Patents Represented by Attorney Alan Swabey
  • Patent number: 4513582
    Abstract: A control for use with an expendable refrigeration system is disclosed which has particular use in refrigerated transport applications. The control is used to regulate the injection of refrigerant into the space to be refrigerated and provides an accurate means of precisely selecting a preferred ratio of "on" to "off" timing segments in each cycle and the number of complete cycles in a given time frame. In one embodiment of the invention, pneumatic pressures are used to power an oscillating device, the number of oscillations are counted to a selectable total. Attainment of the chosen total causes the counter to transmit a signal, which signal actuates the operator of a four-way valve. The switching of the valve provides the means to (a) open a liquid line valve to inject the refrigerant into the refrigerated space and (b) reset the counter, terminate the actuation signal and start the next cycle count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Assignee: 128980 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: David Garside
  • Patent number: 4505239
    Abstract: The invention relates to an engine including a cylinder defining a combustion chamber which receives a mixture for combustion thereof, and a piston slidably mounted therein for reciprocation between a first and a second limit position whereat the chamber defines its minimum and maximum volume, respectively. A pair of rotatably mounted parallel crankshafts are arranged equidistantly relative to the longitudinal axis of the cylinder, each having a crankarm rotatable about its respective crankshaft axis. Coupling means connect the crankshaft together for synchronising rotation thereof with the crankarm of one crankshaft having an angular advance over the crankarm of the other crankshaft. A rocker member pivotally connected to the piston for rocking movement about a pivot axis extends normal to the longitudinal axis of the cylinder, and a pair of connecting rods interconnect the rocker member and the respective crankarms of the crankshafts with each connecting rod being pivotally connected to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Inventor: Olivier Deland
  • Patent number: 4505257
    Abstract: In an all liquid flat plate type solar collector having risers therein, the risers having inlet and outlet portions, the improvement comprises providing a single header for servicing the risers and arranging the risers inlet and outlet portions within the header so as to obtain flow through the risers using the velocity effect or dynamic effect of flow through the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Assignee: 118343 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Hai N. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 4502590
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus in which there is a first conveyor for transporting material in one direction and a second conveyor for transporting material in a different direction. Between the respective conveyors there is a rotatable deflector dish having a concave surface in a position to intercept material discharged from the first conveyor and to deliver it to the second conveyor. The deflector dish is mounted so that it is rotated, at least partially, by the momentum of the material received from the first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Inventor: Charles D. Pole
  • Patent number: 4471996
    Abstract: A load-carrying device comprises a frame adapted to support a load to be carried, and having front and rear end portions. A wheel is rotatably mounted to the frame and positioned at the front end portion for supporting same. The device of the invention further comprises elongated handle means pivotally connected to the rear end portion and frame support means connected to and displaceable with the handle means, the handle means being pivotally movable between a first position whereat the handle means extends rearwardly of the frame for carrying the load with the frame support means being disposed to support the rear end portion, and a second position whereat the frame support means is retracted from its supporting position. A releasable locking means is also provided for interlocking the handle means with the frame in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Inventor: Mario Primeau
  • Patent number: 4471970
    Abstract: A resiliently biased seat panel for a seat frame associated with an end gate of a push-cart. The end gate has leg holes to permit the legs of a child seated on the seat frame to extend therethrough. The seat panel comprises a hinge along an edge thereof to hingedly retain the panel for displacement to and away from the seat frame. A spring biases the seat panel away from the seat frame in a position against the leg holes to obstruct at least a substantial portion of the leg holes when the seat panel is not utilized for seating a child. Thus, articles positioned on the seat frame cannot fall through the leg holes as it is obstructed by the seat panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Assignee: Cari-All Inc.
    Inventor: Antoine Trubiano
  • Patent number: 4454734
    Abstract: A sleeve for use in the treatment of textile threads and yarns including dyeing having a shell wherein the shell comprises peripherally extending spaced apart rings which are elastically yielding in the axial direction of the shell and spaced-apart webs which are elastically yielding in the axial direction of the shell, connecting the rings, the axially consecutive webs being laterally offset relative to each other whereby when the rings and webs are yielding, the rings become serpentine and the webs become bowed, at least selected ones of the webs being adapted to bow in a selected common direction generally circumferential with respect to the sleeve to ensure substantially uniform displacement of the sleeve members, thus to provide a sleeve having minimum restriction for passage of dye and which sleeve is substantially rigid in yielded or non-yielded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Plastech, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Marquis, Peter Weileder
  • Patent number: 4445867
    Abstract: An educational game comprising in combination: (a) a segmented disc having indicia in at least one of the segments; and (b) a spoke-like configuration pivotally secured to the disc adjacent the center thereof whereby selected segments of the disc can be aligned with the spoke-like configuration, the spoke-like configuration having a plurality of divided areas extending radially and outwardly thereof away from the disc, indicia in at least one of the areas corresponding to that on the segment and further common indicia on the segment and the area. The spoke like configuration and disc can be rotatably and removably mounted on opposite sides of an apertured container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Jeffrey Fishman
    Inventors: Ellie Berg, Joseph Yowfoo
  • Patent number: 4438789
    Abstract: The invention relates to a woven all-synthetic monofilament dryer fabric for use in a paper-making machine. The fabric is constituted by a belt woven with warp and weft strands with the warp strands extending in the machine direction. The belt is interconnected at opposed ends by a woven single pintle pin seam to form an endless belt. The warp strands in at least rewoven end portions of the belt are flattened strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: JWI Ltd.
    Inventor: Donald G. MacBean
  • Patent number: 4434413
    Abstract: An improvement in an electrical circuit-breaker module of the narrow modular type connectible in stacked relationship with a plurality of modules in an electrical distribution panel. Each of the modules is associated with respective electrical distribution branch circuit and is provided with circuit interruption means for interrupting its associated electrical distribution branch circuit upon the occurrence of predetermined fault and overload currents on the branch circuit. The improvement comprises a controlled switch means mounted in at least one of the modules, without altering the thickness of the module in the vertical plane. The controlled switch means is connected in series with the circuit interruption means and is operable by command means exteriorly or interiorly of the module to assume an open or closed contact condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1984
    Assignee: Hydro-Quebec
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Pelletier, Yvon Dion
  • Patent number: 4432379
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling a resilient coin holder of the type having terminal ends and a coin-receiving mouth extending longitudinally thereof and defined by opposed side walls of the holder through which coins are received laterally thereof, comprising in combination frame structure, a first jaw member on the frame structure, the first jaw member adapted to receive and engage with a first side wall of the coin holder when placed on the apparatus, and a second jaw member adapted to receive and engage with a second side wall of the coin holder, the second jaw member being so arranged as to permit movement thereof relative to the first jaw member whereby to displace the first and second side walls relative to one another to permit coins within the holder to be released therefrom. Also disclosed are methods of releasing coins from a coin holder of the above-mentioned type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1984
    Inventor: Ross H. Cantley
  • Patent number: 4422560
    Abstract: A frypan lid comprises an upper transparent plastic cover and a lower heat resistant plastic collar fixedly connected to the transparent cover and adapted to fit on a rim of the frying pan. The collar acts as a heat insulating body between the cover and the frying pan so as to prevent heat generated by the frying pan during use from adversely affecting the cover. The frypan lid prevents grease or the like from spattering out over the area immediately surrounding the pan, while at the same time enabling one to view the contents of the pan. Since both the cover and collar are made of plastics, the lid is also light-weight and practically non-breakable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1983
    Assignee: Toastess Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Solomon
  • Patent number: 4421346
    Abstract: The present invention relates to means for interconnecting a tube or the like to a further member. It further relates to such means wherein it is also desired to provide a sealed interconnection between the tube or the like and the further member. It particularly relates to interconnecting a tube or the like to a wall member and equally relates to interconnecting a pair of tube members together in axial alignment. The cross-section of the aforementioned tubes may, for example, be round or rectangular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Inventor: Alfred J. Seiler
  • Patent number: 4417434
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for producing encased meat or the like and meat or the like for encasing, one of the methods disclosed comprises the steps of: conveying the meat or the like along a linear path and maintaining the linear path from a first point where the meat is dispensed from a stuffer or the like to a second point where the meat is in a form for encasing. The apparatus also serves as a portioner for providing uniform portions of the meat or the like being handled, the apparatus further including adjustment means for controlling the length of the portions produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1983
    Inventor: Ludwig Piereder
  • Patent number: 4413644
    Abstract: An automatic adjustable vacuum bleed valve particularly, but not exclusively, for use with a suction box of a paper making machine. The valve defines a first chamber connected to the suction box. A second chamber extends within the body of the valve and is connectible to a vacuum source. A hollow cylindrical valve stem passes through the second chamber and has a stem valve secured thereto to seat in the port in a wall of the second chamber. A further valve is positioned concentrically with the valve stem and seats in an opening provided in the body. The further valve has a stem slidingly engaged in a lower end of the valve stem. An upper end of the cylindrical valve stem is flexibly connected to the valve body by an impervious diaphragm having opposed surfaces, one of which is exposed to atmosphere and the other exposed to the first chamber. The control flow of fluid, such as water, is introduced in the cylindrical valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1983
    Assignee: Jwi Ltd.
    Inventor: Derrick R. Woodward
  • Patent number: 4410025
    Abstract: A method and a machine for automatically making wooden chair seats. A feed conveyor is provided to sequentially advance a plurality of boards in a series spaced apart manner along a plurality of separate work stations. Board positioning and holding elements are provided at each of the stations to hold the boards thereat at a precise location to effect a work function to the boards. The displacement of the boards are also synchronized together whereby they are displaced from all of the stations simultaneously. A drilling station is provided to drill holes on at least one side face of the boards. A routing station routes a pattern in a surface of the boards. A sanding station sands the routed surface and thereafter the boards are conveyed to a contour cutting station where a predetermined peripheral outline is cut in the boards. An edge sander than smoothes out the cut outline edge of the boards and a transfer device transports the boards after they have been completely machined into seats to an unloading area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: Paul Sicotte & Fils Ltee
    Inventor: Jacques Sicotte
  • Patent number: 4403755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of providing thrust and added lift to a vehicle by accelerating fluid heated by solar energy. The present invention also relates to apparatus for carrying out the aforementioned method. Accordingly, the present invention relates to a method of providing initial acceleration and propulsion or enhancing the initial acceleration and propulsion of a vehicle in an environment having at least some fluid, the vehicle being of the type having at least one member, at least a portion of which is treated for absorbing solar radiation for heating fluid adjacent the member for use in propelling the vehicle through the environment. By use of direct and/or focused solar radiation, fluid is heated, accelerated and deflected away from a vehicle by natural or forced convection to provide thrust and lift of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventor: Gunter E. Gutsche
  • Patent number: 4403774
    Abstract: A device for obtaining readings of statistical variables in a random manner. The device comprises a base member having a bottom wall, a cylindrical side wall extending vertically above the bottom wall, and a vertical centering post projecting from the bottom wall centrally of the cylindrical side wall. A data carrying circular spool, having a circular bottom wall, is centrally supported for rotation on the post. The cylindrical side wall has reference location for obtaining a reading of information from the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventors: Roger Turcotte, Vincent Papillon
  • Patent number: 4395823
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a device for opening a shell fish of the type having two shell halves normally held closed against each other by a muscle. The device of the invention comprises means for supporting the shell fish with one shell half resting substantially flat on the support means, means on the support means for providing an abutment for the shell fish, and link means pivotally connected to the abutment means so as to permit pivotal movement of a free end portion of the link means toward and away from the support means. The device further includes lever means pivotally mounted intermediate the ends thereof to the free end portion of the link means so as to permit pivotal movement of one end of the lever means toward and away from the abutment means, and wedge means hinged to the other end of the lever means and adapted to contact the shell fish at the edge defined between the shell halves substantially opposite the abutment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Inventor: Laurent Thibault
  • Patent number: 4392240
    Abstract: A method and a device for sampling a radiation field emitted from an X-ray machine for determining certain operational characteristics of the machine. A cassette container is disposed at a predetermined position relative to a radiation field of the X-ray machine. The cassette container houses a removable holder containing one or more thermo-luminiscent crystals associated with a respective one or more crystal filters supported in the container. The filters have different densities from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Assignee: Ministere Des Affaires Sociales
    Inventors: Richard Tremblay, Jean Tremblay