US 10,890,232 B2
Socket assembly
Michael R. Stolz, Franklin, WI (US)
Assigned to Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL (US)
Filed by Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL (US)
Filed on Aug. 29, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/689,082.
Prior Publication US 2019/0063551 A1, Feb. 28, 2019
Int. Cl. F16G 11/04 (2006.01); B66C 1/12 (2006.01); B66C 1/16 (2006.01)
CPC F16G 11/046 (2013.01) [B66C 1/12 (2013.01); B66C 1/16 (2013.01); F16G 11/04 (2013.01); F16G 11/048 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A socket assembly comprising:
a socket defining a first interior space, wherein the socket includes a first frame and a second frame disposed opposite to the first frame, the first frame being removably coupled with the second frame using at least one fastening member;
a locking member disposed within the first interior space of the socket, the locking member including a first body portion and a second body portion, the first body portion and the second body portion each including a first end and a second end opposite the first end, and a first flat side surface and a second flat side surface between the locking member and the socket when the locking member is disposed in the socket;
wherein the first and second body portions define a second interior space and are configured to directly contact a rope to hold the rope; and
wherein the first body portion of the locking member is not secured to the second body portion of the locking member when the locking member is disposed within the first interior space of the socket.