Resilient Support Patents (Class 248/560)
  • Publication number: 20080017779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an individual support device (5) for a container provided with a neck (6), capable of supporting said container by its neck (6), comprising a support member (4) which is capable of being engaged inside the neck (6) of the container and which comprises support elements (7) which are elastically retractable in the radial direction and capable of bearing with friction against the internal wall of said neck (6), characterized in that the support member (4) comprises: a substantially axisymmetric cylindrical base (8) comprising a peripheral channel (9) defined between a central core (10) and an external wall (11) forming a skirt surrounding said core (10) at a radial distance and perforated by at least one row of apertures (12) of circular contour, a plurality of balls (13) forming the aforementioned support elements (7), of equal number to that of the apertures (12) and arranged in at least one row in said channel (9), being located opposite respective apertures (12), the balls
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Christophe Lapert
  • Publication number: 20080001055
    Abstract: A support for a vibrating component of an optical assembly that is adjacent to a frame includes an elastomeric rod having one end that is attachable to the component. A rigid sleeve is fastened to the frame and movable relative to the frame. The sleeve has a bore that opens to an inner end of the sleeve and is sized to receive the free end of the rod therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: James C. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 7303185
    Abstract: A damping arrangement or isolator has two terminal members which are connected with each other by a single closed-loop cable band arrangement serving as a damping member. The terminal members each possess at least two eyes to receive the cable strap in the open position of the eyes and means for clamping the cable strap by closing the eyes, said cable strap extending in an alternating fashion from one eye of the one terminal member to an eye in the other terminal member. Accordingly an extremely rapid and simple assembly of the damping arrangement is possible and very even resilient and damping properties are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Sebert Schwingungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Sebert
  • Patent number: 7293755
    Abstract: A vibration isolation device includes two attachment members inter-connected by an elastic member. One of the attachment members comprises a metal tubular member connected to the elastic member, a metal bracket in which the metal tubular member is press-fitted, and a plastic bracket supporting the metal bracket and adapted to be attached to a support body or a vibratory source. The metal bracket has an engagement portion press-fitted with the metal tubular member, and a non-engagement portion offset from the engagement portion in a radial outward direction and held out of press-fitted engagement with the metal tubular member, the non-engagement portion being connected to the plastic bracket with a second elastic member disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyahara, Katsuhisa Yano, Eiji Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20070221814
    Abstract: A load bearing assembly includes a molded plastic retainer that supports a load bearing surface over an opening defined by a frame. The molded plastic retainer includes a first portion attached to the frame, a second portion attached to the load bearing surface, and at least one elastic connector integrally molded with the retainer. The elastic connector is oriented such that it includes a crystalline structure having a greater degree of alignment in one direction than in other directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Timothy P. Coffield, Mark A. Carrier
  • Publication number: 20070187567
    Abstract: A device for vertically displaying diecast model cars including a base and at least one mounting device attached to the base and comprising spring loaded hooks for grippingly engaging the rear wheels of a diecast model car and thereby supporting the diecast model car vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Frank Xsavier Ruane, Rebecca Mac Ruane
  • Patent number: 7254921
    Abstract: A rocking hinge bearing system is provided. The rocking hinge bearing system comprises a first base plate, a second base plate, and a compressible member. A pintle mechanism is required to align the first base plate, the second base plate and the compressible member and to prevent relative horizontal movement between the first base plate, the second base plate and the compressible member. A tensioning mechanism inhibits axial separation of the first base plate relative to the second base plate and helps to return the first base plate into its original position relative to the second base plate after rocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventors: Richard Lee Osmun, Nien-Yin Chang, Shingchun Trever Wang
  • Patent number: 7223338
    Abstract: The support element (4) is provided with a plurality of connectors (7), (8), (11) which receive corresponding counter-connectors of a blood treatment device. The support element is also predisposed to include a fluid distribution circuitry cooperating with the blood treatment device in order to provide an integrated module for blood treatment. An assembly process of the integrated module for blood treatment is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Jacques Duchamp, Aziz Aberkane, Gabriel Meyssonnier, Dominique Pouchoulin
  • Patent number: 7195217
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for a car shaker vibrator that includes a vibrator mounting member that is pivotally connected by a pivot pin, in a hinged or clevis arrangement, to a wedge member. The wedge member includes the male portion of a Gardner type bracket that is adapted for engaging a mating female portion that is mounted on a railroad car. The vibrator mounting member may be selectively rotated between a first position and a second position. The vibrator mounting member is retained at the first position by a locating pin during the emptying of a railroad car during the selective operation of the car shaker vibrator. The vibrator mounting member is retained at the second position by the locating pin when the dislodgement of the male portion from the female portion is desired together with the selective and subsequent operation the car shaker vibrator. An intermediate position may be provided between the first position and the second position and used when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Theodore S. Wadensten
  • Patent number: 7178795
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a vehicle suspension component comprising a support housing having an aperture. A rod is partially disposed within the aperture and displaceable relative to the support housing along a line of travel. A rigid core is fixedly mounted to the rod and moves with the rod. An insulator is disposed about the rigid core between the support housing and the rigid core. The insulator has a number of portions separable from each other and separately placed about the rigid core. The portions each have interlocking sections cooperating with each other to couple the portions together and encapsulate the rigid core such that the rigid core is isolated from the support housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Huprikar, Nathaniel Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7173747
    Abstract: The tiltable-body apparatus including a frame member, a tiltable body, and a pair of torsion springs having a twisting longitudinal axis. The torsion springs are disposed along the twisting longitudinal-axis opposingly with the tiltable body being interposed, support the tiltable body flexibly and rotatably about the twisting longitudinal axis relative to the frame member, and include a plurality of planar portions, compliant directions of which intersect each other when viewed along a direction of the twisting longitudinal axis. A center of gravity of the tiltable body is positioned on the twisting longitudinal axis of the torsion springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaishi
    Inventors: Susumu Yasuda, Hidemasa Mizutani, Takayuki Yagi, Yasuhiro Shimada, Futoshi Hirose, Takahisa Kato
  • Patent number: 7171940
    Abstract: A heat shield adapted to protect an engine mount is disclosed. The heat shield has a substrate positionable substantially surrounding the engine mount. The substrate has a heat reflecting surface facing outwardly away from the engine mount to block radiant heat transfer to the mount. An attachment member is attached to the substrate. The attachment member is positionable between the engine and the engine mount to fix the substrate in position. The invention further concerns a method including providing a heat shield formed of a flexible substrate, forming the substrate so as to surround the engine mount with the heat reflecting surface facing outwardly from the engine mount and attaching the substrate to the engine mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Rubel, Jr., Richard Paoline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7174244
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system is designed such that its equation of motion can be decoupled. Such a suspension system is provided with actuators, and the actuators are optimally controlled to reduce vibration of the suspension system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jeong Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 7156214
    Abstract: Vibration damper includes a cylinder filled with a damping medium in which a piston rod with a piston is guided in an axially movable manner, wherein the piston divides the cylinder into a work space on the piston rod side and a work space remote of the piston rod. A bypass connects at least one of the two work spaces with a first work chamber in a housing in which an axially movable separating piston separates the first work chamber from a second work chamber, the bypass being controlled by a switchable valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: ZF Sacha AG
    Inventors: Robert Pradel, Helmut Baalmann
  • Patent number: 7143986
    Abstract: A stabilizing device for reducing or eliminating the vibration in an object to allow for easier and more accurate operation of the object. The stabilizing device includes an object bracket, legs, side arms and front arms. The legs and arms move the vibrations away from the object bracket and the object and eliminate or reduce the vibrations. The legs and arms include a core surrounded by damping material. The damping characteristics of the legs, side arms and front arms can be adjusted by selecting damping material having different damping characteristics depending on the type of object to be used with the stabilizing device and the type of vibrations to be reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventors: Delbert L. Austin, Rodney Austin
  • Patent number: 7130187
    Abstract: This invention is directed as “a device of hard disk shock-resistance”, mainly consists of an outer frame, an inner frame, and multiple absorbers. With multiple assembly and tool holes arranged in appropriate position, the absorbers are snapped in-between the assembly holes of the outer and inner frames to create a buffer area which protects hard disk from breaking down in severe shocking environments, while it is still convenient to mount and dismount the hard disk with easy unit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: ET&T Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Ping Sun
  • Patent number: 7114693
    Abstract: A stable platform supports a cell, the stable platform comprises a lower mainframe, an upper mainframe, and a dampener system. The upper mainframe includes a plurality of recesses. Each recess is configured to receive a cell. The dampener system connects the lower mainframe to the upper mainframe. In one embodiment, the dampener system comprises a dampener element, such as sand, to dampen vibrations between the lower mainframe and the lower mainframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. K. Olgado, Timothy J. Franklin, Avi Tepman
  • Patent number: 7112749
    Abstract: A compliant interface (14,16) for vehicular seat weight sensors minimizes parasitic stresses affecting sensor output. In one embodiment, an integral compliant interface (14) has an annular flange (14a) attached to a post extending from the sensor body with a first compliant member (14r) disposed between the annular flange and an upper elongated flange (14h) of a mounting bracket (14l) and a second compliant member (14s) disposed between the annular plate and a lower elongated flange (14k) to allow pivotal movement of the sensor limited by a motion stop member (14f) of annular flange (14b) engaging the lower flange. An overload cage (14u) may be placed over the sensor and attached to an additional flange (14l) to contain the sensor in the event of a failure of the mount in a catastrophic high speed crash. According to another preferred embodiment, an interface having upper and lower body members are formed with a sensor post receiving bore (16c) for attachment to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. DiPaola, Peter H. Frackelton, David E. Hyland, Timothy M. McBride, Nathan Smith, Chetak Reshamwala, William S. Boyce, Jonas M. Bautista
  • Patent number: 7070157
    Abstract: A mount assembly for use in an automotive suspension system, body mount, cradle mount, or other like device. The mount assembly includes a polyurethane elastomer carrier mounted to a frame and having a peripheral outer rim. A microcellular polyurethane insulator is coupled to the frame and extends beyond the peripheral outer rim. The polyurethane elastomer of the carrier has a first modulus of elasticity. The microcellular polyurethane of the insulator has a second modulus of elasticity that is less than the first modulus of elasticity of the carrier such that the mount assembly can provide two distinct rates of elasticity, or stiffness, for adequately isolating both low amplitude, high frequency vibrations and high amplitude, low frequency impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Huprikar, Tom St. Henry
  • Patent number: 6966535
    Abstract: A table assembly that includes a snubber coupled to both a table and a vibration isolator. The snubber limits relative movement between the table and vibration isolator so that the isolator can more quickly damp movement by the table. The snubber reduces the settling time of the table when subjected to shock and/or vibration loads. The snubber may include one or more rollers coupled to an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Newport Corporation
    Inventors: Vyacheslav M. Ryaboy, Worthington B. Houghton, Jr., Herman B. Keil
  • Patent number: 6945731
    Abstract: A flag assembly includes an elongated and rectilinear shaft having opposed end portions situated adjacent a ground surface. The shaft includes a banner attached to one of the end portions having surface indicia imprinted thereon. A protective cover member is provided with a centrally registered countersunk bore situated therebelow. A frusto-conical spring member having axially opposed first and second end portions is conjoined to another end portion of the shaft and extends downwardly away therefrom along a vertical plane respectively. A bushing having a monolithically formed lower portion provided with a tapered diameter is inwardly offset from a diameter of the shaft. The bushing further has an axially registered upper portion operably conjoined to the spring member and cooperating with the shaft such that the spring member can be resiliently adapted between compressed and equilibrium positions to absorb vertically channeled impact forces encountered during installation procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Randy T. Vait
  • Patent number: 6910671
    Abstract: A shock mount assembly is provided, which generally includes a spacer and a thimble. The spacer includes a spacer flange and a spacer tube projecting from the spacer flange. The spacer tube includes an inwardly projecting shoulder having an inner diameter. The thimble includes a metal thimble base having a flange and an internally threaded post projecting from the flange. The threaded post has at least one hole passing through a wall thereof. The thimble also includes a plastic hollow thimble stem. The stem includes at least one hole passing through a wall of the lower portion thereof, the hole having a leg extending inwardly from one of the walls thereof. The leg includes a radially inwardly extending tab sized, shaped and positioned to engage the hole passing through the wall of the threaded post in a snap fitted arrangement when the threaded post is inserted into the stem. The stem also includes projecting from a top end thereof a plurality of fingers spaced about a periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James Norkus, Randy Michael Bugnacki
  • Patent number: 6903924
    Abstract: A computer keyboard tray includes a tray body formed from a compressible material and a support member, which provides reinforcement to the tray body. Optionally, the keyboard tray may incorporate an attachment assembly, allowing the keyboard tray to be removably attached to a computer keyboard support mechanism. Preferably, the keyboard tray includes a wrist rest which is monolithically formed with the tray body. In an alternative preferred embodiment, an adjustable wrist rest assembly is attached to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Jeff D. Tyner
  • Patent number: 6844495
    Abstract: A substantially flexible post having a hollow tubular inner sheath protruding upwardly from the earth and having a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the fixture post is connected to an electrical junction box disposed in a subterranean location, the second end portion connected to an electrical fixture attached thereto, such that the electrical conductors pass from the electrical junction box, through the inner sheath portion thus safely communicating electrical energy from the junction box to the fixture. Additionally, a spring comprising a coil of wire, wherein the spring surrounds the outer diameter of the sheath portion. The length dimension of the flexible inner sheath portion is longer than the length dimension of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Darrell Pastuch
  • Patent number: 6831765
    Abstract: The tiltable-body apparatus including a frame member, a tiltable body, and a pair of torsion springs having a twisting longitudinal axis. The torsion springs are disposed along the twisting longitudinal axis opposingly with the tiltable body being interposed, support the tiltable body flexibly and rotatably about the twisting longitudinal axis relative to the frame member, and include a plurality of planar portions, compliant directions of which intersect each other when viewed along a direction of the twisting longitudinal axis. A center of gravity of the tiltable body is positioned on the twisting longitudinal axis of the torsion springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Susumu Yasuda, Hidemasa Mizutani, Takayuki Yagi, Yasuhiro Shimada, Futoshi Hirose, Takahisa Kato
  • Publication number: 20040226687
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a heat accumulation tank is provided with an elastic member that wraps around a tank main body, and a heat accumulation tank mounting member which wraps around the outer peripheral surface of the elastic member and holds the tank main body by being tightened in the circumferential direction, and which attaches to a receiving member. The elastic member is a molded part. The length of the elastic member is shorter than length of the circumference of the outer peripheral surface of the tank main body. The heat accumulation tank mounting member includes a shift inhibiting portion which inhibits an upward shift of the tank main body. The outside diameter of the tank main body becomes increasingly wider in the upward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Shigetaka Yoshikawa, Yoshikazu Shinpo, Katuhiko Arisawa, Isao Goto, Masaaki Iinuma, Toshio Morikawa, Takashi Toyoshima, Yoshio Miyata
  • Patent number: 6816379
    Abstract: The external storage device unit of the present invention comprises a cover for blocking an opening of a main body casing for storing an external storage device. Connectors for a storage device side connected to external connection connectors of the external storage device, and a connector for a main body side connected to a main body connector for a cover side arranged within the main body casing are arranged in a cover main body. The connectors for the storage device side and the connector for the main body side are electrically connected to each other. Signals are transmitted and received between the external storage device and a game machine main body through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6813148
    Abstract: A drive bracket assembly includes a bracket (30) for receiving a disk drive (70) therein, an operating member (40) and a cover (60). The bracket includes first and second side panels (31), a pair of slots (36) is defined in the first and second side panels respectively, for slidably receiving respective screws (80) of the disk drive. An upper hook (34) is outwardly formed on the first side panel. A lower hook (48) is outwardly formed on the operating member. A spring (50) is engaged with the upper hook and the lower hook respectively. The operating member includes a concavity (49) adjoining the slot of the first side panel, for securely receiving one rear screw of the disk drive thereby the disk drive is securely retained in the bracket. The disk drive is withdrawn from the bracket by pressing the operating member to disengage said screw from the concavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Lin Hsu, Li-Ping Chen
  • Publication number: 20040200946
    Abstract: Vibration damper includes a cylinder filled with a damping medium in which a piston rod with a piston is guided in an axially movable manner, wherein the piston divides the cylinder into a work space on the piston rod side and a work space remote of the piston rod. A bypass connects at least one of the two work spaces with a first work chamber in a housing in which an axially movable separating piston separates the first work chamber from a second work chamber, the bypass being controlled by a switchable valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Applicant: ZF Sachs AG
    Inventors: Robert Pradel, Helmut Baalmann
  • Publication number: 20040159995
    Abstract: A suspension assembly comprises four springs spaced at four distinct locations. A first plate extends to support each of the springs at each location. An axle is connected to the first plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory D. Pavuk
  • Publication number: 20040140415
    Abstract: Devices are disclosed for attenuating vibration transmission between a first mass and a second mass. An embodiment includes a housing defining a chamber configured to be pressurized with a fluid, at least one first pivot element coupled to the housing and the first mass, and at least one second pivot element coupled to the housing and the second mass. Lateral motion of the second mass relative to the first mass results in movement of the housing. Each of the pivot elements can be a diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Applicant: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas C. Watson
  • Publication number: 20040124572
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for absorbing impact energy to a vehicle. The system provides first and second blow molded thermoplastic energy absorbing members, each of the energy absorbing member having opposing first wall and a second walls, at least one rib disposed within each energy absorbing member, that rib being integrally molded from at least the first wall. Also provided is a joint whereby the rib attaches to the second wall such that the first and second energy absorbing members absorb an impact energy. The first and second energy absorbing members are aligned such that the impact energy is distributed between the energy absorbing members and is absorbed by the energy absorbing members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventors: Teruo Tamada, Hiroo Inui, Kiyotaka Urakawa, Kenji Ishii, Tadatoshi Tanji
  • Patent number: 6751092
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus mounted with a disk unit, and a vibration and/or shock absorbing member which absorbs vibration and/or shock is provided between the disk unit and a lid member which covers a disk unit accommodating part provided in a housing of the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masuo Ohnishi, Toyokazu Hamaguchi, Hiroshi Mutoh
  • Patent number: 6739776
    Abstract: A flexible guide for paper sheets exiting the outlet slot of office equipment. The flexible paper guide is easily attachable to a variety of office equipment, which, ordinarily, do not have sheet paper guides. After being attached to the desired office equipment surface, the flexible guide extends over a roll of unprinted material keeping the unused material clean and preventing the printed material from re-coiling and re-entering the material inlet slot. The flexible paper guide has an attachment layer for fastening the guide to the upper surface of the desired office equipment, and is made from a flexible material. The flexible material causes the flexible and tensioned guide to bend, which produces a low angle between the plane of the flexible material guide and the plane of the upper surface of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Victor H. Hinson
  • Patent number: 6739347
    Abstract: The spindle assembly is self-centered on the end of the cylindrically shaped cartridge filter by a three-point grip on the perimeter. A similar spindle assembly is attached to the other end of the cartridge filter such that its axis of rotation is the same as the axis of rotation for the first spindle assembly. The tip of one spindle assembly is rested on the ground while the tip of the other spindle assembly is held by a user's hand. A pressurized stream of air or water is directed at the cartridge filter with the user's other hand such that the stream causes the whole to rotate. The speed of rotation is brought high enough to fling debris from the filter and thus clean it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Spin Clean Products, LLC
    Inventors: David Edmond Dudley, Joseph D. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20040046099
    Abstract: A vehicular power unit mount structure (33) having a first mounting member (51) for attachment to a power unit and a second mounting member (52) elastically connected to the first mounting member for attachment to a vehicle body includes at least one projection (66) protruding from a flange (62) of the second mounting member (52) toward the vehicle body and located at a position offset from a line connecting centers of attachment holes (64, 64) of the flange to ensure that the flange (62) of the second mounting member (52) and the vehicle body are forced together via the projection (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyahara, Shuji Otake, Nobuo Kubo
  • Patent number: 6676769
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for cleaning a torch for a vertical furnace used in semiconductor processing are disclosed. The apparatus is constructed by two main components of a basket-shaped fixture body and a cleaning bath. The fixture body is formed of cylindrical shape with a top ring, a bottom ring and three support rods connecting the two rings together. The top ring is provided with an outwardly extending flange portion for engaging an opening in a cleaning bath for supporting and suspending the fixture body in the bath. The bottom ring is equipped with a pair of symmetrically positioned, inwardly extending arcuate-shaped flange portions adapted for supporting an edge of a bottom surface of the furnace torch in the cleaning bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventors: June-Yie Kao, Yie-Min Wu, Ming-Hsun Yang, Chii-Shing Yang
  • Patent number: 6646869
    Abstract: A slope of an HDD door comes in contact with a slope formed on a lower wall. At this time, when screws of the HDD door are fastened, a fastening force is generated at the HDD door in a direction parallel to the plane direction of the PC housing. The HDD united with the HDD door moves slightly in a parallel direction in proportion to the fastening degree of the screws. At this time, the slope slides to go up on the slope, so the HDD moves slightly upward. When the screws are fastened fully up to the allowable torque, the HDD is firmly attached to the upper wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Fusanobu Nakamura, Fumio Tamura
  • Publication number: 20030197109
    Abstract: A port replicator and a resilient piece used therein. The resilient piece is disposed in the port replicator supporting a portable computer, and comprises a body and an abutting member. The body includes a first portion and a second portion integrally formed with the first portion. The first portion includes a first end connecting with the second portion and a second end opposite the first end. The second end is fixedly disposed in the port replicator. The second portion includes a third end connecting with the first portion and a fourth end opposite the third end. A cross section of the second portion is substantially Z-shaped. The fourth end is fixedly disposed in the port replicator. The abutting member is disposed on the third end and protrudes from the port replicator to abut the portable computer supported by the port replicator. Thus, electromagnetic interference generated from the portable computer is dissipated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: Dui-Ming Tsai
  • Patent number: 6621715
    Abstract: Cushioning member that has a thickness greater than that of a card-type electronic device and is formed of an elastic material is detachably attached to the peripheral edge portion of the electronic device, thereby covering at least the four corner portions of the electronic device. The card-type electronic device having the cushioning member thereon is opposed to a seating surface of a seating portion, and a retaining member is located on the electronic device so as to face the seating surface. The cushioning member is clamped between the retaining member and the seating surface, and the card-type electronic device is held on the seating portion by the cushioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takashi Kitadai
  • Patent number: 6606240
    Abstract: An optical disk drive module installed in a flat panel display personal computer is provided for lifting up and lowering a disk drive. The optical disk drive module includes a chassis module, a drive carrier, a cover, a switch, a control unit, and an electromagnetic switch. When the switch is depressed, the switch will generate a trigger signal, the control unit will receive the trigger signal and generate a corresponding pulse, the pulse will cause the electromagnetic switch to separate from the cover, and then the drive carrier will swing away from the chassis module to lower the disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Chuan Huang
  • Patent number: 6595483
    Abstract: A vibration isolator including a bearing support and an elastic member that communicates with a vibration source. The elastic member is capable of bending from an original position to assume a more or less bowed position in response to changes in a load applied to the midportion of the elastic member intermediate its ends and returning essentially to its original position when the original load is restored. The elastic member engages a friction-resistant bearing surface on the bearing support at a distance spaced from each of its ends and moves relative to the bearing surface in response to a bending of the elastic member. The apparatus may be tuned to effectively isolate a particular vibration frequency, for example, by altering the properties of the elastic member or by changing the distance between the points on the bearing support that engage the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: John Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6557816
    Abstract: A motor mounting structure having a motor and a mounting portion to which the motor is mounted. When an external force resulting from a load acting in a direction orthogonal to a motor shaft is applied to the shaft, a hardness or configuration of an elastic member disposed between the motor and the mounting portion to which the motor is mounted changes. Alternatively, a configuration of the mounting portion may be changed and the motor mounted such that the motor shaft is parallel to a set target mounting direction. Accordingly, an unbalanced load is not partially applied to a driving force transmission mechanism at the time the motor is rotated, and an excessive load is not placed on the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Futoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 6547205
    Abstract: An isolation platform assembly (10) for a vehicle (V) on which is mounted instruments and sensors (S). The instruments and sensors are installed on a gimbal (G). A mounting bracket (12a-12c) attaches the assembly to the vehicle. The unit further includes a platform or plate (14) to which the gimbal is attached. The plate connects to the bracket by cable isolators (62) which attenuate shock and vibration forces transmitted through the vehicle. This protects the instrument and sensor packages from shock and vibration damage, particularly when the vehicle is moving. It also allows the instruments and sensors to be used to obtain information both while the vehicle is parked and while it is moving. The assembly further includes a restraint mechanism (64) comprising torsion bars (66, 72) and levers (74, 108) which connect the platform to the mounting bracketry so to enable the instrumentation and sensor payload to be moved from one orientation to another for data acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Engineered Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward V. Carter, Jeffrey S. Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20030066942
    Abstract: A shock and vibration resistant platform for mounting sensitive electronic devices on person vehicles. Shock attenuation is provide by a spring loaded central shaft bearing the electronic device platform. Vertical movement is dampened by the spring action. In a preferred embodiment, a weight is used to bring the platform back to a preferred location to prevent rotation of the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Frederick Stierheim
  • Publication number: 20030038224
    Abstract: A system for isolating wall hung equipment from shock and vibration including a wall mountable support or fixture having a first member for securing to a wall and a second member for securing to equipment with a plurality of triad elastomers mounted therebetween to cantleverly support the equipment and at the same time isolate the equipment from shock and vibration. The elastomer mounts while permitting displacement of the members with respect to one another inhibit the members from contacting each other when one or the other is subject to shock or vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Robert James Monson, Trevor J. McCollough
  • Patent number: 6524692
    Abstract: An energy absorbing structural laminate comprising: (a) a first layer of composite material comprising x1 plies; wherein at least 0.5x1 plies contain fibers arranged in a shape of a continuous curve; wherein said continuous curve is the same or different in different plies; (b) a second layer of composite material comprising x2 plies; wherein at least 0.5x2 plies contain fibers arranged in a shape of a continuous curve; wherein said continuous curve is the same or different in different plies; and (c) a viscoelastic layer disposed between the first and second layers such that shear strains are substantially distributed throughout the viscoelastic layer when a load is applied to the structural laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Structured Composites, LP
    Inventor: B. Walter Rosen
  • Patent number: 6512678
    Abstract: An apparatus, and method for using same, is described for a distributed load board stiffener. The apparatus may include a body having a central axis portion and multiple protusions extending away from the central axis portion towards respective ends. Each of the ends of the protrusions having a mounting point to mount a printed circuit board to a chassis support. The protrusions may operate to mount the board stiffener to a printed circuit board away from trace routing areas disposed centrally on the printed circuit board. The protrusions may operate to distribute a load around a periphery of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rob W. Sims, Uppalapati V. Ramgopal, Ronald C. Flamm, Michael Z. Eckblad
  • Patent number: 6501644
    Abstract: A hard disk drive assembly for a portable computer includes a conventional small form factor hard disk drive which is mounted in a rigid housing; the housing is mounted to the portable computer chassis. The hard disk drive itself is shock and vibration protected from the housing by a set of thin shock pads of a shock absorbing material such as a viscoelastic polymer. The pads are e.g., 1 or 2 mm thick, typically no more than 5 mm thick. The pads are each relatively small in surface area and are interposed between all surfaces of the hard disk drive and the opposing surfaces of the housing, thereby suspending the hard disk drive in the housing with shock and vibration protection, without the shock pads themselves occupying a significant volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Personal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ira J. Silverman, Ted Papadopoulos
  • Patent number: 6490172
    Abstract: A circuit board having at least one resilient leg with a catch constructed to releasably engage a shoulder of a body to releasably retain the circuit board in the body. The circuit board may be slidably inserted into a slot of the body until the catch engages the shoulder to securely and releasably retain the circuit board within the body. Desirably, the circuit board has an outwardly extending shoulder at the end of the leg opposite the catch to limit the extent of insertion of the circuit board into the body so that the catch remains generally adjacent to the shoulder. This eliminates the play or looseness in the connection between the circuit board and body by preventing the circuit board from being significantly advanced beyond the point wherein the catch engages the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: William M. Bates, Shawn M. Stover