Patents Examined by Thomas J. Holko
  • Patent number: 4669937
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a wheel nut comprising a nut body having conventional wrenching flats that are sheathed in part by a stainless steel sheet metal cap. The cap covers one end of the nut body and extends down the wrenching flats thereof. The nut is provided with a plurality of axially extending weld nibs of unique configuration which permit the stainless steel cap to be welded to the nut body by conventional resistance welding techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Microdot Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney H. Feldman
  • Patent number: 4669935
    Abstract: An expansion dowel assembly is made up of an axially elongated generally cylindrically shaped dowel body and at least one wedge-shaped expansion member formed monolithically with the dowel body. The dowel body has a first or leading end which is inserted first into a borehole within which the dowel body is to be anchored and an opposite second end. A severable web connects the expansion member to the first end of the dowel body. Before insertion into a borehole, the expansion member projects outwardly from the exterior surface of the dowel body. When the expansion dowel assembly is inserted into a borehole, the web is broken and the expansion member, now separated from the dowel body, is displaced away from the first end within a wedge-shaped recess in the exterior surface of the dowel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Armin Herb
  • Patent number: 4669288
    Abstract: A lock assembly comprises a stator, a rotor pivoting in a bore in the stator and a plurality of stator piston/rotor piston pairings which are resiliently urged towards a key channel provided axially in the said rotor for receiving a coded key slidable in said channel and having flats each of which cooperates with one of the said pairings in order to displace the latter against the action of the said resilient means so that the generatrix of separation between each rotor piston and each stator piston of one pairing is at a tangent to the said rotor. The pairs of stator pistons and rotor pistons and their resilient restoring means are preassembled each in a radial bore in the stator. The radial bores are distributed angularly about the axis of the lock in at least one diametrical plane and are closed at their inner end by an abutment which is moved aside during insertion of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Paul Journee S.A.
    Inventors: Serge Percebois, Christian Romanek
  • Patent number: 4669135
    Abstract: A sofa bed includes a plurality of individual cushions supported by a rigid metal frame. The frame includes a plurality of multiply articulated frame members which cooperate to configure the cushions in either of two selected positions. The first defines a sofa configuration and the second defines a bed configuration in which the cushions are coplanar arranged in a horizontal plane. A latching mechanism is provided which produces a positive locking of support position in either of two configuration without the use of retaining springs or overcenter articulated arm combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Kustom Fit Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jose M. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 4667495
    Abstract: A key comprises a key body provided with at least one translatably movable plunger able to be displaced in a housing provided in the key, the plunger being intended to co-operate with a positioning member provided in the recess of a rotor so as to project from its recess and to push a movable pin of the rotor into a position permitting rotation of the barrel rotor relative to the stator. The key comprises in its head a constricted zone, and the recess of the movable plunger is provided in this constricted zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Vachette
    Inventors: Jo/e/ l Girard, Norbert Gsell
  • Patent number: 4668145
    Abstract: A fastener comprises two, i.e. male and female, members for coupling together a plurality of panels in a spaced-apart and face-to-face relation to one another. The female member has a locking body portion and also has locking pawl portions united by hinge portions to the locking body portion for flexing with respect thereto. The male member is fitted in one of two panels and detachably coupled to the female member fitted in the other panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Nifco, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Hirohata
  • Patent number: 4667355
    Abstract: A stretcher for moving an injured or sick person, that includes an approximately life size and flat body holder board, two frame poles serving as handles, four supporting arms for supporting the ends of the frame poles, short frame members into which the supporting arms are inserted, and a face cover, formed in an endless loop in cross-section wrapped around said frame poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Inventor: Takeshi Nishijima
  • Patent number: 4665727
    Abstract: In an electronic digital safe lock including a slide plate pivotally connected by an articulated linkage to a bolt operating lever for retracting safe door locking bolts after digital input of the electronic lock combination, a lock override is provided which includes a dial operated mechanical combination lock having a linkage pivotally interconnecting the manual combination lock bolt with the electronic lock articulated linkage of the slide plate and bolt operating lever. When the electronic lock is locked, i.e., the slide plate is immovable, the manual combination lock can be manipulated to operate the aritculated linkage to operate the bolt operating lever independent of movement of the slide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignees: Alan K. Uyeda, Peter J. Phillips, Klaus W. Gartner
    Inventor: Tim Uyeda
  • Patent number: 4665724
    Abstract: A wire lock comprising a take-up unit which encloses therein a locking wire so that the wire can be drawn out against the biasing force of a spring and rewound by the same force. A locking member is connected to a projecting end of the wire. The locking member can be brought into engagement for locking can be disengaged for unlocking only by a preset unlocking means. A movement preventing means prevents the movement of the wire at least in the drawing-out direction of the wire. The movement preventing means is attached to the take-up unit so that the inhibition of the wire movement can be released manually. With this construction, a locked object suspended from the wire lock can be carried while holding the wire lock by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Saikousha
    Inventor: Tadashi Sakai
  • Patent number: 4664430
    Abstract: The latch comprises a case fixed to the door, in which is provided a cavity for a keeper (3) integral with the body of the vehicle, this case containing a bolt (4) having a notch (7) for receiving the keeper (3) and a cam (22) cooperative with the keeper (3), a disc (5) rotatively mounted on a transverse pin (6) and on which the bolt (4) is also rotatively mounted, an opening (20) being provided in the disc (5) to permit the passage of the keeper (3); the latch comprises a pawl (11) pivotally mounted on the disc (5), provided with a head portion (13) which is capable of engaging into a recess (15, 16) of the bolt (4), and a safety disc which may be manually actuated for opening or closing the latch in the event of a breakdown of the electric system (9, 42, 41, 8, 44, 46, 48, A,B) controlling the rotation of the bolt (4) and the disc (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Compagnie Industrielle de Mecanismes en abrege C.I.M.
    Inventor: Vincent Bernard
  • Patent number: 4663950
    Abstract: A locking system for security door or window includes a metal frame secured onto a house around the door or window. A lock is disposed in the metal frame and has a movable locking member that is movable between a locked position in engagement with a stationary locking member in the door or window when in a closed position in the frame and an unlocked position. A manually-actuated member extends through the metal frame and a hole in the door or window frame and includes an operating member inside the house and also within a guard secured onto the inside of the door or window frame enabling the operating member to be operated through an opening in the guard that opens away from the door or window opening to manually operate the lock from inside the house and prevents anyone from gaining access to the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Rayma Development Corp.
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Mascotte
  • Patent number: 4662195
    Abstract: A wall mounted soap dispenser made of plastic is described. The dispenser includes a hand-operated pump which dispenses liquid soap under pressure and which can be manufactured inexpensively. A disposable container of liquid soap is inserted in the dispenser to refill the dispenser. The pump has on its top a pan to collect liquid spilled as the disposable container is inserted. The pump and container are enclosed in a plastic housing which hinges from a plastic wall plate. A plastic latch with plastic key is used to lock the housing to the wall mounting plate. The pump mechanism uses a piston of two sections of different diameter and corresponding piston chamber of two sections of different diameter. There is an adjustable piston stroke length limiting mechanism. The piston is attached to the lever which moves the piston by means of a crossbar on the end of the piston rod. The crossbar is inserted in a slot in the lever and then turned to cross the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: United States Borax & Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: John von Buelow, Stephen G. Hauser
  • Patent number: 4658613
    Abstract: An automobile anti-theft device includes a cover that fits over a steering column-mounted ignition lock, and a flexible element that wraps around the steering column and secures the cover thereto. A gear shift lock bar is attached to a sidewall of the cover, and extends laterally from the cover, wraps around a column-mounted gear shift lever, and includes a free end that extends back under the tension bearing element to be secured thereby. The device protects the ignition lock from tampering and in addition prevents the gear shift lever from being moved into gear in the event that the ignition lock is bypassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Wolo Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph E. Solow
  • Patent number: 4659271
    Abstract: A flush break blind fastener is provided having as principle components a stem member, a drive-nut, and a deformable annular means. The stem member has an externally-threaded-portion on the accessible-side thereof, and may have a stem-head on the nonaccessible side thereof. The drive-nut is screwed onto the externally-threaded-portion of the stem member. The deformable annular means has as principle parts a head which is larger in diameter than the diameter of the boreholes of the workpieces, and an intermediate-part adjacent the head, and a deformable tail-part adjacent the intermediate-part and abutting the stem-head for securing the workpieces when the fastener is set. The outer-portion of the stem member contains a turning means for rotating the stem member relative to the drive-nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Monogram Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Pratt, Joseph F. Morrow
  • Patent number: 4658610
    Abstract: A cylinder lock comprises a cylinder core movable axially by the key and with at least one lock part in particular a lock bolt, which can be actuated by the cylinder core and which is movable via a transmission part by an eccentric member, cam or cam plate actuable by the cylinder core into the non-locking position. The lock part (8, 9) is held in the non-locking position by a tiltable dished plate (20) adapted for movement towards the cylinder core (1) axially against the pressure of spring (22) and disposed coaxially of the cylinder axis, until withdrawal of the key causes the cylinder core (1) to be moved back into the starting position, the plate (20) being withdrawn from the position which locks the transmission part (14). On the side remote from the cylinder core (1), the plate (20) has an inclined face (20b) along which moves a cam follower (18) attached to the transmission part (14), in order to move the plate (20) towards the cylinder core (1) against spring pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Neiman S.A.
    Inventor: Gunter Weber
  • Patent number: 4657458
    Abstract: A one-piece molded plastic reusable internally threaded anchor nut removably insertable in a mounting hole in a workpiece and adapted to receive a screw comprises two sections which are joined together by an integrally formed web or hinge. When the sections are folded together, they define an internally threaded screw-receiving passage and an external releasable locking mechanism for securing the anchor nut in the mounting hole. In one embodiment the portions defining the screw-receiving passage are bifurcated and expand outwardly as the screw is inserted so as to cause the external locking mechanism (i.e., in the form of slots on the exterior of the bifurcations) to engage the edge of the mounting hole in which the nut was previously inserted. In other embodiments, the external locking mechanism (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Phillips Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Burnell J. Wollar, Arthur J. Danko
  • Patent number: 4657460
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in a self-bonding fastener and to a novel method of curing the bonding material during assembly line fabrication of sheet metal products. The fastener includes a headed self-threading screw member having its head undersurface formed with an annular axially extending lip. An upper portion of the screw thread is precoated with a thermo-setting adhesive which, when heated, will uniformly bond the fastener to a sheet metal plate. As the fastener is threaded through an undersized hole in a sheet metal member, such as an automobile body, the adhesive reliquifies and is stripped from the screw thread. The adhesive is then re-deposited uniformly to completely fill a closed chamber defined between the head undersurface and the opposed sheet metal surface sealed on its periphery by the annular lip which defines the axial dimension of the adhesive thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Chrysler Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred A. Bien
  • Patent number: 4657457
    Abstract: A locking device for securing at least two screw-action connectors comprises a locking clip or element made from a good quality spring steel wire having a round or square section. The locking clip or element has a diagonal interconnecting part which extends tangentially between a pair of locking elements one at each end of the part. The locking elements (for example, coils) are wrapped round or placed over a portion of a wheel nut. The interference/friction fit between the wheel nut and the clip or element prevents axial movement of the clip relative to the nut. The part serves as restraining means positively linking tangentially adjacent wheel nuts and thereby prevents relative rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Inventor: Gerald C. Rickwood
  • Patent number: 4656852
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock with a double locking mechanism comprising a first locking mechanism having tumblers movable by a first key to authorize the operation, by means of a second key, of a second locking mechanism comprising a bolt associated with a releasable fingered bolt-retaining member through the medium of a link bar pivotally mounted on the releasable member and pivotally connected by one of its ends to the bolt, whereas the other end of the bar is adapted to co-operate with a retractable stop controlled from a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Fichet-Bauche
    Inventor: Daniel Deschamps
  • Patent number: 4657462
    Abstract: An industrial quarter-turn fastener assembly comprises a sheet metal turn member having a turn head, a shank portion and a nose portion; a cap member through which the shank portion extends; and a helical coil spring. In one embodiment the fastener assembly is a blind fastener which is tilted to pass through a hole in a first panel which hole is smaller than the width of the nose portion and in another embodiment the shank portion is held to the first panel by a locking ring. To secure a second panel to the first panel, the nose portion is pushed through a slot hole in the second panel and the fastener turn head is rotated a quarter turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Simmons Fastener Corporation
    Inventor: Cuyler Hoen