Means Comprising Hand Manipulatable Tool Patents (Class 29/270)
  • Patent number: 10010411
    Abstract: Devices and methods for preparing a transcatheter heart valve system. The device includes a housing, sealing apparatuses and a port. The housing forms a chamber sized to receive a prosthetic valve and a portion of a delivery device. During use, the prosthesis is seated in the chamber, and the sealing apparatuses operated to seal the chamber about the delivery device. Air bubbles in a liquid delivered through the delivery device and to the chamber are removed from the system via the port, thereby flushing the system. Further, the device is manipulated to permit loading of the prosthesis into the delivery device in an air bubble-free environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular Galway
    Inventor: Stephen Peter
  • Patent number: 9981352
    Abstract: The tool is designed to carried out maintenance operations on a bearing assembly comprising a bushing split into at least two shells; the maintenance tool comprises a device arranged to act on and rotate the bushing shells. In particular, the device comprises a slide and a pin; the slide has a hole transversal to its sliding direction and the pin is slidably mounted inside the hole and protrudes from the hole; in a first operating position the pin acts on a shell and in a second operating position the pin does not act on any shell. The method provides to rotate the bushing shells without rotating the supported shaft, and to carry out maintenance operations on a shell at a time while leaving the shaft supported by the other shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone Srl
    Inventors: Massimo Bargiacchi, Tommaso Breschi, Leonardo Raugei, Michele Bogazzi
  • Patent number: 9333077
    Abstract: Devices and methods for preparing a transcatheter heart valve system. The device includes a housing, sealing apparatuses and a port. The housing forms a chamber sized to receive a prosthetic valve and a portion of a delivery device. During use, the prosthesis is seated in the chamber, and the sealing apparatuses operated to seal the chamber about the delivery device. Air bubbles in a liquid delivered through the delivery device and to the chamber are removed from the system via the port, thereby flushing the system. Further, the device is manipulated to permit loading of the prosthesis into the delivery device in an air bubble-free environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular Galway Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Peter
  • Patent number: 9248559
    Abstract: Provided is a lens module assembly device for assembling a filter glass into a lens barrel of a lens module. The lens module assembly device includes a clipping element, a receiving element, and a pushing element. The clipping element includes a chamber configured for clipping the lens barrel. The receiving element extends from one end of the clipping element and includes a receiving portion for receiving a number of filter glasses. The receiving portion includes a resisting end received in the chamber and an entrance end away from the resisting end. The pushing element is inserted into the receiving portion through the entrance end until resisting against one of the filter glass. The pushing element pushes one of filter glasses out of the receiving portion into the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 9079757
    Abstract: A tool (100) is provided for use in uncapping a plurality of linearly-oriented, spaced-apart tubes; the tubes capped with a unitary closure device comprising a plurality of spaced-apart, linearly-oriented alternating caps and openings, each cap having a cap upper surface and being connected to at least one adjacent cap by at least two connecting structures, each of the at least two connecting structures having a connecting structure upper surface and a connecting structure lower surface, the at least two connecting structures and two adjacent caps forming a boundary of an opening. The tool comprises a body (30) having first portion (42) for engagement by a user and a second portion comprising a base (52) and a plurality of spaced-apart projections (60) extending there-from. Each projection is configured for releasably engaging one of the openings in the unitary closure device. Optionally, the first portion is configured in a non-coplanar relationship with respect to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jason W. Bjork
  • Patent number: 9063506
    Abstract: A drive gear for a generally cylindrical imaging component. The drive gear includes a body for engaging the generally cylindrical imaging component; a cylindrical shaft attached to the body, the cylindrical shaft having an end surface; and three prongs extending longitudinally outward from the end surface. Each prong may include an extension member extending perpendicular to the prongs and the cross-sectional area of the extension members may be less than the cross-sectional area of the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Static Control Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Dale Lewis, Donald R. Huck
  • Patent number: 9038253
    Abstract: A system for lifting a first casing section relative to a second casing section is disclosed. The system may generally include a guide member configured to be coupled to the second casing section so as to generally extend lengthwise in a lift direction of the first casing section and a sleeve member configured to be coupled to the first casing section. The sleeve member may be movably disposed on the guide member such that the sleeve member is displaced along a length of the guide member as the first casing section is lifted in the lift direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John William Herbold, Randall Stephen Corn, James Bradford Holmes, Charles V. Spanos
  • Patent number: 9021673
    Abstract: A bayonet-connection-undoing device includes a projection configured for attachment to a hand so as to extend therefrom for depressing a pin to undo a bayonet connection. The device may have a finger ring to which the projection is attached, in which case the attachment to the hand can be made by wearing the ring on the hand, optionally the ring being disposed inside a hand glove, with the projection emerging from the glove. Alternatively or in addition, the device may further include sections of a pipe cleaner, the connection, and the pin which is configured for mutually fixing one of the sections to another. In this case, the depressing is down into a position at which the pin is retracted out of the connection and maintained, without need for the depressing, in a contracted state by relative movement of the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Ray
  • Patent number: 9021672
    Abstract: An apparatus for removal of fasteners. The apparatus comprises a motor, a rotary drive shaft, a striker mechanism operable to convert rotary motion into reciprocating linear motion and a reciprocating shear blade shaped and sized to shear off fasteners or split materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff David Brown
  • Patent number: 9021686
    Abstract: An electrical device removal tool, such as for circuit breakers, that is lightweight, portable, and rugged for providing electrically operated controlled insertion and removal of electrical equipment by an operator from a remote location using a coupling device for engagement with the electrical equipment housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Finley Lee Ledbetter, Ashley Sue Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 9021674
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a self-expanding prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member, a support member and a constricting member. The compression member has a tapered wall between its first open end and its second open end, the tapered wall defining an open space adapted to receive the valve. The support member has a base and a recess adapted to receive an end of the valve. The support member and the compression member are movable toward one another to compress the valve and push it through a relatively small aperture in the second open end of the compression member. The second end of the constricting member is sized to receive the compressed valve from the second open end of the compression member for loading into a delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Allen Hillukka, Huisun Wang, Valerie J. Glazier, Yousef F. Alkhatib, Jacob John Daly, Ralph Joseph Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150113782
    Abstract: A disclosed archery fletching sleeve system and method of application and manufacture includes a fletching sleeve configured to frictionally fit onto an arrow shaft. The fletching sleeve defines glue application holes, slots, slits and channels or cavities on an inner surface thereof adjacent the glue holes to draw an applied glue therein via a capillary effect and/or an accordion bellows pumping effect. Additional slots and/or slits allow the sleeve to elastically stretch like an accordion to fit a wide range of arrow shaft diameters. The system also includes an application tool comprising two or more fingernail-like members configured to have a first end and a second end, the first end configured to have an inside arc and an outside arc orthogonal to a longitudinal dimension thereof, the outside arc configured to slide into a fletching sleeve applied to an arrow shaft slid into the inside arc of the fingernail-like members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ben D. Blosser, Sean E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9015917
    Abstract: A tool is provided for moving a first clamping or gripping member toward or away from a second facing clamping or gripping member, the tool having a double threaded drive shaft coupled to opposed threaded linkage driving members for causing the threaded linkage driving members to be driven toward or away from each other. As the threaded linkage driving members move closer, the resulting angle of the links becomes steeper, thus increasing the mechanical advantage of the clamping tool, enhancing clamping forces. A beneficial result is a clamping apparatus that requires less manual energy than a traditional clamp. Another beneficial result is provided if the same amount of energy is applied to the driveshaft as in a traditional clamp, the resulting clamping force is significantly higher. If the second clamping member is adjustable, it accommodates wide variations in thickness of an object positioned between the first and second clamping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel A. Norton
  • Patent number: 8997323
    Abstract: A hand manipulatable tool for removing and replacing sprinkler heads threadably connected to an underground watering system employs a straight metal pipe component having outwardly flared portions at both extremities adapted to grip the sprinkler heads. A straight handle rod interactive with the pipe component facilitates unscrewing and lifting of the gripped sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: James R. Sanders, C. Duane Sanders
  • Patent number: 8984727
    Abstract: Actuator levers, collets and collet tools for use in process control devices are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a tool for installing or removing a collet from an actuator lever. The example tool comprises a tool body and at least one of a plurality of inner-diameter threads, a plurality of outer-diameter threads, or a plate to removably couple the tool to at least one of an actuator lever or a collet. The tool is configured to apply a force to at least one of the actuator lever, the collet, a valve shaft, or an intervening structure to install the collet in or remove the collet from the actuator lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Jason Gene Olberding, Douglas James Boyd, Paul Andrew Day
  • Patent number: 8978223
    Abstract: An apparatus for curing cylindrical shaped elements having a liner, especially a liner of a rocket motor sleeve, where the cylindrical shaped elements are cured during rotation in a horizontal orientation. Horizontal rotation produces a liner with a substantially uniform thickness. The apparatus is mobile, compact, and has built-in robust safety mechanisms not compromised by the heat used to effect a cure. The cylindrical rollers are easily cleaned with minimal cross-contamination of one lot to another. Dripping of elastomeric materials from one assembly of rollers onto a stackable assembly of rollers below is eliminated. Each stackable assembly of rollers is independently controlled where each assembly is driven by its own motor, so rotation of one assemble does not affect another assembly of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Harry L. Archer, Jr., Peter A. Margiotta
  • Patent number: 8973234
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member and a pusher member. The compression member has a first open end with a first diameter, a second open end with a second diameter less than the first diameter, and a tapered wall between the first open end and the second open end. The pusher member has a base adapted to engage an end of the valve. The pusher member and the compression member are movable relative to one another between an initial position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively far from the first open end of the compression member and an operative position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively close to the first open end of the compression member. Movement of the pusher and compression members from the initial position to the operative position radially compresses the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150033531
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including an installation device having a plurality of pillars which are constructed and arranged to accept a passenger airbag housing; wherein at least one sensor or switch is attached to the installation device which may physically engage at least one tab during the installation process and which may provide electronic feedback of the installation results. A number of variations may include a method including placing a passenger airbag assembly having at least one lock feature onto an instrument panel chute having at least one tab feature; placing the installation device having at least one sensor or switch attached to it onto the passenger airbag assembly; pressing down on the installation device to engage the at least one lock feature with the at least one tab feature; and wherein the at least one sensor or switch provides electronic feedback of the installation results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kaphengst, Robert J. Scheuerman, Craig A. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8944721
    Abstract: A gasket insertion apparatus and method for inserting a gasket between the adjoining faces of a flange assembly are provided. The gasket insertion apparatus includes a frame, a member and a wire. The frame has a first end, a second end and an inner gripping surface. The first and second ends have guides. The member has a first end portion attached to the frame and a second portion extending away from the frame. The wire is anchored to at least one of the frame and the member such that it movably adjusts within the guides and secures the gasket within the inner gripping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Flange Skillets International, LLC
    Inventor: Keith D. Field
  • Patent number: 8931156
    Abstract: A puller for removing a pulley off of the shaft is disclosed. The puller may have proximal and distal plates that are disposable around the pulley so that the pulley is disposed entirely between the proximal and distal plates. These plates are held together by frame members. A push rod is threadably engaged to a proximal plate and operative to be further inserted into the proximal plate so that a distal end of the push rod may push against the shaft and transfer a removing force through the puller to the backside of the pulley for removing the pulley off of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Jason Zimmer, Jason Edelman
  • Patent number: 8931154
    Abstract: The conveyor fastening tool is used for fastening first and second conveyor loop fasteners to each other and comprises first and second channels extending through a main body through which the first and second conveyor loop fasteners will pass. First and second lateral openings in the first and second channels allow the conveyor belt extremity sections to extend therethrough, outwardly of the first and second channels. First and second loop retaining members peripherally spaced about the first and second channels limit movement of the first and second conveyor loop fasteners orthogonally away from the first and second channels including preventing movement of the first and second conveyor loop fasteners out through the first and second lateral openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lipper International Inc.
    Inventors: Yves Boucher, Andre Corriveau, Richard Drapeau
  • Patent number: 8925167
    Abstract: A faucet handle removal device allows a user to repair a faucet without causing damage to the faucet's handle or stem. The device includes a body having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a perimeter wall extending between the top and bottom walls. The bottom wall and perimeter wall define an interior of the body. An interior edge of the top wall defines an access opening into the interior. A first void extends into the perimeter wall and a second void extends into the bottom wall. The first void is configured to receive the faucet handle and the second void is configured to receive the faucet stem. A screw is insertable into the access opening. The screw has a bottom end configured for positioning within a base of the handle wherein manipulation of the screw drives the screw downwardly into the handle and removes the handle from the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Mannix B. Miller
  • Patent number: 8925165
    Abstract: The present invention provides an oil seal removing tool including a pivotable hooking element and a location portion. The location portion has a slidable structure and an elastic element pressing against the slidable structure. The slidable structure is able to be engaged to the hooking element, and the elastic element pushes the slidable structure toward the hooking element. Moving the slidable structure can fix or release the engagement between the slidable structure and the hooking element. Thus, adjusting the working angle can be much easier and more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Jun Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 8925364
    Abstract: A crimp cover closing tool is provided with a pair of curved force transmitting members joined at a fulcrum and forming opposed jaws. The jaws each have an angularly offset tip with interiorly disposed opposable spherical forming surfaces, a radius of curvature of about 2.1 mm and a depth of about 1.5 mm. The overall length of the tool is about 130 mm. The opposable spherical forming surfaces are spaced from the fulcrum by a distance of at least 30 mm. The tip of the forming tool has an angle of offset of about 30°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Nikhil Gupta
  • Patent number: 8918975
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating fluid bladder removal from a support structure through an access opening includes a frame defining a central opening dimensioned to conform to the access opening, the frame having opposed first and second surfaces and adapted to removably mount inside the support structure around the access opening, and a plurality of roller assemblies mounted to the first surface around the central opening. The apparatus is connected inside the support structure with the rollers extending away from and surrounding the access opening to facilitate passage of the fluid bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Stemit Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8918977
    Abstract: A method is provided for destroying a blind fastener joining at least two parts. The blind fastener includes, but is not limited to a body situated in the holes provided in the joined parts, with a head at each end thereof, and portions of which protrude above the level of the holes. The method also includes, but is not limited to withdrawing the accessible head of the fastener, and creating a hole that passes through the fastener. An insertion device is configured to restrain the remainder of the fastener in the hole, which has an elongated body having a diameter smaller than or equal to that of the hole and an expandable head at one end thereof The insertion device for restraining the remainder of the fastener being immobilised or capable of only limited movement relative to the joined parts, and expelling the remainder of the fastener from the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frédéric Chelin, Jacques LaLane
  • Patent number: 8904613
    Abstract: A power structure of a hydraulic tool contains a base including an outer thread section, a first passage, a second passage, a first hole, a second hole, and a first groove; a first connecting unit including a first tap, a first adapter, a first joint, and a first check nut; a second connecting unit including a second tap, a second adapter, a second joint, and a second check nut; a cylindrical tube including a receiving space, first external screws, first internal screws, and second internal screws; a first spindle including a first path and a second groove; a second spindle including a second path, two orifices, second external screws, third internal screws, and a third groove; a retaining loop; a fitting loop; a plug; a paw unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Jung-Liang Hung
  • Patent number: 8898876
    Abstract: Barbed fittings having elongated bodies defining open ends and an internal fluid carrying passage interconnecting the ends are disclosed herein, with at least one end having a barb with a reduced outer diameter and/or taper angle to reduce the amount of insertion force necessary to install the fittings, thereby making the fittings easier to insert in conduit and/or other fluid carrying components. To also make the fittings easier to install, a barbed fitting insertion tool is disclosed having a body defining a fitting receptacle in a front portion of the body and a handle portion in the rear portion of the body for gripping and inserting fittings located in the fitting receptacle into conduit. The fitting receptacle having a locking mechanism for securing the fittings to the tool and preventing unintentional removal of same from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond P. Feith
  • Patent number: 8881357
    Abstract: A tool peels apart a sample weld between a top sheet and a bottom sheet of metal while the bottom sheet is held in a vise. The tool includes a wheel having a peripheral rim surface. A handle is attached to the wheel so that rotating the handle rotates the wheel. A clamping mechanism is mounted on the wheel and moves between an open position spaced from the peripheral rim surface and a closed position in which the clamping mechanism clamps the top sheet to the peripheral rim surface so that rotation of the wheel by the handle will progressively wrap the top sheet about the peripheral rim of the wheel and thereby forcibly peel the top sheet away from the bottom sheet to pull apart the weld between the top and bottom sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Lendway, IV, Gregory J. Zywicki, Mark D. Gugel, Mark T. Hall
  • Patent number: 8875369
    Abstract: A plug removal and/or installation system 400, which has a structural framework configured to support a removal assembly and that, allows approximately one axis motion of the removal device. The removal device is configured with a plug attachment device that is configured to pass through a lower framework structural opening. The structural framework is configured to movably self align so that the removal device exerts approximately a linear force on a plug 300 along an approximately single axis 335 parallel to a plug central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Darlene Heimmer
  • Publication number: 20140318324
    Abstract: An apparatus and system comprises a pole having a top end and a bottom end. The top end is used adjacent a ceiling. The bottom end is used by an installer who is standing on the ground below the ceiling. The present invention is intended to be “modular,” the top and bottom ends being like-configured such that either end can be used as the top end or as the bottom end. Exemplary accessories are shown and described, each of which is disposed in a top end position. There are two types of accessory items contemplated by this invention. First, are fastening tools which are, for the most part, common utilitarian tools used with some sort of specific adapter and/or coupler. Second, there are proprietary accessories, which include offset couplings which can be used to drill and then impact or screw/torque a fastener into an aperture following drilling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: David J. Buchner, J. Reed Felton
  • Patent number: 8869372
    Abstract: A fastening device for preassembling structural members includes a hollow cylindrical body; a bearing ring provided at a proximal end of the hollow body and against which one of the structural members is intended to bear in a fastening position; a pulling threaded rod extending through the hollow body to be inserted into the structural members; a tightening means connected to the pulling threaded rod for maintaining the structural members against each other, the tightening means including a removable tubular end piece for mounting on a proximal threaded end of the pulling threaded rod that can be locally axially compacted under the action of a force applied on the pulling threaded rod in order to form a radial bead for sandwiching the structural members between the latter and the bearing ring; the fastening device including a sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventors: Etienne Luneau, Bastien Bellavia, Philippe Prot
  • Publication number: 20140315481
    Abstract: The present invention discloses adjustable air duct sealing systems for obstructing airflow through portions of an air duct system. Such systems may include an adjustable frame assembly configured to allow changes to a perimeter of the adjustable frame assembly. Systems may also include an actuator pole connector configured to attach the adjustable air duct sealing system to an actuator pole. Systems may include two or more support arms such that each support arm connects the actuator pole connector to the adjustable frame assembly and each support arm moveably connects to the actuator pole connector to allow the support arms to adjust to changes in the perimeter of the adjustable frame assembly. Some systems also include a sheet cover configured across the adjustable frame assembly to obstruct airflow through at least a portion of the adjustable frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: RICHARD COREY BREED, KURT HERLOFF PETERSEN
  • Patent number: 8833132
    Abstract: A pipe expanding tool includes levers rotatably connected to each other through a rotary shaft, grips disposed on ends of the levers, jaws disposed on other ends of the levers, and mandrels disposed on the jaws. An adjustment screw for adjusting an angle of rotation of the levers, a lock nut for fixing the adjustment screw, and a stopper that restricts rotation of the levers are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukano, Tadashi Uchino
  • Patent number: 8826505
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for assisting with the installation or removal of a garbage disposal unit. The apparatus comprises a rod, a mechanism coupled to the rod, a plate which is moveably coupled to the rod, and multiple wedges. The wedges are pivotally coupled to the plate. Upon engaging the mechanism, the wedges move from a contracted first position to an expanded second position. When the wedges are in the expanded second position, the wedges are capable of engaging with the inside side walls of a garbage disposal unit to transfer a weight of the garbage disposal unit onto the mechanism and the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Dines, John Martin
  • Patent number: 8826504
    Abstract: A disc brake piston retractor tool is provided for retracting at least one piston of a caliper assembly. The tool includes first and second pressure plates having respective externally threaded first and second studs. A coupler is internally threaded to threadably receive the first stud and the second stud from opposite open ends of the coupler. Selective rotation of the coupler results in simultaneous lateral movement of the first and second pressure plates towards and away from the coupler between retracted and extended positions. One of the pressure plates is engageable against the at least one piston to retract the piston, and the other of the pressure plates is supported against an interior surface of the caliper assembly opposite the one piston, or is engagable against at least one other piston in the caliper assembly opposite the one piston to retract the other piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: A&E Incorporated
    Inventor: George Slivon
  • Publication number: 20140237787
    Abstract: A head attachment/detachment jig that is used for attachment/detachment of a head which ejects ink droplets and is fixed on a base member by a fastener member when replacing the head, the head attachment/detachment jig, includes a frame member that is attachable to and detachable from the head; and a tip tool that has a tip part and a top part, and is held to be turnable and movable forward and backward with respect to the frame member, wherein the tip part of the tip tool has a shape that is capable of turning the fastener member, and the top part of the tool has a shape that is formed to be capable of turning the tip tool by a different tool from the tip tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Saito
  • Patent number: 8800133
    Abstract: Gas turbine engine systems involving rotor bayonet coverplates and tools for installing such coverplates are provided. In this regard, a representative turbine assembly for a gas turbine engine includes: a turbine disk operative to mount a set of turbine blades; and a coverplate having an annular main body portion and a spaced annular arrangement of tabs extending radially inwardly from the main body portion with open-ended gaps being located between the tabs, the tabs being operative to secure an inner diameter of the coverplate to the turbine disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph T. Caprario, Daniel J. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8793855
    Abstract: A method of feeding a stud to a joining head including a stud shank clamp and operable to join the stud to a workpiece, and wherein the method of feeding the stud comprises the steps of providing a stud holding device including a securing sleeve and a plurality of collet arms; feeding the stud into the stud holding device to a first position wherein the flange is arranged above the free end of the plurality of arms and below the securing sleeve; and securing the stud in the first position by engaging the securing sleeve behind the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Hain, Alexander Schug, Karl Briel, Markus Feierabend, Michael Schneider, Frank Rosemann, Wolfgang Werner, Harald Knetsch
  • Publication number: 20140201967
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for installing channel nuts includes a shank, a handle formed on a first end of a shank, and an end piece with a threaded shaft configured to receive a channel nut formed on the second end of the shaft. The tool can be used to insert or remove a channel nut in a channel framing system and then removed from the channel nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Marvin Olson
  • Publication number: 20140196531
    Abstract: An external tire pressure gauge mounting structure includes a base and a cap; the base and cap are locked together to provide an internal mounting space; the mounting structure also includes a gear, a cushion ring and a locking member; the gear is fixed on the base and has teeth; a through hole is defined in the cushion ring and teeth is provided on a sidewall of the through hole; the gear is inserted into the cushion ring, and the teeth of the cushion ring and gear mesh each other; the locking member is pressed against the cushion ring and gear; the locking member, gear and base all have their threaded holes. Also disclosed is a handling tool used for above mounting structure. The invention makes improvements upon the mounting structure of the tire pressure gauge and provides a handling tool which is easy to use. As such, mounting and dismounting of the tire pressure gauge becomes convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Steelmate Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhitao Li
  • Patent number: 8776349
    Abstract: A method for assembling a synchronizer by using a jig, the synchronizer including a synchronizer hub, at least one of recesses formed radially at an external circumference of the synchronizer hub, a synchronizer key disposed in the recess, a synchronizer sleeve enclosing the exterior circumference of the synchronizer hub and axially movably engaged to the synchronizer hub, and a spring disposed between the synchronizer hub and the synchronizer key, may include locating the synchronizer key and the spring in the recess of the synchronizer hub, engaging the jig to the synchronizer hub by inserting a rear portion of the jig in the recess axially, engaging the synchronizer sleeve to the synchronizer hub, and removing the jig from the synchronizer hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jongyun Park
  • Publication number: 20140182111
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft having a first end comprising a beveled surface. A second end of the shaft includes a gripping member. The apparatus additionally includes a channel formed on the beveled surface, wherein the channel comprises an opening, and wherein the opening traverses the beveled surface at a constant vertical position relative to an angle of the beveled surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: US2 Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn P. Reyna, Darren Eason
  • Patent number: 8763225
    Abstract: A separator tool including a handle formed a hub at a first end, the hub defining a through bore that is transverse to a longitudinal center axis of the handle, a tool head formed with an integral yoke including opposed first and second legs, the tool head being pivotably coupled to the first end of the handle, an indexing stud slidably disposed within the through bores of the hub and first and second legs of the yoke, and the indexing stud being slidable within the through bores between a first position in which the tool head is secured in a fixed position relative to the handle, and a second position in which the tool head is pivotable relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bruce, Awad Aly Gharib
  • Patent number: 8752259
    Abstract: A spring clip that has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a base with at least one aperture and a resilient flange portion that extends away from and above the base and faces a first direction. The second portion has at least one tubular extension that extends through the at least one aperture of the first portion beyond the base and engages the first portion. The at least one tubular extension has an aperture such that the at least one aperture in the first portion and the aperture in a second portion have a common axis. In addition, the flange portion can be compressed from a first position to a second position over the base and when the flange portion will move toward the first position when it is released from the second position. An installation tool is provided for inserting the spring clip into a longitudinal cavity of a railing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gori, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8752258
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for implanting a prosthesis into a heart of a mammal, such as a person. The disclosure includes a prosthesis that acts as a pressure vent between the left and right atria of the heart. The disclosure also includes a mounting tool for mounting the prosthesis onto a loading tool, the loading tool useful for loading the prosthesis onto a device for delivering the prosthesis into the patient's heart. Control devices and methods for using these devices are also disclosed. The intracardiac pressure vents disclosed allow sufficient flow from the left atrium to the right atrium to relieve elevated left atrial pressure and resulting patient symptoms. The devices also limit the amount of flow from the right atrium to the left atrium to minimize the potential for thrombi or other embolic material from entering arterial circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: DC Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Finch, Edward McNamara, Hiroatsu Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8739376
    Abstract: The CV joint removal tool's clamps surround an axle proximal to the CV joint to be separated from the axle. The tool clamps onto the axle and applies a constant axial force to separate the two CV joint components via the push plate and push rods. Removal of the entire axle assembly is negated, saving parts cost and labor costs. The tool does not require complete drive axle removal, as do other devices attempting the same function. The CV joint removal tool pushes the CV joint and the axle apart, further differentiating from previous methods and devices. The tool utilizes Newton's law of equal and opposite reactions. The key challenge that the CV joint removal tool overcomes is that when CV joints are installed, neither end of the drive axle is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Vidmar
  • Patent number: 8732926
    Abstract: A device (100) for assembling a pneumatic booster (200). A cover (203) of the booster is housed in a support (101). A cylindrical cap (104) whose internal volume (107) is greater than a volume of a cylinder (206) of the booster, covers the cylinder placed on the cover. A gearing element (110) of the device rotates two sets of rollers (109A and 109B) about the booster. An eccentric (118) controlled by the gearing element allows an oscillating movement of the rollers against a wall of the booster. The swaging is achieved by alternately applying the rollers (109A) and (109B). An angle of attack (114A) of the first rollers is greater than an angle of attack (114B) of the second rollers. The invention also relates to a method of swaging a booster and such a booster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Juan Simon Bacardit
  • Patent number: 8726476
    Abstract: A multipurpose tire valve tool is provided for the purposes of maintenance of a Schrader valve and for replacing the tube of a pneumatic tire. The tool comprises a valve core removal key, a valve stem tap arm, a first air inlet end, and a second valve stem attachment end. Through the body of the tool is an air conduit and an internal valve core post for depressing the same. A check valve along the air inlet end allows air to be communicated into the tool, whereby the air flows therethrough and into an attached Schrader valve for filling the tire tube while the tool is thereattached. The tool facilitates removal of the valve core, cleaning of the valve stem threads, and filling the tire or tire tube with air while the tool maintains the position of the valve stem through the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Renaker, Reva Renaker
  • Patent number: 8720027
    Abstract: A multifunctional tactical device for fire, police, military and other tactical invasive and protective actions includes a main elongated housing having a proximal end and a distal end, and having a central axis in its elongated direction; at least one back handle connected to the main housing approximate the proximal end; at least one forward handle connected to the main housing at a location away from the proximal end and away from the distal end; a flat ram area located at the distal end of the main housing, the flat ram area being at an angle of about 70 degrees to about 110 degrees from the central axis; a plurality of claws located at the distal end of the main housing, the plurality of claws extending outwardly therefrom at an angle of about 70 degrees to about 110 degrees from the central axis, at least one of the claws being a flat pry bar claw and at least one of the claws being a tapered shackle busting spike claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Jersey Tactical Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Dapkins, Jr., Nicholas Klementowicz, III