Having Resilient Securing Structure On Shank Patents (Class 411/508)
  • Patent number: 11054032
    Abstract: A hole plug includes a cap and a securing frame. The securing frame extends from the cap. The securing frame includes first and second support legs, first and second connectors, and a lock body. The first connector is engaged with the first support leg. The second connector is engaged with the second support leg. The lock body is engaged with the first and second connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Chlystek, Tao Wang, George Siragusa, Gregory Mamelson
  • Patent number: 11044824
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application provide a connection structure and a display apparatus, where two end portions of a connection column of the connection structure are fixedly connected to a base and an elastic arm; a snap ring is sleeved over the elastic arm; and the elastic arm and the snap ring act on each other to generate a deformation to change an open/close angle between the elastic arm and the connection column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Jianfeng Shan
  • Patent number: 10828789
    Abstract: A fastener connecting member suited with a fastener, comprising a third through hole and a plurality of third inner flanges. The fastener includes a post. A plurality of third inner flanges used for being clamped by the adjacent outer bosses of the fastener are provided on an inner wall of the third through hole at different heights. An upper surface and a lower surface of each of the third inner flanges form a wedge in a plane of the axis of the post. The third inner flanges are coordinated with adjacent outer bosses to realize radial positioning of the fastener connecting member and the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ROBOTTIME (BEIJING) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shijie Zheng, Xiangao Yao
  • Patent number: 10830270
    Abstract: A fastening clip assembly configured to secure one or more components is provided. The fastening clip assembly includes a collar having a lower surface, a stem extending from the lower surface of the collar to a lead-in nose, a first leg having a first knuckle, and a second leg having a second knuckle. Further, the first leg and the second leg extend from the lead-in nose. The first knuckle is located a first distance from the lower surface of the collar, the second knuckle is located a second distance from the lower surface of the collar, and the first distance is different than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Mark O. Lepper
  • Patent number: 10781847
    Abstract: Threaded pin made of a starting material, wherein the threaded pin comprises a base, a tip portion, which is spaced apart from the base in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the threaded pin, wherein the tip portion comprises a bridge portion, and a first side wall with an outer profile, said first side wall extending from the bridge portion to a first base part, and a second side wall with an outer profile, said second side wall extending from the bridge portion to a second base part, wherein the first side wall is formed from a different part of the starting material to the second side wall and the first base part is formed from a different part of the starting material to the second base part, wherein part of the first part is in engagement with part of the second base part, and/or part of the first base part is connected to part of the second base part, wherein, as an alternative or in addition, part of the first side wall is in engagement with part of the second side wall, and/or, in addition, part
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: A. Raymond at Cie
    Inventors: Stefan Schulz, Julien Friedl, Ryan Ward
  • Patent number: 10746218
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastener for securing a panel on a support, including: a securing member including a body delimiting a central recess and including a snapping foot provided with at least two deformable branches protruding relative to the body in a deployed position and being parallel to the direction of the central recess in a folded position, and a rod able to slide in the central recess of the snapping foot between a first position in which the branches are in the deployed position, and a second position in which the folding member acts on the branches to fold them into the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Huet, Christian Albert Courtin
  • Patent number: 10677281
    Abstract: A fastening element operable for securing to a shank of a bolt-like element, the fastening element comprising an engaging part and a head part. The engaging part, comprises a longitudinally extending bush and an engaging body that projects radially inward. The bush and the engaging body partially define a receptacle in which the shank of the bolt-like element can be received. The head part is arranged above the engaging part and comprises a main body and a supporting portion. The head part is movably engaged with the engaging part by a bayonet catch and can be moved between a free position and a locked position, and, when in the locked position, the supporting portion covers the engaging body and blocks the engaging body from moving in translation along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Jens Albach, Frank Rosemann, Anton Konstanz
  • Patent number: 10369939
    Abstract: An end cap clip lock provides improved alignment of first and second vehicle trim components to a vehicle. The end clip lock includes a clip dimensioned for receipt between the first vehicle trim component or applique and the vehicle, such as the vehicle door. The clip includes a nose portion configured for receipt in the first vehicle trim component or reveal and a second, snap portion that interconnects with the second vehicle trim component or applique. The clip is joined to the vehicle door panel to hold the clip and the second associated vehicle trim component or applique thereto. Preferably, the end cap clip lock is installed into the reveal to form a subassembly, the subassembly is installed on the vehicle, and then the applique is installed on the subassembly/vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Maliskey, Rod Bara, Gina Leszczynski
  • Patent number: 10286612
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a composite part (100) for covering, sealing, trimming, or retaining a component of a vehicle, wherein the composite part (100) has a main body (110) with a vehicle side surface (111) and is made of a first polymer, and has a mounting pin (130) configured to engage in a form fitting manner and is made of a second polymer, wherein the second polymer has a higher formability than the first polymer, comprises the steps of extrusion molding of the main body (110) and injection molding of the mounting pin (130). This is done in such a manner that the mounting pin (130) is being integrally bonded to the main body (110) on the side of the vehicle side surface (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Cooper Standard GmbH
    Inventor: Ulf Barrenscheen
  • Patent number: 10015895
    Abstract: A casing device and an insertion structure thereof are provided. The casing device includes a first casing, a second casing, and an insertion structure. The second casing has an engagement structure. The insertion structure includes a tamperproof element. The tamperproof element has one end extended outward to form two barb-like protruding portions and the other end protrudingly provided with a leaf spring. The leaf spring includes resilient protruding plates protrudingly formed on the outer surface of the tamperproof element. Since the resilient protruding plates and the engagement structure are engaged with each other, the insertion structures can clamp the first casing and the second casing to prevent consumers from dismantling an electronic device enclosed by the casing device but enable the electronic device manufacturers to confirm whether the casing device has been inappropriately dismantled by the consumers, thereby settling disputes over damages liability between a consumer and a manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Yen Long Sheng
  • Patent number: 10001502
    Abstract: A fastening device for an electronic component, in particular an acceleration sensor for airbag systems, in which the electronic component is fixable in a motor vehicle with the aid of fastening elements, a first connection pair being present both on the motor vehicle and on the housing of the electronic component, which interlocks in a form-locked and/or force-fit manner for a pre-mounting of the electronic component and a second connection pair is present on the housing of the electronic component and on the motor vehicle, with the aid of which the electronic component may be fastened and positioned on the vehicle. The second connection pair is made up of a clip connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Ludwig, Juergen Kurle, Conrad Haeussermann
  • Patent number: 9899822
    Abstract: The present arrangement provides a hole retainer for insertion into a threaded hole. The hole retainer has a saddle configured to accept and retain an object, a stabilizing post, and a plurality of staggered locking teeth. The staggered locking teeth extend from the bottom of the stabilizing post upward in a manner such that they engage with threads inside the threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: Jeremy Richardson, Brad A Angus, Scott Nemes
  • Patent number: 9790976
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a fastener including a locking member and a pin member which are connected. The locking member has a pair of leg portions that are inserted into the mount hole and a flange portion that is brought into abutment with a portion of the mount-base member that lies on a circumference of the mount hole. The pin member has a head portion that is connected to the flange portion and an extending portion that extends from a rear side of the head portion. When the head portion of the pin member is forced into the locking member, a connection between the flange portion and the head portion is released, and the extending portion travels between the pair of leg portions to expand open the pair of leg portions or to restrict the pair of leg portions from moving towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Piolax, Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9743544
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a part of a housing producible by means of a mold and having at least one positioning element, which is arranged on one of the inner sides of the part of the housing. The positioning element is produced from the same mold half of the mold of the part of the housing used to produce one of the external sides of the part of the housing. The positioning element is also a component of this part of the housing, wherein the positioning element forms at least one reference surface. The positioning element is thereby produced from the same mold half used to produce that part of the housing to which another part of the housing, or a part to be arranged on and/or inside the housing, is to be added or attached by means of the positioning element. The tolerance during assembly is thus primarily determined by the positioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Gömmel
  • Patent number: 9596774
    Abstract: A rubber foot assembly and embossed mounting assembly for supporting a structure is provided that comprise: an aperture formed along a lower wall of the structure and a rubber foot engaged in the aperture, wherein the rubber foot has a flexible contoured bottom portion connected to a top portion through a neck portion. The neck region is adapted to freely slide vertically along a wall of the aperture such that a peripheral region of the flexible contoured bottom portion contacts a portion of the embossed mounting assembly, thereby supporting the structure. A plurality of the rubber foot assemblies and embossed mounting assemblies can be incorporated into the structure, which can be a set-top box, to prevent the structure from rocking on uneven surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: William Phillip Dernier, Mickey Jay Hunt, William Hoffmann Bose
  • Patent number: 9587662
    Abstract: A threaded fastener hole repair apparatus for repairing a stripped target screw hole so that the desired screw can once again be secured therein comprises an elongated, conical fastener sleeve having a threaded exterior surface and a substantially hollow, conical interior. The elongated fastener sleeve is made up of ten discrete breakaway portions, defined as a single proximal end section and nine sleeve sections, with each separated by a circumferential score in the fastener sleeve, thereby allowing the fastener sleeve to be resized by snapping off breakaway portions a desired point. The substantially hollow, conical interior of the fastener sleeve includes four elongated flaps which run in a narrowing manner along the wall of the conical interior in the fastener sleeve, providing an additional surface inside the conical interior of the fastener sleeve to mesh with the threads of the screw being inserted into the fastener sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Vandrew Glass
  • Patent number: 9553544
    Abstract: A supporting rack for a solar panel with a framework mountable on a surface such as a roof, this framework including two elongate runners extending parallel to each other and a cross-member extending between and connecting the two runners. Upper and lower clamp assemblies detachably and adjustably mount the solar panel on top of the framework so that the panel extends at an acute angle to the plane of the runners. There are two front clamp assemblies, each mountable on a respective runner and clamped to a front edge of the solar panel. A clevis pin connection pivotally connects the clamping mechanism to its respective runner. Two upper, rear clamp assemblies each have an adjustable J-clamp member and a back plate. After installation of the rack, the panel is pivotable from an operating position at an acute angle to the runners to a greater angle to facilitate maintenance or repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Polar Racking Inc.
    Inventor: Manish Nayar
  • Patent number: 9404283
    Abstract: A fence structure includes a plurality of vertical pickets, at least one connecting strip, a plurality of pivot members, and at least one transverse railing. One end of the pivot member is provided with a stop portion whose outer diameter is larger than the inner diameter of the pivot hole of the vertical picket. The stop portion may limit the pivot member and prevent the pivot member from slipping axially after passing through the connecting strip and the vertical picket. By the aforesaid arrangement, the pivot member not only allows the angle of the transverse railing and the connecting strip to be adjustable according to needs, but also prevents the connecting strip and the vertical pickets from slipping or disconnecting resulting when being exerted by a pulling or pushing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 9328759
    Abstract: In a fastening clip (10), in particular for a lining part (12) of a vehicle, including a base body (16) which has a retaining portion (20) for the lining part (12) and a fastening portion (22) provided thereon, which can be inserted into an opening (24) of a vehicle-fixed component (14), in particular of a vehicle body part, and which can latch therein, the fastening portion (22) includes at least two flexible latching wings (48) each held on a flexible web (40), the webs (40) being spaced apart from each other, and the latching wings (48) extending from the webs (40) away from each other, and a flexible connecting element (42) connecting the webs (40) on the entire length to each other being provided between the webs (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Michel Kuhm, Jean Luc Klein
  • Patent number: 9234690
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a fresh food compartment, a freezer compartment, and an ice maker within the fresh food compartment for freezing water into ice pieces. In one example, a rotatable auger drives the ice pieces out of a removable ice bin via a driving force applied in a first direction. A latch is configured to apply a resisting force to the ice bin along a second direction. In another example, an air mover is disposed within the ice maker for delivering cooled air from an ice maker evaporator to a region adjacent to the ice bin. At least one air channel is formed into an inside surface of the ice maker chamber. In another example, a method of making ice in the refrigeration appliance is provided. The method includes the steps of operating the air mover and a defrost heating of the ice maker evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. McCollough, Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Justin Morgan, Dennis Carl Hansen
  • Patent number: 9217453
    Abstract: A mounting structure comprises a part with a base, a mounting member with a mounting hole, a clip and a cap. The base has a temporary fixing part configured to fix the cap in a temporary fixed position, a permanent fixing part configured to locate the cap in a permanent fixed position, and an elastic hooking pawl configured to restrict entry of the cap into the permanent fixed position by interfering with insertion of the cap when held in the temporary fixed position. When the cap is inserted from the temporary fixed position to the permanent fixed position, each of the elastic lockable parts of the clip are deformed toward a mounting hole and press against the elastic hooking pawl such that the elastic hooking pawl does not interfere with the insertion path of the cap from the temporary fixed position to the permanent fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Masuda
  • Patent number: 9216711
    Abstract: A head protection airbag apparatus includes an airbag which is configured so that an attaching portion arranged on an upper edge thereof upon completion of inflation is attached to a body of the vehicle using an attaching clip. The attaching portion includes an attaching hole to which the attaching clip is insertable. The attaching clip includes an attaching leg. The attaching leg includes an insertion shaft portion adapted to be inserted in the locking hole and at least a pair of locking claws. The attaching hole is configured so that, when the attaching leg is inserted through the attaching hole, an peripheral edge portion of the attaching hole is pressed against an outer peripheral surface side on a region of the insertion shaft portion which is located more toward the base portion than the locking claws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kawamura, Naoki Hotta, Ryosuke Jinnai, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 9188148
    Abstract: A functional element of metal having a flange of larger diameter forming an attachment surface and having a centering section arranged inside the attachment surface and extending away from the flange, is characterized in that an adhesive which hardens under pressure is arranged around the centering section and adjacent to the attachment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 9133873
    Abstract: The invention relates to an engagement member that is adapted to be fixed in a groove of a component and to a method for interconnecting two components via an engagement member. In order to provide an engagement member and a method, which provide for an easy assembly of the engagement member in the groove, while still providing sufficient forces for interconnecting the two components, the invention provides that the engagement member comprises a fastening pin that can be pushed into a cavity of one of the two components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Nederland BV
    Inventors: Heidi Bleus, Ruth VanDoren, Danny Thijs
  • Patent number: 9115743
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus is provided with a clip body. The clip body includes a body leg. A body engagement hook is formed at the body leg. A groove having a groove bottom surface is formed at the body engagement hook. The groove bottom surface extends from an outside surface to an inside surface of the body engagement hook at a central portion in a width direction of the body engagement hook. A portion of the groove bottom surface including a center axis line-side end is open toward the body head through a lock pin inserting hole. A fixing apparatus removing structure includes the fixing apparatus and a tool. A CSA fixing apparatus includes the fixing apparatus and a CSA. At a time of removing the fixing apparatus, the body engagement hook is displaced inward using the tool. Then, by pulling the tool, the clip body is removed from a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9062696
    Abstract: In a method of assembling a component by means of a fastening clip (100), the fastening clip (100) comprising a latching portion (106) and a head element (104), the head element (104) is transferred from a preliminary mounting position to a final mounting position for assembling the component. An enabling element (112) is provided which is transferred from a first position in which a machine-readable code (114) applied on the fastening clip (100) can not be read, to a second position in which the code (114) can be read, when the head element (104) is transferred to the final mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS & COMPONENTS GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Demerath, Anton Fischer
  • Patent number: 9021765
    Abstract: Substrates such as sheet metal components may be kept spaced apart from each other using a molded polymeric spacing device. The spacing device has a main body with a thickness corresponding to the desired minimum spacing between the substrates and, extending from the main body or a base connected to said main body, an attachment member capable of being inserted into an opening in one of the substrates, but resistant to being easily withdrawn from such opening. Noise and vibration that might otherwise be generated or propagated by closely proximate substrates are reduced through the use of such molded polymeric spacing devices, which may be integrally fashioned from a rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hankel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Mark W. Ziehm, Michael J. Radlick, III, Lawrence R. Weber
  • Patent number: 9011061
    Abstract: A holding dowel (10) for fastening a fastening means to a component (22), in particular to a vehicle body part, is adapted to be inserted into and arrested in an opening (20) of the component (22) and has a mount (26) for the fastening means. The holding dowel (10) has a base body (12) made from a hard material, which protrudes into the opening (20) and is adapted to fix the holding dowel (10) in place in the opening (20), and further has a sealing member (18) made from a flexible plastic material, which includes a surrounding sealing lip (38). In the installed condition of the holding dowel (10), the sealing lip (38) rests against the component (22) and seals the opening (20) of the component (22). The sealing member (18) is produced at least partly from a material which under the influence of heat establishes a substance-to-substance bond with the component (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Hofmann, Michael Demerath
  • Patent number: 8979460
    Abstract: A fastening device comprising a main portion having a base end portion and a distal end portion wherein its base end is attached to a head intended to be in contact with a rim at the outer side of an aperture when the fastening device is located in the aperture. The main portion is provided with guiding elements in order to guide the fastening device when inserted into the aperture and resilient elements which during insertion will be pressed inwards in order to at a later stage, when the resilient elements have passed the rim of the aperture, resiliently move back and thus provide a locking of the fastening device by being in contact with the rim on the inside of the aperture. The guiding element is provided with at least three vanes which are attached at its bases to the head such that they are located at an essentially equidistant spacing from the centre point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: ITW Sverige AB
    Inventor: Kristian Ostergren
  • Publication number: 20150059156
    Abstract: A method for the attachment of the fastener element to a workpiece with the aid of a washer and also a die button are described. The fastener element has a flange of larger diameter, a rivet section of smaller diameter which extends away from the flange and a workpiece contact surface at the side of the flange adjacent the rivet section. The die button is provided to receive a washer and has a central post the end face of which lies at least substantially flush with the side of the washer adjacent to the workpiece. The non-pre-pierced workpiece is pierced by the said end face of the central post and the free end of the rivet section and the rivet section of the fastener element is subsequently deformed to form a rivet bead. Moreover, a die button and a combination of a die button with a washer are claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8961092
    Abstract: A device for retaining an attached part on a carrier part, including a clip part and an unlocking part displaceably supported in the clip part. In a release position of the unlocking part, latching legs of the clip part engage behind the carrier part while, in a dismantling position of the unlocking part, the latching legs are not engaged with the carrier part so that the attached part can be removed from the carrier part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Michael De Jong, Jens Breitenfeld
  • Patent number: 8959724
    Abstract: A fixing element fixes a part to a support wall. When the fixing element is inserted into an opening in the support wall and reaches a predetermined end position, the fixing element locks to the support wall. The fixing element includes a stop element, a snap-on element, and an unlocking element. The stop element bears against a side of the support wall when the fixing element is locked to the support wall. The snap-on element is positioned on an inner side of the support wall when the fixing element is locked to the support wall. The unlocking element is connected to the snap-on element. The unlocking element is configured to permit the snap-on element to be unlocked and the fixing element to be removed from the opening. An installation tool and a testing tool may be used in conjunction with the fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Takata AG
    Inventors: Peter Baumgartner, Ralf Gutmann, Oliver Glöckler
  • Publication number: 20150043993
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a head extended by a hollow body that is to be housed in the orifice of a support and that is to receive the anchor leg of a panel for fastening to the support, the body includes first and second elastically deformable flaps and presents a U-shape with branches including recesses housing said first and second flaps, each first and second flap is provided with at least one inside hook projecting into the inside of said U-shape for the purpose of locking said anchor leg in the U-shape of said fastener clip, and an outside hook projecting to the outside of said U-shape for the purpose of locking said support between said outside hook and said head (2). An assembly includes such a fastener clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Pascal Camus
  • Patent number: 8950043
    Abstract: A connecting assembly (10) for fastening a mount-on part (12) to a carrier part (14), having a clip (16) which includes a deformable locking section (18) for fastening the clip (16) to the carrier part (14), and a separate locking pin (20) which is adapted to be received by the clip (16) by a movement in a mounting direction (22) along a mounting axis (A), the clip (16) and the locking pin (20) including cooperating latching members (24, 26) which form snap connections in a preassembly position and a locking position to fix the locking pin (20) axially on the clip (16). In the preassembly position the locking pin (20) and the clip (16) form a preassembled connecting assembly which is insertable into mounting openings (28, 30) of the mount-on part (12) and of the carrier part (14) by a movement along the mounting axis (A) and is movable to a fastening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Hofmann, Markus Elsner, Hubert Loewe
  • Patent number: 8944760
    Abstract: A fan frame includes a blade holder, a pair of ventilation plates, and at least one side plate. The pair of ventilation plates is attached to opposite sides of the blade holder along a first direction and includes a pair of securing blocks. The at least one side plate is attached to the blade holder along a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and located between the pair of ventilation plates. The pair of mounting slots is defined in the at least one side plate and engaged with the pair of securing blocks, thereby securing the pair of ventilation plates and the at least one side plate to the blade holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Wen Chiu, Wen-Hu Lu, Zhan-Yang Li
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150030413
    Abstract: A snap fit fastener includes a base, a holder, and a plurality of snap fit arms. The holder extends from the base and includes a holder wall defining a fastener hole. The fastener hole is sized to receive a finger. The snap fit arms are cantilevered from the base. Each snap fit arm includes a beam and an overhang protruding from the beam in a direction away from the holder. Each overhang is configured to engage a panel to couple the snap fit fastener to the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Lennin Fitz Román
  • Patent number: 8934247
    Abstract: A fastener includes a main body, a washer, and a spring. The main body includes a pole, two spaced latches extending from a top end of the pole, and two spaced legs extending down from a bottom end of the pole opposite to the latches. An annular blocking portion protrudes out from a circumference of the pole adjacent to the legs. A tapered first projection protrudes from an outer side of a distal end of each latch opposite to the other latch. A tapered second projection protrudes from an outer side of a distal end of each leg opposite to the other leg. The washer and the spring are fitted around the pole, and the spring is sandwiched between the washer and the blocking piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8894340
    Abstract: Provided is a clip able to lock axial movement and circumferential movement thereof by employing a simple configuration. A hub of the clip can be inserted into an insertion hole formed in an undercover. In each elastic flap, a basal part is supported in a cantilever manner, and a free end part elastically deforms around the basal part which forms a fulcrum so as to approach or separate from an outer periphery. Each elastic flap spreads out from the basal part toward the free end part so as to increase in width in a circumferential direction. The clip is attached to the undercover such that axial movement and circumferential movement of the clip are locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Industry Co., ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhisa Kamiya, Makoto Kato, Atsutoshi Kaji
  • Patent number: 8882180
    Abstract: A door hooking arrangement for a motor vehicle for protecting against an impact on a vehicle door (1) including a catch hook (5) and a receiver (6) for the catch hook (5), the catch hook (5) and receiver (6) being correspondingly arranged on the vehicle door (1) and a door frame (4) in the vehicle. The catch hook (5) includes at least one barb (9). Thus, with plastic deformation of the vehicle door, the catch hook (5) is hooked very firmly in the receiver (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Dirk van Oirschot
  • Patent number: 8870131
    Abstract: A wiring clip 1 includes: an attaching portion 10 configured to be overlapped with a wiring harness; a locking portion 11 extended vertically from the attaching portion 10 and configured to be locked in a hole provided on a panel; and a pressing portion 12 configured to press the panel in a direction away from the attaching portion 10 when the locking portion 11 is locked in the hole. The pressing portion 12 includes: an inclined portion 19 continued to the attaching portion 10 and inclined with respect to both a vertically extending direction of the locking portion 11 from the attaching portion 10 and a longitudinal direction of the wiring harness overlapped with the attaching portion 10; and a parallel portion 20 continued to the inclined portion 19 and extended parallel to the locking portion 11 from the inclined portion 19.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Gotou, Takashi Nomoto
  • Publication number: 20140260783
    Abstract: A bolt configured to connect a plurality of sections of a connecting rod assembly is provided. The bolt includes a head portion. The bolt also includes a body extending from the head portion. The bolt further includes a damping member affixed to the body of the bolt. The damping member is configured to dampen vibrational excitation associated with the bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hoffman, James D. Dunbar, Franklin J. Struwe, III
  • Patent number: 8834087
    Abstract: A push-in fastener clip assembly includes a fastener having deflectable legs and compression ring for sliding along the deflectable legs during installation, with the compression ring connected to the fastener by frangible connections that are broken as the fastener clip assembly is being installed. Slots in the fastener guide the broken frangible connections during installation of the fastener, limiting rotation of the compression ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Kirchen
  • Publication number: 20140234053
    Abstract: Elastic fasteners for fastening, securing or otherwise holding objects together are disclosed. The elastic fasteners include a head, an elastic shaft, and a retainer clip. The retainer clip includes a slot having a width that is smaller than the diameter of the elastic shaft. The end of the elastic shaft may be pulled to thereby stretch the elastic shaft and to decrease its diameter, allowing the retainer clip to be installed on the elastic shaft by inserting the stretched elastic shaft into the slot of the retainer clip. After the retainer clip is installed on the stretched elastic shaft, the end of the elastic shaft may be released to unstretch the elastic shaft and increase its diameter, thereby engaging in the slot of the retainer clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: David Martin
  • Patent number: 8806722
    Abstract: A clip may include an anchor portion that is configured to be inserted into an insertion hole formed in a subject member. The anchor portion has at least a pair of pillars that are positioned across an axis of the anchor portion, and flexible strips that are respectively connected to the pillars so as to be projected outward therefrom. The pillars are configured to be flexed about proximal ends thereof in a direction in which the pillars can intersect with each other. The flexible strips are configured to engage a periphery of the insertion hole formed in the subject member when the anchor portion is inserted into the insertion hole, so as to hold the anchor portion on the subject member with a retention force. The pillars can be applied with a flexing force when an extraction force greater than the retention force of the anchor portion is applied to the anchor portion, so as to be flexed in the direction in which the pillars can intersect with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Iwahara, Junya Ukai
  • Patent number: 8807900
    Abstract: Snap fastener for fastening a first thin wall to a second thin wall, having a base part to be arranged in a through-opening of the first thin wall. A head part extends away from the base part. The head part presents a guide for two holding elements which are pressed by a spring so that they project out over the end of the guide. The head part includes a housing with fastening projections, and can be snapped into the through-opening so that it grips only one thin wall. Unlocking devices, via which the holding elements can be pulled back into the housing from the front, are provided in the housing. The holding elements are formed by the ends of a two-armed lever which is held on a shaft in the housing so as to be rotatable at an angle of approximately 45 to 90 degrees against spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 8807895
    Abstract: A fastener housing for securing a bumper fascia to a fender panel includes a shank portion, a skirt portion, and an arm portion. The shank portion includes a first end and an opposite second end and a throughbore extending from the first end to the second end. The shank portion has a widened cross sectional shape which avoids rotation upon insertion into the connection portion of the bumper fascia or fender panel. The skirt portion extends radially from the first end of the shank portion. The arm portion includes a proximate end connected to the skirt portion and a distal end having a protrusion extending generally normal from the arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Patrick Brown
  • Patent number: 8790058
    Abstract: A method for baffling and/or sealing a vehicle structure by providing a unitary structure including a sealing body with an integrated fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Quaderer, Eric N. White
  • 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