Patents Examined by Roberta Delisle
  • Patent number: 9534624
    Abstract: An adapter for mounting an implement to a working arm of a working machine includes an acentric hole for an implement attachment. The adapter comprises a base element having one or more movement restricting formations, a shaft having a threading, and a nut for tightening the adapter to the implement attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: R 'N D Universal Oy
    Inventor: Niilo Rautionmaa
  • Patent number: 9533530
    Abstract: A wheel assembly for an infant support apparatus includes a wheel mount, a wheel pivotally connected with the wheel mount about a pivot axis, and a brake member assembled with the wheel for movement between a braking state and a release state, the brake member when in the release state being rotatable with the wheel relative to the wheel mount, and the brake member when in the braking state engaging with the wheel mount to block rotation of the wheel relative to the wheel mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Curtis M. Hartenstine, Anthony V. Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 9528542
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a rivetless nut plate that includes: a base plate having an inferior face and a superior face, a plurality of extensions for engaging a fastener, each of the extensions extending from the superior face in a direction substantially perpendicular to the superior face, the extensions defining a cage region between the extensions, and the extensions being adapted to receive a retainer for retaining the fastener against the superior face in the cage region, and an anchor comprising a body extending from the inferior face to a distal end, having a groove to contain a portion of a substrate that is formed about the anchor being disposed between the inferior face and the distal end and the body having a conformation that is not rotationally symmetrical about an axis perpendicular to the inferior face of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Greene, Tweed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Fortunato, Steven Spadaccino, Fernando Torres
  • Patent number: 9523383
    Abstract: A fastener includes a shank having a first end and a second end. A first portion of a thread is formed with a first, symmetric thread angle and a second portion of the thread is formed with a second, asymmetric thread angle. The thread may be serrated or jagged over one or more portions of the fastener, including the area of the symmetric thread angle. A blunt end comprises the leading end of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Scott Park
  • Patent number: 9523382
    Abstract: A locking pin with a stud having locking means and retaining means, wherein the stud has at least two separate stud elements, one of which serves as the locking means and the other as the retaining means. The at least two stud elements are rotationally fixed and are connected releasably in axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Fairchild Fasteners Europe-Camloc GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Blancke
  • Patent number: 9518597
    Abstract: A self-tapping screw for soft metals having low required initial driving torque, high axial force in the tightened state, small axial force reduction due to heat or the like, and a low manufacturing cost because no intricate and expensive mold is required, and also has an advantage that an amount of produced chip powder is small. The self-tapping screw includes a tapered smaller diameter part at an end of a shaft. The smaller diameter part is inserted and driven into a pilot hole formed in a soft metal to form a female screw in the pilot hole. In the shaft and the smaller diameter part, a continuous male screw with a constant pitch is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 9518599
    Abstract: A fastener includes a shank having a diameter including a helical thread and a cutting tip. The fastener includes a head having an integral washer and nut. The washer has a diameter (d) and a thickness (t), wherein a relation of the diameter to the thickness is established through a shape factor greater than 0.55, the shape factor for the thickness (t) greater than 0.06 inches being d*(1+2.5t)*t(t-0.06) and for the thickness (t) less than or equal to 0.06 inches being d*(1+2.5t)*t(0.06-t). The fastener may be used in a system wherein a thin steel element abuts the washer and the fastener joins the thin steel element to a thick steel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Neelima Tapata
  • Patent number: 9506493
    Abstract: A joint having a structure and a fastener passing through the structure. A cap has a body portion with an annular base terminating at an edge, the body portion forming an enclosure around an end of the fastener. The cap also has an annular flange which extends outwardly from the body portion and is set back from the edge of the base so as to define a pocket between the flange and the base. A sealant is provided in the pocket between the flange and the base, the sealant bonding the cap to the structure via a sealant/cap interface with the cap and a sealant/structure interface with the structure. The surface area of the sealant/cap interface is greater than the surface area of the sealant/structure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard Dobbin
  • Patent number: 9506486
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement for fastening a first housing section to a second housing section of a portable working tool as well as a method by means of which the connection of two housing sections to each other can be simplified are disclosed. A working tool is proposed with a bolt, which at least in sections has an external thread, an internal nut, which at least in sections has an internal thread, wherein the internal thread of the internal nut engages in the external thread of the bolt, and an external nut, which is connected to the internal nut in such a way that the internal nut is held in a displaceable manner in the external nut, whereby during a rotational movement of the external nut the internal nut follows the rotational movement of the external nut and the internal nut performs an axial movement relative to the external nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eik Stieler
  • Patent number: 9506490
    Abstract: A fastener includes a cylindrical shaft located between a head and a tapered point, threads integrally extending from the shaft and extending along a portion of a length thereof, and a burr cutoff area near the tapered point and including flank surfaces therein forming an angle greater than 90° therebetween. A flattened area can be located between the flank surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Daniel Scheerer
  • Patent number: 9500219
    Abstract: A stud locking device, which in an assembled condition can hold a target member to a support member, the target member defining a through hole, and the support member including an axially projecting stud; the stud locking device comprising: a first clip including an inner cylindrical portion with a first flange at a target end and defining a central bore for receiving the stud, and insertable at a base end through the mounting hole; and a second clip including: a outer cylindrical portion capable of receiving coaxially the first cylindrical portion; and a second flange provided at a target end of the outer cylindrical portion; and wherein a tapered bore is defined by and coaxial with the first flange and first cylindrical portion, the tapered bore open in the upper surface of the flange, narrowing with increasing axial distance from the open end, and connected to the central bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventor: Yuuki Aoshima
  • Patent number: 9500214
    Abstract: A rivet device for securing compressible media is provided herein. The device comprises a rivet with head and shaft portions and a receiving unit. The rivet and the receiving unit are adapted for cooperative reversible rotational engagement. The rivet shaft is inserted into and passes through an aperture in one or more media and engages with the receiving unit on a surface of the media opposite the rivet head portion. Relative rotation in either direction between the rivet and the receiving unit directs reversible engagement of the rivet device. When the rivet device is engaged, the rivet head portion and the receiving unit cooperatively resist tension from the secured media. The rivet shaft is constructed to prevent buckling under pressure or bending under shear from the secured media. A costume assembly kit employing the rivet device to fasten substantially planar costume panels to produce a three-dimensional costume is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Snapz, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kleppen, Jason E. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9500220
    Abstract: A bonding washer for making electrical connection between two metal pieces that are to be mechanically fastened together. The washer, to be interposed between the two metal pieces, may be constructed so as to fasten to one of the pieces before the two pieces are joined. Teeth on the washer, positioned at right angles to the plane of the washer, are forced into each of the two metal pieces when the fastener is tightened, making electrical connection between the two metal pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Wiley, Palvin Chee Leong Chan
  • Patent number: 9494182
    Abstract: To provide a fastener having a high anti-loosening effect. A fastener has a thread structure including an upper portion of the crest and a bottom portion at the groove. The upper portion has a load flank surface inclined from the standard load flank surface toward the fastener seat while the bottom has an undercut on at least one of the groove side lower than the extension of the corresponding flank surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Art Screw Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kou Matsubayashi
  • Patent number: 9492901
    Abstract: A fastener comprises a head, and a shank having an outer surface and an axially-extending channel in the outer surface. Optically transmissive, strain-sensitive fills the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Leora Peltz, Robert E. Grip, John J. Brown
  • Patent number: 9488212
    Abstract: A dust proof structure for a stress-sensible screw is provided. The dust proof structure includes a sensing screw, a head, a dust proof boot and a displayer. The sensing screw includes a base and at least one exposed lead, and the exposed lead is located in the base and transmits a stress signal. The head includes a lead base, the head is fitted with the base, and the exposed lead is detachably connected to the lead base. The dust proof boot is disposed on the head, and sleeves a connecting portion between the lead base and the exposed lead. The displayer is electrically connected w the had for displaying the stress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KABO TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9488210
    Abstract: An assembly is provided including a first workpiece and a second workpiece that are positioned together. A groove is provided in an exposed face of one of the workpieces. A location is provided at the bottom of the groove having a reduced cross-sectional thickness. The flow drill screw is extended through this location when joining the workpieces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amanda Kay Freis
  • Patent number: 9488207
    Abstract: A fastening system for fastening an add-on part on a setting object comprises a setting bolt having a first end and a second end, comprising a fastening section and a load application section, a sealing element with an opening for sealing the setting bolt inserted into the setting object when the setting bolt is arranged within the opening, and the add-on part being fastened on the load application section of the setting bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ferenc Lor, Stefan Boenig, Christian Mathesius
  • Patent number: 9488213
    Abstract: A fastening system including a fastener and a fastener installation tool. The fastener includes a pin member having an elongated shank portion with a threaded portion, a stop shoulder located at an end of the threaded portion, and a pull portion extending from the stop shoulder. The stop shoulder includes an inner annular wall extending longitudinally from the end of the threaded portion, and an inner face extending outwardly and obliquely from the shank portion. The inner annular wall and the inner face form an annular receiving area. The fastener installation tool includes a puller having a front face. The receiving area of the fastener is adapted to receive the front face of the fastener installation tool when the puller engages the pull portion of the pin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Corbett
  • Patent number: 9482259
    Abstract: A fixing unit for a fastening device to fix a first vehicle component to a second vehicle component is disclosed. The fastening device includes a plate element fixed to a coupling section on an essentially flat surface of the first vehicle component. A threaded stud extends from the plate element and is configured to be arranged in a receptacle of a second vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jonas Buettner