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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1839813 15.11.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001839813
Titel Verstellbarer Schraubenschlüssel mit elektronischer Dehnungsmessfunktion
Anmelder Proxene Tools Co., Ltd., Taichung, TW
Erfinder Wu Arthur, Taichung County Shen Kang Hsiang, TW
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 28.03.2007
EP-Aktenzeichen 071051148
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 03.10.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 15.11.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse B25B 13/14(2006.01)A, F, I, 20070904, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B25B 23/142(2006.01)A, L, I, 20070904, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to adjustable spanners, and in particular to an adjustable spanner with an electronic strain gauge function, in that a central point of a screw device to be driven to the strain gauge is retained so that the precision is retained.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function, such as those disclosed in Taiwan Patent No. M241180 , strain sensors are adhered on the clamping surfaces of the retaining jaw and moveable jaw of an adjustable spanner. A display is adhered to the handle. The defect of this design is that the precision of the strain sensors will be deteriorated due to the pressure from a screw means. Furthermore, when the size of the screw means to be measured is changed, the clamping positions of the adjustable spanner to the screw means will also changed. Thus the precision of the measuring strain will not be retained. This is because the respect relations of the edges and sides of the moveable jaw, retaining jaw and the screw means are changed. Thus the twisting force measured is not accurate.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the primary object of the present invention is to provide an adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function, in that a central point of a screw device to be driven to the strain gauge is retained so that the precision is retained.

To achieve above objects, the present invention provides an adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function which comprises a head; an retaining jaw extending from the head; and sliding groove being transversally formed at one upper side of the head; a handle connected to a lower side of the head; at least one strain gauge; a hollow connecting tube having one end connected to the handle; the hollow connecting tube being installed with an output display device having an operation unit and a display; a power source supplying power to the output display device; the output display device being electrically connected to the strain gauges; a moveable jaw having a sliding rod receiving in a sliding groove of the retaining jaw; the moveable jaw being movable along the sliding rod to move toward or far away from the retaining jaw; a clamping surface of the moveable jaw and a clamping surface of the retaining jaw being formed as a working area for clamping a screw device; and a positioning portion being installed on the moveable jaw and at a non-working area below the work area; the position portion facing toward a clamping opening connected the clamping surfaces of the moveable jaw and retaining jaw; the positioning portion being capable of resisting against the screw device.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the primary object of the present invention is to provide a an adjustable spanner with an electronic strain gauge function, in that a central point of a screw device to be driven to the strain gauge is retained so that the precision is retained.

To achieve above objects, the present invention provides an adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function which comprises a head; an retaining jaw extending from the head; and sliding groove being transversally formed at one upper side of the head; a handle connected to a lower side of the head; at least one strain gauge; a hollow connecting tube having one end connected to the handle; the hollow connecting tube being installed with an output display device having an operation unit and a display; a power source supplying power to the output display device; the output display device being electrically connected to the strain gauges; a moveable jaw having a sliding rod receiving in a sliding groove of the retaining jaw; the moveable jaw being movable along the sliding rod to move toward or far away from the retaining jaw; a clamping surface of the moveable jaw and a clamping surface of the retaining jaw being formed as a working area for clamping a screw device; and a positioning portion being installed on the moveable jaw and at a non-working area below the work area; the position portion facing toward a clamping opening between the clamping surfaces of the moveable jaw and retaining jaw; the positioning portion being capable of resisting against the screw device.

The various objects and advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the appended drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

  • Fig. 1 is an exploded cross sectional view of the adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function of the present invention.
  • Fig. 2 is a perspective view about the adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function of the present invention.
  • Fig. 3 is a front perspective view of the adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function of the present invention.
  • Fig. 4 is a lateral perspective view of the adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function of the present invention.
  • Fig. 5 shows the use of the present invention, where a screw device of 32 mm is applied to the adjustable spanner.
  • Fig. 6 shows the use of the present invention, where a screw device of 20 mm is applied to the adjustable spanner.
  • Fig. 7 shows the use of the present invention, where a screw device of 13 mm is applied to the adjustable spanner.
  • Fig. 8 shows another embodiment of the present invention.
  • Fig. 9 shows a further embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In order that those skilled in the art can further understand the present invention, a description will be provided in the following in details. However, these descriptions and the appended drawings are only used to cause those skilled in the art to understand the objects, features, and characteristics of the present invention, but not to be used to confine the scope and spirit of the present invention defined in the appended claims.

Referring to Figs. 1 to 4, the adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function of the present invention is illustrated. The present invention has the following element.

A body 10 has a head 12, a long handle 14 and a hollow connecting tube 16 for receiving the long handle 14. The handle 14 has a neck 141. Two sides of the neck 141 have strain gauges 18. One side of the hollow connecting tube 16 is formed with an opened first receiving groove 161 for receiving an output display device 20 with at least one operation unit (not shown). One end surface of the output display device 20 has a display 22 for display the strain gauge value and control buttons 24 for calibration, setting, etc. The output display device 20 is electrically connected to the strain gauges 18 at two sides of the neck 141. One end of the hollow connecting tube 16 far away from the handle 14 has a second receiving groove 162 for receiving a power source 26, such as a battery or a charger. A plastic sleeve 30 serves to enclose the hollow connecting tube 16 for sealing the hollow connecting tube 16 and causing the user feel comfortable as the user holds the handle 14. The second receiving groove 162 is covered by a cover 40 for sealing the second receiving groove 162.

One side of the head 12 of the body 10 is extended with a retaining jaw 121 and another side of the head 12 is formed with a transversal sliding groove 122 for receiving a sliding rod 1231 at a lower side of the moveable jaw 123. The sliding rod 1231 has teeth 1232 at a lower side thereof. Two lateral sides of the head 12 are penetrated by a positioning groove 124 which is communicated to the sliding groove 122. The threaded rod 125 is received in the positioning groove 124. The threaded rod 125 is engaged to the teeth 1232 of the sliding rod 1231. Thereby when the threaded rod 125 is rotated, the moveable jaw 123 in the sliding groove 122 will move toward or far away from the retaining jaw 121. Thereby the opening between the moveable jaw 123 and the retaining jaw 121 is adjusted. The opening between the moveable jaw 123 and the retaining jaw 121 is formed as a working area for clamping a screw means.

The difference of the present invention from the prior art is that the moveable jaw 123 has a positioning portion 13 at a non-working area below the work area. An angle between the positioning portion 13 and the opening is 120 degrees. The position portion 13 may be a projection 131 extending from the moveable jaw 123 (referring to Fig. 1), or a pin 132 (referring to Fig. 8), or an elastic unit 1331 and a steel ball 133 (referring to Fig. 9). In the present invention, the projection 131 will be described with referring to Figs. 5 to 7.

With reference to Fig. 5, a screw device L1 of 32 mm is clamped in the opening between the moveable jaw 123 and the retaining jaw 121. A length R1 from the central point X1 of the screw device L1 to the central point Z of one strain gauge 18 is 84.10mm.

Referring to Fig. 6, when a smaller screw device L2 of 20mm is clamped, the opening between the moveable jaw 123 and the retaining jaw 121 is reduced. However the projection 131 is an inclined surface. The point C of the screw device L2 contacting the projection 131 is higher than that of the screw device L1 contacting the projection 131 so as to retain the length R2 from the central point Z to the central point X2 of the screw device L2 to be 84.10mm.

In the present invention, the installation of the projection 131 makes the distances from central point Z to central point X1 and to central point X2 are retained at the same value. The error is about 0.107% so that the error of the strain value is about 1% ~ 3%. Thus a precise strain measuring effect is achieved.

Referring to Fig. 7, in this example, the screw device L3 of 13mm is used. In this example, the distance from the central point X3 to the central point Z is 84.13mm. The error is about 0.143% so that the error of the strain value is about 1% ~ 3%. Thus the precision of the present invention cannot be achieved by any prior art.

Besides, referring to Figs. 5 and 7, one side surface 1211 of the retaining jaw 121 and one side surface 1233 of the moveable jaw 123 are parallel to a central axis Y of the handle 14 so that the strain measure has an optimum value. The connection of the clamping surface 1233 of the moveable jaw 123 and the projection 131 is formed with a round groove 1312. An apex F between the side B and C of the screw device is within the round groove 1312 so that the side C can be adhered on the projection 131.

The present invention is thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the present invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.


Anspruch[en]
An adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function comprising: a head (12); an retaining jaw (121) extending from the head (12); and sliding groove (122) being transversally formed at one upper side of the head (12); a handle (14) connected to a lower side of the head (12); at least one strain gauge (18); a hollow connecting tube (16) having one end connected to the handle (14); the hollow connecting tube (16) being installed with an output display device (20) having an operation unit and a display (22); a power source (26) supplying power to the output display device (20); the output display device (20) being electrically connected to the strain gauges (18); a moveable jaw (123) having a sliding rod (1231) receiving in a sliding groove (122) of the retaining jaw (121); the moveable jaw (123) being movable along the sliding rod (1231) to move toward or far away from the retaining jaw (121); a clamping surface (1233) of the moveable jaw (123) and a clamping surface (1211) of the retaining jaw (121) being formed as a working area for clamping a screw device (L1,L2,L3); and a positioning portion (13) being installed on the moveable jaw (123) and at a non-working area below the work area; the position portion (13) facing toward a clamping opening between the clamping surfaces (1233,1211) of the moveable jaw (123) and retaining jaw (121); the positioning portion (13) being capable of resisting against the screw device (L1,L2,L3). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein a surface of the positioning portion (13) and a clamping surface (1233) of the moveable jaw (123) is 120 degrees. The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (13) is a projection (131) extended from the moveable jaw (123). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (13) is a pin (132). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (13) is formed of an elastic unit (1331) and a steel ball (133). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein there are at least two strain gauges (18), and the strain gauges (18) are installed at two sides of a neck (141) of the handle (14). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 3, wherein a connection of the clamping surface (1233) of the moveable jaw (123) and the projection (131) is formed with a round groove (1312). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein one side of the hollow connecting tube (16) is formed with a first receiving groove (161) for receiving an output display device (20); another end of the hollow connecting tube (16) far away from the handle (14) has a second receiving groove (162) for receiving the power source (26). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein a plastic sleeve (30) serves to enclose the hollow connecting tube (16) for sealing the hollow connecting tube (16). The adjustable spanner with electronic strain gauge function as claimed in claim 1, wherein one side surface (1211) of the retaining jaw (121) and one side surface (1233) of the moveable jaw (123) are parallel to a central axis (Y) of the handle (14) so that the strain measure has an optimum value.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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