Related To Joint Component Patents (Class 403/14)
  • Patent number: 11280089
    Abstract: A grid mounting system for a suspended ceiling system in one embodiment includes a support structure and a mounting bracket coupled to the support structure. An elongated first grid member is pivotably coupled to the mounting bracket about a pivot axis defined by a pivot member. The first grid member is movable about the pivot axis in a plurality of angular mounting positions. In one embodiment, the grid mounting system further includes a second grid member which may be pivotably or fixedly coupled to the mounting bracket. The support structure may be a wall or perimeter trim bracket attached to the wall in some installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Harnish, Nathan H. Canfijn
  • Patent number: 11221045
    Abstract: A thin-wall bearing, including an outer ring and an inner ring. The inner ring surface of the outer ring is provided with an outer ring raceway, and the outer ring surface of the inner ring is provided with an inner ring raceway. A steel ball and a cage for installing the steel ball are arranged between the outer ring raceway and the inner ring raceway. A plurality of screw holes are evenly distributed in a circle around the side wall of the outer ring, and knurled screws are provided in the screw holes, respectively. The fit between the knurled screw and the screw hole 10-?9 is to be N6/h5. The radial clearance of the thin-wall bearing is greater than or equal to 0.01 but less than or equal to 0.09. A processing method of the thin-wall bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: Baoguo Chen, Cheng Wang, Jing Guo
  • Patent number: 11215211
    Abstract: A ready-to-assemble mattress foundation including a plurality of rails forming a mattress foundation having a plurality of corners. The mattress foundation includes a plurality of corner connector assemblies coupling the rails together at the corners. Each of the corner connector assemblies includes a first corner bracket; a second corner bracket; a pin including internal threads and external threads; and a fastener threadably engaging the external threads of the pin to retain the pin relative to the corner brackets. The pin extends through the first apertures and the second apertures. The mattress foundation includes a plurality of central support assemblies coupled to one or more of the rails. Each of the central support assemblies includes a body having internal threads. The mattress foundation includes a plurality of legs each including a threaded rod and threadably received within the internal threads of the pin and the central support assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HANDY BUTTON MACHINE CO.
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Zerillo, Trace T. Thayer
  • Patent number: 11163312
    Abstract: A vehicle agnostic removable pod can be mounted on a vehicle using one or more legs of a pod mount. The removable pod can collect and time stamp a variety of environmental data as well as vehicle data. For example, environmental data can be collected using a sensor suite which can include an IMU, 3D positioning sensor, one or more cameras, and/or a LIDAR unit. As another example, vehicle data can be collected via a CAN bus attached to the vehicle. Environmental data and/or vehicle data can be time stamped and transmitted to a remote server for further processing by a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Aurora Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Gist, IV, Christopher Williams
  • Patent number: 11085475
    Abstract: Composed element, wherein this composed element comprises at least two panel-shaped elements, which substantially are formed from a board material; wherein said panel-shaped elements are interconnected at an angle by means of coupling devices including a tongue and a groove, which coupling devices substantially are made as profiled parts in the board material; and wherein said coupling devices also include locking elements, which, in coupled condition, prevent the moving apart of the tongue and groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Luc Maertens, Mark Cappelle, Luc Vanhastel, Luc Deman, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 11047418
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for locking the rotational position of a fastener component which is rotatable about an axis relative to a structure. The locking apparatus includes a rigid locking member having a first end configured to engage with the fastener component such that rotation of the fastener component relative to the first end is substantially prevented, and a second end configured to engage with the structure such that rotation of the locking member relative to the structure is substantially prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: William Tulloch, Pat Broomfield
  • Patent number: 10773765
    Abstract: A bicycle frame including frame struts, an electric motor, one compartment for a power supply unit and multiple supply cables for a front light and a rear light which are fastened by a multiple-part adapter arrangement with a bicycle-side adapter part and a lighting device-side adapter part. The invention offers a new lighting concept for bikes with detachable front and rear lights by use of two adapter parts being each provided with one closure part of a multiple-part closure device, which closure parts are attachable and mechanically latchable together by means of a closing motion, wherein the closure parts each include at least one magnet element or magnet counter-element interacting in a magnetically attractive manner, when the first closure part is placed onto the second closure part, and wherein each adapter part includes non-contact or contacting coupling elements for energy transmission, which are electrically coupled in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: eurorad Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Sören Mühle, Alexander De Ponte
  • Patent number: 10760669
    Abstract: In a machine or vehicle component comprising a first housing part, a second housing part covering the first housing part, an opening which is provided in the second housing part, a functional attachment unit incorporating a mounting element consisting of a structurally rigid material which extends through the opening, it is proposed that the problem that the functional attachment unit can only be mounted on the second housing part if the structural rigidity thereof is sufficient to hold the functional attachment unit permanently in a stable position be solved in that the second housing part is formed from a thermoplastic material of low structural rigidity and in that there is provided a carrier which incorporates a carrying element consisting of a structurally rigid material and is fixed relative to the first housing part and upon which the attachment unit is held by means of the mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ElringKlinger AG
    Inventors: Matthias Herzel, Tobias Michael Gruhler, Peter Laichinger
  • Patent number: 10730091
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tool for press brake. More specifically, the invention relates to a modular and adjustable female die tool mountable to a stationary bed part of a press brake machine or similar. The modular die tool unit (10) includes a drive shaft (18) rotatable about a central longitudinal axis, a pair of first and second die jaws (14, 16) each located on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis and reciprocally movable towards and away from on another relative to such longitudinal axis, and a connecting formation at each of the longitudinal ends of the drive shaft (18) for: (i) coaxially connecting the drive shafts (18) of two or more adjacent modular die tool units (10) end-to-end; and/or (ii) connecting a drive means to the drive shaft (18) of one of the modular die tool units (10) thereby to drive such drive shaft (18) and the other drive shafts (18) connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Henri Emil Louis Maurice Zermatten
    Inventor: Henri Emil Louis Maurice Zermatten
  • Patent number: 10731687
    Abstract: Instruments can include coupling interfaces that can b used, for example, for coupling a surgical instrument to a navigation array or other component. An exemplary coupling can include a first coupling interface associated with a first object, such as a surgical instrument, and a second coupling interface associated with a second object, such as a navigation array. The coupling interfaces can be configured to ensure that, when mated, the first and second objects are disposed in a known position and orientation relative to one another and blocked from relative movement in all six degrees of freedom. The interfaces can have a geometry that is not overdetermined, minimizing or eliminating navigation inaccuracy associated with system tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Rainer Ponzer, Philippe Lindenmann
  • Patent number: 10704276
    Abstract: The invention includes an access structure integration assembly and an integrated system using the assembly. An access structure integrated assembly includes at least one channeled structure and at least one joist socket slidingly engaged with the channeled structure. The channeled structure is configured to secure to a base structure, such as a suspended work platform system, and the joist socket is configured to secure to a second structure, such as a supported work platform system. An integrated system includes a base structure, a second structure and at least two integration assemblies, each assembly including a channeled structure secured to the base structure and a joist socket secured to the second structure and slidingly engaged with the channeled structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRANDSAFWAY SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Mathieu Grumberg, Roy Scrafford, Frederick W. Meade
  • Patent number: 10329762
    Abstract: A bracket for securing insulation and/or a stiffener relative to a mullion or transom having a given width. The bracket includes a pair of legs extending from a bridge to define a receiving channel having a width equal to or smaller than the given width. The bracket can be attached to the mullion with friction. At least one of the legs defines a first receiving slot configured to receive a clip leg of a respective clip configured to engage the insulation, and an optional second receiving slot configured to receive a face of the stiffener. In an alternative configuration, the bracket can be attached to a side of the mullion via an existing anchor attachment near the floor line so that the anchor attachment does not interfere with the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Stahl, Jr., Paul Gandolfo, Julio Lopes
  • Patent number: 10248071
    Abstract: A drive transmitter that is applicable to an image forming apparatus includes a first coupler, a second coupler, and reinforcing ribs. The first coupler is mounted on an axial end of a first rotary shaft and is provided with extensions. The extensions extend in an axial direction of the first coupler and are arranged at intervals in a rotation direction thereof. The second coupler is mounted on an axial end of a second rotary shaft and is provided with contact parts to which the respective extensions contact between the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft upon drive transmission. The reinforcing ribs are provided to the respective extensions and reinforce the respective extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takagi, Junichi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10238495
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are provided for performing endovascular repair of atrioventricular and other cardiac valves in the heart. A delivery device for delivering an implantable device to a target area includes a fluid management system for directing fluid and delivery device components to the target area. The delivery device includes a grip line assembly configured to control a gripper in the implantable device for grasping tissue at the target area. The delivery device includes a lock line assembly configured to control a locking mechanism in the implantable device to lock the implantable device in a desired orientation. The delivery device includes a deployment handle configured to provide staged deployment of the implantable device. A delivery assembly includes a housing and a delivery device partially housed within the housing and being adjustable using one-handed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: EVALVE, INC.
    Inventors: Travis R. Marsot, Patricia H. Ho, Justen D. England, Randall S. Koplin, Douglas S. Rodenkirch
  • Patent number: 10179981
    Abstract: A safety trailer including first and second platforms, at least one of said first and second platforms having an axle and wheels attached thereto; a plurality of interconnected wall sections positioned between and connected to the first and second platforms, the plurality of wall sections defining a protected work area on a side of the trailer; and wherein each wall section has first and second end members, each of the first and second end members comprising an outwardly projecting alignment member and an alignment-receiving member, the first and second end members having the alignment and alignment-receiving members positioned in opposing configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Groeneweg, David Meyerink, Duane Meyerink, LeRoy Severson
  • Patent number: 10036384
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly, system, and method for a quick release piston rod assembly. The assembly includes a wedge and wedge adjuster with load transfer blocks to release quickly portions of a piston rod assembly and to allow reinsertion of those portions with a replacement piston to resume operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: PREMIUM OILFIELD TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Jahnke
  • Patent number: 9958014
    Abstract: A coupling (1) for a shaft-end (2) having a square cross-section includes a front plate (6), a locking plate (7) and a rear plate (8) provided with square openings (9, 10, 11), in which the square shaft-end can be inserted. The locking plate can be rotated back and forth between an unlocked position (I), in which the square openings in the front plate, the rear plate and the locking plate coincide, and a locked position (II), in which the openings do not coincide. In the unlocked position the square shaft-end can be inserted through the coinciding square openings. Subsequently, the locking plate is rotated so that the shaft-end cannot be pulled out until the locking plate is returned into the unlocked position. The coupling can be used for easily interconnecting different types of parts, for example, applicable with exercise bicycles, bicycles, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Theodorus Cornelius Antonius Smets
    Inventor: Theodorus Cornelius Antonius Smets
  • Patent number: 9926967
    Abstract: A coupling structure, including: a pair of slots extending in a circumferential direction of a sleeve portion of a first member; a circumferential groove formed in an outer circumference of a shaft portion of a second member; and a coupling member configured such that a part thereof is fitted into the circumferential groove through the slots for coupling the sleeve portion and the shaft portion so as to be rotatable relative to each other, wherein the coupling member is rotated while being elastically deformed, so as to disengage the coupling member from the circumferential groove for uncoupling the first member and the second member from each other, and wherein an extending portion of the coupling member has a length so designed as to prohibit its distal end from getting into the circumferential groove even when the coupling member excessively rotates and the extending portion accordingly engages one of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kawai, Shori Kato
  • Patent number: 9775660
    Abstract: Bone anchor assemblies and methods are provided having a multi-component bone anchor that is configured to allow the shank of the bone anchor to be bottom loaded into a receiver member. In one embodiment, a bone anchor assembly is provided having a shank with a distal threaded portion and a proximal head portion, a ball having a spherical exterior surface and a central lumen sized to receive the head portion of the shank, and a clip configured to be engaged between the head portion and the ball such that the clip is effective to lock the ball in engagement with the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Spratt, Thibault Chandanson, Ernest Quintanilha, Shawn D. Stad, Ralf Klabunde
  • Patent number: 9714635
    Abstract: A holder for attachment of a component, in particular a fuel distributor, to an internal combustion engine includes: at least one decoupling element, an attachment body, an attachment element, and a holding element. The attachment body is attached to the internal combustion engine by way of the attachment element. The holding element is attached to the attachment body via the decoupling element. The decoupling element is shaped in such a way that in at least one spatial direction, a nonlinear spring characteristic curve, which describes a correlation of a return force acting on the holding element with a deflection of the holding element relative to the attachment body, is predefined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Rehwald, Klaus Lang
  • Patent number: 9663948
    Abstract: Components for constructing a ceiling grid across a span free of or with a limited number of suspension wires including main runners with a relatively high moment of inertia secured at their ends with brackets to wall moldings on opposing walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Lehane, Lee M. Tedesco, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, John M. Willi, Donald J. Leahy, Abraham M. Underkofler, Yelena Straight, Michael O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9631664
    Abstract: A device and corresponding methods for applying a coating material are disclosed. The method may include applying a first coating material on a threaded region of an opening in a multi-piece assembly, and inserting at least one fastener to the threaded region. The fastener may include a mating thread selectively secured to the threaded region of the opening to create a first friction interface between the fastener and the multi-piece assembly. The method may further include tensioning the fastener between a load surface of the multi-piece assembly and the mating thread. In one example, the load surface may define in part a second friction interface between the fastener and the multi-piece assembly that is spaced away from the threaded region such that the first coating material does not influence the second friction interface. In another example, the first coating material may be applied in a substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Roger A. Krause, Christopher Hall, Dan H. Dinu
  • Patent number: 9518610
    Abstract: Load couplings, power trains, and methods for adjusting torsional natural frequencies of power trains are provided. In one embodiment, a load coupling includes a first flange, a second flange, and a shaft extending between the first flange and the second flange. The load coupling further includes an annular ring extending radially outward from one of the first flange, the second flange, or the shaft, the annular ring including a plurality of bore holes defined therein, each of the plurality of bore holes including a first opening. The load coupling further includes a first cap connected within one of the plurality of bore holes proximate the first opening, the first cap deformable such that an interference fit is created with the one of the plurality of bore holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raymond Andrew Vincent, Nicholas Simon Graham, John Herbert Dimmick, Richard Francis Gutta
  • Patent number: 9457845
    Abstract: An elastically averaged alignment system has a first component having a first alignment member and an elastically deformable alignment element, and a second component having a second alignment member and an alignment aperture. The elastically deformable alignment element is configured and disposed to interferingly, deformably and matingly engage the alignment aperture. The elastically deformable alignment element includes a lobular hollow tube having four lobes, with a slotted retention feature on each of two opposing lobes that extend from an outer surface of the hollow tube radially inward toward a central axis of the hollow tube. Portions of the elastically deformable alignment element when inserted into the alignment aperture elastically deform to an elastically averaged final configuration that aligns the first alignment member with the second alignment member in at least two planar orthogonal directions. Each of the slotted retention features engages with an edge of the alignment aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall
  • Patent number: 9314875
    Abstract: A composite skin for the aeronautics and astronautics industries, and also a method for producing a composite skin of this type is provided. The method comprises the following method steps: removing excess material from a butt plate to form a butt strap at one end thereof, subsequently connecting the other end of the butt plate to a skin plate with a substance-to-substance bond, and then fastening a further skin plate to the butt strap to form the composite skin. The idea behind the invention involves replacing a rivet connection with a substance-to-substance bond. This provides the advantage that the weight of the composite skin and the production costs for the composite skin are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Stephan
  • Patent number: 9205875
    Abstract: A connecting element for a vehicle body substructure and a panel element having different heat expansion coefficients are provided. The connecting unit penetrates an opening in a plate of the substructure. A plate of the paneling element is held with play in the direction of its surface normal is in a groove of the connecting unit. The connecting unit includes a bushing having two parts that are moveable against one another in the direction of the surface normal, between which the other plate is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hayrullah Calisoglu, Wolfgang Rasel
  • Patent number: 9205859
    Abstract: An intermediate steering shaft connection assembly for a steering column is provided. The intermediate steering shaft connection assembly comprises at least one shaft, a clamping yoke configured to be coupled to the shaft, and a connection assurance device interposed between the shaft and the clamping yoke. The connection assurance device is configured to ensure proper positioning of the clamping yoke on the shaft to allow for final assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin L. Tinnin, Todd M. King, Thomas M. Finney
  • Patent number: 9115613
    Abstract: An assembly including a rotatable shaft with external splines and an annular member receiving such shaft, provided with internal splines meshing with the external splines of such shaft wherein the external splines of different segments of the shaft are configured to effectively transmit torque in use and facilitate the mounting of the shaft into the annular member in assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marc Deblaize, Stefan Dengler
  • Patent number: 9073511
    Abstract: In a webbing take-up device, a housing portion configuring a recessed shape opening in a direction orthogonal to a fastening direction of a screw is formed to a body. A head portion of the screw is housed inside the housing portion, and the screw is inserted through an insertion portion in one side wall of the housing portion and fastened to the frame. A tool hole is formed in another side wall of the housing portion. A tool can accordingly be inserted through the tool hole to fasten the screw to the frame. The other side wall is formed with a fixing hole that fixes a spring cover, the fixing hole overlapping with the head portion as viewed along the screw fastening direction. A placement space of the screw and the fixing hole in the body as viewed along the screw fastening direction can accordingly be made small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Yuya Nagata, Yoshimichi Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20150122519
    Abstract: An adapter bushing is supported on a furrowing opener of an agricultural implement. The adapter bushing includes a bushing body received by interference fit within a transverse opening in a shank body of the furrowing opener. A cooperating aperture is formed in the bushing body so as to be arranged for alignment with a corresponding pin receiving aperture of a replacement tip body of the furrowing opening such that a retainer pin is arranged to be received simultaneously within the cooperating aperture of the adapter bushing and the pin receiving aperture of the tip body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Ian John Bodnaryk, Michael Philip Booy, Clark Evan Jack Behrns
  • Publication number: 20150117935
    Abstract: A bicycle locking and parking device for parking a bicycle is provided. The bicycle locking and parking device comprises a parking seat, a control module, a locking unit, and a bicycle locking mechanism. The bicycle locking mechanism comprises a locking groove, a first locking member, a reciprocating displacement limiter, a second locking member, and a third locking member. Wherein, the control module drives the third locking member, and the control module cooperates with the second locking member to make the displacement path of the lock-in part being closed. The positioning convex is embedded to the positioning groove, and the locking unit is locked in the bicycle locking mechanism. The present disclosure can avoid the adverse effects or the trouble accident.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Mu-Tsun CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150104240
    Abstract: A positioning structure that positions two workpieces includes a one positioning portion that is provided on one of the workpieces and includes one inverted portion and a protruding portion; and a other positioning portion that is provided on the other workpiece and includes another inverted portion and a receiving portion, the two positioning portions positioning the two workpieces, by overlapping an end portion of the one positioning portion face-to-face with an end portion of the other positioning portion. The two inverted portions are each such that alignment of the positioning portion is inverted when the one positioning portion is overlapped with the other positioning portion, the protruding portion is arranged on the end portion side of the one positioning portion and is provided protruding toward an overlapping side, and the receiving portion engages with the protruding portion when the one positioning portion is overlapped with the other positioning portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiko Sekiguchi
  • Publication number: 20150093180
    Abstract: First and second equipment units are connected to a coupling unit configured with angle and/or position sensors in order to determine thereby, for example, a relative position of a first equipment unit in relation to a second equipment unit. In this manner alignment of the first and second equipment units is expedited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Rainer Graumann
  • Publication number: 20150086355
    Abstract: A retaining clip for use in limiting radial movement between a first section and a second section of a split fairing is provided. The first section includes a first clip tab and the second section includes a second clip tab extending therefrom, wherein the first and second clip tabs form a slot when the first section and the second section are substantially aligned. The retaining clip includes a first portion sized for insertion into the slot, a third portion coupled to the first and second clip tabs such that the first and second clip tabs are positioned between the first portion and the third portion, and a second portion extending between the first portion and the third portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Ryan Deane, Jason Walter Issertell
  • Publication number: 20150071700
    Abstract: A system for mounting a grapple on a loader attachment having a grapple mount structure, and may comprise a grapple attachment structure removably mountable to the mount structure. A mount pin alignment device may have an abutment surface configured to contact a support surface of the grapple mount structure in the mounted condition, with a position of the alignment device being adjustable to facilitate alignment of a second pin aperture of the attachment structure with a first pin aperture on the mount structure. The system may also include a lateral mount alignment element to laterally position the attachment structure with respect to the mount structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: TIMOTHY D. MILLER
  • Publication number: 20150060321
    Abstract: A connecting assembly includes a first connecting device, a second connecting device, a guide member, and a locking assembly. The first connecting device defines a first through hole. The second connecting device defines a second through hole, and has a latching member protruding from the inner surface of the second connecting device and extending into the second through hole. The guide member defines a first guiding slot and a second guiding slot coupled to the first guiding slot. The first connecting device is fixed to the guide member. The locking assembly has a bar, a locking block, and a sliding block. The locking block is fixed to the top of the bar. The sliding block protrudes from the lateral side of the bar and is received in the first guiding slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: MAN-ZHONG WANG
  • Publication number: 20150050068
    Abstract: In one aspect, an elastically averaged alignment system is provided. The system includes a first component comprising an alignment member and a second component comprising an inner wall defining an alignment aperture. The alignment aperture is configured to receive at least a portion of the alignment member to couple the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall, Joel Colombo
  • Publication number: 20150043959
    Abstract: An elastically averaging alignment and retention system for a sealable compartment includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a first alignment member and an elastically deformable alignment element fixedly disposed with respect to the first alignment member, the elastically deformable alignment element having an elongated hollow tube. The second component includes a second alignment member and an alignment feature fixedly disposed with respect to the second alignment member, the alignment feature having a blind-end pocket. The elastically deformable alignment element is configured and disposed to interferingly, deformably and matingly engage the alignment feature. Portions of the elastically deformable alignment element when inserted into the alignment feature elastically deform to an elastically averaged final configuration that aligns the first component relative to the second component in at least two of four planar orthogonal directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Christopher J. Georgi, Jennifer P. Lawall, Gordan N. Noll
  • Patent number: 8939674
    Abstract: System and method for assembling blow molded parts without the use of separate fasteners, including a tab-and-slot or dovetail mortise and tenon joint that includes a slide-and-lock tab feature. A retention barb on the tab slides along a ramp to engage with a receptacle within the slot. Tabs and slots can have varying widths to create mutual incompatibility with other joint components that are otherwise similarly constructed. An optional stopper on the tab and corresponding notch within the slot can add an additional axis of incompatibility with other joints throughout the assembly. These features prevent incorrect assembly and allow convenient redesigns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Zimmer, Alan W. Knapper
  • Publication number: 20150023724
    Abstract: An elastically averaged alignment system includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a first alignment member and an elastically deformable alignment element fixedly disposed with respect to the first alignment member. The second component includes a second alignment member and an alignment feature fixedly disposed with respect to the second alignment member. The elastically deformable alignment element is configured and disposed to interferingly, deformably and matingly engage the alignment feature. The elastically deformable alignment element includes a lobular hollow tube having a cross-section having at least three outwardly oriented lobes relative to a central axis of the hollow tube, and the alignment feature includes a circular aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall
  • Publication number: 20150020725
    Abstract: A connector includes first and second connectable parts. Each part has a respective structure, such as an aperture, arranged so that, when the two parts are brought together and appropriately aligned with each other, a locking member, such as a pin, may be engaged with the two structures to connect the two parts together. The two parts include respective mutually cooperating formations. These formations are arranged such that, as the two parts are brought together, any engagement between the formations causes the two parts to move relative to one another so that they align sufficiently to enable the locking member to be engaged with the respective structures. The connector is suitable for use as a subsea mooring connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Richard James Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150016864
    Abstract: An alignment arrangement for mated components includes a first component having a first and second elastically deformable protrusion. Also included is a second component operatively coupled to the first component, the second component comprising a first and second slot, each of the slots defined by a first slot sidewall segment, a second slot sidewall segment, an inner slot wall segment and an outer slot wall segment, the first and second slot disposed in a substantially coaxial alignment. The elastically deformable protrusions are each disposed in a contact interference condition with the inner slot wall segment or the outer slot wall segment of the respective first slot and second slot, thereby reducing relative movement between the first and second components, wherein the elastically deformable protrusions are each formed of an elastically deformable material and configured to elastically deform upon engagement with the inner or outer slot wall segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall
  • Patent number: 8925227
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display backplane and an LCD device. The display backplane comprises multiple supporting brackets and a connecting slot, wherein, the connecting slot comprises a sliding slot and a protruding platform, and the protruding platform is sliding held in the sliding slot, and at least two of the brackets can rotate relatively about a first rotation axis perpendicular to the plane of the display backplane. After rotation, the display backplane formed by the brackets is smaller in volume such that it can reduce the volume occupied by the packing and shipping during transportation process of the display backplane in order to reduce the packing and shipping cost during transportation process of the display backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yi-cheng Kuo, Yu-chun Hsiao, Chengwen Que, Pangling Zhang, Dehua Li
  • Publication number: 20150000458
    Abstract: A vehicle brake assembly may include an actuation lever coupled to a brake pedal, and a push rod of a brake booster. The push rod may have a clevis on an end portion thereof. The actuation lever is configured to be pivotally supported between two prongs of the clevis via a clevis pin. The assembly may further include at least one alignment device configured to guide and position the clevis on the push rod into alignment with the actuation lever during construction of the brake assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Snehasis GANGULY, Curtis HARGITT, Brian Marvin LEMMER, Thomas STIRNE, Douglas NASH
  • Publication number: 20150003894
    Abstract: The present invention is self-aligning connector having first and second support structures and a collar. In some embodiments the first support structure has a wedge, the second support structure has a wedge receiving structure, and the collar has a pointed lock. In other embodiments a lateral support structure is supported by a first support structure by means of an L-shaped support structure and a plurality of tubes. In these embodiments the L-shaped support structure has a triangular support piece designed and configured to be received by said lateral support structure. Slidable tubes with pins or receivers lock the structures together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: George Alfred Legg
  • Publication number: 20140341635
    Abstract: A brazed part includes two or more components that are brazed together and has related method of making. Using a method of locating parts relative to one another, an inter-component gap between the components may be formed. Subsequently, during brazing, flow control features formed along the inter-component gap may then be used to assist in the retention of the braze material between the components during brazing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GKN SINTER METALS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Lemke, Ian W. Donaldson, John D. Gurosik
  • Publication number: 20140341636
    Abstract: A refill head (100), and oral care implement incorporating the same, wherein the refill head (100) can be uncoupled from a stem (220) of a handle (200) by withdrawing the refill head (100) from the stem of a handle (200) along the longitudinal axis of the oral care implement, which results in locking members (134) on the refill head (100) disengaging from an engagement rib (230) on the stem (220). The locking members (134) and engagement rib (230) may be aligned with or angled relative to the longitudinal axis of the oral care implement. A portion of the stem may be visible through a portion of the refill head to reinforce the proper connection between the refill head and the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Joseph E. Fattori
  • Publication number: 20140328613
    Abstract: A shaft coupling assembly retains a shaft end in a coupling element channel using a fastener inserted through a coupling element bore and a recess in an engagement segment of the shaft end to engage the coupling element to exert a clamping force on a shaft interface of the engagement segment. A projection having a smaller cross section than that of the shaft interface extends axially from the engagement segment and has sufficient length to protrude into the bore to interfere with fastener engagement prior to engagement of the shaft interface in the channel. A projection upper surface further interferes with the fastener bore to prevent engagement of the fastener when the shaft end has been engaged to the channel but not inserted to an installed position. The upper surface may be defined by an arcuate portion of the projection which may have a teardrop shaped cross section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kaphengst, Richard A. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20140314467
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide a rotary misalignment-compensation bushing connection system that may be used in large-scale operations where several components are mounted in alignment on a single pin. For example, the misalignment-compensation system may be used in preloaded connection of a male lug rotatably mounted between a first lug and a second lug, on heavy equipment, for example, oil field exploration and production equipment. The misalignment-compensation system includes tapered cone bushings and surrounding counter-tapered cup bushings that expand in diameter and align the connection system as it is torqued together assembling the components to the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: T&T ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Keith J. Orgeron, Robert Metz
  • Publication number: 20140308062
    Abstract: A connector system for attaching accessories to a bicycle or other sporting good includes a base and a platform. The base is attached to a bicycle and the platform is attached to the accessory, and the base and the platform are held together by mechanical or magnetic forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: PACIFIC CYCLE, LLC
    Inventors: Vladlena Belozerova, Ian Cassiman, Jesse C. Darley, William R. Dorr, Justen D. England, Brian Koons, Jeffrey A. Rogers, Jim Slattery, Joseph J. Werwie, III