Patents Examined by Victor MacArthur
  • Patent number: 9482255
    Abstract: Dual directional latch devices or connectors are described wherein a first connector component and a second connector component have a first latched position and a second latched position when moving in a first direction and wherein movement in a second direction is also possible when a restriction feature is overcome. As described, opposing magnetic forces, pneumatic pressure, spring force, and a crushable force may be incorporated so that further movement in the second direction must overcome the restriction feature. The dual direction latch devices may be used with articles of manufacture such as with implantable medical devices, door panels, airplane panels, and drilling devices to name a few.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Changsrivong, Rob Sjostedt, Hugh Cook, Rick Dawson
  • Patent number: 9476448
    Abstract: A joint device (1) having an axially extending pivot pin (3), in particular a so-termed claw, and an elastically deformable layer (5) that wholly or partially surrounds the pivot pin radially. The deformable layer is at least partially in contact on its radially outer side (6) with a housing (2) and is connected, such as by vulcanization at least at one axial end, with an annular body (7). The pivot pin (3) with the elastically deformable layer (5) and the at least one annular body (7) form a joint body (8) which can move relative to the housing (2) and is designed, in such a manner, that the ability of the joint body (8) to rotate about its longitudinal axis (9) is inhibited by a rotation-impeding device (10) and by the contact of the outside (6) of the elastically deformable layer (5) against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Frank Jung, Holger Hardt
  • Patent number: 9476501
    Abstract: An apparatus for a gear shifter for use with a transmission is provided. The gear shifter includes a housing that defines a gate and a gear shift lever having a first end and a second end. The gear shift lever is at least partially received within the housing so that the first end is guided by the gate. The gear shifter includes a shifter block received within the housing and including a plurality of detents. One of the plurality of detents includes at least one pocket defined adjacent to the one of the plurality of detents so as to be in communication with the one of the plurality of detents. The at least one pocket and the plurality of detents are each sized to receive a portion of the second end of the gear shift lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Orson S. Wang
  • Patent number: 9470259
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a ball and socket joint and a joint manufactured according to that process are provided for a simple manufacture of a completely assembled ball and socket joint with a low torque and overturning moment. The joint housing is manufactured in an injection or casting process, in which the joint ball with the bearing shell placed on it is surrounded by a metallic material or a plastic. The joint shell is provided with a bulge, which behaves elastically with respect to the pressure acting during the injection or casting process and arches slightly outwardly after the conclusion of the injection or casting process. It is achieved as a result that the joint shell does not lie over its entire area on the joint ball after the injection or casting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alfons Nordloh, Volker Grube, Metin Ersoy
  • Patent number: 9470256
    Abstract: A clevis including: bridge portion; a neck portion extending from the bridge portion in a first axial direction; a threaded opening passing through the bridge and neck portions through which a longitudinal axis passes; and first and second folded sidewalls extending from the bridge portion in a second axial direction, opposite the first axial direction. The first side wall includes: a first portion at a first distance, in a radial direction orthogonal to the longitudinal axis, from the longitudinal axis; and a second portion at a second distance, in the radial direction, less than the first distance, from the longitudinal axis and including at least one hole. The second side wall includes: a third portion at the first distance, in the radial direction, from the longitudinal axis; and a fourth portion at the second distance, in the radial direction, from the longitudinal axis and including at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Gary Crewson, Bernard Malka
  • Patent number: 9470297
    Abstract: An articulating surgical instrument is disclosed, and includes an end effector and a drive assembly operably coupled with the end effector. The end effector includes a first drive shaft defining a first axis, and a second drive shaft operably engaged with and extending away from the first drive shaft. The second drive shaft is operably coupled with the end effector and defines a second axis, the second axis different from the first axis. The first drive shaft and the second drive shaft are pivotably arranged such that the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft are configured to transition between a first, substantially straight arrangement and a second, substantially perpendicular arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Ernest Aranyi, Stanislaw Kostrzewski
  • Patent number: 9463490
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibration exciter, in particular for a construction machine, having at least one rotatably supported unbalanced unit with at least one unbalanced element, a rotary drive, a gear arrangement with at least one gear wheel, wherein a rotation generated by the rotary drive can be transmitted by the gear arrangement to the at least one unbalanced unit, and a housing, in which the gear arrangement is accommodated. In accordance with the invention an energy-saving and low-maintenance arrangement is achieved in that by the gear arrangement an output shaft can be driven that extends out of the housing and in that the at least one unbalanced element is fixed outside of the housing on the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: EURODRILL GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Damm
  • Patent number: 9447804
    Abstract: A joint for assembling two furniture parts to each other is disclosed. A first furniture part has a male part for co-operation with a female part of a second furniture part. Each of the male and female parts has a number of grooves. At assembly the male part is moved along the female part via co-operation between the grooves of the male and female part, respectively. The co-operating male and female parts have an insertion position and an end position, in which end position the furniture parts are assembled to each other. The grooves of one of the female and male parts are compressed during movement from the insertion position to the end position. The grooves of the pair of co-operating female part and male part are such that the furniture parts are pressed toward each other when the male part is moved along the female part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Benny Andersson, Göran Sjöstedt, Anders Eriksson
  • Patent number: 9447803
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a quick connect interface for a surgical instrument includes a body having an inner cavity that includes a flat. Two or more ball bearings are each disposed in a respective hole in the body. A sleeve is slideable along the body. The sleeve includes a camming ramp that urges the two one or more ball bearings to partially extend through the holes into the inner cavity when the sleeve is in a locked position. The two or more ball bearings are positioned to, when the shaft of the replaceable tool is disposed in the inner cavity, urge the shaft to a side of the inner cavity that includes the flat. The ball bearings may be positioned radially about a central axis of the body substantially 90 degrees apart. The camming ramp may include at least one plateau that prevents unintentional release of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Holmed, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Fu, Scott Foret
  • Patent number: 9441336
    Abstract: A signpost connector for use in coupling a sign support to an anchor includes at least one bolt having a plurality of bolt heads, wherein at least one of the plurality of bolt heads is configured to break away from the bolt when a pre-determined torque load is induced to the one bolt head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Xcessories Squared
    Inventors: Matthew Edward Leahy, Lawrence Edward Leahy
  • Patent number: 9441341
    Abstract: A coupling unites two short segments of trench shield spreader tubing into a single spreader tube of desired length. The coupling comprises a cylindrical insert adapted to fit snugly within and to extend a short distance into the interiors of two spreader tube segments abutted end-to-end, the total length of which becomes the spreader. Each coupling includes transverse retainer pin holes which align with like holes through the abutted ends of the spreader tube segments to admit a retainer pin. The coupling may include stiffener and spacer straps disposed on either side of the retainer pin holes that extend substantially the length of the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Gary Neil Hames
  • Patent number: 9441424
    Abstract: A connector (10) for securing an elongate member such as an umbilical (12) a female receiving member such as an I-tube (14), has an elongate bend stiffening portion (25) and a securing portion (26) connected to the bend stiffening portion and continuous passage (36) extends through the bend stiffening portion and the securing portion. The securing portion has one or more securing members (e.g. steel balls (40)) displaceable radially outwardly into engagement with the inner face of the tube, thereby securing the connector to the I-tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: TRELLEBORG CRP LIMITED, FIRST SUBSEA LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard Austin Beesley
  • Patent number: 9440106
    Abstract: An exercise device including at least one positionable component configured to be positioned by a user. The exercise device includes a frame to which a collar is mounted. The positionable component includes a member that is slidably received within the collar and may be positioned by sliding the member to a selected position. A locking assembly is coupled to the collar and is operable to lock the member in a selected position within the collar, to release the member from the locked position, and when released, to allow the member to slide within the collar. The locking assembly includes a cam pivotably mounted to the collar and a cam follower assembly selectively biased by the cam against a portion of the member disposed inside the collar. The locking assembly also includes a pair of engagement members disposed inside the collar opposite the cam against which the cam biases the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Bingham, Jr., Ryan P. Selby, Neil P. Everson, Paul A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 9441721
    Abstract: A strain wave gearing unit is provided with an internal gear, which surrounds the periphery of a cup-shaped external gear, and a bearing. An annular gap is formed between the inner ring of the bearing and the internal gear. The gap communicates with the sliding portions of the bearing and the section where the two gears mesh. An annular filter member made of non-woven fabric is fitted in the gap. Foreign matter such as abrasion powder, which is contained in lubricant that flows in the gap, is trapped by the filter member. The present invention can prevent penetration of abrasion powder generated in the sliding portions into the meshing section via the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Daisuke Orii, Yoshihide Kiyosawa
  • Patent number: 9435136
    Abstract: In a fence having a plurality of posts, vertically-spaced rails extend across the posts. Horizontally-spaced union strips are extended across the rails, and sheeted infill material is positioned within the open faces of the union strips, so that the sheeted infill material extends from the first union strip to the second union strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Betafence USA LLC
    Inventor: John F. Payne
  • Patent number: 9429190
    Abstract: A tolerance ring that has a ring shape approximately circling along a predetermined direction includes a plurality of projections, wherein the curvature radiuses of end portions in a circling direction are smaller than the curvature radius of a portion other than the end portions in the circling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Tajima, Michinobu Hirama, Atsushi Shitama
  • Patent number: 9429177
    Abstract: The invention relates to a strip (31) for clamping a panel (29) onto a section (28) of a support structure to form a chamber, this strip (31) comprising a body comprising a base (42) prolonged by two sides (39, 41) that together delimit a straight groove (38) that will overlap one edge of the panel (29) and one edge of the section (32) to clamp them together, one of the edges (41) comprising several threaded holes (44), each threaded hole being provided with a clamping screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Cédric Parrenin
  • Patent number: 9416818
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a dust cover for a ball joint which can suppress generation of a so-called mouth opening phenomenon in a small-diameter opening portion even under a low-temperature atmosphere, can effectively inhibit a seal performance from being lowered in the small-diameter opening portion and inhibit the sedimentation or the garbage from entering into a dust cover from an external portion, and has a good sealing performance. For this purpose, in a dust cover for a ball joint having a spherical head portion, a shaft, one end large-diameter opening portion, the other end small-diameter portion, and a film portion, concavo-concave engagement is formed between an inner peripheral surface of the rigid ring and an outer peripheral surface of a retainer having a cylindrical portion which is fitted and retained to an outer peripheral surface of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuro Hosen, Takayoshi Iwasaka
  • Patent number: 9402702
    Abstract: A feather imping system includes a plurality of feather imping pins that attach a donor feather to a receiving feather. The feather imping pin is inserted into a receiving feather shaft of the receiving feather. Feather imping is performed using the feather imping pin that connects the donor feather and the receiving feather. The feather imping pin fits inside both the receiving feather shaft of the receiving feather and a donor feather shaft of the donor feather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Albara Mohammed Binothman
  • Patent number: 9404283
    Abstract: A fence structure includes a plurality of vertical pickets, at least one connecting strip, a plurality of pivot members, and at least one transverse railing. One end of the pivot member is provided with a stop portion whose outer diameter is larger than the inner diameter of the pivot hole of the vertical picket. The stop portion may limit the pivot member and prevent the pivot member from slipping axially after passing through the connecting strip and the vertical picket. By the aforesaid arrangement, the pivot member not only allows the angle of the transverse railing and the connecting strip to be adjustable according to needs, but also prevents the connecting strip and the vertical pickets from slipping or disconnecting resulting when being exerted by a pulling or pushing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo