Rubber Patents (Class 267/140)
  • Patent number: 11125296
    Abstract: A vibration damper for damping vibrations of a motor vehicle part including a retaining device attachable to the motor vehicle part, a damping mass, capable of vibrating with respect to the retaining device, and a spring device coupling the damping mass capable of vibrating to the retaining device. The damping mass may have at least one anti-loss device and/or path limiting device that may interact with the retaining device to limit a deflection of the damping mass with respect to the retaining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Friedrich Back, Udo Göbel, Markus Dürre, Christian Paul, Matthias Sommerhalter
  • Patent number: 11097677
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes an elongate shell formed of a wooden material and an elongate base. The elongate shell has an inner surface, an outer surface, a first shell edge, and a first flange protruding from the first shell edge in a direction toward the inner surface of the elongate shell. The elongate base includes a base body including a first base edge and a first latching element extending from the first base edge of the base body, the first latching element having a first inclined outer surface and a first shoulder. The elongate base is configured for insertion into the elongate shell with the first flange engaging the first shoulder of the first latching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: McCue Corporation
    Inventors: David DiAntonio, Evan Oswald, Teodoro A. Mesa
  • Patent number: 11046267
    Abstract: A secondary bumper assembly is provided and includes a base plate, a secondary bumper, and heel blocks. The base plate includes holes for mounting the secondary bumper assembly to a primary bumper. The secondary bumper is disposed on the base plate. The secondary bumper includes a main body and a base. First and second grooves exist between portions of the main body and the base, which has base segments. The heel blocks include flanges and maintain contact between or at least partially prevent movement between the secondary bumper and the base plate. The base segments slide into gaps between the base plate and the heel blocks. A hardness level of the base segments is greater than a predetermined level to prevent flexing of the base segments in a direction away from portions of the main body opposite the base segments. The flanges slide respectively into the first and second grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: JPAV Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Pavlik
  • Patent number: 11000746
    Abstract: The American football/rugby stadium multimedia goalpost is an apparatus that enables scoring in American football, herein referred to as football, or rugby. The apparatus is configured to leverage space around the goalpost for displaying advertising promotions and game information. The apparatus includes a goalpost frame, a multimedia bar system, and at least one main computing device. The goalpost frame allows for scoring during football and rugby games. The goalpost frame includes a crossbar, a first upright post, a second upright post, and at least one elevating support. Combined, the first upright post, second upright post, and crossbar define a scoring plane. The at least one main computing device relates to a series of interconnected computers or processors responsible for accepting electrical inputs and converting those inputs into appropriate electrical outputs for use across the apparatus. This configuration allows the apparatus to present advertising and event information to event viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Nabile Lalaoua
  • Patent number: 10962073
    Abstract: An elastomeric compression spring for isolating vibrations between a first part and a second part. The first part is movable in a direction relative to the second part. The elastomeric compression spring comprises a tube elongated along a central axis of the tube. The central axis of the tube is perpendicular to the direction. The tube is configured to compress in the direction. The tube comprises an outer surface comprising an initial contact line configured to initially receive contact from the first part. The tube further comprises at least one load tuning feature in the outer surface, parallel to the central axis, and circumferentially spaced apart from the initial contact line. The at least one load tuning feature creates a localized change in a thickness of the tube and a stiffness of the elastomeric compression spring at the at least one load tuning feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nicholas B. Muha, Jeremie J. Albert, Douglas R. Ludin
  • Patent number: 10851863
    Abstract: A cushioning and impact absorbing pad system with a surface layer of thickness t, and an elastomeric sub-surface structure of height h. The sub-surface structure comprises an array of elastomeric columns wherein each column has a frustoconical column wall surrounding a central void. The frustoconical column walls have a zone that is a more compressible, relatively collapsible zone in a region at an end of the column opposite the surface layer and a zone that is a relatively less compressible zone in a region at the end of the column abutting the surface layer. Column walls are tapered with draft angles in the range of greater than 6 degrees and less than 10 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Bryce L. Betteridge, Robert Samuel Bishop
  • Patent number: 10830306
    Abstract: A jounce bumper assembly dimensioned for securement on or along an associated end member of an associated gas spring assembly. The jounce bumper assembly includes a bumper mount dimensioned for securement to the associated end member. A jounce bumper supported on the bumper mount for axial displacement therealong. A biasing element is disposed peripherally about the bumper mount and positioned axially between the jounce bumper and the associated end member. The biasing element has a fully-compressed, solid height that is operative to maintain the jounce bumper assembly in axially-spaced relation to the associated end member under a full jounce load condition. Gas spring assemblies including such a jounce bumper assembly, and suspension systems including one or more of such gas spring assemblies are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jason B. Smith
  • Patent number: 10724197
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for securing a boat to a dock or other marine structure that moves with the boat as the boat is raised and lowered by waves or the tide. The apparatus is secured to a dock or other marine structure and includes a track, preferably in a shape similar to that of an “I” beam, a carriage that moves along the track, and a bumper that is attached to a front portion of the carriage. The boat is secured to either a mooring line or mooring cleat on the carriage. As the boat is raised or lowered by waves or the tide, the carriage is also raised or lowered along the track accordingly. The bumper is secured to the outside of the carriage and prevents the boat from being damaged if the boat collides with the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Rand Yablon
  • Patent number: 10690209
    Abstract: An air spring includes a composite bumper, a composite piston, a flexible bellow and an upper end cap member. The composite piston has a first end which includes a plurality of rigid portions and a plurality of adjacently positioned cantilever snap joints for receiving and securing the composite bumper. The composite bumper includes an inner wall having a surface shape for securely engaging the plurality of rigid portions and the plurality of cantilever snap joints. The first end of the composite piston further includes a piston housing surface upon which an outer surface of the composite bumper nests against. The flexible bellow is sealingly attached to the composite piston and the upper end cap member. The flexible bellow, the upper end cap member, and the composite piston together form a fluid tight chamber, and the composite bumper is contained within the fluid tight chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ContiTech Luftfedersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Armando Vazquez Fernandez, Carsten Hansen, Jose Antonio Martinez Gorbena, Frank Riechers
  • Patent number: 10676920
    Abstract: An impact damping mat comprises a plurality of layers arranged in a stacked formation. The stacked formation has a total thickness of no greater than 4 7/16 inches. The plurality of layers cooperate to provide the impact damping mat with at least one of a coefficient of restitution no greater than 30% and a selected sound reduction characteristic. The selected sound reduction characteristic can be a reduction of a maximum sound level of at least 5 dB from 40 to 63 Hz ? octave bands and at least 13 dB at and above 80 Hz ? octave bands normalized to a conventional ? inch rollout rubber flooring product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: PLITEQ INC
    Inventors: Paul Downey, Paul Gartenburg
  • Patent number: 10473172
    Abstract: A brake screw for use with a surgical lighting system. The brake screw includes a screw member retained within a threaded aperture of a mounting hub of a spindle of an arm used with the lighting system. The screw member is rotationally adjusted to enable displacement in an axial direction. A brake member is in axial alignment with the screw member and disposed for movement in the axial direction against a mounting tube retained within the mounting hub upon rotational adjustment of the screw member. A rivet section is integrally formed with the brake member and has a distal end retained within an axial recess formed within the screw member, allowing movement of the brake member in the axial direction within the screw member. A bias member is disposed between the screw member and the brake member to create a biasing force that urges apart the screw member and the brake member along the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Lance Clark Bellows, Michael Joseph Heser, Christopher Roy Mohr, Bernard John Moss, Jerime Josef Pichler, Cristian Laurentiu Toth
  • Patent number: 10415665
    Abstract: A fluid-filled vibration-damping device including first and second mounting members elastically connected by a main rubber elastic body and a fluid chamber whose wall is partially constituted by the main rubber elastic body. A sealing member attached to the second mounting member has a step part, and an attaching tube part and a sealing tube part on opposite sides of the step part. A press-fit projection is formed peripherally partially on at least one of an inner peripheral face of the attaching tube part and an outer peripheral face of the second mounting member, so as to secure press-fit the second mounting member inserted into the attaching tube part. A transmission prevention part is provided in the step part on a portion that transmits press-fit stress from the attaching tube part to the sealing tube part so as to reduce stress transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Goto, Tetsuji Ando, Mutsumi Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10376009
    Abstract: An impact protection and shock absorbing device includes a support surface, and a plurality of flexible spines, configured of one or more sizes, each having a length defined from a base portion at the support surface to a distal portion thereof, and whereby each spine extends in one or more longitudinal directions outwardly from the support surface, at one or more angles less than 90 degrees. Sufficient deflecting of one or more spines by impact force causes impinging and deflecting of one or more other spines thereby dispersing and reducing impact forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventors: Emily B. Kennedy, Daphne C. Fecheyr-Lippens, Bor-Kai Hsiung, Douglas J. Paige, Nathan B. Swift
  • Patent number: 10358816
    Abstract: An impact damping mat comprises a plurality of layers arranged in a stacked formation. The stacked formation has a total thickness of no greater than 4 and 7/16 inches. The plurality of layers cooperate to provide the impact damping mat with at least one of a coefficient of restitution no greater than 30% and a selected sound reduction characteristic. The selected sound reduction characteristic can be a reduction of a maximum sound level of at least 5 dB from 40 to 63 Hz 1/3 octave bands and at least 13 dB at and above 80 Hz 1/3 octave bands normalized to a conventional ? inch rollout rubber flooring product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PLITEQ INC
    Inventors: Paul Downey, Paul Gartenburg
  • Patent number: 10259410
    Abstract: A bumper beam includes a first member, a second member, and an inner plate. The first member includes a top plate section, two vertical wall sections, and two flange sections. The two flange sections connect to the two vertical wall sections, respectively. The second member is plate-shaped, is joined to the two flange sections of the first member, and doses the gap between the two flange sections at least. The inner plate is joined to the two vertical wall sections of the first member and is disposed substantially in parallel with the second member in a space formed by the first member and the second member. Out of the first member and the second member, the second member is disposed facing the outside of a vehicle. Such a bumper beam has high energy absorption efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Atsuo Koga, Yoshiaki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10208446
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a fender system comprising one or more fenders (2). The one or more fenders (2) are to be fastened to a quay wall (1). The fender system further comprises a panel (4) carrying one or more shields. The panel (4) is fastened to the one or more fenders (2). Each fender (2) is formed of two or more fender sections (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AB Halmstads Gummifabrik
    Inventor: Mats Malmberg
  • Patent number: 10173617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bumper arrangement with a crossmember and two crashboxes which are in each case connectable on one side to the crossmember on an outer region thereof and are arrangeable on the other side on a vehicle-side longitudinal member. It is distinguished in that the crossmember has a hollow chamber profile with a hollow chamber which is round at least in sections in cross section, which hollow chamber profile is arranged in a crossmember longitudinal axis running perpendicularly to the vehicle center longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Rabe, Christian Handing, Mirko Paare, Elmar Mollemeier
  • Patent number: 10139659
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a buffer structure and a display device. The buffer structure includes a deformable sealed capsule, and a flowable filler in a hollow part of the sealed capsule. For the buffer structure according to the present disclosure, the hollow part of the deformable sealed capsule is provided with the flowable filler, when the display device suffers uneven internal forces resulting from deformation of the liquid crystal panel or the backboard, the flowable filler in the hollow part of the buffer structure flows to a position suffering a smaller force from a position suffering a larger force until achieving the force balance, thereby to reduce difference of forces at different positions in the display device and further improve light leakage phenomenon caused by uneven forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Dianzheng Dong
  • Patent number: 10076697
    Abstract: A trampoline has a safety bag that prevents a user from damaging a pole to which the safety bag is attached, or to a safety system comprising an enclosure wall or net for the trampoline; and a safety device where the weight may be distributed. The safety bag is multi-adjustable for density, firmness, and weight at different contact locations on the safety bag through internal adaptations, and the safety bag is additionally able to absorb contact and impact force in a manner that disperses and distributes impact energy in a manner protecting the user from unwanted contact or injury with the trampoline, and to reduce unwanted movement of the trampoline to weakened ground contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Patent number: 10005410
    Abstract: An impact absorbing device may include a support beam with a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side may be designed to be closer to a passenger compartment of a vehicle than the second side. The support beam may also define a first aperture extending through the support beam from the first side to the second side. The impact absorbing device may also include an energy absorbing member associated with the second side of the support beam, which may defines a second aperture that is substantially aligned with the first aperture of the support beam. The first and second apertures may be configured to provide flow communication through the impact absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Cory D. Borghi
  • Patent number: 9840219
    Abstract: An underrun protection device for a vehicle comprises a hybrid beam formed of a preform member and a thermoplastic formed onto the preform member, and configured to attach to a vehicle attachment element, the hybrid beam comprises the preform member defines a channel and is configured to couple with the vehicle and extend along a side of the vehicle parallel with a centerline of the vehicle, with an opening of the channel oriented away from the centerline, wherein the channel is defined by an inside surface at least partially facing away from the centerline, and an outside surface at least partially facing the centerline; and a thermoplastic beam formed of the thermoplastic and shaped to conform to the channel of the preform member, the thermoplastic beam at least partially abutting the inside surface of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Poovanna Theethira Kushalappa, Sandeep Chandrakant Kulkarni, Arunachala Parameshwara
  • Patent number: 9796082
    Abstract: An example actuator is provided to be used in robots and robotic devices. The actuator includes: a first plate, a second plate, and an elastic element disposed between the first plate and the second plate and including a center portion and an edge portion, the center portion corresponding to a first thickness and the edge portion corresponding to a second thickness larger than the first thickness, a first shear stress associated with the center portion being approximately equal to a second shear stress associated with the edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University, CTTEC
    Inventors: Howie Choset, David Rollinson, Steven Ford, H. Ben Brown
  • Patent number: 9776585
    Abstract: A bracket stiffening assembly for a vehicle grille includes a body member configured to be mounted to a central portion of the vehicle grille and first and second mounting members configured to be mounted to a perimeter portion of the vehicle grille. A first stiffening arm extends in a first direction between the first mounting member and the body member. A second stiffening arm extends in a second direction between the second mounting member and the body member. A third stiffening arm extends in the first direction between the first mounting member and the body member. The third stiffening arm is vertically spaced from the first stiffening arm. A fourth stiffening arm extends in the second direction between the second mounting member and the body member. The fourth stiffening arm is vertically spaced from the second stiffening arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Chiray Wey, Alfredo Dimichele, Christopher Prisby
  • Patent number: 9688368
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to pontoon shields. The pontoon shields disclosed herein may, for example, protect pontoons from damage and/or enhance the aesthetic appearance of pontoons. The shields may be fashioned from one or more segments of resilient material configured to attach along a longitudinal aspect of a pontoon. The shields may be fashioned from a single segment, or from one or more segments configured to mate with one another. The shields may be attached to a pontoon, for example, via an adhesive, weld, and/or one or more brackets, or other mechanical means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: David Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9618078
    Abstract: A vibration isolator includes: a pair of opposing members fixed to a vehicle body of the vehicle to be located on both sides of a protrusion protruding from an outer circumferential edge of the power train in a direction perpendicular to the principal axes of inertia to oppose to each other in the direction about the principal axes of inertia; a precompressed part provided on part of each of the opposing members facing the protrusion to be precompressed by the opposing member and the protrusion in the direction about the principal axes of inertia; and a contacting part provided on part of each of the opposing members facing the protrusion to be spaced from the protrusion, and contacts the protrusion when the power train vibrates in the direction about the principal axes of inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kondo, Kazuo Miyake, Sumio Uchida, Hidehito Kondo
  • Patent number: 9539966
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure includes a first projection member provided at an outside wall of a front side member, and projecting out further to the vehicle width direction outer side than the outside wall, a rear end portion being positioned further to a vehicle body rear side than a vehicle body front side end of a power unit installed to the vehicle width direction inner side of the front side member in plan view, a second projection member provided at a vehicle width direction end side of front bumper reinforcement and overlapping with the first projection member as viewed from the front, the second projection member being provided with a gap to the outside wall of the front side member, and a coupling bracket provided at the vehicle body rear side of the first projection member, and coupling together the front side member and the first projection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kato, Shintaro Kitakata, Syouta Hashimoto, Atsushi Mikuni, Harutoshi Motojima, Satoshi Funabashi
  • Patent number: 9522644
    Abstract: A bumper arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a bumper arrangement for a motor vehicle, including a cross member made of a lightweight metal and constructed as multi-chamber section which has at least one front chamber and at least one main chamber, wherein the front chamber is arranged in front of the main chamber in longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle, wherein the main chamber has a greater cross sectional surface than the at least one front chamber, wherein the cross member has a front side facing in a driving direction of the motor vehicle and a rear side facing away from the driving direction, wherein the front side has a height in vertical direction of the motor vehicle, which is greater than a height of the rear side, wherein at least one wall of the at least one front chamber forms a portion of the front side; and crash boxes arranged in respective end regions of the cross member for coupling the bumper arrangement with the motor vehicle. The cross member can be formed as extruded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Sivanathan Prasoody, Mayank Gusain
  • Patent number: 9446732
    Abstract: A side pillar air curtain guide includes a main body having an air curtain ramp formed by a plurality of ribs. Those ribs project from the main body at an acute and included angle with the main body so as to provide enhanced deformability in a horizontal direction as an energy absorbing countermeasure in the event of a head impact by an occupant of the vehicle when in a side impact collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew P. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9290141
    Abstract: A bumper support for a motor vehicle with a stiffening structure and at least two connections for connecting the bumper support on the one hand to a bumper and on the other hand to a vehicle body is provided. The bumper support comprises at least one extension structure arranged in the region of at least one of the connections and serving as energy absorber, which is connected to the stiffening structure in a materially joined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Marco Nickel, Theobald Hock
  • Patent number: 9279442
    Abstract: An elastomeric cap for concealing a fastener used to secure an object (e.g., an elastomeric object such as foam padding or the like) to a substrate (e.g., frame, wall, etc.). A head of a fastener may be inserted through an aperture in one wall of the cap and into an internal cavity of the cap. A shank of the fastener may be at least partially inserted into or through an aperture of the object (e.g., and the substrate). A tool (e.g., screwdriver, torque wrench, etc) may be inserted through an opposing aperture in an opposing second wall of the cap and used to manipulate the fastener head and thus the shank to secure the object to the substrate via clamping of the object between the fastener head and opposing second wall of the cap on one hand and the substrate on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: Mark A. Naylor, Laurel L. Skaggs, Charles D. Stricker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9248798
    Abstract: A bolster assembly for a vehicle is provided, the bolster assembly comprising a body, and a plurality of brackets provided on a front surface of the body, the plurality of brackets being arranged in paired sets. Also provided is a plurality of energy absorbing elements, wherein each of the plurality of energy absorbing elements is operably associated with a respective bracket, and where within each paired set of brackets, the energy absorbing elements are disposed in adjacent relationship separated by a gap. Each paired set of brackets is aligned with a frame structure provided in the vehicle, the frame structure having a width greater than the gap. Upon a crash event and forward displacement of the body, the paired sets of brackets engage the frame structure, the energy absorbing elements deforming during the forward displacement to absorb energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Salfex Polymers Limited
    Inventor: Raj Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 9205899
    Abstract: An electromagnetic marine fender, including: a rubber fender, two electromagnet groups, tensile steel ropes, an electric cable, and a waterproof power socket. Each electromagnet group includes at least one electromagnet. The electromagnet coils of the electromagnets have the same winding direction. The two electromagnet groups are disposed on two sides of the rubber fender, and the two electromagnet groups and the rubber fender are connected and fixed as a whole by the tensile steel ropes. The electromagnet is a combination structure including an electromagnet core, an electromagnet coil, an electromagnet steel shell, and a rubber coating covering the electromagnet steel shell from the center outward. The electromagnet coils of the electromagnets of the two electromagnet groups are connected in parallel, and the two electromagnet groups are in electric connection to the waterproof power socket via the electric cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Yanyun Yu, Yan Lin, Ming Chen, Yunlong Wang, Kai Li
  • Publication number: 20150091226
    Abstract: A pneumatic fender having a body portion is configured by laminating a plurality of reinforcing layers between the inner layer rubber 4 and the outer layer rubber. Cords of reinforcing layers are laminated adjacent to each other. The cords intersect and are arranged at a predetermined cord angle with respect to the body axial direction. An intermediate rubber layer is interposed between each of the reinforcing layers. In an uninflated, neutral state, the thicknesses of the intermediate rubber layers are 1 mm to 5 mm, and the cord angle is set from 15° to 45°, so when the interior of the fender is filled with air to the prescribed internal pressure, the cord angle increases to a static angle while the intermediate rubber layers deform in shear, and the body portion increases in diameter and inflates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Yamada, Shigeki Sakakibara, Michito Kaneko, Minami Izumi
  • Patent number: 8967337
    Abstract: A device for preventing the hook, or a similar attachment element, mounted at the free extremity of a winch cable to contact the winch or associated related structures is disclosed. The device is mounted to the winch cable, typically near or adjacent to the hook and comprises a resilient member or cushion configured to resiliently absorb over-tension in the cable and/or hook when the cable is wound on the shaft of the winch. The device therefore generally prevents damaging contacts between the hook and the winch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kimpex Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Senecal
  • Patent number: 8960631
    Abstract: A diaphragm 34 which defines a liquid sealing chamber 32 has a curved surface shape where the diaphragm 34 bulges toward a partition body 40 side with a center portion 34A thereof forming a peak portion, and a projection 44 which is an injection port mark of an elastic material formed at the time of forming the diaphragm 34 is formed on a film surface of the diaphragm 34 at the center portion 34A on the partition body 40 side. A recessed portion 62 which receives the projection 44 is formed in a center portion 56 of the partition body 40 which faces the projection 44 in an opposed manner, and a liquid-sealed antivibration device 10 is assembled in a state where the projection 44 of the diaphragm 34 is inserted into the recessed portion 62.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hironori Kato
  • Patent number: 8893625
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rubber stopper that can set a shape suitable for mounting and set a desired stopper characteristic. Specifically, a holding fitting 3 fastened to one member by means of bolting is provided. A rubber section 4 that abuts against the other member is held by the holding fitting 3. The holding fitting 3 has a partition wall 8 to divide between a peripheral edge of a bolt hole 7 and a holding section 9 that holds the rubber section 4. A rubber side abutment surface 12 in the rubber section 4 protrudes from a top of the partition wall 8. A bored section 13 is formed near the partition wall 8 of the rubber section 4. The bored section 13 increases durability of the rubber section 4. A size of the rubber stopper 1 is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuma Higashi, Hideki Fukumoto, Masahiro Hamada, Masahiro Sakahira
  • Publication number: 20140333017
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for protecting a dock comprising a Rod Receiver (100) having a at least one Rod Receptacle (115) with each of the at least one Rod Receptacle (115) having a Receptacle Slot (125) having a height ‘dH’ with a Rod Stop Slot (130) adjacently below the Receptacle Slot (125) and having a Wall (135) with a height ‘dS’ between the Rod Stop Slot (130) and a Rod Incline Rail (140), and a Rod Holder (200) having at least one Rod (215) with the at least one Rod (215) having a diameter ‘dR’ which is less than the Receptacle Slot (125) height ‘dH’.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Azof
  • Publication number: 20140265071
    Abstract: A loading dock bumper assembly for securement to a loading dock wall includes a dock bumper and a mounting provision coupled to the bumper. The dock bumper includes a mounting portion, an impact-absorbing portion opposing the mounting portion, and a deformable spanning portion joining the mounting portion and the impact-absorbing portion. The mounting portion is adapted for coplanar alignment with the loading dock wall, the impact-absorbing portion is adapted for direct contact with a rear frame of a vehicle, and the bumper defines an internal cavity that is filled with a fluid. A mounting provision is coupled to the bumper. The mounting provision is adapted for installation to the loading dock wall. The loading dock bumper assembly further includes a hard stop adapted to retard further deformation of the spanning portion. The hard stop includes a two-piece outer shell to capture and retain a resilient, deformable inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: DL Manufacturing
    Inventors: Kristian P. Garrow, Donald L. Metz, David Martini
  • Publication number: 20140225389
    Abstract: A bumper configured with multiple layers that is designed to provide durable protection to the loading dock and trailer during the docking, loading, and unloading process. The first layer absorbs impact during the docking process of the trailer to the loading dock. The second layer, placed over the first layer, provides durable protection via a UHMW Polyethylene material, specifically designed to withstand abrasion from impacts, as well as sunlight and weather abrasion for a long duration of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Epling
  • Patent number: 8801422
    Abstract: A machine and method to produce structural elements for the building trade made of cement material with one or more inserts made of polymer material. The machine comprises at least a molding member, a loading unit for loading the inserts and a depositing member to deposit the cement material. The molding member is open at the upper part and the loading unit and the depositing member are selectively positionable above the molding member in order to load and deposit from above, respectively, the inserts and the cement material into the molding member, in order to achieve the structural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: S.A.C.M.E. Srl
    Inventor: Luciano Badin
  • Patent number: 8733745
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system including a shock upper mount assembly mounted to vehicle structure, a jounce bumper being made of an elastomeric material and including a vertically extending rod bore around a rod of a shock absorber, and a jounce rate cup. The jounce rate cup is made of an elastomeric material and includes a horizontally extending support flange having a lower surface mounted on the jounce bumper, a horizontally extending dust boot attachment flange spaced from the support flange and having an upper surface located below and adjacent to the shock upper mount assembly, and a vertical flange extending between the support flange and the dust boot attachment flange to define a gap between the support flange and the dust boot attachment flange, with the jounce rate cup including a vertically extending rod bore mounted around the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ravindra P Patil, Robert T. Jane, Michael A. Ray, Robert L. Geisler, Joseph A. Schudt
  • Patent number: 8733744
    Abstract: A multipiece cushioning assembly adapted to be arranged in combination with a shock absorbing apparatus. The multipiece cushioning assembly is disposed between a pair of radial shoulders on first and second members telescoping members of the shock absorbing apparatus arranged in operable combination relative to each other. The radial shoulders on the first and second members limit travel of the shock absorbing apparatus, and with the multipiece cushioning assembly including a plurality of elastomeric bumpers arranged in a generally circular array for absorbing over-travel of the first and second members relative to each other and for readily permitting replacement of the multipiece cushioning assembly while maintaining the first and second members in operable combination relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Miner Elastomer Products Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald W. Kerr, Helen Y. Chen, Richard J. Beranek
  • Patent number: 8720937
    Abstract: A load cushion for a suspension system including a first cushion portion, a second cushion portion, a base plate having a flat top side and a bottom side, and a rate plate having a flat top side and a flat bottom side, wherein the top side of the base plate is parallel to the top side of the rate plate, wherein the first cushion portion extends away from the top side of the rate plate and has at least one vertical cross section having two tapering edges that extend towards each other as they extend upwardly from the top side of the rate plate until they end at an exposed upper surface, and wherein the second cushion portion extends between the top side of the base plate and the bottom side of the rate plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Noble, Ashley T. Dudding
  • Patent number: 8677563
    Abstract: A cushion member includes a resilient material body having multiple different diameters defining a body bell-shape. The body includes a solid first portion having a first diameter. An aperture extends through the first portion transverse to a body longitudinal axis. A hollow second portion defines a hollow chamber in communication with the aperture. The second portion has a second diameter larger than the first portion first diameter. A third portion has a third diameter smaller than the second diameter. An end flange is connected to the third portion. The differing first, second, and third diameters induce the body to elastically compress when a force is applied to the end flange and to return to an uncompressed state after force dissipation. A flow rate of air forced out of the hollow chamber during second and third portion compression and out the aperture is restricted by an aperture diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Tien T. Diep, Terri L. Wernert
  • Patent number: 8657271
    Abstract: The invention provides vehicle suspension systems, and more particularly jounce bumpers made of elastomeric thermoplastic material, having improved design to maximize energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Peter Laszlo Szekely, Damien Van Der Zyppe
  • Patent number: 8651464
    Abstract: A resilient returning device for a power operated piston tool comprises a one piece elastic bellow-shaped body including a plurality of repeating pleats, each of which has two pleat halves that cooperatively define a first elbow therebetween. Each of the pleat halves of each of the pleats cooperates with an adjacent one of the pleat halves of an adjacent one of the pleats to define a second elbow therebetween. Each of the first and second elbows has a bulging side. The bellow-shaped body is formed with a plurality of loop-shaped grooves that are indented from the bulging sides of the first elbows of the pleats or the bulging sides of the second elbows of the pleats, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Chung-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 8622374
    Abstract: In a buffer for absorbing impacts, which comprises an elastic buffer element made of a material having a first e-module, and a force take-up axis, the buffer element being compressible at least in the direction of said force take-up axis, it is provided that at least one additional element having a second e-module is enclosed in said buffer element, the second e-module being larger than the first e-module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Acla-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Kieffer
  • Patent number: 8590667
    Abstract: A crankcase of an internal combustion engine includes protruding portions formed on an outer surface of the crankcase which are constituted of a pair of left and right wall members, and a vibration isolating rubber is fitted between the wall members. The crankcase configured in this manner prevents the generation of sounds from a protruding portion of the crankcase and is light-weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Watanabe, Atsushi Ogasawara, Masataka Tanaka, Satoru Nojima
  • Patent number: 8584266
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting device maintains a toilet seat in a partially elevated position when at rest. The device includes a lifting spring attached to a toilet rim. The lifting spring includes a compressible air bellow which provides resistance for maintaining a front end of the toilet at a prescribed angle when in the resting state. The spring is compressible such that a user may depress the toilet seat to a flat position when seated. The seat is not attached to the spring such that the seat can be lifted to an upright position in a traditional manner. The spring is attached to the toilet rim underneath the toilet seat, adjacent to a hinge by an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin R. Beavers
  • Patent number: 8567850
    Abstract: In a side deck of a construction machine, includes a cross allowing member which has a shape avoiding a reinforcement member so as to allow the reinforcement member to extend across a mount holding member longitudinally of the side deck. A front end of the reinforcement member is directly joined to the front beam while the reinforcement member extends longitudinally across the cross allowing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Honda, Koichi Nishimura