Ball Detent Patents (Class 403/322.2)
  • Patent number: 11460014
    Abstract: The invention relates to the installation of volumetric pumps to mechanical means inside controlled areas with limited operator access. In particular, the invention relates to a method for setting up in an operating position such a pump arranged for filling up containers, the pump comprising a body with piston means slidingly mounted therein and switching means rotatably mounted within the body, the piston and switching means extending outside the body, said method comprising holding the piston and switching means together with the body of the pump, hooking up either one of the body and the piston and the switching means to a pivot (P), and rotating the pump around the pivot (P) to fasten the other one of the body and the piston and the switching means on an operating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Neoceram S.A.
    Inventor: Robin Ledeganck
  • Patent number: 11428272
    Abstract: Briefly, implementations of claimed subject matter relate to methods and devices for coupling a first rotating shaft to a second shaft. In a particular implementation, an end of a plurality of resilient fingers of a resilient structure may be radially displaced to permit positioning of the resilient structure over a first shaft. An inwardly-directed portion of each of the plurality of the resilient fingers of the resilient structure may be secured to a channel located on an inner surface of a second shaft. After securing the resilient structure to the second shaft, the one or more resilient fingers of the resilient structure may be positioned within a slotted ladder ring encircling the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Stephen Olson, Trenton Allen Hamm, Bradford Jeffrey Ekstrom, Gregory Alan Spruce
  • Patent number: 11400522
    Abstract: This invention concerns a clamping device for firmly holding a part to be clamped at a clamping recess in which the clamping device is arranged. The clamping device comprises a collet with a first external protrusion for engagement with an internal recess in an inner peripheral area of the part that is to be clamped and with a second external protrusion for engagement with an internal recess in an inner peripheral area of the clamping recess. At least one of the first external protrusion or the second external protrusion comprises a first external taper or a second external taper for pulling the part to be clamped axially into the clamping recess by a radial outward movement of the collet or a section of the collet and an operation stud including an external tapered section for effecting the radial outward movement of the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Levicron, GMBH
    Inventor: Ralf Dupont
  • Patent number: 11179831
    Abstract: A lockable adapter is configured to selectively couple a drive socket to a power tool. The lockable adapter includes a shaft configured to couple the lockable adapter to the power tool for the power tool to rotate the lockable adapter about an axis, a drive member movable along the axis relative to the shaft, and a retaining member supported by the drive member. The drive member is configured to interface with the drive socket to support the drive socket on the lockable adapter. When the lockable adapter is in a locked state, a portion of the retaining member protrudes beyond a surface of the drive member such that the retaining member is configured to secure the drive socket to the drive member. When the lockable adapter is in an unlocked state, the retaining member is configured to allow for removal of the drive socket from the drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Zimmermann, James J. Van Essen
  • Patent number: 10932550
    Abstract: In example implementations, a lanyard attachment is provided. The lanyard attachment includes a first body portion, a second body portion and a lanyard. The first body portion includes a first locking head and a first opening. The second body portion includes a second locking head and a second opening. The first body portion and the second body portion are positioned within an opening of an input device such that the first opening and the second opening are aligned exterior to the opening of the input device. The lanyard is coupled to the first body portion and the second body portion through the first opening and the second opening that are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bassett, David Quijano, Owen Richard
  • Patent number: 10791637
    Abstract: A circuit board secure connection apparatus, a circuit board and a plug-and-lock industrial computer frame are provided. The circuit board secure connection apparatus includes: a holder; a connector which is elastic and movably mounted on the holder; a profile ratchet which is elastic and hinged on a bottom portion of the holder through a first hinge; a hook handle hinged on a rear portion of the holder through a second hinge; and a hook button which is elastic and movably mounted on the hook handle; wherein the hook handle cooperates with the holder through the hook button for being attached to or detached from the holder; the hood handle cooperates with the profile ratchet for rotating the profile ratchet. The plug-and-lock industrial computer frame with the circuit board secure connection apparatus and the circuit board has advantages such as simple installation, reliable connection, and sufficient performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Lixing Yi, Yipin Chen
  • Patent number: 10782596
    Abstract: A rotation activated quick-release mount. A rack and pinion system converts rotation of a housing into linear expansion and contraction of the housing. A modular plate may be removably coupled with the housing. A biasing device may urge the housing into a base position. The plate may be installed when the housing is in the base position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey Overall
  • Patent number: 10519702
    Abstract: A releasable ball lock hinge is disclosed. The releasable ball lock hinge includes a first body operable with a hinge ball and a release ball. Each ball can be movable within respective openings of the first body. The releasable ball lock hinge also includes a second body configured to rotatably interface and removably couple with the first body. The hinge ball releasably engages the second body. The second body has a release recess operable with the release ball to disengage the hinge ball and alternately couple and release the first body and the second body based on a relative position between the first body and the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Longerich, William Owens, Richard J. Wright, David C. Robillard, Perry H. Frahm, Emerald J. Adair
  • Patent number: 10487881
    Abstract: An insert, a motion-transmitting mechanism and a method of operating a motion-transmitting mechanism. The insert may include an insert body receivable in a bore, the insert body having an outer surface at least partially engageable in a driving relationship with a bore surface, the insert body defining an insert bore operable to receive a shaft in a driving relationship, torque transmission between the shaft and the motion-transmitting member through the insert body causing a portion of the insert body to compress toward the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Weasler Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Daryl Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10472022
    Abstract: A Bimini top attaching system has a mounting bracket that is affixed to a watercraft and a latch affixed to a frame tube. The latch has a main body with a tube portion that is located inside the tube and a hook portion that is exposed. The latch includes a movable catch that slides inside a catch trough between a locked and unlocked position, with a spring biasing the catch towards the locked position. In the locked position, a chisel point on the catch interrupts a transverse notch in the hook portion. Moving the catch to the unlocked position allows a pin on the mounting bracket to pass in and out of the transverse notch. The catch is restrained in the catch trough when the tube portion is located inside the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Randall Paul Pollen
  • Patent number: 10342561
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to arms or forearms of medical devices that are configured to couple with quick-release end effectors, quick-release end effectors for use with such medical devices, and arms or forearms coupled to such quick-release end effectors. Certain forearms and end effectors have magnetic couplings, while others have mechanical couplings, and further implementations have both magnetic and mechanical couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Jeff Shasho, Alan Bachman, Kenneth Blier
  • Patent number: 10022847
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a sleeve, a magnetic member and an engaging member. The body includes a function end and a first groove with first and second end faces. The sleeve includes a first room and a reception area defined therein. A second groove is defined in the outside of the sleeve and located corresponding to the first groove. The second groove includes holes defined radially therethrough which communicates with the reception area. The magnetic member is receive in the first room. The engaging member is engaged with the second groove and has first portions inserted through the holes in the second groove. The second engaging portion is connected to the first engaging portions and protrudes beyond the reception area so as to be engaged with the first groove of the body and movable between the first and second end faces of the first groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Chung-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9982707
    Abstract: A driveshaft assembly of a vehicle includes a yoke assembly having a shaft extending between a yoke and a flange. The yoke assembly further includes a bearing having an inner race integrally formed on an outer surface of the shaft, an outer race circumscribing the inner race, and a plurality of rotating elements rollably engaging between the inner and outer races. A tube is attached to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Peter Nicholas, Anthony Paskus, Marshall Erin Bates
  • Patent number: 9937995
    Abstract: A pneumatic fastening mechanism is provided for fastening an aircraft surface panel to an aircraft panel support member. The panel includes a plurality of receptacles extending from the panel lower surface. The panel support member includes a corresponding plurality of panel engagement mechanisms, disposed on the support member lower surface, and translatable through the support member to engage the receptacles. The panel engagement mechanisms are extendable from a first position, wherein the panel abuts and is engaged to the panel support member, to second position wherein the panel is elevated above the panel support member upper surface where the panel may be unlocked and separated from the panel engagement mechanism. The panel engagement mechanism is operative to elevate and release the panel in response to changes in fluid pressure communicated to the panel engagement mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Cory M. Combs, Charles Smith, John Rufino, Kevin A. Noertker, Greg A. Cifu
  • Patent number: 9605702
    Abstract: This locking system includes a male cylindrical end and a female tubular cylindrical end inside of which the male cylindrical end is to be inserted for coupling. A locking groove is hollowed in the outer surface of the male cylindrical end. The female tubular cylindrical end is bored on the side with a through-opening inside of which is arranged a mobile locking element which protrudes inside the female tubular cylindrical end in the locking groove of the male cylindrical end. A locking ring is mounted to rotate freely on the outer surface of the female tubular cylindrical end opposite the through-opening this ring having an inner surface wherein a recess having an ortho-radially variable depth enables the locking/unlocking of the mobile locking element against the locking groove depending on the ring's position. The locking groove extends in the axial direction of the male cylindrical end from a free end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: COLLIN
    Inventors: Boguslaw Sadowski, Mathieu Miroir
  • Patent number: 9534356
    Abstract: Disclosed are various exemplary embodiments of a retainer system for a ground engaging tool. In one exemplary embodiment, the retainer system may include a lock having a lock rotation axis and including an outer surface extending about the lock rotation axis. The retainer system may also include a retainer bushing including an inner surface extending about the lock rotation axis, where the inner surface is configured to rotatably receive the outer surface of the lock. The outer surface of the lock and the inner surface of the retainer bushing may be aligned substantially parallel to the lock rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: James R. LaHood, Clifford O. Jeske
  • Patent number: 9423191
    Abstract: Method and assembly for attaching a heat sink to a heat source surface associated with a printed circuit board or other component having a heat source. A fastener assembly may include a push pin with a barbed, bifurcated end arranged to be inserted through an opening of the printed circuit board and thereby secure the heat sink to the printed circuit board. A stopper may be headless, be separable from the push pin, and have a portion, such as a barrel-shaped element, positionable in a throughbore of the push pin that supports the bifurcated end so that movement of the barbed portions toward each other is resisted, thereby securing engagement of the barbed portions with the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Aavid Thermalloy, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley R. Whitney, Randolph H. Cook
  • Patent number: 9303674
    Abstract: A bolt for the detachable connection of two component parts provided with at least one through-hole and a clamping system serving for detachably, rapidly and reliably interconnecting objects provided with through-holes. A plug-in pin includes a bolt housing having through-openings; a clip means supported in the through-openings; and a clamping device arranged in the housing's interior and provided with an external thread, which meshes with an internal thread of the housing and during clamping, forces the clip means out of the housing such that an outer portion of the clip means protrudes from the through-openings. The clip means is made at least as one sliding element supported in the bolt housing in a rotationally fixed fashion and the sliding element's outer portion has a support surface in the form of a lateral area segment of a truncated cone or an annular support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Ludwig Demmeler
  • Patent number: 9199372
    Abstract: A computer controlled robot system for positioning a patient for radiation therapy or other medical procedures and the like. The robot is mounted at the top of a vertical shaft extending from the treatment room floor and includes horizontal arms arranged to maximize the available work envelope and eliminate “dead spots” in the envelope that the robot cannot reach. A double redundant coupling system for coupling devices to the robot is provided. A vision based docking system is employed for automatically coupling devices to the robot. Various enhanced safety features are provided, including device specific collision avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Toby D. Henderson, Niek Schreuder, Brian Broderick
  • Patent number: 9033609
    Abstract: A locking pin is provided for securing movable mechanical components, and includes a tubular body defining an axial passageway. The tubular body has an actuating end and a tapered working end opposite the actuating end, and has at least one latch opening proximate the working end. The pin has a spindle constructed and arranged for reciprocation in the passageway, as well as at least one locking element, each positioned within the passageway at a corresponding latch opening, and being urged toward the corresponding latch opening by the spindle. A cap is fastened to the working end for restricting entry of contaminants into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: A.I.L., Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Baus
  • Patent number: 8955866
    Abstract: A ball hitch has an actuator substantially disposed in a towing ball member. The actuator includes a pivotable handle, which in the stowed position forms part of the outer profile of the ball, but which can be pivoted upward to be used to rotate a shaft portion of the actuator. As the shaft rotates, it rotates a paddle with a cam surface housed in a support base for the ball hitch, which pushes on two interference balls. In the stowed position, the cam surface maintains the interference balls projecting outward from openings in the support base to secure the ball hitch into the towing vehicle. When the actuator turns the shaft, the cam surface allows the balls to retract into the support base without changing elevation of the shaft and cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis M. Bowe
  • Patent number: 8956342
    Abstract: A handheld surgical device includes a multi-position throttle, rotatably attached to the body of the device, to allow for ambidextrous positioning of a motor speed control lever. The motor speed control lever may interact with a speed control sensor in the body of the device capable of detecting the actuation level of the motor speed control lever in any one of two or more positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microaire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Robert Scott Russo, John H. Pascaloff, Robert McKemie
  • Patent number: 8876142
    Abstract: An adapter which serves as an anchor point for coupling a trailer to a vehicle. The adapter adapted for mating in the socket of the vehicle. The adapter rotatable between a locked and an unlocked position. The adapter including a locking member which, when rotated, moves a ball partially through an aperture, partially extending into the socket thereby locking the adapter within the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pulliam Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Karasch, William A. Aske, Randall Pulliam
  • Patent number: 8870149
    Abstract: A hold-down assembly for retaining a portable electronic unit within an avionics equipment mounting tray includes a shaft, a locking collar, and an actuator knob. The shaft is coupled to pivot with the mounting tray. The locking collar slides along the shaft to engage the portable electronic unit. The actuator knob includes a knob body, a ratchet plate having detent holes within the knob body, a ball bearing, and a compression spring within the knob body. As the actuator knob is rotated to move along the shaft, the knob body and the ball bearing rotate with respect to the ratchet plate, and the ball bearing is forced against a spring bias of the compression spring as the ball bearing travels between adjacent detent holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas P. Rodig
  • Patent number: 8857300
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Rote Mate Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Tsung Lai
  • Publication number: 20140270926
    Abstract: A compensation device configured to be positioned between a robotic arm and a robotic tool. The device may be configured to directly attach to the tool, or may be configured to be positioned away from the tool. The device generally includes a first section that connects to the robotic arm and a second section that connects to the tool. The second section is movable relative to the first section to provide for the tool to be positioned at various orientations. The second section may comply rotationally about a first axis. The second section may be movable in a second plane. In one embodiment, the second plane is perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Norton
  • Patent number: 8827169
    Abstract: A plurality of humidity control chambers are provided in a casing. An open/close damper is provided for each of a plurality of air flow ports communicating with the humidity control chambers. Adjacent dampers of the plurality of dampers are separably coupled together by a coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Narikawa
  • Patent number: 8821061
    Abstract: A pull pin is configured to lock in a forward position to prevent accidental or undesirable retraction of the pull pin. The pull pin has a housing, a pull pin shaft, an inner shaft, a first and second spring, and at least one ball bearing. The housing has a ball locking space, which holds the ball bearing between the locking space and a ball aperture formed in the pull pin shaft to thereby lock the pull pin shaft in the forward position. Only upon the application of an external force to the inner shaft, which aligns a ball release portion with the ball aperture, can the ball bearing move into the ball release portion and thereby move out of said locking space, allowing for the retraction of the pull pin shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Pivot Point, Incorporated
    Inventor: Romy Baus
  • Publication number: 20140140759
    Abstract: A coupling assurance assembly for an intermediate shaft in a steering column is provided. The assembly includes a shaft having a longitudinal bore extending a first longitudinal axis and a fastening receptacle for receiving a fastener, a yoke having a cross hole for receiving the fastener, and a biasing device configured to urge the shaft and the yoke apart from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Donald A. Buzzard
  • Patent number: 8714859
    Abstract: A clamping assembly which includes a first member that has a housing and a plunger that reciprocates within the housing. The first member further includes a first biasing member that biases the plunger in a first direction and a second biasing member that biases the plunger in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction. The first member further includes a bearing positioned within a cavity in the housing such that the bearing reciprocates within the cavity in a third direction that is partially orthogonal to the first and second directions. The plunger includes a first surface that applies a first force to the bearing that is at least partially in the third direction. The clamping assembly further includes a second member that includes a second surface that engages the bearing. The bearing applies a second force to the second surface of the second member that is at least partially in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Munger
  • Publication number: 20140116057
    Abstract: A push-lock pin for connecting a plate to surface includes a cylindrical pin housing and a shaft within the housing. The shaft has a ball-lock mechanism and a push-down pop-up mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Donald W. Peters
  • Publication number: 20140086675
    Abstract: A quick disconnect device for detachably holding a long gun or other elongated emergency tool (EET). The quick disconnect device receives and captures the ball of a ball-and-stem structure that is attached to the EET. The quick disconnect device may allow the EET to rotate about the central axis of the stem, but otherwise prevents relative translational and rotational motion between the EET and the quick disconnect device. The quick disconnect device is especially suitable for mounting to clothing, such as a utility belt or a ballistic vest. the quick disconnect device allows the EET to be inserted without requiring the user to directly manipulate the quick connection device, but requires the user to manipulate some sort of mechanism on the quick connect device in order to release the EET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Busch
  • Publication number: 20140079475
    Abstract: A fastener comprises a housing, a pintle and a locking feature. The housing includes a shaft, a central bore that extends axially at least partially through the housing and a ball lock aperture extending from the bore radially out through the shaft. The pintle is positioned within the bore and includes an actuation end and a rod that extends axially from the actuation end. The rod includes a ball transitioning surface and a ball locking surface. The pintle is moveable axially within the bore between a designated lock position where the ball locking surface of the pintle is aligned in register with each ball lock aperture urging a locking ball through the ball lock aperture, and a designated unlocked position where the ball lock surface of the pintle is moved axially away from each ball lock aperture allowing the locking ball to recess into the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: John J. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8651764
    Abstract: A quick release extension rod with a positioning structure comprises a body, a return member, an inserting rod, an even number of balls, a positioning ring, a control ring assembly, four elastic members and a C-shaped retainer. The balls are disposed on the connecting head of the inserting rod, so that the radial interval between the socket and the connecting head of the base of the quick release extension rod can be evenly distributed. When the socket rotates, the arrangement of an even number of balls can reduce the possibility of the asymmetrical-center-of-gravity caused oscillation. The four elastic members are disposed between the control ring assembly and the body to push the socket can be abutted against the control ring assembly to delimitate the axial interval, which further stabilize the center of gravity of rotation of the socket while preventing the occurrence of oscillation of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ying-Mo Lin
  • Patent number: 8641314
    Abstract: A quick coupling for a shaft includes a male coupling having a locking portion with a locking groove formed thereon. A female coupling includes a female body having an interior surface bounding a socket. A tapered port is formed on the female body and extending from the exterior surface to the interior surface thereof. The locking portion of the male coupling is received within the socket so that the tapered port is aligned with the locking groove. A ball bearing is disposed within the tapered port so that a portion of the ball bearing can project into the socket and into the locking groove. A locking sleeve is slidably mounted along the female body so as to cover and interact with the ball bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: HyClone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Thacker, Derik R. West, Whitt F. Woods
  • Patent number: 8617064
    Abstract: An adjustable surgical retractor clamping mechanism for attaching mechanism to an operating table. The mechanism includes an upper jaw, lower jaw, a drive member, an adjustable frame support post and a releasable clamp for adjusting the height of the surgical retracting frame. The upper portion of the lower jaw has a plurality of slots cut into the sidewalls of upper jaw to form at least one flexible finger. The clamp is in close sliding relationship to the upper portion of lower jaw member. The clamp includes a cam lever. Movement of the cam lever to its closed position compresses the clamp causing the flexible fingers to grip the adjustable post locking its longitudinal movement. Rotation of the cam lever to the open position releases the compressive force on the clamp, unlocking the adjustable post allowing the post to be longitudinally adjusted relative to the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Farley
  • Publication number: 20130336713
    Abstract: An extension bar includes a rod having an outer periphery thereof including a recess and a positioning track extended thereon. The recess defines a first contact section and a second contact section disposed after the first contact section longitudinally. A sleeve is slidably mounted on the rod and includes an orifice extended radially therethrough. A stopper is movably engaged with and disposed at a fixed predetermined position on the positioning track. A detent is engaged between the rod and the sleeve and movably engaged in the recess and the orifice. A biasing member is disposed between the sleeve and the stopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Publication number: 20130330120
    Abstract: A locking mechanism includes a lock housing and an activation shaft. The lock housing defines first and second axes, each being different than the other. The lock housing includes an inner mechanism housing wall, a hollow conduit defined by the inner mechanism housing wall, and a channel. The channel is defined by a portion of the inner mechanism housing wall and has first and second portions, where the first portion extends along the first axis and the second portion extends along the second axis. The activation shaft is at least partially surrounded by the hollow conduit and includes a shoulder protruding from the activation shaft towards the channel of the inner mechanism housing wall. In an unlock position, the shoulder is freely manipulatable within the first portion of the channel along the first axis, and in a lock position the shoulder is prevented from moving along the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: The Blanchard Patent Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley V. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8601667
    Abstract: In a robotic tool changer, a rotating cam surface ring having a plurality of surfaces formed therein urges a plurality of ball members in one tool coupling unit radially to contact a coupling surface in the other tool coupling unit. Mechanical energy captured and stored upon decoupling the units is used by an actuation mechanism, upon manual initiation, to at least partially automatically couple the two units by partially rotating the rotating cam surface ring. Further manual rotation of the cam member exerts a radial force through the ball members onto the coupling surface. A component of that force is directed by the coupling surface toward the opposite tool coupling unit, locking the two units together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Norton
  • Patent number: 8533930
    Abstract: A manually actuated robotic tool changer includes a rapid coupling mechanism. The tool changer includes a master unit having a piston moveable along its axis between an unlocked position and a fully locked position, and a tool unit that is coupled to the master unit when the units are adjacent and the piston is moved to the fully locked position. A piston movement control mechanism selectively allows free axial motion of the piston between the unlocked position and a nearly locked position, when the control mechanism is actuated. The piston may be biased toward the locked position, allowing the master and tool units to be rapidly coupled by positioning the units adjacently, actuating the control mechanism to allow the piston to rapidly advance to a nearly locked position, releasing the control mechanism to restrict free axial motion of the piston, and manually advancing the piston to a fully locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Norton
  • Patent number: 8529151
    Abstract: A fastener is disclosed. The fastener includes a housing, a cage, a plurality retaining members and a plunger. The plunger is at least partially movable within said cage between a first position to cause said one or more retaining members to be displaced radially outwardly thereby mechanically coupling said housing to said cage, and a second position to allow said one or more retaining members to be displaced radially inwardly thereby allowing said housing to be uncoupled from said cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Blanchard Patent Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley V. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8516732
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a detachable swivel and associated mount. In one embodiment, a detachable swivel can be provided. The detachable swivel can include a housing with an axial cavity; at least one retention device; and an internal body operable to mount within the axial cavity, the internal body operable to contact the at least one retention device, wherein the internal body axially translates within the axial cavity between a first position and a second position; wherein an axial force applied to a portion of the internal body and away from the housing causes the internal body to translate between the first and second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Blue Force Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashley A. Burnsed, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8500132
    Abstract: A manual robotic tool changer provides a compact, lightweight means to manually selectively couple a robotic tool, such as a surgical tool, to a robot arm. The tool changer includes numerous safety features to prevent inadvertent decoupling of the robotic tool. These include a dual-button handle locking mechanism operative to lock the tool changer closed in the fully coupled position, and requiring simultaneous actuation of both of two latch buttons to unlock; a one-way clutch mechanism that prevents rotation of the coupling mechanism towards the decoupled position, unless the handle is actuated to unlock the tool changer; and a spring biasing the tool changer to an at least partially coupled state when no force is applied to the handle, thus requiring a positive force against the spring, moving the handle to a fully open position, to insert or remove a robotic tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Norton
  • Patent number: 8500358
    Abstract: A quick disconnect system including a matable coupling and post. The coupling includes a base, a pair of pins, a jacket and a biasing means. The base defines a longitudinally extending bore. The pair of pins are radially repositionable relative to the bore and extend tangentially along opposite sides of the bore. The jacket cooperatively engages the base and the pins whereby longitudinal repositioning of the jacket as between a first stop position and a second stop position effects radial repositioning of the pins. The biasing means biases the jacket towards the first stop position. The post has a flanged head on the distal end of a shaft for cooperatively engaging the pins to achieve connection of the coupling and the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Torque Fitness, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Cassidy
  • Patent number: 8480329
    Abstract: Coupling pins for connecting weapon components are described. An example fastener to couple weapon components includes an elongated body defining a first aperture. The first aperture being defined along a longitudinal axis of the elongated body. Tension member and a biasing element being positioned within the first aperture. The elongated body defining a second aperture. The second aperture being defined through a portion of the elongated body to enable a tension element, positioned at least partially within the second aperture, to be urged from the elongated by via an interaction with the tension member. The fastener is insertable into aligned apertures of respective first and second weapon components. The tension element being urged from the elongated body to interact with the second weapon component to urge the second weapon component into further engagement with the first weapon component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Fluhr, Daniel Kohler
  • Patent number: 8475076
    Abstract: A socket wrench in which a supporting hole is formed in a drive disposed at an operating handle, and a steel ball pressed by a coiled spring is movably engaged with the supporting hole. A recess part for allowing the steel ball to partly engage therein is formed in an inner wall of an assembling hole of a wrench body for allowing the drive to engage therein. A connecting hole engageable with a polygonal head part of a bolt to be operated is formed in the wrench body in such a manner as to be coaxial with the drive. The recess part has a pair of contacting walls for the steel ball to contact therewith, the pair of contacting walls being disposed in mutually intersecting directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ko-Ken Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8424423
    Abstract: A connecting rod assembly comprises a connecting element, a pivot element, a connecting rod, a spring and an engaging element. The connecting element is provided at both ends thereof with a connecting portion and a driving portion. The pivot element is provided at a first end thereof with a connecting pillar formed with a pivot hole, and the connecting pillar is further formed in an outer surface thereof with a moving hole in communication with the pivot hole. The connecting rod has a first end thereof connected to the connecting element, and a second end of the connecting rod is pivotally disposed in the pivot hole. The connecting rod is formed with an evasion groove for cooperating with the engaging element. The spring is disposed in the driving groove with both ends thereof pushed against an inner surface of the driving groove and the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 8403589
    Abstract: A paint gun assembly including a spray head and a connecting manifold. The spray head includes a bore terminating in a radially extending space of gradually increasing radius. The bore receives a shaft that has an axially extending bore which connects with radially extending bores in which balls are contained. The shaft also contains a plunger with a rounded end, engaging the balls. When forced into the axial bore, the plunger forces the balls into the radially extending bores and out into the tapered, radially extending space. The plunger engages a cam which is exposed at a surface of the manifold body and includes a hexagon drive to adjust the angular rotation of the cam using a suitable key. The manifold body provides a recess for receiving a retaining pin, whose end is received in the cam guide profile. Axial movement of the cam is resisted by a compression spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: John Anthony Rogers, David Simon Schofield
  • Patent number: 8403971
    Abstract: A polyaxial screw assembly includes a pedicle screw, a coupling, an insert, and a housing. The pedicle screw includes a shank having a helical thread formed thereon and a head at one end. The coupling is positioned on top the pedicle screw and releasably engages portions of the head. The coupling and pedicle screw are positioned within a distal portion of the housing. The pedicle screw is slid through an opening in the insert and the insert is thread into the distal portion of the housing to retain the coupling and the pedicle screw within the housing. The pedicle screw is rotatable and pivotable relative to the housing. Compressing the coupling within the housing locks the pedicle screw in a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones
  • Patent number: 8375831
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for use with a tool has a tool having a first working end, an opposite second end, a central axis therebetween, and a least one axial recess formed on an outer surface of the tool. A cap is rotatably received on the tool opposite second end, the cap comprising at least one recess formed on an outer surface thereon. The cap is rotatable between a first position in which the cap at least one recess aligns with the tool at least one recess, and a second position in which the cap at least one recess is out of alignment with the tool at least one recess. The locking mechanism further comprises a detent operatively positioned between the tool and the cap. The detent may be a pin and a spring, where the spring biases the cap into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Steinweg, Hsien-Chung Tuan-Mu