Two Rods Encompassed By Single Connector Patents (Class 403/396)
  • Patent number: 11821265
    Abstract: A modified tubular system for use in connection with the recovery of subsurface minerals and fluids. The tubulars may include drill pipes, risers, production tubing, and tools integrated into such tubulars. Such tubulars may be interconnected using tool joints or threaded tubular sections. Some tool joints may comprise annular shoulders. The shoulders may comprise an annular groove for housing an inductive coupler that may include magnetically conductive electrically insulating (MCEI) trough and an electrically conductive coil laid within the trough. An axial passageway formed in the shoulder may open into the groove. The passageway may comprise flutes. The flutes maybe formed in the wall of the passageway or added to the passageway as an insert or as part of a passageway liner. A fluted transmission line may be disposed within the passageway. The transmission line and liner flutes may mate with the passageway flutes. The liner may be hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 11536399
    Abstract: A spacer (3), for mutually spacing apart a first and a second pipeline in a mutually parallel manner, has a first and a second side (31, 32) for abutting against the two respective pipelines. At least two tensioning straps, which are extending in first and second longitudinal ranges (41, 42), are fixing the spacer relative to the first pipeline. The second side (32) has, in the first and second longitudinal ranges, a second abutment structure (52) for abutting against the second pipeline. Furthermore, the second side has, in a first intermediate longitudinal range (61), a first recessed intermediate surface portion (71). Thanks to the first recessed intermediate surface portion, the portions of the spacer which are extending in the first longitudinal range and the second longitudinal range are, under influence of tensioning forces of the tensioning straps, to a larger extent independently resiliently compressible relative to one another. This improves the effectivity of the tensioning straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Gijs Alewijn
  • Patent number: 11532929
    Abstract: A cable cleat (10) is disclosed. The cleat has a first portion (12) partially defining first apertures (14) for receiving a respective first cables and a second portion (18) partially defining said first apertures, and partially defining a second aperture (22) for receiving a second cable. The second portion is adapted to be mounted to the first portion to retain the first cables in the respective first apertures. The cleat also has a third portion (26) partially defining the second aperture and adapted to be mounted to the first and/or second portion to retain the second cable in the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: David Robinson, Lee Frizzell
  • Patent number: 11353133
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a device securing an actuating drive on a duct outer face of an HVAC duct against rotation. The actuating drive includes an actuator for driving an actuation connection about an actuation axis. The actuation connection interacts with a flap arranged in the ventilation duct to set a gaseous volumetric flow. The actuating drive includes a housing with a ledge formed on a bottom side of the housing and surrounding the actuation connection coaxially relative to the actuation axis. The housing bottom side lies opposite the duct outer face. The device may include: a fastening part for fastening to the outer face; and a fork-shaped receptacle formed at an end. The receptacle geometrically matches a radial outer face of the housing ledge such that after lateral sliding onto the outer face of the ledge, the receptacle fixes said ledge and thus the actuating drive against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Pascal Kamber, Lucian Bischof, Beat Gantenbein
  • Patent number: 10876683
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for a securing device that has a housing, one or more securing members, a center protruding member, and a reservoir. Additionally, located between the securing members and the center protruding member is a trough and one or more valleys. A rope member is capable of semi-circling the center protruding member and being secured to the securing device by the securing members. Additionally, a rope member can be secured to the securing device by passing a portion of the rope member through at least one internal channel located within an interior of the securing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Hilgard Muller
  • Patent number: 10673213
    Abstract: The wire grip includes an upper grasping part provided at a base for grasping an electric wire from above; a lower grasping part arranged to face the upper grasping part with the electric wire interposed therebetween and provided to be movable in a vertical direction with respect to the base; an arrow part provided at a bottom part of the lower grasping part integrally with the lower grasping part or as a separate body; a supporting body arranged on a side opposite to the lower grasping part with the arrow part interposed therebetween, wherein the supporting body pushes the arrow part by a screw to be screwed with a lower supporting part provided at a bottom part of the base and extending in a longitudinal direction of the base; and a holding part for holding the lower grasping part to prevent it from being spaced from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NAGAKI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazude Fujiwara, Kensuke Mondori, Hideo Nouchi
  • Patent number: 10563393
    Abstract: A construction element is for forming a connection between two parts of a building that are thermally insulated from one another. The element includes an elongate portion having a thermally insulating material, and configured to be placed between the parts of the building. Bars run through the thermally insulating portion and are configured to be anchored in the building parts that are to be connected and thus to absorb the tensile forces between the building parts. The element includes an insulating portion for absorbing compression and shear forces between the building parts. The bars include metal bars, as well as non-metallic bars formed of a thermally insulating material. The metal bars are configured to maintain the connection when the tensile force absorbed by the non-metallic bars is lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PLAKABETON S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Michiels, Olivier Remy
  • Patent number: 9803381
    Abstract: A support assembly suitable for use in a modular ramp and platform assembly is disclosed. Additionally, an interface between components of the platform assembly, including, for example, the interface between the ramp section and the deck or platform section is provided, and may include support flanges that operatively interact with one or more slots positioned on the platform section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Homecare Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Bailie
  • Patent number: 9510870
    Abstract: A transconnector for use in interconnecting a pair of longitudinal spinal rods in a spinal fixation procedure. The transconnector includes a bridge member and first and second spinal rod engaging members. The bridge member may include first and second members, wherein the first and second members are moveably associated with one another so that the distance between the first and second spinal rod engaging members can be adjusted. The first and second spinal rod engaging members include a rod receiving channel for receiving one of the spinal rods therein. The spinal rod engaging members may be articulating in, for example, the yaw and roll positions or non-articulating with respect to the bridge members. The spinal rod engaging members preferably include a spring, for example, a spring washer, to provide an opposing force so that the spinal rod engaging members can provisionally snap onto the spinal rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Rathbun, Jason Banowetz, Heather Eames
  • Publication number: 20150125203
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a C-shaped clamping device. The clamping device includes: a C-shaped clamp (20) having facing parts (22) on opposite ends thereof; a cylindrical member (30) inserted into a C-ring of the clamp; a coupler (40) installed in the clamp and passing through the facing parts of the clamp, thus providing force of grasping the member; and an interference ring (50) interposed between the facing parts of the clamp. The interference ring has an inner diameter equal to an outer diameter of the coupler and is inserted into the coupler. A stopper protruding into the clamp is provided on a portion of an outer circumferential edge of the interference ring. The cylindrical member has a depression formed around an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical member. The depression receives the stopper of the interference ring therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ho-Young Cho
  • Patent number: 8974141
    Abstract: A paddle converter for securing two singled bladed canoe paddles to form a single twin bladed kayak paddle. The paddle converter includes a body configured to structurally support a first canoe paddle and a second canoe paddle. The paddle converter also includes a groove on the body configured to receive the shaft of the first canoe paddle. The paddle converter further includes a grip match configured to match the grip of the first canoe paddle. The paddle converter additionally includes a fastener configured to secure the shaft of the first canoe paddle within the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Eddie Williford
  • Publication number: 20140308067
    Abstract: A system and method of selectively coupling structural elements via at least one of: frictional engagement, chemical bonding, structural attachment techniques and/or other known and/or convenient coupling mechanism and/or methods. In some embodiments, wrapping elements can be introduced to standardize the dimensions of the ends of naturally occurring structural members, such as bamboo, to aid in construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Boudeman
  • Publication number: 20140212213
    Abstract: A compression sleeve for connecting and swaging cable has an outer housing having one or more passages therethrough for holding a cable having a sheath thereon. The passages have a series of teeth separated by blunt roots which extrudes and removes the sheath from the cable thereby swaging the sleeve to a metal portion of the cable. The sleeve can be pressed at a first central position such that the teeth engage the sheath of the cable. The sleeve can also be pressed at subsequent positions extending outwardly from the central position of the sleeve such that the teeth engage the sheath of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The National Telephone Supply Company
    Inventors: Richard G. Meyers, Raymond Disantis
  • Patent number: 8770885
    Abstract: A wedge clamp providing for a positive attachment to structural angles, I-beams, H-beams, T-bars, plates, boards, conventional angles, bulb angles, channels, plates and other similar structural shapes comprises a clamp wedge and body that capture objects with two opposing surfaces securing the objects against each other using a fastener or other means to engage both parts of the clamp to pull the wedge through the body and causing the objects being attached together to be squeezed together. The wedge clamp is also used to support other members using a bolt or threaded rod attached to the wedge clamp which in this case normally attaches to a single flange of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Philip Allen Myers
  • 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: 8393821
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a clamping device for locking two elements, e.g. rotatable shafts, having a substantially circular cross-section. The clamping device comprises a central holding part having two partly curved sections being adapted to at least partly encircle and hold the elements, which curved sections are inversely curved. Further, the clamping device comprises an upper holding part having a partly curved section arranged being adapted to at least partly encircle and hold a first element and a lower holding part having a partly curved section being adapted to at least partly encircle and hold a second element. The central, upper and lower holding parts are adapted to co-operate to lock the elements when pressed together by means of a tightening element. The curved sections are inversely curved in relation to each other and form together with the substantially rectangular section a substantially S-shaped central part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Elekta AB (Publ)
    Inventors: Kristian Wiberg, Per Carlsson
  • 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: 8322787
    Abstract: A clamping joint for a chair includes a joint coupling a front leg and a rear leg to the seat at an overlap with an inner clamp coupled to the seat and an outer clamp coupled to the inner clamp with the front leg and the rear leg clamped between the inner and outer clamps at the overlap. A finger on one of the inner or outer clamps extends towards the other and disposed between the front and rear legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Mity-Lite, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Smith
  • Patent number: 8167258
    Abstract: A clamp for perpendicularly connecting two elongated members includes first and second interchangeable half clamps. The half clamps are placed in opposing relationship and tightened around the perpendicular junction of the two elongated members. In one embodiment, the clamp is designed to connect a beam (such as an I-beam) to a ridge (such as that found on a standing seam roof). In another embodiment the clamp is designed to connect two beams together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart H. Wentworth, Claudia H. Wentworth
  • 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: 8112847
    Abstract: A connector or locking device for wires (or wire ropes) W has a body (20) of alloy, two channels (21) within the body, entry ends (23) at opposite ends for wires, and wedges (25) within the body urged by springs (26) towards the entry ends (23) and to protrude into the channels (21) for the purpose of gripping inserted wires and preventing their withdrawal in the opposite direction to insertion, and is characterized in that guideways (30) are formed within the body (20) alongside each channel from adjacent its entry end (23) to beyond its wedge (25), and plastics slide (31) are fitted one within each of the guideways each with its inner end (32) overlapping a nose part (33) of the respective wedge and its outer end (34) protruding outwards beyond the entry end of the channel, retention means (35, 36) being provided between each slide (31) and its guideway (30) while allowing inward sliding to push the wedge (25) against the urge of its spring (26) when the outer end (34) of the slide is pushed relative to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Gripple Limited
    Inventors: Brian Edward Shawcross, Lee Mark Giemza
  • Publication number: 20110175046
    Abstract: A gate apparatus that includes a gate, an elongate member or gate base for the ends of the gate, and a stairway post adapter such that a wooden stairway post can serve as a base for a gate without harming the wood of the stairway post. The stairway post adapter includes a vertical or longitudinally running channel for receiving the gate base, a horizontally or laterally extending channel for receiving a strap, and a recess or receptor or face for confronting a section of a stairway post. The gate base includes an upper and lower eyelet. Each of the ends of the gate includes upper and lower pins for engaging the upper and lower eyelets of the gate bases. On the hinge side of the gate, the pins are relatively long and remain in the eyelets as the gate is lifted and swung. On the latch side of the gate, the pins are relatively short such that that latch side of the gate can be lifted and disengaged from the eyelets and then swung open. The gate is extendable and retractable in length, and is reversible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Lyle H. Rogalla
  • Patent number: 7963392
    Abstract: A bar connecting apparatus applies clips to connect transverse bars used in reinforced concrete. A clip string is fed into the bar connecting apparatus by a clip feed assembly, so several pairs of transverse bars can be connected in rapid succession. A hammer reciprocates in the barrel of the bar connecting apparatus, and drives a clip from the barrel into engagement with the bars. An alignment head aligns the bar connecting apparatus with the transverse bars so the clips properly engage the bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Kodi Klip Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Kodi
  • Patent number: 7896573
    Abstract: A connection assembly includes a base structure having a U-shaped piece with turned end walls at each end of a connecting portion with a cut out in each end wall, and a U-shaped cover piece having end walls each with a cut out, the cut outs, of each piece aligned to form an opening receiving an elongated member clamped therein by attachment of said cover pair to the u-shaped piece of the base structure. The base structure can include a second U-shaped piece having a pair of end walls each one end a connecting portion fixed to the first U-shaped piece turned 90° thereto so that the end walls of each lie between each other. A second cover piece with end walls having cut outs aligned with cut outs in the second U-shaped piece end walls may receive a second elongated member in a crossing relationship with the first elongate member. Alternatively, the second cover piece has a second elongated member fixedly projecting from the second cover piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: James Zaguroli
  • Patent number: 7487617
    Abstract: A decorative snow guard assembly attachable to raised portions of a building surface such as a standing seam roof. The assembly includes a decorative snow brake plate integral with a base, means spanning between adjacent bases, and means connecting said spanning means to said bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Hockman
  • Patent number: 7478798
    Abstract: The present finding relates to a system for fixing panels consisting of are welded bars to support poles, particularly but not exclusively for fencings, wherein into said poles there is obtained at least one thorough hole (20) comprising a screw (15) having a threaded stem (16) crossed centrally and for its entire length by a longitudinal thorough slit (19), and a nut (18) intended to screw on said threaded stem, said slit being intended to receive the bars of two adjacent panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Recintecnica Di Ferrari Bruna
    Inventor: Fabiano Minelli
  • 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: 20080118304
    Abstract: The invented fastener device includes a unitary clip having a base and two spaced clamps, each clamp having opposing fingers, one stiff and spring deflectable under force. Flanged surfaces at the distal ends of the stiff and spring members form a wedge for deflecting the spring member to force an elongate, cylindrical object, e.g. a length of rebar, broadside into one of two stacked conduits. The region between the two clamps is generally U-shaped to accommodate a length of rebar into a transverse conduit with the clip. The base includes male and female appendages for coupling adjacent ones of the clips together in a strain, and it also includes two or more guide pins oriented transverse to the coupling appendages for guiding such a train down a race within a track of a dispensing applicator. A preferably integrally molded “chair” or platform for elevating the clip a desired height above a surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: John M. Carraher, Terry D. Newton
  • Patent number: 7343831
    Abstract: A clamp kit for motorcycles permitting a wide range of handlebar positions to fit the size of the rider, the comfort of the rider, or to change the riding style of the motorcycle. The clamp has two split rings, one for attaching to the fork tube of the motorcycle and one for accepting a handlebar. The clamp is rotatable to various positions on the fork tube to position the handlebar in a position, which is comfortable for the rider and does not interfere with the frame or component parts of the motorcycle. The height of the handlebars and the angle of the handlebars are easily adjustable by use of the second split ring on the clamp. The handlebars are spread apart and can rotate in case of an accident to improve motorcycle safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy A. Tamcsin
  • 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: 7314331
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a clamping assembly includes a roller locking mechanism, at least one clamping member and a shaft member for coupling the roller locking mechanism with the first clamping member. The roller mechanism includes a roller rotatably connected to a handle which contacts a bearing surface to place a compressive force on the first clamping member when the handle is actuated. Another locking mechanism includes a camming member having cam face with a sliding cam surface and a frictional cam surface adjacent to the sliding cam surface. The camming member produces a compressive force on the clamping member as the sliding cam surface contacts a bearing surface and increased static friction when the frictional cam surface contacts the bearing surface to help maintain the camming member in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventors: Tibor Koros, Gabriel Koros
  • Patent number: 7290776
    Abstract: An extension handle apparatus is provided for a wheeled chair which includes handle support tubes for supporting one or more wheeled-chair handles. The extension handle apparatus includes an extension support portion and an extension handle portion connected to the extension support portion. A pair of clamping plates are provided, wherein each clamping plate includes an extension-support reception region and a wheeled-chair-handle-support-tube reception region. Clamping fasteners are connected between the clamping plates, and a retention assembly is connected between the clamping plates for retaining the clamping plates in opposite positions with respect to each other. The wheeled-chair handles are a fixed distance from the wheeled chair. By using retrofitted extension handle apparatuses of the invention attached to the handle support tubes on the wheeled chair, the effective distance of extension handle portions from the wheeled chair can be adjusted as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: James J. Pascznk
  • Patent number: 7213373
    Abstract: A decorative snow guard assembly attachable to raised portions of a building surface such as a standing seam roof. The assembly includes a decorative snow brake plate integral with a base, means spanning between adjacent bases, and means connecting said spanning means to said bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Mark Hockman
  • Patent number: 7069940
    Abstract: A crutch has an adjustable crosspiece between two upright tube portions thereof, which includes a main body having tunnels lengthways extending along two end portions, two engaging pins respectively in the tunnels, springs for making the pins project out from the tunnels, two control members positioned next to and movable along the end portions of the main body, and two linearly displaceable bars on lateral sides of the main body, each of which connects a respective one of the pins to a respective one of the control members such that the pins are displaceable together with the control members; immediately after the control members are moved further away from each other, the pins will be retreated into the tunnels and disengaged from the uprights, and the crosspiece is adjustable; after the crosspiece is moved to a new position, the control members are released for the pins to engage the upright tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Mu-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 7063481
    Abstract: A polymeric connector block for interconnecting a plurality of elongate tubular members into a structure has five-sided front and back sides with an orthogonal pattern of three parallel through-apertures therethrough. A fourth through-aperture passes from the left side to the right side, intersecting two of the parallel through-apertures at 90°. A non-through aperture passes from the top side and intersects the other of the parallel through-apertures at 90°. A sixth aperture extends into the block at an intermediate angle such as 45°. There are no apertures in the bottom side. Tubular members are insertable into the apertures and lockable therein by lockscrews. Tubular members may comprise tubing, pipe, electrical conduit and the like, and may include non-tubular materials such as solid rods. A wide range of structures may be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Scott E. Trull
  • Patent number: 7044426
    Abstract: A fitting to prevent movement during seismic activity between a building structure or the like and a rod and channel support or the like connected to said building which may include anti-torque means between the anchor and the channel for preventing rotation of the anchor about the rod. The fitting is directed to a specific slot design to permit ease in access around a rod of a rod and channel support or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: James A. Allmon, Larry J. Simon, Jr., Douglas E. Weiland, Allen A. Spielberger, John D. Pryor
  • 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: 6994485
    Abstract: A method for mutually connecting at least two elongated elements, such as concrete renforcement rods, by means of a connecting member in the form of a winding spring with a center line, which winding spring is screwed on and around the elongated elements at the connecting place between the two elongated elements by rotation on the center line while expanding by contact with circumferential surfaces of the elongated elements, wherein the selected winding spring is a spiral or screw spiral shaped spring, of which at least one winding has a diameter smaller than the largest transverse dimension at the connecting place, determined by the elongated elements to be connected, which winding spring is placed with its center line at an angle with respect to the elongated elements and is screwingly moved from a thus obtained starting position in the direction of the elongated elements, which screwing movement is continued until at least one winding is diametrically expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Ty tecker V.O.F.
    Inventor: Thomas König
  • Patent number: 6929275
    Abstract: A person transport wheelchair has a frame assembly with tubular members attached to connectors supporting a seat, a back rest, and a foot rest. A pair of wheels rotatably mounted on an axle secured to the frame assembly movably support the wheelchair on a surface. The connectors have joined parallel tubes and a flange on one tube. The tubular members have ends telescoped into the tubes. The flanges support the seat, back rest and foot rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Phillip E. Schlangen
  • Patent number: 6905278
    Abstract: A connection point (1) between two tool parts is proposed which are joined by means of a threaded spindle (7) oriented in longitudinal direction of the tool parts. The threaded spindle has two oppositely threaded sections (13, 15) which interact with two threaded areas (17, 19) in the tool parts. The connection point (1) is distinguished in that at least one end area of the threaded spindle (7) has a shoulder (63), the outside diameter of which is smaller that the interior diameter of the associated threaded area (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Mapal Fabrik fur Präzisionswerkzeuge
    Inventors: Dieter Kress, Friederich Häberle
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 6834466
    Abstract: A snow guard for a raised portion on a building surface, having a unitary transparent mounting body is formed from a polycarbonate material. A transparent acrylic snow-holding bar fits into the transparent mounting body. An ice-holding bar also is provided and is formed from clear acrylic. In one aspect, the mounting body includes vertical structural stiffeners 30 by walls 42 of bar supporting central columns 32 and by outside surface 38 of wall 24 and horizontal stiffeners 27 extending downwardly under top 26 and which are integral part of the mounting body and of walls 24 providing a rigid, strong connection of the two structural support sides 28, top portion 26 and horizontal stiffeners 27 and structural support sides 28 all molded in one piece, made of ultraviolet proof, high impact, high izod polycarbonate plastic. In one aspect, the mounting body include bar insertion cavities 46 and stops 52 to prevent snow-holding bar 8 from sliding through its insertion cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas P. Trevorrow
  • Publication number: 20040190989
    Abstract: A track end connector with a simple single bolt means to secure the pins from adjacent track shoes and hold the pins in a relationship so the track shoes have the desired angular orientation relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James A. Capouellez
  • Publication number: 20040179893
    Abstract: An improved transmitting system in scanner chassis comprises a bushing rod and an integrated bushing. The bushing includes a first and a second spring strip set respectively disposed at both ends of the bushing for the purpose of clipping onto the bushing rod. The two spring strip sets both include a plurality of spring strips. During an assembling process of the transmitting system, the spring strips of the first and the second spring strip sets can be hold open to allow the bushing rod to pass through, and then the bushing clips to the bushing rod by the potential for the spring strips to return to their original position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Nai-Ching Kuo, Tse-Hui Pang
  • Patent number: 6786672
    Abstract: A low profile rod clamp comprises two halves having semi-circular channels for receiving a support rod. When the two halves of the clamp are fastened together, the outer surfaces of the rods are in contact. The positioning of the two rods adjacent one another and with surface-to-surface contact results in increased friction and the highest possible load resistance. The clamp provides the ability to raise or lower the support rods in a vertical direction, while also allowing for rotation and the ability to move the rods in a horizontal direction as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Solus Industrial Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Stuart J. Ledingham
  • Patent number: 6752560
    Abstract: A submersible pump assembly having first and second components that are coupled together has a removable externally splined sleeve. A key is located in the keyway between the shaft sleeve and the shaft for transmitting torque. A threaded fastener secures to a threaded hole extending inward from an end face of the shaft end coaxial with an axis of the shaft end. The fastener has a head that engages an outward facing shoulder of the shaft sleeve to releasably secure the shaft sleeve to the shaft. A coupling sleeve has internal splines that engage the external splined section of the shaft sleeve. The coupling sleeve is in engagement with a shaft end assembly of the second component for transmitting torque between the shafts of the first and second components. The head that of the fastener transmits axial loads between the shafts of the first and second components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Brown Lyle Wilson, Terry W. Shafer, John Jay Mack
  • Patent number: 6711765
    Abstract: A bed frame section comprising a pair of telescoping members adapted to be connected or utilized within a bed frame structure. At least one adjustable leg connector is mounted on one of the members. The leg connector includes a generally inverted U-shaped strap that extends over the member and an extension that extends downwardly from the U-shaped strap and includes an opening for receiving an upper portion of a leg. The upper portion of a leg is inserted into the opening of the extension, and the leg and extension are secured together by a bolt and nut assembly. By tightening the bolt the inverted U-shaped strap is closed around the member. When the bolt assembly assumes a loosened state, the inverted U-shaped strap along with the attached leg can be moved along the length of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Herbert L. Mitchell, III, Walter L. Lazemby, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040057789
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Dall Vagn-Erik