Bridged By Diverse Connector Patents (Class 403/286)
  • Patent number: 10575512
    Abstract: An outrigger clamp to couple together two or more nestable tubes. The clamp includes a guide for retaining filament, and an attachment point for receiving accessories without interfering with the filament and guides. The guide and attachment point can rotate about an axis based on the forces applied to the outrigger to better align the filament and guides, and therefore align the forces applied to the outrigger and filament. The retainer can be, for example, one or more rollers that help prevent the filament from becoming creased or kinked during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erle Matthew Bridgewater, Michael Joseph Fafard, Wylie Davin Nagler, Matthew Stewart Onorato, Jason Sarnowski
  • Patent number: 10536108
    Abstract: A preassembled solar panel module includes a solar panel configured for receiving and converting solar radiation to produce electrical power. Multiple panel rails are coupled in preassembly to a backside surface of the solar panel, including at least two panel rails disposed halfway or more along opposing longest edges of the solar panel. Multiple snap connector components are each coupled to one of the at least two rails and are each configured to couple with a complimentary snap connector component of an adjacent preassembled solar panel module or of a wind deflector accessory, or both. One or more mounting feet are each coupled at a selected location to one of the at least two panel rails and are each configured for coupling at a selected location to a roof or to other sunlight receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Smash Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Goldberg, Troy Douglas Tyler, Eugene Kim, Bron Davis, David Schultz, Miguel Martinho Lopes Praca, John Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10470451
    Abstract: An outrigger clamp to couple together two or more nestable tubes. The clamp can include a guide for retaining filament. The guide can rotate about an axis based on the forces applied to the outrigger to better align the filament and guides, and therefore align the forces applied to the outrigger and filament. The retainer can be, for example, one or more rollers that help prevent the filament from becoming creased or kinked during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Stewart Onorato, Jason Sarnowski, Erle Matthew Bridgewater
  • Patent number: 10337547
    Abstract: An outrigger clamp to couple together two or more nestable tubes. The clamp can include a guide for retaining filament. The guide can rotate about an axis based on the forces applied to the outrigger to better align the filament and guides, and therefore align the forces applied to the outrigger and filament. The retainer can be, for example, one or more rollers that help prevent the filament from becoming creased or kinked during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Stewart Onorato, Jason Sarnowski, Erle Matthew Bridgewater
  • Patent number: 10208543
    Abstract: A driveshaft assembly comprises a cylindrical upper member, with one end of the upper member being connected to the rotor and an other end of the upper member having a plurality of torque transmitting profiles. An elongated central member has two ends, with each end having a plurality of torque transmitting profiles. A seat is retained within a central bore of the upper member, the seat having a curved end. A catch is retained within the central member, the catch having a curved end. The upper member transfers torque from the rotor to the central member via the torque transmitting profiles of the upper member and the torque transmitting profiles of the central member, and the curved end of the seat contacts the curved end of the catch while maintaining a gap between the other end of the upper member and the adjacent end of the central member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KLX Energy Services LLC
    Inventor: Toby Scott Baudoin
  • Patent number: 10118663
    Abstract: A handlebar is supported by an upper bracket of a motorcycle through a handlebar holder. The handlebar holder includes a lower end portion supported by the upper bracket and an upper end portion to support the handlebar. A holder shank is provided in a lower end of the handlebar holder, and has a tip end portion formed with a male thread. A holder shank throughhole is formed in the upper bracket, through which throughhole the holder shank extends. The holder shank throughhole accommodates therein a tubular elastic mount member for suppressing transmission of vibrations. The holder shank is passed through a holder shank insertion hole formed on an inner side of the elastic mount member, and an elastic member is interposed forwardly and rearwardly of the elastic mount member situated between the handlebar holder and the upper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Wada, Masato Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9869332
    Abstract: A tactical-gear interconnection system apparatus and method allowing connection of a variety of tactical gear such as gun stocks, camera supports, sights, rangefinders, grips, and clamps, in field-interchangeable configurations responsive to changes in field conditions, by providing same-sized threaded plug units on all gear and same-sized interchangeable unions for removable connection of various pieces of gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Kennair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9656319
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a positioning system for electromagnetic riveting. The apparatus comprises a plate and a biasing system physically associated with the plate. The plate is configured to be positioned relative to a first workpiece, and is further configured to electromagnetically engage an electromagnetic tool. The biasing system is configured to physically engage a second workpiece. The biasing system is further configured to hold the plate in a desired position relative to the first workpiece during a number of operations performed by the electromagnetic tool while the plate is electromagnetically engaged with the first workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harinder Singh Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa Blanch, Kevin Marion Barrick, Ray Lanier Holden
  • Patent number: 9551234
    Abstract: A control device for controlling pivotable vanes of a turbo-machine, including: a plurality of pivotable vanes distributed in azimuth over at least 90° around the axis of the turbo-machine, the pivotable vanes being oriented substantially radially relative to the axis of the turbo-machine; and a control ring portion for controlling pivoting of the vanes, each vane being connected to the control ring portion by a link, the control ring portion being held around the axis of the turbo-machine by the links; wherein at least two of the links are connected to the ring portion by respective ball-joint connections, with other links being connected to the ring portion via respective sliding pivot connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: TURNOMECA
    Inventors: Christophe Colette, Bernard Lalanne
  • Patent number: 9133883
    Abstract: A coupling device including a first rotary member and a second rotary member are opposed and connected to each other on the same axial line, wherein a cap to cover a connection part is a cylindrical shape having a bottom wall and a protrusion insertion hole formed on the bottom wall and covers the first rotary member from a connection end-side of the first rotary member, wherein the cap is axially urged by an elastic member to bring at least one of an opening-side end face and the bottom wall of the cap into contact with an annular end face formed on the first rotary member, and wherein an accommodation chamber of the connection part is formed in the cap to reserve lubricant, and an exit of the accommodation chamber of the connection part is blocked or narrowed by a force of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotsugu Mori, Junichi Maeda, Yasuhiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9109814
    Abstract: A solar power system is mounted to a solar power componentry support structure suspended above a pre-existing surface by a collective of solar collector suspension base supports. Suspended solar power system row support structure members and suspended solar power system column support structure members may for a solar component position lattice to which a matrix of individual solar power components such as solar panels can be attached. Solar module quick-fasten assemblages may serve also as solar componentry emergency releases and may include loose axis retainers and firm axis fasteners such as dual component, single point operative emergency releases and fasteners. Slide-in retainers and corner slot tabs can be included as well as frame alignment notches. Fulcrum pivot fasteners and slide wedge releases can aid in installation and release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Sustainable Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Patton, YangLin Li, ZhengXue Zhang
  • Patent number: 8939264
    Abstract: Connection system, with self-alignment, for elevator guides, in which the front surfaces thereof maintain a perfect 90° angle with respect to the longitudinal axis (e) of each guide (1) and there is a connection plate (2) that forms through-holes (241) that are offset and in correspondence with holes (141) in the wings (14), such that, when connection means (3) are mounted therein, a front self-alignment pressure is created between the two guides (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: S.A. de Vera (Savera)
    Inventor: Jesus Sanz Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20140311830
    Abstract: A dual-use ladder and bridge modular system preferably includes tubes, gussets, flanges, and/or joints. In a preferred embodiment, the tubes, gussets, flanges, and/or joints are made of carbon fiber. A method connects and disconnects modular carbon fiber ladder segments. Another method creates a lightweight carbon-fiber beam with exceptionally high stiffness and strength using a combination of carbon-fiber braid material, uni-directional cloth, and pultruded carbon-fiber strips. A carbon fiber ladder segment and tube connectors are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Joseph Kummer, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall
  • Publication number: 20140308068
    Abstract: The system for securing equipment includes a locking device attached to equipment to be secured, a plurality of fasteners, and an anchoring device. The locking device can be a U-bolt with threaded ends to attach to a backflow valve of a sprinkler system or locking bolts attached to a park bench or barbecue grill. Each fastener has a first surface with a first threaded hole in alignment with the locking device and a second surface orthogonal to the first surface with a second threaded hole aligned with anchoring device. The anchoring device can be a flat bar fixedly attached to the fasteners at one connector end and permanently mounted in place at an anchoring end. Each fastener has an L-shape, so that a first surface engages the locking device and opposing second surfaces engage the anchoring device. A concrete plug for outdoor use holds the anchoring end in place for permanency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar GONZALEZ
  • Publication number: 20140270923
    Abstract: A connection between metal studs and bridging members using a separate light gauge bridging connector with teardrop-shaped interface notches and longitudinally-offset interface notches that more effectively grip the web of the metal studs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Larry Randall Daudet, Paul Howard Oellerich
  • Publication number: 20140227024
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting a first rebar segment and a second rebar segment. The assembly includes a first wedge and second wedge, each defining a hollow for receiving the first and second rebar segments, respectively. A first barrel and a second barrel each define a passage for receiving the first and second wedges, respectively. The passages are tapered for mating engagement with the wedges for driving the wedges radially inwardly in response to the wedges being in the passages and axially engaged by the barrels to tighten the wedges about the rebar segments. A cap defines an opening, a stopping surface, and a channel that extends axially between the opening and the stopping surface, receiving the first and second barrels in axial alignment with one another. A coupling connects the cap and one of the barrels, inhibiting axial movement of the barrels out of the channel of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Gilling, Carrick Pierce, Eng Kiat Tng, Shuangyou Liu, Brent Bennett
  • Patent number: 8800239
    Abstract: A three-dimensional jacket-plate connector connects at least two members. Each member comprises wide-flanged steel I-beam section. The jacket-plate connector comprises first and second three-dimensional jacket plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: WeiHong Yang
  • Patent number: 8714864
    Abstract: A post coupler includes coupler flanges, reverse bend flanges extending therealong and tapered end projections extending longitudinally from said coupler flanges defining ends of the coupler, the length of the reverse bend flanges being less than the overall coupler length between ends of the rounded end projections, and the reverse bend flanges preferably oriented along outer surfaces of said coupler flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Edsal Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Wojtowicz, Thomas St. Germain, Mitchell Liss, Al Dunaj
  • Patent number: 8696230
    Abstract: A self-aligning coupling for lift guides, which consists of a core-mushroom element and wings. Each wing carries a through hole in its coupling zone and there are: under the wings an extra-flat plate provided with four through holes in correspondence with the orifices of two guides to be joined; on top of the wings, two extra-flat plates, each provided with two through holes in correspondence with two orifices of two guides to be joined. in said orifices, and retaining screws fastened with nuts; said screws presenting a conical head. The orifices of the plates are of greater diameter than the orifices of the wings. The distance between the orifices of the plates is shorter than the distance between the two orifices of the wings of the same side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: S.A. de Vera (Savera)
    Inventor: Jesus Sanz Gamboa
  • Patent number: 8672577
    Abstract: A post coupler is provided with a pair of coupler flanges having rivet receiving apertures for receiving rivets extending from horizontal shelf-supporting beams to facilitate vertical shelf placement in a shelving unit unfettered by the vertical disposition of the post couplers. Apertures in the coupler index with apertures in abutting corner post sections to permit rivet extension therethrough. The reverse bend flanges of the coupler have a length shorter than the overall length of the coupler and wrap around edges of post sections, to be coupled, from the inside to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Edsal Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Wojtowicz, Thomas St. Germain, Mitchell Liss, Al Dunaj
  • Patent number: 8602675
    Abstract: Components such as turbine shafts are maintained coaxial with each other by a coupling ring. The coupling ring includes a body which is cylindrical when unstressed, and which has two arrays of projections each array engaging a respective cylindrical surface of recesses in the components. The body is flexible, and so is resiliently deformed by contact between the projections and the respective cylindrical surface. The projections of the two arrays are angularly out of phase with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Christopher Wright
  • Publication number: 20130283710
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a connector assembly comprises: a connector; and a pair of side collectors, each comprising a connector engagement region having a size and geometry to mate with the connector so as to hold ends of two adjacent panels together; and a panel engagement region comprising a receiving area and having a size to attach onto an edge of the panel; and a clip, wherein the clip has a base that can be attached to a support, an engagement, and a stem extending therebetween, wherein the engagement has an extension projecting from a side of the engagement, wherein the panel engagement region further comprises an opening in a joint wall on a side of the panel engagement region opposite the receiving area, wherein the opening is configured to receive the extension of the engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS IP B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Matthew Laurin, Matthew Frank Niemeyer, Scott Michael Davis, Charlie Woodrow Wood, Przemyslaw Olszynski
  • Publication number: 20130233973
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an aircraft structure. In one embodiment, the aircraft structure may have first and second stringers, each having a vertical stringer portion defining a lengthwise gap. The embodiment may include a cruciform fitting having a central rib attachment member and first and second extensions extending in opposite directions from said central rib attachment member. Stringer attachment portions extending up from said first and second extensions are inserted into the lengthwise gaps of the first and second stringer portions, respectively. The rib attachment member may be attached to a side-of-body rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul Nordman, Paul Nelson
  • Patent number: 8522505
    Abstract: A boardwalk system including a first component having a pre-formed recess and a second component having a pre-formed recess. The system further includes a connector configured to be positioned in the recesses of the first and second components to connect the first and second components such that the connector limits the movement of first component away from the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Permatrak North America LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Jon Beach, Jason Vincent Philbin, Robert Louis Zimmerman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8298633
    Abstract: A locking artificial tree trunk including a first generally cylindrical, hollow trunk portion including an upper end, the upper end defining a notch, and a second generally cylindrical trunk portion including a body portion, a lower end having an insertable portion, and an upper end. The locking artificial tree trunk also includes a coupling mechanism having a body portion and an upper portion having a tab, and defining a channel for receiving the insertable portion of the lower end of the second trunk portion. The body portion is inserted substantially into the upper end of the first trunk portion with the tab of the upper portion aligned with the notch, thereby preventing rotation of the coupling mechanism within the upper end of the first trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20120230757
    Abstract: A bolt-locking apparatus includes a plurality of fitting members 2 and 3 which are relatively non-rotatably fitted to heads of a plurality of bolts 5, and an engaging member 4 fitted to the plurality of fitting members 2 and 3 such that the engaging member 4 straddles the fitting members 2 and 3. Outer peripheral surfaces 2b and 3b of the fitting members 2 and 3 are non-circular in shape. The engaging member 4 includes a plurality of engaging holes (non-circular engaging portions) 8a and 8b which correspond to the non-circular outer peripheral surfaces 2b and 3b of the plurality of fitting members 2 and 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicants: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED, TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Norihiko Amikura, Satoshi Kagatsume, Masahiko Satoh, Yukio Naito, Satoshi Muto, Tomohiro Nakata, Tsutomu Shinohara, Michio Yamaji
  • Patent number: 8205315
    Abstract: A composite tube assembly and a method of making the same are provided. The composite tube assembly includes a composite tube and a fitting penetrating the composite tube. The fitting includes a reduced diameter section surrounded by a reduced diameter tube portion of the tube. A bolstering structure surrounds this reduced diameter tube portion. The method includes inserting the fitting into the composite tube, heating the tube portion surrounding the fitting to soften the same, radially compressing the tube portion onto the fitting reduced diameter section, and providing a bolstering structure surrounding the compressed tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Tyee Aircraft
    Inventors: James M. Mullen, Daniel M. Valleroy, Daniel L. Moore
  • Publication number: 20120128408
    Abstract: A composite sandwich shell edge joint includes an outboard buildup pad, an inboard buildup pad spaced-apart and adjacent to the outboard buildup pad, an outboard face sheet extending from the outboard buildup pad, an inboard face sheet extending from the inboard buildup pad, bridging plies connecting the outboard buildup pad and the inboard buildup pad and at least one barrel nut installed in the buildup pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: MICHAEL LESLIE HAND, Douglas A. McCarville
  • Publication number: 20110097141
    Abstract: A quick connect connector has a male member that can be changed from a first length for connection to a first female coupling member like a Camelbak female coupling member to a second length for connection to a second female coupling member like a CPC coupling member. The female coupling member of an inter-connector is configured to have independently operable buttons each moving a lip from a locked position at rest to an unlocked position to lock and unlock the male member in the female coupling member. The male member and the female member may also each be configured with a spring loaded valve that opens when the male member is inserted into the female coupling member and that closes upon removal of the male member from the female coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: AQUAMIRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis B. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110052315
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a loose anti-rotation lock sleeve design for use in a flange and pipe assembly. The design includes a lock sleeve positioned between a pipe and a flange to prevent rotation of the pipe relative to the flange. The lock sleeve includes at least two openings in a first end of the lock sleeve configured to receive at least two pipe pins extending radially outward from the pipe. The lock sleeve further includes at least four openings in a second end of the lock sleeve configured to receive at least four flange pins extending radially inward from the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas William Swart, Jeyaruban Selliah Amirtharajah, Jeffrey Louis Palmer
  • Patent number: 7850387
    Abstract: A stress concentration reduction system includes a hoop tension finger doubler coupled to a lap splice. The lap slice is formed by an first panel overlapped by a second panel. The hoop tension finger doubler is formed to fit against the panels flushly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Clifford O. Chapin
  • Patent number: 7821591
    Abstract: A separation type chassis for a flat panel display includes at least two chassis members, and a plurality of fastening members for coupling the chassis members, and coupling holes having a predetermined shape are formed at both ends of each of the chassis members. Each of the fastening members is coupled with the coupling holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Jae Lee
  • Publication number: 20100213653
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for mounting an anti-vibration actuator on an automobile. The device comprises a fastening screw for attaching the actuator on a wall of a frame of the vehicle. The main characteristic of the mounting device is that it comprises a slide attached to the vehicle frame wall, and that the actuator comprises a protrusion capable of being inserted into the slide (19, 29, 39) so that the actuator has two connection points to the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMOBILES SA
    Inventors: Stéphane Lanotte, Jacques Dusi, Albert Alarcon Cot
  • Patent number: 7726900
    Abstract: A system for providing a mechanical and electrical connection between the ends of two essentially-coaxial shafts (1 and 2), whereby each shaft end includes a groove (11, 12) close to an axial end extension (17 and 8; 18 and 9). Moreover, the aforementioned ends are connected inside a sleeve (10) including the following: a first annular shoulder (13) having a shape that is complementary to that of the groove of the first shaft, such that there is no clearance therebetween; a second annular shoulder (14) having a shape that is complementary to that of the groove (12) of the second shaft, but with a clearance therebetween; and a cavity (16) which is intended to receive the shaft ends, said cavity having an axial height which is greater than the sum of the axial heights of the axial end extensions (17 and 8; 18 and 9). Further, the axial end extensions (17 and 8; 18 and 9) of the two shafts are in permanent mechanical and electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: E.C.L.
    Inventor: Bernard Bourges
  • Patent number: 7726899
    Abstract: A coupling device for driving an engraved cylinder of a printing device. The coupling device comprises a single part of chromium, nickel and molybdenum alloyed steel having undergone core hardening. The coupling device includes a central cylindrical portions, first and second flanges at the respective first and second ends of the cylindrical portion, each flange having a side portion operable to distort under stress and act as a membrane. The ratio of the difference between the diameter and the flange and the diameter of the central portion divided by the average thickness of the side portion of the flange is between 7 and 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Bobst S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Clement
  • Patent number: 7704009
    Abstract: An axial spacer for a rotational assembly comprising a body, a rotational assembly attaching member and a centering member. The body comprises an outer ring, an inner ring and a plurality of reinforcing members extending between the inner ring and the outer ring. The reinforcing members each comprise an annular reinforcing rim extending from the outer ring and a connecting beam extending from the annular reinforcing rim to the inner ring. A plurality of web members extend between adjacent reinforcing members and the inner and outer ring, to, in turn, substantially couple adjacent reinforcing members with the inner and outer ring therebetween. The attaching means comprises an opening extending through at least a plurality of the plurality of reinforcing members. The centering member centers the spacer relative to the rotational assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Carey J. Boote
  • Publication number: 20100034581
    Abstract: A connecting structure for a vehicle interior part allows an ornament member to abut to a door trim body with an improved assembling workability and an increased design freedom on configuration design. The ornament member (14) has a stepped section (32) and a latch protrusion (34) contiguous with the stepped section (32). The door trim body (12) has a latch hole (44), through which the latch protrusion (34) is inserted due to elastic deformation and with which a retaining convex portion (46) latches due to elastic return of the latch protrusion. This enables the ornament member (14) to move closer to the door trim body (12) in an abutting direction to cause the latch protrusion (34) to be inserted to the latch hole (44) for assembling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Masamori HIROSE
  • Patent number: 7653979
    Abstract: A bullet trap is disclosed which is formed without intervening sidewalls to enable cross-shooting and the like with reduced risk or ricochet or damage to the bullet trap. Furthermore, the bullet trap can be configured in a variety of ways to eliminate the need for facing plates while providing a removable attachment mechanism, to enable repair on the trap, to reduce bullet adhesion to the trap and to provide improved containment of lead and improved access to the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Bateman, Thomas Marshall
  • Patent number: 7635235
    Abstract: A worm shaft coupling for connecting a driven shaft of a transmission mechanism and a coaxially arranged worm shaft of an extruder has a coupling sleeve which connects two coupling pegs in a torque-proof manner and is, in turn axially secured using threaded sleeves. The internal thread of the threaded sleeve facing the worm shaft of the extruder and the associated external thread of the coupling sleeve have recesses allowing the threaded sleeve and the coupling sleeve to be connected in the manner of a bayonet fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Coperion GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Riehle
  • Patent number: 7566186
    Abstract: A drive coupling assembly (10) for attaching two shafts includes a coupler body (11) and a locking clip (12). The body (11) has a splined opening (23) which is adapted to receive one shaft, and an aperture (24) which is adapted to receive a drive shaft (13) of a motor (14). A slot (25) is formed in coupler body (11) and the slot (25) communicates with the aperture (24). The clip (12) is positioned in the slot (25) and includes a spring tab (33) which can engage an undercut (40) in the shaft (13) to maintain the drive coupling assembly (10) on the shaft (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Katz, Richard D. Boozer, Gregory S. Ans, Robert F. Beesley, Jay Honsaker, Donald M. Malec
  • Patent number: 7530758
    Abstract: Assembling a plurality of parts together in a manner that enables a device of complex shape to be reconstituted. At least one of the parts includes two ribs in a chevron configuration and at least one other part includes two grooves in a chevron configuration, the ribs and the grooves being complementary in shape and of corresponding dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Michel Andre Bouru
  • Patent number: 7509956
    Abstract: Provided is a device for attachment to tubular connections that serves to ensure the securing of the connection and the avoidance of inadvertent disconnections. Also provided is an endotracheal tube having a releasable locking device component that serves to ensure security of the connection of the endotracheal tube to a breathing system. Also provided is a breathing system having a releasable locking device component that when employed ensures the security of the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: John F. Dombrowski
  • Patent number: 7507048
    Abstract: A process for forming an improved tensile strength deformed reinforcing bar splice for use in concrete construction by radially compressing or cold forming the bar end with dies literally to flatten any ribs or deformations on the bar end to cold work a section of the bar end which will extend beyond any threaded section and the mouth of a coupler thereon. The splice formed has superior tensile qualities. The process is inexpensive and may be accomplished at or near a construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: ERICO International Corporation
    Inventors: Louis Colarusso, Mark Victor Samas
  • Patent number: 7490803
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly includes one or more support members, such as brackets, that are configured to support a curtain rod from a wall. The support member include a coupler portion that provides a seamless and flush interface between the support member and the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Beme International LLC
    Inventor: Brian Graves
  • Patent number: 7481624
    Abstract: A butt connection of divided hollow profile members, which is suitable in particular for rotor blades of wind power installations, comprises a multiplicity of straps which are arranged along the joint and which bridge over same and which are respectively fixed with their ends to one of the profile members to be connected. In this respect the arrangement is preferably such that one of the two bolts fixing the strap at the ends thereof has a wedge-shaped flattening, by means of which a tensile prestressing can be imparted to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 7455472
    Abstract: A device for plane-parallel attachment of a first module to a sidewall of a second module includes at least one coupling element with clamping projections having beveled end sections. The coupling element includes a guide element with two opposing guide tabs, a locking element, and a stop element, wherein the guide tabs, the locking element, and the stop element abut sidewalls of the connecting element so that the two guide tabs extend from a first opposing pair of the sidewalls, and the locking element and the stop element extend from another opposing pair of the sidewalls perpendicular to the first pair. The first module includes an interlock for captivating the coupling element or elements in the sidewall of the first module, whereas the second module has a receiving part capable of receiving the coupling element or elements captivated in the sidewall of the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Lehner, Joachim Masatz, Jürgen Wagner
  • Patent number: 7431342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection for fastening a tool or a tool adapter to an extension device. The connection includes a threaded stud, a threaded bush and a mechanism for locking the threaded stud to the threaded bush when the threaded stud and threaded bush are interconnected. The mechanism for locking is one of a snap connection and a s1iding connection and includes a manipulating device to release the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Ciret Holdings AG
    Inventor: Helmut Sauer
  • Patent number: 7273238
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining the ends of a pair of ribbed ducts together has a collar with an interior suitable for receiving the ends of the pair of ducts therein, a first coupler element translatably secured adjacent a first end of the collar, a compressible seal disposed between a surface of the first coupler element and the first end of the collar, a second coupler element secured adjacent a second end of the collar, and a second seal disposed between a surface of the second coupler element and the second end of the collar. The coupler elements are translatable so as to compress the seal such that a surface of the seal will bear against a respective rib of the pair of ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Felix L. Sorkin
  • Patent number: 7267375
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining ends of a pair of ducts together in end-to-end relationship has a collar with a first end portion and a second end portion, a first coupler element translatably secured to an exterior of the collar for moving the first end portion between first and second positions, and a second coupler element translatably secured to the exterior of the collar so as to move the second end portion between first and second positions. The end portions have a plurality of fingers that are movable so as to be free of the surfaces of the duct when in the first position and which contact a rib of the duct when in the second position. The collar and the coupler elements form a liquid-tight seal over the respective ends of the pair of ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Felix L. Sorkin