Bolted Through Member Patents (Class 403/260)
  • Patent number: 10627045
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a fitting having first and second mounting portions having integrally connected inner ends and opposing outer ends. The first mounting portion is connectable to the first member and the second mounting portion is inclined with respect to the first portion and connectable to the second member. The first mounting portion has inner and outer surfaces, one or more mounting holes extending between the surfaces and a load surface section extending about each mounting hole. The first mounting portion also has a recessed section located between each mounting hole and the second mounting portion and adjacent to the washer load surface section. A washer is disposeable upon the first portion load surface section and sized such that an outer portion of the washer extends over the recessed section so that a clearance gap is defined between a washer inner surface and the first mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SKF AEROSPACE FRANCE S.A.S.
    Inventors: Florent Fauchery, Anthony Jerome, Nicolas Marotel
  • Patent number: 10092101
    Abstract: An adjustable wall cupboard holder group (10) for anchoring a cupboard (11) to the wall comprises at least one element resistant to shear forces (20) which collaborates with fixing means (19) for a stable positioning of said wall cupboard holder group (10) on the shoulder (12) of the cupboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LEONARDO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Carlo Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 9551371
    Abstract: A screw plate panel arrangement for the connection of articles, such as hinges, to a moveable panel. The screw plate is connected to the panel in a single one step molding process that mechanically fastens and imbeds the screw plate into the finished panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: GRUPO ANTOL├ŹN-IRAUSA, S.A.
    Inventors: Gregory D. Koch, Brian B. Bradley, James L. Chesney
  • Patent number: 8616140
    Abstract: In an air seeder assembly having a base mount member with a at least one base ear with a base bore, and a seed boot with at least one boot ear with a boot bore, a fastening assembly mounting the seed boot to the base mount member is disclosed. The fastening assembly comprises a fastener structure fastening the seed boot to the base mount member by extending through the base bore and the boot bore. The fastening assembly includes a fastener interface device inserted into at least one of the bores. The interface device comprises a substantially tubular insertion portion inserted into the at least one bore and a flange portion connected to the insertion portion, and extends radially outwardly from the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Lakeview Hutterian Brethren
    Inventors: Danny Wipf, Joseph Hofer
  • Patent number: 8511033
    Abstract: A beam-column connection structure is formed, after installing a continued beam member to a predetermined position, by connecting and fixing lateral beam members, to side faces of an end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while connection grooves are fitted to side face connection metal fittings which are attached to the end portion, connecting an extension beam member to the end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while a connection groove formed at an end face of the extension beam member is fitted to the end face connection metal fitting, and connecting and fixing column members, to the upper face and lower face of the end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while fitting holes, formed at end faces of the column members, are fitted to the top end side portions of column connection pole-like fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Kanai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Kumakawa, Junichi Imai, Kunio Kanai, Masayoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8141503
    Abstract: In an air seeder assembly having a base mount member with a at least one base ear with a base bore, and a seed boot with at least one boot ear with a boot bore, a fastening assembly mounting the seed boot to the base mount member is disclosed. The fastening assembly comprises a fastener structure fastening the seed boot to the base mount member by extending through the base bore and the boot bore. The fastening assembly includes a fastener interface device inserted into at least one of the bores. The interface device comprises a substantially tubular insertion portion inserted into the at least one bore and a flange portion connected to the insertion portion, and extends radially outwardly from the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lakeview Hutterian Brethren
    Inventors: Danny Wipf, Joseph Hofer
  • Patent number: 8136586
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for securing a walking beam compressor to a walking beam. In general, the walking beam compressor is a gas compressor unit that can be disposed around a piston rod extending from a walking beam of an oil well. The piston rod can be coupled to the walking beam by a securing mechanism that engages both the piston rod and the walking beam to prevent the piston rod from disengaging from the walking beam during rocking movement of the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Oil Flow USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward S. Merrick, III
  • Publication number: 20120020725
    Abstract: A furniture connector includes a main body and a bolt. The bolt has a positioning portion, and the main body has a bolt hole. An expending chamber is formed to the bolt hole. At least one tooth is formed to a wall of the expending chamber. The at least one tooth serves to engage the positioning portion of the bolt while the bolt is inserted into the bolt hole. A secure connection is achieved fast and efficiently without the screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: CHIA-YU LIU
  • Patent number: 8092112
    Abstract: A dowel assembly for a furniture system provides a fastener usable in assembling various components in a furniture system. The dowel may be employed to define the relationship between first and second components of the furniture system, such as the relationship between adjoining planar surfaces of adjacent furniture panels. The dowel is fitted with a cam such that the cam provides a non-uniform radius at the interface between the dowel and one of the components. Through selective positioning of the cam about the longitudinal axis of the dowel, the interface between components of the furniture system may be selectively adjusted to ensure flush alignment of contiguous surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Borgman, David Koning, Brent Kunzi, Shane Kuipers
  • Patent number: 7914224
    Abstract: This invention is generally directed to a new connecting structure for connecting the bodies of hand-operated tools to their handles. It solves the technical difficulty in standardizing the connection of hand-operated tools and handles. The technical strategy involves separating the connecting structure to the connecting segment and handle fix segment. The axial opening of the handle fix segment fits the shape of handle, and handle is installed into the handle fix segment. The present invention has the advantages of simple design, convenience for mass manufacture, ease and reliability in connecting, assembling, and adjusting standardized connection process, and cost-efficiency in production and transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Changzhi Fu
  • Patent number: 7730939
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for securing a walking beam compressor to a walking beam. In general, the walking beam compressor is a gas compressor unit that can be disposed around a piston rod extending from a walking beam of an oil well. The piston rod can be coupled to the walking beam by a securing mechanism that engages both the piston rod and the walking beam to prevent the piston rod from disengaging from the walking beam during rocking movement of the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Oil Flow USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward S. Merrick, III
  • Patent number: 7448820
    Abstract: The internal tube connector assembly removeably secures hollow or solid tubes together having any desired angle there-between and comprises a receiving tube and an extending tube, each having a substantially continuous inside and outside surface. The receiving tube has a greater inner perimeter than an outer perimeter of the extending tube. A securing member having a centrally oriented fastener receiving aperture slidingly extends through apertures in the sidewall of the extending tube. A receiver having an outer surface coincident in shape with the inside surface of the receiving tube, and optionally having a receiving indentation, has a centrally oriented fastener aperture. A fastener removeably extends through the fastener opening in the sidewall of the receiving tube and into the fastener aperture in the receiver, and cooperates with the securing member to removeably secure the receiving tube with the extending tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Eric B. Faber
  • Patent number: 7117647
    Abstract: A system for constructing log structures includes a corner connection structure, a through-bolt clamping apparatus, an opening support structure, a butt joint connection structure, a log profile, and an exterior casing structure. The corner connection structure has logs with overlap portions shaped so that the overlap portions of the logs of a first wall overlap and alternately interlace the overlap portions of the logs of a second wall. A generally vertical slot extends through the overlap portions of the logs, and at least one spline is provided in the slot. The through-bolt clamping apparatus has a through-bolt extending along the height of the wall, a lower clamp arm coupled to the through-bolt and the bottom of the intersecting walls, and an upper clamp arm coupled to the through bolt and the top of the intersecting walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Pointblank Design Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 7104412
    Abstract: A clothes drying rack including a free standing frame that supports a plurality of rods from which articles of clothing can be suspended. Specifically, the clothes drying rack includes a plurality of rods wherein each rod has corrugated exterior to facilitate passage of air between the clothing and the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Teng Long Yong
  • Patent number: 6990782
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for assembling structural members of thin and lightweight shaped steel, the thin and lightweight shaped-steel members to be assembled having at least one joint hole or concave/convex portion at an appropriate position of a flange or web of the thin and lightweight shaped steel member, and temporarily joining portions of the thin and lightweight shaped steel members to each other for easy assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Shimizu, Yoshimichi Kawai
  • Publication number: 20040258466
    Abstract: To attach a first component to a second component, a sleeve (10) is inserted in the first component and axially fixed in the first component. A bolt (20) is driven into the sleeve (10) which has a thread (205) on its front end for screwing into a mating thread of the second component. The bolt (20) has a recess (206) in which a spring lock washer (30) is inserted. As the bolt (20) is driven into the sleeve (10), the spring lock washer (30) is pressed radially into the recess (206). In the inserted state of the bolt, the spring lock washer (30) engages behind an inner shoulder (104) of the sleeve (10), so that the bolt (20) is axially supported positively in the sleeve (10) via the spring lock washer (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Gunter Hommel
  • Publication number: 20040258465
    Abstract: A connection member is connected to a bicycle rack at an engaging plate on a top of the connection member and a through hole is defined through the connection plate. A polygonal wall extends from a side of the connection member and encloses the through hole. A rectangular extension tube is connected to a vehicle and is inserted through the through hole. Bolts extend through the polygonal wall and are engaged with the extension tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Chiu Kuei Wang
  • Patent number: 6811345
    Abstract: An interlocking fastener assembly has an insertion member, a receiving member, and a fastener. The receiving member has a guide opening with pockets which receive a polygonal locking portion of the insertion member during assembly. The locking portion has tapered sides and apexes to self center the insertion member. The guide opening pockets and sides allow limited rotation of the insertion member in the receiving member until a mechanical lock is created preventing further rotation of the insertion member. The mechanical lock allows a fastener to be threaded onto the insertion member without the use of a backup tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Theodore J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6719477
    Abstract: A lightweight spacer for mounting a vacuum brake booster on a panel provides integral flexible sealing lips to seal the interfaces between the panel, spacer, and booster. Integral retaining tabs are provided for holding the spacer in place on the booster during shipping and installation of the booster. Tubular inserts within the spacer are retained and cushioned against rattling by a thin web of material extending over the end of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel J. Vermoesen, Derek T. Dreischarf
  • Patent number: 6622980
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a surgical accessory to a rail of a patient support device includes a clamp and a socket assembly. The clamp includes a first jaw and a second jaw coupled to the first jaw for movement between a first position in which the apparatus is attachable to and detachable from the rail and a second position in which the second jaw cooperates with the first jaw to grip the rail. The second jaw is biased toward the second position. The socket assembly includes a plurality of components movable between a loosened configuration and a tightened configuration. The second jaw is locked in the second position in response to movement of the plurality of components to the tightened configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Boucher, Kip P. VanSteenburg
  • Patent number: 6612772
    Abstract: A device for securing an object to the end of a hollow post or pipe, such as a parking meter head, comprising a bar capable of being transversely disposed within the hollow post or pipe by passing substantially the entire length of the bar through an opening in the side of the hollow post or pipe, the end of the bar first passed through the opening being configured to be received by an alteration in the inside surface of the hollow post or pipe located opposite the opening, the bar being further configured so as to substantially impede its rotation when disposed in the hollow post or pipe and to accept a fastener inserted through the end of the hollow post or pipe for securing the object to the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Parking Meter Security Devices, Corp.
    Inventors: Robert DeMarco, Anthony Yodice, William J. Hrubes
  • Patent number: 6533301
    Abstract: An expandable insert secures a linkage bolt to the ends of a stabilizer bar. The insert comprises a cylindrical body portion, a cap, and an aperture. The insert is placed in the end of a stabilizer bar. As the linking bolt is torqued within the aperture of the insert, the threads of the linking bolt penetrate the insert. The torquing expands the insert outwardly towards the interior surface of the stabilizer bar, anchoring the insert inside the stabilizer bar and securing the linkage bolt to the end of the stabilizer bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Meritor Suspension Systems Company
    Inventor: Michael Vito Catania
  • Patent number: 6447198
    Abstract: A bamboo tube connection includes a first bamboo tube and a second bamboo tube, the first and second bamboo tubes being in butting relationship, possibly at an angle to each other. A longitudinal insert member is fixed in at least the first bamboo tube in an end region thereof. A longitudinal connector at least indirectly releaseable connects the longitudinal insert member to the second bamboo tube. In one embodiment the insert member is so positioned in the longitudinal direction in the first is a bamboo tube so that, when the tubes are connected together, the second bamboo tube is pressed with its peripheral surface against an end face of the insert member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Alexander Schmidmeier
  • Patent number: 6421965
    Abstract: A seismic brace for fastening to a support rod at one end and a structural portion of a building, on the other end. The brace is attachable to the support rod without disconnecting it. The brace arm part is bent at an angle of 45° to form a base bracket that connects to the support rod. A locking bracket is hinged to the brace arm to overlay the base bracket. Both the base bracket and locking bracket have a slot extending from an edge towards the middle, the slots are arranged so that they form an aperture when the locking bracket overlays the base bracket part of the brace arm to completely enclose the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Thompson, Keith L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6415560
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a seismic brace to a support rod, such as for a cable tray, to inhibit movement of the rod during seismic activity. The connector comprises a metal connecting member having an upper portion and a lower portion joined at a juncture. Openings in the juncture, upper portion and lower portion define a slot for entry of the support rod into the slot. The connector further comprises a retainer inserted in a gap between the upper and lower portions. The retainer bridges the slot to retain the support rod in the slot. The connector permits bracing to be added without removal of the support rod from the tray and ensures that the brace remains attached during seismic activity, even where a retaining nut holding the connector to the support has become loosened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 6413005
    Abstract: A fastener for securing objects to a slat floor, having a self-centering and self-aligning capability. A first embodiment comprises a body formed of a durable material and having a top surface, a lower surface, at least one side surface, and a central hole extending between the top surface and the lower surface. A second embodiment comprises a body formed of a durable material and having a top surface, a lower surface, at least one side surface, and a central hole extending between the top surface and the lower surface, wherein the top surface of the body has a flat central surface and two sloping upper surfaces starting adjacent to the flat central surface and angling downward toward either end of the body, and a lower fastener component that is coaxial with the central hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Wahoo Concrete Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Massie
  • Patent number: 6385929
    Abstract: A building system comprising interlocking log-like construction members to be used with or without screw-like fasteners. Various real-sized structures such as cabins, play-houses and tool sheds may be formed by perpendicular arrangement of recessed surfaces formed in the log-like members. A fastening system allows semi-permanent attachment of adjacent log-like members using a flanged fastener having an axial threaded recess and an axial threaded extension. When two fasteners are axially aligned, the axial threaded extension of one fastener may be engaged in the axial threaded recess of the other. The fasteners extend through holes in the recessed surfaces of the log-like members and thereby secure adjacent log-like members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Richard J. Englehart
  • Patent number: 6368007
    Abstract: An adjustable size annular retaining assembly includes at least two substantially rigid segments (1, 2) and means (3, 4) for pivotably interconnecting the segments in end to end relationship, so that when the segments are pivotally interconnected at all but a single pair of adjoining segment ends (1b, 2b), the assembly can be contracted to a reduced size condition (5) for insertion through or into or removal through or from a confined space (6), and expanded into a desired annular size condition (7) for pivotal interconnection of said non-connected pair of adjoining segment ends (1b and 2b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Bae Systems plc
    Inventor: Christopher J. Harvey
  • Patent number: 6345783
    Abstract: A spool rack (1) composed of carrying and connecting struts includes a connecting system for the struts connecting element (15) which are inserted in each case into one of the struts. The connecting element has a pressure transmitting portion (23) against which there is supported a screw bolt (17) which is screwed into the threaded socket (16) of the other strut to be connected. To enable mounting in correct position, the connecting element (15) is releasably fixable in the corresponding strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Memminger-IRO GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Worner
  • Patent number: 6276865
    Abstract: A clamp for securing a torque transmitting coupling between an intermediate shaft and a drive tube in a vehicle steering column consists of a strap wrapped upon itself in a substantially circular form with its ends overlapping, the strap having a radial hole formed through the overlapping ends, and a bolt inserted through the radial hole and threadably engageable with a threaded nut within the circular form of the strap. The bolt preferably has a flared tip for trapping the bolt within the nut and for extending into and through a hole in a wall of the drive tube to engage a recess in the intermediate shaft. It also has an undercut portion above the flared tip for disengaging from threads of the nut when the flared tip is retracted into the wall of the drive tube. Until the shaft is properly positioned in the tube, the threads of the bolt and nut are prevented from engaging to tighten the clamp. The flared tip may have threads to permit easy assembly with the nut and the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: The Torrington Company
    Inventors: William E. Korzan, James G. DeBisschop
  • Patent number: 6247274
    Abstract: A seismic brace having a brace arm for fastening to a support rod on one end and a structural portion of a building, on the other end, is attachable to the support rod without disconnecting it by a base bracket hinged to the brace arm and a locking bracket hinged to the brace arm or the base bracket to overlay the base bracket. Both the base bracket and locking bracket have a slot extending from an edge towards the middle with one slot offset form the other by ninety degrees (90°). The base bracket is bent at an angle of 45° from the horizontal which provides extra strength and resistance to lifting from the horizontal according to I.C.B.O. tests. The locking bracket has a conforming bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Thompson, Keith L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6240860
    Abstract: A mounting system for securing planting units in planting machines, each unit including at least a portion removably secured to a carrier beam, the system allowing to quickly and simply change the distance between working units in order to adapt the machine to a better use thereof the beam having at least one slot extending along the beam and receiving a bolt connected to a curved plate bearing against a rear face of the beam, and to the beam, the bolt passing through the slot of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Elvio Antonio Forchino
  • Patent number: 6227752
    Abstract: A failsafe weld-free method of joining tubular elements provides for connecting a first tubular element to a second tubular element. The assembly includes an insert, with screw threads, inside of the first tube, a connector fitting for mounting to the insert within the first tube by a screw, a second tube is secured to the connector fitting with a fastener through a transverse hole through both the second tube and the connector fitting. When the connector fitting is assembled to the first tubular section and the connecting screw is tightened, a structurally rigid connection is achieved. The second tubular section is positioned over the stepped outside diameter of the connector fitting, aligning the transverse holes. A fastener is installed through the transverse hole. The fastener that secures the connector fitting to the second tubular section is positioned to not allow the screw fastening the connector fitting to the first tubular section to disengage or loosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: DA International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Friedrich
  • Patent number: 6203233
    Abstract: An expansion joint for connection of intersecting members of a plastic railing system, the expansion joint having a tubular collar having a male structural member positioned therein and secured to one intersecting tubular member, the second intersecting tubular member slidably receivable within the tubular collar and about the male structural member, the tubular collar having one end having a coped surface for cooperable mating with the exterior surface of the first intersecting tubular member so as to provide a structurally secure connection between the intersecting tubular members yet allow for the thermal expansion and contraction of one intersecting tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Avcon Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry S. Stanley
  • Patent number: 6199357
    Abstract: The invention comprises a two-piece pickup tine consisting of a clamp and wing portion removably secured to a finger portion. The clamp portion is also removably securable to any standard pickup reel bar. The tine is designed to work cooperatively with a plurality of other tine on the same reel bar. The tine is equipped with a middle recess designed for optimal integrity and prevention of damage to the tine's finger portion. Additionally, the tine is designed as a two piece unit with the clamp portion is much less susceptible to damage. As a result of the present design, the cost of replacement is drastically reduced. That is, it is much less likely that damage will occur to a tine, and if damage does occur only replacement of the tine's finger portion should be necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Alamo Group Inc.
    Inventor: Max R. Bloom
  • Patent number: 6155741
    Abstract: A fastening device comprising a block of plastic material of square or alternative cross section. The block has a threaded bore for the receipt of a bolt which completes the fastening, and additionally, the block has a through slot extending from one end making the block of a U-shape so that it has legs and a base. This configuration is such that the legs can be sprung together so that they can be pushed into the end of a square sectioned cable ladder tube to be connected at right angles to a cable ladder rail, whereupon the legs will spring apart so that a projection on the legs engage in apertures in the tube walls and the block cannot be retracted. To secure the rail to the tube end, the bolt is passed through a hole in the rail and is screwed into the block, which is locked in the tube end. The advantages are pre-insertion of the blocks in the factory and simple assembly of the cable ladder on site, and secure connection joining of the rail and tube ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Mita (UK) Ltd
    Inventor: Ian Frank Took
  • Patent number: 6125717
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for rotationally joining a first rotational member to a second rotational member is provided including a first adapter, a first bearing within the first adapter, a second adapter, a second bearing within the second adapter, and a connecting assembly. A power transmission assembly is provided, suitable for use with any one of a family of motors of different sizes, the assembly including a motor selected from the family, a speed reducer, a first adapter, a first bearing, a second adapter, a second bearing, and a connecting assembly. The first adapter is sized for use with at least two of the motors, and the first bearing is chosen from a family of bearings of different sizes, each sized for use with a corresponding one of the motors within the family. The first bearing is sized for use with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Allyn E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6070940
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement is provided for connecting two armrests, a seat, and a backrest of a chair. The backrest includes two connecting tubes extended outward from each of two sides thereof. The seat includes two connecting tubes extended outward from each of two sides thereof. Each connecting tube has a nut embedded therein. Each armrest includes two holes for engaging with the connecting tubes of the backrest and two further holes for engaging with the connecting tubs of the seat. Each hole has a relatively larger inner section for receiving an associated connecting tube and a relatively smaller outer section. A screw is extended through a connecting member embedded in the armrest and the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Hsiu-Hsueh Wu
  • Patent number: 6050739
    Abstract: A robot end effector for automated processing facilitates wet wafer processing by improving the maintenance of the end effector. In particular, the end effector may be exposed to a variety of chemical conditions in the course of its operation. By making the end effector finger removable from the arm, maintenance of the end effector finger is facilitated. By providing alignment means between the end effector finger and the arm, one can insure that the finger is accurately positioned on the arm after such maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: L. Brian Dunn
  • Patent number: 6050035
    Abstract: A seismic brace having a brace arm for fastening to a support rod on one end and a structural portion of a building, on the other end, is attachable to the support rod without disconnecting it by a base bracket hinged to the brace arm and a locking bracket hinged to the brace arm or the base bracket to overlay the base bracket. Both the base bracket and locking bracket have a slot extending from an edge towards the middle with one slot offset form the other by ninety degrees (90.degree.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Thompson, Keith L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6032431
    Abstract: A device for forming a framework of a wooden building including a steel pipe, screw bar, joint, bolt and joint stick. The steel pipe is tightly inserted in a hole formed at the top edge and/or the bottom edge of a vertical post. The screw bar connects two vertical posts in series as an upper half thereof is screwed into a screw hole of a steel pipe inserted into the bottom edge of a vertical post, while a lower half thereof is screwed into a screw hole of a steel pipe inserted into the top edge of a vertical post positioned below the former vertical post. The joint comprises a base portion and a flange portion oriented at a right angle with respect to the from base portion. The bolt passes through a hole of the base portion of the joint and a hole of the vertical post and is screwed into a screw hole of the steel pipe to secure the joint to the vertical post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: West Company Limited
    Inventor: Kazuo Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 6010274
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a steel stud to an aluminum member is disclosed. An aluminum member comprising a bore is provided, along with a steel stud, the stud comprising a tapered portion. An aluminum collar comprising a tapered bore for receiving the tapered portion of the stud is provided and placed proximate to the member such that the bores are aligned. The collar is secured to the member, via tack welding and the stud is inserted through the collar and the member such that the tapered portion of the stud engages with the tapered bore of the collar. A device is then attached to the end of the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Saad M. Abouzahr
  • Patent number: 5961243
    Abstract: A kit assembly for constructing an article of furniture and including a first plurality of vertically extending and elongate supports which are arranged in spaced apart fashion and a second plurality of horizontally extending and elongate cross members. Opposite ends of the elongate cross members are received within appropriately formed apertures in the vertically extending supports and additional apertures extend in cross wise and communicating fashion through the vertical supports as well as the inserted and aligning ends of the cross members. Bolt fasteners are inserted through the additional and cross wise extending apertures in both the selected vertical supports and cross members and an intermediate portion of each fastener includes an annular and outwardly angled step which, upon insertion of the bolt fastener, corresponds both in axial placement and annular dimension to an inward and angularly extending ledge of a spool shaped aperture in the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Mitchell W. Michaluk, III
  • Patent number: 5938368
    Abstract: By providing a locking member having collapsible and bendable arm members which cooperate with a head-bearing fastening member, a unique fastening system is achieved which enables hardware products, such as handles, knobs, locks, brackets, and the like to be easily and quickly mounted to any desired furniture product. In the preferred embodiment, the head-bearing fastener and the locking member are constructed to be axially inserted through the mounting holes formed in the furniture product. Then, by mounting the fastening system to the hardware product and inserting the mounted fastening system through the mounting holes, the hardware product is quickly and easily securely affixed in position as the collapsible and foldable arm members of the locking member are forced outwardly into an overall width greater than the mounting holes during the threaded advance of the fastener with the hardware product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Loctec Corporation
    Inventor: Victor R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5934156
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for rotationally joining a first rotational member to a second rotational member is provided including a first adapter, a first bearing within the first adapter, a second adapter, a second bearing within the second adapter, and a connecting assembly. A power transmission assembly is provided, suitable for use with any one of a family of motors of different sizes, the assembly including a motor selected from the family, a speed reducer, a first adapter, a first bearing, a second adapter, a second bearing, and a connecting assembly. The first adapter is sized for use with at least two of the motors, and the first bearing is chosen from a family of bearings of different sizes, each sized for use with a corresponding one of the motors within the family. The first bearing is sized for use with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Industrial Company
    Inventor: Allyn E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5921698
    Abstract: The invention concerns a mount for panel-shaped components, in particular glass panels, with a base element that penetrates through an opening in the panel-shaped component and immobilize it, and a ball stud that has at its first end a ball element which is rotatably mounted in an opening of the base element which is complementary in form and function, and that can be fastened at its second, opposite end to a support structure, immobilizing the base element. The base element has an axial length such that at least one end of the base element projects out of the panel plane, the opening to receive the ball element being furthermore arranged in the region of that end. The base element has at least two base subelements that can be fastened to one another at their mutually facing radial surfaces in the radial plane of the base element that extends substantially through the center point of the ball element, thus enclosing the ball element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Mero-Raumstruktur GmbH & Co. Wuerzburg
    Inventors: Dieter Hegen, Wolfgang Kemmer
  • Patent number: 5896820
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is an improved closing wheel attachment mechanism which has longer wear life than that of the typical attachment mechanism. The closing wheel arm on an agricultural planter has installed thereon an improved grease bushing assembly which has increased wear surface and the capability to utilize a grease on the surface. The combination of increased wear surface and greasing will greatly increase the operational life of the planter. Also included in the invention is the process and fixturing to incorporate the improved configuration on to an existing planter closing wheel structure. Included in this attachment mechanism is a welding jig which assures proper alignment of the improved bushing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: May-Wes Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen O. Klinkner, Larry R. Hancock
  • Patent number: 5813467
    Abstract: An end of a composite cylinder is formed about an end connection assembly having two longitudinally arranged pieces having a contour which prevents the withdrawal of the end connection assembly from the cylinder. The two pieces of the end connection assembly are relatively forced apart and a snap ring having a certain rest diameter is reduced in diameter and inserted into the end connection assembly to a position between the pieces. The snap ring then assumes its rest diameter positioned between the pieces, forcing them to maintain intimate contact with the inner surface of the cylinder, thus removing any residual gap from the assembly process and/or preloading the interface between the end of the composite cylinder and the end assembly prior to application of an axial load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Donald A. Nance, Craig S. Mickelson
  • Patent number: 5810501
    Abstract: A clinch-type fastener permits sheets to be joined at a right angle corner. The fastener includes a rectangular base with clinch-type undercut grooves along the sides. The base is connected to a partial cylindrical channel defining an axial bore for receiving a screw or pin. The axis of the channel is parallel to the undercuts and to a first sheet into which the base is clinched being received by a corresponding aperture in the base sheet. Tapered guides located on each side of the fastener directly above the undercuts facilitate placement of the insert into the sheet prior to clinching. The fastener is preferably formed by extruding metal to form a long length of material having this lateral profile. Individual fasteners can then be produced simply by cutting an elongate extrusion into small segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Harold D. Ross
  • Patent number: RE38075
    Abstract: A seismic brace having a brace arm for fastening to a support rod on one end and a structural portion of a building, on the other end, is attachable to the support rod without disconnecting it by a base bracket hinged to the brace arm and a locking bracket hinged to the brace arm or the base bracket to overlay the base bracket. Both the base bracket and locking bracket have a slot extending from an edge towards the middle with one slot offset form the other by ninety degrees (90°).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Thompson, Keith L. Watkins