With Interposed Antifriction Means Patents (Class 403/158)
  • Patent number: 10520012
    Abstract: A rod end includes a shaft and a head extending from the shaft. The head has an opening extending therethrough. The rod end includes a spherical bearing rotatably disposed in the opening. The spherical bearing is manufactured from an austenitic stainless steel alloy that includes 16 to 17 weight percent chromium and 0.1 to 0.18 weight percent nitrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Roller Bearing Company of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McNeil, Sean Vintinner
  • Patent number: 9789524
    Abstract: A shearing device for an extrusion press is adapted for cutting off from each other an extruded product and a discard which is the residue of a billet, the shearing device being configured so that the configuration thereof is simplified to reduce costs required for maintenance and production and so that the gap between the shear blade and an end surface of a die is automatically adjusted to improve the shearing accuracy, thereby providing a satisfactory cut surface. A shear cylinder (21) is mounted in a downward facing position to a frame (16) provided on the side of an end platen (11) which faces a container (10). A shear guide (18) is mounted to the frame (16) in a tiltable manner, the shear guide (18) having a shear blade (24) which is provided at the lower end thereof and guiding a shear slide (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ube Machinery Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Masunaga, Takeharu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9272781
    Abstract: A rotating control system includes a member having at least one clevis defined by a pair of clevis arms disposed in a clevis plane, the at least one clevis having an axis of symmetry disposed in the clevis plane midway between the pair of clevis arms, a shaft member pivotally coupled between the pair of clevis arms, the shaft member having a shaft axis, the shaft axis disposed axially along the shaft member, and an anti-rotation device for limiting a rotation of the shaft member about the shaft axis, the anti-rotation device having a plurality of flanges configured to couple to the clevis arms of the member, the flanges extending from a surface of a base member, the anti-rotation device having at least one restraining member that protrudes toward the shaft member for limiting the axial rotation of the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton B. Day, Danny Spivey, Brian S. M. Modrzejewski, Tim Stark, Farid Saiyed
  • Patent number: 8870461
    Abstract: A bushing for a bearing assembly is provided. The bushing includes a tubular sleeve having an inner surface and an outer surface. An inner circumferential channel is provided on the inner surface of the bushing. An outer channel is provided diagonally on the outer surface of the bushing and is configured to be in fluid communication with a lubricant supply path. Further, the bushing includes a port connecting the inner channel and the outer channel of the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpiller Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Hansen
  • 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: 8591136
    Abstract: A non-rotating universal joint for a helicopter drive unit has a spider defined by a ring, which has four connecting portions spaced 90° apart and engaging respective forks defining the ends of respective arms of two connecting members which, in use, are fixed with respect to a casing of an engine and a casing of a reduction gear; each fork and the corresponding connecting portion have respective through holes coaxial with one another and engaged by a screw; and dampers are interposed between the connecting portions of the ring and the shanks of the screws, and between the connecting portions of the ring and the forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Agusta S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Gasparini, Francesco Ferretti, Massimo Forni, Roberto Regonini
  • Patent number: 8550483
    Abstract: A locking collar capable of coupling a hub-and-axle subassembly to a fork dropout of a bicycle for locking an antifriction bearing in place includes an outward pressed surface adapted to confront a pressing surface of the fork dropout, an inward abutting surface adapted to confront the antifriction bearing, an axially extending female threaded surface adapted to be screwed on a threaded end segment of an axle, a tubular extension extending from the outward pressed surface to be insertable into the fork dropout, and a plurality of circumferentially extending rib segments which are disposed on the outward pressed surface to be in pressing engagement with the pressing surface of the fork dropout in a tightened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiu-Mei Chung
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8002489
    Abstract: An absorber for a connecting component including a head with two faces parallel to each other is traversed by a bore forming a housing for a ball-joint including a cage. The absorber includes two elements in the form of discs, parallel to each other, each with a central opening sufficiently wide so as not to cover the portions of the ball-joint protruding in relation to the head and a connector configured to connect the two elements at their periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignees: Snecma, Delmon Industrie
    Inventors: Frederic Mahy, Gerard Etoile, Pierre Cortesi, Pierre Delmon, Jean Mas
  • 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: 20090108556
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly comprises a housing having a recess located therein, a collar member operably coupled to the housing, and an integral single-piece kingpin having at least a portion located within the recess of the housing, wherein the housing and collar cooperate to rotationally secure the kingpin within the recess of the housing, and wherein the kingpin provides a sole rotational support for the kingpin with respect to the housing and the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Gerald W. Hungerink, Steven C. Dupay, Richard T. Polanic, Eric M. Terpsma, Jason D.C. Howe, Justin D. Keatley, Daniel R. Dykstra, Randy L. Schutt
  • 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: 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: 6736373
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a handrail installation comprises two connector components one of which locates within the bore of an end of a tubular member of the handrail installation and the other of which connects to a second member of the handrail installation, each connector component comprising a head portion and a location portion and the head portions of the two handrail connector components being provided with apertures to receive a retention means for holding the two connector components in interconnected relationship, said apertures and the retention means each having a major axis thereof extending substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of said bore of the end of a tubular member of the handrail installation whereby, during construction of a handrail installation, the retention means may act as a pivot to allow the two connector components to pivot one relative to the other about an axis substantially perpendicular to said longitudinal direction, a first of said connector components p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Kee Klamp Limited
    Inventor: John Greaves
  • Patent number: 6579026
    Abstract: A steer axle assembly is provided. The assembly includes an axle beam that defines a boss at one end. The boss defines one bore configured to receive a kingpin. The boss further defines two additional bores that intersect the kingpin bore and that are configured to receive draw keys used to secure the kingpin within the kingpin bore. The draw keys are both disposed on an inboard side of the kingpin. The assembly further includes nuts disposed about one end of the draw keys on the same side of the axle beam. The inboard location of the draw keys and the same-side location of the nuts reduces assembly time for the steer axle assembly and securely locks the kingpin within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Moses, Dick D. Ryan, Mark A. Davis
  • 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: 6371681
    Abstract: The present invention is for an improved rotating control system for use on tilt rotor aircraft and helicopters. Existing rotating control systems usually include a non-rotating swashplate and a rotating swashplate, both swashplates having a plurality of clevises, each clevis formed by at least two clevis arms. The clevis arms are disposed in a clevis plane, and an axis of symmetry is located in the clevis plane between the clevis arms. The devises on the non-rotating swashplate are adapted to pivotally receive an actuator rod which has a rod axis defined by the actuator rod. The apparatus of the present invention includes an anti-rotation clip that is disposed between the clevis arms of each clevis of the non-rotating swashplate. The anti-rotation clip is either of unitary or multi-piece construction. The anti-rotation clip includes a wall portion and at least one restraining member that protrudes inwardly from the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: C. Ed Covington, Clifton B. Day, Joseph J. Zierer
  • Patent number: 6350074
    Abstract: A spherical clevis assembly constructed as a generally U-shaped member having two generally parallel opposing arms and a base. Two opposing inwardly disposed mounting members each having a spherical portion are situated in a respective aperture of the respective arm of the U-shaped member. Each such aperture has a sidewall-defined entry of a diameter less than an adjacent curvature of the spherical portion of the mounting member to thereby permit the spherical portion to ride upon the sidewall-defined entry and be movable in axes in accord with the adjacent curvature of the spherical portion. A pin member extends between the mounting members to receive connected components whose mounting aperture surrounds the pin member as conventionally accomplished. Since each end of the pin member is situated within a respective mounting member, the arc movement and subsequent multiplanar movements translate to the pin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: John Silva Borges, Kevin David Boggs, Vail Rory Trevisanut, Phillip A. Goldberg, Richard Arthur Zapata
  • Patent number: 6324744
    Abstract: A specialized mounting arrangement for an accessory such as an engine driven air conditioner compressor to an engine is utilized featuring a pair of press fitted bushings in a pair of arms of the mount and a single bolt extending therethrough. The arms of the mount assembly are constructed so that they straddle portions of an anchor member attached to the engine. A connector bolt is inserted through one bushing in one arm of the mount and then thorough a passage in the anchor member, and next into engagement with internal threads carried by the other bushing which his carried by the other arm of the mount. Rotation of the bolt moves the bushings toward one another and against the ends of the anchor member to clamp the anchor and thus the accessory therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M Banks, Kenneth W Wheat, Vem L Chuang
  • Patent number: 6322280
    Abstract: A pin joint including a pin having opposite stepped axial ends and an outer surface extending therebetween, the pin being adapted to be supported for pivotal movement in a bearing of a first member such as a lift arm or the like with the opposite stepped axial ends in predetermined axially spaced relation to axial end faces of the bearing. A pair of annular retainers are adapted to be positioned in apertures of brackets or other elements of a second member such as a bucket or other implement and have inner circumferential stepped surfaces defining cavities adapted for cooperatively receiving and engaging the stepped axial ends of the pin, respectively, for positioning the retainers and the pin in predetermined axial relation to the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas W. Coyne
  • Patent number: 6317497
    Abstract: A toggle joint combination for extending a receptacle of automobile cigarette lighter and application thereof, wherein an insertion portion of this invention is plugged in the receptacle of automobile cigarette lighter; every extension portion may be extended by coupling with additional extension portions; the rear end of the last toggle is used to connect with various articles, such as a beverage rack, electric fan, illuminating ashtray, electric extension connector, map light, hold-free mobile phone set, etc, which can be adjusted at will. This invention comprises at least an insertion portion, a first extension portion, and a second extension portion, and, more than two extension portions can be combined if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Ou
  • Patent number: 6283667
    Abstract: The present oil filled pin joint includes at least one buffer member for absorbing rapid pressure increases or spikes in the oil contained in the joint. The present pin joint includes a pin, at least two opposed members joined by the pin for movement one relative to the other, the members defining a space therebetween, and at least one seal disposed between the opposed members sealably enclosing the space. The at least one buffer member is disposed in communication with the space, the space having a volume defined by the opposed members, the at least one seal, and the at least one buffer member. The space is at least substantially filled with oil and the opposed members are relatively movable to effectively trap at least some of the oil in the space and pressurize the trapped oil, the at least one buffer member being resiliently compressible by the pressurized trapped oil to reduce the pressurization to avoid damaging the at least one seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Neitzel
  • Patent number: 6269593
    Abstract: A retrofit roof tie down that helps prevent the roof from separating from the gable end wall, having a fork and yoke to accommodate different roof pitches. The forks attach to pipe that holds down the roofing material and roof sheathing. A plate attaches to the gable wall securing the outside sheathing to the underlying rafter. A bolt fastens the yoke and plate together through the roof and an eye nut secures everything together. A cargo strap secures the eye to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas Thompson
  • Patent number: 6270282
    Abstract: A V-configuration torque rod has an apex pivotal joint system which includes a pair of pivotal end joint assemblies connected by a bar-pin journal. The bar-pin journal is bent as an angle to define the V-configuration of the torque rod. By using the bent bar-pin journal, straight links for the arms of the V-configuration can be utilized using similar components at each end joint assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald J. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20010007625
    Abstract: A yoke unit connects two shaft arranged at a predetermined angle. The yoke unit has a pair of yoke portions receiving an input shaft, a clamp for clamping the input shaft, a bush disposed around the clamp, and an insert inserted into a space between the yoke portions and coupled to the bush. When the shaft is received in the yoke portions, the bush is inserted into through holes of the yoke portions such that the bush is positioned on a recess of the input shaft. The clamp passes through the bush and is screwed to any one of through holes of the yoke portions. The bush prevents the input shaft from moving an axial direction. The insert prevents the yoke portions from deforming when the clamp is fastened and when an external impact is applied to the yoke portions. A friction between the yoke unit and the input shaft can be reduced by the bush and the abrasion of the bolt and the shaft can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Publication date: July 12, 2001
    Inventors: Han Kwan Moon, Jung Kun Kim, Ik Min Park, Choon Tae Lee, Joon Ho Ahn, Byung Min Kim, Dong Jin Kim, Gwan Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 6071033
    Abstract: In many pinned connections between the frames of a machine such as an articulated construction machine, the forces passing through the pin connection caused flexing of the various bolted connections which ultimately could cause the loosening or failure of the bolts. The present invention provides a retainer member for a pin member that has a groove positioned in an engagement surface to divide the engagement surface into radial inner and outer portions. A plurality of fasteners are positioned in the radially inner engagement surface to secure the retainer member to the pin member. The radially outer engagement surface, having a reduced cross-section and no fasteners, is allowed to flex to accommodate the forces passing from one frame to the other, thus maintaining the integrity of the bolted connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Neitzel, Rajesh M. Krishnan
  • Patent number: 6071032
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly for heavy duty vehicles having upper and lower yokes of a steering spindle knuckle straddling upper and lower sides of an end portion of an axle. The upper and lower steering spindle yokes have respective bores in registration with a bore in the axle end portion. A kingpin has a central portion fixedly secured within the axle bore, and has opposite, accurately machined and polished end portions disposed within respective upper and lower steering spindle yoke apertures. There is an annular gap between the peripheries of the kingpin end portions and the interior surfaces of the steering spindle yoke bores. An annular sleeve resides within the gap. A pair of roller bearings are mounted in spaced relation internally of the sleeve, with a grease reservoir being defined in the space between adjacent roller bearings. The roller bearings have an outer race mounted in a stationary position on the internal wall of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: American Roller Bushing Corporation
    Inventor: Larry R. Link
  • Patent number: 6042295
    Abstract: The present invention is a pin assembly used with a quick coupling device for attaching a work implement to a machine. The pin assembly has a pair of pins each circumferentially surrounded by a bushing which has a pair of seals therein. The seals are positioned between the inner surface of the bushing and an outer surface of the pins for retention of lubricating fluid across a portion of the pins during operation to limit pin wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Barden
  • Patent number: 5722784
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly for heavy duty vehicles having upper and lower yokes of a steering spindle knuckle straddling upper and lower sides of an end portion of an axle. The upper and lower steering spindle yokes have respective bores in registration with a bore in the axle end portion. A kingpin has a central portion fixedly secured within the axle bore, and has opposite, accurately machined and polished end portions disposed within respective upper and lower steering spindle yoke apertures. There is an annular gap between the peripheries of the kingpin end portions and the interior surfaces of the steering spindle yoke bores. An annular sleeve resides within the gap. A pair of roller bearings are mounted in spaced relation internally of the sleeve, with a grease reservoir being defined in the space between adjacent roller bearings. The roller bearings have an outer race mounted in a stationary position on the internal wall of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: American Roller Bushing Corporation
    Inventor: Larry R. Link
  • Patent number: 5634857
    Abstract: The proximal and distal parts of a golf club shaft that has been cut into two parts are pivotally interconnected to one another and are releasably lockable into any one of a plurality of different positions of angular adjustment by a device having a proximal end and a distal end that are interlockable to one another. The proximal end of the device includes a sleeve that nonreleasably receives the proximal end of the golf club shaft and the distal end of the device includes a sleeve that nonreleasably receives the distal end of the shaft. The device includes a middle part having a first face plate formed by the proximal end of the device and a second face plate formed by the distal end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventors: Richard L. Bradshaw, Robert M. Bryan, John Thorniley
  • Patent number: 5630673
    Abstract: A maintenance free pivot joint is disclosed that mounts a first member to a second member for relative rotation therebetween. The first member is positioned between a pair of brackets defined by the second member and both members define a plurality of bores aligned along a common axis (X). A pin assembly is positioned within the aligned bores and is secured on one end to one of the brackets and permits a small amount of axial and rotational movement of the pin assembly to allow the pin assembly to seek its own center upon connection of the two members to reduce wear and ease assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald F. Krzywanos, Timothy A. Schaper
  • Patent number: 5599056
    Abstract: A first, fork-shaped component accommodates a second component, in which case an articulated connection between the two components takes place by means of an inserted pin. In order to establish a rattle-free connection between the two components with a good functioning and a simple mounting and a small space requirement in the longitudinal direction of the pin, it is provided that one sleeve respectively, which receives the pin, is inserted into bores of the first fork-shaped component, on the side facing the second component, each sleeve having an outwardly directed, elastic ring segment which, under prestress, is supported on the two components. In addition, on the side facing away from the ring segment, inwardly directed elastic noses are molded to the sleeves and reach behind the slid-in pin without a head and secure it against a falling-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5356370
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace, specifically for a knee, has an antifriction mechanical joint to provide easier movement and has the ability of being custom made for different geometries of rotational movements and ranges. The antifriction mechanical joint has a first bearing plate and a second bearing plate which mate with bearing surfaces of a link. The bearing plates each have a cavity therein and a cam rests in each cavity and is attached to each of the bearing surfaces of the link. Rollers fit between the cams and the cavity so when the joint is flexed, there is only rolling movement between the rollers and the contact surfaces of the cams and rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Generation II Orthotics Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Fleming
  • Patent number: 5277427
    Abstract: The club has a hinge interposed on a shaft between the hand grip and club head, the hinge allowing the shaft to articulate about thirty degrees in both a front and back direction from the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The hinge has a female and male member. The female member is in the form of a yoke with a bore at the end of each yoke side arm. The male member has a body portion through which a bore passes and which is axially aligned with the bores of the yoke side arms. A pivot pin passes through these bores to provide the pivot point of the hinge. A U-shaped spring is attached to the female member interior to the yoke side arms. A ball bearing in a projecting nose of the male member rotates along the interior side arms of the spring. The ends of the female member side arms have pairs of oppositely directed ramps providing a stop along an outer shelf on each side of the male member body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventors: Robert M. Bryan, Geroge A. Potter
  • Patent number: 5146805
    Abstract: A pivot mount for a vehicular shift lever which precludes the play in the shift lever. The mount is employed in conjunction with a shift bowl that is rotatably mounted on a steering column. A clevis extends radially outwardly from the shift bowl, and the clevis has laterally spaced connecting plates. A bore penetrates each connecting plate. The bores through the connecting plates are registered. A shift lever having a mounting block is mounted from the clevis. The mounting block has laterally spaced, substantially parallel, first and second faces adapted to be embraced between the connecting plates. An aperture penetrates the mounting block and opens through the first and second faces to register with the bores through the connecting plates. A bushing assembly having an annular body portion with longitudinally spaced first and second rim edges is insertably received within the aperture which penetrates the mounting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Harkrader, Thomas C. Zebehazy
  • Patent number: 5127224
    Abstract: An improved mounting assembly is arranged for use in a thrust augmentation combustor for a gas turbine engine, for mounting a spray ring or the like to a duct. The mounting assembly includes a clevis which is mounted to the duct and has a circular pin upon which is carried an elongated slider having an axial central circular bore. The slider is mounted for rotational movement on the pin and has at least two parallel exterior sidewalls. A bracket is mounted on the slider for connection to the spray ring and has an elongated bore through which the slider passes. The elongated bore is closely fitted to the slider exterior in a first dimension corresponding to the parallel sidewalls and is larger than the slider exterior in a second dimension. The elongated bore has a length which is less than the axial length of the slider so that the bracket can be translated axially along the slider and the slider can be translated in the rectangular bore in the second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: W. Kevin Barcza, Michael J. Concordia
  • Patent number: 5125610
    Abstract: The device includes, on the one hand, a main body with a base (2) and, on the other hand, screen-type dialogue means (7) which are placed in a flat casing connected to the main body (2) by support means, and means for maintaining the angular position (14) which can be regulated both for height and for angle. Said means for maintaining the angular position (14) are arranged coaxially to a pivoting axis XX' of a support arm (15) on the body (2) and include a free-wheel device mechanically located in series with a friction angular coupling device. The invention makes it considerably easier to adjust the position of the dialogue means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Telemecanique
    Inventor: Michel Queau
  • Patent number: 5080520
    Abstract: A joint for a rack and pinion power steering assembly connects the rack coaxially to a tie rod. The joint comprises a socket member having a first end portion connected to the tie rod, and a second end connected to rack. The second end portion of the socket has a chamber and a pair of openings into the chamber. The openings are centered on an axis perpendicular to longitudinal axis of the tie rod. A ball member has a pair of diametrically opposed projections extending coaxially out of the openings in the socket. A connecting member connects the projections on the ball member to the rack, with the axis of the ball member perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the rack. The rack is thus pivotal with the ball member relative to the socket and the tie rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Ruey E. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5074698
    Abstract: In a joint fork of a joint for adjusting linkages, the necessary constructional space is kept small by means of a shortened fork shank and a widened threaded bore in the fork shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventor: Reinhold Lippert
  • Patent number: 5058829
    Abstract: An improved anchor fitting assembly that provides a connecting seat leg member with a degree of freedom of movement thereby allowing for greater load carrying capability. The anchor fitting includes a substantially spherically shaped housing with a bolt-receiving channel therethrough that rotatably engages a bolting member. Also, the anchor fitting is cast as a single-body which makes it relatively simple and economical to construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Weber Aircraft
    Inventor: Paul R. Bentley
  • Patent number: 5044812
    Abstract: A sealed and lubricated pivot pin assembly and method for joining linkage components in earth-moving machinery. The pivot pin assembly includes a pivot pin subassembly, a pair of spacer rings, a pair of track chain type annular seals, an end cap subassembly, and a releasable fastener. The spacer rings simplify joint assembly by setting up and controlling the proper squeeze on the annular seals, preventing crushing of the annular seals during torquing of the releasable fastener, and controlling the set-up length of the assembled joint so that no shimming is required. Each of the pivot pin and end cap subassemblies include an end sleeve which extends beyond the joint clevis or brackets a sufficient distance to allow the pivot pin assembly to float axially and, thereby, compensate for minor deflections in the joint members. The pivot pin assembly is symmetrical in that the pivot pin and end cap subassemblies have common dimensions which permit the pivot pin assembly to be installed from either side of a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Clarence A. Ardelt, Jack M. Deli
  • Patent number: 4961667
    Abstract: A maintenance-free pivot joint is disclosed for mounting a first member of a loader linkage to a second member thereof. The first member is provided with a clevis having a pair of brackets. The pivot joint includes a pivot pin which is pivotally mounted within the second loader linkage member. A first end collar is fixedly secured to one end of the pivot pin of the joint and is slidably mounted to a first one of the pair of brackets. Conversely, a second end collar is slidably mounted on the other end of the pin and fixedly secured to a second of the brackets, but at a preselectable axial position relative to the second member. The positioning of the second end collar at the preselected position allows the joint to accommodate lateral misalignment between the first and second members of the linkage, while maintaining a closely spaced lateral relationship therebetween to eliminate end play and facilitate good sealability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Harold L. Reinsma, W. Stanley Born
  • Patent number: 4960341
    Abstract: An articulation joint is disclosed for use for example on back hoe boom assemblies wherein an articulated tool arm (2) is hinged-jointed to a boom fork (1) on the boom assembly in such a manner that shocks, knocks and vibrations to which said tool arm (2) is subjected cannot to a damaging extent propagate from said tool arm (2) to said boom fork (1). To this end the bearings of the articulation joint, comprising roller bearing (5) with ball bearing (7) at either end, are via their outer bearing race (6) and possibly a circumscribed metal ring (9) held in a circumscribed elastic shock ring (8) which is suitably formed as to permit installation within the eye of said tool arm (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: A/S Bolt
    Inventors: Arne Aarre, Knut S. Oaland
  • Patent number: 4930184
    Abstract: A hinge assembly means for connecting a float to a base includes a male member means connected to one of the base and the float having a cylindrical outwardly extending boss and a female member means connected to the other of the base and the float having a cylindrical, inwardly-extending recess. A resilient, rubber-like bearing sleeve means encircles and engages the outer circumference of the boss and is of a thickness to fit between the boss and the recess to rotatably attach the recess about the outer circumference of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Donald J. Kristmanson
  • Patent number: 4919660
    Abstract: Knee joint prosthesis of the type including a first and second element (1, 2) capable of being secured rigidly to the bones connected by the joint. The first element (1) carries a clevis (3) through which the axis XX' of a bending pivot (4) passes. The second element (2) carries an eye (5) introduced between the legs of the clevis (3). The pivot (4) includes a pin (41) carrying on the outside a bearing ring (43) fitted in the eye (5) of the joint and lateral stops (44, 44') with a diameter corresponding to that of the ring (43), respectively fitted in the clevis (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: S. N. R. Roulementsi
    Inventor: Fernand Peilloud
  • Patent number: 4915530
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly for an axle of a motor vehicle comprising a front axle beam and a steering knuckle pivotally mounted thereon, the kingpin assembly comprising a kingpin fixedly secured in an aperture in the front axle beam and passing through an aperture in the steering knuckle; a bearing positioned around the kingpin within the aperture in the steering knuckle to allow relative rotation between the steering knuckle and the kingpin, and a predetermined number of annular spacers positioned around the kingpin and between the front axle beam and the bearing for providing a predetermined spacer height and for providing a required pre-load for the assembly kingpin assembly, the annular spacers having a predetermined thickness (preferably in excess of 1.0 mm) and being selected from a range of annular spacers comprising annular spacers having one of a selected number of small variations in thickness, and which when assembled can provide a variation in excess of the possible range of spacer height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Malcolm Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 4913577
    Abstract: An elbow joint of an industrial robot comprises a first arm part which is yoke-formed at the joint and an end of a second arm part located between the yokes. On the sides of the end of the second arm part which face the respective yokes, bearing seats are provided in which shaft journals are journalled. The shaft journals are connected together by a pull rod, which extends through the end and the shaft journals, and are received in, and extend through, through-holes in the respective yokes. The shaft journals are fixed to the yokes by means of nuts threaded onto the accessible part of the shaft journals on the opposite side of the respective yokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri AB
    Inventors: Karl-Erik Forslund, Klas Klangeby
  • Patent number: 4815191
    Abstract: A pivot joint mechanism for connecting together two relatively movable members which includes a stepped opening through one of such members in the form of an inwardly extending flange at one end of such opening, an intermediate section, and a threaded section at the opposite end of said opening. A retainer ring threaded into said threads captures a bearing mechanism between said retainer ring and said flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: VME Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony L. Garman, Charles R. Sturtz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4729248
    Abstract: A lever arrangement comprises a bearing pin and a supply space arranged next to the bearing opening of at least one of the levers and which contains a high-viscosity lubricant. In the operation of the lever arrangement with alternating tilting direction, the lubricant arrives, due to its inertia, in the respectively unstressed part of the bearing gap between the levers. The arrangement is suited particularly for highly stressed parts in the mechanism of circuit breakers which must be designed for space saving due to the small space available. The service life of such lever arrangements is increased substantially by arranging the lubricant in the supply space. The supply space can be part of a sleeve braced on the bearing pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ludvik Godesa
  • Patent number: 4711614
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for closely connecting a lift mast assembly to a frame member of a work vehicle includes a first apparatus for pivotally connecting a first end portion of lift mast upright guide member to a first shaft, a second apparatus for connecting a first end portion of the first shaft to a first support flange and guiding the first shaft for slidable movement in directions substantially parallel to a wheel spindle axis, and a third apparatus for connecting a second end portion of the first shaft to the vehicle frame member and maintaining the first shaft from slidable axial movement relative to the first support flange. An arrangement for passing pressurized fluid to a location between the first end of the first shaft and a support flange second side is provided to force the first shaft from connection with the first support flange. The mounting arrangement is particularly suited for use on a fork lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Caterpillar Industrial Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Erker, Michael J. Scotese, Jay B. Stotts