With Handle Or Handgrip Patents (Class 156/579)
  • Patent number: 10934041
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sealing a plastic enclosure is provided. The apparatus includes a handle including elements pivotally coupled together at a first end. The apparatus also includes a heating element positioned along an inner surface of an element and connected to a power source where a longitudinal axis of the heating element is oriented parallel with a longitudinal axis of the element. Plastic material including first and second plastic layers is positioned at an interface between the second elements. Upon pivoting the first elements from an open position to a closed position the heating element increases a temperature at the interface to melt the plastic material and form a seal between the first and second plastic layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BCC PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Juli Lank
  • Patent number: 10695927
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scraping tools for edging composite parts. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a scraping tool. The scraping tool includes a base member, a first wall upwardly extending from a first side of the base member, a second wall upwardly extending from a second side of the base member, and a channel defined by the base member, the first wall, and the second wall. The scraping tool further includes a first blade mount within the channel that is fixed to the first wall, and a second blade mount within the channel that is fixed to the second wall. The first blade mount secures a blade oriented oblique to the base member, and the second blade mount secures a blade oriented oblique to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Aaron R. Voice, Jerome J. Demoulin, Cody Rutten
  • Patent number: 10697631
    Abstract: A roller system is provided comprising a compressed gas source including a compressed flammable gas, and a roller attachment attached to at least one of the compressed gas source and nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Geek Wraps, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Calman, Kathryn S. Calman
  • Patent number: 10336566
    Abstract: A tape dispenser with a frame having top wall and opposed side walls. The top wall connects the opposed side walls. A tape mount is disposed on an interior surface of each of the side walls and is adapted to secure a roll of tape therebetween. A roll of adhesive tape is secured on the tape mount. A cutter blade is disposed on a forward region of the frame and is adapted to cut tape from the roll. A bar is disposed on an interior surface of one side wall and extends between greater than about 30% and less than about 90% of a distance between the opposed side walls. The bar has an upper surface receiving an adhesive side of the tape. A pressure pad is mounted on the frame adjacent the cutter blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shurtech Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Heidi Carrion, Aaron Misener
  • Patent number: 10252515
    Abstract: Exemplary presses, e.g., for applying indicia to garments by application of heat, are disclosed. For example, a press may include an upper platen, and a lower platen disposed below and generally aligned with the upper platen. The press may further include a support head adapted to move the upper platen between an open position, wherein the upper and lower platens are spaced away from one another, and a closed position, wherein the upper platen is pressed against the lower platen. Exemplary presses may further include a stand supporting the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Stahls' Inc., Stahls' Special Projects, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Robinson, Michael Bendis, Brian Sukarukoff
  • Patent number: 10226857
    Abstract: A reversible bushing for a hydraulic hammer is provided. The reversible bushing includes a body having a first end, a second end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. The reversible bushing includes a first notch provided in relation to a center of symmetry. The reversible bushing includes a first channel provided on the first end of the body. The reversible bushing includes a second channel provided on the second end of the body. The reversible bushing also includes a first groove provided on the first end of the body. The reversible bushing further includes a second groove provided on the second end of the body. The first channel and the second channel are equidistant with respect to the center of symmetry. The first groove and the second groove are equidistant with respect to the center of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody Moore
  • Patent number: 9399833
    Abstract: A clothing iron configured to operate from a motor vehicle power supply having a port to electrically connect to a removable DC cable with a cigarette lighter plug. The clothing iron has an improved arched hand grip having a primary gripping member with a contouring arch extending from a first end of the primary gripping member to a second end of the primary gripping member, a secondary gripping member with a contouring arch extending from a first end of the secondary gripping member to a second end of the secondary gripping member. The gripping members are pivotally connected to a fulcrum point. A primary housing is connected to an end of the primary gripping member. At least one thermally conductive plate is connected to the primary housing. A secondary housing is connected to an end of the secondary gripping member. A capturing structure is connected to the secondary housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Ira Louis Thornton
  • Patent number: 9033019
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device that instantly reduces air bubbles and eliminates the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a flange may be configured to couple to the protective film. The flange may aid in the accurate application of the protective film to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Vivian Chou
  • Patent number: 9027624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tape guiding mechanism (10) of a tape device (100). The tape device (100) comprises a strip of tape (20) having supply tape (22) and take up tape (24); a spool portion (130); a supply spool (40) disposed at the spool portion (130) for winding the supply tape (22); a take up spool (50) disposed at the spool portion (130) for winding the take up tape (24); an application tip (12); and a spool mechanism (70) for allowing the supply and the take up spools (40 & 50) to rotate such that the tape travels from the supply spool (40), around the applicator tip (120), and to the take up spool (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Widetech Manufacturing SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Tong Shan Wong, De Yi Quah
  • Patent number: 9010397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hand tools, and more specifically, to a hand operated application tool for the application of vinyl film materials. The application tool includes a head portion having an elongated relatively thin blade member constructed from a substantially rigid material. A strengthening rib is formed along a top edge of the blade portion allowing the lower portion of the blade member to be formed thinner than would be possible without the rib while still maintaining a substantially rigid tool. A handle member may be attached to the rib portion of the blade member to allow for one handed operation of a blade having an elongated working surface. A layer of padding material is preferably attached along the working surface of the blade member to compensate for slightly uneven surfaces while applying even pressure across the entire working surface of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy E. Kirkland
  • Patent number: 9010396
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device that instantly reduces air bubbles and eliminates the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a well apparatus graspable by a user's hand for receiving any of a plurality of mobile communication device inserts is provided. Each of the plurality of mobile communication device inserts may have a mobile communication device receiving cavity of a different shape or size configured to receive a mobile communication device of a particular shape and size. After inserting a mobile communication device insert into the well apparatus, a user may insert a mobile communication device into the receiving cavity and apply a protective layer with a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Vivian Chou
  • Patent number: 9004130
    Abstract: A portable, handheld, light-weight device for sealing seams between adjacent sheets of flooring in which a seam following guide is incorporated as an inseparable part of the body of the handheld device. The guide has a pair of laterally separated rollers carried by a roller mounting that has a narrow, seam following element located midway between the rollers. A support on the body may be extended to hold a sealant dispensing tip out of contact with the adjacent sheets of flooring, or collapsed to allow the tip to contact the adjacent sheets of flooring that are to be sealed together with sealant therebetween. An electrically powered propulsion system drives the rollers and is operable to automatically advance the device along a seam as sealant is discharged into it. Alternatively, the device can be manipulated manually with the propulsion system disabled for use in detail work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Leo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8978730
    Abstract: A portable laminator designed primarily for home use where the laminator includes a handle for carrying which may also act as a guide for articles being fed into the laminator. In alternate embodiments, the laminator includes a cover which may first position acts as a guide for material being fed into the laminator and in a second position acts as a cover for the laminators feed slot. In additional embodiments, the laminator includes a double walled housing to provide insulation from the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Hoon Kim Matlin, Jean Ellen Kiple, David John McCutcheon, Jimmy-Quang Viet Doan
  • Patent number: 8967217
    Abstract: A strapping tool for tensioning and securing a strap on or around an object or load includes a motor, a tensioning assembly coupled to the motor, and a weld plate assembly coupled to the motor. The motor is actuated in a first direction to control the tensioning assembly to tension the strap during a tensioning operation and the motor is actuated in a second direction to control the weld plate assembly to weld the strap to itself during a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Joseph J. Gardner, Janusz Figiel, Timothy B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8955573
    Abstract: The present invention resides in an apparatus for use with a plaster taping device, the apparatus comprising a base for removably attaching the apparatus to the plaster taping device and a frame having a first end coupled to the base and a second end for supporting a wheel member rotatably connected thereto, wherein the wheel member facilitates application of a tape material along an internal corner joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Eamonn Oliver Owens, Daniel Luke Owens
  • Patent number: 8955572
    Abstract: A trigger-operated adhesive dispenser includes a rack, a handle affixed to the rack, a swing frame pivotally mounted at the rack, a cutter blade fixedly mounted at the rack, a stopper member pivotally mounted at the rack, and a trigger mounted at the handle. When the trigger is not pressed, the swing frame is stopped by the stopper member and prohibited from being biased, allowing the adhesive tape to be pulled out and adhered to the object to be packed. When pressing the trigger, the trigger will push the stopper member to release the swing frame, enabling the swing frame to be biased, and thus the cutter blade can forced to cut off the applied adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Harrison Huang
  • Patent number: 8944131
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an adhesive tape dispenser adapted for use with adhesive tape having a releasable backing such as wax paper, foil or vinyl often used in HVAC applications. The adhesive tape dispenser includes a handgrip for holding the tape dispenser in one hand during use, a finger switch provided on the handgrip and activated to operate a motorized gearing system for automatically removing and storing the releasable backing simultaneously while applying the adhesive tape to a surface, and a light source for illuminating dark or low lit surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Williams
  • Patent number: 8941025
    Abstract: Plume shield shroud (10) for a plasma gun (30) includes a substantially tubular member (14) comprising an axial length, a plume entry end (11), and a plume exit end (13). The shroud (10) is adapted to be mounted to a plasma gun (30). A method of protecting, confining or shielding of a gas plume of a plasma gun (30) includes mounting (20) a gas plume shroud (10) on the plasma gun (30) such that the shroud (10) is sized and configured to substantially surround at least a portion of the gas plume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc.
    Inventors: Richard McCullough, Mark F. Spaulding, Robert F. Savill, Jr., Ronald J. Molz
  • Patent number: 8925611
    Abstract: An adhesive tape dispenser is provided that includes a lower housing (200) that includes a pivot post (212) substantially perpendicular to a back wall of the lower housing, a back plate (230) assembly that includes a push button (244) assembly, a tape unwind spool (234), a lower pin (236), an upper pin (238), and a wedge (240) that is slideably engaged with the lower housing, and a blade assembly unit (260) that includes a cutter arm (262). The cutter arm includes a cutting blade (264) and a semi-tubular opening (270) that slideably engages the pivot post (212) of the lower housing. The cutter arm also includes an outer edge that guides along the wedge and lifts the forward end of the cutter arm (that includes the cutting blade) when the back plate assembly is urged forward by pressing the push button assembly forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joel K. Hagglund, Gerald E. Mueller, Joy A. Packard, Arthur V. Lang, Jia Hu
  • Patent number: 8915284
    Abstract: A method of applying a strip to a surface is disclosed. The strip is laid out spaced apart from a path guide. The path guide is referenced with least two longitudinally spaced apart reference guides to guide an applicator transversely spaced from the reference guides over the strip. The strip is lifted upstream of the applicator with a strip guide longitudinally spaced from the applicator to space the strip from the surface. Heat is applied to at least one of the strip or the surface in a location longitudinally between the applicator and the strip guide. The applicator is moved along the strip to apply pressure to the strip against the surface to bond the strip to the surface. A related apparatus for applying a strip to a surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Duro-Last, Inc
    Inventors: Gregory A. Korf, Keith Gere
  • Patent number: 8905107
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device instantly reducing air bubbles and eliminating the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a roller device may include a carriage or housing and one or more rollers coupled or integrated with the housing, configured to apply a protective material to a surface of the electronic device in a first orientation, and configured to function as a device stand in a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Communications
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Thai Dinh
  • Patent number: 8906178
    Abstract: An optical fiber is permanently routed easily, quickly, and unobtrusively at a customer premises using an inventive hand tool, without staples or other fasteners. The fiber has an adhesive outer coating that is activated as the fiber is applied by the tool on an exposed surface such as a wall, ceiling, molding, groove, or corner at the premises. When the activated coating hardens, the fiber is bonded to the surface on which it was applied, and the hardened coating also provides physical protection for the fiber. In the disclosed embodiment, the coated fiber is supplied on a spool that mounts on the tool, and the coating is activated by guiding the fiber as it unwinds from the spool through a chamber containing an activating substance. The fiber with the activated coating is then guided to an applicator wheel on the tool which applies the fiber to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: OFS Fitel, LLC
    Inventors: Denis E. Burek, Paul R. Dickinson, John George, Daniel Hendrickson, Willard C. White, Joseph E. Bradley, Adam Gregg Malofsky, Bernard Miles Malofsky, William H. Mann
  • Patent number: 8875769
    Abstract: An apparatus for an adhesive tape dispenser/applicator is disclosed. The adhesive tape dispenser/applicator includes an ergonomically shaped housing and tape applicator/cutter assembly that permits one-handed dispensing of pressure sensitive adhesive tape from a roll while simultaneously applying the tape to a substrate. The adhesive tape dispenser/applicator allows all operations to be performed single-handedly, and without the user ever having to directly touch the tape. In addition, there is no need to pre-measure or estimate the length of tape needed as the desired length of tape is dispensed as it is being applied to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Cory Lee Dean Walker
  • Patent number: 8863807
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a taping tool for dispensing tape and mastic over gaps, seams, and/or joints between wallboard members that includes improved creaser wheel operation. The taping tool comprises an elongate body having first and second ends, and a creaser wheel pivotally mounted near the second end thereof for creasing dispensed tape. The creaser wheel is pivotable into a plurality of positions between a first position farthest away from the elongate body's first end and a second position nearest the elongate body's first end. The taping tool also includes an actuator for receiving user input indicative of a position of the creaser wheel desired by a user. In the absence of user input, the creaser wheel is configured to reside substantially in the first position. The creaser wheel is configured to pivot from the first position toward the second position in response to the receipt of user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Axia Acquisition Corporation, Graco Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Jungklaus, Steven J. Wrobel, Jeromy D. Horning
  • Publication number: 20140290868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foil applicator, such as a spatula (1), for applying foil, in particular self-adhesive foil, to a surface, for instance the bodywork of a car. It is the object according to the present invention to provide an improved foil applicator. For this purpose the handgrip (2) is elongate and the pressing edge (5) lies at an angle relative to the handgrip. The foil applicator further comprises at least one hook (7, 8). Using the hook adhered foil can be pulled back, for instance out of or from edges, seams and transitions, in the event air bubbles have been included in the foil, without having to pick up another tool, which would take some time and during which time the foil could adhere more fixedly to the surface and the foil could be damaged even more when—after another tool has been picked up—it must then be released at or from the edges, seams and transitions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Muhlenbruch Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Muhlenbruch
  • Patent number: 8839838
    Abstract: This Dispenser having a cutter plate, which is flexibly mounted on a Tape roll, helps in peeling the Tape and is able to cut it by serration provided at the other end. There is an open space, in between the rod and cutter plate, so that Tape can be drawn over from both sides of the dispenser, to cut it by serrations present at the other end. On the cutter plate of the Dispenser, there is a notch and a hole is provided, so that, the cut end of the tape which sticks on the plate, can be easily removed for the next operation. This cutter plate assembly being flexibly attached on a Tape roll, by means of two 0 rings, can swivel like a hinge, so that Tape can be cut at any desired and from a suitable angle. A double cutter is provided to hold a firm grip on the tape, to cut it easily, besides, to protects from injury also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Dattatrya Purushottam Parkhe
  • Patent number: 8826961
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a finisher system for finishing joints, seams or gaps in wallboard. According to an example embodiment, the finisher system comprises a finisher for dispensing mastic onto wallboard and an adapter configured for pivotally connecting the finisher to a handle. The finisher and adapter are cooperatively configured to substantially prevent sliding motion of the finisher relative to the adapter, and to ensure appropriate registration and orientation of the finisher relative to the adapter. A fluid communication path is defined within the adapter, allowing mastic to flow through the adapter. A pivot pin enables a first portion of the adapter to pivot relative to a second portion of the adapter, and defines a bore therein that permits mastic to flow through the pivot pin and between the adapter's first and second portions. The adapter is configured for attachment to a handle having a substantially tear drop shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Axia Acquisition Corporation, Graco Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Castagnetta, Matthew W. Jungklaus, Charles C. Somers, III
  • Patent number: 8813806
    Abstract: A tape dispenser adapted to dispense lengths of adhesive tape from a roll of adhesive tape wound upon a cylindrical tape core having a first sidewall, a second sidewall generally parallel to the first sidewall, a hub structure and a tape retaining tab extending inwardly from at least one of the first and second sidewalls. A rearwardly extending tongue is supported between the sidewall front portions, the tongue includes a rear edge approaching the tape retaining tab and defining therewith a gap. An unwound portion of the tape passes through the gap between the retaining tab and the tongue, and the tongue is movable between a first position for holding the unwound portion of the tape against the tape retaining tab and a second position allowing the unwound portion of the tape to separate from the retaining tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Shurtech Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Brian A. Vulpitta
  • Patent number: 8800630
    Abstract: A tape dispensing device dispenses and cuts tape to permit taping of elevated areas without a ladder or low areas without bending or kneeling. The device includes a first handle having an upper end and a lower end. A planar guard is pivotally coupled to the first handle. A retention spool is coupled to the guard wherein the retention spool is configured for holding a tape roll. A dispensing spool is coupled to the guard in spaced relationship to the retention spool. The dispensing spool is configured for abutting a back side of tape extending from the tape roll. The tape is dispensed onto a surface by rolling the dispensing spool against the surface with the tape being positioned between the dispensing spool and the surface. A cutting assembly is coupled to the guard and configured to selectively cut the tape extending from the tape roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Sola Albanese, Roseanne Set
  • Publication number: 20140216627
    Abstract: A surface cover assembly includes a body, the body including at least one grasping point and surface covering material dispensably attached to the body. A method of applying a barrier over a use surface includes obtaining a surface cover assembly, the surface cover assembly including: a body including at least one grasping point and surface covering material dispensably attached to the body; grasping the grasping point of the body; and applying surface covering material to the use surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Kerry Stumpe
  • Patent number: 8794292
    Abstract: Provided is double-faced adhesive tape joining apparatus that allows accurate joining of a double-faced adhesive tape on a tape joining surface of a workpiece in a curved or bent shape with no damage on a surface of a separator joined to the double-faced adhesive tape and no floating of the separator. Specifically, a hand-operable base includes a tape guide for guiding the double-faced adhesive tape successively supplied, and a joining head for pressing against the joining surface of the workpiece the double-faced adhesive tape supplied to a front end of the base. The base and the joining head are configured as to rotate relatively about a support axis toward a longitudinal tape direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Inokuchi, Kazuhiko Kinpara, Naoto Kato, Isao Hirose
  • Patent number: 8794293
    Abstract: An applicator, related applicator system, and a method for delivering a self-adhesive material are provided. The applicator includes an outer surface, and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The inner surface of the applicator defines a void that is operable to receive the self-adhesive material. At least a portion of the inner surface releasably adhere the applicator side of the self-adhesive material where the adhesive force between the portion of the inner surface and the applicator side being less than adhesive force between the substrate and the substrate side. The applicator is used by placing the applicator in contact with a substrate, pressing the applicator against the substrate such that the self-adhesive material adheres to the substrate, and releasing the applicator from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Rice, Thomas W. Otis, Michael E. Klinkhammer
  • Patent number: 8794290
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating an encased cable seam includes a transportable support frame with a roll of encased cable material supported by a support bar, boom and spindle. Heating units supported by the frame heat the bottom surface of the membrane portion of the encased cable material. The encased cable material released from the roll toward the substrate to create an overlapping seam of the encased cable material on the membrane substrate of a roof deck. The apparatus includes a handle and a roller, whereby the roller presses the encased cable material causing a welded bond as the handle moves the apparatus forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Henry L. Hamlin, III
  • Patent number: 8783322
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a taping tool for taping gaps, seams, and/or joints between wallboard members that includes a swivel joint. The taping tool has a first portion for receiving a flow of mastic, and a second portion for receiving the flow of mastic and for dispensing tape and mastic. The first and second portions define fluid communication paths therein for the flow of mastic therethrough. The taping tool also has a swivel joint intermediate the first and second portions that defines a fluid communication path therein allowing mastic to flow from the taping tool's first portion, through the swivel joint, and into the taping tool's second portion. The swivel joint also allows the taping tool's first portion to rotate relative to the taping tool's second portion through an angle of 360 degrees about the taping tool's longitudinal axis, while mastic is flowing through the taping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew W. Jungklaus, Steven J. Wrobel, Jeromy D. Horning
  • Patent number: 8783323
    Abstract: Disclosed is a platen opening mechanism in a portable labeling machine capable of simultaneously opening the platen through a single operation of opening a bottom cover to form an insertion passage for a label strip. The platen is pivotally opened from a machine side plate in interlock with opening a bottom cover that is also pivoted open in the opposite pivot direction from the side plate. The platen is pivotable to a closed position and an open position relative to the side plate to allow the label strip to be loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sato Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshisada Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140158304
    Abstract: A tape dispenser including a body with having several functional elements formed thereon, including a cutting edge, an anvil, a guide, finger grips, and a thumb rest. The body also defines an opening for receiving a tape roll therein. The opening may be formed between an outer wall and an inner wall. The dispenser may also include a resilient element that causes the outer wall to contact the tape periphery, even as the tape roll is being depleted. The resilient element also allows for relatively easy loading and unloading of the tape roll without the need to remove or dissemble any parts of the system. A brake also allows the user to stop dispensing tape by pressing the outer wall against the outer periphery of the tape roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: John Joseph Yarrish, Kastriot Shaska, Eric William Kesler
  • Patent number: 8746313
    Abstract: A correction tape dispenser includes a body having a plurality of body teeth disposed on an inner surface thereof, an applicator tip mounted in the body, and a supply and take-up assembly mounted in the body, the supply and take-up assembly being biased away from the body teeth with a biasing element. The supply and take-up assembly includes a supply reel and a take-up reel. The supply reel and the take-up reel have a common axis of rotation. One of the supply reel and the take-up reel include a plurality of teeth that engage the plurality of body teeth during correction tape re-tensioning when the biasing force from the biasing element is overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrew Kropp
  • Patent number: 8746316
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism for a tape dispenser, for example, includes a first reel, a second reel, a biasing element, and a friction element. The first and second reels are rotatably disposed on first and second shafts. The biasing element is disposed between the second reel and second shaft such that the second reel is movable in a radial direction between first and second positions relative to the second shaft and the biasing element biases the second reel into the first position. The friction element extends around the first and second reels and arranged to generate a first normal force acting on the second reel when the second reel is in a first position, relative to the second shaft, and a second normal force acting on the second reel when the second reel is in a second position, relative to the second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Kropp, Bret R. Marschand
  • Publication number: 20140130971
    Abstract: An application device for a screen protector and an application method thereof are provided for applying an adhesive film to a screen of an electronic device with ease and precision. The application device is formed as a frame-like structure having an internal hollow region. The screen protector includes, from top to bottom, a protective layer, an adhesive film layer, and a release layer sequentially bonded together. The protective layer is greater in area than the adhesive film layer or the release layer and has a peripheral portion extending outwardly beyond the adhesive film layer or the release layer. The peripheral portion of the protective layer is attached to a frame-shaped top surface of the application device while the adhesive film layer and the release layer bonded thereto are placed in, and lie adjacent to a top portion of, the internal hollow region of the application device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chan Jung HSU
  • Patent number: 8720521
    Abstract: A tape dispenser assembly facilitates dispensing and cutting tape. The assembly includes a housing having side panels and upper wall and lower walls extending between the side panels. The upper and lower walls are spaced defining an interior space therebetween. A forward edges of the upper and lower walls form a dispensing opening in the housing. A tape formed into a roll positioned in the interior space. The roll of tape has a free end extendable through the dispensing opening. A roller assembly coupled to the housing includes a roller positioned proximate the dispensing opening. A non-sticky side of the tape abuts the roller proximate the free end of the tape. A blade is positioned proximate the roller assembly to cut the tape by manipulating the housing such that the blade engages the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leonora Peary
  • Publication number: 20140090784
    Abstract: A raising/lowering device for a rollers of a laminator table, wherein the table comprises a table top (8) with two opposite and parallel sides (7), a horizontal guide rail (6) being parallel to and placed at each of said side edges, and a roller (2), each horizontal guide rail (6) comprises a raising/lowering device (1) having a first and a second end, the second end is connected to the horizontal rails (6), the raising/lowering device (1) is horizontally moveable along the rail to which it is connected, the first end of the raising/lowering device (1) comprises, or can be connected to, a non-rotatable or fixed shaft end (13), and the rollers (2) is rotatably mounted at its ends in two opposing raising/lowering devices (1) by means of said shaft ends (13), the raising/lowering device is further characterized in that it is positioned at least one shielded activating switch on one or both handles and/or on the console tops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jarle Hansen
  • Patent number: 8678063
    Abstract: An applicator roll (1) is described for a labeling apparatus for paying out and applying self-adhesive labels, which with each operating cycle moves one self-adhesive label into a dispensing position underneath an applicator roll. Depending on the printing mechanism used in the labeling apparatus, whether printing an even or an odd number of digits, it is advantageous to arranged a profiled ring (32) formed on a sleeve (31) of the applicator roll (1) in the center or off center. In addition, label formats of different widths require applicator rolls of different widths. These problems are solved in the applicator roll (1) described here in that its sleeve (31) supports two cylindrical jackets (34) on either side of the profiled ring (32). The cylindrical jackets (34) are axially displaceable on the sleeve (31) and can be releasably, positively locked in several positions against axial shifting, preferably by mutual engagement of an annular collar (38) and an annular groove (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Baumbusch, Michael Rapp, Ulrich Silberzahn
  • Patent number: 8656976
    Abstract: An adhesive tape dispenser is provided that is operable by a single hand, and is applicable to a variety of adhesive tapes. The provided adhesive tape dispenser overcomes the problem of jamming due to tape accumulation behind the blade by providing a switchable double cam system that allows adhesive tape to be dispensed, the cutter blade to be urged suddenly downward to cut the tape, and then the cutter blade suddenly retracted during one rearward motion of the tape-cutting button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jia Hu
  • Patent number: 8640758
    Abstract: A tracer wire applicator preferably includes a base frame, a wire spindle, a tape spindle and a pipe roller. The base frame preferably includes a base frame member, a support frame member and an upper frame member. One end of the upper frame member is removably secured to one end of the base frame member. One end of the support frame member is removably attached to the base frame member and the other end is attached to the upper frame member. The pipe roller is rotatably retained on the other end of the base frame member. The tape spindle extends from the base frame member to rotatably receive a roll of tape. A wire spindle extends from the base frame member to rotatably receive a wire reel. A wire guide tube is preferably retained by the upper frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: John J. Grosskruetz
  • Publication number: 20140027037
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, an adhesive sheet material application device is disclosed, which includes a roller support bar, a handle, and a roller, where the handle and the roller are connected to the roller support bar, a portion of the handle is parallel to the roller, and the roller is rotatable. In another aspect of the present invention, a second handle is connected to the roller support bar and the second handle has a strap. According to another aspect of the present invention, a method of using the adhesive sheet material application device is disclosed, which includes securing a portion of adhesive sheet material to a surface, applying the adhesive sheet material to the surface with the adhesive sheet material application device, and regressing and eradicating bubbles between the adhesive sheet material and surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: GEEK WRAPS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Calman, Kathryn S. Calman
  • Patent number: 8631849
    Abstract: A transfer tool A in the present preferred embodiment is provided with a refill 3 including a reel section 31 for holding a transfer tape T therein, a transfer head 35 capable of transferring a transferring material attached to the transfer tape T onto a transfer target, and a support plate 34 having the reel section 31 fixed thereto and being integrated with a base end 351 of the transfer head 35, wherein a engaging section 5 capable of prohibiting a relative turn between the base end 351 and each of a first case member 1 and a second case member 2 is provided between the base end 351 and each of the first case member 1 and the second case member 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kokuyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Kai, Takashi Mitsui, Hideto Shima
  • Patent number: 8628632
    Abstract: A vapor barrier tape dispenser includes a generally upright frame. A roller pivotally mounts to a lower portion of the frame. A handle mounts to an upper portion of the frame for engagement by an operator. A spindle pivotally mounts to the frame. A tape roll pivotally attaches to the spindle and is configured to feed a strip of tape around a portion of the roller for adherence to a vapor barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Sternau
  • Publication number: 20130312909
    Abstract: A hand tool for press sealing roofing membranes by a roller mounted on one end of a bracket connected at a second hand to a handle. The handle and roller mounting bracket extend along first and second axes respectively, which axes form an included angle in the range of 50 degrees and 70 degrees. This angular relationship enables a user's wrist to be the natural wrist position when moving the roller along the membrane. The second axis of the roller mounting bracket preferably maintains an angle of between 20 degrees and 40 degrees with the roofing membranes as the roller is moved along the membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: EVERHARD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Thurston
  • Patent number: 8579001
    Abstract: A tape applicator uses a tape feeding device that holds a tape and performs a series of operations of feeding, applying, and cutting the tape with one hand. The tape applicator includes the tape feeding device including a drawing roller rotated together with a tape, a releasing roller feeding the tape in the forward direction while releasing the tape together with rotation of the drawing roller, and a belt coupling the drawing roller and the releasing roller, as well as a tape holding body holding the tape and supporting the tape feeding device, an application unit supported by the tape holding body and that causes the tape to contact with an application target surface, a cutting blade supported by the tape holding body and that cuts the tape, and a case accommodating the tape holding body, wherein the leading end of the tape is reserved in the released state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Eizo Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 8579000
    Abstract: An automatic rotation type correction tape structure comprises an outer casing, an inner casing and a tape delivery module. The outer casing has an opening and a circular top abutting surface formed inside the outer casing and proximate to the opening. The inner casing is movably installed in the outer casing and has an engaging structure corresponding to the inner casing, such that the inner casing can be rotated axially with respect to the outer casing. The tape delivery module is installed in the inner casing and has a tape guiding spout at an end of the tape deliver module. When use, the tape guiding spout is pressed to drive the inner casing to rotate axially in the outer casing in order to adjust an operating angle and improve the convenience of the use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Mcaide Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Hua Yen