Laterally Spaced Rods Patents (Class 403/389)
  • Patent number: 10973549
    Abstract: A clamping device includes a clamp body and a locking assembly. The clamp body includes a first jaw defining a first opening and a second jaw defining a second opening. The locking assembly includes a first locking element, a second locking element, and a lever. The first locking element includes a first end and a shaft portion extending from the first end. The shaft portion is sized to pass through the first opening and the second opening. The locking assembly is configured to reduce a distance between the first jaw and the second jaw responsive to rotation of the second locking element. The lever is configured to attach to the second locking element and rotate about the second locking element from a first position to a second position to cause the distance between the first jaw and the second jaw to be reduced further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Roy W. Sanders, Sergio Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10278734
    Abstract: A clamping device includes a clamp body and a locking assembly. The clamp body includes a first jaw defining a first opening and a second jaw defining a second opening. The locking assembly includes a first locking element, a second locking element, and a lever. The first locking element includes a first end and a shaft portion extending from the first end. The shaft portion is sized to pass through the first opening and the second opening. The locking assembly is configured to reduce a distance between the first jaw and the second jaw responsive to rotation of the second locking element. The lever is configured to attach to the second locking element and rotate about the second locking element from a first position to a second position to cause the distance between the first jaw and the second jaw to be reduced further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FOOT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Roy W. Sanders, Sergio Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10000311
    Abstract: A pallet, including a plurality of spaced apart stringers defining a pallet width and a plurality of slats extending lengthwise across the stringers corresponding to the pallet width, and at least two of the slats have a length that is less than the pallet width and define undersized slats. A slat splice connector bridging between adjacent ones of the undersized slats so that the undersized slats are spliced together to provide a spliced slat having a length corresponding to the pallet width, the slat splice connector having an elevated surface between and supported by a pair of spaced apart legs, with the undersized slats of the spliced slat supported by and attached to the legs of the slat splice connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Victor Oliver
  • Patent number: 9867637
    Abstract: A clamping device includes a clamp body and a locking assembly. The clamp body includes a first jaw defining a first opening and a second jaw defining a second opening. The locking assembly includes a first locking element, a second locking element, and a lever. The first locking element includes a first end and a shaft portion extending from the first end. The shaft portion is sized to pass through the first opening and the second opening. The locking assembly is configured to reduce a distance between the first jaw and the second jaw responsive to rotation of the second locking element. The lever is configured to attach to the second locking element and rotate about the second locking element from a first position to a second position to cause the distance between the first jaw and the second jaw to be reduced further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FOOT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Roy W. Sanders, Sergio Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 8562238
    Abstract: A pipe handle holding structure wherein force for holding a bar handle in a holder is minimized, the holding performance whereby the bar handle is held by the holder is improved, and the bar handle and holder are maintained in an appropriate state even in cases in which the bar handle is frequently attached to and detached from the holder. The pipe handle holding structure comprises a round pipe-shaped bar handle, and a holder for holding an external peripheral surface of the bar handle. The holder has a plurality of concealing parts for concealing the external peripheral surface of the bar handle and elastically deforming the external peripheral surface in a pipe diameter direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Hasei, Mai Ohba, Katsuhisa Ichikawa, Kouhei Okaguchi
  • Patent number: 8348544
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting device for the connection between a brace and a formwork girder. The device incorporates respective arms (3) which terminate at one of their ends in hooks (4) which can be coupled on a first flange of the brace (1) and has flat extensions (6) extending from tubular portions (5) intended to rest on a lower projection of the formwork girder (2). It also has parallel rods (7) located with an inclination opposite to that of the arms (3) traversing the tubular portions (5), which are linked by a connecting bridge (9) traversed by a screw (10), the adjustment of which determines the movement of a clamp (11) assembled on the rods (7). The clamp is provided with locking means (12) which can be coupled to a second flange of the brace (1), opposite the first, in order to secure the connection between the brace (1) and the formwork girder (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ulma C Y E, S. Coop.
    Inventors: Ander Ollo Odriozola, Iban Lizarralde Aramburu
  • Patent number: 8162557
    Abstract: A multi-axis coupling apparatus for adjustably mounting modular tooling members. The multi-axis coupling apparatus provides a first coupling member connectable to a substantially cylindrical boom for providing linear and rotational adjustment along and about a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical boom. A second coupling member is connected to the first coupling member and is connectable to a modular tooling member for providing adjustment to the modular tooling member about and along an axis extending at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Van Zile, III, Jeffery J. Dellach, Kenneth P. Dellach, Henry J. Brohl, III
  • Patent number: 8083432
    Abstract: A connection element includes first and second retaining elements adapted to be connected to be freely rotated relative to each other about 360┬░. The first retaining element has a first outer annular portion and a first inner annular portion concentric to the first outer annular portion. The first outer annular portion has an inner locking portion of limited length in the circumferential direction. The second retaining element has a second outer annular portion and a second inner annular portion concentric to the second outer annular portion. The second inner annular portion is matingly accommodated by the first inner annular portion. An annular circumferentially extending locking portion of the second outer annular portion is within the first outer annular portion gripping behind the inner locking portion when the retaining elements are plugged together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Alexander Limpert
  • Patent number: 7452157
    Abstract: A connecting butt strap connecting in series two wire cable trays (10, 20) consisting of two different types of wires, warp wires and weft wires, the connection of the two cable trays (10, 20) being produced via their abutted weft wires (12, 22): it comprises two clip-on elements adapted to clip the butt strap (30) on each of the abutted weft wires (12, 22), one of which enables the butt strap to be mounted rotatable (30) on one cable tray (10) and the other enables the two cable trays (10, 20) to be assembled, the butt strap (30) further comprising locking elements adapted to co-operate with a warp wire of the other cable tray (20) and to lock the butt strap (30) in its connecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: ICM Group
    Inventor: James Deciry
  • Publication number: 20080247818
    Abstract: The invention relates to the mutual positioning of longitudinal building components, comprising two clamps (1) which can be rotated towards each other about an axis of rotation (6). Each of the two clamps (1) comprises two limbs (2) which define an opening (3) located therebetween. The opening (3) can be selectively narrowed or expanded by elastic deformation of the clamps (1) such that a longitudinal building component which is introduced into the opening of the clamp (3) can be prefixed. The two clamps (1) are provided with a bore (4) which is coaxial in relation to the axis of rotation (6) and which penetrates the limbs (2) of the clamps. The two clamps (1) are borne on a shaft (7) and blocking means are provided. Said blocking means are used to selectively block the rotatability of the two clamps (1) about the axis of rotation (6) and press the limbs (2) of each clamp against the longitudinal building component inserted into the opening (3) of the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Marc Oesch, Andreas Lanz
  • Patent number: 7325997
    Abstract: System for connecting profile elements includes a separate clamping element having a clamping plate and at least one protrusion and a separate locking element having a base plate and at least one protrusion. In an assembled state, the locking element butts against that side of the profile elements located opposite the clamping element, such that protrusions of the locking element and of the clamping element are directed toward one another. A device is utilizes to clamp the clamping element and the locking element together such that, in the assembled state, the profile elements are clamped in between the clamping element and the locking element. The device being guided centrally between the profile elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Norbert Basler
  • Patent number: 7320556
    Abstract: A gripping device comprises a support body (2) within a sleeve (8), with the sleeve being mounted around the body for relative translational movement along a common axis thereof. A plurality of gripping elements (10, 12) are pivotally mounted in the body (2), the elements having lever arms (20, 22) projecting laterally from the boundary of the body. Translational movement of the sleeve (8) relative to the body (2) causes working engagement of the sleeve with the gripping element lever arms (20, 22), and movement of the lever arms to pivot the elements (10, 12) and close the elements around an item captured therebetween. Normally, the pivotal axes for the gripping elements (10, 12) are disposed within the support body (2), with the elements themselves projecting axially from an end thereof. The pivotal axes are normally substantialy parallel, and indeed the gripping elements may all be mounted for pivotal movement about the same common axis (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Dall Vagn-Erik
  • Patent number: 7118302
    Abstract: A vehicle clamp which may be a motorcycle clamp includes an elongated body having a pair of spaced fork leg receiving openings and an opening disposed generally between the fork receiving openings for receiving a steering shaft. A pair of spaced handlebar mounts are disposed on opposite sides of the steering shaft opening with each handlebar mount being disposed between a fork receiving opening and the steering shaft opening and a vibration dampening insert interposed between the body and the handlebar mounts. In one embodiment, the vibration dampening insert has a plurality of recesses and a lower portion of the base of the handlebar mounts has a plurality of alternating lands and grooves, with the lands being receivable within the grooves in the dampening insert. The insert serves to dampen engine generated vibrations as well as road created vibrations to minimize transmission of the same to the handlebars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Oberg Industries
    Inventor: Christopher W. Durham
  • Patent number: 7104718
    Abstract: A scissor-type connection for the roof support of a collapsible tent, having two rails rotatable relative to each other around an axle, one of the rails having a spring body that lockably engages an opening in the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Heinz Stoeckler
  • Patent number: 7090427
    Abstract: A clamp for connecting together a set of structural bars having a body defining at least one pair of prismatic guides for positioning one of the bars within the clamp and a locking mechanism for securing the bars inside the guides. The body is defined by four sheet metal plates arranged parallel and facing each other in pairs of two, each pair of two arranged perpendicular to the other such that each pair is connected to the other collectively along four parallel edges of the body. The prismatic guides are each defined by a pair of aligned seats formed along respective sides of each pair of facing plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Petratto S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giorgio Petratto
  • Patent number: 7032355
    Abstract: A child's handrail assembly is mounted beneath another handrail and comprises three 6? dual pull-lock extension rods; a plurality of durable lightweight 1? diameter rods, which can be adjusted to fit any size handrail and connected together by an interlocking coupling. Each dual pull-lock extension rod includes an upper strap that is wrapped around the existing handrail and a lower strap that is wrapped around the lower rods to suspend the lower rods beneath the existing handrail and form a child's handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Jan C. Gyure, Karen Hargis
  • Patent number: 7025736
    Abstract: A massage system providing a bracket for rigidly holding an electric or percussion massager, for example, a handheld massager, and a bracket height adjustment such that the massager may be utilized by a user at a specific height. The massage system provides rigid support for the massager to enable a person to back into the massager thereby more easily controlling the massage by him or herself without requiring use of the hands. The unit is wall mounted or door hung using a vertical bar and clamping holder. A programmable, motor operated unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa W. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6896473
    Abstract: A changeable-length fourth axis of a delta robot has a first bar (82) and a second bar (83), which can be displaced parallel to one another in a slide bearing (84, 85). They are connected to articulation heads (80, 81) for leading in an incoming torque and for leading out an outgoing torque. The first and second bars (82, 83) are arranged here such that the incoming torque runs in a direction which is parallel to, but offset from, the direction of the outgoing torque. This fourth axis allows precise torque transmission, but is nevertheless of straightforward construction, has a high bending strength and relatively low weight and can easily be cleaned by being washed down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Andrea Schuler
  • 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: Fran├žois Rouyre, Loic Le Lay
  • Patent number: 6872027
    Abstract: A guide rail clamp comprises a first clamp half and a second clamp half, which when fastened together form a slot therethrough adapted to fit a cylindrical support rod or a flat rectangular support bar. The two halves of the clamp may be held together by a pair of bolts extending through a pair of threaded sleeved nuts, which securely grip the bolts when the two clamp halves are spaced slightly apart. In a preferred embodiment, two pegs extending from one clamp half into holes located in the second half help align and secure the grip of the clamp and minimize motion of the rail. To securely fasten the support rod or support bar inserted within the slot, a bolt may be used to bias the support bar or rod against the edges of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Valu Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart J. Ledingham
  • Publication number: 20040265053
    Abstract: An integrally formed locking clip has a unitary body and downwardly extending lateral side arms. The clip is made of resiliently flexible material which allows the side arms to extend over and around the top support member of a push broom head and attach to the broom head. The clip has an upper section consisting of a threaded opening which is configured to accept and threadably engage the threaded end connection of the handle of the push broom. When so engaged, the handle is securely mounted on and along the longitudinal axis of the broom head. The upper section of the clip may be formed of a closed circular threaded ring or a partially opened threaded cradle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Jace A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 6832427
    Abstract: A buoyant clamp assembly and method for clamping an elongate member to a support member. The buoyant clamp assembly includes a flexible strap having first and second ends. Affixed to the exterior of the flexible strap are wear blocks. A highly frictional layer is attached to the interior of the flexible strap to increase friction between the clamping assembly and the elongate or support member. The flexible strap extends substantially around the elongate and support members. The first and second ends are adapted to be coupled to each other via a loop member. The clamp assembly also includes a tensioner assembly having first and second tensioner bars spaced parallel to one another. Capture bolts affixed to the tensioner assembly prevent the first and second tensioner bars from separating. Each of the first and second tensioner bars includes a bullnose face and the bullnose faces are in opposing relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Offshore Clamp & Protector Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Larry Meuth, Stanley Brannan
  • Patent number: 6790177
    Abstract: Surgical retractor apparatus is shown having at least two independently operable clamping locations for receiving pivot balls therein. These two clamping locations lock and unlock their respective pivot balls independent of locking of the other pivot ball. Furthermore, the locking mechanisms utilized to lock the pivot balls also utilize the lock the angular position of the extension rod relative to the clamp. An adjuster intermediate the clamping positions allows for the movement of the clamping location relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Boss Instruments, Ltd.
    Inventors: Burns Phillips, Larry Griffith
  • Patent number: 6645141
    Abstract: Surgical retractor apparatus is shown having at least two independently operable clamping locations for receiving pivot balls therein. These two clamping locations lock and unlock their respective pivot balls independent of locking of the other pivot ball. Furthermore, the locking mechanisms utilized to lock the pivot balls also utilize the lock the angular position of the extension rod relative to the clamp. An adjuster intermediate the clamping positions allows for the movement of the clamping location relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Boss Instruments, Ltd.
    Inventors: Burns P. Phillips, Larry Griffith
  • Publication number: 20030175071
    Abstract: A connector and connection system useful in the building and construction industries for joining two substantially planar composite fiber panels together in which at least a part of the connecting device also acts as a guiding means allowing the two panels to be joined together in alignment with one another. The connector and connection system is especially useful for joining a plurality of compressed straw building panels to form a straight wall, partition or similar structure in substantially the same plane, said structure being constructed without having any external fittings or without having to mask or otherwise hide any fasteners, fittings or the like across the joint between the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Derek John Layfield
  • Patent number: 6609476
    Abstract: A flag for mounting on a vehicle radio antenna having a flat body which is uniformly tapered from a leading edge formed with a mounting rib towards a trailing edge which is thinner than the leading edge, the mounting rib having projections at either end which are encircled by resilient rings biasing the projections and the mounting rib against the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventors: Vance A. Lorenzana, Moises B. Lorenzana
  • Patent number: 6561726
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lining panel fastening for panels or moldings subjected to high levels of wear on substructures or basic structures, in particular of sheet steel. It is distinguished by holding brackets which are fastened to the sheet-steel structure and in the holding region of which the wear-resistant moldings can be fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventors: Walter Hecken, Wolfgang Leichnitz
  • Patent number: 6561579
    Abstract: A saddle support device includes a barrel disposed on a seat post and having a number of teeth extended inward of a bore of the barrel. Two blocks each has a number of teeth formed on one end for engaging into the bore of the barrel and for engaging with the teeth of the barrel, and for securing the blocks to the barrel at any selected angular position. A saddle device includes two support rods engaged into the blocks and secured to the barrel with the blocks. The engagement of the teeth of the blocks and the barrel may prevent the blocks from rotating relative to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Muchachos International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Andrew Weir
  • Patent number: 6454487
    Abstract: A device for fastening elements to at least one first grating composed of wires, the device has at two essentially flat elements which are connectable to each other and clampable around the wires of the at least first grating, the elements having at least one side with side edges and ribs provided along the side edges of the at least one side of the elements and leaving corner regions of the side edges open, the ribs having sides, the sides of the ribs and the sides of the elements being placeable at least partially against the wires of the at least first grating, the at least one side of the at least one having a first raised area with a surface area that is smaller than a surface area of the at least one element, the first raised area being provided with a second raised area with a surface area that is smaller than the surface area of the first raised area, the second raised area having sides, the sides of the second raised area and the surface area of the first raised area being arranged to rest at least p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Buenning, Johannes Koban, Michael Koeck, Armin Breitenbuecher
  • Patent number: 6435565
    Abstract: A band clamp is provided making a joint in each of two pairs of closely spaced pipes wherein the pipes in each pair are aligned with each other. The clamp has a single closed loop clamp band for connecting adjoining ends of the first pair to make a sealed joint and connecting the adjoining ends of the second pair of pipes to make a sealed joint. The clamp band encircles both pairs of pipes and overlaps a portion of the adjoining ends of both pairs of pipes. The closed loop of the clamp band has oppositely disposed concave lobe portions spanning the gap between the pipes and a clamping mechanism is provided for drawing the lobe portions toward each other for tightening the band around the adjoining ends of the pipes to provide a mechanical connection and a sealed joint in each pair of pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: BKS Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Potts, Michael E. Amedure
  • Patent number: 6412232
    Abstract: A structural system of connected toroidal elements for all types of structures of all sizes, wherein such toroidal elements may be connected in level layers which may in turn be connected in stacks to form towers, domical and spherical structures, and connected in the forms of regular polyhedra to form domical and spherical structures. Structures may be constructed of frameworks formed by connected toroidal elements of various sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Anthony Italo Provitola
  • Patent number: 6394694
    Abstract: A connection clamp is disclosed, in particular for handlebar and front mounting units of bicycles and the like, which has features including two separate clamping points for the handlebar and the front mounting; only one clamping screw for both clamping points; at least one clamping screw is provided which is adjustable in at least two positions, at least one opening position and at least one clamping position; raised portions are provided on both sides of the bore of the handlebar receptacle; recesses are provided both in the region of the screw bore and in the region between the bores for receiving the handlebar and the front mounting; slots are provided between respective first and second portions of each of the clamping points, and the widths of these slots in an opening position is greater than the widths of these slots in a clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Jo Klieber GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Klieber
  • Patent number: 6389773
    Abstract: A stackable panel system having a versatile corner supporting arrangement for addition onto existing wall systems for a modular office system. The corners of the stackable panel include a sliding engagement scheme, wherein a mast assembly is secured to a top portion of the wall system by a mast base and slidably engages a central open area of a corner support on the stackable panel by means of a vertically oriented mast upright. Additional panels can be added to the stackable panels by means of intermediate connectors. On the upper portion of the top panel, a corner trim piece covers over the central open area of the top corners. A top connector helps to rigidly secure adjacent stackable panels, either with a T-shaped, L-shaped or X-shaped connection. A perimeter framing system utilizing the corner support arrangement for the stackable panels is also provided. Each of the frame members includes a semi-circular section and a flat section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Reuter, Wallace C. Bullwinkle, Ronald A. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20020044824
    Abstract: The fixing device which serves for retaining a rail (1), in particular a running or guide rail, has a strip (2) which is provided with an angular profile and can be connected with little outlay on one side to a wall (9) and on the other side to a rail (1). The strip (2) has two limbs (21; 22) which are provided for holding the rail (1), the first limb (21) of which is provided with openings (23) for the passing through of fixing screws (24) which can be connected to the wall (9), and the second limb (22) of which is provided with a T-profile-shaped longitudinal slot (25) which is open towards the rail (1) and serves for holding and for retaining a locking element (3) which preferably has a thread (31) for a mounting screw (32) which can be connected to the rail (1), or is connected fixedly to said mounting screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Applicant: HAWA AG
    Inventors: Karl Haab, Otto Haab
  • Patent number: 6334284
    Abstract: The present invention is a structural system of torsion elements which are connected in constructions which have the capacity to bear compression, tension and flexion loading by conversion of such loading to torsion loading of the connected torsion elements. The present invention also includes a method of construction using torsion elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Anthony Italo Provitola
  • 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: 6186243
    Abstract: A cylinder mounting arrangement for a folding implement includes reversible L-shaped plates supporting an auxiliary tube above a transverse tool supporting beam. The attaching location on the beam can be changed to avoid interference with the desired tool spacing by reversing the plates. The same plates and auxiliary tubes can be used on a number of different implements and with different main frame widths to reduce manufacturing costs and the number of parts that have to be stocked. The reversible plates can be selectively mounted on the main frame with the plates inside or outside of the fore-and-aft tubes connected to the transversely extending tube, depending on the tool placement on the main frame. Therefore, a wide variety of tool spacings can be accommodated in the region under the tube and between the fore-and-aft tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Brian Thomas Mosdal
  • 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: 6067767
    Abstract: In a connecting element for multiple-sided, in particular three-sided lattice girders made of fibre composite material, tubes (6, 7, 8, 9) are provided and arranged so that one of these is in the centre and the others are evenly distributed around this tube receiving or forming a central member, are held together by a fibre ring winding (12) and held apart by a disc (16) provided in the central tube (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventor: Rainer Schutze
  • Patent number: 6048127
    Abstract: A furniture system is which disclosed comprises a first and second structures 2, 5 each having a horizontal member 3, 6 and a number of vertical members 4, 7 that support the first horizontal member 3, 6. A releasable connection device 10 is included for each of the structures 2, 5. Each releasable connection device 10 has an attachment portion 15 configured to engage to one of the support members 4, 7 of one of the structures 2, 5. The connection device 10 further comprises an elongated connection portion 24 that projects from the attachment portion 15. A female fastener 30 is defined on a surface 29 of the connection portion 20, and a male fastener 40 projects from the surface 29 adjacent the female fastener 30. The male and female fasteners 40, 30 are snap engageable with respective female and male fastener 30, 40 of the other of the releasable connection device 10 engaged to one of the support members of the other of the structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Ditto Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Kern, Lawrence Rapier
  • Patent number: 5987846
    Abstract: A wallboard fastening member and methods of using the same which is adapted to be positioned as a wall stud or joist between existing studs or joists present in a walls and ceilings of residential, commercial and industrial structures. The wallboard fastening member in accordance with the present invention is intended to be used where opposing ends of a piece of wallboard, such as gypsum drywall wallboard, are not aligned with an existing stud or joist to avoid the necessity of fitting up or cutting the wallboard and thus creating undesirable scrap. The preferred embodiment of a wallboard fastening member is a generally elongated member and preferably includes a stepped configuration on one side to permit the wallboard fastening member to fasten adjacent pieces of wallboard having different sizes by using the side having a stepped configuration or to fasten adjacent pieces of wallboard of the same size by using the flat side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Nahas
  • Patent number: 5980148
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a spaced relationship between two energetic sources is disclosed, which system including in a preferred embodiment a clamping mechanism securable to the energetic sources, a spacing system disposed between these sources, a pivot mechanism coupled to the spacing system and pivotally engageable to the clamping mechanism, and a shock absorption system coupled to the spacing mechanism and adapted to resiliently deform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Seismic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrien P. Pascouet
  • Patent number: 5966892
    Abstract: A ready to assemble construction system for erecting small structures such as houses, sheds, garages, etcetera. Comprising specially designed connecting plates which both secure laminate sections of lumber to each other to form constructive elements and also act as a rigid connecting means between the elements to enable the structure to be easily, quickly, and inexpensively built and later disassembled if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: R. Terry Platt
  • Patent number: 5933123
    Abstract: A combined satellite and terrestrial antenna has a reflector dish formed of a conductive metal supported by but electrically insulated from a support structure. A pick-up for the satellite transmission signal is also supported by the support structure at a position to receive satellite microwave signals reflected from the dish. An electrical connector is attached to and in electrical contact with the metal of the dish and a transmission line extends from the connector to transmit UHF/VHF signals which are received by the metal dish itself. The UHF/VHF signals may be combined with the signals from the satellite pick-up and transmitted together on a common transmission line leading to a receiver. A loop section may be connected by swivel connectors to the periphery of the reflector dish to be in electrical contact therewith to further enhance the reception of UHF/VHF frequencies. The loop section may be adjusted to a position either in the front or the back of the dish to maximize reception of UHF/VHF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Kaul-Tronics, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Kaul
  • Patent number: 5885024
    Abstract: A roof tile tie down clip for securing a roof tile to the surface of a roof. The roof tile tie down clip includes a base portion configured to rest against the surface of a roof, body portion extending away from the base portion such that a joint is formed between the base portion and the body portion, and a clip portion configured to engage the top surface of a roof tile and extending away from the body portion distal of the joint. Two claws extend outward from a tip of the base portion for securing the roof tile tie down clip to the surface of a roof in an upright position prior to inserting a nail through the clip. A gusset is formed at the joint between the base portion and body portion of the roof tile tie down clip. The gusset functions to reinforce the joint against bending or warping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventors: Frank J. Zupan, Terrance D. Zupan
  • Patent number: 5855095
    Abstract: A vehicle door has a glass run channel extending vertically to guide vertical movement of a window glass. A bracket is mounted on the door adjacent the bottom of the glass run channel and has an upwardly opening slot therein. A threaded stud is carried by the bottom of the glass run channel. An annular roller of molded plastic construction is threaded onto the stud and has a circumferential groove by which the annual roller may be installed into the upwardly opening slot of the bracket to thereby mount the bottom of the glass run channel on the door. The stud is preferably threadably attached to the bottom of the glass run channel so that rotation of the threaded stud relative the glass run channel will adjust the position of the annular roller to adjust the bottom of the glass run channel relative to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Martin Dedrich, Matthew C. Patterson
  • Patent number: 5839707
    Abstract: A trench shield stacking bracket provided for facilitating the stacking of trench shields. The trench shield stacking bracket comprises an elongate hollow body frame which defines a pair of spaced apart trench shield spreader bar engaging Wall having upper and lower portions. The trench shield spreader bar engaging walls define upwardly opening trench shield spreader bar engaging slots in the upper portions thereof. The trench shield spreader bar engaging walls define downwardly opening trench shield spreader bar engaging slots in the lower portions thereof in opposed spaced apart register with the upwardly opening trench shield spreader bar engaging slots. Means are provided to selectively retain trench shield spreader bars selectively positioned within the upper and lower spreader bar engaging slots-during trench shield stacking operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Efficiency Production, Inc.
    Inventor: Luther Bradford Barringer
  • Patent number: 5833191
    Abstract: A holder for various different objects is described, which holder cooperates with a gripping device of the vise-grip type in which the position at which a pair of jaws lock relative to one another is adjustable. The holder includes a simple orientation change mechanism configured to enable a user to change the orientation of a special connector designed to hold differing objects. The connector includes a pair of jaws having concave facing gripping surfaces. A resistance varying structure is included to enable the user to vary the resistance to orientation change that might be expected from the different weight of objects. Thus, the holder is quite versatile with respect to the type of object that can be held by the same, which versatility is added to the versatility of the vise-grip type pliers with which it is designed to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Jan Van Gennep
  • Patent number: 5816736
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a robot arm assembly including a plurality of elongated elements for attachment with a tool carried by the robot arm assembly. The robot arm assembly includes a robot arm, an arm clamp assembly clamped around the robot arm, and at least one elongated element clamp. The elongated element clamp is connected to a mounting pad on the arm clamp and carries the elongated elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Flex-Cable, Inc.
    Inventor: Erwin K. Kroulik
  • Patent number: RE36970
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a seat to a seat post comprises a cylindrical housing with oppositely oriented openings on the side of the housing. Top and bottom clamping pieces are positioned through the openings. Mating grooves on the ends of the clamps are adapted for placement and securing of a pair of rails affixed to the underside of the seat. A bottom block is disposed beneath the clamps and adapted for abutment against the clamps. The interior bottom portion of the housing is threaded, and the exterior top portion of the seat post is threaded for engagement with the threads of the housing, so that the seat post itself is tightened against the bottom piece, thus securing the seat rails within the clamps without need for tools or small components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Jeff Keller