Plural Alternately Useable Detents Patents (Class 16/334)
  • Patent number: 10809512
    Abstract: Among other things, a first surface is configured to receive a sample and is to be used in a microscopy device. There is a second surface to be moved into a predefined position relative to the first surface to form a sample space that is between the first surface and the second surface and contains at least part of the sample. There is a mechanism configured to move the second surface from an initial position into the predefined position to form the sample space. When the sample is in place on the first surface, the motion of the second surface includes a trajectory that is not solely a linear motion of the second surface towards the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Alentic Microscience Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Marc Fine, Hershel Macaulay, Noah Hymes-Vandermeulen
  • Patent number: 10746979
    Abstract: Among other things, a first surface is configured to receive a sample and is to be used in a microscopy device. There is a second surface to be moved into a predefined position relative to the first surface to form a sample space that is between the first surface and the second surface and contains at least part of the sample. There is a mechanism configured to move the second surface from an initial position into the predefined position to form the sample space. When the sample is in place on the first surface, the motion of the second surface includes a trajectory that is not solely a linear motion of the second surface towards the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Alentic Microscience Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Marc Fine, Hershel Macaulay, Noah Hymes-Vandermeulen
  • Patent number: 10487552
    Abstract: A motor vehicle hinge is provided. The motor vehicle hinge includes a first hinge half which can be fastened to one of motor vehicle door and door frame, and a second hinge half which can be fastened to the other of motor vehicle door and door frame, and a hinge pin which connects the two hinge halves in an articulated manner. At least one of the two hinge halves has a supporting structure and an insert and the supporting structure and the insert are fixed with respect to one another. The hinge pin is mounted on at least one eye of the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: EDSCHA ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Prison
  • Patent number: 10471749
    Abstract: Examples of a hinge set for used for mounting a protractible component of a device are described herein. In an example, the hinge set comprises a support hinge and a guide hinge, each having a first end and a second end. The first end of the support hinge is to pivotably couple to the protractible component and the second end of the support hinge is pivotably coupled to a frame of the device. Further, the first end of the guide hinge is to guide the protractile component and the second end of the guide hinge is to pivotably couple to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Deming Xu, Keng San Chia, Jaewan Park, Amy Wan, Chee Hiang Koh
  • Patent number: 10420908
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for a respiratory interface device support assembly and a respiratory interface device mask is provided. The respiratory interface device support assembly has at least one strap structured to be coupled to each lateral side of the respiratory interface device mask. The coupling assembly includes a first rotatable coupling component structured to be coupled to the support assembly and having a first rotation limiting structure, and, a second rotatable coupling component structured to be coupled to the mask and having a second rotation limiting structure. When coupled, the first rotatable coupling component first rotation limiting structure and the second rotatable coupling component first rotation limiting structure limit the rotation of the first rotatable coupling component relative to the second rotatable coupling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Lauren Patricia Chodkowski, Peter Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 10418208
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a household appliance and a control assembly which includes a control panel, a display screen and a power switch. The display screen is arranged on the control panel and can move relative to the control panel. The power switch is connected to the control panel and/or the display screen for controlling the power-on and power-off of the household appliance. When the display screen is pressed, the display screen moves relative to the control panel and controls the power-on or power-off of the power switch. By pressing the display screen to control the power-on and power-off of the power switch, a complete power-off can be achieved to eliminate the drawbacks of weak power and incomplete power-off of the touch-sensitive power switch, and the arrangement of a power switch key is omitted, therefore the operation and the overall appearance of the household appliance is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI LITTLE SWAN COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wenjing Liao, Mingchao Sun, Zhixia Song
  • Patent number: 10338626
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a pivoting body attached to a base with a front surface. The pivoting body has a front end and rear end and at least one friction reducing member biased rearwardly against the front surface of the body. The friction reducing member is retractable relative to the pivoting body substantially parallel to the direction of the bias. The front surface has an inclined portion and an apex. When the pivoting body is in a rest position the at least one friction reducing member is maintained at the apex. The pivoting body is pivotable in a first direction to an activation that causes the friction reducing member to roll along the inclined portion with the friction reducing member retracting in the forward direction against the bias. When force is removed from the pivoting body in the activation position, the bias against the contoured front surface returns the pivoting body to the rest position via indirect forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Linemaster Switch Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Lewis
  • Patent number: 10324501
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first and a second set of friction elements engaged each other by an applied force perpendicular to the friction elements. The first and the second set of friction elements are capable of rotational movement about a cylindrical element that passes through each of the friction elements. Also, the first set of friction elements is capable of movement relative to the second set of friction elements. However, the first set friction elements can remain in a fixed position based upon the applied force, until an external force overcomes the applied. During rotation of the first set of friction elements about the cylindrical element, the frictional engagement that controls the position of the first set of friction elements is based primarily on engagement between the friction elements, as opposed to engagement, if any, between the friction elements and the cylindrical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aidan N. Zimmerman, Kevin M. Robinson, Scott J. Krahn, Chien-Tsun Chen, Bradley J. Hamel, Arthur Stanley Brigham
  • Patent number: 10253535
    Abstract: An automotive door system includes a hinge supporting a door. A door check module interconnects to one of the vehicle and the door by a linkage assembly. An output shaft is connected to the linkage assembly and rotates relative to a door check module housing. The output shaft provides an output torque to check the door in a desired door position. A sensor detects rotation of the shaft and produces a signal in response thereto. A brake assembly includes a shaft member operatively connected to the output shaft. The brake assembly has a normally closed position in which the shaft member is grounded to the housing in a door check mode. The brake assembly includes an open position that corresponds to one of a door closing mode and a door opening mode. The brake assembly moves from the normally closed position to the open position in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Multimatic Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolf Gruber, Andrew R. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10072700
    Abstract: A through-hole of a flat spring has a shape that defines an opening area larger than the cross-sectional area of an end segment of a shaft and is subject to contact with the rotating end segment. A through-hole of a plate has an opening area larger than the cross-sectional area of the end segment and smaller than the opening area of the through-hole. The end segment is inserted through the through-hole and the through-hole and is swaged to form a space between the through-hole and the end segment, and the space is filled with grease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nagami
  • Patent number: 10052990
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback comprises a forward facing surface, a rearward facing surface, and a headrest mounted on an upper portion of the seatback and received within a central recess disposed on the forward facing surface of the seatback, wherein the seatback further comprises a headrest dovetail mounted on the headrest and a dovetail receiver mounted within the recess having a slot into which the headrest dovetail is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, David Frederick Lyons, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Patent number: 9946301
    Abstract: A pivot structure includes a base, a bracket, an elastic component, and a positioning assembly. The bracket is rotatably connected to the base. The elastic component is disposed on the base. The positioning assembly includes an elastic clip and a pillar. The elastic clip is pivoted to the base and has a first releasing segment and a first positioning segment. The pillar is connected to the bracket and has a second positioning segment. The pillar is rotatably clipped in the elastic clip. The bracket is adapted to be expanded to a first expanding state through an elastic force of the elastic component, so as to drive the second positioning segment to move along the first releasing segment. The bracket is adapted to receive an external force to be further expanded to a second expanding state, so as to drive the second positioning segment to move to the first positioning segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Hao Lan, Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Ching-Tai Chang, Chia-Chi Lin, Tsai-Yu Lin, Hsin Yeh, Che-Hsien Lin, Cheng-Shiue Jan
  • Patent number: 9813098
    Abstract: There is disclosed a mobile terminal including a body, a first case coupled to the body and covering a first lateral surface of the body, a second lateral surface facing the first lateral surface and a rear surface of the body, a first slide groove formed in one or more of the first and second lateral surfaces of the body, a second slide groove formed in an inner surface of the first case and facing the first slide groove, and a slide bar inserted in a slide hole formed by the first slide groove and the second slide groove, so that according to at least one of the embodiments mentioned above, the coupling structure more stable than the conventional hook structure may be provided and it may be easy to assemble and dissemble the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinhwan Lee, Junmin Choi, Daewoong Jon, Junhong Kang, Youngil Lee, Wooseok Lee, Mangeun Yoon, Taeki Um
  • Patent number: 9624703
    Abstract: A double-pintle hinge includes a first pintle, a second pintle, and positioning mechanisms configured to allow the first and second pintles to rotate relative to each other to releasably retained positions. The positioning mechanisms include first and second joining members interconnecting the first and second pintles and sandwiching a first and second cams, a first and second cam followers, and a biasing member. The first cam is coupled to the first pintle. The second cam is coupled to the second pintle. The first and second cam followers are positioned between the first and second cams, and respectively abut the first and second cams, and are movably connected with each other. The biasing member is positioned between the first and second cam followers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Leohab Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9591885
    Abstract: An improved bicycle helmet includes an inner layer having a concave shape, an outer layer having a convex shape, and a sun visor. The outer layer covers the inner layer and includes an outer layer attachment member and an outer layer lock member. The sun visor includes a shade member and a sun visor attachment member connected to and distal to the shade member. The sun visor attachment member is adapted to rotatably engage with the outer layer attachment member to form a fulcrum. The sun visor lock member is adapted to operatively engage the outer layer lock member so as to releasably lock the sun visor into a fixed position. The sun visor lock member and the outer layer lock member operatively engage so as to allow the sun visor to be releasably locked into one of a plurality of fixed positions. the sun visor attachment member and the outer layer attachment member rotatably engage via a snap fit fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Strategic Sports LLC
    Inventor: Tien Hou Cheng
  • Patent number: 9556658
    Abstract: A door checker for a vehicle includes a hinge rotatably connecting a door to a vehicle body and having a shaft, a slider penetratingly inserted into the shaft and linearly moving with rotational force of the shaft, and a checking unit linearly reciprocating in a radial direction of the shaft by the slider. By implementing a manipulation feeling in opening and closing a door by increasing a section for checking the door by converting a rotational movement of the door into a linear movement based on a screw principle, operability can be improved to enhance marketability, and durability can be enhanced by increasing the section for implementing operating force for opening and closing a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Pusan National University Industry—University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Yoong Ho Jung, Hyung Don Kim, Sung Min Son
  • Patent number: 9504173
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the technical field of electronic products, and describes a portable electronic product, which solves the problems of fatigue, neck discomfort, health risk and the like caused by using a prior art portable electronic product. In an embodiment of this disclosure, the portable electronic product comprises a housing, wherein a back portion of the housing is provided with at least three rack mechanisms, each rack mechanism comprises: a rotary shaft, which is provided with a base at one end and a hook-shaped structure at the other end, the base is rotatably fixed in the housing; an elastic sheet, which is penetrated through by the rotary shaft and elastically fixed on the housing; and a support plate, which is provided with a through hole in one end and nested with the hook-shaped structure through the through hole, and a limit block is provided on a region, which is close to the through hole, on the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Boe Technology Group Co., Ltd., Boe Optical Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hongyun Wang
  • Patent number: 9429993
    Abstract: Computing device docking systems are disclosed. According to an aspect, a computing device docking system includes a docking station component having an opening defined within a surface. The system includes a pin including a body and an end having a member extending laterally from the body. The end of the pin is receivable within an opening of a computing device component for attaching the computing device component to the docking station. The pin is moveable within the opening between a first position and a second position. In the first position, at least a portion of the body and at least a portion of the member is positioned within the opening of the docking station component. In the second position, at least a portion of the body is within the opening and the member is outside of the opening of the docking station component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff D. Thomas, Dean F. Herring, Brad M. Johnson, Robert A. Myers, Danny Addison, Phillip McLamb
  • Patent number: 9416572
    Abstract: A hinge, providing a swinging function for a first object attached thereto with respect to a stationary object attached thereto, includes a first leaf; a second leaf; and a pintle. The first leaf has a first knuckle. The second leaf has a second knuckle forming a volume for receiving said pintle. The second knuckle has a contact arm located within the volume. The pintle has a first stop surface feature and a second stop surface feature. The first stop surface feature causes the swinging function of the first object to stop when the contact arm of the second knuckle engages, by contact, the first stop surface feature. The second stop surface feature causes the swinging function of the first object to stop when the contact arm of the second knuckle engages, by contact, the second stop surface feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Peter M. Tolliver
  • Patent number: 9198312
    Abstract: In one embodiment an electronic device comprises a housing having a first section and a second section mounted to the first section by a hinge assembly comprising a base, a swing arm mounted to the base and rotatable about a first axis, and a locking assembly, responsive to a rotation of a shaft coupled to the swing arm, to selectively lock the swing arm to the base. Other embodiments may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Zhang, Shanjun Deng, Xiaofeng Sheng
  • Patent number: 9151439
    Abstract: A foldable support for supporting a portable computing device includes a main frame, a back plate, and a hinge assembly connecting the back plate to the main frame, the hinge assembly being able to position and lock the back plate in a desired position with respect to the main frame. A base member is rotatably connected to a bottom of the main frame. When the portable computing device is supported by the foldable support, a back of the portable computing device rests against the main frame, and a bottom of the portable computing device rests on the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Liang, Lin-Lin Pan, Chia-Te Yu, Liang-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 9103494
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus is provided. The assembly apparatus includes a fixed apparatus that includes a body element, a first fixed element protruding from an outer curved surface of the body element in a radial direction of the body element, and a second fixed element extending in a first direction that is vertical to the radial direction of the body element, and a support apparatus that includes a first receiving element in which the first fixed element is inserted, rotated, and fixed, and a second receiving element in which the second fixed element is inserted, rotated, and fixed. An end of the second fixed element is connected to the body element. Another end of the second fixed element protrudes from a lower surface of the body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soo Yong Yoon
  • Patent number: 9030818
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a housing provided with an opening that accommodates a component; a cover member that covers the opening; a projecting part that projects from an inside face of the housing; a slide knob slidably provided to a surface of the housing; and an elastic slide lock member that fixes the cover member to the housing, wherein the elastic slide lock member includes: a movement part that is coupled to the slide knob, moves together with the slide knob, and is provided with a fixing projection; a fixing part that is rotatably supported by the projecting part of the housing; and a coupling part that couples the movement part and the fixing part and is elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Ikki Tatsukami, Takashi Abe, Ryohei Sato
  • Patent number: 9010811
    Abstract: A catch for securing a door to an object includes an engagement member connected to the door engaging a receiving member of a mount on the object. The door includes a first arm with an oblong hole for pivoting about a pin connected to the mount, and an engagement pin. Moving the door from a closed position causes the engagement pin to rotate with the door about the pivot pin. The door slides downward along the pivot pin as the pivot pin travels within the oblong opening, and the engagement pin makes contact with the receiving member, thereby retaining the door in an open position. Moving the door upward moves the pivot pin downward within the oblong opening disengaging the engagement pin from the receiving member, allowing the door to rotate to a closed position. A latch opposite the first arm retains the door in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gramling, Jeffrey J. Blair
  • Patent number: 8978207
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner having a based and a handle. The handle has first and second valves to selectively receive suction airflow from a main suction inlet, a first edge cleaning inlet, and an accessory hose. The first valve is operable to connect a dirt separator to either a main floor cleaning inlet or an auxiliary cleaning inlet. The second valve is operable to selectively connect the auxiliary cleaning inlet to the edge cleaning inlet. The accessory hose is mountable to an accessory hose mount on the handle. When mounted, the accessory hose contacts a second actuator for the second valve to hold the second valve in an edge cleaning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Sutrina
  • Patent number: 8959717
    Abstract: One aspect is a detent device with a first hub having an axis and comprising a first feature having both a radial and an axial dimension relative to the hub axis, and having a first hub connection portion. A second hub is located co-axially outside the first hub and comprises a second feature having both a radial and an axial dimension relative to the hub axis, the second feature of the second hub touching the first feature of the first hub when the features are aligned. The second hub has a second hub connection portion. The first and second features have complementary mating geometries. The detent device is configured such that when relative movement is provided to the first and second hub connection portions, a circumferential strain energy of the second hub changes, providing a variable force between the two connection portions depending on their relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Philip A. Billings, George Larson, Timothy W. Jenum
  • Patent number: 8925153
    Abstract: A pull-button, locking hinge assembly includes a base element, a pull-button element, a cap element, press fitted to arrange these three elements about a central axis, and a release assembly allowing the cap element to pivot 360 degrees transversely to the central axis and in relation to the base element. Geometric ends of the hinge assembly allow press fitted insertion into any two components to be so releasably pivoted and repositioned, and then locked into a desired position relative one to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew H. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8898862
    Abstract: A push-button, locking hinge assembly includes a base element, a push-button element, a cap element, an assembly to lock these three elements about a central axis, and a release assembly allowing the cap element to pivot 360 degrees transversely to the central axis and in relation to the base element. Geometric ends of the hinge assembly allow insertion into any two components to be so releasably pivoted and repositioned, and then locked into a desired position relative one to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew H. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8854834
    Abstract: Dual screen display devices are disclosed. The device is able to be a mechanical hinge capable of joining multiple screens to form a single display or a substantially continuous display. The device is also capable of splitting a jointed display into separated screens. In some embodiments, the device comprises detaining mechanisms allowing the device to instantly interchange among several pre-defined angles or positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Mike O'Connor, Marty Kimbell, Steve Gaynes
  • Patent number: 8789240
    Abstract: Hinge for a panel door, in particular a glass door, for sealing a space, such as for example a cooling cupboard, wherein the hinge (1) includes a sill/lintel-attachment part (2), two mutually connectable clamping parts (3, 4) for clamping a panel (21) in between them along an edge of the panel (21), a pivot pin (6) which connects, on one side, to the sill/lintel-attachment part (2) and, on the other side, to the clamping parts (3, 4) in such a manner that they can pivot with respect to one another, and tensioning parts (7, 8, 9) which force the sill/lintel-attachment part (2) into a neutral position with respect to the clamping parts (3, 4), wherein, in the neutral position, a mirror plane (Ls) of the clamping parts (3, 4) and a longitudinal axis (Lo) of the sill/lintel-attachment part (2) are at an angle of 5-15 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Estem B.V.
    Inventor: Evert Bouwman
  • Patent number: 8763851
    Abstract: A door assembly is provided that includes a door, a hinge portion, a locking member and a damper member. The locking member locks the door in an opened position and the damper member provides resistance as the door moves from the opened position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Weiwei Allen Jiang, Yong Terry Wang
  • Patent number: 8767395
    Abstract: Provided is a slim-type cradling apparatus for a portable terminal. The disclosed cradling apparatus includes a cradling body and a retaining device interworking with rotation of the cradling body to support a closed state and a rotated state of the cradling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Keun Yoo
  • Patent number: 8752247
    Abstract: Hinge for supporting and maneuvering doors, consisting of two wing-shaped elements, provided with means for the attachment to a frame part and to a door part, respectively, as well as with means for the mutual hinging of in a pivoting area, said means consisting of appendixes projecting from said wing-shaped elements, characterized in that at least one of said appendixes of a first one of said wings is shaped as a cylindrical body on the surface of which there are formed axial grooves, at a preset, mutual, circumferential distance, and in that with a second one of said wings, opposite to said appendix, there is associated at least one thrust-engagement element in one of said grooves, at least partly elastically yielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Elesa S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gian Carlo Franchini
  • Patent number: 8689403
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door hinge, having a pillar fitting able to be mounted on a vehicle body, and a door fitting able to be mounted on a motor vehicle door, which are connected to each other in an articulated manner by a hinge pin connected to either the pillar fitting or the door fitting in a rotation-resistant manner and to the remaining one of the pillar fitting or the door fitting in an articulated manner, and an arresting unit having a detent body carrier connected to the hinge pin in a rotation-resistant manner and radially extending to the latter and having a detent body, and a detent element adjustable on the other one of the pillar fitting or the door fitting with respect to the detent body carrier, coaxially arranged with respect to the hinge pin axis and in engagement with the detent body and including at least one detent notch, and arranged within a housing surrounding the hinge pin and the detent body carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Metalsa Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Jakob Löwen
  • Patent number: 8661619
    Abstract: A hinge adjuster includes a first frame, at least one locking piece, at least one spring component, at least one second frame and a pair of cover. The first frame defines at least one locking hole including a first accommodating hole and a second accommodating hole. The locking piece is slidably placed in the first accommodating hole for engaging with the first accommodating hole or the engaging notch alternatively. At least one groove for engaging with the locking piece is configured on a pivoted portion of the second frame, which includes a flat portion, a dentiform portion, and an end portion. And the locking piece is protruded from the locking hole and contacting with the flat portion, the dentiform portion or the end portion selectively. The hinge adjuster has strong supporting capability and can achieve a cyclic adjustment of angles, and the operation is simple and convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Weihong Hardware and Plastic Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 8657249
    Abstract: A carrier base with a lateral base extension having a base hollow interior channel. A tooth ring on the lateral base extension. A stop block channel within the base tooth ring. A support arm pivotally carried on the lateral base extension for carrying a mirror head. A tooth ring included on the support arm engaging the base tooth ring in interlocking cooperation. A stop block carried by the support arm within the support arm tooth ring so that the stop block travels between a first end wall and a second end wall to control movement of the support arm. A connecting bolt carried by the support arm extending through the tooth rings into the hollow base interior channel. A leaf spring biasing the connecting bolt into the hollow base interior channel to draw the support arm against the lateral base extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Ramesh Noone, Mathieu Lhoste-Clos
  • Patent number: 8646153
    Abstract: A plate spring 40 is subjected to folding at a fold portion 41 to form integrally a plate spring portion 42 and a stress relief portion 43m and a distal end of a rotary shaft 30 is secured to a caulking hole of the stress relief portion 43 by caulking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nagami
  • Patent number: 8640306
    Abstract: A hinge device 100 includes: a one-piece hinge base 20 such that connecting hinge bases 21a, 21b in which rotational shaft portions 23a, 23b are protrusively provided in the same direction by a burring process are connected together through a hinge base connecting part 22; and a one-piece holder 10 such that connecting holders 11a, 11b having click washers 30a, 30b attached thereto are connected together through a holder connecting part 12, wherein the one-piece holder 10 is assembled to the one-piece hinge base 20 from one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Hirota
  • Patent number: 8556330
    Abstract: A hinge assembly may include first and second hinge portions, a pivot pin, and a retaining member. The first hinge portion may be secured to one of a vehicle body and a door, and may include a first aperture and a protrusion. The second hinge portion may be secured to another of the vehicle body and the door, and may include a second aperture and a first detent. The protrusion may engage the first detent when the door is in an open position. The pivot pin may selectively engage the first and second apertures to provide relative rotation between the first and second hinge portions. The retaining member may engage a portion of the pivot pin and may be axially movable relative to one of the first and second apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Lazarevich, Richard M. Kleinhoffer
  • Patent number: 8544151
    Abstract: A pivoting detent joint with selective positional engagement for a vehicle mirror assembly. The detent joint includes an arm detent ring defined by a continuous circular arrangement of a combination of arm locking teeth and alignment teeth. A base detent ring has a complementary arrangement to the arm detent ring and is defined by a continuous circular arrangement of a combination of base locking teeth and alignment channels. The arm locking teeth of the arm detent ring engage the base locking teeth of the base detent ring in a releasable interlocking engagement only when all of the alignment teeth are received into a complementary alignment channel so that positioning of a support arm relative to a carrier base is limited to specifically define orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Yoann Cannistra
  • Patent number: 8510914
    Abstract: A checker-equipped door hinge device for use in a vehicle includes a check force generating mechanism having a central shaft fixed to a female bracket, a cylinder block fixed to a male bracket and having a cylinder portion, a piston slidably fitted into the cylinder portion, a detent roller supported by the piston, a check spring for urging the piston, and a detent groove provided on an outer peripheral face of the central shaft and with which the detent roller is engaged by urging force of the check spring. The male bracket includes male arm portions for sandwiching the cylinder block inside female arm portions, and a male base portion connected to the male arm portions. The male arm portion is fixedly secured to the cylinder block, and opposite end parts of the central shaft extending through the male arm portion are fixedly secured to the female arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Rikenkaki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumiko Minegishi
  • Patent number: 8510913
    Abstract: A door hinge unit in a refrigerator which pivots a door on a refrigerator body, and holds the door to maintain an opened state or a maximum opened state at a predetermined position for preventing the door from hitting an external object and a hinge shaft from breaking, and minimizes a friction surface between a male member and a female member of the hinge for making movement of the hinge smooth and preventing the hinge from causing noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Daeyeong E&B Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Doo Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 8495796
    Abstract: Provided is an opening-and-closing mechanism that can be latched at a predetermined opening angle, wherein the latching can be disengaged with a small force in the opening direction whereas the latching is gradually disengaged in the closing direction. An opening-and-closing mechanism includes first and second supporting members disposed relatively rotatable around a rotary axis; a plurality of protruding portions provided on the first supporting member; and a plurality of depressed portions provided on the second supporting member and engaged with the plurality of protruding portions, wherein, when the first and second supporting members are in a plurality of predetermined relative alignments, some of the plurality of protruding portions and some of the plurality of depressed portions are engaged, and wherein forces required for disengaging the protruding portions and the depressed portions by rotating at least one of the first and second supporting members differ first and second rotation directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Ohashi, Tetsuya Abe
  • Patent number: 8477486
    Abstract: A linkage mechanism includes a fixing member, a rotary member, a support member and a sliding module. A first end of the rotary member is rotatably assembled to the fixing member. A first end of the support member is rotatably hinged to the second end of the rotary member, and the second end of the support member is hinged with the sliding module. The sliding module includes a sliding member and a sliding rod slidably assembled to the sliding member. The sliding member is slidably mounted to the fixing member, and further hinged to the second end of the support member. The sliding member defines a sliding hole. The sliding rod is rotatably assembled to the rotary member together with the fixing member, and further slidably passing through the sliding hole of the sliding member. An electronic device using the linkage mechanism is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhen-Yu Yang, Lian-Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 8477505
    Abstract: The present invention provides a peripheral device with limited relative angular movement. The peripheral device is configured for detachable operative interconnection with a computing device and comprises a first portion, a second portion, and an operatively connected peripheral device component. The first portion includes a first hinge portion, which defines an axis of rotation, and comprises a first protrusion and a second protrusion. The first protrusion is disposed axially separated at a predetermined distance from the second protrusion. The second portion includes a second hinge portion, which is operatively interconnected with the first hinge portion to allow the first portion and the second portion to rotate relative to one another about the axis of rotation between a first angle and a second angle. The peripheral device component provides one or more peripheral device functions. The first angle and the second angle at least in part are defined by the first protrusion and the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: NETGEAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Richard John Samuels, Mark Andrew Timmerman, Edwin Sy Liu
  • Patent number: 8451601
    Abstract: In embodiments of double hinge axial cams, a portable device includes a first housing integrated with a display device, and a second housing movably coupled to the first housing. The first housing is operable to open and close relative to the second housing, and the first and second housings can be rotated from a closed position at approximately zero degrees (0°) to an open position at approximately one-hundred and eighty degrees (180°), as well as rotated through approximately three-hundred and sixty degrees (360°). Double hinges are operable to movably couple the first housing and the second housing. The double hinges include axial cams that apply a holding torque in the open position that resists the first and second housings closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf, Michael J. Basha
  • Patent number: 8441791
    Abstract: In embodiments of double hinge radial cams, a portable device includes a first housing integrated with a display device, and a second housing movably coupled to the first housing. The first housing is operable to open and close relative to the second housing, and the first and second housings can be rotated from a closed position at approximately zero degrees (0°) to an open position at approximately one-hundred and eighty degrees (180°). A double hinge is operable to movably couple the first housing and the second housing. The double hinge includes radial cams that apply a holding torque in the open position that resists the first and second housings closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 8438703
    Abstract: A positionable hinge includes a first section and a second section. The first section includes a first leaf and a first hinge barrel secured thereto. The first hinge barrel has a first barrel surface. The second section also includes a second leaf and a second hinge barrel secured thereto. Each of the first and second barrel have barrel surfaces at an interface. These barrel surfaces are opposed textured mating surfaces that allow the hinge to be held in place in any desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Amesbury Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tagtow, Tracy Lammers, Matthew L. Halbersma, Allen Rickenbaugh, Matt Coplan, Eric J. Adamson
  • Patent number: 8429796
    Abstract: A plate 5 fastened to a D-cut section 3c of a rotation shaft 3 by caulking has an engaging hole 5b provided therethrough. Further, a positioning protrusion 4c for engaging the engaging hole 5b is provided in a leaf spring 4 sandwiched between the rotation shaft 3 and the plate 5. The inclination ?1 of the leaf spring 4 made by the amount of a clearance B between the engaging hole 5b and the positioning protrusion 4c that are distant from the rotation central axis X is smaller than the inclination ?2 made by the amount of a clearance A between the D-cut section 3c and the straight portion 4d that are close to the rotation central axis X. Thus, the backlash in the rotation direction of the leaf spring 4 can be reduced by providing the positioning protrusion 4c and the engaging hole 5b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nagami
  • Patent number: 8425439
    Abstract: A lockable hinge assembly configured for incorporation within a brace for stabilizing a joint includes a static support structure configured to remain in a fixed position, a dynamic support structure that is configured to be rotatable relative to the dynamic support structure, and a locking means for locking the dynamic support structure in a desired fixed position relative to the static support structure. The locking means is configured to enable the dynamic support structure to rotate relative to the static support structure and to automatically lock the dynamic support structure in a fixed position relative to the static support structure when the dynamic support structure rotates into the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventors: Brian P. McKeon, John D. Fiegener