Multipart Cooperating Fastener (e.g., Bolt And Nut) Patents (Class 29/525.02)
  • Patent number: 10876429
    Abstract: An annular shroud assembly for a gas turbine engine is provided. The annular shroud assembly includes a plurality of first shroud segments having a same first arcuate length within a tolerance, at least one second shroud segment having a second arcuate length different than the first arcuate length and outside the tolerance, a plurality of first intersegment gaps between adjacent first segments, the first intersegment gaps having a circumferential dimension within a desired controlled range of dimensions, and at least two second intersegment gaps between opposed ends of the second segment and adjacent first segment. The first and second intersegment gaps are within the desired controlled range. Methods for controlling intersegment gaps between a plurality of shroud segments forming an annular shroud assembly and for forming such annular shroud assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Daniel Lecuyer
  • Patent number: 10753339
    Abstract: A retention fixture for retaining a first end of a first member, such as a section of a wind turbine tower, a wind turbine rotor blade or a wind turbine hub, having an axial direction, a transverse direction perpendicular to the axial direction, and a vertical direction perpendicular to the axial and transverse directions. The transverse and vertical directions define a first plane. A first axial end console counteracts relative horizontal displacement between the first end of the first member and the retention fixture in the axial direction. The first axial end console also has transverse positioning means to transversely position the first end of the first member relative to the retention fixture when attaching the retention fixture to a first end of a first member. The transverse positioning means counteracts relative displacement between the first end of the first member and the retention fixture in the transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: LIFTRA IP APS
    Inventor: Per Eske Fenger
  • Patent number: 10563525
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine component comprises a blade having a leading edge and a trailing edge. The blade is mounted to a disc and configured for rotation about an axis. A platform supports the blade, and has a fore edge portion at the leading edge and an aft edge portion at the trailing edge. At least one of the fore edge portion and aft edge portion includes a mouth portion defined by an inner wing and an outer wing spaced radially outward of the inner wing. At least one coverplate is retained against the disc by the inner wing. A gas turbine engine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Andrew Hough, Christopher Corcoran, Jeffrey S. Beattie
  • Patent number: 10246912
    Abstract: An interior door assembly for a vehicle includes an outer door panel including at least one bumper retainer associated with an inner door locator feature. The at least one bumper retainer is defined by an aperture dimensioned to receive a portion of a bumper therein. The assembly further includes an inner door panel including at least one aperture configured and dimensioned to engage the inner door locator feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Ramirez de Santiago, Jose Enrique Gallardo Almiray
  • Patent number: 9656613
    Abstract: A push on doghouse retainer arrangement used for providing a connection between the B-pillar of an automobile, and an appliqué having a high-gloss surface, or “show surface.” The a push on doghouse includes a formed low profile spring steel base and a slightly raised low profile doghouse portion, which includes a slot for receiving a base of a clip portion. The base also includes at least one attachment aperture. The attachment aperture includes an effective amount of serrations for holding of the doghouse onto a low profile rib molded into the part. The present invention simplifies mold design, minimizes potential for a read condition, and provides a robust engagement for a winged clip type fastener in limited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC., GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Theodore J. Bachelder, Adam M. Lyon, Ronald J. Andor, Michael S. Gignilliat, Matthew C. Patterson, James R. Roll
  • Publication number: 20150144201
    Abstract: A method of securing two components to each other includes locating a mounting strip at a first mounting flange of a first component. The mounting strip is slidably affixed to the first component and includes a plurality of strip openings and a tightening ramp located at each strip opening of the plurality of strip openings. A second component is located such that a second mounting flange of the second component abuts the first mounting flange. A plurality of fasteners are located at the second mounting flange. A fastener of the plurality of fasteners extends through each strip opening of the plurality of strip openings. The mounting strip is slid in a direction to increase tension on the plurality of fasteners via an increasing height of the tightening ramp under a fastener head of the fastener, thereby securing the first mounting flange to the second mounting flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Scott A. Chasen
  • Publication number: 20150145232
    Abstract: A plurality of protective cover assemblies and methods for protecting the front brake-side axle clamp and the front non-brake-side axle clamp of a motorcycle. A brake-side plastic cover plate is shaped to cover the brake-side axle clamp and brake caliper support and is coupled to the brake-side axle clamp utilizing existing brake-side axle clamp pinch bolt holes. A non-brake-side plastic cover plate is shaped to cover the non-brake-side axle clamp and is coupled to the non-brake-side axle clamp utilizing existing non-brake-side axle clamp pinch bolt holes. The cover assemblies deflect and absorb impact forces that would otherwise impact the axle clamps and the brake caliper support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Zxibix, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard K. Carreira
  • Publication number: 20150131272
    Abstract: A lighted cup holder and method for illuminating a cup holder, the cup holder having a base component having a cylindrical body for mounting through a spa shell, a first end, a second end, and a hollow interior; a lens or light diffuser at the first end of the body and located proximal to an exterior surface of the spa shell; a decorative or functional stencil or insert located within the hollow interior at or proximal to the first end of the body; a light source; and a light holder for retaining the light source on the base component at or proximal to the second end of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Victor L. Walker
  • Publication number: 20150131268
    Abstract: A light fitting and method for illuminating the exterior of spas, swimming pools, hot tubs, garden baths, and the like, the light fitting having a base component mounted through a spa wall; a lens or light diffuser on an exterior end of the base component; a light source on, in, or proximal to an interior end of the base component; a light clip for retaining the light source on, in, or proximal to the base component; a light shade located on or proximal to the exterior end of the base component; and an attachment plate for attaching the light shade onto the base component via a mounting support; the base component having a cylindrical hollow body having a hollow interior, a first end located within the spa wall, and a second end located proximal to the spa wall, with the mounting support being attached to the cylindrical hollow body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Victor L. Walker, Angelo V. Pugliese, JR.
  • Patent number: 9027223
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an insulating cover for fasteners. In one advantageous embodiment, an apparatus comprises a washer and a cover. The washer is capable of receiving a fastener. The cover is capable of being secured to the insulating washer, wherein an insulating volume is created with the cover secured to the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dean, John George Kladouris
  • Publication number: 20150121681
    Abstract: A screw fastener can include a first screw and a second screw. The first screw can include a head and a threaded portion coupled to the head. The head can define a first position portion thereon. The second screw can define a threaded hole therethrough configured to engage with the threaded portion. The second screw can further define a second position portion adjacent to the threaded hole, corresponding to the first position portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: JUNG-HUA TENG
  • Publication number: 20150121664
    Abstract: A fastener includes a clip including a flexible head having an outer surface configured to engage and edge of a first slot in a first panel when the flexible head is inserted therein and a retainer configured to be inserted into a channel within the flexible head to impede flexing of the flexible head thereby retain the flexible head in the first slot. The clip may further include at least one member extending from the head and configured to engage a second slot in a second panel to hold the first and second panels together when the first and second slots are positioned in an opposing relationship. In some embodiments, the at least one member may include first and second spring arm members extending from the head and having outer surfaces configured to engage edges of the second slot when inserted therein. Methods using such fasteners are also discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: David Charles Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150125201
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the connection of an upper sheet metal part and a lower sheet metal part of which at least one is formed as an organic sheet metal part with the aid of an auxiliary joining part and an apertured metal washer, wherein the auxiliary joining part has at one end a functional section with an undercut and, at the other end, also a piercing section with a shaft surface and a shaft recess formed therein. The sheet metal parts and the metal washer are brought into a stacked arrangement in such a way that the metal washer contacts the organic sheet metal part. By means of the piercing section slugs are punched out of the stacked sheet metal parts. Either the functional section or the piercing section is passed through an aperture of the metal washer and a pressure is exerted on the metal washer in order to drive washer material into the shaft recess or into the undercut and thereby to join the auxiliary joining part to the metal washer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Andreas Lembach
  • Publication number: 20150114273
    Abstract: A cleat which has an extended operative position and a retracted position includes a securing portion and a base portion in the form of a housing which can receive the securing portion. The securing portion is shaped for securing thereto a line when the securing portion is in an extended position. When the securing portion is in a retracted position, the securing portion lay relatively flush with a surface of the boat. Detents are provided to hold the securing portion in the extended position until pressure is exerted on the securing portion to overcome the detents and transition the securing portion from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: John Czipri
  • Publication number: 20150113789
    Abstract: A tool for torquing a regulator onto a cylinder of a portable cylinder assembly. The tool includes a nut and a socket. The nut is configured to fit around a body of a regulator of a portable cylinder assembly. As such, the nut has a first set of grooves that avoids one or more valve assemblies on the body of the regulator. The socket has a cavity extending therethrough such that the cavity consists of three sections: a top section, a middle section and a bottom section. The top section of the socket is configured to be coupled to a device that applies a torque force on the socket. The middle section of the socket is configured to avoid a case of the regulator which is disposed above the body of the regulator. The bottom section of the socket is configured to be coupled to the nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Randal L. Attebury, Tommy D. Teague, Hiramn B. Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20150117945
    Abstract: A clamp device includes a clamp portion defining a threaded opening therein. The clamp portion is configured to contact a first side of a beam. The clamp device also includes a threaded fastener configured for insertion into the threaded opening via a hole defined within the decompression panel. The clamp device causes the decompression panel to contact a second side of the beam when the threaded fastener is tightened within the threaded opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Perkins, Michael J. Olliges, Allan A. Loken, Hannah Rebecca Arm, Jeremy Ryan Glaze Tatum
  • Publication number: 20150117977
    Abstract: A drive-in bushing (14) is provided for the releasable connection of a fiber-reinforced plastic first component of a motor vehicle structure to a fiber-reinforced plastic or metal second component of the motor vehicle structure. The drive-in bushing (14) has a sleeve-like basic body (15) manufactured from a metal and having an external wall (16) formed without a thread, and an internal wall (17) formed with an internal thread (18). The drive-in bushing (14) can be driven into a recess in the fiber-reinforced plastic of the first component (11). A screw penetrates a recess in the second component and can be screwed into the internal thread (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Thiemo Erb, Markus Brunner, Marc Cachaj
  • Publication number: 20150110628
    Abstract: A rotor disk assembly comprises a first rotor disk with a plurality of circumferentially distributed first throughbores. A second rotor disk comprises a connection portion projecting at least partially axially, a plurality of circumferentially distributed second throughbores being provided in the connection portion in cooperative distribution relative to the first rotor disk for the first and second throughbores to be in register with one another in the rotor disk assembly. Connector bolts each have an elongated body with a flange between its ends, a head at its first end and a removable head at its second end, the head at the first end spaced apart from the flange for the connector bolt to be secured to one of the rotor disks at a respective throughbore, the removable head at the second end being spaced apart from the flange for the second end to project.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Guy Bouchard, Eugene Gekht, Danny Mills
  • Patent number: 9009969
    Abstract: A refrigerator which increases convenience in assembly of a handle and reduces generation of scratches on doors and drawers in assembly of the handle, and a handle assembly method thereof, is provided. The refrigerator includes doors rotatably combined with a main body, a handle combined with each door to open and close each door, a first handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and provided with an inclined part fixed to the handle by a fastening unit, a second handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and combined with the handle in a sliding manner, a first connector assembled with the handle and fastened to the first handle fixing unit by the fastening unit, and a second connector assembled with the handle and combined with the second handle fixing unit in the sliding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Gu Choi, Dong Gyun Kim, Hyo Sik Kang, Young Gwi Park, Jong Sun Park, Yong Man Seo
  • Patent number: 9003659
    Abstract: A harmonica with a tube plate that provides production of sweeter, clearer notes with a minimum of skill. The tube plate has a plurality of tubes and sits over the reeds and the comb under the cover plate, a tube coupled with each air chamber in the comb. The tubes form tunnels with the air chambers, enhancing reverberation and separating the sound waves emanating from the reed in each chamber. The tube plate can be added to a conventional harmonica. The harmonica has a plurality of reed units, each reed in a separate unit. Each reed unit is individually replaced when a reed requires replacement or when modification of the harmonica key is desired. The reed units can replace a reed plate in a conventional harmonica.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Philip Sardo
  • Patent number: 9003633
    Abstract: A method for attaching an article to a hardened concrete body includes a tool that has a slotted base plate and a downwardly depending slotted guide cylinder having at the lower end thereof a circular end plate which has a central aperture, insertable into a bore hole to support a rotatably driven shaft disposed through the slot, guide cylinder, and central aperture through said end plate and having at its lower end a cutting head, the shaft being pushed downwardly into the bore and rocked back and forth in the slot, causing the cutting head to form an oval enlargement at the base of the bore hole. An anchor bolt fastener according to the invention is then inserted into the bore hole, the fastener including an elongated shank which has a central shaft bore slidably holding a shaft having at its lower end an expander wedge forcible upwards into a slot extending into a lower end face of the shank to thus expand bolt legs on opposite sides of the slot into the oval bore hole enlargement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Agostino Difante
  • Publication number: 20150097151
    Abstract: Fittings can be configured to mechanically couple a rod to a post. In certain embodiments, rods and posts are joined to form railing systems. Fittings can include a first threaded end coupled to a second end. The second end can include a compliant member configured to provide an interference fit between the fitting and the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: AGS Stainless, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Toglia, Angelo Toglia, Gary Giffin, Dale Cavanaugh, Jason Gregson
  • Patent number: 8998730
    Abstract: A driveshaft containment system and a method of its use. In preferred embodiments, the invention takes the form of a two component system including a first component mounted to a device such as a differential housing, coupled to driveshaft, and a second component comprising a tubular driveshaft containment housing. A driveshaft containment ring is preferably mounted to the forward end of the tubular housing which in turn is provided with a mechanism at its rearward end for rotationally engaging and disengaging the first component. The first and second components are also provided with a mechanism for preventing relative rotational movement of the first and second components while engaged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul F Pittman
  • Publication number: 20150089739
    Abstract: A cover for hiding slats of an upper bunk is disclosed. The cover may be wrapped around the head and foot slats of the upper bunk or around left and right rails of the upper bunk. The cover is tensioned with a strapping mechanism to hold the bottom side of the cover in a substantially flat configuration. Moreover, an intermediate strap may be strapped around an intermediate slat to further maintain the substantially flat configuration of the bottom side of the cover. Flaps may also be attached to the bottom side of the cover and be traversable between first and second positions to display two or more motifs. The cover serves to conceal the aesthetically displeasing slats and also to provide a protective barrier over the splinters on wooden slats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Joy Chen Algazi
  • Publication number: 20150085440
    Abstract: A screw device, for mounting within a housing, configured to fixedly connect a first portion and a second portion of the housing, includes: a driving part fixedly connected within the first portion of the housing; a screw connected with the driving part; a nut fixedly connected within the second portion of the housing and matching the screw; and a chip configured to control the driving part to drive the screw to move relative to the nut, so as to achieve engagement or separation between the screw and the nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yuan Gao, Fenghui Wu, Jianyu Wang
  • Patent number: 8984751
    Abstract: A support system for solar panels utilizes metal and polymer support members having different coefficients of expansion in order to adapt to the expansion and contraction of a polymer liner that extends over a landfill. A fixation system utilized to interconnect the metal and polymer support members is molded into the polymer support members and is slidably connected to the metal and polymer support members to strengthen the support system and to compensate for different expansion and contraction rates of support system components and of the polymer liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew R Ramos
  • Publication number: 20150076845
    Abstract: A lockset is actuable by pivoting a handle about a longitudinal axis of the lockset by rotating the handle and by pivoting the handle about an axis transverse to the lockset axis, such as by pushing or pulling. The lockset includes an inside handle and an outside handle, each associated with an independent mechanism, each of which can independently actuate the lockset. A locking mechanism prevents actuation of a first one of the independent handle mechanisms without affecting operation of the other handle mechanism. Upon actuation of the other handle mechanism, a retractor engages a surface of the locking mechanism and removes it from engagement with the first locking mechanism. An adjustment ring has a first configuration that centers the lockset in a door having a first standard thickness and a second configuration that centers the lockset in a door having a second standard thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: HAMPTON PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xin Ben Ou, Xin Min Ou, Han Gui Xiao
  • Publication number: 20150075054
    Abstract: A firearms attachment system for installation on a firearm with an integral rail system is provided with a riser assembly that secures to the weapon and a mounting base assembly. The riser assembly has a riser and two retaining bolts that secure it to the rail system by passing through the slots between the ribs of the rail system. The riser assembly has a central groove that receives the rail and shoulders that fully hold the rail when slidably engaged. The retaining bolts maintain the desired orientation. The mounting base assembly is comprised of the base and the locking assembly. The base has a groove to receive the riser. When the riser assembly is affixed to the rail assembly, the weapons system can be slidably engaged with the mounting base assembly. The lock assembly impels a retaining bolt into the bottom of the riser, to prevent removal of the weapon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: John J. Barger
  • Publication number: 20150074981
    Abstract: A fastener staging and placement system comprising a staging member capable of temporarily attaching to structures and storing a plurality of ring type fasteners, and a placement member with a means for gripping and removing one or more fasteners to and from the staging member. The staging member comprises a removable and substantially vertically oriented dowel, configured to present a series of ordered sets of fasteners to the placement member, and an attachment means that may be removably attached to various structures. The placement member comprises two or more gripping arms that are configured to flex and exert pressure on at least one fastener thereby securing an ordered set of fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dewayne Eugene Blake
  • Patent number: 8978232
    Abstract: A method of tightening and loosening threaded connectors in an object includes threadingly connecting a nut with a bolt introduced in the object with interposition of a washer between the nut and the object, turning the nut by a tool to tighten or loosen the bolt in the object with interposition of the washer, forming the washer with an outer body having a radially inner opening larger than a diameter of the bolt and radially outer surface adapted to absorb a reaction force of the tool, optionally also with a radially inner segment engageable with a thread of the bolt and connectable to the radially outer body with a limited axial frictional movement relative to the outer body, and optionally also with a spacer locatable between the radially inner segment and the nut, interposing only said radially outer body of the washer between the nut and the object for regular applications, optionally interposing the radially outer body and the radially inner segment together between the nut and object for applications w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Junkers
  • Publication number: 20150059909
    Abstract: An assembly, which consists of a flexible tubular pipe (1) for transporting hydrocarbon fluids including a metal carcass (10) produced by the short pitched helical winding of a profiled strip, the said strip defining a plurality of intervening gaps (10a) between each winding turn (10b), an inner polymeric sealing sheath, at least one metal armour layer, and an outer polymeric sheath, and of a secondary metal tube (2) coaxial to the tubular pipe (1)
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Yves Castel, Alexandre Levet
  • Publication number: 20150065278
    Abstract: A baseball or softball bat includes an elongated handle having an interconnection member at one end. The handle is inserted through a bat barrel to position the interconnection member within the bat barrel, with the remainder of the handle extending outwardly from the bat barrel. The bat barrel and the interconnection member are attached to one another. The interconnection member may be turned relative to the bat barrel to engage threads of the interconnecting member and a connection region of the bat barrel to attach the interconnecting member and handle to the bat barrel. A knob and a grip are associated with the handle and an end cap attached to an open end of the bat barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Thu Van Nguyen, Chi-Hung Lee, Renqin Zhang
  • Patent number: 8967078
    Abstract: A method of masking a component includes installing a flexible gasket over a portion of a component masking area leaving an unmasked area exposed. A backer is installed over the flexible gasket to compress the flexible gasket between the backer and the portion. The flexible gasket and the backer are secured to the component to provide an assembly. The assembly is deposited into a slurry with an abrasive media to polish the unmasked area, in one example. The flexible gasket and backer prevent abrasive media from reaching the masked area. The flexible gasket and backer can be removed from the component and reused on other similarly shaped components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Soucy, Richard W. LaFranchise
  • Patent number: 8966738
    Abstract: A screw assembly for operatively connecting a first component to a second component is provided such that the first and the second components are separated by a clearance when operatively connected by the assembly. The assembly includes a screw member defining a screw opening and a linking member defining a link opening. A fastener is configured to transfer a driving torque to the linking member when the fastener is rotatably driven into the link opening. A threaded portion of the fastener is configured to engage with the link opening. The linking member is configured to transfer the driving torque to the screw member, thereby moving the screw member until a second screw end of the screw member contacts a mounting face of the second component. The fastener may be configured to pass through the linking member and enter a second cavity in the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Eric D Staley
  • Publication number: 20150053783
    Abstract: Methods, system and apparatus are disclosed, including a tie fastener apparatus for attaching railroad ties to a superstructure. The apparatus comprises a threaded hook bolt, including a hook with a hook end to engage the underside of a flange of a superstructure beam. The apparatus further comprises: a metal member for engaging plural ties, the metal member including a tie fastener hole at plural locations, and a nut for fastening a threaded end of the threaded hook bolt for installation when the threaded hook bolt is passed through the bolt hole and optionally a washer. When the threaded hook bolt is installed, including passing a threaded end of the threaded hook bolt through the bolt hole and fastening with the nut, the hook engages the superstructure. The apparatus is installed from above the superstructure without drilling holes in ties or the superstructure, or requiring manned installation from below the superstructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy John Austin, David M. Barry, Edward Daniel Sparks, III
  • Patent number: 8959748
    Abstract: A fastening system for attaching cladding panels to a carrier panel and allowing for differential thermal expansion. The system fastens the two panels together at points in the direction perpendicular to the panel planes. A combination of different carrier panel hole sizes and slots fix the panels together at one point and allow the panels to expand and contract relative to each other while maintaining rectangular alignment. Wall panels and buildings constructed using the fastener are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Barry D. Olson
  • Publication number: 20150047157
    Abstract: Described herein are axially and radially swivelable detangling connector devices that are suitable for preventing entanglement, or detangling, of a device or means that is used to secure one or more mobile objects or subjects to one or more objects or subjects. Methods of making and using the disclosed devices are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas Peter Okun Miron
  • Publication number: 20150043990
    Abstract: Fastening system for a linear machine element (2, 102) for fastening in a machine foundation (4), having a clamping element which has a shank (35) and a head (37), wherein the diameter of the head (37) is greater than the diameter of the shank (35), and having an eccentric (60) which comprises a sleeve (68) with an eccentric bore (66) and a torque-transmitting element (70), wherein the outer diameter of the head (37) is smaller than the inner diameter of the bore (66) or at least substantially corresponds to the inner diameter of the bore (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jochen Endres, Marco Heckmann
  • Publication number: 20150044043
    Abstract: The attachment device has a first elongate element for non-permanently attaching the child component to the parent component; a second elongate element; a holder. The holder is configured to rest against an installation surface of the parent component whilst holding the first and second elongate elements in position relative to the installation surface of the parent component such that: the first elongate element extends, from a first position on the installation surface of the parent component, entirely through the parent component and at least partially through the child component in a manner that permits the first elongate element to be used to non-permanently attach the child component to the parent component; the second elongate element extends, from a second position on the installation surface of the parent component that is different from the first position on the installation surface of the parent component, at least partially through the parent component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel John Allan SWAN, Ian Colin Deuchar CARE
  • Patent number: 8950054
    Abstract: A manufacturing method employing a robotic assembly system includes first and second fastener system components that are positioned by a robotic assembly on opposite sides of at least two structural pieces that are to be fastened together. The first system component includes a particular tool of a plurality of different types of tools, where the particular tool installs a particular fastener of a plurality of different types of fasteners. Each tool includes a block or base of magnetic material with a passageway opening for the fastener associated with the tool passing through the base. The robotic assembly positions the tool against one side of the structural pieces to be fastened, and positions an electromagnet assembly on the opposite side of the structural pieces. Activating the electromagnet assembly clamps the structural pieces together. With the fastener positioned in a hole through the structural pieces, the tool is activated to install the fastener between the structural pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harinder S. Oberoi, Rodney S. Wright, Jeffrey L. Miller
  • Patent number: 8943670
    Abstract: A method of securing a composite plastic part to an engine with a bolt or a bolt and washer. The bolt has a head including teeth that are adapted to engage either the part or the washer. The bolt is tightened to cause the teeth to compress the surface of the part to resist rotation that may become loosened as a result of vibration of the engine. The part may be an intake manifold, a cam cover or an oil pan. Locking features, such as teeth, may be provided on the clamping surface of the bolt and on both surfaces of the washer. Alternatively, a knurled or serrated surface may be provided instead of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Carl Lohr, Christopher William Newman, Timothy J. Knott
  • Publication number: 20150028142
    Abstract: A nut (23) and a re-usable liner bolt (17) for a grinding mill is disclosed. The nut is shaped to be received in the recess (5) of a mill liner plate (3), this being the recess which normally receives the head of a conventional liner bolt. The nut is provided with a blind threaded hole (25). The re-usable bolt has a stepped shank (18) and a thread (20) on its free end. The bolt (17) is inserted from the exterior of the mill and engages the nut (23). The fines produced during grinding cement the nut to the liner but do not cement the bolt to the liner or the bolt to the nut. The head of a conventional liner bolt is located within the mill and its conventional nut is located exterior of the mill, whereas the re-usable bolt (17) has its head exterior of the mill and its nut (23) interior of the mill. Methods of assembly and dis-assembly of the bolt (17) and nut (23) are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Dale Coray
  • Publication number: 20150026938
    Abstract: A casket comprises a casket shell including at least one keyhole groove in an exterior surface thereof, a casket lid closeable on the shell, the lid including a magnetic cap panel mounted therein, a universal ornament base having a front side and a rear side, the rear side including at least one magnet mounted thereon and at least one fastener secured thereto, the fastener having a head thereon, and an ornament insert secured to the front side of the ornament base. The ornament base and ornament insert can be removably secured to the shell by inserting the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove of the shell and seating the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove, or the ornament base and ornament insert can be removably secured to the lid by positioning the magnet on the magnetic cap panel, as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: BATESVILLE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Ilija Rojdev
  • Publication number: 20150024230
    Abstract: Liner plates of mild steel layered over with chromium carbide are provided with a bi-planar spacer clip also acting as a lifting eye on the top surfaces thereof and fasteners such as bolts or studs extending from the exposed planar surface of the mild steel layer. A chain and hook arrangement is used to deliver and locate each liner plate adjacent a wall upon which the liner plates are to be mounted in vertically stacked relationship. The clips serve as spacers between vertically stacked liner plates and the fasteners extend through pre-formed holes in the wall of the delivery structure. The clips have a notched base portion which receives a weld bead running along the top exposed edge of only the mild steel layer. The clips are left in place after installation and are gradually worn away by ore traveling through the delivery structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Rickey E. WARK
  • Publication number: 20150023760
    Abstract: A wall anchoring system is provided. The wall anchoring system includes a metal anchor and a shoulder socket screw. Using the wall anchoring system of the present invention, a wall mounted item may be securely mounted to a drywall. The shoulder socket screw may run through a bore hole of the wall mounted item, and the shoulder socket screw may be screwed into the metal anchor. The metal anchor may be driven into the wall, thereby securing the wall mounted item to the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Antonio Bove, III, Vincent Bove
  • Publication number: 20150013949
    Abstract: A heat-exchange apparatus and a mounting component set for installation into storage tanks. The heat-exchange apparatus comprises a heat-exchanging component, a coupling manifold configured to engage with the heat-exchanging component, and a hollow, elongate, flow-directing element that delivers fluid to the heat-exchanging component. The mounting component set comprises an inner flange for engaging the inner wall of the storage tank, an outer flange for engaging the outer wall of the storage tank, and at least one gasket cooperable with one of the flanges. The heat-exchange apparatus sealably engages the outer flange such that the heat-exchanging component extends into the interior of the tank, and the coupling manifold is interconnectable to an external supply of heat-exchange fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Roger ARNOT
  • Patent number: 8931162
    Abstract: A three piece fastener is provided for attaching two layers, e.g. a floor mat for a vehicle to a floor carpet which may then stabilize the mat relative to the carpeting. The three components may connect together through a combination of mechanical connections to provide a relatively simple and cost effective solution to floor mat retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Orlando A. Gonzalez, Greg Conley, Loretta T. Clemons, Bryn Davies, Michelle L. Schneider, Colleen M. Maraffino
  • Patent number: 8925179
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism includes: a support member; a rail attached to the support member; and a fastener affixed to the second side of the rail. The rail includes: a plurality of rail holes for stud engagement; a first side facing a device to be engaged to the mounting mechanism; and a second side. The fastener includes: a clamping arm; a clamp lever pivotally associated with the clamping arm; and a moveable locking latch securing the clamp lever in one of two positions: open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Gables Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Kirsch, Daniel Kinard
  • Publication number: 20150003932
    Abstract: An elastomeric cap for concealing a fastener used to secure an object (e.g., an elastomeric object such as foam padding or the like) to a substrate (e.g., frame, wall, etc.). A head of a fastener may be inserted through an aperture in one wall of the cap and into an internal cavity of the cap. A shank of the fastener may be at least partially inserted into or through an aperture of the object (e.g., and the substrate). A tool (e.g., screwdriver, torque wrench, etc) may be inserted through an opposing aperture in an opposing second wall of the cap and used to manipulate the fastener head and thus the shank to secure the object to the substrate via clamping of the object between the fastener head and opposing second wall of the cap on one hand and the substrate on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Mark A. Naylor, Laurel L. Skaggs, Charles D. Stricker, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150003931
    Abstract: A high speed fastener member and method of assembling duct sections, uses an externally threaded element having a threaded portion of known diameter, and a piloted nut having a threaded cavity configured to threadedly receive the externally threaded portion, and an open ended unthreaded cavity connected to the threaded cavity, the unthreaded cavity having a known diameter slightly larger than the diameter of the externally threaded portion and being aligned with the threaded cavity. The externally threaded portion is inserted through holes of associated corner elements of flanges of the duct sections, and into the unthreaded cavity to align the threaded portion for threaded engagement, and at least one of the nut and externally threaded element is rotated to threadedly engage them to hold the duct flanges together, eliminating need to start the engagement by hand and allow fastening using a power tool such as a drill only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert J. Fischer