Elastic Joining Of Parts Patents (Class 29/450)
  • Patent number: 11865684
    Abstract: A pneumatic electric nail gun includes a muzzle unit, a striking cylinder that is connected to the muzzle unit, a piston rod subunit that extends movably from the striking cylinder into the muzzle unit, an electric unit that drives movement of the piston rod subunit from a standby position to a nail-striking position for striking a nail, and a connecting unit that includes a plurality of fasteners and a plurality of buffer members. The fasteners extend through the electric unit and secure the electric unit to the muzzle unit. Each of the buffer members surrounds a respective one of the fasteners and fills a space between the respective one of the fasteners, the electric unit and the muzzle unit for shock absorption during a nail-striking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Basso Industry Corp.
    Inventors: An-Gi Liu, Chang-Sheng Lin, Fu-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 11805874
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an apparatus, including a frame having a front surface and a back surface. In some examples, the frame is configured to hold a card at the front surface. According to some examples, the frame is configured to release the card via a force from the back surface. The apparatus may include a slot configured to receive the force from the back surface during the release of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Haoyu Feng, Dan Xiong, Jinyao Feng
  • Patent number: 11592121
    Abstract: A device and method of positioning a component on a cable. The method includes: moving a collet into position on the component; engaging the component with the collet; moving the collet with the component positioned thereon into alignment with an end of the cable; securing the collet to the end of the cable; moving the component from the collet to the cable; and removing the collet from the end of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: David Alan College, Mark Ondo
  • Patent number: 11439805
    Abstract: A method is provided for fitting an elastic hose onto a dimensionally stable connector, wherein the method involves the following steps: a) generating a flow of pressurized gas out of the connector; b) bringing the hose end to the connector against the flow direction of the gas out of the connector; and c) reducing the flow cross section of the hose beyond the connection point in order to generate dynamic pressure in the hose, widening the hose end; d) fitting the hose end onto the connector; and e) increasing the flow cross section of the hose beyond the connection point to mount the hose end to the outside of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Benedict Glaser
  • Patent number: 11415257
    Abstract: A pipe joining system and pipe joint are shown m which two sections of molecularly oriented pipe are joined using heat shrinking techniques. A first section of pipe is provided having a straight, pre-formed socket with an internal diameter and with an end opening having enough clearance to allow a mating spigot section having a given external diameter to be inserted into the socket end opening. After the spigot end is inserted to a given depth, the socket is heated sufficiently so that the internal diameter of the socket end comes into contact with the external diameter of the spigot end, the molecularly oriented pipe being in a rubbery state and exhibiting a low elastic modulus which allows the socket end to conform tightly to the spigot end external diameter without deforming the spigot end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: S & B Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford G. Corbett, Jr., Guido Quesada, Keith Steinbruck
  • Patent number: 11237460
    Abstract: A softbox for being mounted to spotlight door flaps includes plural flat sides, at least two of which are mutually non-adjacent, wherein pockets for accommodating the spotlight door flaps are arranged on the at least two mutually non-adjacent flat sides of the softbox, wherein the pockets are each provided with an insertion opening, and wherein the insertion openings are configured to be reversibly variable with regard to their widths. The softbox includes at least two side walls, and further includes a light-baffle arranged between the at least two side walls of the softbox, wherein the light-baffle includes at least two translucent planes inclined to one another, and wherein the plural translucent planes together form a shape having a base facing towards the spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Stefan Karle
  • Patent number: 11189396
    Abstract: A cable has a tensile armor having a number of elongated polymeric tensile elements. At least one of the elongated polymeric tensile elements includes a bundle of high tensile fibers and a jacket tightly retaining the bundle of fibers. The elongated polymeric tensile elements are arranged with a lay loss of 1.5% at most. A method of manufacturing such a cable is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.P.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Maria Consonni, Gianni Miramonti, Luca Giorgio Maria De Rai, Paolo Veggetti
  • Patent number: 11085247
    Abstract: An assembly for securing a probe retention member at a desired location within a tubular interior such as in a drill string collar. The assembly may use one or more securing members external to the retention member. In some embodiments most of the stresses from the probe retention structures of the retention member are isolated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Anthony Stack, Aaron William Logan, Justin Christopher Logan, Patrick Robert Derkacz, Kurtis Kenneth Lee West, Robert Andrew Harris
  • Patent number: 11041541
    Abstract: A torsional damper assembly includes a hub having an outer periphery, an annular elastomeric element disposed about the outer periphery, and an annular inertia ring disposed about the elastomeric element. The inertia ring has an inner periphery adjacent the elastomeric element. The outer periphery of the hub is provided with a first plurality of surface features and the inner periphery of the inertia ring is provided with a second plurality of surface features. The first plurality of surface features is complementary to and engaged with the second plurality of surface features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Rolando V. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11017559
    Abstract: A hole location target includes a self-centering insert having a centerline and an optical target attached to the self-centering insert at a fixed position relative to the centerline of the self-centering insert. The optical target surface includes a two-dimensional pattern thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jerald A. Hull, Philip L. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10971878
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a terminal-equipped electric wire is a method in which an exposed core wire of the electric wire is ultrasonically welded to a core wire connection portion of a terminal having a core wire connection portion and a coating crimping portion. The manufacturing method for the terminal-equipped electric wire including: supporting the core wire connection portion on an anvil; bringing the coating crimping portion into contact with a vibration suppressing contact portion; arranging the exposed core wire on the core wire connection portion and arranging the coating of the electric wire in the coating crimping portion; and ultrasonically welding the exposed core wire to the core wire connection portion in a state where the core wire connection portion is supported on the anvil and the coating crimping portion is in contact with the vibration suppressing contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya Suzuki, Tatsuo Tamagawa, Daichi Miura, Yo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10893863
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises offset staple rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10792406
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible shaft arrangement having a flexible hollow shaft (1, 2) which has an, end at the drive side and an end at the output side, wherein the hollow shaft is reinforced sectionally between these ends by a core (3, 4) extending in its interior. Stiffer and more flexible sections can hereby be selectively positioned within the shaft arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Roehn, Reiner Liebing
  • Patent number: 10792476
    Abstract: A guide wire includes a long flexible wire main body, and a coil that is formed by winding a plurality of wires in a spiral shape, and which is disposed at an outer periphery of a distal portion of the wire main body to cover the distal portion. The coil includes a coil distal portion that is disposed on a distal side in the distal portion, a coil proximal portion that is disposed on a further proximal side in comparison to the coil distal portion, and a coil intermediate portion that is disposed between the coil distal portion and the coil proximal portion, and includes a wire having a wire diameter that is smaller than a wire diameter of the wires of the coil distal portion and the coil proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Teruo Aoki
  • Patent number: 10653415
    Abstract: Devices for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue include a sheath and a staple push rod. The sheath has a distal end configured to be pressed against the target tissue. The staple push rod is disposed within at least a portion of the sheath and is slidable relative thereto. The staple push rod includes a pair of stakes. Each stake is dimensioned to abut a surface of a staple to apply pushing forces thereto. The stakes are biased to assume a bow-like shape such that an intermediate portion of a staple extends tautly between the first stake and the second stake when the stakes are extending beyond the distal end of the tubular member. Methods for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan
  • Patent number: 10396518
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cable gripping device used for manually gripping a coaxial cable to install a coaxial connector on the coaxial cable. According to an exemplary embodiment, the coaxial gripping tool includes a first half portion and a mating and/or hinged second half portion, wherein the mating/hinged portions provide a longitudinal bore configured to grip the coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PDS Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward L. Merical, Christopher Robert Cummings
  • Patent number: 10207787
    Abstract: A method for drawing a flexible sleeve over an elongated mandrel includes placing a ring within a lumen of the sleeve. A first end of the sleeve is fixed against movement relative to a first end of the mandrel. A first end portion of the sleeve is inverted over a first end portion of the mandrel so as to define a circumferential cuff in the sleeve, and the ring is positioned concentrically within the circumferential cuff. Using, e.g., a magnet, the ring is then urged longitudinally along the mandrel and toward an opposite, second end thereof, such that the sleeve is inverted over at least an outer surface of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Luke Fletcher, Ashleigh Raoul Nesbit, Dominic Wierzbicki, Richard Bain, Andrew Klimovski, Peter Nathan Steele, Martin Szarski, Peter Lockett, Manning Scarfe
  • Patent number: 10071886
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a flexible sleeve to contain a bumper of a crane. The flexible sleeve includes a first end to be closed adjacent the bumper to contain the bumper in a cavity defined by the flexible sleeve. The first end of the flexible sleeve and the bumper are to couple to a first position of the crane via a fastener. The flexible sleeve includes a second end opposite the first end. The second end is to couple to a second position of the crane to prevent the bumper contained in the cavity from falling from the crane if the first end of the flexible sleeve decouples from the first position of the crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James A. Blonden, Michael A. Fritch
  • Patent number: 10030950
    Abstract: A toy dart includes a deformable cap that safely impacts a target. The cap includes two layers of substantially parallel hollow passages that provide spaces that allow the cap to deform. The lower layer, having two hollow passages, is supported by exterior posts and an interior wall between the two hollow passages. The upper layer, having three hollow passages, is supported by exterior posts and interior walls that are laterally offset from the interior wall of the lower layer. The upper and lower layers are separated vertically by a substantially flat divider. Due to the difference in the number of hollow passages and interior walls in each layer, the upper layer is more rigid than the lower layer such that the lower layer of the cap deforms more than the upper layer of the cap upon initial impact with the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventors: Francis See Chong Chia, Xubin Xia
  • Patent number: 10018451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dart head for a toy dart. The dart head comprises a body having an enlarged head portion integrally formed with a stem portion longitudinally extended from the head portion, wherein the head portion is hollow. The invention also relates to a toy dart comprising a dart body connectable with the dart head as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Alex Brands Buzz Bee Toys (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Chor-Ming Ma
  • Patent number: 9989088
    Abstract: A linear bearing (1) includes a collar (2) arranged to receive a shaft (30) therethrough. The linear bearing (1) also has at least one resiliently sprung member (12) mounted within the collar (2) that contacts the shaft (30) when the shaft (30) is mounted inside the collar (2). The at least one resiliently sprung member (12) is arranged to permit displacement of the collar (2), relative to the shaft (30), in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main axis of the collar (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Juan Reveles, Vincent Fraux
  • Patent number: 9950786
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for aircraft wheels and brakes systems for use in, for example, an aircraft. In this regard, a damper for an axle may comprise a solid body defined by a cylindrical outside diameter (OD) surface and an elliptical inner surface configured to be inserted into a bore of the axle, the elliptical inner surface defining a void. The damper may comprise a varying thickness between the OD surface and the elliptical inner surface, the varying thickness including a minimum thickness along a major axis of the inner surface and a maximum thickness along a minor axis of the inner surface. The varying thickness may help to decouple a bending mode along the minor axis from the bending mode along the major axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Todd Rook
  • Patent number: 9931922
    Abstract: When an insertion groove, into which various parts are inserted, is formed on a sealing member, the present disclosure may maintain a width of an opening of the insertion groove greater than or equal to a predetermined width, facilitating the insertion. A sealing member 30 includes an insertion groove S opening toward an outside of a compartment. A protruding portion 36b is formed on a side face S1 of the insertion groove S, and protrudes toward another side face S2. The protruding portion 36b is connected to the other side face R2 via a connecting portion 36c smaller in strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Morioka, Atushi Fukuta
  • Patent number: 9840259
    Abstract: Window assemblies and methods for assembling window assemblies for railway cars are provided. A window assembly includes a first frame portion, which defines a first frame side, a portion of a third frame side, and a portion of a fourth frame side, and which includes a first body which defines a first outer channel. The window assembly further includes a second frame portion which defines a second frame side, a portion of the third frame side, and a portion of the fourth frame side, and which includes a second body which defines a second outer channel. The window assembly further includes a first wear bar at least partially disposed within the first outer channel, and a second wear bar at least partially disposed and resiliently adjustable within the second outer channel. The first frame portion and the second frame portion together define a frame aperture therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Wayne Simpson, Robert Wayne Lewis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9829290
    Abstract: A toy projectile and method of making the toy projectile is provided herein. The toy projectile having: an elongated dart body secured to a tip assembly, the tip assembly comprising: a tip insert secured to a forward end of the elongated dart body and a tip secured to the tip insert, wherein the tip comprises a styrene ethylene butylene styrene copolymer (SEBS rubber) tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kin Fai Chang, Chun Wing Wong, Peter Kit Fan, Him Fung Hau
  • Patent number: 9616719
    Abstract: A valve cap and core tool has an elongate shaft terminated by a valve core head at one end and a valve cap head at a second end. The valve cap head has an elastomeric sleeve that is sufficiently elastic to slightly stretch about and securely engage a valve cap. The valve core head has an elastomeric sleeve, and coaxial with and interior of the sleeve is a rigid tube that terminates distal to the shaft at a bifurcated end. The rigid tube bifurcated end is designed to drop around and engage with a valve core, and with continued rotation unthread the valve core. Within the core of the rigid tube, and preferably securely engaged therewith, is an elastomeric tube. The elastomeric tube is of appropriate diameter and sufficiently elastic to securely grab and retain the valve core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Cory R. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9612165
    Abstract: A combining air-temperature monitor includes a faceted central shaft, a plurality of air-foil rings positioned about the faceted central shaft and a mixing zone proximate the faceted central shaft. The air-foil rings and the faceted central shaft cooperate to direct a plurality of air streams into the mixing zone. A temperature sensor is disposed within the mixing zone. The temperature sensor selectively measures a combined temperature of the plurality of air streams within the mixing zone. The faceted central shaft is adapted for insertion into an air-handling duct, wherein the faceted central shaft is free of a predetermined rotational orientation within the air handling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Karas, Mukesh Kumar, Eric R. Yerke
  • Patent number: 9505285
    Abstract: An anti-vibration device includes: an inner cylinder connected to one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion; an outer cylinder connected to the other one of the vibration generating portion and the vibration receiving portion; an intermediate cylinder pressed in an inner periphery of the outer cylinder; a main elastic body connecting the inner cylinder and the intermediate cylinder; and a stopper elastic body independent of the main elastic body, the stopper elastic body being fixed to the intermediate cylinder and facing, in a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the inner cylinder, the inner cylinder with at least a cavity in between, the cavity being formed through the main elastic body in the inner cylinder axial direction, wherein the stopper elastic body has an axial stopper portion that protrudes beyond the intermediate cylinder and the outer cylinder in the inner cylinder axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Yukihiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9506523
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper is disclosed. The torsional vibration damper comprises a first member having a radially outer surface that comprises a central concave section axially between convex sections and a second member having a radially inner surface that comprises a central convex section axially between concave sections and that opposes said radially outer surface. The radially outer surface and said radially inner surface are separated by a radial gap that defines a cross-sectional profile having an axial center and axial ends, and wherein said radial gap increases in thickness from said axial center to each said axial end of said cross-sectional profile. Alternatively, the first member may include a central convex section axially between concave sections and the second member may include a central concave section between convex section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Suhale Manzoor, William J. Piepsney
  • Patent number: 9434326
    Abstract: A mount apparatus for securing a license plate to a vehicle. The mount apparatus includes a bracket that has a back side for facing the vehicle and a front side for being engaged by the license plate. At least one fastener extends through the bracket for connecting the bracket to the vehicle. At least one energy absorption device receives the fastener and engages and extends away from the back side of the bracket for spacing the bracket and the license plate from the vehicle to absorb energy transferred to the bracket during an impact with the license plate to dissipate the amount of energy transferred from the bracket to the vehicle during the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: David Walters
  • Patent number: 9146002
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a support structure including an at least partly reversibly deformable base body with a cut-out. A component can be held in the cut-out by friction. The method includes machining the base body in the braced state, wherein an opening is introduced into the base body and/or widened. The opening is deformed when the deformation force is removed such that the cut-out is formed. The opening is formed such that the application of a joining force makes it possible to deform the cut-out such that a component to be held can be introduced into the deformed cut-out with a clearance fit and an at least partial recovery of the deformed cut-out brings about a pressure contact between the held component and the cut-out in predefined circumferential regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Hauf, Martin Latzel
  • Patent number: 9127742
    Abstract: A protective tube arrangement for a piston-cylinder unit includes a substantially disk-shaped carrying cap and a protective tube which has axially projecting crenellations and free portions formed between the crenellations. First and second axially acting securing elements axially fix the protective tube to the carrying cap by positive engagement. Each of the securing elements is formed by a wrapped binding element which is wrapped around the protective tube over the crenellations and tightened between the crenellations over the free portions so that the binding element defines secant segments through the indentation of the imaginary contour of the protective tube between the crenellations in the free portions of the protective tube, which secant segments form a positively engaging arrangement for the carrying cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Thomas Nowotka
  • Patent number: 9089972
    Abstract: A tele-presence system that includes a cart. The cart includes a robot face that has a robot monitor, a robot camera, a robot speaker, a robot microphone, and an overhead camera. The system also includes a remote station that is coupled to the robot face and the overhead camera. The remote station includes a station monitor, a station camera, a station speaker and a station microphone. The remote station can display video images captured by the robot camera and/or overhead camera. By way of example, the cart can be used in an operating room, wherein the overhead camera can be placed in a sterile field and the robot face can be used in a non-sterile field. The user at the remote station can conduct a teleconference through the robot face and also obtain a view of a medical procedure through the overhead camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: David Stuart, Daniel Steven Sanchez, Fuji Lai, Kevin Hanrahan, Charles S. Jordan, David Roe, James Rosenthal, Amante Mangaser, Blair Whitney, Derek Walters
  • Patent number: 9073195
    Abstract: A combination kit includes an oscillating power tool and accessory. The tool includes a housing, motor, transmission to convert rotational motion to oscillating motion, output spindle, and accessory attachment mechanism. The mechanism has a first clamping face with projections, a second clamping face, and a central post. The accessory includes a working end, an opposite rear end, and a fitment adjacent the rear end. The fitment includes a generally U-shaped opening open at the rear end that receives the post, a first plurality of openings in communication with and extending radially outward from the U-shaped opening, and a second plurality of openings not in communication with and positioned radially outward from the U-shaped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Kaye, Jr., James R. Niblett
  • Publication number: 20150147112
    Abstract: Resin pallets having a deck and a base, where the deck and base are joined by an interlock, which is optionally reversible, are described. Methods of making such pallets by assembling the pallets by interlocking parts to form the pallets, in an optionally reversible method, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Donald E. Wilcox, Charles S. Arena
  • Publication number: 20150143683
    Abstract: A covering for electric cords includes an elasticized fabric sleeve having a first end defining a first opening and a second end defining a second opening. The sleeve defines a lumen between the first and second openings configured to dispose an electric cord therein. The covering further includes a tether slidingly disposed within the lumen of the sleeve adapted to dispose the electric cord within the lumen of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Lisa L. Lake-Maiorana
  • Patent number: 9038259
    Abstract: An electrically conductive hose cutting clip has at least one end tab that is shaped to provide a cutting edge for penetration of the inner layer(s) of a multiple layer fluid conveyance hose when it is clipped onto a fluid connector and the hose is installed on the fluid connector by forcing it onto the connector. The cutting action by the cutting clip provides for a relatively low resistance electrical connection between an electrically conductive layer of the hose and the fluid connector. This can be used to provide a signal path from a sensing element on or in the hose to a system electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Wells
  • Patent number: 9038258
    Abstract: A sealing and restraint mechanism operable to couple pipes having a restraint mechanism with a cavity formed in an interior region, and a gripping insert operable to be received within the cavity. The cavity of the restraint mechanism is at least partially defined by a stop and a shoulder. The gripping insert is operable to slide along the cavity and between the stop and the shoulder of the restraint mechanism such that, when the gripping insert slides toward the stop, the gripping insert is biased toward one of the pipes by the restraint mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Liao, Chuck Clark
  • Publication number: 20150107718
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and process for handling and/or manufacturing articles. At least one article support configured to support an article is coupled to a transfer beam configured to reciprocally move along a first axis. The reciprocal movement of the transfer beam moves the at least one article support between two stations, such that an article supported by the article support may be conveyed between the two stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Ericus Andreas van Kleef
  • Patent number: 9009942
    Abstract: A roll-up door has a plurality of panels and a plurality of roller assemblies mounted to ends of the panels for mounting the panels in channels. At least some of the panels are formed of blow-molded thermoplastic material and have a relatively flat outside face and an inside face including ribs that extend longitudinally and transversely on the panel. A reinforced panel of thermoplastic material is made by blow molding a panel with a thermoplastic material to form a relatively flat outside face and a ribbed inside face, and with elongated channels along upper and lower walls thereof. The panel is trimmed while it is still warm to open the channels at one end. While the panel is still warm, reinforcing members are inserted into the elongated channels. The panels can be cooled to shrink the channels onto the reinforcing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fleet Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Roberts, Thomas Gerst
  • Patent number: 9003627
    Abstract: A micro-coupling active release mechanism including a shape memory alloy (SMA) cylindrical ring that is fit into a bushing or other mating attachment creating an interference joint held in place by frictional forces. The interference joint can be released upon actuation in which the SMA cylindrical ring is heated causing it to shrink in size, relieving the frictional forces of the interference joint thereby releasing the SMA cylindrical ring from the bushing or other mating attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William Mike Crane, Paul Michael Oppenheimer, Marcello Romano, James Hansen Newman
  • Publication number: 20150092105
    Abstract: A camera module, in particular, for a vehicle, the camera module including at least: an objective mount and an objective, which is held in the objective mount and has a lens holder and at least one lens secured in the lens holder, the objective being fixed in position in the objective mount by a frictional connection between an outer surface of the lens holder and an inner surface of the objective mount. A plurality of frictional connection devices spaced apart in the circumferential direction are formed on the outer surface of the lens holder and/or on the inner surface of the objective mount, in order to generate the frictional connection. To insert and to adjust the objective, the objective mount is preferably asymmetrically deformed in an elastic manner, and the objective is placed into the deformed objective mount, and the elastic deformation is subsequently removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald Brinks, Uwe Apel, Ulrich Seger
  • Publication number: 20150082830
    Abstract: A versatile jewelry includes a semi-rigid or rigid main body defining at least one retaining feature about the outer periphery. The main body has a semi-circular profile and defines first and second opposing end portions with a clearance therebetween. At least one hair accessory is adapted to extend over the main body and arranged to be secured by the at least one retaining feature. The main body retains the at least one hair accessory therewith, and the at least one hair accessory spans the periphery of the main body and the clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Arni Thor INGIMUNDARSON
  • Publication number: 20150068670
    Abstract: A filter member used in an oxygenator is constructed to provide improved contact with a hollow fiber membrane bundle and to capture bubbles contained in blood. The filter member possesses elasticity at least in the circumferential direction to allow the inner circumference of the filter member to be increased from a natural non-expanded state prior to placement on the hollow fiber membrane bundle to an expanded state in which the inner circumference of the filter member is increased when placed on the hollow fiber membrane bundle. The filter member is constructed to satisfy the condition 0.5?L2/L1<1, wherein L1 represents the outer circumference of the hollow fiber membrane bundle and L2 represents the inner circumference of the filter member in the natural non-expanded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mizoguchi, Eiji Kato
  • Publication number: 20150069755
    Abstract: A connector can include multiple circumferentially distributed engagement structures which clamp two hubs together, and a biasing device which biases the engagement structures toward an open configuration thereof, in which the hubs are separable from each other. Another connector can include multiple circumferentially distributed engagement structures, each having a recess which receives hubs therein, and a sleeve which encircles the engagement structures and prevents the engagement structures from displacing radially outward from an open configuration thereof, in which the hubs are separable from each other. A method of making a connection to a wellhead can include applying pressure to a connector, thereby allowing multiple circumferentially distributed engagement structures to displace outward to an open configuration thereof, and displacing one hub of the connector into contact with another hub secured to the wellhead, the engagement structures axially aligning the hubs during the displacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Brad R. BULL, William D. KENDRICK
  • Patent number: 8973216
    Abstract: A grommet has a faceplate with a width that is greater than an aperture width in a metal stud, as well as a front surface and a rear surface that extend downwardly to form a first clip portion. The grommet also includes a flange extending from a perimeter of an opening through the faceplate, to form a duct shaped to receive the flex tubing therethrough. A second clip portion extends downwardly from the flange, adjacent the first clip portion, so that the first and second clip portions frictionally engage the metal stud to hold the duct within the aperture of the metal stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Ralph M. Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20150059777
    Abstract: This invention provides a male incontinence device for external use. The device has a soft elongated body that has at least one flexible wire centrally positioned in the body. The body is bendable to form a U-shape comprising first and second arms extending from a U-bend, each of the first and second arms comprising a gripping portion disposed between the U-bend and a distal end of the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: REMO GUARDIA
  • Patent number: 8943658
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a tampon includes a pushing-member inserting mechanism that inserts a pushing member into an accommodating cylinder through a leading-end opening; and a tampon main body inserting mechanism that inserts a tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder from side including a cord through the leading-end opening; a drive section connecting the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder by moving one of the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder towards other one and thus contacting the guide tube and the leading-end part of the accommodating cylinder; a pressing part pressing the tampon main body inserted into the guide tube so as to insert the tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder connected to the guide tube; and an air suction device sucking air from rear-end side of the accommodating cylinder in a case where the tampon main body is inserted into the accommodating cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Seki, Hideki Onishi, Masashi Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 8931157
    Abstract: Fabric display panels mountable on a frame for displaying graphical images and methods of making same. In some embodiments, fabric display panels which can be mounted on foldable frames to provide portable display systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Robert P. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8925435
    Abstract: A solid tool gripping and alignment plate, for accurately gripping and holding a tool placed therein in perfect alignment. The tool gripping and alignment plate consists of a flat unitary tool gripping plate with a smooth non-circular opening formed in the tool gripping plate for gripping a tool therein fully 360 degrees about a tool's periphery upon adjustment of the gripping plate. A single threaded adjustment member is arranged through a side of the gripping plate for biasing a portion of the smooth non-circular opening in the tool gripping plate from a non-circular shape into the circular shaped opening for circumferentially gripping of a tool therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Richard J. Greenleaf