Selective Orientation Patents (Class 403/4)
  • Patent number: 10584489
    Abstract: A ceiling system having a perimeter frame; a grid configured to support a plurality of substrates; and a plurality of bracket assemblies coupling the grid to the perimeter frame, the plurality of bracket assemblies adjustable between a plurality of states in which the grid is supported at a different height relative to the perimeter frame in each of the plurality of states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Todd M. Bergman, Scott D. Harnish, Ryan D. Hanuschak, Jonathan P. Van Dore
  • Patent number: 10577787
    Abstract: The present invention discloses the components and kit for technical construction method of sturdy and permanent connection up to six beam components perpendicularly, while none of the nodal joint structure protrudes outside the open channel(s) of the beam component(s). The method is user friendly during assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: UAB Aldrea
    Inventor: Lars Ovrum
  • Patent number: 10000253
    Abstract: A crank arm fixing ring is basically provided with a cylindrical mounting portion and a contact portion. The cylindrical mounting portion includes an external thread configured to screw into a crankshaft. The contact portion extends radially outwardly from the cylindrical mounting portion. The contact portion is configured to contact a crank arm upon attachment of the crank arm with the crank arm fixing ring. The contact portion includes at least one cutout extending radially outwardly from the cylindrical mounting portion. The at least one cutout is configured to receive a transmission line extending through the cylindrical mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Toshio Tetsuka, Takashi Furuya, Shintaro Mori
  • Patent number: 9782640
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided an adjustable connector including at least two parts, each having a main body with a bore having a longitudinal axis therein, wherein an external surface of the main body of a first part is configured to bear against an internal surface of the bore of a second part when the first part is at least partially inserted into the bore of the second part to form a connection, characterized in that the positioning of the bores with respect to the main bodies is such that when the parts are connected to each other, rotation of one part with respect to the other changes the inclination of the longitudinal axes of the bores with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 9757627
    Abstract: A golf club incorporating an interchangeable shaft system includes a shaft, a shaft sleeve, a club head. The shaft sleeve is coupled to an end of the shaft and is received in a hosel included in the club head. The shaft sleeve is removably coupled to the club head. Hosel and shaft sleeve alignment features provide discrete orientations between the shaft and club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Darryl C. Galvan, Richard L. Cleghorn, Gery M. Zimmerman, Eddie G. Perez, Sang Yi, Mark C. Myrhum, Stephen S. Murphy, Stephanie Luttrell
  • Patent number: 9737767
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided an adjustable connector including at least two parts, each having a main body with a bore having a longitudinal axis therein, wherein an external surface of the main body of a first part is configured to bear against an internal surface of the bore of a second part when the first part is at least partially inserted into the bore of the second part to form a connection, characterized in that the positioning of the bores with respect to the main bodies is such that when the parts are connected to each other, rotation of one part with respect to the other changes the inclination of the longitudinal axes of the bores with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 9587670
    Abstract: A fitting for an aircraft bracing device including anchor points, wherein the fitting includes a face able to press against the aircraft and at least one guide hole for a connecting element able to collaborate with an anchor point, a slider able to move in a translational movement parallel to a first direction parallel to the face of the fitting and a connection between the slider and the connecting element which allows a movement in a second direction different from the first direction and parallel to the face of the fitting so as to align the connecting element with an anchor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventors: Mickaël Matignon, Francis Ramond
  • Patent number: 9534380
    Abstract: A modular construction system in which a number of three dimensional construction elements are adjoined to form a modular wall, ceiling or floor assembly. In their pre-assembly condition, each three dimensional construction element is formed from a planar metallic sheet (10) sub-divided by fold lines (12a, 12b) into panels (14, 16, 18) defining a multi-panelled sheet. Each panel lies in a common plane and at least one of the panels is deformable along its fold lines out of said common plane to form an assembled three-dimensional construction element for adjoining to other three-dimensional construction elements. At least one panel is provided with an opening (14a, 16a) dimensioned to allow the passage of a reinforcement or stabilizing material through the assembled three-dimensional construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MODULAR WALLING SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventor: Stewart Gallocher
  • Patent number: 9199389
    Abstract: A hand-held knockout driver for use with a punch and die. The hand-held knockout driver including a housing having a handle portion, a motor positioned within the housing, the motor having a drive shaft defining a first axis, a pump assembly positioned within the housing, the pump assembly having a piston moving along a second axis, a dump valve positioned within the housing, the dump valve defining a third axis, and a working piston moveable with respect to the housing along a fourth axis. Where the second axis, the third axis, and the fourth axis are all not parallel to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: James O. Myrhum, Jr., Troy C. Thorson, Jeremy R. Ebner, Sean T. Kehoe, Joseph H. Ellice, Jeffrey S. Holly
  • Patent number: 9168982
    Abstract: The present invention includes a folding and telescoping mounting stand apparatus for mounting a Global Positioning System (GPS)/sonar device on a boat, comprising a first outer tubing attached to a base plate which is secured to a deck of a boat, a first inner tubing having a bottom end and a top end, wherein the bottom end is placed in and attached to the first outer tubing by a pin and a first knob and the top end is placed in and attached to a second outer tubing by an intermediate tubing, a second inner tubing attached to a top tube by a second knob, wherein the combination of the second inner tubing and the top tube are placed in the second outer tubing and held in place with a spring plunger, a board connected to a rod and wherein the rod is secured to the top tube and the second inner tubing with the second knob, wherein the inner tubing is raised to a desired height when the spring plunger is pulled and the board is lifted upward; and the apparatus having an upper body above the first outer tubing th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Elmo Robichaux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9050506
    Abstract: Golf club heads are releasably engaged with shafts so that the club heads and shafts can be readily interchanged and/or so that the shaft position with respect to the club head can be readily changed. Assemblies for connecting the club head and shaft may include: a shaft adapter, a collet, a ferrule, and a club head having an interior chamber. The club head and shaft may be changed by releasing the securing system and exchanging the original parts with different parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Raymond J. Sander, Joshua Michael Boggs, Matthew P. Rubal
  • Patent number: 9021697
    Abstract: A housing member for a friction clutch and a method for making it. The housing member is made for use with two differently sized fan members. Two annular raised mounting pilot surfaces are provided, one of which is machine finished for mounting one of the two fan members. Two sets of fan member mounting holes are also provided, one set of which is used to mount one of the two fan members thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kandell, David D. Martinson, James E. Benson
  • Patent number: 8956342
    Abstract: A handheld surgical device includes a multi-position throttle, rotatably attached to the body of the device, to allow for ambidextrous positioning of a motor speed control lever. The motor speed control lever may interact with a speed control sensor in the body of the device capable of detecting the actuation level of the motor speed control lever in any one of two or more positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microaire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Robert Scott Russo, John H. Pascaloff, Robert McKemie
  • Publication number: 20140301766
    Abstract: A connection console mounts a device case on a support arm system, and includes a case mounting (1) having a mounting side (2) through which the case mounting (1) can be fixed on a case in two positions which are offset by 180°. The mounting side (2) has a plurality of key hole openings (3), at least two of them being positioned offset from one another by 180°, a central part (4) which can be fixed on the case mounting (1) and which defines a usable cable space (5), and a cover element (6) which closes, as needed, a mounting and inspection opening (7) of the central part (4) through which the usable cable space (5) can be accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Koerner, Markus Neuhof
  • Patent number: 8777508
    Abstract: A cutting unit mounting device includes a ball through which a yoke extends laterally. The yoke is attached to the cutting unit, and the ball is pivotably mounted in a ball housing attached to a lift arm. A releasable lock pin engages and secures the ball within the ball housing in a mowing position or a service position. The ball housing has stops to limit the pivoting of the ball and yoke with respect to the ball housing. A releasable lock pin engages notches in the ball to engage and secure the ball in the mowing position or service position with respect to the ball housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lawrence Phillips, Michael Joseph Buchheit, Jennifer Lynn Jaramillo, Paul Robert Heide
  • Patent number: 8747010
    Abstract: A control device has a plurality of possible attachment places for receiving attachment elements at least one of the attachment places being formed as a blocking attachment place which prevents receiving of an attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gert Jakob, Bernd Eckert
  • Patent number: 8568055
    Abstract: An adjustment system for connections between metal structures which consists of two plates. The adjustment system comprises a first plate (1) provided with four radial slits (4), where one part of the structure to be connected can be joined, and a second plate provided with four circular slits (5) where another part of the structure to be connected can be joined. Joining screw pins (3) pass through the radial slits in plate (1) and through the circular slits in plate (2) in order to join the two parts by means of the corresponding nuts (6) which tighten the said plates together. The adjustment system makes it possible to adjust the position of the two plates (1 and 2) with respect to their movement on axes X, Y and Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: STEELROOT Portugal, LDA
    Inventor: Vasco Maria Marques Lito Velez Grilo
  • Patent number: 8096013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper having a wiper arm (1) and a fastening element (3), the fastening element (3) being fastened on the wiper arm (1), and the fastening element (3) having a hub (4) which can be plugged onto a drive shaft (5). Precision alignment of the wiper relative to the drive shaft (5) is made possible in that the fastening element (3) is plugged into a cutout (2) in the wiper arm (1) in a form-fitting manner in one of at least two possible alignments. A wiper constructed in this way is, in addition, compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Eschenbrenner, Achim Kraus
  • Patent number: 8096520
    Abstract: An array of U-shaped flanged brackets and flange tipped posts attached to a supporting surface providing a mechanical connection with an object that is provided with corresponding posts and brackets. The brackets and posts can include electrical contacts or fiber optic contacts for transferring power or signals between connected objects. Various objects can be mounted on the array of brackets and posts to provide positioning flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Cheryl L. Sohn, Douglas C. Sohn
  • Publication number: 20110290570
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Power Take Off (PTO) coupler and a hitch equipped with such a PTO coupler. The PTO coupler comprises a power transmission coupler; and a securing mechanism. The securing mechanism is adapted for fixedly securing an extremity of the power transmission coupler to the hitch. The securing mechanism comprises a position adjustment mechanism for allowing planar movement of the power transmission coupler within the securing mechanism. The securing mechanism may further comprise a compression adjustment mechanism for adjusting pressure received by the power transmission coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: RAD TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Denis GOULET, Louis LAMONTAGNE, Serge FRASER
  • Publication number: 20110222957
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustment system for connections between metal structures which consists of two plates. It is essentially characterised in that it comprises: a plate (1) provided with four radial slits (4) where one part of the structure to be connected can be joined; a second plate provided with four circular slits (5) where another part of the structure to be connected can be joined; joining screw pins (3) which pass through the radial slits in plate (1) and through the circular slits in plate (2) in order to join the two parts by means of the corresponding nuts (6) which tighten the said plates together, it being possible to adjust the position of the two plates (1 and 2) with respect to their movement on axes X, Y and Z.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Steelroot Portugal, LDA
    Inventor: Vasco Maria Marques Lito Velez Grilo
  • Patent number: 7918054
    Abstract: Various novel roofing brackets and roofing systems are disclosed. A first embodiment can be considered a roofing bracket to be coupled to a vertical post and a horizontal purlin of a roofing system whereby the horizontal purlin is positioned to support roof panels at a requisite pitch. The roofing bracket includes a reference brace and a clip. The reference brace includes a first brace face positioned planarly parallel with the vertical post and a second brace face extending at an angle angle from the first brace face and positioned planarly parallel with the vertical post. The clip includes a first clip face positioned to be fastened generally flush with the horizontal purlin and a second clip face extending at an angle from the first clip face and positioned to be fastened planarly parallel with the vertical post. The second clip face is coupled to the first brace face at a pivot point such that the clip can be rotated a particular angle relative to the reference brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: GP Innovative Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Grafton, Ernest Graham Perry
  • Publication number: 20100096217
    Abstract: A coupler for a standoff arrangement for ladders and the like. The standoff arrangement comprises a ladder attachment portion and a ladder support portion, with the attachment portion formed to be releasably securable to a ladder and the support portion extending from the ladder attachment portion. The ladder support portion has a pair of individually adjustable bearing arms, and a coupler is installed in each bearing arm to make the bearing arm universally adjustable in relation to the structure against which the ladder standoff arrangement bears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel E. Feldhaus
  • Publication number: 20100002061
    Abstract: When a second cylindrical unit 38 of a second connection unit 11 is pushed into a first cylindrical unit 16 of a first connection unit 15, a sliding member 23 moves along an axis member. With the timing, the position of a moving aperture 22 formed on the sliding member 23 moves from the first position not opposite a first aperture 19 and a second aperture 51 to the second position opposite the first aperture 19 and the second aperture 51.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Shibano
  • Patent number: 7628560
    Abstract: A support (30) for the joint hinge of a wiper blade (10) at a hook-shaped end (20) of a bar (18) in a windshield wiper. Owing to an open hub on part of its periphery (28), the support can be slipped on a bearing shank of the wiper blade (10) and, so mounted, be maintained by the hook-shaped end (20) above hub surfaces (46, 62, 66) and ratchet elements (70, 76, 78). The two side walls (32, 34) which are connected by the hub (36) and a plurality of crossbars (60, 64, 70) extend in the longitudinal direction (38), on both sides, towards the hub (34) and the inside widths (40, 42) between the side walls (32, 34) are different at their opposite ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Juergen Westermann, Eric Pollaris, Andreas Strauss
  • Publication number: 20090208271
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a modular coupling system, which may comprise one or more casing members and one or more modular connectors. The casing members are adapted to be connected to the modular connectors of the system and may take the form of almost any type of fitting or connecting device (such as a tee, elbow, valve, coupling, container, machinery or equipment). The modular connectors are adapted to be connected to the casing members of the system and also to one or more ducts (such as pipes or tubing that may have threaded, slip, quick-connect, or other connecting means). Thus, the system allows the use of multiple modular connectors (which may each be adapted to connect to a different type of duct) to be used interchangeably with multiple types of casing members. The invention also includes certain kits and methods of using the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Krohn
  • Publication number: 20090129852
    Abstract: Device for the stress-free fixing of one or more components to a carrier part, to align the edges or surfaces of the component or components in an exactly determined position in relation to the carrier or to adjacent components and to compensate for fabrication and mounting tolerances of the component or components to the greatest possible extent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicants: LANXESS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, FAURECIA KUNSTSTOFFE AUTOMOBILSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Boris Koch, Harald Becher, Jacques Hoffner
  • Publication number: 20090060634
    Abstract: A fastening system including a stud with a shank and an annular flange whose diameter is greater than the diameter of the shank. The system further including a nut with a bore and an internal thread formed in the bore, the internal thread having a helical thread ridge formed in the bore and a thread groove running next to the thread ridge. The annular flange of the stud can be screwed into the internal thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventor: Frank ROSEMANN
  • Publication number: 20080038090
    Abstract: Fastening device for fastening a component B to a component A with automatic compensation of tolerances in the spacing between the two components, comprising a base unit 2 which consists of a blind rivet nut 12 which may be secured to the component A, a threaded adjusting nut 10 and a sleeve-shaped retainer 14 which receives the threaded adjusting nut 10 and connects said threaded adjusting nut to the blind rivet nut 12, an adjusting unit 4 which consists of a threaded sleeve 40, a locating plate 38 and a driving bush 36 which connects the threaded sleeve 40 and the locating plate 38, the threaded sleeve 40 of the adjusting unit 4 being able to be screwed into the threaded adjusting nut 10 of the base unit 2 via a first thread pairing G1 of a first thread direction, and a fastening screw 8 which may be screwed into the blind rivet nut secured to the component A via a second thread pairing G2 of an opposing second thread direction, and forms with the driving bush 36 a releasable coupled connection in order to
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Hans Ulrich Figge, Ingo Burger
  • Patent number: 7204656
    Abstract: The arrangement is for coupling an implement attachment to a working arm of a working machine. The arm is connected to the implement attachment through the medium of fastener sleeves and fastener pins. The attachment includes two side-plates which each carry two bushings that include holes for accommodating the fastener pins. The bushings have a circular guide portion which fits into a circular hole in respective side-plates. The bushings include a respective flange that is connected to the side-plates by a fastener element. The hole, that receives respective fastener pins, is positioned eccentrically in relation to the guide portion in respect of at least two of the bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Indexator AB
    Inventor: Niklas Bjuhr
  • Patent number: 7080574
    Abstract: A crank structure for a bicycle pedal. A front outer thread of a cylindrical sleeve has a same rotary direction as an inner thread hole of the crank, and the rear outer thread has the opposite rotary direction to that of the front outer thread. The inner thread rotary direction of the cylindrical sleeve is the same as that of an outer thread of a bolt protruding from a pedal, and opposite edges of the two each has a hole, so that after the front outer thread of the cylindrical sleeve is secured to the thread of a threaded hole in the crank. A nut is used to lock the rear outer thread in order to limit the rotation. The bolt is locked into the inner thread of the hole of the cylindrical sleeve for the assembly in order to attain the effects of securely mounting and easily detaching the crank structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Wen-Yao Chang
  • Patent number: 6979144
    Abstract: An optical part linkage device in which a threaded portion and positioning protrusions are formed at the outer periphery of a lens barrel that holds a lens. A threaded portion that can be screwed to the threaded portion of the lens barrel is provided at the inner wall surface of the holder to which a CCD package is mounted, with a plurality of positioning recesses being formed at an end of the threaded portion of the holder. After rotating a grip portion of the lens barrel in order to link the lens barrel to the holder by the threaded portions, the grip portion is turned bit by bit in order to position the protrusions with respect to the recesses by shifting them one at a time. When the rotation of the grip portion is stopped in correspondence with an optimal focal location, the protrusions engage the recesses of the holder. In this state, the protrusions do not separate from the recesses of the holder unless a strong force is applied thereto, so that the state of engagement is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masanori Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 6966722
    Abstract: An adaptor for reducing the size of an original hole in a frame member to an adaptor hole sized to receive a selected bolt and which permits adjustment of the relative location of the adaptor hole relative to the original hole and the frame member. The adaptor comprises a washer plate having first and second projections extending outward from opposite sides of the washer. The adaptor hole extends through the washer plate and the first and second projections. The location of the adaptor hole relative to the first projection is different from the location of adaptor hole relative to the second projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: B&W Custom Truck Beds, Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson E. Borror, Joseph W. Works
  • Patent number: 6938514
    Abstract: A connector assembly for attaching an implement to a prime mover having spaced connecting pins, the connector assembly including a pair of spaced plates, each of the plates carrying a first receiver to receive a first of the connecting pins and a second receiver adapted to receive the second of the connecting pins, wherein at least one of the first and second receivers is an adjustable receiver rotatable about an axis and having a transverse bore spaced radially from the axis and rotatable relative thereto, whereby rotation of the adaptable receiver about the axis changes the relative spacing between the first and second pin receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Kent Demolition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery L. Crane, Danny Grznar
  • Patent number: 6848853
    Abstract: For the purpose of stably securing an apparatus to be installed by a simple process, a positioner for securing to a floor an apparatus having positioning holes for receiving therethrough anchor bolts implanted upright in the floor, the positioning holes having a diameter substantially larger than that of the anchor bolts, comprises: a first cylindrical bushing member 21 having at an eccentric position a through hole 21c of a diameter for rotatably fitting one of the anchor bolts; and a second cylindrical bushing member 20 having at an eccentric position a hole 20c of a diameter for rotatably fitting the first bushing member 21, the second cylindrical bushing member rotatably fitting in one of the positioning holes provided in the apparatus to be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 6740197
    Abstract: An apparatus for ultrasonic processing of workpieces is described. The apparatus comprises a converter plate, at least one feed unit mounted on said converter plate, at least one vibratory structure being coupled to said feed unit and having a converter, a sonotrode and a longitudinal axis, and adjusting means for adjusting the vibratory structure in at least two directions transversely to its longitudinal axis. The adjusting means include a plurality of fixing means arranged in the manner of a raster on said converter plate in such a manner that the feed unit can be fixed on the adapter plate with the aid of at least one fixing means selected from the plurality of fixing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Spaichingen GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Sans
  • Patent number: 6719481
    Abstract: A connection element for at least two mounting rails (1, 2, 30, 33, 38) and including a base member (4, 20, 28, 34) at least one attachment member having at least one connection opening (6, 39), and connection elements (7, 35, 36) for reasonably connecting the attachment member (5, 25, 31, 32, 37) with the base member (4, 20, 28, 34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Armin Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 6685385
    Abstract: A guide rail clamp comprising 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 is disclosed. 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: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Valu Engineering, INC
    Inventor: Stuart J. Ledingham
  • Patent number: 6682250
    Abstract: A position-adjustable fastening apparatus capable of maintaining a position of a first member with respect to a second member includes a cam receiver disposed in a bore of the first member, a cam disposed in a bore of the cam receiver, and a fastener disposed in the bore in the cam. A method for fastening a first member and a second member positioning the first member with respect to the second member, orienting a cam receiver with respect to a bore in the first member, and placing the cam receiver in the bore of the first member. The method further includes orienting a cam with respect to a bore in the cam receiver, placing the cam in the bore in the cam receiver, and engaging the fastener with the second member through the bore in the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Johnny E. Banks
  • Patent number: 6668940
    Abstract: A cultivator point assembly includes an adaptor having a front and a rear end, and intended to be mounted to a cultivator machine at an upper end and having a foot projecting from a lower end. A cultivator point is adapted to be engaged with the adaptor and has a mounting section and a forward ground-working edge. An aperture in the mounting section is adapted to receive the foot of the adaptor in a first reversed position, whereafter the cultivator point is rotated 180° relative to the adaptor into an intermediate position in which the ground working edge is in a forward facing position relative to the adaptor, and is then moved rearwardly relative to the adaptor into a working position. A stop in use prevents unintentional detachment of the cultivator point from the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Austin Timothy Ryan
  • Patent number: 6662681
    Abstract: A connector assembly for attaching an implement to a prime mover having spaced connecting pins, the connector assembly including a pair of spaced plates, each of the plates carrying a first receiver defining a transverse adapted to receive a first of the connecting pins and a second receiver adapted to receive the second of the connecting pins, wherein at least one of the first and second receivers is an adjustable receiver rotatable about an axis and having the transverse bore spaced radially from the axis and rotatable relative thereto, whereby rotation of the adaptable receiver about the axis changes the relative spacing between the first and second pin receiving bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Kent Demolition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery L. Crane, Danny Grznar
  • Patent number: 6641325
    Abstract: System for connecting a first element to a second element comprising a base plate adapted to be adjustably attached to the first element. The base plate comprises a mechanism for allowing the base plate to move with respect to the first element substantially along a first direction. A retaining plate is adapted to be attached to the second element. The retaining plate comprises a mechanism for allowing the retaining plate to move with respect to the base plate substantially along a second direction. The retaining plate is adjustably attached to the base plate. The first direction is different from the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Schwarz Verbindungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Schwarz
  • Patent number: 6640380
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a wiper blade assembly to a wiper arm. The connector includes first and second side walls spaced from one another to define a channel therebetween as well as a central bridge and rail interconnecting the first and second side walls. The central bridge and side walls define a pin passage and a rivet passage, each extending transverse to the channel. The rail is vertically spaced from the central bridge to define a tail space between the bridge and the rail. The forwardmost end of the rail is positioned rearward of the pin and rivet passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Pylon Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry M. Rosenstein, Vambi R. Tolentino
  • Patent number: 6602017
    Abstract: A connector device assembly of the add-on type and suitable for securing a second member, such as a metal tube, as a branch extending from a position between the ends of a first member, such as another metal tube, without the need to slide components along the first member includes two connector devices each having a first body region which defines a recess formation to accommodate a first member of a structural assembly, and at least one of the connector devices including a second body region for securing relative to a second member which is required to be connected to the structural assembly, the two connector devices each having at least one edge formation provided with an aperture which extends substantially parallel with the longitudinal direction of the first member and respective edge formations of the two connector devices being aligned in the assembly to receive a locking member extending therethrough, the locking member being arranged in the assembly to be loaded substantially only in shear to hold
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Derek Overton, Charles William Stratford Presant
  • Patent number: 6599052
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for removably coupling a shaft and hub to one another. The hub includes a pair of tapered regions near ends of its inner peripheral surface. The shaft may be tapered in a region designed to contact one of the tapered surfaces, or a tapered bushing arrangement may be used on the same end. On an opposite end, a tapered bushing is inserted between the shaft and the hub, and interfaces with the tapered portion of the hub to draw the shaft into tight engagement with the hub, with the bushing wedged between, during assembly. A retaining plate abuts a retaining ring, within the bushing, and a fastener through the retaining plate draws the hub and shaft tightly together during assembly. The retaining plate may receive removal fasteners which urge disengagement of the tapered bushing and shaft for easy and controlled disassembly of the hub and shaft from one another for servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Allyn E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6576022
    Abstract: An adjustable connector assembly includes a circular one-piece base member adapted to be attached to a socket coupler for an amputee's residual limb. The base member has axially projecting spaced track portions which receive therebetween a circular flange of a slidable and rotatable one-piece connector member. A pair of clamping plates receive screws threaded into the track portions for releasably clamping the flange to the base member. In one embodiment, the connector member has a dome surface and a four sided boss projecting from the flange. In another embodiment, the connector member has a projecting annular collar having peripherally spaced threaded holes. The base member and connector member are adapted to be machined from solid titanium bar stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Bulldog Tools Inc.
    Inventors: Wilbur N. Meyer, Robert B. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6533529
    Abstract: An adjustable coupling connector apparatus for accommodating a range of mating excavator couplers. The connector apparatus includes two parallel bars upon which an excavator coupler clamps. One of the bars is fixed in position to risers extending from a connector base. Each end of the other bar is attached to a point off center of a circular plate so that as the plate is rotated, the bar moves laterally relative to the bar axis. The plates are rotatably positioned in holes in the risers, and captivating side plates are welded to the risers for covering a portion of each plate, securing the plates from movement parallel to its axis but allowing the plate to rotate. Holes in the circular plates and side plates are provided, and a bolt is placed through each of the side plates and circular plates for securing each circular plate in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Morrow & Waggoner, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen A. Waggoner
  • Patent number: 6499205
    Abstract: A method of converting a control set from an identifiable first control pattern configuration to an identifiable second control pattern configuration. The method provides a pair of control assemblies that may be easily rotated from a first position to a second position to accomplish the conversion. Each of the control assemblies include a respective control lever, rocker assembly, and linkage rods. After rotation of the control assemblies, the control levers are interchanged and connected to the opposite control assembly to establish an ergonomic position for the control levers. The method of converting the control set is completed without the need for additional components or complex modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventor: Patrick W. Laffan
  • Patent number: 6431834
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting ceiling fan blades onto ceiling fan blade mounting ring rotor extension. The fan blade attachment mount is can be adapted to fit a multitude of fan rotors configurations. The appearance of the mounting and support members is aesthetically pleasing and the mounting apparatus provides a stable connection between a plurality of ceiling fan blade assemblies and a variety rotor extension mounting surfaces of a ceiling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Prime Home Impressions, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Lackey, Roy Nicholson
  • Patent number: 6364561
    Abstract: A system is described for connecting a working tool (e.g. a bucket, compactor tool, chisel, etc.) to the outer end of a working arm of a machine. The system includes a pair of spaced-apart upstanding flanges secured to the upper surface of the tool. Each flange includes an elongated slot. A pair of inserts sized to fit in the elongated slots are detachably secured to the flanges. Each insert includes a pair of transverse openings to receive the pins which are used for attaching the tool to the machine. The system enables any tool to be connected to the end of a working arm of any machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: David Scribner Droegemueller