Tube Sleeve Or Ferrule Applying Or Removing Patents (Class 29/280)
  • Patent number: 11014204
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for applying tags with attached elastic anchor bands onto the tops of objects such as bottles in a high speed packaging application. The apparatus includes an infeed assembly for feeding a web, a conveyor assembly that receives a web and conveys it along a path in an upstream direction, a rotating selector wheel, a placement assembly, a pair of rotating jaw assembles, a vacuum cup of the selector wheel, and stretched elastic bands over the tops of respective bottles being conveyed along a path below the placing assembly. The elastic bands then snap onto the tops of their respective bottles to secure the tags to the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Ziegler
  • Patent number: 10646980
    Abstract: Devices and methods for assembling a luer lock fitting (e.g., fitting for use in a hemodialysis and/or a peritoneal dialysis machine) may include a luer lock tool comprising a tool base including a grip portion adjacent a tool portion, the grip portion having an outer diameter and an internal cavity. The tool portion may have an internal cavity and may be configured to selectively receive and retain a male luer lock fitting at a first end of the cavity. A tool cap may have an outer diameter and an internal cavity. The tool cap may include a recessed portion at an end configured to selectively receive and retain a female luer lock fitting. The tool cap internal cavity may be configured to receive at least a portion of the tool portion of the tool base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Allen, Fidel L. Cajucom, Justin F. Pavoni, Jr., Hernando G. Garza
  • Patent number: 10611008
    Abstract: An installation tool for installing features and/or components involving a grommet onto a water containing structure assembly, and a method of use thereof, which facilitates controlled and precise application of an insertion force. The tool actively prevents or reduces the unintentional application of the insertion force onto anything surrounding the grommet. The tool, and a method of use thereof, may have an insertion force generating sub-system configured to mechanically drive a grommet-based component into the grommet, and an engagement sub-system configured to translate and impart the insertion force from the insertion force generating sub-system to the grommet-based component and the grommet. The tool may have a sturdy, stable, and slide-hammer configuration or a basic tamp configuration for use with a mallet. The slide-hammer may comprise an anvil sub-system and a hammer sub-system in a reciprocating configuration. A complimentary puller tool may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Custom Molded Products, LLC
    Inventors: Angelo V. Pugliese, Victor L. Walker
  • Patent number: 10145504
    Abstract: A bracket installation tool includes a tool body having a length extending along a longitudinal axis of the body, a proximal end, and a distal end. The body defines a longitudinal slot extending along the length. The body includes a body mating feature disposed along the longitudinal slot. A handle is coupled with the proximal end and a receiver hitch is coupled with the distal end. The receiver hitch is configured to receive a portion of a bracket for a window covering. A stop is slidably engaged with the slot along the length. The stop includes a lock mechanism. When in a locked configuration, a lock mating feature of the lock mechanism engages the body mating feature to fix a location of the stop. When in a free configuration, the mating features are disengaged such that the lock mechanism and the stop are slidable within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Barr, Leo J. Lesperance
  • Patent number: 10029356
    Abstract: A mounting device for a sealing ring, having a transport/mounting protective sleeve for the sealing ring and a sleeve-shaped punch with which the transport/mounting protective sleeve is movable on both sides in axial direction and automatically removable, wherein the protective sleeve has an inner step, extending axially, and an outside diameter corresponding to the outside diameter of a machine element to be sealed, and an axial length substantially corresponding to the axial length of the sealing ring, wherein the inner step is bounded axially counter to mounting direction by at least one end-side stop for the sealing ring, which stop forms part of an outer step likewise extending in the axial direction, wherein the outer step has a first driver surface with which at least one latching-lug-shaped driver of the punch can be engaged for automatic removal of the protective sleeve when the punch moves counter to the mounting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Francois Colineau, Guenter Hintenlang, Martin Heldmann, Horst Spiegelhalter
  • Patent number: 9636810
    Abstract: A seal installation guide sleeve for installing a radial lip seal onto a shaft. The radial lip seal includes a flexible sealing lip. The guide sleeve includes a cylindrical lip engaging surface, and includes an annular flange portion extending from the cylindrical lip engaging surface. The guide sleeve also includes a plurality of tabs extending from the annular flange portion. The guide sleeve is pre-installed in the radial lip seal such that the flexible sealing lip engages the cylindrical lip engaging surface, thereby protecting the flexible sealing lip from damage as the radial lip seal is installed onto the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric T. Lammers, Allan N. Schott, Blake A. Metz
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150059132
    Abstract: A method for connecting a wire cable to a cable shoe for a belt buckle mounting comprises the steps of: pre-bending a retaining portion of the cable shoe to form an eye; inserting the wire cable into the eye; extruding the retaining portion so that the outer periphery thereof is reduced. The extrusion of the retaining portion is carried out as impact extrusion, wherein a form closure is produced between the retaining portion and the wire cable. The impact extrusion is carried out by a tool including at least one edge-free first seat for the eye. An apparatus for connecting a wire cable to a cable shoe for a belt buckle mounting comprises a first tool half including a first seat for a retaining portion of the cable shoe pre-bent into an eye and an opposed second tool half including a second seat for the retaining portion. The two tool halves can be forced against each other with high pressure so that the material of the retaining portion starts to flow. At least the first seat is free from edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Seitz
  • Publication number: 20140352124
    Abstract: A striking tool removing a collar from a temporary pipe is disclosed, the tool comprising a striking heed, a handle and a shaft connecting the striking head to the handle, the striking head including a semi-circular arc shaped plate having an inner radius “R” substantially equal to half of the outer diameter of the pipe, and a striking portion defined by an edge of the semi-circular arc shaped plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Éric BÉRUBÉ
  • Publication number: 20140259586
    Abstract: A tube fitting for sealing an end of a tube uses a notch formed in the exterior surface of the tube as a sealing seat. An internally threaded body is configured to receive an externally threaded end of a nut, while the body and the nut are mounted in a surrounding relationship to the tube end. A ferrule mounted between the nut and the tube is forced to plastically deform and move into the notch to thereby seal the tube end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Rieth
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8756780
    Abstract: Apparatus to connect a flexible tube to a spigot on bio-disposable systems. The apparatus comprises a support for a spigot and jaws for gripping and holding a flexible tube. The jaws open and close for insertion of the flexible tube either under manual or pneumatic force. The jaws also include a front section that is openable against a resistance. In use, the end of the spigot is place inside the end of the flexible tube, the spigot is then positioned on the support, and the tube clamped into the jaws. Either on manual or pneumatic action, the spigot is advanced into the flexible tube within the jaws. The front section of the jaw opening slightly to accommodate the spigot, while the back section of the jaw holds the tube firmly in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BioPure Technology Limited
    Inventor: Roy Peter Maunder
  • Patent number: 8720038
    Abstract: A pipe removal method includes navigating a flexible element through a first pipe. At least a portion of the flexible element is coupled with the first pipe. The flexible element and the first pipe are pulled as a composite assembly, and the flexible element reinforces the tensile strength of the first pipe. In one example, the first pipe is at least pulled in compression between the point of coupling between the flexible element and the first pipe and a proximal end of the flexile element. In another example, the method includes wrapping the composite assembly around a spool. The composite assembly is thereby removed from the ground surrounding the first pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: TT Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Tjader
  • Patent number: 8713782
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and kit for reinforcing the distal end of a lateral in an irrigation system, typically in which the distal end of the lateral receives a head with a barbed neck. The method includes placing a crimp ring around the lateral, the crimp ring being large enough to encircle a bulge in the lateral created by insertion of the barbed neck into the end of the lateral. The crimp ring is positioned over the bulge and compressed to sheath and reinforce the bulge. The compression imparts a longitudinally convex profile upon the crimp ring, reducing its inner and outer diameters without increasing its length. This compression may cause projections, made of material from the crimp ring, to form on the outer surface of the crimp ring. A kit includes a crimp tool having a crimp die shaped to impart the longitudinally convex shape upon the crimp ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Beau Ralphs
  • Patent number: 8713777
    Abstract: A piston pin puller adaptor tool, which includes a body, a puller screw attached to the body and a number of interchangeable adaptor sleeves, which attach to the body. The interchangeable adaptor sleeves include at least a short skirt adaptor sleeve and a full skirt adaptor sleeve. Also, an adaptor sleeve for use with a pin puller tool, which has been configured to interface with the contours of a short skirt piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Motion Pro, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Richard Scott
  • Patent number: 8671534
    Abstract: An universal clutch alignment tool is provided. A tool rod is assembled with a connecting mechanism, and the connecting mechanism is then assembled with a positioning pipe, thereby forming a tool for assembling/disassembling a clutch. The connecting mechanism includes a sleeve, a driving rod, and connecting blocks. The sleeve is made into a hollow pipe in which a driving head at one end of the driving rod is disposed. The surface of the sleeve is formed with slots respectively arranged at an angular interval in which the connecting blocks are received. The outer surface of the driving head is formed with a conical driving slope. The middle section of each driving block is provided with a V-shaped notch. The inner walls on both sides of the notch are formed with two connecting slopes symmetrical to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Poul Chang Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 8595913
    Abstract: A process for crimping stents includes a multi-stage process producing a desired stent retention and crimped profile in a reduced amount of time. The process achieves results by utilizing particular combinations of heat and pressure during the crimping process, which was found to produce the desired results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Boyd V. Knott, Samit Kadakia, Leopoldo Ortega
  • Patent number: 8533922
    Abstract: A holding device for holding a stud, which includes a radially projecting flange in a securing position, comprises a collet component including a hollow tubular insertion section defining an insertion axis, and a clamping section operable to exert a radially inwardly directed clamping force for clamping the stud. A securing device is arranged on the insertion section and includes a securing sleeve formed of plurality of separate securing-sleeve sections that are radially movable relative to one another. A clearance space is defined between a bottom end of the securing-sleeve sections and a top end of the clamping section, and the clearance space is operable for holding a flange of a stud in the securing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Hain, Alexander Schug, Karl-Heinz Briel, Markus Feierabend, Michael Schneider, Frank Rosemann, Wolfgang Werner, Harald Knetsch
  • Patent number: 8490264
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a holding unit configured to hold a fuel injector for disassembly, a removal unit and an actuating unit. The removal unit comprises a first removal tool for removing a circlip and ferrule ring from the fuel injector, a second removal tool for removing a cone nut from the fuel injector, and a third removal tool for removing a screw from the fuel injector. The actuating unit comprises a first actuator configured to operate the holding unit, a second actuator configured to move the removal unit, and a third actuator configured to operate the third removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Kyle Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 8468667
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for compressing a stent or a stent with a prosthetic heart valve affixed thereto, as well as a method for loading a stent into a medical delivery system. The device may comprise a compressing mechanism designed so as to exert a compressive force in radial direction on at least parts of a stent accommodated within the compressing mechanism such that the cross-section of the stent is reduced to a predefinable value at least at certain areas. The device may further comprise a manipulating mechanism moveable relative to the compressing mechanism for moving at least one clamping means in the radial direction in order to adjust the internal cross-sectional diameter of the compressing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Straubinger, Johannes Jung, Arnulf Mayer, Michael J. Girard, Randy Lane, Amir Miller
  • Patent number: 8458875
    Abstract: A removal tool includes a staking unit configured to deform a circlip located at a bore of an apparatus when the removal tool is pushed into the bore, and a spring fork unit configured to push a ferrule ring located at the bore when the removal tool is pushed into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Kyle Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 8443500
    Abstract: A universal rubber bushing-extracting tool includes a threaded rod and two pushing units. Each of the pushing units includes a nut, a mount, a bearing and two pushers. The nut is engaged with the threaded rod. The mount includes at least two slots defined therein. The bearing bears the mount on the nut. Each of the pushers is movably located in a related one of the slots. The pushers of one of the pushing units push an internal ring of a rubber bushing and the pushers of the other pushing unit push an external ring of the rubber bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Poul Chang Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 8443504
    Abstract: A pin tool assembly for forcibly removing a first type of retaining pin from digging teeth arranged in side-by-side relation across a forward edge of a digging implement. The pin tool assembly includes a tool defining a blind recess laterally disposed to one side of the tool. The tool assembly further includes an elongated extractor pin having an enlarged head portion and a shank portion extending from the head portion. Cooperating instrumentalities maintain and position the extractor pin relative the tool such that, when a force is applied to the tool, the free end of the shank portion of the pin engages with and forcibly extracts the retaining pin from the digging tooth. Preferably, the tool further defines a plurality of openings for snugly accommodating a series of retaining pins therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: H&L Tooth Company
    Inventors: Charles Clendenning, Brian L. Launder, Russell N. Drake
  • Patent number: 8418363
    Abstract: A plunger installation tool that exerts a force on a plunger for a reciprocating pump to install the plunger into a pump cylinder opening. Maintenance of the pump typically includes repacking of the packing that surrounds the plunger and revalving of the pump's inlet and outlet valve. To allow repacking or revalving, the pump is disassembled and the plunger is removed. The plunger installation tool threads onto the pump cylinder opening to provide a reaction point for a threaded rod that is driven at one end by a driver and engages the plunger at an opposite end during installation to push the plunger into the cylinder opening without the use of hammers by personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Pankaj Patel
  • Patent number: 8407875
    Abstract: A tool for fastening fencing material to a post with a staple. The tool includes a base plate; first and second handles; first and second crimping arms, and a cam operatively engaged with the first handle. A slide is operatively engaged with the cam. The first and second handles and the first and second crimping arms are pivotally interconnected and attached to the base plate so that when the first and second handles are pivoted towards one another from an open position, the cam advances the slide, which advances the staple so that the crimping arms may crimp the staple to the fence post. A method for attaching the staple to a fence post is also described and claimed. An inventive staple is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Bryce N. Gray, Dennis L. Wheeler, Vance T. Countryman, Paul A. McBride, Russell R. Myers, Cody S. Curtis, David W. Allan, Ryan A. Lingmann
  • Publication number: 20130042473
    Abstract: An injection nozzle sleeve servicing system is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Syed IMAM, Rick MARTIN
  • Patent number: 8225474
    Abstract: A crimping fixture for crimping a stent onto a balloon of a catheter is disclosed. The crimping fixture includes a flexible elastomeric body having a crimping lumen and one or more inflation lumens extending through the flexible elastomeric body. The flexible elastomeric body is elastically stretched such that a pre-crimped stent may be placed in the crimping lumen. The inflation lumens are then pressurized with a fluid to impart an inward crimping force onto the stent to crimp the stent to a balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Arcand, Ryan Welty
  • Publication number: 20120167352
    Abstract: A solution to the problem one person tying down the rotor blades of a helicopter when the rotor blades are too high to be reached by a person standing on the ground involves a rotor blade tie down having a flat structure of two adjacent layers attached along three sides and open on one side to facilitate the placement of an end of the rotor blade in an interior of the device. An exterior surface of each of the layers of the flat structure has a member fixed thereto adjacent the open side of the tie down for receiving a rotor blade tie down installation tool. A tether has one end fixed to the tie down and a free end for attachment to a structural member of the helicopter. A helicopter rotor blade tie down installation tool is a pole having a pair of spaced apart substantially parallel arms fixed to the pole that extend away from the pole and are oriented substantially perpendicular to the pole to be received in the members on the exterior of the rotor blade tie down device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: RONALD L. BEASLEY
  • Patent number: 8191226
    Abstract: A device and method for coupling a pipe and a fitting. The device includes a pipe holder for releasably gripping a pipe, a fitting retainer for releasably retaining a pipe fitting substantially coaxially with a pipe in the pipe holder, and a drive mechanism for driving together the pipe holder and the fitting retainer along a longitudinal axis in a relative motion between them. The device may optionally slide a reinforcing sleeve along the pipe to cover the end of the pipe on the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Sagiv Shitfut Chaklait Be'am
    Inventor: Moty Avnon
  • Patent number: 8161612
    Abstract: A broken tee extractor has a bulbous handle portion and a pair of tweezer arms extending downwardly from the bulbous handle portion. A narrow neck extends upwardly from the bulbous handle portion. A platform terminates the narrow neck and is supported by the narrow neck. A tee pulling member is mounted to the platform and a notch is formed between a pair of hook arms. The tee pulling member comprises the pair of hook arms and the notch. The broken tee extractor also has a pair of points disposed on the pair of tweezer arms. The pair of points are oriented inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Man-Young Jung
  • Patent number: 8132323
    Abstract: A tool for installing an end of a cable into a connector generally includes a front jaw assembly adapted to retain the cable connector and a back jaw assembly movably coupled to the front jaw assembly. The cable connector includes a connector body and a compression sleeve and the back jaw assembly is adapted to insert an end of the cable into the cable connector upon movement of the back jaw assembly toward the front jaw assembly and subsequently press the compression sleeve into the connector body upon further movement of the back jaw assembly toward the front jaw assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Belden Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 8083276
    Abstract: A small plastic tool is configured with a socket that may be screwed onto the end of a conventional broomstick, mop handle, paint roller extension pole, or other long pole to allow the tool to be raised to an elevated height while the user remains standing on the ground surface. The tool has a distal end formed with cruciform arms. A hook receiving slot is defined into the structure of a first mutually opposing pair of the cruciform arms, while a wider channel is defined through the other pair of cruciform arms. The hook receiving slot is configured to snugly receive the hook portion of a cup hook, which allows the cup hook to be raised to overhead, elevated, horizontal surfaces. The pole can then be rotated to screw the threaded shank of the cup hook into the overhead structure. The same tool can be used to cradle the twisted pair of wires of a string of lights in the channel defined in the distal end of the other pair of cruciform arms in the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: William R. Schopp
  • Patent number: 8069606
    Abstract: This tool makes it possible to more conveniently handle the “selector” element on a conventional M16/M4 family weapon when the selector must be removed or reinserted. As will be appreciated by those in the gun repair trade, in the disassembly or reassembly of such weapons the handling of the selector element is a tricky and painstaking activity. This disclosed tool handily is an assist in such activities. The tool is inserted in the opening in the receiver of the selector element and rotated. An offset circular cam means on the tool when rotated will handily depress the detent element (which necessarily must be done and it also has a spring beneath it). A bumper end cap at the distal end of the tool will carefully engage the selector element to gently push on it if needed (or in the reverse operation for the tool to be gently backed away there from as the selector is repositioned into the weapon).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Thomas W. Saur
  • Patent number: 8061001
    Abstract: A pipe removal method includes navigating a flexible element through a first pipe. At least a portion of the flexible element is coupled with the first pipe. The flexible element and the first pipe are pulled as a composite assembly, and the flexible element reinforces the tensile strength of the first pipe. In one example, the first pipe is at least pulled in compression between the point of coupling between the flexible element and the first pipe and a proximal end of the flexile element. In another example, the method includes wrapping the composite assembly around a spool. The composite assembly is thereby removed from the ground surrounding the first pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: TT Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Tjader
  • Patent number: 8037587
    Abstract: A watercraft anode removal tool and method includes providing a zinc pencil that defines an anode inserted into a watercraft engine. A tool is provided for engaging the zinc pencil. The tool includes a cylinder having a first end, a second end and peripheral wall extending between the first and second ends. The first end has a well therein for receiving an end of the zinc pencil. The well is threaded and is threadably couplable to the zinc pencil. The cylinder is threadably coupled to the zinc pencil and the zinc pencil is pulled from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn R. Lott
  • Publication number: 20110179617
    Abstract: Apparatus to connect a flexible tube to a spigot on bio-disposable systems. The apparatus comprises a support for a spigot and jaws for gripping and holding a flexible tube. The jaws open and close for insertion of the flexible tube either under manual or pneumatic force. The jaws also include a front section that is openable against a resistance. In use, the end of the spigot is place inside the end of the flexible tube, the spigot is then positioned on the support, and the tube clamped into the jaws. Either on manual or pneumatic action, the spigot is advanced into the flexible tube within the jaws. The front section of the jaw opening slightly to accommodate the spigot, while the back section of the jaw holds the tube firmly in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Roy Peter Maunder
  • Patent number: 7963012
    Abstract: The Golf Grip Seating Tool permits tapeless seating of a grip onto the shaft of a golf club by having the controllable application of compressed air expand the grip, as it is positioned onto the shaft of the golf club. The Golf Grip Seating Tool comprises an enclosing member having an axial bore with an open end and a closed end, a slot, and a convergent nozzle mounted medially in the closed end of the enclosing member. The open end of the grip goes over the open end of the golf club shaft and forms a seal to allow the compressed air applied via the nozzle in the enclosing member to expand the grip yet allow excess air to escape between the grip and the shaft as the grip controllably inflates at the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: JMW Golf LLC
    Inventors: Justin Wesley Brasher, James W. Curry, Michael J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110041305
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiment involves a hydraulic seal installation tool having an elongate body portion fixedly attached to a holding portion. The elongate body portion has a hydraulic cylinder actuation means, and a driver mechanism head portion is coupled to the elongate body portion. The presently disclosed embodiment further involves an installation method for mounting a seal, involving the steps of presenting a hydraulic seal installation tool to a seal bore, where the tool has a lip seal inserted upon a driver ring of the tool. Inserting the tool into the seal bore, depressing an activation button on a handle of the tool thereby actuating a hydraulic cylinder actuation means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: KURT J. SCHEIDENHELM
  • Patent number: 7818860
    Abstract: A tool removes from, or inserts into, an arm of a wheel mounting for an automotive vehicle a bushing. The tool includes a press member configured to grip the arm while overlying the location in the arm for the bushing. A screw element passes through a portion of the press member and engages a pressing cup with an outer rim that abuts an end of the bushing as the screw is manually rotated. The press member, screw element, and pressing cup upon being aligned and assembled with the press member gripping the arm and the rim of the pressing cup bearing against the end of the bushing, the screw element is rotated to apply a force to the end of the bushing as the screw element advances in the direction of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Schley Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Hume, Aaron Schley
  • Publication number: 20100199477
    Abstract: A tool for dust cap removal/replacement and optical cleaner extender is described herein. According to one embodiment, a tool includes an elongate body having a frontend, a backend, and a tip member attached to the frontend of the elongate body, the tip member having a locking mechanism. When the tip member is pushed against a dust cap covering an optical connector mounted on a backplane of a network chassis, the locking mechanism interlocks with the dust cap thereby capturing the dust cap for removing the dust cap from the optical connector. The elongate body is long enough such that the tip member can be inserted into a slot of the network chassis from a front panel to reach the dust cap of the optical connector mounted on the backplane of the network chassis, without having to remove an adjacent circuit pack of the network chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: TASEON INC.
    Inventor: Stanley A. Mercado
  • Patent number: 7757382
    Abstract: A bearing positioning tool set includes a grip having an inner end fixed with a combining rod with a combining hole. One or more positioning press blocks to be fitted with the grip are respectively formed with different diameters and bored with a central insert hole and respectively formed with a first fitting member, a first holding edge, a second fitting member and a second holding edge. A combining member is combined with the combining hole of a grip. By having the fitting member and the holding edge of the positioning press block respectively contacting closely with the inner wall and the upper edge of a bearing, hammering force can be applied evenly to position smoothly and quickly the bearing in the insert hole of an axle. Further, each positioning press block is formed with two different diameters for matching with different-sized bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Hsin Fa Kang
  • Patent number: 7707709
    Abstract: A bearing race and pinion bearing race installation tool kit or set includes a pneumatic and manual driver handles in combination with a multiplicity of separate drivers. The component parts may be selected from the kit, combined and then used for installation of a bearing raceway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Michael L. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7707700
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the tool comprises an elongated shaft having a longitudinal axis and a first portion with a first end and a second portion with a second end, the second portion having an elongated aperture or slot. The tool includes a pull line attachment assembly coupled to the elongated shaft, the pull line attachment assembly being configured to couple to a pull line or strap. The tool also provides a self-orienting pull arm pivotally coupled within the elongated shaft and being configured to automatically latch and be concealed within said elongated shaft. The pull arm is configured to automatically orient to a deployed state under a force of gravity after the elongated shaft has been inserted through a barrier. The pull arm, when in the deployed state, is configured to apply pressure to the barrier to breach the barrier. Methods are described for using the tool to breach a barrier or ballistic material of an enclosed chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: TroyHunter Lapetina
  • Publication number: 20100024208
    Abstract: A tool facilitates removing a remnant piece of rubber/insulating material on a spark plug located in a deep engine recess, where the piece is a remnant portion (e.g., a ring portion) of an insulating boot from a conductor assembly formerly attached to a top of the spark plug, but where the remnant portion tore away upon removal of the boot. The tool includes a long shaft, a handle, and a tip configured to slip between or under the remnant piece and the spark plug, where it can be partially rotated to slip under or bite into the piece to forcibly pull the piece out of the recess. The tip includes a sharp corner and a chamfered corner adapted to physically dig into (or slip under) the remnant piece upon the partial rotation of the shaft. A related method is also disclosed. The tool can be a strip of 3/16?× 1/32? steel, such as an oil dipstick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Guy A. Cherry
  • Patent number: 7651102
    Abstract: A mounting guard ring for a sealing ring with at least one sealing lip, surrounding a sleeve-shaped protective ring with a supporting surface for the sealing lip disposed at the outer periphery and a holding device shaped as a grip, the protective ring being provided in at least one peripheral region with a first predetermined breaking site and being capable of being severed along the first predetermined breaking site by pulling on the holding device, the protective ring being closed off in sealing manner by a disk-shaped lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Martin Heldmann, Gunter Hintenlang, Uwe Henrich
  • Patent number: 7650677
    Abstract: A tool and method is provided for installing nut-clips or like components, wherein safety and ease of installation are significantly improved over the prior art, and installation time is substantially reduced. A useful embodiment is directed to apparatus for use in attaching a nut-clip or other hardware component to structure having a slot defined by spaced apart edges, wherein the nut-clip has first and second resilient spaced apart hook flanges. The apparatus includes a holder adapted to receive the nut-clip, and a blade member positioned to bear against the first flange member when the nut-clip is received into the holder. A magnet or other element is provided for releasably retaining the nut-clip in the holder. A handle, which can be grasped by the single hand of a user, is attached for maneuvering the holder and retained nut-clip to position the second flange against one of the slot edges, and to thereafter apply force, through the blade member, to reduce the spacing between the first and second flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney Burgess
  • Patent number: 7649970
    Abstract: The tie rod repair apparatus includes a tie rod secured at its upper end to the shroud flange at the top of the shroud. The lower end of the tie rod passes through an opening in the shroud support plate without imposing a load on the plate. The lower end of the tie rod is anchored to the lower end of the core shroud support cylinder such that the compressive load path exerted by the tie rod to restrain the cracked shroud passes directly through the shroud support cylinder and the assembly of shroud cylinders bypassing the shroud support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Geddes Erbes
  • Publication number: 20100005655
    Abstract: A peristaltic pump is provided that can comprise a safety switch in order to control an operational parameter of the pump in response to a state of the pump. Additionally, methods are provided for maintaining and replacing tubing of the pump. A tubing installation tool is also provided for handling industrial tubing during installation or removal of the tubing from a pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Blue-White Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7644481
    Abstract: A bearing-positioning tool set comprises a grip having an inner end fixed with a combining rod extending outward, the combining rod bored with a combining threaded hole; at least one positioning press blocks respectively formed with two different diameters the positioning press blocks to be fitted with the grip respectively bored with an insert hole in the center, each of two ends of the insert hole being formed with a groove; each the positioning press block formed with a first circular fitting member, a first circular holding edge, a second circular fitting member and a second circular holding edge; and a combining member threadably combined with the combining threaded hole of the grip for fixing the positioning press block in position; one end of the combining member being formed with an enlarged head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Hsin-Fa Kang