Patents Examined by Flemming Saether
  • Patent number: 11905986
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include fastener assemblies. In an embodiment, a fastener assembly comprises a sleeve with a hole, an inner surface, and top and bottom ends. The top end has a planar surface, and the inner surface has a cylindrical surface. The fastener assembly includes a fastener downwardly extending through the hole, and having a drive slot, a head, a shank, and a threaded region. The head is positioned within the bottom end. The head is separated from the threaded region by the shank. The fastener assembly comprises a cover disposed on the top end and having an access hole and top and bottom surfaces. The cover is welded to the sleeve to define an inner cavity between the cover, sleeve, and fastener head. The access hole is positioned over the drive slot. The cover, sleeve, and fastener comprises materials having high temperature, strength and oxidation resistances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Blue Origin LLC
    Inventors: Stefano Gulli, Adam Norman, Chris Hupf, John Brendel, Sean Lay, Pierce Louderback
  • Patent number: 11898593
    Abstract: A multipart adjustment element for a tolerance compensation arrangement for automatically compensating for tolerances in the spacing between a first and a second component. The adjustment element comprises a bush, a dragging element, a contact disc, and a securing sleeve. The bush has a bore, an outer thread with a first direction, and a step. The dragging element comprises at least one spring arm protruding radially inwards, wherein a first axial end of the dragging element is arranged on the step in the threaded bush. The contact disc is arranged adjacently to the first axial end of the threaded bush and has a through-opening. The securing sleeve likewise has a through-opening and is arranged at least partly in the bore of the threaded bush with a press-fit connection in order to securely connect the contact disc, the threaded bush, and the dragging element together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich Figge
  • Patent number: 11879496
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a fixed component, a removable component removably connected to the fixed component, and a cable. The shipping component includes a locking component, a wire clamping component sleeved on the locking component, and a fixing component. The wire clamping component is provided with a wire clamping part for clamping and locking the cable. The locking component may penetrate through the fixed component and be locked and connected to the removable component, and the fixing component may limit the distance between the fixed component and the removable component. The removable component may be locked and connected to the fixed component by the shipping component, the cable of the electronic device is synchronously clamped to the shipping component, and the cable cannot be used and electrified when the shipping component is not removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingchun Xie, Ruihua Zhao, Ming Li
  • Patent number: 11878379
    Abstract: Apparatus for fastening a component to a carrier component, in particular a body part, includes a base body, wherein the base body includes an actuating element via which the apparatus can be subjected to a force acting in the assembly direction in order to transfer the apparatus from a pre-assembly position into a final assembly position, wherein the assembly direction extends orthogonally to a surface of a carrier component, and wherein the actuating element comprises at least one catching element, which, in the pre-assembly position, engages with a correspondingly formed pre-assembly catching element of the base body and, in the final assembly position, engages with an assembly catching element of the base body, wherein a connection of the catching element to the assembly catching element verifies that the final assembly position is reached, such that the actuating element forms a visual assembly verification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Limpert, Oscar Medina
  • Patent number: 11879494
    Abstract: A locknut which uses a U-shaped spring member that is mounted in a nut body that applies frictional pressure onto a threaded member that engages with said nut body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: Daniel John Spriggel
  • Patent number: 11879492
    Abstract: To reduce the load required to press-fit a nut into a plate material, the nut includes a base part 2 provided with a female screw 18, a cylindrical protrusion part 3 protruding from one surface of the base part and a plurality of foot parts 4 protruding from an outer peripheral surface side of the protrusion part. An end of the respective foot parts closer to the protrusion part is formed so that a width gradually expands from a tip end side toward a protrusion part side, and that both outer sides of the end are arc-shaped in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeki Matsunami, Kazuhiro Koga, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Naoki Hoshino, Takuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11873856
    Abstract: A torque control fastener system having a fastener nut, a helical wire insert, and a shaft, where the nut and helical wire insert have unique hardness and coefficient of thermal expansion relationships that produce improved performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: BPC LG 2, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Rice
  • Patent number: 11859647
    Abstract: A fastener includes a main body having a tubular portion and a split portion that extends from a lower end of the tubular portion, and longitudinally includes a tapered section that tapers in a direction towards the tubular portion. The fastener further includes an expansion sleeve annularly surrounding the split portion, wherein the expansion sleeve longitudinally extends to a lower end of the tapered section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Xiaolong Chu, Cheng Lin, Yixiang Liao, Xiaojian Huang, Man Liu
  • Patent number: 11859652
    Abstract: A bolt includes a shank having a first end, a second end, a first external thread proximate to the first end, and a second external thread proximate to the second end. The first external thread twists in a first direction, the second external thread twists in a second direction, and the first direction is different from the second direction. The first external thread includes a minor diameter, the second external thread includes a major diameter, and the minor diameter of the first external thread is greater than the major diameter of the second external thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Zoltan A. Kemeny
  • Patent number: 11854516
    Abstract: Musical cymbals are mounted on a tripod stand using a threaded rod which is several inches in length. A conventional nut is then threaded on the rod which has to be turned a multiple number of times until the nut abuts the cymbal thereby securing the cymbal on the rod. Using the slip nut assembly of this invention eliminates this time consuming installation procedure of the nut and similarly eliminates the time consuming uninstalling of the nut when the musician is to move to a different playing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Daniel John Spriggel
  • Patent number: 11846313
    Abstract: A tamper resistant assembly applied to a tamper resistant system includes a tamper resistant screw, a housing, a lock member, a nut and a cover. The tamper resistant screw includes a head, a thread, a groove and a tip. The lock member is disposed in the housing. The lock member includes a plurality of locking blocks, wherein a deformable opening is formed between the locking blocks. The nut is disposed in the housing and covers the deformable opening. The cover is disposed in the housing. The nut is located between the lock member and the cover. When the tip of the tamper resistant screw passes through the cover and the nut sequentially and enters the deformable opening, the nut is separated from the deformable opening and the locking blocks engage with the groove. Furthermore, a detaching tool is provided to detach the tamper resistant assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Ying Lin
  • Patent number: 11828313
    Abstract: A fastening device for attaching an assembly comprising at least two planar elements, comprises: A clip for insertion into openings in the planar elements for holding the planar elements together including a planar head having a central opening for providing access to an inner cavity of the clip; two lateral upright members having a first end that is secured to the head and a second end, the second ends being joined to each other; and a pin that is intended to be inserted into an inner cavity in the clip in order to lock the assembly. The pin comprises at least one flexible bridging piece having a central portion that is connected to a main body of the pin by means of two flexible portions, and the pin contacts a lateral upright member of the clip to lock and hold the assembled planar elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Romain Mouillon, Sebastien De Marco
  • Patent number: 11821453
    Abstract: A fastener including a first recess and a second recess adjacent the first recess. The first recess includes a side surface defining a shape of the first recess and a stability surface oriented at an angle of greater than 1° and less than or equal to 89° relative to a major axis of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: SHEH FUNG SCREWS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Carl Chasse, Chen Chun-Yen
  • Patent number: 11815123
    Abstract: Presently disclosed is a standoff fastener for use in a compound floor structure. The threaded fastener includes a threaded standoff portion designed to accept a nut which has a diameter larger than a head portion of the standoff fastener. The head portion is located centrally within the fastener in order to reduce a tendency of the fastener to pivot within a driver during the fastening process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignees: Nucor Corporation, Asia Fastening (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Lionel E. Dayton, Richard W. Lukes
  • Patent number: 11815113
    Abstract: A wing nut includes a body having a sidewall that surrounds a central opening. The central opening is threaded along a threaded portion having a threaded length extending from the back end towards the front end of the body. At least two wings are integrated with the sidewall and extend away from the sidewall in a radial direction relative to the centerline. A rib extend peripherally around the sidewall in a radially outward direction such that a wall thickness of the sidewall increases to a maximum value moving along the centerline away from the rear end, and decreases along the centerline moving towards the front end from the maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary A Schramm, Brian G. Tyler
  • Patent number: 11806846
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a fastener head having a dual zone socket area and a mating driver bit according to aspects of the present technology include a fastener configured with driving surfaces adapted to provide enhanced engagement between each other during use. The fastener includes a recessed socket area with a sidewall that has an upper inwardly tapering section and a lower vertical section that extends to the bottom of the recessed socket area. The upper inwardly tapering section of the sidewall may also include an offset relative to the lower vertical section to create asymmetrical driving and removal surfaces. The technology also includes a corresponding mating driver bit configured with mating surfaces to the fastener to provide enhanced engagement between the fastener and mating driver bit. The technology also allows either the fastener or the driving bit to be used with preexisting fasteners and driver bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Bryce Fastener Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Bryce Campbell, II
  • Patent number: 11802400
    Abstract: A connector for joining concrete structures such as double tee beams to one another. The connector includes a curved bolt that is formed with a shape memory alloy. Through utilization of the bolt, a joint can be post-tensioned following assembly through application of heat to the joint. Post-tensioning can be reapplied following loosening of the joint through application of heat. When considering a super elastic shape memory alloy, the bolt can be a smart bolt that can self-correct following deformation due to excessive load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: Paul Ziehl, Rafal Anay
  • Patent number: 11802582
    Abstract: An anchor rod assembly is used for being fastened into synthetic resin mortar and contains an anchor rod with a shall portion, a fastening portion, and a head having a cutting edge, and contains a sleeve-like additional element which surrounds the fastening portion at least in some regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Kuhn
  • Patent number: 11802584
    Abstract: A foreign material exclusion plug is disclosed. The foreign material plug includes a cylindrical body, a slot, and a breakaway tab. The cylindrical body includes an externally-threaded cylindrical structure. The slot is formed in the cylindrical body extending into the cylindrical body from a top surface of the cylindrical body. The breakaway tab is connected to the cylindrical body and extends outwards from the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Cole, Kevin P. Shay, Austin L. Renfro
  • Patent number: 11795985
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with improvements to removable fasteners and particularly relates to removable and re-usable fasteners with features that allow them to be gripped and handled positively. The present invention therefore provides a fastening system comprising a fastener and a tool, the tool being suitable for installing and removing the fastener from an aperture in a work-piece, wherein the fastener has a main body and a head at one end, and wherein the head of the fastener and the tool have grip features that allow the fastener to be releasably locked to the tool to prevent separation of the fastener and tool during installation and removal of the fastener. This allows the fastener to be handled positively without fear of the fastener becoming misaligned, or dropping off the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: KWIKBOLT LIMITED
    Inventor: Jan Niklewicz