Rod Received In Recessed Side, E.g., Socket Or Tapered Opening, Etc. Patents (Class 403/263)
  • Patent number: 10897993
    Abstract: A kit is provided that, when assembled, forms a unit of furniture. The kit includes side panels that can reversibly slide into an opening formed in the sides of the front and side panels. The kit may include multiple locking pins and cleats to restrict movement of the top and side panels. The kit may include positioning wedges and/or locking wedges to restrict relative movement of the panels and thus improve the stability of the unit. Also provided are methods of assembling the unit of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Crawford & Burke Company Limited
    Inventors: Albert Jean DeSmet, Justin Albert DeSmet
  • Patent number: 9907409
    Abstract: A bunk bed equipped with a guard rail, has a bed board frame, two side bed frames respectively disposed at the front and rear sides of the bed board frame to support the bed board frame and a guard rail disposed at the side of the bed board frame. The guard rail includes a first rail frame, a second rail frame and a rotating mechanism. The rotating mechanism connects the first rail frame and the second rail frame, such that the two rail frames rotate relatively in the horizontal direction or the longitudinal direction. The first rail frame is locked to the second rail frame by a lock mechanism to form a guard rail entirety. The rotating mechanism moveably connects the first rail frame and the second rail frame, the first rail frame and the second rail frame are locked by a lock mechanism to form a detachable guard rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 9688365
    Abstract: A fin plug (10) for installation in a water craft, said fin plug (10) including: a first open cavity (20) adapted to receive a base portion (15) of a water craft fin (50); and, a resilient biasing rod (30) and a protruding member (35) cooperating with the biasing rod, said protruding member being adapted to abut the base portion (15) of said fin (50) when received in said first open cavity (20); wherein said biasing rod and protruding member are adapted to apply a force to the base portion of said fin to inhibit removal of said fin from said first open cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FIN CONTROL SYSTEMS PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Scott Norrie, Michael Durante, Gregory Scott, Linden Evans
  • Patent number: 9539750
    Abstract: The toothbrush has a handle, a neck and a head. In the handle there is a first hard component which has a metallic covering. At least in regions, the metallic covering has a covering of a second hard component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: TRISA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Peter Gross, Christian Hilfiker
  • Patent number: 9434068
    Abstract: A system for docking a platform adapted to carry a manipulator, in relation to a workstation. The system comprises a plurality of protruding members attached to the platform, a docking station arranged at the workstation and comprising a plurality of recesses adapted to receive the protruding members for positioning the platform relative the workstation. Each of the recesses comprises a positioning section defining a space and a supporting section tapering towards the positioning section and having at least one support surface, and the protruding members are protruding away from a bottom surface of the platform, and an outer end of each of the protruding members comprises a positioning portion designed to at least partly fit in said space, and a bearing portion tapering towards the positioning portion and having a bearing surface adapted to bear on the support surface when the positioning portion is fitted in said space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Opiflex Automation AB
    Inventor: Johan Frisk
  • Patent number: 9155295
    Abstract: A boom arm extending from a chassis of an agricultural sprayer includes a plurality of chords extending outward from the sprayer and a plurality of cross-sectional frame members connecting the chords to provide structural integrity. The cross-sectional frame members include brace-receiving portions having slots formed. The boom arm has a plurality of tee-shaped brace members, each having a top flange with a stem extending therefrom. The stem is received in a slot in the brace-receiving portion of adjacent cross-section frame members. Sides of the stem and the underside of the top flange are adhesively bonded to facing surfaces of the brace-receiving portions. Each cross-sectional frame member is configured to receive an extension member that extends between the cross-sectional member and a connector mounted on the first chord. The length of the extension member is determined by the position of the cross-sectional frame member on the tapered boom arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Petrus Henricus Johannes Bouten
  • Patent number: 8985888
    Abstract: A modular connector and modular bolt can be adapted to connect first and second prefabricated building components together. The modular connector can include a recess having a multistage notch structure that can be coupled with protrusions of a modular bolt. The chamber can also include a moveable butting element that is operably coupled with the multistage notch structure, where the moveable butting element can be adapted to move further into the chamber when the modular bolt is received by the multistage recess structure such that a relative position of the second prefabricated building component is adjustable with respect to the first prefabricated building component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Hideki Kawasaki
  • Publication number: 20150056003
    Abstract: A method of constructing a metal tubular frame structure utilizing a first tubular member and a second tubular member is provided. The method involves utilizing at least one opening in the first tubular member and at least one end tab on the second tubular member that together produce a keyed tubular joint when the second tubular member engages the first tubular member with the tab inserted within the opening. Keyed tubular insert-type joints, keyed tubular miter-type joints and keyed tubular flush-type joints can be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas N. Ludwig, JR., Robert L. Finney, JR., Gregory A. Balnoschan
  • Patent number: 8905670
    Abstract: A snap-fit joint comprises plastic male and female members. The male member has a flexible wall shaped along its length to define a terminal anchor portion and a relatively narrower neck portion defined by opposing curved indentations of the wall. The opposing curved indentations taper inwardly from a top to a bottom, such that the distance between opposing curved indentations of the wall is least at the bottom of the wall and greatest at the top. The female member comprises a socket corresponding in shape to that of the male member. As the male member is inserted into the socket, the curved indentations of the male member are flexed inwardly until the male member is seated in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Rex Blakeman
  • Patent number: 8881487
    Abstract: A joining system arrangement for building elements the joining system arrangement having a box element adapted for embedment in a first building element, such that an open side of the box element is flush with a surface of the building element, and arranged such that a bridge element can be inserted into the box element, the box element having four side faces arranged around an open side and a back plate, wherein, at at least one side face of the box element includes at least one load transmitting element which is arranged externally on the at least one side face, the at least one load transmitting element configured such that at least two surface portions are formed, constituting a rounded face, which are turned away from the at least one side face of the box element and from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Svein Berg Holding AS
    Inventor: Svein Berg
  • Patent number: 8469162
    Abstract: A piston with a piston rod coupled thereto is inserted in a cylinder, which sealingly contains oil. An oil flow generated by movement of the piston is controlled by a damping force generation mechanism, thereby generating a damping force. A separator tube is disposed around the cylinder, and the oil is transmitted to the damping force generation mechanism through a branch tube integrally formed on a cylindrical sidewall of the separator tube. The branch tube is tapered at the outer circumferential portion thereof with the outer diameter thereof reducing toward the distal end of the branch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nishimura, Jin Yamasaki, Shinichi Kagawa, Tetsuo Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8444125
    Abstract: An attaching apparatus for attaching a load port apparatus to an attaching face of a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus includes a bogie truck body to be attached to a lower end portion of the load port apparatus. A pair of downwardly projecting positioning protrusions having a circular transverse sectional shape are also attached to the lower end portion of the load port apparatus. A support plate is secured to a lower end portion of the attaching face in such a manner as to project toward the load port apparatus. A pair of positioning recesses are formed on an upper face of the support plate and each has a circular hollow shape, in a plan view, such that said plurality of positioning protrusions may be individually fitted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sinfonia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Natsume
  • Patent number: 8192255
    Abstract: A tool holder for a grinding machine, where the tool holder is mounted to a grinding platform of the grinding machine. The tool holder includes a plate member having a tapered slot where opposing stop elements are provided within the slot at a central location. The tool includes a pair of circular elements that are positioned on either side of the stop elements in the slot and are forced into the tapered shape of the slot so that the tool is held to the tool holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Gallup, Tchavdar V. Tchakarov
  • Patent number: 8186124
    Abstract: Connection device having at least one receiving building component, in particular a wooden body (1), which comprises at least a retention recess (2), in particular a continuous retention recess, and having a composite body (3) which is inserted into the retention recess (2) in the wooden body (1), wherein a composite mass (4) is curably inserted in an interstice (7) in the retention recess (2) between the wooden body (1) and the inserted composite body (3) such that the composite body is substantially frictionally secured in said retention recess (2), wherein an intermediate layer (5), in particular as a formation of the surface of the composite body and/or the composite mass, is at least partially provided between the composite body and the composite mass, providing at least partial decoupling of the composite mass from the composite body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Tobias Bathon
  • Patent number: 8096728
    Abstract: A connector apparatus includes first and second spaced apart generally coplanar walls and a support between the first and second walls. The first wall includes a first guiding surface and a first stopping surface extending at a first angle to the first guiding surface. The second wall includes a second guiding surface opposite at least a portion of the first guiding surface and generally facing towards the first guiding surface, a second stopping surface extending from the second guiding surface and away from the first guiding surface, and a third stopping surface extending at a second angle to the second stopping surface. The support has a fourth stopping surface, and the fourth stopping surface is disposed at third and fourth angles to the first and third stopping surfaces respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Strad Energy Services, Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Stasiewich, Jared Michael Bathelt
  • Patent number: 7937904
    Abstract: A corner joint between two frame lineals of a pultruded window frame is defined by inserting a leg of a corner member into a hollow interior of each lineal and attaching the legs to the lineals by adhesive. Each leg has a plurality of surfaces thereof each having a first portion at the corner which lies closely adjacent a corresponding surface of the first lineal and a second portion, at the end of the first portion remote from the corner which tapers inwardly away from the corresponding surface of the first lineal such that a spacing therebetween increases in the direction away from the corner. The adhesive is applied to the tapered portion and the taper acts to force the adhesive along the leg to the first portion and to the ends of the lineals where the excess can be wiped away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Laurence W. Davies
  • Patent number: 7914223
    Abstract: A determinant assembly feature for a joint assembly and a method of assembly therefor. The joint assembly includes a structure and a web connected thereto. The structure includes a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel, and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg. The web includes a thickness control element and one or more location control elements correspondingly matched to the location control receiving elements. The method includes providing a structure comprising a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg; providing a web comprising one or more location control elements and a thickness control element; and inserting the web into the structure, wherein the one or more location control elements is correspondingly matched to the one or more location control receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Wood, Michael P. Renieri, Thomas R. Berkel
  • Patent number: 7857539
    Abstract: A vehicle framing system for framing an automotive vehicle body from a plurality of separate body components wherein the body components each include a reference surface. The system includes an assembly station having spaced-apart frame members positioned so that, when a vehicle carrier supporting the vehicle body components is positioned at the assembly station, the frame members extend along opposite sides of the vehicle carrier. At least two docking stations are secured to each frame member at predetermined locations. A robot mounts its associated tool arm with a docking station. At least one set of reference block and framing clamp is secured to each tool arm and these framing clamps maintain the reference surfaces of the vehicle body components against the reference blocks to hold the vehicle components at a predetermined position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Valiant Corporation
    Inventors: Dominic Baulier, Mihaela Petrescu, Thomas Stein, Justyna Klapacz
  • Patent number: 7849537
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support includes an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment, and at least one arm pivotally coupled to the equipment supporting portion, and configured to support at least one IV container. The equipment support may include at least roller bumper rotatably coupled to the equipment supporting portion. The equipment supporting portion may include an upper horizontal member, a lower horizontal member and a pair of horizontally spaced vertical posts extending between the upper and lower members. Illustratively, the arm is pivotally coupled to one of the posts. The upper and lower horizontal members may define a space therebetween for receiving infusion management equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Graham, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7815203
    Abstract: A knuckle includes two steering bosses (i.e., upper and lower), each having a continuous channel, connecting, respectively, separate channel openings where the channels taper outward from an inner diameter to each of their respective openings. A hollow first adapter sleeve is located within either one of the channel openings of the upper steering boss, and a hollow second adapter sleeve is located within either one of the channel openings of the lower steering boss. As a result of this structure, the knuckle may be used on either side of a vehicle, allow for entry of a steering arm/tie rod arm from forward to rear (rearwardly directed) or vice versa in either of the steering bosses, and may be applied to various sizes of knuckle-steer axle assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob C. Adleman, Steven T. Byrne
  • Patent number: 7798137
    Abstract: An adaptor device to be mounted on an elongated portion of a compound archery bow, such as a cable guard, to permit carrying of the compound archery bow on a harness around the body of a user. The adaptor device utilizes a locking mechanism to lock the adaptor onto the compound archery bow. The adaptor device is connectable to a harness to allow the user to carry the compound archery bow by using only the harness. The locking mechanism is openable and closable to permit the user to attach the adaptor device to the compound archery bow for carrying, and to detach the adaptor device from the compound archery bow, such as when the user wishes to use the compound archery bow to shoot an arrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Gregg L. Ewing
  • Publication number: 20100143027
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attaching apparatus for attaching a load port apparatus, which is configured to receive a wafer carrier in which a wafer is accommodated in order to transfer the wafer to and from a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus, to an attaching face of the semiconductor manufacturing apparatus. A bogie track body is attached to a lower end portion of the load port apparatus. A pair of positioning protrusions are attached to the lower end portion of the load port apparatus in such a manner as to project downwardly. A support plate is secured to a lower end portion of the attaching face of the wall body in such a manner as to project to this side. A pair of positioning recesses are formed on an upper face of the support plate in such a manner as to be fitted with the positioning projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuo NATSUME
  • Patent number: 7634848
    Abstract: A shaft retainer includes a plate having a slot extending from an edge of the plate for engaging a radial groove formed in a shaft and a fastening device for fastening the plate to a structure to prevent axial movement of the shaft relative to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventors: Dan Bexten, Dan Potter
  • Patent number: 7628563
    Abstract: A unitary fitting for mating with and coupling a plurality of T-slot structures. The fitting comprises at least two sections to mate with the T-slot structures, with each of the sections having a first end, a second end, an outer surface circumferentially surrounding said T-slot structure, and an inner surface being capable of mating with one of said T-slot structures. the inner surfaces has at least one rail that extends inwardly into a recess of the T-slot structures. The fitting is formed of one piece construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: John M. Winkler
  • Publication number: 20090238638
    Abstract: A fitting for a terminal connection in a core-adjuster assembly has a generally annular isolator with a generally central bore defining a connector pin socket and a reverse clip cap socket, and a reverse clip cap configured to be received substantially concentrically by the reverse clip cap socket of the isolator and defining a connector pin end socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Phillip Ruhlander
  • Patent number: 7559714
    Abstract: A fitting for a terminal connection in a core-adjuster assembly has a generally annular isolator with a generally central bore defining a connector pin socket and a reverse clip cap socket, and a reverse clip cap configured to be received substantially concentrically by the reverse clip cap socket of the isolator and defining a connector pin end socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Phillip Ruhlander
  • Publication number: 20090148228
    Abstract: A portable support structure including a platform member having a primary platform connector and a secondary platform connector. The primary platform connector is configured to receive a primary support connector. The secondary platform connector is configured to receive a secondary support connector. The support structure also includes a primary support member including the primary support connector and a hook member. In addition, the support structure includes a secondary support member having a first end and a second end. The first end is detachably engaged with the secondary platform connector and the second end is in locking engagement with the hook member. The primary support connector includes structures that engage the primary platform connector and rotationally position the primary support member. The hook member includes a hook portion that engages and prevents the secondary support member disengaging upon a rotation of the secondary support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: TAIT TOWERS INC.
    Inventors: Adam DAVIS, James FAIRORTH, Michael TAIT
  • Patent number: 7517425
    Abstract: A method is provided for attaching a hollow tubular member to a cast member. The cast member has a hollow socket cavity. A body of uncured adhesive is positioned in either the hollow socket of the cast member or the hollow interior of the hollow tubular member. The hollow tubular member is inserted in the hollow cavity. The adhesive is forced to flow into the space between the outside of the tubular member and the socket of the cast member, and the adhesive is then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica A. Schroeder, Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, James G. Schroth
  • Patent number: 7504583
    Abstract: Elements, couplers, systems, and methods for joining two or more trough members. A locking element for a coupler of a cable trough system can include a threaded portion including first and second ends, the first end extending at an angle to a point, and a head portion coupled to the threaded portion at the second end, the head portion including a key portion that corresponds to the point of the first end of the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Beck
  • Patent number: 7497638
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method includes a socket having a substantially spherical inner contour being accessible via an opening. A member having a partial spherical shape substantially similar to the spherical inner contour. A cross-sectional profile of the member is adapted to pass through the opening into the socket and to remain uncoupled with the socket when the socket and the member are in a first relative orientation. The member is further adapted to couple with the socket when the member is in the socket and in a second relative orientation with the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory A. Tubbs, Stephen L. Scown
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080222990
    Abstract: A unitary fitting for mating with and coupling a plurality of T-slot structures. The fitting comprises at least two sections to mate with the T-slot structures, with each of the sections having a first end, a second end, an outer surface circumferentially surrounding said T-slot structure, and an inner surface being capable of mating with one of said T-slot structures. the inner surfaces has at least one rail that extends inwardly into a recess of the T-slot structures. The fitting is formed of one piece construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: John M. Winkler
  • Publication number: 20080169633
    Abstract: A structure for joining a cross member (2) to a side member (1) of a chassis frame, wherein a flange (4) is formed integrally at an end of the cross member via a flare (3), an extension member (5) inserted into the end of the cross member (2) to project from the afore-mentioned flange (4) is welded to the flare (3), the extension member (5) is passed through an inside hole (9i) formed in an inside part (8i) in the width direction of the vehicle in the closed-section part of the side member (1) and welded to an outside hole (9o) formed in an outside part (8o) in the width direction of the vehicle, and the outer periphery of the flange (4) is welded to the inside part (8i) in the width direction of the vehicle. The closed-section part (8) is formed in a rectangular shape, and the top and bottom parts of the periphery of the flange (4) are located near top and bottom bends (12) of the closed-section part (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Gianfranco Gabbianelli, Hiroshi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 7302945
    Abstract: A compound archery bow with an adaptor device for carrying the bow. The adaptor device includes a cylindrical body portion, having a rear extension piece having holes to receive a carrier ring, connected to a harness, which is held or worn by an archer. The cylindrical body portion includes a longitudinal open portion, intended to receive a cable guard rod of the compound archery bow. Locking grooves are disposed on each side of the longitudinal open portion. A C-shaped locking device is provided, having a locking lip to engage with the locking grooves; the locking device movable from an open non-locked position to a closed locked position, to retain the cylindrical body portion on the cable guard rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Gregg L. Ewing
  • Patent number: 7182211
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a universal rack, comprises a plurality of upright posts and a plurality of cross bars securely joined together via one-way connecting pieces, two-way connecting pieces and three-way connecting pieces. The universal rack of the present invention can be randomly designed and assembled according to the pattern of space to form a storing shelf of all sorts of different shapes. After assembling, said universal rack can be randomly dissembled. Meanwhile, transformation on single layer can be held when the universal rack is carrying things, and said universal rack can be assembled and disassembled without any tools and other attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Yick Wah Ho
  • Patent number: 7044151
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fitting mechanical parts to minimize prevent free play are described. An apparatus having a piston is designed so as to restrain the piston before actuation, and so as to allow the piston to gain momentum before striking an object. The described apparatus are applicable to devices involving shearable elements. An embodiment of the invention relates to a pyrotechnically activated valve incorporating such features to minimize free play in conjunction with such features so as to restrain the piston and also allow the piston to gain momentum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Scot Incorporated
    Inventor: Griffith S. Evans
  • Patent number: 7040835
    Abstract: A support system that can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily to allow easy mobility and compact storage. The support system comprises of a supported member and a supporting member. The supported member defines two holes that will engage the engagement portion of the supporting member to securely retain the supporting member in desired position and support the supported member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Sun
  • Patent number: 7013508
    Abstract: A bed rail assembly includes a joint device connecting two top tubes, a pair of corner members mounted to free ends of the top tubes, two vertical tubes mounted to and depending from the corner members, and a pair of knuckle devices mounted to lower ends of the vertical tubes. Horizontal support tubes extend from the knuckle devices in a direction substantially normal to a plane defined by the top tubes and the vertical tubes. Extensions project from the knuckle devices to receive and fix support tube thereby forming a rectangular frame onto which a cover is attached to shield the frame. Each knuckle device includes a movable member movably connected to a base of the knuckle device to allow collapse of the bed rail. A Y-shaped belt and an L-shaped retention member are used to secure the bed rail assembly to a mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Sung-Tsun Wu
  • Patent number: 6709189
    Abstract: A connector for securing a handle to a utensil comprises a male part (14) having a threaded portion (16) adjacent the free end thereof which joins a shaft portion (18) of greater diameter than the threaded portion (16), a female socket part (10) with a complimentary internal screw thread, and a support collar (26) jointed to the socket (10) to overlie the socket (10) and defining an opening (24) for receiving the male part (14) through which the shaft portion (18) extends and which tightly engages the shaft portion (18) when the male and female parts are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Hayco Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory Clegg Spooner
  • Patent number: 6682253
    Abstract: An assembly rail has at least one profile element with support legs. A rail slot is defined between the support legs and extends in a longitudinal direction of the at least one profile element. The support legs are oriented inwardly toward an interior of the at least one profile element. A hollow profile that is larger than the at least one profile element has edge strips arranged along at least one longitudinal side of the hollow profile. Between the edge strips a receiving slot is formed. The at least one profile element is arranged in the receiving slot and is connected fixedly to the hollow profile. The rail slot of the at least one profile element opens outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Halfen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Binna, Beate Görtz, Andreas Hanke, Renate Neumann, Georg Kirchner
  • 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: 6357957
    Abstract: A fastener assembly attaches and aligns two panels. The fastener assembly has a connector member (20), a support platform (66) and a tab (80). The connector member has a head (26), a threaded portion (32) and an annular groove (36). The support platform (66) is mounted on a first panel. The support platform (66) threadingly engages the threaded portion (32) of the connector member (20). The tab (80) is mounted on a second panel. The tab has an opening (82) for receiving the annular groove (36) of the connector member (20) in a supporting relation. Rotation of the connector member (20) moves the second panel towards and away from the first panel in a direction of draw to space the second panel relative to the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Magna Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Champlin
  • Patent number: 6354757
    Abstract: The device is a section connector for building structures, such as, for instance, a rafter assembly section connector for winter gardens or the like, with the aid of which a hollow section can be attached to another hollow or solid section at variable angles. An inset equipped with a ball head is firmly attached to one section. Using the ball head, the inset is connected to a structural part attached to another section in such a way that it can pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Thyssen Polymer GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Pielmeier
  • Patent number: 6247282
    Abstract: In the broader aspects of the invention there is provided a new and improved deck and beam connector for post and beam structures. The deck and beam connector has a deck flange mounted on the deck, the flange has an opening therein. Depending into the deck is a well secured to the flange. The well has a bottom and a bottom opening therein. A threaded bolt having an enlarged head is positioned within the bottom opening with the threaded portion within the well. The head is positioned within a step-diametered counter-sunk bore in the deck with the larger diameter portion thereof adjacent to the surface opposite that to which the deck flange is connected. A threaded member is positioned on the threaded shaft of the bolt within the well with a spring positioned on the bolt between the threaded member and the well bottom. The bolt is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position into which the bolt head is biased and within the larger diametered portion of the step-diametered bore in the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: ICON, Incorporated
    Inventor: Tim S. Searle
  • Patent number: 6237299
    Abstract: A lattice girder generally including a top rail, a bottom rail, vertical end posts and slanted crossbeams, wherein all of the members consist of uniform hollow sections that may be fitted into one another and thereby rigidly interconnected. The girder rail consists of two half-sections (18,19) internally provided with longitudinal flanges (20, 21) having transverse serrations so that the two half-sections may be permanently secured to one another by pressing them together with the serrations in mutual engagement. The end of a slanted crossbeam (24) having notches (at 25 and 26) is inserted into openings (22,23) in the half-sections to lock and engage the rail. Weldless lattice girders may thus be produced, in particular for forming a walkway guardrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Societe d'Etude et de Construction d'Appareils de Levage et de Traction
    Inventor: Guido Gortan
  • Patent number: 6061991
    Abstract: A deck system provides an easy to install deck by using unique columns, rails and planks. The columns can house electrical components. The rails enable quick assembly because they do not require additional fasteners or tools to install the balusters. The planks include a novel tongue-in-groove assembly that allows the planks to expand without damaging the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Michael E. Dahl
  • Patent number: 5984632
    Abstract: A motor fan for a cleaning apparatus that creates the suction caused by a rotor in a suction device mounted in the cleaning apparatus such that foreign materials are drawn therein has a fan member coupled to the rotor and is provided with a plurality of curved fins thereon and which fins cause the air in a collection compartment to pass through a suction inlet by the suction when the rotor is rotated, and to discharge the sucked air outside a body through outlets and an exhaust outlet. A reinforcing member is provided and is closely engaged with a rear surface of the fan member, and which reinforcing member insertedly receives a shaft of the suction device and firmly is tightened by a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Kwangju Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam-Seon Lee, Jong-Soo Choi, Kie-Yong Lee
  • 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: 5904390
    Abstract: A thermoformed thermoplastic truck bedliner has at least one pair of under-cut load restraint pockets formed by portions of opposed bedliner sidewalls. The pockets are recessed from the sidewall so that a load restraining member such as a 2.times.4 beam may be pressed downwardly to be snapped into engagement with the pockets. The pockets support the boards in a horizontal orientation, with the wide dimension of the board extending from front to back within the liner to give greater board stiffness against loads shifting from front to back. The pockets may be formed in either under the rail bedliners or in over the rail bedliners. In an alternative embodiment, each under-cut pocket is formed in a cross shape such that a board may be positioned horizontally or vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Penda Corporation
    Inventors: Philip L. Emery, William L. Dresen
  • Patent number: 5894610
    Abstract: A shower rod mounting assembly for conveniently securing a shower rod between opposing walls of a bath while maintaining an appealing appearance. The assembly consists of a mounting bracket which can be secured to the wall and includes a pair of coaxial tubular flanges fo receiving a shower rod. A snap-on escutcheon conceals the mounting bracket. After mounting the brackets to the opposing walls of the bath, the ends of the shower rod are inserted into the brackets such that the inner flange is matingly received within the shower rod and the shower rod is matingly received within the outer flange of the bracket. The gap between the tubular flanges is configured to snugly receive the shower rod. The escutcheons can now be positioned over the brackets completing assembly of the shower rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corp.
    Inventor: Paul Henry Winter