Miscellaneous Patents (Class 81/488)
  • Patent number: 10744834
    Abstract: A pivot bearing for independent wheel suspension of a steerable front wheel of a vehicle having at least one upper bearing with a connection to a spring strut for attachment to the body. To improve the safety of the passenger cell in the event of a frontal collision, the connection has a separating device that brings about separation of the attachment of the pivot bearing to the spring strut and to the body of the vehicle at the upper bearing in the event of a frontal impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Mario Ubaldo, Thomas Paulsen
  • Patent number: 9332989
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical instrument for removing a surgical clip applied to a hollow organ, said clip comprising two clamping arms having two free ends and two ends connected to each other and defining a connecting region, and said instrument having a proximal and a distal end, wherein a spreading device for grasping and spreading apart an applied clip from an applied position to a released position is arranged at the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Pedro Morales
  • Publication number: 20150143966
    Abstract: A locking quick release cap for use on styli or small pocket tools that provides protection for styli tips and protects users from exposed sharp tool tips. A stylus or small pocket tool is machined with retaining groove at the tip end, which is inserted into the locking quick release cap. The locking quick release cap includes a spring loaded slide and an internal locking ball that locks into the tool end retaining groove when fully engaged. The fully engaged assembly allows for easy carry, protecting both the user and the tool tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Arlin Pischke, Arlin Richard Pischke
  • Publication number: 20140137338
    Abstract: A multipurpose tool system that can be assembled into multiple configurations by a user. The tool system may comprise a plurality of components, including tool heads, shaft segments, and handle ends. The components of the tool system can be combined in various configurations to provide different functions, at different lengths. Connectors may be utilized to connect the various components of the system using a twist lock mechanism. The connectors may include a tubular sleeve member having a biased locking shaft that interacts with a locking groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Redhed Tools, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140138280
    Abstract: A multipurpose tool system that can be assembled into multiple configurations by a user. The tool system may comprise a plurality of components, including tool heads, shaft segments, and handle ends. The components of the tool system can be combined in various configurations to provide different functions, at different lengths. Connectors may be utilized to connect the various components of the system using a twist lock mechanism. The connectors may include a tubular sleeve member having a biased locking shaft that interacts with a locking groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: REDHED TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Meinzer, Jonathan Hart
  • Patent number: 8650993
    Abstract: A fixing device for a tool member includes a handle having a receiving space opened at one end thereof for receiving a connector, the tool member having an operation head defined at one end thereof, a connecting end defined at another end of the tool member for connecting to the connector, the connector having two flat bodies which are pivoted with each other, a fixing unit defined between the two flat bodies for fixing the connecting end of the tool member to the connector, the connector having at least one engaging rib defined at one end thereof for engaging with a wall of the receiving space. Therefore, the tool member is easily detachable from the handle via the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Shou-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 8631550
    Abstract: An impact tool for removal and attachment of a mower blade cutting edge insert of the type demountably attached with a press fit wedging connection in a recessed end surface of the mower blade, the tool body having a U-shaped slot permitting the slot to receive and straddle adjacent edges of the mower blade and the insert when the latter is in the recessed end surface portion, sliding movement of the tool along the edges causes a contacting abutment in the bottom of the U-shaped slot to engage one or the other ends of the edge insert to drive the insert into or detach it from an operative press fit attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: Randolph J. Janikowski, Paul E. Kratzke
  • Patent number: 8516933
    Abstract: The internal combustion engine ignition timing tool (10) installs removably atop the distributor housing (D) after removal of the distributor cap (C), and enables the mechanic to set timing accurately without need of additional equipment. In one embodiment, the tool has a single collar (12), while the other embodiment has an inner collar adjustably rotating within an outer collar. Each has a rotor tip clearance notch (22). The engine is turned to align the conventional external timing marks, and the distributor (D) is turned opposite the normal rotational direction of the engine to push the leading face (24) of the clearance notch (22) against the rotor tip, thus removing all gear lash and slack from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Swindell
  • Patent number: 8511209
    Abstract: Auxiliary tool handling devices incorporating ergonomic-advantage designs selected from auxiliary handles, active movable forearm supports, foot pads, and wheels and various combinations of these are disclosed that allow many common tools to function in a safe, secure, convenient, ergonomic and efficient manner in performing many common chores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Lawrence Bishop, Lew Bishop
  • Patent number: 8365343
    Abstract: An implement for clearing debris from a drain cup or basket strainer in a sink includes an upright handle for gripping and operating the implement. A cutting member configured to cut up the debris and force it through the drain cup or basket strainer is mounted on a lower end of the handle. The cutting member includes a centrally disposed recess for the strainer basket handle or the basket attachment nut in the drain cup. A plurality of radially extending grooves are formed in a lower surface of the cutting member with cutting edges being formed on the edges of the grooves for cutting the debris and forcing it through the drain cup or basket strainer. The recess in the cutting member permits the blades of the cutting assembly to reach the base of the strainer without interference from the strainer basket handle or attachment nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Leland J Sherwood, Leonard G Sherwood
  • Publication number: 20120227552
    Abstract: A tool apparatus comprises an operative member and a handle connected to the operative member. The handle comprises a core element having an elongated body, an outer surface and first and second ends opposite to each other. At least the second end is connected to the operative member. The tool handle also comprises at least one cavity extending inwardly from the outer surface of the core element and a plurality of insert blocks selectively receivable in the cavity. The tool handle further comprises an overlay disposed on the core element, wherein a height of the projection on exterior surface of the insert block is no less than a thickness of the overlay, thereby exposing the upper surface to an external environment so as to be visible to a viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: WARNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: David HENKE, Steven L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8209837
    Abstract: A device constructed of a material strong enough to withstand the torque of a typical air wrench or cheater bar used by a lawn mower repair shop or a homeowner. One end of the device must have an opening and be of the size as to allow a lawn mower blade to be inserted inside of it. The portion containing the tip of the blade may include a leveler and/or retainer to raise the device to approximately the horizontal plane of the mower blade and the lower edge of the mower deck. The device includes a restriction leg to provide a prop against any protuberance on the side of a single-blade mower deck or on the side or within the deck on a multi-blade mower deck. To provide economics for manufacturing, one size should fit most blades and the device should require a limited quantity of materials and fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: George Henshaw
  • Patent number: 8176609
    Abstract: A removal tool for removing washers located on each cylinder head stud when performing a valve job on an automobile engine. The removal tool includes a cylindrical body having a handle portion and a washer removal end opposite the handle. The cylindrical body includes a central bore that extends the axial length of the body. The removal end includes an end surface having at least one embedded magnet member and defines a pickup surface for use in attracting and securing the easy removal of automotive cylinder head stud washers and automotive cylinder head valve spring spacers valve from the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy J. Branon
  • Publication number: 20120096998
    Abstract: A lifting device includes two opposite parallel rings; and a bridge member interconnecting the rings, the bridge member comprising a through hole having a diameter greater than that of a threaded shank of a thumb screw. Threaded shank of the thumb screw is adapted to drive through the through hole into a threaded hole in a rear end of a stationary handle of a self-adjusting locking pliers to rotatably retain the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Shin-An Shih
  • Publication number: 20120073411
    Abstract: A tool for manipulating the hand brake controls on a railroad car by a user standing on the ground generally comprises an elongate handle and a split collar swivelly attached to the distal end of the handle. The collar includes split for passage of the rim of a brake wheel, and a central bore for retaining the rim while the user turns the brake wheel with the collar bearing against a spoke. A cavity in distal end of handle is adapted for engaging the free end of a brake release handle for moving it to release the brakes. Each side of the collar includes a concave portion adapted for engaging a spoke of the brake wheel for turning the wheel for final tightening of the brakes. Preferably, the handle includes a plurality of telescopingly coupled sections and locks for locking the handle at an extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Jason J. Smith, Darryl J. Smith, Matthew W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8082821
    Abstract: A tool for opening and closing a boot buckle that has a latching lever including a base portion and a longitudinally extending first working head with an opening sized to engage the latching lever. A tongue portion projects from the base portion into the opening, and this opening may be formed as an annulus. Teeth may be provided on the internal sidewall of the opening. A second working head may be provided with a socket portion thereon to mount a tool piece. A lidded compartment may be formed in the base portion. A cord may mount to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: A.B.M. Fabrication & Machining, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick M. Wise, Alex M. Wise, Brett M. Wise
  • Patent number: 8056680
    Abstract: A wearable, self-deploying fall arrest device to resist sliding movement of a climber on a climbing surface includes a pick blade pivotable between a retracted position and a deployed position. A tip of an out-turned tooth on the pick blade can be oriented downwardly and outwardly in the retracted position to engage and catch the climbing surface. An out-turned fin can be disposed on the opposite end of the pick blade above the pivot to urge the pick blade out of the retracted position upon pressing the fin against the climbing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Neil E. Broten
  • Patent number: 7971309
    Abstract: A sink disposal multipurpose tool is described. Disposals can be damaged by non-food items that are inadvertently dropped therein. A sink disposal multipurpose tool is configured so that it rests within and above a disposal in such a way as to block non-food items from entering a disposal while allowing water and food-waste items entrance. The tool is configured with a plurality of attachments, including a scraper and stuffer blade attachment so that a cook can efficiently scrape food waste materials from dishes, pans, etc. into a sink. The tool can be used to gather the food waste materials from the sink and push them into a disposal. Other attachments include a scrub pad, a brush, and a peeler. The sink disposal multipurpose tool can be returned to its storage position in and above the disposal well where it effectively stops utensils, etc. from entering the disposal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Theresa A. Houck
  • Publication number: 20110036216
    Abstract: A system for marking rotationally operated tools to indicate direction. Said tools incorporate green indicia to indicate clockwise motion and/or tightening of right hand threaded implements, i.e. nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits, pipes, fasteners, fittings, etc. and red indicia to indicate counterclockwise motion and/or loosening of right hand threaded fasteners fittings and other spirally operated implements. Also a tool marked as previously indicated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Richard W. Cobbs, Patrick C. Cobbs
  • Publication number: 20100251861
    Abstract: A torque-limiting fastener driver for driving a bone fastener into bone includes a handle supporting a driver shaft. The driver shaft includes limited components which are designed to provide feedback to a user regarding the applied torsional force. In addition, the driver shaft is designed to controllably fail before any potential uncontrolled failure of the distal driving tip. This prevents application of too much torque and controlled design of the shape and size of the failed components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Sixto, JR., Juergen A. Kortenbach, Javier E. Castaneda, Eduardo A. Ampuero, Alfredo Castaneda, Joel G. Marquart
  • Publication number: 20100242688
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hand-held tool that may be held in the palm of a hand, the hand-held tool being of adequate length and size to allow users to comfortably transfer the tool from a palm grip to a pen grip to maintain the use of the fingers and the thumb when the hand tool is stored in the palm. One or several storage housings are attached offset from a drive shaft housing for improved torque transfer from a hand to the tool head, integral storage of work pieces, optimized use of palm torque during use, and better overall grasping. The hand tool is also equipped with a retractable or nonretractable torque drive shaft designed to allow the fingers and thumb of a user to be rotated freely when the tool is in palm grip and capable of transmitting torque through the housing when an axial pressure force is placed along the drive shaft to engage the tool head with the housing. The drive shaft can also be reversed to create a prolongation shaft or placed in another opening of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel P. Brown
  • 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: 20100018355
    Abstract: A head cap adapted to secure to the working head of a wrench. The head cap includes a generally flat plate portion having a peripheral edge and first and second wing portions that extend from said peripheral edge in generally parallel, opposed relation to one another and are oriented so as to engage the working head of the wrench. The flat plate portion has an exposed upper surface suitable for locating selected indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Ted C. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20090308212
    Abstract: A dual locking system for a tool including a first actuator and a second actuator each of which are required to be actuated to unlock the tool. The system includes spring biased locking members individually and operatively associated with a button assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: ALLTRADE TOOLS LLC
    Inventor: Hector R. Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20090308213
    Abstract: A motor-driven machine tool with a tool that can be rotatably driven comprises a drive shaft and a tool shaft on which the tool is received, the rotational movement of the drive shaft being transmissible onto the tool shaft via a coupling device. The drive shaft is rotatably received in pivot bearings in the housing of the machine tool, the coupling device acting upon the drive shaft in the portion between the two pivot bearings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Adolf Zaiser, Jens Blum, Heiko Roehm
  • Publication number: 20090288528
    Abstract: Tool attachments and extensions handles may be removably connected to each other. In an example embodiment, a tool attachment is capable of being connected to an extension handle having an extension handle connector, which includes a first field emission structure. The tool attachment has a tool implement and a tool attachment connector, which includes a second field emission structure. The tool attachment connector is adapted to be mated to the extension handle connector with the second field emission structure in proximity to the first field emission structure such that the first and second field emission structures have a predetermined alignment with respect to one another. Each of the first and second field emission structures include multiple Field emission sources having positions and polarities relating to a predefined spatial force function that corresponds to the predetermined alignment of the first and second field emission structures within a field domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: Cedar Ridge Research, LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Robert
  • Publication number: 20090266203
    Abstract: An installation tool may include an extension member, a body portion disposed on the extension member, and a plurality of fingers flexibly protruding from the body portion. The plurality of fingers are adapted to releasably engage a cover assembly. The plurality of fingers and the body portion cooperate to retain the cover assembly in a first direction and allow disengagement of the cover assembly in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: THE VIKING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shawn G. Orr, Michael J. Oldham
  • Publication number: 20090243177
    Abstract: In combination, a locating pin and extraction tool for locating a work piece in conjunction with a jig comprises a locating pin including an elongate body having a head portion and a lower pin portion. The elongate body is of a length which is substantially greater than it is wide, and the pin portion is adapted to be inserted through a locating hole in the jig and into a locating hole in the work piece to locate the work piece. The head portion is a low-profile head, and has a height and width both of which are much smaller than the length of the elongate body. A lifting tool is provided and having a handle and a lifting foot adapted to engage the head portion of the locating pin for lifting and extracting the locating pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: David M. Ginburg
  • Patent number: 7549819
    Abstract: A device comprising two hollow profiles which are arranged approximately at a right angle from each other and each of which is provided with a profiling channel that extends parallel to the longitudinal axis (A) of the profile and an undercut longitudinal groove in at least one lateral face of the profile, the longitudinal groove extending parallel to the profiling channel. The two hollow profiles are held together by a connecting screw whose shaft engages into the profiling channel of one hollow profile and whose screw head is mounted within an undercut longitudinal groove of the other hollow profile. The periphery of the screw head is provided with grooves or notches that run on planes extending from the longitudinal axis (M) of the shaft while forming ribs therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Ulrich Stauss
  • Publication number: 20090064826
    Abstract: An improved locking pliers is provided with an attachment member having a threaded aperture fixed on the handle of the locking pliers. In one embodiment, the attachment member is in the form of a coupling nut or other extended wide nut welded to the handle. In another embodiment, the attachment member is integrally formed as part of the handle during the manufacture of the pliers. In another embodiment, the attachment member is concentrically attached to the end of the handle so that a pulling, pushing or twisting force is applied along the plane of the handle without torque. The attachment member does not interfere with the normal locking operation or any other normal operation of the pliers. In another embodiment, a quick connection attachment member, such as a locking pin or quick disconnect joint, is used in place of a threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas M. Robert
  • Publication number: 20090044355
    Abstract: A multi-functional curb meter reading/defense stick tool having a lightweight construction for use by field workers/meter readers. It includes a central rod shaped body having a first handle end capable of housing a small bottle of water or other liquid. The central rod shaped body further includes a distal end having a locking mechanism which includes a ā€œJā€ shaped latch and a compression spring/pressure point. The rod shaped body and locking mechanism are designed to allow various functional devices to be coupled to the distal end of the rod, such as a mirror device, a hook/latch and/or an end magnet. These various devices can be used to gain access to and more easily read metering devices which may be positioned behind a locked gate or fenced in area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Jaime Orozco
  • Publication number: 20090025517
    Abstract: A torque sensor insertion tool is provided for installing a torque sensor disposed on an axle and a torque sensor deinsertion tool is provided for removing a torque sensor unit disposed on the axle. These tools are designed to avoid applying an excessive tension force or an excessive compression force that will distort the torque sensor unit during installation and removal of the torque sensor unit disposed on the axle. Basically, the tools contact the torque sensor at two axially spaced apart points and support the torque sensor unit both internally and externally during installation and removal. The torque sensor insertion tool basically has an axle attachment structure, a tubular sensor supporting structure and a tubular sensor moving structure. The torque sensor deinsertion tool basically has an outer member, an inner member and a nut member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Seiji FUKUI, Shinji KAWAMURA
  • Patent number: 7480954
    Abstract: A scraper and stuffer tool for a sink disposer having a split rubber entry portion in a bottom portion of a sink well comprises: a) an upper portion having a bottom portion sized to generally extend around a peripheral portion of the split rubber entry portion so that the tool can be carried/stored on and above the split rubber entry portion of the disposer; b) a central push portion extending centrally beneath the upper portion, configured to push food centrally through the split rubber entry portion into the disposer; c) a singular blade portion extending centrally across and beneath the push portion for scraping food off dishes and the sink into the disposer well; and, d) a top lift means extending centrally above the upper portion so that the tool can be lifted up and out of a storage/drain position in the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Theresa A. Houck
  • Publication number: 20090001037
    Abstract: A cover panel for a shelf comprises a first surface including a first and a second edge, and a second surface including a third and a fourth edge, wherein the third edge is disposed adjacent the first edge of the first surface, and the second surface angularly extends from the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: John Wilcock
  • Patent number: 7467571
    Abstract: An apparatus including an elongated rod adapted for sliding under a bottom of a locked door. The elongated rod includes a main section, a curved section, a handle end and an actuator end. The handle end, the curved section and the actuator end extend away from the main section in the same direction such that the handle end, the curve section, the main section, and the actuator end define a plane. The elongated rod is separable into a handle section, an actuator section and a center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: Bernard Heath
  • Publication number: 20080257115
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening a washered bolt with a flat washer passed therethrough, to a fastening object. Air discharged from an air blow nozzle is blown into a space between a head of the bolt accommodated in a socket and the flat washer. Foreign matter will be prevented from adhering to the flat washer and the bolt head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Yoshikawa
  • Publication number: 20080257741
    Abstract: A metal hand tool is fabricated by a method to manufacture the metal hand tool, and the metal hand tool has a body with an outer surface and a preparing region, a printing layer with a mark and an electroplate layer. The method has a forming step, a printing step and an electroplating step. In the preparing step, the body is made of metal. In the printing step, the printing layer is printed on the preparing region in the outer surface of the body and the mark is enchased on the printing layer with an external surface. In the electroplating step, the electroplate layer is electroplated on the external surface of the mark and the outer surface of the body except the preparing region with the printing layer to complete the metal hand tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Chiu-Yuea Hung
  • Publication number: 20080236346
    Abstract: A primary locking tool for use with first and second primary drive assemblies. The first primary drive assembly includes a first drive sprocket and a first input sprocket a first distance from one another. The second primary drive assembly includes a second drive sprocket and a second input sprocket a second distance from one another. The second distance is greater than the first distance. The primary locking tool includes a first side portion having a drive jaw configured to engage the first and second drive sprockets. A second side portion includes an input jaw configured to engage the first and second input sprockets. The first and second side portions are coupled together for movement between a retracted position and an extended position that engage and resist rotation of the first drive sprocket and first input sprocket and the second drive sprocket and second input sprocket, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Klett, Mark Schaefer, Michael Duley
  • Publication number: 20080195115
    Abstract: An implement for orientating a tool at a predetermined angle with respect to a plane of a target surface to be engaged by the tool includes a rod having a distal end coupled to a head formed with three contact points arranged in a circular array around the longitudinal axis of the rod, such that the three contact points define a plane. The rod is coupled to the head with the longitudinal axis of the rod at the predetermined angle to the plane defined by the three contact points, such that when the three contact points of the rod are in contact with the target surface, the longitudinal axis of the rod is at the predetermined angle with respect to the plane of the target surface. The implement is described particularly for orientating a surgical cutting tool perpendicularly to bone tissue for harvesting and implanting a bone plug to repair damaged bone tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: DePuy Mitek
    Inventors: Ran Oren, Alan F. Barber, Yaron Fuerst, Dan Moor
  • Publication number: 20080184850
    Abstract: A device containing fragments of a failed high torque device such as hydraulic torque device, geared air driven torque machine or impact wrench. The device is a sleeve formed of a woven or web-like material that is positioned around at least a driving or socket end of the high torque device. The sleeve absorbs the impact of fragments upon failure of the high torque device, preventing the fragments from becoming airborne. The sleeve may be assembled with the high torque device during construction of the high torque device, or may be added to the high torque device at a later time. The sleeve may be retro-fit onto the high torque device. The sleeve may be pre-molded, shrink-fit, hot-dipped, slid, rolled or woven onto the high torque device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick S. Livingston, David R. Hicks
  • Publication number: 20080148910
    Abstract: An identification structure of a tool with two colors includes a tool body having an engaging surface, and an identification ring. The identification ring is made of elastic polymer, composed of an inner layer and an outer layer having diverse colors. The identification ring is mounted around the engaging surface of the tool body, having the outer layer fitted in an intermediate portion of the inner layer to make an upper and a lower edge of the inner layer extending outside the outer layer. So, the two edges of the inner layer have the same color and the intermediate portion of the identification ring has two different colors, keeping them apt to be recognized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Kuo Tung Chiu
  • Publication number: 20080115356
    Abstract: A tool that is used to correctly measure the proper termination length of the exposed twisted conductor pairs of a cable for insertion into a telecommunications plug and to correctly preform the positional arrangement of the individual conductors for insertion into the plug in a single step is disclosed. A method of terminating an end of a stripped twisted conductor pair cable to a telecommunications plug having a plurality of conductor receiving channels using such a tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Karl J. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20080075618
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a downhole tool includes obtaining a three-dimensional model of the downhole tool; converting the three-dimensional model of the downhole tool into a model having a plurality of two-dimensional layers; and building the downhole tool, layer-by-layer, by melting a metal powder or an alloy powder using an electron beam based on the model having a plurality of two-dimensional layers. A downhole tool manufactured by a process includes obtaining a three-dimensional model of the downhole tool; converting the three-dimensional model of the downhole tool into a model having a plurality of two-dimensional layers; and building the downhole tool, layer-by-layer, by melting a metal powder or an alloy powder using an electron beam based on the model having a plurality of two-dimensional layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary A. Martin, David J. Belliveau, Daniel B. Theriault
  • Patent number: 7318367
    Abstract: A carpet installation tool capable of being used to crease and tuck carpets in a wide variety of locations, including those difficult to access. The tool includes a handle that defines a longitudinal axis of the tool and a head disposed at one end of the handle. The handle has a longitudinal length sufficient to accommodate at least one hand of a user. The head has a neck portion adjacent the handle, a heel portion adjacent the neck portion, and a toe portion adjacent the heel portion. The neck portion extends at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the tool, and has a length sufficient to accommodate a hand of the user. The heel portion is adjacent the neck portion so that a heel edge defined thereby is offset from the longitudinal axis of the tool in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis. The heel and toe portions define a distal edge that extends in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Billings
  • Patent number: 7296501
    Abstract: A limited access building connection for connecting a holding structure and a held structure which includes an anchor member having a threaded end adapted for connection to holding structure. A nut having an inner threaded wall threadably engages the threaded end of anchor member. Nut has a base which engages connector structure. Connector structure is adapted for connection to held structure. A nut rotational member is provided for imparting rotational motion to nut. Connection has dimensional limited access parameters existent between nut and connector structure and held structure. A linear power member is dimensioned and configured to work within the dimensional limited access parameters and is adapted for engaging and imparting rotational energy to nut rotational member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Leek, Gregory S. Powell
  • Patent number: 7290305
    Abstract: A cleaning pad insertion tool for facilitating coupling of disposable cleaning wipes onto a head of an electrostatic mop by inserting a portion of the disposable cleaning wipe into a grip assembly of the electrostatic mop, and method of use therefore. The cleaning pad insertion tool includes an elongate member adapted for pressing a portion of a disposable cleaning wipe into at least one grip assembly on a head of an electrostatic mop; a clip portion operationally couplable to a handle of the electrostatic mop for selectively receiving the elongate member when not in use; and a tether member couplable to the elongate member and the a handle of the electrostatic mop for inhibiting loss of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Doreen M. Auchmoody
  • Patent number: 7281450
    Abstract: Vehicle unlocking tool for unlocking vehicle doors from the outside of the vehicle comprises at least two rod sections which are coupled together one rod section having a handle for manipulating the overall rod tool and the other rod section having an end portion that is used to push or pull or otherwise manipulate a lock actuator. The first rod section is stiffer than the second rod section which is made to be flexible to avoid scratching the interior of the car, such as the door panels, seats or dash but still has sufficient stiffness to transfer the force necessary to unlock the door. Additional sections may be added to the rod to lengthen its reach as needed by the tool operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Weinraub Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam S. Weinraub
  • Patent number: 7210743
    Abstract: A device used for threading a seat belt through a child safety seat includes an elongated, double-ended threader member which is connected to the seat belt tongue and to webbing at a location spaced from the tongue. The webbing is then folded over to cover the threader member and the threader member is employed to push the tongue through a passageway in the child safety seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Matt Dale
  • Patent number: 7168343
    Abstract: A limited access building connection for connecting a holding structure and a held structure which includes an anchor member having a threaded end adapted for connection to holding structure. A nut having an inner threaded wall threadably engages the threaded end of anchor member. Nut has a base which engages connector structure. Connector structure is adapted for connection to held structure. A nut rotational member is provided for imparting rotational motion to nut. Connection has dimensional limited access parameters existent between nut and connector structure and held structure. A linear power member is dimensioned and configured to work within the dimensional limited access parameters and is adapted for engaging and imparting rotational energy to nut rotational member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Leek, Gregory S. Powell
  • Patent number: 7114924
    Abstract: A blade pin alignment and positioning system for the installation of helicopter blade pins, including an elongated alignment pin and at least one drive member. The drive member is configured to mate with the top end of the alignment pin for use in driving the alignment pin to its initial position in blade installation. Then the drive member is removed from the top of the alignment pin. The exposed top end of the alignment pin is configured to mate with the insertion end of a blade pin. The other end of the alignment pin is tapered for easy operation in alignment of the blade root holes with the holes in the lead lag link portion of the main rotor hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Donald Terryl Munsch