Separate Sliding Operator Patents (Class 294/100)
  • Patent number: 11389937
    Abstract: A light installation tool configured to provide installation of clearance lights and brake lights on a trailer. The light installation tool of the present invention includes a body having a handle and a lever. The lever is pivotally movable with respect to the handle and is operably coupled with a drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is operably coupled with a plunger rod wherein the drive mechanism is operable to provide discrete movements of the plunger rod. A base plate is formed on the body and the base plate includes a light insertion member mounted thereto. The light insertion member has a bottom and a wall contiguously formed to define an interior volume wherein an opening is present distal to the bottom. The wall of the light insertion member is comprised of a plurality of segments wherein the segments are arranged in a longitudinal manner between the opening and the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: William Darren Klatt
  • Patent number: 11357545
    Abstract: A catheter system for retrieving a leadless cardiac pacemaker from a patient is provided. The cardiac pacemaker can include a docking or retrieval feature configured to be grasped by the catheter system. In some embodiments, the retrieval catheter can include a snare configured to engage the retrieval feature of the pacemaker. The retrieval catheter can include a torque shaft selectively connectable to a docking cap and be configured to apply rotational torque to a pacemaker to be retrieved. Methods of delivering the leadless cardiac pacemaker with the delivery system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Khairkhahan, Alan Klenk, Thomas Blake Eby
  • Patent number: 11298146
    Abstract: Particular embodiments disclosed herein provide a surgical instrument comprising a device having a functional end configured to be inserted into a body part, a shaft coupled to a proximal end of the device, and a shaft housing configured to receive a distal end of the shaft and operable to move along a central axis of the shaft. The surgical instrument further comprises a tube coupled to the distal end of the shaft housing and configured to partially house the device such that the functional end of the device at least partially extends beyond the distal end of the tube. The surgical instrument further comprises a plurality of arcuate levers such that pressing one or more of the plurality of arcuate levers moves the shaft housing and the tube toward the functional end of the device, causing the tube to transition the device from a deactivated state to an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Linsi
  • Patent number: 11298833
    Abstract: There is provided a gripper, a gripping device, and an industrial robot that can more reliably grip a workpiece without using a granular material. The gripper includes integrally: a palm portion; a plurality of finger portions protruding from a periphery of the palm portion and configured to fall toward the palm portion by deforming the palm portion in a thickness direction; a connecting portion formed in a position surrounding an outer edge of the palm portion on a side opposite to a side formed with the finger portions, the connecting portion connected to a case; and a high-strength portion provided between the palm portion and the connecting portion, the high-strength portion having a predetermined length from the outer edge of the palm portion in the thickness direction of the palm portion, and the high-strength portion being less likely to be deformed than the palm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NITTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Itaru Hatano, Shunsuke Iwata, Hirokazu Nitta
  • Patent number: 11253976
    Abstract: A system includes thermally protective, narrow reverse-action tweezers with a self-aligning clamp for frictionless positioning with secure connection to a sample preparation system plunger for cryogenic transmission electron microscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: NANOSOFT, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Philip Godfrin, Michael Asher Franzblau
  • Patent number: 11207787
    Abstract: A gripping device includes a bag-shaped gripping body, a plurality of elastic portions, and a shape holding portion. The gripping body includes a palm portion, and a plurality of finger portions protruding from a periphery of the palm portion and configured to fall toward the palm portion by deforming the palm portion in a thickness direction. The plurality of elastic portions is respectively provided in the plurality of finger portions, each of the plurality of elastic portions having a shape of each of the plurality of finger portions. The shape holding portion is provided in the gripping body to prevent contraction of an outer periphery of the palm portion. The shape holding portion includes a guide bore for receiving the palm portion when being deformed, and a curved portion provided on an outer side of a distal end of the shape holding portion in an axial direction of the guide bore. The distal end faces the plurality of finger portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NITTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Itaru Hatano, Hirokazu Nitta
  • Patent number: 11203228
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for holding a lug nut. The apparatus includes a base (150), a barrel (140), a lug nut engagement assembly (130), a plunger and a cam guide (170). The barrel (140) is coupled with the base (152) in a manner allowing the barrel (140) to move upwardly or downwardly within the base (150). The barrel (140) has an internal cam track portion (145). The lug nut engagement assembly (130) includes retractable fingers (132). The lug nut engagement assembly (130) is removeably affixed to the barrel (140). The plunger (160) is disposed within a portion of the lug nut engagement assembly (130), the barrel (140) and the cam guide (170). The plunger (160) has a tip for engagement with the retractable fingers (132). The cam guide (170) is disposed and moveable within a bottom portion of the barrel (140). The cam guide (170) has longitudinal rails (172) for engagement with the internal cam track (145) of the barrel (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: RoboTire, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Mica, Victor Darolfi
  • Patent number: 11172925
    Abstract: The suture passer includes a body, from which two mechanisms protrude: a hollow needle through which a suture is guided, the suture exiting at the surgical site; and a sliding hollow tube with a distal opening, with a pincer/clamp/jaws held within the sliding hollow tube. The two primary parts of the suture passer are the hollow needle and the retrieval member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ring Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasser Abdelsalam Nadim, Lance Fagan
  • Patent number: 11059153
    Abstract: A bit puller incorporates an inner element with a longitudinal axis and having a central shaft, a base with external threads and an engagement mechanism internal to the inner element adapted to engage a drill bit. An outer element is concentric with the inner element and has a foot portion for engaging a work piece. Internal threads in the outer element are adapted to engage the external threads of the base wherein rotation of the inner element with respect to the outer element withdraws the inner element along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kareem Gamal Shehab
  • Patent number: 11034033
    Abstract: A micro-gripper includes a support to which are articulated fingers and an actuating diaphragm, adjusting the spacing of the fingers. The support being circular, the fingers may be arranged in any number around it, and the diaphragm delimits a chamber with the support assembled to an equipment for distributing fluids, the pressure of which elastically deforms the diaphragm and controls a simultaneous movement of variations in spacings of the fingers. If the diaphragm is conical and the fingers link up all around, an independence of the movements of the fingers remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Johan Andre
  • Patent number: 10933247
    Abstract: A lead assembly and associated process include a lead and an integrated feature that facilitates extraction of the lead from the associated body passage. The integrated feature in one embodiment is a sheath received between the associated body passage and received over the lead. The sheath has a first portion extending from adjacent the proximal end to adjacent the distal end of the lead, where the first portion has an inner surface facing with the lead outer surface and the first portion having an outer surface facing radially outward from the lead outer surface. A second portion of the sheath extends from adjacent the distal end to adjacent the proximal end of the lead. The second portion has an inner surface received over the outer surface of the first portion, and the second portion further having an outer surface abutting an inner surface of the associated body passage that receives the lead therein. The integrated feature is alternatively a wire, band, or spoke assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MRM MEDTECH, LLC
    Inventor: Majid Rashidi
  • Patent number: 10899019
    Abstract: A mechatronic device includes two arms extending from a base in a first direction and shaped to be handheld by an operator, the two arms having free ends forming a gripper and arranged to move closer together by rotation from a rest position to an active position, a motor housed in the base, an actuator mounted between the arms, and a means for controlling said actuator, the actuator connected to the motor so as to be driven in movement in translation in the first direction. The actuator also has a first contact surface that forms a cam with a respective second contact surface on each arm, the first contact surface remaining engaged with the second contact surface. The control means controls the movement in translation of the actuator to produce a movement in rotation of the arms that applies a chosen force of the gripper in its active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: PERCIPIO ROBOTICS, SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (C.N.R.S.)
    Inventors: Stephane Regnier, Thomas Daunizeau, Dogan Sinan Haliyo, Tianming Lu, Marie Lutringer, David Heriban
  • Patent number: 10881421
    Abstract: A mechanical end effector comprising at least two movable parts, wherein each of the movable parts is mounted on at least two supports, wherein a relative position of the movable parts with respect to each other is variable by changing the relative position of the supports with respect to each other, and wherein the supports of the movable parts comprise bendable members, wherein the bendable members are equipped with mechanical properties that arrange for flexing of the bendable members when a force applied by the supports of the movable parts exceeds a predefined value and the bendable members are embodied as cooperating bands to arrange that flexing of the cooperating bands provides a visual feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
    Inventors: Milton Edward Aguirre, Jr., Tim Horeman
  • Patent number: 10849645
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for tissue reduction are described where one embodiment of the tissue resection device may generally comprise an external clamping mechanism having at least two distally extending members shaped with an atraumatic distal end and defining a confined region between the distally extending members sized to receive a tissue region therebetween. Additionally, an elongate coring needle defining a lumen and having a proximal end attached to a handle and a distal end which defines a cutting mechanism may also be included, wherein the coring needle is translatable adjacent and/or relative to the external or internal clamping mechanism defined by the confined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CorIT LLC
    Inventors: Iyad Saidi, Cameron Loper, Charles M. Huck, Ryan Mazurick, Jonathan Whitcraft
  • Patent number: 10827882
    Abstract: A food product gripping mechanism is provided. The food product gripping mechanism includes a shaft connected to a hub. A release mechanism has a first passage in fluid communication with a second passage. The second passage is configured to allow the shaft to pass therethrough. A tension member is positioned partly within the first passage of the release mechanism. A guide spool is configured to receive a portion of the tension member and further configured to allow the shaft to pass therethrough and a plurality of tongs is connected to the hub. The plurality of tongs are configured for a contracted orientation and further configured for rotation to an expanded orientation. The plurality of tongs are further configured to grip a food product without piercing a skin of the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew L. Verhelle
  • Patent number: 10799351
    Abstract: A delivery device 10 for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes a catheter assembly 16 including a shaft 26 around which a compartment 23 is defined, the compartment 23 being adapted to receive the valve in an assembled condition, and a retainer 30 including a pusher 32 and a holder 34 adapted to retain a stent portion 106 of the valve. The catheter assembly 16 also includes a distal sheath 24 adapted to selectively cover and uncover the compartment 23 and the valve, the distal sheath 24 extending around the shaft 26 at least when the distal sheath 24 covers the compartment 23. The pusher 32 includes one or more recesses 40 in a retention edge 33 thereof, each recess 40 being adapted to receive a junction 107 at an end of the stent portion 106 of the valve. The holder 34 includes one or more elongated ribs 50, each rib 50 being adapted to fit into a cell opening 108 of the stent portion 106 of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Huisun Wang, Valerie J. Glazier, Jacob John Daly
  • Patent number: 10792135
    Abstract: A flexible support for a dental tool includes a distal holder configured to securely hold the dental tool which may be quickly released, the flexible support includes an anchoring member configured to fit within a tool recess of a tool cradle, the anchoring member includes a diameter that may decrease or increase depending on movement of a central member within the anchoring member that actuates displaceable members such that the anchoring member quickly conforms to grip sides of the tool cradle and quickly releases therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Courtney Crew
  • Patent number: 10695205
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide systems and methods for deploying at least a portion of a stent, comprising a retaining member having a main body. At least one slot is formed into the main body. The at least one slot comprises a circumferentially enclosed segment and an axial opening. A portion of a stent is restrained from moving radially outward when disposed within the circumferentially enclosed segment, and the portion of the stent is self-expandable radially outward when aligned with the axial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Siddharth Vad
  • Patent number: 10615559
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft, a slide lock, and a pin. The shaft includes a first end, a second end opposite the first end and a middle portion between the first end and the second end. The first end includes an enclosure. The middle portion includes a tapered hole. The tapered hole is tapered in a direction from the first end to the second end. The slide lock is disposed over the shaft. The pin is disposed through the tapered hole and coupled to the slide lock. The movement of the slide lock is coupled to movement of the pin within the tapered hole of the shaft. The position of the pin within the tapered hole corresponds to an amount of opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Wesley S. Owen
  • Patent number: 10589022
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for syringe plunger positioning employing an actuator for linear advancement and retraction of the support member along a predetermined axis, and a plurality of arm members each interconnected to the support for movement therewith, and each moveable relative to the support member in corresponding different directions towards and away from the predetermined axis. The actuator may be operable to advance the support member to an advanced position for movement of the arm members from an open position to a closed position, and to retract the support member from the advanced position so that of the arm members engage an inside surface of a plunger button of syringe having a barrel located in a fixed, axially aligned position on the predetermined axis. The apparatus and method may be employed in conjunction with syringe plunger positioning (e.g. for filling operations) that accommodates a variety of syringe plunger configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Tammy Stultz, Randall Wallace Smith, Yuriy Konstantinovich Umanskiy
  • Patent number: 10518391
    Abstract: A puller including a plurality of pivoted lever members carrying gripper members for securely gripping a mat, pad, carpet or the like for ease in sliding movement and placement thereof. An adjustable handle including a pair of hollow shafts which receive therein slidable shafts each carrying a spring loaded button which can be positioned in a series of openings in the hollow shafts for adjusting the length of the handle so the user can work from a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Peter A. Dvorscak
  • Patent number: 10478206
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are instruments and methods for delivery of substrates, including cell-seeded substrates, to target tissues requiring treatment for various diseases that induce cell death, damage or loss of function. The substrates are configured to provide cells, including stem cells, with a structural support that allows interconnection with and transmission of biological signals between the cells and the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Mark Humayun, Ashish Ahuja, Yu-Chong Tai, Robert Grubbs, Rodrigo Brant, Trent Wells, Lincoln Vallance Johnson, Sherry T. Hikita, David Hinton
  • Patent number: 10470784
    Abstract: A medical grasping device is disclosed. The medical grasping device may be configured to retrieve an object from within a body lumen. A medical grasping device assembly, wherein a portion of the medical grasping device is disposed within a lumen of a delivery sheath, and methods of using the medical grasping device assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Mottola, Peter Sutcliffe, F. Mark Ferguson, Nate Shirley, Richard P. Jenkins, Christopher Cindrich
  • Patent number: 10434307
    Abstract: Devices and implantation methods utilizing subcutaneous placement into a patient are disclosed for the insertion, advancement and positioning of a subcutaneous implantable medical device (SIMD) such as a medical electrical lead. The SIMD is releasably-engaged with a device in accordance with embodiments of this disclosure, and advanced from an incision of the patient to an implant location. The implantation device may be disengaged from the SIMD without moving the SIMD from the implant location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary L. Cole
  • Patent number: 10294041
    Abstract: A container clamping and holding arrangement for moving containers, such as bottles, cans, and similar containers, for holding products, such as beverages. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b). As stated in C.F.R. § 1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Mallitzki
  • Patent number: 10160562
    Abstract: A spout holding device for holding a spout part having a communication hole, includes an elastic part capable of elastically deforming in a direction orthogonal to a first direction when compressive force or tensile force is applied to the elastic part in the first direction, wherein the elastic part applies elastic force to the spout part in three or more different directions orthogonal to the first direction to hold the spout part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO JIDOKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyokazu Mizote
  • Patent number: 10149444
    Abstract: A plant draw-in device and a plant body transplantation system that can draw roots of plant bodies into holes reliably with a simple structure, so that there is no need of monitoring or manual operation for roots insertion and the production efficiency can be improved. The plant draw-in device 110 includes a draw-in tube 111 that can be disposed below a hole 121, a draw-in member 113 provided such as to be capable of protruding from the draw-in tube 111, and a drive unit 114 that reciprocally moves the draw-in member 113 such as to come out from, and retract into, the draw-in tube 111. The draw-in member 113 is formed such that a portion thereof protruding from the draw-in tube 111 deforms and spreads outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Kouji Kouno, Tatsuya Hirai, Yu Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10147069
    Abstract: A method and system for piece-picking or piece put-away within a logistics facility. The system includes a central server and at least one mobile manipulation robot. The central server is configured to communicate with the robots to send and receive piece-picking data which includes a unique identification for each piece to be picked, a location within the logistics facility of the pieces to be picked, and a route for the robot to take within the logistics facility. The robots can then autonomously navigate and position themselves within the logistics facility by recognition of landmarks by at least one of a plurality of sensors. The sensors also provide signals related to detection, identification, and location of a piece to be picked or put-away, and processors on the robots analyze the sensor information to generate movements of a unique articulated arm and end effector on the robot to pick or put-away the piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IAM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Galluzzo, Vladimir Altman, Jean-Sebastian Valois
  • Patent number: 10085760
    Abstract: The medical device disclosed here is configured to remove a plurality of objects at a time from an interior of a living body by restricting the objects from dropping out from an interior of a basket and is capable of treating objects in a body tissues having different structures efficiently with the same device. A treatment portion of a medical device includes an outer basket and an inner basket. A plurality of outer leg portions of the outer basket and a plurality of inner leg portions of the inner basket are arranged so as to be staggered in a circumferential direction. The medical device may be used by being switched between a mode of using only the outer basket and a mode of using both of the outer basket and the inner basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaomi Imai, Yasuyuki Honma
  • Patent number: 10058150
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided that comprise a reaching apparatus removably coupled with a mobility device such that an individual can couple, uncouple, and/or use the reaching apparatus while concurrently using the mobility device for stability and/or mobility assistance. Related devices, systems, and kits further comprise a sheath for coupling with a mobility device using one or more attachment means, the sheath configured to slidably receive at least part of the reaching apparatus therein. Furthermore, methods for using such devices and systems are provided, providing both retrofit options and otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Barbara Wood
  • Patent number: 10046924
    Abstract: A core conveying device includes a plurality of holding devices, a support section, a moving device, and a mounting table. The support section has a hole formed at a position corresponding to a positioning pin and is connected so as to slide in a horizontal direction with respect to the moving device. A size of a lower end opening of the hole is larger than a size of an upper end of the positioning pin. The support section is configured such that, when the support section is moved downward so as to grip the core, as the positioning pin abuts against an inner surface of the hole and the support section slides in the horizontal direction with respect to the moving device, a position of the support section in the horizontal direction with respect to the core is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Kikuchi, Tsubasa Ito, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Tadashi Nakahashi
  • Patent number: 10005191
    Abstract: There is provided a holding apparatus for a robot including: two or more finger sections disposed opposite to each other so as to face toward a holding center; a work pressing section on which a work abuts when the work is inserted between the finger sections; and a driving unit that moves respective distal ends of the finger sections toward the holding center, wherein each of the finger sections includes a finger section main body formed of at least two plate-like elastic bodies, and a reinforcing member that is disposed along an outer surface of the main body, is joined to a distal end of the main body, and has higher rigidity than the main body, and the reinforcing member is swingably provided around an axis perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the main body, and parallel to a surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Takikawa, Yuutarou Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 9974545
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to surgical clamping devices and applicators for use therewith. Embodiments of the surgical clamping device comprise a body and a pair of clamping members extending from the body. An electronic controller housed within the body is coupled to control movement of at least one of the clamping members to control a pressure exerted by the clamping members on a blood vessel clamped therebetween. At least one blood flow sensor is mounted to at least one of the clamping members to detect blood flow in the blood vessel. The clamping members are locked in place when blood flow has been occluded or constricted to the desired extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Surgiclamp Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Geoffrey Paul Whelan, Abbas Kouzani
  • Patent number: 9962196
    Abstract: A bone screw extension assembly for use in placing a connecting rod percutaneously into tissue of a patient comprises a multi-axial bone screw and a screw extension releasably coupled to yoke of the bone screw. The screw extension includes coaxially disposed outer sleeve and inner sleeves that are rotatable relative to each other. A screw engaging member projects radially from the distal end of the inner sleeve and is configured to engage an extension coupling surface on the outer sleeve upon relative rotation of the inner and outer sleeves. A securement member including cooperative surfaces is defined adjacent the distal end of the inner and outer sleeves that is operable upon relative rotation of the inner sleeve and outer sleeve to radially secure the sleeves together to thereby maintain the engagement of the screw engaging member and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Scott McLean, Steven Seyer
  • Patent number: 9940604
    Abstract: A method and system for piece-picking or piece put-away within a logistics facility. The system includes a central server and at least one mobile manipulation robot. The central server is configured to communicate with the robots to send and receive piece-picking data which includes a unique identification for each piece to be picked, a location within the logistics facility of the pieces to be picked, and a route for the robot to take within the logistics facility. The robots can then autonomously navigate and position themselves within the logistics facility by recognition of landmarks by at least one of a plurality of sensors. The sensors also provide signals related to detection, identification, and location of a piece to be picked or put-away, and processors on the robots analyze the sensor information to generate movements of a unique articulated arm and end effector on the robot to pick or put-away the piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: IAM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Galluzzo, Vladimir Altman, Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 9931132
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved access of locations within the body by providing a variety of dissection modes on a single access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Christopher W. Sicvol
  • Patent number: 9925672
    Abstract: A robot gripping device has finger parts. Each finger part has a finger part body which is comprised of a plurality of plate-shaped elastic members, a first anti-slip part which is provided at an inside surface of a front end side of the finger part body, and a reinforcing member which is arranged along an outer surface of the finger part body, is connected to the front end of the finger part body, and is higher in rigidity than the finger part body. The reinforcing member has a first rotary joint which makes the reinforcing member pivot about a first axis of rotation which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the finger part body. The robot gripping device has a drive part which makes a base end of the finger part body move along the center of grip to make the finger parts open and close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazutaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9894886
    Abstract: An egg processing apparatus is provided. Such an apparatus includes a plurality of egg processing devices configured to interact with a plurality of eggs carried by an egg carrier. An egg support assembly is positioned beneath the egg processing devices such that an egg carrier is capable of being moved between the egg processing devices and the egg support assembly. The egg support assembly includes a plurality of pedestals, with each pedestal having a plurality of discrete egg support members cooperating to form a seating arrangement portion for contacting and supporting an end of an egg in the egg carrier. An associated assembly and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Zoetis Services LLC
    Inventor: William Dongwook Suh
  • Patent number: 9889294
    Abstract: An extractor for removing an implanted lead from a patient, the extractor comprising a proximal portion, a distal portion, a lumen dimensioned to receive the lead therein, a cutter at the distal portion for cutting tissue adjacent the implanted lead, and a first clamping member movable between a clamping position to clamp the lead and an unclamping position to unclamp the lead. The extractor and lead are relatively movable to remove the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Talpanetics bv
    Inventors: Menno Kalmann, Wieger Kaptein, Amit Ben Dror
  • Patent number: 9833894
    Abstract: The present technology provides a device for retrieving objects. The device has a proximate elongate member (120) extending from a handle (110) and a flexible elongate member (130) coupled with the proximate elongate member and slidable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration. The device has a holding member (140) operatively coupled with the flexible elongate member. Some embodiments have an actuating system configured to operate certain types of holding members with an actuating member (113) to enable the holding member to hold/release an object. Some embodiments have a locking system configured to lock the flexible elongate member to the proximate elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Kenn Stephen Buxton
  • Patent number: 9827655
    Abstract: Tool for extracting annular carbon face seal from bore of equipment which seal is installed. Tool has extraction-tube for insertion into bore at entrance so, when extraction-tube is fully inserted into bore, multi-legged collet formed at distal-end of extraction-tube located within seal and proximal-end of extraction-tube accessible at entrance of bore. Tool has elongate-member extending along central passage of extraction-tube. Wedge element provided at distal-end of elongate-member located at mouth of collet. Proximal-end of elongate-member accessible at proximal-end of extraction-tube. Tool has support for reacting axial extraction force applied to extraction-tube to equipment. Tool has first-actuator at proximal-end of elongate-member. Tool configured so first-actuator causes wedge element to be pulled into collet, thereby expanding collet and causing to grip inner surface of seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Thomas Reginald Owens, James Mark Walter
  • Patent number: 9823693
    Abstract: A convertible display includes a number of video display panels which are movable between a first position in which the panels extend in the same plane to define a unified display and a configuration in which one or more of the panels are moved into other planes which allow them to form steps. Multiple of the rotated panels may form a sequence of steps, e.g. a staircase. The convertible display may be moved via a robotic mount, whereby the position or orientation of the convertible display may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Flessas
  • Patent number: 9776351
    Abstract: In an injection molding system, a rack on which a peripheral device can be mounted includes a fixing unit for removably fixing to a machine stool of an injection molding machine and a moving unit for making the rack movable alone. Accordingly, maintenance of the injection molding machine can be performed satisfactorily and positioning work is also made easier so that the rack can be transported easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsushi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9700303
    Abstract: A suture passer includes a handle, an elongated sleeve defining a distal end, an inner shaft slidably disposed within the elongated sleeve, and an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the inner shaft. The end effector assembly includes first and second arms, at least one which is movable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for retaining a portion of a suture therebetween. The inner shaft and elongated sleeve are relatively movable between a first condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the approximated position and the distal end of the elongated sleeve is exposed, a second condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the approximated position and the distal end of the elongated sleeve is shielded, and a third condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the spaced-apart position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, John D. Hendershot, III, Kenneth W. Horton, Gregory F. Tebbe
  • Patent number: 9662783
    Abstract: The aspects of the disclosed embodiments relate to a micromanipulator arrangement that includes at least one drive stem, at least one movable element arranged on the drive stem to move along the drive stem wherein the drive stem being arranged to cause a change in a position of the movable element with respect to the drive stem; wherein an additional factor exists having an effect in the change of the position of the movable element and the micromanipulator arrangement further comprises means for compensating said additional factor such that said effect is diminished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SensApex Oy
    Inventor: Mikko Vähäsöyrinki
  • Patent number: 9649763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to modular system for micro-nano manipulation of samples. The modular system of the present invention comprises changeable tool tips which may be provided in an array, and a tool body. Each changeable tool tip comprises an end effector connected to a base having mating structures. The tool body includes an arm having slits having dimensions and being disposed on the arm so as to detachably couple with the mating structures of the tool tip. The slits may include an opening with rounded corners for receiving the mating structures, and tapered side walls for frictionally fitting the mating structures. The present invention relates also to a connection system for connecting a micro-dimensional tool body to a changeable micro-dimensional tool tip and to a manipulation tool for use with changeable tool tips of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Yu Sun, Ko Lun Chen
  • Patent number: 9456670
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided that comprise a reaching apparatus removably coupled with a mobility device such that an individual can couple, uncouple, and/or use the reaching apparatus while concurrently using the mobility device for stability and/or mobility assistance. Related devices and systems further comprise a sheath coupled with the mobility device, the sheath configured to slidably receive at least part of the reaching apparatus therein. Furthermore, methods for manufacturing such devices and systems are provided, providing both retrofit options as well as methods for manufacturing specific mobility and/or stability devices comprising the reaching apparatus hereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Barbara Wood
  • Patent number: 9439795
    Abstract: A delivery device 10 for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes a catheter assembly 16 including a shaft 26 around which a compartment 23 is defined, the compartment 23 being adapted to receive the valve in an assembled condition, and a retainer 30 including a pusher 32 and a holder 34 adapted to retain a stent portion 106 of the valve. The catheter assembly 16 also includes a distal sheath 24 adapted to selectively cover and uncover the compartment 23 and the valve, the distal sheath 24 extending around the shaft 26 at least when the distal sheath 24 covers the compartment 23. The pusher 32 includes one or more recesses 40 in a retention edge 33 thereof, each recess 40 being adapted to receive a junction 107 at an end of the stent portion 106 of the valve. The holder 34 includes one or more elongated ribs 50, each rib 50 being adapted to fit into a cell opening 108 of the stent portion 106 of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Huisun Wang, Valerie J. Glazier, Jacob John Daly
  • Patent number: 9433446
    Abstract: A bone screw extension assembly for use in placing a connecting rod percutaneously into tissue of a patient comprises a multi-axial bone screw and a screw extension releasably coupled to yoke of the bone screw. The screw extension includes coaxially disposed outer sleeve and inner sleeves that are rotatable relative to each other. A screw engaging member projects radially from the distal end of the inner sleeve and is configured to engage an extension coupling surface on the outer sleeve upon relative rotation of the inner and outer sleeves. A securement member including cooperative surfaces is defined adjacent the distal end of the inner and outer sleeves that is operable upon relative rotation of the inner sleeve and outer sleeve to radially secure the sleeves together to thereby maintain the engagement of the screw engaging member and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McLean, Steven Seyer
  • Patent number: 9339945
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gravity independent gripping and drilling are described. The gripping device can also comprise a drill or sampling devices for drilling and/or sampling in microgravity environments, or on vertical or inverted surfaces in environments where gravity is present. A robotic system can be connected with the gripping and drilling devices via an ankle interface adapted to distribute the forces realized from the robotic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Aaron Parness, Matthew A. Frost, Nitish Thatte, Jonathan P. King