Patents Examined by Lynne A. Reichard
  • Patent number: 5957615
    Abstract: A system for removably and mechanically locking a sleeve on a driveshaft includes at least one peripheral groove comprising a bearing face on the driveshaft. At least one peripheral slot on the sleeve forms a chamber in the internal peripheral wall of the sleeve and includes a bearing face. At least one wedge-forming element can move more or less radially within the chamber between a position retracted inside the housing to allow the shaft to be slipped into the sleeve, and a position partially protruding from said chamber in which said element is designed to bear on the bearing face of the groove and on the bearing face of the chamber 34. Means for moving the movable wedge-forming element move the wedge-forming element radially inward, from outside the sleeve, in order to lock the sleeve on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventor: Michel Orain
  • Patent number: 5957460
    Abstract: A seal assembly is provided intended to locate sealing means (13, 14) between a housing (10, 11) and another member (15) which may be fixed or rotating. A housing for the sealing member is formed of two parts (10, 11) between which the sealing member is to be located. A first housing part (10) may be in two portions arranged to be fitted together. A second housing part (11) is located between the two portions of the first housing part (10) and a seal (13, 14) is located between the two housing parts. The assembly is secured together by welding the two portions (10A, 10B) of the first housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Prodrive Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Roland James Broadbent
  • Patent number: 5957462
    Abstract: A seal structure includes a stationary member, a rotatable member disposed within the stationary member to divide an interior of the stationary member into two chambers, a seal member mildly pressed to the stationary member and the rotatable member, and a recess for collecting grease, formed in the rotatable member. The seal structure can be used as a seal between a rotatable member and a stationary member of an air supply and gas exhaust switching mechanism of a regenerative combustion burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Nishiyama, Kazuhisa Mitani
  • Patent number: 5957613
    Abstract: A turnbuckle actuator between a mast jacket of a motor vehicle steering column and a tilt housing pivotally supported on the mast jacket. The turnbuckle actuator includes a first turnbuckle yoke, a second turnbuckle yoke, and a turnbuckle shaft. The first and the second turnbuckle yokes are supported on respective ones of the mast jacket and the tilt housing for rotation about parallel lateral centerlines of the mast jacket and the tilt housing. The first turnbuckle yoke has a transverse bore therein eccentric relative to the lateral centerline of the mast jacket. The second turnbuckle yoke has a transverse bore therein eccentric relative to the lateral centerline of the tilt housing. Opposite hand screw threads on the turnbuckle shaft mesh with matching screw threads in the transverse bores. Rotation of the turnbuckle shaft thrusts the turnbuckle yokes in opposite directions to pivot the tilt housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Philip Ruth
  • Patent number: 5956808
    Abstract: A removable apparatus used to cover a knob is provided that includes an inner casing and an outer casing, both of which together form a collar that surrounds a portion of the knob and in so doing mechanically decouples a rotary motion that is applied to the cover from the knob. Disposed intermediate the inner casing and the outer casing is provided a latching mechanism which secures a hinged door to the cover. Release of the latching mechanism requires a two-step procedure beginning with the simultaneous application of a sufficient vertical force applied to urge a pair of vertical slide members downward. The downward force must be maintained in order for the second step to be accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Anita Lee Tom
  • Patent number: 5954448
    Abstract: A video printed circuit board is mounted on a slotted holder which closely receives the neck of a CRT and has a plurality of circumferentially-diverged apertures which receive projections extending from a circumscribing elastic band that compresses the holder, the projections frictionally engaging the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Soo Shim
  • Patent number: 5954449
    Abstract: A connecting device is provided to connect a fan blade to a rotor of a motor of a ceiling fan. The connecting device includes a bottom member disposed transverse to and rotated about an axial direction of the rotor. A circumferential wall extends upwardly from a periphery of the bottom member. A mounting arm has an anchored end adapted for mounting the fan blade thereon, and an anchoring end disposed to be brought to anchor on the bottom member such that the mounting arm is oriented in a radial direction relative to the bottom member. A limiting unit is disposed between the anchoring end and the bottom member to limit further movement of the anchoring end relative to the bottom member once the anchoring end is pulled away from the bottom member. At the same time, a biasing member is disposed to bias the anchoring end to move away from the bottom member. By virtue of the limiting unit and the biasing member, the anchoring end can anchor on the bottom member steadily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: San-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 5954344
    Abstract: Interlocking end members for expandable compression rings. Compression rings are formed by attaching the interlocking members to the ends of a flexible strip and coupling the interlocking members together. The interlocking members include a recess for receiving the ends of a flexible strip and a jaw structure for engagement with one another. The jaw structure includes two or more offset opposed jaw members which include angled teeth. The teeth of opposed jaw members of coupled interlocking members engage one another in a locking relationship, whereby the resulting compression ring can be expanded and locked into a range of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Press-Seal Gasket Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Miller
  • Patent number: 5951195
    Abstract: In the ball pivot arrangement for a ball joint described in the specification, an essentially spherical upper region and an essentially bar-shaped lower region are joined by friction welding, the spherical region being capable of being mounted in a joint cup or joint socket to form a ball joint and the bar-shaped region constituting a joint rod. The costs involved in producing the ball pivot arrangement are reduced and the ball pivot arrangement is more effectively adaptable to different stresses because each of the components can be machined or hardened separately to provide required dimensions or hardness before assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Herbert Ruholl
  • Patent number: 5951197
    Abstract: A connecting device includes a bottom member with a periphery for attaching on a rotor of a motor, a circumferential wall which extends upwardly from the periphery, and a mounting arm which has an anchored end adapted for mounting the fan blade thereon and an anchoring end for anchoring on the bottom member such that the mounting arm is oriented in a radial direction relative to the bottom member by guidance of a guiding member. A tightening member is disposed to tighten the anchoring end relative to the bottom member through a clamping force generated in a circumferential direction of the bottom member when the anchoring end is pulled away from the bottom member in the radial direction. A retaining member is disposed between the tightening member and the anchored end in the radial direction, and has an engaging spring member that abuts against the circumferential wall once the anchoring end is moved away from the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: San-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 5951196
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a frictional mount for engaging a monitor to a process chamber by utilizing a base member that has at least three apertures therethrough adapted for mounting at least one monitor and two fastening devices, a compressible member formed of a deformable material that has at least three apertures adapted for the at least one monitor and the two fastening devices to pass through, the compressible member is positioned in intimate contact with the base member, and a pressing member that is in intimate contact with the compressible member and has at least one aperture adapted for the at least one monitor to be mounted therethrough and two apertures adapted for receiving two fastening devices such that when the two fastening devices are engaged, the compressible member expands in a lateral direction and frictionally engages the internal peripheral surfaces of a recessed window in the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Ke, Tung-Li Lee, Chien-Rong Huang, Sheng-Kuo Huang
  • Patent number: 5947480
    Abstract: A sealing unit for sealing an opening through which a rotating part passes. A rotary ring turns within a housing when a pair of flexible rings carried by the rotary ring are turned by engagement with a rotating part. The opposed faces of the rotary rings are in sliding contact with surfaces having mineral filled low friction layers. The sliding contact between the rotary ring and the surfaces having mineral filled low friction layers is established and maintain by a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: K-Tron Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Sherman, John W. Shoffner, Jr., Douglas K. Parenteau, Lee W. Mayer
  • Patent number: 5947626
    Abstract: A frictional revolving joint for joining a hub to a shaft has a tapered ring arrangement with two tapered ring sections with conical outer surfaces that have a V-shaped cross-section and a clamping ring made of two clamping ring elements that enclose the tapered ring arrangement.The ring shaped pressure chamber formed by the front surfaces of both clamping ring elements may be put under pressure by a hydraulic fluid, causing the clamping ring elements to slide outwards on the V-shaped tapered ring sections.The ring-shaped pressure chamber (57) is sealed itself by sealing rings (55a, 55b,; 63) that engage the clamping ring elements (53a, 53b) in all positions of the latter. The ring-shaped pressure chamber (57) is thus hermetically sealed and hydraulic fluid cannot escape outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Schafer GmbH Technik fur Antrieb und Steuerung
    Inventors: Wolfgang Miller, Udo Schafer, Harry Oppenlander
  • Patent number: 5947530
    Abstract: Live swivel coupling has a hollow first housing and a hollow second housing, each of which is open on opposing ends in a main axial direction. The first has a generally radially symmetrical inner surface and an indentation in the inner surface, and the second has a generally radially symmetrical outer surface and an indentation in the outer surface. The indentations are for retaining a rotatable bearing set of one or more rotatable bearings when the first and second housings are coupled. The rotatable bearing set also serves as a retaining device to hold the first and second couplings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Kat Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Harle
  • Patent number: 5947481
    Abstract: An improved annular face seal ring mountable in opposed alignment to another face seal ring to form a sliding interface in a mechanical seal assembly. It includes a sealing ring face on an axially facing surface of the ring. At least two circumferential disposed preformed waves are on the sealing ring face having high areas and low areas on the sealing ring face. The waves of the sealing ring face have a lapped surface and/or a surface roughness of about 4 .mu. inch R.sub.a or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventor: Lionel A. Young
  • Patent number: 5947625
    Abstract: A pivot system is disclosed for pivotally connecting a movable component to a fixed component, the pivot system having a swivel device mounted on one of the movable and fixed components, a headed shaft passing through a portion of the other of the movable and fixed components and engaging the swivel device, the headed shaft having a longitudinal axis forming the pivot axis between the components, an anti-rotation device engaging the shaft so as to prevent relative rotation between the shaft and the component to which it is mounted, and an anti-axial movement device engaging the shaft as to prevent relative movement between the shaft and the component to which it is mounted along the longitudinal axis of the shaft. This structure enables the shaft to be installed having access to only one end of the pivot shaft, improving over the known systems in which it is necessary to have access to both ends of the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Societe Hispano-Suiza
    Inventor: Guy Bernard Vauchel
  • Patent number: 5944365
    Abstract: A pipe clamp with a headed bolt for securing a pipe connection, in particular pipes of the exhaust system of a motor vehicle which are to be connected to one another, in the case of which the end of a first pipe is pushed into an axially slit end of a second pipe and, when the headed bolt is tightened, the pipe clamp, fitted on the slit pipe end, connects the two pipe ends to one another in a frictionally locking manner, is to be secured against a reduction in clamping force. For this purpose, the pipe clamp is formed of a material which has a higher coefficient of expansion than does the material of the pipes which are to be connected. The head of the headed bolt is elongated, in order to avoid impermissibly high local stressing during tightening of the pipe clamp. Due to the elongate form of the head of a headed bolt, the forces on the pipe clamp which support the tightening torque are reduced by a lengthening of the lever arm with respect to the axis of the headed bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kizler, Gerd Tiefenbacher
  • Patent number: 5946186
    Abstract: A latch apparatus for a docking station includes a first member connected to a pivot connection on a base portion of the docking station and a second member connected to the first member. The second member is substantially curved so as to form a mechanical moment. A third member is connected to the second member and to a lever. the latch apparatus is operable to decrease an initial rest angle between the first member and the base portion of the docking station and thereby substantially reduce lateral friction forces which develop when the base portion of the docking station is moving laterally. The latch apparatus is further provides mechanical advantage via the mechanical moment which decreases the amount of force required to be applied to the lever to accomplish a given amount of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Rex A. Karl, James E. Altic, Carrie D. Bader
  • Patent number: 5944359
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining at least one longitudinal end of a pipe to a member having a longitudinally extending aperture therethrough includes a unitary, one-piece, elongated body with structure responsive to a crimping operation for lockingly and sealingly engaging with an inner surface of the pipe. The lockingly and sealingly engaging structure can include a reduced diameter portion engagable within the longitudinal end of the pipe and having at least two radially outwardly extending annular ridges or teeth formed on the reduced diameter portion. For lined pipe, the engaging structure can also include a ribbed or barbed portion extending longitudinally outwardly from the reduced diameter portion for sealingly engaging the lining between the ribbed portion and the inner surface of the pipe in response to the crimping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Pureflex Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald V. Andronaco
  • Patent number: 5944363
    Abstract: Flexible connector systems are provided for decoupling vibrations between two components of an exhaust system of a vehicle, for example an exhaust manifold and an exhaust down pipe. The flexible connector systems are configured for providing sealed, substantially leak-proof connections which are capable of accommodating axial elongation and contraction, as well as pivoting movements of one component, relative to another component. The flexible connector systems include mating structures which are configured to mate with existing manifold outlet formations, with little or no modification of the exhaust manifold configuration. Ball joint structures and/or resilient mounting materials are used for accommodating pivoting movements. Bellows are provided for accommodating elongation and contraction, while providing sealing enclosure of pipe elements transporting the exhaust gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Senior Engineering Investments AG
    Inventors: Scott Cwik, Roy S. Clavey, Matthew T. O'Sullivan