Clamping Screw Traverses Sliding Complementary Arcuate Bearing Surfaces Patents (Class 403/87)
  • Patent number: 10709125
    Abstract: A combination cup and rod holder with an installation that does not require fasteners to be passed through a head of the holder. The combination cup and rod holder includes a holder portion with a head, a cup holder portion extending from the head, a tube, and a threaded portion extending at an angle from the cup holder portion. The combination cup and rod holder may also include a support that allows a force applied along the axis of the tube to affect a bottom of an installation surface parallel to the head, and a nut with threads that mate with the threaded portion. This allows the combination cup and rod holder to be used with a variable installation thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Sarnowski, Erle Matthew Bridgewater
  • Patent number: 9782276
    Abstract: The invention relates to a socket system for a prosthesis. The socket system including a prosthesis socket which has a proximal opening for receiving a residual limb and a distal end and which is made, at least partially, of a first fiber-reinforced plastic. The socket system also includes an adapter element which is arranged on the distal end of the prosthesis socket and is designed in such a manner that a distal prosthesis element can be secured to the adapter element. The adapter element includes a base body which is made, at least partially, of a second fiber-reinforced plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Harald Gottlieb, Marco Volkmar
  • Patent number: 9061213
    Abstract: A swing set (10) is shown including a support beam (16), a plurality of legs (14), and swing apparatus (18, 24, 26) supported by the support beam. The support beam and legs include a plurality of tubes (28, 30, 38, 40, 44) coupled together by connectors (42, 48). The connectors include an inner tube (66) and a cover (68, 68?) positioned over the inner tube. Feet (46) are provided at the lower ends of the legs that rotate relative to the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Intex Recreation Corp.
    Inventors: Yaw Yuan Hsu, Husi Sheng Chang, Dean Randall Eyerly
  • Patent number: 8845755
    Abstract: An adjustable prosthesis system for a residual limb includes: an adjustable outer shell having an adjustable inner volume and an adjustable inner shape; at least one closure component attached to the adjustable outer shell and adapted to adjust at least one of the adjustable inner volume and the adjustable inner shape of the adjustable outer shell; an inner liner adapted to receive the residual limb and to be inserted in the adjustable inner volume of the adjustable outer shell; and an adjustable connector having a proximal end adjustably connected to a distal end of the adjustable outer shell and adapted to provide concurrently for a plurality of directional adjustments and/or angular adjustments of a position of the distal end of the adjustable outer shell relative to the proximal end of the adjustable connector, a distal end of the adjustable connector being adapted to connect to a prosthetic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: iFit Prosthetics, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Dillingham
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Patent number: 8464987
    Abstract: An adjustable conduit clamp to secure a conduit to a structure has a clampback and a strap that interfits therewith. The clampback has sidewalls configured to be placed against a structure and a portion of each sidewall configured to support a conduit. A first spacer is positioned between the sidewalls at a first region of the sidewalls and a second spacer positioned between the sidewalls at a second region. A cantilever member extends from the second spacer and is positioned between the first and second sidewalls, the cantilever member having a free end movable relative to the sidewalls and spaced from an end of the first spacer so as to form an opening therebetween for passage of the strap. The strap has a first end portion shaped to contact a conduit and a second end portion dimensioned for passage through the opening in the clampback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. DeCesare, Erik G. Senseney, Joseph M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8387331
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower which includes a number of sections, connected by bolted joints is disclosed. A bolted joint includes at least one connection of the bearing type and at least one connection of the slip resistant at serviceability type. In one aspect, the bearing type connection includes at least one non prestressed bolt and/or the connection of the slip resistant at serviceability type includes at least one prestressed bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Laursen
  • Patent number: 8246266
    Abstract: A first linkage component including a ball socket having a concave profiling and a second linkage component including a projection having a convex profiling received in the concave profiling of the ball socket. A sliding plate carried between the ball socket and projection having a convex profiling conforming to the concave profiling of the ball socket and a concave profiling conforming to the convex profiling of the projection. The convex profilings of the projection and sliding plate have a larger radius of curvature than the concave profilings of the sliding plate and the ball socket. A connecting rod connects the first linkage component, the second linkage component, and the sliding plate together. Wherein the larger radius of curvature of the convex profiling of the sliding plate and projection causes the projection and sliding plate to be further received in the ball socket after abrasive wear to prevent play between components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Wolfgang Seiboth, Stefan Centmayer
  • Patent number: 8136586
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for securing a walking beam compressor to a walking beam. In general, the walking beam compressor is a gas compressor unit that can be disposed around a piston rod extending from a walking beam of an oil well. The piston rod can be coupled to the walking beam by a securing mechanism that engages both the piston rod and the walking beam to prevent the piston rod from disengaging from the walking beam during rocking movement of the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Oil Flow USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward S. Merrick, III
  • Patent number: 8132283
    Abstract: A push broom that is constructed of a broom head that includes a broom plate for supporting bristles or the like and having a rest surface and a bristle support surface; an elongated handle attached to the broom plate of the broom head and for controlling a sweeping action of the broom head and a pivotal coupling member for mounting the elongated handle with the broom head. The pivotal coupling member has separate positions including a rest position in which the broom head rests on the rest surface of the broom plate so that the handle is substantially upright to maintain the broom free-standing and an action position in which the handle is pivoted relative to the broom head so as to enable the sweeping action of the broom head by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy P. Downes
  • Patent number: 7913965
    Abstract: A clamp assembly is disclosed for a tonneau cover for a vehicle wherein the clamp assembly includes a plurality of spacers disposed therein to facilitate installation thereof on a variety of vehicle types and styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: A.R.E. Accessories, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Boulard
  • Patent number: 7730939
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for securing a walking beam compressor to a walking beam. In general, the walking beam compressor is a gas compressor unit that can be disposed around a piston rod extending from a walking beam of an oil well. The piston rod can be coupled to the walking beam by a securing mechanism that engages both the piston rod and the walking beam to prevent the piston rod from disengaging from the walking beam during rocking movement of the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Oil Flow USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward S. Merrick, III
  • Patent number: 7726618
    Abstract: The invention includes a mount with a knob including a shaft extending therefrom. A two piece socket housing defines a socket therebetween. The two piece socket has a portion formed as a first clamp element. A ball member is disposed in the socket and includes a slot and an attachment structure. A second clamp element has a connector, preferably an internally threaded nut captured therein. The shaft passes through a first portion of the two piece socket, the slot of the ball member, a second portion the two piece socket and terminates in the second clamp element, such that when the knob is manipulated, the two piece socket fixes the ball member in position and a clamping force is generated between the first clamp element and the second clamp element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: G. Daniel Pedemonte
  • Publication number: 20100061798
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an articulated arm (60) of a dental examination light having a pivot bearing (20) with an adjustable resistance feature. The pivot bearing (20) includes a split bushing (40) with first and second edges (42, 48) is mounted in a channel (28) in an interior diameter (23) of a housing (22). A ramp (30) forms an end of the channel. An axle (24) is rotatably mounted in the bushing. A setscrew (36) is mounted in the housing tangentially to the bushing. A cutout (46) in the bushing receives a portion of the setscrew. Turning the setscrew pushes a front end of the setscrew against an abutment (47) of the bushing, pushing the first edge of the bushing into the ramp, which redirects the first end of the bushing radially inward against the axle when the setscrew is tightened, thus providing bearing resistance adjustment. The tangential orientation of the setscrew minimizes housing thickness required for the setscrew.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Austin Unsworth, Tom Benfield
  • Patent number: 7637683
    Abstract: A sliding structure and a joint member, which are provided with a sliding means which substantially eliminates the so-called Stick-Slip effect. This is achieved through the provision of free ends of a plurality of projections, sliding upon the surface of a complementary opposed and facing surface. By appropriately dimensioning the individual free end contact surfaces of the projections and by selectively varying in the number of the projections per area unit, the difference between the initial still-stand holding effect and the sliding friction in the case of selected material pairings is considerably reduced. The force, which is necessary to set the two sliding components into motion, relative to one another, is then only insignificantly greater than the force necessary to overcome dynamic or sliding friction. The Stick-Slip effect is known and unavoidable in a case with a sliding pair of unfavorable materials and, in this manner, can be effectively reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Jaap-Jan Snel, Stefan Centmayer
  • Patent number: 7458743
    Abstract: An accessory clip for attaching medical equipment and the alike to a litter stand that is for attaching to a litter. The accessory clip preferably includes at least one attachment for a piece of medical equipment such as medical monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, and IV bags. The accessory clip preferably includes components that allow it to be attached to the litter stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Eric M Smeed
  • Patent number: 7407141
    Abstract: A clamp assembly is disclosed for a tonneau cover for a vehicle wherein the clamp assembly includes a plurality of spacers disposed therein to facilitate installation thereof on a variety of vehicle types and styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: A.R.E. Accessories, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Boulard
  • Patent number: 7371028
    Abstract: A post mounting system for a body mounted camera mounting system includes a grip to go about the post of the system and a vernier clamp. The vernier clamp includes a vernier ring which is slidable axially and fixed angularly to the grip. A vernier nut threadably engages the grip and is rotatable on the vernier ring. A clamp ring is integrally formed with the vernier ring and is castellated to be compressible against the post extending through the device. A split clamp ring cooperates with a cam lever for easy clamping of the clamp ring to the castellated ring. An alignment chuck is also associated with the grip for precise alignment of the post in the post mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: George Paddock II, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel A. Gordon, Christopher C. Haarhoff, George K. Paddock
  • Patent number: 7334956
    Abstract: A coupler for to which a shaft is attachable is provided. includes a base. The base is formed with an upper side and an lower side. The lower side is substantially a flat planar surface. Means are provided for mounting the base on a curved surface. A preferred means is one or more ball washer assemblies. In addition, the present invention includes a tub that is adjustably connectable to the base. A plug is provided that is repositionably attachable to the tub. In addition, a neck is provided. The neck is insertable into the plug. The neck also is formed to support a shaft. The invention includes a clevis mechanism that is slidably and demountably engageable with both the plug and the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Steve B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7318623
    Abstract: A bicycle seat post and clamp for mounting in the seat tube of a bicycle frame and clamping to the bicycle seat rails. The seat post has a straight section to insert into the seat tube and a preferably toroidal section that is clamped by the clamp. The clamp includes a cradle with hooks at opposing ends that extend around seat rails, and a strap with hooks at opposing ends to extend around the seat rails in the opposing direction. A screw extends between two legs making up the strap for tightening the strap, thereby decreasing the size of the opening formed by the clamp, thus clamping the clamp to the seat post and the seat rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: William B. Shook
  • Patent number: 7241069
    Abstract: In a universal joint arrangement between an apparatus holder and an apparatus support console including a receiver element mounted to the console, a ball joint element projecting from the holder, a ball element for engaging the ball joint element and the receiver element and a clamping mechanism comprising a bolt and a nut, the bolt extends through the ball joint element and the receiver element and the nut or the bolt head is retained in an operating wheel which is disposed adjacent the receiver element so as to be rotatable by the fingers of a user for adjusting the clamping force engaging the ball joint element between the receiver element and the ball element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Harald Richter
  • Patent number: 7097666
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an angularly adjustable coupler. The first and second ends are in an angularly adjustable mating engagement. The first end has a longitudinal axis and a base with an optionally concave and serrated surface, and can comprise a collared clamp for connecting to a pylon. The second end has a longitudinal axis and a base with an optionally convex and serrated surface, and can comprise a receiver for connecting to a pyramidal adapter. The concave portion of the first end and the convex portion of the second end are complementary to each other. A connector is provided to connect the first and second ends in a selected angular alignment about a fixed axis of rotation. The range of angular alignment of the first and second components spans approximately 50 degrees about the fixed axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: American Prosthetic Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Curtis
  • Patent number: 7047655
    Abstract: The invention is a snap locking angle adjustable device, particularly applicable to carpenter's squares. Carpenter's squares, being used in rough environment, must be simple to adjust while providing robust snap locking at high angle precision. Prior art attains this by protruding steel balls, attached around the pivot axis of the square's handle, pressed strongly against a hole punched area around the pivot axis of the square's blade-balls aligns to holes gives the snap locking. The problem is to simplify manufacturing. The invention comprises components with moulded alignment structures. These components are the complete pivot members (handle or blade) themselves, or are separately attached to the pivot members. The components, and optionally, are sandwiched, alignment structures against each other, and axially pressed together strongly by a spring held in compression by a press frame that also may constitute a pivot shaft for the pivot members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Plano System AB
    Inventor: Svante Larsson
  • Patent number: 6910781
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a vehicle is securable to a tubular member that defines a central axis and is secured to the vehicle. The mirror assembly comprises a clamping assembly including a concave surface that is engagable with the tubular member. A housing is coupled to the clamping assembly and supports a mirror. A latching assembly engages the clamping assembly and the housing and is movable between a latched position and an unlatched position. In the latched position, the housing is held substantially fixed with respect to the tubular member. In the unlatched position, the clamping assembly is movable in a direction substantially parallel to the central axis and is pivotable about the central axis, and the housing is pivotable with respect to the clamping assembly about a pin axis that is substantially perpendicular to the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Velvac, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo T. Spychalla, Dan H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6692178
    Abstract: A pivotable tool includes a pair of pivotally interconnected arms disposed in a crossing relationship and having a manually releasable releasing device which locks the arms in a perpendicular open position for use of the tool as a wrench. In each of two ends of the two arms is mounted a socket. A collar is movably received between the two arms and is pushed to release a lock status by a releasing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Hsiu-E Yu
  • Patent number: 6488644
    Abstract: A coupling, for example, for an orthotic brace has a cam member with a first planar bearing face journalled for rotation on a planar bearing surface of a first coupling portion, and a second planar bearing face inclined to the first face and journalled to rotate relative to a planar bearing surface of a second coupling portion. A clamping device urges the faces and surfaces together to exert a frictional reaction retaining the cam member in a selected rotational position and retains the coupling portions rigidly opposed towards the cam member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Becker Orthopedic Appliance Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Devin J. Ostrom, Ivan D. Samila, Stephen Naumann
  • Patent number: 6412742
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a rear support frame, a first front leg, a second front leg, an adjusting seat, an upper block connected to the rear support frame, the adjusting seat connected to the upper block, the first front leg and the second front leg, a first bracket disposed on the first front leg, and a second bracket disposed on the second front leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Ming-Ti Yu
  • Patent number: 6257799
    Abstract: A joining device for a handrail having at least two connectors, each one being aimed at being inserted onto the end of a segment of the handrail, these connectors being cylindrically shaped and co-operating with each other through contact surfaces extending in a plane oriented at 45° with respect to the longitudinal axis of these connectors. These connectors are integral through connections capable of authorizing their rotation at the level of the contact surfaces. These connections are defined by a screw substantially forming the axis of rotation of the two connectors, such connections immobilizing in rotation these connectors provided for so as to be capable of being accessible through an opening ending at the level of the outer periphery of one of these connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Au Creuset de la Thierache, Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Charles Ribe
  • Patent number: 6106181
    Abstract: A connection device allows for mounting a control panel in a manner such that the panel projects from the front lower edge of a control apparatus. According to the invention, optimum adjustment of the control panel relative to the front of the control apparatus is achieved in that the connection devices take the form of angle plates which are assembled from two leg parts and can be set and secured in a plurality of angular positions about an axis aligned parallel with the lower edge of the control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markus Neuhof
  • Patent number: 6101678
    Abstract: A handle for a manually movable vehicle or other article, such as a stroller, is infinitely adjustable to enable the person or persons imparting motion to the vehicle to achieve the greatest leverage and/or comfort. A height-adjustment assembly is disposed between and interconnects each extension rod and handlebar of the handle. The height-adjustment assembly includes a plurality of clutch plates and a locking lever having a cam end. The locking lever is manually moved between a locked position in which the lever cam end causes abutment of and friction between the clutch plates thereby preventing relative movement of the plates and securing the handlebar at a selected height, and an unlocked position in which the lever cam end reduces friction between the clutch plates so that the plates are movable relative to one another to enable pivotal movement and height adjustment of the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Molly A. Malloy, Howard L. Loewenthal
  • Patent number: 5961220
    Abstract: A bearing device for a socket for providing an electrical connection between a towing and a towed vehicle has a base bearing element which can be mounted at the level of the rear bumper on the towing vehicle, and also a bearing element for the socket which is rotatable relative to the base bearing element. The base element and the rotatable bearing element are interconnected by a plastic hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Scambia Industrial Developments Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michiel Johannes Maria Som, Christiaan Arie Tromp
  • Patent number: 5957417
    Abstract: A guitar stand has an adjustment joint, a support rod connected to the adjustment joint, two inner pipes connected to the adjustment joint, and two outer pipes receiving the inner pipes respectively. An upper block is disposed on the support rod. Two leg joints are connected to the outer pipes respectively. Two leg rods are connected to the leg joints respectively. Two brackets are disposed on the inner pipes respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Ming-Ti Yu
  • Patent number: 5921695
    Abstract: An ergonomically adjustable tool handle having a dual direction locking device including a modified swivel retaining plate having an external threaded portion and a corresponding modified jam nut which is threaded to receive the external threads of the retaining plate. A retrofit kit incorporating the locking device optionally includes an anchor bolt having a predetermined length for installation on a conventional tool handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Donald R. Warner
  • Patent number: 5896820
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is an improved closing wheel attachment mechanism which has longer wear life than that of the typical attachment mechanism. The closing wheel arm on an agricultural planter has installed thereon an improved grease bushing assembly which has increased wear surface and the capability to utilize a grease on the surface. The combination of increased wear surface and greasing will greatly increase the operational life of the planter. Also included in the invention is the process and fixturing to incorporate the improved configuration on to an existing planter closing wheel structure. Included in this attachment mechanism is a welding jig which assures proper alignment of the improved bushing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: May-Wes Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen O. Klinkner, Larry R. Hancock
  • Patent number: 5895428
    Abstract: An implant is provided which has an upper member which pivots and is locked to a lower member and engages adjacent vertebrae and have surfaces which are ceramic and will allow bone growth into such surfaces and thus bonding with the adjacent vertebra. The opposing and bearing surfaces of the upper and lower member are coated with ceramic zirconium for long wear. Since the upper and lower members are captured, the implant device herein cannot be forced out of place by spinal tension. Particularly for the lower spinal vertebrae, the option of securing the upper and lower members with screws is facilitated. A vertebral replacement system using components in common with the implant is used to make a spaced connection between two pivoting points and is used to replace badly damaged vertebrae where the load bearing portion of the vertebra will be insufficient to allow normal support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Don Berry
  • Patent number: 5888232
    Abstract: A prosthetic system including a novel connector is provided comprising a first prosthetic member such as a pylon tube having a first male end, an extending member such as a prosthetic bolt having a proximal end and a distal end, the male end of the first prosthetic member having an opening therein for receiving the distal end of the bolt, and a second prosthetic base member have a female contact surface for receiving the male end of the first prosthetic member and for anchoring the proximal end of the bolt. The bolt is generally fixed in position relative to the second prosthetic member while the first prosthetic member is movable relative to the second prosthetic member. The bolt may be tightened to releasably lock the first prosthetic member in a fixed position relative to the second prosthetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Douglas A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5887664
    Abstract: An adjustable depth control mechanism for use with earth penetrating equipment. The invention includes a hub and spindle assembly for use with an adjustable depth gauge wheel, which is mounted on a support axle. It may also include a position indicator that an operator can readily view to determine the relative position of the depth gauge wheel and, accordingly, the depth setting of the ground penetrating disc. The indicator rotates to certain positions that correspond to the depth to which the disc is allowed to penetrate into the ground. Preferably, both the position indicator and the adjustment mechanism of the assembly are located internal to the depth gauge wheel and are covered and protected by the rim of the wheel from contamination by soil and crop residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Yetter Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Patrick Thomas Whalen, Ronald Eugene Chenoweth
  • Patent number: 5836210
    Abstract: An arm bearing for an awning has at least one support block, at least one bearing block arranged to swivel about a first rotation axle into a drop-out position, and an arm rotatable about a second rotation axle transversely to said first rotation axle. A threaded coupling rod couples the support block and the bearing block for tilting movement of the bearing block. An adjustable nut is coupled to the threaded coupling rod for limiting the tilting movement of the bearing block within variable limits. At least one lock is coupled to the arm and is transversely displaceable to the threaded coupling rod for locking engagement with the adjusting nut. The adjusting nut has at least one recess or projection arranged approximately radially with respect to the threaded coupling rod for locking engagement with the lock. An eccentric cam is rigidly connected to the arm for positively controlling displacement of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Technolizenz Establishment
    Inventor: Viktor Lohausen
  • Patent number: 5836561
    Abstract: A cymbal holder assembly including a holder base adapted to hold a cymbal, a mounting base adapted for mounting on a cymbal stand, a screw and a wing nut fastened together to fix the holder base and the mounting base together, and a constraint device mounted around the screw and retained between the holder base and the mounting base to prohibit the holder base and the mounting base from a relative rotary motion, the constraint device being released for permitting the holder base to be turned relative to the mounting base to adjust the angular position of the cymbal on the holder base when the wing nut is loosened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Hwa Shin Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 5766140
    Abstract: An angular compensation hinge for a human joint brace, as well as the brace into which the hinge is incorporated, are described. The hinge's hinge pin and leaves cooperate with an arch bar through guide pins and a bi-threaded screw to provide angular compensation adjustment of the brace. The hinge can be easily operated by the user without assistance and by rotation of a single screw, either with a simple tool or through a knob, and provides for infinite angular adjustment over the entire adjustment range. Adjustments can be easily made while the user is wearing the brace. There is positive locking of the hinge at any angle within the range of adjustment. A few standard sizes of the brace will be sufficient to provide essentially customized fitting braces for virtually any person because of the "fine tuning" capability provided. The hinge may be used with many different types of braces, including those intended for knee, wrist, elbow, ankle, hip and shoulder joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Donjoy, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Tillinghast, III, Richard E. Gildersleeve
  • Patent number: 5730406
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a display panel includes a base member connected to the display panel, the base member having two receiving passages defined therein, a connecting member having two flanges for inserting into the receiving passages and a top board which has a transverse slot for an engagement with a protrusion extending from a flexible plate integrally extending from the base member, the connecting member having a first half tube transversely disposed to a lower end thereof, a second half tube connected to the first half tube and fixedly connected to the connecting member, each of the first half tube and the second half tube having a plurality of ribs extending radially and inwardly from an inner periphery thereof so as to receive a frame of an exercise machine therein and the display panel can be rotated about an axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 5713547
    Abstract: A guitar stand comprises a main hollow rod, a first hollow leg, a second hollow leg, a first brace, a second brace, a first bracket, and a second bracket. A pivot means fastens the first hollow leg and the second hollow leg on the main hollow rod pivotally. The first brace connects the first bracket on the first hollow leg. The second brace connects the second bracket on the second hollow leg. A hollow upper block is disposed on top of the main hollow rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Ming-Ti Yu
  • Patent number: 5687448
    Abstract: An adjustable cement finishing tool including a generally planar float; a rigid mounting bracket coupled to an upper extent of the float; a swiveling member pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket; and a generally elongated arm with a central axis coupled to the swiveling member, and wherein rotating the arm in one direction about its central axis allows it to become engaged with the swiveling member to thereby preclude pivotal movement of the float, and wherein rotating the arm in an opposite direction about its central axis allows it to become disengaged from the swivelling member and thereby allow pivotal movement of the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventor: Walter C. Dye, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5653546
    Abstract: A connector assembly connects two rails to a T-post. The connector assembly includes a first and second connector configured to receive the rails, and a mounting member attached to the T-post for pivotally mounting the first and second connectors to the T-post about a plurality of axes. The connector assembly includes a locking mechanism for interlocking the first and second connector with the mounting member. The connector assembly also includes a lock for securing the mounting member to the T-post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: The Fence Connection, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Carol M. Cronkhite, Jeff A. Trupe
  • Patent number: 5547169
    Abstract: A fence assembly including posts and rails connected to each other by adjustable connecting members. The connecting member is a swivel bracket which permits adjustment of an end of the fence rail relative a fence post in various directions, e.g., in vertical and horizontal planes. The swivel bracket includes a base member and a body member, and the base member preferably has a flat side configured to be secured against the outer surface of a fence post. The opposite side of the base has a rounded concave depression adapted to receive one end of the bracket body member, the body member having a rounded exterior which fits within said depression. The body member has a hollow chamber therein which is open at a side thereof to receive the end of the rail. The ends of the rail are received in the bracket body chambers through the opening therein and then fixed to the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: The Anchor Group
    Inventor: William C. Russell
  • Patent number: 5507584
    Abstract: A swivel joint for an essentially rod-shaped object, such as, a tripod, a leg or a similar support or holder for devices, particularly for musical percussion instruments, includes two joint members which are movable relative to each other and can be locked by a clamping device. The clamping device is constructed in such a way that it can simultaneously be used for clamping the rod-shaped object. In an annular end face facing away from the stationary joint member, the ring has diametrically oppositely arranged prismatic radial recesses which correspond to openings in the wall of the sleeve. When the radial recesses and the wall openings are in an aligned position, the rod-shaped object can be inserted into the swivel joint, such that the rod-shaped object extends through the radial recesses of the ring and the axial wall openings of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Sonor Johs. Link GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Sassmannshausen, Karl-Heinz Menzel
  • Patent number: 5433278
    Abstract: A clod chopper structure arranged to effect the cutting and cubing of earth clods into manageable agricultural components is provided. The chopper includes a rectilinear frame, including intersecting rows of first and second blade members whose edges extend beyond the lower periphery of the frame. The handle is arranged in a modified configuration for adjustment pivotally relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Shipley
  • Patent number: 5425285
    Abstract: An auxiliary handlebar assembly is provided. The auxiliary handlebar assembly includes an auxiliary handlebar having an open end and a coupler secured in the open end. The coupler includes a sleeve for engagement with a handlebar stem disposed on one end and a wedge shaped portion formed on the opposing end and engaged in the open end of the auxiliary handlebar. A bolt is engaged through the sleeve and the wedge shaped portion for engagement with a wedge member, such that the wedge member is caused to move radially outward for engagement with the auxiliary handlebar. In this manner, the auxiliary handlebar can be easily fixed to a handlebar stem by the coupler and a bent section of the auxiliary handlebar can be rotatably adjusted relative to a longitudinal axis of the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Inventor: Tien-Chu Cheng
  • Patent number: 5425782
    Abstract: A fixture permitting adjustment of the position and axial alignment of a prosthesis is characterized by a first attachment member associated with a socket attached to the wearer's stump, and by the fixture's ability to be adjusted without the necessity of removing the socket from the wearer's stump. A second attachment member is operatively attached to the prosthesis, and adjustable attachment means operatively connects the second attachment member to the first attachment member. The adjustable attachment means includes a central bolt member which may be accessed for adjustment without removing the socket from the wearer. The bolt member preferably extends through a rectilinear central opening in the first attachment member, providing a range of selectable lateral positions of the second attachment member with respect to the first attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Inventor: Van L. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5356237
    Abstract: A walk-aiding wheeled frame comprises base tubes, handle tubes, and fastening devices. The connecting portions of the base tube and the handle tube are polygonal in their cross sections. The base tube is provided with a locking slot. The fastening device comprises a pressing baffle capable of being driven to move by a wrench, and a hexagonal fastening tube provided with a locking baffle corresponding in location to the locking slot of the base tube. The handle tube and the base tube are fastened securely in an end-to-end manner by means of the pressing baffle, which is driven by the wrench to move inwards, and of the locking baffle. Such method of fastening the base tube and the handle tube ensures that the handle tube does not become loosely attached, thereby safeguarding the user of the walk-aiding wheeled frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Jung T. Sung