Nut Deforms Wall Of Preformed Opening In Substructure During Assembly Patents (Class 411/180)
  • Patent number: 10717216
    Abstract: Insert designed to be fitted on a support, including a body extending along a longitudinal axis and a base including at least one plate extending along a base plane, at least one through hole oriented along an orientation axis perpendicular to the base plane being formed in said at least one plate, at least one protuberance being formed on a first surface of said at least one plate and forming a hollow on a second surface of said at least one plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOLLHOFF OTALU S.A.
    Inventors: Sylvain Faguer, Emmanuelle Berlire, Frédéric Bovagnet, Jean-François Jambut, Patrick Lejars, Raphael Basset
  • Patent number: 10690172
    Abstract: An embedded connection socket is used for joining two objects. An assembly casing is assembled by the embedded connection socket. The embedded connection socket includes a base portion and an insertion part. The insertion part is inserted in an accommodating recess of the base portion and fixed by a fixing portion that is formed by shaping a plastic portion of the base portion at the opening of the accommodating recess. Therein, the fixing portion can prevent the insertion part from departing from the accommodating recess. The insertion part includes an engagement structure exposed through the accommodating recess. The embedded connection socket joins the two objects by the engagement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Dong-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 10563680
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is provided with a first threaded fastener. A damper has a body sized to receive the first threaded fastener, and a flange to provide an installation surface. A second threaded fastener is sized to engage the first threaded fastener. An actuator includes a housing with a receptacle. The receptacle has a cavity sized to receive the flange of the damper, and the receptacle is provided with a slot with an opening to receive the body of the damper. A structural support member has an aperture formed therethrough. The second threaded fastener is engaged with the aperture of the structural support member to fasten the actuator to the structural support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Dirk Benthaus, Zvonko Van Der Meer
  • Patent number: 10384085
    Abstract: A concrete anchor point includes an internally threaded member and a spacer. The internally threaded member and the spacer are cast in a volume of concrete. The internally threaded member terminates in an open end. The spacer has a hole extending therethrough which provides a through-hole in the volume of concrete extending from the opening in the exposed face to the open end. The spacer functions to space the open end away from the exposed face at a non-zero depth within the volume of concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Aleksovski
  • Patent number: 10236529
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel cell stack capable of suppressing damage to a seal member and suppressing leakage of a reaction gas to the outside of a casing or entry of water from the outside of the casing for a long period of time. The fuel cell stack includes a pair of end plates and holds a laminate from two sides in a direction, a casing which houses the laminate and has connection bars extended between the pair of end plates, a fastening member inserted into an end plate side mounting hole and a connection bar side mounting hole, and chamfered parts formed in an end plate side small diameter part of the end plate side mounting hole. A chamfer angle between an inner surface of the outer chamfered part and the direction is larger than a chamfer angle between an inner surface of the inner chamfered part and the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideharu Naito
  • Patent number: 10161435
    Abstract: A self-attaching fastener includes a substantially polyhedral head portion defining a longitudinal axis. The head portion is circumscribable by a first cylinder having a head diameter. The first cylinder is coaxial to the longitudinal axis. A central pilot portion substantially defines a pilot polyhedron extending from the head portion along the longitudinal axis. The central pilot portion is circumscribable by a second cylinder having a pilot diameter smaller than the head diameter. The second cylinder is coaxial to the longitudinal axis. The central pilot portion has a perimetric wall with rectangular faces of the pilot polyhedron. The rectangular faces are defined in respective planes that are parallel to the longitudinal axis. A planar panel support surface is defined on the head portion. The planar panel support surface defines a closed substantially polygonal planar margin at a perimeter of the planar panel support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Lewis, Srecko Zdravkovic
  • Patent number: 10133294
    Abstract: A bearing member includes: a large-diameter tubular portion having an external diameter larger than a diameter of a mounting hole formed in a pedal arm and having a cylindrical inner peripheral face; a small-diameter tubular portion formed continuously with the large-diameter tubular portion, having a cylindrical outer peripheral face with a diameter smaller than that of the mounting hole, and having the cylindrical inner peripheral face; and a thin-wall tubular portion formed continuously with the small-diameter tubular portion, having an inner diameter larger than a diameter of the cylindrical inner peripheral face, and having the cylindrical outer peripheral face, and in a condition that the bearing member is inserted into the mounting hole such that the thin-wall tubular portion is protected, and the thin-wall tubular portion is swaged, the mounting hole is held between a swaged portion bulged radially outward and the large-diameter tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kawahara, Masanobu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10066657
    Abstract: An insert according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body extending along an axis between a proximal portion and a distal portion and a plurality of tabs that protrude radially outwardly from an outermost surface of the body at a location between the proximal portion and the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Droste, Jesus Cardoso
  • Patent number: 9957994
    Abstract: A screw includes a shank, a first thread, and a second thread. The shank includes a screw-in portion, a head portion, and a straight rod portion between the screw-in portion and the head portion. The first thread surrounds the shank spirally and includes an upper thread portion formed around the straight rod portion, a lower thread portion formed around the screw-in portion, and a middle thread portion continuously connected between the upper and lower thread portions. A plurality of serrate cutting teeth is provided on the middle thread portion of the first thread. The second thread is helically formed around the screw-in portion of the shank and includes a plurality of thread convolutions spaced from thread convolutions of the lower thread portion of the first thread. The screw can be quickly driven into articles to be joined without degradation of binding capacity between the screw and the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Kuo-Tai Hsu
  • Patent number: 9834922
    Abstract: A dowel supporting device that includes a substantially hollow tube having a top end and a bottom end. An opening may be formed at the top end and a base may be formed at the bottom end. The base of the dowel supporting device may be fastened to a concrete deck. Concrete may be poured into the concrete deck. When dowels are ready to be used, the dowels may be inserted and secured to the dowel supporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Boyd, Joseph Accetta
  • Patent number: 9735478
    Abstract: A cable lug or functional part in combination with a nut is provided. The cable lug or functional part has a tubular receiving portion for a cable, an integrally formed flat part connecting portion connected to the tubular receiving portion, the flat part connecting portion having a hole therethrough defined by a wall said hole having a central axis. The nut includes a body having an undercut. The nut is held captively and rotatably on the flat part connecting portion. The nut does not pass through the flat part connecting portion is held by a reshaped holding material portion of the flat part connecting portion which projects into the undercut. The reshaped holding material portion is accommodated in the undercut, and an axial clearance is provided between the reshaped holding material and the wall which defines the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Gustav Klauke GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 9581186
    Abstract: A rivet stud bolt is disclosed. A rivet stud bolt for mounting an element to at least one panel includes a bolt portion to which the panel is assembled, a flange integrally formed to an end of the bolt portion, and a rivet portion integrally connected to the flange, in which at least two slits are formed, and the rivet portion is plastically deformed and connected to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Joon Park, Mun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9574602
    Abstract: A self-clinching fastener for insertion into ductile sheets of varying thicknesses has increased push-out and torque-out resistance. The self-clinching fastener includes a plurality of radial projections and spline teeth that embed into the ductile sheets, causing the material to cold flow into a recess, thereby permanently clinching the self-clinching fastener to the ductile sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rifast Systems LLC
    Inventor: John E. Burton
  • Patent number: 9513535
    Abstract: A camera system is configured to detachably couple to a camera mount, which in turn can be attached to an apparatus such as a sports board. The camera mount includes a top mount portion and a bottom screw portion. The top mount portion includes a buckle component that can detachably couple to a camera system, and includes blade components having cutting edges that can cut through a sports board. The blade components surround a screw hole component, and when the blade components have pierced a surface of the sports board and cut through the board, an opening to the screw hole component is accessible from the underside of the board surface. The bottom screw portion includes a screw thread that can be inserted and screwed into the screw hole component, thus securing the camera mount to the sports board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric McCallister Bennett, Rudy Lucas Samuels
  • Patent number: 9481032
    Abstract: A metal casting has a metal casting base body into which at least one metal insert body (1) is cast. The metal insert body has anti-twisting part-contours and is connected to the metal casting base body in a positively locking manner by the casting-in. To simplify the production of a stable metal casting, the metal insert body (1) has an elongate shape with a longitudinal axis and an outer mold contour with an unround cross section interrupted in the longitudinal direction by annular grooves (11-13) that fix the cast-in metal insert body (1) in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Oliver Moessinger, Juergen Neubrander, Dieter Schaffert, Ralph Renz, Jan Bela, Marcus Gregor Sedlmayr
  • Patent number: 9122133
    Abstract: A camera system is configured to detachably couple to a camera mount, which in turn can be attached to an apparatus such as a sports board. The camera mount includes a top mount portion and a bottom screw portion. The top mount portion includes a buckle component that can detachably couple to a camera system, and includes blade components having cutting edges that can cut through a sports board. The blade components surround a screw hole component, and when the blade components have pierced a surface of the sports board and cut through the board, an opening to the screw hole component is accessible from the underside of the board surface. The bottom screw portion includes a screw thread that can be inserted and screwed into the screw hole component, thus securing the camera mount to the sports board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bennett, Rudy Lucas Samuels
  • Patent number: 8985925
    Abstract: A nut and shell assembly includes a shell and an inset nut structure. The shell has an inner surface that defines an inner shell space and a through hole to communicate the inner shell space with the outside. The insert nut structure includes an insert nut fixed in the through hole, and an elastic seal sleeved on the insert nut and in substantially tight contact with the shell in the through hole. The insert nut includes a columnar body fixed in the through hole, and a flange connected to one end of the columnar body. The flange has an outer diameter greater than that of the columnar body, and abuts against the inner surface of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chang-Feng Lan
  • Patent number: 8939689
    Abstract: A functional element in the form of a press-in element for attachment to a sheet metal part is disclosed which has a head part and a shaft part, the head part has a ring-like sheet metal contact surface within which is a ring-like axial recess which surrounds the shaft part at the transition of the head part into the shaft part. The shaft part has a plurality of peripherally distributed radial recesses extending in the axial direction between which are axially extending and radially projecting noses having raised material portions which form undercuts with the head part in the region of the ring-like recess, the undercuts being present at the positions of the radial recesses at their axial ends adjacent to the head part. Radially extending ribs providing security against rotation, or other anti-rotation security features, are provided in the base region of the ring-like recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8931990
    Abstract: A pierce nut (1) for attachment to a plastically deformable metal sheet (4) has an abutment surface (14) adapted to abut against the metal sheet (4), an undercut pilot (11) protruding relatively to the abutment surface (14), and a countersunk groove (16a, 16b) which is formed in the abutment surface (14) and at least partly surrounds the pilot (11). The groove (16a, 16b) is without active undercuts facing the pilot (11). The groove comprises an inner groove (16a) and an outer groove (16b) and a ridge (17) located therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Stromsholmen AB
    Inventor: Johannes Gardstam
  • Patent number: 8888428
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an insert nut having a diamond lattice structure comprises cutting and forging a metal rod and thus preparing a forged article having a flange and a nut body; pressing-in the forged article between a first thread rolling die formed with a first annular die protrusion and a left diagonal die protrusion for forming a left diagonal line of a diamond lattice and a second thread rolling die formed with a second annular die protrusion and a right diagonal die protrusion for forming a right diagonal line of the diamond lattice; and pressing the forged article with the thread rolling dies, and then moving up and down each of the thread rolling dies so that a plurality of diamond lattices and an annular protrusion are arranged on the external circumferential surface of the nut body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Won Sool Park
  • Patent number: 8777536
    Abstract: A cable lug and a method of use is provided. The cable lug has a receiving tube section for a cable, a flat piece-connecting section that is molded on and is provided with a bore, and a nut which is captively and preferably rotatably mounted on the flat piece-connecting section. The nut does not penetrate the flat piece-connecting section while being mounted by a shaped mounting material section of the flat piece-connecting section, which extends into an undercut in the nut. The mounting material section is in the undercut with an axial clearance. The mounting material section is rooted in a lowered in a step-type manner in the flat piece-connecting section. The lowered area is rotationally symmetrical and is provided with a conical section which opens outward and vertically and encompasses at least one conical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Gustav Klauke GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 8752257
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for securing a lining material of a wall inner surface of a load-bearing construction, such as a container, apparatus, duct, housing, or column, which is acted upon by a gaseous or liquid medium. Multiple securing points are provided, and are arranged in a distributed manner and connected to the wall inner surface in order to secure the lining material. In order to reliably secure a lining material to a wall inner surface subject to great tractive forces, the fastening elements have at least one holding element which connects the wall inner surfaces to the lining material, and which can be fixed by a pressure element in a force- and/or form-fit manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Plasticon Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Hermann Van Laak
  • Patent number: 8734071
    Abstract: The invention relates to a functional element in the form of a press-in element for attachment to a sheet metal part, wherein the functional element has a head part and a shaft part, the head part has a ring-shaped sheet metal contact surface at the side adjacent the shaft part and a ring-shaped axial recess inside this ring-shaped sheet metal contact surface and surrounding the shaft part at the transition from the head part into the shaft part. In accordance with the invention the shaft part has a plurality of circumferentially distributed radial recesses extending in the axial direction and between these noses which likewise extend axially and project radially, wherein raised material portions are present at the positions of the radial recesses at their axial ends adjacent the head part and form undercuts with the head part in the region of the ring-shaped recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Profil-Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8721243
    Abstract: In an anchor for installation into a lightweight construction panel including at least a cover plate, wherein the anchor includes a radial clamping section for firm engagement with the cover plate when installed in a bore formed into the construction panel, the radial clamping section comprises an upper zone provided with axial grooves and a lower zone having transversely extending grooves both in engagement with the walls of the bore in the area of the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8651787
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Levey, Jason D. Holt, Robert R. Schaser
  • Patent number: 8622672
    Abstract: A self-piercing hollow press-in element, in particular a nut element for attachment to a sheet metal part, wherein the press-in element has a flange part of a larger diameter and a shaft part of a smaller diameter. The shaft part extends away from the flange part and has a circular piercing edge at its end face remote from the flange part. The side of the flange part facing the shaft part forms a sheet metal contact surface in ring shape and features providing security against rotation are provided at the shaft part which extend approximately from the level of the sheet metal contact surface over a part of the length of the shaft part along the latter. A ring-like recess is provided radially within the ring-shaped sheet metal contact surface in the flange part and excess material for the shaft part which arises during manufacture of the ribs providing security against rotation is located within the ring recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Profil-Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8608420
    Abstract: A self-attaching nut for attachment to a panel includes a central pilot portion having a bore therethrough, and having a substantially cylindrical outer surface. A flange portion surrounds the outer surface of the pilot portion, and the flange portion includes an annular groove surrounding the pilot portion. The annular groove has a substantially V-shaped axial cross section. The self-attaching nut further includes a plurality of spaced raised buttons formed on a surface of the annular groove. The spaced raised buttons are configured to substantially prevent relative rotation between the nut and the panel, and configured to aid in preventing pull-out of the nut from the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Whitesell International Corporation
    Inventors: Zdravko Kovac, Jeffrey C. Lewis, John M. Parker
  • Patent number: 8534973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing hollow body elements (200), for example, nut elements which are applied to components which are normally made of steel (280), in particular, for producing hollow body elements having an essentially quadratic or rectangular external profile (202). Said method consists of cutting individual elements of a profile in the form of a profile rod (1) or a winding after holes (204) have previously been stamped in the profile, a threaded cylinder (206) is subsequently, optionally, formed using a follow-on composite tool (10) which consists of several working stations. The invention is characterized in that a penetrating process and a punching process are carried out in the working station. The invention also relates to hollow body elements (200), components, follow-on composite tools (10) and rolling mills (600, 602).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 8517651
    Abstract: The invention relates to a functional element comprising a longitudinal axis, a body part, a hollow pressed part, an annular supporting surface which is arranged on the body part, substantially extended in a perpendicular direction with respect to the longitudinal axis and is radially displaced away from the pressed part and an annular groove which axially extends and is embodied in the body part radially inside the supporting surface. Locking ribs are preferably provided and at least partly cross the annular groove and the free end of the pressed part is provided with an annular cutting edge. The invention functional element is characterized in that an annular bulge is embodied on the pressed part between the annular supporting surface and the free end of the pressed part and an annular cavity is embodied around said pressed part between the bulge and the front free end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Publication number: 20130149067
    Abstract: Self-piercing nut 1 configured in that pilot portion 4 functioning as a punch of which end face 5 punches out metal plate 11 is disposed in a protruding fashion at the center of nut body 2 including screw-hole 3, comprising fastening seat face 6 extending from the base of pilot portion 4 to the outer periphery of nut body 2, wherein the periphery of end face 5 of pilot portion 4 is formed in circular shape, and outer periphery surface 7 of pilot portion 4 comprises plane surfaces 8 having 6 to 12 surfaces and is also formed into a polygonal cone-like polyhedron gradually decreasing in diameter from end face 5 toward the base, and fastening seat face 6 is formed into a flat surface without grooves, concave and convex portions, and protrusion 9 rising from fastening seat face 6 is disposed near the base of pilot portion 4, and plane surfaces 8 having 6 to 12 surfaces are connected with protrusion 9.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: PIAS SALES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pias Sales Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8434985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing hollow body elements (200), for example, nut elements which are applied to components which are normally made of steel (280), in particular, for producing hollow body elements having an essentially quadratic or rectangular external profile (202). Said method consists of cutting individual elements of a profile in the form of a profile rod (1) or a winding after holes (204) have previously been stamped in the profile, a threaded cylinder (206) is subsequently, optionally, formed using a follow-on composite tool (10) which consists of several working stations. The invention is characterized in that a penetrating process and a punching process are carried out in the working station. The invention also relates to hollow body elements (200), components, follow-on composite tools (10) and rolling mills (600, 602).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 8414238
    Abstract: A stud bolt (1) is disposed with a bolt head portion (2), a bolt shoulder portion (3) whose diameter is smaller than the diameter of the bolt head portion (2), and a thread portion (4b) whose diameter is smaller than the diameter of the bolt shoulder portion (3), wherein the bolt shoulder portion (3) includes a knurling portion (3b) that includes projecting portions (3b1) and groove portions (3b2) on its outer periphery and at least part of which eats into a container (10) during staking and a bolt base portion (3a) that is disposed between the knurling portion (3b) and the bolt head portion (2) and has a peripheral surface that is smoother than the knurling portion (3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Bosch Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Inagaki, Toru Sato, Nobuyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8371785
    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 antirotation ribs (42) being provided in the area of the annular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert
  • Publication number: 20130008016
    Abstract: A wall fastener includes a nut having a major planar structure having a hole for receiving a screw, the major planar structure having a first end with two staggered knife edges on opposite sides of the major planar structure and a second end; and a string, wherein the string is detachably connected to the major planar structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: DEFELSKO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frank Koch
  • Patent number: 8261422
    Abstract: A functional element (10), for fixing to a piece of sheet metal (40), such as for example, a nut element or a bolt element with a body section or head section, comprising an annular flange (14) which transforms into a cylindrical rivet section, is characterized in that the transformation from annular flange into the rivet section is formed by an at least essentially conical surface, forming a contact surface for a corresponding conical region of a piece of sheet metal, which, on fixing the functional element to a piece of sheet metal, is clamped between the side of the annular flange facing the rivet section and an annular bead (50) formed from the rivet section. An assembled component and a method for the fixing of a functional element are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Wolfgang Hoessrich
  • Patent number: 8210315
    Abstract: A component assembly comprising a sheet metal part and a nut element attached thereto, the nut element being arranged in an opening of the sheet metal part and being adapted to receive a bolt element having a shaft part with a thread and a head part of larger radial dimensions is wherein the sheet metal part has at least one hole adjacent to the nut element which is not covered over by the nut element but can be covered over by the head part of the screwed-in bolt element. A component assembly of this kind is in particular suitable for an oil pan since the oil can flow through the holes. A method is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Michael Vieth
  • Patent number: 8162578
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a main body and an elastic portion. The elastic portion is connected to an end of the main body. The elastic portion is deformable thus changing a total length of the adjustable fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Dai
  • Patent number: 8156631
    Abstract: Process for attaching a functional element to a plastically deformable flat material or workpiece, the functional element on a contact surface having a rivet collar which is formed by a hollow or tubular section and which stands away over this surface, in the joining area in the flat material by plastic deformation a dome-like section being formed which with its base projects over the plane of the flat material surrounding this section and on the base has a joining opening, and the attachment of the functional element to the flat material in a joining and riveting process taking place by insertion of the rivet collar into the joining opening and by plastic deformation of the rivet collar such that the base is held in a region of the base which surrounds the joining opening between the deformed rivet collar and the contact surface or end side of the functional element, the functional element being anchored on the edge region which surrounds the joining opening without reducing the diameter of the joining openi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8100616
    Abstract: A clinch nut is used to attach a first panel and a second panel with a space therebetween for accepting a liquid primer. The body has a nut face for abutting a first panel and a threaded aperture through the nut body for receiving a threaded bolt. The nut face has grooves into which the first panel is deformed to clinch the nut body to the first panel. An abutment rises from the nut face a distance greater than the thickness of the first panel so that upon the bolting of the second panel to the first panel by the insertion of the threaded bolt into the threaded aperture of the nut body, the second panel will be spaced from the first panel by the abutment thereby assuring that the liquid primer can flow between the first and second panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Kevin T. Dempsey, Michael J. Cowan, David C. Vozza
  • Patent number: 8096743
    Abstract: A press-in element for pressing into a non-pierced or pre-pierced component, in particular a sheet metal part is described. The press-in element has a head part having a ring surface confronting the component and a neck part which projects away from the ring surface, i.e. from the component contact side. The head part further has a ring-like projection surrounding the neck part with a radial spacing and projecting away from the ring surface and the neck part has a radially outwardly projecting ring bead, which can be formed as a continuous ring bead or as a ring bead interrupted at points, with the apex of the ring bead having an axial spacing from the ring surface which is larger than the axial spacing of the apex of the ring-like projection from the ring surface, which lies radially within this projection and together with it and the ring bead forms a pocket which receives material of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8092115
    Abstract: An apparatus having a first panel and a second panel that may form part of a network enclosure. The first panel is connected to the second panel. A nut has a first portion and a second portion extending outwardly from the first portion. The second portion of the nut is trapped between the first panel and the second panel. There may also be a joining plate of a field replaceable unit fixable to the network enclosure by at least one bolt engaging the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary McLeod, Bill H. Fong
  • Patent number: 8083452
    Abstract: A hybrid clinch-type standoff consists of two component parts, a metal core base and a overmolded plastic barrel. The base has a through-bore and a displacer flange at the bottom. A first undercut is located immediately above the flange and extends upwardly along an outside surface of the base for providing clinch attachment of the base to a substrate. A frustoconical ramp convergent in the upward direction lies along the outer surface of the base is and is located directly above the first undercut. An axially extending segmented ring with circumferential teeth is located at the top of the base. The overmolded plastic tubular barrel composed of plastic fills the second undercut and surrounds the segmented ring. The barrel has an inner portion including a threaded inner wall which extends downardly inside the through-bore to a point flush with the bottom of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: PEM Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Bentrim
  • Patent number: 8025471
    Abstract: A connecting element includes a tapered head, a shaft, and a neck portion connected between the head and the shaft. A circumference of the head decreases towards the neck portion to form a slanted guiding portion functioning as a slanted guiding portion. The shaft includes a resisting portion facing and connecting with the neck portion. The guiding portion, the neck portion, and the resisting portion corporately form a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Tsang Ho, Bin Tu
  • Patent number: 8021091
    Abstract: A rotatably captive clinch nut includes a body having an axial threaded bore and a flange forming a base of the nut body. The flange includes a surface on a bottom side thereof preferably unitary therewith for providing a bearing surface of reduced friction. A displacer unitary with the nut body is located directly below the flange and has an outside diameter less than an outside diameter of the flange. A tubular flared shank unitary with the nut body extends coaxially from the displacer and includes a neck immediately adjacent the displacer, forming an undercut area between the outside of the shank and an underside of the displacer. The neck may include an axially extending cylindrical portion so that the thickness of the displaced material in the region of the undercut is substantially less than the axial length of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: PEM Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G. Bentrim
  • Patent number: 8021092
    Abstract: A section (10; 110) is provided for the manufacture of hollow body elements, in particular for the manufacture of pierce and rivet nuts having a square or rectangular outline in plan view and a ring-like piercing section (36; 236) at a side confronting a component consisting of a sheet metal material or the like. The section (10; 210) is at least substantially rectangular in cross-section with two bars (14, 16; 214, 216) at the side (12; 212) later confronting the component. The bars are spaced apart and extend parallel to the longitudinal sides (18, 20; 218, 220) of the section, are likewise at least substantially rectangular in cross-section and form, in the finished element (11, 211), a feature providing security against rotation. The bars respectively each have an inclined flank (68, 70; 268, 270) at the inner side which forms an undercut (69, 71; 269, 271).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Michael Vieth, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 7927051
    Abstract: An exemplary rivet includes a main body, and a riveting portion extending from the main body. The riveting portion has a first flange, and a second flange nearer to the main body than the first flange. The first flange and the second flange cooperatively defines a receiving cavity. A distance between a side surface of a portion of the second flange and a center axis of the rivet is greater than the distance between a side surface of the first flange and the center axis of the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Ying Lv
  • Publication number: 20110027040
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for attaching a fastener to an opening of a sheet material is disclosed. The sheet material is typically located adjacent to a base structure and the fastener assembly affords radial movement of the fastener relative to the opening of the sheet material. The radial movement allows the fastener to be aligned with a desired location on the base structure, e.g. a threaded aperture—after being attached to the sheet material. In this manner, the fastener assembly provides for the placement of the fastener in difficult to reach and/or see locations until it can be attached to the base structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Quality Safety Systems
    Inventors: Sean Anthony Wright, William Brian Deming, Steven Edward Owen, Jamaine Channte Arrington, Vasudeva Sankarshana Murthy
  • Patent number: 7878746
    Abstract: The invention relates to a functional element (10) comprising a longitudinal axis (14), a body part (16), a hollow pressed part (18), an annular supporting surface (20) which is arranged on the body part, substantially extended in a perpendicular direction with respect to the longitudinal axis and is radially displaced away from the pressed part and an annular groove (21) which axially extends and is embodied in the body part radially inside the supporting surface. Locking ribs (26) are preferably provided and at least partly cross the annular groove and the free end (28) of the pressed part is provided with a annular cutting edge (30). The inventive functional element is characterised in that an annular bulge (32) is embodied on the pressed part between the annular supporting surface and the free end of the pressed part and an annular cavity (34) is embodied around said pressed part between the bulge and the front free end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 7874776
    Abstract: A clinch suitable for an ejector of a line card is provided. The clinch includes a cylinder, which includes a shoulder flange, an extension portion and a plurality of knurls. The shoulder flange extends radially from a first end of the cylinder, and the extension portion is formed at a second end of the cylinder. The knurls are formed at the second end surrounding the extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mandy Lam, Jimmy C. Leung, Toan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7871108
    Abstract: A mount for a machine includes a mounting member having an insertion portion and a shoulder portion. During assembly, the insertion portion is swaged into an opening in the frame. A mating member attached to a machine structure is seated on the shoulder portion, and a cap may be attached to the shoulder portion such that the mating member is disposed between the cap and the shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: Danny L. Weibling, Billy R. Bedford