And Helically Inclined Tongues, E.g., Speed Nut, Etc. Patents (Class 411/527)
  • Patent number: 8920089
    Abstract: A device for securing a panel or the like to a mounting stud having external teeth includes an annular first body having an inner periphery and at least one lock finger extending from such inner periphery. An annular second body has a center opening, at least one lock opening spaced from the center opening for receiving the lock finger to lock the first and second bodies together, and at least one leg extending inwardly overlying the center opening for engaging the external teeth on the mounting stud. The second body is adapted for assembly to the first body with a panel or the like between the bodies such that the center opening can be mounted over the mounting stud with the at least one finger engaging the teeth on the mounting stud to prevent removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Alpha Stamping Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8474111
    Abstract: Improvements to panel fastening clips, especially to those used in curtain and/or lateral airbags, of the kinds of clips that are formed by a surface and/or several flexing arms that are designed to be located in the outer part of the panel into whose opening they are inserted, including several feet that are more or less elastic and that tend to converge at their ends in the general shape of an inverted “V” in the direction in which the clip is inserted, as well as several wings whose ends work against the lower surface of said panel and which ensure that said clip is fastened to said panel, characterized by the fact that the ends of said wings have an enlarged working surface against the lower surface of said panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: ITW Metal Fasteners, S.L.
    Inventor: Oscar Ribes Marti
  • Patent number: 7985042
    Abstract: A thread cage retainer includes a base having an opening to allow for the passage of a threaded fastener. The retainer also has a plurality of arcuately shaped tabs that extend from the base around the opening a circumferential extent to form a channel for receiving the threaded fastener. Each tab includes at least one engaging member that projects inwardly from a portion of the circumferential extent of each tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Fourslides Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Paxton
  • Patent number: 6997662
    Abstract: An attachment clip 10 is provided to attach a heat shielding plate 4 to an under-panel 2. The under-panel 2 has a bolt 5 projecting from a floor tunnel 2a. The heat shielding plate 4 has a bolt hole 4a formed to allow passage of a shank 5a of the bolt 5. The attachment clip 10 has a clip body 11 having an abutting part 13 for abutment on the heat shielding plate 4. The abutting part 13 has a shank hole 12 for passage of the shank 5a of the bolt 5. The attachment clip 10 further includes six engagement claws 10A–10F projecting from the inner periphery of the clip body 11 inwardly. The engagement claws 10A–10F have respective engagement tips 10a–10f formed to depart from the clip body 11 along the axial direction of the attachment chip 10, providing a substantial cone-shaped configuration. The engagement claws 10A–10F elastically engage with threads of the shank 5a while urging the heat shielding plate 4 toward the under-panel 2 along the axial direction of the bolt 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaharu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 6672814
    Abstract: The structural unit (12) is comprised of a securing element (11) and a wiper device (10) and the wiper device 10 is detachably fastened to the securing element (11). In this instance, the detachable connection is embodied as a detent connection. A detent element (14) is embodied on the securing element (11) and elastically engages in detent fashion in a detent seat (13) embodied on a wiper bearing (15) of the wiper device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Kotlarski
  • Patent number: 6612796
    Abstract: The fastener includes a post element, a blind aperture assembly with a blind aperture into which the post element is inserted, and a rigid fastening member. The rigid fastening member includes a lower helical edge with an inwardly extending lip which threadably engages the external threads formed on the post. The inclined rotationally symmetric wall deflects upon insertion into the blind aperture, but then interferes with the walls of the blind aperture to resist withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Gattone
  • Patent number: 5947424
    Abstract: A beam clamp retaining strap has a beveled locking slot for securing to a threaded hanger rod or set screw of a pipe support assembly mounted to an I-beam. The assembly further comprises a C-type clamp, and the strap may be positioned in any of four possible locations with respect to the clamp, rod, and set screw. The slot edges securely engage between the major and minor thread diameters of the rod or screw. The beveled locking slot provides additional assurance that the clamp grip does not loosen such that the pipe assembly is dislodged, and, thus, the need for an additional nut for the retaining strap is thereby eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Tolco, Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 5785477
    Abstract: An internally threaded fastener assembled from formed laminae can be inexpensively and efficiently produced from a variety of materials in a multi-staged, die-operated, drawing press. Each lamina has an internal bore with less than one full thread form at the helix plane and is designed to be stacked in an aligned, alternating arrangement to provide full thread rotations along the interior of the assembled fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Senco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold L. McGuffey, David L. Remerowski
  • Patent number: 5775862
    Abstract: Threaded device (18) useful in a bracket (10) for mounting electrical components. The device (18) has a flat spring element (25) with two pressed tongues (20) with adjacent free ends. The tongues carry half nuts (45) with threaded half circular openings which are adjacent, so as to substantially define a threaded opening. A screw may be passed axially into the threaded opening so as to press the half nuts (45) apart against the bias of the tongues (20), without rotating the screw. On subsequent rotation of the screw, the half nuts (45) are drawn together by spring bias of the tongues (20) to enable the screw to threadedly engage the half nuts (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: John Prosper Cullen
  • Patent number: 5707193
    Abstract: An object engaging mechanism includes a screw-fitting clip and a tapping screw to which said screw-fitting clip is to be fitted. The screw-fitting clip includes a plurality of elastic engaging claws protruding radially from an edge of a center hole of an annular disk at an inclined angle relative to a surface of the annular disk, and a plurality of protruding pieces arranged on an outer peripheral portion of the annular disk and extending away from the annular disk on a same side as the elastic engaging claws. The tapping screw comprises a plurality of ridges and has a thread profile such that a first side of the ridges facing a shank end of the tapping screw is an outwardly convex curved flank, and a second side of the ridges is a gently inwardly concave curved flank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Maki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5636956
    Abstract: A fastener is a screw having a threaded shaft, and a fastening strip or sheet having a raised portion provided with an aperture being preformed to have an at least partly helical threadform-defining edge shaped and dimensional to matingly receive the threaded shaft of the screw. The crests of the threaded shaft have an asymmetrical surface profile in the axial direction of the threaded shaft which enables the shaft to withstand greater applied torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventors: John E. Emmett, Philip A. Davies
  • Patent number: 5613819
    Abstract: In a fastening arrangement for a sensor (1) which can be inserted through a bore (3) in a wall (2) of a housing and is sealed and held releasably by means of an O-ring (10) and a cup-spring-like retaining ring (11), the sensor (1), together with the cup-spring-like retaining ring (11) seated on a shoulder (7), can be forced in axially with the cylindrical outer circumference (12) of the retaining ring (11) in clamping engagement with the enlarged portion (4) of the bore (2) in the wall, the O-ring (10) can be axially loaded between the shoulder (7) and the step (5) which terminates the enlarged portion (4), and the sensor (1) can be fixed axially by the inner circumference (13) of the retaining ring clamping its cylindrical shaft (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Wilhelm Wehren
  • Patent number: 5451124
    Abstract: A fastening device is provided which is a variation on the conventional nut and bolt. The bolt has a longitudinal axis and threading helically affixed thereon along the longitudinal axis. A nut having a bore extending therethrough is provided. The bore of the nut has a greater diameter than the diameter of the bolt so the bolt can extend through the bore. An array of wire bristles are affixed within the bore so as to form a brush. The wire bristles extend inwardly from the bore and are constructed and arranged of the correct size, length and stiffness to guide the bolt within the bore and to restrain the bolt within the bore as required. A variety of applications of the wire brush nut are disclosed, including a bolt capture device and a test rig apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Richard A. Meigs
  • Patent number: 5444603
    Abstract: A push-on fixer for screw engagement in which a plurality of radially extending notches are formed in a circumferential edge region of a circular hole formed at a center portion of a thin discoid body, and a plurality of inner plate spring pieces are formed on the circumferential edge region of the circular hole so as to allow insertion of an aiming screw into the circular hole and so as to clamp the inserted aiming screw, is provided. An aiming screw is inserted into an aiming screw insertion hole of a lamp body of an automobile head lamp, and is retained so as to be prevented from coming out of the lamp body. A plurality of outer plate spring pieces which press against a push-on fixer abutment surface of the lamp body and a plurality of clamp release claws for releasing the clamping of the screw by the screw clamp plate spring pieces are formed on the outer circumferential edge of the thin discoid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Otsuka, Masayoshi Unno, Hideki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 5426831
    Abstract: A retention device for securing electrical wires in an air bag module adjacent to an inflator. The push-on fastener tab of this invention quickly secures electrical wires while providing for easy removal. Further, the push-on fastener tabs occupy a minimum of space in the air bag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Morton International, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank P. Leonelli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5249901
    Abstract: A fastener assembly with a recess in a part in which a nut is received with resilient fingers engaging with an interference fit the periphery of the recess to retain the nut therein. A fastener with a threaded stud is engaged and retained by a threaded hole through the nut. Preferably, the nut is a relatively thin and generally flat plate with the threaded hole formed by displacing a portion of the plate around the periphery of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Richard B. Moore
  • Patent number: 5110246
    Abstract: A hat-shaped push-on fastener for telescopic application to a male member comprises a single piece structure with an annular flange defining a washer-like base and an inverted cup with the bottom of the cup constituting the top of the hat formation. The side wall of the cup is a cylindrical sleeve perpendicular to the washer-like base and adatped to closely surround the male member to which the fastener is telescopically applied. A pair of relatively rigid and inflexible teeth have tips extending radially inward and axially upward. The teeth are located on diametrically opposite sides of the sleeve and are struck inwardly from the metal of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Charles K. Fisher, Willem J. Steyn
  • Patent number: 4911594
    Abstract: A push-nut type fastener for use on a threaded stud comprises a thin planar metal plate having an aperture formed therethrough with its axis perpendicular to the plane of the plate. A first plurality of resilient fingers is formed integrally with the metal plate to extend radially inward from the periphery of the aperture at uniformly spaced locations with the inner ends of the fingers located generally on an imaginary circle having a diameter substantially less than the crest diameter but greater than the root diameter of the threaded stud. A second plurality of resilient finger members extends radially inward from the periphery of the aperture at locations intermediate the resilient fingers in the first plurality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Charles K. Fisher
  • Patent number: 4664465
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for mounting a lamp socket, particularly for a candelabrum lamp having an elongated branch support having a passage for passing wires between the socket and an electrical source. The elongated support has a threaded end portion with an opening leading to the passage. A clip member having a vertical pocket and a horizontal wall forming an aperture for receiving the threaded portion of the support and a pair of opposed clip elements having opposed arcuate edges is pressed upon or screwed around the threaded portion via the clip elements. A bar connected to the socket has a free mounting end that is adapted to slide into the vertical pocket of the clip member. The socket is removable from the clip. The clip can be pressed or screwed onto the threaded portion by a mounting tool. Likewise, the clip can be unscrewed from the threaded member by the mounting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Johnson, Walter Newman
  • Patent number: 4610588
    Abstract: A fastener clip adapted for use with an associated fastener includes a head portion having an aperture through which the fastener extends. A pair of integral, spaced apart legs extend from one side of the head portion. Each leg includes first and second portions with the second portion being bent back upon the first portion in a position spaced outwardly thereof. A finger portion is located at a free end of the second portion and extends inwardly toward and through an aperture in the first portion. When a tension load is imposed on the clip, connecting zones between the first and second portions of each leg are deflected toward each other to apply a clamping force to a fastener extending therebetween. Also, the finger portions are shifted to positions which enhance seating of the clip in an associated workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: TRW, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold S. Van Buren, Jr., Frederick A. Hammerle
  • Patent number: 4518293
    Abstract: A tube connector comprises an integral sheet metal stamping including a body and a plurality of legs. The body has a centrally disposed securing portion for receipt of a threaded fastener and is of a substantially dished shape presenting sharp peripheral edges for aggressively engaging the interior wall of a tube to resist retrograde movement of the connector axially of said tube. The legs extend generally axially from said body adjacent the periphery thereof and have sharp longitudinal edges for aggressively engaging the interior wall of a tube to resist rotating movement within said tube upon rotating association of a threaded fastener with the centrally disposed securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1985
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: George C. Pleickhardt, E. Grant Swick
  • Patent number: 4402640
    Abstract: A sheet metal clinch nut configured to be attached to a plastic panel. A portion of the plastic panel is extruded into a toothed aperture without puncturing the plastic to axially and rotationally fix the clinch nut to the panel. A plurality of embodiments are disclosed as is the method of assembling these clinch nuts to the plastic panel. Also a method of feeding an interconnected strip of clinch nuts and breaking off the lead nut at the staking station is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1983
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Francis C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4333211
    Abstract: A slip-on receptacle adapted to be inserted on one of two members to be fastened in alignment with a hole therein and to receive and engage with a stud coupled with the other of the two members so as to fasten the two members together. The receptacle includes a resilient strip folded upon itself with one section of the strip engaging the undersurface of the one member and another section of the strip engaging the upper surface of the one member. A central portion of the strip is severed along both side edges and across the one end thereof which is folded upwardly and back upon itself above the upper section to form a cantilever spring. The cantilever spring is in alignment with the hole in the one member and is designed to receive the stud coupled with the other member and passed through the hole and to interengage with the stud and hold the members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: Dzus Fastener Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad J. Gunther
  • Patent number: 4300865
    Abstract: A blind spring clip fastener for insertion in a round hole in a work piece has a head portion and a shank portion extending perpendicular to the head portion. The shank portion comprises a pair of spaced-apart mirror image sections extending from opposite side edges of the head portion, each section including a resilient leg and a pair of wings integral with the free ends of the leg and extending toward the head portion at opposite side edges of the leg. Each wing is shaped so that it has a side edge extending upwardly-outwardly beyond the plane of its leg and a free end extending from a point beyond the plane of the associated leg relatively steeply upwardly-inwardly toward the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Murray
  • Patent number: 4299101
    Abstract: An improvement in post-type earrings, which are earrings connected to a human ear by a rigid slender short rod or post which extends from an ornament, and is rectilinear and cylindrical. The post is threaded at the end opposite to the ornament, and a clutch having a conical configuration formed by a concave base and a plurality of radial springy fingers is provided. The clutch is pushed onto the post, whereby the tips of the fingers engage the convolutions of the helical threading, and the clutch may only be removed by unscrewing it off of the post. The present clutch configuration features a terminal tip of each springy finger having a terminal lip portion which diverges away from the direction of curvature of the finger, so that the lips define, in combination, an opening from which the springy fingers extend radially, and through which the post is threaded when the earring is mounted to the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Assignee: Intimate Jewels, Inc.
    Inventor: Alvin Block
  • Patent number: 4285167
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns an arbor for securing a tool, or other rotating device to a chuck of a drill or the like. The arbor comprises a stamped member folded to have an upper wall with an opening therein to receive a screw in order to secure the tool to the upper wall, and side wings from opposite sides of the upper wall are bent down toward each other. The portions of the wings adjacent the upper wall are flat for being grasped by a tool, like a wrench. The upper portions of the wings further from the upper wall are curved to receive and guide the shaft of an inserted tool fastening screw. The lower portions of the wings shaped so that they meet each other along the lateral edges and so that they provide a chuck engaging member of hexagonal cross-section. The upper wall is cambered for driving the lower portions of wings together as the tool is tightened onto the arbor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Assignee: Sandvik Coastal Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Roth
  • Patent number: 4279341
    Abstract: A strip of at least two interconnected fastener means carrying double-faced adhesive foam tape for application to a workpiece. The fastener means includes connecting means between adjacent fasteners that is capable of normally maintaining the fasteners in a rigid co-planar relation but adapted to permit removal of a single fastener by manual manipulation and fracture of the connecting means. The single fastener being capable of being stripped off of the backing paper used on such tape without removal of the adjacent fastener and thereby providing a tail of backing paper which can be readily grasped to remove the backing paper from the adjacent fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: George C. Pleickhardt
  • Patent number: 4243086
    Abstract: A clamp-like, slip-on nut for fitting on the edge of a support having a perforation therethrough, the nut being formed by bending a piece of sheet metal into a planar lower leg having a passageway therethrough and an upper leg having a structure forming a threaded aperture for receiving a screw inserted through the passageway, the perforation and the aperture, and a device for centering the aperture with the perforation including a substantially annular strip enclosing the passageway cut from the central portion of the lower leg, the strip being surrounded by a cutaway portion except for an integral connection between the strip and the leading edge portion of the lower leg, the strip rising slightly in its trailing edge portion toward the upper leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Assignee: A. Raymond
    Inventors: Otto Kuttler, Klaus Muller