Patents Examined by Roberta S Delisle
  • Patent number: 10767681
    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 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Joe A. Hargis
  • Patent number: 10766420
    Abstract: A folding joint for attaching a rear view device includes a first hinge section, a second hinge section, the first and second hinge sections being adapted to rotate relative to each other around an axis of rotation, at least one detent or recessed surface including two depressions or recesses, a spring biased cam section which is adapted to interact with the at least one detent or recessed surface for adjustably locking the rotational movement of the first and second hinge sections relative to each other, a hinge pin at least in part coinciding with the axis of rotation, the hinge pin being adapted to rotatably connect the first and second hinge sections, and including a guide pin extending essentially perpendicularly from the hinge pin, and a spring biased clamping bolt arranged on the guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Christian Wezel, Alexandru Dobrete, Peter Hein, Andrea König
  • Patent number: 10767677
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: George M. Anasis, David W. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10760605
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastener that includes a nut with a threaded bore that includes a head on one end having three recesses, a cylindrical outer surface and a tapered ramp on the other end, a bolt that includes a head, a threaded portion engaged with the threaded bore, a recess next to the bolt head and an enlarged shank between the threads and the recess, where the outer diameter of the recess is smaller than a major diameter of the threaded bore of the nut and where an outer diameter of the shank is larger than a major diameter of the bolt threads, and a sleeve with a unthreaded bore positioned between the tapered ramp and the bolt head with one end crimped into the recess such that the internal diameter of the crimped sleeve bore is smaller than the major diameter of the threads on the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Elaine Koontz, Emory K. Tamashiro, James Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10745954
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silent, soft-close compact hinge comprising of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm. A set of coil springs biases the hinge to a closed position. A damping mechanism is removably attached to the hinge cup and acted on by the hinge arm. A set of spring sleeves are fitted to the coil springs to insulate the movement of the coil springs on the hinge arm providing the closing bias. The hinge body is comprised of three separate plates adjustably connected to each other with cam screws. The position of the hinge body with respect to the hinge arm is adjustable in three directions without the need for removal or loosening of mounting hardware used to attach the hinge body to a furniture piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis McGregor, Travis McElveen
  • Patent number: 10738816
    Abstract: A reusable single groove riveting system includes a single groove riveting bolt and a collar, and a method of use thereof as well as installation and removal methods thereof. A pull groove has a variable section feature along the axial direction so a collet and the single groove can automatically align during installation; the variable section can reduce the stress concentration effects along the single groove structure and avoid stuck problems. While raising the strength of the collar flange, the design feature of the axial installation force indicator is added. The single groove structure will not receive any extra load from the tool during disassembly or removal process so the rivet bolt can be reused after the disassembly. In the event the bolt pull groove is accidently damaged or the work space is limited, the collar can be effectively removed from the joint with this disassembly or removal method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Autocraft Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cunlu Yan
  • Patent number: 10738817
    Abstract: A direct tension indicating (DTI) washer. The DTI washer has an annular body and one or more U-shaped horseshoe protuberances. The annular body includes a central hole, a circumference, an outer edge, a first face, and a second face opposite from the first face. The horseshoe protuberances each have a height, an apex closest to the central hole, and an opening directed toward the outer edge. The horseshoe protuberances are integral with the annular body and struck and partially sheared from the annular body to project from the first face of the annular body and leave one or more corresponding indentations in the second face of the annular body. The horseshoe protuberances may be radially offset from their corresponding indentations. An indicating material is initially encapsulated and contained within the area on the first face defined by each of the horseshoe protuberances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TurnaSure LLC
    Inventors: F. Jonathan M. Turner, David L. Sharp
  • Patent number: 10731685
    Abstract: A fixture according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a shaft portion, a first fixing portion, a spacer, and a second fixing portion. A connection portion passing through the inside of the spacer and being connected to both the shaft portion and the second fixing portion is provided inside the spacer. The shaft portion includes a first hard resin portion, a second hard resin portion, and a soft resin portion. A soft resin portion is interposed between the first hard resin portion and the second hard resin portion so that vibration transmitted from either the first hard resin portion or the second hard resin portion to the other can be dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Tatsuya Uchida
  • Patent number: 10731693
    Abstract: Screw having a head and a threaded cylindrical body, the head being provided with strain gauges arranged so as to be deformed in order to measure a stress within the screw, the gauges being connected or able to be connected to a power supply and to a determination unit for determining the value of at least one inner stress from the deformations of the gauges. The head has, on the upper face thereof, a conical hole having a revolution axis that is aligned with the revolution axis of the cylindrical body. The gauges are arranged on the wall of the conical hole so as to be deformed together with the conical hole and are oriented to measure at least one type of inner stress selected among the tension and the shearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: TEXYS.FR
    Inventor: Etienne Demeocq
  • Patent number: 10723212
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of swapping batteries of electric vehicles, particularly to a quick locking-unlocking assembly. The present application aims at solving the problem in the prior art that each locking mechanism of current electric vehicle power battery has too many parts and sophisticated structure, occupying larger space and thus increasing cost in manufacturing the electric vehicles. The quick locking-unlocking assembly of the application includes: a first sliding block and a second sliding block slidably connected to the electric vehicle body, a retaining sheath fixed to the outer shell of the power battery, a first spring and a second spring for forcing the first and second sliding blocks to move closer to each other, a bolt capable of extending through the retaining sheath and the first and second sliding blocks, and a third spring forcing the bolt away from the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Changjiu Yin, Jingyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10724565
    Abstract: A toggle fixing having a crosspiece and a strip which is pivotally connected to the crosspiece via a flexible portion. The crosspiece is formed with a detent with which the crosspiece, on insertion through a through-hole in a plasterboard panel, is supported against a toothing of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Aaron Daly
  • Patent number: 10724571
    Abstract: A screw includes a screw cap and a shank extending downward from the screw cap. The shank has an outer circumferential surface on which a thread is formed. The shank has a lower end forming a tip section. The screw cap is extended downward to form a conic section. The conic section is provided thereon with a reverse prevention mechanism, which is constructed to include at least one step structure. After the screw is screwed into a workpiece, in an attempt to screw the screw out of the workpiece, the reverse prevention mechanism providing a blocking and resisting effect to prevent the screw from being readily screwed out of the workpiece and thus, a reverse prevention effect of the screw can be enhanced to thereby improve overall performance of use of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Ying-Chin Chao
  • Patent number: 10724566
    Abstract: Thread profiles providing multi-point contact improving the vibration resistance of the threaded fastener, and thereby greatly reducing the need for fastener coatings, such as nylon patches. In various embodiments, the threaded faster may have a threaded portion configured to engage two or three points of a mating thread, and the threaded portion has a thread defined by a crest portion, a leading flank, at least one root portion, and a trailing flank, all of which may be oriented at angle relative to the normal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Siong Phua, Senthil Kumaran Kothandaraman
  • Patent number: 10711820
    Abstract: A composite screw includes a tapping end portion that includes a circular bottom surface, a peripheral surface and a main thread. The peripheral surface extends from the circular bottom surface. The main thread is formed around the peripheral surface. A reception recess is recessed from the circular bottom surface and the peripheral surface. The main thread has a discontinuation where the reception recess opens at the peripheral surface. A rigid body and a weld material fill the reception recess. The rigid body has an outer surface and an auxiliary thread. The outer surface is exposed from the reception recess. The auxiliary thread is formed on the outer surface and connected to the main thread to fill the discontinuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Tai-Yuan Tu
  • Patent number: 10711823
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spring washer for a turbocharger including a stopper part formed at an inner periphery there and a line contact part formed at an outer periphery thereof, thus to prevent a spring repulsive force from being exerted thereto more than necessary even when exerting excessive compression and continuous compression force from peripheral parts, and prevent an inclination bent section from being flattened, thereby maintaining or improving restoring characteristics of the inclination bent section. The ring-shaped spring washer installed in a bypass valve of a turbocharger includes: an inner periphery having a stopper part fixed to a lower surface thereof with being overlapped therewith; an inclination bent section integrally formed with the inner periphery with being inclined downward; and an outer periphery having a line contact part integrally formed with the inclination bent section to be in line contact with a support of the spring washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DongAh Manufacturing Corp
    Inventors: Jong Seon Lee, Jae Kyu Jang, Doo Kwang Kim
  • Patent number: 10704308
    Abstract: A window balance assembly may include a carrier, a spring element, and a mounting bracket. The spring element may include first and second portions. The first portion may be coupled to the carrier. The mounting bracket may engage the second portion of the spring element and may selectively engage the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company North America, LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Baker, Wilbur James Kellum, III
  • Patent number: 10704975
    Abstract: A threaded element for a mechanical joint includes a body including threads and a visual torque indicator disposed on the body, the torque indicator including a strain-responsive material configured to change visual appearance in response to the application of a strain of a predetermined first magnitude thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ted Lewis Robertson, Ronald Bruce Schofield
  • Patent number: 10695877
    Abstract: A workholding system includes a quarter turn fastener used in workholding applications to quickly hold and release objects, such as tooling, parts, and plates. In one embodiment, a T-slot fastener facilitates the creation of an entire workholding system that facilitates the rapid installation of studs into receiving members. The compact design also makes possible the ability to insert the quarter turn fastener into a device that can fit into a T-slot and still have considerable holding power. The system is lower in cost than other solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Elijah Tooling, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard V. Miller
  • Patent number: 10697490
    Abstract: A screw anchor for a trussed foundation system to support single-axis trackers and other structures and related methods of driving such a screw anchor into underlying ground. A hollowed tube of uniform diameter is open at both ends with a thread form beginning at one end and circumscribing a portion the tube, the thread form having a tapered lead-in. The open-ended geometry allows a mandrel or rock drill to be inserted and operated through the anchor during driving to expedite the driving process. The tapered thread form provides a lead-in for driving the anchor into a rock bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ojjo, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyrus Hudson, Charles Almy, Jack West
  • Patent number: 10697158
    Abstract: A faucet control apparatus having a handle, a ring member and optionally protrusions. The handle has a proximal and a distal end. The ring member is positioned proximate the proximal end thereof. The ring member has an inner perimeter which defines an opening. The protrusions include one or more outer protrusions optionally extending from the ring member spaced apart from the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: David Kopp