Patents Examined by Roberta S Delisle
  • Patent number: 10508676
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection element for interconnecting at least two workpieces, having a shaft; a connection-element head, radially protruding beyond the external side of the shaft, at the one end of the shaft; a drive configuration on the connection-element head and a front shaft end, wherein in a holding portion of the shaft that emanates from the lower side of the connection-element head at least one pair of closed annular protrusions are disposed thereon, of which at least one annular protrusion is not completely disposed in a plane that runs perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the shaft; and the spacings between the two annular protrusions of the pair along the circumference are of dissimilar size, or the two annular protrusions of the pair of annular protrusions are disposed so as to be mutually parallel; wherein the front end of the shaft is configured as a tapered hole-forming portion, and wherein a maximum external diameter of the hole-forming portion is between 3% and 10% smaller,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Miller, Dominik Fröhlich
  • Patent number: 10502254
    Abstract: Additively manufactured parts are disclosed comprising an integral additively manufactured nut plate cradle, and methods of their manufacture and use in part and component installation and to facilitate joining parts and components to larger structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Dufour, Michael Hand, Matthew Molitor
  • Patent number: 10502255
    Abstract: A screw assembly includes a longitudinal component (10) having two opposite ends and a threaded part (12; 42; 66) so that it can be connected by screwing to one of two elements (34). An elastically deformable member (18, 20; 48; 82) is adapted to be borne, in the axially compressed state, between one or other of the two opposite ends of the longitudinal component (10) and the other of the two elements. The assembly has a retaining device (30; 54; 84) so as to be able to keep the elastically deformable member (18, 20; 48; 82) in compression and so as to be able to release the elastically deformable member in the compressed state between the other of the two elements (32) and the one or the other of the two opposite ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Etienne Yvain, Christophe Delcher
  • Patent number: 10480564
    Abstract: There is provided a structure capable of ensuring a bearing surface pressure on an inner diameter side and an outer diameter side of a washer even if a thickness of the washer is suppressed. In a washer used at a fastening portion of a vehicle, a configuration in which a bearing surface is sectionalized into two faces, an inner abutting face and an outer abutting face, by an annular groove is adopted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Matsuda, Toshinao Wada, Hideharu Koketsu, Masato Kanbe, Shigeki Matsunami, Yukinori Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10480561
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chip removal structure of a screw. The screw includes a screw head. A shank extends downward from the screw head. The shank has an outer circumferential surface on which a thread is formed in a surrounding form. The shank has a lower end that is formed with a tapering tail section. The thread is extended to the tapering tail section. The tapering tail section is formed, through cutting or pressing, with two or more chip removal grooves. The spacing distance of the chip removal grooves can be adjusted as desired. The chip removal grooves are set at an inclination angle and any one of the chip removal grooves may exceed or may not exceed a screw center line. The chip removal grooves on the left side are each 0.5 to 4.5 times in width of the chip removal grooves on the right side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ying-Chin Chao
  • Patent number: 10480898
    Abstract: A low-shock separation device is characterized in that an internal locking structure is unlocked and a bolt is separated by operating a specific part of components thereof using high pressure that is generated by combustion of powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Dong-Jin Kim, Zaeill Kim, Nam-Choon Kim, Yeung-Jo Lee, Jeong-Min Cha
  • Patent number: 10473138
    Abstract: A lightweight construction fastener 30 has two basic elements, a clip body 40 including a connected fastening element 32. The clip body 40 has a first leg 41 and a second leg 42, which are arranged located opposite one another and which are connected to one another by a web 45 on one end. The fastening element 32 includes a flat base plate 34 with two protrusions 35, 36, and a cylindrical holding part 33. On its outer side, the second leg 42 has two frames 43, 44 with apertures 46, 47. They are provided to accommodate the protrusions 35, 36 of the fastening element 32, so that the fastening element is held in the clip body 40 with play, but in a captive manner. The frames 43, 44 are substantially arranged at right angles to the longitudinal axis LA, which is why the orientation of the two protrusions 35, 36 is also oriented along the axis LA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Sascha Costabel
  • Patent number: 10473137
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides various embodiments of a winged threaded fastener primarily suited to be used to connect a wooden object to a metal object. The fastener includes a head, a shank, a helical thread formation extending from the shank, a first wing extending from the shank, and a second wing extending from the shank. In various embodiments, the wings are offset along the longitudinal axis of the shank with respect to each other and are angled with respect the longitudinal axis of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Dill
  • Patent number: 10473140
    Abstract: An insert nut includes a cylindrical portion into which a bolt is removably insertable. An inner periphery of the cylindrical portion includes a first region, a second region and a third region which are provided in the order named from an upstream side to a downstream side with respect to an insertion direction of the bolt at an inner periphery thereof. The first region and the third region include a female screw portion threadably engageable with the bolt. The second region has a minimum inner diameter larger than D1+2×h1×0.3, where D1 is an inner diameter of the female screw portion in the first region at a screw thread position and h1 is a height of a screw thread of the female screw portion in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi Kitajima, Hiroshi Hiura, Kazuhisa Okuda
  • Patent number: 10465734
    Abstract: Expandable collet bodies with sectional finger-based anti-rotation features are disclosed. The collet body comprises not only a plurality of gripping finger as a first part of a two-part anti-rotation means (ARM), but also a first part of a two part translation arresting means (TAM), which may or may not be sectional in nature. The TAM prevents over translation of a collet body within the work piece(s), and cooperates with a second part of the TAM associated with a work piece or an auxiliary structure. In this manner, a collet body inserted into a work piece or auxiliary structure will not accidentally be pushed beyond the blind side of the work piece(s) during insertion or initial clamp-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Centrix Inc.
    Inventor: Travis McClure
  • Patent number: 10465737
    Abstract: A quick lock assembly contains: a locker and a drive socket. The locker includes two clamp elements and a C flexible retainer, each clamp element has a semicircular clamping portion, a press extension, and a rotatable connection portion. The semicircular clamping portion has two semicircular grooves so that when the two clamp elements are connected, two circular orifices are formed by four semicircular grooves of the two clamp elements. Each semicircular groove has inner threads so that when the two clamp elements are connected, the four semicircular grooves retain with a screw rod, and inner threads of the four semicircular grooves screw with outer threads of the screw rod. The C flexible retainer retains the two semicircular clamping portions. The drive socket includes a fitting portion and a driving portion, the fitting portion has an accommodation chamber with a recess, and the driving portion has an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Chun-Po Huang
  • Patent number: 10465077
    Abstract: A method to prevent corrosion of a susceptible article of a two-article system, in which first and second articles of the two-article system have surfaces facing one another and in which the two articles have different anodic indices includes applying a coating material to the surface of the first article and curing the coating material on the surface of the first article. The method further includes contacting and securing the surface of the first article with the surface of the second article. The two articles exhibit substantially no corrosion following exposure to a corrosive environment under standard GMW17026 for a 15 year simulated test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nylok LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Stupar, Franco A. Cisternino, Eugene D. Sessa, Robin F. Monahan
  • Patent number: 10457414
    Abstract: A fastener including a sleeve having an elongated portion, a head with a bearing surface, and an internal threaded portion, a core bolt disposed within the sleeve and having a head and a shank portion having an external threaded portion engageable threadedly with the threaded portion of the sleeve. An insert is disposed within the sleeve and surrounds a portion of the core bolt. A seal element is attached to the sleeve and juxtaposed with the bearing surface of the head of the sleeve. The fastener is adapted to be installed in a structure. The electrical contact of the fastener reduces the potential difference between it and the structure, which provides a direct path for continuous propagation of electromagnetic waves, reducing electromagnetic wave scattering and minimizing the electromagnetic signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Liebscher, Wudhidham Prachumsri, Curtis Lea, Luke Haylock
  • Patent number: 10451098
    Abstract: A toggle fixing for fixing an article to a thin-walled building component. The toggle fixing includes a crosspiece and a strip which is connected to the crosspiece and serves for holding the crosspiece during mounting. An opening for receiving a screw is formed centrally on the crosspiece, the opening extending along an opening longitudinal axis (LÖ). In order that screws of which the external diameter (DA) is smaller than the internal diameter (DK) of the opening can also be fixed to the crosspiece it is proposed that there be arranged on the crosspiece at least one counterbearing element having a spacing (AW) from the opening longitudinal axis (LÖ) that is less than half the internal diameter (DK) of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Aaron Daly
  • Patent number: 10451102
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching a license plate to a vehicle includes a receiver having a shank portion and a head portion defining a recess, and an insert having a shank portion configured to be received within the recess defined by the head portion of the receiver and a head portion defining a recess for receiving a release mechanism within an interior of the shank portion and the head portion of the insert. The shank portion of the receiver is configured to secure the receiver to the vehicle. The shank portion of the insert is received within the recess defined by the head portion of the receiver with the license plate disposed between the head portion of the receiver and the head portion of the insert. A detent element of the release mechanism engages the head portion of the receiver to attach the license plate and the insert to the receiver and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Anderes
  • Patent number: 10443645
    Abstract: An improved fastener comprising a fastener body orientated about a central axis and having a tool-engaging portion, a threaded fastening portion and a shroud-receiving portion; a shroud concentrically mounted in the shroud-receiving portion to rotate relative to the fastener body under an applied external torque and having an outwardly extending annular shoulder; the shroud-receiving portion comprising an inwardly deformed stop radially overlapping the outwardly extending annular shoulder of the shroud; and the deformed stop of the shroud-receiving portion and the annular shoulder of the shroud forming a shroud-retaining element restraining the shroud from movement in at least a first axial direction along the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: McGard LLC
    Inventors: Dustin D. Bielecki, Dillon Jones, Timothy Fox, Daniel Tornow, David C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10443230
    Abstract: A direct fastening fastener particularly suited for use in normal weight or lightweight composite deck system. The fastener is heat treated to a dual-hardness level so that a portion of the fastener is capable of driving into the support member, such as a joist and a decking member. The remaining portion of the fastener remains relatively ductile so that it can withstand and transfer shear loads imposed by shifting of the concrete slab, which overlies the composite decking, to the support member. The fastener can be a single or multiple piece fastener which includes specially formed annular flanges that enhance interlocking between the fastener, the concrete slab and support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Chamberlain, Douglas Rose
  • Patent number: 10436238
    Abstract: A screw includes at least one helical thread with a peripheral edge having notched regions spaced apart by notch-free regions. An underside of a head of the screw includes projecting nibs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael K. Falkenstein, Farhad Lajewardi
  • Patent number: 10428858
    Abstract: A pin is used in a working surface of an element of heavy machinery. The heavy machinery element includes a first side, a second side, a bore formed though the working surface from the first side to the second side, and a helical groove extending from the first side to the second side and terminating with a lateral cavity extending into the working surface from the groove. The pin has a shank, a head on the shank, a blade projecting laterally from the head, and a pawl carried in the blade. The pawl allows rotation of the pin in the bore in a first direction and prevents rotation of the pin in the bore in an opposite second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Pasquale Lombardo, Gaetano Lombardo
  • Patent number: 10428861
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for visually indicating a loose wheel nut (57) on a wheel of a motor vehicle has a plurality of wheel nut engaging members (12, 14, 16, 18, 20). Each wheel nut engaging member is rotatable with a respective wheel nut to which it is engaged and has a pointer (26) for indicating a start position of the wheel nut engaging member. Any two adjacent wheel nut engaging members of the plurality are interconnected by an elongate member (28) which is resiliently flexible so as to define an endless configuration of spaced apart but interconnected wheel nut engaging members. In use, any loosening rotation of a first wheel nut (57) will cause the engaging member (12) which engages that wheel nut and its pointer (26) to rotate therewith, thereby providing a visual indication of a loosening of that wheel nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald Robert Mason