Universal Ball And Socket Patents (Class 403/122)
  • Patent number: 10753386
    Abstract: An end cap for a gas assist strut according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body providing a socket, a spring clip having ends projecting into the socket, and a lever. The lever is arranged such that application of pressure to the lever draws the ends of the spring away from one another. This disclosure also relates to a motor vehicle including the subject end cap. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Riley, Ed Wilson, Michael J. Gardynik
  • Patent number: 10738812
    Abstract: A component connection has a first component, a second component with a through hole, and a connecting element, by which the two components are connected to each other. The connecting element has at least two balls connected to each other, of which a first ball extends, at least over part of the diameter thereof, through the through-hole. A second ball of the connecting element is pressed into the material of the first component such that the second ball is connected to the first component in a positive-locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maik Hammer, Johann Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 10698438
    Abstract: A driving control device for a vehicle, comprising a handle bar interconnected with a brake bar having attachment means for attachment to a brake pedal, the attachment means comprising a locking mechanism comprising an engagement head with a shaft portion and a bail portion having a flat portion, the latter locking mechanism further comprising an engagement socket having a spherical compartment fitting the ball portion and a wall portion in the opening of the socket allowing the engagement head to enter the spherical compartment when the flat portion slides over the wall portion. The driving control device is intended for handicapped drivers and for safe and easy attachment to a vehicle brake pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOMAX APS
    Inventor: Max Birkelund
  • Patent number: 10688958
    Abstract: A guiding device for a seat belt system has a guiding ring, a moving seat, and an elastic member. The moving seat is slidably mounted on the guiding ring and is moveable upward and downward. The elastic member is connected between the guiding ring and the moving seat for providing an elastic force to the moving seat. When a webbing of the seat belt system is pulled, the moving seat is pulled by the webbing and moves downwardly. The elastic member is stretched to generate a cushioning resilience to reduce the pulling force. The structure of the guiding device is compact, so the guiding device is low-cost in manufacture and small in volume without occupying much space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Liang-Hsiung Wang
  • Patent number: 10625805
    Abstract: The invention includes a handlebar grip, a binding ring, a rod and a mirror. The handlebar grip has a main body and a tubular seat extending from an end of the main body. An outer diameter of the tubular seat is less than an outer diameter of the main body. The binding ring is a C-shaped body around the tubular seat. Two ends thereof are separately formed with a positioning hole and a threaded hole. The rod has a first end and a second end. The first end is formed with a positioning bar being inserted into the positioning hole. The positioning bar has a through hole. A screw passes through the through hole and the positioning hole and is screwed into the threaded hole to make the binding ring fasten the tubular seat. The mirror is pivotally connected to the second end of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Dong-Lie Lee
  • Patent number: 10542668
    Abstract: The tie rod end includes a housing with an inner bore that extends along a central axis. A stud is partially received in the inner bore and has a shank portion which extends out of the inner bore for attachment with a gearbox. The tie rod end further includes an elastic boot body which extends from a first boot end, which is sealed with the housing, to a second boot end. A boot bearing, which is made of a plastic material, is secured with the second boot end. The boot bearing is in a dynamic sealing engagement with the shank portion of the stud. The boot bearing presents a plurality of radially inwardly extending and annularly-shaped ribs that contact the shank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventor: Trevor G. Seibert
  • Patent number: 10527089
    Abstract: A ball joint having alignment guides to ensure correct assembly of a directional bearing into the internal chamber of a housing, the directional bearing having an elliptical external surface engaging a mating elliptical alignment surface of the internal chamber such that the ball end of the ball joint stud is pivotally mounted for angular motion within a major swing plane and a minor swing plane relative to the housing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MEVOTECH LP
    Inventors: Simon Winter, Jack McVeigh, Tyler Kearns, Rosan Luiz
  • Patent number: 10502365
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of using an ergonomic fore grip/gun handle with a concealable and collapsible bipod. One version can have a tubular recess consisting of a first cylindrical cutout housing the bipod legs when concealed and a sliding piston that deploys the legs and a second cylindrical cutout housing a release mechanism and a void space for other accessories. The release mechanism has a compression spring positioned between the piston assembly and the bottom of the first cylindrical cutout and the compression spring. The legs are connected to the bottom of the piston assembly via a hinge and spring that when released from confinement within the fore grip, causes the legs to expand outward until fully deployed. Telescoping legs allow adjustment of leg length for use on uneven terrain. The grip portion has an outer surface with a flat surface on sides of the grip to provide a more stable grip, assist in orienting the mounted weapon and support pressure pads for lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GRIP POD SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph R. Moody, Joseph D. Gaddini
  • Patent number: 10428699
    Abstract: A pivot bearing (1) for a hydraulic clearance compensation element (2), especially of a valve train of an internal combustion engine, is provided in which the pivot bearing (1) has a first part (3) projecting in an axial direction (a) with a surface (4) that is convex at least in some sections and also a second part (5) with a surface (6) that is concave at least in some sections for at least partially holding the first part (3). To optimize the production of such a pivot bearing and to minimize the associated costs, the invention provides that the first part (3) is constructed at least partially as a ball, wherein the second part (5) surrounds the ball (3) with undercut in the axial direction (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Marco Junker, Steffen Gumbrecht
  • Patent number: 10415633
    Abstract: A stabilizer link of the present invention includes connecting parts that has a housing which supports a ball stud to be connected to the first or second structure so as to be swingable and rotatable, wherein the ball stud has a stud part extending from a spherical part and the housing houses a support member to support a spherical part of the ball stud in a spherical space so as to be slidable, wherein the support member includes: an opening where the spherical space is open for the stud part; a lubricant receiving part in a concave shape that faces the opening; and a wall surface that forms the spherical space for the spherical part to slide thereon and has recessed grooves formed on both sides or one side of a portion of the wall surface having the maximum inner radius about the central axis of the spherical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10393312
    Abstract: A device wearable upon a head of a user with an adjustable assembly is provided. The device may comprise a first assembly including a wearable portion, an arm having a first end portion and a second end portion positioned at an end of the arm opposite to the first end portion, and a first connector connected between the first assembly and the first end portion of the arm, the first connector including a detent assembly configured to releasably hold the arm in an in-use position at a first distance from the head of the user and in a stand-by position at a second distance greater than the first distance. The device may further include a second connector connected to the second end portion of the arm, and an output display connected to the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RealWear, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Pombo, George Henry Hines
  • Patent number: 10167946
    Abstract: A transmission shifter assembly includes a shifter and a shifter bezel. The shifter includes a shifter body and a shifter handle movably coupled to the shifter body. The shifter bezel includes a bezel body and defines a handle opening extending through the bezel body. The handle opening is sized to partially receive the shifter handle. The shifter handle extends through the handle opening. The transmission shifter assembly further includes a plurality of locating features, such as shock absorbers, interconnecting the shifter bezel and the shifter body in order to align the shifter bezel relative to the shifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. Kiester, Jared Van Dam, Eric O. Williams
  • Patent number: 10138927
    Abstract: A ball joint connector for connecting an elongated element to a ball pin includes a socket having a cylindrical cavity for receiving a ball of a ball pin with an opening at one end and a dome-shaped end wall at the opposite end, and a clip disposed at least partially within the cavity and dimensioned to encompass more than the upper hemisphere of the ball, the clip being moveable between a locking position and a retracted assembly/disassembly position characterized in that the clip is arranged to extend, in its locking position, in abutment with the surface of a ball received in the cavity on opposing sides of the ball on each side over a portion of the upper hemisphere and with its lower end portion over an adjoining surface portion of the lower hemisphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE AB
    Inventors: Bengt Hermansson, Patrik Sundberg
  • Patent number: 10139708
    Abstract: A camera mount for mounting a camera inside a windshield of a vehicle. The camera includes a lens mount and a camera housing. The front tip of the lens mount is constrained to be in close proximity to or constrained to contact the inside of the windshield for different rake angles of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10011963
    Abstract: A stanchion includes storage for a linkage member. The stanchion includes a hollow pole and a cap piece inserted into the top portion of the pole. Vertical movement of the cap piece may provide clearance for a linkage opening to allow the linkage member to be pulled from or pushed into the interior of the hollow pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Eaton, Ryan Hahn
  • Patent number: 9995243
    Abstract: An engine cover for covering an engine including: a cover body configured to cover the engine from above; and at least one fixing part projecting from the cover body toward an engine side and being configured to be attached to the engine side, wherein the cover body and the fixing part are integrally formed of an urethane foam, and the fixing part has an infirm portion formed at a periphery thereof so that the fixing part is configured to be deformed toward a specific direction due to the infirm portion upon input of a load to the cover body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, TOKAI CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kondo, Kimio Ishii
  • Patent number: 9895240
    Abstract: A powered prosthetic thigh can have a proximal portion configured to couple to a prosthetic hip socket and can have a distal portion attached to the proximal portion. The distal portion can have a distal connector configured to couple to a prosthetic knee. The powered prosthetic thigh can also have a computer controlled actuator configured to rotate the prosthetic thigh relative to the prosthetic hip socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ösur hf
    Inventors: David Langlois, Arinbjörn Viggo Clausen, Árni Einarsson
  • Patent number: 9841295
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor apparatus (101) has a generator device which comprises at least two parts and which has at least two magnets (106, 108) for generating at least two magnetic fields (332, 334) and a detection device for detecting the magnetic fields (332, 334). The magnets (106, 108) of the generator device are arranged so as to be movable relative to one another and with respect to the detection device. The detection device has at least two sensors (110, 112) for generating at least two sensor signals which depend on the magnetic fields (332, 334). The sensors (110, 112) are arranged adjacent to one another in a detection area in an intersection area of the magnetic fields (332, 334) of the at least two magnets (106, 108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Bernd Kernebeck
  • Patent number: 9842514
    Abstract: A dynamic DNA model and DNA model kit that is based on the atomic coordinates of double-stranded DNA, but can be easily untwisted to form a flattened 2-D ladder structure. Once untwisted, the two strands of DNA can be easily “unzipped” to create single-stranded DNA templates that can be used to demonstrate the processes of DNA replication and transcription. The model and kit include two joints that allow the DNA model to be dynamically transformed from its helical arrangement into a straight ladder-like arrangement, with parallel base pairs and anti-parallel “backbones.” One joint is a pin joint, having rotation about one axis, and translation along that axis. The second joint can be a “compound” joint having multiple degrees of freedom at different points; or, it can be simplified to a single rotation axis with a separate translation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
    Inventors: Mark A. Hoelzer, Timothy M. Herman, Douglas L. Cook, Vito R. Gervasi, Heather N. Ryan, Diane L. Herman
  • Patent number: 9829029
    Abstract: A shear pin connection for use in a difficult to access location has a bolt head to be positioned at an inner end of a bearing. A bushing is received between the bolt and an inner periphery of the bearing. A lock member is positioned between an inner end of the bushing and the bolt head. The lock member is radially expandable, and has a free radially outer dimension that is smaller than an inner dimension of the inner bore. The lock member is expandable to have an expanded radially outer dimension that is greater than the inner dimension of the inner bore. A nut is tightened on the outer end of the bolt. The nut causes the bushing to move relative to the bolt, and causes the lock member to expand radially. A shackle connection for a gas turbine engine and an aircraft are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Sandy
  • Patent number: 9765809
    Abstract: A method for producing a spindle drive for an adjustable element of a vehicle, wherein the spindle drive has a substantially tubular spindle drive housing and two connections for diverting driving movements, wherein at least one connection of the spindle drive has a connection head which is connected to the spindle drive via a connection neck which is thinner than the connection head. A sealing cap for the spindle drive housing is provided with a sealing opening, in order to install the sealing cap, the sealing cap is pulled with the sealing opening thereof over the connection head of a connection of the spindle drive, and the peripheral region of the sealing opening is elastically deformed by the engagement with the connection head and is therefore widened, and that the peripheral region of the sealing opening is subsequently deformed back elastically in frictionally sealing engagement with the connection neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Fischer, Robert Neundorf
  • Patent number: 9541124
    Abstract: A ball joint, in particular, an axial joint, having a ball stud, which is enclosed in a ball socket. The ball socket is enclosed in a joint housing and is integrally formed having at least one spring element in a region of the ball socket that faces away from the opening of the joint housing. The spring element has discontinuities, in particular in the form of slots, so that wear compensation is created by the spring element within the ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Gräber, Rainer Ungruh, Cord Fricke
  • Patent number: 9470259
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a ball and socket joint and a joint manufactured according to that process are provided for a simple manufacture of a completely assembled ball and socket joint with a low torque and overturning moment. The joint housing is manufactured in an injection or casting process, in which the joint ball with the bearing shell placed on it is surrounded by a metallic material or a plastic. The joint shell is provided with a bulge, which behaves elastically with respect to the pressure acting during the injection or casting process and arches slightly outwardly after the conclusion of the injection or casting process. It is achieved as a result that the joint shell does not lie over its entire area on the joint ball after the injection or casting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alfons Nordloh, Volker Grube, Metin Ersoy
  • Patent number: 9464770
    Abstract: An electric lighting arrangement including a plurality of lighting units each containing a plurality of LED lights, to form a strip of lights. The units are adapted to be joined together by means of a ball joint arrangement, which comprises two conjoined balls, each ball being adapted to be mounted in a retaining bail cup in a lighting unit, ball cups being provided on opposed ends of the units to enable the units to be pivotable one relative to the other in all planes. Each lighting unit includes a main body incorporating a heat sink in the form of head conducting fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: David Morgan
  • Patent number: 9446644
    Abstract: A replacement ball joint assembly (10) adapted to be pressed into a previously used and possibly distorted receiving hole (26) in a suspension component such as a control arm (28). A socket housing (12) of the assembly (10) includes a plurality of generally annular, concentric knurls (36) each having a respective crest portion (38) and separated one from another by intervening relief grooves (40). The crest portions (38) of the knurls (36) may be tapered so as to provide a lead-in feature to minimize misalignment during a press-in installation operation. The knurls (36) are preferably softer than the control arm material so that they yield during press-in rather than further disfiguring or enlarging the receiving hole (26). Displaced material from the crest portions (38) of the knurls (36) flows into the relief grooves (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wilcutt, George Phillips, Anthony Dake, Rickie Williams, Chris Shores, Kennon Bret Swayer
  • Patent number: 9371861
    Abstract: A swaged bearing assembly includes a flange mounted thereon. A bearing inner member has an outer surface at least a portion of which defines an outer engagement surface. A bearing outer member is swaged around the inner member and the inner member is misalignable and rotatable in relation to the outer member. The outer member has an outer surface and an inner surface at least a portion of which defines an inner engagement surface. An area of engagement is defined by an interface of the inner engagement surface of the outer member and the outer engagement surface of the inner member. A flange is mounted on the outer surface of the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: ROLLER BEARING COMPANY OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Philippe Charmillot
  • Patent number: 9301412
    Abstract: A security apparatus includes a mount and a sensor body with a socket recessed into the sensor body at a first angle from a functionality plane. The mount includes a stem and a base adapted to be affixed to a wall. The stem extends from the base at a second angle from horizontal. The functionality plane is set at an angle from horizontal equal to the first angle plus the second angle if the stem is inserted into the socket with the first side of the stem in close proximity to the first wall of the socket, and the functionality plane of the sensor body is set at an angle from horizontal equal to the first angle minus the second angle if the stem is inserted into the socket with the first side of the stem in close proximity to the second wall of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Greenwave Systems PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scott Micko, Sonny Windstrup, Martin Manniche
  • Patent number: 9296271
    Abstract: A ball joint comprising: a housing having an inner cavity defined inward of a seat end, a side wall and a closure end having an opening, an edge about the opening in an assembly position extending upwardly; a ball stud having: a lower ball end with an outer convex spherical surface, a middle portion, and a connector end; a first bearing, slidably housed within the cavity, having an inner concave spherical surface; a retention plate, housed within the cavity inward of the edge about the opening, wherein the edge of the opening extends inwardly engaging an outer surface of the retention plate in a closed position; and a first disc annular recess in at least one of: an outward surface of the first bearing; and an inward surface of the retention plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: MEVOTECH LP
    Inventors: Ezer Mevorach, Rosan Luiz
  • Patent number: 9291194
    Abstract: A spindle drive for an adjusting element of a motor vehicle includes a drive motor with a spindle-spindle nut gear arranged downstream for producing a drive force along a geometric spindle axis. Two connectors are provided for transferring the drive force and at least one connector includes a ball joint with a ball socket and an assigned ball. The ball socket includes a ball socket housing with a connecting piece. It is proposed that the ball socket in the ball socket housing has a damping shell and a bearing shell in the damping shell for the positive engagement with the ball so that the flux of force for the drive force passes via the damping shell and the bearing shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Ulrich Strobel, Daniela Kosmala
  • Patent number: 9140293
    Abstract: A joining element for connecting a first component to a second component, wherein the joining element includes a connection member for the pivotable mounting of the first component, and part of the connection member is receivable in at least one aperture of the second component in a predetermined orientation. A fixing mechanism is provided for directly fixing the connection member to the second component when the part of the connection member received in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Arnold Schilz, Richard Strupp, Reiner Weber
  • Patent number: 9050720
    Abstract: A compact, lightweight hitch-coupling tool is designed to lift, move, and align a hitch-head assembly via two or more points/regions of contact with a hitch ball. When a user moves a hitch-head assembly via the hitch-coupling tool of the present invention, the assembly's mass is evenly distributed through the center of the head of the tool allowing a user to easily maneuver large hitch-head assemblies with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Melvin, Leland Stanford Davis, III
  • Publication number: 20150089781
    Abstract: Embodiments for retaining the spherical ball of a piston connecting rod within a socket in a bore in a drive plate of a bent-axis pump/motor comprise swaging material at the periphery of the socket cavity toward the ball, to an outer diameter such that the swaged region is fully supported against pullout by the cylindrical wall of the bore. Alternatively, a retention ring which is fully supported by the walls of the cylindrical bore retains the ball within the socket and is in turn retained by a snap ring extending into a groove within the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel W. Barba, Charles L. Gray, JR., Mark Doorlag
  • Publication number: 20150063899
    Abstract: A bearing seat for a ball joint which simplifies the process of joining a housing and a bearing seat and makes it easy to guarantee the stiffness necessary for a ball joint as a whole by making it easy to fill the interior of an undercut groove with a softened or molten material and a ball joint having this bearing seat for a ball joint are provided. The ball joint 100 has a bearing seat in the form of a ball seat 130 which receives a ball portion 113 of a ball stud 110 inside a cast housing 120 so that the ball portion 113 can slidably rotate. The ball seat 130 has an undercut groove 140 in its outer peripheral surface which contacts the inner peripheral surface of the housing 120. The undercut groove 140 is formed so that the inner width W2 of its bottom portion 142 is greater than the opening width W1 of the opening 141 and so that its depth D is shallower than the opening width W1 of the opening 141.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sato, Masayuki Mizutani, Takashi Umei
  • Patent number: 8956068
    Abstract: The kinematic platform is a spherical-prismatic-spherical kinematic platform providing six degrees of freedom with controlled braking at each joint. The kinematic platform includes a base and an upper platform plate, with the upper platform plate having opposed upper and lower surfaces. The upper surface thereof provides a mounting surface for an external article to which controlled three-dimensional movement is to be imparted. A plurality of linear actuators are further provided, with each linear actuator having opposed upper and lower ends. A plurality of upper and lower spherical joints are provided for pivotally mounting the linear actuators between the upper platform plate and a lower base. Each spherical joint provides selective and controllable braking, allowing for the controlled rotation of each end of each linear actuator with respect to the respective upper platform plate or base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Samir Mekid, Azfar Khalid
  • Publication number: 20140376991
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spindle drive for an adjusting element of a motor vehicle comprising a drive motor with a spindle-spindle nut gear arranged downstream for producing a drive force along a geometric spindle axis, wherein two connectors are provided for transferring the drive force and wherein at least one connector comprises a ball joint with a ball socket and an assigned ball, wherein the ball socket comprises a ball socket housing with a connecting piece. It is proposed that the ball socket in the ball socket housing has a damping shell and a bearing shell in the damping shell for the positive engagement with the ball so that the flux of force for the drive force passes via the damping shell and the bearing shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ulrich Strobel, Daniela Kosmala
  • Patent number: 8910914
    Abstract: A mount that is useful for mounting electronics equipment such as audio or video equipment such as a microphone or a camera in a desired orientation has first and second interconnected body members that retain a swivel adapter that is movable in a ball and socket swivel joint relative to the body members. The body members rotated on threaded connections to thereby adjust the tightness of the swivel adaptor retained between the body members. A stop prevents inadvertent disassembly of the assembled mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Audix Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Bigeh
  • Patent number: 8905417
    Abstract: A stabilizer link and a production method therefor are provided in which a jig for attaching a forming die to a subassembly has a simple structure and which can effectively prevent leakage of a resin to the outside. In insert molding, a ring member is used. An outer peripheral side surface of a ball seat of a subassembly is abutted to an inner peripheral surface of a hole of the ring member. An outer peripheral side radial direction surface of a fixing portion of a dust cover is pressed toward the flange portion of the ball seat by a surface of the ring member, and the fixing portion is held by the surface and the flange portion. An end portion of a die body is abutted to another surface of the ring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8875353
    Abstract: Described herein are axially and radially swivelable detangling connector devices that are suitable for preventing entanglement, or detangling, of a device or means that is used to secure one or more mobile objects or subjects to one or more objects or subjects. Methods of making and using the disclosed devices are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Peter Okun Miron
  • Patent number: 8870146
    Abstract: A stand assembly for holding handheld electronic devices in a multitude of positions or locations having a first section with a curved end magnetically attached to second section having and indented surface. The first section also attaches to a surface, the second section either is contiguous with a portable electronic device, a carrying case, or other item; or has a means to attach to another surface. A high-friction elastomeric material, or similar friction producing material, helps to secure the first and second sections together, or the second section against another flat magnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Vogel, Paul Turner
  • Patent number: 8864155
    Abstract: Injection molding is performed such that the reinforced resin is injected into the cavity and the space. The fixing portion shown is formed at the bottom portion side of the side surface portion of the main body portion by the injection molding. In this case, the fixing protrusion stripe portion, which is fitted to the fixing groove portion of the main body portion, is formed at the fixing portion. The projection portion projecting from the hole portion of the housing to an external portion is formed at the bottom portion of the fixing portion, and the projection portion is formed to have the shape engaging with the outer surface of the bottom portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8851785
    Abstract: An improved ball joint for use in a motor vehicle steering or suspension system includes a ball joint having a housing defining an axis and a chamber having an open end. A bearing is disposed in the chamber. A ball stud having a ball portion is supported within the chamber by the bearing and a stud portion extends outwardly from the open end of the chamber. A retainer having a mounting portion is secured to the housing to retain the bearing in the chamber and an opening is formed therein through which the stud portion extends. The retainer is stamped and has a central portion configured with a dome shaped surface which extends over the open end of the chamber and is shaped complimentary to the ball portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Mark Belleau, Mike Holierhoek
  • Publication number: 20140294487
    Abstract: A connecting assembly for a vehicle, with a structural component (11) having a connection area (14), a joint (7) having a bearing element (4) and an inner joint component (3) fitted and able to move in the latter and which extends outward the assembly, in an axial direction (5). The bearing element (4) together with the connection area (14) form an insert, and a cast element (9) is produced by casting around and enclosing the insert. The structural component (11) and the inner joint component (3) extend out of the cast element (9). The insert has a closing component (12) that engages with a mutual interlock with the structural component (11) to form, together with the structural component (11), a joint holder (8) that secures the bearing element (4) with an interlock, in the axial direction (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Frank Nachbar, Dirk Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 8833018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system and to a method for mounting a dividing wall (1) on at least one holding device (2, 3), for example a holding rod or a holding post. Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for dividing regions. To this end, a first mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) and a second mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) are used. Furthermore, a mounting element (35) is provided which can be mounted on the first mounting device (23 to 28) and has a receptacle (36), in which a dividing wall (1) can be received in a non-clamping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: KL MEGLA GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 8807495
    Abstract: A load-absorbing device introduces load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-shaped structures into supporting structures (10). At least one load-absorbing part (36, 40) can be anchored on the supporting structure (10) via a bearing element (24). The load-absorbing part (36, 40) has a transmission body (36) forming a convexly shaped transmission surface guided on the bearing element (24) on a carrier surface formed from surface parts adapted to the convexity of the transmission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Stahl GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kiefer
  • Publication number: 20140212204
    Abstract: An improved ball joint for use in a motor vehicle steering or suspension system includes a housing, a bearing disposed in the housing, and a ball stud supported within the housing by the bearing. The bearing includes at least a first bearing member formed from a first material and a second bearing member formed from a second dampening material attached to at least a portion of an outer surface of the first bearing member. The first bearing member has a bidirectional slot formed therein which is configured to allow the ball stud to articulate in a first direction and restrict and dampen articulation in a second direction which is generally transverse to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Mark Belleau, Mike Holierhoek
  • Publication number: 20140212205
    Abstract: A joint housing of a ball joint comprises a sheet-metal part for accommodating a ball head, which is substantially rotationally symmetrical with respect to a joint axis and includes a circumferential wall portion, wherein the circumferential wall portion includes a housing opening at an axial end, through which a joint pin can extend, wherein the sheet-metal part is formed with two layers at this axial end of the circumferential wall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Forthaus, Lothar Schaumann, Harald Walter
  • Publication number: 20140205365
    Abstract: Ball joints, systems in which they are used, and suspension systems in which the ball joint systems are employed. The ball joints, systems and suspension mechanisms are especially useful for racing vehicles in which premium performance is desired. As an additional feature, the products of this invention are especially appreciated because of the ability to quickly and easily replace or change them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Kelly Molenaar
  • Patent number: 8783993
    Abstract: A joint and/or bearing arrangement (1) has at least two connecting rods (2, 3), which come together in a receiving region (4), and accommodate a joint (5) or bearing in the receiving region (4), The joint or bearing (5) comprises a joint body (7), which is movably held in a joint body seat (6), and a housing (8) which accommodates and radially externally encloses the joint body seat (6), is designed such that the housing (8) comprises, on the outside, at least one rotation-lock region (9, 10, 14) having a non-circular contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Hans-Gerd Brunneke, Christian Losche
  • Publication number: 20140199113
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a ball and socket joint and a joint manufactured according to that process are provided for a simple manufacture of a completely assembled ball and socket joint with a low torque and overturning moment. The joint housing is manufactured in an injection or casting process, in which the joint ball with the bearing shell placed on it is surrounded by a metallic material or a plastic. The joint shell is provided with a bulge, which behaves elastically with respect to the pressure acting during the injection or casting process and arches slightly outwardly after the conclusion of the injection or casting process. It is achieved as a result that the joint shell does not lie over its entire area on the joint ball after the injection or casting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Alfons NORDLOH, Volker GRUBE, Metin ERSOY
  • 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