Patents Examined by Flemming Saether
  • Patent number: 11073174
    Abstract: A barbed staple for installing fencing wire onto a fence post. The staple has a crown section and a leg section. The crown section has an arcuate crown portion and a radiused portion, and the leg section has a pair of leg portions that extend in parallel from the radiused portion of the crown section. At least one barb protrudes from each of the leg portions, the barb having projecting points. The distance between the distal edge of the projecting points defines an outer leg width. The crown portion of the crown section has a greater width than the pair of leg portions in parallel. The outer crown width is greater than the outer leg width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Parker, Jeffrey J. Meyer
  • Patent number: 11073176
    Abstract: A fastening element consisting of a cage element with a nut arranged therein that is held by a fastening flange in the cage element. The cage element has a wall element which can be moved in an axial direction and shields the seat area of the cage element against the penetration of adhesive while mounting the fastening element on a component surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Stumpf, Franz Drüke, Jörg Matthes
  • Patent number: 11060545
    Abstract: A fastening system for securing a component includes a first securing element having an engagement end and external toothing, a second securing element having elastic clamp members arranged about a common axis and having internal toothing facing the axis, and a fixing member. The clamps members assume a radial position relative to the axis that is variable due to their elasticity. The clamps are designed such that the second securing element can be pushed onto the engagement end such that the teeth of the engagement end and the clamps snap into each other. The clamps move from a first radial position to an external second radial position to engage or disengage a snapped-in state when shifting the external toothing and the first internal toothing to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Benthien, Andreas Poppe
  • Patent number: 11060549
    Abstract: A captive fastener comprising a head, a neck, and a threaded shaft, and one or more spring loaded pins disposed within respective cavities of the shaft along at least first and second radial directions. Each spring loaded pin is located in a chamber of the shaft with an annular rim on at a proximal end of the pin that prevents the pin completely passing through an aperture and out the chamber. The distal end of the pin projects through the aperture and out of the shaft when the spring is not compressed. That is, the spring biases the pin outward such that a distal portion of the pin projects through the hole, but the spring can collapse to allow the fastener to pass through a fitted opening sized to receive the shaft of the fastener before the pin expands outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin Phan, Simon Ly, William Smyrski, An Tran, Patrick Tran, Yuriy Bern, Larisa Zilber
  • Patent number: 11047410
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and shimming plates being anchored to a substratum having a plurality of threaded anchor holes coaxially aligned with corresponding apertures and coaxial threaded bores through each plate. The apparatus includes an external threaded cylindrical shim having a shimming surface and a second (outer) surface adapted to accept rotary force for rotational movement and adjustment of the separation produced by the shim between the substratum and the anchored plate. For anchoring, the 2nd surface of the shim further includes a counterbored or countersunk hole having a shoulder including a narrower passthrough aperture aligned with the threaded anchor hole, through which an anchor screw extends for rotational mating with the threaded anchor hole. The anchor screw also has a head wider than the passthrough aperture, and adapted to accept rotary force for rotational movement and fixing the shim in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Cutting Edge Tooling LLC
    Inventors: David R. Reed, Sr., David R. Reed, Jr., Robert Galla, Anthony Thomas, Sean Thomas, Corey Binkley, Robert Richardson
  • Patent number: 11028870
    Abstract: Fasteners are disclosed for use with multiple standard torque delivery tools. The fasteners include several different torque bearing portions for use with different torque delivery tools, as well as non-torque bearing portions disposed between torque bearing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Steven J. Tomaszewski, Duncan A. MacLean, Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11028597
    Abstract: A fastener is provided and is configured for securing magnetized items to a wallboard panel. Included on the fastener is a fastener body having a first side and an opposite second side, and a counter-sunk throughbore extends from the first side to the second side. The body has a tapered peripheral edge. In addition, the first side is covered with wallboard joint tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Salvatore C. Immordino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11022164
    Abstract: A cover that extends over a fastener and methods of installing the cover over the fastener. The cover includes an open end positioned at a member from which the fastener extends. The cover also includes a closed end that extends over the fastener and shields the fastener from the exterior environment that can be combustible. The cover includes an outer shell with one or more windows. An inner shell is positioned within the outer shell. The inner shell includes one or more windows that are offset from the windows of the outer shell. One or more flow paths extend through the windows for gas, liquid, and/or some particles to flow through the cover while removing the thermal and/or kinetic energy that may ignite the combustible exterior environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen Roper, Randall Colin Schubert, Eddie Kwon, Jason S. Damazo, Darrin M. Hansen, Mark Randall O'Masta, Morgan A. Stilke
  • Patent number: 11022166
    Abstract: A threaded shaft and retaining nut assembly having a shaft 4 with a first thread of a first hand along the shaft 4, and a second thread of a second hand opposite to said first hand along the shaft 4. The second thread at least partially overlaps said first thread. A tubular member is screwingly engageable for winding the shaft 4 into and out of the tubular member 3. A retaining nut 10 is screwingly engageable with the second thread for winding the retaining nut 10 back and forth along the shaft 4. In use, the second nut is engageable against an end of the tubular member 3 to prevent unintentional winding of said shaft. A locking member 12 is engageable with the tubular member 3 and the retaining nut 10 to effect a non-rotatable coupling between said tubular member 3 and retaining nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: David Vile, Gerhard Dodl
  • Patent number: 11007924
    Abstract: An adjusting device for adjusting a light module in a vehicle lighting device. The adjusting device includes an adjusting mechanism into which a rotary motion can be transmitted. The adjusting device also includes a transmission element that can be used to transfer the rotary motion. The adjusting mechanism and the transmission element are connected in a way that transmits torque via a coupling that provides torque overload protection. The adjusting mechanism is embodied with at least two parts and features a first part into which a rotary motion can be transmitted and it features a second part that is embodied as a part of the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Helmut Jakobsmeyer
  • Patent number: 11009059
    Abstract: A screw having a cylindrical shank with a conical tip at one end and a screw head at the other, and at least one thread section therebetween. The thread section has a thread core. On the thread section, multiple successive thread terms are formed on a shell surface of the thread core. In the region of the thread section, multiple elevations are arranged on the outside of the shell surface of the thread core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: AVVIO GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Gerhard Hubmann
  • Patent number: 11002306
    Abstract: A sacrificial washer has a longitudinal central axis and comprises a cup and a cap. The cup includes a cup base wall extending transversely with respect to the axis, a cup radially outer wall extending outwardly away from the cup base wall, and a cup inner diameter. The cup includes a cap base wall extending transversely with respect to the axis and spaced axially away from the cup base wall, and a cap radially inner wall extending inwardly away from the cap base wall and having a cap inner diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Robert E. Stewart, Nicholas Strumbos
  • Patent number: 10982708
    Abstract: A limiting spring washer includes a main body portion and a side portion, which may be a frustoconical, extending from the main body portion. The main body portion defines a washer aperture therethrough. The main body portion is thicker than the side portion. A bolt assembly includes a part defining a part aperture therethrough. A limiter is disposed within the part aperture. A bolt is configured to attach the part to an item. In the bolt assembly, the limiting spring washer is disposed in contact with the limiter, the bolt, and the part. The bolt is configured to apply a total load, a first portion of the total load being absorbed by the part, and a second portion of the total load being absorbed by the limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Michael A. Karram, Terrence J. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10968943
    Abstract: A floating fastener comprises a retainer and a captive nut held within a cavity of the retainer. The nut is star-shaped with four points spaced equally apart and with four valleys on the periphery of the nut between the points creating the overall star-shape of the nut. Likewise, the cavity in the retainer corresponds to the shape and contour of the nut but sized so that there is a substantial gap between them. Permissible lateral float of the nut can be maximized by employing a particular angularity of the sides of the valleys in relation to other dimensions of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Brian Bentrim, Jonathan Brunk, Thuan Huu Chau, Trevor Fahy, James Sutcliffe, David Quinn
  • Patent number: 10954978
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fixed or sliding screw with a screw head and a screw shaft which has a threaded section. The screw head has a torque transmitting section for rotating the fixed or sliding screw about a screw axis which is concentric to the screw head and the screw shaft. The screw head has a collar section at the screw head end facing the threaded section. A buffer element made of an elastic plastic is arranged on the collar section side facing away from the torque transmitting section, and a sliding disk is arranged on the buffer element side facing away from the collar section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Kostja Heinrich
  • Patent number: 10954988
    Abstract: A screw with a flat drilling end comprises a cylinder (1) with a thread (11) wrapped around and a flat drill portion (2) longitudinally extended from a distal end of the cylinder (1); a maximum thickness (T) of a transversal cross section of the flat drill portion (2) being less than a half of the maximum width (D) of the transversal cross section of the flat drill portion (2); the maximum width (D) of the transversal cross section of the flat drill portion (2) being smaller than an outer diameter of the thread (11) of the cylinder (1); the width and thickness of the transversal cross section of the flat dill portion (2) being reduced to a point tip end of the flat drill portion (2). Two opposite lateral sides form as sharp knife blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Shu-Chin Huang
  • Patent number: 10954986
    Abstract: A screw fastener particularly adapted to improve retention while minimizing mushrooming in fibrous workpieces. A single-threaded lower portion neighbours the pointed tip of the screw and a dual-threaded upper portion neighbours the screw head. The upper portion has a first upper thread that spirals in an opposite direction to the singular lower thread, and a second upper thread that spirals in a same direction as the singular lower thread. The lower thread includes a plurality of thread turns that share a same major thread diameter while axially spanning multiple areas of the lower portion of the shaft that vary in diameter, including a bulged area, a reduced upper area of lesser shaft diameter than the bulged area at a location between the bulged area and the head, and a downwardly tapered lower area at which the diameter of the shaft narrows from the bulged area toward the pointed tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: 1833236 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Swen Kai Ruhmann, Ulrich O. H. Walther
  • Patent number: 10955022
    Abstract: Deformable spacers and spacer assemblies absorb energy when flange bolts are subjected to compressive axial loads by plastically deforming, failing in shear, rupturing or in a combination of failure modes so the flange bolts and the flanges connected thereby are not damaged. One deformable spacer may have a hollow cylindrical body with a plurality of elongated slots there through. Another deformable spacer may have an annular stiffener extending inwardly from an inner surface of a hollow cylindrical body. A spacer assembly may include an inner cylindrical body, and outer cylindrical body, and an annular shoulder extending from one of the bodies and engaged by the other body shears when a shear failure load is applied to the flange bolt. Another spacer assembly may include an annular belt around a cylindrical body so that the belt will rupture before the cylindrical body plastically deforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Adrian Stanescu
  • Patent number: 10941806
    Abstract: A washer is configured to be secured underneath a flange of a fastening clip assembly. The washer includes an annular support ring defining a central channel and having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite from the first surface. The first surface is configured to abut into and sealingly engage the flange at two or more locations. An inner sealing rim extends from the second surface proximate to the central channel. The inner sealing rim is configured to sealingly engage a component at a first component sealing interface. An outer sealing rim extends from the second surface and is outwardly separated from the inner sealing rim by a gap. The outer sealing rim is configured to sealingly engage the component at a second component sealing interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Mikeal Zander
  • Patent number: 10941805
    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: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary A. Schramm, Brian G. Tyler