Separate Deforming Means Remains With Joint Assembly Patents (Class 403/281)
  • Patent number: 10794069
    Abstract: A door assembly, a hanger bracket therefor which comprises an elongated manually bendable body which extends from a first wall mounting tab at one end, for a distance approximately equal to the width of a door jamb, and sufficiently far beyond to provide for forming a second wall mounting tab. The elongated body includes at least one bend line extending laterally with respect to the length of said body, whereby the body can be manually bent to form said second wall mounting tab, after the bracket has been secured to the jamb of the door assembly and the door assembly located in the door opening of the wall and secured to one side of the wall by the first wall mounting tab. Two bend lines are shown such that the bracket can be used in a wall having drywall on both sides, or in a wall having drywall on only one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Express Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Gill, Michael J. Gill, Dennis G. Gill
  • Patent number: 10749291
    Abstract: An electrical connecting cable includes a plug housing, an electrical lead, a ring element, an elastic sealing element and a cap. The plug housing has a tubular lead-in region for guiding the electrical lead into the plug housing. The lead-in region is directed along a longitudinal axis of the electrical lead and has a constriction. The cap is fastened on the plug housing by retaining means. The cap has an opening for passing through the electrical lead. The ring element surrounds the electrical lead at least in part and the sealing element surrounds the electrical lead. The ring element and the sealing element are arranged between the constriction and the cap. A method of manufacturing the electrical connecting cable is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Rainer Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10626917
    Abstract: A metallic-composite joint fitting is provided. The fitting may comprise a frustoconical internal bearing, an internal bolt coupled within a bore of the frustoconical internal bearing, a metallic end fitting coupled to the internal bolt, wherein the metallic end fitting comprises a bearing portion disposed within the bore, a conical sleeve disposed about the frustoconical internal bearing, and an external nut coupled to the metallic end fitting and the conical sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bradley William Baird
  • Patent number: 9797167
    Abstract: Locking mechanisms and toolboxes including locking mechanisms are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a locking mechanism includes a frame including an opening, a lid, a latch coupled to the lid, the latch including a latching post and a flange, and a locking device including a draw mechanism coupled to the tab, where the draw mechanism is translatable with respect to the frame, the draw mechanism including a slot that includes a narrow end and a wide end positioned opposite the narrow end, where the flange has a width that is greater than a width of the narrow end of the slot of the draw mechanism, and where the draw mechanism is repositionable between a latched position in which the narrow end is axially aligned with the latching post of the latch and an unlatched position, in which the wide end is axially aligned with the latching post of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dee Zee, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Schuling, Kyle Fichtner, Brian Vitiritto
  • Patent number: 9161462
    Abstract: Machines and systems for chemical, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals industry are subject to particularly demanding requirements for hygiene. In particular, equipment used in such machines, must avoid any gaps, in which dirt, bacteria or germs could settle. To avoid this, a hygiene-compliant display and control device having a front plate is proposed, having a peripheral groove, which is open on the outer peripheral surface of the front plate, on the outer edge of the front plate, and a sealing element fitted in the peripheral groove. The outer peripheral surface of the sealing element is arranged flush with the outer peripheral surface of the front plate, and a number of clamping arrangements with a pressing element are provided on the display and control device distributed around the periphery. One axial end of the pressing element engages with a fixing frame, which rests on the mounting plate, or with the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BERNECKER + RAINER INDUSTRIE-ELEKTRONIK Ges.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Rudolf Schwaiger
  • Patent number: 9109580
    Abstract: An arrangement for fixing a component inside of a wind turbine is disclosed. The arrangement has a portion of a tower and a direct fastener. The direct fastener has a first part and a second part and the portion of the tower is a portion of a wind turbine tower. The first part of the direct fastener is driven into the portion of the tower and is connected thereto by a combination of friction hold and bonding. The second part of the direct fastener protrudes from the portion of the tower and connects to a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Adrian Markgraf, Joern Olesen
  • Patent number: 9051708
    Abstract: A tower foundation (10) has a base slab (11), pillar slabs (12), and a crown stab (13), all of which are made of precast concrete structures. The slabs are all retained in position by steel guide rods (15) that extend upwardly from the base slab. The guide rods have externally threaded ends (16) configured to receive internally threaded mounting nuts (17). The crown slab has guide rod mounting holes (22) through which the guide rods extend. The crown slab also has compression washer assemblies (25) which include a pressure plate (26) and anchor legs (27). The pressure washer has a central mounting hole (28) coaxially aligned with the crown slab guide rod mounting holes. The pressure washer has a top surface (29) which is flush with the crown slab top surface (30). The mounting nuts bear against the pressure washer and not against the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Franklin Brown
  • Patent number: 9039317
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement is provided between a plastic component with at least two mutually adjacent and at least approximately parallel walls and another structural element, having at least one force-transmission element which is adhesively bonded to the plastic component via an adhesive bond on the plastic component in frusto-conical or spherical-segment-shaped depressions in the mutually adjacent walls of the plastic component. The force-transmission element has a carrying structure for the other structural element. With the exception of a possibly provided coating, the force-transmission element is composed only of metallic material and has a plate which is adapted to the depression in the outer wall of the plastic component, which outer wall is adjacent to the other structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Matthias Stangl
  • Patent number: 8635759
    Abstract: A method for clamping a plate on a sheet or fabric material support, comprises the step of providing a plate and a counter-plate, the plate comprising a plurality of oin supporting elements bearing, on a non exposed to the view rear side thereof a plurality of pins for engagement each in a corresponding hole of the counter-plate, characterized in that method further comprises the step of providing a pre-plate including a plurality of temporary attachment points on non exposed to the view parts of said elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Gaetano Raccosta
  • Patent number: 8468654
    Abstract: An embodiment of a hinge assembly includes a main body defining a shaft hole, a connecting shaft including an inserting end rotatably received in the shaft hole, and an expansion member forming a tapered portion and axially positioned in the shaft hole. An end surface of the inserting end toward the expansion member defines a tapered hole corresponding to the tapered portion, and the tapered portion is pressed into the tapered hole to expand the inserting end to resist the inner surface of the shaft hole, thus rotatably connecting the connecting shaft to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Zheng Zhang, Xiao-Bo Li, Shen Li
  • Patent number: 8419887
    Abstract: A composite structural member is provided. The structural member includes a tubular shaft having a mating region of stiffness, and possibly thickness, greater than another region of said shaft. The shaft defines a lumen, and a fitting is disposed in the lumen. The fitting has a coupling region that defines at least one recessed portion bounded by one or more non-recessed portions, and the mating region mates with the coupling region of said fitting. As such, the shaft and fitting are mechanically restrained from at least some relative movement due to interference of the shaft and the fitting. A sleeve may be coupled to said shaft, for example, by including a tubular inner surface that proximately surrounds at least part of said shaft and mating region, for discouraging expansion of the mating region of said shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dennis K. Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20100254758
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for forming a mechanical, fluid-tight connection. The apparatus includes a grooved fitting, which has an outer diameter sized to allow the fitting to reside within a tubing between which the fluid-tight connection is to be formed, and which includes a circumferential groove about an outer surface and one or more raised features within the circumferential groove. The apparatus also includes a ring formed of a shape memory alloy, which is transversely heat-shrinkable. The ring is sized to allow the ring to reside over the tubing. When the grooved fitting resides within the tubing and the ring is positioned over the tubing aligned over the circumferential groove in the grooved fitting, heat-shrinking of the ring results in deformation of the tubing into the circumferential groove and into contact with the raised feature(s) within the circumferential groove, thereby forming the mechanical, fluid-tight connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. CAMPBELL, Michael J. ELLSWORTH, JR., Prabjit SINGH, Rebecca N. WAGNER
  • Publication number: 20090317180
    Abstract: A socket and wedge assembly that securely holds wire rope and is easy to release includes a collapsible wedge. The wedge collapses at the front, narrowed end to utilize the high pressures at the front end of the wedge in effecting the collapse and releasing the rope. The wedge includes a movable element that pivots and/or translates to facilitate a quick and reliable collapse of the wedge and release of the wire rope. The wedge includes a cavity to at least partially exhaust the fumes created from cutting the support with a torch for release of the wire rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: ESCO Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Kubo, Steven D. Hyde
  • Patent number: 7537408
    Abstract: An orthopedic component comprising a first element and a second element, with the first element and the second element being secured to one another with a modular connection, wherein the modular connection comprises a taper junction and an engaged-fit junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: DePuy Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred S. Despres, III, Daniel E. E. Hayes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7510163
    Abstract: A hydraulic unit is elastically supported by means of elastomer elements, through which bolts pass, on two legs of a mounting bracket that extend perpendicular to one another. The leg of the mounting bracket has recesses, open counter to the mounting direction of the unit, for receiving the elastomer element. With clamping means disposed on the bolt, the elastomer element is axially shortened and pressed against both the recess and side faces, located on either side of the recess, of the leg of the mounting bracket. With the shortened elastomer element, a positive and nonpositive engagement with the leg of the mounting bracket is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schlitzkus, Rainer Schwarz, Andreas Weh
  • Publication number: 20090074538
    Abstract: A bore gripping anchor structure for attaching articles to the outer surfaces of masonry materials and other solids which is actuated by a blind rivet type installation tool. A basic embodiment has an anchor component with bidirectionally deflectable fingers (20) and a concentrically situated and slidably housed actuator device which has a stem (30) and a force applying portion, anvil (40). After insertion into a bore in a first direction, the actuator device is pulled in the opposite direction, so that said anvil (40) interacts with said fingers (20) in a manner which causes said fingers (20) to first be deflected outward and into substantial contact with the wall of the bore, and with continued pulling of said anvil (40) in the opposite direction causes the end portions of said fingers (20) to deflect inward and behind said anvil (40), to couple the anchor structure with the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Roy A. Richie
  • Patent number: 7246965
    Abstract: A method of assembling a link to a support, the link comprising a body that is elongated along a longitudinal axis between a first sleeve and a second sleeve that are part of the body, the first sleeve surrounding an inner strength member mounted to move relative to the body of the link about an axis of rotation, by a flexible coupling interposed between the strength member and the first sleeve, a passageway passing through the inner strength member substantially along the axis of rotation and the support having a fixing tab provided with a fixing orifice, the method including a fixing step in which the fixing shank is engaged by force along the axis of rotation into the fixing orifice and into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Patrick Vanhille, Laurent Bodin
  • Patent number: 6892603
    Abstract: A control lever mount assembly suitable for use in connection with an off-road motorcycle. The lever mount assembly includes a lever-supporting portion, or perch, which is configured to rotatably support a control lever. A sleeve is secured to the handlebar and supports the perch for rotation about an axis of the handlebar. A detent assembly secures the perch in a desired angular orientation relative to the sleeve and the handlebar. The detent assembly is configured to permit rotation of the perch in response to a force being imparted to the lever and/or perch during a crash or fall to protect the perch and lever from damage. Preferably, one or more clamp members are configured to apply a clamping force to the sleeve over a relatively large surface area to prevent damage to the handlebar. A slot may be provided in the sleeve to permit the sleeve to be compressed around the handlebar for a secure fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Robert L. Barnett
  • Publication number: 20040101355
    Abstract: For rapid and simple fastening of a plug-connector body in a carrier body which is intended for latching-in in a switch cabinet or the like, a fastening arrangement is proposed which guarantees secure fixing of said plug-connector body without any tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Ruter
  • Patent number: 6666461
    Abstract: A clamping chuck has a chuck body made of a dimensionally stable material, on which is provided a clamping sleeve that forms a central receptacle for a workpiece or tool that is to be clamped, and has a clamping mechanism for immobilizing in the receptacle the component that is to be clamped, while elastically deforming the clamping sleeve. There is configured in the chuck body an annular groove which surrounds the receptacle to form the clamping sleeve and is open toward the end face of the chuck body. The clamping mechanism includes a wedge ring that has a ring body and multiple clamping tongues arranged thereon, spaced apart from one another in the circumferential direction, and projecting substantially axially. The wedge ring possesses a cross section tapering in a wedge shape toward the free end, and it can be pressed axially into the annular groove while radially deforming the clamping sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Schunk GmbH & Co. KG Fabrik fur Spann-und Graifwerkzeuge
    Inventor: Thomas Retzbach
  • Patent number: 6561719
    Abstract: A signal generator is suggested for a mounting on holding tubes, having a base element for being placed on the holding tube and a fastening element for fixing the base element on the holding tube, which requires low expenditures during the manufacturing and ensures a reliable fixing. According to the invention, this is achieved in that the fastening element cuts form-lockingly into the material of the holding tube (4) and of the base element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Werma Signaltechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Heinz Elsaesser, Guenter Kirn, Reinhard Mordau
  • Patent number: 6523857
    Abstract: A reinforcing assembly for use with roll bars adapted to be mounted to motor vehicles such as an automobile. The reinforcing assembly includes a heat-expandable synthetic resin reinforcing member and a retainer configured to attach the member to the interior of a two-piece telescopically interfitting tubular roll bar construction. Upon heating, the reinforcing member expands to form a seal between the two roll bar tube sections thereby providing sound-reduction and stability of the roll bar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Sika Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Hopton, Mark Stuligross, Randy Stratman
  • Patent number: 6488438
    Abstract: A leveling fastener for connecting and aligning boards includes an elongated support member having first and second support portions with first and second coplanar upper surfaces, a connecting portion that extends upward from the support member, and an elongated fastening component that extends from the connecting portion and that has a pointed end that can be driven into a board, thereby securing the leveling fastener to the board. In use, the first coplanar upper surface of the leveling fastener is positioned flush against a first bottom surface of a board, the fastening component is driven into a first side surface of the board, and a second bottom surface of a second board is positioned flush against the second coplanar upper surface of the fastener. Another aspect of the invention relates to the leveling fastener in combination with a device for driving the leveling fastener into a board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Glenn J. Tebo
  • Patent number: 6449786
    Abstract: A connecting device having side support members with U-shaped slots disposed therein for connecting cross members. The cross members have ends cut at an angle such that the side support members are disposed at an angle of approximately sixty to eighty degrees with respect to a horizontal support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Ronald J. Voit
  • Patent number: 6390720
    Abstract: A connection of a tube to a machine includes a plurality of rolled grooves in a region of contact between the collet of a compression fitting and the tube. The grooves reduce the occurrence of fretting of the tube surface while a region of residual compressive stress formed in the tube proximate the bottom of each groove by the rolling process serves to counteract the stress concentration created by the grooves. In one embodiment a single groove formed in a thread pattern extends from above collet to within the area of contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. LeBegue, Daniel E. Loringer
  • Publication number: 20010046411
    Abstract: A fastener is used to connect a first link to a second link in a vehicle seat assembly. The fastener has a head portion and a body portion extending outwardly from the head portion and defining an external diameter. The body portion is generally cylindrical and has a central bore with an internal diameter that is less than the external diameter. The method for connecting the first link to the second link with the fastener includes the steps of inserting the central body portion through aligned apertures in the links to form a subassembly and holding the subassembly fixed while a tooling member applies a linear load to the distal end of the body portion. The tooling member is inserted into the central bore and deforms the body portion for engagement with the first and second links to allow relative rotational movement between the links while eliminating relative linear movement therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: NILS O. OLSSON, DAVID C. WILLMS
  • Patent number: 6289570
    Abstract: A die and method of assembling a high torque capacity metal spool. The spool comprises a cylindrical barrel, a pair of flanges and a pair of flange hubs. The die includes a support member and a curling member that is adapted to move relative to the support housing. The die is adapted to be driven towards a matching die to press a spool therebetween. Each curling member includes an annular curling face which is adapted to curl and compress metal edges of the cylindrical barrel, the flanges and the flange hubs into tightened curls. The tightened curls secure the cylindrical barrel with the flanges and flange hubs. Each die further includes a plurality of nibs carried by the support housings which project outward from the curling face of the curling member after the tightened curls have been formed to swage a plurality of detents into the tightened curls of the spool. The resulting detents in the metal spool provide for increased torque transfer between the flanges, the flange hubs and the cylindrical barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: J. L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Peterson, Walter P. Pietruch, Donald Leni, Ewald A. Oppmann
  • Patent number: 6275556
    Abstract: A control rod drive mechanism includes a first tubular member having a first threaded portion and a first generally cylindrical outer surface, the first tubular member including a first plurality of slots spaced circumferentially on the first outer surface and extending in a direction parallel to the axis of the first tubular member, and a second tubular member having a second threaded portion and a second generally cylindrical outer surface, the second tubular member including a second plurality of slots spaced circumferentially on the second outer surface and extending in a direction parallel to the axis of the second tubular member. The first and second tubular members are axial aligned with the first and second threaded portions being engaged with each other to form a threaded joint therebetween. A locking sleeve overlaps at least a portion of the first outer surface of the first tubular member and at least a portion of the second outer surface of the second tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Calvin L. Kinney, Richard Frank Guardiani, Martin E. Duga
  • Patent number: 6186696
    Abstract: An assembly (10) formed of two parts pressed together in cruciform arrangement comprises a cylindrical part (11) and a tubular part (12). The tubular part (12) has a transverse hole (14) bordered by rims (18) extending toward each other. A spacer (16) in the form of a ring is inserted between the walls (15) of the tubular part (12), surrounding the region where the hole is to be formed. The rims are then deflected toward each other into engagement with the interior of the ring, the ring having a height equal to the distance between the walls (15). Thus, the ring (16) braces the tubular part (12) internally around the hole (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Vallourec Composants Automobiles Vitry
    Inventor: Daniel Valin
  • Patent number: 6162126
    Abstract: A universal joint for interconnecting a pair of rotating shafts and a method of assembling the universal joint. The universal joint includes a pair of yokes secured to the shafts and a cruciform for interconnecting the yokes. Both yokes are bifurcated to define a pair of laterally-spaced legs. Each leg has an aperture which includes a first bore adapted to receive a bearing cup therein and a second bore into which an end portion of the bearing cup extends. Each bearing cup rotatably supports one of four orthogonal trunions extending from the cruciform. With respect to each of the yokes, a pair of axially-aligned trunions, with bearing cups mounted thereon, are installed into the apertures so as to support the cruciform between the legs of the yoke. Thereafter, a retention member is inserted in the second bore of each aperture such that one surface of the retention member rests on the bearing cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Barrett, Robert B. Horton, Larry L. Cramer, deceased
  • Patent number: 6105234
    Abstract: There is described a method of producing a flat friction disk, where first of all a sintered friction lining is applied onto a flat steel disk (1) and is then sintered, before the sintered friction lining (2) is compacted and sized by simultaneously pressing grooves (4) into the same. For simplifying the production method it is proposed that upon sizing the friction disk localized recesses (5) should be pressed into the steel disk (1) over its surface through the sintered friction lining (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Miba Frictec GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Kremsmair, Gerhard Hartner, Johann Hartner, Bruno Burtlmair, Klaus-Peter Lassl
  • Patent number: 6076247
    Abstract: A method for connecting a ball and socket joint to a control arm in a vehicle suspension system includes providing the ball and socket joint with a socket portion having a circumferential flange. The ball and socket joint is initially aligned with an opening formed through an outer portion of the control arm. Then, the ball and socket joint is moved upwardly such that the socket portion is received within the opening. The socket portion defines an outer diameter that is preferably slightly smaller than an inner diameter defined by the opening formed through the outer portion of the lower control arm. However, the flange defines an outer diameter that is preferably larger than an inner diameter defined by that opening. Thus, the engagement of the flange with the lower surface of the outer portion positively positions the ball and socket joint relative to the lower control arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D. Durand
  • Patent number: 6027426
    Abstract: A combined neutral sensing and shift lever interlock assembly senses when all of the shift rails of a transmission are in a neutral gear ratio and prevents more than one shift rail from being shifted out of a neutral position at any given time. The transmission includes a shift lever having a lower end that extends through an interlock bracket into selective engagement with the shift rails. The lower end of the shift lever has a sensor provided thereon, while the interlock bracket has a target provided thereon. The target is disposed adjacent to the sensor whenever the lower end of the shift lever is located in a central neutral position (indicating that all of the shift rails are also positioned in their central neutral positions). When this occurs, the sensor causes a neutral relay to be closed, thereby enabling the starter circuit of the vehicle to start the vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Transmission Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Holman
  • Patent number: 5988929
    Abstract: A cable socket wedge has two wedge halves held apart by at least three blocks, such that cutting the blocks allows the wedge halves to collapse inward, loosening the wedge and cable in the socket. Crushable inserts are located in the spaces between adjacent pairs of the blocks, between the wedge halves so as to provide sufficient crushable volume to allow the wedge halves to move toward each other when the blocks are cut. The wedge is employed with a socket having a window therein. The window is positioned in the socket such that, with a properly sized cable and wedge, the central of the three blocks is accessible through the window in the socket when a cable is secured and tightened with the wedge in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Columbia Steel Casting Co.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Doan
  • Patent number: 5980174
    Abstract: A system for reinforcing a sandwich panel, the panel having a first exterior skin, an intermediate skin and a second exterior skin, the skins being separated by first and second cores and having a hole bored therethrough of diameter A, the holes in the first and second exterior skins being enlarged to a diameter B, the system including a first tubular sleeve that is insertable into the hole in the first exterior skin and being of a length substantially equal to the spacing between the first exterior skin and the intermediate skin, a second tubular sleeve that is insertable into the hole in the second exterior skin and being a length substantially equal to the spacing between the second exterior skin and the intermediate skin, the first and second sleeves each having a diameter greater than A and slightly less than B, a bolt insertable through the tubular sleeves, the bolt having a head that contacts the exterior surface of the first exterior skin, first and second flare washers positioned on the bolt, one eng
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: The Nordam Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Gallagher, David H. Lafevers, David D. Breckenridge
  • Patent number: 5946977
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column includes a bellows tube with a corrugated portion in which the radius varies regularly along the length of the tube. A connective portion is located at both ends of the bellows tube, and transfer portions are located between each of the connective portions and the corrugated portion. By inserting a reinforcement into the end portion of the bellows tube, the strength and rigidity of the connective portion increases. Press forming, stamp forming, rivet forming, and/or adhesive methods are applied to connect the end portion of the bellows tube and the reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Katayama Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sigeru Sato, Koji Seo, Yoshiaki Senoo
  • Patent number: 5918505
    Abstract: A linear actuator includes a driven spindle (10) of metal having a nut (12) of polymeric material which further is connected to the expelling rod (14) of the actuator. The nut and expelling rod are joined to each other by intermeshing embossing mate for contemporary transfer of axial forces and torques. With a polymeric nut a number of advantages are obtained such as low friction, lifetime lubrication, low noise level, low production and maintenance costs. Furthermore, a possibility is provided for in a simple manner to provide the actuator with a safety nut connected to the main nut (12) with breakable entrainment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Bent Jensen
  • Patent number: 5906462
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a mechanical frame to the base of a circuit breaker. The mechanical frame includes a U-shaped tab defined by first and second legs extending from the bottom of the frame. Each leg has an interior edge and an exterior edge. The interior edges of the legs are separated from one another by a predetermined distance, and at least one of the legs includes a lateral groove across its interior edge. The base includes a generally rectangular slot into which the tab is inserted. At the center of the slot is a cylindrical void extending through the circuit breaker base. A blind rivet having a head portion and a body portion, is inserted into the cylindrical void from the outside of the base such that the body portion of the rivet is between the legs of the tab. The blind rivet is then mechanically upset causing the body portion of the rivet to expand into the lateral groove in the tab and to pull the object securely toward the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Bergman
  • Patent number: 5879099
    Abstract: A rigid connection of structural parts of a motor vehicle and a tool and for establishing the connection are provided. The structural parts are fixed together after a coating during their assembly to one another in a simple, joined and effective manner without plastically deforming the respective exterior structural part and damaging the coating in the process and therefore visually impairing the visible side of the structural parts. The two structural parts to be connected are designed as oblong hollow bodies with one structural part having axially spaced radial cross-sectional reductions along the length of the connection in which the other structural part is held on it while forming a releasable plug-type connection and in that the first structural part--starting from the plug-in position. Because of the expansion between the plug-type connection points, during an internal high-pressure deforming, the parts are locked in a form-fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventor: Volker Thoms
  • 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: 5689872
    Abstract: A silicone paint brush artist's tool includes a handle and a novel painting tip. The painting tip is made of a resilient silicone having a generally three-dimensional paint contacting working surface that has a maximum cross-sectional diameter no larger than a maximum cross-sectional diameter of the handle. The tip is preferably attached to the handle using a ferrule and expansively locking the tip into a cavity of the ferrule by insertion of an insert. The insert may be a common screw or a barbed, fluted extension of the handle. The tips may include an insert cavity and have various shapes and hardnesses and may be optionally color coded. A formation method for the tool is disclosed with simultaneous insert insertion and joining of ferrules to handles. The ferrules also may be reversibly attached to the handle, in which case a kit comprising multiple interchangeable painting tips may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Ladd B. Forsline
  • Patent number: 5685663
    Abstract: A fastening system for securing structural members such as C-channels for buildings, bridges and the like and including a fastener construction for securing the structural members through spaced flanges or plates at locations where there is limited support between such flanges or plates with the fastener as installed having a member providing substantially direct, columnar support between the spaced flanges or plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Huck International, Inc.
    Inventor: Shahriar M. Sadri
  • Patent number: 5579661
    Abstract: A noise and vibration dampening connector for a two-piece transmission shift lever assembly includes a lower shift lever member and an upper shift lever member which are connected together by the dampening connector. The upper end of the lower shift lever member is cylindrical in shape, having a flat formed thereon. The lower end of the upper shift lever member has a cylindrical knurled surface. The dampening connector includes a hollow cylindrical sleeve having an axial bore formed therethrough. The axial bore is stepped so as to form an internal shoulder which divides the sleeve into an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion of the sleeve has a relatively large internal diameter and a relatively thin wall thickness, while the lower portion of the sleeve has a relatively small internal diameter and a relatively thick wall thickness. A welch plug is seated on the internal shoulder, and a cup-shaped rubber isolator is seated on the welch plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Yarnell, Larry D. Stawinski
  • Patent number: 5447385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a design element having an aperture. To connect the design element to a hollow shaft it is slid onto the hollow shaft which is hydraulically expanded and thereby plastically deformed. The plastic deformation of the hollow shaft causes permanent elastic pretension in a surface layer of the aperture of the design element. The surface layer of the aperture has a thickness of several Angstrom units and is connectable to the hollow shaft in a material-locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fur Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventor: Helmut Swars
  • Patent number: 5431379
    Abstract: A method for fastening an input shaft and a torsion bar together in a power steering mechanism, and the associated torsion bar. A ball-receiving hole is bored in the end of the torsion bar. The end of the torsion bar is inserted into a bore in the input shaft and a ball is pressed into the hole to provide an interference fit between the shaft and the bar. Subsequently, the peripheral edge of the hole in the torsion bar is elliptically deformed so as to retain the ball in the hole and the bar in the shaft. Since a portion of the opening is slightly diametrically broadened by the ball, the periphery of the portion closely contacts the inner wall of the input shaft, thereby strengthening the connection between the torsion bar and the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: TRW Steering Systems Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Takagi
  • Patent number: 5426797
    Abstract: An end frame assembly includes an outer frame, a lower support attached to the outer frame, and a plurality of spindles attached between the outer frame and the lower support. Heat deformable connectors are disposed between the outer frame and the lower support subsequent to painting the outer frame, lower support, and spindles. A plurality of rivets are used to connect the outer frame to selected spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Turner, Alvin Fowler
  • Patent number: 5417512
    Abstract: A captive ball and end connector assembly having an annular bearing half positioned within the cavity is disclosed. The bearing half has an inner spherical surface on which are disposed a plurality of crush elements or ribs, and a bottom planar surface on which is disposed an annular crush element or rib. The plurality of crush elements crush against the spherical surface of the captive ball, and the annular crush element crushes against an annular shoulder in the cavity to retain the ball within the cavity with a zero clearance. A ball retaining ring is disposed within a groove in the cavity and bears against the bearing half to hold the ball firmly in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: AVM, Inc.
    Inventor: James B. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 5405410
    Abstract: An adjustable lower limb prosthesis has a pylon connected to both a prosthetic foot and to the stump adapter by way of a foot/pylon joint and a pylon/stump joint, respectively. Each of the joints is similar and includes a tapered socket holding a truncated conical wedge sleeve. The wedge sleeve has a bore which may be angled with respect to the cone axis, and into which the pylon is fitted. A cap locks the wedge sleeve in the bore and locks the pylon in the wedge sleeve. For adjusting the prosthesis, a set of wedge sleeves are available to the prosthetist, each having a bore with a different offset with respect to the conical axis of the sleeve. The prosthetist selects the appropriate sleeve based upon a prior determination using a temporary pylon and an alignment adapter. The correct foot wedge sleeve and circumferential alignment of the wedge sleeve are set with the aid of discs having offset holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Ohio Willow Wood Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Arbogast, Eric K. Bartkus, James M. Colvin, Joseph Arbogast
  • Patent number: 5347881
    Abstract: A compound shift lever mechanism employs a noise and vibration damper assembly for isolating an upper shift lever from a lower shift lever of a transmission. In a preferred form, the levers are held in spaced, coaxial alignment for unitary movement in a plurality of planes by a damper which comprises two parts. The first part is a cylindrical elastomeric sleeve defining axially spaced female end portions comprising bores which frictionally overlie and snugly encase the two lever end portions which extend thereinto. The second part is a cylindrical metallic shell which circumferentially encapsulates the elastomeric sleeve which contains the respective ends of the upper and lower levers. The shell thus radially encapsulates both of the end portions, as well as the sleeve, which incorporates a midportion containing a radial internal barrier to prevent direct physical contact between the extremities of the levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Rick D. Watson, Terry L. Jester, Ernest F. Deutschman
  • Patent number: 4950838
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting a first conductor to a second conductor. The electrical connector includes a generally E-shaped body which defines first and second conductor receiving cavities for accommodating the respective conductors. An intermediate member extends generally centrally in the interior of the body member, serving to separate the conductor receiving cavities. The body member is provided with an opening communicating with the conductor receiving cavities, by means of which the conductors are adapted to be positioned within the cavities. A plurality of rib members project from the body member into each of the cavities, and are deformable under pressure to vary the size of the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Burndy Corporation
    Inventor: Gregg Gordon