Screw Actuated Patents (Class 220/325)
  • Patent number: 9190819
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for releaseably fastening a first body to a second body is disclosed. The fastener assembly has a manual rotating mechanism to permit closing of the fastener by hand. Once closed, the manual rotating mechanism is not easily accessible to the user by hand. A separate tool operating rotating mechanism is accessible by a tool when the fastening mechanism is in the closed position. The fastening mechanism can be used to fasten a lid to a box in which case the lid has a recess for receiving the manual rotating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: David Gordon Jones, Richard Hugh Schlieker
  • Patent number: 9145912
    Abstract: A system for fastening a cover to a body of an explosion-proof enclosure using a plurality of fastening devices. Each fastening device can include a first load distributing member disposed on a body flange of a body of the explosion-proof enclosure, and a second load distributing member disposed on a cover flange of a cover of the explosion-proof enclosure. A fastening device can also include a securing member having a top end disposed on the first load distributing member and a bottom end disposed on the second load distributing member. A fastening device can further include a cam rotatably coupled to and positioned atop the first load distributing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 9052049
    Abstract: A disclosed pig trap door device serves as a tool for opening and/or closing a pig trap door of a pipeline. The pig trap door device may be fixed to a hinge portion of the pig trap door at a hinge attachment and may also be movably coupled to the pig trap door with a force actuator at a door attachment. Operation of the force actuator causes the door attachment to rotate the pig trap door with sufficient torque to seal and/or remove the pig trap door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Cory Glenn Pargmann
  • Patent number: 8991226
    Abstract: A storm grate locking device and method of use with a lock body. The lock body has at least one hook arm engaged with a latch assembly, a security flange nut engaged with the latch assembly, and a deep well socket. When the lock body is placed into the recessed area of a storm grate; and the hook arm engaged with the latch assembly may be extended to extend under the storm grate thereby preventing removal of the storm grate by rotating the security flange nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Ron R. Daniels
  • Patent number: 8844749
    Abstract: A fastening device for fastening a cover to a body of an explosion-proof enclosure can include a bracket having a back side mechanically coupled to a bottom side at a first angle and to a top side at a second angle, where the top side includes an engagement portion, where the first angle is substantially parallel to an under side of the body flange, and where the second angle is substantially parallel to a top side of the cover flange. The fastening device can also include a cam fixedly coupled to an outer surface of the cover flange and hingedly coupled to the engagement portion. The fastening device can further include a lever fixedly coupled to the cam and having a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Yabin Zhao
  • Patent number: 8794464
    Abstract: An assemblable and disassemblable container is disclosed wherein a short wall member includes upper corner reinforcing members each formed at a corresponding corner formed by an upper horizontal flange and an endwise vertical side plate portion of the short wall member, and the upper corner reinforcing member includes an inclined coupling rib coupling the vicinity of the end of the upper horizontal flange to the vicinity of the upper end of the endwise vertical side plate portion, and wherein the lower end of the inclined coupling rib is positioned close to an endwise vertical side plate portion side of a lower horizontal rib of a horizontal portion included in a fitting block member. This configuration allows the short wall members and thus the container formed into a box shape to be increased in strength and rigidity, and can be prevented from undergoing torsional deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sanko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisatoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8689996
    Abstract: A system includes a container assembly comprising a cover threadingly coupled to a container along a threaded interface portion of an interface and a cover lock assembly. The cover lock assembly includes a lock screw configured to selectively move between a cover lock position and a cover release position. The lock screw extends across the interface to resist threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover lock position, and the lock screw is recessed away from the interface to enable threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover release position. The cover lock assembly also includes a lock insert configured to block movement of the lock screw from the cover lock position to the cover release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xu Ting, Kai Fan, Yuan Xia
  • Patent number: 8602245
    Abstract: Enclosure clamps and clamp systems are provided for fastening a cover to an enclosure body to provide an explosion-proof container, while minimizing the number of bolts used over conventional systems. The enclosure clamps and clamp systems create a sufficient force so as to provide a flamepath between the cover and the enclosure body. The enclosure clamps described include a channel for receiving the cover and a flange on the enclosure body. The enclosure clamp is secured to the enclosure body by one or more bolts and/or by a cam actuated securing mechanism. The clamp systems described include a force distributing plate secured to a cover by cam actuated securing mechanism that is coupled to an enclosure body. The enclosure clamps and clamp systems allow a user to attach or remove the cover from the enclosure body more easily than possible with conventional explosion-proof enclosures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 8356786
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for connecting a vessel to a carrier system includes a vessel having at least one domed end and an annular bracket having an outer peripheral portion including multiple cutouts and swages extending radially outwardly from the outer peripheral portion for fixedly securing the bracket to the domed end of the vessel, and an inner peripheral portion having a pre-tensioned flange for removably securing the bracket to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Holger Guckes
  • Patent number: 8342210
    Abstract: A security cap (1) for selectively closing an open end (3) of a pipe (5). The security cap (1) includes inner and outer cap assemblies (7, 11), at least one latch (17), and a driving assembly (21). The outer cap assembly (11) is rotatable with respect to the inner cap assembly (7), and along with it, is intended to cover the open end (3) of the pipe (5). Each latch (17) is cooperable with the inner and outer cap assemblies (7, 11), and displacable with respect to the cap assemblies (7,11) so as to be operated between first and second configurations, wherein in the first configuration, each latch (17) is drawn away from an outer groove (19) of the open end (3) of the pipe (5) thereby enabling the security cap (1) to be removed from the open end (3) of the pipe (5), and wherein in the second configuration, each latch (17) is engaged with the outer groove (19) thereby preventing the security cap (1) from being removed from the open end (3) of the pipe (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: LĂ©andre Vachon, Jamil Assaly
  • Patent number: 8240500
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for securing access to an underground device such as a storage tank. A lockable blocking plate is secured to a filler cap for an underground storage tank in a manner to inhibit access to the filler cap. The locking mechanism is configured such that the lock and blocking plate may freely rotate with respect to the filler cap. The blocking plate may include a side skirt extending to cover portions of the filler cap and, optionally, portions of a standpipe and coupling for the filler cap. Free rotation is enabled by way of an annular groove in a portion of the locking mechanism, and into which groove one or more locking portions may be inserted, or by way of a freely moving swivel boss attached to the filler cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Dalton, Jr., Matthew R. Greiner
  • Publication number: 20120031906
    Abstract: A painting apparatus comprising a paint container and a closure module, the paint container having a screw threaded rim, the closure module having a main housing and an outer ring, the outer ring having a screw thread, in which the outer ring is rotatable relative to the main housing such that the screw thread cooperates with the threaded rim of the paint container to secure the closure module onto the paint container without having to rotate the main housing relative to the paint container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher John Ord
  • Patent number: 8020719
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure for a container for holding a fluid, more particularly an adhesion promoter composition, provided, having a base element which can be fastened in the region of a pour opening of the container and which has an opening through which the fluid can be withdrawn from the container, having a first closure element which in a closed position thereof effects fluid-tight sealing of the opening of the base element and which in an open position thereof releases the opening of the base element, and having a second closure element, which can be fastened to the base element in such a way as to be repeatedly releasable and which, in a container storage mode, secures the first closure element in its storage position and, for a container dispensing mode, releases the first closure element to bring it from its closed position into the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Sika Technology AG
    Inventors: Dana Maiwald, David Tobler, Andreas Widmer, Fritz Dill
  • Patent number: 7631780
    Abstract: The invention relates to a compressed gas container (10?) comprising a block flange (14) that is provided on an upper opening in its wall (12), a flange cover (15) that is equipped with two extraction valves (22) being screwed onto said flange. The block flange (14) is extended radially beyond the region covered by the flange cover (15) by a solid annular flange (40), whose outer periphery is welded to the wall (12) of the container (10?) and whose inner section lying adjacent to the region covered by the flange cover comprises a peripheral groove (44) in an upper front face (42), for holding the sealing rib (46) of an emergency cap. If required, said cap can be screwed onto the annular flange (40) if a leak occurs in the flange region of the container (10?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: C + S Chlorgas GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Plattner
  • Publication number: 20090057316
    Abstract: An electrical enclosure includes an electrical box and a cover mounted onto the electrical box. A 3/8-7 lag bolt extends through the cover and engages a coil nut for securing the cover to the electrical box or underground enclosure. The coil nut includes a body having two ends with an aperture therebetween. The aperture has a continuous internal thread formed between the first and second ends. The size of the continuous internal thread is seven individual threads per inch such that the distance, or pitch, between first and second centers of first and second threads, respectively is 0.143 inches. The pitch and the diameter determine the seven threads per inch size of the continuous thread by accounting for the minor diameter and the major diameter of the nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Fred M. Schweinberg, Wiley R. Tipton, Michael E. Fisher, Phillip K. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7195131
    Abstract: A drum closure which establishes a connection between the body of a drum and lid, wherein the connection will prevent separation of the lid from the body under severe loading conditions such as dropping the drum from a height of thirty (30) feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Framatome ANP, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bryant
  • Patent number: 7141224
    Abstract: Vessels, or housings, and covers therefor are detailed herein. Loads and load-bearing surfaces exist principally at the periphery of the covers, by contrast with centralized loading utilized in other designs. In some versions of the vessels, a cover is sandwiched, at its periphery, between a cap assembly formed of both a jack ring and an upper component or cap and thus carried on and off the associated vessel when the cap is placed onto or removed from the vessel, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin Costa, Richard A. Coffey
  • Patent number: 7134454
    Abstract: A cap for blocking a pipe. The pipe has a rim at an end thereof. The rim defines a pipe aperture. The cap includes a body for blocking the pipe aperture, the body including a bore having a threaded bore portion. A latch is movably mounted on the body for movement between a latched position wherein the latch engages the rim, and an unlatched position wherein the latch disengages the rim. A plug is provided for threaded engagement with the threaded portion and converts a rotational movement of the plug relative to the bore into a translation movement of the plug relative to the bore between a plug first position and a plug second position. The plug is operatively coupled to the latch for moving the latch between the latched and the unlatched positions in response to the plug being moved between the first plug position and a second plug position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Alain Montminy
  • Patent number: 6884325
    Abstract: A sealable lid assembly for a vacuum distillation apparatus has a lid pivotally and telescopically mounted to the vacuum distillation apparatus. Spaced-apart wheels are rotatably mounted to the lid. Tracks are disposed on the vacuum distillation apparatus in a position to engage the wheels and raise the lid vertically above a manhole of the vacuum distillation apparatus upon pivotal movement of the lid, which is initiated by nominal physical exertion of a single operator. Extending outwardly from and adjacent the manhole is a flange. The flange has a channel to receive a gasket. A protrusion extends outwardly from a bottom of the lid in a position to extend into the channel and sealably engage the gasket when the wheels disengage the tracts. Clamp assemblies are provided to releasably engage the lid with the flange and draw the protrusion into sealable, releasable engagement with the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: IHS Solvent Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Mabry, Donald R. McAllister
  • Patent number: 6783018
    Abstract: A lid device for a minnow bucket for converting a conventional bucket into a minnow bucket. The lid device for a minnow bucket includes a panel having a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The panel has a diameter generally equal to an inner diameter of a bucket. A peripheral lip is coupled to and extends upwardly from the peripheral edge. The peripheral lip has a bottom edge having a slot extending upwardly therein and adapted for receiving a top edge of the bucket, the panel has an opening therein. A door selectively opens and closes the opening. The door has a shape generally identical to a shape of the opening. The door is hingedly, coupled to the panel such that the door may be moved between an open and a closed position. The door has a plurality of holes extending therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Gary M. Rondeau
  • Patent number: 6763967
    Abstract: A locking lid and method for a valve box. The locking lid has a closure and surrounding external seal, which fit into the valve box opening and close/seal it. The locking mechanism of the locking lid preferably consists of an actuator spindle that extends through the closure, and that is received in an actuator follower positioned therebelow. The actual follower is in pivotal engagement with a plurality of locking pawls, such that turning of the actuator spindle causes movement of the actuator follower and thus pivoting of the locking pawls—moving the locking pawls into a locked or unlocked position relative to a lid seat within the valve box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: L. Rodger Calder
  • Patent number: 6604453
    Abstract: A steam pressure cooker, includes a pot with a horizontal pouring rim, a lid for closing the pot, and an elastic seal positioned between the lid and the pot. At least two moveable clamps are arranged peripherally in even spaced-apart relationship, for clamping the lid and the pouring rim, when the steam pressure cooker is closed, and clearing the pouring rim, when the steam pressure cooker is opened. The clamps and the lid are covered by a cap which supports a handle comprised of two handle parts, which are respectively connected to the cap and the lid. Actuation of the handle effects a coaxial rotation of the cap relative to the lid between two end positions, whereby in one end position the clamps are moved outwards, until the pouring rim is cleared. A tip clamping mechanism secures the cap relative to the lid in the end positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Ursula Niese
  • Patent number: 6575324
    Abstract: A carbonated canned beverage sealing device including a cover member having a circular member for positioning over an upper end of a beverage can. The cover member has an O-ring positionable inside the can rolled lip to effect a seal therewith. The circular ring has radial apertures each having rivets slidably disposed therein to abut the can below the rolled lip. A cap portion has a periphery for positioning over the cover member. Radially disposed tab housings extend outwardly and downwardly from the cap periphery in a spaced relationship corresponding with the rivets. Each tab housing has a hollow opening for receiving a rivet whereby the openings are positioned over the rivets. The cap portion-is rotated so that the rivets are pushed inwardly against the can below the can rolled lip to hold and effect a seal between the O-ring and the upper end of the carbonated beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Floyd Hamer
  • Patent number: 6478179
    Abstract: A device for sealing an open beverage can employs a cap and clamping jaws articulated from the cap which lock into the top lid of the can to push the can into secure contact with the cap. The cap may include a turret and straw for drinking from the can without removing the cap. Insulating sleeves to keep the beverage cold may be part of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Tony M. Alexander
  • Patent number: 6325427
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a box having a cover and a base hingeably connected to each other. The locking mechanism comprises a cover latching mechanism and a base latching mechanism. The cover latching mechanism is in a latching position. The two latching mechanisms are in latching engagement with each other to lock the box closed. An unlatching mechanism is provided which is activated to place the latching mechanism in an unlatching position to disengage the latching mechanisms from each other and unlock the box. An activating mechanism to active the unlatching mechanism. A deactivating mechanism is provided to return the cover latching mechanism back to its latching position so that closing the cover will cause the latching mechanisms to become in locking engagement with each other to lock the box. A box opening assembly in the box which is adapted to open the cover as soon as the latching mechanisms are disengaged from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6315147
    Abstract: A sealing cap for pressurized gas containers, in particular for 500 kg chlorine containers, has at least two, preferably four, retaining claws, which engage in an existing bead on the pressurized gas container and effect the sealing. The retaining claws are connected to the sealing cap via a rod having a mount, the rod, at the opposite end, having a screw thread with a lock nut. A seal of resistant material is advantageously guided in a groove of the sealing cap. Furthermore, the sealing cap may have a pressure gage, a discharge valve and handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: InfraServ GmbH & Co. Gendorf KG
    Inventor: Franz Bachmeier
  • Patent number: 6257124
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a container, a cover and a control device for closing and opening of the cover of the container, wherein the control device consists of at least two driving arms movably mounted on the cover. A knob is pivotally mounted on a central axis of the cover, and a rotary plate is co-axially fixed at a lower end of the knob. The rotary plate is rotatably movable together with the knob and particularly formed with at least two rotary drivers corresponding to engagement posts formed on driving arms. Jaws fixed at outer ends of the driving arms driven by the rotary drivers of the rotary plate are movable in a radial direction relative to the central axis of the cover between a locking position in which the cover is locked to the container and an unlocking position in which the cover can be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Chin-Tsai Chen
  • Patent number: 6135013
    Abstract: A pressure cooker with a safety device to prevent the lid from turning includes a lid handle and a cooking pan handle. The safety device is built-in to the lid handle, and includes a locking mechanism, a vertical sliding pushbutton that actuates a locking member, a residual pressure valve, and a cooker closed condition indicator rod. The pushbutton exerts pressure on a rocker, which moves the locking member horizontally over two opposing slope ramps in the surface of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Fagor, S. Coop.
    Inventor: Joseba Barrena
  • Patent number: 6067896
    Abstract: The pressure cooker with a system (3) for locking the closure of the lid (2) on the pan comprises an elastic locking collar housed in the recess (2b) in the lid, clamping the rim (1a) of the pan, a release trigger (5) and a transmission mechanism (7) from the trigger (5) to the collar (4), which has a dividing gap (4a), while its section is flat and angled. The transmission mechanism (7) is housed inside the handle (6) of the lid and it has a member (15), jointed to the trigger (5) and connected to the ends of the collar (4), for the expansion of said collar via a rack (15a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Fagor, S. Coop.
    Inventor: Joseba Barrena Elorza
  • Patent number: 5960980
    Abstract: A vented hatch cover assembly for a railroad hopper car including top and bottom members having substantially rigid and somewhat dome-shaped bodies which are divided into four quadrants wherein each quadrant includes coacting baffle members extending from the bodies of the top and bottom members which define a plurality of circuitous air passageways to allow air flow into and out of the hopper car while restricting moisture and other contaminants from entering the car. An improved hatch cover lock mechanism for securing a vented or non-vented cover to the hatch is easily adjustable to provide a tight seal between the cover and hatch, and provides a safe controlled opening of a non-vented cover. An improved seal or gasket is arranged between the cover and hatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Zeftek, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Burke, John D. Anderson, Walter J. Peach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5768976
    Abstract: A device for automatically locking or unlocking the pressure lid in electric pressure cookers is disclosed. In the above device, a drive gear which is fixed to the output shaft of a reversible motor gears into a spur gear of the lock ring. A contact protrusion which is provided on the peripheral edge of the lock ring selectively comes into contact with either lock or unlock sensing switches in accordance with a rotating motion of the lock ring, thereby turning on the switch and automatically locking or unlocking the inward protrusions of the lock ring relative to the outward protrusions of the pressure lid. The above device is thus convenient to the user. The device does not have any handle lever exposed outside the cooker, thus neither causing a difficulty in packing the cooker nor spoiling the appearance of the cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Joong Kwang Suk
  • Patent number: 5762224
    Abstract: A re-enterable environmentally sealed enclosure for housing circuitry and/or cable components of a communication network employs a removable cover attached to an enclosure base by a pivoting cam-tracking system. The tracking configuration positions the cover in a manner that, as it approaches the enclosure base when being closed, a seal located in the cover is evenly compressed along its entire perimeter against a corresponding mating surface on the base, thereby distributing the compressive force equally across the entire seal, with any shear forces substantially eliminated. A single tensioning system is provided adjacent the cam-tracking system, so that the tracking system does not operate as a counter-lever to the tensioning system, and visa versa, thereby improving the distribution of force across the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Ericsson Raynet
    Inventors: Alexander Benn, Peter Henderson, Detlev A. Lohmuller, Paulmer M. Soderberg, Marc F. Moisson, Lowell I. Koht
  • Patent number: 5742360
    Abstract: A monitor case assembly includes a front case section to which a cathode ray tube is fixed; a rear case section fastened to the front case section; and an intermediate case section interposed between the front and rear sections for reenforcing the case and preventing distortion in the case due to the weight of the cathode ray tube. The monitor case assembly also providing a more visually appealing exterior appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Su Kwon, Jae Soo Sim, Young Tai Kim
  • Patent number: 5732844
    Abstract: A safety hatch for tanks, washing machines, industrial machines and the like comprises a frame and an arm having a first end pivotally connected to the frame. A second end of the arm has a surface portion provided with a hole having a circular section communicating with a slot section which extends to an external edge of the arm. A male threaded member is dimensioned to extend through the arm hole and has a first end pivotally connected to the frame and a second end. A female threaded member is adapted for threaded engagement with the male threaded member and has a head section and a shank section. A clamping member is integrally connected to the shank section of the female threaded member and has a tubular portion extending from the shank section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Zorzini Srl
    Inventor: Franco Zorzini
  • Patent number: 5722863
    Abstract: An upper cover 2 is coupled to a junction block 4 by means of a securing member 5. A slant side wall 2h of a groove frame 2c of the upper cover 2 and a rib 1f at an opening rim portion 1e of a lower cover 1 are operated together, so that the opening rim portion 1e is bent to move an engaging protrusion 1c inside. The engaging protrusion 1c is jointed to an engaging concave portion 4a of the junction block 4, so that the lower cover 1, the upper cover 2 and the junction block 4 is secured all-in-one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yanase
  • Patent number: 5678722
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hyperbaric chamber in which access may be had to the interior of a pressure vessel in which a patient is received through a door releasably locked to an open end of the vessel to close same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond Paul Reneau
  • Patent number: 5657892
    Abstract: A closure for a pressure vessel having a collar connectable to the pressure vessel and to a cap, a seal disposed in an area where the collar and cap contact each other, and a plurality of clamping elements for generating the surface pressure between the collar and the cap. The collar comprises an integral sealing flange having an upper flat sealing surface and a lower circumferential annular bead at least partially circular in cross-section. A plurality of C-shaped clamps are displaceably, releasably and form-fittingly held on said lower circumferential annular bead. Each C-shaped clamp comprises one pressure screw and constitutes a clamping element. In the operational state of the closure, the C-shaped clamps press on the edge region of the cap resting on the sealing flange of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventors: Heinz Bolli, Markus Wyss
  • Patent number: 5613424
    Abstract: A device for controlling opening and closing of jaws mounted on a cover of a cooking vessel, the vessel having a central axis and the jaws being movable by drive arms over a radial path relative to the central axis between a locking position in which the cover is locked to a container of the vessel and an unlocking position in which the cover can be removed from the container, the device including a control element mounted on the cover for movement relative to the cover in a radial direction relative to the central axis, the element, during its movement relative to the cover, engaging the drive arms in a manner to control displacement of the drive arms over the radial path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Chameroy, Michel Cartigny
  • Patent number: 5501357
    Abstract: A device to be applied to the top of a metallic container after the top of the container has been completely or partially removed for the purpose of preserving the unconsumed contents of the container. The device includes a seal which is adapted to fit the contour of the top periphery of the container is sealed in place utilizing at least one locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Joe Fullin
  • Patent number: 5427014
    Abstract: The cooking vessel comprises a container (1) and a lid consisting of an inner lid (3) and an outer lid (5). The container comprises a bent peripheral container rim (2) wherein twelve individual hook-like lock elements (21) are effective locking the cooking vessel. The lock elements (21) are arranged peripherically and swivellingly along the inner lid rim (4) so that through pressing the upper lid (5) against the lock elements (21) a swivel movement of said lock elements is obtained. The lock elements are C-shaped with a hook part (32), such that in the swivel position corresponding to the closed state, the ends of this hook part (32) grip under the outer container rim (2). In the swivel position corresponding to the opened state, the ends of said hook part (32) are in a distance from said container rim (2) allowing an unhindered lifting of the inner lid (3) from the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: AMC International Alfa Metalcraft Corporation AG
    Inventors: Reinhard von der Becke, Hans-Jurgen Beck
  • Patent number: 5370254
    Abstract: Hinge and latching mechanism for containers having a cover and a base includes a latch which, at its upper portion, is shaped to hook over a strike integrally disposed on the cover. The lower portion of the latch rotates about a pin located between a pair of feet which are provided with hooks to engage a flange extending from a lip on the base. The hinge includes a body and two legs and the former is also shaped to securely engage a second strike also located on the cover. Each leg has a foot which is also hooked to engage the flange of the base. To further secure the hinge and latch, each hook is fastened together and to the container. This structure ensures that hinge and latching mechanism are especially adapted for heavy duty applications while still being light in weight and small in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Hardigg Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Hardigg, George R. Havrilla, Stanley W. Lewandowski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5366317
    Abstract: A manhole cover apparatus including a collar defining an opening with an inner perimeter is provided with a pivotally mounted cover having an outer perimeter greater than the inner perimeter of the collar. A seal is provided to seal between the cover and the collar. Closure structure is provided to secure the free end of the cover to the collar. A threaded bolt is provided to close the cover. A pivotally mounted lever arm is mounted to the bolt for turning of the bolt. An adjustable threaded hinge is provided to adjust the cover in a longitudinal direction relative to the collar. The manhole cover apparatus is useable on pressure containers, such as those used to pneumatically handle particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Keith F. Solimar
  • Patent number: 5361925
    Abstract: A terminal box includes a base and a cover detachably securable to the base. The cover is provided with a stepped bore in each corner area thereof, with a spring-loaded locking bolt being insertable therein and slideable in axial direction in opposition to the spring action for securing the cover to the base. Each locking bolt has one end provided with a blade-like expansion which is created through flattening this respective end of the locking bolt. In the area facing the base, the cover is provided with radial slots which are in alignment with radial slots of the base and suitably dimensioned to receive the blade of the locking bolts. When placing the cover upon the base, each locking bolt is pressed down through the bore and radial slots in the base and turned to allow the blade of each locking bolt to bear upon an abutment of the base for securement of the cover to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Bernstein Compact Gehause Gmbh
    Inventors: Rolf Wecke, Jurgen Weiss
  • Patent number: 5351510
    Abstract: A cover lock assembly for a process transmitter having threadably removable end caps and corrugated outer surfaces is provided for engaging the corrugated surfaces by way of a toothed cover lock which is removably affixed to the transmitter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Elsag International B.V.
    Inventor: Jerome S. Alden
  • Patent number: 5293813
    Abstract: A cooling vessel has a container with an outwardly bent rim and a lid which can be set on the container, as well as a closure device with at least one closure element arranged on the lid, preferably in the region of a rim of the lid. The closure element can swivel about a swivelling axis approximately parallel to an outer edge or to tangent to the outer edge of a rim of the container from an open position which releases the lid from the container into a locking position in which the closure element grips under the container rim, thus forming a pressure-tight seal between the lid and the container. The closure element is designed as a hollow body with an essentially cylindrical or prismatic wall essentially parallel to the direction of the swivelling axis. The wall extends over only a part of the periphery of the hollow body and has a locking wall section which can be pivoted from an open position into a closing position. The closure element rests on a shaped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Inventor: Horst Schultz
  • Patent number: 5248055
    Abstract: A storage container or module for explosives is described comprising a cylindrical storage body, a cover, and yieldable means which retain the cover to the storage body while permitting the formation of a passage between the storage body and the cover to vent gases during a detonation within the container. In a preferred embodiment, the storage module is sized to permit storage of up to about 6 pounds of explosives without causing a sympathetic detonation in an adjoining module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Mohsen Sanai, Gary R. Greenfield
  • Patent number: 5201157
    Abstract: A pole top cover assembly includes a generally flat cover plate adapted to overlie an open top end of a tubular hollow pole, an elongated arcuate-shaped bracket formed of yieldably resilient, semi-rigid, semi-flexible deformable material and being disposable along one side of the cover plate, and an elongated fastener rotatably mounted through both an aperture in the cover plate and a hole in the bracket and having external threads threadably engaged with portions of the plate and bracket which form the respective aperture and hole thereof. Rotation of the fastener in one direction relative to the cover plate and bracket causes the arcuate-shaped bracket to engage the plate and to deform and draw toward the one side of the cover plate and thereby expand in length and forcibly engage at opposite ends with portions of an interior surface of the hollow tubular pole so as to retain the cover plate on the pole top end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Gerry F. Thornton, Thomas D. Hirt
  • Patent number: 5170907
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a personal security case which includes a holder attached to a wall or the like, and a security case removably held by the holder. The security case has a case body and a lid which is attached to the case body in such a manner as to be opened and closed as desired. The personal security case also includes a lock mechanism provided thereon to enable the case body and the lid to be locked respectively to the holder and to the case body in a closed state either simultaneously or independently and to further permit unlocking of the case body and the lid either simultaneously or independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Nobuyo Sakai
  • Patent number: 5099823
    Abstract: A humidifier unit is used with a forced air heating system and includes a water reservoir, a water inlet connection to the reservoir, control means for maintaining the water level at a predetermined depth, and a heat exchanger for heating the water to produce steam. This reservoir has a removable top plate for closing the open top defined by the upper edges of side and end walls. Horizontal flanges extend inward from the upper edges of the reservoir side and end walls and act as a gasket base. Lips extend upward from the inner edges of those horizontal flanges and act as an internal horizontal gasket retainer. Finally, flanges depend from all sides of the top plate and are positioned to surround the upper edges of the side walls and to act as an external horizontal gasket retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: DRI STEEM Humidifier Company
    Inventors: Kirk A. Nelson, Peter J. Loniello
  • Patent number: RE34739
    Abstract: A humidifier unit is used with a forced air heating system and includes a water reservoir, a water inlet connection to the reservoir, control means for maintaining the water level at a predetermined depth, and a heat exchanger for heating the water to produce steam. This reservoir has a removable top plate for closing the open top defined by the upper edges of side and end walls. Horizontal flanges extend inward from the upper edges of the reservoir side and end walls and act as a gasket base. Lips extend upward from the inner edges of those horizontal flanges and act as an internal horizontal gasket retainer. Finally, flanges depend from all sides of the top plate and are positioned to surround the upper edges of the side walls and to act as an external horizontal gasket retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Dri Steem Humidifier Co.
    Inventors: Kirk A. Nelson, Peter J. Loniello