Patents Examined by William E. Dondero
  • Patent number: 10994964
    Abstract: A method of installing cable on a cable reel apparatus that includes providing a pre-wound, reel-less coil of cable for installing on a separable cable reel. The cable reel includes a first flange that is configured to be rotatably coupled to a first frame, and the first flange has opposite inner and outer sides, and a second flange that is separate from the first flange and is configured to be rotatably coupled to a second frame, and the second flange has opposite inner and outer sides. One of the first and second flanges includes a hub portion that extends transversely from the inner side thereof. The method also includes instructing a user to releasably couple the first and second flanges to support the pre-wound, reel-lees coil of cable on the hub portion between the first and second flanges along the central longitudinal axis of the separable cable reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Rakesh Thakare, Caichun Song, Phillip S. Bowen, Marvin Bryant, Paul R. Boucher, Barry Holt
  • Patent number: 10994965
    Abstract: A hosed-reeling apparatus comprising a hose reel and a rack having a front opening for demountably receiving and supporting the hose reel. The hose reel has two sidewalls, a connection member concentrically coupling the two sidewalls, and two spindles extending laterally outward from the centers of the two sidewalls, respectively. The rack has at least a base framework, and a locking structure configurable between an unlock position and a lock position. The base framework has two upward facing channels on opposite sides thereof for demountably receiving the hose reel spindles. The channels are accessible from thereabove when the locking structure is at the unlock position, and the channels are inaccessible from thereabove when the locking structure is at the lock position. Each of the sidewalls of the hose reel may have at least one straight outer edge, allowing the hose reel sit stably on a horizontal surface or a ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: 1246086 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventors: Rory Martinson, Wade Feist
  • Patent number: 10988342
    Abstract: A system for using a cable reel apparatus that includes providing components of a separable cable reel for assembly of a cable reel apparatus. The components include a first frame, a second frame, and the second frame is separate from the first frame. A first flange is configured to engage the first frame. The outer side of the first flange faces the first frame when the first flange is engaged therewith. A second flange is configured to engage the second frame. The outer side of the second flange faces the second frame when the second flange is engaged therewith. The system also includes providing a pre-wound, reel-less coil of cable that is separate from the separable cable reel. The first and second flanges are configured to releasably couple with one another to support the pre-wound, reel-less coil of cable therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Rakesh Thakare, Caichun Song, Phillip S. Bowen, Marvin Bryant, Paul R. Boucher, Barry Holt
  • Patent number: 10974924
    Abstract: A cable processing machine includes a cable feeding device for moving a cable in a feed direction. The cable feeding device has a first guide element and a second guide element, between which elements the cable is guided at least in an operating mode of the cable processing machine. The spacing between the two guide elements is selectively variable. A method for laying a cable in the cable processing machine includes moving one or both of the guide elements relative to one another when the cable processing machine is shifted between the operating mode and a cable laying mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KOMAX HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Reto Eggimann, Dominik Staubli
  • Patent number: 10974918
    Abstract: A method of testing a functional unit includes an optical sensor system (28) for detecting an optical signal from at least a part of a moving material web (14), a data processing system (36) for valuating the optical signals, and a display (38) displaying a state of the material web (14) and arranged in a sensitive range (30) of the sensor system (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BST eltromat International GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Bettführ, Theodor Nacke
  • Patent number: 10974409
    Abstract: A cartridge for a food processing machine includes a base member, a stock roller drag brake, a nip roller, and a chute. The stock roller drag brake is rotatably attached to the base member. The nip roller is rotatably attached to the base member. The chute is attached to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PROVISUR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Glen F. Pryor, Gage A. Fox, Ryan M. Torrenga, Ryan J. O'Connor, Jeff Schmuker, Nick Jackowski
  • Patent number: 10968070
    Abstract: An apparatus for tensioning and threading an optical fiber includes a first roller, a second roller, a belt that wraps around the first and second rollers, and a third roller. The belt may be in direct physical contact with the first and second rollers. The third roller may be movable between an engaged and a disengaged configuration relative to the belt. Alternatively, the first roller, second roller, and belt may be movable between the engaged and the disengaged configuration relative to the third roller. Actuation from the disengaged to the engaged configuration captures an optical fiber between the third roller and the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Kirk Patton Bumgarner, Bret Cooper Faler, Jason Thomas Fralin, Kelvin Nguyen, Ashley Danielle Perritt
  • Patent number: 10952570
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser for dispensing sheet product from a roll of sheet product is provided. An example sheet product dispenser includes a housing defining an interior space for receiving a first roll of sheet product therein, a mandrel positioned within the interior space, and a spindle positioned over at least a portion of the mandrel and configured to support the first roll of sheet product for rotation about the mandrel. The spindle comprises a base portion and a nose portion configured to translate relative to one another along a longitudinal axis of the mandrel. At least a portion of the spindle is configured to translate relative to the mandrel from a first configuration to a second configuration to cause a remainder of the first roll of sheet product to deform and enable movement of a dispensing door to enable access to a second roll of sheet product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Robertson, Steven B. Mattheeussen
  • Patent number: 10954610
    Abstract: A doffer device for a spinning machine includes a plurality of gripping devices, each gripping device having a rotatable gripping unit. Each gripping unit includes a bobbin gripper that grips a full bobbin and a tube gripper that grips an empty tube. Each gripping unit is rotatable between a gripping position in which the full bobbin can be gripped on the spindle and a placement position in which the empty tube can be placed on the spindle. A rotating device is configured with the gripping units to rotate the gripping units about an axis of rotation such that neighboring ones of the gripping units are rotated with a time lag relative to one another. The rotating device is driven by a toothed belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Robert Nägeli
  • Patent number: 10952571
    Abstract: An additional toilet paper roll holder is described. In some examples, the additional toilet paper roll holder can include a first elongated portion, a first curved portion, and a first end as well as a second elongated portion, a second curved portion, and a second end. The additional toilet paper roll holder can also include a support member. The support member can include a first slot and a second slot and can be configured to carry an additional toilet paper roll. The support member can also be configured to pass the first curved portion through the first slot and the second curved portion through the second slot. The first elongated portion with the first curved portion and the second elongated portion with the second curved portion can be configured to be connected through a support member resting on the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Bill Romnosky
  • Patent number: 10947649
    Abstract: A yarn-winding assembly mounted on a support is provided with a motorized spool and with an oblique spacing pin, between which a yarn is wound. The spacing pin is supported so that it can rotate about an axis of the motorized spool by unidirectional rotary support elements. The spacing pin rotates freely with respect to the spool when the latter rotates in the yarn unwinding direction and the former is retained from rotating by stop elements, and is instead integral with the spool when the spool rotates in the opposite yarn rewinding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: L.G.L. ELECTRONICS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Rosario Castelli, Giovanni Pedrini
  • Patent number: 10940969
    Abstract: A band spooling machine (1) including a small arbor (19) with protrusions (21) that rotate with the arbor. In an embodiment, the machine includes a table (3) having side rails (7) and a single rotating arbor (19) carrying two spaced-apart pins (21) having blocks (23) that rotate freely on the pins. The arbor is preferably mounted close to one end of the machine and substantially closer to one of the side rails than to the other. The blocks prevent the blade from kinking. The machine forms the band into a pretzel having a circle part (C) divided by a central reach (R) into two lobes, and a teardrop shaped tail (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: EDGE MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: James P. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10941014
    Abstract: A cap to be used with a plastic cable spool, said cap including a back side adapted to be arranged towards a barrel of a plastic cable spool and a front side adapted to be directed away from a barrel of a plastic cable spool, wherein said cap has a through-hole adapted to be aligned with a center axis of a cable spool, wherein said through-hole is at least partly surrounded by an inner wall on the back side of said cap, wherein said cap is provided with an outer wall extending around at least a part of said outer circumference of said cap, on the back side of said cap, and wherein said back side of said cap is provided with at least four reinforcement ribs extending between said outer wall and said inner wall. A cable spool being provided with such a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AXJO PLASTIC AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Jacob Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10941015
    Abstract: A reel system that includes a drum that receives a coil of flexible pipe. A first flange that removably couples to a first side of the drum. A second flange that removably couples to a second side of the drum. The first flange and the second flange secure the coil of flexible pipe to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nader N. Matari, Alexander Lee Winn
  • Patent number: 10941016
    Abstract: A cable reel apparatus that includes a bag, a first frame that is configured to be received inside the bag, a first flange that is configured to be removably engaged with the first frame, a second frame that is configured to be received inside the bag, a second flange that is configured to be removably engaged with said second frame, and a hub member that is configured to releasably couple the first flange with the second flange, and the hub member is configured to support a coil of cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Rakesh Thakare, Caichun Song, Phillip S. Bowen, Marvin Bryant, Paul R. Boucher, Barry Holt
  • Patent number: 10934125
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and a system for monitoring of yarn drawn axially from a bobbin (24a). It is desired to monitor one or both of remaining capacity of an active bobbin and transfer from one active bobbin 24a to the next. A free portion (30) of the yarn moves circumferentially about the bobbin as the yarn is drawn from it. The invention involves a sensor responsive to electromagnetic radiation arranged to sense the free portion (30) of the yarn and to provide an output which varies with a period P corresponding to the period of the circumferential movement of the free portion of the yarn about the bobbin (24a). The period P can be interpreted to provide the desired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: David Charles Eaton, Nigel Warne
  • Patent number: 10934126
    Abstract: A textile machine assembly includes a delivery unit and a receiving unit, wherein during operation of the textile machine assembly the delivery unit delivers a sliver to the receiving unit. A sliver storage unit is operatively configured between the delivery unit and the receiving unit to store, at least intermittently, excess sliver between the delivery unit and the receiving unit when a delivery speed of the sliver at the delivery unit is higher than a receiving speed of the sliver at the receiving unit, and to release the stored sliver when the receiving speed of the sliver at the receiving unit is higher than the delivery speed of the sliver at the delivery unit. The sliver storage unit includes a diverting unit that is movable with respect to the delivery unit or the receiving unit, wherein movement of the diverting unit changes a sliver path of the sliver from the delivery unit to the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Josef Hefele
  • Patent number: 10926972
    Abstract: A cradle apparatus and method for transporting and/or deploying a coil of pipe supported around a reel are disclosed. The cradle apparatus can include a first arm member and a second arm member each having a male segment and a female segment capable of telescopic movement. A first set of pipe reel engagement spools and a second set of pipe reel engagement spools can rotate to raise/lift a first flange and a second flange of the reel thereonto when the pipe reel is positioned between the first arm member and the second arm member and the proximal end and the distal end of the first arm member and the second arm member are brought closer together due to telescopic movement of the male and female segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRINITY BAY EQUIPMENT HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Hegler, John Leger, Alexander Lee Winn
  • Patent number: 10925444
    Abstract: A holder for a roll of toilet paper or a roll of absorbent sheet material, the holder including cordage inserted through the hollow core of the paper roll, the cordage being secured in various embodiments to one or more patches or suction cups mountable to a surface. A roller in the form of a tube can be provided through which the cordage is inserted and which itself is inserted through the paper role core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Kaveh Harounian
  • Patent number: 10919728
    Abstract: A spool for winding strand-shaped material having flange discs (22, 24) with an outer flange surface and an inner flange surface (21, 23) as well as a method for manufacturing the spool. The discs have a central through bore (30) that is surrounded by an annular recess (25) with an annular wall (26) positioned in the inner flange surface. A tubular spool core (10) has front surfaces which are connected in a materially bonded manner to the annular wall (26) inside the annular recess (25) of the flange discs (22, 24), wherein at least one channel (32) is provided next to the annular wall (26) inside the annular recess (25) for receiving liquefied connection material. The spool core (10) has approximately the same diameter as the annular wall (26) inside the annular recess (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PURUS PLASTICS GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wlasak, Thomas Manzei