Including Manipulatable Latch Patents (Class 248/681)
  • Patent number: 5860627
    Abstract: A device for storing and transporting tube scaffolding which is comprised of a U-shaped cradle and an attachable closure member. The cradle is constructed from square tubing and is made up of a horizontal member and two vertical members which extend upward from and at right angles to the horizontal members to form an approximate U-shape. The closure member is a rigid rectangular plate which extends across the top of the cradle member and attaches thereto with a bolt and pin assembly. Alternatively, the closure member may rotate and lock into position with a pair of bolts. When in use, a pair of the devices are used together by stacking the tube scaffolding in the cradles of the devices so that the cradle members are adjacent the opposite ends of the tube scaffolding. Once a twenty-five count of tube scaffolding has been placed in the cradles, the closure members are attached to the cradles to secure the tube scaffolding in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: David G. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5855342
    Abstract: A mounting system providing protection to the mounting surface and flexibility to accommodate movement of the mounted structures. In one application, a pipe mounting system for rooftop mounting which provides a base conforming to the roof and protects the roof from penetration of the roof membrane by the base. The pipe mounting system providing freedom of motion in every direction to prevent damage to the roof structure. The pipe mounting system designed to withstand weather extremes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Pipe Pier, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hawkins, Andrew J. Gross, Dante J. Osland
  • Patent number: 5854445
    Abstract: An electric power busway system comprises a bus bar support housing with the opposite side plates of the housing shaped with troughs to hold the bus bars in their relative positions, preventing the bus bars from moving towards or away from one another and providing the necessary short-circuit protection and bending resistance. The metal side plates are preferably fastened together without the use of fasteners or the need for welding, through the use of a punch and die tool set. A protective insulating sheet is sandwiched between the insulated bus bars and the housing to protect the bus bar insulation coating from ruptures or tears. Clamping blocks are provided outside the protective busway housing to apply friction on the bus bars within, keeping them from sliding out of the housing assembly. The integral busway housing and clamping serve as a ground conduction facility, with the clamping blocks providing a mechanism to connect the busway section to an adjoining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric J. Graham, Louis A. Rosen, Ira Goldman, Jeffrey Scott Berliner, Thomas D. Collins, Clarence W. Walker
  • Patent number: 5839702
    Abstract: A cable support assembly which includes at least one elongate flexible spine member and a plurality of open ended support members mounted on the flexible spine member and spaced apart from one another such that the open ended support members define a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Roger Jette
  • Patent number: 5836130
    Abstract: A water line guide for securing the ends of both hot and cold water lines laid below the level of concrete floors to be subsequently poured. The water line guide has means for its anchoring to hold numerous water lines in position to be subsequently connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventors: Arnold E. Unruh, Wade M. Ebling, R. Dale Hubbard, Lincoln Powers
  • Patent number: 5834693
    Abstract: The support bracket and cable assembly of this invention allows an internal circuit board of a host computer to be directly connected to a plurality of peripheral devices using a plurality of interface cables through a first port of an input/output frame. A rigid compound bracket has two bracket elements with cutouts to form cylindrical openings through which the interface cables pass. The cylindrical openings or channels have at least one collar that grips and holds the interface cables within a single port of an input/output (I/O) frame of an enclosure of the host computer. Therefore, interface cables to go directly from the internal circuit board to the peripheral devices without intermediate connectors at the I/O frame. The compound bracket is attached to the I/O frame by a bracket mount arrangement. A grounding interface is provided for the peripheral devices as the interface cables pass through the cylindrical openings in the compound bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Woven Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: M. Eugene Waddell, Douglas E. Piper
  • Patent number: 5833179
    Abstract: A stubout bracket for positioning and supporting pipes between building supports in a building wall includes a bar which is sized to extend between two building supports in a building wall, and includes at least one notch on a longitudinal side edge of the bar, and first and second crimpable rings located on opposite sides of the notch, whereby a pipe or fitting inserted into the notch can be secured to the bracket by crimping the rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Lester J. VandenBerg
  • Patent number: 5827441
    Abstract: A casting mould arrangement for the embedding of pipes, in which the individual pipes are assumed to be placed substantially at a predetermined distance from one another and which includes at least two base parts and at least one intermediate part. These parts are provided with recesses intended to hold the pipes securely and to fix the pipes in position, sockets which have a holder arm and are arranged at each end of the base part in order to securely hold the mould panels which are located on the sides of the casting mould and which delimit the casting mould laterally, and holes for receiving reinforcement bars. The holes include pockets in which reinforcement bars are intended to be placed and retained substantially at a predetermined distance from the bottom top and side covering of the casting mould. A base part is included in the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Oslo Presstoff Industri A/S
    Inventor: Oistein Solbjorg
  • Patent number: 5820082
    Abstract: A holding element which secures a cable or a bundle of wires in place relative to a surface. The holding element includes a retainer which grasps the bundle of wires and a mounting unit which is attached to the surface. The mounting unit is moveable relative to the retainer so that the mounting unit can be moved, to properly position it at the surface location where it is to be affixed, without moving the retainer relative to the bundle of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: John O. Wright
  • Patent number: 5820083
    Abstract: A tie mounting system for securing elongate items to a supporting structure includes a flexible tie and a mount for anchoring the tie to the supporting structure adjacent a mounting stud. The mount is secured to the stud with a nut and washer and provides an anchoring loop through which the tie can be looped to secure the tie and the items to the mount. The mount extends up and away from the supporting structure to provide clearance for the tie. The trailing end of the mount is rounded and the upper surface of the mount is shaped to conform to the rounded shape of a second, similar mount. This enables two or more of the mounts to be stacked atop one another over the stud. A tab within the mount engages the stud to lightly secure the mount to the stud until the nut and washer can be installed. By using one or more ties having a buckle mount formed adjacent its locking head, two or more ties can be chained together to permit the mounting of two or more separate bundles with a single mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Tyton-Hellermann Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard G. Geiger
  • Patent number: 5820048
    Abstract: An improvement for a routing clip is provided by a hinge latch adjacent to the folded hinge portion thereof. The hinge latch includes a male latching member on one side of the hinge portion and a female latching member in a corresponding position on the other side of the hinge portion, both male and female latching members being on one side of the routing clip. When being engaged with the female latching member, the male latching member deflects in a direction transverse to its length to provide a more secure latching mechanism as a back-up to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Shereyk, Arnold DeCarlo
  • Patent number: 5816542
    Abstract: A support system for data transmission lines and the like, comprising a rail section supported generally horizontally, a splice for connecting the rail section and another structure, and a fastener for securing the splice to the rail section. Each rail section has a hollow box beam portion having a top wall, opposite side walls and a bottom wall. Each splice has a central part and first and second end parts, the first end part being receivable in an open end of the box beam portion of the rail section and the second end part being connectable to the structure. The central part of the splice has an outside width immediately adjacent the first end part of the splice essentially the same as the outside width of the rail section immediately adjacent its open end thereby to provide smooth junctures between the central part of the splice and the rail section at opposite sides of the rail section when the first end part of the splice is received in the rail section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Company
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 5806811
    Abstract: A wire manager that is removably mountable to stand-off legs having at least one male latch. The wire manager includes a plurality of exterior retaining members and retaining members. Each exterior retaining member has a female latch for engaging the male latch located on the stand-off legs. The wire manager includes notches formed on each female latch and each exterior retaining member which receive nubs formed on the stand-off legs. Base plates of the wire manager include cross-shaped recesses for receiving cross-shaped projections formed on the stand-off legs. The notches and nubs along with the cross-shaped recesses and cross-shaped projections aid in aligning the wire manager and the stand-off legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: The Siemon Company
    Inventors: Mark Viklund, John A. Siemon
  • Patent number: 5794897
    Abstract: A hanger for attaching a length of a transmission line, such as, a coaxial cable or a waveguide to a supporting structure, such as, a crossbar on an antenna tower, includes two gripping elements. The elements have posts and openings to facilitate aligning of them with respect to each other. The posts and openings are arranged so that the posts in one element fit into the openings of the other element to help align the two elements when they are placed around a transmission line. Once aligned, the two elements are brought toward each other until they snap together to form a clamping structure which loosely grips the transmission line. The clamping structure can then be slid to the desired location on the transmission line. A bolt or a screw is then inserted through the aligned bolt or screw openings in the two elements and through the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Jobin, Randall L. Grigoletti, James R. Gentile, Hugh R. Nudd, John Williamson
  • Patent number: 5791607
    Abstract: A pipe support system which utilizes interconnecting pipe support members and mounting members, the support members having a longitudinally extending recess designed to receive and support at least one pipe, the pipe support members and mounting members being interconnected by a mortise and tenon arrangement on their respective side walls, and a hangar strap designed to fit within a slot in the mounting member and be adjustably retained by the interface of teeth. The assembly can be connected to support a number of different pipes from a hanging arrangement, a vertical surface arrangement or from a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventors: Jean Pierre Thibault, Martin Boudreau
  • Patent number: 5785285
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing together a non-linear array of at least three tubes positioned with their longitudinal axes extending parallel comprises a relatively rigid frame carrying first, second, and third cylindrical tube receiving and retaining recesses. Each recess is defined by a separate pair of opposed arms with at least one arm of each pair being resilient and deflectable in a radial direction relative to its respective recess. The arms in each pair have spaced end portions defining an entrance opening to the recess defined thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Gary G. Gordon
  • Patent number: 5782441
    Abstract: Cable laying apparatuses are disclosed, each comprising a plurality of cable racks and fasteners. A cable rack is provided with at least one longitudinally and horizontally extending hook portion. A fastener is provided with at least one longitudinally and horizontally extending hook portion and a plurality of threaded through screw holes. Cable racks and fasteners used in a cable laying apparatus have corresponding hook portions so that the hook portions of the cable racks and those of the fasteners properly engage with each other. Threaded through screw holes may be provided in a direction other than the direction of the openings of the hook portions of fasteners so that the engagement between the hook portions of the fasteners and the hook portions of corresponding cable racks may be more secure in two directions as the screws having a flat bottom in the screw holes are screwed and press the cable racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Mirai Industries, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shohachi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5782439
    Abstract: A support system for data transmission lines and the like includes a plurality of rail sections and a hub having a horizontal peripheral rim. A plurality of vertical holes are spaced at intervals around the rim for connecting the rail sections to the hub in positions in which the rail sections radiate out from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Company
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 5779198
    Abstract: A support bracket for use in supporting overhead cables in mines comprising a post having a first end and a second end with means whereby it can be secured to a support. The second end has limbs extending from either side of the second end which constitute support arms of the bracket to support a cable or hose. The support arms being movable from a cable support position to a cable release position when the cable is subjected to a load in excess of a predetermined level and to return the arms to a cable support position when the excess load has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Fioris Pty Limited
    Inventors: William Rutherford, Kieron Denz
  • Patent number: 5775648
    Abstract: Portable conduit retention apparatus for releasably retaining a conduit therein. The apparatus releasably retains the conduit out of the way of nearby personnel and equipment. The apparatus includes a portable support frame defining a slot therein having an open mouth portion in communication with the slot for receiving the conduit through the open mouth portion and into the slot. A retention bar is pivotally connected to the support frame adjacent the mouth portion for releasably retaining the conduit in the slot. The retention bar freely pivots to a first position, so that the mouth portion is unblocked in order that the conduit is received through the mouth portion and into the slot. In addition, the retention bar freely pivots to a second position, so that the mouth portion is blocked in order that the conduit is retained in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Richard H. Metzger
  • Patent number: 5772160
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting from a pair of pipes that extend in spaced parallel relationship comprises a main bracket body having oppositely disposed front and rear faces. A plurality of resilient retaining clips extend from the rear face. The clips are configured and adapted to partially encircle the pipes in gripping relationship thereto. At least one of the retaining clips includes a pivotal latch associated therewith and adapted for releasably latching the clip to the associated pipe and preventing undesired disengagement therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Gary G. Gordon
  • Patent number: 5769365
    Abstract: A device enables ready, accurate and positive preliminary mounting of an electric line part in completely one operation without the need for any screwing operation, regardless of a change in the width and height of the channel flanges of a channel rail and also, enables ready and positive permanent securement of the electric line part, and which allows an operator to extremely easily, positively and efficiently carry out this type of operation without the need for any skill. The device includes a fixture body having a part attached to a channel rail, a bolt, and a clamp threadedly engaged with the bolt. The clamp includes a central nut, pivot pins mounted to the nut, a pair of right and left clamping elements pivotable about the horizontal pivot pins and a protrusion extending outwardly from one side of the nut. The fixture body has a guide plate at a location where the fixture body is attached to the channel rail. The protrusion is guidably received in a guide slot of the guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventors: Yoshio Onishi, Masakatsu Onishi
  • Patent number: 5769112
    Abstract: A support system for use in construction or repair of a fire hydrant installation includes a lower bracket and an upper bracket. The upper bracket has an adjustable hydrant riser clamp which is connected to an adjustable hydrant valve casing clamp by an adjustable spacer. The lower bracket also has an adjustable riser clamp connected by a like spacer to an upright bar. Ends of this bar then join a pair of vertically spaced apart adjustable casing clamps. As constructed in an open hole, the hydrant installation includes a hydrant riser that is positively joined to a water main and a valve casing that merely sits with a gravity fit on a hydrant valve located between the main and riser. For use, the lower bracket spacer is placed in an adjustable state allowing its respective clamps to be attached to respective lower ends of the riser and casing. Then, the lower bracket spacer is secured in place. Next, the upper bracket is attached in a like manner to respective upper ends of the riser and casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Bruno Rendina
  • Patent number: 5769556
    Abstract: A clamp for supporting a bicycle is formed of two like halves joined by a single central bolt. The clamp halves are urged apart by a single central spring surrounding the bolt. Each half of the clamp has a pair of concave cylindrical segments, one for receiving a tubular member of a bicycle and the other for receiving a tubular portion of a bicycle support rack. Each cylindrical segment is lined with a resilient protective material to prevent damage to the bicycle frame as well as to insure a firm grip on the tubular members and allow the clamp to accommodate a range of tubular diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Universal Consolidated Methods, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Colley
  • Patent number: 5765786
    Abstract: The invention consists of a connector for installing stacked cables within a building. The connector is of one piece construction with a foundation section and an integral spine essentially perpendicular to and extending from the foundation. Several limbs extend from each side of the spine and form cable receiving slots. The cable receiving slots may be either a round shape for accommodating round cables or an oval shape for accommodating oval cables. Cable grasping ribs extend into each of the slots. Each of the round limbs will securely hold a round cable that is inserted within a round slot and each of the oval limbs will securely hold an oval cable that is inserted within an oval slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 5755484
    Abstract: A vehicle door has a trim panel, an attached inner door panel, and an attached outer door panel defining a cavity therein, and an energy management device within the cavity. The device has two or more elongated deflectable beam members, each being attached to the vehicle door within the door cavity. One or more clips engage the beam members, and are adjustably positionable along the longitudinal axes of the beam members, so as to provide a predetermined substantially planar deflection upon imposition of a lateral displacement. One or more tab members are disposed on the inboard surface of the clip, so as to initiate deployment of the inner trim panel prior to compression of the vehicle door upon imposition of a lateral displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shui-Fang Chou, Kristina Janina Khami, Shahid Hussain
  • Patent number: 5752681
    Abstract: A pipe and cable clamp is formed of a base part (5) and a receiving strap (6). To assure that a pipe or cable positioned in a receiving space between the clamp and a surface of a structural component is adequately retained, where the receiving strap forms two receiving spaces (8, 9) located laterally from the base part, a spring arm (7) is located in the receiving space (8) closer to the base part (5) in the event a pipe or cable of larger diameter is located in the receiving space more remote from the base part. The spring arm (7) extends outwardly from the base part (5) and projects in an unloaded state into the receiving space (8) closer to the base part (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rupert Janssen, Markus Frowis, Luc Guillon
  • Patent number: 5752682
    Abstract: A cable bundling strap anchor made by forming a number of tongues along an elongate band or bracket of flat, resilient metal or plastic by removing material in a form of a cutout such that the sides and one end of the cutout form a tongue attaching member. An open bundling strap is placed around the tongue from the tongue free end. Thereafter, a cable bundle is placed over the anchor and the strap is closed about the bundle. The stiffness of the cable bundle and the inability to move the bundle away from the plane of the band prevents removal of the strap from the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: DeWayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 5742982
    Abstract: A clamp assembly (10) is provided which can include first and second clamp halves (16, 18) with a base (50) mounted in each clamp path. The base has a cylindrical inner surface (54) which can clamp a cable thereto for strain relief. Alternatively, a flexible insert (86) having a plurality of cylindrical cavities (102) opening through the outer surface (100) thereof can receive a number of cables (12) to be clamped in the clamp assembly for strain relief. In another version, a plurality of nested inserts (106-116) can be provided on each base (50) allowing the selection of a particular insert dimension suitable the cable to be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Siecor Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph K. Dodd, J. D. Harvey, Mark D. Walters, Kevin L. Morgan
  • Patent number: 5743497
    Abstract: A wire installation strip for installing electrical wire which may be mounted to a supporting structural element to speed the installation of the electrical wire. The wire installation strip includes a base and a plurality of retention hooks to retain the electrical wire. Each retention hook includes a first leg extending upwardly from the base, a second leg extending over from the first leg, and a detent angled downwardly from the second leg to capture and retain the electrical wire. The second leg is spaced from the base a selected distance to define an opening having a central axis and provide a gap corresponding to approximately the thickness of the electrical wire. The central axes of the opening of each retention hook are positioned generally parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Douglas C. Michael
  • Patent number: 5740994
    Abstract: A cable support for category 5 cable, fiber optic cable, and the like is in the form of a curved smooth saddle to support the cable in lay-in fashion. The saddle has a projecting stem with a number of fastening accommodations to receive all kinds of clamps, clips or brackets, so that one or more supports may be positioned on or suspended from anything or any surface in the utilitarian part of a building such as the area above a drop ceiling. This enables the supports to be positioned within about 120-150 cm of each other so that cable sag between support saddles does not exceed 30 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Erico International Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Scott Laughlin
  • Patent number: 5738312
    Abstract: An "D" ring adaptable extender attachable to an existing and mounted conventional "D" ring. The "D" ring adaptable extender having a mounting system such that the conventional "D" ring need not be removed. The "D" ring adaptable extender quickly providing additional support space for the mounting and stringing of cables without the need for extraordinary tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Mark A. Koch
  • Patent number: 5738147
    Abstract: This invention relates to a modular, conduit end-frame comprising at least one peripheral modular element and at least one intermediate modular element, and the peripheral and intermediate modular elements themselves. The conduit end-frame has utility in orienting the ends of conduit in a work area. Each of the modular elements has flanges extending from its ends. During the installation process, the modular elements are secured in place during the pouring of concrete, by nails or screws connecting the flanges to a wooden frame. The flanges are at a sufficiently safe distance from openings in the end-frame through which electrical cable, and sometimes live electrical cable, will pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Ipex Inc.
    Inventor: James Mestres
  • Patent number: 5735412
    Abstract: A stack is formed by a rack having a plurality of holders. A first flexible holder is provided between two adjacent rigid holders. First and second articles are placed on a support and are spaced a pre-determined distance. The rigid second and third holders are placed on top of the first and second articles. A third article is then placed in the first flexible holder between the rigid second and third holders. The weight of the third article on the first flexible holder will cause the second and third rigid holders to move into clamping engagement with sides of the third article. Additional articles can then be placed on the stack. This arrangement provides for a self-gripping rack and article combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Amuel E. Sheckells
  • Patent number: 5730400
    Abstract: A cable tray system comprising a cable tray for carrying cable, a support fastened to the cable tray, and at least one cover panel operatively associated with the support for covering cable carried by the cable tray. The cover panel is engageable with the support for pivoting about an axis generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the cable tray between an open position in which the cover panel is swung up and away from the cable tray to permit access to cables in the tray and a closed position in which the cover panel is swung down to cover cables in the cable tray. The cover panel is removable from the support without removing the support from the cable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich
    Inventors: Eric R. Rinderer, Martin L. Witherbee
  • Patent number: 5730399
    Abstract: A mount assembly provides for the mounting of service lines of a variety of types and sizes to a support structure, such as a frame rail for an over-the-highway truck or tractor, with relative ease. The mount assembly includes a mount having a saddle for securing the service line to the mount with a self-sizing tie and having a latch for securing the mount to the support structure. The strap of another tie may be inserted through an opening of the support structure and through an opening of the latch such that a ratchet positioned in relation to the latch opening engages at least one of a plurality of sloping teeth of the strap. A spacer of the mount provides a clearance area for the service line from the support structure so as to minimize or avoid any gathering of debris between the service line and the support structure and therefore minimize or avoid any chafing or corrosion of the service line or of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Frank T. Baginski
  • Patent number: 5723819
    Abstract: A conductor channel is used for the laying of insulated electrical conductors (3) in an air- or spacecraft, whereby the channel can be integrated into a conductor channel system. The conductor channel is made of at least one open hollow section (2), wherein the conductors (3) are held by a retaining strip (8) held in place by edges (7) of the hollow section (2). The strip (8) closes the hollow section. A tension relief element (11) for the conductors (3) is arranged at each channel end. A mounting (13) having upper and lower parts (20, 20') for electrically grounding the hollow section (2) is installed to hold the hollow section (2) next to each tension relief element (11). Spacers (14) may be distributed between the two mountings (13) along the length of the hollow section (2). The mountings (13) are fastened to a support (23). The hollow section (2) is fixed in and fastened to the mountings (13), whereby the free ends of the hollow section .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus GmbH
    Inventors: Safa Kirma, Gundolf Paul
  • Patent number: 5720586
    Abstract: A clip mounted with a mounting plate having opposite walls defining a mounting groove having an opened leading end, the clip is disclosed which has a clip body made of an elastic metal plate, having a V-shape portion with substantially V-shape cross section formed by folding back so as to have two opposite inclined plate portions, the inclined plate potions having opposite slits, respectively, the opposite walls of the mounting plate inserted into the slits, respectively, when the clip body is inserted into the mounting groove from the leading end of the clip body, so that the opposite walls of the mounting groove are inserted into the slits, the mounting plate is engaged with the slits, and a slit start portion adjacent to the leading end of the V-shape potion is elastically supported by the opposite walls of the mounting plate with an elastic force of the opposite inclined plate portions; and a base having a clip-body holding portion for holding the clip body, a harness securing portion which is made of res
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 5716035
    Abstract: A channel supporting device includes a support member having two clamps between which trunking is accommodated. The clamps each have an upper projection which defines between them and above the trunking housing for receiving a channel. The channel locks the support member around the trunking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Schneider Electric SA
    Inventors: Daniel Nourry, Gerard Jego, Jean-Pierre Thierry
  • Patent number: 5707169
    Abstract: A device for detachably fastening lines and conduits, in particular, flexible tubes, pipes and cables, to a support, which includes a mounting element surrounding and holding the lines, the mounting element including at least one stackable holding module whose plane front face is approximately parallel to the surface of the support. The front face is held at a distance from the surface of the support by spacer elements provided integral with the holding module, the wall area of the latter including guiding strips projecting from the front face towards the surface of the support, as well as apertures for the lines. By way of a fastening bolt going through a center bore on the front face, the mounting element is detachably fastened to the support. In plan view the exterior edges of the holding module define a shape of at least threefold symmetry. In this manner it will be possible to obtain a precise, predefined, secure, space-saving and well-ordered layout for lines of different orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: AVL Gesellschaft Fur Verbrennungskraftmaschinen und Messtechnik M.B.H. Prof.Dr.h.C. Hans List
    Inventors: Johann Schweighofer, Gunther Wogg
  • Patent number: 5704572
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for retaining a body member with a load member fastened to a mounting surface by a support member. The load member includes a contact surface engageable by the support member, and the body member includes a throughhole for receiving at least a portion of the load member. A breakable flash connection couples the load member to the body member so that at least a portion of the load member is disposed in the throughhole of the body member. The flash connection is breakable upon moving the load member relative to the body member with the support member in contact with the contact surface of the load member, wherein the load member retains the body member and isolates the body member from stress imparted by the support member to reduce deformation of the body member. The body member may be a part of a panel or be configured with clips for retaining other articles. The apparatus preferably is a unitary member formed of a molded plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Vogel, James E. deBeers
  • Patent number: 5704571
    Abstract: A cable tray that can be easily assembled at a construction location and which provides a configuration that can be modified to adapt to various on-site requirements. A preferred configuration of the cable tray disclosed herein includes a commercially standard strut suspended from an overhead surface and having a U-shaped rung fastened to the strut. The system provides a fastening system that can be installed using conventional, readily available, high-speed driver systems. The cable tray of the present invention may be mounted so as to depend from horizontal surfaces or may be directly bolted to a vertical surface. Further, the cable tray may be adapted to provided a two-tier cable tray even after installation of the primary cable tray. Various fastening systems are disclosed which attach the rung to the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: James M. Vargo
  • Patent number: 5703330
    Abstract: A carrier for a wire harness and fuel brake, or other tubes of a vehicle with inner and outer channels each having a generally C-shape cross section and constructed to releasably snap together to form a duct in which the wire harness is received. Snap clips on the exterior of the channels releasably retain the tubes. The carrier bundles the wire harness and tubes together and provides a self-supporting assembly for the flexible wire harness which facilitates installation and assembly to the underbody of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Bundy Corporation
    Inventor: Rick A. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 5697233
    Abstract: A tamper-proof device is provided for lockingly attaching a piece of equipment such as a TV set or a microwave oven to a support base. It has a pair of rigid plates that are respectively connected to the piece of equipment and the support base. One of the plates is surrounded by a flange which defines a closed area in which wedges are located to hook both plates together. The two plates are rigidly connected to each other by a screwable bolt that can be reached with a screw driver through a coaxial opening provided in the flange. A sleeve extends in between the head of the bolt and the opening. This sleeve can be closed by key-operated lock in order to prevent access to the bolt. The lock is free to rotate within the sleeve even when its latch is locked in outward position. Such prevents a theft from breaking the latch by forcing the lock into rotation in a cantilever fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Baultar Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Albert, Bruno Archambault, Claude Therer
  • Patent number: 5695273
    Abstract: A bracelet for mounting wire, especially strings of lights, to interior or exterior structures. The bracket may have a body with a counterbored fastener throughbore. The body extends out from the throughbore on either side and includes at least two differently-sized channels for receiving wire. The channels are formed in a face of the body held flush against the structure by the fastener. The throughbore thus extends perpendicular to the channels through the body. Alternatively, an adhesive pad may be provided for each bracket to mount the bracket to hard surfaces, or to delicate surfaces which cannot be damaged. A number of brackets clamp portions of the wire close to each light to the structure enabling uniform orientation of the lights therefrom. The bracket is made of clear material to be less conspicuous. The material is preferably acrylic to extend the life of the bracket from exposure when installed on the exterior of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: William C. Lanning
  • Patent number: 5695158
    Abstract: A system for fixing lines, in particular electrical or optical lines, is constituted by a support including octagonal perforations, the octagonal perforations being suitable for co-operating in pairs with clamps for fixing one of the lines in such a manner as to hold the line on the support on a predetermined path; and for receiving separators for separating the lines in such a manner as to prevent any contact between lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: GEC Alsthom Transport SA
    Inventor: Bernard Boucot
  • Patent number: 5690311
    Abstract: A clamp for holding an analyzer in place on a horizontal surface, comprising an entrance mouth angled to allow insertion of a bracket of the analyzer without initial accurate alignment, and a tongue-and-opening interlock between the clamp and the bracket on the analyzer, sized to give limited sideways movement between the clamp and analyzer, once the clamp is locked onto the bracket. The clamp is locked to the bracket using a spring effective to adjust for dimensional variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostic
    Inventors: Roger Gaylord Leighton, Michael Erwein Bausch
  • Patent number: 5677513
    Abstract: A tying device for tying a wiring harness having a first annular holder for holding general wires, which has a first slit for inserting therethrough the general wires into the first annular holder; and a second annular holder for holding specific wires, which has a second slit for inserting therethrough the specific wires into the second annular holder and has a diameter smaller than that of the first annular holder so as to extend into the first annular holder from an inner peripheral surface of the first annular holder through a rib; wherein the second annular holder is positioned at a central portion of the first annular holder such that a space for accommodating the general wires is defined between the inner peripheral surface of the first annular holder and an outer peripheral surface of the second annular holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeharu Ito, Takahiro Kato, Hiroshi Kuroda, Mikio Satou, Chigusa Ichio, Tutomu Sakata
  • Patent number: 5669590
    Abstract: A clip for securing together a plurality of elongated articles such as hoses or wire bundles has a plurality of separately formed clamps. Each clamp comprises first and second generally arcuate arms connected at their first ends by a V-shaped hinge and movable about the hinge between a circular closed position and an open position wherein the free ends of the arms are parted to allow an article to be placed into or removed from encirclement by the arms. A link member interconnects the hinges of the clamp to maintain the clamps in spaced relationship with one another and includes braces which add stiffness to the hinge and resist flattening of the V shape. The hinges and link member are of uniform cross sectional thickness so that stress concentrations are avoided. The clip is molded in the open position so that during installation it is not necessary to manually spread the arms in order to position them around an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Donald Przewodek
  • Patent number: D394997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Diamond Communication Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene Coll