Having Biased Clip Holding Means Patents (Class 248/27.3)
  • Patent number: 10811202
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the technical field of electric signal transmission and conversion devices, in particular to a novel embedded external power supply controller, comprising a base assembly, a cover body and a press-button, wherein the base assembly comprises a signal converter, the cover body is provided with an accommodation through cavity, the cover body is shielded outside the base assembly, the signal converter is received in the accommodation through cavity, the press-button is movably latched in the accommodation through cavity and abuts against a trigger terminal of the signal converter, an outer wall of the cover body protrudes and extends to form a plurality of stop ribs for reinforcing bonding force between the cover body and external components. In this way, it is ensured that the novel embedded external power controller and external device is stably fitted without impairing the use efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: limoss (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Christian Gassner
  • Patent number: 10655361
    Abstract: A lock insert for a cylinder lock is disclosed for locking an electric switch, including a main part with an opening for receiving the cylinder lock. In an embodiment, the inner wall of the opening is designed to at least partially contact an outer wall of the cylinder lock, and in the inner wall at least one slot is formed to allow freedom of radial movement of locking elements in the cylinder lock, the positions of which correspond to a locked position of the cylinder lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Harald Krieger, Ekkehard Plechinger
  • Patent number: 10647278
    Abstract: A hands-free liftgate sensor for a vehicle includes a mounting bracket connected to a rear fascia member. The mounting bracket includes a bracket body having a plurality of rearward and forward flexible hooks. A rearward laterally extending channel is disposed in the mounting bracket. The plurality of rearward flexible hooks are opposite the rearward laterally extending channel. The rearward laterally extending channel is substantially laterally centered on the rear fascia member. A forward laterally extending channel is disposed in the mounting bracket. The plurality of forward flexible hooks are opposite the forward laterally extending channel. The forward laterally extending channel is substantially laterally centered on the rear fascia member. A plurality of first fasteners secure a rearward portion of the mounting bracket to the rear fascia member. A plurality of second fasteners secure a forward portion of the mounting bracket to the rear fascia member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Eberhard
  • Patent number: 10647279
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a fog light on an automobile bumper includes a base plate having a center opening. A support frame is joined to and extending away from the base plate and around a portion of the opening, and a bottom plate is joined to another end of the support frame. The fog light is installed in the bracket through the center opening, so that an angle adjustment thumbwheel of the light is located in the space created by the support frame and bottom plate. The bracket with the light is then mounted to the bumper. A gap in the support frame allows the user to access and turn the thumbwheel after the light is mounted to the bumper. The bracket serves as a relocation bracket that allows factory fog lights for newer Jeep Wrangler model to fit into an aftermarket bumper designed for earlier Jeep Wranglers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Warner Science Applications Corp., Paramount Automotive Restyling Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo S. Ignarra, Mingfa Yang
  • Patent number: 10573984
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting structure of mounting a BTB connector to a mobile terminal, the mounting structure is formed on the BTB connector and a mounting body is attached to the BTB connector, a front end of the mounting body comprises an inserting portion, and a back end of the mounting body comprises at least one hook, height of each of the inserting portion and the hook is arranged under the mounting body, both of the inserting portion and the hook abut a top ending surface of a main board, and a distance between a bottom ending surface of a compressing portion of the mounting body and the top ending surface of the main board is equal to a distance between a top ending surface of the BTB connector and the top ending surface of the main board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: JRD Communication Inc.
    Inventors: Huajun Cheng, Benzhi Ye
  • Patent number: 10487693
    Abstract: A method for installing a mounting hole through a wall of a fan case of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The method may comprise: 1) installing a pilot hole through the wall of the fan case at an angle perpendicular to an outer surface of the wall, 2) inserting a boss through the pilot hole, 3) bonding the boss to the wall of the fan case, and 4) installing the mounting hole through the boss at an off-axis angle with respect to the angle perpendicular to the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Robertson, Jr., Mark W. Costa, Steven Clarkson
  • Patent number: 10426208
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10351086
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a hands-free liftgate sensor of a vehicle includes a bracket body having a substantially rectangular shape configured to be disposed adjacent an inner surface of a vehicle rear fascia member. A plurality of upper sensor cutouts are disposed in the bracket body and extend in a lateral direction of the vehicle. A plurality of lower sensor cutouts are disposed in the bracket body and extend in the lateral direction of the vehicle. A central opening in the bracket body is disposed between the plurality of upper sensor cutouts and the plurality of lower sensor cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Eberhard
  • Patent number: 10173623
    Abstract: A bracket holds a limited field of view presence sensor module in a fixed, angled position for optimum sensing coverage area and enables the sensor module to be partially recessed in a surface orifice with respect to a mounting surface. The bracket can be installed from the outside to hold at least one radar sensor on the side of a long vehicle such as a truck, bus, recreational vehicle or the like for blind spot monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Mobile Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Boonphet Meksavan, Debra A Jones
  • Patent number: 10131290
    Abstract: A vehicular assembly and a method of connecting a panel to a vehicular structure in order to form an assembly. The assembly includes a clip that is used to join first and second components each of which defines an aperture therein. The first and second components are sized and shaped such that upon being joined to one another, their respective apertures are substantially aligned with one another and held together by the clip. The clip includes a first connector portion and a second connector portion. The clip can be turned in a twisting or screwing motion about an axis of rotation such that upon insertion of the clip into the aperture of the first component and subsequent rotation, the first connector portion forms a locking engagement with an edge structure that is defined by the aperture of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Harvey, Philip J. Babian
  • Patent number: 10074912
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure may be directed to an end cap of a base station antenna for securing cable connectors to the end cap. The end cap may include a plurality of retaining assemblies formed integrally with the cap, and are dimensioned to retain a respective plurality of cable connectors to the end cap. The end cap may be capable of supporting numerous antenna models and configurations. The end cap may include molded features allowing for DIN connectors for various antenna models to be snapped into the end cap, without the use of other hardware and formed end bracket assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Schmutzler, Troy Inslee Vanderhoof
  • Patent number: 10036542
    Abstract: An artificial tree having a first tree section including a trunk and a trunk electrical connector, the trunk electrical connector including a first pair of electric terminals and a second pair of electrical terminals; and a second tree section including a trunk, a trunk electrical connector, and a light string, the trunk electrical connector in electrical connection with the light string and including a first pair of electric terminals and a second pair of electrical terminals. The first tree section is configured to electrically connect to the second tree section, such that the first pairs of electrical terminals of the first and second tree sections conduct power of a first type and the second pairs of electrical connectors of the first and second tree sections conduct power of a second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10028607
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree, including a first tree portion having a first electrical connector having a first electrical terminal positioned in line with a central vertical axis, and a second electrical terminal. The tree also includes a second tree portion that includes a second electrical connector having a first electrical terminal and a second electrical terminal, the second electrical terminal defining a ring shape that encircles the first electrical terminal. When the first tree portion is coupled to the second tree portion, the first electrical connector is coupled to the second electrical connector, such that the first electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the first electrical terminal of the second electrical connector, and the second electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the second electrical terminal of the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10010208
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree, including a first tree portion having a first electrical connector having a first electrical terminal positioned in line with a central vertical axis, and a second electrical terminal. The tree also includes a second tree portion that includes a second electrical connector having a first electrical terminal and a second electrical terminal, the second electrical terminal defining a ring shape that encircles the first electrical terminal. When the first tree portion is coupled to the second tree portion, the first electrical connector is coupled to the second electrical connector, such that the first electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the first electrical terminal of the second electrical connector, and the second electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the second electrical terminal of the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 9854683
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The major components and subassemblies self-interconnect by integral guide and connection features effecting “slide lock” and “snap lock” self-interconnection. The major components and subassemblies self-ground by establishing an interference fit with exposed, resilient, embossed portions of wire mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Edgar Glenn Hassler
  • Patent number: 9844898
    Abstract: Various processes for creating mirrored features are discussed herein as well as devices that include the mirrored features. One embodiment includes a button having a transparent layer and an opaque layer coupled to the transparent layer. A portion of the transparent layer extends through the opaque layer so that the portion of the transparent layer is flush with a back surface of the opaque layer and generally has a shape of a desired feature. The button also includes a reflective object positioned so that it may be seen through the transparent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Wayne Wei-Cheng Huang, Lee Hua Tan, Nicholas Isaac Reid, Reid Collins, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Ian A. Spraggs
  • Patent number: 9677748
    Abstract: An artificial tree having a first tree section including a trunk and a trunk electrical connector, the trunk electrical connector including a first pair of electric terminals and a second pair of electrical terminals; and a second tree section including a trunk, a trunk electrical connector, and a light string, the trunk electrical connector in electrical connection with the light string and including a first pair of electric terminals and a second pair of electrical terminals. The first tree section is configured to electrically connect to the second tree section, such that the first pairs of electrical terminals of the first and second tree sections conduct power of a first type and the second pairs of electrical connectors of the first and second tree sections conduct power of a second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 9653857
    Abstract: A loose-proof module is used for fixing a connector, wherein the connector has two engaging hooks and a deformation space exists between each engaging hook and a side wall of the connector. The loose-proof module includes a support frame and a fixing member. The support frame has a fixing hole, a first through hole and a first engaging portion. The first engaging portion extends from a bottom surface of the support frame and is adjacent to the first through hole. The fixing member has a second engaging portion and two stop portions. When the connector is inserted into the fixing hole, the engaging hooks are engaged with a top surface of the support frame. When the second engaging portion is inserted into the first through hole, the second engaging portion is engaged with the first engaging portion and each stop portion is sandwiched in the deformation space correspondingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chia-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 9618027
    Abstract: A fastener for insertion into aligned openings in articles and method of use, the fastener having a head having a width greater than a width of the opening, a neck having a width less than the width of the opening, a resilient shank having a width greater than the width of the opening. The shank having a tapered end and a U-shaped channel, to define a line of weakness to permit the shank to articulate between a normal position where the shank has a width greater than the width of the opening and an insertion position where the shank is bent to have a width less than the width of the opening. The shank resiliently returns to its normal position once pushed in and through the opening with the neck received within the opening, locking the fastener within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Patent number: 9526286
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree, including a first tree portion having a first electrical connector having a first electrical terminal positioned in line with a central vertical axis, and a second electrical terminal. The tree also includes a second tree portion that includes a second electrical connector having a first electrical terminal and a second electrical terminal, the second electrical terminal defining a ring shape that encircles the first electrical terminal. When the first tree portion is coupled to the second tree portion, the first electrical connector is coupled to the second electrical connector, such that the first electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the first electrical terminal of the second electrical connector, and the second electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the second electrical terminal of the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 9487067
    Abstract: A fixture for a vehicle, which is configured so that a plurality of retaining arms inserted into and caught by a coupling hole formed in a body panel are located on an imaginary circle, and arranged in the form of a cone so as to absorb an external force, thereby being easily assembled, and which is capable of dispersing and absorbing twisting generated when an indoor handle installed using the fixture is used. In the fixture for the vehicle, even-numbered retaining arms are formed to face each other on the imaginary circle, such that an external force generated when the indoor handle is used is dispersed and absorbed regardless of an applied direction of the external force, and a separation or an escape of the fixture is prevented, and thus a noise and a safety accident are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DAEHAN SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Choong Ho Kwon
  • Patent number: 9484687
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 9368888
    Abstract: An electrical connector (100) includes an insulating housing (5) with a plurality of contacts received therein, a load plate (1) covering on the insulating housing (5) and a screwing member (2) assembled to the load plate (1). The screwing member (2) includes a head portion (20) with a plurality of tooth portions (201), the load plate (1) includes a tongue portion (12) with a fixing hole (120) for the screwing member (2) going through, a recess (121) near the fixing hole (120) and a block (1210) in the recess (121), during the process of screwing the screwing member (2), the tooth portions (201) touch with the block (1210) for making a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Cheng-Chi Yeh
  • Patent number: 9266477
    Abstract: An accessory attachment assembly for a vehicle interior includes a mounting bracket having a mounting aperture and first and second retention tabs pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket at the mounting aperture. A hook member includes a hook portion and an open frame portion. The open frame portion is releasably received in the mounting aperture of the mounting bracket in assembly. The first and second retention tabs are operably coupled to the open frame portion of the hook member as the open frame portion is received in the mounting aperture. A release aperture is disposed on one of either the first and second retention tabs and is configured to receive a tool for releasing the first and second retention tabs from the open frame portion of the hook member to release the hook member from the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Huelke, Keith William Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9271430
    Abstract: A flexible enclosure assembly for an electronic device for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a preform blank of conductive sheet material such as wire screen mesh or the like which defines upper, lower and a plurality of side wall portions flexibly interconnected by living hinges. A framework of resilient elastomeric material is insert molded to the preform blank to provide three-dimensional case details to accept one or more electronic devices such as circuit boards required for electrical control and display of vehicle based systems. The conductive sheet material is preferably a wire mesh which provides shielding from electrical anomalies and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. Major components and subassemblies are self-fixturing during the final assembly process, eliminating the need for dedicated tools, fixtures and assembly equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris R. Snider
  • Patent number: 9127806
    Abstract: A rail mounting system apparatus and method for a mobile device case and accessory is provided, which includes at least one case rail, at least one case slot configured to receive an accessory rail. The rail mounting system also includes a locking mechanism to secure the mobile device case and the accessory. The locking mechanism may be disengaged through use of a release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hit Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Brooks Bergreen
  • Patent number: 8944044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a one-piece fastening element (10) with a cooking hob (24). The fastening element (10) comprises an upper portion (12) being permanently connectable to an upper part (26) of the cooking hob (24) and a lower portion (14) being detachably connectable to a lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24), so that the upper part (26) and the lower part (28) form the cooking hob (10). The lower portion (14) of the fastening element (10) comprises at least one lug element (18) engageable with a recess (30) in the lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24) and at least one spring element (22) for clamping the cooking hob (24) within a cutout (38) enclosing circumferentially said cooking hob (24). Further, the present invention relates to a cooking hob with such one-piece fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Bernd Buck, Bjorn Leyh, Alwin Neukamm
  • Patent number: 8935995
    Abstract: A wheeled, manually movable, internal combustion engine powered electric generator is mounted in a rigid frame formed of tubular steel elements. A pair of aligned wheels is pivotally mounted to each opposite side of the frame, and one pair has a locking mechanism. The electricity generating components are mounted to the bottom of the frame. The battery and trickle charger are carried above the engine in a locked compartment. The engine's muffler is disposed beneath the upper outline of the engine to free space for accommodating the battery and the fuel tank, which is completely within the outline of the frame and holds more than 12 gallons of diesel fuel. The frame also supports and contains a locked compartment that houses the electric connector that is used to connect the electric output of the generator to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Bobby L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8925179
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism includes: a support member; a rail attached to the support member; and a fastener affixed to the second side of the rail. The rail includes: a plurality of rail holes for stud engagement; a first side facing a device to be engaged to the mounting mechanism; and a second side. The fastener includes: a clamping arm; a clamp lever pivotally associated with the clamping arm; and a moveable locking latch securing the clamp lever in one of two positions: open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Gables Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Kirsch, Daniel Kinard
  • Patent number: 8898866
    Abstract: A clip capable of connecting to the panel member may include a clip body and a sealing body. The clip body includes an anchor that is capable of being engaged with an attaching hole formed in the panel member, and a support portion that is arranged and constructed to be pressed to a surface of the panel member when the anchor is engaged with the attaching hole of the panel member. The sealing body includes a lip portion that is positioned in an inner side of an outer circumference of the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Asai
  • Patent number: 8864090
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus for fixing a waveguide plate includes a number of conductive fixing members fixed to corresponding sides of the waveguide plate, and a bracket. Each fixing member includes a fixing portion having an identical length to the corresponding sidewall and a resilient abutting portion extending from a side of the fixing portion. Each fixing portion is in tight contact with the corresponding side of the waveguide plate. The waveguide plate is received in the bracket. The resilient abutting portions resiliently abut against an inner surface of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 8678460
    Abstract: A vehicle accessory assembly includes a housing and a vehicle accessory subassembly, including a vehicle accessory and a bezel, installed in the housing. The housing includes a side panel having at least one tab extending from a top of the side panel. The vehicle accessory includes a side wall and a guide rib extending from the side wall in a direction away from a center of the accessory. The guide rib includes a guide portion. A guide angle between the guide portion and the side wall is less than about 90°. The bezel includes a snap portion. As the vehicle accessory subassembly is installed on the housing, the tab of the side panel engages the guide portion of the guide rib such that the guide portion of the guide rib guides the tab over an outboard side of the snap portion into engagement with the receiving slot of the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jan-Michael Francis Stachura, Toshinao Wada
  • Patent number: 8668176
    Abstract: There are provided a part fixing structure and a part fixing method to a resin-made fuel tank which can firmly fix a part to a tank wall without the need of providing a molding die with a convex portion and a recess. A part fixing method for fixing a tank-associated part to a tank wall of a resin-made fuel tank, the part being formed together with a pair of hook portions, the method comprising a step of burying the hook portions in the tank wall in a melted state when the resin-made fuel tank is molded, thereby fixing the part to the tank wall after the tank wall is cooled. In order to cause the resin of the tank wall to flow well, a chevron portion having a pair of first inclined faces is projectingly provided at the bottom face of the part between the hook portions, and a second inclined face which is inclined in a direction opposite to the buried direction toward the tip of the hook portion is formed at the bottom face of each hook portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Araya, Kazuhiro Ohtaki, Masahiro Niihori, Wataru Iwase
  • Patent number: 8636328
    Abstract: A retention device includes a first holder and a second holder. Two locking members downwardly extend from front and rear ends of the first holder. Each of the locking members and the first holder defines a guideway. An engaging portion extends from a side of the first holder. The second holder includes a handle to lock the engaging portion of the first holder. A number of latch portions extend from two ends of the second holder. The second holder can be arranged under the first holder via the latch portions of the second holder received in the guideway of the first holder, or the second holder can be juxtaposed with the first holder via the handle of the second holder locking the engaging portion of first holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhen-Xing Ye
  • Patent number: 8636566
    Abstract: In a ceiling-embedded air conditioner, a panel fastening screw that fastens a decorative panel to an indoor unit body embedded in a ceiling is previously mounted to the indoor unit body and has an intermediate portion having a small diameter with no threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Gajina
  • Patent number: 8570767
    Abstract: A lower enclosure has a first recess. A first annular retainer is adapted for engaging a lower portion of a capacitor and the first recess. The first annular retainer has a plurality of tabs that extend radially outward from an outer diameter surface of the first annular retainer. Each of the tabs has a sloped surface or a peaked surface for compression of the first annular retainer against the capacitor. An upper enclosure has a plurality of second recesses. A second annular retainer is adapted for engaging an upper portion of the capacitor and the second recesses. The second annular retainer has a plurality of protrusions that extend upward from the second annular retainer. Each of the protrusions has a slit for receiving a wedge, such that if the protrusions engage the wedge the second annular retainer is compressed against the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Schmit, Jeffrey S. Duppong
  • Patent number: 8567728
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device mounting structure includes a plurality of brackets through which the in-vehicle device is mounted to an installation member of a vehicle. Each bracket includes a device mounting portion to be fixed to a surface of the in-vehicle device, a vehicle attachment portion to be fixed to the installation member under the in-vehicle device, a drawn bent portion that is curved to smoothly connect the device mounting portion to the vehicle attachment portion, and a plurality of slits that extend across the drawn bent portion such that the device mounting portion is notched and the slits are arranged in parallel substantially in the front and rear directions of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yosuke Washiyama
  • Patent number: 8544801
    Abstract: A bracket assembly includes a bracket and a tray secured in the bracket for accommodating a disk drive. The tray includes a base panel, a pair of side panels extending from opposite sides of the base panel, a first plate extending substantially perpendicularly from an upper edge of one of the pair of side panels, and a second plate extending substantially perpendicularly from an upper edge of the other one of the pair of side panels. The first plate and the second plate are partially overlapped with each other and fixed to each other. The tray includes a pair of sidewalls abutting inner sides of the pair of side panels and a pair of connecting pieces connected between the pair of side walls for supporting the disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Chen Ting
  • Patent number: 8526174
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a drive bracket, a maintaining plate and a mounting bracket, the drive bracket includes a bottom plate, a first side plate and a second side plate, a receiving space is defined among the bottom plate, the first side plate and the second side plate, the receiving space is divided into a top portion and bottom portion by the maintaining plate. The top portion is adapted to secure a first disk drive, the mounting bracket is secured to the bottom portion of the two portions and configured for securing a second disk drive that is smaller than the first disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Chi Hsieh, Li Tong, Hai-Tao Shan
  • Patent number: 8496210
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus carrying device for carrying an electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus carrying includes a device shell and a pulling tray slidably connected to the shell. The shell defines an insert opening therein, the pulling tray is passable through the inserting opening. The pulling tray includes a tray portion and a handle portion connected to the tray portion. The tray portion supports and carries the electronic apparatus. The handle portion includes a pull bar and two cranks. The cranks includes first ends pivotally coupled to opposite ends of the tray portion, and opposing second ends slidably and pivotally coupled to opposite ends of the pulling bar. Each of the first end of the cranks having an engaging portion, the cranks are rotatable about a rotating axis at the first ends between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Chang, Tzu-Hsiu Hung
  • Patent number: 8498126
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris R. Snider, Vineet Gupta, Joseph K. Huntzinger, Michael G. Coady
  • Patent number: 8480046
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an expansion card to different slots of enclosures is disclosed. The bracket includes a base for attaching the expansion card thereon, a pair of rails attached on the base, a sliding element being slidably connected between the rails, a connecting element fixed to the sliding element and a locking element slidably connected to the sliding element. The sliding element is movable on the base between at a first position where the connecting element is received in the base and a second position where the connecting element is spaced from the base. The locking element is movable relative to the sliding element to fix the sliding element to the base or release the sliding element from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Liu
  • Patent number: 8456831
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a hard disk drive includes a bracket and a resilient plate. The bracket includes a first and a second side plates each defining two slanted first notches, and two first slots respectively extending from rear ends of the first notches. The resilient plate is slidably mounted to the first side plate. A front end of the resilient plate defines a slanted second notch, and a semicircular second slot extending from a rear end of the second notch. When the resilient plate is at a first position, the second notch and the second slot respectively align with one of the first notches and a corresponding first slot of the first side plate. When the resilient plate is slid to a second position, the second slot aligns with a rear end of said corresponding first slot, and the second notch is staggered from the corresponding first notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Pang, Jun-Hui Wang, Kun Li
  • Patent number: 8456860
    Abstract: An exemplary electronic device includes a housing, a left rail and a right rail assembled in the housing, and a holder assembled on the left and right rails and received in the housing. The holder can slide out from the housing for securing a functional module thereon. The holder includes a bottom plate glidingly assembled on the left and right rails, and front and rear plates both pivotally secured on the bottom plate. The front and rear plates are both elastically biased to rotate about the bottom plate. When the holder is at least partially received in the housing, the front and rear plates are in original closed positions. When the holder is almost totally slid out from the housing, the front and rear plates rotate about the bottom plate to be in open positions for providing resilience to secure the functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Xin-Hu Gong, Gao-Liang Xia
  • Patent number: 8444310
    Abstract: A LED module with fast disassembly function is capable of being disassembled from a hole of a substrate by a tool and includes a lamp base, a LED and fasteners. The lamp base has tabs extending outwards. Each of the tabs is provided with a through-hole corresponding to the hole. The tab is formed with an inclined surface at the periphery of the through-hole. The LED is fixed on the lamp base. Each of the fasteners has a cap. The fastener is disposed through the hole and the through-hole to be fixed thereto. A notch is formed between the cap and the inclined surface. The tool is disposed in the notch to thereby disassemble the fastener from the hole and the through-hole. With this arrangement, the damaged LED can be detached from the substrate rapidly without replacing the whole LED module, thereby reducing the time and cost for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Amphenol LTW Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Nan Chen, Teng-Sheng Hung, Jen-Yuan Hung
  • Patent number: 8434726
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a data storage device on a bracket includes a locating member fixed on the bracket. The bracket includes a sidewall defining a first through hole and a second through hole at a sidewall back. The sidewall defines a first fixing slot and a second fixing slot at a sidewall front. The data storage device defines a fixing hole. A fixing portion is located on a first end of the locating member corresponds to the first through hole, the second through hole and the fixing hole. A locking portion is located on a second end of the locating member corresponds to the first fixing slot and the second fixing slot. The data storage device is fixed on a first position and a second position of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Liang-Chin Wang, Jian Hu, Yu-Ming Xiao, Hai-Qing Zhu
  • Patent number: 8416562
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a data storage device includes a bracket, a plurality of shock absorbers positioned between the data storage device and the bracket, a plurality of fasteners, and two elastic members. The bracket includes a bottom plate, and two sidewalls. Each of the plurality of shock absorbers includes a shock absorber pad, and a bushing protruding from an outer side of the shock absorber pad. The shock absorber pad defines a first through hole therein. Each of the plurality of fasteners includes a post and a head portion. The post is passed through the bushing, the first through hole of the shock absorber pad to engage one of a plurality of second mounting holes of the data storage device. Each of the two elastic members is fixed to the inner side of one of the two sidewalls of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiang-Yun Ding
  • Patent number: 8383937
    Abstract: An auxiliary support case for at least one piece of electrical equipment to be wall-mounted is described, such that a mounting seat is defined, which is suitable to receive and hold said at least one piece of electrical equipment. The support case can be removably fixed to a wall-mounted case according to at least two different positions, thereby allowing respective orientations to said at least one piece of electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: BTICINO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Renato De Ambroggi, Enrico Pianezzola
  • Patent number: 8360370
    Abstract: A panel dock has a body, a retainer, and a bracket. The retainer is rotably secured to the body and includes a shaft having at least one arm extending from the shaft and at least one finger extending from the shaft. The bracket is attachable to an electronic device. The bracket includes a bar sized to be secured between the arm and the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: AirGizmos, LP
    Inventors: Max A. Probasco, Steve Ruzic
  • Patent number: 8355256
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus is provided for holding a data storage device. The mounting apparatus includes a bracket to receive the data storage device, and a latching unit. The bracket includes a first side plate. The latching unit includes a fixing tray fixed to the first side plate, a sliding member slidably mounted in the fixing tray, and a pushing member pivotably mounted to the fixing tray. The pushing member includes a pressed portion operable of resisting against the sliding member, and a moving portion to abut against the data storage device. When the sliding member is slid in the fixing tray to move the pressed portion, the pushing member is rotated. Therefore, the moving portion is rotated to eject the data storage device from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Jia-Qi Fu