Patents Examined by Flemming Saether
  • Patent number: 10738819
    Abstract: A security fastener for installation on a wheel having a recess hole extending from a recess entrance of a first diameter comprising an end portion concentric with a longitudinal axis of the fastener, the end portion configured to mate with a corresponding element of the recess hole, an intermediate skirt portion having a side wall region with a diameter within about 6 millimeters of the diameter of the recess entrance, a drive portion having a tapered outer surface and a plurality of circumferentially spaced longitudinally extending key-receiving grooves in the tapered outer surface arranged in a lock pattern to which a driving torque may be applied, the tapered outer surface sloping downward and outward away from the longitudinal axis of the fastener from a top surface to the skirt portion at a taper angle of at least 11 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: McGard LLC
    Inventors: Weston J. Ulrich, David C. Meyer, Dustin D. Bielecki, Kyle M. Weis, Andrew D. Trank
  • Patent number: 10738818
    Abstract: The present invention provides an elastic washer structure and a fastener, including: an elastic washer (1) and one or more tongues (2), where the elastic washer (1) is a sheet object with an inner hole (3), one surface of the elastic washer (1) is a convex surface, the other surface is a concave surface, a tongue (2) is disposed towards a side of the convex surface on an outer edge of the elastic washer, an angle between the tongue (2) and a surface (5) on which the outer edge of the elastic washer is located is a first angle (6), and when the convex surface of the elastic washer bears pressure, there is a negative correlation between the first angle (6) and the pressure borne by the elastic washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Guohua Fan, Xiong Hu, Dingnan Song
  • Patent number: 10738815
    Abstract: High strength swivel anchors, are configured for insertion through an aperture in a substrate while in a minimal configuration and expandable behind the substrate for anchoring engagement thereto. The anchor herein has at least two pivotally attached elongated anchoring arms with the arms being swivelable relative to each other in a single plane from the minimal configuration wherein the anchoring arms are coextensive to an expanded anchoring engagement position wherein the anchoring arms cross each other through a point of pivotal attachment. The anchor herein further comprises a structural element which retards retraction of swiveling movement of the anchoring arms from the minimal configuration to the expanded anchoring engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Theodore Garfield
  • Patent number: 10737369
    Abstract: Nut devices including a butterfly portion with an axial hole that can be opened such that the nut device can be slid up or down a host device, such as a cymbal stand rod, without the typical screw-type motion, are disclosed. Also disclosed are nut devices including drum key functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruben Steinhauser, Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 10731695
    Abstract: A plurality of stacked fastener caps, each having a cap body. The cap body has first and second faces joined by a perimeter of the cap body, and adjacent faces of adjacent caps are joined by at least one connecting stem. The adjacent caps and connecting stems are integrally molded as a unit as by injection molding. One or both of the first and second faces may be planar. One of the first or second faces may be concave and the other may be convex. One or both of the first and second faces may have first and second thicker portions with a transverse groove interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PneuTools, Incorporated
    Inventor: Frederick W. Lamb
  • Patent number: 10724569
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus (200) for a universal interface system (10) is disclosed. The fastener apparatus may include a body (160), an interior fastener (206), an exterior fastener (202), and a spring (204). The fastener apparatus may form part of an accessory for a universal interface system. The universal interface system may include an object (14) and an accessory (16). The object may include a mounting surface (124), a locking surface (126), and an elongated slot (22) extending from the mounting surface to the locking surface. The accessory may be fixed to the mounting surface. The universal interface system may include a ready configuration (258), a rotated configuration (262), and a locked configuration (266). The universal interface system further may include a released configuration (260), and a deployed configuration (264). The universal interface system may be used to secure accessories to a weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Maxim Defense Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Windfeldt, Joel N. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10718368
    Abstract: A lock nut system includes a nut having a retaining member which includes a keeper having locking teeth configured to engage with the lock nut teeth. The locking teeth are offset in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction to allow the lock nut to be locked into position on the shaft without further rotation or other adjustment of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 10711825
    Abstract: Fastener apparatus including a self-adjusting and automatically self-leveling head separate from a threaded shank portion. An embodiment self-leveling head portion defines an annular recess and lip portion sized to receive a seal. A threaded shank resides within an annular cup center of the self-leveling head and has a thread-free portion seated by the compressed seal creating a water tight seal. Embodiments for sheet metal screw and bolt fasteners not requiring seals are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: David A. W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10704583
    Abstract: Frangible connectors can extend between and can alone couple adjacent insulator bodies together. The insulator bodies can also include counteracting frangible connectors that can be spaced from and coupled solely to a single one of the plurality of insulator bodies. The counteracting frangible connectors provide a counteracting shearing operation, which can help counteract the counterclockwise rotational movement that the frangible connectors tend to impart as they are sheared. The insulator bodies can be mounted on staples. The insulator bodies can have an upper bridge profile and the staples can have a lower crown profile opposing the upper bridge profile. The lower crown profile and the upper bridge profile can have opposite end portions that engage each other and can have central portions that are simultaneously spaced from each other to provide a central space between corresponding central portions of the insulator bridge and the staple crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Fairbanks, James Sareault, Richard Waterman
  • Patent number: 10704582
    Abstract: A fastener includes a sleeve, a core bolt, and an insert. The sleeve includes a first portion having a first inner diameter, a second portion having a second inner diameter, and a step intermediate the first and second portions. The core bolt includes a cylindrical portion having a first diameter, a threaded portion having a major diameter, and a thread run-out intermediate the cylindrical and threaded portions. The insert is disposed within the sleeve and is sized and shaped to be retained between the step of the sleeve and the thread run-out of the core bolt when the fastener is in a pre-installation position. The fastener compresses the insert between the step of the sleeve and the thread run-out of the core bolt by an installation motion of the core bolt. The insert deforms away from the core bolt to initiate formation of a bulb in response to the compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Howmet Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhart Hufnagl, Douglas DeSalvo, Randy Torrence
  • Patent number: 10697499
    Abstract: A drive system with full surface drive contact. The drive system tends to maximize the surface contact pattern or area at typical bit-recess reaction (drive) torque values, thereby tending to minimize bit-recess surface contact stresses, coating damage, recess ream and premature bit fatigue failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: David C. Goss
  • Patent number: 10690166
    Abstract: A method of applying a corrosion-resistant coating to a fastener that includes preheating an area of the fastener to be coated to elevate a temperature of the area and spraying the preheated area of the fastener with a molten or semi-molten metal. In one embodiment, a corrosion-resistant coating applicator includes a support structure, a rotatable slotted fastener conveyer supported by the support structure, a feeder configured to feed fasteners to the rotatable slotted fastener conveyer, a fastener aligner configured to make head portions of the fasteners aligned with each other, a heater configured to heat head portions of the fasteners as the fasteners are being conveyed by the slotted fastener conveyer, and a sprayer configured to apply a corrosion-resistant coating to the heated head portions of the fasteners being conveyed by the slotted fastener conveyer. The present disclosure also provides corrosion-resistant coated fasteners made using the coating methods and/or coating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Horst, Donald E. Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 10690170
    Abstract: A threaded fastener system, incorporating a bolt and a nut assembly, wherein the bolt has a threaded lead entry point whose pitch and helix angle are of a higher magnitude than that of those on the body/shank of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Research Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10690168
    Abstract: Fasteners are disclosed for reducing mass of the fastener, while being configured for use with standard torque delivery tools. The fasteners include non-torque bearing surfaces disposed between torque bearing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Larry J. Wilson, James T. Tanner
  • Patent number: 10690159
    Abstract: A fastening system comprises a fastener, a washer, and a collar. The fastener has a shaft extending through a hole in a composite panel. The washer is concentrically positioned on the shaft between a head of the fastener and the composite panel. The washer comprises an enlarged bore facing the composite panel. The enlarged bore is one of a chamfered bore or a countersunk bore. The collar secures the fastener relative to the composite panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gianfranco Rios, Madhavadas Ramnath, Hamid Razi
  • Patent number: 10683887
    Abstract: A locking member for a fastener, such as a nut or a collar, includes a shank portion and a flanged portion, a bore extending the shank portion and the flanged portion and including a first interior portion located within the shank portion and a containment cavity located within the flanged portion, and an inner wall defining the containment cavity. The containment cavity includes an inner diameter that is greater than an inner diameter of the first interior portion of the bore. The inner wall of the containment cavity includes one or a combination of flat/linear surfaces, concave surfaces, and convex surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Rizza, Luke Haylock, Rodrigo Pinheiro
  • Patent number: 10686345
    Abstract: An assembly having a positive locking device is provided. The assembly includes a solid body having a through hole arranged to receive a fastener. A fastener is disposed in the through hole of the solid body and secured to the solid body using a securing means. The locking plate positively locks the securing means onto the fastener. A generator including the assembly as well as a method to set a short circuit stop gap between the assembly and a support brace support the stator winding is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Evans
  • Patent number: 10675670
    Abstract: A washer that includes: an inner peripheral face formed in an arc shape; an outer peripheral face formed in an arc shape concentric with the inner peripheral face on a radially outer side of the inner peripheral face; and outer peripheral cut-out portions (such as a left outer peripheral cut-out portion and a right outer peripheral cut-out portion) formed at positions of the outer peripheral face corresponding to end portions (a first end portion and a second end portion) of the inner peripheral face to have the same shapes as outside shapes of the corresponding end portions of the inner peripheral face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TAIHO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Ochiai
  • Patent number: 10661599
    Abstract: Apparatus for visually indicating a loose wheel nut on a motor vehicle has a first ring for engaging a first wheel nut so as to be rotatable therewith and a second ring for engaging a second wheel nut adjacent to the first wheel nut so as to be rotatable therewith. The first ring has a first pointer for indicating a start position of the first ring, and the second ring has a second pointer for indicating a start position of the second ring. A resiliently flexible elongate member interconnects the first and second rings. The elongate member is configured to curve in at least two directions and has a first end portion connected to the first ring and an opposed second end portion connected to the second ring. In use, any loosening rotation of the first wheel nut will cause the first ring and is pointer to rotate therewith, thereby providing a visual indication of a loosening of the first wheel nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald Robert Mason
  • Patent number: 10662994
    Abstract: A self-drilling, self-countersinking fastener is provided that includes a shaft, a countersunk head located at a first end of the shaft, and a tapered point located at an opposite end of the shaft. A thread integrally extends from the shaft and extends along at least a portion of a length thereof. The countersunk head includes a frustoconical region having a first, smaller diameter in a shaft connection region and a second, larger diameter at a second end defining an edge area of the head. A plurality of radially extending ribs are located on the frustoconical region and extend from an area of the first, smaller diameter to a respective radially outer rib end spaced radially inwardly by a distance X from the edge area of the head. A respective cutting edge is located on each of the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventors: Daniel Scheerer, James Cole