Enclosed (e.g., Socket) Patents (Class 81/121.1)
  • Patent number: 10059164
    Abstract: A method of operating at least one of a fan and a vent in a ceiling of a recreational vehicle using an extension arm, the extension arm including an elongated shaft with an operable end, comprising grabbing the extension arm with one's hand; engaging one of a turn switch, a turn crank, and a knob of one of the fan and vent in the ceiling of the recreational vehicle with the operable end; and at least one of operating the fan and vent by rotating one of the turn switch, the turn crank, and the knob with the operable end by rotating the extension arm with one's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Andrew Jerney
  • Patent number: 9991659
    Abstract: A tool for mounting a terminal onto a stud contact is disclosed. The tool has a receptacle, a stud detector, and an indicator. The receptacle is open in a mounting direction and receives the terminal. The stud detector detects a final installation position of the stud contact within the receptacle. The indicator is visible from an exterior of the tool and is connected to the stud detector. The indicator has a first visual appearance and a second visual appearance different from the first visual appearance, and automatically switches between the first visual appearance and the second visual appearance based on whether the stud contact is in the final installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Rudiger Ostermann, Hartmut Ripper, Mile Trajkov
  • Patent number: 9889544
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a head with a ratchet wheel rotatably received therein. A positioning unit is located in the head and is cooperated with a pawl which is engaged with the ratchet wheel. A collar is located in the head and has two notches defined in a peripheral wall of the collar. A curved groove is defined through the collar. Two toothed racks are formed along the groove. Two clamp members are located in the ratchet wheel which has two guide slots. Each clamp member has two guide rods which are located in the guide slot corresponding thereto. An engaging unit extends through the groove and is pivotably connected to a lever to securely position the clamp members when clamping an object. The two clamp members are adjusted to securely clamp the object by rotating the collar, and the object can be rotated by the ratchet wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Shwu-Ruu Chern
  • Patent number: 9884408
    Abstract: A pool pump-trap wrench system including a pool pump-trap wrench assembly. The pool pump-trap wrench assembly including, a handle-frame, a top-unit, and two offset-lower-levers. The handle-frame, the a top-unit, and the two offset-lower-levers are structured and arranged in combination to provide a user with a device useful for affixing to a wide variety of pool pump-trap covers for cleaning and maintaining a the pool pump-trap. The handle-frame includes a handle and a frame. The frame includes a frame-opening, at least one frontward-notch, and at least one rearward-notch. Included is the top unit including a front-member, a rear-member, and a center-section; with the center-section including a body and a body-opening. The handle-frame includes the handle; the frame includes the frame-opening, the at least one frontward-notch, and the at least one rearward-notch; where the top-unit includes the front-member, the rear-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Clement Mikulich
  • Patent number: 9863491
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piston for a brake caliper, which can be actuated in combined fashion, of a disk brake, which piston 1 is produced by shaping processes from a metallic material, in particular from a planar metal sheet, and which piston 1 is formed as a pot which is open on one side and which has a longitudinal axis, a wall and a piston crown, and which piston has a twist prevention facility for a drive nut. The invention is based on the problem of providing a robust piston construction which is better capable of tolerating erroneous repair work. To solve the problem, it is proposed that the twist prevention facility has, between the piston and drive nut, at least one reinforcement for protecting against plastic deformation of at least one driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Norbert Leidecker, Matthias Würz, Jürgen Balz, Dieter Füller
  • Patent number: 9763754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a screw and corresponding screw driver for driving the screw into a dental implant at an angle from the longitudinal axis of the implant. The screw has a polygonal interface and the screw driver has a matching interface for driving the screw to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nobel Biocare Services AG
    Inventor: Adrian Haus
  • Patent number: 9638234
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a multi-dimensional asymmetrical fastening system according to various aspects of the present technology include a driver and a fastener that are configured to have corresponding conforming surfaces suitably adapted to provide engagement between a plurality of driver fins and a recessed receiving area of the fastener. The driver and fastener may each be configured to include driving surfaces of varying widths. Variable widths allow for the customization of a given driver/fastener system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Bryce Fastener Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Bryce Campbell
  • Patent number: 9498273
    Abstract: An implant kit has an adapter having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending from the first and to the second end, wherein the first end is configured for removably receiving and engaging an implant and the second end is configured for removably coupling to a driver shaft of an implant driving tool, and an implant preloaded into the first end of the adapter, the implant having an elongated threaded portion; and a blade portion extending from the elongated threaded portion, and having two serrated edges, wherein the blade portion is received in the first end of the adapter and the elongated threaded portion of the implant is coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Thoren, Ramon Luna, Christine Petteys, Joseph Woodard, Daniel McCormick, Kian-Ming (Kevin) Wong
  • Patent number: 9381632
    Abstract: A tensioning device for threaded bolts has a supporting tube and a cylinder with a hydraulic supply connected thereto. The supporting tube surrounds the threaded end section of the bolt. A piston is moveable in the cylinder longitudinally. An exchange socket is connected to the piston and driven axially by it. The exchange socket has a first end with internal thread to be screwed onto the threaded end section and a second end with an external polygon member. A tool attachable to the external polygon member enables turning of the exchange socket. The tool has a cup-shaped section having a first open end and an inner side with tool faces that engage the external polygon member. The tool has a drive section that is slimmer than the cup-shaped section and connected to a second end of the cup-shaped section. The drive section extends away from the cup-shaped section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jörg Hohmann, Frank Hohmann
  • Patent number: 9302375
    Abstract: Rotationally symmetrical force-application means with, as viewed axially, a star-shaped outer contour or inner contour, for connecting elements, wherein the individual arms of the star are designed as pointed arcs, of which the outer points lie on a common outer circle, wherein an associated counterpart, in particular a bit, insert or screw head, has a mating contour which is adapted to the contour of the force-application means such that the radii of the flanks of the force-application means and the counterpart end up butting against one another in such a manner as to achieve a planar pressing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ruia Global Fasteners AG
    Inventors: Stephan Esper, Robert Bongartz
  • Patent number: 9303590
    Abstract: An aircraft nacelle having a fixed structure fixed relative to an aircraft pylon, a translating thrust reverser sleeve translatable aftward, relative to the fixed structure, and a translating variable area fan nozzle (VAFN) panel translatable aftward, relative to the translating thrust reverser sleeve. The nacelle may also include a VAFN actuator mounted on the translating thrust reverser sleeve and a VAFN drive unit attached to the fixed structure. The VAFN drive unit may be coupled to drive the VAFN actuator via first and second coupling components when the translating thrust reverser sleeve is stowed. When the translating thrust reverser sleeve is deployed, the first and second coupling components may decouple, disconnecting the VAFN drive unit from the VAFN actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Ray West, Joe Everet Sternberger
  • Patent number: 9206521
    Abstract: A method of forming a tool marking structure includes: a coloring step of coloring a predetermined position of the first protective layer so as to form a marking area with a color layer and forming the first protective layer on a bottom surface of the marking area, and a second-time surface processing step of forming a second protective layer on a non-marking area of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Leo Shih
  • Patent number: 9168643
    Abstract: A driving rotation tool includes a socket base, a socket clearance hole inside the socket base and surrounded by three first gripping surfaces, three second gripping surfaces and six third gripping surfaces for development of edge planes around the socket clearance hole wherein the third gripping surface is located between the first gripping surface and the second gripping surface for circular permutation of first gripping surface, third gripping surface and second gripping surface. The first gripping surface is a cambered surface. The second gripping surface is an angled surface consisting of two adjoining planes which form an obtuse angle. As such, the tool facilitates not only normally driving a nut or a bolt head but also screwing or unscrewing the nut or the bolt head with edges or corners worn out or damaged and further promotes overall convenience, practicability and market competitiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Yeo-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 9157162
    Abstract: A method of forming a tool marking structure includes: a coloring step of coloring a predetermined position of the first protective layer so as to form a marking area with a color layer and forming the first protective layer on a bottom surface of the marking area, and a second-time surface processing step of forming a second protective layer on a non-marking area of the tool and forming the first protective layer on a bottom surface of the second protective layer; wherein the color of the first protective layer is different from that of the second protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Leo Shih
  • Publication number: 20150135910
    Abstract: Sockets, for example, hexagon sockets, dodecagonal sockets, and splined sockets, that have inner surface geometries adapted to engage a flank of a fastener at a point away from a corner of the fastener. In general, the sockets engage the flank of the fastener at a distance of about 30 to 60 percent of half a length of the flank away from the corner of the fastener. This increases the strength and life of the socket, reduces a risk of the fastener becoming locked or stuck in the socket, and reduces the risk of the fastener being stripped or the socket slipping on the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eggert, Christopher D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9027445
    Abstract: A socket includes a body and a sleeve. The body is made of metal and includes first and second coupling ends for respectively coupling with a fastener and a driving tool. The first coupling end includes an outer periphery having a first protruded section, a second protruded section, and an engagement section extending between the first and second protruded sections. The sleeve is made of metal having a hardness greater than a hardness of the body. The sleeve includes an inner periphery extending between first and second end faces of the sleeve. The inner periphery of the sleeve includes an engagement portion engaged with the engagement section of the body, with the sleeve not contacting the first and second protruded sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Li-Yuan Sumg
  • Publication number: 20150114673
    Abstract: The present document describes a torque wrench adaptor system for applying a torque value to an operating shaft of a manual brake of a railcar. The torque wrench adaptor system comprises: a central hub for a hand wheel, the central hub attachable to the operating shaft via the central hub; and a socket adaptor removably engageable in the central hub, and adapted for engagement with a ratchet tool; wherein the ratchet tool is for applying torque which is transmitted to the operating shaft via the socket adaptor and central hub until the torque value is reached and applied to the operating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Normand De Carufel
  • Publication number: 20150101458
    Abstract: A flow drill screw includes a shank that extends along a rotation axis. The shank includes a flow drill portion and a thread portion. A head is attached to the shank at a second axial end of the shank, adjacent the thread portion. An attachment portion extends from the head and away from the thread portion, along the rotation axis. The attachment portion may include a T-stud connector, and is operable to attach a device thereto. A drive tool includes an open interior region for receiving the attachment portion therein. The head of the flow drill screw includes an external drive interface, disposed on an exterior surface of the head, radially about the rotation axis, which mates with an internal drive interface of the drive tool, to transmit torque therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, Marcel R. Cannon
  • Publication number: 20150101461
    Abstract: A driving tool combination includes a driving tool shank having a non-circular engaging hole formed in one end and a notch formed in the other end, a driving adapter attached to the driving tool shank with a pivot shaft and having a non-circular driving stud, a driving member having a non-circular engaging hole for engaging with the driving stud, a spring-biased projection engaged in the driving tool shank for anchoring the driving adapter to the driving tool shank, and a driving tool device includes a driving stem having a non-circular driving head for engaging with the driving tool shank and for allowing the driving tool shank to be rotated and driven by the driving stem of the driving tool device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Yi Cheng LI
  • Patent number: 9003929
    Abstract: An oil filter removal tool and system for the removal and drainage of an oil filter comprising: an oil drain connector, where said connector connects to an oil filter cap of the oil filter; a turn bolt at a distal end of the tool, where said bolt is used to turn the removal tool; a second turn bolt, where the second turn bolt turns counter clockwise to secure the connector to the filter cap; a drain tube provided at the distal end of the tool that inserts onto a drain plug; a body portion, where the body portion secures around the oil filter and surrounds the oil drain connector; and notches, where said notches are provided around a perimeter edge of the body portion of the removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gervacio Laurel
  • Publication number: 20150082633
    Abstract: A method for unscrewing a link nut of an HP rotor of a twin-spool turbine, including a front fan, an intermediate casing, a HP module with a HP rotor, and a LP turbine module, the intermediate casing including a support bearing for the HP rotor, the rotor being retained in the bearing by the link nut, the method including: placing an unscrewing tool in front of the link nut after having removed the fan and released access to the nut from the front; with rotation of the HP rotor locked and the frontal unscrewing tool including a socket spanner including teeth having a shape that complements that of teeth of the link nut, attaching a mounting for the socket spanner to the intermediate casing, the socket spanner being rotatably mounted on the mounting, and applying an unscrewing torque to the socket spanner. An unscrewing tool implements the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Fabrice Tailpied, Michel Bertin, Jean-Michel Couture, Herve Dagron, Roland Manchon, Cedric Mustiere
  • Patent number: 8984991
    Abstract: A fastener removal device for accessing and securing a fastener head while in a dirty environment features a cylindrical nut driver. A driver first end features a nut driver head having a hexagonal recess centrally located on a nut driver first end surface. A bottom surface of the hexagonal recess is located on a hexagonal recess plane. The hexagonal recess plane is located parallel to and offset from the nut driver first end surface. The hexagonal recess is adapted to engage with a head of a fastener. A plurality of helical flutes is located around a driver first end outer periphery. A flute first end intersects the nut driver first end surface. A flute second end intersects the hexagonal recess plane. The driver second end features a hexagonal shank adapted to engage a drill chuck of a drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Brad A. English
  • Patent number: 8960055
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for marking a socket. The method includes the steps of providing a socket, making at least one indented mark in the surface of the socket, executing a heat treatment on the surface of the socket, providing at least one colored layer in the indented mark, providing an electroplated layer on the surface of the socket except the colored layer, removing a portion of the electroplated layer from the surface of the socket to form an exposed portion of the surface of the socket, and providing a black-dyed layer on the exposed portion of the surface of the socket. The heat treatment can be executed after the colored layer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pard Hardware Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-Sen Lin
  • Patent number: 8955418
    Abstract: A threaded fastener driving tool includes a proximal end portion, a distal driving head, and a torsion zone extending proximally from the driving head, The distal driving head has a central portion and a plurality of driving surfaces. Each pair of adjacent driving surfaces define a driving space therebetween. The driving surfaces and driving spaces are configured to engage a threaded fastener. The torsion zone includes a plurality of helical grooves bounded by non-cutting surfaces, each helical groove in communication with and extending proximally from at least one of the driving spaces. The helical grooves are configured to untwist and cause lengthening of the torsion zone when an input torque applied to the proximal end portion is insufficient to overcome an output resistance torque at the driving head. The torsion zone may comprise a plurality of twisted wires or cables. A method of manufacturing the driving tool is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Peters, Darren B. Moss
  • Publication number: 20150040729
    Abstract: The present invention provides a socket. A tubular body has a first end has a through hole, an internal wall of the through hole, a receiving groove formed in the internal wall of the through hole and at least one bead aperture perforated through the tubular body and communicated with the receiving groove. A spiral spring is disposed in the receiving groove and has an axis and a plurality of elastic coils extending along the axis. At least one bead body is disposed in the bead aperture and abutted by the elastic coils of the spiral spring, and hence the bead body is partially protruded out of the bead aperture. Therefore, when assembled to or combined with a wrench, the socket can fixedly connect with the wrench; hence, the socket can achieve excellent rotation effect when the wrench rotates the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Yu-Hua OU
  • Patent number: 8950296
    Abstract: A ratcheting wrench includes a driving head having a receiving hole defined through the driving head. The driving head includes an inner flange and multiple teeth. The inner flange inwardly extends from an inner surface of the receiving hole. The multiple teeth extend from the inner surface of the receiving hole. Each tooth has a bottom connected to the inner flange and includes an upper edge, a first side, a second side and a beveled ridge. The beveled ridge extends from a juncture between the first side and the upper edge to the inner flange, gradually and inwardly protrudes from an inner surface of the tooth, and includes an engaging bevel and a guiding bevel. The wrench body continuously rotates a fastener without detaching from the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Jyun-Wun Liao
  • Patent number: 8950297
    Abstract: A socket includes a body and a reinforcing sleeve. The body includes first and second coupling ends for respectively coupling with a fastener and a driving tool. The first coupling end includes a conical section having a small diameter end and a large diameter end. A spacing between the small diameter end and the second coupling end along the longitudinal axis is smaller than a spacing between the large diameter end and the second coupling end along the longitudinal axis. The conical section has increasing diameters perpendicular to the longitudinal axis away from the second coupling end. The reinforcing sleeve is mounted around the conical section of the body to reinforce the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Li-Yuan Sumg
  • Publication number: 20150000475
    Abstract: A tool includes a shaft, a first head at a first end of the shaft, the first head comprising a female socket of a first size, and a second head at a second end of the shaft, the second head comprising a male socket of a second size. The first size and the second size are different from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David MEHOLOVITCH
  • Patent number: 8915168
    Abstract: A socket for driving a threaded fastener into a material has teeth spaced around a fastener opening. The teeth cut out a counterbore hole that receives the head of the fastener as the fastener threads into the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Gale Jeter, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140360318
    Abstract: A socket for driving a lug nut. The socket may include a tapered external surface which eliminates shoulders which might otherwise exist at the external surface of the socket. The tapered external surface may be formed as a sleeve. In a second implementation, the sleeve may both provide the tapered external surface and may also cover one end of the socket to increase the overall diameter and hence grippability of the socket. The socket may be fabricated from steel, while either of the sleeves may be fabricated from a lighter material such as aluminum or an alloy thereof. The socket may have a chamfer at the internal termination of the wrench surface of the socket to better seat lug nuts having a correspondingly tapered configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Brian James Cutler
  • Patent number: 8899134
    Abstract: An improved, high-efficiency wheel lug nut socket is provided for use in racing pits, in order to minimize the time required for race car wheel changeovers. The socket is designed with an inner operating surface including concave surfaces and intervening apex surfaces, dimensioned so as to permit a hexagonal lug nut to be received therein with full clearance between the inner operating surface and the lug nut outer surface. The socket is normally used with a conventional high-speed pneumatic automotive wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kluhsman Machine, Inc.
    Inventor: Mel L. Kluhsman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8857300
    Abstract: A joint recognition member is revealed. The joint recognition member includes a joint body formed by a cylinder connected with a polygonal prism. A polygonal hole with a magnet part is set on the cylinder so as to attract driver bits by magnetic force. The device features on that: a narrow neck part with a ring groove is arranged at one end of the cylinder near the polygonal prism. The ring is wrapped around the narrow neck part and outside diameter of the ring is no smaller than that of the cylinder. A protruding ring on the ring is mounted and moved freely in the ring groove. An outer surface of the ring is labeled with words such as size. According to the corresponding polygonal hole, the ring has different shapes and sizes in various colors for fast recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Rote Mate Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Tsung Lai
  • Patent number: 8850935
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a shaft, at least one affecting portion, and a protection layer. The shaft is like a bar, and can be hold by a hand. The affecting portion connects with the shaft. The affecting portion can grip a specific part which a user wants to control. The protection layer is settled and/or covered on at least one portion of the hand tool surface. The protection layer is lumpy and rough. Because of the protection layer, the hand tool is shake-proof, wear-proof, slip-resistance, and electric insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Kuo, Yi-Ching Yu
  • Publication number: 20140260823
    Abstract: A universal wrench may include a socket including an inner profile contoured to engage outer perimeters of differently-sized generally oval manual handles only when a long axis of the universal receptacle is not parallel to respective long axes of the generally oval manual handles and a handle extending from a base of the universal receptacle. The socket is of elongated form, in that it may be defined by substantially parallel walls spaced a distance apart and comprising the inner profile, said parallel walls being at least about twice as long as the distance. The inner profile may be principally defined by the substantially parallel walls of the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: John Huggins
  • Publication number: 20140260824
    Abstract: A tool having a body that includes at least one aperture is provided. The aperture has a closed perimeter of side walls and a plurality of spaces. The plurality of spaces include a central space and a plurality of auxiliary spaces disposed radially outward from the central space. Each space is configured to receive a multi-sided component therein. The multi-sided component can be a hexagonal nut or bolt head or other polygonal component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Invacare Coporation
    Inventor: Robert Bekoscke, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140251095
    Abstract: A threaded fastener driving tool includes a proximal end portion, a distal driving head, and a torsion zone extending proximally from the driving head, The distal driving head has a central portion and a plurality of driving surfaces. Each pair of adjacent driving surfaces define a driving space therebetween. The driving surfaces and driving spaces are configured to engage a threaded fastener. The torsion zone includes a plurality of helical grooves bounded by non-cutting surfaces, each helical groove in communication with and extending proximally from at least one of the driving spaces. The helical grooves are configured to untwist and cause lengthening of the torsion zone when an input torque applied to the proximal end portion is insufficient to overcome an output resistance torque at the driving head. The torsion zone may comprise a plurality of twisted wires or cables. A method of manufacturing the driving tool is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Peters, Darren B. Moss
  • Publication number: 20140216212
    Abstract: A tool for archery broadheads or other fasteners is provided including an engagement end having an aperture, socket or drive feature to accommodate the broadhead or engage a fastener. The tool is constructed at least partially from an elastomeric material. Upon application of a moment to the tool by a user, part of the tool deforms or twists so that indicia elements move relative to one another and output torque or moment information to a user based on the spatial orientation of the indicia elements relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: GRACE ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventor: Louis Grace, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140196578
    Abstract: A socket for a turn-of-nut torque application includes at least one visual indicator for indicating a turn-of-nut position. In a preferred embodiment, a visual indicator is precisely machined into the exterior surface of the elongated body portion of the socket. The visual indicator may correspond with an interior corner of the nut end recess. Several visual indicators may be provided, and each visual indicator may correspond with a different interior corner of the nut end recess. The visual indicator may further comprise a permanent paint, and each additional visual indicator may comprise a different colored permanent paint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Wright Tool Company
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Milligan, Wayne Snyder
  • Publication number: 20140190317
    Abstract: A propeller wrench for easily removing and installing boat motor propellers is described. The wrench is equipped with specially sized extensions and socket in order to expedite the job at hand. Up to seven tools are incorporated into the propeller wrench, including tools designed for both Mercury Inboard/Outboard propellers and the Volvo Penta propeller setups, making it easy to use only a single tool to accomplish the entire removal or installation of a boat propeller. The propeller wrench is designed to be universal in nature, and expedite the process of propeller installation and replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Larry D. Rosby
  • Publication number: 20140165791
    Abstract: A wrench is formed with a polygonal first engaging hole that is defined by a plurality of engaging surfaces and that is adapted for engaging a head of a first bolt. Each engaging surface has a pair of plane surface portions and an intermediate surface portion interconnecting the plane surface portions and defining a groove. The grooves of the engaging surfaces collaboratively define a polygonal second engaging hale for engaging a head of a second bolt. The intermediate surface portion of each engaging surface cooperates with the corresponding plane surface portions to form two angular intersections adapted to abut respectively against side surfaces of the head of the second bolt that define a corresponding corner of the head of the second bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Chih-Hung Wu
  • Patent number: 8752455
    Abstract: A hollow shaped socket insert adapter rotatively driven by a single socket driver for tightening, loosing, and removing various sizes of nuts/bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: James W. Taylor, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140150612
    Abstract: A tamper resistant fastener system includes a threaded fastener having a head provided with uniquely formed and arranged engagement teeth for engaging with complimentarily formed teeth on a socket style torque transmitting drive tool. Engagement of the respective sets of teeth on application of torque from the drive tool in one direction advances the fastener, but application of torque from the drive tool is not effective in an opposed direction to remove the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Best Bolt Products, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8739660
    Abstract: Disclosed is a screw head having a slot (2) in the upper surface of the screw head, an upper peripheral wall (9) of hexalobular planform extending down into the screw head, the upper peripheral wall (9) being parallel or near parallel to the axis of the screw, a sloping transition surface (15) extending downwardly and inwardly with respect to the lower edge of the upper peripheral wall (9), and a tapered recess (11) extending downwardly from the lower edge of the sloping transition surface (15), in which the dimensions of the screw head are such that when the screw head is engaged by a tool (6) having upper (16) and lower engagement (17) sections, there is a ‘stick fit’ between the surface of the tapered recess (11) and the external surface of the lower engagement section (17), and there is no engagement with the sloping transition surface (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Ttapdrive AS
    Inventors: Jone Edland, David Curtis Goss
  • Publication number: 20140144299
    Abstract: A dual-head tool has a handle with a longitudinal bore extending longitudinally its entire length. A shaft is housed within the bore and may be slid longitudinally to expose either of its two tool heads, but not both simultaneously. A lock arm is pushed down so that it is flush with the shaft and handle and a cam on the lock arm engages a recess in the shaft so that the shaft is firmly held extending out of one side of the handle to allow use of one of the tool heads. The head of the lock arm covers the open end of the bore not in use. A piston biased by a spring engages a keyway in the shaft to prevent the shaft from being removed from the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: GRX INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Palmisano
  • Publication number: 20140141638
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes a lip portion on one end thereof and an extension section coaxially extends from the lip portion. The extension section has a tubular portion coaxially mounted thereto and at least one protrusion extends from the outer surface of the tubular portion. A tool for disconnecting and connecting the coaxial connector includes a mounting portion for being mounted to the coaxial connector and the mounting portion has a yield slot defined therein which is located corresponding to the at least one protrusion of the coaxial connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: CHUNG-CHUAN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8707830
    Abstract: A socket for driving a fastener, having a damaged head, includes a hole defining an inner peripheral edge. The inner peripheral edge defines a plurality of engaging sides and slots. Each engaging side includes first, second, and third sections. The first section extends from one slot and approaches to a center of the hole, the second section extends from the first section and away from the center of the hole, and the third section extends from the second section and towards and connects to another slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: New Way Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang
  • Publication number: 20140102261
    Abstract: An adjustable socket tool with a selectively adjustable depth includes a housing having an elongated passage. A fastener socket is attached to a proximal end of the housing for concurrent rotation therewith and includes an interior region in communication with the elongated passage. The adjustable socket further includes an elongated stop pin slidably disposed within the elongated passage and fixed to the housing for concurrent rotation therewith about a longitudinal axis of the stop pin. The stop pin includes a proximal end arranged proximate the fastener socket so as to operably engage a bolt received within the fastener socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan J. Willicombe
  • Patent number: 8677864
    Abstract: A wrench drive socket having jaws, actuated by a cam mechanism, facilitating the accommodation of a range of faceted work pieces is provided wherein adjustment of the distance between the jaws having V-shaped grips is accomplished by rotation of a knurled adjustment collar circumferentially disposed around a socket sleeve and fixed to an internally positioned jaw guide, the rotation of the jaw guide selectably positioning cam followers on the jaws against arch shaped cam profiles fashioned along the inside circumference of the socket sleeve, the sleeve being fixed to a centrally disposed socket body having an engaging hole to receive a drive shaft of a wrench such as a ratchet wrench. The adjustable drive socket provides advantages over the prior art including simplified construction, convenience of use, durability, effectiveness, and cost and weight reduction through the elimination of a plurality of sockets having fixed sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas J Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20140060260
    Abstract: An improved, high-efficiency wheel lug nut socket is provided for use in racing pits, in order to minimize the time required for race car wheel changeovers. The socket is designed with an inner operating surface including concave surfaces and intervening apex surfaces, dimensioned so as to permit a hexagonal lug nut to be received therein with full clearance between the inner operating surface and the lug nut outer surface. The socket is normally used with a conventional high-speed pneumatic automotive wrench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kluhsman Machine, Inc.
    Inventor: Mel L. Kluhsman, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140053691
    Abstract: An adapter encircles and locks around nut members of pipe unions or nuts made up on fasteners, or cylindrical members, and engages the nut member or cylindrical member in locking contact. The adapter has strike surfaces which allow the nut member or cylindrical member to be tightened or loosened by a hammering means, such as a hammer, mallet or sledge hammer. Thus, in the case of a pipe union, the device temporarily converts a nut union to a hammer union. The apparatus is configured to facilitate attachment of the device in tight situations, such as attaching the device to the nut member of a pipe union, or to a fitting, within a piping manifold having closely spaced parallel pipelines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Elias De Los Santos