Engaging Recess In Radial Face Patents (Class 403/96)
  • Patent number: 11325632
    Abstract: A rod locking mechanism includes a central hub, a first rod component and a locking component. The first rod component is pivotally connected to the central hub. The first rod component includes an abutting portion. The abutting portion is movable between a first position and a second position when the first rod component pivots relative to the central hub. The locking component is movably disposed on the central hub. The abutting portion is located at a first side of the locking component when the abutting portion is located at the first position. The abutting portion drives the locking component to move when the abutting portion moves from the first position toward the second position, and the abutting portion abuts against a second side of the locking component opposite to the first side of the locking component when the abutting portion is located at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Wanquan Zhu
  • Patent number: 11029006
    Abstract: It is described herein various embodiments of a holder for a light source. In some embodiments, the holder comprises a first arm and a second arm with each arm attached to a pivot member (300) having a pivot member central axis. In other embodiments, the holder comprises a housing attached to a first planar surface of a mounting base with a first bracket attached to a second planar surface of the mounting base proximate with a mounting base first end and a second bracket attached to the second planar surface of the mounting base proximate with a mounting base second end which is opposite the mounting base first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: L.J. Star, Incorporated
    Inventors: Aarash Navabi, Michael Sadaway
  • Patent number: 10189495
    Abstract: A baby stroller for transporting an infant at speeds faster than normal walking is disclosed. This baby stroller can be folded to make it easier to stow and transport. The folding mechanism, a unique feature of the design is directed toward compactness, ease of use, reliability, and reduction in manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Baby Jogger, LLC
    Inventors: Martin E. Valdez, James Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 9862400
    Abstract: A baby stroller for transporting an infant at speeds faster than normal walking is disclosed. This baby stroller can be folded to make it easier to stow and transport. The folding mechanism, a unique feature of the design is directed toward compactness, ease of use, reliability, and reduction in manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Racing Strollers, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Valdez, James Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 9431780
    Abstract: A coaxial adapter comprises an adapter body which includes a forward projecting member aligned along a connector axis. The adapter also includes an outer contact fixed to the adapter body such that a first electrical connection is made between the outer contact and the adapter body by the fixation. A dielectric is disposed at least partially within an internal bore of the adapter body or an internal bore of the outer contact and an inner contact is disposed at least partially within an internal bore of the dielectric. The forward projecting member of the adapter body makes a second electrical connection with the outer contact separate from the first electrical connection, there being no electrical connection between the adapter body and the outer contact between the first electrical connection and the second electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: MegaPhase, LLC
    Inventor: Robert C. Hosler, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9327755
    Abstract: A steering device includes: a steering shaft and a column jacket that are telescopically adjustable in an axial direction; a lock member that advances to an advance position at which the lock member is engaged with one of holes of a lock plate and that retreats to a retreat position at which the lock member is disengaged from the hole of the lock plate; an operation member that is mechanically separated from the lock member; a biasing member that constantly biases the lock member toward the advance position; and a transmission member that moves the lock member to the retreat position against a biasing force of the biasing member in accordance with operation of the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, FUJI KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yoshihara, Tomonori Sugiura, Yuji Takahashi, Atsumune Nagatani, Tatsuro Kubota, Shigeru Hoshino, Yota Uesaka
  • Patent number: 9308658
    Abstract: Articulating or convertible handheld razor tools include an articulating handle portion, a razor body portion, and a blade mounting bracket. The articulating handle portion includes an arm section and an extender element movably coupled to the arm section. The razor body portion includes a recess for positioning of the articulating handle portion and a mounting area. The mounting area is configured to hold one or more razor cartridges for shaving. In one configuration, the articulating handheld razor tool incorporates a skid plate and a level, or alternatively a roller, into the razor body portion to better facilitate shaving various body surface profiles, e.g., the face and/or scalp, by a single user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Project Razor LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Coviello
  • Patent number: 9242667
    Abstract: A steering device includes: a steering shaft and a column jacket that are telescopically adjustable in an axial direction; a lock plate provided with a plurality of holes; a support shaft that extends in a cross direction crossing the axial direction and includes a low-strength portion to be broken when a load acts on the steering shaft and the column jacket; and a lock member that advances to the lock plate to be engaged with one of the holes. The lock member is disengaged from the one of holes when the support shaft is broken in a state in which the lock member is engaged with the one of the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, FUJI KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yoshihara, Tomonori Sugiura, Yuji Takahashi, Atsumune Nagatani, Tatsuro Kubota, Shigeru Hoshino, Yota Uesaka
  • Patent number: 9144912
    Abstract: A shaver includes an improved locking mechanism for securing a shaving head to the shaver while allowing for simple and convenient removal thereof. The shaver further includes an adjustable shaver head that effectively follows the contours of the face or body. The shaver can be extended to use with a backshaver that has a first handle portion connected to a second handle portion by a joint assembly that allows the handle portions to be adjusted to varying angles and locked at a desired angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Brett Marut
  • Patent number: 8967710
    Abstract: A folding device is configured at the pivot between the rear leg frame and the front leg frame of a high chair and allows a user to complete folding process by pressing a driving member. When the driving member is pressed, an engaging member of the folding device moves correspondingly to an unlocked position, so that the rear leg frame disengages from and pivots about the front leg frame. The high chair can then be folded easily for the user, and the structure of the invention is simpler than the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Qu Hu, Shun-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 8869658
    Abstract: In a multi-function tool structure, a body and a work rod are pivotally connected together and can form a folded and retracted state. Moreover, an elastically movable press button is disposed on the body and can link up a positioning pin movably inserted into the work rod. Thus, pressing the press button can release a lock between the work rod and the positioning pin so that the work rod is swingable, while releasing the press button can lock the positioning pin and the work rod together again. Thus, the work rod and the body can be folded and retracted to facilitate the storage and carrying. After the work rod is developed, it can form multiple included angles with respect to the body so that the requirements of different operation angles can be satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Re-Dai Precision Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Chiu Chou
  • Patent number: 8777508
    Abstract: A cutting unit mounting device includes a ball through which a yoke extends laterally. The yoke is attached to the cutting unit, and the ball is pivotably mounted in a ball housing attached to a lift arm. A releasable lock pin engages and secures the ball within the ball housing in a mowing position or a service position. The ball housing has stops to limit the pivoting of the ball and yoke with respect to the ball housing. A releasable lock pin engages notches in the ball to engage and secure the ball in the mowing position or service position with respect to the ball housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lawrence Phillips, Michael Joseph Buchheit, Jennifer Lynn Jaramillo, Paul Robert Heide
  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 8215596
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a pivot shaft, a first supporting member, a second supporting member, and a positioning member. The first supporting member is rotatably sleeved on the pivot shaft. A positioning protrusion is formed on the first supporting member. The second supporting member is non-rotatably sleeved on the pivot shaft. The positioning member has an elastic portion and is non-rotatably sleeved on the pivot shaft. A positioning groove receiving the positioning protrusion is defined in a periphery of the positioning member and adjacent to the elastic portion. An LCD device is further provided in the present disclose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Wu Duan, Fan Zhou
  • Patent number: 8162557
    Abstract: A multi-axis coupling apparatus for adjustably mounting modular tooling members. The multi-axis coupling apparatus provides a first coupling member connectable to a substantially cylindrical boom for providing linear and rotational adjustment along and about a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical boom. A second coupling member is connected to the first coupling member and is connectable to a modular tooling member for providing adjustment to the modular tooling member about and along an axis extending at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Van Zile, III, Jeffery J. Dellach, Kenneth P. Dellach, Henry J. Brohl, III
  • Patent number: 8132978
    Abstract: A tool positioning apparatus permitting tool adjustment in two planes, the apparatus generally including an articulating joint apparatus and a resistance thread mechanism for rotatably positioning a tool about a central axis. In one embodiment the joint includes two halves rotatable about a central axis. The two halves are positionable through use of a push-button release that disengages a gear member and permits movement of the two halves relative to each other. In one embodiment, a gear has teeth disposed on one surface, two opposing substantially straight sides, and two opposing substantially curved sides, with a triangular protrusion mounted on each of the gear's two straight portions. The thread resistance mechanism utilizes an elastomeric threading in a narrowing taper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Franklin Tool Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Ronald D. Franklin, Michael D. McCollum, Lucas R. Franklin
  • Publication number: 20120014743
    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: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventors: Gang Cheng, Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100183362
    Abstract: A tool positioning apparatus permitting tool adjustment in two planes, the apparatus generally including an articulating joint apparatus and a resistance thread mechanism for rotatably positioning a tool about a central axis. In one embodiment the joint includes two halves rotatable about a central axis. The two halves are positionable through use of a push-button release that disengages a gear member and permits movement of the two halves relative to each other. In one embodiment, a gear has teeth disposed on one surface, two opposing substantially straight sides, and two opposing substantially curved sides, with a triangular protrusion mounted on each of the gear's two straight portions. The thread resistance mechanism utilizes an elastomeric threading in a narrowing taper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: FRANKLIN TOOL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Franklin, Michael D. McCollum, Lucas R. Franklin
  • 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: 7607514
    Abstract: A linear guideway with a changeable oil-storage unit comprises: a rail, a sliding block; an end cap having an oil-filler hole fixed to either end of the sliding block, an oil-storage unit having an oil storage space, a connecting portion, and an oil feeding hole; a joint unit defined with a through hole, and two connecting portions connected to the oil filler hole and the connecting portion of the oil-storage unit, respectively. One of the connecting portions has a plug-in arrangement for providing quick connection to the oil-storage unit, the through hole, the oil filler hole and the oil feeding hole are connected to one other, forming an oil route for providing lubrication for the linear guideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Hiwin Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Yung-Tsai Chuo
  • Patent number: 7591604
    Abstract: A knuckle joint locking and release mechanism for a power tool having a locking mode where relative articulation between two body portions of the power tool is prevented and a release mode where relative articulation between the two body portions of the power tool is unhindered. The knuckle joint locking and release mechanism is biased into the locking mode but can be placed into the release mode by engaging an actuator pushbutton located on either side of the knuckle joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Ana-Maria Roberts
  • Patent number: 7523904
    Abstract: A ratcheting mounting device has a substantially rigid base that is formed with a receptor surface projected above a foot portion that is structured with one or more through holes for securing the base to an external surface such as a floor or wall; a substantially rigid ratcheting coupler that is formed with an insertion surface and an appendage coupler for securing an appendage thereto; a plurality of cooperating radially extended teeth and radially extended sockets arranged between the respective receptor and insertion surfaces of the base and ratcheting coupler for orienting the surface of the ratcheting coupler relative to the surface of the base in different stepwise angular orientations; and a clamping mechanism that is structured for constraining the respective receptor and insertion surfaces of the base and ratcheting coupler in different angular relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20090060638
    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: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicants: 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: 7488136
    Abstract: An electric device includes a main body, a supporting crutch and a pivot mechanism connecting the body to the crutch. The body is rotated around the crutch through the pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism includes first and second bearing shims. The first bearing shim has a limiting salient, which has a first sidewall, a second sidewall and an inclined surface. The inclined surface is tilted from the second sidewall to the first sidewall. The second bearing shim has a sliding salient. When the sliding salient is disposed on the first/second sidewall, the main body is positioned at a first/second position. The sliding salient crosses the first sidewall and slides on the inclined surface to the second sidewall by a first force. The sliding salient crosses the second sidewall and slides on the inclined surface to the first sidewall by a second force larger than the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Chen, Chia-Hung Lin, Wen-Ken Wang, Hsin-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 7478972
    Abstract: A rotational supporting mechanism, which supports a main body and a cover, includes an eccentric cam. The main body and the cover are superposed in a closed position. From the closed position, the cover is rotated 180 degrees and stopped at a 180-degree rotational position in an open position. The eccentric cam rotates eccentrically. The pressing means presses a cam surface of the eccentric cam in a direction of a line connecting a portion of the eccentric cam corresponding to the closed position and a portion of the eccentric cam corresponding to the open position when the main body and the cover are superposed in the closed position. Rotation of the cam is stopped in the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignees: OMRON Corporation, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Takamori, Tsuyoshi Uchida, Masami Nishida
  • Patent number: 7461826
    Abstract: A ratcheting mounting device has a base that is formed with pair of flanges, each of the flanges for securing the base to an external surface, and a receptor gear surface formed with a quantity of gear teeth arranged in a radial pattern. A ratcheting coupler has an insertion gear surface formed with a quantity of gear teeth arranged in a radial pattern that is structured to cooperate with the radial pattern of gear teeth of the receptor gear surface of the ratchet base. A rigid arm appendage is secured to the ratcheting coupler in a ratcheting rotational relationship to the base. A coupler clamping mechanism secures the ratcheting coupler to the base with the gear teeth interlocked. According to one embodiment of the present invention, the ratcheting coupler also has two sets of gear teeth arranged on opposite sides of the ratcheting coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7445229
    Abstract: A stroller includes a stroller frame; a basket assembly including a basket frame coupled to the stroller frame, wherein the basket frame is configured to move, without bending, between a first, in-use position and a second, access position, and a basket supported by the basket frame; and a latch assembly on each side of the stroller that movably couples the basket frame to the stroller frame, the latch assembly being configured such that application of a downward force on the basket frame moves the basket frame from the first, in-use position to the second, access position. Upon removal of the application of downward force, the basket frame can remain in the second, access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Daniel N. Newhard
  • Patent number: 7441737
    Abstract: Sunglass holder with built-in clip for attachment and detachment can be used on industrial sites besides sports type of hat (cap) by being conjoined with the sunglass and goggle of military helmet. When fishing at the desert where wind of sand is rampant, river or ocean, it protects the eyes from the sand and ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Towards this end, it is possible to use by conjoining hat and sunglass lens, and the product is invented to apply in diverse areas such as sunvisor, cowboy hat beret, knit wool hat, hat and hair band for jogging etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Seung Bae Park
  • Patent number: 7419171
    Abstract: A foldable two wheeled scooter includes a steering post with a front wheel at a lower end and handlebars at an upper end. A support tube connects with a folding mechanism enclosed substantially beneath a top plate of a foot board of the scooter. The location of the mechanism prevents a user from being harmed when moving the scooter from an upright position to a folded down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: James Wong Ka Ming
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7363930
    Abstract: The tilt mechanism has a pair of tubular members and a catch which is fixedly mounted in the upper member and pivotally mounted in the lower member to permit tilting of the two members relative to each other. A pin is mounted in the lower member and is biased into one of several recesses in the lower end of the catch in order to hold the sections in either an upright or a tilted position relative to each other. A coil spring is used to bias the pin into a recess of the catch. Pulling down on the pin allows the tubular members to be tilted relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Telescope Casual Furniture, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Vanderminden, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7341392
    Abstract: An articulated joint for a foldable ladder includes an outer casing pair, an inner casing pair pivotally moving with respect to the outer casing pair, a lock device composed of a lock block and a locating pin. The locating pin has a ball end to be slightly squeezed in the locating hole such that the ball end is capable of retained in the locating hole and pivotally joined to the locating hole. The lock block provides triangular prism shaped projections at two opposite long edges of the bottom side of the lock block. Hence, the lock block can move along the guide slot of the outer casing shells steadily and be pivotally joined to fixing pin without loosening apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Dofair Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Wen Yeh
  • Patent number: 7213294
    Abstract: A paint applicator includes a paint roller having a pivotally adjustable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: David Karroll
  • Patent number: 7059220
    Abstract: A wrench combination includes a first wrench, a second wrench and a joint for rotationally connecting the first wrench with the second wrench. The first wrench is movably connected with the joint. A socket can be attached to each end of the first wrench. The second wrench is movably connected with the joint. A socket can be attached to each end of the second wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Mou-Tang Liou
  • 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: 7013508
    Abstract: A bed rail assembly includes a joint device connecting two top tubes, a pair of corner members mounted to free ends of the top tubes, two vertical tubes mounted to and depending from the corner members, and a pair of knuckle devices mounted to lower ends of the vertical tubes. Horizontal support tubes extend from the knuckle devices in a direction substantially normal to a plane defined by the top tubes and the vertical tubes. Extensions project from the knuckle devices to receive and fix support tube thereby forming a rectangular frame onto which a cover is attached to shield the frame. Each knuckle device includes a movable member movably connected to a base of the knuckle device to allow collapse of the bed rail. A Y-shaped belt and an L-shaped retention member are used to secure the bed rail assembly to a mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Sung-Tsun Wu
  • Patent number: 6807679
    Abstract: A mechanism includes two units for securing a transparent eye protector to a helmet having a recess at either side. Each unit comprises a bracket formed at one end of a frame of the eye protector. The bracket includes, at a free end thereof, an inner raised, round surface, radial first ridges on the raised, round surface, an outer recessed, round surface, and a central hole through the round surfaces. Separate snapping members include two lower, resilient latched pieces inserted into each recess for releasably securing to the helmet, radial second ridges at an upper, outer surface, and a central hole through the upper, outer surface. Bolts are driven through the central holes for fastening the snapping members and the brackets together. Pivoting of the ridges of the bracket about the ridges of the snapping member is done by pulling the eye protector up or down about the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Chen Li Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tzu-Feng Wang-Lee
  • Publication number: 20040179891
    Abstract: An adjustable pivot joint includes rotation arms which, when locked, prevent pivoting about an axis. A release mechanism is used to unlock the rotation arms to allow pivoting about the axis for adjustment of the pivot joint. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or the meaning of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Mervyn M. Watkins, Michael Bird
  • Patent number: 6629801
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the position of a stroller handle includes two housings each having a first half part and a second half part joined one to the other in angularly displaceable manner. Each housing has disposed therein a toothed disk, and is formed with a control button providing manipulation access thereto. The toothed disks have radial teeth and are each spring biased to concurrently engage teeth formed in the first and second half parts, so as to prevent the second half part from moving relative to the first half part. Each second half part is freed to turn relative to a corresponding first half part when the appropriate control button is actuated to disengage the toothed disk from its first half part. This permits the handle to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Ying-Hsiung Cheng
  • Patent number: 6588712
    Abstract: A clamp for a cylindrical includes a base portion and a clamping portion which define together a common through opening for passage of a cylindrical element. Fasteners are provided to brace the base portion and the clamping portion to thereby hold the cylindrical element in a clamping zone. The base portion and the clamping portion are each provided with an attachment surface, wherein the attachment surface of the clamping portion includes a cutout formed with internal teeth for optional positive engagement of external circumferential teeth of a protrusion of a base portion of a further such base portion or external circumferential teeth of a protrusion of a connection piece, such that the internal and external teeth are constrained against rotation. Thus, a series of clamps can be stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Erich Brell, Klaus-Dieter Gabriel, Albert Hitzler, Sven Müller
  • Publication number: 20030039506
    Abstract: An elbow connector structure for a cymbal support is disclosed. The connector structure has an elbow connector mounted with tooth surface and being secured onto a support. The structure has a rotating elbow seat located at the bottom of a supporting rod for the cymbal, characterized in that the external side of the connector at the bottom end of the supporting rod is protruded with a pivotal lug seat having an arch-shaped plate having a guided sliding hole allowing the insertion of the supporting rod for deviated sliding adjustment, and a screw nut is used to mount the cymbal onto the supporting rod. The structure allows the cymbal to be adjusted at any angle as required by the drummer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Chang Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 6520531
    Abstract: A boot support includes a disc solidly secured on a ski board and engaged with a bracket for rotatably securing the bracket to the ski board. One or more pawls are disposed between the disc and the ski board and are forced to to engage with the bracket and to secure the bracket to the disc and the ski board. The pawls may be solidly retained between the disc and the ski board and may be solidly forced to engage with the bracket for securing the bracket to the ski board after the bracket has been rotated relative to the ski board to the required suitable angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Yu Tze Gien
  • Patent number: 6435017
    Abstract: A snap-fit sensing apparatus (20) for use in automotive applications including a housing (22) having a pair of flexible arms (30), a top portion (24), and a bottom portion (26), the flexible arms (30) extending from the top portion (24) to the bottom portion (26), at least one of the flexible arms (30) comprises a locking flange (32). The sensing apparatus (20) also includes a retaining mechanism (40) fixedly connected with the top portion (24), the retaining mechanism (40) securing the sensing apparatus (20) in place. In one preferred embodiment, the sensing apparatus (20) further comprises a sensor (50) located within the housing (22) for sensing one of temperature and pressure. In one preferred embodiment, the flexible arms (30) are connected with the top portion (24) and the bottom portion (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee Nowicki, Jr., Arthur P. Wicklein, Donald Lee Gramlich, Jr., Michael Paul Josef Wache
  • 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: 6364562
    Abstract: A tilt device for a sunshade comprises an upper sleeve having an upper end securely connected to an upper end of an upper support tube of a sunshade and a lower sleeve having a lower end securely connected to a lower end of a lower support tube of the sunshade. A lower end of the upper sleeve comprises several positioning grooves. The lower end of the upper sleeve is pivotally connected to the upper end of the lower sleeve. A push member is biased to selectively engage with one of the positioning grooves of the upper sleeve. The push member moves downward and inward when it is pushed inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Benson Tung
  • Patent number: 6315253
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for a sign stand base having support legs pivotally joined to a support flange. The support legs are notched to receive the support flange. A locking pin extends through the support leg and is positioned so s to selectively interfere with an outer periphery of the support flange. The locking pin is mounted for rocking or swiveling motion within the support leg and can be moved out of contact with the support flange, thereby allowing the support leg to pivot with respect to the support flange. A flat spring strip secured to an outer surface of the support leg biases the locking pin to a position engaging the support flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Dicke Tool Company
    Inventors: Grant D. Dicke, Jeffrey A. Williams