Lap Bolt Or Fastener Patents (Class 411/338)
  • Patent number: 10682161
    Abstract: The invention concerns an inner fixation device for the correction of axial deformities of a limb, for example a long limb, of the type comprising at least one plate (2, 2?) for epiphysiodesis with at least a pair of lobes (3,4) each provided with a through hole (7) to be laterally fixed to a bone portion or to a long bone head. Advantageously, the device (1) comprises one second plate (12, 12?) placed on the opposite side of the bone portion with respect to said at least one plate (2, 2?) and connected to that by at least one rod (15) passing through the bone portion. The rod (15) is extended through the bone in parallel to an epiphyseal plate and it has opposite extremities (16,17) connected to the plates (2,2?; 2,12?) to keep them close to the bone and to stop the bone growth in one central portion of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ORTHOFIX S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Magni, Andrea Zaccaria, Daniele Venturini
  • Patent number: 10682162
    Abstract: A skull fixing device includes at least a lower fastening member and a movable retainer assembly. The lower fastening member includes a thread rod having a first coupling section formed in an interior thereof. The movable retainer assembly includes at least an upper fastening member and a nut. The upper fastening member includes a sleeve section in which a first rotation section is formed. The nut is screwed to the threaded rod and has an upper end forming a first positioning section and has an outer surface forming a second rotation section mating the first rotation section. Also disclosed is a surgery tool that includes at least a outer barrel having a lower end forming a second positioning section engageable with the first positioning section and an inner guide rod having a lower end forming a second coupling section engageable with the first coupling section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: OSSAWARE BIOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Max Huang
  • Patent number: 10323748
    Abstract: A closing plug for the sealed closure of an opening of a component of a car, wherein the closing plug includes a bottom part and a top part which can be connected to the bottom part, wherein the bottom part has a latching section with a connecting receptacle, which latching section can be inserted into the opening, and the top part has a connecting section which can be inserted into the connecting receptacle, wherein the connecting receptacle and/or the connecting section have/has holding means which hold the connecting section in the connecting receptacle, wherein, furthermore, the top part has a cover section which extends starting from one end of the connecting section, wherein latching means are provided on the latching section of the bottom part, with which latching means the latching section latches at the opening in the state in which it is inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Huebner, Jochen Kraus
  • Patent number: 10271882
    Abstract: A bone screw includes a tubular body including a wall having a bone thread in at least a portion of an outer portion of the wall, an open first end and a second end. A plurality of cutting teeth is provided at the open first end, and a head is provided at the second end. An insert in the tubular body is configured to guide a wire therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, J├╝rgen Harms
  • Patent number: 10232428
    Abstract: A blind tack fastener includes a pull stem having an elongated shaft with an extended tail portion. The blind tack fastener also includes a crush-initiating washer, a crush sleeve, and a swage collar, surrounding the elongated shaft of the pull stem. The elongated shaft has a breakaway groove configured to create a predictive fracture point below the head-end surface of the swage collar, such that a hole in the swage collar serves as a centering lead-in for a drill that can be used to remove the blind tack fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott William Gunther, Edward John Batt, Farahnaz Sisco
  • Patent number: 10188520
    Abstract: An implant for a hip can include a lateral augment adapted to be coupled to a lateral side of a femoral body implant. The lateral augment can include a body portion having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a protrusion extending from the second surface. The protrusion can have a shape adapted to mate with a complementary shaped recess formed in the lateral side of the femoral body implant. An aperture can be positioned in the body portion and extend through the protrusion. A fastener can be received through the aperture and adapted to be threadably secured to the lateral bore. The fastener can be configured to have a length sufficient to pass through a portion of a greater trochanter for securing the portion of the greater trochanter and the lateral augment to the femoral body implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. Smith, Tyler D. Witt, Hugh Apthorp, Keith R. Berend, Andrew Freiberg, John Barrington, David R. Brown
  • Patent number: 10166015
    Abstract: A biodegradable device for maintaining the alignment of the edges of a trocar defect, consisting of two bases coupled and offset by a connector. The first base to be positioned below the defect and a second base above. The first base has a threaded hole from its upper surface but not through the lower surface. The connector attached to the bases such that there is a hole aligned with the threaded hole in the first base allowing a device to mate with the threads in the first base. The second base has a hole aligned with the hole in the connector and wide enough to allow a device to mate with the threads in the first base. The device is arranged so the distance between the lower surface of the second base and upper surface of the first base holds the fascia around the trocar defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LAPIQ, INC
    Inventors: Michael Sigmund Klein, Michael George Fourkas, Widya Mulyasasmita, James Su
  • Patent number: 10119424
    Abstract: An attachment assembly for attaching a center structure to an outer structure at least partially circumscribing the center structure, the attachment assembly having a bushing provided within the center structure or the outer structure, the bushing defining a first through passage, a bushing adapter slidably mounted within the first through passage and defining a second through passage, a threaded passage provided on the other of the center structure or the outer structure and a bolt passing through the first through passage and the second through passage and threaded into the threaded passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Apostolos Pavlos Karafillis, Christopher Dale Mathias, Kyle Earl Roland Henry, Dylan James Fitzpatrick, Dennis Robert Jonassen, Paul W. Donahue
  • Patent number: 10071766
    Abstract: The invention relates to a subframe for a passenger vehicle. The subframe includes at least two longitudinal members, at least one crossmember which interconnects the longitudinal members, vehicle body connecting elements for connecting the subframe to a vehicle body, and at least one control arm connection for each side of the vehicle. The control arm connection has at least one insert part which is received in an interlocking manner in an opening of the subframe and is integrally and/or frictionally connected to the subframe. The insert part has a connecting portion for forming a screw connection and being chosen from a group comprising at least two different insert parts, the various insert parts differing from one another in terms of the vertical position of the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Autotech Engineering Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Chapple, John Tolley, Michael Matthews, Philip Manton
  • Patent number: 9957998
    Abstract: A hardware apparatus includes a washer/nut member and a cap. The washer/nut member includes a plurality of outer surfaces disposed in a hexagonal shape, an inner cylindrical surface disposed radially internal to the plurality of outer surfaces, an intermediate cylindrical surface disposed radially between the plurality of outer surfaces and the inner cylindrical surface, and an annular surface disposed radially between the inner cylindrical surface and the intermediate cylindrical surface. The cap is disposed within the intermediate cylindrical surface, and the inner cylindrical surface is configured to contact a shaft portion of a bolt and the annular surface is configured to contact a head portion of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 9702388
    Abstract: An axially adjustable threaded mounting snap fit connector that can be used to align the surface of a first component portion with a second surface adjacent to the first surface, wherein the connector can be snap fit to at least one second component having or adjacent to said second surface, and then the relative alignment or distance between the first surface and the second surface can be adjusted by axially turning the connector using the adjustable snap fit member portion that turns axially within the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Trojanowski
  • Patent number: 9470257
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for affixing insulation blankets to a substrate is provided. The fastener assembly includes an attachment member having a construction for affixing to a substrate as well as a first fastener member preferably in the form of a male threaded stud. The fastener assembly further includes a cap fastener. The cap fastener includes a cap member and a second fastener member preferably in the form of a female threaded extension for threadably affixing to the first fastener member. The cap member has an exterior side and an interior side. The cap member's exterior side preferably has a shape for rotation by a tool. Meanwhile, the cap member's interior side has a circular recess concentric with the cap fastener's female threaded extension. When assembled, the circular recess forms a circular insulating cavity between the cap member and an insulation blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: NMC GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Balderrama, Steve Richard Duhamel
  • Patent number: 9392861
    Abstract: A kayak that collapses to form a backpack structure is provided. The kayak includes a plurality of removably connectable hull members. The hull members include at least a middle section, a front section, and a rear section. The middle section comprises a tapered complex body having a cavity. The tapered complex body has a width larger than width of the front section and rear section such that the tapered complex body can receive the front section and the rear section in the cavity of the middle section. A plurality of bolts are configured to removably connect the hull members. The bolts provide pressure to a rubber gasket for connecting the front section and the rear section to the middle section. A cockpit is formed by removably connecting the front section and rear section to the middle section via the bolts. A seat member is removably attached to the cockpit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Landon Chandler Maybin
  • Patent number: 9371738
    Abstract: A variable outer air seal support system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a case having a plurality of slots, and an extension of a variable outer air seal segment. The extension provides at least one extension aperture. A connector pin is configured to move within the slot to move the variable outer air seal segment from a first position to a second position. The variable outer air seal segment overlaps a circumferentially adjacent variable outer air seal segment more in the first position than in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Meggan Harris
  • Patent number: 9353778
    Abstract: A screw connection, in particular for machine construction, special machine construction and plant construction, comprises a first element with an external thread and a first head part, and comprises a second element with an internal thread and a second head part. When the first element is screwed fully into the second element, a surface between the first head part and the second head part is formed as a smooth circular cylinder which is suitable in particular for pinning. In this way, a particularly simple screw connection is created which simultaneously serves for pinning and which is versatile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AMEC SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventor: Raymond Olivier Chalverat
  • Patent number: 9339316
    Abstract: A dynamic bone fixation element can include a sleeve elongate along a first direction and a fixation member. The sleeve can define a channel that extends from a proximal end through to a distal end along the first direction. The channel has a first cross-sectional dimension. The fixation member has a head, a shaft extending from the head and elongate along a second direction, and an abutment member extending from the shaft and integral with the shaft, wherein the shaft extends through the channel such that the sleeve is captured between the abutment member and the head. At least a portion of the shaft that is within the channel has a second cross-sectional dimension that is less than the first cross-sectional dimension such that the fixation member is moveable with respect to the sleeve along a direction that has a directional component transverse to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Urs Hulliger
  • Patent number: 9333825
    Abstract: A number of variations of the invention may include a method including providing a front lower control arm attachment system including a sleeve locator stamping and at least one threaded sleeve extending there through, and attaching the front lower control arm attachment system to a vehicle engine cradle. A number of variations of the invention may include a front lower control arm attachment system including a sleeve locator stamping and at least one threaded sleeve extending through the sleeve locator stamping and secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Stockard
  • Patent number: 9283904
    Abstract: A security attachment device can be used to securely attach a license plate to an automobile. A cap covers a screw used to attach a license plate to an automobile. An anchor anchors a container and the license plate to the automobile so that the container can freely rotate while anchored to the automobile. A ring is sized to fit over the container so that when the cap is attached to the container, the ring covers portions of the container not covered by the cap. The ring contains a first pin and the container contains a second pin hole. The first pin hole is located on the ring and the second pin hole is located on the container at locations that allow the first pin hole and the second pin hole to be aligned to receive a pin that when placed through the first pin hole into the second pin hole allows anchoring of the ring to the container when the cap is being screwed onto the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Steve Parenti
  • Patent number: 9282977
    Abstract: The invention comprises an intramedullary fixation implant and a method for joining bones and translating compression between the bones for treating various digital deformities. The intramedullary fixation implant comprises a first fixation portion and a second fixation portion connected to the first fixation portion, wherein the second fixation portion comprises a first projection and a second projection separated by a slot, and wherein the first projection and the second projection comprise a plurality of barbs shaped and arranged along the first and second projections such that they cooperatively form a thread along the second fixation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: EXTREMITY MEDICAL LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Penzimer, James Gannoe
  • Patent number: 9182745
    Abstract: A timepiece movement for a watch, including a main plate and a bar holding a wheel set in a reference position, and a device to adjust the height of this bar in relation to the plate in the direction of the axis of rotation of the wheel set, at a first point remote from the reference position, and this height adjustment device includes a screw or a worm rotatably movable about an oblique control axis in relation to the axis of rotation, and a cone or a curved surface for transforming motion between this screw or worm and a pusher movable in a parallel direction to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Olivier Mertenat
  • Patent number: 9163851
    Abstract: An access panel for an opening in a duct is provided. The access panel includes an exterior and an interior. The access panel further includes a section positioned on the interior and having a profile substantially corresponding to the opening in the duct. A plurality of fasteners is positioned about the section. Each fastener has a clip configured to move to a position defined to extend away from the profile of the section on the interior. When the access panel is positioned with the section on the interior against the opening in the duct and the fasteners are moved to the locking position the clips rotate to extend over the profile and secure a portion of the duct adjacent to the opening against the interior of the access panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Omni Containment Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin R. Chwala
  • Patent number: 9151407
    Abstract: A valve cage for a fluid flow control device includes a hollow cylindrical body, a noise abatement section, a high capacity flow section, and a transition section. The noise abatement section has a plurality of inlet openings, a plurality of outlet openings, and a plurality of tortuous flow paths extending between the inlet and outlet openings. The high capacity flow section is disposed axially adjacent to the noise abatement section and includes a first axial end, a second axial end, and a plurality of primary flow openings. The transition section is defined at an interface between the noise abatement section and the second axial end of the high capacity flow section and includes a plurality of transition openings. The transition section provides a valve cage with zero dead band between the noise abatement and high capacity flow sections when implemented into a fluid flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Mike Fontaine, Justin Paul Goodwin, Joshua Charles Crompton, Aaron Steven McGregor
  • Patent number: 9132910
    Abstract: A method for attaching a component to an internal portion of an aircraft fuselage is disclosed herein. The method includes mounting a vibration isolator assembly to the internal portion of the aircraft fuselage. The vibration isolator assembly has a protruding engagement portion having a flange. The method further includes defining an opening in a vibration-deadening body. The method further includes positioning the vibration-deadening body over the vibration isolator such that the protruding engagement portion is received within the opening. The method further includes pressing a retaining member onto the protruding engagement portion such that the retaining member engages the flange. The retaining member will retain a portion of the vibration-deadening body below an end of the protruding engagement portion. The method still further includes attaching the component to the protruding engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Eugene Lucas
  • Patent number: 9033637
    Abstract: A threaded connector for securing a panel member to a structure and for adjusting the position of the panel member relative to the structure. The connector comprises an elongate one-piece stud, a first spacer, a threaded nut, a second spacer and a turning formation. The connector permits the panel member to be mounted on the stud and the stud to be rotated to adjust the position of the panel member relative to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Milan Mitrovic
  • Patent number: 8944388
    Abstract: A clamp comprises a fastener, a clamp body, and a clamp leg. The clamp body comprises a housing including a cavity and a housing cavity; and a curved arm extending from the housing. The clamp leg comprises a leg body including a leg cavity, and a foot member. The clamp body and the clamp leg are attachable to and detachable from each other, and a portion of the leg body can be inserted into or removed from the housing cavity, and when the portion of the leg body is inserted into the housing cavity, the cavity and the leg cavity form a passageway for the fastener so that threads of the fastener are not externally exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Joey D. Magno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8777537
    Abstract: A fastener is disclosed including a threaded male fastener and a shear bushing for coupling thin walled structures together. The shear bushing having an internal through opening and a shear ring constructed to project across an interface of adjacent walls is operable for absorbing shear loads transmitted into the fastener from a fastened structure. The male fastener includes a threaded portion extending through the shear ring for engaging a threaded female receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore J. Fritsch
  • Publication number: 20140144005
    Abstract: The present invention concerns fastening devices. More particularly, but not exclusively, this invention concerns a fastening device suitable for fastening two or more separate items together. The invention provides a fastening device comprising: a first fixing element 12 and a second fixing element 14. The first fixing element 12 comprises a locking member 16 and the second fixing element comprises an elongate member 18. The locking member 16 is configured to allow passage of the elongate member 18 through the first fixing element 12 in a first direction and resist passage of the elongate member 18 through the first fixing element 12 in a second direction, the second direction being opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: John HOBDAY
  • Patent number: 8641343
    Abstract: Threaded connectors for securing a structure such as a post or pole to a support are disclosed. In one embodiment, an anchor has a passageway that is threaded for at least a portion of its length. An elongate connecting member has a relatively wide central section and threaded first and second sections extending from opposite sides of the central section. The first section is threadable into the passageway to secure the connecting member to the anchor. The connecting member is formed with a turning formation at its outer end so that it can be engaged with a turning tool in order to thread the connecting member into or out of the passageway. A nut is part of the connector and can be threaded onto the second section in order to secure the structure. Another version of the connector has a flanged nut having a flange spaced from the outer end of the nut, which is threadable onto a threaded connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Studio Milan Design Build, Inc.
    Inventor: Milan Mitrovic
  • Patent number: 8590244
    Abstract: An insulation system includes a panel having a major surface, a layer of fibrous insulating material and at least one securing clip affixed to the panel and securing the insulation layer to the major surface. Each clip includes first and second connectors. Each connector includes a head, two diametrically-opposed resilient latching elements projecting from the head and a first locking shoulder extending at least partially between the latching elements. Each latching element includes a latching shoulder adjacent a distal end opposite the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Brian P. O'Riordan
  • Patent number: 8545154
    Abstract: A license plate fastener assembly includes a female collar including an internally threaded cylinder and a radially outboard flared shoulder. A bumper is mounted on the shoulder. A bolt is compatibly received in the threaded cylinder. The bolt presents a bolt head to define a selectively adjustable distance between the bolt head and the bumper. One or more washers made or synthetic resin may be mounted on the cylinder for selective depth adjustment of the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cruiser Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Spencer, Eldon Goates, Mary Knoer, Bret Zelenka
  • Publication number: 20130215381
    Abstract: A threaded-nested-screw fastener has a first fastener adapted to receive a second fastener. The first fastener has an externally threaded shank extending along the length of the first fastener. The externally threaded shank has an internally threaded opening extending at least partially inside the length of the shank for accepting a second fastener. The second fastener has an externally threaded shank having a thread sized to screw into the internally threaded opening of the threaded shank of the first fastener to form a nested screw assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Puthalath Koroth Raghuprasad
  • Patent number: 8434982
    Abstract: A fastener assembly including an internally threaded nut and an externally threaded screw for securing at least two materials together. A combined thickness TM of the materials is less than a length SL of the screw inserted into the materials. The nut includes a head, a shank extending from the head, and an internally threaded bore extending into the shank. The screw includes a head and an externally threaded shank adapted to threadingly engage the internally threaded bore of the nut. An encapsulating plastic layer covers the head of the nut. The plastic layer extends under and covers a bottom surface of the head. The plastic layer has a thickness TE below the bottom surface of the head which is equal to or greater than a difference between the screw length SL and the material thickness TM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Engineered Components Company
    Inventor: Arne Henriksen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8267630
    Abstract: A fastening system includes a first material having a first hole, a second material having a second hole, a bushing, and a threaded bolt. The bushing is located in the second hole and has a first end abutting the first material and a flanged second for securing the bushing to the second material. A threaded bolt extends through the first hole and into the bushing to secure the first material flush against the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Moon, John F. Corini, Gianfranco D. Conti
  • Patent number: 8210785
    Abstract: A decorative cap and nut for securing a toilet base to a floor includes a top substantially disc-shaped member having an upper disc surface and a lower disc surface. The diameter of said disc-shaped member is substantially greater than the thickness thereof so as to lie substantially flush with the toilet base. A coaxial cylindrically shaped stem extends vertically downwardly from the top and is connected to the lower disc surface. The stem includes an internal thread adapted to be threaded onto a floor bolt that extends upwardly through an aperture in the toilet base. A slot in the upper disc surface can be engaged by a tool for rotating the top and an O-ring located on the under disc surface seals the disc-shaped member to the upper surface of the toilet base. A plug fits within the slot to hide the same. The stem and top can be integrally formed in a single piece or can be made of more than one piece joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gager
  • Patent number: 8033703
    Abstract: A fastener for a vehicle includes a fastener head. A lamp stalk extends in a first direction from the fastener head, and a vehicle stalk extending in a second direction from the fastener head. The lamp stalk includes a plurality of protruding rings and the vehicle stalk includes a threaded engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Rodney R. Bryce, Gregory G. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20110170980
    Abstract: A ballistic resistant fastening member includes a bolt head that has a generally circular shape. The bolt head further includes a top surface and an underside surface disposed opposite the top surface. The fastening member further includes a shaft extending from the underside surface of the bolt head and having a minimum length of 0.40 inches. The shaft further includes a top having an outwardly tapered radius, wherein the top is mechanically disposed with the underside surface and a bottom end distal from the top. The fastening member further includes a bore extending from the bottom end of the shaft into the shaft. The fastening member further includes a slot disposed on the top surface of the bolt head, wherein the length of the slot is less than the diameter of the bolt head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen L. McGrade
  • Patent number: 7963034
    Abstract: A method of attaching a labyrinth seal support to a turbine engine shaft is disclosed. The method includes inserting axial bolts to secure the labyrinth seal support, the shaft and a device for driving the turbine module with the shaft, and screwing tightening screws in extracting holes, for extracting the drive device with respect to the shaft, provided on the shaft to tighten the labyrinth seal support onto the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Claude Gerard Rene Dejaune, Valerie Gros
  • Patent number: 7891151
    Abstract: Two-clip tubular fasteners are used to clamp a sheet-like member between flanges of the clips. An apparatus and method for attaching an undercover to the underside of a vehicle floor panel having a plurality of studs comprises a plurality of the tubular fasteners that are inserted into respective mounting holes of the undercover and that are engaged with the studs. At least some of the mounting holes provide diametral clearance with respect to corresponding tubular fasteners. The flanges of those fasteners exert a predetermined clamping force on the undercover while permitting planar movement of the undercover. One of the flanges has a configuration that engages a cooperable configuration on the undercover to prevent undesired turning of a first clip relative to a second clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Takahiro Sano
  • Patent number: 7874777
    Abstract: An attachment device for joining planar metal members to one another. A tapered passage is formed through the metal members. A tapered metal sleeve is positioned in the tapered passage. An elongated headed fastener is inserted through the sleeve. A bearing washer is positioned between the headed portion of the fastener and the metal members with the bearing washer engaging the tapered sleeve. A spacer washer is positioned between the bearing washer and the metal members to limit movement of the bearing washer against the tapered sleeve. A nut threads onto the threaded end of the fastener. A spacer washer is positioned between the nut and the smaller diameter end of the tapered sleeve to prevent the nut from engaging the smaller diameter and of the tapered sleeve when the nut is threaded on the headed fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: The Grigoleit Company
    Inventor: Robert K. Howie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7785054
    Abstract: A fastening system is configured to secure a first panel to a second panel while isolating the first panel from the second panel. The fastening system may include a first retainer, a sleeve, and a fastener. The first retainer may include a planar sheet and a central opening. The sleeve includes a plurality of inwardly-canted tabs, wherein a central channel is formed through the sleeve. The sleeve is secured within the central opening of the planar sheet. The fastener is positioned within the central channel of the sleeve and the inwardly-canted tabs securely engage the fastener to prevent the fastener from retreating within the sleeve. The fastening system may also include a second retainer, wherein a portion of the sleeve snapably secures to a portion of the second retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Parisi, Anthony Pascariello
  • Publication number: 20100051397
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mounting unit including a bushing having a main part having a penetration hole extending in a lengthwise direction thereof and a flange portion expanding from an upper end of the main part, a stripper bolt having a head portion, a body portion having an insert portion to be inserted into or received in the penetration hole, and a male screw-threaded portion at a leading end of the insert portion Also disclosed is a brake unit assembled using the mounting unit that has good thermal and mechanical stability at a coupling portion between a disk rotor and a rotor hat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicants: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, DACC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Jin Kim, Yeon Ho Choi, Hyun Kuk Park, Jeong Suk Kang
  • Patent number: 7665568
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle including a frame, a rear wheel, a swingarm coupling the rear wheel to the frame, and a pivot shaft assembly rotatably coupling the swingarm to the frame. The pivot shaft assembly includes a first shaft having a non-circular outer surface engageable with a corresponding non-circular aperture in the frame. The pivot shaft assembly also includes a second shaft threaded to one end of the first shaft. The second shaft pivotably supports one side of the swingarm with respect to the frame. The pivot shaft assembly further includes a third shaft threaded to the other end of the first shaft. The third shaft pivotably supports the other side of the swingarm with respect to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Doperalski, John F. Wolanski
  • Publication number: 20090051237
    Abstract: A mounting device for a motor used in a household appliance for treating laundry items, which can be a washer and a dryer, the mounting device including at least two connecting members operatively associated with the motor; at least two holding members operatively associated with the household appliance wherein each connecting member is configured for mechanically connecting to a respective holding member; and a latching element for operational association with a connecting member and the respective holding member to maintain at least one mechanical connection between the connecting member and the respective holding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Weber
  • Publication number: 20080273938
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes a bolt having first and second ends and comprising a bolt head at the first end and a shank, at least a part of which is screw threaded, a nut for screw threaded engagement with the shank of the bolt, and a template alignment pin, wherein the bolt head is provided with a coupling formation for detachably coupling to a corresponding formation on the template alignment pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicant: AIRBUS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: James Henry Rowe, John Moore
  • Publication number: 20080080947
    Abstract: A ballistic resistant bolt to be used in securing straps on a military combat helmet. The bolt includes a single slot within a round bolt head for adjustment in the field if desired. The bolt also has a shaft bearing internal threads for strength. Thus provided, the bolt is resistant to damage from ballistic projectiles. The unique combination of design elements provides the strength and deflective properties required for ballistic resistance in a bolt this size. The bolt is constructed of stainless steel, but other suitable, ballistic resistant material can also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Steve McGrade
  • Patent number: 7204667
    Abstract: A join structure comprises a box section column and spit T-section joined by a high strength bolt and a method secures a nut to an inside of the box section column. A Torque-Shear type high strength bolt is tightly tightened by a controlled tension and a joining method of a steel member uses that bolt. The join structure is comprised of a box section column, a split T-section attached to its outer surface, and a high strength bolt inserted from the outside of the split T-section and fastened with the nut. The nut is secured to the box section column by joining a sleeve secured to a washer formed integrally with the nut and a sleeve of a nut holding part from the outside of the column. The Torque-Shear type high strength bolt has a pintail for controlling the torque at its top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignees: Nippon Steel Corporation, Nippon Steel Bolten Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Uno, Masahiro Nagata, Hidetoshi Tamasaki, Seiichi Kanazawa, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, Toshio Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 7192234
    Abstract: An assembly of a threaded fastener and a stemmed washer is provided, such as for applications in which a standoff is desired between a washer and a mating threaded fastener. The stemmed washer includes a washer portion and a standoff portion extending from the washer portion. The threaded fastener has a retaining structure extending about the washer portion and capturing the washer structure in an assembly with the threaded fastener. For example, the retaining structure may have a washer receptacle for the washer portion. The washer portion is captured in the washer receptacle by a deformed catch section below the washer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Anderson, Kent D. Homfeldt
  • Patent number: 6991414
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for making it easier to tighten and loosen the fastener in confined work spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: James S. Mensah
  • Patent number: 6974290
    Abstract: An assembly and method for mounting tow or more panels where a first member is mounted to, into or from a support, a second member is threaded to the mounted first member, and a third member is threaded to the second member when it is already threadingly engaged to the mounted first member, wherein the second member has a portion extending through a hole in a first panel and into the first member so as to retain between the first and second member the first panel, and wherein the third member has a portion extending through a hole in a first panel and into the second member so as to retain between the first and second member the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Dynamic Marketing Group Limited
    Inventor: David Grenville Pountney
  • Patent number: 6899503
    Abstract: An assembly of an internally threaded fastener and a stemmed washer is provided, such as for applications in which a standoff is desired between a washer and a mating externally threaded fastener. The stemmed washer includes a washer portion, a retaining portion and a standoff portion. The retaining portion interfaces with the internally threaded fastener to retain the fastener in the assembly. The stemmed washer may include a skirt which is plastically deformed to capture the fastener. The fastener may include a skirt which similarly plastically to mate with a retaining lip on the stemmed washer. The fastener and washer may be secured in the assembly to permit relative rotation of the fastener with respect to the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Anderson, Kent D. Homfeldt, Michael E. Ward