Patents Examined by Roberta Delisle
  • Patent number: 9638235
    Abstract: A clevis pin assembly includes a pin that may be removably inserted into a coupling. The pin is structured to have a channel extending therethrough. The channel may receive a lubricant thereby inhibiting the pin from becoming seized within the coupling. A fitting is removably coupled to the pin. The fitting may be fluidly coupled to a lubrication source thereby facilitating the lubricant to be introduced into the channel. A retainer is removably inserted through the pin thereby retain the pin within the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: David Pain
  • Patent number: 9637893
    Abstract: A nut is employed to fix a faucet on a wash basin or a kitchen basin and contains an external driving member and an internal screwing member. The external driving member includes a cylindrical fence, an accommodating cavity, a first edge, and a second edge; the cylindrical fence has at least one limiting block and a griping face. The internal screwing member is fitted into and retained with the accommodating cavity and includes an annular cliff, a through orifice, a third edge, and a fourth edge; the annular cliff has plural slots longitudinally extending and isometrically arranged to the fourth edge from the third edge so as to define a plurality of flexible retaining portions, each having an inner threaded section; the annular cliff also has at least one longitudinal recess for retaining with the at least one limiting block of the external driving member and has a contacting fringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Yiping Lin, Chaota Yang, Chuwan Hong
  • Patent number: 9631653
    Abstract: A re-usable push-in fastener includes a fastener grommet including a plurality of deflectable legs and a fastener pin which is inserted into the fastener grommet. The grommet and pin have a pre-installation relative position in which the pin is held in the grommet, with the legs of the grommet in relaxed positions. A full installation relative position for the grommet and pin includes the pin urging the legs outwardly against the surface of a hole in an object in which the grommet is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventors: Gregory S. Flynn, Jason M. Zander
  • Patent number: 9631662
    Abstract: A spring clip fastener includes a body member, a base member, first and second carrier members on opposite edges of the base member, first and second positioning members carried by the first and second carrier members, and first and second locking members carried by the first and second carrier members. The body member is configured to receive an associated joining fastener along a first body member axis to selectively couple a first panel with the spring clip apparatus. The first and second carrier members are insertable into an opening in a second panel. The first and second locking members are directed towards the base member and include distal ends extending outwardly of the base member to selectively fasten the second panel between the distal ends and the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ramco Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Boyer, Gerald P. Downey
  • Patent number: 9631666
    Abstract: A plastic expandable bolt thread protector is disclosed that protects the threads of a bolt over which the thread protector is placed either just before shipping a bolt or just before a bolt is put to use. The thread protector is made of a rigid but flexible material having inwardly extending protrusions or pointed segments extending from the wall of the protector into a hollow interior of the protector and when the protector is axially placed over the bolt threads the protrusions or pointed segments create an interference fit with the bolt threads that holds the protector on the bolt threads, and when there is a greater interference fit the wall of the protector deforms and expands outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Duane Colford
  • Patent number: 9631657
    Abstract: A fastening element comprises a guide body which serves to be received in a receptacle, and at least one clamping tab which is arranged on the guide body and has art outer edge which is provided for cooperation with the inner surface of the receptacle. The outer edge of the clamping tab extends obliquely to a plane that is perpendicular to the central axis of the guide body, and the outer edge is in the form of a part of a thread such that thread effect is achieved with which the fastening element can be unscrewed from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Martin Zajak, Hubert Loewe
  • Patent number: 9631661
    Abstract: An expansion anchor includes a screw and an anchor body configured to receive a shank of the screw, the anchor body including: a flange configured to be directed towards the screw head; a nut-forming portion configured to cooperate with the screw thread; and a deformable expansion portion between the flange and the nut-forming portion. The nut-forming portion is configured to advance in the direction of the flange, by deforming the expansion portion to a deployed state, by screwing the screw in the nut-forming portion. When the anchor is mounted inside a hole in a wall, with the flange bearing against a first face of the wall, the expansion portion in the deployed state forms a continuous contact surface facing a second face of the wall and has a load-bearing section, transversely with respect to the screw axis, which is generally decreasing from the contact surface towards the nut-forming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Guillaume Vivier, Hugues Obame Obame
  • Patent number: 9624961
    Abstract: A screw includes a shank having an insertion tip and a head end which has an upper portion with a cutting portion and a lower portion from which a plurality of anti-screw-out teeth protrude. Each anti-screw-out tooth includes a guide face and a stop face intersecting a circumferential surface of the lower portion for development of a recessed channel. A first thread on the shank includes a plurality of asymmetrical thread convolutions each having a first cutting face facing onto the insertion tip and a second cutting face backing onto the insertion tip. The first cutting face and a horizontal axis form an included angle between 25 and 45 degrees. The second cutting face and the horizontal axis form an included angle between 3 and 23 degrees. The screw is in favor of surface flatness of a to-be-connected plank and pull-out as well as anti-screw-out properties of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fushang Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Nan Lin
  • Patent number: 9629245
    Abstract: The invention provides a spacer for soldering comprising an elongate body having one end provided with a tapped hole and an opposite end provided with a transverse bearing surface having a smooth centering peg projecting therefrom, the peg has a longitudinal outer passage extending over at least a fraction of its length as far as the transverse bearing surface to enable molten solder to penetrate by capillarity as far as the transverse bearing surface. The invention also provides a module including such a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sagemcom Broadband SAS
    Inventor: Stephane Kohn
  • Patent number: 9617769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a three-dimensional adjustable hardware system. According to the invention, at least one of the hardware bodies (18) comprises at least one guide pin (28) for the purpose of adjusting the hardware system (10) in the z-direction and the housing, in which the at least hardware body is arranged, comprises at least one threaded pin (30, 32), wherein the guide pin (28) and thereby the hardware body (18) are moved relative to the housing in the z-direction when the threaded pin (30) is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Fabio Polo Friz
  • Patent number: 9618031
    Abstract: A barrel washer comprising a convex portion, a concave portion, the concave portion configured to mate with the convex portion, such that the convex portion is only capable of rocking along a single axis within the concave portion. The barrel washer may be configured to prevent a bolt from rotating within the barrel washer. The barrel washer may be configured to relieve bending stress on the bolt as well as extraction of the bolt from the barrel washer. A surface of the concave portion may be coated with a lubricant. A surface of the convex portion may be coated in a lubricant. The barrel washer may be configured to couple a bolt to a flange that is couple to another flange. The convex portion may comprise a rocker. The barrel washer may be configured relieve bending stress on the bolt as a first flange moves relative to a second flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas B. Hyatt, Carl Brian Klinetob
  • Patent number: 9618025
    Abstract: The application provides a screw threaded fastening component, which comprises a stud bolt having an external thread, a first connecting part into which a first screw threaded hole adaptive to the stud bolt is formed, and a second connecting part into which a second screw threaded hole adaptive to the stud bolt is formed, and a threaded direction of the second screw threaded hole is against the threaded direction of the first screw threaded hole. The first connecting part and the second connecting part are assembled on two ends of the stud bolt through the first screw threaded hole and the second screw threaded hole, respectively, and the first connecting part is engaged against the second connecting part when the stud bolt is rotated in a direction. The stud bolt is contained in the first screw threaded hole and the second screw threaded hole when the first connecting part and the second connecting part are engaged completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Gang Yu, Dehua Li
  • Patent number: 9611883
    Abstract: An anti-dropping device and connection member, wherein the anti-dropping device comprises a connection member (40) and an anti-dropping boss (60); wherein the connection member (40) comprises: a first hole (42), which is adapted to a cross section of the anti-dropping boss (60) and configured to rotatably sheath the connection member (40) onto the anti-dropping boss (60); at least one second hole (44), which is configured to rotatably sheath a screw (10) into the connection member (40); and at least one connecting part (46), both ends of the connecting part (46) being respectively connected to the first hole (42) and the second hole (44); one end of the anti-dropping boss (60) is fixed on an apparatus (70) and is configured to fix the connection member (40) to the apparatus (70), thus facilitating operation and ensuring good safety during use of screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Shanjun Chen, Xu Li
  • Patent number: 9610658
    Abstract: A clinch pin fastener comprises a lamination of layers bonded face-to-face. The individual layers can be formed by stamping or photo etching and can be bonded together by soldering, by using an adhesive or by ultrasonic bonding. The heads of the outermost layers may include a tab at the top which extends laterally at a 90-degree angle to the outermost layer. The fasteners are preferably constructed by bonding elongate strips to form a continuous string of fasteners joined side-to-side at integral, severable joints located between adjacent heads of the fasteners. The fasteners can be wound about a supply reel without a carrier and thereafter unwound from the reel as they are installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Maloney
  • Patent number: 9605706
    Abstract: A rivet nut unit is disclosed. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a rivet nut unit bonding at least one plate by being riveted to the plate and fastened with a bolt that may include: a head portion supported on an upper surface of the plate at a position corresponding to a processed hole in the plate, and formed with a penetration hole in the middle thereof corresponding to the hole; and an insertion portion extended from one side of the head portion, inserted into the hole, and formed with at least one slot and a protruding end bent to a lower surface of the plate for coupling the head portion to the plate while riveting the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seokhwan Hwang, Mun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9605699
    Abstract: The invention relates to the production of an assembly made up of at least two components that are made of, for example, a flat material such as sheet steel and which are clamped together at a predetermined distance using: a clamping nut; a clamping bolt that engages in the clamping nut; and an adjustable spacer formed of a threaded sleeve and a drum nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9599140
    Abstract: A retaining wing can be hingedly coupled to an outer surface of each of two legs along a hinge line. The retaining wing can include a leading edge facing toward, and a trailing edge facing away from, the distal end of the legs, and together with the hinge line can define a substantially triangular shape. When a screw is not present in the screw passage, engagement of the trailing edge against one of the automobile components can operate to direct a servicing removal force applied through the base inwardly on the wings causing the wings to flex inwardly and permit removal of the screw grommet from the aperture without damaging any of the components or requiring a separate inwardly directed force to be directly applied to the wings. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Tien The Diep, Oday Amer Jamil
  • Patent number: 9599141
    Abstract: A cap for forming a sealed cavity around one end of a fastener, the cap having a two-piece construction comprising an outer cap member and an inner cap member. A quantity of sealant is provided between the inner and outer cap members which, upon installation of the cap, is urged to flow between the inner and outer cap members and collect at the base of the outer cap member, to form a bead of sealant around the circumference of the cap, sufficient to adhere the cap to the structure when the sealant cures. A plurality of channels are provided between the inner and outer cap members to facilitate the flow of sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Dobbin
  • Patent number: 9593705
    Abstract: A metal anchoring fastener fastens millwork onto walls constructed with wall cladding fastened to steel studs. The load typical of a loaded cabinet is borne by the steel stud anchors owing to the mate between the profile of the steel stud anchor and the layers of millwork and wall cladding and steel stud that said anchor penetrates. The pitch of the thread adorning the profile of the steel stud anchor progresses non-linearly along the length of said shaft, the shaft is generally non-linear in profile, and the thread profile is non-uniform along the length of said shaft. The anchor can also support a secondary screw concentrically penetrating the void at the center of the anchor, in order to hang loads from a wall, with or without millwork. Predrilling of the holes can enable installation of these zinc anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Franklin Jiri Call, Mark Robbeson
  • Patent number: 9595772
    Abstract: An adjustable bonding washer for placement between two metal pieces to create an electrical bond between them. The bonding washer has two metallic parts constrained to slide relative to one another along an axis. Each part has oppositely directed teeth that are forcibly embedded into the metal pieces to make electrical contact with them when they are rigidly clamped together. Adjustability enables the bonding washer to be mated with metal pieces having a range of widths and profiles, such as the slotted rails used to support arrays of photovoltaic panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Harley Alan Haney