Moldable Patents (Class 411/377)
  • Patent number: 10858117
    Abstract: A lightning protective seal cap comprising a seal cap that defines an interior, and a quantity of an uncured sealant that is curable by the application of actinic radiation so as to bind the seal cap to a fastener. The interior of the seal cap contains the quantity of uncured sealant, the seal cap is positionable over the fastener such that at least a portion of the fastener resides in the interior of the seal cap, and when the seal cap is in position over the fastener, the sealant containing seal cap prevents electrical arcing to the fastener from a lightning strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    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: 10780657
    Abstract: Methods of using and repairing seal caps as well as constructions comprising seal caps, including in some embodiments seal caps which may be useful in sealing fasteners that protrude into fuel storage cells in aircraft. In some embodiments, methods include the use of optically translucent seal cap and application of a second quantity of sealant to fill voids observed within the interior of the seal cap after cure of a first quantity of sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael D. Swan, Larry S. Hebert, David A. Ylitalo
  • Pin
    Patent number: 10711819
    Abstract: A pin having a tool engagement portion and a resiliently deformable cover arranged over the tool engagement portion. The resiliently deformable cover is operable to deform from a first position to a second position to allow for the engagement of the tool engagement portion with a tool. The tool engagement portion is substantially concealed when the cover is in the first position, reducing the opportunities for dirt ingress. A tool may be used to deform the cover and allow the tool to engage with the tool engagement portion such that rotation of the tool causes co-rotation of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: THREE SMITH GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: Luke Smith
  • Patent number: 10710280
    Abstract: A method of forming a seal about at least a portion of an object comprises placing a form about at least the portion of the object, flowing a viscous substance into the form and about at least the portion of the object, and removing the form from the object by unwinding or unraveling the form to form the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Marshall Burgess, Matthew G. Chaney
  • Patent number: 10288107
    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: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Balderrama, Steve Richard Duhamel
  • Patent number: 9181969
    Abstract: The ornamental fastener assembly for enhancing an appearance of an object includes a head. The head has an outer edge defining an ornamental shape. A shaft is coupled to the head. The shaft penetrates the object. The head is coupled to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan R. Hiatt
  • Patent number: 8936423
    Abstract: Fasteners are provided with a polymer layer covering a body. The polymer layer may improve the aesthetics of the fastener and may be colored to provide various color options. The polymer layer covers at least part of a wrench bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: MacLean-Fogg Company
    Inventors: David J. Davis, Larry J. Wilson, Steve J. Tomaszewski
  • Patent number: 8651413
    Abstract: A lightning-protection fastener is provided that is capable of reliably preventing peeling off of an insulation layer during the operation of an aircraft and improving the anti-lightning-strike capability and reliability. There is a lightning-protection fastener that fastens a skin of an aircraft and a structural member positioned inside the skin, in which an insulation layer is melt adhered so as to cover one end surface of a head portion and also to mechanically engage with a fastener-side engagement portion (engagement portion) formed on the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Inventors: Masahiro Kashiwagi, Yuichiro Kamino, Kazuyuki Oguri, Takeyasu Tarumi, Masahiro Bessho, Hideo Yamakoshi, Naomoto Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8641345
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Zack, Robert R. Laviolette
  • Patent number: 8523505
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement having a first fastening part which is connected to a metal sheet and has a first threaded section, and having a second fastening part which has a second threaded section which engages with the first threaded section, with the fastening parts fixing an electrical connecting part such that an electrical connection is formed between the connecting part and the metal sheet. A cover part is fixed to the first fastening part in an end position and, in a covering position, has covered at least a part of the first threaded section until the second threaded section has engaged with the first threaded section and, in the process, the cover part has been moved from the covering position to the end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Reinhold Opper, Jochen Hain
  • Patent number: 8442636
    Abstract: A connector for an electrostimulation lead includes a connector housing defining a fastener aperture, a septum disposed over the fastener aperture, and a fastener for mating with the fastener aperture to secure a received lead to the connector housing so that at least one terminal disposed on the received lead electrically couples with at least one conductor contact disposed in the connector housing. The septum includes a septum flap and an attachment cuff. The septum flap is configured and arranged for extending over the fastener aperture and for receiving a tool for folding the septum flap open to expose the fastener aperture. The attachment cuff is configured and arranged for coupling the septum flap to the connector housing. The fastener is configured and arranged to be disposed in the fastener aperture and to be tightened against the lead to hold the lead within the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Lee McDonald
  • 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: 8398350
    Abstract: A bolt has a bolt body including a screw part, a head part formed at an upper end of the screw part, and a flange part formed at a lower end of the head part; and an unconductive ring-shaped resinous member covering a peripheral portion of the flange part. The flange part has a disk-shaped flange body portion; and a seat surface-forming portion having a seat surface which is pressed against a portion where the bolt is to be mounted. The ring-shaped member has an edge part which is located at a position nearer to a lower end of the screw part than the seat surface and outward from the flange body portion and an annular skirt part whose diameter gradually increases to the edge part. The annular skirt part is so formed that it deforms when the bolt is mounted on the portion where the bolt is to be mounted and forms an annular liquid-tight sealing portion for the portion where the bolt is to be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Meira Corporation
    Inventors: Rikiya Ishida, Manabu Naoi
  • Patent number: 8388293
    Abstract: An insulated, sealed cap overlies and protects a fastener component or the like on a substrate in association with a substrate opening. The sealed cap includes an outer cap component filled partially with a selected sealant material and assembled with an inner collet sized and shaped to fit with a slip fit about the fastener component such as a nut or the like at one side of a selected substrate, such as the skin of an aircraft. An inboard edge of the inner collet seats on and substantially seals with the substrate. The outer cap component is then displaced toward the substrate to extrude the sealant material into a thin and substantially uniform layer joined with an extruded outer bead on the substrate, and then permitted to cure. Tapered ribs on the inner collet effectively lock with the outer cap component during sealant material curing and subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Physical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles G. Hutter, III
  • Patent number: 8388288
    Abstract: A captive screw formed of a lock screw, a cap-shaped knob, a spring member and a mounting barrel and mountable in a mounting through hole of a first panel frame and fastenable to a mounting screw hole of a second panel frame to detachably secure the second panel frame to the first panel frame is disclosed. The lock screw has a top protrusion raised from the top wall of the head thereof and a tool groove formed in the top protrusion. The cap-shaped knob is molded on the head of the lock screw by insert molding and defining an endless isolation groove on the top wall of the head of the lock screw around the periphery of the top protrusion that facilitates attachment of a hand tool to the top protrusion of the lock screw for enabling the lock screw to be driven by the user with the hand tool into the mounting screw hole of the second panel frame conveniently with less effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: TechMech Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Ming-Chung Chiu
  • Patent number: 8353654
    Abstract: A metallic bolt fastener assembly that includes a threaded shank, a head and an end, the head and a portion of the shank encapsulated with a polymer composition. The polymer composition includes a polymer material such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber or thermal plastic materials. The polymer composition provides improved corrosion resistance and superior fluid sealing properties when used as a water tank-to-toilet bowl or other similar plumbing fixture connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Mansfield Plumbing Products, The Philpott Rubber Company
    Inventors: Paul D. Conrad, Stephen C. Detweiler
  • Publication number: 20120288345
    Abstract: A T-nut includes a cylindrical shaft section that opens at both ends and includes an internal thread at an inner peripheral surface thereof; a flange that extends outwardly from a first end portion of the shaft section; and a sealing member that seals the first-end-portion-side opening of the shaft section, and is formed of elastomeric resin. The sealing member includes a circular cylindrical portion and a dome-shaped cover, the circular cylindrical portion closely contacting the inner peripheral surface and opening at a first-end-portion side, the cover being formed continuously to an edge of the circular cylindrical portion at a second-end-portion side, a top of the cover facing the second-end-portion side, an outer peripheral surface of the circular cylindrical portion having an externally threaded long-and-narrow protruding portion that seals a space at a root of the internal thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: NAGAYAMA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yutaka Nagayama
  • Publication number: 20120219380
    Abstract: An insulated, sealed cap overlies and protects a fastener component or the like on a substrate in association with a substrate opening. The sealed cap includes an outer cap component filled partially with a selected sealant material and assembled with an inner collet sized and shaped to fit with a slip fit about the fastener component such as a nut or the like at one side of a selected substrate, such as the skin of an aircraft. An inboard edge of the inner collet seats on and substantially seals with the substrate. The outer cap component is then displaced toward the substrate to extrude the sealant material into a thin and substantially uniform layer joined with an extruded outer bead on the substrate, and then permitted to cure. Tapered ribs on the inner collet effectively lock with the outer cap component during sealant material curing and subsequently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: PHYSICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles G. Hutter, III
  • Patent number: 8209017
    Abstract: A connector for an electrostimulation lead includes a connector housing defining a fastener aperture, a septum disposed over the fastener aperture, and a fastener for mating with the fastener aperture to secure a received lead to the connector housing so that at least one terminal disposed on the received lead electrically couples with at least one conductor contact disposed in the connector housing. The septum includes a septum flap and an attachment cuff. The septum flap is configured and arranged for extending over the fastener aperture and for receiving a tool for folding the septum flap open to expose the fastener aperture. The attachment cuff is configured and arranged for coupling the septum flap to the connector housing. The fastener is configured and arranged to be disposed in the fastener aperture and to be tightened against the lead to hold the lead within the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Lee Mcdonald
  • Patent number: 8202032
    Abstract: A plug finishing system involves forming a counterbore in a cover board above the head of a fastener as it is driven by a specially constructed driver. A plug, which is dimensioned for the counterbore and has a reduced portion, is inserted into the counterbore and positioned so that its exterior surface is co-planar with the exterior surface of the cover board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Handy & Harman
    Inventors: Timothy F. Gillis, Mark Joseph Guthrie, Richard L. Belinda, Walter Joseph Fallows, III, Tad A. Weiss, Joseph A. Pieciak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8105004
    Abstract: A composite metal male fastener is provided. The metal fastener includes an elongate hollow shell made of metal. The shell includes a threaded exterior for insertion or retraction from the threads of a female fastener. In addition, the shell element includes a central bore and a radially extending flange. The male fastener further includes a core element made of a composite material including plastic, fiberglass or carbon fiber or the like. In a first embodiment, the core element fills the shell's central bore and extends proximally from the proximal end of the shell to encapsulate the shell's flange to form a male fastener head. In an alternative embodiment, the shell's proximal extremity includes a radially extending flange to form a male fastener head for rotation of the male fastener. For this embodiment, the core element extends proximally to the shell's proximal end, without projecting beyond the shell's proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Stephen, Douglas Stephen
  • Patent number: 8105003
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present subject matter includes a system for fastening a male terminal with a driver. The embodiment includes a body defining an at least partially threaded recess which intersects with a female recess adapted to receive the male terminal. The embodiment additionally includes a fastener having an at least partially threaded body and a flanged head adapted to mate with the driver, the fastener disposed at least part of the way in the first recess, the flange having a diameter which is larger than a diameter of the at least partially threaded recess. The embodiment includes a flexible septum coupled to the body and covering the first recess, the flexible septum having an opening sized for passage of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Fruland, Kevin J. Persuitti, Scott Dahl
  • Patent number: 8002508
    Abstract: A cover for the protection of large bolts and nuts, such as those used to secure wind turbine towers to foundations, from the weather. The protective cover may be tubular in shape and designed to be forcefully pressed over the bolt while ribs on the interior of the cover form an interference fit with the threading on the bolt. A larger portion located at the bottom of the cover protectively surrounds the nut and washer without touching either. The bottom can then seal against a surface, such as the surface of a mounting flange of a tower, to prevent the entry of corroding moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Griptight Bolt Cover Co.
    Inventor: Larry Reed
  • Patent number: 7946896
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrical connector set-screw. The electrical connector set-screw includes a body part and a head part. The body part includes a threaded section and a channel. The threaded section extends between a first end and an opposite second end of the body part. The channel extends through a portion of the body part. The channel is spaced from the first end and the second end of the body part The head part is connected to the body part. The head part includes a top section and an integral locking section. The top section is configured to be received by a tool. The integral locking section extends through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Patent number: 7918634
    Abstract: A metallic bolt fastener assembly that includes a threaded shank, a head and an end, the head and a portion of the shank encapsulated with a polymer composition. The polymer composition includes a polymer material such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber or thermal plastic materials. The polymer composition provides improved corrosion resistance and superior fluid sealing properties when used as a water tank-to-toilet bowl or other similar plumbing fixture connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignees: Mansfield Plumbing Products, Philpott Rubber Company, The
    Inventors: Paul D. Conrad, Stephen C. Detweiler
  • Patent number: 7896599
    Abstract: A composite metal male fastener is provided. The metal fastener includes an elongate hollow shell made of metal. The shell includes a threaded exterior for insertion or retraction from the threads of a female fastener. In addition, the shell element includes a central bore and a radially extending flange. The male fastener further includes a core element made of a composite material including plastic, fiberglass or carbon fiber or the like. The core element fills the shell's central bore and extends from the shell to encapsulate the shell's flange to form a male fastener head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas Stephen, Robert Stephen
  • Patent number: 7744321
    Abstract: A metallic head of a fastener includes merlon portions between crenel portions. The crenel portions form a slot which may be used to tighten or loosen the fastener. An insulating material covers portions of the metallic head to prevent human contact with the metallic head and terminal lugs secured thereby. The metallic head defines a counter bore portion. Inner walls of the counter bore portion may be formed into a hexagon. The insulating material may extend into the counter bore portion covering the inner walls, as well as the surfaces of the crenel portions. The bottom of the counter bore may remain uncovered to facilitate signal testing with a test probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: ARRIS Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Wells
  • Patent number: 7721996
    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: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kathryn Louise Gehrett, James Francis Kirchner, Kelly Lee Clark
  • Patent number: 7713012
    Abstract: A two-piece, decorative fastener assembly for securing a license plate to a vehicle. The decorative fastener uniquely includes a threaded fastener for securing the license plate to the vehicle and a decorative cover that can be quickly and easily connected directly to the head portion of the threaded fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: John Coonjohn
  • Patent number: 7708510
    Abstract: A fastener system for retaining a loose elongate fastener in a counterbore, including an elongate fastener, such as a bolt, having a head for being received and retained in a counterbore in a structure and in generally flush relation to a surface of the structure surrounding the counterbore, and a retaining member for being secured to the structure proximate the counterbore and overlapping the counterbore to trap the loose fastener in the counterbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: James L. Reimler
  • Publication number: 20090263528
    Abstract: A friction puller for an injection mold is disclosed. The friction puller has a bolt with a head portion and a threaded portion. The friction puller has first and second first substantially hemispherical wedges having a first and second passages running through them for the bolt and allow lateral float about the bolt. The friction puller also has a deformable jacket having a third passage running through is for the bolt and first and second substantially hemispherical cups for receiving the first and second substantially hemispherical wedges. The first hemispherical wedge can have a vent relief notch disposed in a top surface of the first hemispherical wedge. The deformable jacket can have a jacket vent notch disposed in a top surface of the deformable jacket. The bolt head and the jacket can have alignment indicator marks thereon. The bolt threads can have a variable pitch diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Anthony J. Cerniglia
  • Patent number: 7438974
    Abstract: A sealant, method for making the sealant, and method for applying the sealant includes a preformed at least partially hardened first quantity of sealant and a preformed at least partially unhardened second quantity of sealant. The first quantity of sealant is formed into a concave shell with an internal cavity. The second quantity of sealant is positioned within the internal cavity of the shell. The second quantity of sealant is maintained at a temperature sufficiently below the hardening temperature of the second sealant, such that said second sealant is at least partially retarded from hardening. The first and second quantities of sealant are packaged together for delivery to a substrate, such as a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventor: George Obuhowich
  • Publication number: 20080166203
    Abstract: A two-piece fastener, for example a bumper screw, includes a fastener and an overmolded resilient portion configured to avoid contact with a fastening tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: M & C CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew John Reynolds, Andrew Reginald McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20080063490
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present subject matter includes a system for fastening a male terminal with a driver. The embodiment includes a body defining an at least partially threaded recess which intersects with a female recess adapted to receive the male terminal. The embodiment additionally includes a fastener having an at least partially threaded body and a flanged head adapted to mate with the driver, the fastener disposed at least part of the way in the first recess, the flange having a diameter which is larger than a diameter of the at least partially threaded recess. The embodiment includes a flexible septum coupled to the body and covering the first recess, the flexible septum having an opening sized for passage of the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Fruland, Kevin J. Persuitti, Scott Dahl
  • Patent number: 7237997
    Abstract: A fixing tool for fixing an object to be fixed against an opponent member upon pinioning includes a male screw member screwed into a female screw portion formed on the opponent member side and a pinion member for pinioning the object to be fixed in the opponent direction. The male screw member includes a first axis portion formed with a male screw and a head portion having a non-circular contour formed at an upper end of the first axis portion. The pinion member includes a through hole into which the first axis portion of the male screw portion is inserted, seat portions that are formed inside of the through hole at which the head portion of the male screw member is seated, and engaging portions that pinch the head portion between the seat portions for engaging the head portion in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhisa Katou
  • Patent number: 7179032
    Abstract: There is described an expanding blind rivet assembly having a flange (3) provided with an undercut surface facing the rivet shank. A resilient cap (20) is formed with a cavity (22) having an opening surrounded by an undercut surface (23) within the cavity, so that the cap may be snap-engaged over the flange of the rivet after setting. The cap provides abrasion and corrosion protection for the flange. The cap (20) may also be provided with securing means for securing a further component to the cap (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Michael Paul Guy
  • Patent number: 7134666
    Abstract: The invention concerns a support (30) for storing, transporting and using devices (10) for applying a sealing compound onto an element projecting on a surface. The invention is characterised in that it comprises a plurality of said devices borne by a substantially planar base plate (32) and wherefrom the latter can be detached, and each device includes a cap (11) designed to cover entirely said element and containing a predetermined amount of sealing compound in frozen state. The invention is useful for producing impermeability to fluids at rigid connecting elements such as rivets, bolts or the like, for protecting projecting elements of structures against electromagnetic effects such as lightning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Le Joint Francais
    Inventors: Georges Beyssac, Jacky Decreuse
  • Patent number: 7021878
    Abstract: A method of categorizing fasteners and construction connectors by size and type using a color coding system. Each fastener receives a designated and distinct color contained on the surface that is exposed before and after installation. The colors are preselected to define one or more physical properties of the fasteners. A color key is provided to determine the physical properties of the fasteners based on the coloring of exposed portions of the inserted fasteners. Similarly, construction connectors receive a designated and distinct color contained on the surface that is exposed before and after installation. The color represented on the surface of the construction connector is such that the corresponding fastener is the same color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Trackers Company
    Inventors: Stephen H. Albertson, John C. Gallagher, Vlasta A. Albertson
  • Patent number: 6964549
    Abstract: A license plate fastener assembly useful in attaching a license plate to a motor vehicle includes a cup-like resilient adapter provided with an annular base surface conformed to receive the license plate fastener. The skirt of the adapter surrounding the fastener head is provided with a peripheral bead that is captured in an interior recess of a covering cap that opposes the plate surface once installed, thereby imparting partial tension to the adapter to develop frictional variations against the plate. The cap also includes an exterior circular depression in which variously marked plugs are receivable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Phoenix P. A. Fallon
  • Patent number: 6860692
    Abstract: A nut cap and assembly therewith is provided. The capped nut assembly is made up of a nut body and a cap. The nut body has an elongated internally threaded member formed with polygonal side walls extending from a collar member at the inner end toward the outer end, and the cap has a hollow shell with an end wall closing one end and being open at an opposite end. The cap is sleeved over said nut body with its side wall surrounding the polygonal side walls and its closed end overlies the outer end of the nut body, and the open end of the cap has a radially inwardly flared resilient lip portion that attaches to the collar member in a snap fitting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Van Ingen, Michael L. Ward
  • Patent number: 6808350
    Abstract: An anchor bolt cap for the top ends of anchor bolts that extend upwardly out of a base foundation onto which is mounted the tower base of a wind generator that produces electricity by rotation of the blades of the wind generator. The bottom end of the tower base of the wind generator has an outer annular flange and an inner annular flange each having a plurality of apertures spaced from each around the entire periphery of the respective flanges. The anchor bolts pass upwardly through these respective apertures and have a washer and nut threaded onto each of the respective anchor bolts for locking the tower base to the top of the base foundation. The anchor bolt caps are installed over the top ends of the respective anchor bolts and prevent moisture from attacking the anchor bolts and thereby prevent corrosion of the anchor bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventors: Norman L. Tooman, Anthony Carvalho
  • Patent number: 6779958
    Abstract: A fastening element having a stem provided, at its opposite ends, with a head and a tip, respectively, and a separate cover element releasably arrangeable on the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 6764264
    Abstract: A female screw rod is constructed to include a female screw rod adapted for mounting in a mounting hole of a motherboard to support an object above the motherboard, the female screw rod having an axially extended screw hole for the installation of a screw, and a quick-release cap connectable to the female screw rod to block the screw hole, the quick-release cap having a downwardly extended barrel-like coupling portion for capping on the female screw rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Chiang Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 6739813
    Abstract: A plastic encapsulated bolt includes a metallic insert having a head (e.g., a hex head, square head, or other type of deformed head) and a shank. An outer plastic layer encapsulates the metallic insert and forms a plastic encapsulated head and a plastic encapsulated shank. The plastic encapsulated shank can be totally or partially threaded. In one application, the plastic encapsulated bolt is used in combination with a plastic female anchor having an internally threaded portion. The plastic female anchor preferably includes multiple sections. The plastic encapsulated bolt includes a tapered threaded nose that engages the internally threaded portion such that the sections of the plastic female anchor expand outwardly as the plastic encapsulated bolt is threaded therein, causing the anchor to engage in an interference fit with a hole, for example, in concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventors: William P. Gundy, Russell Wilmot
  • Patent number: 6726419
    Abstract: A retention pin redundancy system and installation method provides a housing having multiple shoulders to encapsulate an installed retention pin and its connecting pin only when the retention pin is fully engaged. Another aspect includes a living hinge. A further aspect provides engagement devices to lock the redundancy clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Steven Michael Benedetti, Jason Aaron Meyers
  • Publication number: 20040042874
    Abstract: A retention pin redundancy system and installation method provides a housing having multiple shoulders to encapsulate an installed retention pin and its connecting pin only when the retention pin is fully engaged. Another aspect includes a living hinge. A further aspect provides engagement devices to lock the redundancy clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: Steven Michael Benedetti, Jason Aaron Meyers
  • Patent number: 6695557
    Abstract: A security seal assembly is designed to provide detection of tampering with or the removal of a wheel lug nut, particularly on a truck tire. The Security Seal is designed as an indicative seal rather than theft seal. When the seal is fitted onto the wheel lug nut, it prohibits access to the nut unless the cover is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: John Hove, Jim Nelson
  • Patent number: 6685410
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheath 46 for protecting a fastener such as a pin-tail locking bolt 18 as it is passed through a passage 14, the sheath 46 defining a first hollow 52 at a first end for receiving part 28 of the pin-tail locking bolt 18 and a second hollow 54 at a second end suitable for collecting a substance such as a sealant 13 in the passage 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Airbus UK Limited
    Inventors: Terence P Allen, Reginald D Parson
  • Patent number: 6679667
    Abstract: A hot-melt fastener filler placeable within a void atop an in-place fastener countersunk within a surface such as an exposed aircraft surface. The filler includes an electrically-conductive mat fabricated of at least one ply having a plurality of non-woven electrically conductive fibers each having a core strand coated with a nickel layer, preferably coated with two additional layers of copper and nickel, and generally uniformly dispersed within a thermoplastic elastomer. Electrically conductive carbon black particulate can be distributed throughout the elastomer, and the mat preferably is fabricated of two plies oriented at 0° and 90° to each other. A pressure sensitive adhesive can be provided on one side of the sheet to thereby permit secured placement prior to completion of installation. The fastener filler allows not only regularly scheduled maintenance, but also permits quick and generally uncomplicated field-level repairs for assuring equipment availability at remote sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Brown, Susan LaColla Wade, John W. Tully, George V. Case
  • Patent number: 6676351
    Abstract: A method of making a UHMWPE body combined with a bolt, a cap screw, a reinforcing member uses a compression molding machine equipped with a male and female mold set. Particulate UHMWPE dispensed into the cavity of the female mold surrounds the head of the bolt and screw and reinforcing member. Pressure and heat applied to the particulate UHMWPE molecularly bonds the UHMWPE to the bolt, screw, and reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Pride Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Bruns