With Means To Fasten Holder To Support (e.g., Portable) Patents (Class 269/95)
  • Patent number: 9636801
    Abstract: A vise system and method of manufacture of thereof includes: a base frame having an upper rail, a base portion, and a vise channel; a handhold vent in a lateral sidewall of the base portion; a jaw carrier assembly within the vise channel of the base frame; and a jaw assembly attached to the jaw carrier assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Glacern Machine Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee, Eric Sun, Cynthia Hu
  • Patent number: 9095958
    Abstract: A vise assembly has a pair of moveable jaws mounted on guideways for movement toward and away from each other. The moveable jaws are driven by a vise screw on the vise body through head members of a pair of jaw nuts. The head members fit into cavities on the underside of the moveable jaws and have projections on first ends that have surfaces engaging mating recessed surfaces formed on one end of the cavities. Adjustable plungers are mounted on the head members and are extendable outwardly from a second end of the head members to engage and drive against surfaces of the cavities in a second direction. The adjustable plungers are adjustable in length so they can be retracted into mounting bores in the head members so the moveable jaws can be mounted on and removed from the head members, and extended so driving surfaces of projections on the head members and of the plungers are both in engagement with surfaces of the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9027916
    Abstract: A multi-functional vice base including a main body and a plate is provided. The main body includes a bottom surface, side surfaces and fixing portions. At least two side surfaces form a groove therebetween. Each fixing portion is disposed between the groove and the bottom surface. A first fixing member goes through a through hole of one of the fixing portions and is fixed on a working machine bench. The plate is detachably disposed at one of the side surfaces. Whereby the vice base can be mounted on various sized horizontal machining centers. Besides, plates with different size are allowed to be mounted on the main body for clamping work pieces whose sizes are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Chang Yi Lin, Chang-Chih Lin
  • Publication number: 20150076757
    Abstract: A system for detachably securing a first component to a metallic surface of a second component is provided. The system includes a magnetic device, a bracket member, and a clamping device. The magnetic device is configured to selectively generate a magnetic force for securing the magnetic device to the metallic surface of the second component. The bracket member includes a first portion coupled to the magnetic device, and a second portion offset with respect to the first portion. The clamping device includes a support member, a rod member, a spindle member and a latch. The support member is coupled to the second portion of the bracket member. The latch is configured for selectively moving the rod member and the spindle member so that a tip of the spindle member is moved into contacting engagement with the first component for securing the first component to the surface of the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Shula, Mark J. Thompson, Piotr Gadek
  • Patent number: 8979085
    Abstract: A sample holder (100) of a microtome is described, including a basic body (110) and an alignment component (120). A first actuatable retainer (140) can be configured to permit a relative motion between the alignment component (120) and the basic body (110) in an actuated state, and configured to inhibit the relative motion between the alignment component (120) and the basic body (110) in a deactuated state. A clamping subassembly (130) can be arranged on the alignment component (120), and comprise two clamping components (131, 132). A second actuatable retainer (180) can be configured to open the clamping subassembly (130) in an actuated state, and configured to close the clamping subassembly (130) in a deactuated state. An actuation mechanism can be configured to respectively actuate and deactuate the first actuatable retainer (140) and the second actuatable retainer (180).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: René Büttner
  • Publication number: 20150014910
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a holder system for supporting sports equipment. The holder comprises a vise assembly comprising: a vise base; two moveable vise jaws provided with respective vise screw bores and guide bores, the two moveable vise jaws engageable with a first section on the sports equipment; a vise screw extending substantially horizontally through the vise base and oppositely disposing the movable vise jaws through the vise screw bores, and having two sections of threads allowing for movement of the movable vise jaws, the two sections being separated by a thread-free section; and one or more guide bars fixed in a substantially horizontal orientation in the vise base and extending through the respective guide bores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Richard WEISSENBORN
  • Patent number: 8905391
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable holder for supporting a firearm during cleaning, maintenance, adjustment, sighting and repair operations at a work station, the holder being adapted to support a portion of the firearm, the portable holder comprising: a base section adapted to be fixed to the work station in a substantially upright position; a threaded rod mounted to the base section in a substantially vertical orientation; and, one of a support head and a vise assembly affixed to the upper portion of the threaded rod; wherein the base section contains a substantially vertically orientated threaded aperture allowing the threaded rod to be rotated about its longitudinal axis into the threaded aperture of the base section to permit both mounting of the threaded rod to the base section and height adjustment of the threaded rod relative to the base section; the support head having a base and at least one flange extending upwardly from the base to receive a support tongue of a gun barrel cradle and means for pivotally conne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Weissenborn
  • 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: 8869372
    Abstract: A fastening device for preassembling structural members includes a hollow cylindrical body; a bearing ring provided at a proximal end of the hollow body and against which one of the structural members is intended to bear in a fastening position; a pulling threaded rod extending through the hollow body to be inserted into the structural members; a tightening means connected to the pulling threaded rod for maintaining the structural members against each other, the tightening means including a removable tubular end piece for mounting on a proximal threaded end of the pulling threaded rod that can be locally axially compacted under the action of a force applied on the pulling threaded rod in order to form a radial bead for sandwiching the structural members between the latter and the bearing ring; the fastening device including a sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventors: Etienne Luneau, Bastien Bellavia, Philippe Prot
  • Patent number: 8844917
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of using the apparatus to join hull plates of a ship's hull includes forming a flat plate to match three-dimensional contours of a ship or boat hull. The apparatus including a pair of angularly adjustable arms attached at a pivot point, an angle adjusting mechanism to adjust an angle between the arms, an anchoring member on distal ends of each of the arms to secure the applicator bar in a fixed position relative to the boat member, and a plurality of extendable pressing members attached along a length of the arms to engage the structural plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Marinette Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Buske
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8833749
    Abstract: A holder for a spot welder tip dresser with an adjustable cutting rate is disclosed. The holder includes a cutter to cut a spot welder tip, a holder body provided at both ends thereof with a pair of guide surfaces to guide the spot welder tip, an adjusting liner configured to come into close contact with the cutter and which adjusts a protruding length of the cutter, and a clamp to fix the adjusting liner and the cutter to the holder body. A cutting rate of the spot welder tip is adjusted according to a thickness of the adjusting liner. Accordingly, reduced maintenance costs are accomplished by maintaining a constant cutting rate of a tip and forming an even welding spot at the tip, and reduced overall welding time and improved welding quality are accomplished owing to rapid tip cutting and formation of an even nugget at the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Hea-Man Park
  • 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: 8820725
    Abstract: An assembly device includes a bottom base, two baffles, two screws, and two magnetic members. The bottom base includes a receiving portion configured to receive a camera module. The receiving portion includes two adjacent fixed members and two adjacent moveable members. The baffle is secured to a sidewall of the bottom base. The screw passes through one baffle and can push one moveable member. The magnetic member is arranged on one moveable member. When the screw is rotated toward a first direction, the one screw pushes the corresponding moveable member to move toward the opposite fixed member, when the one screw is rotated toward a second direction, the attraction between the one screw and the first magnetic member draws the corresponding moveable member away from the opposite fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Wei Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140232052
    Abstract: A multi-functional universal vise having a mounting unit and at least one work piece clamping unit that is capable of being rotated 360 degrees in relation to the mounting unit and that is capable of being extended from, and retracted toward, the mounting unit. The work piece clamping unit may have a generally “M” or “W” shaped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Mendez
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140191455
    Abstract: A device for holding a turbine engine blade for purposes of machining, the device including a support including at least one housing in which at least one block is removably mounted, the block including two jaws presenting an opening for mounting an airfoil of a blade. The block further includes six presser points for pressing against the airfoil, and a movable presser finger for pressing against a pressure side surface or a suction side surface of the blade, the finger being moved by an actuation mechanism such that in a blade clamping position, the presser finger presses the blade against the presser points of the block, which itself is pressed against the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Thomas Marquoin, Olivier Dupouy
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140138892
    Abstract: A fly fishing vice is provided. A fly vice for creating custom flies includes a cylindrical member that attaches to a vertical member, and the vertical member attaches to a base member. The members can be disassembled for transport. The cylindrical member includes integrated jaw members for holding flies. Moreover, the cylindrical member can be custom adjusted to a desired point in three-dimensional space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: David P. Durrant
  • Publication number: 20140103593
    Abstract: A multi-functional vice base including a main body and a plate is provided. The main body includes a bottom surface, side surfaces and fixing portions. At least two side surfaces form a groove therebetween. Each fixing portion is disposed between the groove and the bottom surface. A first fixing member goes through a through hole of one of the fixing portions and is fixed on a working machine bench. The plate is detachably disposed at one of the side surfaces. Whereby the vice base can be mounted on various sized horizontal machining centers. Besides, plates with different size are allowed to be mounted on the main body for clamping work pieces whose sizes are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: CHANG YI LIN, Chang-Chih Lin
  • Patent number: 8696286
    Abstract: A pivoting hub nut, or hub clamp, for manually securing an object to a rotatable shaft provides a first hub defining a first radial slot and a second hub pivotally attached to the first hub defining a second radial slot. A first handle extends from the first hub, and a second handle extends from the second hub. A latch is disposed on the clamp for selectively locking the clamp in a closed position. An axial bore is defined along the centerline, or hub axis of rotation, of the clamp. The clamp includes a threaded region facing the axial bore for engaging corresponding threads on the shaft. Upon installation of the clamp onto the shaft, the clamp can be rotated relative to the shaft in a closed position for adjusting the longitudinal, or axial, placement of the clamp on the shaft, and the clamp can be tightened against a wheel rim or other object for securing the object on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hennessy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Martin
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140054835
    Abstract: A main machine vise has a second auxiliary vise having independently movable clamping jaws attached to it with the auxiliary vise set to one side of the main machine vise and above a supporting surface of a machine tool table on which the main machine vise is mounted. The auxiliary vise has a movable jaw that moves in a plane generally perpendicular to the tool table on which it is mounted, while the main machine vise has a movable jaw that moves in a plane parallel to the tool table or surface on which it is mounted. The auxiliary vise is mounted on a bracket that offsets the clamping jaws of the auxiliary vise from the main machine vise so that work pieces can be independently clamped in each of the vises. The auxiliary vise includes a vibration reducing stabilizer for attaching to the tool table or support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Kurt Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140015186
    Abstract: Disclosed is a configurable table that uses configurable mounting pieces to mount a work piece on the configurable table at a predetermined location. The configurable table includes a fixed portion of a mounting clamp that can engage a rotatable portion of a mounting clamp on a positioner or other device. The positioner can then rotate the configurable table and work piece to various orientations for performing horizontal welds, using robotic welders, as well as machining and cutting. The configurable table can also be used for initial fabrication, cutting, or working, which eliminates the need for separate fabrication and finish welding tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Brent Wessel, Todd Scarpella, Lance F. Guymon
  • Patent number: 8628382
    Abstract: A workpiece holder for a surface grinding machine is provided. The workpiece holder includes a central workpiece holder shaft around which the workpiece holder can be driven in rotation, at least one workpiece fixture to hold at least one workpiece, and at least two holder parts movable relative to one another that jointly define the at least one workpiece fixture and that can be fixed relative to one another by means of a joining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Supfina Grieshaber GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Torsten Bergmann
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130292892
    Abstract: A quick clamp is adapted for a worktable, and includes a slide bar for clamping or loosening a workpiece by the sliding thereof, and a fixing rod fixedly connected to the worktable. The quick clamping device further includes a pushing mechanism for pushing the slide bar towards the worktable, and a locking mechanism for locking the slide bar at a position. At least some advantages of the present quick clamp include simplicity in structure and cost-effectiveness, and the assurance of a quick clamping and quick release functionality. The present quick clamp also provides simple operation and reliable clamping, while improving convenience and comfort of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Chervon (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Yun Huang
  • 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: 8534654
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and products are disclosed for welding ground wires to a grounding rod. A jig retains the ground wires to the grounding rod. The jig has a first horseshoe oriented to a second horseshoe to form a crucifix. Each horseshoe has a pair of legs supporting the jig from earth and providing electrical ground to the earth. A central passage bisects each horseshoe through which the grounding rod inserts. Means are included for clamping a ground wire to at least one of the legs, such that the ground wire is retained for welding to the grounding rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Thomas Vandergrift, II
  • Patent number: 8523158
    Abstract: An opener and a buffer table for a test handler are disclosed. The opener includes an opening plate, a plurality of pin blocks forming pairs, and at least one or more interval retaining apparatus for retaining an interval between the pin blocks forming a pair. Each of the pin blocks is movably coupled to the opening plate, and includes opening pins for releasing a holding state of a holding apparatus that holds semiconductor devices in a carrier board. Although semiconductor devices to be tested are altered in size and a carrier board loading with the semiconductor devices is thus replaced, the opener does not need to be replaced, thereby reducing the replacement cost and the waste of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: TechWing., Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Sung Na, In-Gu Jeon, Seung-Chul Ahn, Dong-Han Kim, Jae-Hyun Son
  • Publication number: 20130219692
    Abstract: A device and method for holding a bit for a tool. The holding device, which is secured to a support surface, includes a housing having a base, a first leg and a second leg. A slot is defined between the first and second legs and the shank of the bit is received through one of a plurality of differently dimensioned apertures defined along the slot between the first and second legs. An adjustment assembly is engaged with the first and second legs and is movable to a first position to clamp the shank in the selected aperture; and is movable to a second position to release the shank. When the adjustment assembly is moved from the second position to the first position, a free end of the second leg bends toward the first leg, thereby reducing the diameter of the aperture within which the shank is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Sjoerd Anne Van Valkenburg
  • Patent number: 8517364
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a substrate holder apparatus comprising a plate configured with an opening designed to receive a substrate; and a plurality of gripper assemblies disposed around the opening and configured to hold the substrate at a predetermined position within the opening such that the substrate is substantially coplanar with respect to a surface of the plate, at least one of the gripper assemblies comprising: a support element configured to grip an outside edge of the substrate, the support element mounted to a mount assembly configured to be attached to the substrate holder apparatus such that the support element holds the substrate at the predetermined position with respect to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: WD Media, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Crumley, Hung Hee Yeoh, Yi Chun Tan
  • Patent number: 8511662
    Abstract: Provision of appropriate fixtures for locating components for fabrication, machining and installation purposes is important. Traditionally, solid fixtures have been utilized but these have limitations with regard to consistency of orientation particularly if the fixture is removed from a base support or workbench regularly. By providing sheet elements for sides 2, 3 and spacers 4, 5 a robust structure can be achieved when these sheet elements are secured at corners to a base support 8 and to each other at top portions. In such circumstances the fixture 1 can present location plates 41, 42 upon a locator 43. The locator 43 comprises cross secured plates which extend through at least one cross hole to limit movement of the locator upon which the location plates 41, 42 are presented to axial displacement. Rigidity of the fixture is further reinforced by integrating its structure with its base-plate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey C Bishop
  • Publication number: 20130205578
    Abstract: An installation system for attaching a transparent pane to a frame includes at least one support tool having a base member and a support member. The support member is operably coupled to the base member, and the support member is operable to support the pane in a fixed position relative to the frame. The support tool also includes a magnet that is fixed to at least one of the base member and the support member for magnetically and removably attaching the at least one support tool to the frame. A method of attaching the pane to the frame is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Harry J. Glikis, Cheryl A. Discher, Renee G. Dicicco, Deborah L. Froehlich, Giurgevca Palincas, Keith Windmill
  • 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: 8485509
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism includes a fixed member, a movable member, and a driving member. The fixed member has a first claw portion, and the movable member has a second claw portion. The movable member is movably connected to the fixed member via the driving member. The driving member is configured for moving the movable member in a direction away from the first claw portion of the fixed member. A manipulator using the fixing mechanism is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 8480044
    Abstract: An omni-direction rotatable dual-cup suction device includes two suction cups, which are respectively combined with and in communication with two evacuation structures, so that the two evacuation structures can evacuate air from the suction cups to induce vacuum suction forces. The two suction cups are respectively provided with a mounting seat and an attaching seat for securely coupling the two evacuation structures. The mounting seat includes a pillar fixed thereto. A collar receives a ball end of a bar therein and is attached to the pillar. The ball-ended bar is coupled to a threaded rod, which extends through an internally-threaded locking knob and received into the attaching seat to be secured by a nut. With such an arrangement, one of the suction cups can be attached to a planar fixture surface, while the other suction cup can be used to hold an article and is orientation adjustable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Lih Yann Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Po Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 8459625
    Abstract: A vehicle body clamping device including a clamping linkage unit adapted for mounting to a conveyor carrier at a location beneath a vehicle body while said vehicle body is carried on a conveyor carrier. A clamping actuation assembly is located below the conveyor carriers and along their path of travel, and includes a pair of actuator units for operating the clamping linkage. Activation of a first actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place a clamping bar thereof in an unclamped position, such that a vehicle body can be loaded to or removed from the conveyor carrier. Activation of the second actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place the clamping bar in a clamped position, such that a vehicle body is securely clamped to the conveyor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Hall
  • Patent number: 8430386
    Abstract: In a wave linear motion mechanism (4) of a holding mechanism (1), those portions of a flexible screw (14) where first and second male screws (32, 33) are formed are elliptically deformed by first and second wave generators (12, 13) installed on an input shaft (11), and the first and second male screws (32, 33) are respectively partially engaged with first and second female screws (42, 44) of first and second circular nuts (15, 16). First and second holding members (5, 6) are mounted on the first and second circular nuts (15, 16), respectively. When the input shaft (11) is rotated by a motor (3), the first and second holding members (5, 6) are opened or closed depending on the rotation direction to release or hold an object (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Keiji Ueura
  • Patent number: 8382177
    Abstract: This invention is an assembly and method for releasably connecting a gripper finger to a robotic arm with only manual manipulation. The assembly includes a finger body having a quick-change bar connected to a locking lever. The locking lever can be rotated by hand to engage and disengage the assembly to connect a finger to a gripper connected to a robot. The locking lever provides a sleeve and pin which interact to lock the assembly. The sleeve and pin can have recessed surfaces formed to interact with roll pins or screws to restrict behavior of the quick-change device during engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: RE2, Inc.
    Inventors: Nabil Michael Rizk, Mark DeLouis
  • Patent number: 8376340
    Abstract: The clamping fixture (1) consists of a workpiece pallet (2) and an actuator (27). The workpiece pallet (2) comprises at least two clamping jaws (4,5) for clamping in place a workpiece, while the actuator (27) is provided for opening and closing the clamping jaws (4,5). By means of the actuator (27) the clamping jaws (4,5) are material-elastically excursionable to the extent that a workpiece, after release of the actuator (27), can be locked in place by the material-elastic restoring force of the clamping jaws (4,5). Preferably the workpiece pallet (2) comprises a main body (3) provided with a slot (6) defined on both sides by the clamping jaws (4,5). The clamping jaws (4,5) are material-elastic excursionable by means of the actuator (27) transversely to the slot (6). The clamping jaws (4,5) are provided with fitted jaws (13, 14) which in relation to each clamping jaw (4,5) can be shifted transversely to the slot (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Bruno Sandmeier
  • Patent number: 8376341
    Abstract: A support device for use with at least one of a stepladder, an extension ladder, and scaffolding, includes a base member manufactured from a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. A height adjustable rod member is operably connected at a first end thereof to such base member. A brace member has a first end and a second end, such first end of such brace member being perpendicularly engaged with such elongated rod member. A securing mechanism is operably disposed on such second end of such brace member for securing such brace member to such at least one of such stepladder, such extension ladder, and such scaffolding,. At least one support member is releasably engageable with such second end of such rod member for supporting a predetermined object thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Wendell E. Kocher
  • Patent number: 8366089
    Abstract: A bar clamp includes a handgrip; a fixed jaw carrier; a slide bar comprising two opposite wing members; a moveable jaw carrier and comprising a transverse channel, a trough extending from center of the channel to one end of the channel, a bottom recess, and two opposite stop members in the recess wherein the slide bar passes the channel with the wing members being stopped by the trough in a locked position; and a U-shaped spring-actuated lock assembly in the recess and comprising inverted U-shaped opposite first and second lock members being engaged with the wing members in the locked position, and first and second projections between the lock members and a bottom of the lock assembly and being engaged with the stop members in the locked position. Pushing the locking assembly until being stopped will disengage the lock members from the wing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lai Lien Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 8348251
    Abstract: A sewing clip is provided. In one embodiment, the sewing clip securely clamps fabrics of various thicknesses, sizes, elasticity, and textures in assistance of a sewing operation. The sewing clip includes two rigid members and an elastic assembly. The two rigid members each have a first surface with a clamping and handling end and a hinge extension coupled to the first surface. When employed in a sewing operation, the clamping end of each rigid member has a tapering-width adapted to slide in a direction away from a stitching point. An elastic assembly couples the hinge extensions of each rigid member and biases the two rigid members so as to secure overlapping fabric between the clamping ends while avoiding unnecessary alteration or damage to the fabric. A recessed divot is also provided in the clamping end that allows for retention of surplus fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Edward Gallo
  • Patent number: 8342200
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a yoke vise that can be secured to the inflow/outflow plumbing to a water meter, facilitating the removal or replacement of the meter and shutoff valve without damage to the plumbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: William Payne
  • Patent number: 8336865
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and products are disclosed for welding ground wires to a grounding rod. A jig retains the ground wires to the grounding rod. The jig has a first horseshoe oriented to a second horseshoe to form a crucifix. Each horseshoe has a pair of legs supporting the jig from earth and providing electrical ground to the earth. A central passage bisects each horseshoe through which the grounding rod inserts. Mechanisms are included for clamping a ground wire to at least one of the legs, such that the ground wire is retained for welding to the grounding rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Thomas Vandergrift, II