Abstract: A method of making a safety belt buckle having a rigid base plate defining a belt tongue insertion path, belt tongue locking means having first component fixed to the base plate and a second component movable relative to the first component to lock an inserted belt tongue in the buckle, and an actuator element disposed on the base plate and movable relative to the base plate to cause the second component to release the tongue. The method comprises the steps of forming the first component and the actuator element as a one-piece unit which the first component and the actuator element are interconnected by the frangible connections, mounting the one-piece unit on the base plate, and thereafter moving the actuator element relative to the base plate and first component to cause the frangible connections to break.
Abstract: The present method and apparatus provide a possibility to remove components from a magazine, from a storage bin or the like, to transport these components to a workpiece and to put these components onto the workpiece or into it precisely at a preselected position. The component which has been picked-up by and is retained by the transportation member will usually not be in a exactly preselected position with regard to the gripping means of the transportation device, but will be more or less shifted and/or tilted with regard to a theoretical, nominal positioning axis. In order to determine the actual position of the component retained by the gripping means, the component is brought to a position scanning station during its transportation from the magazine or storage bin to the workpiece. The scanning station measures and records the actual position of the component, e.g.
Abstract: An improved apparatus is provided to reduce the extent of displacement between adjacent vertebrae in a person's spinal column and to subsequently maintain the vertebrae in a reduced displacement relationship. When the apparatus is to be installed, holes are formed in the displaced vertebra and in vetebrae on opposite sides of the displaced vertebra. Force transmitting members are mounted in the holes in the vertebrae. A spinal plate is then positioned on the spinal column with the force transmitting members extending outwardly through slots in the spinal plate. Nuts are tightened on the force transmitting members connected with vertebrae on opposite sides of the displaced vertebra to anchor the spinal plate in place. A nut on the force transmitting member connected with the displaced vertebra is then tightened to pull the displaced vertebra to a desired position.
Abstract: The subject of the invention is a ball joint for motor vehicles comprising a bearing insert (4) located between a joint housing (1) and a ball head (3). The bearing insert is provided with meridionally extending slots (9) arranged in a half-portion gripping of the ball head over the equator. A clamping ring (5) located in the housing grips the tongues (10) of this bearing insert (4). To improve the elasticity of the bearing parts while retaining a good distribution of lubricant, the clamping ring (5) is provided with circumferential grooves (13) on its inner surface and with openings (15) in the outer end surface (14).