Patents Examined by Yaritza Guadalupe-McCall
  • Patent number: 11609081
    Abstract: An alignment apparatus for accurately aligning a replacement spindle with a pre-existing axle shaft to facilitate repairing a damaged axle assembly. The alignment apparatus may comprise an axle clamp assembly and a spindle clamp assembly. The axle clamp assembly may be mountable to an axle shaft. The axle clamp assembly may be self-centering and self-aligning. Similarly, the spindle clamp assembly may be mountable to a spindle. The spindle clamp assembly may be self-centering and self-aligning. The axle clamp assembly may be fixable to the spindle clamp assembly. By fixing the axle clamp assembly to the spindle clamp assembly, a desired alignment between the axle shaft and the spindle may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Mobalign Franchising Inc.
    Inventor: Lee John Pow
  • Patent number: 11598634
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically evaluating chassis or wheel alignment measurement data comprises: a memory device configured to store a number of chassis data records, with each chassis data record containing at least one chassis parameter and a tolerance range allocated to each chassis parameter; a provisioning device configured to provide a data record of current chassis parameters, which comprises at least one current chassis parameter; a selection device configured to select, on the basis of the data record provided by the provisioning device, a subset of chassis data records from the chassis data records stored in the memory device; and a determination device configured to determine the proportion of the chassis data records from the subset of chassis data records for which the current chassis parameter's of the data record provided by the provisioning device are within the specified tolerance ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: BEISSBARTH GMBH
    Inventor: Christof Krueger
  • Patent number: 11592276
    Abstract: A system for obtaining spatial measurements between objects such as crops in an agricultural field. The system includes a measurement device including a motorized reel containing a wound length of measuring line, and electronic encoder with shaft rotated in opposing directions by dispensing or retrieving measuring line. A pivotably movable spring-biased tension arm maintains tension in the line when being rewound. The tension arm is responsive to changes in line tension and configured to automatically start the motor to rewind the line onto the reel based on angular position of the arm. A gear train includes a translatable shuttle gear which selectively couples the reel to the motor based on movement of the tension arm. The encoder converts rotary motion of its shaft into linear field measurements. In one implementation, the tension arm comprises an inboard arm and outboard arm with translatable pulley coupled thereto by an articulated joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Jared Benckendorf, Ben L Schlipf
  • Patent number: 11583995
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable device for marking a surface, including a casing (2) having a front face (6) having a rectangular opening (6A) for the passage of a marking member, the front face (6) of the casing being provided with a stiffening frame (15) surrounding the passage opening (6A), this stiffening frame (15) being provided with an indexing system (18) adapted to cooperate with a complementary indexing system (19) equipping each of the tooling of a series of removable tooling (20A, 20B, . . . ) for positioning the device on the surface to be marked, each removable tooling (20A, 20B, . . . ) of the series and the stiffening frame (15) including at least one of the elements of a magnetic fastening system with two elements, namely a magnet (21A) and a ferromagnetic material (21B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: SIC MARKING GROUP
    Inventors: GĂ©rard Barraud, Denis Naviez
  • Patent number: 11578961
    Abstract: A gauge for verifying that an airfield's runway and taxiway markings are a specific size. It is a complete reference tool for assessing markings manually by a technician; that is a tool to help reduce the subjectivity of the assessment by the technician. The gauge is flexible and can be rolled or folded for transport. In order to make the gauge easier to use, the measurements are made using very specifically placed and sized slots that conform to ideal airfield markings. Graduation markings at the end of the slots help the technician determine the size of marking discrepancies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Richard C. McNeely, IV, John S. McNeely
  • Patent number: 11573081
    Abstract: Method for measuring a workpiece, comprising the method steps of: providing a workpiece, wherein the workpiece has a surface with a surface structure; predefining a geometric measured variable of the workpiece, wherein the geometric measured variable is a diameter of the workpiece and wherein the geometric measured variable and a nominal-actual deviation of the geometric measured variable are defined in a reference plane; predefining a measuring path; tactile sensing of measured values on the workpiece by bringing a measuring probe into contact with the surface of the workpiece and the measuring probe scans the workpiece in contact with the surface along the predetermined measuring path; computational determination of the geometric measured variable and the nominal-actual deviation of the geometric measured variable from the measured values within the reference plane; wherein the predefined measuring path lies at least partially outside the reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: KLINGELNBERG GMBH
    Inventor: Benjamin Merkert
  • Patent number: 11573070
    Abstract: An electrical color chart tape measure apparatus for viewing a color code chart while measuring conduit includes a tape having a housing front side with a blade aperture extending therethrough adjacent the housing bottom side. A tape blade is coupled within the tape housing and is slidably extendable and retractable through the blade aperture. The tape blade has a blade top side with a plurality of hash markings and a plurality of corresponding numerical inch measurement markings. A claw is coupled to a distal end of the tape blade. A plurality of color indicators is coupled to the tape blade between the plurality of numerical inch measurement markings. A color chart is coupled to the tape housing and has a low voltage color key and a high voltage color key corresponding with the plurality of color indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Shawn Blair, Aaron Conway
  • Patent number: 11565329
    Abstract: A gauge apparatus is disclosed herein that positions a jaw within a chuck at a specified radius with respect to an axis of the chuck. The gauge apparatus includes a gauge member having an elongate configuration with a guide surface against which a side of a jaw may be biased. A pin projects forth from the gauge member to receive a tip of the jaw with the side of the jaw biased against the guide surface, in various aspects, and the pin is positionable with respect to the gauge member. An outer guide assembly cooperates mechanically with the gauge member and with a side face of a chuck to orient the gauge member radially with an axis of the chuck to locate the pin radially with respect to the side face in order to position the jaw at a selected radial position with respect to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Kevin D. Savant
  • Patent number: 11566879
    Abstract: A tape measure including a tape measure blade having an edge design to increase tape blade durability is provided. The metal portion of the tape blade may include lateral edge surface sections that have a non-planar, tear reducing shape. The metal portion of the tape blade may include lateral edge surface sections that include a tear reducing surface treatment such as a polished lateral edge surface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Abhijeet A. Khangar
  • Patent number: 11566870
    Abstract: A range finder assembly comprising one or more sight pin leads having a light emitting end and a light receiver end, one or more PCBs, a range finder assembly, one or more LEDs, a power supply, a device application and an optical coupling assembly. The one or more PCBs comprises one or more processors and a memory. The one or more processors are configured for executing the device application. The device application is configured for interpreting a range signal from the range finder assembly and generating a range display signal. The one or more LEDs generate light signals. The one or more LEDs are selectively routed into the light receiver end of the one or more sight pin leads using the optical coupling assembly. The light emitting end connect to one or more display pins within bow sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Tony Alton Pennington, Shawn Heimbigner, Dante Schlomer, Clinton Sigg
  • Patent number: 11554604
    Abstract: A speed square is provided including a triangular flat plate having measurement markings indicated on at least one face, a T bar affixed to, and extending along, the length of a first side of the triangular flat plate, and an extension element hingedly connected to an end of second side of the triangular flat plate opposite the T bar. The extension element having measurement markings indicated on at least one face, such that the measurement markings of the triangular flat face continue on the extension element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Brendan Michael Walsh, Timothy T. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 11554605
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a reel-to-reel chalk line comprising a first housing comprising a first reel, a first rotatable crank mechanism connected to the first reel, and a first chalk bin comprising apertures for allowing the passage of a continuous loadable chalk line. The apparatus further comprises an opposed second housing comprising a second rotatable reel, a second crank mechanism connected to the second reel, and a second chalk bin comprising apertures for allowing passage of the continuous impregnable chalk line. The continuous impregnable chalk line is reeled about the first and second reels as the respective crank mechanisms are alternately rotated forward and backward. The chalk line comprises one or more releasable segments along its length. The releasable segments sever the chalk line when a load on the chalk line exceeds the working capacity of the first and second reels and crank mechanisms within the respective housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 11555684
    Abstract: A clutch alignment apparatus and method of aligning a dual clutch system in a continuously variable transmission that enables a user to measure the alignment of the primary clutch and secondary clutch when the system is under a load that is similar to that which is applied when the system is operating under normal operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Timothy Lessard
  • Patent number: 11548160
    Abstract: A three-dimensional measuring device is a three-dimensional measuring device that performs three-dimensional measurement of an object using a laser beam. The three-dimensional measuring device includes a laser emitter disposed in a movable section of a robot and configured to irradiate a region including the object with the laser beam, a laser emission controller configured to control driving of the laser emitter, an image capturing device configured to image the object, on which the laser beam is irradiated, and acquire image data, and a point cloud generator configured to generate, based on the image data, three-dimensional point cloud of the region including the object. The laser emitter includes a laser beam source and a diffuser configured to diffuse the laser beam emitted from the laser beam source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Shimizu, Makiko Hino
  • Patent number: 11541684
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chalk line marking apparatus having an ambidextrous trigger. The trigger has an angled cord cavity channel that directs a marking cord in a downward direction so that the marking cord is flush with a surface to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Innovations Specific, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Charles Hanley, Duane Neil Genzlinger
  • Patent number: 11543240
    Abstract: A six DOF measurement aid module for determining 3D coordinates of points to be measured of an object surface, comprising a laser tracker for determining the position and orientation of the six DOF measurement aid module. The six DOF measurement aid module has a body comprising an object coupling device with an object interface, configured to couple, via the object interface, alternatively both a handle to the body with a fixed pose and the body to a mobile platform with a fixed pose, a sensor attachment coupling device with a sensor interface-configured to couple alternatively both a sensor attachment effecting non-contact measurement and a sensor attachment effecting tactile measurement to the body with a fixed pose via the sensor interface, and visual markings, which are arranged in a defined spatial relationship in a manner forming a pattern in a marking region on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Simon Fuchs, Daniel Moser
  • Patent number: 11543225
    Abstract: A caliper measurement force detecting device includes a fixed unit that is securely attached to a slider so as not to displace relative to the slider; a movable unit that is provided to allow a slight displacement relative to the fixed unit along a direction parallel to a displacement direction of the slider; and pressure detectors that are arranged between the fixed unit and the movable unit and are provided so as to detect pressure applied in the direction parallel to the displacement direction of the slider. The movable unit includes an alternative finger hook that is arranged near a finger hook of the slider and serves as an operator that pushes and pulls the slider instead of the finger hook of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Fuchigami, Osamu Saito, Keisuke Iori
  • Patent number: 11536537
    Abstract: An optical sighting assembly including an improved scope body and detachable accessories is presented. The accessories can be magnetically attachable to the scope body and can include a lens cartridge, a light pack, power pack and/or an alignment ring. The lens cartridge can be keyed to be installed at a predetermined rotational orientation, and the lens cartridge can hold a small diameter lens. Lenses can include a fluorescent aiming point that can fluoresce due to ambient light and/or when illuminated by an LED. The light pack can include the LED, a power source, and a control interface for adjusting light output. Alternatively, the LED can be integrated into the scope body, and a battery pack can include a power source and a control interface for the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Ultraview Archery LLC
    Inventors: Kolby John Hanley, George Dewey Ryals, IV, Zachary Bruce Harris
  • Patent number: 11534906
    Abstract: Multi-axis alignment tools are described. The tools are usable to arrange workpieces across a variety of different axes and orientations and to ensure consistent and durable alignment of various workpieces while providing access for working thereon, which is not possible using conventional tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FIREBALL TOOL WORKS LLC
    Inventor: Jason A. Marburger
  • Patent number: 11535052
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chalk line marking tool that has a trigger attached to a spring loaded marker. The spring loaded marker has a cord gripper channel that holds a chalk covered cord. When the trigger is actuated, the spring loaded marker marks a surface with a chalk line mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Innovations Specific, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Charles Hanley, Duane Neil Genzlinger