Resilient Article Tensioner Or Compressor Patents (Class 81/486)
  • Publication number: 20150075337
    Abstract: Efficiently reduces plastic non-pressure rated water bottles to less than ΒΌ of their original inflated size. By means of rolling one up with a hand held tool to create recycle space. In addition the Enviropactor Wrench will also insert up to 10 plus Toilet Tissue/Paper Towel Tubes one inside the other in turn dramatically increasing your cardboard recycle area. It will make a huge difference in the recycle of plastic water bottles and household cardboards. I can put 60 inflated water bottles in a 13 gallon trash bag and if I use the Enviro-Pactor Plastic Water Bottle Wrench then I can put 420 plastic water bottles in the same size trash bag. Can be used indoors and outdoors under any human conditions. Can be used anywhere bottled water is used or drank. The more we use it the more we will benefit from it. The Enviro-Pactor Plastic Water Bottle Wrench is simple original, simple to use, environmentally friendly, fun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Allen Lee
  • Patent number: 8904618
    Abstract: A method of tensioning park cables of a park brake system includes positioning a tension indicating device between an adjuster and an adjusting nut when the park brake system is disposed in a slack position. The tension indicating device includes an axial spacing length between the adjuster and the adjusting nut that is equal to a desired adjustment distance of the park cables when the park brake system is disposed in the slack position. The adjusting nut is then tightened until the tension indicating device indicates that the park cables include a tension equal to a target tension level of the park cables when the park brake system is disposed in an applied position. The tension indicating device is then removed from between the adjuster and the adjusting nut, thereby introducing slack into the park cables that is equal to the axial length of the tension indicating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robbie D. Cannon, Karen F. Sieradski, Cheryl A. Garrison
  • Patent number: 8875374
    Abstract: An installation method makes use of a tool that includes a block and a plate. The block is configured to align the installation tool with a U-shaped component. The plate extends from the block and is configured to hold a flexible component, such that the flexible component is accurately located within the U-shaped component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Vontell, Ronald W. Brush
  • Patent number: 8713787
    Abstract: A select spring coupler structure is outfitted upon a flat finisher assembly or apparatus so as to enhance the user's ability to maintain the flat finisher apparatus. The flat finisher apparatus essentially comprises at least one (tension) coil spring removably held in tension between opposing anchor structures. The select spring coupler structure according to the present invention is outfittable upon the coil spring at the first spring end of the coil spring. The spring coupler structure comprises certain radially extending structure for engaging the first spring end and certain finger engaging structure for enabling manual alteration (i.e. via one's digits) of spring tension so as to disengage the first spring end from respective anchoring structure. The spring coupler structure may be twisted into engagement with the first spring end(s) via the helical structure of adjacent loops of the coil spring to couple therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Roger R. Parelius
  • Patent number: 8516934
    Abstract: A clip installing tool and method for installing the clip are provided. The clip includes a clip holding portion and a leveraging portion, each having a handle at an end. The clip holding portion includes a receiving portion to hold the clip therein. When a force is applied to the clip holding and leveraging portions, the clip is forced around a connector portion of a fuel in order to hold the connector portion with a fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Michael Shevela, Richard Martin, Robert Meitzler
  • Publication number: 20130142589
    Abstract: A non-friction, interlocking fastener with a bolt that is locked into a retainer incorporating an integral spring with limited compression and which is axially constrained to prevent non-linear movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Nancy K. Keech
  • Publication number: 20130081523
    Abstract: A manipulation tool for bellows. The manipulation tool includes a first set of grip members having a first upper grip member and a first lower grip member, and a second set of grip members having a second upper grip member and a second lower grip member. A first arm assembly is connected to the first set of grip members for moving the first upper grip member with respect to the first lower grip member along a width of the bellows. A second arm assembly is connected to the second set of grip members for move the second upper grip member with respect to the second lower grip member along the width of the bellows. Further, an operating mechanism is associated with the first arm assembly and the second arm assembly for moving the first arm assembly with respect to the second arm assembly along a length of the bellows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas E. Jones, Keith W. Mellencamp, Catalin M. Tiru
  • Patent number: 8266775
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method is provided for installing clamps. The system comprises pliers and an awl. The pliers have a pair of bifurcated jaws, each jaw generally narrow and of substantially equal width and thickness. A first jaw is pivotally mounted in relation to a second jaw such that spaces between furcations of the jaws substantially align as the jaws open and close. The distance between the jaws is adjustable, and the jaws can be releasably locked in position. The clamp is placed around a structure and an elongated shaft of the awl is passed through holes in ears of the clamp. The jaws compress the ears. The shaft is bracketed by the furcations of the jaws. The awl is removed, and a fastener inserted through the holes in the ears and secured to the clamp. At least five clamps can be secured together using just one bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Phillip E. Bentley, Jay J. Stanford
  • Publication number: 20120156318
    Abstract: A select spring coupler structure is outfitted upon a flat finisher assembly or apparatus so as to enhance the user's ability to maintain the flat finisher apparatus. The flat finisher apparatus essentially comprises at least one (tension) coil spring removably held in tension between opposing anchor structures. The select spring coupler structure according to the present invention is outfittable upon the coil spring at the first spring end of the coil spring. The spring coupler structure comprises certain radially extending structure for engaging the first spring end and certain finger engaging structure for enabling manual alteration (i.e. via one's digits) of spring tension so as to disengage the first spring end from respective anchoring structure. The spring coupler structure may be twisted into engagement with the first spring end(s) via the helical structure of adjacent loops of the coil spring to couple therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Roger R. Parelius
  • Patent number: 8161845
    Abstract: According to the invention, a tool for assembling and disassembling an elastic collar includes first and second jaws mobile relative to each other. The first and second jaws respectively include first gripping profiles, the first gripping profiles being adapted to interact with the elastic collar and being provided opposite each other along a first predetermined and general collar-gripping orientation relative to the jaws. The first and second jaws respectively include at least second gripping profiles, the second gripping profiles being provided opposite each other and being adapted to interact with the elastic collar along a second predetermined general gripping orientation relative to the jaws, the second orientation being different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Stanley Works (Europe) GmbH
    Inventor: Hadi Idir
  • Publication number: 20120024119
    Abstract: A tool for adjusting a grip. The tool includes a tubular section for containing the grip while receiving a cable. A first stop is positioned in or near a first end of the tubular section to provide an opening for introducing the cable into the tubular section while the grip is contained in the tool. One of first and second stops is arranged for displacement along the longitudinal axis with respect to the other stop. With the grip positioned between the first and second stops, when one of the stops is displaced toward the other stop a force is applied against the grip, causing the size of the bore to increase and the length of the grip to be contracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: William Aldy
  • Publication number: 20120024118
    Abstract: A tool for compressing a safety interlock switch on appliances is disclosed. The tool comprises of a first portion having an upper end and a lower end and a second portion connected to the first portion by a hinge means. At least one magnet may be secured to the first portion and at least one ferrous portion may be integrated within the second portion. The at least one magnet may be configured to fixedly contact with a smooth metal surface of the appliance while compressing the safety interlock switch with the second portion thereby enabling technicians to safely diagnose, maintain, and repair the appliances. The tool prevents the inadvertent disablement of the switch by mechanically blocking a door of the appliance from closing. The tool can be easily opened with one hand, fits easily in a pocket and prevents unwanted attraction of ferrous objects in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy Mullenix
  • Publication number: 20120017411
    Abstract: There is provided a method for assembling a rail vehicle. The method includes positioning a plurality of motor combos on a fixture frame. The fixture frame may be adapted to hold each of the plurality of motor combos positioned for an assembly into a rail vehicle truck. The method further includes positioning a plurality of springs on each of the plurality of motor combos. The plurality of springs are positioned for the assembly into the rail vehicle truck. Additionally, the method includes simultaneously lifting a plurality of motors such that a truck frame may be coupled to the motors. The plurality of motors corresponds to the plurality of motor combos. The method also includes connecting the truck frame to the plurality of motors, attaching a spring compression fixture to the truck frame and the fixture frame, and compressing the plurality of springs for assembly into the rail vehicle truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Paul David GROSZKIEWICZ, Dale SODER, Bruce FENSTERMAKER
  • Publication number: 20110314977
    Abstract: A tube purging instrument, device has cooperating rollers which can be compressed and/or clamped together upon a flexible tube to compress the tube partially or completely between the rollers and which can then be rolled together along the length of the tube in order to advance the contents of the tube in the direction of movement of the rollers. The rollers are preferably equipped with flanges or rims which fit over an outer diameter of a tube to maintain registration of the rollers upon tube as the rollers travel in Counter-rotation along a length of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Howell G. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20110283844
    Abstract: A torque-adjusting machine includes a securing fixture, a torque-detecting mechanism, a driving device and an adjusting mechanism. The securing fixture is capable of retaining a first bracket of a hinge. The driving device is capable of retaining a second bracket of the hinge. The torque-detecting mechanism is connected to the securing fixture and capable of detecting torque of the hinge through rotating the first bracket of the hinge relative to the second bracket of the hinge. The adjusting mechanism includes an adjusting pole. The adjusting pole is capable of moving from a first position, where the adjusting pole is capable of engaging with the hinge and adjusting the torque of the hinge by rotation, to a second position, where the adjusting pole is capable of being disengaged from the hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TENG-TSUNG HUANG, GUO-JUN YU, YONG-BING HU, ZHAN SHANG
  • Publication number: 20110219919
    Abstract: An installation aid for installing a blocking element on a suspension strut of a motor vehicle, the installation aid having a flexible, Y-like design with a trunk section, a first branch section and a second branch section, wherein the first branch section is longer than the second branch section, a respective eye is arranged at a free end of the trunk section and at a free end of the second branch section, and the eye on the branch section is designed in such a manner that at least regions of the first branch section can be passed there through. Rapid and simple installation for blocking a suspension strut can thereby be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: SVEN BERGHOLZ, RAINER HENNEMANN, ALEKSANDAR KURIDZA
  • Patent number: 7966911
    Abstract: A hose clamp compression tool for engaging and compressing opposed or opposite end tangs of a hose clamp includes a first fixed plate and jaw and a second fixed plate spaced from the first fixed plate and jaw. The first and second plates are mounted on rails with a sliding plate and jaw also mounted on the rails and positioned between the fixed plates. The sliding plate is rotatably adjustable in spacing from the one fixed plate by means of a threaded rod journaled to the fixed plates and threaded to the sliding plate. The jaws each include both a transverse slot cooperative with an end tang of a band type hose clamp and a channel extending from the slot for engagement with the end tang of a ring or wire type hose clamp thereby enabling use of the tool for either a band type or a wire type hose clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Richard D. Thayer
  • Patent number: 7886805
    Abstract: A spring tensioning unit for a roll-up closure, the closure having a pair of end plates and an axle rotatably mounted on the endplates. A drum for carrying a closure is rotatably mounted on the axle, and a tensioning coil spring is mounted on the axle and connected between the axle and the drum. The tensioning unit has a ratchet wheel fixedly mounted on the axle adjacent one end plate, the wheel having spaced apart teeth. A stop member is slidably mounted on the one end plate with a stop tab cooperating with the teeth on the wheel to stop rotation of the wheel in a direction reducing tension on the spring. A lever is mounted between the wheel and the end plate, the lever having a lever tab for cooperating with the wheel, the lever movable on the axle to position the lever tab against a tooth and to then rotate the tooth, and the axle, in a direction to increase tension on the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Mike Svenson
  • Publication number: 20100229698
    Abstract: A tool for pulling a wire (W) through a connector (C) or a terminal has a pair of levers (20, 24) pivoted together, one lever (20) having an abutment portion (23) for location of the connector (C) and the other lever (24) having clamping members (26, 28) for gripping the wire (W), characterised in that one lever (24) has a handgrip portion (25) articulated to a shank portion (40) for movement between an in-line position and a position inclined towards the handgrip portion (22) of the other lever (20), spring-loaded latching means (45) being provided between the handgrip portion (25) and the shank portion (40) for disengagement when the tension in the wire (W) reaches a value set by a knob (72) for loading the spring means and indicated by a pointer (73) against a scale (74).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: GRIPPLE LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian Edward Shawcross, Neil Clarke
  • Patent number: 7784383
    Abstract: An aid for the connecting of a piece of jewelry together that has a pliers type construction. The aid includes a first handle and a first jaw connected by a pivotal joint with a second handle and a second jaw. The first jaw has a distal end portion with an inwardly facing surface that defines a notch. The second jaw has an elongate arcuate distal end portion that fixes the position of a biased clasp of a piece of jewelry. The notch of the first jaw engages a lever of the clasp and opens the clasp while it is fixed in position by the second jaw. The aid includes a bias that urges the jaws to a closed position and retains the clasp in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Peter Salva, Patrick Riordan
  • Patent number: 7712400
    Abstract: A pretensioning tool is provided for an eccentric tensioning device, which is used for tensioning a power-transmission element constructed, for example, as a flat or toothed belt in a power-transmission drive. The tensioning tool has an engagement structure that can be coupled so that it is locked in rotation with a working eccentric from a front region facing away from the flange side of the eccentric tensioning device and a decoupling structure for implementing an axial displacement of the working eccentric relative to the bearing journal. In this way, it is possible to turn back the working eccentric by hand and with moderate hand forces against the tensioning moment applied by the torsion spring of the tensioning device into a mounting position and to secure the working eccentric in this mounting position through axial decoupling of this eccentric relative to a base plate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Schaeffler KG
    Inventors: Rainer Baumuller, Roland Arneth, Niels Flamig
  • Publication number: 20100071181
    Abstract: An expander for concentrically expanding a cylindrical member, the expander with a tapered block, a plurality of segments, each having an inner surface at least partially in contact with the tapered surface of the tapered block and the segments arranged to move in concert with each other relative to the block, and a pair of engaging features being provided for each segment, each pair comprising a first engagement feature on one of the segments and a second engagement feature on the block, the pairs of engaging features being arranged to maintain equal circumferential spacing of the segments around the block and to constrain movement of the segments in a direction that is coaxial with the block, each pair of engaging features being located away from the circumferential edges of their respective segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Bradley
  • Publication number: 20100024612
    Abstract: An installation tool includes a block and a plate. The block is configured to align the installation tool with a U-shaped component. The plate extends from the block and is configured to hold a flexible component, such that the flexible component is accurately located within the U-shaped component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: John H. Vontell
  • Publication number: 20090223331
    Abstract: A c-clamp locking device has been specially modified to depress brake drum springs while the brake shoes are replaced. The device has opposing c-clamp jaws, one of which has a blunt end for compression against the surface of the brake drum, and the other of which has a ring for compressing the brake drum spring. The jaws are adjustable relative to each other. A locking mechanism enables the device to lock in place when the brake drum spring is appropriately compressed, allowing the mechanic to use both hands unencumbered when replacing brake shoes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Henry Jordan
  • Publication number: 20090031868
    Abstract: A brake tensioning system and method are described herein for use on vehicles. The system includes a tool, and the method includes the use of the tool to effectuate tensioning of a brake system conveniently, accurately, and repeatably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory H. Petrak
  • Publication number: 20080302220
    Abstract: A pretensioning tool is provided for an eccentric tensioning device, which is used for tensioning a power-transmission means constructed, for example, as a flat or toothed belt in a power-transmission means drive. Advantages are provided for installation of special power-transmission means tensioning devices that can be secured in a mounting state achieved under pretensioning of the torsion spring. The tensioning tool is for an eccentric tensioning device of a power-transmission means drive, which includes a working eccentric loaded by a torsion spring, a bearing journal supporting the working eccentric, and a running disk device encompassing the working eccentric, has an engagement structure that can be coupled locked in rotation with the working eccentric from a front region facing away from the flange side of the eccentric tensioning device and a decoupling structure for implementing an axial displacement of the working eccentric relative to the bearing journal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: SCHAEFFLER KG
    Inventors: Rainer Baumuller, Roland Arneth, Niels Flamig
  • Patent number: 7458298
    Abstract: An implement including a first tool having a first tool end in the form of a pig tail. The first tool includes an inwardly extending tab. A second tool is adjacent the first tool and has a second tool end adapted to receive a pin and includes a curved finger carried by the second tool end. A third tool is adjacent the second tool and has a third tool end which includes a sliding surface. A fourth tool is adjacent the third tool and has a fourth tool end which provides a ribbed interior surface adapted to engage a cap. Each tool is pivotally connected to a cylindrical retaining means, the tab selectively engaging the third tool, wherein when the tab engages the third tool, relative rotation is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Mayhew Steel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Kliskey
  • Patent number: 7448301
    Abstract: Snap ring pliers include a first section having a first jaw portion with a first outer end and a first tip projecting outwardly from the first outer end, and a second section having a second jaw portion with a second outer end and a second tip projecting outwardly from the second outer end. The first tip opposes the second tip. A pivot pivotally couples the first section to the second section for movement of the first and second jaw portions between closed and open positions. The first and second tips are joined forming a tongue adapted to be received in a snap ring gap in the closed position of the first and second jaw portions, and the first and second tips are spaced apart and separated by a gap in the open position of the first and second jaw portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: John A. Cronin
  • Publication number: 20080163731
    Abstract: A tube purging instrument device has cooperating rollers which can be compressed and/or clamped together upon a flexible tube to compress the tube partially or completely between the rollers and which can then be rolled together along the length of the tube in order to advance the contents of the tube in the direction of movement of the rollers. The rollers are preferably equipped with flanges or rims which fit over an outer diameter of a tube to maintain registration of the rollers upon tube as the rollers travel in counter-rotation along a length of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Howell G. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7364202
    Abstract: A manually operated tool engages and draws towards one another opposed spaced flanges of a repair clamp disposed about a leaking pipe for moving the clamp into position and securely maintaining the clamp on the pipe over the leak allowing plural nut and bolt combinations on the clamp to be tightened in sealing off the leak. A movable handle has attached thereto first and second pivoting arms adapted for respectively engaging a slot within the clamp's first edge flange and the outer edge of the clamp's second opposed edge flange when the handle is in a first non-use position. Moving the handle to a second use position urges the clamp's edge flanges toward one another drawing the clamp securely about the pipe, allowing the clamp's nut and bolt combinations to be tightened. The tool is adjustable for use with a wide range of clamp sizes and pipe diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Cascade Waterworks Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry E. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20080041198
    Abstract: A tool for applying and removing a band clamp includes two parts pivotably and crossly connected with each other, and each part has a connection section to which an applying member is rotatably connected thereto, and a handle section to which a grip is connected. Each applying member has a first working end and a second working end. The first working end has an inclined surface and a recess is defined in the inclined surface. The second working end is a plate. The two applying members are located such that the first working end of one applying member faces the second working end of the other applying member. By rotating the applying members, the two applying members can reach the band clamp at different angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Pi-Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 7313984
    Abstract: A tool for moving two members relative to each other, such as narrow and wide tangs of an elastic clamp, includes first and second bodies formed substantially identically and operably coupled to each other in spaced, opposing relation, each of the bodies have a substantially lateral channel defining inner back, bottom and front walls therein. Each back wall includes a recess sized and shaped to cooperatively engage the narrow tang of the elastic clamp, when the narrow tang is received in the channel, to substantially retain the lateral position of the narrow tang relative to the body. Each front wall includes an opening for engaging the outward projection of the wide tang when the wide tang is received in the channel, thereby substantially retaining the lateral position of the wide tang relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eggert, Daniel D. Lionberg
  • Patent number: 7314236
    Abstract: A manually operated tool engages and draws towards one another opposed spaced flanges of a repair clamp disposed about a leaking pipe for moving the clamp into position and securely maintaining the clamp on the pipe over the leak allowing plural nut and bolt combinations on the clamp to be tightened in sealing off the leak. A movable handle has attached thereto first and second pivoting arms adapted for respectively engaging a slot within the clamp's first edge flange and the outer edge of the clamp's second opposed edge flange when the handle is in a first non-use position. Moving the handle to a second use position urges the clamp's edge flanges toward one another drawing the clamp securely about the pipe, allowing the clamp's nut and bolt combinations to be tightened. The tool is adjustable for use with a wide range of clamp sizes and pipe diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Cascade Waterworks Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry E. Elliott
  • Patent number: 7225706
    Abstract: A tool for releasing hose clamps. Also, methods for installing a hose to a device with the tool to release a clamp from an expanded state to a relaxed state. The tool has a curved end having an arcuate convex curved section with an arcuate surface having an uppermost point opposite to a bottom plane of the curved end wherein the curved end is capable of fitting juxtaposed to the outer surface of the hose when the clamp is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Rotor Clip Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Michael Kassabian
  • Patent number: 7194936
    Abstract: A convertible retaining ring pliers has a pivot, first and second jaws and first and second handles rotatably secured about the pivot. A pair of transfer pins is slidably disposed for selective movement in the jaws and the handles for establishing alternative operating positions enabling the jaws to move either inwardly or outwardly as the handles move inwardly. A switching mechanism is provided for simultaneous shifting of the transfer pins in the jaws and the handles. The switching mechanism includes reaction member housing assemblies which are mounted on opposite ends of the pivot and disposed on opposite external surfaces of the handles. A switchplate structure is rotatably mounted for side-to-side movement about the pivot, and is slidably positioned between at least one reaction member housing assembly and the external surface of one of the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: A&E Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Bruce J. Engel, James W. Murphy, Larry F. Gerbert
  • Patent number: 7171877
    Abstract: A compression tool enables efficient handling, compression, and installation of a compressible component. The compression tool includes a first handle having a proximal end and a working end, wherein the working end has a first engaging member. The tool further includes a second handle pivotally attached to the first handle and having a proximal end and a working end. The working end also includes a second engaging member. The first and second engaging members are maintained in opposed alignment. Furthermore, the first and second engaging members have an orifice defined by an engageable flange portion configured to engage the compressible component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Detroit Diesel Corporation
    Inventor: James Richard Mosey
  • Patent number: 7165476
    Abstract: A tool for installing a hose clamp. The tool includes a tab, an engagement surface that engages the clamp, and a sensor. The sensor provides a signal indicative of the shifting of the clamp from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: James Panyard, Christopher Trombetta, Richard Williford, Larry Peterson, Shannon Mullane
  • Patent number: 7013771
    Abstract: A detachment tool for a pipe clamping strap detachment tool includes a support seat, a fixed jaw, a movable member including a base plate and a movable jaw, and a threaded rod. Thus, the two ear plates of the pipe clamping strap are supported by the fixed jaw and the movable jaw of the movable member rigidly and stably without slip during the detachment process of the pipe clamping strap, thereby facilitating a user detaching the pipe from the pipe clamping strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Pi-Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 7007357
    Abstract: A removal and installation device for external and internal snap rings that can switch between shaft and hole modes by simple operation and produces better controllability, workability, serviceability and easiness in handling is provided. A rotary plate is rotated in a positive direction, a left side lever is turned as a shaft part is rotated integrally with the rotary plate, right and left side levers are crossed substantially in an X shape, the crossed parts supported by the shaft part, realizing the hole mode. The rotary plate is rotated in reverse direction, the left side lever is turned in a reverse direction as the shaft part is rotated in a reverse direction integrally with the rotary plate, both pivot parts of the right and left side levers arranged substantially in a V shape supported by the shaft part so that both projected working tools are parallel, realizing the shaft mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Iwata Denko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 6983677
    Abstract: A convertible retaining ring pliers has a pivot, first and second jaws and first and second handles rotatably secured about the pivot. A pair of transfer pins is slidably disposed for selective movement in the first and second jaws and the first and second handles for establishing alternative operating positions enabling the jaws to move inwardly as the handles move inwardly and allowing the jaws to move outwardly as the handles inwardly. A switching mechanism is mounted to the handles and pivot for providing simultaneous shifting of the transfer pins in the jaws of the handles. The switching mechanism includes first and second flexing spring plates which are mounted on opposite ends of the pivot and disposed on opposite external surfaces of the handles. Each of the spring plates includes a pair of boss pins engageable with opposite ends of the transfer pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: A&E Incorporated
    Inventor: Bruce J. Engel
  • Patent number: 6792837
    Abstract: A plier tool having first and second jaws independently and rotatably disposed about a pivot. A pair of handles are rotatably disposed about the same pivot. The handles are attached on opposite sides of the jaws by a bolt that passes through openings in the handles and through the center of the jaws. The handles are capable of being alternately engaged with the jaws by a pair of pivoting members such that the tool is changeable between a first position where the first jaw is engaged with the first handle and the second jaw is engaged with the second handle and a second position where the first jaw is engaged with the second handle and the second jaw is engaged with the first handle. In this manner, the tool can be switched from an internal retaining ring plier to an external retaining ring plier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Stride Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicola Battistone
  • Patent number: 6308595
    Abstract: A device for manually rotating a shaft in a substantially continuous manner, the device having a coiled spring-like body having at least one and a half coils, a pair arms extending laterally from the ends of the body, each arm integral with one of the coils, and an extension handle coupled to the end of each arm. The extension handles can be telescopically adjustable if desired. Further, the wrench can be permanently mounted on the outer surface of a shaft to enable convenient rotation of the shaft without additional tools. Additionally, the shaft and wrench assembly can form a component of an electrical pressure switch or like apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim D. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 6148700
    Abstract: Window sashes such as double hung sashes often are assembled with a counterbalancing mechanism to facilitate the opening and closing of the window. When the sashes are made from vinyl, the counterbalancing of the window is commonly achieved by the use of a pair of coil springs, one mounted within a channel in the sash on either side of the window. A programmable motorized hand tool is used to apply tension quickly to each of the springs thereby improving production rates and quality control while reducing the risks of repetitive motion injury to the person using the hand tool. A programmable stepper controller drives the motor and controls the functions of the hand tool such as the speed and direction of rotation, the number of revolutions and the start-up and operating torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Michael R. Upholz
  • Patent number: 6018856
    Abstract: A device for removing and inserting drill bit retaining clips. The device having a casing rigidly connected to a base plate, the casing containing a piston, one end of the piston contacting a spring against the base plate, the other end of the piston having a nib, the piston also includes a handle, wherein the piston may be pressed toward the base plate allowing the nip to grip a retaining clip against the casing, so that the retaining clip can be removed or inserted while being held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Gary Ehrhart
  • Patent number: 5816524
    Abstract: A mainspring holder has a body portion to which is mounted a handle disposed at one end and a mount for rotatably holding a coiled spring thereon. The mainspring holder is capable of being moved relative to a support to unravel an otherwise coiled length of spring having its free end secured to the support so that the coil may be cleaned and greased while in its extended condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: David J. Opal
  • Patent number: 5617767
    Abstract: An extractor tool for manually loosening and extracting a climber's camming device from a crevice in a rock, for example. The tool includes a barrel having one or more hooks on one end and a plunger within the barrel. The tool can be attached to the handle of a camming device within a crevice and the plunger can be operated so as to cause the cams of the camming device to become retracted to thereby free the camming device from the crevice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: James Nikoden
  • Patent number: 5605079
    Abstract: A tool for applying rotational force to a coiled torsion spring of a door counterbalancing mechanism in order to wind the spring storing energy within the body of the spring. The tool includes a splittable housing which is fixedly mounted onto the winding cone of the torsion spring. The housing has a sprocket mounted thereon. On either side of the sprocket are annular grooves. Within one annular groove is to be located a right hand operated ratchet tool with a left hand ratchet tool connecting with the other annular groove. These ratchet tools are to be used sequentially in unison to create stored energy within the torsion spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Robert L. Way
  • Patent number: 5575052
    Abstract: A tool for facilitating removal of a light holder assembly from the interior of a miniature model building comprises an elongated rigid wire having an integrally-formed, U-shaped hook member disposed at its distal end and projecting at a predetermined angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the wire. The other end of the wire is secured to a handle member. The spacing between the legs of the hook is such that the hook can be made to engage the inwardly extending notches on the lamp holder's leaf spring members, allowing sufficient tension to be placed on the leaf spring member to compress it to the point where the light holder assembly can be extracted through the opening in the building's wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: John S. Thoresen
  • Patent number: 5228364
    Abstract: Apparatus (20) is provided to enable a single operator to effect a controlled release of an elevator hoist brake (32) thus allowing "drifting" of the elevator car to the nearest floor and quick safe rescue of trapped passengers during an electrical outage. Other apparatus (120, 130) is provided which may be combined with elements of the apparatus 20 to release brakes on special types of elevators. An additional arrangement (20') of the apparatus 20 is provided to release brakes on still other special types of elevators. An observer having the elevator car in view may communicate (e.g. by hand held transceiver) desired car movements to the operator who is typically located in the machine room atop the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Alan V. Casas
  • Patent number: 5212859
    Abstract: A pliers for removing and manipulating a snap ring and like ring devices, wherein the pliers is defined by handles pivotally connected to each other. The handles comprise a pair of integrally formed jaw members that are provided with a positive engaging socket member formed on each of the respective free end portions of the jaw members. The socket members include a convergent socket arranged to lockingly receive the respective open free ends of the snap ring. A pivoting member is positioned intermediate the handles and jaw members with a biasing spring mounted between the oppositely disposed jaw members forwardly of the pivot member, whereby the jaw members are biased in an open position so as to forcibly engage each of the socket members with the respective open ends of the snap ring, thereby preventing the snap ring from being inadvertently removed or disengaged from the convergent sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: Willian K. Hagerty