Plural Ball And Socket Patents (Class 403/56)
  • Patent number: 10695186
    Abstract: The glenohumeral component of the invention comprises a first side and a second side, which are opposite each other and which, in an implanted state in which the glenohumeral component is free-floating with respect to a humerus and a glenoid of a human shoulder, are in contact respectively with an end portion of the humerus and with a glenoid component intended to be secured to the glenoid. The first side of the glenohumeral component includes a convex articular surface that is designed to articulate with a concave bone surface prepared within the end portion of the humerus. The second side of the glenohumeral component includes a concave articular surface that is designed to articulate with a convex articular surface of the glenoid component. The corresponding shoulder prosthesis is thus reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Tornier
    Inventors: Philippe Collin, Pierric Deransart
  • Patent number: 10247211
    Abstract: A device comprising a plurality of hollow units (11), each unit comprising a circumferential wall (12) having a first end region (5) and a second end region (13), wherein the first end region is narrower than the second end region and the plurality of units are in an interconnected arrangement, such that the first end region of a first unit (14) of the plurality of units is received within the second end region of a second unit (15) of the plurality of units, and a flexible elongate member (3) extends longitudinally through the interconnected units, whereby the circumferential walls of the interconnected first and second units abut each other and the interconnected units are secured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Angus Norman Whitty
  • Patent number: 10186792
    Abstract: At least one exemplary aspect comprises an apparatus comprising: (a) a plug component at a first end of a cord; (b) an outlet component at a second, opposite end of the cord; and (c) a gooseneck component that encloses at least a portion of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: QUIRKY IP LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Niels Riesgaard, Jessica Fugler, Jordan Diatlo, Nicholas Oxley, Faris Elmasu
  • Patent number: 10038829
    Abstract: A directionally adjustable mounting device is disclosed for use with a small electronic device such as a wireless camera. Also disclosed is a method of using the mounting device. The mounting device has a mounting rod extending from a rotatable bearing. The hearing is biased into frictional contact with a socket by a spring to inhibit movement of the camera relative to the mount housing. The mount is configured to receive an opposing force on the bearing to overcome the spring force and allow the electronic device to be repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Netgear, Inc.
    Inventor: William Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10022237
    Abstract: An implant assembly for re-establishing a glenohumeral joint between a scapula and humerus. A first receiver is adapted to being mounted to a reconditioned glenoid cavity defined in the scapula, with a second receiver adapted to being mounted to a reconditioned humeral head associated with the humerus. A three dimensional and at least partially spherical shaped component is interposed between the first and second receivers for establishing each of a first articulating surface with the first receiver and a rotating interface with the second receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Patent number: 9750538
    Abstract: An external fixing device for the treatment of bone fractures includes a first member, a second member, a central body arranged between the first member and the second member, a first ball joint for the articulated connection of the first member with the central body, a second ball joint for the articulated connection of the second member with the central body, locking means operatively associated to the first ball joint and with the second ball joint, respectively, the locking means being suitable for allowing/preventing the articulation of the first member and second member with respect to the central body, wherein the first member includes a first clamp, the second member includes a second clamp and the central body includes a third clamp for connection of the external fixing device to respective fractured bone portions to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TECRES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Renzo Soffiatti, Giovanni Faccioli, Bruno Magnan
  • Patent number: 9700334
    Abstract: Articulating mechanisms, link systems, and components thereof, useful for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, the remote manipulation of instruments such as surgical or diagnostic instruments or tools, are provided. The link systems include links wherein torque can be transferred between at least two adjacent links while allowing for pivoting motion between the links. Mechanisms for preventing undesired lateral movement of links relative to one another are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron D. Hinman, David J. Danitz
  • Patent number: 9700418
    Abstract: A hip prosthesis includes a stem intended to be inserted in the neck of the femur, a prosthetic head shaped as a substantially hemispherical cup, intended to be inserted in the acetabular seat, a distal prosthetic component connected to the stem and shaped as a substantially hemispherical cup with concavity towards the concavity of the prosthetic head, and a ball disposed between the distal prosthetic component and the prosthetic head in such manner to generate a ball coupling, wherein the prosthetic head includes a flattened pole that defines an external central flat planar surface in order to adjust to various shapes of the acetabular seat, grooves externally obtained to be coupled with the acetabular seat and holes to receive screws that are screwed into the acetabular seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Alessandro Melozzi
  • Patent number: 9415520
    Abstract: A robotic end of arm tooling system including a robotic arm having an end, and at least one swivel link assembly attached to the robotic arm. The swivel link assembly includes a flexible ball base connected to the end of the robotic arm, and a knuckle joint defining at least one adjustable axis. The flexible ball base is able to swivel relative to the adjustable axis. An adapter has a proximal end and a distal end, with the proximal end connected to the flexible ball base, and an end-effector connected to the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Swivel-Link, LLC
    Inventors: Roger W. Sanders, Anthony R. Nighswander
  • Patent number: 9004799
    Abstract: The Self-Assembly System is composed of a series of units that take an external force that activates an individual state in each unit and sequentially folds/rotates/expands to form a rigid 3-dimensional structure. The system self-assembles from a flexible linear chain or 2-dimensional grid pattern into a rigid 3-dimensional structure, simply by adding an external energy source. The mechanism and placement of each unit provides the sequence of fold angles that is activated by external energy. When the system is assembled, unit-by-unit, or pre-manufactured as a single linked strand, the user is actually “programming” the folding sequence, much like our body's protein strands, that take external energy and fold in a 3-dimensional structure. This demonstrates that structures can be built from 1-dimensional or 2-dimensional flexible geometry and self-assemble into 3-dimensional rigid geometry without manual assembly or construction, simply through an external means of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Skylar Tibbits
  • Publication number: 20140294485
    Abstract: A joint assembly for a crash test dummy includes a first joint member for connection to a first member of the crash test dummy. The joint assembly also includes a first ball member received by the first joint member. The joint assembly includes a second ball member spaced from the first ball member. The joint assembly also includes a second joint member for connection to a second member of the crash test dummy. The second joint member receives the second ball member and is operatively connected to the first joint member. The joint assembly further includes an adjustable member operatively cooperating with the first ball member and the second ball member to move the first ball member and the second ball member toward and away from each other to adjust a friction tightness of the joint assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P. McInnis, Zhenwen J. Wang, Nicholas M. Kloppenborg, Joseph Q. Gibbs, Leonard M. Benfant, Scott Lane
  • Patent number: 8740160
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors are designed and constructed such that the interference fit of the ball and socket causes creep in the material resulting in more even frictions in the various ball and socket joints. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping. In an exemplary embodiment utilizing the aforementioned ball and socket joint connectors, a tripod apparatus uses legs comprising the ball and socket joint connectors for support and for gripping objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Daymen US, Inc.
    Inventor: Joeben Bevirt
  • Publication number: 20140086666
    Abstract: One example of a ball and socket joint for a device enclosure includes a ball member configured to facilitate connection to an electronic equipment. The ball member includes a first portion, and a second portion configured to mate with the first portion to form a passage to pass one or more cables for connection to the electronic equipment. The ball and socket joint also comprises a socket comprising a hollow portion configured to receive the ball member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Lilitab LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Rudolf Grziwok, Adam Scott Aronson
  • Patent number: 8608120
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • Patent number: 8602662
    Abstract: A camera and accessories clamping mount that includes an assembly of ball and socket members rotatably and moveably interconnectable having an anterior end and a posterior end, a top connector disposed atop the anterior end and a bottom connector disposed on the posterior end, wherein the bottom connector is releasably attachable to a clamp, said clamp attachable to an extant surface, and an extant camera, or other accessory device having a ¼-20? female thread mount, is releasably attachable to the top connector, whereby said camera or other accessory device is supportable and positionable through a range of positions by means of the assembly of ball and socket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Mans
  • Patent number: 8595907
    Abstract: The necklace clasp fastener for a string of beads consists of a male bead member, and a female bead member, that do not have any visible loop or eyelets for assembling and holding a string of beads together when the male and female bead members are snapped together. The resulting bead configured clasp is almost undetectable from the outside of the beaded necklace which creates an unbroken, unified string of beads for a much more aesthetic and beautiful piece of jewelry. The improved clasp of the invention provides a safety feature to guard against breakage. The two parts are designed to snap together with enough force to hold the necklace on the wearer under normal wear and use. If, however, the necklace catches on to something, the clasp will release easily from the wearer instead of breaking the necklace, and releasing the beads all over the place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Katz, Timothy John Lambert
  • Patent number: 8534951
    Abstract: A joint unit comprises a lock mechanism in which a ball-like joint section provided at the base end of an arm is housed in a holder formed at an end of a cylindrical case. As the joint section is brought into pressed contact against an inner surface of the holder, the lock mechanism locks a pivotal angle. In the lock mechanism, in response to a manual operation of a knob, a bolt is caused to project into the case and this pressing force is transmitted to a roller-like first pressing body and then to a second pressing body placed in contact therewith. Further, the pressing force from the first pressing body is transmitted to a pressure block and then the pressing force from this pressure block brings the joint section into pressed contact against the holder inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Big Alpha Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Doi, Manabu Komine
  • Patent number: 8366064
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • Patent number: 8353608
    Abstract: A holding hole of a holding body has an edge portion and an inner peripheral surface which is a concavely curved surface connected to the edge portion. In a light source unit which supports a light source, projections are formed at three locations, and each of front surfaces thereof has a convexly curved line having a curvature radius longer than that of the inner peripheral surface. When the light source unit is inserted into the holding hole, the front surfaces of the projections at the three locations are brought into point contact with the edge portion at contact portions on the convexly curved lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Someno, Toshiaki Konno
  • Patent number: 8230863
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a platform which is securely mountable to an operating room fixture, and a plurality of arms or arm modules coupled to the platform and each with a grasper for holding a surgical instrument or port. The medical assembly is particularly applicable for laparoscopic surgery although it is not limited thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mini-Lap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, H. Allan Alward, Steven J. Wysocki, Guy L. Osborne
  • Patent number: 8157238
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stay device for a vehicle comprising a mount having a ball formed protrudely on a front surface thereof and a wire passage formed therein and extended into the ball; a body coupled to the mount through the ball of the mount, the body having a wire passage formed therein; a plate spring provided for pressurizing the body; a body cover for wrapping the body and the plate spring; and a pivot ball assembly having a ball protrudely formed on a rear surface thereof, the pivot ball assembly being coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Kyung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 7993069
    Abstract: A double ball joint device comprises a housing, a first joint element having a first ball mounted in the housing, and a first shaft attached to a portion of the first ball protruding through an opening in the housing, and a second joint element having a second ball, which is mounted similar to the first ball and is provided with a corresponding second shaft. A locking washer is arranged between the first and second balls and has a first seat for receiving the first ball, and an opposite second seat for receiving the second ball. An operation member is operable between a released state, where the joint elements are pivotable, and a locked state, where it urges the locking washer to clamp lock the joint elements in a current position. When moving the operation member to the locked state it urges the washer to an off-centre position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Zirkona Sweden AB
    Inventor: Martin Persson
  • Publication number: 20110142532
    Abstract: A strut for the exhaust nozzle for a turbine engine includes a rod having a body member which has two opposite ends, a first rod end at one end and a second rod end at the other end. Each rod end defines a mounting aperture having an interior surface, and there is a ball member disposed in the mounting aperture to form a spherical plain bearing. At least one of the spherical plain bearings spherical bearing does not include an outer ring. At least one ball member may be made by molding, compacting, and sintering powdered chromium-cobalt alloy into an unfinished ball member, machining the unfinished ball member using wire EDM to provide a machined ball member, and jig grinding a chamfer onto the machined ball member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: ROLLER BEARING COMPANY OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Bulent Diemirbey
  • Patent number: 7891615
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors are designed and constructed such that the interference fit of the ball and socket causes creep in the material resulting in more even frictions in the various ball and socket joints. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping. In an exemplary embodiment utilizing the aforementioned ball and socket joint connectors, a tripod apparatus uses legs comprising the ball and socket joint connectors for support and for gripping objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Joby Photo, Inc.
    Inventor: Joeben Bevirt
  • Patent number: 7766207
    Abstract: An articulating surgical stapler having a proximal end and a distal end includes a handle at the proximal end and an end effector at the distal end for selective articulation to improve access to tissue requiring treatment and ease of use of the present linear surgical stapler. A support shaft connects the handle to the end effector. An articulation mechanism is positioned between the support shaft and the end effector permitting selective movement of the end effector relative to the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Mather, Michael L. Kruszynski, Richard F. Schwemberger, Michael A. Parker
  • Patent number: 7748669
    Abstract: An adjustable holding frame mainly includes a first bar, a second bar and an adjusting means. The second bar has one end fastened to a lump element which is pivotally located in the adjusting means. The adjusting means is mounted onto the first bar and has a helical structure to adjust the position of a seat in the adjusting means. Thereby releasing or fastening of the lump element of the second bar can be controlled to adjust the posture condition of the holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kun-Yen Lu, Rui-Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 7736307
    Abstract: Surgical devices for stabilizing the heart are disclosed which facilitate anastomosis under beating heart conditions. Various instruments or devices may be maneuvered and secured on a retractor device to provide stabilization of the heart. An instrument mount is provided which is preferably configured to accept a surgical instrument, such as a tissue stabilizer, and to allow the instrument to be easily maneuvered to a desired position and subsequently locked into position with a simple operation of a single locking actuator. Further disclosed are stabilizer devices each having at least one surface for contacting the heart and each being adapted to be mounted to the retractor while having the ability to be positioned in the desired location against the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Maquet Cardiovascular LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence W. Hu, David J. Paul, Eugene Edward Reis, Harry Leonard Green, II, Joshua K. Wallin, Morejohn P. Dwight, Charles S. Taylor, Gary B. Weller, Richard M. Ferrari
  • Publication number: 20100034579
    Abstract: A ball joint includes a socket housing, a stem portion, and a retaining ring. The socket housing defines a ball socket therein and a ring-shaped groove on an outer surface thereof. The ring-shaped groove surrounds the ball socket. The stem portion comprises a ball. Bumps and concaves are respectively evenly disposed on the surfaces of the ball and the ball socket. The ball rotatably fits in the ball socket. The retaining ring is fit in the ring-shaped groove for keeping the ball in the ball socket. The ball can rotate regularly and can avoid accidentally rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MENG-HUA HE, GANG CHENG, CHUN-CHE YEN, YU-TAO CHEN, TE-SHENG JAN
  • 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: 7603820
    Abstract: A glass pane connector comprises a pane holding assembly, a positioning assembly, a supporting assembly connecting the pane holding assembly and the positioning assembly, and at least one pivot assembly serving to changing an angle where the supporting assembly connects the pane holding assembly and the positioning assembly. The glass pane connector serves to position a glass pane at a predetermined installation site or to connect glass panes into a glass curtain wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Taiwan Dali Aurora Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun Hung Lai
  • Publication number: 20090202291
    Abstract: A plastic rocker pendulum is provided with a rod-shaped basic body (1) and mounting elements (2, 3) arranged at the free ends of the basic body (1) for the ball heads of ball pins. The cross section of the basic body (1) has an essentially S-shaped design with at least three crossbars (5, 6, 7) arranged in parallel at spaced locations from one another and connection webs (8, 9) coupling two adjacent crossbars (5, 6, 7) each. The connection webs (8, 9) are arranged at opposite end areas of the crossbars (5, 6, 7). The geometrical moment of inertia can be substantially increased compared to conventional cross sections due to this cross section shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Frank Budde
  • Patent number: 7542650
    Abstract: A telecommunications infrastructure includes first and second trough members for routing signal-carrying fibers. A coupler is used to releasably couple the first and second trough members together. The coupler includes a first pair of rotatable latches for releasably securing the first trough member to the coupler, and a second pair of rotatable latches for releasably securing the second trough member to the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Telect Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Ellison, James Patrick Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7481827
    Abstract: A Linking Transconnector is disclosed for coupling a first longitudinal spinal rod to a second longitudinal spinal rod. The Linking Transconnector generally includes a pair of hook engaging members for engaging the longitudinal spinal rods, a lateral rod for spanning a distance between the hook engaging members, and a locking element which interconnects the hook engaging members with the lateral rod. The locking element being configured to allow for multiple degrees of adjustment to permit the Linking Transconnector to accommodate for varying spinal rod alignments. The locking element also permits the location of the lateral rod to be fixed relative to the hook engaging members once the desired position of the lateral rod with respect to the longitudinal spinal rods has been achieved. The locking element may also be able to fix the position of the lateral rod with respect to the hook engaging members by a force applied to the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Synthes (U.S.A.)
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ryan, Thomas R. Keyer, Martin Walther
  • Patent number: 7473048
    Abstract: The coupling apparatus for structural members includes a paired couplers for coupling structural members with each other, and each coupler includes a cylindrical main body, engaging projections spaced apart from each other at predetermined intervals in a circumferential direction at an end of the body and projecting along the center line of the body, and engaging hooks projecting in one circumferential direction at the projecting end portions of the projections. At least one coupler further includes a coupling direction changing mechanism which couples the at least one coupler with a predetermined position of a structural member corresponding thereto so that the center line of the body of the at least one coupler can be orientated in a desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Sakura Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nakamura, Akira Horimoto
  • Patent number: 7384209
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint connection has a retaining part which has a fastening point for fixedly mounting the retaining part to a structure, and a rod part which is arranged pivotably in a pivoting-angle region in a pivoting plane via a ball-and-socket joint on the retaining part. The fastening point and the ball-and-socket joint are situated approximately in the pivoting plane and the rod part protrudes from the ball-like component out of a journal slot which extends radially to the ball seat in a sector-like or sectional manner at least corresponding to the pivoting angle and has a width at least corresponding to the thickness of the rod part to reduce a bending moment and loading on the retaining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Muders, Frank Born, Wilhelm Schwab, Andre Stein, Rolf Mintgen
  • Patent number: 7163181
    Abstract: A magnetic mounting assembly for securely attaching a positionable object to be variably fixed in a desired selected position to a support, for universally moving the positionable object to the desired selected position, and for holding the positionable object in that position during operation is provided, including a positioning element with a ball that is attached to the positionable object. A support element includes a socket configured to movably engage the ball. One of either the ball or socket includes a magnetic material and the other includes a magnetically attractive material to hold the ball in the socket by magnetic as well as frictional forces. An adjustment collar controls the axial movement of the ball to increase or decrease the magnetic force holding the ball in the socket. This mounting assembly is particularly useful for supporting a camera on a tripod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Justin T. Omps
  • Patent number: 7118601
    Abstract: There are provided an artificial joint device that can realize an artificial limb enabling twisting motion without a drive source, and when with the drive source, reduce the size and costs of the device, and a parallel linkage that can realize the device. The linkage connects a foot portion and a mounting plate spaced from each other. A fixed link has one end fixed to the plate, and the other end connected to the foot portion via a ball joint, making the angle of the fixed link relative to the foot portion changeable in any direction. Expansible links extend between the foot portion and the plate in an expansible/contractible manner and each have opposite ends connected to the plate and the foot portion via respective upper and lower ball joints, making respective angles thereof relative to the foot portion and the plate changeable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Hiroshi Kiyomoto, Isao Usukura, Youichi Nakahara, Haruyuki Iwasaki, Shungo Umeda, Kazunori Yamamoto, Masamitsu Shiono, Kazuo Okada, Manabu Nakayama, Atsushi Kubo
  • Patent number: 7094243
    Abstract: A catheter (2) is used in medical applications, for example for the retrieval of a sample from a patient or the insertion or retrieval of medical devices such as filters, stents (3) to and from the patient. The catheter (2) includes an expandable tip (6) at a leading portion of a catheter tube portion (5). This expandable tip (6) can retrieve or deliver samples, medical devices, etc. (3), which are slightly larger than the dimensions of a main catheter tube (5) inserted into the patient. The expandable tip (6) can also include extension members (10) which provide axial support to the expandable tip (6) but which still allow expansion in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Salviac Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Mulholland, Gerard O'Carroll, Dominic Conlon, David Vale, Eamon Brady
  • Patent number: 7090181
    Abstract: A mounting assembly includes a connecting subassembly having first and second exterior arms, and an interior arm having first and second ends disposed between the first and second exterior arms. The first end of the interior arm and a portion of the first exterior arm define a first socket. The second end of the interior arm and a portion of the second exterior arm define a second socket. First and second mounting members disposed in the respective first and second sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Gamber Johnson LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ignatius Biba, Cory Richard Boudreau, Todd James Bakken, Ami Marie Verhalen
  • Patent number: 7062143
    Abstract: A method and modular mechanism are provided for protecting fiber optic cables. The modular mechanism includes an inner member for receiving the fiber optic cable, and an outer container receiving and retaining the inner member, such as, an inner tube and outer tube. The inner member and the outer container have predefined shapes to create an interference with each other, limiting a bend radius of the fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jessica Rose Berens, Don Alan Gilliland, Cary Michael Huettner, Nathan David Karl, Joseph Kuczynski, Mark David Pfeifer, Matthew Carl Zehrer
  • Patent number: 7040571
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a single pull horn with a control arm that may be used to control the movement of a component of a remote or radio-controlled vehicle having a center line. The control arm includes a threaded rod as well as a base member. The base member is positionable on the side of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc
    Inventor: James E. Broberg
  • Patent number: 7025315
    Abstract: A multi-positionable mounting device that provides a substantially stable, load-bearing but relatively adjustable ball and socket mounting device. An interior surface of the socket is formed of first and second opposing part hemispherical socket portions that are relatively orientable with one another for forming therebetween a part spherical cavity. The interior surface of one socket portion is formed with multiple facets at a predetermined radial distance from a spherical center point of the cavity. The first and second opposing part hemispherical socket portions are securable in a relationship which forms the part spherical cavity therebetween. A part-spherical coupler substantially fills the spherical cavity. The mechanical securing means applies clamping force that acts between the first and second opposing socket portions and secures the coupler therebetween in fixed orientation with one of the faceted socket portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7004546
    Abstract: A stowable chair armrest for a seat assembly which includes a armrest portion connected to the seat assembly through a restricted movement rotating joint which has limited rotation about a horizontal X and Y axes, the Y-axis being parallel to the length of the armrest portion and positioned above the plane of the seat cushion whereby the armrest portion is rotatable about the Y-axis approximately 180° from an elevated position of the armrest to a retracted position. When the armrest is in its use position, it cannot rotate downward about its Y-axis. However, the arm rest can be lifted upward 10° about its X-axis, wherein a flat blade connecting the armrest to a spherical pivot becomes aligned in a longitudinal chamber having a circular cross-section thus permitting the armrest portion to rotate 180° about its Y-axis to its stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Cessna Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Todd A. Thisius, Arthur E. Chapman, II, Timothy J. O'Connell, Craig D. Cillessen, Christopher A. Pinkerton
  • Patent number: 6860668
    Abstract: The invention includes linkage assemblies comprising coupled links with metallic contact surfaces with improved stiffness. The inventors found significant mechanical problems with all previous descriptions of metallic contact links sufficient to preclude their commercial use. These metallic contact links are a significant improvement over existing plastic ball and metal joint, or all plastic beads as found in the prior art. The invention includes methods providing these links and high friction couplings between them, as well as the linkage assemblies and flexible arms resulting from these processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Endoscopic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Steve Geyster, James Gleeson, Thomas D. Haubert, James A. Prescott
  • Patent number: 6846022
    Abstract: A universal joint including a first tubular member, a second tubular member, and an intermediate tubular member for connecting the first and second tubular members, the intermediate tubular member having at one end an outer spherical part and at the other end a cylindrical part, the first tubular member having at one end an inner spherical part in which the outer spherical part of the intermediate tubular member is inserted to move universally, and the second tubular member having at one end a hole in which the cylindrical part of the intermediate tubular member is rotatably inserted, the inner spherical part having an axis oblique at an angle to an axis of the outer spherical part of the intermediate tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Daisen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Takagi
  • Patent number: 6802328
    Abstract: An adjustment device of an adjustable canopy of a swing set includes a fixed part, an engaging part, and an adjustable part. The fixed part is joined to the frame of a swing set, and has locating hooks. The engaging part is securely connected to the fixed part, and has engaging protrusions on an outer side, which have convexly curved surfaces, and plasticity. The adjustable part, to which a covering part of the canopy is connected, has concavely curved sections spaced around an annular inner side. The locating hooks are connected to the adjustable part such that the adjustable part can turn relative to the fixed part. The concavely curved portions contact the convexly curved protrusions. The inner side of the adjustable part depresses the convexly curved protrusions when force is exerted on the adjustable part so that the canopy covering part can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Compex International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Lin
  • Patent number: 6767153
    Abstract: A positional arm device is a series of multiple rods connected to each other by a spherical housing and ball joint with a spring-loaded locking piston providing a multiple position holding device serving as an anchor to hold tools in a certain position, and also as a connector between two object where a certain secure fixed position between the two objects is desired. The arm device has a spherical terminal rod, a plurality of intermediate rods and a terminal housing rod connected together by a spherical housing adjustably positioned and locked by a spring-loaded piston shaft engaging a sphere end retained within the housing, the piston shaft lockingly engaging one of a multiplicity of grooved indentations on the surface of the sphere end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Dana W. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 6760941
    Abstract: An accessory attachment device for a magnetic retrieval tool includes a ferrous base member having a substantially flat surface for magnetically securing to a magnetic tool and an accessory attachment member extending from the surface; and an accessory member connected to the attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Edward S. Coleman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6739787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device/connection which can be used e.g. in a vacuum cleaner pipe, which thereby can be made bendable to facilitate vacuum-cleaning under beds, tables and the like. I one simple operation a moveable part (5) can be displaced inwards, whereupon a locking pipe (6) prevents a bendable hose (2) from being bent when the operator so desires, for instance during cleaning of open surfaces without obstacles. Cleaning under beds can however cause the operator to redraw the locking pipe (6) with the moveable part (5), whereupon the vacuum cleaner pipe becomes bendable again and the operator can vacuum-clean under the bed in standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Johan Adolf Byström
  • Patent number: 6726392
    Abstract: A ball joint (10) connects a first vehicle part (12) to a second vehicle part (14) and enables relative movement between the first and second vehicle parts. The ball joint (10) includes a housing (30) that defines a chamber (40). A first stud (80) has a first portion (84) fixedly connected to the first vehicle part (12) and an opposite second portion (82) received in the chamber (40). A second stud (120) has a first portion (124) fixedly connected to the second vehicle part (14) and a second portion (122) received in the chamber (40). A spherical member (160) is disposed in the chamber (40) between the second portions (82 and 122) of the first and second studs (80 and 120) in mating and abutting engagement with the second portions of the studs. The first and second studs (80 and 120) each are movable independently in pivotal and rotational directions relative to the housing (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Adham El-Haw, John Thompson, Rob Schmidt, Gord Rowe