Miscellaneous Patents (Class 227/156)
  • Patent number: 10517599
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body including staple cavities and staples removably stored in the staple cavities. The staple cartridge further comprises a firing member configured to eject the staples from the staple cavities. The staples and staple cavities include features which reduce friction forces between the staples and the staple cavities when the firing member ejects the staples from the staple cavities. Each of the staples comprises a base including a drive portion and staple legs extending from the base and, in at least one instance, each of the staple cavities includes a proximal guide and a distal guide configured to guide the staple legs of the staple positioned therein as it is ejected from the staple cavity. In certain instances, each of the staple cavities further includes an intermediate guide offset from the proximal guide and the distal guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kenneth D. Ballard, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10470769
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body, staples removably stored in the cartridge body, and a firing member. The firing member is configured to directly engage the staples to eject the staples from the staple cavities. The firing member includes one or more channels and/or rails configured to orient the staples before, during, and/or after the staples contact an anvil positioned opposite the staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 10433848
    Abstract: A circular stapler and a staple head assembly thereof are disclosed. The staple head assembly comprises a staple barrel assembly and an anvil assembly. The anvil assembly includes an anvil ring and an anvil shaft which are fixedly connected to each other, where the anvil shaft is capable of sliding along the longitudinal direction in an anti-expansion tube. The staple barrel assembly includes a staple barrel, a staple pusher piece arranged within the staple barrel and a staple cartridge fixed at a distal end of the staple barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Suzhou Touchstone International Medical Science Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wangdong Chen, Kezhan Sun
  • Patent number: 10405864
    Abstract: A loading unit (100) including a shipping member (200) is provided. The shipping member (200) is receivable on a distal end of the loading unit (100) in a first orientation to prevent movement of a pusher assembly (130) from a first to a second position and in a second orientation to effect separation of the loading unit (100) from a surgical stapling device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Hui Zhan, Junyu Zhou
  • Patent number: 10105141
    Abstract: Surgical methods for closing a gastrotomy. The surgical method for closing an opening in an organ wall comprises positioning a distal end portion of a steerable overtube adjacent a portion of the organ wall through which the opening extends. The surgical method further comprises inserting a flexible clip magazine into the steerable overtube. The surgical method comprises grasping tissue through which the opening extends and drawing a portion of the grasped tissue into a clamping position between upper and lower clip arms of a distal-most tissue apposition clip supported within a distal end of the clip magazine. The surgical method further comprises advancing the distal-most tissue apposition clip onto the portion of grasped tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, James T. Spivey
  • Patent number: 9909648
    Abstract: A calibration device is used for calibrating a position of a cutting tool relative to a machine rotation axis, such as for setting the position of the small boring tool for a CNC machine. The device includes a body with a machine contact surface, a tool contact surface, a machine rotation axis locating surface and a worm access opening. An anti-backlash worm gear assembly is mounted in the body and includes a worm in contact with the wheel. A bubble level is attached to rotate with the wheel with respect to the body responsive to rotation of the worm. At least one anti-backlash wedge is biased into contact with the worm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Mike Kiser
  • Patent number: 9770270
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a vertebra during healing of a fracture within a pars area of the vertebra is described. In certain embodiments, the apparatus is a plate that has an outer shape similar to a shape of a pedicle and/or lamina of the vertebra, and an inner section that facilitates access to the pars area when the plate is secured to the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Pasquale Giordano
  • Patent number: 9636144
    Abstract: A uterine manipulator includes a shaft configured to be inserted into a cervix and a colpotomizer assembly configured to move along the shaft. The shaft includes multiple ruler markings printed along a portion of the shaft. The colpotomizer assembly includes a sleeve that includes a rotatable locking member configured to compress the shaft in a manner that locks the colpotomizer assembly in position along the shaft when the rotatable locking member is depressed against the shaft. The rotatable locking member includes a cam roller configured to compress the shaft when the rotatable locking member is depressed towards the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Parys, Daniel Giardina
  • Patent number: 9517097
    Abstract: A fixation device and method for the subcutaneous fixation of bone fragments. A fixation mesh is formed by the intersection of a plurality of linear legs that are interconnected in sagittal planes to form linear sagittal lines and a plurality of crimped legs that are interconnected in transverse planes to form transverse lines. The mesh resists expansive forces that are created in the linear sagittal lines and a compressive stress is created in the transverse lines when tensile loads are applied to the linear sagittal lines resulting in a device that minimizes the gap distance between bone fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: Leroy Rise, Christina Salas, Aaron Dickens, Mahmoud Reda Taha
  • Patent number: 9464895
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein that provide for remote leveling and positioning. An embodiment includes a leveling device assembly. Another embodiment provides a system including a leveling device assembly and a plurality of audio devices. Further embodiments provide for systems having a plurality of leveling device assemblies and appliances that are configured to couple with the leveling device assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: OTL DYNAMICS LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Schubert, Robert P. Donker
  • Patent number: 8978953
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the application, a device for driving a fastening element into a substrate has an energy-transfer element for transferring energy to the fastening element. The energy-transfer element can move preferably between a starting position and a setting position, wherein the energy-transfer element is located, before a driving-in procedure, in the starting position and, after the driving-in procedure, in the setting position. According to another aspect of the application, the device comprises a mechanical-energy storage device for storing mechanical energy. The energy-transfer element is then suitable preferably for transferring energy from the mechanical-energy storage device to the fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Matthias Blessing, Harald Fielitz, Stefan Miescher, Ulrich Schiestl, Robert Spasov, Karl Franz, Klaus Bertsch
  • Publication number: 20150053736
    Abstract: The invention provides, in one aspect, a pneumatic fastener driver including a cylinder and a piston positioned within the cylinder. The piston is moveable between a top-dead-center position and a bottom-dead-center position. The driver also includes a magnetic latch emitting a magnetic field that magnetically attracts the piston and is capable of holding the piston in the top-dead-center position with a magnetic force. The magnetic latch is adjustable to vary the magnetic force acting on the piston for driving fasteners into a workpiece at different depths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Techtronic Power Tools Technology Limited
    Inventors: Edward A. Pomeroy, John Schnell
  • Patent number: 8915414
    Abstract: A fastener actuation system for driving fasteners into a work surface separated a significant distance from a user, the system comprising a fastener actuation tool coupled to a pole assembly, the assembly including a lockout mechanism disposed within the tool. The tool may have a firing pin assembly configured such that depression of the barrel assembly against the work surface loads a firing pin into a ready-to-fire position. In addition, the tool may have a trigger sleeve slidable within the tool housing and having a ramp surface such that forward motion of the trigger sleeve may cause a trigger sear to move along the ramp surface until a point where the sear disengages and the firing pin fires. The lockout mechanism may include a ball and a receptacle, where the receptacle receives the ball if the tool is in an acceptable orientation and does not receive the ball otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Popovich, Tomasz Sikora, David Jablonski
  • Publication number: 20140367444
    Abstract: An anvil assembly having a sliding sleeve is provided. The anvil assembly includes an anvil center rod assembly, a head assembly pivotally secured to the anvil center rod assembly, and a sleeve member slidably disposed about the anvil center rod assembly. The sleeve member is configured to slide relative to the anvil center rod assembly as the head assembly pivots relative to the anvil center rod assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 8910728
    Abstract: In an electric power tool in which a metal front housing that accommodates a driving mechanism is assembled to the front of a main housing that accommodates a motor, an output shaft is protruded from the distal end of the front housing, and the outer periphery of the front housing is protected by a cylindrical transparent cover made of synthetic resin, a decorative pattern is formed on the inner surface of the transparent cover. The decorative pattern is formed of bumps and dips formed on the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Okuda
  • Patent number: 8807413
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the application, a device for driving a fastening element into a substrate has an energy-transfer element for transferring energy to the fastening element. The energy-transfer element can move preferably between a starting position and a setting position, wherein the energy-transfer element is located, before a driving-in procedure, in the starting position and, after the driving-in procedure, in the setting position. According to another aspect of the application, the device comprises a mechanical-energy storage device for storing mechanical energy. The energy-transfer element is then suitable preferably for transferring energy from the mechanical-energy storage device to the fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ulrich Schiestl, Karl Franz, Klaus Bertsch
  • Publication number: 20140175143
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for use with a combustion fastener driver including a cylinder head frame, the system includes a fuel cell with an outer shell having a closed lower end and an open upper end, a closure crimped over the upper end and defining an opening for accommodating a reciprocating valve stem, a fuel cell adapter frictionally engaging the closure and including a flange configured for suspending the fuel cell in a tool fuel cell chamber. The adapter includes a collar configured for receiving the valve stem and being suspended for restricted vertical movement relative to the flange. A stem receiver block is connectable to the cylinder head frame and includes a stem engagement portion configured for directly and sealingly engaging an end of the valve stem, the stem engagement portion being in fluid communication with an internal receiver passage constructed and arranged for delivering fuel to a combustion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Valery H. Vanstaan, Maureen Louise Shea, Marc Largo
  • Patent number: 8720764
    Abstract: A fuel cell adapter to be received in a combustion tool fuel cell cavity, the cavity having a predetermined diameter, and the adapter having a post extending longitudinally along an axis. First and second platforms are positioned at a first and second end of the post and they extend laterally outwardly from the post to occupy a distance slightly less than the predetermined diameter of the fuel cell cavity. A flange extends from the post between the first and second ends of the post and has at least one portion extending laterally outwardly from the post to occupy a distance, when combined with the post, slightly greater than the predetermined diameter of the fuel cell cavity. The flange is formed of a resilient material and a thickness so as to permit the flange to be deformed as the adapter is inserted into the fuel cell cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Peter D. Ploss
  • Patent number: 8627991
    Abstract: A blind guide work contact tip for mounting to a drive probe of a fastening tool is shaped in a manner which allows for an angled nail placement, such as 45 degree into a workpiece. The blind guide work contact is a one-piece attachment which is fitted around the existing drive probe and includes a body and two wings which extend therefrom forming a channel through which a fastener passes into the workpiece. The body has a work surface with a peak and sloped slides adjacent each side of the peak at approximately 45 degrees. The sloped surfaces allows the blind guide work contact tip to better access corners and angled spaces than previous work contact tips. The work contact tip also has a flat portion at the peak of the work surface so as to not inhibit face nailing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Francis, James L. Kuhnwald
  • Publication number: 20140001229
    Abstract: A driver which strikes a fastener to drive it into a target object has a cylinder and a driver blade which is reciprocably housed in the cylinder and is driven to reciprocate by pressure of fluid supplied into the cylinder to strike the fastener, and the driver blade is made up of a shaft part and a piston provided at one end of the shaft part and a damping member is incorporated in the shaft part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kaoru ICHIKAWA, Isamu TANJI, Syouichi HIRAI, Yoshiichi KOMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8613382
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stapling apparatus having an improved structure capable of smoothly rotating a stapler at both lateral sides of the stapling apparatus. The stapling apparatus includes a base frame including a horizontal slot, branch slots branching from the horizontal slot, rotation restricting plates protruding from a branch portion between the branch slots and the horizontal slot, respectively, and a movement guide shaft provided in parallel to the horizontal slot, a movable frame movable to a left or a right on the base frame, and a bucket for rotating a stapler, in which a pair of first guide rollers fitted into the horizontal slot and a second guide roller protruding to an outside of the horizontal slot are fixed to a lower portion of the bucket, and one of the first guide rollers is guided to move to the branch slot from the horizontal slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Biztechone Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kijo Jung
  • Patent number: 8579173
    Abstract: A stapler (1) by which a workpiece (11), preferably a sheaf of papers, is stapled together with a staple, which stapler (5) comprises a stapling head (2) accommodating staples and a driver (6) and connected pivotably by a pivot pin (4) to a bottom part (3) which comprises a lower element (9) and an upper element (8) which are connected to one another in such a way that they can be moved towards and away from one another (P) and which in an initial state are held in a locking position at a distance from one another by a locking device (17), with forming means (14, 15) arranged between the upper and lower elements, which forming means, when the staple has been fully driven into the workpiece at its insertion area (26) by the driver, are activated to bend the staple legs towards the workpiece as a result of the upper and lower elements moving towards one another when the locking device is released by an activating means (22) which is part of the locking device (17) being acted upon by an unlocking means (7) disp
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Isaberg Rapid AB
    Inventors: Trygve Gustafsson, Martin Elonsson, Torbjörn Lönkvist
  • Patent number: 8556149
    Abstract: An adjustable exhaust assembly for a pneumatic fastening tool having body and a handle extending from the body, the handle defining an inlet channel for receiving input of pressurized gas and an outlet channel for outputting exhaust. The adjustable exhaust assembly includes a base non-rotatably attachable to an end of the handle opposite the body. The base has a plate and a boss extending from the plate. The boss is configured to receive an air hose and defining an inlet opening configured to direct compressed air to the inlet channel. The plate has an outlet opening in communication with the outlet channel. A substantially annular and cap is rotatably received about the boss. The cap defines a substantially annular channel in communication with the outlet opening of the base and an outlet port defined in a portion of a circumferential wall of the annular cap and in communication with the annular channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Schnell, Daniel P. Wall, Dan Goodwin, Barbara A. Rose
  • Patent number: 8511529
    Abstract: An oscillation reducing suspension device for a fan motor of a combustion-powered tool includes a holding web member mounted on a cylinder head and having a central opening to be sleeved on the motor, first and second retaining members disposed to hoop around the motor, and first and second damping members each disposed between the holding web member and a respective one of the first and second retaining members so as to counteract an axial vibration force, thereby minimizing the impact of the axial vibration force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Basso Industry Corp
    Inventor: Yi-Peng Lin
  • Patent number: 8485409
    Abstract: A stapler includes a base and a stapler remover. The base defines a receiving room. The receiving room receives backup staples. The stapler remover is rotatably mounted on the base. The staple remover includes a tilting portion, which is located out of the base. The tilting portion is configured to be arranged in different positions with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun-Lung Chen
  • Publication number: 20130175314
    Abstract: A blind guide work contact tip for mounting to a drive probe of a fastening tool is shaped in a manner which allows for an angled nail placement, such as 45 degree into a workpiece. The blind guide work contact is a one-piece attachment which is fitted around the existing drive probe and includes a body and two wings which extend therefrom forming a channel through which a fastener passes into the workpiece. The body has a work surface with a peak and sloped slides adjacent each side of the peak at approximately 45 degrees. The sloped surfaces allows the blind guide work contact tip to better access corners and angled spaces than previous work contact tips. The work contact tip also has a flat portion at the peak of the work surface so as to not inhibit face nailing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • Patent number: 8474676
    Abstract: A staple refill including a refill body accommodating sheet-type connected staples. The refill body includes a bottom wall, a right wall provided on a right side of the bottom wall and formed with a vertically extending right guide slot, and a left wall provided on a left side of the bottom wall and formed with a vertically extending left guide slot. A pressing member is provided in the refill body in a movable manner to press the sheet-type connected staples. The pressing member includes a guide shaft guided along the right and left guide slots. The guide shaft includes a right end portion protruding outside the right wall through the right guide slot, and a left end portion protruding outside the left wall through the left guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Haramiishi, Nobuaki Yagi, Katsunori Manabe
  • Patent number: 8459519
    Abstract: An electromagnetic nail gun with a lever, comprising a handle for holding the nail gun and triggering the operation of the nail gun, an electromagnetic lever driving device for driving nails with variable speeds through the movement of the lever, wherein electromagnetism is used as driving force, a firing pin slideway for allowing the lever to move therein, and a muzzle magazine assembly for loading nails inside. The present invention uses the magnetism as driving force directly and then applies the lever and variable speed drive to launch nails. Therefore, the structure of the present invention is very simple, light, the manufacture cost is decreased drastically, vibration and noise when used are quite little, very convenient to operate, dispense with the air compressor, easy to carry around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Beijing Dafeng Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Zezhou Feng, Yue Fan, Zhiwen Liao
  • Patent number: 8439242
    Abstract: A fastening machine 1 is provided, which prevents the tip member 131 from wear and improve its durability as well as align a material into which a fastener is to be driven. The fastening machine 1 is provided with a housing 2, a handle 2A extended from the housing 2, a nose 3 extended from the housing 2 and comprising an ejecting mouth 6 to fire a fastener 25 and a tip member 131 arranged at the tip of nose 3 in the direction of ejecting the fastener 25. The tip member 131 is characterized by comprising a super-hard material member 19 in the side facing a material into which a fastener is to be driven and in the side opposite to the direction of extending the handle 2A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isamu Tanji, Hideyuki Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20130105543
    Abstract: A method for replacing a tag tool needle includes securing at least a portion of a tag tool needle coupled to a tag tool in a needle container; and removing the tag tool needle from the tag tool with the needle container. A tag tool needle container includes a first tubular aperture adapted to receive at least a portion of a first tag tool needle therein, where the first tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to securely enclose the portion of the first tag tool needle when urged over the first tag tool needle; and a second tubular aperture coupled to the first tubular aperture and adapted to receive at least a portion of a second tag tool needle therein, where the second tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to adapted to securely enclose the portion of the second tag tool needle when urged over the second tag tool needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Patent number: 8418903
    Abstract: A refill for staples, which can not be removed from a cartridge unless all sheet-type connected staples in a stapler body are delivered. A refill for staples is installed in a detachable manner in a stapler body, and includes a refill body which holds the sheet-type connected staples, and a pressing member which presses the sheet-type connected staples. A delivery port delivering the sheet-type connected staples and a locking plate provided with a locking section which locks a locked section in the stapler body are formed in the refill body. When the sheet-type connected staples are pressed, the pressing member is engaged with the locking plate not to allow rotation of the locking plate, and, when the sheet-type connected staples are not pressed, the pressing member is disengaged from the locking plate to allow rotation of the locking plate. Thereby, the locking section of the locking plate can be removed from the locked section in the stapler body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Haramiishi, Nobuaki Yagi, Katsunori Manabe
  • Patent number: 8403194
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool. The system includes a base member configured to contact a first decking member and a second decking member; at least one base guide including a first end and an opposing second end, the first end coupled to the base member, the at least one base guide configured to position the base member relative to the first decking member and the second decking member; and an adjustable section coupled to the base member, the adjustable section configured to allow adjustment of at least one of a position and an angle of the tool relative to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn J. Tebo
  • Patent number: 8393510
    Abstract: A staple refill includes a refill body accommodating sheet-type connected staples. The refill body includes a bottom wall, a right wall provided on a right side of the bottom wall, a left wall provided on a left side of the bottom wall, and a front wall provided on front sides of the right and left walls. A pressing member is provided in the refill body in a movable manner to press the sheet-type connected staples, the pressing member including a first guide projection at a front end of the pressing member configured to contact an inner surface of the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Haramiishi, Nobuaki Yagi, Katsunori Manabe
  • Patent number: 8387845
    Abstract: A setting tool for driving in fastening elements includes a setting piston (20) axially displaceable in a piston guide (13) which is adjoined by a bolt guide (12), and a piston stop device (30) for the setting piston (20) and arranged at an end region of the piston guide (13) adjacent to the bolt guide (12) and having a damping element (31) supported against a stop (15), and a stop member (32) for the setting piston (20) and adjoining the damping element (31) in a direction toward the piston guide (13), with the damping element (31), the stop member (32) and the stop (15) having respective surfaces (33, 34; 35, 36) arranged axially opposite each other at least one of which is formed as an inclined surface (S) forming with a respective opposite surface an angle of from 2° to 20°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karl Franz
  • Patent number: 8387846
    Abstract: A blind guide work contact tip for mounting to a drive probe of a fastening tool is shaped in a manner which allows for an angled nail placement, such as 45 degree into a workpiece. The blind guide work contact is a one-piece attachment which is fitted around the existing drive probe and includes a body and two wings which extend therefrom forming a channel through which a fastener passes into the workpiece. The body has a work surface with a peak and sloped slides adjacent each side of the peak at approximately 45 degrees. The sloped surfaces allows the blind guide work contact tip to better access corners and angled spaces than previous work contact tips. The work contact tip also has a flat portion at the peak of the work surface so as to not inhibit face nailing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventors: Ryan L. Francis, James L. Kuhnwald
  • Patent number: 8387847
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a technique that contributes to improved gripping characteristics in a hand-held power tool. A power tool for performing a predetermined operation by driving a tool bit includes a tool body 101 and a handgrip 103 formed on the tool body 101. The handgrip 103 has a plurality of ribs 117 formed in parallel on a grip face which is held by user's fingers and protruding from the grip face. The ribs 117 extend along a contour of the grip face in a longitudinal direction of the handgrip, and in the circumferential direction of the handgrip 103, each of the ribs 117 has a ridged shape which is engaged in one direction but not engaged in the other direction with balls of fingertips of at least third to fifth fingers of the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hachisuka
  • Patent number: 8376203
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a hidden fastener in the course of attaching a plank to a joist includes a power tool with a retainer for holding the hidden fastener. The hidden fastener is placed on the retainer so that an attachment opening formed through the hidden fastener is in registration with a bore formed in the retainer for receiving a securing member. The power tool is used to position the hidden fastener in engagement with the plank, and to drive a securing member from the bore of the retainer through the attachment opening of the hidden fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: OMG, Inc.
    Inventors: David Martel, Johnathan Gardner
  • Patent number: 8371490
    Abstract: A staple refill includes a refill body accommodating sheet-type connected staples. The refill body includes a bottom wall, a right wall provided on a right side of the bottom wall, a left wall provided on a left side of the bottom wall, a front wall provided on front sides of the right and left walls. A locking plate is provided on rear sides of the right and left walls. A pressing member is provided in the refill body in a movable manner to press the sheet-type connected staples. The front wall includes a first locking section protruding forward from a lower portion of the front wall. The locking plate includes a second locking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Haramiishi, Nobuaki Yagi, Katsunori Manabe
  • Patent number: 8360292
    Abstract: A staple refill includes a refill body accommodating sheet-type connected staples. The refill body includes a bottom wall, a right wall provided on a right side of the bottom wall and formed with a vertically extending right guide slot, and a left wall provided on a left side of the bottom wall and formed with a vertically extending left guide slot. A pressing member is provided in the refill body in a movable manner to press the sheet-type connected staples, the pressing member including a guide shaft guided along the right and left guide slots. The guide shaft includes a right end portion protruding outside the right wall through the right guide slot, and left end portion protruding outside the left wall through the left guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Haramiishi, Nobuaki Yagi, Katsunori Manabe
  • Patent number: 8348120
    Abstract: An auto hammer having a housing having a grip portion defining a central axis and a head assembly including a striking device which has a striking rod defining a central axis. The striking device is pivotable relative to the grip portion and the angle between the central axis of the grip and the central axis of the striking rod can range between 60° and 180°. The auto hammer thus provides a pivotable striking device and is thereby suitable for different working circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Chervon Limited
    Inventor: Gan Wei
  • Patent number: 8348118
    Abstract: A new and improved trigger control assembly (110) for switching the mode operation of the fastener-driving tool (112) between a sequential mode of operation and a bump firing mode operation. The trigger member (134) is provided with a pair of throughbores (140, 142) for alternating accommodating a pivot pin (144) by which the trigger member (134) may be pivotally mounted upon the fastener-driving tool housing (114) at two different positions whereby the workpiece contacting element (116) of the fastener driving tool (112) will engage the actuation lever (160) of the trigger member (134) at different positions so as to achieve the sequential and bump-firing modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Segura
  • Patent number: 8317069
    Abstract: A pneumatic nailer for use with a high pressure fluid source is disclosed. The pneumatic nailer includes a housing defining a storage chamber positionable in fluid communication with the high pressure fluid source, a cylinder positioned within said housing, a piston having a piston head, said piston head being movable within said cylinder, said cylinder and said piston head defining a return chamber on side of said piston head, a sleeve movable with respect to said cylinder between a first sleeve position and a second sleeve position, said sleeve and said cylinder defining a sleeve space therebetween, wherein, when said sleeve is positioned in said first sleeve position, said sleeve space is isolated from fluid communication with said return chamber, and wherein, when said sleeve is positioned in said second sleeve position, said sleeve space is positioned in fluid communication with said return chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Yizhuo Zhang, Marco Laubach
  • Publication number: 20120286016
    Abstract: A sleeve for a pneumatic nailer is provided that includes a cylindrical tubular body made of plastic and having a lower edge; and a metal reinforcing ring is integrally secured to the lower edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Ryan L. Francis
  • Patent number: 8302312
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing a fuselage of an aircraft, wherein several fuselage sections that are arranged one behind another are joined together, comprises the following steps: a) production of an outer skin segment, the outer skin segment having on the underside a continuous longitudinal opening, b) widening the outer skin segment in order to introduce at least one floor frame, c) joining the outer skin segments to a rigid fuselage section which is already present, with the formation of a partial transverse seam, d) positioning a prefabricated lower shell in the longitudinal opening, in order to close the outer skin segment on the peripheral side, e) completing the partial transverse seam to form a transverse seam and joining the lower shell together with the outer skin segment with the formation of at least two longitudinal seams, and f) joining the floor frame together with the outer skin segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Stephan
  • Patent number: 8276798
    Abstract: A fastener driving tool including a power source having a reciprocating driver blade, a tool nose associated with the power source for receiving the driver blade for driving fasteners fed into the nose, a magazine constructed and arranged to house a supply of the fasteners and a magazine feeder mechanism associated with the magazine for sequentially feeding fasteners into the nose. The feeder mechanism operates between a retracted position and an advanced position. An electromechanical retention device is operationally associated with the feeder mechanism and is configured for retaining the feeder mechanism in the retracted position until the driver blade is positioned to allow fastener advancement into the nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Larry M. Moeller, James W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8256527
    Abstract: This invention provides an auto hammer comprising a housing, a head assembly including a striking device and transmission mechanism. The striking device includes a striking rod having a striking end. The transmission mechanism includes an impact wheel. The distance from the end surface of the striking end of the striking rod to the center of the impact wheel between 40 mm and 100 mm. This distance is arranged very small, in favor of the hammer being used in some narrow spaces. The auto hammer according to this invention meets the requirements of being used in narrow spaces by hands, thereby suitable for use in various circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Chervon Limited
    Inventor: Shuming Wu
  • Patent number: 8245896
    Abstract: A hand-operated drive-in power tool for fastening elements is disclosed. The tool has a drive arrangement for a drive-in ram displaceably arranged in a guide, which has at least one drive element for the drive-in ram made at least partially of an elastomer that is tensible via a tensioning device. To improve the drive-in power tool, a heating device for the at least one elastomer drive element is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Gschwend, Robert Spasov
  • Patent number: 8235271
    Abstract: A stapler is stacked on top of a roll-type tape dispenser. The tape dispenser top surface and the stapler base bottom surface have complemental three dimensional contours which cause the tape dispenser and stapler longitudinal axes to be in parallel relationship when the surfaces are in abutment, prevent relative displacement of the tape dispenser and the stapler when they are stacked and permit the stapler to be dismounted from the tape dispenser and rested for separate use on a flat surface in a stable condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Steven P. Dewald
  • Patent number: 8235270
    Abstract: One example of the invention is a holding bracket for attachment to a fastening tool, the fastening tool having a barrel for firing a fastener, the tool defining a major axis, the holding bracket for holding overlapping portions of two members to be fastened to one another. An example holding bracket comprises a mounting portion configured for attachment to the tool and an extension portion extending from the mounting portion. A holding arm is attached to the extension portion and spaced apart from the mounting portion in the direction of the tool major axis to define a gap between the holding arm and the mounting portion, the gap for holding the overlapping portions of the two members for insertion of a fastener ejected from the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Anatoly Gosis, Anthony Caringella, Yury Shkolnikov, Kyle T. Kestner
  • Patent number: RE44572
    Abstract: A nailer device is carried within a housing having a nozzle portion wherein the nozzle portion is connected with the housing via a head portion of the housing. The nozzle portion includes a sleeve, a fixing member, and a magnetic member located between the sleeve and the fixing member. The fixing member is mounted on the sleeve and the fixing member has a groove in which the magnetic member is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Chervon (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Masatoshi Fukinuki, Toshinari Yamaoka, Gan Wei, Zhiguo Chen, Guillaume Keller