Crimpable Patents (Class 411/375)
  • Patent number: 10903785
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for use in mid-grab and/or edge-grab applications may include a clamp secured to a stanchion by a clamping fastener. The mounting assembly may also include a mounting plate which may be secured to a mounting device by the stanchion. The mounting assembly may be used, for example, to secure photovoltaic modules (or other devices or structures) of varying heights to a roof or other building surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: RMH Tech LLC
    Inventors: Dustin M. M. Haddock, Nikolaus Jo Holley, Paul Benjamin Leitch
  • Patent number: 9937746
    Abstract: A capped fastener is provided with deflected projections on the nut body for securing a cap on the nut body. The deflected projections fit within a double walled edge of the cap. The projections are deflected through a simple method during the assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MacLean Fogg Company
    Inventor: Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9011062
    Abstract: An assembly comprising at least two non-metal components which are fixed to each other using at least one fixing system. The fixing system includes a fixing device with a fixing element which is provided with a head and a rod, and a crimping ring which is in contact with one of the components. A protection device is a part of the fixing system which delimits a cavity for confining gas around a portion of the device comprising the crimping ring. In order to improve the repeatability of the operation for positioning the protection device, a guiding device is provided which includes an assembly element on the portion of the fixing device, and an element for guiding the protection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Airbus Operations SAS, Airbus Operations Ltd.
    Inventors: Clement Chirol, Philip Cresswell, Florian Dapot
  • Publication number: 20140377034
    Abstract: A security seal fastener system includes a fastener, and an enclosure around a head of the fastener that provides visual evidence of access to the head after installation of the fastener. The enclosure may include a washer that is around a shaft of the fastener, and a cap that closes off an access opening in the washer. The cap has a spring that engages a groove in an inner surface of the washer, to lock the cap in place. A flange of the cap and a ridge of the washer prevent access to the spring. The washer has an anti-rotation feature to prevent rotation of the fastening system while the enclosure is intact. The cap has a knockout that can be perforated or removed to allow access to the head of the fastener, for removal of the fastener. The cap may have an identifier, such as a serial number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Rodrick R. Cottrell, Paul D. Richwine, Gregory A. Cantrell
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140321944
    Abstract: An assembly comprising at least two non-metal components which are fixed to each other using at least one fixing system. The fixing system includes a fixing device with a fixing element which is provided with a head and a rod, and a crimping ring which is in contact with one of the components. A protection device is a part of the fixing system which delimits a cavity for confining gas around a portion of the device comprising the crimping ring. In order to improve the repeatability of the operation for positioning the protection device, a guiding device is provided which includes an assembly element on the portion of the fixing device, and an element for guiding the protection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: Airbus Operations (SAS), Airbus Operations LTD
    Inventors: Clement Chirol, Philip Cresswell, Florian Dapot
  • 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: 20140199133
    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: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Ming-che HSU
  • Patent number: 8763627
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Shelton O. Richards
  • Publication number: 20140048198
    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: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Richard DOBBIN, Anthony DOWSON
  • 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: 8109707
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nut (10, 110, 210) having a nut body (11, 111, 211) and a cap (20, 120, 220, 320) held on the nut body (11, 111, 211), wherein there is/are provided on the outer surface of the nut body (11, 111, 211) an encircling recess (16, 216) or recesses (116) encircling in sections, in which an encircling prominence (23) provided on the inner surface of the cap (20, 120, 220 320) or respectively prominences (123, 330) encircling in sections engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Metallwarenfabrik Hermann Winker GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Alexander Winker
  • Patent number: 7780134
    Abstract: An anchor assembly structured for use in connection with ceiling or roofing structures for hanging industrial or commercial components, such as, for example, electrical conduits, heating units, water pipes for automatic water sprinkler systems, and the like. The anchor assembly is easy and quick to install, and also provides enhanced swivel capabilities or angular ranges of movement so as to accommodate various system and spatial requirements in connection with the suspension of the components. Suspension and lateral restraint systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl L. Panasik, Robert Fischer, Mark Ross, Norbert K. Kolodziej, Andrea M. Basalay, Yongping Gong
  • Patent number: 7435045
    Abstract: A wheel nut and washer assembly for securing a wheel to a motor vehicle axle. The wheel nut includes a body having a longitudinal axis, the nut body also having an axial threaded aperture and a pair of ends, one end being in the form of a smooth steel external surface. The wheel nut also includes a steel washer having an end terminating in a smooth annular surface in surface-to-surface engagement with the body end thereby maintaining axially alignment of the body and washer enabling relative movement of said body and washer about said axis. A decorative cap on the assembly is configured so that it holds the washer on the nut, a gap between the cap and washer to enable the washer to freely rotate and move laterally relative to the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: MacLean-Fogg Company
    Inventor: Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6827539
    Abstract: A decorative fastener assembly including a nut insert and a decorative cap. The cap includes a flatted portion sleeved over a flatted portion of the nut insert and further includes a flange portion proximate its open lower end. An O-ring seal is compressed between the flange of the cap and the circular enlargement of the nut insert to preclude the entry of moisture between the cap and the nut insert. A top end wall portion of the cap is welded to an annular weld projection on the top end of the nut insert in surrounding relation to the central bore of the nut insert. As the weld projection is melted to perform the welding operation, the cap moves further downwardly on the nut insert to further compress the O-ring seal between the cap flange and the circular enlargement of the nut insert. The cap flange portion proximate its open lower end is then crimped over a circular enlargement of the nut insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: HTG Corp., Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Somers, Robert A. Lucius
  • Patent number: 6634842
    Abstract: A crime preventing screw having a recessed portion for receiving the end of a driving tool. The recessed portion is formed with a recessed engagement portion at a partial lace of an inner wall. An embedding material for embedding in the recessed portion of the screw has a shape and size such that it can be buckled in and can be embedded in the recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Mamoru Ueno
  • Publication number: 20030180116
    Abstract: A capped screw includes a head disposed on top, a gasket engaged onto the screw and engaged with the bottom surface of the head, and a cap having a chamber for receiving the head of the screw and having a downwardly extended peripheral skirt which has a lower portion folded radially and inwardly to engage with the gasket and to secure the gasket to the head of the screw. The screw includes a peripheral flange extended radially outward from the head, the cap includes a radially extended peripheral flap, the peripheral skirt is extended downwardly from the peripheral flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Sheng Tsai SHIH
    Inventors: Jy Jen Hwang, Sheng Tsai Shih
  • Patent number: 6592314
    Abstract: A wheel nut and washer assembly for securing a wheel to a motor vehicle axle. The wheel nut includes a body having a longitudinal axis, the nut body also having an axial threaded aperture and a pair of ends, one end being in the form of a smooth steel external surface. The wheel nut also includes a steel washer having an end terminating in a smooth annular surface in surface-to-surface engagement with the body end thereby maintaining axially alignment of the body and washer enabling relative movement of said body and washer about said axis. A decorative cap on the assembly is configured so that it holds the washer on the nut, a gap between the cap and washer to enable the washer to freely rotate and move laterally relative to the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Industrial and Automotive Fasteners, LLC
    Inventor: Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6443680
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus is provided. The mounting device including an anchor secured within a cavity of a cap by a lip. The cavity is configured to allow coaxial rotation of the anchor and cap in a first configuration and rotation of the cap about the longitudinal axis of the anchor in a second configuration. The mounting device may further be provided with a collar to prevent the over-insertion of the anchor in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Bodin
  • Patent number: 6293744
    Abstract: A fastener system that includes a fastener with a longitudinally extending shank with a head on one end thereof, where the head has a first pattern formed thereon, and a cap that is configured and arranged to be seated upon the head, where the cap includes a second pattern formed on an interior surface thereof. This second pattern is adapted to cooperate with the first pattern, whereby rotational forces applied to the cap are transferred to the fastener via contact between the first and second patterns. Furthermore, the second pattern is defined by a closed figure that includes a plurality of outermost circumferential points located along a circle, with adjacent points being separated by a pattern distance that is greater than the length of an imaginary straight line drawn directly between the adjacent points. Several different configurations are available for the second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dave C. Hempfling, George G. Dewey, Sigismund G. Paul
  • Patent number: 6102488
    Abstract: A wheelnut for securing a wheel to a motor vehicle axle. The wheelnut includes a body having a longitudinal axis, the nut body also having an axial threaded aperture and a pair of ends, one end being in the form of a conical external surface and the other end has wrench flats facilitating the application of torque forces through the wrench flats to the nut body. The wheel has a nut seat surface configured to receive the conical external surface in surface-to-surface engagement, so that a clamping force of increasing magnitude will be applied to the wheel at the seat in response to the application of torque force on the wheel nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Industrial & Automotive Fastners, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6074148
    Abstract: An improved capped wheelnut of the type including a nut body having a central threaded aperture and a pair of ends, one end being adapted to engage a wheel, and a cap for said nut body at the other end. The cap has an end wall and a continuous side wall which terminates intermediate the ends of said nut body in an annular edge, an insulating washer constructed of material having low heat conductivity, said washer being of annular ring shape and positioned on said nut adjacent the lower end of said cap, a portion of said cap being engaged with said washer so as to maintain said washer in engagement with said nut body so that it will not fall off the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Industrial & Automotive Fasteners, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Larry J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6036420
    Abstract: A capped wheel nut assembly in which a cap is sleeved over a nut. The cap has an outwardly flared marginal portion at the open end crimped over a circular enlargement on the nut. An O-ring seal is compressed between the marginal portion of the cap and the circular enlargement of the nut, to prevent the entry of moisture between the cap and the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Horizon Technology, LLP
    Inventors: Steven D. Somers, Clifford A. Margraf
  • Patent number: 5772377
    Abstract: A flanged wheel fastener includes a fastener body having a threaded portion, a load-bearing surface, an out-of-round surface and a flange situated between the load-bearing surface and the out-of-round surface. A cap is disposed over the out-of-round surface and the flange, and an edge portion of the cap is bent around the flange to retain the cap on the fastener body. All portions of the cap are spaced axially away from all portions of the bearing-surface, and the cap is free of welding or adhesive attachment to the fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: MacLean-Fogg Company
    Inventor: Theodore J. Bydalek
  • Patent number: 5544992
    Abstract: A panel fastener having a turning knob which is attached to a stud in a positive locking relationship. The stud has a shaft with an enlarged stud head and a deformable lip at one end and a threaded region at the opposite end. The hollow cylindrical knob has an interior annular ridge extending radially inwardly from the inside surface of the knob thereby defining an opening through the knob. The stud extends through the ridge opening and the stud head rests on one surface of the ridge and the lip extends from the stud head through the ridge opening and is deformed to engage the ridge to permanently attach the knob to the stud. The stud head has protrusions extending radially from its circumference which positively engage a similarly shaped recess in the knob. The knob is made of a composite material that resists cracking during assembly and reduces corrosion during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Huck International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan A. Ciobanu, Karl Mladinich
  • Patent number: 5518351
    Abstract: An article of manufacture consisting of a self-tapping screw with a hex nut, joined to the head thereof where the hex nut including an internally threaded central bore, is used to facilitate the suspension of water pipes from a ceiling member in a building. The article can be inserted into the ceiling surface by first inserting the hex head into a socket which is affixed to the chuck of an electric drill. When the drill is energized, the self-tapping screw drills into or through the ceiling surface. Now, when the article is pulled free from the drill-mounted wrench socket, a threaded rod may be screwed into the hex nut for suspending a pipe cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Inventor: Eugene D. Peil
  • Patent number: 5370486
    Abstract: A vehicle locking fastener assembly primarily adapted for locking a vehicle wheel to a hub of a vehicle. The locking fastener assembly may adapt the form of a lock bolt assembly or a lock nut assembly. This assembly is comprised of a cylindrically shaped lock nut body having an end wall which may be in the nature of an end cap and which is provided with an enlarged central opening. The opening of the end cap is formed by a somewhat serpentine edge. A jacket is provided for covering the vehicle lock nut and which also has a cylindrically shaped body extending around and engaging the outer side wall of the lock nut body. The jacket similarly has a transverse end plate formed with a somewhat undulating recess. In this case, the recess is formed by a pair of spaced apart recess-forming walls and with the outer wall generally conforming to and engaging the undulating edge of the lock nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: Mark J. Plummer
  • Patent number: 5338141
    Abstract: A corrosion-resistant cap for use with a fastener and an elastomeric washer. The cap has a hollow head forming a cavity into which the head of the washer is placed, a perimeter outer skirt, and an inner skirt which can be swaged or bent from a longitudinal position to a transverse position perpendicular to the axis of the fastener to make contact and cover the lower surface of the flange of the fastener. This completely encloses the flange and head of the fastener and forms a cavity defined by the outside surface of the inner skirt and the inside surface of the outer skirt. An elastomeric washer will then be threaded onto the threaded shank of the fastener so that it is positioned and held in place by the cavity. Thus, when the fastener and cap are tightened down onto an object, the elastomeric material of the washer flows, completely filling the cavity and the area between the bottom of the outer skirt and the object to which the fastener is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Construction Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy R. Hulsey
  • Patent number: 4944644
    Abstract: A cover cap is provided for a screw fastener device of the type comprising a threaded shank and a head, with washer means below said head, said washer means including a rigid spreader washer located over a resilient washer part. The screw fastener device is especially intended to secure panelling, such as roof and wall cladding, in industrial and domestic buildings. The cover cap comprises a cap member for location over the fastener head, a peripheral wall of the cap member sealingly engaging said resilient washer part. Further the cap includes clip means for clipping to the fastener device below the rigid spreader washer to secure the cap on the screw fastener device. The clip means preferably comprises an annular series of indents, but alternatively the annular wall could include a peripheral skirt of indented U-form defining said clip means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: Steelpress (Supplies) Limited
    Inventor: Alan Bell
  • Patent number: 4943197
    Abstract: A nail button and a method for manufacturing the nail button are disclosed. The nail button consists of a button cap and a base. The base comprises a collet and an attaching means associated with the collet. The collet is characterized in that it is not perforated and in that it comprises a lipped recess in the collet for joining the attaching means to the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Handy Button Machine Company
    Inventor: Lenard Baritz
  • Patent number: 4764070
    Abstract: A capped wheel nut assembly in which a cap sleeved over the nut is secured to the nut by an adhesive. The adhesive has sufficient flexibility to eliminate rattle and preferably is a silicon adhesive. The cap has an enlarged marginal portion at the open end crimped over a circular enlargement on the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Horizons Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Baltzell, David J. Draeger
  • Patent number: 4759672
    Abstract: A fastener head, preferably a capped fastener head, including a sloping flange surrounding a central wrenching portion, having wrenching surfaces, such as axial hexagonal surfaces.A rib disposed on the sloping flange provides stability to a fastener head having such a rib by increasing the overturning moment required to buckle a column comprised of a fastener and driver. The rib is continuous around the flange and is as high as the bottom of the wrenching surfaces to reduce wobble during driving of the fastener head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Nilsen, David B. Speer
  • Patent number: 4460300
    Abstract: This invention relates to a screw type fastener having a radially enlarged driving head and a thin walled head conforming cap having a skirt which is designed to be folded inwardly beneath the head in a lapped condition beneath the head to conceal the exposed edge of the skirt between an exposed clamping surface of the cap and the under surface of the head of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Bettini, William J. Blucher
  • Patent number: 4457654
    Abstract: A fastener comprising a head, a shank, and a cap. The head has a recess in its top surface dimensioned to accommodate an appropriate tool for installing the fastener. The cap covers a substantial portion of the head and conforms closely to the head, extending into the recess in spaced relation to a substantial portion of the inner surfaces of the recess and cooperating with those surfaces during insertion of the installation tool into the recess to present appropriate dimensions to the tool to resiliently grip the tool and accommodate the tool for proper installation of the fastener. The cap is made of resilient material preferably stainless steel to provide corrosion resistance of the fastener once the fastener is fully inserted into the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Henry A. Sygnator