Vacuum Hold-down Patents (Class 248/362)
  • Patent number: 10470599
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system comprises a mat body characterized by a front side, a back side and a thickness; a plurality of anchors, each anchor comprising an anchor block having an aperture characterized by an aperture diameter, a suction cup having a sealing surface and an outer surface, and a stem that is coaxial with the suction cup and connects the suction cup to the anchor block. Each anchor may be disposed through the thickness, such that its anchor block is on the front side and its suction cup extends from the back side. The system may further comprise an elongated tether that is removably coupleable to one of the plurality of anchors, and the elongated tether may comprise an anchor end having a generally spherical anchor terminus characterized by an anchor diameter that is greater than the aperture diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Busy Baby LLC
    Inventors: Beth Fynbo, Aaron Nelson, Edward Packer
  • Patent number: 10472097
    Abstract: An aircraft static test adapter assembly comprising a static test head for performing testing at an aircraft static port on an aircraft body. The static test head is biased, and optionally supported by a biasing member extending in use from the static test head to the ground. A biasing mechanism provides a biasing force to the biasing member which is transferred by the biasing member to the static test head such that it is held in place. Abstract not intended to be limiting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAV-AIDS LTD
    Inventors: Brent Duncan Gilday, Van Jean Sinnott
  • Patent number: 10369914
    Abstract: A beverage retaining system for an off-road vehicle. The beverage retaining system includes a cup holder tray that has a cup receiving portion with a bottom wall, and at least one magnetic element located subjacent to the bottom wall of the cup receiving portion. The magnetic element is configured to provide a magnetic retention force. The beverage retaining system also includes a beverage container that has a bottom end and at least one retaining element located on the bottom end. The beverage container is configured to be moveable between a secured position in which the at least one retaining element substantially engages with the magnetic retention force of the at least one magnetic element and an unsecured position in which the at least one retaining element substantially disengages with the magnetic retention force of the at least one magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Inudstrial America LLC
    Inventors: Shane M. Scott, Salvatore Virgilio
  • Patent number: 10300864
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device mounted on the surface of a vehicle for securing one or more items to the vehicle. The device includes an upper housing made of relatively hard material and a bottom part made of flexible, relatively soft material having a bottom surface and a top surface. The bottom part is capable of shifting its configuration between a disengaged configuration, wherein the bottom surface of the bottom part is essentially planar, and an engaged configuration, wherein the bottom surface of the bottom part is concave. An upper housing includes an actuator means for actuating the bottom part to shift the configuration of the bottom part between the disengaged and the engaged configurations. The actuator means keeps the bottom part in the engaged configuration until being disengaged. The upper housing includes one or more holes for securing one or more items to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: EASYSTRAP INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Goddert, Michael Thiesen
  • Patent number: 10280876
    Abstract: An ejector for vaporized fuel gas recirculation devices is provided. The ejector for vaporized fuel gas recirculation devices reduces the number of elements equipped in a vehicle and an ejector mounting angle is adjusted to be suitable for a layout environment of the vehicle. Accordingly, a mounting cavity of the vehicle is more efficiently designed. When an intake pressure of an intake manifold is reduced a base component is moved in a direction toward a first nozzle component, and a region of the base component except an aperture closes the first nozzle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI KEFICO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ahn Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9902075
    Abstract: A vacuum generator driven by compressed air flow and arranged to supply vacuum to a vacuum gripper, wherein a vacuum flow connection is associated with the vacuum generator and arranged to be brought in flow connection with the vacuum gripper in order to supply vacuum to the vacuum gripper in result of the compressed air flow, wherein the flow connection in addition comprises a second connection arranged to supply a compressed air flow to the vacuum gripper, and wherein the flow connection comprises a valve which is actuated by a spring force in a lower position and to open the connection to the vacuum gripper and arranged to close the connection in result of an air pressure from a compressed air flow in the second connection in a higher position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Xerex AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Rickhardsson, Jonas Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9814332
    Abstract: An anchoring device having directional release and attachment capability includes a lower base member and an upper movable member. The movable member is wholly or partially nested within the base member and movable relative thereto. The movable member includes a gripping region not covered by the base member for intentional manipulation and lifting of the movable member. A seal member is configured to engage an external reference surface and form a substantially airtight seal therewith that defines a controlled pressure zone between the seal member and the reference surface. A communication port can be opened and closed via actuation of the movable member to selectively vent or isolate the controlled pressure zone. A protective member covers one or more areas of the movable member not covered by the base member and not part of the gripping region in order to prevent unwanted venting of the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9757865
    Abstract: A carrier plate assembly has a carrier plate and multiple gaskets. The carrier plate has a first end, a second end, and a carrier surface between the first end and the second end. The carrier surface forms multiple accommodating recesses. The gaskets are accommodated in the accommodating recesses. The gaskets prevent the wafer from sliding. Besides, with top surfaces of the gaskets aligning with the carrier surface and an edge of each gasket connected to an edge of an opening of the accommodating recess, the accommodating recess is filled by the gasket, and thus the gasket is securely accommodated in the accommodating recess and may not deform upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Well Thin Technology, Ltd.
    Inventor: Teng-Kuei Chen
  • Patent number: 9731209
    Abstract: A wall climbing toy includes a frame body, a drive shaft, a plurality of spring-loaded release valves, a cam shaft, a drive unit, a left gear train, a shaft extension, a plurality of primary crank arms, a plurality of connecting rods, a plurality of suction cups, and a plurality of air tube units. When each of the spring-loaded release valves is displaced from a seal position to an open position, an air seal formed between a corresponding one of the suction cups and a flat surface is broken. When the drive shaft is driven concurrently with the cam shaft to rotate, the air seals formed between the suction cups and the flat surface are broken alternately so as to permit the connecting rods to be alternately pulled away from a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: GENIUS TOY TAIWAN CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yiming Yang
  • Patent number: 9548044
    Abstract: A music instrument mountable device. The music instrument mountable device includes a vibration sensing device configured to detect a note being played on a music instrument. The music instrument mountable device also includes an attachment. The attachment includes a magnet configured to releasably secure the vibration sensing device to the music instrument. The attachment also includes a ferromagnetic attachment configured to attach to the music instrument. The magnet and the ferromagnetic attachment are configured to magnetically connect the vibration sensing mountable device to the music instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Petar Chekardzhikov
  • Patent number: 9240170
    Abstract: A stringed instrument mountable device. The stringed instrument mountable device includes a vibration sensing device configured to detect a note being played on a stringed instrument. The stringed instrument mountable device also includes an attachment configured to attach the vibration sensing device to the stringed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Petar Chekardzhikov
  • Patent number: 9022331
    Abstract: A suction device includes an elastic base and a release structure connected operably to the elastic base. The elastic base has a peripheral portion for to hermetically contacting a contact surface and defining a vacuum chamber therebetween when a predetermined external force is applied on the elastic base, thereby mounting the elastic base on the contact surface. The release structure has a projection protruding outwardly and partially from the elastic base when an applied force on the elastic base is greater than the predetermined external force and retracting inwardly within the elastic base so as to be disposed in the vacuum chamber when the elastic base is mounted on the contact surface such that a distance between a protruding end of the projection and the contact surface is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Buckingham Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Chuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20150089763
    Abstract: A suction apparatus and a glass-wiping device with the suction apparatus. The glass-wiping device sucks onto the surface of a glass via the suction apparatus. The suction apparatus comprises a suction cup unit (1). The suction cup unit (1) comprises an inner suction cup (11) and an outer suction cup (12). The inner suction cup (11) is arranged on the inside of the outer suction cup (12), where a chamber on the inside of the inner suction cup (11) forms an inner negative pressure chamber (13) via vacuum suction, and where a chamber between the inner and outer suction cups (11 and 12) forms an outer negative pressure chamber (14) via vacuum suction. The glass-wiping device sucks onto the surface of the glass via the inner negative pressure chamber (13) and/or the outer negative pressure chamber (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Xiaoming Lv
  • Patent number: 8979046
    Abstract: A vacuum suction device of the present invention comprises: a cover which is rotatably mounted on the upper portion so as to couple to a flat surface by means of vacuum suction; an suction plate, which is coupled to the lower portion of the cover, for vacuum suction to the flat surface; and a height adjustment member, which is arranged between the cover and the suction plate, for moving the suction plate back and forth according to the rotation of the cover; wherein a plurality of fixing pieces are formed on the upper surface of the inside of the cover, a plurality of elastic stoppers are coupled to the inside of the height adjustment member, so as to be movable by sliding when each of the fixing pieces is in contact, and for fixing the cover by each of the fixing pieces being hooked to the end portion of the cover so as to prevent reverse rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Chul Seok Woo
  • Patent number: 8944392
    Abstract: A rotatable multi-cup suction device includes at least two suction cup assemblies coupled to each other through a rotatable connection assembly and each including a cup body that is in direct contact with an adhered surface of an object. The cup bodies are each provided with a cap positioned thereon to define a cavity with the cup body. Each of the cup bodies includes a coupling screw rod and each of the caps includes a mounting hole formed in a central portion thereof to receive the coupling screw rod to extend therethrough. Each of the caps is provided, on a top thereof, with a rotary knob that is threadingly coupled to the coupling screw rod and is provided with an air evacuation hole that is connectable to an air evacuation device. Each of the coupling screw rod has a distal end extending beyond an end face of the rotary knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8820556
    Abstract: A molded bottle for liquids is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the bottle includes a hollow body portion adapted to store liquids therein, with an opening on a top of the body portion to access an interior of the bottle. In addition, the bottle includes a sidewall that extends outward around a bottom periphery of the body portion, where the bottle is supported by an edge of the sidewall when the bottle is placed on a planar surface. The sidewall is configured to flex when the bottle is pressed down onto the planar surface to form a vacuum between the body portion and the planar surface to prevent the bottle from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 8770176
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing defining first, second, third, and fourth passages. The first passage channels relatively-high pressure fluid and the second passage channels relatively-low pressure fluid into the valve. The third passage connects to the second passage and releases fluid from the valve. The fourth passage connects to the first passage and the second passage and releases fluid from the valve. The valve assembly also includes a first check-valve that permits fluid flow from the second passage to the third passage and a second check-valve that permits fluid flow from the second passage to the fourth passage. The valve assembly additionally includes a nozzle that controls velocity of the relatively-high pressure fluid entering the fourth passage from the first passage. The relatively-low pressure fluid is pulled from the second passage into the fourth passage on the outer periphery of the nozzle by the relatively-high pressure fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Girish Sudhir Kulkarni, Subrata Sarkar, Swethaghnya Kusa, Santosh Dadasaheb Pachpund, Bradley Noel Kippe
  • Patent number: 8757418
    Abstract: A self-anchoring, low profile container anchor with directional release and attachment capability comprises a lower base member, an upper movable member adapted for attachment to a container, and a seal member on the base member. The seal member is configured to engage an external reference surface and form a substantially airtight seal therewith that defines a periphery of a controlled pressure zone. A sealing valve disposed on a valve seat is operably connected to the movable member for lifting off the valve seat and vent the controlled pressure zone when the movable member is raised a first predetermined distance. However, the movable member can tilt a second predetermined tilting distance without the sealing valve lifting off the valve seat, thus providing tilt resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8740161
    Abstract: A holder for sustaining a handheld electronic device is provided. The holder includes a sucker and a positioning device. The sucker has a central and peripheral portion. The positioning device, which is disposed on a side of the sucker, comprises a housing, a ball, a clamping assembly and a rod. The housing is disposed on the sucker and has a receiving space for the ball and the clamping assembly. The rod has a first end connecting to the central portion of the sucker and a second end extending towards the receiving space. When the rod is led to position the sucker onto an object, the clamping assembly is adapted to restrict the ball simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 8684218
    Abstract: Vessel including a unitary or two-part vessel base having an intermediate wall portion, upper and lower wall portions on opposite sides of the intermediate wall portion, and upper and lower seal rims adjacent the respective upper and lower wall portions. The upper and intermediate wall portions define an upper chamber space including at least one upper chamber. The lower and intermediate wall portions define a lower chamber space including at least one lower chamber. The seal rims include edges configured to provide suction when pressed against a flat surface, preferably when these rims are wet. Lids engage with upper and lower lid-receiving portions, respectively, defined by the vessel base to selectively close the upper or lower chamber space. The two-part vessel base has a mating structure to facilitate selective attachment and separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8587692
    Abstract: A method for increasing a dynamic range of an image by using an electronic shutter of a camera, the method including initiating exposure of an image sensor by moving a mechanical front curtain included in the camera; moving an electronic front curtain with respect to at least one pixel of the image sensor according to a control pulse signal of the electronic shutter; and blocking the exposure of the image sensor by moving a mechanical rear curtain included in the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tae-ho Lee, Takafumi Usui
  • Patent number: 8534633
    Abstract: A suction cup for a tool driven by vacuum is presented, the suction cup in a first or upper end arranged to be brought into fluid flow communication with a vacuum source and in its opposite end arranged to be brought tightly into contact with the surface of an object to be handled. The suction cup is in its lower end arranged to be coupled to a sealing ring having a sealing surface arranged between an outer periphery and a through-opening defined by an inner periphery, and the sealing ring in the region of its inner periphery having a lip arranged to engage with the suction cup, to which purpose the suction cup in its lower end has a circumferentially running groove) in which the peripheral region and the lip of the sealing ring is insertable under form fitting engagement and in a radially overlapping relation between the groove and the lip in the region (r) of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Xerex AB
    Inventor: Peter Tell
  • Publication number: 20130193293
    Abstract: A vacuum anchor for securing a fall protection system to a surface has a gas inlet to receive pressurised gas from a gas container and generates a vacuum to secure the anchor to a surface. An attachment enables a fall protection system to be connected to the anchor, the attachment being rotatably mounted to the anchor. A container mounting device is provided for mounting the gas container to the anchor in connection with the gas inlet, the container mounting means being rotatable with the rotatable. Alternatively or additionally, the gas inlet is coaxial with the axis of rotation of the attachment means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: LATCHWAYS PLC
    Inventors: Owain Jones, Karl Jones
  • Patent number: 8302920
    Abstract: A dual vacuum mount type support device includes a support arm, two vacuum mount assemblies pivotally connected to the two distal ends of the support arm for securing to the flat surface of a support wall and the flat surface of an object to be supported on the support wall, and two pivot locks for locking the vacuum mount assemblies to the support arm in the respective adjusted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Wen-Feng Tsai
  • Patent number: 8231089
    Abstract: A plate holder can include: a skirt having a top member and one or more side walls forming a cavity therebetween when the one or more side walls are resting on a substrate with the top member oriented away from the substrate; a base coupled with the skirt and located within the cavity, the base having one or more top suction device receptacles and one or more bottom suction device receptacles; one or more top suction devices coupled with the one or more top suction device receptacles such that the top suction device is oriented away from the substrate; and one or more bottom suction devices coupled with the one or more top suction device receptacles such that the bottom suction device is oriented toward the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Lil Diner, LLC
    Inventor: Jesse Russell Mills
  • Patent number: 8157227
    Abstract: A device for supporting an object on a surface has a body including a first portion attachable to a surface so as to attach the body to the surface and a second part having a receptacle for receiving the object, and an element for simultaneously activating the first portion and the second portion so as to simultaneously attach the first portion of the body to the surface and to fix the object in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Sam Zhadanov, Eli Zhadanov
  • Patent number: 8066238
    Abstract: Provided is a suction cup including a cover, a shell, a suction mouth and an operating mechanism. The cover forms an opening. The shell is fixedly mounted on the cover. The suction mouth is fixedly mounted below the cover. The operating mechanism is pivotally mounted to the shell and includes a pivot body. The pivot body disposes a hand lever. An axle sleeve is fixedly mounted to the pivot body and disposes a pulling portion. The axle sleeve passes through a through hole of the suction mouth, and the pulling portion is against an upper inner surface of the through hole. By rotating the hand lever, the operating mechanism can upwardly pull the handle to raise the center of the suction mouth for rarefying air and making the suction cup be stably fixed on a plane. The suction cup has a simple structure and is convenient to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-yong Kuo
  • Patent number: 8028850
    Abstract: A self-anchoring beverage container with directional release and attachment capability has a flexible nonporous base member adapted to seal to a reference surface and create a controlled pressure zone. A receptacle assembly is mounted to the base member and includes a beverage holding chamber. A communication channel in the receptacle assembly extends from the controlled pressure zone to an area of ambient pressure. A pressure control device on the receptacle assembly is adapted to alternately close the communication channel to seal the controlled pressure zone and open the communication channel to vent the controlled pressure zone to ambient pressure. The receptacle assembly further includes a grasping portion arranged to be grasped by a user. The pressure control device is operatively connected to the grasping portion for actuation to the open position when a user grasps the grasping portion during normal lifting of the beverage container from the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8025169
    Abstract: A self-anchoring beverage container with directional release and attachment capability has a flexible nonporous base member adapted to seal to a reference surface and create a controlled pressure zone. A receptacle assembly is mounted to the base member and includes a beverage holding chamber. A communication channel in the receptacle assembly extends from the controlled pressure zone to an area of ambient pressure. A pressure control device on the receptacle assembly is adapted to alternately close the communication channel to seal the controlled pressure zone and open the communication channel to vent the controlled pressure zone to ambient pressure. The receptacle assembly further includes a grasping portion arranged to be grasped by a user. The pressure control device is operatively connected to the grasping portion for actuation to the open position when a user grasps the grasping portion during normal lifting of the beverage container from the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7850133
    Abstract: A novel suction cup mounting apparatus having a novel compact axial suction cup installation and release mechanism and method for assembling such a suction cup apparatus. The suction cup device includes a suction cup portion of a plunger assembly fit within a concave drive base and coupled thereto by a rigid drive pin. An optional rotational drive member or “handle” structured to operate on an external surface of the drive base may be provided for manipulating the drive pin relative to the suction cup and drive base. The suction cup device is intended to secure some device—a “utilization device”—to a surface. Therefore, according to another aspect of the suction cup device, a utilization mounting surface is projected above the drive base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7815155
    Abstract: A suction device includes a sucking disc disposed under an upright sleeve, a connecting seat disposed in the sleeve and connected to the sucking disc, and an elongate operating block mounted slidably on the sleeve. The operating block is formed with a cam surface biased to contact a follower portion of the connecting seat. When the operating block is moved relative to the sleeve from a non-sucking position, where the follower portion engages a second positioning portion of the operating block, to a sucking position, where the follower portion engages a first positioning portion of the operating block, the cam surface pushes the connecting seat to move away from a supporting surface, thereby forming a vacant space between the sucking disc and the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Kuang-Hui Hung
  • Patent number: 7810777
    Abstract: A suction device that may be configured and conformed to a multitude of different types of kitchenware, small appliances, and other devices. The suction device comprises a base, a handle, a pivot, a plate, and a suction pad. The suction pad is connected to the plate. Two bridge-like structures with sloped undersides extend from the plate. The handle extends from the underside of one of the bridge-like structures, through the pivot, to the underside of the second bridge-like structure, and out through an elongated slot in the base. The handle is in sliding contact with the sloped undersides of the bridge-like structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Paradise, Louis F. Henry
  • Patent number: 7798775
    Abstract: A flange for supporting arcuate components comprising at least one arcuate rail, each arcuate rail having an inner radius, a first taper location, a first taper region, a second taper location, a second taper region, wherein the thickness of at least a portion of the first taper region is tapered and wherein the thickness of at least a portion of the second taper region is tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raafat A. Kammel, Humphrey W. Chow, Michael Peter Kulyk
  • Publication number: 20100181457
    Abstract: Generally, a liquid holding device with a releasable suction base is a mug or other container operable to hold a substance or device with an integral means for creating a secure suction force with a surface. More specifically, a component of the liquid holding device is not only operable to create a suction force, but the application of the suction force provides a means for stabilizing the device. Advantageously, once the liquid holding device is adhered to a surface via the suction mechanism component, the risk of accidental tipping of the device is greatly reduced. Further, an aspect of the present invention is a mechanism for the convenient creation and release of the stabilizing suction force. In some embodiments, the suction creation and release mechanism can be operated with a single hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Lori A. Wilcoxon
  • Patent number: 7743700
    Abstract: A roller press includes a housing to which upper and lower rollers are coupled. A crank handle is coupled to at least one of the upper and lower rollers. Rotation of the crank handle causes rotation of the rollers. Two doors that provide die support surfaces are coupled to the housing and are moveable between a closed position and an open position. A suction member is coupled to the bottom of the housing. The suction member is actuated by movement of the doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Provo Craft and Novelry, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Ayala, Michael Horito, Tyler Allan
  • Patent number: 7708245
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-purpose vacuum suction apparatus which can be easily attached to or detached from a smooth and hard object surface and which can substantially increase suction force. The multi-purpose vacuum suction apparatus includes an elastic member for returning one or more operating members to the original positions thereof, and a vacuum suction plate unit having a multi-purpose connector, wherein an ornamental member for use in various ornamentation or advertisement can be fitted into or assembled with the top end of the multi-purpose connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Cheol-Seok Woo
  • Patent number: 7607622
    Abstract: A suction cup device having a compact axial suction cup installation and release mechanism including a suction cup within a concave housing, and a rotational drive member structured to operate on an external surface of the housing. A drive shaft is coupled to the suction cup and extends through an aperture in the housing, projecting above a drive surface axially aligned with the concave surface formed in the housing. The drive shaft extends through an aperture in the rotational drive member and includes an inclined drive surface that interacts with a fixed drive surface to pull a flexible portion of the suction cup into the housing when the rotational drive member is rotated relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7406758
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for manufacturing operations are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vacuum cup assembly includes a housing having a vacuum generator formed therein, and a compliant sealing member coupled to the housing. The vacuum generator is coupleable to a source of pressurized fluid and is adapted to generate a reduced pressure region. The sealing member forms an enclosable region in fluid communication with the reduced pressure region. In another embodiment, a method of performing a manufacturing operation includes installing a coordinating pin into an indexing hole, the coordinating pin including a quantum of indexing information. The quantum of indexing information is sensed, and a manufacturing operation is performed based at least partially on the quantum of indexing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Darrell D. Jones, James N. Buttrick, Jr., Theodore Boyl-Davis, Roger Gage, Laurance N. Hazlehurst
  • Patent number: 7404536
    Abstract: A suction cup removably attached to a housing lifts and moves an object. A venturi removably attached to the housing provides a vacuum effect to secure the suction cup to the object. The venturi includes a pair of opposing ears. When the venturi is inserted into a venturi hole of the housing, the ears compress a pin. When the venturi is rotated to an attached position, the ears do not contact the pin, and a spring biases the pin outwardly to secure the venturi to the housing. The pin is coupled to a button on the housing that can be slid to move the pin inwardly to allow rotation and removal of venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Syron Engineering & Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: James R. Kalb
  • Patent number: 7364521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sucker and an adhesion arrow having the same. More particularly, the present invention provides a sucker that can be attached, instead of a needle, to an arrow for a toy arrow shooter. The sucker of the present invention is formed with an annular projection on an adhesion surface of the sucker. Thus, even when the sucker collides against a target at a high speed, the sucker can be prevented from bouncing back from the target due to a repulsive force generated from the collision and thus securely adhere to the target. Further, even though the sucker of the present invention flies and collides against the target at a certain angle, the sucker can easily adhere to the target. Further, the sucker is made of a soft material so that a repulsive force can be smaller than an adhesion force when the sucker collides against the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Tae-Seong Yang
  • Patent number: 7296979
    Abstract: A vacuum support includes a vacuum plate having a top surface and a bottom surface, the vacuum plate having a mechanical stop extending from the bottom surface; an elastomeric seal extending along a periphery of the bottom surface, the vacuum plate and the elastomeric seal defining a vacuum space; and a vacuum source in communication with the vacuum space. Upon attaching the vacuum plate to a mounting surface by reducing pressure in the vacuum space, the stop is in engagement with the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Faro Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Raab, Marc M. Barber
  • Patent number: 7293354
    Abstract: A vacuum controlled fixture is provided for positioning columns on sites of an electronic substrate. The fixture includes an internal chamber having spaced apart first and second surfaces extending beneath its principal face. A regular array of column receiving holes extends from the principal face through the first surface of the chamber, and a plurality of vacuum ducts extend from ports in the second surface of the chamber to a vacuum source to evacuate the internal chamber. The ports in the second face of the chamber are laterally offset from the receiving holes in the first face of the chamber to allow seating of the interior ends of the columns on coplanar portions of the rear surface. The ports are preferably centered, equidistant from the closest adjacent receiving holes, thereby providing centering of the columns by means of a vacuum driven air flow around the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yvan Ferland, Stephane Harel, Isabel De Sousa
  • Patent number: 7293501
    Abstract: A press includes an arm mechanism to input force transferred to upper and lower rollers by a worm unit. The worm unit occupies less space so that even if the size of the press is increased, the worm unit can be used without too much change. The handle is located on a top of the casing of the press and is formed together with the casing of the press. A suction mechanism is located on an underside of the base part of the casing and is controlled by a lever. A platform is independently connected to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Chia Shun Lee
  • Patent number: 7275725
    Abstract: When a vacuum-suction tool stand (1) is to be stuck to a table (2), a valve (16) is rotated to a position so that a knob (163) comes to the right side thereof viewed from the front to establish communication between an air suction hole (132) and a cavity (131). Then, by sucking the air within the cavity (131) through the air suction hole (132) using a suction pump (not shown) to make the inside of the cavity (131) close to a vacuum state, thereby the vacuum-suction tool stand (1) is stuck to the table (2). To release suction, the knob (163) of the valve (16) is rotated clockwise by 90 degrees. Then, the communication between an air release hole (15) and the cavity (131) is established and the air is supplied to the cavity (131) in a substantially vacuum state, and thus the vacuum-suction state is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Kimura
  • Patent number: 7226026
    Abstract: A suction device includes a suction cup having a peg extending therefrom and a transverse shaft extending in opposite directions from the peg, an inner cap positioned on the suction cup and retaining a spring that applies a restoring force to the suction cup, and an outer cap positioned on the inner cap and defining inclined slots in which the opposite ends of the shaft are movably received, respectively. By rotating the outer cap with respect to the inner cap causes camming action between each inclined slot and the respective end of the shaft, which in turn imposes a driving force on the peg to deform the suction cup thereby inducing a suction force. An elongate flexible member has a first end coupled to the inner cap and an opposite second end rotatably supporting an article receptacle in which an article, such as mobile phone and a personal digital assistant can be received and retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Christina Lin
  • Patent number: 7207510
    Abstract: This invention contains a suction base meat grinder consisting of a meat grinder with a suction base and manually operated grinding unit. Turning a rotating disk first, the user will firmly fix this meat grinder to the kitchen table surface, as well as lock the base to the upper grinding part. Then the user can rotate the handle to spin the screw bolt and the pedal blade, pushing meat to go through the pedal blade, and be grinded into ground meat, thus finishing the grinding process. Meanwhile, this grinder is made up by the grinding unit and the sucking base. The grinding unit and the sucking base can be separated at cleansing time, making it easier to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Yan Kwong Wong
  • Patent number: 6942188
    Abstract: A hanging pole with a sucking disk including a sucking disk body with a threaded shaft on top and a rubber sucking disk on bottom, a compression stand with connecting sleeve on top and a shell plate on bottom, and a pole that connects to the connecting sleeve of the compression stand. The shell plate is smaller than the rubber-sucking disk. A through hole is on the center of the shell plate and leads to the slot hole on the middle of the compression stand; an adjustable threaded nut is inside the slot hole; the threaded shaft of the sucking disk body passes through the through hole of the compression stand and screws with the adjustable threaded nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventors: Wen-Feng Tsay, Ta-Shuo Chang
  • Patent number: 6745987
    Abstract: A device for selectively immobilizing a container, such as a container containing a cosmetic product, on a surface may include a sleeve having a free edge defining an opening for mounting the device on the container. One end of the device remote from the free edge may form a perforated bottom, a peripheral edge of which may form a lip configured to be pressed in sealed manner onto the surface. In collaboration with a portion of the container, the device may form a suction cavity to thereby selectively immobilize the container on the surface. The perforated bottom may optionally define at least one opening, where the at least one opening may extend away from the geometric center of the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventors: Guilhem Rousselet, Nicolas Albisetti
  • Publication number: 20040104326
    Abstract: A device or chuck for fixing thin and/or flexible substrates allows a uniform and all-over sucking-up of the substrates without any disadvantageous warping or bending. The chuck has notches and holes communicating with a plurality of microgrooves arranged on the bearing surface. If a vacuum device sucks off air through the bores and the notches, a vacuum extends in the microgrooves so that a substrate located on the bearing surface is sucked up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Walter Demel, Ralph Zoberbier
  • Patent number: 6596374
    Abstract: This invention provides a device for removably securing a wide variety of objects to different surfaces utilizing a partial vacuum. The device includes flexible material comprising one or more opening(s), wherein each opening is capable of forming a continuous seal with a portion of an object and the remaining material is capable of forming a continuous seal with a surface. The size of the opening and the size of the material can vary within the constraints that adequate material remains surrounding the opening to enable a continuous seal to be formed with a surface when an object is inserted into the opening. The device is used by inserting an object into an opening, thereby forming a continuous seal between the object and the opening and pressing the device against a surface, displacing air to create a partial vacuum in a manner that causes a continuous seal to form between the flexible material and the attachment surface, thereby removably securing the object to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: 3849953 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Michael John Adjeleian