With Prestressing Of Part Patents (Class 29/446)
  • Patent number: 11682872
    Abstract: A connector apparatus for a medical device includes a cylindrical core of nonconductive material, a beam of conductive material, and a sleeve of conductive material. The cylindrical core includes an outside surface, an inside surface, a hollow center having a cross sectional area, and a slot opening in the cylindrical core extending from the outside surface to the inside surface. The beam is placed in the slot opening in the cylindrical core, wherein the beam reduces the cross-sectional area of the hollow center of the cylindrical core. The sleeve of conductive material is placed over the outside surface of the cylindrical core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: James Michael English, Robert Allen Jones, Scott A. Spadgenske, Moira B. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 11667028
    Abstract: A telescopic tool includes a positioning device mounted between first and second rods. The first rod includes a first positioning hole, and a first gripping portion. The second rod includes a plurality of second positioning holes, and is movable relative to the first rod to align the first positioning hole with one of the second positioning holes. A switch controller is movable relative to the first rod and is movably coupled to a positioning member. The positioning member movably extends through the first positioning hole and is releasably engaged in one of the second positioning holes in response to movement of the switch controller relative to the first rod. A fixing member includes a second gripping portion mounted around the first rod. A resilient biasing member is pivotally connected to the first rod and pressing against the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 11668368
    Abstract: A damper is disposed in at least one of a space between a supported member and a supporting element or a space between the supported member and a supporting member. The damper includes a cushioning member and a protecting member. The cushioning member is configured to relax stress applied to the supported member that is supported by the supporting member together with the supporting element. The cushioning member includes a facing portion that faces the supported member, an opposite portion that is opposite to the facing portion, and a side surface portion that is located between the facing portion and the opposite portion. The protecting member is disposed on the side surface portion to cover the cushioning member from an outside of the cushioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Shingo Tada, Ryoichi Shinoda
  • Patent number: 11654024
    Abstract: A valve repair device, e.g., for treating mitral valve regurgitation, includes a tubular body defining a longitudinal axis, paddles supported by the tubular body and movable to change abduction of the paddles relative to the longitudinal axis, and retention members supported by the tubular body proximal the paddles and similarly movable to change abduction of the retention members relative to the longitudinal axis to facilitate capture of native valve leaflets between pairs of paddles and retention members. Movement of the paddles and/or retention members is provided by one or more control mechanisms including a collar a shaft extending within the tubular body. Each shaft is threadedly engaged to a respective collar and coupled to one or more of the movable elements such that, when the collar is rotated, the shaft translates to change abduction of the movable element relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Daniel T. Wallace
  • Patent number: 11603656
    Abstract: A reinforced building wall includes a foundation and an anchor rod anchored to the foundation; a first stud wall disposed above the foundation; the first stud wall having a first bottom plate, a first top plate and first and second vertical studs operably joined to the first bottom plate and the first top plate; a horizontal first bridge member disposed between the first stud and the second stud, the first bridge member having a first vertical opening; a rod post having one end operably connected to the anchor rod and operably connected to the first bridge member to transfer downward forces from the first bridge member and the second bridge member to the rod post; the anchor rod is attached to an anchor; and the anchor is disposed in an upper portion of the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa
  • Patent number: 11532468
    Abstract: Objects of the present invention consist in achievement of both of elongation of life of a sputtering target as well as uniformity of a thickness of a resulting thin coating layer formed on a substrate during the period. The present invention provides a sputtering target comprising a target material, which is characterized in that the target material has a sputtering surface having a first area placed at the center, which is circular and flat; and a second area placed outside of the first area and concentrically with the first area, which has a ring shape, wherein the first area is positioned at a location lower than that of the second area by 15% of thickness of the second area at most, and the first area has a diameter which is ranging from 60% to 80% of a circumferential diameter of the sputtering surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Mikio Takigawa, Toshiaki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11511826
    Abstract: An axle assembly for a bicycle includes an axle having an inner wall extending along a length of the axle between a first end and a second end of the axle. The inner wall at least partially defines a first volume and a second volume within the axle. The first volume has a first diameter, and the second volume has a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter. The first volume is closer than the second volume to the first end of the axle. The axle assembly also includes a sensor attached to the inner wall of the axle within the second volume of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Geoff Nichols
  • Patent number: 11466711
    Abstract: A clamping device for a screw connection, provided with a threaded bolt and a threaded nut, has a support tube surrounding the threaded nut, a cylinder housing arranged in an extension of the support tube, a piston movable in the cylinder housing by hydraulic pressure, an exchange bushing axially entrainable by the piston and provided with an internal thread for screwing the exchange bushing to the threaded bolt, and a follower element arranged inside the support tube and frictionally or with form fit connectable to the threaded nut. A drive element is rotatably mounted outside the support tube and provided with a tool surface for applying a hand tool. A gear arrangement is located between the drive element and the follower element. The gear arrangement has a clutch operating as a function of torque to prevent reliably excessive forces when the threaded nut is re-tightened and/or screwed on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Jörg Hohmann, Frank Hohmann
  • Patent number: 11431224
    Abstract: A hand-held tool that includes a housing. The housing includes a handle. A tool also includes a motor assembly, a battery assembly and a circuit board. The motor assembly includes a motor, the motor including a rotatable motor output shaft, a motor positive terminal and a motor negative terminal. The motor assembly also includes a first rigid conductive electrical connector having a first end fixed to the motor positive terminal and a second end fixed to the circuit board. The battery assembly includes a battery cell with a battery cell positive terminal and a battery cell negative terminal. The battery assembly further includes a second rigid conductive electrical connector having a first end fixed to the battery cell positive terminal and a second end fixed to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. French, Jr., Tyler Knight, David Proudlock, Graham Bone, Jonathan Priestley, Andrew Walker, Shaun M. Lovelass
  • Patent number: 11413712
    Abstract: A laser welding jig includes a jig body configured to cover the bus bar unit during welding. A plurality of welding slits are formed at the jig body so that electrode leads and at least one lead bus bar are exposed out of the jig body for the welding. A plurality of bolt insert portions are provided between plurality of welding slits. The welding jig also includes at least one bolt insert hole into which at least one pressing bolt is inserted, and a pair of lead adhering blocks provided at a rear surface of each of the bolt insert portions and configured to be spaced from each other as the pressing bolt is inserted so that the electrode leads are adhered to the lead bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Lee, Dal-Mo Kang, Sang-Woo Ryu, Jeong-O Mun, Jin-Yong Park, Ho-June Chi
  • Patent number: 11407092
    Abstract: An electric pulse tool performs a tightening operation in which torque is delivered in pulses to tighten a screw joint. The electric pulse tool includes an output shaft, a torque sensor to determine a torque value associated with tightening of the screw joint, and an angle sensor to determine an angular displacement of the screw joint. The tool provides low torque pulses of a torque value of less than 15 percent of an electric pulse tool max torque value on the output shaft until a low threshold torque value is reached. Next the tool starts measuring an angular displacement of an element of the screw joint and provides tightening torque pulses of a torque value of more than 15 percent of the electric pulse tool max torque value on the output shaft. The tool stops providing torque pulses on the output shaft when a target parameter is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: John Robert Christian Friberg
  • Patent number: 11389916
    Abstract: Systems and methods can include applying, using a nut assembly including a first nut and a plurality of fasteners provided in respective threaded holes of the first nut, a first tensioning force for a stud of a hammer assembly. The systems and methods can also include applying, using the nut assembly, a second tensioning force for the stud of the hammer assembly. The first tensioning force can be applied with the first nut in a first orientation whereby a first end surface of the first nut faces a first direction and a second end surface of the first nut faces a second direction opposite the first direction. The second tensioning force can be applied with the first nut in a second orientation whereby the first end surface of the first nut faces the second direction and the second end surface of the first nut faces the first direction. The second tensioning force can be greater than the first tensioning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Cody Moore, Kevin Clemons
  • Patent number: 11272966
    Abstract: A bone implant includes a proximal end, a distal end, a first portion extending between the proximal and distal ends having a maximum and minimum portion height, and a second portion extending between the proximal and distal ends having a maximum and minimum portion height. The second portion is connected to the first portion at the proximal end and the distal end and at least one of the first portion and the second portion is moveable relative to the other of the first portion and the second portion so as to transition the bone implant between a relaxed state wherein the first and second portions are separated by a first distance and a contracted state wherein the first and second portions are separated by a second distance different from the first distance. At least one of the proximal end and the distal end have the minimum portion height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David Barry, Manoj Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 11203793
    Abstract: A steel pipe for fuel injection pipe has a tensile strength of 500 to 900 MPa and a yield ratio of 0.50 to 0.85, and has a critical internal pressure (IP) satisfying [IP?0.41×TS×?] (?=[(D/d)2?1]/[0.776×(D/d)2], where TS: tensile strength (MPa) of the steel pipe, D: steel pipe outer diameter (mm), and d: steel pipe inner diameter (mm)), wherein a circumferential-direction residual stress on an inner surface of the pipe is ?20 MPa or lower after the steel pipe is split in half in a pipe axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Tatsuya Masuda, Tsugumi Yamazaki, Hiroaki Kondo, Taizo Makino, Masahiro Yamazaki, Katsunori Nagao
  • Patent number: 11157790
    Abstract: A method for transferring an EMV chip from a first card to a second card, the method comprising the steps of: heating a first body of the first card in a vicinity of the EMV chip so as to weaken adhesion of the EMV chip with a first receptacle of the first body; bending a first body surface of the first body adjacent to the EMV chip, such that first body surface becomes non parallel with a metal contact surface of the EMV chip; removing the EMV chip from the first receptacle; positioning an applied adhesive between a back surface of the EMV chip and an opposing surface of a second receptacle of the second card, the second receptacle in a second body of the second card; and maintaining the EMV chip in the second receptacle until the applied adhesive has cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Andre Santos
  • Patent number: 10731490
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a guide vane for a gas turbine, and provides for example an innovative guide vane with improved flexibility leading to a reduction of stresses at the interface between the vane platform and the vane carrier. Exemplary embodiments provide only circumferential line contact or point contact between the guide vane and the guide vane carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Marc Widmer, Herbert Brandl
  • Patent number: 10518312
    Abstract: A method of incremental autofrettage is taught herein, whereby the cycle life of a metal liner in a pressure vessel is increased. This method serves to increase the yield strength of the metal liner through sequential work hardening due to repeated autofrettage at increasing pressures. By incrementally increasing the internal pressure used in the autofrettage process, the compressive stresses at an inner surface of the metal liner may be controlled so that post-pressurization buckling does not occur, yet the yield strength of the metal liner is substantially increased. The higher compressive stresses in the metal liner mean that higher Maximum Expected Operating Pressures (MEOPs) may be used without detracting from the cycle life of the metal liner, or alternatively, for lower pressures, a longer metal liner cycle life may be obtained. Either internal or external pressures may be used, generated by a pressure source, or a suitable die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Brian E. Spencer, Richard L. Grover, Zachary B. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10428892
    Abstract: An antivibration device is equipped with an inner sleeve having a diameter expansion portion, an outer sleeve, an antivibration base body, and an annular stopper. The stopper is equipped with a first portion where a first distance from the center of the attaching hole to an inner peripheral surface of the attaching hole is set to be smaller than a maximum value of an outer radius of the diameter expansion portion, and a second portion where a second distance from the center to the inner peripheral surface of the attaching hole is set to be larger than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oniwa, Hiroto Koba
  • Patent number: 10359052
    Abstract: A discharge head features at least one low-deflection component that substantially does not deflect in response to high piping forces applied in a direction perpendicular to the discharge head; at least one high-deflection component that deflects in response to the high piping forces; and a flexible element configured between the at least one low-deflection component and the at least one high-deflection component to contain pressure and to be highly flexible in the direction perpendicular to the centerline of the discharge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Paul W. Behnke
  • Patent number: 10347224
    Abstract: A key in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises a key body, a hook, a weight, and a stopper. When the weight is accommodated in a hole of the key body, the weight is supported inside of the hole at least at the following two points: a point ? where the stopper is caught on the hook; and a point ? where the weight abuts on a wall surface of the hole, when the weight is rotated about the point ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Masahiko Iwase
  • Patent number: 10294659
    Abstract: A multidirectional aluminum extrusion connection device includes a direction-change coupling member having two ends respectively forming first and second coupling sections arranged in an angularly-staggered manner to extend in different directions for each connectable with a connection member. A first aluminum extrusion plate is provided to receive one of the connection members to extend therethrough so as to be set at a location corresponding to the first coupling section. A second aluminum extrusion plate is provided to receive the other one of the connection members to extend therethrough so as to be set at a location corresponding to the second coupling section. The first and second aluminum extrusion plates are thus connected in an angularly staggered manner to form a connection module having and defining a corner. The connection members may be additionally connected two pre-prepared aluminum extrusion parts for respectively coupling to the first and second aluminum extrusion plats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Ruei-Hsing Lin
  • Patent number: 10247410
    Abstract: Gas burner of the type having a cup of the burner accommodating at least one injector for fuel gas, a head of the burner coupled to the cup and including at least one distribution chamber for a first circumferential flame spreader, a mixing chamber for mixing primary air and fuel gas to set up a fuel mixture, the mixing chamber being fluidically connected to the cup and an injector, a duct for transferring the fuel mixture from the mixing chamber into the distribution chamber, and inflow duct of the primary air from the outer environment inside the cup of the burner, as well as a separating element of the transferring duct of the fuel mixture from the inflow duct of the primary air, wherein the separating element could be tightly constrained to the head, or cup of the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SABAF S.P.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Bettinzoli
  • Patent number: 10208618
    Abstract: An exemplary variable vane actuation system for a gas turbine engine includes a vane arm attachable to a vane stem and configured to rotate the vane stem about a radially extending axis. The vane arm includes a claw feature to be press-fit onto the vane stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene C. Gasmen, Bernard W. Pudvah, Stanley Wiecko
  • Patent number: 10166848
    Abstract: A soft top assembly which includes lift assist with improved fabric management and a lift assist locking mechanism. The soft top is rotatable between a closed, open sunroof position, and open position. When a cam of the lift assist locking mechanism is in a locked position, the soft top is prevented from moving from the open sunroof position to the open position. When a release mechanism of the lift assist is actuated, the cam is moved to an unlocked position allowing the soft top to be moved rearward into the open position. A handle lockout of the lift assist locking mechanism selectively positions a cam lockout to prevent the soft top from moving/rotating back to the open sunroof position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Lewis, Tavis Lutzka
  • Patent number: 10100656
    Abstract: A coated seal slot system for turbomachinery includes a first turbine component comprising a first groove having at least one first coating attached to at least a portion of the first groove of the first turbine component, a second turbine component comprising a second groove having at least one second coating attached to at least a portion of the second groove of the second turbine component. The first and the second turbine components are disposable adjacent to each other with the first groove having the first coating and the second groove having the second coating together forming a coated seal slot extending across a gap between the first turbine component and the second turbine component. A seal is disposable in the coated seal slot and extendable across the gap between the first and the second turbine components and engageable with the first coating and the second coating to inhibit leakage of gas through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Francis Bancheri, Venkat Subramaniam Venkataramani, Glen Harold Kirby, Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Nicholas Edward Antolino, Edip Sevincer, Anthony Christopher Marin
  • Patent number: 10041366
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a sliding seal between two components. The sliding seal includes a substantially radially extending rail and a substantially axially extending leg, such that the seal has a substantially J-shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy M. Davis, Paul M. Lutjen, Jeremy Drake
  • Patent number: 9909457
    Abstract: A method for assembling a section of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The method involves aligning a vane ring with a first rotor hub such that a row of vanes on the vane ring is adjacent a first row of blades of the first rotor hub, and aligning a second rotor hub with the vane ring such that a second row of blades of the second rotor hub is adjacent the row of vanes and the row of vanes is axially between the first row of blades and the second row of blades. The first hub and the second hub are then non-mechanically bonded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Nelson DaCunha, Jesse R. Christophel
  • Patent number: 9822680
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment device for an exhaust gas flow path of an internal combustion engine, includes a tubular carrier body (12) extending along a longitudinal axis (L) of the carrier with a first axial end area (18) and with a second axial end area (20) and at least one exhaust gas treatment element (34) carried in the carrier body (12) with the interposition of at least one fiber material layer (36). The carrier body (2) includes carrier elements (14, 16) connected to one another in a first connection area (22) and in a second connection area (24) that extend from the first axial end area (18) to the second axial end area (20). At least one connection area (22, 24) does not extend in parallel to the longitudinal axis (L) of the carrier from the first axial end area (18) to the second axial end area (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Eberspächer Exhaust Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marcel Ferencak
  • Patent number: 9629619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical sealing device (1) for the sealing of a puncture hole in a vessel wall, and comprises an inner member (2), which is adapted to be positioned at an interior surface of the vessel wall, and an outer member (3), which is adapted to be positioned outside the vessel wall, the inner member (2) and the outer member (3) being held together by a retaining member (4), wherein at least one of said inner member (2), outer member (3) and retaining member (4) is made from at least one shape memory polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO EUROPE N.V.
    Inventor: Lars Tenerz
  • Patent number: 9546723
    Abstract: A housing for a bevel gear includes a pinion bearing seat configured to support a pinion bearing for a driveshaft having a drive pinion. The housing also includes an attachment structure configured to attach a support bearing seat to the housing such that the position of the support bearing seat with respect to the pinion bearing seat is variable in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventors: Padelis Katsaros, Volker Wendt
  • Patent number: 9157462
    Abstract: Joint parts of joinable plates to be joined to each other are joined by a plurality of joining bolts. The joining bolts are arranged in a direction of a tensile load F. The joint parts of the plate members have four sections T1 to T4 that vary in elastic modulus. The elastic modulus (E1 to E4) of these sections T1 to T4 have a relationship of E1(T1)>E2(T2)>E3(T3)>E4(T4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonaka, Masahiro Kashiwagi, Toshio Abe
  • Patent number: 9121402
    Abstract: A pump body is pre-compressed by expanding a displacement plug in a cavity to pre-compress a portion of a pump body comprising a piston bore, an inlet bore and an outlet bore spaced from said cavity, and connected in a pump assembly. A fluid pump assembly is made up of a plurality of pump bodies connected side by side between opposing end plates with a plurality of fasteners tightened to compress the pump bodies between the end plates, wherein each pump body comprises a piston bore, an inlet bore, an outlet bore and an expanded displacement plug in a cavity; and wherein the expanded displacement plug applies a pre-compressive force at the cavity on each of the pump bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: William Marshall, Rod Shampine, Edward Leugemors, Hubertus V. Thomeer
  • Publication number: 20150145387
    Abstract: An example method for stabilizing a sensor component includes: positioning a portion of the sensor component relative to a support with a plurality of retaining members in contact with the portion of the sensor component, the plurality of retaining members including at least a first one of the retaining members being a resilient biasing member and a second one of the retaining members being an adjustable retaining member; adjusting the adjustable retaining member to reposition the portion of the sensor component relative to the support and deform the resilient retaining member; immobilizing the portion of the sensor component relative to the support with an additional, rigid retaining member in contact with the portion of the sensor component; and filling a space between the portion of the sensor component and the support with a glue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Beckey, Neal Andrew Schumacher, Wade David Oberpriller
  • Publication number: 20150135883
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention, an adjustment assembly for allowing or preventing adjustment of a component is provided. The adjustment assembly includes a first bracket at least partially surrounding the component, a second bracket at least partially surrounding the first bracket, and a piezoelectric device biasing against one of the first bracket or the second bracket in a first position, the piezoelectric device configured to contract and release the bias against one of the first bracket and the second bracket in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Richard P. Nash, Ravi Ravindra
  • Publication number: 20150130142
    Abstract: A seal ring assembly for use with a rotary machine that includes an axis of rotation includes a seal housing comprising a secondary sealing surface and a secondary seal assembly coupled to the seal housing. The secondary seal assembly includes a seal ring coupled to the seal housing, wherein the seal ring is configured to form a secondary seal with the secondary sealing surface. The secondary seal assembly also includes at least one protection ring positioned upstream from the seal ring. The secondary seal assembly is configured to be biased along the axis such that biasing the at least one protection ring facilitates removing debris from at least a portion of the secondary sealing surface over which the seal ring travels during biasing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Rahul Anil Bidkar, Karimulla Shaik Sha, Azam Mihir Thatte
  • Publication number: 20150134052
    Abstract: An implantable prosthetic valve, according to one embodiment, comprises a frame, a leaflet structure, and a skirt member. The frame can have a plurality of axial struts interconnected by a plurality of circumferential struts. The leaflet structure comprises a plurality of leaflets (e.g., three leaflets arrange to form a tricuspid valve). The leaflet structure has a scalloped lower edge portion secured to the frame. The skirt member can be disposed between the leaflet structure and the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ilia Hariton, Netanel Benichou, Yaacov Nitzan, Bella Felsen, Diana Nguyen-Thien-Nhon, Rajesh A. Khanna, Son V. Nguyen, Tamir S. Levi, Itai Pelled
  • Publication number: 20150128427
    Abstract: A scissors tool having removable replacement blades and bearings in an arcuate bearing path disposed to stiffen the pivot and bias the blades together with greater inter-blade pressure at the cutting point. In some embodiments, the scissors tool has flexible arms which increase said cutting point edge pressure and provide that little to no gap forms between the blades proximate to and behind the cutting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Eric P. Linn, Justen L. Bock
  • Publication number: 20150112378
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a release mechanism, method of manufacturing, and method of releasing a medical device. The mechanism comprises a generally elongate shaft, an actuating member receivable in the elongate shaft, the actuating member having an interlocking position and a releasing position, and at least two opposed arms at a distal end of the elongate shaft, biased to open relative to each other, each arm comprising a gripping portion at a distal end, and at least one interlocking member. The gripping portions of the arms may define a hollow space for holding a device. The interlocking member of each arm is longitudinally spaced from the interlocking member of any other arm and extends circumferentially around the actuating member. The actuating member is longitudinally retractable from the interlocking position to the releasing position to enable the arms to open for releasing a medical device from the gripping portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Allan Torp
  • Publication number: 20150101171
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150105850
    Abstract: A stent assembly includes support rings each having interconnected circumferentially alternating inner prongs and outer prongs. The inner prongs define an inner diameter around a longitudinal axis. The outer prongs define an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter. A graft engages the support rings and follows a waving peripheral path. The graft may be a billowing graft. A second graft may surround the first graft such that tunnels are defined between the first graft and second graft. A method of making a stent assembly includes diametrically expanding the support rings onto a mandrel, engaging a graft with the support rings, and removing the support rings and graft from the mandrel permitting the stent assembly to contract to a neutral state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Shahriari
  • Patent number: 9003626
    Abstract: A docking station formed of a tray having a clamping portion coupled to a receiver portion for motion along a travel axis therebetween. A lever is coupled for moving the clamping portion between an expanded position spaced away from the receiver portion, and a retracted position adjacent to the receiver portion. The lever includes a preload portion that is adapted for preloading the clamping portion in the retracted position, and a latching portion that is coupled for retaining the clamping portion in the retracted position. The preload portion of the lever is a resiliently bendable member, such as a spring. Optionally, the lever is a second class lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20150096117
    Abstract: A shower rod mounting assembly is provided with a flexible substrate having a first side and a spaced apart second side. A reversible dry adhesive layer at least partially covers the first side of the substrate to attach the flexible substrate to a surface and leave the underlying surface unmarked after removal. The reversible adhesive retains an adhesion property for a plurality of adhesion cycles. A receptacle is mounted to the second side and is adapted to receive an end of a shower rod. A boss extends from the substrate with a track formed therein with an opening to receive an end of a shower rod. A biasing member extends from the substrate adjacent to the opening to retain the end of the shower rod after installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Earl David Forrest, Kelly Kovacs, Rick Roetken
  • Publication number: 20150100029
    Abstract: An injection device includes a housing for receiving a syringe or cartridge for containing a medicament; a rotary driveshaft mounted for rotation relative to the housing; and an elongate coiled torsion spring having respective formations at opposite ends thereof, with a first formation being anchored in a seat on the rotary drive shaft and a second formation being anchored in a seat on a reaction component. In use relative rotation of the rotary driveshaft and the reaction component in one angular direction strains the torsion drive spring, and release of the strained torsion drive spring causes expression of medicament from the syringe or cartridge. The torsion spring is longitudinally resiliently compressible between its end formations whereby during assembly of the injection device, the torsion spring may be longitudinally compressed and then rotated, thereby urging the end formations of the torsion drive spring into engagement with the respective seats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Toby Cowe, Simon Reitter
  • Publication number: 20150089788
    Abstract: A method is provided for retaining a stack of sheets in a post-processing unit which improves retaining capabilities of a retaining element while retaining a stack of sheets. This method comprises the steps of forming a stack of sheets, providing a wire from a wire source, the wire being plastically-elastically deformable, selecting a retaining element type from one of a clip element type and a stapling element type, determining a wire deforming program for forming a retaining element of the selected retaining element type, forming the retaining element according to the wire deforming program by bending the wire at a number of positions along the wire and cutting the wire, and applying the formed retaining element to the stack of sheets, thereby retaining the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventor: Theodorus A.G. HEEREN
  • Publication number: 20150088241
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A sheath pair is placed over the crimped scaffold after crimping to reduce recoil of the crimped polymer scaffold and maintain scaffold-balloon engagement relied on to hold the scaffold to the balloon when the scaffold is being delivered to a target in a body. The sheath pair is removed by a health professional before placing the scaffold within the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Annie P. Liu, Jason Phillips, Mark C. Johnson, Brenna Hearn Lord, Jeremy Beer, Travis Yribarren, Steve Saville, Marc L. Speck
  • Publication number: 20150074975
    Abstract: A method of crimping a stent on a balloon of a catheter assembly is provided. A polymeric stent is disposed over a balloon in an inflated configuration. The stent is crimped over the inflated balloon to a reduced crimped configuration so that the stent is secured onto the balloon. The balloon wall membrane is wedged or pinched between the strut elements of the stent for increasing the retention of the stent on the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Bin Huang, David C. Gale, Daniel Castro
  • Publication number: 20150074974
    Abstract: Disclosed are alkali aluminosilicate glasses having unexpected resistance to indentation cracking. The glasses obtain this high resistance as a result of a high level of surface compression accompanied by a shallow depth of layer. The advantaged glasses show greater resistance to radial crack formation from Vickers indentation than glasses with the same compressive stress, but higher depths of layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan David Pesansky, Chandan Kumar Saha, Trevor E. Wilantewicz
  • Publication number: 20150068044
    Abstract: An edge beveling tool for working leather including a handle; a cutting member comprising an arm with first and second ends, cutting surface(s) being provided on the second end, and a spring assembly for removably engaging the cutting member with the handle. The first end of the cutting member is inserted into a slot defined in the handle and is engaged by the spring assembly. The spring assembly is a spring clip which urges the first end of the cutting member into contact with an interior wall of the handle. When it is desired to replace the first cutting member with a second cutting member having a different cutting profile, the first cutting member is grasped and pulled out of the slot. A first end of the second cutting member is then inserted into the slot where the spring clip urges it contact with the interior wall of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Weaver Leather, LLC
    Inventor: James Jeremiah Ian Watt
  • Patent number: 8973238
    Abstract: Medical device components and processes are disclosed. For example, tube-shaped catheter components and processes of making tube-shaped catheter components are disclosed. Devices and systems, including medical devices and systems, such as catheters, containing tube-shaped catheter components are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Schoenle, Daniel James Horn, Yiqun Wang, Lixiao Wang
  • Publication number: 20150066132
    Abstract: A balloon catheter is disclosed, which includes an elongated shaft body, a dilatable balloon in which a distal end portion and a proximal end portion form a dilation chamber inside of the dilatable balloon by being away from each other and being individually bonded to an outer periphery of the shaft body, and a stretch regulation member that connects the outer periphery of the shaft body or an inner periphery of the balloon of the distal end portion of the balloon and the outer periphery of the shaft body or the inner periphery of the balloon of the proximal end portion of the balloon with each other inside the dilation chamber while regulating a stretch occurring between the distal end portion and the proximal end portion of the balloon during dilation of the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Shinya Sawada