Pin And Slot Patents (Class 403/116)
  • Patent number: 11576505
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for a food protection system includes a first hinge member, a second hinge member rotatably coupled to the first hinge member, and a coupler selectively repositionable relative to the first hinge member between an engaged position and a disengaged position. In the engaged position, the coupler engages the first hinge member to limit rotation of the coupler relative to the first hinge member. In the disengaged position, the coupler is free to rotate relative to the first hinge member. The coupler is rotatably coupled to the second hinge member such that (a) rotation of the coupler relative to the second hinge member in a first rotational direction is limited and (b) the coupler is free to rotate relative to the second hinge member in a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 11203390
    Abstract: A self-balancing scooter and a main frame assembly thereof are provided. The self-balancing scooter includes a first main frame and a cooperated second main frame. The first main frame includes a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion includes a first end surface, the first end surface defines a guide hole, and the guide hole is positioned between a center and an edge of the first end surface. The second main frame includes a second connecting portion, the second connecting portion includes a second end surface corresponding to the first end surface of the first connecting portion, the second end surface defines a conduit, the conduit is positioned between a center and an edge of the second end surface, the conduit is accommodated in the guide hole, and the first connecting portion is assembled and connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XIANGYOU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xia Wen
  • Patent number: 11203391
    Abstract: A self-balancing scooter and a main frame assembly thereof are provided. The self-balancing scooter includes a first main frame and a cooperated second main frame. The first main frame includes a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion includes a first end surface, the first end surface defines a guide hole, and the guide hole is positioned between a center and an edge of the first end surface. The second main frame includes a second connecting portion, the second connecting portion includes a second end surface corresponding to the first end surface of the first connecting portion, the second end surface defines a conduit, the conduit is positioned between a center and an edge of the second end surface, the conduit is accommodated in the guide hole, and the first connecting portion is assembled and connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XIANGYOU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xia Wen
  • Patent number: 10813423
    Abstract: An adjustable non-view obscuring umbrella having a canopy and a support structure. The support structure having a support post, a plurality of non-articulating umbrella ribs, and at least one articulating umbrella rib. An articulating umbrella rib having an upper rib member, a lower rib member, and an umbrella rib articulation mechanism. An umbrella rib articulation mechanism having an upper bracket and a rotation actuation member, wherein the rotation actuation member is rotationally coupled to the upper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Marilyn Teresa Hendrix, Barry Blaine Hendrix
  • Patent number: 10787218
    Abstract: The present application relates to a self-balancing scooter and a main frame assembly thereof. The self-balancing scooter includes a first main frame and a cooperated second main frame. The first main frame includes a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion includes a first end surface, the first end surface defines a guide hole, and the guide hole is positioned between the center and the edge of the first end surface. The second main frame includes a second connecting portion, the second connecting portion includes a second end surface corresponding to the first end surface of the first connecting portion, the second end surface defines a conduit, the conduit is positioned between the center and the edge of the second end surface, the conduit is accommodated in the guide hole when the first connecting portion is assembled and connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XIANGYOU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xia Wen
  • Patent number: 10374117
    Abstract: A solar panel mount system includes a ballasted block support resting on a ground surface, a post pivoted to the block support at a lower pivot, and a solar panel frame pivoted to the post at an upper pivot with a center of gravity over the ballasted block support and facing a desired sunlight-receiving direction. The upper pivot is selected to be at a desired adjusted height. The frame includes a yoke supported at the upper pivot and support beams supporting a solar panel. A method of installation includes placing the ballasted block support on the ground, and attaching the remaining components at desired angles to locate a center of gravity of the solar panel frame over the ballasted block support, and fixing an angle of the solar panel frame at a desired sun-facing position. A related method includes interconnecting solar panel frames on posts in a generally straight row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: James Wolter, Jeffrey Mathie
  • Patent number: 10098666
    Abstract: A bone anchor coupler assembly is configured to couple a bone anchor to a spine stabilization member, and includes a coupler body and an angular adjustment member movably coupled to the coupler body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Yann Amstutz, Didier Gonzalez, Michael Guetlin
  • Patent number: 10045802
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for repairing a portion of a body, the orthopedic device includes an orthopedic plate, a tissue protector, and a rotating member. The orthopedic plate is configured to attach to at least one bone. The tissue protector is attached to the orthopedic plate and configured to at least partially detach from the orthopedic plate after a force is applied to the tissue protector. The rotating member is configured to connect the tissue protector to the orthopedic plate while allowing the tissue protector to rotate relative to the orthopedic plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DYNAMIC SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn R. Buttermann, Frank R. Ferris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9863191
    Abstract: A progressive cavity device including an articulated coupling for converting the complex motion of a rotor into simple rotation. The coupling may include two shafts coupled to one another by joint assemblies connected to opposite ends of an intermediate shaft. The joint assemblies may include interleaved male and female spline portions and an elastomer filling the spaces between the male and female splines. The elastomer may deflect under load to allow the male and female splines to move relative to each other to allow the assembly to react to shaft misalignments. To limit elastomer bulging from the ends of the joint in response to shaft movement, the bulge area may be capped so that the elastomer cannot bulge outward and become extremely stiff. The joint may allow movement of the spines with very high torque capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Russell D. Ide
  • Patent number: 8960711
    Abstract: A ski boot comprises a sole portion (2) that is attached to one or more separate outsole elements (3, 4, 5) for location between the sole portion (2) and a ski binding. At least one of the outsole elements (3, 4, 5) is adjustably mounted on the sole portion (2) prior to a secure fixing of said outsole element (3, 4, 5) to the sole portion (2) by at least one fastener (13) so as to be adjustable in forward, rearward, lateral and medial directions relative to the sole portion (2) and so as to be rotatable clockwise and counter clockwise relative to a centerline of the boot. Preferably, at least one of the outsole elements (5) is adapted for attachment to the ski binding. Advantageously, a plurality of outsole elements (3, 4, 5) is provided that are adjustably mounted on the sole portion (2) independently of the other outsole elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John E. Svensson
  • Patent number: 8925227
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display backplane and an LCD device. The display backplane comprises multiple supporting brackets and a connecting slot, wherein, the connecting slot comprises a sliding slot and a protruding platform, and the protruding platform is sliding held in the sliding slot, and at least two of the brackets can rotate relatively about a first rotation axis perpendicular to the plane of the display backplane. After rotation, the display backplane formed by the brackets is smaller in volume such that it can reduce the volume occupied by the packing and shipping during transportation process of the display backplane in order to reduce the packing and shipping cost during transportation process of the display backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yi-cheng Kuo, Yu-chun Hsiao, Chengwen Que, Pangling Zhang, Dehua Li
  • Patent number: 8899288
    Abstract: A coupling capable of adjustably cantilever-mounting a machine such as a labeling machine to a mounting structure, wherein the attitude or inclination of the machine to other machinery such as a conveyor can be precisely adjusted. Also, there is a method a mounting a machine to mounting structure with the capability to adjust the inclination of the machine that requires only one person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Johannes Lenkl
  • Patent number: 8832892
    Abstract: This invention includes a connection device for securing a ramp to a vehicle. The connection device has a bracket with an upper surface opposite a lower surface. The bracket is configured to be releasably secured to the ramp. A pivot pin extends from the lower surface of the bracket has an end spaced from the bracket. The end of the pivot pin is configured to be received in an opening of a cargo bed in the vehicle. The bracket is capable of being pivoted about the pivot pin along a pivot axis defined by the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Clay J. Goin, Hugh L. Goin
  • 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: 8763488
    Abstract: The invention relates to an industrial robot, having a multiple-axis robot arm, with a base, a carousel that is rotatably supported relative to the base in reference to an axis and a mechanical stop device provided to limit a rotary motion of the carousel relative to the base. The stop device has a slider situated on the base, with stops situated at its ends, a trailing stop situated in the slider and a drive dog situated on the carousel. The drive dog and the slider are designed so that the drive dog is introduced into the slider by a corresponding rotary motion of the carousel relative to the axis and pushes the trailing stop against the relative stop. The trailing stop includes a plastically deformable damping element, which is provided to brake the carousel due to a plastic deformation caused by the trailing stop being pushed against the relevant stop by the drive dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Reekers
  • Patent number: 8746635
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for a display device is provided. The supporting apparatus may include a stationary unit coupled to an installation site, a device supporting unit that supports the display device, a connection unit that connects the stationary unit to the device supporting unit and that guides motion of the device supporting unit, and a tilting frictional unit interposed between the connection unit and the device supporting unit to guide a tilting motion of the device supporting unit. The tilting frictional unit may include a first arc member fixed to the connection unit and a second arc member fixed to the device supporting unit. The first and second arc members contact each other to generate frictional force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang-Hoon Kim, Kyung-Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20140093304
    Abstract: Provided is a pivoting unit including a pivotable body, a horizontal pivot shaft, a support for supporting the pivotable body pivotably about the pivot shaft so as to allow the pivotable body to take a fallen posture and a raised posture in which the pivotable body is more raised than the fallen posture, and a stop member for stopping the pivotable body in the raised posture. The stop member includes a long hole vertically extending and allowing the pivot shaft to be inserted therethrough, being disposed vertically movably between upper and lower positions. The stop member, in the lower position, abuts against an abutment portion, a specific part at a lower end of the pivotable body in the raised posture, to retain the pivotable body in the raised posture, while, in the upper position, allowing the pivotable body to pivot from the raised posture toward the fallen posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke MURAOKA, Takanori YAMASAKI, Kouichirou NAGAI
  • Patent number: 8641317
    Abstract: A bushing includes a base portion having a central axis, a substantially circular aperture extending through the base portion along the central axis, and a plurality of tapered fingers integral with and protruding from the base portion. Each of the tapered fingers are configured to deflect from a first position in which a bolt or similar fastener may pass through the bushing to a second position in which the bushing constricts or clamps down around the bolt. A coupling system and method for rigidly securing two or more components together using one or more bushings is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jason M. Fruh, Sam Edgar
  • Publication number: 20140030006
    Abstract: A pivotal connection mechanism for pivotally connecting a first and a second rod includes a first and a second connection seat respectively having a fitting surface, on which a rotation-limiting member is provided. The two rotation-limiting members are separately non-rotatably engaged with two rotation-limiting slots separately provided on two outer side surfaces of the first and second rods facing away from each other. A pivot shaft is extended through the first connection seat, the first rod, the second rod, and the second connection seat and locked thereto. With the rotation-limiting members non-rotatably engaged with the rotation-limiting slots on the first and second rods, the first and second connection seats are attached to the first and second rods and do not rotate when the pivot shaft is turned to extend into or loosen from the two rods, enabling the two rods to be conveniently connected to or separated from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: YU CHIEH LEE
  • Patent number: 8568055
    Abstract: An adjustment system for connections between metal structures which consists of two plates. The adjustment system comprises a first plate (1) provided with four radial slits (4), where one part of the structure to be connected can be joined, and a second plate provided with four circular slits (5) where another part of the structure to be connected can be joined. Joining screw pins (3) pass through the radial slits in plate (1) and through the circular slits in plate (2) in order to join the two parts by means of the corresponding nuts (6) which tighten the said plates together. The adjustment system makes it possible to adjust the position of the two plates (1 and 2) with respect to their movement on axes X, Y and Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: STEELROOT Portugal, LDA
    Inventor: Vasco Maria Marques Lito Velez Grilo
  • Patent number: 8413280
    Abstract: This invention includes a connection device for securing a ramp to a vehicle. The connection device has a bracket with an upper surface opposite a lower surface. The bracket is configured to be releasably secured to the ramp. A pivot pin extends from the lower surface of the bracket has an end spaced from the bracket. The end of the pivot pin is configured to be received in an opening of a cargo bed in the vehicle. The bracket is capable of being pivoted about the pivot pin along a pivot axis defined by the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Hugh L. Goin, Clay J. Goin
  • Publication number: 20120294670
    Abstract: A pivot pin securing structure includes a support seat and a pivot pin. The support seat is formed with a bush section with a pinhole. The bush section is formed with a split in communication with the pinhole, whereby the bush section has elasticity for holding the pivot pin. The bush section has at least one independent spring section. An obliquely extending track section is disposed on at least one side of the spring section. One end of the pivot pin extends into the pinhole. An abutment member is disposed on a circumference of the pivot pin. The abutment section is slidable along the track section with the rotation of the pivot pin in abutment with the spring section to different extents. During the sliding movement, the spring section applies different reaction forces to the abutment section as resistance against and aid force for the rotation of the pivot pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventors: AN SZU HSU, CHIEN NAN TSAI
  • Patent number: 8231300
    Abstract: A component structure is provided, which comprises a first connection unit, at least one short rod, a second connection unit and at least one long rod. The short rod is connected to the first connection unit. The long rod is connected to the second connection unit. The main rod connects the first connection unit and the second connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: National Taiwan University of Science & Technology
    Inventors: Naai-Jung Shih, Chih-Ming Chien
  • Patent number: 8221050
    Abstract: A robotic is provided which comprises a hub (203); (b) a first lower arm (209) comprising first (213) and second (215) lower arm segments and having a first set of upper arms (229, 231) attached thereto; and (c) a first adjusting means (241) for adjusting the height of the first lower arm segment with respect to the second lower arm segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Fabworx Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Kent
  • Patent number: 8172635
    Abstract: An alignment device for aligning a second aperture in a second plate with a first aperture in a first plate and an alignment method of utilizing the same. The alignment device includes a main body, a first part extending from the main body, and a second part extending from the first part. The main body comprises a first linear dimension exceeding a width of the second aperture for disposing overlying the second plate. The first part comprises a second linear dimension for extending and fitting into the second aperture. The second part comprises a third linear dimension for extending and fitting into the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiunn-Nan Lin, Ruey-Yong Deng
  • Patent number: 8132283
    Abstract: A push broom that is constructed of a broom head that includes a broom plate for supporting bristles or the like and having a rest surface and a bristle support surface; an elongated handle attached to the broom plate of the broom head and for controlling a sweeping action of the broom head and a pivotal coupling member for mounting the elongated handle with the broom head. The pivotal coupling member has separate positions including a rest position in which the broom head rests on the rest surface of the broom plate so that the handle is substantially upright to maintain the broom free-standing and an action position in which the handle is pivoted relative to the broom head so as to enable the sweeping action of the broom head by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy P. Downes
  • Patent number: 7992353
    Abstract: A hub joint includes a metal rod and pin for joining tubular members in three-dimensional space for assembling a frame structure. The hub joint enables rapid assembly, rapid reconfiguration, and rapid disassembly without using any specialized tools. Multiple hub joints may be used to form geodesic domes, freestanding trusses, space frame slabs, tetrahedrons, and pentahedrons. The hub joints allow different frame configurations that are lightweight, strong, durable, scalable, expandable, and portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Stephan P. Athan
  • Patent number: 7954777
    Abstract: An alignment unit, which is of simple and robust design and can be adjusted well, for directional radios, in particular directional radio antennas, is distinguished by two attachment brackets, which are articulated on a common centre part such that they can pivot about two mutually orthogonal swivel axes, as well as two operating units for separate adjustment and fixing of the pivoting angle of the two attachment brackets relative to the centre part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Huber+Suhner AG
    Inventors: Daniel Bohm, Romeo Premerlani
  • Patent number: 7779562
    Abstract: A universal mount bracket that provides two pairs of adapter plates, one pair for each side of the front end loader. Each adapter plate can be adjusted laterally to match the width of virtually any size loader arm produced, and then be adjusted to the overall width of the loader (distance between the left and right loader arms). Once each pair of adapter plates have been matched to the loader arms (left and right), the equipment implement must then be centered and secured in place to prevent any lateral displacement of the unit while the implement is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Allen L. Loveless, Jason N. Abrams
  • Patent number: 7770260
    Abstract: A device holding captive a hinge pin in a housing of a cover element, such as a grate or a lid, of a manhole. The device has a cotter pin attached in a removable manner to the cover element to axially retain a hinge pin in a housing of the element against a restoring force of an elastic component inserted between the pin and the bottom of the housing. The invention can be applied to roadway equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Norinco
    Inventor: Christian Fumalle
  • Patent number: 7722281
    Abstract: A device for fastening an emitter to a housing comprises a manoeuvre element slidable in a first direction, an activating element slidable in a second, fastening direction that is inclined in relation to the first direction, with the first and second elements are interconnected via at least one cam mechanism. In addition, a fastening element is slidable in the second direction, wherein the activating and fastening elements are interconnected via at least one elastic element. The fastening element is adapted to move, in response to displacement of the manoeuvre element in the first direction, between a fastening position in which it produces a fastening force onto the emitter and an open position in which the fastening force is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Lars Åke Näslund, Tommy Nilsson, Luca Poppi
  • Patent number: 7708488
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ralf Kunze, Soeren Knopp, Manfred Buhl, Heinfried Helms
  • Patent number: 7614816
    Abstract: An anti-rolling device of a ball and socket joint prevents the rolling movement of a moving body coupled to the ball effectively without hindering omni-directional tilt rotational movement of the moving body, i.e. a moving part relative to the socket, a fixing part. The anti-rolling device comprises: a bracket on the moving part that is fixed to the circumference of the moving body; a guide channel whose upper part is pivoted to the bracket on the moving part; a sliding bar coupled to the guide channel in a way being possible to be slid thereinto; and a bracket on the fixing part which is mounted on the fixing part and coupled with the lower part of the sliding bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Agency for Defense Development
    Inventors: Hwan-Gyu Lee, Sang-Youn Lee
  • Patent number: 7571883
    Abstract: A device suitable for supporting a component, such as a flat display screen, which device comprises a first arm, which can be connected to a wall with a first end thereof, being pivotable about a first pivot axis, and which is connected to a first end of a second arm with a second end thereof, being pivotable about a second pivot axis, which second arm can be connected to the component that is to be supported with a second end thereof, being pivotable about a third pivot axis. The device is furthermore provided with a third arm, which can be connected to the wall with a first end, being pivotable about a fourth pivot axis, and which is connected to a first end of a fourth arm with a second end, being pivotable about a fifth pivot axis, which fourth arm can be connected to the component to be supported with a second end, being pivotable about a sixth pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Vogel's Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Maria Van Groesen, Ewald Van Kuijk
  • Patent number: 7413368
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for fastening an emitter to a housing comprising a first, manoeuvre element (10) being slidable in a first direction (11, B), a second, activating element (20) being slidable in a second, fastening direction (21) being inclined in relation to said first direction (11, B), whereby the first and second elements (10, 20) are interconnected via at least one cam mechanism (50). Moreover, the device further comprises a third, fastening element (30) being slidable in the second direction (21), whereby the second and third elements (20, 30) are interconnected via at least one fourth, elastic element (40), whereby the third element (30) is adapted to move, in response to displacement of the first element (10) in said first direction (11, B), between a fastening position in which it produces a fastening force onto said emitter (1) and an open position in which the fastening force is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Lars Ake Naslund, Tommy Nilsson, Luca Poppi
  • Patent number: 7226028
    Abstract: A display swivel is described. The display swivel has a rotational portion, a pedestal, a fixed washer, a lubricating washer, and a fixing device. The rotational portion utilizes a rotational shaft to couple to a rotational ring of the pedestal. The fixed washer is fixed on the rotational shaft, and the lubricating washer is fixed on the rotational ring and is configured between the fixed washer and the rotational ring. The fixing device couples to the rotational shaft through central holes of the fixed washer and the lubricating washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Quanto Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Chiang Lin
  • Patent number: 7144029
    Abstract: The present invention discloses unique apparatus for attaching a bicycle seat to a typical bicycle seat support post. The seat attaching apparatus permits the seat to controllably tilt, to the left and/or right of the bicycle longitudinal center line, as the bicyclist leans left or right as he/she pedals along. Thus, friction that normally occurs between the bicycle seat and the rider's inner thigh and crotch area significantly reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Steven R. Heady
  • Patent number: 6872024
    Abstract: A pivot shaft structure for scissor mechanisms consists of a pivot shaft and a matching receiving hole. The pivot shaft includes at least a turning contour formed by a portion of the shaft contour of a pseudo turning shaft and a constraint contour formed by removing another portion of the pseudo turning shaft. The receiving hole has an hole contour for matching the pivot shaft and includes at least a matching turning contour formed by a portion of an hole contour of a pseudo turning shaft opening and a matching constraint contour formed by filling another portion of the pseudo turning shaft opening. Through the matching between the pseudo turning shaft and the pseudo turning shaft opening, the turning contour of the pivot shaft may pivotally turn in the matching turning contour of the receiving hole, and through contact between the constraint contour of the pivot shaft and the matching constraint contour of the receiving hole to form a turning limitation for the pivot shaft in the receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chien-Shih Hsu
  • Patent number: 6595498
    Abstract: A safety barrier device, particularly intended for small children, and comprising at least two fence-like sections which may be interconnected and positioned at an angle, characterized in that the sections are interconnected by hinge links comprising two cooperating toothed rims arranged so that they may be lifted out of engagement, thereby allowing the sections to be freely positioned at an angle. The structure makes it possible to produce fireguards, pens or beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Baby Dan A/S
    Inventor: Finn Andersen
  • Publication number: 20020028105
    Abstract: A drilling device has a carriage (1) on which a drilling member (22) can be removably mounted. In a receiving region, the carriage (1) has a tightening lever (4) that can be swiveled, with its first end area having a tightening surface (5) that interacts with a clamping surface (21) of a connection region of the drilling member (22). The second end area of the tightening lever (4) interacts with a tightening element (9) that keeps the tightening lever (4) under tension by means of a spring so that the drilling member (22) is firmly pressed against the carriage (1). By means of two release levers (15), the tightening element (9) can be moved into a release position in which the tightening lever (4) can be swiveled into the release position and the tightening element (9) lies against a retention surface (13) on the tightening lever (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Augustin
  • Patent number: 6338588
    Abstract: A rotatable clamp block mechanism includes a chassis having a first curved surface, and a rotatable clamp block having a second curved surface that slidably engages the first curved surface to permit the rotatable clamp block to rotate around an axis relative to the chassis. The second curved surface extends between flanges at axial ends of said second curved surface. The rotatable clamp block is coupled to the chassis by respective curved slots at axial ends of the first curved surface, and by screws or pins extending from each of the flanges into the curved slots to rotatably couple the rotatable clamp block to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 6234705
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a transconnector for coupling first and second spinal fixation rods or other elongate fixation elements. The transconnector includes a male member, a female member, and a locking member. The male member has a body with a linking element (such as a hook) associated with the lateral end for receiving one of the fixation elements, and a projection extending from the medial end. The female member has a body with a linking element associated with the lateral end for receiving the other fixation element, and a cavity with an opening on the medial end for receiving a portion of the male member projection. The locking member adjustably and rotatably secures the male member projection portion in the cavity in order to accommodate different orientations and separation distances between the first and second fixation elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Synthes (USA)
    Inventor: Thomas N. Troxell
  • Patent number: 6203051
    Abstract: A base plate is secured to any existing snowboard with screws or bolts through holes in the base plate mating with the standard holes in the snowboard. A rotatable plate has a wide groove to receive a standard existing boot binding and the two have circular openings which fit rotatably over a protruding circular guide post on the base plate. A cap plate with mating holes and a protruding bottom circular plate extends through the boot binding and rotatable plate openings to contact the guide post on the base plate with the screws or bolts passing through all the mating holes to the snowboard. An elevated rim around the cap plate fits within a circular groove of the boot binding to allow the boot binding and rotatable plate to rotate relative to the cap plate. A low-friction ring has bottom teeth to fit within the teeth of the boot binding and a top low-friction top surface to contact the cap plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Sabol
  • Patent number: 6186524
    Abstract: A children's wagon comprising a wagon body, a bottom wall, and front and rear bolsters secured to the bottom wall. The front bolster is pivotally secured to the bottom wall and a pin is associated with the bottom wall and is adapted to extend downwardly therefrom to interfere with the front bolster movement to thereby minimize the possibility of tipping of the wagon. The pin is adapted to be moved upwardly out of interfering position whereby the front bolster can be moved 180° in either direction to thereby place the wagon in more convenient positions for transportation and storage. The front and rear bolsters are each provided with shock absorbers positioned above the front and rear axles adjacent each of the wagon wheels. Slotted vertically extending extensions on each side of each bolster receive the wagon axles and provide for vertical movement of the bolsters relative to the axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Radio Flyer, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. McQueeny, Robert Pasin, Brent Schrader, Frederick J. Michelau
  • Patent number: 6174101
    Abstract: A rotating joint is provided for a profiled crossbeam with an inner cable duct. The joint includes an upper part and a lower part which are screwed to each other. The opposite front faces of the upper and lower parts have mounting flanges. The central rotating area of the upper and lower parts does not have a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Joachim Niehaus
  • Patent number: 6170598
    Abstract: An electrically-driven wheelchair is provided with a frame, drive wheels, an operator control panel and a support lever. The operator control panel controls action of the drive wheels. The lower side of the operator control panel is supported to the upper side of the support lever. The support lever is connected to the frame, and supports the operator control panel. The lower side of the support lever is connected to the frame so that the support lever can be rotated in the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction and can be adjustable. The upper side of the support lever is connected to the operator control panel so that the operator control panel can be rocked forward and rearward and leftward and rightward and can be movable. In the support structure of the operator control panel of the invention, not only the arrangement position of the operator control panel at the front and rear sides and the left and right sides but also the height of the operator control panel can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Nissin Medical Industries, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 6152639
    Abstract: The disclosure defined by this invention describes a structure which allows free movement of a cable of an electric tool. The structure is installed at the end of the handle of the electric tool and generally includes a seat cover, a cable clamping tube, and a cable tail stop. The seat cover includes a connecting chamber connected to the cable clamping tube. The cable is passed through the cable tail stop which passes through the inner and outer spaces of the handle. Hence, the cable may turn relative to the electric tool at any bending angle and the relative position between the cable and the electric tool may be easily arranged. Furthermore, the cable will not be easily damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Mobiletron Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Ming Hsu
  • Patent number: 6134819
    Abstract: A traffic signaling device includes a strobe light directed upon a portable traffic sign for alerting distant motorists of an upcoming traffic condition and for enhancing readability of the traffic sign. The signaling device includes a rotatable sign assembly releasably attached to a primary shaft suitable for holding by a road construction worker. The sign assembly includes a handle which cooperates with a channel within the primary shaft whereby the sign can be rotated to discrete, locked positions without repositioning the primary shaft or strobe light. Thus, either side of a sign may be displayed to oncoming traffic while a worker's eyes are always shielded from the strobe light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventors: Ronald G. McClain, Rodney B. McClain
  • Patent number: 6062584
    Abstract: A rotatable plate has a wide groove to receive a boot binding and the two fit rotatably over a protruding circular guide post on a base plate secured to a snowboard. A cap plate extends through binding and rotatable plate openings to contact the guide post with screws or bolts passing through mating holes to the snowboard. An elevated rim around the cap plate fits within a circular groove of the boot binding to allow the binding and rotatable plate to rotate relative to the cap plate. A square locking shaft with a T-shaped handle fits within a slidable sleeve having four binding tabs mating with the sides of the locking shaft. Screwing the sleeve into a lock base with tapered walls binds the binding tabs against the lock shaft to secure the locking shaft. The locking shaft may be locked with the shaft inserted in any of the lock holes in a lock ring around the perimeter of the base plate to secure the boot binding at a desired angle to the snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Sabol
  • Patent number: 5964439
    Abstract: An articulatable mounting device for positioning a hand grip or a tool interface in a particular position, is described. The articulatable positioning device comprises a mounting means having variously sized curved surfaces for contacting a plurality of different sized tubing in an area contact relationship. The articulatable mounting device also comprises two pairs of mating serrated surfaces that provide a wide range of articulatable motion for the hand grip or tool interface with respect to the mounting means and the associated tubular support. A slotted connection between the pair of serrated surface further increases the range motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Aztech, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale S. Johnson