Axially Split Or Separable Member Patents (Class 403/344)
  • Patent number: 10697482
    Abstract: An accessory clamp for use with a rod includes an accessory interface and a corresponding rod clamp. The accessory interface includes at least one of at least one accessory hook and at least one accessory T-slot. By one approach, at least one of the accessory hooks comprises a pivoting accessory hook. By one approach the rod clamp can comprise a universal rod clamp. As one example in these regards, the universal rod clamp can include a selectively variable gripping surface to accommodate a variety of rod diameters. By one approach the accessory interface and the corresponding rod clamp can pivot with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Turturro, Matthew Kruse, Stacey Kiefer
  • Patent number: 10633932
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the annular fluid volume in a wellbore to increase the lift efficiency of a lift system. In the preferred embodiment, a plunger lift system is installed in combination with a production tubing containing one or more joints with an increased outer diameter created by surrounding the joints by a material comprised of a differing composition than the composition of the joints. The increased outer diameter joints are placed in the liquid filled portion of the casing annulus above the setting depth of the plunger to reduce the accommodation space to liquids, resulting in a reduced annular liquid volume and an increase in the lift efficiency of the plunger lift system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Daryl Vincent Mazzanti
  • Patent number: 10626911
    Abstract: A connecting rod of an example in the present disclosure is divided into a rod body and a cap at an oblique division at a large end, the rod body and the cap fastened by bolts. The connecting rod includes a joining plane and first and second restricting parts. The joining plane is a flat joining surface parallel to the division surface of the large end and is formed on at least one of two abutting portions on which the rod body and the cap join. The first and second restricting parts restrict lateral deviations of the rod body in first and second directions with respect to the cap, respectively. The first and second directions are opposite directions. Each of the first and second restricting parts restricts the lateral deviations by a single set of first or second opposing surface provided between the rod body and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tada
  • Patent number: 10591094
    Abstract: A two-piece replaceable union nut for repairs on shipboard high pressure air systems. The replacement union nut is employed when an existing union nut has failed (i.e. cracked or broken) or has been identified as sub-standard due to material type or some other shortcoming, but the piping, tailpiece and thread piece are still in satisfactory condition. The two pieces fit around the pipe and mate using machined notches to form a complete union nut that is constrained in all directions and dimensionally equivalent to a standard union nut. The two-piece union nut facilitates replacement of a union nut in service without the need for cutting piping and reattaching the accompanying tailpiece, and testing the system as conventionally required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Keith R. Grimes, Nuri N. Bracey
  • Patent number: 10512815
    Abstract: A clamping device is configured for securely engaging one or more objects through application of pressure. The clamping device includes a primary member having opposed interior and exterior surfaces. The primary member has a generally cylindrical shape such that the interior surface defines a generally circular space about a center point of the primary member. The clamping device can receive an elongated member through the generally circular space circumscribed by the primary member. The primary member is adapted for clamping and releasing. The clamping device further incorporates one or more components for releasably engaging the elongated member, such as a lever, attached to the primary member and moveable between a closed position, where the elongated member is securely retained by the clamping device through the application of pressure, and an open position, where the clamping device is removable from the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Coulter Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Tyler Scott Stilson
  • Patent number: 10385637
    Abstract: Stop collars may be fixedly mounted on a liner or other tubular member. The stop collar comprises a first sleeve and a second sleeve. The sleeves are adapted to extend around the outer circumference of the tubular member and are engaged by threaded connections. The sleeves provide opposing inner thrust surfaces. The collar further comprises a radially expandable gripping member disposed between the opposing thrust surfaces. The sleeves may be drawn together by rotation about the threaded connection to cause the thrust surfaces to bear on the gripping member and expand the gripping member radially inward into frictional engagement with the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Tercel Oilfield Products USA LLC
    Inventor: Graeme Thomas Marr
  • Patent number: 10369026
    Abstract: An apparatus including a post connectable to an implant extending from a residual limb; a base connectable to a prosthesis; and a clamping assembly configured to releasably connect the post to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason S. Toler
  • Patent number: 10315685
    Abstract: A steering system for a motor vehicle is provided. The system comprises an articulated bearing and a shaft configured to be fixed to the articulated bearing. The articulated bearing comprises a clevis a mating clevis pivotally connected to the clevis. The clevis has a foot arranged substantially transversely to a longitudinal axis of the clevis, and two arms connected to the foot and substantially extending opposite one another along the longitudinal axis. The foot includes a longitudinal opening having a cross-sectional contour for receiving the shaft. At least one end of the shaft has an external contour complementary to the cross-sectional contour, wherein the cross-sectional contour of the longitudinal opening and the external contour of the shaft are formed to permit the shaft to be received in the longitudinal opening in one single rotational position about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Birger Assmann, Andre Lewe
  • Patent number: 10308308
    Abstract: A bicycle frame includes a frame body including a top tube, a seat tube, a seat stay, and a mounting unit that is disposed at a junction among the top tube, the seat tube and the seat stay, and that has a base portion, and a position-limiting portion extending from the base portion, a seat post unit including a seat post that extends through the base portion, and a post clamp that is fixedly sleeved onto the seat post, and that is retained in the frame body by the position-limiting portion, a cushion sleeved onto the seat post, and having a tube body that is fittingly disposed between the seat post and the base portion, and a sleeve portion that extends from the tube body, and that is disposed between the post clamp and the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: A-Pro Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Min Hsu
  • Patent number: 10260227
    Abstract: A Tubular Framing System and Method. The system and method enables users to create structures from tube stock, such as carbon fiber or other composites without the need for a specialized workspace or customized tooling. The system allows the user to create joints, attachment points and mounting points for tubular and sheet composite material. When assembled, the joints between tubular segments and the attached termination fittings provide unparalleled tensile strength without the need for adhesives or special testing for verification. The system includes base assemblies, mid-span bracket and mounting assemblies and a wide range of versatile connectors that can provide the user with the flexibility to easily and rapidly create a wide variety of structures from strong and lightweight composite tube stock and aircraft-grade aluminum connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROCK WEST COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventor: Adrian Corbett
  • Patent number: 10224124
    Abstract: In various embodiments, welding washers are utilized to establish electrical connections between electrically conductive wires and electrically conductive pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MINIPUMPS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Harbers, Ming Wei Hung, Fukang Jiang
  • Patent number: 9855458
    Abstract: A clamping device for securely engaging one or more objects through the application of pressure. The clamping device includes a primary member having opposed interior and exterior surfaces. The primary member has a generally cylindrical shape such that the interior surface defines a generally circular space about a center point of the primary member. The clamping device can receive an elongated member through the generally circular space circumscribed by the primary member. The primary member is adapted for clamping and releasing such that the clamping device may releasably engage the elongated member. The elongated member is securely retained by the clamping device through the application of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Tyler Scott Stilson
  • Patent number: 9303738
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for guiding a load in a linear movement for providing stability and properties of low inertia. The arrangement and method for guiding a load in a linear movement includes a rail being a solid body having a top and opposed sides each interconnecting the top; a shaft being movable upon the rail; and a carrier assembly being movable with the shaft upon the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: James Bombardo
  • Patent number: 9291205
    Abstract: A clamp coupling has a slotted clamping ring seated on a first rotatable part. A clamping screw is arranged in the clamping ring and acts on the clamping ring to elastically spread the clamping ring apart and contract the clamping ring depending on the turning direction of the clamping screw. The first rotatable part has axially oriented slots that extend up to a free end face of the first rotatable part and that separate coupling segments of the first rotatable part from each other. The slots are arranged in an area surrounded by the clamping ring. The coupling segments receive a second rotating part and are clamped by the clamping ring on the second rotating part. A follower part is arranged on the clamping ring and in a spreading-apart direction of the clamping ring is fixedly connected with at least one of the coupling segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Stöber Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Widenmeyer, Artur Wagner
  • Patent number: 9222519
    Abstract: A slotted rigid coupling is configured in such a manner that an inner peripheral surface portion of a shaft hole, the inner peripheral surface portion being located within the slit-equipped fastening section of the coupling body, has an inner diameter d. The inner diameter d of an inner peripheral surface portion of the shaft hole, the inner peripheral surface portion being adjacent to the inner peripheral surface portion, is slightly larger than the inner diameter d. The inner peripheral surface portion is a relief surface recessed outward in the radial direction relative to the inner peripheral surface portion. A shaft is inserted in the shaft hole, and the fastening section is fastened. The region where the inner peripheral surface portion adjacent to the inner peripheral surface portion is provided does not come into contact with the shaft. The shaft can be fastened and affixed to the shaft hole without tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Norio Shirokoshi
  • Patent number: 9109616
    Abstract: A clamp is for clamping a first member to a second member. The clamp comprises a lever that is rotatably coupled to the first member and a plunger. The lever comprises a handle and a cam that rotate together about a rotational axis. Rotation of the lever about the axis in a first direction cams the plunger towards the second member to couple the first and second members together and wherein rotation of the lever about the axis in a second, opposite direction cams the plunger away from the second member to uncouple the first and second members from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Manic Nomad LLC
    Inventor: Trent Ballentine
  • Patent number: 9079630
    Abstract: A steering stem assembly for rotatably coupling a steering assembly to a steering head of a motorcycle main frame. The steering stem assembly includes a first stem member configured to support a first end of the steering assembly on a first end of the steering head and a second stem member configured to support a second end of the steering assembly on a second end of the steering head. The second stem member is formed separately from the first stem member. A joint is defined between the first and second stem members and fixedly secures the first stem member with the second stem member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Alstrin, Eric Konkel, Joshua Hedtke, Stephen Hebert, Troy Schneiker
  • Patent number: 9073595
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a mounting clamp and a restricting structure. The mounting clamp is configured to be mounted to a bicycle tube member. The mounting clamp comprises a first radius portion, a second radius portion, and a clamp opening. The first radius portion defines a first inner radius. The second radius portion defines a second inner radius different from the first inner radius. The bicycle tube member is to extend through the clamp opening. The clamp opening is defined by the first radius portion and the second radius portion. The restricting structure is provided on the second radius portion and is configured to restrict relative movement between the second radius portion and an adapter member at least in a circumferential direction of the second radius portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Kazutaka Fukao, Toshihiko Takeuchi
  • 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: 8733205
    Abstract: A motorcycle gear shifter cover comprising a pair of hemicylindrical halves, wherein each half has a first centered, symmetrical, cylindrical cavity for mounting on the shift peg of a of a motorcycle and comprises two layers, an outer layer and an inner layer, and wherein the outer layer and the inner layer share a common, concentric axis and wherein the outer layer has mating surfaces for joining and affixing said halves around a gear shift peg, and the inner layer contacts and holds the foot-operated gear shifter to prevent movement between the gear shifter and the gear shifter cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: University of Akron Research Foundation
    Inventors: Derek Darnell Fromby, Shasta Sadler
  • Patent number: 8714591
    Abstract: A clamper includes a living hinge, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The first end portion includes a first buckle portion. The second end portion includes a second buckle portion. The first end portion and the second end portion are configured for engagement with one another in confronting relationship. Net assemblies and vehicles are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kobayashi, Hiromitsu Shiina, Tsuyoshi Kumasaka
  • Patent number: 8695725
    Abstract: A power tool handle is selectively connectable to a power tool head. The power tool handle includes a grip portion defining a longitudinal axis, and a motor housed within the handle and including a drive shaft driven by the motor, the drive shaft mounted for rotation within the handle and defining an axis of rotation substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the handle. The power tool handle also includes a trigger disposed proximate the grip portion for actuating the motor, and a button movable in a direction defining an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis to a first position when the tool head is coupled to the handle and to a second position when the tool head is removed from the handle. In the first position, the trigger can actuate the motor, and in the second position, the trigger is inhibited from actuating the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Techtronic Power Tools Technology Limited
    Inventors: Siu Yan Lau, Jason P. Whitmire, Jason Brandenburg, Thomas Parel, Taku Ohi
  • Patent number: 8616558
    Abstract: An overlay component (such as a seal) is provided for mounting to an elongated vehicle structure (such as a door check link) without passing the overlay over the end of the structure. The overlay component has a first body section and a second body section comprised of resilient material. The first body section has a first structure receiving portion and a first interlocking portion. The second body section has a second interlocking portion complementary with the first interlocking portion. The first and second interlocking portions resiliently deform as they are interlocked while the elongated vehicle structure is being received by the first structure receiving portion, thereby retaining the overlay component on the elongated vehicle structure without adhesives or fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: David R. Fischer
  • Patent number: 8522983
    Abstract: A disc for releasable attachment to a shaft of a disc screen apparatus includes a hub having a bore and a single split defining a pair of opposing ends. The hub also has at least one flexible portion intermediate the opposing ends that permits the opposing ends of the hub to be separated a predetermined distance sufficient to allow the shaft of the disc screen apparatus to pass between the opposing ends into the bore. The hub has plurality of outer impacting portions configured for engaging materials to be classified and propelling the materials in a conveying direction when the hub is rotated. A mechanism is provided to secure the hub to the shaft so that the shaft extends through the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: CP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120137804
    Abstract: A mount for a shaft includes a collar, disposable around the shaft, a first mating piece and a second mating piece. The collar includes first and second tapered outer surfaces that taper away from each other. The first mating piece has a first tapered aperture that is configured to mate with the first tapered outer surface of the collar. The second mating piece has a second tapered aperture configured to mate with the second tapered outer surface of the collar. The first and second mating pieces are adapted to be aligned such that when the collar is mated with the first and second mating pieces, the shaft is substantially perpendicular to the first mating piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas A. Sayer
  • Patent number: 8152404
    Abstract: A construction element in the form of an openable clamping element (1) being applicable to a primary object and including at least one clamping element (1) surrounding the primary object and a locking element, characterized in that the clamping element (1) contains at least one partition slot being a parting line of the clamping element, and a locking bar (8) being introducible into the slot, whereby the slot is oriented in parallel to the through going axis of the clamping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Pin2Pin AB
    Inventor: Tomas Berg
  • Publication number: 20120009012
    Abstract: A component for a fastening clip which is composed of two identical components of this type and serves to fasten at least one conduit, having a base plate and at least one seat for a conduit, the seat defining a substantially semi-cylindrical receiving space, the seat having first latching elements and second latching elements arranged opposite each other in pairs with respect to the cylinder axis and extending on one side of the base plate away therefrom, wherein with respect to a plane which is perpendicular to the cylinder axis, the first latching elements are arranged on a first side of the plane and said second latching elements are arranged on the second side of the plane, and wherein the first latching elements are formed such that they can latch on the second latching elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Estelle Allenbach, Michel Kuhm
  • 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: 8061924
    Abstract: In the case of a clamping element for connecting a motor shaft to a transmission via a hub (3), in particular transmission component, such as transmission drive shaft, sun wheel, clutch or the like, with at least one fixing element (7) being inserted radially in the clamping element, the fixing element (7) is at the same time to form both a tangential element for securing the clamping element (R1, R2) against rotation and an axial element for securing the clamping element (R1, R2) with respect to the hub (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Wittenstein AG
    Inventors: Walter Lang, Christof Old
  • Publication number: 20110150565
    Abstract: The invention comprises a clamping mechanism comprising a first and second hinged retaining members for the receiving of a terminal member of a connecting rod. The terminal member is affixed within a retaining volume defined by the first and second hinged retaining members while in a closed first position when the clamping mechanism is disposed within a retaining structure. During a launch operation, a drive shaft urges the clamping mechanism forward of the retaining structure, permitting the retaining members to separate and releasing the retaining member. The connecting rod may be connected to and used to propel a micro-UAV or any other device, such as during a launch operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Itzhak Sapir
  • Publication number: 20100326671
    Abstract: A stop collar is assembled using a method including the steps of receiving a bore of a base having a set of fingers extending along an exterior of a tubular, receiving a bore of a sleeve onto the tubular adjacent the set of fingers, and receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers in an interference-fit. In alternate embodiments, the base comprises a plurality of angularly distributed fingers and/or the base comprises a gap to permit conformance of the base to the tubular. A fingerless base may cooperate with one or more separate fingers to form a base. In an embodiment of the method, the sleeve may be thermally expanded prior to the step of receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers. The sleeve may be heated to expand the bore prior to being received onto the set of fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jean Buytaert, Eugene Edward Miller, Ira Eugene Hining
  • Publication number: 20100272383
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a split locking sleeve for use with a shaft receivable within a portion of a bearing assembly. The split locking sleeve includes a sleeve portion having a first inner bore diameter sized and configured to receive a shaft therein. A collar portion is integrally formed with the sleeve portion, and the collar portion includes a second inner bore diameter that is smaller than the first inner bore diameter. The split locking sleeve further includes an attachment assembly comprising at least one axial slot extending along the collar portion to define first and second collar portions and at least one fastener receivable within the collar portion and configured to draw the first and second collar portions together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: EDT CORP.
    Inventor: Randy Mock
  • Patent number: 7815142
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems provide for the securing of a tape roll on a cable wrapping machine. According to various embodiments, a taping head locking device for securing a tape roll to a taping head of the cable wrapping machine includes a locking device body with at least one aperture. The locking device body includes a surface implement on an inner surface for engaging a surface implement on an outer surface of the taping head. The aperture guides and secures a taping pad penetrating device through the locking device body and into an adjacent tape pad of the tape roll. The locking device body may include two segments pivotally connected at one end of each segment, with a locking mechanism at opposing ends of the segments, allowing for an open configuration to facilitate installation and a closed configuration to secure the taping head locking device on the taping head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventor: Roland Hunt
  • Patent number: 7806623
    Abstract: An insert for an external fixation has two jaws for clamping a rod-shaped element. The insert includes a locking element and is an angled piece having two free ends, with at least one engagement edge for engagement into the rod-shaped element being provided at its one free end. The insert has a recess or bore for engagement with a locking shaft of the clamp provided at the free end thereof that lies opposite to the free end having the rod engagement edge. The insert is angled so that it may extend through a passageway in one of the jaws and into a cavity formed in the jaw for receiving the rod. The insert rod engaging edges are tapered to bite into the rod to prevent its movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma S.A.
    Inventors: Roland Thomke, Vinzenz Burgherr, Damian Fankhauser
  • Patent number: 7789369
    Abstract: A method for installing a means capable of removably securing a pole, comprising installing a first support, installing a second support, inserting said pole into said first support, and thereafter, inserting said pole into said second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: David Brian Jahnz
  • Patent number: 7722280
    Abstract: A hollow-bodied component, which includes at least two die-cast shell elements (1, 2), is suitable in particular for use as a steering component in motor vehicle running-gear assemblies. The hollow-bodied component has a connection zone (5, 6, 18, 19) configured on the shell elements (1, 2) to be interconnected. One connection zone (5) has one first contact area (7) with an essentially U-shaped cross-section that is located on the respective shell element (1) and the other connection zone has at least one strut-type second contact area (8) that engages in the space in the U-shaped first contact area (7) and that is located on the respective other shell element (2). The connection zones (5, 6, 18, 19) are joined in a force fit in a cold welding process that uses a contact pressure (F1, F2), whose value is a multiple of the separating force components (Fr) that act on the connection zones (5, 6, 18, 19) during operation. A method is provided for producing the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Peter Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20100104358
    Abstract: In the case of a clamping element for connecting a motor shaft to a transmission via a hub (3), in particular transmission component, such as transmission drive shaft, sun wheel, clutch or the like, with at least one fixing element (7) being inserted radially in the clamping element, the fixing element (7) is at the same time to form both a radial element for securing the clamping element (R1, R2) against rotation and an axial element for securing the clamping element (R1, R2) with respect to the hub (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: WITTENSTEIN AG
    Inventors: Walter Lang, Christof Old
  • Patent number: 7618015
    Abstract: The principle use of this invention is to allow the user to safely put up and take down a pole without climbing a ladder, removing any bolts or fasteners. Conventional types of removable pole support systems can be heavy, costly and time consuming to put up and take down. The “Easy Set-Up Pole & Support System” allows the user to mount a pole, in mainly the vertical direction without clamps or a ladder. The best example of use for this mechanical invention in the use of putting up a removable flag pole on a Recreational Vehicle (RV). The RV pole application is just one of a variety of applications where a removable pole invention can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: David Brian Jahnz
  • Patent number: 7610845
    Abstract: The invention concerns an adjustable stop assembly, for limiting a stroke, designed for a piston-cylinder unit comprising a cylinder and a piston having a rod, said stop assembly serving to limit the stroke of a lifting device on a forklift truck. Said assembly has a clamping ring (2) axially slidable and lockable on the piston rod, comprising, in one region of its external periphery, a threaded portion. Said assembly also comprises a threaded ring (3) which can be screwed on the threaded portion of the clamping ring and whereof the side facing the cylinder serves as stop thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventors: Uwe Weiner, Oliver Schröter
  • Publication number: 20090196679
    Abstract: A stanchion system, includes a stanchion post and an attachment system for attachment to a flange which includes a first edge and a second edge. The attachment system includes a crossbar including an extending section and an abutment member on a first end thereof to abut the first edge of the flange; a base including a passage through which the extending section of the crossbar is movable and a seating for the stanchion post; and a connector including a first section and a second section. The second section of the connector is attachable to the extending section of the crossbar at one of a plurality of incremental positions. The first section of the connector is movable relative to the second section to adjust the position of the first section relative to the abutment member of the crossbar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: THOMAS W. PARKER, DAVID A. WINSLOW, ERIC M. MANSON
  • Patent number: 7553102
    Abstract: A clamp member for a suspension system of a vehicle includes a base having a length, a width and a depth. The base also has an inside surface and an outside surface, and a front surface and a back surface. A semi-cylindrical receiving portion is disposed on the inside surface of the base and extends through the depth of the base. A first joint portion is disposed on the base and has a first finger extending from the inside surface in the width direction. The first finger is offset in the depth direction from the back surface. A second joint portion is disposed on the base on the opposite side of the semi-cylindrical receiving portion from the first joint portion. The second joint portion has a second finger extending from the inside surface in the width direction, and is offset in the depth direction from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Damon E. Dilworth, Allen G. Renfrow
  • Publication number: 20080292394
    Abstract: A tube rack connector includes a lid and a carrier incorporated to each other, multiple slots and secondary slots being disposed on one side each of the lid and the carrier to receive an elastic member; and multiple fasteners each inserting through a locating hole and a connecting hole respectively from the lid and the carrier to allow a stud from a tube to fast and directly insert into the limiting hole to secure the tube in the groove without slip and deflection and convenient replacement of a tube by loosening up without removing the fasteners since both of the lid and carrier are held open due to elasticity exerted from the elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Chou-Lian Yang
  • Patent number: 7452005
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling and sealing tubes, comprising a flexible duct having a first and second end portions, each portion having an outwardly extending seal portion connected to a flat portion, which in turn is connected to an angled portion which connects to a flat portion having expanded diameter. The apparatus also comprises a sealing assembly comprising a split ring, a compression ring and an end cap subassembly which fits over the compression and split rings. The end cap subassembly comprises a pair of half-rings which are hinged together at one end and latched together using a closure mechanism at the other end. The split ring is mounted over the duct end seal after a tube with a bead is inserted inside the duct. A compression ring is fit over the split ring and the end cap subassembly is latched in place over the compression and split rings, thereby placing the duct seal portion under compressive pressure against the tube and maintaining it in place in a sealed relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: RCF Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Melvin Kramer
  • Patent number: 7438497
    Abstract: A plastic component is attached to a mounting structure by a fastener that extends at least into a mounting hole in the plastic component. The mounting hole is located near an edge corner of a cantilevered mounting tab that forms part of the plastic component. The mounting tab comprises a generally flat plate that has a depending flange that extends around a rounded corner near which the mounting hole is located and a depending sleeve that is contiguous with the mounting hole. The mounting tab has a break away portion so that the plastic component can be removed for recycling easily. Three variations of the breakaway portion are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Masahiro Yoshino, Thomas A. Volpone, Daniel J. Erdman
  • Patent number: 7398966
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in coupling a pair of bar clamps comprises a coupling member for connecting a first clamp to a second clamp is provided. The coupling member includes a first member and a second member having an end pivotally attached to the first member. The coupling member further includes a connection member for attaching an end of each clamp to the coupling member. In another aspect, a connection member for coupling a pair of bar clamps is provided. In another aspect, a method of connecting a first bar clamp to a second bar clamp is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Hubbard
  • Patent number: 7377712
    Abstract: A swivel assembly for connecting a load such as a television receiver to a support includes a swivel stem having a cylindrical head, a reduced diameter cylindrical middle body, and a mounting base. The stem is supported by a retainer assembly including thrust washers engaging the top and the bottom of head. An adjustment is provided for maintaining the thrust washers securely engaged with the head of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7325776
    Abstract: This invention's suspensory fastener for piping is characterized in that the fastener is arranged from the two members of a long band and short band, a coupled state maintaining means, which maintains a state wherein a bolt of a bolt-and-nut set that is provided at a lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band is engaged with an opening with guiding entrance of lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned short band and the two lower end coupling portions are overlapped with each other, is provided, and coupling and releasing of the coupling of the lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band with the fastener coupling portion of the above-mentioned short band are enabled without separation of the bolt-and-nut set provided at the lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Akagi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Shibuya
  • Patent number: 7316518
    Abstract: A closure for cable connection capable of being readily assembled with fastening force of a sufficient level, rapidly accomplishing leading-out of a cable from a cable connection section and storage of the cable, and exhibiting enhanced airtightness while exhibiting increased reliability. The closure includes sleeve members and end plates. The end plates are each provided with slits which extend from cable guide holes to an outer surface of the end plate. Each cable guide hole is provided thereon with a thin-wall cap and the slit is detachably fitted therein with a rigidity holding member. An adhesive tape-like gasket is interposed between an outer periphery of the end plate and an inner surface of a sleeve so as to cover an outer end portion of the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignees: Japan Recom Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Daijiro Sasaki, Kinji Mineshima, Akira Nishimura, Koji Yamagiwa, Tetsuya Hoshijima, Yoshiyuki Yoshii
  • Patent number: 7293763
    Abstract: A retaining keeper assembly for a hoisting device. A shank has a plurality of circumferential grooves perpendicular to an axis of the shank. A thrust bearing surrounds the shank and is supported by the hoisting device. A split retaining collar having a plurality of interior circular protrusions mates with the circumferential grooves in the shank to prevent axial movement of the shank. A cylindrical retaining keeper ring having an open top and an open bottom encloses the assembled retaining collar, the keeper ring having an inner diameter slightly larger than an outer diameter of the retaining collar. A pair of retaining rings surround the split retaining collar above and below the keeper ring to trap the keeper ring in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: The Crosby Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest E. Lutter, Alan C. Doughty, Paul A. Boeckman
  • Patent number: 7234781
    Abstract: An anchoring fixture for stools capable of adjusting elevation is installed on an axle hub hinged on the top end of tripod legs which rest on the floor. The axle hub has a longitudinal axle hole to hold a screw post fastened to the bottom of a stool. The axle hub has a hinge portion on one side of the top surface. The hinge portion has lugs on two sides to be coupled with one end of two clamping members. The clamping members have another end to be fastened by a fastening element. The hinge portion and the two clamping members have respectively a thread portion which jointly mates and couples with the screw post beneath the stool. Thus the elevation of the stool may be rapidly adjusted upwards and downwards to clamp the screw post tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao