Including Radially Spaced Detent Or Latch Component Patents (Class 403/92)
  • Patent number: 9656309
    Abstract: This invention concerns an arrangement 1 intended to be used in a ventilation arrangement in order to hold and control an air channel 2. The arrangement 1 comprises a single arm construction 1.1 that is arranged along the outer surface 2A of the air channel. The arm construction 1.1 comprises two arm sections 3 and 4 arranged one after the other, a first joint 5 that unites a first arm part 3 with a fixture arrangement 6 that holds and maintains the basic position of the arm construction 1.1 and that makes possible different positioning, bending and stretching, of the arm construction 1.1 and the air channel 2, a second joint 7 that unites the first arm section 3 with the second arm section 4 and that makes possible different positioning, bending and stretching, of the arm construction 1.1 and the air channel 2. Each arm section 3 and 4 comprises an extended aluminum profile 8 and 9. The invention concerns also a ventilation arrangement comprising such an arrangement 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Fumex AB
    Inventors: Lars Hedlund, Lars Karlander
  • Patent number: 9415793
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a first member which rotates together with an operation lever which is operated to rotate and a third member which is supported rotatably via a friction reducing mechanism by a second member which is restricted from rotating. A cam mechanism which brings a fixed side plate into press contact with a column side plate includes an axially facing surface which is provided on the first member and on which a cam surface is formed, an axially facing surface which is provided on the third member, rolling elements which are interposed between both the axially facing surfaces, and a retainer which holds the rolling elements and which is restricted from rotating by the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuro Kubota, Yoshihito Yoshihara, Eiji Tanaka, Tomonori Sugiura, Ryota Okano, Masayuki Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 9167892
    Abstract: Disclosed is an intuitively operable rotation mechanism for a flip top table that includes an offsetting feature that provides aligned table legs when the table is in a use configuration while offsetting the legs when they are in a storage configuration. By offsetting the table legs in storage configuration, the height of the table legs can be more than one half of the length of the table. This feature is of particular importance for folding tables that are positioned at a standing height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: DSA International, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Korb
  • Patent number: 9078395
    Abstract: A folding arrangement of a walk-behind power tool includes a hinge having a first hinge part and a second hinge part pivotally interconnected about a hinge axis, so as to enable pivoting of the hinge between a folded position and a closed position. The first hinge part has a first opening for passing through a cable harness. The second hinge part has a second opening for receiving the cable harness. The first and second openings are facing each other when the hinge is in the closed position. At least one of the first and second hinge parts has a protruding portion for directing the cable harness towards the first and second opening when the hinge pivots from the folded position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Jörgen Johansson, Helena André, Kent Ludwigsson
  • Patent number: 8708286
    Abstract: A rotation joint and methods for rotationally coupling a swing tip assembly to a fluid-dynamic body are presented. A rotation plate configured to couple to the swing tip assembly comprises a slide ring comprising an open center, an upper slide surface, an inner slide surface, and a lower slide surface. An upper joint plate is slidably coupled to the upper slide surface and the inner slide surface is configured to couple the fluid-dynamic body. A lower joint plate is slidably coupled to the lower slide surface and the inner slide surface, and is coupled to the upper joint plate through the open center. The lower joint plate is configured to couple to the fluid-dynamic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Seiya Sakurai, Kelly T. Jones, Stephen J. Fox, Bruce R. Fox, Nicholas I. Bennett, Mark S. Good
  • Patent number: 8708292
    Abstract: A table leg assembly includes an upright leg and two branch legs. The upright leg has two tubes longitudinally extended therefrom. Each tube has a joint member disposed in a lower end thereof. Each branch leg has a cylinder formed at one end thereof. The cylinder is coaxially aligned with the respective tube. The cylinder of the respective branch leg has a ring disposed on a top thereof. The ring has a plurality of positioning grooves defined in an inner periphery thereof. At least one positioning pin passing through the joint member and positioned in one of the positioning grooves of the respective ring so as to restrict the respective branch leg in a certain angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Tuang Hock Koh
  • Publication number: 20140112702
    Abstract: A pivoting handle attachment for power tools is installed between a power tool and its side handle to provide a means for the side handle to fold into the body of the power tool for storage and ergonomics. Two cylindrical pivot halves have mating serrated faces that are releasably pressed against each other with a bolt and a nut. A threaded stud protruding from the first cylindrical pivot half screws into the existing handle hole in the power tool body, and the side handle screws into the second cylindrical pivot half. To adjust the angle of the handle, the nut is loosened, the handle is rotated to the desired position, and the nut is tightened again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: James L. MIGHELLS
  • Patent number: 8668257
    Abstract: A foldable bracket of a chair contains a positioning rod, a first rotating rod, a connector, a second rotating rod, and a supporting plate. The positioning rod is connected with the chair. The first rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the positioning rod. The connector is joined with the first rotating rod. The second rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the connector, and the supporting plate is connected to the second rotating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20140044472
    Abstract: A pivot joint for a baby carrier for locking a baby carrier in an in-use configuration and convertible into a foldable condition, includes a first pivot part, a second pivot part, a locking mechanism, a release mechanism and a retaining mechanism. The first pivot part and the second pivot part are pivotally connected between a first support member and a second support member of the baby carrier. The locking mechanism comprises a latch element operatively mounted inside the first pivot part and can be driven to a latched position to engage with the second pivot part and a released position to disengage from the second pivot part. The release mechanism is associated with the latch element for moving the latch element from the latched position to the released position. The retaining mechanism is mounted inside the first pivot part for engaging and retaining the latch element in the released position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: LERADO (ZHONG SHAN) INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUNG-SHUEN LIN, SHAN-HENG LIN
  • Patent number: 8640295
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Schiesz, Christopher E. Haigh, Matthew Scott Graham, Troy Daniel Mason
  • Patent number: 8522505
    Abstract: A boardwalk system including a first component having a pre-formed recess and a second component having a pre-formed recess. The system further includes a connector configured to be positioned in the recesses of the first and second components to connect the first and second components such that the connector limits the movement of first component away from the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Permatrak North America LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Jon Beach, Jason Vincent Philbin, Robert Louis Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8449682
    Abstract: A broom comprises a head supporting bristles. A handle is connected to the head at a swivel joint where the swivel joint allows the handle to feely rotate relative to the head. A lock is movable to a locked position to fix the position of the handle relative to the head when the head is in a first position relative to the handle and an unlocked position where the head is free to rotate relative to the handle. A method of operating a broom comprises providing a head supporting bristles connected to a handle at a lockable swivel joint; locking the lockable swivel joint to fix the position of the handle relative to the head in a first position; and unlocking the lockable swivel joint to allow the handle to rotate relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commerical Products, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Perelli, Grant Mason, Matthew Scott Kepner, William Michael Charrier
  • Publication number: 20130092812
    Abstract: A wear compensator for a pivoting detent joint comprising a carrier base having a bearing housing and a bearing ring disposed in an interior channel of the bearing housing. A pivot cylinder is carried in the interior channel bearing against the bearing ring. An inner cone slidably carried in a cylinder recess of the pivot cylinder. A biasing element forcing the inner cone into the cylinder recess to biases the cylinder wall against the bearing ring. A support arm pivotally mounted to the bearing housing including a lower pivot block receiving and supporting the pivot cylinder in the interior channel, and an upper pivot block having an arm detent ring engaging a base detent ring carried by the bearing housing. Accordingly, the pivot cylinder rotates on the bearing ring and the arm detent ring rotates on the base detent ring to adjust the position of the support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: LANG-MEKRA NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Andreas Enz, Ramesh Noone
  • Patent number: 8419310
    Abstract: An exemplary mechanical joint system includes a joint, an arm, a plurality of teeth, an engaging member, and at least one latching member. The joint defines a pivot hole and a joint receiving hole communicating with the pivot hole. The arm is rotatable relative to the joint and includes a pivot portion and a pivot hole defined in the pivot portion. The pivot portion is received in the joint receiving hole. The engaging member includes a pivot shaft and a fixing member fixed relative to the pivot shaft. The plurality of teeth extends from an outer surface of the shaft portion of the pivot shaft. The latching member is mounted in the pivot hole of the pivot portion of the arm for engaging with the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Cheng, Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 8333527
    Abstract: A mechanical joint system includes a joint, an arm, a plurality of teeth, and an engaging member. The joint defines a pivot hole and a joint receiving hole communicating with the pivot hole. The arm is rotatable relative to the joint. The arm includes a pivot portion and a pivot hole defined in the pivot portion, the pivot portion is received in the joint receiving hole. The teeth are formed on an inner surface adjacent to an end of the pivot hole. The engaging member is fixed to the joint. The engaging member includes a prong for engaging with the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Cheng, Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 8261398
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher E. Haigh, Louis B. Schiesz, Clarence Wesley Headrick, III
  • Patent number: 8065774
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Schiesz, Christopher E. Haigh, Matthew Scott Graham, Troy Daniel Mason
  • Patent number: 8047738
    Abstract: An exemplary mechanical joint system (100) includes a joint (10), an arm (20), a plurality of teeth (211), and an engaging member (3). The arm is rotatable relative to the joint. A pivot hole (210) is defined in the arm. The teeth are formed on an inner surface adjacent to an end of the pivot hole. The engaging member is fixed to the joint. The engaging member includes a prong (323) for engaging with the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Cheng, Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 7988652
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a pivotal disc is pivotally coupled to a first brace and a second brace. The pivotal disc has a motion-limit member and a positioning member limiting the angle by which the second brace rotates with respect to the first brace with the pivotal disc being the axis and fixing the angle between the first and second braces. The present invention is characterized in that the motion-limit member uses a range-adjust member to push a slide block and determine the range that a block portion of the second brace is blocked by the slide block, and that the positioning member uses a switch knob actuates on end of a positioning rod to engage with or depart from a positioning notch on the pivotal disc, and that the pivotal disc has two limit elements to define the maximum movement range of the first brace and the second brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Huntex Corporation
    Inventor: Chia-Chang Chao
  • Patent number: 7833181
    Abstract: A knee brace has push button actuatable stops, wherein the stops are biased outward into angular locking positions and inwardly directed pressure on the push buttons releases the stops and permits angular adjustment of the stops. A pair of catch plates with locking recesses facing inward, are provided, and outwardly biased locking pins engage the recesses in both catch plates. Each of the stop assemblies has an outwardly directed plate extending over the outer cover plate, and this plate is coupled to the physical stop member around the outer edge of the outer cover plate. The cover plate has angular indicia thereon, which may be viewed through windows in the outwardly extending plate portions of the stop assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ossur Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cormier, Tracy Grim, Joseph M. Iglesias, Hugo A. Cobar, Janelle R. Batman, Irving Hu, Wendee Lee, Jacqueline Jones
  • Patent number: 7721857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement and to a method relating to a swing damper (1) for carrying a tool (5) that hands from a crane arm (2) or the like. The swing damper (1) includes an upper part (11) that is connected to the crane arm (2), and a lower part (12) that carries a working implement (5) or the like either directly or via a rotator (4), for instance. The upper part (11) and the lower part (12) are pivotally connected to one another via a pivot joint (13). The swing damper (1) also includes a brake arrangement (50). The brake arrangement (50) includes a brake unit (60) that has discs (70, 80) which are pivotal about the pivot shaft (14) of the swing joint (13), wherein at least one (70) of said discs is secured against rotation relative to the upper part (11), and wherein at least (80) of said discs is secured against rotation relative to said lower part (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Indexator AB
    Inventor: Joakim Harr
  • Patent number: 7534220
    Abstract: A knee brace is provided with push button actuatable stops, wherein the stops are biased outward into angular locking positions and inwardly directed pressure on the push buttons releases the stops and permits angular adjustment of the stops. A pair of catch plates with locking recesses facing inward, are provided, and outwardly biased locking pins engage the recesses in both catch plates. Each of the stop assemblies has an outwardly directed plate extending over the outer cover plate, and this plate is coupled to the physical stop member around the outer edge of the outer cover plate. The cover plate has angular indicia thereon, which may be viewed through windows in the outwardly extending plate portions of the stop assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Ossur hf
    Inventors: David Cormier, Tracy E. Grim, Joseph M. Iglesias, Hugo A. Cobar, Janelle R. Batman, Irving Hu, Wendee Lee, Jacqueline Jones
  • Patent number: 7520480
    Abstract: A stand for a display device, such as a flat-panel display, selectively accommodates mounting surfaces having disparate orientations with improved stability and durability, to facilitate viewing of the flat-panel display in either of at least two physical states of orientation as necessary or desired, specifically, with respect to both horizontal and vertical mounting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Chang Su Lee
  • Publication number: 20090092441
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that may be used to movably connect a device to a support. The apparatus may be a mechanical arm with multiple connections that allows the device to move into various positions and orientations. The connections may include a coupling attached to a connection assembly that movably secures the coupling to an elongated member. Each of the connection assemblies may provide a pivot point which allows rotation upon a sufficient force and provide a mechanism for removably securing a coupling at desired increments. The device may be an instrument or fixture for dental or medical use, such as an operating room light, a dental examination light, a liquid crystal display (LCD), a mirror, delivery head, etc. The support may be attached to a surface such as a ceiling or floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Austin Everett Unsworth, Gary DeCarr, Nathan Hemmer
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080267694
    Abstract: A dual action structural latch (10) is provided for securing hinged access doors to a frame. The latch (10) comprises a latching member (58) secured to the frame and defining a first aperture (60). A hook member (24) engages the latching member (58) to resist a tensile force when the latch (10) is in a closed position, and disengages the latching member (58) when the latch (10) is in the open position. A shear pin (36) extends so as to engage within the first aperture (60) to resist a shear force when the latch (10) is in the closed position and to disengage the first aperture (60) when the latch (10) is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Hein, Nicholas A. Williams
  • Patent number: 7399137
    Abstract: A pivot arrangement between a mirror head and a mirror mounting bracket of a rear vision mirror for a motor vehicle which uses a disc spring with a negative spring rate over part of its travel. The disc spring has a height to thickness ratio of greater than ?2(1.414).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Maarten J. Schuurmans
  • Publication number: 20080101853
    Abstract: A synchronously adjustable pivot has a function of balancing the torque and is provided between an outer receiving seat and an inner receiving seat. The pivot further includes an outer sleeve. One end of the outer sleeve is provided with a knob and an inner sleeve threadedly connected to the knob. Further, the other end of the outer sleeve is provided with a bolt. Elastic elements are provided at the outside of both ends of the outer sleeve. When the pivot provided with elastic elements is arranged into the inner receiving seat, a washer having high coefficient of friction is disposed between the outer receiving seat and the inner receiving seat. Finally, a bolt is used for fixation. With the above arrangement, when the degree of tightness between the outer receiving seat and the inner receiving seat is enhanced via the pivot, the large friction generated by the washer is used to balance the rotating torque on both ends of the pivot and keep the degree of tightness on both ends thereof equal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Shian-Nung Huang
  • Patent number: 7300066
    Abstract: A folding frame for a tricycle, scooter or child's bicycle has a front frame part on which the front wheels can be mounted and a rear frame part on which the rear wheels can be mounted. A swivelling joint with a front articulated part is mounted on the front frame part and a rear articulated part is mounted on the rear frame part. The first of the two articulated parts has a first recess and the second of the two articulated parts has a second and third recess. The first recess and the second recess are in alignment in the use position of use and the first recess and the third recess are aligned in the folded position. The first articulated part and the second articulated part are locked against one another in the use position and in the folded position via a pin which can be moved in the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karin Kettler, legal representative, Joachim Kettler, Reinhold Rocholl, Heinz Kettler, deceased
  • Patent number: 7278338
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a head having an engaging portion for mounting an object and a through hole which includes an engaging inner periphery and a smooth inner periphery, and is closed by a bottom plate with a central hole. A movable member is movably received in the second through hole and includes a driving section and a connection section. An operation portion includes a handle and a mounting portion which has a connection recess so as to be engaged with the connection section of the movable member. The driving section of the movable member is removably engaged with the engaging inner periphery. By moving the movable member relative to the mounting portion, the handle can be selectively rotated freely or co-rotated with the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Terence Chen
  • Patent number: 7234889
    Abstract: An accessory for connecting a portion of a first conduit to a portion of at least one second conduit or to another accessory, which accessory includes a base element and an end element including complementary engagement elements co-operating with one another to allow relative displacement between the end element and the base element between a position in which the end element is deployed relative to the base element, and a position in which the end element is retracted onto the base element. The accessory includes resilient return elements distinct from the complementary engagement elements and suitable for acting between the base element and the end element in order to return the end element into the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignees: Legrand France, Legrand SNC
    Inventor: Bruno Gautier
  • Patent number: 7210696
    Abstract: A folding frame for a tricycle, scooter or child's bicycle, with a front frame part on which the front wheels can be mounted at least indirectly, a rear frame part on which the rear wheels can be mounted, a swivelling joint with a front articulated part which is mounted on the front frame part, and with a rear articulated part which is mounted on the rear frame part, the first of the two articulated parts has a first recess and the second of the two articulated parts has a second recess and a third recess, the first recess and the second recess in the position of use of the frame are in alignment, and the first recess and the third recess in the folded position are in alignment, and the first articulated part and the second articulated part are locked against one another in the position of use and in the folded position via a pin which can be moved in the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kar{dot over (o)}n Kettler, legal representative, Joachim Kettler, Reinhold Rocholl, Heinz Kettler, deceased
  • Patent number: 7203067
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a modular component comprises a jointed cam arm including a first portion and a second portion pivotally connected to the first portion. A flexible member is included on the first portion. A pivot limiting catch is included on the second portion, the catch being operable to engage with the flexible member to position the first portion at an angle relative to the second portion. In response to a force applied to the first portion sufficient to flex the flexible member, the first portion is pivotable to reduce the relative angle with the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Beall, Timothy Radloff
  • Patent number: 7083355
    Abstract: An indexer for positioning a limb extension bar used with an examination table. The indexer permits a selective fixed position in the forward and backward directions and a selective fixed position with respect to rotational movement. The indexer consists of a housing and a translator that sits within the housing. A locking member sits within the translator. The locking member has meshing teeth that mate with a similar structure located on the housing to selectively fix the extension bar in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: The Brewer Company, LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Jensen, John E. Habermann
  • Patent number: 7063341
    Abstract: A collapsible skateboard includes an upright handle having lower portion on which is fixedly mounted a bracket, a connector having a curved slot having a lower end formed with a horizontal recess, an upper end formed with a vertical recess, and a circular hole under the vertical recess, an adjust pin inserted into the vertical recess of the connector and the elongated hole of the bracket, a pivot pin fitted through the circular hole of the connector and the circular hole of the bracket, a spring having an upper end connected to the adjust pin and a lower end to the pivot pin, and a platform on which is fixedly mounted the connector, whereby the skateboard can be easily folded up as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Razor USA LLC
    Inventor: Shui-Te Tsai
  • Patent number: 7044676
    Abstract: A pivot arrangement between a mirror head and a mirror mounting bracket of a rear vision mirror for a motor vehicle which uses a disc spring with a negative spring rate over part of its travel. The disc spring has a height to thickness ratio of greater than ?2(1.414).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Maarten J. Schuurmans
  • Patent number: 7000928
    Abstract: A third wheel collapsing device for a golf club cart includes a third wheel support frame having a U-shaped frame fixed pivotally with a third wheel and a hollow support arm fitted therein with a fit block. The support arm and the fit block respectively have insert holes and connecting holes. A support base assembled on the support arm has a pivotal shaft under the bottom and a threaded hole before the pivotal shaft for receiving an elastic lock member, which has an engage rod biased by a compression coil spring and controlled by a user. The support base has a fastening frame fixed with the lower end of the main frame of a golf club cart. When the engage rod is pulled and removed from the first insert hole of the support arm and the first connecting hole of the fit member, the third wheel support frame can be transversely collapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Unique Product & Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Liao
  • Patent number: 6874969
    Abstract: A trunking angle accessory for establishing continuity between two differently oriented lengths of trucking each including a base section having two lateral flanges with rims that are directed toward each other and include elements for fitting a length of cover section comprises two cheeks each adapted to establish a continuous wall between two lateral flanges of the two base sections. Each cheek carries a strip for establishing a continuous wall between the rims of two lateral flanges of the two base sections. The band of each cheek includes elements for fitting a length of cover section which extend along a circular arc of given radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignees: Legrand, Legrand SNC
    Inventors: Alain Jadaud, Bertrand Decore
  • Patent number: 6805513
    Abstract: The mechanism includes two discoidal parts, including a ratchet and crown mounted on an unattached axle, each of their opposing faces with cogged sections. The positioning of the ratchet on the axle allows it to move axially to facilitate the separation of the teeth. The separation of the teeth is carried out by a separator element that is set up between the ratchet and crown, the ratchet being able to be manually operated to carry out the separation. The ratchet is required to activate the position of engagement with the crown by means of a spring that is supported by an external disk that in turn presses on a limit plate pierced by the axle and mounted on the ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Grupo Antolin
    Inventor: Miguel Marañón Marquina
  • 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: 6647904
    Abstract: A planting unit lockup assembly extends between upper and lower links of a parallelogram linkage. A lockup link is pivotally coupled to the upper link and extends downwardly to the lower link. The lockup link is also provided with a slot having a hook. A slide member is mounted to the lower link and engages the slot. A control link is pivotally coupled to the lockup link by a loose pivot coupling. The control link is biased towards the lower link by a spring. The control link is provided with a trapping element that engages the lockup link. The trapping element of the control link engages the lockup link in one of two positions, a normal position and a lockup position. In its normal position, the control link biases the hook away from the slide bushing member. In its lockup position, the control link biases the hook toward the slide bushing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan Albert Mariman, Randall William Stoehr
  • Publication number: 20030062219
    Abstract: A joint for an articulated ladder comprises two outer casing parts, two inner casing parts, an arched lock piece, and an extension spring. The inner casing parts pivotally engages with the outer casing parts and the arched lock piece is located in the inner casing parts. The spring has one hook end thereof engaging with the locating tab of one of the inner casing parts. The arched lock piece is an integral piece providing with two parallel arched parts spacing apart from each other. Each of the parallel arched parts further provides three short posts extending outward from a facial side thereof to be slidably received in the three arched openings on the inner casing parts respectively. A hook tongue extends outward from one of the flat connecting parts to engage with the other hook end of the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Wen Yeh
  • Patent number: 6431567
    Abstract: A collapsible skateboard includes an upright handle having lower portion on which is fixedly mounted a bracket, a connector having a curved slot having a lower end formed with a horizontal recess, an upper end formed with a vertical recess, and a circular hole under the vertical recess, an adjust pin inserted into the vertical recess of the connector and the elongated hole of the bracket, a pivot pin fitted through the circular hole of the connector and the circular hole of the bracket, a spring having an upper end connected to the adjust pin and a lower end to the pivot pin, and a platform on which is fixedly mounted the connector, whereby the skateboard can be easily folded up as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Shui-Te Tsai
  • Patent number: 6431024
    Abstract: A backpack-type working machine comprises an engine on a shouldering frame and a swingable arm on a side thereof. A throttle lever on the arm controls the engine. A base of the arm is connected to a holder by means of an elastic pivot means including a bolt around which the arm swings and a spring. To allow the arm to move on a plane orthogonal to a swing direction (plane including a center line of a pivot means), the holder and the base of the arm are connected such that only parts opposing and oppositely of inclined surfaces thereof are in partial contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuneyoshi Yuasa, Kunio Tsutsui, Junichi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 6394687
    Abstract: A rotating shaft unit includes a first shaft section with a first sleeve adapted to be fixed on the first object, and a second shaft section with a second sleeve fixed on a second object. A fixed plug is secured within the first sleeve. A movable plug is disposed axially and movably within the second sleeve. Each of the fixed and the movable plugs has an integral annular tooth unit. A radial push rod extends movably into the first sleeve and the fixed plug, and is biased to move outward in the first sleeve and the fixed plug. An axial push rod is fixed on the movable plug, extends movable through the fixed plug and the first sleeve, and is biased to an extended position, in which the annular tooth units engage each other to secure relative angular position of the fixed and movable plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Cheng-Tsai Lee
  • Patent number: 6332621
    Abstract: A skate board scooter includes a base, a head tube, a handlebar stem extended through the head tube, and a connecting member extended from the head tube. A first mounting wall and a second mounting wall are mounted on the first end of the base. The first mounting wall and the second mounting wall are spaced to allow the lower end of the connecting member to pivot therebetween. The first mounting wall includes a first positioning hole and a second positioning hole. The second mounting wall includes a third positioning hole aligned with the first positioning hole, a fourth positioning hole aligned with the second positioning hole, and a connecting slot that communicates the third positioning hole with the fourth positioning hole. A pivotal pin is extended through aligned pivotal holes of the first mounting wall and the second mounting wall and a pivotal hole of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventor: Meng-Liang Wu
  • Publication number: 20010046409
    Abstract: A connector assembly for securing a device such as a cell phone to a mounting surface to provide a full range of motion. The connector has a base plate rotatably connected to a pivot arm. The upper end of the pivot arm supports the device or a holder for the device. The rotatable connection comprises engageable gear rings having a low tooth profile which will “slip” in the event of a severe impact for safety and to prevent breakage. In a preferred embodiment, the connector gear rings are of a material having some flexibility to assist in providing slippage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Roy K. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6317497
    Abstract: A toggle joint combination for extending a receptacle of automobile cigarette lighter and application thereof, wherein an insertion portion of this invention is plugged in the receptacle of automobile cigarette lighter; every extension portion may be extended by coupling with additional extension portions; the rear end of the last toggle is used to connect with various articles, such as a beverage rack, electric fan, illuminating ashtray, electric extension connector, map light, hold-free mobile phone set, etc, which can be adjusted at will. This invention comprises at least an insertion portion, a first extension portion, and a second extension portion, and, more than two extension portions can be combined if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Ou
  • Patent number: 6306137
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a transconnector for coupling first and second spinal fixation rods or other elongate fixation elements. The transconnector includes a male member, a female member, and a locking member. The male member has a body with a linking element (such as a hook) associated with the lateral end for receiving one of the fixation elements, and a projection extending from the medial end. The female member has a body with a linking element associated with the lateral end for receiving the other fixation element, and a cavity with an opening on the medial end for receiving a portion of the male member projection. The locking member adjustably and rotatably secures the male member projection portion in the cavity in order to accommodate different orientations and separation distances between the first and second fixation elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Synthes (U.S.A.)
    Inventor: Thomas N. Troxell
  • Patent number: 6273585
    Abstract: An improved bathroom-use mirror lamp having a mirror lamp and gimbal frame that are capable of a flexible range of angular adjustment. A gimbal frame is situated on the upper extent of the lower base, and a mirror lamp is mounted to the gimbal frame, with the gimbal frame containing internally routed electrical wiring. The electrical wiring of the mirror lamp is routed from the interior section of the mirror lamp through the two lateral arms of the gimbal frame and extended out at the bottom end of the lower base. The gimbal frame and mirror lamp each have a laterally disposed semicircular shaped recess at a connection section with a position limiting ball bearing in each. When the mirror lamp is rotated 180 degrees, the position limiting ball bearings become restricted against two edges of the insertion conjointment slots, causing the mirror lamp to become incapable of further rotation and preventing the twisting of the electrical wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu