Including Radial Interengaging Tongue And Slot Or Serrations Patents (Class 403/97)
  • Patent number: 11009065
    Abstract: A locking ring with a center axis for a rear view device includes one or more primary detents, a first set of secondary detents positioned on the one or more primary detents, and a second set of secondary detents arranged around the locking ring. A rear view device including the locking ring and a motor vehicle including the rearview device and the locking are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Garry Sinelli, Paul R. Henion
  • Patent number: 10851831
    Abstract: A locking ring with a center axis includes a first set of locking elements which extend radially from a first radial distance from the center axis of the locking ring to a second radial distance from the center axis, and which are arranged in a plurality of first groups including at least one locking element each, where the first groups are arranged in a circumferentially equidistant manner around the center axis, and a second set of locking elements, which extend radially from the first radial distance from the central axis to a third radial distance from the central axis, where the third radial distance is smaller than the second radial distance, and which are arranged in a plurality of second groups including at least one further locking element each. A rear view device for a vehicle and a motor vehicle with the rear view device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Garry Sinelli, Paul R. Henion
  • Patent number: 10837230
    Abstract: A ladder hoop having a hoop shaped member with an inner facing surface, an outer facing surface, a top and a bottom. The hoop has two terminating ends forming an opening there between, and each terminating end is adapted to attach to a scaffold ladder. The hoop includes tabs supporting a member movable on the tabs between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Johnny Curtis
  • Patent number: 10770042
    Abstract: A rod holder for musical instrument used for adjusting relative angles of two musical instrument rods, comprising two clamp sets clamping the two musical instrument rods and a connecting ring, respectively. Each clamp set comprises a fixed clamping block, a movable clamping block, a locking member and a cylindrical portion. One surface of the fixed clamping block and one surface of the movable clamping block which correspond to each other are respectively recessed inwardly and face to each other to form a clamping groove, and one side of the cylindrical portion opposite to the clamping groove is disposed with a circular disk. The connecting ring comprises two approximately circular grooves, and the two circular disks are respectively disposed in the two approximately circular grooves. The two circular disks rotate in the two approximately circular grooves to allow the two clamp sets capable of rotating relative to the connecting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 10196105
    Abstract: A stem includes a stem body, one of the extremities of which includes element for attaching a handlebar, the opposite extremity including two parallel arms connected to a pivot tube by an articulation associated with clamping element which immobilize the stem in a chosen position. The clamping element includes a pair of frustoconical bodies connected to the extremities of the arms. The frustoconical bodies are received in housings of complementary shape. The frustoconical bodies are connected by a connecting element capable of moving them closer to one another in order to clamp them in the respective housing, and of loosening them by moving them further apart one from the other so as to allow the continuous adjustment of the inclination of the handlebar. The cone angle of the frustoconical bodies possesses a sufficiently low value to permit them to be pinched inside their housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Look Cycle International
    Inventor: Matthieu Lanz
  • Patent number: 9962273
    Abstract: An adjustable socket system includes a distal portion and proximal portion. An axis extends between the distal and proximal portions. A plurality of struts are connected to the distal portion and distributed circumferentially about the axis. The struts at least in part define a receiving volume adapted to receive a residual limb and are movable between an expanded configuration in which at least some of the struts are moved radially outward relative to the axis to loosen the fit of the adjustable system, and a closed configuration in which at least some of the struts are moved radially inward relative to the expanded configuration to tighten the fit of the adjustable socket system. A tightening system is operatively connected to the struts and arranged to tighten and loosen the fit of the adjustable socket system on one or more areas of the residual limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Andrew Bache, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson, Linda Ros Birgisdottir, Dana Stewart Marlin
  • Patent number: 9683380
    Abstract: A standard (10) of a scaffolding system (1), comprising an elongate tubular wall (12), having a central longitudinal axis (Ls), and at least one supporting projection (14) that protrudes radially outwardly from said tubular wall (12). When the standard (10) is in a vertical orientation, the supporting projection (14), seen in a tangential direction (Ts) relative to the longitudinal axis (Ls), forms an annular supporting surface (16) that encircles the tubular wall (12) and that defines alternating elevations (18) and depressions (20). Also disclosed is a ledger (30) with ledger couplings (40) configured for cooperation with said standard (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Scafom International B.V.
    Inventor: Franciscus Jozef Leonardus Hubertus Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 9623549
    Abstract: A rotary wrench includes a first wrench body, a second wrench body, and an elastic member. The first wrench body has a first grip whose one end has a pivot hole. The second wrench body has a second grip whose one end has a pivot axially extending outward. The pivot is rotatably received in the pivot hole of the first grip of the first wrench body, so that the first and second wrench bodies are allowed to rotate with respect to each other and provide adjustable working angles. The elastic member is mounted around the pivot of the second wrench body, and prop between the first grip of the first wrench body and the second grip of the second wrench body, for providing an elastic resistance that holds the first and second wrench bodies in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Chih-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 9505105
    Abstract: A rotatable handle for a wrench includes a fixation rod, a first handle body, and a second handle body. An end of the first handle body is rotatably and axially movably sleeved onto to an end of the fixation rod, and the other end of the first handle body is adapted for being fixed with a wrench head. An end of the second handle body is rotatably and axially movably sleeved onto the other end of the fixation rod, and the other end of the second handle body is adapted for being fixed with another wrench head. Therefore, the relative angle between the two wrench heads can be adjusted appropriately by the relative rotation of the first handle body and the second handle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Chih-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 9429187
    Abstract: A modular tooling apparatus includes a first coupler portion and a second coupler portion that are rotationally adjustable with respect to one another. A locking member has a bore that extends through the locking member, a third contoured surface, a widened portion of the bore that is located behind the third contoured surface and has a larger diameter than the third contoured surface, and a fourth contoured surface. The locking member is moveable to a locked position in which the third contoured surface of the locking member engages a first contoured surface of the first coupler portion and the fourth contoured surface of the locking member engages a second contoured surface of the second coupler portion to restrain the first coupler portion from rotating with respect to the second coupler portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Andrew Kotula, Donald Van Zile, III, Brandon Scott Jacobi, Michael A. Filipiak, James R. Kalb, Keith M. Price
  • Patent number: 9197953
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting assembly has first and second mounting portions. The first mounting portion has an engagement arm with an adjustable end having first engagement teeth disposed about a first axis of rotation. The end portion has an adjustable second portion rotatable about the first axis of rotation, and having second engagement teeth that intermesh with the first engagement teeth to retain the second portion in an adjustable pan-position. The second portion has third engagement teeth disposed about a second axis of rotation angularly offset from the first axis of rotation. A second mounting portion is adjustably attached at an attachment portion to the first mounting portion, and the attachment portion has fourth engagement teeth disposed about the second axis of rotation that intermesh with the third engagement teeth to retain the second mounting portion is a selected tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QSC Audio Products, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Neil Simpson, Bernard Francis Hawkins, Yasushi Richard Shimabukuro, Jason Delarm, Douglas William Teulie, Alex Aranda
  • Patent number: 9155560
    Abstract: A multi-purpose external fixator (1) comprises at least one screw (2) to be implanted in a bone fragment (3) and a frame (7), in turn comprising at least one clamp (8) and at least one bar (9); the clamp (8) comprising a central body (11), in which a slot (12) is made for connection to the screw (2), an element (13) for locking the screw (2) in the slot (12) and a lever (14) for operating the locking element (13); the lever (14) is hinged to the central body (11) and can move away from and towards an end position for engagement of the locking element (13) and stable connection of the screw (2) to the slot (12); in the end position the lever (14) and the screw (2) are positioned in a T-shaped configuration relative to each other, in which the lever (14) forms a grip for implanting the screw (2) in the bone fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: CITIEFFE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Franco Mingozzi, Alan Dovesi
  • Patent number: 9107490
    Abstract: A lockable articulated joint comprises a first member having a ball shaped attachment further having a recess on its periphery. A rotationally symmetric conforming plunger is for movably nesting into the recess. A second member pivotally receives the ball shaped attachment and comprises a plunger holding portion. User alignment of the recess with the plunger holding portion allows configuring the joint in one of at least two selectable locked positions. The articulated joint is usable in a multi-axis articulated implement, in which one member is an elongated end effecter having a working face and the other member is an elongated handle portion. A user may configure the implement in various locked attitudes, wherein a working face's longitudinal axis extends parallel or perpendicular to the handle, or wherein the working face's normal axis extends parallel to the handle. The implement may be embodied into a multi-axis snow brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Andre Lafleur, Eric Bussiere
  • Patent number: 9095946
    Abstract: A modular tooling apparatus includes a first coupler portion, a second coupler portion, a locking member, and a friction member. The first coupler portion and the second coupler portion are rotationally adjustable with respect to one another. The locking member is moveable to a locked position wherein the locking member engages the first coupler portion and the second coupler portion to restrain the first coupler portion from rotating with respect to the second coupler portion. The friction member engages the first coupler portion and the second coupler portion to resist rotation of the first coupler portion with respect to the second coupler portion when the locking member is not in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Andrew Kotula, Donald Van Zile, III, Brandon Scott Jacobi, Michael A. Filipiak, James R. Kalb, Keith M. Price
  • Patent number: 8985887
    Abstract: A wobble joint fitting for an adjustment device of a motor vehicle seat comprises a first fitting part, a toothed eccentric gear that has an eccentric hole and a collar, and an eccentric comprising a rotatable drive part, a control part and wedge segments, the control part comprising control surfaces that come to abut against the wedge surfaces. The fitting further comprises a second fitting part that is adjustable with respect to the first fitting part. A latching part is provided which has at least one latching tooth, biased only in an actuation position of the latching part into engagement with a latching recess, and having an actuating flank. The control part comprises an actuating portion which abuts against the actuating flank and, during a rotary movement of the control part, presses the latching tooth into abutment against the collar, and biases it into engagement into a latching recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reinhard Vogel
  • Patent number: 8961056
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a vehicle component includes a first fitting part arranged on an axis of rotation and a second fitting part arranged on the axis of rotation. The relative position of the first fitting part and the second fitting part with respect to each other is adjustable. The adjusting device also includes an eccentric arranged on and rotatable about the axis of rotation and a plurality of first rotating members arranged concentrically about the eccentric. The first rotating members are configured to roll along the first fitting part. The adjusting device further includes a plurality of subcomponents that each include a first fitting-part element of the first fitting part and a second fitting-part element of the second fitting part. The plurality of subcomponents are arranged substantially symmetrically with respect to a plane of symmetry that extends at right angles to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Otto, Ingo Kienke, Martin Zynda, Joachim Blenz, Kirubaharan Albert, Mario Budweg
  • Patent number: 8936223
    Abstract: Adjustable bracket apparatus includes connector apparatus for mounting and securing external assemblies on at least one elongated support member, and allows positional adjustment of the secured external assembly along the elongated support member with up to 360 degree rotational positioning of the bracketing assembly about the elongated support member. An adjustable connector and locking assembly is disposed at the end of an arm element embodiment of the adjustable bracketing assembly providing 360 degree rotational positioning of the external assembly about the arm element and translation transverse to the axis of rotation relative to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew H. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8827584
    Abstract: A wobble joint fitting for an adjustment device of a motor vehicle seat, in particular for a seat back hinge fitting, comprises (a) a first fitting part comprising an internal ring gear, (b) a toothed eccentric gear that engages the internal ring gear and that has an eccentric hole, (c) an eccentric to which a rotatable drive part is associated and which comprises wedge segments, (d) a second fitting part that is adjustable with respect to the first fitting part, and (e) a wrap spring. The wrap spring is a flat open spring ring and extends over an angle of less than 360°. The eccentric gear comprises a collar for the spring ring to fit against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Reinhard Vogel
  • Patent number: 8646365
    Abstract: A hand tool with adjustable swing angle includes a first and a second ends connected with each other to contain an adjustable angle. The first end has an upper wall section having a first splined hole and a lower wall section having a through hole. An annular groove is formed on a circumferential wall of the through hole. The second end is formed with a second splined hole positioned between the first splined hole and the through hole. An engagement member having a bulged section is positioned in the splined holes. An elastic restriction ring is positioned in the annular groove and has at least two holding sections positioned in the through hole. When moving the engagement member up and down, the elastic restriction ring is expanded by the bulged section, permitting the engagement member to engage with both the first and second ends or only the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kabo Tool Company
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • 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: 8585160
    Abstract: An adjustable food shield includes a panel mounting mechanism that enables extensive adjustability of the food shield. The food shield may include a post having a longitudinal axis, and a carrier coupled to the post, the carrier including a carrier clamping mechanism. The carrier clamping mechanism is loosenable to enable the carrier to be moved along at least a portion of the length of the post, and is also tightenable to fix the carrier at a certain location on the post. The mounting mechanism may also include a link having a proximal end pivotally coupled to the carrier. An arm may be pivotally coupled to the distal end of the link and extend from the link. The adjustable food shield may include a clear panel coupled to the arm such that the clear panel is movable to different positions by rotating the link, the arm, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brass Smith, LLC (BSI Designs)
    Inventor: Scott Atkins
  • Patent number: 8511207
    Abstract: A rotation control device for a tool is disposed between a handle and a tool head and includes two ratchet wheels, a spring and two C-shaped snap rings. The two ratchet wheels are symmetrically arranged. When pressed, the respective ratchet wheels will be subjected to the same force and move the same distance, thus making the engagement between the ratchet wheels and the tool head more assured, while avoiding the stuck fault and improving the convenience in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • 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: 8434961
    Abstract: A wobble joint fitting for an adjustment device of a motor vehicle seat, in particular for a seat back hinge fitting, comprises (a) a first fitting part comprising an internal ring gear, (b) a toothed eccentric gear that engages the internal ring gear and that has an eccentric hole, (c) an eccentric to which a rotatable drive part is associated and which comprises wedge segments, (d) a second fitting part that is adjustable with respect to the first fitting part, and (e) a wrap spring. The wrap spring is a flat open spring ring and extends over an angle of less than 360°. The eccentric gear comprises a collar for the spring ring to fit against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Reinhard Vogel
  • Patent number: 8403430
    Abstract: An adjustable food shield includes a panel mounting mechanism that enables extensive adjustability of the food shield. The food shield may include a post having a longitudinal axis, and a carrier coupled to the post, the carrier including a carrier clamping mechanism. The carrier clamping mechanism is loosenable to enable the carrier to be moved along at least a portion of the length of the post, and is also tightenable to fix the carrier at a certain location on the post. The mounting mechanism may also include a link having a proximal end pivotally coupled to the carrier. An arm may be pivotally coupled to the distal end of the link and extend from the link. The adjustable food shield may include a clear panel coupled to the arm such that the clear panel is movable to different positions by rotating the link, the arm, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Brass Smith, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Atkins
  • 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: 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: 8146879
    Abstract: An umbrella holder includes a hollow tube for placing an umbrella handle. A fixing mechanism assembled is on the hollow tube and has a rotary button with a threaded rod screwed with a fixing block in the tube for tightening or releasing the umbrella handle, with a stop plate positioning the threaded rod of the rotary button. A first angle-adjusting mechanism is positioned under the hollow tube and has an immovable geared disk and a movable geared disk mounted on a rotary base and has an eccentric actuating member to engage or disengage the immovable and the movable geared disks. The holder also has a second angle-adjusting mechanism assembled under the first angle-adjusting mechanism and having an immovable geared disk with a fixed shaft and a movable geared disk disposed on a base having an eccentric actuating member for engaging or disengaging the immovable and the movable geared disks of the second angle-adjusting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Unique Product & Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Liao
  • 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: 8025579
    Abstract: A hub shaft of a hub wheel for the mounting of a wheel thereon and an outer ring of a constant velocity joint are connected together. A first side surface spline is formed on an end surface of the hub shaft, and a second side surface spline is formed on an end surface of a side wall portion of the outer ring abutting against the end surface of the hub shaft, and the first and second side surface splines are meshed with each other to connect the hub shaft of the hub wheel and the outer ring of the constant velocity joint together in a torque-transmitting manner, each of the two side surface splines having a number of spline teeth. At least one of the spline teeth of at least one of the two side surface splines is removed to form a removal portion which forms a drain passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kamikawa, Satoru Murao
  • Patent number: 8016510
    Abstract: The invention relates to a joint for movably connecting two stabilizing elements. The joint includes at least two joint segments, which can be rotated relative to each other. Each joint segment is connected to a respective stabilizing element. The joint can be releasably locked by locking means, and the locking means can be locked and/or unlocked by a fluid that is supplied and/or discharged via conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Synthes USA, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Schwyn, Silvio Koller, Daniel Schmucki
  • Patent number: 7984883
    Abstract: An exemplary support structure includes a support body, a connecting body, and a rear board. The connecting body is fixed on the support body. The rear board is rotatable relative to the support body. The rear board defines a through hole therein. The connecting body forms a latch protrusion. When the support body is located at a first position, the latch protrusion is capable of passing the through hole of the rear board. When the support body and the latch protrusion are located at opposite sides of the rear board, and the support body rotates past the first position, the latch protrusion resists the rear board and prevents the support body detaching from the rear board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 7946782
    Abstract: An angularly adjustable coupler is provided having first and second ends that 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: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: American Prosthetic Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Curtis
  • Patent number: 7896569
    Abstract: What is described is a joint arrangement for the articulated connection of two segments of a patient bed, with two joint parts (36, 38), each of which is connected rigidly to one of the segments and which are pivotable relative to one another about a common joint axis (64) by means of a shaft journal (46), the joint parts (36, 38) carrying, in each case on at least one of their faces confronting one another axially, blocking faces (60) intended for bearing against one another, and the joint parts (36, 38) being capable of being tensioned axially relative to one another by means of a tensioning mechanism (46, 54, 50), and the blocking faces (60) lying in each case at least approximately in a plane containing the joint axis (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Katzenstein
  • Patent number: 7878477
    Abstract: A mirror assembly comprising a mounting bracket for attachment to a vehicle exterior; a first pivot plate on the mounting bracket having a concave upper surface with a series of grooves formed therein; a support arm pivotally carried on the first pivot plate of the mounting bracket; and, a second pivot plate carried by the support arm having a base surface with a plurality of protruding teeth engaging the grooves in the first pivot plate so that a pivot gap is defined between the upper surface of the first pivot plate and the base surface of second pivot plate; whereby the pivot gap allows the teeth to both pivot and slide in the grooves of the first pivot plate so that the support arm is pivotal in a multi-axis arrangement with the mounting bracket to accommodate misalignment between the mounting bracket and the support arm during installation on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Courbon
  • 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: 7712714
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjustably securing a boat accessory to a boat. A first member has a plug and a second member has a socket. The plug has a rosette shape with rounded protrusions and the socket has a corresponding mating shape. Both the plug and the socket have openings for a fastener to secure the plug in the socket. The first member is one of a mounting base and an accessory base, and the second member is the other one. In one embodiment, an extension is positioned adjacent the plug so as to separate the first and second members. In another embodiment, the extension has a plug on each end and the first and second members have sockets. In another such embodiment, the extension has two members joined with a rosette-shaped plug and socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: J&J Machine & Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jackson, Thomas J. Jackson, Steven W. Jackson, John R. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7682099
    Abstract: A indexable, lockable mechanism for a hand tool, and hand tools with such mechanism, the mechanism comprising a first member having a first splined orifice, a second member having an upper prong with a second splined orifice and a lower prong with a third splined orifice, and a splined pin assembly for insertion through said first, second and third orifices. The first member is positioned in a gap between the upper prong and the lower prong of the second member with the first splined orifice coaxially aligned with the second and third splined orifices of the second member. The splined pin assembly of either the first embodiment or the second embodiment is disposed in the three splined orifices and is axially movable between an unlocked position and a locked position. The splined pin assembly is allows a user to move the splined pin axially in the first and second orifices between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Charles A. Cole
  • Patent number: 7670077
    Abstract: An exemplary rotatable joint (100) includes a socket (10), a rotatable arm (20), and a connecting device (30) configured for being mounted in the socket. The connecting device includes a sub-socket (31), two elastic sleeves (33), and two pivot shafts (35) fixed to the socket. The sub-socket includes a first half (311) and a second half (312). A pivot hole (315, 316) is defined in each of the first half and the second half for engaging with an outer surface (331) of one of the elastic sleeves. An outer surface (351) of each of the pivot shafts engages with an inner surface (332) of one of the elastic sleeves. A through hole (317) is defined in the sub-socket for rotatably engaging with the rotatable arm. Each of the elastic sleeves abuts the rotatable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen, Zheng-Qiang Song, Jian-Jun Li, Bing-Jing Xu, Meng-Hua He, Gang Cheng
  • Patent number: 7617569
    Abstract: An articulation includes a first shell, a second shell, a gear wheel, a push button, and an elastic member. Thus, the second shell is unlocked from the first shell by pressing the push button so that the second shell is rotatable freely relative to the first shell so as to adjust the angle between the second shell and the first shell. In addition, when each of the limit plates of the gear wheel is separated from a respective limit slot of the second shell, the gear wheel is stopped by the second shell and is not pushed by the elastic member, so that the second shell is rotatable freely relative to the first shell through a larger angle without having to press the push button successively, thereby facilitating a user adjusting the angle in an energy-saving manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Unique Product & Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Liao
  • Patent number: 7587781
    Abstract: A paintbrush comprising of a tubular handle (11), forged male slip/snap locking wheel (10) at top of handle (11), and a brush head (3) with two embedded forged female slip/snap locking wheels, with one female at bottom of brush head (3) marked (6) and the other marked (4) on face of brush head (3). These slip/snap locking wheels allow the user to adjust the paintbrush to paint various angles through rotation extending one-hundred and eighty degrees (180°). The tubular handle (11) also has a bottom/rear female thread (12) to accept a standard universal male-threaded pole/device to reach various heights. Also, female thread (12) will accept a male thread (16) as part of finishing cap (13) with a hanging hole (14) to give the paintbrush a classic, finished appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Raymond Vales
  • Patent number: 7563049
    Abstract: A fitting (5) for a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, comprises a first fitting part (7); a second fitting part (8) that can be rotated about an axis (A) relative to the first fitting part (7); a drivable eccentric (11; 111) that is mounted for rotating about the axis (A); and at least two locking elements (13) that are guided in the radial direction with respect to the axis (A) by the first fitting part (7), can be moved radially outward under the action of the eccentric (11; 111), and interact radially outward with the second fitting part (8) in order to lock the fitting (5). When the fitting (5) is in the locked state, at least one locking element (13) tilts in the counter direction in relation to the adjacent locking device (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christoph Peters
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080193203
    Abstract: A first fitting part is in geared connection with a second fitting part, and a rotatably mounted eccentric drives a rolling movement of the first and second fitting parts on each other. The eccentric includes at least one driver and wedge segments. The components of the eccentric bear at least indirectly by way of their inner side and/or their outer side in each case against one of the fitting parts, at least one component of the eccentric is mounted with its inner side on the first fitting part and/or with its outer side on the second fitting part and interacts directly with the relevant fitting part, wherein the component of the eccentric or the associated fitting part, in the interacting region, is coated with a thin layer, and the thin layer has a lower coefficient of friction than the material of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heinz Voss, Ulrich Lehmann, Grit Scholz
  • Patent number: 7373861
    Abstract: A pivoting assembly of a hand tool comprising a tool body, the tool body including a driving portion, a handle and a pivotal portion; the pivotal portion having a first pivoted end and a second pivoted end; the first pivoted end being installed to one of the handle and driving portion; and the second pivoted end being installed to the other one of the handle and driving portion so that an angle between the handle and driving portion is adjustable. The first pivoted end is formed with a buckling hole; a tooth portion is formed in the buckling hole; the second pivoted end is formed with a post; the post is axially moveable with respect to the tooth portion of the buckling hole; and a bottom of the post is formed with teeth with respect to the tooth portion of the buckling hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7367740
    Abstract: An adjustable support stand for an article such as a camera employs a plurality of elongated links connected to one another at their ends by lockable universal joints. Each joint consists of a pair of complementary knuckles, each joined to a link end by a splined connection, which connections provide two axes of rotation to the joint. The knuckles are joined to one another about a third axis of rotation, perpendicular to the first two axes by means of a splined pin which passes through splined holes in the two knuckles. The splined connections employ splines of different count to achieve a high resolution of possible positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Pedrag Lazic, Michael J. Lassila
  • 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