Assembling Or Joining Patents (Class 29/428)
  • Patent number: 10234517
    Abstract: A magnetism measuring device includes: a wall forming a cell portion; an opening which is open to a portion of the wall; a sealing material which seals the opening; a coating layer which covers the sealing material on an inside of the cell portion; and an alkali metal gas which is sealed in the cell portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Fujii, Kimio Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 10226722
    Abstract: A filter cartridge with a longitudinal axis has mounting lugs engaging mating manifold flanges in an appliance to hold the cartridge in the appliance with fluid flowing through the cartridge at a line pressure of X psi while the lugs are designed for a greater, rated pressure Y. Each lug has a deformable portion and an aligned stop portion that are axially aligned. A distance d separates each stop portion from the axially aligned deformable portion. The deformable portion is below the stop portion and located to contact the manifold flange during use. The deformable portion permanently deforms above the rated pressure Y and below a qualification pressure Z that is at least twice the pressure X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Michael T. Baird
  • Patent number: 10202794
    Abstract: A plastic cladding for a wooden frame for a building opening, the wooden frame having at least a top frame component, and respective side frame components on opposite sides of the opening, and having a plurality of cladding components, which can be selectively and separately attached to the wooden frame components, including: an interior cladding component, an exterior cladding component, an interior rectangular channel extending along an edge of the interior cladding component, and an exterior rectangular channel extending along an edge of the exterior cladding component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Careri
  • Patent number: 10195653
    Abstract: Feeding stock used to form a tapered structure into a curving device such that each point on the stock undergoes rotational motion about a peak location of the tapered structure; and the stock meets a predecessor portion of stock along one or more adjacent edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Keystone Tower Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Smith, Rosalind K. Takata, Alexander H. Slocum, Samir A. Nayfeh
  • Patent number: 10182671
    Abstract: Joints are provided for connecting first and second manikin parts. The joints can be partially opened like a clamshell by pivoting the parts on a point on the joint interface. They include first and second joint assemblies attached to the first and second manikin parts respectively. The joint assemblies comprise a stretch element such as a spring or an elastomeric cord, and are capable of detachably engaging with each other. The joints can rotate in a primary rotational direction, for example to move a detachable manikin leg close to the other manikin leg so that the manikin can quickly and easily be dressed in a pair of slacks. Rotation in a secondary direction is also provided to enable the manikins to be easily assembled by customers so that the manikin parts can be shipped separately. Components and methods of making and using the joints are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NOA BRANDS AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kirk Firestone, Scott L. Amman, Richard Varner, Derek Johnson
  • Patent number: 10174465
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for mounting a milling unit of a ground milling machine and to a ground milling machine comprising a mountable and dismountable milling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Steeg, Maximilian Philippsen, Steffen Wachsmann
  • Patent number: 10161380
    Abstract: A device for placing components of a structure, in particular a wind turbine includes hoisting means placed on a surface, a boom of which is provided with a hoisting cable with attaching means for a component for placing, wherein a lifting plane is defined by the boom and the free-hanging hoisting cable. The boom includes a guide device for the attaching means. The guide device is connected to the boom by means of a displacing device displaceable along a longitudinal axis of the boom. The guide device is configured to limit movement of the attaching means in a direction running transversely of the lifting plane, and further includes a catching construction configured to receive and displace the attaching means parallel to the lifting plane between a position in the vicinity of the boom and a position further removed from the boom and/or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: High Wind N.V.
    Inventor: Etienne Clymans
  • Patent number: 10153588
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a communication module assembly. The present invention is a communication module assembly which is electrically connected to a communication device and is supplied with power and signal, and can include a connection port unit that is supplied with the power and the signal from the communication device; a cable connection portion which is provided in the connection port unit, and to which cables electrically connected to the communication device is connected; a plurality of communication modules that is stacked on and connected to the connection port unit in a plug-in type; and a guide for guiding the communication module such that the communication modules are connected to the connection port unit in a central direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SOLiD, INC.
    Inventors: Dong Won Lee, So Yeon Won
  • Patent number: 10150018
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with frequency modulation devices are presented herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Jeffrey A. Blankenship
  • Patent number: 10100456
    Abstract: Laundry appliance (1), for example laundry washing machine, laundry dryer or laundry washer dryer, having a) a cabinet (2) with a housing (10) having at least one front face (112A, 112B) and at least one front panel (12), b) at least one fixing device (38, 22, 131) for fixing said front panel (12) to the housing (10) by applying a fixing force in a fixing direction (FD),and c) at least one pulling device (20, 30, 12A, 12B) for exerting a pulling force (F) in a pulling direction (PD) onto the front panel (12) pulling the front panel (12) against at least one front face (112A, 112B) of the housing (10, 10A, 10B). The fixing direction (FD) of the fixing force is different to the pulling direction (PD) of the pulling force (F), and the fixing device (38A, 131) is coupled to the pulling device (30) in such a way that the fixing force generates the pulling force (F) or is partly transformed into the pulling force (F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Danny Buso, Flavio Rigo, Marco Rigo
  • Patent number: 10032650
    Abstract: A die mounting system in which die supply device is set on component mounter and dies supplied from die supply device are mounted on circuit board by mounting head of component mounter, determines the next die transfer position is determined such that the longer of time required for die transfer preparation operation (die imaging and image processing, die pickup operation, and movement and vertical inverting operation of a supply head) of die supply device and time required for die mounting operation (movement and vertical motion at the mounting position of mounting head) of component mounter is made shorter, and the difference (which corresponds to the waiting time at the die transfer position) between the two times decreased, such that the cycle time is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukinori Nakayama, Kenji Nakai, Satoshi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10006562
    Abstract: A setting/operating device includes: a drive motor, a sun gear that rotates by force from the drive motor; a fixed internal gear; planetary gears configured to be rotatable in engagement with the fixed internal gear while revolving around the sun gear; a movable internal gear disposed coaxially with the fixed internal gear and provided so as to be rotatable in engagement with the planetary gears; an output shaft coupled to the movable internal gear and configured to rotate a valve stem of a regulating valve; wherein the planetary gear includes: a first gear portion configured to engage the sun gear and the fixed internal gear, a second gear portion disposed coaxially with the first gear portion and configured to engage the movable internal gear; and an elastically deformable portion having a smaller elastic modulus formed integrally between the first gear portion and the second gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Tomofumi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9986072
    Abstract: There is disclosed a mobile terminal including a case comprising an electric control unit in which electronic components are loaded; a display unit coupled to a front surface of the case; a frame coupled to the case and supporting a rear surface of the display unit, the frame comprising a metallic material; a mainboard loaded in the case; a drive chip loaded in the mainboard; a shield can covering components loaded in the mainboard, the shied comprising a hole formed, corresponding to the drive chip; a thermal conductivity sheet comprising one surface in contact with a top surface of the drive chip and the other surface in contact with an inner surface of the frame; and a flexible material insertedly filling in a space formed between the thermal conductivity sheet and the frame, so that the heat generated in the drive chip of the mobile terminal may be effectively emitted and that only the portion of the mobile terminal, where the drive chip is loaded, may be prevented from being heated when the user is using
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee, Donghyun Kim, Kyungui Park
  • Patent number: 9982688
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting arrangement for mounting a variable stator vane within a gas turbine engine. The mounting arrangement comprises an inner shroud having a radially- and circumferentially-extending slot and at least one insert which, in use, is retained within said slot. The or each insert has at least one bore for receiving a spindle portion of the variable stator vane. The at least one insert is formed of a plastics material and/or the slot and the at least one insert each have a respective axial cross section with a respective first width (axial dimension) which is greater than and radially inwards from a respective second width, the first width of the at least one insert being greater than the second width of the slot and there being a smooth transition between the respective first and second widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Ning Wang, Ewan F Thompson
  • Patent number: 9931441
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to specially designed magnesium-aluminum (“Mg—Al”) alloys and medical uses thereof in a hemodynamic environment, and, more particularly to devices for sealing an opening formed through biological tissue (such as blood vessels) made from such specially designed magnesium-aluminum alloys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TRANSLUMINAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Green, Rudolph Buchheit
  • Patent number: 9927078
    Abstract: A multifunctional module-type light includes a light-emitting module and a supporting assembly. The light-emitting module includes at least one LED module, and a plurality of the LED modules is connected via a connecting assembly. The supporting assembly includes a supporting frame and a positioning assembly. The supporting frame is installed on the light-emitting module in the manner that the angle thereof is adjustable via the positioning assembly, and the supporting frame has installation feet for connecting the light-emitting module and a supporting plate for connecting the two installation feet. The supporting plate has a flat surface or an inclined surface, and the light-emitting module is secured on a surface via the supporting plate. Such multifunctional module-type light uses a modularized designed unit structure, which breaks the power constraints that a conventional lamp has only a single-housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Chinolite (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Pok Sum Ip
  • Patent number: 9919112
    Abstract: Penetrating systems and devices are described herein which include a penetrating portion with two concentric hollow cylinders joined at one end with a substantially ring-shaped end piece and at the other end with a hollow structure forming a fluid reservoir portion, the outer hollow cylinder including a plurality of pores in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir portion, the inner hollow cylinder in fluid communication with a second fluid reservoir portion, and the hollow structure formed at least in part from a deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9913706
    Abstract: Excessive dilation of the annulus of a mitral valve may lead to regurgitation of blood during ventricular contraction. This regurgitation may lead to a reduction in cardiac output. Disclosed are systems and methods relating to an implant configured for reshaping a mitral valve. The implant comprises a plurality of struts with anchors for tissue engagement. The implant is compressible to a first, reduced diameter for transluminal navigation and delivery to the left atrium of a heart. The implant may then expand to a second, enlarged diameter to embed its anchors to the tissue surrounding and/or including the mitral valve. The implant may then contract to a third, intermediate diameter, pulling the tissue radially inwardly, thereby reducing the mitral valve and lessening any of the associated symptoms including mitral regurgitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Millipede, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Lashinski, Matthew Rust, Patrick Macaulay, Terry Wayne Daniels, Kris Kristoffersen
  • Patent number: 9863144
    Abstract: A method of constructing a dome-shaped roof on a cylindrical tank body includes processes of assembling roof beams into the tank body in a radial shape to form a structural skeleton unit of the dome-shaped roof, attaching wheels to front end portions of the roof beams and causing the wheels to abut an inner surface of the tank body in a state in which the wheels are able to roll in a vertical direction, lifting the structural skeleton unit by jack-up units installed at an upper end side of the tank body and causing the wheels to roll along the inner surface of the tank body to travel upward, and directly or indirectly attaching and fixing the structural skeleton unit to an upper end portion of the tank body after the structural skeleton unit is lifted to the upper end side of the tank body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin Kitahara, Masaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9845123
    Abstract: A modular electric vehicle system, allowing for the assembly of many different vehicle configurations using a plurality of interchangeable vehicle assembly modules, including at least two powered vehicle assembly modules in an assembled vehicle each of which has self-contained drive and power systems and controls which can be connected together by a central network bus on the vehicle. At least one of the powered vehicle assembly modules will be a steering module, with the necessary additional controls and components to steer the axle thereon and in turn steer the assembled vehicle. The connection of the network bus and the modules would be done in an interchangeable way so that different modules could be interchangeably placed in the assembled vehicle. Various steering systems, control methodologies and vehicle attachments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Saskatchewan Ltd.
    Inventors: Patric Byrnes, Michael Lockerbie, David Cote
  • Patent number: 9821644
    Abstract: A vehicle protection assembly includes a tarp that may be draped over a vehicle thereby facilitating the tarp to substantially cover the vehicle. The tarp is substantially comprised of a resiliently compressible material. Thus, the tarp may absorb impact energy thereby facilitating the tarp to protect the vehicle from the impact energy. The tarp is substantially comprised of a non abrasive material. Thus, the tarp may resist scratching the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Delia Whitfield
  • Patent number: 9732919
    Abstract: A multifunctional module-type light includes a light-emitting module and a supporting assembly. The light-emitting module includes at least one LED module, and a plurality of the LED modules is connected via a connecting assembly. The supporting assembly includes a supporting frame and a positioning assembly. The supporting frame is installed on the light-emitting module in the manner that the angle thereof is adjustable via the positioning assembly, and the supporting frame has installation feet for connecting the light-emitting module and a supporting plate for connecting the two installation feet. The supporting plate has a flat surface or an inclined surface, and the light-emitting module is secured on a surface via the supporting plate. Such multifunctional module-type light uses a modularized designed unit structure, which breaks the power constraints that a conventional lamp has only a single-housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Chinolite (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Pok Sum Ip
  • Patent number: 9689973
    Abstract: An acoustic probe includes a plurality of acoustic array components separated and spaced apart from each other. Each of the acoustic array components includes: an array of acoustic element circuits disposed contiguous to each other at a first pitch; a plurality of pads each corresponding to one of the acoustic element circuits and formed within a circuitry area of the corresponding acoustic element circuit, the pads being disposed at a second pitch; a plurality of interconnection bumps each corresponding to one of the pads and being disposed in electrical connection with the corresponding pad, wherein the interconnection bumps are disposed at a third pitch; and a plurality of acoustic transducer elements on the interconnection bumps. The acoustic transducer elements are disposed at a fourth pitch. At least two of the first, second, third, and fourth pitches are different than each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernard Joseph Savord, William Ossmann, Wojtek Sudol, Michael Scarsella, George Anthony Brock-Fisher
  • Patent number: 9687295
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a matched pair of opposing jaw members of an end-effector assembly includes assembling a first jaw member having a knife channel, assembling a second jaw member having a knife channel, setting a jaw gap and aligning a first sealing plate of the first jaw member and a second sealing plate of the second jaw member in relation to one another by bringing the first jaw member and the second jaw member into clamped engagement with an alignment spacer. The alignment spacer is configured to engage the knife channel of the first jaw member and the knife channel of the second jaw member. The method also includes coupling the first jaw member to the second jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Daniel A. Joseph
  • Patent number: 9662546
    Abstract: A golf club head including a strikeplate including a strikeplate stiffness, a strikeface, and backface opposite the strikeface. The head also includes a modulation mechanism at the backface, a plurality of frequency modulators, and a plurality of anti-stiffening features interspersed between the plurality of frequency modulators. The plurality of frequency modulators reduces an oscillation frequency of the strikeplate upon impact with a golf ball. The plurality of anti-stiffening features permit flexing of the strikeplate between the plurality of frequency modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Jeffrey A. Blankenship
  • Patent number: 9650945
    Abstract: A collector for several manifold pipes of a motor vehicle carrying exhaust gas, including a first shell and a second shell, which can be connected to one another in a sealed manner by a shell connection that forms a connection plane (E), at least one outlet port for connecting to an exhaust pipe of an exhaust gas system, and several manifold pipe connection ports for connecting the manifold pipes, wherein the outlet port is designed as a rim hole within the respective shell and at least one first manifold pipe connection port is provided, which is designed as a rim hole within only one of the two shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TENNECO GMBH
    Inventor: Björn Gorenflo
  • Patent number: 9637938
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anchoring system for a wall formwork and to a method for an assembly of the anchoring system: • the two wall formworks (1, 2, 3, 40) are set up opposite from each other, • an anchoring rod (4) with a graduation (21) is pushed through anchoring rod bores of the two wall formworks (1, 2, 3, 40) in such a way that the end of the anchoring rod (4) that has not been pushed through has the graduation (21), • the pushed-through end of the anchoring rod (4) is connected to a locking device (41) present on the rear side of the one formwork (40), • the end of the anchoring rod (4) that has not been pushed through is connected to the locking device (5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15) provided here in such a manner that this connection is aligned with the selected graduation, • the locking device aligned with the graduation is connected to the adjacent wall formwork (1, 2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Hünnebeck GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Berger, Volker Klehr, Klaus Hagemes
  • Patent number: 9623669
    Abstract: An ink supply device for a printhead includes an ink cartridge and a damper device. The ink cartridge is connected to the printhead through a flexible tube. The printhead is mounted on a carriage that reciprocates, and discharges an ink drop to perform printing. The damper device is mounted on the carriage to relax pressure fluctuation of ink supplied from the ink cartridge to the printhead. The damper device has a case, an ink introduction passage, and a flexible plate. The case defines a pressure chamber communicated with the printhead. The ink introduction passage is communicated with the flexible tube, and is communicated with the pressure chamber. The flexible plate is provided so as to define a part of the pressure chamber, and has a waveform portion formed with a plurality of waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahisa Kato, Hiroyuki Matsuba, Yousuke Toyofuku
  • Patent number: 9567816
    Abstract: The example automated roughneck system herein includes a base module, a removable spinner module for spinning pipe to connect or disconnect drill pipes at threaded interfaces, and a removable torque module for torqueing drill pipe. The spinner module is adapted to automatically self-center itself around a drill pipe and adjust to a varied range of drill pipe diameters. A centering device of the torque module automatically senses drill pipe of varied diameters and moves around the drill pipe until the spinner and torque modules are centered on the drill pipe. An extension module of the system is connected between the base module and the spinner and torque modules. A plurality of arms thereon are adapted to be extended and retracted from/to the extension module to move the spinner and torque modules toward and away from the base module. Each of these modules are remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lee Bertelsen
  • Patent number: 9565740
    Abstract: A lighting control module provides an enclosure for a circuit board, with the circuit board being mounted to and grounded to the enclosure. A primary power system is provided to receive and transmit voltage to lighting circuits, utilizing a terminal bus bar, a main switch, a voltage selection switch, and a transformer. An auxiliary power system draws energy from portable power sources in the event of a main power source failure. The auxiliary power system includes an associated terminal bus bar and an auxiliary switch. The primary and auxiliary power systems are connected to the lighting circuits through a circuit protection unit, e.g. fuse. The lighting circuits have both positive and negative terminals, LED indicators, switches, and individual fuses. The lighting circuits can be turned on and off individually by virtue of the switches for each lighting circuit. Status indicators and ground terminals are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Corey D. Ray
  • Patent number: 9550259
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to a second component having a through hole includes the following steps: bringing the two components against one another and positioning them relative to one another, detecting the spatial position of the hole by a position detection electronic unit, positioning a connecting element at a location within the hole as a function of the spatial position of the hole or as a function of position data determined by the position detection electronic unit, connecting the connecting element to the first component, with the result that the connecting element projects into or through the hole, and clipping onto the connecting element a clip element which holds the two components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann Van Niekerk, Eva Vietze, Erik Martin
  • Patent number: 9539475
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club weight attachment mechanisms are described herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a head body with an interior cavity, a shell portion, and a bracket with a weight member coupled to the bracket. In one embodiment, the bracket and the weight member can be configured to be fully contained within the interior cavity. Other examples and related methods are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Morales, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 9535294
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a first display substrate, an opposite substrate, and a sealing material forming a sealed area including a display area, where the sealing material is disposed between the first display substrate and the opposite substrate. The first display substrate includes a substrate and a flexible thin film, where the flexible thin film includes a first area entirely covering the display area, and a second area beyond the substrate. In addition, a first circuit is disposed on the first area, and a second circuit is disposed on the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junhui Lou, Yong Wu
  • Patent number: 9527195
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a coupler from tubing includes a pair of pivotally coupled elongated members. Proximal sections of the elongated members serve as handles, while other sections of the elongated members comprise structures for engaging the coupler and the tubing. The apparatus may be used, for example, to remove a coupler from flexible irrigation tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas C. Deane
  • Patent number: 9517531
    Abstract: A voice coil motor includes a coil support, a coil wound on the coil support, and two opposing lower elastic plates disposed on an upper part of the coil support. The outer edge of an upper flange of the coil support has at least two opposing protrusions which are arranged radially. The coil has a head end and a tail end which are respectively wound on the two protrusions. The two lower elastic plates are respectively connected with the coil wound on the two protrusions by welding. To prevent the head end from slanting, the lower elastic plates are mounted on the coil support through the operation of an automation apparatus to be soldered with the coil wound on the protrusions. The connection of the coil and the lower elastic plates is thus firm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: XIAMEN XINHONGZHOU PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenchen Shen, Chengyang Wu, Shanmu Liu, Jianlong Zhang, Huangjie Lu
  • Patent number: 9506442
    Abstract: A direct injector unit includes a fuel pipe and injectors fixed to the fuel pipe. The direct injector unit is assembled to a cylinder head by: mounting the cylinder head in a predetermined posture; holding the direct injector unit while positioning a reference injector and guiding remaining injectors such that their leading end portions are movable; and inserting the injectors into injector mounting holes of the cylinder head by relatively moving the direct injector unit toward the cylinder head in a state in which the reference injector is positioned with respect to a corresponding injector mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Watanabe, Takeshi Hara, Yusuke Miho, Hiroshi Yoshioka, Kenichi Yokoo
  • Patent number: 9491411
    Abstract: A control unit of an electronic component mounting apparatus controls a component imaging unit so as to move an electronic component that is held by the holding unit, when the holding unit is moved in a direction, which is oblique to a conveyance direction of a substrate and is close to the substrate, by a movement mechanism unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiichi Hachiya, Takashi Nakamura, David L. Kelly, Jose Camara
  • Patent number: 9480891
    Abstract: A metal shaft includes a hollow tube made of metal, capable of having hardness varying in a longitudinal direction of the metal shaft while preventing increase in the number of variations on a shape of the metal shaft. The tube has a hardness pattern exhibited by hardness of the tube varying in a longitudinal direction of the tube according to Young's modulus or tensile strength of the metal varying in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ono, Masahito Iwase
  • Patent number: 9423552
    Abstract: A lightguide assembly including structures to provide for outcoupling of light from an internal reflection structure. In an embodiment, a lightguide assembly includes light transmissive bodies forming respective corrugations which are coupled to one another. Optical coatings are variously disposed between the respective corrugations, wherein the optical coatings provide for redirection of light from the lightguide assembly. In another embodiment, optical coatings are each applied to a respective one of alternate facets of a corrugation. Polymer film portions provide mechanical support for the optical coatings during application to the corrugation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Evan M. Richards, Anurag Gupta, Ozan Cakmakci
  • Patent number: 9423028
    Abstract: An improved piston ring for use as an intermediate piston ring in a piston assembly having three or more piston rings is provided. The piston ring includes a piston ring body which extends through an arcuate shape between opposite end faces. The piston ring body has at least one combustion gas guidance feature for allowing a greater flow of combustion gasses to pass the piston ring body when the piston is moving in one direction and for allowing a lesser flow of combustion gasses to pass the piston ring body when the piston is moving in an opposite direction. This allows for the ring gap at the outer diameter of the piston ring to be minimized without creating flutter in another piston ring above the intermediate piston ring during operation of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew John Miller
  • Patent number: 9425479
    Abstract: A battery module includes a battery unit having a plurality of batteries; a pair of end plates, one of the end plates installed at either end of the battery unit; and a fixing band that encircles the end plates and the battery unit, wherein the fixing band is made from a material that expands when heated and contracts when cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Tae-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9416992
    Abstract: A solar power system can include an array of solar modules. The system can include a rail and a solar module positioned at an outer end of the array. The solar module can have a frame around a periphery of the solar module. The frame can include a flange along an edge of the solar module that is disposed at the outer end of the array. The flange can project inwardly from the frame underneath the solar module. A clamp assembly can be disposed underneath the solar module and can mechanically secure the solar module to the rail. The clamp assembly can include a clamp body and a base. The clamp body and the base can cooperate to clamp the flange between the clamp body and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Braunstein, Guillaume Carre, Zachary Kinyon
  • Patent number: 9410470
    Abstract: An exhaust manifold for installation onto a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine includes a housing having plural inlet openings and an outlet opening. The housing includes an inner shell and an outer shell in surrounding relationship to the inner shell to define a gap there between. The inner shell is floatingly arranged in the outer shell and rests at a side of the cylinder head upon a guide plate which is formed with the plural inlet openings and includes guide members respectively arranged about a circumference of the inlet openings. The outer shell has a cylinder-head-proximal marginal region formed with an outwardly bent flange that rests upon the guide plate and is joined in gastight manner to the guide plate by a material joint. The flange has an outer side in opposition to the guide plate, with a collar being arranged on the outer side of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Mario Wegener, Elmar Grussmann, Uwe Fischer, Tobias Gockel
  • Patent number: 9404236
    Abstract: Mechanical stops in the linkage of a hydraulic thumb for a materials handling machine protect the hydraulic thumb actuator from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Mark William Toraason, Erik Russell Bare
  • Patent number: 9366417
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a lighting module and related components for efficiently directing dissipated heat and/or heated air away from the lighting module. Deflectors are often used to funnel heat away from solid-state light emitters and channel airflow away from a curing surface, but the risk of constrained airflow may negatively affect emitter output as well as disturb the curing process of a workpiece emitted light is directed towards. To efficiently remove heat as well as not disturb the curing process or shape of the lighting module, louvered vents are provided that extend into an interior of a housing of the lighting module for guiding heated air in a deflecting direction away from the emitted light direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth Eliason, Gary Till
  • Patent number: 9357617
    Abstract: A lighting control module provides an enclosure for a circuit board, with the circuit board being mounted to and grounded to the enclosure. A primary power system is provided to receive and transmit voltage to lighting circuits, utilizing a terminal bus bar, a main switch, a voltage selection switch, and a transformer. An auxiliary power system draws energy from portable power sources in the event of a main power source failure. The auxiliary power system includes an associated terminal bus bar and an auxiliary switch. The primary and auxiliary power systems are connected to the lighting circuits through a circuit protection unit, e.g. fuse. The lighting circuits have both positive and negative terminals, LED indicators, switches, and individual fuses. The lighting circuits can be turned on and off individually by virtue of the switches for each lighting circuit. Status indicators and ground terminals are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Corey D. Ray
  • Patent number: 9328903
    Abstract: Resin-based lighting fixtures provide both light and a desirable aesthetic. The resin-based lighting fixtures include a plurality of propellers having curved resin strips that at least partially conceal a light source. The resin strips can form any number of aesthetically pleasing configurations, such as, for example, a blossom. The resin strips can be transparent or translucent. When lit, the light source can illuminate the resin strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: 3Form, LLC
    Inventor: Ahna C. Holder
  • Patent number: 9301860
    Abstract: A support structure includes strut members interconnected by rotatable joints to form a series of linked scissor mechanisms. The structure can be remotely actuated to compress or expand its shape by adjusting the scissor joints within a range of motion. In particular, the support structure can be repositioned within the body lumen or retrieved from the lumen. The support structure can be employed to introduce and support a prosthetic valve within a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Jenesis Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer K. White
  • Patent number: 9243726
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated structure including a tube having an outer wall, a jacket surrounding the tube to enclose an annular insulating space, the jacket having an end that terminates at the outer wall of the tube, a seal formed between the end of the jacket and the tube to preserve a vacuum within the insulating space, and a fitting affixed to one of the tube and the jacket for coupling the vacuum insulated structure to an external device. A method of making a vacuum insulated structure including forming a tube and a jacket, positioning the jacket over the tube to form an annular insulating space, with an end of the jacket being positioned adjacent to an outer wall of the tube to form a vent, causing air to escape through the vent, sealing the vent, and affixing a fitting to one of the tube and the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Aarne H. Reid
  • Patent number: 9247683
    Abstract: A method for assembling a display system includes positioning and selectively engaging a plurality of modules together to form a first tier, lifting the first tier, positioning and selectively engaging a plurality of modules together to form a second tier, and attaching the second tier to the first tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Davis, Frederic Frank Opsomer