Telescoping Members Patents (Class 403/109.1)
  • Patent number: 11454267
    Abstract: A compression lock assembly for an adjustable length rod assembly with inner and outer tubes is provided. The compression lock assembly has an adapter adapted to be connected to rotate with the inner tube. An elastomeric ring with an inner opening and outer diameter is concentric and disposed coaxially with the adapter. A threaded fastener extends through the elastomeric ring and is fixed to the adapter. A lock nut is disposed about the threaded fastener and fixed to rotate with the elastomeric ring. The locking nut moves along the threaded fastener to compress the elastomeric ring and expand the outer diameter from a first diameter to a second diameter greater than the first diameter as the elastomeric ring is rotated relative to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. CORP.
    Inventor: James Leroy Daniels
  • Patent number: 11179578
    Abstract: A patient positioning method constituted of: rotating a pelvis support member about a first axis; rotating the pelvis support member about a second axis, between a first position where the pelvis of a patient is supported by a first face of the pelvis support member and a second position where the pelvis of the patient is supported by a second face of the pelvis support member, the rotation being at least 180 degrees about the second rotation axis; and adjusting an angle between the pelvis support member and a torso support member between a first angle where the torso support member supports the torso of the patient when the pelvis is supported by the first face of the pelvis support member and a second angle where the torso support member supports the torso of the patient when the pelvis is supported by the second face of the pelvis support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: P-CURE, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Marash, Yael Braude
  • Patent number: 11154727
    Abstract: A patient positioning method constituted of: rotating a pelvis support member about a first axis; rotating the pelvis support member about a second axis, between a first position where the pelvis of a patient is supported by a first face of the pelvis support member and a second position where the pelvis of the patient is supported by a second face of the pelvis support member, the rotation being at least 180 degrees about the second rotation axis; and adjusting an angle between the pelvis support member and a torso support member between a first angle where the torso support member supports the torso of the patient when the pelvis is supported by the first face of the pelvis support member and a second angle where the torso support member supports the torso of the patient when the pelvis is supported by the second face of the pelvis support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: P-CURE, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Marash, Yael Braude
  • Patent number: 10883526
    Abstract: A fully automatic telescopic rod includes at least two sleeves and one operation handle. The operation handle is fitted to a lower end of an outer sleeve of the at least two sleeves. A first inner sleeve of the at least two sleeves is movably fitted in the outer sleeve. The operation handle includes a power mechanism therein. The power mechanism is connected to a screw rod extending into the first inner sleeve and drives the screw rod to rotate in a forward or reverse direction. A nut is mated with the screw rod and fixed to a lower end of the first inner sleeve. The first inner sleeve can be unfolded and folded relative to the outer sleeve and can be positioned at any position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: XIAMEN MINGHO BROTHERS MFG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tien-Cheng Chen, Sun-Feng Sung
  • Patent number: 10689049
    Abstract: A bicycle component for an at least partially muscle-powered bicycle. The bicycle component includes a seat post device telescopically adjustable between at least two positions for adjusting the saddle height, and a locking device for locking the seat post device in at least one of the positions. The seat post device has two support members movable relative to one another namely, a first and a second support member, the second support member receiving a saddle. The first support member is disposed at least in sections within the second support member. For telescoping the seat post device, the second support member can at least in sections move over the first support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventor: Andrea Chiesa
  • Patent number: 10139711
    Abstract: The stabilizer comprises a handle, a telescopic device, a clamping portion, a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, and a third connecting rod, wherein the telescopic device has two ends respectively connected with the handle and a first driving mechanism for driving the clamping portion to perform yawing movement, the first connecting rod has two ends respectively connected with the first driving mechanism and a third driving mechanism for driving the clamping portion to perform rolling movement, the third connecting rod has two ends respectively connected with the third driving mechanism and a second driving mechanism for driving the clamping portion to perform pitching movement, and the second driving mechanism is connected with the clamping portion by the second connecting rod. A control method of the stabilizer is further provided. The present invention provides a rational design and a compact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Chengyun Wei
  • Patent number: 9637910
    Abstract: An occupiable building and a method for constructing an occupiable space in a structural frame building are disclosed. In an embodiment, an occupiable building includes a structural frame defining a footprint of the occupiable building, at least one lower deck structure located within the footprint of the structural frame and supported by the structural frame, at least one upper deck structure located within the footprint of the structural frame and supported by the structural frame, and an interior partition system installed between the lower deck structure and the upper deck structure to define an occupiable space, the occupiable space having a ceiling. The interior partition system includes first king post assemblies, a lower panel, and an upper panel. The lower panel is fastened to the king post assemblies and to the upper panel. The upper panel is fastened to the king post assemblies and to upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ADITAZZ, INC.
    Inventors: Zigmund Rubel, Sungmin Kim, Ehab Hamouda, Nicholas Reid, Mark Moore, Charles Sungwon Han, Kale Cushing Wisnia
  • Patent number: 9354492
    Abstract: A camera mount assembly is disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the camera body, a viewfinder tube, and an inverted kinematic arm. A camera mount assembly is also disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the D-shaped telescopic handle, a viewfinder tube rotatably coupled with the camera body, and an inverted kinematic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Rolf Kestermann
  • Publication number: 20150130200
    Abstract: An adapter for a dielectric hot stick, the hot stick having a hook, the hook being movable along an axis of travel that includes a retracted position where the hook is within an axial passage in the hot stick, and an extended position where the hook is extended past a work end of the hot stick, the adapter comprising: a frame with a hot stick seat shaped to be mounted on the work end of the hot stick, the frame defining a lever passage positioned to at least partially align with the axial passage in use; and a lever assembly pivotally connected to the frame, the lever assembly having a first end with a connector for the hook and being at least partially within the lever passage, and the lever assembly having a second end defining or connected to a tool part to move the tool part relative to the frame to carry out a function when the hook moves along the axis of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Cantega Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Niles, Keith I. Yeats, Edmond LeRouzic
  • Publication number: 20150108728
    Abstract: A locking device includes an operating lever, a base and a repulsion generating member, wherein the operating lever has a releasing position and a locking position relative to the base, and the repulsion generating member is arranged between the base and the operating lever and generates a repulsion force for application to the operating lever during movement from the releasing position to the locking position. When the operating lever does not completely reach the locking position due to abnormal operation, the repulsion generating member will cause the operating lever to return to the releasing position thereby provide an indication. The locking device can thus provide an indication when the locking operation does not reach the correct position, thereby avoiding user confusion and abnormal operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Fangjie Nie, Qian Liu
  • Patent number: 9010710
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Patent number: 8991781
    Abstract: A display fixture includes a fixed component including a product receiving portion and an elongated spine portion, a first adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a second adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a third adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion. The first adjustable component operates to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the fixed component and the product receiving portion of the first adjustable component, while the second adjustable component and the third adjustable component operate to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the second adjustable component and the product receiving portion of the third adjustable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Johnson, Erin L. Zobel
  • Patent number: 8985130
    Abstract: A magnetically assisted coupling comprises at least two shaft segments. Each shaft segment has opposed ends and a hollow core. Adjacent segment ends are configured in a probe/socket configuration such that one segment end is configured to receive the adjacent segment end. Magnets of opposite polarity are mounted within said hollow core of adjacent segment ends, such that the magnet in the socket is positioned at a bottom of the socket, while the magnet in the probe defines a probe end. When adjacent segment ends are brought into close proximity the magnets attract each other and draw the probe end into the socket until the magnets are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: EdgeWater International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Howarth, Alan Gnann, Shawn Bannon Szczesiul
  • Patent number: 8894025
    Abstract: A multi-position adjustable height seat post comprises an inner tube, an outer tube, a locking assembly, a triggering device, a first extending element, and a second extending element disposed between the tubes. The locking assembly comprises an actuating unit, a plurality of parallel grooves located in the outer tube, a plurality of spherical detent elements located, in the grooves, and a plurality of spherical elements located in the inner tube. The triggering device connects to the actuating unit. The first extending element constantly pushes the to actuating unit moving in a first direction. The second extending element disposes between the tubes. Once the triggering device is triggered, the actuating unit moves in a second direction contrary to the first direction and makes the spherical elements to move inward laterally to let the inner tube and outer tube move relative to each other freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tien Hsin Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kristopher Wehage, Jason Miles
  • Patent number: 8875724
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention contemplates an improved mechanism for adjusting a telescoping member. The telescoping member includes at least two sections including a first pole member having an outer diameter and an inner diameter; and a second pole member having a second pole inner diameter larger than the first pole outer diameter; a collet having a top portion securely coupled to the inner diameter arranged on a lower portion of the first pole member and a bottom portion extending beyond a lower end of the first pole member, the collet further comprising an external thread; and a handle member arranged on top of the first pole member, the handle member comprising an actuator button coupled to an internal spring coupled to a rod extending through the first pole member, the rod terminating in a plunger end, the plunger end extending through the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Nootenboom
  • Patent number: 8870923
    Abstract: A rod to rod connector includes a connector body containing a rod retaining insert. An interconnecting portion inner connects to a body to at least one other connector body. The insert is snap locked within the connector body simultaneously while retaining a rod within the insert in a locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Marc E. Richelsoph
  • Publication number: 20140298633
    Abstract: An extendable pole mechanism may be used with a pair of poles that are longitudinally movable to adjust the overall length of both poles. The mechanism may include a collar that receives the poles and a roller sleeve that rotates with respect to the collar to adjust the mechanism between a use condition, where the poles are held in a longitudinally relative fixed position, and an adjustment condition, where the poles are longitudinally moveable with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COMPANY
    Inventor: The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Patent number: 8851784
    Abstract: An extension pole. At least some of the illustrative embodiments include a first tubular member telescoped within a second tubular member. A first locking system is disposed within the internal volume of the first tubular member, and a second locking system is disposed at least partially on an outside diameter of the second tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: James K. Donohue
  • Publication number: 20140270910
    Abstract: A mounting system includes an interior arm having first apertures, first and second faces, to which the first apertures are open, and first and second side walls between the faces. An exterior arm may define a channel to receive a portion of the interior arm. The exterior arm further includes a second aperture configured to align with one of the first apertures when the interior arm is received within the channel. A first fixation element extends through one of the first apertures and engages with a first external component. A second fixation element extends through the second aperture of the exterior arm and through another of the first apertures so as to maintain a position of the exterior arm. The exterior arm includes mounting means at a first end thereof and configured to attach with a second external component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BELL'O INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Steven J. Sculler, Steven R. Remy
  • Patent number: 8834288
    Abstract: A variable length shaft assembly comprising a shaft, a shaft adapter, a grip sleeve, an actuator screw, a grip, and a screw is disclosed herein. The grip is bonded to the grip sleeve, the shaft adapter is bonded to the shaft, and the shaft adapter comprises a keyed portion that mates with a keyed structure inside of the grip sleeve. The actuator screw comprises external threads that mate with internal threads inside the grip sleeve, and the location of the actuator screw within the grip sleeve can be adjusted with a wrench. Once the actuator screw is at a desired location within the grip sleeve, the shaft is semi-permanently fixed to the grip sleeve by releasable affixing the keyed structure of the shaft adapter to the actuator screw with the screw. The overall length of the assembly can be adjusted and fine-tuned using these structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Homer E. Aguinaldo, Tim Goudarzi
  • Patent number: 8831474
    Abstract: A developing roller including a housing containing toner; and a developing roller installed in the housing and supplies the toner to an electrostatic latent image formed on a photoconductor, the developing roller including a cylindrical unit in the form of a hollow pipe and a power transmission unit connected to one end of the cylindrical unit and connected to a power transmission member for rotating the developing roller. Both ends of the cylindrical unit are supported by the housing and the power transmission unit is not restricted by the housing. Both ends of the cylindrical unit are supported by the housing and the power transmission unit is not restricted by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-hwa Joo, In-cheol Jeon, Woong-yong Choi, Ki-jae Do, Jun-ho Kim, Sang-jin Park, Jong-uk Kim
  • Publication number: 20140248075
    Abstract: Disclosed is a paddle shaft length adjustment device in which a connection end portion of a large-diameter first shaft is connected and secured to a connector pipe via simplified insertion to ensure easy assembly between the first shaft and the connector pipe, and a second shaft is secured by reducing the diameter of a contractible pipe portion of the resilient connector pipe, thereby allowing the length adjustment device to be repeatedly used with a paddle shaft formed of a non-elastic material, such as aluminum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WOOSUNG I.B CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8820693
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising an extendable leg that includes a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube to prevent longitudinal movement of the first tube relative to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may include a plurality of extendable legs and a single release member that operates all of the locking mechanisms of the plurality of extendable legs. Corresponding methods of assembly and operation are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Publication number: 20140241789
    Abstract: A locking device for an extendible tube assembly has: an extendible tube, an enforced locking block and a controlling member. The extendible tube includes an inner tube and an outer tube, an end of the outer tube having a through hole on a pivoting base. The enforced locking block has a first end and a second end, the second end includes an indented portion that provides a resting edge; the second end of the enforced locking block is inserted in the through hole of the outer tube such that the resting edge of the second end makes contact with the inner tube in the outer tube. A pivoting portion of the controlling member is provided with an eccentric block, another end of the controlling member is provided with a handle; the pivoting portion of the controlling member is pivoted onto the pivoting base of the extendible tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: E DAN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventor: Tse-Lien Chiu
  • Patent number: 8814459
    Abstract: An adaptor kit or system for use with conventional can light fixtures to adapt the can light fixture for use as a hanger assembly for auxiliary fixtures such as a hanging lamp, a flush-mounted lamp, or the like includes a stem member received within a stem-receiver. The stem-member includes a plurality of axial spaced detent positions and the stem-receiver includes a resilient spring clip the yieldable engages a one of the available detent position. Application of a sufficient axial force causes the spring clip to disengage with a current detent and re-engage with another detent to allow controlled extension thereof by an installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Arthur J. Berge
  • Patent number: 8776810
    Abstract: A stick is provided in which a gripping tube is fixed to a front end portion of an upper connection tube having a large diameter and a circular-arc engagement portion formed by a front-end cut portion of the gripping tube is tightened or loosened with the operation of a cam lever so that the outer periphery of a lower connection tube is fixed in a pressurized and gripped state or the pressurizing force is released, wherein a contracted tube portion is formed in the outer periphery of the lower connection tube at the portion with which the circular-arc engagement portion comes into contact when the lower connection tube is pressed into the upper connection tube so as to reach a shortened position, and when the cam lever is locked at the shortened position, the circular-arc engagement portion comes into contact with the contracted tube portion having a small outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jeh-Kun Lah, Jang-Ho Wang
  • Patent number: 8757669
    Abstract: A retractable pipe assembly of an air blow gun includes an extension pipe, a lock unit and a blow pipe. The extension pipe has a stepped through hole which has a large diameter part and a small diameter part for insertion of the blow pipe. One end of extension pipe has an inner inclined surface which is inclined inward. The lock unit includes a lock member. The lock member is connected to the extension pipe. An elastic collet and a seal member are provided in the lock member. Because the inner inclined surface of the extension pipe guides the seal member and the elastic collet pushes the seal member, the seal member is deformed to tighten the blow pipe and to seal the extension pipe. The elastic collet can clamp the blow pipe and won't damage the blow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Wu-Chiao Chou
  • Patent number: 8714508
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Publication number: 20140048759
    Abstract: A length-adjustable telescopic tube (1) has a longitudinal axis (L), an inner tube (2) and an outer tube (4). In one of the tubes (2, 4) a component (20) is arranged, which features first attachment structures (28a, 28b). The tube (2, 4) has second attachment structures. Furthermore, at least one plug-in element (50, 60, and 70) with third attachment structures (58, 68, and 78) is provided, which cooperate with the first (28a, 28b) and second attachment structures (48a, 48b) to form a form-locking connection with the component (20) in at least one direction along the longitudinal axis (L) or perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Jost-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Seidel
  • Patent number: 8622355
    Abstract: The present disclosure could generally provide a system for use with a furniture or desk assembly having an extendible leg assembly and retaining system. In one embodiment, the system could be easily and safely adjustable, while maintaining a particular height and overall structural integrity of a furniture or desk system to, for example, withstand considerable weight and pressure exerted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Paragon Furniture LP
    Inventors: Steven Pryor, Robert L. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20130322956
    Abstract: A telescopic tube having an adjusting device comprising an inner toothing angularly interrupted by a longitudinal recess and a male element having an outer toothing angularly interrupted by a second recess so as to axially slide along the longitudinal recess in a first predetermined angular position and selectively engage with the inner toothing in a second predetermined angular position different from the first predetermined angular position for rigidly connecting the bushing to the male element in axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Carmelo Montalto, Daniele Montalto
  • Publication number: 20130312798
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for a hiking/skiing pole for axially fixing a pipe section, comprising a plastic collar, which encloses the pipe section at least in an axial section and clamps the same in the closed state, wherein the plastic collar comprises at least one axial slot on either side of which a projection is arranged on the plastic collar, each comprising a coaxial passage opening arranged substantially perpendicular to the pipe section axis and through which a transverse pin penetrates, which on the outside of the second projection has a stop and which on the outside of the first projection has a rotational axis for a clamping lever comprising a lever arm, and a roll-off region, by means of which the distance between the stop and a metal counter surface on the outside of the first projection is reduceable by pivoting the clamping lever into the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Klaus LENHART, Eberhad Heim
  • Patent number: 8590849
    Abstract: A support post for a safety fence assembly. The support post has a floor engaging end that has a number of claws, a shaft coupled at one end to the floor engaging end, a first longitudinally extending telescoping tube, a second longitudinally extending telescoping tube adapted for sliding telescoping engagement with the first telescoping tube, a ceiling engaging end, and an over-center locking lever assembly. Each of the claws has a number of sharp penetrating points for engagement with a supporting surface. The shaft has a free end which is threaded along at least a portion of its length. The first longitudinally extending telescoping tube has an internal nut for threaded engagement with the shaft. The ceiling engaging end is coupled to the second telescoping tube. The over-center locking lever assembly fixes the relative position of the first and second telescoping tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan Jonny Melic
  • Publication number: 20130298717
    Abstract: A locking device for a steering column and method of installing the locking device are provided. The locking device includes a spring body configured for installation on a rotatable bolt and comprising a biasing portion. The spring body is rotatable in one direction through a first range and second range. A lock body includes a body portion configured for mounting on the rotatable bolt and a locking portion configured to move between a first position and a second position. The biasing portion of the spring body contacts the lock body and causes the lock body to rotate with the spring body through the first range. The spring body is rotatable relative to the lock body through the second range such that at least a portion of the biasing portion is elastically deflected when the spring body is rotated through the second range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin M. Burns, Melvin L. Tinnin, John Schulz, Michael P. Anspaugh
  • Patent number: 8568246
    Abstract: A variable length golf club shaft is disclosed herein. The variable length golf club shaft includes at least one upper shaft portion having a first diameter and a hollow lower shaft portion having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, wherein the lower shaft portion has at least one notch, and wherein the at least one upper shaft portion has at least one pin that fits within the at least one notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Broadus Perry Wall, Tim Goudarzi
  • Patent number: 8529181
    Abstract: A wallboard support system for effectively supporting a wallboard such as drywall. The wallboard support system generally includes a support base, a telescoping unit extending from the support base and a cradle attached to an upper portion of the telescoping unit to support a wallboard. The cradle is comprised of a support unit having a pair of channels that receive a corresponding pair of outriggers that slidably extend from opposing ends of the support unit. A first guide within a first channel of the support unit guides a first outrigger outwardly and slightly upwardly. A second guide within a second channel of the support unit guides a second outrigger outwardly and slightly upwardly mirroring the first outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Telpro, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry P. Young
  • Publication number: 20130202345
    Abstract: A pin assembly for a retractable pin mechanism of a slider box of a heavy-duty vehicle includes a pin guide attached to the slider box. A pin is connected to a retraction mechanism and engages the pin guide. The pin includes an integral inboard and outboard stop. The integral inboard and outboard stops of the pin limit movement of the pin with respect to the pin guide and serve as a positive stop for the pin during retraction and extension of the pin when the retraction mechanism is activated or deactivated by the operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: HENDRICKSON U.S.A., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Long, John J. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 8499776
    Abstract: A stick that is excellent in shock absorption and is also excellent in stability is provided. A stick body is provided with a telescopic extension pipe formed by fitting an outer tube and an inner tube together in a nesting manner. Inside the extension pipe, a velocity-dependent damper that damps the relative sliding movement between the outer tube and the inner tube, and a compression coil spring that concentrically fits onto the damper and urges the extension pipe so as to be extended are connected in parallel. According to such a stick, the shock transmitted to the hand can be mitigated as the compression coil spring contracts upon landing. Also, since the damper suppresses unwanted vibration of the extension pipe, the length of the stick quickly becomes stable after landing, allowing the user to keep stable balance with the stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: NCC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiki Ban
  • Patent number: 8485751
    Abstract: A latching device for insertion into a tube provides two large flat buttons one on each side to lock the tube relative to an outer tube or to two parallel plates. A tubular housing with open ends slides into the tube between the side walls of the tube with the ends of the housing substantially butting inside surfaces of the side walls. The buttons are mounted on respective slide members mounted in the housing spring biased apart so that the buttons can be depressed. One or two set screws acting as stop members can be inserted after the housing is moved to the required location in the tube to prevent depression of the buttons to a position inward of the inner surface of the tube so that the housing is held in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tuffbuilt Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Vetesnik
  • Publication number: 20130161457
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (“PV”) module mounting system including a standoff adapted to be secured to a support surface, the standoff having an elongate channel formed along a length thereof. A rail attachment member has a portion disposed in the channel. The rail attachment member is positionably adjustable along the length of the rail. An elongate rail is securable to the standoff by the rail attachment member. The position of the rail is adjustable along the length of the standoff and fixedly secured. The elongate rail has a slot extending along a length thereof. The slot accommodates PV panel mounting hardware therein for securing a PV panel to the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: LUMOS LSX, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Stephen Klinga
  • Patent number: 8469326
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Publication number: 20130156492
    Abstract: The invention relates to a height adjustable saddle pole consisting of two tubes which are telescopically slidable into another, that is to say a cladding tube for accommodating a saddle support tube, whereas the saddle support tube is spring-loaded and is fixed in position via a locking pin. The bores into which the locking pin engages, are located in the region of the smallest stress of the saddle support tube in order to weaken the static of the saddle support tube as little as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Marzell Wilhelm Maier
  • Publication number: 20130156491
    Abstract: A locking device for mechanical pieces, particularly for pieces subjected to mechanical processing or similar, comprising at least one hollow body that forms a sliding seat, a movable stem that is accommodated slidingly partially within the sliding seat of the hollow body and radial expansion elements which are interposed between the hollow body and the movable stem, the radial expansion elements being adapted to mutually lock the hollow body and the movable stem, the movable stem protruding partially from the hollow body with the hollow body and the movable stem jointly associable, at their free ends, by way of elements for connection, respectively, to a mechanical piece to be processed or a fixed part of a machine with which the mechanical piece is to be processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FCS SYSTEM SRL
    Inventor: Almerino Canuto
  • Publication number: 20130149024
    Abstract: Embodiments of the inventive technology relate generally to item support apparatus. Although a focus of the inventive technology may, in some embodiments, be on support of musical related items such as a microphone, the scope of the inventive technology and its applicability is not necessarily limited as such. In various embodiments of the telescoping tube position lock apparatus, certain inventive technology provides enhanced functionality (e.g., stand adjustability), enhanced performance and/or improved ease of control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Swift Distribution, Inc., d/b/a Ultimate Support Systems
    Inventor: Swift Distribution, Inc., d/b/a Ultimate Support Systems
  • Publication number: 20130142563
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a portable working machine wherein: a control rod that can be split into two or more sprit rods; the sprit rods are fixedly connected to one another by tightening a fasten member using a lever; the fasten member is combined with the lever; and the lever is located at a position along with the control rod when the fasten member is tightened with the lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Takuya SUMI, Koji WATANABE, Shinya KOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20130109490
    Abstract: Embodiments of adjustable length golf clubs and methods of manufacturing adjustable length golf clubs are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130092203
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly (1) for the connection between a first modular element (3) and a second modular element (6) of telescopic poles having a diameter (D1) lower than the other (D2) and being slidingly coupled each other, in such a way as to axially protrude one (6) from the other (3) at a common end (4); the mechanical assembly (1) comprises a grasping device (2; 51), fixed to a modular element (3) at the end (4) and, in particular, a cursor (5) operable by the user, axially movable along the modular elements (3, 6) and cooperating with an elastically yielding portion (7; 52), belonging to the grasping device (2; 51) and protruding from the end (4), in order to set the elastically yielding portion (7; 52) between a rest position, in which the elastically yielding portion (7; 52) is released and the modular elements (6) are free to slide, and an operating position, in which the elastically yielding portion (7; 52) is compressed by the cursor (5) in such a way to block the relative movement between the modula
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: FIZAN S.R.L.
    Inventor: FIZAN S.R.L.
  • Publication number: 20130093159
    Abstract: An adjustable assembly for a bicycle includes a first support having an interior surface and a second support slidably positioned within at least a portion of the first support. One of the first support and the second support is adapted to attach to a first bicycle portion, and the other of the first support and the second support is adapted to attach to a second bicycle portion. Further, the second support comprises an expansion portion configured to be moved between an expanded position and a retracted position. The expansion portion is configured to engage the interior surface of the first support when the expansion portion is in an expanded position. In addition, the first support is configured to be selectively moved relative to the second support when the expansion portion is permitted to assume a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130086842
    Abstract: A safety guard or gate for placement in a frame of an opening to prevent a child or pet from passing though the opening. The present invention includes an adjustable means for adjusting the guard to fit the width of the frame, wherein the adjustable means has a first end and a second end to form an axis along which the means can be adjusted. The invention further includes an attachment means for securing the guard to the frame; and a securing means for securing the adjustable means to the attachment means. The securing means prevents the adjustable means from disengaging from the attachment means along the axis when in a locked position, and allows disengagement and reengagement of the adjustable means in direction that transects the axis when the securing means is in an unlocked position. The present invention further includes methods for using the safety guard, and systems that include elements of the safety guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph A. Morrone, III
  • Patent number: 8388254
    Abstract: An adjustable positioning structure of a shaft member contains an inner tube including a plane having plural holes, an outer tube including a cutout to receive the inner tube, an adjustable positioning device including a fixing seat, and a retaining block formed in a twisted piece shape and axially defined between two extending sides of the fixing seat. The retaining block includes a pressing portion and a bore fixed on one end thereof, and includes a lock tab extending outward from another end thereof. A stop switch is covered by the fixing seat and includes a shoulder to be inserted in the bore to stop the retaining block to be pressed and to operate. An resilient element is defined between the retaining block, and the stop switch to contact with the retaining block, so that the lock tab is retained in one of the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Bike Rack Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Sung Huang