With Tongue In Slot Patents (Class 138/166)
  • Patent number: 10451200
    Abstract: New methods and self-clamping snap configurations are disclosed for improved production of hollow tube profiles made from polymeric resin reinforced with glass fibers. A continuous hollow profile is constructed from two or more non-hollow pultruded rails that are assembled together. Specifically, each rail may be formed with snap members that extend along the rail's entire length. The snap configuration is self-clamping to permit the rails to be adhesively bonded without the need for external clamps during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DECEUNINCK NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventor: Philip G. Morton
  • Patent number: 10418797
    Abstract: A wire harness protector includes a bottom panel, a first side panel rising from one edge of the bottom panel, and a second side panel rising from another edge of the bottom panel. The bottom panel, first side panel, and second side panel demarcate an accommodation route that accommodates a main line of a wire harness. The first side panel is provided with a notch through which a branch line that branches from the main line is drawn out to an exterior of the accommodation route. A surface of the first side panel that faces the accommodation route is a route forming surface, and a projecting portion projects from the route forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Shitamichi, Keisuke Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10196016
    Abstract: A protector includes a lock mechanism locking a protector main body and a lid member. The protector main body is provided with a female lock portion that forms a lock hole, and the lid member is provided with a male lock portion with an engagement claw that is inserted into the lock hole. A frame of the female lock portion includes a pair of support portions formed with base-end-proximate top end surfaces that are continuous with a top end surface of one side wall; a crossbeam portion formed with a projecting-end-proximate top end surface that is continuous with the pair of support portions and positioned toward a projecting end side, where a distance from the one side wall increases, and further upward than the side wall top end surface; and an engagement projection portion projecting downward from the crossbeam portion the engagement projection portion snap-locking an elastic tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Ujita
  • Patent number: 10196015
    Abstract: An elastic projecting piece insertion hole is defined by an outer wall portion, an inner wall portion that opposes the outer wall portion across a gap, and a left wall portion and a right wall portion that connect edge portions on both sides of the outer wall portion and the inner wall portion. A first tapered surface whose height gradually decreases from an outer edge toward an inner edge is formed at an upper surface of the outer wall portion. An upper surface of the inner wall portion is set to be lower in height than the outer edge of the upper surface of the outer wall portion. Second tapered surfaces whose height gradually decreases from the height of the outer edge of the upper surface of the outer wall portion toward the height of the upper surface of the inner wall portion are respectively formed at upper surfaces of the left wall portion and the right wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Suenaga
  • Patent number: 10139018
    Abstract: A foam duct is provided. Among other applications, it may be used in automotive HVAC systems. The method of making this duct reduces material waste and provides an unexpectedly reliable joint in a duct at a sharp or rounded corner. In place, the airflow further supports the joint. In the method, a first portion of a hollow pre-duct is joined with a second portion of a hollow pre-duct by bending the portions at a cut-out positioned between the portions. The bending is complete when the portions form a mechanical connection, which may be signaled by tactile or audible feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: UNIQUE FARBICATING INC
    Inventors: Daniel Bianchi, Bradley J. Hazen
  • Patent number: 10112641
    Abstract: A guide tube (4) for the rotatable mounting of a steering spindle (2) of a motor vehicle is described, wherein the guide tube (4) is rolled cylindrically from a single sheet-metal section and is connected at an axial contact point (12), and wherein the guide tube (4) has elements (13-15) for the definably axially displaceable fastening in a bearing unit (1). The guide tube (4) is characterized in that the elements (13-15) are designed in the form of at least two beads (13) which are distributed over the circumference, run axially, are formed circumferentially on both sides by ribs (14, 15) expanding the cylinder circumference and are formed in the sheet-metal section. A production method for such a guide tube (4) is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Adval Tech Holding AG
    Inventors: Hans Johr, Philipp Michel
  • Patent number: 10065582
    Abstract: A cable duct has a cable floor with side walls that are attached to the cable floor. The cable floor has a three-dimensional laying structure, running inside a base plane and also in a z-direction, and it is divided into several floor segments. The segments form a combined injection-molded component and are joined together by hinges, so that at least a major portion of all floor segments is located in the base plane. In addition, cover segments preferably form part of the combined injection-molded component, such that, by way of just one injection molding tool, the entire three-dimensional cable duct can be produced as a two-dimensional injection-molded component, from which the three-dimensional structure of the cable duct is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Steiner, Peter Dohlus
  • Patent number: 9963093
    Abstract: A wire harness attachment structure and a wiring unit that are capable of reducing the amount of work that is needed when attaching a wire harness. The wire harness attachment structure includes: a plate on which a wire harness is to be mounted; and a cover that covers a portion of the wire harness and is fixed to the plate. A locking portion that is provided for the cover is configured to be orientated to face, and to be inserted into, a lock receiving portion that is provided for the plate, and thus the locking portion is locked to the lock receiving portion, and the cover is fixed to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Sone, Tetsuji Tanaka, Osamu Nakayama, Tomohide Maki
  • Patent number: 9863147
    Abstract: An extrusion profile and cap system is provided. The extrusion profile may be made of metals, polymers, ceramics, and the like. The extrusion profile may include an outer perimeter forming an internal cavity. At least one channel may be formed along the outer perimeter and protruding into the internal cavity. The cap is releasably attachable to the extrusion profile and may cover at least a portion of the channel. The cap may hide bolts, screws, angle bars, wires and the like within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Thaddeus Graziano
  • Patent number: 9548146
    Abstract: A cover sheath includes a main body being adapted to define a channel for accommodating at least one conducting cable extending there through, and a hook and loop arrangement disposed on at least a portion of an outer surface of the main body. The main body is made of an electrically conducting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Didier Chassaigne, Lueder Kosiankowski
  • Patent number: 9462829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter for application in a cigarette tube. The invention also relates to an assembly of a cigarette tube and at least one filter according to the invention received in the cigarette tube. The invention further relates to a cigarette, in particular a “joint”, based on such an assembly. The invention also relates to a blank for the purpose of manufacturing a filter according to the invention. The invention moreover relates to a method for manufacturing a filter according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Vandenberg Special Products B.V.
    Inventor: Marinus Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 9136048
    Abstract: A protector includes a trunk wire insertion portion and a branch wire insertion portion that projects from a peripheral edge of a branch wire outlet provided to one or two side walls in a center length direction of the trunk wire insertion portion. Cuts are provided from upper end side to the two side walls of the peripheral edge of the branch wire outlet of the branch wire insertion portion. Engagement tabs project from the upper end of one side wall of the opposing two side walls of the trunk wire insertion portion, and engagement holes are provided to the other side wall of the opposing two side walls so as to engage with the engagement tabs. After a trunk wire and a branch wire are inserted, the engagement tabs are inserted to and engaged with the engagement holes to close the upper end of the two side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuten Takahashi, Taiki Sudo
  • Patent number: 8973954
    Abstract: Sealing HVAC ductwork along its joints to reduce air leakage is achieved by the combination of a gasket and mechanical locking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin Coughenour, Vincent L. Bloom, Duane Fetko
  • Patent number: 8657728
    Abstract: A cylindrical shaft is provided of which a pair of ends are formed in a cylindrical shape by a press work so as to form a joining portion therebetween. Here, the joining portion includes: a central linear section which is provided on a center portion in an axis direction of the cylindrical shaft and is formed in a linear shape to be parallel to the axis direction of the cylindrical shaft; and a folded section which includes a plurality of intersections which are provided on both ends of the center portion and are disposed so as to be extended in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction of the cylindrical shaft, and a connection linear section which connects ends of a pair of the adjacent intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Saito, Katsunori Ono, Kenji Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8562582
    Abstract: A reconstitution device for storing a first component of a pharmaceutical preparation includes a receptacle, a cap having a first end secured to the receptacle, a second end, and an inner bore having a central aperture. The device further includes a stopper located between the receptacle and the cap, the stopper including a portion capable of being perforated. The device also includes a plunger secured to the second end of the cap, a locking mechanism located in the cap, and an actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism may prevent the device from inadvertent activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan David Tuckwell, Robert Dyer, Robert Owen Kivlin, Matthew Burgess Avery, Kevin George Skinner, Peter Schwan, John Paul Palmer-Felgate, Chris Kadamus, Lee Wood, Ben Arlett
  • Patent number: 8505185
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Patent number: 8464415
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Patent number: 8459308
    Abstract: A cylindrical shaft is provided of which a pair of ends are formed in a cylindrical shape by a press work so as to form a joining portion therebetween. Here, the joining portion includes: a central linear section which is provided on a center portion in an axis direction of the cylindrical shaft and is formed in a linear shape to be parallel to the axis direction of the cylindrical shaft; and a folded section which includes a plurality of intersections which are provided on both ends of the center portion and are disposed so as to be extended in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction of the cylindrical shaft, and a connection linear section which connects ends of a pair of the adjacent intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Saito, Katsunori Ono, Kenji Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8459307
    Abstract: A seam for ductwork has a male end portion integrally formed at a distal end of a duct wall and a female end portion integrally formed at another distal end of the duct wall. The female end portion includes a first fold and a second fold, which define a female groove for accommodating the male portion. A distal end of the second fold is bent transverse to the female groove prior to the male portion being inserted into the female groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Met-Coil System Corp.
    Inventors: John J. Toben, Ashok M. Shah, Richard F. Blum, Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 8448666
    Abstract: A water supply system is described for supplying water to a linearly moving irrigation system. The water supply system is able to take water from a stationary water supply conduit (either a collapsible conduit or a rigid conduit) and feed it into one end of a feed pipe for the irrigation system. The water supply system includes a pickup shoe which extends into the water supply conduit through a traveling opening in the top side of the conduit. The pickup shoe intercepts substantially all of the water in the supply conduit and pumps it upwardly through the traveling opening to the feed pipe for the irrigation system. The pump is located in the portion of the shoe which extends into the supply conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel J. Marcy
  • Patent number: 8336925
    Abstract: A ventilation duct assembly kit for use for forming interconnecting ventilation ducts. The kit includes a pallet supporting a flexible panels that are shapeable into ductwork elements. Each of the panels has opposite duct-forming sides, opposite interconnecting sides for interconnection to a subsequent panel formed into a ductwork element, and a male and female interlocking interfaces respectively fixed on first and second opposite duct-forming sides for interlocking of the duct-forming sides together. The kit also includes slideable locking elements shaped to slide and fit over assembled male and female interlocking interfaces. A plurality of collets shaped to fit over the interconnecting sides of the formed ductwork elements and sized to extend between the adjacent slideable locking elements from corresponding adjacent shaped ductwork elements that are linked through the collet are also provided. A method of assembling such interconnecting ventilation ducts is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mecanincad Inc.
    Inventors: André Paquet, Cristian Paquet
  • Patent number: 8151430
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Patent number: 7992904
    Abstract: HVAC ductwork should be sealed along its joints in order to reduce air leakage. The ductwork can be sealed by the combination of a gasket and mechanical locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent L. Bloom, Douglas G. Gudenburr, Christopher A. Armstrong, Andrew J. Male
  • Patent number: 7762283
    Abstract: The present invention provides a covering member including: a surrounding member including a heat insulating material and having a heat generating member or a heat insulating function, the surrounding member being wound from an open state so as to cover an object; and a fixing unit including: an engagement member including: a ring including a heat resistant elastic material; and a hook fitted to the ring; a holding member disposed on one end of the surrounding member, the holding member fastening the ring of the engagement member to hold the engagement member; and a receiving member disposed on one end of the surrounding member so as to correspond to the holding member, the receiving member including a receiving metal fitting to be engaged with the hook of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignees: Nichias Corporation, Thermos Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Motoyoshi, Mitsushi Wadasako, Daisaku Seki, Emico Taguchi
  • Publication number: 20100180976
    Abstract: A hose comprising a tubular body of flexible material arranged between an inner and an outer helically wound wire. The hose further comprises an elongate member having opposing longitudinal edges, the elongate member being helically wound around the tubular body such that the opposing longitudinal edges of the layer are in an adjacent or overlapping arrangement, wherein each longitudinal edge includes a formation capable of interengaging with a cooperating formation on the opposing longitudinal edge, wherein the elongate member is provided at least one reinforcing member which extends along the longitudinal axis of the elongate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Joel Aron Witz, David Charles Cox
  • Patent number: 7628178
    Abstract: In a safety device for a tank system with a tank pipe 1 which has a pliable region and a rigid region, a reinforcing element 7 is allocated to the rigid region of the tank pipe 1. The reinforcing element 7 is hollow and is in contact with the entire circumference of the tank pipe 1 with its interior contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Bernd Ackermann, Wolfgang Fassnacht, Christoph Mueller, Theo Schick, Rolf-Dieter Walter, Christian Weimer
  • Patent number: 7591286
    Abstract: A channel shaped extruded duct unit cooperates with an identical duct unit to form a closed duct therewith. The duct unit has at least one integral longitudinally extending attachment formation configured to hold captive relative to the duct unit a plurality of complementary clamp elements adapted to operatively encircle a composite duct and hold the two constituent duct units in their duct defining relationship. The clamp elements have a pair of cooperating integral catch formations whereby a pair of clamp elements can be clipped together to form an operatively substantially endless clamp encircling a closed duct and an integral outwardly directed circumferential terminal flange at each axial end thereof. Generally, semicircular clip units are provided to connect the terminal flanges associated with the ends of collinear duct assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Project Control and Engineering Services (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Barry Howard
  • Publication number: 20090229697
    Abstract: An integral hose anti-collapse rib comprises a unitary body having a first cantilevered portion curved in a first direction. This first cantilevered portion defines a first end. A second cantilevered portion is curved in a direction opposite the direction of the first cantilevered portion, in a direction facing the first cantilevered portion. The second cantilevered portion also defines a second end disposed at an opposite extent of the rib from the first end. The hose anti-collapse rib also comprises a locking mechanism that locks the first end of the rib to the second end of the rib, such that the first and second cantilevered portions together form a generally circular shape. Embodiments of locking mechanisms may include a button and orifice locking mechanism and/or a tab and channel locking mechanism. In a relaxed state in which the locking mechanism is not engaged, the rib preferably defines a non-circular, generally spiral shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas D. Schelhaas, Donald R. Gilbreath, Tim Saupe
  • Publication number: 20080277015
    Abstract: A protector (10) has two half members (20, 40) forming a tubular shape upon being assembled. One half member (20) includes a pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) projecting more than a contact edge (23) with the other half member (40) and standing up at the opposite sides of each of corrugated tubes (80A, 80B), each pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) are shaped to be insertable into grooves (81A, 81B) of the corresponding corrugated tube (80A, 80B), and stand-up ends (27A, 27B) of the pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) are bent to approach each other along the groove (81A, 81B) of the corrugated tube (80A, 80B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Tanaka, Masato Ibaraki, Tsutomu Sakata, Toshitsugu Morii
  • Publication number: 20080257440
    Abstract: A tube type cable protection and guide device in which the device can be easily manufactured by extrusion molding without changing the size of a mold so that devices of different lengths can be made. Smooth linear and flexional movements can be made while sufficiently ensuring dimensional stability and torsional rigidity of the device thus assuring stability of the cable accommodating space. A tube type cable protection and guide device includes integrally molded inner circumferential wall forming portions. The inner wall forming portions are interdigitatedly fitted in a male-female relationship in a longitudinal direction of the sheet forming a flush inner flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Masaaki Ikeda, Shoichiro Komiya, Katsuhide Yamashita, Takayuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7416227
    Abstract: Repair apparatus in the form of a tubular member composed of a semi-tubular lower section and a semi-tubular upper section which engage along the side edges. The semi-tubular sections have flared ends which surround the ends of a discontinuous conduit which have been severed to remove a damaged conduit section. The method of repairing a damaged conduit includes the step of applying an adhesive along the flared ends and edges of the semi-tubular sections for placement on the ends of the discontinuous conduit to form a tight, water-proof seal to encase electrical wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: William C. Earnest
  • Patent number: 7357425
    Abstract: A barb clamp provides a leakproof connection of a flexible tube in a barbed fitting. The barb clamp includes a collet and sleeve. The barb fitting is configured to fit snugly within the tube. The collet is slid over the tube. Shelves on the interior surface of the collet fit tightly around the tube and under an expanded portion of the barb fitting. The sleeve is then slid over the collet. As the sleeve moves over the collet, tangs on the collet are pushed radially inwardly into the tube and barb fitting. The sleeve is moved over the collet until an annular projection on the interior surface of the sleeve sits within an annular groove of the collet. Radial ledges on the exterior surface of the collet provide a stop and lock to prevent the annular projection on the sleeve to move out of the annular groove of the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Twins Bay Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert A. Werth
  • Patent number: 7322380
    Abstract: A pipe insulation coupling for coupling adjacent facing ends of elongated cylindrical pipe insulation tubing encased around a fluid pipe includes an elongated body extending longitudinally between a first end and a second end. The elongated body includes a pair of C-shaped clam shell portion interconnected by a living hinge for pivotal movement between an open position for receiving the pipe and a closed position clamped around the pipe and insulation tubing. Each clam shell portion includes an outer tube wall and an inner tube extending longitudinally between the first and second ends and defining a channel therebetween for receiving the adjacent facing ends of the insulation tubing. A planar wall interconnects the outer tube wall and the inner tube wall midway between the ends to abut the adjacent ends of the insulation tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Klo-Shure, Inc.
    Inventor: Orval A. Opperthauser
  • Patent number: 7318455
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pipe body of which the edge sections contact with each other stably and which can be formed only by means of only a press processing without performing a welding in mass-producing, wherein separation-prevented engagement due to deformation of at least one of the engagement sections absorbs the spring back in the press processing. Also, the present invention provides a pipe body, a metal plate for the pipe body and a forming method of the pipe body using the sheet metal for the pipe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Kondou, Keiji Ishino
  • Patent number: 7044169
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pipe body of which the edge sections contact with each other stably and which can be formed only by means of only a press processing without performing a welding in mass-producing, wherein separation-prevented engagement due to deformation of at least one of the engagement sections absorbs the spring back in the press processing. Also, the present invention provides a pipe body, a metal plate for the pipe body and a forming method of the pipe body using the sheet metal for the pipe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Kondou, Keiji Ishino
  • Patent number: 7017615
    Abstract: A protector includes a main body, lids, hinges, and lock portions. The main body including a bottom wall, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall. The lids are coupled to the main body through the hinges. The lock portions are disposed between the lids and the main body. The lids are configured to cover the main body from both sides thereof. A first lid includes a closure plate at an adjacent position thereof. The closure plate protrudes from an end portion of the first lid toward an inner surface side of the second lid. The closure plate closes gap between the first and second lids. A second lid includes a misassembly prevention rib at an adjacent position thereof. The rib protrudes from an end portion of an outer surface of the second lid toward a direction away from the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Hiroshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6880581
    Abstract: A method of forming a tube involves the punching of tabs from overlapping longitudinal seam and folding the tabs to mechanically fix the opposed lateral edges of the sheet material forming the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Weeks Peacock Quality Homes Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin William Weeks
  • Publication number: 20040261880
    Abstract: Tubing is formed by a rectangular sheet of resilient material which is pliable into a flexed position in which the rectangular sheet has a generally tubular configuration of circular cross section. A pair of elongate mounting strips can be secured along a pair of opposing sides of the rectangular sheet in an assembled position by welding or by integral molding. An elongate clamping member is slidably received in channels within the mounting strips for clamping the mounting strips together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicants: Concord Colony Farms Ltd., Install The Best Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Melvin Kleinsasser, Ronald Van De Laar
  • Publication number: 20040140011
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pipe body of which the edge sections contact with each other stably and which can be formed only by means of only a press processing without performing a welding in mass-producing, wherein separation-prevented engagement due to deformation of at least one of the engagement sections absorbs the spring back in the press processing. Also, the present invention provides a pipe body, a metal plate for the pipe body and a forming method of the pipe body using the sheet metal for the pipe body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Takafumi Kondou, Keiji Ishino
  • Patent number: 6634076
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article of manufacture comprising a partial or complete tubular primary part defining a tube axis and having an at least partially curved circumferential wall at least partially encircling the axis; said wall comprising a joint edge, defining a) a joint line along said edge on said wall, b) a joint plane drawn to contain said joint line, c) a joining direction having at least a direction component perpendicular to said joint line and said joint plane, d) a locking plane at least partially at the surface or within a section through said wall in which both said joint line and said joining direction lies and e) a normal direction being perpendicular to said joint plane; and at least one locking structure, the improvement comprising that the locking structure includes at least one positive or negative hook structure in said locking plane, extending in the joining direction away from the joint line and having an undercut in the locking plane and that the hook structure is exposed from a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Pharmacia AB
    Inventors: Birger Hjertman, Rudolf Cseke
  • Publication number: 20030178086
    Abstract: A cable insertion device for facilitating the insertion of one or more cables into a resilient tubular cable protection sleeve having a slit along the length thereof, the cable insertion device comprising a cable guiding portion, having first and second open ends, for guiding one or more cables during insertion thereof into a cable protection sleeve, the arrangement being such that, in an engaged state of the cable insertion device and the cable protection sleeve, one of the first and second open ends is substantially within the cable protection sleeve and the other of the first and second open ends is substantially outside the cable protection sleeve, so that relative motion of the cable insertion device and the cable protection sleeve inserts one or more cables received in the cable guiding portion into the cable protection sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: YUET MENG TRADING CO (PTE) LTD
    Inventor: Guohai Hu
  • Patent number: 6527013
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a plastic jacket having air spaces formed by spaced walls used to insulate hot and cold piping systems and the fittings for those systems. The jacket is made from multiple segments, which are joined together along their longitudinal joints. The segments are joined to each other by tongue and groove connections. One segment can be cut longitudinally and glued to another segment to make a larger segment to fit various diameters of pipe. In a further embodiment, the plastic jacket is modified to form the duct of a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. The inner wall of the jacket forms the air duct. In both embodiments, at least some of the segments have hinge portions created by omitting the inner wall at the hinge portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Horizon Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Norman George Somerville, James Lannen Beckstrom, Robert Kent Nicholson, Richard Bedner
  • Patent number: 6520215
    Abstract: The modular grill for vehicles such as trucks includes an elongated screen of generally rectangular configuration, with the longest dimension extending horizontally and with the screen having inner and outer surfaces. A plurality of vertically spaced elongated tubular bars are provided which extend horizontally across the screen in surface-to-surface contact with the outer surface of the screen. A plurality of vertically spaced straps are provided, one for each tubular bar, with the straps being in surface-to-surface contact with the inner surface of the screen. Fastening structure extend through the straps, screen and tubular bars for retaining the bars on the screen. A roll forming method is disclosed for making the tubular bar with an integral rolled locking system which extends the entire length thereof and holds the bar in tension. The bar is preferably sweep along its longitudinal axis to create a curvature consistent with modern automotive designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Hayes-Albion Corporation
    Inventor: Donald G. Graber
  • Publication number: 20020185189
    Abstract: In a corrugated tube, a tubular body is provided with a first slit which extends in an axial direction of the tubular body. The tubular body formed with a plurality of hollow ridge portions extending in a circumferential direction of the tubular body on an outer peripheral face of the tubular body to form a bellows portion. A lap portion is protruded from at least one of opposed end portions of the tubular body separated by the first slit, the lap portion extending along the first slit. Both end portions of each ridge portion in the circumferential direction are respectively formed with end walls closing a hollowed space thereof. At least one of the end walls of each ridge portion is provided with an opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Tadokoro
  • Publication number: 20020108662
    Abstract: A pipe insulation coupling for coupling adjacent facing ends of elongated cylindrical pipe insulation tubing encased around a fluid pipe includes an elongated body extending longitudinally between a first end and a second end. The elongated body includes a pair of C-shaped clam shell portion interconnected by a living hinge for pivotal movement between an open position for receiving the pipe and a closed position clamped around the pipe and insulation tubing. Each clam shell portion includes an outer tube wall and an inner tube extending longitudinally between the first and second ends and defining a channel therebetween for receiving the adjacent facing ends of the insulation tubing. A planar wall interconnects the outer tube wall and the inner tube wall midway between the ends to abut the adjacent ends of the insulation tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Orval A. Opperthauser
  • Patent number: 6431216
    Abstract: A protection device for protecting a cylindrical structure has a pair of sections. The pair of sections when assembled form a tube. Each of the sections has inclined opposing mating surfaces. The sections have interlocking structures to resist longitudinal and transverse movement of the two sections with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Terry L. Briscoe
  • Publication number: 20020066492
    Abstract: A conduit pipe is installed within a cable tunnel and telecommunication cables are disposed in the conduit pipe. The conduit pipe is divided longitudinally into a plurality of divided bodies. Each divided body is equipped at one longitudinal side with a retaining part and at the other longitudinal side with a protruded part. A single conduit pipe is formed when the divided bodies are connected to each other along the longitudinal side. Since the divided bodies can be wound around a small-diameter bobbin to be carried, the space for their custody is reduced and the carriage thereof is easier. Further, since connection parts on surfaces of the conduit pipes can be arranged such that they occupy empty spaces between conduit pipes, the space occupied by the connection parts can be minimized, thereby comparatively larger number of telecommunication cables being able to be disposed within the cable tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Young-Sug Kang, Geu-Bok Kim, Yong-Kun Noh, Myung-Woo Seo, Jeong-Kwen Park
  • Patent number: 6391414
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article of manufacture comprising a partial or complete tubular primary part defining a tube axis and having an at least partially curved circumferential wall at least partially encircling the axis; said wall comprising a joint edge, defining a) a joint line along said edge on said wall, b) a joint plane drawn to contain said joint line, c) a joining direction having at least a direction component perpendicular to said joint line and said joint plane, d) a locking plane at least partially at the surface or within a section through said wall in which both said joint line and said joining direction lies and e) a normal direction being perpendicular to said joint plane; and at least one locking structure, the improvement comprising that the locking structure includes at least one positive or negative hook structure in said locking plane, extending in the joining direction away from the joint line and having an undercut in the locking plane and that the hook structure is exposed from a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Pharmacia AB
    Inventors: Birger Hjertman, Rudolf Cseke
  • Patent number: 6390139
    Abstract: A conduit pipe is installed within a cable tunnel and telecommunication cables are disposed in the conduit pipe. The conduit pipe is divided longitudinally into a plurality of divided bodies. Each divided body is equipped at one longitudinal side with a retaining part and at the other longitudinal side with a protruded part. A single conduit pipe is formed when the divided bodies are connected to each other along the longitudinal side. Since the divided bodies can be wound around a small-diameter bobbin to be carried, the space for their custody is reduced and the carriage thereof is easier. Further, since connection parts on surfaces of the conduit pipes can be arranged such that they occupy empty spaces between conduit pipes, the space occupied by the connection parts can be minimized, thereby comparatively larger number of telecommunication cables being able to be disposed within the cable tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Korea Telecom
    Inventors: Young-Sug Kang, Geu-Bok Kim, Yong-Kun Noh, Myung-Woo Seo, Jeong-Kwen Park
  • Patent number: 6382260
    Abstract: An adjustable jacket and method of covering an insulated conduit, the jacket having two parts which together form a cylindrical configuration over the insulated conduit. Overlapping flanges of the two parts equipped with grooves and ridges allow tightening of the two parts so that the jacket conforms to the underlying conduit having bends and curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Charles G. Sproule, III