Leaf Spring Patents (Class 403/329)
  • Patent number: 11133620
    Abstract: A female terminal includes a housing main body, a sealing member mounted to the fitting protrusion of the housing main body and sealing between the fitting protrusion and the fitted hood portion of a male housing, and a lock arm including a cantilever-shaped elastic arm portion extending from an outer peripheral surface of the housing main body to a fitting side with the male housing and having a locking portion engaged with and/or disengaged from a locking protrusion formed on the male housing. A protective wall integrally provided at a base of the elastic arm portion is formed on an outer surface of the housing main body, and is provided over the housing main body at a position in the housing main body facing a gap between the hood portion and the housing main body when the fitting protrusion of the housing main body is fitted to the hood portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ishikawa, Ryosuke Ohfuku
  • Patent number: 11079717
    Abstract: A coupling member drum unit for a cartridge includes a cylindrical photosensitive drum having an axis L1 and a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum. The coupling member includes a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, with a part of the drum flange being positioned inside of the photosensitive drum, and a connecting part operatively connected to the drum flange. The connecting part includes a cap positioned adjacent to the drum flange, an arm portion extending from the cap in a direction of the axis L1, and a projection projecting from the arm portion in a direction perpendicular to the axis L1, with the projection being movable between a first position and a second position, and with an end of the projection being closer to the axis L1 in the first position than in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Uesugi, Makoto Hayashida, Koji Yamaguchi, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 11061367
    Abstract: A drum unit for a cartridge includes a cylindrical photosensitive drum having an axis L1, and a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum. The coupling member includes a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum with a part of the drum flange being positioned inside of the photosensitive drum. The drum unit also includes a connecting part operatively connected to the drum flange, with the connecting part including a cap positioned adjacent to the drum flange, an arm portion extending from the cap in a direction of the axis L1, and a projection projecting from the arm portion in a direction perpendicular to the axis L1. The arm and the projection are movable relative to the drum flange and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Uesugi, Makoto Hayashida, Koji Yamaguchi, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 11042118
    Abstract: A coupling member drum unit for a cartridge includes a cylindrical photosensitive drum having an axis L1 and a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum. The coupling member includes a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, with a part of the drum flange being positioned inside of the photosensitive drum, and a connecting part operatively connected to the drum flange. The connecting part includes a cap positioned adjacent to the drum flange, an arm portion extending from the cap in a direction of the axis L1, and a projection projecting from the arm portion in a direction perpendicular to the axis L1, with the projection being movable between a first position and a second position, and with an end of the projection being closer to the axis L1 in the first position than in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Uesugi, Makoto Hayashida, Koji Yamaguchi, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 11029644
    Abstract: A drum unit for a cartridge includes a cylindrical photosensitive drum having an axis L1, and a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum. The coupling member includes a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum with a part of the drum flange being positioned inside of the photosensitive drum. The drum unit also includes a connecting part operatively connected to the drum flange, with the connecting part including a cap positioned adjacent to the drum flange, an arm portion extending from the cap in a direction of the axis L1, and a projection projecting from the arm portion in a direction perpendicular to the axis L1. The arm and the projection are movable relative to the drum flange and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Uesugi, Makoto Hayashida, Koji Yamaguchi, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 10982814
    Abstract: Provided is a handle assembly for a cylinder. The handle assembly includes a shroud configured to attach to a collar of the cylinder to surround a valve port of the cylinder, the shroud having a first plurality of circumferentially spaced deflectable fingers extending downward in a first direction, and a second plurality of circumferentially spaced deflectable fingers extending upward in a second direction, and a handle configured to attach to the shroud, the handle having a body configured to surround and abut the shroud, and a first plurality of circumferentially spaced openings extending through the body. The first plurality of circumferentially spaced deflectable fingers are deflectable to engage respective openings in the collar to attach the shroud to the collar, and the second plurality of circumferentially spaced deflectable fingers are deflectable to engage a respective one of the first plurality of circumferentially spaced openings in the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AMTROL LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Tiago Teixeira Rego de Oliveira, Carlos Aguiar
  • Patent number: 10967808
    Abstract: An interior cover mount assembly includes a base member and an interior cover including a clip and the clip includes an arm section and a head section having a width greater than that of the arm section. The base member has an insertion stopper hole through which the head section is inserted and a projection projecting from the base member toward the interior cover and disposed near the holding section. The insertion stopper hole includes an insertion section through which the head section is inserted and a holding section having a width smaller than that of the head section and greater than that of the arm section and where the arm section is arranged. In the interior cover that is mounted on the base member, the clip is fit in the insertion stopper hole such that the head section overlaps the holding section and the projection in the mounting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonari Masuda, Mitsuaki Eshima
  • Patent number: 10591772
    Abstract: A directional illumination apparatus comprises a catadioptric micro-optic array comprising a reflective surface comprising light reflecting facets and an output transmissive surface comprising refractive structures. An array of micro-LEDs is arranged between the reflective surface and output transmissive surface and arranged to illuminate the reflective surface. The light reflecting facets and refractive structures cooperate to provide a uniform output illumination across the output aperture of the array with collimated output. A thin and efficient illumination apparatus may be used for switching display backlighting or environmental illumination applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: RealD Spark, LLC
    Inventors: Graham J. Woodgate, Jonathan Harrold, Michael G. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10135171
    Abstract: It is aimed to provide a connector capable of preventing the breakage of side walls (18). A housing (10) includes a mounting hole (17) into which a retainer (60) is mounted, and side walls (18) for closing the mounting hole (17) from opposite sides. The side wall (18) is provided with lock receiving portions (22). Lock protrusions (68) configured to slide while deflecting the side walls (18) in the process of inserting the retainer (60) into the mounting hole (17) and release the side walls (18) from a deflected state and enter the lock receiving portions (22) when reaching positions corresponding to the lock receiving portions (22) are provided on outer surfaces of the retainer (60). Both end corner parts of the lock protrusion (68) in a sliding width direction (Y) perpendicular to a sliding direction on the side wall (18) are chamfered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Noro, Yuki Kondo
  • Patent number: 9956926
    Abstract: A magnet fastener assembly includes a carrier having a body including a magnet seat with a conical bottom wall and an outer rim wall. A magnet cup is received within the rim wall overlying the conical bottom wall. Further a magnet is held in the magnet cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Iriarte Jimenez, Luis Miguel Lopez Gonzalez, Gabriel Ortiz Vega
  • Patent number: 9752369
    Abstract: Disclosed are alternate embodiments of various components of a barrier operator system. and methods of operation, including of the mechanical drive subsystem with segmented and self-locking rail unit, rail mounting supports, belt and chain drive tensioning, and drive assembly carriage and interface; the electronics and software routines for controlled operation of the various barrier operator functions; wall console communications with the barrier operator; encryption and decryption of access codes; establishment and monitoring of travel limits and barrier speed and force profiles; thermal protection of barrier operator drive motors; and establishment and control of communications from the barrier operator to accessories by way of a wireless adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: David Patrick Bresson, Juan Manuel Diaz, Leroy G. Krupke, Amit Ashok Patel
  • Patent number: 9525277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a section of cable tray, which can be connected to other sections without using additional accessories, allowing the connection of anchoring elements located at one end of the walls of each tray section. The aforementioned anchoring elements take the form of rods bent to form a V-shape that extends into straight extensions which are installed between longitudinal rods. In addition, turns are provided in the aforementioned rods between the straight zones and the V-shape, one turn towards the interior of the tray and another turn towards the exterior. Sections are coupled by sliding the sides of the first transverse rod of the tray section to be joined through the V-shape, such that they remain trapped between the inner turns and the sides of the last transverse rod of the receiving tray section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: VALDINOX, S.L.
    Inventor: Justo Manuel Valdes Colina
  • Patent number: 9447586
    Abstract: A joint (1) having a first edge (2) and a second edge (3), the first edge (2) being provided with a distal edge (21) and a downwards protruding heel (22). The distal edge (21) is further provided with an upper joint edge (25) beneath which a groove (23) is arranged. The second edge (3) is provided with lower cheek (31) having a distal end (32) at which an upwards protruding lower cheek heel (33) is arranged. The second edge (3) is further provided with an upper joining edge (35) beneath which an undercut (34) is arranged. A moveable locking element (40) is arranged in the space created by the undercut (34). The moveable locking element (40) have a locking tongue (41), a locking tongue leg (42) and a maneuvering leg (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: PERGO (EUROPE) AB
    Inventor: Nils-Erik Engstrom
  • Patent number: 9358130
    Abstract: An orthopaedic surgical instrument for positioning an acetabular prosthetic component in a patient's surgically-prepared acetabulum includes a surgical tool configured to be coupled to the acetabular prosthetic component, and a gravity-based position indicator removably coupled to the surgical tool. The position indicator includes a first marking indicating a first position of the acetabular prosthetic component, and a second marking indicating a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Carl F. Livorsi, Francisco A. Amaral, Rod G. Cameron
  • Patent number: 9331424
    Abstract: An electric device assembly defines a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other. The electric device assembly includes a first electric device and a second device connecting each other. The first device includes a first electrical connector and a first securing element. The first connector defines a first mating port. The second device includes a second electrical connector defining a second mating port to be plugged and mated to the first mating port. The second device further includes a second securing element able to be separate from the second electrical connector. The second securing element is assembled to the second electrical connector and locked to the first securing element for electrically and mechanically connecting the first and second devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Yuan, Yu-San Hsiao, Shih-Wei Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9270043
    Abstract: A connector includes: a first terminal that is electrically conductive and includes a first contact portion being plate shaped and including a first teeth portion with one of surfaces thereof forming a plurality of continuous concavo-convex shapes, and a first base portion joined to the first contact portion and connected to one of connection targets; and a second terminal that is electrically conductive and includes a second contact portion including a second teeth portion with one of surfaces thereof forming a plurality of continuous concavo-convex shapes, the second teeth portion being engageable with the first teeth portion, and a second base portion that is joined to the second contact portion and connected to the other one of the connection targets, wherein the first terminal and the second terminal are electrically connected to each other by engagement between the first teeth portion and the second teeth portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Kobayashi, Michiya Masuda
  • Patent number: 9016969
    Abstract: A coupling structure between a shift lever and a knob for a vehicle that includes an insert which is formed at a center thereof with an insert aperture and fixed within a knob, and of which a lower end is formed to protrude from the knob to the exterior. A shift lever rod is inserted into and coupled to the insert aperture and a skirt is formed to enclose outer peripheral surfaces of the shift lever rod and the insert. In addition, a plurality of elastic members are formed along the outer peripheral surface of the insert to protrude radially outward toward the knob by a predetermined angle and are formed to be elastically deformed and opened radially outward when the shift lever rod is coupled to the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Dongwon Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Soo Yang, Jee-Hyuck Choi, Yang-Rae Cho, Yeon-Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9009928
    Abstract: A fastening device for connecting an attachment to a support part has a cover plate and side walls which are integrally formed on the cover plate and form a U-shaped profile. Mutually opposite edge wings and supporting cheeks supported on supporting edges are present on shaft arms. This results in a highly rigid, block-like construction of the fastening device which is highly resistant to very high pull-out forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventor: Sven Binkert
  • Publication number: 20150070853
    Abstract: A display device, comprising a base cover with a base plate, a sidewall portion extended from the base plate and a first coupling hole; a display panel with a first display portion configured to display an image and a second display portion outside and along the first display portion, a top cover with a bezel portion sized to be laid over the second display portion, and a sidewall portion extended from the bezel portion, the top cover including a second coupling hole; and a fixing element with a first coupling portion having a third coupling hole, a contact portion extended from the first coupling portion and configured to maintain contact with a portion of the top cover. A coupling element can be inserted through the first through third coupling holes so as to press the contact portion against a portion of the top cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kwang Wook CHOI, Cheol Yong NOH, Sang Heon YE, Jae Sang LEE
  • Patent number: 8944044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a one-piece fastening element (10) with a cooking hob (24). The fastening element (10) comprises an upper portion (12) being permanently connectable to an upper part (26) of the cooking hob (24) and a lower portion (14) being detachably connectable to a lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24), so that the upper part (26) and the lower part (28) form the cooking hob (10). The lower portion (14) of the fastening element (10) comprises at least one lug element (18) engageable with a recess (30) in the lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24) and at least one spring element (22) for clamping the cooking hob (24) within a cutout (38) enclosing circumferentially said cooking hob (24). Further, the present invention relates to a cooking hob with such one-piece fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Bernd Buck, Bjorn Leyh, Alwin Neukamm
  • Patent number: 8844907
    Abstract: A fence/railing post cap system for use with a fence/railing post includes a decorative and utilitarian structure which enables removal and storage of a cap of the system to accommodate reception of beverage containers and the like within a base of the system and which provides for a pole with accessory structures therein to be mounted on the base by passing through an opening in the cap when the cap is in position on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: James E. Davis, Peter V. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8840334
    Abstract: A tiltable linkage mechanism including a first plate, a second plate, a swinging plate, a first hinge, a second hinge and a third hinge is provided. The first plate includes an upper surface, the second plate includes a bottom surface facing the upper surface of the first plate and a position limiting structure disposed on the bottom surface. The position limiting structure further has two opposite clamping surfaces. The first plate and the second plate pivotally connect with each other through the first hinge. The swinging plate and the first plate pivotally connect with each other through the second hinge. The swinging plate and the second plate pivotally connect with each other through the third hinge which is disposed in the position limiting structure. The third hinge has an end portion that can slide between the two clamping surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Che-Hung Huang, Ta-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 8800099
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes opposing longitudinal groove on its longitudinal sides, in which grooves spaced-apart longitudinal strips of the carrier element are disposed, wherein neighbouring ends of said longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connection piece, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein said oscillating arm is pivotally connected to said connecting device about a pivot axis near one end, with the interposition of a joint part, wherein said joint part comprises at least one resilient tongue engaging in a correspondingly shaped hole provided in said oscillating arm, and wherein said resilient tongue is rotatable along an hinge axis between an outward position retaining the wiper blade onto the oscillating arm and an inward position rele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8789841
    Abstract: A pedaled vehicle includes a frame, a wheel rotatably coupled to the frame, a crank assembly operatively coupled to the wheel and having a bore, a pedal received in the bore, and a spring clip for securing the pedal to the crank assembly. The spring clip includes at least one flexible tab or leg capable of flexing between a first configuration, where the spring clip allows a shaft of the pedal to pass through the bore, and a second configuration, where the pedal shaft is prevented from being removed from the bore. A method for coupling a pedal to a vehicle in a tool-less manner is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Laipple, Robert L. Diekman
  • Patent number: 8769909
    Abstract: A frame for a panel is constructed from two frame components. One of the frame components has a first wall and a first channel and the second frame component has a second wall and a second channel. The first frame component is mated to the second frame component with the first wall of the first frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the second channel of the second frame component and the second wall of the second frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the first channel of the first frame component. Portions of the panel are held between and make contact with the first frame component and the second frame component such that an end of the panel is located within a chamber defined between the first frame component and the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Patent number: 8713787
    Abstract: A select spring coupler structure is outfitted upon a flat finisher assembly or apparatus so as to enhance the user's ability to maintain the flat finisher apparatus. The flat finisher apparatus essentially comprises at least one (tension) coil spring removably held in tension between opposing anchor structures. The select spring coupler structure according to the present invention is outfittable upon the coil spring at the first spring end of the coil spring. The spring coupler structure comprises certain radially extending structure for engaging the first spring end and certain finger engaging structure for enabling manual alteration (i.e. via one's digits) of spring tension so as to disengage the first spring end from respective anchoring structure. The spring coupler structure may be twisted into engagement with the first spring end(s) via the helical structure of adjacent loops of the coil spring to couple therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Roger R. Parelius
  • 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: 8627539
    Abstract: A connector device for coupling a wiper arm and a wiper blade includes a coupling body, a first support portion provided on an upper surface of the coupling body and extending from the coupling body in a form of a cantilever and for applying an elastic restoration force to the wiper arm, a second support portion provided for supporting the wiper arm in a thicknesswise direction of the wiper arm to prevent the wiper arm from moving in the thicknesswise direction, and a third support portion for preventing the wiper arm from moving in a lengthwise direction of the wiper arm, wherein the second support portion is in a form of a hole with closed upper and lower sides and open front and rear sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignees: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp., HST Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Wook Lee, Jeong Goo Lee
  • Patent number: 8602677
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for latching two expansion cards to two expansion slots includes four fixing portions extending up from opposite ends of the expansion slots, four locking members rotatably mounted to the fixing portions for clamping two opposite ends of the expansion cards, and two latching members. Each latching member includes a connecting plate, two latching portions extending up from the connecting plate to latch tops of the corresponding expansion cards, and two resilient hooks extending down from the connecting plate to latch the locking members at the same end of the expansion slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Guang-Yi Zhang, Xiao-Zheng Li
  • Publication number: 20130305536
    Abstract: A length of a substantially linear wire is attached to a substantially linear portion of a wire basket rim wire at two spaced-apart locations. The spaced-apart connections allow the two wires to deflect or act as springs when a notched basket-to-frame attachment clip is driven into a hole or loop formed by a detent in one of the wires. A wire basket having the linear spring wire attached to a rim wire can be permanently attached to a frame portion without tools or welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: UNARCO INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Woody Smith, WESLEY McMURTREY
  • Patent number: 8505152
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes opposing longitudinal groove on its longitudinal sides, in which grooves spaced-apart longitudinal strips of the carrier element are disposed, wherein neighboring ends of said longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connection piece, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein said oscillating arm is pivotally connected to said connecting device about a pivot axis near one end, with the interposition of a joint part, wherein said joint part comprises at least one resilient tongue engaging in a correspondingly shaped hole provided in said oscillating arm, and wherein said resilient tongue is rotatable along an hinge axis between an outward position retaining the wiper blade onto the oscillating arm and an inward position relea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8348209
    Abstract: A universal bracket for fastening different panel elements and/or additional devices in aircraft, comprises a base plate for fastening to a substructure, a support plate connected to the base plate and a plurality of spring clips received in the support plate to provide a releasable and vibration-damping connection to the panel elements. The base plate has at least one bore screen for fastening at least one device carrier for fastening at least one additional device, in particular emergency lighting, an emergency exit sign or the like, in different positions, wherein the fastening of the device carriers is provided with a fastening device such as fastening rivets, screws or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Horst, Stephan Röpke
  • Patent number: 8337162
    Abstract: Quick attachable and detachable mounting arms for ceiling fans. A first version has flat headed fasteners initially attached to one end of mounting arms, with key-hole slots in the endshield of the ceiling fan motor. The user raises the mounting arm so that the flat headed fasteners fits through the larger openings in the keyhole slots and then pulls the mounting arm outward until the arm locks in place by the smaller opening portions of the keyhole slots. Rubber type gaskets and washers help lock and hold the mounting arms in place. The flat headed fasteners can also be located on the endshields with the keyhole slots on mounting arms. A second embodiment includes inwardly deformable springably snapable fasteners that can be located on the ends of the mounting arms which can deform inwardly and expand after passing through slots on the endshield of the rotor. Alternatively, the fasteners can be located on the bottom of the endshield with the receiving slots on the ends of the mounting arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Chien Luen Industries Co., Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Bucher, John C. Bucher
  • Patent number: 8267614
    Abstract: A rear loaded part for attaching to a mounting plate having a mating part with a pair of parallel side walls each having a proximate end attached to the mounting plate. An upper surface, which extends between the pair of parallel side wall, includes an aperture and an elongated rib extending parallel to the pair of parallel side walls. The rear loaded part having a pair of parallel guide rails with a proximate end and an opposite distal end. The pair of parallel guide rails extends outwardly from the rear loaded part to define an elongated channel which is dimensioned to receive the elongated rib of the mating part. A pair of tabs extends outwardly from the pair of guide rails, and are dimensioned to snap into the aperture of the upper surface to releasably lock the rear loaded part to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Bie Khoe
  • Patent number: 8230547
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for the detachable connection of a wiper blade on a swivelable wiper arm of a wiper arrangement for windows of motor vehicles, with a bushing that can be connected to the wiper blade or arranged on it for accommodating a plug-in axis of the wiper arm and with a device to lock the plug-in axis in the bushing at least in an operating position of the wiper blade, in which the directions of the longitudinal extension of the wiper blade and the wiper arm are aligned approximately parallel to one another. It is provided that the device for locking includes a catch hook (20) arranged on the wiper blade (12), which in the operating position partially grips around the wiper arm (10) near the plug-in axis (16) and forms an angular limit stop for the wiper blade (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wilms, David Van Baelen
  • Patent number: 8226055
    Abstract: The leg device includes a base portion, extendable legs rotatable with respect to the base portion, and leg support members for rotatably supporting the extendable legs, wherein the extendable leg includes the first tubular member having a fitting hole portion formed in the vicinity of the upper end thereof. The second tubular member that is adjustable with respect to its protruding length from the lower end of the first tubular member is inserted into the first tubular member. The leg support member includes a pivot portion rotatably fitted in the fitting hole portion. In a state where the extendable leg is contracted, the upper end of the second tubular member is positioned upward of the pivot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Velbon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8220762
    Abstract: A mounting clip for mounting a component on a supporting part having an aperture includes a head section for attaching the component. A shank section is insertable in the aperture. At least two latching fingers are resiliently held apart from the head section on opposite shank section sides which spread outward toward the head section. At free ends the latching fingers have latching surfaces that rest against a supporting part underside when the mounting clip is inserted in the aperture. The shank section has on one side which extends perpendicular to the sides having the latching fingers, a contact surface that is supported on the aperture inner edge, and has on the side opposite the contact surface an elastically resilient rib or tongue that is supported with a preload against the aperture inner edge after the mounting clip is placed in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Mario Stigler, Hans Peter Seng
  • Patent number: 8210766
    Abstract: An opening cylinder for an open-end spinning device has a core piece over which the opening cylinder is fastened on a drive shaft and a tooth-set carrier supporting the tooth-set. The tooth set-carrier is fastened to the core piece by a clip connection in the axial direction. Additionally, the opening cylinder has a device for the form-fitting connection of the core piece and tooth-set carrier in the circumferential direction with a projecting part and a corresponding recess. The tooth-set carrier is fastened with a clip connection to a core piece of the opening cylinder in the axial direction. The tooth-set carrier has a projecting part for the form-fitting connection with the core piece in circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Schermer, Edmund Schuller
  • Patent number: 8176595
    Abstract: A saddle bracket for wiper adapter comprises a bracket chassis and a linking saddle to be extensively compatible in coupling with various types of articulation adapter in vast range. Wherein, the bracket chassis is a prerequisite component and the linking saddle is an optional component so that the bracket chassis can either be used alone or be docked by the linking saddle as an integral entity. Through such versatile structure with comprehensive compatibility, the kind and quantity of the saddle bracket can be reduced. Besides, the accumulative quantity of the defective wipers from annual replaced windshield wiper due to obsolete or aged malfunction can also be indirectly decreased. Thus, not only the vendors and the consumers of the viper can be benefited by the decreasing in manufacturing cost and selling price but also the environmental protection can be benefited by the decreasing in annual replacement quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Shih-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 8177178
    Abstract: A novel device cradle formed with a substantially rigid spine with a device rest and a spaced apart device retainer formed on a front surface of the spine and adjacent to opposite first and second end thereof. A dual attachment base of the novel device cradle is formed on a back surface of the spine opposite from the front surface thereof and is positioned between the first and second ends thereof. The dual attachment base has a raised attachment plate that is spaced away from the back surface of the spine, a pair of spaced apart fastener attachment holes that are formed through the attachment plate and positioned adjacent to opposite front and back surfaces of the spine, and a pair of spaced apart T-slots that are formed through the attachment plate and positioned substantially between the attachment holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8173903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for a yarn cable track (6) including longitudinal warp yarns (8) and transverse weft yarns (10), that includes a base (2) with a mounting surface (16) on the cable track as well as an attachment means (4; 34, 38, 38?). The device further includes: at least one trough-shaped longitudinal housing (18) for receiving a first yarn of the cable track and formed in the mounting surface (16); at least one bearing surface (20) made as an undercut relative to the mounting surface (16), said surface extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal housing (18) and parallel to the bottom (22) of the longitudinal housing (18) at an intermediate level between the bottom (22) of said housing (18) and the mounting surface (16); and at least one transverse cut-out (24) corresponding to each intersection between a longitudinal housing and a bearing surface, said cut-out (24) extending from one edge of the mounting surface (16) to a longitudinal housing (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: I.C.M. Group
    Inventors: Mickael Letourneur, Stephane Quertelet
  • Patent number: 8104238
    Abstract: A window spacer for integrated glass units is disclosed. The window spacer has an elongated housing with two distal ends. The housing is bent upon itself so that the distal ends are adjacent to each other. One end has an engaging slot, and the other end has an engaging member formed in it. When the engaging member is inserted into the engaging slot, a restraining portion of the engaging member prevents the engaging member from disengaging from the engaging slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Formtek Metal Forming, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Wilson
  • Patent number: 8097808
    Abstract: A device for a wire cable duct (18) has a profiled part having a first wing (2), termed horizontal wing, and at least one second wing (4), termed vertical wing, extending substantially perpendicularly to the first wing on one side thereof. The device includes: at least one longitudinal housing (6) intended to receive a warp wire (20) formed on the lower face (10) of the horizontal wing, that is to say the face opposed to the second wing; transverse cutouts (8), formed with a predetermined pitch corresponding to the pitch of the transverse weft wires (22), all along the horizontal wing (2), the transverse cutouts (8) extending over the whole width of the horizontal wing and continuing into the region of the vertical wings (4); and at least one tongue (12) extending longitudinally from a transverse edge (14) of each cutout (8) over part of the width of the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: I.C.M. Group
    Inventors: Stephane Quertelet, James Deciry
  • Patent number: 8062193
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for jumping exercises including at last one handle and an appendage, the apparatus further including a first attachment member including an aperture defining a first zone and a second zone, the second zone shaped similar to a cylinder. The handle includes a hub that fits at least in part within the first zone and can be rapidly engaged within the second zone so to attach the appendage to the handle while allowing rotational movement of the hub within the second zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Charlene Oesterling
  • Patent number: 8057120
    Abstract: A structure for joining structural members is disclosed. The structure joins an end of a first member to a side of a second member by a coupling insert. The coupling insert has a web coupling portion that is received by the end of the first member and a tenon portion that is received by a transverse opening in the side of the second member. The web coupling portion and the tenon portion are connected by a base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Mike Schmidt, Frank Campbell
  • Patent number: 8001725
    Abstract: A shaft such as a worm drive shaft for a movable barrier operator is disclosed. The shaft includes at least two shaft segments having connection ends. The shaft segments include respective connection ends permitting a first connection end to be joined with a second connection end by inserting a portion of at least one of the connection ends within the other connection end along the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The shaft segments may be retained by a resiliently expandable connector such as a snap ring. The connector may expand to permit the joining and then contract to be received within a surface recess on a connection end. The connector may be part of or pre-assembled on a connection end, such as by being positioned within a surface recess thereof. The connector may provide a pre-determined position for joining the first and second connection ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger W. Lhotak
  • Patent number: 7992841
    Abstract: A combination of a rail, an upright, and a slide connector for attaching the rail to the upright includes a first connector part including a mounting arm secured to an underside surface of the rail adjacent one end thereof and a tongue depending generally downwardly from the mounting arm, and a second connector part including a mounting base secured to a side surface of the upright and a generally planar engagement body extending laterally outwardly from the mounting base. The engagement body has a slot therein for receiving the tongue when the rail is translated along an engagement axis from a disengaged position in which the first and second parts are generally free to move relative to each other to an engaged position in which the first and second parts are substantially inhibited from moving relative to each other, thereby attaching the rail to the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Alpa Lumber Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Petta, Rolf J. Ohrstrom
  • Patent number: 7993070
    Abstract: A coupling member for pivotally coupling an end of a device to a mounting ball includes a body connectable to an end of the device and defines a socket for receiving a mounting ball. The body further includes slots communicating with the socket. A sliding element arranged in a longitudinal groove of the body is movable from a first position to a second position. A C-shaped spring has two ends and a center section, the ends being received through the slots and projecting into the socket for holding the mounting ball in the socket. The sliding element interacts with the center section of the spring when the sliding element is moved to the second position so that the ends of the spring are drawn out from the socket to release the mounting ball from the socket, whereby the mounting ball is releasable from the socket without external tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: James T. Kull, Brian M. Waypa, Joshua S. McNair, Rodney A. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 7979950
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes opposing longitudinal grooves on its longitudinal sides, in which grooves spaced-apart longitudinal strips of the carrier element are disposed, wherein neighboring ends of said longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein said oscillating arm is pivotally connected to said connecting device about a pivot axis near one end, with the interposition of a joint part, wherein said joint part comprises at least one resilient tongue engaging in a correspondingly shaped hole provided in said oscillating arm, and wherein said resilient tongue is rotatable along an hinge axis between an outward position retaining the wiper blade onto the oscillating arm and an inward position rele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: RE43629
    Abstract: A connecting device includes a bottom member with a periphery for attaching on a rotor of a motor, a circumferential wall which extends upwardly from the periphery, and a mounting arm which has an anchored end adapted for mounting the fan blade thereon and an anchoring end for anchoring on the bottom member such that the mounting arm is oriented in a radial direction relative to the bottom member by guidance of a guiding member. A tightening member is disposed to tighten the anchoring end relative to the bottom member through a clamping force generated in a circumferential direction of the bottom member when the anchoring end is pulled away from the bottom member in the radial direction. A retaining member is disposed between the tightening member and the anchored end in the radial direction, and has an engaging spring member that abuts against the circumferential wall once the anchoring end is moved away from the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Chien Luen Industries Co., Ltd., Inc.
    Inventor: San-Chi Wu