Universal Patents (Class 403/57)
  • Patent number: 10369692
    Abstract: A robot apparatus includes: a base plate; a rotation-driving motor provided on the base plate; a transmission mechanism that is provided on a bottom surface side of the base plate and to which a rotational force of the rotation-driving motor is transmitted; and a rotation-driving mechanism that is provided on the bottom surface side of the base plate and to which the rotational force of the rotation-driving motor is input via the transmission mechanism. A workpiece is rotated by the rotation-driving mechanism at an end of the rotation-driving mechanism opposite to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBA Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10321927
    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: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Cameron D Hinman
  • Patent number: 10125823
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a circular bearing port in the yoke of a universal joint comprises a plurality of separate cover segments configured and dimensioned for insertion into the port in positions coacting with each other to close the port. Each of the cover segments has an outer edge seated in a locking groove circumscribing an interior surface of the port. The cover segments are interconnected to form an integral circular cover, and the cover is rotationally fixed with respect to the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES USA LLC
    Inventor: Peter N. Osgood
  • Patent number: 9814470
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthopedic reamer handle that includes a reamer portion configured to transmit torque to a reamer head, a driver portion connected to the reamer portion that is configured to receive and transmit torque from a driver, and a drive train connecting the reamer portion to the driver portion to transmit torque from the driver portion to the reamer portion. The drive train includes a first drive shaft that defines a first axis and is connected to the driver portion at a first end and to a first intermediate connector at a second end. An offsetting member is connected to a second intermediate end of the first intermediate connector at an acute angle relative to the first axis and defines a second axis. The offsetting member connects to the reamer portion via a second intermediate connector at an acute angle relative to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Weekes, Jim Truscott, Guillaume Kerboul
  • Patent number: 9481096
    Abstract: A robotic arm includes a first link and a first joint. The first link has internal link cables extending from one end to an opposed end thereof. The first joint is operably connected to the first link at one end thereof. The first joint has a hollow drive shaft, an off axis drive 121 and a first joint motor and first joint internal cables extending through the hollow drive shaft. The link cables and the first joint cables are operably connected. The robotic arm may further include a second joint operably connected to the first link. The second joint module has an active side, a passive side with electronic connectors, second joint internal cables, and a second joint motor and the active side is mechanically connected to the link and the electronic connectors of the passive side are operably connected to the link cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ENGINEERING SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: Andrew A. Goldenberg, Brent Bailey, Matthew Gryniewski, Xiaojia He, Yi Yang
  • Patent number: 9278750
    Abstract: A moveable control surface mounting rib assembly (110) comprises a rib (144) which is attached to one side of a spar member (112) and a stiffener (160) attached to another side of the spar member. The stiffener abuts the upper and lower flanges of the spar member in order to react the loads. The invention is applicable to the mounting of any movable control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: David Mark Stewart
  • Publication number: 20150050069
    Abstract: A swivelling joint is disclosed primarily for use in light poles. The swivelling joint includes two annular bearing faces oriented at 45° to a longitudinal axis of the joint, and a central bolt passing through the bearing faces to hold the joint in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Robert John Pannekoek, Peter Pannekoek
  • Patent number: 8936223
    Abstract: Adjustable bracket apparatus includes connector apparatus for mounting and securing external assemblies on at least one elongated support member, and allows positional adjustment of the secured external assembly along the elongated support member with up to 360 degree rotational positioning of the bracketing assembly about the elongated support member. An adjustable connector and locking assembly is disposed at the end of an arm element embodiment of the adjustable bracketing assembly providing 360 degree rotational positioning of the external assembly about the arm element and translation transverse to the axis of rotation relative to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew H. McGrath
  • Publication number: 20140356048
    Abstract: The universal connector includes a main rod defining an axial direction, a main body, a positioning member, and a fastening member. The main body has a first through hole, two arms, and a second through hole penetrating through the arms. The main body is sleeved onto the main rod by the first through hole. The positioning member and the fastening member are disposed at two ends of the second through hole respectively. The positioning member forms an aperture for receiving a support of a musical instrument. Angle of the support can be adjusted by rotating the positioning member, and height or direction of the support can be adjusted by moving or rotating the main body. When the positioning member and the fastening member are engaged with each other to fasten the main body and the main rod together, the support is prevented from moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Hung CHOU
  • Publication number: 20140348572
    Abstract: The object is to provide a universal joint that, has a secure range of motion, does not deviate from the center of rotation, and does not generate bending moments between itself and a joint that links a plurality of movable members. A plurality of movable members (3A-3F and 3a-3f) and a spherical member (2) that links the plurality of movable members are provided, curved node sections (q) are formed on the movable members and are brought into contact with the spherical member (2), and by causing one of the plurality of movable members (3A) to rotate such that the curved node section thereof rotates along the surface of the spherical member (2), another one of the plurality of movable members (3B) is caused to rotate along the surface of the spherical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: JAPAN ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Teruo Matsuzawa, Yohei Yokosuka
  • Publication number: 20140241788
    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: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: COOPER B-LINE, INC.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Publication number: 20140227022
    Abstract: A swivel connector includes a first flange portion with a first flange aperture. A swivel portion has first and second leg portions, each with an aperture, extending outward from a second flange portion with an aperture. The first and second leg portions define a first opening that receives the first flange portion. The first flange aperture, the first leg aperture, and the second leg aperture align and the first fastener extends therethrough. The swivel portion pivots about the first fastener in a first direction. A connector has first and second prongs, each with an aperture, defining a second opening that receives the second flange portion. The first prong aperture, the second prong aperture, and the second flange aperture align and the second fastener extends therethrough. The connector pivots about the second fastener in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: D B INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 8783992
    Abstract: A system is provided for joining two discrete devices together, such as a louver panel and a tilt rod, where the system comprises a first and second component, each comprising a link connected to a resilient sheet, with each component being independently adhered to one of the two discrete devices for joining the two devices in engaged but moveable relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Ben Hoch, Michael Cerillo
  • Publication number: 20140159401
    Abstract: An auxiliary handle includes an auxiliary shaft, a joint bracket, and a joint clamp. The auxiliary shaft extends along an auxiliary axis and has two ends. The joint bracket has a bracket axis which is substantially perpendicular to the auxiliary axis, and one end of the auxiliary shaft is rotatably connected to the joint bracket for rotation about the bracket axis. The joint clamp has a joint axis which is substantially perpendicular to the bracket axis, and the joint bracket is rotatably connected to the joint clamp for rotation about the joint axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Riordan Hajek
  • Publication number: 20140140755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a swivel mount for solar tracker shafts, comprising a clamp surrounding parts bracing a solar tracker shaft, wherein the parts bracing the solar tracker shaft externally have a spherical shape corresponding with a reciprocal inner shape of the clamp, such that the solar tracker shaft is axially retained by the clamp and can be oriented in any required spatial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: GRUPO CLAVIJO ELT, S.L.
    Inventor: Miguel CLAVIJO LUMBRERAS
  • Patent number: 8726465
    Abstract: A hinge assembly comprises a first machine part having a first axis, a second machine part having a second axis and a hinge part pivotably connecting the first machine part with the second machine part. The first machine part is connected with the hinge part via at least one first hinge point configured to permit rotation of the first machine part around the first axis relative to the hinge part. The second machine part is connected with the hinge part via at least one second hinge point configured to permit rotation of the second machine part around the third axis relative to the hinge part. The third axis is perpendicular to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Peter Schmehr
  • Publication number: 20140126951
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-axial joint (1), particularly for robotics. The multiaxial joint comprises a distal joint section (2) and a proximal joint section (4) that are pivotably and swivably connected relative to each other via at least one rotatory pivot joint (26) with a rotational axis (P) and at least one rotatory swivel joint (13) connected in series with the pivot joint (26) and having a swivel axis (R) extending perpendicular to the rotational axis (P). With such a multiaxial joint it is possible to realize two degrees of freedom. To achieve a compact constructional shape, the pivot joint (26) and the swivel joint (13) are united by being slid into each other to form a structural unit. The multiaxial joint (1) is particularly intended to enable an operation via traction means so as to simulate the movement of an animal or human joint. To absorb great forces, a forked (28) structure may be chosen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: igus® GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf BANNASCH, Leif KNIESE, Frank BLASE
  • Patent number: 8672616
    Abstract: A stator blade carrier, particularly for a gas turbine, is provided. The stator blade carrier includes a number of axial segments and is intended to attain a particularly high degree of operational reliability and long service life. To this end, two neighboring axial segments are connected to a number of tie rods, each enclosed by a support tube, wherein a spherical disk is arranged on at least one end of the respective support tube and mounted in a conical socket supported on the respective axial segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Roderich Bryk, Oliver Strohmeier
  • Patent number: 8591136
    Abstract: A non-rotating universal joint for a helicopter drive unit has a spider defined by a ring, which has four connecting portions spaced 90° apart and engaging respective forks defining the ends of respective arms of two connecting members which, in use, are fixed with respect to a casing of an engine and a casing of a reduction gear; each fork and the corresponding connecting portion have respective through holes coaxial with one another and engaged by a screw; and dampers are interposed between the connecting portions of the ring and the shanks of the screws, and between the connecting portions of the ring and the forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Agusta S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Gasparini, Francesco Ferretti, Massimo Forni, Roberto Regonini
  • Patent number: 8523109
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airframe having a substantially circular cross section in a lateral direction (Y) and which extends in the longitudinal direction (X). The airframe comprises, a plurality of rails for supporting seats, each rail being parallel to the longitudinal direction (X) of the airframe, a plurality of beams parallel to the rails; and a plurality of crossmembers aligned, in use, in the lateral direction (Y) of the airframe. Each crossmember supports only some of the successive rails, each crossmember being supported by only some of the successive beams in the lateral direction (Y) of the airframe with the beams forming part of a wing box and/or a main landing gear well of the airframe. Each crossmember comprises at least one connection to each of the beams that support it where each connection comprises at least one articulation about at least one axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Benoit Demont, Sebastien DeConto, Roland Grillon
  • Patent number: 8419027
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a first joint disposed on a control rod that extends rotatably through a head tube, two second joints disposed respectively on two suspension units, and two connecting bars each connected between the first joint and a respective one of the second joints. The first joint includes a seat disposed fixedly on the control rod, at least one first rotating member having a central axis and rotatable on the seat about the central axis of the first rotating member, and at least one second rotating member having a central axis and rotatable on the first rotating member about the central axis of the second rotating member. The axes of the first and second rotating members of the first joint are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chih Ting, Yen-Hsiu Lee, Chun-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 8366339
    Abstract: A two-section tool joint comprises a support member including a polygonal ball knob disposed on one end thereof; an acting head including a receiving chamber fixed on end thereof, and on a side wall of the receiving chamber being arranged a plurality of raised rims in response to the ball knob; a limiting structure defined between the support member and the acting head so that the ball knob of the support member is limited in the receiving chamber and moves between a first and a second positions; wherein the raised rims are longitudinally defined on a side wall of the receiving chamber and spaced apart equally from each other, the number of the raised rims is in response to that of the angles of the ball knob, and each raised rim is provided with a convex arc contacting surface so that the support member rotates with the acting head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiu-Nien Lin
  • Patent number: 8333526
    Abstract: A 3DOF universal joint includes a first connecting base, a second connecting base, a two-way hinged member, and a third connecting base. The first connecting base and the second connecting base are rotatably mounted together via the two-way hinged member along a first axis and a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis. The third connecting base is rotatably assembled to the second connecting base along a third axis substantially perpendicular to the first and second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bo Long
  • 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: 8151671
    Abstract: The tool adaptor of the present invention includes a first work piece, a second work piece and a block element. The work pieces are pivoted with each other. The block element is sleeved on the first work piece and slidable between a first position and a second position. As the block element locates at the second position, it engages with the first and second work pieces simultaneously to restrict the sway of the first work piece about the second work piece. The tool adaptor is therefore switchable between a swayable mode and a fixation mode by moving the block element between such positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Hui-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 8113733
    Abstract: A system includes a support, an actuator and a swivel joint coupling the actuator to the support. The swivel joint includes a first base member, a second base member, and a spider positioned between the first and second base members. The spider includes a center support and first and second bearing support elements. Each bearing support element has an arcuate surfaces adapted to form joints with the first and second base members. In one embodiment, at least one shim element disposed is between at least one of the first and second bearing support elements and the center support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Bushey
  • Patent number: 8104382
    Abstract: A universal joint includes a coupling member having an end for coupling with a tool. A body includes a rounded base pivotably mounted to the other end of the coupling member. The body further includes a drive column spaced from the rounded base along an axis. A reinforcing section is intermediate the rounded base and the drive column. The reinforcing section includes an outer periphery having a recessed portion with a receptacle extending in a radial direction perpendicular to the axis. A control member is moveably received in the receptacle to control coupling of the drive column and an object to be driven. In any case, a spacing from an outer end of the control member to the axis in the radial direction is substantially not larger than a spacing from the outer periphery of the reinforcing section to the axis in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 8083190
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism includes a limiting unit formed with a first channel and a second channel lying along first and second planes, a lower clamping unit having a U structure and being received within the first channel, a bottom seat unit disposed below and supporting the lower clamping unit from underneath, an upper clamping unit having inverted U structure and being received within the second channel such that the lower and upper clamping units are located at two opposite sides of the limiting unit with the first and second planes crossing each other perpendicularly. A top cover unit is disposed above and connected to the upper clamping unit. Adjusting position of the lower clamping unit and the limiting unit along the first plane and the upper clamping unit and the limiting unit along the second plane results in changing an angular position of the cover unit relative to the bottom seat unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Mou-Ming Ma, Shu-I Chen
  • Publication number: 20110293358
    Abstract: A non-rotating universal joint for a helicopter drive unit has a spider defined by a ring, which has four connecting portions spaced 90° apart and engaging respective forks defining the ends of respective arms of two connecting members which, in use, are fixed with respect to a casing of an engine and a casing of a reduction gear; each fork and the corresponding connecting portion have respective through holes coaxial with one another and engaged by a screw; and dampers are interposed between the connecting portions of the ring and the shanks of the screws, and between the connecting portions of the ring and the forks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Giuseppe Gasparini, Francesco Ferretti, Massimo Forni, Roberto Regonini
  • Patent number: 8038362
    Abstract: An assembly error prevention member includes a first plate portion that is attached to a first tab and a third plate portion that is inserted into a slit. The third plate portion has a blocking portion that inhibits a bolt from being tightened into a bolt hole and a driven portion that moves the blocking portion. The second plate portion has a first end portion connected to the first plate portion and a second end portion connected to the third plate portion. The second end portion is wider than the first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Akihisa Kawanabe
  • Patent number: 8016509
    Abstract: A driven joint for coupling two structural members is angularly adjustable in two polar or orthogonal dimensions and provides a pair of nonparallel, crossed axles, each having a middle section located between a pair of opposed side sections, wherein the pair of axles are mounted to each other along their respective middle sections and each axle of the pair of axles is rotationally mounted at its respective side sections to a respective structural member, a separate arcuate drive member orthogonally affixed to each respective axle and adapted to enable rotation of its respective axle and a separate drive mechanism mounted to each structural member and adapted to engage and rotate the respective arcuate drive member and the respective axle rotationally mounted to said each structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Zhong Gao
  • Patent number: 8001873
    Abstract: A universal joint comprises a tool set including a driving portion secured on one end thereof and a spherical member fixed on another end thereof; a base including a receiving chamber disposed on one end thereof and a circular groove mounted on another end thereof to receive the spherical member of the tool set, between the groove and the spherical member of the tool set being defined a stooping structure, the stopping structure including two opposite sliding slots and two locking tabs relative to the sliding slots, and a locking structure disposed on the base and including two annular recesses arranged on an outer periphery of the base and communicating with the groove to receive two engaging members respectively, on an outer periphery of the base being fitted a pressing member in which an abutting surface formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Cheng Chia Peng
  • Patent number: 7954777
    Abstract: An alignment unit, which is of simple and robust design and can be adjusted well, for directional radios, in particular directional radio antennas, is distinguished by two attachment brackets, which are articulated on a common centre part such that they can pivot about two mutually orthogonal swivel axes, as well as two operating units for separate adjustment and fixing of the pivoting angle of the two attachment brackets relative to the centre part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Huber+Suhner AG
    Inventors: Daniel Bohm, Romeo Premerlani
  • Patent number: 7857335
    Abstract: The invention relates to a body-side suspension strut bearing for wheel suspensions of motor vehicles, with a suspension strut which consists at least of a telescoping shock absorber and a bearing spring, and which is supported by way of a shock absorber bearing on the body and by way of another bearing on the wheel suspension elements of the motor vehicle, there being a joint between the body and the suspension strut. A suspension strut bearing which is favorable in terms of construction, production engineering and function, is achieved by the joint being formed by a universal joint with two crossing axes of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Michel Wilfried
  • Patent number: 7823477
    Abstract: A joint (17) for connecting to a parallel-kinematic machine (1) a setting device (5) mounted in said machine, wherein the setting device (5) is intended to move a machine-connected positioning head (16) in space, and wherein the setting device (5) is mounted around a wobbler (30, 106) for rotation about a wobbler axis (50), and wherein the wobbler (30, 106) is, in turn, mounted for rotation around a main axis (20) which extends through the bearing means of the setting device (5) around the wobbler (30, 106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: PKM Tricept S.L.
    Inventor: Karl-Erik Neumann
  • Patent number: 7802939
    Abstract: A swivel joint is provided comprising a first base member, a second base member, and a spider positioned between the first and second base members. The spider includes a center support and first and second bearing support elements. Each bearing support element has an arcuate surfaces adapted to form joints with the first and second base members. In one embodiment, at least one shim element disposed is between at least one of the first and second bearing support elements and the center support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Bushey
  • Publication number: 20100190559
    Abstract: A driveline yoke assembly may include a yoke and a barrel. The yoke may include first and second arms extending from a base. The base may include a first protrusion extending radially therefrom. The barrel may be axially fixed to the yoke and may define an axially extending body having a second protrusion extending radially therefrom and engaged with the first protrusion to transfer rotation from the barrel to the yoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce Alan Duncan
  • Patent number: 7681866
    Abstract: A fencing connector and fencing system utilizing fencing connectors. The fencing connectors include a swivel mount having a cavity configured to receive a first swivel assembly. The first swivel assembly is rotatable about a first axis within the swivel mount. A second swivel assembly is rotatably attached to the first swivel assembly. The second swivel assembly is rotatable about a second axis. The second swivel assembly further having a pocket configured to receive a structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ryan Lehmann
  • Publication number: 20100066044
    Abstract: A baby carriage having a steering device is disclosed. The baby carriage includes a pair of handles manipulated by a user to generate rotating force for steering. A pair of steering wheels is rotated in conjunction with the handles to steer and move the baby carriage. Further, a pair of steering devices transmits the rotating force from the handles to the steering wheels. Each steering device includes a vertical steering shaft coupled to each steering wheel, an inclined rotating shaft, a steering joint transmitting rotating force from the inclined rotating shaft to the vertical steering shaft, and a shock absorbing part absorbing an external force acting on each steering wheel, thus enabling a baby riding in the baby carriage to be stably moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Gyung Hwan Kim
  • Publication number: 20090317177
    Abstract: The present invention provides a constant velocity universal joint having a recess-projection engagement configuration in which backlash at a shaft connecting region does not easily occur, and an inner joint component and a shaft can be firmly connected. In the constant velocity universal joint of the present invention, the inner joint component and the shaft 5 fitted into an axis hole 22 of the inner joint component are connected by the recess-projection engagement configuration. Engagement contacting regions 38 of projections 35 and recesses 36 corresponding thereto are in close contact over the whole region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Tohru Nakagawa, Yuichi Asano, Hiroshi Kawamura, Kiyoshige Yamauchi, Masahiro Ozawa, Kisao Yamazaki, Taku Itagaki
  • Patent number: 7568854
    Abstract: A pivot joint has a first structure comprising a ball mounted in a receptacle, wherein the location of the ball is held with respect to the receptacle, and a second structure mounted on and movable with respect to the ball, wherein the second structure has at least one bearing surface which defines its position with respect to the ball. The ball may be held in location by contact with the receptacle at least two positions. At least one of the positions of contact may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Renishaw PLC
    Inventor: David Roberts McMurtry
  • Publication number: 20090102986
    Abstract: Provided is a universal joint capable of freely regulating a mounting angle of one member with respect to the other member, and an image display unit using the same. The image display unit (1) includes an image display unit main body (100) having a convex surface (101) forming a part of a specific spherical surface, and an intermediate member (200). The intermediate member (200) includes a guide member (220) having a concave surface (221) that is a curved surface corresponding to the convex surface (101) and is supposed to come into contact with the convex surface (101) when the image display unit main body (100) and the intermediate member (200) are fixed to each other, and a magnet (230) provided at a position substantially the center of the guide member (220) and capable of being fixed to the convex surface (101) by attraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Scalar Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20090087254
    Abstract: A shaft assembly having a first shaft and a second shaft interconnected by a bipot joint is disclosed. The first shaft and the second shaft are disposed in overlapping spaced relationship. The bipot joint includes a pivot block sandwiched between the first shaft and the second shaft. The pivot defines a mounting surface abutting one of the first and second shafts, and a semi-annular surface opposing the mounting surface and abutting the other of the first shaft and the second shaft. A fastener extends through a bore defined by the first shaft, the pivot block and the second shaft to interconnect the first shaft, the pivot block and the second shaft. The fastener includes a spring to bias the first shaft, the pivot block and the second shaft together, thereby de-lashing the bipot joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Publication number: 20090060637
    Abstract: An assembly error prevention member includes a first plate portion that is attached to a first tab and a third plate portion that is inserted into a slit. The third plate portion has a blocking portion that inhibits a bolt from being tightened into a bolt hole and a driven portion that moves the blocking portion. The second plate portion has a first end portion connected to the first plate portion and a second end portion connected to the third plate portion. The second end portion is wider than the first end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihisa KAWANABE
  • Publication number: 20090041535
    Abstract: A universal joint includes a pair of yoke members each having a pair of spaced arms. A coupler is pivotably coupled with the arms of the yoke members, allowing the yoke members to respectively pivot about two pivot axes perpendicular to each other. The coupler includes opposite first and second faces slideably abutting with inner faces of the arms of one of the yoke members, opposite third and fourth faces slideably abutting with inner faces of the arms of the other yoke member, and opposite filth and sixth faces. A length of each of the first, second, third, and fourth faces between the fifth and sixth faces is larger than 0.6 times a width between the first and second faces and smaller than a distance from one of the two pivot axes to an intermediate face between the inner faces of the arms of one of the yoke members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Publication number: 20090041534
    Abstract: A swivel joint is provided comprising a first base member, a second base member, and a spider positioned between the first and second base members. The spider includes a center support and first and second bearing support elements. Each bearing support element has an arcuate surfaces adapted to form joints with the first and second base members. In one embodiment, at least one shim element disposed is between at least one of the first and second bearing support elements and the center support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Bushey
  • Publication number: 20090028632
    Abstract: A joint and/or bearing arrangement (1) with a pivot pin (2), in particular with a pivot pin (2) having a head region (3) which is movable with respect to a receiving joint socket (4), wherein the pivot pin (2) is at least partially surrounded by a circumferential sealing collar (7), is configured so that the outside of the sealing collar (7) is covered by a separate protective cover (11) which conforms to the shape of the sealing collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen
    Inventors: Hans-Gerd Brunneke, Christian Losche, Werner Schmudde
  • Publication number: 20080202834
    Abstract: A steering system for a vehicle includes two skis turned by a handlebars gripped by a user. A shaft formed of two sections couples the handlebars to the skis. The sections are angled with respect to one another and coupled to one another by means of a U-joint oriented such that for small rotations from a straight orientation of the handlebars the U-joint transfers a greater force to the skis than for rotations between large angled orientations of a range of angled orientation of the handlebars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse W. Olson
  • Patent number: 7326100
    Abstract: This application discloses a toy construction apparatus that can be used to make posable toy figures. The apparatus includes structural pieces, called “bones,” which can be connected to a plurality of other bones by joints that can be formed by a marble or similar device and connecting structures on the ends of each bone. These joints can either be movable or rigid depending on the type of connecting structures on the end of each bone being connected by the joint. Additionally, specialized structures, such as heads, feet, and torsos, can be used with the toy construction apparatus that allow the user to create more complex and life-like toy figures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Gilford O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7241070
    Abstract: A pivot joint has a first structure comprising a ball mounted in a receptacle, wherein the location of the ball is held with respect to the receptacle, and a second structure mounted on and movable with respect to the ball, wherein the second structure has at least one bearing surface which defines its position with respect to the ball. The ball may be held in location by contact with the receptacle at at least two positions. At least one of the positions of contact may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Renishaw PLC
    Inventor: David Roberts McMurtry