Member Preassembled With Substructure At Through-passage Or Recess For Holding Single Bolt Or Nut In Coaxial Relation Therewith Patents (Class 411/103)
  • Patent number: 10471517
    Abstract: A cutting tool body is configured for securing a cutting insert with a female thread. The cutting tool body includes a machining end and a tool peripheral surface which extends therefrom. The cutting tool body further includes a through, non-threaded tool coupling bore which opens out to the tool peripheral surface and a coupling screw which has a coupling screw thread. The coupling screw is being located in the tool coupling bore and configured to secure the cutting insert. The cutting tool body further includes a holding member which engages the coupling screw thread at least when the holding member is not in contact with the cutting insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ISCAR LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Hecht, Rajat Sharma
  • Patent number: 10473139
    Abstract: A lightweight construction fastener or clip having a clip body and a fastening element 32. The clip body includes a first leg and a second leg, which are connected with each other by a web 45 at one end. The clip body is formed of one piece, but includes at least two volume sections 61, 62, wherein the first section 61 is formed of a first plastic and the second volume section 62 is formed of a second plastic. The properties of the first and second plastics are different from each other with respect to one or more criteria. A method for producing such a clip body includes manufacturing it in one piece in a multi-component injection molding process from at least two plastics. Further the invention includes a method for manufacturing the lightweight construction fastener or clip by placing a fastening element 32 into the injection molding tool; encapsulating the fastening element 32 and overmolding the fastening element 32 in a multi-component injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventors: Sascha Costabel, Markus Rottler, Markus Lichtensteiger
  • Patent number: 10352573
    Abstract: A mount unit for mounting a decorative panel on an underside of an air-conditioning apparatus main body includes a decorative panel mount fitting having a screw engagement hole that communicates with the screw insertion hole of the decorative panel and a claw that is fitted into the claw engagement hole formed on each side of the screw insertion hole of the decorative panel and a decorative panel mount screw, and is configured to be held by the decorative panel without being dropped off when the claw is fitted into the claw engagement hole and the decorative panel mount screw is engaged with the screw engagement hole with a head being oriented downward, and the decorative panel is mounted on the air-conditioning apparatus main body when the decorative panel mount screw held on the decorative panel is screwed into the screw fastening hole of the air-conditioning apparatus main body via the screw insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hatakeyama, Masaaki Maruyama, Takaaki Takishita, Naoya Matsunaga, Tatsuo Furuta
  • Patent number: 10243506
    Abstract: A seal includes an elongated body having a first end and a second end, an interior surface and an exterior surface, and a hole extending from the first end to the second end. The hole defines the interior surface of the body. The seal further includes a first flange disposed adjacent the hole on the first end of the body and a second flange disposed adjacent the hole on the second end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Zia Mounting Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Chad Robinson
  • Patent number: 10030689
    Abstract: A fastening system for assembling appliances, in particular electrical appliances, comprising at least one profile rail provided with openings and comprising at least one quick-fastener which has a body in which at least one internal thread is formed, is characterized in that the body has over its length (L) at least two spaced-apart internal threads, wherein, in an exact position of the quick-fastener relative to the profile rail, each of the internal threads is brought into alignment with one of the openings of the profile rail, and in that a clamping blade having the same length L as the body is attached to the body, which clamping blade forms between it and the body a gap for receiving the profile side and holds the body against the profile rail by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RITTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bodo Thielmann, Kurt-Michael Schaffer, Koen Terwijn
  • Patent number: 9885376
    Abstract: A connector assembly comprises a base part that defines a throughhole receiving a bolt and a connector device having a rear portion that fits through the throughhole in the base part, and a front portion that does not fit through the throughhole in the base part. The rear portion of the connector device defines a bolt hole for engaging with a bolt extending through the throughhole in the base part. The front portion of the connector device defines an access opening aligned with the bolt hole in the rear portion. The rear portion is configured with an engagement surface structure engaged with a forming wall structure of the throughhole in the base part upon movement of the connector device relative to the throughhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Mathew R. Meyer, Dennis Whaley
  • Patent number: 9644667
    Abstract: One or more floating fastener assemblies used to fasten components together are described. In some embodiments, the components are top and bottom portions of an enclosure of a computing device. Each floating fastener assembly can include a fastener having at least one surface that can engage with a surface of the enclosure to limit the rotation of the fastener during fastening. Each floating fastener can also include a clearance area for the fastener to “float” in a lateral direction with respect to the enclosure. Thus, when corresponding openings in the top and bottom portions of the enclosure are not exactly aligned, each fastener can shift laterally to allow screws to engage to fasten the top and bottom portions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. Farahani, Brett W. Degner, William F. Leggett, Mikael M. Silvanto, Bartley K. Andre
  • Patent number: 9401538
    Abstract: An antenna electronics attachment system is disclosed. The antenna electronics attachment system includes a structural honeycomb panel having an array of cells. The antenna electronics attachment system further includes a nutplate coupled to a mounting plate via a plurality of embedded fastening structures. The mounting plate is shaped to fit substantially precisely to a cell of the structural honeycomb panel. The antenna electronics attachment system also includes an electronic component coupled to the nutplate. And, the antenna electronics attachment system further includes mechanical-electronic coupling means operable for change-out while in-service of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Manny S. Urcia, Joseph A. Marshall, Douglas A. McCarville, Otis F. Layton, Adrian Viisoreanu
  • Patent number: 9249714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fastening an exhaust gas converter module (1) to an internal combustion engine (2) of a motor vehicle, wherein the exhaust gas converter module (1) is first connected to a pipe section of the exhaust gas system arranged upstream in the flow direction of the exhaust gas and is then pivoted about a pivot axis (S), wherein a two-part module bracket (4) engages with an engine bracket (3) and is coupled with the engine mount (3) in this installation position by a screw connection. The invention relates to a corresponding device having an engine bracket and a module bracket (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Ewers, Heinrich Gabriel, Mario Wegener, Artur Lesch
  • Patent number: 9211960
    Abstract: A floating stud assembly system of particular use in attaching insulating material to aircraft structures is described employing a stud extended through a hole in a plate. The plate comprises a pocket or cavity and an end of the stud is configured to reside in the pocket or cavity such that the stud is retained by the plate while still being allowed movement in a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Embler, Jeff Eichinger, Edward Zadorozny, Billy Liu
  • Patent number: 9151975
    Abstract: A connecting device comprises: a first connecting element, comprising a stopping portion and at least two elastic cantilevers disposed at two ends of the stopping portion, a via hole being formed in the stopping portion between the two elastic cantilevers, and a snap-fit portion being disposed on each of the elastic cantilevers; and a second connecting element comprising an abutting portion and a push-pull portion perpendicularly connected with the abutting portion, positioning rings being disposed at both ends of the abutting portion respectively. The push-pull portion of the second connecting element is inserted through the via hole of the first connecting element, and the elastic cantilevers are inserted into the positioning rings respectively. Thus, assembly and detachment of the first connecting element and the second connecting element can be easily achieved by applying a force to the push-pull portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Yu
  • Patent number: 8998548
    Abstract: Disclosed is a floating barrel nut with improved means for retaining a nut in a seat of a segmented cylindrical slug and related methods. In one embodiment, a barrel nut according to this disclosure may comprise: a nut with a threaded shaft and a flange that is chamfered on its lower end; a cylindrical slug that has been segmented along a plane that is parallel to the cylindrical axis, said slug having a head and a foot; two pins; wherein said nut is configured to float between the head and foot of the slug; wherein said shaft features an indentation on opposite sides thereof; and, wherein said pins are attached to the head and foot of the slug and sit in the indentations of the shaft. In another embodiment the pins are bent around the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: William Kousens, Tam Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8985924
    Abstract: A partition structure for absorbing an impact energy applied to the partition for petitioning a vehicle room includes a cover, a plurality of reinforcing member (wires) arranged with an interval in the vehicle width direction inside the cover, and a belt arranged behind the reinforcing member so as to intersect the reinforcing member. An installation structure for an installation part fixes an installation part to an installation target member by engaging and screwing the bolt with nut. A fixing seat is formed on a back surface of the installation target member integrally with the installation target member. A bolt is arranged in the fixing seat through the installation target member, and a holding part holding a nut on a back surface side of the seating face to prevent the nut from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Nakamura, Hajime Seino
  • Patent number: 8967586
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus, configured to support a heat dissipating device, includes a bracket, two adjusting structures, and two mounting portions. Each of the two mounting portions defines a mounting hole. Each of the two adjusting structures is engaged in each of the mounting holes and includes an adjusting member and an installation member engaged with the adjusting member. Each of the adjusting members defines a through hole. The two adjusting members are rotatable relative to the two mounting portions from a first position to a second position. When the adjusting members are in the first position, a first line is running through the two through holes. When the adjusting members are in the second position, a second line is running through the two through holes, and a length of the first line is less than a length of the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao-Jun Zhu, Jin-Biao Ji, Zhi-Jiang Yao
  • Patent number: 8950991
    Abstract: A device for captivating a variety of fasteners relative to a first member. A captivator includes a body adapted to be secured to the first member and a retainer received within the body and having a surface engaging a captured fastener. Together the body and retainer maintain the captivated fastener in place relative to the first member. Keyway surfaces are provided upon the body or retainer or both and an external or internal key engages the keyway surfaces to selectively lock the body and retainer together, such as during installation or replacement of the captured fastener. Upon removal of the key, the retainer is free to rotate and translate relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Primordial Soup, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Richard Trifilio, Timothy Andrew Bachman, Matthew Vail Leyden, Nathan Lee Schlueter
  • Publication number: 20150037115
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. A plurality of nut plates engage the spanner bars. Each nut plate includes a body having a mounting surface against one of the spanner bars; and first and second posts extending from the mounting surface and through respective holes in the corresponding spanner bar. Each post has an undercut portion that abuts against one of the lands. Each nut plate further includes a locking member occupying a space between one of the posts and the lands to prevent the nut plate from disengaging the corresponding spanner bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Lowell Scott James
  • Publication number: 20150023754
    Abstract: A connecting structure includes a housing and a nut. The housing defines a connecting hole. The nut includes a nut body. A helical section is formed around the nut body and forms a number of tilted ridges. A helical groove is defined between portions of the helical section. The nut body is rotatably received in the connecting hole, and the tilted ridges are embedded in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HONG-TAO LIU, CHIH-WEI CHANG
  • Patent number: 8936421
    Abstract: A locking structure of a screw-fastening block includes: a screw-fastening block made by providing a screw member for screwing and connecting a bus bar, a terminal, or the like on an upper portion of a screw-fastening block main body; and an electrically connecting block main body having a receiver into which the screw-fastening block is inserted upward side and in which the screw-fastening block is received. Locking portions are provided on both sidewalls of the receiver, and a bottom surface of the screw-fastening block main body is a lock-receiving portion to be engaged with the locking portion. The locking portions are locking arms projected obliquely upward from the both sidewalls, and a tip end of the locking arm is provided with a locking surface for supporting the bottom surface of the screw-fastening block main body, and a projecting piece for supporting a side surface of the screw-fastening block main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiro Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20150010371
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for securing two components to one another. The fastener assembly includes a barrel or pin that has a radially extending hole in the barrel. The pin also has a reduced diametrical portion on at least one end to form a shoulder and possibly on both ends. The pin is inserted into a hole formed into a hollow or sandwich component. The shoulder engages against a wall on the component to orient and secure the pin in the hole. A threaded fastener is then inserted transversely through the two components to engage in the radially extending hole. The threaded fastener is then rotated to secure the two components t o one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Marty Wiiliams
  • Patent number: 8920593
    Abstract: The method and device provided herein relates to the field of screwed joints for panels and, in particular, for sandwich panels used in aerospace applications. It relates to a method for attaching a headless rivet nut to a wall of such a panel. The method comprises: injecting a predetermined quantity of adhesive into a blind hole made in the wall of the panel; fitting the headless rivet nut onto a rivet nut setting tool, the rivet nut setting tool comprising a pierced anvil and a mandrel passing through the anvil, the mandrel being screwed into the rivet nut so as to press the rivet nut onto the anvil; positioning the headless rivet nut in the blind hole, the anvil coming to press against the wall of the panel; setting the rivet nut so as to squeeze the wall of the panel between the anvil and a flange formed by deformation of the rivet nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Silvain Legrand, Alain Mistral, Damien Legloire
  • Publication number: 20140321936
    Abstract: In a clip that copes with pitches of a plurality of types of screw grooves, force to support the engaged screw members is increased at low cost. The clip includes opposite elastic locking pieces. Each elastic locking piece extends from a first side to a second side opposite to the first side, in the direction of the axis of the screw member such that its leading end approaches the screw member within the insertion hole of a tubular body part. Each elastic locking piece is elastically deformable such that its leading end is separated from the screw member. Each locking piece has at its leading end a locking claw that engages with the screw groove of the screw member. The first side of the locking claw has a straight section extending straight, and the second side opposite to the first side has a helical section extending helically along the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Daiwa Kasei Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Iwahara, Makoto Kato, Atsutoshi Kaji
  • Publication number: 20140301803
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is provided for, for example, joining a cardan shaft to an axle drive of a vehicle. The mounting assembly includes a nut housing having a continuous opening arranged to receive an insert nut having a continuous internal thread, a nut having a continuous internal thread, and at least one securing element which interacts with the nut housing and the nut to constrain relative axial movement between the nut housing and the nut. The insert nut and the nut housing may be rotationally fixed relative to one another, for example using complementary polygonal outer and inner surfaces, respectively. A retainer may be provided in the interior space of the nut housing to constrain axial movement of the insert nut within the nut housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Roman Haas, Martin Lehmann, Christoph Karl
  • Patent number: 8821091
    Abstract: A component part mounting structure for mounting a cup holder base (2) on a front surface (1a) of a side lining (1) of a vehicle by using a self-tapping screw (3), wherein the side lining (1) comprises a base portion (15) projecting from a rear surface (1b) of the side lining (1) and defining a space (16) in cooperation with the rear surface (1b), and a boss portion (17) projecting from the base portion and defining a through hole (18) opening out toward the space (16), characterized by that the cup holder base (2) is provided with a fastening seat (6) abutting the front surface (1a) of the side lining (1), and the self-tapping screw (3) is configured to be passed through the fastening seat (6) and side lining (1) from the side of the cup holder base (2), and engaged by the through hole (18) of the boss portion (17) at a free end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sato, Shogo Akaba
  • Publication number: 20140219739
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fixture to fix a vehicle component which comprises a metallic bolt to fix the vehicle component having a threaded portion to be threaded into a nut to fasten the vehicle component to the support member; a metallic bracket having a through-hole into which the threaded portion is inserted, the bracket holding the vehicle component between the bracket and the support member; and a metallic washer into which the threaded portion is inserted, the washer comprising a washer portion which contacts a peripheral edge of the fixture hole of the support member on the same side as the vehicle component and a locking portion which is provided integrally with the washer portion to be locked with and thus integrated with the bracket. According to the above constitution, the loosening of the nut can be prevented to stably maintain the earth performance of the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Kojima Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Tomiyasu Hirayama
  • Publication number: 20140208770
    Abstract: A component formed of a plastic matrix composite material is provided. The component has a metal liner which is fixed in a correspondingly shaped recess formed in the composite material. The liner has a threaded bore into which is screwed an externally threaded, hollow cylindrical, metal insert. The insert has an internal thread for receiving threaded fasteners. The mouth of the bore has engagement formations which engage with the insert to prevent rotation of the insert in the bore, an adjacent part of the insert being plastically deformed to engage with the engagement formations after being screwed into the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. FITT, Benjamin G. TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20140208575
    Abstract: A hydraulic hammer may include a power cell adapted to reciprocally drive a piston along an axis. The piston may, in turn, drive a hammer tool. A power cell and housing may be axially secured together by a plurality of tie rods and nuts secured to ends of the tie rods, and the housing may include open-sided pockets for accommodating the nuts. Each pocket may include a cavity that accommodates an extension of the tie rod or a specially formed nut to minimize movement of the nut in the direction of the pocket opening and thereby minimize bending of the tie rod. Engaging the back of the nut with the inside of the nut pocket further reduces the opportunity for the nut to rotate in the nut pocket as a result of force applied to the nut by the tie rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Rakesh D. Jagdale, Francis Eric Fortner, Stephen Amborski, Dimitar Dostinov
  • Publication number: 20140202676
    Abstract: A fixing assembly includes a main body, a fixing member, and a limiting member secured to the main body. The limiting member angles with the main body to form a limited but resiliently deformable space for mounting of the fixing member, but then restores to hold the fixing member captive and avoid the displacement or loss of the fixing member at any time. A heat sink using the fixing assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: ZHEN-YU WANG, CHANG-SHEN CHANG
  • Patent number: 8777534
    Abstract: In the case of a connection system having a housing (10) and a nut (16) which can be arranged on the housing (10), the aim is to provide a solution by means of which it is possible to prevent the nut (16) from being released inadvertently from the housing (10). This is intended to be achieved in that the nut (16) is formed from an elastic material and latching elements (24) are formed on the nut (16), which latching elements (24) can be latched to mating latching elements (26) which are formed on the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Olaf Wallbaum, Jens Gerullis
  • Publication number: 20140147228
    Abstract: A connector with bolt includes a first and second housings, a nut, bolt, and spring. The bolt is movable between a first position, which is a position of a tip of a threaded part of the bolt at a time when the tip of the threaded part is in contact with one end of the nut, and a second position, which is a position of the tip at a time when the threaded part having passed through the nut is idly revolvable. The spring has an elastic property set such that, when fitting of the first and second housings is completed by tightening of the bolt and the nut, the bolt moves to a middle between the first and second positions and a reaction force of the spring that is compressed by the movement of the bolt raises a torque for the tightening to a specified value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140109379
    Abstract: One or more floating fastener assemblies used to fasten components together are described. In some embodiments, the components are top and bottom portions of an enclosure of a computing device. Each floating fastener assembly can include a fastener having at least one surface that can engage with a surface of the enclosure to limit the rotation of the fastener during fastening. Each floating fastener can also include a clearance area for the fastener to “float” in a lateral direction with respect to the enclosure. Thus, when corresponding openings in the top and bottom portions of the enclosure are not exactly aligned, each fastener can shift laterally to allow screws to engage to fasten the top and bottom portions together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Houtan R. FARAHANI, Brett W. DEGNER, William F. LEGGETT, Mikael M. SILVANTO, Bartley K. ANDRE
  • Patent number: 8701265
    Abstract: A connector assembly for installation to a surface having a slot pattern. The connector assembly includes a base shell and a clasp shell. The clasp shell movable relative to the base shell between an open position and a closed position, and one of the base shell and the clasp shell includes a threaded insert spaced from an end of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Lowell S. James
  • Patent number: 8702361
    Abstract: An insulating plate (20) made of synthetic resin for transferring heat transferred from conductors to nuts (10) to a heat sink (40) is provided with nut accommodating recesses (21) for accommodating the nuts (10). Each nut accommodating recess (21) includes a bottom plate (22) to be sandwiched between the nuts (10) and the heat sink (40) and a surrounding wall (23) vertically extending from the bottom plate (22) to surround the side surface of the nut (10). The surrounding walls (23) are provided with first and second pressing surfaces (28, 29) to be pressed by ejector pins (83).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Akuta
  • Publication number: 20140093326
    Abstract: A floating fastener for mounting to a first object and then fastening into a second object includes a fastening main body having, from top to bottom, sequentially connected handling portion, shank portion and fastening portion; a cap portion having a connecting section connected to the handling portion and a first stop section extended into the cap portion; and a sleeve movably located around the shank portion and having a second stop section movably interfering with the first stop section for the sleeve and the cap portion to movably connect together without separating from each other, a floating displacement limiting section located below the second stop section and horizontally abutted on the first stop section for preventing the sleeve from swaying, and a fixing section formed around a lower end of the sleeve. The floating fastener can possess a degree of floating displacement without having a swaying or inclined sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Ting-Jui WANG
  • Publication number: 20140079508
    Abstract: One or more fastenings can be used to fasten components together, such as housing components on a computing device. Each fastening can include a first opening associated with a first component, a second opening associated with a second component, a floating fastener, and a screw. The floating fastener is inserted into the first opening and/or second opening, and includes a threaded opening therein having a primary axis therethrough. The screw is inserted through first and/or second openings and into the threaded opening in the floating fastener. The screw and threaded opening combination is defined by contact between the screw and threaded opening about a thread surface that is substantially perpendicular to the primary axis, a screw thread return angle of 45 degrees or less, and a thread depth that is less than about triple the float between the major diameters of the screw and the threaded opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. DEGNER, Houtan R. FARAHANI, Ron A. HOPKINSON, William F. LEGGETT
  • Publication number: 20140064873
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a rivetless nut plate that includes: a base plate having an inferior face and a superior face, a plurality of extensions for engaging a fastener, each of the extensions extending from the superior face in a direction substantially perpendicular to the superior face, the extensions defining a cage region between the extensions, and the extensions being adapted to receive a retainer for retaining the fastener against the superior face in the cage region, and an anchor comprising a body extending from the inferior face to a distal end, having a groove to contain a portion of a substrate that is formed about the anchor being disposed between the inferior face and the distal end and the body having a conformation that is not rotationally symmetrical about an axis perpendicular to the inferior face of the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Greene, Tweed of Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Fortunato Kevin, Steven Spadaccino, Fernando Torres
  • Patent number: 8591158
    Abstract: A spacer element which is designed at both ends for the attachment to a sheet metal part or to a hollow section for the formation of a component assembly and which optionally has a fastener section with an internal thread or external thread for the attachment of a component to the component assembly by means of a screw or a nut, is characterized in that the spacer element is not deformable or at least substantially not deformable on attachment to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and in that the spacer element is provided at both end faces with respective undercuts for the form-fitted reception of sheet metal material or of the wall material, whereby the spacer element is secured to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and preferably also secured against, rotation. Various variants, component assemblies and methods are likewise described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 8579569
    Abstract: A retaining cam (20) for a rotatable fastener for connecting components (16, 17) is provided. The retaining cam (20) has a housing (22) pivotally supported on a base plate (24), by which the retaining cam (20) can be fixedly connected to one (17) of the components (16, 17). A screw (30) is secured rotationally fixed in the housing (22). A fastener bolt (40) rotatably connected to another (16) of the components (16, 17) can be screwed onto the screw (30). Spring elements are associated with the screw (30) for generating an elastic pretension for securing the fastener bolt (40) against rotation. The housing (22) is pivotally supported on the base plate (24) by a spherical washer (50). An angle deviation between the center axes of the retaining cam (20) and the fastener bolt (40) can be compensated for by pivoting the retaining cam on the spherical washer (50) while maintaining full-surface contact of the retaining cam (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Olav Schendel
  • Publication number: 20130276292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a floating barrel nut with improved means for retaining a nut in a seat of a segmented cylindrical slug and related methods. In one embodiment, a barrel nut according to this disclosure may comprise: a nut with a threaded shaft and a flange that is chamfered on its lower end; a cylindrical slug that has been segmented along a plane that is parallel to the cylindrical axis, said slug having a head and a foot; two pins; wherein said nut is configured to float between the head and foot of the slug; wherein said shaft features an indentation on opposite sides thereof; and, wherein said pins are attached to the head and foot of the slug and sit in the indentations of the shaft. In another embodiment the pins are bent around the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: William Kousens, Tam Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8561961
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a housing with an upper base panel and opposed end walls that collectively define an opening in which one or more lamps and one or more reflector panels are disposed. The lamps extend substantially along a longitudinal axis of the housing, between bracket subassemblies. Each bracket subassembly includes at least one captive hardware fastener, which is pre-installed in the bracket subassembly and designed to be movable relative to the bracket subassembly only upon application of deliberate force with respect to the captive hardware fastener. While the captive hardware fastener is movable for installation purposes, the captive hardware fastener is not readily removable from its corresponding bracket subassembly. For example, the captive hardware can include a self-drilling screw, the body of which extends between two substantially parallel members separated by a third member, which has a straight or curved geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: James Blessitt, Troy Winslett
  • Publication number: 20130241371
    Abstract: A fastening structure for fastening an assembly member to a housing, includes a mounting member, and a nut. The mounting member protrudes from the housing. The mounting member defines a receiving groove, and a mounting hole communicating with receiving groove. The nut is received in the receiving groove, the nut is capable of engaging with a screw inserted through the assembly member and the mounting hole to fasten the assembly member to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: JI-FENG QIU
  • Publication number: 20130230363
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a screw with multi-hexahedron head. A head of the screw includes at least two hexahedrons which are parallel with each other. Each surface of the at least two hexahedrons is a parallelogram and parallel with the opposite face. A short height of a parallelogram bottom surface of each hexahedron is less than or equal to width of an opening of a T-shaped groove. A long height of a parallelogram bottom surface of a first hexahedron is equal to the width of the opening of the groove. A long height of a parallelogram bottom surface of a second hexahedron is greater than the width of the opening of the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.,
    Inventor: Ling-Hong ZENG
  • Publication number: 20130212865
    Abstract: A device for fastening a nut (4) on the surface of a body (2) by means of a plate (5) that holds the nut (4) captive. The plate (5) has both a centering member (14) and a lug (15) projecting from its seat (6) against the body (2), which centering member and lug are housed in corresponding orifices (16, 17) in the body (2). Means for bonding by cementing or by riveting prevent the plate (5) fitted against the body (2) from moving axially. The cementing means involve melting the lug (15) inside the orifice (17) that receives it, the lug being heating to form cementing material. The plate (5) includes a cell (19) in register with the lug (15) for guiding tooling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: Marc Herve
  • Publication number: 20130202380
    Abstract: A locking structure of a screw-fastening block includes: a screw-fastening block made by providing a screw member for screwing and connecting a bus bar, a terminal, or the like on an upper portion of a screw-fastening block main body; and an electrically connecting block main body having a receiver into which the screw-fastening block is inserted upward side and in which the screw-fastening block is received. Locking portions are provided on both sidewalls of the receiver, and a bottom surface of the screw-fastening block main body is a lock-receiving portion to be engaged with the locking portion. The locking portions are locking arms projected obliquely upward from the both sidewalls, and a tip end of the locking arm is provided with a locking surface for supporting the bottom surface of the screw-fastening block main body, and a projecting piece for supporting a side surface of the screw-fastening block main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yazaki Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130192052
    Abstract: The invention concerns a nut for removably fixing any component or device to a longitudinal groove (11) of a profiled element (10) by screwed means. The nut in composed of a body (20) having a base surface (21), a front surface (22), two first opposite sides (23) and two second opposite sides (24), and it has centrally a threaded hole (25) extending from the front surface (22) to the base surface (21) along to an axis (X). The nut body (20) is moreover provided with a rounded area (27) joining every first (23) to every second (24) adjoining side at two diagonally opposite corners, and with side roundings (28) at least in an area of the base surface (21) adjacent to, and joining with, both the two second opposite sides (24). The nut is inserted through the outer opening of a profile groove with combined tilt/oscillation and then rotation movements around the axis of the threaded hole for its arrangement in the use and engage position with the hooking teeth in said groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: GIMATIC S.P.A.
    Inventor: GIMATIC S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130129443
    Abstract: A spacer element which is designed at both ends for the attachment to a sheet metal part or to a hollow section for the formation of a component assembly and which optionally has a fastener section with an internal thread or external thread for the attachment of a component to the component assembly by means of a screw or a nut, is characterized in that the spacer element is not deformable or at least substantially not deformable on attachment to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and in that the spacer element is provided at both end faces with respective undercuts for the form-fitted reception of sheet metal material or of the wall material, whereby the spacer element is secured to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and preferably also secured against, rotation. Various variants, component assemblies and methods are likewise described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Oliver DIEHL, Richard HUMPERT
  • Patent number: 8444356
    Abstract: An insert for blind installation in a workpiece, and method of manufacture of an insert, the insert (2) comprising a body (4) and anchor stud (6); wherein the stud is inserted into a through bore (22) in the body, part of the stud extending beyond the end of the through bore, and a part of the stud provided with opposed areas of knurling (14, 16) such as threading, being enveloped by a reduced diameter section (24) of the body, such that crimping the stud onto the body causes material to enter the knurling, thereby firmly attaching body and stud, allowing the insert to withstand high torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Avdel UK Limited
    Inventors: Derek Crutchley, Philip Wasmuth, Jonathan Brewer
  • Publication number: 20130078052
    Abstract: One or more fastenings can be used to fasten components together, such as housing components on a computing device. Each fastening can include a first opening associated with a first component, a second opening associated with a second component, a floating fastener, and a screw. The floating fastener is inserted into the first opening and/or second opening, and includes a threaded opening therein having a primary axis therethrough. The screw is inserted through first and/or second openings and into the threaded opening in the floating fastener. The screw and threaded opening combination is defined by contact between the screw and threaded opening about a thread surface that is substantially perpendicular to the primary axis, a screw thread return angle of 45 degrees or less, and a thread depth that is less than about triple the float between the major diameters of the screw and the threaded opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: BRETT W. DEGNER, Houtan R. Farahani, Ron A. Hopkinson, William F. Leggett
  • Publication number: 20130071203
    Abstract: An apparatus includes structure having a first surface and a second surface, and defining a hole having a first opening at the first surface and a second opening at the second surface. A first member extends into the hole through the first opening and defines a first aperture. A second member extends into the hole through the second opening and defines a second aperture. A threaded fastener is at least partially disposed within the first and second apertures, and is selectively rotatable about an axis. A retainer member is disposed within the first and second apertures and resists axial movement of the first and second members and the threaded fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: James D. Hay
  • Patent number: 8371783
    Abstract: A spacer element which is designed at both ends for the attachment to a sheet metal part or to a hollow section for the formation of a component assembly and which optionally has a fastener section with an internal thread or external thread for the attachment of a component to the component assembly by means of a screw or a nut, is characterized in that the spacer element is not deformable or at least substantially not deformable on attachment to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and in that the spacer element is provided at both end faces with respective undercuts for the form-fitted reception of sheet metal material or of the wall material, whereby the spacer element is secured to the sheet metal part or to the hollow section and preferably also secured against rotation. Various variants, component assemblies and methods are likewise described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: PROFIL-Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Publication number: 20130017032
    Abstract: An external surface for a fastener insert to be embedded in a component includes ridges extending along an outer surface of the portion to be embedded. The ridges include end-to-end projections that vary in width and height from one end of a projection to an opposite end of a projection. Wedges are formed in the surface between adjacent ridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Levey, Jason D. Holt, Robert R. Schaser