Patents Examined by Roberta Delisle
  • Patent number: 9587667
    Abstract: A lock nut system includes a nut, a keeper engagement with the nut to inhibit movement of the keeper relative to the nut, and a keeper retaining member. The keeper has a radially inner side configured to engage a shaft to inhibit rotational movement of the nut relative to the shaft when the keeper engages the nut and a radially inner side engages the shaft. The keeper retaining member is secured to the keeper and is engageable with the nut to hold a keeper axially such that keeper is engaged with the nut. A cover member is located on an opposite side of the keeper retaining member relative to the nut and engaged to the keeper retaining member to inhibit a separation of the cover member from the keeper retaining member in such that that the separation of the cover member from the keeper retaining member provides a visual indication to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Temper Axle Products Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Rode, Sean E. Strait, Ronald George Wilson
  • Patent number: 9587375
    Abstract: A retaining arm is attached to an end of a padlock pin forming a hinged connection between a padlock and a bucket of a rope shovel, the retaining arm extending perpendicularly to an axis of the padlock pin to connect to a connecting element on the bucket to restrain rotation of the padlock pin relative to the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CNC Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Carbaugh, Kristofer Henke, Paramdeep Gill
  • Patent number: 9587666
    Abstract: A grease nipple is installed in a modified dome nut to allow corrosion-retardant fluid to be squeezed into the spaces within the dome nut around the lug and exposed thread surfaces using a grease gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph M. Hendrix
  • Patent number: 9587661
    Abstract: An anchor assembly (A) for hollow walls comprises an anchor body (400) and a toggle member (231) that is displaceable between a first position wherein the toggle member (231) is substantially aligned with the anchor body (400) such that the anchor assembly (A) can be inserted in the wall (W) via a cutting distal end (325) of the toggle member (231), and a second position wherein the toggle member (231) extends behind the wall (W) at an angle relative to the anchor body (400) which extends through the wall (W). The toggle member (231) is held captive in the first position but is released and then rotated to the second position by a fastener (218) introduced in the anchor body (400). The fastener (218) threadably engages the toggle member (231) thereby drawing the toggle member (231) against a hidden side of the wall (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Cobra Fixations Cie Ltee—Cobra Anchors Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Pierre McDuff, Alexandre Pollak, Lang Nguyen, Andre Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9581183
    Abstract: A multi-thread screw includes a head end, a shank and a tapered end. Both a high thread and a low thread begin on the tapered end and extend onto the shank. A set of intermediate threads are located on the shank portion only and overlap with and intersect at least part of the high thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: THE HILLMAN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Farhad Lajewardi, Michael K. Falkenstein
  • Patent number: 9578995
    Abstract: A hanger for a shower curtain comprises two opposing direction hooks and a captive roller for riding along the top of a curtain rod. A base part of the hanger has a hub with both a hook and a cradle at the lower end of a shank. The hook faces in one planar direction and a cradle faces in the opposite direction. The base comprises a spindle lying in said plane; the roller is rotatably captured on said spindle. The cap portion of a closure mounts on the free end of the spindle to keep the roller in place. The closure comprises a hook portion at the end of the shank; the hook portion mates with the cradle of the base. Preferably, the closure is rotatable about the spindle end, so that when the closure hook is disengaged from the cradle there is an opening which enables the hanger to be mounted and dismounted from a curtain rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KENNEY MANUFACTURING CO.
    Inventor: Michael Hanley
  • Patent number: 9581185
    Abstract: A blind fastener device for fastening at least two workpieces, including a sleeve, an expander having a tensioning section, a locking section, and an expansion section, and a nut. A portion of the expander passes through the sleeve to cooperate with the nut so that relative rotation of the expander and nut draws the expander's distal end toward the sleeve's proximal end thereby drawing a portion of the expansion section of the expander into a structural region located on the sleeve and expanding at least a portion of the sleeve's structural region, and drawing a portion of the locking section past the sleeve's distal end toward the sleeve's proximal end and deforming at least a portion of the sleeve's distal end to a locked state. The sleeve may be configured as a multi-section sleeve having a sleeve retainer to locate the sections in a predetermined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: PRECISION TOWER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: George M. Anasis, David W. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9574598
    Abstract: A split nut and assembly steps for fitting the nut around an exposed portion of anchor bolt having no convenient access for conventional nuts to engage. The split nut includes first and second nut halves, and each nut half has an interior surface having a threaded half cylinder that, when aligned with the other threaded half cylinder and joined along joining surfaces, forms a threaded opening. The two half nuts may be connected by connectors that are inserted into penetrations that extend through at least a portion of both half nuts. At least one end of the penetration extends from the joining surface through the exterior surface of the half nut so that the connector may be inserted into the penetration. The exterior surface of both half nuts also include flat that, when the half nuts are joined, are dimensioned to form opposed parallel drive surfaces configured to be engaged by a wrench for screwing the split nut onto the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Allfasteners USA, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce A. Carmichael, Paul D. Doherty, Michael Strange
  • Patent number: 9574601
    Abstract: A bolt for securing timber to any other material, comprises: a bolt head with a series of spiked teeth on its underside; a cylindrical bolt rod extending from the bolt head is threaded and split into two rods at its free end, so as to define a slot therebetween. In use a user drills a hole through pieces of timber to be secured together, and hammers the bolt through the hole. The spiked teeth on the bolt head lock into the timber, securing the bolt at one end. At the free, split end of the bolt rod, a washer and nut are tightened onto the bolt. A cold chisel is hammered into the slot between the split ends of the rod, bending the ends outwards and thus preventing the nut from loosening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Doye, Daniel Hardingham
  • Patent number: 9573187
    Abstract: A tacking fastener for securing workpieces together to form a temporary assembly is provided that includes a stem and a sleeve. The stem includes a proximal end portion, a central portion, and a distal end portion. The stem further includes a head disposed at the proximal end portion, the head defining a distal face having a gripping feature. The sleeve includes a flange disposed at the distal end portion, the flange defining a proximal face having a gripping feature. The sleeve is disposed around the stem and configured to form a tacking rivet upon installation of the tacking fastener. The sleeve is plastically deformed during installation to form a plurality of bulbs, thereby being capable of securing workpieces of varying grip length. The stem and the tacking rivet remain within the workpieces after the workpieces are secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SPS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alyssa Dunford, Caleb Lemler, Rachel Bethancourt
  • Patent number: 9574602
    Abstract: A self-clinching fastener for insertion into ductile sheets of varying thicknesses has increased push-out and torque-out resistance. The self-clinching fastener includes a plurality of radial projections and spline teeth that embed into the ductile sheets, causing the material to cold flow into a recess, thereby permanently clinching the self-clinching fastener to the ductile sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rifast Systems LLC
    Inventor: John E. Burton
  • Patent number: 9562558
    Abstract: A blind fastener device for fastening workpieces, including a sleeve, an expander having a locking section and an expansion section, and a separate and distinct tensioning section configured to mechanically cooperate with the expander. One end of the tensioning section is configured as a tensioning section gripping region, which may be formed as the head of a bolt. A portion of the tensioning section passes through the sleeve to cooperate with the expander so that relative rotation of the tensioning section and the expander draws the expander distal end toward the sleeve proximal end and ultimately deforming a portion of the sleeve distal end to a locked state. The sleeve may be configured as a multi-section sleeve having a sleeve retainer to locate the sections in a predetermined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PRECISION TOWER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: George M. Anasis, David W. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9562557
    Abstract: Punch pins which have further extending lobes, and which are designed to punch sockets that have deeper flutes while not having lobes which extend further toward a center axis of the fastener. Using such a punch pin to form a socket in a fastener provides that the resulting socket has flutes which are deeper than they otherwise would be, without having to provide corresponding lobes which extend further toward the center axis of the socket. This extra deepness in the flutes helps to provide extra room for a coating to deposit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Acument Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Gerold Ross
  • Patent number: 9551150
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include hot-rolled threaded rebar bolts that have a substantially circular core with semi-continuous threads on opposing sides of the rebar bolts. In some embodiments of the invention the shaft is substantially void of longitudinal ribs along at least a portion of the longitudinal area between the first set of threads and the second set of threads of the shaft. The threaded rebar bolt is manufactured in a continuous hot-rolling process to create a threaded rebar shaft with semi-continuous threads and substantially no longitudinal ribs in the longitudinal areas and no additional machining is required to create the threads after the threaded shaft is created from the hot-rolling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: NUCOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles D. Wood
  • Patent number: 9551456
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a nut plate with a plurality of retention tabs integrally attached to the nut plate. A spring assembly is contained with the plurality of retention tabs. The apparatus also includes a nut retained by the retention tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Peters, Brandon T. Slaney, Gonazlo F. Martinez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9551373
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a seal over a hole in a structure. The apparatus comprises a washer, a sleeve, and a fastener. The washer has a first channel. The sleeve has a second channel and an expandable section. The sleeve is positioned inside the first channel in the washer. The fastener has an elongate portion positioned inside the second channel of the sleeve to cause at least a portion of the expandable section of the sleeve to form a first interference fit with the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard B. Tanner, James Frederick Ackermann
  • Patent number: 9546704
    Abstract: An attachment structure for an urging member includes an attachment member and a ring-like bushing. The attachment member has an insertion hole. The bushing is press-fitted in the insertion hole. The urging member includes an attached portion inserted in an inner side of the bushing. The bushing has a first portion arranged in the insertion hole and a second portion located outside the insertion hole. An inner diameter of the first portion is smaller than an inner diameter of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohsuke Yasui, Hideki Tokimatsu
  • Patent number: 9541118
    Abstract: A system for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface is provided. The system includes a cap that includes an interior, a base that at least partially delimits the interior, and pawls on the interior. The system may also include a tooth configured to be associated with the fastener and configured to positively engage the pawls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Blaine Knight Rawdon, Michael Scott Cameron
  • Patent number: 9541119
    Abstract: A fitting has a threaded insert to be tightened within a housing bore. A first lock ring has an anti-rotation structure on an outer peripheral surface to interfit with anti-rotation structure in a housing. The first lock ring has a face extending generally perpendicular to an axis of the insert, with anti-rotation structure included on the first face. A second lock ring has anti-rotation structure on a face which extends perpendicular to an axis of the threaded insert. The anti-rotation structure on the faces of the first and second lock ring interfit to resist relative rotation of the two. An assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Leo J. Veilleux, Jr., Lubomir A. Ribarov
  • Patent number: 9539935
    Abstract: The invention relates to a screw connection (1) in ha headlight of a motor vehicle, which has a threaded element (10) with a screw shaft (11) that is screwed into a screw-in opening (12) of a headlight component (13). According to the invention, a protective sleeve (14) has been provided and mounted on at least a portion of the screw shaft (11) in such a way that the protective sleeve (14) covers the screw-in opening (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: HELLA KGAA HUECK & CO.
    Inventor: Martin Hunolt