Yoke Or Ring-type Connector Patents (Class 403/398)
  • Patent number: 9759243
    Abstract: A bicycle clamp structure comprises a first clamp member and a second clamp member. The first clamp member includes a first clamp body having an inner curved surface defining a first inner radius. The second clamp member is configured to clamp a bicycle tube member between the first clamp member and the second clamp member. The second clamp member includes a second curved surface defining a second inner radius different from the first inner radius of the first clamp body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Shinya Hirotomi, Yoshimitsu Miki, Takaaki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8800938
    Abstract: A pipe brace assembly includes a main clamp body that can be secured to a brace pipe. A cable, or other flexible tensioning member, can be wrapped around a braced pipe and secured to the main clamp body. The pipe brace assembly includes a method or mechanism for tensioning the cable or flexible tensioning member around the braced pipe. In some embodiments, the tensioning method or mechanism involves moving, such as rotating, the main clamp body to tension the cable or tensioning member. The clamping of the main clamp body and tensioning of the cable or tensioning member can occur simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Publication number: 20140215960
    Abstract: A grating clamp is for fixing grating to a support. The grating clamp comprises: a fixing member being adapted to fix the grating to the support by bearing on top of two adjacent grating beams. The grating clamp further comprises: a first clamp member bearing against the grating and bearing against the support in a direction away from the grating; and a second clamp member bearing against the support in a direction towards the grating. A method is also for fixing a grating to a support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: OGLAEND SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventor: Arne Gya
  • Patent number: 8747016
    Abstract: The invention relates to a profile bar connection system (10) for connecting at least two profile bars (12, 14) extending approximately perpendicular to each other, having first and second clamp halves (16, 18) that can be connected to each other at the first ends (16a, 18a) and second ends (16b, 18b) thereof, and having a clamping device (20) that can be connected to the first and second clamp halves placed about the first profile bar (12) and holding the second profile bar. In order to produce a profile bar connection system so that the assembly thereof can be performed substantially more simply and safely, said system is implemented such that the first ends (16a, 18a) are interlocked with each other, and the second ends (16b, 18b) are connected to each other by means of the clamping device (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rixen, Gerrit Pies
  • Patent number: 8459474
    Abstract: A rotary fitting for a corner cupboard comprises a lower and an upper mounting bracket; a supporting column having a main tube and being designed to be rotary mounted to the mounting brackets such that it rotates about its longitudinal axis; and at least two pie cut-shaped shelves to be supported by the supporting column fixed for rotation with the main tube. The supporting column includes a lower length adjusting assembly comprising a support element fixed in the main tube and comprising a recess; a screw element having a head fitting in the recess and a threaded shaft; a nut element arranged on the threaded shaft; and a lower end element fixed to the nut element and movable within the main tube; and an upper length adjusting assembly comprising a tube element partially arranged within the main tube; and a clamping element releasably clamping the tube element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Vauth-Sagel Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Claus Sagel
  • Patent number: 8006454
    Abstract: A grid system is provided that is particularly suited for the suspended ceiling system that varies in the vertical plane. An elongated carrier tube is provided the spans substantially the width of the grid system that has a slot therein adapted to receive the strengthening bulb of a main runner. A clip is provided that seats on the carrier tube that has opposed faces for capturing the bulb of the runner, so as to secure the runner to the tube carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Chicago Metallic Corporation
    Inventors: Scott G. Jankovec, Peter G. Jahn, Thomas E. Smith
  • Patent number: 7874533
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for use in mounting an auxiliary device to a vehicle comprises an engagement section, operable to engage a section of the vehicle to limit movement of the bracket relative to the section of the vehicle. The engagement section includes at least two engagement channels having differing directions of extension. Each of the at least two channels includes an engagement surface shaped to at least partially receive therein the section of the vehicle. A plurality of engagement teeth extend from each of the engagement surfaces, the plurality of engagement teeth being operable to engage the section of the vehicle to limit movement of the body relative to the section of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: All Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George D. Gates, Travis D. Gates, Stacey L. Gates
  • Patent number: 7752821
    Abstract: A grid system is provided that is particularly suited for the suspended ceiling system that varies in the vertical plane. An elongated carrier tube is provided the spans substantially the width of the grid system that has a slot therein adapted to receive the strengthening bulb of a main runner. A clip is provided that seats on the carrier tube that has opposed faces for capturing the bulb of the runner, so as to secure the runner to the tube carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Chicago Metallic Corporation
    Inventors: Scott G. Jankovec, Peter G. Jahn, Thomas E. Smith
  • Patent number: 7553102
    Abstract: A clamp member for a suspension system of a vehicle includes a base having a length, a width and a depth. The base also has an inside surface and an outside surface, and a front surface and a back surface. A semi-cylindrical receiving portion is disposed on the inside surface of the base and extends through the depth of the base. A first joint portion is disposed on the base and has a first finger extending from the inside surface in the width direction. The first finger is offset in the depth direction from the back surface. A second joint portion is disposed on the base on the opposite side of the semi-cylindrical receiving portion from the first joint portion. The second joint portion has a second finger extending from the inside surface in the width direction, and is offset in the depth direction from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Damon E. Dilworth, Allen G. Renfrow
  • Patent number: 7488134
    Abstract: A shaft body has an engagement portion with a slip-off preventing groove, and a positioning recess extending from the engagement portion. A shaft joint having an engagement groove to be engaged with the engagement portion and a bore facing the engagement groove is provided with a flexible member which is provided on an outer side in a longitudinal direction of the engagement groove to be engaged with the positioning recess. When an insufficient amount of engagement prevents engagement in the correct position, the engagement portion contacts with the flexible member and prevents the shaft body from engaging with the shaft joint. When canceling the coupling for maintenance, etc., the engagement of the flexible member with the positioning recess is cancelled by deflecting the flexible member in a width direction of the engagement groove. Consequently, the shaft body can be easily pulled out in a longitudinal direction of the engagement groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignees: JTEKT Corporation, Nissan Motor., Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigetaka Kinme, Kenichi Aota, Tadakatsu Take
  • Patent number: 7478971
    Abstract: A shelf connector includes a sliding sleeve and a locking sleeve. The sliding sleeve is formed with a locking body thereon. The locking body is provided with an open groove along the axial direction of the sliding sleeve. The locking body is provided on both sides of the open groove with clasping portions. The locking sleeve is provided with a locking groove thereon. After the clasping portion is inserted into the locking groove, the width of the open groove can be reduced. With the above arrangement, in assembling, the sliding sleeve can be conveniently positioned to any suitable position of the supporting rod and locked thereto with the insertion of the locking sleeve. Since the locking sleeve itself has mounting portions for mating with the frame body of the shelf, or the locking sleeve itself is the end portion of the frame body of the shelf, the connection of the whole shelf becomes very simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Xiangming Li
  • Publication number: 20080175660
    Abstract: A connector for a pipe frame includes a first cover and a second cover. The first and second covers have first and second longitudinal grooves and first and second transverse grooves. Further, on both sides of the first and second longitudinal grooves, one end of the first and second transverse grooves, between the first longitudinal and transverse grooves and between the second longitudinal and transverse grooves, are respectively provided with fixing holes and connecting holes. Further, fixing elements are provided in the fixing holes and the connecting holes corresponding to the first cover and the second cover, respectively. With the above structure, the desired pipe bodies can be disposed in the first and second longitudinal grooves and the first and second transverse grooves. Further, with the fixing elements being locked in the fixing holes and the connecting holes, it is easy to achieve the assembling and disassembling operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Chou-Lian Yang
  • Patent number: 7318687
    Abstract: An assembly comprises a male component and a female component which connect together to form a mechanical connection, the female component being adapted to at least partially receive an end portion of the male component. The female component has at least one bore which is adapted to receive a clamping pin which can be tightened to clamp the female component around the male component. A guide is provided which is carried by the male component and which defines at least one blocking region and one opening region, the opening region being aligned with the at least one bore in the female component to permit insertion of the clamping pin into the bore when the male component and female component are correctly aligned and the blocking region otherwise preventing insertion of the clamping pin when the male component is inserted into the female component with an incorrect alignment. The guide assists in achieving correct alignment of the male and female components during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: TRW LucasVarity Electric Steering Limited
    Inventors: Michael Appleyard, Stephen David Butler, Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Publication number: 20070258758
    Abstract: A clamp structure for use on different diameter bars mainly structured to include upper clamp pieces, lower clamp pieces, a set of first spacers and a set of second spacers, wherein joining portions and through holes are located on the upper clamp pieces, and embedding grooves are defined in bottom edges of the upper clamp pieces. Corresponding positions of the lower clamp pieces are similarly disposed with through holes and binding embedding grooves. Clamping spaces are thus formed between the upper clamp pieces and the lower clamp pieces after lining the joining portions with the first spacers, which enable clamping a bar of relatively large diameter. Moreover, clamping spaces formed between the upper clamp pieces and the lower clamp pieces after additionally lining the joining portions with the second spacers enable clamping a bar of relatively small diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventor: Kuo-Ping Ho
  • Patent number: 7179010
    Abstract: An adjustable clamp assembly capable of securing various sized cylindrical members is generally formed from a high strength plastic material dispensing the need for a cushion insert for the cylindrical member disposed therebetween. The clamp assembly contains a pair of unitary clamp halves having an inner surface contoured to adequately contact the surface of various sized cylindrical members to provide support when clamping forces are applied. The clamp halves can be interlockingly engageable with one another to enhance the cylindrical member size adjustment capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: ZSI, Inc.
    Inventors: Kris A. Weger, Marc J. Craig, John E. Nemazi
  • Patent number: 7069699
    Abstract: The present invention is a connection for joining toroidal frameworks of toroidal elements. The connector includes one or more arms, each of which can span a toroidal framework to be joined, and each of which may be joined to one or more of the other arms, or to a conventional structure, directly or by an intermediating connector. Bach arm of the connector includes a base to which one or more lugs is attached to form projections from the side of the base. Each of the lugs has at least one surface that engages a toroidal element in order to transmit to the base a force which is applied directly to a toroidal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Anthony Italo Provitola
  • Patent number: 7066679
    Abstract: A shaft coupling element comprising a first portion configured for connection to a shaft and a second portion configured for connection to a secondary component. The first portion comprises first and second spaced apart side walls with a partial cylindrical portion extending therebetween to define a shaft receiving slot. A safety notch extends through the partial cylindrical portion adjacent the axial opening in to the shaft receiving slot to define a radial opening from the shaft receiving slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Timken US Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Audibert, George David Collon
  • Patent number: 6981816
    Abstract: Two structural components having a rotational symmetry relative to a central longitudinal axis, are releasably connected to each other by a clamping mechanism which engages two interface rings secured to the respective structural component. The clamping mechanism is formed by tensioning elements (5) held together by at least one, preferably two straps (1, 2). A lock (15) with two hinged tensioning levers holds the strap or straps releasably together. For this purpose each strap end is journalled by a journal bolt to the tensioning lever (18, 19). Locking elements (25, 26, 28, 30) hold the tensioning lever (18, 19) in a locked position in the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: EADS Space Transporation GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Huessler
  • Patent number: 6739790
    Abstract: A shaft coupling assembly comprising a coupling element including a shaft receiving slot and retainer receiving aperture adjacent the shaft receiving slot; a retainer extendable through the retainer receiving aperture; and an axial shaft body configured to be inserted in the coupling element slot. A safety clip is configured to be retained on the coupling element with a first portion extending toward the shaft receiving slot. The first portion includes a retainer blocking edge and a pair of extensions. The first portion is moveable between an initial position wherein the blocking edge covers a portion of the retainer receiving aperture and a second position wherein the shaft body contacts the extensions and moves the edge such that the retainer receiving aperture is sufficiently clear to receive the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: The Torrington Company
    Inventor: Walter Crudele
  • Patent number: 6735323
    Abstract: A speaker includes a T-shape iron, a ring magnet, a pole plate, a frame, a diaphragm, a coil core portion, a voice coil, a first annular corrugated plate, and at least one second annular corrugated plate. The second annular corrugated plate has is bonded to an inner side or an outer side of an outer section of the first annular corrugated plate and spaced from the coil core portion, thereby increasing a thickness and strength of an outer section of the first annular corrugated plate for bearing higher power such that the speaker generates clear sound and that an inner section of the first annular corrugated plate generates sufficient sound pressure when a power outputted by the speaker is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Sun Technique Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: George Chang
  • Patent number: 6588968
    Abstract: Two structural components are releasably connected to each other by a clamping mechanism (CM) which engages two interface rings (9, 10) secured to the respective structural component. The clamping mechanism is formed by tensioning elements (5) held together by at least one, preferably two tensioning members such as straps (1, 2). A lock (15) with two hinged tensioning levers (18, 19) hinged at (21) to a mounting (17), holds the tensioning strap or straps releasably together. For this purpose each strap end is journalled by a journal bolt (3, 4) to the respective tensioning lever (18, 19). Locking elements (25, 26, 28, 30) hold the tensioning levers (18, 19) in a locked position. An electromagnetic drive or the like is used to unlock the tension levers for releasing the tensioning strap or straps in a controlled manner without completely opening the ring formed by the clamping mechanism. The position of the journal bolt (3, 4) relative to its tensioning lever (18, 19) is adjustable by an adjustment screw (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Astrium GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Huessler, Gerd Gloyer
  • Patent number: 6568874
    Abstract: A pivot joint comprises a receiver supported relative to a first member. The receiver is provided for receiving a second member. The receiver is partially cylindrical. A retainer is adapted to be supported relative to the first member to trap the second member in the receiver. The retainer has an arcuate shaped portion that is adapted to engage the second member. Moreover, the retainer has a resilient portion that is adapted to conform to a portion of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG. Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Sommerfeld, Scott G. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6494638
    Abstract: There is provided herein a power drive adapter for a pencil sharpener or other manually rotatable tool which affixes a shank to the tool. In one embodiment this affixation includes a peripheral edge positioned on the tool and a shank attached to that edge. In another embodiment a holder member having a yolk of dual prongs is fitted with a power drive compatible shank. The inner surface of the prongs has grooves for engaging protruding edges positioned on the tool. As a result, the holder member securely grasps the manually rotatable tool (pencil sharpener) at one extremity and presents at its other extremity a shank for insertion into the chuck of the chosen electric drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph Donaldson
  • 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: 6428192
    Abstract: An adjustable front lamp assembled between a tube and a handlebar of a bicycle. The lamp has a stem having a chamber defined therein, and a battery seat received in the chamber. A cover is provided on a top of the stem and has a bar laterally formed on an inner face of a front end thereof. A lamp seat is movably assembled on the front end of the stem. The lamp seat includes an upper housing and a lower housing, and has a lamp switch provided therein and electrically connected with the battery seat. The upper housing has a tongue extending between the cover and the stem, and a lamp button provided at a top face thereof and engaged with the lamp switch. An illuminating member is assembled in the lamp seat and electrically connected with the lamp switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Pao-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 6347904
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for use in conjunction with concrete construction that incorporates steel reinforcing bar formwork. In particular, the invention relates to a clamp that includes a plate having a plurality of gripping positions for clamping a first reinforcing bar against the plate and a recessed channel positioned on the plate between the gripping positions so that when a second reinforcing bar is aligned in the channel and the first reinforcing bar is clamped at the gripping position, the gripping positions will hold the first reinforcing bar and will also hold the first reinforcing bar in an overlying fashion against the second reinforcing bar in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: George Stuart Knighton
  • Patent number: 6227757
    Abstract: A device for connecting together a first tube and a second tube placed at a 90° angle with respect to one another. The device includes a flat base placed between the two tubes, and pierced with at least two holes, yokes for joining together the first tube with the base and for partially surrounding at least a portion of the first tube, and collars for joining the second tube and the base, the collars partially surrounding at least a portion of the second tube and interacting with the holes and with the yokes. The device may be used for connecting together pipes, especially in a gallery or a cell in the nuclear industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Matieres Nucleaires
    Inventors: Bernard Delouvee, Alain Vernerey
  • Patent number: 6213835
    Abstract: A new art form of neon lights in forming functional shapes, letters and numbers of a single plane suitable to being mounted with the use of clips which also supply electricity to light the tubes of neon letters when the clips are secured to two metal rods inserted in vertical plastic hangers and hung, such as in a window and end pieces which have the electrical connections built in, are applied at both the rods at either end and a transformer lead is connected to provide its DC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Charles Edwin Wolthoff
  • Patent number: 6193436
    Abstract: A locking system for supporting legs removably mounted to a tray, table or other structure to be supported includes cooperating engagement elements for removably connecting a supporting element, such as a pole or leg, to a clamp. The connected pole and clamp are removably retained, as a unit, in a retaining element extending from the structure to be supported. A stop element is provided on the clamp, the retaining element, or both, so that the clamp and the pole are retained as a single unit in a desired position within the retaining element when the locking system is assembled. The system may be readily assembled and disassembled into its individual components without employing any special tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Rand Display, Inc.
    Inventor: M. Jeffrey Ellis
  • Patent number: 6106189
    Abstract: A pipe or tube clamp is disclosed. The clamp has two U-shaped elements fixed to a plate. A screw interposed between the plate and a clamping member supplies pressure to a pair of tubes to urge them together against reaction in the U-shaped members. The tubes may be either parallel or orthogonally arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Janos Bokros
    Inventor: David Ian Seale
  • Patent number: 5964548
    Abstract: A connector for connecting panels surrounding an enclosure for cattle or horses allows one person working alone to connect adjacent panels. The connector comprises a U-shaped portion having a down-turned leg on one end and an up-turned leg on another end. The down-turned leg is pivotally connected to a post of a first panel. A post of a second panel is moved adjacent the post of the first panel. The U-shaped portion is then pivoted around the post of the second panel. A slidable sleeve, which is slidably engaged to the first post, is lowered to slidably engage the up-turned leg of the U-shaped portion, thereby connecting the adjacent panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Hi-Qual Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Allan Akins, Joe Kuffner, Len Peters
  • Patent number: 5961248
    Abstract: A structural member connection and method is disclosed for quickly securing/unsecuring pipe connections wherein the respective pipes are typically in orthogonal relationship with each other. The pipes to be connected may be of different diameter and/or cross-sectional shape. The connection includes at least one preferably fitted pipe strap member for each pipe and at least four fasteners with one fastener being located in each quadrant formed by the orthogonal intersection of two pipes. The pipe strap member is selected to mate to the diameter pipe used. In the alternative, U-bolt members selected to mate to the respective pipes may be used in place of one set of pipe straps. Tubular standoffs may be used in conjunction with the fasteners to provide adjustable clamping strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Mills C. Tourtellotte
  • Patent number: 5957239
    Abstract: A deck-retaining clamp assembly secures a corrugated deck panel to a support cable that underlies and supports the deck panel, the deck panel having in a lower web portion an elongated opening that overlies a segment of the support cable and extends transversely of the support cable. A U-bolt engages the cable from below, and a clamp plate is tightened against the upper surface of the deck panel by at least one nut threaded onto one leg of the U-bolt. A handle attached to one of the legs of the U-bolt permits manipulation of the U-bolt to engage it with the support cable. The handle has a grip portion that is shaped and dimensioned such that it cannot pass through the hole in the clamp plate and a shank portion that is movable through the hole in the clamp plate and is of a length such that the U-bolt can be moved down relative to the clamp plate to a position such that the upper end of the U-bolt is at a level below the lowermost extremity of the support cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Perry Marshak
  • Patent number: 5806813
    Abstract: A tubing bracket assembly for use in mounting tubing, particularly round tubing to a support member. The bracket assembly includes a generally C-shaped member with the opposed free ends being interconnected by bridging members. The bridging members are interconnected to a mounting bracket. The clamp is squeezed about a tube so that the bridging member is generally parallel to the centerline of the tube and the bracket is then connected to the bridging members for a secure bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Lab Holding Company
    Inventor: James C. Binelli
  • Patent number: 5803655
    Abstract: A lock mechanism effectively used for locking, for example, an interrupting handle of an electric interrupter in an OFF position. The lock mechanism includes two plate-like lock piece portions which are juxtaposed to each other substantially in a common plane when effecting the locking, engagement grooves which are formed respectively through the lock piece portions in a direction of a thickness of the lock piece portions, and have respective openings formed respectively in their respective end surfaces which are juxtaposed to each other, and face in the same direction, and a lock ring of a square-loop shape having opposed straight portions to be fitted respectively in the engagement grooves to interconnect the two lock piece portions. When viewed in the direction of the thickness of the lock piece portions, each of the engagement grooves has an L-shape defined by an introduction groove portion and a slide groove portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Furuya
  • Patent number: 5762436
    Abstract: A toolbar bracket assembly for mounting an agricultural rig or row unit on different toolbars includes a bracket having a pair of upright fore-and-aft extending plates with stepped cutouts or notches defining at least two toolbar-receiving areas of different sizes. The plates are supported in parallel relationship by a transversely extending upright connecting plate which is apertured to receive U-bolts or the bolts of a strap assembly which conform to the dimensions of the toolbar. A larger notched area is defined for embracing a portion of a toolbar of first cross section. A second smaller notched area is defined at a location centered with respect to the larger area for embracing a portion of a toolbar with a smaller cross section. The bracket can be attached to either toolbar by simply using a correctly sized U-bolt or a bolt and strap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Brian Thomas Mosdal
  • Patent number: 5687910
    Abstract: Sprinkler riser connecting apparatus including a connector having a first generally cylindrical hollow sleeve adapted to be mounted in a fixed secure relationship to a vertically extending stake extending upwardly from the ground. A split sleeve is connected to the hollow sleeve having a throughbore adapted to receive a vertically extending sprinkler riser pipe therein. The sleeve is comprised of two semi-circular pieces which can be spread apart over the riser, then snapped together to secure the riser therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: King Bros. Industries
    Inventor: Robert King
  • Patent number: 5674025
    Abstract: An electronic device mounting structure, which allows threaded engagement with a standardized male screw compliant with the JIS, DIN or the like without having to perform tapping on a plate material, includes an engagement hole having first and second cutouts formed in a peripheral edge section thereof, wherein the peripheral edge section of the engagement hole is deformed in the plate thickness direction such that there is a positional deviation from a first peripheral edge end section bordering on the first cutout toward a second peripheral edge section bordering on the second cutout by approximately one half of the pitch of a standardized male screw compliant with the JIS and a further positional deviation from a third peripheral edge end section bordering on the second cutout toward a fourth peripheral edge end section bordering on the first cutout by approximately one half of the pitch, with the result that there is a positional deviation corresponding to one pitch of the male screw between the first and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nakatomi, Yasushi Shibuya
  • Patent number: 5647804
    Abstract: A skiing slope is specialized for artificial skis. The slope is formed by longitudinally and laterally laying and connecting mats (1). Each mat has a predetermined area on a slanted surface (17). Each of the mats (1) has a plurality of retainer projections (2) on its rear side. At least one connector member (4) has side walls which engage with circumferential surfaces of the retainer projections (2) in a convex/concave manner. The connector member (4) is disposed between the retainer projections (2) of the mats (1). The connector member (4) is coupled with a hard longitudinal member (3) provided in the longitudinal direction of the slanted surface (17). The connector member (4) is coupled with the mats (1) under the condition that the circumferential surfaces of the retainer projections (2) and the side walls of the connector member (4) are engaged with each other in the convex/concave manner between the retainer projections (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Homma Science Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Homma, Susumu Homma, Hiroshi Sato, Hisao Hiroi
  • Patent number: 5626436
    Abstract: An elastic clip to fasten crossed bars, characterized in that it has the form of a simple or double couple of jaws symmetrically or asymmetrically shaped, which comprises seats (D) and hooks (A) placed crosswise and joined together by bodies (B) so that they can be managed simultaneously with fingers and are capable of fastening said either single or coupled crossed bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Mario Dragone
  • Patent number: 5609436
    Abstract: A coupling structure includes two couplings joined back-to-back as a unit by means of a bolt, each coupling consisting of a box-like base, a pair of non-skid blocks disposed within the base, a cover pivotally connected to the base, a press plate and a couple of adjusting screw bolts. The base is provided with notches in its two longitudinal walls for supporting a tube. The non-skid blocks are respectively provided with upper non-skid surfaces for urging against a lower portion of the tube. After the tube is mounted within the base, the cover is locked in place by means of the screw bolts which join the press plate to the cover and pass through corresponding holes in the base and the non-skid blocks to secure the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Yuh-Chiou Jou
  • Patent number: 5586738
    Abstract: A tube bracket assembly for use in mounting tubing, particularly round tubing to a support member. The bracket assembly includes two opposed C-shaped members with the opposed free ends of each C-shaped member being interconnected by a bridging member. The bridging member has weld projections for interconnecting the bridging members to a mounting bracket. The clamp is squeezed about a tube so that the bridging members are generally parallel to the centerline of the tube and a bracket is then welded to the bridging members for a secure bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Lab Holding Company
    Inventor: James C. Binelli
  • Patent number: 5572858
    Abstract: A rake head mounting structure for fastening a rake head to a rake handle, including a top retaining strip attached to the top side of the rake head and having a series of through holes, a bottom retaining strip attached to the bottom side of the rake head and having a series of studs respectively fitted into the through holes on the top retaining strip and secured in place by screws, a locating device fastened to the rake head by a clamping plate and having a T-screw secured to a through hole on the rake handle by a wing nut for permitting the front end of the rake handle to be secured to one stud on the bottom retaining strip by a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Han-Chin Sun
  • Patent number: 5505416
    Abstract: A clamp assembly with a mounting member and a receiving member provides support for various utilities in a building. The receiving member is mounted on a wall or a support pole, especially a support pole used in a building having a flat roof. The mounting member is mounted on a drainpipe for the flat roof, a water pipe, a sprinkler system pipe, an electrical pipe, any processed piping and the like. The receiving member includes at least one slot capable of receiving a rod. The rod is secured to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: John P. Dodge
  • Patent number: 5435511
    Abstract: A modular fastener assembly includes a container having a front wall, a rear wall, two opposite walls, and a bottom wall interconnecting bottom ends of the front, rear and side walls. The front, rear, side and bottom walls together define an accommodation chamber thereamong. The front wall has a hole unit formed therethrough. Each of the side walls of the container has a notch formed in the upper end thereof. A holding member is secured to the rear wall of the container and holds an aquatic appliance thereon. A fastening device is fastened to an aquatic tank. A flexible connector includes a body placed within the accommodation chamber, and two push arms secured to the body in such a manner that the push arms extend from the body in opposite horizontal directions and through the notches respectively. Each of the push arms has an outer end portion extending from the corresponding side wall of the container so as to permit pushing of the push arms toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Hsiang-Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 5409246
    Abstract: A baby walker includes a tethering connector to constrain the walker to travel within a path defined by an articulated, telescoping boom, thereby restraining the baby to a range of travel within a predetermined zone of safety. The boom, which is rotatably affixed to a portable weighted base, is selectively angularly and radially limited in its travel relative to the interface of the boom and its point of attachment to the body of the walker. The tethering connector is also retrofittable to untethered baby walkers of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Abdulkadir H. Ali
  • Patent number: 5333826
    Abstract: A saddle support includes a post, two bases engaged in the post for supporting saddle wires and each has a tapered surface formed in the lower portion, two clamping members each having a flange for engaging with the saddle wires and a tapered surface for engaging with the tapered surfaces of the bases. A bolt is engaged through the clamping members and the bases for forcing the clamping members toward each other. The flanges of the clamping members are forced downward to engage with the saddle wires when the tapered surfaces are engaged with each other and when the clamping members are forced toward each other by the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Accord Enterprise Corporation
    Inventor: Ten-Yi Lai
  • Patent number: 5316818
    Abstract: A support plate having an arm rod receiving bore is arranged to receive an arm rod of a second linkage arm for securement to a first linkage arm, with the support plate including a clamp plate having an arcuate concave recess arranged to accommodate the second linkage arm between the clamp plate and the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Franklin R. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 5297890
    Abstract: A wood-to-pipe connection in which a single sheet metal connector and a single threaded straight bolt are used to connect a wood frame member to an elongated pipe member. The elongated pipe member could be a metal conduit, standard pipe member or even a solid circular wood pole member. The wood-to-pipe connection is especially useful in attaching wood fencing to metal pipe used for fence posts. The sheet metal connector may be field bent by hand so that the same sheet metal connector may be used in connecting fence rails at mid-rail connections, butt joints, outside corners, inside corners and sloping fences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred D. Commins
  • Patent number: 5265973
    Abstract: A device (1) serves for connecting accessory parts (2) to formwork panels, compensating members or suchlike formwork members having stiffening webs or stiffening profiles (3) on their side averted form the forming surface. The device (1) has an essentially U-shaped cross section, the U-arms (4) having fastening locations (5), preferably bores, for the accessory parts (2) such as booms, adjustable props, platform brackets or the like, and in the position of use the U-crosspiece (6) butting and being drawn fast against a stiffening profile (3) and above all against a cross web (3b) provided on this profile (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Josef Maier
    Inventor: Johann Badstieber