Work-holding Patents (Class 81/125)
  • Patent number: 10736676
    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: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Thoren, Ramon Luna, Christine Petteys, Joseph Woodard, Daniel McCormick, Kian-Ming (Kevin) Wong
  • Patent number: 10703135
    Abstract: Technology is provided for an inflation hubcap installation system for connecting an air hose to an inflation hubcap air fitting. The inflation hubcap installation system includes a locking tool, a tool retainer, and a torque wrench adapter. The locking tool includes a hubcap interface portion and a wrench portion configured to engage the air fitting when the hubcap interface portion is connected to the inflation hubcap. The tool retainer connects to the locking tool and retains the locking tool on the inflation hubcap. The torque wrench adapter engages the air hose and connects to a suitable torque wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Stemco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael James Massey
  • Patent number: 10668601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for applying torque to a hammer union having a hammer union wing with wing nuts. The tool comprises a wrench having an arcuate or circular shaped wrench head that can be placed around the hammer union wing, the wrench head having wing nut cavities in the inner surface for receiving the hammer union wing nuts, and sockets around the outer surface for receiving one or more lever members such as a torque bar and/or hammer lug for applying torque to rotate the wrench head. The lever member(s) may be positioned in any of the sockets in the wrench head, thereby allowing the lever member(s) to be repositioned during use with respect to the wrench head without having to remove the wrench head from the hammer union. The wrench head may be held in place on the hammer union wing using magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Nelsen Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Blair Nelsen, James Chisholm, Cody Gunderson, Kevin Tidball
  • Patent number: 10569392
    Abstract: A rotary impact assembly structure includes a rotary tool and a rotary impact assembly. The rotary tool is assembled with the rotary impact assembly so that the rotary impact assembly is driven by the rotary tool to rotate. The rotary impact assembly has a counterweight plate. The counterweight plate has a first surface and a second surface at two sides thereof. The first surface is provided with a socket portion having an insertion hole at a center thereof. The second surface is provided with a plug portion at a center thereof. The rotary impact assembly structure is able to increase the rotational inertia and the amount of torque to quickly loosen or tighten a fastener and has a simple and convenient operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Shwu-Ruu Chern
  • Patent number: 10478173
    Abstract: A method of forming a channel in a bone, the method comprising: providing a first bore in the bone; and forming, a second bore in the bone at a predefined angle from said first bore, using said first bore as a reference point for defining the location of the second bore in the bone, wherein the first and second bores intersect in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: T.A.G. Medical Devices—Agriculture Cooperative Ltd.
    Inventors: Ran Oren, Sumant G. Krishnan, Lee Ranon, Shai Nachmias, Aryeh Mirochinik
  • Patent number: 10471574
    Abstract: A socket includes a first section and a second section which formed at the first end of the first section. The first section includes multiple side faces located on the outside thereof, and a corner portion is formed between each of two adjacent side faces. At least one of the corner portions includes a recess defined therein, and a resilient positioning unit is located in the recess and partially protrudes beyond the open end of the recess. A passage is defined axially through the first and second sections. The resilient positioning unit in the at least one of the corner portions does not affect the feature to secure the socket to the wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Chao-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 10335165
    Abstract: A bone punch includes a base body with a guide shaft (3), a handle (4) and a punching slide (8) supported adjustably along an upper guiding surface (13) of the guide shaft (3). An actuating lever (6) with an adjusting lever (65) interacts with the punching slide (8) for adjustment against a spring action of a restoring spring (46). In a distal end area (10), the punching slide (8) has a securing element (45), which extends between two side walls (25, 26) of the punching slide (8) on the guide shaft (3). The securing element (45) has two laterally protruding positive-locking elements (51, 52). Each side wall (25, 26) is provided with an inner, distally limited longitudinal groove (40, 41) running in the longitudinal direction (9) of the guide shaft (5). Each positive-locking element (51, 52) is longitudinally displaceably inserted into a respective one of the grooves (40, 41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Christoph ZEPF
    Inventor: Christoph Zepf
  • Patent number: 10322479
    Abstract: A temporary fastening tool has a tool main body, a grip, a transmission mechanism, a socket, a plurality of pins, and two magnets. At least a portion of a side surface of the pin protrudes from an inner surface section of the socket toward a central axis of the socket. The magnets are disposed such that centers of the magnets are disposed outside of an imaginary circle having a radius of a circle that circumscribes an outer circumferential section of a screwing member that includes corner sections. The magnets are disposed at positions that do not overlap the pins when the socket is seen from a side of an opening section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kira
  • Patent number: 10300582
    Abstract: A fastener staging and placement system comprising a staging member capable of temporarily attaching to structures and storing a plurality of ring type fasteners, and a placement member with a means for gripping and removing one or more fasteners to and from the staging member. The staging member comprises a removable and substantially vertically oriented dowel, configured to present a series of ordered sets of fasteners to the placement member, and an attachment means that may be removably attached to various structures. The placement member comprises two or more gripping arms that are configured to flex and exert pressure on at least one fastener thereby securing an ordered set of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Invoke 3D, LLC
    Inventor: Dewayne Eugene Blake
  • Patent number: 10058720
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-use firefighting tool. The tool may be used as a stand-alone tool or as a supplement to existing tools. An additional aspect of the present invention is to provide a multi-use tool configured to enable, among other things, forcible entry and valve opening/closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald L. Weinmeister
  • Patent number: 9949761
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for a system for noninvasive adjusting fastener tensioning has an elongated shaft having a slot defined therein. The shaft has a first end oppositely disposed from the second end. An associated rod or rods may pass through each end. Selectively adjustable fasteners may have a plurality of magnets disposed in the head of the fastener. An external drive device generating a magnetic field may be used to rotate the fasteners via the magnets in the fastener head externally without the need for surgery. The fasteners may move in and out from the shaft and contact the rod to adjust tensioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER OF AKRON, AUSTEN BIONNOVATION INSTITUTE IN AKRON
    Inventors: Stephen D. Fening, Todd Ritzman
  • Patent number: 9669522
    Abstract: The screw bolt dismantling tool includes a shaft. The shaft has a handle and a working portion at two opposite ends thereof The working portion includes a seat and at least one abutting piece. The seat has a magnet on a central portion of a face of the seat opposite to the handle. The abutting piece is located at a periphery of the face of the seat opposite to the handle and extends toward a direction opposite to the handle. The abutting piece is non-magnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Jun-Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 9498869
    Abstract: A socket wrench includes a wrench body, a ratchet wheel and a positioning ring. The ratchet wheel has a driving hole and a cylindrical flange extending on one side of the wrench body. The cylindrical flange defines in an outer periphery at least one aperture communicating with the driving hole. The positioning ring is mounted around the cylindrical flange, and has a central bore and at least one protrusion radially protruded from an wall of the central bore of the positioning ring. The protrusion is projected from a wall of the driving hole through the aperture to position a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Yi-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 9492914
    Abstract: A tool for insertion and extraction of optical fibers includes an elongated handle, a generally C-shaped cradle element at a first end of the elongated handle, a generally L-shaped hook element at a second end of the elongated handle having a long section connected to the elongated handle parallel to a longitudinal axis of the elongated handle and a short section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elongated handle, and a generally U-shaped notch formed in the second end of the elongated handle. The tool is configured to facilitate the remote insertion and removal of an optical cable into an optical port of a device, such as a networking or telecommunications device. Various embodiments allow for the remote disengagement and removal of an SFP module from a device, such as a networking or telecommunications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Yim Kwong Ng, Simon John Shearman
  • Patent number: 9406423
    Abstract: A magnetic sleeve assembly includes a body, a sleeve, a magnetic member, and a C-clip. The body includes a function end and a first groove. The body extends through the sleeve. A first space is defined in the first end of the sleeve so as to receive the magnetic member. A second groove is defined in the outside of the sleeve. At least one through hole is defined in the inner end of the second groove and communicates with the first passage. The magnetic member has a second passage which communicates with the first passage. The C-clip is a flexible clip and engaged with the second groove of the sleeve. At least one engaging portion of the C-clip extends through the at least one through hole and is engaged with the first groove. The at least one engaging portion is movable between the first and second sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Chung-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9393676
    Abstract: A ratchet line wrench tool includes a generally open head member and a handle connected thereto. The head member has a generally C-shape with an open portion on one end and an inner hollow portion. The head member further includes a ratchet gear having a generally C-shape with an open portion on one end that corresponds to the open portion of the head member and a plurality of outer surface teeth along an outer surface of the ratchet gear. The head member further includes a ratchet pawl disposed within the head member and engaging with the outer surface teeth enabling coupled rotation of the ratchet gear. The ratchet line further includes a removable tool insert having an insert portion having outer surface teeth and being sized and configured to close the open portion of the ratchet gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Webermatic Tool Company, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Andrew Weber
  • Patent number: 9375830
    Abstract: Embodiments of the claimed invention are directed to a screw and screw driver which provides for a screw that is held in position on the driver for use in a variety of applications including surgery, auto mechanics, carpentry or any field where a screw driver instrument could be used. After the screw is driven into place, the driver is easily released and removed from the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SpineSmith Partners, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kana, Rodney Bud Smith
  • Patent number: 9375829
    Abstract: A tool head includes a connecting component, a driving component, and a spacer. The connecting component includes a receiving end defining a tight-fit section and a non tight-fit section. The driving component is insertably fitted in the receiving end of the connecting component, and includes a body defining first and second engaging sections. The second engaging section is received in the non tight-fit section. The spacer includes first and second tight-fit edges, with the first engaging section tightly fit in the tight-fit section by the spacer, with the first tight-fit edge tightly abutting against a wall delimiting the tight-fit section, and with the second tight-fit edge tightly abutting against a wall delimiting the first engaging section, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HONG ANN TOOL INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 9339921
    Abstract: A tool for removing a first shaft from a second shaft, in which the first and the second shafts are coupled by fasteners. The tool generally includes the flanged connection and a driving rod. One or more apertures extend completely through a first portion extend into the second flange portion a distance less than the thickness of the second flange portion. The driving rod has first and second ends, with a removable cap adapted to engage the second end to provide a striking surface. At least one removable driver tip is also provided, having a connecting end adapted to engage the first end, and a driver tip, sized to fit into the aperture and extending outward from the connecting end. The driver tip is angled such that the second end of the driving rod is accessible when the driver tip is inserted into the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bussone, Gregory Lutz, Joseph Kinney, Timothy Zacharias
  • Patent number: 9314906
    Abstract: A socket includes a body having first and second ends and defining a longitudinal axis, a receptacle formed in the first end of the body, and an aperture in the body positioned between the first and second ends. An interior of the receptacle is visible through the aperture from a location exterior of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TECHTRONIC POWER TOOLS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Daniel B. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9285202
    Abstract: Disclosed is a deconstructable water storage tank assembled using modular components including wall panels, a base ring and a membrane for use in large volume fluid transfer operations such as hydraulic fracturing. Also disclosed are methods and tools for assembling the tank for use at a first hydraulic fracturing site, and disassembling and transporting the tank components for redeployment at a second hydraulic fracturing site. A fluid management system is also disclosed utilizing the deconstructable storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc
    Inventor: Albert Eugene Butterfield, IV
  • Patent number: 9284110
    Abstract: A surgical screw cartridge system apparatus and method is provided wherein the cartridge has a body for storing a plurality of surgical screws. A spring-biased plunger is positioned within the body for presenting the surgical screws head first to a driver. A tab within the body prevents removal of the surgical screws from the body in absence of a screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet CMF and Thoracic, LLC
    Inventors: Saddy R. Garcia, Bradley Winterroth, Larry Miller
  • Patent number: 9227309
    Abstract: A bit holder assembly for a rotary hand or powered tool, includes a body having a hex shank at its rearward end and a retraction collar slidably disposed on the body. The body has a coaxial hex socket formed therein to allow a tool bit to be inserted thereinto. A coil spring biases the retraction collar forwardly and biases a retaining clip toward the bottom of an angular slot formed in the body. The bit is removed by sliding the retraction collar rearwardly, to compress the coil spring and allow the retaining clip to retract back up the slot. A ring magnet is disposed at the forward end of the retraction collar to magnetize a fastener to retain the fastener to the bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Darren B. Moss, Aland Santamarina, David B. Lee, Michael P. Peters, Mark E. Brunson, Ruth E. Mitchener Keffer
  • Patent number: 9221155
    Abstract: A lag driver includes a drive shank and a drive body assembly extending from the drive shank. The drive body assembly includes a fastener-receiving portion, wherein a fastener is receivable within the fastener-receiving portion in a first, loading position such that the fastener is positionable in substantial coaxial alignment with the lag driver, and wherein the fastener is rotatable into a second, locked position within the fastener-receiving portion such that the fastener-receiving portion is engageable with a portion of the fastener for applying torque to the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Jore Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan C. Cantlon
  • Patent number: 9120209
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device for installing a fastener to couple two or more members is disclosed. The device includes a tool head configured to couple to a power tool and a socket coupled to the tool head. The socket is configured to engage a nut component of the fastener for installation thereof, and a retainer is coupled to the socket. The retainer is configured to retain a portion of the nut component separated during installation of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Isaac C. Schevers, Sladan Kurtovic
  • Patent number: 9044287
    Abstract: An implant is disclosed including an elongate threaded portion and a blade portion extending from the elongate threaded portion. The blade portion has a taper terminating at a point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Reed, Dinesh V. Koka
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9027444
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a wrench body, a ratchet rotatably mounted in the wrench body and defining therein a through hole for accommodating a screw nut, a magnetic member mounted in the through hole, and one or multiple limiters mounted in the through hole of the ratchet to hold the magnetic member in place. Thus, the opposing ends of the ratchet can be selectively used to accommodate a mating screw nut and the accommodated screw nut can be secured in place inside the ratchet by the magnetic attractive force of the magnetic member, avoiding screw nut displacement or falling and facilitating the use of the ratchet wrench. Further, the ratchet can be configured to have a stepped through hole for selectively accommodating different sizes of screw nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 8984992
    Abstract: A socket is provided for removing or installing a fastener having a hexagonally shaped portion. The socket includes a body having a longitudinal axis and opposing first and second ends. First surfaces define a tool-receiving portion at the first end. The tool-receiving portion is constructed and arranged to receive a portion of a tool. Second surfaces define a socket portion at the second end. The socket portion is constructed and arranged to receive and engage the portion of the fastener therein. Holding structure is associated with the socket portion and is constructed and arranged to non-magnetically hold the portion of the fastener in the socket portion so as to not fall out of the socket portion, either due to friction or vacuum, without providing torque to the fastener when the socket is rotated during installation or removal of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ABB Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeremy Newkirk, William John Eakins, Thomas Fuhlbrigge, Harald Josef Staab
  • Publication number: 20150074981
    Abstract: A fastener staging and placement system comprising a staging member capable of temporarily attaching to structures and storing a plurality of ring type fasteners, and a placement member with a means for gripping and removing one or more fasteners to and from the staging member. The staging member comprises a removable and substantially vertically oriented dowel, configured to present a series of ordered sets of fasteners to the placement member, and an attachment means that may be removably attached to various structures. The placement member comprises two or more gripping arms that are configured to flex and exert pressure on at least one fastener thereby securing an ordered set of fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dewayne Eugene Blake
  • Patent number: 8978523
    Abstract: A fastener tool assembly for installing breakaway torque nuts includes a socket having a first end attachable to a driver of a fastening tool. A second end of the socket operably engages a detachable wrenching ring of a breakaway torque nut. A window is formed in a sidewall of the socket, sized and configured to permit at least one wrenching ring to pass therethrough. A catch permits insertion of the wrenching ring into the socket, but prevents the detached wrenching ring from freely falling out of the open end of the socket. A sleeve associated with the window selectively permits passage of one or more detached wrenching rings through the window, or prevents passage of the detached wrenching rings therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Jimmy Blake Stanfield, John Bland Schoolland
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8939050
    Abstract: A driving head with an elastic buckle includes a driving head having an engaging room which has a first limiting slot and a second limiting slot, an elastic buckle being assembled with the engaging room and having a connecting segment, a first abutting segment and a second abutting segment, the first abutting segment and the second abutting segment being received in the first limiting slot and the second abutting slot respectively, the first abutting segment having a first abutting portion slightly bent inwardly. Under this arrangement, the first abutting segment and the second abutting segment abut against an outer periphery of a tool bit, so that the tool bit does not depart from the engaging room easily during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Yi-Fu Chen
  • Publication number: 20140373686
    Abstract: A slogging wrench (10) comprising: a ring socket (36) for receiving a nut or a bolt head (NBH, NBH?); an elongate body (20) for receiving blows from a mass to transmit torque to the ring socket; and a tool-free locking mechanism (22,24,26,26?,28,30) for retaining a nut or a bolt head in the ring socket. The locking mechanism comprises a slider (22) operable to engage a nut or a bolt head in the ring socket; a channel (24) for guiding movement of the slider towards and away from the ring socket; and an actuator (30,74) manually operable to move the slider with respect to the ring socket. The channel (24) opens into the ring socket (36) via an internal periphery (40) of the ring socket. The locking mechanism comprises a resilient member (34) biasing the slider (22) towards a nut or a bolt head (NBH, NBH?) in the ring socket (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Hadi Idir, Jeremy Lefevre, Rachid Hocini
  • Patent number: 8893591
    Abstract: A system for engaging fasteners includes a socket assembly and a fastener jig. The socket assembly having a socket body and a spring blade assembly, which includes a blade retaining ring and a plurality of resiliently deformable retaining blades that are movable with respect to a blade guide, between releasing and securing positions that selectively enclose and expose the socket body opening. The fastener jig includes a jig frame and at least one pair of opposing fastener jaws, which are movable between a releasing position and a securing position. The fastener jig may include a pair of opposing mounting jaws movable between a releasing position and a securing position. The socket assembly and fastener jig are configured to be operated at the distal ends of elongated tool arms, such as lineman hot-sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bill R. DePue
  • Patent number: 8875473
    Abstract: A gutter installation assembly for holding a gutter, a ferrule and a fastener proximate a roof edge includes a holder that may be positioned proximate the roof edge. A vertical portion of the holder may be gripped by a user. A U-shaped portion of the holder is coupled to the vertical portion of the holder. The U-shaped portion of the holder may position the ferrule and the fastener proximate the roof edge. A retainer is coupled to the U-shaped portion of the holder. The retainer may retain the fastener on the U-shaped portion of the holder. A horizontal portion of the holder is coupled to the vertical portion of the holder. The horizontal portion of the holder may support the gutter. The user drives the fastener into the roof edge so the fastener retains the gutter on the roof edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Richard K. Frombach
  • Publication number: 20140311302
    Abstract: The socket holder comprises a cylindrical socket section, and a hexagonal prism-shaped shank section which is held in the socket section for transmission of torque to the socket section, and receives torque from a rotating tool. The shank section is detachably fitted to the socket section via a retention mechanism composed of a coil spring and a steel ball. The front end of the shank section is fitted with a thin, cylindrical magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Yasuaki TAGUCHI, Jiro TAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8863622
    Abstract: Magnetic Wrench can provide people with a convenient way to install and remove nuts and bolts with a wrench without the nut or bolt slipping out of the wrench and falling onto the floor. This unique product can comprise a wrench with built-in, internal magnets on the openings on both ends. The magnets comprise three small washers placed around the wrench's openings, or a magnetic strip that can follow the curve of the opening. This concept can be applied to both metric and standard wrenches, as well as various shapes and sizes of wrenches. The exact specifications, materials used, and method of use of Magnetic Wrench may vary upon manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Stanley Kingsberry
  • Publication number: 20140174263
    Abstract: A driver for driving a threaded fastener includes a shank and a sleeve. The shank has a rear portion configured to be coupled to a power tool. The sleeve defines a bore having a round rear portion and a polygonal front socket. An inner shaft has a round rear portion received in the bore and a polygonal front portion that matches the polygonal socket and that includes a magnet holder with front and rear magnetic portions. An actuator is coupled to the inner shaft to move the inner shaft between a rear position where the front magnetic portion is within the socket, and a front position where the front magnetic portion is exposed from the socket for cleaning. The rear magnetic portion magnetically attracts the inner shaft toward a rear end of the internal bore to bias the inner shaft toward the rear position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Darren B. MOSS, Michael P. PETERS, Mark E. BRUNSON, Aland SANTAMARINA, Glen V. STEINBRUNNER
  • Publication number: 20140116203
    Abstract: A socket is provided for removing or installing a fastener having a hexagonally shaped portion. The socket includes a body having a longitudinal axis and opposing first and second ends. First surfaces define a tool-receiving portion at the first end. The tool-receiving portion is constructed and arranged to receive a portion of a tool. Second surfaces define a socket portion at the second end. The socket portion is constructed and arranged to receive and engage the portion of the fastener therein. Holding structure is associated with the socket portion and is constructed and arranged to non-magnetically hold the portion of the fastener in the socket portion so as to not fall out of the socket portion, either due to friction or vacuum, without providing torque to the fastener when the socket is rotated during installation or removal of the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ABB TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Jeremy Newkirk, William John Eakins, Thomas Fuhlbrigge, Harald Josef Staab
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8695461
    Abstract: A magnet nut driver is provided with a cleanable magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Moss, Michael Peters, Mark Brunson, Aland Santamarina, Glen Steinbrunner
  • 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: 20140026719
    Abstract: A fastener tool assembly for installing breakaway torque nuts includes a socket having a first end attachable to a driver of a fastening tool. A second end of the socket operably engages a detachable wrenching ring of a breakaway torque nut. A window is formed in a sidewall of the socket, sized and configured to permit at least one wrenching ring to pass therethrough. A catch permits insertion of the wrenching ring into the socket, but prevents the detached wrenching ring from freely falling out of the open end of the socket. A sleeve associated with the window selectively permits passage of one or more detached wrenching rings through the window, or prevents passage of the detached wrenching rings therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jimmy Blake Stanfield, John Bland Schoolland
  • Publication number: 20140020227
    Abstract: A socket assembly can attach a fastener to a receiving structure. The socket assembly includes a body portion defining a receiving space. The socket assembly further includes a gripping structure attached to the body portion. The gripping structure movably supports the fastener within the receiving space. The gripping structure is movable between a closed position and an opened position. The socket assembly further includes an alignment structure axially aligning the body portion and the receiving structure. Methods of attaching a fastener to a receiving structure are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Larry Thomas Auchoberry, Mark Stephen Dieter
  • Patent number: 8596171
    Abstract: A driver for a brass cylindrical type nut for an electrical terminal includes a handle, a sleeve, and a rotation axle. The handle has an exterior wall and an interior wall, in which the interior wall has a first accommodating space, and the exterior wall has a plurality of notches formed thereon in communication with the first accommodating space. The sleeve disposed in the first accommodating space and coupled to the interior wall further has a second accommodating space and a coupling opening arranged at a front end of the sleeve. The rotation axle is disposed in the second accommodating space and has a thread mated with the brass cylindrical type nut at an end corresponding to the coupling opening, while a rotation nut arranged within the first accommodating space and corresponding to the pair of notches is connected to the rotation axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan
    Inventor: Ya-Sung Chen
  • Patent number: 8544368
    Abstract: A magnetic device assembled with a square hole of a socket includes a base received in a connecting portion of the square hole, a magnetic element mounted to an end of the base. The magnetic element magnetically attracts a bolt received in a driving hole of the socket, and at least one expansive portion formed at an end of the base disposed opposite to the magnetic element. The expansive portion selectively hinders a connecting portion of the square hole of the socket. The magnetic device is received in the square hole of the socket without departing from the driving hole of the socket in an operating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Publication number: 20130239381
    Abstract: A water heater wrench adapter that comprises a rotating adapter and receiver. The rotating adapter is disposed within a receiver in light interference fit, wherein the rotating adapter is frictionally engaged by the receiver to permit rotation of the rotating adapter within the receiver. The water heater wrench adapter is utilized by frictionally engaging the insulator profile with the rotating adapter, thereby securing the water heater element within the rotating adapter. The hex nut of the water heater element and the hex extension of the receiver are aligned and the hex end of a water heater wrench is disposed to engage the combined hex nut and hex extension. Thus, the water heater wrench can then be utilized to either hold the water heater element in position for installation in a water heater or remove and retain the water heater element from the water heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Hoa Mai
  • Publication number: 20130239755
    Abstract: A nutdriver that includes a socket configured to receive and engage a hex nut to rotate the hex nut relative to a threaded rod. The socket includes a socket opening. The nutdriver further includes a shank including a first end, a second end, and a shank aperture that extends through the first end and the second end of the shank. The nutdriver further includes a handle including a front end, a back end, and a handle aperture that extends through the front end and the back end of the handle, and the second end of the shank is coupled to the handle for co-rotation. The socket opening, the shank aperture, and the handle aperture are aligned and in communication to allow the threaded rod to extend through the socket opening, the shank aperture, the handle aperture, and beyond the back end of the handle while the socket rotates the hex nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Abhijeet A. Khangar, Cheng Zhang Li, Wade F. Burch, Michael S. Steele
  • Patent number: 8528450
    Abstract: An auxiliary tool for assembling and disassembling a spark plug is used to assist the assembling and disassembling operation of the spark plug of a vehicle. The auxiliary tool comprises a spark plug sleeve, a flexible extender, and a rotating end portion. The spark plug sleeve is used to cover and rotate the spark plug. The flexible extender has flexibility and one end thereof is fixed on the spark plug sleeve. The rotating end portion is disposed on the other end of the flexible extender and detachably connected with a handle. In operation, the spark plug is firstly loosened by a conventional wrench, and the auxiliary tool then rotates the spark plug. The auxiliary tool is not limited by the limited engine space, so that the operational convenience of rotation operation can be increased and the operational time of assembling and disassembling the spark plug can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-jung Lan, Kuang-jung Lin