Including Distinct Pin Retainer Patents (Class 403/154)
  • Patent number: 10781886
    Abstract: The invention relates to a latching arrangement, in particular for a component from lifting, lashing or fastening technology. The latching arrangement has a first component provided at its one end with at least one laterally protruding, spring-tensioned latching projection, and a second component provided with a receptacle configured to receive in an insertion direction and to fasten rotatably the end of the first component. The second component comprises a latching recess for the latching projection, wherein the latching recess is bounded at least at one side by a release shoulder displaceable into the latching recess which is provided with a hand switch arranged so as to be accessible from outside the latching arrangement, which hand switch is connected in a movement-transmitting manner to the release shoulder and closes the receptacle. By simple actuation of the hand switch, the latching can be repeatedly and easily released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: RUD KETTEN RIEGER & DIETZ GMBH U. CO., KG
    Inventor: Michael Betzler
  • Patent number: 10676891
    Abstract: A coupler for a wheel loader is disclosed. The coupler is used for coupling an attachment to a lifting arm of the wheel loader. A bracket is installed between the lifting arm and the attachment. The bracket's back face is pivotally connected to a lifting arm and the bracket's front face is detachably connected to the attachment. The attachment has a pair of protrusions rearwardly extending from the lower back of the attachment and have locking holes pierced through their width. The bracket has a pair of receiving slots formed at the lower front of the bracket and engaged with the protrusions. The coupler has a shaft, and a pair of locking pins combined with the shaft by threads. The threads formed at one end of the shaft are right handed and the threads formed at the other end of the shaft are left handed. When users turn the shaft in one direction, the locking pins are extended and engaged with the locking holes (a coupling position).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventor: Yonghui Dong
  • Patent number: 10288110
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first structure having a first pin aperture and at least one first fastener aperture adjacent the first pin aperture and a second structure to attached to the first structure having a second pin aperture and at least one second fastener aperture adjacent the second pin aperture. At least one fastener is configured to pass through the first and second fastener apertures and attach the first structure to the second structure. An assembly pin passes through the first and second pin apertures and is trapped within the first and second pin apertures. A pin-securing washer having a fastener surface defining at least one fastener aperture and a pin-securing surface to secure the assembly pin within the pin apertures. The at least one fastener passes through the at least one fastener aperture of the pin-securing washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND SPACE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Zaffetti
  • Patent number: 9828103
    Abstract: An assembly having an articulation spindle mounted in a first sleeve inserted into a first arm of a clevis and in a second sleeve inserted into a second arm of said clevis said assembly comprising a blocking device. The blocking device comprising a screw with a first cylindrical portion which is screwed into an extension of the second sleeve and against which the second end of the articulation spindle can come to press, and a second portion, in the extension of the first portion, with a smaller cross section than said first cylindrical portion, a locking washer which is interposed between the second portion of the screw and the extension of the second sleeve in a locked position, and a longilinear element which passes through the screw and the second sleeve in a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Jerome Cassagne, Thomas Deforet
  • Patent number: 9797512
    Abstract: An assembly such as a piston assembly for an engine includes a piston pin that has an outer member and a core. The outer member has a cavity extending lengthwise therethrough. The cavity has a first volume. The core is fit to the outer member in the cavity, and has a second volume less than the first volume. For example, the second volume may be less than the first volume because the core has an opening, because the core is shorter in length than the cavity, or both. A method of manufacturing a piston pin includes providing an outer member having a first density and a first length, creating a cavity that extends lengthwise through the outer member, providing a core having a second density and a second length, and inserting the core into the cavity of the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan W. Hayman, Rodney E. Baker, Dale E. Murrish, Amit Kumar, Balakrishna Chinta
  • Patent number: 9784103
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a body, an aperture extending through the body sized to receive a pivot pin, and a spherical bushing disposed within the body. The cartridge also includes a first internal seal disposed axially on one side of the bushing and a second internal seal disposed axially on an opposite side of the bushing. The cartridge also includes an end cap disposed at least partially within the aperture that abuts the bushing and prevents the bushing from moving axially in a first direction within the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Gross, Richard Nicoson
  • Patent number: 9765433
    Abstract: The fastening elements 71 are first set through the rotary disk 1 to be then fixed to the retention plates 2 so that the stretching force induced by the fixing operation is acting upon the retention plates 2. This helps prevent the rotary disk 1 from being affected by the stretching force and thus deformed. Further, the fastening holes 22 are located adjacent to the retention grooves 21 so that they can directly and effectively apply forces to the support members 3 and due to the torque (distance) thereof with respect to the support members 3 being reduced, it is possible to effectively reduce the occurrence of deformation of the retention plates 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Yung-Chiu Huang
  • Patent number: 9556902
    Abstract: An agricultural implement including a pair of support members and a pivot assembly coupled between the support members. The pivot assembly includes at least one resilient bushing and a side-play restraint system. The resilient bushing being in contact with a portion of the restraint system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Timothy R. Blunier, Joshua Bell
  • Patent number: 9279230
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an implement with a boom, wherein the boom is pivotally mounted about a horizontal axis via a bolt connection on a basic unit of the implement, with the bearing of the boom on the basic unit being effected via three bearing plates with corresponding bearing points for the bolt connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Wager, Stefan Schott
  • Patent number: 9115742
    Abstract: Improved connection systems for pinned connections are disclosed. Although the connection systems may be utilized in dragline excavating systems, the connection systems may also be utilized for pinned connections in a variety of other types of mining, dredging, forestry, and construction equipment. An insert utilized in the connections systems has a frustroconical shape that joins with an aperture in an element being joined by the connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ESCO Corporation
    Inventors: Robert McClanahan, Carolyn Shapiro, Robin K Churchill
  • Patent number: 9004800
    Abstract: A windshield wiper arm bracket includes a pair of side walls. Each of said side walls include at least one centrally located pin arm receiving hole formed therein. The bracket also includes a post attaching the pair of side walls together. The post is for receiving a pin arm adaptor thereon. The bracket also includes an attachment arm formed on a bottom of each of the pair of side walls. The attachment arms are for connecting the bracket to a windshield wiper assembly. An adaptor for a windshield wiper arm bracket includes a top portion and a web portion. The web portion includes a central aperture formed therein. The central aperture includes a first portion for receiving a post of the windshield wiper arm bracket and a second aperture for receiving a pin arm of a windshield wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Alberee Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Lee
  • Publication number: 20150016869
    Abstract: A pivotal attaching structure and a pivotal attaching method, are provided, with which a rotary arm member can be rotatably supported in a retained state without need to perform mechanical swaging. A pivotal attaching structure for relatively rotating members includes at least one intermediate arm member having a rotational center hole; a central-pivot providing member which includes a central-pivot portion that is inserted into the rotational center hole of the intermediate arm member and a retaining portion which is orthogonal to the central-pivot portion; and a retaining member which is fitted on the periphery of the central-pivot portion of the central-pivot providing member to prevent the intermediate arm member that is fitted on the central-pivot portion from moving in the axial direction between the retaining member and the retaining portion. The central-pivot portion of the central-pivot providing member and the retaining member are fixed to each other by laser welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20150010342
    Abstract: A pin joint for eccentric screw pumps. The special design of the inner joint head of the pin joint, with its bores for the flushing liquid and the length of the joint pin, makes it possible also to carry out cleaning using the CIP method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Groth, Reinhard Denk
  • Patent number: 8671612
    Abstract: A quick release locking assembly includes at least one lock conduit having a lock conduit interior, at least one release conduit having a release conduit interior and a lock spring having at least one spring arm communicating with the lock conduit interior of the lock conduit and the release conduit interior of the release conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony E. Swisher
  • Patent number: 8662784
    Abstract: An articulated vehicle joint including an improved locking pin having a removable upper retainer. The articulated vehicle includes a first frame member and a second frame member pivotable about a hinge point relative to the first frame member. The locking pin is configured to prevent the second frame member from pivoting about the hinge point relative to the first frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Michael J Cocayne
  • Patent number: 8596666
    Abstract: A ground engaging machine includes a first and a second frame unit, and an articulation hitch coupling together the first and second frame units. The articulation hitch includes a pin, a first and a second bearing positioned about the pin, and abutting a first and a second axial side of an annular protrusion of a hitch plate in one of the first and second frame units. A clamping mechanism of the articulation hitch clamps the first and second bearings between first and second clamping components, such that they are preloaded against the annular protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Hansen, Brian C. Howson, Christopher Carpenter, David R. Shields
  • Patent number: 8549989
    Abstract: A piston apparatus for an engine includes a piston pin that is inserted in a smaller end portion of a connecting rod and having a cross-section changing portion where a cross section changes at a portion of the piston pin, and a fixing member that engages the connecting rod and a piston through the cross-section changing portion so as to restrain longitudinal movement of the piston pin with respect to the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeyong Yun, Byungcheol Lee
  • Patent number: 8540597
    Abstract: A connection unit of a chain includes two outer link plates each having a first hole and a second hole. The second hole has a first recess and a second recess which communicates with the first recess. The first recess has a diameter larger than that of the second recess. The second recess includes an inner surface and a stepped engaging surface which is perpendicular to the inner surface. A stop surface is perpendicularly connected to the engaging surface. At least one first protrusion extends from the inner surface. A pin is securely fixed in the first hole and includes an engaging portion. A neck is located beside the engaging portion and has a diameter smaller than that of the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 8490270
    Abstract: A pin joint includes a pin having a longitudinal axis. A bushing for use with a lateral pin retention system may be positioned around the pin. The bushing includes an arc groove disposed radially about an outer surface of the bushing. A retaining plug for use with the lateral pin retention system includes an engagement head shaped to engage the arc groove and may be attachable to a linkage of a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Oertley, Michael T. James
  • Patent number: 8491013
    Abstract: A cementing swivel includes an outer stationary member having a cement port, an inner rotating member with a bore therethrough, and a torque indicating member coupled to the outer stationary member and configured to provide a visual indication that a predetermined torque load has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Peer, Robert J. Costo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8469622
    Abstract: Improved connection systems for pinned connections are disclosed. Although the connection systems may be utilized in dragline excavating systems, the connection systems may also be utilized for pinned connections in a variety of other types of mining, dredging, forestry, and construction equipment. An insert utilized in the connections systems has a frustroconical shape that joins with an aperture in an element being joined by the connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: ESCO Corporation
    Inventors: Robert McClanahan, Carolyn Shapiro, Robin K Churchill
  • Patent number: 8459894
    Abstract: A sealed pivot assembly with lock/unlocking functionality has an axis member having a plurality of threaded openings formed in both a first and a second end member. A pair of locking sleeves is positioned over each of the first end and second end of the axis member. An expansion sleeves is positioned over each of the pair of locking sleeves. Locking devices are inserted into the openings formed in each end of the axis member, the locking devices engaging the pair of expansion sleeves causing the expansion sleeves to expand to secure the axis member in the mounting lugs. A threaded dismounting tool may be positioned in one threaded hole to force the axis member axially causing the expansion sleeves to loosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Expander Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Svensson
  • Patent number: 8413743
    Abstract: A plurality of components of a power tool are coupled to each other to form a component assembly. Positioning members are disposed within a housing body and resiliently support the component assembly from opposite sides in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Nagasaka, Xiang Ren, Akira Tomonaga, Tatsuya Yoshizaki
  • Patent number: 8333528
    Abstract: A pin joint includes a pin having a longitudinal axis. A bushing for use with a lateral pin retention system may be positioned around the pin. The bushing includes an arc groove disposed radially about an outer surface of the bushing. A retaining plug for use with the lateral pin retention system includes an engagement head shaped to engage the arc groove and may be attachable to a linkage of a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Oertley, Michael T. James
  • Patent number: 8282306
    Abstract: A joint (1) between two vehicle components (2, 3) joined to each other with a hinge, such as of an articulated vehicle, comprising an articulated joint (10), wherein the articulated joint (10) comprises two joint segments (11, 12) that are rotatably connected to each other by a tensioning device (20) acting as a vertical axis, the one, first joint segment (11) having a U-shaped, jaw-like opening (13) for seizing the other, second joint segment (12) in the region of the vertical axis, sliding devices (16) being provided between the joint segments (11, 12) and acting in at least the axial direction, the tensioning device (2) operable to generate pretension on the joint segments (11, 12), the one joint segment (11) having two joint segment elements (11a, 11b) that are each separately fastened with screws to the frame (40) of the vehicle frame (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Hübner GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Koch, Lothar Scharf
  • Patent number: 8245986
    Abstract: A support stand includes a support body, a connecting member, a fastening assembly. The support body defines an assembling hole. The connecting member is received in the assembling hole of the support body, and defines an engaging hole. The fastening assembly is positioned on the support body. The fastening assembly includes a follower. The follower has a positioning pole. The follower is movably connected to the support body, so that the positioning pole is capable of engaging/disengaging in the engaging hole of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lian-Cheng Huang, Jin-Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8192104
    Abstract: A pin joint assembly for pivotally connecting a plurality of components, the assembly including a joint pin with a channel at one end disposed transverse to a longitudinal axis of the pin and a first retainer disposed in the slot that extends beyond a circumference of the pin to restrict axial movement in a first direction, while a second retainer is positioned over the first retainer to restrict axial movement in the opposite axial direction, a retainer base having a slot being configured to receive one end of the first retainer to restrict rotational movement of the first retainer and attached joint pin. The joint pin and pin joint assembly may be provided as part of a suspension assembly for machine axles, the pin joint assemblies providing pivotal connections between an axle assembly, linkage and frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Mann, Thomas J. Gregg
  • Publication number: 20120093575
    Abstract: Coupling element for an external fixator which connects a pin or rod to a second pin or rod. The coupling element comprises a first coupling section to clamp the first pin or rod in engagement with a second clamp for clamping the second pin or rod and a pivoting section for adjusting the orientation of the first coupling section relative to the post section in the space. The pivoting section extends along a third axis. The first coupling section is rotatable around a first axis with respect to the pivoting section and wherein via the pivoting section the first coupling section is pivotable around a second axis with respect to the post section, wherein the second axis is arranged at an angle to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: STRYKER TRAUMA SA
    Inventors: Adam Busch, Vadim Gurevich, Klaus Dorawa
  • Patent number: 8146227
    Abstract: A mobile platform is provided. The mobile platform includes a interior overhead structure and at least one compartment rotatably coupled to the interior overhead structure. The compartment is rotatable into an opened position and a closed position. The mobile platform further includes a pivot system coupled to the interior overhead structure and the compartment to enable the compartment to rotate into the opened position and the closed position. The pivot system comprises a first fitting that defines a raceway and a second fitting that defines a hub and a guide. The hub of the second fitting is for engagement with the raceway and the guide directs the first fitting into the second fitting to couple the first fitting to the second fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Michael S. Haynes, Nelson J. Jeyarajah, Michael J. Malkinson, Christopher S. Pugh
  • Patent number: 8109848
    Abstract: A stable and play-free pivot connection of a bicycle derailleur between a parallelogram link and either a base member or a chain cage. The pivot points are formed with first and second bushings that are arranged as far from one another as possible. The parts are connected by pivot pins having a anti-rotation contour for preventing rotation of the pin within an inner pivot part. The axial displacement of the pivot pin is prevented by a securing element or by a deforming element engaging a holding contour on the pivot pin. One of the first and second bushings is protected and arranged in a blind hole and the other of the first and second bushings is covered on the outside by a pin head of the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Böhm, Thorsten Hamisch, Andreas Benz
  • Patent number: 8104988
    Abstract: Components for use in a locking connector system, such a heavy duty shackles, comprise a retainer, a body structure and pin which is axially moveable into a receiving cavity of the body structure, the body structure having a transversely directed cavity interconnecting with the cavity and have a latching shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Bradken Resources Pty Limited
    Inventors: Jason Lunn, Matthew Patton, Reece Attwood
  • Patent number: 7966689
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade latching device, for coupling a wiper blade (10) to a wiper arm (12), having at least one wiper unit (14) which has at least one latching means (16, 18), which can be deflected counter to a tensioning force, and at least one guide means (20, 22). It is proposed that the latching means (16, 18) is at least partially decoupled from the guide means (20, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert-Jan Rovaart, Jean-Marc Ritt
  • Publication number: 20110081195
    Abstract: A connection unit of a chain includes two outer link plates each having a first hole and a second hole. The second hole has a first recess and a second recess which communicates with the first recess. The first recess has a diameter larger than that of the second recess. The second recess includes an inner surface and a stepped engaging surface which is perpendicular to the inner surface. A stop surface is perpendicularly connected to the engaging surface. At least one first protrusion extends from the inner surface. A pin is securely fixed in the first hole and includes an engaging portion. A neck is located beside the engaging portion and has a diameter smaller than that of the engaging portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: WEN-PIN WANG
  • Publication number: 20110081810
    Abstract: A grounding clamp carries a through-hole where one end of the hole or opening carries a multi-sided socket, such as a hex-shaped socket or depression. A pair of ball studs extend in part into the through-hole and threadably lock together trapping or sandwiching the clamp therebetween. One of the ball studs is blocked from rotating by the hex-shaped socket. As the other ball stud is rotated onto it, the three components, the clamp and the two ball studs form a composite grounding assembly which is locked together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred R. Flojo
  • Patent number: 7914226
    Abstract: A non-removable safety pin (20) for an excavator coupler for securing a latching hook thereof. The safety pin (20) comprises a head (26), a shaft (24), a distal end (22) and a longitudinal axis starting at the head (26), extending along the shaft (24) and terminating at the distal end (22), wherein either or both of the shaft (24) and the distal end (22) are keyed so as to have an element thereon that extends relative to a side of the shaft. The element prevents removal of the safety pin from a hole (36) in which the safety pin (20) is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Miller UK Limited
    Inventor: Gary Miller
  • Patent number: 7811023
    Abstract: An articulated junction device between a suspended structure and a load bearing structure comprises a hinge pin, at least one first part being installed in the suspended structure so as to be able to rotate about a first axis and a second part installed in the load bearing structure so as to be able to rotate about a second axis. The hinge pin passes through the first part and the second part. The first axis and the second axis are parallel to each other and offset from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventor: Hervé Marche
  • Patent number: 7794203
    Abstract: A joining device including a clevis and a connecting member is disclosed. The connecting member includes a through hole which is housed between a first and a second lug of the clevis. These lugs respectively have a first clevis hole and a second clevis hole. The device further includes a shear pin system passing through each of the holes and includes a threaded end collaborating with a nut system which abuts against the second lug. The shear pin system includes a widened portion passing through the first hole and forming a shoulder situated between the two lugs. The member is situated away from the first lug. A first side of the member is pressed against the shoulder and a second side of the member is pressed against the second lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Snecma
    Inventors: Godefroy Francis Frederic Drelon, Philippe Jean-Pierre Pabion, Sebastien Jean Laurent Prestel, Jean-Luc Soupizon
  • Publication number: 20100215426
    Abstract: A pin joint assembly for pivotally connecting a plurality of components, the assembly including a joint pin with a channel at one end disposed transverse to a longitudinal axis of the pin and a first retainer disposed in the slot that extends beyond a circumference of the pin to restrict axial movement in a first direction, while a second retainer is positioned over the first retainer to restrict axial movement in the opposite axial direction, a retainer base having a slot being configured to receive one end of the first retainer to restrict rotational movement of the first retainer and attached joint pin. The joint pin and pin joint assembly may be provided as part of a suspension assembly for machine axles, the pin joint assemblies providing pivotal connections between an axle assembly, linkage and frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Mann, Thomas J. Gregg
  • Patent number: 7753612
    Abstract: The assembly comprises a fixed fork (10) of which the lugs (22, 30) support a rod (60) onto which a spherical ball is slipped (46) about which a cage (44) and a support (42), of the part which is mobile in rotation, swivel. The maintaining of the axial and angular positions of the spherical ball (46) in the fork is ensured, in particular, by a tight fit (A3) which replaces conventional screw and nut systems positioned at the end of the rod and which project disadvantageously. According to the invention, a pair of planar facets which are opposing and in abutment (including 23) carry out a blocking of one of the assembly pieces in rotation. Application to bell cranks for the transmission of movement, in particular in aircraft engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Michel André Bouru, Gérard Joël Patrick Etoile
  • Publication number: 20090269133
    Abstract: A locking device, in particular for a link of a grappler, comprises a movable pin provided with at least one groove, a locking plate to engage the groove and a holding element to hold the locking plate in the groove, wherein the engagement of the locking plate into the groove locks the pin. The invention also relates to a linking device comprising the locking device of the first aspect and a frame having spaced apart bushings to receive the pin. The invention further relates to a method of a method of locking a link of a grappler comprising the steps of providing a frame having spaced apart bushings, wherein at least one of the bushings carries a locking plate, threading a pin having a groove through the spaced apart bushings and engaging the locking plate into the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Edward Van Amelsfoort, Joost Luyendijk
  • Publication number: 20090196683
    Abstract: Components for use in a locking connector system, such a heavy duty shackles, comprise a retainer, a body structure and pin which is axially moveable into a receiving cavity of the body structure, the body structure having a transversely directed cavity interconnecting with the cavity and have a latching shoulder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: BRADKEN RESOURCES PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Lunn, Matthew David Patton, Reece Attwood
  • Patent number: 7540140
    Abstract: An improved shackle assembly is disclosed that provides a bow having specially configured receptacle on one end portion that interlocks with a specially configured pin assembly. The pin assembly has locking members or lugs that move between locking and releasing positions. The locking lugs can be moved to a locking position or unlocked using a rotating end portion of the shaft opposite the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventors: Carroll Diaz, Derrick Prentice
  • Publication number: 20090116897
    Abstract: A steering pin assembly has an expansion sleeve. The expansion sleeve has a housing having a channel formed there through. A plurality of slots is vertically formed in the housing. A pin is provided having a tapered body. A locking device is provided and engages the pin. The locking device pulls the pin down into the channel forcing the expansion sleeve to expand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Roger Svensson
  • Patent number: 7461995
    Abstract: A socket retainer for retaining a ball of a support post. The socket retainer includes a body with a channel formed therein for receiving the ball. A rotatable pin is disposed in the body substantially perpendicular to the channel. The pin has a cutout formed therein which corresponds to a diameter of the ball. The cutout aligns with the channel to allow entry of the ball into the channel. A spring is disposed at the pin for preventing an unintended rotation of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Burnley
  • Patent number: 7364381
    Abstract: A connector assembly pivotally couples a caster assembly with a pivot arm of an agricultural implement. The connector assembly includes first and second structural support plates having openings to receive a connector pin therethrough pivotally coupling the arm between the plates. A fixed collar having a bore, and a lock pin passage aligned perpendicular thereto, is fixed at one of the first or second structural support plates to receive the connector pin therethrough. The connector pin includes a first end having an exterior threaded portion and a second end having a connector pin opening. The connector pin opening and the lock pin opening receive a lock pin therethrough that secures a position of the connector pin in the collar. Tightening a nut at the threaded end of the connector causes the structural support plates to squeeze against the arm, enhancing lateral support of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: David D. Seib
  • Patent number: 7329066
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising and methods relating to a quick disconnect pin having a locking member, a first body segment and a second body segment wherein the first and second body segments are rotatably coupled to each other, and relative rotation between the body segments about an axis causes translation of the locking member relative to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: SPS Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victor M Pineiros, Bobby Lamar Waits, Fernando De La Fuente
  • Patent number: 7306394
    Abstract: The hinging device (1) for pivotably attaching the links of a bracelet includes a bar (5) comprising at at least one of its ends (8) a hole (9) provided with an inner thread (10), and a screw (11) whose thread is engaged in said inner thread. The bar and the screw are provided with means (14 to 17) allowing an end portion (18) of the bar (5) to rest radially on a portion (19) of the head (13) of the screw (11) to tighten said screw in said bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Blancpain S.A.
    Inventors: Yannick Renaudet, Thierry Bergeon, Jean-Claude Probst, Olivier Paratte, Yves Bandi, Johnny Buehler
  • Patent number: 7296369
    Abstract: A backhoe coupling for joining members of a backhoe attachment is provided, the coupling having a pivot pin assembly that includes a pivot pin and a retaining plate. The pin has a groove for receiving the retaining plate. The retaining plate has an edge that is sized to fit into the groove and prevent it from being extracted. The groove has two blocked regions on opposing sides of the pin that prevent the pin from rotating freely with respect to the retaining plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: David V. Martinez
  • Patent number: 7182571
    Abstract: A variable stator vane actuating lever (50) for use in a compressor (20) of a gas turbine engine (10). The lever (50) comprises a first end (52) for pivotal connection to a stator vane actuator ring (36) and a second end (54) for abutting a stator vane spindle (32). The stator vane spindle (32) has a diameter and flat positions (56,58,60,62). The second end (54) of the lever (50) has resilient members (64,66) for abutting the flat portions (56,58,60,62) of the stator vane spindle (32) at diametrically opposite locations. The resilient members (64,66) are integral with the second end (54) of the stator vane spindle (32) and are curved so that they are substantially tubular to provide even load distribution and improved location of the lever (50) on the stator vane spindle (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventor: Alan L Selby
  • Patent number: 7043858
    Abstract: A backhoe coupling for joining members of a backhoe attachment is provided, the coupling having a pivot pin assembly that includes a pivot pin and a retaining plate. The pin has a groove for receiving the retaining plate. The retaining plate has an edge that is sized to fit into the groove and prevent it from being extracted. The groove has two blocked regions on opposing sides of the pin that prevent the pin from rotating freely with respect to the retaining plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: David V. Martinez