensor. The toweling is advanced by the motor assembly such that a line of perforations in the toweling, along which the user tears the toweling, is located downstream of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II, Ian D. Kovacevich, Thomas James Philpott, Christopher Hoy, Lawrence Ober
  • Patent number: 10689217
    Abstract: An inclination of an outer circumferential surface of a film roll with respect to a widthwise axis is restricted. The roll includes: an outer cylinder part having a material thickness that is smaller toward a negative side of a y-axis than it is toward a positive side of the y-axis; and a slit separator which is wound around an outer circumferential surface of the outer cylinder part and which has a thickness that is larger toward the negative side of the y-axis than it is toward the positive side of the y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Mariko Kunai, Hiroko Nakashima, Daizaburo Yashiki
  • Patent number: 10682022
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a dispenser for dispensing precut wiping material, in the form of a reel that can be unwound as a strip. The dispenser comprises a housing, a cover and a module. The module comprises two side walls, a guide device, a flap and a plate. A space for guiding and clamping the strip is delimited between the flap and the plate. The module comprises a system providing relative clearance between the flap and the plate, varying the configuration of said space. The clearance system comprises four transverse rods formed projecting from the side edges of the flap, with two spaced-apart rods per side edge, and four housings provided in the side walls, with two housings per side wall. Each housing receives one of the rods and comprises a longitudinal part and a vertical part. A clearance is thus defined longitudinally and vertically between each rod and the corresponding housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Patent number: 10683187
    Abstract: A mobile electrical cable distribution assembly provides a mobile cart that supports multiple spools at a slope, creating a tiered arrangement of spools for easier access and distribution of the electrical cables rolled thereon. The mobility of the cart enables the electrical cables to be positioned for drawing and spooling. The sloped arrangement of the spools allows for facilitated access to the ends of the electrical cable for drawing and spooling the electrical cable. The spools are configured to carry, draw, and spool the electrical cables directly from the cart. The assembly also provides multiple interchangeable conveyor rollers to carry the spools. The conveyor rollers comprise a shaft, antifriction ball bearings, and an outer cylinder race for drawing and spooling the electrical cable about the spool. The conveyor roller also has springs between the outer cylinder race and the shaft, creating spring returned mounting for facilitated access to the ball bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Cole Darren Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10682023
    Abstract: The present invention provides a holder and dispenser of rolled products such as paper, plastic, foil, tape and other goods with magnetic resistance. The dispenser generally includes a base and a cage that supports the roll of material and rotates relative to the base. A magnetic resistance mechanism is generally located between the base and the cage. The magnetic resistance mechanism creates forces that act to resist rotation of the cage relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: William Holden
  • Patent number: 10676303
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and an apparatus for supplying, staging, and/or handling, and/or for replacing rolls (12, 20) with flat material and/or film material wound thereonto and serving as packaging material (22) for packaging piece goods, bundles, or the like sets of articles. Depleted rolls (20) are removed from at least one installation position (EB1, EB2) of a packaging machine (14), and new rolls (12) are mounted into the particular installation position (EB1, EB2), with new rolls (12) being staged to the packaging machine (14) in a specified feeder device. Each of the installation positions (EB1, EB2) of the packaging machine (14) includes at least one rotatable receiving mandrel (70) for the rotatable reception and holding of the rolls (12). The at least one receiving mandrel (70) is shiftable in its axial direction upon removing a depleted roll (20) and/or upon mounting of a new roll (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Irmengard Prankl, Herbert Spindler, Thomas Wimmer, Juergen Werner
  • Patent number: 10674878
    Abstract: A paper roll cover includes a cover member, a left side wall having a plurality of apertures peripherally around a central large aperture, a right side wall having a plurality of apertures peripherally around a central large aperture, and where the left side wall is arranged and configured to reside on a left side of the cover member and the right side wall is arranged and configured to reside a right side of the cover member. In some embodiments, the plurality of apertures in the right side wall or the left side wall are configured to fit pegs to adjust the paper cover roll to brackets mounted on a wall and alternatively to a stand alone paper roll stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Rollmate LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Kaweblum, Adam Bender
  • Patent number: 10667656
    Abstract: A toilet paper roll holder for portable toilets. The device includes an elongated member including a channel configured to removably receive a leg of a commode and a support arm configured to operably support a roll of toilet paper thereon. The channel includes a length ranging between 16 inches to 22 inches in order to accommodate differently sized commodes. The support arm includes a horizontal portion extending horizontally outwardly from a proximal end of the elongated member and a vertical portion extending vertically outwardly from an end of the horizontal portion, such that the vertical portion is orthogonal relative to the horizontal portion and parallel relative to the elongated member. A fastener disposed on the elongated member is configured to removably secure the leg of a commode within the longitudinal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Audrey Jackson
  • Patent number: 10660321
    Abstract: A fishing line winder is disclosed. The line winder is combined with a line reel, so that a fishing line is sequentially reeled and unreeled. The line winder is a machine for preventing reverse winding and tangling, where a base of the fishing line winder is provided with a shaft, and a driving member drives the shaft to rotate, while a spindle is provided with a line spool, an abutment wheel and an unidirectional bearing; a resistance against the rotation of the abutment wheel is formed by means of a brake pad, thus preventing reverse winding and tangling when the fishing line is reeled onto and unreeled from the line reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Ching-Hua Tseng
  • Patent number: 10660485
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses regarding an improved sheet product dispenser are provided herein. Example sheet product dispensers include a rotatable carriage that holds two full size product rolls. Upon substantial depletion of one of the product rolls, the sheet product dispenser is configured to enable the carriage to rotate to present the depleted product roll to the janitor for easy and intuitive replacement. For example, a carriage with a depleted product roll may be configured to automatically rotate upon opening of the cover. Additional features for intuitive and reliable installation of the product roll are also provided herein, such as roll holder slot guides and a retention mechanism that maintains installation of a product roll during rotation of the carriage. Such example sheet product dispensers help to eliminate product waste, reduce confusion while loading, and reduce the time and effort required to load the sheet product dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Johnson, Brian Scott Borke, John Patrick Laitala, Nickolas Everett Madsen, Paul James Ruthven
  • Patent number: 10654395
    Abstract: A system includes a trailer base, a trailer bed mounted to the trailer base, a turntable disposed on the trailer bed, and a lifting head protruding in an outwardly direction from the trailer bed and the trailer base when the lifting head is in a first orientation. A position of the lifting head is adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the trailer bed. The system also includes an actuator coupled to the trailer base. The lifting head is raised to a second orientation by the actuator when the actuator is in an actuated state, and the lifting head is in the first orientation when the actuator is in a non-actuated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher White, Kyle Helbing, Alexander Lee Winn, Peter Parker
  • Patent number: 10647539
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tension buffer system for multi-wirepay-off system. The tension buffer system comprises guiding pulleys (4, 4a, 4b) adapted to guide wires (6, 6a, 6b) being paid off, and reversing pulleys (8). Each reversing pulley (8) is adapted to guide a wire (6, 6a, 6b) from the guiding pulley (4, 4a, 4b) and back to the guiding pulley (4, 4a, 4b), two reversing pulleys (8) are rotatably mounted on a first support (10), the first support (10) is pivoted around first support axis (12) lying between the two reversing pulleys (8) so that pivoting brings one of the two reversing pulleys (8) closer to the guiding pulley (4, 4a, 4b) while the other of the two reversing pulleys (8) more remote from said guiding pulley (4, 4a, 4b). This invention provides a mechanical device to balance the tension difference between multiple wires in the pay-off system to produce a steel cord with constant tension and satisfactory quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NV BEKAERT SA
    Inventor: Xinghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10646079
    Abstract: A ligature resistant holder for a roll of material that is to be disposed within a wall. The holder includes a housing of which at least one side walls has an aperture with which a support assembly is associated. The support assembly includes a support member, a biasing member, a retainer and a support housing. The retainer extends through the aperture and includes portions defining a passage through the retainer. At least partially disposed within the passage of the retainer is the support member. The support member includes an actuation portion, which extends into the chamber, and a stop portion that extends radially relative to the actuation portion and engages the retainer such that axial movement of the button through the passage is limited. The biasing member is at least partially disposed within the support housing and biases the support member for movement within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Acorn Engineering Company
    Inventor: Darryl Boeltl
  • Patent number: 10647542
    Abstract: A reusable paper core including a cylindrical body having a circular outer periphery surrounding an open interior. The cylindrical body is configured to receive a roll of paper. The paper core includes at least one plate that spans at least a portion of the open interior such that the at least one plate connects at least two portions of the outer periphery. The at least one plate defines a non-circular central opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Rodgers, Ron Weedin