Resilient Clip Patents (Class 403/397)
  • Patent number: 10231556
    Abstract: Workspace organization systems, and more particularly, wall-mounted systems for use in workspace organization. In one embodiment, a system configured to couple to a wall includes a mount configured to be detachably couple to the wall, the mount including a frame having opposing front and rear surfaces, and a panel detachably coupled to the mount, the panel configured to detachably support at least one accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Loree, Benjamin D. Rose, Stephen Sams
  • Patent number: 10010465
    Abstract: The bed consists of a frame, mattress platform and removable bed guard assembly. The bed guard assembly includes a main support which at the lower end has a mounting for connection to the bed, a guard permanently fixed to the main support and a locking mechanism for fixing the main support in relation to the bed. The locking mechanism is located inside the guard assembly and includes a sleeve and blocking element which moves between two positions. In one position the blocking element engages in the sleeve, and in the second position the blocking element is released from the sleeve, where in one of these positions it allows the movement of the main support in relation to the sleeve, and in the second of these positions it prevents the movement of the main support in relation to the sleeve, the movement of the blocking element of the locking mechanism is controlled by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Linet spol S.R.O.
    Inventor: Michal Sálus
  • Patent number: 9203220
    Abstract: An installation assembly for bridging a cable harness between two aircraft structure elements of an aircraft is provided. The installation assembly includes an elongated connecting rod having two end sections for attaching the connecting rod onto two adjacent aircraft structure elements, at least one cable guidance element having at least one receiving section for receiving a cable harness and an attachment section for circumferentially surrounding the connecting rod. Locking means are provided to form a connection between the attachment section and the connecting rod, wherein a polygonal cross section of the connecting rod corresponds to a recess of the attachment section in order to form a positive locking engagement between the cable guidance element and the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Robrecht, Till Raguse, Daniel Stoevesand
  • Patent number: 8911171
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device for fixing a U-shaped end of at least one spring for supporting a cushion for a seat, to a seat frame of the seat which includes opposing frame sections, one of the frame sections being formed from a shaft, and the spring being stretched between the frame sections. The device comprises a collar fitted over the shaft and a retainer including a body having a geometry of similar figure with the collar and fitted over the collar on the shaft, and at least one pair of first and second spring engagement pieces provided at both edges of the body. A first axial region and second axial region of the U-shaped end of the spring are engaged with the first piece and the second piece, respectively, whereby the end of the spring is fixed to the shaft through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomonori Kotaki
  • Patent number: 8820689
    Abstract: A guide rail configured to be mounted on bars of a grid side part of a household appliance or furniture. The bars run horizontally and are bent at an angle in bent end regions. The guide rail includes a quick fastening device including two mounting elements attached in end regions of the guide rail and configured to be detachably fixed to the bars of the grid side part. A first mounting section partially encloses one of the bars in a longitudinally extending region of the bar. A second mounting section partially encloses the bar at one of the bent regions of the bar. One of the mounting sections faces a rear bent end region and is open in a direction towards a rear of the guide rail. A resilient catch lug extends upward from the leg and engages behind the bar that is enclosed by the mounting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Reidt, Sven Budde, Holger Redeker, Timo Kaps
  • Patent number: 8783778
    Abstract: A modular furniture assembly includes: a base member having a frame assembly, a transverse member having a frame assembly, a foot configured to contact a support surface, and a mounting platform having a plurality of apertures therethrough. The mounting platform is configured to be mounted on the base member frame assembly and the transverse member frame assembly, thereby connecting the frame assemblies. The foot is selectively mounted on the mounting platform, such that the foot is configured to contact the support surface when the modular furniture assembly is in an upright configuration. The mounting platform connects the base and transverse member frame assemblies together and also acts as a platform for receiving a variety of different types of feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: SAC Acquistion LLC
    Inventors: Shawn D. Nelson, David Underwood, Spencer Pearson
  • Patent number: 8769909
    Abstract: A frame for a panel is constructed from two frame components. One of the frame components has a first wall and a first channel and the second frame component has a second wall and a second channel. The first frame component is mated to the second frame component with the first wall of the first frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the second channel of the second frame component and the second wall of the second frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the first channel of the first frame component. Portions of the panel are held between and make contact with the first frame component and the second frame component such that an end of the panel is located within a chamber defined between the first frame component and the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Publication number: 20140139782
    Abstract: The present invention provides a connection structure for panel and frame and holding member thereof. The connection structure includes a panel and a frame supporting the panel. The panel and the frame use a plurality of holding members to fix and hold. The holding member includes a presser and a connection part extending from one side of the presser. The connection part includes a first extension part and a second extension part. The first extension part and the second extension part connect a corresponding connection element on the side of the frame. As such, the present invention saves the front frame and fixes a liquid crystal panel and a frame of a liquid crystal module to reduce the transportation risk, protect the liquid crystal panel from damage, simplify the overall assembly structure of the liquid crystal module and reduce the assembly cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Lifeng Wang, Yuchun Hsiao, Yi-cheng Kuo
  • Patent number: 8726473
    Abstract: A clipping fixation device for assembling two elements such as automotive panels or other components in a manner that provides a secure connection of the elements in an assembly direction while permitting relative longitudinal and transverse positioning of the two elements in directions orthogonal to the assembly direction. The clipping fixation device may include a first clip member and a second clip member, wherein the first clip member has a pin extending to a head and the second clip member includes two clipping arms defining a receiving space into which the first clip member can be inserted under force. The first and second clip members are dimensioned such that the pin may slide along the receiving space in the transversal direction and move in the longitudinal direction by flexing of at least one of the clipping arms without disengagement of the head from the clipping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Thierry Dole
  • Patent number: 8651443
    Abstract: A device for clamping a scale to an attachment face of a support, the device including a securing element and a clamping element that is secured to a support by the securing element. The clamping element includes a first spring element that is resilient in a first direction toward an attachment face of the support, wherein the first spring element introduces a first clamping force on a scale in a direction of the attachment face. The clamping element further includes a second spring element that is resilient in a second direction that extends perpendicular to the first direction and wherein the second spring element introduces a second clamping force onto the scale in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Mayer
  • Patent number: 8573881
    Abstract: A device for securing an add-on to a support comprises a back wall (3) and a front wall arrangement (14) which is resilient with respect to the back wall (3) and which, when the device is arranged as intended, comes into engagement with an insertion opening provided in an edge region of the support. The device according to the invention comprises a manipulation structure (15, 16, 21) by which, to release the engagement, the front wall arrangement (14) can be moved toward the back wall (3) with the aid of a tool that is introduced through a tool channel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Uwe Spitz
  • Patent number: 8366059
    Abstract: A clip and cable assembly are configured for attachment to a panel of a vehicle. The cable assembly includes an elongated member. The elongated member includes a radially extending locating feature having a width. The clip includes a housing and a fastener. The housing includes a first section and a second section spaced a distance from the first section and a pocket is defined between the first and second sections. The first and second sections each define a channel that is sized to slidably receive the elongated member of the cable assembly. The pocket receives the locating feature when the elongated member is received in the channel such that movement of clip relative to the elongated member and the locating feature is limited to a length of movement defined as a difference of the distance between the first and second sections and the width of the locating feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph P. Fannon, Eugene Ficyk
  • Patent number: 8261501
    Abstract: A connector for connecting an outer plate of side panels and an outer corner post of a container body comprises a connecting plate for connecting the outer plate and the outer corner post of the container body and a cover plate. The connecting plate is perpendicularly provided with a strengthening stop plate at an inner side of a middle portion thereof and a stop groove for receiving the outer plate at an outer side of the middle portion thereof, and provided with a seat plate parallel to a base plate of the stop groove at an end thereof connecting the outer corner post. Two clipping strips are symmetrically provided on opposite sides of the seat plate and the base plate of the stop groove. The cover plate is provided with two elastic clipping strips which respectively engage with the two clipping strips and have a hook-shape cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianhua Huang, Robert Wang, Ryan Xu, Jack Zhang
  • Patent number: 8245733
    Abstract: A clip (6) of molded plastics material for fitting on a pipe or duct in particular a blow-molded automotive fluid duct, comprises an open ring of generally C-shape having facing arms (20) that are curved and with open ends that can be sprung apart and together again to resiliently fit the clip on the pipe or duct. The facing arms (20) have profiled inner surfaces that engage with complementary profiles carried by the pipe or duct, namely the facing arms (20) have a substantially T-shaped profile (23/24), that fits between pairs of complementary spaced-apart arcuate ribs and recess carried by the pipe or duct. The clip (6) is easy to fit and remove while providing firm holding power and good pull-out strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Michel C. Renaud
  • Patent number: 8235623
    Abstract: A connector for pipe or tubing. The connector includes a unitary expansion member, formed from a body, a first expansion leg extending from the body, an optional second expansion leg extending from the body, and at least one opening extending through the body. In use, the connector is fastened in place by a fastener that is inserted through the at least one opening to contact at least one of the first and second expansion legs and force at least one of them to deform and contact the inside of the pipe or tubing, thereby securing the connector within the pipe or tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: R & B Wagner, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Alan Nash
  • Patent number: 8220762
    Abstract: A mounting clip for mounting a component on a supporting part having an aperture includes a head section for attaching the component. A shank section is insertable in the aperture. At least two latching fingers are resiliently held apart from the head section on opposite shank section sides which spread outward toward the head section. At free ends the latching fingers have latching surfaces that rest against a supporting part underside when the mounting clip is inserted in the aperture. The shank section has on one side which extends perpendicular to the sides having the latching fingers, a contact surface that is supported on the aperture inner edge, and has on the side opposite the contact surface an elastically resilient rib or tongue that is supported with a preload against the aperture inner edge after the mounting clip is placed in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Mario Stigler, Hans Peter Seng
  • Patent number: 8215334
    Abstract: A control handle assembly for a plumbing fitting has a first control member having a bore and a ledge within the bore extending radially inward to an inner dimension, and a second control member having a mounting post with a ledge extending radially outward to an outer dimension. A deformable clip is captured by the control members between the ledges and has a radial outer dimension greater than the inner and outer dimensions of the ledges so as to rotatably couple the control members. A spout coupling assembly has a lower adaptor defining a lower passageway for housing a diverter and an upper adaptor coupled to the lower adaptor defining an upper passageway. An annular recess is formed in the upper adaptor and a collar is axially restrained in the annular recess. A spout is coupled to the collar so that the spout and collar rotate simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 8177195
    Abstract: Interlocking clips are provided to assemble structures without the need for conventional fasteners. Structures such as fences, which may be assembled in situ, include the cooperating clips designed to provide a controlled amount of “play” between the pickets and rails of the fence to enable adjustment when racking the fences to accommodate sloping terrain. The clips are provided to interlock rails to cross members. The clips are preferably formed of a single sheet of a springy metallic material. The clips may be advantageously used to couple other types of apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Delair Group, LLC.
    Inventors: Frederick Schall, Christopher Tromley, James Jarozynski
  • Patent number: 8162560
    Abstract: A quick-fixing element mounted on a guide rail and configured to receive at least one horizontally running rod of a grid side part. The rod includes an angled end region. The quick-fixing element includes a first clip retaining section constructed to partially engage around the rod at a predetermined position along a length of the rod. The quick-fixing element also includes a second clip retaining section configured to partially engage around the rod at the angled end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Achim Wittgrebe
  • Patent number: 8152405
    Abstract: This system, comprising a fastener (1) which is V-shaped and which comprises an intermediate portion (2) which is in the form of a clamp having two arms (3, 4), for receiving a projecting portion (12a, 12b) of the first component (12) and from which wings (6, 7) extend and are provided with engagement means for passing an over-center position on an edge of the second component (13) and in the region of the junction zone of each wing and the corresponding arm, at least one harpoon-like cut-out (8, 9) extending in continuation of the wing in the direction of the intermediate portion, is characterized in that the engagement means of the wings (6, 7) comprise means for resilient snap-fitting thereof on the edge of the second component (13), allowing the projecting portion (12a, 12b) of the first component (12) to be engaged, to a greater or lesser depth, in the intermediate clamp-like portion (2) of the fastener (1) during assembly thereof, in order to adjust the two components relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Attax
    Inventor: Dominique Dubost
  • Publication number: 20120047712
    Abstract: A scaffolding clip and a scaffolding clip applicator tool are provided for fastening a web, such as a retaining mesh, to a scaffolding pole. During use a preferred method includes holding the fastening clip with the applicator, locating the web between the pole and the fastening clip, piercing the web with opposed ends of the clip and disengaging the applicator from the clip. In order to subsequently remove the clip from the pole a loop of the clip is engaged by a catch of the applicator and levered from the pole with a heel of the applicator that extends from opposite the catch and acts as a fulcrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Alfred Miranda, Edward Smith, Nigel Rose
  • 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: 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: 7963612
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular furniture assembly that is convenient and versatile. One embodiment of the modular furniture assembly comprises a base and a transverse member manually, detachably coupled to the base by a coupler. The base and the transverse member have a defined spatial relationship which enables a variety of different types, configurations and sizes of furniture assemblies to be formed therefrom. Further, the base is configured such that the transverse member can be coupled to the base in a first position to form a first furniture assembly, and can be coupled to the base in a second position to form a second furniture assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Sac Acquisition LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7903924
    Abstract: A connector that can function as a cable tray splice is provided. The connector may have a frame that is configured for being placed against first and second portions of cable tray. The connector may also have a flange located at an end of the frame that is capable of being shaped by a user. The flange and the frame define an aperture. A connector that may be a configured as a cable tray hanger and a method of securing a connector to the cable tray are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: M P Husky, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Pollard, Jr., Raymond A. Colgrove, James Q. Looney, Ernest R. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 7874623
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular furniture assembly that is convenient and versatile. One embodiment of the modular furniture assembly comprises a base and a transverse member manually, detachably coupled to the base by a coupler. The base and the transverse member have a defined spatial relationship which enables a variety of different types, configurations and sizes of furniture assemblies to be formed therefrom. Further, the base is configured such that the transverse member can be coupled to the base in a first position to form a first furniture assembly, and can be coupled to the base in a second position to form a second furniture assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Sac Acquisition LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7833253
    Abstract: Strip fasteners and cranial plugs for use in reattaching a skull flap removed during brain surgery and methods of using the same. The strip fasteners are flexible and can be shaped to follow the perimeter contour of the skull flap. The cranial plugs can be used to reattach the skull flap or they can be installed after the skull flap is reattached using the strip fasteners. In some embodiments, the cranial plug(s) and strip fasteners can be installed at the same time. The strip fasteners and cranial plugs are designed to encourage bone growth and healing of the skull flap and they can be used to deliver medication and bone growth enhancement compositions to the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: BioDynamics LLC
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Thomas N. Troxell
  • Patent number: 7827656
    Abstract: A clip (100) for retaining a first conduit (210) to a second conduit (230), the first conduit including a first connector (220) and the second conduit including a second connector (240). The first connector is releasably connected to the second connector. The clip (100) comprises a base portion (110) and a first clip portion (120) extending away from the base portion. The first clip portion (120) has a first opening (140) that is sized to frictionally retain the first connector (220). The clip further comprises a second clip portion (150) disposed on the base portion (110) away from the first clip portion (120). The second clip portion (150) includes a second opening (170) that is sized to frictionally retain the second connector (240). A method for securing a first conduit (210) to a second conduit (230) by attaching a clip (100) to the first conduit and the second conduit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy M. Schweikert
  • Patent number: 7819390
    Abstract: A clip used to attach vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly is provided. The clip includes three resilient legs and enables fencing assemblies to be constructed on site without the use of screws or welding. Configurations for vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly that can be used in conjunction with the clip. Methods of assembly are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Aaron Godwin, Bruce Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7815389
    Abstract: A rail system includes a cap rail defining a slot. Within the slot may be positioned expansion brackets that permit the cap rail to be mounted to a wall or a post. The expansion bracket is configured to engage an end of a fixture to position and secure the fixture within the slot. The expansion bracket defines a cable way for wires extending to or from the fixture. Other expansion brackets may be mounted within the slot to position and secure ends of fixtures when the mounting expansion brackets are not correctly positioned with respect to the end of the fixture. A rail system includes a pair of rails extending between a pair of posts. An in-fill panel is positioned within slots of each rail and extends between the rails. Expansion brackets within the slots engage the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: R&B Wagner, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Alan Nash
  • Patent number: 7798739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection arrangement in which two parts can be coupled to a corresponding engagement means without play. A connection device having at least one elastically resilient portion is located in the engagement region of the two engagement means, the elastically resilient portion being stressed based on the coupling of the two parts due to deformation such that the two parts are in mutual engagement without play. Furthermore, a latch element is formed at the elastically resilient portion or at another resilient portion in the engagement region of the two engagement means. The latch element serves as a transport lock and as an installation aid and latches the second part in a predetermined relative position with respect to a third part before the coupling of the two parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: MAGNA Powertrain AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Andreas Bär, August Kriebernegg
  • Patent number: 7736082
    Abstract: A fastener system for fastening the components of a plastic unit which has a U-shaped clip with an aperture therethrough, a walled cavity to receive the clip, and a machine screw. The walled cavity is molded onto the host portion of the plastic unit and has a low mass, which precludes the formation of sink marks and holes on the plastic unit. The U-shaped clip rests upon the walled cavity and has barbs that bite into the walls securing the clip in place. The machine screw is inserted into a housing on the joined portion of the plastic unit and is mated with a lead thread on the aperture of the clip. The metal-to-metal contact of the machine screw and clip permits repetitive assembly and disassembly of the plastic unit. The clip is readily removable for recycling the plastic of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Harley H. Mattheis
  • Patent number: 7730923
    Abstract: An adjustable hanging apparatus for blind valances is provided. The hanging apparatus includes a hanging device and a mounting device. The hanging device has a hook, which can be slidably hooked over a headrail. In addition, a base of the hanging device has an opening. The opening is disposed with two resilient mounting plates, and each mounting plate has a plurality of troughs. A neck portion is formed therebetween the mounting plates. The mounting device has a joint portion, which can engage with the valance. Also, a jam portion passes through the neck portion and mounted therein. Positioning flanges can be engaged with the troughs of the mounting plates so as to limit the vertical movement of the mounting device, and the mounting device can be inserted through the opening in the vertical direction of any positions to adjust the valance to desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Niem Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: De-Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7704008
    Abstract: A shaft fixing clip that is fitted into a groove of a shaft, the shaft fixing clip includes: a shaft clamping portion that is formed by a metal wire member; and a pinch portion that is monolithically formed with the shaft clamping portion, wherein: the metal wire member is bent into an 8-like shape; both end portions of the metal wire member are crossed in an end portion of one of loops to respectively protrude toward both sides; tip ends of the both end portions are bent; the loop that is positioned on a side of the both end portions is configured as the shaft clamping portion; and bent portions of the tip ends of the both end portions are configured as the pinch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignees: Piolax, Inc., TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuya Shinozaki, Kenji Morita, Masanari Yasuda
  • Patent number: 7672126
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus is used to mount a fan having a bottom panel with a mounting hole defined therein. The mounting apparatus is configured to support the bottom panel on a top side thereof. The board forms a clip on the top side of the board, and defines a through hole adjacent the clip. The clip includes a elastic shank standing on the top side of the board, a flange formed on a top end of the shank and suspended over the shank, and a driving pole extending downwards from the shank and through the through hole of the board to have a driving end of the driving pole located below the board adapted to bend the shank. The clip is inserted in the mounting hole of the bottom panel with the flange engaging on a top surface of the bottom panel. The bottom panel is sandwiched between the flange and the top side of the board. The driving end of the driving pole is manually bendable to disengage the flange of the clip from the top surface of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Indsutry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wen Yeh, Zhen-Neng Lin
  • Patent number: 7669807
    Abstract: A mounting clip for mounting a component on a supporting part having an aperture includes a head section for attaching the component. A shank section is insertable in the aperture. At least two latching fingers are resiliently held apart from the head section on opposite shank section sides which spread outward toward the head section. At free ends the latching fingers have latching surfaces that rest against a supporting part underside when the mounting clip is inserted in the aperture. The shank section has on one side which extends perpendicular to the sides having the latching fingers, a contact surface that is supported on the aperture inner edge, and has on the side opposite the contact surface an elastically resilient rib or tongue that is supported with a preload against the aperture inner edge after the mounting clip is placed in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Mario Stigler, Hans Peter Seng
  • Publication number: 20100020500
    Abstract: A clip includes a main body, a pair of locking members integrally formed at opposite ends of the main body, and a securing member secured onto one of the locking members. The one locking member includes an upper portion, a lower portion wider than the upper portion, and a step between the upper and lower portions. The securing member includes a handling portion and an engaging portion extending downwardly from the handling portion. A pair of flanges are formed on the engaging portion facing the main body and abutting the step. A clearance is defined between the flanges and the engaging portion receiving the upper portion. One of the engaging portion and the one locking member forms an engaging hole, and the other one forms a hook engaging into the engaging hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicants: FU ZHUN PRECISION INDUSTRY (SHEN ZHEN) CO., LTD., FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: XIN-XIANG ZHA
  • Patent number: 7628562
    Abstract: A connector for joining frame members of a window assembly is provided. Each frame member has a channel to receive the connector. The connector comprises a pair of spaced longitudinal members and a pair of transverse members attached to the longitudinal members to form a frame. The frame has a front wall and a rear wall. The connector has at least one flexible finger extending from one of the longitudinal members towards the other longitudinal member, wherein a clearance exists between a free end of the finger and the other longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Jason L. Annes
  • Patent number: 7628113
    Abstract: A water-resistant liner insert for a safe is provided. The safe includes top and bottom elements pivotally coupled with one another to define an interior compartment when in a closed position. The liner insert may be coupled with one of the top and bottom elements. The liner insert includes a liner insert body and a resilient gasket. The liner insert body includes a peripheral edge that conforms in shape to interface surfaces on each of the top and bottom elements. The resilient gasket conforms in shape to the peripheral edge of the liner insert body and is coupled with the peripheral edge of the liner insert body. The gasket is configured to be in sealable contact with the interface surfaces of the top and bottom elements when the safe is in the closed position to substantially prevent water from entering the interior compartment of the safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: John D. Brush & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: R. David Pallo, Robert W. Osytek
  • Patent number: 7618210
    Abstract: A connector for pipe or tubing. The connector includes a unitary expansion member, formed from a body, a first expansion leg extending from the body, an optional second expansion leg extending from the body, and at least one opening extending through the body. In use, the connector is fastened in place by a fastener that is inserted through the at least one opening to contact at least one of the first and second expansion legs and force at least one of them to deform and contact the inside of the pipe or tubing, thereby securing the connector within the pipe or tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: R & B Wagner, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Alan Nash
  • Patent number: 7614123
    Abstract: A clip (100) for retaining a first conduit (210) to a second conduit (230), the first conduit including a first connector (220) and the second conduit including a second connector (240). The first connector is releasably connected to the second connector. The clip (100) comprises a base portion (110) and a first clip portion (120) extending away from the base portion. The first clip portion (120) has a first opening (140) that is sized to frictionally retain the first connector (220). The clip further comprises a second clip portion (150) disposed on the base portion (110) away from the first clip portion (120). The second clip portion (150) includes a second opening (170) that is sized to frictionally retain the second connector (240). A method for securing a first conduit (210) to a second conduit (230) by attaching a clip (100) to the first conduit and the second conduit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Medical Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy M. Schweikert
  • Publication number: 20090238640
    Abstract: A clip used to attach vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly is provided. Clips according to the claimed invention comprise three resilient legs and enable fencing assemblies to be constructed on site without the use of screws or welding. Configurations for vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly that can be used in conjunction with the claimed clip, and means of assembly are provided as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: JERITH MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Godwin, Bruce Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7547073
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular furniture assembly that is convenient and versatile. One embodiment of the modular furniture assembly comprises a base and a transverse member manually, detachably coupled to the base by a coupler. The base and the transverse member have a defined spatial relationship which enables a variety of different types, configurations and sizes of furniture assemblies to be formed therefrom. Further, the base is configured such that the transverse member can be coupled to the base in a first position to form a first furniture assembly, and can be coupled to the base in a second position to form a second furniture assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Sac Aquisition LLC
    Inventors: Verdi R. White, III, Shawn D. Nelson, Daniel Nappi, David Underwood, Matt Rich
  • Patent number: 7526841
    Abstract: A device and method for forming an indented female connector where the dimension of the indented female connector provides for removing a male molding component without damaging a set of internal ribs formed inside the female connector. A structure comprising an indented female blow-molded connector having a first wall having a top surface and a thickness, with the first wall surrounding an opening. At least one inner wall extends substantially perpendicular to the first wall and borders the opening. At least one rib is formed in the inner wall. A bottom wall is joined to the inner wall and the distance from the rib to the top surface is greater than the thickness of the first wall. The structure further comprising a male connector having a contact edge that, when positioned inside the indented female blow-molded connector, engage the at least one rib, such that the male connector and indented female blow-molded connector are releaseably joinable with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Confer Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Lipniarski
  • Patent number: 7497531
    Abstract: The present invention is a modular construction method for enclosures and counter assemblies. The counter assembly has a series of modules, which can be added or removed at will. The counter assembly comprises an innovative metal framework having modules connected by angled splices to enhance customization into variable shapes and sizes. Cross-supporting framework and perimeter rails may be added to incorporate customized components for drawers, shelving, appliances, storage, access doors, vents, and the like. The framework is capable of supporting countertops formed in a shape corresponding to the shape of the modular assembly. Side panels may be supported on the framework for purposes of enclosing the assembly, said panels being attached by a plurality of metal clips designed to fit into the metal framework with extensions designed to secure the side panels. The framework and components of the counter assembly are moveable, rearrangeable, and replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: James Lee Gross
  • Patent number: 7469515
    Abstract: A concrete reinforcing bar clip has a pair of arms oriented at an angle of approximately 90°. Each arm has a clamp mounted at each of its ends, thus allowing a worker to push in one direction to attach all four clamps onto two crossed concrete reinforcing bars. The length of the arms adds some stability to the temporary intersection of the concrete reinforcing bars before the concrete is poured. The concrete reinforcing bars may have physical contact in the clamp, also adding to the stability of the joint. One embodiment uses a single tube as one arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Jack M. Minor
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7451575
    Abstract: A floor system includes a pair of joist rim assemblies each having a web defining a first surface. The web also includes a mounting portion defining a second surface offset from the first surface. The joist rim may also include a prong defining a slot along with the web. A joist connector bracket is received within the slot and is connectable to the mounting portion of the web. A joist extends between the pair of joist rim assemblies and is connected to the joist connector bracket of each joist rim assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Georgi Hall, Hoang Nguyen, Herb Kamphausen
  • Patent number: 7419220
    Abstract: A modular furniture assembly is disclosed that is convenient and versatile. One embodiment of the modular furniture assembly comprises a base and a transverse member manually, detachably coupled to the base by a coupler. The base and the transverse member have a defined spatial relationship which enables a variety of different types, configurations and sizes of furniture assemblies to be formed therefrom. Further, the base is configured such that the transverse member can be coupled to the base in a first position to form a first furniture assembly, and can be coupled to the base in a second position to form a second furniture assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: SAC Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Verdi White, III., Shawn D. Nelson, Daniel Nappi, David Underwood, Matt Rich
  • Patent number: 7413371
    Abstract: A quick connect anchor 20 for attachment to a cooperating fastener 110, the anchor including: a plate 30 configured to be placed over the fastener and configured to be moved in a first direction from a free position to a locked position; and a resilient blocking member 50 movable with the plate from a first position, in which the resilient member is free from the fastener, to an engaged position in engagement with a portion of the fastener, to resiliently connect the plate with the fastener when the plate is in its locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Richard A. Boelstler, Robert J. Desmarais