Washer Structure Patents (Class 411/531)
  • Patent number: 10203000
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus including a washer coupled to a strut, the strut including an interior channel, an opening formed through an end wall, and a set of turned-in ends, wherein the washer includes an engagement surface having a set of protrusions for engaging a surface of the strut. The apparatus further includes a fastener for securing the washer to the strut, the fastener having an opening for receiving support therein. In some embodiments, the protrusions are teeth that drive into the strut material when torqued, resulting in a mechanical connection with the strut and much higher slip resistance. Further, the washer is shaped to fit around an outside of the strut, thus adding additional stability and load capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNISTRUT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles O. Nehls
  • Patent number: 10162418
    Abstract: An input device may include a wire element and a moveable substrate coupled to the wire element. The moveable substrate may include various wire alignment features. The input device may further include an input surface disposed above the moveable substrate. The input device may further include various sensor electrodes coupled to the input surface. The input device may further include a haptic actuator coupled to the moveable substrate. The haptic actuator may displace the moveable substrate in a direction substantially parallel to a plane of the input surface. The wire element may return the moveable substrate to an original position. The wire alignment features may allow, in response to an applied force by the haptic actuator and to the moveable substrate, a displacement of the moveable substrate in the direction that is substantially parallel to the plane of the input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporaed
    Inventor: Douglas Krumpelman
  • Patent number: 10148041
    Abstract: An electrical component includes a housing having a mounting end configured to be mounted to a structure and an electrical shield held by the housing and providing electrical shielding. The electrical shield is configured to be electrically grounded to the structure. The electrical shield has a mounting tab having a mounting area including an opening therethrough and a grounding feature in the mounting area near the opening. The grounding feature is configured to cut through a coated surface of the structure to directly engage a conductive layer of the structure to electrically connect the electrical shield to the structure through the coated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary Wood Lyon, David James Rhein, Jeremy Christian Patterson
  • Patent number: 9698723
    Abstract: A roof attachment system has a stud for retaining a fixture to a roof and is mountable to and sealable with a roof. The attachment system includes a base and a retaining stud which projects upwardly from the base. A membrane is disposed over the base. Cooperative upper and lower mount plates include peripheral oppositely projecting teeth which form an intermediate axial gap. A retainer ring is disposed in into the gap and alternately engages against the teeth of the upper and lower mount plates to axially tighten the attachment components to provide a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: OMG, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Liptak
  • Patent number: 9488211
    Abstract: a fastened structure comprising: a first member provided with a female screw; a second member provided with an opening; and a male screw fastening the first member and the second member with each other and including a male screw portion, and a head portion having a bearing surface, wherein the male screw portion is threaded in the female screw through the opening of the second member, wherein the second member is provided with a substantially circular folded portion including a curved surface defining the opening and including a free end having an edge pressed against the bearing surface of the male screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadahisa Sugiyama, Tsuyoshi Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 9027223
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an insulating cover for fasteners. In one advantageous embodiment, an apparatus comprises a washer and a cover. The washer is capable of receiving a fastener. The cover is capable of being secured to the insulating washer, wherein an insulating volume is created with the cover secured to the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dean, John George Kladouris
  • Publication number: 20150110577
    Abstract: A centering device for mounting a flange with a bolt passing through a opening in a mounted state, has a centering disk with a collar surrounding a disk part. The disk part is received in the opening and the collar rests on the flange. An elongated hole in the disk part has, at its respective ends, semicircles of radii R and a straight piece connecting the semicircles of overall length L1. A centering sleeve has a sleeve part surrounded by a sleeve collar wherein the inside diameter D3 of the sleeve part corresponds to the diameter of the bolt and the outside diameter D2 of the sleeve part corresponds to the transverse diameter (2R) of the elongated hole. A locking device fixes the centering sleeve against the centering disk in a predetermined mounting position secure against displacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Bernhard Hahner
  • Publication number: 20150101174
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a washer for an aircraft pipe joint. More particularly, but not exclusively, this invention concerns an aircraft pipe joint comprising a locking washer. An aircraft pipe coupling comprises a first pipe end and a second pipe end, and a locking washer disposed between the first pipe end and second pipe end. The locking washer comprising a first tab in engagement with the first pipe end, and a second tab in engagement with the second pipe end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Scott WILLIAMS, Alan QUAYLE, Samuel EVANS
  • Publication number: 20150077294
    Abstract: An antenna structure and an electronic device using the same are provided. The antenna structure includes a directional antenna body and a washer body. The directional antenna body includes a first metal sheet and a second metal sheet. The washer body has a screw hole. The washer body is conductive. The first metal sheet and the second metal sheet are connected to the washer body, the first metal sheet is opposite to the second metal sheet, and the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet extend upward from the washer body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Feng-Yu Lin
  • Publication number: 20150050103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a washer arrangement for an axial bearing arrangement, particularly in a motor vehicle gearbox, having a first sector element and at least a second sector element, which complement one another to form an annular retaining washer. The retaining washer comprises an inner circumference and an outer circumference. The washer arrangement has a locking ring, which is arranged around the outer circumference of the retaining washer. The locking ring is wound from a wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Bastian Bochert
  • Patent number: 8939693
    Abstract: The present invention is configured by a wood screw main body, and a truncated cone-shaped washer that is rotatable in relation to a head of the wood screw main body such that a top surface of the head and a top surface of the truncated cone-shaped washer are substantially on the same plane, and attached so as not to detach from the head. When a retainer element is secured by the wood screw to a wood material to be supported, frictional heat can be prevented from occurring in the retainer element, and the retainer element can be secured by only the fastening force of the wood screw. The retainer element can be efficiently prevented from breaking, and attached such that the head of the wood screw and the surface of the retainer element are on the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Kaoru Taneichi
  • Patent number: 8931232
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a washer having a substantially planar annular area defining an opening for through passage of a fastener and a non-planar area radially outwardly disposed of the planar annular area. A method for fastening a roof deck comprising inserting a fastener through a washer having a substantially planar annular area and a non-planar area radially outwardly disposed of the planar annular area and driving the fastener through the roof deck or through an opening therein. A corrugated metal roof deck system comprising a subjacent support and a corrugated metal roof supported by the support. A waster having a substantially planar annular area defining an opening for through passage of a fastener and a second non-planar area radially outwardly disposed of said planar annular area with a fastener extending through said washer through said deck and into said subjacent support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas L. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8926250
    Abstract: A device for fastening a first object to a second object, including a fastening element and a ring element. The ring element has a predetermined bending point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Foser, Wolfram Schwertner, Guenther Domani
  • Publication number: 20140356102
    Abstract: A thrust washer assembly including a washer and a ring is provided. The washer includes a circumferential outer surface that varies radially from an axis of the washer to define a plurality of ramps. The ring includes a plurality of axial protrusions that each includes an inner radial surface that, via a relative rotation of the washer to the ring, engages a radially outer surface of the plurality of ramps to connect the washer and the ring by a friction-fit connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Sayre
  • Publication number: 20140265325
    Abstract: A wave washer includes an annular member surrounding an opening arranged to receive a pipe axially therethrough, the annular member having a plurality circumferentially spaced holes formed therein. The wave washer also has associated with it at least one spring portion protruding axially from the annular member between two of the holes. The wave washer can be used in a pipe joint to join a first pipe and a second pipe, each having a pipe end having a pipe flange and an adjacent sealing flange. The wave washer is positioned against an inner side of the pipe flange of the first pipe. The wave washer and the flanges of the first and second pipes are fastened based on the deflection of the annular member of the wave washer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CRANE CHEMPHARMA RESISTOFLEX
    Inventors: Matthew Moose, Christopher Hock, Ron Moffitt, Landon Grindstaff, Dan Rink, Jesse Satterfield, David Yanik
  • Patent number: 8834539
    Abstract: Fastening apparatus includes a fastener (30, 64, 120), including a threaded shaft (34, 126) having a thread diameter and a fastening element (36, 68, 124) having a head diameter, greater than the thread diameter. An annular washer (38, 40, 66, 70, 90, 100, 110, 122), including a shape memory material, is configured to fit over and surround the shaft and has an outer diameter no greater than the head diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nitilick Ltd.
    Inventors: Dvir Keren, Hadar Better
  • Publication number: 20140252747
    Abstract: Wheelchair designs and enhancements are provided for use with conventional wheelchair design. The designs and enhancements include bariatric extension panels and security features making it suitable for use in high security areas such as prisons and psychiatric wards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jane Hermes
  • Patent number: 8763332
    Abstract: A roof insulation fastening system employs a fastener and a compression plate with a tube which interacts with the compression plate to permit the plate to vertically move relative to the head of the fastener when the adjacent area and/or plate is subject to excessive compression. The tube includes a retainer shoulder and a pair of tabs wherein the plate captures the tube. The tube includes a throat and a tapered portion with a throughbore. The fastener is inserted into the tube and secured in place so that the head is retained at the intersection of the throat and the tapered portion and the shank is secured into the roofing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Handy & Harman
    Inventors: Peter J. Shadwell, Tad A. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20140169913
    Abstract: The invention relates to a washer arrangement for an axial bearing arrangement, particularly in a motor vehicle gearbox, having a first sector element and at least a second sector element, which complement one another to form an annular retaining washer. The retaining washer comprises an inner circumference and an outer circumference. The washer arrangement has a locking ring, which is arranged around the outer circumference of the retaining washer. The locking ring is wound from a wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Bastian Bochert
  • Patent number: 8691358
    Abstract: Component (1) having at least one element (2) having a curved surface (3), wherein the element (2) is provided with a coded, electronically readable identification (4), which is introduced into the surface as a topographic identification (4), wherein the identification (4) is embodied in such a way that it can be read in two dimensions by means of a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Peter Kritzer, Kurt Ewald, Christian Geubert, Thorsten Wieland, Jan Helms
  • Patent number: 8628312
    Abstract: A compressor may include a shell, a housing fixed within the shell, first and second scroll members disposed within the shell, a sleeve guide, a fastener, and a washer. The first scroll member may have a first spiral wrap extending from a first end plate and a radially outward extending scroll flange defining an opening. The second scroll member may have a second spiral wrap intermeshed with the first spiral wrap. The sleeve guide may be disposed within the opening in the scroll flange and may define an axial bore. The fastener may be disposed within the axial bore and engaged with the housing. The washer may be located between a head of the fastener and the scroll flange. A first portion of the washer may extend radially outward from the fastener head and may define a rotational stop inhibiting washer rotation through engagement with a rotationally fixed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle M. Bergman, Walter T. Grassbaugh
  • Patent number: 8616818
    Abstract: A gripping washer includes a washer body having first and second rigid support surfaces. A fastener hole extends between the first and second rigid support surfaces. An inner washer perimeter extends around the fastener hole. One or more elastomeric gripping tabs are coupled with the inner washer perimeter. The one or more elastomeric gripping tabs extend inwardly into the fastener hole from the inner washer perimeter. The elastomeric gripping tabs are pliable relative to the first and second rigid support surfaces of the washer body and deform and grip the washer with a fastener passed through the fastener hole. By gripping a fastener with the elastomeric gripping tabs the gripping washer is anchored to the fastener and substantially prevents decoupling of the gripping washer from the fastener prior to installation (e.g., fastening with a work piece). Gripping of the fastener with the gripping washer thereby minimizes foreign object debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Robert D. Travis
  • Publication number: 20130330150
    Abstract: A plurality of stacked fastener caps, each having a cap body. The cap body has first and second faces joined by a perimeter of the cap body, and adjacent faces of adjacent caps are joined by at least one connecting stem. The adjacent caps and connecting stems are integrally molded as a unit as by injection molding. One or both of the first and second faces may be planar. One of the first or second faces may be concave and the other may be convex. One or both of the first and second faces may have first and second thicker portions with a transverse groove interposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: PneuTools, Incorporated
    Inventor: Frederick W. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20130322988
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a metal washer having an outer circumference, a plurality of cavities formed within the washer, wherein each cavity has an opening that is flush with the outer circumference, an indicator material comprising an inspection lacquer within at least one of the cavities, and a membrane along the outer circumference sealing the inspection lacquer within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Manoj Handa
  • Publication number: 20130266399
    Abstract: A mounting structure includes a resin member that includes a mounting portion having a mounting hole, and a reinforcing member that has a insertion hole through which a fastening member is inserted for mounting the resin member on a bearing surface of a mounting target member. A mounting surface of the resin member is inclined so that the axis direction of the insertion hole of the reinforcing member coincides with a fastening direction of the fastening member to the mounting target member. The mounting hole of the mounting portion has a polygonal shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Gotou, Takanori Kawai, Yoshiyuki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8545157
    Abstract: A metal member defining a hole in which the hole is reinforced by forming a flange and turning the flange back upon itself so that the rolled outer surface of the flange defines the perimeter of the hole. The sheared edge is spaced from the perimeter of the hole. The shaft of the fastener inserted in the hole contacts a non-sheared surface. A reinforcement ring may be assembled around the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sergey Fedorovich Golovashchenko
  • Patent number: 8517655
    Abstract: A locking wedge system for use with a load-carrying stud having a locknut (or work piece) mounted on the stud in locking relation with another work piece employs a laterally displaceable laterally tapered wedge member that is forced transversely into axial jacking relation between a pair of tapered washers so as to apply a large axial locking force against the lock nut and work piece. The tapered wedge member is forced into engagement between the pair of tapered washers by way of a transversely extending jacking screw. The jacking screw may pull or push the tapered wedge member into or out of engagement between the pair of tapered washers. A preferred wedge angle from normal to the stud is 3 degrees with an operating range from 1 degree to 10 degrees. The locking wedge system elements are selectively rotatable about the stud, for optimum operating access to the jacking screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Dong Bing Wang
  • Publication number: 20130209195
    Abstract: A linear object is composed of a magnesium alloy including, in percent by mass, 0.1% to 6% of Zn, 0.4% to 4% of Ca, and the balance being Mg and incidental impurities, in which, when a creep test is performed on the linear object under conditions of a temperature of 150° C., a stress of 75 MPa, and a holding time of 100 hours, the linear object has a creep strain of 1.0% or less. Zn and Ca interact with each other to improve heat resistance, and thus it is possible to obtain the linear object having an excellent creep property. By incorporating Zn and Ca, in amounts in specific ranges, into the magnesium alloy, it is also possible to obtain the linear object having excellent plastic workability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kuwabara, Taichirou Nishikawa, Yoshihiro Nakai, Toru Tanji, Misato Kusakari
  • Patent number: 8500380
    Abstract: A washer for a fastener system includes a washer body and a through opening in the washer body configured to allow passage of a fastener tip therethrough. A retention feature is operably connected to the washer body and configured to retain the washer to an inner surface of a setting tool barrel. A method for securing a fastener to a workpiece includes retaining a washer to an inner surface of a barrel of a setting tool and discharging a fastener from the setting tool. A tip of the fastener extends through a through opening in the washer into the workpiece. A head of the fastener is urged into contact with the washer thereby releasing the washer from the setting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Rose, Alan J. Armiento
  • Patent number: 8490595
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus includes a compression limiting member having a dowel portion and a belleville washer portion. A first member defines a first hole, a second member defines a second hole, a third member defines a third hole, and the dowel portion defines a fourth hole. The second member is between the first and third members, and the dowel portion extends through the second hole. The dowel portion is substantially rigid to prevent excessive compression of the second member between the first and third members. The belleville washer portion is elastically compressed between the second and third members such that the washer portion biases the second member toward the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Roxann M. Bittner, Leonard Barry Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20130170924
    Abstract: A direct tension indicating washer includes a body having a first surface having a protuberance formed thereon; the body having a second surface having an indentation formed opposite the protuberance; a plurality of centering elements positioned at an inner diameter of the body, the centering elements extending radially inwardly from the inner diameter of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: APPLIED BOLTING TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Wayne Wallace, Jordan Richardson
  • Patent number: 8454290
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes a bushing having a flange configured to be urged toward a work-piece, and an isolation spring configured to be positioned between the flange and the work-piece. The isolation spring includes a metal core integrally formed with a rubber coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Schaser, Jason D. Holt, Albert W. Van Boven, Jeremy R. D. Tuttle, Glenn G. Heavens
  • Patent number: 8378220
    Abstract: An electronic device includes, a circuit board including a through hole, a member including a screw hole, a screw including a screw body having an outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the through hole and a screw head having an outer diameter larger than the inner diameter of the through hole, wherein the screw body penetrates through the through hole to engage with the screw hole and the screw head is disposed on an opposite side of the circuit board to the member, and a first washer provided between the screw head and the circuit board, the first washer including a first washer body and a plurality of first washer legs extending from the first washer body toward the circuit board, the first washer legs being in contact with the circuit board and having a characteristic of reducing stress on the circuit board upon being heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiteru Ochi, Nobutaka Itoh, Makoto Sakairi
  • Patent number: 8353659
    Abstract: The fastening is performed by using the fastening bolt of the conventional mass-produced car, the fastening method capable of obtaining “Resonance frequency” of the aimed body and the sub frame rigid collar for car used for the fastening method, are provided by the tightening work with the conventional specified torque, and only by simple work of interposing the sub frame rigid collar for car, without need the work of any special processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Tatsuru Ichishima
  • Publication number: 20120121362
    Abstract: A compression limiter is disclosed that comprises an upper surface and a lower surface The compression limiter further comprises an inner surface that defines a passageway configured to accommodate a fastener and an outer surface configured to engage a structure in which the compression limiter is placed. A first retainer projects outwardly from the outer surface and includes a first retention surface that has at least a planar portion. The first retainer further includes an undercut surface disposed in inwardly from the first retention surface so as to create a corner extending in a direction with at least a component perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. A method of forming the compression limiter is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Taylor, Donald D. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20120114446
    Abstract: A device for fastening a first object to a second object, including a fastening element and a ring element. The ring element has a predetermined bending point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Foser, Wolfram Schwertner, Guenther Domani
  • Patent number: 8171690
    Abstract: Washer assemblies for mounting panels to a support without damaging the panels include a countersunk washer and a sleeve. In one implementation, the washer assemblies are configured to at least partially prevent the formation of hoop stresses within a panel, and uniformly transmit forces created by a fastener to a panel. The washer assemblies can be configured to enhance the function, look, feel, or aesthetic of a panel system. In addition, systems of at least one implementation of the present invention include a plurality of panels mounted to one or more supports using one or more washer assemblies and methods of mounting such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventors: Venugopal R. Ghatikar, Bryan K. Harris
  • Publication number: 20120076611
    Abstract: An article of manufacture selected from a titanium alloy fastener and a titanium alloy fastener stock including an alpha/beta titanium alloy comprising, in percent by weight: 3.9 to 5.4 aluminum; 2.2 to 3.0 vanadium; 1.2 to 1.8 iron; 0.24 to 0.3 oxygen; up to 0.08 carbon; up to 0.05 nitrogen; titanium; and up to a total of 0.3 of other elements. In certain embodiments, article of manufacture has an ultimate tensile strength of at least 170 ksi (1,172 MPa) and a double shear strength of at least 103 ksi (710.2 MPa). A method of manufacturing a titanium alloy fastener and a titanium alloy fastener stock comprising the alpha/beta alloy is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: ATI Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Bryan
  • Patent number: 8142124
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an integrated captive fastener system is provided. A system includes an integrated nut assembly configured to be tethered to a first structure, the nut assembly including at least one of a lock washer and a flat washer coupled to a nut using a retainer, and a bolt configured to be tethered to at least one of the first structure and a second structure, the nut assembly configured to be threadably couplable to the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Kulesha
  • Publication number: 20120070248
    Abstract: There is provided a linear object comprising magnesium-alloy having not only excellent heat resistance but also excellent plastic formability. The linear object comprising magnesium-alloy contains, on a mass percent basis, 0.1% to 6% Y, one or more elements selected from the group consisting of 0.1% to 6% Al, 0.01% to 2% Zn, 0.01% to 2% Mn, 0.1% to 6% Sn, 0.01% to 2% Ca, 0.01% to 2% Si, 0.01% to 2% Zr, and 0.01% to 2% Nd, and the balance being Mg and incidental impurities, in which the linear object comprising magnesium-alloy has a creep strain of 1.0% or less, the creep strain being determined by a creep test at a temperature of 150° C. and a stress of 75 MPa for 100 hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kuwabara, Taichirou Nishikawa, Yoshihiro Nakai, Toru Tanji, Misato Kusakari
  • Publication number: 20120003061
    Abstract: A caged sleeve assembly includes a cage having a main body defining a washer chamber, at least one washer within the washer chamber, and a centering sleeve secured to the cage. The centering sleeve is configured to center the caged assembly within a through-hole of a wheel component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Ross S. Hill, Michael F. Jeroue, Kent S. Gimmy
  • Patent number: 8083452
    Abstract: A hybrid clinch-type standoff consists of two component parts, a metal core base and a overmolded plastic barrel. The base has a through-bore and a displacer flange at the bottom. A first undercut is located immediately above the flange and extends upwardly along an outside surface of the base for providing clinch attachment of the base to a substrate. A frustoconical ramp convergent in the upward direction lies along the outer surface of the base is and is located directly above the first undercut. An axially extending segmented ring with circumferential teeth is located at the top of the base. The overmolded plastic tubular barrel composed of plastic fills the second undercut and surrounds the segmented ring. The barrel has an inner portion including a threaded inner wall which extends downardly inside the through-bore to a point flush with the bottom of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: PEM Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Bentrim
  • Patent number: 8070404
    Abstract: A fastener assembly comprising a fastener with a head having a first surface and second surface, and a shaft extending from the second surface of the head. An annular washer is rotatably disposed about the shaft and rotatable relative to the second surface of the fastener head. The washer has an inner diameter, an outer diameter, a first surface and a second, the first surface being positioned adjacent to the second surface of the head. A plurality of identical conical projections extend out from the second surface of the washer and are formed integrally therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Schluter
  • Publication number: 20110265632
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to cymbal mounting assemblies, and provides viscoelastic washers for mounting a musical cymbal onto a conventional cymbal stand to preserve the integrity of the cymbal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Gavin Harrison, David Hollingbery
  • Patent number: 8047753
    Abstract: A washer comprises a ring and a composite structure attached to the ring. The composite structure has a slotted shape and a hole that is centrally located with respect to an axis passing through the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dean, John George Kladouris
  • Publication number: 20110222990
    Abstract: A washer for a fastener system includes a washer body and a through opening in the washer body configured to allow passage of a fastener tip therethrough. A retention feature is operably connected to the washer body and configured to retain the washer to an inner surface of a setting tool barrel. A method for securing a fastener to a workpiece includes retaining a washer to an inner surface of a barrel of a setting tool and discharging a fastener from the setting tool. A tip of the fastener extends through a through opening in the washer into the workpiece. A head of the fastener is urged into contact with the washer thereby releasing the washer from the setting tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Powers Products III, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas L. Rose, Alan J. Armiento
  • Publication number: 20110213425
    Abstract: Fastening apparatus includes a fastener (30, 64, 120), including a threaded shaft (34, 126) having a thread diameter and a fastening element (36, 68, 124) having a head diameter, greater than the thread diameter. An annular washer (38, 40, 66, 70, 90, 100, 110, 122), including a shape memory material, is configured to fit over and surround the shaft and has an outer diameter no greater than the head diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: NITILOCK LTD.
    Inventors: Dvir Keren, Hadar Better
  • Publication number: 20110182690
    Abstract: An assembly structure of a rigid body and an elastic body is provided. The rigid body made of glass or ceramics has a chamber and an opening exposing the chamber. The elastic body made of plastics has an indentation and a through hole inside the indentation. The assembly structure further contains an interface element attached to a bottom side of the chamber and has an extension element corresponding to the opening of the chamber. The interconnection between the rigid and elastic bodies is achieved by joining the extension element with the indentation so that the rigid and elastic bodies could be easily put together and separated. The advantages of the rigid body such as robust to deformation and fine surface finish are thereby combined with the advantages of the elastic body such as easy shaping and assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: MING-TUNG LIU
  • Patent number: 7975611
    Abstract: Metal-sealing material-feedthrough, especially for devices which are subjected to high pressures, include at least one metal pin located in a sealing material in a feedthrough opening in a base body, whereby the at least one metal pin is enveloped at least partially by a conductive component element, so that a conductive connection may be created on the one hand between the component element and the metal pin and whereby on the other hand the component element is in contact with the base body, so that a conductive connection can be established between the component element and the base body, the component element possessing a design form to the extent that the component element with respect to its contour essentially follows the contour of the inside wall of the feedthrough opening along a section S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventor: Ramdohr Björn
  • Patent number: 7926693
    Abstract: A receiving element which can be introduced into a borehole of at least one component includes a bolt presenting an outer surface that is approximately parallel and advantageously coaxial to a longitudinal axis of the bolt. The receiving element requires few materials and can therefore be produced at a low constructional cost while being provided with high dimensional stability and positioning accuracy. The bold includes an abrasion-resistant sintered material, and a metal tip provided on the front end of the shaft. The end part of the tip is engageable in a recess of the bolt, and there is a direct connection between the end part and the recess in the connection region on the front end of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Friatec Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Schramm