Patents Examined by Matthieu Setliff
  • Patent number: 9640856
    Abstract: A multiple antenna feed assembly including an antenna feed support having a body made of an electrically insulating material and a method of forming the antenna feed assembly. The antenna feed support may have a slot adapted to receive a connector; and a gap formed in the body having a thickness to fit a printed circuit board (PCB). The multiple antenna feed assembly may include a first connector adapted to fit in the slot of the antenna feed support; and a second connector electrically isolated from the first connector. Also provided is an antenna feed support to provide structural support and electrical isolation for the components of a multiple antenna feed assembly as above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Shayan Malek
  • Patent number: 9618022
    Abstract: A clamp connector includes a first clamping member configured to apply a clamping force to a material, the first clamping member having a first portion including a first and second cam surfaces, a first cammed body adjacent the first cam surface, and a second cammed body adjacent the second cam surface. A second clamping member is configured to apply a clamping force to the material. The second clamping member having a second portion including a third and fourth cam surfaces, a third cammed body adjacent the third cam surface, and a fourth cammed body adjacent the fourth cam surface. When each cam surface is forced against the adjacent cammed body a clamping force between the first clamping member and the second clamping member is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shihming Jan, Louis Kasden
  • Patent number: 9599136
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastening system (10) for fastening two first and second profile bars (16, 18) which have a first and second groove (12, 14) respectively, comprising a fastening body (20) that has feather-key-like first and second projections (30, 32) which extend into first and second groove openings (34, 36) in the assembled state, the projections (30, 32) being provided with first and second screw bores respectively which extend into one of the respective groove openings (34, 36) in jaw-like manner, the respective first and second hammer heads each being freeform heads which impart a twist, the first and second shafts being located partially within the groove openings (34, 36) in the assembled state and first and second noses being arranged approximately diagonally to each other at each hammer head screw (22, 24) at the transition between hammer head and shaft, which noses lie against the jaw-like screw bores (38, 40) in the assembled state so as to inhibit rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rixen, Gerrit Pies
  • Patent number: 9599147
    Abstract: A drive shaft damper may be inserted into a hollow automotive drive shaft. The damper includes both foam and a non-foamed retaining member positioned on its outer surface. The foam, which extends above the damper's outer surface, typically possesses a maximum operating temperature of 175° C. or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CARAUSTAR INDUSTRIAL AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Gary A. Conger, Peter T. Tkacik, Martin H. Stark, David A. Galonska, Josh Wolfenbarger
  • Patent number: 9574370
    Abstract: A modular privacy fence, which includes a stringer having two rails, wherein at least the first rail comprises a plurality of fence picket dividers that protrude in a perpendicular direction from the first rail. The modular privacy fence also includes a fastener attached to the end of the stringer, wherein the fastener is arranged to secure the stringer to a fence post, and a bottom rail with a trough. In some embodiments, the second rail may also include a separate plurality of fence picket dividers that protrude from the second rail in a direction perpendicular to the second rail and parallel to the first plurality of fence picket dividers. In such arrangements, the first plurality of fence picket dividers is offset from the second plurality of fence picket dividers in a direction parallel to the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Kelly Presti
  • Patent number: 9574692
    Abstract: A conduit hub includes a conduit hub body having a cylindrical inner surface configured to receive an end of a cylindrical conduit having a male thread, wherein the conduit hub body includes a female thread and a counterbore formed in an outer rim of the cylindrical inner surface. The conduit hub further includes a wiper seal configured to fit into the counterbore such that a lip of the wiper seal extends beyond the outer rim of conduit hub body and a surface of the wiper seal engages with an outer surface of the cylindrical conduit, when the male thread of the cylindrical conduit is threaded to engage with the female thread of the conduit hub body, to resist the ingress of moisture, dirt or contaminants into the conduit hub or the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Joey D. Magno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9573418
    Abstract: A bearing device for a wheel has a hub wheel and a constant velocity universal joint with an outer joint member. Projecting portions extending in an axial direction are provided on one of an outer surface of a shaft section of the outer joint member and an inner surface of a hole portion of the hub wheel. The projecting portions are press-fitted into the other along the axial direction, and recessed portions are formed in the other through press-fitting of the projecting portions. Thus, a recess-projection fitting structure is formed, in which the projecting portions and the recessed portions are held in close contact with each other through an entire region of fitting contact regions therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Ozawa, Yuichi Asano, Masayuki Kuroda, Tohru Nakagawa, Kiyoshige Yamauchi, Mitsuru Umekida
  • Patent number: 9567811
    Abstract: A coupler for use in connecting together in a driving relationship a first member and a second member in a rotatable cutter assembly includes an elongate body having an axial forward end and an axial rearward end, and the elongate body containing a longitudinal bore. The elongate body further includes a collar mediate of the axial forward end and the axial rearward end, a forward body portion axially forward of the collar wherein the forward body portion is configured to drivingly engage the first member and a rearward body portion rearward of the collar wherein the rearward body portion is configured to drivingly engage the second member. The rearward body portion of the elongate body includes an elastomeric layer formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INC.
    Inventor: Brandon J. Kenno
  • Patent number: 9568040
    Abstract: A composite tube assembly may comprise a composite tube comprising a radially outer surface having a variable diameter portion comprising a first frustoconical portion and a second frustoconical portion, a locking wedge disposed at least partially around a circumference of the first frustoconical portion, a locking collar nut disposed at least partially around a circumference of the locking wedge, and an end fitting disposed at least partially around a circumference of the second frustoconical portion, wherein the end fitting is coupled to the locking collar nut. A diameter of the composite tube, at an interface between the first frustoconical portion and the second frustoconical portion, may be a maximum diameter value with respect to the first frustoconical portion and may be a maximum diameter value with respect to the second frustoconical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Rony Giovanni Ganis
  • Patent number: 9562569
    Abstract: A method of aligning flanges on two components to align and transfer torque from one component to the other uses a plurality of scallop regions on the periphery of a flange on one component; and a plurality of raised regions on the periphery of a flange on the other component, the raised regions being sized and shaped to engage the scallop regions on the flange when axially aligned to transfer torque there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Ernest Ainslie, David Ronald Adair
  • Patent number: 9562572
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clutch device (2) having at least one output hub (46), which can be rotationally locked to a transmission input shaft (50), an input hub (16), in which an assembly opening (54) is provided, so that a fastener (58) for axially fixing the output hub (46) to the transmission input shaft (50) can be introduced by way of the assembly opening (54), and a flex plate (74), on which a hub part (56) is provided, which can be rotationally locked to the input hub (16). According to the invention the hub part (56) can be connected to the input hub (16) in such a way that the assembly opening (54) is closed by the hub part (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Jurgen Hauck
  • Patent number: 9534417
    Abstract: A safety barrier is formed of framing, including a guard rail that defines the infill below the rail without the use of pickets. The infill is covered with mesh screen, which may be made of nylon which has greater tensile strength than conventional fiberglass. The mesh screen is held to the framing by an extruded base. The base has a central channel between two flat spline grooves. Flat splines hold mesh screen in their respective grooves more securely than conventional friction-based channel splines. A metal plate is positioned in the central channel to enables screws that secure the base to be tightened to hold it to the framing better. The elimination of pickets in the infill leaves the view unobstructed and allows other treatments of that portion of a deck or porch that are more aesthetically pleasing without compromising safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Marhaygue, LLC
    Inventor: Guerry E. Green
  • Patent number: 9528646
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector body, a first sleeve rotatably coupled to the connector body, and a second sleeve receiving the first sleeve and being movable axially between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The second sleeve has a plurality of teeth extending from a surface thereof. A ratchet ring is positioned on the connector body, and the ratchet ring has a plurality of teeth corresponding to the plurality of teeth of the second sleeve. A biasing member is provided for biasing the second sleeve to the engaged position. The teeth of the ratchet ring engage the teeth of the second sleeve when the second sleeve is in the engaged position, and the teeth of second sleeve are spaced from the teeth of the ratchet ring when the second sleeve is in the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Peter J. Hyzin
  • Patent number: 9512598
    Abstract: Device for detachable fastening of two mechanical components between which a channel or housing is defined, including a peg, with at least two grooves on opposite faces, and a band accommodated in the grooves, fastened by pinching at the lower part of the peg and with a flexible portion that has the upper end thereof bent in order to retain the peg/band assembly in a transverse grove of the channel The invention applies in particular to the fastening of a tooth in a tooth holder of the scoop of an excavating machine or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: METALOGENIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Rol Corredor, Javier Jimenez García, Francisco Pérez Soria, Jorge Triginer Boixeda, Ester Alonso Frigola
  • Patent number: 9512634
    Abstract: A fencing system that includes a plurality of fence rails extending between two fence posts. The fence rails may comprise a foamed material core that is enclosed by a weather resistant capping material. One or more hollow passageways may be formed in each of the fence rails to both reduce weight and to receive a metal reinforcing member. A plurality of fence pickets may be installed onto the fence rails using power driven fasteners, such as ring shank nails or staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Enduris Extrusions, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Forbis
  • Patent number: 9506270
    Abstract: A fence panel can include a plurality of modular fence panel components that can be assembled modularly to form the fence panel. The fence panel components can include a system of keys and keyways that allow the components to interlock with one another when the fence panel is assembled to lock the components to one another to simplify the assembly process and to minimize the number of mechanical fasteners needed to assemble the fence panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9469332
    Abstract: In a coupling structure for coupling a shaft to a universal joint yoke, an insertion portion of a shaft is passed through an insertion hole of a universal joint yoke. An outward protrusion of a distal end portion of the shaft faces a peripheral edge of a first opening of the insertion hole across a gap in an axial direction. A fixed portion that adjoins the insertion portion is fixed to a peripheral edge of a second opening of the insertion hole by welding. An engaging portion formed on an outer periphery of the insertion portion and an engaged portion formed in an inner periphery of the universal joint yoke, which defines the insertion hole, are engageable with each other in a rotational direction with a rotation permitting gap for phase adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yoshida, Naoji Kawasoko, Osamu Honda, Nobuaki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9463829
    Abstract: In one aspect, an elastically averaged alignment system includes a first component having an interior cavity and an alignment member positioned at least partially within the interior cavity, a second component having an inner wall defining an alignment aperture, the alignment aperture configured to receive the alignment member to couple the first component and the second component, and a third component seated within the interior cavity. The alignment member is an elastically deformable material such that (a) when the third component is inserted into the interior cavity, the alignment member elastically deforms to an elastically averaged configuration to facilitate aligning the third component and the first component in a desired orientation, and (b) when the alignment member is inserted into the alignment aperture, the alignment member further elastically deforms to an elastically averaged final configuration to facilitate aligning the first component and the second component in a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joel Colombo, Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall, Ashish M. Gollapalli
  • Patent number: 9453376
    Abstract: Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing is a concept that allows the strength of thick-wall rigid pipe, and the flexibility of thin-wall tubing, to be realized in a single design. The primary use is for a drillstring tubular, but it has potential for other applications requiring transmission of mechanical loads (forces and torques) through an initially coiled tubular. The concept uses a spring-loaded spherical ‘ball-and-socket’ type joint to interconnect two or more short, rigid segments of pipe. Use of an optional snap ring allows the joint to be permanently made, in a ‘self-assembling’ manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9453311
    Abstract: An access gate provides access to cross a wall and may comprise at least one hinged wall portion configured to be moved between an open and a closed position. In the closed position, the hinged wall portion acts as a barrier between a first and a second side of the wall. In the open position, the hinged wall portion allows passage between the first and second sides of the wall. The access gate may comprise a crossing surface to allow passage between the first and second sides of the wall; and at least one hinged surface door configured to be moved between a closed and an open position. In the closed position, the surface door prevents access to the crossing surface and provides a walkable/drivable surface. In the open position, the surface door provides access to the crossing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: William James Braniff, Jack E. Swinford, Gregory L. Buckner