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Patent: To Hold Your Tools Ready.
Patent: To Hold Your Tools Ready. | dal_ftw_txbz, Stanley D. Winnard, Carrollton, Texas, patent, 8069995, Adjustable tool holder,

Stanley D. Winnard of Carrollton, Texas received U.S. Patent 8,069,995 for “Adjustable tool holder.”

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Stanley D. Winnard of Carrollton, Texas received U.S. Patent 8,069,995 for “Adjustable tool holder.”

Winnard filed for the patent on February 23, 2009;

Winnard’s invention relates in general to the field of tool holders, and in particular, an apparatus and method for securing and holding a variety of tools such that each tool is engaged by a rotating mechanism. 

In both consumer and industrial settings, there has been a growing necessity for a tool holder that operates by rotationally engaging and releasing a tool or tools.

While most tool holders are capable of engaging and releasing tools with the assistance of gravity, their restraining capacity often fails to account for various environments. Instead, standardized restraints are fashioned according to a tool's size or shape. Such restraints often fail to account for a sufficient amount of environmental variables in which the tool is subjected to or used in. 

For example, while a tool belt may successfully hold a socket wrench through a snap or clip in a low altitude construction setting, that same tool belt may not appropriately hold the same tool in a similar construction setting at a higher altitude. As a general rule, higher winds are present more often at higher altitudes rather than at lower altitudes.

Accordingly, modern tool restraints solve such problems often by increasing took holders' tensile strengths, either by making structural or material alterations. However, along with such changes comes compromised ease of use, weight, tool accessibility, as well as numerous other problems. 

Such problems are especially commonplace in environments which include turbomachinery and other similar surroundings involving the generation of unusually large forces. Not only must the tool holder be secured, but the tools it holds must be readily available, quickly accessible, neatly organized, and yet able to be restrained and released at a moment’s notice. In such environments, traditional tool holders which attempt to solve such problems at best are inefficient, as with increased tensile strengths, comes unacceptable compromises in efficiency. 

Winnard saw that longstanding need exists among users for an apparatus and method allowing for the quick, simple, and effective storage and retrieval of tools in high energy environments. 

He designed an apparatus and method to allow for the more efficient storage and retrieval of tools in a variety of environments, according to the patent document. The present invention provides an adjustable tool holder which functions by rotatively engaging one or more tools. The functional attributes of the present invention avoid the need for structural or material alterations when tools need to be held, stored, and released in various settings. 

One embodiment of the present invention may include one or more substantially cylindrical members where each member has a longitudinal channel, along with a base that has one or more planarly spaced substantially cylindrical openings and a longitudinal slot extending along each substantially cylindrical opening. Each substantially cylindrical member is secured within one of the cylindrical openings and is free to rotatively engage one or more tools.

However, another embodiment may have one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member and one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening, in which the one or more first flanges are disposed within each grasp to constrain the rotation of one or more substantially cylindrical members. Also, the present invention also may have one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member and one or more slidable members attached to each second flange. That way, each slidable member may cause one or more substantially cylindrical members to rotate. 

Furthermore, another embodiment may have one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member, one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening, one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member, and one or more slidable members attached to each second flange. Each slidable member may then cause one or more substantially cylindrical members to rotate so long as one or more first flanges are disposed within each grasp to constrain the rotation of one or more substantially cylindrical members. In addition, the present invention may have one or more latching members attached to the base and one or more slidable members, one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member, one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening, and one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member. So long as one or more slidable members are attached to each second flange, each latching member will cause one or more substantially cylindrical members to rotate in unison. 

Alternately the present invention may be arranged such that one or more latching members attached to the base and each slidable member, one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member, one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening and one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member. So long as each slidable member is attached to each second flange, each latching member may cause each substantially cylindrical member to rotate in unison. Still another embodiment may include one or more latching members attached to the base and each slidable member, one or more locking members attached to the base and each latching member, one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member, one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening, and one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member. So long as each slidable member is attached to each second flange, each latching member may causes each substantially cylindrical member to rotate in unison, while each locking member prevents further movement of each latching member. 

Also, the present invention may have one or more sets of substantially cylindrical members. Yet another embodiment may include two or more substantially cylindrical members are of equal diameters. Additionally another embodiment may have one or more sets of substantially cylindrical members, where each set of substantially cylindrical members have equal diameters. Furthermore, another embodiment may include two or more substantially cylindrical members with equally spaced planar faces. Alternately, the present invention may have one or more sets of substantially cylindrical members, where each set of substantially cylindrical members has equally spaced planar faces. Another embodiment may have one or more substantially cylindrical members which are metallic or non-metallic or magnetic or non-magnetic or elastomeric or non-elastomeric or malleable or non-malleable. Also the present invention may have a base which is metallic or non-metallic or magnetic or non-magnetic or elastomeric or non-elastomeric or malleable or non-malleable. 

Still another embodiment may have one or more latching members attached to the base and one or more slidable members, one or more first flanges extending from the annulus of each substantially cylindrical member, one or more grasps extending from the perimeter of each substantially cylindrical opening, and one or more second flanges extending from an end plane of each substantially cylindrical member. So long as one or more slidable members are attached to each second flange, each latching member may cause one or more substantially cylindrical members to rotate in unison, while each latching member is metallic or non-metallic or magnetic or non-magnetic or elastomeric or non-elastomeric or malleable or non-malleable. 

Furthermore, a tool may be stored by sliding one or more slidable members where one or more longitudinal channels align with one or more longitudinal slots. One or more tools may be disposed by passing each tool through one or more longitudinal slots into each longitudinal channel. Last, each tool may be rotatively engaged by revolving one or more substantially cylindrical members such that one or more flanges abut one or more grasps. Alternatively, another embodiment may have one or more latching members attached to the base and one or more slidable members where each latching member causes one or more substantially cylindrical members to rotate in unison. Then one or more slidable members may rotatively engage one or more tools. Also the present invention may have one or more latching members attached to the base and one or more slidable members with each latching member causing each substantially cylindrical member to rotate in unison. By moving one or more slidable members, one or more tools will be rotatively engaged. 

Alternatively, another embodiment may have one or more latching members attached to the base and each slidable member, one or more locking members attached to the base and each latching member. Each latching member causes each substantially cylindrical member to rotate in unison and each locking member prevents further movement of each latching member. Moving one or more slidable members rotatively engages one or more tools and moving one or more locking members, lockedly engages each slidable member to the base. Furthermore each substantially cylindrical member having a longitudinal channel may be manufactured using injection molding, sintering, die casting, or machining. Similarly, the base may be manufactured using injection molding, sintering, die casting, or machining.