Attachable Cap Structure Patents (Class 411/373)
  • Patent number: 10804080
    Abstract: The reliability of a plasma processing apparatus can be improved, and the yield of plasma processing can be improved. A plasma etching apparatus 100 has a susceptor ring 113 covering the surface of a sample stage, a conductor ring 131 disposed in the interior of the susceptor ring 113 and to which second high frequency electric power is supplied from a second high frequency power source, and an electric power supply connector 161 configuring a path for supplying the second high frequency electric power to the conductor ring 131. Further, the electric power supply connector 161 includes a plate spring 135 disposed in the interior of an insulating boss 144 disposed in a through hole 120c of the sample stage and having resiliency in such a manner that the plate spring 135 is connected to an upper terminal 143 and a lower terminal 145, is biased in an up-down direction P, and is expanded and contracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tooru Aramaki, Kenetsu Yokogawa
  • Patent number: 10760610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fastener, such as a bolt or a nut, for fastening a wheel to a vehicle, comprising: a body comprising: a cap receiving portion, a threaded portion and a central axis; and a cap, arranged to be received by and cover said cap receiving portion characterized in that said cap receiving portion comprises a recess or a protrusion against which said cap can be deformed, or has been deformed, such that said cap forms a mutual matching protrusion or recess, wherein said recess or protrusion of said cap receiving portion has a longitudinal extension essentially parallel to said central axis. The present invention also relates to a method for assembling a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: BULTEN AB
    Inventors: Henrik Oscarson, Anders Norman, Anders Andersson
  • Patent number: 10661599
    Abstract: Apparatus for visually indicating a loose wheel nut on a motor vehicle has a first ring for engaging a first wheel nut so as to be rotatable therewith and a second ring for engaging a second wheel nut adjacent to the first wheel nut so as to be rotatable therewith. The first ring has a first pointer for indicating a start position of the first ring, and the second ring has a second pointer for indicating a start position of the second ring. A resiliently flexible elongate member interconnects the first and second rings. The elongate member is configured to curve in at least two directions and has a first end portion connected to the first ring and an opposed second end portion connected to the second ring. In use, any loosening rotation of the first wheel nut will cause the first ring and is pointer to rotate therewith, thereby providing a visual indication of a loosening of the first wheel nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald Robert Mason
  • Patent number: 10578146
    Abstract: A seal assembly includes a seal body having a seal bottom surface and a plurality of seal cavities spaced along a lengthwise direction of the seal body. The seal cavities are each open to the seal bottom surface via a respective cavity opening. The seal assembly further includes a plurality of locking rings configured to be captured respectively within a corresponding plurality of the seal cavities. Each one of the locking rings includes a ring body having a ring inner perimeter that is externally accessible via the cavity opening when the locking ring is captured within one of the seal cavities. The ring inner perimeter is configured to engage a locking ring engagement portion of a fastener head of a seal-engaging fastener installed in a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith A. Etling, Craig A. Blackburn, Jennifer R. Green
  • Patent number: 10247000
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a knife holder and base system for milling machine. The knife holder and base system comprises a knife holder provided with a fixed part and a base provided with an inner hole; and the fixed part penetrates the inner hole and is matched with a thread in the fixed part through a bolt to be used, so that the knife holder is fixedly connected with the base. According to the knife holder and base system for the milling machine, after the knife holder of the system structure is inserted in the base, more than two V-shaped faying surfaces and the V-shaped supporting surface serve as transition, the knife holder and the base are tensioned through the tensioning bolt, so that the knife holder and base system is of an integrated structure, and the cutting stress of a knife is transmitted into the base better through the knife holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KAITO (SUZHOU) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xiang Miao
  • Patent number: 10183758
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and articles useful in sealing fasteners, including seal caps and in particular translucent or transparent seals or seal caps. In some embodiments, a seal cap which is optically translucent and optionally visibly transparent contains an uncured sealant, which is optionally optically translucent or visibly transparent, and is applied to a fastener. In some embodiments, the sealant is cured by application of actinic radiation to the sealant through the seal cap. In another aspect, a protected fastener construction is provided comprising: q) a fastener; r) a seal cap; and s) a cured sealant; wherein the sealant is optically translucent and optionally visibly transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Zook, Larry S. Hebert, Michael D. Swan, Sheng Ye, Susan E. DeMoss, Robin E. Wright
  • Patent number: 10184505
    Abstract: A compression indentation fastener device is described comprising a shank and a head. The head extends outwardly from an end of the shank in a transverse plane to define a head periphery. The head has an anterior side and a posterior side. The anterior side includes an exposed area extending between the shank and the head periphery. The anterior side includes a relief portion in the form of a depression. The relief portion is open at the anterior side of the head such that the relief portion receives a volume of substrate material when the exposed area of the head impacts the substrate material. The head may be integral with the shank or the head may be comprised of discrete head portions that mate with one another. Additionally, the head may be centered on the end of the shank or offset relative to the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SR Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Drummond, Steve Zimmerman, Van T. Walworth
  • Patent number: 10145430
    Abstract: A brake disk includes: a disk portion, having a first side face and a second side face facing opposite to the first side face, the first side face being for being assembled with a wheel and facing the wheel, the disk portion including an inner annular member and an outer annular member, the inner annular member being circumferentially formed with a first assembling mechanism, the outer annular member having a second assembling mechanism, the first assembling mechanism and the second assembling mechanism being correspondingly connected with each other; at least two connecting assemblies, being connected with the first assembling mechanism and the second assembling mechanism respectively, each connecting assembly including a helical spring, the helical spring being on the first side face and abutting against between the connecting assembly and the first side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Hui-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10054151
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a cap for forming a sealed cavity around one end of a fastener to thereby contain out-gassing and sparking events in the event of a lightning strike to the fastener. The invention also proposes a joint comprising such a cap, and a kit of parts and method for installing such a cap. A cap according to the invention comprises: an inner cap member having an annular base terminating at an edge which surrounds an opening into an air cavity for enclosing the one end of a fastener; and an outer cap member having an annular skirt or flange which extends radially outwardly away from the annular base, the annular skirt or flange and annular base between them defining an annular sealing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Dobbin, David Liversage
  • Patent number: 10032946
    Abstract: A system or device for concentrating the light radiation of the type to be used for converting the solar radiation into electric current and/or thermal energy is disclosed. The device mainly having a primary optics apt to be exposed to the solar radiation and to allow the passage thereof therethrough, the primary optics being positioned on a hollow spacer member, which is perfectly aligned and at the same time locked, by means of a joint member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SOLERGY INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Lanzara, Gino D'Ovidio, Francesco Crisi, Carlo Masciovecchio, Massimiliano Viola, Carlo Tulli, Fabrizio Berton, Giuseppe Berducci
  • Patent number: 9951500
    Abstract: A fastener includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The fastener also includes an axis extending between the first and second end, and a head disposed on the first end. The head includes a plurality of radially-extending gear teeth disposed on the head around the first end and a first collar including a conical surface that tapers along the axis toward the second end. The fastener also includes a threaded rod disposed on the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip John Kunz
  • Patent number: 9951804
    Abstract: A spark containment cap is disclosed for enclosing an end of a fastener protruding from a structure. The cap includes a cap body having an annular base terminating at a rim which surrounds an opening into an air cavity arranged to enclose the fastener end and having an aperture in fluid communication with the cavity. An annular bead of uncured sealing material is provided around the opening into the cavity, the bead of sealing material being curable to provide a seal between the cap body and the structure to seal a volume of gas within the cavity. A closure member has a closed configuration in which it seals the aperture, and an open configuration in which it does not seal the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Dobbin, Ben Humphrys
  • Patent number: 9593707
    Abstract: A fastener having a fastener body and a protected decorative cap arranged on a head end of the fastener body in a manner that protects the decorative cap from fastener torquing forces applied to said head end that might otherwise damage, disfigure or loosen the cap and that facilitates attachment of the decorative cap to the fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: McGard LLC
    Inventors: Kyle M. Weis, John F. Mondo, David C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9500165
    Abstract: A locking sealing arrangement for providing a fluid tight seal between a cap or a spigot and an adjacent structure is set forth. The locking sealing cap includes a peripheral sealing member such as an o-ring to form the fluid tight seal. The locking sealing cap engages the inner surface of the adjacent support structure by a cam-lock arrangement. A locking tab extends from the surface of the support structure. A tab-receiving slot is formed in the locking sealing cap. Once the locking tab is aligned in the tab-receiving slot, rotational movement of the locking sealing cap causes engagement of the locking sealing cap with the support structure. One embodiment of the locking sealing cap includes an internal torque feature for receiving a tool to allow engagement. In another embodiment of the locking sealing cap an external, multi-sided tool engagement surface is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher William Newman, Katherine Jane Randall, David Born
  • Patent number: 9435362
    Abstract: A fastener has a head with an exterior end surface and a compression ledge. A projection extends from the compression ledge and a contact shoulder is formed at an intersection of the projection and the compression ledge. The shoulder has a thickness measured axially from the compression ledge and extends radially outward from the projection to the intersection of the shoulder and the compression ledge. A compressible sealing component encapsulates the exterior end surface of the head and partially overlaps an area entirely around the compression ledge. The compressible sealing component at the area of the compression ledge has an uncompressed axial thickness greater than the shoulder thickness measured from the compression ledge. A rotation preventer is formed on the projection and is configured to allow axial movement of the projection into a hole and to restrict rotation of the fastener when the projection extends into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Morgan Truck Body, LLC
    Inventor: William Hurst
  • Patent number: 9416810
    Abstract: Elastomeric joining element retaining devices are disclosed. In an aspect, a retaining device is disclosed which is constructed from an elastomeric material such as polyurethane and designed to receive and align an assembly or “stack-up” of nuts, bolts, washers, and/or other joining elements. The retaining device retains and aligns the assembly, enabling a user to install the assembly accurately without dropping or misaligning portions of the assembly. Such retaining devices ease the process of installing or removing joining elements in hard to reach locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: RTODDS ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: R. Todd Swinderman
  • Patent number: 9267530
    Abstract: The cap structure includes a nut engaged with a bolt end portion formed in an end of a rotating shaft of a vehicle-use electric rotating machine to fix a pulley. The nut has a polygonal outer periphery including a step portion projecting radially outward at an axial position closer to a seating surface of the nut than an axial center of the nut. The cap structure further includes a cap for covering the nut and the bolt end portion engaged with the nut and protruding from the nut. The cap is made of casting resin so as to have a polygonal inner periphery and an annular claw portion, the number of sides of the polygonal inner periphery being equal to a natural number-multiple of the number of sides of the outer periphery of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Sugitani
  • Patent number: 9267628
    Abstract: A tamper resistant pipe coupling is formed of segments connected end to end using fasteners. The segments have bearing pads at each end, each bearing pad surrounded by a shield wall. The shield walls and the bearing pads form a well that receives the fasteners and provides defense against tampering. The well is filled with a potting material, such as refractory cement, to cover the fasteners and provide additional protection. Formations are provided on the bearing pad and shield wall to ensure positive mechanical engagement between the coupling and the potting layer. The shield wall and bearing pad may be integrally formed with the coupling segments or a separate component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Wayne M. Biery, Ahmad Sith, Douglas R. Dole
  • Patent number: 9247973
    Abstract: Non-load-bearing, drug-eluting components that can be added to load bearing spinal implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Fisher, Hassan Serhan, John Riley Haw kins, Michael Andres Slivka
  • Patent number: 9200433
    Abstract: A retention system is provided for use with a ground engaging tool. The tool retention system may have a generally C-shaped clamp configured to be disposed within an aperture of a work implement and to engage apertures in a tool adapter and a wedge disposed within the apertures of the tool adapter and the work implement and against the generally C-shaped clamp. The retention system may additionally have a generally C-shaped slider disposed within the apertures of the tool adapter to engage the aperture of the work implement and a fastener configured to connect the generally C-shaped slider to the wedge. A retention cap with an expandable retention washer may be secured over a head of the fastener to prevent unwanted rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Vasil S. Tasovski
  • Patent number: 9121243
    Abstract: A well plug having an elastomeric seal ring between a top and a bottom cap with a shaft disposed in the throughbore. Rotation of the shaft compresses the ring between the caps forming a hermetic seal with the well pipe walls. The shaft contains an axial bore with a transverse aperture proximate its base to allow for sampling and/or instrumentation to be introduced into the pipe. An O-ring seal between the shaft and the top cap receptacle forms a seal preventing the bore contents leaking out or the ambient environment leaking in. The plug has two rotational locks to prevent unauthorized removal. One is a platform with an aperture extending from the upper portion of the shaft receiving a threaded fastener preventing rotation through radially extending vertical top cap structures. The other is a cantilevered platform, with an aperture for a padlock preventing rotation by the shafts side wing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ross Headifen
  • Patent number: 9103367
    Abstract: An interlocking interface retains a screw head in a socket to prevent migration of the screw head out of the socket, or to lock the screw head in the socket. The interlocking interface may retain or lock the screw at various polyaxial angles with respect to the socket. The screw head includes external corrugations. The socket includes an internal corrugated structure which interlocks with the external corrugations of the screw head when the screw is at various polyaxial angles with respect to the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: IMDS LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery D. Arnett
  • Patent number: 8999097
    Abstract: A fabrication method for providing a relatively smooth surface associated with lightning strike protection for composite materials joined with fasteners recessed below the surface is described. The method includes coating at least one of a head of the fastener and a preformed dielectric insert with an adhesive, inserting the preformed dielectric insert into the recess such that the adhesive engages both contours of the recess and the preformed dielectric insert, and removing any excess adhesive from the surface area of the composite material and a top surface of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kathryn Louise Gehrett, James Francis Kirchner, Kelly Lee Clark
  • Publication number: 20150037118
    Abstract: An improved fastener comprising: a screw element (1) and a cover member (11). The screw element (1) comprising a shank member (2) having comprising a piercing tip (6) at a first end of the shank member and a head (7) at a second end of the shank member. The head of the screw comprising a first recess (9) for releasably engaging an instrument of rotation and a second recess (10) extending from the first recess into the shank member for releasably engaging a shank portion (14) of a cover member (11). The cover member (11) comprising a capping portion (12) having a first face (13), a second face (17) and a shank portion (14) extending substantially orthogonally from the first face (13) of the capping portion (12), the shank portion (14) being releasably engagable with the second recess (10) of the screw element (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: John Cottier
  • Publication number: 20150003932
    Abstract: An elastomeric cap for concealing a fastener used to secure an object (e.g., an elastomeric object such as foam padding or the like) to a substrate (e.g., frame, wall, etc.). A head of a fastener may be inserted through an aperture in one wall of the cap and into an internal cavity of the cap. A shank of the fastener may be at least partially inserted into or through an aperture of the object (e.g., and the substrate). A tool (e.g., screwdriver, torque wrench, etc) may be inserted through an opposing aperture in an opposing second wall of the cap and used to manipulate the fastener head and thus the shank to secure the object to the substrate via clamping of the object between the fastener head and opposing second wall of the cap on one hand and the substrate on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Mark A. Naylor, Laurel L. Skaggs, Charles D. Stricker, JR.
  • Patent number: 8916011
    Abstract: A fireshield fastener hood and method of bonding a cover to a substrate therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Kenneth Holland, William Bogue
  • Patent number: 8894337
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a fastener with an arrangement on the head of the fastener for receiving a medallion, coin or other flat commemorative or decorative item. A threaded stud is secured to a cap which includes a receptacle on a rear surface, complimentary to the head of the stud, and a display pocket on a forward or outer surface for receiving the medallion or coin. The receptacle on the rear side of the cap includes an upstanding rim or lip having an inside diameter slightly larger than the outside diameter of the head of the stud. In the disclosed embodiments, the cap is secured to the stud by swaging or deforming the rim against the head of the stud to rigidly and permanently attach the cap to the stud, forming a fastener with an enlarged head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Custom Metal Crafters, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Bourget, Romeo Carrier
  • Patent number: 8894338
    Abstract: A cap has a body portion forming a central cavity, and an annular flange which extends outwardly from the body portion. The body portion is deformable between a first configuration in which the annular flange is inclined upwardly, and a second configuration in which the annular flange is inclined downwardly. A method includes applying a quantity of sealant to the annular flange in the first configuration; fitting the cap over the end of the fastener so that the fastener is enclosed by the cap; and turning down the annular flange such that the cap assumes the second configuration in which an annular pocket is formed between the flange and the base, and the sealant material fills the annular pocket; and bonding the cap to the structure with the sealant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Richard Dobbin, Anthony Dowson
  • Publication number: 20140334897
    Abstract: A roofing sealing system and method is provided. The roofing nail seal is disposed substantially concentrically over a roofing nail. The roofing nail seal includes a body portion with an upper surface and a lower surface. An adhesive is affixed to the lower surface of the body portion for application to a head of the roofing nail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas R. Mathieson
  • Patent number: 8882423
    Abstract: To provide a lightning-resistant fastener capable of assuring a sufficient lightning-resistant performance. A cap 30A has an elastically deformable part 50 continuous in the circumferential direction thereof. The elastically deformable part 50 has a smaller thickness than the other parts of the cap 30A in a circumferentially continuous area thereof. Since the cap 30A has the elastically deformable part 50, even if a surface 22b of a member 22 is inclined with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis of a fastener main body 25, the cap 30A can be installed without forming a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8870508
    Abstract: A bolt-hole cap for sealing the bolt hole of a rail includes a top face and a bottom face from which multiple protrusions extend. Each protrusion extends radially from inner portion toward outer portion of the bolt-hole cap. Each protrusion has two side faces and an end face connected between the two side faces. The end face has a first width. When the bolt-hole cap is inserted into a bolt hole and the top face of the bolt-hole cap is in flush with the top face of the rail, the end face of each of the protrusions contacts the bolt in the bolt hole. The protrusions are plastically deformed toward the side faces and the end face has a second width which is wider than the first width, so that the bolt-hole cap has sufficient strength to keep the top thereof flushing the top of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Chieftek Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-che Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140294533
    Abstract: Decorative toilet bolt caps having and elongated tube positioned above an aperture are disclosed. The cap may be formed of a single unit of material. By virtue of having an elongated tube positioned above an aperture, the cap may cover a closet bolt having an unreduced length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Henry
  • Publication number: 20140241828
    Abstract: A bolt head cover may include a polymeric shroud for fitting over a bolt head, the shroud may include an end part and a skirt depending from the end part and arranged to fit around the bolt head, and a hard tile within the shroud so as to be located between the bolt head and the end part. A bolt assembly may comprise a bolt with the bolt head cover bonded thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Davies
  • Patent number: 8769874
    Abstract: A sill assembly with an adjustable threshold has: a removable cap; a housing with two vertical supporting walls to receive the cap, with two recessed channels in opposite locations of the walls; two rubber gaskets inserted into the vertical supporting walls' recessed channels; a vinyl substrate for supporting the housing; cap-screws; and adjustment screws. The cap is fastened onto housing by cap-screws which are coupled tightly below with the adjustment screws. The cap's inner walls are supported by the adjustment screws' large diametric disc. When the cap is inserted onto the housing, the interior of the cap's outer walls is compressing two rubber gaskets to create a tight sealing. Being covered by the cap and the housing's vertical supporting walls, the rubber gaskets are less susceptible to weatherization and possible damages, and the sill assembly's aesthetic appearance is enhanced because the visible part of the sill assembly looks consistent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ken Ming Lai
  • Publication number: 20140161559
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a dual protection cap for a bolt and a nut. The present invention relates to a protection cap for a bolt and a nut, which is open at one side and covers a bolt and a nut so as to separate the same from the outside, and comprises: an outer cap and an inner cap are respectively injection molded with synthetic resin; fitting grooves, which are formed on the inside of the outer cap at a uniform interval in a longitudinal direction, are fitted and coupled with protrusion pieces, which are formed to protrude from the outer periphery of the inner cap at a uniform interval in a longitudinal direction; and triangular protrusion pieces are formed on the end portion of each of fixing pieces, which radially protrude from the peripheral surface of the bottom surface in the inner cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Lee Nam Kim, Jae Ho Jin
  • Patent number: 8657546
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover device for a fixing portion, including a coupling hole formed at a side of the fixing portion, and a cover member rotatably coupled with the coupling hole to selectively close the fixing portion, wherein the fixing portion includes a fastening member and a fastening hole, to which the fastening member is fastened. By forming the coupling hole at a side of the fastening hole and rotatably coupling the cover member to a case member, the cover device can prevent the cover member from being lost during fastening or separating the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae-Hwan Kang
  • Patent number: 8650780
    Abstract: A specialized fastener cover is suitable for concealing a fastener used to attach one object to another. The fastener cover includes a decorative emblem and a method of pivoting the emblem between two positions. In one position, the decorative emblem conceals the fastener. When the emblem is pivoted to the second position, the fastener can be accessed so that it can be inserted in fastener receptacles in the objects to attach the objects to one another or removed from the fastener receptacles to separate the two objects. The fastener cover can be incorporated into an attachable object, such as a license plate frame to be attached to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cruiser Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Spencer, Bret Zelenka, Eldon Goates
  • Publication number: 20130152435
    Abstract: A specialized fastener cover is suitable for concealing a fastener used to attach one object to another. The fastener cover includes a decorative emblem and a method of pivoting the emblem between two positions. In one position, the decorative emblem conceals the fastener. When the emblem is pivoted to the second position, the fastener can be accessed so that it can be inserted in fastener receptacles in the objects to attach the objects to one another or removed from the fastener receptacles to separate the two objects. The fastener cover can be incorporated into an attachable object, such as a license plate frame to be attached to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Todd Spencer, Bret Zelenka, Eldon Goates
  • Publication number: 20130108395
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a fastener with an arrangement on the head of the fastener for receiving a medallion, coin or other flat commemorative or decorative item. A threaded stud is secured to a cap which includes a receptacle on a rear surface, complimentary to the head of the stud, and a display pocket on a forward or outer surface for receiving the medallion or coin. The receptacle on the rear side of the cap includes an upstanding rim or lip having an inside diameter slightly larger than the outside diameter of the head of the stud. In the disclosed embodiments, the cap is secured to the stud by swaging or deforming the rim against the head of the stud to rigidly and permanently attach the cap to the stud, forming a fastener with an enlarged head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: CUSTOM METAL CRAFTERS, INC.
    Inventor: Custom Metal Crafters, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130071204
    Abstract: A threaded fastener comprises a fastener body having a threaded portion, a tool engaging surface, and a head cap receiving bore. The head cap receiving bore has a head cap bearing surface and a head cap retaining surface. A head cap has a rigid base and a central stem extending from the base. The head cap stem is disposed in the head cap receiving bore. The head cap base has a body bearing surface in contacting or near-contacting engagement with the head cap bearing surface. The head cap base further has a head cap outer surface. A head cap retainer interconnects the head cap stem and head cap retaining surface. The head cap retainer comprises a material of sufficient strength and rigidity to retain the head cap on the fastener body in a high-strength, axially non-deformable interconnection that holds the head cap in a substantially fixed and immovable axial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: MCGARD LLC
    Inventors: Scott E. Hunter, Brandon J. Pepper, John F. Mondo, Jacob M. Vernon, Kyle M. Weis
  • Patent number: 8381368
    Abstract: A centering clip device can include a clip base having an opening for receiving a clip. The clip base can have a top surface that has a first bump, a second bump and a third bump all spaced away from each other. A clip can be included that has a substantially elongated body, a bottom flange formed on a bottom end of the clip, a top flange, an annular slot formed between the top flange and the bottom flange, and an umbrella structure. The top flange may also be formed as an umbrella structure having an inclined camming surface formed on its lower surface. The clip base can be configured to releasably engage the clip within the clip base. The camming surface can be biased against the first, second and third bumps to center the clip within the clip base, and permit connection between a first vehicle component, such as a roofliner, to a second vehicle component, such as a roof frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haithi Donahue-Yan, Shinichi Yamase, James Seale, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130009527
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover device for a fixing portion, including a coupling hole formed at a side of the fixing portion, and a cover member rotatably coupled with the coupling hole to selectively close the fixing portion, wherein the fixing portion includes a fastening member and a fastening hole, to which the fastening member is fastened. By forming the coupling hole at a side of the fastening hole and rotatably coupling the cover member to a case member, the cover device can prevent the cover member from being lost during fastening or separating the fastening member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae-Hwan KANG
  • Publication number: 20120234402
    Abstract: A fastener has a metallic member and a nonmetallic cap member. The metallic member has a head and a shaft. The shaft has a first end at the head, a distal second end, and an externally threaded portion. The metallic member further has a projection extending from the head opposite the shaft. The cap member is mated to the head opposite the shaft and retained by the projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shelton O. Richards
  • Patent number: 8245592
    Abstract: A manipulator includes an arm body, a cable, and at least one cover fixed on the arm body. The arm body has at least one friction portion over which the at least one cover covers. The at least one cover separates the cable from contacting with the friction portion, thus protects the cable from being damaged by the friction portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Peng Pan, Zhen-Xing Liu, Jun-Hai Liu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120155989
    Abstract: A dome-shaped aluminum screw cover is adapted to be placed over the head of a self-tapping concrete screw that is used to fasten a metal structure to concrete on a house or building. A concave inner surface of the screw cover provides a space between the cover and the screw head for receiving a charge of silicone adhesive that bonds the cover to the metal structure and screw head, while also providing a watertight seal around the screw head that minimizes entry of moisture and corrosion of the screw. The screw cover is preferably of the same color as the metal structure so as to reduce its visibility while effectively concealing the unsightly screw head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Gary Zack, Robert R. Laviolette
  • Patent number: 8128330
    Abstract: One embodiment of this fastening apparatus comprises a body with a passage through its length, a threaded member, a locking member, and a bowed ring. The threaded member is retained by the locking member in the passage. The bowed ring is disposed on the body and is configured to be flexible. This body may be fabricated of graphite in one instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul N. Zeytoonian
  • Publication number: 20110305539
    Abstract: A protective cover for a wheel fastening member, said protective cover comprising a body having a top and a bottom, an internal hollow extending from top to bottom and surrounded by an adjacent internal surface and an external surface: the internal surface of the protective cover snugly fitting over the fastening member in use and the external surface comprising flanges to receive a visual aid for indicating the security status of the fastening member, said flanges including a gripping collar and a top collar having a plurality of vertical ribs extending therebetween to restrict the movement of the visual aid, wherein the protective cover protects the fastening member from corrosion and secures the visual aid therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Bud-Eze Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert John Rand
  • Patent number: 8057146
    Abstract: One embodiment of this fastening apparatus comprises a cap with a passage through the length of the cap. This cap is received by the upper panels of a body. The embodiments of this fastening apparatus may have two or more upper panels that form a recess. The body also has a lower region with a passage. The upper panels are flexible and can translate to retain the cap within the recess. A threaded member is disposed in the passage of the body. This cap may be fabricated of graphite in one instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul N. Zeytoonian
  • Patent number: 8016535
    Abstract: A wheel lock device wherein a locking lug nut is threadably engaged on a vehicle wheel. A security sleeve is removably secured over the hex portion of the lug nut preventing unauthorized engagement and removal thereof. A retainment fastener secures the security sleeve to the modified lug nut by an integrated removal and placement rotational key tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Niels C. Roberts