Patents Examined by Daniel P. Stodola
  • Patent number: 9637027
    Abstract: A device for locking a vehicle seat has a pawl which can be pivoted about a first pivot axis and, in a closed position, is in engagement with a positionally fixed fitting and, in an open position, is free from the fitting, wherein the pawl has a first clamping surface, furthermore a locking element for locking the pawl in the closed position, which locking element can be pivoted about a second pivot axis and has a second clamping surface which, in a locking position, bears against the first clamping surface and, in the process, keeps the pawl in the closed position, and, in an unlocking position, is free from the first clamping surface, and an actuating element which interacts with the locking element in order to transfer the locking element into the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PROGRESS-WERK OBERKIRCH AG
    Inventors: Juergen Seigel, Johannes Obrecht, Andreas Rohlfing, Andreas Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9637934
    Abstract: A composite clip for attaching decking. The clip includes a bottom and a top. The bottom is made of a first material. The top is made of a second material. The first material of the bottom is different than the second material of the top. The clip has a generally T shape in a side view with a central bore passing through the top member and the bottom member, and a series of posts that extend from the top surface of the bottom member to pass through a corresponding through bore in the top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 9637937
    Abstract: A mechanical coupling arrangement for a scaffold includes a pole and a mounting collar having an attachment surface to which elongated support members can be attached. A level of radial play between the pole and the mounting collar in a first relative angular position is larger than the level of radial play between the pole and the mounting collar in a second relative angular position. The second relative angular position corresponds to a fastening position of the mounting collar, and the first relative angular position corresponds to an axial sliding position of the mounting collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PLUSEIGHT TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventor: Harry Wallther
  • Patent number: 9631397
    Abstract: A railing system providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance and unobstructed view and having a plurality of railing posts defining planar side walls and fastening bases, clamp fastening openings formed from side wall to side wall through the posts, clamp units secured on opposite sides of the posts, by fastenings passing through the clamp fastening openings, and, glass panels supported by the clamp units between the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Maurizio Bertato
  • Patent number: 9617735
    Abstract: A secondary handrail for mounting below a conventional handrail to enable smaller individuals, such as children, to use it while ascending or descending stairs. The secondary handrail includes a mounting bracket defined by a rigid bracket body, a rail attachment member, a plurality of fastener docks, and a spindle depression as well as a rail member, and extension sleeves. In operation, a plurality of mounting brackets are mounted sequentially under a conventional handrail through an attachment to the wall or a spindle, with a plurality rail members extending between each mounting bracket. In this regard, the mounting bracket provides for the mounting of the secondary handrail below the conventional staircase and fastening the secondary handrail to a wall or spindle and the rail member provides a mounted rail for assisting an individual in ascending or descending the stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Jozwiak, Marc Egleston
  • Patent number: 9611960
    Abstract: A cut-in fitting has a flange hub, a flange ring, a central body, a first gasket, a second gasket, a split flange hub, a split flange ring and a band clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Spears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Douglas Swingley
  • Patent number: 9611958
    Abstract: A pipe coupling system includes first and second polymeric, thermoplastic pipes secured to each other by a pipe coupling. The pipe coupling includes a mechanical sealing surface adapted to receive a mechanical seal, a fusion seal, or both. The pipe coupling includes a pipe coupling body with an outer surface and a first end and an oppositely positioned second end. First and second respective threads are respectively defined about the first and second ends. A nut is used in the pipe coupling system when the mechanical seal is used to join the pipe first ends to seal against the coupling inner surface. A mechanical capture ring is also included, which defines a central aperture having inwardly angled engagement prongs that are sized to capture the respective first ends of the pipe. The engagement prongs are configured to each include a sloping face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Robert V. Carter, Jr., James Stafford, Jeffrey Exley
  • Patent number: 9605700
    Abstract: A mechanical fastener assembly is provided for joining two or more workpieces. The assembly includes a mechanical fastener and a slotted insert. The mechanical fastener has a shaft received within aligned bores of the workpieces. The slotted insert surrounds at least a portion of the shaft and has a body portion received within the aligned bores, while an enlarged head portion of the slotted insert is positioned outside of the bores. The mechanical fastener assembly may further include a retaining sleeve when the bores of the workpieces have different diameters. In such case, a midsection of the retaining sleeve is at least partially received within the bore having the smaller diameter, while an enlarged end section of the retaining sleeve is at least partially received within the bore having the greater diameter. The retaining sleeve may be used in combination with or independently of the slotted insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Damon E. Dilworth, Michael P. Bloink
  • Patent number: 9605701
    Abstract: In a front sheet fixing structure configured to attach a front sheet to a housing having an opening for a display device or control panel, the front sheet is attached to an inner bottom surface of the housing so as to close the opening of the housing by means of a front metal plate having an opening corresponding to the opening of the housing and having a thermal expansion coefficient substantially equal to that of the front sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Okamura, Kazuyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9605702
    Abstract: This locking system includes a male cylindrical end and a female tubular cylindrical end inside of which the male cylindrical end is to be inserted for coupling. A locking groove is hollowed in the outer surface of the male cylindrical end. The female tubular cylindrical end is bored on the side with a through-opening inside of which is arranged a mobile locking element which protrudes inside the female tubular cylindrical end in the locking groove of the male cylindrical end. A locking ring is mounted to rotate freely on the outer surface of the female tubular cylindrical end opposite the through-opening this ring having an inner surface wherein a recess having an ortho-radially variable depth enables the locking/unlocking of the mobile locking element against the locking groove depending on the ring's position. The locking groove extends in the axial direction of the male cylindrical end from a free end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: COLLIN
    Inventors: Boguslaw Sadowski, Mathieu Miroir
  • Patent number: 9599264
    Abstract: A clamping connection for pipes made of polymer material or made of composite materials, containing a connection piece, which has a supporting sleeve for the sliding on of a pipe to be connected and which is bounded at one end by a stop collar, wherein a sealing element is arranged on the supporting sleeve, wherein the clamping connection also comprises a clamping sleeve, which is captively connected to the stop collar of the connection piece before the pipe installation, wherein a pipe inserted onto the supporting sleeve is clamped by sliding the clamping sleeve over the pipe in a direction opposite to the insertion direction of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Georg Fischer JRG AG
    Inventors: Stephan Buerli, Thomas Knoernschild, Enrico Camelin
  • Patent number: 9599267
    Abstract: A quick connection arrangement is for detachably connecting a medium line to a (SAE) connecting piece. The quick connection arrangement includes a housing having an opening for receiving the medium line and a connecting piece opening for receiving the (SAE) connecting piece so as to permit a medium to flow through the housing between the medium line and the (SAE) connecting piece. An inner locking element for locking the (SAE) connecting piece in the connecting piece opening is arranged essentially inside the connecting piece opening. An outer locking element is for locking the inner locking element when the (SAE) connecting piece is locked. The inner locking element is arranged essentially outside of the connecting piece opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ContiTech Schlauch GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Dude
  • Patent number: 9599259
    Abstract: A threaded oilfield tubular connection includes a box connector (12) having internal threads (16, 18) and a pin connector (14) having external threads (22, 24) for mating with the internal threads. Each of a box torque shoulder (20) and a pin torque shoulder (26) may be negative angle shoulders, and the thread flanks on the internal and external threads may also be negative angle load flanks. The connector substantially maintains a desired preload when dope is trapped between the threads during makeup. Another embodiment provides positive angle torque shoulders and positive angle load flanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: VAM USA, LLC
    Inventors: Andyle Gregory Bailey, Steven C. Langford
  • Patent number: 9593791
    Abstract: A pressure washer coupler is provided between the wand and spray nozzle of the pressure washer so that the angle of the spray can be selectively set. The coupler includes male and female quick connectors for the wand and the spray nozzle. A spring biased detent assembly allows one end of the coupler to be rotated 360° relative to the other end of the coupler, with the detent assembly maintaining the ends in a selected position. Thus, the spray can be directed parallel or perpendicular to the wand axis, and to numerous orientations therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gene Johnson
  • Patent number: 9586453
    Abstract: A spring restraining clip mounts the axial terminus of a coil spring on the chassis via a spring seat. At least two of three spring restraining members that are circumferentially spaced on the spring restraining clip are the open type of spring restraining member so configured as to clasp and hold coil springs inserted in the axial direction, and one of the spring restraining members is a closed spring restraining member that receives the tip of a coil spring when the coil spring is rotated in the circumferential direction after having been inserted in the open type spring restraining members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: Newfrey LLC, Showa Corporation
    Inventors: Suguru Mizukoshi, Seiya Endo
  • Patent number: 9587660
    Abstract: A connector includes at least two cavities or receptacles extending from a base to receive adjacent tubes of a wall or panel. The receptacles are closed at one end. At least two walls extend from the base in the same direction as the receptacles. The walls are positioned on the base and outside the receptacles such that the panels are secured to a specific angular orientation with respect to each other. A top connector and a bottom connector are used to secure rods or tubes of adjacent panels. A series of top and bottom connectors can be used to secure multiple panels to form an enclosure, such as a kennel or gazebo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANTEK MARKETING, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 9581273
    Abstract: A fluid fitting of an embodiment mainly includes a socket part, a spherical valve inserted in the socket part, and a plug part configured to be inserted at a tip portion thereof into the spherical valve. Moreover, the plug part is fixed in the direction of turn by engaging an expanded-diameter portion of the plug part with a recess of the socket part. Thus, the plug part is prevented from being detached from the socket part while the fluid fitting is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DAISEN Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Taguchi, Toshiharu Horikoshi, Yukio Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9574319
    Abstract: A retaining mechanism having a retainer member, plunger member, and an engagement indication assembly. The retainer member has a body that defines a void having a first end and a second end and extending along a length of the body. The plunger member is located at least partially in the void and has a length greater than the length of the void. The plunger member is movable a first position in which a portion of the plunger member extends beyond an end of the void, and a second position in which another portion of the plunger member extends beyond another end of the void. The engagement indication assembly includes a retainer member linkage coupled to the retainer member, a plunger member linkage coupled to the plunger member, and a flag member coupled to the plunger member linkage and the retainer member linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Seljestad
  • Patent number: 9574590
    Abstract: A telescoping mast having a latch assembly includes a latch body mountable to a first tube section, a latch mechanism supported by the latch body, a toggle mechanism operatively connected to the latch mechanism, and a latch plate mountable to a second tube section. The latch mechanism includes a pawl member pivotably between an engaged position for interlocking with a corresponding recess in the latch plate to thereby restrict axial movement between the first and second tube sections, and a disengaged position allowing relative axial movement between the first and second tube sections. The toggle mechanism is movable between an over-center locked configuration corresponding to the engaged position of the latch mechanism and an unlocked configuration corresponding to the disengaged position of the latch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Will-Burt Company
    Inventors: Neil David Dykes, Paul B. Blackwelder, Anatol Kwartler, Rexford R. Mast, Andrew Paul Wasson, Michael James Kardohely, Douglas A. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9568136
    Abstract: A replaceable seal system with high and low sides connectable to a coplanar inlet plate on a pressure transmitter. A first side of the seal system can be replaced without disturbing the sealing of a second side of the seal system. The seal system includes a stack of first and second plates with a central split line. At least one of the first and second plates is split along the central split line to provide for separate replacement on only one side of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Fadell, Liu Yang