Patents Examined by Yaritza Guadalupe-McCall
  • Patent number: 11118887
    Abstract: A tape rule comprises a blade, a reel, a spring, a lock, and a housing. The blade comprises a substrate and a coating. The coating is configured to provide color, environmental protection, and/or abrasion resistance. In some embodiments, (1) the coating is formed from non-polymer materials; (2) the blade comprises reinforcements metallurgically bonded to the blade at or near a free end; (3) measurement indicia comprise locally annealed portions of the substrate or the coating that create color contrasts; (4) the measurement indicia comprise portions of the substrate visible through gaps in the coating; (5) the measurement indicia comprise voids in the substrate filled with a coating material having a contrasting color; and/or (6) the substrate has a surface texture configured to change an appearance of the coating relative to an appearance of the coating on an as rolled surface finish of the metal substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER, INC.
    Inventor: Antony J. Orsini
  • Patent number: 11111616
    Abstract: Implementations of a pattern practicing apparatus for longarm quilting machines are provided. In some implementations, the pattern practicing apparatus comprises a base, a first handle, and a second handle. In some implementations, a method for using the pattern practicing apparatus comprises positioning the pattern practicing apparatus on top of a piece of paper or other surface, inserting a writing instrument tip into an opening through the base of the pattern practicing apparatus, holding the handles of the pattern practicing apparatus, and moving the pattern practicing apparatus by the handles across the paper to simulate using a longarm quilting machine free-hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Hayes, Pamela Hayes
  • Patent number: 11112228
    Abstract: The present application relates to a runout detection device, which includes a base plate, lateral plates, guide sleeves, springs and dial gauges, etc. During the operation, the sliding sleeve and the lateral dial gauge are moved along the sliding groove in the lateral formwork, so that the runout of right end of the work piece may be measured. The bottom plate of the lower end measuring device is placed above the base plate, the ball at the top end of the probe is always in contact with the lower end of the work piece under the action of the upper spring, the probe is pressed down when contacting a projection, and the L-shaped plate is rotated clockwise through the head nail, at this time, the runout of the lower end of the work piece may be known by the reading of the lower dial gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CITIC DICATAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zuo Xu, Guoyuan Xiong, Bowen Xue, Haifeng Yuan, Changcun Xiao, Jiandong Guo
  • Patent number: 11105604
    Abstract: An apparatus of measuring axial clearance of a ball screw device is capable of measuring axial clearance with high accuracy by easily attaching a ball screw device to be measured without requiring special attention. This apparatus includes a support unit that supports a nut as one member of the nut and a screw shaft threadedly engaged with each other, a measuring unit that measures a displacement amount of the screw shaft as the other member in an axial direction, a load applying unit that applies a load to the screw shaft in directions opposite to each other along the axial direction, and a posture correction unit that is provided between the screw shaft and the load applying unit to hold the nut and the screw shaft to be relatively displaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Kouhei Dobashi
  • Patent number: 11105625
    Abstract: This is a level designed to light-up when level. The drawings and specifications illustrate how each embodiment, nos. 1 thru 10, FIGS. 1 thru 10a, is designed to achieve this by its unique switching system. Each system is designed to complete the electrical circuitry as required for the level's lights to illuminate when the level is level. Each embodiment and switch system, also referred to as switch mechanism or contact switch, utilizes gravity and balance to direct the moving parts and complete the circuitry, whether by use of a pendulum, wheels, ball, balls, roller, rollers, liquid or leveling arm. The circuitry includes lights(s), battery(s), wiring, the switch system, and optionally a manual on/off override switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: William Clifton Harrison
  • Patent number: 11097413
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for transferring positions of a measuring reference from a construction frame (not shown) to a surface of a tile or a number of adjacent tiles (31) for making cut-outs in said tile or tiles (31), said tool (1) comprising a frame-like structure (3) and a grid structure (6) having openings in a raster pattern or a grid pattern made up by laser beams, said grid structure or pattern (6) extending between elements of the frame-like structure (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Dan Solberg
  • Patent number: 11092416
    Abstract: A method for forming an assembly of a plurality of components. The method includes receiving, by a controller, one or more assembly identification parameters and controlling, by the controller, a light array disposed along an assembly jig based on the one or more assembly identification parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Pattison, II
  • Patent number: 11090735
    Abstract: A portable doweling jig includes a generally cuboidal body comprising four sets of bores that facilitate the drilling of precisely positioned holes into workpieces for receiving standard-sized construction dowels. Despite the absence of moving parts, the present invention accommodates dowels of different diameters, and also workpieces of both standard and nonstandard thicknesses. Furthermore, the present invention makes possible the creation of three types of dowel joints: edge-to-surface, edge-to-edge, and surface-to-surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Robert William Harris
  • Patent number: 11092421
    Abstract: A method system of reducing operator-induced error in measurements comprises a measurement tool, such as a diameter gage, that is configured to communicate electrical signals representative of measurements to a computing device, which is configured to receive the signals and to determine a value for the measurement without the operator having to interact with the tool to zero the gage, acquire the data or transmit the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Gagemaker, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Otten, Howard Thomas
  • Patent number: 11084318
    Abstract: A multifunctional writing device includes a hollow body, wherein the hollow body comprises one or more cavities configured to store a mechanical pencil, a multifunctional drawing tool, a compass needle, a stylus, an eraser, a USB flash drive, an imaging system, a projector pen, a set of cameras, and attaches a projector stick. The first writing member comprises a mechanical pencil system being provided in a first portion of the hollow body and a touch ID sensitive barrel. A second projector member comprises a projector pen and attaches a projector stick. The first portion of the hollow body is at the opposite end of the second portion of the hollow body. The multifunctional writing device allows for projecting self-leveled and auto calibrated geometry drawing tools. A method for digitizing the written data on paper and a system for secure, auto proctored, and auto grading of examinations is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: hetal b. Kurani, hemal b. kurani
  • Patent number: 11084344
    Abstract: An operator, using the Laser Guide operating procedure, can accurately position the Guide vehicles to the hitch point of a vehicle, trailer or 5th wheel. The operator may choose to use the dual lasers (prior art), the Guide and lasers, or only the Guide. The Guide mechanism consists of a retractable tape to connect the vehicles, a dual light signaling device, a rolling stop switch, and a backup camera display or a panel. A one time initial setup with vehicles hitched, requires several minutes. The hitching procedure is user friendly. The accuracy of the Guide can be demonstrated by a working model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Charles Lawrence Ott
  • Patent number: 11085749
    Abstract: A gauge for cartridges is disclosed. The gauge includes a gauge body defining an opening, a window, and receiving space. The opening and the receiving space share an axis and are in direct communication with each other. The window is in direct communication with the receiving space. The opening and the window are separated by a body portion of the gauge. Each gauge has a receiving space that is sized and shaped to correspond to a predetermined cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Brad Sheridan
  • Patent number: 11085752
    Abstract: A surface property measuring device includes a measuring arm that is supported so as to be capable of circular arced movement, a stylus that is provided to a distal end of the measuring arm, a position change detector that detects a change in position of the measuring arm, and a measurement force applier (voice coil motor) that biases the measuring arm in a circular arced movement direction and applies a measurement force. A control device includes a central controller that outputs a measurement force instruction that issues an instruction for an orientation and size of the measurement force, and a measurement force controller that controls the orientation and size of the measurement force produced by the measurement force applier. The measurement force controller monitors a position change detection, and when a position change speed of the measuring arm exceeds a predetermined threshold value, applies feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11076695
    Abstract: A leveling system for leveling a table having a top surface and at least three legs. The leveling system including at least three sensor bars that act as individual digital levels adapted to be placed on top surface of the table. The leveling system including a leg movement system adapted to be attached to the table and adapted to raise and lower the legs to achieve a level top surface. The leveling system including a controller system that is connected to the sensor bars to receive data from the sensors bars and to the leg movement system to command movement of the leg movement system that is adapted to raise and lower the table, the controller system including a leveling software algorithm which inputs the data from the sensor bars and controls activation of the leg movement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Joshua A. McCloskey, Brian D. Zanzalari, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 11078776
    Abstract: A caliper-arm-retention mechanism for a caliper tool is disclosed. The retention mechanism includes a selectively movable retention sleeve and a pivot arm that cooperate to constrain relative translational motion between the pivot arm and a caliper arm pivotally engaged with the pivot arm while at the same time allowing relative rotational movement of the caliper arm and pivot arm. The retention sleeve may be selectively repositioned using a threaded nut configured to push the sleeve toward the pivot arm or pull the sleeve away from the pivot arm, depending on the direction of rotation of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Probe Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Wallace
  • Patent number: 11059137
    Abstract: A tool set that can easily check positions of positioning pins for a workpiece even in an environment using a liquid is disclosed. The tool set includes: a reference tool to be placed on the holding stage; a dummy workpiece to be placed on the reference tool; and a check pin having a cylindrical circumferential surface. The reference tool has a central protrusion having a cylindrical circumferential surface. The dummy workpiece has a circular through-hole having a diameter larger than a diameter of the circumferential surface of the central protrusion. A diameter of the check pin is smaller than a value determined by dividing a difference between the diameter of the circular through-hole and the diameter of the circumferential surface of the central protrusion by 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Nishida
  • Patent number: 11060835
    Abstract: A rotary table includes: a stage; a rotary base configured to be rotated around a rotation center axis; a support mechanism that is disposed on the rotary base and supports the stage; a leveling adjustment mechanism configured to perform a leveling adjustment of the stage; and a transfer mechanism configured to transfer a rotative force of the rotary base to the stage. The transfer mechanism includes: an annular transfer member configured to receive the support mechanism therethrough; a first connecting mechanism that connects the transfer member and the rotary base and is rotatable around the first axis; and a second connecting mechanism that connects the transfer member and the stage and is rotatable around a second axis defined in a direction intersecting the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junsuke Yasuno
  • Patent number: 11054286
    Abstract: A scale includes: a substrate; scale gratings that are formed on a face of the substrate and has a plurality of metal gratings at a predetermined interval; and an inorganic transparent member that is provided between the plurality of metal gratings, wherein at least a surface of the face of the substrate is made of a metal, and wherein the scale gratings and the inorganic transparent member are exposed to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiko Aoki
  • Patent number: 11054236
    Abstract: A tape winding device includes a fixed plate having a fixed plate side notch, a rotation plate having a rotation plate side notch which the linear member to be inserted into or removed from when a position of the rotation plate side notch is aligned with a position of the fixed plate side notch, a tape support unit and a position regulating member configured to regulate a position of the linear member in the fixed plate side notch and the rotation plate side notch such that the linear member is located at the bottom region of the fixed plate side notch and the rotation plate side notch, the position regulating member having a distal end arm portion, the distal end arm portion running across an opening of the fixed plate side notch and extending over two opposing inner edges of the fixed plate side notch at a regulation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiromasa Nakajima, Ryo Inoue, Morihiro Fujimatsu
  • Patent number: 11045944
    Abstract: An articulated arm coordinate measuring machine (AACMM) includes one or more heater elements that cooperate with a processor to maintain one or more components in the AACMM within a predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: James P. Phipps