Hinge Making Or Assembling Patents (Class 29/11)
  • Publication number: 20120032049
    Abstract: A bracket system for forming gate assemblies comprising at least two brace members that are rigidly attached to hinge assemblies. The brace members are adapted to be attached to support members to form two corners of a gate box functioning as the structural portion of the gate assembly. The hinge assemblies are adapted to be rigidly attached to a fence post to allow the gate assembly to pivot relative to the fence post. Gate assemblies of arbitrary height and width can be formed using the bracket system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Boroviak
  • Publication number: 20120030904
    Abstract: An exemplary hinge assembly includes a sleeve, a first member, a second member, and a resilient member. The sleeve includes a sleeve wall and an open end. The first member is received in the sleeve. The second member is located next to the first member. One of the first member and the second member have a cam, the other of the first member and second member have a cam follower interacting with the cam so that the first member rotates about an axis and the second member moves linearly along the axis when the cam follower follows the cam. The resilient member is fitted in the sleeve and provides an elastic force to bias the first member and the second member into contact with each other. At least one tab is formed adjacent to the open end and blocking a minor portion of the open end. The at least one tab retains the first, second, and resilient members in the sleeve for preventing them from escaping the sleeve through the open end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHAO DUAN, CHIA-HUA CHEN
  • Patent number: 8108980
    Abstract: An aircraft door includes a seal that integrates a flexible silicone seal portion and a rigid blade seal portion into a single continuous seal around the mold line gap between the door and frame. The arrangement allows for the use of space saving piano hinges to mount the door. The seal includes a rigid blade seal around three edges of the door and a flexible hinge cover seal adjacent to the hinge edge of the door. The flexible hinge cover seal is bonded to terminal blocks which in turn can be mounted to the door edge and to the door frame such that the flexible hinge cover seal covers the mold line gap adjacent to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James V. Eveker, Roger K. Young
  • Publication number: 20120013423
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, a switching device structure is provided comprising a cavity defined by a laminated structure; and a moveable member comprising a plurality of laminated layers, wherein the moveable member is suspended from a side surface of the cavity by a hinge comprising a plurality of adjacent electrical conductors. In one embodiment, a current conducting coil is formed within the moveable member, and first and second of the adjacent electrical conductors of the hinge respectively comprise coil-in and coil-out conductors electrically connected to the coil. In such an embodiment, the third and fourth of said electrical conductors may respectively comprise tip and ring conductors. In illustrative embodiments, each of the electrical conductors of the hinge may comprise a resilient or flexible copper material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: William C. Page, Lawrence DiFrancesco, Dain P. Bolling, David P. Paturel
  • Publication number: 20110296657
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in repairing, and methods of repairing, a door hinge of a vehicle includes use of a substitute hinge bracket and at least one pin configured to be received through at least one opening of a vehicle frame bracket. A locking portion of the at least one pin and a locking surface that defines an opening in the hinge bracket are configured such that the at least one pin is locked in a fixed position relative to the hinge bracket when assembled. Further, another repair apparatus includes a substitute pin having an interference portion for forming an interference fit with one or more surfaces defining an opening of a factory hinge bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: RONALD F. LEHNER
  • Patent number: 8001665
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in repairing, and methods of repairing, a door hinge of a vehicle includes use of a substitute hinge bracket and at least one pin configured to be received through at least one opening of a vehicle frame bracket. A locking portion of the at least one pin and a locking surface that defines an opening in the hinge bracket are configured such that the at least one pin is locked in a fixed position relative to the hinge bracket when assembled. Further, another repair apparatus includes a substitute pin having an interference portion for forming an interference fit with one or more surfaces defining an opening of a factory hinge bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald F Lehner
  • Publication number: 20110199171
    Abstract: Various embodiments for magnetic detent assemblies provide for detent devices with improved performance and manufacturability. In one embodiment, magnetic detent assemblies provide for custom detent positions and custom force profiles by including a pair of unitary magnetic components each having a special geometry. In an embodiment, the changing area of overlap (and hence magnetic flux) between the magnetic components can give rise to the custom detent positions and custom force profiles. In a specific embodiment, the magnetic components can comprise an N-point star shaped geometry, where the number and distribution of the start wings can be varied to define customized detent positions and the contour of the star wings can be varied to create customized force profiles. In other embodiments, devices such as laptop computers and docking stations for handheld electronic devices can implement multi-position detent hinges with the magnetic detent assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 7979967
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a hinge between two workpieces or components; first a hinge socket is inserted in an opening of the first component and then a hinge pin is inserted in the hinge socket; the second component can be fastened to the hinge pin end protruding from the hinge socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110147327
    Abstract: A hinge unit useful in the manufacture of readily assembled and erect shelving and storage units and furniture comprises an elongate locking member adapted to be received within a slotted channel in the surface of a first panel, means extending away from the elongate member for attaching the hinge to a second panel and integral axial flexion means between the two portions of the hinge. The cross-sectional shape of the elongate locking member and the channel are selected to prevent rotation of the locking member within the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: The Orange Group Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Verdicchio
  • Publication number: 20110138592
    Abstract: A fastener with a breakaway and methods of using the same. In one embodiment the fastener is a screw having a head and elongated stem, adapted to be easily manipulated by a user when using the screw as a fastener in a hinge or joint. A means of holding a screw by providing a breakaway tab or non-threaded portion of the elongated stem which can be used to align and insert the screw into a screw hole in the process of engaging threads in the screw hole with threads of the screw. After engaging the threads in the screw hole, such as after the screw has been essentially completely inserted into the screw hole, the breakaway tab or non-threaded portion of the elongated stem of the screw may be broken off at a breakaway and discarded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: EYEEGO, LLC
    Inventor: Nancy Tedeschi
  • Publication number: 20110094060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shaftless hinge comprising two hinge plates where shaft bushes are disposed on confronting sides of the two hinge plates; each of the shaft bushes on one of the hinge plates is disposed with an extension section at one end thereof; the extension section inserts into and pivotally articulated with one of the shaft bushes of an other one of the hinge plates respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Junwei Li
  • Publication number: 20110050067
    Abstract: A door hinge assembly for a refrigerator includes a refrigerator door pivotally coupled to a main body of the refrigerator and provided with at least one groove and a hinge unit enabling the refrigerator door to pivot. The hinge unit includes a hinge pin providing a pivot axis of the refrigerator door and a hook member provided at a side of the hinge pin and inserted and hooked in the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Wonsik Kang
  • Publication number: 20100243314
    Abstract: A data transfer hinge is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention provide a door hinge that facilitates transmission of data from LAN wiring in a building through a door frame to a door mounted device. Power and ground connections can also pass through the hinge. Channels run in each leaf from an edge coincident with the knuckles of the leaf to a passageway in the face of the leaf. Twisted pairs of data wires having a specified number of twists per unit length run through the passageway and the channels in the leaves. Each wire of a twisted pair is of a gauge and has insulation of a specified thickness and permittivity so as to cooperate with the channel to maintain an even distribution of capacitance and appropriate impedance for connection within a local area network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Bryla, Eriks A. Zusmanis, Paul Marquis
  • Patent number: 7730608
    Abstract: A hinge feeder for feeding open hinges at a predetermined orientation to a receiver ready for use by an automatic door hinger. A dispenser is provided to hold a stack of closed hinges. The orientation of the top end and hinge joint of each hinge is sensed and the hinges sequentially dispensed at a uniform orientation, except for the pinhead location, to a rotator that rotates those hinges to bring their top ends to a desired side. The hinges are then opened by a leaf turner, fed to a stacker and the opened and oriented hinges then deposited in a stack by a stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kval, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Kvalheim
  • Publication number: 20100024483
    Abstract: The present invention particularly relates to a novel type of hinge to be used for sequentially interconnecting different elemental jewellery units of a jewellery item. Type of hinge constructions used in jewellery making of prior art do not permit the jewellery item to retain during use its appropriate shape which is required for bringing out beauty value of the jewellery item like the diamond-studded necklace. The necklace may present itself as an ordinary metal chain, which, as if, “falls down loose”, giving a U-shape or any other unplanned shape. Hinge-construction of prior art does not restrict movement of different elemental jewellery units in different unplanned directions. The difficulty becomes more pronounced when very small size diamonds are used in the necklace. The novel type of hinge of the present invention provides two mating pairs for each elemental jewellery units permit each unit to have predetermined appropriate amounts of clockwise and anticlockwise rotational motions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Shishir Balkrishna Nevatia
  • Publication number: 20100018020
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a micro-hinge pivoting two pieces of an electric device is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: a) forming a shaft having a mounting end and a rotating portion and a round block between the mounting end and rotating portion; b) forming a sleeve having a slot and an inner diameter slightly smaller than an outer diameter of the rotating portion; c) providing a connecting element having an connecting end and an extending end; d) combining the connecting end and sleeve; and e) inserting the rotating portion into the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Kuo-Hua Huang
  • Publication number: 20100011551
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in repairing, and methods of repairing, a door hinge of a vehicle includes use of a substitute hinge bracket and at least one pin configured to be received through at least one opening of a vehicle frame bracket. A locking portion of the at least one pin and a locking surface that defines an opening in the hinge bracket are configured such that the at least one pin is locked in a fixed position relative to the hinge bracket when assembled. Further, another repair apparatus includes a substitute pin having an interference portion for forming an interference fit with one or more surfaces defining an opening of a factory hinge bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: RONALD F. LEHNER
  • Publication number: 20100011552
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for moving a step on a motor vehicle between a stowed position and a deployed position includes a rail bracket fixedly secured to the vehicle and including inner and outer bushings insert molded therein. A step bracket includes inner and outer bushings insert molded therein. The step is fixedly secured to the step bracket. An inner arm includes upper and lower pivot shafts insert molded therein. The upper and lower pivot shafts protrude from the inner arm and are pivotally disposed in the inner bushings of the rail and step brackets, respectively. An outer arm includes upper and lower pivot shafts insert molded therein. The upper and lower pivot shafts protrude from the outer arm and are pivotally disposed in the outer bushings of the rail and step brackets, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Christopher John Kuntze, Steve Giles, Daniel V. Beckley, Jason Fulcher, Ben Reginella, Timothy F. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20090199365
    Abstract: A pin assembly for providing a stable anchor on multiple ends has an axle having a pair of end members formed on each end of the axle. The axle is placed in a first opening in a first mounting end of a component part and extends to a second opening in a second mounting end of the component part. A bearing is mounted on a central section of the axle. A spacer is positioned between the bearing and one of the first or second mounting ends. A pair of expansion sleeves is provided wherein one of the pair of expansion sleeves is positioned over each of the end members of the axle. A pair of locking devices is provided wherein one of the pair of locking devices is coupled to each of the end members. When tightened, the locking devices cause the expansion sleeves to press against interior walls of the first and second openings to anchor the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Roger Svensson, Anders Carlsson, Everth Svensson
  • Patent number: 7568267
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in repairing, and methods of repairing, a door hinge of a vehicle includes use of a substitute hinge bracket and at least one pin configured to be received through at least one opening of a vehicle frame bracket. A locking portion of the at least one pin and a locking surface that defines an opening in the hinge bracket are configured such that the at least one pin is locked in a fixed position relative to the hinge bracket when assembled. Further, another repair apparatus includes a substitute pin having an interference portion for forming an interference fit with one or more surfaces defining an opening of a factory hinge bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald F Lehner
  • Publication number: 20090151124
    Abstract: An example hinge includes a hinge pin extending along an axis and a first knuckle for receiving the hinge pin. The first knuckle is rotatable about the axis. A second knuckle for receiving the hinge pin and is rotatable about the axis. At least one bearing limits relative rotation between the first hinge knuckle and the hinge pin. The example hinge assembly may include a tolerance ring between the hinge pin and the first knuckle to urge the bearing away from the axis. An example method of producing a hinge includes the steps of permitting a first hinge plate to move relative a hinge pin and limiting movement of a second hinge plate relative a hinge pin. The method biases a bearing adjacent the hinge pin to limit movement of the second hinge plate relative the hinge pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Earl David Forrest
  • Publication number: 20090077768
    Abstract: A method is applied to manufacture a combination-type male hinge comprising a connection portion and a shaft portion extended from the connection portion, and comprises the steps of: forming a plurality of connection plates by punching along at least one punching direction; making each connection plate have a punched peripheral surface and at least one perforating hole; making the punched peripheral surface have at least one sheared region and at least one torn region; and perforating the perforating holes of the connection plates by a extension bar extended from the connection portion, so as to connect the connection plates and manufacture the shaft portion of the combination-type male hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: PROTORSION HINGE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: LIN-KAI HUNG
  • Publication number: 20090007373
    Abstract: The present invention includes fabricating a raw metal through a first rolling process to form a body having a base, a bracing portion and a holding trough; placing a forming strut in the holding trough; fabricating the body held the forming strut through a second rolling process to form the bracing portion in an arched shape with the inner side in contact with the forming strut; treating the body with the arched bracing portion and the forming strut in a heat treatment to enhance the hardness; and cutting off the body at a selected length and removing the forming strut to become a finished product of the hinge barrel. The hinge barrel thus formed can provide a required steady friction coefficient. It is simply structured and can be fabricated with a lower force. The probability of product defects resulting from too much or too little friction coefficient can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Sinher Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Ding-Hone Su
  • Publication number: 20080271936
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is provided for moving a step on a motor vehicle between a stowed position and a deployed position. A rail bracket is fixedly secured to the vehicle and includes inner and outer bushings insert molded therein. A step bracket includes inner and outer bushings insert molded therein. The step is fixedly secured to the step bracket. An inner arm includes upper and lower pivot shafts insert molded therein. The upper and lower pivot shafts protrude from the inner arm and are pivotally disposed in the inner bushings of the rail and step brackets, respectively. An outer arm includes upper and lower pivot shafts insert molded therein. The upper and lower pivot shafts protrude from the outer arm and are pivotally disposed in the outer bushings of the rail and step brackets, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Christopher John Kuntze, Steve Giles, Daniel V. Beckley, Jason Fulcher, Ben Reginella, Timothy F. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080216286
    Abstract: A leaf-cartwheel flexure for coupling an object to a frame includes a leaf flexure for mounting to an object and a cartwheel hinge for mounting to the frame. The leaf flexure defines an axis of contraflexure and the cartwheel hinge is bendable about a rotational axis. The cartwheel hinge is coupled to the leaf flexure and positioned such that the rotational axis substantially aligns with the axis of contraflexure. A system and a method for mounting a component utilize three such leaf-cartwheel flexures for mounting the component to a frame, in which the flexures are approximately equidistant from each other about the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: REDSTONE AEROSPACE INC.
    Inventors: Ted Bertele, Larry Kaylor
  • Patent number: 7412758
    Abstract: The progressive die tooling component carrier is adapted to serve as a hinge connection between the components that it connects. The carrier allows for the reeling of a series of components for storage and transportation without causing the warping or bending of the components. Preferably, the hinge connection is achieved by providing the carrier with a compression, a perforation, or both a compression and a perforation. The carrier is designed to further minimize the scrap resulting from the removal of the carrier from the adjoining components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Costa Technologies
    Inventor: Larry J. Costa
  • Publication number: 20080141842
    Abstract: A string instrument comprising a neck extension primary member, having a neck extension securement end and a tuning assembly support head end, an extension top and a length extending between the ends, is disclosed. The neck extension primary member defines a neck extension cutaway volume configured to receive a hinge butt. The neck extension cutaway volume extends to be open at the neck extension securement end and open at the top of the neck extension primary member. A neck base primary member has a neck base securement end, a base top and an opposite end. The neck base primary member is made to define a neck base cutaway volume configured to receive a hinge butt. The neck base cutaway volume extends to be open at the neck base securement end and open at the top of the neck base primary member. A hinge has a first hinge butt positioned in the neck extension cutaway volume and a second hinge butt positioned in the neck base cutaway volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Harvey Leach
  • Publication number: 20080061198
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier includes a base and a clam shell for retaining an axle. The clam shell includes a bottom, which is coupled to the base and a lid. The lid is hingedly coupled to the clam shell and is capable of rotating between an open and closed position. A lever is coupled to the bottom and adapted to secure the lid in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: ROCKY MOUNTS
    Inventor: Bobby Noyes
  • Publication number: 20070289092
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a hinge mechanism including: a movable flange and a stationary flange; holding means for ensuring holding of the stationary and movable flanges. The method includes the following steps: the holding means are applied to the stationary flange, a portion of the holding means being in radial contact with an outside portion of the movable flange, the holding means are fastened to the stationary flange, at the same time, a clamping pressure is applied to the holding means, this clamping pressure being directed radially in order to apply a radial pressure of the holding means on the movable flange, so as to take up the play in the hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: FAURECIA, Sieges d' Automobile
    Inventors: Rene Rohee, Francois Cilliere
  • Publication number: 20070234536
    Abstract: In a casing for a hinge attachment of a car seat and to a method for its manufacture, the height of a toothed element is significantly larger than the thickness of walls of the hinge parts and the hinge parts and the toothed element form a statically compact casing unit, which has a distinctly reduced weight and simultaneously has distinctive flexible assembling characteristics, high stability under load and high accuracy. The casing and toothed element are separately produced by fine blanking and both parts are connected through a material connection or an form-fit connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventor: Paul Frauchiger
  • Patent number: 7197797
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a vehicle door hinge having a hinge axis, the method including providing a first hinge part having a first arm and a second arm axially spaced from the first arm, the hinge axis passing through the first arm and the second arm. The method also includes bending a strip of material to form a second hinge part having a first end, a second end, and a bent section between the first end and the second end, the first end having a first section and the second end having a second section, the first section and the second section being parallel relative to one another. In addition, the method includes fixing the first section and the second section relative to one another, and disposing the bent section between the first and second arms about the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Edscha North America
    Inventors: Wojciech Janczak, Craig Spalding, Jonathan Smith
  • Patent number: 7103947
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes a pair of first and second elongated shafts each having an end effector attached to a distal end thereof and a handle. The handle is movable from a first position wherein the end effectors are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second position wherein the end effectors are closer relative to one another. Each of the elongated shafts includes a hinge plate which mounts atop a pivot assembly for effecting movement of the end effectors relative to one another. The instrument also includes a hinge assembly made from an overmold composition which encapsulates and secures the hinge plates and the pivot assembly. The overmold composition is made from an electrically insulating material which insulates the end effectors from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: Joe Don Sartor, Dennis J. Harvilla
  • Patent number: 6928713
    Abstract: A hinge that has a first mounting base for attachment to a first hinged object. The hinge also has first and second hinge members pivotally connected together. The first hinge member and the first base are configured and dimensioned for cooperatively positioning and aligning the first hinge member in a plurality of mounted positions along the base length. At least one first locking member is associated with the first hinge member and the first base for locking the first hinge member to the first base in one of the mounted positions. The hinge may also be segmented. A positioning tool may be connected to at least the first base with an attachment portion and configured for positioning the first base and attachment portion on a first hinged object at a predetermined distance from the second hinge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Patent number: 6918167
    Abstract: A method of aligning and duplicating alignment includes welding a washer over a larger opening in a hinge once in an aligned position relative to a vehicle door. The door is mounted into an alignment fixture and the hinges are installed over threaded studs extending from the door. The washer is placed onto the threaded stud and tightened against the hinge, covering the larger opening in the hinge. The larger opening in the hinge allows movement of the hinge relative to the door for alignment. The washer defines an opening with a smaller opening sized to provide relatively little clearance for the threaded stud, and thereby maintain alignment between the door and hinge. The washer is permanently attached by a welding operation to allow duplication of door hinge alignment during reassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Arc Kinetics LLC
    Inventor: Russell Vernon Hughes
  • Patent number: 6910738
    Abstract: An adjustable pivot rotatably supports and adjusts a position of a pivoting member within a housing. The adjustable pivot includes a central cylinder defining a first axis and rotatably supporting the pivoting member. A second cylinder extends from the central cylinder and defines a second axis offset from and parallel to the first axis. The second cylinder is supported by the housing and operable for rotation about the second axis to an adjustment position. Rotation of the second cylinder to the adjustment position causes the first axis to orbit about the second axis to an adjusted position. In this manner, the pivoting member is adjustably positioned within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Fisher Dynamics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery T. Bonk
  • Patent number: 6889411
    Abstract: A conductive hinge is made of a superelastic shape memory alloy such as nitinol (NiTi) having a large elastic strain limit for enabling the hinge to bend to a small radius during stowage and flexible return to a trained rigid hinge position by training the shape memory alloy to assume a predetermined deployed configuration when released from a stowage configuration. The hinge is trained by forging at a temperature above a training temperature. The hinge is stowed and released in the superelastic state to deploy solar cell panels as the hinges unfold to the trained deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Hinkley, Edward J. Simburger
  • Patent number: 6637096
    Abstract: A novel striker for locking a glove box comprises a bracket (11) having at least two fastener holes (13), a bracket (11) being attached to an interior wall of crash pad or dashboard by fasteners through fastener holes (13) and a U-shaped latching loop (15, 25) being formed integrally with the bracket (11). The glove box is located in front of a passenger seat and hinged at the crash pad or dashboard for storing the miscellaneous in a vehicle. The U-shaped latching loop (15, 25) is upwardly bent with a predetermined angle against the bracket (11). A noise damping material (19) is coated on the latching loop (15, 25) by ejecting synthetic resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Jin Hee Kang
  • Patent number: 6630094
    Abstract: A tear-resistant flexible hinge structure is placed between a pair of substantially rigid panels so as to permit the panels to be hinged one with respect to the other, where the flexible hinge is formed from a plastics material such as polyvinyl chloride. The hinge structure is formed under heat and pressure so as to comprise at least three parallel rows of alternating flat and raised portions, in staggered relationship. This causes a structure whereby any rip or tear which starts in the formed flexible hinge cannot continue because it will encounter a discontinuity in the configuration and thickness of the material, which precludes further propagation of the rip or tear. Typically, after the hinge structure has been formed, it is configured in a semi-circular cross section, re-heated and cooled, so as to set and have a memory in its closed configuration as opposed to the originally pre-formed flat, open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Vidpro International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Abramson, Steven Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6591467
    Abstract: A method of making a hinge joining two rigid pieces each with top and bottom surfaces, comprising the steps of thermoforming a first piece of rigid plastic material having a first hinge joint; machining a hole with a tubular shape through each of two external surfaces of the first hinge joint; thermoforming a second piece of rigid plastic material having a second hinge joint; machining two keyhole-shaped passage perpendicular to the length of the surface and across the width of the near-end external surfaces of the first protrusion and of the second protrusion of the second piece; inserting a hinge pin through each hole with a tubular shape; and assembling the two pieces with the first hinge joint fitting into the gap of the second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Sailing Specialties INC
    Inventor: Peter G. Cardona
  • Patent number: 6581244
    Abstract: A method and hinge construction for mounting to an item, such as, jewelry. An H-shaped mounting plate has two support legs for mounting to the item. The plate has a hinge pin pivotally receiving the Y-shaped end of a hinge component with the opposite end of the component securable to a clasp plate mounted to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Abbeycrest PLC
    Inventor: John Peters
  • Patent number: 6539598
    Abstract: In a hinge-part blank made from a rolled or drawn profiled strip of stock that is separated into the individual hinge-part blanks by beam-cutting along an oblique boundary line (I) followed by parting along a parting line (II), the profiled strip of stock has a T- or Y-shaped cross section and is separated into the individual hinge-part blanks by beam-cutting along the boundary lines (I) and the parting lines (II) and is separated at that time in the region of the hinge head (7 or 8) by means of a saw cut along a parting line (III).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Norbert Weber
  • Publication number: 20030056349
    Abstract: A method for repairing an eyeglass hinge having a failed screw so as to form a repaired eyeglass hinge utilizing a kit that includes a magnifying glass and a pair of strips. Each strip is slender, elongated, resilient, and tapers from a proximal end thereof to a distal end thereof so as to accommodate different sized eyeglass hinges, and the eyeglass hinge has a pair of mating portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Milton R. Okun
  • Publication number: 20020178560
    Abstract: A hinge joining two rigid pieces. A first hinge joint protrudes from a first piece of rigid-plastic material, and has two surfaces. Each of the two surfaces of the first hinge joint has a hinge hole with a tubular shape. A second hinge joint protrudes from a second piece of rigid plastic material. The second hinge joint has a first hollow and a second hollow. The space between the first hollow and the second hollow define a gap length which approximately is equal to the hinge-joint length such that the first hinge joint fits between the near-end surfaces of the first hollow and the second hollow. Each of the near-end surfaces of the first hollow and the second hollow has a keyhole-shaped passage. The hinge pin passes, aligned, through the hinge hole of the first hinge joint, and the tubular central portion of each of the keyhole passages. The hinge pin hinges together the first piece and the second piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Peter G. Cardona
  • Patent number: 6473949
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing articulated joints by assembling prefabricated parts, which comprise a pin defining an axis on which at least one articulated part having a bearing hole is to be pivotally mounted by means of a bearing bush. The parts are randomly delivered and, if required, automatically processed in a machine to assemble the joints. Cost-effective production of articulated joints with freely adjustable torques using automatic can be achieved machines by carrying out the following steps: determining the actual dimensions of the bearing holes, the pin and at least one of the two bearing bushes; comparing the determined actual dimensions and the values derived therefrom, especially the ratios, with the threshold values that can be fixed in order to obtain the desired result and inputting control commands into the automatically working machine with the purpose of processing at least one of the parts before assembling the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Ed. Scharwaechter GmbH
    Inventors: Atndt Mueller, Uwe Gohrbandt, Victor Otte, Ralf Otte
  • Publication number: 20020152596
    Abstract: The instant invention is a method and apparatus for assembling two hinge leaves. The apparatus includes an assembly for feeding a predetermined length of a wire pintle into a shear assembly. The shear assembly cuts the wire pintle to a specified length and locates the wire in a channel. Substantially simultaneously with the shearing of the wire, a punch and die assembly adjacent the shear assembly locates the two leaves of the hinge such that the barrels of the hinge are aligned. Once in position, a linear actuator drives the sheared length of wire pintle into the aligned hinge barrels to couple the two hinge leaves together. Once the pintle has been inserted, staking pins within the punch and die assembly impact select ones of the hinge barrels to keep the pintle in place. Also, disclosed is a novel method of manufacturing the two hinge leaves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Steve A. Ruddy, Hal Ward
  • Patent number: 6450003
    Abstract: A tool for adjusting a door hinge so that the door hangs properly. The tool is a tube with a slot extending from one end of the tube to the other end of the tube and having a bore to permit sliding the tube over the knuckles of the door hinge. In use, the tube is slid over the knucles of the hinge with the plates of the hinge extending through the slot. The door is opened sufficiently so that the swage and/or mounting plate are adjusted to where the door swings and closes properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Eric C Pawson
  • Patent number: 6381819
    Abstract: A method of constructing a double-walled blow-molded article with a hinged handle is performed on an article comprising a receiving member and a pinned member. The receiving member is a double-walled blow-molded thermoplastic component having an outer wall, an inner wall, and an open-ended receptacle. The open ended receptacle is defined by an arcuate pocket positioned opposite the open end, a stationary wall extending from the pocket and facing generally in a first direction, and a deflecting wall positioned opposite the stationary wall and facing generally in a second direction opposite the first direction. The pinned member includes a cylindrical pin. The method comprises as a first step passing the cylindrical pin through the open end of the receptacle and into contact with the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Delta Consolidated Industries
    Inventor: J. Parks Newby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6314614
    Abstract: In order to keep the braking moment in doors with a pivoting brake for the continuously progressive braking moment variation with different inclinations of the pivoting axis of the doors to the vertical within a determined range, rules given for calculating said braking moment, especially in relation to the braking moment thereof causing the door to be unintentionally closed and for an advantageous variation of said braking moment over a door pivoting angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Hans Kuehl
  • Patent number: 6304433
    Abstract: A portable computer including two plastic enclosures has a first hinge body attached to a first one of the enclosures. The first hinge body includes a bore formed therein. A flowable lubricant such as grease is disposed within the bore. A second hinge body is attached to a second one of the enclosures. The second hinge body includes an elongated shaft pivotally mounted within the bore having grooves formed on an outer surface of the shaft. A sealing member such as an O-ring is resiliently compressed between one of the grooves and an inner surface of the bore. A friction member is seated in another one of the grooves and in contact with the inner surface of the bore. The seal member has a coefficient of friction such that friction between the seal member and the bore is negligible with respect to friction between the friction member and the bore. The seal member limits the escape of lubricant and the resulting lubricant-induced stress cracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.
    Inventors: Sean P. O'Neal, Reynold Liao
  • Patent number: 6286198
    Abstract: A structure is formed by folding a panel along one or more V-grooves cut in the inside surface of the panel. The verticies formed by the V-groove on the folded panel includes film hinges which are formed by injecting a plastic material in a groove formed on the outside surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Wilhelm Riesmeier