Member Anchors Bolt In Substructure With Threaded Portion Exposed (e.g., Stud Bolt) Patents (Class 411/107)
  • Patent number: 10400809
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structure for omitting washers to reduce the number of parts, and keeping the fitting of two members fastened together even when the washers are omitted. The structure includes: a first member having a first screw hole; a second member facing the first member, having a second screw hole larger than the first screw hole, and threaded in a direction opposite to the first screw hole; and a fastener. The fastener includes, along a longitudinal direction: a first screw section having a diameter corresponding to the first screw hole; a second screw section between the first member and the second member, having a diameter corresponding to the second screw hole, and threaded in a direction opposite to the first screw section; a neck at least partially located in the second screw hole; and a head larger in the longitudinal direction than the second screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Uchiyama, Takayuki Morino, Toshihiro Inoue, Sara Akiyama, Shigehiro Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 10371163
    Abstract: A load absorbing system that may include a rotor blade retention system is provided. The load absorbing system may include a block, a first retainer plate, and a deformable core. The block may be selectively positioned alongside a dovetail groove. The block may have a first face directed away from the blade root and an axially-spaced second face directed toward the blade root. The first retainer plate may be attached to the second face of the block and axially positioned between the block and the axially-directed surface of the blade root. The deformable core may be positioned between the block and the first retainer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jason Bishop, Rajendra Madhukar Kelkar, Alex Yuen, Andrew Philip Woodfield
  • Patent number: 10315558
    Abstract: A locking position stud fastener is configured to position, lock, and securely hold a lamp assembly to a vehicle body. A method for installing a lamp assembly on to a vehicle body having at least one opening for receiving a fastener includes the steps of securing a first end of a stud to the lamp assembly, rotating the stud about its axis, passing the stud through the vehicle body opening, and then locking and securing the stud in the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Burton Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Edwards Burton
  • Patent number: 10206720
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter includes a fastener, a system and methods for use and manufacture. The fastener can include a head disposed at a proximal end of the fastener, a shaft connected to the head, and at least one of the head and the shaft can include a plurality of flat surfaces. A collar can extend about the longitudinal axis of the fastener and can have a proximal-most surface spaced in a longitudinal axis direction away from a proximal-most surface of the fastener. The collar can include a plurality of petals spaced about the longitudinal axis, each of the plurality of petals including a flat surface facing a respective one of the plurality of flat surfaces of the at least one of the head and the shaft. A plate and/or a cage can be included with the fastener for use in a spinal connection, kit or repair system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolay Laubert, James W. Adams, John Nixon
  • Patent number: 10205288
    Abstract: An electrical continuity apparatus for a coaxial cable interface port including an interface port, a cable connector, and a resilient member. The interface port includes a first end having a threaded outer surface, and the cable connector includes a coupler having a threaded inner surface. The coupler is configured to rotatably couple the threaded inner surface with the threaded outer surface of the first end of the interface port. The resilient member is arranged between the interface port and the cable connector and urges threads of the threaded inner surface of the coupler into engagement with threads of the threaded outer surface of the interface port to provide electrical continuity between the coupler and the threaded outer surface of interface port even when coupler is loosely tightened to the interface port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Eric J. Purdy, Noah P. Montena
  • Patent number: 10141660
    Abstract: An electrical connection box includes: a circuit portion having bus bars including bus bar terminal portions; a case housing a circuit portion with electronic components mounted thereon; a through-hole is formed in each of the bus bar terminal portions; electrical wire terminal portions are connected to electrical wires, a through-hole is formed in each electrical wire terminal portions; stud bolts having a shaft portion and a head portion; and nuts are fastened to the stud bolts. The shaft portion is inserted into the through-holes of both the bus bar terminal portions and the electrical wire terminal portions, the bus bar terminal portions and the electrical wire terminal portions are overlaid on seat surfaces of the stud bolts, and a groove portion is formed over the entire circumference of each of the stud bolts where the seat surface and the outer circumferential surface of the shaft portion intersect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10045105
    Abstract: A system includes a first audio device having a first microphone, first speaker, and first wireless interface, a second audio device having a second speaker and second wireless interface, and a computing device having a user interface. The user interface presents representations of the first and second audio devices. Upon receiving user input indicating a connection between the representations of the first and second audio devices, the computing device inquires whether a first or second mode should be used. Upon receiving user input confirming the first mode should be used, the computing device instructs the first audio device to send audio signals detected by the first microphone to the second audio device, which reproduces the audio signals. The first mode is selected based on whether the first and second audio devices is a loudspeaker or a headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Naganagouda B. Patil
  • Patent number: 9995300
    Abstract: A cartridge retention system includes a retention body, a cartridge assembly, and a retaining flange. The cartridge assembly has a housing coupled to the retention body, a biasing member disposed within the housing, and a piston biased by the biasing member toward the retention body. The retaining flange is coupled to the retention body by the cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Heinrich Bartels, Stephen Patterson, Jesse Nokes
  • Patent number: 9879819
    Abstract: An accessory mounting track provides quick and easy removable attachment and positioning of various devices. The method of attachment of devices to the accessory mounting track may be compatible with the attachment of these devices to other mounting systems, allowing the accessory mounting track to be used interchangeably with those systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Luther Cifers
  • Patent number: 9879552
    Abstract: A hydraulic device for changing the pitch of a propeller including a piston rod actuated by a hydraulic fluid, the piston rod including at its end a clevis mount able to provide a connection for transmitting the movements of the piston rod so as to change the pitch of at least one propeller, a thread nut held in position on the clevis of the piston rod by a fastener, the nut being able to collaborate with a threaded rod in order to provide a connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Frédéric Brettes, Alain François Jean Lavie, Dominique Raulin
  • Patent number: 9841045
    Abstract: Blind rivet fastener and method of forming blind rivet fastener. The blind rivet fastener includes a blind rivet sleeve having a set head end with a set head and a shank end, and a stud structured and arranged so that a receiving section projects from the set head end and so that an attachment section projects from the shank end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GESIPA BLINDNIETTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Diana Scholefield, Richard Gaertner, Stuart Booth
  • Patent number: 9828754
    Abstract: A clamping device for mounting a sink to a counter includes a clamp having a clamp body and a binding spring, a binding lip for insertion through a first slot in the bottom surface of the countertop adjacent to the sink, the clamp and binding lip connected to the clamp body and extending away therefrom at least partially over an edge of the sink, and a clamp screw for insertion through a first opening in the clamp body and against a solid portion of the binding spring interposed between the clamp screw and the edge of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: David Smith
  • Patent number: 9790974
    Abstract: A connection assembly adapted for receipt of a male connection member at the interior of a grommet. The connection assembly includes a grommet of hollow construction including a first collar and a second non-circular collar disposed in spaced-apart relation from the first collar. An axial bore extends entirely through the grommet. A sleeve insert including a hollow stem extends into the axial bore so as to at least partially line the axial bore. A complementary retaining panel includes a substantially non-circular access opening adapted to receive the second collar in pass-through relation and to block the first collar against insertion. Upon rotation, the grommet is blocked against withdrawal through the access opening and the retaining panel is held securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Holt, Ronald C. Owens, II, John D. Bisset, Eric B. Jipp, Troy S. Field, Jeremy R. D. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 9746015
    Abstract: A floating fastener mounting structure includes a mounting socket having a locating groove extending around the periphery and defined between a relatively smaller annular step and a relatively larger stop flange thereof, a metal panel member having a mounting through hole attached to the mounting socket and stopped above the stop flange and stamped by a stamping press to provide a riveting portion and to force the riveting portion to engage into the locating groove and to wrap about the stop flange of the mounting socket, a spring-loaded locking member axially slidably mounted in the mounting socket for detachably locking the metal panel member to an external metal panel member, and a cap member capped on a mounting head of the locking member and affixed to the mounting head during the operation of the stamping press to stamp the metal panel member. Affixing the mounting socket to the metal panel member by riveting greatly enhances the shearing strength of the floating fastener mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: HANWIT PRECISION INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Ying-Chih Tseng
  • Patent number: 9689261
    Abstract: A stacked wheel assembly for a rotor of a rotary machine includes a plurality of stacked wheels for rotation about a common axis and forming a portion of the rotor. Also included is a tie bolt passing through aligned bolt holes of the plurality of stacked wheels for retaining the plurality of stacked wheels in axially stacked relation, the tie bolt extending out of a forward end of a forward wheel of the plurality of stacked wheels and out of an aft end of an aft wheel of the plurality of stacked wheels. Further included is a rotor component disposed adjacent the aft end of the aft wheel. Yet further included is a nut mounted within a forward face of the rotor component, the nut configured to be in threaded engagement with the tie bolt to exert a clamping force on the plurality of stacked wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Rajesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9677266
    Abstract: A system configured to anchor a cover plate over an interface formed between substantially coplanar substrates includes a sleeve capable of being anchored in a first substrate; a spring located in the sleeve; a post located in communication with the spring; and a fastener secured onto the post. A head of the post is located in the sleeve, and an end of the post opposite the head of the post extends out of the sleeve to receive the fastener. The fastener is secured onto the post over the cover plate located on the first substrate such that the cover plate extends over the interface formed between the first and second substrates when they are positioned to be substantially coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: EMSEAL JOINT SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Lester Hensley, William Witherspoon
  • Patent number: 9363921
    Abstract: A fixing member (100) of a rack server includes a chassis slide assembly (200), a main body (102), and a fixing column (110). The main body (102) is disposed on an end of the chassis slide assembly (200), one side of the main body (102) is connected to a first positioning element (104), and another side of the main body (102) is connected to a second positioning element (106). The second positioning element (106) is disposed corresponding to the first positioning element (104). The fixing column (110) is disposed on the main body (102) and one end thereof is fixed onto the chassis slide assembly (200). The main body (102) is able to rotate along the fixing column (110) as an axis. The first positioning element (104) and the second positioning element (106) have different shape. Therefore, the same chassis slide assembly (200) can match a different server rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SUPER MICRO COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chen, Ken-Sheng Lin, Kuo-Hsien Wang
  • Patent number: 9303675
    Abstract: A bolt 10 is provided for fastening a component to a base material 20. The bolt has a flange 12 for supporting the component, a first pin 14 is formed on a first side of the flange 12 and is provided with a thread. A second pin 16 is formed on a second side of the flange 12. The second pin 16 is suitable to be fitted into a bore 21 formed in the base material 20 and is secured by a plug-in adhesive connection into the bore 21 formed in the base material 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Brunner, Thiemo Erb, Erik Samel, Lars Kuehlborn
  • Patent number: 9279208
    Abstract: Provided is a washing machine that can maintain sufficient rigidity while reducing a thickness of a frame by improving the shape of beads disposed at the frame, the washing machine including: a cabinet; a tub that is disposed to accommodate washing water in the cabinet and has a fastening hole formed in a rear side of the tub; a tub fixing part that is provided in plural numbers at a rear side of the cabinet in a position corresponding to the fastening hole; a fixing member that is inserted into the tub fixing part and is fastened to the fastening hole so that the tub is fixed to the rear side of the cabinet; and beads that are provided in plural numbers at both sides of the cabinet so as to have a shape of grooves formed in a direction of an inner side of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nam Ki Sul, Kwang Min Chun, Jong Hun Sung, Hong Yeol Lee, Jung Sang Choi, Sang Young Kweon
  • Patent number: 9267532
    Abstract: The invention provides for a retainer for stabilizing a threaded member. The retainer may include a base portion having an opening and an outer perimeter lying in a first plane, the opening having a plurality of elongated sections each extending toward the outer perimeter so as to define in the base portion one or more arms. Each of the aims may have a head section having at least one groove, the head sections being located in a second plane which is parallel to and spaced apart from the first plane. The elongated sections may be symmetrically arranged about an axis. The grooves may be arranged to define at least a portion of a helix. The outer perimeter of the retainer may be circular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: HCC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: David M. Siegal
  • Patent number: 9169864
    Abstract: A lock ring for securing a threaded stud to a first member, the ring having a first surface defining the ring on the side facing a first axis of symmetry of the ring, and in which a toothed impression is formed when it is forced onto a toothed portion of the threaded stud; and a conical second surface defining the ring on the opposite side to the first axis, and which is forced inside the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: AGUSTAWESTLAND S.P.A.
    Inventors: Dario Colombo, Giuseppe Gasparini
  • Patent number: 9161792
    Abstract: A surgical assembly has a first section having a first hole with a smallest diameter and a second section having a threaded second hole with a minor thread diameter smaller than the smallest diameter of the first hole. The first hole encloses a center axis of the second hole and a clearance is provided between the first section and the second section. The assembly includes a screw member having a length for engaging the first hole and the second hole so as to bridge the clearance. The screw member has a first portion with a largest outer diameter smaller than or equal to the smallest diameter of the first hole, and a threaded second portion axially spaced from the first portion and configured to threadedly engage the second hole. A major thread diameter of the second portion is larger than the smallest diameter of the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma SA
    Inventor: Aaron Forderer
  • Patent number: 9133871
    Abstract: When it comes to an expansion plug (1) including an anchor bolt (2) with an expansion element (3) on a first end section (6) of the anchor bolt (2) having a longitudinal axis (10), preferably also including at least one force-applier (20) on the anchor bolt (2) in order to hold loads, and also including an expansion sleeve (4) surrounding the anchor bolt (2), the objective is to avoid an axial movement of the expansion sleeve (14), especially in the case of a drilled hole diameter in the lower tolerance range or in the case of a hollow space. The expansion plug (1) has at least one eccentric geometry, so that an expansion of the expansion sleeve (4) can be achieved by a rotational movement of the anchor bolt (2), especially around the longitudinal axis (10) as the axis of rotation (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marc Schaeffer, Georg Oberndorfer
  • Patent number: 9051011
    Abstract: A mounting system for a shipping container or trailer floor having a plurality of apertures positioned to align with mounting holes of machinery having a first diameter to be mounted to the container floor, wherein the diameter of the container floor apertures are larger than the first diameter to allow a margin of error in the alignment with the machinery mounting holes. Non-circular threaded fasteners are located on the bottom surface of the container floor for receiving bolts for mounting machinery to the container floor, and a plurality of non-circular edged bases, each sized for receiving a non-circular threaded fastener such that the non-circular threaded fastener cannot rotate within non-circular edged base. The system also collects spilled machinery liquids for later removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel R. Williams
  • Patent number: 9028162
    Abstract: A system and method for a quick release of a second object from a first object, e.g., quick release of hurricane panels (second object) from the inside of a habitable structure (first object). A stepped quick release bolt assembly or a dual quick release car assembly may be employed. In the preferred embodiment, a pin passing through a cross bored hole in a stepped bolt disposed in a receiving structure attached to a first object is releasable in order to disconnect the second object from the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hurricane Safety Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Lagassey, David Stott
  • Patent number: 8998549
    Abstract: A welding stud including a head and a shank extending from the head. The shank has an end region opposite the head and the end region includes at least two angled surfaces which incline towards an axis of the shank in a direction moving away from the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Pimper, Joachim Schneider, Joachim Geist, Wolfgang Werner, Peter Horn
  • Publication number: 20150071729
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are generally directed to a radially compressible and/or expandable threaded insert. Exemplary embodiments of the threaded insert can include a tubular body having a length extending along a central axis between a first end and a second end. An inner surface of the body can include a circumferentially extending internal thread and an outer surface of the body can include one or more surface features extending from an outer surface of the tubular body. A longitudinally extending slot can be formed the tubular body. The slot can extend the length of the tubular body to form a circumferential discontinuity along the length of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Terence Stone, Joshua Lee Hoots
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150056040
    Abstract: The invention provides for a retainer for stabilizing a threaded member. The retainer may include a base portion having an opening and an outer perimeter lying in a first plane, the opening having a plurality of elongated sections each extending toward the outer perimeter so as to define in the base portion one or more arms. Each of the aims may have a head section having at least one groove, the head sections being located in a second plane which is parallel to and spaced apart from the first plane. The elongated sections may be symmetrically arranged about an axis. The grooves may be arranged to define at least a portion of a helix. The outer perimeter of the retainer may be circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Siegal
  • 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: 20150023755
    Abstract: A system configured to anchor a cover plate over an interface formed between substantially coplanar substrates includes a sleeve capable of being anchored in a first substrate; a spring located in the sleeve; a post located in communication with the spring; and a fastener secured onto the post. A head of the post is located in the sleeve, and an end of the post opposite the head of the post extends out of the sleeve to receive the fastener. The fastener is secured onto the post over the cover plate located on the first substrate such that the cover plate extends over the interface formed between the first and second substrates when they are positioned to be substantially coplanar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: EMSEAL JOINT SYSTEMS, LTD
    Inventors: Lester Hensley, William Witherspoon
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8926246
    Abstract: There is provided a bolt support structure which can absorb displacement of a bus bar and prevent the bus bar from bending during fastening of bolt, having a bolt including a head portion and a shaft portion and a mount portion to which the head portion is mounted movable in an axial direction of the shaft portion. The mount portion includes a bottom and upper plates between which a large-diameter portion of the head portion is positioned. The shaft portion and a small-diameter portion of the head portion are passed through a notch of the upper plate. A gap between the bottom and upper plates is larger than the thickness of the large-diameter portion. After the head portion is mounted to the mount portion, the nut is attached to the shaft portion so that the bus bar and the terminal clamp are sandwiched between the head portion and the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Sunsoku I, Hiroaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 8894334
    Abstract: A ring bolt and a subassembly thereof; the ring bolt having a shank, a first fastening thread extending from a distal end of the shank and a helical ring extending from the fastening thread. The major diameter defined by the helical ring is greater than the major diameter defined by the fastening thread. A component to be captured together with the ring bolt in a subassembly has at least one inward projection in an opening therethrough to define a restricted entrance wider then the major diameter of the fastening thread but smaller than the major diameter of the helical ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Schaser, Daniel A. Dechant
  • Publication number: 20140328644
    Abstract: An integrally moulded object body is disclosed for retaining fasteners in a pre-attachment position and deforming to accommodate attachment tolerances. The object body has a fastener retaining portion that has an aperture defined therein that has a fastener-engaging edge that grips the shaft of the fastener in the pre-attachment position. The fastener retaining is deformable to allow the fastener to move laterally and be attached off-center from the pre-attachment position to accommodate attachment tolerances. The fastener retaining portion can have areas of weakness to allow deformation. These areas of weakness can comprise areas of reduced thickness or radial extensions that extend towards the perimeter of the fastener retaining portion. The object body also has a clearance portion that defines a mounting face that the fastener does not extend past in the pre-attachment position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: John P. McCorkell
  • Publication number: 20140301804
    Abstract: An adjustable tower stud assembly is disclosed for securing an object, such as a roof rack, to an external panel such as the roof of a vehicle. The object requires more support than can be provided by the external panel and it is also connected to a sub-surface support. Upper and lower collared studs are connected by a threaded connection that allows the length of the tower stud assembly to be adjusted. Stops on a lower collar ground the tower stud assembly to the sub-surface support after the tower stud assembly is adjusted to the proper length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David James Spolyar
  • Patent number: 8827614
    Abstract: A floating fastener includes a mounting base member defining a center through hole and an inward rim, a socket vertically and horizontally movably coupled to the mounting base member and stoppable below the inward rim of the mounting base member, a lock screw floatably supported on an elastic member in the socket inside the mounting base member and movable with the socket to correct positioning for detachably locking a first panel member carrying the mounting base member to a second panel member, and a stop member mounted in the socket to prohibit the lock screw from falling out of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hanwit Precision Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Chih Tseng
  • Patent number: 8827285
    Abstract: A wheel axle fixing structure of a skateboard is provided for overcoming the drawbacks of a conventional coupling structure between a mounting bracket and a wheel axle of a skateboard and includes a mounting bracket, a wheel axle, and a fixing collar. The mounting bracket has an axle receiving hole that includes two internal threading sections having threads of opposite directions (such as forward thread and backward thread). The wheel axle has an axle external threading section and is fit to the fixing collar that has a collar external threading section. The axle external threading section and a collar external threading section are respectively screwed to the two internal threading sections having threads of opposite directions. The opposite directions of the threads at the two threaded sections provides tightening effects in opposite direction so that one threaded section getting loosened help more securely tighten the other threaded section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yuche Su
  • Patent number: 8794889
    Abstract: A captive screw for securing together two panels has a screw and a spring extending between the screw head and a ferrule. A collar is formed on the screw shank under the ferrule to limit penetration of the screw threads in a bottom panel so that the upper panel floats on the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas V. Aukzemas, Albert J. Frattarola, Boyd Wolf, James F. Standish, III, Joseph N. Caulfield
  • Patent number: 8784025
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting device for fastening a module onto a component, in particular an outside housing of another module. The device includes a fastening screw having a thread, a screw carrier to receive the screw shaft of the fastening screw, and a thread carrier which is connected to the component and has an inside thread corresponding to the thread of the fastening screw. A force-locking connection between the screw carrier and the thread carrier is established by means of the fastening screw in the fastening position, and the module is supported on a supporting element of the component in the fastening position. The screw shaft of the fastening screw has an additional shaft section which is connected to the front shaft section at the screw head end for receiving a spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Vega Grieshaber KG
    Inventors: Frank Becherer, Winfried Rauer
  • Patent number: 8777535
    Abstract: A system for fastening a cover to a body of an explosion-proof enclosure using a plurality of fastening devices. Each fastening device can include a first load distributing member disposed on a body flange of a body of the explosion-proof enclosure. Each fastening device can also include a second load distributing member disposed on a cover flange of a cover of the explosion-proof enclosure. Each fastening device can further include a fastener positioned atop the first load distributing member, where the fastener traverses the first load distributing member, the cover flange, and the body flange. Each fastening device can also include a fastener receiver positioned under the second load distributing member and mechanically coupled to the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 8770902
    Abstract: A locator assembly and associated fastening assembly are described herein. The locator assembly may include a post locator and a receiver locator that combine to provide precision locating and attachment functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Elijah Tooling, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard V. Miller
  • Patent number: 8764362
    Abstract: The invention provides for a retainer for stabilizing a threaded member. The retainer may include a base portion having an opening and an outer perimeter lying in a first plane, the opening having a plurality of elongated sections each extending toward the outer perimeter so as to define in the base portion one or more arms. Each of the aims may have a head section having at least one groove, the head sections being located in a second plane which is parallel to and spaced apart from the first plane. The elongated sections may be symmetrically arranged about an axis. The grooves may be arranged to define at least a portion of a helix. The outer perimeter of the retainer may be circular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: HCC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Siegal
  • Patent number: 8740528
    Abstract: A locator/fastener has a first outer member with a precision-machined external body portion, a retention head protruding from a first end, and a multi-diameter throughbore. A fastener, which may take the form of a cap screw, floats in the throughbore of the locator with the threaded portion protruding from a second end of the locator. A receiver has an internal precision-machined surface which contacts the precision-machined body portion of the locator and a threaded bore which receives the protruding fastener. By separating the locating and fastening functions, a quick connect disconnect device is created which does not bind or gall. A hangar system allows a sub-base plate to be attached to a base using the locator-fastener disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: David L. Durfee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8696278
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rivet nut (10) with a base part (12) and a cylindrical rivet section (14), the base part having a central threaded cylinder (16), an annular contact surface (18) that is coaxial to the threaded cylinder in a plane (20) perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (22) of the threaded cylinder, and that has an axially aligned annular groove (24), said groove being arranged radially inside the annular contact surface and radially outside the cylindrical rivet section and said groove blending on the radially inner side, into the outer surface of the cylindrical rivet section, and anti-rotation ribs (42) being provided in the area of the annular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 8656563
    Abstract: To provide a structure of an installation member to be installed to a vehicle outer panel that can prevent rust from developing on a bolt and an outer panel without requiring resist-coating processing. A structure of an installation member to be installed to a vehicle outer panel includes a metallic retaining portion provided to a rear garnish (installation member) to be installed to a vehicle outer panel in order to install this member to this outer panel, a resin-made attachment to be attached to the retaining portion and having no metallic plating film, and a bolt whose head portion is retained by the attachment, wherein the bolt is integrally incorporated to the retaining portion via the attachment and the rear garnish is installed to the outer panel by using the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sakae Riken Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hiramatsu, Youji Bitou
  • Patent number: 8641341
    Abstract: A unitized component assembly includes an component having an aperture, and a plurality of discrete projections extending into the aperture and spaced apart from one another about the perimeter of the aperture, and a fastener having a head and a shank extending from the head. The shank includes a necked portion and a threaded portion adjacent the necked portion. The shank is positioned in the aperture such that the necked portion is in facing relationship with the projections. The threaded portion is engageable with the projections to provide an axial stop for limiting movement of the fastener relative to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Koyo Bearings USA LLC
    Inventors: Anthony P. Copper, Justin R. Ballenger
  • Patent number: 8632287
    Abstract: A fastener retainer is provided capable of retaining a fastener to a part prior to and during assembly. A first portion engages a fastener flange while leaving a fastener head exposed for assembly tool access. A second portion has flanges that engage the edges of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Larry A. Walton, Baden Michael Powell, Gurdeep Singh, Mohammad A. Khorrami
  • Patent number: 8608419
    Abstract: A functional element, in particular a bolt element consists of a shaft part and a head part designed for a rivet connection with a panel element, in particular a sheet metal part, with the head part being made hollow and having an outer diameter larger than that of the shaft part, is characterized in that the shaft part merges into the head part by a ring shoulder formed by a convexly rounded and in particular spherical surface such that the convexly rounded surface extends from the shaft part to the at least substantially cylindrical jacket surface of the head part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Profil-Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8584421
    Abstract: Panel mounting components and systems for mounting objects, such as decorative architectural resin panels, can include one or more of a twist-lock mounting assembly and a melt-bondable panel mounting bracket. Twist-lock mounting assemblies can include a housing and locking pin configured to automatically lock together, thereby allowing a user to quickly and easily mount and dismount panels from a support structure. Melt-bondable panel mounting brackets can include one or more bonding features configured to be pressed into a resin-based panel, thereby allowing additional components, such as a twist-lock mounting assembly, to be secured directly to a single side of a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Chase Norton, Bryan K. Harris