Including Discrete Retainer Patents (Class 403/376)
  • Patent number: 10760734
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for removably storing an object in an area having one or more area supports so as to position the container below the area supports and above the floor of the area. The apparatus has a support rail that mounts to the area supports and a container engaging section that securely holds the object. The container engaging section has a static support assembly and a dynamic support assembly defining a space for the object. The static support assembly engages one side of the object. The dynamic support assembly has a dynamic support that connects to a moving mechanism so it will move along the support rail to engage an opposing side of the object. A biasing mechanism biases the dynamic support toward the static support assembly to secure the object therebetween. The support rail has a track and the moving mechanism moves along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Everett Brown
  • Patent number: 10743655
    Abstract: A lifting platform with a sliding keyboard holder is disclosured. The lifting platform has a table plate, a base and a supporting leg connected with the table plate and the base, and a keyboard holder connected to the table plate. And the keyboard holder is slidably connected to the table plate in the vertical direction and is locked by a locking device. The keyboard holder can slide in the vertical direction to the position below the working table surface where the lifting platform is placed. With the above structure, the keyboard holder can be locked at any height at any time to meet the ergonomic requirements of different users, and the operation is simple, convenient and flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Lehong Xiang, Tao Lin, Fangyuan Li
  • Patent number: 10669773
    Abstract: An adjustable assembly double stabilized screen door that forms a strong frame and requires minimal effort to assemble, disassemble and/or tighten wherein the door contains multiple stiles and rails forming joints containing mechanical tenons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Paul Grube
  • Patent number: 10618103
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a machine component includes forming a non-linear break notch in a workpiece, freezing the workpiece, and snapping the frozen workpiece apart along the non-linear break notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Chandrasen R. Rathod, Chris Richerson
  • Patent number: 10550697
    Abstract: A steam turbine includes: a rotor shaft including a shaft core that rotates about an axis and disk portions that are fixed to the shaft core and expand toward a radially outer side in the shaft core; and a plurality of rotor blades that are fixed to outer peripheries of the disk portions and are disposed in a circumferential direction of the shaft core. A first surface that is toward a first direction including a directional component toward a radially inner side of the shaft core is formed on each of the rotor blades, and a second surface that is toward a second direction including a directional component toward the radially outer side and faces the first surface is formed on each of the disk portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuro Koda
  • Patent number: 10271651
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for removably storing a storage container in an area having one or more overhead area supports so as to position the container below the area supports and above the floor of the area. The apparatus has a support rail that mounts to the area supports and a container engaging section that securely holds the container. The container engaging section has a static support assembly and a dynamic support assembly defining a container space for the container. The static support assembly engages one lip of the container. The dynamic support assembly has a dynamic support that connects to a moving mechanism so it will move along the support rail to engage an opposing lip of the container. A biasing mechanism biases the dynamic support toward the static support assembly to secure the container. The support rail can have a channel that encloses the biasing and moving mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Everett Brown
  • Patent number: 10156067
    Abstract: A building framing system includes a floor portion or floor framing system, a wall portion or wall framing system, and a roof portion or roof framing system. Each framing system comprises a plurality of components. Each component defines a connection geometry for connecting one component to another. The connection geometries are such that mechanical or other similar fasteners are not required to hold the various components together; rather, the connection geometries connect the components and hold them in place with respect to one another. Further, the framing systems utilize pre-cut components such that the components of each framing system arrive onsite cut to a needed length and width and with the appropriate connection geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Clemson University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Dustin Graham Albright, Vincent Yves-Marie Blouin, Daniel Nevin Harding, David Aaron Pastre, Ulrike Ann-Sophie Heine, Ufuk Ersoy, Ty Monks, Anthony Wohlers, Michael Stoner, Eric Balogh, Tyler Silvers, Clair Dias, Alison Martin, Jon Pennington, Jeff Hammer, Will Hinkley, Justin Hamrick, Alexandra Latham, Neely Leslie, Rodney Daniel Taylor, II, David Herrero, Rebecca Mercer Wilson, Russell Buchanan, Amelia Brackmann, Paul Mosher, Allyson Beck, Alex Libengood
  • Patent number: 9671063
    Abstract: A header support system for supporting a product display header on a pegboard panel includes a pegboard bracket, a support arm, an extension arm and a front plate. The pegboard bracket includes a backplate member having an upper portion, a lower portion and a front face, a spacer member, a plurality of spaced apart upper prongs for engaging the pegboard panel, a plurality of spaced apart lower prongs for engaging the pegboard panel and a plurality of first connection elements. The support arm includes substantially perpendicular first and second elongated members with connection elements for securing the support arm to the pegboard bracket. The extension arm slidably engages the second elongated member and the front plate is disposed at a proximate end of the extension arm for receiving the product display header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: New Dimensions Research Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20150147128
    Abstract: A coupling device couples a first member and a second member. The coupling device includes: two protruding portions provided on the first member; a through hole formed to pass through the second member; two reception holes provided in the second member and each formed to connect to the through hole; and a fixing member having a first pressing portion and a second pressing portion. The fixing member is configured to, when being disposed in the through hole, change a distance between the first pressing portion and the second pressing portion due to application of a force to one end portion of the fixing member. The first pressing portion and the second pressing portion are formed to exert a fixing force on either corresponding one of the two protruding portions received in the two reception holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: TUNGALOY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryuichi Saji
  • Publication number: 20150132054
    Abstract: A system for use in limiting axial movement between a hanger and a fairing assembly within a turbine assembly is provided. The hanger includes an inner radial hanger bend portion that defines a hook channel therein. The fairing assembly includes an outer surface, a hook member extending from the outer surface to mate with the hook channel, and a circumferential groove defined in the outer surface such that at least a portion of the hanger bend portion is positioned between the circumferential groove and the hook member. The system includes a retention member sized for insertion into the circumferential groove, wherein the retention member is configured to extend from the circumferential groove and press against the hanger bend portion to facilitate maintaining the hook member within the hook channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Derek Thomas Dreischarf, Courtland Earl Pegan, JR., Scott Patrick Ryczek
  • Publication number: 20150110553
    Abstract: A carrier assembly for attaching a magnet to a shaft of a valve assembly includes a carrier housing having a magnet holder portion, a shaft holder portion, and a plurality of fingers extending from the shaft holder portion. The carrier assembly includes a locking collar wherein the collar is installed over the carrier housing and moved from a open position to a closed position. The collar is further moved to a locked position to lock the carrier assembly to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Salvador Hernandez-Oliver, Suraj K. Alva
  • Publication number: 20150104251
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting implements to poles is provided. In one example, the connecting device is configured to connect a lacrosse head to a pole. The pole comprises an elongated hollow cross section and has at least one hole located along a sidewall. Contained in the inner portion of the hollow cross section is the connecting device. The connecting device further comprises a fastening receiving portion substantially aligned to the hole located along the side wall of the pole for receiving a fastener. The lacrosse head contains a receiving portion complimentary in shape to fit on the pole and further includes a mounting hole. When the lacrosse head is assembled to the pole, the mounting hole on the lacrosse head is substantially aligned to the hole located on the side wall of the pole and the fastening receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Sgroi, JR., Joseph K. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20150098727
    Abstract: A connection mechanism includes a protrusion, a plate section, and a movable section. The protrusion has a distal end, which has a spherical surface and a tapered surface, and a support that supports the distal end. The plate section is provided with a hole for positioning the protrusion when the support is inserted thereto. The movable section faces a side of the hole where the tapered surface of the distal end exists, and moves along the plate section by being pressed by the tapered surface of the distal end as the distal end is inserted through the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Kenichiro YANO, Keijiro HAMABA, Hirotake EGUCHI, Akira HARADA, Shohei MATSUNAMI
  • Patent number: 8995880
    Abstract: An interior member of a print cartridge gear including one or more slots in the interior member for receiving a pin, the one or more slots including a first portion extending from a distal end of the interior member towards a base end of the interior member, the one or more slots including a second portion that extends horizontally outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Static Control Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Hallacher
  • Publication number: 20150078815
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a jack tool includes an inserting end, the inserting end including a connection insert positioned within the inserting end, the connection insert including first and second protrusions linked to be movable together. The inserting end may include a pair of spaced apart first apertures to receive the first and second protrusions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wendy Ge, Brenna Liu, Jack Xu
  • Publication number: 20150050083
    Abstract: A locking ring may be adapted to be positioned between first and second components. The locking ring may include a body having a bore formed axially therethrough. A blade may be disposed on an outer radial surface of the body. At least a portion of a centerline through the blade may be oriented at an angle from about 1° to about 60° with respect to a centerline through the body. A recess, a protrusion, or both may be formed in an outer axial surface of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Are Funderud, Carlos Javier Delgado, Svein Vikan, Hans Seehuus
  • Publication number: 20150043968
    Abstract: A bracket for securing a structural member, which can be used in the assembly of modular furniture. The bracket includes a main bracket body and a first cantilever having a first length extending longitudinally from the main bracket body and a second cantilever having a second length that is shorter that the first length of the first cantilever, extending longitudinally from the main bracket body and substantially parallel to the first cantilever. The first cantilever is separated from the second cantilever to form a first channel for receiving a first structural member. In an alternative embodiment, a stabilizing member that is detached from the main bracket body may be substituted for the second cantilever to form the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Roskear Porter Broughton
  • Publication number: 20150037093
    Abstract: A shaft coupling assembly includes a shaft coupling element having a coupling wall defining a channel configured to receive a shaft end of a shaft. The channel includes a coupling interface configured to mate to a shaft interface defined by the shaft end. Each of the coupling interface and the shaft interface define a mating non-regular shape, which may be configured as one of an irregular polygon and a hybrid polygon including linear and non-linear sides. The shaft coupling element includes a fastener bore and a counterbore having an axial counterbore depth greater than an axial depth of the fastener bore. The shaft end inserted in the channel to an inserted depth greater than the fastener bore depth and less than the axial counterbore depth is displaceable into the counterbore such that the shaft end is not engaged with the coupling interface by the fastener bore receiving the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Knoth, Ricky L. Callender
  • Publication number: 20150023729
    Abstract: An office furniture system for use in an open plan office environment, the furniture system configured as a “hybrid” system including features of both traditional partition systems and contemporary desking or benching systems. In one configuration, one or more work surfaces each include an electronic services bracket mounted beneath the rear edge(s) thereof, and access covers for providing selective access to electronic service modules mounted to the bracket and disposed within a raceway space beneath the rear edges of the work surfaces. The work surfaces may be associated with a partition system or, alternatively, may be associated with a desking arrangement. In another configuration, at least one electronic services module is mounted beneath a horizontal frame member of a partition, and work surface mounting brackets are used to mount one or more work surfaces on one or both sides of the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jay M. Henriott, Keith E. Metcalf, Samial K. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150003899
    Abstract: A component connection is provided. The component connection has a first component, at least a first male fixing element projecting from the first component, and a second component, the second component has at least a female fixing element, into which the male fixing element is fitted. At least the first component consists of a fiber-reinforced plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Carsten LANKENAU, Eva VIETZE, Johann VAN NIEKERK, Sebastian ZECH
  • Publication number: 20140377073
    Abstract: Systems and methods for blade attachment are proved. The systems and methods include an aircraft system having a rotor hub including a blade connector and a composite blade including a lug fitting assembly. The lug fitting assembly includes a fitting core including a lug fitting aperture, a lug bushing coupled within the lug fitting aperture, and an outer fitting substantially surrounding the fitting core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Dennis K. Kennedy, Zach Keely Stahlecker, Saul Opie
  • Publication number: 20140369747
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes a panel and an installation module for securing an end of the panel to an enclosure. The installation module includes a positioning member secured to the panel, an operation member including a blocking portion is slidably mounted in the positioning member, and a mounting member slidably mounted in the positioning member and defining a mounting slot. The operation member is slidably positioned in an unlocked position, where the blocking portion is aligned with the mounting slot, and the mounting member is slidable relative to the panel to be engaged in a locking hole defined in the enclosure. In a locked position, the blocking portion staggers the mounting slot, and the mounting member is blocked by the blocking portion and prevented from sliding relative to the panel, so as to secure the panel assembly to the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventor: ZHAN-YANG LI
  • Publication number: 20140363227
    Abstract: An article configured to secure an interchangeable component or components thereon, interchangeable components, and system for securing an interchangeable component or components to an article are disclosed. An embodiment of the system includes an article, locking unit, component support member, and interchangeable component. A tool-less attachment of the interchangeable component to the article enables the interchangeable component to be easily, quickly, and securely attached to an article, moved from one article to another, and replaced with another interchangeable component quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick C. Ho
  • Publication number: 20140348581
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting an accessory to a vehicle is disclosed. The mounting system generally comprises a receiving hub configured to be secured to the vehicle, typically to the handlebar thereof, and a mounting element, mounted to, or integral with, the accessory, configured to be releasably received into the receiving hub. The receiving hub generally comprises an internal receiving cavity configured to receive a male portion of the mounting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Soucy International Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy BOUTIN, Normand Roy, Mathieu VINCENT, Philippe JAILLET-GOSSELIN, Geneviève THERRIEN, Vincent MORIN, Julie TREMBLAY
  • Publication number: 20140348582
    Abstract: An industrial long handled tool component system is provided having interchangeable tool heads, connectors, handles and grips. The novel connector system provides a polygonal locking bar concentric with a round outer reinforcing collar both engaged by a material connector insert and separated by plastic isolations seals. The novel connector promotes connection integrity and prevents joint movement. An alternate embodiment provides a connector system without the collar to save weight and manufacturing cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Mag-Lok Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Mouch, Charles Fallen, III, G. Ray Miller
  • Publication number: 20140341648
    Abstract: A quick coupler (1) for attaching a tool (2), comprising an attachment bracket with two parallel attachment pins (3a, 3b), to an earth moving vehicle, where the quick coupler (1) comprises a frame (4) with a first cutout (5) and a second cutout (6) arranged ranged substantially perpendicular to each other, which are adapted to cooperate with the respective attachment pin (3a, 3b) of the tool (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: STEELWRIST AB
    Inventors: Markus Nilsson, Sven Siggstedt, Stefan Stockhaus
  • Publication number: 20140328613
    Abstract: A shaft coupling assembly retains a shaft end in a coupling element channel using a fastener inserted through a coupling element bore and a recess in an engagement segment of the shaft end to engage the coupling element to exert a clamping force on a shaft interface of the engagement segment. A projection having a smaller cross section than that of the shaft interface extends axially from the engagement segment and has sufficient length to protrude into the bore to interfere with fastener engagement prior to engagement of the shaft interface in the channel. A projection upper surface further interferes with the fastener bore to prevent engagement of the fastener when the shaft end has been engaged to the channel but not inserted to an installed position. The upper surface may be defined by an arcuate portion of the projection which may have a teardrop shaped cross section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kaphengst, Richard A. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20140321910
    Abstract: A pinned structure includes a first member having a first fastening feature extending through opposed surfaces of the first member for retainably receiving a portion of a pin therein. A second member having a surface includes a second fastening feature formed therein for receiving a portion of the pin extending from the first fastening feature for securing the first member and the second member together. The portion of the pin received by the second fastening feature is exposed relative to the surface of the second member. The pin is removable from the second fastening feature from a position along at least a surface of the first member opposite the second member and the surface of the second member exposing the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: TAIT TOWERS MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventor: Adam DAVIS
  • Publication number: 20140301780
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a female housing (20) for accommodating female terminals (24) and a retainer (40) mountable in female housing (20). The retainer (40) includes a retaining portion (41) that retains the female terminals (24) by being inserted into a retainer mounting hole (27) in the female housing (20). Locks (46) are adjacent to the retaining portion (41) in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of the retaining portion (41) while standing up from bases (45) integral to the retaining portion (41). The locks (46) resiliently deform by moving onto partial locking projections (30) and full locking projections (31) formed in the female housing (20), and resiliently restore to engage the partial locking projections (30) and the full locking projections (31). The lock pieces (46) are separated from the retaining portion (41).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd
    Inventors: Naotaka Tanikawa, Yuujirou Imai
  • Publication number: 20140294499
    Abstract: An interior member of a print cartridge gear including one or more slots in the interior member for receiving a pin, the one or more slots including a first portion extending from a distal end of the interior member towards a base end of the interior member, the one or more slots including a second portion that extends horizontally outward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Static Control Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Hallacher
  • Publication number: 20140294497
    Abstract: A quick coupler for holding an implement is disclosed. The quick coupler includes a frame having a first plate and a second plate. The quick coupler includes a locking system adapted to lock the implement in the first plate and the second plate. The locking system includes a securing latch member and a hydraulic actuator is operatively connected to the securing latch member. The securing latch member is configured to move along a guide provided in each of the first plate and the second plate. The locking system further includes a set of grooves provided on at least one of the securing latch member and the guide. The set of grooves are adapted to lock the securing latch member in a latched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Troy C. Robl, Trent R. Stefek
  • Publication number: 20140294498
    Abstract: A dovetail joining system for furniture provides hardware components that embody the male and/or female components of the dovetail joint, and these components are secured to structural components using standard screws. Male dovetail fittings have a cross-sectional profile complementary to a dovetail groove, and are secured to furniture components with screws, and range in length from a bar with a large plurality of screw holes, to a short component having a single screw hole. A block fitting comprises a rectangular solid tube with each surface having a female dovetail channel dimensioned to receive a male dovetail fitting. A male right angle dovetail fitting has orthogonal arms, each arm slidably secured in a dovetail channel formed in a separate furniture component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: WILLIAM ROBERT LOGAN
  • Publication number: 20140286696
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a trailer/dolly air brake system module onto a mounting surface of a trailer/dolly using a mounting element. More particularly, a trailer/dolly air brake system module is mounted to an I-beam or C-channel of the trailer/dolly via welding methods, fasteners, or clamps. This allows the trailer/dolly air brake system module to be easily removable and replaceable, minimizing trailer/dolly down time as well as diagnostic troubleshooting/repair time. More particularly, the system module is for a trailer/dolly air brake system module. The method allows for continued use of a trailer/dolly vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Victor J. Raye, Jerry J. Donovan, James L. Greene
  • Publication number: 20140243800
    Abstract: A loader for facilitating in vivo attachment and detachment of an end effector to an instrument shaft comprises an elongate shaft having a distal end and a proximal end. A loader tube is connected to the distal end of the elongate shaft, the loader tube comprising a distal opening. A collet is positioned in the loader tube, the collet being adapted and sized to receive and engage the end effector inserted through the distal opening. The collet has a locked position relative the loader tube and an unlocked position relative the loader tube. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft and is operative to select between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Shailendra K. Parihar
  • Publication number: 20140241796
    Abstract: A connection element for a support frame system includes at least two part elements configured substantially in U shape and joinable together in mirror-inverted form. The elements can be plugged into one another in mirror-inverted form, with the first part element connectable to at least one fastening element and with the second part element connectable to at least one positioning element and/or having at least one positioning element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Roman Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20140217048
    Abstract: The subject invention comprises a modular, pop-up shelf display system that includes vertical slotted shelf support posts, horizontal tie bars, and shelf or accessory members. Two slotted support posts are connected at the top and bottom ends by a pair of tie bars; the top of each slotted support post leans against a wall. Shelves or accessories, which include brackets that engage the slots in the vertical support posts are then attached to the support posts to form horizontal shelves or accessories between the support posts at desired heights and orientation. The system includes internal connectors positioned inside the post ends and the ends of the tie bars which secure the tie bars to the posts to secure the posts in an upright manner against the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Opto International, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Robert Wood, Brett A. Woodley, Erich Haller
  • Publication number: 20140219714
    Abstract: A coupler for an excavator or other apparatus comprising a body for receiving an excavator attachment; a first latch member movable into and out of a latching state in which it is capable of retaining the attachment on the body. The first latch member being movable into and out of the latching state by an actuator, wherein a gravity operated valve is associated with the actuator. The valve has a first state wherein fluid can flow through the valve as the latch member is moved out of its latching state, and a second state, wherein fluid is prevented from flowing through the valve thus preventing operation of the actuator to move the latch member out of its latching state. The valve is adapted to adopt the first state when the coupler is in a non-working orientation and the second state when the coupling is in a working orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Ian Hill
  • Publication number: 20140215789
    Abstract: This invention is an assembling device for attaching two objects together. It comprises a male extension firmly attached to the first object and a female extension firmly attached to the second object. The female extension is configured to fit over the male extension and is equipped with arcuate segments carrying on its outer surface pressure pads and relief pockets. The invention also comprises a locking ring configured to fit over the female extension and carrying on its inner surface pressure pads and relief pockets. The device is locked by rotating the locking rings such that the pressure pads on its inner surface match in position the pressure pads on the arcuate segments. The device is unlocked by rotating the device such that the pressure pads face the relief pockets. Rotatory movement is limited by pins or dowels mounted on the locking ring and by stopping cavities on the female extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Mark H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140202758
    Abstract: An adjustment device to accommodate different wall thicknesses for use with a junction box having a front face with an opening therein comprises an assembly and a sleeve. The assembly comprises a plate, a collar extending forwardly from the front face of the plate, and a releasable retainer supported by the collar. The sleeve is slidably mounted in the collar and is retained therein in a selected position by the retainer, which can be a rotatable cam. The cam can be a spring biased to a locking position for locking the sleeve in the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher M. Lolachi
  • Publication number: 20140205368
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating an edge of a first object with a second object using an insert. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises a structure and a number of attachment features associated with the structure. The structure is configured to be inserted within a hollow portion of the first object at an edge of the first object. The structure is further configured to span an entire thickness of the first object at the edge of the first object. The number of attachment features is configured for use in attaching the second object to the structure to attach the second object to the edge of the first object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A. Kramer, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20140169872
    Abstract: A mounting device for expansion card includes a main body and a holding member. The holding member includes a fixing member mounted to the main body, and a pivoting member pivotably mounted to the fixing member. The pivoting member defines a slot to receive an end of an expansion card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: KANG WU, BO TIAN, YU HAN
  • Publication number: 20140140762
    Abstract: A retainer clip for a squeegee assembly comprises top and bottom clip members each having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The interior surface of the top clip member includes a first channel portion adjacent to a first end and a first interlocking feature adjacent to a second end. The interior surface of the bottom clip member includes a second channel portion adjacent to a first end and a second interlocking feature adjacent to a second end. Mating the first interlocking feature with the second interlocking feature positions the first channel portion adjacent to the second channel portion to form a pin receiving channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Nilfisk-Advance, Inc
    Inventors: Aaron T. Hall, Kale R. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140133905
    Abstract: Device for detachable fastening of two mechanical components between which a channel or housing is defined, including a peg, with at least two grooves on opposite faces, and a band accommodated in the grooves, fastened by pinching at the lower part of the peg and with a flexible portion that has the upper end thereof bent in order to retain the peg/band assembly in a transverse grove of the channel The invention applies in particular to the fastening of a tooth in a tooth holder of the scoop of an excavating machine or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: METALOGENIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Rol Corredor, Javier Jimenez García, Francisco Pérez Soria, Jorge Triginer Boxida, Ester Alonso Frigola
  • Patent number: 8702341
    Abstract: The present invention provides a low profile, compact, scalable concept end-effector for use in robotic handling applications. The end-effector acts as the interface between multi-degree-of-freedom (DOF) manipulator and its base (if applicable), as well as the tools it handles and is compatible with both large manipulator systems such as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) and Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and smaller dexterous manipulators such as the Orbital Express Dexterous Manipulator System. An active/controlled component is attached to the roll joint(s) at one or both end(s) of the manipulator, with an entirely passive component attached to the structure/tools that the manipulator interfaces with. Interface engagement and mate operations are performed by way of the manipulator roll joint. Once mated, shear pins are extended to lock the mated assembly in place and achieve a high stiffness, zero free play mated interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Rangaswamy Ravindran, Sean Andrew Dowling, Ming Kit Chan
  • Publication number: 20140104777
    Abstract: An adapter couples to a rail for tool-less mounting of the rail to a rack, such as a rack for holding information handling systems. The adapter has a pin that fits though an opening at a front face of the rail and a support that couples to the pin from the rear face of the rail. The support has a shape for insertion into an unthreaded rack opening. If a rack has threaded openings, the adapter is removed to insert a threaded screw through the opening at the front face and into the threaded opening to secure the rail to the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventor: Gregory L. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20140105682
    Abstract: An engaging fixing module including a carrying main body, a shell surface, a placement adjusting component, and an engaging element is provided. The carrying main body includes a carrying surface and a first protruding column. The shell surface is assembled on the carrying main body and includes a second protruding column. The placement adjusting component is disposed on the carrying surface. The engaging element is disposed on the placement adjusting component, and includes a resist structure and moves relative to the carrying surface when an external magnetic force is applied on the placement adjusting component. When the engaging element moves away from the carrying surface, the second protruding column resists the resist structure. When the engaging element moves towards the carrying surface so that the resist structure is aligned to the first protruding column, the shell surface is slidable relative to the carrying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: QISDA Corporation
    Inventor: Sheng-Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20140076891
    Abstract: A fastening system for use with a modular panel assembly having at least two panels includes one or more securing apertures formed through a first panel and one or more engaging projections provided on a second panel, each one of the engaging projections being sized and positioned to be engageable with a corresponding one of the securing apertures on the first panel. Panels for use in forming a modular panel assembly, modular containers, and methods of constructing modular containers are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Titan Energy Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin TAILLEFER, Brett ADAMS
  • Publication number: 20140079482
    Abstract: A shaft arrangement for transmitting torques from a hub of a wind power plant to a generator has connecting elements at both ends for a mechanical connection. The connecting elements are each overlapped by end regions of a connecting shaft tube, wherein the shaft tube consists of a fibre composite material having a plurality of bundles of fibre. In the region overlapped by the shaft tube, the connecting elements have a plurality of protruding retaining pins about which and between which the bundles of fibre are placed and extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Schafer MWN GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Sohl
  • Publication number: 20140079481
    Abstract: A locking and insertion structure, applicable for an electronic device including a casing, includes a fastening element and a locking element. The casing includes a bottom part, a locking seat and a cantilever part. The fastening element includes a body disposed on the casing, a first locking part extending from the second locking part to between the cantilever part and the locking seat, and a second locking part extending from the body onto the cantilever part. The cantilever part is between the first and second locking part. A first locking hole of the first locking part, a second locking hole of the second locking part and a third locking hole of the cantilever part align with each other. The locking element penetrates through the second, third and first locking hole and is inserted into the locking seat sequentially so the fastening element is affixed to the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicants: INVENTEC CORPORATION, INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fan-Jung TSENG
  • Publication number: 20140033996
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating coupling of a fan and a flywheel, as well as an internal combustion engine and other applications for such apparatus and method are described herein. In one example embodiment, an apparatus for facilitating coupling of a fan and a flywheel includes a plurality of protrusions formed on the fan, wherein each of the protrusions defines a respective hole therewithin, a plurality of receiving structures formed in the flywheel, and a plurality of pins. The receiving structures are positioned so that, when the fan is axially aligned with and adjacent to the flywheel, the protrusions are respectively received by the receiving structures. Further, when the pins are inserted into the holes, portions of the protrusions expand outwardly so that interference is created between surfaces of the protrusions and the receiving structures, whereby due to the interference the fan and flywheel are rotationally coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Scott C. Sajdowitz