Including Set Screw Patents (Class 403/362)
  • Patent number: 10633050
    Abstract: A handlebar structure of bicycle suited for being assembled to a stem of a bicycle is provided. The handlebar structure includes a body and a reinforcement member. The body has a first segment fixed to the stem, a second segment, and a third segment held by a rider, wherein the second segment is connected between the first and the third segments. One portion of the reinforcement member is fixed to the stem, and another portion of the reinforcement member is disposed on the second segment. A two-dimensional Cartesian system x-y based on an orthogonal cross-section of the second segment is constructed, and a scope of the second segment being covered by the reinforcement member contains at least a second quadrant of the two-dimensional Cartesian system x-y, wherein the bicycle moves in a positive x-axis direction of the two-dimensional Cartesian system x-y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Hao Huang, Hua-Chun Huang
  • Patent number: 10413097
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a modular food shield system are disclosed and described within the context of exemplary food shield configurations. Certain embodiments may include cut-to-length support posts. Further, certain embodiments may include versatile brackets that can be positioned, and repositioned, along the length of support post without requiring that the support post be slotted, tapped, drilled or otherwise customized to secure the bracket in position. Brackets used in certain embodiments may further be configured to make use of one or more “double duty” set screws that can simultaneously secure the bracket to a support post while providing a structure for mating with one or more ancillary components in the food shield system such as, but not limited to, an internally threaded barrel spacer, a cut-to-length support post, a main viewing panel or side panel, a finishing cap component, a viewing panel adjustment mechanism, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Orlando Matus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10393166
    Abstract: Provided are a set screw, a fixing structure, a fixing method and a sealing structure that can reduce an exposed amount of a set screw and prevent the set screw from coming off a female thread. A fixing structure for fixing a first member 20 in which a female thread 21 is formed and a second member 30 which is provided to be slidable with respect to the first member 20, and in which a through-hole 31 is formed that has a diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the female thread 21, wherein the second member 30 is positioned with respect to the first member 20 in a state in which center axes of the female thread 21 and the through-hole 31 coincide with each other, the set screw 10 is engaged in the female thread 21, and the small diameter portion 13 is inserted into the through-hole 31, whereby the first member 20 and the second member 30 are fixed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: EagleBurgmann Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Kito
  • Patent number: 10260550
    Abstract: A semi-left-hand-thread-removal screw including a screw end head and a bolt, wherein a sink hole is provided on the screw end head, a lower portion of the sink hole is an inscribed polygon structure or an I-shaped structure, a thread which is opposite to the bolt is provided on an upper portion of the sink hole, the inscribed polygon structure is an inscribed hexagon. A screw according to aspects of the disclosure may be screwed in with a common inscribed hexagon screwdriver and an inscribed hexagon structure thereof which are embedded into each other; the screw can be unscrewed with a left-hand-thread screwdriver which is matched with a left-hand-thread structure thereof and screwed in the left-hand-thread structure thereof, after the left-hand-thread screwdriver is screwed in tightly, the screwdriver is continuously co-rotated and then the screw may be unscrewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Chaoyi Li
  • Patent number: 10208863
    Abstract: A valve having a valve closure member in a valve housing is provided. The valve closure member has a shaft received within an aperture of the closure member and extending out of the housing. One or more locking apertures are formed between an inner surface of the aperture of the valve closure member and an outer surface of the shaft, the locking apertures being angled outward from an axis of the shaft and toward the interior end of the shaft. One or more locking members are inserted into and engage each of the locking apertures, the locking members securing the position of the shaft relative to the valve closure member such that rotation of the shaft rotates the valve closure member between an open position and a closed position and such that internal pressure from within the valve housing increases the engagement between the locking members and the locking apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dyna-Flo Control Valve Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Cam B. Robinson, Curtis Dale
  • Patent number: 10054255
    Abstract: The present application discloses an articulating support arm with improved friction joint designs that are facilitated by the use of a non-annular bushing. In particular, the bushing is designed to interact with another portion of the friction joint to prevent rotational movement of the bushing, thereby minimizing the risk of joint malfunction. A bushing that interacts with a larger percentage of the width of a friction cylinder as compared to prior art devices, thereby improving the performance of the joint, is also disclosed. The improved friction joint according to the present invention may comprise an arm joint and/or tilter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Office Products, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bowman, Carl J. Hochberg, Michael P. Smith, Mickey Lam
  • Patent number: 10023043
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to an adaptable hub motor having two or more adaptor sleeves that allow for the hub motor to be attached to or incorporated into various different types of pallet jacks. Other implementations relate to a kit having a hub motor and two or more adaptor sleeves for such use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Johnson
  • Patent number: 9840235
    Abstract: Vertical elongate support (2) for supporting a parked vehicle trailer (1), consisting of a top prop tube (21), an inner prop member (22) which can telescopically slide into the prop tube (21), and a threaded spindle (3) for moving the inner prop member (22) in relation to the prop tube (21), whereby the threaded spindle (3) meshes with a threaded bearing (31) that is secured to the upper end of the inner prop member (22). The upper end of the threaded spindle (3) is connected to a crown wheel (32), the upward-facing surface of which is part of a thrust bearing (33) or is designed to accommodate a thrust bearing (33). The thrust bearing (33) supports the vehicle trailer (1), either directly or via a cover (23) that is connected to the prop tube (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Hubert Koschinat
  • Patent number: 9746125
    Abstract: The present application discloses an articulating support arm with improved friction joint designs that are facilitated by the use of a non-annular bushing. In particular, the bushing is designed to interact with another portion of the friction joint to prevent rotational movement of the bushing, thereby minimizing the risk of joint malfunction. A bushing that interacts with a larger percentage of the width of a friction cylinder as compared to prior art devices, thereby improving the performance of the joint, is also disclosed. The improved friction joint according to the present invention may comprise an arm joint and/or tilter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Office Products, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bowman, Carl J. Hochberg, Michael P. Smith, Mickey Lam
  • Patent number: 9277942
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes a receiving part to receive a rod for coupling the rod to a bone anchoring element, the receiving part having a top end and a bottom end, a first passage at the bottom end with a first longitudinal axis, and a second passage at the top end with a second longitudinal axis that intersects the first longitudinal axis, and a compression element, wherein at least one of the receiving part or the compression element has a seat with an opening facing the bottom end, and wherein the compression element is movable relative to the receiving part along the first longitudinal axis between a first position wherein the seat is expandable and configured for insertion of a head of a bone anchoring element and pivoting of the head, and a second position wherein the seat is compressed to lock an inserted head therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 9200655
    Abstract: A pole securement sleeve is disclosed herein. The pole securement sleeve includes a tubular housing member having a sidewall defining an internal passageway configured to receive a pole therein; a clamping member, a portion of the clamping member disposed in the internal passageway of the tubular housing member, the clamping member configured to apply a compressive force about a portion of an outer periphery of the pole; and a clamping member adjustment means operatively coupled to the clamping member, the clamping member adjustment means together with the clamping member circumscribing an area configured to be intersected by the pole. When a moment or torque is applied to the clamping member adjustment means, a size of the area circumscribed by the clamping member adjustment means and the clamping member is adjusted. A pole securement system and an umbrella base assembly, each including the pole securement sleeve, are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sunjoy Industries Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Lianzhang Pan
  • Patent number: 9145920
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for rotatably supporting a shaft member. The bearing assembly has an inner ring having an inner surface sized to receive the shaft member therein. A first fastener threadedly engages a first fastener aperture formed in the inner ring such that a distal end of the first fastener engages the shaft member to selectively retain the inner ring to the shaft member for rotation therewith. A first groove extends along the inner surface of the inner ring and is aligned with the first fastener aperture formed in the inner ring. The first groove is sized to permit clearance between a burr or other obstruction formed on an exterior surface of the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Phillips, Kim D. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8992114
    Abstract: A connector assembly to fasten two members including an elongate fastener with a transverse aperture where the transverse aperture has a countersunk surface and a screw threaded nipple positionable in the transverse aperture so that when the nipple is placed into the transverse aperture it moves down the countersunk surface and forces the fastener to move and bring the two fastened members closer together. The connector assembly can also include a housing to assist with the positioning of the nipple. The connector assembly has relatively few parts and provides a tight and aesthetically pleasing connection finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Boseth Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Alosman Ajanovic
  • Patent number: 8978777
    Abstract: A non-rotation lock screw for a wellhead assembly is provided that includes a rotating portion and a non-rotating portion. The non-rotating portion includes a distal end configured to engage a component of the wellhead assembly, and may include one or more seals. The rotating portion may be rotating into a component of wellhead assembly such that the non-rotating portion translates in a radial direction. The rotating portion and non-rotating portion may be coupled together via a bearing to enable free rotation of the rotating portion. Systems and methods of operation that include the non-rotation lock screw are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8770332
    Abstract: A vehicle body frame includes an upper frame, lower frame and a fastening member. The fastening member includes first and second bolts. The first bolt is provided to obliquely cross an axial line of a lower frame end connected to an upper frame end and to fasten the lower frame end to the upper frame end. The second bolt is provided to orthogonally cross the axial line of the lower frame end and fasten the lower frame end to the upper frame end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akinori Hirano, Takehisa Katsura, Katsutoshi Satoh
  • Patent number: 8740493
    Abstract: A connection for transmitting rotating torque has a first component having a shaft with male spline teeth on an outer peripheral surface of the shaft. The male spline teeth extend to an inner end, and there is a blocking portion of the shaft extending in an inner direction from the inner end of the male spline teeth. A second component has a hollow portion with female spline teeth on an inner periphery of a bore. The female spline teeth extend to an outer end. Bolt holes are formed in both the hollow portion and the shaft. The bolt hole in the shaft is formed in a portion of the shaft receiving the male spline teeth. A bolt extends through the bolt holes, and the shaft is secured within the hollow portion. A distance from an inner end of the blocking portion to the inner end of the male spline teeth is greater than a distance between an outer surface on the bolt to the outer end of the female spline teeth on the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Carbone
  • Patent number: 8727656
    Abstract: Metal profile (230,280) as well as with the metal profile cooperating fastening device (800,830,860), wherein the two-dimensional cross-section of the metal profile, perpendicularly to the length of the profile, includes a screw pocket (233). The screw pocket includes a hole (234), arranged to accommodate a screw which is inserted perpendicularly to the cross-section, as well as an opening (235) out from the hole, which opening is narrower than the cross-sectional dimension of the hole perpendicularly to the main direction of extension (M) of the opening, and in that the screw pocket is arranged to accommodate, and therefore to engage with, the fastening device, which fastening device can be inserted into the screw pocket perpendicularly to the cross-section and thereafter be slid in the screw pocket along the metal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Clamco Invest AB
    Inventor: Bertil Lohman
  • Patent number: 8727658
    Abstract: A pinless device for orienting a motorcycle stabilizer wiper, such device having a platform adapted for stable attachment to a motorcycle; projections extending, preferably upward, from the platform in order to create a channel; an arm having a first end adapted for attachment to a shaft from a wiper of a motorcycle stabilizer and also having a second end of such dimensions that the second end can fit in the channel between the projections; and a means, such as a set screw, for releasably and securely fastening the second end of the arm in the channel between the projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Ralph S. Norman
  • Publication number: 20140119822
    Abstract: A modular shaft comprising at least two tubular segments, which can be connected to each other along the same axis of the shaft. The first segment comprises, at one end, a first connecting portion forming a tapered shank, whilst a second segment comprises, at one end, a second connecting portion forming a tapered receiving surface set up for receiving the tapered shank. The shaft also comprises at least one locking screw located at the connecting portions and acting on the connecting portions to stably lock the segments together. In particular, the locking screw is positioned and operates along a screwing axis incident on the axis of the shaft and with said axis of the shaft forming an acute fixing angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SIR MECCANICA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Rinaldo Siracusa
  • Publication number: 20140036424
    Abstract: The mounting structure provided with pluralities of guide ribs having a fixed part and a moving part at both sides of a mounting region of an optical disk unit in an electronic apparatus, the fixed part projects out from a bottom surface of the mounting region along a direction of insertion of the optical disk unit into the mounting region and the moving part which swingably extends from the downstream side of the fixed part, the vicinity of a front end part of the moving part of at least one of the plurality of guide ribs which are provided at one side of the mounting region being provided with a projection which engages with a screw hole which is provided in advance in the optical disk unit, so that the optical disk unit is locked by the projection when the optical disk unit is completely housed in the mounting region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masahiko HOSHI, Kaigo TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20140013577
    Abstract: A sway brace attachment for firmly connecting to a beam and other flanged structures, and a method for manufacturing the sway brace attachment. The sway brace attachment includes a main body and an insert that is captured within the main body by a pair of set screws which also engage the flange. Preferably, a third set screw is supported by the main body and engages the opposite side of the flange from the pair of set screws. The main body can be generally rectangular in shape, with a top wall, a pair of side walls extending from the top wall and a pair of bottom walls, which extend inwardly from respective side walls in an overlapping relationship. The sway brace attachment can be used for bracing pipes and other loads, suspended below ceilings and floors, against sway and seismic disturbances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 8628268
    Abstract: A cam lock clamp comprises a stud having a substantially cylindrical body with a first end including a head area and a second end arranged to support one or more disc springs concentrically about the stud. A socket is arranged to mechanically couple concentrically around the stud with the head area of the stud being exposed above an uppermost portion of the socket. The socket is configured to be firmly attached to a consumable material. A camshaft has a substantially cylindrical body and is configured to mount within a bore of a backing plate. The camshaft further comprises an eccentric cutout area located in a central portion of the camshaft body. The camshaft is configured to engage and lock the head area of the stud when the consumable material and the backing plate are proximate to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Kellogg, Anthony J. Norell, Anthony de la Llera, Rajinder Dhindsa
  • Patent number: 8607515
    Abstract: A connector comprising a container-like fastener holder (4) of finite depth with a front (6) and a rear plate and side walls (8) wherein the rear wall and substantially the whole depth of the holder can be cast into a concrete structure to form a space within the concrete structure, fastening means (12) which can assume a range of positions within the holder (4) and a move able connection part (16) or device which can be fastened to the front plate (6) by the fastening means (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Thomasons Innovations Limited
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Jarvis
  • Publication number: 20130315663
    Abstract: A light steel keel connecting structure, comprising at least two light steel keels, each of which has a connecting surface connecting with the other light steel keel, and connecting pieces for connecting the light steel keels, characterized in that concaves are provided on each of the connecting surfaces respectively which are depressed toward inside of the light steel keels, and the concaves of two connecting surfaces which are connected vertically are disposed by way of embedding, and at least two connecting holes are provided at corresponding positions of two concaves that are embedded, respectively, and the connecting pieces are provided within the connecting holes in a state of connection. The terminals of the connecting pieces at one end where depression sides of the concaves are located do not go beyond outer edges of the openings of the concaves on the same side as the terminals of the connecting pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicants: CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONTAINERS (GROUP) LTD., Guangdong Xinihui Cimc Special Transportation Equipment Co. Ltd, CIMC CONTAINERS HOLDING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Shudong Tu
  • Patent number: 8567879
    Abstract: Cabinets adapted for non-level garage floors and out-of-plumb garage walls with leveling controls operated from inside each cabinet. The cabinets have in common that they are attachable to a garage wall and each has at least one adjustment panel forming a part of the back of the cabinet. Each adjustment panel has a hand screw for extending behind the cabinet to engage the wall to provide back-to-front leveling and to prevent installation of fasteners, such as screws, from pulling the cabinet closer to the wall during installation. Each adjustment panel also has horizontal slots in a staggered arrangement in two horizontal rows for receiving fasteners. Floor-standing cabinets have feet that are adjustable from inside the cabinet. Wall-hanging cabinets have a top bracket that provides side-to-side leveling form inside. Floor-standing cabinets are modular and stackable, using an included adapter and door-handle coupler to enable stacked cabinet doors to open as one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Keith Carter, William Basore
  • Patent number: 8485751
    Abstract: A latching device for insertion into a tube provides two large flat buttons one on each side to lock the tube relative to an outer tube or to two parallel plates. A tubular housing with open ends slides into the tube between the side walls of the tube with the ends of the housing substantially butting inside surfaces of the side walls. The buttons are mounted on respective slide members mounted in the housing spring biased apart so that the buttons can be depressed. One or two set screws acting as stop members can be inserted after the housing is moved to the required location in the tube to prevent depression of the buttons to a position inward of the inner surface of the tube so that the housing is held in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tuffbuilt Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Vetesnik
  • Publication number: 20130121760
    Abstract: An expandable clamp having a first jaw and a second jaw each having a rear end pivotally linking together, and an elastic member urging the first and the second jaws in a closing position in which the first and the second jaws touch each other. The fist jaw further has a first shoulder inclining inward, on which two first jaw necks are formed, leaving a space therebetween. A first jaw head being formed on each first jaw neck extending outward. The second jaw has a second shoulder inclining inward, on which one second jaw neck is formed. A second jaw head is formed on the second jaw neck extending outward. In the closing position, the first jaw necks and jaw heads are interlacing with respect to the second jaw neck and jaw head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Deming Chen, Haiyan Xue
  • Patent number: 8419309
    Abstract: A pivoting ball mount provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball, creating a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Wimberley, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • Patent number: 8403591
    Abstract: The interchangeable-core adjuster assembly for optical mounts comprises a carrier bushing and an internally-threaded core bushing that fits snuggly inside the carrier bushing. The carrier bushing is fixedly fitted into the hole the stage plate of the optical mount, and the core bushing slides inside it. The core bushing is irrotatably locked into position within the carrier bushing by conjugate key-keyway structures on carrier and core bushings. While the carrier bushing remains in the stage plate of the optical mount, the core bushing can be removed and replaced with another core bushing having a different pitch. In this way, the same mount may be used with either fine adjuster screw or ultra-fine adjuster screws by simply interchanging core bushings having the corresponding pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Eugeniusz Kozak
  • Patent number: 8221582
    Abstract: An electrode assembly for a plasma reaction chamber used in semiconductor substrate processing. The assembly includes an upper showerhead electrode which is mechanically attached to a backing plate by a series of spaced apart cam locks. A guard ring surrounds the backing plate and is movable to positions at which openings in the guard ring align with openings in the backing plate so that the cam locks can be rotated with a tool to release locking pins extending from the upper face of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Roger Patrick, Gregory R. Bettencourt, Michael C. Kellogg
  • Patent number: 8070378
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Nicholas A Gargaro, III, David M Wendinger
  • Publication number: 20110283580
    Abstract: An assembly for a bolt catch on a firearm having a bolt that slides between a latched position and an unlatched position, the bolt held in the latched position by a bolt catch mechanism that includes a catch-release actuator pivotally mounted on the rifle to provide for latching and unlatching of the bolt by a user, the assembly including a lever having an L-shaped body that comprises a first leg and a second leg that is formed at substantially a right angle to the first leg, the first leg having a free end on which is formed a mounting member; and a clamp member structured to attach to the mounting member on the lever to enable clamping of the lever to the catch-release actuator in a manner that does not require disassembly of the firearm or disassembly or removal of the catch-release actuator from the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Brian Esch
  • Patent number: 7971840
    Abstract: An adjustable arm supports a device housing with respect to a base and allows the position of the device housing to be adjusted as desired. The adjustable arm has segments joined by pivot joints, with passages therethrough to allow wires to be strung through the arm segments and joints so as to be shielded by the arm. The joints can be either dual-pivot joints or single pivot joints, and for both types of joints, the frictional resistance of the joints can be adjusted. In some embodiments, the elements of the arm can be strung onto the wiring prior to assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Bruce D. Hirschhorn
  • Patent number: 7941912
    Abstract: In order to increase the clamping effect in an electrical screw connector used in industrial applications to fix or hold an electrical conductor, the support and contact surfaces for the electrical conductor are textured. According to the invention, the texturing of the support and contact surfaces for the electrical conductor is carried out by various production methods using embossing or stamping tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hartmut Follmann, Olaf Gemke, Heinz Reibke
  • Publication number: 20110097143
    Abstract: A pinless device for orienting a motorcycle stabilizer wiper, such device having a platform adapted for stable attachment to a motorcycle; projections extending, preferably upward, from the platform in order to create a channel; an arm having a first end adapted for attachment to a shaft from a wiper of a motorcycle stabilizer and also having a second end of such dimensions that the second end can fit in the channel between the projections; and a means, such as a set screw, for releasably and securely fastening the second end of the arm in the channel between the projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Ralph S. Norman
  • Patent number: 7926789
    Abstract: The invention relates to lifting gear having a drive unit (2), a drive shaft (3), which has a drive flange (4) fixable thereon and can be driven by the drive unit (2), and a cable drum (5) that can be connected to the drive flange by means of a coupling, said coupling comprising at least one coupling element (10) engaging in a recess (11) in the drive flange (4) and in a hole (12) in the cable drum (5) to transmit torque. In order to equip a lifting gear having a drive unit comprising a motor and a gearbox with a coupling, which ensures simple assembly with a simple and space-saving design, according to the invention the coupling element (10) is movable and fixable radially from an assembly position into an operating position, in which the coupling element (10) connects the drive flange (4) to the cable drum (5) in a driveable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Kohlenberg, Stefan Noll, Jurgen Backsmann, Christoph Passmann, Gereon Imbusch
  • Patent number: 7905677
    Abstract: A flagpole having a plurality of linear tubular members with ends of adjacent tubular members connected with coupling members including arcuate segments retained in tight surface engagement with inside surfaces of the tubular members with fasteners and a coupling assembly having a cone-shaped body and a sleeve connecting tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Uncommon USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20110058895
    Abstract: There is described a device (10) for fixing accessories in a motorcycle, in particular for a windshield (14), comprising at least one shaft (12) insertable in a sleeve element (18) constrainable to a fixed component (16) of the motorcycle. A portion of shaft (12) comprises at least one elastic spacer element (20) insertable into the sleeve element (18) and actuable by reversible junction means (30) between an expanded position, in engagement within the sleeve element (18), and a rest position, extractable from the sleeve element (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: PIAGGIO & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Carrabs, Alberto Gracci
  • Patent number: 7871219
    Abstract: A connection mechanism is provided with a shaft member formed with an outer-screw portion which is formed with an outer screw, a plate member formed with a connection hole in which the shaft member is fitted, a nut member formed with an inner-screw to engage with the outer-screw of the shaft member, the nut member engaged with the shaft member being urged toward the plate member fitted on the shaft member to fixedly secure the plate member onto the shaft member, and a fixing mechanism that fixes the plate member and the nut member with each other to retain a status where the plate member and the nut member are urged oppositely in a rotational direction about a central axis of the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Maruyama
  • Patent number: 7854564
    Abstract: A flagpole having a plurality of linear tubular members with ends of adjacent tubular members connected with coupling members including arcuate segments retained in tight surface engagement with inside surfaces of the tubular members with fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Uncommon USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Erickson
  • Patent number: 7806622
    Abstract: In order to arrest a first profile, which has a groove provided with an undercut, a second profile, which has a location opening, whereby preventing these profiles from rotating, there is provided the invention provides a tilting connector in the form of a body extending along a longitudinal extension for fastening in a groove, which is provided with an undercut, of the first profile. This body comprises: a base; a web, which projects from the base, extends along the longitudinal extension and which serves to laterally fasten the tilting connector in the groove, a base area projecting above the web forming a stop surface for interlocking with the undercut; a first hole for an anchor bolt for inserting into a second profile, and; a second hole for a lever bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Ulrich Stauss
  • Patent number: 7740267
    Abstract: A nesting stabilizing device for limiting the rotation of accessories connecting to a hitch receiver with an outward end defining an opening. The outward end of the hitch receiver has a protruding ring about an outward surface. The nesting stabilizer has a base with a body portion receivable in the hitch receiver and also has a flanged collar for engaging the protruding ring on the hitch receiver in an interference fit, the flanged collar further being coupled with an accessory. In addition, the nesting stabilizer includes a fastener operatively connected with the base for urging the flanged collar against the outward end to cause the flanged collar to engage the protruding ring on the outward end. The nesting stabilizer connects the accessory to the hitch receiver upon engagement of the flanged collar with the protruding ring on the hitch receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Archimedes Intellectual, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph P. Kirtland
  • Publication number: 20100102287
    Abstract: The invention relates to lifting gear having a drive unit (2), a drive shaft (3), which has a drive flange (4) fixable thereon and can be driven by the drive unit (2), and a cable drum (5) that can be connected to the drive flange by means of a coupling, said coupling comprising at least one coupling element (10) engaging in a recess (11) in the drive flange (4) and in a hole (12) in the cable drum (5) to transmit torque. In order to equip a lifting gear having a drive unit comprising a motor and a gearbox with a coupling, which ensures simple assembly with a simple and space-saving design, according to the invention the coupling element (10) is movable and fixable radially from an assembly position into an operating position, in which the coupling element (10) connects the drive flange (4) to the cable drum (5) in a driveable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: DEMAG CRANES & COMPONENTS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Kohlenberg, Stefan Noll, Jurgen Backsmann, Christoph Passmann, Gereon Imbusch
  • Publication number: 20100074682
    Abstract: A device for fastening an object, preferably a hinge, to an extruded profile, wherein the device comprises a sliding block that is connected in a known way with a hinge arm via webs on the upper surface of said block, and having one lateral surface on the bottom side ended by a longitudinal snap tooth, and another lateral surface ended in an undergrabbing prong, wherein said fastening device (N1, N2, N3, N4) comprises at least one pair of resilient elements (14, 22, 23, 26), wherein said resilient elements (14, 22, 23, 26) are arranged in cutouts (15) formed on the bottom side (4) of the sliding block (1) symmetrically with respect to the main axis (A) of the hinge. Said resilient element (14, 22, 23, 26) is arranged in said coutout (15) in a way to protrude from said sliding block (1) in the area of the lateral wall (3) of said sliding block (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: David Pecar, Daniel Kozlovic, Valmi Valentic
  • Patent number: 7669806
    Abstract: A versatile sway brace fitting, includes a pair of spaced jaws, for firmly and deformingly gripping a brace, and a method for manufacturing the fitting. The fitting can withstand substantial loads and is adaptable to receive a variety of braces such as bracing pipes, angle irons, channels, plates, among others. The fitting includes a set screw, preferably angled, and a sharp-cornered recess which assist in resisting withdrawal of the brace from the jaws. The method of manufacturing is desirably simple and expeditious, thereby ensuring that the fitting is inexpensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: NIBCO Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 7625151
    Abstract: A coupler system which changes the relationship of two or more rotating shade tubes is disclosed. The invention enables the installer to compensate for the height of the hembar by rotating the tube forward or backward any desired number of degrees. The coupler includes a cam which is adjusted by opposing set screws. The cam may be rotated by about 15 degrees in each direction. Adjusting the cam adjusts the second tube without adjusting the first tube (e.g., the drive or motor end tube). The adjustment device is configured to rotate the cam which, in turn, rotates the second tube to align a second hem bar hanging from the second tube with a first hem bar hanging from the first tube. The adjustments may be accomplished with minimal or no removal or adjustment of the other shades, and with minimal friction on the aligned shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Mechoshade Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Xi Ming Li, Steve Hebeisen, Salvatore Vasapolli
  • Patent number: 7616728
    Abstract: An alignment system that employs jacking block assemblies and alignment posts around the periphery of the top plate of a nuclear reactor lower internals core shroud to align an upper core plate with the lower internals and the core shroud with the core barrel. The distal ends of the alignment posts are chamfered and are closely received within notches machined in the upper core plate at spaced locations around the outer circumference of the upper core plate. The jacking block assemblies are used to center the core shroud in the core barrel and the alignment posts assure the proper orientation of the upper core plate. The alignment posts may alternately be formed in the upper core plate and the notches may be formed in top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC
    Inventors: Charles B. Gilmore, Norman R. Singleton
  • Patent number: 7611110
    Abstract: A clamp support system including a basic support made of a plastic material, a device support made of a plastic material, and a section bar connecting the basic support and the device support. A seat that houses a portion of the section bar is provided to each of the basic support and the device support. Each seat is bounded by walls that are deformable in at least an area. A fastening means that acts on the deformable area for locking the section bar is provided to each support. The section bars and the corresponding seats have matching grooved surfaces. The basic support includes a generally U-shaped body having a central opening that houses a wheel in which the seat of the basic support is provided. The wheel has front toothings for cooperating with a protruding rib of the body for the locking of the wheel via the fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Elesa S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gian Carlo Franchini
  • Publication number: 20090214290
    Abstract: A multi-sided shaft and locking hub apparatus, wherein the locking hub includes an inner hub having a multi-sided inner surface extending around a center hole for receiving the shaft for preventing rotation therebetween, the inner hub including a tapered outer surface, and being cut through, and an outer hub having a tapered inner surface defining a central hole for receiving the inner hub such that the tapered surfaces abut, the outer hub including a multi-sided inner surface defining an extension of the center hole therethrough for receiving the multi-sided shaft with the sides of the inner surface of the outer hub in non-rotating relation, and the tapered surfaces including opposing inner and outer half-holes at spaced locations therearound, for cooperatively receiving threaded members, outer half-holes at some of the spaced locations being threaded so as to be threadedly engageable with the threaded members for pressing the inner and outer hubs together while compressing the inner hub, and the inner half-
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: William L. Cooksey, Neal R. Rosengren, Kirk P. Hillard
  • Patent number: RE41098
    Abstract: A vehicle handlebar grip for use in a bicycle or motorcycle is disclosed to include a plastic grip body peripherally covered with a flexible covering, the grip body having an axially extended mounting hole for mounting onto the vehicle handlebar, two annular end grooves at two ends, and two radial through holes in communication with the annular end grooves, two locating rings respectively fitted into the end grooves of the grip body, the locating rings each having a radial screw hole, and two tightening up screws respectively inserted through the through holes of the grip body and threaded into the screw holes of the locating rings to fix the locating rings and the grip body to the vehicle's handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventor: Teal-Yun Yu