Attached To Or Integral With One Member Patents (Class 403/163)
  • Patent number: 11230153
    Abstract: An assembly for a wheel suspension includes a vibration damper and an add-on part. The vibration damper includes a contact region on which the add-on part is configured to rest and wherein the contact region is configured to receive a force transmitted thereon. A welding element is mechanically connected to the add-on part and welded to the contact region. The contact region and the welding element include the same material or weldable material partners and the add-on part and the contact region are formed from dissimilar and not mutually weldable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Andrej Fischbuch, Hendrik Münstermann
  • Patent number: 10995524
    Abstract: A motor vehicle latching system with a locking mechanism 9, which comprises at least a catch and at least a pawl for ratcheting of the catch, with an operating lever 1 which can be rotated to open a motor vehicle door and with a transmission element 2 by means of which rotation of the operating lever 1 can be transmitted into pivoting of a triggering lever 3 to disengage the locking mechanism 9. For the coupling of the transmission element 2 with the operating lever 1, the transmission element 2 shiftably reaches through a coupling opening 5 of the operating lever 1. A coupling section 4 of the transmission element 2 which is located in the coupling opening 5 is arch-shaped. Especially reliable operation of the motor vehicle latching system can thus be enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Bryan Bishop, Stelian Borlodan
  • Patent number: 9689138
    Abstract: A loader coupler includes left and right spaced-apart inner rib mounts including inner mount pins connected to a body, and left and right inner locking regions aligned with the left and right inner rib mounts. The coupler includes left and right spaced-apart outer rib mounts including outer mount pins connected to the body, and left and right outer locking regions aligned with the left and right outer rib mounts. The coupler includes a lock system including: (i) left and right first lock plungers that move between locked and unlocked positions relative to the left and right inner locking regions, respectively; and, (ii) left and right second lock plungers that move between locked and unlocked positions relative to the left and right outer locking regions, respectively. The left and right outer mount pins and/or the left and right inner mount pins are removable from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Paladin Brands Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony G. Seda, Adam L. Bricker, Michael T. Boles, Shadruz Daraie
  • Patent number: 9215860
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for use by infants or pets which provides a fence for use by infants or pets to confine their activities within a restricted area so that caring of the infants or pets can become easier. The present invention comprises an assembly of fence plates rotatable in relation to each other, wherein the adjacent fence plates are assembled with each other by means of a rotating axle. The fence has a bottom portion which is disposed with fixing members. The present invention assembles a plurality of the fence plates to form a fence. The fence is fixed on the ground by the fixing members to prevent it from sliding. When infants or pets are put into an area restricted by the fence, they can enjoy sufficient rooms for activities. It is also possible to prevent the infants or pets from escaping out of the fence and to confine their activities within a restricted area, thus accidents due to absence of care could be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: Andy Min-Lung Hsieh, Bruce Min-Shen Hsieh
  • 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: 8328455
    Abstract: An end-connector of a select cable for a manual transmission is configured to allow a driver to perform a sufficiently smooth selecting operation even with small force by ball joint type combination between a rear protrusion of a fastener and a ball portion of a connector pin. The end-connector includes a connector housing integrally connected with both ends of a select cable and having a housing hole formed through the left and right sides, a fastener inserted in the housing hole of the connector housing, with one end protruding through the housing hole, an elastic clip member fixed to the connector housing and restraining the end of fastener which protrudes from the housing hole to prevent the fastener from separating from the housing hole, and a connector pin assembled with the fastener to freely rotate with the other end of the fastener in the housing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Kyung Chang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myunglyul Na, Kyujung Kim
  • 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: 7896568
    Abstract: A light on a self-supporting collapsible arm having a plurality of frictionally restrained articulating joints, where the frictional joint has a male half joint with a first plate and an annular shaft with an inner wider diameter. In the surface of the first plate is a first O-ring seated in a first groove. A matching female half joint has a second plate and coaxial to the bearing in the surface of the second plate is a second O-ring seated in a second groove. The opposing side of the second plate of the female half joint has a third O-ring in a third groove. The third O-ring tensions a snap pin that couples the male and female half joints. The snap pin has a head with a compressible ridge which expands when the snap pin is pushed in far enough to engage the inner wider diameter of shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Warren Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20100202826
    Abstract: A universal joint employs snap-in press pins to rotatably secure the center knuckle with the surrounding drive shaft cup providing a simplified assembly process. The press pins install flush or sub-flush with the outside of the steering shaft cup. A snap-lock feature permits one-direction axial movement only. Each snap pin includes a barb-like tapered flange with a lead-in ramp to aid installation. Once installed, a radially extending base on the backside of the flange abuts the inside wall of the drive shaft cup. A locking clip may be employed to prevent removal of the snap pin. The locking clip includes two axially extending legs with barbs located at the end of each leg, said legs being resiliently biased outwardly and abutting an inside wall of said drive shaft cup when fully engaged with the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: PEM MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Bentrim
  • Publication number: 20100202825
    Abstract: A universal joint employs snap-in press pins to rotatably secure the center knuckle with the surrounding drive shaft cup providing a simplified assembly process. The press pins install flush or sub-flush with the outside of the steering shaft cup. A snap-lock feature permits one-direction axial movement only. Each snap pin includes a barb-like tapered flange with a lead-in ramp to aid installation. Once installed, a radially extending base on the backside of the flange abuts the inside wall of the drive shaft cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: PEM MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Bentrim
  • Patent number: 7762737
    Abstract: A pivot system for a stowage compartment system for a mobile platform (for example, commercial aircraft) is provided. The pivot system includes a first fitting that defines a raceway and an engagement feature and a second fitting. The second fitting includes a hub for engagement with the raceway and a mating engagement feature to secure the first fitting within the second fitting. The second fitting also includes a guide that directs the first fitting into the second fitting to couple the first fitting to the second fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Michael S. Haynes, Nelson J. Jeyarajah, Michael J. Malkinson, Christopher S. Pugh
  • Patent number: 7654745
    Abstract: The rotatable joinder of two sheets is provided by a two-piece interfitting bearing assembly with each element separately attached to one of the sheets so that the sheets are joined but rotation is controlled by the interfitting bearing surfaces. The interfitting parts comprise an inner and outer race which are placed together in superposition with aligned apertures in the sheets. The rotatable attachment of the sheets is accomplished in a single pressing operation in which each race is simultaneously pressed into one of the sheets with a gap remaining between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: PEM Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Maloney
  • Publication number: 20090129855
    Abstract: The joint comprises a ball (4) held between two seats (5 and 6) of the members (1, 2) to be joined, and it further comprises fittings (7, 8) bound to the members (1, 2) respectively, connected together through an intermediate jointed ring (12). A spring (13) maintains the contact between the ball and the seats. A rim (15) of the ring retains the ball (4) in case of disjunction. The ball (4) provides large accuracy in the position of the centre of rotation and the remainder of the joint maintains cohesion of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Didier Brisset, Gael Paquignon, Jean-Marie David, Gilles Diolez, Jean-Paul Perin, Denis Chatain
  • Publication number: 20090016811
    Abstract: A ball and sleeve joint for a motor vehicle has a housing (1) and a ball sleeve (5) which extends out of the housing (1) on both sides. The ball sleeve (5), has a through hole (8) and a bearing area (4) and is mounted with the bearing area (4) in the housing (1). Two joint parts, which are rotatable and pivotable in relation to one another, are formed by the ball sleeve (5) and the housing (1). A sensor (13), which interacts with a signal transmitter (2) arranged at the other joint part, is arranged at one of the joint parts. Both the sensor (13) and the signal transmitter (2) are arranged between the through hole (8) and the housing (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Joachim Spratte
  • Patent number: 7287928
    Abstract: A swing structure for a wheel set includes a central tube, an axial tube, a spacer, a sleeve, and a fastener. The central tube is provided with a ring plate at the rear end. The ring plate is formed with a through hole thereon. A connection cylinder is disposed at the middle section of the axial tube. The connection cylinder has one end provided with a ring plate. The ring plate of the connection cylinder has a through hole for the sleeve to insert through. The spacer has a through hole for the sleeve to insert through. The sleeve is hollow for the fastener to insert through. The fastener inserts through the sleeve and is secured in the through hole of the ring plate of the central tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Far Great Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 6814522
    Abstract: A pivot assembly particularly adapted for pivotally interconnecting a pair of relatively thin parallel walls spaced an appreciable distance from one another. A stud with a pivot joint on one end is interposed between the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Aluminum Ladder Company
    Inventor: James P. Daniel, III
  • Patent number: 6675435
    Abstract: A windshield wiper for motor vehicles, having a support bracket (1) for connection to a wiper arm secured to a motor vehicle, wherein the support bracket (1) has an essentially U-shaped cross section and at least one support bracket detent recess (7); at least one lower bracket (2) for connection to a rubber wiper blade, wherein the lower bracket (2) has an essentially U-shaped cross section, has at least one lower bracket detent recess (11), and is at least partly embraced by the support bracket (1); and a joint (3) for pivotably connecting the at least one lower bracket (2) to the support bracket (1), wherein the joint (3) has a joint base body (12) at least partly embraced by the lower bracket (2), at least one lower bracket detent body (13), connected to the joint base body (12), for locking onto the at least one lower bracket detent recess (11), and at least one support bracket detent body (16), provided on the at least one lower bracket detent body (13), for locking onto the at least one support bracket
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Robetr Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Herinckx, Jurgen Roekens
  • Patent number: 6447358
    Abstract: A toy building set comprising a plurality of building elements which each are provided with hinge parts, a first type of hinge parts comprising a substantially cylindrical rod-shaped shaft part of a building element, a second type of hinge parts comprising a claw device consisting of two elastic fingers extending outwards from a building element at a distance from each other, so that the two elastic fingers between them form a track which is narrowed at the distal end of the fingers with respect to the building element, so that the rod-shaped shaft part may be pressed into the track through the narrowed part of the track, said hinge parts additionally comprising a third type of hinge parts being provided with a shaft stud which has an external diameter corresponding to the thickness of the rod-shaped shaft part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Interlego AG
    Inventors: Kaj S. Mikkelsen, Hans Damgård Nielsen, Kim Pagel, Carsten RØN, Erik Fuglsang, Erik Bach
  • Patent number: 6430887
    Abstract: For a truss, a hinge assembly for connecting truss members that form the truss. The hinge assembly may include a first hinge plate having a first boss formed thereon and a second hinge plate having a second boss formed thereon. The second boss defines an opening for pivotal receipt of the first boss. The hinge assembly also includes a retainer for maintaining the pivotal receipt of the first boss in the second boss. When the first hinge plate is attached to a first portion of a truss and the second hinge plate is attached to a second portion of a truss, the first and second truss portion can be pivoted relative to each other to enable portions of the truss to be collapsed for transporting purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Aegis Metal Framing LLC
    Inventor: Larry R. Daudet
  • Patent number: 6354758
    Abstract: A connector assembly that interconnects opposed ends of two walk boards utilized in a scaffolding system. Each connector includes a first plate having a plurality of connector shafts extending therefrom. The connector shafts extend through openings or sleeves formed in the end portions of the respective walk boards. Opposite the first plate is a second plate that includes openings through which the connector shafts extend. Retainers are secured to the respective connector shafts for the purpose of retaining the second plate on the connector shafts while the connector shafts extend through the openings within the walk boards. An interconnecting shaft is extended through a series of openings within the first and second plates of each connector. This interconnecting shaft effectively connects the connectors together and thereby connects the opposed end portions of the walk boards together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: David M. Chaulk
  • Patent number: 6309133
    Abstract: A process for securing a guiding member on a support which includes at least one opening which is substantially greater in dimension than an end of the guiding member which is supported therein. A space provided between the at least one opening and the end of the guiding member is filled with a polymerizable resin which is polymerized to secure the guide member within the opening after the guiding member has been precisely positioned in a predetermined position. A marking apparatus incorporates the guiding member secured to the support, and elements are provided for retaining the guiding member in position within the at least one opening and, in some embodiments, for selectively adjusting or removing the guide bar from the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Marie-Christine Curreno
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6135487
    Abstract: A foldable baby stroller having a set of legs and a handle which are swingable relative to each other between operating and collapsed configurations. In the operating configuration, the front legs and handle lie generally on the same arc to provide a smooth transition from the legs to the handle. The rear legs are preferably curved as well. In the collapsed configuration, the front legs lie generally parallel to the rear legs. A stabilizing side section runs on each side of the stroller between respective front and rear legs. The stabilizing side section is swingably affixed to its respective front leg at a position closer to the handle than the wheels and is swingably affixed to its respective rear leg at a position closer to the wheel than the handle to provide for a stable baby stroller in the operating configuration and a baby stroller that is readily collapsible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Timothy L. Edwards, Danial E. Julian
  • 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: 6009919
    Abstract: A metal socket in a reciprocating foot mates with a ball on the lower end of a heddle frame driving rod of a conventional NISSAN water jet loom. Water causes corrosion in the ball and socket joint resulting in down time of the water jet loom. The replacement of the metal ball and socket joint with a joint comprising a plastic bearing and a dowel pin reduces the down time of the loom caused by the corrosion of the ball and socket joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Edward R Rumbley, III
  • Patent number: 5951192
    Abstract: A quick connect system for attaching excavator buckets and other tools to the arm of a hydraulic excavator. The excavator bucket has a first and second mounting plate connected thereto in a spaced parallel relationship. Each mounting plate has a front and rear mounting assembly aligned to receive the front and rear pins respectively of the arm of the hydraulic excavator. Each mounting assembly has a "U" shaped opening formed therein for receiving one end of one of the respective front and rear pins. A pair of locking pads are mounted to the exterior side of each of the mounting assemblies. One end of each of the front and rear pins has a locking head fixed thereto which is adapted to engage one of the locking pads. A pair of retaining clamps receive the other end of each of the front and rear pins after they are positioned within the "U" shaped opening of the mounting assembly. The retaining clamps secure the other ends of each pin to the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Entek Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Vearl L. Collins
  • Patent number: 5947496
    Abstract: A low lash idler arm assembly includes upper and lower bushings which are provided for supporting a hub of an idler arm on a support member. The assembly uses the engagement of a flange nut onto the support member to axially position the bushings in their final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Kraft, Jeffrey L. Kincaid
  • Patent number: 5881989
    Abstract: A vibration-isolating system for mounting a cathode ray tube monitor to an enclosed audio base includes an annular vibration-isolating grommet having an axial bore; a snap cap including an annular portion having a surface for supporting the grommet and an axial aperture, at least two legs extending substantially perpendicularly from the annular portion opposite the surface astride the aperture to distal ends, and a nub extending radially from the distal end of each leg; and an elongated member configured to fit about the legs, through the axial aperture and through the axial bore, and to attach to a cathode ray tube housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. O'Brien, Roy J. Riccomini
  • Patent number: 5709498
    Abstract: A linkage comprising an elongated rod, a rod actuator to longitudinally reciprocate the rod, and a clip of flexible, resilient material connecting the rod to the actuator. The clip has a circular hub rotatably received in an opening in the actuator. The rod has a hook at one end received in a hole in the hub of the clip. The hole is elongated to enable the rod to be axially rotated to facilitate the insertion of the hook end in the hole during assembly. The clip has a stabilizing arm extending laterally from the hub. The rod is received in a transverse slot in the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Sova, Richard Wong, Nicolaas C. Akemann, Leonard L. Wu, Earl L. Watson, Andrew J. Palmisano
  • Patent number: 5649781
    Abstract: A connecting linkage is provided between two structural members which includes a pinned connection to allow rotation of one structural member with respect to the other and which permits adjustment and alignment before locking the device in position without the need for drilling a precisely positioned hole for the pin in the structural member. An oversized hole is formed in one of the structural members and the pin is placed through the hole. A first support plate having pin-sized holes is then placed over each end of the pin followed by a second pair of support plates also having pin-sized holes. The assembly is then moved with respect to the first structural member as permitted by the oversized hole around the pin into a desired position. The second pair of support plates are then welded to the second structural member and the first pair of support plates are welded to the first structural member. If desired, the pin may be welded to the second pair of support plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: ABB Air Preheater, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. O'Boyle
  • Patent number: 5547304
    Abstract: A connector unit of the multiple-connection, rapid-engagement type includes a first connector part and a second connector part which can be coupled face to face as a result of a relative movement along a general axis of the first connector part. The second connector part is carried by a movable body adapted to stop close to the first connector part so that these face each other. The connector parts include mutual centring means. One of these two connector parts is movable transverse the direction of coupling to compensate for any transverse misalignment relative to this direction. The movable connector part is carried by an auxiliary support structure with the interposition of resiliently yielding members so as to be swingable relative to the support structure. These resilient members are preloaded so as, in their undeformed condition, to define a rest position corresponding to the aligned condition of the two connector parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: IF-1 S.r.l.
    Inventor: Franco Cascio
  • Patent number: 5538112
    Abstract: An actuating lever for a parking and emergency brake mechanism for use in a vehicle drum brake assembly includes a backing plate mounted on the vehicle for supporting a pair of brake shoes. A service brake mechanism is provided for selectively moving the brake shoes apart from one another into frictional engagement with an inner friction surface of a brake drum mounted on a wheel of the vehicle. The brake shoes include respective web portions which are generally flat and crescent-shaped. Arcuate table portions are secured to the opposed outer curved surfaces of the web portions, such as by welding, and friction pads are secured to the outer arcuate surfaces of the table portions of the brake pads. An aperture is formed through the upper end of the web portion of one of the brake shoes. The actuating lever for the parking and emergency brake mechanism is pivotally supported on the one brake shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventor: Larry L. Last
  • Patent number: 5443521
    Abstract: A prosthetic leg has a pivotal knee joint and a hydraulic fluid control unit connected to provide variable forces which dampen flexion and extension of the knee and also bias the leg to its extended position. The unit includes an aluminum housing lined with an axially adjustable sleeve and control bushing defining a cylindrical operating chamber which receives a piston mounted on a tubular piston rod. The housing and operating chamber receive hydraulic fluid or oil which flows during movement of the piston through fluid control ports, channels and adjustable gaps defined by the sleeve and bushing for damping the movement of the rod. The piston rod encloses a preferably sealed gas pressurized flexible bladder which forms an oil accumulator during inward movement of the piston rod into a displacement chamber and also produces variable forces for moving the piston rod outwardly to its extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Mauch Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Knoth, William L. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5405398
    Abstract: A posterior stabilized knee prosthesis with removable pin in the femoral component. The removable pin has a tapered split ring lock which prevents the pin from backing out. A split ring is provided on the pin which rides in a groove on the pin. When the pin is properly seated, the split ring engages a corresponding groove within the femoral prosthesis, locking the pin in place. Chamfers are provided on both the front and back of the split ring so that the split ring will compress as the pin is being screwed into the femoral component and also so that the pin can be removed if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Intermedics Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Buford, III, Charles H. Perrone, Jr., Jeffery C. Higgins
  • Patent number: 5393160
    Abstract: A torsion bar for a slow-acting rotation shaft device is formed from a U-shaped wire rod so that hook portions formed at both ends of the torsion bar are distanced from each other by a length at least more than a diameter of the wire rod. Hook portions for latching are formed at each end and at the U-shaped bend of the torsion bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Juji Ojima
  • 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: 5250001
    Abstract: A construction kit is indicated which consists of elongated stave elements (2), which at their ends are provided with protruding plate portions (6, 10) with pins (8) and holes (12) for mutually rotatable end joining of the state elements in one and the same plane. The elements are primarily intended for being laid out as edge or outline markings, but they are provided with groove-shaped depressions (4), which by means of bonding blocks (32) also allow a stabilized stacking of the elements for forming spatial structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Arni Hansen
  • Patent number: 5217316
    Abstract: A one piece shaft which supports two rotatable members is provided with shafts for energizing the rotation and for controlling an energized force of each member separately. The shaft includes a shaft body which connects two hollow shaft bodies attached to each rotatable member unrotatably on the same central shaft axis so as to rotate relatively, two members attached unrotatably to the fixed member attached rotatably to both sides of this shaft, and two torsion bars bridged between the separated hollow shaft bodies and the cap member respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Juji Ojima
  • Patent number: 5210908
    Abstract: The window stay comprises a frame mounting plate, a sash mounting plate, a first arm and a second arm. The arms are pivotally coupled between the frame and sash mounting plates via pivots. The first arm is shorter than the second arm. The stay further includes a third arm which is pivotally coupled to the sash mounting plate at a pivot located to the side of pivot coupling which is opposite to pivot coupling of the first arm to the sash mounting plate. This third arm is pivotally coupled to a fourth arm with the fourth arm being pivotally coupled to the frame mounting plate. The first, second and fourth arms include structures which engage with stops associated with the frame and sash mounting plates when the stay is in the fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Interlock Industries Limited
    Inventor: Albert G. Bucher
  • Patent number: 5152226
    Abstract: An improved switch for an overhead trolley track system, which is adaptable to be inserted between intersecting tracks and adjustable for handling trolley movement from one track to another. The improved switch includes a unique pivot and shaft assembly whereby the hub member attached to the track lift piece rotates or pivots freely about an outer shaft without applying force to an inner shaft mounted to the track, thereby avoiding constant maintenance, malfunctions, and system interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Bond Equipment Corp.
    Inventor: Wilson H. Swilley
  • Patent number: 5088881
    Abstract: A tractor-loader-backhoe is disclosed wherein the loader mechanism is mounted on the frame of the prime mover by a tapered pivot pin or sleeve having a fastener extending entirely through the axis of the pivot pin or sleeve to effect a clamping load operable to seat the tapered pivot pin or sleeve in the conical hub affixed to the frame of the prime mover to assure a firm fastening of the loader mechanism on the prime mover. The backhoe mechanism is provided with a transport lock remotely actuatable from the operator's cab mounted on the prime mover and incorporating a locking pin having a concentric spring mounted thereon to urge the pin out of engagement with the frame whenever the transport lock is disengaged to permit operation of the backhoe mechanism. The boom and dipper members of the backhoe mechanism are constructed from a pair of opposing C-shaped channels having inwardly directed legs centrally located within the boom and dipper members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Ford New Holland, Inc.
    Inventors: Garry L. Ball, Russell I. Johnson, Daniel D. Radke
  • Patent number: 5082387
    Abstract: A pivot joint for a rotary lever has a spacer extending axially from a foundation such as an engine motor component. The spacer includes a cylindrical ferrule. A rotary lever and a belleville spring, both having a bore of a size to fit over the outside of the ferrule in a sliding fit, are slid over the ferrule. The belleville spring has an uncompressed cone height to thickness ratio of 1.4 to 1.8 and is compressed by at least 50% of the uncompressed cone height. The joint also includes a means for fastening the spacer to the foundation and a means for securing the lever and belleville spring onto the ferrule. The securing means bears against the free end of the ferrule to compress the spring to provide a substantially uniform operating torque from one assembly to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Kevin B. DeVries
  • Patent number: 5077860
    Abstract: A wiper blade assembly comprising a primary yoke having a central portion with transverse socket means therein for receiving a pivot pin of a wiper arm of the side mounting type. A plastics latching member is located within a recess open to the topside or underside of the central portion and in communication with the pivot pin receiving socket. The latching member has protrusions at opposite ends which engage inwardly with engaging means in the recess to detachably retain the latching member within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Cedric S. K. Charng
  • Patent number: 4980944
    Abstract: An adaptor for a windshield wiper blade to allow the wiper superstructure to be mounted to different diameter pin connectors associated with a wiper arm. Typically, wiper arms are provided with a side pin having either of two diameters. The adaptor bushing of the present invention allows a single wiper blade to be used with either pin type. The wiper blade includes laterally aligned apertures and a retainer spring clip to prevent inadvertent removal of the blade. With a larger diameter pin, the pin is simply placed through the aperture to engage the spring. With the smaller diameter pin the adapter bushing is positioned within the apertures to receive the pin. The adaptor has an offset throughbore such that when the pin is positioned within the adaptor, the spring clip will prevent withdrawal of the pin until the spring is released. The adaptor allows a supplier to stock a single style of replacement blade which can be mounted to either pin connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Pylon Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney K. Longman
  • Patent number: 4970751
    Abstract: An adaptor for fitting a small diameter wiper arm pin to a large diameter hole in a wiper superstructure comprises at least one element of which the inner surface defines a cavity to receive the small diameter pin. The outer surface of the pin adaptor defines an outside diameter which exceeds the diameter of the pin and is adapted to fit the large diameter hole. Preferably, a pair of complementary elements are provided to encase the pin and the outer surface further defines a groove to receive a leaf spring of a conventional wiper connector assembly. An aligning flange cooperable with a slot in the wiper assures correct alignment of the adaptor in the superstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: Tridon Limited
    Inventors: Brian A. Fisher, Fuk L. Hui
  • Patent number: 4909653
    Abstract: A pivot joint (1) is provided for pivotting together a first member (2) and a second member (3), at least the first of which is of channel section at the joint and the second of which is adapted to seat within the first, the pivot joint (1) comprising a plastics joint body (4) of generally channel section adapted to sit within the first member (2) and to receive the second member (3) therewithin, the joint body (4) or first member (2) having a first pair of trunnion members (6) adapted to cooperate with apertures (8) in the first member (2) or the joint body (4) respectively and the joint body (4) having a second pair of trunnion members (9) extending inwardly and cooperating with a pair of aligned keyhole slots (12) provided in the outer surface of the second member (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Biggs
  • Patent number: 4884656
    Abstract: A mount capable of being pressed into an installed position in a hole in a plate. The mount has inner and outer concentric annular elements connected together by an intermediate flexible thermoplastic elastomeric web. The outer annular element has a peripheral groove which receives the plate and a deflectable wall with a chamfered outer surface and a series of slots. The flexible web permits the inner element to vibrate with respect to the plate and thereby isolate an item from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventors: Ram J. Baheti, Dennis P. McGuire, Kaya A. Kosar
  • Patent number: 4880330
    Abstract: A piston rod for pistons of reciprocating piston machines is I-shaped in cross-section. In order to effect a reduction in weight that flange of the piston rod which is nearer to the connecting rod and is enbraced as by claws by the forked and hook-shaped end portion of the connecting rod has a smaller width than the flange which is nearer to the piston head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Kolbenschmidt Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Siegfried Mielke
  • Patent number: 4876948
    Abstract: A wire mounting structure for a vehicle cruise control has an upper plate 20a of a connector 20 formed with a through-hole 21a and a notch 22, and a lower plate 20b formed with an enlarged hole 21b for receiving the lower end of a rod 6b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Yasukawa, Masayoshi Onishi, Tadayuki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 4875388
    Abstract: A device of the crank connecting rod type is proposed, including a crank arm (10) capable of being mounted to swivel about an axis (X--X) and provided with a pivot (14) which can be engaged by a connecting rod (16), which includes an extension (18) parallel to the axis of the pivot (14) and extended, beyond a crank connecting rod bearing face (20), by a radial tooth (22) arranged to remain in engagement with a rim (24) of the crank arm in any crank connecting rod operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: VALEO
    Inventor: Jean F. Bouvot