Plural Distinct Positions Patents (Class 403/103)
  • Patent number: 10603189
    Abstract: A dual purpose prosthetic foot system enables a person to use the same prosthetic to either walk or swim. The foot part is joined at the ankle and can be locking in either a walking position or a swimming position. The foot allows common swimming equipment such as flippers to be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Darryl Scott Higginbotham
  • Patent number: 10343006
    Abstract: A preloaded resistance pack and exercise device. The resistance pack includes an elastomeric resistance element coupled to a hub and disposed on a plate. The hub includes a pair of radially extending wings that lie against a surface of the plate. The plate includes a pair of raised tabs that lie within a rotational path of the wings. An initial rotation of the hub relative to the plate causes the wings to slide over and beyond the raised tabs and at least partially stretches the resistance element. Interaction between the tabs and wings prevents the hub from rotating back to an initial position and maintains the resistance element in a preloaded, tensioned condition. The exercise device is configured to detect a number of the resistance packs coupled thereto as well as data associated with exercise movements employing the resistance packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SpiraFlex Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Francis, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10065311
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for avoiding and/or operating robots through singularities. In various implementations, a Cartesian input velocity to be attained by a robot end effector may be received as user input. An attainable velocity of the end effector may be determined that excludes at least one directional component deemed unattainable by the end effector based on physical attribute(s) of the robot. Joint velocities to be attained by joints of the robot in joint space to move the end effector pursuant to the attainable velocity in configuration space may be calculated and scaled to account for a joint velocity limit associated with at least one joint. Actuator trajectories may be calculated for the joints of the robot based at least in part on the scaled joint velocities. The joints of the robot may then be operated in accordance with the calculated joint trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9914393
    Abstract: A pivot mechanism for a vehicle external rear view mirror assembly is disclosed. The mechanism includes: a base frame portion and a case frame portion mounted to the base frame portion for rotation about a pivot axis. A detent is operable between the base frame portion and the case frame portion. A spring mechanism clamps the case frame portion to the base frame portion and includes a compression spring disposed around the axis and a spring tie. The spring has first and second tie ends spaced apart from each other and connected by a tie shaft. The tie shaft passes through the spring. The spring tie shaft includes a spring tie reaction feature, whereby in a deployed position, a torque applied to the case frame portion about an axis orthogonal to the axis by an external force is resisted by the spring tie reaction feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Nathan Di Giusto, Simon Orme, Simon Belcher, Daniel Joseph Flynn
  • Patent number: 9586283
    Abstract: A wire feeder includes a tensioner with a discrete number of compressive force settings for applying a desired compressive force to welding wire fed through the wire feeder is provided. The tensioner includes an adjustment knob with a discrete number of detents disposed along a helical surface adjacent an inner bore of the adjustment knob. The tensioner also includes a pin extending from an end of a tensioning post located in the inner bore, the pin being configured to align with the detents of the adjustment knob. Rotation of the adjustment knob adjusts alignment of the pin among the discrete number of detents, which correspond to the discrete number of compressive force settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Romenesko, Paul William Garvey
  • Patent number: 9395032
    Abstract: A modular tooling apparatus having serrated teeth for providing orbital and linear adjustment of a modular tool. The modular tooling apparatus includes a mounting member and a base coupling having mating contoured surfaces for providing linear adjustment of the base coupling relative to the mounting member. A spacer is provided having contoured surfaces wherein the contoured surfaces matingly and adjustably connect to a contoured surface of the base coupling for rotational adjustment of the modular tool about a longitudinal axis. The modular tool has a contoured surface that matingly and adjustably connects to the contoured surface of the spacer for rotational adjustment about the longitudinal axis. A biasing member engages the spacer and the modular tool for biasing the spacer toward the base member and away from the modular tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Andrew Kotula, Michael A. Filipiak, James R. Kalb, Keith M. Price
  • Patent number: 9310021
    Abstract: A retention and rotation assembly includes a first support having a first bore that extends along an axis AA. A lug is received in the first bore and is rotatable relative to the first support about the axis AA. The assembly includes a second support having a second bore. An inside surface of the second bore is engageable with an outside surface of the lug, the second support is fixed relative to the lug about the axis AA when second support is engaged with the lug. A locking element extends through a bore in the lug and into at least a portion of the second support. A rotation of the locking element in a first direction about the axis AA increases a friction between the lug and the first support thereby inhibiting rotation of the lug relative to the first support about the axis AA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: The Music People, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hennessey, James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150102187
    Abstract: A retention and rotation assembly includes a first support having a first bore that extends along an axis AA. A lug is received in the first bore and is rotatable relative to the first support about the axis AA. The assembly includes a second support having a second bore. An inside surface of the second bore is engageable with an outside surface of the lug, the second support is fixed relative to the lug about the axis AA when second support is engaged with the lug. A locking element extends through a bore in the lug and into at least a portion of the second support. A rotation of the locking element in a first direction about the axis AA increases a friction between the lug and the first support thereby inhibiting rotation of the lug relative to the first support about the axis AA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: James R. Hennessey, James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150086957
    Abstract: An adjustable friction joint assembly for a crash test dummy includes a first joint member for connection to a first member of the crash test dummy and a second joint member for connection to a second member of the crash test dummy. The adjustable friction joint assembly also includes a shaft operatively connected to the first joint member and the second joint member to allow rotation therebetween. The adjustable friction joint assembly further includes an adjustable friction assembly operatively connected to the shaft and operatively cooperating with the first joint member and the second joint member to adjust a friction tightness of the joint assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Gibbs, Zhenwen J. Wang
  • Publication number: 20150037085
    Abstract: A rotary coupling having first and second mounting interfaces. The rotary coupling also having a rotary joint rotatably connecting the first and second interfaces in preselected rotational orientation, wherein the rotary joint has selectively engageable redundant engaging means for interengaging the first and second interfaces for maintaining a preselected one of a plurality of alternate rotational orientations. According to one embodiment, the selectively engageable redundant engaging means of the rotary coupling further includes a plurality of interengageable detents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8882073
    Abstract: A support arrangement for a solar module includes a post having a first surface section. A support structure includes a connecting element presenting a second surface section facing the first surface section in a direction of a joint surface normal of the first and second surface sections. A stop element is arranged in the surface normal direction offset to the first and second surface sections. A first form-fitting connection exists between the stop element and the post and a second form-fitting connection exists between the stop element and the connecting element, providing vertical support of the connecting element relative to the post. The first and second form-fitting connections are producible at different heights of the connecting element relative to the post. A fastening element holds in place the first surface section and the second surface section relative to each other in the direction of the joint surface normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Habdank PV-Montagesysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Habdank, Peter Habdank, Ralf Baumann
  • Publication number: 20140270908
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adapter for connecting an auxiliary handle to a hand-held power tool and which includes an adapter body, which is connectable to the hand-held power tool, and an adjusting guide, which is attached to the adapter body such that it is movable relative thereto, and wherein the auxiliary handle is connectable to the adapter body by means of the adjusting guide and the adjusting guide is capable of fixing the auxiliary handle on the adapter body in different positions relative to this same structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Matthias Hiller
  • Publication number: 20140270909
    Abstract: A connection between two adapter parts of a supporting apparatus is constructed in a modular manner for supporting tools, workpieces or the like. Each adapter part has an attachment, and a connecting clip engages behind the attachments, which are positioned facing one another, and fixes the attachments to one another in an axial and radial manner, as well as a device for fixing the attachments to one another in a non-rotatable manner. The device for fixing the attachments to one another in a non-rotatable manner has a positive locking part that is arranged between the two attachments and engages in the two attachments in a positive locking manner for the non-rotatable fixing. The connection provides a sturdy connection between two adapter parts developed in an essentially standardized manner with a small number of individual parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVER S.p.A.
    Inventor: Markus Oerder
  • Publication number: 20140133898
    Abstract: In a tool attachment having an attachment housing on which a fastening interface is situated for fastening to an handheld machine tool, the fastening interface having an angular position setting unit for setting a specified angular position of the tool attachment on the handheld machine tool, and being equipped with a locking unit which, in a locked state, locks the tool attachment for operation on the handheld machine tool in the specified angular position, and, in the unlocked state, makes possible drawing the tool attachment away from the handheld machine tool, the angular position setting unit is operable in the locked state of the locking unit, to enable a change in the specified angular position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten TUSSING
  • Patent number: 8690470
    Abstract: An adjustable connector for elongated members is provided having a mount attached to a first elongated member, such as a chair support, and a tubular arm assembly pivotally connected to the mount and attached to a second elongated member, such as an umbrella or flag. The arm assembly is selectively positioned in relation to the mount by adjusting pegs that extend from the arm assembly and engage receivers in the mount. A tubular cam within the arm assembly is connected to a tubular sleeve on the exterior of the arm assembly. The sleeve is slid toward the mount causing the cam to disengage the pegs from the mount receivers permitting repositioning of the arm assembly from a position adjacent to the mount, through perpendicular to a position parallel to the mount. The connector may be collapsed and remain connected to the elongated members when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne L. Cash, Larry J. Hooker
  • Patent number: 8668257
    Abstract: A foldable bracket of a chair contains a positioning rod, a first rotating rod, a connector, a second rotating rod, and a supporting plate. The positioning rod is connected with the chair. The first rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the positioning rod. The connector is joined with the first rotating rod. The second rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the connector, and the supporting plate is connected to the second rotating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20140033896
    Abstract: A tilter for a stand, in particular a cymbal stand, comprises two elements being movable relative to each other, a connecting means connecting the moveable elements to each other, a locking means for reversibly fixing the position of the movable elements with respect to each other, as well as at least one friction means arranged between the movable elements. In a fixed position of the locking means, the friction means is in frictional contact with a peripheral surface of at least one of the movable elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Ruben Steinhauser, Winfried Holl
  • Patent number: 8622357
    Abstract: A luggage connector that may be used with a baby stroller or wheelchair to transport rolling luggage is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the connector includes a first arm and a second arm. Clamps are disposed at a distal end of each arm. The clamps are used to secure the connector to a handle of luggage and a portion of a frame such as a stroller or wheelchair frame. Each arm is adapted to rotate about a central axis so that each respective clamp may be rotated and positioned appropriately to secure the connector to the frame. In addition, a rotating hinge is provided to adjust to a desired angle between the two arms to accommodate the connector being secured to the frame and rolling luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Erica Youngblood
  • Publication number: 20130174529
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a toolbar with at least one mounted stem deflector to a combine head. The apparatus includes at least one head bracket that attaches to the combine head. The apparatus also includes at least one rotatable member that couples to the toolbar. A position of the at least one rotatable member is adjustable relative to the combine head. The apparatus also includes an actuator that adjusts the position of the at least rotatable member relative to the combine head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Lankota Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Lankota Group, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130093161
    Abstract: A system of folding mechanical components comprises a bearing ball, a stationary body defining at least one concave recess sized to receive at least a portion of the bearing ball, a rotatable body rotatably coupled to the stationary body and one or more button members. The rotatable body defines two channels therein, and one or more button members are sized to be disposed in the channels. Each button member defines a recess with a rounded concave portion sized to receive at least a portion of the bearing ball. In a locked position the bearing ball contacts the sloped recess of the stationary body. In an unlocked position the bearing ball contacts the rounded concave portions of the button members and has relatively more contact with the concave recess of the stationary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Studio Moderna SA
    Inventors: Zdenko Savsek, Ales Vozelj
  • Patent number: 8069645
    Abstract: The invention relates to a link chain having two or more rows of chain elements, wherein the chain elements of one row are rotatably connected to those of the adjacent row in the chain plane in such a way that each chain element has two rotational axes, of which in each case one of the two rotational axes belongs to two different chain elements in adjacent rows, and that the chain elements of one row are connected to one another by means of toothed devices at their ends in such a way that the chain is flexible in the chain plane. The chain elements at one end of the link chain are likewise provided, at their outer side, with a toothed device, which is in engagement with an actuator. The actuator is a pneumatic actuator, a hydraulic actuator, an electromotive actuator or a manual drive actuator. The actuator may have a latching fitting, wherein the latching fitting is provided with a toothed surface that is in engagement with a toothed surface of a chain element in one row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kintec-Solution GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Mackert
  • Patent number: 8066445
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting the length of a tension tie mounted on a deployable antenna based on a cable network structure includes a cable retainer provided with a retaining hole, a cable being connected to the cable retainer; a retaining case coupled to the outer periphery of the cable retainer and provided with a plurality of retaining holes; and a retainer positioned inside the cable retainer and configured to extend through the retaining hole of the cable retainer and through one of the retaining holes of the retaining case so that the cable retainer and the retaining case are prevented from moving in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Changsoo Kwak, Man-Seok Uhm, Dong-Hwan Shin, In-Bok Yom
  • Patent number: 7987749
    Abstract: A wrench with a rotatable head comprises a handle and a head, which are connected via a first and a second ends. The first end includes an upper and a lower lugs. A first toothed hole is formed in the upper lug; a hole is formed in the lower lug. A second toothed hole is formed in the second end. The second end is inserted between the upper and lower lugs and the second toothed hole is located between the first toothed hole and the hole. A toothed pillar is movably engaged in the toothed holes. When in the engagement position, the toothed pillar is engaged with the first and second toothed holes to fix the head and the handle. When in the disengagement position, the toothed pillar is disengaged from the teeth of the first toothed hole but still engaged with the teeth of the second toothed hole, so that the head and handle are rotatable with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20100327561
    Abstract: A stroller includes a stroller frame having a mounting frame portion, a support frame connected pivotally to the mounting frame portion for supporting a seat, and a support-frame adjusting device operable to adjust an angle between the support frame and the mounting frame portion. The support-frame adjusting device includes an elongated supporting member disposed pivotally on one of the support frame and the mounting frame portion and having first and second engagement portions, and a positioning member locked releaseably at a selected one of the first and second engagement portions. When released from the selected one of the first and second engagement portions, the positioning member is movable to engage the other one of the first and second engagement portions to thereby change the angle between the supporting member and the mounting frame portion and, thus, the inclination angle of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhi-Ren Zhong
  • Publication number: 20100278585
    Abstract: A connector structure of a music instrument stand includes a first connector and a second connector. Each of the connectors has an annular gear part that matches with each other. A first through hole and a second through hole are formed at the center of the annular gear parts of the two connectors, respectively. A screw is fastened from the first through hole to the second through hole and fixed so that the two connectors can pivotally rotate. Each of the connectors has a groove for the disposition of a bar. A corresponding cover covers the bar and is fixed by a screw and a nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Chang Ming Yi
  • Publication number: 20100244408
    Abstract: A foldable stroller has a frame assembly with a frame fold joint and is reconfigurable between an in-use configuration and a folded configuration. A child support structure is repositionable between a usable state on the frame assembly in the in-use configuration and an unusable state not suitable to support a child on the frame assembly. An interlock mechanism cooperates with the child support structure and is movable between a locked state preventing the frame assembly from being folded from the in-use configuration to the folded configuration and an unlocked state permitting the frame assembly to be folded. With the frame assembly in the in-use configuration and the child support structure on the frame assembly in the usable state, the interlock mechanism is retained in the locked state. The interlock mechanism is unlocked when the child support structure is moved to the unusable state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Roy L. Dean, Stephen Ahnert, Robert Pike, Damaso Lamos, Daniel Newhard, Todd Grintz, Branden McCorkel
  • Publication number: 20100141005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a link chain having two rows of chain elements wherein the chain elements of one row are rotatably connected to those of the adjacent row in the chain plane in such a way that each chain element has two rotational axes, of which each one of the two rotational axes of two different chain elements is in adjacent rows, and that the chain elements of one row are connected to one another by means of toothings of their ends in such a way that the chain is flexible in the chain plane, wherein the rotational axes are designed such that the chain remains in a set position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Kintec-Solution GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Mackert
  • Publication number: 20100127480
    Abstract: A foldable stroller has a frame assembly reconfigurable between an in-use and a folded configuration. The frame assembly has first and second frame parts movable between respective in-use positions and folded positions relative to one another that correspond to the in-use and folded frame configurations. A fold joint is connected to both the first and second frame parts and has a joint pivot about which the first and second frame parts pivot relative to one another between the respective in-use and folded positions. A fold link has one end coupled to part of the frame fold joint at a pivot point spaced from the joint pivot and has an opposite end coupled to the first frame part at a connection point spaced from the fold pivot. When the second frame part is pivoted from the in-use position toward the folded position, the fold link drives movement of part of the frame assembly toward the folded frame configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Ahnert, Roy L. Dean, Joseph T. Grintz, Todd D. Sorzano
  • Publication number: 20100117429
    Abstract: A reclining device as a connecting device includes an internal gear member, an external gear member and a retainer member. The retainer member is constructed such that when retainer strips are axially inserted into depressed portions formed in an outer circumferential portion of the external gear member and then insertion distal ends of the support strips are radially inwardly bent to form contact surface portions, the contact surface portions can be axially held against the outer circumferential portion of the external gear member. The external gear member has dowels that are capable of being fitted to a cushion frame, and the dowels are formed circumferentially in locations positioned between the depressed portions (the locations in which projected portions are formed), so as to be axially projected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsutaka Mitsuhashi
  • Publication number: 20100109402
    Abstract: An easily operable lock device for a movable member of a chair, the lock device being adapted such that a person sitting on the chair can select lock or unlock position by operating operation means with a load, such as the weight of the person, acting on the movable member and, when the load is removed after the selection of the lock or unlock position, lock or unlock operation is executed. A lock pin provided at a spring receiving member functioning as a movable member, is selectively engaged with and disengaged from engagement holes formed in a reinforcement plate functioning as a support member. The lock device has biasing means for biasing the lock pin toward the lock position when an operation member moved by the operation means is set at a lock reservation position and biasing the lock pin toward the unlock position when the operation member is set at an unlock reservation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Hiroshi Masunaga
  • Patent number: 7591208
    Abstract: Adjustable tools which may be linked through a plurality of couplings connected by links so that the tool and the handle and the links are rotatable relative to each other in a released condition and locked relative to each other in a locked position. The tool, the handle and the links may thus be adjusted to have the tool at any desired orientation to the handle and in a locked position in that orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Charles A. Cole
  • Patent number: 7367740
    Abstract: An adjustable support stand for an article such as a camera employs a plurality of elongated links connected to one another at their ends by lockable universal joints. Each joint consists of a pair of complementary knuckles, each joined to a link end by a splined connection, which connections provide two axes of rotation to the joint. The knuckles are joined to one another about a third axis of rotation, perpendicular to the first two axes by means of a splined pin which passes through splined holes in the two knuckles. The splined connections employ splines of different count to achieve a high resolution of possible positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Pedrag Lazic, Michael J. Lassila
  • Publication number: 20080101854
    Abstract: A rotation support mechanism and a portable terminal having a rotation support function that allows a cover to semi-automatically open from a closed position to an open position in a horizontal or a vertical position, enabling a user to open the cover to a desired open position by one hand and one-touch operation. The rotation support mechanism allows the cover to rotate from the closed position at which a vertically long body and the cover are closed in a superposed manner to the open position at which the cover is stopped after it is rotated by a certain angle in a plane in which the body and the cover are superposed on each other. The rotation of the cover integral with an eccentric cam can be stopped at rotation positions of multiple stages in the horizontal or the vertical position by a pressing means that presses, in the plane, the cam surface of the eccentric cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Takamori, Tsuyoshi Uchida, Masami Nishida
  • Patent number: 7293392
    Abstract: An elongate flexible track is flexibly positionable from an initial straight configuration to a non-straight configuration having a horizontal, vertical or compound curvature in which it is lockable with locking elements. The track has a plurality of stud receiving components each being formed with a horizontal base wall having a longitudinal edge and a transverse edge, a side wall on a first side of the track and a side wall on a second side of the track, the side walls extending vertically from respective longitudinal edges of the base wall. The base and side walls define a space in which a stud end of an elongate stud can be mounted. Adjacent stud receiving components are joined by linking elements which include pivot elements about which the linking elements are adjustable in one or more directions. At least one locking elements passage is provided on each side of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Oziflex Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Andreas Krumbacher
  • Patent number: 7150578
    Abstract: A clamp system for attaching accessory devices to a railing structure includes a first clamping jaw member and a second clamping jaw member designed to clamp on a railing structure. An accessory mounting device includes a cylindrical collar portion with a plurality of diametrically aligned holes arranged around the circumference. One of the clamping jaw members has an opening, sized to receive the collar portion and one pair of holes that can be aligned with the holes of the collar portion. When the mounting device is in a desired orientation, a pin is inserted through the aligned holes to hold the orientation. A locking nut is mounted on a threaded portion of the collar portion and, when tightened, tends to withdraw the collar portion against the pin, firmly securing the assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Carmen R. Porco
  • Patent number: 7141063
    Abstract: A stent is constructed using interconnected links having micro-mechanical latching mechanisms. The micro-mechanical latching elements allow relative rotational movement of interconnected links in one rotational direction but restrict relative rotational movement of the two links in the opposite direction. The micro-mechanical latch surface features are formed using microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS) manufacturing methods. The male surface of the latching components contains an array of ridges or protrusions, and the receiving surface contains a matching array of recesses. The array of ridges or protrusions and the corresponding recesses have uniformly dissimilar slopes that result in a substantially greater frictional force in one direction than in the opposite direction. The separation distance between the two surfaces is such that the male latch surface is engaged with the receiving surface recesses in the low stress “locked” state, preventing motion in the undesired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Icon Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Jason White, David Stern
  • Patent number: 7090231
    Abstract: An adjustable front fork blade for a stroller includes a sleeve, a base movably mounted in the sleeve, and a connecting tube mounted between the sleeve and the base. Thus, the front fork blade has an adjustable length so that when two front fork blades are mounted on a front wheel, the length of each of the two front fork blades can be adjusted to match each other so as to calibrate and center the position of the front wheel, thereby preventing the front wheel from being oscillated or vibrated due to deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Unique Product & Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Liao
  • Patent number: 7073299
    Abstract: A curved metal track for receiving a series of metal studs and forming a part of a curved metal wall. The track comprises a plurality of sections with each section being pivotally connected to an adjacent section. Structurally each section comprises a base plate having opposed first and second end portions. Formed in the first end portion is a slit or opening. The second end portion of each section is adapted to be inserted into the slit or opening of an adjacently disposed section. A pivot connector is utilized to pivotally connect the first end portion of one section with the second end portion of another section. There is also provided a pair of opposed stud tabs that extend normal to the base plate and which are adapted to be secured to the sides of a stud. By pivotally connecting the individual sections of the track, the track can be curved and accordingly can be configured to form a part of a curved metal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Michael L. Torres
  • Patent number: 6993998
    Abstract: A wrench includes a tool head having a number of teeth formed in a chamber, and a handle having a shaft rotatably engaged into the chamber of the tool head and having a channel laterally formed in the shaft, a stem is engaged into the channel of the shaft, and includes one or more actuators. A follower is slidably received in the channel of the shaft, and includes one or more teeth for engaging with the teeth of the tool head, and for selectively locking the handle to the tool head at selected angular position. The follower includes a space formed by an inner peripheral surface, for engaging with the actuators. One of the actuators may force the teeth of the follower to solidly engage with the teeth of the tool head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventors: Chein Chuan Kao, Chia Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 6988504
    Abstract: An umbrella assembly comprising a base, a pole mounted on the base extending upwardly and outwardly from the base, a carriage slidably mounted on the pole, and an umbrella frame including an adapter releasably engagable with the carriage. A handle is rotatably mounted on the pole, and a cable is coupled at one end to the handle and coupled at another end to the umbrella frame such that by rotating the handle, the cable is retracted and the umbrella is opened, and by rotating the handle in the opposite direction, the cable is released, the umbrella is collapsed, and the carriage is slidable along the pole. The cable is coupled to the adapter such that the adapter may be releasably secured to the umbrella frame to allow the umbrella frame to be tilted and secured in an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Brian L. Goldwitz
  • Publication number: 20030198508
    Abstract: A cordless communication device is fastened to a wall surface by a supporting element having a central tubular plug element, which points with its axial direction toward the wall surface, and which is provided for plugging-in and retaining a mating plug element that is joined to the bottom of the device housing. The plug element is configured such that it positively engages, at least in partial areas, with the mating plug element extending over or into the plug element. Axially extending guide elements, which maintain a selected rotational angle position between the plug element and the mating plug element, are arranged on the plug element or on the mating plug element. The supporting element is provided for fastening to a flush mounting box provided with continuous openings for fastening screws of the flush mounting box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Erwin Eberle, Joachim Herzer
  • Patent number: 6588304
    Abstract: The invention is an improved Offset Head Ratchet Wrench. It allows the user to remove or interchange different size ratchet heads or tools quickly with the push of a button attached at the head of the activating shaft. This shaft can activate in three stages if it is operating an offset wrench. The activating shaft is attached to an E shaped structure, which is made up of an activating shaft, locking pin and pivot pin, all three being attached to a central plate. Stage one is when the activating shaft is in a partially depressed position. The locking pin releases the ratchet head for rotation only. Stage two is when the activating shaft is fully depressed, it releases the pivot pin, allowing the ratchet head to be easily and quickly removed or exchanged for another type of tool with a similarly designed head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventors: Darren J. Kady, Benny R. Barnes
  • Patent number: 6550097
    Abstract: A wiper arm for a pivotably connected wiper blade has a fastening part (10) for fastening to a drive shaft (12), by inserting the drive shaft through a widening indentation (38) of the fastening part (10), and a screw nut (44 tenses the fastening part (10) against a bearing face (30) to the drive shaft (12) via a clamping part (40, 50) that is adapted to the indentation (38), and also the contact face (66) between the clamping part (40, 50) and the fastening part (10) forms a part of the surface of a sphere, and the bearing face (30) forms a part of a jacket face of a cylinder, whose cylinder axis (32) extends through the center point (36) of the sphere and parallel to the longitudinal direction (34) of the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Zimmer
  • Patent number: 6494635
    Abstract: In an angularly adjustable, releasably lockable ball joint, the ball has a surface covered with polygonal patterns of spaced apart protuberances, the protuberances defining concavities. An actuator tip is provided to penetrate at least one concavity and simultaneously contact the protuberances in the pattern to lock the ball and actuator together, thereby fixing the orientation of shanks attached to the ball and actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Werner O. Merlo
  • Publication number: 20020176736
    Abstract: A bending and direction-changing structure for a big umbrella comprising an upper sleeve, a lower sleeve and a bending mechanism, the bending mechanism is tightly combined with the upper and the lower sleeves; the bending mechanism is provided with an upper and a lower fixing seat, a plurality of elastic members are provided between the upper and lower fixing seats in cooperating with a locking member to make the upper and lower fixing seats inseparable but rotatable for angular change. The upper and lower fixing seats are provided respectively with bevel surface therebetween to get changing of bending of the shaft of the umbrella. Such structure suits various big umbrellas; the umbrella can thereby have bending angle of its shaft changed for sun shading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Tsou
  • Patent number: 6443795
    Abstract: A transmission chain includes a plurality of unitary chain links, each of which has parallel first and second side plates, first and second connecting pins, first and second pivot pins, and first and second pivot seats. The first and second pivot pins of one of the chain links are connected pivotally, removably and respectively to the first and second pivot seats of an adjacent one of the chain links, so as to enable the transmission chain to possess the characteristics of an adjustable chain length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 6430887
    Abstract: For a truss, a hinge assembly for connecting truss members that form the truss. The hinge assembly may include a first hinge plate having a first boss formed thereon and a second hinge plate having a second boss formed thereon. The second boss defines an opening for pivotal receipt of the first boss. The hinge assembly also includes a retainer for maintaining the pivotal receipt of the first boss in the second boss. When the first hinge plate is attached to a first portion of a truss and the second hinge plate is attached to a second portion of a truss, the first and second truss portion can be pivoted relative to each other to enable portions of the truss to be collapsed for transporting purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Aegis Metal Framing LLC
    Inventor: Larry R. Daudet
  • Patent number: 6427957
    Abstract: A stowable support system having an arm and an attachment member pivotal through a plurality of angular positions relative to the arm. The arm includes a follower assembly with a surface portion of a first contour, with the attachment member including a surface portion of a second contour that is cooperative to the first contour. A rest position is defined by at least one of the plurality of angular positions, in which the surface portions of the follower assembly and attachment member are in mating contact. The follower assembly and attachment member are biased toward engagement with each other, with at least one of the attachment member and the follower assembly being configured to be resiliently deformed when the attachment member is pivoted out of the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Rosen Products LLC
    Inventors: Darrell R. Finneman, Joseph E. Alves, Curtis C. Kucera
  • Patent number: 6290422
    Abstract: A hook assembly for a vacuum cleaner handle which has a base member formed in the handle with a continuously internally walled extension defining an opening into which a continuously externally walled extension of a hook member can be inserted so that portions of the externally walled extension engage portions of the internally walled extension so that loads applied to the hook are transmitted to the handle through those surfaces. A spring normally biases the surfaces together, but can be manually overcome to rotate the hook for easy removal of the cord. A double hook arrangement is also provided to support a vacuum hose and an electrical cord with similar interengaging surfaces to transmit the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Tacony Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Hamm, John F. Kaido
  • Patent number: 6238124
    Abstract: The locking joint mechanism disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,588,767 is improved by including elements that prevent roll of one joint member relative to another joint member. The roll preventing elements include at least one actuator head or pin spaced from another actuator head or pin and which is received in a concavity defined between adjacent protuberances. Various protuberance patterns and overall operating mechanisms are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Werner O. Merlo