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Snap-on Incorporated Patents
Assignee:
Snap-on Incorporated
Address:
Kenosha, WI
No. of patents:
237
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
RE41466 Fuse saving tester for fused circuit August 3, 2010
In one form, tester for an electrical system, such as for a vehicle, develops repetitively applied, short duration, control current pulses for reducing load current pulses through the electrical system. An operator connects a pair of input contacts across a fuse holder. A circuit between
RE38778 Magnetic bit holder and hand tool incorporating same August 23, 2005
A hand tool has an elongated shank with a handle at one end and a bit holder at the other end, the bit holder including a cylindrical body having a distal end surface and an axis, the body having an axial bore formed in the end surface of non-circular transverse cross section and ter
D654341 Handle with striking end February 21, 2012
D590279 Alignment head April 14, 2009
D542620 Screwdriver handle May 15, 2007
D536591 Cordless drill February 13, 2007
D535536 Cordless impact tool January 23, 2007
D533759 Dead blow hammer December 19, 2006
D530166 Electronic torque wrench October 17, 2006
D527024 Power providing and air compressor device August 22, 2006
D524135 Cordless power tool July 4, 2006
D514413 Power tool February 7, 2006
D507951 Impact wrench August 2, 2005
D507732 Impact wrench July 26, 2005
D499347 Gas analyzer module December 7, 2004
D497294 Electronic torque wrench October 19, 2004
D367416 End of sledge hammer handle February 27, 1996
D360344 Screwdriver handle July 18, 1995
D356481 Hammer handle March 21, 1995
D350470 Combined handle and head for a hammer September 13, 1994
8573363 Apparatus for guiding a vehicle onto a service lift using a machine vision wheel alignment syste November 5, 2013
An apparatus is provided for guiding a vehicle onto a service lift having a pair of runways for receiving the wheels of the vehicle. In one embodiment, a machine vision wheel alignment system including an image sensor, a processor, and a display provides a visual display of the vehic
8281871 Tool apparatus system and method of use October 9, 2012
A system, and a method of using a system, for controlled tool operation. The method includes providing a tool used in a force application such as a such torque application. The tool communicates with a controller which can communicate with the tool, and to a display in communication with
8156625 Method for optimizing joint press set for use with a plurality of ball joints April 17, 2012
A method and article for designing dual-mode adapters in a joint press kit. A plurality of ball joints for use with the adapters are selected. An adapter design is created by defining a first variable representative of a physical characteristic of the adapter design; defining a second
8104185 Lightweight wheel clamp for vehicle wheel alignment system January 31, 2012
A lightweight wheel clamp assembly is provided for attaching to a vehicle wheel for performing a wheel alignment on the vehicle. The assembly comprises a first bracket for engaging the vehicle wheel; a second bracket for engaging the vehicle wheel; a handle rotatably mounted to the s
8103399 System and method for transferring vehicle service data January 24, 2012
A system and method directed to generating a transfer file of categorized vehicle service data, wherein the vehicle service data was captured by a vehicle service tool, and transmitting the transfer file to a remote device. The remote device may store the categorized vehicle service data
8095256 System and method for using vehicle attributes to identify a vehicle under service January 10, 2012
A system and method directed to determining vehicle attributes associated with a vehicle under service so as to eliminate the need for a user of a vehicle service tool to enter the vehicle attributes or to reduce the quantity of vehicle attributes that the user has to enter in order for
8084992 Tool storage cabinet having integrated power December 27, 2011
A tool storage unit is disclosed having a cabinet structure with a plurality of surfaces defining a first interior space and a storage compartment defining a second interior space, the compartment being configured to move between an open position extending from the first interior spa
8082314 Portal for distributing business and product information December 20, 2011
A portal for transferring information between a master serer and a third-party client using a transportable replicating server is provided. The portal may be particularly useful for and may provide a significant cost advantage and benefit when access to front and back-office servers
8081652 Integrated universal input-output interface circuit December 20, 2011
A circuit for enabling communication between a micro-controller device and a number of data networks using different network protocols comprises a switch circuit and a number of interface circuits. The switch circuit is configured to connect input-output terminals of the data network to
8073586 Wireless network and methodology for automotive service systems December 6, 2011
A method and apparatus are provided for forming a wireless communications network using a standard communications link between a master controller and at least one slave device. In one example, a list of available slave devices for the network is generated, valid slave devices are determ
8056943 Full width overlay drawer latch November 15, 2011
A latching overlay for a tool storage unit drawer includes a drawer pull with a substantially horizontal flange portion perpendicular to a front face of the drawer and extending across at least a portion of the drawer width. In a preferred embodiment, the latching overlay includes a trim
8051749 Positive pivot centers for adjustable tools November 8, 2011
There is disclosed herein an improved adjustable tool, such as a pair of pliers, having a first jaw portion and a second jaw portion, the first and second jaw portions being pivotably connected to one another by a pivot pin attached in any manner to one of the jaw portions and fitted
8032279 Wheel alignment head and system with advanced power management October 4, 2011
A wheel alignment head and system use advanced power management to reduce non-essential power consumption, to extend operation time between charges. The wheel alignment head is operable in a first operation state and a second operation state that consumes less power than the first op
8005853 Method and system for dynamically adjusting searches for diagnostic information August 23, 2011
A diagnostic device receives a first set of search criteria related to a problem with a vehicle, and the diagnostic device stores the first set of search criteria. In response to receiving a second set of search criteria, the diagnostic device can compare it with the first set of sea
7987747 Bias assembly for ratchet tools August 2, 2011
A ratcheting tool such as a reversible dual-pawl ratchet wrench is disclosed that minimizes wasted motion during ratchet slip or counter-rotation. The ratchet wrench includes a bias assembly that biases the pawls apart to bias a first, selected pawl for a selected drive direction tow
7980321 Anvil for a power tool July 19, 2011
The present disclosure relates to an anvil, an anvil and socket combination and an anvil attached to a power tool. The anvil structure includes a drive head with an end and a body portion having a channel spaced there between. A friction ring is retained in the channel. Flats are pro
7975576 Low clearance socket and drive system July 12, 2011
A low clearance drive system includes a low clearance socket and/or a low clearance male driver (50). The socket has a reduced depth drive receptacle and a reduced-depth output fastener receiving receptacle. Each of the male driver and the socket drive receptacle has an axial length
7957860 Method and system for optimizing vehicle diagnostic trees using similar templates June 7, 2011
A method and system for optimizing vehicle diagnostic trees using similar templates is provided. Diagnostic trees may be modified to include diagnostic code tips or further suggestions or instructions indicating what tool to use or how to use the tool. The diagnostic tree cab be modi
7954557 Tool apparatus system and method of use June 7, 2011
A system, and a method of using a system, for controlled tool operation. The method includes providing a tool used in a force application such as a such torque application. The tool communicates with a controller which can communicate with the tool, and to a display in communication with
7953247 Method and apparatus for wheel alignment May 31, 2011
A vehicle wheel alignment method and system is provided. A three-dimensional target is attached to a vehicle wheel known to be in alignment. The three-dimensional target has multiple target elements thereon, each of which has known geometric characteristics and 3D spatial relationshi
7937844 Vehicle wheel alignment system and methodology May 10, 2011
A hybrid wheel alignment system and methodology use passive targets for a first pair of wheels (e.g. front wheels) and active sensing heads for another pair of wheels (e.g. rear wheels). The active sensing heads combine image sensors for capturing images of the targets with at least
7937198 Vehicle or engine diagnostic systems supporting fast boot and reprogramming May 3, 2011
A programmable vehicle or engine diagnostic tool includes an interface for receiving a signal relating to a performance parameter of the vehicle or engine, a user interface, and a central processing unit, for processing the signal to generate information for presentation to the user.
7895723 Joint press set March 1, 2011
A joint press including a yoke including a first end and a second end. A first adapter attachment member is positioned on the first end. A second adapter attachment member is positioned on the second end. The first adapter attachment member and the second adapter attachment member have
7890305 Method for optimizing joint press set for use with a plurality of ball joints February 15, 2011
A method and article for designing dual-mode adapters in a joint press kit. A plurality of ball joints for use with the adapters are selected. An adapter design is created by defining a first variable representative of a physical characteristic of the adapter design; defining a second
7870677 Lightweight wheel clamp for vehicle wheel alignment system January 18, 2011
A lightweight wheel clamp assembly is provided for attaching to a vehicle wheel for performing a wheel alignment on the vehicle. Examples include a wheel clamp having an upper sliding bracket for engaging the vehicle wheel, a lower sliding bracket for engaging the vehicle wheel, a guide
7859853 Hand-held diagnostic display unit including combination folding stand and hanger assembly December 28, 2010
A vehicle diagnostic display unit including a case, a display screen disposed within a front portion of the case, and a main support coupled to a side of the case and having a finger compartment for receiving a user's fingers to allow the user to lift the vehicle diagnostic display u
7855783 Integrated circuit image sensor for wheel alignment systems December 21, 2010
An integrated circuit (IC), for use in an imaging module of a wheel alignment system, incorporates an image sensor as well as a number of other features. Some of the added features are implemented within the integrated circuit. The IC also incorporates interfacing for signaling or co
7794355 Planetary gear set centering ring September 14, 2010
A planetary gear set centering ring for use is a planetary gear train. The planetary gear centering ring is adapted to be positioned within a gear train to center a planetary gear carrier and a set of planetary gears within a ring gear of the gear train.
7775141 Extended low-torque ratchet wrench August 17, 2010
A reversible ratchet device is provided as a low-torque application wrench in the form of an elongated body carrying a ratchet mechanism thereon, the ratchet mechanism being operable under low-torque conditions such as are present with initial driving or final loosening of a workpiece. T
7770277 Universal pulling tool August 10, 2010
A pulling tool having a support member, a first surface and a second surface. The first surface including a slot positioned thereon and the second surface include a recess in communication with the slot. A ledge is formed where the recess and the slot intersect. At least one rod is d
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