With Indicator Or Inspection Means Patents (Class 403/27)
  • Patent number: 12030194
    Abstract: An apparatus has an anchor shaft with a distal end configured to be embedded into a selected anchor location. A base plate has an aperture to receive the anchor shaft. A mounting ring surrounds the aperture. An inner collar is adjustably mounted on the mounting ring. A lower bearing seat is positioned in the inner collar. A spherical bearing is positioned in the lower bearing seat. The spherical bearing engages a proximal end of the anchor shaft. An upper bearing seat is positioned over the spherical bearing. An outer collar is mounted on the inner collar. The upper bearing seat, the spherical bearing, and the lower bearing seat are compressed between the outer collar and the inner collar, such that the anchor shaft is selectably mounted to the base plate and has six degrees of configurable positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Diamond Age 3D, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Varone
  • Patent number: 11566661
    Abstract: A joint (10) with first and second joint components (12, 26; 19) are movably connected to one another. The first joint component (12, 26) has a spherical joint body (14, 28) and the second joint component (19) rotatably and pivotably holds the joint body (14, 28). A sensor device, for determining the position of the first and second joint components (12, 26; 19) relative to one another, is arranged on the joint (10). The sensor device has at least one sensor element (21, 31) which can be integrated in a housing (18) that is produced by an assembly overmolding process. The joint housing (18) forms the second joint component (19) in which the joint body (14, 28) is directly supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Philipp Bronswick, Manfred Sieve, Jan Pabst
  • Patent number: 11480204
    Abstract: A method of assembling a set of panels, to obtain an assembled product, including connecting a first edge of a first panel, with a first main plane, to a first edge of a second panel, with a second main plane, including arranging a third panel with a third main plane perpendicular to the first main plane, arranging a first edge of the third panel at a second edge of the second panel and arranging the third main plane with a second angle in relation to the second main plane; connecting the first edge of the third panel to the second edge of the second panel, by displacing the third panel and/or the second panel; and connecting a second edge of the third panel to a second edge of the first panel and connecting the first edge of the third panel to the second edge of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Derelöv
  • Patent number: 11274446
    Abstract: A threaded reinforcing bar coupling structure comprises a pair of reinforcing bars and a tubular coupler connecting the pair of reinforcing bars. Each of the reinforcing bars is a deformed reinforcing bar having spiral node portions on an outer periphery of a reinforcing bar main body having a round shaft shape. A cylindrical portion with node portions removed is formed on an end portion of the reinforcing bar, and a male threaded portion is formed on the cylindrical portion. The male threaded portion has hardness or tensile strength greater than that of a remaining portion of the reinforcing bar. The pair of reinforcing bars is connected by the screw tubular coupler that is screwed onto the male threaded portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Akira Fukuda
  • Patent number: 11235791
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooler assembly that may be used to attach accessories and/or one or more wheel assemblies to an insulated body of a cooler. The insulated body of the cooler being a container body of a container (i.e., the cooler). The cooler assembly may include any one of or a combination of the following components: the container body (i.e., the insulated body of the cooler); the one or more wheel assemblies with or without adjustable axles for mobility; accessories such as an accessory table and an accessory chair; accessory fastener devices for attaching the accessories to the cooler; and wheel assembly fastener devices for attaching the wheel assemblies to the cooler. The accessory fastener devices and the wheel assembly fastener devices are reusable and may be easily inserted and removed from the cooler or the container for mounting on a second cooler or platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Allen Hobbs Mize, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11118623
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rack bush for vehicle steering apparatus, which includes a bush body having an outer peripheral surface that is in contact with an inner surface of a rack housing and an inner peripheral surface that is in contact with a rack bar, the bush body being configured to guide longitudinal movement of the rack bar, the bush body including a large diameter portion and a small diameter portion, a plurality of slits arranged on the bush body in a circumferential direction thereof, and a damper mounted to the bush body and configured to absorb an impact occurring between the rack bar and the bush body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Wook Son
  • Patent number: 11067185
    Abstract: A coupler that separates a unitary valve stem into two separate but coupled sections to isolates the thrust load from the torque load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Filiberto Jimenez, Kenneth Krause
  • Patent number: 10655535
    Abstract: A connecting rod for a variable compression internal combustion engine, the connecting rod including a crank bearing eye configured to connect the connecting rod to a crankshaft of the variable compression internal combustion engine; a connecting rod bearing eye configured to connect the connecting rod to a cylinder piston of the variable compression internal combustion engine; an eccentrical element adjustment arrangement configured to adjust an effective connective rod length, which eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes an eccentrical element that is connected torque proof with an eccentrical element lever, wherein a wrist pin of the cylinder piston is receivable in the eccentrical element, wherein the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes two hydraulic chambers respectively including a piston that is movably arranged in a cylindrical borehole and connected with a support rod which is connected with the eccentrical element lever at another end, wherein the support rod is configur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventors: David Huber, Dietmar Schulze, Alexander Mudra
  • Patent number: 9351633
    Abstract: A Laryngoscope system for controlling and monitoring characteristics associated with airway management and a remote access unit continuously interfacing through instant wireless private direct connectivity to a laryngoscope. The system also includes a plurality of sensors and controllers that measure and control characteristics and provide the remote unit with measurements and control results. In other aspects, the laryngoscope and display unit are sensitive to movement and may power on and off with motion or absence of motion. In another aspect, the laryngoscope is capable of wirelessly communicating with the screen for command and control of the Laryngoscope and laryngoscope system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Magaw, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jay (Jason) Tydlaska, Amy Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9255582
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exhaust-gas turbocharger for use in an internal combustion engine and to a method for assembling and/or setting an exhaust-gas turbocharger. According to the invention, the exhaust-gas turbocharger comprises a regulating mechanism and an actuator device for actuating the regulating mechanism, wherein the actuator device comprises a control rod with a first part and a second part. The second part of the control rod has a guide, which is designed in such a way that it at least partially surrounds the first part. Moreover, the second part has at least one hole, wherein the first part is connected to the second part by a welded or assembly joint, which is arranged in the at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Christmann, Sebastian Vorlaeufer
  • Patent number: 9103150
    Abstract: A locking hinge design relies on a mechanically-actuated magnetic clutch to selectively disengage first and second gears respectively coupled to first and second members and thereby selectively enable relative rotation between the first and second members about an axis of rotation. The mechanically-actuated magnetic clutch includes first and second magnetic members disposed in an opposing relationship, such that permanent magnets respectively disposed in each magnetic member may be placed into either a mutually attractive or mutually repellant relationship in response to relative movement therebetween. One of the magnetic members is coupled to one of the gears to move the gear along the axis of rotation and thereby selectively disengage or engage the gear from or with the other gear such that the gears are selectively engaged in response to mechanical movement of the magnetic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Helping Hands International Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Chi Shing Wong
  • Publication number: 20150139715
    Abstract: Device (10) for transferring torques from a first machine component (13) to a second machine component (12), particularly in a wind turbine (11), said device comprising a first connecting hub (19) for connecting to the first machine component (13), a second connecting hub (21) for connecting to the second machine component (12), and an intermediate tube (20), particularly made of glass fibre reinforced plastic, which is fixed at a first end to the first connecting hub (19) and at a second end to the second connecting hub (21), characterised in that the device (10) has at least one torque sensor (23), particularly an elongation measuring sensor, which is arranged on the first connecting hub (19) or on the second connecting hub (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jochen Exner, Martin Bach, Jochen Forstmann
  • Publication number: 20150098749
    Abstract: A ball joint for a vehicle, with a ball pin that has a joint ball, a joint housing that encloses the joint ball and is provided with a pin opening, in which the joint ball of the ball pin is fitted and able to move. The ball pin extends out of the joint housing through the pin opening. An actuator can press a pressure element, in an axial direction, against the joint housing in such a manner that pressure can be exerted by the joint housing and the pressure element onto the joint ball. The actuator acts upon a spring which acts upon the pressure element. The length of the spring can be measured by a displacement sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd Grannemann, Martin Rechtien
  • Publication number: 20140360282
    Abstract: A magneto elastic sensor having a longitudinally extending shaft like member which is subject to a load, is provided. A magneto-elastically active region is directly or indirectly attached to or forming a part of the member in such a manner that the mechanic stress is transmitted to the active region. A magnetically polarized region of the active region becomes increasingly helically shaped as the application stress increases. A magnetic field sensor means is arranged approximate the at least one magneto elastically region for outputting a signal corresponding to a stress induced magnetic flux emanating from the magnetically polarized region. The magnetic sensor means is configured for determination of a shear stress and/or of a tensile or compressive stress. In particular, the sensor means comprises at least one direction sensitive magnetic field sensor, which is arranged having a predetermined and fixed spatial coordination with the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Methode Electronics Malta Ltd
    Inventor: Johannes GIEßIBL
  • Publication number: 20140298633
    Abstract: An extendable pole mechanism may be used with a pair of poles that are longitudinally movable to adjust the overall length of both poles. The mechanism may include a collar that receives the poles and a roller sleeve that rotates with respect to the collar to adjust the mechanism between a use condition, where the poles are held in a longitudinally relative fixed position, and an adjustment condition, where the poles are longitudinally moveable with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Publication number: 20140208561
    Abstract: An elastic alignment assembly includes a first component having a first engagement surface. Also included is a second component having a second engagement surface and is configured to be mated with the first component. Further included is a receiving feature formed in at least one of the first engagement surface and the second engagement surface. Yet further included is a protrusion comprising a first sidewall and a second sidewall, the protrusion extending away from at least one of the first engagement surface and the second engagement surface, the protrusion formed of an elastically deformable material to elastically deform at a first interface and a second interface upon contact with the receiving feature, wherein the first interface is located proximate the first sidewall and the receiving feature, and wherein the second interface is located proximate the second sidewall and the receiving feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Joel Colombo, Michael D. Richardson, Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20140208563
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a datum. The datum has a first portion configured to interface with a work-piece having a critical surface associated with a fit-and-finish surface, and a second portion configured to interface with a mating structure. The datum is adjusted in such a way that the datum facilitates placement of the critical surface within acceptable tolerance to the fit-and-finish surface once the datum is placed between the work-piece and the mating structure, and the work-piece is installed to the mating structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Dave BLACK
  • Publication number: 20140158279
    Abstract: An arrangement for attaching a system to a structure having a base element to retain the system, a positioning element to position the base element at a location on the structure and a fixation device to fix the base element at the location on the structure. The base element has a section for holding the system and a section for being clamped to the structure. The clamping section has an element for alignment on the positioning element. The positioning element has a surface for being bonded to the structure and a positioning section for acting together with the alignment element. The fixation device has a counter element with a clamping area for being positioned on an opposite side of the structure from the clamping section and a fastener for clamping the base element and the counter element to the structure. An installation method for such an attachment arrangement is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Cihangir Sayilgan, Markus Mueller, Henrik Linnemann
  • Publication number: 20140161511
    Abstract: A web-handling machine frame, at least partially built from reconfigurable interconnected blocks having precision alignment points. From such blocks, modular equipment web-handling lines for web-handling operations can be constructed ad hoc with their shaft mounted web-contacting devices in tram without the need for separate alignment procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James N. Dobbs, Ronald P. Swanson, Daniel H. Carlson, Larry D. Humlicek, John T. Strand, Daniel J. Theis
  • Publication number: 20140161510
    Abstract: A joint assembly includes an end portion of a first component that is accommodated within an end portion of a second component, with each respective first and second end portion having a corresponding first and second location feature, and an elongate resilient helical connection member. When the joint is assembled, the first and second location features together define an annular cavity into which is accommodated the connection member to interlock the first and second components to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Edward Simon JAMES
  • Patent number: 8747010
    Abstract: A control device has a plurality of possible attachment places for receiving attachment elements at least one of the attachment places being formed as a blocking attachment place which prevents receiving of an attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gert Jakob, Bernd Eckert
  • Publication number: 20140147192
    Abstract: A silicon alignment pin is used to align successive layers of components made in semiconductor chips and/or metallic components to make easier the assembly of devices having a layered structure. The pin is made as a compressible structure which can be squeezed to reduce its outer diameter, have one end fit into a corresponding alignment pocket or cavity defined in a layer of material to be assembled into a layered structure, and then allowed to expand to produce an interference fit with the cavity. The other end can then be inserted into a corresponding cavity defined in a surface of a second layer of material that mates with the first layer. The two layers are in registry when the pin is mated to both. Multiple layers can be assembled to create a multilayer structure. Examples of such devices are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Cecile Jung-Kubiak, Theodore Reck, Bertrand Thomas, Robert H. Lin, Alejandro Peralta, John J. Gill, Choonsup Lee, Jose V. Siles, Risaku Toda, Goutam Chattopadhyay, Ken B. Cooper, Imran Mehdi
  • Publication number: 20140126774
    Abstract: Disclosed is a library apparatus capable of indicating an availability state of a slot according to the availability state of the slot that a magazine has. The storage library apparatus 1 rotates the first position P that indicates a usable state of a slot 7 by a first protection lever 4 being pushed by a accessor 3 which can convey, contacts against in a stopper 6, accordingly, is fixed by a lock component 5 and is fixed to the lock component 5 by rotating a second position R that indicates the unusable state of a slot 7.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: TAKASHI MASUDA
  • Patent number: 8714571
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a torque rod comprised of a two piece mating design which increases rigidity and reduces the number of welds. Unlike other designs this design has single piece forged ends which permits the torque rod of the present invention to take greater payloads than other designs can take. The design further includes internal bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Automann Inc.
    Inventors: Sachin Nataraj, Thanwant Khanduja, Chiranjeev Khanduja
  • Publication number: 20140064825
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus having a base part (4) for fastening and/or adjusting a light grid housing (1) having a partly round housing cross-section (34) in a housing section at an assembly body (12), wherein the base part (4) has an open receiver (24) for the light grid housing (1), wherein the receiver (24) forms a circular section (30) in cross-section and the circular section (30) has an angle (?) of more than 180 degrees, wherein the receiver (24) of the base part (4) is slightly smaller than the partly round housing cross-section (34) of the housing section, wherein the light grid housing (1) is arranged in the receiver (24) and is held by the receiver (24) by force transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SICK AG
    Inventors: Ralf FRIEDRICH, Christof J. MEYER, Christian KLINGELHOFER
  • Publication number: 20140064824
    Abstract: The invention relates to a quick coupler (1) for attaching a tool (2), comprising an attachment bracket with two parallel attachment pins (3a, 3b), to an earth moving vehicle. The quick coupler (1) comprises a frame (4) with a first cutout (5) and a second cutout (6) arranged substantially perpendicular to each other, where the respective cutout is adapted to cooperate with the respective attachment pin (3a, 3b) of the tool (2). The quick coupler (1) further comprises at least one, in relation to the frame (4) moveable locking arrangement (9), adapted to delimit the second cutout (6) in a direction parallel to the first cutout (5), at least one, in the frame (4) arranged, actuator (8) adapted to move the locking arrangement (9) between a first open and a second locked position, and a lock indication device (10) which visually indicates if the locking part (9) is in the first or second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: STEELWRIST AB
    Inventors: Markus Nilsson, Stefan Stockhaus, Sven Siggstedt
  • Publication number: 20140041187
    Abstract: A utility coupler comprises a coupling unit that is coupled to a tool unit via the reciprocal linear actuation of a hooking cam member in the coupling unit engaging a latching pin in the tool unit. The hooking cam member includes a composite cam surface operative to couple and hold the two units together as the latching pin engages different surfaces of the composite cam surface. Failsafe features prevent the inadvertent decoupling of the units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Norton
  • Publication number: 20140033493
    Abstract: A semi-circular male alignment feature elastic averaging alignment system utilizing a plurality of semi-circular male alignment features which interface by elastic averaging with a plurality of female alignment features, wherein semi-circular male alignment features of a first component are received during a mating process by respective female alignment features formed in a second component, whereby precise alignment of the first and second components and stiffness are provided by elastic averaging of the male and female alignment features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Thomas F. Bowles
  • Publication number: 20130308995
    Abstract: A ball joint device (1) having an outer cage (2) and a spherical ball (3), anti-friction means (5) being interposed between the outer cage (2) and the spherical ball (3). The ball joint device (1) comprises wear detection means (10) co-operating with the anti-friction means (5) between the outer cage (2) and the spherical ball (3), the wear detection means (10) having a first color that is distinct from a second color of said anti-friction means (5) in order to indicate wear visually by means of a change in color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: Vincent Girard
  • Publication number: 20130308996
    Abstract: The clamping system for attaching a tool to a tool holder offers highly precise self-adjustment of the tool in the tool holder, which remains in effect even at the high tool temperatures encountered during operation. For this purpose, the tool comprises a central clamping bolt, a positioning pin, and a groove, whereas the tool holder comprises a draw bolt, a T-slot, and a register pin. The draw bolt draws the clamping bolt by way of slanted surfaces against the tool holder with force components acting in three directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Rodi
  • Publication number: 20130291365
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for providing anti-rotation to an accessory for a network test instrument or the like, includes a threaded insert mounted in the test instrument, an anti-rotation feature receiving opening, and corresponding threaded fastener and anti-rotation mounting stud on the accessory, whereby engagement between the features ensures proper alignment and prevents rotation of the mounted accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Wayne Scott Hoofnagle, William H. BURKE, Kevin Pearce
  • Publication number: 20130294815
    Abstract: A method of mutually aligning first and second imaging system fixturing components forms a first alignment structure on the first imaging system fixturing component, a second alignment structure on the second imaging system fixturing component, and engages the first and second alignment structures to align, with optical accuracy, the first and second imaging system fixturing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: George C. Barnes, IV, Goran M. Rauker, Mark Meloni
  • Publication number: 20130279968
    Abstract: A mounting device for securing a circuit board to a bottom plate of a chassis includes a positioning post, an installation member, a moving member, and a mounting member. The positioning post defines a groove. The moving member is slidably received in the installation member and includes a first driving portion. The mounting member is mounted to the installation member and prevents the moving member from sliding out of the installation member. The mounting member includes two resilient portions. The moving member is slidable relative to the mounting member. The first driving member elastically deforms the two resilient portions to be received in the groove when the moving member is slid towards the mounting member to secure the mounting member to the positioning post. The first driving portion is secured between the two resilient portions, to prevent the moving member from sliding relative to the mounting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130216347
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include implement carriers and power machines with implement carriers. In some embodiments, the implement carriers have a mounting structure having first and second mounting structure surfaces with first and second pluralities of mounting features located along the first mounting structure surfaces, respectively. Each of the second plurality of mounted features is aligned with one of the first plurality of mounting features. The mounting structure is configured to receive an implement in a first attitude and a second attitude different from the first attitude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Clark Equipment Company
  • Publication number: 20130174528
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rotatably mounting a stem deflector to a toolbar. The apparatus includes a base that attaches to the toolbar. The apparatus also includes a rotatable member that attaches to the stem deflector. A position of the rotatable member is adjustable relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: LANKOTA GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: LANKOTA GROUP, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130156489
    Abstract: A locking apparatus includes a first threaded member, a second threaded, two pins, an alarm, and a micro-control unit. When the second threaded member engages in the first threaded member, the micro-control unit deactivates the alarm. When the second threaded shank disengages from the first threaded member, the micro-control unit activates the alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: XIANG CAO
  • Publication number: 20130152344
    Abstract: The present disclosure is concerned with an improved latching mechanism for the hinged section of a ceiling track for traveling curtains. The latching mechanism is designed to make a readily audible sound when it is locked. It is based upon a generally oval shaped lock knob which passes through a generally oval shaped aperture in the bottom wall of a receiver for the lock knob. The aperture is designed so that when the lock knob is rotated its long axis no longer aligns with the long axis of the aperture it can no longer pass through the aperture. The bottom wall of the receiver carries two upwardly extending side walls that must be pushed outward to allow the passage of the lock knob as it rotates and that carry gaps that accommodate the tips of the lock knob and allow the side walls to move back toward their undeformed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Roger W. Lehrkamp
  • Patent number: 8459695
    Abstract: A curtain airbag assembly is provided having a number of airbags 7a, 7b, 7c and 7d arranged in a side by side relationship. Lower ends of the airbags 7a, 7b, 7c and 7d are linked to the adjacent airbag by an airbag tether connector assembly 10. Each of the tether connector assemblies includes first and second connectors 20, 30 that engage with one another and snap together to fasten together two tethers 26, 36. In the event that the first and second connectors 20, 30 are not correctly coupled together an indication of this fact is providing in one of a number of manners thereby reducing the risk that a vehicle 5 fitted with such a curtain airbag assembly can enter service with one or more tethers 26, 36 not connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Charles Spencer, Marcus John Scott Ward
  • Publication number: 20130140753
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a coupling plate having an edge enclosing an inner area and provided with coupling points of a coupling device for removable coupling of a processing container. The coupling plate is configured in the inner area in either of two ways, a first way in which the coupling plate has a pin which projects in a coupling direction for engagement in a groove in a base section of the processing container, a second way in which the coupling plate has a groove for engagement of a pin which projects in the coupling direction from the base section of the processing container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Andrej Blagotinsek, Ales Brecko, Matej Cater, Uros Jegrisnik, Peter Kovacic
  • Publication number: 20130136526
    Abstract: As disconnect housing for selectively receiving a tooling boom is disclosed. The disconnect housing is configured with a sensor to indicate when a predetermined amount of force sufficient to retain the tooling boom therein has been applied so as to indicate operability of a handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Benjamin Pauzus, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130114993
    Abstract: Techniques and structures are disclosed to facilitate efficient replacement of windows/domes of optical systems, such as turreted pointer/tracker systems and seekers and other such gimbal-based or fixed targeting systems. The techniques can be implemented, for example, in a mounting ring or bezel, wherein the dome/window center of curvature is actively aligned during assembly to a reference feature on a mounting bezel during the dome-to-bezel alignment. This reference feature then mechanically registers the dome-bezel assembly to a given chassis. In some embodiments, the techniques allow for positioning of a replacement window/dome on an optical lens system, such that co-boresight of multiple beam paths is automatically maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Korwan, Bruce W. Baran, Glenn Sindledecker, Gerard M. Perron, Edward M. Kolvek
  • Publication number: 20130071172
    Abstract: Composed element comprising two or more panel-shaped elements, which each possess a coupling zone in which coupling parts are present in the form of a profiled part respectively extending in the longitudinal direction of the coupling zone concerned, wherein these profiled parts allow coupling the panel- shaped elements to each other in a locking manner and at angle, wherein the composed element comprises auxiliary means, which assist in a correct mutual assembly of the panel-shaped elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: UNILIN, BVBA
    Inventors: Luc Maertens, Mark Cappelle, Luc Vanhastel, Stefaan Blancke
  • Patent number: 8388255
    Abstract: A connector assembly for connecting two members that allows manual lockdown to prevent accidental disengagement. The connector assembly can be used to connect a tension ring to a housing on a riser by using a lower set of hydraulically actuated dogs. A set of upper hydraulically actuated dogs on the connector assembly can be used to connect the tension ring to a diverter housing mounted on a rig. The connector assembly also has position indicators that ride along with the dogs to indicate whether the dogs are in the engaged or disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Larson, John V. Leba, Robert A. Blue
  • Publication number: 20120301212
    Abstract: A latch mechanism selectively securing an apparatus, such as a vehicle seat, to a support surface, such as a floor in a vehicle. The latch mechanism includes a housing portion, and a hook that is supported on the housing portion for movement between an engaged position, wherein the apparatus is secured to the support surface, and a disengaged position, wherein the apparatus is not secured to the support surface. A locking cam is supported on the housing portion for movement between a locking position, wherein the hook is positively retained in the engaged position, and an unlocking position, wherein the hook is not positively retained in the engaged position. Lastly, an anti-chuck cam is supported on the housing portion and engages the hook when the hook is in the engaged position to minimize or prevent rattling thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: William D. Champ, Michele Palomba
  • Publication number: 20120189374
    Abstract: A remotely operable latching system is provided for securing an implement to a carrier mounted to a forward end of a lifting arm for pivoting about a horizontal tilt axis. The latching system is mounted to the carrier and includes a latching rod arrangement operated by an extensible and retractable linear electric motor between a retracted latching position and an extended unlatching position. A secondary latch arrangement is provided for rotating the latching rod arrangement to an arrested position preventing movement of the rod arrangement to its latching position once the latching rod is extended to its unlatching position. Movement of the rod arrangement to its arrested position is aided by a spring and by the electric motor. Release of the rod arrangement from the arrested position is done by rolling the carrier back towards the lifting arms bringing the latching rod arrangement into contact with the arm so as to pivot the rod arrangement out of its arrested position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Henry A Lanting, Radu T. Guja
  • Publication number: 20120170975
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, an attachment mechanism adapted for attachment of an armor element to a body to be protected by the armor element is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: PLASAN SASA LTD.
    Inventors: Leor Tikotzenski, Vadim Glinsky
  • Publication number: 20120102715
    Abstract: An interlocking system for connecting a programmable module and an automation controller of an industrial control and automation system is provided. The interlocking system includes a key comprising a shaft with a head and a first attachment feature. The interlocking system also includes a first keyhole in a programmable module cover. The first keyhole is configured to enable the head to pass upwardly there through. The interlocking system also includes a second keyhole in an automation controller cover. The second keyhole is configured to enable the first attachment feature to slide downwardly there through such that disengagement of the key from the second keyhole is resisted. The interlocking system also includes a second attachment feature on a lower surface of the automation controller cover. The second attachment feature is configured to engage with the first attachment feature when the first attachment feature is rotated about an axis of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Chin, Melvin Wong, Soon Seng Kang
  • Publication number: 20120051832
    Abstract: A quick release connector for a power tool accessory having a center aperture. The connector comprises a body having a first end adapted to be attached to a shaft of a power tool and a second end that includes a connector head that is adapted to be moved axially into and to fit within the center aperture of the accessory for transferring motion from the power tool to the accessory. In one embodiment, the connector includes an indicator for providing a positive indication to a user that the connector head is properly secured to the accessory and, in another embodiment, the connector includes an ejector for pushing the accessory off of said connector head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Aaron C. Krause, Aleksandrs Titovs
  • Publication number: 20110318090
    Abstract: A joint recognition member is revealed. The joint recognition member includes a joint body formed by a cylinder connected with a polygonal prism. A polygonal hole with a magnet part is set on the cylinder so as to attract driver bits by magnetic force. The device features on that: a narrow neck part with a ring groove is arranged at one end of the cylinder near the polygonal prism. The ring is wrapped around the narrow neck part and outside diameter of the ring is no smaller than that of the cylinder. A protruding ring on the ring is mounted and moved freely in the ring groove. An outer surface of the ring is labeled with words such as size. According to the corresponding polygonal hole, the ring has different shapes and sizes in various colors for fast recognition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Ying-Tsung Lai
  • Publication number: 20110313625
    Abstract: A coupler (24) for coupling an accessory (28) to an excavator arm (12) of an excavator (10), the coupler comprising a first jaw (30) that points in a generally longitudinal direction relative to the frame of the coupler (24), the jaw (30) being for receiving a first attachment pin of an accessory (28) and having a first sensor (40) for detecting the presence of an attachment pin therein, the coupler (24) further having a second jaw (32), or a latch (34), longitudinally spaced from the first jaw (30), and being for receiving a second attachment pin of the accessory (28), and having a second sensor (42) for detecting the presence of an attachment pin therein. The sensors (40, 42) transmit or send signals to a receiver (46, 48) for notifying the driver of the coupling status of the coupler (24) with respect to the accessory (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Miller International Limited
    Inventors: Gary Miller, Ronald Keith Miller, Doreen Jacqueline Miller