To Apply Or Remove A Resilient Article (e.g., Tube, Sleeve, Etc.) Patents (Class 29/235)
  • Patent number: 11534875
    Abstract: A sealing fin fixing apparatus can fix a sealing fin to a rotor in a shortened period of time to minimize variations of the pullout strength of the sealing fin. In the sealing fin fixing apparatus that fixes the sealing fin in a sealing groove defined in the outer circumference of the rotor of a rotary machine and includes a headstock for setting a rotor thereon, a Z-stage movable along a Z-axis, an X-stage movable along an X-axis, a tool rest supported on the X-stage, and a caulking tool mounted on the tool rest and including a shank and a pressing roller, while the pressing roller is being held against a caulking wire inserted, together with the sealing fin, in the sealing groove in the rotor that is set on the headstock, the headstock is actuated to rotate the rotor, thereby caulking the caulking wire to fix the sealing fin to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Segawa, Yuta Yanase, Takeshi Izumi, Shoichi Saito, Takashi Yoshida, Shin Tachibana
  • Patent number: 11523923
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of crimping a prosthetic heart valve using a compact crimping mechanism. The crimping mechanism includes a plurality of jaws configured for coordinated inward movement toward a crimping axis to reduce the size of a crimping iris around a stented valve. A rotating cam wheel acts on the jaws and displaces them inward. An actuation mechanism includes a lead screw, carriage assembly and a linkage to rotate the cam wheel with significant torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Saar, Gregory Rinberg
  • Patent number: 11510794
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of crimping a prosthetic heart valve using a compact crimping mechanism. The crimping mechanism includes a plurality of jaws configured for coordinated inward movement toward a crimping axis to reduce the size of a crimping iris around a stented valve. A rotating cam wheel acts on the jaws and displaces them inward. A number of Cartesian guide elements cooperate with the jaws to distribute forces within the crimping mechanism. The guide elements are located between the crimping jaws and an outer housing and are constrained by the outer housing for movement along lines that are tangential to a circle centered on the crimping axis. The guide elements engage at least some of the crimping jaws while the rest are in meshing engagement so as to move in synch. An actuation mechanism includes a lead screw, carriage assembly and a linkage to rotate the cam wheel with significant torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Saar, Gregory Rinberg
  • Patent number: 11472010
    Abstract: A joint dismounting tool is provided, including a frame body and a pulling assembly. The frame body includes a base portion and two arm portions, and the two arm portions are disposed on the base portion. The pulling assembly includes a driving rod and a cup member, the driving rod is movably disposed on the base portion, the cup member is connected to the driving rod and swingable relative to the axis, and the cup member is between the two arm portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Shang-Yuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11460361
    Abstract: A force testing machine (FTM) validation apparatus is disclosed for validating a test process involving a force testing machine to measure forces involved in operation of a syringe arrangement. Particularly a syringe arrangement that includes a staked-in needle prefilled syringe and a needle safety device cooperating with the staked-in needle prefilled syringe. The FTM validation apparatus includes a syringe arrangement surrogate, and a holder arranged to support the syringe arrangement surrogate in a predefined position and orientation in the force testing machine. The syringe arrangement surrogate includes a break loose part arranged to mimic a break loose force of the syringe arrangement and an injection force part arranged to mimic an injection force of the syringe arrangement. Methods are also disclosed for validating a test process that measures forces involved in operation of a syringe arrangement and for measuring forces involved in operation of the syringe arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Sascha Dreher, Martin Vogelmann, Thorben Hammerich, Eva Conraths, Paolo Moroni, Georg Cramm
  • Patent number: 11344409
    Abstract: Embodiments of a crimping device for crimping a radially expandable and compressible prosthetic valve are disclosed. A crimping device can comprise a housing configured to receive a prosthetic valve in a radially expanded state. The housing member can include a funnel segment and an outlet in communication with the funnel segment. The crimping device can further comprise an actuator rotatably coupled to the housing, wherein rotation of the actuator relative to the housing causes the prosthetic valve to move axially through the funnel segment such that at least a portion of the prosthetic valve compresses radially by engagement with the funnel segment and exits the crimping device via the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: David Robert Landon, Glen T. Rabito, Hieu Minh Luong
  • Patent number: 11260485
    Abstract: A sealing strip holder for manipulating and transporting a sealing strip preform in an at least partially automated production process, the sealing strip preform preferably having limp properties. To make the manufacturing process faster and less expensive the sealing strip holder comprises at least one clamping jaw which interlockingly and/or frictionally engages at least one surface portion of the sealing strip preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Stefan Pfaff Werkzeug-Und Formenbau Gmbh & Co KG
    Inventors: Alexander Reiners, Anton Sutter
  • Patent number: 11207766
    Abstract: A mounting device is useable with a strip arrangement comprising a profile strip arrangeable or arranged at an edge area of a window pane of a motor vehicle and comprising a transport protection strip, wherein the transport protection strip is arranged at least with a portion of its cross section in a receiving area of the profile strip. The mounting device has a guide-in area configured to guide a free end of the strip arrangement into the mounting device, and a separation area configured to separate the transport protection strip from the profile strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Hartmut Roth, Lutz Bergmann, Carsten Burk, Christoph Hain, Marco Hain, David Landeck, Jens Loehnert, Michael Ortmueller, Marcus Schneider
  • Patent number: 11117230
    Abstract: In a flexible ring fitting device 1, a flexible ring disposition mechanism includes at least two ring support members 411 and 412 disposed relative to each other and movable so as to be separated from each other. Notches 4113 and 4123 recessed in a direction in which the two ring support members 411 and 412 are separated from each other are formed along surfaces 4114 and 4124 of the two relative ring support members 411 and 412 in the relative surfaces 4114 and 4124 of the two ring support members 411 and 412. A flexible ring R is fitted into an annular groove G of a workpiece W by a workpiece disposition mechanism moving in one direction along with the workpiece W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kinya Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 11097406
    Abstract: A dust boot tool includes a shell, a piston, a valve and stretchable rods. The shell includes a chamber in communication with an inlet channel. Pressurized air enters the chamber via the inlet channel. The piston is movable in the chamber by the pressurized air, and includes a first section, a second section opposite to the first section, a vent in the first section in the vicinity of the inlet channel, and a conical internal face extending on the second section. The valve includes a portion movably inserted in the vent. Each of the stretchable rods includes a stretchable end for contact with a dust boot, an abutment end in contact with the conical internal face of the second section of the piston, and a pivotal portion formed between the stretchable end and the abutment end and pivotally connected to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Chuan Jiing Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tien-Tsai Tseng
  • Patent number: 11090787
    Abstract: A remote operating tool capable of replacing work units contains: a control unit, a connection assembly, and a work unit. The control unit includes a first plier part, a second plier part, and a fixing shaft. The first plier part has a first grip portion and a limitation extension, the second plier part has a second grip portion and an accommodation extension, and the accommodation extension has an aperture. The connection assembly includes a cable and an accommodation sleeve, the cable has a knob, and the accommodation sleeve has a fitting member, wherein the fitting member has a large-diameter section and a small-diameter section. The limitation extension has a first cutout, and the accommodation extension has a second cutout. The control unit further includes a stopper, wherein the defining member is a shell and includes a first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Pi-Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 11084151
    Abstract: A siding straightening tool includes two arms engaged with one or more ratchets; one or more spikes extending from the one or more ratchets; a release engaged with one of the two arms and to allow the arms to release; and a mold extending from the one or more arms, the mold having a groove; the two arms clamp together, thereby bringing the spikes toward each other; the mold is ratcheted down to straighten a piece of siding; and the two arms pivots via the one or more ratchets thereby engaging the mold and disengaging the mold with the siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Artie Hatch
  • Patent number: 11077480
    Abstract: A radial compression mechanism utilizes a string wrapped around a plurality of compression dies to move the dies inward and close a central cylindrical cavity defined by the working surfaces of the dies. The string may be coupled to a string tension mechanism that enables a user to applied a desired tension to the string and thereby compress an article within the central cylindrical cavity. The compression dies may be coupled to a base and move along die-guiding slots from an open position to a closed position. A spring may be configured to force the compression dies open and provide some back-tension to the string. The string may extend around a pully on an opposing side of the compression mechanism and both ends of the string may be coupled to the string tension mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Blockwise Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Edward Goff, Jeremiah J. Warriner
  • Patent number: 11071386
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism with a first member, a second member pivotally engaged with the first member to pivot about a pivot axis, and pivoting resistance mechanism with a spring housing disposed in the first member spaced from the pivot axis, a spring disposed in the spring housing, and a deflecting member that projects from the second member spaced from the pivot axis to engage the spring disposed in the spring housing. The first member can be a chair mechanism body, and the second member can be a pivoting support, such as for a chair bottom or back. A height adjustment mechanism has a movable member, and a locking member, such as a screw, can be operative as a height locking mechanism with a first, restraining condition wherein actuation of the movable member is prevented and a second, non-restraining condition wherein actuation of the movable member is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Patent number: 11052520
    Abstract: A method of installing a seal in a bore of a component includes securing a base plate to a component. The method includes arranging the seal onto a pusher. The method also includes inserting the pusher into a hole in the base plate. The method further includes installing a hub onto the base plate and over the pusher. The method further includes rotating a rod relative to the hub to advance the pusher and seat the seal in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Billie Rosalie Maldonado, Thomas Freeman, John Pergantis, Anthony Valenti
  • Patent number: 11027377
    Abstract: A ring installation device for installing a ring to a part includes an inner mandrel which is tapered in order to expand the ring. An outer mandrel is tubular such that the inner mandrel is received within the outer mandrel and such that the inner mandrel is moveable within the outer mandrel along an axis. A ring stripper is tubular such that the outer mandrel is receive within the ring stripper and such that the outer mandrel is moveable within the inner mandrel along the axis. The inner mandrel is moveable along the axis relative to the outer mandrel and the ring stripper from an inner mandrel first position to an inner mandrel second position. The outer mandrel is moveable by the inner mandrel along the axis relative to the ring stripper from an outer mandrel first position to an outer mandrel second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Mayes, Thomas J. Strauss
  • Patent number: 10948084
    Abstract: In a jig for press-fitting a divided sealing ring, while a sleeve is attached to a first rod head, a guide region leading to a recess is defined between an inner circumferential surface of the sleeve and a rod. When a divided sealing ring attached to an outer circumferential surface of the rod is press-fitted to a prescribed position in the recess by passing the divided sealing ring through the guide region by using a plunger, positioning engagement regions engaged with each other are provided between the sleeve and the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: VALQUA, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuru Minami
  • Patent number: 10918473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a storage container for an expandable prosthetic heart valve that crimps the valve upon opening the container and removal of the valve from the container. The container includes a housing sized to receive the heart valve in its expanded configuration and a crimping mechanism. The crimping mechanism is incorporated into the container and engages the heart valve so as to operably convert the heart valve from its expanded configuration to its smaller crimped configuration upon opening the container and removing the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Noam Nir, Carmel Peleg, Tomer Saar, Alexander Barash, David Maimon
  • Patent number: 10870190
    Abstract: The present invention is a tool for extracting and installing a seal or gasket from an engine housing having a shaft such as an outboard boat motor having a propeller shaft. The present invention allows the seal to be removed from or installed around the shaft, without the need to remove or disassemble the engine housing. The present invention may include a central body portion, a first cylindrical body portion having a proximal end that is carried by the central body portion, a second cylindrical body portion having a proximal end that is carried by the central body portion, a bore hole that extends through the first cylindrical body portion, the central body portion and the second cylindrical body portion and a plurality of alignment holes for guiding a fastener to the seal without contacting the shaft so that the seal may be secured to the tool, the alignment holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Rooster Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: John DeMaria
  • Patent number: 10864620
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a tool for holding a recessed handle structure to be installed into a hole manufactured into the interior or bottom surface of a trunk door, providing required rotational leverage, and applying required linear pressure to locking tabs of the recessed handle structure as it is being installed into the interior or bottom surface of the trunk door, thereby securing the recessed handle structure within the hole manufactured into the interior or bottom surface of the trunk door. The use of this tool effectively saves time and protects the installer's fingers, hands, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Dana Ratliff
  • Patent number: 10836023
    Abstract: A method of inserting an H-Seal in a bearing, the H-Seal having two ends, two upper lips, two lower lips and a vertical flange positioned between the bearing that secures the upper and lower lips together, the bearing having seal faces, inner and outer rings and a gap therebetween. The method provides including an insertion tool assembly, priming the H-Seal into the insertion tool, sliding the tool with the H-Seal loaded therein within a slot, placing the lower lips back on their respective face, allowing the lower lips to recover their initial shape. The tool moves the lower lips to a vertical position (T shape), inserts the seal between the rings and the lower lips recover their initial shape and places them naturally back on their respective faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Diogene, Damien Bredoire, Michel Nicolas
  • Patent number: 10807221
    Abstract: An improved packing tool and process includes a mobile packing gland having a first end with a large opening that accepts a ring of packing material. The packing gland tapers down from the first end to a second end which is arranged within a static gland that receives the packing material which comprises a seal. A ring of packing material is arranged within the mobile packing gland and is inserted into a static gland with a pusher. The pusher exerts uniform pressure about the ring of packing material to seat it within the static gland. Thereafter the pusher is withdrawn from the mobile packing gland and successive rings of packing material are stacked within the static gland by repeating the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Lisa McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10806618
    Abstract: A deployment system for a self expanding stent includes a catheter assembly with a tip attached to a distal end segment of an elongate tube. The tip includes a proximal portion molecularly joined to a distal portion, which has a lower durometer hardness than the proximal portion. The proximal portion includes an anchor surface in contact with the distal portion, and oriented perpendicular to a central axis of the elongate tube. The elongate tube may be formed from a thermosetting polyimide, and the overmolded tip may be made from two different colored and different hardnesses of polyether block amide material. The tip is overmolded onto an untreated external surface of the elongate tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Conor Dillon, William Riordan
  • Patent number: 10800016
    Abstract: A tool for mounting a protective sleeve onto a wire. According to example forms, the protective sleeve is resiliently-flexible and longitudinally-slitted and the wire is in the form of an audio cable. The tool includes a tube-mounting assembly and a wire holder. According to some example forms, the tool includes a handle for grasping the tool during use. In some example forms, the wire is in the form of a charging cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ABBA DADDY LLC
    Inventors: Priscilla Sue Paquin, Christopher J. Paquin
  • Patent number: 10721829
    Abstract: Typical electronic device feet are adhered to a bottom surface of an electronic device housing. However, adhered feet are not generally readily removable and replaceable without also removing and replacing the adhesive, which may be messy and time consuming. Implementations described and claimed herein provide an electronic device with a device housing including an aperture therein, a retaining ring oriented within a seat, the retainer ring and the seat concentric with the aperture, and a device foot oriented within and protruding outward from the aperture. The device foot has a concentric extraction surface and the retaining ring compresses against the concentric extraction surface and secures the device foot in place against the device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Bowers, Brooks Hallin
  • Patent number: 10569399
    Abstract: A wire sleeve hand application tool includes a handle and a plurality of mandrels received in the handle and being selectively extendable from an axial end of the handle. Each of the mandrels are biased into a retracted position in which an entirety of the respective mandrel is received in the handle. Each of the mandrels are further axially extendable to an extended position in which an axial tip and a portion of the respective mandrel extends from the axial end of the handle while an opposite axial end of the respective mandrel remains supported within the handle. An extended mandrel may be used to insert a wire sleeve or tubular marker onto a wire or other elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Anwar, Michael Radford, Terrance Adams
  • Patent number: 10562651
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for inserting container inserts into the throats of liquid containers. The apparatus includes an elongated and inclined container insert support tray having an outer end and an inner end with the insert support tray being mounted on a support frame. The insert support tray is vibrated to cause the container inserts therein to move towards the inner end thereof. An insert positioner is mounted at the inner end of the container insert tray. The apparatus also includes a vertically disposed inserter which is mounted on a sub-frame which is horizontally movably mounted on the support frame. The inserter is vertically movable to insert a container insert positioned therebelow into the throat of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 10478951
    Abstract: A device, a modular construction system and a method for inserting an elastic ring into an inner groove of a workpiece opening provides that the device the ring is fixed by multiple retainers to specific retaining regions and between the retaining regions said ring acquires a wavy shape or crown shape in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Coelestin Ohrmann
  • Patent number: 10436336
    Abstract: A cap apparatus includes a cap body and a valve body. The valve body includes an upper portion, a lower portion, and a stem intermediately disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion, the valve body including a bore formed therein having concentric alignment to and traversing the upper portion and the stem, and the valve body including a perforation formed therein having concentric alignment to and traversing the stem and the lower portion. The perforation forms a substantially impermeable seal within the valve body. The cap body includes an aperture in coaxial alignment with the bore and the perforation. The inner surface of the cap body includes multiple internal threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Allen
  • Patent number: 10357865
    Abstract: A method for producing an instruction for bevelling an ophthalmic lens, with a view to mounting same in a framework of a spectacle frame into which a bevelled display lens is initially fitted. The method includes the steps of: a) acquiring a correction parameter relative to the play between the framework and the display lens; b) capturing a surface image of the display lens previously removed from the framework; c) determining, on the surface image, an initial contour (C0) of the display lens; d) calculating a corrected contour (C1), by correcting the initial contour according to the correction parameter; and e) deriving the bevelling instruction according to the corrected contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Molinaro, Sarah Boukobza, Marc Perrier
  • Patent number: 10336226
    Abstract: A listing bead fastening tool has a body that defines a guiding recess shaped to receive a listing bead, and a guide rib extending from the body. The guide rib has a neck and a head that is connected to the body of the tool by the neck. The head has a width to allow it to pass through a retention channel defined by opposing rows of fastener elements extending from a base of a fastener strip to which the listing bead is to be fastened. The guiding recess of the body of the tool defines a listing bead insertion path that is angled with respect to the retention channel. Moving the tool along the retention channel causes the listing bead, which is retained within the guiding recess, to be progressively inserted into the retention channel and retained between the rows of fastener elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Voigt, Victor Horst Kheil, Michael Cina
  • Patent number: 10322759
    Abstract: An endless track assembly formed from interconnected links pivotally interconnected by a track pin having a wear sleeve. A track bushing formed from high strength steel is positioned over the wear bushing of the track pin and has an inner sleeve formed from composite bearing material either pressed in or bonded to its inner diameter. The internal diameter of the track bushing is sized so that rotation relative to the track pin surface is permitted when the track bushing is engaged by the teeth of a drive sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Lamela, Joe Sollitt
  • Patent number: 10215273
    Abstract: Installation of a bushing into the shift cable end of an automatic transmission, without replacing the entire shift cable end, is accomplished via a method that does not require the use of compression tools and maintains the axial alignment of the bushing with the shift cable end during installation, thus preventing deformation of the shift cable end and bushing during installation, and ensuring the proper coupling of the shift cable end and shift lever. In one particular embodiment of the invention, the bushing may be installed by radially compressing the leading shoulder of the bushing and passing the bushing through the shift cable end, then releasing the leading shoulder of the bushing so that it engages the shift cable end and secures the bushing in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Loring Smith
  • Patent number: 10155278
    Abstract: A wire feeder has a motor, mounting plate, intermediate mounting plate, and base assembly. The mounting plate has a plurality of mounting hole patterns and a shaft hole. The motor a mounting hole pattern that aligns with at least one of the plurality. One of a plurality of motor types can be mounted to the mounting plate. The mounting plate is mounted to the intermediate mounting plate, which is mounted to the base assembly. The base assembly includes a drive gear, which is connected to rotate with an insulating cap that receives a gear hub. The gear hub is connected to rotate with the motor shaft via matching keys. The insulating hub, intermediate mounting plate and mounting plate are electrically insulating, so that the base assembly is electrically isolated from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Matiash, Thomas D. Lahti
  • Patent number: 10144136
    Abstract: A panel conveyance system includes a pin member, a bar pad facing a panel right lower portion, a block pad facing a panel left lower portion, a bar guide positioned outside an outer edge end of the panel left lower portion, and a conveyance robot. The panel conveyance system further includes a panel take-out control unit that hangs a panel on a pin member, and a temporary retention control unit that causes the bar pad to come into contact with a surface of the panel right lower portion, causes the block pad to come into contact with a surface of the panel left lower portion, and causes the bar guide to come into contact with the panel left lower portion to temporarily retain the panel while keeping the panel hung on the pin member, and a holding control unit that holds the temporarily retained panel with a clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Nakamura, Yuzo Yamamoto, Hayato Sato
  • Patent number: 10071452
    Abstract: An automated reloading system for replacing a spent surgical end effector in a manipulatable robotic tool portion of a robotic surgical system is disclosed. The automated reloading system comprises a drive assembly configured to generate rotary drive motions and a selectively movable support assembly defining a plurality of end effector reloading positions. Each reloading position being configured to support a new surgical end effector or a spent surgical end effector therein. The selectively movable support assembly being further configured to selectively serially move each reloading position into a driving position wherein the new surgical end effector or the spent surgical end effector therein is configured to selectively receive the rotary drive motions. The automated reloading system further comprises means for releasably locking the movable support assembly in the driving position during the application of the driving motion to the new surgical end effector or the spent surgical end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10042871
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products for managing content in a travel management system. A standard data element and a non-standard data element comprising the content are received from one or more content providers. A first data container for the standard data element and a second data container for the non-standard data element are created in an extended record data structure. The first data container includes a common record identifier and first data values for first attributes corresponding to the standard data element. The second data container includes the common record identifier and second data values corresponding to second attributes for the non-standard data element. The travel management system manages access to the first container and the second container in the extended record data structure based on the common record identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AMADEAUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Vanessa Fontebride, Christel Charrat, Ludovic Le Sinq, Marion Francois, Pierre Gadeyne
  • Patent number: 10006493
    Abstract: Screw connection for a non-shiftable multiple plate clutch with a clamping bolt, a bolt nut cooperating with the clamping bolt, and a clamping bushing which likewise cooperates with the clamping bolt. A seat between the clamping bolt and clamping bushing has at least one gradation such that a first cylindrical seat surface having a first diameter is formed at a first side of the respective gradation and a second cylindrical seat surface having a second diameter is formed at a second side of the respective gradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: RENK Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Thesing, Michael Kösters
  • Patent number: 9994271
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an adjuster for adjusting a position of a vehicle door relative to other vehicle components. The adjuster can include a pin that is configured to be held by a vehicle door latch so as to form a rigid connection between the pin and the vehicle door. The pin can also be configured to be released from the vehicle door latch upon actuation of a vehicle release mechanism. A frame can be supported by a surface that is static relative to the vehicle. An actuator can connect the frame to the pin. The actuator can be configured to enable the vehicle door to be manually raised or lowered by a predetermined distance that facilitates the vehicle door adopting a position that provides enhanced communication between the vehicle door latch and a vehicle striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Vanderpool, Bryan Mermoud, William Tyler Self, Micah Redwine
  • Patent number: 9986728
    Abstract: The present application includes a system configured to simplify the application of plugs into holes created in concrete slabs during a termiticide treatment process. The system includes a flexible plug for insertion into the hole one or more times. A plug tip is coupled to a tool and selectively adjusted to a particular depth. A locating element is included to prevent the over protruding of the plug tip in the hole. The tool is used by the user to insert the plug tip into the hole wherein the depth is governed by the location of the locating element. The plug tips may be interchanged or adjusted in depth along with the locating element. Once the plug has been located properly, a patch is then applied to the remaining hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Lary Adkins
  • Patent number: 9969069
    Abstract: Methods and tools are provided for pressing a ring seal into a component. In one method, a tool is anchored to the component. The tool includes a first aperture which extends along an axis. The first aperture is coaxial with a second aperture in the component. The ring seal is pushed axially through the first aperture towards the component, where the tool radially compresses the ring seal as the ring seal moves axially towards the component. The radially compressed ring seal is pressed into the second aperture using the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John Pergantis, Anthony Valenti, Usman Khan, Michael L. Comeau
  • Patent number: 9954336
    Abstract: A feeder device includes a feed finger and a lifting arm. The feed finger is mounted to and movable relative to the frame along a feed stroke in a feed direction and in an opposite return direction. The feed finger is pivotable towards and away from a feed object. The lifting arm is fixedly mounted to the frame. The feed finger moves relative to the lifting arm as the feed finger is moved along the feed stroke. The lifting arm has a deflectable tip engaging the feed finger. The deflectable tip is deflected as the feed finger is moved in the feed direction. The deflectable tip is un-deflected as the feed finger is moved in the return direction. The un-deflected tip engaging the feed finger and pivoting the feed finger away from the feed object as the feed finger is moved along the lifting arm in the return direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas W. Salois
  • Patent number: 9902449
    Abstract: A door garnish mounting device for a mounting a door garnish to a door of a vehicle includes a frame, door alignment arms extending from the frame, and a garnish applicator mounted to the frame. The door alignment arms having datum points configured to engage corresponding vehicle datum points of the vehicle proximate to a mounting location of the door garnish to the vehicle to align the frame with the door of the vehicle. The garnish applicator includes a pressing device configured to engage and press against the door garnish, a first actuator configured to press the pressing device against the door garnish, and a second actuator configured to move the pressing device along the door garnish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin MacArthur, Paul Webb, Dwayne Switzer, Brent Martignago, David Van Leeuwen, Mark Daryl Franks, Darrell Lindsay Hastings
  • Patent number: 9889582
    Abstract: A mold assembly for forming a film includes a transparent bottom mold, a top mold, a case, and a lighting member. The transparent bottom mold defines a cavity for receiving a work piece and a plurality of liquid compositions. The top mold is matched with the bottom mold to accommodate the work piece between the bottom mold and the top mold. The case receives the bottom mold and the top mold placed therein. Air in the case is exhausted from the case to coat the plurality of liquid composition on the work piece. The lighting member emits light on the liquid compositions to solidify the liquid compositions to form a film on the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Han-Lung Lee, Hung-Chun Ma, Yu-Lin Liao, Chih-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 9877855
    Abstract: A method is provided for loading and delivering a self-expanding stent. The stent is compressed from its expanded diameter to a smaller delivery diameter. While compressed, the stent is pushed from the proximal end through the proximal end opening of a restraining sheath. The restraining sheath retains the stent in the delivery diameter. In order to deliver the stent, the proximal end of the stent is pushed and the restraining sheath is withdrawn proximally from the stent. As a result, the stent is released from the distal end opening of the restraining sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: James Butler, Sean Cummins, Donagh O'Sullivan, Shane Holland
  • Patent number: 9840996
    Abstract: A method for installing a sealing ring in a ring groove of an injector, in particular a fuel injector, in which the diameter of the sealing ring is enlarged with the aid of an enlarging tool and is inserted into the ring groove, and the enlarged sealing ring accommodated in the ring groove is reshaped to a predefined sealing dimension with the aid of a calibration tool. For the purpose of shifting a residual ring gap remaining in the ring groove during the reshaping process to the groove flank of the ring groove facing away from the combustion chamber, the reshaping process of the sealing ring is carried out by removing the calibration tool from the fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Thilo Beckmann, Ulrich Fischer, Johann Bayer, Guido Pilgram
  • Patent number: 9779857
    Abstract: A method for installing an elastomeric cover sleeve on an electrical connection including a connector and a cable having a cable axis includes: providing an installation tool including a slide portion; premounting the installation tool on the cable such that the slide portion extends along the cable axis and covers a portion of the cable; thereafter, sliding the cover sleeve onto the cable and onto the slide portion of the premounted installation tool to a parked position wherein the slide portion is interposed between the cover sleeve and the cable; installing the connector onto the cable; and thereafter, sliding the cover sleeve along the cable axis and the slide portion onto the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventor: Mahmoud Seraj
  • Patent number: 9662552
    Abstract: Disclosed is a grip aid for a golf club, which includes a grip aid body having an accommodation portion into which a golf club grip is inserted, and a projection for setting a gripping location of a golf club; and a first guide member detachably inserted into the accommodation portion and interposed between the accommodation portion and the golf club grip to guide movement of the golf club grip when the golf club grip is inserted into the accommodation portion, wherein after the golf club grip is inserted into the accommodation portion, the first guide member is drawn out of the accommodation portion so that the grip aid body is closely adhered to the golf club grip. If this grip aid is used, the grip aid body may be easily mounted to the golf club grip by using the first guide member, and a gripping posture of the hand gripping the grip aid body may be consistently maintained while swinging the golf club, thereby improving accuracy of swinging and increasing a driving distance of a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Jai Choon Sin
  • Patent number: 9583377
    Abstract: An installation fixture adapted to mount an elastomer band in a mounting groove around a semiconductor substrate support used for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber is disclosed, which includes an annular ring having a vertically extending portion on an outer edge of the ring and adapted to receive the elastomer band, and a base plate configured to be attached to the annular ring, the base plate having a plurality of radially extending portions adapted to receive a plurality of mechanical fasteners at locations corresponding to mounting holes in the semiconductor substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Rish Chhatre, David Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9502279
    Abstract: An apparatus and method adapted to mount an elastomer band in a mounting groove around a semiconductor substrate support used for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber, which includes an installation unit having a top ring, a clamp ring, and a base ring, and upon tightening of the top ring onto the base ring, the elastomer band is clamped between the clamp ring and the base ring, and a clamping surface adapted to release the elastomer band on at least one of a lower surface of the clamp ring and/or an upper surface of the base ring. A latch and release mechanism, which releases the elastomer band into the mounting groove by declamping the elastomer band from between the clamp ring and the base ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Neal Newton