Rod Side To Plate Or Side Patents (Class 403/384)
  • Patent number: 10408379
    Abstract: A hanger system for temporarily hanging a valve bank on a vertical mounting face of a substrate. The hanger system includes one or more hanger brackets for attaching to the vertical mounting face. The valve bank has one or more mounting studs protruding from an underside surface of the valve bank, in which the mounting studs are configured to couple with the hanger brackets for temporarily hanging the valve bank on the mounting face with the underside surface facing toward the mounting face. The mounting studs and hanger brackets are configured to cooperate with each other to allow the valve bank to be secured in multiple different orientations against the mounting face, thereby facilitating fixedly mounting the valve bank to the mounting face with one or more fasteners that are received through corresponding fastening receivers in the valve bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Erick Rudaitis, Craig Hoyt, Joshua Kidder
  • Patent number: 10183756
    Abstract: An aircraft engine mount which comprises first and second parts connected by connecting elements and wherein one of the two connected parts comprises at least one transverse hole opening onto an access face of the part and into which there open at least two passage holes each intended to house a threaded shank of one of the connecting elements. The engine mount comprises a transverse nut which comprises at least two bodies joined together each having a tapped hole configured to engage with one of the threaded shanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Journade, Eric Bouchet, Nicolas Grosseau, Antoine Mutin
  • Patent number: 9845722
    Abstract: An engine system is disclosed. The engine system may have an engine having an accessory end and a drive end opposite the accessory end. The engine system may also have a turbocharger arrangement located adjacent the accessory end. The turbocharger arrangement may be configured to receive exhaust from the engine and to deliver compressed air to the air cooling arrangement. Further, the engine system may have an air cooling arrangement located adjacent the accessory end and configured to deliver fresh air to the engine. In addition, the engine system may have a mixing duct extending from the accessory end to the drive end and configured to receive the exhaust from the turbocharger arrangement. The engine system may also have an after-treatment system located adjacent the drive end. The after-treatment system may be configured to receive the exhaust from the mixing duct and to discharge the exhaust to an ambient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Svihla, Joshua D. Schueler, Steven Dallas Johnson, Stephen M. Bednarz
  • Patent number: 9702391
    Abstract: An adhesive joint of a first hollow profile to a second hollow profile, and a method of producing such an adhesive joint. The second hollow profile is surrounded in an overlapping region by the first hollow profile, and a core connected to the first hollow profile is arranged in the overlapping region inside the first hollow profile and the second hollow profile. An expandable structural adhesive is arranged between the core and the inner face of the second hollow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Manuel Erlacher, Martin Rodler, Harald Zachnegger
  • Patent number: 9598091
    Abstract: An air intake system is disclosed. The air intake system may have an air box. The air box may be configured to receive air from an ambient. The air intake system may also have a filter assembly disposed within the air box. The filter assembly may be configured to clean the air. In addition, the air intake system may have a duct. The duct may have a first duct end configured to receive the air exiting the filter assembly. The duct may also have a second duct end configured to deliver the air to the engine. The second duct end may be located at a gravitationally higher position than the first duct end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Svihla, Joshua D. Schueler, Pradeep Ganesan
  • Patent number: 9551182
    Abstract: A system of increased safety when performing work using a ladder is described. The system includes a ladder bracket for temporarily attachment of a ladder to a structure to stabilize or secure the ladder. The bracket is easy to install and acts to limit or prevent slippage of the ladder laterally or away from the structure and generally promotes a greater margin of safety. In addition, the system includes a bracket for temporarily, yet securely, attaching a safety railing to a ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: John R. Svehlek
  • Publication number: 20140169873
    Abstract: A hook lever engages with a striker which enters as far as a deep side in an entering direction of the striker to hold the striker by moving from an opening position to an engagement position while being guided by a hook shaft provided on the deep side in the entering direction of the striker, and a guide lever is guided by the hook shaft and is biased from the deep side to an entrance side in the entering direction of the striker to restrict the movement of the hook lever towards the engagement position, while the guide lever is pressed against by the striker when the striker enters in the entering direction so as to move the hook lever to the engagement position, in such a state that the guide lever is partially overlapped on the hook lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Kamata, Naoya Seto
  • Patent number: 8747015
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fiber-reinforced composite structure, a bushing, and a fastener. The composite structure includes a composite panel on a first side, where the composite panel defines a hemispherical well. The structure further includes a plurality of stiffening ribs on a second side, which are affixed to the composite panel. The composite panel defines a first bore at the center of the hemispherical well, which extends through the structure. The bushing has a hemispherical end and a flat end, and defines a second bore from the center of the hemispherical end to the center of the flat end. The hemispherical end of the bushing is configured to nest within the hemispherical well defined by the composite structure such that the flat end of the bushing is flush with the surrounding composite panel. The fastener is configured to extend within both of the first bore and the second bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Stewart Thomas Darren Edmison, David C. Cochrane, Dirk R. Lungershausen
  • Patent number: 8696399
    Abstract: Mechanical and electromechanical components for rapidly constructing a user-definable apparatus may include components that are reconfigurable into other construction set components, and that have at least one demarcation defining adjacent segments thereof. The demarcations facilitate reconfiguration of the components to produce other construction set components. Openings to substantially prevent sharp edges from being formed during reconfiguration may be included in the components. An electromechanical drive assembly having an integrated speed control and operable to receive interchangeable, non-circular drive shafts may be provided. The electromechanical drive assembly may be configured to attach to and self-align relative to other construction set components. One or more of the components may be provided with openings through which the non-circular drive shafts may rotate. The drive shaft may be locked in relation to openings of components that, allow the drive shaft to rotate via a lock plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Mimlitch, David Anthony Norman
  • Patent number: 8678698
    Abstract: A holding element, for supporting pivoting levers or the like, includes a support section for receiving an object to be supported as well as a first holding section and a second holding section. The first holding section includes at least a first holding projection and the second holding section at least a second holding projection. The first and the second holding sections are designed to rest against respective first and second contact sections of a component that is to be connected with the holding element. The holding projections are designed for being received in openings provided at the contact sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kneif, Bertrand Touzet
  • Patent number: 8657322
    Abstract: A wheelchair mount includes a body, a band secured to the body, and a stabilizing component secured to the body. The band is sized to secure an associated wheelchair bar between the band and the stabilizing component. The stabilizing component resists rotational movement of the body relative to the wheelchair bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare Corp.
    Inventor: Ivan D. Samila
  • Publication number: 20140049143
    Abstract: A locking element for locking of a panel cover on a module rail includes a bearing block with a flat mounting surface and threaded holes for mounting on the inside of the panel cover and a slide lock, which is mounted to move on the bearing block and has a locking tab. A sliding mechanism moves the slide lock from a locked position, in which the locking tab engages beneath the module rail, to a release position and vice versa. An actuating screw forms a rotary actuator, which can be activated through a hole in panel cover when the locking element is engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Joist
  • Patent number: 8602367
    Abstract: A supporting bracket for a monitor device includes a stand and a controlling structure. The stand comprises a shank. The controlling structure comprising an installation member, a blocking member, a clamping member, a resilient member and a controlling member. The installation member comprises an installation portion in which an installation hole is defined. The blocking member is engaged in the installation hole. The clamping member is installed on the blocking member and against the shank. The resilient member is sandwiched between the installation portion and the clamping member. The controlling member installed in the installation member. The controlling member is rotatable relative to the installation member to modulate a friction between the shank and the clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liang-Chin Wang, Yun-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 8602366
    Abstract: A supporting bracket for a monitor includes a stand and a control structure. The stand comprises a pole. The control structure comprises a installation member, a clamping member, a resilient member and a control member. The installation member comprises an installation portion in which an installation hole is defined. The clamping member is engaged in the installation hole and against the pole. The resilient member is sandwiched between the inside wall of the installation portion and the clamping member. The control member is installed in the installation member. The control member is rotatable relative to the installation member to modulate a friction between the pole and the clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Liang-Chin Wang, Gang Su, Ling-Xin Zeng, Zhong-Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 8511623
    Abstract: A conduit hardware article includes a body forming an approximately rectangular solid defining a first threaded bore extending between generally opposed first and second sides thereof, and a second threaded bore extending between generally opposed third and fourth sides thereof generally perpendicular to the first threaded bore. Slots opening onto the first side can be defined in fifth and sixth sides of the body. The hardware article can be used to attach multiple conduit hardware components to a single threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: SNK Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmy Maurice Shiner, Jr., Kevin Paul Kruger
  • Patent number: 8172840
    Abstract: An external fixation component includes two capture members adapted to capture independently a first and a second element of an external fixation system. A rotation member is provided between the two capture members, coupled to both capture members such that the coupling allows the two capture members to rotate about three axes relative to each other. Each capture member comprises a central locking screw extending therethrough and defining a longitudinal axis of the associated capture member. The rotation member comprises two rotation blockers, each blocker providing one interface surface adapted to be in contact with a complementary interface surface of one of the capture members, each blocker further provides a surface opposite to the interface surface comprising an inner cylindrical surface. The rotation member comprises a central disc element forming a rolling surface as complementary surface to the inner cylindrical surface of the corresponding rotation blocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma SA
    Inventors: Beat Mürner, Robert Wider, Roland Thomke, Usha Mathur, Umesh Verma
  • Publication number: 20100189496
    Abstract: A connector (20) for joining a timber member (10) to a second component has an end plate (21) for overlying an end face of the timber member (10), the end plate (21) having projecting prongs (27) for penetrating the end face of that member. The connector (20) has a first side tab (22) adjoining the end plate (21) along a first common edge whereby the first side tab (22) may be bent round (5) about that common edge to engage a first side face (11) of the timber member following engagement of the end plate with the timber member end face. The first side tab (22) has projecting teeth (30) for penetrating the first side face (11), the teeth (30) being curved along their length towards the end plate (21) of the connector (20). A second side tab (23) is similarly formed to the first side tab (22, 10) and adjoins the end plate (21) along a second common edge opposed to the first common edge, for bending round to engage a second side face (12) of the timber member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Roger Smith
  • Publication number: 20080298887
    Abstract: The invention provides a release for locking system particularly suitable for fastening a first element such as a panel (12) to a beam (35) adjacent to a second element, such as a another panel (42). The system is particularly useful for fastening panels on aircraft. The system includes a projection (32) for the first element (12), the projection having a locking cavity (44). Beam (35) includes an aperture (62) for receiving the projection (32). A locking means is adapted to engage the locking cavity (44) of the projection (32) when the projection (32) is received in the aperture (62), in order to lock the first element (12) to the beam (35), so as to be adjacent to the second element (42). The locking means includes material adapted to contract when activated, such as shape memory alloy wire (51, 52). The locking means includes engagement means (46) adapted to disengage the locking cavity (44) when the material (51 or 52) contracts. The invention also provides a second type of releasable fastening system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: TELEZYGOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Dickory Rudduck, Grenfell Saxon Rudduck, Lachlan Richard Goldspink
  • Publication number: 20080175659
    Abstract: Two-post rack systems may be adapted to support four-post rack mounted equipment. In one implementation, the system includes a coupling member for modifying a two-post equipment rack. The coupling member may include a vertical support member with first and second lateral ends and first and second longitudinal ends. A first torsion member may be coupled to the vertical support member at the first longitudinal end, and a second torsion member may be coupled to the vertical support member at the second longitudinal end. A coupling feature on the torsion members may be included to allow coupling to adjacent coupling members. An equipment attachment flange may be coupled to the first lateral end, and may further be adapted to emulate a vertical upright in a four-post rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Mimlitch, David A. Norman
  • Publication number: 20070231066
    Abstract: A knuckle bracket (1) for a cylinder (20) comprises outer and inner brackets (2, 10). The outer bracket (2) comprises a pair of outer plates (4, 5) projecting in a lateral direction with respect to a cylinder axis. The inner bracket (10) comprises a pair of inner plates (12, 13) overlap the outer plates (4, 5) on the inner side thereof. A guide (17) of having outwardly curved shape is formed on a leading edge (X, Y) of each of the inner plates (12, 13) so as to facilitate introduction of a connecting part (90) of a knuckle bracket (N) into the inner bracket (10). By forming a notch (7) on a leading edge of each of the outer plates (4, 5) to accommodate the guide (17), the size of the knuckle bracket (1) can be suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Kenji Kitamura, Hideki Yamada
  • Patent number: 7264416
    Abstract: A hollow chamber profile system for precision superstructures for gauges, measuring and control devices, and all types of devices, having first bore holes (9) which are arranged in a defined modular dimension, and second bore holes (11) which are arranged, in the same modular dimension, on a plane which is rotated by 90 degrees in relation to the plane of the first bore holes (9), are used to receive connecting and/or fixing elements with threaded parts (15) comprising screw threads (16), the diameter of said threaded parts corresponding to the bore holes (9), and in which screws (17) are received. The system has a rectangular or quadratic cross-section, with outer walls (3) comprising vertical bore holes (9) which are perpendicular to each other. The hollow chambers (2) are formed by inner walls (4), by inner walls (4) and outer walls (3), or by outer walls (3), and the connecting and fixing elements comprise guiding elements (13) and adapters (18, 18?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Helmut Kahl
  • Patent number: 7146652
    Abstract: The present invention provides a face guard connector assembly for a sports helmet, such as a football, hockey or lacrosse helmet. The face guard includes a plurality of elongated bar members that intersect to define a grid. The connector assembly removably connects the face guard to the helmet shell. The connector assembly includes a bracket having at least one channel configured to receive a portion of the face guard. The connector assembly further includes a shock absorber assembly that distributes an impact force at the face guard to the shell in an omni-directional manner. The shock absorber assembly includes an elastomeric grommet, a bushing, and a nut, each have an opening. When aligned, the openings collectively define a passageway configured to receive a fastener that secures the connector assembly to the sports helmet. The helmet shell has opposed side portions with each side portion having a mounting aperture that receives an extent of the shock absorber assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. Ide, Nelson Kraemer, Ralph J. Infusino
  • Patent number: 7055786
    Abstract: A device for fixing a mesh cable tray to a profiled support section having a plurality of apertures formed in a surface for supporting the tray includes an element having a substantially semi-cylindrical engagement portion which can enclose a portion of a wire of the tray and can restrain it against the support surface. A tail plate is provided which can cooperate with the section on the side opposite to the support surface. The tail plate is connected to the support section by a screw connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Legrand S.p.A
    Inventors: Luca Garassino, Alan Finco
  • Patent number: 6997634
    Abstract: A folding joint arrangement, which is adapted for incorporating with a foldable furniture constructed by a plurality of first and second frame tubes, includes an angle joint body, a pivot arm integrally extended from the angle joint body to define a first axis, wherein the pivot arm is adapted for pivotally connecting with one of the first frame tube such that the first frame tube is capable of rotating about the first axis of the pivot arm, and a connector arm integrally extended from the angle joint body to define a second axis perpendicularly to the first axis wherein the connector arm is adapted for pivotally connecting with one of the second frame tube such that the second frame tube is capable of rotating about the second axis of the connector arm, so as to pivotally connect the first and second frame tubes in a two-plane directional movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Edward Zheng
  • Patent number: 6957926
    Abstract: A magnet mounting structure for fastening a magnet to a spoke of a two-wheeled vehicle even without tool includes a knob member having a screw and the magnet and an internal thread member in which the screw is screwed. The spoke is held between the knob member and the internal thread member to allow the magnet to be fastened to the spoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Cateye Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Okuda
  • Patent number: 6944994
    Abstract: An anchoring bracket is adapted for applying an anchoring force to a mount having a support stud depending from a force-distributing pad including a contact surface defined by a perimeter and adapted for supporting engagement with a support surface and an anchoring-force bearing surface opposite the contact surface. The bracket has an anchoring-force-exerting surface adapted for force-exerting engagement with the anchoring-force bearing surface of the mount and further includes at least one elongated shank which, when the bracket is oriented for anchoring, extends outside the mount-pad perimeter. Depending from at least one shank is a heel adapted for force-exerting engagement with the support surface outside the mount-pad perimeter. Situated between the anchoring-force-exerting surface and the heel is an anchoring-force application region of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Louis J. Hendzel
  • Patent number: 6889939
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixing a member to an aircraft structure including: firstly, fixing device having a shank with a head at one end, an externally machined portion of its peripheral wall at its other end, and a longitudinal interior thread at the same end as its externally machined portion, secondly, a bushing which cooperates with the machined portion of the shank so as to be fixed to the shank; and thirdly, an attachment device for attaching the member and having a threaded shank cooperating with the longitudinal interior thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: François Rouyre, Loic Le Lay
  • Patent number: 6881004
    Abstract: One-piece knuckle bracket made as a bent-to-shape part, comprising two support bodies a certain distance apart, each with an opening for receiving the external casing of a strut-type shock absorber. A connecting web and tabs for attachment of the shock absorber to a joint are provided between the support bodies, and the connecting web between the separated support bodies and the tabs for the attachment to a joint are connected to each other in such a way as to form an overall U-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: ZF Sachs AG
    Inventor: Günther Handke
  • Patent number: 6811345
    Abstract: An interlocking fastener assembly has an insertion member, a receiving member, and a fastener. The receiving member has a guide opening with pockets which receive a polygonal locking portion of the insertion member during assembly. The locking portion has tapered sides and apexes to self center the insertion member. The guide opening pockets and sides allow limited rotation of the insertion member in the receiving member until a mechanical lock is created preventing further rotation of the insertion member. The mechanical lock allows a fastener to be threaded onto the insertion member without the use of a backup tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Theodore J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6715955
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fastening device for an insulating glass panel. A punctiform holder (1) is used that is fastened by means of an adhesive (51) to the outside of the insulating glass plate (50). In the vicinity of the punctiform holder (1), a spacer piece (53) is inserted between the separated glass plates (2, 50). The invention further relates to a mounting element (5) with adjustable bias, whereby between a cap bell (10) and the mounting element (5) there is a permanently elastic spring element (7) that permits a relative movement of the cap bell (10) with respect to the mounting element (5). The invention further relates to the realization of a plurality of three-dimensional articulations (12, 13) between the insulating glass plate (2, 50) and the holder on the building side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Lothar Ginzel
  • Patent number: 6675674
    Abstract: A locating/controlling structure for telescopic tube including an elliptic outer tube. A rotary button is rotatably disposed at one end of the outer tube. The rotary button is connected with an elliptic rod passing through the outer tube. An inner tube is telescopically nested in the outer tube. One end of the inner tube fitted in the outer tube is provided with a cock body formed with a central circular hole through which the elliptic rod is passed. The cock body has a stop section protruding from the inner tube. The stop section is formed with two radially opposite receptacles. A movable block is disposed in each of the receptacles. Each movable block has a contacting face complementary to the inner circumference of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Kuang Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 6561473
    Abstract: A pipe mounting clamp assembly for mounting a pair of pipes to one another. The assembly also includes a bracket, and at least one pair of fasteners. The bracket has a base, and at least one saddle member attached to and extending from a surface of the base. In the preferred embodiment, the saddle member has at least two different radial support surfaces for supporting pipes of different diameters. The support surfaces are knurled or ridged to provide a good grip of a pipe supported thereon. In one embodiment of the invention, the bracket has two saddle members, two pairs of elongated slots, and two pairs of apertures in the base. One of the fasteners is secured to the base through the apertures and the other fastener is secured to the base through the elongated slots. The major portion of one fastener extends above the surface of the base from which the saddle member extends, and a major portion of the other fastener extends from a surface of the base opposite the surface supporting the saddle members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: PiRod, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Ianello
  • Patent number: 6543990
    Abstract: A palletizing system includes a reusable pallet and a reusable anchoring device for securing a load. The anchoring device comprises a strap and clamping mechanism for selectively receiving and clamping to the strap and, alternatively, releasing the strap. The pallet includes a base and one or more housings fixed to the base for receiving the clamping mechanism. Each housing has an opening for receiving the clamping mechanism and providing access to the clamping mechanism so that the clamping mechanism can be manipulated in the housing, and an aperture for receiving the strap, the aperture being sized to prevent the clamping mechanism from passing through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Burnham Service Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Julius F. Heil
  • Patent number: 6543751
    Abstract: A rail bracket apparatus for connecting a first rail and a second rail which includes a back piece, a bottom piece, and a bottom support system. The back piece includes screw attachment openings and the edges of the bracket are adapted to facilitate installation of a supported rail. An offset spacer is attached to the back piece to allow for air circulation around said supported piece. The bottom piece can be curved to support rounded rails and may include a water passage opening to allow for drainage. The bottom support system includes an angle bracket and the bracket joints are strengthened with fillets. Side pieces are provided for supporting and holding the installed rail. The unit may be designed with an engineered failure mode to allow for bracket failure to occur before a rail failure would occur. A rail retaining system may be used to retain the rail in position. A rail slot extension may be used to support the bracket in association with a rail cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: James F. Spruill
  • Patent number: 6540432
    Abstract: A fastener system for joining structural members to other structural members or to supporting structures is disclosed. The fastener system includes three types of fasteners. The first type of fastener is designed for placement between adjacent planks. The second and third types of fastener are designed for placement at the ends or sides of planks which are not adjacent other planks. The first type of fastener is in the form of two rectangular, spaced apart plates which are fixed relative to one another by a rectangular plate extending perpendicularly between the two rectangular plates. The second and third types of fasteners are in the form of a rectangular plate having two rectangular, spaced apart plates projecting perpendicularly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew Albanese
  • Patent number: 6485252
    Abstract: A palletizing system includes a reusable pallet and a reusable anchoring device for securing a load. The anchoring device comprises a strap and clamping mechanism for selectively receiving and clamping to the strap and, alternatively, releasing the strap. The pallet includes a base and one or more housings fixed to the base for receiving the clamping mechanism. Each housing has an opening for receiving the clamping mechanism and providing access to the clamping mechanism so that the clamping mechanism can be manipulated in the housing, and an aperture for receiving the strap, the aperture being sized to prevent the clamping mechanism from passing through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Burnham Service Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Julius F. Heil
  • Publication number: 20020141817
    Abstract: One-piece knuckle bracket made as a bent-to-shape part, comprising two support bodies a certain distance apart, each with an opening for receiving the external casing of a strut-type shock absorber. A connecting web and tabs for attachment of the shock absorber to a joint are provided between the support bodies, and the connecting web between the separated support bodies and the tabs for the attachment to a joint are connected to each other in such a way as to form an overall U-shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: ZF Sachs AG
    Inventor: Gunther Handke
  • Patent number: 6439800
    Abstract: A brake cable hanger assembly for connecting brake cables and a yoke cable of a bicycle brake mechanism includes a plate having a hole defined therethrough and a bent side extends from a lower end of said plate. Three protrusions split from said plate and define three apertures. A flange extends from a top end of said plate and two notches are defined in said flange. A positioning plate is engaged between said flange and said protrusions. A central hole is defined through said positioning plate. A bolt extends through said hole in said plate and said central hole in said positioning plate, and a nut is engaged with said bolt. Two brake cables extend through notches in the flange and are securely clamped between the positioning plate and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Tse-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 6435839
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for a jet pump sensing line adjacent a jet pump within a nuclear reactor pressure vessel. The jet pump sensing line includes a support block. The clamp assembly includes a clamp body, a clamp member coupled to the clamp body, and a slide member coupled to the clamp body. The clamp assembly further includes a clamp bolt, a swing arm bolt, and a swing arm coupled to the slide member. The swing arm and the slide member are sized to receive and secure the sensing line and the clamp member. The clamp member and the clamp body are sized to secure the clamp assembly to the jet pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Geddes Erbes
  • Patent number: 6264396
    Abstract: A retractor support apparatus of the present invention includes a first support arm, a second support arm, and a first clamping member. The first and second support arms each have a pivot ball attached thereto. The first clamping member has a clamping bore that is adapted to receive and engage the pivot balls. The first clamping member retains the first and second support arms in a selected position when the clamp is in an open position. The first clamping member secures the first and second support arms in the selected position when the clamp is in clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Minnesota Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter J. Dobrovolny
  • Patent number: 6247871
    Abstract: A pair of wire channels each have a cross U-shaped end wire of predetermined diameter joined to ends of longitudinal wires. A U-shaped clip engages around the end wires between a respective pair of the longitudinal wires. It has a floor engaging the two end wires and is formed with a pair of flanks each engaging a respective one of the ends wires and each formed with a respective formation retaining the respective end wire against the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Obo Bettermann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Nickel, Rainer Wesch
  • Patent number: 6240860
    Abstract: A mounting system for securing planting units in planting machines, each unit including at least a portion removably secured to a carrier beam, the system allowing to quickly and simply change the distance between working units in order to adapt the machine to a better use thereof the beam having at least one slot extending along the beam and receiving a bolt connected to a curved plate bearing against a rear face of the beam, and to the beam, the bolt passing through the slot of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Elvio Antonio Forchino
  • Patent number: 6196751
    Abstract: A stud mounted fastener for routing a plurality of wires in a plurality of directions at the fastener and securing at least one of the plurality of wires to the fastener via a cable tie. The fastener includes an abutment member for mounting on the stud. A first wing is coupled to the abutment member and has a first bar enabled to receive a cable tie thereabout for securing at least one of the plurality of wires thereto, and a second wing coupled to the abutment member and has a second bar enabled to receive a cable tie thereabout for securing at least one of the plurality of wires thereto. A first projection is coupled to the abutment member and has a first projection bar enabled to also receive a cable tie thereabout for securing at least one of the plurality of wires thereto. At least one of the first and second wings is in a different cross-sectional plane than the first projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Wasim Khokhar
  • Patent number: 6123482
    Abstract: An interruptible connector assembly adapted for the interlocking spatially of one tubular member with another object to be supported thereby, comprising: flexible clamping members adapted to be deformed into a U-shape and overlap any underlying planar surfaces; a single component, rigid support means, with each and having a proximal structurally identical arcuate component each end, such opposing arcuate surfaces adapted to nest a tubular member; a linear bore hole traversing of each of said gripping components; spherically faced cylindrical bushings, to slidingly engage the bore hole of its associated gripping component and each having at its shoulder contacting the adjacent support means; an elongate, assembly fastener means to slidingly traverse the aligned assembly via the component bore holes, being of a length sufficient to extend from one external side of the assembly to the other external side about the interlocked tubings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Richard D. Keller
  • Patent number: 6106189
    Abstract: A pipe or tube clamp is disclosed. The clamp has two U-shaped elements fixed to a plate. A screw interposed between the plate and a clamping member supplies pressure to a pair of tubes to urge them together against reaction in the U-shaped members. The tubes may be either parallel or orthogonally arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Janos Bokros
    Inventor: David Ian Seale
  • Patent number: 6061230
    Abstract: A panelboard/switchboard assembly for accommodating bolt-on modules, plug-in modules and lugs. The panelboard/switchboard includes vertical, edge forward bus bars having a plurality of openings formed therein. The edge forward alignment allows plug-in modules to be mounted to the bus bars. The openings in the bus bars receive bolts for mounting straps to the bus bars and for mounting lugs to the bus bars. The openings have a shape having at least one linear element and receive a bolt having an anti-rotation portion with a similar shape. The interference between the opening and the anti-rotation portion of the bolt prevents the straps, and the modules connected to the straps, from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin D. Mazzella, Kevin F. Nolan, Rick A. Vonrotz, Thomas F. Vrnak, Melanie A. Lewis, Grady W. Broadnax, Jr., Robert R. Leclair, Robert B. Wallace, Jeremy Palmer, Hamon L. Craft
  • Patent number: 6004065
    Abstract: A system for interlocking together two panel members comprises a washer member having a first washer portion connected by a first necked down portion to a second intermediate washer portion and a third washer portion connected by a second necked down portion to the second intermediate washer portion. A bore runs through the washer member for receiving a screw for fastening the washer member to a side of a first panel member. A second panel member has a keyhole slot and an aperture spaced from the keyhole slot. A resilient clip member has one end formed with a right angle projecting portion and a second end formed with an aperture configured to securely receive the first necked down portion of the washer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: HON Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Dale B. Higdon, Brad J. Addink
  • Patent number: 5997209
    Abstract: A fastener for timber decking, fences, pallets and the like comprises a joist attachment plate (11), with one or more fastening apertures (12) therein, one or more spacing flanges (13) locatable between joists (20) and planks (30), a plank spacer (14) extending between adjacent planks (30) and axially aligned plank engaging teeth (17, 18) extending from opposed sides of the plank spacer (14) to engage respective side surfaces of adjacent planks (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Alchemy Nominees Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard James Sachs
  • Patent number: 5975790
    Abstract: A clamp 100A for connecting formwork panels 50, 50 together at a right angle has a symmetrical shape and comprises a generally triangular central section 1, one intermediate lever 3 connected pivotally to each of opposed sides of the central section 1, and an L-shaped holding arm 2 connected to the intermediate lever 3 by means of a link 4 that is pivotally joined with both the intermediate lever 3 and the holding arm 2. The central section 1 has two equal sides a, a which extend perpendicular to each other and at which the central section 1 engages with joint members 52, 52 of formwork panels 50, 50. Notches 1c are formed on each side a, and are adapted to bite into one joint member 52. Each side a of the central section 1 is thus capable of engaging very closely with the joint member 52. The holding arm 2 is also provided with notches 2c, so that the holding arm 2 also can engage very closely with the joint member 52.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Shinichi Nogami
  • Patent number: 5971654
    Abstract: A device for mounting a leaf spring to an axle housing of a vehicle, in which a cap device receives the axle housing of the vehicle. A liner is positioned inside the cap to permit rotational movement of the axle housing. A pair of U-bolts is mounted on the cap and extends down from the cap toward the leaf spring. First and second plates engage the U-bolts to present a pair of parallel plates positionable on top and bottom of the leaf spring, respectively. Preferably, the liner is fabricated from a low friction material such as polytetrafluoroethylene. To prevent aixal movement of the device, stops engage the axle housing. Stabilizing plates maintain the top, first plate generally parallel to the leaf spring and prevent relative movement of the first plate and the U-bolts. Spacers maintain a minimum spacing between the first and second plates on the U-bolts. In a preferred embodiment, a low friction surface is provided on the portion of the plates in contact with the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas J. Sweeney, Jr.