Patents Examined by Yaritza Guadalupe-McCall
  • Patent number: 10690474
    Abstract: To provide an operation method of a position measuring device capable of accurately and quickly designating a detection point of an object by intuitive operability, such as directly moving the probe with a hand. One aspect of the present invention is an operation method of a position measuring device that includes a measurement head having a probe for designating a detection point of a position of an object, and a moving mechanism for moving the measurement head, and acquires a coordinate of the detection point designated by the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinsaku Abe
  • Patent number: 10690472
    Abstract: A tape measure includes a spool, a housing defining an opening, where the spool is rotatably coupled to the housing, and a blade including a first end and a second end, where the first end is connected to the spool and the second end is movable through the opening between a retracted position and an extended position. The manually retractable tape measure further includes a cleaning assembly positioned within the housing adjacent the opening such that the cleaning assembly is in contact with the blade to push away debris from the blade as the blade moves between the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hoppe, Steven W. Hyma
  • Patent number: 10690496
    Abstract: The invention herein provides a leveling device that is attachable to a wall surface. More particularly, the leveling device herein comprises stud attachment members that are useful for attaching the leveling device to a wall surface thereby enabling the placement of tile onto a wall in a straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph D. Sandipher
  • Patent number: 10690445
    Abstract: An optic device turret for adjusting the optical element of the optic device with at least two knobs that are each movable between a first position wherein the knob is not rotatable and a second position wherein the knob can be rotated. The access to and rotation of both knobs can be accomplished without the use of tools. The rotation of each knob adjusts the optical element. A spiral cam mechanism is engaged with the turret to define a maximum and minimum adjustment of the optical element. A rotation indicator displays the amount a knob has been rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel J. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10688676
    Abstract: A cutting assist device including a first cutting board. The first cutting board has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The cutting board also includes a cutting channel open to the first side of the first cutting board. The cutting channel allows a portion of a cutting device to be accommodated in the channel while a material placed on the first side is cut by the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Tyler Knight, Timothy W. French, Chelsea Wills, Thomas Wachter, Jill Granger
  • Patent number: 10684125
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel alignment system and method is provided for performing a rolling wheel axis of rotation and wheel spindle point calculation every time an alignment is performed. Embodiments include an aligner having a target fixedly attachable to a wheel of the vehicle; a camera for viewing the target and capturing image data of the target; and a data processor. The data processor receives the image data from the camera, and determines a vector pointing from the target origin to a wheel spindle point based on the captured target image data, when the vehicle is rolled while the wheel is on a substantially flat surface such that the wheel and target rotate a number of degrees. The data processor is further adapted to calculate an alignment parameter for the vehicle based at least in part on the wheel axis of rotation and the coordinates of the wheel spindle point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert J. D'Agostino, Michael G. Fuhrman
  • Patent number: 10684110
    Abstract: An adjustable angle-measuring device comprises first and second linear arms, a marking member, an arcuate tracking member, a locking element, and at least two support channels. The first linear arm comprises first and second ends. The first end of the first linear arm is rigidly attached perpendicular to a first end of the second linear arm. The marking member is detachably attached to an intersecting surface of the first and second linear arms to form a pivot. The marking member moves along the arcuate tracking member to determine an angular measurement between the first linear arm and the marking member and the second linear arm and the marking member. The marking member comprises a locking element to lock the marking member to the arcuate tracking member. Each of the support channels are positioned at the second ends of the first and second linear arms to detachably attach extension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Raul Delgado
  • Patent number: 10677577
    Abstract: A metrological instrument configured to measure diameters comprises one or more guide rails, a plurality of clamping blocks configured to removably or releaslably securely locate the blocks on the one or more guide rails, and also configured to removably or releaslably securely clamp a measurement arm substantially normal to the one or more guide rails. A displacement transducer, such as a dial indicator or a digital indicator, may be disposed at an end of one or more of the measurement arms for determining a displacement, relative or absolute, between the measurement arms. To provide the required measurement accuracy, precision, and repeatability, the instrument may be configured with carbon fiber reinforced composite guide rails, and/or measurement arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Gagemaker, LP
    Inventors: Jimmy I. Frank, Kris Dawson
  • Patent number: 10677578
    Abstract: A levelness measuring system can be applied to a levelness measuring device, the device including an rail, a distance detector, and an angle detector. Both the distance detector and the angle detector are installed on the rail. The system includes a coordinate system establishing module, a distance measurement controlling module, a data fitting module, a plane equation calculating module, a first angle calculating module, an angle measurement controlling module, a second angle calculating module, and a display controlling module. A coordinate system in three dimensions is applied to an inaccessible or difficult surface such that direct contact is not required. A processor of a computer performs instructions to provide the functions of the levelness measuring system including a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Da Yang, Xiao-Ming Lv, Shu-Fa Jiang, Guo-Hua Wu
  • Patent number: 10672642
    Abstract: Exemplary apparatuses for centering and/or leveling a pedestal of a processing chamber may include a mounting block having a central axis, a set of first gauges mounted on the mounting block, and a set of second gauges mounted on the mounting block. The set of second gauges may be mounted substantially perpendicular to the set of first gauges. The plurality of first gauges may be configured to obtain measurements indicative of a degree of parallelism between a gas distribution plate of the processing chamber and the pedestal. The plurality of second gauges may be configured to obtain measurements indicative of a degree of axial alignment of a ring member of the processing chamber and the pedestal. The exemplary apparatuses may be used for centering and/or leveling the pedestal under vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paneendra Prakash Bhat, Mehmet Samir, Nikolai Kalnin
  • Patent number: 10669836
    Abstract: A surface excitation ranging method includes selecting a first well with a metal casing as a target well and selecting a second well with a metal casing as a ground well. The method also includes installing a supplemental grounding arrangement for a power supply located at earth's surface, wherein the ground well and the supplemental grounding arrangement fulfill an impedance criteria or ranging performance criteria. The method also includes conveying an electrical current output from the power supply along the target well. The method also includes sensing electromagnetic (EM) fields emitted from the target well due to the electrical current. The method also includes using distance or direction information obtained from the sensed EM fields to guide drilling of a new well relative to the target well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Hsiang Wu, Akram Ahmadi Kalateh Ahmad
  • Patent number: 10670391
    Abstract: A confocal optical protractor for simultaneously measuring roll angle, pitch angle and yaw angle of an element that includes a tunable laser source generating a laser beam and an SPPR device responsive to the laser beam. The protractor also includes a beam splitter receiving and splitting an output beam from the SPPR device, and a lens being responsive to and projecting the split beam onto the element and being responsive to a reflected beam from the element. The protractor further includes a measurement detector responsive to the reflected beam from the element, where the reflected beam is imaged by the lens onto the measurement detector, and a processor receiving and processing image data from the measurement detector and generating the pitch, yaw and roll angles from the data, where the image data includes an orientation of an vortex intensity pattern in the split beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Yisa S. Rumala
  • Patent number: 10661595
    Abstract: A multifunctional writing device comprising a hollow body, wherein the hollow body comprises one or more cavities configured to store a protractor, a ruler, a set square thirty/sixty-degree (30/60°) triangle, a set square forty-five-degree (45°) triangle, a compass needle, a USB flash drive, a stylus, and an eraser. A first writing member comprises lead and a mechanical pencil system being provided in a first portion of the hollow body. A second writing member comprising a pen system being provided in a second portion of the hollow body. A magnetic lock attaches and stores a protractor, a ruler, a set square thirty/sixty-degree (30/60°) triangle, a set square forty-five-degree (45°) triangle, and a compass needle inside a cavity. A protractor, a ruler, a set square thirty/sixty-degree (30/60°) triangle, and a set square forty-five-degree (45°) triangle are removed from a cavity by pulling rectangular strip top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Hemal B Kurani, Hetal B Kurani
  • Patent number: 10663299
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stabilizer control system and method, wherein the system comprises a detecting module, a controlling module, a driving module, a feedback module and a motor; the detecting module detects posture information of a stabilizer, and sends the posture information to the controlling module; the controlling module receives the posture information of the stabilizer and issues a command to the driving module according to a preset control strategy; an input end of the driving module is connected with an output end of the controlling module, the output end of the driving module is electrically connected with the motor; the driving module receives the command from the controlling module and adjusts a rotating speed of the motor according to the command; the feedback module detects the rotating speed of the motor and sends rotating speed data of the motor to the controlling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Guilin Feiyu Technology Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Chengyun Wei
  • Patent number: 10662023
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for determining a spatial orientation of a line portion unrolled from a cable drum. The arrangement includes a fastening base and a measuring probe having a cable guide and being pivotable in relation to the fastening base about a first and second axes of rotation. The measuring probe is configured to interact with a sensor device, and the sensor device is configured to sense the first and second axes of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nicolai Tarasinski, Manfred Becker, Volker Kegel, Julian Daubermann
  • Patent number: 10663273
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine includes: a table and a column which are configured to relatively move in a predetermined moving direction; a guide surface formed on the table and having a guide region and a drive region extending in the moving direction in parallel to each other; at least one air pad formed to the column and facing the guide region; and a drive roller formed to the column and rolling on the drive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Sakamoto, Yoshikazu Ooyama, Masato Takizawa, Koji Takesako
  • Patent number: 10663297
    Abstract: A system of navigation employing an emergency longitude slide ruler for stellar navigation is described. The emergency longitude slide ruler is equipped with several wheels having rulers with settings including of the longitude slide ruler of the present invention include year, date, hour, minutes, star angle measurement degree wheel, a longitude wheel, a circumpolar star field identifier wheel, star meridian transit angles wheel, and a time zone wheel. All wheels are of diminishing diameters and are laid on top of each other in descending circumference with minute gradations allowing each consecutive wheel to line up with its larger adjacent wheel according to proper settings to eventually indicate longitude. The system presents an efficient and expedient means by which an individual with very limited knowledge of navigation and celestial bodies can determine his or her location, including longitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: John Bellora
  • Patent number: 10648809
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for calibrating a magnetometer. The method comprises responsive to a determination that a magnetic inclination is less than a threshold, measuring first magnetic field data by detecting a magnetic field with the magnetometer through a first rotation path, measuring second magnetic field data by detecting the magnetic field with the magnetometer through a second rotation path, and determining calibration values for the magnetometer based on the measured first magnetic field data and the measured second magnetic field data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Diem, Tim Oberhauser, Sammy Omari
  • Patent number: 10642225
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a reflecting surface, a gnomon and a dial are arranged so that rays from the sun are reflected toward gnomon such that its projected image is visible on dial. The projected image moves across the dial in response to the movement of sun across the sky, thus providing some indication of time and season. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Donald Vick Organ
  • Patent number: 10639769
    Abstract: An installation guide for installing a screw at a predetermined angle relative to a reference plane is disclosed. The installation guide includes a housing configured for releasable connection to a bit. The housing includes a channel being sized and shaped to receive the bit therein for retaining the housing on the bit. The channel allows the bit to rotate relative to the housing. An indicator is supported by the housing and is configured for movement relative to the housing to indicate an angle of the housing relative to a reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Steven Brekke