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Component connection comprising a first and a second component and a male and a female fixing element

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A component connection includes a first vehicle component which has a male fixing element projecting from the first vehicle component, and a second vehicle component, which has a female fixing element that is intended for receiving the male fixing element. The male fixing element is inserted into the female fixing element in an insertion direction. The male fixing element has a functional head, which has partially or completely the shape of a sphere or partially or completely a shape similar to a sphere, and the male fixing element has a foot region, which is connected to the second component in a positive locking manner. The functional head has an excessive dimension in relation to the female fixing element in essence transversely to the insertion direction, so that the two vehicle components can be clamped together in a detachable manner at the fixing elements.



Connecting arrangement between a plastic component and another structural element

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A connecting arrangement is provided between a plastic component with at least two mutually adjacent and at least approximately parallel walls and another structural element, having at least one force-transmission element which is adhesively bonded to the plastic component via an adhesive bond on the plastic component in frusto-conical or spherical-segment-shaped depressions in the mutually adjacent walls of the plastic component. The force-transmission element has a carrying structure for the other structural element. With the exception of a possibly provided coating, the force-transmission element is composed only of metallic material and has a plate which is adapted to the depression in the outer wall of the plastic component, which outer wall is adjacent to the other structural element. The edge of the plate rests with interposition on the outer wall in the surrounding region of the depression, wherein the plate is connected via a web to an end section of the force-transmission element, which end section is adapted to the depression in the other inner wall of the plastic component. The depression is configured in the outer wall without a bottom to such an extent that the end section of the force-transmission element can be inserted through the outer wall into the recess of the inner wall.



Composite chair

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A composite chair includes a chair frame and a fastening assembly. The chair frame includes a front support portion, a rear support portion and two support seat tubes connecting the front support portion to the rear support portion. The rear support portion includes a holding portion and two locking holes. Each support seat tube has a first opening and a second opening faced the fastening hole. The fastening assembly includes two fastening elements inserted in the first openings, a support bar connected to the two fastening elements and two fasteners run through the locking holes and the second openings to fasten to the fastening elements. Each of the fastening elements includes a butting portion and a screw hole. Each of the fasteners includes a thread portion fastened to the screw hole and a detent block butting the holding portion. The composite chair thus formed can be assembled easily.



Elevator load bearing member vibration control

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An exemplary device that is useful for controlling vibrations of an elevator load bearing member includes a guide. A mass is moveable relative to the guide responsive to vibration of the load bearing member to introduce a force to counter the vibration.



Systems and methods for repairing utility poles

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pole splint, generally for use with a broken wooden utility pole, which can provide for a strong repair at a pole breakpoint and which uses relatively little manpower and equipment to install, even under difficult conditions. The splint generally comprises two panels which are designed to be interconnected with elongated connectors. The connectors will generally interact with one of the panels through the use of a nut and washer, and may connect with the other panel through a nut and washer or via a chain formed of chain links.



Lock mechanism and related electronic device

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lock mechanism includes a base, a constraining component, a recovering component, a bridging component and an actuating component. The constraining component contacts against a fix portion of an electronic component to constrain its movement. The recovering component includes a bar, a first inclined structure and a second inclined structure. The bar includes a first end and a second end. The first inclined structure is disposed on the first end to push the fix portion, and the second inclined structure is disposed on the second end. Two ends of the bridging component respectively connect to the constraining component and the actuating component. The actuating component movably pierces through a hole on the base to separate the constraining component from the fix portion via the bridging component, and the actuating component further pushes the second inclined structure, so as to drive the first inclined structure to outwardly move the fix portion.



Clamping device, assembly and lithographic projection apparatus

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A clamping device is constructed and arranged to clamp two parts together. The clamping device includes an aligner constructed and arranged to bring the two parts in an aligned position with respect to each other, a clamp constructed and arranged to maintain the two parts in the aligned position, a disconnect constructed and arranged to guide the two parts away from the aligned position to a disconnected position, and an actuator constructed and arranged to convert an electrical current to kinetic energy. The aligner, the clamp, and the disconnect are constructed and arranged to be driven by the actuator.



Height-adjustable round rod guide

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A round rod guide (10) for mounting a stud bolt attached to a container side includes a plastic body, the stud bolt shaft (30) of the stud bolt being insertable onto and attachable to the plastic body. The plastic body has in its interior a channel (35) for receiving the stud bolt shaft (30) and on its free end, a receiving opening (19) for insertion of a round rod. The plastic body is formed as two parts with a first, cup-shaped base part (11) and with a second insertion part (16) insertable into the cup-shaped base part (11) in at least two different insertion positions that are rotated relative to one another at a predetermined angle. The receiving opening (19) for the round rod and the channel (35) for receiving the stud bolt shaft (30) and for attaching the round rod guide (10) are formed on the insertion part (16), whereby the receiving opening (10) formed in the insertion part (16), when the insertion part (16) is inserted in the base part (11) in the first insertion position, has a different spacing to the foot of the stud bolt shaft (30) than when in the second insertion position.



Removable device for attaching two mechanical parts

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A removable device for attaching two mechanical parts includes a pin removably locking a first part with respect to a second part, a retainer member on the pin and a resiliently loaded tension member which collaborate to prevent the pin from coming out of its locked position; the removable device further includes at least two inclined surfaces, the general shape of which is that of a projection oriented in the axial direction of the pin, such that when the pin rotates, the retainer member runs along the inclined surfaces and the pin moves between the locked position and unlocked position against a force exerted on the pin along a longitudinal axial direction of the pin exerted by the tension member.



Locking pin with protective cap

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A locking pin is provided for securing movable mechanical components, and includes a tubular body defining an axial passageway. The tubular body has an actuating end and a tapered working end opposite the actuating end, and has at least one latch opening proximate the working end. The pin has a spindle constructed and arranged for reciprocation in the passageway, as well as at least one locking element, each positioned within the passageway at a corresponding latch opening, and being urged toward the corresponding latch opening by the spindle. A cap is fastened to the working end for restricting entry of contaminants into the passageway.



Control device with improved stem connector and display

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In a control device for a technical processing plant, a pneumatically driven actuator having an actuator stem is provided together with a valve operated by the actuator, the valve having a valve stem. A valve element is attached to the valve stem. A stem connector connects the two stems to each other for a forced transmission of axial actuating movements and for modifying an axial distance between adjacent ends of the valve stem and the actuator stem to adjust a total axial length of the two stems. The stem connector comprises two half-shells connected to each other, and two positioning devices are provided for a friction-locking coupling of the half-shells to the respective ends. At least one of the positioning devices is designed to modify an axial attachment position of the half-shells along one of the stems.



Connector device for a foldable tent

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A connector device includes a male component pivotally coupled with a female component. The male component includes a projection extending from a first pole, with the projection having a first locking member. The female component includes a housing extending from a second pole, with the housing including a spring-biased engaging member and a second locking member at an upper portion of the housing. The male and female components are in a locked state when the engaging member is biased upward and the first and second locking members are engaged such that the first and second poles are fixedly aligned. The male and female components are in an unlocked state when the engaging member is biased downward and the first and second locking members are disengaged such that the first and second poles are pivotally movable with respect to each other.



System for manufacturing a reinforcement

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A structural element for constructing an auxiliary means for the manufacture of a reinforcement includes at least one coupling point for coupling the structural element to another structural element. The structural element is formed from a basic element. The structural element may further include a holding means for holding a reinforcement rod. A method for constructing an auxiliary means and a method for manufacturing a reinforcement are also provided.



Shaft for transmitting torques

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shaft for transmitting torques includes a hollow shaft made of fiber-reinforced plastic. A flange which can be used to connect the hollow shaft to a driving or driven machine part is fastened at least to one end of the hollow shaft. The flange is fastened to the hollow shaft via a number of screw connections. Each screw connection includes a screw and a nut. The shank of the screw projects in the direction of the hollow shaft through an opening in the flange that is arranged in the connection region between the end edge of the hollow shaft and the flange. The shank extends at least partially inside the shell of the hollow shaft and engages with the nut arranged on the hollow shaft. The head of the screw is supported on that side of the flange opposed to the hollow shaft.



Tolerance ring with perforated waves

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tolerance ring can include a generally cylindrical body that can include a side wall. The sidewall can define a top and a bottom. Further, the sidewall can include a plurality of wave structures that can extend from the sidewall, a plurality of unformed sections, and a gap that can extend along the entire length of the body. Each unformed section can be located between a pair of adjacent wave structures. Further, the gap can establish a split in the body. The tolerance ring can also include at least one hole intersecting at least one of the wave structures to establish a perforated wave structure.



Magnetic pulse formed vehicle driveshaft and method of making same

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of forming a sliding spline-type joint using magnetic pulse forming technology includes providing a female driveshaft member and a splined insert having inwardly formed splines. A male driveshaft member is provided having outwardly formed splines engageable with the insert. A mandrel is provided having outer ribs similar to the outer spline profile of the male driveshaft member. An inductor is provided which is energized to create a pulse magnetic field. The insert is placed over the mandrel. The female driveshaft member is disposed over the insert, and both are placed inside the inductor. The inductor is energized to deform a portion of the female driveshaft member over the insert to form an array of crimps for permanently connecting the female driveshaft member with the insert. The male driveshaft member is engaged into the insert to provide a sliding spline-type of slip joint.



Lever-action connector assembly

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A connector assembly that includes a first connector, a lever, a second connector and a link. The lever is pivotally mounted to the first connector for movement about a pivot axis between a first lever position and a second lever position. The second connector has a lug. The link is pivotally coupled to the lever at a location that is spaced apart from the pivot axis. The link has a coupling member with a slotted interior aperture and an engagement tab. The lug is received into the slotted interior aperture when the lever is in the first lever position. The engagement tab engages the lug to inhibit relative movement of the second connector away from the coupling member when the lever is moved from the first lever position to the second lever position.



Quick release system and method

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for a quick release of a second object from a first object, e.g., quick release of hurricane panels (second object) from the inside of a habitable structure (first object). A stepped quick release bolt assembly or a dual quick release car assembly may be employed. In the preferred embodiment, a pin passing through a cross bored hole in a stepped bolt disposed in a receiving structure attached to a first object is releasable in order to disconnect the second object from the first object.



Baby carriage and lower leg rest device thereof

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lower leg rest device includes an engaging member and a support member having a length adjusting mechanism. An end of the support member is pivotally connected to the frame of the baby carriage at a pivot point. The engaging member is disposed on another end of the support member. The support member is used for supporting a child safety seat. The length adjusting mechanism is used for adjusting a length between the engaging member and the pivot point. When the lower leg rest device pivots to a position below the frame body, the length of the support member can be shortened so as to support legs of a baby seated in the baby carriage. When the lower leg rest device pivots to a position above the frame body, the support member can be lengthened so that the engaging member can be engaged with and support the child safety seat.



Portable support having extendable rod

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A portable support for supporting equipment above a surface having an opening to a subsurface space. The support includes a head, an elevator on the head, and legs connected to the head for supporting the head above the surface. Each of the legs has a foot for engaging the surface when supporting the head above the surface. The support also includes an elongate rod vertically mounted on the elevator for movement between a raised position, in which an upper end of the rod extends above the head, and a lowered position, in which a lower end of the rod extends below the feet of the legs to extend into the subsurface space. The support includes an instrument platform positionable on the lower end of the rod when in the lowered position to support the equipment in the subsurface space when the rod is in the lowered position.



Functional table for transferring patient

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a functional table for patient transportation, including: a patient supporter which supports a patient laid thereon and allows the patient to be horizontally slidably transported, with its both sides being changed in their angle with respect to a vertical axis of the patient; a support frame which is located in the central bottom of the patient supporter and allows the patient supporter to be vertically moved; a base frame which is connected to the bottom of the support frame and supports the whole of functional table; and at least three transporting wheels which are connected to the base frame and allow the functional table to be freely moved.



Flush joint

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device including a first part made of ceramic material shrink fitted with a first shrink ring, in which an edge of an axial end of a cylindrical portion of the first part to which the first shrink ring is fitted and an edge of an axial end of the first shrink ring belong to one and the same transverse plane.



Impacting device and method

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An impacting device for inserting, positioning and/or removing an implant and/or performing other impacting applications. The impacting device may have a head having at least one recess. The recess may have a insertion channel and a locking chamber. In one embodiment, the insertion channel and the locking chamber may be connected by an axial channel. The recess may pass through a lateral surface of the head so that the base surface may remain cohesive or unobstructed. A guide means, such as a guide rod, may be positioned though the recess so that the head may be moveable on the guide means and not disengage the guide means. A shaft having a handle may be attached to the head to assist a surgeon in moving the head on the guide means.



Turbine engine shaft coupling

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A turbine engine shaft includes a first sub-shaft, a second sub-shaft and a tie shaft. A first bearing surface of the first sub-shaft axially engages a second bearing surface of the second sub-shaft. The tie shaft includes an intermediate tie shaft segment connected axially between a first tie shaft segment and a second tie shaft segment. The first tie shaft segment includes a first threaded tie shaft surface that is mated with a first threaded shaft surface of the first sub-shaft. The second tie shaft segment includes a second threaded tie shaft surface that is mated with a second threaded shaft surface of the second sub-shaft. The tie shaft also includes a sub-shaft bumper stop extending radially from the intermediate tie shaft segment to a bumper stop distal end, which has a radius that is greater than a radius the first and/or second threaded shaft surfaces.



Tolerance ring with slotted sidewall

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tolerance ring can include a generally cylindrical body having a sidewall. The sidewall can include a plurality of wave structures extending from the sidewall at regular intervals around the body, a first unformed section between a first pair of adjacent wave structures, and a second unformed section between a second pair of adjacent wave structures. The gap can extend along an entire length, L, of the body to establish a split in the body. The second unformed section can include a slot therein. The slot can have a length, LS, and LS≧80% L.



Active material wire actuators having reinforced structural connectors

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An assembly for and method of reinforcing interconnection between an active material wire actuator, such as a shape memory alloy wire, and structure, includes the generation and engagement of an enlarged formation affixed to or integrally formed with the actuator.



Pipe holder and support

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A support for pipes uses a telescoping strut slidably holding an elongated insert with a threaded post extending outward from the insert, through a slot in the C-shaped cross-section of the struts. A bracket fits over the post and abuts supports opposing edges of the strut. A nut on the post clamps the parts immovably together. The bracket has a depending portion extending below the strut with an opening through which a pipe passes. Two threaded couplers with opposing ramped surfaces encircle the pipe and deform when tightened to clamp the pipe while also clamping opposing sides of the depending portion.



Housing member for clutch mechanism

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A housing member for a friction clutch and a method for making it. The housing member is made for use with two differently sized fan members. Two annular raised mounting pilot surfaces are provided, one of which is machine finished for mounting one of the two fan members. Two sets of fan member mounting holes are also provided, one set of which is used to mount one of the two fan members thereon.



Linear actuator

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A linear actuator, especially for telescopic lifting columns (7) comprising a reversible electric motor (16) and a transmission (17) located in a box-shaped housing (14). A Linear movable activation element (18), preferably a spindle unit (19-21) connected to the transmission (17) is secured to the housing (14)). The activation element is intended for moving an adjustable element, e.g. a table top in the structure into which the actuator should be incorporated. The housing (14) is equipped with internal reinforcements (32) for strengthening said housing in its longitudinal direction and possibly also in its transverse direction. Thus a linear actuator with sufficient rigidity for use in sitting/standing tables without cross member is achieved.



Fastening device for furniture fittings

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fastening device for furniture fittings on furniture parts which includes at least one dowel core that can be inserted into a hole of a furniture part. The dowel core can be arranged inside a dowel sleeve, and an actuating device moves the dowel sleeve relative to the dowel core. The dowel sleeve spreads on the dowel core and the dowel core is radially resilient.



Coupling device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A coupling device releasably couples tubes of a pole dancing pole. The coupling device includes a body, and a mechanism comprising a first threaded element and a screw member mating with each other, the mechanism being arranged to apply a force to an interior surface of at least one of the tubes by turning the screw member with respect to the first threaded element. The mechanism is further arranged such that, during operation of the mechanism to increase the force applied to the interior surface of at least one of the tubes, a screw axis of the first threaded element and a screw axis of the screw member remain substantially aligned with each other. Also disclosed is a pole dancing pole and a pole dancing pole kit including the coupling device.



Mechanical method for improving bond joint strength

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method for improving joint strength between a first and second member comprising the steps of: applying a sealant material including a matrix material at least partially encasing rigid components to the first and second members; joining the first and second members upon an application of force that is applied through the use of one or more fasteners; wherein a compressive force is applied to the exterior surface of both the first and second members by the one or more fasteners while the rigid components apply an internal tension force acting opposite of the compression force to the interior surface of both the first and second members proximate to the fastener to form a mechanical lock thereby reducing slippage and generally maintaining the joint in position.



Mechanically interlocking frame assemblies

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A structural frame assembly is provided that includes mechanically interlocking components. The frame assembly has rails that interconnect with each other at joints that include brackets that engage the rails and nuts that are held in cavities of the rails that are connected to slots that extend through outer surfaces of the rails. Bolts may extend angularly through bores of the bracket and the slots of the rails to operatively engage a nut being held in the cavity. Tightening the bolts may draw the nut angularly through the cavity in a manner that automatically self-aligns the brackets and rails to establish precise joints.



Motor vehicle elastic suspension joint and motor vehicle structure comprising such a joint

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An elastic suspension hinge for an automobile, to be fastened to a fastening portion of a structure of the automobile via a clamping mechanism including a fastening element, the hinge being of type that includes an inner sleeve. At least one of the ends of the inner sleeve is configured to engage by conical fitting with the free end of a bushing rigidly connected to the fastening portion of the structure and having a longitudinal passage.



Elastomeric force mitigating joint

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The technology disclosed provides a joint for connecting carrier units together so as to dissipate and absorb axial forces experienced by the carrier units. The joint may be comprised of a joint housing and an elastomeric insert. The housing may be comprised of a body portion and a head portion and the head portion may include an annular flange in which the elastomeric insert is configured to be secured. The elastomeric joint is capable of absorbing and dissipating horizontal, rotational, and vertical forces experienced by the carrier units in non-linear travel along a track.



Coupling structure between shift lever and knob for vehicle

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A coupling structure between a shift lever and a knob for a vehicle that includes an insert which is formed at a center thereof with an insert aperture and fixed within a knob, and of which a lower end is formed to protrude from the knob to the exterior. A shift lever rod is inserted into and coupled to the insert aperture and a skirt is formed to enclose outer peripheral surfaces of the shift lever rod and the insert. In addition, a plurality of elastic members are formed along the outer peripheral surface of the insert to protrude radially outward toward the knob by a predetermined angle and are formed to be elastically deformed and opened radially outward when the shift lever rod is coupled to the knob.



Adjustable mounting assembly

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An adjustable mounting assembly has first and second mounting portions. The first mounting portion has an engagement arm with an adjustable end having first engagement teeth disposed about a first axis of rotation. The end portion has an adjustable second portion rotatable about the first axis of rotation, and having second engagement teeth that intermesh with the first engagement teeth to retain the second portion in an adjustable pan-position. The second portion has third engagement teeth disposed about a second axis of rotation angularly offset from the first axis of rotation. A second mounting portion is adjustably attached at an attachment portion to the first mounting portion, and the attachment portion has fourth engagement teeth disposed about the second axis of rotation that intermesh with the third engagement teeth to retain the second mounting portion is a selected tilt position.



Method and apparatus to construct metal securement member for an aircraft

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a mounting device in an aircraft. In one aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for assembling a metal securement member of the mounting device. In another aspect of the invention, a mounting device is disclosed. In another aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for installing and using a mounting device in an aircraft.



Tapered thread configuration with improved durability

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Underground drilling operation often requires connecting a drill tool (e.g., drill bit, backreamer, etc.) to a drill string. It is desirable to connect the drill tools to a drill string in a manner that facilitates quick and easy assembly and disassembly. Low torque coupling, commonly referred to as “torque-less” connection, can provide such functionality. The useful life and strength of such connections can be improved upon. The present disclosure provides a low torque coupling with improved strength and durability.



Polish rod locking clamp

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pump drive head for a progressing cavity pump comprises a top mounted stuffing box rotatably disposed around a compliantly mounted standpipe with a self or manually adjusting pressurization system for the stuffing box. To prevent rotary and vertical motion of the polish rod while servicing the stuffing box, a polished rod lock-out clamp is provided with the pump drive head integral with or adjacent to a blow-out-preventer which can be integrated with the pump drive head to save space and cost. A centrifugal backspin braking system located on the input shaft and actuated only in the backspin direction and a gear drive between the input shaft and output shaft are provided.



Containment assembly for flowable materials

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A combination usable together in an automotive vehicle includes an engine block, a cover, and a band clamp. The engine block includes an opening configured to provide access to an interior volume, a first flange having a periphery that surrounds the opening, and a first engagement surface disposed proximate the first flange. The cover includes a second flange disposed around a periphery of the cover, and a second engagement surface disposed proximate the second flange, the second engagement surface configured to mate with the first engagement surface, wherein when the first engagement surface and the second engagement surface are disposed in engagement with each other the first flange and the second flange in combination define an exterior surface having a first profile. The band clamp includes an interior surface with a second profile that is complementary with the first profile.



Seam clamp for solar panel and rooftop objects

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a seam clamp for securing equipment, such as solar PV panels, to standing roofs. The seam clamp includes an outer clamp member, an outer support member, and an inner clamp member. The inner clamp member and outer clamp member both include a clamping jaw projecting inward toward each other. The inner clamping member movably attached to the outer support member allowing the clamping jaws to engage and secure a standing seam. For ease of assembly, the outer clamp member and outer support member are slideably engaged and can be optionally captively slideably engaged. The seam clamp can be configured to accommodate different standing seam shapes by substituting alternative outer clamp members.



Spindle assembly for self-propelled vehicle

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A spindle assembly includes a main housing, a spindle mounted for rotation within the housing, a wheel hub attached to the spindle, a coupling located adjacent to an inner end of the spindle, and a disconnect shaft located within a bore of the coupling. The disconnect shaft is moveable in an axial direction between an engaged position in which a splined portion of the disconnect shaft mates with splined portions of both the spindle and the coupling to prevent the spindle from rotating independently of the coupling, and a disengaged position that allows the spindle to free-wheel relative to the coupling. A sprocket or gear is connected to an inner end of the coupling to connect the spindle assembly to a drive motor. An actuator is connected to an inner end of the disconnect shaft to move the shaft between its engaged and disengaged positions.



Wheelchair back mounting assembly

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A support mechanism (20) for mounting a wheelchair back to a wheelchair post including at least one generally horizontally extending support pin (30), the support mechanism (20) comprising a hanger arm (24) having a downwardly opening hook (26) defining an upper support point and a self-locking latch (34) pivotally mounting to the hanger arm (24), the latch defining a locking notch (40) and a stop notch (42), the latch (34) being pivotal between a locked position in which the latch locking notch (40) and the hook (26) define a substantially closed hole around the support pin (30) and an unlocked position in which the pin (30) is seated in the stop notch (42) such that the latch (34) is secured open so the hanger arm hook (26) can be connected to or removed from the wheelchair post support pin (30); the latch (34) is shaped and weighted such that the latch can be moved to the locked position under the force of gravity.



Head parts assembly for a bicycle

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A head parts assembly for a bicycle includes two bowls, a plurality of inserting members, two bead nests, and two end caps. The two bowls each are a circular structure and include a pipe-inserting hole, and a plurality of cable-inserting holes around the pipe-inserting hole. Each of the bowls further includes a receiving cavity in communication with the pipe-inserting holes, and the two bowls are disposed at two ends of the front frame pipe. The inserting members each are a hollow tubular structure with a cable hole for insertion of cables of the bicycle, and are screwed in the cable-inserting holes. The bead nests are rotatably disposed in the receiving cavities and abutted against the close ends, respectively. The two end caps are disposed in the open ends of the receiving cavities, and capable of rotating by abutting against the balls of the bead nests.



Ball joint and control arm for a motor vehicle

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A ball joint includes a base body, a ball socket formed in the base body, and a ball pivot having a joint ball which is received in the ball socket. The joint ball is held in the ball socket by a locking ring which has a flange portion bearing upon the base body. The flange portion has an outer periphery formed with a circumferential groove, with a groove flank of the groove providing a welding area. A welding seam running about the flange portion connects the locking ring to the base body.



Telescoping support stand apparatus

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.



Kit for mounting one or more appliances on a pole

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A kit for mounting one or more appliances on a pole, the kit comprising a central ring for being mounted around a pole and having a through-hole, a fitting surface and a support surface, and a carrier having a base part and at least one support arm extending from said base part for supporting one or more appliances, wherein said base part is adapted to be fitted on said support surface and has a through-hole adapted for being fitted around said fitting surface.



Boom fore and aft breakaway assembly

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A breakaway assembly may be provided. The breakaway assembly may comprise an upper joint connecting a boom tip to a structure (e.g. a plate.) The breakaway assembly may further comprise a first hinge connecting the boom tip to the structure and a second hinge connecting the boom tip to the structure. In addition, the breakaway assembly may comprise a pressure assembly connected to the boom tip and a lower joint connecting the pressure assembly to the structure. When a force is applied to the boom tip (e.g. from either side, fore or aft), the pressure assembly may be configured to oppose the force and one of the first hinge and the second hinge may be configured to release in response to the boom tip rotating.



Retaining formation

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A retaining formation defined on a brake lever of an air disc brake includes a push fit/snap fit connection for releasably securing a push rod to a brake lever. The retaining formation can include a pinned connection and a ball and socket joint, and a main axis of the pinned connection is coincident with a center of rotation of the ball and socket joint. The retaining formation can include a concave formation on one of the push rod and the brake lever and a corresponding convex formation on the other of the push rod and the brake lever. The concave formation at least partially surrounds the convex formation to prevent axial separation of the push rod and the brake lever. A method of assembling a brake subassembly includes the steps of assembling a push rod and a brake lever including a retaining formation such that at least a portion of the retaining formation deforms during assembly and resiles when the push rod is assembled to the brake lever to provide a snap fit connection therebetween. Another method of manufacturing a retaining formation includes the steps of providing one of a push rod and a brake lever with a concave formation, providing the other of the push rod and the brake lever with a convex formation able to receive the concave formation, assembling the concave formation and the convex formation, mechanically working the one of the push rod and the brake lever with the concave formation such that the concave formation at least partially surrounds the convex formation to prevent axial separation of the push rod and the brake lever.