Interfitted Members With External Bridging Piece Patents (Class 403/341)
  • Patent number: 10702139
    Abstract: A laryngoscope with a rotatable and turnable display is revealed. The laryngoscope includes a laryngoscope body, a rotating assembly, a turnover assembly and a display. The laryngoscope body is used to capture images. The rotating assembly is disposed over the laryngoscope body and having a plurality of elastic bodies or first and second magnetic parts used in combination with a slot of a first fixed shaft. Thus the display is rotated around the rotating assembly and a rotation angle of the display is determined according to the position of the slot. The turnover assembly is arranged at one side of the display. The display is flipped around the turnover assembly by a fixing member of a second fixed shaft being mounted into at least one fixing hole of a turnover portion. The angle of the display being turned is determined according to the position of the fixing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: IEI Intergration Corp., Armorlink SH Corp.
    Inventors: Kai-Cheng Chan, Chin-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 10624259
    Abstract: A header having a sickle cutter for a combine harvester is provided. The sickle cutter includes moveable first and second sickle knife assemblies oscillating at an offset phase. The sickle cutter further includes a stationary knife assembly positioned at a gap between the moveable first and second sickle knife assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joel Cook, Blaine Noll
  • Patent number: 10385936
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed for mechanically-keyed non-slip brake joints. An example apparatus includes an anchor bracket having a first contact surface with a first fastener opening formed therethrough. A protrusion extends from the first contact surface. The apparatus also includes a mount having a second contact surface with a second fastener opening therethrough. A cavity is formed in the second contact surface. The anchor bracket is to be coupled to the mount such that protrusion matably engages the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Morano, Anthony Vasquez, Werner Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 10337500
    Abstract: A release mechanism comprises a locking body mounted for reciprocating movement in a first axial direction between a locked position and a released position. A force transmitting element is coupled to the locking body for transmitting a force (F) to the locking body for moving the locking body from the locked position to the released position. A biasing element acts on the locking body in a direction for moving the locking body from the released position to the locked position. The locking body comprises a slot having a first slot portion extending in said first direction, and a second slot portion extending transversely from one side of said first slot portion at an end thereof. The slot slidably receives an actuating element therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Artur Hilgier, Marek Wit
  • Patent number: 9293850
    Abstract: A high power, single pole male electrical connector with a reduced surface area contact is disclosed. The male connector is configured for insertion into a female connector of standard design. The reduced surface area of the contact region of the male connector results in less surface contact between the male and female connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated (Delaware)
    Inventor: Charles David Gilliam
  • Publication number: 20150102011
    Abstract: A plasma etching apparatus includes first, second and third chambers, and a plasma generation device. An inner cross-sectional area and shape of the second chamber interior substantially corresponds to the upper surface of a substrate, and a substrate support is disposed so that, in use, the substrate is substantially in register with the interior of the second chamber, and the upper surface of the substrate is positioned at a distance of 80 mm or less from the interface between the second and third chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SPTS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: MAXIME VARVARA
  • Patent number: 8979415
    Abstract: An adhesively bonded joint in a boom arm of an agricultural sprayer has a tee-shaped brace member with a top flange and a stem extending from the top flange. A brace-receiving portion of the joint has a slot formed therein that receives the stem of the tee-shaped brace member. The sides of the stem and underside of the top flange are adhesively bonded to facing surfaces of the brace-receiving portion. The slot is formed with a v-shape, with the mouth of the slot being wider than the width of the distal end of the slot, to provide some flexibility in the angular positioning of the tee-shaped bracing member. The joint further includes a locking collar around an end of the tee-shaped brace. Opposite sides of the locking collar engage notches on either side of the slot to lock the stem of the tee-shaped brace member in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Petrus Henricus Johannes Bouten
  • Patent number: 8967949
    Abstract: A sound-proofed helicocentrifugal fan includes a helicocentrifugal propeller associated with a motor, housed in a casing formed by a central piece and respective end pieces, which pieces are perforated with holes distributed over the entire surface except for the area around the propeller. A sound-absorbing blanket surrounds the casing, and an outer casing is disposed around the entire assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Soler & Palau Research, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Marius Gamissans Bou
  • Patent number: 8783993
    Abstract: A joint and/or bearing arrangement (1) has at least two connecting rods (2, 3), which come together in a receiving region (4), and accommodate a joint (5) or bearing in the receiving region (4), The joint or bearing (5) comprises a joint body (7), which is movably held in a joint body seat (6), and a housing (8) which accommodates and radially externally encloses the joint body seat (6), is designed such that the housing (8) comprises, on the outside, at least one rotation-lock region (9, 10, 14) having a non-circular contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Hans-Gerd Brunneke, Christian Losche
  • Patent number: 8642158
    Abstract: A composite component includes a honeycomb, a skin bonded to the honeycomb, a repair section bonded adjacent to the skin, and at least one cover secured on at least a portion of the repair section to resist peeling of the repair section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William Bogue, Richard B. Ringler
  • Patent number: 8640814
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to side-by-side all terrain vehicles having plural rows of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Brian M. Safranski, Richard L. Sunsdahl
  • Patent number: 8579537
    Abstract: An arrangement for coupling together end-to-end segmented sections of an elongated member can be used with an elongated apparatus that is broken down into the segmented sections for the purpose of conveniently packaging the elongated apparatus in cardboard cartons and the like. The coupling arrangement is used to join the segmented sections when the tool is removed from the carton. The coupling arrangement can include a locking feature that prevents the segmented sections from being separated from one another after they have been joined by the coupling arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne M. VanLandingham, Thomas G. Glore
  • Patent number: 8408974
    Abstract: An abrasive disc assembly for a tool having an externally threaded, motor-driven spindle. The assembly includes an abrasive disc having a central bore formed therethrough and a male portion having an internally-threaded hub portion and a flange portion. The outer dimension of the hub portion is sized to be received within the central bore and the internally-threaded hub portion is enmeshingly engagable with the externally threaded, motor-driven spindle. The assembly further comprises an articulating locking finger extending from the male portion and having a retaining surface. The articulating locking finger is deflectable between a locked position and a deflected position. Finally, the assembly includes a female portion having a central cavity and an engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Farber, Brad Nohr, David C. Jones, Mark E. Brunson
  • Patent number: 8398328
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement has a housing, a cylindrical supporting element having a center axis, which at least partly axially overlaps with the housing and contacts it at a first axial end area to disable movement at least in one direction along the center axis, the supporting element has at least a first protrusion, a connecting element with at least a second protrusion, which at least partly axially overlaps with the supporting element and which is arranged along the center axis facing away from the first axial end area, and a spring arranged and designed such that a first and a second axial end rest on the first protrusion and the second protrusion, respectively. The spring, the supporting element with its first protrusion and the connecting element second protrusion are designed and arranged such as to provide an axial force along the center axis at the first axial end area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Marc, Roberto Ricci
  • Publication number: 20120230761
    Abstract: An elastically deformable bridging piece includes an engaging protruding part between two ends of the piece, insertion of a portion of an attaching member in a direction intersecting a longitudinal direction of the bridging piece is permitted by elastically deforming the bridging piece by contacting with the engaging protruding part with the portion, and the engaging protruding part engages an engaging hole formed in the portion at an insertion terminating position by elastically returning the bridging piece. A restricting part restricting elastic deformation of the bridging piece is provided. When inserting the portion, the restricting part inclines the bridging piece to position the engaging protruding part on the obliquely downward side, and when a force in a reverse direction to the inserting direction acts on the portion located at the insertion terminating position, the restricting part restricts inclination of the bridging piece, which is reversely-oriented to the former inclination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Tomoaki Nagayama
  • Publication number: 20120195681
    Abstract: A steel bar connector includes two adapter members each having an arched inner wall fitting the periphery of two reinforcing steel bars that are abutted end-to-end against each other, inner threads located on the arched inner wall and engaged with the outer threads of the reinforcing bars and a positioning block protruded from the outside wall thereof at one end, and a socket for attaching onto the adapter members to hold down the adapter members and the reinforcing steel bars together. The socket defines two opposing longitudinal ribs protruded from the inside wall thereof, two longitudinal half-round grooves separated by the longitudinal ribs for accommodating the adapter members respectively and a positioning groove located on one end of each longitudinal half-round groove for the engagement with the positioning block of each of the adapter members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Chia-Lung CHEN, Jou Lee
  • Patent number: 8205308
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism, including: a deformable body configured to provide a friction fit with at least one element to which it is fitted, at least one slot in the deformable body, wherein the slot traverses at least a portion of the longitudinal and latitudinal direction of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Puku Limited
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 8205315
    Abstract: A composite tube assembly and a method of making the same are provided. The composite tube assembly includes a composite tube and a fitting penetrating the composite tube. The fitting includes a reduced diameter section surrounded by a reduced diameter tube portion of the tube. A bolstering structure surrounds this reduced diameter tube portion. The method includes inserting the fitting into the composite tube, heating the tube portion surrounding the fitting to soften the same, radially compressing the tube portion onto the fitting reduced diameter section, and providing a bolstering structure surrounding the compressed tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Tyee Aircraft
    Inventors: James M. Mullen, Daniel M. Valleroy, Daniel L. Moore
  • Publication number: 20120151745
    Abstract: A plate joint for joining two plates together includes a first plate and a second plate, with each of the first plate and second plate having a first edge and an opposite and generally parallel second edge. The first plate and second plate are connected together in a generally orthogonal orientation relative to each other with a finger joint defined by a notch in each plate which interlock with each other. The first edge of the first plate and the first edge of the second plate each have a groove therein which axially align with each other in and end-to-end manner. A locking pin is press fitted into the grooves in each of the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan Kuntz
  • Patent number: 8075217
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus (1) that comprises a compression sleeve element (2) established at least partially around portions of a first elongated member (6) that telescopes from a larger elongated member (8) in which it may nest. A relative motion obstruction element (4) may disallow only certain types of motion, e.g., rotational and axial, of the compression sleeve element relative to the elongated members around which it may be at least partially established. As it may be the compression enhancement element (3) —which may be used to generate a retaining compression force element—that prevents perpendicular displacement of the compression sleeve element, deactivation and effective disengagement of the compression enhancement element may allow for a quick removal of the compression sleeve element without requiring that it be slid off an end of either elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Swift Distribution, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald H. Eason
  • Patent number: 8075218
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shaft and hub connection (20) for transmitting torque, a common longitudinal axis (X-X) comprising the following components: a shaft (22) which rotates about the longitudinal axis (X-X) and comprises an entraining longitudinal section having an untrue outer contour (26), and a hub (24) that is coaxial to the shaft (22) and encloses the shaft (22) with its internal contour (28) at least in the area of the entraining longitudinal section. The invention is characterized in that the outer contour (26) of the entraining longitudinal section of the shaft (22) and the inner contour (28) of the hub (24) have the shape of a perfect cone to such a degree that, when the shaft (22) and the hub (24) are assembled, they automatically self-lock, thereby holding the shaft and hub connection (20) together. The connection also comprises connecting means which prestress the shaft (22) and the hub (24), when assembled, in the direction of the longitudinal axis (X-X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Neapco Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Thilo Kroener
  • Publication number: 20110262219
    Abstract: A rod connector for connecting threaded rods is adapted for holding in engagement two or more threaded rod sections. The rod sections are engaging with their threads in an overlapping area. The rod connector comprises a bracket with a plurality of flanges. At least one flange is provided with a retaining opening such that two or more threaded rods with their threads in mutual engagement fit in the retaining opening and are prevented from becoming disengaged. The bracket furthermore includes at least one connection portion interconnecting the flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: J. VAN WALRAVEN HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Jan VAN WALRAVEN
  • 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: 7950123
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for transporter shaft coupling and decoupling to assure alignment of a user interface with a control shaft through matching asymmetric cylindrical surfaces and alignment of an upper shaft segment and a lower shaft segment with ribs meshing with grooves on rings attached to the upper shaft. A tone confirms proper connection. Alignment apparatus is protected from damage associated with torques applied to the control shaft by tab features designed to first give way before other damage is incurred and from moisture by apparatus that seals the connection between upper and lower shaft segments. The user is protected from sudden loss of control by requiring the user interface to execute a sequence of linear and rotational manipulations during assembly of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: R. William Arling, W. Patrick Kelly, Kevin Webber, Andrew Steiner, Michael J. Slate
  • Patent number: 7927036
    Abstract: A quick connect assembly having a female terminal exhibiting an interior passage communicating with a connecting end. The passage is defined by inwardly facing surfaces associated with a plurality of linearly extending and peripherally arrayed beams, the passage exhibiting an enlarged profile an inwardly recessed distance from the connecting end. A male terminal includes a projecting portion generally matching the enlarged profile. The male terminal is inserted into the female terminal, causing the beams to outwardly deflect, following which the beams inwardly retract concurrent with the projecting portion seating within the inner profile. A linearly displaceable and sleeve shaped covering cap is spring supported upon the male terminal and displaceable between a first anti-biased position permitting outward deflection of the beams and a second biased position seating over projecting ends of the beams to prevent inadvertent disengagement of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Michael V. Reasoner
  • Publication number: 20110033230
    Abstract: A joint and/or bearing arrangement (1) having at least two connecting rods (2, 3) which come together in a receiving region (4) and accommodate a joint (5) or bearing in the receiving region (4). The joint or bearing (5) comprises a joint body (7), which is movably held in a joint body seat (6), and a housing (8) which accommodates and radially externally encloses the joint body seat (6), is designed such that the housing (8) comprises, on the outside, at least one rotation-lock region (9, 10, 14) having a non-circular contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Hans-Gerd Brunneke, Christian Losche
  • Patent number: 7856683
    Abstract: A foldable cot includes a cot frame includes two longitudinal and a plurality of supporting legs, and a fabric made cot panel, wherein the longitudinal arms are coupled with the longitudinal edge portions of the cot panel respectively. A tensional enhancing arrangement includes two transverse arms coupled with the transverse edge portions of the cot panel, and four coupling joints rotatably mounted with end portions of the transverse arms to couple with four ends of the longitudinal arms respectively, wherein each of the transverse arms is rotated between a releasing position that the cot panel is loosely supported by the longitudinal arms and the transverse arms, and a setup position that the cot panel is stretched towards the four peripheral edges thereof for enhancing a tension of the cot panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Zheng
  • Patent number: 7821591
    Abstract: A separation type chassis for a flat panel display includes at least two chassis members, and a plurality of fastening members for coupling the chassis members, and coupling holes having a predetermined shape are formed at both ends of each of the chassis members. Each of the fastening members is coupled with the coupling holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 7753614
    Abstract: A connection device for a tire-building drum significantly improves work efficiency for connection and disconnection of a tire-building drum, with requirements for safety, cost, durability, occupied space, etc. sufficiently satisfied. The device connects a center shaft of a tire-building drum to a drive shaft on the building machine body side, where counter lock portions fitting into each other are provided on shaft ends of both shafts that are brought into contact with each other. One end portion of a tubular member is screwed to a head portion of the drive shaft, and cam rollers rotatable about center axes oriented in the radial direction are provided on an inner peripheral surface of the other end portion. At one end portion of the drum center shaft, there is provided a flange that is pressed by the cam rollers to the drive shaft side when the tubular member is displaced by tightening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroto Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20100111597
    Abstract: The present invention prevents two connector housings of a connector from being in a half-fitted condition by increasing restoring force which separates the two housing. A connector includes: a first connector housing including a lock projection; a second connector housing to be fitted to the first connector housing and integrally including a lock arm which is elastically deformed by the lock projection and is engaged with the lock projection; a lock ensuring member including a body which is attached to the second connector housing and movable between an allowing position and a preventing position, and an interference arm which is integrally provided on the body and includes a pressing projection. The pressing projection presses the lock arm while the lock projection deforms the lock arm at the allowing position, and the interference arm abuts the lock arm so as to prohibit the lock arm from deforming in the preventing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji KODAMA, Hiromasa KUBOTA
  • Publication number: 20090243284
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first polymeric connector having a first passageway and a second passageway fixed relative to the first passageway; a first polymeric conduit having a third passageway in fluid communication with the first passageway; and a polymeric member extending over a gap between the first connector and the first conduit and at least portions of outer surfaces of the first connector and the first conduit. A method of attaching a first polymeric connector having a first passageway and a second passageway fixed relative to the first passageway, and a first polymeric conduit having a third passageway, the method includes attaching the first polymeric connector to the first polymeric conduit with a polymeric member extending over at least portions of outer surfaces of the first connector and the first conduit. The first passageway is in fluid communication with the third passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPRATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Klingel, JR., Gerald L. Stadt
  • Publication number: 20090232593
    Abstract: A bamboo frame structure formed of female bamboo frame bars and male bamboo frame bars and reinforced with reinforcing bamboo strips is disclosed. Each female bamboo frame bar is formed of two parallel bamboo strips and a plurality of transverse bamboo blocks set in between the two parallel bamboo strips and kept apart from one another at a distance and kept spaced from the two distal ends each bamboo strip at a distance. Each male bamboo frame is formed of two parallel bamboo strips and a plurality of longitudinal bamboo blocks set in between the two bamboo strips and respectively protruding over the two distal ends of each bamboo strip in such a manner that the protruding part of each bamboo block at one end of each male bamboo frame bar is tightly insertable into the gap in between the two bamboo strips of each female bamboo frame bar and connectable thereto with a fastening member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 7578730
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a grinding brush fixing device applying to a pneumatic tool for surface treatment. The spacing between the fixing arms and arc plates of the brush holder is reduced. Thereby, the press-fit face of the axially-extending fixing arm can press the brush collar onto the first press-fit edge and second press-fit edge, which are at two sides of the notches between two axially-extending arc plates. Further, a flexible gasket is radially placed in a space between the fixing arms and the arc plates. When the fixing disc is fastened to the brush holder, the flexible gasket and the brush collar are tightly compressed and firmly secured. Thus, force can be uniformly applied onto the brush collar and the bristles. The present invention can promote the stability of brush's rotation, generate straighter ground strips, prolong the durability of the grinding brush and grinding brush fixing device, and promote the grinding efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Sunmatch Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung-Pao Chen
  • Publication number: 20090208280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coupling system (10) to releasably clamp a cylindrical target (12) to a spindle (14) by means of an interface ring (22) and a clamping ring (26), whereby the interface ring (22) and the cylindrical target (12) have engaging surfaces comprising two or more circular grooves (18). In another embodiment the clamping ring and the interface ring are the same piece. The advantage of the present coupling system is that it allows a square fitting and avoids high mechanical stresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Ivan VAN DE PUTTE, Parsifal GODERIS
  • Publication number: 20090196687
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement has a housing, a cylindrical supporting element having a center axis, which at least partly axially overlaps with the housing and contacts it at a first axial end area to disable movement at least in one direction along the center axis, the supporting element has at least a first protrusion, a connecting element with at least a second protrusion, which at least partly axially overlaps with the supporting element and which is arranged along the center axis facing away from the first axial end area, and a spring arranged and designed such that a first and a second axial end rest on the first protrusion and the second protrusion, respectively. The spring, the supporting element with its first protrusion and the connecting element second protrusion are designed and arranged such as to provide an axial force along the center axis at the first axial end area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel Marc, Roberto Ricci
  • Patent number: 7542650
    Abstract: A telecommunications infrastructure includes first and second trough members for routing signal-carrying fibers. A coupler is used to releasably couple the first and second trough members together. The coupler includes a first pair of rotatable latches for releasably securing the first trough member to the coupler, and a second pair of rotatable latches for releasably securing the second trough member to the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Telect Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Ellison, James Patrick Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20090108037
    Abstract: A carrying assembly for devices, e.g. electronic devices, and appliances. The assembly is defined by a housing and engaging element (e.g., a button), a pin, and a carrying solution. The button has latching legs and defines a cavity. The pin is engageable with the button through insertion in the cavity. The carrying solution is a base element with a housing slot for the legs upon insertion of the button into the base element. Snapping engagement between the legs and housing slot and between the pin and the button occurs. The legs can be snappingly disengaged from the carrying solution. The pin can be rotationally disengaged from the button. The carrying assembly can be connected to a holster on one side and to a belt clip on the other side, forming an advantageous solution for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Hans LIU
  • Patent number: 7509956
    Abstract: Provided is a device for attachment to tubular connections that serves to ensure the securing of the connection and the avoidance of inadvertent disconnections. Also provided is an endotracheal tube having a releasable locking device component that serves to ensure security of the connection of the endotracheal tube to a breathing system. Also provided is a breathing system having a releasable locking device component that when employed ensures the security of the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: John F. Dombrowski
  • Publication number: 20080277926
    Abstract: A fluid transfer assembly for transporting medicinal substances. The fluid transfer assembly includes flexible tubes and a manifold each comprising silicone. The manifold has an inner protrusion and connector portions having inner walls. Free ends of the tubes are inserted into complementary configured inner walls of the connector portions until each of the free ends abut the inner protrusion, which creates a continuous uninterrupted passageway between the inner bores of the tubes through the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: William D. Inman, JR., Donald A. Jahn, Robert L. Kain, Thomas C. Kreucher, Jeffrey Paul Sage, Blondine Van Roy
  • Publication number: 20080267699
    Abstract: A connector and tubing assembly including a multi-lumen molded connector having at least three flexible tubes also molded into the connector. The connector may be “Y” shaped and include three flexible tubes. A process of making the connector and tubing assembly involves forming a first part of the connector with two tubes molded therein and then removing an internal mold member prior to molding the final connector portion and third tube in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen R. Warburton-Pitt, Rick Alan Steele
  • Patent number: 7438496
    Abstract: A securing apparatus, including: a deformable body, wherein the body is configured to provide a secure interference fit with at least one article to which it is fitted, and an aperture within the body, wherein the aperture is configured to accept a noncircular section of a releasing tool, wherein the securing apparatus is only unlocked by the operation of the releasing tool with respect to the body and is locked at all other times upon removal of the releasing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 7318687
    Abstract: An assembly comprises a male component and a female component which connect together to form a mechanical connection, the female component being adapted to at least partially receive an end portion of the male component. The female component has at least one bore which is adapted to receive a clamping pin which can be tightened to clamp the female component around the male component. A guide is provided which is carried by the male component and which defines at least one blocking region and one opening region, the opening region being aligned with the at least one bore in the female component to permit insertion of the clamping pin into the bore when the male component and female component are correctly aligned and the blocking region otherwise preventing insertion of the clamping pin when the male component is inserted into the female component with an incorrect alignment. The guide assists in achieving correct alignment of the male and female components during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: TRW LucasVarity Electric Steering Limited
    Inventors: Michael Appleyard, Stephen David Butler, Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Patent number: 7232274
    Abstract: A locking device is provided in order to prevent a ceiling-mounted stand comprising one or two arms and one stand head and being part of a ceiling-mounted medical supply unit from falling down should a pivot connection of two arms tear apart. The locking device comprises at least two shell segments (1) that reach around the pivot connection and are provided with a first and a second segment end (3, 4) and with an upper and a lower edge (5, 6) adjacent to each of which an engaging section (7, 8) facing the pivot connection is provided, as well as an upper and a lower washer (9, 29) that is assembled of at least first and second washer segments (11, 12) that are, in the installed state, connected to the pivot connection above and below said pivot connection, whereby the washer segments each comprise engaging sections (13, 14) that are associated with the engaging sections (7, 8) of the shell segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventors: Heinrich Röder, Franz Maier, Max Grill
  • Patent number: 7204064
    Abstract: Composite structures obtained by joining two or more structures of the type which presents pairs of joined tubular elements, whose extremity is hinged in universal joints and in which the universal joints are substantially parallelepiped in form and present four seats of hinging corresponding to the sides faces, in which the universal joints present grooves along the sides of the face, in which are scheduled the seats to hinge the extended elements, in proximity of the edges and parallel to the same edges, that cooperate with C-sectioned fixing elements to hold united two matched universal joints belonging to two structures from join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Sergio Cazzolaro
  • Patent number: 7198424
    Abstract: A connecting element with substantially U-shaped cross-section has a U-shape having two free ends and a connecting region connecting the free ends with one another and having at least one engaging element provided and formed to engage an associated edge of an undercut groove of a first part to be connected by the connecting element, the U shape having at least one second engaging element located near one of the free ends and provided and formed to laterally engage in an associated recess of a second part to be connected by the connecting element, wherein the at least one second engaging element protrudes from an associated one of the free ends of the U shape in a direction away from the other of the free ends of the U shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Bosch Rexroth AG
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Buttau, Uwe Kaiser
  • Patent number: 7155764
    Abstract: A split-apart basket stretcher and its corresponding rail coupling and lock, where the stretcher has first and second portions for mounting in opposed facing relation to one another, and the rail coupling and lock releasably locks the first and second portions together in their opposed facing relation using a threaded slidable collet on the end of at least one rail of the first portion. The collet threads onto the end of at least one corresponding rail of the second portion. A spring loaded pin prevents the collet from unthreading until the pin is manually depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Traverse Rescue LLC
    Inventor: Randal G. Sawatzky
  • Patent number: 7059568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fastening an in-fill panel element to a plane panel element of a covering for an aircraft, the in-fill panel element and the panel element being releasably interconnected at longitudinal sides facing each other, a transverse pin being arranged at least in the end portion of a longitudinal side so that a hook element arranged in the corresponding end portion of the other longitudinal side is able to clampingly engage with a hook opening, in such a manner that a covering surface of the in-fill panel element is arranged so as to be even with a covering surface of the panel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Goodrich Hella Aerospace Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: André Hessling, Bodo Wisch
  • Patent number: 7004671
    Abstract: A pipe connecting structure for connecting a pair of sleeve-like pipes integrally in an axial direction by inserting a male side end portion of one of the pair of sleeve-like pipes into an opening of a female side end portion of the other sleeve-like pipe so as to serve as a connecting portion, wherein a male side protrusion insertion hole and a female side protrusion insertion hole are formed in a peripheral surface of each end portion of a pair of the sleeve-like pipes which constitute the connecting portion, the protrusion insertion holes are brought into coincident with each other, an engagement protrusion is inserted in the protrusion insertion holes and engaged therewith, and such an engagement state of the engagement protrusion is retained by pressing the engagement protrusion with a sleeve member disposed in such a manner as to cover the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Tawara, Makoto Kato
  • Patent number: 6996946
    Abstract: Composite structures obtained by joining two or more structures of the type which presents pairs of joined tubular elements, whose extremity is hinged in universal joints and in which the universal joints are substantially parallelepiped in form and present four seats of hinging corresponding to the sides faces, in which the universal joints present grooves along the sides of the face, in which are scheduled the seats to hinge the extended elements, in proximity of the edges and parallel to the same edges, that cooperate with C-sectioned fixing elements to hold united two matched universal joints belonging to two structures from join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Sergio Cazzolaro
  • Patent number: 6912755
    Abstract: A clamping device of a rotating tool includes a first clamping plate and a second clamping plate. The first clamping plate includes a snap groove disposed at the center of the first clamping plate and having a bored hole disposed at a center of the snap groove and a plurality of first fixing grooves disposed on the circumference of the first clamping plate. The second clamping plate includes a snap protrusion disposed at the center of the second clamping plate, corresponding to the snap groove, and having a bored hole disposed at a center of the snap protrusion, and a plurality of fixing protrusions disposed on the circumference of the second clamping plate and corresponding to the first fixing grooves, wherein one of the first and second clamping plates includes a plurality of union protrusions integrally formed thereon and the other one includes a plurality of second fixing grooves corresponding to the union protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Lung-Hui Chen