Crossed Rods Patents (Class 403/400)
  • Patent number: 10822820
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a floor panel seating assembly. The floor panel seating assembly can include adjustable, removable brackets or guides for guiding cross-members and joists of floor panels into their desired positions on a support structure. Also disclosed herein are embodiments of a method of seating a floor panel. The method can include providing one or more adjustable, removable bracket or guide, adjusting the guide(s) to accommodate the width of a wall of the support structure and/or the sizes of the cross-members or joists of the floor panel, mounting the guide(s) to the support structure, and lowering a floor panel into position on the support structure using the guide(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ACSM, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Robert McLeod, Patrick Merrick Judson
  • Patent number: 10767379
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a floor panel seating assembly. The floor panel seating assembly can include adjustable, removable brackets or guides for guiding cross-members and joists of floor panels into their desired positions on a support structure. Also disclosed herein are embodiments of a method of seating a floor panel. The method can include providing one or more adjustable, removable bracket or guide, adjusting the guide(s) to accommodate the width of a wall of the support structure and/or the sizes of the cross-members or joists of the floor panel, mounting the guide(s) to the support structure, and lowering a floor panel into position on the support structure using the guide(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ACSM, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Robert McLeod, Patrick Merrick Judson
  • Patent number: 10765459
    Abstract: An occipital plate for occipito-cervical fixation, comprising: a substantially flat plate provided with at least one fixation area connectable to the skull of a patient and at least one pair of through slots extending length-wise away from each other; and at least one pair of clamps slidably constrained each in a respective slot to move along a medial-lateral adjustment direction and provided with respective seats for receiving a support bar, wherein each receiving seat has an opening for insertion of the respective support bar accessible laterally and longitudinally along an insertion direction substantially parallel to a lying plane of the plate. Other aspects are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Medacta International S.A.
    Inventors: Meinrad Fiechter, Francesco Siccardi, Michele Incandela, Massimiliano Martis
  • Patent number: 10697198
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a brace adapted to secure one or more fence rails to a fence post. The present invention brace may optionally be installed onto an existing fence or on a new fence. The invention includes a fence post brace member adapted to connect to two or more sides of a fence post and a fence rail brace member adapted to connect to two or more sides of a fence rail. The fence post brace member may form a vertical picket fastener slot for use in affixing a picket to the fence post. The fence post brace system may be adapted for use with alternative fence post arrangements such as those having a fence rail positioned above and supported by the fence post and those defining a single channel for receiving a fence rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Fonda Crandall, Joseph Crandall
  • Patent number: 10517410
    Abstract: A fastener for securing a rail to a wire shelf having a plurality of support rods extending in parallel spaced-apart fashion. The fastener has a fastener body with an elongate rail engaging flange, a shelf engaging flange, and a connecting shaft portion extending between the rail engaging flange and the shelf engaging flange. The rail engaging flange is insertable through an elongate opening of an the rail in a first orientation and, upon rotation of the fastener, the rail engaging flange is configured to extend across said elongate opening thereby restricting withdrawal therefrom, while the shelf engaging flange traps a support member of the shelf thereby interlocking the associated rail to the associated shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Fasteners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Williams, Gerald Matthew Szpak
  • Patent number: 9874756
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device is provided. The wearable electronic device includes a display module configured to output an image, a wearing unit connected with the display module, and a detachment/attachment unit configured to allow the wearing unit to be detached from/attached to a user's eyeglass frame. The wearing unit is wearable on a user's body. The wearable electronic device may be variously implemented according to embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-Seong Seo
  • Patent number: 9869092
    Abstract: A rebar positioning device with opposite ends for positioning adjacent to a form face of at least one form panel may include a support rod having opposite ends and an outer surface, with at least a portion of the outer surface being threaded. At least one bar clip may be movably mounted on the support rod. An orientation of the at least one bar clip on the support rod is adjustable, and a position of the at least one bar clip on the support rod is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Michael G. Rush
  • Patent number: 9261124
    Abstract: The invention relates to an angle bracket including a composite material for connecting parts. The angle bracket has two wings forming an angle along a longitudinal folding axis and coupling regions on the outside of the fold. The coupling regions attach to parts to be connected, and is associated with a securing means. At least in the longitudinal direction, the angle bracket has at least one succession of domed sections with a concave or convex profile on the inside and/or outside of the fold, providing the bracket with a corrugated form in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SKF Aerospace France
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Buchin
  • Patent number: 9010062
    Abstract: A post member includes a side surface, and a beam member includes a side surface and an underside edge surface. The beam member is attached to the post member using a multi-piece hanger including a first L-shaped bracket with a first mounting flange attached to the side surface of the post member, and a second L-shaped bracket with a second mounting flange attached to the side surface of the beam member. The first L-shaped bracket further includes a first interlocking flange supporting the underside edge surface of the beam member. The first interlocking flange includes an extending tab member. The second L-shaped bracket further includes a second interlocking flange positioned adjacent the first interlocking flange. At a bend of the second L-shaped bracket, at least one slot is provided which is sized and shaped to receive the extending tab member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 8956070
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and devices for securely clamping and easily unclamping a first t-slot profile to a second t-slot profile. The clamping devices may move along a first t-slot profile, allowing the invention to clamp at different places along the first profile. The clamping systems and devices may be used for positioning a side-fence, connected with the second profile, relative to a saw blade, or for construction of a trade show booths, display assemblies, or other structures that may be securely clamped together, and easily unclamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Bela Vidor
  • Patent number: 8950157
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for mounting solar panels and other equipment to tile roofs, or similar roof structures, that does not require removal of roofing tile for installation. A stanchion is inserted into a hole drilled into a roofing tile. Two or more wood securing fasteners are inserted into diagonal and crossing through-holes in the sides of the stanchion above the tile and exit on opposing sides of the stanchion, with respect to their insertion point, below the tile. The ends of the wood securing fasteners engage the surface of the roof sheeting beneath the tile at a distance outwardly away from the stanchion. With this arrangement, the tile roof equipment-mounting device engages the roof surface over a wider area than the diameter of the hole drilled into the roof tile without the need for removing the roof tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford Schrock
  • Publication number: 20150030388
    Abstract: A bundling tool includes first and second bundling members in plate like shapes. The first and second bundling members respectively include central parts that cover wires, first locking parts that are bendable and extend from first sides of the central parts, and second locking parts that are bendable and extend from second sides of the central parts. When the first and second bundling members clamp the wires therebetween and are to be crimped, the first and second locking parts of the first bundling member are each folded down to abut on an outer surface of the second bundling member at an end part of the locking part, and the first and second locking parts of the second bundling member are each folded down to abut on an outer surface of the first bundling member at an end part of the locking part, thereby crimping the wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Protec Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Nomura, Tomohiro Fujii, Masahito Shimizu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8776456
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for mounting solar panels and other equipment to tile roofs, or similar roof structures, that does not require removal of roofing tile for installation. A stanchion is inserted into a hole drilled into a roofing tile. Two or more wood securing fasteners are inserted into diagonal and crossing through-holes in the sides of the stanchion above the tile and exit on opposing sides of the stanchion, with respect to their insertion point, below the tile. The ends of the wood securing fasteners engage the surface of the roof sheeting beneath the tile at a distance outwardly away from the stanchion. With this arrangement, the tile roof equipment-mounting device engages the roof surface over a wider area than the diameter of the hole drilled into the roof tile without the need for removing the roof tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sunmodo Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford Schrock
  • Patent number: 8770885
    Abstract: A wedge clamp providing for a positive attachment to structural angles, I-beams, H-beams, T-bars, plates, boards, conventional angles, bulb angles, channels, plates and other similar structural shapes comprises a clamp wedge and body that capture objects with two opposing surfaces securing the objects against each other using a fastener or other means to engage both parts of the clamp to pull the wedge through the body and causing the objects being attached together to be squeezed together. The wedge clamp is also used to support other members using a bolt or threaded rod attached to the wedge clamp which in this case normally attaches to a single flange of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Philip Allen Myers
  • Patent number: 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: 8678700
    Abstract: A foldable furniture includes a retention structure including a left retention coupler and a right retention coupler coaxially and overlapping with the left retention coupler side-by-side in a rotatably movable manner via a pivot joint. The left retention coupler includes at least a left retention member protruding towards the right retention coupler. The right retention coupler includes at least a right retention member protruding towards the left retention coupler, wherein when the foldable furniture is pivotally folded at an unfolded position, the left and right retention couplers are coaxially rotated at an opposite direction until the left and right retention members are biased against each other. Therefore, the retention structure enhances the structural supportive force of the foldable furniture to evenly distribute the loading force on the foldable furniture so as to enhance the stabilization of the foldable furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Patent number: 8579539
    Abstract: A dairy animal freestall cross clamp assembly including a first clamp portion defining a first recess, the first recess having a first axis; a second clamp portion releasably joined to the first clamp portion and defining a second recess, the second recess having a second axis that is not parallel to and intersects with the first axis; and an insert disposed between and joined to the first clamp portion and the second clamp portion, the insert defining a first pocket opposing the first recess, and a second pocket for opposing the second recess. The insert can be resilient to avoid crushing of rail members and resist impact loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Finn, Gale Burdick, Doug Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 8480330
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fixture for attaching a profile rail having an undercut longitudinal groove to another component, the invention includes the arrangement of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Schletter GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Urban, Ludwig Schletter
  • Patent number: 8322787
    Abstract: A clamping joint for a chair includes a joint coupling a front leg and a rear leg to the seat at an overlap with an inner clamp coupled to the seat and an outer clamp coupled to the inner clamp with the front leg and the rear leg clamped between the inner and outer clamps at the overlap. A finger on one of the inner or outer clamps extends towards the other and disposed between the front and rear legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Mity-Lite, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Smith
  • Patent number: 8167258
    Abstract: A clamp for perpendicularly connecting two elongated members includes first and second interchangeable half clamps. The half clamps are placed in opposing relationship and tightened around the perpendicular junction of the two elongated members. In one embodiment, the clamp is designed to connect a beam (such as an I-beam) to a ridge (such as that found on a standing seam roof). In another embodiment the clamp is designed to connect two beams together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart H. Wentworth, Claudia H. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 8015675
    Abstract: A clamp adapted to clamp a bar, particularly supporting components such as guides of conveyors of articles. The clamp includes: a clamp body, adapted to accommodate the support bar for supporting the components, with the possibility of adjusting the relative position of the bar with respect to the clamp by longitudinally sliding the bar; positioning means arranged to have a first working position in which the positioning means are elastically urged in abutment against the bar to engage at least positioning notch, provided on the bar, upon reaching a predetermined position, so as to essentially prevent a further longitudinal sliding of the bar once said predetermined position is reached. The clamp further includes tightening means, distinct from said positioning means and adapted in use to hold the bar in position against displacements with respect to the clamp body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Rexnord Marbett S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • 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: 7992752
    Abstract: A blanking tool includes a lower blanking frame and a receiver tool. The lower blanking frame includes running rails and cross rails. A first cross rail extends substantially perpendicular to the first running rail and coupled to first and second running rails. A second cross rail is disposed substantially parallel to the first cross rail and coupled to the first and second running rails. The receiver tool includes receiver rails mounting assemblies. A first receiver rail is alongside and coupled to the first running rail. A second receiver rail is alongside and coupled to the second running rail. The second receiver rail is coupled to the second mounting assembly that is further operably coupled to the first frame member, and is further disposed on the second frame member. The mounting assemblies slide along the slot relative to one another when the mounting assemblies have an unlocked operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Blanking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Oetlinger
  • 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: 7931420
    Abstract: A section element for constructing frames, supporting structures and the like made up of a section body (10) having one or more flat surfaces (11) and one or more rounded sectors (12) as parts of a circumference with a preset diameter. In correspondence with each flat surface (11) a longitudinal groove (13) is provided with parallel borders defining undercuts (15). The section body can be connected to other elements by means of clamps (16) each one delimiting at least one cylindrical in diameter housing matching that of the cylindrical surface defined by the rounded sectors of the section body and having at least one additional centering member designed to fit in the groove along at least one of the flat surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Gimatic S.p.A
    Inventor: Giuseppe Maffeis
  • Patent number: 7896573
    Abstract: A connection assembly includes a base structure having a U-shaped piece with turned end walls at each end of a connecting portion with a cut out in each end wall, and a U-shaped cover piece having end walls each with a cut out, the cut outs, of each piece aligned to form an opening receiving an elongated member clamped therein by attachment of said cover pair to the u-shaped piece of the base structure. The base structure can include a second U-shaped piece having a pair of end walls each one end a connecting portion fixed to the first U-shaped piece turned 90° thereto so that the end walls of each lie between each other. A second cover piece with end walls having cut outs aligned with cut outs in the second U-shaped piece end walls may receive a second elongated member in a crossing relationship with the first elongate member. Alternatively, the second cover piece has a second elongated member fixedly projecting from the second cover piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: James Zaguroli
  • Patent number: 7849868
    Abstract: The erectable shelter includes an awning assembly for a shelter that is removably mounted to two or more adjacent legs of the shelter. The awning assembly is mounted so that it can be moved between a downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, and to an intermediate horizontal position between the downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, allowing the awning to provide shade and to serve as a holder for signage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 7766576
    Abstract: A tube over tube joint for an implement frame includes a self-fixturing weldable connector positioned between upper and lower tubes. Standard fillet welds connect the tubes to the connector. A unitary casting can be used made from material selected to optimize load transfer between the top and bottom tubes to improve the fatigue life of the joint. The casting is self-fixturing so the top tubes can be located by simply placing in the casting on the lower tubes. A tube end connector provides fixturing and weld surfaces for butt joints in planar frames. Outwardly extended weld edges on the connector increase resistance to parallelogramming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Connell, Shawn Jeremy Becker, Garrett Lee Goins, Jarrod Ray Ruckle, Mark Eugene Barker
  • 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: 7540297
    Abstract: The erectable shelter includes an awning assembly for a shelter that is removably mounted to two or more adjacent legs of the shelter. The awning assembly is mounted so that it can be moved between a downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, and to an intermediate horizontal position between the downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, allowing the awning to provide shade and to serve as a holder for signage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080226389
    Abstract: A connection assembly includes a base structure having a U-shaped piece with turned end walls at each end of a connecting portion with a cut out in each end wall, and a U-shaped cover piece having end walls each with a cut out, the cut outs, of each piece aligned to form an opening receiving an elongated member clamped therein by attachment of said cover pair to the u-shaped piece of the base structure. The base structure can include a second U-shaped piece having a pair of end walls each one end a connecting portion fixed to the first U-shaped piece turned 90° thereto so that the end walls of each lie between each other. A second cover piece with end walls having cut outs aligned with cut outs in the second U-shaped piece end walls may receive a second elongated member in a crossing relationship with the first elongate member. Alternatively, the second cover piece has a second elongated member fixedly projecting from the second cover piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Zaguroli James
  • Publication number: 20080118304
    Abstract: The invented fastener device includes a unitary clip having a base and two spaced clamps, each clamp having opposing fingers, one stiff and spring deflectable under force. Flanged surfaces at the distal ends of the stiff and spring members form a wedge for deflecting the spring member to force an elongate, cylindrical object, e.g. a length of rebar, broadside into one of two stacked conduits. The region between the two clamps is generally U-shaped to accommodate a length of rebar into a transverse conduit with the clip. The base includes male and female appendages for coupling adjacent ones of the clips together in a strain, and it also includes two or more guide pins oriented transverse to the coupling appendages for guiding such a train down a race within a track of a dispensing applicator. A preferably integrally molded “chair” or platform for elevating the clip a desired height above a surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: John M. Carraher, Terry D. Newton
  • Patent number: 7320556
    Abstract: A gripping device comprises a support body (2) within a sleeve (8), with the sleeve being mounted around the body for relative translational movement along a common axis thereof. A plurality of gripping elements (10, 12) are pivotally mounted in the body (2), the elements having lever arms (20, 22) projecting laterally from the boundary of the body. Translational movement of the sleeve (8) relative to the body (2) causes working engagement of the sleeve with the gripping element lever arms (20, 22), and movement of the lever arms to pivot the elements (10, 12) and close the elements around an item captured therebetween. Normally, the pivotal axes for the gripping elements (10, 12) are disposed within the support body (2), with the elements themselves projecting axially from an end thereof. The pivotal axes are normally substantialy parallel, and indeed the gripping elements may all be mounted for pivotal movement about the same common axis (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Dall Vagn-Erik
  • Patent number: 7318593
    Abstract: A stabilizer bar assembly for a vehicle suspension system is disclosed. The stabilizer bar assembly has a stabilizer bar that is provided with an annular ring. The annular ring is either formed as an upset or assembled to the stabilizer bar. A bushing having a groove on its inner diameter is assembled to the stabilizer bar at the annular ring that centers the stabilizer bar against transverse displacement. A second bushing is secured to the stabilizer bar at a location spaced from the annular ring. The first and second bushings secure the stabilizer bar to right and left frame rails. The annular ring may have a square, tapered or spherical cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Sterly, John Soronen, Brock Jones
  • Patent number: 7299812
    Abstract: The erectable shelter includes an awning assembly for a shelter that is removably mounted to two or more adjacent legs of the shelter. The awning assembly is mounted so that it can be moved between a downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, and to an intermediate horizontal position between the downwardly directed vertical position and an upwardly directed vertical position, allowing the awning to provide shade and to serve as a holder for signage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 7246967
    Abstract: A cross clamping device comprises a base plate with first and second legs and a clamping piece that connects the two legs with each other. The cross clamping device also comprises a first clamp screwed onto the first leg by a first screw, and a second clamp screwed onto the second leg by a second screw. The base plate and the two clamps are formed such that a first bar and a second bar, which is rotated by 90° in relation to the first bar, are able to be clamped. By tightening of the first and second screws, the two bars are clamped. The two screws perform a double function, so that separate screws for clamping of the first bar and for clamping of the second bar are not necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Hansrudolf Iseli
  • Patent number: 7241071
    Abstract: A fastener for joining two pieces of rebar together in a rebar grid used to reinforce subsequently poured concrete is described. The fasteners include two clamp pieces that in certain embodiments completely wrap around a piece of rebar and are tightly secured thereto. Further, each clamp piece can swivel or rotate up to 360 degrees relative to the other clamp piece such that two rebar pieces intersecting at any angle can be coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Jiffy Clip, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Carraher, Terry Daniel Newton
  • Patent number: 7093667
    Abstract: An ergonomic hand tool for enhancing the leverage available to a user includes a frame having a distal portion and a proximal portion, and a working element operably coupled to a distal end of the distal portion. The frame further includes a handle that is pivotally coupled to the frame at a portion thereof intermediate the proximal portion and the distal portion. A brace structure is preferably operably coupled to the proximal portion of the frame, with the brace structure being configured to operably brace against an upper side of a user's forearm while the user operably grasps the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Legacy Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel P. Hurt
  • Patent number: 7090427
    Abstract: A clamp for connecting together a set of structural bars having a body defining at least one pair of prismatic guides for positioning one of the bars within the clamp and a locking mechanism for securing the bars inside the guides. The body is defined by four sheet metal plates arranged parallel and facing each other in pairs of two, each pair of two arranged perpendicular to the other such that each pair is connected to the other collectively along four parallel edges of the body. The prismatic guides are each defined by a pair of aligned seats formed along respective sides of each pair of facing plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Petratto S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giorgio Petratto
  • Patent number: 7063481
    Abstract: A polymeric connector block for interconnecting a plurality of elongate tubular members into a structure has five-sided front and back sides with an orthogonal pattern of three parallel through-apertures therethrough. A fourth through-aperture passes from the left side to the right side, intersecting two of the parallel through-apertures at 90°. A non-through aperture passes from the top side and intersects the other of the parallel through-apertures at 90°. A sixth aperture extends into the block at an intermediate angle such as 45°. There are no apertures in the bottom side. Tubular members are insertable into the apertures and lockable therein by lockscrews. Tubular members may comprise tubing, pipe, electrical conduit and the like, and may include non-tubular materials such as solid rods. A wide range of structures may be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Scott E. Trull
  • Patent number: 7017985
    Abstract: A folding chair with arms includes two back-rest tubes, two seating frame tubes, a pair of front crossed tubes, a pair of rear crossed tubes, a chair fabric, and a pair of soft or rigid arms. Each of the back-rest tubes is connected cross-wise to one of the seating frame tubes. The upper portion of each of the rear crossed tubes is connected to one of the back-rest tubes via a U-shaped hinging element. The front crossed tubes are cross-wise connected, and at the crossed connection point is provided a support reinforced block. The upper portion of each of the front crossed tubes is connected to one of the seating frame tubes via an eccentric U-shaped hinging element and a fixing element. The lower portion of each of the front crossed tubes is connected to the lower portion of one of the back-rest tubes via an eccentric U-shaped hinging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 6997634
    Abstract: A folding joint arrangement, which is adapted for incorporating with a foldable furniture constructed by a plurality of first and second frame tubes, includes an angle joint body, a pivot arm integrally extended from the angle joint body to define a first axis, wherein the pivot arm is adapted for pivotally connecting with one of the first frame tube such that the first frame tube is capable of rotating about the first axis of the pivot arm, and a connector arm integrally extended from the angle joint body to define a second axis perpendicularly to the first axis wherein the connector arm is adapted for pivotally connecting with one of the second frame tube such that the second frame tube is capable of rotating about the second axis of the connector arm, so as to pivotally connect the first and second frame tubes in a two-plane directional movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Edward Zheng
  • Patent number: 6932227
    Abstract: A laundry stand having a plurality of sleeve connectors, a plurality of elongated members, and plurality of crossrods with end connectors thereon. The sleeve connectors include an enlarged head portion, a hollow body portion defining a central bore, and a end portion having a greater diameter than the hollow body portion. The sleeve connector further defines a slot in the tail portion for allowing the end portion to resiliently deflect inwardly to fit within a bore of a diameter substantially equal to the diameter of the hollow body portion. The sleeve connectors each also include an inwardly formed resilient tab used to maintain end connectors within the sleeve connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Whitney Design, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Glenn
  • Patent number: 6898914
    Abstract: A muntin bar assembly for a window or door including a peripheral frame; a continuous surface contained within the frame; at least one continuous muntin bar and at least two discontinuous muntin bars on at least one side of the surface. The continuous muntin bar and discontinuous muntin bars both contain a continuous recessed portion on their underside and are connected together using an intersection clip having a spring-type arrangement which forms an intersection of the bars. The intersection clip has a raised central section that fits within the recessed portion of the continuous muntin bar; and further has two extensions positioned at opposite sides from the central portion which permit engagement of the discontinuous muntin bars to form the muntin assembly. An end clip is also included for attachment and alignment of the inner and outer assembly muntin bar ends and has a U-shape that fits over the edges of the surface for aligning and attaching the inner and outer assembly muntin bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: Peter Folsom, Helmut Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6872027
    Abstract: A guide rail clamp comprises a first clamp half and a second clamp half, which when fastened together form a slot therethrough adapted to fit a cylindrical support rod or a flat rectangular support bar. The two halves of the clamp may be held together by a pair of bolts extending through a pair of threaded sleeved nuts, which securely grip the bolts when the two clamp halves are spaced slightly apart. In a preferred embodiment, two pegs extending from one clamp half into holes located in the second half help align and secure the grip of the clamp and minimize motion of the rail. To securely fasten the support rod or support bar inserted within the slot, a bolt may be used to bias the support bar or rod against the edges of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Valu Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart J. Ledingham
  • Publication number: 20040258472
    Abstract: A clamp for connecting bars, and having a body defining at least one pair of prismatic guides for respective bars; and means for locking the bars inside the guides; the body is defined by four sheet metal plates arranged parallel and facing in twos, and connected substantially along the edges of the body; and the guides are each defined by a pair of aligned seats formed along respective sides of two respective facing plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Giorgio Petratto
  • Patent number: 6799797
    Abstract: A support structure for foldable furniture to provide support to cross-rods or cross-members when in a crossed, open position and yet permit them to fold into a parallel, closed position. The support structure includes a body having an aperture defined by opposed surfaces and further surfaces. The cross rods or cross-members may rest on or against the further surfaces in their crossed, open position and against the opposed surfaces in their parallel, closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Atico International USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marian H. Cochran, Richard M. Lehrer
  • Publication number: 20040179894
    Abstract: A cross clamping device comprising a base plate has first and second legs and a clamping piece which connects the two legs with each other. The cross clamping device also comprises a first clamp (2) screwed onto the first leg by a first screw (4), and a second clamp (3) screwed onto the second leg by a second screw (5). The base plate and the two clamps (2, 3) are formed such that between the first and second clamps (2, 3), a first bar (8), and between the two clamps (2, 3) and the clamping piece of the base plate, a second bar (9), which is rotated by 90° in relation to the first bar (8), are able to be clamped. By tightening of the first and second screws (4, 5) the two bars (8, 9) are clamped. The two screws (4, 5) perform a double function, so that separate screws for clamping of the first bar (8) and for clamping of the second bar (9) are not necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Hansrudolf Iseli