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Universal ball and socket

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403 - Joints and connections

403052000 - ARTICULATED MEMBERS

403119000 - Pivoted

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
403135000 Including liner, shim, or discrete seat 20
403134000 Externally packed 10
403132000 Elastomerically biased or backed components 7
403144000 Spring-biased 5
20100124455REVOLUTE JOINT WITH INTEGRATED RADIAL COMPLIANCE - A pivot joint assembly includes a housing having a bore therethrough and a coaxial central axis. A stud is disposed coaxially with the bore, and has a bearing surface. A resilient member disposed between the housing and the stud is biased against the housing to accommodate radial loads transferred therebetween. An inner metal ring disposed between the resilient member and the bearing surface substantially surrounds the bearing surface and is sized for a sliding fit between the bearing surface and an interface surface of the inner metal ring. The stud is configured to pivot about the central axis by a range of at least 40 degrees. The pivot joint assembly may further include a sealing element configured to seal the bearing surface and the interface surface. Another embodiment includes an axial restraint element configured to prevent axial separation of the stud and housing.05-20-2010
20110211905Coupling rod of a turbocharger - The invention relates to a coupling rod (09-01-2011
20120301214Ball Joint - The invention relates to a ball joint which comprises a joint housing, a bearing shell received in the joint housing, and a ball stud having a ball head arranged for pivoting movement in the bearing shell. The ball head is prestressed by a spring system substantially in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the ball stud against the joint housing. The spring system is composed of spring elements connected in parallel and/or in series, at least one spring element of the spring system being made of a polymer material or of an elastomer material.11-29-2012
20120155952METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BEARING SHELL ASSEMBLY AND BEARING SHELL ASSEMBLY FOR A BALL JOINT - A method for manufacturing a bearing shell assembly for a ball joint includes the following steps: a) a bearing shell having a plastic extension is produced; b) a spring element is arranged in a region of the plastic extension; and c) the spring element is fastened to the bearing shell by deformation of the plastic extension. The invention further relates to a bearing shell assembly for a ball joint, including a bearing shell and a spring element, the spring element being non-detachably connected with the bearing shell.06-21-2012
20130121756BALL JOINT FOR AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION - A ball joint comprising: a housing having an inner cavity defined inward of a seat end, a side wall and a closure end having an opening, an edge about the opening in an assembly position extending upwardly; a ball stud having: a lower ball end with an outer convex spherical surface, a middle portion, and a connector end; a first bearing, slidably housed within the cavity, having an inner concave spherical surface; a retention plate, housed within the cavity inward of the edge about the opening, wherein the edge of the opening extends inwardly engaging an outer surface of the retention plate in a closed position; and a first disc spring disposed in a disc annular recess in at least one of: an outer surface of the first bearing; and an inner surface of the retention plate.05-16-2013
403133000 Elastomeric seat 5
20090196682Bi-directional strut end for ball stud mounted devices - A ball and socket joint connector is provided at opposing ends of a strut, the connector includes a socket body having an interior chamber and a ball stud including a ball end movable within and relative to the interior chamber. The ball end is connected to a stud base. The socket body includes sidewall extensions to limit movement of the ball in a first direction and prohibiting movement of the ball stud in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. A retainer secures the ball end within the interior chamber preventing fore and aft movement of the ball stud but allowing rotation movement of the ball end within the chamber.08-06-2009
20090047063BALL JOINT - Provided is a ball joint which enhances a sealing performance between a boot seal (02-19-2009
20090010706Ball Joint - A ball joint is provided that when a load equal to or greater than a first predetermined value is applied in the axial direction of a ball stud, if a cushion seat is deformed by a predetermined amount, an opposing surface portion contacts a first load receiving portion of a ball seat, preventing the cushion seat from being deformed by a predetermined amount in the central axis direction. When a load equal to or greater than a second predetermined value greater than the first is applied in the axial direction of the ball stud, a second load receiving portion of the ball seat contacts a bottom surface portion of an inner chamber of a socket, whereby an axial load onto the cushion seat is reduced, and the ball seat prevents the cushion seat from being deformed by a predetermined amount or more in the axial direction.01-08-2009
20100284733Axial Ball Joint with Impact Damping Mechanism - The invention relates to an axial ball joint (11-11-2010
20120282015BALL AND SOCKET JOINT FOR A VEHICLE - A ball and socket joint comprises a joint ball which is enclosed and rotationally supported by a ball socket. The ball socket has two ball socket parts that move relative to one another in an axial direction. The ball socket parts acts on different sides of the joint ball that are opposite one another in the axial direction. A controllable adjusting device bias the two ball socket parts, relative to one another in the axial direction, so that pressure exerted on the joint ball by the twp ball socket parts can be varied. At least a first of the ball socket parts comprises a main body and at least one bearing section, which is elastically connected to the main body and by which the first ball socket part rests against the joint ball.11-08-2012
403127000 Swiveled ball parts or seat 4
20090238637BALL PIVOT - A ball pivot (09-24-2009
20090238636Tie rod end with a ball joint - This novel ball joint has the advantage that the housing top can be removed for quick and easy replacement of a ball. It also has a grease zerk for easy maintenance. The removal of the cap is also convenient not only for the replacement of the ball but for inspection of the joint for wear or the amount of lubrication present within the housing. It also has the added feature of the snap compression ring to ensure the integrity of the part.09-24-2009
20090245928BALL AND SOCKET JOINT - A ball and socket joint is provided, especially for the wheel suspension of a motor vehicle, with a ball pivot (10-01-2009
20080213035Joint and/or Bearing Arrangement - A joint and/or bearing arrangement (09-04-2008
403143000 Separable socket sections 4
20090123224METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A FATIGUE-RESISTANT MECHANICAL JOINT - A method for assembling two non-integral elements to form an articulated mechanical joint, a first element including, at the joint, an end piece including two yokes, a second element including, at the joint, a yoke, the method including at least one step for drilling bores in the yokes of each element, and one step for the snug fit assembly of rings or ball joints on inner surfaces of yokes of the two elements. An additional step of shot-peening of the inner surfaces of the bores of the yokes of the two elements is carried out, for each bore, between the step of drilling bores and the step of interference mounting of the ring or of the ball joint.05-14-2009
20090185852Premium performance ball joint and system - Ball joints, systems in which they are used, and suspension systems in which the ball joint systems are employed. The ball joints, systems and suspension mechanisms are especially useful for racing vehicles in which premium performance is desired. As an additional feature, the products of this invention are especially appreciated because of the ability to quickly and easily replace or change them.07-23-2009
20130189020Serviceable Spherical Joints with Wear-Compensation Features - A spherical joint features a housing, a lower race seated therein, a ball member disposed between said lower race and an upper race position, and a retaining ring installed directly over the upper race in an annular groove inside the housing. In one embodiment, a retaining member is threaded into the housing over the retaining ring. The joint is fully serviceable by removal of the retaining member and ring. Prior to component replacement, initial wear can be compensated for, as the groove is oversized so as to originally lie partially below the ring-abutted upper surface of the upper race. When the upper race moves down the body as a result of surface wear of one or more of the races and ball member, tightening of the retaining member once again forces the retaining ring down against the upper race to re-tighten the races against the ball member disposed therebetween.07-25-2013
20130114996Serviceable Spherical Joints with Wear-Compensation Features - A spherical joint features a housing, a lower race seated therein, a ball member disposed between said lower race and an upper race position, a retaining ring installed over the upper race in an annular groove inside the housing, and a retaining member threaded into the housing over the retaining ring. The joint is fully serviceable by removal of the retaining member and ring. Prior to component replacement, initial wear can be compensated for, as the groove is oversized so as to originally lie partially below the ring-abutted upper surface of the upper race. When the upper race moves down the body as a result of surface wear of one or more of the races and ball member, tightening of the retaining member once again forces the retaining ring down against the upper race to re-tighten the the races against the ball member disposed therebetween.05-09-2013
403124000 Plural concave surfaces with diverse curvature 3
20090269129Joint With Increased Splay Angle - A constant velocity universal joint (10-29-2009
20090136290BALL JOINT DEVICE - This invention relates to a double ball joint device comprising: 05-28-2009
20110305504Ball Joint - A friction ball joint and a method for using the friction ball joint are provided. A clam shell is formed from at least two segments and has a mechanical element extending from one of the clam shell segments. A cap that has a mechanical element extending from the rounded portion of the cap is also provided. This cap covers the joined clam shell segments opposite the mechanical element extending from the clam shell. The clam shell surrounds a spring that pushes the cap against the fixed outer clam shell, creating friction that retains the friction ball joint in the desired position. Further embodiments provide a locking assembly and an external spring or clamp. In these embodiments the spring or clamp is placed over the outside of the ball and clam shell. The ball has holes disposed over its surface to receive a locking assembly to hold the ball joint in the selected position.12-15-2011
403128000 Composite ball 3
20090196681JOINT AND/OR BEARING ARRANGEMENT - A joint and/or bearing arrangement (08-06-2009
20090003927BALL-AND-SOCKET JOINT BALL PIN WITH INJECTION MOLDED METAL BALL - A metallic ball pin of a ball-and-socket joint, preferably one with high load-bearing capacity, for motor vehicles with a surface ball part 01-01-2009
20090087253BALL AND SOCKET JOINT WITH SENSOR DEVICE, PROCESS FOR LOAD MEASUREMENT AND PROCESS FOR WEAR MEASUREMENT - A ball and socket joint, a processes for load measurement and for wear measurement is provided, for example, for an axle system of a motor vehicle. The ball and socket joint has a housing (04-02-2009
403141000 Divided socket-type coupling 3
20090154990Light articulation ball-joint and method of manufacture of such a ball joint - The light articulation ball-joint comprises a metal inner ring and a metal outer ring, provided respectively with a spherical outer surface and a spherical inner surface. The ball-joint also comprises a first contact layer, applied to the spherical surface of one of the rings, and a second contact layer, applied to the spherical surface of the other ring. According to the invention, the first contact layer has a hardness which is less than the hardness of the second contact layer and a thickness which is greater than the thickness of the second contact layer, the first contact layer further being adapted to release particles of solid lubricant by friction with the second contact layer.06-18-2009
20110142534METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A JOINT AND A JOINT OBTAINABLE BY THE METHOD - A method for manufacturing a joint. A ball is mounted on a pin. Spherical surfaces on at least two socket parts are machined. Grinding paste is applied on the ball and/or on the surfaces of the socket parts. The pin is connected to an equipment that rotates the ball. The ball is assembled between the socket parts. A pressure is applied between the socket parts and the ball. The ball is rotated and tilted over the working range of the joint. The ball and the socket parts are cleaned from the grinding paste. The joint is assembled by mounting the socket parts on a ball. A robot obtainable with the method.06-16-2011
20120063840Friction Ball Joint - A friction ball joint and a method for using the friction ball joint are provided. A clam shell is formed from at least two segments. The interior of the clam shell segment, where the ball is in contact, is roughened. The clam shell segments may be interlocked to retain a ball. The surface of the ball is roughened. When the friction ball joint is assembled, the rough surfaces of the ball and the clam shell segments are in contact and resist movement.03-15-2012
403123000 Including internal tie means 2
20090175676DEVICE FOR CONNECTING TWO OR MORE ACTUATING CABLES - This invention presents a device for connecting two or more actuating cables. The device includes a housing, within which a bullet mount of a core wire of a first cable receives an end bullet of a core wire of a second cable. The device also includes a biasing mechanism for biasing the core wire of the first cable and the core wire of the second cable away from each other so that the core wires can be kept tensioned so as to function as a single core wire.07-09-2009
20110182654Universal Joint - A universal joint includes a rotating member having a pivotal portion received in a compartment defined by a peripheral wall at an end of a base. The rotating member includes a coupling portion and an interconnecting portion between the pivotal portion and the coupling portion. The interconnecting portion has a minimum diameter smaller than the maximum diameter of the pivotal portion but not smaller than a width of the coupling portion. A groove extends through the pivotal portion. A pin is extended through the peripheral wall of the base and the groove. The pivotal portion is pivotable relative to the base through an angle in the order of 90°.07-28-2011
403142000 Bifurcated socket 1
20110318093UNIVERSAL FASTENING APPARATUS - A universal fastening apparatus of the present invention includes a primary clamping portion, a first ball unit, a secondary clamping portion, a second ball unit and a pressing means. The primary clamping portion has a pair of primary clamping units defining a first rotary space and a second rotary space therebetween. The second rotary space includes an annular slot. The first rotary space includes a first spherical slot for the first ball of the first ball unit to selectively-rotatably dispose therein. The secondary clamping portion has a received end and a clamping end, and includes a pair of secondary clamping units defining a third rotary space therebetween. The third rotary space includes a second spherical slot. The received end is selectively rotatably disposed in the annular slot. The second ball of the second ball unit is selectively-rotatably disposed in the second spherical slot.12-29-2011
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20090041536Mechanical ball joint for finishing tools - The present invention generally relates to a mechanical ball joint which is particularly useful in finishing tools. The finishing tools may be used, for example, to prepare drywall surfaces for decorating and/or painting. The mechanical ball joint may allow a body casting of the finishing tool to rotate in almost any direction with respect to a handle portion of the finishing tool. As a result, the body casting may be used to perform work on the drywall at many different angles, including ninety degree angles at the corners of most rooms. An opening in the ball joint of the finishing tool may secure a ball portion by, for example, a moveable rod having an indentation. The movable rod of the ball joint may allow the user to temporarily secure the ball within the opening of the ball joint. The movable rod is spring-loaded to secure the ball within the opening of the ball joint. The ball may be removed from the ball joint opening to, for example, clean, replace, repair, store or transport the finishing tool.02-12-2009
20100040407BALL AND SOCKET JOINT - A ball and socket joint is provided for a vehicle. The ball and socket joint includes a housing (02-18-2010
20130071175BALL PIN AND BALL JOINT - A ball joint with a ball pin and a steel ball pin with a joint ball. The ball joint and ball pin are suitable for use when, for example, solid-on-solid friction predominates under high static pre-loading or high operational loads and with small joint movements. A portion of the surface of the ball pin has surface layer hardening in order to increase a fatigue strength of the ball pin. The ball pin and the ball joint, on portion of the ball pin without the any surface layer hardened, includes a nitrided layer as wear protection. The ball pin and the ball joint provide an advantageous combination of high fatigue strength, good corrosion protection and high wear-resistance. The nitrided layer of ball joints, previously only regarded as improving corrosion protection, also functions as a wear protection. Thus, these ball pins overcome the mutual exclusion between surface layer hardening and nitriding.03-21-2013
20130071174BALL PIN AND BALL JOINT - A ball joint with a ball pin and a steel ball pin with a joint ball. The ball joint and ball pin are suitable for use when solid-on-solid friction predominates, for example under high static pre-loading or under high operational loads and with small joint movements. At least in a bearing contact area, between the joint ball and the bearing shell, does not include any nitrided layer. The surface of the ball pin has an oxide layer, provided as wear protection, at least in the bearing contact area of the joint ball. The oxide layer in the ball joints, previously regarded (as part of the nitriding treatment) as only improving corrosion protection functions as a form of wear protection. Thus, the mutual exclusion between increasing the fatigue strength (by surface layer hardening) and improving the wear resistance (by nitriding/oxidation) is overcome with such ball pins.03-21-2013
20090297257Pivot Joint - A pivot joint has a first member having a ball located at one end, a fixed member having one or more bearing surface, which locates on the ball of the first member and a second member having one or more bearing surface located at one end which locates onto the ball of the first member. The first and second members are rotatable about the centre of the ball. This type of pivot joint is suitable for use in a machine such as a Stewart platform.12-03-2009
20090269128Pivot joint - A pivot joint has a first structure comprising a ball mounted in a receptacle, wherein the location of the ball is held with respect to the receptacle, and a second structure mounted on and movable with respect to the ball, wherein the second structure has at least one bearing surface which defines its position with respect to the ball. The ball may be held in location by contact with the receptacle at least two positions. At least one of the positions of contact may be adjustable.10-29-2009
20130064599Magnetically Coupled Mannequin Joint - The present invention is directed to a mannequin having one or more articulated joints capable of exhibiting a full range of motion and of supporting substantial weight. In particular, this invention relates to an apparatus for movably joining two parts of a mannequin. The apparatus includes a first element having an arcuate surface and a second element having a convex surface and a magnetic portion. The second element is movably engageable with the first element.03-14-2013
20120114412BALL JOINT - A ball joint for a motor vehicle having a housing and a ball pin (05-10-2012
20120237285FULL BREAKOUT ARM FOR AUTOMATIC DOORS - A full breakout arm (09-20-2012
20110081194BALL JOINT - A ball joint comprising a housing (04-07-2011
20080247811CONE ADAPTOR FOR BALL JOINT STUDS, TIE RODS, SWAY BAR LINKS AND THE LIKE - A ball joint assembly for a vehicular steering or suspension application includes a cap-like housing in which is captured the articulating ball portion of a stud. A shank extends from the ball portion, outwardly from the housing cap, to provide a connection and anchoring interface for the suspension member or other anchoring component. The connection interface with the anchoring suspension member is characterized by a specially designed surface which is convenient to machine, provides increased surface-to-surface contact area, and provides additional advantages such as improved stress distribution and NVH benefits. A washer-like cone adaptor mates with a specially formed adaptor interface region on the stud. On its outer surface, the adaptor has a broad tapering feature designed to seat in a complementary-shaped receiving flare in the anchoring suspension member. The mating contact region between the adaptor and the stud is formed with spherical or spheroidal curvatures, or by single or multiple step configurations.10-09-2008
20120107039LINKAGE COUPLING APPARATUS - An apparatus for adjustably coupling a threaded linkage rod to an arm of a fuel valve, air valve, air damper, damper blade assembly, or actuator that can include a sleeve, a collar, and a lock restraining axial movement of the collar with respect to the sleeve. The sleeve may include an inside threaded wall defining a sleeve bore axially receiving the linkage rod. The collar may include (i) a collar body having a collar bore axially receiving the sleeve and (ii) an about radial extension for engagement with the arm of the fuel valve, air damper, or actuator. Rotation of the sleeve causes axial movement of the sleeve, and thus the collar locked thereto, along the linkage rod. Fine position adjustments can be made to the position of the radial extension, and thus the arm of the fuel valve, air damper, or actuator engaged thereto, with respect to the linkage rod.05-03-2012
20090202293AIR INDUCTION SHOWERHEAD BALL JOINT - A ball joint connector is provided for linking a showerhead to a water supply pipe. The connector has an internal venturi that draws air into the connector to aerate water being provided to the showerhead. An insert such as a check valve is provided in a radial air inlet connected to the venturi. The insert prevents spraying or leaking out the air inlet, while reducing noise associated with the air induction.08-13-2009
20110217112BALL STUD OF BALL JOINT FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is a ball stud of a ball joint for a vehicle. The ball stud includes a ball stud body and an auxiliary flange plate. The ball stud body includes a spherical head, a neck provided on the spherical head, a flange provided on the neck, a connection part provided on the flange, and a threaded part which is coaxially provided on the connection part. A thread is formed on the threaded part. The threaded part has an outer diameter greater than a diameter of the connection part. The auxiliary flange plate is fitted over the connection part. A coupling hole is formed through a central portion of the auxiliary flange plate. The coupling hole has a diameter less than the outer diameter of the threaded part. The auxiliary flange plate has a support area greater than a support area of the flange.09-08-2011
20110170944METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A BALL JOINT, AND A BALL JOINT - The invention relates to a method for the production of a ball joint, in which a cover is electrically welded to a housing, the cover or the housing having at least one spacer which keeps the cover at an excessively great distance from the housing before welding, and in which then the current flowing during welding is controlled or regulated in such a way that the at least one spacer melts by a predetermined amount so that the cover is mounted in a prestressed manner on the housing. The invention further relates to a ball joint with a housing, a link pin, a bearing box and a cover which braces the bearing box in the housing, the cover being provided with at least one spacer which is welded electrically to the housing so that its height has reduced to a predetermined extent.07-14-2011
20110170945LINK MEMBER FOR MOTION-ENABLED MOVIE THEATRE CHAIR - The present document describes a link member for providing an interface between an actuator and a seat base. The link member has a translational degree of freedom and at least two rotational degrees of freedom. The link member comprises: a joint member having a spherical surface, the joint member for attachment to one of the actuator and the seat base; a housing for attachment to the other one of the actuator and the seat base; and a slider mounted on the spherical surface and within the housing. The slider is free to move in a direction of a translational plane within the housing thereby providing the translational degree of freedom. Furthermore, the slider is free to slide on the spherical surface and to pivot about a first axis and a second axis thereby providing the at least two rotational degrees of freedom.07-14-2011
20080240848Multiple axis movement yoke/clevis design (articulated clevis) - A Multiple Axis Movement Yoke/Clevis Design (Articulated Clevis) provides a means of axial movement, within a clevis design, while transmitting force between two locations. The articulated clevis allows for a more direct linear arrangement within a linkage connection.10-02-2008
20100086346CONNECTOR PIECE FOR THE ARTICULATED CONNECTION OF COMPONENTS LOCATED IN THE SUSPENSION OF A VEHICLE - A connector piece for the articulated connection of structural elements of a chassis of a motor vehicle. The connector piece has a main body, formed from at least one metal sheet, which has at least one bearing or joint and includes a housing connected to the main body and an inner part which is fitted within an inside space of the housing and can move relative to the housing. The housing comprises a housing portion that surrounds the inside space and includes at least two sheet-metal strips that are arranged adjacent one another, in a longitudinal direction, and are bent between their ends, in opposite directions transverse to the longitudinal direction, such that the metal strips partially surround the inside space on different sides.04-08-2010
20110222961LOAD-ADSORBING DEVICE FOR INTRODUCING LOAD FORCES, IN PARTICULAR CABLE FORCES - A load-absorbing device for introducing load forces, in particular cable forces in support devices for tent-like coverings and the like, with at least one load-absorbing part (09-15-2011
20110229255TOOL JOINT - A tool joint comprises a first rod, a pressing assembly, a second rod and a positioning element. Through a notch formed in the first rod, the first rod can be adjusted to be vertical to the second rod, thus increasing one driving method of the second rod with respect to the first rod. Thereby, the tool joint includes two operation modes, enhancing the applicability.09-22-2011
20090097908Dust Cover - A dust cover is configured for use with a gas spring inside a vehicle or the like. The dust cover includes a main body portion that surrounds a socket and a cylindrical band portion integrally provided adjacent to the main body portion. The band portion surrounds an arm portion adjacent to and integral with the socket. The main body portion has an opening for receiving a ball head portion of a ball stud. The band portion has a collar portion that covers a connection portion between a base end of the arm portion and an end of a cylinder body or a connection portion between the base end of the arm portion and a distal end of a rod body.04-16-2009
20120195678GREASE COMPOSITION AND CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT - The invention provides a grease composition containing (a) a base oil, (b) a lithium soap based thickener, (c) at least one stearic acid metallic salt selected from the group consisting of Ca stearate, Mg stearate and Zn stearate, (d) molybdenum dialkyl dithiocarbamate sulfide, and (e) zinc dialkyl dithiocarbamate sulfide. The present invention also provides a constant velocity joint such as a Barfield constant velocity joint (BJ), double offset constant velocity joint (DOJ), tripod constant velocity joint (TJ) or the like, containing the above-mentioned grease composition therein. The grease composition of the invention is excellent in antiwear properties and suitable for the constant velocity joint.08-02-2012
20100221062Ball and Socket Connectors With Substructure - A ball and socket connector with a contact surface of a material selected for a first property, such as a frictional property, with a substructure of a second material selected for a second property, such as its elastic property. A chain of ball and socket connectors of connectors with a substructure.09-02-2010
20100054851BALL-AND-SOCKET JOINT WITH SEALING RING - A ball-and-socket or a bushing joint for a motor vehicle. The ball-and-socket joint has an essentially annular joint housing with an essentially cylindrical interior space in which a ball socket is arranged. The ball socket is fixed within the joint housing by a sealing ring and a ball, of a ball pin, is held within the ball socket. A surface of the sealing ring facing the ball socket has a radially outer portion that is smooth and a radially inner portion in contact with the ball socket that is serrated secures the ball socket from rotating within the joint housing. The ball-and-socket joint offers advantage with regard to the reduction in size, weight and manufacturing costs and the shorter tolerances in the area of the housing cover simplify production of the components and proportionally reduce manufacturing rejects.03-04-2010
20100310307TRIPOD JOINT AND ROLLER BODY FOR A TRIPOD JOINT - A tripod joint is disclosed which has an outer joint part and an inner joint part. The outer joint part includes a first longitudinal axis and a longitudinally running cavity with an open end. Three longitudinally running recesses are formed in the outer joint part. The inner joint part includes a second longitudinal axis and comprising at least one central body on which are integrally formed three journals with journal axes which extend radially from the second longitudinal axis. In each case, one roller body is arranged on the journals, which roller body has at least one outer ring, a closed inner ring and bearing bodies which are arranged in between. Each roller body is additionally, in each case, held in the recesses in a longitudinally moveable manner, and a rotation of the closed inner ring about the respective journal is blocked. Also proposed is a roller body with a non-circular or angular inner ring.12-09-2010
20110150563BALL JOINT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - A ball joint includes a ball seat, and the ball seat includes a thermal caulking portion for fixing a ball seat to a housing. The ball seat includes a concave portion having an overhang portion for withstanding a pullout load so as to prevent a ball portion from coming off from the concave portion. The concave portion of the ball seat is formed of polyoxymethylene, and the overhang portion and the thermal caulking portion are formed of a resin, in which glass fiber is added to the polyoxymethylene, so as to be strengthened. Consequently, the pullout load can be increased, and the weight of the ball joint is maintained and the production cost is not greatly increased.06-23-2011
20090067918ROTOR-DISC CONNECTING MEMBER FOR A GLASS CURTAIN WALL OR ROOFING - The present invention relates to a rotor-disc connecting member for a glass curtain wall or roofing, comprising: a support abutment, one end connecting with a truss frame, and the other end connecting with an interconnecting part; and the interconnecting part connecting with one end of at least two support arms. The support abutment connects with the interconnecting part via a ball pivot, and the support arms hinge with the interconnecting part. The present invention is a simple structure and conveniently assembled during the construction phase of a glass curtain wall or roofing.03-12-2009
20110033226BALL JOINT AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR - A ball joint, which has high reliability and reduced weight, is provided. A ball joint includes: a ball stud having a columnar stud portion and a ball portion which has a spherical side surface and a center positioned on an axis of the stud portion; a ball seat which is made of a resin and has a spherical recess portion into which the ball portion is relatively rotatably and slidably fitted; a housing which is made of a resin and holds the ball seat therein; and a support bar which is integrally formed with the housing, wherein the support bar has a bar portion which is a center portion extending along an axis of the support bar.02-10-2011
20110243649BALL JOINT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BALL SEAT - A ball joint and a method of manufacturing a ball seat reducing the frictional force between a ball stud and the ball seat, reducing torque of the ball joint, improving performance of the ball joint as a spherical joint, and improving steering performance and the overall feel of riding in a vehicle. A method of manufacturing the ball seat, which has a spherical inner surface in which a ball stud, acting as a spherical joint is seated, includes: forming densely arranged irregular concave features in a processed portion of a mold core, for molding the spherical inner surface of the ball seat, by etching with a chemical solution; and forming the spherical inner surface of the ball seat using the mold core having the irregular concave features.10-06-2011
20110150562Ball Stud Fastener - A ball stud fastener (06-23-2011
20120177437PARTS WELDED IN A ROTATIONALLY SYMMETRICAL MANNER - The invention relates to a part (07-12-2012
20100166496DEVICE THAT CAN BE ASSEMBLED BY COUPLING - A device can be assembled by a coupling. The device includes first and second body members and positioning structure. The first and second body members are designed to be coupled relative to each other. The positioning structure is designed to provide an interface between the first and second body members, and to position the first and second body members relative to each other via first, second, and third contact areas. The first, second, and third contact areas are each substantially linear and are collectively configured to receive loads, and to limit positioning of the first and second body members relative to each other with regard to five degrees of freedom. A fourth contact area between the first and second body members is designed to limit positioning of the first and second body members relative to each other in a sixth degree of freedom, in a first translational direction.07-01-2010
20110217113Load-absorbing device for introducing load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-like structures - A load-absorbing device for introducing load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-like structures into supporting structures (09-08-2011
20110135381CONCENTRIC KNURL BALL JOINT - A replacement ball joint assembly (06-09-2011
20090097907SYSTEM FOR DETACHABLY CONNECTING MOP HEADS, MOP PADS, AND THE LIKE - Various embodiments of this invention are directed towards a system for detachably connecting a mop head to a mop handle. In various embodiments of the invention, the system comprises a ball joint and pivot cup, which is used to connect the mop head to the mop handle. The system improves upon related art systems by allowing the mop head to pivot along the handle with multiple degrees of freedom without the need for additional joints, hinges, or other such appurtenances.04-16-2009
20110318092LUBRICANT COMPOSITION FOR BALL JOINT AND BALL JOINT - A lubricant composition for ball joints exhibits excellent low friction not only at ordinary temperatures but also from higher to lower temperatures, and will not leak out of ball joints at higher temperatures. A ball joint has the lubricant composition sealed therein. The lubricant composition contains a base oil including a synthetic hydrocarbon oil, a thickener, and a fatty acid salt of a compound represented by the formula (1):12-29-2011
20120301213BALL JOINT APPARATUS - A ball sheet made of a resin material having a recessed spherical surface and an external peripheral surface, a stud ball having a spherical head portion that engages with the recessed spherical surface in a rotatable manner, and a housing that accommodates the ball sheet which is inserted from an opening portion toward a bottom surface, and comprises a ball sheet insertion unit where an inner peripheral surface is engaged with an external peripheral surface of the ball sheet are provided, wherein an external diameter of the external peripheral surface increases from the bottom surface toward the opening portion, and an internal diameter of the inner peripheral surface increases from the bottom surface toward the opening portion.11-29-2012
20120207536ANTI-CORROSION COATING FOR BALL JOINT - A ball joint assembly includes a shaft having ball at an end of the shaft. A component, such as an idler arm, a tie rod, a central link, or other steering or suspension component, has a socket with an open end for receiving the ball. An end cap is mounted in the open end of the component to close the open end and thereby capture the ball within the socket for swiveling movement. An anti-corrosion coating coats the end cap to seal the end cap to the component and prevent corrosion between the end cap and the component.08-16-2012
20110176861JOINT STRUCTURE FOR TOY - A joint structure for a toy, including, a male body including, two hemispherical sliding surfaces formed mutually concentrically and having a same central axis, and a female body, coupled to the male body with the male body and the female body rockable with each other, the female body including, a first female body having a hemispherical first surface to be slid complementary to one of the two sliding surfaces, and a second female body having a hemispherical second surface to be slid complementary to the other of the two sliding surfaces, wherein the first female body and the second female body nip the male body, with the one sliding surface and the first surface to be slid, slidable on each other, and with the other sliding surface and the second surface to be slid, slidable on each other.07-21-2011
20100260537CONNECTING STRUCTURE FOR SWIVEL SHAFTS - A connecting structure for a first swivel shaft and a second swivel shaft includes a connecting plug, a connecting socket, and positioning members. The connecting plug extends from an end of the first swivel shaft and includes an extending portion having engaging surfaces. The connecting socket is formed on an end of the second swivel shaft and defines a receiving hole receiving the extending portion of the connecting plug. The positioning members are positioned in the inner surface of the receiving hole. Each of the positioning members includes a resisting point abutting one engaging surface of the extending portion such that the extending portion of the connecting plug is non-rotatable relative to the connecting socket. Projections of the resisting points of the positioning members form a circle concentric with the second swivel shaft on a plane perpendicular to the axis of the second swivel shaft.10-14-2010
20120170971BALL-JOINT SUPPORT IN THIN PARTS - The ball joints are embedded via the coaxial orifice thereof, centered on a longitudinal shaft. The invention is characterized in that it comprises a bush (07-05-2012
20090060639ROTATABLE JOINT AND CONNECTING DEVICE USED FOR THE SAME - An exemplary rotatable joint (03-05-2009
20100232869BALL-AND-SOCKET JOINT FOR WORK VEHICLE - A ball-and-socket joint (09-16-2010
20110243650JOINT REPLACEMENT ASSEMBLY WITH SURFACE LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION CONFIGURATION ESTABLISHED BETWEEN BALL AND RECEIVER SQUEAKING OR ACOUSTIC EMISSIONS - A joint replacement assembly including a male component seating within a female component and a pattern of microgrooves defined in an articulating surface associated with at least one of the components. A volume of a lubricant is maintained in an evenly distributed fashion across the articulating surface in order to provide at least one of reduced friction, increased wear life, and elimination of squeaking or acoustical emissions. The microgrooves can exhibit any of a plurality of intersecting and enclosed profiles, a plurality of overlapping and undulating patterns, an intersecting grid pattern, and a plurality of isolated profiles. Other shapes include a concave depression cross sectional profile, each of which can further exhibit a central upward projection associated with the concave depression.10-06-2011
20080240847Eccentric Mount Ball Stud For Steering Toe Adjustment - An improved ball joint and tie rod for accommodating a relative agricultural vehicle includes a spherical ball, a stud end, and the spherical ball having a center. The stud end has a longitudinal rotational axis, wherein the center of the spherical ball is disposed away from the longitudinal rotational axis. In addition, the ball joint comprising the spherical ball end and the stud end is coupled to the steering knuckle and wherein a unitary, non-adjustable tie rod is coupled to the ball joint.10-02-2008
20130177347METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SPHERICAL SLEEVE JOINT - A method of producing a spherical joint (07-11-2013
20080219756Kinematic ball screw adjusters - The present invention provides a kinematic mounting apparatus comprising: a plurality of spherical mount means; and a plurality of grooved mount means; wherein said mount means are operable to support a platform. The present invention relates to adjustable mounts. In particular, the present invention relates to mounting arrangements for optical devices requiring linear and tilt adjustment whereby a platform, which is usually either a mirror or a support for a mirror, should remain in a stress free condition at all times.09-11-2008
20080213034Swivel fitting attachment apparatus - An exemplary, non-limiting swivel fitting attachment apparatus includes a ball fitting and a swivel fitting. The ball fitting includes a base having an attachment portion, such as a flange, arranged for attachment to a structure and a ball attachable to the base. The ball may be removably attachable or fixedly attached to the base. The swivel fitting has a first end having a socket portion that is arranged to receive the ball therein and a second end having an attachment portion that is arranged for attachment to an object. The socket portion of the swivel fitting may be expandable and closeable over the ball, and may include first and second socket portion members that are urgeable toward and away from each other. The second end of the swivel fitting may be couplable to a clevis fitting.09-04-2008
20130121754BALL JOINT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A ball joint includes, a ball stud with a shaft portion and a ball portion, a ball seat accommodated in a housing and including a recessed spherical surface into which the ball portion is inserted, a projecting portion having an inner diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the ball portion, and a slope portion formed at a hole portion through which the shaft portion is inserted, the slope portion being shaped to have an inner diameter increasing from the projecting portion toward an opening, and a caulking portion including an edge formed at an end wall of the opening in the housing and folded toward an end surface of the ball seat, the edge being arranged so as to overlap the end surface of the ball seat and extending toward the projecting portion and opposite the slope portion.05-16-2013
20080199248Ball-and-socket joint connection - A ball and socket joint connection includes a retaining part having a fastening point and a journal slot; a ball-like component arranged in the retaining part; a rod part which is pivotable in a pivoting plane relative to the retaining part, the pivoting plane passing through the journal slot and the fastening point. A ball socket fixed to the rod part has a spherical recess in which the ball-like component is rotatably seated, a radially directed opening for receiving the ball-like component in the spherical recess, and a bearing shoulder between the spherical recess and the opening, the bearing shoulder retaining the ball-like component in the spherical recess.08-21-2008
20110222960LOAD-ABSORBENT DEVICE FOR INTRODUCING LOAD FORCES SUCH AS CABLE FORCES OR TENSIONING FORCES OF SHEET-LIKE STRUCTURES - A load-absorbing device for initiating load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-like structures into supporting structures (09-15-2011
20110222959JOINT AND/OR MOUNT ARRANGEMENT - A joint or bearing arrangement (09-15-2011
20120282014BALL AND SOCKET JOINT FOR A VEHICLE - A ball and socket joint which comprises a joint ball which is enclosed and rotationally supported by a ball socket. The ball socket has two socket parts that move axially relative to one another, and the socket parts act on opposite sides of the joint ball in the axial direction. An adjusting device has a transmission and drive by which the socket parts can be moved toward one another in the axial direction and exert pressure on the joint ball. The transmission comprises a first part which has tracks that rise in the axial direction and curve around a rotational axis oriented in the axial direction and in which a ball is guided. A second part, which contacts the balls, is disposed between the transmission parts in the axial direction. The balls and the first part can be rotated relative to one another about the rotational axis by the drive.11-08-2012
20130183080BALL JOINT - A ball joint with a ball stud (07-18-2013
20120020723HOUSING FOR A BALL JOINT - A housing component for a ball joint has an interior space (01-26-2012
20120093574UPPER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY - Embodiments of the invention are directed to an upper ball joint assembly for connecting an upper axle housing to a steering knuckle of a vehicle. In one embodiment, the upper ball joint assembly comprises a plurality of components including a tapered ball joint pin (or stud), a ball joint cup and a threaded cap configured to assemble together into an upper ball joint assembly. In an assembled configuration, a proximal, or head component, of the ball joint pin may be housed within one or more chambers (or tiers) of the ball joint cup. The cap may reversibly engage with the ball joint cup to complete the assembly. The ball joint assembly may have a hardness characteristic of between forty (40) and one-hundred (100) Rockwell.04-19-2012

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