Screw Patents (Class 292/251)
  • Patent number: 10612491
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes an inner support, an intermediate support, an outer support, first and second pins and a pin actuator. The intermediate support circumscribes and rotatably attaches to the inner support about a first axis. The outer support includes a first flange and a second flange. The intermediate support is laterally between the first flange and the second flange. The first and the second pins rotatably attach the intermediate support to the outer support about a second axis. The first pin is arranged with the first flange, and the second pin is arranged with the second flange. The pin actuator includes a drive element projecting laterally through the outer support. The pin actuator is configured to translate the second pin along the second axis upon rotation of the drive element about a rotational axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10603237
    Abstract: A locking fastener may include a head and a shaft with a pin interface configured to engage a pin for locking the locking fastener in place. Such locking fasteners may be used to connect a plurality of casket components, and are especially useful for wooden caskets. Methods of making such locking fasteners using a fastener finishing device are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Perkins, Brian Kendig, Tad Smith, Yves Allard
  • Patent number: 10578137
    Abstract: A device for securing threaded rod can include a housing with a tapered inner surface, a biasing member, a backplate, and a set of plunger pieces, each of which includes an inner threaded surface and a sloped outer surface. The housing can be configured to be embedded in concrete, without the concrete covering a hole for a threaded rod to be inserted into the housing to engage the inner threaded surfaces of the plunger pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Michael H. -S. Oh
  • Patent number: 10554030
    Abstract: An electrical box brace including a rod, a sleeve, at least one mounting plate, an adjustment mechanism having a body, a spring and connecting the rod and sleeve, and at least one engagement device positioned within the adjustment mechanism body, wherein the at least one engagement device includes at least one threaded portion opposite a ramp, and wherein the ramp selectively engages the adjustment mechanism body to permit engagement or disengagement of the at least one threaded portion with the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, John Klein, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 10533342
    Abstract: Examples described herein include handles with extended and retracted positions. In some examples, a handle comprises a housing and a knob. The knob may have a first surface and a circumferential sidewall. The knob may have a retracted position in the housing and an extended position. In the extended position, the circumferential sidewall protrudes from the housing and the knob is rotatable between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Stephen Spencer, Kevin Peter Bold
  • Patent number: 10501963
    Abstract: A device for locking a machine or other movable device in place includes a supporting mechanism, two locking members, and a pushing mechanism. The pushing mechanism includes a sleeve, a driving member, a pushing member, a driven member, and locating members. At least one first guiding opening and at least one second guiding opening are defined on the sleeve. A first surface is defined on the driving member. A second surface is defined on the driven member. The driving member moves the driven member. The driven member rotates under interaction of the first and second surfaces. The driven member drives a free end of each locating member to move. The driven member drives the pushing member to lever free ends of the two locking members apart or moves the pushing member to bring the free ends of the two locking members closer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: I-An Chen
  • Patent number: 10468147
    Abstract: A sealing bolt and a related system for sealing a container lid to a container body includes a seal stud mounted to the container body, a seal head connecting the container lid, and a pin connecting the seal head to the seal stud, where the container lid is connected to the container body by connecting the seal head to the seal stud, and a rupture cable is fed through a transverse passage in the pin and arranged such that any rotational or translational movement of the pin with respect to the seal head and/or the seal stud causes the rupture cable to break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Marco Sironi, François Littmann
  • Patent number: 10328955
    Abstract: A plug door opening-closing apparatus, which is adapted for use with a vehicle having a vehicle front-rear direction and a vehicle width direction, includes a door hanger configured to be coupled to a door panel of the vehicle, a movable guide configured to guide movement of the door hanger in the front-rear direction and move in the width direction, a guide support member that guides movement of the movable guide in the width direction, and an interlock mechanism mechanically connected to the movable guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Atsuhito Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9814190
    Abstract: A modular irrigation controller has a robust ground path with high conductivity that can accommodate lightning induced power surges on field valve wires and common wires that are connected to a plurality of station modules. Sensitive electronic components in the station modules are thereby protected from damage. The robust ground path extends from conductors on circuit boards within the station modules through captive mounting screws to a metallic backplane and then through metallic grounding brackets within a pedestal enclosing the modules and the backplane. The grounding brackets are in turn grounded to both an earth ground stake and to a ground wire associated with the incoming one hundred and ten volt AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Stange, David M. Hurrle, Kok Huat Chong
  • Patent number: 9638440
    Abstract: A solar boiler 300 includes first and second primary receiver panels 500, 600 spaced apart by a gap 700. Each panel 500, 600 include a plurality of primary boiler tubes 510, 610 for receiving solar flux. The boiler 300 includes at least one secondary receiver arrangement 800 disposed across the gap 700 for receiving solar flux incident thereacross. The arrangement 800 includes at least one secondary boiler tube 810, and at least one support member 820 supported thereto. The arrangement 800 is configured relative to the primary panels 500, 600 such that endmost primary boiler tubes 510a, 610a are supported over the support member 820 in spaced relation ‘S’ to the secondary boiler tube 810 for enabling transverse and lateral thermal expansion of the tubes 510, 610, 810 without bending out. Further, a panel joining attachment 900 is provided for attaching the panels 500, 600 and the arrangement 800.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Payne
  • Patent number: 9255424
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for use with a swinging door on hinges with no outside key involved. A fixture is affixed to the door frame opposite the hinges. A through bore allows a rod with a handle at one end and threads at the opposite end to pass through the door and be threaded into a threaded aperture in the fixture to prevent hinged movement of the door. The parts may be cadmium plated for corrosion protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Ginard W. Dorlac
  • Patent number: 9188147
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ratcheting thread clamping devices and the use of multiple interleaved thread structures on one or more of the segments of the ratcheting device. It is shown how the use of such multiple threads reduces locking distance when the ratcheting device is moved in the ratcheting direction along a single-threaded rod, that is, reduced locking distance is achieved with an improved thread clamping device without the necessity of any changes to the threaded rod to which the device clamps. Multiple thread structures thus reduce locking distance in prior art devices typically having frustoconical segment surfaces as well as in more recent devices having nut segments with planar surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9062701
    Abstract: A fastener includes a fastening portion including a head, a threaded portion having a first diameter, and a shank having a second diameter that is less than the first diameter. The shank is located between the head and the threaded portion. A sleeve surrounds the shank. The sleeve and the shank are uncoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas B. Hyatt
  • Patent number: 9022439
    Abstract: A locking security cover for an in a ground junction box that opens to the earth. A has an opening for access to the interior of the ground box and a lock receiver fixed thereto. Plural legs support the frame and a base flange engages the bottom of the ground box side walls. The leg mounts are selectively engaged to either a flexible connection suitable for insertion of the frame and the first leg into the ground box as a unit, and a fixed connection. A rigid cover engages the frame and provides a lock recess and lock shroud. A lock inserted into the lock shroud engages a lock receiver fixed to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Richard L. Ousley
  • Patent number: 9010815
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for securing a removable battery to a power tool. The system employs a tamper-proof retainer to ensure that the retail display of a combined power tool and its associated battery can be displayed as a single unit without fear of theft of the battery. This may be achieved by the tamper-proof retainer securing a battery release latch against its release position hence securing the battery to the tool in a manner preventing the removal of the battery by a potential thief. The tamper-proof retainer either prevents removal of the battery from the power tool, as removal of the tamper-proof retainer is impossible, or, if it is destroyed by a thief, then it permanently secures the battery to the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Vince Cooper
  • Patent number: 9011536
    Abstract: An apparatus for anchoring at least two graft ligaments within a longitudinal bone tunnel includes a longitudinal sleeve having at least two ligament-contacting surfaces located in lateral opposition to a sleeve inner lumen. The sleeve is configured for at least partial insertion into the bone tunnel with each graft ligament positioned laterally adjacent a different ligament-contacting surface and at least partially located between the bone tunnel and the sleeve. An actuating member has proximal and distal actuating member ends. An asymmetrically offset profile is defined by the sleeve and/or the actuating member. The asymmetrically offset profile has engagement thresholds. The actuating member is inserted into the sleeve to cause frictional engagement of each graft ligament with both the bone tunnel and at least one ligament-contacting surface, the frictional engagement of each graft ligament being temporally spaced apart from the frictional engagement of at least one other graft ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Fening, Anthony Miniaci
  • Publication number: 20150096234
    Abstract: A door lock system for a debris tank is disclosed. The system includes a door, a threaded bolt projecting from the door, and a rotary actuator coupled to a head of the threaded bolt for rotating the threaded bolt. In addition, the system includes a cross member spanning the inside of the tank and a nut secured to the cross member, where the threaded bolt and nut are positioned to engage the door to pull and secure the door over an open end of the debris tank by rotating the threaded bolt into the nut using the rotary actuator. A hinge assembly is associated with the door to mount the door to a periphery of the open end of the debris tank for swinging movement of the door between an open and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Don M. Buckner
  • Patent number: 8950618
    Abstract: A flange plate closure for accessing a containment vessel has a metal base plate, having an interior and an exterior surface, at least one vertical metal tube having an open end, a metal flange ring at said open end defining an upper planar surface, and a lining made of non-corrosive material. The lining is disposed in overlying relation to the interior surface of the base plate, the interior of the tube and the upper planar surface of the flange ring. The lining is rigid, and is mechanically affixed to the metal components. The lining is made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Alex V. Degutis, William R. Borowski, David A. Oestermeyer, Steven J. Vannocken, Joshua J. Chesser, Brian D. Putnam
  • Patent number: 8857230
    Abstract: A lock for a retractable cover which overlies a bed of a pickup truck has a cover-connectable housing and a handle that pivots relative to the housing for clamping a pointed tip of a flexibly mounted fastener into engagement with a nearby member such as a guide rail extending along one side of the bed of a pickup truck to retain a housing-connected retractable cover in a chosen position. A push button trigger pivoted on the handle is depressable to unlatch the handle and thereby release the clamping action of the handle. A torsion spring biases the trigger relative to the handle. A compression spring biases the handle relative to the housing. A leaf spring flexibly mounts the fastener on the handle. A key-operated plug assembly may retain the trigger in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 8811033
    Abstract: A mounting structure includes a protection panel (1) with a touch input function for protecting an electronic device display window, mainly formed of the protection panel body made of a resin plate, and a panel fitting portion (32a) of an exterior housing (32) into which the protection panel (1) is fitted from outside so that an outer face of the protection panel (1) is in the same plane as a portion of the exterior housing surrounding the outer face. In this structure, nut mounting holes are formed in a back side rim portion of the protection panel body and nuts (33) each having a female thread formed in an inner periphery thereof are attached to the respective nut mounting holes, and male screws (34) are screwed into the respective female threads of the nuts (33) through through-holes (32b) formed in the panel fitting portion (32a) of the exterior housing (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiko Suetomi, Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Yoshihiro Kai
  • Patent number: 8689996
    Abstract: A system includes a container assembly comprising a cover threadingly coupled to a container along a threaded interface portion of an interface and a cover lock assembly. The cover lock assembly includes a lock screw configured to selectively move between a cover lock position and a cover release position. The lock screw extends across the interface to resist threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover lock position, and the lock screw is recessed away from the interface to enable threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover release position. The cover lock assembly also includes a lock insert configured to block movement of the lock screw from the cover lock position to the cover release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xu Ting, Kai Fan, Yuan Xia
  • Patent number: 8491652
    Abstract: An apparatus for anchoring at least two graft ligaments within a longitudinal bone tunnel includes a longitudinal sleeve having at least two radially spaced ligament-contacting surfaces located in lateral opposition to a sleeve inner lumen. The sleeve is configured for at least partial insertion into the bone tunnel with each graft ligament positioned laterally adjacent a different ligament-contacting surface. The graft ligaments are at least partially located between the bone tunnel and the sleeve. An actuating member has longitudinally separated proximal and distal actuating member ends. An asymmetrically offset profile is defined by at least one of the sleeve and the actuating member. The asymmetrically offset profile has a plurality of longitudinally spaced engagement thresholds. The actuating member is inserted longitudinally into the sleeve to cause frictional engagement of each graft ligament with both the bone tunnel and at least one ligament-contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Fening, Anthony Miniaci
  • Patent number: 8491020
    Abstract: A tongue latch with a protection comprising a metal part folded to form a first longitudinal extension and a second longitudinal extension, the longitudinal extension terminates with a circular form having a squared hole, wherein the second extension has a lowered edge with special cuttings to lock the protection is provided. The protection comprises a hollow part made from a plastic material with low coefficient of friction and a mouthpiece with thin walls to better adjust to the dimensions of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Unikey Componentes Industrials Ltda.
    Inventor: Antonio Jorge Freire Lopes
  • Patent number: 8434798
    Abstract: An attaching structure is used for assembling a first member to a second member. The attaching structure includes a latching element and the connecting assembly. The latching element is assembled to the first member. The connecting assembly includes a seat and a fastener. The seat adjustably latches to the latching element. The fastener is threaded into the first member, the second member, and matches with the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Ming-Chun Hsiung
  • Patent number: 8251410
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a hold-down assembly for attaching an armor panel to the floor of a vehicle utilizing an existing integrated tie-down feature. The assembly includes a base member positioned underneath the tie-down feature and aligned with a through-hole in the panel. A top positioned over both the base member and the hole in the panel at least partially overlaps the panel around the hole. A fastener extending through the top and into the base is adapted to pull the top down onto the panel, holding the panel against the floor of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Rockne H. Carter, Richard F. Langner
  • Patent number: 8251413
    Abstract: A bar guide for guiding locking bars on sheet metal cabinet doors, or the like, comprises a carrier which can be secured, e.g., spot welded, to the inside surface of the door leaf and a guide element which can be mounted on the carrier and which has a guide surface whose distance from the inside surface of the door leaf is adjustable. According to the invention, the carrier which is spot welded to the door leaf is a pin with a circumferential thread, and an adjusting screw or adjusting nut can be screwed, or is screwed, on this pin. The guide element is a housing which encloses the adjusting screw and which has a guide channel forming the guide surface for the locking bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: DIRAK Dieter Ramsauer Konstruktionselemente GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 8132435
    Abstract: A locking apparatus having a body, at least one arm and a tapered member; wherein relative movement between the arm and the tapered member extends the arm from the body. In use, the arm is arranged to press against a wall of a channel to hold the locking apparatus in place and prevent the opening of a roller shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Roy Thomas, John Tradewell
  • Patent number: 8118334
    Abstract: The description relates to an adjusting device for hook spindle rotating bolts, sash fastener rotating bolts, pull-turn bolts, swiveling bolts and the like of closures, particularly of closures for mounting in thin walls, such as sheet-metal cabinets with a frame and door, in which the closures have a closure driveshaft which is provided with an external thread and which holds a bolt so as to be axially adjustable, and/or a bolt which is provided with an internal thread or bore hole near its free end and which holds a back-engaging device so as to be adjustable perpendicular to the back-engagement plane. According to the invention, the rotating bolt carries or forms an internal thread for screwing in the closure driveshaft and one side of a coupling, such as a claw coupling, which acts by positive engagement, whose other side is held by the closure driveshaft so as to be rigid against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 8087705
    Abstract: A sealing bolt for sealing a container lid to a body with a threaded bore includes a shaft, a head connected to a first shaft end, and a threaded second shaft end engaged with the bore to lock the lid between the head and the body. The bolt includes a security element with a breakable integrity element. The security element comprises a first part arranged at the second shaft end, connected to the shaft with a breakable integrity element therebetween. The first part has a first thread cooperating with the bore, and a second part between the first part and second shaft end includes, a second thread cooperating therewith. An entrainment device disposed between first and second parts such that when the shaft and first part rotate in a tightening direction, second part is entrained. When the shaft and first part rotate in a loosening direction, second part remains stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: The European Union, represented by the European Commission
    Inventors: Francois Littmann, Piercarlo Tebaldi, Marco Sironi
  • Patent number: 8064195
    Abstract: A storage device module is disclosed. The storage device module includes a storage device, a bracket for receiving the storage device, a mounting member attached to one side of the bracket, and a screw attached to the mounting member for extending through the bracket to screw into the storage device. A screw mounting structure is arranged on the mounting member for retaining the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guang-Yi Zhang, Zhe Zhang, Bing-Bao Guo
  • Publication number: 20100156254
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a positioning module, a connecting module and a rotating module. The positioning module includes a sleeve. The connecting module includes a pivot tube and an shaft. The pivot tube is rotatably attached to the sleeve. The shaft is slidably and rotatably received in the pivot tube. The rotating module is rotatably attached to one end of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Xin-Quan Zhou, Hsiao-Hua Tu, Ye Liu, Yan-Ling Gao
  • Publication number: 20100109346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stop armature of an armature system of an aircraft door with a fuselage stop armature (10) and a door stop armature (12, 79), with a stop screw (30; 40; 60) in one of the two stop armatures (10, 12 or 79), which can be pressurized by the other stop armature (10) in the longitudinal direction of the screw (30; 40; 60; 80) on a locating face (34; 52; 70; 88). It is further developed by virtue of the fact that the screw (30; 40; 60; 80) encompasses a screw head (32; 42; 69) with a ball (36; 50; 68; 85) held therein that can rotate around its midpoint (M) as the fulcrum. The invention also relates to a stop screw for a stop armature and the use of a ball thrust screw as the stop screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Dieling, Volker Muncheberg, Dirk Trott
  • Publication number: 20100018264
    Abstract: A lock assembly portion may include a housing assembly, first and second latches, at least one latch drive, and at least one actuator. The housing assembly includes a first end portion and an opposite second end portion. The first latch is associated with the first end portion. The second latch is associated with the second end portion. The at least one actuator interfaces the latch drive to the first and second latches. Operation of the latch drive causes the first and second latches to move relative to one another between respective extended and retracted positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: William D. Nygren, Donald L. Lucas, Scott Edwards
  • Publication number: 20090194658
    Abstract: A universal clamp assembly for receiving an electrical conductor having a variety of diameters without exchanging parts. An insulator includes a support fitting thereon. The clamp assembly includes a keeper fixed to an end of the fitting with two guide arms disposed along two sides thereof. An internally threaded bore in the keeper has a longitudinal axis. An externally threaded bolt is threadedly received in the bore. The assembly also includes a clamp member relatively rotatably receiving and axially restraining the bolt and located adjacent to the keeper for translational movement of the clamp member relative to the keeper along the longitudinal axis of the bolt. The clamp member includes two axially extending sliding arms adjacent the two guide arms. Rotation of the bolt along the longitudinal axis moves the clamp member towards and away from the keeper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Robert A. Bernstorf, Kiran K. Pusthay, Joseph V. Roth, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090101878
    Abstract: Closing part for a gate, comprising an elongate horizontal lower girder and upper girder and a closing material which lies substantially in one plane therebetween and which is connected on one side to the lower girder and on the other side to the upper girder, wherein the closing material is tensionable and supports are arranged between the upper and lower girders, which supports are provided with tensioning means, this such that the closing material is tensionable between the upper girder and the lower girder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Jan Rudolf Ruigrok, Willem Arie Theume
  • Patent number: 7296447
    Abstract: A wireless lock assembly includes a latch assembly that includes a wireless, electrically operated latching component, and a manually movable latching component. The wireless, electrically operated latching component is movable between activated and inactivated positions. The electrically operated latching component will remain in the activated position for a predetermined period of time, after which it will return to the inactivated position. The lock assembly also includes a handle assembly that is manually movable from a non-enabled position into an enabled position when the electrically operated latching component is moved to its activated position. When the handle assembly is in its enabled position, it can be manually moved so as to move the manually movable latching component from a locking condition to a releasing condition. The handle assembly can be manually moved from its non-enabled position to its enabled position by manual engagement and depression of an exposed surface portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: William L. Priest, Stephen A. Peterson, Aaron McKibben
  • Patent number: 7014227
    Abstract: A wedge bar locking mechanism is provided including a locking pin, a bracket and a wedge bar. In operation, the locking pin and wedge bar are mechanically coupled such that rotation of the locking pin results in translational motion of the wedge bar. The wedge bar and locking pin are received in the bracket which prevents rotational motion of the wedge bar and translational motion of the locking pin. In a preferred embodiment, the bracket has retaining tabs permanently attached or integral thereto, and extending radially inward of a longitudinal cylindrical pathway for accommodating the locking pin therein. The tabs are received within a reduced diameter portion of the locking pin to prevent translation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: The Langenau Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William C. Strangward, Ion Moldovan
  • Patent number: 7007986
    Abstract: A hollow aluminum pole has access to its interior through a hand hole frame having an access aperture which can be blocked by a cover having a lower end pivotally attached to the hand hole frame by a pivot pin. The pivot pin is biased inwardly by a coil spring which permits outward movement of the cover to a position in which it can be rotated downwardly out of alignment with the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Kearney-National Inc.
    Inventor: William Hadley Lodwick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040239127
    Abstract: A hollow aluminum pole has access to its interior through a hand hole frame having an access aperture which can be blocked by a cover having a lower end pivotally attached to the hand hole frame by a pivot pin. The pivot pin is biased inwardly by a coil spring which permits outward movement of the cover to a position in which it can be rotated downwardly out of alignment with the access opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: William Hadley Lodwick
  • Patent number: 6588242
    Abstract: A locking fastener device for coupling to an item. The locking fastener device includes a body member having a shaft portion and a head portion. The shaft portion is designed for selectively coupling to structure. The head portion selectively engages the shaft portion whereby the shaft portion is selectively rotatable by the head portion when the head portion is rotated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: James H. Beaty
  • Patent number: 6428061
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a base having a receptacle. A door is pivotally connected to the base. A fastener is mounted to the door. The fastener has a head and a tip. The fastener has an extended position, in which the tip of the fastener projects from the door towards the receptacle. The tip of the fastener is attachable to the receptacle. A spring biases the fastener towards a retracted position, in which the tip of the fastener does not project from the door. A guide may be mounted to the door, for slidably receiving and aligning the fastener. A pair of cup washers may be included between the head of the fastener and the door. A downwardly facing cup washer contains the spring, and an upwardly facing cup washer provides security by preventing the fastener from being manipulated by a standard socket or wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6106035
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a door, such as the door of a transformer enclosure, includes a rotatable threaded locking member secured to the door. The locking member is spring biased outwardly, and stationary engagement structure is provided for engaging the threaded locking member when the door attains a predetermined position as the door approaches its closed position. The engagement structure includes a pair of spaced apart engagement members, which are preferably threaded so as to engage the threads of the threaded member as the door is moved toward its closed position. The threaded locking member can than be pushed inwardly, and the engagement members are biased to provide a ratcheting mechanism to prevent the threaded locking member from being withdrawn from between the engagement members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Maysteel Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Hetherington
  • Patent number: 6099049
    Abstract: A quick, easy and reliable release for window guards from the inside so that windows are not eliminated as an escape route from the inside when window guards must be removed on an expedited basis, which quick releasable mounting is effective for use with at least one of wood, metal, concrete and brick stud walls. Likewise, a process for the quick release of those guards found around windows in the event of an emergency, when the only available route out of the building may be the window is taught by use of construction including, in combination, an elongated cylindrical casing, a threaded flange, a resilient cap, a retractable flat locking member, a conical tail key, a flat bracket connector, a pair of springs, and a mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: George Yin-Shih Peng
  • Patent number: 5820171
    Abstract: A filler plate for filling an option card slot in a computer enclosure includes a cover plate portion for substantially covering the option card slot. The cover plate portion has a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. A tongue extends from the first end of the cover plate portion for insertion into a capture slot located in the enclosure adjacent to the option card slot to secure the first end of the cover plate portion to the enclosure. First and second retaining tabs extend substantially perpendicularly from the cover plate for engaging first and second edges of the option card slot to hold the filler plate in position relative to the option card slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: David Joseph Albani, Robert John McCaffrey, David Wilfred Tardiff, Yun-Long Tun, Alan Michael Vale
  • Patent number: 5779288
    Abstract: A low profile latch mechanism for an access panel that minimizes external structural discontinuities while concomitantly providing external access to engage and/or disengage the latch mechanism for closing and/or opening of the access panel. The latch mechanism includes an insert member mounted in rotatable combination with the internal surface of the access panel, a captured floating nut mounted in nonrotatable combination with the internal surface of a frame segment, a safety lock member mounted for axial displacement within the captured floating nut, and a removable key member. The removable key member is insertable through an access aperture in the access panel to engage the insert member for rotation thereof to threadingly engage the captured floating nut to close the access panel. The safety lock member is biased to engage the insert member to lock the low profile latch mechanism in the fully engaged state upon removal of the key member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Armand F. Amelio
  • Patent number: 5739464
    Abstract: An enclosure and latching structure for the cable compartment of a tank for a padmounted distribution transformer. The enclosure is of non-conductive fire resistant material. A curved latch arm of non-conductive material is pivotally connected to support structure mounted on the front tank panel of the transformer above the midpoint thereof. The enclosure is shaped to conceal the cable compartment of the tank and is open at the back for engaging the periphery of the tank panel. The enclosure has an opening in the front adjacent the top thereof through which extends a locking device secured to the enclosure for mating with locking structure carried at the free end of the latch arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: ABB Power T&D Company Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert S. Adkins, Dennis J. Struemph, Richard A. Wolfgang
  • Patent number: 5548982
    Abstract: An improved locking bolt for a T-handle assembly is provided. The locking bolt has an associated security collar which encircles the bolt and prevents axial movement of the T-handle housing relative to the bolt when the threaded end of the bolt is threaded into the door frame of the closure. The security collar is held in place by a pin which extends through corresponding apertures in the collar and the bolt. A ball bearing is positioned in a recess formed in the bolt to prevent axial movement of the collar on the bolt in the event that the pin is defeated. The bolt and the security collar also act as a secondary locking mechanism by preventing rotation of the bolt when the lock is released, a special wrench being required to rotate the bolt after the lock is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: James Rawling
  • Patent number: 5544714
    Abstract: Assembly of a radiator into the engine compartment of an automotive vehicle is quickly accomplished by raising the radiator with its lower support until projecting pins on the top of the radiator extend through a pair of openings in the upper cross member. A fastener and isolator unit is initially installed on each of the pins so that a lower retainer of the hard plastics main body of each unit inserted through the respective slot is immediately below the lower surface of the cross member while an upper retainer is located above the upper surface of the cross member. Installation is effected by gripping ears on the upper retainer and turning the unit on the pin until camming and positioning surfaces of a neck connecting the upper and lower retainers engage the edges defining the slot while trapping the cross member between the upper and lower retainers to secure the unit thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. May, Stephen E. Gabalis, Todd S. Weakley
  • Patent number: 5544780
    Abstract: A power gas tank cover including a motor, a collar including an annular portion, a tubular portion formed at one side of the annular portion and having a hole communicated with an opening of the annular portion, a recess between the annular portion and the neck portion, and an inclined track on an inner side of the neck portion, a worm shaft inserted into the tubular portion and connected with the motor, a sleeve fitted in the inclined track, an inner jacket being a cone-shaped member with a first orifice, an outer jacket rotatably fitted on the inner jacket and provided at a lower portion with a worm gear meshed with the worm shaft, a pressure relief valve arranged on a top of said inner jacket, and a transmission shaft pivotally connected with the outer jacket at an end and with a gas tank door at another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Cherng B. Jye
  • Patent number: 5464261
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for securing sliding glass panel units including an elongate threaded fastener having a threaded forward end section and a rear end section. This fastener has a knob or handle for rotating the fastener about its central axis, this knob being mounted on the rear end section. A mounting plate is used to rotatably mount the fastener in a support frame so that the fastener extends through a hole in the plate and the support frame. An anchor with a threaded aperture is fixedly mounted in the sliding glass panel unit and this aperture is capable of threadedly receiving the forward end section of the fastener. Preferably a spring is arranged on the fastener between the mounting plate and the knob or handle, this spring acting to bias the fastener away from the anchor. The mechanism can be used with either sliding glass windows or sliding glass doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Boulos Alkhoury