Patents Examined by William A. Rivera
  • Patent number: 12011121
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for a consolidated towel holder or rack. An example consolidated towel holder includes a base, a first support member extending upward from the base, a second support member extending upward from the base and configured for supporting a paper towel roll, a cap in slidable contact with the first support member via an extension member such that the cap gravitationally rests atop the paper towel roll, and a third support member extending perpendicularly from the first support member and configured for supporting a fabric towel or cleaning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventor: Laura Madden
  • Patent number: 12012299
    Abstract: The unwinder includes an unwinding station, in which to arrange a reel to be unwound. In the unwinding station there is arranged a series of guide rollers, defining a feed path of the web material. There are also provided: a cutting member adapted to cut a web material coming from an exhausted reel; and splicing members to splice a trailing edge of a first web material coming from an exhausted reel to a leading edge of a second web material coming from a new reel. A pick-up device is configured to pick up the leading edge of the second web material from a temporary retaining element, carried by a transfer unit to transfer reels to the unwinding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Fabio Perini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Morelli, Andrea Petrone
  • Patent number: 12004693
    Abstract: A paper towel holder is provided, comprising: a support base; a support shaft, which is provided on the support base; a movable clamping body, which is sleeved on a first end of the support shaft, and is used to abut against a first end of the paper roll; a static clamping body, which is detachably arranged on a second end of the support shaft, and is used to abut against a second end of the paper roll; a first magnetic suction member, which is arranged on the movable clamping body; and a second magnetic suction member, which is arranged on a side proximate to the first end of the support shaft and further away from the static clamping body than the movable clamping body, wherein the second magnetic suction member and the first magnetic suction member repel each other so as to maintain the movable clamping body in a state of being held against the first end of the paper roll; or, the second magnetic suction member is arranged on a side proximate to the second end of the support shaft, the second magnetic suct
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2024
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Qiaolan Lin
  • Patent number: 11993411
    Abstract: There is provided a film dispenser including a pre-stretch assembly, a dancer bar and a dancer bar control assembly. In response to a variation of a film feed requirement, the dancer bar is movable over a displacement range between a first position and at least one second position. The dancer bar is in the first position when a tension in the material web is below a threshold and in the at least one second position when the tension in the material web is equal to or above the threshold. The dancer bar control assembly is connected to the pre-stretch assembly and the dancer bar and is configured to bias the dancer bar with a constant force over the displacement range, monitor a displacement of the dancer bar and generate a speed command based thereon, and send the speed command to a motor to adjust the film delivery speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: WULFTEC INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Guy Lopes
  • Patent number: 11987460
    Abstract: A reel assembly includes a plurality of reels coupled to a reel support device. The reels are configured to rotate relative to the reel support device to dispense materials. The reel support device includes a first plate coupled to a second plate with fasteners that are coupled to first holes in the first plate and include a fastening portion received in second holes in the second plate. The fasteners are removably coupled to the second holes, such that an operator can rotate the first plate relative to the second plate by applying a lateral force to the first plate to remove the fastening portion from the second holes. The first plate rotates until the fastening portion is secured in a successive one of the second holes. During normal operation, an elastic element in the fasteners holds the first plate in position until the force is provided by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Kwik Lok Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Goodell
  • Patent number: 11970356
    Abstract: Embodiments of spool covers adapted for covering spools of wire mounted on corresponding shafts for preventing tangling of the wire during use, comprising a first cover portion and a second cover portion, each cover portion adapted to engage the shaft adjacent sides of the spool of wire without removing the spool from the shaft, the first and second cover portions being one of rebuildable, comprised of disposable cardboard, and comprised of side walls wherein one of the side walls has attached thereto at least one collett portion adapted for retaining the spool centered within the first and second cover portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Robert Haag
  • Patent number: 11970350
    Abstract: A medium unit, having a tray, a casing, and a pullback assembly, is provided. The tray stores a roll of medium, in which a continuous medium is rolled. The casing supports the tray detachably attached thereto. The pullback assembly pushes the continuous medium from a lower side to pull a loose end of the continuous medium unrolled from the roll of medium in conjunction with a detaching action to move the tray to detach from the casing in an orthogonal direction intersecting orthogonally with a rotation axis of the roll of medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Tsujimura
  • Patent number: 11958705
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and unloading a roll includes a roll support portion disposed adjacent to a roll unwinder; a first traveling rail disposed on one side of the roll unwinder; a moving frame movably installed on the first traveling rail; and a roll attaching and detaching unit movably installed on the moving frame, wherein the roll support portion includes a lifting unit configured to move up and down a disposed roll, and wherein the roll attaching and detaching unit includes a moving plate moving on the moving frame, and a main body portion rotatably installed on the moving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: SK ON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Dock Han
  • Patent number: 11957280
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to paper product devices for holding toilet paper, particularly toilet roll spindles and holders that simultaneously provide illumination in an area. Embodiments described for the present invention use a toilet paper spindle housing, one or more springs designed to hold the electrical device in place, a power source, often battery powered, one or more lights within the housing to illuminate an area around and including a toilet, an ambient light sensor to detect an ambient light level, a toilet paper slide preventer and motion sensor guard, and one or more passive infrared sensors to detect movement in an area. The embodiment may illuminate an area for a specific time duration once motion or occupancy is detected. In one embodiment, the toilet roll spindle housing attaches vertically to a freestanding base and may be comprised of a power source, a photocell sensor, and infrared sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Jasco Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Phil Cascia, Marde Burke, Nathan Moran, Lawrence Villarroel, Ryan Egbert
  • Patent number: 11952234
    Abstract: A foil dispensing device for on demand dispensing of sections of foil of a selectable length includes a housing comprising a lid that is hingedly engaged to a box so that the lid is positioned to selectively close an open top of the box. A motor is engaged to and positioned the box. A spindle is positionable in box to operationally engage the spindle to the motor. A roll of foil is positioned around spindle so that a free end of the roll of extends into a slot positioned in the housing. A motion sensor engaged to the housing and operationally engaged to the motor is actuated by motion of a hand of a user to signal the motor to rotate the spindle to dispense a section of the foil through the slot. A cutter positioned by the slot cuts the foil to separate the section from the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Brandi Edwards
  • Patent number: 11952226
    Abstract: An assembly for handling reel spools, comprising linear support rails, having a first end and a second end, arranged parallel to each other, and a reel spool cart arranged on the support rails, the support rails being arranged at a first distance from each other, the first distance being greater than axial length of the reel spool, and the cart being provided with a hoisting device configured to hoist the reel spool vertically from beneath of at least one of the support rails to at least partly above at least one of the support rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Valmet Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Jaakko Haapanen
  • Patent number: 11945682
    Abstract: A lanyard having a locking mechanism is provided. The lanyard locking mechanism actuates between a locked position and an unlocked position. In the locked position, the lanyard spool is restricted from rotating, and in the unlocked position, the lanyard spool is permitted to rotate with reduced interference from the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes biasing components that bias the locking mechanism to remain stationary unless sufficient force is exerted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander J. Paulsen, Andrew G. Wagner, Scott M. Hangartner
  • Patent number: 11945678
    Abstract: Each of a pair of spool-supporting struts for a spool-holding rack having two pairs of vertical posts between which the struts are mounted utilizes an axle assembly having rotatable end portions for resting upon the struts and a beam having two opposite end portions. The beam includes an upwardly-opening pocket which is adapted to accept a rotatable end portion of the axle assembly directed downwardly therein, and there is associated with each end portion of the beam a platen portion which is positionable outboard of the pair of vertical posts. In addition, an abutment surface is associated with the upwardly-opening pocket for aiding in the locating of an end portion of the axle assembly in vertical registry with the upwardly-opening pocket, and the upwardly-opening pocket includes a pair of spool-centering guide plates along the side opening thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: iTool Equipment Holding LLC
    Inventors: David S. Jordan, Michael C. Jordan, Scott M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 11942109
    Abstract: In order to enable adjustment of the inclination of a guide roller member with respect to a base body, this member is provided with a base body and a guide roller member that is secured to the base body and that determines the advancement direction for a prescribed tape. The guide roller member includes a base part and a rotating shaft that is secured to the base part. In relation to the base body, the base part comes into contact, simultaneously and on the same side as the rotating shaft, with: the leading ends of a plurality of screws that are passed through a plurality of screw holes penetrating the base body; and projecting parts that are connected to or have come into contact with the base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Ojima
  • Patent number: 11939178
    Abstract: A device for neatly winding up cargo ties includes a moveable clamp arm a first end of which projects out of an opening of the housing such that the clamp arm and the housing together form a pair of jaws that can selectively be placed about a variety of surfaces and tightened. The jaws are loosened and tightened through the rotation of a threaded rod that engages with a second end of the clamp arm at the interior of the housing causing movement of the clamp arm along a clamping axis. In some embodiments, a nut which is prevented from rotating, is disposed at the second end of the clamp arm and comprises threading that engages with the threading on the threaded rod moving the clamp arm along the clamping axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Shawn Shinn
  • Patent number: 11939184
    Abstract: A spool configured to support a roll of material. The spool comprises an arbor, a first flange, and a second flange. The first flange includes a first plurality of flange panels that are rotatably connected to respective arbor panels of the arbor at a first arbor edge of the arbor. The second flange is connected to a second arbor edge of the arbor. The first flange is configured to transition between a retention configuration and an open configuration. In the retention configuration, the roll of material is substantially prevented from removal from the arbor along an arbor axis by the first and second flanges. In the open configuration, the roll of material is removable from the arbor and receivable on the arbor in the arbor direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Scientific Anglers LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Herbert Jenkins, Jeffrey Nelson Noble
  • Patent number: 11926503
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted reel utility. A brake wheel is macro-positioned to a non-contact position adjacent to the reel by sliding along a reel-supporting lifting arm. An actuator pivots the brake bracket bringing the wheel into a contact position with the reel. A cable dispenser for figure 8'ing the cable is mounted to the free end of a positioning arm that rotates from a position parallel to a lifting arm to a position perpendicular to the lifting arm. The dispenser is pivotally mounted to the positioning arm, allowing the user to swivel the dispenser about a horizontal arc while maintaining the dispenser in a central lateral position relative to a reel or a vehicle during the swivel movement. A hydraulic circuit controls the dispenser and the actuator that controls the brake wheel from a contact to non-contact position, to coordinate the stopping of cable dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Triple C Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Galen R. Ackerman, Edwin J. Strathman
  • Patent number: 11912530
    Abstract: The patent discloses a winding device with a speed regulating mechanism. The winding device with a speed regulating mechanism includes a device body and a winding wheel installed on the device body. The speed regulating mechanism is arranged on one side of the winding wheel and includes a transmission gear set and a speed regulating shifting rod. The transmission gear set includes a sliding output gear and a speed regulating transmission member. According to the winding device with a speed regulating mechanism, the speed regulating mechanism is installed in the winding device, through the regulation of the speed regulating shifting rod, the transmission efficiency of a water turbine can be changed, and the regulation of various winding speeds can be achieved. Moreover, an idling function can be fulfilled after an output shaft is pulled through a handle, which makes the winding wheel suspend moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Wei Tu
  • Patent number: 11910965
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multipurpose spindle for dispensing a continuous format product, such as toilet paper. The spindle is configured to restrict movement of product or paper off the roll to reduce the length of product removed. More specifically, the spindle includes a hollow arm having a thick arm and a thin arm, a plurality of spring biased paper restrictors, and the restrictor touches the paperboard core of a roll to restrict movement of paper off the roll. A central torsional spring positioned inside the hollow arm also helps in restricting the movement of the paper product. The paper restrictors are depressed to slide the spindle through a paper roll and are released to touch the paperboard core of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Errol Gaton
  • Patent number: 11897713
    Abstract: Rolling assembly for packaging web material in a roll having a base member with concave arcuate feed surface defining an upwardly-extending ramp, first intermediate member movably coupled to base member, and top member moveably coupled to at least one of base member or first intermediate member, top member having a concave arcuate pressure surface facing feed surface of base member. The base member, first intermediate member and top member collectively forming an iris with a feed space, the iris moveable between a first condition and a second condition, and configured to receive web material along the feed surface and direct the web material upwardly toward the top member to form a roll within the feed space, the iris moving toward a second condition as the roll of web material increases in cross dimension against the pressure surface of the top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: REYNOLDS CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Toney