Patents Examined by Michael P. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11401686
    Abstract: A pin for pivotally connecting two components together is received in aligned openings of the two components. One end of the pin has a head of reduced dimension to be received in a correspondingly-shaped opening in one of the components. Axial movement of the pin in the openings is limited by a lock that engages the head of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ESCO Group LLC
    Inventors: Christopher E. Grewell, Lee A. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11396906
    Abstract: The ball socket assembly includes a housing which has at least one open end and an inner bore that extends along a central axis. The ball socket assembly further includes a ball stud that has a ball portion and a shank portion. The ball portion is disposed in the inner bore of the housing, and the shank portion extends out of the inner bore through the at least one open end. At least one bearing is disposed in the inner, and the at least one bearing has a bearing surface which is in direct contact with the ball portion of the ball stud. The at least one bearing is made of a monolithic piece of a spring-like material and has a single gap and is flexed to preload the at least one bearing against the ball portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Motorparts, LLC
    Inventors: John Blair, Brian Krueger, Thomas J. Byrnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11391319
    Abstract: A joint arrangement between at least one first and second component, preferably sheetlike metal component, which has in each case a top and bottom side including a joint bushing which is received in a first opening of the first component, and a joint pin which is led through the joint bushing and which has a pin head, wherein that pin section which is situated opposite the pin head and which protrudes out of the joint bushing is fastenable to the second component preferably by means of a rivet connection. It is particularly advantageous for a stop disk element to be received between the pin head and the top side of the first component, and for the joint bushing to be formed as a collar bearing with a bushing section received in the first opening and a ring-shaped collar section adjoining said bushing section, wherein the ring-shaped collar section bears against the bottom side of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11391057
    Abstract: A winged slat for retaining the slat inside a chain link fence. The winged slat may have a body with first and second sides and one or more pairs of fins, joined to each other at a vertex, and longitudinally disposed at a side of the slat body. Some versions of the slat include a dual-winged slat with a first pair of such fins on one side, and a second pair of fins on an opposite side. Some slat versions omit a precise vertex and have fin pairs that attach to the slat body at substantially the same location. Fin pairs may be arranged asymmetrically around the slat body. Each pair of fins may have a combination of straight and/or angled fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Privacylink, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 11378119
    Abstract: A connector includes a body having gear teeth. A first sleeve is rotatably coupled to the body. A moveable member is positioned in a hole of the first sleeve. A second sleeve is movable with respect to the first sleeve between a locked and unlocked positions. A releasable locking member is positioned between the moveable member and the gear teeth. In the unlocked position of the second sleeve, a recess formed in the second sleeve is aligned with the opening. Upon rotation of the first sleeve, the moveable member is translated into the recess as the releasable locking member travels along the gear teeth. In the locked position of the second sleeve, the recess is rotationally spaced from the opening, and, the releasable locking member is sandwiched between the gear teeth and the moveable member to prevent rotation of the first sleeve with respect to the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Le Huu Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11377206
    Abstract: A torque link assembly for a landing gear includes a lower torque link and an upper torque link that releasably engage first and second quick release pin assemblies. The pin assemblies each include a housing attached to one of the torque links, and a locking pin member extending through the housing. The locking pin member includes a rod portion and a pin portion, and is slidable between an engaged position and a disengaged position for hingedly connecting/disconnecting the torque links. One of the housing and the locking pin member includes a channel having a longitudinal portion and a circumferential portion, and the other has a guide pin that engages the channel. The guide pin is in the longitudinal portion of the channel when moving between the engaged and disengaged positions, and is retained in the disengaged position when the guide pin is in the circumferential portion of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Steven Amberg, Randy Lee, Zoran Pasic
  • Patent number: 11359665
    Abstract: In the present invention, a housing includes a first opening in a first edge region facing a pin of a ball stud, the ball stud protrudes from the first opening, a gap is provided between an inner wall of a cavity and an outer wall of a bearing shell, a lining is injected into the gap, and the housing further includes a second opening in a second edge region opposite from the first opening for injecting the lining through the cavity, and one or more structural elements for clamping the lining to the inner wall of the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kondoh, Ryoji Motomura, Frank Zill
  • Patent number: 11362446
    Abstract: An earth connector for a fence panel includes a member with a sharp edge which penetrates protective material on rods of the panel to come into electrical contact with at least two of the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Bruce Cochrane
  • Patent number: 11346392
    Abstract: A flexure bearing having a first sleeve and a second sleeve is provided. Each sleeve includes a first pillar having a first end attached to the sleeve and a second end projecting outwardly from the sleeve and a second pillar having a first end attached to the sleeve and a second end projecting outwardly from the sleeve parallel to and diametrically opposed to the first pillar. The flexure bearing has a plurality of blind holes and a plurality of compression springs, each compression spring having a first spring end fit into one of the blind holes of a pillar of the first sleeve and a second spring end fit into a corresponding blind hole of an adjacent pillar of the second sleeve when the second sleeve is interconnected to the first sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
    Inventors: Muhammad Asad, Muhammad Azhar Ali Khan, Mohammed Alhulaimi, Majed Inkis
  • Patent number: 11339575
    Abstract: A handrail system includes a top rail and one or more support posts. The rail and post/s may be formed from a synthetic material such as a fibre reinforced plastics material. The or each connector has a rail connection part for connection to a rail section at either end thereof and a post connection part for connection to a support post, the connector forming part of the top rail whereby a continuous top rail is provided, in which the connection of the post/s to the connector/s is articulated so that in use the rail slope is adjustable. The system also includes one or more adjustable corner connectors including first and second parts hingedly connected to each other and being attachable to a rail section and a support post or leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: PIPEX LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Eves, Matthew John Hewstone
  • Patent number: 11333216
    Abstract: A connector including: a first buffer member that includes a spiral-shaped wire in a plan view; a second buffer member that has a substantially annular and flat plate-like shape, and that is capable of warping in a thickness direction; a collar member that includes a cylindrical portion surrounded by the first buffer member and the second buffer member, a first flange facing a radially inner side of the first buffer member, and a second flange facing a radially inner side of the second buffer member; and a coupling member that includes a first holder section holding radially outer sides of the first buffer member and the second buffer member, a second holder section holding the shielding body, and a coupling member base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Tadakatsu Kato, Ichiro Raita, Keiichi Yoshino, Koki Enami
  • Patent number: 11326734
    Abstract: A monolithic gimbal includes a top body portion having a top surface configured to be mounted to a housing, a middle body portion coupled to the top body portion, and a bottom body portion coupled to the middle body portion. The bottom body portion has a bottom surface configured to be mounted to a device. The monolithic gimbal further includes first flexure blades integrally formed with the top body portion and the middle body portion. The first flexure blades enable rotation of the top body portion and the bottom body portion about a first axis. The monolithic gimbal further includes second flexure blades integrally formed with the middle body portion and the bottom body portion. The second flexure blades enable rotation of the top body portion and the bottom body portion about a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Ready, Jeffery M. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11313147
    Abstract: A modular fence unit integrates a base, a pair of end posts extending through slots formed in the base, and a fence panel design resting above the base between the pair of end posts. A tongue and groove combination provides the joint used to situate the fence panel design between the posts. The joint enables the fence panels to be releasably attachable to the end posts. The fence unit can incorporate a single panel, multiple vertically-oriented panels arranged horizontally, or multiple horizontally-oriented panels arranged vertically. The base includes an interior compartment space capable of holding fluid, such as liquid, to enable the base to serve as stabilizing ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Michael B. Maher
  • Patent number: 11306784
    Abstract: A vehicle drivetrain assembly (10) and method for making the assembly of first and second torque transmitting members (12, 14), one of which (12) is aluminum and the other of which (14) is steel, that are joined by an electromagnetic pulse weld (16) progressively applied along a radial direction relative to the axis (A) of assembly rotation so as to provide a lightweight construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TransForm Automotive LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Nosakowski, Johnny B. Heang
  • Patent number: 11274688
    Abstract: A composite laminate for connection to at least one attachment component in a load-introduction joint, said composite laminate comprising an opening that is adapted to receive a load-introduction component of said load-introduction joint, wherein a prefailure indication element is provided in the region of said opening, said prefailure indication element being modifiable by said load-introduction component in a prefailure mode of said load-introduction joint for indication of an impending function-affecting failure of said composite laminate. The invention is further related to a corresponding load-introduction component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Moritz Buesing
  • Patent number: 11272752
    Abstract: A device for removably connecting a lining layer to an inner shock-absorbing portion of a helmet, mainly made of foam is disclosed. The device includes a first element constrainable to the lining layer and a second element constrainable to the inner shock-absorbing portion. The second element has a threaded portion that can be inserted by screwing it in the foam of the inner shock-absorbing portion. The device also includes means for the mechanical snap-fit coupling between the first and the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NOLANGROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Salvetti, Danilo Ferreri
  • Patent number: 11268540
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that includes a housing configured to receive a motor of the HVAC system, a fan guard coupled to a surface of the housing, and a damping device disposed between the fan guard and the surface of the housing, where the damping device is configured to absorb vibrational energy generated by the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Eskew, Wayne E. Romero
  • Patent number: 11259974
    Abstract: A dampening system is efficient in dampening vibration through a wheelchair frame. The system allows a lower base frame and wheels to be rigidly attached, while an upper seat frame is joined to the base frame through elastomeric dampening bushings to isolate the seat frame from the base frame. The bushings may be hidden in vertical upright tubes of the base frame. The bushings can also be used for supporting front caster forks and/or a rear axle assembly in isolation to the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ki Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Whelan, Alan Ludovici
  • Patent number: 11261905
    Abstract: A virtual device for the limited pivoting of an object about a base virtual pivot point by means of a pivoting device, where a limiting device is provided for the pivoting angle. The virtual device is a mechanically stable and yet space-saving limiting device that is rotatable about an outer axis on the base and about an outer axis (23?) rotatable on the object, or on the slide, where the limiting device limits the distance and/or the angular position of the two axes relative to one another, with the proviso that the axes always occupy the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: EB-invent GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Ehrenleitner
  • Patent number: 11242696
    Abstract: A transportable corral includes a plurality of fence panels that are hinged to each other in an end to end manner, manually releasable fence panel latches that are mounted to the fence panels and are arranged to engage and latch together adjacent fence panels so that the plurality of fence panels are able to be folded into a compact fence panel set to facilitate transport. Retractable wheel assemblies that are mounted to the fence panels to facilitate movement of a fence panel set or to facilitate the movement of an individual fence panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: Jon Davis Mollhagen