Ball And Socket With Restricted Movement About One Axis Patents (Class 403/114)
  • Patent number: 10655712
    Abstract: A lever mechanism for converting a motion from linear to rotary includes a guiding bar, a slider which slides along the guiding bar, and a lever. The lever includes a cylindrical element and a pair of slot links which are fixed frontally on the cylindrical element and between which the slider is arranged. The slider includes at least two bushes for supporting a pivot which is adapted to act on the slot links. The bushes are mutually separated by a space to accommodate a reserve of lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AIR TORQUE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Marinoni, Santo Rota, Ignazio Paris
  • Patent number: 10520171
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a ceiling or wall includes a mount having a hollow shaft whose top extends into the wall or ceiling when in place, and a flange that extends from the shaft adjacent the bottom of the shaft. The apparatus includes electrical leads connected to the top of the shaft disposed inside the wall or ceiling when the shaft extends into the wall or ceiling through which electricity passes. The apparatus includes a post that attaches to the shaft and through which electricity passes from the shaft. The apparatus includes an LED or a laser module that is connected to the post and receives electricity from the post to power the LED or the laser module. The LED or laser module swivels at least 45° relative to the post. The post structurally holding the LED or the laser module apart from the ceiling or wall. A method for lighting from a lighting apparatus attached to a wall or ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Irwin Kotovsky
  • Patent number: 10384091
    Abstract: An exercise device comprises a base member and a frame member rotatably mounted on the base member. A frame movement controller is located between the base member and the frame member for selectively adjusting the degree of difficulty for rotating the frame member relative to the base member. A handle is rotatably mounted on the frame member. A handle movement controller is located between the frame member and the handle for selectively adjusting the degree of difficulty for rotating the handle relative to the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Bradley Baker
  • Patent number: 10246955
    Abstract: A self-aligning mud pump apparatus is provided. In one embodiment, the mud pump includes a rotatable crankshaft, a crosshead, a crosshead guide, and a hub disposed in a housing. The hub is disposed on the crankshaft and is operable to convert rotating motion of the crankshaft to reciprocating motion of the crosshead within the crosshead guide. The hub is coupled to the crosshead via a connecting rod, which is connected the crosshead such that the connecting rod has five degrees of freedom with respect to the crosshead guide. The mud pump may also or instead include a piston coupled to the crosshead with five degrees of freedom between the piston and the crosshead. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Pascal Berthaud, Robert Berthaud
  • Patent number: 9829100
    Abstract: An electronic shift system for an automated manual transmission includes a shift lever moveable between at least a neutral position and a first gear position, a clutch pedal, a biasing member connected to the shift lever that biases the shift lever to the neutral position, and a grip system configured to selectively immobilize the shift lever in the first gear position when the clutch pedal is released. An electrical circuit communicates a position of the shift lever to a control module. The control module commands the automated manual transmission to achieve the gear ratio (forward or reverse) corresponding to the first gear position when the shift lever is in the first gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sudheer Kumar, Amit Som
  • Patent number: 9550329
    Abstract: A universal loading station for a 3D printer includes a knob, a ball screw, a telescopic connecting ring, a telescopic connecting rod, and a loading plate. The top of the ball screw ball screw and the bottom of the knob are connected by a threaded connection. The ball screw is below the knob and includes an outer sleeve which includes a spring. A fixed connection sleeve surrounds the outer sleeve of the spring. A connecting arm is connected to a side of the fixed connection sleeve. The bottom of the ball screw is connected to the telescopic connecting ring. The bottom of the telescopic connecting ring includes a first hemispherical recess, and the center of the first hemispherical recess includes a first hole. The telescopic connecting ring is placed onto the ball screw through the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Jiangsu Rich-Opto Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yin Wu
  • Patent number: 9527258
    Abstract: Described is a compensator (1) for unbalanced compression forces for press machines (100), comprising: a first body (20) having a first concave coupling surface (21) and a first end portion (22) opposite the first coupling surface (21); a second body (30) having a second convex coupling surface (31) and a second end portion (32) opposite the second coupling surface (31), the first (21) and second (31) coupling surfaces being geometrically coupled to each other in such a way as to allow a relative rotational movement between the first body (20) and the second body (30). More specifically, an end portion (22, 32) of at least one of the bodies (20, 30) is configured for being fixed to a structural element (101) of a press machine (100), the end portion (32, 22) of the other body (30, 20) being configured for forming an abutment surface designed to interact, in use, with a free end (402) of a stem (401) of a gas cylinder (400) of a press machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BORDIGNON SILVANO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Bordignon, Simone Bordignon
  • Patent number: 9504500
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a transverse connector having first and second spinal rod connecting members disposed on opposing ends of a cross member. Each spinal rod connecting member is configured to connect to a spinal rod. The first and second spinal rod connecting members are configured for multidirectional articulation relative to the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: K2M, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones, Catherine Ross
  • Patent number: 8910914
    Abstract: A mount that is useful for mounting electronics equipment such as audio or video equipment such as a microphone or a camera in a desired orientation has first and second interconnected body members that retain a swivel adapter that is movable in a ball and socket swivel joint relative to the body members. The body members rotated on threaded connections to thereby adjust the tightness of the swivel adaptor retained between the body members. A stop prevents inadvertent disassembly of the assembled mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Audix Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Bigeh
  • Patent number: 8777508
    Abstract: A cutting unit mounting device includes a ball through which a yoke extends laterally. The yoke is attached to the cutting unit, and the ball is pivotably mounted in a ball housing attached to a lift arm. A releasable lock pin engages and secures the ball within the ball housing in a mowing position or a service position. The ball housing has stops to limit the pivoting of the ball and yoke with respect to the ball housing. A releasable lock pin engages notches in the ball to engage and secure the ball in the mowing position or service position with respect to the ball housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lawrence Phillips, Michael Joseph Buchheit, Jennifer Lynn Jaramillo, Paul Robert Heide
  • Patent number: 8770882
    Abstract: A ball joint comprising a housing (4) having a pin opening (12), a ball pin (3) having a joint ball (2), the ball pin being movably supported in the housing (4) by the joint ball (2). The ball pin extends out through the pin opening (12) of the housing (4) and the joint ball (2) has a non-planar control surface (7) which is in contact with an abutment (8) provided on the housing (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Metin Ersoy
  • Patent number: 8753030
    Abstract: A knuckle assembly for mounting an electrical device includes a rotatable knuckle mount, an articulated knuckle and an electrical device mount. Two knuckle elements forming the articulated knuckle each include an open cavity, which together form a closed cavity. One of the knuckle elements is pivotally attached to the rotatable knuckle mount and the other includes the electrical device mount. A grommet is positioned in the closed cavity; and a fastener engages the knuckle elements and extends through the grommet. The grommet includes spherical or spheroidal segments complementary to the inner surfaces of the closed cavity and in interfering fit when assembled. The grommet is in non-rotational engagement with one of the knuckle elements. Wires extend through the grommet adjacent a central through hole. A fastener extending through the central through hole draws the knuckle elements together to fix the grommet and seal the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: U.S.T.E., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Leonhardt, Glenn M. Tyson
  • Patent number: 8522490
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for rapid solar module installation. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells positioned between a transparent module layer and a backside module layer. The module may be a frameless module. The module may have brackets that allow one degree of freedom. Optionally, the module may have brackets that allow the module to flex in at least one axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nanosolar, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Stancel
  • Patent number: 8277141
    Abstract: An indirect fire weapon may include a base cap with a ball end. The ball end may be inserted in or removed from a socket cap in a base plate at only a single combination of a traverse angle and an elevation angle of the weapon. The indirect fire weapon may rotate 360 degrees in the socket cap and may be elevated from the vertical down to a set declivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: John R. Labar, William F. Seppelt
  • Patent number: 8197153
    Abstract: A self-retaining anti-rotation clip for a spherical-bearing rod end has two opposing spacer plates, each spacer plate having a curved edge portion for surrounding at least a portion of a ball of the rod end. A connector plate connects the spacer plates, such that the spacer plates are spaced from each other and generally parallel to each other. A retainer is carried on the clip and adapted for retaining each spacer plate in a position generally adjacent one side of a body of the rod end, such that the spacer plates are free from interference with the ball of the rod end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Lancer D. Halcom, Clifton B. Day
  • Patent number: 8192103
    Abstract: An easily assembled swivel mount device includes a housing having a peripheral shoulder abutment and a peripheral ramp which extends toward the shoulder abutment and which terminates at a peripheral blocking protrusion, a swivel member swivelably mounted on the housing by means of a shaft, and a sleeve member having a leading abutment edge which is brought to abut against the shoulder abutment, and an inner peripheral guideway which extends away from the leading abutment edge and which terminates at a peripheral blocked ledge such that the blocked ledge can be retained behind the blocking protrusion after slipping over the peripheral ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Jen-Chu Tsai
  • Patent number: 8029452
    Abstract: A support for sonographers provides a path of force transmission from an ultrasound probe to the sonographer's upper arm bypassing the wrist, and thus reducing wrist injuries that can come from the need to tightly grip and restrain an ultrasound probe for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mark A. Kliewer, Tim Walker, Christopher J. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110229254
    Abstract: A tool joint structure capable of being connected to a drive tool and a socket comprises a body, a pressing assembly, a rod element and a positioning element. The respective components of the tool joint structures can be fixed by the positioning element in an insertion-pressing manner, thus reducing the assembly cost of the tool joint structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei SU
  • Patent number: 7988379
    Abstract: An exemplary joint mechanism (100) includes a pivot shaft (10), a joint (20), a rotary arm (30), and two bearings (50). The pivot shaft (10) is non-rotatable relative to the joint (20). The joint (20) is received in the rotary arm (30). The rotary arm (30) is rotatable relative to the joint (20). The two bearings (50) are fixed to an inner surface of the rotary arm (30). Each bearing (50) includes a concave inner surface, and the concave inner surface is engaged with a curved outer surface of the joint (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen, Meng-Hua He, Jian-Jun Li, Zheng-Qiang Song, Gang Cheng, Bing-Jing Xu
  • Publication number: 20100008713
    Abstract: A pivot joint assembly is described that includes a multi-axis revolute joint portion and a ball joint portion. The multi-axis revolute joint portion provides rotational movement about two or more revolute axes that substantially intersecting at an intersection point. The ball joint portion comprising a ball located in the vicinity of said intersection point. The pivot joint assembly allows separate coupling of load members and metrology members to one or more platforms. A hexapod co-ordinate measuring machine including such pivot joint assemblies is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Renishaw PLC
    Inventors: Finlay Jonathan Evans, David Roberts McMurtry
  • Patent number: 7578215
    Abstract: The position of a lever is adjustable relative to its bearing via a locking clip that is arranged opposite to a catch. The lever is arranged in a bearing shell with a ball therein in which the lever is arranged so as to be displaceable with the catch attached. The locking clip is guided in the walls of the ball, and the locking of the locking clip and catch in the closed state of the bearing shell forms a positive engagement. The adjustable ball bearing apparatus for shift levers and selector levers compensates for tolerances in the installation of a lever between the ball, the bearing shell, and the axis of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Teleflex Automotive Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Knagge
  • Publication number: 20090154988
    Abstract: A joint unit of a control arm of a wheel suspension in a motor vehicle, with a housing (1) and a pivot (2), which is mounted slidingly in the housing by a spheroidal bearing surface (3). The joint unit has a catching device (4) to avoid complete separation of the housing (1) from the pivot (2). The catching device spans over part of the housing (1) in a contactless manner during normal operation. The catching device (4) has at least one flexible catching band or at least one securing strap (4.1, 4.2) with a recess (4.1.1, 4.2.1), into which protrudes a catching pin (1.1, 1.2) of the housing in a contactless manner during normal operation, or at least two securing straps (4.1 and 4.2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Ralf Kunze, Sören Knopp, Manfred Buhl, Heinfried Helms
  • Publication number: 20080193205
    Abstract: A universal connector comprises a connecting head having an axial penetrating hole and a radial penetrating hole; an adaptor having one end formed as a ball which is formed with an axial penetrating hole; a pin passing the axial penetrating hole of the adaptor and the radial penetrating hole of the connecting head so that the connecting head is swingable. The pin is made of hard metal. A spring is located within the connecting head, and resists against the ball of the adaptor; two ends of the pin tightly sealing two openings of the radial penetrating hole and a sleeve integrally formed at one end of the adaptor. The method for assembling the pin to the adaptor comprises the steps of: welding the two ends of the pin; cooling the pin at two ends of the radial penetrating hole; and polishing the two ends of the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Ying-Hao Peng, Chia-Hui Peng
  • Patent number: 7320555
    Abstract: A cardan shaft structure with tightness adjustable functions has a through-hole passing through spheres located at both ends of the cardan shaft body, and a taper socket respectively installed into the opening end of each sphere. A bolt is inserted into both spheres and the body, fixed and locked together in conjunction with a nut. The cardan shaft structure works together with two clamping components wrapping around the spheres. When the sphere is being pushed against (or freed from) the inner wall of the clamping component by tightening (or loosing) the bolt so as to make the sphere either expand (or recover), the angle displacement of the clamping component becomes adjustable accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Sercomm Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Chang, Yi-Fei Yu
  • Patent number: 7300028
    Abstract: A tripod head includes a cylindrical housing 1 having connection member at one end for a tripod, a ball joint (2) rotatably and pivotally arranged in the housing (1), a bearing element (4) for the ball joint (2), having a sliding surface (7) contacting the circumference of the ball joint (2) and arranged so as to be axially displaceable and rotatable in the housing (1), and a device (5) for fixing the ball joint (2) and having a support (6) for the bearing element 4 and an adjusting device (25) in operative connection with the support (6) in order to displace the bearing element against the ball joint to achieve the clamping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Philippe Vogt
  • Patent number: 7261487
    Abstract: A ball joint assembly includes a housing (12) defining a socket chamber (18) and having an opening (32); a composite ball joint bearing (20) disposed within the socket chamber; a ball stud (24) supported by the composite ball joint bearing and having a shank portion (30) which projects through the opening of the housing; and a seal assembly (40) adapted to seal the opening between the ball stud and the socket chamber. The composite ball joint bearing is formed from a first plastic material (20A) and a second magnetostrictive alloy material (20B) which is adapted to change its shape when in the presence of a magnetic field to thereby change the rotational and oscillation properties of the ball joint assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Brian A. Urbach
  • Patent number: 7221265
    Abstract: A system for sensing relative position between chassis (5a, 5b) and axle (3) on a vehicle, which vehicle is provided with a so-called V-rod (1) mounted between the chassis (5a, 5b) and the axle (3) where the pointed end of the V is connected by a ball joint (2) to the axle (3) of the vehicle and the opposite ends (1a, 1b) of the V-rod (1) are connected to the chassis (5a, 5b) of the vehicle, which ball joint (2) comprises a partly ball-shaped body (8) permanently fixed to the axle or the v-rod, encircled by a complementarily shaped collar (9) arranged round the whole or parts of the ball-shaped body (8) which ball joint (2) is covered by a cap or housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive ASA
    Inventor: Sven Bjørkgård
  • Patent number: 7037022
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint, preferably for chassis suspensions and/or steering mechanisms of motor vehicles, is presented, which has a ball pivot pin (1), which is accommodated rotatably and tiltably in a joint housing (8) with one of its free ends with a spherical joint area (3). The other free end of the ball pivot pin (1) is fixed to a body part. The ball-and-socket joint has a stop device for limiting the tilting movement of the ball pivot pin (1) in the joint housing (8), which comprises a stop element, which is arranged in the bottom area (11) of the joint housing (8) rotationally symmetrically to the longitudinal axis of the sphere and cooperates with the end-side joint area (6) of the ball pivot pin (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: ZF Lemförder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Stefan Schönhoff, Markus Fischer
  • Patent number: 6876378
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a printing form which, with little expenditure, permits exact beam alignment and positioning. The apparatus for producing the printing form contains a holder for at least one printing form blank, and at least one imaging module, which can be moved relative to the printing form blank and which contains at least one radiation source which, in order to produce image elements that accept printing ink, is aimed at the surface of the printing form blank and whose beam direction can be adjusted. The imaging module being accommodated in a six-point mounting in three bearing locations, each bearing location containing a spherical element and an associated bearing element and in each case the spherical element rests on it and, in order to adjust the beam direction, at least one element of one bearing location being disposed adjustably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Detmers, Claus Harbach, Bernd Lassen, Sven Mader, Christian Meier, Burkhard Paasch, Lars Paulsen, Markus Uihlein, Bernhard Zintzen
  • Patent number: 6776552
    Abstract: A ball joint which uses spherical rollers to reduce the torque friction which tends to inhibit the rotation of the ball within a ball joint assembly. Two sets of spherical rollers are captivated between the ball and two liner rings in the ball joint housing. The ball has two annular raceways which act as the inner raceways for the spherical rollers. Two liner rings have internal diameters which match the configuration of the spherical rollers and which act as outer raceways for the spherical rollers. The two liner rings have external threads and are installed into the housing which has matching internal threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: The Timken Company
    Inventor: Hiroshi Marunaka
  • Patent number: 6571664
    Abstract: A link rod for supportably suspending a structural member from a vehicle frame includes a one-piece body press-formed from a metal plate material. The one-piece body defines a main rod section having a bent portion at one end thereof forming a first attachment section which lies on a plane arranged crosswise to a plate plane of the main rod section, and a second attachment section attachment section extending contiguously to an opposite end of the main rod section co-directionally with the plate plane. Reinforcing flanges formed at lateral edges of the main rod section. The reinforcing flanges include extension edges disposed at the bend portion and extending at least from the one end of the main rod toward the first attachment section, the extension edges being bent outwardly from top edge portions of the reinforcing flanges in a direction crosswise to a remainder thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Tadano, Hiroaki Takahashi, Akihiko Kato
  • Patent number: 6551005
    Abstract: An assembly for restricting movement of the ball joint utilized in automotive vehicles and the like, comprising a socket (2), a bearing (3), an “O” ring (4), two retaining rings (5) and one protection cap (6). The bearing (3) functions to restrict movement of the ball pin to prevent the fall of the steering bar (7) of vehicles due to the fact that the bar (7) is long and curved. An o-ring (4) has a function to make the sealing between the bearing (3) and the ball pin. The retaining rings (5) serving to lock the protective cap (6) to prevent the entry of dust and other agents in the joint assembly, avoiding possible damages to the movable components of the same. The matching surfaces of the socket body and the bearing contact to limit relative movement therebetween, so that the movements of the suspension of the vehicles remain free, locking the bar in the sense of rotation around the line of action of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Dana Industrial S/A
    Inventor: Orivaldo Da Silva Oliveira
  • Patent number: 6431987
    Abstract: A spherical swivel includes a base assembly having a clevis and a ball joined to the clevis. A swivel eye is movably joined to the ball. An elastomeric band positioning device includes an elastomeric band that is secured at opposite ends to the base assembly and is further secured to the swivel eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Tushar, Paul J. Leska, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6409413
    Abstract: A new class of spherical joints has a very large accessible full cone angle, a property which is beneficial for a wide range of applications. Despite the large cone angles, these joints move freely without singularities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Lothar F. Bieg, Gilbert L. Benavides
  • Patent number: 6347776
    Abstract: A multi-directional mounting bracket for adjustably mounting an article, such as an audio speaker or light fixture, to a surface includes a first mounting member (10) for attachment of the bracket to the surface. A spherical housing (14) is connected to the first mounting member (10), and a receiving socket (20) is selectively mountable to the spherical housing (14) by engagement of a fastener (22) to the spherical housing (14). The receiving socket (20) is connected to a second mounting member (18) for attachment to the article. The receiving socket (20) is selectively mountable along a spherical orbit of the spherical housing (14), and thus provides a greater range of adjustment and positioning of the article with respect to the surface to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Po-An Chuang
  • Patent number: 6346025
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for toy joints. A first toy portion is rotatably and pivotally coupled to a toy body. A second toy portion is also rotatably positioned about the toy body, so that the second toy portion can be rotated at least partly about the toy body. A third toy portion is rotatably positioned about the toy body so that the third toy portion can be rotated to a position opposite the second toy portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Titanium Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Tachau, Aldo Spadoni
  • Patent number: 6315486
    Abstract: A joint with a pin (1) comprising an inner member (2), a center member (6), a housing body (8) and a flange ring (12) arranged in one another via rolling bearings (4,5,10,13,14,18,19,20) for pivoting or rotating about their rotational axis (3,7,15) which advantageously create a rolling bearing-mounted joint which has a high rigidity and a comparatively low frictional and pivoting resistance useful for achieving a high positioning precision in machine tools of a hexapod system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: INA Walzlager Schaeffler oHG
    Inventor: Erich Lunz
  • Patent number: 6238126
    Abstract: An adjustable two-dimensional joint for use in hip compression screw assemblies, allows for relative alignment of the lag screw and angle plate, even when these components are effectively fitted to the respective bone sections. The joint has first and second elements (2, 4), formed with complementary male and female cylindrical surfaces (10, 12), which define the plane of adjustment. The first element (2) also defines a hinge point (6) at the axis of the male cylindrical surface (10), and the second element (4) includes a fulcrum (8) extending to the axis of the female cylindrical surface (12). A setting device (20) extends between the two elements (2, 4), which can be extended or contracted to alter the angle subtended at the hinge point/fulcrum (6, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Vagn Erik Dall
  • Patent number: 6102663
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for ceiling fans includes an upper supporting device securely attached to a ceiling, a suspension rod, and a motor casing. The upper supporting device includes a bowl-like upper retaining seat having a bowl-like spherical inner periphery and a through hole extending along a longitudinal axis thereof. A bowl-like upper suspension member is securely mounted to an upper end of the suspension rod and securely retained in the upper retaining seat. An inverted bowl-like lower suspension member is securely mounted to a lower end of the suspension rod. The motor casing includes an upper casing and a lower casing securely attached to the upper casing. The upper casing includes a lower retaining seat integrally formed on an upper part thereof. The lower retaining seat includes an opening in an upper end thereof for securely holding the lower suspension member. The lower retaining seat further includes a wave-like inner surface to retain the lower suspension member in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Yuh-Shyong Wang
  • Patent number: 6101676
    Abstract: The adjustable clutch hinge assembly includes a shaft, an adjustment member connected to one end of the shaft, a metal inner cone member, and a metal outer cone member. The end of the shaft to which the adjustment member is connected is inserted into an aperture in the inner cone member, which is split, to allow a decrease of the internal diameter thereof, and has protruding key features, such that a threaded portion of the adjustment member protrudes out the opposite end of the inner cone member. The inner cone member resides within the outer cone member, which has receptive features for the inner cone member and its protruding key features to prevent rotation of the inner cone member within the outer cone member. When the threaded portion of the adjustment member protruding out the end of the inner cone member is drawn through the outer cone member, an outer surface of the inner cone member is forced against an inner surface of the outer cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.
    Inventors: Rick Wahl, Andrew Moore
  • Patent number: 6099192
    Abstract: A ball joint has a ball (10) mounted within a ball socket (14) in a body (16). The ball is normally retained in place behind a throat (30) of the socket, but the ball also has a radial projection (32) which will ensure that the ball is held captive in the socket, even after so much wear has taken place that the diameter of the throat is increased. If this does happen, the flange (32) will be retained behind a shoulder (44). In an unworn state, the ball (10) is retained between a bearing surface in the upper spherical part of the socket, between the throat (30) and the shoulder (44) and a pressure pad (48) on the inside of a cap (20) which closes the socket at one end. A pin (12) attached to the ball (10) can freely move within a substantially circular cone as permitted by the radius of the throat (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Bernard John Free
  • Patent number: 5927891
    Abstract: A ball stud (30) has a ball end (32) received in a socket (60) to form a ball and socket joint (20). A boot seal (10) has a first end portion (82) for encircling and sealingly engaging a portion (78) of the socket (60). The boot seal (10) has a second end portion (84) which defines an opening (94) through which the ball stud (30) extends. The second end portion (84) of the boot seal (10) has portions (140, 150, 160, 170) which permit relative angular movement of the ball stud (30) and the socket (60) in a first direction (A) and block relative angular movement of the ball stud and the socket in a second direction (C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Trumbower, Timothy J. Hengesbach
  • Patent number: 5924504
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle suspension unit assembly located near the sides of a vehicle includes a driving axle shaft, a gear box, an electric motor, and a suspension beam. The driving axle shaft, which drives a wheel hub of the vehicle, defines an axis of rotation about which the wheel hub rotates. The gear box includes a pinion shaft connected to a pinion gear which meshes with a ring gear. The pinion shaft is driven by a motor drive shaft which extends outwardly from the electric motor. The motor generates the torque necessary to drive the driving axle shaft. As known, suspension beams extend transversely to the axis of rotation of the driving axle shaft. The electric motor is pivotally attached to the gear box by means of a flexible coupling and is pivotally attached to the suspension beam by means of a movable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm F. Ruppert, Jr., Bradley A. Arnold
  • Patent number: 5888013
    Abstract: A die coater for applying a material to a web is provided including a die for applying the material to the web in an application region; and a plurality of interconnected rolls selectably positionable in the application region to serve as a backup roll for the web for the application of the material. In addition, or in the alternative, the die coater includes a plurality of interconnected dies selectably positionable in the application region for applying the material to the web; and a backup roll for the web in the application region, wherein a selected one of said interconnected dies selectably positioned in said application region is adjustable to adjust an angle at which said material is applied to said web through said selected die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Yefim Slobodkin
  • Patent number: 5851107
    Abstract: A suspension assembly includes an upper supporting member securely attached to a ceiling, a suspension rod, and a connecting member. The upper supporting member includes a bowl-like section defined in a lower portion thereof. The bowl-like section includes a first through hole defined in a bottom thereof, and a bowl-like upper suspension member is securely retained in the bowl-like section. A suspension rod includes an upper end which extends through the first through hole and securely attached to the upper suspension member. A suspension seat is securely mounted to the suspension rod and includes an inverted bowl-like seat which has a second through hole extending along a longitudinal axis thereof. An inverted bowl-like lower suspension member is securely received in the bowl-like seat, and the lower end of the suspension rod extends through the second through hole and securely attached to the lower suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Sen Kun HSU
    Inventor: Yuh Shyong Wang
  • Patent number: 5755526
    Abstract: A ball and socket joint (10) includes a socket (20) having a chamber (120). A ball stud (40) includes a ball end (50). The ball end (50) is movable relative to the socket (20) in a first direction (186) into the chamber (120) in the socket. The socket (20) has first portions (142, 144, 152, 154) engageable with the ball end (50) for blocking rotation of the ball end about a first axis (56) during movement of the ball end into the chamber (120). A resilient retainer (180) is deflected during movement of the ball end (50) into the chamber (120). When the ball end (50) is in the chamber (120), the retainer (180) straightens to rotate the ball end into an operating position in the chamber. The socket (20) has second portions (130, 146, 162, 166) engageable with the ball end (50) for blocking movement of the ball end out of the chamber (120) when the ball end is in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Stanevich
  • Patent number: 5641236
    Abstract: A coupling for joining a pair of tubes having ends has a ball having a substantially spherical outer surface and a center and formed with an outwardly projecting pin extending along an axis radial of the ball and center. The pin is dimensioned to fit snugly into the end of one of the tubes. Another pin dimensioned to fit snugly into the end of the other of the tubes has a seat shaped to complementarily fit against the surface of the ball. The other pin is secured to the surface the ball at any of a multiplicity of angular offset positions thereon. A threaded bore is formed in the ball and centered on a bore axis traversing the center and another bore is formed in the other pin, opening into the seat, and centered on a bore axis extending at an acute angle to the respective pin. A screw extends through the bore of the other pin and is seated in the threaded bore of the ball. Normally the bore axis of the threaded bore extends at an acute angle to the axis of the pin of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Karl-Heinz Schrader
    Inventors: Andreas Hornung, Karl-Heinz Schrader
  • Patent number: 5626054
    Abstract: Device for absorbing lateral forces generated as a result of a linearly reciprocating pin causing rotation of a scotch yoke, the device including a guide block guided along a guide rod, the guide block carrying a yoke engaging pin as well as having opposed connector-receiving cavities; connectors linking each cavity with opposed rod members, each connector having opposed curved surfaces and one or more flats intermediate adjacent such surfaces, the guide block positioning a plurality of annular members each having an arcuate surface slidably receiving one such curved surface, said block also including a locking device for engagement with each connector flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Bettis Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Rembert, Robert W. Milner
  • Patent number: 5560252
    Abstract: A cap for supporting a spehrical fulcrum member of a change lever between the cap itself and a hemispherical bottom wall of a housing, and a retainer for pressing the cap through an elastic ring are fitted to the housing. The retainer and the housing are provided at opposed peripheral surfaces of thereof with an engagement claw and an engagement hole, respectively. Therefoere, by only fitting the retainer to the housing, it is possible to easily secure the retainer to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Atsumitec
    Inventors: Yukio Nishigai, Shigeo Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5551115
    Abstract: A brush assembly includes a brush head that is releasably attached to a first elongate handle when a remote area is to be reached and which is releasably attached to a second palm-held handle when the elongate handle is not required. The assembly includes a ball and socket joint. The elongate handle is detachably secured within a blind bore formed in the ball. The socket is defined by a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart curved retainers that are spaced apart from one another by a distance sufficient to receive the elongate handle when the handle is held at an angle relative to the brush head. Thus, the brush head does not rotate with respect to the handle when the brush is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Duane H. Newville