Similar, Opposed Ramp Surfaces Patents (Class 411/553)
  • Patent number: 11314127
    Abstract: The present invention provides a backlight module and a connecting unit thereof. The connecting unit includes a base, a plurality of fixing pins and a plurality of connecting pins. The fixing pins protrude from the base and extend towards a first direction such that the fixing pins form an accommodating space. Each fixing pin includes a fixing portion arranged on an inner wall surface thereof. The connecting pins protrude from the base and extend towards the first direction. Each of the connecting pins has an end portion away from the base and bent away from the accommodating space. Each of the connecting pins has an abutting portion arranged on an outer wall thereof. The fixing portions are more deeply extended into the accommodating space than the inner wall surfaces of the connecting pins, and the abutting portions are more outwardly protruded than the outer wall surfaces of the fixing pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shih-Chieh Chen
  • Patent number: 10934670
    Abstract: A milling machine can include a frame; a milling assembly including a drum housing; and a connecting assembly for mounting the drum housing to the frame, the connecting assembly including: a mounting member on one of the frame or the drum housing; and a locking mechanism fixed to the other one of the frame or the drum housing, the locking mechanism including a rotatable angled-plane pin configured to connect to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Colton J. Hirman, Nathan L. Mashek
  • Patent number: 9171682
    Abstract: An operation switch where a switch unit can be separated from an operation unit in a simple manner even when the operation switches are densely fitted is disclosed herein. The operation switch of the invention includes an operation unit that is disposed on a front surface side of a panel and operated by external pressing force, a switch unit that can be separated from a rear surface side of the panel from the operation unit, a latching unit formed on an external circumferential surface of the operation unit along an axial center direction, a latching receiving unit which is formed along an external circumferential surface of the switch unit and to which the latching unit is latched, and a release lever that releases a latching state of the latching unit and the latching receiving unit so that the switch unit is separated from the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Sugihara, Hiroshi Tsugawa, Hiroyuki Moriyama
  • 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: 8925952
    Abstract: An above-bed structure having two or more feet is attached into a bed of a truck using inserts which can be removed or retracted to provide a flat, unobstructed truck bed. Each insert includes an above-bed cleat portion and a below-bed peg portion which is received in a below-bed socket. Each insert is received first vertically without substantial rotation into its socket and then by rotation to a terminal point wherein the insert is vertically held by the socket. The above bed structure is then placed onto the inserts such that the feet mate with the inserts to prevent the inserts from rotating away from their terminal point, thus preventing the inserts from being removed from their sockets. The attachment can be completed by inserting mounting pins into aligned holes on the cleat portions and the feet. In one embodiment, the feet are supported on a bed place section of the insert which is offset from the rotational axis of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Cody James Leech, Kristopher William Schwennsen, Scott Morrison
  • 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: 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: 8550485
    Abstract: An above-bed structure having two or more feet is attached into a bed of a truck using inserts which can be removed or retracted to provide a flat, unobstructed truck bed. Each insert includes an above-bed cleat portion and a below-bed peg portion which is received in a below-bed socket. Each insert is received first vertically without substantial rotation into its socket and then by rotation to a terminal point wherein the insert is vertically held by the socket. The above bed structure is then placed onto the inserts such that the feet mate with the inserts to prevent the inserts from rotating away from their terminal point, thus preventing the inserts from being removed from their sockets. The attachment can be completed by inserting mounting pins into aligned holes on the cleat portions and the feet. In one embodiment, the feet are supported on a bed place section of the insert which is offset from the rotational axis of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Cody James Leech, Kristopher William Schwennsen, Scott Morrison
  • Patent number: 8496420
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a clip includes: a plate spring member having a leg portion and flange portions; a pin member having a shaft portion and a head portion. The leg portion has: inclined portions outwardly extending from a bent portion; engagement portions inwardly extending from the inclined portions; and abutting portions connected between the inclined portions and the flange portions. The shaft portion has: a proximal-side diameter-expanded portion; and a distal-side diameter-reduced portion. When the plate spring member is assembled with the pin member and flange portions abut a front side circumference of the mounting hole, the diameter-expanded portion abut the abutting portions to expand the leg portion through a further pushing operation of the pin member thereby engaging the engagement portions with a back side circumference of the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventors: Ryou Aoki, Oomi Arisaka
  • Patent number: 8475100
    Abstract: A wall fastener includes a nut having a major planar structure having a hole for receiving a screw, the major planar structure having a first end with two staggered knife edges on opposite sides of the major planar structure and a second end; and a string, wherein the string is detachably connected to the major planar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Defelsko Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Koch
  • Patent number: 8240966
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus for fastening a first component to a second component with automatic equalization of tolerances in the separation distance between the first and second component s, including a receiving element and an adjustment element, which can be screwed to the receiving element by way of a fastening screw. The adjustment element can be turned via a detachable drag connection when the fastening screw is turned. The receiving element below a flange has at least one radially projecting holding projection so that the receiving element can be immobilized on the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bollhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Ulrich Figge, Ingo Burger
  • Patent number: 8210785
    Abstract: A decorative cap and nut for securing a toilet base to a floor includes a top substantially disc-shaped member having an upper disc surface and a lower disc surface. The diameter of said disc-shaped member is substantially greater than the thickness thereof so as to lie substantially flush with the toilet base. A coaxial cylindrically shaped stem extends vertically downwardly from the top and is connected to the lower disc surface. The stem includes an internal thread adapted to be threaded onto a floor bolt that extends upwardly through an aperture in the toilet base. A slot in the upper disc surface can be engaged by a tool for rotating the top and an O-ring located on the under disc surface seals the disc-shaped member to the upper surface of the toilet base. A plug fits within the slot to hide the same. The stem and top can be integrally formed in a single piece or can be made of more than one piece joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gager
  • Publication number: 20110255938
    Abstract: A unitized component assembly includes an component having an aperture, and a plurality of discrete projections extending into the aperture and spaced apart from one another about the perimeter of the aperture, and a fastener having a head and a shank extending from the head. The shank includes a necked portion and a threaded portion adjacent the necked portion. The shank is positioned in the aperture such that the necked portion is in facing relationship with the projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony P. Copper, Justin R. Ballenger
  • Publication number: 20110027048
    Abstract: A glassware forming machine baffle arm assembly that includes a quick-connect/disconnect arrangement mounting a baffle manifold on a baffle arm. The arrangement includes a baffle arm having an aperture, and a baffle manifold having a segment extending through said aperture and permitting rotation of said baffle manifold with respect to said baffle arm. The arrangement also includes a threadless nut, and a bayonet connection between said threadless nut and said baffle manifold segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Larry N. Shue
  • Patent number: 7874779
    Abstract: Fasteners, fastener components and fastener receptacles, including quarter-turn fasteners may use a receptacle body having a non-metal material and one or more fastener engagement structures that together define a non-circular passage in the body. Underneath the fastener engagement structures, one or more support structures extend inwardly under the corresponding fastener engagement structures for supporting the underside of the fastener engagement structures. The support structures can have a concave configuration relative to an axis of the body. Additionally, a support structure can be co-extensive with the corresponding fastener engagement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: The Monadnock Company
    Inventors: Terrence Csik, Igor Komsitsky
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7832972
    Abstract: A fastener system provides an internal pocket within a CMC component into which a fastener is inserted through an internal pocket opening and loaded to secure the CMC structure to a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: David C. Jarmon
  • Publication number: 20100284767
    Abstract: A glassware forming machine baffle arm assembly that includes a quick-connect/disconnect arrangement mounting a baffle manifold on a baffle arm. The arrangement includes a baffle arm having an aperture, and a baffle manifold having a segment extending through said aperture and permitting rotation of said baffle manifold with respect to said baffle arm. The arrangement also includes a threadless nut, and a bayonet connection between said threadless nut and said baffle manifold segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Larry N. Shue
  • Patent number: 7753634
    Abstract: This attaching structure includes: a first part having a slot; a second part having an attaching hole; and a clip for connecting those parts, the clip including a first flange portion, a shank portion, a second flange portion for coming into elastic abutment against the back side of the slot, a third flange portion, and a leg portion to be retained in the attaching hole, wherein: the shank portion has sliding portions of a large arcuate shape, and stopper portions of a small arcuate shape; protrusions are disposed on the first part in the periphery of the side portions close to the stopper portions when the first flange portion intersects at a right angle with respect to the slot; and the protrusions engage with the first flange portion to stop the turning motion thereby to prevent the clip from coming out from the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakazato
  • Patent number: 7748939
    Abstract: A captive fastener generally comprising a receptacle, a bayonet assembly, and a locking assembly for locking the bayonet assembly to the receptacle. The receptacle extends along a longitudinal axis and includes a pair of parallel extending spiral raceways formed in the inner surface of a central opening that extends therethrough, and a keyway formed adjacent its terminus. The bayonet assembly includes a pair of bayonets that are adapted to ride in the raceways and a key positioned at the end of a plunger and is adapted to engage the keyway thereby locking the bayonet assembly in the receptacle. The locking assembly includes the plunger that when manipulated by a tool either engages or disengages the key from the keyway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Bulow, Ronald D. Gagnon, Jeramy K Amidon
  • Patent number: 7726924
    Abstract: An exemplary connecting structure (30), for connecting a first metal element (31) and a second metal element (32), includes a threaded weld bushing (34) and a fastener (36). The threaded weld bushing includes a main body (340) for being spot welded to the first metal element with a plurality of weld joints, and a collar (342) extending from one end of the main body for abutting the first metal element and connecting to the second metal element, and a fastener latching portion (346) defined in the main body and the collar. The fastener is configured for engaging with the fastener latching portion so as to prevent the second metal element detaching from the threaded weld bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiu-Qing Lu
  • Patent number: 7682120
    Abstract: A positive locking machine screw mechanism comprises a screw having a head and a body wherein the body includes male threads formed thereon wherein the threaded body has at least one longitudinal segment devoid of threads. A work piece defines a hole having female threads formed therein for receiving the screw and further defines in a portion of the hole, at least one longitudinally extending segment devoid of female threads. The longitudinal screw segment devoid of male threads and the longitudinal hole segment devoid of female threads are arranged such that the screw body is longitudinally received in the hole without engagement of the male screw threads with the female work piece threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Harold Goldbaum
  • Publication number: 20090263210
    Abstract: A connecting assembly (10) for fastening an add-on element (56) on a carrier element (58) includes a first connecting part (12) which can be inserted into an opening (64) of the carrier element (58). The first connecting part (12) has retaining means for fixing the first connecting part (12) to the carrier element (58). The connecting assembly (10) further includes a second connecting part (14) which can be inserted into a bore (60) of the add-on element (56). The second connecting part (14) is adapted to be inserted into the first connecting part (12). The connecting assembly (10) is adapted to be converted from a pre-mounted state, in which the retaining means permit a removal of the first connecting part (12) from the carrier element (58), into a mounted state, in which the retaining means do not permit a removal of the first connecting part (12) from the carrier element (58).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Hubert Loewe, Juergen Hofmann
  • Patent number: 7604444
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is disclosed for securing an object to channel framing. One embodiment of the assembly includes an elongate body such as a nut which engages inside faces of the framing at opposite sides of a slot in the framing, a washer spaced from the nut which engages outside faces of the framing at opposite sides of the slot, and a spring interposed between and connecting the nut and the washer for generating a force holding the washer and nut in clamping engagement with respective faces of the framing prior to securing an object to the framing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Xiaodong Wu
  • Patent number: 7491025
    Abstract: A fastener for releasably securing a first substrate to an apertured second substrate includes a base member and a locking member mounted for rotation relative to the base member. The locking member is rotatable between an insertion position for insertion of the base member and locking member through the aperture formed in the second substrate and a locking position for releasably securing the first and second substrates together. A resilient member is provided to bias the locking member toward the base member when the resilient member is compressed. The locking member includes at least one protrusion and the base member includes at least one detent. The detent and protrusion are configured to releasably engage each other in the insertion position of the locking member and disengage from each other upon rotation of the locking member toward the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Tangeman, Rainer B. Teufel
  • Patent number: 7351021
    Abstract: A fixing element of plastic includes a foot part for insertion into an oblong hole of a carrier plate. The foot part includes a head and a shaft. The fixing element can be locked in the oblong hole after the insertion of the head by a quarter turn. The shaft includes a middle strut connected to the head. A shank is formed on each of the two edges of the middle strut at right angles and in opposite directions. A countershank is formed on each of the edges of the middle strut in opposite directions. The shank is elastically bent towards the middle strut during the screwing in of the shaft through the edge of the hole and after a quarter turn returns to its original position. Pressing ramps are formed on two outer ends of the head to prevent a rotation in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: A. Raymond & CIE
    Inventor: Stephane Gombert
  • Patent number: 7338241
    Abstract: A receptacle for a fastener which is inserted into a receptacle receiving member. The receptacle is insertable and rotatable in a hole in the receptacle receiving member and includes at least one arm extending from a fastener receiving member. The arm is arranged to engage with a first side of the receptacle receiving member on insertion of the fastener receiving member into the receptacle receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Southco, UK Ltd.
    Inventor: Derrin John Bond
  • 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: 7137768
    Abstract: A fastener assembly including a stud and plate combination is disclosed for fastening a first member to a second member. The assembly comprises a stud which includes a shank having a first and a second end. A head extends from the first end of the shank, the head defining a surface which is disposed adjacent to the first end of the shank. A plate has a first and a second face, the plate defining a slot for the reception therein of the head of the stud. The arrangement is such that when the head is inserted through the slot and is rotated relative to the plate, the first face of the plate slidably cooperates with the surface of the head. The head and the plate are configured and adapted in such a manner that when the head is rotated to the plate, the stud is securely fastened to the plate, thereby allowing the first member to be attached to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Gerald F. Maas
  • Patent number: 7118316
    Abstract: A fixing element of plastic is provided which includes a foot part for insertion into an oblong hole of a carrier plate. The foot part includes of a head corresponding to the edge of the oblong hole and of a shaft adapted to the width of the oblong hole. The fixing element can be locked in the oblong hole after the insertion of the head by a quarter turn under elastic deformation of the shaft. The shaft includes a middle strut connecting the head to the fixing element. The strut has the width of the oblong hole. A shank is formed on each of the two edges of the middle strut at a right angle and in opposite directions. The shank is elastically bent towards the middle strut during the screwing in of the shaft through the edge of the oblong hole and after a quarter turn returns to its original position due to the elastic return force of the plastic and prevents a rotation in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: A. Raymond & CIE
    Inventor: Stephane Gombert
  • Patent number: 7090454
    Abstract: A fastener, such as a housing, for mounting to a structure, such as a panel, that has an aperture formed therethrough. The fastener includes a shank member and an annular nut member that is configured to align coaxially with the shank member. The shank member is inserted through aperture in the structure and the nut member is placed on the shank member. Teeth on the radially outwardly facing surface of the shank member engage a pawl, such as one or more teeth, on the radially inwardly facing surface of the nut member to lock the nut member to the shank member. Removal of the nut member is effected by rotating the nut member to disengage the pawl from the teeth, thereby permitting longitudinal displacement of the nut member off of the shank member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Floyd Bell, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Shain
  • 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: 7048486
    Abstract: An insert part (1) for insertion in an opening in a wall has a neck (7) to pass through the opening and a flange (4) arranged on the neck (7) and comprising a depression (5) on the under side facing the neck (7). The depression (5) is bounded on the outside by an elevated circumferential edge and contains a body (17) of adhesive capable of being brought into a flowable state by heating. To secure the insert part in the opening of the wall, catches (8) are attached to the neck (7). The body (17) is of such size that it is completely accommodated by the depression (5), and the insert part (1) is of such conformation that, in the installation position in which it is secured by the catches (8) in the opening of the wall, the circumferential edge (6) of the flange (4) is firmly pressed into contact with the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Harald Sch├Ąty
  • 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: 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: 6971254
    Abstract: A security device secures an apparatus having a wall (1110) with a slot (1120). The security device includes first and second shafts. The shafts have arms (10) rotatable about their respective axis into and out of their respective unlocked positions. Each of the axes of the arms are different from each other. The shafts also have tangs (12) extending from the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Belkin Components
    Inventors: Stephen Lester Bellow, Jr., Rodger D. Thomason, William Patrick Conley, Lawrence G. Kurland, George C. Chen
  • Patent number: 6848388
    Abstract: An apparatus for quickly installing a flag on and removing a flag from a golf hole flag staff is disclosed. A flag staff attachment having laterally displaceable retaining clips is threaded onto the top of a golf hole flag staff, and a retainer cap is installed through the aperture at the top of the sleeve of a golf hole flag. Laterally displaceable retaining clips on the retaining cap engage the flag sleeve's aperture, thereby securing the retaining cap to the flag. An engagement member on the retaining cap displaces the retaining clips of the flag staff attachment, thereby allowing the engagement member to pass therebetween, thereby securing the flag to the staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Robert Shields
  • Patent number: 6837661
    Abstract: A detachable insert connection arrangement adapted to be connected to a retaining channel having a slot-like opening between two retaining edges and method of connecting a component to a retaining channel. The connection arrangement includes a holder having a push-in part that includes a locking element. The push-in part is capable of being pushed into the retaining channel. A rotation pin is coupled to the locking element. The locking element is at least partially rotatable in two directions. A spring biases the locking element towards a locking position such that when the locking element is arranged in the retaining channel, the locking element bridges the slot and engages an inside of the two retaining edges. The locking element is movable, upon movement of the rotation pin against a biasing force of the spring, to a non-locking position, whereby the push-in part can be removed from the retaining channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Schwarz Verbindungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Schwarz, Bernhard Homner
  • Patent number: 6821049
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a storage shed that is strong, durable, low-maintenance, easy to assemble and use, and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and ship, and can be mass produced. In one embodiment, an attachment device is provided for attaching a support post to a floor having a top, a bottom, a floor opening between the top and the bottom, and a side edge. The attachment device comprises a floor locking nut configured to be rotatably supported at the bottom of the floor. The floor locking nut includes a nut bearing surface disposed adjacent a nut aperture and facing downward from the bottom of the floor. The nut bearing surface includes an inclined surface leading to a raised surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Thinking Outside, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Greene
  • Patent number: 6817810
    Abstract: A piering device includes a shaft having interspaced threaded portions and unthreaded portions extending axially along at least a portion of its length. The unthreaded portions of the shaft are radially recessed with respect to the threaded portions. A helical plate with a threaded passageway can engage the threaded portions of the shaft at any desired location along the shaft. A key is then inserted into the passageway between the helical plate and an unthreaded portion of the shaft to hold the helical plate at the desired location on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Robert L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20040170491
    Abstract: Fastener (1) comprising a head (2) and a body (3), the head (2) comprising a transverse stop (5) able to bear on the first piece (23), and the body (3) comprising 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), having 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) comprising at least one lug (13;18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Martial Hulin, Domingos Castro, Jean-Pierre Lesecq
  • Patent number: 6779370
    Abstract: A security device secures an apparatus having a wall (1110) with a slot (1120). The security device includes first and second shafts. The shafts have arms (10) rotatable about their respective axis into and out of their respective unlocked positions. Each of the axes of the arms are different from each other. The shafts also have tangs (12) extending from the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Belkin Components
    Inventors: Stephen Lester Bellow, Jr., Rodger D. Thomason, William Patrick Conley, Lawrence G. Kurland, George C. Chen
  • Patent number: 6773215
    Abstract: A fastener for securing a composite panel 14 to a noncomposite support 12 includes a composite stud 22 with a notched shank 26, and a collar 36 with an axis 38 and circumferentially extending ribs 56. When assembled, the ribs 56 and notches 28 engage each other to resist axial translation between the stud and the collar. In one embodiment, a spring 66 urges the rib into contact with the notch to tension the stud and clamp the panel to its support. In a second embodiment, the collar 36a has external threads. A nut 76 engages the threads to tension the stud and clamp the panel to its support. The spring 66 is optional in the second embodiment. Because the composite stud is susceptible to damage if exposed to excessive torque, both embodiments include features to minimize torque transfer to the stud during assembly and disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cuva, Robert E. Warburton
  • Patent number: 6769853
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding device for fixing a car body element to the structure of a motor vehicle. The inventive device is of the type that comprises a panel (10) formed by a sheet (11) which defines a support face that is adapted to co-operate with the car body clement and,which comprises means (14, 15) for locking to the car body clement and frangible means (16) for releasing the car body element. Said device also comprises an element (30) for quarter-turn fixing in an opening in the structure which is used to hold the assembly formed by the panel (10) and the car body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Peugeot Citroen Automobiles SA
    Inventor: Philippe Perrot
  • Patent number: 6735819
    Abstract: A vehicle floor mat affixation device includes a noncircular shaped body with an axial extending connector. The connector secures the affixation device to the vehicle floor. A reverse face of the affixation device includes a panel of releasable fastening material that is designed to mate with a similar panel of releasable fastening material in the vehicle floor mat. The present invention resists affixation device pull-out as well as shear forces applied to the mat with respect to the carpeting on which the mat is placed, but nonetheless permits easy removal and replacement of the vehicle floor mat and of the affixation devices without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Iverson, David F. MacNeil
  • Patent number: 6733221
    Abstract: Insert nut for a screw nut joint of the type which comprises a substantially rectangular block, of which the short side substantially corresponds to the width of the outer groove portion in a T-formed groove, which outer groove portion is delimited by side flanges in a profile or the like and which inner groove portion is expanded relative to the outer groove portion. The long side of the insert nut substantially corresponds to the width of the inner groove portion, and which nut by rotation can be transversally positioned and be brought into contact with the underside of the side flanges of the groove. The nut is designed with a substantially quadratic shoulder section, which is arranged concentric with the threaded hole of the nut, and with substantially the same width as the short side of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Jokab Safety AB
    Inventor: Mats Linger
  • Patent number: 6725739
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a tiltable steering column includes a rod disposed within and selectively actuable along a longitudinal axis of a sleeve. A biasing member biased the rod into a locked position with the sleeve, the biasing member having a first end coupled to a mounting portion extending from the sleeve. A collar is arranged around a portion of the sleeve, the collar includes a dog tangentially extending from an outer wall of the collar and a groove portion formed between the outer wall and the dog for receiving the second end of the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Sean A Bannon, William A Jolley, Benjamin S Basa, Jr.