Frangible Component (e.g., Having A Score Line Or Groove) Patents (Class 248/909)
  • Patent number: 11813919
    Abstract: A bracket configured to mount a high voltage component to a structure of a vehicle. The bracket includes a body, a plurality of first apertures formed in the body that are each respectively configured for receipt of a fastener that secures the body to the high voltage component, and a plurality of second apertures formed in the body that are respectively configured for receipt of a fastener that secures the body to the structure of the vehicle. Upon application of a sufficient force to the vehicle, a material of the body that forms at least one of the first apertures and the second apertures is configured to fail to permit either the body and the high voltage component to disengage from structure of the vehicle or the high voltage component to disengage from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Kedar V Panday, Krishnamurthy N Hegd, Maximilian P Larraquette, Anthony A Stajanovski, Richard C Chiarcos, Alexander Kurz
  • Patent number: 11745923
    Abstract: A cable tie includes a strip of material having a pair of longitudinally extending sides spaced from each other by a width W. In one form the strip includes a plurality of additional openings that are configured to receive the shank of a fastener. In one form, a plurality of first and second size openings are formed in the strip and spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis. Each of the first size openings have a first length LF parallel to the longitudinal axis and are located in a corresponding one of a first set of wide portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Klein Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wollin, John Gibbons
  • Patent number: 11686526
    Abstract: A refrigerated display case is provided. The refrigerated display case includes a rear wall has a first end, a second end disposed opposite the first end and a plurality of markings disposed between the first end and the second end. A mounting rail is coupled to the rear wall. A shelf is adjustably coupleable to the mounting rail at a plurality of positions between the first end and the second end of the rear wall. The plurality of markings are configured to indicate a distance from the first end of the rear wall to the shelf based on alignment of the shelf with at least one of the plurality of markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Stubblefield, Kelly Sayko
  • Patent number: 11585486
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a telescoping support bracket, a box bracket, a conduit support bracket, and a floor support bracket. The telescoping support bracket generally comprises telescoping arms that allow the length of the bracket to be adjusted. A method of installing the telescoping support bracket is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Martin Lee Witherbee, Jacob Lee Johnson
  • Patent number: 10421378
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a decorative body provided alongside a seat cushion in a seat width direction; a side frame serving as a side framework of one side portion of the seat cushion which is closer to the decorative body than another side portion of the seat cushion; and a side cover covering a peripheral side surface of the seat cushion facing the decorative body, wherein the side frame is disposed at an offset position which is away from the one side portion of the seat cushion to a side where the decorative body is provided in the seat width direction, and wherein the side cover is branched into a drawn-in portion which is drawn downward beyond a gap between the seat cushion and the decorative body, and a cover portion which is connected to the drawn-in portion and covers the side frame from an upper side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Okazaki, Yuta Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 10220951
    Abstract: A rotorcraft, such as a tiltrotor aircraft having helicopter and airplane modes, includes an airframe, an engine and an engine mount assembly for coupling the engine to the airframe. The engine includes an engine lug forming an aperture. The engine mount assembly includes a mount having an aperture substantially aligned with the engine lug aperture. A sleeved bolt assembly extends through the apertures to secure the engine lug to the mount. The sleeved bolt assembly includes a bolt undersized relative to the apertures forming a circumferential gap within the apertures, a sleeve disposed around at least a portion of the bolt substantially filling the circumferential gap and a nut adapted to thread onto a threaded portion of the bolt. The use of the undersized bolt within the sleeve permits increased clearance between the sleeved bolt assembly and the engine while maintaining strength requirements in high load environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bennett Bacon, Michael Edwin Rinehart, Thomas Boudreau
  • Patent number: 10201225
    Abstract: A cabinet has a base and a first side wherein one of the base and the first side has a male portion and another of the base and the first side has a female portion for mating with the male portion. The cabinet has a second side, such that the second side may be attached to the base, wherein one of the base and the second side has a male portion and another of the base and the second side has a female portion for mating with the male portion, such that the second side may be attached to the base. The cabinet also has a back for attaching to the first side, the second side and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Masco Cabinetry LLC
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Deneweth, Shannon Lafferty, Chris Brozina
  • Patent number: 9404346
    Abstract: Latch position indicator systems remotely determine whether a latch assembly is latched or unlatched. The latch assembly may be a single latch assembly or a dual latch assembly. An oilfield device may be positioned with the latch assembly. Non-contact (position), contact (on/off and/or position) and hydraulic (flowmeter), both direct and indirect, embodiments include fluid measurement systems, an electrical switch system, a mechanical valve system, and proximity sensor systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Gray, Thomas F. Bailey, James W. Chambers, Jonathan P. Sokol, Nicky A. White
  • Patent number: 8950124
    Abstract: A cable end anchorage for fastening at least one cable at a supporting structure includes at least one first connecting element for connection with the supporting structure, at least one second connecting element for connection with the cable and at least one coupling element for connection of the two connecting elements in a force-transmitting manner. In the region of the coupling element, an overload device designed as a predetermined breaking point of the coupling element is provided for unfastening the connection between the two connecting elements when a critical load has been exceeded. A stop device is provided for limiting the relative motion of the connecting elements after unfastening of the connection when a critical load has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Josef Gartner GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Wellershoff
  • Patent number: 8863877
    Abstract: A vehicle battery mounting structure includes a first frame member, a battery unit, a coupling portion, and a brittle portion. The first frame member supports a vehicle floor and includes a front portion, an inclined portion and a rear portion. The inclined portion extends rearward from a rear end of the front portion in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and upward from the rear end in a vertical direction of the vehicle. The battery unit is disposed under the vehicle floor. The coupling portion couples the battery unit to the inclined portion or a second frame member connected to the inclined portion. The brittle portion is provided at the coupling portion and releases the inclined portion or the second frame member from a connection with the battery unit when a forward load is applied to the coupling portion in the front-rear direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Saeki
  • Patent number: 8820698
    Abstract: A break-away hook assembly is adapted for installation for use with a low-voltage residential communication cable. A pair of members is coupled. One of the members has a connector with a terminal portion which receives a terminus of the other member. The connector breaks to release the second member from coupled engagement with the first member so that upon application of a stress in excess of a pre-established load, the cable will sag while maintaining the communication integrity of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Electric Motion Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Balfour, John Auclair, Anthony Salvador Delmonico
  • Patent number: 8683770
    Abstract: A building assembly utilized in connecting building members together while permitting limited relative movement between the members. The assembly includes a structure such as a track or plate that includes one or more longitudinal slots. Integrally formed in the longitudinal slot is a breakaway washer that receives a fastener that extends into an adjacent structure. When a certain force is applied to the breakaway washer, the breakaway washer breaks away from the slot and this permits the slot to move about the breakaway washer and fastener which results in there being relative movement between two connected structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, John C. Herrmann, James E. Herrmann, Michael A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 8628141
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a closure panel moveably attached to the body. When the closure panel is in a closed position, a closure restraint system interconnects the body and the closure panel and restricts lateral movement of the closure panel relative to the body. The closure restraint system includes a fixed wedge block attached to one of the body and the closure panel, and a rotatable wedge block attached to the other of the body and the closure panel. The rotatable wedge block includes a curved cam surface, and is rotatable about a rotation axis relative to the fixed wedge block when engaged by the fixed wedge block to move the contact between the fixed wedge block and the rotatable wedge block along the curved cam surface to maintain a consistent closing force for closing the closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Thorpe, Richard D. Janke, Altaf S. Imam, Shawn G. Quinn, Michael E. McGuire
  • Patent number: 8556223
    Abstract: A break-away hook assembly is adapted for installation for use with a low-voltage residential communication cable. A pair of members is coupled. One of the members has a connector with a terminal portion which receives a terminus of the other member. The connector breaks to release the second member from coupled engagement with the first member so that upon application of a stress in excess of a pre-established load, the cable will sag while maintaining the communication integrity of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Electric Motion Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Balfour, John Auclair, Anthony Salvador Delmonico
  • Patent number: 8523135
    Abstract: A device that facilitates the support of a post or shaft in such a way that the post is connected rigidly to a foundation or otherwise connected to a fixed position. If a condition arises that causes the post to become stressed physically the device will allow separation of the post from a mounting on the foundation or fixed position before the said post is physically damaged. The post itself may be round, square, rectangular, channel shape, or any other shape in profile. In some cases the post is the primary support for such things as roadside sign posts, signs, signals, lights, warnings, or markers, that are commonly held by the roadside in a fixed and elevated position so that they are easily visible to passing motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians. The device can also be used to support other types of signs, signals, or devices unrelated to traffic or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: 648560 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Nowal Pierson
  • Patent number: 8215597
    Abstract: An improved construction and method of constructing a field-bendable stud-engaging tab for electrical box supports that can be formed with less tool wear and bent in the field (for example, to conform to particular electrical box depths) with less force than previously required, and when necessary, straightened and re-bent. Scores are formed in the tab during the manufacturing process by applying shear force with a punch to the sheet metal of the tab, typically by a method in which the punch is applied to a portion of the sheet metal that rests over a cavity in the die, creating a sheared edge in each score wherein the metal is at least partially fractured, said fracture coinciding with at least part of a corresponding bend line. The bend lines also comprise unscored areas. In the field, the tab can be bent and re-bent along the bend lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Lewis B. Medlin, Sr., Lewis B. Medlin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8181419
    Abstract: A connector assembly for accurately projecting fasteners for connecting two building members together while permitting limited relative motion between the members. The assembly includes a plate having one or more longitudinal slots. The plate is secured to or a part of one of the building members. The plate is connected to the other building member by fasteners projected through breakaway washers formed in the slots. The breakaway washers each have an opening for guiding the fastener and centering the fastener on the slot. Centering the fastener on the slot prevents inadvertent clamping of the plate and the other building member together so that limited relative motion is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward R. diGirolamo
  • Patent number: 8104736
    Abstract: A mount system for an auxiliary component includes two side brackets and a top bracket for rigidly attaching an auxiliary component to an engine casing. Each side bracket defines mount segments, a deformable member and two retainer members between the mount segment. The deformable member plastically deforms during a fan-blade out event, thereby absorbing a majority of the high shock load experienced on the auxiliary component. The retainer members maintain the attachment between the auxiliary component and the engine casing subsequent to the fan-blade out event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Craig M. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 7988105
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching an attached article to an attaching object is taught that preferably include a holding member that is arranged and constructed to hold the attached article, and an engagement leg that is arranged and constructed to engage an engagement hole formed in the attaching object. The engagement leg is connected to the holding member via a breakable connecting device. The connecting device is arranged and constructed to be easily broken when a substantial force is applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruhisa Kamiya, Toshio Iwahara, Makoto Kato
  • Patent number: 7837024
    Abstract: A packaging machine includes an article conveyor for transporting articles in a flow direction and a plunger assembly for displacing articles from the article conveyor. The plunger assembly is supported and positioned by a system that includes a frame assembly and a pressure sensitive coupling as means for releasably fixing the position of the plunger assembly. The frame assembly includes a first frame structure that is attached to the plunger assembly and a second frame structure. The first frame structure and the second frame structure are slidably coupled to one another such that a resistive force that overcomes the holding power of the pressure sensitive coupling will cause the first frame structure to slide and translate the plunger assembly out of its operating position in which it can displace the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael F. Flagg
  • Patent number: 7823846
    Abstract: A rigid utility portal that can replace a removed or omitted section of the framing members of a wall construction that also includes stud, and that will permit the passage therethrough of electrical utilities, plumbing utilities, and/or HVAC without the necessity of drilling holes in the conventional wooden top framing plates which can destroy the integral between framing members and studs, and may include one or two skirt portions and one or strength of the wall. The utility portal may include a center portion for spanning the spacing two tab portions extending downwardly from the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Williams Utility Portals, LLC
    Inventor: William Baxter Williams, III
  • Patent number: 7753327
    Abstract: A shelf bracket having a ledge and a plurality of side members, the shelf bracket being formed from a blank. The blank has a plurality of side portions, which can be bent downwardly to create the side members. The blank also has a ledge portion which forms the ledge of the shelf bracket. The side portions and the ledge portion of the blank are separated by a plurality of bend lines, to facilitate bending for the formation of the shelf bracket. The blank desirably has a lip portion which can be bent upwardly to form a lip of the shelf bracket. The blank can also have a plurality of stiffener portions which can be bent to create stiffeners in the shelf bracket, and one or more ribs in the side portions to provide strength to the shelf bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Donald W. Wooten
  • Patent number: 7748681
    Abstract: A support post assembly with mounting bracket assembly and hinge plate with defined bend lines and break points are provided to prevent or reduce damage to objects attached to the support post assembly. The hinge plate has an enhanced section having a channel formed transversely thereacross to function as a bend line when the support post assembly is subjected to a predetermined force. A section of reduced or removed material further directs the force to the weakened area to guide the bending, and openings in the bend line guide breaking or tearing of the plate. Damage is limited to the hinge plate, which is easily replaced. A mounting bracket assembly having a two-piece body for connecting or splicing support posts together includes a strap with crosspiece configured to provide a desired bend line or breakpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Clifford Dent
  • Patent number: 7748674
    Abstract: A shelf bracket having a ledge and a plurality of side members, the shelf bracket being formed from a blank. The blank has a plurality of side portions, which can be bent downwardly to create the side members. The blank also has a ledge portion which forms the ledge of the shelf bracket. The side portions and the ledge portion of the blank are separated by a plurality of bend lines, to facilitate bending for the formation of the shelf bracket. The blank desirably has a lip portion which can be bent upwardly to form a lip of the shelf bracket. The blank can also have a plurality of stiffener portions which can be bent to create stiffeners in the shelf bracket, and one or more ribs in the side portions to provide strength to the shelf bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Wooten Metal, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald W. Wooten
  • Patent number: 7744052
    Abstract: A blank for forming a corner shelf bracket having a ledge and a plurality of side members. The blank has a first side portion and a second side portion, which can be bent to create the side members. The blank also has a third side portion created within either the first side portion or the second side portion which can be bent outwardly relative to the first side portion and the second side portion to attach to perpendicular faces of a corner stud support. In addition, the blank has a ledge portion for supporting a load when the blank is converted into a corner shelf bracket and a lip portion which can be bent to form a retaining member. The blank also has a plurality of stiffener portions which can be bent to create added stability when the blank is converted into the corner shelf bracket and attached to the corner stud support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Wooten Metal, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald W. Wooten
  • Patent number: 7740210
    Abstract: A bundling device includes a flexible, frangible strap having a plurality of engagement teeth. Each of the teeth has a notch. A strap engagement portion is connected to the strap. The engagement portion includes flexible wings positioned in opposed relationship and a strap receiving aperture therebetween to receive the flexible strap in a first direction, the flexible wings prevent removal of the strap in an opposite second direction. A raised engagement surface extends from each of the flexible wings, opposed ones of the raised engagement surfaces operable to frictionally contact one of the teeth. The strap is loaded to break at one of the notches, and a portion of the strap is retained between the flexible wings by contact with the raised engagement surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Roger E. Pilon, Jason A. Meyers, Rex A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7651063
    Abstract: A suction cup located on an axis has axially opposite front and rear ends. The front end is configured to adhere to a window pane by suction. A post extends along the axis rearward from the rear end and has axially spaced grooves. A bracket is configured to be mounted in any one of the grooves and to hold an item a set distance rearward from the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventor: Bradford Brian Jensen
  • Patent number: 7588216
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cable management via hook and loop type materials are provided. The apparatus includes a substrate and a tie wrap. In at least one embodiment, the substrate is coupled to a rigid frame that is capable of accommodating a plurality of cables. The substrate and the tie wrap each have engaging mechanisms that enable them to create a hook and loop type releasable bond when pressed into contact with each other. The tie wrap is shaped to define an elongated body and a head portion having an interior opening. The body of the tie wrap may be pulled through the interior opening of the head portion in order to provide support for cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Hoyl, Carl G. Harrison, Maurice Robertson
  • Patent number: 7555858
    Abstract: A kit for use in securing a vehicular handicap permit to the interior of a vehicle windshield so that the permit is visible through the windshield includes a strip having Velcro on one side and a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the opposite side. The kit also includes a permit holder with pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side and a Velcro strip on the opposite side. The holder is secured to the permit by folding the holder so that two sections of the adhesive coating face one another and pressing the two sections against two sides of the permit adjacent to edges of the permit. The Velcro on the exposed side of the holder may then be secured to the Velcro on the strip, which is attached to the windshield by its pressure-sensitive coating so that the permit hangs downwardly behind the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventors: James L. Gerback, legal representative, Robert Binder
  • Patent number: 7546988
    Abstract: A fastening device for attaching wire, cable, pipe and conduit to structural members of a building having separated legs and a connecting portion which connecting portion has means for progressively enlarging the size thereof to accommodate varying sizes of such wire, pipe, etc. so as to reduce the number of specifically sized devices to accomplish the connecting task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Schecter
  • Patent number: 7264213
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hanging device including a hanger, a stationary connector, a rotational connector, and a tool-connecting element. The rotational connector is connected to a first portion of the tool-connecting element. A tool can be connected to an opposite second portion of the tool-connecting element. When the second portion is separated from the first portion of the tool-connecting element, the second portion and the tool can be rotated relative to the rotational connector. Thus, the tool can be removed from the second portion of the tool-connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Yung Yuan Liu
  • Patent number: 7191994
    Abstract: A brace assembly supports an outlet box that receives an electrical fixture. A first brace member has a first base. A second brace member has a second base and is adjustably received by the first brace member. A first mounting surface extends from the base of the first brace member. The first mounting surface forms a first angle greater than 90 degrees with the first base. A second mounting surface extends from the second base of the second brace member. The second mounting surface forms a second angle greater than 90 degrees with the second base. The angled mounting surfaces provide a compression fit between the brace assembly and supports to which the first and second brace members are secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven J. Johnson, Krzysztof W. Korcz
  • Patent number: 7172161
    Abstract: A holder for rod-like objects, such as pipes, cables or the like, has a holder portion and a slide which is pressed longitudinally into the holder portion. The holder portion has a pair of arms forming a trough into which the rod-like object is placed. The slide, forming an extension of the trough, has retaining elements that are moved by a wedging action when the slide is pushed into the holding portion, so as to contact the rod-like object to maintain its position on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Frank Rosemann, Hans Peter Seng
  • Patent number: 7056056
    Abstract: A collision safety device having a breakaway coupling. The collision safety device comprises first and second post segments. A first shear plate is attached to the first post segment and a second shear plate is attached to the second post segment. The first shear plate has a first contact surface and the second shear plate has a second contact surface opposite the first contact surface. The first and second shear plates are releasably attached by a breakaway coupling including a band. Friction between the shear plates and strength of the band are adjustable such that the upper post is released from the lower post when subjected to a pre-selected collision force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Wiegand, Stuart E. Larsen
  • Patent number: 7004439
    Abstract: A mounting bracket including an impact release mechanism for use in connection with helmet-mount lights and other devices. In one embodiment, the mounting bracket is a two-piece assembly comprising a base plate, an upright bracket configured to detach from the base plate upon a sufficient impact or force. In one embodiment, the impact release mechanism is configured to allow the upright bracket to break away from the base plate without affecting the subsequent utility of the mounting bracket. After the upright bracket detaches from the base plate, the mounting bracket can be reassembled by pressing the base plate and upright bracket together to engage the features associated with the impact release mechanism. Other embodiments of the present invention feature a one-use mounting bracket wherein the upright bracket is integrally formed to the base plate at predefined failure points that allow the upright bracket to break away from the base plate upon sufficient impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Jet Lites LLC
    Inventors: James F. Taylor, Michael Daniel Schultz, Paul LaDuca
  • Patent number: 6793185
    Abstract: A sign support comprises a rear portion (1) and a front portion (2) interconnected by a flexible hinge (3), and means for adjusting the inclination of the front portion (2) relative to the rear portion (1). An abutment element (12) is connected by a breakable connection (13) to one of said rear and front portions (1 and 2) and defines with the latter a trough (12) of which one free edge constitutes an abutment to define a first position, substantially vertical, of the front portion (2), said abutment element (12) being adapted to be removed by rupture of the breakable connection (13) to define a second position of the front portion (2) of downward inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Store Electronic Systems - Electronic Shelf Label
    Inventor: Bernard Joliey
  • Patent number: 6780100
    Abstract: A dryer vent outlet hood mounting device comprising a mounting block portion having a central opening, an interior peripheral wall about the central opening and a pair of planar, generally rectangular, peripheral flanges extending at right angles from and joined to the interior peripheral wall to define a peripheral channel for the receipt of siding, and a dryer vent outlet hood mounted on the exterior surface of one of the peripheral flanges. The central opening may include a central circular aperture for engagement with a dryer vent tube. The mounting block may include a variety of nailing members as well as the incorporation of a variety of score lines that permit adjustment of the size of the mounting block portion for adaptation to a variety of new and retrofit siding configurations. The dryer vent hood may also incorporate openable louvers and a bird or insect impermeable mesh over its outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 6739567
    Abstract: Described is a removable assembly for use on a fixed surface. The assembly includes a post having a base (42) and an attachment assembly (8). The attachment assembly includes a base plate (10) and a magnet assembly (12), both capable of carrying a magnetic current. The magnet assembly includes a housing (20) and a magnet (22) disposed within the housing. To use, the magnet assembly is placed adjacent the base plate, the magnetic forces attracting and holding them together. The magnet is positioned apart from the base plate while the housing contacts the base plate to form the magnet circuit. An attachment plate (30) is connected to the housing upper wall adjacent its outer surface. The attachment plate includes one or more outwardly projecting attachment bolts (26). As assembled, the bolts engage corresponding openings (48) in the post base (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Pacific Cascade Parking Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20040061033
    Abstract: A bracket assembly in which two brackets are attached laterally adjacent one another on a support. A first bracket is adapted to be attached to a support having a face that has a first width. A first leg of the first bracket has a first removable portion and a first non-removable portion. The first leg has a second width that is larger than one half of the first width. A second bracket is adapted to be attached to the support laterally adjacent the first bracket. A second leg of the second bracket has a second removable portion and a second non-removable portion and also has a third width that is larger than one half of the first width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Applicant: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Angelo S. Nicolides, Alain Bourassa
  • Patent number: 6672549
    Abstract: The holder in particular for an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, a remote control, a palmtop or similar or an exhibition object, comprises a plate element (12) having an upper side, a lower side and a recess (36) formed in said plate element (12), said recess (36) being defined by a recess edge (38). Further, at least one stand flap (30) protruding from a first section (40) of the recess edge (38) and hingedly connected with said recess edge (38) is provided for supporting the plate element (12) on a surface. For gripping under an electronic device to be placed on the plate element (12) there is provided at least one undergripping flap (32) protruding from a second section (42) of the recess edge (38), said second section (42) being essentially located opposite the first section (40), and hingedly connected with the recess edge (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Anke Kolb
  • Patent number: 6655643
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supporting and protecting flex circuits are provided. A flex circuit cabling wallet has a first cover, a second cover, and a fold line that is coupled to the first and second covers. The first cover includes a latching mechanism. The second cover includes at least one latch tab. The latch tab is configured to create a releasable bond with the latching mechanism. When the releasable bond is engaged, the first cover, fold line area, second cover, and latch tab enclose the base of a flex circuit. In at least one embodiment, a cable fastener is also provided. The cable fastener attaches to the first cover of the flex circuit cabling wallet, thereby segregating the flex circuit from cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Hoyl, Michael N. Gish, Maurice Robertson
  • Patent number: 6644609
    Abstract: A wall mounted shelf system comprises plural elongate bracket standards adapted for securement on a wall surface, and engaged in slots on faces of the bracket standards, plural shelf brackets support at least one shelf. Standard covers are positioned as an outer skin, in contact with opposing surfaces of the bracket standards. Apertures in the standard covers each are sized and positioned for tight-fitting around one of the shelf brackets and are open to an end edge so that the standard covers can be installed onto the bracket standards, without disassembling the brackets from the standards. In this manner, an inexpensive cover can be installed on existing shelf systems without disassembly. The butting edges of each of the covers are hidden behind the shelves so that the final appearance of the wall mounted standards may be changed in color, texture and other designer effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Gene Scott
  • Publication number: 20030183740
    Abstract: A breakaway member for a sign-stand having a two piece mast that supports a sign includes a first end that connects to a first mast piece which is secured to the sign, a second end that connects to a second mast piece, and a breakaway section that fractures therethrough upon impact thereby carrying the first end, the first mast piece and the sign away from the second mast piece. In a preferred embodiment, the breakaway member has a generally I-beam shaped cross-section. The first and second mast pieces have a generally rectangular and hollow cross-section. The first end of the breakaway member is disposed in the first mast piece, the second end of the breakaway member is disposed in the second mast piece, and the breakaway section is located between the first and second mast pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: Eastern Metal of Elmira, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Knapp, Dominic Howe
  • Patent number: 6494415
    Abstract: Multi-use hanger apparatus includes a hanger member having a hanger member base with an opening formed therein and legs attached to the hanger member base. Spaced projections are attached to the corners of the hanger member base. The hanger member base is formed of hanger member base portions separated by one or more lines of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Steven A. Roth
  • Patent number: 6491280
    Abstract: A flexible guard panel which may be releasably fastened to or about the front panel of a PC computer tower to protect the buttons on drive openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Lee Fishman
  • Publication number: 20020179790
    Abstract: A break-away bracket for mounting and supporting window coverings has a mounting base and one or more break-away segments. The segments are interconnected end to end along frangible connections and extend from the mounting base. Each of the one or more break-away segments has a support element extending from one end. A most distal one of the support elements is exposed for supporting or mounting window coverings. Upon removal of the most distal one of the break-away segments or removal of more than one of the segments, a next adjacent one of the support elements becomes exposed for supporting or mounting window coverings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Glenn Emrick, James L. Daniels, W. Kenneth Saylor, Drew A. Schubert
  • Patent number: 6484979
    Abstract: An electrical box support is provided having a set of struts telescoping one within the other to accommodate the length for attachment to studs of different spacings. Each strut has a face suited for mounting an electrical box and has a series of inwardly directed, uniformly and relatively closely spaced detents. The detents serve both for releasably locking the length of the support and for guiding the entry of screws used to attach the box to the support. Each strut has an end tab adapted for bending to mount to the studs in a position established so that a mounted electrical box appropriately meets the surface of a wall board to be installed. Bending in a controlled straight line is accomplished by the formation of discontinuous score lines. A second embodiment of the invention is formed with two struts having end tabs and a third strut having no end tabs and engaging the other two struts. Either one or both of the struts with end tabs can be moved to change the length of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Lewis B. Medlin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6427953
    Abstract: A cable support apparatus. In one embodiment, the cable support apparatus includes a body portion that has a first cable retainer at one end and a second cable retainer at another end. In another embodiment, third and fourth cable retainers are on the body of the apparatus and serve to support a third cable in a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Dickens
  • Publication number: 20020096617
    Abstract: A yieldable portable highway sign stand is provided. The sign stand comprises a base, and a sign support coupled to and extending upwardly from the base for supporting a highway sign above the ground. The sign support includes a generally rigid, generally upright portion having a first breakaway section that is yieldable along a first direction when subjected to a sufficient load at least partially along the first direction, and a second breakaway section that is yieldable along a second direction when subjected to a sufficient load at least partially along the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: Custom Stamping & Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Dennis L. Marcotte, David A. Stoudt
  • Patent number: 6390436
    Abstract: A breakaway sign post assembly (30) including a sign support post (32), an anchoring post (34) and a breakaway collar (100). The breakaway collar (100) includes a sidewall (102) which surrounds the sign support post (32). The sidewall (102) includes at least one substantially vertical line of weakness (120) configured to facilitate a portion of the sidewall (102) to give way. The sidewall (102) retains the sign support post (32) in a manner to define a fulcrum (134) about which the sign support post (32) turns when a vehicle impacts and exerts a lateral force at an impact location, with the fulcrum (134) being positioned below the impact location so that the support post (32) will swing generally away from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventors: Theodore D. Barnes, Darren Potter