Step-by-step Adjustment Patents (Class 403/107)
  • Patent number: 11185964
    Abstract: A length extension assembly for a hand tool comprises at least two elongated extension tubings each having a longitudinal passageway and being of a size and shape that one of the tubings may be selectively inserted into the passageway of the other tubing. The assembly also includes at least two elongated extension bars each of a size and shape that each extension bar may be inserted into an appropriate tubing. The tubings are provided with longitudinally spaced locking holes. Each bar is provided with a locking member which can enter and be engaged in one of the locking holes to connect the bar to its tubing. Optionally, one tubing could be inserted into the larger tubing and a locking member on the smaller tubing could be engaged in a locking hole of the larger tubing to connect the tubings together. Various length selections can be achieved by connecting a bar to at least one tubing or by connecting a bar to one tubing and connecting that tubing to a larger tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: John D. Keeler
  • Patent number: 11134935
    Abstract: A tissue retractor device within the scope of the present invention generally includes a frame, an actuating mechanism, and a plurality of blades. The actuating mechanism generally includes at least one cam that encourages automatic toe-out of the blades. The tissue retractor eliminates the need for bulky secondary blade mechanisms to prevent undesired blade deformation at the surgical site. The toe-out motion occurs simultaneously along with the opening of the blades. The present invention further provides for depth adjustment of the blades by means of an adjustable screw assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: William Reimels
  • Patent number: 11002047
    Abstract: A hood hinge is disclosed herein. The hood hinge includes a body attachment member configured to be attached to a vehicle body, and a hood attachment member configured to be attached to a vehicle hood. The hood further includes a hinge mechanism connected to the body attachment member and the hood attachment member so as to enable hinged movement of the hood relative to the body. Also provided are methods for installing a hood in a vehicle. Many embodiments include structural features that make it easier to make small adjustments to the position of the vehicle hood relative to the vehicle body to ensure optimum fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CVF MOTORSPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan H. French, Erik Paddock
  • Patent number: 10907927
    Abstract: The present application discloses an archery bow release that can be used to aid bow string release in archery. The bow release disclosed in the present application comprises a center carrier and a sleeve cylinder housing that receives the center carrier from the back end. The center carrier comprises a chamber, a lock mechanism and a string releaser. The lock mechanism locks and releases the center carrier. The string releaser holds the loop bow string when the center carrier is locked and releases the loop bow string when the center carrier is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Rankhorn Evolved Designs
    Inventor: Michael L. Rankhorn
  • Patent number: 10850799
    Abstract: A bicycle assembly can include a bicycle frame having a main frame and a sub-frame, and a shock absorber assembly. The shock absorber assembly can comprise a shock absorber and an extension body. The sub-frame can rotate in relation to the main frame and the shock absorber assembly can be used to regulate that relationship. An eccentric insert positioned functionally between the shock absorber and extension body can be used to modify the overall length of the shock absorber assembly to beneficially alter the geometry of the bicycle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason L. Chamberlain, Jason McDonald
  • Patent number: 10405841
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for minimally open orthopedic spine surgery are disclosed. A first flexible screw-based retractor is designed to be coupled to each pedicle screw inserted into adjacent vertebral bodies. A retractor system is provided in which a first retractor blade is mounted to one of the screws and a second movable retractor blade is moved away from the first blade, in a medial direction, to create a working channel through which the disc space may be accessed for passing instruments and implants. Light may be incorporated into the device to illuminate the surgical field. One or all of the retractor blades may be made of a sterilizable plastic or metal and be disposable or reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Josef Gorek, Linda Krisciunas, Catherine Ross, Jennifer Haggenmaker, Kevin Strauss
  • Patent number: 10034428
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle includes a chassis and a header carried by the chassis. The header includes: a header frame; a cutter movably coupled to the header frame; a reel arm pivotably coupled to the header frame; a reel carried by the reel arm and including a plurality of tines; a variable displacement fluid cylinder including an interior chamber, a first piston linked to the reel arm placed within the interior chamber and a second piston placed within the interior chamber, the interior chamber defining a shared volume between the first piston and the second piston; and a piston driver linked to the cutter and configured to translate movement of the cutter relative to the header frame into displacement of the second piston within the interior chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joel T. Cook, Joshua S. Joyce
  • Patent number: 9782158
    Abstract: A surgical access device including a frame, first and second supports, and first and second retractor blades releasably coupled with the first and second supports, respectively. The frame has first and second arms. The first support is releasably coupled with the first and second arms. The second support is slidably mounted on the first and second arms. The second support is movable between a first position with the retractor blades in close cooperative position and a spaced apart position with respect to the first support. The first and second retractor blades each have a distal end portion configured and adapted to engage a vertebral body. In one method of use, the retractor is inserted through an incision in first orientation with the blades in close approximation and rotated approximately 90°, before spreading the retractor blades to retract tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierce Nunley, Colin Natali, Faheem Sandhu, Ronald Childs, Brandon Moore
  • Patent number: 9724560
    Abstract: A compressible barbell adapter is disclosed, which consists of a compression-retraction member fastened to a hollow shaft for use on a bar. The compression and retraction movement of the compression-retraction member is generally achieved by means of a pinion and a rack system, and can be utilized in conjunction with dampening means. Slidable handles are also connected to the compression-retraction member, and serve to slide along the axis of the hollow shaft, and thus along the bar. The compressible barbell adapter is meant to be fastened onto existing bars or barbells such that additional exertion is focused on the pectoral, deltoid and back muscles during various exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Guy Murray
  • Patent number: 9492706
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for exercising the upper portions of the human body. The apparatus is a “zigzag” configured rod that has rotatable grips on three parallel sections of thereof. The apparatus preferably can alternatively be configured or re-configured in a U-shape. A user, with or without the assistance of another person grasps two of the grips and rotates the device around its central section to perform a wide variety of exercises. A method is provided for using the apparatus to perform exercises beneficial for the user's arms and upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: STUCK OUTSIDE THE BOX CONSULTING, LLC
    Inventor: Cody Turnbow
  • Patent number: 9410838
    Abstract: A pit liner includes an upper section, a lower section, at least one pin wherein each pin is connected to one of the upper section and the lower section, and at least one notch defined in at least one of the upper section and the lower section the lower section and the upper section sized to adjust with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Floyd, Bobby Wade Pope
  • Patent number: 9272483
    Abstract: A method for forming a tubular sheet product roll includes providing a sheet product roll having a first configuration and a void, centering a rotational axis of the sheet product roll on a longitudinal axis of a first tool, and inserting the first tool into the void of the sheet product roll to define an inner diameter of the void and to form the sheet product roll having a second configuration different from the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Ehteshamul Haque, Chiehlung Jay Hsu, David L. B. Knudsen, Bruce Jerome Kokko, Steven B. Mattheeussen
  • Patent number: 9249568
    Abstract: The present invention relates to temporary wall systems and their production and more particularly to portable, temporary wall systems. The wall system includes an adjustable pillar member, a panel member, and a support article arranged and disposed to secure the panel member to the adjustable pillar member. The adjustable pillar member includes a base portion and an expansion portion, and is configured to extend between opposing surfaces to provide support for the panel member when secured thereto. The base portion includes a first face, an opposing second face, and a channel formed in the first face, the channel extending from the first face towards the second face. The expansion portion is movably disposed within the channel, and at least partially extends from the first face of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: James M. Hoefler
  • Patent number: 9073419
    Abstract: A wind deflector has a bearing base and a shiftable body that is shiftable relative to the bearing base between a first, extended position, in which the body is spaced apart from the bearing base and a second, placed-on position, in which the body is placed onto the bearing base. Two spaced apart links extend between the body and the bearing base. Each link has one end articulated to the body and a second end articulated to the bearing base. A push-push lock is provided for fixing at least one of the link and the body in the placed-on position of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kurt Pfertner, Markus Alexander Bauer
  • Patent number: 8636436
    Abstract: On a device with at least first and second parts moveable relative to each other, comprising a sliding bearing located on the first part, comprising a sliding element and an adjusting element within in a very small gap between the two parts moveable relative to each other, and for inexpensive manufacture and simple assembly, that the first part displays a recess, located outside the area in which the adjusting element is supported on the first part, in which a projection located on the sliding element is mounted in positive fashion in the direction of actuation of the displacement of the adjusting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: DewertOkin GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Roither, Carsten Both
  • Patent number: 8474470
    Abstract: The invention provides a forearm type of crutch comprising an operatively upright staff having a ground engaging foot at one end and a transverse handle and forearm support assembly at the operatively upper end, and wherein the angle of inclination of the forearm support assembly to the staff is adjustable, wherein the angle of inclination of the forearm support assembly relative to the staff is adjustable by means of a pair of co-operating positioning portions, one being stationary relative to the staff and the other being stationary relative to the forearm support assembly and wherein the positioning portions have complementarily co-operating zones that are engagable in different angular positions of the forearm support assembly and staff to provide a desired angle of inclination of the forearm support assembly relative to the staff and wherein releasable clamping means operatively hold the positioning portions in a selected engaged position for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Colin Patrick Albertyn
  • Patent number: 8356777
    Abstract: An adjustable hanger has a receiver having a hole arranged to allow mounting of the receiver on a fixed element, and a body opening in the receiver arranged to accept a connector. An adjustable hanger has a mounting having a hole arranged to allow the mounting to be mounted to a fixed element, and a shaft opening, a receiver having a shaft opening, a shaft having a portion insertable into the shaft opening on the mounting such that shaft can move relative to the mounting, and a portion insertable into the shaft opening on the receiver, and a connector arranged to be insertable into a connector opening on the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hammer, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin James Miles, Kim Paul Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8245977
    Abstract: An apparatus for pivotally fastening an aerodynamic surface. The apparatus includes a bearing block. A clamping block is connected to the bearing block and includes at least two elongate holes. A pivotally mounted strip member is coupled to the aerodynamic surface and to the clamping block. At least one fastening device is insertable into each of the at least two elongate holes for locking the clamping block relative to the bearing block. The aerodynamic surface is lockable in at least one angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Binder
  • Patent number: 7816888
    Abstract: A battery pack with a device for locking said battery pack to a cordless power tool has a guide configured to guide the battery pack in a predetermined movement direction as it moves between a locking position in which it is locked to the cordless power tool and a removal position in which it is removed from the cordless power tool, the guide has a break in at least one location between the locking position and removal position, and at said location a force acting on the battery pack moves the battery pack into a safety position offset from the guide, in which the battery pack is prevented from moving further along the guide into the removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marcin Rejman, Wolf Matthias
  • Patent number: 7798213
    Abstract: New locking connector assemblies and telescoping extension/retraction assemblies are disclosed that operate on the natural spring rate constraints of radial protrusions or radially constrained rings as they interact with engaging members to provide the locking force and permit the connector and extension retraction assemblies to be engage and disengaged or extended and retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter R. Harvey, Michael H. Johnson, Yang Xu
  • Patent number: 7707694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a positioning mechanism (1) for releasably fixing at least one position of a positioning means (3) which can be displaced more or less linearly relative to positioning means (2) fixedly connected to a structure (45), e.g. a shoe, which provides a mount for at least one displaceable coupling means (9) which engages under the action of a spring system (39) in a female coupling part (20) of the positioning means (2) connected to the structure (45) in a position which fixes the position of the positioning means (2, 3) relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Gerhard Trinkaus, Jason Roe
  • Patent number: 7648306
    Abstract: A turnbuckle device (11) for clamping concrete shell elements (1, 2), having two claws (12, 13), which may be displaced toward one another, and a wedge (18) or the like, the claws (12, 13) having legs (14, 20; 41), the legs (14, 20; 41) having contact surfaces (30, 31; 43) extending in a plane to rest on struts (7, 21; 50) of frames (5, 6) of concrete shell elements (1, 2), the legs (14, 20; 41) having lugs on their free ends (16, 22; 40), which are capable of engaging behind depressions (9, 15) in frames (5, 6) of concrete shell elements (1, 2), is characterized in that an extension (17; 42; 44; 45) is provided on a lug (16; 40) of a leg (14; 41), which extends away from the contact surface (30, 43) at least partially perpendicularly to the plane of the contact surface (30; 43) of the leg (14; 41). The mounting of the turnbuckle device is thus made easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Peri GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Schwörer
  • Patent number: 7534065
    Abstract: A device for locking, an electrical device to an accessory part has a guide configured to guide the accessory part in a predetermined movement direction as it moves between a locking position in which it is locked the electrical device and a removal position in which it is removed from the electrical device, the guide having a break in at least one location between the locking position and removal position, and at the location a force acting on the accessory part moves the accessory part into a safety position in which the accessory part is prevented from moving further along the guide into the removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marcin Rejman, Wolf Matthias
  • Patent number: 7506657
    Abstract: A walker for both child and adult users includes two supporting units and a connecting unit transversely connecting the two supporting units at the front sides thereof. A horizontal rod is provided between two leg portions of each said supporting unit. Each said horizontal rod has two slots at the opposite ends. Two sliding joints are mounted on the supporting units in the manner that the ends of the horizontal rod can be received by the sliding joints, and two pin members can be respectively pierced through one of the sliding joints and the corresponding slot. Further, two sets of clutch members each having a toothed portion for being detachably engaged with each other are provided between the ends of the telescopic members of the connecting unit and the adjacent supporting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: Fang-Jung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7217060
    Abstract: A locking mechanism includes a centering axle having an engaging member defined at one end thereof, a sleeve encompassing a portion of the centering axle, and a clutch device that securely receives the sleeve and permits rotation of the centering axle and the sleeve in only one direction. The centering axle defines a plurality of equally spaced grooves, and the sleeve defines a plurality of equally spaced grooves corresponding to the grooves of the centering axle in an opposed manner. Each pair of opposed grooves of the centering axle and sleeve define a narrow passageway that accommodates a ball bearing that is slidable along the longitudinal axis of the centering axle and between the sleeve and centering axle. The ball bearing in each passageway permits longitudinal movement of the centering axle relative to the sleeve and prohibits rotation of the centering axle relative to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventor: Gudni Ingimarsson
  • Patent number: 6948877
    Abstract: A striding shank fixing device includes an insert tube, a guide tube, and an adjusting member. The guide tube has plural position holes, and the adjusting member has a hole for the guide tube to pass through and a position projection to fit in one of the position holes to secure the adjusting member with the guide tube at an adjusted location. A thumb screw screws through the adjusting member to press a driving strip to push forcefully against a vertical side of a wall to secure the shank fixing device striding on the wall so the shank of a parasol may be inserted in the insert tube and stabilized by a thumb screw screwing through the insert tube and pressing against a driving block in the insert tube and pressing against the shank to support the parasol stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Albert Chong-Jen Lo
  • Patent number: 6892991
    Abstract: An adjustable support apparatus, for elevating a furniture article, includes a base and a cradle which operatively engages the base so as to be supported thereby. The cradle includes a substantially horizontal support platform adapted to support a portion of a furniture item thereon. One of the base and the cradle has a plurality of projections extending outwardly thereon, and the other of the base and the cradle has a plurality of recesses, which mate with the projections when the base and the cradle are operatively engaged. The base and the cradle are rotatably adjustable relative to one another, to variously engage the projections and recesses and thereby establish multiple different height positions of the cradle support platform. The apparatus is used to adjustably raise the height level of a furniture article, particularly a bed, by placing individual supports according to the invention underneath the respective leg posts of the furniture article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Sung Kuk Soh
  • Patent number: 6805513
    Abstract: The mechanism includes two discoidal parts, including a ratchet and crown mounted on an unattached axle, each of their opposing faces with cogged sections. The positioning of the ratchet on the axle allows it to move axially to facilitate the separation of the teeth. The separation of the teeth is carried out by a separator element that is set up between the ratchet and crown, the ratchet being able to be manually operated to carry out the separation. The ratchet is required to activate the position of engagement with the crown by means of a spring that is supported by an external disk that in turn presses on a limit plate pierced by the axle and mounted on the ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Grupo Antolin
    Inventor: Miguel Marañón Marquina
  • Patent number: 6478278
    Abstract: An adjustable, telescoping seat support that allows the height of a bicycle seat to be adjusted to a number of seat height positions safely while bicycle is in motion. An elongated tubular seat post is clamped to a bicycle frame in a stationary position. A bicycle seat is attached to an end of a seat holder that is slidably positioned internal to the stationary tubular seat post. A coil spring provides an extending force on the tubular seat post and the tubular seat holder such that the seat support is capable of extending to a raised seat position and compressing to a lowered seat position. The seat is locked into raised and lowered seat positions by a plunger locking portion that is attached to the elongated tubular seat post and which remains at a fixed position relative to the seat for all seat height positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Allen Gary Duncan
  • Patent number: 6419198
    Abstract: A CPU supporting assembly comprising a pair of interrelated supporting structures having upwardly facing supporting surfaces configured and positioned to support a CPU in downwardly engaged relation thereon. Two spaced pairs of generally oppositely facing confining surfaces facing toward one another are configured and positioned to confine a CPU therebetween. The supporting structures are constructed and arranged to move through a range of adjustable movements wherein a horizontal distance between the pairs of confining surfaces is adjustable to allow CPU's of various sizes to be supported by the assembly. The supporting structures further include a plurality of downwardly facing surfaces configured to position the supporting structures on a horizontally extending surface such as a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Zag Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Einav
  • Patent number: 6202971
    Abstract: An adjustable, telescoping seat support allows the height of a bicycle seat to be adjusted to a number of seat height positions safely while bicycle is in motion. An elongated tubular seat post is clamped to a bicycle frame in a stationary position. A bicycle seat is attached to an end of a tubular seat holder that is slidably posited over the stationary tubular seat post. A coil spring placed inside the tubular seat holder provides an extending force on the tubular seat post and the tubular seat holder such that the seat support is capable of extending to a raised seat position and compressing to a lowered seat position. The seat is locked into raised and lowered seat positions by a plunger locking portion that is attached to the elongated tubular seat holder and which remains at a fixed position relative to the seat for all seat height positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Allen G. Duncan
  • Patent number: 6196568
    Abstract: An adjustable rotary positioning mechanism comprising a clevis having a central axis, a first arm, a second arm, and a plurality of bores arcuately spaced around the central axis through the first arm of the clevis. A rod end having a central axis and a plurality of sockets is rotatably connected to the clevis through the central axis. The plurality of sockets are arcuately spaced around the central axis and positioned colinearly with the plurality of bores. A plurality of locking pins are carried in the sockets and configured to project into the plurality of bores to lock the clevis and the rod end together and to retract from the plurality of bores to permit relative movement of the clevis and the rod end. Another embodiment of the invention is a wheelchair comprising a frame, drive wheels and steerable wheels supporting the frame, and paired foot supports each adjustably connected to the frame using the adjustable rotary positioning mechanism described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG Inc.
    Inventor: Rex W. Stevens
  • Patent number: 6092957
    Abstract: A holding device hold a first member in position relative to a second member on a clamping pin. Two racks respectively one connected to the first and second members and adapted to interengage in a locked position. A return spring separates the racks in an unlocked position. An additional spring co-operates with a bracket. The racks, return spring and additional spring are mounted on the clamping pin. The additional spring bears against the bracket and operates on the mobile rack to assure complete interpenetration of the mobile rack and the fixed rack. The main application of the device is to automobile vehicle steering columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lemforder Nacam SA
    Inventors: Laurent Fevre, Jean-Christophe Bodin, Alain Carrer
  • Patent number: 6065895
    Abstract: A carrying apparatus for supporting a ski binding toe piece and heel piece on a ski, the carrying apparatus having a length-adjustable coupling member arranged between a front support member and a rear support member. The carrying apparatus is easily mountable to the ski and is adaptable to accommodate numerous ski boot sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Marker Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Edwin Lehner, Gerhard Sedlmair, Werner Messerschmidt
  • Patent number: 5839326
    Abstract: An apparatus attaches to an automobile brake pedal lever in such a way as to allow a statuesquely small automobile operator the ability to adjustably control the total brake pedal length so that he can comfortably remain a safe distance from the steering wheel while still reaching the brake. This control apparatus has a leaf spring element that provides temporary self-supporting capability so that the optimum arrangement can be found before the controller is more stably connected to the existing brake pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Young-ryeol Song
  • Patent number: 5756906
    Abstract: A stabilized insertion device to prevent harmonic vibration or "wiggle" when inserting a probe or sensor into a gas pipeline. A shaft guide is placed around the shaft inside the housing of the insertion device. The shaft guide is composed of two sections. The first section is wider than the second. The second section is received by a spool bushing located inside the housing proximate to the pipeline. When the shaft is fully extended the spool bushing holds the shaft guide steady which in turn holds the shaft steady. An annular bevel and taper may be added to the spool bushing and shaft guide, respectively, to aid in the coupling thereof. Optionally, the shaft guide may be bisected to make it movable to different positions on the shaft, thereby allowing for probe insertion at a variety of depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Welker Engineering Company
    Inventor: Brian H. Welker
  • Patent number: 5689999
    Abstract: Apparatus for enabling and disabling relative rotary movements between two members rotatable about a common axis comprises a plurality of circumferentially spaced locking pins carried by one of the members and a plurality of circumferentially spaced sockets in the other of the members, the pins and sockets being uniformly spaced from the axis of rotation and each of the sockets being of such size as to accommodate any one of the pins. The number of pins is different from the number of sockets. The angular spacing between adjacent pins is uniform, and the angular spacing between adjacent sockets is uniform, but different from the angular spacing between adjacent pins. The angular spacing between the pins and the sockets defines a ratio which is not a whole integer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Gunnell, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Wiley, Dwight S. Gay, Michael J. Larkin
  • Patent number: 5687814
    Abstract: An assembly for applying one or more materials to the rails of a railroad track includes a mounting bracket for mounting the assembly to a vehicle adapted to travel on the rails. A connecting arm is coupled to the mounting bracket, and at least one nozzle is connected to an end of the connecting arm. The nozzle arm has a hollow channel through which material flows to be applied to a rail surface. A nozzle port is in fluid communication with the nozzle channel when the nozzle arm is in an operative position. The nozzle arm is biased toward the operative position and is adapted to move away from the operative position in response to contact with an obstruction and is returned to the operative position following the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Portec Inc., RMP Division
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Craig, William T. Urmson, Jr., Dennis Bell
  • Patent number: 5604985
    Abstract: A handheld appliance including a housing including a surface area, a moveable member moveable relative to the surface of the housing, and a latch for releasably preventing and permitting movement of the moveable member relative to the housing and including a series of indentations in the surface area of the housing, and a latch member movably carried on the moveable member for movement between a latch position preventing movement of the moveable member relative to the housing and a release position permitting movement of the moveable member relative to the housing, the latch member including a generally planar base portion, and a flange portion which is received in a selected one of the indentations when the latch member is in the latch position and free of the indentations when the latch member is in the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Andis Company
    Inventors: Matthew L. Andis, John M. Piwaron
  • Patent number: 5588766
    Abstract: An ascending/descending structure including a pull bar, a locking pin, a resilient retaining member and a locking tube formed with saw teeth-like locking notches for reliably locking the locking pin. The pull bar can be pulled outward along the locking tube for adjustment of height without slipping off or displacement. When the pull bar is reversely pushed inward, by the guide slot of the retaining member, the locking pin temporarily kept in a fixed position, permitting the pull bar to be pushed inward to the bottom of the locking tube for further adjustment of height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Yu-Shan Lai
  • Patent number: 5489100
    Abstract: A training golf club with a spring-loaded hinge between two club half-shafts which "breaks" if the club swing is skewed or jerky is disclosed. First and second main hinge components lie side by side with a pivot shaft passing through them and with offset shanks for attachment to the club half-shafts. Springs and balls are located in bores in the first main hinge component, the balls engaging in depressions in a circular track on the second main hinge component when the two shanks are aligned. The other ends of the springs bear, via balls, against an adjustment ring. On rotation of this ring, the balls engage in one of a plurality of sets of depressions of different depths in the ring, so adjusting the "break" force of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: George A. J. Potter
  • Patent number: 5449014
    Abstract: An individual temporary shelter apparatus is an apparatus which can act as a bed, lounge or chair with a complete enclosure including windows for cross ventilation, capable of withstanding wind and precipitation. The apparatus seals against insects and noxious fumes. The apparatus is portable in that it is entirely collapsible to a frame like that of a backpack and includes pockets and shoulder straps and a belt for supporting the frame on the back of the user much like a conventional backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventor: Tang Yan-ho
  • Patent number: 5429121
    Abstract: An openable retractor for use in an operation wound/surgical incision in the region of a patient's spine. The retractor includes two mutually-hinged halves (2, 4), each of which comprises an upper hinge part (6, 6') which, on the side thereof remote from the hinge, merges with a downwardly-extending shaft (8) at a radial distance from the hinge axis or its extension, a wound widening and restraining part (10) which projects laterally from the lower part of the shaft in a direction away from the hinge axis and which is intended for engagement with muscle tissue on one side of the operation wound, and a latching device (68) which is intended to be applied in the region of the hinge formed by the hinge parts (6, 6') of respective retractor halves and which functions to lock the retractor halves in an outwardly angled active position (functional position).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Per Jettman
    Inventor: Gustaf Gadelius
  • Patent number: 5408774
    Abstract: A display device for removably displaying signs, posters and other advertising displays at varying viewing angles. The display device includes a base member having a cavity therein, a holder member positionable within said cavity, and an attachment member for attaching an insert to the holder. The display device also includes a frictional orientation mechanism for adjusting the pivotal relationship of the base member and holder member, so that the viewing angle of the insert may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Marketing Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Grewe, Gary D. Rigby
  • Patent number: 5409449
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is provided for an orthopedic brace having a rotatable hinge and a detent mechanism to automatically, yet releasably, lock the hinge in a fixed position of rotation. The hinge includes two rotatably attached members and the detent mechanism includes an indentation formed in the attached end of one member and a block pivotally mounted on the other member. The block has a locking projection that is biased toward the indentation and cooperates therewith to provide three positions of operation, a locked position, a release position, and an activated position. In the locked position, the locking projection fittingly engages the indentation, thereby substantially preventing rotation of the hinge. The release position displaces the locking projection a radial distance away from the indentation, thereby permitting the hinge to rotate freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Donjoy Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Nebolon
  • Patent number: 5383739
    Abstract: A coupling system for joining articulated fence segments at a desired relative angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Vernon Haglund
  • Patent number: 5361655
    Abstract: An extendable/retractable torque bar with four functioning parts is given. The torque bar consists of an elongated hollow sleeve member, an elongated torque rod member with a series of notches on one longitudinal surface, a pivoting locking member held in a cavity of the hollow sleeve member with one end engaging a notch of the torque rod member and a spring for exerting a bias to the pivoting locking member keeping it engaged with a notch of the torque rod at all times.The torque bar will automatically extend as separational forces are applied on its elongated members producing an automatic locking arrangement as each next notch in the series is encountered and producing an audible signal as each next notch is encountered. A further adaptation to the pivoting locking member and the rear most notch prevents accidental separation of the torque rod member from the hollow sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Alex S. Fowlkes
  • Patent number: 5305661
    Abstract: Links are useful for supporting and positioning spaced apart housing relative to each other. To allow for tolerance stackup the length of the link needs to be adjustable and still be strong enough to withstand high forces. The subject adjustable link includes a first end portion removably attached to a axle structure and a second end portion attached to a ripper structure. The second end portion includes an eccentric cam which is rotatable to adjust the length of the link. When the cam is properly adjusted it is moved into contact with a locking plate on the ripper structure to prevent rotation. A spacer washer is positioned between the cam and the ripper structure to prevent disengagement of the cam from the ripper structure. This arrangement of components provides for adjusting the length of a link and provides a locking structure which will withstand the high forces in the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Schartman, David J. Balzer
  • Patent number: 5281021
    Abstract: A drawer has two drawer side frames to each of which a pull-out rail of a drawer guide assembly is releasably fastened. Each pull-out rail has at its rear end a hook by means of which it is engageable in the drawer. The drawer is provided with catch elements which engage on each side in a recess of the pull-out rail and abut on a catch edge of the pull-out rail. Each drawer frame has a hook member which receives the front end of the pull-out rail. Further, a number of stop surfaces staggered in a direction inclined to the pull-out direction of the drawer are formed on the catch elements. One of these stop surfaces abuts on the catch edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Julius Blum Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Erich Rock, Klaus Brustle
  • Patent number: 5271305
    Abstract: A support assembly includes a base having end edges along which extend toothed racks for engagement of a clamping bar having meshing detents on its end portions, the clamping bar providing a guide track for a DIY mat cutter. The base is invertible to present English system and metric system distance-measuring features on its opposite side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: The Fletcher-Terry Company
    Inventors: Alan R. Peters, Vincent T. Kozyrski