With Center Bolt Patents (Class 285/185)
  • Patent number: 9790689
    Abstract: A baluster connector having a base and retaining member can be used to mount a baluster to a rail installed on both a horizontal and a sloped surface. The base can rotate relative to the retaining member to a first position to mount the baluster to a horizontal rail and to a second position to mount the baluster to an angled rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Milanowski
  • Patent number: 9777765
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fastening system for fastening a first component on a second component, wherein the first component has a first bearing surface and a first direction of extent, and the second component has a second bearing surface and a second direction of extent, and an included angle between the first direction of extent and the second direction of extent is adjustable steplessly within an angle range. The fastening system has a clamp element with which the first component can be fastened on the second component when the first bearing surface lies on the second bearing surface, and, in the fastened state of the two components, at least one force-transmitting element is clamped between the two bearing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Schilling, David Hochmann
  • Patent number: 8596686
    Abstract: A moveable shower joint adapted to give a user the ability to adjust a showerhead in any direction. The moveable shower joint has upper and lower rotating circular members that may be turned clockwise or counterclockwise to any position. A water inlet is incorporated into the exterior of the upper circular member, and a water outlet is incorporated into the exterior of the lower circular member. A circular seal is retained in a groove in the inner rim of a circular member. Annular tooth rings in the inner rims of the circular members work together to hold the moveable shower joint in place when the desired position is reached. A floating annular tooth ring in the lower member engages a fixed annular tooth ring in the lower member. Springs press the floating tooth ring into the fixed ring, creating the friction needed to hold the joint in place. The water inlet may incorporate a ball joint with a set screw to provide additional adjustability, and a showerhead may be attached to the water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Haresh S. Desai
  • Patent number: 8356632
    Abstract: This manifold comprises a stack formed by at least a plurality of tubular modules and a first support, and at least one tie for compressing the stack in a configuration in which central internal volumes of the various modules are in mutual communication, with adjacent parts of the stack overlapping in leaktight manner, and in which the relative position of two adjacent modules is stationary. The tie may be fastened in rotation about its longitudinal axis and in translation parallel to said axis, relative to the first support. The tie is equipped with a clamping nut that, in the tightened position, exerts a compression force on the stack of modules and on the first support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Staubli Faverges
    Inventors: Alain-Christophe Tiberghien, Christophe Durieux, Stephane Emeyriat
  • Publication number: 20120086200
    Abstract: A lockable friction joint, in particular one intended to be set to a desired relative swing position between two sections of tube, whereby the friction joint comprises a first joint part with a first arm part or section of tube and a second joint part with a second arm part or section of tube. The first joint part and the second joint part each support a ring provided with a pusher dog. The friction joint comprises two friction disks provided with holes, each disk having means for transferring motion to the rings. A friction plate, provided with a hole, is arranged between the friction disks. The friction disks are coupled to transfer motion with the ring that is located on the opposite side of the friction plate, and the friction joint is compressed by adjustable tightening means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Lars Hedlund
  • Publication number: 20090190365
    Abstract: A lighting fixture swivel joint for pivoting an upper conduit having a fixture head disposed at an upper end thereof downward with respect to a lower conduit generally includes an upper swivel joint member and a lower swivel joint member rotatably coupled to the upper swivel joint member about a plane of rotation. The upper swivel joint member includes an upper conduit receptacle defined by a longitudinal axis and being adapted to receive a lower end of the upper conduit, whereby the upper conduit is coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Rick W. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 7162769
    Abstract: The invention relates to an articulated joint (1) to joint tubes with two ducts (2, 3), particularly for a suction, steam production and/or cleaning apparatus, comprising a central portion (4), provided with a rotation system with maximum angle of 170°, a front body (5) and a rear body (6), carrying suction, steam production and/or cleaning ducts (2, 3), the passage of steam and/or cleaning products occuring through a front duct (7) and a rear duct (8), said front duct (7) and rear duct (8) having one end within watertight means, provided in said central part (4), allowing the passage of steam and/or cleaning product, and at the same time allowing the rotation of the articulated joint (1) in every position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Gioel Italia '96 S.r.L.
    Inventor: Gerard Tratter
  • Patent number: 6902200
    Abstract: The pivoting knuckle joint for an outdoor lighting fixture comprises a base knuckle, a top knuckle and a fastener for locking the base and top knuckles in position. Each of the base knuckle and top knuckle has a generally cylindrical body with a domed top, a portion of which is cut-away to form a flattened face, and circular cavity formed in the flattened face with a tapered ferrule formed in and extending from the cavity. The ferrule of one of the knuckles has a smaller diameter than the other, so that the smaller ferrule fits within the larger ferrule, forming a pivot point. The relative diameters are adapted to closely fit such that friction is generated between the interfitting ferrules to form a taper lock, resisting rotation of one knuckle relative to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Joshua Beadle
  • Patent number: 6848384
    Abstract: A boat hull cleaner having a handle (not shown) and a knuckle (see FIG. 1), the knuckle 1 having a first portion 2 and a second portion 3, the first portion 2 having a first channel and the second portion 3 having a second channel, the first portion 2 having a first connector part 4 to be joined to a first tubular part of the handle, and the second portion 3 having a second connector part 5 joined to a second tubular part of the handle; the arrangement being such that a fluid can be caused to flow within the first tubular part of the handle, into the first and second channels of the knuckle 1, and then into the second tubular part of the handle, and wherein the first and second portions 2 and 3 of the knuckle 1 can be adjusted with respect to one another such that the first and second tubular parts of the handle assume an angle with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventors: John Andrew Higgins, Michael John Heap, James Nelson Hodder
  • Patent number: 6712294
    Abstract: A gardening sprinkler includes a main body and a rotary spray head fastened to one end of the main body by a revolving mechanism having a pivoting base and a pivoting body. The pivoting base is extended from the one end of the main body and is provided with an elastic locating body. The pivoting body is fastened to the spray head and is provided with an arcuate rack, which is engaged with the elastic locating body of the pivoting base. As the pivoting body is turned on a pivot of the pivoting base, the elastic locating body moves from one gullet to another of the arcuate rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Hsin-Fa Wang
  • Patent number: 6511001
    Abstract: A hand-held water nozzle includes a handle and a nozzle head fastened to a head mount which is rotatably fastened to a seat in conjunction with a slide block. The seat is fastened fixedly to the handle. The head mount is provided with a toothed portion. The slide block is provided with a toothed portion. The toothed portions of the head mount and the slide block are engaged with each other, thereby enabling the nozzle head to be angularly adjusted in a series of steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Dustin Huang
  • Patent number: 6390509
    Abstract: A shroud connection device for replacement core spray piping systems in a boiling water reactor includes replacement pipe, first and second coupling devices, and a rod. The pipe has a spherically shaped end, and includes a penetration extending through it from an inside portion to an outside portion. The first coupling device has first and second ends, the first end being dimensioned so as to receive the spherically shaped end of the pipe, and the second end abutting an outside portion of the shroud. The second coupling device has third and fourth ends, the third end abutting an inside portion of the shroud. The rod extends between the second coupling device and the penetration in the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Peter Wivagg
  • Patent number: 6336764
    Abstract: An adjustable water-guiding rod for a cleaning brush comprises a rotary joint furnished between a water-input rod and a water-output rod. The rotary joint includes two disks, each of which is mounted on one end of the water-input rod and the water-output rod respectively. The disks are furnished with ring-shaped water passages respectively in communication with each other. The inner surface and the outer surface of the ring-shaped water passage are mounted with seal rings. One of the two disks is furnished with clutch teeth and a bolt at the center thereof. The other disk is mounted with a positioning disk and a spring is provided therebetween. The positioning disk has clutch teeth for engaging with the clutch teeth of one of the disks. A rotary disk having a thread center hole is mounted on the outer surface of the positioning disk to couple with the bolt for joining the two disks and the positioning disk together. The two disks are set at a position by the clutch teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Te-Ching Liu
  • Patent number: 6328270
    Abstract: A combination of a swivel joint with an arm for mounting an apparatus for surveillance applications, such as a television camera includes a truncated ball, an arm attached at the end thereof to the truncated ball and having a passage for a cable, a ring-shaped holder having an inner curved rim of a curvature radius equal to that of the truncated ball for locking that truncated ball. An elongated cylindrical cover having an elongated cutout provides a passage to the arm for gripping the truncated ball and provides the arm with positioning capacity extending through the length of the cutout. A locking nut locks the cylindrical cover to the ring-shaped holder. The cylindrical cover can be rotated for positioning the cutout so that the arm can be adjusted to any position within the length of the cutout and the cable passing through the truncated ball and the holder is not obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 6329493
    Abstract: Plumbing articles made from a thermoplastic resin comprising a poly(biphenyl ether sulfone) and a poly(aryl ether sulfone) comprising bisphenol A residues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad J. El-Hibri, Barry L. Dickinson
  • Patent number: 6260888
    Abstract: An exhaust system includes a manifold having an exhaust port. An exhaust pipe is sealingly engaged with the exhaust port. A hole is provided in the exhaust pipe and a fastener traverses the hole to secure the exhaust pipe to the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventor: James Patrick McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 5398978
    Abstract: The coupling is provided for linking and supporting conduits hanging above the ground and is adjustable by means of a hand-operatable nut modifying the contact friction between flat and circular edges of two hollow casings. The nut is in mesh with an axle extending through both casings and urges a spring against an axial bearing that rests on one of the casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Henlex Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Gagnon
  • Patent number: 5290074
    Abstract: An improved swivel fitting for interconnecting two tubular members which permits a range of relative swinging movement of the conduits relative to another, and wherein a cord or fiber optic length is adapted to be passed. It includes a housing composed of mating members, one of which is on the end of each conduit. In mated relation, a joint is defined between the conduit ends in which there is an internal annular path for the cord. The open ends of the conduits communicate with the path in the housing. The assembly is held in mated relation by a headed screw passed through a central, lateral, through hole in the housing members, and an ut is provided for threaded adjustment on the end of the headed screw. The central lateral through hole is sized to receive a hub structured with oppositely extending frustoconical portions and the hub has a through bore to receive the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Earle F. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5275444
    Abstract: A swivel coupling device is designed for coupling together the mating ends of two tubular fittings forming part of a pressurized fluid, fuel or gas connection system between a fluid, fuel or gas supply and an output device. The device has two relatively rotatable coupling parts with mating flat faces rotatably secured together in face-to-face engagement. Each of the flat faces has a recess with a circular outer periphery matching that of the recess in the other part, and each part has a passageway extending through it to the recess from a point on its outer surface remote from the flat face. Suitable connecting fittings are provided for connecting the passageway on each part to a respective tubular fitting so that the fittings can be swivelled, via dual axes, omni-directionally, relative to one another while fluid, fuel or gas communication between the fittings is maintained through the passageways and recesses of the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Johan G. Wythoff
  • Patent number: 5159737
    Abstract: A dust collection apparatus comprising a base duct, an adapter duct rotatably mounted on the upper end of the base duct, a first duct arm pivotaly connected to the upper end of the adapter duct and made of steel plates, a first connecting mechanism for connecting the adapter duct and the first duct arm, and second drive means for swinging the first duct arm. The first connecting mechanism comprises cylindrical holders projecting from the adapter duct, two branches of substantially U-shape provided with openings in which the cylindrical holders are inserted rotatably, air tight seals positioned between the openings of the branches and the cylindrical holders, a shaft penetrating the two branches and the adapter duct for rotatably connecting the first duct arm to the adapter duct, and support means arranged in the adapter duct for supporting the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Nippon Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Kimura, Shinroku Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 4933079
    Abstract: A fluid coupling including a coupling base with a fluid passage therethrough, and a rotatable fluid line supporting bracket. The bracket is adjustable depending on the direction of fluid line approach, and is fixable once a desired configuration is determined. The fluid coupling base includes an annular groove in which the pipe support bracket is rotatably engaged. The bracket may be fixed in position once a desired configuration is obtained, thus fixing the bracket in supporting relationship with the fluid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Flexon, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Kroha
  • Patent number: 4861474
    Abstract: A fluid coupling including a coupling base with a fluid passage therethrough, and a rotatable fluid line supporting bracket. The bracket is adjustable depending on the direction of fluid line approach, and is fixable once a desired configuration is determined. The fluid coupling base includes an annular groove in which the pipe support bracket is rotatably engaged. The bracket may be crimped once a desired configuration is obtained, thus fixing the bracket in position on the coupling base to support the fluid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Flexon, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Kroha
  • Patent number: 4752979
    Abstract: A device which will allow removal of water from the pipes and associate equipment servicing a swimming pool without partially draining the pool consisting of a first member equipped with means for water-tight engagement with an outlet in the sidewall of a pool structure and a second member equipped with a standpipe. When the first and second members are tightened into water-tight relationship, a vent is provided from the outlet in the sidewall of the pool to the outside air. The water in the pipe associated with the outlet can then be removed without the necessity of draining any water from the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: Darrell D. Goacher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4720883
    Abstract: A fluid cleaning apparatus, including interchangeable fluid driven rotary scrub brush head and high pressure fluid nozzle. The scrub brush head and the nozzle each have an individual fluid inlet for receiving the fluid. A fluid supply tube provides fluid to the apparatus. A fluid passing first swivel part is provided on the fluid supply tube for passing therethrough fluid received from the supply tube. A fluid passing second swivel part is provided for mounting the head for passing received fluid to the fluid input of the head. A fluid passing third swivel part is provided for mounting the nozzle and for passing the received fluid to the fluid inlet of the nozzle. The second and third swivel parts are individually interchangeable and rotatably coupled to the first swivel part for receiving and passing fluid passed by the first swivel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Clyde Industries Limited
    Inventor: George Sanchez
  • Patent number: 4717180
    Abstract: The joint is formed of two parts coupled with a variable angle. The two joint parts have coupling surfaces traversed by a rotation pin disposed perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the joint. Respective toothed crowns of the two coupling surfaces describe predetermined variable angular positions of the two joint parts. A seal with two concentric rings is placed between said coupling surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Claber S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco Roman
  • Patent number: 4700017
    Abstract: A ball joint is disclosed to couple together elements of an electric lamp fixture. Two semi-spherical ball joint members are pivotalbly mounted about a pin so as to form a sphere. An arm portion extends from each ball joint member along its equatorial plane. Each arm draws its ball joint member into a socket having a truncated spherical surface so that semi-spherical surfaces of both semi-spherical ball joint members are drawn into sliding contact with truncated spherical surfaces of the socket. In drawing both ball joint members into the socket, the two ball joint members are urged together. The forces with which the arm portion is drawn into the socket determines frictional forces required to rotate each socket relative to the ball joint members as well as one ball joint member relative to the other ball joint member. A continuous passageway passes internally through the ball joint through which electrical wires may pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Norman Wade Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Michel J. E. D. Morand
  • Patent number: 4596362
    Abstract: A lawn sprinkler for a garden hose is provided and consists of a pair of oppositely extending tubular arms rotatable with respect to a tubular base member, a pair of nozzles each mounted on an arm, a device for adjusting the position of each nozzle with respect to each arm and a pair of water deflectors. Each water deflector is adjustable with respect to each nozzle to receive a jet of water obliquely for purpose of giving motion to each arm and directing the jet of water in any desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Inventors: William F. Pralle, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4548446
    Abstract: A first substantially hollow, substantially hemispherical joint half is disposed adjacent a second substantially hollow substantially hemispherical joint half to form therewith a substantially spherical articulable joint. A tapered opening extends through the first joint half to receive the tapered end of a connecting pin and provide a frictional contact fit therewith. Spline like teeth are formed on the internal surface of an opening extending through said second joint half to receive spline like teeth also formed on said connecting pin to provide a sliding but not rotative fit therewith. A threaded fastener, received through said second opening and into the respective end of the connecting pin means when turned in a first predetermined direction draws in the connecting pin means to draw the joint halves together and provide a strong articulable joint with each half capable of rotating with respect to the other half about an axis through the connecting pin means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Inventor: Jerome Warshawsky
  • Patent number: 4543007
    Abstract: A support knuckle for a luminaire has a first body attached to the luminaire housing and a second body which can be attached to a mounting location. The first body has a recess with peripheral teeth and a passage to the housing interior. The second body has teeth which are matable with those on the first body at various angular positions. The two bodies are held together by a threaded fastener passing through an elastomeric sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: Harvey Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Honesto D. Quiogue
  • Patent number: 4535938
    Abstract: A system for distributing fluids over a planar surface comprising a plurality of lengths of rigid perforate tubing and a plurality of fluid-tight articulated joints, each joint having an inlet port and a discharge port. The lengths of tubing and the joints are connected ad seriatim with joints interposed between adjacent lengths of tubing whereby the tubing can be arranged in accordance with the distribution pattern over a portion of the area. Each port of the fluid-tight joint communicates with a body element having a central bore and a peripheral flange. The flange of the inlet port mates with the flange of the discharge port so that the central bores fall into register with one another and the body elements of the respective ports communicate so that fluid introduced into the inlet port exits through the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Tryon S. Lindabury, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4437690
    Abstract: A high pressure hose swivel connector comprises a pair of body members which are swively connected together in pressure-tight swivel relation by means such as a bolt and the three joints involving the swivel surfaces and the joints between the bolt and the body members of the connector are thoroughly leak proof by means of O-ring seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Inventor: Edwin H. Drath
  • Patent number: 4173436
    Abstract: A pivotable pipe slide for use in a two cylinder concrete pump includes a swing pipe which is pivotably moved in a reciprocal fashion between the two discharge openings of the pump cylinders in such a manner that it is pressed against the discharge openings in its end positions, while it is moved away therefrom during its pivotal movement between its end positions. Pivoting is effected by means of a movable joint which is coupled to an end segment of the swing pipe and which has an axis disposed normally to the pivot plane of the swing pipe, a fixed joint spaced from the movable joint and disposed centrally between the discharge openings which also has an axis disposed normally to the pviot plane and a guide joint which is coupled to the movable joint and is pivotable about the fixed joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Walter Scheele KG
    Inventor: Heinz Bille
  • Patent number: 4045059
    Abstract: A conduit joint is shown and described having ingress and egress ports respectively on a first and second conduits. The ports open to a substantially matching area of relatively movable, pneumatic joinder, and have tapered chambers leading therefrom. A method of passing fluids from one conduit through an articulate joint to a second conduit in a helical path having no flow restriction, chamber expansion or the like, is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1977
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Edward Smith