US Pat. No. 9,366,344

VALVE DEVICE FOR A COMBUSTION ENGINE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A valve device for a combustion engine, comprising a housing with at least two fluid connections a hollow valve element,
being rotatably supported in the housing between at least two rotational positions, said valve element comprising at least
two openings, which dependent on the rotational position of the valve element can be connected with the fluid connections
of the housing, and a drive for rotating the valve element,
characterized in that the valve element is connected torque proof with a shaft, which shaft is rotatably supported at two
opposing bearings of the housing, wherein the shaft is at least at one end rotatably supported in a bearing bush extending
at least about half way around the shaft, which bearing bush is received at one of the bearings torque proof against a rotation
about a shaft axis, wherein an inner surface of the bearing bush is formed spherically.

US Pat. No. 9,357,686

DISPENSING APPARATUS HAVING SUBSTRATE INVERTER SYSTEM AND CLAMPING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A VISCOUS MATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A dispensing apparatus for dispensing viscous material on a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface, the dispenser
comprising:
a frame;
a gantry system coupled to the frame;
a dispenser coupled to the gantry system, the gantry system being configured to move the dispensing unit in x-axis, y-axis,
and z-axis directions; and

a substrate support assembly coupled to the frame and configured to support the substrate in a dispense position to dispense
material on the top surface of the substrate and on the bottom surface of the substrate, the substrate support assembly being
disposed below the dispensing unit, the substrate support assembly including

a clamping system configured to receive and support the substrate in the dispense position and to secure the substrate during
a dispense operation in which the dispenser is used to dispense viscous material on the substrate, the clamping system including
a first clamping assembly configured to clamp one edge of the substrate and a second clamping assembly configured to clamp
an opposite edge of the substrate, each clamping assembly including an upper clamping member and a lower clamping member,
the upper and lower clamping members being configured to secure an edge of the substrate, the upper and lower clamping members
being connected to at least one spring to bias the clamping members to the clamped position, each clamping assembly further
including a clamp jaw positioned between the upper and lower clamping members, the at least one spring applying a torsional
load to at least one of the upper and lower clamping members to apply a clamping force on the substrate to position the substrate
within the clamp jaw, and

an inverter coupled to the frame and the clamping system, the inverter being configured to rotate the clamping system about
an axis that is parallel to the y-axis direction between a first position in which the top surface of the substrate is in
the dispense position and the dispenser dispenses viscous material on the top surface of the substrate and a second position
in which the bottom surface of the substrate is in the dispense position and the dispenser dispenses viscous material on the
bottom surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,357,624

BARRIER DISCHARGE CHARGE NEUTRALIZATION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A balanced ionizer for static charge neutralization in a variable environment in response to the application of variable-waveform
signals thereto, the balanced ionizer comprising:
a hollow dielectric channel having a length and an outer surface, the dielectric channel being at least partially disposed
within the variable environment;

a reference emitter disposed on the outer surface of the dielectric channel; and
a high voltage electrode at least partially disposed within the hollow dielectric channel, the high voltage electrode presenting
a high intensity electric field to the reference emitter through the dielectric channel in response to the provision of a
variable-waveform high voltage signal, the electric field causing the generation of a plasma region with electrically balanced
charge carriers within the variable environment due to barrier discharge occurring at the interface of the reference emitter
and the outer surface of the dielectric channel.

US Pat. No. 9,380,838

OVER MOLDED G-HOOK

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A G-Hook of multi-layer construction adapted to operatively connect an elongated connection strap to a webbing loop projecting
away from an underlying support surface, the G-Hook comprising:
a base portion of substantially planar geometry, the base portion having an interior eyelet extending through the base portion,
the eyelet being adapted to receive the connection strap in pass through relation across the base portion;

a hooking arm partially surrounding a loop engagement slot disposed adjacent to the base portion, the hooking arm having a
first lateral segment extending away from the base portion, a crossing segment disposed transverse to the first lateral segment
and a second lateral segment extending away from the crossing segment in the direction of the base portion, the second lateral
segment having a free end spaced apart from the base portion with a space between the free end and the base portion defining
a perimeter passage into the loop engagement slot opening;

a metal crossbar extending between lateral sides of the eyelet; and
a metal ridge disposed along an inboard side of the crossing segment and projecting into the loop engagement slot towards
the base portion, wherein the crossbar and metal ridge comprise uncovered portions of a metal insert disposed in embedded,
sandwiched relation between a pair of opposing polymeric covering layers.

US Pat. No. 9,377,385

ROTATING DOVETAIL CONNECTION FOR MATERIALS TESTING

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A jaw face for materials testing comprising:
a plate with a first planar surface and a second planar surface;
a tongue extending from the first planar surface, the tongue including:
a longitudinal axis parallel to the first planar surface;
a first end, a second end, a first side and a second side which are perpendicular to the first planar surface; and
a face with edges contacting distal edges of the first end, second end, first side and second side;
the face having a convex partially cylindrical shape and including a detent depression, and further including first and second
chamfered portions extending to the distal edges of the first end and second end;

an aperture extending through the tongue perpendicular to the longitudinal axis with a first opening on the first side and
a second opening on the second side;

a first undercut section at an intersection of a proximal edge of the first side of the tongue and the first planar surface;
and

a second undercut section at an intersection of a proximal edge of the second side of the tongue and the first planar surface.

US Pat. No. 9,137,901

PULSED AIR-ACTUATED MICRO-DROPLET ON DEMAND INK JET

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A system for jetting liquid, comprising:
a liquid chamber for holding a supply of liquid;
an actuator for pushing a volume of liquid out of the liquid chamber;
a needle extending from the liquid chamber and terminating in a needle orifice outlet; and
at least two air jets situated on opposite sides of the needle orifice outlet;
wherein a desired volume of liquid is formed at and extending out from the needle orifice outlet in response to the actuator,
and wherein the at least two air jets produce a timed pulse of air directed at the desired volume of liquid extending out
from the needle orifice outlet to create a micro-droplet from the desired volume and to accelerate the micro-droplet to high
velocity.

US Pat. No. 9,403,231

HYBRID PULSED-SHORT CIRCUIT WELDING REGIME

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a first current waveform generator configured to generate a first current waveform for welding current for a first transfer
mode;

a second current waveform generator configured to generate a second current waveform for welding current for a second transfer
mode;

a comparison component configured to compare values of the first current waveform with the second current waveform;
processing circuitry configured to provide a control waveform based upon the comparison; and
power conversion circuitry configured to provide welding power output based upon the control waveform.

US Pat. No. 9,121,426

BRACKET CLIP

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A snap-in bracket clip adapted for insertion through an access opening in an insert flange projecting through a mounting
bracket to secure the insert flange in place in transverse relation to the mounting bracket, the bracket clip comprising:
a head portion defining a finger engagement press tab projecting away from an outboard boundary edge to an inboard boundary
edge, the outboard boundary edge being adapted to engage a surface of the mounting bracket at a position above the insert
flange;

a pair of spaced-apart legs integral with the head portion and extending away from the head portion, each of the legs having
a wedge-shaped configuration including an upper portion bordered by parallel inboard and outboard edges adapted for disposition
at an interior of the access opening and a tapered lower portion, wherein the lower portion includes an outboard contact surface
of non-tapered configuration adapted to engage a surface of the mounting bracket at a position below the insert flange,

an integral base extending between distal ends of the legs such that the base and the legs cooperatively form a “U” shaped
profile; and

a single integral snap wing extending in angled relation away from the base, the single integral snap wing being disposed
on an inboard side of the bracket clip and including a free edge disposed below an underside of the head portion, wherein
the single integral snap wing includes a lower wing segment having an outer surface forming a first angle relative to the
underside of the head portion and an upper wing segment extending to the free edge, the upper wing segment having an outer
surface forming a second, steeper angle relative to the underside of the head portion wherein the outer surface of the lower
wing segment includes a plurality of longitudinal raised ribs of curved profile extending at least partially along a length
of the lower wing segment.

US Pat. No. 9,248,983

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTABLE SLIDE RETRACT FOR CONVEYOR

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A package handling device comprising:
a conveyor configured to transport a product from a first end of the conveyor toward a second end of the conveyor along a
product handling line;

a sensor system disposed proximate to the conveyor to determine at least one characteristic of the product for comparison
of the at least one characteristic to product acceptance criteria, wherein failure of the product to meet the product acceptance
criteria results in generation of a reject signal;

a reject system configured to direct the product to a reject bin responsive to the reject signal and information indicative
of a size of the product via operation of a movable assembly that moves at least a portion of the conveyor away from the second
end to create a gap in the product handling line, the gap having a size that is variable,

wherein the reject system comprises an adjustable retraction mechanism operably coupled to a portion of a frame of the conveyor
and to the movable assembly, the adjustable retraction mechanism drawing the movable assembly inwardly responsive to receipt
of the reject signal to define a selected size of the gap based on the information indicative of a size of the product.

US Pat. No. 9,381,591

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING SECONDARY WELD ERRORS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system comprising:
a weld secondary component; and
a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a tangible machine-readable memory medium, the instructions comprising
instructions for:

determining a value of a weld secondary parameter across the weld secondary component based on a sensed parameter acquired
via shorting of a welding torch tip to the weld secondary component;

comparing the determined value to a reference value range; and
alerting a user to a presence and location of a weld secondary error when the determined value is outside the reference value
range.

US Pat. No. 9,227,262

POWER SOURCE FOR REDUCING ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE AND POWER CONSUMPTION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding power source configured to receive an input power, comprising:
a plurality of components comprising power conversion circuitry and a background power supply;
a weld switch coupled to the power conversion circuitry, wherein the weld switch is configured to control distribution of
the input power to the power conversion circuitry; and

supervising circuitry coupled to the weld switch, wherein the supervising circuitry is configured to operate in a plurality
of modes, and the supervising circuitry is configured to distribute the input power to the plurality of components based at
least in part on a mode of the plurality of modes, wherein the plurality of modes comprises:

a welding mode configured to distribute the input power to the power conversion circuitry and to the background power supply,
wherein the supervising circuitry is configured to close the weld switch to distribute the input power to the power conversion
circuitry when the supervising circuitry is operating in the welding mode; and

a monitoring mode configured to distribute the input power to the background power supply, and to not distribute the input
power to the power conversion circuitry, wherein the supervising circuitry is configured to open the weld switch when the
supervising circuitry is operating in the monitoring mode.

US Pat. No. 9,206,604

ROD HANGER FOR SECURING A ROD TO A SUBSTRATE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A rod hanger for securing a rod to a substrate, comprising:
a mounting portion defining a perimeter edge, configured for engaging the substrate and having a hole configured for engaging
a fastener;

a rod receiving portion configured for receiving the rod;
a connecting element configured for vertically displacing the mounting portion and the rod receiving portion; and
a plurality of anti-rotation elements on the mounting portion spaced apart from the hole and spaced uniformly from one another
along a perimeter of the hole and configured for penetratingly engaging the substrate to frictionally hold the fastener in
place while counteracting a moment acting upon said rod hanger as the rod is received by the rod receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,074,114

ISOCYANURATE VINYL ESTER ANCHORING ADHESIVE COMPOSITION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An anchoring adhesive, comprising:
a first part A and a second part B present in a weight ratio of about 1:4 to about 40:1;
the first part A comprising about 1-30% by weight of an isocyanurate compound, about 3-50% by weight of a vinyl ester compound,
about 20-70% by weight of one or more fillers and zero to about 40% by weight additional monomer, wherein the additional monomer,
when present, is selected from the group consisting of a vinyl monomer, an acrylate monomer, a diacrylate monomer, and combinations
thereof;

the second part B comprising a free radical initiator;
wherein the anchoring adhesive withstands a tensile force of 1501 psi, and a compressive force of 9562 psi.

US Pat. No. 9,303,672

RIVET FASTENER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A rivet fastener, comprising:
a fastener body having a body head defining a hole therethrough;
a fastener pin having a pin head and a shaft configured for insertion through said hole in said body head;
said body head defining a channel in a surface thereof, and lands along opposite edges of said channel;
said pin head being of a size and shape to fit within said channel while leaving said lands exposed along side said pin head;
and

said lands being relieved along upper surfaces thereof and defining continuous unobstructed fingertip accommodating hollows
in exposed surfaces thereof outwardly from and continuously along said channel for the lengths of said lands along said channel.

US Pat. No. 9,227,270

METHOD TO MONITOR THE LIFE OF THE CONTACT TIP IN GMAW-PULSE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of monitoring contact tip useful life in a welding torch during GMAW-pulse applications, said method comprising
the steps of:
applying a pulse welding waveform through the contact tip to operate a weld, the pulse waveform including current and voltage
that periodically change between peaks and background;

measuring welding current and voltage at a data acquisition frequency that allows for distinguishing the pulse waveform data;
removing the welding data that corresponds to an arc start and an arc stop;
assessing deterioration of the contact tip based on one or more of (i) a decrease in the frequency of the peaks, and (ii)
an increase in the length of a time period of the background between two peaks.

US Pat. No. 9,206,780

AUTOMATIC START AND STOP OF A PORTABLE ENGINE DRIVEN POWER SOURCE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
an engine;
a battery operably coupled to the engine to provide power for starting the engine;
a welder generator driven by the engine;
an air compressor driven by the engine;
a sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of whether a demand is made for air pressure from the air compressor by
reference to pressure in a compressed air storage tank; and

a controller configured to stop the engine when no demand is detected for welding power or for air pressure from the air compressor
for a first predetermined time, and to restart the engine in response to determination that a state of charge of the battery
is below a predetermined level, wherein the controller is configured to shut down its operation if no demand is detected for
a second predetermined time following stopping of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,374,905

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING DISPENSING UNITS OF A DISPENSER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A dispensing apparatus comprising:
a frame including a gantry configured to provide movement in X axis and Y axis directions, the gantry including a first side
rail, a second side rail and a beam that extends between the first side rail and the second side rail, the beam being configured
to move in the Y axis direction along the first and second side rails to achieve Y axis movement, the gantry further including
a carriage mounted on the beam, the carriage being configured to move along the length of the beam in the X axis direction;

a support coupled to the frame, the support being configured to support at least one electronic substrate under the gantry;
a first dispenser coupled to the carriage, the first dispenser being configured to dispense material;
a second dispenser coupled to the carriage by an automatic adjustment mechanism, the second dispenser being configured to
dispense material;

an imager coupled to one of the frame and the gantry, the imager being configured to capture at least one image of a first
pattern and a second pattern, the second pattern being substantially identical to the first pattern; and

a controller configured to control the operation of the carriage, the first dispenser, the second dispenser, the automatic
adjustment mechanism, and the imager,

wherein the automatic adjustment mechanism is configured to move the second dispenser in the X axis and Y axis directions
to manipulate and adjust a spacing between the first dispenser and the second dispenser during a dispensing operation in which
the first dispenser and the second dispenser dispense material on a substrate, and

wherein the automatic adjustment mechanism includes a linear bearing secured to the carriage, a mounting block configured
to ride along the linear bearing, coupled to the second dispenser, and a first linear drive motor assembly configured to move
the mounting block along the linear bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,283,579

VARIABLE VOLUME HOT MELT ADHESIVE DISPENSING NOZZLE OR DIE ASSEMBLY WITH CHOKE SUPPRESSION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A variable volume hot melt adhesive dispensing nozzle or die assembly, comprising:
a first fluid flow of a first hot melt adhesive;
a second fluid flow of a second hot melt adhesive;
a plurality of hot melt adhesive dispensing nozzles, each one of said hot melt adhesive dispensing nozzle having a predetermined
cross-sectional area;

first and second choke slots, defined within a first fluid control plate, for causing said first and second fluid flows of
hot melt adhesive to flow toward each other such that said first and second fluid flows can be combined into a single fluid
flow at a fluid flow location located downstream from said first and second choke slots, and for effectively delaying the
reaction of pressure spikes upon said combined fluid flow when one of said first or second fluid flows of said first and second
hot melt adhesives is intermittently discontinued; and

a second fluid control plate located downstream from said first fluid control plate and said first and second choke slots
for combining said first and second fluid flows of said first and second hot melt adhesives into a combined flow of hot melt
adhesive and for conducting said combined flow of hot melt adhesive toward said plurality of hot melt adhesive dispensing
nozzles.

US Pat. No. 9,243,895

REMOTE DISPLACEMENT SENSOR, INCLUDING AN OPTICAL STRAIN GAUGE, AN ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM THEREWITH

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An optical displacement measuring device, comprising:
a first substrate including a first area with a first pattern formed on the first substrate;
a second substrate including a second area with a second pattern formed on the second substrate;
the first or second substrate including a fixed reference pattern;
the second substrate overlying the first substrate whereby the second pattern overlies the first pattern and the first and
second patterns generate a pattern of modulated intensity which is compared to the fixed reference pattern for determining
relative movement of the first and second substrates with respect to each other;

wherein the first substrate is attached to a surface at a first connection point and the second substrate is attached to a
surface at a second connection point; and

a distance between the first and second connection points define a gauge length, and changes in the gauge length cause a phase
shift of the pattern of modulated intensity with respect to the fixed reference pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,237,797

CONICAL SPONGE BRUSH FOR CLEANING SEMICONDUCTOR WAFERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A cleaning device for cleaning a substrate, the cleaning device comprising:
a frusto-conical brush including a first end, a second end opposed to the first end, an outer surface, and a hollow bore defined
in the brush about a central axis of the brush, wherein the frusto-conical brush continually increases in cross-sectional
area when taken perpendicular to the central axis from the first end to the second end;

wherein the brush includes a plurality of nodules formed on the outer surface of the brush; and
wherein a density of the plurality of nodules increases along the frusto-conical brush from the second end to the first end.

US Pat. No. 9,403,234

WIRE FEEDING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
a wire spool comprising a core having a core diameter and wire wound around the core and having an outer diameter:
a wire sensor configured to sense a measured outer diameter of the wire wound around the core of the wire spool;
a first sensor component disposed on the wire spool or a wire spool hub and configured to sense a rotational speed of the
wire spool; and

a second sensor component configured to sense a rotational speed of a drive roll of a wire feed drive mechanism that unwinds
the wire from the wire spool; and

a control system configured to receive data relating to the rotational speeds of the wire spool and the drive roll from the
first and second sensor components, and the measured outer diameter of the wire wound around the core of the wire spool, to
determine a determined outer diameter of the wire wound around the core of the wire spool based on the rotational speed of
the wire spool, the rotational speed of the drive roll, and a known diameter of the drive roll, and to determine a wire slip
error based on a comparison of the determined outer diameter of the wire wound around the core of the wire spool and the measured
outer diameter of the wire wound around the core of the wire spool.

US Pat. No. 9,338,825

COMBINATION SEAT HEATER AND OCCUPANT SENSOR ANTENNA

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A combination seat heater and occupant sensor antenna, comprising, a single structure incorporating components providing:
an electrically insulative substrate extending generally along a plane and having a first side and a second sides also extending
along the plane with the first side on an opposite side of the substrate with respect to the second side;

a seat heater assembly on said first side of said substrate and having terminals for receiving a current from an automobile
electrical system to provide a resistive heating of heater conductors of the seat heater assembly at a temperature adapted
to provide heat to an individual seated on the combination seat heater and occupant sensor in an automotive seat;

a capacitor system occupant sensor antenna on said second side of said substrate providing an antenna layer with an antenna
conductor and having connections for communication between the antenna conductor and a controller and adapted to allow sensing
capacitance affected by an individual seated on the combination seat heater and occupant sensor to determine a presence or
absence of an individual seated on the combination seat heater and occupant sensor; and

interference reducing structure separate from the substrate interposed between said seat heater assembly and said capacitor
system occupant sensor antenna adapted to electrically shield the capacitor system occupant sensor antenna from the seat heater
assembly, include a generally planar layer of electrically insulating polymer material positioned and sized to fully separate
the electrically insulative substrate of the seat heater from the antenna conductor and defining a plurality of air gaps therein,
the air gaps distributed over the entire area of the electrically insulating polymer material separating the electrically
insulative substrate of the seat heater from the antenna conductor and positioned between the antenna conductors and the heater
conductors.

US Pat. No. 9,272,351

DROSS REMOVAL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method comprising:
delivering a molten combination of a first volume of solder and a second volume of dross into a first vessel, the second volume
of the dross including a mixture of a third volume of the solder and a fourth volume of one or more oxides of the solder,
the second volume of the dross floating on a surface of the first volume of the solder;

cutting through the second volume of the dross that is floating on the surface of the first volume of the solder; and
separating the second volume of the dross into the third volume of the solder and the fourth volume of the one or more oxides
of the solder such that the second and third volumes are separated from each other by injecting a gas into the first volume
of the solder below the second volume of the dross in the first vessel,

wherein the gas is injected into the first volume of the solder via a multiplicity of apertures distributed in a lengthwise
direction along a plurality of stationary pipes that are submerged in the first volume of the solder below the second volume
of the dross.

US Pat. No. 9,266,372

TEXTURED HEAT TRANSFER LABEL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A textured heat transfer label, comprising:
a carrier, the carrier having a flat surface free of an embossed textured pattern;
a background layer;
a textured layer formed of a cross-linked polymer; and
a metallized portion arranged on the carrier,
wherein the textured layer is arranged on a portion of the flat surface of the carrier and the background layer is arranged
on the carrier over the textured layer, wherein the background layer is configured to transfer and adhere to a substrate upon
application of heat and pressure, and the textured layer is configured to remain bonded to the background layer providing
a raised textured surface, wherein the background layer is configured to soften and become tacky when subjected to heat and
pressure, wherein an adhesion between the background layer and the substrate is greater than an adhesion between the background
layer and the carrier when subjected to heat and pressure, and

wherein the background layer is arranged over the textured layer and the metallized portion, wherein the background layer
is configured to transfer and adhere to a substrate upon application of heat and pressure, and the metallized portion and
the textured layer are configured to remain bonded to the background layer after the heat transfer label is transferred to
the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,247,791

BURST ZIPPER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A burst zipper system, comprising:
a zipper having a length, the zipper including a first closure strip and a second closure strip, wherein the first closure
strip includes a first interlocking member and a first web portion, and the second closure strip includes a second interlocking
member and a second web portion;

a slider configured to fit around the zipper; and
a set of handles, the set of handles including at least two handles which are arranged substantially directly opposite each
other and spaced apart across the zipper, such that the slider is slidable between the at least two handles,

wherein the zipper is configured to be closed by the slider, which joins the first and second interlocking members as the
slider runs along the length of the zipper, and opened by pulling on the set of handles, and

wherein the set of handles are attached via welding, stitching or by using an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,114,632

PRINTING RIBBON AND METHOD FOR A RIBBON PRINTING SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A printing system comprising:
a controller configured to control operations of the printing system according to operational parameters, the operational
parameters used to control printing of ink from a thermal print ribbon onto one or more target objects by a thermal print
head; and

a ribbon reading device configured to electromagnetically examine the thermal print ribbon as the thermal print ribbon moves
in the printing system, the ribbon reading device examining the thermal print ribbon to determine if the thermal print ribbon
is associated with a set of designated operational parameters for the printing system,

wherein the controller is configured to use the set of designated operational parameters to control the operations of the
printing system when the thermal print ribbon is associated with the set of designated operational parameters,

wherein the ribbon reading device is configured to examine the thermal print ribbon by determining if the thermal print ribbon
includes at least one of a group or a pattern of groups of a magnetic trace material in the thermal print ribbon, and

wherein the controller is configured to determine that the thermal print ribbon is associated with the set of designated operational
parameters when the at least one of a group or a pattern of groups of the magnetic trace material is found in the thermal
print ribbon.

US Pat. No. 9,079,341

SERVICEABLE SNAP-IN FASTENER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A one piece snap-in retainer of multi-shot molded construction adapted to separate along a molded-in fracture line upon
application of axial tensioning force, the retainer comprising:
a base clip portion of molded polymer, the base clip portion being adapted for snap-fit insertion into an acceptance opening
in a first structure, the base clip portion including a proximal barrel segment and a distal snap-in element projecting outwardly
away from the barrel segment; and

a head portion of molded polymer, the head portion being adapted for operative connection to a second structure for disposition
in opposing relation to the first structure, wherein the head portion at least partially surrounds the proximal barrel segment
in melt-bonded relation to the proximal barrel segment along an interface with the molded-in fracture line extending circumferentially
about the proximal barrel segment at the interface, the molded-in fracture line including a protuberance molded into one of
the proximal barrel segment and the head portion at the interface in combination with an opposing complimentary mating depression
molded into the other of the proximal barrel segment and the head portion at the interface such that the protuberance is normally
nested in melt-bonded relation within the mating depression, wherein the protuberance and the mating depression define stress
concentrating irregularities at the interface facilitating fracture at the interface and separation of the head portion from
the base clip portion upon application of the axial tensioning force; and wherein the proximal barrel segment is cylindrical
and includes a rear axial opening and a hollow axial core extending from the rear axial opening to a depth beyond the molded-in
fracture line.

US Pat. No. 9,376,245

CONTAINER CARRIER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A carrier for carrying a plurality of containers, the carrier comprising:
a planar sheet of a plastic material, the sheet having a plurality of container receiving apertures arranged in longitudinal
rows and transverse ranks;

a panel integrally formed with the sheet, the panel extending outward from an edge of the sheet, the panel die cut to form
two or more decorative or functional giveaways wherein a first giveaway extends directly from the planar sheet and a second
giveaway extends from the first giveaway such that the first giveaway is positioned between the planar sheet and the second
giveaway, wherein the two or more giveaways are longitudinally joined to each other and successively tearable and removable
along a line of weakness for reuse.

US Pat. No. 9,309,060

CONVEYING AND ALIGNMENT NOZZLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An air-driven orientation device configured to orient at least one article, the air-driven orientation device comprising:
an air supply source including a high flow centrifugal blower for generating a low-pressure air flow less than approximately
10 pounds per square inch (psi);

a conduit having an inlet coupled with an outlet of the air supply source; and
a nozzle having an inlet coupled with an outlet of the conduit, wherein the nozzle comprises a nozzle body having a nozzle
inlet, a nozzle outlet, and an annular wall defining a first passage that extends through the nozzle body and which couples
the nozzle inlet to the nozzle outlet, wherein the nozzle is capable of receiving the low pressure air flow from the air supply
source at a first velocity and outputting an air flow having a second velocity which is 4 to 16 times greater than the first
velocity;

wherein the nozzle includes an inside wall having a first section and a second section, wherein the first section has a first
inside diameter (ID) that varies along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle, wherein the portion of the inside wall that is part
of the first section converges such that the first ID decreases as the inside wall transitions away from the inlet, wherein
the second section has a generally constant second ID which is generally less than the first ID at the inlet of the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,270,520

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORK SENSOR INFORMATION FOR CONTROL OF INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
a master node device comprising:
communication circuitry configured to facilitate communication with a welding power supply unit via a communication link,
and to facilitate wireless communication with one or more welding-related devices via a wireless communication network; and

control circuitry configured to receive sensor data from one or more sensors within a physical vicinity of the wireless communication
network, to route the sensor data to final destinations for the one or more sensors, and to provide a capabilities list to
the one or more sensors upon request from the one or more sensors, wherein the capabilities list includes whether the master
node device has access to the World Wide Web (WWW), if the master node device is aware of other master node devices that have
access to the WWW, a lifetime duration of the wireless communication network, a battery status of the master node device,
and a sleep period of the wireless communication network, wherein the communication link has a greater transmission range
than the wireless communication network.

US Pat. No. 9,434,521

CONTAINER CARRIER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers comprising:
a flexible web forming a plurality of container receiving apertures arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks, wherein
each container receiving aperture in an inner rank includes a different length than each container receiving aperture in an
outer rank, each container receiving aperture including a generally triangular shape having a generally arcuate base and a
pair of concave sides that taper toward a center;

a dividing aperture formed only at an outer longitudinal extremity of each container receiving aperture of the outer rank,
wherein the dividing aperture is generally oval shaped having two tapered ends, wherein the flexible web is foldable along
the dividing aperture;

a plurality of additional container carriers connected to the longitudinal extremity of the container carrier to form a generally
continuous string of container carriers; and

a carton, wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers are fan folded within the carton.

US Pat. No. 9,410,594

DAMPENING MECHANISM FOR COAXIALLY ALIGNED RELATIVELY TRANSLATABLE COMPONENTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A resilient elastomeric member for disposition between ends of coaxially aligned inner and outer components with ends disposed
in axially translatable reciprocally slidable telescoping relation comprising:
an elastic energy absorbing hollow elastomeric body having an inner surface sized to receive the end of the inner component
and

an outer surface sized for disposition within the end of the outer component, said hollow elastomeric body including an attachment
portion for securement to the outer component and a support portion for supporting the inner component,

said attachment portion comprising a continuous ring extending radially outward of said attachment portion to limit movement
of said body relative to said outer component,

wherein said elastic energy absorbing hollow elastomeric body elongates to absorb energy on reciprocal movement of the end
of the inner component into the end of the outer component and possesses sufficient resiliency to return to its original shape
after the elongation force is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,403,233

DC ELECTRODE NEGATIVE ROTATING ARC WELDING METHOD AND SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding method comprising:
establishing an arc between a metal cored welding electrode and a workpiece in a direct current, electrode negative welding
polarity, the metal cored welding electrode comprising a sheath and a core;

feeding the electrode from a welding torch while cyclically moving the electrode in a desired pattern by a motion control
assembly within the welding torch to maintain an arc between at least the sheath and the workpiece; and

advancing the welding torch or the workpiece to establish a weld bead.

US Pat. No. 9,227,425

RIBBON TENSION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A RIBBON PRINTING SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works INC.,...

1. A ribbon tension control system for a ribbon printing system, the ribbon tension control system comprising:
a cam lobe configured to pivot in opposite first and second pivoting directions, the cam lobe interconnected with a printing
ribbon of the ribbon printing system and configured to change a length of a path traversed by the ribbon in the ribbon printing
system from an unwind spindle to a windup spindle; and

an articulating arm coupled with the cam lobe and configured to pivot in opposite third and fourth pivoting directions responsive
to the cam lobe pivoting in the corresponding first and second pivoting directions, the articulating arm also coupled with
a brake configured to engage the unwind spindle,

wherein, responsive to tension in the ribbon changing, the cam lobe is configured to pivot and change the length of the path
traversed by the ribbon in the ribbon printing system and the cam lobe is configured to pivot and cause the articulating arm
to pivot to change a braking force applied to the unwind spindle by the brake.

US Pat. No. 9,162,311

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A REMOTE WIRE FEEDER WHERE STANDBY POWER AND SYSTEM CONTROL ARE PROVIDED VIA WELD CABLES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a power source having a primary contactor and a secondary contactor;
a weld cable connecting the power source to a remote device, the remote device operable in an ON mode, an OFF mode, and a
standby mode; and

a controller to regulate activation of the primary and the secondary contactors such that a non-welding voltage is applied
from the power source to the remote device across the weld cable when the remote device is in the standby mode.

US Pat. No. 9,121,427

STAPLE ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A barbed staple comprising:
a crown;
two legs extending from the crown; and
one or more barbs protruding from the legs;
said crown has a shape including an arch, at an apex, merging into a straight section declining at an oblique angle to a centerline
of a corresponding one of said legs, and said straight section merging into the legs via a curved section; and

wherein the staple further comprises at least one guiding element secured to at least one of the legs at a location between
the respective barb of the leg and the crown.

US Pat. No. 9,080,911

BOOST CONVERTER FOR TRACKING INPUT VOLTAGES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A boost converter for tracking change in input voltage comprising:
at least one input for connection to a DC voltage source for supplying an input voltage;
at least one output configured to supply an output voltage having a value that is greater than a value of said input voltage
by at least a predetermined offset value;

feedback means adapted to provide a feedback voltage, based on said output voltage, to a switching element of said boost converter;
a feedback voltage regulator means adapted to combine said feedback voltage with an input voltage characteristic so as to
adjust said output voltage to be offset and proportional to said input voltage characteristic,

wherein the boost converter is configured such that the feedback voltage is fed to a non-inverting input of a closed-loop
operational amplifier via a divider of two resistors, the resistors being of a configuration where the resistance to current
in both directions is at least approximately the same, and an inverter input of the closed-loop operational amplifier is connected
to the input voltage, and wherein the inverting input of said closed-loop operational amplifier is coupled to said input voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,278,507

METHOD FOR MAKING A FILM/BOARD LAMINATION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method for making a film/board laminate for use in pilfer resistant packaging, comprising the steps of:
providing a non-treated paperboard substrate;
adhering a single ply of an oriented film to the substrate, the oriented film being applied at an orientation angle to the
board between but not equal to zero degrees and 180 degrees, wherein adhering the single ply of the oriented film to the substrate
includes controlling adhesion of the film to the substrate to be about 0.5 pli to 1.4 pli thereby forming a pilfer resistant
laminate; and

applying a heat seal layer to the film,
wherein an entirety of the laminate is pilfer resistant and the adhesion of the film to the substrate at a time of manufacture
is related to a resistance to tear propagation of the laminate at a time after manufacture.

US Pat. No. 9,221,981

HAND SANDABLE FAST REPAIR BODY FILLER/PUTTY/PRIMER SURFACER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A body filler resin composition for a two-part resin system consisting essentially of:
about 3 to about 60 wt % soy-based unsaturated polyester resin;
0 to about 57 wt % unsaturated polyester resin, vinyl ester resin, dicyclopentadiene resin, or combinations thereof;
0 to about 30 wt % reactive monomer, reactive oligomer, reactive bio-derived oils, or combinations thereof;
0 to about 6 wt % additive;
about 2 to about 10 wt % talc having a size in the range of about 1 to about 8 microns;
about 20 to about 50 wt % talc having a size in the range of about 10 to about 20 microns;
about 2 to about 10 wt % calcium carbonate having a size in the range of about 2 to about 10 microns;
about 2 to about 8 wt % microspheres; and
0 to about 10 wt % other fillers.

US Pat. No. 9,180,571

GRINDER/POLISHER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An improved grinder/polisher, comprising:
a base having a bowl, a rotating drive plate and a drive plate drive, the drive plate adapted to support a platen, the platen
being round defining a periphery and residing in the bowl;

a head configured to support a specimen holder and having a first drive for rotational drive of the specimen holder and a
second drive for moving the specimen holder toward and away from the platen; and

a replaceable bowl liner for fitting into the bowl, the bowl and bowl liner having a general D-shape, wherein spaces are defined
between the periphery of the platen and the bowl liner for hand access to the platen.

US Pat. No. 9,162,310

ENHANCED POWER FACTOR CORRECTION FOR WELDING AND CUTTING POWER SUPPLIES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type power supply comprising:
an input rectifier configured to receive a supplied AC power and convert the supplied AC power to a DC power having a rectified
voltage waveform;

a power conditioner configured to receive the DC power from the rectifier and condition the DC power to have characteristics
within a predefined set of thresholds;

an inverter configured to receive the conditioned power from the power conditioner and convert the conditioned power to AC
power;

an output rectifier configured to convert the AC power to DC welding-type power to drive a welding-type process; and
a controller configured to:
monitor the rectified voltage waveform;
calculate expected zero crossings of the supplied AC power based on the rectified voltage waveform;
generate a sinusoidal reference signal based on the expected zero crossings; and
adjust a current drawn by the power supply based on the sinusoidal reference signal to improve a power factor of the power
supply.

US Pat. No. 9,403,308

MOLDING TOOL FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT IN A GAS-ASSISTED INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. Molding tool for producing a component in a gas-assisted injection molding process, comprising a mold cavity, whose inner
walls form the contour of the component to be produced, a molding device, with which plastic melt can be introduced into the
mold cavity and an injection device with a pressure gas source, with which gas under pressure can be fed into the plastic
melt introduced into the mold cavity, whereby the plastic melt is pressed against the inner walls of the mold cavity,
wherein the injection device comprises a piston with an injector head, wherein the piston is guided moveable between an idle
position and a working position in a passage of the molding tool which is connected with the mold cavity, wherein the injector
head forms a part of the inner walls of the mold cavity in the idle position, and wherein the injector head is pushed into
the plastic melt contained in the mold cavity during movement of the piston into its operating position, so that gas under
pressure can flow through the passage into the plastic melt contained in the mold cavity, wherein the piston is moveable from
the idle position into its operating position driven by the gas to be fed through the passage into the plastic melt, wherein
molding tool is configured to retract the piston to the idle position irrespective of the gas fed through the passage.

US Pat. No. 9,381,593

ENGINE DRIVEN WELDER-GENERATOR WITH CHOPPER CIRCUIT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An engine driven welder-generator, comprising:
an engine;
a single generator in operation driven by the engine and having stator windings to produce AC output power;
power conversion circuitry comprising a rectifier and a chopper in operation to convert a portion of the AC output power to
DC welding power for a DC welding load;

synthetic auxiliary power circuitry configured in operation to convert a portion of the AC output power to synthetic auxiliary
power for an auxiliary power load; and

a controller configured in operation to control speed of the engine based upon the DC welding load and the auxiliary power
load.

US Pat. No. 9,186,746

JUMP LINER FOR PUSH-PULL MIG TORCH

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

7. A push-pull MIG welding torch comprising:
a handle;
a body block disposed in the handle;
a gooseneck having front and back ends;
the handle being connected to the back end of the gooseneck;
a contact tip assembly connected to the front end of the gooseneck;
a jump liner extending through the gooseneck from the handle to the contact tip assembly;
the jump liner including:
an elongated tubular body having front and back ends, the body being made of a flexible plastic material;
a front adapter disposed at and mounted on the front end of the tubular body and thread fit on the tubular body, the front
adapter being fitable in the contact tip assembly; and

a back adapter disposed at and mounted on the back end of the tubular body, the back adapter being fitable in one of the gooseneck
and body block;

wherein the front adapter provides sealing between the jump liner and the contact tip assembly to prevent back flow leakage
of shielding gas, the front adapter prevents deformation of the tubular body at elevated temperatures, and the back adapter
provides sealing between the jump liner and the gooseneck or body block.

US Pat. No. 9,086,088

SCREW HAVING UNDERSIDE CUTTERS AND POCKETS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A screw comprising:
an elongated shank having a plurality of threads over at least a portion of the shank, the threads terminating in a tip at
a first end of the shank;

a head disposed at a second end of the shank, the head having a substantially flat underside;
a plurality of cutters arranged circumferentially on the underside of the head, the cutters being adapted to facilitate countersinking
of the head by cutting away material from a surface of a fibrous material into which the screw is being inserted; and

a plurality of pockets extending into the underside of the head, the pockets being spaced radially inwardly and apart from
the cutters such that a portion of the substantially flat underside extends radially between the pockets and the cutters,
the pockets receiving at least some of the fibrous material when the screw is inserted into the fibrous material.

US Pat. No. 9,293,895

IONIZING BAR FOR AIR NOZZLE MANIFOLD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A processing system comprising:
an air blower;
an air manifold comprising a main body having an inlet coupled to the air blower and a plurality of outlet openings, each
of the outlet openings being coupled to a nozzle;

an ionizer bar comprising a housing, a power cable contained within the housing, and a plurality of emitter pins electrically
coupled to the power cable; and

a cartridge including two side plates forming a channel in which the ionizer bar is mounted, the cartridge being removably
couplable to an interior of the main body of the air manifold.

US Pat. No. 9,278,417

PIPE MACHINING APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A pipe machining apparatus comprising:
a first section including a first portion of a frame and a first portion of a tool carrier;
a second section including a second portion of the frame and a second portion of the tool carrier, wherein the first section
and the second section are adapted to be coupled together around at least a portion of a pipe, wherein the frame is adapted
to be fixed relative to the pipe and the tool carrier is adapted to move relative to the frame and the pipe; and

a hinge coupled to the first section and the second section, wherein the hinge is adapted to allow movement of the first section
and the second section relative to each other about the hinge;

wherein the hinge includes a first lateral flange member coupled to the first section and a second lateral flange member coupled
to the second section;

wherein the first lateral flange member and the second lateral flange member are rotatable coupled to each other; and
wherein one of the first lateral flange member and the second lateral flange member is uncoupled from the one of the first
section and the second section to which it was coupled prior to movement of first section and the second section relative
to each another.

US Pat. No. 9,266,184

ELECTRODE DIAMETER SENSING CONSUMABLES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:
a welding torch;
a welder coupled to the welding torch configured to produce a welding arc; and
a sensor disposed within the welding torch and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a size of an electrode used by
the welding torch based on a configuration of a collet body of the welding torch, wherein the collet body comprises a mechanical
key feature extending from the collet body and representing the size of the electrode, wherein the collet body is configured
to mate with a corresponding receiving portion of the welding torch, and wherein the sensor is configured to sense a location
of the mechanical key feature within the corresponding receiving portion of the welding torch and to send a signal to the
welder, the signal representing the parameter indicative of the size of the electrode, wherein the welder is configured to
automatically implement at least one of an arc starting parameter or a welding parameter based on the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,216,845

LEAK-RESISTANT SLIDER SELECT ZIPPER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A zipper bag with a zipper opened and closed by a slider, including:
first and second walls, joined together at a first side, a second side and a bottom, thereby forming a mouth;
the mouth being reclosable by a zipper, the zipper including:
a first profile with a first upper interlocking element, a first lower interlocking element, a first upper flange, and a first
lower flange;

a second profile with a second upper interlocking element, a second lower interlocking element, a second upper flange and
a second lower flange, wherein the second lower flange is folded back on itself adjacent to the second upper interlocking
element;

the first and second upper flanges being continuous;
the first profile and the second profile being joined together at an opening end seal and a closing end seal;
a slider having an opening end and a closing end, a first side and a second side, a bottom including inwardly facing ribs
to maintain the slider on the first and second zipper profiles, and a top having a wedge positioned to engage the first and
second upper flanges;

wherein when the slider is moved in a direction to open the zipper, the wedge forces apart the first and second upper flanges,
thereby fully separating the first upper interlocking element from the second upper interlocking element and separating the
first lower interlocking element from the second lower interlocking element up to a length of the slider when the slider is
adjacent to the opening end seal, and when the slider is moved in a direction to close the zipper, the slider presses the
first upper interlocking element to the second upper interlocking element and the first lower interlocking element to the
second lower interlocking element along a full length of the zipper up to a length of the slider, when the slider is adjacent
to the closing end seal;

the first and second lower flanges extending beyond the inwardly facing ribs and being attached to the respective first and
second walls; and

wherein when the slider is adjacent to the closing end seal, the pressure of the inward facing ribs acting on the first lower
flange and the second lower flange folded upon itself maintains the first and second lower interlocking elements interlocked
with each other up to the length of the slider when the slider is adjacent to the closing end seal, and the wedge maintains
the first and second upper interlocking elements separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,199,328

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING WELDING-TYPE PARAMETERS, MACHINE SETUP AND JOB PACKET CODING FOR WORKFLOW

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a housing forming an enclosure;
a power supply arranged within the enclosure and configured to deliver welding-type power during a welding-type process;
a user interface including at least one user interface device configured to select operational parameters of a welding process
that includes a touch-responsive display element configured to indicate at least one desired setting of the at least one user
interface device in response to contact by a hand of a user; and

a bezel forming a marking surface associated with the at least one user interface device to display user markings consistent
with the at least one desired setting and allow the user markings to be selectively erased, the marking surface covers a portion
of the touch-responsive display element such that the portion of the touch-responsive display element is viewable through
the marking surface.

US Pat. No. 9,272,355

HYDRAULICALLY DRIVEN DUAL OPERATOR WELDING SYSTEM AND METHOD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:
a hydraulically driven welding power supply configured to utilize hydraulic primary power to generate a first welding output
for a first welding operation and a second welding output for a second welding operation; and

control circuitry coupled to the hydraulically driven welding power supply and configured to enable the hydraulically driven
welding power supply to provide the first welding output and the second welding output at the same time to enable a first
welding operator and a second welding operator to perform the first welding operation and the second welding operation, respectively,
at the same time;

wherein the hydraulically driven welding power supply comprises a control panel, and the control panel is configured to enable
the first welding operator to control the first welding operation and to enable the second welding operator to control the
second welding operation;

wherein the control panel comprises a first process control panel configured to enable the first welding operator to set welding
parameters for the first welding operation, and a second process control panel configured to enable the second welding operator
to set welding parameters for the second welding operation; and

wherein the first process control panel comprises a first stick selection button, a first electrode type selection button,
a first amperage display, a first adjustment knob, a first metal inert gas (MIG)/flux cored arc welding (FCAW) button, a first
flux core type button, or any combination thereof, and the second process control panel comprises a second stick selection
button, a second electrode type selection button, a second amperage display, a second adjustment knob, a second MIG/FCAW button,
and a second flux core type button, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,216,542

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN SEALING COIL AND VOLTAGE SOURCE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for foil sealing containers comprising:
(a) a sealing head including:
(1) a frame having a first mating surface,
(2) an induction coil contained within the frame, and
(3) a pair of electrical contacts disposed on the first mating surface; and
(b) a power supply cabinet including:
(1) a second mating surface,
(2) a pair of parallel, spaced apart guide rails, each of the guide rails having a first end and a second end and extending
between the first and second ends along a first direction parallel to the second mating surface, the guide rails being spaced
apart from one another in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and parallel to the second mating
surface, and

(3) a pair of electrical contacts disposed on the second mating surface between the pair of guide rails and between the first
and second ends of the guide rails,

the guide rails being configured to engage the frame of the sealing head to direct alignment of the first and second mating
surfaces such that the pair of electrical contacts of the sealing head make an electrical connection to the pair of electrical
contacts of the power supply cabinet, wherein when the guide rails are engaged with the frame of the sealing head, the guide
rails are configured to limit movement of the sealing head with respect to the power supply cabinet to directions parallel
with the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,129,330

WIRELESS TRACKING AND INVENTORY MONITORING FOR WELDING-TYPE DEVICES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method for implementing a consumable inventory system comprising:
configuring a number of welding-type consumable containers to emit locatable data signals;
emitting locatable data signals from at least one of the welding-type consumable containers;
arranging a wireless detection network in a facility to receive the locatable data signals;
associating a non-transitory computer readable storage medium with a processing unit of the wireless detection network; and
storing a computer program on the non-transitory computer readable storage medium which, when executed by the processing unit,
causes the processing unit to:

determine a remaining amount of welding-type consumables within the facility;
automatically generate a re-supply order when the remaining amount of welding-type consumables reaches a threshold re-supply
level;

determine a location within the facility of a particular welding-type consumable container based upon a locatable data signal
received therefrom;

determine whether the particular welding-type consumable container is located within an incompatible welding process zone;
and

generate an incompatibility signal if the particular welding-type consumable container is located within an incompatible welding
process zone.

US Pat. No. 9,458,638

LEAVE-IN-PLACE CONCRETE FORMWORK COMBINING PLATE DOWELS, DIVIDER PLATES, AND/OR FINISHING, ARMORING AND/OR SEALING MOLDING

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A concrete slab joint assembly comprising:
a first castable-in-place rail having a first element and a second element extending transversely from the first element,
and

a second castable-in-place rail having a third element and a fourth element extending transversely from the third element,
wherein the first rail and the second rail, when in use, are initially attached to a divider plate such that a portion of
the divider plate is positioned between the first and second rails and such that a portion of the fourth element of the second
rail overlaps a portion of the second element of the first rail, the divider plate, when in use, being positioned such that
the divider plate separates a portion of a first concrete slab from a portion of an adjacent second concrete slab, wherein
the first rail and the second rail, when in use, are initially attached to the divider plate such that the first rail and
the second rail are movable relative to the divider plate when at least one of the first concrete slab and the second concrete
slab expands or contracts and are cast in the first and second concrete slabs, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,352,411

WELDING TRAINING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A handheld welding operator device for use by a welding operator while performing an actual or simulated weld, the handheld
welding operator device comprising:
a controller;
a position sensor; and
a stimulation device comprising a tactile feedback device providing directional feedback to an operator, the stimulation device
operatively coupled to the controller, wherein the controller is programmed to receive position data from the position sensor,
to compare the position data to stored position data defining a position of the handheld welding operator device for a stored
weld to determine the position of the handheld welding operator device relative to the stored position data, and to activate
the stimulation device to provide the directional feedback to the welding operator to correct the position of the handheld
welding operator device to follow the stored position data during the actual or simulated weld.

US Pat. No. 9,254,620

HIGH BURST ZIPPER ASSEMBLY FOR LARGE RECLOSABLE PACKAGES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A zipper assembly for a reclosable package, including:
a first profile with a first flange and a first interlocking element;
a second profile with a second flange and a second interlocking element;
a portion connected to the second flange by a hard seal and extending toward the first flange;
a peel seal formed between the first flange and the portion, wherein the peel seal is more resistant to a shear force than
to a peeling force; and

wherein a load on the first and second flanges applies a shear force to the peel seal.

US Pat. No. 9,174,294

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING SPATTER GENERATING EVENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method for monitoring a spatter generating event during a welding application comprising:
capturing data that corresponds to a welding current of the welding application;
detecting parameters associated with a short circuit from the captured data, comprising detecting a duration of the short
circuit and a short circuit current;

analyzing the detected parameters to monitor the spatter generating event during the welding application, comprising determining
whether the duration of the short circuit is greater than a threshold time period and determining whether the short circuit
current is greater than a threshold current; and

communicating to a user an occurrence of the spatter generating event.

US Pat. No. 9,642,232

SILICON BASED ION EMITTER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

19. An apparatus, comprising:
a silicon based non-metallic ion emitter configured with a tip, a taper, a shaft, and a tail;
wherein the taper is between the tip and the shaft;
wherein the shaft is between the taper and the tail;
wherein the silicon based non-metallic ion emitter comprises more than 72.00% silicon by weight and less than 99.99% silicon
by weight; and

wherein the silicon based non-metallic ion emitter comprises at least a portion of treated surface of the shaft or/and tail
with a higher electrical conductivity or a lower resistivity than the taper and tip.

US Pat. No. 9,272,357

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRE FEED SPEED CONTROL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:
a welding power supply comprising a control panel, wherein the control panel comprises:
a first adjustment configured to be adjusted by an operator to input a material thickness; and
a second adjustment configured to be adjusted by the operator to place the welding power supply in an auto-set mode, wherein
when the welding power supply is placed in the auto-set mode, the welding power supply is configured to automatically determine
a coarse wire feed speed; and

a welding gun comprising a third adjustment configured to be adjusted by the operator to fine tune the coarse wire feed speed.

US Pat. No. 9,215,933

LOAD BEARING SURFACE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A load bearing surface comprising:
a support structure having a plurality of protrusions, each protrusion having an outer edge, at least a portion of said outer
edge being tapered and including first and second sidewalls facing in a first direction, said outer edge further including
third and fourth sidewalls in a second direction, said first and second sidewalls having a greater degree of taper than said
third and fourth sidewalls;

a molded elastomeric membrane, at least a portion of said membrane being oriented, in tension, to have a crystalline structure
with a greater alignment in the second direction than in the first direction, said membrane molded to include mechanical structure
decoupling said membrane between said first direction and said second direction; and

an attachment region configured to support said membrane in tension on said support structure, said attachment region including
an integral edge molded into said membrane, said integral edge defining a plurality of receptacles, wherein said protrusions
are inserted into a corresponding one of said receptacles, and

wherein the mechanical structure is one or more of one or more apertures, undulations, nodes, slack regions and ribs in the
membrane, and

wherein portions of said membrane have a greater degree of orientation than other portions of said membrane, said portions
of greater orientation having a greater degree of elasticity than said other portions.

US Pat. No. 9,097,271

FASTENER FOR AIR-BAG CURTAIN

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device, comprising:
a fastener for fastening an airbag curtain to a vehicle by fixing the fastener to a mounting hole in a body frame of the vehicle,
said fastener comprising an attachment portion adapted to be inserted into the mounting hole and a head portion securing an
attachment of the airbag curtain to the fastener, wherein said fastener comprises a first load bearing structure adapted to
maintain its shape when the airbag curtain is activated and a second energy absorbing structure adapted to deform when the
airbag curtain is activated, and wherein a distal portion of the first load bearing structure has a first maximum outer diameter
normal to the longitudinal axis of the first load bearing structure, and wherein the second energy absorbing structure has
a second maximum outer diameter normal to the longitudinal axis of the first load bearing structure that is no greater than
about that of the first maximum outer diameter,

wherein said attachment portion adapted to be inserted into the mounting hole has a geometry allowing the attachment portion
to fit into and be inserted into the mounting hole when positioned in a first, insertion position and said attachment portion
having a geometry which allows the fastener to be rotated when inserted into the mounting hole to second, attachment position
in which the attachment portion is prevented from being able to be withdrawn out of the attachment hole.

US Pat. No. 9,446,721

VEHICLE CAMERA-SECURING ASSEMBLY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A vehicle camera-securing assembly configured to secure a camera to a portion of a vehicle, the vehicle camera-securing
assembly comprising:
a securing bracket including a base and a plurality of walls including front and rear walls integrally connected to lateral
walls at right angles upstanding from the base defining a camera chamber configured to receive the camera; and a plurality
of planar support ledges extending perpendicular to the plurality of walls at the base

at least one camera-securing member configured to securely retain the camera within the camera chamber, wherein the at least
one camera-securing member comprises a plurality of retaining clips inwardly extending into the camera chamber inwardly away
from an interior surface of opposing walls of the plurality of walls towards a center of the camera chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,102,000

PUSHBUTTON WIRE GUIDE HOLDER FOR A WELDING WIRE FEEDER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding device comprising:
a body configured to receive a wire guide of a wire feeding assembly wherein a welding wire passes through the welding guide
during an operation of the welding device;

a pushbutton disposed in the body, the pushbutton having a recess formed therethrough for receiving and contacting the wire
guide of the wire feeding assembly, and the pushbutton configured to be pushed by a user for insertion or removal of the wire
guide of the wire feeding assembly;

a spring configured to urge the pushbutton towards a non-depressed position wherein the pushbutton captures the wire guide
of the wire feeding assembly in the body; and

a stop configured to prevent escape of the pushbutton from the body.

US Pat. No. 9,084,334

BALANCED BARRIER DISCHARGE NEUTRALIZATION IN VARIABLE PRESSURE ENVIRONMENTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A balanced ionizer for static charge neutralization in a variable pressure environment in response to the application of
variable-waveform signals thereto, the balanced ionizer comprising:
a hollow dielectric channel having a length and an outer surface, the dielectric channel being at least partially disposed
within the variable pressure environment;

a reference emitter helically disposed along the length of and on the outer surface of the dielectric channel; and
a high voltage electrode at least partially disposed within the hollow dielectric channel, the high voltage electrode presenting
a high intensity electric field to the reference emitter through the dielectric channel in response to the provision of a
variable-waveform high voltage signal dictated by conditions in the variable pressure environment, the electric field causing
the generation of a plasma region with electrically balanced charge carriers within the variable pressure environment due
to barrier discharge occurring at the interface of the reference emitter and the outer surface of the dielectric channel.

US Pat. No. 9,144,862

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WELDING WIRE DIAMETER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:
a welding wire feeder comprising a drive roll configured to feed a welding wire;
a power supply coupled to the welding wire feeder and configured to produce a welding arc; and
a sensor configured to sense a first parameter indicative of a size of the welding wire fed through the welding wire feeder,
wherein the sensor is configured to send a signal to the power supply, the signal representing the first parameter indicative
of the size of the welding wire, wherein the power supply is configured to automatically implement at least one of an arc
starting parameter or a welding parameter based on the signal, and the first parameter comprises a dimension of a counterbored
section of the drive roll, a magnetic field of the drive roll, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,144,856

WELDING POWER SUPPLY WITH DIGITAL CONTROLLER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:
power conversion circuitry comprising one or more power semiconductor switches, wherein the power conversion circuitry is
configured to receive power from a primary source and to switch the one or more power semiconductor switches between an ON
configuration and an OFF configuration to convert the received power to a welding output; and

a pulse width modulated (PWM) digital controller coupled to the power conversion circuitry and configured to calculate a maximum
duty cycle based at least in part on an operating condition of the welding power supply, and to control switching of the one
or more power semiconductor switches to maintain a duty cycle of the power conversion circuitry below the calculated maximum
duty cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,108,264

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING SECONDARY WELD ERRORS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a welding power supply;
a fixture configured to secure a workpiece in a welding location;
a ground cable coupled to the welding power supply and at least one of the fixture and the workpiece; and
at least one test contact disposed on at least one of the fixture and the workpiece for determining at least one of a weld
cabling parameter, a weld torch parameter, a rotary ground parameter, a fixturing parameter, and a workpiece parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,060,437

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A STENCIL PRINTER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A material applicator, comprising:
a printing device configured to deposit viscous material upon a circuit board; and
a controller operatively coupled to the printing device and configured to control a plurality of system components including:
an operating system component configured to operate the printing device; and
a remote interface component configured to exchange printer operation data between the operating system component and at least
one plug-in application configured to extend capabilities of the operating system component, wherein the material applicator
includes one of a stencil printer configured to deposit viscous material upon a circuit board and a dispensing machine configured
to deposit the viscous material upon the circuit board,

wherein the controller is configured to manage operation of at least one function of the material applicator using a portion
of the printer operation data to be received from the at least one plug-in application, and

wherein the controller is further configured to arbitrate the exchange of the printer operation data between the operating
system component and the at least one plug-in application.

US Pat. No. 9,318,884

INDUCTION HEATING WIRE INSULATION HEATING AND REMOVAL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system for heating and removal of wire insulation, comprising:
a power supply configured to receive input power and to provide a high frequency power output; and
an induction coil configured to be coupled to the power supply and to receive the high frequency power output, the induction
coil being dimensioned to receive an end portion of an insulated wire therethrough, to produce a field based upon the high
frequency power output to heat the insulated wire by induction, and to condition insulation disposed on an outer surface of
the insulated wire for removal, wherein the induction coil comprises a stop configured to interface with an axial end of the
insulated wire to position the end portion within the induction coil.

US Pat. No. 9,308,598

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT PROVISION OF ARC WELDING POWER SOURCE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding or cutting system, comprising:
a circuit, comprising:
an input leg comprising a capacitor and a diode arranged in series;
a pulse width modulation leg arranged in parallel with the input leg, wherein the pulse width modulation leg is configured
to convert DC voltage from the capacitor to current in an inductor of the pulse width modulation leg, and wherein the pulse
width modulation leg is configured to function as a bidirectional buck converter;

a steering leg arranged in parallel with the input leg, wherein the steering leg is configured to determine a direction of
current flow through the inductor and an output, the output arranged between the pulse width modulation leg and the steering
leg; and

an output clamp leg arranged in parallel with the input leg, wherein the output clamp leg is configured to suppress inductance
of the circuit during reversal of current flow through the output.

US Pat. No. 9,267,525

VERIFICATION ARRANGEMENT FOR FASTENER SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A quarter turn fastener to connect a component with a fastener receiving hole to a base plate having a fastener receptacle,
said fastener comprising:
a body rotatable between an insertion position connectable to the base plate and a locked position releasably securing the
component to the base plate;

an attachment portion configured to pass through the fastener receiving hole in the component and the fastener receptacle
in the base plate;

said attachment portion including at least one abutment surface to abut the back surface of the base plate in said locked
position,

a head portion to move said fastener between said insertion position and said locked position;
wherein the component includes machine readable indicia and said fastener is configured to obscure at least a portion of the
indicia except when in said locked position.

US Pat. No. 9,186,743

WELDING AND GOUGING SYSTEMS WITH MULTIPLE POWER SETTINGS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding power supply, comprising:
a diesel engine having a first nominal setting operating at substantially 1800 RPM and a second nominal setting operating
above substantially 1890 RPM;

control circuitry coupled to the diesel engine and configured to control the diesel engine to operate along a first power
output curve at the first nominal setting during welding operations and to operate along a second power output curve higher
than the first power output curve at the second nominal setting during gouging operations; and

a switch having a first selection for controlling the diesel engine to operate along the first power output curve at the first
nominal setting at substantially 1800 RPM during the welding operations, and a second selection for controlling the diesel
engine to operate along the second power output curve at the second nominal setting above substantially 1890 RPM during the
gouging operations, wherein the switch is configured to be adjusted to the first selection and to the second selection by
an operator, and wherein by selecting the first selection the operator selects the first nominal setting for the welding operations,
and by selecting the second selection the operator selects the second nominal setting for the gouging operations.

US Pat. No. 9,417,116

WEIGHING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of calibrating a weighing apparatus, the weighing apparatus including a load cell, an inclinometer located in
a defined position with respect to the load cell and a processor, the method comprising the steps of:
applying a first mass to the load cell to measure a weight of the first mass;
providing to the processor a first value associated with the weight of the first mass measured with the load cell at a first
inclination value;

measuring with the load cell at a second inclination from a horizontal level a second value associated with the weight of
the first mass and providing the second value to the processor;

measuring with the inclinometer a second inclination value associated with the load cell at the second inclination and providing
the second inclination value to the processor;

modifying, in the processor, the second value associated with the weight of the first mass in accordance with at least a first
inclination relationship and the second inclination value to provide a modified second value;

calculating, in the processor; an error parameter based at least upon:
i) a comparison of the first value associated with the weight of the first mass, and the modified second value; and,
ii) an error relationship between weight and load cell inclination; and
using the error parameter to correct further measurements by the load cell of further masses after the weighing apparatus
has been calibrated to produce a tilt compensated weight value of the further masses.

US Pat. No. 9,132,502

CONSUMABLE SELECTION AID FOR A PLASMA CUTTING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A plasma cutting or welding system comprising:
a plurality of multipronged input plugs, wherein each of the multipronged input plugs is configured to correspond to a different
input voltage or a different maximum current of a power source;

a control panel comprising a user input device for selecting an operating current, the user input device being subdivided
into a plurality of current ranges, wherein each of the current ranges comprises an iconic representation of at least one
multipronged input plug; and

control circuitry configured to limit an operating current of the plasma cutting or welding system based at least in part
on the selected operating current and a voltage received through a selected multipronged input plug.

US Pat. No. 9,888,592

RECTIFIER MODULE FOR POWER CONVERSION CIRCUITS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A rectifier module, comprising:
a unitary housing comprising a conductive body having a plurality of recesses formed in a first side of the conductive body,
wherein the conductive body of the unitary housing is configured to receive input power applied to the entire conductive body
of the unitary housing; and

at least one high side diode and at least one low side diode, the high and low side diodes configured to be disposed in the
recesses of the conductive body of the unitary housing, wherein the high and low side diodes are configured to receive the
input power through the conductive body of the unitary housing and to output rectified output power.

US Pat. No. 9,194,573

HEAT-SINK/CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An LED assembly comprising:
an LED dissipating during operation at least 500 mW;
a ceramic heat sink providing a first surface supporting the LED and in thermal communication with the LED;
a first and second conductor in electrical communication with the LED;
a sealed housing receiving the ceramic heat sink and LED therein, the sealed housing having a first portion fitting over the
LED to permit the passage of light therethrough and a second portion providing for sealed ingress of the first and second
electrical conductors through a housing wall for providing power to the LED; and

a compression element extending between a portion of the housing and ceramic heat sink to provide a predetermined range of
biasing force locating the ceramic heat sink against the portion of the housing with dimensional changes in the ceramic heat
sink caused by thermal expansion of the ceramic heat sink;

wherein the spring clamp is a flexible metal ring; and
wherein the first portion of the sealed housing provides a ledge abutting a portion of the first surface of the ceramic heat
sink and a collar extending around a portion of the ceramic heat sink behind the first surface and wherein the spring clamp
includes cantilevered teeth portions providing a wedging engagement with an inner surface of the collar to hold the flexible
metal ring in abutment with a second surface of ceramic heat sink behind the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,368,045

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR WELDING TRAINING

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

9. A welding torch comprising:
a welding guidance indicator coupled to the welding torch, wherein the welding guidance indicator comprises a plurality of
outputs viewable by a welding operator, wherein each output of the plurality of outputs is configured to illuminate based
at least in part on a work angle of the welding torch relative to a workpiece, a travel angle of the welding torch relative
to the workpiece, a travel speed of the welding torch relative to the workpiece, or any combination thereof; and

first and second markers disposed on a nozzle of the welding torch, wherein the first and second markers are configured to
be detected by a video game system, a computer accessory, or some combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,370,925

STENCIL PRINTER HAVING STENCIL SHUTTLE ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A stencil printer for printing viscous materials on electronic substrates, the stencil printer comprising:
a frame;
an electronic substrate support coupled to the frame, the electronic substrate support being configured to support an electronic
substrate and move the electronic substrate between a lowered position and a raised position;

a stencil shuttle assembly coupled to the frame, the stencil shuttle assembly being configured to support a stencil and to
move the stencil between a first position in which the stencil is positioned toward a front of the stencil printer and a second
position in which the stencil is positioned toward a back of the stencil printer;

a print head coupled to the frame, the print head being configured to engage the stencil to dispense a material onto the substrate
during a print stroke;

a drive assembly coupled to the frame and the print head, the drive assembly being configured to move the print head to perform
the print stroke and configured to selectively move the stencil shuttle frame between the first and second positions; and

a vision system coupled frame to inspect a surface of the substrate,
wherein the stencil shuttle assembly is configured to align the stencil with the substrate, the stencil shuttle assembly including
a staging frame configured to receive and secure the stencil thereto, a stencil shuttle coupled to the frame and to the staging
frame to move the staging frame and the stencil, a first actuator configured to move the staging frame with respect to the
stencil shuttle in a first direction, a second actuator configured to move the staging frame with respect to the stencil shuttle
in a second direction, the second direction being generally perpendicular to the first direction, and a third actuator configured
to move the staging frame with respect to the stencil shuttle in the first direction, the first, second and third actuators
being configured to align the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,338,828

FOAM HEAT EXCHANGER FOR HOT MELT ADHESIVE OR OTHER THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL DISPENSING APPARATUS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A heat exchanger assembly, for use in connection with hot melt adhesive or other thermoplastic dispensing apparatus, wherein
the heat ex-changer assembly will transfer thermal energy to air to be supplied to a dispensing nozzle operatively associated
with the dispensing apparatus, comprising:
a heat exchanger body;
an annular foam heat exchanger disposed within said heat exchanger body;
an air inlet for supplying compressed air into an upstream end of said heat exchanger body such that said compressed air can
flow through said foam heat exchanger;

an air outlet for supplying heated air out from a downstream end of said foam heat exchanger and toward a dispensing nozzle
of a hot melt adhesive or other thermoplastic dispensing apparatus; and

an electrical heater coil, disposed substantially coaxially within said annular foam heat exchanger wherein individual coils
of said heater coil are wound with a greater density at an upstream end portion of said heater coil corresponding to said
air inlet of said heat exchanger body than at a downstream end portion of said heater coil so as to compensate for a pressure
drop characteristic of the air flowing through said foam heat exchanger from said air inlet to said air outlet, for causing
said foam heat exchanger to be heated whereby said foam heat exchanger can, in turn, efficiently heat said compressed air
as said compressed air flows through said foam heat exchanger from said air inlet to said air outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,180,544

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL COMMUNICATION OF A WELDER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:
a power source having a controller to regulate welding operation;
a welding torch connected to the power source;
a wireless remote control configured to remotely transmit a signal for controlling at least one of a plurality of welding
parameters in the welding-type system;

a wireless receiver connected to the controller remote from the wireless remote control and configured to receive the signal
and allow the controller to regulate at least one of the plurality of welding parameters in response thereto; and

wherein the wireless receiver is further configured to engage an existing connection port located on an exterior of the power
source, the existing connection port configured to engage both a control cable coupled to a wired control device when the
wireless receiver is not engaged and the wireless receiver in place of the control cable when the control cable is not engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,308,597

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING WELD STATES OF A MIG WELDING PROCESS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of regulating a power source having an 115V inverter to condition raw power into a form usable by a MIG welding
apparatus, the method comprising the step of:
determining a maximum allowable voltage error based on an output condition at a weld, wherein the maximum allowable voltage
error comprises a clamped voltage error between a voltage feedback signal from the weld and a voltage command signal;

determining an instantaneous command current based at least in part on the maximum allowable voltage error and based at least
in part on inputs relating to operation of the MIG welding apparatus, wherein the inputs are different than the voltage command
signal; and

inputting a signal proportional to the instantaneous command current to a controller of the 115V inverter, the signal designed
to regulate the controller to provide a control signal to regulate an output of the 115V inverter.

US Pat. No. 9,918,374

CONTROL SYSTEM OF A BALANCED MICRO-PULSED IONIZER BLOWER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for an automatically balanced ionizing blower, comprising:
an ion balance control system configured to sample and compare output signals from at least one of a remote ionization current
return sensor or a remote ionization voltage sensor in a time interval between ionizing pulses.

US Pat. No. 9,089,918

WELDING GROUND CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A grounding system for welding application, comprising:
an input configured to connect to a ground lead of a welding system;
a first grounding arm and a second grounding arm configured to electrically couple to the input and connect to a welding workpiece;
means for urging the first and second grounding arms into contact with the workpiece;
a transformer circuit comprising:
a centertap transformer having a primary winding, a first secondary winding, a second secondary winding, and a center tap
output, wherein the first secondary winding and the second secondary winding are electrically coupled to one another at the
center tap output; and

an oscillator electrically coupled to the centertap transformer;
a measurement circuit coupled to the transformer circuit and configured to determine a quality of a ground established by
the first and second grounding arms on the workpiece; and

an indicator coupled to the measurement circuit and configured to provide an operator perceptible indication of the quality
of the ground;

wherein the first secondary winding is coupled to the first grounding arm and the second secondary winding is coupled to the
second grounding arm; and

wherein the input is electrically coupled to the center tap output of the centertap transformer.

US Pat. No. 9,463,560

PORTABLE PRESSURIZED POWER SOURCE FOR FASTENER DRIVING TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A driver tool powered by compressed gas, comprising:
a magazine associated with said tool for storing and supplying fasteners to a tool nose;
a cylinder in said tool with a reciprocating piston attached to a driver blade sequentially engaging fasteners from the magazine
as they are fed into said tool nose; and

a compressed gas container in fluid communication with said reciprocating piston and having an anti-siphon tube that has at
least one liquid entry prevention feature that includes at least one of a conically flared drip shelf, a substantially closed
free end and a depending annular shield.

US Pat. No. 9,297,104

WASHING MACHINE SUSPENSION BALL SUPPORT

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A ball support for a washing machine suspension arm assembly having a suspension rod with a hook at one end thereof, said
ball support comprising:
a ball support body having a slot configured for receiving a portion of the rod inwardly of the hook; and
a hook capture head on said body having a capture head slot contiguous with said slot of said body, and including a first
bar spanning said capture head slot at an end thereof, and a second bar spaced from said first bar and spanning said capture
head slot at a side thereof, and configured for receiving the hook of the rod on opposite sides of said second bar and between
the first and second bars.

US Pat. No. 9,302,341

WELDING CONTACT TIP WITH CONDUCTIVE BRUSH

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding contact tip comprising:
a conductive body configured to be secured within a welding torch and to receive a welding wire through a longitudinal aperture
formed through the body; and

a conductive brush having fibers extending into the longitudinal aperture and configured to transmit electrical current to
the welding wire in operation;

wherein the fibers are configured to exert a lateral force on the welding wire to drive the welding wire into electrical contact
with the longitudinal aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,193,005

CONTACT TIP WITH CONTOURED BORE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding contact tip, comprising:
a conductive body configured to be secured within a welding torch and to receive a welding wire through a contoured inner
bore formed through the conductive body, wherein the contoured inner bore comprises:

a first inner bore extending from a first axial end of the conductive body to a first axial location along an axis through
the contoured inner bore, wherein the first inner bore comprises a first continuous inner wall having a first inner diameter
that is substantially constant from the first axial end of the conductive body to the first axial location along the axis,
wherein the first continuous inner wall is continuous about a first circumference of the first continuous inner wall at all
points along the axis between the first axial end and the first axial location; and

a second inner bore extending from the first axial location along the axis to a second axial location along the axis, wherein
the second axial location is proximate to a second axial end of the conductive body that is opposite the first axial end of
the conductive body, wherein the second inner bore comprises a second continuous inner wall having a second inner diameter
that increases from the first axial location to the second axial location along the axis, wherein the second continuous inner
wall is continuous about a second circumference of the second continuous inner wall at all points along the axis between the
first axial location and the second axial location.

US Pat. No. 9,140,029

TOWER ERECTING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A tower lifting system, comprising:
a primary lifting system, comprising:
a lift cap disposed on an axial end of a tower section to be lifted, wherein the lift cap is configured to support the tower
section to be lifted, the lift cap having a first plurality of hoists; and

a lift pole coupled to the lift cap, the lift pole having a lifting mechanism configured to lift the lift cap, the lift pole,
and the tower section to be lifted from within a previously lifted tower section; and

a secondary lifting system directly coupled to the lift cap, wherein the secondary lifting system comprises a second plurality
of hoists configured to raise the tower section to be lifted to the lift cap from a tower foundation.

US Pat. No. 9,125,284

AUTOMATICALLY BALANCED MICRO-PULSED IONIZING BLOWER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of automatically balancing ionized air stream created in bipolar corona discharge, the method comprising:
providing an air moving device with at least one ion emitter and at least one reference electrode connected to a micro-pulsed
AC (Alternating Current) power source, and a control system with at least one ion balance monitor and a corona discharge adjustment
control;

generating variable polarity groups of short duration ionizing micro-pulses:
wherein said micro-pulses are predominantly asymmetric in amplitude and in duration of both polarity voltages and have a magnitude
of at least one of polarity ionizing pulses exceeding a corona threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,114,516

PORTABLE COMBUSTION GAS-POWERED TOOLS WITH COMBUSTION CHAMBER LOCKOUT SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A combustion-powered fastener-driving tool, comprising:
a combustion-powered power source including a combustion chamber defined by a cylinder head, a valve sleeve, a cylinder and
an upper surface of a reciprocating piston;

said valve sleeve reciprocable relative to said cylinder head between a rest position where said combustion chamber is unsealed
and a pre-firing position where said combustion chamber is sealed;

a reciprocal work contacting element connected to said valve sleeve by a combustion chamber support bracket, said reciprocal
work contacting element being movable toward said cylinder head to an elevated position when pressed against a workpiece thereby
moving said valve sleeve and said combustion chamber support bracket toward said cylinder head to said pre-firing position;

a trigger arranged on a handle for operating an electrical switch when depressed to generate a spark in said combustion chamber;
a lockout device mounted to the tool and having an actuated position configured for preventing movement of said valve sleeve
away from said cylinder head while said trigger is depressed; and

said lockout device including a protrudable element movable by means of depression of said trigger and a recess in the form
of an opening extending through said combustion chamber support bracket engageable by said protudable element when said trigger
is depressed and said work contacting element is pressed against said workpiece, to prevent movement of said combustion chamber
support bracket so long as said trigger remains depressed,

said protrudable element comprising a pin having a first cylindrical portion with a cylindrical first free end facing towards
the valve sleeve and carried in a slide track to reciprocate towards and away from said combustion chamber support bracket
and a second portion extending perpendicular from the first portion and being captured in a cam slot on the trigger such that
movement of the trigger causes the second portion to move from one portion of the cam slot to a different portion of the cam
slot which reciprocally slides the first cylindrical portion of the pin in the slide track, the cylindrical free end of the
pin, upon movement of the trigger, when the combustion chamber support bracket is moved to the elevated position, being moved
into insertion in the opening through the combustion chamber support bracket, the free end of the pin remaining engaged with
the opening through the combustion chamber support bracket so long as the trigger remains depressed.

US Pat. No. 9,302,654

DEVICE FOR DISPENSING TIRE SEALANT

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A device for dispensing tire sealant from a canister (17), the device comprising:
a pressure source having a linear arrangement, the pressure source including a motor (26) connected to a pressure buildup element (33) in the linear arrangement;

a housing containing the pressure source (16) and the canister (17), the housing including a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a partition wall (13) extending between the first end and the second end, the partition wall (13) separating a first longitudinal compartment (14) and a second longitudinal compartment (15), wherein the canister (17) is disposed in the first longitudinal compartment (14) and parallel to the linear arrangement of the pressure source (16) in the second longitudinal compartment (15), and is removably connected to the pressure source (16) by a valve (25);

the pressure buildup element (33) disposed at the first end of the housing; and

the valve (25) disposed at the first end and including a canister fitting connectable to an end of the canister (17), the valve (25) including a nipple (24) disposed at an angle to the canister fitting and to the linear arrangement, the nipple (24) connecting the valve (25) to the pressure buildup element (33).

US Pat. No. 9,290,038

HEAT TRANSFER LABELS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A substantially halo-free heat transfer label, comprising:
a graphic layer printed on a carrier layer forming a graphic area; and
an adhesive layer 3D printed over the graphic layer forming an adhesive area;
wherein the adhesive area substantially matches and overlaps the graphic area, and peripheral edges of the adhesive area extend
beyond peripheral edges of the graphic area forming an adhesive border having an average width of less than about 0.15 mm
to provide a substantially halo-free heat transfer label.

US Pat. No. 9,079,536

SLIDING GRIP CLIP FOR MOUNTING A SKI RACK

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A slidable clip for mounting on a stud, the slidable clip comprising:
a hollow block with one or more horizontal resile hook protruded from surface of the hollow block;
a slidable block with one or more slot located on surface of the slidable block; and
one or more vertical resile hook protruded from surface of the slidable block, wherein the slidable block slides inside the
hollow block to form an axial hole which is through the hollow block and the slidable block such that when the slidable clip
is mounted on the stud through the axial hole, the horizontal resile hook hooks at a desired location on to the slot and the
vertical resile hook hooks at a desired location on to the stud.

US Pat. No. 9,381,635

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A FASTENING RESULT DETECTOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener driving tool comprising:
a housing;
a cylinder enclosed by said housing;
at least one sensor associated with said cylinder;
a piston configured to reciprocate within said cylinder and having a driver blade depending therefrom;
at least one signal generator associated with said piston, wherein movement of said piston relative to said at least one sensor
generates a signal; and

a controller configured to communicate with said at least one sensor and receive said signal, and determine if a fastening
result has occurred based on said signal.

US Pat. No. 9,321,988

GAS AND LIQUID TISSUE CULTURE INTERFACE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A combination gas and liquid bioreactor, comprising:
a chamber;
a first grip and a second grip to retain a construct within said chamber, said first grip being linearly movable within said
chamber with respect to said second grip;

a fluid delivery system that facilitates gases to an upper surface and not a lower surface of the construct and transmits
liquid to a lower surface of the construct without transmitting liquid to the upper portion surface of the construct, when
the construct is oriented having a longitudinal axis aligned approximately parallel to a horizontal plane; and

an actuator system linked to said first grip to linearly move said first grip with respect to said second grip within said
chamber, the actuator system repeatedly moving said first grip within said chamber thereby altering a separation distance
between said first grip and said second grip to provide a repetitive force, a continuous force or an intermittent force on
the construct during operation of the bioreactor.

US Pat. No. 9,272,237

THREE-PHASE PORTABLE AIRBORNE COMPONENT EXTRACTOR WITH ROTATIONAL DIRECTION CONTROL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An extractor system comprising:
a blower disposed in a portable base unit and configured to produce a positive pressure gas stream and a negative pressure
gas stream;

a three-phase motor coupled to the blower to drive the blower in rotation, the motor being electrically coupled to receive
three-phase power through a plug configured to be plugged into a three-phase receptacle of a power grid source; and

a rotational direction reversing switch connected between the motor and the plug and configured to be manually or automatically
switched to reverse the direction of rotation of the motor, wherein the rotational direction reversing switch is configured
to receive the three-phase power from the power grid source, and wherein the rotational direction reversing switch is configured
to reverse the direction of rotation of the motor based on inputs received from each phase of the three-phase power of the
power grid source.

US Pat. No. 9,260,225

ZIPPER PROFILE MANUFACTURED BY CUT AND STRETCH METHODS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A zipper for a reclosable package including:
a first interlocking zipper profile including a first base and at least one first interlocking element;
a second interlocking zipper profile including a second base and at least one second interlocking element;
wherein the at least one first interlocking element includes a series of partial gaps, the partial gaps being formed by creating
a series of partial cuts and stretching and elongating the first interlocking zipper profile thereby stretching and elongating
the first interlocking zipper profile around the series of partial cuts thereby transforming the series of partial cuts into
the series of partial gaps;

wherein a depth of the partial cuts is at least ten percent of the height of the first interlocking zipper profile and does
not exceed eighty percent of the height of the first interlocking zipper profile; and

operation of the zipper causing interaction between the at least one first interlocking element and the at least one second
interlocking element thereby generating audible and tactile feedback.

US Pat. No. 9,238,574

BEVERAGE DISPENSER WITH TWO-STAGE REGULATOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A portable beverage dispensing apparatus, comprising a spout assembly and a handle assembly pivotally attached to said
spout assembly, said handle assembly comprising;
an upper handle portion formed to include a first bore extending inwardly;
a lower handle portion formed to include a second bore extending inwardly;
wherein said upper handle portion is releasably attached to said lower handle portion such that said first bore and said second
bore define an enclosed space;

wherein said first bore is dimensioned such that a compressed gas cartridge disposed within said enclosed space is in physical
contact with a side wall surface defining said first bore such that said compressed gas cartridge can absorb heat from an
ambient environment;

wherein said second bore is dimensioned such that a compressed gas cartridge disposed within said enclosed space is in physical
contact with a side wall surface defining said second bore such that said compressed gas cartridge can absorb heat from an
ambient environment;

a first stage pressure regulator disposed in said upper handle portion above said enclosed space; and
a second storage pressure regulator disposed in said lower handle portion below said enclosed space.

US Pat. No. 9,161,459

PRE-HEATER LATCH AND SEAL MECHANISM FOR WAVE SOLDER MACHINE AND RELATED METHOD

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A wave solder machine configured to perform a wave solder operation on an electronic substrate, the wave solder machine
comprising:
a pre-heating station configured to heat the electronic substrate;
a wave soldering station configured to attach electronic components to the electronic substrate with solder; and
a conveyor configured to transport substrates through a tunnel passing through the pre-heating station and the wave soldering
station, the tunnel having a substantially oxygen-free environment,

wherein the pre-heating station includes at least one pre-heater including
a support frame assembly forming part of the tunnel,
a heater assembly supported by the support frame assembly, the heater assembly being slidably coupled to the support frame
assembly between an operational position and a non-operational position, and

at least one seal disposed between the heater assembly and the support frame assembly, the at least one seal providing a gas-tight
seal when the heater assembly is in the operational position to prevent atmosphere from entering the tunnel thereby preserving
the substantially oxygen-free environment within the tunnel.

US Pat. No. 9,138,824

WELDING GUN HAVING NON-THREADING CONTACT TIP

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A torch assembly comprising:
a diffuser;
a nozzle insert having a plurality of axial passages, wherein each of the plurality of axial passages extends from a first
axial surface of the nozzle insert to a second axial surface of the nozzle insert; and

a contact tip configured to be secured axially between the diffuser and the nozzle insert along a longitudinal axis of the
torch assembly, wherein the axial passages of the nozzle insert align generally parallel to the longitudinal axis when the
contact tip is axially secured.

US Pat. No. 9,457,936

ACCESS STRUCTURE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An access structure for a bag; comprising:
a first component made of a first material as a monolithic body adapted and arranged for attachment to the bag;
a second component made of a second material overmolded on said monolithic body and forming an access valve suitable for receiving
dispensing equipment there through;

an area of localized weakness provided in the bag prior to opening the bag, said area of localized weakness having a stress
riser configuration therein to direct tearing of the bag and access to the bag;

said first component attached to the bag in a position overlying said area of localized weakness; and
an emptying device selectively positioned with respect to said first component and said area of localized weakness including
a first position away from said area of localized weakness and a second position extending into said bag through said area
of localized weakness.

US Pat. No. 9,453,593

TUBE-RETAINING ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener assembly configured to secure a tubular member to a structure, the fastener assembly comprising:
a stud retainer configured to receive and retain a fastener that is configured to securely fasten the assembly to the structure;
a tube-retaining section having interior walls that define a tube channel configured to receive the tubular member; and
an adaptable tube-engaging member extending into the tube channel, wherein the adaptable tube-engaging member is configured
to securely wrap around more than half an outer circumference of the tubular member, wherein the adaptable tube-engaging member
is flexible and resilient, wherein the adaptable tube-engaging member is configured to securely engage multiple tubular members
of different shapes and sizes, wherein the adaptable tube-engaging member comprises:

opposed flexing protuberances that cooperate to wrap around a first portion of the outer circumference of the tubular member,
wherein each of the opposed flexing protuberances comprises an arcuate finger configured to engage around a portion of the
tubular member; and

at least one flexible securing protuberance configured to wrap around a separate and distinct second portion of the outer
circumference of the tubular member, wherein the at least one flexible securing protuberance comprises an extension beam integrally
connected to an arcuate beam having a free end, wherein the extension beam extends from a portion of the interior walls.

US Pat. No. 9,400,207

SENSOR MOUNTING BRACKET

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A symmetrical sensor mounting bracket assembly comprising:
a first sensor mounting bracket and a second sensor mounting bracket combined together, one above the other in parallel orientation;
and

at least one sensor attachment fixture configured to facilitate attachment of one of the first sensor mounting bracket or
second sensor mounting bracket to a sensor mounting fixture separate from the first sensor mounting bracket and the second
sensor mounting bracket and at least one mounting element configured to facilitate attachment of the one bracket to a load
bearing plate or a sensor support structure separate from the first sensor mounting bracket and the second sensor mounting
bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,283,770

APPARATUS FOR THERMAL PRINTING OR EMBOSSING

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An apparatus for thermal printing or embossing, comprising
a film conveying section for a carrier film coated with a coloring agent;
a print support for a printable medium,
a printhead for selectively heating the carrier film in accordance with a predetermined printed image, so that the coloring
agent is transferred from the carrier film to the printable medium in accordance with the predetermined printed image,

wherein the apparatus further comprises
a sensor device set up for recording a remaining pattern of the coloring agent on the carrier film after the heating of the
carrier film and set up for generating a sensor signal on a basis of the recorded pattern, and

a logic unit for detecting a defective print on a basis of the sensor signal, preferably on the basis of the sensor signal
and a printed image signal, wherein the logic unit is set up for the purpose of detecting on the basis of sensor signal portions
on the carrier film on which the coloring agent has remained completely and generating a corresponding print spacing signal.

US Pat. No. 9,168,878

ROOF DITCH MOLDING RETAINER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A molding retainer adapted to lockingly engage a connection stud having an enhanced diameter head within a vehicle roof
ditch and to hold an elongate molding strip having a C-section support in covering relation to the vehicle roof ditch over
the connection stud, the molding retainer comprising: a molding engagement clip adapted to engage an underside of the molding
strip in nested relation to the C-section support such that the C-section support extends in arched relation between opposing
lateral sides of the molding engagement clip, the molding engagement clip including an arrangement of molding attachment elements
adapted to lockingly engage interior surfaces of the molding strip, the molding engagement clip including an acceptance opening
oriented for alignment with the connection stud and a pair of window slots disposed on opposite sides of the acceptance opening;
and a stud engagement latch, non-integral with the molding engagement clip, the stud engagement latch including a raised stud
containment ring adapted for insertion at least partially into the acceptance opening in the molding engagement clip, the
stud containment ring including a pair of opposing snap structures projecting radially inwardly and adapted to snap behind
the enhanced diameter head upon insertion of the connection stud, the stud engagement latch further including a plurality
of upwardly projecting snap-in latch elements positioned for alignment with the window slots when the stud containment ring
is inserted into the acceptance opening, each of the upwardly projecting snap-in latch elements having a catch structure at
an effective height to latch behind a surface adjacent a corresponding window opening upon at least partial insertion of the
containment ring into the acceptance opening.

US Pat. No. 9,108,263

WELDING POWER SOURCE WITH AUTOMATIC VARIABLE HIGH FREQUENCY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a welding power source configured to apply electrical power to a welding torch for a welding operation;
a secondary power source configured to provide a variable voltage output;
a capacitive storage device charged by the secondary power source;
a transformer having a primary winding coupled to the output of the secondary power source for receiving power from the secondary
power source and establishing a resonant frequency signal between the capacitive storage device and primary winding, and a
secondary winding coupled to the welding power source; and

a switching device for regulating resonant rings between the capacitive storage device and the primary winding;
wherein the transformer superimposes the resonant frequency signals onto the welding power signal of the welding power source
during periods of the resonant rings, and the energy of the superimposed signals being variable based upon the voltage of
the secondary power source output.

US Pat. No. 9,089,922

WELDING SYSTEM HAVING A POWER GRID INTERFACE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:
a welding power supply comprising power conversion circuitry configured to receive power from a power grid and to convert
the power received from the power grid to welding power suitable for a welding operation, wherein the welding power supply
comprises:

a power generation device configured to produce electrical power for the welding operation;
a grid interface configured to communicate data to a grid-side monitor or controller in one or more components of an energy
producer or distributor and to receive data from the grid-side monitor or controller; and

control circuitry coupled to the grid interface and configured to control operation of the power conversion circuitry based
at least partially upon the data received from the grid-side monitor or controller, wherein the control circuitry is configured
to command the welding power supply to apply generated or stored power from the power generation device to the power grid
based at least partially upon data received from the grid-side monitor or controller.

US Pat. No. 9,057,642

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING A DISPENSER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of calibrating a dispenser of the type having a material dispensing unit that is configured to dispense material
on a substrate, the method comprising:
providing a weigh scale having a plate configured to receive material dispensed on the plate;
dispensing one or more patterns of material on the plate;
weighing the amount of material dispensed on the plate;
comparing the weighed amount of material to a designated amount of material,
wherein dispensing one or more patterns of material replicates at least a portion of patterns of material dispensed on the
substrate during a dispensing operation; and

displaying the weight of the pattern dispensed to a user using a user interface device having a display coupled to a dispenser
controller,

wherein during setup, an operator specifies the following parameters: a speed of a dispenser gantry; a number of dispensers;
a z-axis height of each dispenser; for auger-type dispensers, a rotation of an auger screw in degrees per millimeter, or for
jetter-type dispensers, a jetting rate in dots per millimeter; a predetermined tolerance of the weight of the pattern dispensed;
a measure of every n boards or every n minutes; and when to perform a needle cleaning operation, and

wherein one or more icons are provided on the display to assist the operator.

US Pat. No. 9,449,498

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORK POWER OPTIMIZATION FOR CONTROL OF INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

21. A wireless communication network, comprising:
one or more welding-related devices, wherein the one or more welding-related devices comprise a welding wire feeder, a welding
torch, a welding helmet, a welding pendant, or a welding foot pedal;

a welding power supply unit configured to convert power from a power grid to power for a welding operation performed using
the one or more welding-related devices; and

a master node device configured to facilitate wireless communication between internal wireless communication circuitry of
the one or more welding-related devices and wireless communication circuitry of the master node device via a wireless communication
network, to facilitate communication between communication circuitry of the master node device and internal communication
circuitry of the welding power supply unit via a communication link, and to manage power consumption of on-board batteries
of the master node device and the one or more welding-related devices by synchronizing sleep modes of the master node device
and the one or more welding-related devices, wherein timing of the sleep modes of the master node device and the one or more
welding-related devices is based at least in part on the types of the one or more welding-related devices associated with
the master node device, wherein the communication link has a greater transmission range than the wireless communication network.

US Pat. No. 9,411,779

METHOD OF DISPENSING MATERIAL BASED ON EDGE DETECTION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of depositing material on an electronic substrate with a dispensing system of the type including a frame, a dispensing
unit gantry movably coupled to the frame, a dispensing unit coupled to the dispensing unit gantry, the dispensing unit being
configured to deposit material onto the substrate during the dispense operation, a vision system gantry coupled to the frame,
and a vision system coupled to the vision system gantry, the vision system being configured to obtain one or more images of
the electronic substrate prior to performing the dispense operation, the method comprising:
manipulating the vision system with the vision gantry system to move to the position defined by a feature;
acquiring an image of at least a portion of the feature, to search for an edge of the portion of the feature;
returning a value indicating an offset of zero (0) at the edge of the feature or an x-axis offset at a distance from the edge
of the feature; and

dispensing a line of material along the edge of the feature based on the value indicating the offset of zero (0) or the x-axis
offset,

wherein acquiring the image of at least the portion of the feature includes acquiring a first field of view image of at least
a first portion of the feature and acquiring a second field of view image of at least a second portion of the feature,

wherein returning the value includes returning a first value indicating a first offset of zero (0) at the edge of the feature
or a first x-axis offset at a distance from the edge of the feature based on the first image and a second value indicating
a second offset of zero (0) at the edge of the feature or a second x-axis offset at a distance from the edge of the feature
based on the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,381,633

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A REVERSION TRIGGER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool including a trigger control mechanism, said tool comprising:
a housing;
a workpiece-contacting element movably connected to said housing, said workpiece-contacting element being movable between
a rest position and an activated position;

a trigger movably connected to said housing, said trigger being movable between a rest position and an activated position;
an actuation lever movably connected to said trigger; and
a control valve including an actuating pin and an electromagnet, said actuating pin being movable between a rest position
and an activated position;

wherein in a powered mode, said electromagnet is energized causing said actuation lever to be attracted to said actuating
pin and hold said actuation lever and said actuating pin in said respective activated positions such that the tool is actuated
each time said workpiece-contacting element contacts a workpiece and moves to said activated position; and

wherein in a non-powered mode, said electromagnet is not energized such that the tool is actuated each time said workpiece-contacting
element and said trigger are each moved from said rest position to said activated position in a designated sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,370,294

STORED ENERGY GASKET-COMPRESSING LATCH WITH REDUCED ROTATIONAL FRICTION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An appliance latch assembly for receiving a catch element along an axis in a receiving direction, the latch comprising:
a latch frame attachable to a portion of an appliance;
a floating pivot movable independently with respect to the latch frame along the axis and across the axis;
a hook supported to rotate about the floating pivot to capture a portion of the catch element in a capture position when the
catch element enters a hook opening and to release the catch element in a release position when the catch element exits the
hook opening wherein the floating pivot moves along the axis both when the hook is in the release position before the catch
element enters the hook opening and when hook is in the capture position before the catch element exits the hook opening and
wherein the floating pivot moves across the axis when the hook is in the capture position before the catch elements enters
the hook opening; and

at a spring adapted to urge the floating pivot in the receiving direction along the axis;
further including a toggle arm extending between the hook and the latch frame and pivotally attached to each of the hook and
latch frame to brace the hook against movement in the receiving direction when the hook is in the release position and to
release the hook for movement in the receiving direction with rotation of the hook from the release position to the capture
position;

further including a swing arm pivotally attached to the latch frame through an interengaging slot and pin so that the swing
atm both pivots and is movable across the axis with respect to the frame, the swing arm being pivotally attached to the hook,
and wherein the spring communicates between the latch frame and the swing arm to urge the hook along at least one of the axis
in the receiving direction and across the axis.

US Pat. No. 9,289,844

POWER SUPPLY CHASSIS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:
a housing; and
a one-piece chassis coupled to the housing and configured to be enclosed within the housing, wherein the one-piece chassis
is configured to be selectively removable from the housing, wherein the one-piece chassis is configured to have a plurality
of components coupled thereto, and the plurality of components comprise one or more transformers, a fan blade, one or more
rectifiers, one or more inductors, and control circuitry, and wherein the one-piece chassis comprises a fan shroud configured
to direct air toward the fan blade.

US Pat. No. 9,156,211

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A LOAD BEARING FABRIC SURFACE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for molding a molded edge onto a fabric comprising:
a molding apparatus having a plurality of mold parts cooperatively defining a pair of spaced-apart mold cavities;
a fabric stretching apparatus having a plurality of clamps, said clamps including a first pair of clamps configured to grip
one end of the fabric and a second pair of clamps configured to grip a second end of the fabric, at least one of said first
pair of clamps and said second pair of clamps being selectively movable to increase a distance between said first pair of
clamps and said second pair of clamps whereby said fabric is stretched as a result of said movement, said first pair of clamps
including two clamps spaced apart from one another such that a central portion of the fabric between said first pair of clamps
is free, said second pair of clamps including two clamps spaced apart from one another such that a central portion of the
fabric between said second pair of clamps is free,

wherein the clamps of the first pair of clamps are adjacent to and aligned with one another and the clamps of the second pair
of clamps are adjacent to and aligned with one another opposite the first pair of clamps,

wherein said first pair of clamps and said second pair of clamps are aligned with said mold cavities such that opposite edges
of the stretched fabric terminate within said mold cavities, and

wherein at least one of said mold parts includes a mold pocket for storing slack fabric.

US Pat. No. 9,073,738

REDUCED LOAD OFFSET LOSS INTEGRATED LIFT TRUCK ATTACHMENT

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A lift truck attachment system comprising:
a pair of support brackets;
an upper carriage support secured to the pair of support brackets, the upper carriage support having a groove in an underside
thereof;

a lower carriage support spaced from and opposing the upper carriage support and secured to the pair of support brackets;
a device attachment region disposed between and substantially flush with the upper and lower carriage supports; and
a device attached to the upper carriage support and lower carriage support, the device comprising a base portion positioned
in the device attachment region extending continuously from the lower carriage support to the upper carriage support, the
base portion comprising a plurality of attachment ears, wherein at least one attachment ear of the plurality of attachment
ears is positioned in and bears against the groove of the upper carriage support and another attachment ear of the of the
plurality of attachment ears bears against the lower carriage support such that the underside of the upper carriage support
and an upper surface of the lower carriage support the base portion of the device and the base portion is nested between the
upper and lower carriage supports, the device further including a load carriage connected to the base portion and offset from
the device attachment region, the load carriage configured to receive load handling fixtures thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,475,525

ARCUATE CLIP ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A clip assembly configured to securely connect a first structural component to a second structural component, the clip
assembly comprising:
an arc attachment member including: (a) a base, (b) a securing arc having a semi-circular rim extending from a lower surface
of the base, wherein the semi-circular rim directly connects to first and second ends of the base at the lower surface, and
(c) an internal fin integrally connected to and extending from an internal ledge of the semi-circular rim to the lower surface
of the base between the first and second ends, wherein the internal fin is recessed with respect to the semi-circular rim,
wherein the internal fin has a length extending between the first and second ends of the base, a height extending between
the lower surface of the base to the internal ledge of the semi-circular rim, and a thickness extending between a first side
of the internal fin to an opposite second side of the internal fin, wherein the thickness of the internal fin is less than
a respective thickness of the semi-circular rim, wherein the arc attachment member is configured to be secured to one of the
first or second structural components; and

an arc-receiving member including an arc-receiving portion configured to receive the securing arc through multiple directions,
wherein the arc-receiving member is configured to be secured to the other of the first or second structural components, and
wherein the securing arc is configured to be pivotally adjusted with respect to the arc-receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,334,114

STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHODS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

27. A method of storing and retrieving items in a rack having a plurality of layers, each layer having an aisle and a plurality
of rows extending from the aisle, each aisle having a loading position at an end thereof and a plurality of storage positions
along the row, the method using a dual shuttle having a first cart and a second cart, the first cart being movable along the
aisle and the second cart being movable along the rows and being carriable along the aisle by the first cart, the method comprising:
moving the item to the loading position by using a conveyor on a lift and a conveyor on the layer adjacent the loading position;
placing the item on the first cart at the loading position by pulling the item onto the first cart using a conveyor on one
of the first or second carts and the conveyor on the layer;

moving the item along the aisle to a row using the first cart;
removing the item from the first cart using the second cart;
moving the item to the storage position using the second cart;
placing the item at the storage position using the second cart;
retrieving the item from the storage position using the second cart; moving the item along the row using the second cart;
moving the item onto the first cart;
moving the item along the aisle to the loading position using the first cart; and
removing the item from the first cart at the loading position by pulling the item off the first cart using the conveyor on
one of the first or second carts, the conveyor on the layer and the conveyor on the lift.

US Pat. No. 9,121,650

AMMUNITION FEED GUIDE ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An ammunition feed guide assembly for a connected band of ammunition cartridges comprising:
at least one upstanding side plate defining an ammunition discharge channel comprising:
a bottom wall;
a pair of side walls spaced apart a distance greater than the length of a cartridge;
and an ammunition chute connected to said discharge channel to guide the band of ammunition cartridges comprising a plurality
of hollow feed links connected together to form a path for passage of a band of ammunition cartridges each hollow feed link
comprising a bottom wall, a top wall and a pair of side walls spaced to pass an ammunition band;

wherein said side walls of each said hollow feed link include a cantilever flex arm and a latching aperture, with adjacent
hollow feed links of said chute connected together by connection of said flex arms of one said feed link and said latching
apertures of an adjacent feed link and,

wherein each said cantilevered flex arm includes a generally cylindrical latching button disposed in one of said latching
apertures in said side wall of an adjacent hollow feed link to provide limited pivotal movement between adjacent feed links.

US Pat. No. 9,102,453

HIGH BURST PACKAGE HAVING A RECLOSABLE POUR SPOUT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A reclosable package comprising:
a front wall and a rear wall;
a first gusset formed between a first edge of the front wall and a first edge of the rear wall;
a single reclosure tape extending around an interior of the first gusset, the reclosure tape including a first flange and
a second flange; and

wherein the first flange is sealed to the interior of the first gusset and the second flange is free of sealing to a portion
of the interior of the first gusset; and

wherein the first flange is sealed to a circumferential interior of the front wall, rear wall, and first gusset, and wherein
a first portion of the second flange is sealed to substantially an entire length of a first of the front wall and rear wall
and to a first portion of a second of the front wall and rear wall, and wherein a second portion of the second flange is free
of sealing.

US Pat. No. 9,067,271

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INDICATING POWER ON A TORCH

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding or plasma cutting torch, comprising:
an indicator coupled to a body of the torch; and
control circuitry coupled to the indicator and configured to provide a first signal and a second signal to the indicator;
wherein the indicator is configured to receive the first signal when at least one of welding power and arc starting power
from a power supply is available at the torch, the indicator is configured to receive the second signal when the at least
one of the welding power and the arc starting power from the power supply is not available at the torch, the first signal
comprises a voltage signal while welding or cutting is not occurring, and the first signal comprises a current signal while
welding or cutting is occurring.

US Pat. No. 9,068,347

CURTAIN WALL PANEL BRACKET LEVELING SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor assembly comprising:
a curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor array including:
(a) a plurality of curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchors, each curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor including
an anchor body including:

(i) a threaded leveler receiver having a first inner diameter, and
(ii) a threaded fastener receiver connected to and extending from the leveler receiver, wherein the fastener receiver has
a second inner diameter different than the first inner diameter;

(b) for each curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor, a leveler threadably receivable by the leveler receiver of said curtain
wall panel bracket leveling anchor such that, when the leveler is threadably received by the leveler receiver, the leveler
is rotatable relative to the anchor body of said curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor, wherein the leveler defines an
opening therethrough and the opening is sized such that, when the leveler is threadably received by the leveler receiver,
a fastener can extend through the opening and be threadably received by the fastener receiver, wherein the leveler includes
a leveler head and a coaxial leveler body connected to and extending from the leveler head; and

(c) an anchor connector connecting the plurality of curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchors; and
a protective cover removably attachable to the curtain wall panel bracket leveling anchor array, wherein the protective cover
includes, for each leveler, a leveler head engager configured to engage and removably attach to the leveler head of said leveler.

US Pat. No. 9,065,305

ENGINE-GENERATOR WITHOUT FLYWHEEL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
an engine;
a generator coupled to the engine, wherein the generator comprises a rotor having a mass effective to absorb energy from the
engine during firing portions and return energy to the engine during non-firing portions of a cycle of the engine, wherein
the system excludes a flywheel, and the generator comprises a gear coupled to the rotor;

a starter configured to rotate the gear to start the engine; and
an electronic ignition system and a Hall effect sensor, wherein the electronic ignition system is configured to control engine
ignition in response to feedback from the Hall effect sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,488,546

TESTING EQUIPMENT FOR CRASH SIMULATION TESTS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND CARRIAGE ARRANGEMENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A testing equipment for crash simulation tests, the testing equipment having the following:
a rail arrangement;
a first carriage arrangement which is arranged displaceably along a longitudinal axis of the rail arrangement, and
an acceleration unit configured to transfer a force to the first carriage arrangement in order to accelerate the carriage
arrangement;

wherein the testing equipment has a second carriage arrangement, which is configured to be mounted on the rail arrangement
and is displaceable along the longitudinal axis of the rail arrangement and is designed to support a test superstructure with
at least one component to be tested in the crash simulation, the first carriage arrangement having a detachable clutch which
is designed to engage with the second carriage arrangement in such a way that at least a part of the force, when present and
the detachable clutch is engaged, is transferred to the second carriage arrangement from the acceleration unit via the first
carriage arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,457,417

SINGLE ELECTRONIC GOVERNOR FOR MULTIPLE ENGINES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:
a generator configured to produce an electrical current;
an engine coupled to the generator and configured to provide power to the generator for producing the electrical current,
wherein the engine comprises a throttle, and wherein the engine comprises an engine type of a plurality of engine types, wherein
each engine type has a throttle-output relationship specific to the engine type; and

a governor system configured to control the throttle, wherein the governor system comprises:
a governor comprising an actuator;
a coupling system configured to couple to the actuator and to the throttle, wherein the coupling system is one of a plurality
of coupling systems, each coupling system configured to be coupled to the actuator and to a throttle of an engine type of
the plurality of engine types, wherein the coupling system is specific to the engine type of the engine and configured to
produce a desired output of the engine when the engine comprises any engine type of the plurality of engine types; and

control circuitry configured to provide a signal to the actuator to change a rotation or a position of the coupling system
to produce the desired output of the engine, wherein the control circuitry is not specific to the engine type of the engine,
and wherein the rotation or the position of the coupling system is based on the desired output and is not based on the engine
type of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,380,689

SILICON BASED CHARGE NEUTRALIZATION SYSTEMS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method for low emission charge neutralization, comprising:
generating a high frequency alternating current (AC) voltage;
transmitting the high frequency AC voltage to at least one non-metallic emitter;
wherein the at least one non-metallic emitter comprises at least 70% silicon by weight and less than 99.99% silicon by weight;
wherein the at least one emitter comprises at least one treated surface section with a destroyed oxidation layer;
generating ions from the at least one non-metallic emitter in response to the high frequency AC voltage;
wherein the at least one non-metallic emitter comprises a first ratio S/D in a range from 0.03 to 0.06;
wherein S is a thickness of a sleeve that receives the at least one non-metallic emitter; and
wherein D is a diameter of a shaft of the at least one non-metallic emitter.

US Pat. No. 9,234,539

FASTENER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener, comprising:
a head, a shank, and a tip;
said shank comprising an unthreaded section proximate said head, a threaded section proximate said tip, and a reverse threaded
section between said unthreaded section and said threaded section wherein said reverse threaded section is directly adjacent
to said threaded section;

wherein said threaded section and said reverse threaded section include threads having substantially similar pitches;
wherein said reverse threaded section includes a greater number of threads per millimeter than said threaded section;
wherein said shank and said tip include a cut extending inwardly substantially to an axis of said fastener, the cut creating
a face with exposed thread profiles;

wherein said tip is generally conical and forms a conical angle between about 20 degrees and about 40 degrees;
wherein a runout height for the thread of the threaded section proximate said tip is between about 0.1 mm and about 0.5 mm
and a transition from tapered to generally constant thread height is between about 4 mm and about 6 mm; and

wherein said reverse threaded section has a length between about 4 mm and about 10 mm and said unthreaded section has length
at least about as long as said reverse threaded section.

US Pat. No. 9,234,809

DIFFERENTIAL DEFLECTION MEASUREMENT IN STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A deflection measuring device for measuring differential vertical deflection between first and second discrete points in
response to the application of force to the device, the device comprising a transducer attachable to a structural member and
comprising at least one strain responsive element, the transducer being operable to resolve any force applied thereto into
a differential vertical deflection between a first point and a second point on the transducer when a load is applied thereto;
the strain responsive element being operable to measure the differential vertical deflection in the transducer.

US Pat. No. 9,173,496

LOAD BEARING SURFACE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A load bearing surface comprising:
a support structure;
a first layer secured with said support structure, said first layer being deflectable under a load in accordance with a first
deflection profile, said first layer including a plurality of nodes, wherein said plurality of nodes are interconnected by
a plurality of connectors, wherein said plurality of connectors are integrally formed with said plurality of nodes;

a second layer secured with said support structure;
a plurality of spring elements disposed between said first layer and said second layer to operatively interact when said first
layer deflects under a load, wherein each of said plurality of nodes is operatively interconnected with a unique one of said
plurality of spring elements, wherein said plurality of spring elements are integral with at least one of said first layer
and said second layer, wherein each of said spring elements is a cantilevered extension of at least one of said first layer
and said second layer, wherein each of said spring elements includes a gimbal.

US Pat. No. 9,138,825

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR WELDING-TYPE DEVICES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a welding-type device;
a data storage unit associated with the welding-type device and storing identification information of the welding-type device,
system type information relating to a system type of the welding-type device, and location information of the welding-type
device within a network stored thereon, wherein the location information comprises data that enables determination of a physical
location of the welding-type device, wherein the system type information comprises a welding-type process the welding-type
device is configured to perform;

one or more sensors configured to provide operational status information of the welding-type device, wherein the operational
status information indicates whether the welding-type device is on or off, whether the welding-type device is operating or
not, a power level of the welding-type device, an operational error of the welding-type device, or resource information relating
to statuses of resources associated with the welding-type device; and

a wireless communication unit operationally attached to the data storage unit, the wireless communication unit configured
to receive a system-type identification request from a monitoring device, to determine whether the welding-type device is
configured to perform a specific welding-type process based at least in part on the system type information stored in the
data storage unit, and to emit a signal carrying the identification information, the location information, and the operational
status information in response to the system-type identification request received from the monitoring device, wherein the
system-type identification request represents a query for welding-type devices configured to perform the specific welding-type
process, and the wireless communication unit emits the signal only if the welding-type device is determined to be configured
to perform the specific welding-type process.

US Pat. No. 9,089,863

METHOD FOR CLEANING A NOZZLE OF A MATERIAL DEPOSITION SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method for cleaning a nozzle of a material deposition system configured to deposit material on an electronic substrate,
the method comprising:
performing a deposition operation with a material deposition system configured to position an electronic substrate under a
deposition head movable by a gantry, to supply material to a chamber of the deposition head, to extend a piston of the deposition
head from the chamber, the deposition head having a needle terminating in a needle orifice, and to push a volume of material
out of the chamber by an actuator of the deposition head to form a desired volume of material at the needle orifice that is
deposited on the electronic substrate; and

cleaning the needle orifice with air directed to the needle orifice,
wherein cleaning the needle orifice includes positioning at least two air jets on opposite sides of the needle orifice and
producing a pulse of air directed to the needle orifice.

US Pat. No. 9,091,284

OPERATOR INTERFACE FOR HYDRAULIC TOOL CONTROL

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
a hydraulic supply system, comprising:
a drive;
a hydraulic pump coupled to the drive; and
a hydraulic tool control unit coupled to the hydraulic pump, wherein the hydraulic tool control unit comprises a housing having
a first side and a second side, the first and second sides being substantially perpendicular to one another;

wherein the first side comprises a primary tool outlet, a secondary tool outlet, and an electronic user interface, wherein
the primary tool output is configured to supply a first flow of a hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic pump to a primary tool,
the secondary tool output is configured to supply a second flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic pump to a secondary
tool, and the electronic user interface comprises a display and an input device; and

wherein the second side comprises a hydraulic pump inlet and an auxiliary tool output, wherein the hydraulic pump inlet is
configured to receive the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic pump and direct the hydraulic fluid into the housing, and the
auxiliary tool output is configured to supply a third flow of the hydraulic fluid to an auxiliary tool;

wherein the hydraulic tool control unit comprises a controller coupled to the electronic user interface, and at least one
electronically actuated valve coupled to the controller, the controller and the at least one electronically actuated valve
being disposed within the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,068,879

TOWER CASSETTE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A printer cassette device arranged to be removably mounted to or inserted into a printing device of a weighing scale, the
printer cassette is arranged to rotatably support a supply roll when mounted to or inserted into a printing device of a weighing
scale, the printer cassette comprises a rotatable locking mechanism for rotational engagement with the printing device characterised
in that the rotational locking mechanism for rotational engagement with the printer device is by rotation of the printer cassette
device about an axis of rotation of the supply roll such that, in use, rotation of the printer cassette device in one direction
locks the cassette to the printer device and rotation of the printer cassette device the other direction unlocks the printer
cassette device from the printer device.

US Pat. No. 9,050,684

MULTI-STAGE COMPRESSOR IN A PLASMA CUTTER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:
a torch power unit, comprising:
power electronics configured to provide power to a torch;
a compressor having multiple compression stages configured to compress a gas to provide a compressed gas output to at least
one device coupled to the compressor; and

a first cooling coil coupled to the compressor and configured to cool the gas downstream of a first stage of the multiple
compression stages and upstream of the at least one device.

US Pat. No. 9,048,272

DEVICES AND METHOD FOR HANDLING MICROELECTRONICS ASSEMBLIES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A handling device for microelectronic assemblies, comprising:
a frame including a first end element, a second end element, a first side element and a second side element;
internal rails extending between the first side element and the second side element thereby defining storage channels within
the handling device;

a floor formed within the storage channels, thereby defining upper storage channels and lower storage channels, wherein the
floor is between the upper storage channels and the lower storage channels;

upper insert strips releasably attached to the internal rails within the upper storage channels, the upper insert strips including
a plurality of pockets for receiving microelectronic assemblies; and

lower insert strips releasably attached to the internal rails within the lower storage channels, wherein the lower insert
strips present a flat continuous cover to the plurality of pockets on an upper insert strip of a lower adjacent stacked handling
device.

US Pat. No. 9,839,969

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRE FEED SPEED CONTROL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:
a control panel comprising:
a first input element configured to receive an input relating to a material thickness;
a second input element configured to receive a first input to place the welding power supply in a first mode of operation,
wherein the first input relates to a wire diameter; and

control circuitry configured to place the welding power supply in the first mode of operation when the first input is received
from the second input element, to determine a coarse wire feed speed when the welding power supply is in the first mode of
operation, to receive an input to fine tune the coarse wire feed speed, and to fine tune the coarse wire feed speed based
on the received input to fine tune the coarse wire feed speed.

US Pat. No. 9,463,554

PLASTIC CLAMP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A clamp comprising:
a plastic molded threaded screw portion, and a molded U-shaped plastic clamp portion, said U-shaped plastic clamp portion
having two legs projecting from a base, said plastic threaded screw portion and said U-shaped plastic clamp portion being
molded of different plastics;

one of said two legs having molded plastic threads which engage plastic threads of the plastic threaded screw portion, relative
rotation of said threads causing movement of said plastic threaded screw portion toward said other of said two legs to cause
a clamping force to be applied to an item located between said plastic threaded screw portion and said other leg portion;
and

said plastic molded screw portion having a swivel portion which swivels relative to said plastic molded screw portion.

US Pat. No. 9,413,264

GROUND POWER UNIT FOR AIRCRAFT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A ground power unit device comprising:
an input bus that receives an alternating current (AC) input signal during operation;
an output bus that outputs a direct current (DC) output signal produced from the AC input signal to a load having a power
requirement during operation;

a rectifier comprising a plurality of switches, wherein the rectifier receives the AC input signal from the input bus and
converts the AC input signal to a DC link signal during operation, and wherein the DC link signal varies depending upon the
frequency of the AC input signal and not upon the power requirement of the load at the output bus;

a DC-to-DC converter that receives the DC link signal from the rectifier and outputs a switched DC signal during operation;
a transformer comprising a primary winding and a secondary winding, wherein the transformer receives the switched DC signal
from the DC-to-DC converter on the primary winding and outputs the switched DC signal from the secondary winding during operation;

a first diode bridge and a second diode bridge coupled to the secondary winding, wherein the first and second diode bridges
rectify the switched DC signal from the secondary winding to produce the DC output signal during operation; and

a controller that, during operation, measures and determines the frequency of the AC input signal, controls the plurality
of switches based at least partially upon the determined frequency of the AC input signal and not upon the power requirement
of the load at the output bus, measures the DC link signal, and modulates a duty cycle of the DC-to-DC converter for producing
the DC output signal based at least partially upon the measured DC link signal and the power requirement of the load at the
output bus.

US Pat. No. 9,399,199

TURNING VANE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A mass flow controller for controlling a flow of a fluid, the mass flow controller comprising:
an inlet for receiving the fluid;
a flow path in which the fluid passes through the mass flow controller;
a mass flow sensor for providing a signal corresponding to mass flow of the fluid through the flow path;
a bypass coupled to the mass flow sensor through which a majority of fluid flows;
a turning vane positioned upstream of the bypass for generating a more uniform fluid flow;
an adjustable valve for regulating the flow of the fluid out of an outlet of the mass flow controller; and
a controller configured to apply a valve control signal to adjust the adjustable valve to a desired valve position to control
the flow of the fluid out of an outlet of the mass flow controller.

US Pat. No. 9,372,000

OVEN WITH RECIRCULATION OF COMBUSTION EXHAUST GASES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of heating a cooking chamber of an oven that includes a gaseous fuel heat exchanger, the method comprising:
providing a flow path for circulating air from the cooking chamber past the heat exchanger to pick-up heat and then back to
the cooking chamber;

providing a first combustion path gas flow path from the heat exchanger to an exhaust system for delivering combustion path
gases away from the oven;

providing a second combustion path gas flow path from the heat exchanger to the cooking chamber for delivering combustion
path gases into the cooking chamber;

cooking food within the cooking chamber and selectively controlling flow of combustion path gases along at least one of the
first combustion gas flow path or the second combustion gas flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,333,634

ENHANCED CAPACITY FASTENER LOAD SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener driver tool fastener load system, said system comprising:
an automatic fastener driving tool having a housing including a magazine with a fastener entry end, an opposite shear block
end, and a fastener track defined between said ends;

a tensioner mounted to said housing and including a motor-driven roller mounted to said tool so that the motor-driven roller
is closer to said fastener entry end than to said shear block end; and

a plurality of elongate fastener strips, each said fastener strip including a plurality of formed fasteners connected to each
other to form an elongate member, said fastener strips being connected to each other in an end-to-end arrangement, each fastener
having a pair of parallel legs spaced by a crown, each fastener strip extending along a longitudinal axis, a fastening tape
secured to said crowns of the fasteners of each said fastener strip, said fastener strips secured to each other by said fastening
tape and said fastening tape having a free end connected to said motor-driven roller;

wherein said tensioner is configured to remove said fastening tape from said crowns before said fasteners reach said shear
block end, said removal creating a biasing force that urges said fastener strips toward said shear block end.

US Pat. No. 9,333,583

WELDING SYSTEMS POWERED BY HYBRID VEHICLES

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

10. A method comprising:
receiving direct current (DC) power from a DC bus of a hybrid vehicle; and
utilizing the DC power from the hybrid vehicle as a source of power in a welding or cutting device.

US Pat. No. 9,315,309

CONTAINER CARRIER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers within corresponding container receiving apertures, the carrier comprising:
an array of container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks wherein each container receiving
aperture includes an outer band and a pair of oblique inner bands, each outer band having an inner edge and an outer edge,
the inner edge forming an engagement surface with a corresponding container and the outer edge including a pair of outwardly
extending protrusions comprising five changes in concavity along a length of the outer edge;

a small radius formed between the pair of inner bands at an inner corner of each container receiving aperture thereby forming
a generally triangular shaped container receiving aperture, wherein a base of each triangular shaped container receiving aperture
is convex and two sides forming the inner corner of each triangular shaped container receiving aperture are concave; and

a separation aperture formed between each transverse rank of container receiving apertures whereby a width of the separation
aperture is equal to a width between each separation aperture, wherein the separation aperture comprises a change in concavity
between the each transverse rank of container receiving apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,267,529

REMOVABLE LONG-LIVED AND REUSABLE U-SHAPED HYBRID NUT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A NUT WITH A C-SHAPED PROFILE, of the type formed by a punched metal sheet folded onto itself for fixing onto a panel,
including at least one arm corresponding to an upper base having a hole for the arrangement of a screwed device, the screwed
device having at least one thread, and the nut including at least one other arm corresponding to a lower base which is aligned
with an axis of the preceding hole, has another hole for receiving a nut tightening screw, said upper base being provided
with incisions which define horizontal connecting portions separated from a body of said upper base and longitudinal connecting
portions which form an extension of the horizontal connecting portions and which join together said upper base and said lower
base, which has a retaining claw which is designed to facilitate application of a tool for slackening the pressure which the
nut applies to the panel to which it is fixed; which has a bottom rear flange, and side stops on said upper base which form
an anti-rotation mechanism when the nut tightening screw is tightened on the nut; said bottom rear flange freeing from pressure
said upper base during assembly on the panel; and said longitudinal connecting portions are over dimensioned.

US Pat. No. 9,157,259

VEHICLE HOOD LATCH ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A hood latch assembly configured to securely latch a striker bar of a hood to a main frame of a vehicle, the hood assembly
comprising:
a main body including a moveable secondary latch pivot arm, wherein said secondary latch pivot arm comprises opposed slide
ramps and an integral handle, wherein said secondary latch pivot arm is configured to pivot away from said main body when
an operator grasps and pulls said integral handle away from said main body; and

a moveable primary latch member,
wherein said primary latch member is configured to secure the striker bar in a primary closed position, wherein said main
body, said secondary latch pivot arm, and said primary latch member are integrally formed as a single piece from a single
piece of material, wherein the secondary latch pivot arm and the primary latch member can flexibly bend with respect to the
main body without a pivot pin, and wherein said secondary latch pivot arm is configured to secure the striker bar in a secondary
closed position above said primary latch member.

US Pat. No. 9,131,776

MOLDED LOAD BEARING SURFACE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A load bearing surface assembly, comprising:
a molded, oriented load bearing surface, said load bearing surface having elastomeric properties allowing said load bearing
surface to flex under anticipated loads, the load bearing surface being deformed in a predetermined direction; and

at least one orienting member, said load bearing surface being molded onto said orienting member, said orienting member having
a hardness greater than a hardness of said load bearing surface and being sufficiently rigid to provide a structural component
for at least one of gripping said load bearing surface assembly during orienting of said load bearing surface and mounting
said load bearing surface assembly to a support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,133,840

MANUAL PUMP ALSO CAPABLE OF DISPENSING HIGH PRESSURE COMPRESSED GAS CARTRIDGES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A barrel style pump, comprising:
a tubular barrel comprising a first end, a second end, and a barrel axis extending between said first end of said tubular
barrel and said second end of said tubular barrel;

a manual pump handle assembly disposed on the first end of said tubular barrel, said manual pump handle assembly comprising
a hand grip, a piston, and connecting rod;

a dispensing head comprising an outlet port, wherein said dispensing head is disposed on the second end of said tubular barrel,
wherein said dispensing head comprises a threaded socket;

a lance housing disposed within said dispensing head, said lance housing formed to include an inner bore, said lance housing
comprising a puncture lance disposed concentrically within said inner bore, a lance seal, and a lance gas path fluid connecting
said lance housing and said dispensing head;

a first one-way valve disposed within said dispensing head between said lance housing and said outlet port;
a second one-way valve disposed within said dispensing head between said second end of said tubular barrel and said outlet
port;

wherein the second one-way valve is coaxial with the barrel axis.

US Pat. No. 9,090,370

REWIND-REEL DRIVEN LABEL APPLICATOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A label applicator of a type for separating labels from a continuous carrier strip and applying the labels to objects positioned
at the applicator, the applicator comprising:
a supply reel configured for supporting the carrier strip having labels thereon;
a rewind reel configured for rewinding the carrier strip, the supply reel and the rewind reel fixed relative to one another;
a motor operably connected to the rewind reel only, the motor configured to drive the rewind reel only for moving the carrier
strip through the applicator;

a sensor for sensing a speed of the motor;
a rotary encoder mounted separately from the rewind reel and motor;
a peel blade having a peel blade edge around which the carrier strip is fed and a through/around roller under which the carrier
strip is fed so as to extend parallel to the peel blade, the through/around roller disposed upstream from the peel blade edge,
wherein the rotary encoder is positioned on the peel blade; and

a controller,
wherein the rotary encoder monitors a linear speed of the carrier strip and wherein the sensor senses the speed of the motor,
and wherein the rotary encoder communicates with the controller to control the linear speed of the carrier strip through the
applicator by adjusting the sensed speed of the motor; and

wherein the carrier strip is fed along a forward path to be received at the peel blade, and the carrier strip passes from
the peel blade to the rewind reel along a rearward path extending from the peel blade to the rewind reel, wherein the forward
path is parallel to the rearward path, and the rearward path extends under a roller and to the rewind reel in a single direction
only.

US Pat. No. 9,050,680

WELDING WIRE FEED SYSTEM AND METHOD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system comprising:
a welding wire feeder, comprising:
a first wheel having a first rotational direction, wherein the first wheel comprises a central passage, opposite slots disposed
axially along the central passage, opposite recesses disposed on an axial end of the first wheel angularly away from the opposite
slots, and opposite radially inward facing semi-circular recessed portions, each extending from a respective opposite recess
toward both of the opposite slots;

a drive shaft comprising opposite prongs, wherein the opposite prongs are configured to pass along the opposite slots during
insertion and removal of the drive shaft relative to the central passage, and the opposite prongs are configured to rotate
from the opposite slots to the opposite recesses at the axial end; and

a second wheel having a second rotational direction opposite from the first rotational direction, wherein the first and second
wheels are disposed compressively about a wire feed region, and the first and second wheels are drivingly coupled together
to output substantially equal tangential speeds in the wire feed region.

US Pat. No. 9,049,917

WEB LOAD-DAMPENING DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A device configured to adjustably retain at least one strap and dampen forces exerted into or by the at least one strap,
the device comprising:
a one-piece main body including two closed strap adjustment channels at opposite terminal ends configured to adjustably retain
the at least one strap, wherein said main body is formed of one or more of rubber, plastic resin, polyester, santoprene, thermoplastic
elastomer (TPE), or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU); and

at least one tensile member formed on or within said main body, wherein said at least one tensile member is configured to
flex, bend, and/or stretch in order to absorb the forces exerted into or by the at least one strap.

US Pat. No. 9,814,104

SPACE-EFFICIENT CHOKE SYSTEM FOR CONTAINING RF LEAKAGE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An oven comprising:
a radio frequency (RF) source;
a cooking chamber into which RF energy is providable via the RF source;
a door configured to hingedly operate to alternately allow access to the cooking chamber and close the cooking chamber for
cooking; and

a choke assembly disposed to seal a region between the door and walls of the oven that define the cooking chamber from RF
leakage responsive to closure of the door,

wherein the choke assembly comprises:
a capacitive coupling element comprising a plurality of tabs each having a first width;
an inductive tuning element comprising a plurality of projections bent relative to the capacitive coupling elements at a right
angle, the projections each having a second width that is smaller than the first width; and

a low impedance resonator and grounding element,
wherein the low impedance resonator and grounding element has a width extending in a direction parallel to a length of the
inductive tuning element and substantially perpendicular to a length of the capacitive coupling element,

wherein a combined length of the choke assembly comprises the width of the low impedance resonator and grounding element,
the length of the inductive tuning element and the length of the capacitive coupling element,

and wherein the combined length of the choke assembly for a given frequency is about 20% less than a combined length of a
quarter wave resonant choke for the given frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,517,522

SELF-ALIGNING WIRE FEEDER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A wire feeder, comprising a motor and drive roll assembly, wherein the motor and drive roll assembly comprises:
a base assembly having a left hand side and a right hand side;
a first locating mechanism on the right hand side;
a second locating mechanism on the left hand side;
an inlet guide able to be located by both of the first and second locating mechanisms, and mountable on both of the right
and left hand sides; and

an outlet guide able to be located by both of the first and second locating mechanisms, and mountable on both of the right
and left hand sides.

US Pat. No. 9,486,906

LOCKOUT FOR FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool, comprising:
a combustion-powered power source having a housing, a combustion chamber, and a reciprocating piston and driver blade that
each move along a main axis;

a valve sleeve reciprocable relative to said power source between a rest position and a firing position and partially defining
said combustion chamber; and

a lockout device in fluid communication with said power source and including a reciprocating gas piston connected to a latch
in operational proximity to said valve sleeve, said latch being pivotably connected to said housing and configured such that
upon combustion in said combustion chamber, gas from said combustion engages said gas piston and moves said latch to an engaged
position in which said valve sleeve is prevented from moving to said rest position.

US Pat. No. 9,455,163

BRUSH MANDREL FOR PVA SPONGE BRUSH

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method for cleaning substrates, the method comprising:
engaging a substrate with a cleaning device having a generally cylindrical brush with a hollow bore formed around a brush
mandrel with an outer surface wrapped around a central axis, wherein the outer surface is interrupted by a first engagement
member having primary features adjacent secondary features,

wherein the hollow bore has an inner surface interrupted by a second engagement member which mates with and surrounds the
first engagement member of the brush mandrel, wherein the primary features flow in a direction generally perpendicular to
a rotational direction of the brush mandrel around the central axis and include a first surface which is generally perpendicular
to the outer surface, wherein the secondary features include a second surface which flows in a direction generally perpendicular
to the first surface and along the central axis, wherein the second surface has a first portion which is closer to the central
axis at a first location along the central axis and a second portion which is further away from the central axis than the
first portion at a second location along the central axis, wherein the second surface has a smooth transition from the first
portion to the second portion such that the first portion forms a valley and the second portion forms a hill, and wherein
the primary features are not formed over and do not radially obstruct the secondary features,

wherein the second surface is a bottom surface and the bottom surface is comprised of a plurality of alternating hills and
valleys with smooth transitions between the hills and valleys.

US Pat. No. 9,400,855

METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A BUILDING OPTIONS CONFIGURATOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method executable by a processor comprising:
receiving an indication of a hierarchical structure of building plan options applicable to an enterprise;
receiving rules defining relationships between options within the hierarchical structure;
enabling a user to define option sets including selected ones of the building plan options;
enabling the user to associate different option sets among the option sets with corresponding different regions based on distinguishing
characteristics of the respective different regions;

employing the rules defining relationships between options within the hierarchical structure in response to receiving selected
options within the option set to both enable at least one option within the hierarchical structure and disable at least one
option within the hierarchical structure; and

generating by a processor, building information models and their derivatives based on selected options within an option set,
wherein generating building information models comprises dynamically resolving a geometry of merged components in response
to selection of the options to regenerate a building information model to include resolved components, wherein corresponding
information defining parameters of each component associated with an option, and a combined structure is produced using the
parameters associated with each option to dynamically resolve the geometry of merged components.

US Pat. No. 9,383,041

ROTATION LIMITING TUBE FASTENER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener for holding an object, said fastener comprising:
an anchoring part for securing the fastener in an assembly;
a holding part forming a pocket for capturing the object therein;
a projection extending into the pocket, said projection configured to deform surface material of the object held in the pocket
upon rotation of the object in the pocket; and

a hollow adjacent the projection and positioned to receive the deformed material of the object as deformed by the projection
upon rotation of the object in the pocket.

US Pat. No. 9,370,170

REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEMS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system comprising:
a plurality of sensors configured to transmit data on a low power and/or short range transmission link;
a plurality of coordinators in wireless communication with said sensors,
a base station in wireless communication with said plurality of coordinators via said longer range transmission link so that
data generated by said sensors is transferred to said base station via said coordinators, said base station providing a coordinator
service,

said coordinators configured to 1) convert signals received via said low power and/or short range transmission link to a longer
range transmission link, 2) issue a plurality of commands to the coordinator service and 3) direct communications from the
base station to the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,321,060

WIDE PATTERN NOZZLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device for applying a plurality of threads of a fluid, such as adhesive or lotion, to a moving web-like substrate, having
a plurality of outlet openings for the threads of fluid, wherein each outlet opening is disposed between a pair of flow openings,
through which a flow of fluid flows in order to oscillate the threads, thereby applying the fluid on the moving web-like substrate
in an oscillatory pattern, wherein the outlet openings are disposed along a curved path, and in that two directly adjacent
flow openings are disposed outside at least one outer outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 9,314,865

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WELDING WITH CV CONTROL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of controlling a welding power supply, comprising:
providing a cyclical output having a voltage;
dividing each cycle into at least two segments;
sampling an output parameter a plurality of times within at least one of the segments; and
controlling the output within at least a part of the at least one segment to be a CV output in response to the sampling performed
within the at least one segment;

controlling the output in at least a part of a second of the segments to be at least partially a CC output.

US Pat. No. 9,102,347

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODULAR TRANSPORTATION OF A WELDING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A modular welding component transportation system, comprising:
a front panel comprising a support platform configured to support a welding system component;
a wheel assembly comprising a first plurality of wheels;
a rail configured to adjustably couple with the front panel proximate a first end of the rail and configured to couple with
the wheel assembly proximate a second end of the rail;

locating surfaces of the wheel assembly configured to receive and align the rail for engagement with walls of the wheel assembly;
and

a second plurality of wheels configured to be coupled with the front panel or proximate the first end of the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,104,795

PROTECTIVE ASSEMBLIES FOR ENCLOSURES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a chassis configured to hold one or more electronic systems;
a first frame configured to engage a first side of the chassis;
a second frame configured to engage a second side of the chassis opposite the first side; and
members attached between the first frame and the second frame using fasteners, the members extending between the first frame and the second frame to rigidly secure the first frame and the second frame against the chassis to create an enclosure comprising the first frame, the second frame, and the chassis, the members being exterior to the chassis, wherein the first frame comprises a shoulder to hold a first panel and a groove to mate with the chassis.

US Pat. No. 9,498,928

FORMING CONVEYOR FOR A CARTON

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A conveyor assembly for unfolding a folded container blank, including:
a first conveyor lug assembly;
a second conveyor lug assembly opposing the first conveyor lug assembly, thereby forming an entry end at a first end of the
first and second conveyor lug assemblies, and an exit end at a second end of the first and second conveyor lug assemblies,
a portion of the second conveyor lug assembly proximate to the exit end being parallel to the first conveyor lug assembly;

the first and second conveyor lug assemblies being formed from a series of lug segments, the lug segments of the first and
second conveyor lug assemblies including respective first and second opposed engagement elements for engaging edges of a folded
blank at the entry end;

the lug segments of the first and second conveyor lug assemblies including first and second articulated portions directly
connected to each other and pivoting with respect to each other, wherein the first articulated portion includes a first protruding
guide portion and the second articulated portion includes a second protruding guide portion; and

the opposed engagement element of the first conveyor lug assembly being closer to the opposed engagement element of the second
conveyor assembly at the exit end than at the entry end, thereby pushing the edges of the folded blank toward each other and
unfolding the folded container blank as the container blank travels from the entry end to the exit end.

US Pat. No. 9,500,218

ANCHORING FASTENER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener assembly secured to a component having opposed outer planar surfaces and a through-hole extending between and
through the opposed outer planar surfaces, wherein the through-hole is defined by an internal edge formed through the component,
the fastener assembly comprising:
a fastener having a shaft integrally connected to an engagement head; and
an anchoring bushing that retains the fastener, wherein the anchoring bushing includes a main body defining a fastener passage
that retains the shaft, and at least one anchoring member extending from a portion of the main body, wherein the at least
one anchoring member comprises a contiguous rim that extends around a circumference of the main body, wherein the contiguous
rim comprises an outwardly-sloped wall connected to a sharp termination, wherein the sharp termination is dug into the internal
edge that defines the through-hole of the component, wherein a diameter of the outwardly-sloped wall expands toward a terminal
end that includes at least a portion of the outwardly-sloped wall, wherein the at least one anchoring member securely anchors
into at least a portion of the component by digging into the internal edge of the component that defines the through-hole
formed through the component.

US Pat. No. 9,396,716

WHISTLE ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A whistle assembly comprising:
a main body including a mouth-receiving end connected to a cord end, wherein the mouth-receiving end includes a blow hole
connected to a whistle hole through a whistle passage, wherein a channel is formed through at least a portion of the cord
end; and

a cord insert configured to retain a cord within a cord passage that extends within the cord insert, wherein the cord insert
is configured to be retained within the channel of the main body, and wherein a portion of the cord is configured to be securely
retained within the cord passage of the cord insert that is within the channel of the main body, wherein the cord insert comprises
opposed cord-lock members that are configured to securely clamp to the portion of the cord within the cord passage when the
cord insert is retained within the channel of the main body, wherein each of the cord-lock members comprises a flexible root
connected to a locking stud that is configured to engage the portion of the cord, wherein the locking stud inwardly flexes
about the flexible root, wherein the locking stud is configured to inwardly deflect about the flexible root as the cord insert
is inserted into the channel of the main body, and wherein the locking studs of the opposed cord-lock members are configured
to flex toward one another as the cord insert is inserted into the channel of the main body to cause the opposed cord-lock
members to securely clamp onto the portion of the cord.

US Pat. No. 9,375,772

COMPRESSED GAS CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method to form a disposable compressed gas cartridge, comprising:
providing a steel sheet;
using sequentially (N) progressively longer dies to form from said steel sheet a vessel comprising a cylindrical wall, a closed
end, and an open end, wherein said cylindrical wall comprises a body diameter, and wherein (N) is greater than or equal to
5;

prior to forming a tapering neck structure, heating a first portion of said vessel at an annealing temperature of about 700°
C. to recrystallize a ferrite phase followed by cooling in still air, wherein said first portion includes said open end and
a portion of said cylindrical wall adjacent said open end, and wherein said vessel excluding said first portion is not heated
to said annealing temperature;

using sequentially (M) tubular dies to form a cartridge neck by progressively narrowing said first portion of said vessel
from said body diameter at a distal end of said first portion to an open end diameter at said open end to form an empty gas
cartridge, wherein said body diameter is greater than said neck diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,303,665

ADAPTABLE MATING FASTENER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastening assembly configured to secure a first component to a second component through a range of connection angles,
the fastening assembly comprising:
a female fastening member having at least one retention stud and opposed protuberances; and
a male fastening member having an internal opening that pivotally retains the at least one retention stud, wherein the at
least one retention stud is pivotally adjustable within the internal opening in order to securely connect the female fastening
member to the male fastening member through the range of connection angles, and wherein at least a portion of the male fastening
member is pivotally retained between the opposed protuberances of the female fastening member.

US Pat. No. 9,125,458

MULTI-DIRECTIONAL BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A female buckle member configured to securely mate with a male buckle member, the female buckle member comprising:
a housing including a base connected to opposed lateral walls and an upper wall, wherein an insertion channel is defined between
the base, the opposed lateral walls, and an upper wall, wherein first and second ends of the housing have the same size and
shape, and wherein the first and second ends are configured to receive an insertion end of a male buckle member; and

a plurality of web-retainers extending from the base, wherein the plurality of web-retainers are configured to adjustably
retain webbing.

US Pat. No. 9,586,794

WINCH HAVING ADJUSTABLE INITIAL MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A winch having an adjustable initial mechanical advantage, said winch comprising:
a frame including a center shaft;
a front adjustment plate rotatably mounted to the center shaft;
a rear adjustment plate rotatably mounted to the center shaft; and
a drum rotatably mounted to the frame, wherein the drum is, while rotatably mounted to the frame, adjustable between a first
outer diameter associated with a first mechanical advantage and a second different outer diameter associated with a second
mechanical advantage different from the first mechanical advantage to adjust an initial mechanical advantage of the winch
via relative movement of the front adjustment plate and the rear adjustment plate towards one another and rotation of the
front adjustment plate and the rear adjustment plate.

US Pat. No. 9,498,026

SPACED MULTI-RIB ZIPPER

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A closure, comprising:
a fastener including at least a first group of ribs and a second group of ribs, wherein the first group of ribs is separated
from the second group of ribs by a gap with a width less than a width of the first group or the second group;

the first group of ribs including a plurality of immediately adjacent ribs wherein the space between the immediately adjacent
ribs can receive a rib from an opposing fastener and interlock therewith;

wherein the gap between the first group of ribs and the second group of ribs is greater than a space between immediately adjacent
ribs within the first or second group of ribs; and

wherein a shape of the first group of ribs is substantially identical to a shape of the second group of ribs thereby forming
a single self-mating construction.

US Pat. No. 9,498,852

WELD DEFECT DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LASER HYBRID WELDING

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A laser hybrid welding system, comprising:
a welder configured to perform a laser hybrid welding operation in which a workpiece is heated by a laser and filler metal
is added by an arc welding process;

a sensor configured to acquire data regarding a parameter of the laser hybrid welding operation; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor, wherein the controller is configured to control at least one of a laser
parameter and a weld parameter of the laser hybrid welding operation, to receive the acquired data from the sensor, and to
determine whether the acquired data is indicative of a welding defect.

US Pat. No. 9,387,550

WAVEFORM COMPENSATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECONDARY WELD COMPONENT RESPONSE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method, comprising:
accessing, via a processor, data corresponding to a measured stud voltage and a current of a weld waveform that is generated
during a welding operation;

determining, via the processor, an overshoot voltage for the welding operation that exceeds an expected voltage level, wherein
the overshoot voltage is determined based on a ramp rate of the current of the weld waveform;

calculating, via the processor, based on the overshoot voltage and the measured stud voltage, a compensated stud voltage for
the welding operation; and

controlling, via the processor, welding power configured to compensate for effects of inductance based on the compensated
stud voltage for the welding operation, wherein at least part of the compensation for inductance is performed without reference
to a voltage measured by a voltage sensing lead.

US Pat. No. 9,327,484

PROCESS OF MAKING LAMINATED SHEET AND PRODUCT MADE BY THE PROCESS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A lamination process to produce sheets of core stock each comprising a plurality of sections which can be cut into individual
cards, comprising the steps of:
applying one or more security, functional or decorative coatings to a film or foil layer;
feeding the film or foil layer to a lamination nip;
feeding a sheet of a core substrate layer to the lamination nip;
registering the sheet of a core substrate layer with the film or foil layer having the one or more security, functional or
decorative coatings;

laminating the film or foil layer having the one or more security, functional or decorative coatings to the sheet of core
substrate layer to produce a laminated core stock having a plurality of sections which can be cut into individual cards and
comprising the film or foil layer, the one or more security, functional or decorative coatings, and the core substrate layer,
wherein each of the plurality of sections includes the one or more security, functional or decorative coatings; and

constructing a composite laminate sheet from the laminated core stock by applying at least one outer layer to the laminated
core stock, wherein the one or more security, functional or decorative coatings are buried in the construction of the laminated
core stock.

US Pat. No. 9,242,417

ZIPPER FOR SECURITY BAG AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a one-time closable zipper comprising the steps of:
providing a length of film;
extruding a zipper onto the length of film, including a first zipper profile and a second zipper profile, wherein the first
zipper profile includes a first interlocking element and a second interlocking element with a first area between the first
interlocking element and the second interlocking element and the second zipper profile includes a third interlocking element
and a fourth interlocking element with a second area between the third interlocking element and the fourth interlocking element;

extruding a first layer of adhesion enhancer to the first area;
extruding a second layer of adhesion enhancer to the second area;
applying a layer of adhesive over the first layer of adhesion enhancer within the first area, wherein the adhesive is of a
material different from that of the adhesive enhancer, wherein the first interlocking element is interlockable with the third
interlocking element, the second interlocking element is interlockable with the fourth interlocking element, and the first
zipper profile is adhesively secureable by the layer of adhesive within the first area to the second area of the second zipper
profile, thereby providing one-time closure tamper evidence.

US Pat. No. 9,182,126

SIGNATURE COOKING

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An oven comprising:
a cooking chamber configured to receive a food product;
a user interface configured to display information associated with processes employed for cooking the food product;
a first energy source providing primary heating of the food product placed in the cooking chamber;
a second energy source providing secondary heating for the food product; and
a cooking controller operably coupled to the first and second energy sources to execute instructions directing application
of energy to the food product via at least one of the first or second energy sources, the cooking controller including processing
circuitry configured to:

receive an indication of cooking parameters entered by an operator of the oven, the cooking parameters defining at least a
food product category of the food product and defining an initial state and desired final state of the food product;

select a cooking signature corresponding to the food product category, the cooking signature including information descriptive
of inherent RF absorption properties of the food product category and input response properties defining one or more sets
of instructions associated with a cooking sequence for the food product to achieve the desired final state based on the initial
state and the inherent RF absorption properties, the one or more sets of instructions being dynamically selectable for execution
from instructions associated with the cooking signature based on the cooking parameters and the information descriptive of
the inherent RF absorption properties,

receive an indication of operator inserted changes to the cooking parameters during execution of the instructions associated
with the cooking signature, and

change the instructions associated with the cooking signature based on the operated inserted changes to the cooking parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,261,120

CLIPS FOR COUPLING DEVICES TO SUPPORT MEMBERS EXTENDING BETWEEN STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A clip for coupling a device to a support member, the clip comprising:
a coupling member adapted to engage the support member and including a first member, a second member spaced-apart from the
first member, and a third member extending between and engaging the first and second members, wherein the first, second and
third members together define a receptacle adapted to receive the support member therein;

a flange extending from the coupling member and defining a fastener opening therein adapted to receive a fastener for coupling
the clip to the device; and

a first projection and a second projection extending from the first member into the receptacle and a third projection and
a fourth projection extending from the second member into the receptacle, wherein the first member defines a first aperture
therein between the first projection and the second projection, and wherein the second member defines a second aperture therein
between the third projection and the fourth projection;

wherein the clip is included in a system, wherein the system further comprises the device and the support member, and wherein
the device is an electrical junction box and the support member is a telescoping bar adapted to couple at each of its two
ends to a vertical wall stud.

US Pat. No. 9,381,592

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING WELDING TYPE POWER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type system, for receiving at least one three phase input voltage on a first power input, a second power input
and a third power input, comprising:
a first power module comprising a first pair of input connections, a first single phase boost power circuit, and a first output
circuit receiving an output of the first single phase boost power circuit, and wherein the first output circuit provides a
first output;

a second power module comprising a second pair of input connections, a second single phase boost power circuit, and a second
output circuit receiving an output of the second single phase boost power circuit, and wherein the second output circuit provides
a second output;

a third power module comprising a third pair of input connections, a third single phase boost power circuit, and a third output
circuit receiving an output of the third single phase boost power circuit, and wherein the third output circuit provides a
third output;

a weld output circuit, disposed to receive and combine the first, second and third outputs;
a controller, connected to control the first, second and third power modules; and
an input power distribution module, configurable to connect the first, second and third pair of input connections to the first,
second and third power inputs such that the first, second and third pair of input connections each receive a unique single
phase power signal, wherein the controller includes an input control module connected to control the input power distribution
module; and

wherein the input power distribution module comprises:
a first power switch disposed to connect and disconnect the first power input and a one of the first pair of input connections;
a connection between the second power input and another of the first pair of input connections;
a second power switch disposed to connect and disconnect the second power input and a one of the second pair of input connections;
a third power switch disposed to connect and disconnect the first power input and a one of the third pair of input connections;
a first relay disposed to selectively connect one of the second and third power inputs to another of the third pair of input
connection; and

a second relay disposed to selectively connect one of the first and third power inputs to another of the second pair of input
connection;

wherein the controller includes an input control module connected to control the first and second relays.