Including Adjustable Thickness Means Patents (Class 411/535)
  • Patent number: 5503360
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a device which enables adjustments and positioning in three dimensions for racks and other bulk stowage structures. A friction surface provides a sliding adjustment for stowage structures having surfaces in contact therewith. Further, a pin connected to a spacer is slidably inserted into a button base to enable vertical adjustments for raising and lowering the stowage structure, as needed, by adding or removing shims thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: FMC Corp.
    Inventors: Keith A. Zimmerman, John F. Smith, John D. Stein
  • Patent number: 5492388
    Abstract: A structure for a vehicle includes left and right side members such as left and right front pillars, and a cross member, such as a steering member, which extends laterally between the side members, and which has left and right ends, respectively, fastened to the left and right side members. The structure further includes an adjusting screw member which is mounted on one end of the cross member for adjusting the total length of the cross member so as to fit between the left and right side members. The adjusting operation is done by rotating the adjusting screw member in an unscrewing direction to increase the length until the screw member abuts on the adjacent side member, and the adjustable end of the cross member is fastened to this side member by a screw fastener. The adjusting screw member is formed with an engagement hole or socket for receiving a tool for torquing the screw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5482348
    Abstract: A two-piece hood support bumper of such construction that it can be set at an infinitely determinable height by the weight and/or position of the hood itself during the process of installing the support member, and whereby the support member is permanently set in that position by an adhesive carried within the two-piece member prior to the final position being set. A method of installing a vehicle hood assembly by providing a self-height adjusting support member intermediate the ends of the hoods and at both side edges, and which is set in its final position after bringing both ends of the hood into a condition flush with the adjoining body panels and wherein the height of the support member is established by the hood itself as it is brought to rest on the front hood bumpers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Noah B. Mass, Mark C. White, Martin G. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5340258
    Abstract: A variable-length distancing unit has a tubular male component with external threads in mesh with the internal threads of a sleeve-like female component. Each component has a head which can be engaged by the working end of a wrench or another torque transmitting tool to rotate the male component relative to the female component and/or vice versa in order to select the axial length of the distancing unit. A locknut and/or a radially extending plastic screw is used to fix the two components in selected axial positions relative to each other. An axial passage of the male component can receive the shank of a bolt or screw. The head of the male component is similar to or identical with the head of the female component and/or with the locknut. This ensures that one and the same tool can be used to turn any one of these parts relative to the adjacent part or parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: Werner Simon
  • Patent number: 5314280
    Abstract: A fastener for securing two workpieces together in a desired spatial relation, at an axial distance within a predetermined spacing range comprising a screw, an insert, and a heat curable member. The heat curable member has a predetermined thickness establishing a maximum spacing within the predetermined range. The screw is drawn down toward the insert and the heat curable member is reduced in thickness until the desired spacial relation is attained. The heat curable member is subsequently cured setting the fastener and the first and second workpieces in the desired special relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Matthew Gagliardi, Noah B. Mass
  • Patent number: 5288191
    Abstract: A device for the clamping attachment of spaced structural parts by a connecting screw and a distance plate arranged in the space between them, which plate is provided with ascent support surfaces opposite which there are form-fitting mating ascent support surfaces associated with the other structural part, the rotation of the support surfaces with respect to each other determining the axial distance assumed in the manner that the distance plate is carried along into the resting position by the connecting screw. In case of use the resting height (Al) is adapted to be reduced a predetermined amount by the clamping force of the connecting screw (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Ewald Witte GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Edvard Ruckert, Willi Piontek
  • Patent number: 5240361
    Abstract: A force limiting cartridge comprises a housing and end cap which screw together to contain a slidable piston biased by a coil spring. The cartridge surrounds a conventional pull-up clamp. The bottom end of the cartridge pushes against the top layer of the laminate. The piston is pushed against the spring when the clamp screw is tightened. The piston is provided with a cross mark which when aligned with cross hairs on the housing indicate a desired clamping pressure has been attained. The cartridge can be calibrated to any desired pressure (depending on the spring's performance characteristics) by adjusting the total length of the housing/end cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Armstrong, Gary M. Moon
  • Patent number: 5192142
    Abstract: An improved collar assembly adapted for easing the disassembly of stacked members on a shaft subjected to compressive loading is disclosed. The collar assembly includes a pair of collar members which are mounted contiguously abutting one another along a planar angulated interface. One of the collar members defines a bore therethrough configured to closely correspond to the exterior diameter or exterior configuration of the shaft in which the collar assembly is to be mounted. The second collar assembly defines a bore therethrough which is dimensioned to be substantially larger than the shaft exterior configuration in which the assembly is to be mounted. The disparity in the bore sizes permits the second collar to be displaced laterally as well as axially along the shaft with respect to the shaft and along the planar interface of the two-collar members. The two-collar members define the respective exterior engagement surface adapted to engage and otherwise abut against a member stacked on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: John Hyll
  • Patent number: 5108243
    Abstract: A spacing apparatus to be used in conjunction with electrical wiring boxes, comprising an elongated thin foldable strip approximatelly 1" in width and 6" in length which further comprises a multiplicity of rectangular shaped equal sized sections each having a round central hole, whereby a certain number of the multiplicity of sections can be folded together to form a rectangular shaped corrugated spacer with a desired thickness to fill the gap between the screw arms of the electrical wiring devices and a round central hole to accommodate the fastening screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Mark Antonucci
  • Patent number: 5098117
    Abstract: A shim device adjusts camber and/or toe of a wheel assembly that is attached to an axle assembly by a plurality of spaced apart bolts. The shim device includes a relatively flat tapered plate that has a indicia selectively positioned thereon to indicate the angular position of the plate with respect to the bolts such that the plate may be selectively positioned to adjust camber and/or toe a selected amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Shim-A-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: John Specktor, Gerald A. Specktor
  • Patent number: 5096350
    Abstract: A cage nut for minimizing problems of paint welding comprises a body having a threaded bore, and means for encaging that body, and a separating member located between the body and the necaging means. The separating member may take a variety of shapes, forms and orientations, but is preferably a shim having an uneven surface. In one possible embodiment, the shim may be formed with four detents extending from the surface of the shim towards the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Buell Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5094563
    Abstract: A device for use in fixing an element to a panel of sandwich or hollow construction comprising two parallel skins, the device acting as a spacer and comprising two bushes each having a plurality of circumferentially spaced fingers extending axially from a tubular part at one end of the bush, the bushes being placed head to tail in such a way that the fingers of each bush alternate with the fingers of the other. The free ends of the fingers of each bush spread outwards and act upon the inner face of the opposite skin, the tubular part of the bush being located in a hole of the respective skin and having an axial face forming a bearing surface for the fastening member or the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Societe Nationale d'Etude et de Construction de Moteurs d'Aviation "S.N.E.C.M.A."
    Inventor: Ollivier Carletti
  • Patent number: 4948317
    Abstract: For mounting a dual socket switch, or similar electrical fitting or accessory to a junction box, a method of stabilizing the mounting and a deformable shim adapted for slidable securement, one on each of two mounting screws, for pressed deformation between the fitting and the junction box to thereby rigidify the fitting in its attachment to the junction box as an incidence of the fitting's installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Carl Marinaro
  • Patent number: 4946209
    Abstract: A fast-acting clamping device for releasably connecting first and second components includes a bolt passing through an opening in the first component and having one end with a head and another end with an anchoring device anchored in an opening in the second component. A cylinder is disposed on the first component, a piston is disposed in the cylinder and a rod is connected to the piston. A lever configuration is connected between the rod and the bolt for generating a clamping force between the head and the first component when a pressure medium is applied to the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jakob Stauner
  • Patent number: 4941790
    Abstract: A clamp device for clamping a disc tool to a driven spindle and comprising a clamp nut, a clamp disc, and an arrangement for connecting the clamp disc to the clamp nut and which arrangement includes a ring having an inner track in which a plurality of rolling members are displaceable and are spring biased against respective stops projecting from at least one of the clamp nut and the clamp disc, and which is rotatable against a spring force to release the clamp disc from the clamp nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Kirn
  • Patent number: 4934887
    Abstract: A bolt guard assembly utilizes a central sleeve and first and second end caps to separate a metal fastening nut and bolt from a pair of wood products that have been treated with a preservative. The bolt guard assembly is formed of a plastic material and prevents the metal fastener from coming into contact with the treated wood products. The central sleeve is sized to telescopingly cooperate with barrel ends of the two end caps. Each of these end caps is structured having a fastener head or nut receiving pocket which receives the head or nut of the fastener and isolates them from the wood. Fastener life is greatly increased through use of the bolt guard assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventors: Terrell L. Sharp, Gary R. Harris
  • Patent number: 4916836
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a securing and adjustment device particularly for ski boots comprising a shell containing at least one presser arranged at the foot instep region. The peculiarity of the invention resides in that it comprises an actuation element arranged outside said shell which actuates a central body associated with a first element arranged inside said shell and having at least one inclined-plane surface; a coupling body is associated with the central body and is interconnected with a second element also defining an inclined-plane surface which interacts with the inclined-plane surface of the first element. One of said first and second elements is interconnected with the presser so as to exert a securing action on the foot instep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Nordica S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Baggio, Alessandro Bambace
  • Patent number: 4909692
    Abstract: When an electrical device such as a receptacle switch or the like is fixedly wired into building wiring, it is electrically and mechanically connected to an outlet box inside the wall. The device is fastened to the face of the box by screws. Ordinarily, the opening in the wall for recessing the device has minimal clearance to admit only the device and the device has extending projections that engage the wall surface around the opening so that the device mounts flush with the wall surface. When the opening is oversize, the projections pass through the opening and the workman cannot secure the receptacle firmly and mount it flush with the wall. The invention provides a set of insulated horizontal spacer members mounted parallel to one another and flexibly joined together by flimsy vertical joining elements that are readily broken apart. The workman can break off a portion of the assembly that will provide the necessary total spacing thickness and place it between the projections and the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: Stephen R. Hendren
  • Patent number: 4848939
    Abstract: A bearing shim comprising a first end plate, a second end plate and a plurality of spacer elements disposed therebetween. The first end plate includes an axially elongated annular rib adapted to be received within apertures in the spacers and the other end plate. Preferably, the annular rib peripherally circumscribes a bore within the first end plate adapted to receive a rotatably mounted axle therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Ring & Pinion Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 4802806
    Abstract: Tension device for tightening and loosening bolts or pins, formed by a body having at least one jack (40) equipped with a piston (25). Each jack (40) is associated with at least two bolts or pins (3) placed next to one another for simultaneous tightening or loosening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Framatome
    Inventor: Gerard Sevelinge
  • Patent number: 4788880
    Abstract: Clamping mechanism for a steering column housing adjustable perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the steering column, the mechanism comprising a clamping bolt and a lever with which the bolt can be tensioned and the column housing fixed, and a spring-loaded element between housing and bolt, the lever (10) and the bolt (4) being coupled by pins (18) whose center lines cross that of the bolt (4) when it is in released condition, the pins being provided between a cup (16) fixed to the bolt and the lever, the pins being longer than the distance, measured in longitudinal direction, between cup and lever in released condition of the bolt and a certain degree of tilting of the pins on their supporting points being possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Assignee: Volvo Car B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus L. M. Kester
  • Patent number: 4712492
    Abstract: An adjusting device permitting the operator of a planter to easily and accurately adjust the depth of planting by vertically adjusting the height of the planter frame through use of an adjustable spacer device in the support for the gauge wheels. The adjustable spacer has two main parts, one of which has a multiple series of axially spaced steps affording selective adjustment of the planter frame relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Deutz-Allis Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Murray
  • Patent number: 4707880
    Abstract: A heavy-duty caster assembly with a pintle and swivel plate mounted on top of a wheel carrying horn that minimizes pintle bending and breaking with the addition of a powdered metal washer around the pintle locked on top of the swivel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Stewart-Warner Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Doyle, Francis J. Forte, Edward Galkowski
  • Patent number: 4684150
    Abstract: A camber and toe arrangement includes an improved shim device that adjusts both the camber and toe of a motor vehicle wheel. The shim device includes a tapered plate having a plurality of spaced apart bolt-engaging notches around the periphery. The bolt-engaging notches permit the shim device to be inserted between the wheel and the axis without removing the wheel mount and permit the shim device to be rotated so that the position of the taper is adjustable for correction of both toe and camber. The shim is inserted between the axle and the wheel mount by loosening all the bolts and removing two of the bolts, inserting the shim in the desired position and so that the remaining bolts engaging the bolt-engaging notches of the shim, inserting back the two bolts that were removed, and tightening all four bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: Shim-A-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: John Specktor, Gerald A. Specktor
  • Patent number: 4682906
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for the clamping connection of structural parts which are spaced apart from each other by means of a spacer disk arranged within said space and resting by its outer broad side against one structural part. For easier mounting the spacer disk, in order to obtain an axial displacement, derived from its rotation, to the free distance between the structural parts, is provided with helical pitched bearing surfaces opposite which there are form-fitting helical mating, pitched bearing surfaces which are coordinated to the other structural part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Ewald Witte & Co.
    Inventors: Edward Ruckert, Gerhard Golz
  • Patent number: 4681493
    Abstract: A dowel assembly to be anchored in a borehole in a receiving material includes a container positioned around the axis of the borehole and located between an abutment at one end of the dowel assembly and the receiving material into which the assembly is inserted. The container is formed of two parts with one part being telescopically displaceable into the other. An hydraulic mass capable of expanding when mixed with a reaction liquid is filled into the container. The expandable hydraulic mass maintains the force acting on the dowel assembly when there is relaxation of the force originally generated between the dowel assembly and the receiving material. The container has openings through which the reaction liquid can pass into contact with the hydraulic mass. The hydraulic mass can be activated by immersing the container in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Vollmer, Heinz Kousek, Elmar Maier
  • Patent number: 4527380
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lawn mower including a motor housing for vertically enclosing a motor; and a cutter casing disposed below the motor housing for housing a cutter fitted to the lower extremity of the shaft of the motor. The cutter casing is connected to the motor housing in such a manner that they communicate with each other. The cutter casing has at the upper portion thereof air-passing ports vertically extending therethrough. There is provided on the cutter casing a shroud for enclosing the motor housing, and the shroud has at a portion thereof apertures opening to communicate with the atmosphere; and air inlets opening to communicate through an air filter with the interior of the motor housing. In the cutter casing and above the cutter, there are provided an air impeller for creating a flow of air to support the mower on a cushion of air; and an axial impeller for cooling the motor. Both impellers are fitted to the motor shaft such that the axial impeller overlies the air impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: Makita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fusao Fushiya, Nobuhiro Inoue, Setsuo Saito
  • Patent number: 4433879
    Abstract: A pair of matched, serrated cams can be used as an adjustable shim to fill the gap between two fixed abutments. The overall length of the shim is externally adjustable after installation. Each matching cam may have more than one ramp surface, depending upon the conditions of restraint of the shims in a particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1984
    Inventor: James C. Morris
  • Patent number: 4256211
    Abstract: A piston stroke adjusting arrangement for disc-type friction clutches or brakes used most advantageously in forging machines and presses where rapid engagement and disengagement of clutches and brakes is essential. The arrangement includes a housing and a cylinder flange, fast with each other, the cylinder receiving the piston reciprocating therein. Axial displacement of the piston is limited by a washer arrangement in a groove made in the housing and having radially running recesses of different depths. The flange of the cylinder carries an abutment engageable in one of the radial recesses of the washer. The disclosed construction simplifies the structure of the arrangement, as a whole, and provides for both rapid and reliable adjustment of the piston stroke value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Inventor: Jury V. Katkov
  • Patent number: 4244637
    Abstract: A track assembly for securing to a wall and receiving shelves. The track assembly includes an elongated strip which is U-shaped in lateral cross section to provide two spaced parallel legs in a connecting portion. Supports are attached to the strip for receiving shelves thereon. There is also provided a shim having a base with a top and bottom surface, the bottom surface contacts the wall and each of two parallel sides of the shim has a step, said steps being spaced apart a distance equal to the distance of the spaced parallel legs of the strip and the other two parallel sides of the shim being unstepped and spaced apart from each other a distance greater than the distance of the spaced parallel legs of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Earl D. Boorman, Jr.