Fork And Tongue Patents (Class 403/157)
  • Patent number: 10731362
    Abstract: A modified scaffold component for use in modular scaffold systems allows securement to vertical uprights in a conventional manner and allows a work surface to pass over supporting uprights (if desired) to form a continuous work surface where securement of the modified scaffold component is below and does not interrupt the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Atlantic Pacific Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Rogers
  • Patent number: 10654572
    Abstract: The invention is based on an aircraft seat device with a load-bearing frame and a plurality of structural components that are fastened at the load-bearing frame. It is proposed that at least one of the structural components is provided to be tool-lessly mounted to the load-bearing frame and/or to another structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Philipp Bendele, Adrian Philipp
  • Patent number: 10518596
    Abstract: A joint provided with a base part 12, a pair of side parts 14, 14 extending from the two end parts of the base part 12 in the first direction D1 to the same side in the second direction D2 vertical to the first direction D1, the pair of side parts 14, 14 being formed with fastening holes 14H at the center in a third direction D3 vertical to both the first direction D1 and second direction D2, and a closed part 16 formed between the pair of side parts 14, 14 as an extended region of the base part 12 and pair of side parts 14, 14 at least at one end in the third direction D3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Aitoh, Takeshi Kawachi
  • Patent number: 10307629
    Abstract: A jungle gym joint has a joint main body having joint shafts to which a plurality of pipes are connected and a rotary member having a short rod shape to one end side of which the pipe is connected. A folding portion is formed at a bifurcate portion of the rotary member where a flat plate portion of the joint main body is inserted thereinto, allowing the pipe to be folded. A cylindrical cover member is provided on an outer circumference of the folding portion. The cover member includes a restricting wall portion restricting the folding of the pipe by being brought into abutment with the flat plate portion or the bifurcate portion and a cutout portion formed by cutting out the circumferential wall to prevent the abutment of the circumferential wall with the flat plate portion or the bifurcate portion to thereby release the folding of the folding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AGATSUMA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10106100
    Abstract: A latch pivots about and slides axially on an axle on a second assembly. It is manually pulled axially outward against a spring to clear and pivot over a boss on a first assembly. It then slides over the boss via a boss receiving hole in the latch, interconnecting the two assemblies. A spring urges the latch inward, retaining it on the boss. A hole for a shackle may be provided in the first assembly and in the latch to lock the latch in the connected position. The latch may pivot to a retracted position over a shackle hole in the second assembly to store a lock on the second assembly. It prevents separation of two assemblies that are coupled by a pivoting engagement of one assembly relative to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Cal M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10081415
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to integration of water sports apparel with leashes and other water sports accessories. For example, a wetsuit can be adapted for integration with a leash to reduce entanglement of the leash with a user's feet and eliminate the need to adjust the orientation of the leash on the user during a water sports session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Epic Surf Design Company, LLC
    Inventor: Amy Sun
  • Patent number: 9863479
    Abstract: A device configured to operably couple a steering column to a steering gear housing. The device includes a shaft, a clamping collar and a clamping screw. The clamping collar includes two arms arranged relative to one another so as to define a cavity. The cavity presents an entry zone and a coupling zone into which the shaft is inserted, the shaft first entering the entry zone then entering the coupling zone. The shaft is secured in position by tightening the clamping screw to a set torque, the entry zone being dimensioned in relation to the coupling zone so as to inhibit achieving the set torque of the clamping screw when the shaft is inserted into the entry zone only, and not the coupling zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE STEERING VEND{dot over (O)}ME SAS
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mottier, Benjamin Coudere, Olivier Coulon
  • Patent number: 9813013
    Abstract: Solar panel installation systems are disclosed that reduce or eliminate the need for large, costly rails for mounting solar panels on an installation surface. The systems may include an array of framed solar modules supported above an installation surface using a number of height-adjustable base members. Adjacent solar modules in the array may be coupled to one another at or near their corners using module links that can structurally couple the frames of the adjacent solar modules together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sunrun South LLC
    Inventors: Greg McPheeters, Geno Viscuso
  • Patent number: 9637931
    Abstract: A connector apparatus has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion mounts to an upright that has knobby hand grip protrusions. The second portion provides a connection for a laterally extending cross-member. The first portion interacts with the knobby hand grip protrusions to have a combination of a first degree of freedom permitting motion in one direction, while inhibiting motion in a second degree of freedom. The second portion has a releasable connection to the cross-member, and when engaged, has a degree of freedom of motion about an axis of the second portion cross-wise to the axis of the upright. The second portion has a releasable, retained, pin connector with a quarter-turn lock to prevent accidental disengagement. The connection of the second portion is offset such that when two connectors are seated back-to-back their cross-tie connections stand in substantially the same horizontal plane relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: University Health Network
    Inventors: Andrew John Hart, Geoffrey Roy Fernie, T. Daniel Smyth, Victoria P. Komisar, Emily Catherine King, Peter George Murray
  • Patent number: 9458870
    Abstract: A supporting framework, comprising a plurality of nodes and one framework component, the framework component, selected from a group, consisting of one diagonal brace, one panel and combinations thereof, one of the nodes, comprising one connector and one bar, each of the connectors comprising a plurality of mating bores, and each of the bars, comprising a first end and a second end, wherein one of the nodes further comprises one holder, comprising a plurality of supporting faces and the corresponding connector, comprising one holder mating bore, and a first end of the holder and a second end, the holder and the bars are located on the supporting faces of the holder, and are in contact with and enclose the proximal portion of a plurality of bars for stabilizing the first end and transferring the load of the framework components to the bars as well as to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Devrim Pacaci
  • Patent number: 8944717
    Abstract: An apparatus for lubrication of a hinge on a work machine. The hinge includes a first member such as a first boom arm and a second member such as a second boom arm. The hinge further includes a pin hingedly linking the first and second members. The pin has a path therein having a first portion that extends axially. The hinge further includes a port in fluid communication with the path. The port is radially offset by a fixed distance and fixed orientation from the first portion within the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Ditzler, Peter D. Zach, Jonathan R. Hunt
  • Patent number: 8887471
    Abstract: A strut end piece for a strut for connecting with a fin of a sleeve for a solar mirror frame support. A strut for receiving a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support. A sleeve for connecting with a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support having a main portion having an opening for receiving the chord. A method for connecting a sleeve to a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Craig Roy Werner, John Funai
  • Patent number: 8678694
    Abstract: An aircraft reaction link includes a pair of linear portions, a coupling portion that couples ends of the pair of linear portions on the same side to each other, a fulcrum shaft attachment portion, and a cylinder attachment portion. A metal frame that is made of a metallic material and that is provided so as to extend across the coupling portion and the pair of linear portions and a composite frame that is made of fiber-reinforced plastic and that is provided so as to extend at least in the pair of linear portions are bonded together, and thereby, the pair of linear portions and the coupling portion are formed. The metal frame is provided so as to extend from the fulcrum shaft attachment portion to the cylinder attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nabtesco Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Itoh, Toshiaki Ogawa, Makoto Nagashima
  • Patent number: 8511861
    Abstract: A table lamp and rotary joint thereof is disclosed. The table lamp including a base body, a lighting member and a frictional rotary joint connecting the lighting member to the base body is disclosed. The rotary joint includes a housing defining a cavity and a rotary portion defining a rotator. The rotator deforms elastically by means of defining a center hole and a slot extending parallel to the axis of the center hole through the rotator. Compressing the rotator into the cavity, the outer surface of the rotator mates tightly to the inner surface of the cavity. Then the rotator rotates frictionally in the cavity and the lighting member can maintain at a desired angle with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Cheng, Meng-Hua He, Jia-Ning Huang, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen, Te-Sheng Jan
  • Patent number: 8505686
    Abstract: An apparatus for cranking a shackle of a pump jack. The apparatus includes a shaft which fits through the shackle. The apparatus includes an arm rotatably attached to the shaft The apparatus includes a handle for cranking the shaft. The handle having a locked state in which the handle is unable to rotate the shaft, and an unlocked state in which the handle is able to rotate the shaft. The handle attached to the arm. The apparatus includes a locking mechanism engaging the arm at a pivot point and the shaft, the locking mechanism placing the handle in the locked state or the unlocked state by moving the handle about the pivot point to a first position or a second position, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Parker
  • Patent number: 8448718
    Abstract: A method of modifying a hand-held tool which having a stationary handle actuated by a movable handle connected to a movable tool jaw by a connection linkage, the method including removing the moving handle and the stationary handle. A pneumatic actuator with a piston rod is added. The connection linkage is modified to extend between the piston rod and the movable tool jaw. A trigger is added between the pneumatic actuator and a source of pressurized gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Brian White, Colin White
  • Patent number: 8360676
    Abstract: A shaft support structure for a vehicle, capable of enhancing a degree of freedom for setting an assembly process of a to-be-supported member without the necessity of a dedicated tool. A collar is screwed in an internally threaded hole of one of pivot plates attached to a body frame with the collar being tightened using cut grooves formed at one end thereof. A gap is formed between the pivot plates and a pivot pipe as a to-be-supported member is adjusted. The pivot pipe is supported by the body frame via the support bolt with a washer being provided on the seating surface of the head section of the support bolt in the pivot plate. The washer is provided with projecting portions to be engaged with the cut grooves of the collar and is formed with outer circumferential cut grooves to be engaged with a given rotary tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Fujita
  • Patent number: 8221020
    Abstract: A through pin assembly for securing an axle into a pair of mounting cheeks and to stabilize a machine member is disclosed. The pin assembly has an axle having a pair of end members formed on each end of the axle. A channel is formed through the axle and runs a length of the axle. The channel consists of a threaded area of the channel at the first end for use when removing the assembly; a hexagon, octagon or otherwise shaped area at the second end to interlock with the threaded part of the locking end member; two grooves in the channel, one at each end, as a seat for gaskets to seal off a grease or oil chamber for distribution to the bearing. A bearing is mounted on a central section of the axle. A pair of expansion sleeves is provided wherein one of the pair of expansion sleeves is positioned over each of the end member of the axle. A locking device is inserted into the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Svenska Expander AB
    Inventors: Roger Svensson, Anders Carlsson, Everth Svensson
  • Patent number: 8197153
    Abstract: A self-retaining anti-rotation clip for a spherical-bearing rod end has two opposing spacer plates, each spacer plate having a curved edge portion for surrounding at least a portion of a ball of the rod end. A connector plate connects the spacer plates, such that the spacer plates are spaced from each other and generally parallel to each other. A retainer is carried on the clip and adapted for retaining each spacer plate in a position generally adjacent one side of a body of the rod end, such that the spacer plates are free from interference with the ball of the rod end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Lancer D. Halcom, Clifton B. Day
  • 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: 20110058894
    Abstract: A lock assembly for releasably securing an excavator tooth on a nose of an excavator. The lock assembly has a rigid lock member having a base portion and a retaining portion extending from the base portion. The base portion is adapted to be located in a retaining cavity of the nose and the retaining portion adapted to at least partially extend into a retaining aperture of the wear member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: CQMS Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lindsay Heaphy, Cameron Wayne Radel, Derek Adolf Mulder
  • 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: 20100224225
    Abstract: A connector is provided to connect a structural rib of a structure to another rib or portion of the structure, such as an umbrella. The connector comprises first and second ends, and can include a reinforcing rib and/or a closure member. The second end comprises at least one recess extending from a side of the connector. The recess can comprise an open end configured to be coupled to a mounting member of an umbrella hub or rib and a closed end configured to rest on or retain the mounting member. The reinforcing rib can extend between the first and second ends of the connector to enhance its strength. The closure member, if present, can be biased to allow or restrict access to the open end of the recess to retain the mounting member in the closed ends thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Patent number: 7654056
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotor-disc connecting member for a glass curtain wall or roofing, comprising: a support abutment, one end connecting with a truss frame, and the other end connecting with an interconnecting part; and the interconnecting part connecting with one end of at least two support arms. The support abutment connects with the interconnecting part via a ball pivot, and the support arms hinge with the interconnecting part. The present invention is a simple structure and conveniently assembled during the construction phase of a glass curtain wall or roofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: KGE Group Limited
    Inventor: Ken Yi Luo
  • Patent number: 7614413
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a connecting device designed for connecting umbrella ribs and specifically refers to one installed on each pivoted part existing among all lengthwise ribs and transverse ribs and it contains a hollow tubular sleeve sheathed on the lengthwise rib and a socket sleeve mounted on the top of the transverse rib. The hollow tubular sleeve has two symmetrical elongated wings where the pinholes existed respectively. The socket sleeve is the same as the hollow tubular sleeve having two symmetrical elongated wings where pinholes are on the same line with the central bore located on the top of the socket sleeve. There are slots formed between the socket sleeve and its two symmetrical elongated wings for receiving two symmetrical elongated wings of the hollow tubular sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Joen-Shen Ma
  • Patent number: 7517169
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotatable link, which may be incorporated in an upright. The upright may be used in connection with a support for a card terminal. The rotatable link may be characterized as a rotary friction link. Compressive forces caused by a mechanical tension in a pipe are transferred via two first objects to a second object clamped between them. The two first objects are secured and partly built into the pipe, and the second object is rotatable relative to the pipe. The second object constitutes a rotatable link part on which a plate may be welded to provide an upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Ergonomic Solutions International Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Jørgen Dalum
  • Patent number: 7516805
    Abstract: An equalizer bar for a tracked vehicle is connected to the track roller frames via an arrangement comprising a pin which is swivel ably mounted to the equalizer bar and held rigidly by the track roller frame. The pin is positively held by the track roller frame, for example by channels in which the pin sits such that the side load is at least partially absorbed by the channel walls rather than the fasteners. The fasteners are located such that they experience minimal side load and aid a positive location of the pin in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Billy R. Bedford, Frederick R. Brotherson, Mark J. Roeder
  • Patent number: 7488136
    Abstract: An electric device includes a main body, a supporting crutch and a pivot mechanism connecting the body to the crutch. The body is rotated around the crutch through the pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism includes first and second bearing shims. The first bearing shim has a limiting salient, which has a first sidewall, a second sidewall and an inclined surface. The inclined surface is tilted from the second sidewall to the first sidewall. The second bearing shim has a sliding salient. When the sliding salient is disposed on the first/second sidewall, the main body is positioned at a first/second position. The sliding salient crosses the first sidewall and slides on the inclined surface to the second sidewall by a first force. The sliding salient crosses the second sidewall and slides on the inclined surface to the first sidewall by a second force larger than the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Chen, Chia-Hung Lin, Wen-Ken Wang, Hsin-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 7469514
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotor-disc connecting member for a glass curtain wall or roofing, comprising: a support abutment, one end connecting with a truss frame, and the other end connecting with an interconnecting part; and the interconnecting part connecting with one end of at least two support arms. The support abutment connects with the interconnecting part via a ball pivot, and the support arms hinge with the interconnecting part. The present invention is a simple structure and conveniently assembled during the construction phase of a glass curtain wall or roofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: KGE Group Limited
    Inventor: Ken Yi Luo
  • Patent number: 7384209
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint connection has a retaining part which has a fastening point for fixedly mounting the retaining part to a structure, and a rod part which is arranged pivotably in a pivoting-angle region in a pivoting plane via a ball-and-socket joint on the retaining part. The fastening point and the ball-and-socket joint are situated approximately in the pivoting plane and the rod part protrudes from the ball-like component out of a journal slot which extends radially to the ball seat in a sector-like or sectional manner at least corresponding to the pivoting angle and has a width at least corresponding to the thickness of the rod part to reduce a bending moment and loading on the retaining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Muders, Frank Born, Wilhelm Schwab, Andre Stein, Rolf Mintgen
  • 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: 7318687
    Abstract: An assembly comprises a male component and a female component which connect together to form a mechanical connection, the female component being adapted to at least partially receive an end portion of the male component. The female component has at least one bore which is adapted to receive a clamping pin which can be tightened to clamp the female component around the male component. A guide is provided which is carried by the male component and which defines at least one blocking region and one opening region, the opening region being aligned with the at least one bore in the female component to permit insertion of the clamping pin into the bore when the male component and female component are correctly aligned and the blocking region otherwise preventing insertion of the clamping pin when the male component is inserted into the female component with an incorrect alignment. The guide assists in achieving correct alignment of the male and female components during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: TRW LucasVarity Electric Steering Limited
    Inventors: Michael Appleyard, Stephen David Butler, Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Patent number: 7309186
    Abstract: A frame for a work machine includes first and second wall portions having an axially aligned bore positioned therein. A boom is positioned between the first and second wall portions and has a bore that is alignable with the bores in the first and second wall portions. A first insert is disposed within the bore of the first wall portion of the frame and a second insert disposed within the bore of the second wall portion of the frame with each insert having a bore therethrough. A pin cartridge assembly is positioned in the bores of the first and second inserts and the boom. The pin cartridge assembly includes a pin having first and second end portions and an outer surface. A first collar having a through bore and a counter bore at one end, the collar is disposed about the outer surface of the pin. A second collar having through bore and a counter bore at one end, the collar is disposed about the outer surface of the pin. A bushing has a stepped bore that is rotatably disposed about the outer surface of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Oertley
  • Patent number: 7246965
    Abstract: A method of assembling a link to a support, the link comprising a body that is elongated along a longitudinal axis between a first sleeve and a second sleeve that are part of the body, the first sleeve surrounding an inner strength member mounted to move relative to the body of the link about an axis of rotation, by a flexible coupling interposed between the strength member and the first sleeve, a passageway passing through the inner strength member substantially along the axis of rotation and the support having a fixing tab provided with a fixing orifice, the method including a fixing step in which the fixing shank is engaged by force along the axis of rotation into the fixing orifice and into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Patrick Vanhille, Laurent Bodin
  • Patent number: 7077386
    Abstract: A hinge assembly which can be inserted into the bore of an end-bored bluster, fastened to the inside of the bore, and pivotally attached to a flange suitable for attachment to a rail. The hinge assembly requires no external modification to the normally exposed surfaces of the baluster. The flange includes an H-shaped foot which may be concealed in a groove defined by a hand rail or a shoe rail. The pivot point is raised slightly above the inner surface of the groove to prevent any unsightly gap, termed “bird's' mouth” in the industry, adjacent the baluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Harris Trust and Savings Bank
    Inventors: John M. Gray, Jr., David J. Wynne
  • Patent number: 7070331
    Abstract: The joint-pin modular unit for articulately connecting a fork-type or stirrup device (1) with a connecting eye embracing a joint pin (8) of the fork-type or stirrup device (1), includes at least one seal (9) provided between the connecting eye and the pin, wherein the joint pin (8) is rotationally guided in bearing bushes (6, 7) of the fork-type or stirrup device (1) and annular seals (9) are arranged between the connecting eye and the bearing bush end faces located adjacent to the connecting eye. The externally located end faces of the pin (8) are closed by covers (10, 11) tightly covering the bearing bushes (6, 7), wherein the surface of the pin is surrounded by a lubricant film and at least one substantially axial bore (13), and a plurality of radial bores (14, 15) leading to the surface of the pin, are provided for the supply of lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: VOEST-ALPINE Bergtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Kurt Schaffer, Bernhard Ebner, Erich Brandl
  • Patent number: 7010831
    Abstract: A screw connection for hinge parts, especially of an eyeglass frame, comprising a screw that interconnects the hinge parts that engage one inside the other and that have an upper hinge lobe, a lower hinge lobe, and at least one middle hinge lobe, the screw having a screw head and a screw shank that extends through a first through opening in the upper hinge lobe and extends through a second through opening in the middle hinge lobe, with a thread permitting the screw shank to be screwed into the lower hinge lobe, and comprising a sleeve that surrounds the screw shank, has elastic properties, and interacts with the upper and middle hinge lobes when the screw is in a screwed-in state, whereby the diameter (D2) of the second through opening is less than or equal to the diameter (D1) of the first through opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Beck, Rainer Wagner
  • Patent number: 6952986
    Abstract: A flexible socket extension includes two connectors disposed in two ends of a flexible housing, and a number of torque transmitting elements received in the flexible housing and coupled between the connectors. One of the torque transmitting elements includes a neck and a tongue which has a width greater than that of the neck. The other torque transmitting element includes a lateral groove for receiving the tongue, and having two juts extended into the lateral groove, for engaging with the tongue and for rotatably retaining the torque transmitting elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Kun Cen Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun Fa Fu
  • Patent number: 6926242
    Abstract: With an aim to provide a fixing apparatus capable of maintaining strong fixation with a simplified mechanism in a stable manner for a long time, a fixing apparatus fixing a headlamp to an object includes a plurality of arms having one end connected to each other, having free another end, and capable of changing a range of enclosure so as to grasp the object, a base member supporting the connected plurality of arms, and a nut changing a position relative to the base member, engaging to the base member, and pressing its edge against the plurality of arms to change an angle of enclosure by the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Cateye Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jacob R. Hall
  • Patent number: 6890120
    Abstract: This invention relates to a hinge for interconnecting sections of a floating dock and for interconnecting walkways with floating docks. This hinge protects docks from being damaged by stress exerted by the side to side or up and down motion of the wave, storm or high winds. This hinge can also be used for reconstructing old damaged docks. The hinge comprises two stackable sheet of twisting members which are preferably flat, each having an arcuate front end for facilitating a twisting motion of the twisting members relative to each other, a mounting plate, and a central opening for accomodating a pivot rod; a fastener for keeping the hinge components together; and, preferably washers to protect the outside surfaces of the twisting members from abrasion. One side of the hinge preferably attaches to a dock section having a dock joint bracket while the other end preferably attaches to a plain corner bracket to allow vertical pivotal movement of the dock sections in response to wave motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: Wayne A. Hozie
  • Patent number: 6808333
    Abstract: A pivot pin assembly is provided including a rotatable member having a hole therethrough with tapered ends, a pivot pin including a cylindrical portion and a conical portion engagable with a corresponding end of the tapered ends of the rotatable member, a pivot bearing engagable with the pivot pin to aid in rotation of said pivot pin; and a nut and bolt to lock said pivot pin to said rotatable member. The pivot pin is typically a conventional bearing having an inner race, an outer race, and bearings located between the inner and outer race. Optionally a washer is utilized to hold the bearings in place. In a preferred embodiment, the angle of the tapered end and the angle of the conical portion of the pivot pin are equal to each other and the angle is 20 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: CNH Canada, LTD
    Inventors: Dick E. Friesen, Robin B. Schilling
  • Patent number: 6708940
    Abstract: A mounting unit (11) for a attaching a working unit such as a video projector to a mounting surface which can be horizontal or vertical or at some angle intermediate the horizontal and the vertical comprising: an anchorage (12) whereby the unit can be attached to the mounting surface; a beam (13); a carrier (18) comprising in combination a holding plate (19) and a mounting plate; the carrier being adapted to provide for the attachment of a working unit to the mounting plate; a first pivot (20a) whereby a first end of the beam is pivotably attached to the anchorage to enable the beam to pivot about a first axis (a1); a second pivot whereby the other end of the beam to the first end is pivotably attached to the holding plate to enable the holding plate to pivot about a second axis (a2) parallel to the first axis; a third pivot (24) whereby the holding plate can pivot about a third axis perpendicular to the second axis; a fourth pivot (23) whereby the holding plate can pivot about a fourth axis (a4) perpendicula
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Ligertwood
  • Patent number: 6675546
    Abstract: A universal connector that facilitates quick assembly and disassembly of substantially the same and/or different member trusses at substantially the same and/or different angles, one from the other, and which may vary from installation to installation. The universal connector comprises: a male threaded eye end; a female threaded fork end, the female threaded fork end hingedly fastened and mating with the male threaded eye end, one with the other; and opposing threaded barrel sleeves, one of the opposing threaded barrel sleeves fastened to the male threaded eye end, the other opposing barrel sleeve fastened to the female threaded fork end, the threaded barrel sleeves adapted to be fastened thereto truss member ends. The universal connector facilitates quick, easy, and safe assembly and disassembly of the trusses, and is capable of use in a large variety of structures and situations, with the same and/or different types of truss members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Total Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Coles
  • Patent number: 6561717
    Abstract: A shim for use in combination with a pin and fastener assembly, the pin having a shank portion with an outer diameter and a shoulder on an end of the shank portion, the shoulder defining a reduced diameter portion having threads, the fastener adapted for engagement with the threads on the reduced diameter portion, the shim includes at least one annular member having an inner diameter and an outer diameter with a flat portion at the inner diameter and a cupped portion at the outer diameter, the inner diameter adapted to fit over the outer diameter of the shank portion of the pin, the cupped portion receiving the fastener when the fastener is engaged with the threads on the reduced diameter portion of the pin so as to restrict radial movement of the shim as the fastener is threaded into abutting contact with the shoulder on the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: David V. Martinez, Byron R. Moore
  • Patent number: 6514002
    Abstract: A grease hold extends in an axial direction from one end of a rotary pin to an eccentric portion, and a pair of grease injection holes communicating to the grease hole is open on the outer circumferential surface of the eccentric portion. These grease injection holes are arranged so as to be axially separated on both sides from a central portion C of the eccentric portion by L/4 when L is an length of the eccentric portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kenichi Katae, Kenji Chino, Yoshihisa Iwanaga
  • Patent number: 6439796
    Abstract: A connector pin assembly for releasably retaining a replaceable excavating tooth point on an adapter nose has opposite rigid body portions that are threadingly connected to one another in a manner permitting them to be selectively moved axially toward and away from one another, and a resilient structure captively retained between facing ends of the body portions. The connector pin assembly may be operatively inserted into the aligned point and adapter openings without the need to pound it in. Once the connector pin assembly is in place within the point and adapter openings the rigid body portions are threadingly moved toward one another to thereby compress the resilient structure in a manner forcing it against an interior surface portion of the adapter opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: GH Hensley Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Ruvang, Wesley E. Martin
  • Patent number: 6364566
    Abstract: A universal connector for use with a remote controlled apparatus comprising a base having an aperture sized to receive a control rod. Two fingers extend outwardly from the base, with a channel being located in one of the fingers. A slideable latch is retained in the channel, the latch having an aperture and a slit which separates opposingly located deformable prongs. The latch is operable between a locked and an unlocked position. Also provided are opposingly located first and second apertures located on the fingers. The apertures are aligned to receive a retaining pin. The first aperture is larger in diameter than the second aperture. The pin includes a head which engages one of the fingers and an internal stop which engages the other finger. A first portion of the pin is sized to fit within the first aperture and extends from the head to the internal stop. A second portion on the pin is sized to fit within the second aperture and extends from the internal stop to a terminal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Broberg
  • Patent number: 6309131
    Abstract: A clevis pin joins a thrust link to a support in an aircraft engine thrust mount. The pin includes a shank having a semicircular section for carrying in shear thrust load between the link and support. A head is disposed at one end of the shank, and a tip is disposed at an opposite end of the shank. In a preferred embodiment, a pair of the pins are nested together for collectively effecting a circular cross sectional area for carrying the thrust load in shear therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Dawson
  • Patent number: 6273632
    Abstract: A joint pin lock system or mechanism for a pivotal pin joint which connects one mechanical structural member between a pair of bracket portions of another mechanical structural member pivotally relative to each other by means of a joint pin passed through a connecting end portion of one mechanical structural member and the bracket portions of the other mechanical structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ei Takahashi, Ryohei Suzuki, Toshio Hasegawa, Hiroshige Kurosaka