With Clamp Or Hold-down Patents (Class 248/154)
  • Patent number: 11932102
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a tank having a cylindrical tank main unit, and a neck provided at a first end in an axial direction of the tank main unit, a bracket that fixes the tank main unit to a vehicle body of the vehicle by neck mounting, using the neck, and a fixing device. The fixing device has a covering portion that grips and holds, at a second end in the axial direction of the tank main unit, the tank main unit so as to surround an outer circumferential face of the tank main unit, and a fixing portion that is integrally provided with the covering portion and that is fixed to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Katano, Akihiko Ohba
  • Patent number: 11673596
    Abstract: A snapping structure is provided, which is configured to detachably mount a body to a support frame. The snapping structure includes a locking member movably disposed on the body and a positioning member disposed on the support frame and mated with the locking member. The locking member is movable to be locked to the positioning member, so as to mount the body to the support frame, or the locking member is movable to be unlocked from the positioning member, so as to separate the body from the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: Fangming Li
  • Patent number: 11564542
    Abstract: A disassembly mechanism configured to be disposed on a dust collector is provided, including: a fixation assembly, including a first fixation portion and a second fixation portion, the first and second fixation portions being configured to be disposed on a base and a barrel of the dust collector respectively, the second fixation portion including a slot; an actuating mechanism, including an engaging portion being disengageably engaged laterally with the slot and a connecting portion being movably disposed on the first fixation portion, and the engaging portion being movable with the second fixation portion. A dust collector including at least one aforementioned disassembly mechanism is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Yu-Tse Lin
  • Patent number: 11565878
    Abstract: A garbage bin support system includes a base member having a substantially planar horizontal surface and a hook assembly including a hook support projecting outwardly from the substantially planar horizontal surface and a hook element pivotally connected to the hook support. The hook element is configured and disposed to engage an axle of a garbage bin to prevent tipping from the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Damian Earley
  • Patent number: 11434952
    Abstract: An object anchoring assembly includes a housing that can be positioned on a horizontal support surface having an object being positioned on top of the housing. A plurality of arms is each slidably integrated into the housing and each of the arms is positionable in a retracted position or an extended position. A plurality of engagements is each is movably integrated into a respective one of the arms. Additionally, each of the engagements engages the housing at a variety of locations to retain the arms at a selected degree of extension to accommodate dimensions of the object placed on the housing. A coupler is movably coupled to the housing to engage the support surface thereby inhibiting the housing from sliding on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew Spino
  • Patent number: 10892175
    Abstract: A stand for a heater pedestal with a base member and a support member detachably coupled to the base member, the support member having a plurality of ring members and at least one spacer member extending vertically from the base member, a ring member separated from another ring member by a spacer member, a ring member having an aperture which extends through the ring member in a horizontal direction, the at least one spacer member forming at least one opening between two corresponding ring members, and the ring member furthest from the base member configured to support a heater pedestal, and the apertures of the ring members of the support member being configured to receive a susceptor of the heater pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Rodolfo Martinez, Robert Bell, Robert Stebbins
  • Patent number: 10814774
    Abstract: A freestanding holder device to secure cargo items of different sizes or orientation in different types of cargo area comprises a horizontal base section and a wall section extending from one side of the base section, wherein the wall section comprises at least one vertical indentation forming a recess in the wall section and the underside of the base section comprises a high friction surface. The high friction surface comprises a rubber or elastomer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ben Millett, Alan Harrison, Michael Culleton
  • Patent number: 10617239
    Abstract: A flower pot holding assembly for inhibiting a flower pot from tipping over when the flower pot is displayed includes a plurality of spikes that is each manipulated to penetrate a support surface. A cage is coupled to the plurality of spikes. The cage rests on the support surface when the spikes penetrate the support surface. A flower pot is selectively positioned in the cage thereby inhibiting the flower pot from tipping over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Carolyn Cowley
  • Patent number: 10596945
    Abstract: A mechanism for holding an article. The mechanism includes a rotatable member, at least two holding members and a sensor. The rotatable member is rotatably mounted below a base and controlled by a motor to rotate around a vertical rotation axis. The holding members are each mechanically linked by a connecting member to the rotatable member. The rotation of the rotatable member in a first direction moves the holding member from a rest position to a holding position and rotation of the rotatable member in a second direction moves the holding member to the rest position. The sensor is arranged on the base and adapted to sense the article in proximity. The sensor upon sensing the article rotates the rotatable member in the first direction to move the holding members to the holding position and rotates the rotatable member in the second direction upon removal the article from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Firoz Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10479252
    Abstract: A cup holder may include a cup-shaped, substantially cylindrical or conical receiving portion having an open upper surface and a closed lower surface when disposed in the vehicle, the cup-shaped receiving portion being configured to receive a beverage container through the open upper face, and an elastic insert being attached to the cup-shaped receiving portion, the elastic insert being configured to hold respective beverage containers having a plurality of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Manfredo Agresti
  • Patent number: 10314421
    Abstract: A drink coaster configured to be converted into a stand. The drink coaster includes a flat sheet of material including a first preferential fold line extending across the flat sheet of material between a first panel of the flat sheet of material and a second panel of the flat sheet of material, and a second preferential fold line extending across the flat sheet of material between the second panel of the flat sheet of material and a third panel of the flat sheet of material. The flat sheet of material is configured to be folded along the first preferential fold line and along the second preferential fold line to convert the drink coaster into a stand for an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Johnson
  • Patent number: 10293733
    Abstract: A cup holder may include a holder body having a holding groove opened at an upper portion thereof, and provided such that a container is inserted into the holding groove, a guide integrally or monolithically formed in the holder body with an elastic adjustment body interposed therebetween, so as to protrude inward from the holding groove, the guide tightly supporting a side of the container in a state in which the guide protrudes inward from the holding groove, and the elastic adjustment body integrally or monolithically formed in the guide and the holder body so as to provide an elastic restoring force in order for the guide to elastically protrude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Byung Seok Kong, Kwan Woo Lee, Sung Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10295400
    Abstract: A beverage coaster includes integrated electronics, such as a power system, a load cell, an analog to digital converter and a wireless transceiver. The beverage coaster communicates with a computing device to send information, such as a first weight, a second weight, and a third weight of objects placed on the beverage coaster. The first weight may be associated with a container, a second weight may be associated with a first ingredient, and the third weight may be associated with a second ingredient. The computing device is configured to display information related to the first, second, and third weights and provide instructions to a user thereof for maintaining proper proportions of the first and second ingredients as the user adds them to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Perfect Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Wallace, Philip Trevor Odom
  • Patent number: 10293684
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a vehicle body; a gas tank having a tank main body that includes a cylindrical barrel part and a cap that is provided at one end of the tank main body in a longitudinal direction; a bracket fixing the cap to the vehicle body; and a band surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the barrel part and fixing the barrel part to the vehicle body, wherein the gas tank is arranged such that the longitudinal direction extends along a front-rear direction of the vehicle, the bracket includes an engaging part that restrict movement of the gas tank in the longitudinal direction by engaging with an engaged part provided in the cap, and movement of the gas tank in the longitudinal direction is restricted by the engaging part only at the one end, and not at the other end, of the gas tank in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Sasaki, Manabu Fujii, Shunichi Shibasaki, Norihide Hakamata, Shinsuke Yano
  • Patent number: 10234171
    Abstract: Provided is an attachment structure for a water heater capable of easily and securely attaching the water heater to a wall surface without performing strict alignment, and capable of fine adjustment of an attachment position of the water heater even after the attachment. The attachment structure for the water heater includes a first metal fitting (1) having a wall surface attachment portion (11) configured to be attached to a wall surface (W), and a second metal fitting (2) having an instrument attachment portion (23) configured to be attached to a back surface of the instrument body (3). In the wall surface attachment portion 11, a support portion (12) configured to hang and support a weight of the water heater is extended in a direction separate from the wall surface (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Masakazu Ando
  • Patent number: 10136754
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for opening and closing a cartridge holder of a beverage forming machine. The cartridge holder may have an opening arranged to receive and hold a cartridge with the cartridge holder. The opening may be adjustable in size and/or shape to allow the cartridge holder to receive and engage with cartridges of different size and/or shape. The cartridge holder may include one or more movable portions that are adjustable in position to effectively adjust a size and/or shape of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Y. Smith, Peter Thomas Launie, Jr., Jonathan Alexander Brodie, Stuart Jay Foster, Stoyan Plamenov Hristov, Jordan Dean Jack Greiner, Peter Nicholas Woskov, Yoav Rabino, James E. Shepard, Ian Tinkler, William T. Jacobs, Patrick J. Lazatin, William Philip McHugh, Kevin Thomas Brandimarte, Mario Liuzza, Timothy Maclean
  • Patent number: 9756971
    Abstract: An adjustable beverage insulator device, including: a side wall forming a substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure defining a slot along one side of the substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure, wherein the slot traverses the length of the substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure from a top portion to a bottom portion thereof; wherein a bottom portion of the substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure optionally includes one of a spring clamp and a constriction mechanism operable for biasing the substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure into a constricted configuration. The side wall includes one of a substantially rigid material and a substantially flexible material, and optionally an insulation material disposed one of on and adjacent to an interior or exterior surface thereof. Optionally, the slot is sized to accommodate the handle of a vessel selectively disposed within the substantially cylindrical vessel holding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: David John Salama
  • Patent number: 9483079
    Abstract: A frame structure includes a holding plate, a first supporting member, a first driving member, a second supporting member and a second driving member. The holding plate is for holding a first panel. The first supporting member is slidably disposed on the holding plate. The first driving member connects the holding plate and the first supporting member and drives the first supporting member to slide relative to the holding plate along a first direction, so as to clamp a first corner of the first panel. The second supporting member is slidably disposed on the holding plate and opposite to the first supporting member. The second driving member connects the holding plate and the second supporting member and drives the second supporting member to slide relative to the holding plate along a second direction, so as to clamp a second corner of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Hsin Huang, Kuang-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9211511
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment system for securing vessels to a shaker includes a base having an upper side and a lower side; a plurality of flanges on the upper side of the base, each flange having an arm that extends away from the base and engages with the vessel so that the arms retain the vessel to the base; and a magnet on the lower side of the base that magnetically attaches the base to the platform, thereby releasably retaining the vessel to the platform. Each flange may be repositioned at a common distance from the center of the base to accommodate different sizes of vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Walter Demsia
  • Patent number: 9090158
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a vertically oriented exhaust system component includes a base member mountable to a vehicle frame with a plurality of upstanding rods fixed to the base member. At least one clamping band is interconnected with the plurality of rods and can be clamped onto an exhaust component. The arrangement is advantageous for heavy components such as SCR catalyst bodies and diesel particulate filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Arthur Nalson Fowler, Robert Renie Brewer
  • Publication number: 20150063056
    Abstract: Provided herein is a clamp and method of use thereof for agitating, mixing, or shaking a fluid container using a mechanical agitator, such as a hand motion shaker. The clamp includes: at least one grip adapted to attach to at least a portion of a fluid container; at least one base comprising a high friction portion configured to contact a bottom portion of the fluid container; a supporting member extending between the grip and the base; and a mounting structure for connecting the support member to a mechanical agitator. The fluid container may be a flask including an elongated narrow neck portion extending from a bulbous portion, which has a larger inner diameter than the narrow neck portion. A method of clamping a fluid container and an assembly including a clamp and a mechanical agitator are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Kral, Gary Redpath
  • Patent number: 8863386
    Abstract: Support structure, comprising a supporting wall, advantageously with a substantially parabolic profile or suchlike, for solar plants of the concentration type, and able to support at least a thin and flexible reflection plate, able to reflect the sun's rays in order to concentrate them in correspondence with collectors to exploit the solar energy. The support structure comprises clamping elements movable with respect to the supporting wall, and able to clamp the reflection plate in cooperation with the supporting wall. The support structure comprises adjustment means constrained to the clamping elements and able to cooperate with relative elastic means constrained to the supporting wall. The elastic means are disposed and conformed with respect to the supporting wall so as to exert an action of traction on the adjustment means and on the clamping elements, so as to exert the desired action of deformation on the reflection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Vetraria Biancadese di Lucatello & C. SAS
    Inventor: Domenico Paolo Maria Cogliati
  • Patent number: 8845016
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of visual and/or acoustic privacy features. For example, exemplary embodiments are disclosed that include visual and/or acoustic privacy features for furniture (e.g., office chair, desk, table, cubicle, etc.). The visual and/or acoustic privacy features are movable relative to the user and/or furniture between at least a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the visual and/or acoustic privacy features may be configured such that they do not inhibit the user from interacting with others. In the second configuration, the visual and/or acoustic privacy features may be configured to provide the user with at least some visual and/or acoustic privacy and isolation from others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Domash Design Source LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Niles Domash
  • Patent number: 8827218
    Abstract: A paint stand system is provided. The system has a base and a podium. The base has a support and a shaft extending from the support and the podium has a hollow shaft, a stage coupled to the hollow shaft at the midway point of the stage, and a compliant clamp mechanism coupled proximate to each distal end of the stage. The hollow shaft of the podium is configured to slip over the shaft of the base, such that the podium is supported by the base and rotates about the shaft, which allows the podium to rotate around the base. In other words, while the base is stationary, the podium can be rotated through an entire 360° rotation. The compliant clamp mechanism operates to grip an object and to suspend the object so that an operator can work with or apply paint and other decorative features to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Lamoine Saunders
  • Publication number: 20140231439
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a pressure vessel includes a support body having an upper wall and a sidewall extending downwardly from the upper wall. A locking aperture is defined in the upper wall to permit passage of pressure vessel components therethrough. A plurality of locking latches is disposed along an inner dimension of the locking aperture. The locking latches are configured and adapted to couple with a pressure vessel retaining ring passing through the locking aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Manser, Christopher A. Van Haaren
  • Patent number: 8807504
    Abstract: A diameter acceptance mechanism for a cup holder has a base, a contact member, and an urging device (for example, one torsion coil spring). The contact member has at least a hollow first flap member supported movably into and out from an open part of the base and having a projection orifice facing a cup insertion part, and a second flap member fitted into a hollow part of the first flap member and supported movably into and out from the projection orifice. The second flap member projects from the projection orifice to contact with an outer perimeter of a cup inserted into the cup insertion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8807512
    Abstract: An underground fluid storage tank hold-down system for holding down an underground cylindrical fluid storage tank in a hole that has been excavated, the underground tank hold-down system comprising a multiplicity of paired hold-down straps having a first end and a second end. A multiplicity of paired deadmen anchors are adapted to be placed to either side of the tank when the tank is in the hole. The deadmen anchors each have anchor upstanding loops. A tank hold-down assembly is provided comprising a take-up coupler assembly having a pair of arched sections, having hooks thereon, including a first arched section and a second arched section and a threaded engagement assembly. The threaded engagement assembly includes a threaded member and a receiving member adapted to receive part of the threaded member. The straps engage the hooks and the anchor upstanding loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Watco Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: David Watson, Wallace Watson
  • Publication number: 20140061404
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infant supporting mechanism detachably disposed on an infant carriage device and for detachably supporting an infant carrier. The supporting mechanism includes a main body, a first connecting component fixed on the main body, a second connecting component and a third connecting component. Apart of the second connecting component is disposed in the main body in a retractable manner, and the first connecting component and the second connecting component are for detachably supporting the infant carrier cooperatively. The first connecting component and the second connecting component are respectively disposed on the opposite sides of the main body. Apart of the third connecting component is movably disposed in the main body and detachably installed on the infant carriage device, and the third connecting component is disposed between the first connecting component and the second connecting component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Xiao-Hong Xiao
  • Patent number: 8646737
    Abstract: A holding device for use when mixing materials in a bucket. The holding device has a support base with a flat bucket placement area. At least one vertical guide extends upwardly from the support base, along a periphery of the bucket placement area. A locking cam is provided that is connected to the support base with a pivot connection. The pivot connection enables the locking cam to rotate in a plane parallel to the support base from a first position that is outside the bucket placement area to a second position that is at least in part within the bucket placement area. When a bucket is placed upon the flat bucket support base, the locking cam is out of the way. Once the bucket is positioned, the locking cam is rotated until the locking cam engages the exterior of the bucket and prevents the bucket from spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: S. Robert Sharpless
  • Patent number: 8636255
    Abstract: A stand for a musical instrument which includes a ground-engaging base, a post that extends from the base, and a clamp assembly attached to the post. The clamp assembly includes a pair of clamping arms, each of which is variably spaced relative to the other along an axis transverse to the post, to detachably engage a respective side of the instrument, when placed therebetween, to hold the instrument in a convenient position for a user to access and play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Cristina Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 8544803
    Abstract: A method and system to stabilize an appliance against sudden or continuous movement embodiments including one or more straps coupled to an appliance of interest and a target mounting surface. At least one spacer is located between the appliance and mounting surface. In one embodiment a plurality of straps with grommets located at the relative terminus of one end is affixed by a fastener passing through the grommet to a target mounting surface, and at least one spacer is affixed preferably to a wall stud within the target wall. A second strap end is affixed to a target appliance and tightened to provide snug contact between the appliance and wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce E. Ball
  • Patent number: 8534632
    Abstract: A bucket stabilizing system having a base with a top surface, a side wall, a bottom surface, and an inner cavity which can be used for storage, the top surface has a diameter smaller than that of the bottom surface, a lip extends outwardly from the bottom surface past the side wall; an inner channel for accepting a bucket in a center of the base extending from the top surface toward the bottom surface; at least one access hole in the side wall for providing access to the inner cavity; a first and second rope guide notch opposite from each other at an intersection of the top surface which allow passage of rope into the inner cavity; and a first and a second tie-off hole opposite from each other at an intersection of the top surface and the side wall which allow passage of rope out of the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Mancuso, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8480895
    Abstract: Liquid filter assemblies including an upper sample reservoir, a sample filter and a lower storage bottle are supported by a vacuum base. The base has a vacuum inlet port and, for connection to the liquid filter assembly, a vacuum outlet port. A vacuum is provided through the base to below the sample filter to draw sample liquid through the sample filter into the storage bottle. The base may include an auxiliary vacuum outlet port for connection with additional devices. The bases may be connected from one to another through auxiliary vacuum outlets and the vacuum inlets to make a chain of liquid filter assemblies supplied from one vacuum source. Alternatively, one base may include multiple vacuum outlet ports so that it may support and supply vacuum to a plurality of liquid filter assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Roush Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Taylor, Jeffrey F. Kane, Vito Lore, Sean Landis Phillips
  • Patent number: 8464991
    Abstract: A fixing device for a planar display panel includes a fastening fixture for fixing the planar display panel on a carrier stage in which a plurality of slide slots are provided. The fastening fixture includes a driving rod capable of being inserted into one of the slide slots, a fixture body and a bottom plate. The driving rod is connected with the fixture body and the bottom plate, which are respectively provided on two sides of the carrier stage in operation, and a spring is wound around the driving rod and capable of driving the bottom plate to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ning Su
  • Patent number: 8398036
    Abstract: A post holder for holding a safety post on a horizontal structure of a building is provided. The post holder has an elongate post reception portion an elongate central support portion, protruding from the post reception portion and perpendicular to the post reception portion, and first and second elongate side support portions protruding from the post reception portion laterally of the central support portion and in opposite directions. The central support portion comprises a fastening seat, which is arranged to receive a fastening member for fastening of the post holder to a base. Each one of said support portions comprises a support protrusion, which constitutes a fraction of the support portion at a bottom side thereof and protrudes at a bottom side thereof, thereby forming a lower most support surface of the support portion. The lower most support surfaces of the support portions are triangularly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Combisafe International AB
    Inventor: Joakim Svedberg
  • Patent number: 8353496
    Abstract: A trophy assembly having a base with an integral lower clip, a column with interior column ribs, in which the lower clip is adapted to engage the column ribs, thereby joining the base and the column when the column is placed over the clip and rotated. A trophy assembly having a base attached to a lid with an integral clip, and a column with interior column ribs, wherein the clip is adapted to engage the column ribs, thereby joining the base, the lid and the column when the column is placed over the clip and rotated. A trophy column having an exterior column surface and an interior column surface with a plurality of inwardly and longitudinally extending ribs. A plastic base for use in a trophy assembly having a base and a column, wherein the base has in integral clip adapted to engage ribs on the interior surface of the column. A figure for use in a trophy assemble having a column with ribs on the interior column surface wherein the figure has an integral clip adapted to engage the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: William Steven Schwartz Revocable Trust
    Inventor: William Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8355481
    Abstract: Provided is a sliding support and a system using the sliding support unit. The sliding support unit may include a fulcrum capture configured to attach to a support flange, a fulcrum support configured to attach to the fulcrum capture, and a baseplate block configured to support the fulcrum support. The system using the sliding support unit may include a pressure vessel, a pedestal bracket, and a plurality of sliding support units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Breach, David J. Keck, Gerald A. Deaver
  • Patent number: 8342419
    Abstract: A stand assembly for hydronic circulation systems includes a fixed back portion. A selectively movable platform portion is connected to the back portion. The stand assembly is selectively movable between a folded shipping position and an unfolded installation position by selectively moving the platform portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas O. Simensen, Torbjorn O. Simensen
  • Patent number: 8235345
    Abstract: Gas turbine engine systems and related methods involving thermally isolated retention are provided. In this regard, a representative method for attaching a gas turbine engine component includes using a fastener, varying in diameter along a length thereof, to prevent a portion of a component from being crimped between surfaces to which the component is attached such that the component moves relative to the surfaces responsive to thermal cycling of a gas turbine engine of which the surfaces and the component are constituent parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Andreas Sadil, Claude I. Barnett, Jr., Ricky A. Daigle
  • Patent number: 8220764
    Abstract: A tank holding bracket mechanism positionable within a seat back of an emergency vehicle for holding therein of an air tank usable for emergency breathing situations which is attachable to the back of emergency personnel such as firefighters while sitting on the vehicle seats during transport. The holding bracket includes a pivoting head movable between an opened position allow entry of removal of a tank from the bracket mechanism and a closed position retaining a tank with respect to the bracket mechanism. A locking mechanism is adapted to selectively lock the head in the closed position to prevent release of the tank responsive to certain vehicle parameters, such as disengagement of an emergency brake or movement of the vehicle transmission from the park mode. The locking mechanism can be externally activated manually or electrically such as with a powered solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 8096514
    Abstract: A rigid support base has flat parallel top and bottom surfaces separated by a thickness. The support base has a front edge and a parallel rear edge. The support base has parallel first and second side edges. The support base has a plurality of holes including two holes adjacent to the front edge and two holes adjacent to the rear edge. A plurality of rigid rods are provided. Each rod has a lower end received and retained within an associated hole. Each rod is in a cylindrical configuration. Two elevational retainers are provided. Each elevational retainer has two holes slidably received on two rods. The elevational retainer is adapted to contact and hold a bowl on the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Earl G. Stocker
  • Patent number: 8020819
    Abstract: A container [10] is disclosed having a universal bracket system [300] that allows attachment of the container [10] to a plurality of upstanding outdoor supports including posts, angle iron, and signs supported in cylindrical frameworks. In the preferred embodiment, the container [10] has a box [100] with a lid [200] pivotally attached thereto. The box [100] has a bracket system [300] comprised of an upper bracket [310], a central bracket [320] and a lower bracket [340] which have complementary geometric relationships that facilitate attachment to the multiple structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Crow-Erickson, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommi L. Crow, James Papafagos, Todd Smith, Gary Pozum, Brian Mayo
  • Patent number: 8011701
    Abstract: A receptacle securing device designed to at least partially secure a receptacle in a generally static position during manipulation of contents in the receptacle. The receptacle securing device includes a base member that is designed to receive a bottom of a receptacle, at least one pressure pad that is designed to receive user generated pressure, and a plurality of arm members that are connected to the base member. At least one of the arm members is designed to pivot toward and grippingly engage the receptacle when the receptacle is positioned on the receptacle securing device. The receptacle securing device can be designed to be foldable upon itself to facilitate its shipping and transport by minimizing its size profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Process4
    Inventor: Curtis Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110198457
    Abstract: A mixing stand device is disclosed for holding a conventional bucket container of a viscous building material in a proper stationary position for mixing. The present mixing stand device comprises a rigid frame assembly erected and attached upon a base platform in a position that allows a worker to stand upon the platform forward of the frame assembly. The frame assembly is formed having an inwardly tapered cylindrical configuration that is fitted to receive the bucket container, the frame assembly comprising upper and lower circular band members spaced apart and coaxially disposed at the respective top and bottom of the frame assembly with a plurality of leg members each being laterally disposed at 90° to the other and extending between the upper and lower band members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J. Rauchut
  • Patent number: 7984653
    Abstract: A mounting system includes a pressure vessel having a longitudinal axis, a retaining strap disposed around the pressure vessel, a carrier element having an aperture formed therein to receive the retaining strap therethrough to secure the carrier element to the pressure vessel, and a mounting element coupled to the carrier element and adapted to be coupled to a mounting point to secure the pressure vessel, wherein the longitudinal axis of the pressure vessel is disposed at an non-horizontal resting angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang Oelerich, Bryan J. Stewart, Mohsen D. Shabana, Steven P. Balgaard
  • Patent number: 7975978
    Abstract: A releasable mounting apparatus for securely retaining of a cylindrical tank in an inverted vertical position adjacent to a seat back assembly of an emergency vehicle including a foot plate and a top clamping assembly between which a tank receiving zone is defined for receiving and holding of a cylindrical tank in the inverted position. The top clamping assembly can include a three part positioning apparatus including a rear positioning device and an upper centering guide as well as a top clamping member. Preferably the top clamping member is movable between a lower clamping position and an upper retaining position for facilitating securing and releasing of a cylindrical tank relative to the receiving zone thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Publication number: 20110068162
    Abstract: A support for a newspaper box includes a support attaching to a post, a slide for sliding the newspaper box within the support, and a tab for locking the newspaper box within the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Charles A. Patterson, Michael Reedy, Victor Hoernig
  • Publication number: 20110041772
    Abstract: A vessel for holding and presenting solids, liquids or both, including a vessel body having a base portion and at least one wall member extending from the base portion and defining at least one cavity for containing solids, liquids or both; a stabilizer including a stabilizer body for ground engagement; and a fastener assembly for releasably retaining the body and the stabilizer in a mated relationship, the fastener including a first fastener portion mounted to the vessel body and a second fastener portion mounted to the stabilizer in a configuration for mating with the first fastener portion when the second fastener portion is closely adjacent a ground surface with the stabilizer body extending into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Drake Hargrove
  • Patent number: 7882652
    Abstract: A banner stand including a banner presenting graphics thereon, a base and a post operably coupled to the base and extending upwardly therefrom, and a support member operably coupleable with the post to support the banner in an upright display mode and to convert the banner to a curved configuration, wherein when the banner is the upright curved display mode, the banner includes a banner axis along a length thereof, the banner axis in a first position at an angle relative to an absolute vertical, wherein the angle is greater than zero degrees. The banner stand can further include an adjuster presented with the base and configured to enable adjustment of the post, such that the banner axis is effected to a second position, wherein the angle is substantially equal to zero degrees with respect to absolute vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Elliott, Mark A. Fritsche
  • Patent number: 7857268
    Abstract: A suction-type mounting bracket device for use with a portable electronic device includes a crossbar, an adjustable mount, at least two support posts, at least two suction cups, and a control lever. The adjustable mount is slidably provided on the crossbar for the portable electronic device to connect thereto. The support posts each have a first end connected to connecting sections provided on the crossbar and a second end connected to the suction cups. The control lever is connected to the suction cups for controlling the suction cups to attach to or release from a smooth surface. With these arrangements, the portable electronic device may be stably and firmly mounted in a car via the suction-type mounting bracket device and may be adjusted to different angular positions for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Yan-Jie Chiu