Patents Examined by Roberta Delisle
  • Patent number: 9957993
    Abstract: A screw recess and driver combination that comprises the use of varying frustums of differing cones to provide driver/recess contact faces that are elliptical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Research Engineering & Manufacturing INC
    Inventor: Alan Pritchard
  • Patent number: 9909608
    Abstract: The objective is to prevent the loosening of a structure with which a member 80 to be fastened and a base material 90 are fastened through a male screw body 10 and a washer 50. A screw-body-side seat part 22 is formed on the male screw body 10, and a first receiving part 60 and second receiving part 70 are formed on the washer side. A member-side seat part 82 is formed on the member 80 to be fastened. The first receiving part 60 and the screw-body-side seat part 22 have sawtooth-shaped recesses and protrusions. When an attempt is made to rotate the male screw body 10 in the direction of loosening, the recesses and protrusions engage one another, thereby preventing rotation. A recessed housing part of the member-side seat part 82 and the outer wall of the second receiving part 70 of the washer 50 have an eccentric circular shape. When an attempt is made to rotate the washer 50 in the direction of loosening, the eccentric circular shapes engage one another, thereby preventing rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Nejilaw Inc., Next Innovation Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Michiwaki
  • Patent number: 9863458
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the invention we provide a three-piece self-reacting fastener, or lock nut, for connecting a joint having a threaded connector including: a first nut member engageable with the threaded connector and axially displaceable; a second nut member engageable with the first nut member and rotatable about an axis; a third nut member non-rotatably but axially displaceably connected with the first nut member, which during rotation about the axis, applies a load to the threaded connector and to tighten the lock nut; and a locking means which substantially non-rotatably connects the second nut member and the threaded connector with one another after tightening the lock nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HYTORC Division UNEX Corporation
    Inventor: Michael F. Dolan
  • Patent number: 9856897
    Abstract: An expansion anchor with a bolt as a first element and with an expansion sleeve, which at least partially surrounds the bolt, as a second element, is disclosed. The bolt has an expansion region for widening the expansion sleeve. One of the two elements has a groove running in the longitudinal direction of the expansion anchor and the other element has a projection, which engages at least sectionally in the groove. The groove has a narrowing, which inhibits an axial movement of the expansion sleeve relative to the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marc Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 9850936
    Abstract: A mounting structure includes a holding portion with a housing space for a mounting component. The holding portion includes a side wall portion upstanding from a base portion, and a seat portion being continuous with a top of the side wall portion and having a bolt through hole into which a bolt is inserted. A mounting component insertion hole is provided in the side wall portion for inserting the mounting component into the housing space. The bolt through hole abuts on the peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion of the mounting component. A communication portion provides communication between the bolt through hole and the mounting component insertion hole, for allowing passage of the cylindrical portion of the mounting component into the bolt through hole. Restrictions form a narrow portion in the communication portion, the narrow portion being narrower than the outer dimension of the cylindrical portion of the mounting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gen Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9850934
    Abstract: A self-reinforcing clip for securing a panel to a hole. The self-reinforcing clip comprises a first support member and a second support member each disposed in spaced relationship with one another and defining a gap therebetween. Each of the support members have a body portion and a flange portion. At least one tooth extends outwardly from at least one of the body portions for engaging an inner wall of the hole. At least one of the support members defines a contact surface. Further, at least one cross-over member is coupled to at least one of the support members and extends across the gap past the body portion of the other support member in alignment with the contact surface for engaging the contact surface for inhibiting movement of the support members toward one another when upward forces attempt to pull the clip from the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Stefan Schulz, Jan Stickelberger, Melanie Anna, Michael Danby, Virginie Pouzols, Richard Geist
  • Patent number: 9835190
    Abstract: Fastening clips, motorized vehicles with fastening clips, and methods for using fastening clips are disclosed. A fastening clip is disclosed for attaching a component to a panel using a threaded fastener. The fastening clip includes a body that inserts into the aperture. The clip body has a flange that seats against one surface of the panel. One or more flexible retaining clips project from the clip body to seat against an opposing panel surface and, with the flange, attach the fastening clip to the panel. Flexible ratchet fingers extend from the clip body into an internal cavity. The ratchet fingers are located on respective sides of the cavity, and are spaced to extend to respective axial positions within the cavity. These ratchet fingers are located and spaced so that only one ratchet finger, at a given time, seats between adjacent threads when the fastener is inserted into the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Landsberg, Jeremy P. Fellows, Randall L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9829030
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a cap for forming a sealed cavity around one end of a fastener to thereby contain out-gassing and sparking events in the event of a lightning strike to the fastener. The invention also proposes a joint comprising such a cap, and a kit of parts and method for installing such a cap. A cap according to the invention comprises: an inner cap member having an annular base terminating at an edge which surrounds an opening into an air cavity for enclosing the one end of a fastener; and an outer cap member having an annular skirt or flange which extends radially outwardly away from the annular base, the annular skirt or flange and annular base between them defining an annular sealing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Dobbin, David Liversage
  • Patent number: 9816547
    Abstract: A clip nut, including a clip. The clip has a first retaining device, a second retaining device, and a connecting device, which connects the first retaining device to the second retaining device. The distance between the retaining devices is variable. The extension of the first and second retaining devices substantially define an x axis and the extension of the connecting device substantially defines a z axis. A y axis is perpendicular to the x axis and the z axis. The clip nut also includes a nut, which is arranged on the second retaining device such that an axis of the nut is aligned parallel to the z axis and/or perpendicular to the x axis. The axis of the nut is pivotable from the position of the axis of the nut parallel to the z axis and/or perpendicular to the x axis about the axis in an xz plane such that the parallelism of the axis of the nut with respect to the z axis and/or the perpendicular position of the axis of the nut with respect to the x axis is abandoned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventors: Sascha Costabel, Thomas Klose
  • Patent number: 9815324
    Abstract: An antitheft nut may include a virtual reference line extending in a circumferential direction on a basis of a center with respect to one surface of a nut body, a plurality of key assembling portions continuously protruding or depressed along the virtual reference line, and an assembling line having the plurality of key assembling portions repeatedly formed while being spaced apart from each other in an inside direction and an outside direction of the virtual reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Seok Hwan Yun, Hyung Seob Kim
  • Patent number: 9816542
    Abstract: An anchoring device has an insert sleeve and an expanding rivet. The insert sleeve is anchorable in an insert recess of a support part via engagement tongues. In a final assembly configuration, spreading arms of the expansion rivet are situated in arm clearances of the insert sleeve by the action of an expansion shank of a rivet pin, and are engaged with retaining edges of the insert sleeve. In this manner, the mounting part is removably connected to the support part with the expansion shank removable from the rivet body by releasing the spreading arms from the insert sleeve in order to release the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Axel Rhein
  • Patent number: 9820419
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which utilizes a stabilization disk 30 or rigid cup containing adhesive which is bonded to an underside of a circuit board and then bolted to a chassis of a piece of military electronic equipment, so as to create a mounting location between the circuit board and the chassis where the circuit board is lacking a regular fastener receiving mounting hole therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Crystal Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James E Shaw, Moji Hosseini
  • Patent number: 9816543
    Abstract: A clip connection for coupling at least two components together, e.g., for fastening a first component to a second component in a joining direction, may include a plug-in pin arranged on the first component and having a longitudinal center axis extending parallel to the joining direction. The pin may include a conical longitudinal section that tapers in the joining direction. A radially resilient engagement hook may be provided engageable with an engagement contour. A sleeve may be arranged on the second component and have a longitudinal center axis extending parallel to the joining direction. The sleeve may include a plurality of radially resilient spring elements having a free end that supports the plurality of spring elements on the conical longitudinal section of the pin under radial preload when the sleeve and the pin are plugged together. The pin may be pluggable into the sleeve in the joining direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Ivano Morgillo, Winfried Brand, Thomas Hausner
  • Patent number: 9808060
    Abstract: A pull handle of a luggage, which is adapted for accommodating a control device having a button, includes a main body and a cover. The main body has a transverse pipe, two vertical pipes integrally extended from two ends of the transverse pipe respectively, and a hollow portion located at the transverse pipe. The cover is mounted to the main body and covers at least one part of the hollow portion. The cover and the transverse pipe constitute a grip which has an opening corresponding in position to the button of the control device. In this way, the pull handle is not only firm in structure so as to be uneasily damaged and have long life time, but also simplified in assembling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: C & C Luggage Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi-Wu Chiang
  • Patent number: 9803678
    Abstract: An arc weld stud for fastening a member to a structure with an unthreaded nut includes a weld end having an ignition tip, and a threaded portion defined by a thread configured to form a corresponding counter-thread into a smooth bore of the unthreaded nut, wherein the arc weld stud comprises a material that is harder than the material of the unthreaded nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Akko Fastener Inc.
    Inventor: Nestor Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9803673
    Abstract: “CONSTRUCTIVE DISPOSAL APPLIED IN MECHANICAL EXPANSION FIXER FOR METAL STRUCTURES OR THE LIKE”, which comprises a kit of pieces which form the mechanical expansion fixer (1), it has a hexagonal head (2) and a cylindrical body (3) endowed with full thread (4), has flat washer (5) and a jacket (6) in low-carbon steel; also on the head of the jacket (6) has a hexagonal (7) to ensure that the jacket does not rotate during mounting and tightening, which provides a wide contact area option to use the key that holds the fixer (A and B) in this way, it is not necessary to position it in the hole in a specific way, ensuring agility in the application; cone guided (8) is pre-assembled with the assembly being threaded in the thread base of the fixer (1), there is a unique locking system of guides (9), these guides fit into the openings or slots of jacket (10) and prevent the cone to rotate false in the jacket (6), as the head of the hexagon socket (7) when locked with a fixed key or star prevents this condition, this al
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ancora Chumbadores Ltda.
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Codina Guila
  • Patent number: 9797429
    Abstract: A fastener may include an elongated shank, a head at a distal end of the shank, and a drill point at a terminal end of the shank, which is opposite to the distal end. The fastener may include a primary thread starting at the drill point and extending along the shank towards the head. The fastener may include a secondary thread starting at the drill point, extending along the shank towards the head, and stopping in an axial direction before the primary thread ends. The secondary thread may be radially located 180 degrees from the primary thread. The drill point may include a plurality of radially extending cutting edges and one or more relieved flute portion extending along the surface of the drill point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HARGIS INDUSTRIES, LP
    Inventor: Joe A. Hargis
  • Patent number: 9790976
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a fastener including a locking member and a pin member which are connected. The locking member has a pair of leg portions that are inserted into the mount hole and a flange portion that is brought into abutment with a portion of the mount-base member that lies on a circumference of the mount hole. The pin member has a head portion that is connected to the flange portion and an extending portion that extends from a rear side of the head portion. When the head portion of the pin member is forced into the locking member, a connection between the flange portion and the head portion is released, and the extending portion travels between the pair of leg portions to expand open the pair of leg portions or to restrict the pair of leg portions from moving towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Piolax, Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9790981
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a connection insert, in particular a threaded insert, which is embeddable into a formed plastic component. This connection insert comprises a cylindrical main body having a radially outer side, a radially inner side as well as a first and a second axial end, at least one circumferential collar arranged at the radially outer side of the main body which has the largest outer diameter compared to the remaining main body and which is arranged spaced with respect to the first and the second axial end of the main body, and a radially protruding structure arranged at the radially outer side of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Stumpf, Franck Chalvet, Mohamed-Tahar Rahal, Norbert Perroud
  • Patent number: 9790719
    Abstract: A corner fitting for a door element to be disposed on a center of rotation or an axis, including first and second fitting elements, which, at least sectionwise, each include a locating portion for the abutment against the door element, and are interconnectable while restraining the door element in a restraining area. The fitting elements delimit the restraining area, including at least one attaching unit for reliably clamping the door element between the fitting elements. The attaching unit includes first attaching means, disposed at the first fitting element and/or at the second fitting element, and second attaching means, disposed at the second fitting element and/or at the first fitting element. The attaching means are non-positively and/or positively interconnected. The first attaching means includes an engagement area, into which the second attaching means acts, wherein the engagement area extends at least partially into the restraining area via the locating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: DORMA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Kenan Aykas