Outwardly Extending Projection Cooperates With Socket Member Having Ramp Engagement Means Patents (Class 411/549)
  • Patent number: 11643807
    Abstract: A clamp (51) for connecting panels in a surface coating structure on a base frame comprises a fixable element (100) and a rotatable element (200) having an upper part (220), projecting after its rotation from the fixable element (100) and provided with end (21, 22) of engagement in lateral grooves of adjacent panels. The rotatable element (200) has an intermediate part (280) and a lower part (290) which are constituted by two coaxial discs, the disc of the intermediate part (280) having a smaller diameter than the disc of the lower part (290). The fixable element (100) has two communicating coaxial holes (10, 11) housing the intermediate part (280) and the lower part (290) with a wide coupling to allow rotation of the rotatable element (200) with respect to the fixable element (100). A manufacturing process of the clamp (51) is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: I DECK S.R.L.
    Inventor: Enrico Aquilani
  • Patent number: 11333188
    Abstract: An exemplary self-retaining locator member includes a body having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The body includes an engagement area formed in the first surface, an alignment member extending from the first surface, the alignment member including a retention tab, an extension member extending from the second surface, a retention member extending from the extension member, and a stopping member extending from the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Perez Ruiz, Matthew M. Kunz, Darren M. Van Houzen, James K. Platt
  • Patent number: 11015742
    Abstract: The disclosed inventive concept provides a cable fastener assembly for securing a plurality of cables onto a stud. The cable fastener assembly includes a housing and a punch-nut for securing the housing onto the stud. The housing includes a base, a sidewall, and at least one attachment member extending from the sidewall. The base has an opening formed therein for receiving the stud and the sidewall includes at least one attachment member for securing a cable tie thereto. The punch-nut includes a base and an opening formed therein for receiving the stud. By providing interchangeable punch-nuts to be used with the housing, the disclosed inventive concept can accommodate studs having different shapes. Preferably, a pair of perpendicular passageways is formed within each attachment member. A cable tie may then be secured within each passageway for securing cables to the housing along different axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Julien Locatelli, James Nagle
  • Patent number: 10933817
    Abstract: A device for securing a first unit to a second unit includes a first component having a body and a head. The body is configured to be inserted in at least one of a first orifice of the first unit and a second orifice of the second unit. The first component includes a retainer at a lower longitudinal end of the body. A second component is configured to couple to the first component. At least one of the first and second components includes at least one cam surface and the other of the first and second components includes at least one follower configured to cooperate with the at least one cam surface, and to transform a rotational movement of the first component into a longitudinal translation movement of the first component in relation to the second component so that the retainer bears on the lower surface of the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Leverger, Fulvio Yon, James S. Tisol, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10760324
    Abstract: An exemplary masonry anchor includes a plate and a tube extending from the plate. The plate has a first end, an opposite second end, and a pair of edges extending between the first and second end. The tube is defined by a circumferential sidewall surrounding a central opening of the tube. The tube has a first end portion secured to the plate and an opposite second end portion. In certain embodiments, the first and second ends of the plate are curved. In certain embodiments, the second end portion of the tube includes a cutout operable to receive a dimple of a channel member. In certain embodiments, one or both of the edges of the plate are bent in the direction in which the tube extends from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Lance W. Graff, Matthew J. Stouder
  • Patent number: 9303664
    Abstract: A non-friction, interlocking fastener with a bolt that is locked into a retainer incorporating an integral spring with limited compression and which is axially constrained to prevent non-linear movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Nancy K. Keech
  • Patent number: 9291180
    Abstract: A member mounting structure joins together a first member which has a first mounting hole and a second member which has a second mounting hole. The member mounting structure is configured in such a manner that a pin has a shaft section and a radial protrusion section which protrudes in the radial direction from the shaft section. A clip, which is formed by punching and press-forming a metallic plate and which is used to grip the first member, has: a first plate section which has formed therein a first insertion hole into which the shaft section of the pin is inserted; a second plate section which faces the first plate section; and a connection section which connects the first plate section and the second plate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakazato, Nobuya Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 9188145
    Abstract: An assembly of boards includes a first board, a second board and a lock member. The first board includes a first through hole and a gap formed on a bottom of the first board. The second board includes a supporting wall formed on a bottom thereof, a second through hole corresponding to the first through hole, and a receiving hole defined in the first board and communicating with the second through hole. The lock member includes a head rotatably received in the receiving hole and being blocked by the supporting wall, a neck connected to the head, and a latch portion formed on the neck, the latch portion extending through the first and second through holes and able to be rotatably abutted so as to latch against the bottom of the first board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Guang-Long Li, Ming-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 9022712
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching objects to channeled members wherein the objects have a hole extending therethrough and the channeled members have a longitudinal slot formed between projecting longitudinal walls. The fastener includes a button and a retainer. The button includes an abutment wall, an abutment surface and an axially extending slot. The retainer includes an engagement boss and a head at opposite ends of shaft. The retainer extends through the button slot. For attaching the object, the button extends through the object hole with the abutment wall adjacent the object and the abutment surface adjacent the channeled member. The retainer boss and part of the shaft extend through the longitudinal slot. The retainer is rotated for engaging the longitudinal walls with the boss. The longitudinal walls are sandwiched between the boss and the button abutment surface and the object is sandwiched between the channeled member and the button abutment wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Klopfenstein, II
  • 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: 8915321
    Abstract: A device for the removable attachment of a battery of a motor vehicle includes a top portion including an attachment to a motor vehicle, a bottom portion including a connection with the battery, and a latch and a screw including a threaded portion so as to allow locking and unlocking, then the mutual tightening and loosening of the top portion and the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Francois-Xavier Lejeune, Mickael Turpin, Joel Thevenart, Emmanuel Richez
  • Patent number: 8844888
    Abstract: A strut clip for facilitating attachment of pipe hangers, electrical conduit, or other structures to open channel unistruts. The strut clip includes an assembly of a face element and a nut element. The face element includes a centrally located threaded aperture, a face element rear surface, and a pair of flanges extending rearwardly from the face element rear surface. The nut element includes a nut element rear surface, an unthreaded aperture for free passage of a fastener, and a pair of openings therein. The flanges of the face element extend through the openings in the nut element thereby forming the strut clip assembly. Nut element further includes a narrow side, a wide side, and beveled edges that enable attachment to a unistrut by simply inserting the narrow side of the nut portion into the open channel of the unistrut and rotating the assembly by 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • 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: 8794895
    Abstract: Decompression seal (1) for connecting components (3, 4, 5) having openings (2) which opens on excessive pressure. It consists of a retaining-bolt-like arrangement (6) with a bolt head (7) and a locking head (8) with recesses (8-1, 8-2) into which, in the retaining position, the ends of leaf-spring arms (9-3, 9-2) engage. These recesses (8-1, 8-2) and the leaf-spring arms are formed in such a way that when a certain pressure accumulates on the side of the upper component (5) the retaining position is released and the retaining-bolt-like arrangement (6) is pushed axially (17) in direction (R) towards the bolt head (7). Through the threaded connection of the shafts (11, 12) this decompression seal (1) allows the components (3, 4, 5) to be drawn together by turning the bolt head (7). A rotation lock (15, 16) prevents the connection from working loose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: S-Fasteners GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Homner, Dimitri Svyrsky
  • Patent number: 8721284
    Abstract: A hollow-cast casting is provided, which includes at least one core opening that is caused by the production technique and which has a closure device that closes the core opening. The closure device can be inserted into the core opening axially in relation to the core opening and provides at least one surface region which, in axial projection in relation to the core opening, can be made to abut a surface region of the casting that is facing toward the casting. The surface region lies radially outside a cross-sectional area predetermined by the core opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin Balliel, Christoph Didion, Thomas Duda, Marcel Koenig
  • Patent number: 8661835
    Abstract: A bushing for assembling an exhaust duct liner with an exhaust duct in a gas turbine engine comprises a body, a bushing opening and a first tab. The body is insertable into a duct opening in an exhaust duct. The bushing opening extends through the body to receive a shaft of a liner fastener. The first tab protrudes from the body to extend into an interior of the duct to prevent rotation of a head of the liner fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jorge I. Farah, Jason Hickman, Jose Cintron
  • Patent number: 8657545
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first structure and a clamp configured to clamp the first structure to a second structure. The clamp may include a top portion configured to extend through the slot, where the top portion includes a head, a neck portion coupled to the head and a cylindrical body coupled to the neck portion. The clamp may also include a rotatable nut located adjacent the slot, where the rotatable nut has an opening to receive the cylindrical body. The clamp may further include a spring nut configured to receive a portion of the cylindrical body. The rotatable nut is configured to be turned such that when the head of the clamp is aligned with the slot in the first structure, the top portion of the clamp is configured to lower into the opening and clamp the first structure to a second structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joey D. Magno, Jr., Robert K. Jolly
  • Patent number: 8567733
    Abstract: A support stand for display device includes a base seat, an elevating support, and a locking module detachably connected the elevating support to the base seat. The locking module includes a fixing member, a rotating member, an elastic member, and a latching member. The fixing member is fixed on one of the base seat and the elevating support, and the fixing member defines a gap and a latching groove. The rotating member is rotatably extended through the other one of the base seat and the elevating support, and the fixing member. The elastic member is sleeved on the rotating member, and abuts on the fixing member. The latching member is fixed on an end of the rotating member. The latching member is extended through the gap of the fixing member, and is engaged in the latching groove of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Xin Wang, Lian-Cheng Huang, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 8540013
    Abstract: A heat exchanger with a plurality of heat transfer plates between a frame and a movable plate employs hydraulic rams connected above and below the heat transfer plates to move the movable plate toward or away from the frame in a releasable clamping action against the heat transfer plates. A positive lock maintains the movable plate in its operational position. Supports above and below the heat transfer plates support and guide the movable plate and heat transfer plates. Thus, the heat transfer plates are removable from between the stationary and follower plates for replacement and maintenance when the movable plate is moved away from the frame without further reconfiguration or dismantling of the plate heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Leon Sanders
  • Patent number: 8430421
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a body having an opening extending therethrough, a pair of detents formed in an exterior surface of the body, and a rigid retaining pin inserted through the opening, the rigid retaining pin having a pair of flexible fingers configured to engage the pair of detents, the flexible fingers configured to disengage from the pair of detents when an airbag is deployed. The fastener clip also includes a plurality of molding gates formed at an intersection between the body and the rigid retaining pin, the rigid retaining pin being subsequently movable with respect to the body after the molding gates are broken. The fastener clip further includes a pair of flexible retention legs adapted to secure the fastener clip to a vehicle chassis. An airbag retention system including the fastener clip is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James T Kirchen, Jesse L Jensen
  • Publication number: 20130011218
    Abstract: An adhesive fastening element (2) for holding a workpiece (8), the adhesive fastening element (2) comprising: an adhesive delivery tube (32) embedded in the adhesive fastening element (2) for supplying adhesive (10) to an exterior surface of the adhesive fastening element (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Mark H. RAFFLES, Dragos AXINTE, Helen L. LLEWELLYN-POWELL
  • Patent number: 8348569
    Abstract: The one-piece cage for fixing device to an object by screwing blind to a plate or the like perforated by a square mounting hole, of the kind including that cage and, therein, a threaded part adapted to cooperate screw-fashion with a complementary threaded part to assure the required fixing, and comprising four identical radial lugs extending in two orthogonal diametral directions and whose profile is such that the resulting cross-shape can be inserted with a small clearance into the square hole, which cage is adapted to be inserted with a small clearance into the mounting hole and to bear on the edges of that hole at the end of the introduction of the cage therein, and is characterized in that it takes the general form of an elastically deformable U-shape having four lugs angularly offset at 90° to each other and adapted to receive contiguously between them the four lugs of the threaded part, the lugs being connected in pairs by two symmetrical bridges adapted to bear on the edges of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ITW Fastex France
    Inventor: Ludovic Tournier
  • Patent number: 8002509
    Abstract: A fastening system including a stud with a shank and an annular flange whose diameter is greater than the diameter of the shank. The system further including a nut with a bore and an internal thread formed in the bore, the internal thread having a helical thread ridge formed in the bore and a thread groove running next to the thread ridge. The annular flange of the stud can be screwed into the internal thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Frank Rosemann
  • Patent number: 7976056
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a body having an opening extending therethrough, and a rigid retaining pin inserted through the opening, the rigid retaining pin having a first end secured within the body and a second end disposed outside the body, the retaining pin configured to limit the movement of a vehicle trim piece with respect to the vehicle chassis when an airbag is deployed. The fastener clip also includes a plurality of molding gates formed at an intersection between the body and the rigid retaining pin, the rigid retaining pin being subsequently movable with respect to the body after the molding gates are broken. The fastener clip further includes a pair of flexible retention legs adapted to secure the fastener clip to a vehicle chassis and a pair of flexible retention legs adapted to secure the trim piece to a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Kirchen, Benjamin H. Moerke, Jesse L. Jensen, Brock T. Cooley, Adam C. Peterson, David W. Edland
  • Patent number: 7955038
    Abstract: A turnlock fastener (1) for the connection of two components features a cover plate (4) and a base shaft (5) which is formed on the cover plate (4) and which extends away from the cover plate (4), at which at least two opposing rigid locking stands (10, 11) are positioned at a distance from the cover plate (4) and extend outward from the base shaft (5) in the radial direction. In addition, a fixing arrangement is provided to secure the turnlock fastener (1) to a first component which possesses at least two radial elastic spring limbs (14, 15) which are each arranged between two locking stands (10, 11) and which are connected at one end with the base shaft (5) and which extend away from the base shaft (5) with the other free end in the direction of the cover plate (4). That way, the turnlock fastener (1) can be secured ahead of time within certain relatively large dimensions of insertion openings of different sizes and with relatively large pullout forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Friedrich Silbereisen, Jurgen Vollmer
  • Publication number: 20110001328
    Abstract: A vehicle console having a quick release fastener and being formed of a console frame comprising two side panels and two end panels; spaced apart mounting lip portions provided on the console frame; a face plate comprising connection portions thereof securable with a respective one of the mounting lip portions; and a quick release fastener comprising an actuator operable through the face plate adjacent to one of the connection portions, and a jaw portion that is responsive to actuation of the actuator for moving between an unclamped state extended over the respective connection portion and spaced away therefrom, and a clamped state adjacent to the respective connection portion with a portion of the mounting lip portion clamped therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7862281
    Abstract: The present invention provides a linear fastening system capable of rapid engagement and disengagement. More specifically, the system utilizes a cooperating collet member and a compression ring member which are constructed and arranged to slip easily over a shank member. The fastener system is secured by linearly traversing a compression member in an overlapping fashion over the collet member thereby utilizing ribbed surfaces to compress the collet member to grip the outer surface of the shank member. In this manner, the linear fastener system is capable of providing a precise, secure, and reproducible connection between multiple components without the need to apply rotational torque to the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Spinal, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Doubler, John E. Hammill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7854359
    Abstract: A quick connect assembly for mounting a bicycle rack to a vehicle bumper includes a mounting bracket securely connectable to the bumper and a pivoting arm integrally connected to the bicycle rack and mountable to the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket has a horizontal base member and a vertical wall extending from the rear edge of the base member. Along each lateral edge of the base member is a vertical side wall having through apertures for receiving portions of the pivoting arm. A latch plate is centrally located on the mounting bracket between the two side walls. The latch plate has notches formed therein for receiving a latch pin of the pivoting arm to hold the bicycle rack in the vertically upward position or the horizontal working position. An arcuate cam formation separates the notches. The pivoting arm has spaced side plates each having a side extending peg for disposition in the apertures of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Midwest Bus Corporation
    Inventor: George Gunn
  • Publication number: 20100272540
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting element for the mechanical connection of at least two components, in particular two components of a motor vehicle door, with a bearing collar for bearing against a first component, with a crossbar that has bearing flanks for bearing against a second component and for clamping the latter against the first component in a rotated final assembly position, and with a shaft section, which bears the crossbar, for rotatably passing through corresponding openings in the components. In this case, a means is provided for fastening to the first component in a defined preassembly position. Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding connecting arrangement comprising at least two components each having an aperture, and a connecting element of this type, with the connecting element being held on the first component in a preassembly position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Rolf Bücker, Martin Schlechtriemen, Sebastian Schnetter, Horst Weber, Peter Herzog, Mathias Heppner, Thomas Hülsebusch
  • Patent number: 7707755
    Abstract: A removable device for attaching two mechanical parts includes a pin removably locking a first part with respect to a second part, a retainer member on the pin and a resiliently loaded tension member which collaborate to prevent the pin from coming out of its locked position; the removable device further includes at least two inclined surfaces, the general shape of which is that of a projection oriented in the axial direction of the pin, such that when the pin rotates, the retainer member runs along the inclined surfaces and the pin moves between the locked position and unlocked position against a force exerted on the pin along a longitudinal axial direction of the pin exerted by the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Metalogenia, S.A.
    Inventors: José Lopez Almendros, Francesc Perez Lado, Joan Tuto Y Faja, Ester Alonso Frijola
  • Patent number: 7658582
    Abstract: The present invention provides a linear fastening system capable of rapid engagement and disengagement. More specifically, the system utilizes a cooperating collet member and a compression ring member which are constructed and arranged to slip easily over a shank member. The fastener system is secured by linearly traversing a compression member in an overlapping fashion over the collet member thereby utilizing ribbed surfaces to compress the collet member to grip the outer surface of the shank member. In this manner, the linear fastener system is capable of providing a precise, secure, and reproducible connection between multiple components without the need to apply rotational torque to the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Ortho Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Doubler, John E. Hammill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7549845
    Abstract: In a gas turbine, annular overhang portions are formed on adjacent surfaces of a plurality of rotor discs so as to face each other, surrounding the rotor axis, groove portions are provided circumferentially to the surfaces of the overhang portions facing each other, and sealing structures are annularly installed to the inside of the groove portions. The gas turbine comprises sealing plate assemblies which include the overhang portions, the groove portions and a plurality of plates being formed annularly by being mutually piled up; and detachable retaining members which are provided so as to fix the overhang portions and the sealing plate assemblies together by way of disc engagement portions provided to the overhang portions and sealing plate engagement portions provided to the sealing plate assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Uwami, Rintaro Chikami
  • Patent number: 7537409
    Abstract: An improved locking device is essentially characterized by the following features: at least two recessed sections extend radially outwards from the central axis and are arranged at regular angular intervals from one another, a setting member or rotary member is provided in the inside of the pot-like or housing-like fixed element; the rotary member comprises an actuation portion with a locking element which is axially offset in the direction of the base; the locking element has a structure provided with locking arms which project radially outwards, so that the thus designed locking element can be axially inserted through the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Frank Huhnerbein
  • Patent number: 7278810
    Abstract: A grommet for an opening of a sheet member includes a shank, a head and at least a flexible locking tab. The shank includes, in a region adjacent the head and outside the locking tab, a shoulder to be placed below an edge of the opening when the shank is rotated an angle about the axis of the opening after being inserted therein. The shoulder and the locking tab prevent withdrawal of the grommet from the opening. The shank further includes an inclined outer surface section connecting the shoulder and the lower surface of the head. The inclined outer surface section engages the edge of the opening and draws the shank into the opening upon rotation of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Bauer
  • Patent number: 7150596
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus is disclosed that features projecting locking members that extend and retract when a central drive shaft is rotated. The exterior of the connector has a body that is partially threaded to receive a nut so that two structures (eg. flanges, panels, plates, beams, etc.) can be pulled together by tightening the bolt when the locking members are in the extended position. In one embodiment, the shaft can be an eyebolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventors: Carroll Diaz, Derrick Prentice
  • Patent number: 7077610
    Abstract: A toggle bolt type connector has projecting locking members that extend and retract when a central drive shaft is rotated. The exterior of the connector has a body that is partially threaded to receive a nut so that two structures (eg. flanges, panels, plates, beams, etc.) can be pulled together by tightening the bolt when the locking members are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Buern USA, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Carroll Diaz
  • Patent number: 7052223
    Abstract: A lockable key comprises a handle, a flange, a shaft, a first spring, a second spring, and two depressible balls. The handle is connected to the top of said flange, and the shaft is connected to the bottom of the flange. The shaft provides two lateral appendages, and he first spring is coiled around the shaft between the flange and the two lateral appendages. The shaft terminates in a tapered region that provides apertures through which the depressible balls depend. The second spring is mounted internal to the shaft and acts to push the depressible balls outwardly through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: William Clarence Miller
  • Patent number: 7044701
    Abstract: A fastening system (1) comprises a rear grip part (5) for introduction into a mounting opening (4) of an elongated mounting rail (2) in a first position and for gripping behind the mounting projections (6.1, 6.2) in a second position and a stop (3) for frontal external loading of the mounting rail (2). The stop (3) is connected to the rear grip part (5) by means of a threaded bolt (9). In addition, on the fastening system (1) a system is provided for providing a relative rotary movement between the stop (3) and the rear grip part (5) about the axis of the bolt (9). The system is configured as a transmission system for transforming a translatory movement of the bolt (9) relative to the stop (3) into a rotary movement of the rear grip part (5) relative to the stop (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Armin Herb
  • Patent number: 7029196
    Abstract: A system for joining two components includes a rotatable locking member having a pair of diametrically opposed notches, a pair of diametrically opposed first sectors having a first radius, and a pair of diametrically opposed second sectors having a second radius larger than the first radius. A shaft is attached to and extends axially from the locking member. One of the components has a cavity and an opening for inserting the locking member into the cavity. The other component has a receptacle for holding an end of the shaft opposite the locking member so that the shaft holds the two components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Daljit S. Bedi
  • Patent number: 6997658
    Abstract: An alignment pin or fastener includes a radially eccentric part such that when the fastener is tightened, the eccentric part shifts radially to simultaneously align the holes of two plates in a radial direction and clamp the two plates together in an axial direction. The bi-directional fastener includes two heads at opposite ends of a shaft, wherein the two plates become sandwiched and clamped between the two heads. The shaft and the two heads remain fixed relative to each other, so turning one head turns the other. This allows the fastener to be tightened even when only one of the heads is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: David E. Fly
  • Patent number: 6988863
    Abstract: Fastener (1) includes a head (2) and a body (3). The head (2) has a transverse stop (5) able to bear on the first piece (23). The body (3) has a first spacer (10) and a second spacer (11), coaxial and disposed in line with each other in an axial direction. The first spacer (10), adjacent to the head (2), has a diameter greater than that of the second spacer (11) which extends starting from the first spacer (10), on the opposite side from the head (2). Each of the spacers (10, 11) has at least one lug (13; 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: I.T.W. de France
    Inventors: Martial Hulin, Domingos Castro, Jean-Pierre Lesecq
  • Patent number: 6679646
    Abstract: An electronic housing system is provided which includes at least two, especially plate shaped, electronic housings which can be snapped onto a mounting rail. The housing system includes a locking system including at least two housing portions, namely a starter unit and an end unit, and a key element. The starter unit is constructed as a key receptacle and the end unit is constructed as a lock complementary to the key element. The two housing portions can be locked with one another by rotation of the key element in the end unit. The locking system further includes an intermediate housing portion for positioning between the starter unit and the end unit, whereby the intermediate portion has an intermediate end unit for interlocking with the end of the key element, and an intermediate starter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignees: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Keba AG
    Inventors: Dirk Quardt, Jörg Söfker, Reinhard Gottlieb Starzinger, Hans Peter Wintersteiger
  • Patent number: 6676324
    Abstract: A device for fixing an interior covering in vehicles, more particularly for motor vehicle doors. An integrated adapter is provided in the interior covering through which a fastener can be operated for fixing the interior covering and/or a component part fixed on the interior covering to the bodywork part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eberhard Pleiss
  • Patent number: 6598435
    Abstract: A locking device suitable for NID housing security. The device includes a slotted cylinder, a key and key tool. The slotted cylinder has a resistance component contained in the cylinder. The key is mateable with the slotted cylinder and is held in place by the force of the resistance component. The key head has a cavity therein of a complimentary shape to the key tool so that the tool may be used to turn the key for locking or unlocking. A cylindrical sleeve is used for additional security. The sleeve fits over the mated key and slotted cylinder to protect against release of the parts and may further provide a barrier to removal from a structure being locked. By use of different key head cavity shapes each subscriber may only access their own line in a NID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Cowan, David S. Kerr, Jason A. Kay, Ronald Marchisin, Ivan Pawlenko
  • Patent number: 6501022
    Abstract: A system which allows for a face plate to be locked to an electrical box. The system has a male connector which is rotatably coupled to the face plate. A female receptacle receives the male connector. A partial turn of the male connector will lock and unlock the face plate to the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Simeon Luke Victor
  • Patent number: 6439626
    Abstract: An actuator for a vehicle door lock has an exterior handle with a flap and an inner support on which the flap is pivotally supported. The flap has stays with connecting points penetrating an opening in the vehicle door. A first connecting point has a pivot pin and a pivot seat. When inserting the pivot pin into the pivot seat, the handle is in an angular position relative to its final fastening position. The pivot seat has an inner shoulder engaged by a radial projection of the pivot pin for axially securing the pivot pin. The second connecting point has a first part on the handle and a second part on the flap. The handle is rotated back from the angular position until the first and second parts of the second connecting point are radially aligned. They are then connected to one another and the final fastening position of the handle is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Manfred Rohlfing
  • Patent number: 6267543
    Abstract: A quarter-turn latch for fastening a first panel to a second panel includes a bolt with a bayonet key that rotationally engages a keyhole in the second panel, and a capture key that engages with the first panel to prevent loss of the bolt. A track on the underside of the second panel, surrounding a portion of the keyhole, secures the bolt in the closed position. Bump stops engageable with the bayonet key define open and closed positions. A spring integrated with the bolt prevents rattles, overcomes misalignment and/or assists disengagement of the latch. The system may be used, for example, in network interface devices (NIDs), plastic enclosures, and other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph David, Jason A. Kay, David Stevens Kerr, Ronald Marchisin, Ivan Pawlenko
  • Patent number: 6007296
    Abstract: A guide blade for steam turbines, having in the blade interior a cavity (18) to which a vacuum is applied, is provided with an opening (3) for drawing off fluid in the region of the trailing blade edge (4). This opening is provided with a porous cover (7). The cover is dimensioned in such a way that, during operation, all its capillaries are filled with the fluid to be drawn off. It is anchored in the guide blade by a mechanical fastening element (20).The mechanical fastening element (20) is a spring-loaded quick-acting lock and comprises a bush (21) which fixes the cover in the blade opening (3) and projects with its cylindrical part (24) into the blade cavity (18), and a pin (25) which is axially displaceable in the interior of the bush, is equipped with spring means (26) and is provided at its end with a cap (28), which rests on the inner wall of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Ernst, Kurt Faller, Reinhard Fried
  • Patent number: 5947191
    Abstract: A heat sink for a computer chip is adapted for mounting to a heat exchange plate that has elongate slots with limited clearance on the other side. Mounting apparatus includes latch pins with an elongate knob at the end to have a T-shape with a reduced shaft to define a shank and collar that are so sized as to control the projection of the knob beyond the slot. Specially bent flexible members are preferably interposed between the collar and heat sink to force intimate engagement with the heat exchange plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines
    Inventors: Timothy Paul Hiteshew, Anthony-Lau Huu Nguyen, Chun-Seng Lin
  • Patent number: 5897278
    Abstract: A fastener member having a head and a body portion with a plurality of arm members flexibly provided to compress a first member against a second member against the force of the fastener head to fasten the first and second members. The fastener member can secure articles or panels of different thicknesses as well as those of non-uniform thickness to other members or articles. A receiving socket is also provided to be used in conjunction with the fastener member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert J. Frattarola