Self-locking (dead Center Or Snap Action) Patents (Class 24/270)
  • Patent number: 10988072
    Abstract: The lashing hook includes a hook portion hooked to a fixing member of a lashing target, and a body portion. The body portion includes a connecting portion for connecting a belt for transmitting tension. The hook portion includes a base portion, a curved portion, and a tip portion. The curved portion has an opening between the base portion and the tip portion while having a space for accommodating the fixing member inside the opening. When the direction in which the body portion and the vicinity of the base portion have their thickness is the Z direction, the curved portion has a bend in the Z direction so as not to overlap the Z directional position of the tip portion and the Z directional position of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AVIELAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Konagai
  • Patent number: 10731681
    Abstract: A boot band includes a band body, which is obtained by forming a band-plate-like member into a ring shape, and a lever, which is obtained by forming a strip-like member into an arc shape, and is provided on a joined portion of the band body. The boot band fastens a boot for a constant velocity universal joint, which is arranged on an inner side of the band body, by reducing the band body in diameter such that the lever is turned over using an end portion of the lever as a fulcrum and then superposed on the band body, thereby reducing the band body in diameter. The lever includes two chamfered portions formed in a fulcrum-side region of the end portion of the lever along a thickness direction of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Yoshinaga, Minoru Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10352074
    Abstract: A blowout latch includes a rotatable bolt that secures a first panel that is adjacent to a second panel to which the latch is affixed. The bolt is restrained by a toggle linkage that operates at one end of the bolt against a pressure-actuated spring. The linkage will release the bolt when an excessive opening force against the bolt exceeds a selected restraining force of the spring. When that condition occurs, the linkage will have deflected the spring and moved to a position where the end of the linkage bearing against spring loses it mechanical leverage with respect to the bolt. Thereafter, the bolt is free to continue rotation to a fully open position. The latch also includes a manual trigger release that disables the restraining linkage and permits free rotation of the bolt to the fully open position when this trigger is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Andres Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10221809
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine assembly has a pylon with a first side and a second side. A first rail is mounted to the first side and a second rail is mounted to the second side. The assembly also has a thrust reverser with a first door assembly with a first upper portion and a first lower portion, and a second door assembly with a second upper portion and a second lower portion. A plurality of fasteners is part of the assembly. The first upper portion is connected with at least one of the plurality of fasteners to the first rail, and the second upper portion is connected with at least one of the plurality of fasteners to the second rail such that the thrust reverser is positionable between an engaged position and a disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Charron, Robert L. Gukeisen
  • Patent number: 10203050
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bracket for fixing a reducer in a fire sprinkler, the bracket including: a main body part provided with a cutaway seat for allowing the reducer to be seated therein; and a coupling part openably coupled with the main body part, formed with a groove at a side thereof to lock the reducer seated in the cutaway seat of the main body part, and configured to lock and release the reducer seated in the cutaway seat of the main body part by being opened and closed, wherein an edge of the cutaway seat of the main body part is provided with a main body part wing to increase a contact area with the reducer seated in the cutaway seat, and an edge of the groove of the coupling part is provided with a coupling part wing to increase the contact area with the reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seungjin Ind. Co., LTD
    Inventor: Woon Taek Jung
  • Patent number: 10160076
    Abstract: An edge stabilizer for a composite structure includes an elongate edge support segment, defining a geometric shape of an edge of the composite structure, and a connector, configured to attach the edge support segment to the edge of the composite structure. The edge support segment comprises first and second halves configured to attach together around the edge, each half including a shoulder, opposing mating relationship of the shoulders defining a slot for receiving the edge. The edge stabilizer can be part of a system for stabilizing an edge of a composite barrel section. The system can also include a moveable cart, the barrel section being supportable upon the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Li C Chang, Richard M Coleman, Ronald J Steckman, Andrew M Huckey, Nicholas A Norman
  • Patent number: 10051930
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus (1) for a pole for axially fastening in a releasable manner an inner pipe segment (3) that can be inserted into an opening of the clamping apparatus. The clamping apparatus comprises a two-part plastic sleeve (5), which can be fastened to an outer pipe segment (2). The clamping apparatus also comprises a slotted clamp (16), which surrounds and clamps the plastic sleeve and which has a clamping lever (4), a lever arm (9) of which has an eccentric rolling region (8), by which the distance between a stop (12) and a counter surface (27) arranged on the outside of the first projection (13) can be reduced for clamping by pivoting the clamping lever (4) into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LEKISPORT AG
    Inventor: Eberhard Heim
  • Patent number: 10040141
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for welding together segments of a pipeline. The system includes an external alignment mechanism for externally supporting and manipulating the orientation of pipe segments in order to align relative segments. The system also includes an internal welding mechanism for applying a weld to an interior face joint of the two abutted pipe segments. The internal welding mechanism including a torch for applying a weld, a laser for tracking the weld profile and guiding an articulating head of the torch, and a camera for visually inspecting the weld after the weld is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc.
    Inventors: Shankar Rajagopalan, Siddharth Mallick, Jose C. Bouche
  • Patent number: 10000317
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pail body having a pail end defining a pail opening, a lid closing the pail opening, and a clamping ring clamping the lid onto the pail end, wherein the clamping ring comprises a lever connected to the ends of a split clamping ring, which lever in a closed position clamps the split clamping ring onto the pail end, and in an open position widens the ring, and spring means connecting the lever to at least one of the ring ends, to the clamping ring, and a method for applying the clamping ring to a pail body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ardagh MP Group Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Andries Van Oosten
  • Patent number: 9651169
    Abstract: A hose handle that is a more convenient and comfortable way to hold a hose, which can be easily attached and removed to allow easy hose handler substitution, and that does not move along the length of the hose after being attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Goss
  • Patent number: 9370114
    Abstract: A low profile accessory attachment mechanism suitable for attaching an accessory to an electronic device is disclosed. A straight hook and a curved hook are configured to mechanically engage slots in an electronic device, joining the accessory to the electronic device. By moving one of the hooks or altering the configuration of a slot, the accessory and electronic device may be separated. Additionally, the hooks may carry electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Hulick, Russell Zinner
  • Patent number: 9112318
    Abstract: A control apparatus has a module having first and second module parts, which can be mechanically and electrically combined to form a combined arrangement. The first and second module parts each comprise a housing having a boundary surface opposite one another in the combined arrangement that define a boundary plane. The first and second module parts are combined by a pivoting movement about a pivot axis arranged perpendicular to the boundary plane. One of the module parts has a number of contacts comprising a first electrical contact, and the other module part has a number of mating contacts comprising a first electrical mating contact. In the combined arrangement, each electrical contact makes contact with its corresponding mating contact for electrical connection between the first and second module parts. The contacts comprise conductor tracks on a nonconductive board such that a printed circuit board is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: PILZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Cech, Andreas Veit, Patrick Hewer, Thorsten Godau
  • Patent number: 9085063
    Abstract: A machine tool having a protective hood is disclosed. The machine tool has a protective cover which has a clamping joint that can be attached in a flange on the machine with a clamping device. The machine tool also includes a stop device which is configured to limit the relative rotary motion between the protective cover and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Esenwein
  • Patent number: 9009927
    Abstract: The system comprises a clamping collar (10) suitable for being brought resiliently from its rest configuration in which its diameter is small to an expanded configuration. The system further comprises a support ring (20) suitable for being encircled by the collar, and an expander (40) suitable for co-operating with the ring firstly to hold the ring in an expanded configuration in which the collar (10) encircling the ring is also in its expanded configuration when the expander and the ring are in a first relative position, and secondly to enable the ring to contract and the clamping system to tighten under the resilient return force exerted by the collar encircling the ring when the expander and the ring are in a second relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Nicolas Rigollet, Fabrice Prevot, Tony Rointru
  • Publication number: 20140331458
    Abstract: The pinching operation is facilitated. A hose clamp (H1) is formed by bending a strip-like plate material (1) into a ring-like configuration, and includes a first end portion (5) having a first pinching operation surface (9), and a second end portion (6) having a second pinching operation surface (15). A through-hole (7) is open near the center in the longitudinal direction of the first pinching operation surface (9). At the time of bending into ring-like configuration, expansion regions (19) arranged at both side portions in the width direction of the second pinching operation surface (15) are folded at folding edges (20) with respect to a proximal region (18), whereby the second pinching operation surface (15) is narrowed in the width direction and can enter the through-hole (7). After bending into ring-like configuration, the expansion regions (19) are unfolded at the folding edges (20) and regain a widened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TOGO SEISAKUSYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiko Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20140305617
    Abstract: A clamp for attaching an elongated member to a supporting surface includes a curved portion, a base strip and a securing strip. The base strip includes flanges that define a catch on opposite lateral sides of the base strip. The securing strip is received between the catches formed on the locking flange that engage upstanding locked flanges formed on the securing strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Franklin Fastener Company
    Inventor: James M. Sampson
  • Publication number: 20140259548
    Abstract: A medical tubing clamp includes a first member, a second member, and a hinge connecting the first and second members to form a body. The second member has a first and second wall portion extending distally toward the first member, and a shelf extending between and connecting the first and second wall portions. The first and second wall portions and the shelf define a recess. The hinge allows the first and second members to move relative to one another to transition the clamp between an open mode and a closed mode. The first member is located within the recess and supported by the shelf when in the closed mode. The hinge has a first opening configured to receive the tubing. The clamp also has a tubing closure member that deforms the tubing to prevent fluid flow through the tubing when in the closed mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: John F. Perullo
  • Patent number: 8801322
    Abstract: A hitch for connecting a movable object to a rigid rod which includes a semi-rigid main substrate including a plurality of grooves, a flexible element fixedly formed over the main substrate including a first portion for gripping a rigid rod, a clamp connected to the first portion of the flexible element. The clamp includes a lever that couples the clamp to at least one of the plurality of grooves of the main substrate such that the first portion can grip the rigid rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Nadia Shalaby
  • Patent number: 8789541
    Abstract: An anti-leak system for preventing nail polish from leaking from a nail polish bottle featuring a collar that wraps around the shoulder area, the thread area and the cap of the nail polish bottle. Foam lines the inner surface of the collar. The foam fills any gaps that may occur between the thread area and the cap, for example if the cap is not completely closed. The collar can be compressed around the nail polish bottle and secured vie a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Lillie Ann Evans
  • Publication number: 20140020229
    Abstract: A tie strip (1) comprising a strip of material having teeth (2) on at least one face thereof wherein along the length of the strip there is provided a plurality of apertures each covered by a flap, (3) wherein the tie strip is such that when an end thereof is passed through an aperture the flap engages with the teeth to inhibit withdrawal of the strip in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Simon John Moore
  • Publication number: 20130125348
    Abstract: A hose clamp with a tightening ear having a drop-shaped recess in the inner side of the clamping band in an area which contacts the hose, the recess counteracting a widening of the tightening ear after the hose clamp has been tightened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: HANS OETIKER AG MASCHINEN- UND APPARATEFABRIK
    Inventor: Stefan Miessmer
  • Patent number: 8413714
    Abstract: A heat dissipation device includes a heat sink forming an engaging portion along an outer periphery thereof, a fan holder attached to the heat sink and a fan secured to the heat sink via the fan holder. The fan holder includes an elastic main body, a first clip pivotally connected to a free end of the elastic main body and a second clip connected with the first clip and engaging with an opposite free end of the elastic main body. The elastic main body includes a pair of fixing portions formed at upper and lower sides thereof. The lower fixing portion of the fan holder is tightly engaged with the engaging portion of the heat sink and the upper fixing portion presses the fan towards the heat sink when the second clip is tightly locked to the opposite free end of the elastic main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Nie, Hong-Cheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8356390
    Abstract: A clamping system for use in a fluid coupling assembly may include redundant locking features for connecting adjacent ends of fluid conduits such as aircraft fuel lines. The exemplary clamping system may make use of two draw latch mechanisms that each separately apply a spring loaded clamping force to a flex band assembly through corresponding draw springs which oppose one another. Thus, either latch mechanism may provide a draw latch function by providing a clamping force to the flex band assembly, which in turn holds the end flanges of the fluid conduits together, thereby providing a sealing connection to facilitate the transfer of a fluid there between. Using two opposed draw latch mechanisms provides for redundant clamping forces such that the failure of one of the mechanisms does not result in an inadvertent disconnection of the fluid conduits one from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Flynn, Jason C. Gauss
  • Patent number: 8230556
    Abstract: A clamp includes a flat strip whose ends coil onto themselves in the shape of a ring and are fastened by a retaining pawl and a hook that are coupled in a retaining bridge and an orifice, respectively, for a further constriction of the clamp, that is brought to its optimal tightening position by pliers or other appropriate tools through tightening and deformation of the clamp bridge, which bridge is provided with a deformation that imparts said bridge greater inertial resistance and that in such tightening and advance movement of one end underneath the other an engagement has been provided for both ends by a tongue located at one end and a recess at the other end of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: ITW Metal Fasteners S.L.
    Inventor: Ramon Palau Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8202017
    Abstract: A hitch for connecting a movable object to a rigid rod which includes a semi-rigid main substrate including a plurality of grooves, a flexible element fixedly formed over the main substrate including a first portion for gripping a rigid rod, a clamp connected to the first portion of the flexible element. The clamp includes a lever that couples the clamp to at least one of the plurality of grooves of the main substrate such that the first portion can grip the rigid rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Nadia Shalaby
  • Patent number: 7913363
    Abstract: Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Burns Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Scott
  • Publication number: 20110061209
    Abstract: A cable tie comprising a flexible tail portion connected to a head portion, said head portion comprising a first slot through which said flexible tail portion may be passed and retained, said first slot being in communication with an opening in an outer wall of said head portion, said opening allowing removal of the flexible tail portion therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: DUAL TIE CONCEPTS PTY LTD
    Inventor: John Caleb Wells Biggers
  • Publication number: 20100287740
    Abstract: The system comprises a clamping collar (10) suitable for being brought resiliently from its rest configuration in which its diameter is small to an expanded configuration. The system further comprises a support ring (20) suitable for being encircled by the collar, and an expander (40) suitable for co-operating with the ring firstly to hold the ring in an expanded configuration in which the collar (10) encircling the ring is also in its expanded configuration when the expander and the ring are in a first relative position, and secondly to enable the ring to contract and the clamping system to tighten under the resilient return force exerted by the collar encircling the ring when the expander and the ring are in a second relative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Nicolas Rigollet, Fabrice Prevot, Tony Rointru
  • Publication number: 20100205786
    Abstract: A self-locking clamp includes a head and a terminal end that is formed with a linear element of substantially rectangular section having one extremity connected to the head and one rack provided with teeth, wherein the sides of these teeth are free and not constrained by or integral with any lateral ribs or shoulders. In particular, in each cross section of the terminal end, the thickness of the linear element that is useful for bending is less than the overall height of the terminal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: SAPISELCO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Federico Griggio, Stefano Griggio
  • Patent number: 7645105
    Abstract: A fastener is provided for projection resistance welding to a panel. The fastener includes a base having a fastening element, such as a threaded stud or a nut integral therewith. Multiple projections formed integral with the base extend therefrom to engage with the panel to be welded to the panel by electric resistance welding. A groove is provided in the base facing the panel and is filled with a heat activated expandable sealer material. Upon heating of the base during the electric resistance welding, or in an oven, the sealer expands to fill and seal any gap between the base and the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Hengel, Pei-Chung Wang
  • Publication number: 20090265896
    Abstract: A band clip for binding a pipe includes a fastening band and a holder buckle. The pipe can be bound safely and conveniently in a one-touch process of simply pulling the fastening band, with a fastening portion gradually curved inward against protruding and opened insert sections of the holder buckle without having to perform cumbersome and difficult actions of inserting the fastening band into a hole of the holder buckle, so that a process of binding the pipe can be carried out easily and safely even in hostile environments. The fastening band is first caught by the latch protrusion while passing through the holder buckle when fastened around the pipe, and then caught again by the binding-fixing lugs, and thus can be double-bound to the holder buckle easily and stably without having to use a tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: OCC ST Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Man Beak
  • Publication number: 20090211063
    Abstract: A device for handling or storing items uses jaw members that hinge to one of several closed positions in which the inner surface of a first jaw is engaged by an engagement device of the second jaw. An external release member in the second jaw is used to move the engagement device between an engaging and a disengaged position. The second jaw also incorporates a retaining surface, positioned opposite the outer surface of the first jaw when the jaws are closed, which opposes outward flexing of said first jaw member, and thus reduces the opportunity for disengagement due to forces from inside the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Mak H. Ginocchio
  • Publication number: 20080313866
    Abstract: A grommet for coupling battery modules includes two coupling portions. A hinge portion connects the coupling portions at first ends thereof. A first hook structure connects the coupling portions at second ends thereof. A second hook structure connects the coupling portions at centers thereof. When the hook structures are hooked, the grommet defines two battery module receiving spaces therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Hae Kyu LIM, Dal KIM, Nam Seob PARK, Yoshiro SHIMOYAMA
  • Patent number: 7350827
    Abstract: An expansion ring assembly and method for sealingly installing a gasket within an opening in a wall of a structure. The expansion ring assembly includes an expansion ring having first and second adjacent end portions, and first and second cam members are rotatably coupled to the first and second end portions. Each cam member includes tool engagement structure for rotating the cam members, and cam surfaces of the cam members are engageable with one another such that, upon rotation of each cam member, the cam surface thereof engages the cam surface of the other cam member to drive the first and second end portions of the ring apart from one another, thereby radially expanding the ring to compress a gasket into sealing engagement with the wall opening. Only one cam member may be rotated, or alternatively, both cam members may be rotated sequentially, depending upon the amount of expansion which is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Press-Seal Gasket Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan N Zeigler
  • Patent number: 7210201
    Abstract: The invention concerns a clamp coupling for coupling pairs of pipes. Such clamp couplings are used, for example, for coupling concrete conduits from concrete pumps. This clamp coupling (10) comprises two clamp shells (16, 18) which, in the coupling state, define a circular opening (14) for the passage-through of the pipes. The coupling shells can be pivoted relative to each other via a pivot linkage (20) at their one end, and have a locking mechanism (26) provided at their other end. In order to be able to fasten the clamp coupling (10) even in confined spaces, the locking mechanism (26) comprises a locking hook (30) which, in the closed state, positively grasps a latch pin (24) provided on the other coupling clamp (16), and pulls the clamp shells (16, 18) towards each other at their point of separation (28) opposite the linkage (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Putzmeister Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Raimund Mäeckle, Karl-Heinz Junghans
  • Patent number: 6971413
    Abstract: A pipe clamp 10 for repairing an underwater pipe. The pipe clamp 10 comprises a plurality of part-cylindrical portions 12,14,16 hinged together along a hinge axis or axes 27 along adjacent longitudinal edges 17,18. Two or the longitudinal edges 20,21 of the part-cylindrical portions are free. The part-cylindrical portions 12,14,16 are movable about the hinge axis or axes 27 towards and away from one another between an open position in which the free longitudinal edges 20,21 are spaced apart and the clamp 10 can be placed around a pipe and a closed position in which, in use, the free longitudinal edges 20,21 of the part-cylindrical portions 12,14,16 are brought together around the pipe. Fastening means are provided for holding the free edges 20,21 of the part-cylindrical portions 12,14,16 together, such that, in use, the clamp 10 is held to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Taylor Kerr ( Couplings) Limited
    Inventors: Neil John Thornton Taylor, Ian Richard Webb
  • Patent number: 6964400
    Abstract: A hanging device for a suitcase includes a main body, a clamping plate pivotally mounted on the main body, a receiving chamber formed between the main body and the clamping plate, and a press plate pivotally mounted on the main body and locked on the clamping plate to fix the clamping plate on the main body. Thus, the hanging device is mounted on the retractable handle of the suitcase to hang a bag (briefcase or portfolio) that is placed on the top of the suitcase and is supported by the protruding flange of the main body, thereby facilitating a user carrying the bag and the suitcase simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Line-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 6941621
    Abstract: A boat seat release system for assisting in the efficient and safe removal of a boat seat from a taper lock base. The boat seat release system includes a collar attachable to a pedestal and a pedal pivotally attached to the collar for selectively engaging a taper lock lever of a taper lock base to release the pedestal from base. The collar preferably has one or more rollers for engaging an upper surface of the base thereby simultaneously lifting the pedestal thereby breaking the frictional seal of the pedestal and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventors: Wayne P. Wolforth, Debra K. Wolforth
  • Patent number: 6630217
    Abstract: An assembly, composed of long foamed tubing, with a soft inner surface and a smooth outer surface, so configured that it covers and minimizes the problem of snare points on equipment in contact with a protective covering tarpaulin. Protective tarpaulin are generally made of fabric or synthetic sheets. They can be made waterproof by impregnating them with various water proofing agents as well as being coated with a variety of natural or synthetic coatings such as acrylic or synthetic rubberized latices. Synthetic tarpaulins can be reinforced with a fiber matrics, if needed and used for example to cover pleasure boats, construction equipment, flatbed trucks, construction sites, airplanes, cars and trucks, where one wishes to protect from environmental exposure. Yet in spite of these intentions, these sheets exhibit significant defects in that they can be readily ripped and torn on the sharp and protruding edges of the equipment that they are intended to protect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventors: William Jaaskelainen, Jr., Jeffrey Carl Schoenherr, Ronald James Urbin
  • Publication number: 20030140462
    Abstract: In a holder having a holder base and holding arms and used for holding a hose clamp in position, the holder base is so constructed as to be capable of being positioned on the outer periphery of an annular hose clamp and a pair of holding arms protrude from each of a pair of opposite lateral edges of the holder base. Each pair of holding arms are so shaped as to define a pair of opposed arcs extending along a circumference A having a diameter somewhat smaller than the outside diameter of a hose. Each holding arm has a sharp projection B1 formed on its inner peripheral surface at its distal end and directed substantially toward the center of the circumference A, or more inwardly than it. The clamp holder facilitates the preliminary holding of a hose clamp in position on a hose without damaging the hose, and without slipping off the hose or being displaced easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Applicant: TOKAI RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Chiaki Yuzuriha, Hiroyoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 6523230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose coupling comprising a clip consisting of at least two semi-cylindrical cups (1a, 1b) enclosing the hose and a clamping lever (3) which via a bolt (4) is articulated on the free peripheral end of one of the semi-cylindrical cups (1a, 1b). To create a force-fit connection between the hose and a sleeve (8) inserted into same, the clamping lever can be connected to the other free peripheral end of the corresponding semi-cylindrical cup (1a or 1b) via a closing spring (6). The clamping jaw (1) can be fixed on the sleeve (8) in an axial direction by means of a flange which is mounted on said sleeve (8) in such a way that it cannot be axially displaced. The aim of the invention is to provide such a hose coupling which has a simple structure, is economical to produce and can be used as quick-release coupling for corrugated flexible hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Karl Weinhold
  • Patent number: 6473945
    Abstract: A flexible clamp comprising a plurality of plastics links each link being a snap-fit with the next adjacent link thereby permitting a user to alter the length of the chain by the addition or subtraction of one or more links, and means for latching the free ends of the chain together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: The BOC Group plc
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Draper
  • Patent number: 6405411
    Abstract: The clasp comprises a coupling element with which the cheek plate elements adjacent to a closed position and comprising a coupling bolt for a closing device can be provisionally connected. The coupling element is a bracket which is mounted at its one end so that it can pivot on the coupling bolt of the one cheek plate element and which can be connected by its other end to the other cheek plate element in such a manner that this other end is movably mounted in the coupled position on the other cheek plate element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Geberit Technik AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Allemann, Silvio Marti
  • Patent number: 6370740
    Abstract: A clamp for cylindrical objects uses a plurality of split-rings, each of which has a first half-ring and a second half-ring. Each first half-ring is hingedly coupled to a corresponding second half-ring at a hinge point. Means, coupled to each first half-ring at a distance from the hinge point, are coupled to a control assembly. The control assembly is operated to apply one of a pulling force to each first half-ring to simultaneously open each of the split-rings, or a pushing force to each first half-ring to simultaneously close each of the split-rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Carl R. Foreman
  • Patent number: 6293504
    Abstract: A tube holder, particularly for holding a protective tube for cables on a robot, with two mutually articulated half-shells closable by a lever provided with a spring clip, is characterized in that on either side of the lever are formed radially extending protective ribs, which cover the circumferential contour of the lever in the closed position thereof
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Kuka Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Hartmann
  • Patent number: 6142434
    Abstract: A multi-purpose utility pole clamp capable of supporting overhead lines or cables and adhering any of a variety of fixtures to a utility pole without the need for a traditional through-bolt fastening mechanism. The utility pole clamp of the present invention includes an electrically conductive band member for placement about the circumference of the utility pole, a locking mechanism for resiliently biasing the band member against the utility pole to thereby fixedly yet flexibly secure the band member to the utility pole, and a mounting block having at least one receiving aperture for rigidly coupling any of a variety of utility pole fixtures to the band member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventors: Michael D. Trost, Scot M. Brinkman
  • Patent number: 6141836
    Abstract: An over-center load binding apparatus for interconnecting two tension members and tightening them towards one another, which includes a yoke, a first tension member pivotally connected to the yoke, an elongated pivot arm having a first end pivotally connected to the yoke, a second tension member connected to a second end of the elongated pivot arm, whereby the elongated pivot arm adapted to be pivotal between an open position and a closed position in which the second end thereof to which the second tension member is connected, will pass arcuately around the first tension member to an over dead-center position, a lever arm connectable to the yoke for forcibly pivoting the yoke to dispose the elongated pivot arm in the closed position, a latch for latching the elongated pivot arm in the closed position, and a key lock mechanism incorporated within the yoke for locking the latch while the latch is latching the elongated pivot arm in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Sean E. Thornton
  • Patent number: 6101684
    Abstract: A device for handling or storing bundled items such as electrical cords or cables is provided by using a handcuff-like element having jaws that self-sustain an open position while the bundled item is inserted therein and which traverse a fixed path or trajectory to close on the bundled item. The device may also be used handling or storing key rings, belts, fabrics such as napkins, jewelry, shopping bags, and plantings, among other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Mark H. Ginocchio
  • Patent number: 6022055
    Abstract: Latch arrangements for mounting on a first housing section to secure the first housing section to a second housing section are provided. The arrangements are particularly well adapted for utilization with air cleaner housings. Several designs described comprise bent wire arrangements having a first handle segment formed from a single piece of bent wire, and a latch or hook segment formed from a second piece of bent wire. Preferred configurations for utilization with plastic housing sections, are provided. An alternate latch arrangement, comprising a single molded latch member, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Coulonvaux, Thomas G. Miller, Edward James Kreitinger
  • Patent number: 5921696
    Abstract: An adjustable massage chair includes a chest support and a seat hingeably mounted to the outer ends of front and rear arcuate arms, respectively, that telescopically extend out the front and rear ends, respectively, of a stationary arcuate arm. A pair of clamps attached to the ends of the stationary arcuate arm lock the front and rear arcuate arms in their selected positions. A face support is hingeably attached to the top edge of the chest support, and is pivotable and movable fore-and-aft relative to the plane of the chest support. An arm support is hingeably attached to the lower side of the chest support, and is also slidably adjustable relative thereto. The face and chest supports are also slidably adjustable together relative to the end of the front arcuate arm. A pair of locking arms attached to the chest support lock it a selected position. A leg support is positioned between the chest support and the stationary arcuate arm. The hinged supports are all independently adjustable in tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Gillotti