Patents Examined by Roberta S Delisle
  • Patent number: 10415621
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a blind nut, a fastening arrangement and further to a method of fastening. The blind nut includes a cylindrical outer surface portion provided with one or more sealing elements. The sealing elements of the blind nut may seal against a cylindrical inner surface of a nut space inside which the blind nut is configured to penetrate when being tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction OY
    Inventors: Timo Muuttonen, Timo Kela, Teemu Hietakari, Jari Kiili
  • Patent number: 10415624
    Abstract: A bolt retention clip for a gas turbine engine rotor assembly includes a main plate section defining a central aperture, the central aperture sized to receive a bolt therethrough. Also included is a pair of bolt retention tabs extending away from a first face of the main plate section to axially retain a head of the bolt. Further included is a first clip retaining tab extending away from the first face of the main plate section for insertion into a groove of a rotor structure. Yet further included is a second clip retaining tab extending away from a second face of the main plate section for engagement with an edge of the rotor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Konstantinos Panagiotis Giannakopoulos, Christopher B. Jelks
  • Patent number: 10408250
    Abstract: A load-indicating washer for use with a fastener. The washer is comprised of a circular base plate, a domed cap that projects from the base plate, a cavity formed between the circular base plate and the domed cap, and a fastener hole that extends through the circular base plate and the domed cap. The domed cap is configured to collapse into the cavity upon application of a force that exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sean Christian Webb
  • Patent number: 10393159
    Abstract: A captive locating screw system comprising a captive locating screw assembly configured for use with a bushing assembly. The captive locating screw assembly has a gripping means attachable to be threaded shaft or stud and an optional protecting means disposed between the gripping means and the body of the shaft. The protecting means may be a washer or other similar structure, and remains statically in contact with a workpiece or work surface, to reduce damage or marring, even as the captive locating screw assembly is rotated by twisting the gripping means to fasten it to the workpiece or work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Carr Lane Manufacturing Co
    Inventors: Colin W. Frost, Joshua M. Herschbach, Raymond A. Okolischan, Clifford M. Skeeters, Tyler G. Schoon
  • Patent number: 10393167
    Abstract: A self-locking plug assembly is provided that includes a plug, a lower clutch disposed around the plug and defining engagement features, an upper clutch disposed around the plug and defining mating engagement features, a resilient member and a cap surrounding the resilient member and disposed around a proximal end portion of the plug. The mating engagement features are configured to apply higher torque to the engagement features in one direction than in an opposite direction. In one form, the engagement features of the lower clutch and upper clutch comprise a plurality of teeth arranged around a central aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Nilesh Patel, Ismael Pacheco
  • Patent number: 10385903
    Abstract: A metric self-tapping locking screw comprises a screw head which is connected to a thread locking body by a screw rod. The thread locking body and the self-tapping tip are provided with a screw thread on the surface. The self-tapping tip is arranged at the root of the thread locking body; the screw thread adopts the basic structure of the standard ordinary triangular thread. The flank angle back to the fastened surface is 15-20° and the flank angle of the screw thread facing the fastened surface is 30°. The metric self-tapping locking screw in the Invention make the installed parts to be fastened have higher axial clamping force and static loosing moment, which solves the attenuation problem of axial clamping force and static moment of fastened parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Essence Fastening System (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qinfeng Yi, Huiying Wang, Xin'an Li
  • Patent number: 10385906
    Abstract: A quick connect nut contains: a body including a first locking part, a second locking part, and a flexible C-shaped retainer. The first locking part includes a first forcing face, a first tilted face, a first peripheral groove, a first semicircular orifice having first inner threads, at least one first protrusion, and at least one first arcuate notch. The second locking part includes a second forcing face, a second tilted face, a second peripheral groove, a second semicircular orifice having second inner threads, at least one second protrusion, at least one second arcuate notch, and a second through hole. When the first and second locking parts lock together, an angle is defined between the first and second tilted faces so that a width of an expanding opening between the first and second locking parts is more than an outer diameter of the threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Chun-Po Huang
  • Patent number: 10385900
    Abstract: An assembly, for example an automotive assembly, is provided that includes an upper workpiece, a lower workpiece, and a rivet extending through the upper workpiece and into the lower workpiece. The rivet, which may be a self-piercing rivet (SPR) in one form, includes a head portion and a shaft portion extending from the head portion. A diameter of the head portion (Hd) is less than or equal to a diameter of the shaft portion (Sd), and an interface between the head portion of the rivet and the upper workpiece is flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Coldwell, Amanda Kay Freis, Garret Sankey Huff
  • Patent number: 10385897
    Abstract: In order to provide an anchor element for fastening an article to a further article, this anchor element being simple and inexpensive to produce and enabling an article to be fastened to a further article simply and reliably, it is proposed that the anchor element should include a base body that takes a hollow form, at least in certain regions, and surrounds a receiving space for receiving a fastening element, wherein the base body includes one or more elastically yielding spring elements that are formed by one or more wall portions of the base body, and these project into the receiving space in an installed condition of the anchor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Lamello AG
    Inventors: Philipp Seiler, Patrick Jeker
  • Patent number: 10378573
    Abstract: A retaining pin having anti-rotation features is provided. The retaining pin may comprise a pin shaft coupled to a retaining flange. The pin shaft may be inserted into a structural member proximate a shaft and a nut. The retaining flange may comprise an anti-rotation void defined by a first arm and a second arm and configured to engage the shaft. In response to the nut coupling the retaining flange to the shaft, the retaining pin may at least partially reduce movement and rotation of the shaft relative to the retaining pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Chuckta, Matthew D. Parekh
  • Patent number: 10378571
    Abstract: A removable single side fastener with ultra-low stake height grip range is disclosed. The fastener includes a housing body, a threaded screw, a drive nut and a collet body. The housing body has a housing head portion and a shank portion extending from the housing head portion with the shank portion forming at least two longitudinal slots. The threaded screw, disposed within the housing body, has a head portion rotatably confined within the housing head portion. The drive nut is rotationally coupled to the threaded screw and rotationally constrained relative to the housing body. The collet body has a pair of collet body legs converging inwardly. Each collet body leg has a toe which may extends radially outward beyond the longitudinal slots to compress work pieces against the housing head portion for fastening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Centrix Inc.
    Inventor: Travis McClure
  • Patent number: 10378575
    Abstract: A fastening device for use in a spacecraft comprises a shaft and a head, which is connected by a first solder to the shaft. The first solder comprises a material of which the melting point is lower than the temperature acting on the fastening device on re-entry of a spacecraft equipped with fastening device into the earth's atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DS GMBH
    Inventor: Mathias Von Alberti
  • Patent number: 10371190
    Abstract: A punch rivet for joining two workpieces, has a head and a shank. The shank is a hollow shank with a shank internal diameter (D3), a shank external diameter (D1) and a shank end face. On the shank end face is a ring cutting edge with the diameter (D4) that is smaller than the shank external diameter (D1) but greater than the shank internal diameter (D3). The ring cutting edge is radially spaced both from the shank external diameter (D1) and from the shank internal diameter (D3) by at least 20% of the radial shank wall thickness (M5). And the ratio D3/D1 of shank internal diameter D3 to shank external diameter D1 is smaller than 0.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Matthias Wissling, Frank Wilhelm, Paul Bartig, Paul Hez
  • Patent number: 10371189
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a nail with a head having an inwardly curved top surface. In one embodiment, the nail has a longitudinal axis and comprises a head, a shank, and a tip. The head includes a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion includes an inwardly curved top surface forming a partially spherical cavity, while the bottom portion includes a radially inwardly tapered annular bottom surface. The shank is integrally connected to and extends from the bottom portion of the head. The tip is integrally connected to and extends from the shank and terminates in a free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Ryan, Genaro Cortez
  • Patent number: 10370885
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to a hydraulic door closer, and more specifically is directed to a hydraulic storm or screen door closer that has a fluid overflow chamber providing fluid volume and pressure control for both expanded and contracted fluid at different temperatures. The disclosed hydraulic door closer comprises a fluid overflow chamber adapted to hold sufficient fluid to maintain required operating fluid or oil levels at different temperatures, and to ensure proper closer performance under both extreme high and low temperature conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Larson Manufacturing Company of South Dakota
    Inventor: Michael W. Kondratuk
  • Patent number: 10359068
    Abstract: A fastener system is disclosed for use in securing an object to a channel beam such as UNISTRUT-type channel beam. The fastener system includes a spring nut installed in the channel beam and a spring nut clip removably secured to the spring nut. The spring nut clip inhibits rotation of the spring nut, particularly when a fastener is being removed from the spring nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michael A. Martin
  • Patent number: 10344510
    Abstract: The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices. One example can include a hinge assembly that rotatably secures a first portion relative to a hinge axis. The hinge assembly can include an element that rotates around the hinge axis and moves toward and away from the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kabir Siddiqui, Errol Mark Tazbaz, Karsten Aagaard
  • Patent number: 10347999
    Abstract: An item for tightening including a first part including a first end part forming an end piece to engage with the head of a screw, and a second end part to engage with an actuating member, such that activation of the actuating member causes turning of the screw and the tightening, this first part being able to break into two portions upon reaching the recommended tightening torque, respectively a first portion including the first end part and a second portion including the second end part. A second part is mounted tightly about the first part, a holding device is provided in part on the first part and in part on the second part and being able to retain the second portion of the first part inside the second part of the item in order to prevent this second portion leaving this second part of the item after rupture of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Vanzetto
  • Patent number: 10344790
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a masonry member comprising an anchor member and a sleeve. The anchor member has a shank with a ridge formed thereon, the ridge extending radially outwardly from and along a surface of the shank generally from a distal end of the anchor member toward a head of the anchor member. The sleeve defines a groove. The sleeve is coaxial with and at least partially surrounds the anchor member such that the ridge of the shank is at least partially received in the groove. A cross-sectional width of at least one of the ridge and the groove reduces in a direction extending toward the head of the anchor member so withdrawal of the anchor member through the sleeve expands at least part of the sleeve radially outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Murdoch
  • Patent number: 10337545
    Abstract: A tolerance compensating device includes a body having a fastener receiver. A first set of tabs and a second set of tabs are provided around the fastener receiver. The first set of tabs include a first locator feature and the second set of tabs include a second locator feature wherein the first locator feature differs from the second locator feature. An assembly including the tolerance compensating device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Ramirez de Santiago, Jose Enrique Gallardo Almiray