And Means To Captively Retain Expander Patents (Class 411/45)
  • Patent number: 10582920
    Abstract: Examples of a suture anchor (100) having a non-expandable body (105) and expendable cap (110) are described herein. In response to an axial insertion force that brings the non-expandable body and expendable cap together inside a bone hole, the expendable cap expands radially. This creates a radial force of expansion that advantageously augments an interference fit between the suture anchor and bone hole, which leads to higher fixation strength. Other examples include retention features that inhibit the expendable cap from returning back into its unexpanded state. This advantageously maintains the radial force of expansion against the surrounding pressure of the walls of the bone hole pressing back on the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lunn, Timothy Young, Matthew Edwin Koski, John Slusarz, Paul R. Duhamel, Wei Li Fan, Steven Astorino
  • Patent number: 10556391
    Abstract: A device (10, 40, 50, 60) and a related method for selectively applying pressure to a fiber impregnated resin, where the device includes a thermally expansive material having a body (12) which extends in an axial direction from an upper terminal surface (14) to an opposite lower terminal surface (16), a first retaining member (18) affixed to one of the upper terminal surface and the lower terminal surface, wherein the first retaining member is configured to limit expansion of the thermally expansive material in a direction substantially perpendicular to the axial direction when the thermally expansive material is subjected to an increase in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Richard Caron
  • Patent number: 10451100
    Abstract: A fastening clip assembly is configured to be selectively connected and disconnected from a component. The fastening clip assembly may include a main body including a pin having a nose and at least one clip extending from a portion of the pin. A retaining sleeve receives and removably retains the pin. The retaining sleeve may include a tube defining a channel that receives the nose, and at least one wing having a locking head. The wing(s) inwardly deflects when the fastening clip assembly is inserted into an attachment hole of the component. The wing(s) is inwardly deflected by the clip(s) when the fastening clip assembly is removed from the attachment hole of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Flynn
  • Patent number: 10308195
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for an interior trim part in a vehicle is provided. The fastener assembly includes a fixed element and a movable element. The fixed element includes a base panel with a through hole and a plurality of engaging parts extending from a surface of the base panel, and the engaging parts are flexible and deformable towards or away from a central axis of the through hole. The movable element includes a flange and an engaging shaft extending from a surface of the flange, and the engaging shaft passes through the through hole of the fixed element to be engaged with the engaging parts at a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tina Li, Yong Gao, Lillian Long, Yalin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10280656
    Abstract: A door handle apparatus for a vehicle includes an outside handle configured by a first handle member and a second handle member which are integrally fixed to each other via a fixing mechanism configured by a plurality of engagement tabs, a pedestal portion and a stopper member, the engagement tabs being provided at one of the first handle member and the second handle member, and arranged to be separated from each other by a space portion which is predetermined and to face each other, the pedestal portion being provided at the other of the first handle member and the second handle member, and including an engagement hole into which the engagement tabs are insertable, and the stopper member being inserted in the space portion between the plurality of engagement tabs which is in a state of being inserted in the engagement hole of the pedestal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Nagata, Mizuya Sakamoto, Nobukazu Araki, Katsuhiro Sato, Kota Uetake
  • Patent number: 10036410
    Abstract: The invention concerns an article comprising a first part fitted with flexible lugs, a second part with a foot configured to be moved in rotation in relation to the first part, and with a head to which the foot is connected, and a blocking element, a guide zone and a locking zone configured to allow the rotation then the locking in rotation of the second part in relation to the first part, in order for the article to pass from a waiting configuration, in which the element is in the guide zone and the lugs are in a rest position, to a locked configuration in which the element is in the locking zone, the lugs are in a working position in which they are spaced in relation to the rest position and the second part is blocked in relation to the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lesecq
  • Patent number: 9341210
    Abstract: In a fastener (10), a pin (14) is pressed into a grommet (12), so that a guide portion (56) formed in an end side of the pin (14) contacts with a guided portion (42) of the grommet (12), and a leg piece (34) of a leg portion (28) of the grommet bends and is expanded. Then, the guided portion (42) of the leg piece (34) in the leg portion (28) of the grommet (12) is engaged with an upper end edge (56A) of the guide portion (56) of the pin (14). Also, the guide portion (56) of the pin (14) is a curved surface having a tangent angle (?) changing relative to a shaft line (14B) at a contact point (P1) with the guided portion (42) from an outer circumferential portion of an end (14A) of the pin (14) toward an upper end edge (56A), and an insertion force (S) into the grommet (12) of the pin (14) at each contact point (P1) is held approximately constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yoichi Hirano
  • Patent number: 9222749
    Abstract: A system and method for a user's appendages when firing a weapon is described. One embodiment includes a cover kit for a firearm handguard. The kit has a base and an insert. The base has a longitudinal axis, an upright axis, a transverse axis, a socket, an exterior surface, and an interior surface. The insert has an insert body and a plug. The socket has a movable engagement prong shaped to engage a wall surface of a handguard slot. The plug has a prong engagement surface shaped to engage the engagement prong. The plug is shaped to apply a force on the engagement prong such that a distal portion of the engagement prong is flexed more than a proximal portion of the engagement prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: MAGPUL INDUSTRIES, CORP.
    Inventors: Brian L. Nakayama, Christopher F. Miller, Michael T. Mayberry, Nicholas Kielsmeier, Richard M. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 9016993
    Abstract: A grommet includes a shaft body, and a main body having a head and a leg spread by the shaft body pressed from a side of the head with elastic deformation. The shaft body includes a first contacting portion that contacts a contacted portion of the leg by pressing, and a second contacting portion located in a rear of the first contacting portion in the pressing direction, and a part of the leg is spread by the first contacting portion and then, another part of the leg is spread by further pressing the shaft body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watanabe, Michihiro Fukuo
  • Patent number: 9011058
    Abstract: A fastening element includes a holding part with a support plate and expanding cheeks, and a locking part guidingly received in the holding part. The expanding cheeks include cantilevered walls formed adjacent the support plate, which are offset radially outwardly with respect to a guide wall of the support plate which guides the locking part. The locking part can be pushed through the support plate substantially without force until it reaches inwardly protruding ramp projections formed on the expanding cheeks, which provide a better lever ratio for spreading the expanding cheeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Martin Busch, Friedrich Silbereisen
  • Patent number: 8992147
    Abstract: A retainer for a drop-in anchor includes a durable, moisture resistant member insertable into a sleeve of a drop-in anchor and configured to be retained in the sleeve by one or more threads disposed in the sleeve to prevent inadvertent removal of a plug from the sleeve. A drop-in anchor assembly includes a tubular sleeve having a first end including one or more internal threads, and an expandable second end. A plug is insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve the second end expands. A retainer formed of a durable moisture-resistant material is insertable in the sleeve behind the plug, and is configured to be retained in the sleeve by the one or more threads and prevent inadvertent removal of the plug from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Alan J. Armiento, T. J. Bland
  • Patent number: 8974163
    Abstract: A hybrid drop-in anchor with an expansion sleeve, a split base region of an anchor body and a setting plug. The sleeve surrounds an annular body recess of the body, with a clip portion extending around an annular recess. Clip segments extend from the arcuate portion, each having a proximal portion with an original thickness and a distal portion having at least one projection, extending therefrom. The projection extends from the outer surface without corresponding cavity on an inner surface, with a projection of total thickness greater than the original thickness. After the setting plug is driven, and the threaded male member is inserted and tightened, pulling movement of the anchor moves the expansion sleeve baseward, such that each segment rides outwardly on the tapered portion, providing radial expansion of the anchor and locking, wedging engagement of each segment projection with wall surfaces with enhanced pull-out resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mechanical Plastics Corp.
    Inventor: Michael J. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 8961088
    Abstract: An expanding rivet formed with a rivet body and with a rivet pin includes foot webs formed on the rivet pin, which foot webs project laterally in a pre-fitting position relative to spring arms formed on the rivet body. As a result, the free ends of the spring arms are protected against damage when the expanding rivet is inserted into a locating recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Ingo Hauser
  • Patent number: 8956095
    Abstract: A clip includes a grommet and a pin. The grommet includes a flange part; a leg part extending in cylindrical form from a lower face of the flange part; an insertion hole running through the leg part from the flange part and allowing insertion of the pin; and slits dividing the leg part into a plurality of divided pieces capable of expanding. The pin includes a head part having a larger outer diameter than the insertion hole; and a shaft part extending from a lower face of the head part, for expanding the divided pieces by being inserted into the insertion hole. The shaft part is provided with a provisional fastening part projecting to curve outwardly in a radial direction on a tip part thereof, for elastically contacting with an inner edge part on an upper face of the opening of the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 8944733
    Abstract: A device for holding an add-on part on a support part in an assembly position and in a pull-out position. The device includes an insertion clip and a plug-in part. In an assembly position of the add-on part on the support part, the plug-in part is in engagement with the insertion clip whereas, after the add-on part has been spaced apart from the support part, the plug-in part can be disengaged from the insertion clip by displacement in the direction of a foot end of the insertion clip and can be removed together with the add-on part, which is connected to the plug-in part, from the insertion clip which remains in the support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Thomas Podsadny, René Spanier
  • Patent number: 8936420
    Abstract: A press-in fastener adapted to join a first component to a second component. The fastener includes a proximal head and a distal base clip portion below the head. The base clip portion includes an axially displaceable post structure and a pair of opposing wings extending in upwardly angled relation away from the travel path defined by the post structure. Collapsible legs engage the wings in operative connection to the post structure. As the fastener is pressed inwardly, upon encountering resistance from the second component, the legs collapse in folded relation as the post structure travels axially between the wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Scroggie, Robert Osterland, Robert A. Murawski, Michelle E. Bozinovski
  • Patent number: 8926244
    Abstract: A member fastening structure has an installation member (for example, grommet) and a leg member (for example, pin). A projecting part, having at least one inclined surface, and a projecting wall, for contacting with the inclined surface of the projecting part and guiding in a direction of removing the leg member (for example, pin) from the installation member (for example, grommet) in a case when the leg member (for example, pin) is rotated in a state where elastic leg pieces are spread open, are provided between the installation member (for example, grommet) and the leg member (for example, pin).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Yuji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8915686
    Abstract: There is provided a unitary, strike drop-in anchor where the individual parts are permanently held together to avoid misplacing any such individual part. The anchor comprises an anchor body with a central bore, the first end of the bore being threaded and having a constant internal cross-section for the length of the threaded portion. The exterior of the anchor body, and the central bore, having a decreasing bore towards the second end of the anchor body beyond the threaded portion, a threaded bolt with an internal central bore and a preferably polygonal drive head, and external threads extending from the drive head to the second end, has a strike tool extending through the central bore from the second end and extending beyond the drive head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Duro Dyne Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen S. Martin
  • Publication number: 20140352940
    Abstract: Method and assembly for attaching a heat sink to a heat source surface associated with a printed circuit board or other component having a heat source. A fastener assembly may include a push pin with a barbed, bifurcated end arranged to be inserted through an opening of the printed circuit board and thereby secure the heat sink to the printed circuit board. A stopper may be headless, be separable from the push pin, and have a portion, such as a barrel-shaped element, positionable in a throughbore of the push pin that supports the bifurcated end so that movement of the barbed portions toward each other is resisted, thereby securing engagement of the barbed portions with the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Aavid Thermalloy, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley R. Whitney, Randolph H. Cook
  • Patent number: 8882421
    Abstract: A fastening member has a head part, a shaft part, a thinly formed flange extending in a straight shape from an outer perimeter of the head part, and a coupling device (for example, head part of a grommet). A part has a through-hole, and a wall part positioned on an outer perimeter of the through hole and extending toward the direction of insertion of the shaft part. A base has an installation hole allowing insertion of the shaft part. When the base and the part are bound by insertion of the shaft part, the flange is pressed against the wall part and becomes in a bent-back state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Yuji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8794887
    Abstract: Insertion force for installing a clip to a body panel, and retaining force of the clip after installation, are obtained by an engagement leg section. A click sensation when the clip is installed to the body panel is obtained by a click leg section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Masaaki Nishino
  • Patent number: 8784029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a furniture connector, in particular, to an insertion type furniture connector that includes a female buckle, a middle buckle and a sub-buckle. The female buckle is a hollow cylinder whose inner wall is formed with a positioning ring. The middle buckle is a hollow rod having an insertion hole in its axis direction, the rod wall of the front end portion of the middle buckle is provided with axis direction slits, and the exterior rim of the front end portion of the middle buckle engages with the inner wall of the female buckle having the positioning ring. The sub-buckle is a rod-shaped body which can be inserted into the insertion hole and which has a diameter matching with that of the insertion hole. Furniture panel can be connected by inserting the middle buckle into the female buckle and inserting the sub-buckle into the middle buckle without using a tool, facilitating the assembly of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Minsheng Liu, Yuqi Liu
  • Patent number: 8714897
    Abstract: A drop-in anchor includes a tubular sleeve having a first end and an expandable second end, the sleeve including one or more indicator surfaces offset from the first end along a sleeve axis of the sleeve. A plug is insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve, the second end expands and an installation tool interacts with the first end to provide a visual indication, due to contrast in appearance with the one or more indicator surfaces, of engagement of the drop-in anchor to a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: T. J. Bland, Robert La Barbera
  • 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: 8690506
    Abstract: A quick assembly apparatus includes a fastening unit, a control unit and an elasticity unit. The fastening unit includes a head section and a fastening section, a through channel connecting the head section and the fastening section, and a notch at the fastening section to form a plurality of elastic fastening elements. The control unit is movably inserted in the through channel, includes a supporting section supporting the elastic fastening elements, a control shaft connected with the supporting section and extending out from the fastening section, and an extension shaft connected with the supporting section and extending towards the head section. The elasticity unit is fitted around the extension shaft of the control unit, and has its one end pushed against the control unit and its another end pushed against the fastening unit. Accordingly, the quick assembly apparatus is capable of quickly and steadily assembling two plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dtech Precision Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Jui Wang
  • Publication number: 20140093325
    Abstract: A clip for attaching a mounting component to a base component, and the clip comprises: a pin including a head portion for engaging the mounting component, and a shaft portion which is contiguous to the head portion, and a lock pins which extends downward from the head portion; and a grommet including a flange and a shank contiguous to the flange and partially defining an aperture operable to receive the pin in one of a temporary fitted position and a permanent fitted position; and wherein the temporary fitted position, the lock pin abuts a recessed portion in the grommet for maintaining the temporary fitted position, and wherein in the permanent fitted position, the lock pin collapses on the inside, and is contained on the inside of the shank portion of the grommet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Suguru MIZUKOSHI, Mii MIYAZAKI, Toshiya OHBA
  • Patent number: 8683671
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for fastening a retainer of an airbag, in particular of a window bag, to a body of a motor vehicle. The method for fastening including the steps of: arranging the retainer on the body by inserting a hollow pin in a corresponding bodyshell opening; positioning a tool on the retainer; and pressing a pin into an opening of the hollow pin to radially expand the hollow pin, and thereby securing the hollow pin in the corresponding bodyshell opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Ernst-Ludwig Hahn, Wolfgang Werner, Siegfried Lautner, Hermann-Josef Lohmer
  • Patent number: 8668420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assembling parts (P1 and P2) in composite hardware by means of a riveting member (R), and is notable in that it comprises: using a bushing (200), the hollow core (230) of which has two different sections (231 and 232); using an insert (100) having no functional axial bearing surface for the radial swelling of the bushing (200) in the through-hole (T), but the diameter (D3) of which is capable of enabling the housing thereof, with no change in shape, in the first section (231) of the hollow core (230), and is also capable of enabling the forcible housing thereof in the second section (232); axially feeding the insert (100) into the bushing (200) such that the latter radially swells inside the through-hole (T) up to the small section (232) thereof and such that the recess well-defined by said small section is occupied by said insert (100); and ensuring, by means of a rivet set (400), the pressure on the first section (231) of the bushing (200) by the end that changes shape
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eris Sarl
    Inventor: Pierre Auriol
  • Patent number: 8662807
    Abstract: In case when an external force in a direction of pulling out from a female member acts on a male member in a fully fastened state, the male member moves in an axial direction, and a position where claw parts of engaging leg pieces engage moves from mounting parts and to contact parts. An engaging slot is formed on the contact part, and the engaging slot therefore engages with the claw part of the engaging leg piece. Movement in the direction of rotation of the male member is thereby restricted, and the male member is moved in state along the axial direction, so that the claw parts of the engaging leg pieces do not engage with engaging holes, and a state in which a vehicle body panel and a trim board are sandwiched by a flange part and the engaging leg pieces can be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Takefumi Adachi
  • Patent number: 8650722
    Abstract: A clip for a vehicle including: a substantially hollow clip main unit that has a distal end portion to be fixedly pressed into a fixation member on a vehicle body side, and a base portion in which an opening is formed; and a main unit support member that is capable of supporting the clip main unit from an inside thereof in a state where the main unit support member is completely inserted into the opening of the clip main unit, wherein a clip linking device is provided to the clip main unit and the main unit support member for engaging the clip main unit with the main unit support member so as to restrict the relative displacement in the insertion direction between the clip main unit and the main unit support member, in a state where the main unit support member is half-inserted into the clip main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuo Hosoya, Nobumoto Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 8636455
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is installable in an opening of a workpiece and includes an outer member and a fastener. The fastener is movable through a passageway of the outer member. The fastener includes a mandrel and a stem. The mandrel is dimensioned to radially expand the outer member. The stem has an expansion portion and a propping portion. The expansion portion radially expands the outer member after the outer member has been expanded by the mandrel. The propping portion keeps the expanded outer member in an installed expanded configuration. The outer member and fastener are installed in a single operation to reduce installation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fatigue Technoloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wehrmeister, Doug Bakken, Mark Weiss
  • Patent number: 8636454
    Abstract: There is provided a fastener which can be brought into firm engagement with a mounting hole without being affected by a change in thickness of a member in which the mounting hole is provided or a larger or smaller inside diameter of the mounting hole. This fastener 1 includes a pin 10, a metal plate spring member 30 and a grommet 50. The plate spring member 30 has a base portion 31 and a pair of elastic engagement pieces 35, 35 which are opened in their free state and which are closed when pressed against their elastic restoring force. The elastic engagement pieces 35 have engagement shoulder portions 37 which are brought into engagement with the mounting hole, and distal ends thereof are folded to constitute folded portions 40. The folded portions 40 are offset widthwise from each other, and engagement projecting pieces 43 are formed on inner sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeo Okada, Takeshi Nakajima, Kouichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20130333196
    Abstract: A retainer for a drop-in anchor includes a durable, moisture resistant member insertable into a sleeve of a drop-in anchor and configured to be retained in the sleeve by one or more threads disposed in the sleeve to prevent inadvertent removal of a plug from the sleeve. A drop-in anchor assembly includes a tubular sleeve having a first end including one or more internal threads, and an expandable second end. A plug is insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve the second end expands. A retainer formed of a durable moisture-resistant material is insertable in the sleeve behind the plug, and is configured to be retained in the sleeve by the one or more threads and prevent inadvertent removal of the plug from the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Armiento, T.J. Bland
  • Publication number: 20130309039
    Abstract: There is provided a unitary, strike drop-in anchor where the individual parts are permanently held together to avoid misplacing any such individual part. The anchor comprises an anchor body with a central bore, the first end of the bore being threaded and having a constant internal cross-section for the length of the threaded portion. The exterior of the anchor body, and the central bore, having a decreasing bore towards the second end of the anchor body beyond the threaded portion, a threaded bolt with an internal central bore and a preferably polygonal drive head, and external threads extending from the drive head to the second end, has a strike tool extending through the central bore from the second end and extending beyond the drive head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen S. Martin
  • Patent number: 8572818
    Abstract: A connection assembly for fastening an attaching element on a support (10) comprises a holding clip (16), which can be inserted into a mounting opening (20) of the support (10) and has holders (54) for axially fixing the holding clip (16) to the support (10), and a pin (12), which can be reversibly attached to a coupling piece (14) fastened to the attachment element and inserted into the holding clip (16). The pull-off force of the pin (12) in an intermediate position of the connecting assembly, in which the pin (12) has a first orientation relative to the holding clip (16), is larger than in a mounting position of the connection assembly, in which the pin (12) also has the first orientation and is inserted fully into the holding clip (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Hofmann, Hubert Loewe
  • Patent number: 8540469
    Abstract: A retainer for a drop-in anchor includes a durable, moisture resistant member insertable into a sleeve of a drop-in anchor and configured to be retained in the sleeve by one or more threads disposed in the sleeve to prevent inadvertent removal of a plug from the sleeve. A drop-in anchor assembly includes a tubular sleeve having a first end including one or more internal threads, and an expandable second end. A plug is insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve the second end expands. A retainer formed of a durable moisture-resistant material is insertable in the sleeve behind the plug, and is configured to be retained in the sleeve by the one or more threads and prevent inadvertent removal of the plug from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Armiento, T.J. Bland
  • Patent number: 8534971
    Abstract: A plurality of pin legs descends from a pin flange, pin leg through holes and pin acceptance cavities are formed in a bushing flange and bushing leg, leg spreaders are formed in the tip ends of the bushing leg, first locks are formed in the tip ends of the pin legs, for latching on permanent fastening projections of the leg spreaders so as to maintain the pin legs that have been diametrically spread by the leg spreaders in a permanently coupled condition, and second locks are formed at positions different from those of the first locks, for latching on temporary fastening projections in the bushing leg, whereupon the pin leg through holes restrain the diametrical spreading of the pin legs in the radial direction so that the tip ends of the pin legs can be inserted into the attachment holes of the members being attached to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Atsushi Muramatsu, Yuuki Aoshima, Hideo Marui, Junji Adachi
  • Patent number: 8526192
    Abstract: A boss for securing a pair of mainboards includes a circular top and a plurality of first flexible legs. The first flexible legs are disposed on one side of the circular top and are separated from each other. Each of the first flexible legs includes a tilted wall and a pressing component. The tilted wall is formed on a surface of the first flexible leg that faces another first flexible leg. The pressing component is formed on one end of the first flexible leg away from the circular top. The tilted walls of all the first flexible legs cooperatively define a tapered channel. The tapered channel can be expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Pin-Cheng Chen, Te-Cheng Lee, Hung-Pin Lin, Yao-Yu Lai, Cheng-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 8496420
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a clip includes: a plate spring member having a leg portion and flange portions; a pin member having a shaft portion and a head portion. The leg portion has: inclined portions outwardly extending from a bent portion; engagement portions inwardly extending from the inclined portions; and abutting portions connected between the inclined portions and the flange portions. The shaft portion has: a proximal-side diameter-expanded portion; and a distal-side diameter-reduced portion. When the plate spring member is assembled with the pin member and flange portions abut a front side circumference of the mounting hole, the diameter-expanded portion abut the abutting portions to expand the leg portion through a further pushing operation of the pin member thereby engaging the engagement portions with a back side circumference of the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventors: Ryou Aoki, Oomi Arisaka
  • Patent number: 8464494
    Abstract: In an anchor for use in a construction panel which includes upper and lower cover plates, wherein the anchor includes a cylinder body, a displacement body and a cement container provided with desired rupture locations and installed in the cylinder body and the cylinder body is provided with engagement elements for extending behind the upper cover plate, the cement container includes at least two chambers separated by an intermediate wall and is provided with an upper and a lower opening each closed by a thin-walled rupturable foil, with the intermediate wall being also rupturable by the displacement member upon movement thereof into the cylinder body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer, Rüdiger Walz
  • Patent number: 8465239
    Abstract: A drop-in anchor system includes a drop-in anchor having a tubular sleeve with a first end and an expandable second end. The sleeve tapers in inner diameter from the first end to the second end at a sleeve taper angle. The drop-in anchor includes a plug insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve the second end expands. The plug tapers at a plug taper angle from a head end to a tip end and a difference between the sleeve taper angle and the plug taper angle is about one degree or more. The system includes an installation tool configured to form a hole in a workpiece into which the drop-in anchor is insertable and to drive the plug into the installed position in the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Armiento, T. J. Bland, Robert La Barbera, Jacob Olsen
  • Publication number: 20130136559
    Abstract: An expanding rivet formed with a rivet body and with a rivet pin includes foot webs formed on the rivet pin, which foot webs project laterally in a pre-fitting position relative to spring arms formed on the rivet body. As a result, the free ends of the spring arms are protected against damage when the expanding rivet is inserted into a locating recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Ingo Hauser
  • Patent number: 8449583
    Abstract: An improved fastener apparatus includes an outer sleeve which is moved into a patient's body tissue. A distal end portion of the outer sleeve is expanded in the patient's body tissue. An inner sleeve is moved axially through the outer sleeve and a distal end of the inner sleeve is expanded in the patient's body tissue. The fastener apparatus may be provided with an external thread convolution on either or both of the inner and outer sleeves. During expansion of the distal end portion of either the inner or outer sleeve, a proximal end portion of the outer sleeve may be gripped and pulled to offset forces applied to the distal end portion of one of the sleeves. Although inner and outer sleeves may advantageously be utilized, the fastener apparatus may be constructed with only a single sleeve or three or more sleeves if desired. A secondary fastener assembly may be moved through a main fastener assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Viktor E. Krebs, Wael K. Barsoum, Jonathan H. Krapf
  • Patent number: 8439614
    Abstract: A drop-in anchor includes a tubular sleeve having a first end and an expandable second end. The sleeve tapers in inner diameter from the first end to the second end at a sleeve taper angle. A plug is insertable in the sleeve such that when the plug is driven into an installed position in the sleeve the second end expands. The plug tapers at a plug taper angle from a head end to a tip end. A difference between the sleeve taper angle and the plug taper angle is about one degree or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: T. J. Bland, Jacob Olsen
  • Patent number: 8438802
    Abstract: A window system for installation in a structure is provided. The window system includes a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure. The window system further includes at least one window pane having a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one sash that surrounds the at least one window pane, wherein the sash has a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one window frame comprising at least one head, sill, and jamb; and at least one mounting base integral to the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Muhler Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Hay, Bruce Weber
  • Patent number: 8434980
    Abstract: An expansible anchor assembly includes an expansion sleeve and an anchor bolt plugging and expanding the expansion sleeve. The expansion sleeve includes a first end, a second end, an expansible member adjacent to the second end that is divided into expansible segments by slits, and a bore defined in the expansion sleeve for communicating the first end with the second end. A groove is annularly formed on the expansion sleeve, and a distance from the groove to the second end equals to ¼˜? times a length of the expansion sleeve for preventing an over length of the slits, which is beneficial to the manufacture. During expansion, the expansible segments are completely expanded when the expansible member is subjected to a thrust from the anchor bolt to promote the anchoring force and avoid damaging a working wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Yow Cheng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tai-Ping Hsu
  • Patent number: 8430421
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a body having an opening extending therethrough, a pair of detents formed in an exterior surface of the body, and a rigid retaining pin inserted through the opening, the rigid retaining pin having a pair of flexible fingers configured to engage the pair of detents, the flexible fingers configured to disengage from the pair of detents when an airbag is deployed. The fastener clip also includes a plurality of molding gates formed at an intersection between the body and the rigid retaining pin, the rigid retaining pin being subsequently movable with respect to the body after the molding gates are broken. The fastener clip further includes a pair of flexible retention legs adapted to secure the fastener clip to a vehicle chassis. An airbag retention system including the fastener clip is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James T Kirchen, Jesse L Jensen
  • Publication number: 20130094921
    Abstract: Methods, articles and systems for off-center, non-destructive association between at least two work pieces using a blind fastener component or system having a first part of a first two part anti-rotation arrangement such as disclosed in WO 03/069971, without deformation or loss of compressive association there between, and/or fastening system failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Travis D. McClure
  • Patent number: 8419330
    Abstract: A clip includes a pin having at at least a part thereof a noncircular cross-section, and a grommet having an insertion hole into which the pin can be inserted, wherein a part of the grommet is adapted to be expandable by insertion of the pin into the insertion hole. The grommet has slope surfaces provided at an entrance-side hole edge of the insertion hole to lead the pin into the insertion hole when the pin is displaced from a normal position to be in contact with the entrance-side hole edge of the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8403610
    Abstract: A fastener includes a sleeve and a rod received in the sleeve. The sleeve includes a top end including at least one outer flange extending radially outward therefrom and at least one inner flange extending radially inward therefrom and a lower end including at least one spring tab. At least one spring tab comprises an outer flange at its end that extends radially outward. the sleeve is inserted into the receiving holes of the top article and the bottom article until the outer flange of the top end rests on the top plate, the rod is then pressed to move to drive at least one spring tab to deflect outwardly until the outer flange of at least one spring tab is held in contact with the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Gui Wang, Kok-Kan Chan, Hua-Lin Lv, Yu Zou