By Separate Spring Patents (Class 403/327)
  • Patent number: 10316488
    Abstract: A universal backhoe bucket coupler for a work machine includes a first pair of apertures positioned to be spanned by the mounting flanges of a first style bucket having mounting holes for receiving at least one front mounting pin, a second pair of apertures positioned to be spanned by the mounting flanges of a second style bucket having mounting holes for receiving at least one front mounting pin. A pair of like pivotal spacers is disposed laterally intermediate corresponding outer and inner side portions of the coupler and are pivotable between stowed positions and deployed positions aligned with the first pair of apertures for minimizing lateral bucket motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Vikram Nair, David J. Sanning
  • Patent number: 10293960
    Abstract: A rigidizing latch assembly comprises a robotically compatible aerospace attachment mechanism which comprises a male latch and a receptacle configured to cooperatively couple. The male latch comprises a male latch housing and a latch assembly movably disposed within the male latch housing; a driver operatively in communication with a latch support; a male latch core; a driver interface access port; and one or more extraction feet operatively in communication with the driver. The receptacle comprises a receptacle housing sized to receive a lower portion of the male latch housing; a positioning target adapted to provide a visual positioning targeting cue; and one or more latch interfaces dimensioned to releasably mate with a corresponding lead-in guide of the plurality of lead-in guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Eugene Shafer, William Claude Robertson
  • Patent number: 10202996
    Abstract: Panels are shown which are provided with a mechanical locking system allowing perpendicular connection with a snap action. A set of panels including a first and a second panel, an edge of the second panel is insertable into a groove of the first panel, when the panels are arranged essential perpendicular to each other, to obtain a mechanical connection between the first and the second panel, when the second panel is displaced essentially perpendicularly to the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Niclas Håkansson, Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 9901887
    Abstract: An automated template bead preparation system is provided and includes a membrane-based emulsion generation subsystems, a thermal plate and subsystem, and a continuous centrifugation emulsion breaking and templated bead collection subsystem. The emulsion generation subsystem provides uniformity in the preparation of an inverse emulsion and may be used to create large or small volume inverse emulsions rapidly and reproducibly. An emulsion-generating device is provided that can supply a continuous stream of an inverse emulsion to a thermal subsystem, in automated fashion. The thermal subsystem can treat an inverse emulsion passed therethrough. The continuous centrifugation subsystem can continuously break a thermally cycled inverse emulsion and collect template beads formed in the aqueous microreactor droplets of the inverse emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Schultz, John Nobile, Brian Reed, Prasanna Thwar, Todd Roswech, John Andrew Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9718067
    Abstract: A centrifuge drive head for releasably connecting a driving system to a rotor of a centrifuge. The centrifuge drive head comprises a base body mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation (R) and at least a first and a second coupling element, mounted on the base body for swinging outwardly about a swivel axis. The first and second coupling elements differ from each other in at least one of outer shape, mass, material and/or mounting height on the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventors: Norman Ballhause, Sebastian Henne
  • Patent number: 9538842
    Abstract: Panels are shown which are provided with a mechanical locking system allowing perpendicular connection with a snap action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Niclas Håkansson, Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 9452436
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drive head for detachable connection of a drive with a rotor of a centrifuge, comprising a base body, which is rotatable about an axis of rotation (R) and at least two coupling elements, which are mounted on the base body so as to be able to swivel out to the outside about a respective swivel axis. The swivel axes are tilted at an angle (?) with respect to the axis of rotation (R), and the coupling elements have a resting surface at their swiveling end, which extends perpendicularly to the axis of rotation (R). The present invention further relates to a kit comprising the drive head and a centrifuge comprising the drive head or the kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventor: Norman Ballhause
  • Patent number: 9435427
    Abstract: In the present invention, an operation knob is provided with a knob outer section that forms an outer shell, and a knob inner section into which one edge of a lever section is inserted. The knob inner section has a claw section that allows insertion when the lever section is inserted, and once the lever section has been inserted, hooks the lever section towards the inner side of the knob inner section. A groove section is formed in the lever section and extends in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction of the lever section. The knob outer section is made up of two parts, which are an outer casing and a knob cover. The knob cover is provided with protruding sections, which protrude towards the outer casing and fit into the groove section when the lever section is attached to the knob inner section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Atsumitec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Kunihiro Koike, Satoshi Hattori, Shuji Muraki
  • Patent number: 9389644
    Abstract: A docking apparatus usable with a portable electronic device includes a locking member configured to be moved between a first position in which the portable electronic device docked to the docking apparatus is locked and a second position in which the locking of the portable electronic device is released, a locking member driving unit configured to drive the locking member, and a controller configured to control the locking member driving unit so that, if an unlocking condition is satisfied in a state in which the portable electronic device is docked to the docking apparatus, the locking member is moved from the first position to the second position and then the locking member is maintained in the second position for at least a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hae-soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9382621
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an electrically symmetrical ground or return path for electrical current between two electrodes is described. The apparatus includes at least on radio frequency (RF) device coupled to one of the electrodes and between a sidewall and/or a bottom of a processing chamber. The method includes moving one electrode relative to another and realizing a ground return path based on the position of the displaced electrode using one or both of a RF device coupled to a sidewall and the electrode, a RF device coupled to a bottom of the chamber and the electrode, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Soo Young Choi, Robin L. Tiner, Shinichi Kurita, John M. White, Carl A. Sorensen, Jeffrey A. Kho, Suhail Anwar, Makoto Inagawa, Gaku Furuta
  • Patent number: 9339824
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drive head for detachable connection of a drive with a rotor of a centrifuge, comprising: a base body which is rotatable about an axis of rotation (R) and at least one coupling element, which is mounted on the base body such that it is movable between a release position (F) and a locking position (V), the coupling element protruding further beyond the outer circumference of the base body in the locking position (V) than in the release position (F). The coupling element is arranged so as to be linearly movable between the release position (F) and the locking position (V) in such a way that a plane (E), along which the coupling element is movable, is inclined relative to a sectional plane (S) extending perpendicularly to the axis of rotation (R), the coupling element having a resting surface in its outer end region, which runs parallel to the sectional plane (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventor: Sebastian Henne
  • Publication number: 20150139722
    Abstract: A socket attachment structure for attaching a socket to a substrate, the socket including a plurality of contact probes that respectively contact the substrate and a contacted body at both longitudinal direction ends thereof, a probe holder that accommodates and holds therein the plurality of contact probes according to a predetermined pattern, and a holder member provided around the probe holder, includes: a plurality of support members that extend out from a principal plane of the substrate and are respectively inserted through insertion holes provided in the holder member; and a spring member that is attached to the plurality of support members in a state of biasing the holder member placed on the substrate towards the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Yamada, Kohei Hironaka, Yusman Sugianto, Chee Ping B. Loh, Choon Joo S. Yeow, Teck H. Wong, Xiaojun T. Wang
  • Patent number: 9036335
    Abstract: A lock mechanism includes a base, a constraining component, a recovering component, a bridging component and an actuating component. The constraining component contacts against a fix portion of an electronic component to constrain its movement. The recovering component includes a bar, a first inclined structure and a second inclined structure. The bar includes a first end and a second end. The first inclined structure is disposed on the first end to push the fix portion, and the second inclined structure is disposed on the second end. Two ends of the bridging component respectively connect to the constraining component and the actuating component. The actuating component movably pierces through a hole on the base to separate the constraining component from the fix portion via the bridging component, and the actuating component further pushes the second inclined structure, so as to drive the first inclined structure to outwardly move the fix portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Jyun-Shuo Liang, Hung-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 9027182
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional table for patient transportation, including: a patient supporter which supports a patient laid thereon and allows the patient to be horizontally slidably transported, with its both sides being changed in their angle with respect to a vertical axis of the patient; a support frame which is located in the central bottom of the patient supporter and allows the patient supporter to be vertically moved; a base frame which is connected to the bottom of the support frame and supports the whole of functional table; and at least three transporting wheels which are connected to the base frame and allow the functional table to be freely moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Keimyung University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Moo Seong Cho, Jae Young Bae
  • Publication number: 20150113748
    Abstract: Quick release mechanisms for auger type cleanout tools are described. The mechanisms enable engagement and disengagement of a handle to an auger without the use of separate retainers or fasteners. Also described are auger type tools and related methods of use utilizing the quick release mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. Rutkowski, Jon R. Dunkin
  • Patent number: 9004805
    Abstract: A progressive release or multi-point engagement device according to aspect of the present disclosure includes a first component and a second component connected to the first component with mounted coil spring. The first component is movable relative to the second component and latch by moving the canted coil spring to a second common groove. Alternatively, a second spring is used to move the second component and relative to a third component. When a second engagement position is desired, a relatively higher a force may be necessary to move the relevant component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BAL Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Changsrivong, Hugh Cook
  • Publication number: 20150078814
    Abstract: The invention concerns a quick connection and/or fastening system suited to mutually connect and disconnect a first and a second element, said system comprising a first and a second component that are suited to be rigidly fixed to said first and said second element, respectively, said first component and said second component being also suited to be mutually connected and disconnected in such a way as to alternatively allow said first and said second element to be mutually connected and disconnected, said second component being suited to house an end portion of said first component in such a way as to allow its translation inside said second component, said second component comprising also counteracting means suited to counteract the translation of said end portion of said first component towards the outside of said second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Giancarlo Brun
  • Publication number: 20150078813
    Abstract: Fixing apparatus include a pressing cover, a base facing to the pressing cover, a movable arm coupled between the pressing cover and the base, a chassis, an elastic element located between the pressing cover and the base, and a positioning shaft extending through the chassis, the base, and the elastic element to insert to the pressing cover. The positioning shaft forms a supporting portion away from the pressing cover. The chassis defines a first slot. When the chassis moves towards the pressing cover, the movable arm is pressed to open outwardly, the elastic element is compressed to press the chassis away from the pressing cover, the positioning portion moves towards the first slot until locks in the first slot. The fixing apparatus can press the device to the plank to fix the device on the plank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIA-SHIH LIN
  • Publication number: 20150063905
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a locating seat for engaging with a first workpiece; a fastening member including sequentially connected stop unit, shank unit and fastening unit, and the fastening unit being configured for fastening to a second workpiece; a reciprocation actuator movably disposed on the locating seat with the shank unit extended through and movably located in the reciprocation actuator and the locating seat, the stop unit abutted on a top of the reciprocation actuator, and the fastening unit movable in a reciprocating motion between an inner side and an outer side the locating seat or outside the locating seat; and an elastic element having an end pressed against the locating seat and another end pressed against the fastening member. With the reciprocation actuator, the fastening member does not shake easily and the fastening unit can be conveniently moved in a reciprocating motion inside and outside the locating seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: TING-JUI WANG
  • Publication number: 20150063904
    Abstract: A wear plate assembly for mounting on a substrate to be protected includes a support plate having a first surface and an opposing second surface and a wear plate having a wear surface and an opposing attachment surface affixed to the first surface of the support plate, wherein the wear surface is a continuous, uninterrupted surface. The assembly also includes a shaft having a base portion attached to the second surface of the support plate, a head portion distal from the base portion and a groove formed between the base portion and the head portion. The assembly also includes a retainer spring adapted to be received in the groove on the shaft, wherein the retainer spring includes a plurality of compressible tabs configured for cooperating with the substrate to releasably attach the wear plate assembly to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Kennametal Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel J. Yacobucci, Paul A. Bookhamer
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150050077
    Abstract: A quick release device including a support base having a first lodging member and a holding module having a second lodging member is provided. The first lodging member includes a bottom wall, a side wall and a first retaining unit. A containing space is jointly defined by the bottom and side wall. The first retaining unit protrudes from the side wall and has an inner surface and two side surfaces. The second lodging member includes a body, a second retaining unit, an elastic unit linked to the second retaining unit, and an external rib protruding from the body. When the second retaining unit retracts into the body, the second lodging member is adapted to move into or out of the containing space. When the protruding second lodging member is in the containing space, the protruding second retaining unit is blocked by the inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-Hsien Huang
  • Publication number: 20150050078
    Abstract: A non-explosive tension release actuation device includes an initiator system and a housing base attached to the initiator system. The device also includes a carriage assembly positioned at least partially within the housing base. The carriage assembly includes a carriage unit, a first jaw, a second jaw, a first rocker arm, and a second rocker arm. The first rocker arm and the second rocker arm are attached to the carriage unit and to the initiator system. The device further includes a load attachment unit positioned at least partially within the carriage unit and between the first jaw and the second jaw. The first jaw and the second jaw are configured to swing away from the load attachment unit in response to a downward motion of the carriage unit relative to the housing base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick John Laughlin
  • Publication number: 20150016878
    Abstract: A quick connect system for a vehicle steering wheel system includes a sleeve concentrically received around a steering shaft of the vehicle and a hub concentrically received around and releasably secured to the sleeve by at least one fastener. Mating non-rotary interfaces are provided between the shaft and sleeve and the hub and the sleeve when the shaft, sleeve and hub are concentrically arranged relative to one another. The hub is releasably secured to by a plurality of fasteners to a rotatable output member of an auto-steer motor of the steering wheel system to permit steering wheel systems that include auto-steer motors to be installed on the steering shafts of vehicles not originally equipped with auto-steer motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: John D. Isaacson
  • Patent number: 8931973
    Abstract: An accessory part to be connected to an operating table has a connecting element (12, 16) and a component part of the operating table has a receiving area (14) for receiving at least an area of the connecting element (12, 16). An engagement element (22, 24) projects laterally from the connecting element (12, 16). The receiving area (14) has at least one guideway (18, 20) with which the engagement element (22, 24) engages during insertion of at least an area of the connecting element (12, 16) into the receiving area (14). When deformed, an elastically deformable element (52) exerts a force on the engagement element (22, 24). By the force exerted on the engagement element (22, 24) and by the course of the guideway (18, 20) a force (FA) is exerted in the direction of insertion (P2) on the connecting element (12, 16) when the accessory part and the operating table are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan Donat Olszewski
  • Publication number: 20140359921
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved sports helmet including a quick release connector assembly for the faceguard that allows for rapid disconnection of the faceguard from the helmet shell. The connector includes a bracket, and a coupler mechanism featuring an elongated pin, a head component, a spring, a retractable engaging element and a washer. The connector assembly is moveable between a use position, wherein the faceguard is secured to the shell by the bracket and the coupler mechanism, and a released position wherein the bracket and the faceguard are disconnected from the shell. An inwardly directed actuation force that lacks a rotational component is applied to the elongated pin to move from the use position to the released position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Thad M. IDE, Nelson KRAEMER, Ralph J. INFUSIO, Vittorio BOLOGNA
  • Publication number: 20140353994
    Abstract: A latching apparatus for sequentially latching and unlatching two objects is provided. The latching apparatus includes a cylinder attached to the first object and including a first opening, and a second opening laterally disposed to the first opening, a spring loaded piston including a circumferential wall disposed in the first opening, a shank axially extending from the piston and defining a transverse latch pin at an end thereof, and a spring loaded plunger disposed within the second opening. The wall defines a contiguous cam-groove thereon. The cam-groove includes alternating upper and lower nodal points with straight and inclined segments therebetween. The plunger slidably engages the cam-groove to co-operatively execute one or more of a translation, and a rotation of the shank such that the latch pin rotatably extends or retracts into or out of the slotted opening on the locking plate of the second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Rajarajan Seshachalam, Srinivasan Govindaraj
  • Publication number: 20140328617
    Abstract: A component mounter mounting head holding device for detachably holding a mounting head to a head holding section of a component mounter, including: a pin to be engaged provided on a connection section for a head holding section of the mounting head; an engaging member provided on the head holding section that moves between an engagement position for holding the mounting head in which the engaging member is engaged with the pin and a release position in which the engaging member is separated from the pin; and an air cylinder provided on the head holding section that is a power source for moving the engaging member between the engagement position and the release position. When attaching/detaching the mounting head to/from the head holding section, the head holding section is rotated to a position in which the engaging member can pass by the side of the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoru Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20140328616
    Abstract: A spring lock includes a sinusoidal spring that has one or more crests and troughs formed along a length of the sinusodial spring, the length extending along a sliding axis, the one or more crests and troughs forming a sinusoidal spring profile. The spring lock further includes a lock bar that has a track extending along the sliding axis, the track being configured to hold the sinusodial spring and allow the sinusoidal spring to move along the sliding axis, the track further including one or more depressions and plateaus with the depressions and plateaus forming a lock bar profile, wherein the spring lock is locked when the sinusoidal spring profile and the lock bar profile are out-of-phase and the spring lock is unlocked when the sinusoidal spring profile and the lock bar profile are in-phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Utah State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Morgan E. Davidson, Mike S. Watson
  • Publication number: 20140294492
    Abstract: A frame connector assembly is configured to releasably, rigidly, and safely join large frame members to one another to form temporary structures. A connector assembly typically comprises a housing, a hoop element, a first cam block, a second cam clock and a rotatable actuator adapted to be engaged by a torquing tool. The housing is secured within the first frame member. Rotation of the actuator causes the threadedly-engaged second cam element to force movement of the first cam element in a direction opposing a spring bias. The hoop element is resultingly pulled toward the housing, along with a cleat or other detent element which is affixed to the second frame member. The housing can be manufactured inexpensively by way of extrusion. The frame connector assembly is adaptable to facilitate rapid construction and disassembly of various frame joint configurations, including end-to-face joints, and mitered 90-degree joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MOSS HOLDING COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert Frey
  • Publication number: 20140294493
    Abstract: A photovoltaic panel mounting clip is disclosed. The mounting clip bonds the panel to a beam or the like structure, both mechanically and electrically. It provides secure locking of the panel in all directions, while providing guidance in all direction for accurate installation of the panel to a mounting structure. The disclosed invention enables easy installation of the panels without excessive use of time, tools, or cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Georgia Techn Research Corporation
    Inventors: Andrés Cavieres, Tristan Al-Haddad, Joseph Goodman
  • Publication number: 20140270928
    Abstract: A pin release mechanism which includes a release pin, a bias spring, a spring guide, a moveable ball retainer and a solenoid assembly. The release pin is axially movable from a first to a second position. The bias spring is connected to the release pin and exerts a force biasing the release pin towards the second position. The spring guide receives the bias spring interacts with ball bearings. The moveable ball retainer is connected to the bias spring and has a locked position in which ball bearings radially interfere with the movement of the release pin and prevents movement of the release pin from the first to the second position by engaging the release pin, and an unlocked position in which the ball bearings may move radially, disengaging the release pin, and engaging the ball retainer, to allow the release pin to move from the first towards the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: G.W. Lisk Company, Inc.
    Inventors: George F. Howard, Michael T. Levis
  • Publication number: 20140241792
    Abstract: A carrier plate including mounting tabs. A cover including attachment sockets releasably engaging the mounting tabs. A spring clip carried in each of the attachment sockets releasably engaging the mounting tabs. A bezel extending around the carrier plate including a bezel lip extending along select portions of the bezel, and a cover lip receiving slot disposed along select portions of the bezel not including the bezel lip. A cover lip included on the cover extending along select portions of a perimeter edge of the cover, and a bezel lip receiving slot extending along select portions of the perimeter edge not including the cover lip. The cover lip is received into the cover lip receiving slot and the bezel lip is received into the bezel lip receiving slot for mounting the cover to the carrier plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: LANG-MEKRA NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Enz, Emmanuel Courbon, Mathieu lhoste-Clos
  • Publication number: 20140243800
    Abstract: A loader for facilitating in vivo attachment and detachment of an end effector to an instrument shaft comprises an elongate shaft having a distal end and a proximal end. A loader tube is connected to the distal end of the elongate shaft, the loader tube comprising a distal opening. A collet is positioned in the loader tube, the collet being adapted and sized to receive and engage the end effector inserted through the distal opening. The collet has a locked position relative the loader tube and an unlocked position relative the loader tube. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft and is operative to select between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Shailendra K. Parihar
  • Publication number: 20140219713
    Abstract: Coil springs with a plurality of interconnected coils each being defined by a wire path that results in a coil cross section that, when viewed along the coil axis, has at least two differentiated spaces each confined by the wire. Assemblies using such coil springs are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Balsells, Richard Dawson
  • Publication number: 20140212167
    Abstract: A connection mechanism includes a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable around a rotation shaft, an urging unit configured to urge the rotation arm, and an engagement pin provided on the rotation arm; and a connected portion having an engagement groove formed in a tapered shape in an urging direction of the urging unit so as to allow entering of the engagement pin and holding of the engagement pin by the urging force of the urging unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Agata
  • Publication number: 20140205371
    Abstract: A modular rail adapter that automates latching an adapter to a DIN rail without the need for users to manually latch adapter to a rail. Users simply snap the adapter to the DIN rail in one, continuous movement using a built-in, self-latching catch mechanism. The present adapter eliminates, or greatly reduces the adapter clearance gap to enable a simple, safe, cost effective and user-friendly snap-on mechanism that doesn't require users to remember to latch the accessory being attached to a DIN rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Bally
  • Publication number: 20140202758
    Abstract: An adjustment device to accommodate different wall thicknesses for use with a junction box having a front face with an opening therein comprises an assembly and a sleeve. The assembly comprises a plate, a collar extending forwardly from the front face of the plate, and a releasable retainer supported by the collar. The sleeve is slidably mounted in the collar and is retained therein in a selected position by the retainer, which can be a rotatable cam. The cam can be a spring biased to a locking position for locking the sleeve in the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher M. Lolachi
  • Publication number: 20140191555
    Abstract: A mounting system for a headrest comprising at least one shaft, the system comprising a housing adapted to enclose the shaft with a radial clearance, a moving carriage capable of being moved between a blocking position and an unblocking position, and a jaw movable between an immobilization position and a release position. The jaw is adapted to apply, when it is in the immobilization position, a clamping force to the shaft in a clamping direction perpendicular to the vertical direction, so that the shaft is supported on the housing. The moving carriage comprises at least one drive slot in which a slug from the jaw is able to move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jacques Robert, Philippe Pedronno, Patrick Plaut
  • Publication number: 20140186106
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a slide rail to either a first bracket or a second bracket includes a retaining member, a first locking member pivotably attached to the retaining member, and a second locking member pivotably attached to the first locking member. The retaining member includes a sidewall forming a positioning pole. The positioning pole includes a first positioning portion and a second positioning portion. When mounting the slide rail to the first bracket, the first positioning portion engages in a through hole of the first bracket, a first abutting portion abuts against the first bracket. When mounting the slide rail to the second bracket, the second positioning portion engages in a through hole of the second bracket, a second abutting portion and the first abutting portion engage with the second bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: GUANG-HUA GU, WEN-FENG HU, WU-QIANG HUANG
  • Publication number: 20140166826
    Abstract: A latching mechanism includes a base, a sliding member, a rotary member, and an elastic member. The sliding member can be moved down and up along the base, and includes a first limiting element and a second limiting element. The rotary member is pivotally secured to the base, and includes a first resisting element and a second resisting element. The elastic member is pivotally secured to the base. The elastic member can cause the rotary member to rotate toward different directions. When the rotary member is rotated to cause the first resisting element to be engaged with a bottom of the first limiting element, the latching mechanism is in a locked state. The second limiting element can resist the second resisting element to cause the rotary member to rotate until the first resisting element contacts the first limiting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WEN-TAO LIAO, HAN FENG
  • Publication number: 20140169866
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement of a sensor element, in particular a camera, on a fastening element of a motor vehicle involves holding the sensor element on a holding element of the fastening element by means of a force generated by a spring region of a spring element and orientated in one direction. The spring element has a second spring region connected at least indirectly to the first spring region and running at angle to the first spring region, which the sensor element adjoins in a second direction that runs at an angle to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Emil Bruss, Andre Flemming, Martin Krug, Ulf Ritschel, Axel Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140161514
    Abstract: A spring latching connector includes a housing having a bore therethrough, a piston slidably received in said bore, a circular groove formed in one of said bore and piston and a circular coil spring disposed in said groove for latching said piston and housing together. The groove is sized and shaped for controlling, in combination with a spring configuration, disconnect and connect forces of the spring latching connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 8717753
    Abstract: A latching device for latching a storage device module into a storage chassis is provided. The latching device includes a latch member having a latching end and a spring end opposite the latching end, the latch member slidingly disposed within a front bezel of the storage device module and being movable between a latching position and a releasing position. The latching device also includes a latch spring between a bearing surface of the front bezel and the spring end of the latch member. The latch spring is in increased compression when the latch member transitions from the latching position to the releasing position, and the latch spring is in decreased compression when the latch member transitions from the releasing position to the latching position. The latching end extends through a latch hole in a side member of the storage chassis for locking the storage device module in the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Dot Hill Systems Corporation
    Inventors: David Michael Keffeler, Andrew Rudolph Heyd
  • Publication number: 20140119819
    Abstract: A progressive release or multi-point engagement device according to aspect of the present disclosure includes a first component and a second component connected to the first component with a canted coil spring. The first component is movable relative to the second component and latch by moving the canted coil spring to a second common groove. Alternatively, a second spring is used to move the second component and relative to a third component. When a second engagement position is desired, a relatively higher a force may be necessary to move the relevant component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Changsrivong, Hugh Cook
  • Publication number: 20140112713
    Abstract: A mechanism for coupling a first structure to a second structure may include a first member and a second member. The first member may include first and second end portions, and the first end portion of the first member may be coupled to the first structure. The second end portion of the first member may include an opening to a cavity extending between the first and the second end portions. The second end portion of the first member may include an engagement member that protrudes into the cavity. The second member also may include a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the second member may be received into the cavity. The second end portion of the second member may include an engagement structure that cooperates with the engagement member to prevent the movement of the first structure relative to the second structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. DAVIS
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140105676
    Abstract: A latching device for latching a storage device module into a storage chassis is provided. The latching device includes a latch member having a latching end and a spring end opposite the latching end, the latch member slidingly disposed within a front bezel of the storage device module and being movable between a latching position and a releasing position. The latching device also includes a latch spring between a bearing surface of the front bezel and the spring end of the latch member. The latch spring is in increased compression when the latch member transitions from the latching position to the releasing position, and the latch spring is in decreased compression when the latch member transitions from the releasing position to the latching position. The latching end extends through a latch hole in a side member of the storage chassis for locking the storage device module in the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Michael Keffeler, Andrew Rudolph Heyd
  • Publication number: 20140105677
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel way of attaching two elements together to preclude free play between these elements. The invention finds specific application in securing a shift knob to a shift lever as well as securing a steering wheel to a steering shaft. The invention is applicable to many other product combinations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Byron Spencer
  • Publication number: 20140093312
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a latch body and a plurality of locking mechanisms. The latch body has a plurality of channels that extend through the latch body. The plurality of locking mechanisms is housed within the latch body. A locking mechanism in the plurality of locking mechanisms comprises a plate and a spring mechanism. The plate has an opening positioned relative to a corresponding channel in the plurality of channels. The spring mechanism is configured to hold the plate in a locked position within the latch body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Phillip E. Pacini, Russell J. Branham