Patents Examined by Carmine Cuda
  • Patent number: 5208944
    Abstract: A hinge device for a casing of the type having a body portion and an upper cover includes a substantially L-shaped mount plate adapted to be securely mounted to the body portion of the casing, two washers respectively attached to both sides of the mount plate, a pivotal axle having a mounting portion adapted to be securely mounted to the upper cover of the casing, an extension pivotally received in a hole of the mount plate, a spring member mounted on the extension of the pivotal axle, a sleeve member, a torsion spring mounted on the sleeve member, a follower securely mounted on the extension, and a nut mounted on a threaded end portion of the extension. The nut biases the spring and allows the pivotal axle to be freely pivotable relative to the spring. When a desired position of the upper cover relative to the body portion of the casing is reached, the spring member biased by the nut exerts a longitudinal force on the pivotal axle to retain the pivotal axle in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Inventor: Sheng N. Lu
  • Patent number: 5208942
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insertion and removal aid, particularly for the fitting of electronic subassemblies in systems, with a moulding, which has a locking part and a gripping part, the gripping part being provided with an extension and a substantially complimentary recess for receiving the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Knurr-Mechanik fur die Elektronik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Simon
  • Patent number: 5206972
    Abstract: Device for closing the end of a section (1) of U-shaped cross section having a bottom (10) and two flanges (12) provided near the open face of the section with a rail (13) turned toward said bottom (10), characterized in that it includes a ferrule (2) carrying on its lower side two lugs (21) and on its upper side two positioning nipples (22) and two hooks (23) having slots (24) and a stop piece formed by a spindle (3) engaging into the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: P.G.E.P., Professional General Electric Products
    Inventors: Jean C. Nudelmont, Amedee Gagliardi
  • Patent number: 5206973
    Abstract: This invention, which provides a solution to the long-standing problem of motion-related rattle in torsion balances for windows, is based upon the discovery that the major source of the rattle is related to the movement of the free end of the twisted rod that is mounted within the coil of the torsion spring. A sound-deadening element of resin material is secured to the free end of the twisted rod, being positioned proximate to the extremity of the free end, and the preferred element has a maximum dimension (measured radial to the spring) that is greater than the maximum cross-sectional dimension of the twisted rod but less than the effective internal diameter of the coiled spring. The sound-deadening element eliminates the rattle by preventing contact between the free end of the rod and the spring, and it also acts as a glide to facilitate relative movement between the rod and the spring during operation of the balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Edward L. Belcher
  • Patent number: 5206974
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mounting plate (30) for an adjustable mounting of a hinge supporting arm on a cabinet. The mounting plate is made by punching and pressing operations from sheet metal, of a U-shaped cross section at least in an upper section facing the supporting arm to be mounted thereon. The mounting plate has in its cabinet-interior end area a threaded bore for a screw (38) locking the hinge supporting arm, plus an open-ended longitudinal slot (39) at its end pointing out of the cabinet interior. Along the margins of the web (52) of the mounting plate (30), which laterally define the slot, ridges are raised from the plane of the web (52), and the distance measured from one flat side of the undeformed web to the opposite boundary surface of the upturned ridges is greater than the material thickness of the web (52) in the undeformed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Karl Lautenschlager GmbH & Co. KG Mobelbeschlagfabrik
    Inventor: Karl Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 5203525
    Abstract: A hinge system for a curved surface that has several first hinges arranged along a straight hinge line and at least one second hinge offset from the hinge line. In a preferred embodiments, these hinges are fastened to a pylon and support a curved portion of an aircraft jet engine cowl, which may contain a thrust reverser assembly, to permit the cowl to pivot away from the engine for examination or repair of internal components. The hinges also accommodate engine thermal expansion which changes the distance between hinges along the cowl. The first hinges have their hinge points lying along the straight cowl hinge line. The second hinges include a plurality of short first links pivotally connected to the supporting pylon, and a plurality of short second links pivotally connected to the first links and the cowl. The link lengths are selected so that the assembly pivots about a hinge point outside the hinge structure that lies along the straight hinge line formed by the first hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Jihad I. Remlaoui
  • Patent number: 5201097
    Abstract: The invention relates to a guide or key to be employed with a conventional butt hinge for different positioning of one leaf with respect to the other to be adjusted to raise or lower the door without removal of the pin upon which the leaves are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Darrell R. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5201902
    Abstract: A gear hinge has a bearing fitted into opposed notches which open out of the meshed gear segments for the leaves. The bearing has blocks provided with knuckles which interlock to prevent the blocks, and the leaves as well, from moving longitudinally with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Patent number: 5199132
    Abstract: A hinge for motor vehicle sun visors formed in an L-shaped one-piece body member (1) including a the mechanical device (3,4) designed for receiving and retaining the corresponding free ends (2a, 2b) of the sun visor frame, having a longitudinal frame holder (3) for holding the free end (2a) of the frame (2) and longitudinal tabs (4) to hold the other free end (2b); reinforcement device designed to ensure the firm connection of the one-piece body member (1) with the sun visor body including fins (5 or 6, 7 or 9); and a connector (10) designed to receive an additional device (11,12) for holding and retaining the support shaft on which the sun visor is pivotably mounted. The additional device for holding and retaining the support shaft, which is located in the connector, can include a spring (11,12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Industrias Techno-Matic, S.A.
    Inventor: Carlos Gabas
  • Patent number: 5197161
    Abstract: A molded knob of the type which frictionally engages and fits over the end of a shaft, which shaft end is of generally U-shaped, transverse cross-section created by the removal of a portion of a circular tubular shaft. A hub is formed as part of the knob. A shaft-receiving socket of generally circular, transverse cross-section is formed in the hub. A pair of generally L-shaped fingers are formed as part of the hub and extend the depth of the socket. The L-shaped fingers are positioned back-to-back to define a U-shaped slot between the fingers and hub, which U-shaped slot receives the U-shaped end of the shaft. Each L-shaped finger has a base portion which is molded integrally with the core and a back portion which extends cantileverly from the base portion, with the base and back portions connected by an integral hinge. The back portions of the L-shaped fingers are spaced from each other about their integral hinges and are flexible so as to bend toward each other when the shaft is inserted in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: The Grigoleit Company
    Inventor: Robert K. Howie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5195215
    Abstract: A hinge arm for a vehicle includes a tubular member having a first portion for attaching a panel thereto, a second portion for pivotally mounting to the vehicle, and a third portion for rigidly interconnecting the first and second portions so that the panel can be stably moved in a defined arc between open and closed positions. The first portion is shaped to provide panel attachment and includes a flattened side, two lateral sides extending therefrom, and an opposite side that is partially deformed against the lateral sides to support the flat side. The second portion includes a flattened wall with a transverse hole establishing an axis of rotation, and an extruded support surface extruded from the wall around the hole to improve durability. The third portion rigidly interconnects the first and second portions, and is shaped to avoid interferences on the vehicle, receive wires for routing therein, and provide drainage for moisture collected therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: RAN Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Kiefer
  • Patent number: 5195210
    Abstract: A door hinge includes a hydraulic retarding device for cushioning the closing action of a door. The hydraulic retarding device has a cylinder body which confines a fluid operating space to receive hydraulic fluid therein. The fluid operating space includes a pair of longitudinally extending cylindrical spaces and an intermediate longitudinal passage provided between and communicating the cylindrical spaces. A vane unit is provided in each of the cylindrical spaces and has a blade which defines a longitudinal clearance with an inner surface of the cylinder body. A baffle extends longitudinally into each of the cylindrical spaces and is disposed between the passage and a respective one of the vane units. The baffles are substantially arc-shaped in cross-section and face away from each other. A gate valve is provided in the passage between the baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Simpson Lee
  • Patent number: 5195213
    Abstract: A hinge device comprising a shaft, a coil spring, a shaft holder, and a bracket. The coil spring has a coiled portion wound around the main portion of the shaft. The shaft holder is secured to a first member and holds one end of the shaft, thus preventing the shaft from rotating. The bracket supports both end portions of the shaft, and is secured to a second member. The bracket, therefore, allows the first and second members to rotate relative to each other around the shaft. The main portion of the shaft has a cross section having a short diameter and a long diameter. The coiled portion is formed of a plurality of turns contacting one another. Each turn extends at a predetermined pitch angle to a line which extends at right angles to the axis of the shaft. The turn therefore looks elliptical when viewed in the axial direction, and has a short diameter greater than that of the main portion of said shaft, and a long diameter substantially equal to that of the main portion of said shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Keizo Ohgami, Takashi Hosoi
  • Patent number: 5195214
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge housing in the form of a cup which can be sunk in a mortise in the back of the door of a piece of furniture and which has a cup portion made of metal from whose upper margin a mounting flange projects integrally in the position properly mounted on a door and overlaps areas of the inside of the door adjoining the mortise in the door, and whose margin is curved toward the inside of the door, so that in the mounting flange there is formed a shallow recess open on the inside of the door, and having a socket plate of plastic disposed between the mounting flange and the inside of the door, which can be releasably joined to the mounting flange and the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Karl Lautenschlager GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Lautenschlager, Reinhard Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 5193248
    Abstract: A latching assembly for hingeably connected face-to-face plate members includes an automatic latching assembly for automatically latching said members in a predetermined angular relation to each other when one of the plates is swung away from the other and for automatically releasing and rendering said latching assembly inoperative in response to further opening movement of the members, whereby the members may be returned to their original face-to-face position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Precision Art Coordinators, Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Taylor, Victor Motyka
  • Patent number: 5193249
    Abstract: There is provided a hardware fitting of the type having a mounting and one or more movable components. There is provided a movable element with the mounting and one or more of the movable components of the fitting can engage with the movable element during at least part of the movement of the movable component(s). The or one of the movable components becomes locked as a result of interengagement of the engagement mechanism with the movable element during such part of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Interlock Industries Limited
    Inventor: Albert G. Bucher
  • Patent number: 5193246
    Abstract: An air cushion grip with a cubic structure and shock-absorbing function to be fixed around the handle of a tennis racket, a hammer, a bicycle or the like, and comprising an outer flat layer and a bottom layer provided with a plurality of round and/or straight grooves, the vertical walls of which form a plurality of air cells which may be either independent or communicating with one another. The air cells may be inflated or deflated with an air valve or pump attached to one of the air cells for adjusting the elasticity and shock-absorbing ability of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: Ing-Chung Huang
  • Patent number: 5191677
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge for hanging a door on the carcase of a piece of furniture having an open front which is narrowed by projecting face frame stiles. The supporting arm of the hinge can be snapped onto or removed from a mounting plate which can be fastened onto the edge of the frame stile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Karl Lautenschlager GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Lautenschlager, Gerhard W. Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 5191674
    Abstract: The direction setting device includes a first connector having a tubular member with a casing extending at an incline from the same and in communication with the tubular member, a spring biased key member which is movably provided in the casing, and a second connector. The casing has a pair of aligned elongated slots, and the key member has a through-hole and an elongated through slot. The second connector includes a tubular top portion with a control notch rotatably and slidably inserted into the lower portion of the first connector where the key member extends into the control notch of the second connector. A plate with a control groove which has two differing troughs is pivoted to the housing in such a manner that a pin passes through the through-hole of the key member, and through the elongated slot of the housing to extend into one of the troughs. Movement of the pin in the troughs can lock the second connector or permit it to rotate with respect to the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Hong-Fu Zun
  • Patent number: 5191678
    Abstract: A spring loaded door hinge comprising a rod that moves with the door as the door pivots. Attached to the door frame is a flange. The door is attached to the rod by means of collars. The tails of the coil springs extend from the rod so that they may, depending upon their position, be in position to strike the door frame flange thereby preventing a large shock from being transferred to the door if it is swung open violently. Also the spring hinge allows the door to be easily opened initially with resistance to the door opening being controlled by the positioning of the tails of the coil springs. The springs are distributed vertically to prevent twisting of the door and frame. The tails of the spring coils are hooked so that the can engage the door frame flange if extreme force is placed upon the door when opening. The hooks set a limit as to how far the door may be opened and prevent the spring tail from binding between the flange and the spring coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: T.J. Firari Enterprises
    Inventor: Harold A. Firari