Pivoted Patents (Class 403/119)
  • Patent number: 11612537
    Abstract: Examples of a device for guiding and detecting a motion of a target joints and a motion assistance system such motion guiding devices are described. The motion guiding and detecting device comprises a motion generator and a motion transfer and target interfacing unit to transfer the motion generated by the motion generator to the target joint. The system further includes a motion detection and feedback unit that interfaces with the target, and a controller that interfaces with both the feedback unit and the motion generator to control and coordinate the motion of the motion generator and the target joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Human In Motion Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Siamak Arzanpour, Soheil Sadeqi, Shaun Bourgeois, Jung Wook Park
  • Patent number: 11106252
    Abstract: In an example, a retainer may include a post to insertably engage with a post receptacle on a system board, and a hook hingeably attached to the post. The hook may be movable from a first position, lateral to a longitudinal axis of the post, to a second position aligned with the longitudinal axis of the post. In some implementations, the hook may be spaced from a top surface of the post when disposed in the second position so as to receive a portion of an expansion component between the hook and the post when the hook is disposed in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Tien Liang Chung
  • Patent number: 10463560
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a robotic exoskeleton comprising a back portion providing at least two degrees of freedom, two shoulder portions, each shoulder portion providing at least five degrees of freedom, two elbow portions, each elbow portion providing at least one degree of freedom, and two forearm portions, each forearm portion providing at least one degree of freedom. The present disclosure may also relate to associated robotic forearm joints and robotic shoulder joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Ashish Deshpande, Bongsu Kim
  • Patent number: 10392809
    Abstract: An interchangeable gutter cleaning appliance includes an extension assembly having a first fitting at a distal end, a holder having a second fitting at its proximal end and a gutter tool interface at its distal end, and an interchangeable gutter tool. The second fitting is coupled to the first fitting of the extension assembly. The interchangeable gutter tool is installed on the gutter tool interface by inserting the gutter tool interface into a mounting assembly in the interchangeable gutter tool, and the interchangeable gutter tool is removed from the gutter tool interface by removing the mounting assembly from the gutter tool interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy S. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10251453
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male coupler including a bar portion with an external surface, a first flange protruding from the external surface, the first flange being adapted for connection of a strap thereto; a female coupler with a hollow body having an opening therein, the opening including an end part at a first axial end of the hollow body and a slot part extending generally axially from the end part of the opening, the slot part having opposing lips extending along the slot, the hollow body having an internal surface complementary to the external surface of the bar portion; a detent for releasably holding the bar portion in the hollow body; and wherein the lips extend reentrantly and each lip is adjacent a respective inwardly-extending face in the bar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MRM HK Limited
    Inventor: Luke Ritchie
  • Patent number: 10065308
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cable routing approaches that allow cables to pass through a traditional chain joint without reducing the strength capacity or impairing the range of motion of the joint. The routing approaches permit the cables to be housed inside the structure of the robotic arm and pass through the chain joint in a manner that does not limit the width of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kurion, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Cole, Paul Damon Linnebur, Dan Alan Preston, Ken Schofield
  • Patent number: 9995379
    Abstract: A driving module including a driving source configured to generate power, a rotary rod connected to the driving source to rotate by receiving the power from the driving source, a power conversion block coupled with the rotary rod to be straight-line-driven in a longitudinal direction of the rotary rod in response to a rotation of the rotary rod, and a power transmission unit configured to operate in response to a driving of the power conversion block is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeonghun Kim, Hyun Do Choi, Se-Gon Roh, Minhyung Lee, Youn Baek Lee, Jongwon Lee, Byungjune Choi
  • Patent number: 9849049
    Abstract: A driving apparatus according to an embodiment includes a support unit configured to support a portion of an upper limb of a user, a driving unit configured to move the support unit along a track having at least a component in a direction perpendicular to a floor surface, a first measurement unit configured to obtain a first measurement value by measuring a force applied to the support unit, and a control unit configured to drive the driving unit when the first measurement value is more than a predetermined threshold value, so that the driving apparatus can assist a person's standing up action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Haruna Eto, Hideichi Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 9833330
    Abstract: Intervertebral disc prostheses and methods of use. An intervertebral disc prosthesis for installation in a spinal column may include a first intervertebral plate, a second intervertebral plate, and a removable insert core. The first intervertebral plate may engage one or both of the inferior vertebral endplate and the inferior ring apophysis of a superior vertebral body. The second intervertebral plate may engage one or both of the superior vertebral endplate and the superior ring apophysis of an inferior vertebral body. The removable insert core is located between and engages the intervertebral plates. A projection projects from one of the intervertebral plates toward the other intervertebral plate. The removable insert core at least partially surrounds the projection when installed. The removable insert core is removable from between the intervertebral plates and from around the projection while the intervertebral plates and projection remain installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc
    Inventor: Brian Hewko
  • Patent number: 9622899
    Abstract: A device and method for using the device arranged to maintain anatomical alignment between a joint by creating a dynamic load around the joint to restore and maintain the anatomical alignment. The orthotic device uses a hinge to create a directed force on a tibia by maintaining misalignment of an instant center of rotation (ICoR) of the hinge at a position relative to an anatomical knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Harry Duane Romo, Bjorn Omarsson, Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 9610169
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to vertebral implants and implant trials for use with vertebral implant assemblies. In some embodiments, these implants and implant trials may be used in conjunction with corpectomy procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George Howard, James Himmelberger, Jason Gray, Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 9545852
    Abstract: A transportable ground station for a UAV includes a container in which the UAV may be transported and housed. The container includes a wireless or contact-based recharging station that recharges the UAV's batteries or other power sources after the UAV returns from a mission. The recharging station may be directly or indirectly connected to one or more solar panels that generate energy to power the recharging station. The ground station may be deployed virtually anywhere, from any vehicle (e.g., plane, train, boat, truck, etc.), and may operate over an extended period of time without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Streett
  • Patent number: 9494273
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a casing tensioner platform frame kit. The kit comprises frame components, corner connectors, rod components and rod connection components. The frame components and the corner connectors form a hexahedral frame. The rod components are fixed on the front planes and lateral planes of the hexahedral frame via the rod connection components. The frame components, corner connectors, rod components and rod connection components are all removable. Embodiments of the present invention also disclose a casing tensioner platform frame. The casing tensioner platform frame kit and the casing tensioner platform frame assembled by the kit provided by the present invention may be easily assembled or disassembled. The assembly or disassembly is implemented via prefabricated mounting components without any welding. The casing tensioner platform frame kit may be transported in the manner of components and be assembled at field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kezhu Wang, Fusheng Wu, Sulei Xu, Hao Feng
  • Patent number: 9352836
    Abstract: Modular constructs are disclosed wherein a plurality of structural members, most often parallel to one another, form spaced-apart layers. Clamping force, applied in some embodiments approximately perpendicularly to a face of each structural member through use of one or more tension assembly comprising a cable, rope, wire, rod, or the like, in association with one or more tubular spacer, is used to draw the structural members into alignment and to provide structural integrity of the modular construct. The subject matter of the present disclosure further relates to processes for creating such layered modular constructs. The subject matter of the present disclosure may find particular application within modular structures, such as, but not limited to, those for aircraft, boats, and other means of transportation, buildings, storage spaces, furniture and cabinetry, modular support systems for electronic equipment, support structures, interfaces, prosthetics, rack systems, modular work partitions, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Kristofer Laméy, LLC
    Inventor: Kristofer Laméy
  • Patent number: 9327926
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes an apparatus body, a sheet feed portion, a sheet storage portion, and a resistance unit. The resistance unit includes a link member that is pivoted by coming in contact with the apparatus body when the sheet storage portion is mounted on the apparatus body toward a feed position, and is configured such that a distance between a normal line, in an contact surface with the apparatus body, and a pivot center becomes longer as the sheet storage portion approaches the feed position, a linear type oil damper generating a resistance force through a linear operation in accordance with pivoting of the link member, and a transmitting portion that is provided between the link member and the linear type oil damper, linearly moves due to the pivoting of the link member, and transmits the pivoting of the link member to the linear type oil damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinao Chiba
  • Patent number: 9049931
    Abstract: A shelving unit includes a wire shelf having multiple wire members arranged to form a platform, at least one bracket configured to releasably couple to wire members of the wire shelf, and a rod coupled to the bracket. The bracket includes a hook-shaped end portion and an elbow portion. The hook-shaped end portion of the bracket defines a channel that opens toward the elbow portion for receiving a first one of the wire members, and the elbow portion of the bracket defines a bend for receiving a second one of the wire members to thereby releasably couple (e.g., snap fit, etc.) the bracket to the wire shelf. The shelving unit may also include a stop for inhibiting movement of hangers along the rod and past the stop, and/or a connector for coupling the shelving unit to a rod of another shelving unit for allowing movement of hangers between the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Clairson, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wayne Brinton, Jr., Ernie Junior Torres, Milind S. Nimgulkar, Robert B. Anderson, III
  • Patent number: 8992108
    Abstract: A self-driven articulation designed for automatically deploying the elements that it connects including two articulation fittings made to rotate under the action of at least one passive drive element. The articulation includes at least one flexible duct for regulating the speed at which it deploys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Yannick Baudasse, Stéphane Vezain, Julien Ducarne
  • Publication number: 20150078808
    Abstract: A rod and bracket assembly includes a bracket with a rod connected to the bracket via a fastener extending through a bracket hole. A bushing assembly is positioned at the bracket hole and includes a bushing having a bushing flange and a wear pad positioned between the bushing flange and an inner face of the bracket to prevent wear of the bracket and/or the rod in the event that the rod rolls about its own axis. A clevis assembly for a clevis and rod assembly includes a clevis having one or more clevis legs extending from a clevis base and a bushing assembly located at a clevis hole. The bushing assembly includes a bushing having a bushing flange and a wear pad disposed between the bushing flange and an inner face of the clevis leg to prevent wear of the clevis leg and/or the rod assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Lance Halcom
  • Publication number: 20150059088
    Abstract: An infant support structure with a pivotable joint includes a frame, a child receiving portion, and a pivotable joint. The pivotable joint is fixedly coupled to both the frame and the child receiving portion and configured to pivotally couple the child receiving portion such that the infant support structure is movable between an extended configuration and a storage configuration. The pivotable joint includes an insert that is rotatably mounted within a sleeve and configured to receive fasteners through the sleeve, such that the insert may be fixedly coupled to a portion of an infant support structure while remaining rotatably coupled to the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Alan Szymanski
  • Patent number: 8967711
    Abstract: A swivel joint for pivotably coupling a tray to a support element of a seating implement. The swivel joint includes a tubular inner structure arranged substantially coaxially with and non-rotatably connectable to the support element, and a mounting structure at least partially surrounding the tubular inner structure in a radial direction. The mounting portion is pivotable relative to the tubular inner structure and rigidly coupled to the tray. The tubular inner structure includes at least one opening extending in the peripheral direction between two angular positions, and the mounting structure has at least one projection which projects in a radial direction and engages with the at least one opening of the tubular inner structure. The swivel joint provides additional structural integrity to compensate for loads on the tray and also provides a pivoting point to allow the tray to move easily between positions of use and non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: VS Vereinigte Spezial Mobelfabriken GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Weber, Paul Sprafke
  • Publication number: 20150050071
    Abstract: A clip assembly is configured to securely connect a first structural component to a second structural component. The clip assembly may include an arc attachment member and an arc-receiving member. The arc attachment member may include a securing arc having a semi-circular rim. The arc attachment member is configured to be secured to one of the first or second structural components. The arc-receiving member may include an arc-receiving portion configured to receive the securing arc through multiple directions. The arc-receiving member is configured to be secured to the other of the first or second structural components. The securing arc is configured to be pivotally adjusted with respect to the arc-receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mark O. Lepper, David W. Edland, George Siragusa, Gregory Flynn, Jeffrey Steltz, Timothy D. Pearson, Wes Sprague
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140338490
    Abstract: A connection member includes: a main member formed by bending a plate made of a first material having a certain strength into a predetermined shape, and having a hole to which an object to be connected is mounted; and an auxiliary member formed of a second material having a smaller specific gravity than the first material and formed thicker than the main member, jointed around the hole of the main member, and having an insertion hole through which a fastening member for fastening the object to be connected is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Shinji SHINABE
  • Publication number: 20140341639
    Abstract: A locking connector assembly is configured to securely connect a first component to a second component. The locking connector assembly may include a female connector having first and second female ends and a longitudinal passage defined therebetween, and a male connector having first and second male ends. Either of the first or second male ends may be configured to mate with the female connector at either the first or second female ends in order to securely connect the male connector to the female connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen, Craig E. Ernst, JR., Michael B. Grimm
  • Publication number: 20140331770
    Abstract: A mechanical connection between two parts of a microelectromechanical and/or nanoelectromechanical structure forming a pivot with an axis of rotation pivot includes two first beams with an axis parallel to the pivot axis, the first beams configured to work in torsion, and two second beams with an axis orthogonal to the axis of the first beams, the second beams configured to work in bending, each one of the first and second beams being connected at their ends to the two parts of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Guillaume Jourdan, Dirk Ettelt, Patrice Rey, Arnaud Walther
  • Publication number: 20140308066
    Abstract: An actuator is provided. The actuator includes a rod having a socket portion at one distal end of the rod and a swivel cap. The swivel cap includes a base portion having an inner surface and an outer surface and a raised domed portion disposed on the inner surface of the base portion. The outer surface has an origin of the radius at the center of the plane that defines the outer surface of the base portion. The raised domed portion is mounted on the socket portion of the rod and has an origin of the radius on the plane that defines the outer surface of the base portion. A raised region is located on at least one of the raised domed portion or the socket portion. The swivel cap tilts relative to the rod in response to angular misalignment with a load to a tilt angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SPX Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140301771
    Abstract: Provided is a sufficiently reinforced swing bracket of a construction machine. The swing bracket includes a bracket body, a main connection portion connected to an upper slewing body of the construction machine, a swing-cylinder connection portion being protruded from one of right and left side parts of a lower end region of the bracket body to be connected to an end part of the swing cylinder and having a pair of supporting arms vertically opposed to each other with an interval, and a reinforcement portion for reinforcing a basal part of the swing-cylinder connection portion. The reinforcement portion has a main rib briding the supporting arms, and upper, lower, front, and rear ribs each extending from the main rib to an opposite side from the swing-cylinder connection portion. The upper and lower ribs and the front and rear ribs are continuous to form a box-shaped body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Atoshi HIRAGAKIUCHI, Mitsuo NAKATANI
  • Publication number: 20140286693
    Abstract: A machine system includes a first component, a second component, and a joint assembly pivotably connecting the first and second components in a finite angular pivoting range. A boot seal seals between the first and second components, and has a rest configuration where the boot seal has a curvilinear taper, and is deformable to a squished configuration forming a radially outward bulge. The radially outward bulge stores an energy of compression of the boot seal, to bias a sealing ring in the boot seal against the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil I. Mathew, Hong Lian, Craig D. Goeppinger, Brian C. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140259397
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus are disclosed herein for securing an actuator to a structure. In one form the apparatus includes a first clamp member connected to an actuator and having a first mating structure, and a second snap-fit clamp member having a second mating structure that engages and mates with the first mating structure when the second clamp member is snapped onto the first clamp member to form a clamp that secures the actuator to a structure and encloses the structure so that the actuator is easily and properly connected to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott A. McReynolds
  • Publication number: 20140243800
    Abstract: A loader for facilitating in vivo attachment and detachment of an end effector to an instrument shaft comprises an elongate shaft having a distal end and a proximal end. A loader tube is connected to the distal end of the elongate shaft, the loader tube comprising a distal opening. A collet is positioned in the loader tube, the collet being adapted and sized to receive and engage the end effector inserted through the distal opening. The collet has a locked position relative the loader tube and an unlocked position relative the loader tube. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft and is operative to select between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Shailendra K. Parihar
  • Publication number: 20140224011
    Abstract: A seal and pivot assembly for a displacement level assembly includes a pivot base, an annular seal and a pivot body. The pivot base includes a cylindrical base member with an axial end surface defining first and second V-shaped grooves. The pivot body includes a cylindrical body member with first and second pivot body arms extending radially outward from opposite sides of the cylindrical body member. The first and second pivot body arms include first and second knife edges, respectively, that re in line contact with the first and second grooves, respectively, of the pivot base such that the pivot body can pivot relative to the pivot base, as well as uniformly distribute unbalanced forces applied to the pivot body across the entirety of the knife edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Brian J. Burlage
  • Patent number: 8770883
    Abstract: A modular platform assembly includes a plurality of pivot connectors. Each pivot connector having a first connecting part that includes a first mounting member and a first engaging portion. Each pivot connector having a second connecting part that includes a second mounting member and a second engaging portion for pivoting engagement with the first engaging portion of the first connecting part. The first connecting part and the second connecting part cooperate to define a bore that extends through the first connecting part and the second connecting part of each pivot connector along a pivot axis of each pivot connector. A support rod extends through the bore of each pivot connector from the plurality of pivot connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Structural Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Manuel Rodriguez, Matt Janowak, Jeremy Masser
  • Publication number: 20140178124
    Abstract: An electrical cylinder controller with a rotational mechanism comprises a box, a pivotal element, a fixing element, and a damping member; one end of the box has a hollow tube, the hollow tube internally has a restricting block; the pivotal element penetrates through the hollow tube, the pivotal element has a pivotal-connecting section and a protruding section elongating from the pivotal-connecting section, the external portion of the protruding section has a stopping block against the restricting block; the fixing element connects with the end portion of the protruding section; and the damping member female-connects with the external portion of the protruding section and is clamped between the hollow tube and the fixing element. Therefore, the effect of applying a force to the box for rotation is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Chou-Hsin WU
  • Publication number: 20140166376
    Abstract: An equalizer bar end joint may include a pin defining a longitudinal axis; and a bearing configured to support the pin. The bearing may include an inner race including a bore configured to cooperate with the pin and a semispherical outer surface. The bearing may also include an outer race including a semispherical inner surface, wherein the semispherical inner surface of the outer race is configured to cooperate with the semispherical outer surface of the inner race. A solid lubricant may be disposed about a surface of the bore, and a first seal may be positioned within a first groove disposed about the bore at a first end and a second seal may be positioned within a second groove disposed about the bore at a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Maier, Joshua Nuechterlein, David McKeever, Micah Stutzman, Scott Hicks, Marlyn Elstrom
  • Publication number: 20140153998
    Abstract: The invention relates to an articulated vehicle with a joint between the vehicle parts. The joint includes two joint segments that are rotatable relative to each other. The joint comprises a damping device, wherein the damping device is configured in such a manner that in any angular position of the joint segments the damping torque acting on the joint is substantially the same in a positive as well as in a negative direction of rotation at the moment of a reversal of the direction of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Hübner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Ahrens, Jan Hendrik Dicke, Uwe Bittroff, Jens Karasek
  • Publication number: 20140151524
    Abstract: A display stand includes a base, a leg and a bracket. The bracket is mounted to a backside of the base and includes a bridge for receiving the at least one portion of the leg. The bridge includes a first detent and a second detent. The portion of the leg that is received by the bridge is movable into a first position or a second position. A different portion of the leg mates with the first detent to support the display stand at a first viewing angle when the leg is rotated while in the first position. Yet another portion of the leg mates with the second detent to support the display stand at a second viewing angle that is different from the first viewing angle when the leg is rotated while in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Kent D. Katterheinrich
  • Publication number: 20140144857
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fitting 4 for furniture or the like, in particular for cabinets, for example kitchen corner cabinets 1, for pivotably retaining articles, for example shelves 5, which can be supported in a pivotable manner on a holder 6, for example on a load-bearing column, via a connector 8, wherein the connector 8 has at least one connector arm 8.1, 8.2, which forms an open bearing bushing and is intended for gripping around certain regions of the holder 6, and the connector 8 has a gap 8.3, via which the holder 6 can be introduced into an interior of the arm 8.1, 8.2 of the connector in order to mount the connector 8 on the holder 6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Dietmar Baro, Reiner Kreyenkamp, Frank Martling
  • Patent number: 8714865
    Abstract: A swivel attachment and/or branch line restraint device with angular versatility and mobility for facilitating connection of installation components to support a pipe or other load relative to a support surface is provided. Advantageously, embodiments of the device provide a plurality of rotational or swivel degrees of freedom, which are substantially independently controllable, for its mating portions, which respectively engage corresponding mating portions of other installation components. The device embodiments can desirably be configured in male-female, male-male or female-female arrangements to enhance device utility and/or versatility, thereby advantageously allowing for use in a myriad of applications and installations, such as construction, utilities and the like, among others, to reliably support loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Wayne Heath
  • Patent number: 8708593
    Abstract: A cross-flexural pivot includes a first structure with a first longitudinal axis; a second structure with a second longitudinal axis; an inner flexure member, and an outer flexure member. The inner flexure member includes a face disposed obliquely to the first and second longitudinal axes and is coupled to the first structure at a first side and the second structure at a second side opposing the first side. The outer flexure member includes a tubular face surrounding the inner flexure member, the tubular face being disposed obliquely to the first and second longitudinal axes. The outer flexure member is coupled to the first structure at the second side and to the second structure at the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Eric M. Stratton
  • Patent number: 8702113
    Abstract: An end link suitable for connecting a direct acting stabilizer bar to a steerable strut includes a rod having first and second grommets thereon. Bearing assemblies are provided adjacent the grommets and include portions thereof connected to for rotation with the grommets and other portions thereof independently rotatable relative to the grommets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jason K Trotter, Dennis M Mark, Troy S Field
  • Patent number: 8701903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traction rod (1) for bracing a crane jib, comprising a metallic tubular body (2) and coupling elements (3) which are connected to both ends thereof for an articulated connection of the traction rods among each other by means of bolts (5). According to the invention, the tubular body and the coupling elements consist of a one-piece tube portion, wherein the coupling elements are designed in each case as a thicker zone of the wall of the ends of the tubular body and are dimensioned in such a manner that a weakening of the cross section of the nominal wall thickness of the coupling elements, which has to be considered for calculating the load capacity of the tubular body, is prevented in the region of the bolt connection and the transition regions (7) from the respective thicker zones of the wall in the direction of the tubular body have a transition free of starting points for increasing fatigue strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: V & M Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Müller
  • Publication number: 20140105672
    Abstract: A reinforcing arrangement includes two reinforcing units for coupling at two leg members of a foldable furniture respectively and a connecting unit for coupling the reinforcing units with each other. Each reinforcing unit includes a mounting body and a guiding member outwardly protruded from the mounting body, wherein the guiding member has a contoured body having a base portion and two maximum portions spacedly and outwardly protruded from the base portion to define two engaging surfaces between the base portion and the maximum portions. The maximum portions of one of the reinforcing members are engaged with the engaging surfaces of another reinforcing member respectively for enabling the leg members to be pivotally moved with each other. The maximum portions of one of the reinforcing members are also interlocked with the maximum portions of another reinforcing member for restricting a folding angle between the leg members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140099156
    Abstract: A bearing arrangement includes a carrier device and a bearing socket for rotatably supporting a component. The bearing socket includes a sleeve fixed in a recess of the carrier device. A peripheral wall of the sleeve delimits an inner space for receiving a bearing journal of a component. The sleeve includes at least a first, inner catch element securing the bearing journal in the sleeve and a second, outer catch element securing the sleeve in the recess of the carrier device. The second catch element is formed from a catch tongue which is a portion of the peripheral wall of the sleeve and which has a hooked portion for engagement in a catch receiving member of the recess of the carrier device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Albert Weber
  • Publication number: 20140062050
    Abstract: A sleeve for assembling into a sub-assembly including a control arm of a vehicular suspension assembly prepared by a process is disclosed. The process includes the steps of: providing a tubular segment; firstly shaping a first portion of the tubular segment to include a proximal flange; secondly shaping a second portion of the tubular segment to include a distal flange. A third portion of the tubular segment forms an intermediate body extending between the proximal flange and the distal flange. The length of the tubular segment includes a substantially constant and uniform thickness after the firstly shaping step and the secondly step. A sleeve is also disclosed. A sub-assembly. A portion of a vehicular suspension assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Williams-Bayer Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Wilbert W. Williams, Richard Bayer, Brian Bayer, Adam Bayer, Christopher Bayer, Craig Williams
  • Publication number: 20140020799
    Abstract: Disclosed are the design and utilitarian characteristics of a support device for supporting a cover wherein such cover is typically used to cover a vehicle such as a boat or automobile. The invention includes a dome shaped support device with a depending base configured for extending through a cover. The depending base defines an interface for being associated with a support structure such as a pole and such interface may be a swivel interface. Additionally, the support device may define a suspension interface so that a tether may be used to apply a support force from above the support device. The support device may also define a swivel device configured for being associated with a support surface such as a floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Gridley
  • Publication number: 20130341467
    Abstract: A rotation joint and methods for rotationally coupling a swing tip assembly to a fluid-dynamic body are presented. A rotation plate configured to couple to the swing tip assembly comprises a slide ring comprising an open center, an upper slide surface, an inner slide surface, and a lower slide surface. An upper joint plate is slidably coupled to the upper slide surface and the inner slide surface is configured to couple the fluid-dynamic body. A lower joint plate is slidably coupled to the lower slide surface and the inner slide surface, and is coupled to the upper joint plate through the open center. The lower joint plate is configured to couple to the fluid-dynamic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Seiya Sakurai, Kelly T. Jones, Stephen J. Fox, Bruce R. Fox, Nicholas I. Bennett, Mark S. Good
  • Publication number: 20130335895
    Abstract: A driving mechanism for driving a display module to move relative to a host module includes a display module fixing component disposed in the display module, a host module fixing component movably disposed in the host module, and a pivoting component . An end of the pivoting component is pivotally connected to the display module fixing component and another end of the pivoting component is fixed to the host module fixing component. The pivoting component drives the host module fixing component to move as being pivoted by the display module fixing component. The driving mechanism further includes at least one protruding structure disposed on the host module fixing component and capable of moving relative to an inner side of the host module in line contact manner or point contact manner as the pivoting component drives the host module fixing component to move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Lee-Hua Yu, Hua-Chung Tseng
  • Publication number: 20130334859
    Abstract: A rotary joint for a vehicle seat is movable between at least two positions. The rotary joint includes an outer bearing comprising two shell halves, which, when forced together by a mechanical fastener, compress a rounded space between the two shell halves. The rotary joint further includes an inner bearing held between the two shell halves and rotatable relative to the outer bearing via rotation within the shell halves. The inner bearing includes a sleeve forming the outer surface and having an elastic property to reduce non-rotational movement outer bearing and the inner bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Stefan JOSTEN, Andrej Pastorek, Benjamin Ndagijimana
  • Publication number: 20130315655
    Abstract: A tolerance ring is disclosed and can include a generally cylindrical body having a sidewall. The sidewall can include a plurality of wave structures extending from the sidewall at regular intervals around the body, a first unformed section between a first pair of adjacent wave structures, and a second unformed section between a second pair of adjacent wave structures. The gap can extend along an entire length, L, of the body to establish a split in the body. The second unformed section can include a slot therein. The slot can have a length, LS, and LS?80% L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin NIAS, Andrew Robert SLAYNE, Simon Alan HUGHES
  • Publication number: 20130315654
    Abstract: A tolerance ring is disclosed and can include a generally cylindrical body that can include a side wall. The sidewall can define a top and a bottom. Further, the sidewall can include a plurality of wave structures that can extend from the sidewall, a plurality of unformed sections, and a gap that can extend along the entire length of the body. Each unformed section can be located between a pair of adjacent wave structures. Further, the gap can establish a split in the body. The tolerance ring can also include at least one hole intersecting at least one of the wave structures to establish a perforated wave structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin NIAS, Andrew Robert SLAYNE, Simon Alan HUGHES, Neil JAMES