Rotarily Connected, Differentially Translatable Members, E.g., Turn-buckle, Etc. Patents (Class 403/43)
  • Patent number: 10731727
    Abstract: A prestressing cable, in particular for static structures, that includes a longitudinal element and connection elements at the end faces of the longitudinal element. The longitudinal element has stranded wires, the end faces of which are anchored into the connection elements. The prestressing cable includes approximately parallel strands, each of which has stranded wires. The wires are spread apart at their end faces in the funnel-shaped opening of the respective connection element and anchored by a casting process, wherein the frustum-shaped funnel widens away from the strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FATZER AG DRAHTSEILFABRIK
    Inventor: Bernhard Eicher
  • Patent number: 10085728
    Abstract: A treatment-tool driving device being attached to a treatment tool provided with at least one pair of tensile-force transmitting members and driving the treatment tool by tensile forces imparted to the tensile-force transmitting members, wherein the device includes: movable members being individually attached to one ends of the individual tensile-force transmitting members; a driving source generating a motive power with which the treatment tool is driven; a motive-power transmitting mechanism switching between coupling and decoupling between the driving source and the movable members, and transmitting, in a coupled state, the motive power from the driving source so as to selectively impart tensile forces to the two movable members attached to the paired tensile-force transmitting members; and a biasing portion biasing the two movable members in directions in which tensile forces are imparted to the tensile-force transmitting members in a state in which coupling by the motive-power transmitting mechanism is r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuya Jogasaki, Toshihiro Yoshii
  • Patent number: 9764115
    Abstract: An apparatus for deflecting a distal portion of a catheter, a sheath, a medical device, or other flexible elongate member may generally include a handle portion, a pair of adjusting knobs, and deflection wires. The adjusting knobs may be rotatably coupled to the handle portion and operably coupled to the deflection wires. The deflection wires may be in further communication with the distal portion of the flexible elongate member. Rotation of the adjustment knobs may translate or otherwise displace particular deflection wires with respect to the rest of the flexible elongate member, thereby causing the distal portion of the flexible elongate member to deflect. Further, the deflection wires may be oriented such that the distal portion of the flexible elongate member may be deflected in a multitude of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy T. Tegg
  • Publication number: 20140294484
    Abstract: A link apparatus includes a tubular member that retains 90% of ultimate tensile strength at a temperature of up to 625°. Two conical adapters are mechanically joined to respective ends of the tubular member. Two rod ends include a threaded shank and a socket. One threaded shank is threaded into a right hand threaded base of one conical adapter, and the other threaded shank is threaded into a left hand threaded base of the other conical adapter. Each of the sockets have a bearing assembly disposed therein including an outer race, a ball disposed therein, and a low-friction liner disposed between the outer race and ball for mitigating moment loading on the tubular member. The cross-sectional area of the tubular member is about equal to the cross sectional area of the rod ends. The tubular member is tensionable by rotation relative to the rod ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLER BEARING COMPANY OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel A. Nunn, Christopher J. Sommers, Geoffrey Smith, Scott McNeil
  • Patent number: 8714865
    Abstract: A swivel attachment and/or branch line restraint device with angular versatility and mobility for facilitating connection of installation components to support a pipe or other load relative to a support surface is provided. Advantageously, embodiments of the device provide a plurality of rotational or swivel degrees of freedom, which are substantially independently controllable, for its mating portions, which respectively engage corresponding mating portions of other installation components. The device embodiments can desirably be configured in male-female, male-male or female-female arrangements to enhance device utility and/or versatility, thereby advantageously allowing for use in a myriad of applications and installations, such as construction, utilities and the like, among others, to reliably support loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Wayne Heath
  • Patent number: 8602371
    Abstract: A compound differentially threaded element engages two or more longitudinally severed segments of a mating threaded element to provide differential linear motion. Different thread types may include pitch, thread starts, handedness or thread-form. Combinations of differential threads may be selected to enable fine or coarse linear motion without correspondingly fine or coarse thread pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Twin Turbine Technologies LLC
    Inventor: James E. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8506199
    Abstract: A structural unit, e.g., a tie rod, that has a tube which is provided with an internal thread, on at least one surface thereof, which is threaded in a first rotational direction, and into the end of which a threaded sleeve is screwed. The threaded sleeve has an internal thread which is threaded in a second direction, opposite to the first rotational direction, and has a shank screwed into the sleeve. The entire threaded sleeve is accommodated within the tube, and the threaded sleeve has a coupling contour on the opening side of the tube. A method of applying the structural unit such that, by rotating the threaded sleeve within the tube, the shank and the tube are moved in opposite directions. In the method, the coupling contour of the threaded sleeve serves to introduce the torque required for rotational motion of the threaded sleeve by way of a tool or an adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Rump, Andreas Rosengarten, Dirk Sokolihs
  • Patent number: 8292243
    Abstract: A compound differentially threaded element engages two or more longitudinally severed segments of a mating threaded element to provide differential linear motion. Different thread types may include pitch, thread starts, handedness or thread-form. Combinations of differential threads may be selected to enable fine or coarse linear motion without correspondingly fine or coarse thread pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Twin Turbine Technologies LLC
    Inventor: James Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20120073170
    Abstract: A fence wrapping assembly for retaining a panel of sheet material adjacent one or both of a front and back of a fence. The panel has one or more pockets formed therein; a carrier is received in each pocket and a mounting member engages each carrier and secures the same to one of a first and second fence post. A tensioning device extends between the first and second fence posts and engages the panel. The device is adjustable to apply tension to the panel. Advertising graphics are applied to the panel's exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: !MAGINETHIS RENOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Eric S. Boltz, Scott A. Miller, Erik M. Baker
  • Patent number: 8070614
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement between a shaft journal, which is mounted so as to be axially fixed with respect to a unit, and a joint part which can be pivotably attached to the shaft journal in a rotationally fixed manner. A shaft nut having an internal thread which can be screwed onto an external thread of the shaft journal, is provided with an additional external thread onto which a further nut can be screwed. The further nut includes first and second thread sections with different pitch directions which produce an axially acting interlocking connection between the further nut, the shaft nut and the joint part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Neumayer Tekfor Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Szentmihalyi, Mathias Lutz, Ewald Baechle
  • Patent number: 7980780
    Abstract: An adjuster for use with a sailboat which permits rapid movement of a movable end with respect to an opposite fixed end. A threaded shaft extends through the adjuster and a rotating barrel in fixed to a nut engaging the shaft. A lock is positioned about a lower body of the adjuster and releasably engages the barrel. Engagement of the lock and the barrel permits barrel to be turned to change the length between the fixed and movable ends. Releasing engagement of the lock and the barrel permits the barrel to rotate freely about the shaft and permit rapid movement of the movable end with respect to the fixed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Harken, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg W. Hartlemeier
  • Patent number: 7887248
    Abstract: A swivel attachment and/or branch line restraint device with angular versatility and mobility for facilitating connection of installation components to support a pipe or other load relative to a support surface is provided. Advantageously, embodiments of the device provide a plurality of rotational or swivel degrees of freedom, which are substantially independently controllable, for its mating portions, which respectively engage corresponding mating portions of other installation components. The device embodiments can desirably be configured in male-female, male-male or female-female arrangements to enhance device utility and/or versatility, thereby advantageously allowing for use in a myriad of applications and installations, such as construction, utilities and the like, among others, to reliably support loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nibco Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 7867207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coupling assembly such as a coupling assembly for coupling an ostomy bag to a base plate, said base plate being adhered around a stoma. The present invention especially relates to a coupling assembly comprising a first, second and third coupling part, which are coupled together to form a coupling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Henning Therkelsen, Holm Tina Soerensen, Ole Madsboel, Laesoe Ingrid Fink
  • Patent number: 7752924
    Abstract: A load indicator for a spring loaded tensioning device. The indicator comprises an o-ring displaceable along a spring loaded tensionable shaft in a turnbuckle device. When the turnbuckle is unloaded, the indicator device is placed in a known position relative to an indicating mark. When the turnbuckle is loaded, the load causes the load indicator to be displaced a known distance for a known load on the spring loaded turnbuckle. For camper tie-downs, a displacement of about one-quarter inch is desirable for a load of about 300 pounds tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Jon D. Kay
  • Patent number: 7611302
    Abstract: An apparatus for mutually stably connecting profiled elements, comprising inserts which are adapted for stably accommodating, each within a respective profiled element, units for anchoring to the contoured ends of the inserts which are directed toward the outside of each profiled element, and a tension member whose ends are associated with the units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Corradi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Grazioso
  • Patent number: 7607854
    Abstract: A variable angle standoff in accordance with an implementation of the present invention includes one or more bearing interfaces, which, in concert with other beveled components (e.g., beveled rings), fastens about a wide range of panel and/or object dimensions. In one implementation, a threaded fastener is inserted through a first bearing interface, which interfaces with a first beveled ring. The threaded fastener further threads through one or more panel and/or object eyelets, through a second beveled ring, through a second bearing interface, and ultimately into a standoff shaft. Despite relatively tight fastening of the threaded fastener to the standoff shaft, the first and second beveled rings can accommodate object curvature by rotating in any of an X, Y, and/or Z dimension, as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Talley Goodson, William Gatti
  • Patent number: 7556448
    Abstract: A turnbuckle is made by a method including preparing an iron tube having a longitudinal through-hole. A diameter of each of two ends of the iron tube is reduced to form a coupling section having an engaging hole, with an interconnecting section interconnected between the coupling sections. The interconnecting section is punched in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal through-hole to form a transverse through-hole perpendicular to the longitudinal through-hole and between the coupling sections, leaving two opposite peripheral wall portions spaced by the transverse through-hole and forming a bend extending inward from each of two end edges of each peripheral wall portion into the longitudinal through-hole. An abutting portion is formed between each bend and one of the end edges of one of the peripheral wall portions. Inner threading is formed in the engaging hole of each coupling section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 7488135
    Abstract: A fastening device permitting two separate members to be fixed together with a relative interval between them including a bolt with a male screw portion formed at a front end side of a cylindrical shaft portion thereof and a spacer having a female screw portion engaging a male screw portion and screw-fastens with a screw of a first member side and rotates while receiving a rotation torque from the bolt and moves up to a position in which it comes into a contact with a second member. The root diameter of a male screw portion is smaller than the diameter of a cylindrical shaft portion while the inside diameter of the female screw portion is larger than the diameter of the cylindrical shaft portion. Consequently, the cylindrical shaft portion can be passed through the female screw portion even if the diameter of the cylindrical shaft portion is not reduced in diameter by cutting processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sadayoshi Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20080193202
    Abstract: A turnbuckle is made by a method including preparing an iron tube having a longitudinal through-hole. A diameter of each of two ends of the iron tube is reduced to form a coupling section having an engaging hole, with an interconnecting section interconnected between the coupling sections. The interconnecting section is punched in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal through-hole to form a transverse through-hole perpendicular to the longitudinal through-hole and between the coupling sections, leaving two opposite peripheral wall portions spaced by the transverse through-hole and forming a bend extending inward from each of two end edges of each peripheral wall portion into the longitudinal through-hole. An abutting portion is formed between each bend and one of the end edges of one of the peripheral wall portions. Inner threading is formed in the engaging hole of each coupling section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Publication number: 20080072649
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a one piece turnbuckle comprises steps of preparing a board of metal; deep drawing the board to form two protrusions and shaping the board into a form which has two opposite ends, the opposite end are defined by the protrusions; deep drawing the board to reduce its thickness and to form a recess; punching the recess off so as to form a through opening; boring a hole through each of the protrusions; and tapping each hole to form a threaded section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Han-Ching HUANG
  • Patent number: 7237977
    Abstract: A load indicator for a spring loaded tensioning device. The indicator comprises an o-ring displaceable along a spring loaded tensionable shaft in a turnbuckle device. When the turnbuckle is unloaded, the indicator device is placed in a known position relative to an indicating mark. When the turnbuckle is loaded, the load causes the load indicator to be displaced a known distance for a known load on the spring loaded turnbuckle. For camper tie-downs, a displacement of about one-quarter inch is desirable for a load of about 300 pounds tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Jon D. Kay
  • Patent number: 7223042
    Abstract: The invention relates to a supporting profile for structures used at fairs and exhibitions which is provided, on the exterior thereof, with longitudinally extending grooves for connecting additional supporting profiles, and which, in a core area, comprises a receiving compartment for a turnbuckle. This receiving compartment is part of an adapter piece which is inserted into guides of the supporting profile and which is axially retained by securing means that are inserted into bore holes of the profile. In addition, an end plate is provided which is adapted to the cross-section of the supporting profile, which is placed at least on an open face of the supporting profile, and which is connected to the adapter piece. This end plate can be configured as a shaped body in order to be adapted to the outer curvature of a round profile. In addition, the end plate can also comprise a joint part so that additional supporting profiles can be connected in an articulated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Octanorm-Vertriebs-GmbH fuer Bauelemente
    Inventor: Hans Bruder
  • Patent number: 7182544
    Abstract: A turnbuckle assembly (20) includes a first one-piece sleeve (30) having first and second axial ends (32, 34). The first axial end (32) of the first sleeve (30) has an internally threaded portion (35) which threadably engages a first threaded part (120). The first axial end (32) of the first sleeve (30) includes an integrally formed clamp (38) which clamps the first axial end (32) to the first threaded part (120). A second one-piece sleeve (60) has first and second axial ends (62, 64). The first axial end (62) of the second sleeve (60) has an internally threaded portion (65) which threadably engages a second threaded part (122). The first axial end (62) of the second sleeve (60) includes an integrally formed clamp (68) which clamps the first axial end (62) to the second threaded part (122). A connector member (90) interconnects the first and second sleeves(30, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Irrer
  • Patent number: 7118141
    Abstract: A securing mechanism for coupling an exit device to a door. The securing mechanism comprises a bracket coupled to the exit device and a shaft having a first end and a second end and defining a longitudinal axis. The bracket defines a first aperture and a second aperture. The first end of the shaft extends through the first aperture and the second end of the shaft extends through the second aperture. The securing mechanism also comprises a first anchor slideably coupled to the shaft and moveable along the longitudinal axis between a first locked position and a first unlocked position and a second anchor slideably coupled to the shaft and moveable along the longitudinal axis between a second locked position and a second unlocked position. The first anchor frictionally engages the door in the first locked position and the second anchor frictionally engages the door in the second locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Dor-O-Matic, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Bettin Cohrs, Jr., Eric K. Arthur, Marlin Austin, Loren D. Mueller
  • Patent number: 7086801
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement for enabling fixing of a body structure member and a structure member. The coupling arrangement includes, at least two threaded tubes provided one in either end portion of a passage through a housing. The housing is fixed attachable in relation to the structure members and includes a threaded passage, wherein a threaded bolt is arranged through the passage. The threaded bolt is adapted to connect the body structure member and the structure member in a coupling position, from which coupling position the threaded bolt, via inserts, enables adjusting operation of the threaded tubes in opposite directions along the threaded bolt. Thus, the threaded tubes are adjustable to a respective fixed position by screwing the threaded bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Swahn, Tom Stoddart
  • Patent number: 7073296
    Abstract: A system and method of installing a preconstruction support system for a building, according to which the corresponding ends of two piling sections are connected together and an a auger is provided on one or more of the piling sections. The piling sections are driven into the ground in a manner so that a portion of the uppermost piling section extends above ground; and a concrete slab encases the portion of the piling sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Christopher Wayne Bacon, Robert Kent Pharr
  • Patent number: 7032353
    Abstract: A swivel joint apparatus for supplying utilities to a rotating building rotatable about a central axis has an inner, fixed spindle for securing to a fixed base of the building to extend co-axially with a central axis of rotation of the building, and an outer casing rotatably mounted on the spindle for securing to the rotatable part of the building. The spindle has a series of spaced annular flanges defining a series of annular chambers and at least one ring seal mounted on the peripheral edge of each flange for rotatable sealing engagement with the outer casing so that the casing forms an outer wall of each of the annular chambers. A lower end wall of the spindle has a plurality of ports for connection to fixed utility lines in the base for fluid supply to and from the building, each port connected through the spindle to a respective annular chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Albert E. Johnstone, III, Frank W. Ratliff
  • Patent number: 7024827
    Abstract: A system and method of installing a preconstruction support system for a building, according to which the corresponding ends of two piling sections are connected together and an a auger is provided on one or more of the piling sections. The piling sections are driven into the ground in a manner so that a portion of the uppermost piling section extends above ground; and a concrete slab encases the portion of the piling sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Christopher Wayne Bacon, Robert Kent Pharr
  • Patent number: 6967632
    Abstract: A multi-monitor is provided with a first display device having a display screen and a second display device having a display screen smaller than the display screen of the first display device, and a supporting mechanism which is mountable on an outside portion of the first display device, and supports the second display device rotatably about a first axis and a second axis intersecting the first axis. The first second display device is driven in accordance with the same operation system as the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Minami, Yasushi Matsumura, Akio Nishino
  • Patent number: 6966567
    Abstract: A length adjustment system for a torque rod assembly includes a tubular rod attached to one joint assembly and a solid rod attached to another joint assembly. The solid rod extends into the tubular rod. An adjustment nut attached to the tubular rod threadingly receives the solid rod and rotation of the adjustment nut adjusts the length of the torque rod assembly. The length adjustment system can be incorporated into a straight torque rod assembly or into a V-configuration torque rod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: The Pullman Company
    Inventor: Ronald J. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 6939074
    Abstract: A stem connector assembly includes a connector body formed from a single piece of metal, and having a frame portion and a valve stem passageway extending through the frame portion. In one aspect, the connector body also includes an actuator stem passageway extending through the frame portion, and has a locking unit. The locking unit couples an actuator stem and a valve stem to the connector body. In operation, the stem connector assembly provides for unified movement of the actuator stem and valve stem, permits some misalignment between the two, thus reducing wear of the associated rod and stem components. The stem connector assembly further includes at least one mounting assembly, such as among others at least one NAMUR standard mounting assembly, to facilitate ready mounting of component elements associated with a stem connector assembly, such as a positioner, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Douglas P. Gethmann
  • Patent number: 6902341
    Abstract: A turnbuckle linkage assembly is provided for transmitting a force between first and second locations in a machine. The assembly includes a first link for connecting to the first location such as a rod, tube or cable, a second link for connecting to the second location, and a turnbuckle. A first, threaded connection connects the turnbuckle to the first link, and a second connection connects the turnbuckle to the second link. The second connection and the second link are arranged along an axis, and an interference fit at the second connection is formed by the turnbuckle and the second link permitting the turnbuckle to rotate relative to the second link but axially affixing the turnbuckle to the second link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Mark C. Rauschert
  • Patent number: 6863461
    Abstract: A bulldozer blade pitch adjuster is disclosed having an adjustable length member with a body and two threaded members threaded into opposing ends of the body, and a cover that can be attached to the body to cover the body and the two threaded members, that can be removed from the body and engaged with the body in a second adjusting position where the cover acts as a wrench to rotate the body, thereby changing the length of the adjustable length member. Once the member is adjusted, the cover can be secured to the body in its first covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Ronald H. Werner
  • Patent number: 6802675
    Abstract: Mechanically stabilized retaining wall structures are comprised of a stabilized earth mass connected to a precast concrete panel facing wall. A lengthwise adjustable turnbuckle style connector assembly accommodates horizontal and vertical offsets in the connection points. An array of the connection assemblies comprise a three-dimensional space truss that accomodates wall movement horizontally and vertically with respect to the wall face as well as perpendicular to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Reinforced Earth Company
    Inventors: Michael Timmons, Roger Bloomfield
  • Publication number: 20040165938
    Abstract: A positioning device includes a sleeve member engaged with one of holes defined in the wheel rim and a base has its shank extending through a passage of the sleeve member. A threaded hole is defined in the shank so that an end of a spoke is threadedly engaged with the threaded hole in the shank. A sealing ring made of non-metallic material is mounted to the sleeve member so as to seal the hole in the rim. The coating of the rim is not scrubbed by any of the parts of the positioning device and the installing processes are easy and can be finished within a short period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Lai-Chien Chen
  • Publication number: 20030178611
    Abstract: A turn buckle 10 that forms part of a stay of the mast of a sailing craft. The turn buckle 10 includes a cable attachment 12 that is fixed to a stay cable, and a threaded rod 14 to be attached to the boat hull. A turn member 16 is threadably attached to the rod and has fixed to it a bearing cap 18. The bearing cap 18 faces a bearing block 20 fixed to the cable attachment 12, while rotatable bearing elements 21 are located between the cap 18 and bearing block 20 to provide for relative rotation between the turn member 16 and attachment 12 to enable tensioning of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: BROLGA 98 PTY LTD
    Inventor: Malcolm John Anderson
  • Patent number: 6601654
    Abstract: A coupling device for mounting an agricultural implement on a tractor equipped with a belt drive, which includes two coupling halves which are connected to each other by several coupling rods, designed in such a way that no components working on the linear drive principle are needed. The lower right and left coupling rods include in each case a lower front and a lower rear rod section which are connected to each other, and which are freely movable relative to each other. One end of the lower rear rod section carries an expanded portion, which is located inside a housing of the end region of the lower front rod section. A plurality of elastically deformable equalizing bodies are inserted between the inner surfaces of the housing of the end region and the outer surfaces of the expanded portion, limiting the movement of the lower rear rod section in relation to the lower front rod section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Hubertus Küsters, Joachim Oldenburg
  • Patent number: 6497528
    Abstract: A turnbuckle with a central link having internal right and left hand threads receives the ends of longitudinally split sections of a pair of shaft members which are threaded with complimentary right and left hand threads. The sections of the shafts are slidably engaged within the central link and a band of low friction material is placed between the opposing flat surfaces of the engaged shaft sections. The shafts can be sectioned into half sections, however, a preferred embodiment provides each of the shafts with a pair of quarter sections at 180-degree spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: Mark Hattan
  • Publication number: 20020122688
    Abstract: A device for transmitting motion between the rotor of a synchronous permanent-magnet motor and the working part, having an increased free rotation angle, which comprises at least two motion transmission couplings which mutually cooperate in a kinematic series. Each coupling is constituted by at least one driving element which is eccentric with respect to the rotation axis and is rigidly coupled to a first component of the motion transmission system and by at least one driven element, which is also eccentric with respect to the rotation axis and is rigidly coupled to the component arranged kinematically after the preceding one. The angle covered by the elements of each coupling is, as a whole, less than a round angle. The intermediate components of the kinematic transmission have both a driven element and a driving element for receiving the motion from the preceding one and transmitting it to a subsequent one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventor: Elio Marioni
  • Patent number: 6357953
    Abstract: A tolerance compensator provides a predetermined tolerance or space between connected assembly members. The tolerance compensator has a pair of connector components a first of which is secured to one of the assembly members and the second connector component is threadably installed, with a left hand thread, into the first connector component. A threaded fastener, with a right hand thread, is inserted into the connector components to initially engage the second connector component, either threadably or frictionally, to cause relative rotation between the first and second components whereby the second component advances toward and engages the second assembly member. The threaded fastener also threadably engages the first connector component to provide a secure connection between assembly members with the designed tolerance or space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: David Burgess Ballantyne
  • Patent number: 6325566
    Abstract: A load-sensing, multi-axis connector is disclosed which comprises a series of complimentary leaf springs, which are connected by load cells through spherical bearings. These leaf springs resist the axial displacement of their attached load cells, but are isolated from non-axial displacements and moments due to the spherical bearings. These leaf springs are attached to a first end connector and a second end connector, which are in turn attached to the two objects that are to be connected. Using the load-sensing, multi-axis connector, two objects can be connected, even where the two objects are undergoing high displacements, and the stresses caused by the relative displacement of the two objects can be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Edward A. Devine
  • Patent number: 6263572
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a turnbuckle mechanism in which a central link is provided with internal right and left hand compatible threads and which receives, at its opposite ends, one of a pair of longitudinally split, externally threaded shafts which are threaded in opposite directions. The split shaft members are manufactured from oppositely threaded cylindrical shafts which are machined along their threaded sections to split each cylindrical shaft into two symmetrical, longitudinally split shaft members, which are then paired with oppositely threaded split shaft members and secured together with the central link, preferably with a separation band of plastic or corrosion resistant metal between their opposing flat surfaces. The shaft members are also provided with distal clamps such as hooks, loops or full threads for attachment of cables, rods or similar members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Mark Hattan
  • Patent number: 6161981
    Abstract: A turnbuckle comprises first and second fastening parts, the first fastening part having a first end fitting and a first rod-shaped portion, and the second fastening part having a second end fitting and a second rod-shaped portion, at least the first of which rod-shaped portions is formed with threads. The turnbuckle further comprises a tightening device comprising first and second tightening members, each having an outer end piece and an inner end piece. The outer end piece of at least the first tightening member has a threaded through-hole to receive in screw engagement the threaded rod portion of the first fastening part. The inner end piece of the second tightening member has a threaded through-hole also to receive in screw engagement the threaded rod portion of the first fastening part. The tightening device is arranged to assume at least two different elongation conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: All Set Marine Lashing AB
    Inventor: Par Dehlin
  • Patent number: 6134858
    Abstract: Relatively heavy electrical equipment, such as a computer mainframe or server unit, is provided with a mechanism which prevents and/or mitigates damage to the equipment caused by seismological or other activity. In particular, the mechanism comprises a turnbuckle having threaded yokes disposed at opposite ends of the turnbuckle together with eyebolts disposed within the yoke portions of the threaded yokes as a means for providing a retention device for anchoring relatively heavy computer and/or other equipment in position during seismological events. The electrical equipment is disposed within a frame which preferably includes a plurality of metal plates disposed at the bottom thereof. The frame is also provided with casters which permit the equipment to be rolled conveniently into place and then anchored firmly into position using a small number of pins which extend through the threaded yokes and eyebolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Gutelius, Jr., Steven C. McIntosh, Budy D. Notohardjono
  • Patent number: 6076326
    Abstract: A turnbuckle mechanism having threaded yokes disposed at opposite ends of the turnbuckle is employed together with eyebolts disposed within the yoke portions of the threaded yokes as a means for providing a retention device for anchoring relatively heavy computer and/or other equipment in position during seismological events. The electrical equipment is disposed within a frame which preferably includes a plurality of metal plates disposed at the bottom thereof. The frame is also provided with casters which permit the equipment to be rolled conveniently into place and then anchored firmly into position using a small number of pins which extend through the threaded yokes and eyebolts. There is provided an easily assemblable and economical apparatus which preferably includes a multiplicity of energy absorption points which help to prevent damage to the expensive computer frame and which further assists in maintaining computer operations at peak levels even during certain seismological activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Gutelius, Jr., Steven C. McIntosh, Budy D. Notohardjono
  • Patent number: 6059251
    Abstract: Relatively heavy electrical equipment, such as a computer mainframe or server unit, is provided with a mechanism which prevents and/or mitigates damage to the equipment caused by seismological or other activity. In particular, the mechanism comprises a turnbuckle having threaded yokes disposed at opposite ends of the turnbuckle together with eyebolts disposed within the yoke portions of the threaded yokes as a means for providing a retention device for anchoring relatively heavy computer and/or other equipment in position during seismological events. The electrical equipment is disposed within a frame which preferably includes a plurality of metal plates disposed at the bottom thereof. The frame is also provided with casters which permit the equipment to be rolled conveniently into place and then anchored firmly into position using a small number of pins which extend through the threaded yokes and eyebolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Gutelius, Jr., Steven C. McIntosh, Budy D. Notohardjono
  • Patent number: 6050737
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can be secured to a truck or trailer bed, for transporting on roads or highways, using adjustable-length connectors with rigid shafts, rather than chains, ropes, or cables. Two steel "tine pins" (or comparable rigid structures, such as rounded eye hooks) are securely mounted on opposed ends or sides of the ATV. Similar tine pins are also mounted on the bed of a trailer or truck used to carry the ATV. The ATV is loaded onto the trailer or truck, moved into position (this does not require precise placement) and secured by turnbuckle-type securing connectors which have adjustable lengths. Unlike chains or ropes, these adjustable connectors become rigid and non-yielding after their lengths have been adjusted. An eyehole which accommodates a tine pin is provided at each end of each connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Russell Hill, L.L.C.
    Inventor: James Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 5971669
    Abstract: A retained earth structure includes an upright soil retaining wall of interlocking facing panels and a plurality of horizontal elongated wire mesh reinforcement panels extending outwardly from the back surface of the modules into the backfill material. The wire mesh panels are connected in tiers to the retaining wall while embedded in the backfill material soil behind the wall by use of a three-way adjustable, turnbuckle-type connector assembly. The three-way adjustable turnbuckle-type connector assembly ensures verticality of the finished precast wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: L.B. Foster Company
    Inventor: John Richard Crigler
  • Patent number: 5908261
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite turnbuckle comprising a pair of co-axial and spaced annular end fittings. Each end fitting has a threaded interior surface and an outer surface. The end fittings are made of metal. The turnbuckle has a body that extends between the end fittings. The body includes a non-metallic material. The end fittings are secured to the body to limit relative axial movement between the end fittings and the body. The turnbuckle may be used in connection with riggings of sailing vessels, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: AMSTED Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: John D. Bush, William L. Foley
  • Patent number: 5906450
    Abstract: A short in-line turnbuckle having telescoping threaded parts and including grip screw locking structure to apply frictional forces to prevent relative rotation of the turnbuckle parts once the turnbuckle is adjusted to the desired length. In one embodiment a swivel connector element is provided for the turnbuckle. In another embodiment, a set screw acts against a threaded bolt of the turnbuckle structure while a separate lock screw provides a frictional force on separated sidewall portions of the turnbuckle to selectively prevent relative rotation of the threaded turnbuckle parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Gim Shek Ng