Rubber Sleeve Bearings And Hinges Patents (Class 16/DIG33)
  • Patent number: 5779299
    Abstract: An isolation apparatus reduces vibrations and destructive twisting forces otherwise transmitted between an automotive vehicle body and roof. A striker isolator and a roof pivot isolator are provided. Furthermore, a hinge isolator is provided between a pair of foldable roof sections. These isolators are ideally suited for use in combination with convertible roofs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: ASC Incorporated
    Inventors: George F. Purcell, Adam A. Erickson, Robert A. Patterson, B. Michael Flaherty
  • Patent number: 5249334
    Abstract: A hinge for a door or hatch of a motor vehicle has two hinge halves (1, 2), one (1) of which has a pivot pin (6) and the other (2) of which has a bearing portion (9) pivotally mounted on the pivot pin (6). The pivot pin (6) has a spherical end portion (11), onto which the bearing portion (9) fits with a complementary shaped cavity, and a narrower neck portion (12). A lock (18) cooperates with the neck portion (12) of the pivot pin (6) and the bearing portion (9) to lock the hinge halves (1, 2) against relative movement in the axial direction of the pivot pin (6). The bearing portion (9) has a bearing sleeve (13) journalled on the pivot pin (6), including the complementary shaped cavity therein. A bearing housing (15) has an inside surface which fits over an outside surface of the bearing sleeve (13), and a fastener (16) detachably fastens the bearing sleeve (13) to the bearing housing (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: AB Volvo
    Inventors: Arne Horberg, Rolf Svensson
  • Patent number: 5243737
    Abstract: There is described an improved hinge including first and second spaced apart tangs, an aperture formed through each of the two tangs to be in axial alignment with one another, and a third tang disposed between the first and second tangs. A resilient grommet is supported by and extends axially through the third tang, spacing it from the first and second tangs. The grommet has a cylindrical aperture formed therethrough for axial alignment with the apertures formed through each of the first and second tangs. A hinge pin is inserted through the aperture in the first and second tangs and the cylindrical aperture through the grommet, thereby interconnecting the first, second and third tangs in hinged relationship about the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Innovation & Development Partners Inc./IDP Inc.
    Inventor: Markus Dainat
  • Patent number: 5103533
    Abstract: A pivotal connection between a handle and a housing, where the handle includes a cylindrical opening, and the housing includes a pair of cylindrical openings on opposite sides of the housing and concentric with the handle opening. A sleeve with a central tubular opening is disposed within the housing and handle openings, and has an outer diameter substantially equal to the diameter of the housing and handle openings. A cylindrical pin has an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter of the sleeve tubular opening and is wedged into the sleeve tubular opening to bulge the sleeve outwardly into beveled portions of the handle opening. The connection is formed by first aligning the handle between housing portions so that openings therethrough are disposed substantially concentric to one another. Then, a tubular sleeve is located within the housing and handle openings. Finally, a pin having an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter of the tubular sleeve opening is wedged into the sleeve opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Truth Division of SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Dean A. Pettit, Jeffrey L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4930184
    Abstract: A hinge assembly means for connecting a float to a base includes a male member means connected to one of the base and the float having a cylindrical outwardly extending boss and a female member means connected to the other of the base and the float having a cylindrical, inwardly-extending recess. A resilient, rubber-like bearing sleeve means encircles and engages the outer circumference of the boss and is of a thickness to fit between the boss and the recess to rotatably attach the recess about the outer circumference of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Donald J. Kristmanson
  • Patent number: 4639147
    Abstract: A pivot assembly has a substantial amount of inherent frictional torque. A shaft has a clearance space between itself and a wall of its journal hole. A pliable tubular bushing is axially compressed within the shaft clearance space to create rotational friction between the shaft and the bearing journal. Such an assembly has diverse applications in areas such as the swivel for sailboat tiller extensions, toilet seat lid hinges, and hinged covers for electronic cabinets or other equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Inventor: Edward L. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 4453482
    Abstract: A radar loaded, hollow yacht mast is disclosed which is pivoted at the bottom to the deck by a tri-sectioned elastomeric torsion spring hinge assembly in which the torsion is produced by relative rotation between the inner section and the two outer sections. The torsional resistance of the hinge assembly prevents the mast from falling when the bolts and stays are removed and the restoring force in the spring elastomer when the mast is pivoted flat to the deck assists in raising the mast back into its upright position. A hollow, flanged mounting connecting the hollow mast to the movable section of the hinge assembly prevents sea water from entering the hollows. Provisions are provided for pre-loading the hinge spring with a torsional stress in either direction when the hinge is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: AMF Inc.
    Inventor: Milton T. Barker
  • Patent number: 4342466
    Abstract: A foot propelled land craft is provided with a steering post and body section coupled together by a resilient, elastic length of material which serves as both a hinge for steering and as a shock absorber. The body section has a seat located above a deck. Preferably fenders are provided at either side of the front of the body section to fend off branches or foliage which may project into the path of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Assignees: Irving Bullet, Jr., Maurice M. Decuir
    Inventor: Daniel Morgan
  • Patent number: 4223420
    Abstract: A hinge structure for automobile hoods, including a first bracket fixedly connected to the automobile hood, a second bracket fixedly connected to an automobile body, a link mechanism rotatably supporting both brackets by a link mechanism, an urging mechanism for urging the first bracket into the raising direction thereof, the hinge structure characterized in that a link connecting member having an elastic portion is fixed to the autobomile body at the rotating position of the link mechanism upon fully opening the automobile hood and the link mechanism is connected to the link connecting member by bending the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Yukimoto, Shinzi Ogasawara, Mitsuhiro Sakamoto, Yasunori Kawamura
  • Patent number: 4135273
    Abstract: A hinge for doors and the like is provided in which an un-headed hinge pin is held frictionally in the axial passage through a cylindrical plastic retainer which is centrally positioned between, and is aligned with, interlocking bosses which extend toward each other from the two leaves of the hinge. Interfitting locking means are also provided in the two leaves whereby the hinge may be locked in closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1979
    Inventor: Stannard D. Holmes