Including Manipulatable Latch Patents (Class 248/681)
  • Patent number: 9803726
    Abstract: A quick-release automatic tensioning motor base for supporting a motor. The motor is operably coupled to a device to be driven via a drive belt. The motor base includes at least two base brackets and at least one guide rail fixedly coupled between the base brackets. A platform assembly, which supports the motor, is slidably coupled to the guide rail for movement there along. A spring assembly is selectively coupled between the base brackets and fixedly coupled to the platform assembly. The spring assembly applies a biasing force to the platform assembly to maintain a belt tension along the drive belt. A quick-release assembly selectively engages the spring assembly and the at least two base brackets to permit movement of the quick-release assembly between a first position to retain the spring assembly and a second position to release the spring assembly to permit movement of the platform assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lindsay, Edward Bees, Thomas Copanas
  • Patent number: 9806583
    Abstract: A quick-release automatic tensioning motor base for supporting a motor. The motor is operably coupled to a device to be driven via a drive belt. The motor base includes base brackets and at least one guide rail fixedly coupled between the base brackets. A platform assembly, which supports the motor, is slidably coupled to the guide rail. A spring assembly is selectively coupled between the base brackets and fixedly coupled to the platform assembly. The spring assembly applies a biasing force to the platform assembly to maintain a belt tension along the drive belt. A quick-release assembly selectively engages the spring assembly and base brackets to permit movement of the quick-release assembly between a fastened position and a released position. A spring compression retention assembly is operably coupled to the spring assembly to maintain spring compression on the spring assembly even when the quick-release assembly is in the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: William Norris, David Lindsay, Edward Bees, Thomas Copanas
  • Patent number: 9169964
    Abstract: An aircraft electronic device retention mechanism and method of removeably supporting an aircraft electronic device having first electrical contacts within a cockpit having compatible second electrical contacts includes a base that is generally configured to the size and shape of a surface of the electronic device and at least one lever that is mounted by a pivot to the base. The lever(s) has an engaging portion that is adapted to engage an engaged portion of the electronic device and an actuation portion. The actuation portion is adapted to rotate the lever(s) about said pivot between a first orientation in which the engaging portion retains the engaged portion and a second orientation in which the engaging portion does not retain said engaged portion. A manual actuator is connected with the actuation portion of the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Herder, Jadranko Soc
  • Patent number: 9004424
    Abstract: A pair of linearly spaced thumb screws engage a bracket that slides and locks over the thumb screws to reversibly attach an item connected to the bracket to a surface supporting the thumb screws. The bracket has a body with a length longer than the spaced thumb screws. Apertures on opposing edges of the body engage the thumb screws when the bracket is placed over the thumb screws and twisted. Tapered channels in the body of the bracket capture and hold the thumb screws as the bracket is slid along the thumb screws to secure the bracket and connected item to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Feddes
  • Publication number: 20150001369
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a storehouse in a vending machine is disclosed. The mounting apparatus includes a base, a limiting member, and an installation member. The base is configured for holding a storehouse and includes two blocking plates configured for receiving the storehouse therebetween. The installation member movably mounts the limiting member to one of the two blocking plates. A portion of the limiting strip is located between the two blocking plates to abut a side surface of the storehouse, preventing the storehouse from tilting in a direction substantially parallel to the two blocking plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, GANG SU, WEI-YONG MA, REN-XI DOU, LIANG TU, ZHI-WU XIA
  • Patent number: 8827230
    Abstract: In an object holding device, it is possible to prevent loosening of a cord-like body for holding an object without requiring any user's special operation. The object holding device includes a fixing belt (3) wound on a plastic tank (2), a male buckle (9) provided at a fixing belt, a reel (4) having the fixing belt wound around and urged to rotate in a winding direction of the fixing belt and a reel housing (11) connecting with a male buckle. When the male buckle is connected to the reel housing, a rotation of the reel is restricted at least in a counter-winding direction of the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8757918
    Abstract: A quick-connect mounting apparatus used to join a drive mechanism to a driven mechanism permits rotatable members of the drive mechanism and driven mechanism to be aligned and joined together for proper operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: David R. Ramnarain, Brian D. Ramnarain, Pamela Ramnarain, Christopher D. Ramnarain
  • Patent number: 8448914
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for a vehicle window includes a mounting frame having an engagement portion, a sensor housing attachable to the mounting frame, a spring-loaded bracket connected to the sensor housing, and a two-arm lever. The lever is pivotably mounted to the bracket, wherein pivoting of the lever causes the bracket to compress and press the sensor housing against the mounting frame. The second lever arm engages the engagement portion of the mounting frame after the lever is further pivoted to a final assembly position to thereby hold the sensor housing in place against the mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Roehr, Frank Hagen
  • Publication number: 20120257949
    Abstract: A method and device position a deflectable material basket at a charging opening of a furnace. The method and device reliably prevent a swinging or oscillating movement of the deflectable material basket that is moved by a crane, when approaching the furnace and when discharging the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Schmid, Ulrich Schmieder
  • Patent number: 7896305
    Abstract: An appliance stabilizing device which is useful in securing an appliance in position against a supporting structure surface. The device includes a plurality of brackets which are selectively positionable on an appliance, with a plurality of elongated members, each pivotally attached to a bracket. Each elongated member has at least one aperture spaced a distance along the length of the elongated member from the pivotal point with the bracket. The elongated member is attached to a support surface, frequently a bottom plate or sole pate of the wall. The bracket includes apertures spaced from each other in a generally triangular configuration or a configuration of equivalent strength. The elongated member is typically pivotally attached at the apex of a generally triangular configuration of apertures. The device is self adjusting during attachment of the appliance to a supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Arnold G. Lowenstein, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7616770
    Abstract: A bottom base 15a of a transportable mixer M is provided with internal threads 16a, while the upper end of a stand 20 is provided with external threads 25a which engage the internal threads 16a. The mixer M is adapted to be mounted on the stand 20 by the threaded engagement between the internal threads 16a and external threads 25a. Furthermore, a groove 15 is provided on an under surface 14 of the mixer M, the groove 15 extending from one end of the under surface 14 to the other end through the center. On the groove 15 there are provided the internal threads 16a. The mixer M is formed to have a low front part and a high rear part, such that a top surface 11 of the mixer M has a low front part and a high rear part when placed on a table 26, and stays on a substantially horizontal position when mounted on the stand 20. As a result, a transportable electro-acoustic apparatus capable of being fixed on and supported by a stand is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Haba
  • Publication number: 20090152437
    Abstract: The technology described herein provides a motor chassis adapter assembly for use on existing equipment and for use on newly manufactured equipment to divide heavy upright machines into lighter, more manageable components. The motor chassis adapter assembly includes a second interlocking adapter plate configured for affixation to a motor. The second interlocking adapter plate is configured to interlock with the first interlocking adapter plate. The first and second interlocking adapter plates can be shaped in the general form of a planar ring. The first and second interlocking adapter plates are interlocked by placement of one plate into the other and by subsequent rotation. Male and female slots are disposed upon the interlocking adapter plates for interlocking. The assembly includes a locking pin to secure the interlocking adapter plates prevent disengagement. A removable motor is provided. An upright machine having a removable motor for lift and transport is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Paul Romanick
  • Patent number: 7401757
    Abstract: Described is a fixing arrangement for releasably fixing an air conditioning module to the roof of a vehicle such as a rail vehicle. The module has opposite side surfaces from which first fixing projections project. The vehicle roof supports positioning rail members in mutually parallel relationship at a spacing from each other corresponding to the spacing between the side surfaces of the module. The positioning rail members have upwardly open first openings. Second fixing projections project from the positioning rail members at the outside thereof laterally beside the first openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Konvekta AG
    Inventor: Dirk Lomp
  • Patent number: 7396194
    Abstract: A drill press is magnetically mounted on a steel plate which is clamped to a manhole cover by three L-shaped clamps. The L-shaped clamps are mounted in slots defined by brackets located on the periphery of the steel plate. Enlargements are provided on the L-shaped clamps to keep the L-shaped clamps from falling out of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
    Inventor: Rutland M. Jones, III
  • Patent number: 7185872
    Abstract: An appliance stabilizing device which is useful in securing an appliance in position against a supporting structure surface. The device includes a plurality of brackets which are selectively positionable on an appliance, with a plurality of elongated members, each pivotally attached to a bracket. Each elongated member has at least one aperture spaced a distance along the length of the elongated member from the pivotal point with the bracket. The elongated member is attached to a support surface, typically a baseboard and/or a wall. The bracket includes apertures spaced from each other in a generally triangular configuration, and the elongated member is typically pivotally attached at the apex of the generally triangular configuration of apertures. The device is self adjusting during attachment of the appliance to a supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: Arnold G. Lowenstein, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7046512
    Abstract: The invention relates to a circuit for operation of a lamp with a component 4 to be cooled and with a heat sink 6, 6? which includes an angle of 10°–70° with a circuit board 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Patent-Treuhand & Gesellschaft fuer Elektrische Gluehlampen mbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Lecheler, Oskar Schallmoser
  • Patent number: 7025321
    Abstract: An anti-falling device for refrigerators has an improved structure capable of effectively preventing a refrigerator from falling flat on a front thereof despite a heavy door and allowing the cabinet of the refrigerator to move from a wall of a building easily when the rear portion of the cabinet needs to be cleaned or repaired. The anti-falling device is provided at a position between the cabinet of a refrigerator and a wall of a building against which the cabinet stands, thus preventing the cabinet from falling flat on the front. The anti-falling device includes a hooking rod provided on the wall of the building. A rotary hook is rotatably mounted to the cabinet and is engaged with or disengaged from the hooking rod in accordance with a rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Gyu Jung
  • Patent number: 6926244
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing an appliance to a support surface comprises a first base and a second base. The first and second bases are sized to allow the first base to be nestable within the second base. The first base is movable between first and second positions with respect to said second base. In the first position, the bases are in an unlocked position and an interlocking member is disengaged; and in the second position, the interlocking member is engaged to interlock the bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Edward L. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 6918562
    Abstract: A coupling device for a displaying apparatus and electronic appliances which comprises a base member having a mounting part, positioned on an installation surface; and a monitor main body having a plurality of movable mounting parts detachably combined relative to the mounting part of the base member. With this configuration, the displaying apparatus can be easily adapted for a table-mounted type displaying apparatus or a wall-mounted type displaying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You-sub Lee, Young-tae Kim
  • Patent number: 6802463
    Abstract: A spray-coating system includes a spraying implement (2) affixable to a support (4) by a tightening element (26) which is affixed to one of the implement and the support (2, 4) so as to be rotatable relative to both parts (2, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: ITW Oberflachentechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Dankert
  • Patent number: 6740851
    Abstract: A device for removably attaching a dispensing unit of a hot melt adhesive system to a support surface. The device generally includes a mounting plate having a mounting surface that is capable of being secured to a support surface, one or more engaging members, and one or more coupling members. The engaging and coupling members may be flanges extending outwardly from the mounting surface. The engaging and coupling members are arranged about the mounting surface for securing a base of the dispensing unit to the mounting plate after the device is secured to the support surface. The dispensing unit includes securing members that releasably couple with the engaging members to provide a secure interconnection with the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Woodlief, David F. Bullock
  • Patent number: 6604725
    Abstract: A device for securing a hydraulic modulator to a vehicle includes a base for receiving a portion of the hydraulic modulator and a clamp movably connected to the base and movable between a first position, wherein the portion of the hydraulic modulator can be positioned on the base, and a second position, wherein the clamp is closed over the base to secure the portion of the hydraulic modulator to the base. The clamp includes a projection that extends over the base when the clamp is in the first position so that when the projection is engaged by the portion of the hydraulic modulator, the projection will automatically move the clamp from the first position toward the second position. In one aspect of the invention, the clamp is hinged to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Corporation
    Inventors: Carlo Thullen, Michael Hellebrandt, Dietmar Sommer, Shawn Aaron Sullivan, Rene Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6546686
    Abstract: The stabilization system includes a foundation platform (16) that supports a pier (18), with the pier in turn supporting the joists (12) of a premanufactured building structure (10). Cleat walls (25-28) at the edges of the central body portion of the foundation platform extend into the ground. Struts (46, 47) are sloped upwardly from the foundation platform for connection to an adjacent joist. The weight of the building structure and the cleat walls prevent the foundation platform from horizontal movement. Thus, horizontal movement of the building structure is resisted without the application of horizontal forces to the pier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Charles J. MacKarvich
  • Patent number: 6282856
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for supporting a manufactured home (1) having at least a first and second support joist (14a, 14b) for mounting horizontally on at least a first and second vertical support structure (9a, 9b). Each vertical support structure (9a, 9b) comprises an upright support pier (16a, 16b) with a support platform (12a, 12b) positioned beneath the support pier (16a, 16b) and adjacent the ground (13). A stabilization pad (30a, 30b) is positioned between the support pier (16a, 16b) and the support platform (12a, 12b). The stabilization pad (30a, 30b) can include a link (60a) and a clamping lip (36) from which a lateral compression member (20) can extend as positioned between the pair of stabilization pads (30a, 30b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Charles J. MacKarvich
  • Patent number: 6161803
    Abstract: A wiring trough for an enclosure for telecommunications equipment (such as a building entrance protector) has a male piece adapted to be received by a female piece at a number of different positions to define an opening having different sizes to accommodate different amounts of wiring. As the amount of wiring needed to be handled increases (e.g., as more enclosures are stacked end to end on a wall one on top of the other), the two-piece wiring trough can be reconfigured without having to remove the wiring trough from the enclosure to expand the size of its opening to accommodate the larger amount of wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel H. Daoud
  • Patent number: 6158555
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying wires along a vehicle-mounted extensible mast. Said apparatus comprises a telescopically extensible mast and a wire carrier box mounted to a vehicle, a masthead platform mounted to an extreme of the mast opposite the vehicle, a bend-reversible wire carrier, and guides attached to the mast. The bend-reversible wire carrier is threaded through the guides. One extreme of the bend-reversible wire carrier is attached to the vehicle, and the opposite extreme is attached to the masthead platform. The bend-reversible wire carrier comprises clockwise bends alternating with counterclockwise bends separated by bend-reversible wire carrier sections. The bend-reversible wire carrier sections, clockwise bends, and counterclockwise bends are sized to fit into the wire carrier box when the mast is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: James M. Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6152406
    Abstract: A pipe fastener which is capable of holding pipes without requiring a cover, attaching the pipes easily and enhancing a high mounting force of pipes while retaining the vibration absorbing function. The fastener 14 comprises a pipe holder 15 to hold pipes 2 and a panel fixing portion 17 to be fixed to a panel 5. The pipe holder 15 comprises a pipe engagement portion 18 which receives the pipes inside thereof and engages with them, a damper portion 19 of a vibration absorbing material disposed on the outer portion of the pipe engagement portion, and a holder portion 21 connected to the panel fixing portion to hold the outer portion of the damper portion. The pipe engagement portion 18, the damper portion 19 and the holder portion 21 are connected with each other as one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Denndou
  • Patent number: 6149109
    Abstract: A cable mount for securing a cable bundle is provided which comprises a cable tie having a locking head and a support plate. The support plate is provided with openings which permit passage of the cable tie therethrough. An extension such as a ratcheting pawl or beads are positioned adjacent or within at least one of the openings which frictionally supports the cable tie within the opening prior to locking a leading edge of the cable tie within the locking head thereby to secure the cable bundle to the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Ralph Stankowski
  • Patent number: 6142428
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of clamping a plurality of pipes such as conduit tubes, cables, water pipes or the like to a pipe clamping face of a clamp base secured to a wall surface, a ceiling surface or the like in such a manner that the pipes are clamped to the pipe clamping face with a predetermined space therebetween in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the pipe clamping face. In this method, one of the pipes located in the lowest layer or predetermined ones of the pipes including the lowest-layer pipe and spaced apart from each other with a spacer device interposed therebetween is/are clamped to the pipe clamping face of the clamp base by using a first clamper. Then, the other pipe is clamped to the pipe clamping face of the clamp base by using a second clamper with the spacer device being interposed between the other pipe and the highest-layer one of the pipe or pipes clamped by the first clamper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventors: Kasaku Kamata, Akira Kamata
  • Patent number: 6142979
    Abstract: A pinch clip occluder system for infusion sets includes a housing and a clamp movably disposed within the housing to selectively occlude an infusion set. The pinch clip nests in an adapter placed on an enteral feeding pump such that when the pinch clip occluder is properly position, flow is allowed through the infusion set, but when the pinch clip occluder is not properly positioned in the adapter, flow through the infusion set is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Zevex
    Inventors: David J. McNally, Al Halbert
  • Patent number: 6142429
    Abstract: A light string is configured by clips in multiple draping sections in progressively longer arcs which are vertically spaced apart and are spaced by connecting sections. The clips each have two complementing injection-molded plastic shells which snap-fit together to provide a horizontal wireway intersected by a downwardly extending wireway. One or both of the shells have a hook or other mounting element whereby the connecting sections are normally mounted in horizontal aligned positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Joseph M. Ahroni
  • Patent number: 6138961
    Abstract: A cable tray is formed by a trellis of wires including longitudinal wires and transverse wires, the combination forming a trough with a bottom and sides. At least one of the longitudinal wires other than the edge longitudinal wires of the sides has a cross-section different than that of the other wires, in practice a diameter less than that of the other wires. This reduces the weight of a wire cable tray without reducing its mechanical strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Metal Deploye S.A.
    Inventor: Fran.cedilla.ois Zweig
  • Patent number: 6129316
    Abstract: A telecommunications rack cable support bracket is provided which comprises a pair of parallel support members and a plurality of cross members extending therebetween. The arrangement of the support members and the cross members defines two openings through which cable may be routed. Each support member includes tabs for securely positioning the telecommunications rack cable support bracket onto a telecommunications rack by interfacing with the horizontal Z-brackets of the telecommunications rack, thus eliminating the need for the use of special mechanical fasteners. Each cross member includes a pair of downwardly extending tabs which serve to locate the telecommunications rack cable support bracket between two U-shaped brackets of the telecommunications rack. These tabs also provide stress concentration relief for cable bundles routed from U-channels across the telecommunications rack cable support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: The Siemon Company
    Inventor: Arthur D. Bauer
  • Patent number: 6126122
    Abstract: A double ratchet arm pipe clamp includes a pair of elongated ratchet arms extending outward from a base member with each ratchet arm including a plurality of ratchet teeth. A keeper block is adapted to receive the ratchet arms through a pair of apertures and a respective pawl member is positioned within each aperture to releasably engage the ratchet arm. Both the base member and the keeper block have respective V shaped notches which are positioned in opposition to cradle a clamped pipe or cable and a pair of slits are formed in the keeper block to give added clamping action. An alternative embodiment of double ratchet arm pipe clamp is clamping a pipe to a universal slider bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Ismert
  • Patent number: 6126121
    Abstract: A binding tool which provides good operability at the time of binding and unbinding a bundle of cables and which can be easily secured even in a narrow space, without a risk that a part thereof might be lost. A binding stay (2) has a bottom portion (11), two arm portions (12a, 12b), sawtooth-like notches (23) and a tightener support portion (26). A tightener (3) has a clamping plate (31b), for clamping the bundle of cables against the bottom portion (11), and two engaging projections (35a, 35b), for engagement with the sawtooth-like notches (23), respectively. A disengaging portion, which has a supporting plate (31b), two pressing protrusions (33a, 33b), and two connecting portions (32a, 32b), disengages each of the engaging projections from the sawtooth-like notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Kitagawa Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Akizuki
  • Patent number: 6123314
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for releasably connecting to a base or assembly a box or the like such as an electrical module. Opposite mutually parallel sides of the box are each provided with a pair of projections having distal heads wider than their exposed shafts. The base or assembly is provided with a pair of parallel plates or angle irons sufficiently separated to accommodate the box and each provided with a pair of openings positioned and configured to receive and retain one of the projections. Preferably, each such opening has a right angle bend. For mounting, the box is placed on the base or assembly between the two plates or angle brackets such that each of the projections enters one of the openings. A right angle bend in the opening permits the opening to releasably retain that projection. At least one of the openings on each side is provided with a latch and a bail configured to releasably engage such a projection when the projection is disposed in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Harold E. Steele
  • Patent number: 6116810
    Abstract: Wires (D.4 to D.9) or objects similar 10 wires are fixed in predetermined positions by a device with pairs of clamping jaws (3.4/4.4 to 3.9/4.9). The device has at least two flat jaw elements (3, 4) lying against each other and being at least restrictedly slewable against each other around a center (M) and it further has holders (20). Each of the jaw elements (3, 4) has one clamping jaw (3.4 to 3.9, 4.4 to 4.9) for each one of a plurality of fixing points arranged on a circle (K.3) around the center (M) which clamping jaws are designed for exerting tangential clamping forces directed tangentially to the circle (K.3) on wires (D.4 to D.9) fixed in the fixing points. Hereby, clockwise clamping forces are exertable with the one jaw element and counter-clockwise clamping forces are exertable with the other jaw element. By slewing the jaw elements (3, 4) against each other the pairs of jaws are opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: IPT Weinfelden AG
    Inventor: Jurg Eberle
  • Patent number: 6109460
    Abstract: A suspension rack in medical use, such as for the storage and suspension of cables (1) and/or tubes for equipment used in patient monitoring, anesthesia, and the like, said rack including a frame (2) provided with fastening means (3) for securing the frame to a substantially solid structure (4) and with frame-connected members for the suspension of cables and/or tubes. The frame (2) includes a bracket element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Instrumentarium Corporation
    Inventors: Matti Herlevi, Ari Nenye
  • Patent number: 6103973
    Abstract: A knockout providing either bundled wiring or multiple electrical conduit connector access to an electrical enclosure. The knockout provides one large knockout for use with bundled wiring or a large conduit connector when activated and a number of small knockouts, each for use with one small conduit connector when activated. The small knockouts are arranged tangentially within the larger knockout in a radial pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Square D Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey O. Sharp
  • Patent number: 6101773
    Abstract: A wire management system for use with furniture panels and being especially useful for the management of voice and data wiring includes a support plate and a plurality of vertically arranged rows of slots for receiving mounting blocks for patch panel brackets and the like. The slots may be provided in the plate itself or in a series of channel members attached to the plate. The blocks can be rotated 90 degrees to facilitate the connection of wiring to wiring connection devices when the blocks are in a first position and to a second position in which the wires and associated equipment occupy a minimum amount of space. The cover for the wire management system is preferably hinged at the top or side. A lock may be provided therefore for security, and a prop rod may be provided to hold the cover in an open position. In a most preferred embodiment, the plate may be adjusted using telescoping components to accommodate different size openings in the furniture module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Q. Chau, Keith A. Haagsma, R. Scott Hand, Kevin M. Stanley
  • Patent number: 6098255
    Abstract: A clip for use in connecting the wires of a mesh-defining lamp set intermediate the lamp sockets thereof, including a resiliently curved portion adapted to receive wires therethrough, a pair of intermediate portions extending outwardly of respective ends of the body portion and defining a neck extending outwardly of the body portion, and a pair of end portions extending from respective ones of the intermediate portions and configured and dimensioned to be locked together. A short one of the pair of end portions extends in a substantially transverse direction to the neck, is biased by the body portion in the substantially transverse direction, and terminates in a free end. A relatively longer one of the pair of end portions initially extends in the substantially transverse direction to the neck, parallel to the short end portion, and then defines a generally concave cap configured and dimensioned to receive and maintain therein against accidental dislodgement the short end portion free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Minami International Corporation
    Inventor: Isao Kumada
  • Patent number: 6095461
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for reducing the wear on a wire traversing a pivot or hinge and extending from first wiring layer to a second wiring layer that is pivotably attached to the first wiring layer by the hinge for pivotable angular movement from a closed position, in which the second wiring layer is in overlying relationship with the first wiring layer, to an opened position, in which the second wiring layer is pivoted away from the first wiring layer. A first wire guide is disposed on the first wiring layer and the second wire guide is disposed on the second wiring layer. The wire guides channel the wire so that should the second wiring layer be in the closed position, the wire would be subjected to both rotational and bending forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6089513
    Abstract: An assembly for protecting and fastening pipes to a vehicle body/underbody fitted with projecting electrowelded threaded fastening pins; the assembly includes at least one supporting element, and a protection element in the form of a channel snap-on connectable integral with one or more supporting elements, which are defined by respective clips, each having at least one through seat for housing a pipe, and a through hole perpendicular with respect to the seat and for engaging a respective threaded pin; the clips have integral elastic snap-on connecting means for retaining the channel, which is of predetermined length, is U-shaped in section, and has conjugate retaining elements, in which case, the through hole is provided internally with gripping means for gripping the pins; or the hole is a through hole, and the assembly also includes a sleeve, which engages the hole in the clip as well as a corresponding slotted through hole in the channel by means of a tubular body provided internally with means for grippi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: I.T.W. Fastex Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Cau, Rocco Calabrese
  • Patent number: 6088981
    Abstract: An upright partition for use in a modular office furniture system, in which the partition has an internal frame and a plurality of outer covers covering the sides of the partition and defining an interior cavity within the partition inwardly of the outer covers. The outer covers are disposed substantially in the same vertical plane. Two adjacent of the outer covers are spaced from each in the plane so as to form an opening therebetween. A bridging cover is coupled to the frame to cover the opening between the two adjacent spaced outer covers when viewed horizontally and laterally from one lateral side of the partition. The bridging cover has an outer surface which is located laterally inwardly from inner surfaces of at least one of the adjacent outer covers such that a passageway is defined between the inner surface of one of the outer covers and the outer surface of the bridging cover through which passageway conduit can pass outwardly through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Office Specialty Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6079462
    Abstract: An mixing assembly which transfers a number of nutritional fluids from individual source containers into a collection container while noninvasively sensing the type of fluid being transferred is provided. The mixing assembly utilizes a transfer set to establish fluid communication between the source containers and the collection container. A sensing assembly is configured to noninvasively sense a number of the types of fluid flowing through the transfer set to help to prevent improper mixing. For other fluids for which the sensing assembly alone may not be able to distinguish with the desired accuracy, the mixing device utilizes a method to approximate the flow rate of that fluid with the flow rate also providing an indication of that type of fluid. By combining the output of the sensing assembly with the flow rate determination, additional fluids can be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Martucci, James R. Hitchcock, Aleandro Di Gianfilippo, Thomas R. Lillegard
  • Patent number: 6079765
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for securing a wire harness to a vehicle trim panel includes the use of an inventive holding clip. The clip has a secured portion which is fixed to the underlying trim panel. A retaining portion is biased against the trim panel, and wires are received in a holding portion between the secured portion and the retaining portion. The clip also includes an entry portion spaced away from the retaining portion which facilitates the movement of the wire under the entry portion to bias the retaining portion away from the trim panel and allows movement of a wire into the holding portion. In a first preferred method, the wires are assembled by first attaching the clips to the trim panel and then routing the wires into the holding portion. In a second preferred method, the wires are routed into the clips prior to the clips being secured to the trim panel. The clips are then secured to the trim panel and at the same time the wires are captured on the trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Zaguskin, Patrick J. Catlin
  • Patent number: 6079675
    Abstract: A hose carrier includes an upwardly curved base for winding and for supporting a hose. A holder is secured to one side of the base and a wall secured to the other side of the base for stably retaining the hose in the base. A handle is detachably secured to the holder and the wall for carrying the base. The holder includes an extension for supporting the bottom of the base and includes a hook engaged with the base for securing the base to the holder. The wall has two legs engaged with two pairs of trails formed in the base for further securing the wall to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Shih Hao Hsu
  • Patent number: 6076779
    Abstract: A bendable cable trough section is provided having a U-shaped cross-section, such as for holding telecommunications cables. In one embodiment, alternating segments of rigid first sections and compressible second sections are provided. The first sections are preferably made of plastic. The second sections are preferably made of foam joined with adhesive to the first sections. Elongated strengthening members may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6070836
    Abstract: A conduit holder having a receptacle portion adapted to be mounted to a threaded bolt in one of two opposed positions. The receptacle area has a pair of spring tongues positioned between two pair of support lands. The bolts is inserted through one of a pair of opposed funnel shaped openings to engage a first pair of support lands with the threads of the bolt. The bolt deflects the spring tongues against the other pair of support lands and the top of the bolt is received in the opposite funnel shaped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: A. Raymond & Cie
    Inventors: Emmanuel Battie, Philippe Wandels
  • Patent number: D486385
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: Inguald Alain Smith-Kielland, Stephen Brian Gates, Thomas Charles Weiss