Spring Biased Manipulator Patents (Class 403/325)
  • Patent number: 10874023
    Abstract: A reciprocator-type quick-releasing mechanism includes a base, a latching component and an actuating component. The base has a first piercing hole and a first opening. The latching component is disposed on the base and includes a constraining portion and a resilient portion. The constraining portion is disposed inside the first piercing hole and connected to the resilient portion. The actuating is component disposed on the base and includes a pushing portion and an actuating portion. The pushing portion contacts the resilient portion to guide the resilient portion and connected to the actuating portion for aligning the first opening and a second opening on an external unit. The actuating portion is moved to slide the resilient portion, so as to move the constraining portion through the first piercing hole for letting the constraining portion leave a second piercing hole or pushing a buckling portion on the external unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Ku-Chou Wu
  • Patent number: 10865863
    Abstract: A transmission includes a countershaft, an input shaft and a clutch that couples the input shaft to the countershaft, a main transmission assembly having a main shaft and a main transmission clutch, the main shaft coupled to the countershaft via the main transmission clutch, and a range gear assembly. The transmission includes a power take-off shaft coupled to an axial end of the countershaft and colinear therewith, wherein the power take-off shaft and the countershaft are rotationally coupled to one another and axially decoupled from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Graeme A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10828180
    Abstract: A prosthetic attachment system includes an insert arranged for connection to a prosthetic liner, and an attachment unit arranged for connection to a distal end of a prosthetic socket. The attachment unit comprises a body defining an axis and a central opening for selectively receiving the insert. The body carries a plurality of locking elements that are distributed circumferentially about the axis and radially repositionable relative to the axis. A release mechanism is slidably positioned on an outer surface of the body to move the prosthetic attachment system between a locked configuration in which the locking elements are radially repositioned to lock the insert in the central opening of the body and an unlocked configuration in which the insert is released from the central opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Dadi Granz, Martin Lund Størup, Andrew Bache, Linda Rós Birgisdóttir, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson, Lukas Kalemba, Eelco Dolfsma
  • Patent number: 10807227
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus for connecting a rechargeable battery to a power tool, containing a latching device for latching the adapter apparatus together with the power tool; and a locking device for locking the latching device is disclosed. The latching device is adjustable reversibly from a first position into a second position, wherein, in the first position, the adapter apparatus is firmly connected to the power tool and, in the second position, the adapter apparatus is detachable from the power tool, and the locking device is adjustable reversibly from a first position into a second position, wherein, in the first position, the locking device locks the latching device in the first position and, in the second position, the locking device does not lock the latching device and so the latching device is movable from the first position into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Thanner, Rene Richter, Johannes Stempfhuber
  • Patent number: 10773294
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism is provided to clamp a die set on a carrier of a machine. The clamping mechanism utilizes a first pushing block to push a locating shaft of the die set to allow a top surface of the locating shaft to contact a mounting surface of the carrier and utilizes a second pushing block to push the locating shaft to allow a first contacting surface of the locating shaft to contact a reference surface of a cage base such that the die set will not clamp on the carrier of the machine with shift or skew errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventors: Hsin-Wei Chu, Pin-Jyun Chen, Ching-Hua Hsieh, Hui-Chi Chang, Po-Fu Hsu, Chien-Fa Huang
  • Patent number: 10763619
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a locking electrical connector for electrical connection with an outlet connector. The adapter outlet connector includes a first housing, the locking electrical connector includes a second housing, an actuating assembly, and a locking member. At least one electrical connection point enclosing in the second housing, which can be electrically connected to the outlet connector. The locking member is rotatably fixed to the second housing and capable of being driven by the actuating assembly, so as to rotate relative to the second housing, such that the locking member is frictionally locked with the side surface of the first housing, thereby enabling the locking electrical connector to be electrically locked with the outlet connector. The present disclosure can better prevent the electrical connection from failing and loosening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaoping Zhu
  • Patent number: 10717183
    Abstract: A locking hub and extensible handle assembly includes a handle having an elongated portion with a stop member at a first end, a grasping portion at an opposed second end, and at least one push button within the handle and proximate the first end. The assembly further includes a hub having a body with a passage extending through the body in a longitudinal direction and slidably receiving the elongated portion of the handle. The assembly also includes an actuator that is movable to permit the push button to be used to lock and unlock the handle relative to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Clam Corporation
    Inventor: John Matthew LaHood
  • Patent number: 10568220
    Abstract: A reciprocator-type quick-releasing mechanism includes a base, a latching component and an actuating component. The base is disposed inside a first module, and has a first piercing hole and a first opening. The latching component is disposed on the base, and includes a constraining portion and a resilient portion. The constraining portion aligns with the first piercing hole and a second piercing hole on a second module. The resilient portion is connected to the constraining portion. The actuating component is slidably disposed on the base and includes a pushing portion and an actuating portion. The actuating portion is connected to the pushing portion and protrudes from the first opening and a second opening on the second module. The actuating portion moves relative to the second opening to flexibly deform the resilient portion via the pushing portion, so as to remove the constraining portion from the second piercing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Ku-Chou Wu
  • Patent number: 10548508
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance system (MRS), useful for imaging a patient, comprising: (a) a magnetic resonance device (MRD) for imaging a patient, comprising an open bore, the MRD at least partially contained in an envelope comprising in its circumference at least one recess; and, (b) an MRI-safe cart made of MRI-safe material, comprising a substantially horizontal base and at least one substantially horizontal incubator above the base, the base and the incubator are interconnected by at least one pillar. At least a portion of the cart and the MRD are configured to fit together such that at least a portion of the incubator is reversibly housed within the MRD, and further at least a portion of the base is reversibly housed within at least one recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASPECT IMAGING LTD.
    Inventor: Uri Rapoport
  • Patent number: 10532366
    Abstract: An attachment fitting is attached inside a rotor hole. The attachment fitting is made up of a main body, first and second pieces disposed in a piece placement hole formed in the main body so as to pass therethrough in a direction orthogonal to a rotation central axis of a rotor, a leaf spring including two arm portions, and a retainer that is mounted on the main body and puts a base of the leaf spring between the retainer and the main body. The first and second pieces have grooves into which the arm portions of the leaf spring are inserted. When the rotor rotates, the first and second pieces protrude from the piece placement hole by the centrifugal force against the spring force of the leaf spring and make contact with a rotor coupling portion of a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Tomaru
  • Patent number: 10464194
    Abstract: A high strength drive extension includes a shaft, a sleeve, and a detent. The shaft includes a connecting structure. The sleeve is movably coupled to the shaft. The sleeve includes a driving head. The sleeve defines a hole in which the shaft inserts. The hole defines a receiving region mating with the connecting structure. The detent is configured to releasably retaining a tool on the driving head. The sleeve is disposed between the shaft and the sleeve and is movable between locking and unlocking positions in response to relative movement of the sleeve and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 10411372
    Abstract: An electronics module having a latch assembly including first and second reciprocating latch portions adapted to engage respective first and second opposite edges of a mounting rail. Each of the latch portions includes a locking tab, the locking tabs movable away from each other from a latched position to an unlatched position, the first and second latch portions being coupled together for reciprocating motion, at least one of said latch portions including an actuator portion extending from the housing for manual actuation of the latch assembly between the latch and unlatched positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Ctr. Pte., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soon Seng Kang
  • Patent number: 10300499
    Abstract: A centrifuge having a driveshaft that has an end section that tapers toward the central axis of the driveshaft. A rotor is removably mounted on the driveshaft such that the rotor may be axially removed in a removal direction. A bearing surface of a locking element of the rotor is connected to the driveshaft and holds the rotor against removal. A quick-action closure is integrated into the rotor and prevents removal of the driveshaft and the rotor in the removal direction. The end section of the driveshaft extends through an opening in the rotor where it is partially surrounded by multiple locking elements of the rotor for fixing the rotor and the driveshaft together. The locking elements include bearing surfaces engaging the end section and support surfaces engaging the rotor. The quick-action closure has force-transmitting elements which connect the locking elements to a handle permitting locking and/or unlocking the quick-action closure by a respective movement of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ANDREAS HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Hornek, Frank Thuringer, Andreas Holderle, Klaus-Gunter Eberle
  • Patent number: 10260520
    Abstract: A detachable blade structure has a blade seat, a motor, a cover plate, a spherical cover, a blade, a detachable member and first and second screws. The spherical cover has a cover slot, a cover positioning hole and a cover screw hole. The cover plate has a chamber. The blade is inserted through the cover slot and inserted into the chamber. The blade seat has a first seat lug, a first seat screw hole, a second seat lug and a second seat screw hole. The motor has a motor positioning hole and a motor screw hole. The first seat lug is inserted into the motor positioning hole. The first screw is screwed into the first seat screw hole and the motor screw hole. The second seat lug is inserted into the cover positioning hole. The second screw is screwed into the second seat screw hole and the cover screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AIR COOL INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cliff Wang
  • Patent number: 10093007
    Abstract: A torque wrench includes a main tube having a driving head and a receiving hole on two ends thereof. A ratchet tube is inserted into receiving hole and has multiple elongate positioning recesses. A passage is defined axially through the ratchet tube. An operation tube is mounted to the ratchet tube and has a driving section and a holding section, and a connection hole is defined through the driving section and the holding section. The driving section has an engaging hole in which a bead is received. A torque unit is received in the receiving hole, the passage and the connection hole. The torque is set by rotating operation tube. A control tube is mounted to the driving section and has a bolt movable in an L-shaped slot to release and restrict movement of the control tube relative to the operation tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Yi-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 10060771
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus for an electronic device (3) and a method for fastening a sensor housing (2) having a fastening flange (4) and having a fastening base (6), wherein the fastening flange (4) is configured to be positioned in a passage opening (8) in the fastening base (6) and wherein the fastening flange (4) is configured to be locked in the fastening base (6), a fixing slider (10) being displaceably arranged at the fastening base (6) to lock and/or to release the fastening flange (4) in the fastening base (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Impidjati, Olaf Machul
  • Patent number: 9861326
    Abstract: A medical examination facility is provided, wherein the facility includes an imaging apparatus and a mobile patient table. Mechanical coupling devices to be connected to each other are provided on both the imaging apparatus and the mobile patient table for the purpose of mechanically coupling the patient table to the imaging apparatus in an end position. The mechanical coupling device of the imaging apparatus includes a pulling device that is movable to a locking position via a controllable drive motor. In order to automatically move the patient table, the pulling device engages a driver provided on the patient table, before the end position is reached, and carries it by moving to the locking position, in which the patient table is in the end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Koerth, Wolfgang Neuber, Peter Rauh
  • Patent number: 9837800
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a start system (1) comprising a plurality of electrical apparatuses (3, 5) each comprising an insulating casing (7, 9), secured to each other and having an alignment along a first extension direction (D1). The plurality of electrical apparatuses (3, 5) is intended to be brought on a plurality of securing rails (13, 15) extending along a second extension direction (D2) transversal to the first extension direction (D1). A first electrical apparatus (3) comprises a removable mounting device (21) including a primary movable mounting element (17), the mounting device (21) forming a primary housing (35) in which a portion (13a) of a first rail (13) is able to be inserted. A second electrical apparatus (5) comprises a secondary mounting element (19), the secondary mounting element (19) forming, with the insulating casing (9) of the second electrical apparatus (5) a secondary housing (81) in which is able to be inserted a portion (15a) of a second rail (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventor: Eric Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9770378
    Abstract: A transportation apparatus configured to dock with a device to which power is supplied is provided. The transportation apparatus includes a first contact element for establishing a first contact with the device and a second contact element for establishing a second contact with the device. An apparatus for assisting in establishing the contact between the second contact element and the device is further provided in the transportation apparatus. The apparatus is operated by a motor. The apparatus is configured to provide power to the motor by supplying power via the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Koerth, Matthias Müller, Kerstin Waldbach
  • Patent number: 9669526
    Abstract: In at least one illustrative embodiment, a tool may comprise an output shaft configured to rotate about an axis, the output shaft including a socket mount having a tip and a solid root, and a socket retainer including (i) a retaining pin coupled to the tip of the socket mount and configured to move perpendicularly to the axis between a releasing position in which the retaining pin is located entirely within a first space formed in the tip and a retaining position in which the retaining pin extends outwardly through a first aperture formed in the tip and opening to the first space and (ii) a release pin coupled to the tip of the socket mount and configured to move along the axis to cause the retaining pin to move between the releasing position and the retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Sean C. Ely
  • Patent number: 9599137
    Abstract: A hold open rod may include: an inner member; an outer member configured to have the inner member slide in and out of the outer member; a locking mechanism including a portion attached to the outer member and a portion attached to the inner member; a locking plug configured to move axially along an axis of the inner, outer members; a locking dog configured to move radially between a locking position and an unlocking position and a release cable operatively connected to the locking plug and configured to move the locking plug to the unlocking position. A method of actuating a lock mechanism on a hold open rod may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MarathonNoroco Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Wheeler, Julio Palma
  • Patent number: 9382999
    Abstract: An actuation device for selecting gear settings of a shift-by-wire gear shifting transmission comprises an actuation element, a mechanical transference for actuating the parking brake, and a coupling device disposed between the actuation element and the mechanical transference. An actuation of the transference occurs selectively by the actuation element only when the parking brake setting is selected or de-selected at the shift lever. It is possible, structurally as well as with respect to its installment, to simplify the transference mechanism necessary for the selective actuation of the transference means for the parking brake. Structural space and costs can be reduced, and the actuation device can be designed to be smooth and quiet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Andreas Giefer, Ludger Rake
  • Patent number: 9328755
    Abstract: An extendable pole mechanism may be used with a pair of poles that are longitudinally movable to adjust the overall length of both poles. The mechanism may include a housing that receives the poles and a trigger that is moveable with respect to the housing to adjust the mechanism between a use condition, where the poles are held in a longitudinally relative fixed position, and an adjustment condition, where the poles are longitudinally moveable with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Rita Forman-House, Dennis P. De Renzo, Jr., Michael O'Banion
  • Patent number: 9156491
    Abstract: A stationary tooth row is provided in a restricted member that is not displaced together with a steering wheel during tilt adjustment of a steering system. A movable tooth row is provided in a movable member that is displaced in a tilt direction) together with the steering wheel during tilt adjustment. The movable tooth row includes a first movable tooth and second movable teeth. A first curvature radius of a tooth tip of the first movable tooth is made smaller than a second curvature radius of a tooth tip of each of the second movable teeth to make a tooth depth of the first movable tooth greater than a tooth depth of each of the second movable teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Okano, Tomonori Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9004803
    Abstract: A headrest socket for accommodating a headrest rod, including a socket body of polymeric material that has an inner space for accommodating a headrest rod. A spring tongue is provided as part of the socket body, or is monolithically formed on the socket body, and is displaceable toward the inner space for exerting a clamping effect. A spring device is disposed on the socket body for applying a tensioning or pressure action upon the spring tongue. The spring device is configured from a sheet steel strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Wanke, Herbert Boehm
  • Patent number: 8991286
    Abstract: Coupling mechanisms for engaging and releasing a tool attachment such as a socket from a drive element include an engaging element and an actuating element. The actuating element can include a collar or other manually-accessible part, and various features allow for a relatively small outside diameter for the collar or other part. These features include configuring the actuating element to contact the engaging element within the drive element, placing the biasing elements within the drive element, and forming guides for parts of the actuating element within the drive element. Also, the engaging element can move along a direction that is oriented at an oblique angle to the longitudinal axis of the drive element, in whole or in part. The engaging element can have a first part that moves obliquely in the drive element and a second part that moves radially in the drive element to engage the tool attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Joda Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Davidson, C. Robert Moon, Jana T. Charvat
  • Publication number: 20150070860
    Abstract: A lock pin assembly is provided. The lock pin assembly is structured to coupled a panel board device to a panel board. The panel board device includes a body defining a number of mounting passages. The lock pin assembly includes an elongated body, a first radial extension, and, in an exemplary embodiment, a biasing device. The lock pin body is rotatably disposed in the panel board device mounting passage. The lock pin body is moved between an unlocked, first radial position, wherein said first radial extension does not engage a panel board back plate mounting tab, and a locked, second radial position, wherein said first radial extension engages a panel board back plate mounting tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventor: MICHAEL JEROME WHIPPLE
  • Publication number: 20150071412
    Abstract: C-arm retention locks allowing users to secure and unsecure C-arm positioning devices of an X-ray machine, systems containing such locks, and methods of using such locks are described. The C-arm retention lock comprises a latch bail and a latching assembly. The latching assembly comprises a latch base having an ear and a generally flat engagement surface at an end of the latch base proximate the ear, a latch having an arm, the latch being pivotally connected to the latch base so the latch is rotatable between closed and open positions, and a tensioning device engaging the latch and latch base such that the tensioning device pulls the latch toward either of the closed or open positions. The latching assembly or latch bail is configured to be connected to a C-arm and the latching assembly retains the latch bail between the ear and the arm when the latch is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Matthew Simmons, David Ellis Barker, Krishnanand Prabhu Bailur, Allen Michael Collins
  • Patent number: 8961062
    Abstract: An inertial lockout mechanism is coupled to a latch mechanism, such that, during a collision event, the inertial lockout mechanism will move to an interference position such that the latch mechanism will be retained in a locked position as an inertial force is realized on the latch mechanism. Specifically tailored compression spring configurations ensure that the inertial lockout mechanism will move to the interference position before the latch mechanism can move to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Francis Raymond Gillis, Raymond Anthony Oldani, Bill Garrett Vernon
  • Patent number: 8944390
    Abstract: A connection mechanism is configured in particular for the connection of armrests to cosmetic tables or cosmetic chairs. The mechanism includes a base element (1). The base element (1) has a fastening section (1a) for fastening to a piece of furniture, in particular a piece of furniture for sitting or reclining. The base element also has a fastening element (2) configured for attachment to a part to be connected to the piece of furniture, in particular an armrest. The fastening element (2) is configured for a detachable connection to the fastening section (1a). The fastening section (1a) has a receiving device (1b) for receiving a region (2b) of the fastening element (2). A securing device (3) is provided that engages in the receiving device (1b) in the region (2b) of the fastening element (2) when said fastening element is received therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Soleni Classic GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Deerberg, Tom Orlitz
  • Patent number: 8919624
    Abstract: A system is described for hooking and unhooking a carrier bag with respect to the tank of a motorcycle. The system comprises a first group of components suitable to be fixed to the carrier bag and a second group of components suitable to be fixed to the tank. The first group of components comprises a flexible ring provided with a plurality of locking teeth elastically projecting inwards of such a flexible ring. The locking teeth are coupled with an annular flange of the second group of components to obtain the hooking of the carrier bag to the tank. On the flexible ring there is a hand-driven mechanism for the radial retraction of the locking teeth to generate a radial displacement of such locking teeth, allowing disengagement between the flexible ring and the annular flange and, hence, obtaining the disengagement of the carrier bag from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Givi S.R.L. Unipersonale
    Inventor: Giuseppe Visenzi
  • 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: 8807863
    Abstract: A securement device is provided for securing articles such as collapsed shipping racks together for maintaining their stability and alignment. The device includes a tether that is connectable between adjacent shipping racks to secure the racks together, and that provides a clear visual indication that the racks are secured. A securement device affixed to a collapsible shipping rack may further comprise a bracket member and upper and lower pin members coupled to the bracket member, with the tether having first and second opposite end portions and the first end portion of the tether being coupled to one of the upper and lower pin members, and the second end portion being releasably attachable to another securement device of another collapsible shipping rack adjacently stacked relative to the first collapsible shipping rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: TAL International Container Corp.
    Inventors: John Pearson, Michael Chilkotowsky, Lewis Vitalis
  • Patent number: 8794863
    Abstract: A connector for joining a plastic, elongated component and a threaded rod insertable into a borehole of the elongated component, which in turn is guided within a stationary bush, includes a locking element for locking the threaded rod in the borehole. The elongated component has a slot between the borehole and its outer surface. The locking element includes a two-arm lever configured within the slot and has a first end which has an engagement portion that can engage in locking manner the thread of the threaded rod, and a second end projecting outward beyond the slot when the engagement portion engages the thread. The lever's first end is prestressed toward the borehole and the lever is dimensioned in a manner that the second end pivots into the slot as the component is being pushed into the bush, as a result of which the engagement portion leaves the borehole, whereas the lever pivots back when the component has been slipped so far into the bush that the second lever end is released from the bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Hohmann, Markus Ferdinand, Albert Spongk
  • Patent number: 8715116
    Abstract: This disclosure primarily concerns sports goals. In an aspect, some of these sports goals are collapsible and/or portable. In some novel configurations, a sports goal might be collapsible into an easily carried configuration without any need to remove the net of the goal. In another configuration, a sports goal might have members that attach using a novel attachment mechanism that requires much less effort and frustration than conventional attachments. In yet another configuration, a sports goal might have a net that is secured to the goal frame with a novel reinforcement system that prevents the net from tearing away from the goal frame when struck with a high-velocity ball or puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: King's Court Leisure Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Guy Cerasoli
  • Patent number: 8708595
    Abstract: A panel member locking device includes a bracket affixed to a frame shell, a driving rod vertically movably set in the bracket, a locking rod connected to the driving rod and vertically movable by the driving rod into a through hole at a first panel member and an oblong locating hole at a second panel member and rotatable by the driving rod between a locking position to lock the first and second panel members to the frame shell and an unlocking position to unlock the first and second panel members from the frame shell, a guide tube axially movably set in the bracket to guide the driving rod to move axially and rotate relative to the bracket, a spring member to impart an upward pressure to the guide tube, and a constraint member coupled between the driving rod and the bracket to limit the rotation angle of the driving rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hanwit Precision Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Chih Tseng
  • Patent number: 8705250
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism includes a casing, a bracket structure, and a fixing rod. The bracket structure is disposed at a side of the casing corresponding to an interface card and has a positioning member and a pivot member. The fixing rod is movably disposed on the bracket structure and includes a clamping portion, a hook portion, and a torsion-spring portion. The clamping portion is used for clamping an end of a bending board of the interface card cooperatively with the bracket structure. The hook portion is connected to a first end of the clamping portion for hooking the positioning member when the clamping portion moves to a fixing position. The torsion-spring portion is connected to a second end of the clamping portion and pivotally connected to the pivot member for driving the clamping portion to a releasing position to separate the clamping portion from the end of the bending board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chia-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 8702340
    Abstract: An integrated locking device that includes both a linear locking mechanism and a rotary locking mechanism. The locking device includes a housing where the linear locking mechanism and the rotary locking mechanism are mounted to different sides of the housing so as to reduce the height of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Andrew L. Bartos
  • Patent number: 8677727
    Abstract: Locking devices as well as methods of their manufacture and use are disclosed. One locking device includes first and second legs operatively coupled together to form a perimeter substantially uninterrupted from a proximal end of the first leg to a proximal end of the second leg. The proximal ends are separated by an opening, and each proximal end respectively defines a passage. A keyway extends from the first leg passage, and first and second shoulders are adjacent the keyway. A receiving area extends from the second leg passage. A locking pin passes through the second leg passage and is movable between an open position, a closed position, and an intermediate position. The locking pin has a key and a stop that prevent the locking pin from passing entirely through the second leg passage. A biasing member biases the locking pin in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Terry K. Robins
  • Patent number: 8671799
    Abstract: A quick release device for a pedal includes a spindle, a connecting unit connected to the spindle, and a quick release mechanism connected to the connecting unit. The spindle has a protrusion extending from one end thereof and an annular groove defined in an outer peripheral thereof. The connecting unit has a receiving hole defined therein, a guiding hole defined in a lateral thereof and communicated with the receiving hole, and a retaining hole defined therein and communicated with the receiving hole. The quick release mechanism includes a rod partially received in the guiding hole and a spring biased against the rod toward the receiving hole. In assembly the protrusion engages with the retaining hole and the rod engages with the annular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Chung-l Chen
  • Publication number: 20140063704
    Abstract: A slide for a modular rail-mounted device where the rail mounted device is embodied for use in a bus bar network. The slide is used for locking the rail-mounted device on an attachment rail, wherein the slide has an attachment device for captive attachment of the slide to the rail-mounted device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: MICHAEL NEUMEIER, TOBIAS STURM, CHRISTOPH WEBER
  • Patent number: 8657317
    Abstract: A quick-release fixing structure for a fender of a bicycle is provided with a mounting member fixed to the front fork, an engaging member fixed on the fender, and a U-shaped control member. The mounting member is formed with an elastic piece, a receiving cavity, and two penetrating holes which have two cutting grooves in communication with the receiving cavity and the penetrating holes. The engaging member is received in the receiving cavity of the mounting member and formed with two arc-shaped cutting grooves for mating with the arc-shaped cutting grooves of the mounting member. The control member is inserted in the penetrating holes and formed with two arc-shaped grooves. The quick-release fixing structure is capable of assembling the fender onto the front fork of bicycle or disassembling it therefrom by a simple pressing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sunny Wheel Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guo-Jhong Syu
  • 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: 8634203
    Abstract: A latch assembly for securing two boards together includes a male section and a female section. The male section includes a base to be fixed to one board, a tab protruding from a first side surface of the base. The tab includes at least one latching portion protruding therefrom. The female section includes a support block fixed to the other one board and defining a chamber, a movable block slidably retained within the chamber of the support block, and the at least one elastic member is retained within the chamber. The movable block includes a stop portion capable of latching with the at least one latching portion when the movable block is retained in a securing position by the tab. The at least one elastic member applies a push force to the movable block to movably retain the movable block in the normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-An Yu, Yan-Hao Li, Xing Xia, Xiao-Ming Zhu
  • Patent number: 8622646
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a frame defining a slot and a first through hole, a slot cover moveably received in the slot, a latching member rotateably connected to the frame, and a torsion spring. The latching member includes a first arm and a second arm protruding therefrom and extending in opposite directions. When the latching member is at a locking position, the first arm faces the first through hole, and the second arm engages an elastic hook to retain the cover in the slot. The spring includes a first arm fixed to the first arm and a second arm fixed to the frame. The latching member is driven to rotate when the first arm is pushed by an elongated object passing through the first through hole, causing the second arm push the elastic hook to be deformed, thereby allowing the second arm to disengage from the elastic hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tong-You Quan, Qing Dai, Kun-Chih Hsieh, Chia-Min Wang
  • Patent number: 8613564
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Busch
  • Patent number: 8602676
    Abstract: A compact quick coupling apparatus has a wedge movable between closed and open positions. A wedge spring extends in the opening direction from the wedge and urges the wedge in the closing direction. A latch spring urges a safety latch to a latched position to prevent the wedge from moving. A single acting hydraulic cylinder extends through the wedge and extends in the opening direction from the wedge. As the hydraulic cylinder extends it first moves the safety latch to the unlatched position, and then moves the wedge in the opening direction. When pressurized fluid is released from the hydraulic cylinder, it retracts and the wedge moves in the closing in response to the wedge spring until the wedge reaches the closed position, and then the hydraulic cylinder further retracts in response to the latch spring and the safety latch moves to the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Brandt Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Randal D. Stollery
  • Patent number: 8596901
    Abstract: A universal attachment device for attaching accessories to machinery featuring a center bar having a beveled first end; a base platform attached to the second end of the center bar, the base platform being generally perpendicular to the center bar; side braces disposed on each the first side of the center bar, the second side of the center bar, and the top side of the center bar, the braces are also attached to the front surface of the base platform; a generally hollow and generally trapezoidal attachment sleeve for removably attaching to the center bar via an attachment means, wherein a first slot is disposed in the back adapted to receive the first end of the center bar; brace platforms disposed on the back surface of the base platform near the first and second sides; and one or more lug components disposed on the front surface of the base platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Howard C. Popp
  • Patent number: 8585315
    Abstract: A first connecting element is used in combination with a second connecting element and comprises mounting equipment for mounting the first connecting element in an environment, a base body, two opposite hook members, each provided with a hook edge for engagement behind two respective directly opposed second hook edges forming part of the second connecting element, which two hook edges are positioned directly opposite each other, facing away from each other. The hook members are movable towards each other against a first spring force and, on account of the first spring force, away from each other between a connecting position and a disconnecting position. The connecting element further comprises a stop surface for abutment, in the connecting position, under a second spring force against a second stop surface which forms part of the second connecting element and which is directed towards the second hook edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Vogel's Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Ewald Van Kuijk, Suzanne Danielle Landwehr Johan
  • Patent number: 8568056
    Abstract: A system is provided for the force decay triggered release of a device, the system comprising: a base; a plurality of retention rods extending from the base; a rotationally movable actuator, to which a linear force is configured to be applied, converting the linear force to a rotational force; a plurality of retention pins, the retention pins being coupled to the actuator, and each the pin being removably disposed within a retention rod of the plurality of retention rods, such that a rotation of the actuator withdraw each the pin from respective the rod; a force triggered detent, the detent allowing the rotation of the actuator when the rotational force exceeds a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Miller, Jr., Edward A. Gormley