Operator Supported Patents (Class 269/3)
  • Patent number: 9522456
    Abstract: A method of operating a clamp (100) that includes a first clamping jaw (102), a support element (104) to which the first clamping jaw is attached and a trigger handle (118) pivotably mounted to a clamp body (112). The method includes actuating the trigger handle causing the first clamping jaw to experience incremental motion and varying the incremental motion as a function of a load encountered by the support element by varying an effective lever arm of the trigger handle by moving a fulcrum point into contact or out of contact with the trigger handle based on the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Chris W. Cicenas, Charles R. McKean, Thomas M. Chervenak, Anthony B. Fuller
  • Patent number: 9212683
    Abstract: A method for securing a captive screw assembly within a hole in a panel cover with a press. The press is centered over a hole in the panel and clamped to the panel. A force arm on the press is lowered to drive the captive screw into the hole and then the press is released from the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Paul David Andrews
  • Patent number: 9059553
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to an apparatus for cleaning electrical terminals. The apparatus comprises a first arm and a second arm. The first arm includes a first cleaning portion with a first upper face and a first lower face. Each of the first upper face and the first lower face are substantially flat and coated with an abrasive. In a similar manner, the second arm includes a second cleaning portion with a second upper face and a second lower face. Here again, each of the second upper face and the second lower face are substantially flat and coated with an abrasive. The second arm is pivotally coupled to the first arm, making the apparatus manually configurable into an aligned configuration in which the first lower face faces the second upper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ian R. Vinci, Peter Vinci
  • Patent number: 9032598
    Abstract: A hand tool for inserting a large variety of connector components into narrow plastic irrigation piping is disclosed. This tool is an improved and progressive development of my previous Israeli patent no: 152089 in that it is designed to work with a large variety of connector components and is designed to accommodate both sizes of narrow spaghetti piping, whereas the previous patent could accommodate only a single size of narrow piping. The tool as shown in FIG. 2 has a body onto which all the elements are connected and the body is configured to sit comfortably in the palm of the hand. When pressing down on the handle, the grips secure the narrow piping and cause a connector component, deployed in appropriate recess provided in the tool to be easily inserted into the narrow piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mordechai Eldar
  • Patent number: 9033326
    Abstract: An interlocking and removable tool for floral arranging, consisting of two interlocking pieces which form a sturdy grid when assembled. This grid is placed on top of a vase, jar, bowl, or other vessel used for housing arranged flowers. This grid keeps flowers in place while being arranged, without falling over, and allows the user to construct floral arrangements with ease. When the desired arrangement is complete, the interlocking components slide apart and are removed without disrupting the floral arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 9022374
    Abstract: A rocking jaw gripper for restraining tubulars including an arm with a rocking jaw gripper rocker jaw, a rocking jaw gripper frame connected with the arm, a locking pin connecting the rocking jaw gripper frame to the chain cylinder, a hinge pin connecting the rocking jaw gripper frame to the arm and a plate jaw fastener retaining the rocker jaw body between the top plate and the bottom plate by engaging the tail hole of the rocker jaw body. When the rocking jaw gripper is engaged, it acts to restrain the movement of a tubular during make-up and break-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Scorpion Oil Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Baryam
  • Patent number: 8985566
    Abstract: A F type clamp having a locking function includes a base frame including a locating frame bar and a rail, a sliding member having one end coupled to the rail and selectively set between a locking position and an unlocking position, a clamping member movably mounted at an opposite end of the sliding member and providing a jaw plate for working with the locating frame bar to hold down a workpiece, and a locking device set between the sliding member and the rail for locking the sliding member to the rail under normal conditions and for enabling the sliding member to be moved relative to the rail by an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ehoma Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Huan Chuang
  • Patent number: 8967602
    Abstract: One embodiment of a hand protector device suitable for protecting the hand of the user of pneumatic or other nailing devices, by providing a shield sufficient to stop, impede, or deflect the momentum of a nail projectile from a nailing device. The device also contains gripping plates to easy the user's grip upon the materials to be fastened by the nailing device. In addition, the device is secured solely by the power of the user's grip, such that it can easily be removed simply by the user relaxing his or her grip on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Pat A. Prestidge
  • Patent number: 8894053
    Abstract: A beveling apparatus, for manufacturing screws and the like, includes a fixed support structure, which includes a first motor unit and a second motor unit which actuate a pliers unit adapted to lock an item to be machined and associated with a movable supporting structure. The first motor unit is constituted by a pair of linear motors having rotors associated with a carriage which actuates the pliers unit. The second motor unit has a pair of linear motors having rotors associated with the movable supporting structure so as to actuate the axial movement of the movable supporting structure with respect to the fixed supporting structure in order to define at least two operating positions of the pliers unit; a position for picking up and unloading the item to machined, in which the pliers unit is at a certain distance from a machining head of a machine tool, and a position for machining the item, in which the pliers unit is located at the machining head of a machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: S.M.A.R.T. S.r.L.
    Inventor: Enrico Ghezzi
  • Patent number: 8888084
    Abstract: A saw horse pipe clamp preferably includes a support rod, a first mounting bracket, a second mounting bracket, a slidable clamp jaw, a tightening clamp jaw, a clamp housing, a clamp screw and an angular adjustment device. The first mounting bracket is attached to a first end of a saw horse and the second mounting bracket is attached to a second end of the saw horse. The support rod is rotatably retained in the first mounting bracket. The clamp jaws are slidably retained on the support rod. The clamp housing is secured to an end of the support rod. The clamp housing is rotatably retained by the second support bracket. The clamp screw is threaded into the clamp housing and an end of the clamp screw is rotatably engaged with the tightening clamp jaw. The angular adjustment device is tightened to prevent rotation of the clamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert L. Aldredge, Daniel J Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8882095
    Abstract: A clamp meter has a main body and a stationary jaw fixed to an end of the main body. A hook portion of the clamp meter includes a movable jaw, a displacing means and a knob. The movable jaw is mounted on the main body corresponding to the position of the stationary jaw. The movable jaw and the stationary jaw together form a closed loop. The displacing means is mounted in the main body and comprises a displaceable rod connected to the movable jaw and a gear set for driving the displaceable rod. The knob is connected to the gear set for driving the displaceable rod and the movable jaw for linear displacement. The movable jaw is activated by the displaceable rod to generate a linear displacement, so that the user can operate the clamp meter more easily for measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Chung Instrument Electronics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 8876097
    Abstract: A shingle holder and alignment tool including a telescopic bar keeper, a telescopic rod guide and adjustable catches, the telescopic rod guide extendable along a horizontal axis to conform to a desired length of a row of shingles, the adjustable catches raising or lowering the rod guide relative a preceding row of shingles by way of a pair of slide guards, such that the shingle holder and alignment tool is operable by a single individual, configurable to shingles of various sizes and accurately aligns a new row of shingles to be installed upon a preceding row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Rego
  • Patent number: 8875473
    Abstract: A gutter installation assembly for holding a gutter, a ferrule and a fastener proximate a roof edge includes a holder that may be positioned proximate the roof edge. A vertical portion of the holder may be gripped by a user. A U-shaped portion of the holder is coupled to the vertical portion of the holder. The U-shaped portion of the holder may position the ferrule and the fastener proximate the roof edge. A retainer is coupled to the U-shaped portion of the holder. The retainer may retain the fastener on the U-shaped portion of the holder. A horizontal portion of the holder is coupled to the vertical portion of the holder. The horizontal portion of the holder may support the gutter. The user drives the fastener into the roof edge so the fastener retains the gutter on the roof edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Richard K. Frombach
  • Patent number: 8869364
    Abstract: A tool for separating material layers may include a first arm including a first end and a second end; a second arm including a first end and a second end; a first material contact pad carried by the first arm proximate the first end of the first arm; and a second material contact pad carried by the second arm proximate the first end of the second arm. The second end of the first arm may be joined to the second end of the second arm, and the first material contact pad and the second material contact pad may be movable with respect to one another along two substantially orthogonal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Jaynes
  • Patent number: 8839591
    Abstract: A concrete anchor point system provides for an anchor point, a receptacle for embedding into a concrete structure for removably receiving the anchor point, and a tool for remotely installing the anchor point in the structure, or removing the anchor point from the structure. The receptacle is preferably tapered, and an anchoring end of the anchor point is preferably tapered to match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Climb Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Karl Guthrie, Ivan A. J. Kekahuna, Eric Shawn Patrick, Ben Sy
  • Publication number: 20140265083
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting in beading is provided. The apparatus has an enlarged flat top, akin to a micro-table and may be used as a ring or a wristband. A tacky tape is provided on the flat top. The beads to be thread are placed on top of the tape, so that they remain in place. The person then uses the needle to thread the beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lanae Bach
  • Patent number: 8827251
    Abstract: A handheld clamping tool includes a sliding bar, a bracket selectively and detachably coupled to one of two opposite ends of the sliding bar and providing a first jaw, a handle holder affixed to the sliding bar and providing a second jaw, a driving handle operable to move the bracket relative to the handle holder, and a control knob including a male knob member and a female knob member coupled together in a horizontal bottom hole of the bracket, a pin affixed to the female knob member and movable with the female knob member in and out of a lock hole at one end of the sliding bar to lock/unlock the bracket and the sliding bar, and a compression spring mounted between the male knob member and the bracket to support the male knob member in the locking position where the pin is inserted through the lock hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Tzu-Chi Kuo
  • Patent number: 8813326
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing or decompressing a compressible body is provided. The apparatus comprises an upper nest arm and a lower nest arm separated by a rigid rod. The upper nest arm has an upper nest arm mounting feature configured to receive a first end of the compressible body. The upper nest arm mounding feature is shaped to fit the contours of the compressible body. The lower nest arm has a lower nest arm mounting feature configured to receive a second end of the compressible body. The lower nest arm can traverse the rigid rod to either compress or decompress the compressible body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Randal Frank Zychowski, Ronnie D. Boggs
  • Patent number: 8783671
    Abstract: A clamp includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a first connection, a second connection, and an actuator. The first jaw and the second jaw include a first clamp surface and a second clamp surface, respectively. The first connection operatively connects the first jaw to the second jaw in a manner that permits relative movement between the first jaw and the second jaw. The second connection is operatively connected between the first jaw and the second jaw. The actuator is configured to shorten a length of the second connection to thereby reduce a relative distance between the first clamp surface and the second clamp surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ranieri, Stephen Rowlay, Robert Christie, Stephen Skeels
  • Patent number: 8777204
    Abstract: A cutting support including a first section and a second section. The first section has a top side with at least two recesses extending into the first section from the top side. A first one of the recesses has a first shape. A second one of the recesses has a different second shape. The first shape comprises a generally semi-circular section. The second shape comprises at least one generally right-angle corner. The second section is connected to the first section for connecting the cutting support to another member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Rodd R Ruland
  • Patent number: 8757604
    Abstract: A support device (2) is provided for supporting one or more items (4) in use. The support device includes at least first and second clamping members (6, 8). The clamping members move relative to each other to allow the members to be moved between clamped and unclamped positions. Each clamping member has at least one clamping surface (26, 24) defined thereon, The at least first and second clamping members are arranged with a space (30) defined between the clamping surfaces to allow the one or more items (4) to be located in said space in use and to be clamped therebetween in said clamped position. The support device further includes adjustment means for allowing the space between the clamping surfaces to be adjusted in use. The adjustment means includes user actuation means (231, 233) and actuation of said actuation means causes at least one of said at least first and second clamping members to move relative to the other of said at least first and second clamping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: David Crampton
  • Patent number: 8728087
    Abstract: A patella clamping device has a handle having a first arm and a second arm, the arms each having a first gripping end and a second clamping end. The clamping ends are movable towards the opposite arm by action on the gripping end of each arm. The clamping ends of the first and second arms comprise opposed clamping surfaces. The clamping end of each arm has a body portion having spaced first and second surface defining the opposed surface of each arm. A plurality of pins extend from the first to the second surface. A rotatable toothed jaw member is pivotally mounted on each of the pins. The jaw member has at least one tooth extending outwardly of the opposed surface of each arm for engaging the patella. Each body has a third surface spaced from the second surface to create a slot for receiving a saw blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Mohamed Soliman, Troy Allen McMillen
  • Patent number: 8714533
    Abstract: A clay model support device includes a base, a support frame connected with the base, and a panel connected with the support frame. The base includes a lower surface configured to engage an associated horizontal floor surface. The support frame is pivotable with respect to the base about a generally horizontal axis. The panel is configured to support an associated clay model. The panel is slidable with respect to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20140117603
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting in beading is provided. The apparatus has an enlarged flat top, akin to a micro-table and may be used as a ring or a wristband. A tacky tape is provided on the flat top. The beads to be thread are placed on top of the tape, so that they remain in place. The person then uses the needle to thread the beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Lanae Bach
  • Patent number: 8702076
    Abstract: A method of operating a clamp (100) that includes a first clamping jaw (102), a support element (104) to which the first clamping jaw is attached and a trigger handle (118) pivotably mounted to a clamp body (112). The method includes actuating the trigger handle causing the first clamping jaw to experience incremental motion and varying the incremental motion as a function of a load encountered by the support element by varying an effective lever arm of the trigger handle by moving a fulcrum point into contact or out of contact with the trigger handle based on the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris W. Cicenas, Charles R. McKean, Thomas M. Chervenak, Anthony B. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8702077
    Abstract: A quick clamp includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a crank, an operating handle, a shaft assembly and a slide rail. The crank is arranged in a cover plate of the second jaw with the operating handle rotatably screwed to an upper end of the crank, the shaft assembly connected to a through bore formed at a middle portion of the crank and the slide rail extended through a slide rail slot formed near a lower end of the crank. By turning the operating handle in one direction, the crank is brought to pivot with the slide rail slot thereof becoming inclined to press against the slide rail, so that the slide rail is stopped from moving relative to the second jaw. When the operating handle is turned reversely, the slide rail is released, and the second jaw is movable along the slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Sung Chi Liu
  • Patent number: 8689420
    Abstract: A wheel stud installing and removing system includes a C-frame; a forcing screw configured to communicate with the C-frame to move laterally through the C-frame; a swivel mounted on an end on the forcing screw; an adapter receiver mounted on an opposite end of the C-frame from the forcing screw, and configured to receive at least one of either a stud installing adapter and a stud removing adapter. A method of moving a stud includes: inserting one of either an installing adapter or a removing adapter into an adapter receiver on a C-frame; aligning a longitudinal axis of the adapter with a longitudinal axis of the stud; aligning the longitudinal axis of the stud with a longitudinal axis of a forcing screw; and turning the forcing screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jose O. Barrios, John Nicholas Lindberg
  • Patent number: 8684343
    Abstract: A composite fabrication vent assembly for connection to an inflatable bladder, the combination of a vent assembly and an inflatable bladder, and a method of mechanically connecting a vent assembly and a bladder. The vent assembly comprises a body member having a first clamping surface, a clamping member having a second clamping surface, and a carriage member interconnecting the body member and the clamping member, with the first and second clamping surfaces in opposing relationship. With the open end of an inflatable bladder inserted between the opposed clamping surfaces, the carriage member is adapted to translate the body member and clamping member toward one another to form an airtight seal with the inflatable bladder. A controlled source of pressurized gas, connected to a gas inlet of the vent assembly, can then inflate and deflate the bladder in a controlled manner through one or more passageways in the vent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbercraft Corporation of California Ltd
    Inventors: Alan D. Hiken, David H. Lee, Robert L. Harshberger, Leo H. Phan, Rufino Santos
  • Patent number: 8678889
    Abstract: An exhaust system includes an exhaust fan having a frame within which fan blades and a motor are secured. The frame includes an upper sidewall, a bottom sidewall, a first lateral sidewall and a second lateral sidewall, defining an inlet opening and an outlet opening on opposite sides of the frame. A flexible exhaust boot is secured to the frame of the exhaust fan adjacent the outlet opening. The exhaust boot is a flexible piece of material having a substantially tubular configuration with a first end having an opening and a second end having an opening. A support assembly secures the exhaust fan and exhaust boot in position adjacent an opening. The support assembly includes a vertical bracket having a first end and a second end, and an outwardly extending support block is mounted at the first end of the vertical bracket. The support assembly also includes a horizontal bracket extending substantially perpendicular to the vertical bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jerome Dean
  • Patent number: 8672307
    Abstract: A clamp mechanism for assisting a bricklayer or mason worker in positioning and aligning a next row of bricks being laid upon a previous row of bricks using an alignment string is provided. One end of the alignment string is secured in a desired position adjacent the previous row of bricks. The clamp mechanism comprises a clamp having a first clamp arm and a second clamp arm. A spring mechanism biases the first clamp arm and the second clamp arm in a general direction toward each other. A string receiving mechanism is associated with the clamp for receiving a portion of the alignment string. Upon the alignment string being secured to the string receiving mechanism and the clamp being positioned upon a brick in the previous row of bricks, the alignment string indicates the proper positioning and alignment of the next row of bricks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Martin I. Pacheco, Cesar Cruz
  • Patent number: 8646766
    Abstract: A clamping device includes a body having a first guiding feature and a slider component positioned within the body that is moveable between a first position and a second position. A pair of jaw members is coupled to a slider assembly, wherein the jaw members are moveable between a first state and a second state based on a direction of travel of the slider component. At least one of the jaw members includes a second guiding feature operably coupled to the first guiding feature of the body. The first and second guiding features cause the jaw members to automatically pivot from the first state to the second state when the slider component travels from the first position to the second position and pivot from the second state to the first state when the slider component travels from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Shrockie LLC
    Inventor: Joel Aaron Shrock
  • Patent number: 8641024
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to tools that are high quality, strong, and lightweight. For example, various tools such as clamps may be made using parts containing a compound or alloy including magnesium. Magnesium may be for cast or extruded parts. In one embodiment, an “F” style clamp may be made with one or both of the two cooperating jaw members or sections being cast from a magnesium compound or alloy. In one variation, the “F” style clamp may include a shaft made from extruded magnesium. In another embodiment, a “C” style clamp may be made with the “C” shaped frame being cast from a magnesium compound or alloy. In a further embodiment, a bar clamp having trigger indexing may be made with one or both of two jaw members or sections being cast from a magnesium compound or alloy. In a variation, the bar may be an extruded magnesium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A. Murray, Sun Xiao Wei
  • Patent number: 8628070
    Abstract: A device for the temporary fixing or manipulation of objects including a first head with a front active face and a rear active face and a second head with a front active face and a rear active face. The front and rear active faces of the first head are movable relative to one another and the front and rear active faces of the second head are movable relative to one another. The rear active face of the first head is immovably connected to the front active face of the second head. The device also includes a force mechanism for introducing an active force to the first and second heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Hannes Neubauer
  • Patent number: 8608143
    Abstract: The present pipe clamp device is configured for use with standard vee head jack stands. The present device can be used to secure a pipe or similarly shaped object to a standard vee head jack stand. Specifically, the present pipe clamp device can comprise one or more pivoting arms that can facilitate an object's placement into the pipe clamp device or its removal from the pipe clamp, a threaded rod, which can include a release button or quick release mechanism, which can be used to quickly tighten the clamp onto an object being secured and the jack stand or to remove an object from the jack stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Wayne Michael Williams, Alex V. Palominos
  • Patent number: 8590871
    Abstract: A clamping and/or spreading tool comprises a drive for displacement of a push or pull rod to which a movable jaw is fixed with respect to a support carrying a stationary jaw in longitudinal direction of the push and pull rod, said drive comprising a torsion spring and being adapted to enter torque transmitting engagement with the push or pull rod for displacement of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Manfred Geier, Ralf Strauβ, Phil Reed
  • Patent number: 8584335
    Abstract: A convenient-used securing clamp comprises a pair of clamp hands, two distance-fixing clamps, two groups of throat pipe moulds and a mould base, wherein the distance-fixing clamp is a split structure that consists of two pieces which can be closed together or released; the throat pipe moulds are set inside the distance-fixing clamps with the same split structure, so as to be closed and released along with the distance-fixing clamps; the mould base is also the split structure, with its upper part connected with the distance-fixing clamps and the lower part connected with the pair of clamp hands, so that as the pair of clamp hands releases and closes, the mould base releases and closes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen Qichuangmei Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwai Yin Tsang, Tak Ming Chick
  • Patent number: 8579270
    Abstract: A body jewelry tool to aid in the application and removal of body piercing retaining fasteners comprises a tubular body of non-corroding stainless steel for a long life and ease of cleaning for sanitary use. The outer surface comprises a rubberized grip. An operational end of the device comprises an internal grasping mechanism that readily adapts to all sizes of threaded ball fasteners used as retainers on body piercings. In such a manner, the user or wearer can hold the jewelry in one hand while the tool is used to grasp and hold the retaining ball with the other hand. The device is then easily turned to remove or install the ball as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Elisha M. Hansen, Mark Steves
  • Patent number: 8573577
    Abstract: A point-welding clamp structure for side by side tightly clamping and locating different plate-shaped metal pieces in their true relative positions so as to facilitate the point-welding operation. The point-welding clamp structure includes a body section and a base section for clamping the different metal pieces. A second adjustment section is disposed on the body section and a third adjustment section is disposed on the base section. By means of operating the second and third adjustment sections, the metal pieces with different thickness can be securely clamped and located by the point-welding clamp structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jen Yung Yang
  • Patent number: 8561973
    Abstract: A clamp for clamping a work piece to a fixture includes a base for mounting to the fixture and a handle having a body portion and an arm portion. The handle includes a pivotal connection to the base. The clamp further includes a holding member and a latch. The holding member has a holding position for clamping the work piece to the fixture and a pivotal connection to the handle. The latch includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is engaged with the base for locking the holding member in the holding position and becomes disengaged from the base by moving the second end portion in a direction generally away from the arm portion of the handle. The latch has a pivotal connection to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: David Martin
  • Patent number: 8556243
    Abstract: A bar clamp is provided with a slide bar; a movable housing on the slide bar and including a movable jaw carrier including a first jaw at one end, a handgrip, and a trigger handle; a housing member releasably mounted on the slide bar and including a fixed jaw carrier and a second jaw; and a cam type fastening device on fixed jaw carrier. In an inoperative position thin portions of cam rings are locked allow a slide bar of another bar clamp to freely pass through the fastening device. A clockwise pivotal movement of a lever locks thick portions of the cam rings to fasten the slide bar of another bar clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lai Lien Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 8550411
    Abstract: A clamp for securing components, in particular string-like or linear structural members, like pipelines, hoses, or cables, has at least one clamp part (3). The clamp part outer contour (4) delimits at least partially a receiving space (5) for receiving the component. The one clamp part (3) has a mechanism (6) for minimizing corrosion, in particular, crevice corrosion, at every component that is held. The mechanism has at least one sacrificial element (7) that is visibly consumed with the onset of corrosion and continued duration of use of the clamp fastener. The respective sacrificial element (7) is placed, as an independent component, on the outer contour (4) of the clamp part (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hydac Accessories GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Hiss, Jochen Caspari
  • Patent number: 8544831
    Abstract: A clamp is provided, having a slide rail, a fixed arm fastened to the slide rail and on which a first abutment surface for a workpiece is arranged, a sliding arm displaceable on the slide rail, and a housing arrangement, on which are held a first bearing device and a second bearing device, by means of which the housing arrangement is guided on the slide rail. The sliding arm is positioned between the first and second bearing devices. A second abutment surface for a workpiece is arranged on the housing arrangement and faces the first abutment surface. A force application device is held on the sliding arm and acts on a pressure piece held on the housing arrangement. The housing arrangement has a first housing part with a housing interior having an opening. The sliding arm is brought into the housing interior through the opening during production of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: BESSEY Tool GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Klein, Hans Roesch, Gerhard Kloepfer, Karl Philipp
  • Publication number: 20130249153
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for holding an object, includes a support mechanism, a driven mechanism slidably coupled to the support mechanism and slidable between a first position and a second position, a driving mechanism slidably coupled to the support mechanism and adapted to drive the driven mechanism to slide between the first position and the second position, and a clamping mechanism rotatably secured to the driven mechanism and the support mechanism. When the driven mechanism is slid to the second position, the clamping mechanism moves inwards to clamp the object, and the driven mechanism clamps the support mechanism to prevent the driven mechanism from moving relative to the support mechanism so the clamping mechanism can hold the object firmly. When the driven mechanism is slid to the first position, the clamping mechanism expands out to allow the object to be released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: HUA-YONG WANG
  • Patent number: 8539657
    Abstract: A press for securing a captive screw assembly within a hole in a panel cover. The press is supported from the panel cover as it is operated and includes a tool for extracting the captive screw assembly from the panel cover hole when the captive screw assembly is no longer functional. The extraction tool engages a bottom end of the captive screw and severs the flare on the ferrule of the captive screw assembly that anchors the assembly to the hole in the panel cover. A captive screw assembly is also described that has a knurled end that anchors the captive screw assembly to a hole in the panel cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Paul David Andrews
  • Patent number: 8534651
    Abstract: A temporary attachment device for securing a number of parts or sheets together has an elongated hollow body with three, slidable and spreadable prongs spaced apart 120°, protruding from an open end of the elongated body over a substantially Y-shaped spreader held in the elongated body and extending through the open end to more evenly and accurately maintain the spacing between and spread the three prongs. The three prongs and spreader more accurately fill pilot holes, after insertion into the openings and the prongs have outwardly facing heads, lobes or noses to more securely clamp at least two sheets of material together. The device may include an internal spring and a movable plunger to allow the prongs to be operated by the pliers, or may include a threaded shaft and a nut secured to the shaft to allow operation of the device by turning the nut and the shaft to slidably move the three prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ino Scapa, Thomas H. Lomas
  • Patent number: 8505892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to bar clamp assemblies and workpiece support members configured for use with bar clamp assemblies. In one aspect, the present invention provides a workpiece support member for a bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member include a base including an engagement feature configured for engagement with a guide rail of the bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member also includes a first finger extending from the base and a second finger extending from the base. The first and second fingers are disposed apart with respect to one another to form a slot having a substantially continuous width. The first, second or both fingers form an abutment surface and a support surface, the abutment surface and the support surface are generally perpendicular with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Seidel
  • Patent number: 8505177
    Abstract: A removal and replacement tool for vehicles contains a first body including a chamber, a second hole, and a third hole; a grip set including a second body and a push piece, the push piece including an arcuate notch; at least one first returning spring, one end of which is fixed in the chamber, and another end of which abuts against two sides of the second body; a shaft member disposed in the chamber, and its one end extending out of the first body from the first hole; a second spring, one end of which abuts against the chamber, another end of which is biased against the shaft member; an engaging member including a first side wall and a second side wall; a rotary knob including a rotating portion and a rod portion connecting with the rotating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Jun Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 8505264
    Abstract: A tool connects a stud in place to a longitudinal track in a metal stud wall system installation. The tool includes a tool head having an upright slot in which a track flange is received and a pair of rams mounted on the tool head for linear movement transversely of the track. The rams are spaced apart and straddle opposite sides of the stud. The rams have leading tips with cutting edges. An actuator moves the rams into cutting engagement with the track flange in the upright slot to cut hinged tabs in the track flange, and to bend the hinged tabs into frictional engagement with the opposite sides of the upright stud to connect the upright stud in place to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Eyal Glisko
  • Patent number: 8500747
    Abstract: Instruments and methods are provided for re-positioning and extracting spinal implants in a space between vertebrae. The instruments can include rotater instruments, hook instruments, and extractor instruments engageable to the implant. The extractor instruments can include a shaft assembly, an actuator assembly at a proximal end of said shaft assembly, and an engaging assembly at a distal end of the shaft assembly. The engaging assembly includes a support member fixedly coupled with and extending distally from the shaft assembly and a clamping member coupled with at least one of the shaft assembly and the support member. The actuator assembly is operably linked to the clamping member with the shaft assembly to move the clamping member toward the support member with the actuator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. DeRidder, Brian Robert Thoren
  • Patent number: 8496013
    Abstract: A fingernail clipper holding device includes a housing having a hollow interior and having a generally ellipsoid ergonomic configuration that is easy to grip. An upper portion of the housing may include a channel having a configuration to receive the housing of a fingernail clipping device and to hold it securely. The housing defines a receiving area on which a user may position his finger adjacent the cutting head of the fingernail clipping device. A gripping member is attached to a lower portion of the housing to receive a user's fingers or hand. Stabilizing members may be attached to the bottom surface of the lower portion to hold the housing stationary on a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Shawn McCourtney