Patents Examined by Flemming Saether
  • Patent number: 11401963
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is provided. In one embodiment, the fastener assembly includes a panel fastener and a lock pin insertable into the panel fastener to a first position and a second position. The lock pin including a flexible arm configured to upon insertion of the lock pin into the panel fastener in a first direction to the first position, flex inwardly and then outwardly to bring an end surface of the flexible arm into engagement with a panel retention tab of the panel fastener. Upon insertion of the lock pin into the panel fastener in the first direction to the second position, the flexible arm is configured to flex inwardly to allow a retention tab to pass into the panel fastener to bring a retention surface of the lock pin into engagement with a first panel retention surface of the panel fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Joel R. Lee
  • Patent number: 11387163
    Abstract: A microprocessor heat sink fastener, comprising a nut comprising a thermoplastic material and fibrous fill particles and a bore extending along an axis of the nut. The bore has internal threads. The internal threads comprise a surface. At least one of the fibrous fill particles has first and second ends extending from the surface into a sub-surface region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Larson, Bijoyraj Sahu, Craig J. Jahne, Eric W. Buddrius, Ralph V. Miele
  • Patent number: 11371548
    Abstract: A shockproof nut kit includes an upper nut and a lower nut, in which an end surface of the upper nut is provided with a boss of elliptic cylinder; on the upper end surface of the elliptic cylinder at a longer planar extension side is provided an unfilled corner; in an end surface of the lower nut is concavely formed a cylindrical groove matching with the boss of elliptic cylinder, and in the assembly state, the boss of elliptic cylinder on the upper nut is in clearance fit with the cylindrical groove in the lower nut. The present invention avoids the slipping and displacement of nuts in the meshing process, and ensures the coaxiality of the upper and lower nuts during installation to the utmost. In terms of both safety and shockproof, the present invention achieves satisfactory results, the installation thereof is convenient and reliable, and the disassembly thereof is simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Feng Zhou
  • Patent number: 11371544
    Abstract: A fastener system that includes a fastener, a compression-limiting sleeve, and a retainer which generally retains the compression-limiting sleeve on the fastener. By providing that the compression-limiting sleeve is not staked to the fastener, existing technology can be used, and no extra staking processing step needs to be performed. The fastener may comprise a conventional metal threaded screw or bolt, possibly having a recess in its head for receiving a driver. Preferably, the compression-limiting sleeve is cold headed as opposed to being stamped, and preferably includes a counter bore which assures that an end of the retainer is below an end surface of the compression-limiting sleeve. Preferably, the retainer is formed of a thermoplastic elastomer or another suitable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Acument Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Jeramiah Slater, Robert A. Niec, Paul Purdy, Gary Sifferman
  • Patent number: 11365758
    Abstract: The objective is to provide a bolt which can more effectively suppress occurrence of seizure due to both oblique insertion and biting of foreign substances. The bolt includes a tapered surface, a guide portion, and a threaded portion in order from a distal end side and further includes a plurality of recesses provided on the tapered surface and a plurality of cutout portions provided at a distal end portion of the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MEIDOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Makino, Masataka Kondo, Shungo Maki, Akihiro Futamura
  • Patent number: 11359663
    Abstract: A locking thumb nut includes a thumb nut base and a lock plate. The lock plate can be fastened to the thumb nut base with fasteners so that the lock plate can be removed from the thumb nut base and replaced with a new lock plate when the lock plate becomes worn. The thumb nut base is elongated to provide for ease of grip by the user's fingers to turn the nut and tighten it along a threaded shank of a screw. The lock plate engages the threads of the screw to prevent unintentional backing out of the thumb nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Ryan J. Mohr
  • Patent number: 11353053
    Abstract: A facade panel screw for the optimized fastening of facade panel elements on a substructure has a head with very large diameter DK, a substantially cylinder cross-sectional shaft, which is at least partially provided with a thread (nominal diameter DS) and a conical tip comprising a tip angle ?. The thread extends continuously from the shaft to the tip. It is characterizing that the tip angle ? is 45°+/?10°, the thread is embodied at least in a two-threaded manner, the head diameter DK is embodied at least twice as large as the nominal diameter DS; and the facade panel screw does not have a drill tip. Such a facade panel screw is used in a fastening arrangement, which comprises a load-bearing component (substructure) and a facade panel. Due to its design, the facade panel screw is able to simplify the fastening of the facade panel and to at least partially correct an inclined positioning in response to the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Markus Andersag
  • Patent number: 11353055
    Abstract: A fixing structure, configured to fix screw. Screw includes wide portion and narrow portion. Fixing structure includes plate part, holding component and elastic positioning component. Plate part includes top surface, bottom surface and mount groove. Mount groove penetrates through top surface and bottom surface and narrow portion is disposed through mount groove to allow wide portion to rest on top surface. Holding component and top surface together form space. Elastic positioning component is disposed on plate part. When wide portion is located in space and between holding component and top surface, and elastic positioning component is in holding state and located at side of wide portion, wide portion is prevented from being moved away from space. When elastic positioning component is switched to released state, elastic positioning component is removed from side of wide portion so that wide portion is allowed to move away from space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Shih, Hong-Jie Jian, Kuo En Chang
  • Patent number: 11339822
    Abstract: An assembly locking device adapted to a normalized standard or fine thread of a thread shaft of a thread bolt, so that the locking device is positionable in a loss-proof manner on the thread of the thread shaft. The locking device includes: a cylindrical turn comprised of a plurality of helically wound turns, of a wire, a transition turn and adjacent to the second end of the helix is a blocking turn which has a negative pitch PB compared to the holding turn, so that at least an end portion of the blocking turn is elastically displaceable in the axial direction of the central longitudinal axis between an insertion position and a blocking position. The end portion of the blocking turn forms the second end of the helix and in the blocking position is arranged radially outwardly of the transition turn and/or the holding turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Friedrich Grubert, André Röhr, Helmut Schäfer, Rayk Gutsche
  • Patent number: 11333188
    Abstract: An exemplary self-retaining locator member includes a body having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The body includes an engagement area formed in the first surface, an alignment member extending from the first surface, the alignment member including a retention tab, an extension member extending from the second surface, a retention member extending from the extension member, and a stopping member extending from the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Perez Ruiz, Matthew M. Kunz, Darren M. Van Houzen, James K. Platt
  • Patent number: 11333190
    Abstract: A ballistic resistant fastener having a ballistic resistant face plate includes a plurality of layers of aramid synthetic fibers or carbon nanotubes, a plug body having a threaded body bore extending into the body, a helical thread insert within the plug body, a bolt engaging the helical thread insert, and a bottom cup having a cup sidewall attached to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Rice
  • Patent number: 11326638
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a threaded fastener having a hybrid self-drilling tip or drill tip. The fastener includes a head, a shank connected to and extending from the head, a helical thread formation extending radially outwardly from part of the shank, and a self-drilling tip including a first tapered tip portion and a second tapered tip portion. The first tapered tip portion is connected at a first end to the shank and at a second end to the second tapered tip portion, and the second tapered tip portion terminates in a pointed end. The outer diameters of both tapered portions taper radially inwardly moving in the direction of the pointed end, which renders the fastener suitable for attachment to wood as well as for fastening two metal objects to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Dill
  • Patent number: 11326640
    Abstract: A fastening element (10) comprising a screw (1) with a screw head (11) and a sleeve-shaped rivet arrangement (2) through which the screw (1) passes. Starting from the screw head, the rivet arrangement (2) has an installation spacer region (21), a deformation region (22) and a drive region (23) into which the screw is screwed. Seen from the drive region (23) to the screw head, the circumferential boundaries of the drive region (23) lie within the boundaries of the deformation region (22), the boundaries of the installation spacer region (21) protrude radially over the boundaries of the deformation region (22), and the boundaries of the screw head protrude radially over the boundaries of the installation spacer region (21). The installation spacer region (21) and the deformation region (22) are designed in such a manner that, as the screw is tightened, first of all plastic deformation of the deformation region (22) occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Bossard AG
    Inventors: Florian Beer, Tobias Wolf
  • Patent number: 11319981
    Abstract: A bolt comprising a threaded shaft having at least one helical thread and at least one longitudinal groove, a nut having a tapped hole configured to be screwed onto the threaded shaft, and at least one diagonal slot which includes a first opening end and a second non-opening end. The diagonal slot is inclined from the first end towards the second end in the same direction as the helical thread of the threaded shaft. An anti-rotation device is configured to rotationally immobilize the nut with respect to the threaded shaft and comprises a ring which surrounds at least the threaded shaft and which has at least one first toe configured to be housed in the longitudinal groove of the threaded shaft and in the diagonal slot of the nut, in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Paolo Messina
  • Patent number: 11313402
    Abstract: A protection system for a threaded fastener is provided. The system includes a threaded fastener, a sleeve and either two end caps, or one end cap and one threaded hole in a component. To avoid exposure to severely corrosive environments the sleeve and either the two end caps, or the one end cap and the one threaded hole, together form an enclosure around the threaded fastener. The enclosure forms a cavity which is completely sealed from the environment. Furthermore, methods are described for mounting, inspection and maintenance of such protection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Henrik Stiesdal
  • Patent number: 11306758
    Abstract: A connecting member includes a fastening portion configured to be fastened to an object by an adhesive. The connecting member includes at least one supply opening for supplying the adhesive and at least one discharge opening for discharging a part of the adhesive, wherein the at least one supply opening and the at least one discharge opening are arranged outside of a fastening portion or at least outside of a fastening area. A channel connecting the at least one supply opening and the at least one discharge opening is configured to direct the flow of adhesive. The channel includes an open channel portion that at least partly extends on a surface of the fastening portion and that comprises at least one redirecting portion configured to redirect the flow of adhesive between the at least one supply opening and the at least one discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Fadi Ghanam, Ulrich Melder, Sascha Kubis
  • Patent number: 11306760
    Abstract: An oval-shaped T-nut that is received within an oval receiver machined into the upholstered panel to be secured to a chair frame is provided. The oval shape of the T-nut prevents the oval-shaped T-nut from rotating when a screw is driven into the T-nut. Further, this eliminates the necessity of stapling the traditional plastic T-nut to the chair panel, thus saving time and money associated with the manufacture of an upholstered metal frame chair. In addition to the oval-shaped T-nut described herein, a novel U-shaped screw catch is also provided which cooperates with a barbed nylon or plastic push rivet to secure the upholstered chair panels to one another. Further, a method for connecting upholstered seat back panels to the tabs positioned on the back frame of a chair, utilizing the T-nut and the screw catch is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Daniel Paul Chairs, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. Barile, Todd Edward Helm
  • Patent number: 11306762
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes a barrel nut, a barrel nut retainer and a fastener. The barrel nut includes a threaded aperture. The barrel nut retainer includes a one-way installation guide. The fastener is configured to thread into the threaded aperture. The fastener is further configured to pass through the threaded aperture and project into the one-way installation guide when the fastener is inserted into the barrel nut retainer along a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Gormley
  • Patent number: 11300152
    Abstract: A spindle nut retainer is used with a spindle with a flat portion on its threaded end. The flat portion interrupts the threads on the threaded end. A washer with a mating flat portion is slidably mounted over the threaded end and a nut is removably threaded to the threaded end of the spindle against the washer to set the preload on bearings. The nut retainer overlays a plurality of the corners of the nut and engages the threaded portion of the spindle with tangs. A majority of the tangs are flexed or bent to remain in biased contact with the threads on the spindle. Some of the tangs are located over the flat portion and remain unbent. The tangs resist rotation of the nut by engagement with the flat portion where it meets the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Dexter Axle Company
    Inventors: Timothy Allen Meckstroth, Ernest Martin, John Robert Jurek
  • Patent number: 11293471
    Abstract: A fastener assembly including a hollow and structurally collapsible stem over an intermediate extending range, a solid end most extending portion being structurally rigid. A receiving portion is constructed of a deformable material having a surface, within which is configured an inner rim defined edge of a deformable material. The inner rim edge can include either of a flat profile or a chamfered shape with a narrowed profile, a diameter of an aperture bounded by the chamfered edge being less than a diameter of the solid end portion so that, upon insertion and passage of the solid portion through the narrowed rim profile, initial deformation of the chamfered rim edge shape preceding alignment of the interiorly hollowed portion, which is subsequently caused to exhibit a controlled collapse by the rim edge in order to secure the stem within the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: U.S. Farathane Corporation
    Inventor: Steve Porter