Including Camming Or Wedging Element On Projection Member Patents (Class 24/607)
  • Patent number: 10626636
    Abstract: A lock device includes a first connecting module and a second connecting module. The first connecting module can be arranged in a closing direction on the second connecting module and is mechanically catch-lockingly engaged in a closing position with the second connecting module, and the first connecting module can be detached from the second connecting module by a movement of the first connecting module or of a part of the first connecting module in an opening direction, which differs from the closing direction. A locking device is provided to prevent a movement of the first connecting module or of the part of the first connecting module in the opening direction, when the first connecting module and the second connecting module are positioned in the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Patent number: 10589835
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for attaching a floor panel to an airframe is disclosed. The fastener assembly includes a collet, a pin, a capnut, and a subplate. The collet comprises at least one tang, extending from a cylindrical collar that defines a collet aperture. An external thread is formed on the collar, and a tab is formed on a distal end of the tang. The collet tang extends through a floor panel aperture, a subplate aperture, and an airframe aperture, and may interact with a subplate asymmetry. The capnut is screwed onto the collet, such that the pin is forced to slide along the collet tang and the tab is engaged with the airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher J. Mills
  • Patent number: 10455904
    Abstract: A seat buckle that accommodates different types and styles of child seats. The standard platform can be used across a variety of baby to child seats. The belt has a button on the front, with a safety mechanism on the back that must be articulated to enable activation of the belt buckle. The buckle may take the configuration of an adapter allows a parent to install the safety buckle for a child seat. Adapter on a pre-existing seat. The belt ideally configured for a “Y” style buckle where straps extend over each shoulder and a single strap passes between the legs of the child. This allows the safety to pass or be blocked between the two belt buckle components of the shoulder straps. This also accommodates most of the buckles that are being produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Melinda Davis, David Boobar
  • Patent number: 10336146
    Abstract: A securing chain attachment assembly is shown and described. The securing chain attachment assembly may include an attachment body selectively and rotatably securable to a towing vehicle, the attachment body rotatable along a first plane. The securing chain attachment assembly may also include a securement member attached to the attachment body, the securement member capable of having selectively secured thereto a securement chain, where the chain attachment member is pivotal along a second plane, the second plane generally parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10267444
    Abstract: A rapid engagement/release coupling having a female connector, a male connector, and a retaining ring. The female connector having an insertion end, a cylindrical sealing portion, and an annular groove having a first stop surface. The male connector carrying a sealing ring configured to cooperate with the cylindrical sealing portion and having a recessed annular portion having a second stop surface. The retaining ring having a collar and a tubular portion equipped with a plurality of longitudinal splits which divide the tubular portion into a plurality of sectors. The sectors having teeth configured to engage the annular groove, wherein the teeth have outer conical surfaces and inner conical surfaces. The inner and outer conical surfaces of the teeth having different inclination angles with respect to a longitudinal axis. The inclination angle of the outer conical surfaces is greater than the inclination angle of the inner conical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MERLO GALFRÉ INNOVATION LAB S.R.L.
    Inventor: Renato Galfre'
  • Patent number: 9903528
    Abstract: The present disclosure may include a leg comprising first and second tubes, the first tube inside of the second tube, a lock mechanism within the second tube, the lock mechanism including a plug, a ramp, and bearings configured to roll along the ramp and contact the ramp and at least an interior wall of the first tube such that as the one or more bearings contact the ramp and the interior wall of the first tube, motion of the second tube relative to the first tube is inhibited, and a third tube inside of the second tube, and in response to the third tube being substantially disposed within the second tube, a proximate end of the third tube configured to push the one or more bearings towards the plug, reducing the interference of the one or more bearings with the interior wall of the first tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Joshua Terry Hatch
  • Patent number: 9717296
    Abstract: A locking clip and anchor assembly for a tether. The clip includes an opening with at least one tab extending into a portion of the opening. The clip is also configured to attach to a tether or strap. In exemplary embodiments, the anchor assembly includes a post, biased support, biasing mechanism, and base. The clip is configured to be connectable to the post and movable to latched and unlatched conditions with respect to the anchor assembly. In the latched condition the clip has a limited range of rotation possible about the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SCHROTH SAFETY PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Stiles, Stephen Joseph Drabant, Donald Thomas Myers
  • Patent number: 9648920
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved face mask mounting apparatus for a contact sports helmet. In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a mounting sleeve adapted to be mounted at a contact sports helmet attachment point; a mounting ring encased in the mounting sleeve and adapted to receive a mounting bolt; and a plurality of resiliently flexible impact absorption components positioned between the mounting ring and an inner wall of the mounting sleeve to generally center the mounting ring within the mounting sleeve; whereby, in use, the plurality of resiliently flexible impact absorption components are adapted to collectively absorb an impact force received on the face mask by deforming, and returning the mounting ring to its center position after the impact force has been absorbed. By way of example, the plurality of resiliently flexible impact absorption components may comprise springs or resiliently flexible and deformable rubber balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Kuntz
  • Patent number: 9622548
    Abstract: A one-handed connector apparatus includes a male portion that is receivable in a female portion. The male portion includes a plurality of protuberances that extend from a base and that are receivable in a receptacle formed in the female portion. A compressive force applied to an outboard one of the protuberances deflects the outboard protuberance toward an inboard protuberance and causes the outboard and inboard protuberances to together be elastically deflected from a first position to a second position. In the first position, a set of first latching structures situated on the protuberances are in an interference position with a set of corresponding second latching structures that are situated on the female portion. In the second position, the first latching structures are moved out of the interference position, thereby permitting the male portion to be removed from the female portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Jack W. Renforth
  • Patent number: 9572410
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock device, having a first connecting module and a second connecting module. The first connecting module can here be arranged in a closing direction on the second connecting module and is mechanically catch-lockingly engaged in a closing position with the second connecting module, and the first connecting module can be detached from the second connecting module by a movement of the first connecting module or of a part of the first connecting module in an opening direction, which differs from the closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Patent number: 9447815
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an accessory attachment, comprising a housing with a top end and a bottom end, at least one locking member, a spring-biased retractor apparatus operable to move the locking member from an engaged position to a disengaged position, and finger grips attached to the retractor apparatus. The accessory attachment may be attached to, or removed from, a mounting receptacle either by pushing or pulling the finger grips toward or away from either end of the housing parallel to a longitudinal axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MAGPUL INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: Timothy Eric Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150013122
    Abstract: A latching device secures a strap to a piece of sports equipment. The latching device includes a buckle and a base. The buckle has a main body portion. The main body portion has an integrally formed collet and has a first slot and a second slot. The first and second slots each having a plurality of teeth shaped members that are configured to secure the strap to the buckle. The base is attached to the piece of sports equipment. The base has a first shaft and an annular ring. The first shaft has a first end and a second end. A ball shaped member is attached to the first end of the first shaft. The annular ring is formed on a periphery of the base surrounding the first shaft. The ball shaped member is releasably received in the collet to releasably engage the buckle with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: BRUCE JAMES Mitchell, JR., JOSEPH ALBERT SIMON
  • Patent number: 8789249
    Abstract: A shoe comprising a shoe upper including a male member and a shoe sole including a female receptor for locking with the male member. The male member locks with the female receptor by moving the male member with respect to the female receptor in a first direction, which locks the shoe upper with the shoe sole. The male member unlocks from the female receptor by moving the male member an additional distance further in the first direction, which unlocks the shoe upper from the shoe sole. The female receptor includes resilient arms to hold and release the male member and a stop to prevent movement of the resilient arms in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Convertible Shoe, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Gerald Pearce
  • Patent number: 8276246
    Abstract: A fastening device, in particular for hand grips for the interior of a motor vehicle, is equipped with a bearing block, which can be inserted into a recess in a plate-like structure, with a stopper which can be inserted into the bearing block, and with means which, upon insertion of the stopper, make it possible for rear engagement of the fastening device behind a plate-like structure. The invention makes provision for the rear-engagement means to be formed separately and to be produced preferably in the manner of wings from sheet steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Patrick Welter, Frederic Selvini
  • Patent number: 8166620
    Abstract: A subsea connector comprises a female element (1) defining a parallel bore (2) adapted to receive a male element (3). First releasable locking means are disposed between elements (2) and (3) and comprise a sprung cage (6) in which balls (5) are retained for movement in tapered grooves circumferentially spaced around element (3). As the cage moves relative to element (3) balls (5) protrude from the cage to a greater or lesser extent to lock the elements together. Second locking means prevent relative movement between elements (1) and (3) in a locking release direction of the first releasable locking means. These second locking means comprise lock balls retained in an apertured body disposed between elements (1) and (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Balltec Limited
    Inventors: Graham Halstead, Robert Emmett
  • Patent number: 7681894
    Abstract: A device for fitting seats and the like to the chassis of baby carriages includes at each side of the seat a respective anchoring mechanism for a direct anchoring at corresponding attachments provided at the chassis of the baby carriage. The anchoring mechanism is housed in a body inferiorly having a projection having a slanted edge adapted to shift a transverse pin slidably fitted in a box making up the attachment provided at the chassis when the aforementioned body is fitted to the box. The transverse pin is linked to a spring adapted to take said transverse pin back to its initial position when the action of the aforementioned projection having a slanted edge has ceased. A control is exteriorly fitted to the body housing the anchoring mechanism, the control being linked to said mechanism and when actuated releasing the anchored state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Jane, S.A.
    Inventor: Manuel Jane Santamaria
  • Patent number: 7624484
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clasp for the connecting of two parts comprising a first (1) and a second (2) clasp part consisting of, against the first part (1) fixed, and from this extending part (3), in the second part (2) an opening (3) the shape of which closely connects to the outer shape of the extending part (3) so that the second part (2) can pass over the latter as well as the means, to restrain the second part on the extending part (3), in the spring-loaded means (8, 10, 11) and an edge or groove (5) arranged inside the second part's opening. The clasp consists of spring-loaded means (6, 7) designed to move the parts away from each other upon the parts being released. A button (4) arranged in the cylinder is placed for activation when the clasp's parts are to be released from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Joran Lundh
  • Patent number: 7346966
    Abstract: A fitting for a harness, such as a trapeze harness for a sailboat is disclosed. The fitting comprises: a first part secured to or securable to a harness, a second part connectable to a tether, and a mechanism to releasably inter-connect the first and second parts. The mechanism comprises a plurality of locking members each having a rounded or tapered locking part, configured to be received within a respective locking aperture located on the second part. A locking element is provided which is moveable between a locking position and a release position and is configured to urge each locking member into a position in which its locking part is received within a respective locking aperture when the locking element is in the locking position. This enables the first part and the second part to be releasably locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: RWO (Marine Equipment) Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven R. Atkins, John Robert Owen
  • Patent number: 7234209
    Abstract: A clip engages an assist grip with an engaging portion of the clip engaged with a clip insertion hole of an attachment part. The assist grip is mounted to a body panel by engaging a first locking pawl of the clip with a rear surface of the body panel, and engaging a second locking pawl of the clip with a front surface of the body panel. A pressure plug is fitted into a rear end gap portion of the clip when a cap on the attachment part is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiharu Totani, Shuji Inui, Hidenori Yokoyama, Hiroyuki Tajima, Takeshi Hosokawa, Hikaru Ando, Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 6910827
    Abstract: A knob retainer system including a knob having a cavity and an opening into said cavity and a retainer adapted to fit within the knob cavity. The retainer includes wing portions and a cantilevered barbed portion. When the retainer is placed inside of the knob cavity and the actuating lever is manipulated between the retainer and an upper wall of the knob cavity, the actuating lever downwardly depresses the retainer thereby causing stakes located in the retainer to positively engage a portion of the cavity wall thereby preventing the retainer from moving with respect to the knob. The retainer is also fitted with a cantilevered portion which terminates in a barbed end. The barbed end positively engages an engagement surface on the actuating lever thereby preventing the actuating lever from pulling away from the knob/retainer assembly. The actuating lever is easily removed from the knob/retainer assembly by use of a specialized tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Carrillo Maloof, Gustavo Del Campo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 6893184
    Abstract: A positive lock pin for locking a plurality of objects together includes an upper housing in communication with a handle housing. The handle housing has a shaft member located therein. The shaft member is rotatable with respect to the handle housing and has a slot formed in an upper portion thereof. The shaft member also has a pair of recesses formed therein. The shaft member is in communication with a pair of retention mechanisms disposed within the handle housing. Each of the pair or retention mechanisms is in communication with a respective opening formed in the handle housing. The pair of retention mechanisms are moveable between a locked position where an outermost point thereof extends outwardly from a respective opening and an unlocked position wherein the outermost point does not extend outwardly from the respective opening and a respective retention mechanism rests in one of the recesses. The movement of the retention mechanisms occurs upon rotation of the slot and the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John S. Mills, James M. Snyder, Walter Tsui
  • Patent number: 6811348
    Abstract: A device for locking a position of a moving part with respect to a fixed part. The moving part is positioned with respect to the fixed part isostatically. The device generates a force opposing the loss of contact of all the points of isostatic contact between the moving part and the fixed part so as to lock the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Thales Avionics S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Meyer, Jean-Marc Darrieux
  • Patent number: 6324731
    Abstract: An isolator fan fastener for securing a cooling fan housing to the interior chassis of a computer is described. The fastener is comprised of a pin made of a hard impact resistant plastic and an isolator grommet made of a soft resiliently flexible plastic. The pin is frictionally engageable with the isolator grommet. In operation the isolator grommet is preinstalled in the fan housing. Insertion of the pin through the chassis and into the isolator grommet completes the mounting. An isolator fan fastener in accordance with the invention yields enhanced acoustical properties when compared to prior art fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Frank V. Pliml, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6322126
    Abstract: An apparatus (30) for supporting a visor (10) in a vehicle (14) that has a roof panel (122) and a headliner (100) that covers the roof panel includes a clip (40) for receiving a part (32) of the visor. The clip (40) includes a body portion (42). At least one flange (60, 62) extends from the body portion (42) and is insertable into an opening (106, 124) that extends through the headliner (100) and the roof panel (122) such that a portion (112) of the headliner (100) is trapped between the flange and the body portion to connect the clip (40) to the headliner. At least two legs (72) extend from the body portion (42) through the opening (124). A pin (80), which is connected to the body portion (42), is movable from a first position to a second position when the part (32) of the visor (10) is received by the clip (40). When the pin (80) is in the second position, the pin urges the legs (72) against edges (126) of the opening (124) in the roof panel (122) to connect the clip (40) to the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Willi Kraus
  • Patent number: 6182298
    Abstract: A latching device eg for attaching a breathing mask to an aircrew helmet, has detents (20) on a receptacle portion (10), and teeth (32) on carriers (30,31) supported for arcuate movement in an insert portion (14) and supported (eg at 33) so that bending loads on the carriers are substantially avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Trevor Dampney
  • Patent number: 5967589
    Abstract: According to the invention, an aperture is provided in the roof panel including a central opening and a plurality of slot portions radiating outwardly from the central opening and each such slot portion being defined by spaced apart side walls an end wall. The headliner has upper and lower surfaces and an aperture adapted to register with the roof panel aperture. A retention clip of stamped spring steel engages with the upper surface of the headliner and has a central body either a central aperture registering with the headliner. The sun visor has a mounting bracket which engages with the lower surface of the headliner. Screws are installed through the mounting bracket and into the retention clip so that the headliner is captured between the mounting bracket and the retention clip. The retention clip has a plurality of spring legs which radiate from the central body and are bent to project upwardly from the central body and have ends bent backwardly and terminating in a shoulder structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Spadafora
  • Patent number: 5803689
    Abstract: A device for fastening together two devices (1, 30), wherein the first device (1) comprises a screw (20) with a pointed end section (26), and at least one engagement element (50) which is arranged to abut against the end section (26) and radially movable between two end positions by means of the end section (26) and in relation thereto. The second device (30) comprises a shoulder section (36) with a central opening (39), through which the engagement element (50) can be inserted when it is located in its radially inner position. The shoulder section (36) is arranged to engage with a contact section (51) of the engagement element (50) when it has been passed through the opening (39) and is located in its radially outer end position. The screw (20) is mounted rotatably, but axially immovable in relation to the frame (2), and is screwed into a nut (15), which is mounted axially movably in the frame (2) and arranged to abut against the shoulder section (36). The engagement elements (50) mounted in the nut (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Kongsberg Offshore AS
    Inventors: Heyn Halfdan Magnus, Torstein Kasin
  • Patent number: 5662375
    Abstract: A mounting clip assembly for mounting an accessory to a roof sheet metal bracket. A mounting clip is fastened to or molded with the accessory and comprises two diverging legs, which are snap-fit into an aperture in the roof sheet metal bracket. A locking bezel has a pair of lugs and a locking finger, which are inserted between the legs to prevent the relative movement of the legs. The locking finger is received within a slot on one of the legs to releasably fasten the bezel to the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Edward R. Adams, Bradley D. Miller
  • Patent number: 5615462
    Abstract: A connector for releasably connecting a harness to a stringed instrument. The connector includes an engaging member provided on terminal ends of the harness and a receiving member provided on opposite ends of the stringed instrument body. The connector is operated by rotation of a knob fixed on the engaging member to engage and release the receiving member. An insertion cylinder is provided on the engaging member and includes a pair of diametrically opposed engaging elements which are pivotally mounted therein. The engaging elements are dimensioned so as to engage a fitting groove on an inner peripheral wall of a receiving cylinder of the receiving member. The knob provided on the engaging member is limited to rotation through a predetermined angle. A rotatable shaft extends into the insertion cylinder and can be positioned to engage the engaging elements. The rotatable shaft has a lower cross-sectional shape which has a large diameter and a small diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Gotoh Gut Yugen Kaisha
    Inventor: Takao Goto
  • Patent number: 5568675
    Abstract: A clip includes a female member having a cylindrical body having a hole with an expanded engaging portion around an inner surface at an upper end opening of the hole, spreadable legs formed by dividing a lower end portion of the body, and a flange extending outward from a peripheral surface at an upper end portion of the body, and a male member that is inserted into the female member, the male member comprising a head portion, a shaft vertically descending from an underside of the head portion, and an engaging recess formed around a periphery of a lower end of the shaft that can receive the expanded engaging portion of the female member to maintain the male and female members in a provisionally assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Goro Asami, Tsuyoshi Kato, Hideo Konishi
  • Patent number: 5561890
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement employs a rotatable element, such as a ball, driven by a cam to apply a biasing force to an article desired to be clamped. The ball is contained within a housing having first and second through-holes arranged substantially orthogonal to one another. An elongated cam enters through one of the through-holes, and urges the ball to protrude through the other through-hole. The ball is larger than the through-hole through which it protrudes, and therefore does not exit the housing. In one embodiment, the cam is urged into communication with the ball by the application of air pressure to a pneumatic cylinder. The air pressure can be controlled to ensure that the biasing force applied by the ball is applied gently and resiliently to avoid jarring the article to be clamped, and displacing its contents. A position sensor is employed to provide an indication of the location of the pneumatic piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Technology Handlers, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald S. Rich
  • Patent number: 5531551
    Abstract: A rivet type fastening device having a hollow rivet body, a pull shank slideably disposed within said hollow rivet body and including an enlarged mandrel head at one end. The opposing end of the pull shank is connected to a pivotally mounted actuator movably mounted between two positions for moving said mandrel head between condition with said rivet body or an unset condition extending outside said rivet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: James D. Bowers
  • Patent number: 5507545
    Abstract: A rivet type fastener assembly that is especially suited for joining components to vehicle bodies and panels includes resilient legs that extend from the component and through an opening in the panel. An axially elongated pin extends through a hole in the component to a position between the legs. The pin has an enlarged body joined to a head by a reduced size connecting body portion. A retention latch is provided for retaining the pin in selected positions in the hole including a first position where the enlarged body portion is in the space between the legs to prevent movement of the legs laterally toward one another and a second position wherein the relatively smaller intermediate portion is in the space between the legs to permit the legs to be moved laterally toward one another for disconnecting the component from the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Krysiak
  • Patent number: 5428873
    Abstract: A ball latch mechanism including an annular cage concentrically located between a bearing member and a trigger. The cage includes a slot and a latch ball located in the slot in contacting relation with the trigger. The latch ball is radially movable between a first position in which the ball protrudes from the slot to interfere with movement of the bearing member and a second position wherein the ball is retracted into the trigger. Each slot is circumferentially elongated in relation to the ball such that, upon rotation of the trigger from a latch position to an unlatched position, the ball rolls circumferentially along the cylindrical surface within the slot. A biasing means may be used to urge the ball toward a preferred starting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: BW/IP International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mel L. Hitchcock, Coleman W. Conrad, Charles H. Pearson
  • Patent number: 5394594
    Abstract: A ball locking device having a ball locking mechanism releasably attachable to a receptacle to lock the device thereto until released. The device has a handle which is removably attached to,the device so that the handle can be changed for another. The handle may be of a non-metallic material whereas the main components of the ball locking mechanism may be of metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Avibank Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Duran
  • Patent number: 5322466
    Abstract: A connection device for toy construction sets comprises a cylindrical socket and a bolt-like locking element inserted therein. The socket is inserted into the bores of the construction elements to be connected and is provided at one end with a radially protruding outer edge shoulder as a retaining member as well as longitudinal slots. The locking element (9) is rotatable within the socket, but fixed axially and rotation of the locking element causes the socket to lock within the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Interlego A.G.
    Inventors: Peter Bolli, Heinz Looser
  • Patent number: 5299379
    Abstract: A quick release fishing lure connection includes a base member rigidly connected to the lure body and a separate connector member with a connecting portion adapted to be received in a receptacle formed in the base member. The base member includes a retaining feature formed on a side wall of the receptacle and the connector member includes a locking member movably mounted on the connecting portion. The locking member is adapted to reside in either a retracted position or an extended position. When in the extended position, the locking member contacts the retaining feature on the base member to retain the connector member in the base. The retaining feature may comprise an annular groove that allows the connector member and a hook connected thereto to pivot within the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hawk
  • Patent number: 5221111
    Abstract: A skateboard accessory for attaching a stretchable handle member or one or more of a variety of such handles to a point near the center of the skateboard in a readily disconnectable manner that does not protrude from or take up space on the surface of the board. In a preferred embodiment, two thin discs of lightweight material connect together through a hole near the center of the skateboard and present one mating part of a quick release snap-in connector to the upper side of the board. A second mating part of the quick release snap-in connector having the opposite gender is attached to a stretchable strap or tube handle member, which may take many forms, including an elongate member of rubber-like material 10 to 30 inches (0.25 to 0.76 meters) long and having a tether at its other end for attachment to the rider or the rider's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventor: Roger L. Younger
  • Patent number: 5195223
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for releasing two members joined together under tension. The force necessary to release the mechanism is substantially independent of the tension being carried by the device. This is accomplished by providing a contact surface between the latch and its holder such that the moment necessary to release the latch holder must not increase with frictional force or normal force at the point of contact between the latch and latch holder. An equation that provides the configuration necessary to achieve this objective is derived which yields a logarithmic spiral solution set. The spiral expands from zero to infinity, with any portion of the curve being a valid solution to the curve that must machined into either a latch holder surface or a latch surface. The invention may also be used to provide a mechanism that will release once a pre-determined tension has been obtained, i.e., a reusable "week link" or the inverse "weak link", i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Timothy T. Tylaska
  • Patent number: 5067642
    Abstract: A shoulder holster is disclosed to be worn outside an officer's shirt operably attaching to a chest strap worn under the Officer's shirt without making a hole in the shirt. An annularly shaped shirt lock hub having a circular groove formed in the interior opening attaches to the chest strap, all under the shirt. Outside the shirt, an annularly shaped shirt lock of four movable segments is held together by a circumscribing spring. Around the periphery of each segment is an outwardly protruding circular tongue. A cone-shaped retractable cylindrical expander resides just partially interiorly the central opening of the shirt lock. Immediately juxtaposed the shirt lock is an annular seal plate followed by a leather strap attached to the shoulder holster, the strap in turned followed by a backing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: Gary L. Fodge
  • Patent number: 4981323
    Abstract: A modular headliner includes an assist strap for mounting to the modular headliner to the vehicle body structure and includes an assist strap fastening means. The fastening means extends to engage a vehicle body adjacent an opening defined by a vehicle body structure. A mandrel may then be inserted between the fastening means to lock the fastening means to the vehicle body structure to thereby mount the assist strap and headliner to vehicle body structure. The assist strap may include a pivotally mounted handle having a preassembly position such that upon displacement of the handle, the mandrel is displaced to the locking position. Additionally a breakaway tab means may secure the handle to the assist strap base such that until sufficient force is applied to the handle to rupture the breakaway tab the handle will not be displaced. The tab is tuned to require that a sufficient force be sufficient to drive the mandrel to the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Dowd, David M. Hilborn, Matthew J. Brown, Richard P. Bozyk
  • Patent number: 4970761
    Abstract: A fastener for securing a circuit board to a chassis or another circuit board of an electronic appliance in a spaced relationship by a predetermined fixed distance. The fastener comprises a plunger having an inverted pyramid-shaped head and a rod extending downwardly from said head, and a fastener body including an isolating member having at the center thereof an opening for receiving said plunger therein and a pair of locking members located at the opposite ends of said isolating member with a pair of support plates interposed therebetween. When the plunger is inserted into the fastener body, the locking members are expanded outwardly by the plunger so that a circuit board and a chassis or another circuit board are secured to each other in a predetermined spaced relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: Shinagawa Shoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshinobu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4965915
    Abstract: A plug for the bearing of an autohoist arm on a motor-vehicle body comprises an elastic receiving part secured in a receiving orifice and a dimensionally stable spacer piece located in front of and clipped securely to the receiving part. A common passage bore is provided in the receiving part for receiving a retention peg which secures both the receiving parts and the spacer piece in the receiving orifice by nose-shaped forms at its ends. The position of the retention peg is fixed by a locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventor: Gerd Steininger
  • Patent number: 4874276
    Abstract: A fastener includes a cylindrical outer member and an insertion member. The cylindrical outer member has a cylindrical portion with an axial bore, and a flange portion provided at one end of the cylindrical portion. The cylindrical portion tapers toward the other end thereof and includes a plurality of arially extending notches, a plurality of inner projections formed upon inner surfaces of the end portion, and elastically deformable locking pieces projecting obliquely outwardly from an intermediate portion thereof toward the flange portion. The insertion member has a large-diameter portion for disposition within the axial bore of the cylindrical portion. The cylindrical portion is expanded radially outwardly by inserting the insertion member into the axial bore of the cylindrical outer member from the flange portion end thereof and by bringing the large-diameter portion into engagement with the inner projections of the cylindrical portion of the insertion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Nifco, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Iguchi
  • Patent number: 4807335
    Abstract: A clip assembly for attachment to a flexible gasket which has at least one opening therethrough, the assembly imparting sufficient rigidity to the gasket for convenient transportation and handling. The assembly consists of two plate members extending in overlaying relation with one another and with the gasket, one member having an expandable protrusion easily slid into the gasket opening and the other member having a projecting pin which produces expansion of the protrusion to thereby secure the gasket to the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Chrysler Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Cornell Candea
  • Patent number: 4793032
    Abstract: A buckle device comprising separable cooperating receptacle and clasp members and releasable locking means between the receptacle and the clasp. Said locking means includes a through side locking slot and top locking slot in said receptacle and a resiliently supported locking side tab on said clasp engageble with said side locking slot and a second tab on said clasp engageable with said second locking slot. The locking means on said clasp include cam means for disengaging said second tab from said second slot when pressure is applied to said side locking tab of said clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Crowle
  • Patent number: 4674930
    Abstract: A fastener for securing two objects or structures together in a predetermined relationship. The fastener has a fastener body including a spacer which defines a predetermined distance between the two objects. A first locking element is attached to one side of the spacer and a second locking element is attached to the other side of the spacer. The fastener body is adapted to receive a plunger which when actuated will cause the locking elements to secure the first object and second object a predetermined distance apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventors: L. Richard Poe, Raymond E. Harmon
  • Patent number: 4647262
    Abstract: Disclosed here is a fastener made of synthetic resin or the like for removably fixing a plurality of plate-like members, said fastener comprising a female member and a male member, said female member comprising a base plate formed with a hole into which a shaft portion of said male member is inserted, a stopper of substantially W-shape in section provided with a pair of leg portions extending from a lower surface of said base plate along an edge portion of said hole and a link portion of substantially inversed U-shape in section for connecting said leg portions, and a pair of engagement projections inwardly projecting from an inner periphery of said hole; said male member comprising a head portion, a shaft portion provided with a neck portion downwardly extending from said head portion and a flat portion downwardly extending from said neck portion and adapted to be inserted into said hole, said flat portion being provided with a pair of stop projections and shoulders adapted to be engaged with said engagement
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 4549846
    Abstract: A robot hand changer for industrial robots, having a changer unit mounted fixedly on the industrial robots and a changer adapter holding a robot hand and being detachably fitted in the change unit. The changer unit has a fluid-operated piston and clamping balls urged toward a clamping position by the fluid-operated piston. The changer adapter is fitted in the changer unit and clamped by the agency of the clamping piston. A plurality of such changer adapters holding different kinds of robot hand are prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Nobutoshi Torii, Ryo Nihei
  • Patent number: 4548533
    Abstract: A wedge-type fastener which is economical to manufacture and can be installed using known installation tools, such as those used in Europe. The fastener comprises a main body portion having an exterior adapted to be grasped by a tool to hold the same and an insert mounted in its interior keyed to the interior of the main body portion for rotation therewith. A threaded stud having a head keyed to the interior of the insert is also mounted within the body portion having a threaded portion extending out of one end of the body portion. The body portion is closed off at one end by a snap-in cap which also aligns the threaded stud in the body portion and abuts against the insert. The threaded portion of the stud extends through the cap and terminates in a snap-on cap that keeps a threaded nut threaded on the threaded portion of the stud between the first cap and the second cap from running off the stud. The stud, at its other end, includes a pair of wire elements fixedly secured therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: Monogram Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Pratt