Clamps, Clips, Hooks, Or Latches Patents (Class 220/324)
  • Patent number: 10981734
    Abstract: A conduit access includes a base plate, a sensor, a motor, and a pivoting door plate. The base plate includes a pivot joint, a pass-through, and a stop. The pivot joint is at an edge of the base plate and extends toward a backside of the base plate. The pass-through is in a center of the base plate. The stop is on a rim of the base plate. The stop has a raised thickness on a frontside of the base plate. The sensor is in the pivot joint to detect motion. The motor is coupled to the pivot joint on the backside of the base plate. The motor activates on detection at the sensor. The pivoting door plate is parallel to the base plate. The pivoting door plate is coupled to the motor through the pivot joint to pivot across the frontside of the base plate to cover the pass-through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Drew P. Henry
  • Patent number: 10865819
    Abstract: A cantilever system comprises a snapping body configured to ensure a persistent contact with a receiving body. The snapping body includes a supporting body extending from the snapping body, a step extending from the supporting body, the step configured to lock the snapping body and the receiving body in an engaged position, and a constant contact protrusion extending into the step, wherein the constant contact protrusion is configured to maintain engagement of the snapping body and the receiving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Hugo Salinas-Fox, Junji Yagi, Ionut Patrulescu, Brian Christopher Schweitzer
  • Patent number: 10858181
    Abstract: A trash can for the collection and disposal of trash is disclosed. The trash can includes a base and a separable sidewall allowing for easy removal of a bag from the trash can by lifting the sidewall around the bag, rather than lifting the bag through the top of the trash can. The base of the trash can is connected to straps with a handle positioned between the straps. The handle may be engageable with the sidewall so that the straps hold the sidewall and base together. The handle allows for convenient carrying of the base. The separable sidewall includes a bottom opening defined by the sidewall without a constriction in the width of a base end of the sidewall. The base includes a perimeter wall to inhibit material from escaping the base. The trash may have an outwardly tapered shape to increase the overall volume of the trash can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: 3 Boys Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Christian
  • Patent number: 10858735
    Abstract: Alignment systems employing actuators provide relative displacement between lid assemblies of process chambers and substrates, and related methods are disclosed. A process chamber includes chamber walls defining a process volume in which a substrate may be placed and the walls support a lid assembly of the process chamber. The lid assembly contains at least one of an energy source and a process gas dispenser. Moreover, an alignment system may include at least one each of a bracket, an interface member, and an actuator. By attaching the bracket to the chamber wall and securing the interface member to the lid assembly, the actuator may communicate with the bracket and the interface member to provide relative displacement between the chamber wall and the lid assembly. In this manner, the lid assembly may be positioned relative to the substrate to improve process uniformity across the substrate within the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny D. Wang, Jason Michael Lamb, Jun Tae Choi, Rupankar Choudhury, Zhong Qiang Hua, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10722680
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for detecting tampering are disclosed. The methods, apparatuses and systems for detecting tampering can involve positioning at least a portion of one or more ingress/egress line having a first end and a second end in a clamping box configured to provide detection of tampering; and detecting tampering by observing the clamping box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Matthew M. Mench, Matthew A. Young, Chad Duty
  • Patent number: 10716295
    Abstract: A bee swarm box and associated method of use is disclosed. The bee swarm box includes a first and second body portions. The first and second body portions are convertible between a closed configuration and a nested configuration. In the closed configuration, the first and second body portions are brought together forming an internal cavity configured to receive bees and a first plurality of framelike elements. In the nested configuration, the first aligning portion of the first body portion projects so as to nest with the first aligning portion of the second body portion, aiding the first and second body portions in forming the nested configuration. The nested configuration saves space when transporting the bee swarm box between locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jeff Nelson
  • Patent number: 10654618
    Abstract: A container having interlocking features is provided. The container includes protrusions on the upper edges of the side wall panels and base wall panels, and notches in the runners/feet for receiving the protrusions. The runners and/or feet extend to the outer perimeter of the container so they can rest on an upper edge of a like container, and do not include a recess from the outer perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Banik, Arndt Stiebritz-Ulrich
  • Patent number: 10638623
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an upper housing, a gasket, and a lower housing. The upper housing generally comprises a plurality of tabs and a plurality of threaded sockets. The lower housing generally comprises a plurality of openings configured to engage the tabs of the upper housing and a plurality of holes configured to align with the plurality of threaded sockets when assembled to the upper housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Floyd J. Malecke, Luis F. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10618693
    Abstract: A container has a base flange on a base, and a lid flange on a lid. When the container is in a closed position the lid flange and the base flange are in juxtaposition and one of the flange edges defines a flange support surface. A lid surface is spaced above an upper base periphery when in the closed position to define a lid volume, and the base section defines a base volume. The flange support surface extends a first distance such that when the volume of the container is loaded with a rated capacity of product and the container is placed in a standing position on a flat surface using the flange support surface and a front base corner as support elements, a center of gravity of the container generates a moment about an axis of the base corner that biases the container in the standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Hanna
  • Patent number: 10605210
    Abstract: A filter housing has a first housing part with a first rim section and a second housing part with a second rim section. The housing parts can be joined and separated from each other in axial mounting direction and define a housing interior for a filter element provided with a circumferentially extending sealing element. The first and second rim sections form a receiving area in which the sealing element is seal-tightly clamped radially between the first and second rim sections when the housing parts are joined in the mounted state. A snap connecting device axially braces the first and second housing parts relative to each other. The snap connecting device is formed integrally on the first and second housing parts such that a clamping force applied by the first and second rim sections on the sealing element in radial direction is decoupled from the snap connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Kuemmerling, Thomas Jessberger, Andreas Weber, Michael Metzger, Bernhard Gau, Naihe Shen, Calogero Colletto, Achim Janner
  • Patent number: 10544938
    Abstract: The automatic flame extinguisher may include a base for selectively positioning the automatic flame extinguisher in relation to a candle. A lid coupled to the base may selectively rotate about a pivot between a first open position that allows a burning wick of the candle to receive sufficient ambient oxygen to continue burning and a second closed position to extinguish the burning wick of the candle. In this respect, a timer may include a clock for selectively activating the pivot to reposition the lid from the first open position to the second closed position after the clock reaches a threshold operation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Easy Life Brands LLC
    Inventor: Shahesta Gaudioso
  • Patent number: 10526130
    Abstract: An insulating container having a base and a lid is provided. The lid may be rotatable about a hinge from a closed configuration to an open configuration and may be secured, via one or more latching devices, in either the closed configuration or the open configuration. In some examples, the rotatable lid may be non-destructively removable from the base. Some example arrangements include a removable lid that, when removed, may be secured to the base via an additional portion of the latching device. Additional features of the insulating container include handles that are integrally formed with the base, a recess formed in the base and housing a spigot, and/or a spigot guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: James William Sonntag, Christopher M. Keller, Steve Charles Nichols, Roy Joseph Seiders, David J. Bell
  • Patent number: 10499549
    Abstract: An electronic shielding device used to secure articles like keys and key fobs from radiating signals is disclosed. The electronic shielding device includes a housing having a lid member and a storage member, a locking unit for securing articles utilizing a locking mechanism and a plurality of attachment means connecting the lid member to the storage member. The locking unit is keyed or coded to a customer's own specific key/lock. The electronic shielding device is designed to attach to an object such as but not limited to a vehicle, a door and a window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jacob Daniel Steel
  • Patent number: 10490888
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a radome-reflector assembly for, e.g., a microwave antenna, has (i) two semi-circular rims that receive the peripheries of the radome and the reflector and (ii) fixed and adjustable clamps that secure the ends of the rims together. The rims are designed with slanted inner surfaces that engage the periphery of the reflector, such that, when the adjustable clamp is tightened circumferentially, the periphery of the reflector is forced laterally to abut other rim structure to form a metal-to-metal RF seal between the reflector and the rims. Certain assemblies with low profiles and low circumferential forces can be assembled without special tooling using plastic clamps and still achieve good RF seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ian T. Renilson, John S. Curran, Douglas P. Hunter, David J. Walker
  • Patent number: 10464497
    Abstract: A roof box includes: a body; lock mechanisms in both sides of the body to engage and fasten a storage portion and an openable/closable cover; unfastening mechanisms in each of the lock mechanisms provided in both sides of the body to release the engagement and fastening; opening/closing means to open or close the openable/closable cover with respect to any one of the lock mechanisms when the engagement and fastening of the other lock mechanism is released; a manipulation means to transmit an opening/closing operation signal for selecting the lock mechanisms for releasing the engagement and fastening and opening or closing the openable/closable cover using the opening/closing means; and a control means to receive the opening/closing operation signal from the manipulation means, output an engagement release signal to the selected lock mechanism, and output an opening/closing signal for releasing the openable/closable cover to the opening/closing means after the engagement is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CAR MATE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kondo, Daisuke Kisaka, Motoki Tomita, Ken Sugiura, Tatsuyuki Aono
  • Patent number: 10427841
    Abstract: The present application discloses a centering aid for a container having a container trough, with an access opening, a container lid and a seal. In the closed state of the container, the seal is arranged between the container trough and the container lid. The centering aid has a first centering device, which is provided on either the container lid or the container trough, and a second centering device, which is provided on the other of either the container lid or the container trough. The first and second centering devices interact in such a way as to ensure that, in the closed state of the container, the seal is in contact with the container trough and with the container lid along the entire periphery of the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Dieter Weisshaupt, Stefan Schuster, Matthias Schweizer, John Gray-Dreizler, Gerold Zieris
  • Patent number: 10413127
    Abstract: A coffee grinder has a housing that includes a ring burr, a shaft extending through the ring burr, a frustoconical burr, and an interlocking plug. An internal bore of the frustoconical burr has an upper cylindrical surface adjacent the top end, an interlocking portion adjacent the bottom edge, and a tapered side surface. The interlocking plug is shaped to extend through the internal bore of the frustoconical burr, and includes an upper cylindrical portion that fits through the upper cylindrical surface, and a lower portion that includes a sidewall surface which is also tapered such that the sidewall surface interlocks with the side surface of the frustoconical burr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Jana Media, LLC
    Inventors: Raj Jana, Thomas Hazzard
  • Patent number: 10415174
    Abstract: A washing machine includes: a cabinet having a first opening and a washing space formed therein; and a door assembly provided to open and close the first opening, wherein the door assembly includes: a door body having a second opening and corresponding to the first opening and provided to rotate relative to the cabinet; door glass having a glass hole communicating with the inside of the cabinet and coupled with the rear surface of the door body; a guide duct that connects the second opening and the glass hole; and a sealing member. The sealing member can prevent washing water or internal air from escaping from the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang Hoon Park, Min Jea Choi, Jae Young Kim, Zoo Hyeong Kim, Nae Young Park, Kwang Min Chun
  • Patent number: 10398243
    Abstract: A stackable food holder is disclosed. The food holder includes a first and second inclined sidewall separated by a mostly flat base portion. The inclined sidewalls include a plurality of channels configured to dissipate heat and humidity from the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Inno-Pak, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Sedgwick
  • Patent number: 10391918
    Abstract: A cargo restraint system having a load bearing perimeter rail and a tie-down ring assembly. The load bearing perimeter rail further comprised of a plurality of protruding bosses with a hole within each boss. Further, a tie-down ring assembly comprised of a tie-down ring and a pin wherein the tie-down ring is inserted through the hole in the plurality of protruding bosses of the load bearing perimeter rail. Protruding bosses and/or recessed load bearing features within a load bearing rail are capable of accepting additional components beyond a tie-down ring assembly to increase interchangeability of load bearing platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sunrez, Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Livesay, Bret Tollgaard
  • Patent number: 10370882
    Abstract: An injection molded housing includes a first piece, a second piece, and a wall defined by the first piece removably joined to the second piece by a joint at abutting surfaces of the first piece and the second piece. A central catch is integrally molded with the first piece, protruding from the wall. A latch is integrally molded with the second piece, and connected to the second piece first and second living hinges. A half-knuckle is integrally molded with the second piece, protruding from the wall. A hinge pin is fixedly attached to the latch. The latch is bendable at the living hinges to align the hinge pin with the half-knuckle. The latch is rotatable about the hinge pin to engage the central catch and selectably prevent the first piece from being disengaged from the second piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Spryshak, Joe Thompson, Jason Kreucher
  • Patent number: 10371429
    Abstract: A cooler with a hinging lid is comprised of a top deck having an opening and a unitary hinging lid to cover the opening; insulated sidewalls; and a bottom that together define an enclosed insulated inner volume for storage of objects. The inner volume can be accessed by opening the hinging lid. The hinging lid can be selectively opened, segment by segment, to access the inner volume while minimizing the exchange of air between the inner volume and the air surrounding the cooler. The hinging lid is comprised of a pull flap tab, an interior layer of reflective insulating material, at least one layer of support insulation material and a waterproof outer surface layer. The support insulation material of the hinging lid is divided into at least two discrete segments comprising a first segment and a second segment and can be articulated as a hinge between the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Gem Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Meredith Winters Giesting, Agnes Csilla Domotor, Richard C. Bellofatto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10357874
    Abstract: A storage container can include a bottom surface and one or more sides that extend up from the bottom surface to define a storage area. The storage container can also include a lid rotatably coupled to at least one of the sides and can be moved from a closed position, preventing or limiting access to the storage area, to an open position, allowing access. The storage container can also include a work surface rotatably coupled to a bottom side of the lid. When the lid is opened, the work surface is rotated into a substantially horizontal position providing a planar top surface to work on. The storage container can also include a leg support assembly that is rotatably coupled to one or more of the side walls of the storage container and can be adjusted into a support position to provide vertical support for a portion of the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: David P. Engvall, Stephen Pennington, Michael Reedy, Adam Dudycha, Jose C. Santiago
  • Patent number: 10334935
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compact case including an upper cover unit and a lower body for hermetically accommodating various types of cosmetics in which the upper cover unit and the lower body are combined by a pin. The lower body and the upper cover unit are separably combined by a pin for refilling, the lower body is hermetically sealed with a cut plate that can be cut at the top and with a bottom plate at the bottom after a cosmetic is put into the lower body, and the cut plate is cut and opened for use in a single motion by pulling a ring. Accordingly, the compact case is simply sealed and opened, so efficiency including economical efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CTK CO. LTD.
    Inventor: In Yong Chung
  • Patent number: 10306962
    Abstract: A protective housing includes a housing and a rotating cover mechanism. An opening and a restriction groove are defined in the housing, and the cover mechanism includes a cover body and a latching member rotatably mounted on the cover body. The cover body includes an outer cover and a supporting plate detachably coupled thereto. The latching member includes a handle, a latch between the outer cover and the supporting plate and coupled to the handle, and a mechanical button adjacent to the latch. The latch includes a positioning groove. The partly exposed mechanical button is located between the outer cover and the supporting plate. The handle causes the latch to be received in the restriction groove and the mechanical button is received in the positioning groove to lock the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ying-Jui Huang
  • Patent number: 10294969
    Abstract: A clamping device for holding an object in place comprising a female plate 10 with an exterior 11 and interior 12 surface and a bottom edge 15 with a plurality protrusions 16 wherein each of the protrusions has a opening 17 therein; a male plate 1 with an exterior 2 and interior 3 surface and a bottom edge 9 with a plurality of teeth 7; and at least two stepper keys 21 on said exterior 2 surface of the male plate 1; wherein the male teeth 7 fit snuggly within the female plate protrusion openings 17 such that the object placed between the male plate 1 and the female plate 10 is held in place by locking the stepper keys 21 in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Keibu Morton
  • Patent number: 10285553
    Abstract: A cyclone dust collecting apparatus and a cleaner having the same include a grille unit including an introduction pipe communicating with the suction port and adapted to guide the air into the main cyclone chamber, and a grille body detachably provided to the introduction pipe and allowing the air to be discharged from the main cyclone chamber after dust particles in the air having a size greater than or equal to a certain size is filtered out. With this configuration, the spatial utilization of the cyclone structure may be facilitated, and visualization of the dust collection chamber may allow a user to gain satisfaction from cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hoo Choe, Jong Gook Lim, Jin Ho Lee, Kyong Hui Jeon
  • Patent number: 10280944
    Abstract: A fan guard and method of use thereof. The fan guard includes a guard housing, the guard housing including a housing opening, one or more lattices, wherein the one or more lattices are pivotably connected to a portion of the guard housing, a linkage arm, wherein the one or more lattices are operably connected to the linkage arm, and a wedge portion operably connected to the linkage arm, wherein the wedge portion comprises a wedge portion face, and wherein the linkage arm is configured to move along a length of the guard housing and the linkage arm is configured to pivot the one or more lattices from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Arenella, Levi A. Campbell, Christopher R. Ciraulo, Robert K. Mullady, Budy D. Notohardjono, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, John S. Werner
  • Patent number: 10246225
    Abstract: Presented are an apparatus and method for enclosing. An exemplary apparatus includes a bag having at least a first opening and a second opening, the bag comprising a first sheet coupled to a second sheet along a periphery of the first sheet and the second sheet, and a first closing device coupled to the first opening, the first closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the first opening. The apparatus further includes a second closing device coupled to the second opening, the second closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: United Sources Sought, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Metivier, Jeffrey Cahoon
  • Patent number: 10244745
    Abstract: A chumming device for live bait has a shaft with a first end located opposite a second end. A head is connected to the first end of the shaft. The head has a plurality of openings that facilitate water flow while scooping bait from a live well. The head has a lower portion forming a chamber configured to retain the bait. The chamber has a first side wall located opposite a second side wall. The chamber has a lip located opposite a protruding structure. The protruding structure extends beyond the chamber opening and is configured to align the bait to be launched in a direction by the force of a user. A handle is connected to the second end of the shaft. The shaft can have a plurality of bores each have different sized diameters arranged in an ascending diameter. The shaft can have a plurality of shaft openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Patrick Rosier
  • Patent number: 10244642
    Abstract: Electronic component unit (20) is received in inside of housing (1) prepared by joining base (2) and cover (3). Sealing groove (24) for sealing material (24a) is formed on joining surface (21) of base (2). Protruding rib (35) fittable into seal groove (24) is formed on joining surface (33) of cover (3). Furthermore, spring hook portion (4) is provided to be positioned outside of the joining surfaces (21, 33) on an outer peripheral side of housing (1). Spring hook portion (4) is structured to include flexible portion (41) that extends to span between outer peripheral surfaces of base (2) and cover (3) and that is formed into a beam supported at only one end thereof on the outer peripheral surface of cover (3), and engaging portion (40) that is formed on a tip end side of flexible portion (41) and is engaged with the outer peripheral surface of base (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuji Suzuki, Shoji Hara, Masako Umebachi
  • Patent number: 10155609
    Abstract: An exemplary tamper evident tub is disclosed. In various embodiments, the exemplary tub includes one or more breakable tabs in near proximity to a lid latching assembly. The one or more breakable tabs, in particular embodiments, prevent access to one or more lift tabs and latches, while the tamper evident tub lid is in a closed position. In various embodiments, the one or more lift tabs and latches are operable to allow for the lid to be opened from a closed position. In some embodiments, removing the breakable tabs allows access to the one or more lift tabs and latches, and further indicates that the exemplary tub has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BWAY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frano Luburic
  • Patent number: 10111350
    Abstract: An opening is formed in a top plate, and an opening is formed in a side plate which is approximately orthogonal to the top plate. A wall extending from a part of an edge part of the opening part and recessed toward the internal side of a casing includes an inclined surface inclined radially from the internal side of the casing to an edge part of the opening part and facing the opening part and the opening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takafumi Morihara, Satoru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10099769
    Abstract: A door alignment system may include a door assembly including a first door and a second door, a striker assembly configured to positively align a first mating edge of the first door and a second mating edge of the second door when the first door and the second door are moved into a closed position, the striker assembly including a striker coupled to the first mating edge and a striker receptacle coupled to the second mating edge and configured to receive the striker, and a rail assembly configured to maintain alignment of the first mating edge and the second mating edge when the first door and the second door are in the closed position, the rail assembly including a convex first rail coupled to the first mating edge and a concave second rail coupled to the second mating edge and configured to engage the convex first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Peter Macaraeg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10089814
    Abstract: A parking meter assembly (10) including a base (11) that is to be fixed to or embedded in a ground surface, typically adjacent the curb that which a car is to be parked. The assembly (10) also includes a parking meter (13) having a front face (17) that includes a coin slot (25) a card slot (20) and a control panel (21). The parking meter (13) further includes a rear face (27) having a window aperture (28) that provides for the transmission of light to a solar panel (29) behind the aperture (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, Matthew James Hall, David Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 10081466
    Abstract: A container case with locking device which allows tool-free unlocking and access includes a top cover having a latching protrusion, a base with sliding top cover, and a handle assembly fixed on the base. The handle assembly includes a resilient catch plate and a handle portion having an operating portion and an elastic arm. When the operating portion is forced by a thumb or finger, the latching protrusion is released from the elastic arm and the handle portion, and the top cover can slide free. When top cover is replaced, the latching protrusion slides and forces back the catch plate until the latching protrusion is again latched by the catch plate and the handle portion. The handle assembly is on the side plate of the base, operators need to use only one thumb or finger to open the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Sin Chu, Ming-Tsz Lin, Feng-Jung Yang
  • Patent number: 10046900
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 10021854
    Abstract: An animal enclosure including a plurality of members defining an interior of the enclosure. One of the plurality of members includes a first member having a frame structure and door assembly formed by a plurality of interconnected horizontal and vertical wires. At least two of the horizontal wires of the frame structure form a hook positioned inside the defined opening. The door assembly is coupled to the frame and moves between an open and close positions. The door assembly includes a first door and a second door removably coupled to one another. The enclosure also includes a latch assembly for releasing the door assembly from the frame structure. In the close position, at least one horizontal wire of the first door and at least one horizontal wire of the second door are coupled to the hooks formed by the at least two horizontal wires of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MID-WEST METAL PRODUCTS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10023377
    Abstract: A packaging device for a windscreen wiper blade has a housing configured to receive the blade, having a first support surface configured to contact a portion of an upper part of the blade, a second support surface configured to contact a first portion of a lower part of the blade, a third support surface configured to contact a second portion of the lower part of the blade, a centering means, and a hooking means for hanging the packaging device vertically. The centering means blocks the blade at the center of the housing when the packaging device is hung. The first support surface extends opposite an area situated between the second support surface and the third support surface, and the first, second, and third support surfaces together immobilize the blade inside the housing in a position that is at least partially straightened out relative to a resting position of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Clamagirand, Stéphane Houssat
  • Patent number: 10010903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a melter, comprising a block (2) having a detachable shell (6), in which there is housed a melting chamber (3) provided with an upper opening that is closed with a hinged and detachable lid (11), the chamber (3) being arranged on lower supports (7), with the freedom to expand upwards, the opening of said chamber (3) incorporating a gasket (8) having an upwardly inclined flexible lip in the outer part on which the shell (6) rests, establishing sealed closure with respect to the chamber (3), whereas on the gasket (8) there is arranged a frame (9) having an upward vertical flange, with respect to which the lid (11) that closes on the gasket (8) is assembled, such that when the chamber (3) expands due to the temperature, the flexible lip allows the expansion maintaining leak-tightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MELER APLICADORES DE HOT-MELT, S.A.
    Inventors: Jose Zabalza Goni, Carlos Tellechea Bidegain
  • Patent number: 10005596
    Abstract: A container for holding granular or powdered material. The container includes walls, a collar, a lid and a latch. The walls define an interior space and an upper portion, the upper portion defining a sealing flange and an opening to the interior space. The collar is attached to the upper portion. The lid is attached to the collar for positioning between an open position and a closed position, and adapted to cover the opening while in the closed position. The latch is attached to an outer surface of the lid. The latch may have an actuator rotatable in two directions relative to the lid and detachably engaged to a catch which protrudes from an outside surface of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Jeremy McBroom, James Perry
  • Patent number: 9950302
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for stand-alone chemical dispensers are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Crossford International, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Walsh, Joseph J. Franzino
  • Patent number: 9930996
    Abstract: A closure for a container for storing granulated powder. The closure includes a collar and a lid, a locking portion on the collar, and a locking portion on the lid, the collar locking portion operable to releasably engage the lid locking portion when the lid is in a closed position on the collar. The closure further includes a latch element on the collar and a latch element on the lid, the collar last element operable to releasably engage the lid locking portion. Some embodiments are operable to provide two audible sounds verifying the lid has been properly closed. Some embodiments include a modified elongated scoop having a length equal to the diameter of the inner perimeter of the lid for improved user experience scooping product from the bottom of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.
    Inventors: Robin P. Wiggins, Johanna Kahn
  • Patent number: 9926116
    Abstract: Packaging which can accommodate medical articles such as a series of orthopedic implants e.g. femoral stem components for prosthetic hip joints which have a dimension which varies minimally across the series but which vary considerably in overall size. The packaging is designed to minimize the travel of any member of the series packaged therein such that all the packaged components in the series can pass the standard handling and shipping tests typically used by the manufacturers of medical articles such as implants and preferably comprises two thermoformed tray components which each carry three types of cavities which are interconnected and designed to be assembled with their cavities facing each other to contain the lower stem, body and angled shaft of the stem component, respectively, with the cavities for the lower stem and the body cooperating to capture a minimally varying dimension of the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Tad R. Kinyon
  • Patent number: 9908475
    Abstract: A securement system is provided for use with a storage area of a vehicle having a cover panel adjustably positionable relative to the storage area. The securement system includes a locking portion cooperating with the cover panel including a body having a first end and an opposing second end terminating at a securement member. A receiving portion cooperates with the storage area and includes a housing, a channel extending at least partially through the receiving portion housing to receive and engage the locking portion securement member. The receiving portion channel includes a first passage configured to receive the locking portion securement member and a second passage configured to guide the locking portion body between at least a first position and a second position to receive and secure the securement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cesar Alejandro Ayala Diaz, Alejandro Valencia Angeles, Rodolfo De La Mora Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9862267
    Abstract: In a fuel collection device for a fuel tank in a motor vehicle, a swirl pot is connected, by a catching connection and a locking connection, to a holding element mounted in the fuel tank. The catching connection, along with a supporting element, allows the swirl pot to be secured in a plane. The locking connection retains the swirl pot on the holding element. A sliding element allows the locking connection to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Gerhardt, Peter Menzl, Markus Wellhäuser, Tobias Schneider, Toni Heimer
  • Patent number: 9849403
    Abstract: A fractionation tray includes a manway unit positioned to cover a manway opening in the fractionation tray. The manway opening is framed by one or more fractionation tray panels having apertures therethrough adjacent to the manway opening. The manway unit includes a first manway panel having: perforations for the passage of fluid; first and second opposing side edges and two opposing end edges; and finger elements extending from the second side edge. The finger elements of the second side edge are received within the apertures adjacent to a first side of the manway opening. The manway unit is configured to open and close by rotation of the finger elements within the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Summers, Salvador Lopez Magana, Robert Bowden, Charles Sidney Parker
  • Patent number: 9834342
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 9827730
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a lid for attachment to a vessel having an open top surrounded by a peripheral edge portion, includes injection molding from a molten plastic material a first shot structure defining a web portion, a peripheral portion surrounding the web portion; in a second shot procedure, over-molding an elastomeric material different from said plastic material onto the first short structure to form a seal structure portion integrated with the lid portion to form a unitary lid-seal structure, wherein the seal structure portion is permanently adhered to the peripheral portion of the first shot structure, and wherein the seal structure portion is configured to provide an air-tight seal between the lid and a sealing surface portion of the peripheral edge of the vessel when the lid is attached to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Snapware Corporation
    Inventor: Justin Smyers
  • Patent number: 9821830
    Abstract: A covered wheelbarrow system includes a wheelbarrow that has a bucket. A lid is hingedly coupled to the wheelbarrow. The lid is positioned to selectively close the bucket to inhibit material from being removed from the bucket. The lid is positioned in an open position to facilitate the material to be removed from the bucket. A pair of hinges is provided and each of the hinges is coupled to the lid. Each of the hinges releasably engages the bucket such that the lid is removably coupled to the wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Janelle Matlock