Threaded Interface Patents (Class 403/118)
  • Patent number: 9745865
    Abstract: A device for axial locking of a moving part in rotation with respect to a reference part, includes a downstream locking wedge provided with lugs laid out such that the downstream locking wedge can be placed in: a first angular position in which the downstream locking wedge may be translated axially with respect to the moving part, a second angular position in which the lugs axially immobilize the downstream locking wedge with respect to the moving part; an upstream locking wedge able to prevent the rotation of the downstream locking wedge with respect to the moving part; and a stop segment able to immobilize axially the upstream locking wedge against the downstream locking wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Olivier Lefebvre, Philippe Bourdin, Marc Jolly
  • Patent number: 9556894
    Abstract: A tie bolt for joining two parts together has a shaft. The shaft in turn has a primary thread for engaging a first part and a secondary thread for engaging a second part, wherein the primary thread and the secondary thread have different pitches. The tie bolt may be used to join together any two parts which are to be locked together to transmit torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: James B Coffin
  • Patent number: 8955823
    Abstract: A product transfer valve (1) includes a valve body (3), an inlet port (2), an outlet port (18). A safety interlock mechanism includes a segmented collar (22) with internal threads (23) for mounting the valve to a connection. A safety collar (6) is axially movable between a valve open position and a valve closed position, and causes movement of the segmented collar. An interference member (12) engages the safety collar (6) to prevent inadvertent radial outward movement of the internal threads on the segmented collar until the safety collar is moved to the valve closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: PGI International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Spencer M. Nimberger
  • Patent number: 8919387
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a mechanism for providing high load capabilities in downhole locations. The mechanism comprises tubulars, at least one of which is constructed from composite; and the tubular composite being for high load capabilities in connecting the tubulars. In some cases, there are at least two tubulars in the mechanism. In some cases, the mechanism comprises a thread form, which thread form is mounted to translate an axially directed force into a radially directed force. In some cases, the high load capabilities include a load bearing flank angle of 15° to 50° as measured from the axis of said tubular. In some cases, the high load capabilities include a clearance flank angle of 15° or less as measured perpendicular to the axis of said tubular. In some cases, at least one of the tubulars includes a thread pitch, having from 2 to 12 threads per inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: General Plastics & Composites, L.P.
    Inventor: Tracy Michael Martin
  • Patent number: 8613739
    Abstract: A medical tubing connector pair includes a female tubing connector, and a male tubing connector. The female tubing connector has an external thread and the male tubing connector has an internal thread, the external and internal threads threadingly engaged to secure the female and male tubing connectors together. The internal thread is made from a flexible material to permit the female and male tubing connectors to be connected to or disconnected from each other without rotation of the tubing connectors relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Sobue
  • Patent number: 8540597
    Abstract: A connection unit of a chain includes two outer link plates each having a first hole and a second hole. The second hole has a first recess and a second recess which communicates with the first recess. The first recess has a diameter larger than that of the second recess. The second recess includes an inner surface and a stepped engaging surface which is perpendicular to the inner surface. A stop surface is perpendicularly connected to the engaging surface. At least one first protrusion extends from the inner surface. A pin is securely fixed in the first hole and includes an engaging portion. A neck is located beside the engaging portion and has a diameter smaller than that of the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Wang
  • Publication number: 20130112843
    Abstract: Mounting systems for structural members, fastening assemblies thereof, and vibration isolation systems including the same are provided. Mounting systems comprise a pair of mounting brackets, each clamped against a fastening assembly forming a mounting assembly. Fastening assemblies comprise a spherical rod end comprising a spherical member having a through opening and an integrally threaded shaft, first and second seating members on opposite sides of the spherical member and each having a through opening that is substantially coaxial with the spherical member through opening, and a partially threaded fastener that threadably engages each mounting bracket forming the mounting assembly. Structural members have axial end portions, each releasably coupled to a mounting bracket by the integrally threaded shaft. Axial end portions are threaded in opposite directions for permitting structural member rotation to adjust a length thereof to a substantially zero strain position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ken Young, Timothy Hindle, Tim Daniel Barber
  • Patent number: 8388253
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjustably coupling a threaded linkage rod to an arm of a fuel valve, air valve, air damper, damper blade assembly, or actuator that can include a sleeve, a collar, and a lock restraining axial movement of the collar with respect to the sleeve. The sleeve may include an inside threaded wall defining a sleeve bore axially receiving the linkage rod. The collar may include (i) a collar body having a collar bore axially receiving the sleeve and (ii) an about radial extension for engagement with the arm of the fuel valve, air damper, or actuator. Rotation of the sleeve causes axial movement of the sleeve, and thus the collar locked thereto, along the linkage rod. Fine position adjustments can be made to the position of the radial extension, and thus the arm of the fuel valve, air damper, or actuator engaged thereto, with respect to the linkage rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth Rae McClelland
  • Patent number: 8083175
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a loading fitting includes at least one of an I, a T, and a J shaped cross-section having a flange attached to at least one supporting structure. In another embodiment, a method is disclosed for attaching a loading fitting to at least one supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Stark, Gerfried R. Achtner
  • Patent number: 8052346
    Abstract: A tensioner nut includes a preload adjusting assembly settled on an upper end of a steering tube of a bicycle, a fixing anchor settled below the steering tube, a cable connecting between the preload adjusting assembly and the fixing anchor, and a bolt of the preload adjusting assembly for tensioning the cable. Thereby, when the bolt is tightened, it tensions the cable and the preload adjusting assembly is pulled downward to give a preload to a stem mounted around the steering tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: VP Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Hwa Lin
  • Patent number: 7832107
    Abstract: A deburr tool for deburring an end of a conduit includes a handle, cutting bit, and head. The handle is to grasp the deburr tool. The handle has a handle axis. The cutting bit includes a distal end, proximal end, body portion and a cutting profile. The body portion is generally cylindrical and has a bit axis. The cutting profile is generally “U” shaped and resides in a plane generally parallel to the bit axis. The cutting profile tapers from an opening disposed at the distal end to an arcuate base. The opening has a distance between a first side and a second side that exceeds a wall thickness of the conduit. The head rotatably secures the cutting bit to the handle. The bit axis coincides with the handle axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: William Matthew Ames
  • Publication number: 20100196086
    Abstract: A coupling assembly is provided at each end of a shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Travis Overfelt
  • Publication number: 20100047007
    Abstract: The present invention provides a universal beam clamp connector which accommodates either a fixed attachment or a swivel attachment of a threaded rod to a support beam. The beam clamp connector includes a connector portion and a threaded rod extender. A threaded rod extender has a cylindrical shape and an exterior surface. The exterior surface includes threading thereon. The connector portion includes a top surface, a tool engaging portion and a central body extending therebetween. The threaded rod extender protrudes from the top surface and the tool engaging portion protrudes from the central body. The central body includes an opening therethrough. The opening is defined by a top inner surface, a bottom inner surface and two opposing inner side surfaces. A nut is used to secure a threaded rod of a device to the beam clamp connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Xueming Cai
  • Publication number: 20090311039
    Abstract: A device (1) for securing to the rim (11) of a spoked wheel a stud (2) connected to a spoke, includes:—a screw (3) adapted to be inserted in a through hole, made in the rim (11), which has a seat (4) adapted to receive the head (5) of the screw (3);—a body (6), adapted to be secured to the rim (11) the screw (3), which has at last a threaded hole (7) adapted to receive the threaded shank of the screw (3) and a seat (8) adapted to receive a rounded head (9) of the stud (2), which is connected in an articulated manner to the body (6);—a sealing ring (10) inserted between the rim (11) and the body (6). The head (5) of the screw (3) and the corresponding seat (4) present in the rim (11) preferably have a countersunk shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: RUOTEMILANO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Adriano Rolle
  • Patent number: 7500506
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable holder for interconnecting a carrier in a control system for a vertical vane covering for an architectural opening and a suspended vane includes two component parts which are rotatably adjustable relative to each other to increase or decrease the length of the holder and thus the spacing between the carrier and the suspended vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Konrad Welfonder
  • Publication number: 20090047062
    Abstract: A guide stud (10, 110) for quick insertion and withdrawal from a tapped hole includes a shaft (12), a pin (14) concentrically disposed with respect to the shaft, and a spring (52) configured to apply force on the shaft to reciprocate the pin with respect to the shaft in an extended and a retracted position. A resilient gripper (58, 158) extends axially with respect to the shaft (12), the gripper having an outer surface (66, 166) having a rest-state diameter (D) and a deformed-state diameter (DD) that is larger than the rest-state diameter. The outer surface (66, 166) is deformable to the deformed-state diameter (DD) when the pin (14) is in the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Eric L. Storm, David S. Esbrook
  • Publication number: 20080166180
    Abstract: A pivotal device is mounted between a cap and a base of an electronic appliance, and has a resisting washer and an actuating washer rotated relative to each other. The resisting washer has an arcuate skewed surface formed in a side facing to the actuating washer and the actuating washer has lugs formed in a side and sliding along the skewed surface. With the coordination of the lugs and skewed surface, the cap has an enhancing friction when the cap is closing relative the base. Furthermore, the cap has a decreasing friction when the cap is opening relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Jamie Horng, Chun-Min Wang
  • Publication number: 20080056809
    Abstract: Leveling and aligning device by which the distance at which a member is supported with respect to a base may be altered and firmly locked in the given adjustment without creating any stresses in either the body of the member or the device by itself. The leveling and aligning device provides means allowing continuation of the adjustment process even in case of inadvertent disengagement of components of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: SILICON VALLEY AUTOMATION
    Inventors: Grzegorz Kielczewski, Elik Gershenzon, Bogdan Berlinski
  • Patent number: 7293763
    Abstract: A retaining keeper assembly for a hoisting device. A shank has a plurality of circumferential grooves perpendicular to an axis of the shank. A thrust bearing surrounds the shank and is supported by the hoisting device. A split retaining collar having a plurality of interior circular protrusions mates with the circumferential grooves in the shank to prevent axial movement of the shank. A cylindrical retaining keeper ring having an open top and an open bottom encloses the assembled retaining collar, the keeper ring having an inner diameter slightly larger than an outer diameter of the retaining collar. A pair of retaining rings surround the split retaining collar above and below the keeper ring to trap the keeper ring in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: The Crosby Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest E. Lutter, Alan C. Doughty, Paul A. Boeckman
  • Publication number: 20070177935
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for attaching the end of a shaft (14) of a gas turbine engine engaged inside a coupling (15) supported by a bearing (3). Said system comprising a nut (16) is characterized in that the nut (16) comprises a first thread (16f1) by which it is screwed into said shaft (14) and a second thread (16f2) by which it is screwed to said coupling (15). Advantageously, the screw pitches of the two threads (16f1, 16f2) of the nut (16) are reversed relative to one another so as to form an adjusting nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Jean Pierre Galivel, Regis Eugene Henri Servant
  • Publication number: 20070177936
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for fastening the end of a gas turbine engine shaft (4) engaged inside a sleeve (15) supported by a bearing (3). Said system comprises a nut (16) and is characterized in that the nut (16) is screwed at one end inside said sleeve (16) and is connected by a segment-type connection (18) with the shaft at the other end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventor: Regis Eugene Henri SERVANT
  • Patent number: 7090700
    Abstract: An offset alignment device with a longitudinal axis is provided that can offset two prosthetic components a selected distance along an alignment axis that is selectably oriented in a plane that is generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and can also adjust the distance between the two prosthetic components in a direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis. The present invention comprises first and second members. The first member has a channel and the second member has a bar for being adjustably connected to the channel along the alignment axis. A set screw can be through a hole in the wall of the channel in a direction generally perpendicular to the alignment axis to contact the bar and hold it stationary within the channel. One or both of the first and second members can be rotatably connected to one or both of the first and second prosthetic components, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: American Prosthetic Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Curtis
  • Patent number: 7086801
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement for enabling fixing of a body structure member and a structure member. The coupling arrangement includes, at least two threaded tubes provided one in either end portion of a passage through a housing. The housing is fixed attachable in relation to the structure members and includes a threaded passage, wherein a threaded bolt is arranged through the passage. The threaded bolt is adapted to connect the body structure member and the structure member in a coupling position, from which coupling position the threaded bolt, via inserts, enables adjusting operation of the threaded tubes in opposite directions along the threaded bolt. Thus, the threaded tubes are adjustable to a respective fixed position by screwing the threaded bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Swahn, Tom Stoddart
  • Patent number: 6550120
    Abstract: An aftermarket retrofit kit is used to prepare control arm bosses of automotive suspension systems to receive new, replacement ball joints. The kit includes a special cutting tool for forming obtuse threads in the apertures of aluminum suspension system mounting bosses for replacement of spent or used steel ball joints originally pressed-fit into forged aluminum control and steering arms. Since unthreaded apertures of bosses of control and steering arm joints in which the original pressed fitted equipment ball joints may be threaded to receive the new joints, avoidance of having to replace expensive original control and steering arms is made possible by the reuse of such arm parts normally discarded. A separate alignment block is included to assure accurate piloting of the cutting tool. Threading of the control arm bosses can be done on or off of the vehicle, and separate kits are provided for upper and lower control arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Garth B. Maughan, Wayne M. Winkler, Anthony S. Szumiesz
  • Patent number: 6345480
    Abstract: The invention provides a height-adjustable bridging device for joints between floor coverings. The bridging device includes an upper element and a base element. The upper element includes a generally perpendicular retaining bar. The retaining bar includes a holding device. The base element also includes retaining bars which are structured to cooperate with the upper element retaining bar holding device. A support device, which includes another upper element retaining bar and a force uptake piece, such as a base element bar, is disposed on the upper element and the base element respectively. The support device aids in preventing the upper element from tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Hermann Friedrich Kunne GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hans A. Kemper, Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 5387239
    Abstract: An adjustable length prosthetic implant includes an implant body and an axially received stem. The stem has a threaded portion and an end portion adapted for mounting with a bone. The implant body includes an end portion adapted for mounting with a bone and a tubular sleeve. The sleeve adjustably receives the stem. An adjustment nut is rotatably carried upon the sleeve for threadably engaging the stem to effect telescopic length adjustment of the stem relative to the sleeve. A jam nut is threaded over the stem and forcibly tightened against the adjustment collar to prevent accidental adjustment of the stem. The female thread formation in each of the adjustment collar and jam nut includes a wedge ramp positioned across the thread root for engaging the thread crest of the corresponding male screw formation on the stem to evenly distribute stresses through the screw formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Bianco, Roy S. Boggan
  • Patent number: 5215167
    Abstract: A brake adjustment mechanism is provided for a bicycle wheel to allow cantilevered bicycle brakes to be adjusted quickly and easily and without the application of the brakes to the bicycle wheel. The brake adjustment mechanism employs a cable yoke which has a body adapted for connection to the flexible brake cable of a conventional cantilevered bicycle brake. The yoke has a pair of projecting supports that extend outwardly from opposite sides of a yoke body and toward opposite sides of the bicycle wheel. A separate socket is carried by each of the projecting supports. The sockets are movable in rotation relative to the yoke and each socket has a tapped opening facing a separate one of the bicycle brake lever arms. A pair of elongated rigid rods are each secured at one end to separate ones of the bicycle brake lever arms. Both of the elongated rods have externally threaded ends which are threadably engaged in separate ones of the tapped openings of the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Bear Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney R. Davidson
  • Patent number: 5152324
    Abstract: In a mechanism for forming the shed in a weaving loom a combination including a heddle frame, a transmission element, and a coupling device, wherein the transmission element includes a threaded portion which is threadingly receiving in a bush provided with tenon-like shoulders which are engageable within mortise-like notches formed in a pair of spaced plates fixed to the heddle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Froment
  • Patent number: 5119689
    Abstract: A device for adjusting and holding the length of a Bowden cable includes a supporting sleeve, which supports a sheath end-piece for axial sliding movement but prevents rotation. External threads formed on the outer surface of the sheath end-piece are engaged by corresponding teeth on the inner surface of a locking sleeve, which is rotated about the longitudinal axis of the device to engage and disengage the teeth. A ribbed actuating sleeve engages cogs on the outer surface of the locking sleeve to facilitate rotation. When the teeth are engaged, the length of the cable is releasably fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gerd Adams, Guido de Crouppe
  • Patent number: 5092821
    Abstract: A drive system for impeller shafts includes a coupling that has a universal joint that is lubricated under all operating conditions. A housing is connected to the universal joint, which housing includes a hollow end portion adapted to receive the non-threaded end of an impeller shaft. A threaded stud projects from the end of the shaft and into the housing where the stud is secured by means of a nut. The nut is readily accessible to the user so that the axial position of the shaft can be adjusted without difficulty. The nut is releasably held within the housing so that the shaft and stud, with nut attached, can be quickly disconnected from the coupling. The invention also includes a modified "square drive" configuration for the ends of the shaft that is extremely strong and enables the shaft to be connected to the impeller and the coupling very easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: The Carborundum Company
    Inventors: Ronald E. Gilbert, David M. Masarin, George S. Mordue
  • Patent number: 5083743
    Abstract: A rotatable rigid material valve operator is provided having a threaded shank threadedly engaged within a threaded blind bore formed in a valve member constructed of thermo plastic elastomer having an 80-90 "SHORE" scale durometer hardness and snugly slidingly disposed within a valve body bore against rotation relative thereto, the threaded shank being rotatable relative to the valve body against axial displacement relative thereto such that rotation of the threaded shank translates into axial shifting of the valve member within the valve body bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Whitman Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Marvin Gordon, Sheldon P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5083338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning apparatus for surfaces, more particularly window panes. It mainly comprises a handle 1 and a two-part holder 4 for rod-shaped or strip-shaped cleaning elements 8 which is releasably attached to the handle 1. The releasable connection comprises: a forwardly open inner sleeve 2 which is formed on the handle 1 and has diametrically opposite axial slots 11, 12; an outer sleeve 3, mounted rotatably but axially non-displaceably on the inner sleeve 2; and a pin 5, 6 which is inserted in the inner sleeve 2 and is divided into two in the axial direction. The outer sleeve 3 has an internal screwthreading 16, 17 recessed by axial grooves 18, 19 at two diametrically opposite places. By the rotation of the outer sleeve 3 in relation to the inner sleeve 2, the grooves 18, 19 can be brought into alignment with the slots 11, 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Unger Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Henry M. Unger
  • Patent number: 5048871
    Abstract: A screwed pipe joint with a bell for connecting two pipes of a drill pipe string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerd Pfeiffer, Erich Quadflieg, Friedrich Lenze, Gerhard Krug, Josef Siekmeyer
  • Patent number: 5005844
    Abstract: A rolling travois for carrying camping supplies and the like, the rolling travois comprising an elongated support frame mounted over an enlarged roller assembly having a spherically shaped profile. A pair of pushing handles extend rearward and upward from the travois, and a pair of pulling handles are mounted on the forward end. Attached to the pulling handles is a pulling harness which is connectable to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: Douglas & Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Douglas, Vivian T. Douglas
  • Patent number: 5000467
    Abstract: A trash can transporting apparatus and method of use having a spring-loaded hook assembly and an upper support bracket, each adjustably secured to a main shaft by a level adjustment lock, the hook assembly including a spring-loaded hook having an upward facing plurality of fingers for grasping a reinforced peripheral rim of a trash can container seated on a stabilizing basket connected to the main shaft while a trash can closure lid is intact, the combination improving the stability and the transporting efficiency of the apparatus. The hook assembly and upper support bracket are adjustable along the vertical dimension of the main shaft for accommodating various sized household plastic trash can containers. When not in use, the apparatus can be displayed, shipped, stored, or transported by disassembling the various components including the main shaft, each comprised of a high-strength plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: James R. Becca
  • Patent number: 4884914
    Abstract: A support device for supporting a longitudinal member, such as a threaded rod, in a desired position with respect to the support device includes a housing adapted to receive the threaded rod, transversely within a housing aperture, and a slide axle, slideably received axially within the housing. The slide axle receives the threaded rod and is slidable within the housing to (1) a first position frictionally engaging the rod and (2) a second position disengaged from the rod so that the rod can be relatively freely moved with respect to the slide axle. The rod supporting device includes a tightening member or lock nut to secure the slide axle in a locked position whereby the rod is tightly held against a housing bearing wall defining a portion of the housing aperture. The housing bearing wall is relatively smooth so that the threaded rod is tightly held in locked position by the lock nut, while minimizing axial movement of the rod with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: William E. Shultz
  • Patent number: 4881765
    Abstract: The vertical slide in the latch linkage of an exit device is coupled for vertical movement together with a channel inside the door stile. The channel holds a pair of blocks having inclined surfaces held in touching relation and relatively slideable. The vertical latch-operating rod is attached to the first of the blocks and the other block is secured to the channel by a horizontally disposed threaded adjusting element. The side walls of the channel restrict the first of the blocks from lateral but not vertical movement. The other block is restricted from lateral movement only by the threaded element, and turning the threaded element moves that block from side to side in the channel to raise or lower the first block as the inclined surfaces slide. This changes the effective length of the rod. The turning of the threaded element may be done from the outside of the door through an access hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Heid
  • Patent number: 4880028
    Abstract: For use in a hot tapping system having a plug receiving flange providing communication into the interior of a pipeline, a completion machine for attachment to the flange providing means to install or retrieve a plug from within the flange, the machine being formed of an elongated cylindrical housing having a flange portion to removably sealably engage the plug receiving flange and the housing forming a hydraulic cylinder, an elongated tubular control bar reciprocally and non-rotatably received within the housing, a piston within the cylinder secured to the control bar by which the control bar is hydraulically displaced, and a rotatable retention rod telescopically received within the control bar and having a threaded end to attach to a plug, the retention rod being secured to a plug for placement of the plug into a flange or the removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Coy D. Osburn, James B. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4863326
    Abstract: A captive fastener for securing two closure members together comprises a crew component adapted to be affixed to one of the closure members and a complimentary nut component adapted to be affixed to the other closure member. The screw component comprises a housing, a drive sleeve disposed within the housing for rotational movement therein, and a screw member in operatinal engagement with the drive sleeve whereby the screw member is axially movable between extended and retracted positions relative to the housing in response to the rotational movement of the drive sleeve. The nut component comprises a shell, a nut member disposed within the shell for limited axial and radial movement therein and fixed against rotation, and biasing means for urging against the axial movement of the nut member. The radial and axial movement of the nut member facilitates the alignment and engagement of the screw member with the nut member to eliminate binding when the closure members are assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Vickers
  • Patent number: 4838565
    Abstract: A rolling travois for pulling camping supplies and the like behind an individual, the rolling travois comprising an elongated support frame having one end mounted on a single enlarged roller made up of a plurality of individual cylindrical disks. The other end of the support frame has an outwardly extending tongue pivotally attachable to a backpack frame worn by the individual pulling the rolling travois.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Douglas & Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Douglas, Vivian T. Douglas
  • Patent number: 4793611
    Abstract: Portable, lightweight-construction toy basketball set made of releasably interlocking plastic parts for ease of assembly and disassembly in which backboard structure and a base support are interconnected by an elongated upright standard. An elongated upright is provided which is divisible into separate columns which interfit telescopically and present helically-oriented interrupted threads for ease of selection of upright height and release for further adjustment or separation of the columns. A bracket interconnects a hoop flange to the backboard with the bracket and hoop flange having matching interfitting configurations for yieldably releasing the hoop for angular relative movement with respect to such backboard so as to prevent damage to interfitted parts during execution of a slam dunk play and to permit angular relative movement for manually returning such hoop to normal play position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Spang & Company
    Inventor: Ernest L. Thornell
  • Patent number: 4728220
    Abstract: A coupling member or joint is provided with a projecting lead screw adapted to be threaded into a tapped bore of a structural member. The lead screw is rotated by a worm operated exteriorly of the coupling member by a suitable wrench. A pair of such lead screws projecting oppositely along a given axis adapt the joint particularly for coupling aligned rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Inventor: Bernard J. Navarro
  • Patent number: 4669283
    Abstract: An electrically operable device for actuating vehicle doors and the like from a central panel location is disclosed, especially for doors having an individual lock, and having electromechanical actuation including an actuating rod adapted to be reciprocatingly displaced, as well as being adapted to assume an unlocked position, a locked position, and an antitheft position. The actuating rod is further adapted to operate the respective control rod operatively connected to the respective door lock. The device includes a reversible electric motor, a transmission, and an actuating mechanism for the drive rod. The device also includes exterior ridges on a spindle-nut and projecting formations which can be overridden, upon completion of the locking stroke, as well as on completion of the unlocking stroke, as well as for carrying out of an antitheft stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Jurgen Ingenhoven
  • Patent number: 4653302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rolling stand, in particular with rolls comprising grooves provided with essentially radial repetitive notches for the production of ribbed, threaded and similar bars, stand being provided with a device for angularly adjusting the roll position, which is operable in an immediate and simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Pomini Farrel S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Forni
  • Patent number: 4641989
    Abstract: An extension clip is disclosed for attaching threaded end portions to a plain rod. The clip is cut from flat metal plate and is shaped into a hollow form having clinch-type ears at one end for gripping the plain rod and inwardly bent tabs at its opposite end to form means for threadedly engaging threaded rod end portions. Intermediate to the clinch ears and the thread forming tabs additional tabs are provided which act as stops for determining the position of the plain rod and the threaded rod ends in the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: Joule' Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Maddi
  • Patent number: 4631212
    Abstract: A manifold formed of a plastic main body member and a plurality of tubular metal inserts. The metal inserts are received in bosses formed at longitudinally spaced locations along the plastic main body member and provide communication therethrough with the interior of the main body member. Each insert includes a wrenching portion at its inner end which coacts with the adjacent material of the plastic member to preclude turning of the insert in the respective boss upon torquing of a threaded member into the insert and each insert further includes an annular groove adjacent the wrenching portion to preclude axial movement of the insert within the boss. A method of forming the manifold is also disclosed in which the inserts are respectively positioned on a plurality of longitudinally spaced upstanding pins on a lower mold half to locate the inserts within the mold during the molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: Al-Ko Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Shifflett, Dennis I. Shifflett
  • Patent number: 4611944
    Abstract: A variable length mechanical connection having a selectable fixed length obtainable by permitting at least one of three relatively axially movable body members to selectively rotate relative to the other body members under axially applied loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Western Gear Corporation
    Inventor: Wallace H. Larson
  • Patent number: 4603887
    Abstract: A fluid flow system comprises a plurality of operational elements which are interconnected by rigid conduits. The present invention provides a rigid interconnecting conduit which includes a statically adjustable assembly comprising two telescopically associated members having a combined length which is variable to accommodate objects spaced at different distances and orientations. The assembly also includes a member for clamping the relatively movable elements to provide a rigid linkage once the interconnection of the objects is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: Terry D. Mayfield, William D. Kendrick
  • Patent number: 4573823
    Abstract: An adjustable pass-through joint comprising a main joint body having a first bore longitudinally therethrough, a second bore orthogonally intersecting said first bore, a third bore intersecting said second bore and a fourth bore intersecting said second bore, a cylindrical locking member rotatably mounted within said second bore and having a partially-threaded opening in line with said first bore, a threaded rod slideably installed within said joint body, and a shaft insertable within said third bore which, by wedging itself between one side of said third bore and a cut-away surface on said locking member, retains said cylindrical member in an angular position where the threads of said partially-threaded opening are locked with the threads of said rod, preventing longitudinal movement of said rod within said joint body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventor: Victor S. Dennis
  • Patent number: 4541155
    Abstract: A portable clamp/hanger device that provides a rigid connection that is releasable between a support beam and a hoist or other load-carrying means. The device includes a movable platform pivoted to a stationary U-shaped member with an opening therebetween. The flange of a support beam is located within the opening and the platform moves against the flange by tightening an underlying screw threaded through a hollow anchor shaft which is secured to the lower arm of the stationary member. A collar swivels universally about a portion of the anchor shaft and includes posts from which swings a hanger for attaching hooks, shackles, rope ties and the like. The platform is provided with an adjustable cleat for adapting to various sized beams. A locking mechanism is included to prevent loosening of the screw. Alternatively, auxiliary pressure can be applied to the movable jaw with a cam and ratchet mechanism or other force transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventor: Paul L. Gagnon