Patents Examined by Flemming Saether
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10655669
    Abstract: A fastener including a bolt having an elongated shank having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a threaded portion having an external bolt thread, the bolt thread including a bolt pitch. The fastener includes a nut having a first end, a second end opposite the first end of the nut, and an internal nut thread extending between the first and second ends of the nut and adapted to engage threadedly the bolt thread of the bolt. The nut thread includes a nut pitch and a hardness that changes gradationally between the first and second ends of the nut. The bolt pitch of the bolt thread of the bolt is mismatched with the nut pitch of the nut thread of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Busby, Richard Franklin, James L. Wollard
  • Patent number: 10641311
    Abstract: A fastener including a body having a threaded portion and an opposing, tapered portion, where the tapered portion includes an outwardly angled surface, and a sleeve movably connected to the body. The sleeve includes a plurality of fingers at least partially separated from each other, where each of the fingers includes at least two, axially spaced gripping members protruding from the body. When the fastener is inserted in a borehole formed in a substrate and a fastening member is threaded onto the threaded portion and tightened, the sleeve progressively moves along the angled surface causing the fingers to move outwardly and at least one of the gripping members to engage an inner surface of the substrate forming the borehole to secure the fastener in the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley J. Cabaj, Yongping Gong
  • Patent number: 10626909
    Abstract: A screw capable of drilling holes easily and discharging dregs effectively includes a head; and a stem. The head is formed by an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion is a round disk. The annular ring of the round disk of the head is formed with a plurality of inclined protrusions. Recesses between the protrusions extend from an inner edge of the round ring to an outer edge of the round ring and are arranged along un-radial paths. A periphery of the lower portion of the head is formed with at least one knife sheet which extends from the annular ring of the round disk of the head to the stem; and the direction of the knife sheet is inclined to an axis of the lower portion of the head. At a connection of the head and stem, the knife sheet has a maximum height and width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Shu-Chin Huang
  • Patent number: 10619663
    Abstract: A dual load path assembly includes an outer pin, which has an axial through bore and at least one end that includes a threaded section. The threaded section includes at least one slot orientated from the end and extends axially along at least part of the threaded section. The assembly also includes an inner pin, which is receivable in the through bore of the outer fastener. A female fastener comprising at least one notch is receivable on the threaded end of the outer pin. A locking plate comprises a through hole via which it is receivable on the shank of the inner pin and at least one projection. The locking plate is arranged such that the projection is receivable in both the notch and the slot. A locking member engages with the end of the inner pin and abuts a face of the locking plate thereby sandwiching the locking plate between the locking member and the female fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHORT BROTHERS PLC
    Inventors: Graeme Buchanan, Patrick McWall
  • Patent number: 10612581
    Abstract: An anti-theft screw part includes an annularly extending recess for engaging an adapter, which as viewed from the outward direction to the inward direction is limited by an outer edge, a bottom, and an inner edge. The screw part is assembled of a main piece and an insert piece. The main piece forms the outer edge, the inner edge is formed by the insert piece. The outer edge is limited by an outer wall surface, located on an outer circle, and by several internal projections, projecting from the outer circle towards the rotational axis up to a first circular line. The inner edge is limited by an inner wall surface, located on an inner circle and limited by several outer projections, projecting from the inner circle towards the exterior up to a second circular line. The first circular line is located completely within the second circular line. The diameter of the second circular line is larger than the diameter of the first circular line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ABC UMFORMTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Horst Rajewski, Holger Traeger
  • Patent number: 10612579
    Abstract: A fastener having a fastener body and a protected decorative cap arranged on a head end of the fastener body in a manner that protects the decorative cap from fastener torquing forces applied to said head end that might otherwise damage, disfigure or loosen the cap and that facilitates attachment of the decorative cap to the fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: McGard LLC
    Inventors: Kyle M. Weis, John F. Mondo, David C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10605296
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fastening a first object to a second object, said device comprising a first load section having a first load-engaging means, a driving section defining a driving direction and a sealing element for creating a seal between the device and the second object, the sealing element having a width perpendicular to the driving direction and a height in the driving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ferenc Lor, Zsolt Schaller, Markus Frommelt
  • Patent number: 10598206
    Abstract: A safety shear bolt includes a main bolt portion and a torque head portion connected to the main bolt portion. The torque head portion includes an extended head portion, a stem portion rigidly connecting the main bolt portion to the torque head portion, and a coupling mechanism rotatably connecting the extended head portion to the main bolt portion. The stem portion is configured to shear when a predetermined torque is applied to the extended head portion, while the coupling mechanism prevents the extended head portion from dropping after shearing off from the main bolt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Richards Manufacturing Company, a New Jersey Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Bruce Bier
  • Patent number: 10590972
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first part made of composite material and a second part, which parts are held one against the other by at least one fastener system having a fastener element with a head from which there extends a shank. The fastener system further includes a bushing, the bushing including a collar presenting an inside face and an outside face of conical shape. The head of the fastener element bears against the inside face of the collar, while the outside face of the collar bears against a countersink formed in the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: Julien Mateo
  • Patent number: 10590981
    Abstract: This fastener assembly includes a body, an elongated member and a split wedge. The body defines a cavity that converges. An access opening at a small end provides access to the cavity. The member has a circumferential external profile at one end. The split wedge has two or more wedge segments with a flexible hinge connecting each of the wedge segments. Each of the wedge segments has an internal profile. The member is inserted through the access opening into the cavity of the body, and the wedge segments of the split wedge are positioned circumferentially around the member and then the split wedge is wedged in the cavity to maintain the external profile of the member engaged with the internal profile of the wedge segments of the split wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: 2738297 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventors: James Anthony Davidson, Paul Anthony Davidson
  • Patent number: 10590970
    Abstract: A plastic component has a connecting element that includes an attachment portion protruding at least in part from the plastic component as well as an anchoring portion, by which the connecting element is releasably connected to the plastic component and which has a smaller cross-sectional diameter than the attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maik Hammer, Johann Van Niekerk, Juergen Greil, Lars Leichtl, Katrin Krukowski
  • Patent number: 10578145
    Abstract: A washer-equipped screw is provided with a screw body, a metal washer, and a rubber washer. The screw body includes a cylindrical portion between a shaft portion on which a screw groove is formed and a head portion. A hole in the metal washer is inserted through the cylindrical portion so as to be adjacent to the head portion. A hole in the rubber washer is inserted through the cylindrical portion and positioned on a shaft portion side of the metal washer. A seat surface of the head portion has an inclined surface inclined away from the metal washer toward an outer periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujihara, Satoshi Iguchi, Keizo Takamatsu, Hidetoshi Uchiyama, Yuya Okuda, Shuichi Iwata, Jun Asada
  • Patent number: 10550876
    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: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ACUMENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeramiah Slater, Robert A. Niec, Paul Purdy, Gary Sifferman
  • Patent number: 10544820
    Abstract: A washer-equipped screw is provided with a screw body, a flat washer, and a rubber washer. The screw body includes a cylindrical portion between a shaft portion on which a screw groove is formed and a head portion. A hole in the flat washer is inserted through the cylindrical portion so as to be adjacent to the head portion. A hole in the rubber washer is inserted through the cylindrical portion and positioned on a shaft portion side of the flat washer. The cylindrical portion is provided with a projection for engagingly locking the flat washer. An inner edge of the flat washer is caught by the projection, whereby the flat washer is prevented from detaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujihara, Satoshi Iguchi, Yuya Okuda, Shuichi Iwata, Jun Asada, Keita Inoue, Yoshihiro Ohta
  • Patent number: 10533597
    Abstract: A fixation assembly for affixing a first object to and variably spaced from a second object. The assembly comprises a male fastener and a female fastener. The male fastener comprises a bolt-shaped part having a circumferential outer surface. The surface includes alternately on a circumferential path, in a cross-sectional plane of the part, at least one ridged section and at least one plain section. The female fastener comprises a tubular part having a circumferential inner surface. The inner surface includes alternately on a circumferential path, in a cross-sectional plane of the part, at least one ridged section and at least one plain section. The male fastener can be inserted into the female fastener such that its ridged section coincides with the female fastener plain section. Either the male or female fastener is configured to be rotated relative to the other, thereby engaging respective ridges of the two fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Hermann Benthien, Michael Telkamp
  • Patent number: 10533594
    Abstract: A temporary fastening device comprises a collet and mandrel connected to a temporary fastener body. The device comprises a first float cap, a second float cap, a third float cap, and a temporary fastener body which may be axially connected. The lateral clearance between the collet and a first aperture defines a first radially extending float region. The lateral clearance between the second float cap and the first float cap define a second radially extending float region. The collet and temporary fastener body may radially translate within the first and second radially extending float regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Zephyr Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Paulo Cesar Pajuelo Lopez
  • Patent number: 10533589
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a tolerance-compensating element for compensating for a distance between a dashboard support and a body component of a vehicle, such as an A pillar or an end wall, wherein the dashboard support is connectable to the body component by means of a fastening screw, comprising: a frame structure with a first fastening portion and a second fastening portion, wherein the first fastening portion and the second fastening portion are arranged opposite each other and are connected by lateral webs, wherein the first fastening portion and the second fastening portion are spaced apart from each other, wherein a first aperture is formed in the first fastening portion, wherein the second fastening portion is configured for fastening the tolerance-compensating element to the dashboard support; and a threaded nut that is assigned to the first fastening portion and is provided for receiving the fastening screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Konstantin Tatarinov
  • Patent number: 10533596
    Abstract: The present invention is relates to a fiber reinforced resin screw 10, 20 shaped using a resin composition containing reinforcing fiber in a resin. A pitch of threads has a length of 1.5 to 2 times of a standard pitch corresponding to an outer diameter of the threads prescribed in standards of a metric coarse screw, a unified coarse screw and a unified fine screw. An average fiber length of the reinforcing fiber is 1 to 1/3 times of the pitch of the threads in the fiber reinforced resin screw. A content rate of the reinforcing fiber is in a range of 20 to 80%. In this way, the fiber reinforced resin screw to have improved is provided in the strength of the thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Ikada, Naohiro Horie
  • Patent number: 10527083
    Abstract: A checker nut for locking a threaded body to a threaded rod includes a main body portion having a bearing surface for engaging a threaded body; the main body portion including a central opening with an inside surface; and a single female thread disposed on the inside surface and extending therefrom, the female thread for cooperating with threads on a threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CETRES HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa