Multipart Patents (Class 411/432)
  • Patent number: 10465737
    Abstract: A quick lock assembly contains: a locker and a drive socket. The locker includes two clamp elements and a C flexible retainer, each clamp element has a semicircular clamping portion, a press extension, and a rotatable connection portion. The semicircular clamping portion has two semicircular grooves so that when the two clamp elements are connected, two circular orifices are formed by four semicircular grooves of the two clamp elements. Each semicircular groove has inner threads so that when the two clamp elements are connected, the four semicircular grooves retain with a screw rod, and inner threads of the four semicircular grooves screw with outer threads of the screw rod. The C flexible retainer retains the two semicircular clamping portions. The drive socket includes a fitting portion and a driving portion, the fitting portion has an accommodation chamber with a recess, and the driving portion has an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Chun-Po Huang
  • Patent number: 10408247
    Abstract: The invention includes a clip, and the clip includes a head and one or more clip surfaces for contacting the component to be held or an element on which the component is to be held. The clip surface faces the head at a distance therefrom, and a clamping part is provided which supports the head from the head side facing the clip surface or is connected to the head, the clamping part having a contact surface which faces the clip surface. The invention further includes a spring which is arranged so as to pre-tension the contact surface away from the head in the direction of the clip surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Stefan Schulz, Marcel Lindgens, Virginie Pouzols
  • Patent number: 10385906
    Abstract: A quick connect nut contains: a body including a first locking part, a second locking part, and a flexible C-shaped retainer. The first locking part includes a first forcing face, a first tilted face, a first peripheral groove, a first semicircular orifice having first inner threads, at least one first protrusion, and at least one first arcuate notch. The second locking part includes a second forcing face, a second tilted face, a second peripheral groove, a second semicircular orifice having second inner threads, at least one second protrusion, at least one second arcuate notch, and a second through hole. When the first and second locking parts lock together, an angle is defined between the first and second tilted faces so that a width of an expanding opening between the first and second locking parts is more than an outer diameter of the threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Chun-Po Huang
  • Patent number: 10359066
    Abstract: Corresponding threaded mechanical fasteners are automatically aligned with an alignment guide. The alignment guide includes a tapered cavity defined in a housing. As the threaded mechanical fasteners are moved towards one another to mate, the tapered cavity in the alignment guide causes the threaded mechanical fasteners to align with each other. The mechanical fasteners can connect a modular rechargeable battery to a battery receptacle in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ample Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Hassounah, Ankit Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10053171
    Abstract: A bicycle lock includes a U-shaped body and a pivotal portion pivotably connected to the first end of the U-shaped body. A head is formed on the second end of the U-shaped body and includes a lock unit received therein. The lock unit includes a nut and a core unit which is co-rotated with the nut. The nut is rotated by using a key. The core unit includes a core and a restriction plate which is co-rotated with the core and includes a notch. A safety unit is received in the lock unit and includes an engaging member and a resilient member which biases the engaging member to be engaged with a notch of the restriction plate to prevent the core unit from being rotated. The engaging member includes a protrusion which contacts the outer periphery of the nut to prevent the nut from being rotated by unauthorized tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Pinhead Components Inc.
    Inventor: Linda Young
  • Patent number: 9820419
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which utilizes a stabilization disk 30 or rigid cup containing adhesive which is bonded to an underside of a circuit board and then bolted to a chassis of a piece of military electronic equipment, so as to create a mounting location between the circuit board and the chassis where the circuit board is lacking a regular fastener receiving mounting hole therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Crystal Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James E Shaw, Moji Hosseini
  • Patent number: 9636763
    Abstract: A tool-free blade change system in one embodiment includes a handle, an arbor bolt including a keyed portion configured to mate with a keyed bore of the handle to restrict rotation of the handle with respect to the arbor bolt, a blade washer defining a plurality of washer teeth which enmesh with the body teeth so as restrict rotation of the handle with respect to the blade washer in one direction while allowing rotation of the handle with respect to the blade washer in another direction, and a biasing member configured to bias the handle downwardly toward the blade washer, wherein the handle is axially movable with respect to the blade washer between a first position whereat the plurality of body teeth are enmeshed with the plurality of washer teeth and a second position whereat the plurality of body teeth are spaced apart from the plurality of washer teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Hörtling
  • Patent number: 9617787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shading device for an architectural opening comprising a shade, a drive unit for extending and retracting the shade between a first and second end position, a spindle, a first end stop, stationary connected to the spindle near a first end of the spindle and at least one travelling nut, movably arranged on the spindle and operatively connected to the drive unit so as to move towards, respectively away from the first end stop as the shade is extended, respectively retracted. The travelling nut is articulated in circumferential direction into segments, with at least two segments being detachably connectable to each other at one of their ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9340065
    Abstract: A turn limited wheel lug nut and nut cap combination is provided. The combination includes a lug nut for retaining a wheel on a vehicle. The lug nut has an external lobe. The combination also includes a nut cap, which is turnable with respect to the lug nut. The nut cap has an internal cam, which cooperates with the external lobe to locate the nut cap with respect to the lug nut with not more than a partial turn. The nut cap also has a stop, which cooperates with the external lobe to limit the partial turn of the nut cap with respect to the lug nut. And, the nut cap has a retention feature, which cooperates with the external lobe to retain the nut cap on the lug nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: James D. Hosking
  • Patent number: 9255601
    Abstract: The invention relates in first instance to a nut having a first part (11) which has a first through opening (O1), and having a second part (12) which has a opening (O2) having an opening contour, the parts (11, 12) being connected so as to be rotatable about a rotational axis (A) which passes through the openings (O1, O2), and the openings (O1, O2) being aligned with one another, in addition, the first opening (O1) on its inner face having a profile which extends in the peripheral direction and which is interrupted in the peripheral direction. In order to provide a nut which is quickly mountable on a threaded bolt, and which has a simple design that allows greater security against the nut coming off the threaded bolt, it is proposed that the opening contour of the second opening is non-circular. The invention further relates to a combination of a bolt (4) having a cross-sectional area with a nut (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 9120302
    Abstract: A bridge sleeve has at each extreme end of the bridge sleeve, a multi-component stabilizer. One component of each stabilizer includes an inner cylindrical contacting surface having a diameter that changes as this respective component of the stabilizer moves axially relative to at least one other component of the respective stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ROSSINI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Felice Rossini
  • Patent number: 9003662
    Abstract: An insert is configured for anchoring within a cored panel and has a wide flange on one end, a sacrificial cover and threaded pin on its opposite end and a nut captured therein. The panel is prepared by forming a countersunk hole therein and filling or coating such opening with an adhesive. The insert is fitted into the hole such that the flange is positioned against one surface of the panel while the sacrificial cover and threaded pin protrude from the opposite surface. A screw fixture is threaded onto the threaded pin to maintain the insert in place while the adhesive cures. Subsequent removal of the screw fixture and sacrificial cover completes the anchoring process and exposes the nut that is captured within the insert for receipt of an appropriate fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter John Leslie Burd, Venkata Prasanth Suman Neti
  • Patent number: 8978232
    Abstract: A method of tightening and loosening threaded connectors in an object includes threadingly connecting a nut with a bolt introduced in the object with interposition of a washer between the nut and the object, turning the nut by a tool to tighten or loosen the bolt in the object with interposition of the washer, forming the washer with an outer body having a radially inner opening larger than a diameter of the bolt and radially outer surface adapted to absorb a reaction force of the tool, optionally also with a radially inner segment engageable with a thread of the bolt and connectable to the radially outer body with a limited axial frictional movement relative to the outer body, and optionally also with a spacer locatable between the radially inner segment and the nut, interposing only said radially outer body of the washer between the nut and the object for regular applications, optionally interposing the radially outer body and the radially inner segment together between the nut and object for applications w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Junkers
  • Patent number: 8974164
    Abstract: A polymeric fastener includes a body having multiple sides adapted to accept a tool for applying torque to the body to axially rotate the body with respect to a body longitudinal axis. A flange integrally connected to the body extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A wave-shaped washer integrally connected to the flange has multiple valleys interposed between multiple oppositely directed peaks. Multiple triangular shaped frangible connectors integrally join the flange to the wave-shaped washer. Each frangible connector is integrally connected at a first end to the flange, and is integrally connected at an opposite connecting tip to an individual one of the peaks. The connecting tip has a reduced thickness compared to the first end to induce fracture of each frangible connector at the connecting tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Benedetti, Patricia Patt
  • Patent number: 8967586
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus, configured to support a heat dissipating device, includes a bracket, two adjusting structures, and two mounting portions. Each of the two mounting portions defines a mounting hole. Each of the two adjusting structures is engaged in each of the mounting holes and includes an adjusting member and an installation member engaged with the adjusting member. Each of the adjusting members defines a through hole. The two adjusting members are rotatable relative to the two mounting portions from a first position to a second position. When the adjusting members are in the first position, a first line is running through the two through holes. When the adjusting members are in the second position, a second line is running through the two through holes, and a length of the first line is less than a length of the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao-Jun Zhu, Jin-Biao Ji, Zhi-Jiang Yao
  • Publication number: 20150023762
    Abstract: A clinch nut for attachment to a plastically deformable metal substrate is provided. The clinch nut comprises a body portion with a central axis and a punch portion extending from the body portion and coaxial with the central axis. The body portion includes an annular-shaped surface encircling the central punch portion. The annular-shaped surface includes a plurality of spaced apart lugs encircling the central punch portion. The plurality of lugs each includes a contact surface with a recessed portion where the contact surface engages the metal substrate. A first portion of the contact surface is biased outwards from the central axis upon insertion in the metal substrate to form at least one lug flare during attachment of the nut to the metal substrate. A portion of the metal substrate is entrapped between the at least one lug flare and the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: W. RICHARD PAMER, DOUGLAS P. DENNIS
  • Publication number: 20140334899
    Abstract: A thread repair assembly is provided. The thread repair assembly comprises a cutting-nut housing including a first axial end, a second axial end and an internal cutting-nut interface, the first and second axial ends each having an opening. The thread repair assembly further includes a cutting nut at least partially enclosed by the cutting-nut housing and including a plurality of cutting threads configured to engage a threaded element when the assembly is urged in a first axial direction and disengage the threaded element when the thread repair assembly is urged in a second axial direction opposing the first axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: QwikLine Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Steffl
  • Publication number: 20140321946
    Abstract: A fastener includes a nut having an anterior portion, a posterior portion and a threaded bore with a center axis extending from the anterior portion to the posterior portion, the outer surface of the posterior portion having an annular camming surface concentric with the center axis, the camming surface having a radius that decreases along the direction of the center axis away from the anterior portion toward the posterior portion; and a sleeve having a first end having an internal annular camming surface that engages the nut camming surface concentrically with the center axis and a second end having a thrusting surface. Tightening the fastener on an externally threaded member applies a force to the thrusting surface parallel to the center axis resulting in the nut camming surface and the sleeve camming surface cooperating to compress a portion of the threaded bore toward the threaded member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: R B & W Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: DAVID E. THOMAS
  • Patent number: 8834085
    Abstract: An injection molded part accommodates a threaded fastener and includes a metal insert. The insert defines a longitudinal axis and has an end face and an outer peripheral surface. A cutout extends from the end face and through the insert to permit the threaded fastener to extend therethrough. A plastic body surrounds the outer peripheral surface and has a threaded fastener contact face. The threaded fastener contact face of the plastic, body is recessed at a recessed distance below the end face of the insert which has a spring constant with respect to the longitudinal axis. The recessed distance and the spring constant are selected to deform the insert in response to a stress force applied to the end face thereof by the threaded fastener to cause a pregiven component of the stress force to be introduced into the threaded fastener contact face of the plastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: ContiTech Vibration Control GmbH
    Inventors: Diethard Schneider, Thomas Lingner, Jan Brodersen, Guenter Eberhard, Marc Wichmann
  • Patent number: 8832921
    Abstract: A two-piece locking nut assembly for securing a mantle to a head assembly of a cone crusher. The two-piece locking nut assembly includes an inner nut and an outer nut. The inner nut includes a set of axial bores that each receive a jackscrew. Once the locking nut assembly is in position on the head assembly, the series of jackscrews are tightened to exert a force on the mantle that is counteracted by forces through the inner nut and into the head to create a locking force between the locking nut assembly and the head assembly. The outer nut is turned along the inner nut to hold the locking nut assembly in place. Once the outer nut is moved into position, the jackscrews are removed such that the outer nut continues to apply the locking force between the mantle and the head through the locking nut assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Metso Minerals Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Marks, Edward L. Snow
  • Patent number: 8807896
    Abstract: A fastener is disclosed for use in a high vibration application wherein the fastener is engaged to a blind hole. The fastener includes a lock washer including wedge locking action fastening features and a head of the fastener including mating wedge locking action fastening features. The wedge locking action fastening features include a greater inclination than a pitch angle of the fastener such that the fastener is prevented from backing out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Alistair McKinlay
  • Patent number: 8801350
    Abstract: A locking and unlocking nut structure contains a body including a through hole, a diameter of the through hole being larger than that of a screw rod (tube), the body also including a semi-circular recess with a starting segment and a stopping segment, the body further including a slot and an diameter-decreased screw section; a slidable block retained in the semi-circular recess and moving between the starting segment and the stopping segment, the slidable block including first threads, while the slidable block is fixed on the starting segment, a distance from the first threads of the slidable block to an inner wall of the through hole is larger than an outer diameter of the screw rod (tube); while the slidable block is fixed on the stopping segment, a distance from the first threads to the diameter-decreased screw section is equal to the outer diameter of the screw rod (tube).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: I-Fu Chen, Chi-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8770903
    Abstract: A thread-producing nut for a screwed connection, wherein a core hole which is provided with thread turns is designed for positively locking, frictionally locking and releasable connection to an, in particular, cylindrical bolt or pin, in such a way that the thread turns have completely formed thread turns in certain sections when viewed in the circumferential direction and that free spaces with thread turns which are formed incompletely in terms of their height are provided between the completely formed sections of the thread turns. Furthermore, a blank for manufacturing the nut and a screwed connection composed of such a nut and a bolt are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Baier & Michels GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Olaf Ambros
  • Patent number: 8753057
    Abstract: This method of tightening a threaded fastener (6) to a predetermined torque comprises steps in which: axial and rotational coupling is begun, by surface shrinking to a tight fit, of the threaded fastener (6) to a tightening member (2) capable of turning the threaded fastener (6) and thereby tightening it, the tightening member (2) and the threaded fastener (6) being able, from an initial coupled configuration between the tightening member and the threaded fastener, to remain rotationally coupled at a rotary drive torque, transmitted by the tightening member to the threaded fastener, that is less than the predetermined tightening torque, and to be rotationally decoupled from each other at a rotary drive torque, transmitted by the tightening member to the threaded fastener, that is equal to the predetermined tightening torque; and from this initial coupled configuration, a rotary movement is applied to the tightening member (2) up to a rotary drive torque, transmitted by the tightening member (2) to the threade
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Pierre Gay, Rene Hubert
  • Publication number: 20140161560
    Abstract: A fastener system is provided. The fastener system includes a pair of nuts having a beveled end and opposed flats, a nut housing having a cavity, the cavity including an end wall with an aperture and a tapered interior portion to engage the beveled end, and opposing internal flats to engage the nut flats, a resilient member to urge the beveled ends against the tapered portion; and retaining element. The nuts may include tapered thread edges to accommodate damaged male threads, or cutting thread edges to repair damaged mail threads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: QwikLine Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Steffl
  • Patent number: 8707657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to both a proceeding and means for, in connection with hole making in a wall (1), for the mounting of items on the moisture-proof walls (1) of a wet area by means of an expandable mounting element (2), providing sealing of the hole. According to the invention, in addition to an expansion (I) of the mounting element (2) behind said wall (1), there is also provided an internal expansion (II) of the mounting element (2) in the receiving hole (3) of the mounting element (2) in question in the wall (1). There is furthermore provided a liquid-proof cover (III) around the entire mounting element (2) in question introduced and expanding in said receiving hole (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Hicet
    Inventors: Magnus Axelsson, Martin Hiller
  • Patent number: 8702363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock nut which is fastened between a bolt and a nut and prevents the bolt and nut from loosening, comprising: a nut body having a fastening hole for fastening onto the bolt; a pair of first projecting parts which are formed projecting from one of the surfaces of the nut body and form a first slot having a first orientation such that the nut body can deform resiliently when the bolt and the nut are fastened; and a pair of second projecting parts which are formed projecting from the other surface of the nut body and form a second slot having a second orientation different from the first orientation, and the invention relates to a fastening unit comprising the lock nut; and provided is a bolt-and-nut loosening prevention structure having an improved loosening-prevention function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Yong Gook Lee, Jin Koh Kim
  • Patent number: 8696286
    Abstract: A pivoting hub nut, or hub clamp, for manually securing an object to a rotatable shaft provides a first hub defining a first radial slot and a second hub pivotally attached to the first hub defining a second radial slot. A first handle extends from the first hub, and a second handle extends from the second hub. A latch is disposed on the clamp for selectively locking the clamp in a closed position. An axial bore is defined along the centerline, or hub axis of rotation, of the clamp. The clamp includes a threaded region facing the axial bore for engaging corresponding threads on the shaft. Upon installation of the clamp onto the shaft, the clamp can be rotated relative to the shaft in a closed position for adjusting the longitudinal, or axial, placement of the clamp on the shaft, and the clamp can be tightened against a wheel rim or other object for securing the object on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hennessy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Martin
  • Patent number: 8671468
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a toilet seat, the hinge assembly comprising a hinge post for pivotally supporting the toilet seat on a toilet bowl, and a bolt embedded in the hinge post and configured to extend through an opening in the toilet bowl, the bolt having thereon a plurality of projections extending into the hinge post to distribute to the hinge post forces applied to the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Hand, John Seaman
  • Patent number: 8657547
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wing nut including an arcuate body, an arcuate insert, a retaining ring, and a support member. The arcuate body defines a first portion of a mounting thread and the arcuate insert defines a second portion of a mounting thread. The arcuate insert and the arcuate body are complementary to one another such that when connected, the arcuate insert and the arcuate body define an upper ring and a collar and the first and second portions of the mounting thread define a complete mounting thread for receiving a threaded male pipe end. The retaining ring is for securing the collar, and the support member is for securing the upper ring. The wing nut is designed to replace an existing wing nut on a hammer union connection that has deformed lugs. The wing nut can be safely replaced in the field without any special equipment or training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Herndon
  • Patent number: 8616819
    Abstract: A lock system having a bolt wherein a plurality of locking tabs are along a length of the bolt spaced a distance apart, a first track is along a portion of the length of the bolt, an inner nut having an inner channel, wherein threading is on an outer surface of the inner nut and a first mating tab is in the inner channel, the first mating tab slides along the first track as the inner nut slides over the bolt and the first mating tab can slide between a pair of locking tabs on the bolt when the inner nut is rotated in a first or second direction to secure the inner nut in a position along the length of the bolt, and an outer nut having an inner channel with threading and is adapted to removably thread onto the inner nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Norman Koster
  • Publication number: 20130287522
    Abstract: A locking and unlocking nut structure contains a body including a through hole and a semi-circular recess, and the semi-circular recess having a starting segment and a stopping segment, the body further including a diameter-decreased screw section; a slidable block including a C-shaped cutout, and the C-shaped cutout including an engaging hook extending outward from a lower end thereof, the slidable block including first threads, while the slidable block is fixed on the starting segment, a distance from the first threads to an inner wall of the through hole is larger than an outer diameter of the screw rod (tube); while the slidable block is fixed on the stopping segment, a distance from the first threads to the diameter-decreased screw section is equal to the outer diameter of the screw rod (tube); the screw rod (tube) including second threads to match with the diameter-decreased screw section and the first threads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: I-Fu CHEN, Chi-Chuan CHEN
  • Patent number: 8523504
    Abstract: A license plate security device comprises a spin barrel into which a license plate mounting machine screw is inserted. These are inserted into a spin barrel assembly with a closed bottom and an open top. The license plate is installed on the vehicle using at least one of these license plate security devices, more machine screws, and an ordinary screwdriver. A machined slug is inserted into the opened end of the spin barrel and secured by security set screw to keep from getting access to the head of the machine screw. With slug in place it helps keep out dirt, water, and rust. Removing the license plate now requires a security tool to remove the security set screw from the spin barrel and slug to access the head of the machine screw. Turning the spin barrel only will not remove the machine screw because it cannot transmit enough torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Neil Hill
  • Patent number: 8523503
    Abstract: A threaded joint includes a flange, a nut and a flexible seal. The flange, the nut and the flexible seal have threads respective inner surfaces, the threads having shapes complementary to threads on an outer surface of a stem. The flange is configured to allow the stem to move by rotation through the flange. The nut and the flexible seal are configured to move by rotation relative to the stem. The flange has a counter bore and the nut has a groove. The flexible seal has a first portion configured to fill the counter bore in the flange, and a second portion configured to fill the groove of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Vinh Do, Jeffrey Raynal, Mayur Mansukh
  • Publication number: 20130220439
    Abstract: A spread faucet assembly, an installation kit, and an installation method are described herein. The spread faucet assembly has a spout assembly with a spout, a tailpiece, and at least one fluid inlet conduit. It also include at least one valve assembly having a shank, an fluid inlet conduit, a fluid outlet conduit and a valve cartridge, wherein the shank has an inner surface having a fluid receiving area in fluid communication with the valve cartridge and the fluid outlet conduit, the inner surface defines an opening in fluid communication with the valve cartridge and valve assembly fluid inlet conduit, and the valve cartridge is positioned in the opening. A connector is also included for coupling the at least one valve assembly fluid outlet conduit with the at least one spout assembly fluid inlet conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Hsiao Chang Li, Xiao Jing Ye
  • Patent number: 8511019
    Abstract: A building comprises foundation; a first stud wall; a second stud wall; the second stud wall is disposed above the second first stud wall; a tie rod operably attached to the foundation and extending within the first and second stud walls; a first nut connecting the tie rod to the second stud wall; a first spring urging the first nut and the tie rod upwardly; a second nut connecting the tie rod to one of the first stud wall and the second stud wall, the second nut being disposed below the first nut; a second spring urging the second nut and the tie rod upwardly; the first spring is configured to carry a load at least substantially equal to the weight of a portion of a length of the tie rod disposed between the first nut and the second nut; and the second spring is configured to carry a load disposed below the second nut, the portion extending to where the tie rod is attached to the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa
  • Patent number: 8506222
    Abstract: A nut plate assembly includes a nut retainer and a bushing for expanding a tubular body of the retainer. The retainer assembly is used to cold work an opening of a workpiece in order to fix the nut retainer assembly relative to the workpiece. A nut member can be snapped into the retainer. A method of installation includes passing a mandrel through the bushing to radially expand the bushing into a tubular body of the retainer. The tubular body is compressed between the workpiece and bushing as the bushing is displaced radially causing corresponding radial displacement of the tubular body. The expanded bushing applies pressure to the tubular body for a desired fit between the nut retainer and workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Frederick Reid, Timothy Howard Johnson, James Ryunoshin Ross
  • Patent number: 8506223
    Abstract: An low-profile cam locking fastener assembly in which a locking nut is connected to a locking washer through a tubular skirt that extends from the nut opening. The skirt and nut opening are coaxial having contiguous inner surfaces that are threaded to receive a bolt or stud. The washer is mounted to the skirt so as to be rotatable with respect to nut as well as axially movable to a position in which cooperating cam elements on opposing faces between the washer and the nut are separated. The cam elements are arranged so that when the nut and washer are fastened down to a bolt or stud on a workpiece, the cam elements engage one another to substantially prevent the nut from loosening from the threaded bolt/stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Alistair Neil McKinlay
  • Patent number: 8465240
    Abstract: A vibration resistant fastening system including a high fatigue strength bolt made from a first material and a nut made from a second material that is softer than the first material of the bolt. The bolt includes bolt threads and the nut includes pre-tapped nut threads that match with the bolt threads. The fastening system utilizes a combination of unique geometry of the nut and bolt threads and a hardness differential between the nut and bolt to provide vibration resistance. When tightened, crests of the bolt threads embed into the soft bearing flanks of the nut threads. Simultaneously with the bolt crest embedment, the softer nut thread crests flow radially inward into the root radius of the bolt threads. This complete contact between the nut and the bolt restricts the nut from moving in a transverse direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Corbett, James L. Wollard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8459918
    Abstract: A cage nut includes a substantially rectangular base portion, two sidewalls, two stopper portions, two arm portions, two clamping portions, and a nut. The sidewalls extend from two opposite edges of the base portion. Each stopper portion extends from an end of a corresponding sidewall away from the base portion. The two stopper portions extend toward each other. Each arm portion extends outwardly from an end of a corresponding stopper portion. Each clamping portion extends from an end of a corresponding arm portion and includes a first side edge and a second side edge. The first side edge and the second side edge are arranged in an angle. The angle is equal to or less than about degrees. The clamping portions extend away from each other. The base portion, the two sidewalls and the two stopper portions define a receiving space. The nut is received in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chieh-Hsiang Lin, Huang-Jyun Lu
  • Patent number: 8434983
    Abstract: An exemplary locking assembly includes a locking member and a sleeve. The locking member includes a locking portion, a neck portion, and a head portion. One end of the neck portion is connected to the head portion, and another end of the neck portion is connected to the locking portion. An outer diameter of the locking portion is larger than that of the neck portion. An outer diameter of the locking portion is larger than that of the neck portion. The sleeve defines a through hole therein for holding and guiding the locking member. The through hole includes a first part. The sleeve further includes a restricting portion extending out from an inner surface of the through hole adjoining the first part of the through hole. After locking portion of the locking member passes through the restricting portion of the sleeve, the restricting portion blocks the locking portion from sliding out of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan-Chen Chen
  • Publication number: 20130094923
    Abstract: A telescoping, self-aligning, fastener comprising a telescoping nut assembly flexibly connected to a companion sleeve, wherein said telescoping nut assembly comprises a nut and two or more extensions depending from said nut; said nut comprises a head and an internally threaded portion; said extensions are configured such that at least one slot is formed between each extension; said companion sleeve comprises an opening at one end configured to couple to a telescoping nut assembly, an opening at the opposite end configured to accept a male fastener portion, and said openings are connected by an interior cavity; and said telescoping nut assembly is able to rotate and translate relative to the companion sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicants: Economy Machine Products
    Inventors: Economy Machine Products, Patrick F. Sloan
  • Patent number: 8419334
    Abstract: A magnetized nut for fastening a compressor wheel of an exhaust turbocharger to a turbo shaft. The nut has a base body made of a non-magnetic material forming a hollow space for accommodating a magnetic material, and a method for the production of the magnetized nut. In order to provide a magnetized nut that is produced in a simple and cost-effective manner and ensures as equal a distribution of mass as possible with regard to the rotational axis of the nut, the magnetic material is introduced into the hollow space using injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Ante, Stephan Heinrich, Markus Herrmann, Andreas Ott, Denny Schädlich
  • Patent number: 8398351
    Abstract: A nut for a screw connections has, in the circumferential direction, segments that are substantially of the same size, abut one another in separating planes, and are movably guided relative to one another between an open position and a closed position. Closing elements serve for movement of the segments toward one another into the closed position. In order to provide a segmented nut that is suitable for many applications in facility and apparatus engineering, the segments are pivotable relative to one another and connected for this purpose in a first end area in a pivotable way. The closing elements load the segments in the second end areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Frank Hohmann, Jörg Hohmann
  • Publication number: 20130058737
    Abstract: An electrically insulating cage nut (10) having a nut body (12) which is held in a cage (14), in which the nut body (12) has a cylindrical attachment (16) and a broadened holding element (18), and the cylindrical attachment (16) has an internal thread (20) and extends through an opening (22) in the cage (14) to the outside, wherein the internal diameter of the opening (22) is substantially larger than the external diameter of the cylindrical attachment (16), but is smaller than the external size of the holding element (18), and an insulator apparatus (24) is arranged between the cage (14) and cylindrical attachment (16), wherein the insulator apparatus (24) is formed integrally, and in consequence the cage nut (10) consists of only three components (12, 14, 24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Ruia Global Fasterners AG
    Inventors: Siegfried Oberndorfer, Detlef Graef
  • Patent number: 8382413
    Abstract: A conductive sleeved fastener assembly includes an electrically-conductive fastener having a fastener head and a fastener shank extending from the fastener head and an electrically-conductive fastener sleeve receiving the fastener shank of the fastener and a fastener sleeve flange provided on the fastener sleeve and disposed in direct contact with the fastener head of the fastener. A method of preparing a conductive sleeved fastener for use is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thu A. Nguyen, Michael G. Parent, Joe Heeter, Jeffrey A. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 8382415
    Abstract: A rapid-engaging, positive locking machine screw mechanism comprises a screw having a head and a body wherein the body includes male threads formed thereon wherein the threaded body has at least one longitudinal segment devoid of threads. A work piece defines a hole having female threads formed therein for receiving the screw and further defines in a portion of the hole, at least one longitudinally extending segment devoid of female threads. The longitudinal screw segment devoid of male threads and the longitudinal hole segment devoid of female threads are arranged such that the screw body is longitudinally received in the hole without engagement of the male screw threads with the female work piece threads. The rapid-engaging, positive locking thread configuration can be applied to a variety of mechanical interfaces. Additionally, thread locking configurations, such as a boos-depression interface, a notch and ridge, etc. can be incorporated to secure the male and female threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Harold Goldbaum
  • Patent number: 8353648
    Abstract: Load-bearing ring (120, 220) have segments (121, 122, 221, 222) connected by studs (123) or frangible portions (228), where opposed tapered faces (125, 126, 225, 226) co-operate with complementary faces (114, 115) on hydraulic fasteners (110, 210) on a tapered face (342) on a washer (341), to enable controlled release of the load-bearing rings (110, 210) to enable de-tensioning of a bolt or stud tensioned by the hydraulic fasteners (110, 210, 310).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: John Wentworth Bucknell
  • Patent number: 8337128
    Abstract: A retrofit system for providing a load indicator on a foundation bolt. The system includes a fastener having a fastener head, gauge length and central fastener bore in the gauge length and head. A datum rod is anchored in the central bore with a free datum rod being moveable longitudinally relative to the fastener head during elongation of the fastener gauge length. An internally threaded fastener portion below the central fastener bore is configured to thread over a foundation bolt. A compression sleeve positioned over the foundation bolt is configured to receive the load indicating fastener therein and to bear the compressive forces of the fastening. Elongation of the gauge length as the fastener is tightened onto the stud is manifest as displacement of the datum rod end, which displacement is measured to provide an indication of fastener loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald C. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8328491
    Abstract: An axially expanding spacer (10) has respective first and second spacer rings (11,12) with complementary helical ramped faces (16,17) and abutment faces (18,19). By relative rotation of the spacer rings (11,12), the height of the spacer (10), between annular faces (14,15) can be expanded or contracted. Compression springs (20) between the abutment faces (18,19) urge the spacer (10) to its “expanded” configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Technofast Industries Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Wentworth Bucknell, Robert Wentworth Bucknell