Separate Flange Or Shoulder Patents (Class 403/336)
  • Patent number: 10718383
    Abstract: A quick-release device for a tractor PTO shaft includes a first plate with a first body with a first outer surface and a second outer surface and a first thickness disposed therebetween; a plurality of openings extending through the first thickness of the first body; and at least one locking hole extending through the first thickness of the first body. The device also includes a second plate with a second body having a third outer surface and a fourth outer surface and a second thickness disposed therebetween; a plurality of connectors extending from the third outer surface of the second body, the plurality of connectors are configured to removably engage with the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PTO Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Spector
  • Patent number: 10138980
    Abstract: Embodiments of the subject invention are directed to a flywheel rotor that includes two or more sub-rotors stacked one on top of another, in which each sub-rotor is rotationally symmetric and disk shaped, where the axial centers of each sub-rotor in the stack are rotationally aligned, and each sub-rotor has an upper and a lower journal that extends outward from the origin of the center section of the primary rotational mass of the sub-rotor. Each pair of adjacent sub-rotors in the stack has a lower journal of an upper sub-rotor that is disposed above an upper journal of a lower sub-rotor. Also, there is a joining mechanism between each pair of adjacent sub-rotors that fixedly connects the lower journal of the upper sub-rotor to the upper journal of the lower sub-rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amber Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth R. Sanders, Eric Sun, Mike M. He, Matthew K. Senesky, Edward Young Chiao, Daniel Bakholdin
  • Patent number: 9936966
    Abstract: An end effector actuation system includes a shaft assembly having an outer shaft with an internal lumen and an actuation rod slidably received in the lumen, the outer shaft having a distal end portion that is compressible only when the actuation rod is absent from the lumen in the distal end portion, a locking boss provided on the distal end portion; and an end effector assembly having a receiving opening and a retention pocket, wherein the receiving opening is sized to receive the compressed distal end portion of the outer shaft and the retention pocket is sized to receive the locking boss when the distal end portion is uncompressed due to the presence of the actuation rod in the lumen of the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 9918778
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed technology relate to a bipolar electrosurgical device for a laparoscopic environment, as well as methods for the use of such a device. Embodiments of the device may include a set of opposing jaws comprising at least one bipolar electrode pair disposed thereon, the set of jaws configured to deliver radiofrequency energy to a target tissue. Embodiments of the set of jaws, when closed, may have a diameter no greater than about 5 mm. The device may further include a shaft with a diameter that may be no greater than about 5 mm. Each of the jaws has a tissue-facing surface of each jaw that may include a complementary self-aligning configuration with respect to the longitudinal axis of the other jaw. Embodiments of the device may further include a pinless rotation assembly formed from rotatably cooperative features of the first jaw and the second jaw that connect the jaws together and enable the jaw set to pivot between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Erik Walberg, Brandon Loudermilk
  • Patent number: 9914291
    Abstract: A forming device for a three-dimensional printing machine is connected to a height adjusting mechanism of the three-dimensional printing machine, and is driven by the height adjusting mechanism to move vertically. The forming device includes an universal joint, a forming platform, a coupling shaft interconnecting the universal joint and the forming platform, and a clamping mechanism. The clamping mechanism includes a clamping arm adapted to interconnect the height adjusting mechanism and the universal joint, and having first and second arm portions movable relative to each other between a locking state to tightly clamp the universal joint, and a releasing state to release the universal joint so that the forming platform is movable relative to the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC., CAL-COMP ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiung Ding
  • Patent number: 9592097
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical instrument, in particular a sliding shaft instrument, with a main part, and a moveable part relative thereto, with a handle attached to the main part, comprising a fixed grip and a grip actuating the moveable part, with at least one guide, through which, in relation to the main part, the moveable part is moveable between an initial position and a working position, and with a sliding surface attached to the movable part and pointing towards the main part, the sliding surface being slid along a guide surface attached to the main part and pointing towards the sliding surface, with at least the sliding surface or the guide surface are assigned to each other for the formation of a washable gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: THOMAS TONTARRA GRUNDSTUECKSVERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventors: Thomas Tontarra, Alberto Petrella
  • Patent number: 9503015
    Abstract: A solar panel support comprising an upper coupling member including a hollow sleeve having a tapered inner surface increasing in diameter or cross-sectional dimension from the proximal end to the distal end having a key or wedge decreasing in width from the proximal end to the distal end projecting inwardly from the inner surface thereof and a lower support member including an elongated hollow pole or shaft having a slit or slot formed on the proximal end to receive the key or wedge therein such that when the elongated hollow pole or shaft is slidably received in the hollow sleeve and the key or wedge is aligned with the slit or slot the upper portion of the elongated hollow pole or shaft is squeezed by the hollow sleeve wedging the key within the slit or slot to secure the upper coupling member and lower support member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher R. Cantolino
  • Patent number: 9309929
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connecting a drive shaft end to a vehicle drive flange of the type that has six equally spaced, axially directed threaded bores. The apparatus includes a yoke member defining a pair of ears for receiving pin members defined by the drive shaft. The yoke member has at least four equally spaced apart axial through bores that are alignable with four of the bores in the drive flange. Fasteners extending through the through bores are threadably received by the aligned drive flange bores and clamp the yoke member to the drive flange. At least one, but preferably two, drive pins are threadably received by two of the six drive flange bores and include portions that are received by associated bores in the yoke member and are preferably sized to tightly fit the bores in a torque transmitting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Micro-Poise Measurement Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Steve L. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9157471
    Abstract: A spherical bearing permits alignment, maintained alignment, and the immobilization of an attachment to a shaft passing through a core of a bearing. The bearing includes a spherical inner core surrounded by a housing around the core. The bearing does not require alignment of the housing and core to perform its function. Design features based on structural modification of the inner core allow the bearing to be immobilized using minimal compression and releasability when the bearing is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Alvin Jungeberg
  • Publication number: 20150052883
    Abstract: A hydraulic power unit comprising a rear face and a front face spaced from one another includes an air inlet configured to receive air into the unit, and an air outlet configured to expel the air received into the unit. The hydraulic power unit further includes controls configured to provide a user interface. The controls and the air inlet are located on the front face, and the air outlet is located on the rear face. A coupler for a hydraulic power unit, configured to couple a drive shaft of the unit to a pump shaft of a hydraulic pump, includes a first aperture configured to receive the drive shaft, a second aperture configured to receive the pump shaft, and a hub configured to be received in a fan. The hub is configured to fixedly couple to the fan so that the fan is driven by the drive shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel WEST, Jeffery WEATHERILL
  • Publication number: 20140286691
    Abstract: A fuselage structure for a means of transport includes at least two fuselage segments, in each case including an outer skin with an end edge. In a connecting region of two fuselage segments the end edges of the fuselage segments are spaced apart from each other. Connecting elements establish a mechanical connection between two fuselage segments. Conducting structure-borne sound is reduced by multiple deflection of the sound path, and thus results in a reduction in structure-borne sound-induced noise in the cabin of the means of transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gleine
  • Publication number: 20140241793
    Abstract: A system including a vortex-induced vibration (VIV) suppression device dimensioned to suppress a vortex-induced vibration of a support structure, the VIV suppression device having a base portion that encircles at least a portion of the support structure and a support member formed along the base portion. The system further including a collar having a body portion defining an annular channel and a flange portion extending outwardly from the annular channel, the flange portion dimensioned to form a receiving channel around the support structure for receiving the support member. The support member is received within the receiving channel to secure the VIV suppression device to the support structure and the VIV suppression device is capable of rotating around the support structure along the receiving channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: VIV Solutions LLC
    Inventors: William Andrew West, Donald Wayne Allen, Dean Leroy Henning
  • Publication number: 20140227027
    Abstract: A force-applying element for fixing radomes provides an annular flange region. The force-applying element provides at least one fixing region, which extends from the flange region in the direction towards the radome to be fixed, and its outer surfaces are surrounded by the radome in a form-fit manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Anton Berger, Günter Neumann
  • Patent number: 8801323
    Abstract: A pressure casing has a plurality of casing shells (10a, b) which can be connected in a pressure-tight manner in a parting plane (11) by a flange (13). The casing shells (10a, b) are pressed together with sealing effect in the parting plane (11) in the region of the flange (13) by at least one threaded bolt (19; 19a-d) which extends through the flange (13) perpendicularly to the parting plane (11). A reduced thermal loading of the threaded bolts (19; 19a-d) of the flanged joint is achieved by the at least one threaded bolt (19; 19a-d) being exposed over a part of its length towards the inner side of the casing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Ernst Pauli, Pavel Rihak, Werner Balbach, Joachim Krautzig
  • Patent number: 8776707
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus for fixing a cargo insulation panel to a hull is provided. The fixing apparatus includes a fixing plate adhered to one face of the insulation panel, a plurality of fixing brackets protruded to the outside of the fixing plate, protruded portions of the fixing brackets being fixed by stud bolts arranged on the hull, and a coupling device configured to couple the fixing brackets to the fixing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki-Hun Joh, Sang-Eon Chun, Chang-Seon Bang, Dai-Gil Lee, Byung-Chul Kim, Bu-Gi Kim, Jin-Gyu Kim, Soon-Ho Yoon, Sang-Wook Park, Kwan-Ho Lee, Seong-Su Kim, Byoung-Jung Kim, Po-Chul Kim, Ha-Na Yu, Min-Woo Lim, In-Uk Hwang
  • Patent number: 8578681
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a connector assembly (20) for joining a main tower (102) to a base structure (114) where the axial alignment of the tower to the base structure needs to be adjustable, and to a method of using such a connector assembly to assemble a tower structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Claxton Engineering Services Limited
    Inventors: Rowan Warwick Patterson, Matthew Marcantonio
  • Publication number: 20130094915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a positioning sleeve for an electrical drill dust collector and an electrical drill dust collector using the positioning sleeve. The positioning sleeve comprises: a sleeve portion coupled with a flange at a front edge of an electrical drill and a support body forward extended from the sleeve portion, surrounding and isolating a rotated portion of the electrical drill to enhance the drill operating safety. The electrical drill dust collector using the aforesaid positioning sleeve comprises: a fixing base fixing on the support body, a telescoping sleeve having a ring body at an front end thereof, a dust collection section at a front end section thereof and a bellows section at a tail end section thereof, and an elastic member having a positioning end connected to the fixing base and a free end thereof connected to the ring body to improve the dustproof effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Chao-Yang Chen
  • Publication number: 20130036699
    Abstract: Attachment members are disclosed for use with an insulation panel or composite siding panel. The attachment member includes a male connecting member, a hem portion, and a connection portion joining the male connecting member and the hem portion. The male connecting member extends into the body of a foam insulating layer along a first end edge. The attachment member and the first end edge cooperate to be complementary in shape with the second end edge such that adjacent panels can engage each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: PROGRESSIVE FOAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: John Timothy Holt
  • Patent number: 8016512
    Abstract: A fastener system with a coaxial annular flange (14) having through holes (16), each serving to pass a screw (17) for screwing into an associated tapped hole (16) in the wall (2) of a stationary structure. Each through hole (16) has a circularly cylindrical distal segment (16a) followed by an enlarged proximal segment (16b) adjacent to the wall (2) of the stationary structure, allowing the shank (19) of the screw to bend and enabling a corresponding lateral offset (D). This prevents the screw (17) rupturing under high shear forces due to accidental destruction of a vacuum pump rotor while rotating at full speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Rainer Mathes, Olivier Dauvillier, Eric Dulac, André Bouille, Christian Savry
  • Patent number: 7926225
    Abstract: Joint element for a pneumatic structural element (1) according to the prior art, comprising a sleeve (2), a compression member (3), two tension members (4) and two spherical caps (5). In each case one joint element is fitted for the spherical caps (5) such that an opening (10) accommodates the spherical cap (5). The joint elements serve for introducing tensile and compressive forces, in a manner free of bending moments, into the pneumatic structural element (1), the compressive forces being absorbed by the compression member (3) and the tensile forces being absorbed by the tension members (4). The joint element has holes (12) for fastening the compression member (3) with a screw (15), on the one hand, and holes (11) for accommodating the tension members (4), on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Prospective Concepts AG
    Inventor: Mauro Pedretti
  • Patent number: 7805910
    Abstract: A device 60 for fixing together first and second side-by-side beams of a kind having first and second spaced apart flanges connected by a web. The device 60 comprises a member 62 having first and second opposing ends 64, 66 and is configured to extend from a first flange to a second flange of the beams. The device further comprises at least one portion 68, 70 extending laterally of each of said first and second opposing ends with the at least one portion at the first opposing end being configured to be fixed to an outer surface of the first flange of the first beam and the at least one portion at the second opposing end being configured to be fixed to an outer surface of the second flange of the second beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventors: Luke Richard John Whale, Douglas Wilson Cullen
  • Patent number: 7744344
    Abstract: Vanes are generally hollow with a passage through which service pipes extend. These service pipes must be connected such that they can allow for thermal expansion and contraction but also anti rotation features are needed in order to prevent damage when a supply coupling is connected through a pipe end. This anti-rotation feature is generally provided between a top hat and a pipe end through flanges. In order to allow reduced spacing between the top of the vane and a casing the flanges are arranged to allow at least recessing of a first flange into a passage opening profile whereby those flanges inter-engage with second flanges at a surface interface to prevent rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: Steven M Hillier, William Richards
  • Publication number: 20100158605
    Abstract: A channeled track connector having a base and a slider. The slider slides into an key opening in the base. The base includes a first foot for engaging the channeled track. The slider includes a second foot for engaging the channeled track. Each piece standing alone is not engagable to the channeled track. However, when slid together, the base and slider as a whole stands together as one-piece, remains fixed to the channeled track, and serves as a mount for a predefined object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Gargaro, III, David M. Wendinger
  • Publication number: 20100047013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for connecting two duct elements (12, 14) and a baffle (34) in an aircraft air conditioning system. The device (10) comprises a first (30) and a second connecting flange (32) which are in each case connected to one of the two duct elements (12, 14) to be connected. Further, at least one connecting means (38) is formed on the first connecting flange (30), which means interacts with at least one corresponding connecting means (40) formed on the second connecting flange (32) to establish the connection of the two duct elements (12, 14) and the baffle (34). The first (30) and/or second connecting flange (32) has/have an opening (44) for receiving the baffle (34), which is substantially disc-shaped and formed with at least one air passage (46, 48). In this respect the baffle (34) serves to control the flow of at least one air stream flowing through the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Alfred Huber, Jurijs Zambergs
  • Publication number: 20090304439
    Abstract: An array of U-shaped flanged brackets and flange tipped posts attached to a supporting surface providing a mechanical connection with an object that is provided with corresponding posts and brackets. The brackets and posts can include electrical contacts or fiber optic contacts for transferring power or signals between connected objects. Various objects can be mounted on the array of brackets and posts to provide positioning flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Cheryl L. SOHN, Douglas C. SOHN
  • Patent number: 7544008
    Abstract: A flanged connection and a method of fixing a gas-filled spring in a machine tool. The flanged connection includes an upper flange half and a lower flange half that can be joined together, each having a through-opening intended to receive the gas-filled spring, and a locking ring intended to secure the gas-filled spring by insertion into a groove of complementary design around the gas-filled spring and fixing between the flange halves. The locking ring is supplemented by a fixing element designed to apply a clamping force around the gas-filled spring when joining the flange halves together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Stromsholmen AB
    Inventors: Mårten Johansson, Leif Lundahl, Per Nordvall, Zoltan Pap, Marcus Cronholm
  • Patent number: 7520492
    Abstract: A handrail joint assembly has a mounting disc and plug-in portion. The plug-in portion is fitted with pin holes that align with the through-hole for threading of the pin. A ring cover is externally placed onto the mounting disc. The plug-in portion is formed by the extended and folded flange of the joint, which has an internal flange, an external flange and a terminal flange, such that the pin hole of plug-in portion can penetrate the internal and external flanges. The joint is fabricated from stainless steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiao Lai
  • Publication number: 20080295438
    Abstract: Covering panel(s) for floors have a groove (12) along at least one edge and have a tongue (6) along another edge (17). Panels (1, 2) to be joined to one another can be joined by inserting the tongue (6) into the groove (12). A bead (8) made of an adhesive and/or plastic is placed on or affixed to at least one tongue surface (7). According to the invention, a recess (3) is formed in the tongue surface (7) and serves to accommodate the bead (8), and a detent recess (5), which is delimited by a detent surface (4), is formed in the inside wall surface (15) of the groove, this surface facing the tongue surface (7). When the tongue (6) is inserted into the groove (12), the bead (8) projects into the detent recess (5) whereby enabling the bead (8) and the detent surface (4) to latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2005
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Kaindl Flooring GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Knauseder
  • Publication number: 20080127585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for supporting a suspended ceiling comprising a section that is able to support the suspended ceiling and spacers disposed between the section and the walls of the building. A removable panel is mounted on a section, the panel being able to reduce a space provided between the wall and the section at least at the location of the section bearing said panel. At least one of the spacers may simultaneously comprise means for fixing the spacer to the section and means for fixing the spacer directly to a wall or to a ceiling of the building, in such a way that the spacer may be secured to the wall or the ceiling and the section may not be secured to the wall or the ceiling without a spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Rene Philippe Ruhlmann, Marie Jeanne Ruhlmann
  • Patent number: 7374137
    Abstract: A directional support structure for use with solar panels, flat satellite antennas, and the like items that are directed toward a point in space. The support structure includes a mounting plate with an extension tube extending outwardly therefrom, pivotally secured to a mounting bracket permitting rotational azimuth alignment of the mounting plate. At least one locking turnbuckle is attached between the extension tube and the mounting bracket to provide locking and vertical adjustable alignment of the mounting plate. The base member includes an attached first flange positioned along an upper end of the base member, an attached flaring positioned on the lower end of the mounting bracket, and an unattached second flange positioned over the flaring, securable to the first flange with fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Wayne Staney
  • Patent number: 7334960
    Abstract: An attachment device for coupling one or more removable turbine components to a carrier of a turbine engine. The attachment device may include a securement structure rotatable about an axis of rotation and including one or more arms for grasping an arm extending from a support structure. A fastener may extend from the support structure and be inserted into a fastener receiving recess in the securement structure for preventing the securement structure from rotating and becoming disengaged from the support structure. The attachment device may also include a fastener retaining device for preventing the fastener, which may be a threaded bolt, from becoming disengaged from the attachment device, traveling downstream in a turbine, and damaging a turbine assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Glessner, Stefan Dahlke, Robert O. Nicosia, Ricardo F. Moraes
  • Patent number: 7121758
    Abstract: A joint assembly 80 is provided for limiting an extension of the joint 80 in the direction of a load path derived from an impact comprising. In its simplest form, the joint 80 comprises a first member 40 having a portion 82 and a second member 50 having a portion 84, the portions 82, 84 overlapping one another and arranged generally parallel to one another and secured together via securing means 78. The securing means 78 is disposed through corresponding holes 92, 94 defined by portions 82 and 84. At least one of the overlapping portions 82 or 84 further defines, sequentially in the direction of extension a pocket 102. The securing means 78 comprises a deformable member 152, 178 and at least one of the overlapping portions 82, 84 comprises a wedge-shaped portion 74.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: Alison J McMillan, Kevin A White
  • Patent number: 6685570
    Abstract: An improved plate adapter for use with flexible couplings is disclosed which incorporates radially outwardly disposed pilot flanges for engagement with the hub and sleeve of the half coupling which pilot flanges are designed to form a pressfit relationship with the mating surfaces of the hub and sleeve. A suitable bolting arrangement is provided to aid in fitting of the adapter plate to the half coupling as well as to assist in removal of same. Additionally, the fastener arrangement enables fine adjustment of the radial runout of the sleeve of the half coupling relative to the axis of rotation of the shaft to which the half coupling is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Kop-Flex
    Inventors: Jossef Zilberman, Joseph P. Corcoran, Robert E. Munyon
  • Patent number: 6406003
    Abstract: A fence includes upright metal posts and a brace or rail clamped between the posts, where clamping the rail squares the posts with respect to the rail. The posts are anchored in the ground vertically, and the rail is installed horizontally, providing a rigid, H-shaped fence brace. Fence corners are provided by having at least three posts and two rails clamped together, although an additional post and rail can be used for added stability. Each rail preferably has a fixed, U-shaped clamp on each end, and a free, U-shaped clamp is bolted to the fixed clamp, the clamps encircling a fence post and squaring the fence post with respect to the rail. Gate hangers can be clamped to one of the posts to provide a gate post, where the gate hangers can be slid up or down or rotated about the post, providing flexibility for receiving and supporting a gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Joe N. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6386790
    Abstract: A one-piece stainless steel rim for mating a meter cover and base and method of making the same is disclosed. The stainless steel mating rim has integral therewith the various attachment tabs, locking lugs and locking tabs for attaching the rim to the cover, locking the rim to the base and insuring a proper fit of the rim with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Thiel, Jimmy L. Watson, Roger D. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 6364561
    Abstract: A system is described for connecting a working tool (e.g. a bucket, compactor tool, chisel, etc.) to the outer end of a working arm of a machine. The system includes a pair of spaced-apart upstanding flanges secured to the upper surface of the tool. Each flange includes an elongated slot. A pair of inserts sized to fit in the elongated slots are detachably secured to the flanges. Each insert includes a pair of transverse openings to receive the pins which are used for attaching the tool to the machine. The system enables any tool to be connected to the end of a working arm of any machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: David Scribner Droegemueller
  • Publication number: 20010004825
    Abstract: A building element for use as a column or a beam includes a profile of substantially uniform cross-section extending lengthwise between first and second ends. The profile is defined by a web, a pair of side flanges perpendicular to the web, and curved outer corners joining the side flanges, respectively, to the web. The web includes at least one constriction extending in the same direction as the side flanges and having a pair of arms extending angularly inwardly toward one another from curved inner corners of the web to a curved base having an apex. The side flanges extend from the outer corners to tips, respectively, terminating at side edges, respectively. The building element has an overall width between the web and the tips. The at least one constriction has a width between the web and the apex about ⅓ the overall width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventor: Jose Miguel Menendez
  • Patent number: 6220777
    Abstract: A step joint between two plastic pieces suitable for an ultrasonic weld joint. A first plastic piece includes a series of ribs, each rib having generally horizontal top surface. A generally vertical section extends upward behind the ribs. A second plastic piece includes a generally horizontal section for mating with the ribs, the horizontal section of the second plastic piece covering the generally horizontal section of two or more ribs. The second plastic piece also includes a generally vertical section suitable for mating with the generally vertical section of the second plastic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Clarke, Vince Joseph Masterson, Ningsheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 6139215
    Abstract: The invention concerns a disc-hub connection for connecting a brake disc to a hub, in particular for utility vehicle disc brakes. In its inner peripheral region the brake disc comprises support elements, the hub comprising cams in its outer peripheral region. Intermediate elements are used to transfer torque from the cams of the hub to the support elements of the disc, the cams of the hub engaging in the intermediate elements and the latter engaging in the support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse System fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Victor Kuhne, Dieter Bieker
  • Patent number: 5660253
    Abstract: An improved structure for a disc brake piston heat shield adapted for use in a disc brake assembly includes a caliper provided with at least one cylindrical recess formed therein. A piston is slidably disposed in the recess. The piston includes a closed end and an open end. The open end of the piston is provided with at least a pair of projections extending therefrom. The projections define a pair of abutment surfaces and a pair of end surfaces located axially inward relative to the abutment surfaces, A pair of brake shoes are carried by the disc brake assembly and are disposed on opposite axial sides of an associated rotor. Each brake shoe includes a backing plate and a friction pad. An actuation system is carried by the caliper for selectively moving the brake shoes between a non-braking position, wherein each of the friction pads is spaced apart from the adjacent side of the rotor, and a braking position, wherein each of the friction pads frictionally engages the adjacent side of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Dayton Walther Corporation
    Inventor: Russell E. Rike
  • Patent number: 5590570
    Abstract: A link, and assembly and instrument using same, for transmitting actuating forces from an actuating member to a work member. The link includes a link body having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end of the link body is movably interconnected with the work member by a distal interconnection element such as an arcuate groove-and-flange assembly, and is interconnected at its proximal end to an actuating member by a proximal pivotal interconnection element. The proximal element transmits a first actuating force from the actuating member to the work member. A shoulder, disposed on the link body preferably between the distal and proximal elements for interconnecting, engages the actuating member when a second, greater actuating force is applied to the actuating member in a direction opposite to that of the first actuating force. The greater force is thereby transmitted fully to the work member. The link assembly preferably includes a spacer member to assist positioning of the actuating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Acufex Microsurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman J. LeMaire, III, Francis J. DiFrancesco, Paul DiCarlo, Peter D. Naugler, George J. Sikora
  • Patent number: 5472073
    Abstract: A vehicle drive shaft disconnect assembly adapted to be retrofitted into the conventional tubular drive shaft of the vehicle for disconnecting the vehicle automatic transmission from its rear wheels to prevent damage to the automatic transmission while the vehicle is being towed. The tubular drive shaft is cut to provide a first shaft portion extending rearwardly of the vehicle to the rear wheels and a second shaft portion extending forwardly to the vehicle automatic transmission. A core member is inserted into the tubular shaft and extends between the first and second shaft portions. The portion of the core positioned in the second shaft portion is fixed therein while the first shaft portion is rotatably mounted on the portion of the core positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Inventor: Earl W. Hay
  • Patent number: 5464302
    Abstract: An extendible stud, consisting of two substantially identical C-studs each of which has opposed flanges of substantially different widths and inwardly turned lips at the flange outer edges, and each C-stud having an elongate central area in its web located at substantially the middle of said C-stud cross-section, which two C-studs are interconnected by the narrow flange of each being held within the channel formed by the wider flange and the associated lip and web of the other C-stud, and the elongate central areas of the webs of the two C-studs abutting one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: National Gypsum Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Menchetti
  • Patent number: 5366477
    Abstract: A link, and assembly and instrument using same, for transmitting actuating forces from an actuating member to a work member. The link includes a link body having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end of the link body is movably interconnected with the work member by a distal interconnection element such as an arcuate groove-and-flange assembly, and is interconnected at its proximal end to an actuating member by a proximal pivotal interconnection element. The proximal element transmits a first actuating force from the actuating member to the work member. A shoulder, disposed on the link body preferably between the distal and proximal elements for interconnecting, engages the actuating member when a second, greater actuating force is applied to the actuating member in a direction opposite to that of the first actuating force. The greater force is thereby transmitted fully to the work member. The link assembly preferably includes a spacer member to assist positioning of the actuating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: American Cyanamid Company
    Inventors: Norman J. LeMarie, III, Francis J. DiFrancesco, Paul DiCarlo, Peter D. Naugler, George J. Sikora
  • Patent number: 5362204
    Abstract: In a gas turbine having a blade carrier (2) which is suspended coaxially in a turbine casing (3), both the turbine casing and the blade carrier are provided with a horizontal junction plane. An exhaust gas casing (5), whose bounding walls consist essentially of an annular inner part on the hub side and an annular outer part (7), is gastightly connected by means of an annular flange (7A) to an annular flange (3A) of the turbine casing (3). Between the annular flanges a two-part separating ring (13) having at least one conically extending face (13A) is disposed. The angle of the conically extending face (13A) has a self-locking effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.
    Inventors: Kamil Matyscak, Traugott Schmid
  • Patent number: 5348387
    Abstract: A drive and bearing arrangement for a rotatable member such as a concrete mixing drum has a first drive mechanism for providing a rotational drive force to the drum, a primary bearing coupled to the primary drive mechanism and the drum for supporting an end of the drum, an auxiliary bearing for selectively and alternatively supporting the end of the drum in the event of failure of the primary bearing, and an auxiliary drive mechanism for providing a drive force to the drum when the end of the drum is supported by the auxiliary bearing. In one embodiment, the arrangement includes a drive flange coupled to the output of a transmission which includes the primary bearing, and a driven flange which is coupled to the rotatable drum. Auxiliary bearings are provided between the first and second flanges. A removable locking element is provided to rigidly lock the drive and driven flanges together when the primary bearing is rotatably supporting the end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventors: Dale F. Gordon, William B. Benson
  • Patent number: 5346365
    Abstract: In a gas turbine, the exhaust gas casing (5) consists of a ring-shaped hub-end inner part (6) and a ring-shaped outer part (7), which parts bound a diffuser (9) and are provided with a horizontal split plane. The exhaust gas casing merges into an exhaust gas duct, whose boundary walls likewise consist of a ring-shaped hub-end inner part (16) and a ring-shaped outer part (17). The split locations between the exhaust gas casing and the exhaust gas duct are configured as flange connections (7A, 17A and 6A, 16A respectively). The flanges (7A, 17A and 6A and 16A respectively) at the split locations have a conically extending contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.
    Inventor: Kamil Matyscak
  • Patent number: 5289733
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement in a gear assembly having a gear segment attached to a spider. The improvement comprises a pair of spaced spider webs and a segment-attached mounting member received between the webs. The mounting member has a pair of spaced plates, one plate against each web. Each of a group of tube-like generally cylindrical segment coupling members extends between a particular web and its adjacent plate while each of another group of coupling members extends between the other web and its adjacent plate. The coupling members of a group are in opposed relationship to corresponding coupling members of another group. A bolt-like retaining member extends through each pair of opposed coupling members (with clearance therebetween) and prevents such members "working" out of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Corporation
    Inventor: Harvey J. Kallenberger
  • Patent number: 5263997
    Abstract: A plate for spreading bolt loading around the horizontal joint flanges of a turbomachine, such as a steam turbine, is provided. The plate is contoured so that its surface area substantially matches that of the surface of the steam turbine flange against which the compressive load associated with the joint bolt preloading is applied. The plate is disposed between the flange and the nuts on the joint bolts and is made from a high yield strength material so that the locally high stresses under the nuts do not cause creeping or yielding of the plate. The plate serves to distribute the compressive joint loading around the entire surface of the flange, thereby eliminating the locally high compressive stresses that can cause creep and yielding in the flange. Spherical counter bores are machined in the plate bolt holes and spherical washers are installed between the plate and the nuts so that misalignment of bolt holes does not cause the nuts to impose bending forces on the bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: David M. Parker, John A. Moreci
  • Patent number: 5123772
    Abstract: A threaded hub and shaft connection includes a first hub threaded onto a first section of the shaft using a thread shape having a working face rise angle of from 7 to 25 degrees. Preferably a second hub is threaded onto a second section of the shaft inboard of the first hub, and the threads in the second hub and second shaft section also have a working face rise angle of from 7 to 25 degrees. Bolts or set screws engage both of their hubs in such manner as to exert axial force on at least the first hub tending to move the first hub relative to the shaft in the working face rise direction of the thread carrying the first hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Coupling Corporation of America
    Inventor: J. Hilbert Anderson