Clamps, Clips, Hooks, Or Latches Patents (Class 220/324)
  • Patent number: 10427841
    Abstract: The present application discloses a centering aid for a container having a container trough, with an access opening, a container lid and a seal. In the closed state of the container, the seal is arranged between the container trough and the container lid. The centering aid has a first centering device, which is provided on either the container lid or the container trough, and a second centering device, which is provided on the other of either the container lid or the container trough. The first and second centering devices interact in such a way as to ensure that, in the closed state of the container, the seal is in contact with the container trough and with the container lid along the entire periphery of the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Dieter Weisshaupt, Stefan Schuster, Matthias Schweizer, John Gray-Dreizler, Gerold Zieris
  • Patent number: 10413127
    Abstract: A coffee grinder has a housing that includes a ring burr, a shaft extending through the ring burr, a frustoconical burr, and an interlocking plug. An internal bore of the frustoconical burr has an upper cylindrical surface adjacent the top end, an interlocking portion adjacent the bottom edge, and a tapered side surface. The interlocking plug is shaped to extend through the internal bore of the frustoconical burr, and includes an upper cylindrical portion that fits through the upper cylindrical surface, and a lower portion that includes a sidewall surface which is also tapered such that the sidewall surface interlocks with the side surface of the frustoconical burr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Jana Media, LLC
    Inventors: Raj Jana, Thomas Hazzard
  • Patent number: 10415174
    Abstract: A washing machine includes: a cabinet having a first opening and a washing space formed therein; and a door assembly provided to open and close the first opening, wherein the door assembly includes: a door body having a second opening and corresponding to the first opening and provided to rotate relative to the cabinet; door glass having a glass hole communicating with the inside of the cabinet and coupled with the rear surface of the door body; a guide duct that connects the second opening and the glass hole; and a sealing member. The sealing member can prevent washing water or internal air from escaping from the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang Hoon Park, Min Jea Choi, Jae Young Kim, Zoo Hyeong Kim, Nae Young Park, Kwang Min Chun
  • Patent number: 10398243
    Abstract: A stackable food holder is disclosed. The food holder includes a first and second inclined sidewall separated by a mostly flat base portion. The inclined sidewalls include a plurality of channels configured to dissipate heat and humidity from the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Inno-Pak, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Sedgwick
  • Patent number: 10391918
    Abstract: A cargo restraint system having a load bearing perimeter rail and a tie-down ring assembly. The load bearing perimeter rail further comprised of a plurality of protruding bosses with a hole within each boss. Further, a tie-down ring assembly comprised of a tie-down ring and a pin wherein the tie-down ring is inserted through the hole in the plurality of protruding bosses of the load bearing perimeter rail. Protruding bosses and/or recessed load bearing features within a load bearing rail are capable of accepting additional components beyond a tie-down ring assembly to increase interchangeability of load bearing platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sunrez, Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Livesay, Bret Tollgaard
  • Patent number: 10370882
    Abstract: An injection molded housing includes a first piece, a second piece, and a wall defined by the first piece removably joined to the second piece by a joint at abutting surfaces of the first piece and the second piece. A central catch is integrally molded with the first piece, protruding from the wall. A latch is integrally molded with the second piece, and connected to the second piece first and second living hinges. A half-knuckle is integrally molded with the second piece, protruding from the wall. A hinge pin is fixedly attached to the latch. The latch is bendable at the living hinges to align the hinge pin with the half-knuckle. The latch is rotatable about the hinge pin to engage the central catch and selectably prevent the first piece from being disengaged from the second piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Spryshak, Joe Thompson, Jason Kreucher
  • Patent number: 10371429
    Abstract: A cooler with a hinging lid is comprised of a top deck having an opening and a unitary hinging lid to cover the opening; insulated sidewalls; and a bottom that together define an enclosed insulated inner volume for storage of objects. The inner volume can be accessed by opening the hinging lid. The hinging lid can be selectively opened, segment by segment, to access the inner volume while minimizing the exchange of air between the inner volume and the air surrounding the cooler. The hinging lid is comprised of a pull flap tab, an interior layer of reflective insulating material, at least one layer of support insulation material and a waterproof outer surface layer. The support insulation material of the hinging lid is divided into at least two discrete segments comprising a first segment and a second segment and can be articulated as a hinge between the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Gem Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Meredith Winters Giesting, Agnes Csilla Domotor, Richard C. Bellofatto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10357874
    Abstract: A storage container can include a bottom surface and one or more sides that extend up from the bottom surface to define a storage area. The storage container can also include a lid rotatably coupled to at least one of the sides and can be moved from a closed position, preventing or limiting access to the storage area, to an open position, allowing access. The storage container can also include a work surface rotatably coupled to a bottom side of the lid. When the lid is opened, the work surface is rotated into a substantially horizontal position providing a planar top surface to work on. The storage container can also include a leg support assembly that is rotatably coupled to one or more of the side walls of the storage container and can be adjusted into a support position to provide vertical support for a portion of the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: David P. Engvall, Stephen Pennington, Michael Reedy, Adam Dudycha, Jose C. Santiago
  • Patent number: 10334935
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compact case including an upper cover unit and a lower body for hermetically accommodating various types of cosmetics in which the upper cover unit and the lower body are combined by a pin. The lower body and the upper cover unit are separably combined by a pin for refilling, the lower body is hermetically sealed with a cut plate that can be cut at the top and with a bottom plate at the bottom after a cosmetic is put into the lower body, and the cut plate is cut and opened for use in a single motion by pulling a ring. Accordingly, the compact case is simply sealed and opened, so efficiency including economical efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CTK CO. LTD.
    Inventor: In Yong Chung
  • Patent number: 10306962
    Abstract: A protective housing includes a housing and a rotating cover mechanism. An opening and a restriction groove are defined in the housing, and the cover mechanism includes a cover body and a latching member rotatably mounted on the cover body. The cover body includes an outer cover and a supporting plate detachably coupled thereto. The latching member includes a handle, a latch between the outer cover and the supporting plate and coupled to the handle, and a mechanical button adjacent to the latch. The latch includes a positioning groove. The partly exposed mechanical button is located between the outer cover and the supporting plate. The handle causes the latch to be received in the restriction groove and the mechanical button is received in the positioning groove to lock the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ying-Jui Huang
  • Patent number: 10294969
    Abstract: A clamping device for holding an object in place comprising a female plate 10 with an exterior 11 and interior 12 surface and a bottom edge 15 with a plurality protrusions 16 wherein each of the protrusions has a opening 17 therein; a male plate 1 with an exterior 2 and interior 3 surface and a bottom edge 9 with a plurality of teeth 7; and at least two stepper keys 21 on said exterior 2 surface of the male plate 1; wherein the male teeth 7 fit snuggly within the female plate protrusion openings 17 such that the object placed between the male plate 1 and the female plate 10 is held in place by locking the stepper keys 21 in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Keibu Morton
  • Patent number: 10285553
    Abstract: A cyclone dust collecting apparatus and a cleaner having the same include a grille unit including an introduction pipe communicating with the suction port and adapted to guide the air into the main cyclone chamber, and a grille body detachably provided to the introduction pipe and allowing the air to be discharged from the main cyclone chamber after dust particles in the air having a size greater than or equal to a certain size is filtered out. With this configuration, the spatial utilization of the cyclone structure may be facilitated, and visualization of the dust collection chamber may allow a user to gain satisfaction from cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hoo Choe, Jong Gook Lim, Jin Ho Lee, Kyong Hui Jeon
  • Patent number: 10280944
    Abstract: A fan guard and method of use thereof. The fan guard includes a guard housing, the guard housing including a housing opening, one or more lattices, wherein the one or more lattices are pivotably connected to a portion of the guard housing, a linkage arm, wherein the one or more lattices are operably connected to the linkage arm, and a wedge portion operably connected to the linkage arm, wherein the wedge portion comprises a wedge portion face, and wherein the linkage arm is configured to move along a length of the guard housing and the linkage arm is configured to pivot the one or more lattices from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Arenella, Levi A. Campbell, Christopher R. Ciraulo, Robert K. Mullady, Budy D. Notohardjono, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, John S. Werner
  • Patent number: 10244745
    Abstract: A chumming device for live bait has a shaft with a first end located opposite a second end. A head is connected to the first end of the shaft. The head has a plurality of openings that facilitate water flow while scooping bait from a live well. The head has a lower portion forming a chamber configured to retain the bait. The chamber has a first side wall located opposite a second side wall. The chamber has a lip located opposite a protruding structure. The protruding structure extends beyond the chamber opening and is configured to align the bait to be launched in a direction by the force of a user. A handle is connected to the second end of the shaft. The shaft can have a plurality of bores each have different sized diameters arranged in an ascending diameter. The shaft can have a plurality of shaft openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Patrick Rosier
  • Patent number: 10246225
    Abstract: Presented are an apparatus and method for enclosing. An exemplary apparatus includes a bag having at least a first opening and a second opening, the bag comprising a first sheet coupled to a second sheet along a periphery of the first sheet and the second sheet, and a first closing device coupled to the first opening, the first closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the first opening. The apparatus further includes a second closing device coupled to the second opening, the second closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: United Sources Sought, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Metivier, Jeffrey Cahoon
  • Patent number: 10244642
    Abstract: Electronic component unit (20) is received in inside of housing (1) prepared by joining base (2) and cover (3). Sealing groove (24) for sealing material (24a) is formed on joining surface (21) of base (2). Protruding rib (35) fittable into seal groove (24) is formed on joining surface (33) of cover (3). Furthermore, spring hook portion (4) is provided to be positioned outside of the joining surfaces (21, 33) on an outer peripheral side of housing (1). Spring hook portion (4) is structured to include flexible portion (41) that extends to span between outer peripheral surfaces of base (2) and cover (3) and that is formed into a beam supported at only one end thereof on the outer peripheral surface of cover (3), and engaging portion (40) that is formed on a tip end side of flexible portion (41) and is engaged with the outer peripheral surface of base (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuji Suzuki, Shoji Hara, Masako Umebachi
  • Patent number: 10155609
    Abstract: An exemplary tamper evident tub is disclosed. In various embodiments, the exemplary tub includes one or more breakable tabs in near proximity to a lid latching assembly. The one or more breakable tabs, in particular embodiments, prevent access to one or more lift tabs and latches, while the tamper evident tub lid is in a closed position. In various embodiments, the one or more lift tabs and latches are operable to allow for the lid to be opened from a closed position. In some embodiments, removing the breakable tabs allows access to the one or more lift tabs and latches, and further indicates that the exemplary tub has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BWAY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frano Luburic
  • Patent number: 10111350
    Abstract: An opening is formed in a top plate, and an opening is formed in a side plate which is approximately orthogonal to the top plate. A wall extending from a part of an edge part of the opening part and recessed toward the internal side of a casing includes an inclined surface inclined radially from the internal side of the casing to an edge part of the opening part and facing the opening part and the opening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takafumi Morihara, Satoru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10099769
    Abstract: A door alignment system may include a door assembly including a first door and a second door, a striker assembly configured to positively align a first mating edge of the first door and a second mating edge of the second door when the first door and the second door are moved into a closed position, the striker assembly including a striker coupled to the first mating edge and a striker receptacle coupled to the second mating edge and configured to receive the striker, and a rail assembly configured to maintain alignment of the first mating edge and the second mating edge when the first door and the second door are in the closed position, the rail assembly including a convex first rail coupled to the first mating edge and a concave second rail coupled to the second mating edge and configured to engage the convex first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Peter Macaraeg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10089814
    Abstract: A parking meter assembly (10) including a base (11) that is to be fixed to or embedded in a ground surface, typically adjacent the curb that which a car is to be parked. The assembly (10) also includes a parking meter (13) having a front face (17) that includes a coin slot (25) a card slot (20) and a control panel (21). The parking meter (13) further includes a rear face (27) having a window aperture (28) that provides for the transmission of light to a solar panel (29) behind the aperture (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, Matthew James Hall, David Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 10081466
    Abstract: A container case with locking device which allows tool-free unlocking and access includes a top cover having a latching protrusion, a base with sliding top cover, and a handle assembly fixed on the base. The handle assembly includes a resilient catch plate and a handle portion having an operating portion and an elastic arm. When the operating portion is forced by a thumb or finger, the latching protrusion is released from the elastic arm and the handle portion, and the top cover can slide free. When top cover is replaced, the latching protrusion slides and forces back the catch plate until the latching protrusion is again latched by the catch plate and the handle portion. The handle assembly is on the side plate of the base, operators need to use only one thumb or finger to open the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Sin Chu, Ming-Tsz Lin, Feng-Jung Yang
  • Patent number: 10046900
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 10021854
    Abstract: An animal enclosure including a plurality of members defining an interior of the enclosure. One of the plurality of members includes a first member having a frame structure and door assembly formed by a plurality of interconnected horizontal and vertical wires. At least two of the horizontal wires of the frame structure form a hook positioned inside the defined opening. The door assembly is coupled to the frame and moves between an open and close positions. The door assembly includes a first door and a second door removably coupled to one another. The enclosure also includes a latch assembly for releasing the door assembly from the frame structure. In the close position, at least one horizontal wire of the first door and at least one horizontal wire of the second door are coupled to the hooks formed by the at least two horizontal wires of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MID-WEST METAL PRODUCTS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10023377
    Abstract: A packaging device for a windscreen wiper blade has a housing configured to receive the blade, having a first support surface configured to contact a portion of an upper part of the blade, a second support surface configured to contact a first portion of a lower part of the blade, a third support surface configured to contact a second portion of the lower part of the blade, a centering means, and a hooking means for hanging the packaging device vertically. The centering means blocks the blade at the center of the housing when the packaging device is hung. The first support surface extends opposite an area situated between the second support surface and the third support surface, and the first, second, and third support surfaces together immobilize the blade inside the housing in a position that is at least partially straightened out relative to a resting position of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Clamagirand, Stéphane Houssat
  • Patent number: 10010903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a melter, comprising a block (2) having a detachable shell (6), in which there is housed a melting chamber (3) provided with an upper opening that is closed with a hinged and detachable lid (11), the chamber (3) being arranged on lower supports (7), with the freedom to expand upwards, the opening of said chamber (3) incorporating a gasket (8) having an upwardly inclined flexible lip in the outer part on which the shell (6) rests, establishing sealed closure with respect to the chamber (3), whereas on the gasket (8) there is arranged a frame (9) having an upward vertical flange, with respect to which the lid (11) that closes on the gasket (8) is assembled, such that when the chamber (3) expands due to the temperature, the flexible lip allows the expansion maintaining leak-tightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MELER APLICADORES DE HOT-MELT, S.A.
    Inventors: Jose Zabalza Goni, Carlos Tellechea Bidegain
  • Patent number: 10005596
    Abstract: A container for holding granular or powdered material. The container includes walls, a collar, a lid and a latch. The walls define an interior space and an upper portion, the upper portion defining a sealing flange and an opening to the interior space. The collar is attached to the upper portion. The lid is attached to the collar for positioning between an open position and a closed position, and adapted to cover the opening while in the closed position. The latch is attached to an outer surface of the lid. The latch may have an actuator rotatable in two directions relative to the lid and detachably engaged to a catch which protrudes from an outside surface of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Jeremy McBroom, James Perry
  • Patent number: 9950302
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for stand-alone chemical dispensers are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Crossford International, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Walsh, Joseph J. Franzino
  • Patent number: 9930996
    Abstract: A closure for a container for storing granulated powder. The closure includes a collar and a lid, a locking portion on the collar, and a locking portion on the lid, the collar locking portion operable to releasably engage the lid locking portion when the lid is in a closed position on the collar. The closure further includes a latch element on the collar and a latch element on the lid, the collar last element operable to releasably engage the lid locking portion. Some embodiments are operable to provide two audible sounds verifying the lid has been properly closed. Some embodiments include a modified elongated scoop having a length equal to the diameter of the inner perimeter of the lid for improved user experience scooping product from the bottom of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.
    Inventors: Robin P. Wiggins, Johanna Kahn
  • Patent number: 9926116
    Abstract: Packaging which can accommodate medical articles such as a series of orthopedic implants e.g. femoral stem components for prosthetic hip joints which have a dimension which varies minimally across the series but which vary considerably in overall size. The packaging is designed to minimize the travel of any member of the series packaged therein such that all the packaged components in the series can pass the standard handling and shipping tests typically used by the manufacturers of medical articles such as implants and preferably comprises two thermoformed tray components which each carry three types of cavities which are interconnected and designed to be assembled with their cavities facing each other to contain the lower stem, body and angled shaft of the stem component, respectively, with the cavities for the lower stem and the body cooperating to capture a minimally varying dimension of the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Tad R. Kinyon
  • Patent number: 9908475
    Abstract: A securement system is provided for use with a storage area of a vehicle having a cover panel adjustably positionable relative to the storage area. The securement system includes a locking portion cooperating with the cover panel including a body having a first end and an opposing second end terminating at a securement member. A receiving portion cooperates with the storage area and includes a housing, a channel extending at least partially through the receiving portion housing to receive and engage the locking portion securement member. The receiving portion channel includes a first passage configured to receive the locking portion securement member and a second passage configured to guide the locking portion body between at least a first position and a second position to receive and secure the securement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cesar Alejandro Ayala Diaz, Alejandro Valencia Angeles, Rodolfo De La Mora Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9862267
    Abstract: In a fuel collection device for a fuel tank in a motor vehicle, a swirl pot is connected, by a catching connection and a locking connection, to a holding element mounted in the fuel tank. The catching connection, along with a supporting element, allows the swirl pot to be secured in a plane. The locking connection retains the swirl pot on the holding element. A sliding element allows the locking connection to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Gerhardt, Peter Menzl, Markus Wellhäuser, Tobias Schneider, Toni Heimer
  • Patent number: 9849403
    Abstract: A fractionation tray includes a manway unit positioned to cover a manway opening in the fractionation tray. The manway opening is framed by one or more fractionation tray panels having apertures therethrough adjacent to the manway opening. The manway unit includes a first manway panel having: perforations for the passage of fluid; first and second opposing side edges and two opposing end edges; and finger elements extending from the second side edge. The finger elements of the second side edge are received within the apertures adjacent to a first side of the manway opening. The manway unit is configured to open and close by rotation of the finger elements within the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Summers, Salvador Lopez Magana, Robert Bowden, Charles Sidney Parker
  • Patent number: 9834342
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 9827730
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a lid for attachment to a vessel having an open top surrounded by a peripheral edge portion, includes injection molding from a molten plastic material a first shot structure defining a web portion, a peripheral portion surrounding the web portion; in a second shot procedure, over-molding an elastomeric material different from said plastic material onto the first short structure to form a seal structure portion integrated with the lid portion to form a unitary lid-seal structure, wherein the seal structure portion is permanently adhered to the peripheral portion of the first shot structure, and wherein the seal structure portion is configured to provide an air-tight seal between the lid and a sealing surface portion of the peripheral edge of the vessel when the lid is attached to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Snapware Corporation
    Inventor: Justin Smyers
  • Patent number: 9821830
    Abstract: A covered wheelbarrow system includes a wheelbarrow that has a bucket. A lid is hingedly coupled to the wheelbarrow. The lid is positioned to selectively close the bucket to inhibit material from being removed from the bucket. The lid is positioned in an open position to facilitate the material to be removed from the bucket. A pair of hinges is provided and each of the hinges is coupled to the lid. Each of the hinges releasably engages the bucket such that the lid is removably coupled to the wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Janelle Matlock
  • Patent number: 9823007
    Abstract: A vessel for chilling wine with ice or ice-water mixture has an inner support chamber for standing up wine bottle and separating them from liquid water to avoid over chilling. The inner support as a plurality of perforations in an upper portion of the vessel to facilitate heat exchange. As ice outside the support melts, the water formed will remain below the perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Meyer Intellectual Properties Limited
    Inventors: Stanley Kin Sui Cheng, Edward S Sherman
  • Patent number: 9821956
    Abstract: A latch for a container is disclosed. The latch can comprise a body, which can be mounted to a lid of the container. The latch can further comprise a wheel that is rotatable relative to the body. The latch can engage the receptacle of the container. For example, the wheel can protrude under the rim of the receptacle when the lid is in a closed orientation relative to the receptacle. In other instances, the latch can be mounted to the receptacle of the container, and can releasably engage the lid of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WASTEQUIP, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Wright
  • Patent number: 9764880
    Abstract: A hopper cover for a dispensing machine includes an exterior side having an exterior surface and an interior side having an interior surface that defines a plurality of recesses. The plurality of recesses are configured to receive a plurality of components of the dispensing machine. Each recess of the plurality of recesses corresponds with a specific component of the plurality of components. The hopper cover is configured to cover a hopper cavity of the dispensing machine when in a first orientation and facilitate organized disassembly and reassembly of the dispensing machine when in a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill Hundley, Richard Koehl, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: 9763457
    Abstract: A food cutter has a base and at least two transverse panels extending from the base and sized to complement a pan. The panels may form a grid with an upper end located in the base. The grid has a lower end with cutting edges adapted to cut food. The upper end may be concave and the lower end is flat. The base is formed from a smooth rigid material and may be covered in a soft pliable material. The grid may be coated with a food safe, non-stick material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Jennie Kathryn Brown
  • Patent number: 9737044
    Abstract: An animal enclosure including a plurality of members defining an interior of the enclosure. One of the plurality of members includes a first member having a frame structure and door assembly formed by a plurality of interconnected horizontal and vertical wires. At least two of the horizontal wires of the frame structure form a hook positioned inside the defined opening. The door assembly is coupled to the frame and moves between open and closed positions. The door assembly includes a first door and a second door removably coupled to one another. The enclosure also includes a latch assembly for releasing the door assembly from the frame structure. In the closed position, at least one horizontal wire of the first door and at least one horizontal wire of the second door are coupled to the hooks formed by the at least two horizontal wires of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Co., INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 9662664
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifuge, in particular, a laboratory centrifuge, with a housing comprising a centrifuge lid, which delimits the centrifuge to the outside, a rotor and a rotor cover for closing the rotor, a connecting device comprising a holding arm and a holder being provided, via which the rotor cover and the centrifuge lid can be detachably connected with each other in such a way that the rotor cover is lifted off of the rotor upon opening of the centrifuge lid and is placed on the rotor upon closing the centrifuge lid. The holding arm is detachably and movably mounted in the holder during opening and closing of the centrifuge lid, and the holding arm and the holder are spaced via a gap space when the centrifuge lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventor: Norman Ballhause
  • Patent number: 9644619
    Abstract: A compression machine (110) includes an oscillating body (111) oscillating between two reversal points (U1, U2), wherein the oscillating body has a first mass (m1), and a maximum value of resulting compression force (F*) when the oscillating body is used is less by a predetermined factor (F) than a maximum value of the resulting compression force when an oscillating reference body (121) having a reference mass (mref) is used in a reference compression machine (120) of same construction and using the same fluid (112), wherein the first mass exceeds the reference mass by a percentage that is a function of the predetermined factor, and wherein maximum value of the resulting compression force is reduced by the predetermined factor F by reducing cross-sectional area (A) of the oscillating reference body if the oscillating reference body were used. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christoph Nagl
  • Patent number: 9580244
    Abstract: A locking device is provided, preferably for a container. The locking device keeps the lid of the container closed when the container is knocked over on its side, with a sudden jerking or jarring motion, such as by impact with the ground, to prevent spillage of its contents. The locking device, however, allows the lid to open when the waste container is tipped over, preferably in a forward direction, by a dumping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Serio-Us Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Reeb, James L. Martin, II
  • Patent number: 9540163
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 9469447
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for packaging containers offers the end recipient a way of testing and guaranteeing that the container has not been tampered with or opened during transport operations, and that it has reached its destination in the same condition as when it left. The sealing mechanism for packaging containers of the “low-coefficient” type includes a first and second pin for engaging with a relative seat present on the edge of the container, and a tab designed to fit into the space between the pins. The mechanism for packaging containers of the “high-coefficient” type features, a plate as a first component envisaged to fit into a relative seat present in the container, a second component including an opening block and a fitting designed to engage with the lid of the container, and a pin envisaged to engage with the first component and the second component, securing the entire mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Luca Zacchi
  • Patent number: 9435783
    Abstract: A hatching egg inspection apparatus includes: a plurality of light emitter, the light emitter being disposed two dimensionally at prescribed positions; light receiver, which are provided in a one-to-one relationship with the light emitter and each of which receives light from the corresponding light emitter; and an egg container, which is for arraying in advance a hatching egg between each of the light emitter and the light receiver corresponding thereto. Each hatching egg is inspected by the corresponding light receiver that receives, among the lights from all the light emitter, transmitted light that transmitted through the interior of the hatching egg. When one light emitter of the plurality of light emitter is emitting light, other of the light emitter within a prescribed range centered on the one light emitter do not emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: NABEL Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Nambu, Kenji Yasuda, Toyoaki Ohashi, Hiroshige Iguchi
  • Patent number: 9408315
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a first cover forming a first external surface of the electronic apparatus; a second cover forming the first external surface in conjunction with the first cover, the second cover being capable of being separated from an edge of the first cover in a first direction along the first external surface; an elastically deformable first engaging portion formed at the edge of the first cover; and a second engaging portion formed at an edge of the second cover, the second engaging portion being engageable with the first engaging portion. The first engaging portion is elastically deformable in a second direction intersecting the first direction and being along the first external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinya Tsuchida, Yasuhiro Ootori, Yuta Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9376236
    Abstract: A container includes a chute for supporting reels, the chute including a bottom, a lower wall zone, an upper wall zone, and a support frame for supporting the chute. The container has a horizontal support plane on both sides of the chute, the upper wall zone being formed by a first support surface of a wedge-like support member placed onto the support plane, a second support surface of the support member resting against the support plane when the support member is in a first use position; a pivot mechanism allowing the support member to be turned in relation to the support frame so that the first support surface sets against the lower wall zone of the chute and the second support surface sets onto the same height level as the support plane for forming a uniform loading plane and for placing the support member to a second use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: OY LANGH SHIP AB
    Inventor: Laura Langh-Lagerlof
  • Patent number: 9314919
    Abstract: A truck box is provided having a reinforced lid which resists bending, crimping, torqueing and misalignment when being opened and closed, and which avoids the appearance or a wave or roll along the surface of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Daws Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Harrison
  • Patent number: 9309003
    Abstract: Systems for improved access door assemblies. In particular, disclosed are boltless/screwless access door assemblies with a radial sealing mechanism. In some embodiments, the access door assembly includes a shoulder configured to withstand interior stresses and a retaining strip configured to withstand exterior stresses. The access door assembly is also configured to be opened when the retaining strip is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerosafety Systems
    Inventors: Amine Sannadi, Nicolas Picco