Patents Represented by Law Firm Allegretti, Newitt, Witcoff & McAndrews, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 4721091
    Abstract: A ball projecting machine comprises a ball striker in the form of a bar secured to a shaft rotatably mounted by bearings in a part of a machine frame. The striker carries a pin on the same side of the shaft as the end of the striker which strikes the balls. A tension spring is connected between a fixed part of the machine frame and the pin to bias the striker. The striker shaft is arranged to be rotated by a manually operated lever so that during a cycle of rotation of the striker in the striking direction, the tension spring is stressed during a first part of the cycle and during a second part of the cycle urges the striker to rotate in the striking direction. The lever is connected to the shaft through a first one-way clutch including a coil spring and drums fixed respectively to the lever and to the shaft. The shaft is connected to the machine frame part through a further one-way clutch including a coil spring and drums fixed respectively to the frame part and to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventors: Michael G. Ridley, Peter M. Will
  • Patent number: 4720295
    Abstract: A process for making a homogeneous melt for producing mineral wool insulation. This insulating material is made from waste products namely, bottom ash, cement kiln dust, slag, and waste from mineral wool production. These materials, along with a binder, are homogenized into a mixture. Thereafter, the process includes briquetting the mixture into agglomerated pieces. The agglomerates are then melted in a cupola furnace and the molten agglomerate is discharged into a receiver. Hot combustion gases are then passed into the melt or molten agglomerate to chemically homogenize the melt and heat the melt to preselected temperature. Thereafter, the melt is converted into fibers using conventional practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventor: Boris Bronshtein
  • Patent number: 4718330
    Abstract: A hydraulic cylinder usable as a shock-absorbing trim and tilt cylinder for adjusting the position of an outboard motor or outdrive unit of a boat, is provided with a piston including pilot-operated valve means which stepwise responds at a precisely setable pressure, to pressures resulting from impact of an outboard motor or outdrive unit upon an obstacle, the valve means then departing as a poppet-type relief valve to allow the outboard motor or outdrive unit to return to operative position following the impact. The hydraulic cylinder is provided with an integral conduit formed by milling a groove or slot from a point adjacent its mounting end to the point adjacent its rod end, and fastening a cover over the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Eltra Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce W. Mitton
  • Patent number: 4717255
    Abstract: A device for measuring small distances, provided with a sensing tip mounted to be movable in the direction of the length to be measured, a transducer for converting the movements of the sensing tip into corresponding electric signals, and indicating means to indicate such signals. The transducer comprises an optical interferometer provided with a measuring waveguide. One end of the waveguide is connected to a laser and the other end to optical means for directing the light onto a measuring mirror disposed at a distance. The light is reflected by the mirror back to the optical means. The measuring mirror is connected to the sensing tip. The interferometer further includes a reference waveguide linked to the measuring waveguide. The reference waveguide has a mirror disposed at one end and a photoelectric transducer at the other end. The transducer is connected to the indicating means for indicating the output signals of the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Hommelwerke GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Ulbers
  • Patent number: 4715600
    Abstract: A basketball game for mounting on a conventional door, in which a backboard and rim are height adjustable relative to the face of the door. A pair of U-shaped brackets receive the top and bottom edge of the door and a vertical pole is mounted between the brackets. The brackets are tightenable relative to one another for rigidly holding the apparatus to the door. The one U-shaped bracket located at the top edge of the door includes a relatively thin L-shaped metal member and a relatively thick front member. The L-shaped member has a first leg for seating against the backside of the door and a second leg for seating against the top edge of the door. The thick front member has a first face for seating against front face of the door and a second top face for abutting a portion of the second leg of the L-shaped member. A screw secures the second leg to the second top face of the front member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Rimball, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Offutt
  • Patent number: 4715201
    Abstract: A cylinder lock with a removable plug incorporates a series of spring biased combinating disc tumblers which cooperate with a first key in normal lock operation. An additional, unbiased control tumbler at the end of the plug cooperates with a retention flange associated with the cylinder to retain the plug against removal from the cylinder while permitting rotation of the plug in the cylinder. The control tumbler includes a notch for receipt of the first key as well as a second, plug removal key. The first key acts against one edge of the notch to displace the control tumbler into a position which ensures that the tumbler will remain engaged with the plug retention flange regardless of the orientation of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Valhi, Inc.
    Inventor: Clark E. Craig
  • Patent number: 4716365
    Abstract: A circuit tester is described herein and includes a housing closed by a removable cap member. An electrode, or wire contact, extends through the cap member and electrically interconnects with a bulb, fitted within the housing. The electrode carries a spring-biased catch member which is used to select and capture the wire under investigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Pool
  • Patent number: 4714158
    Abstract: A tool tray assembly for use in a tool chest is disclosed. The assembly includes a tray member, a rotatable, lockable handle attached to the tray member, and a storage box adapted to rest in the tray member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Oltman, Donald N. Sulentic, Richard D. Purchase
  • Patent number: 4714581
    Abstract: A relatively thin thermoplastic sheet material, vacuum molded to form a sign letter base including hollow wall members and hollow light-fixture supports upstanding from a single-thickness horizontal bottom member. The base inverted forms a mold itself for receiving a flexible plastic foam inserted to a suitable height and disposed within the vertical walls and fixture supports for providing compressible elasticity to the thin molded sheet in predetermined locations for enabling cooperative interaction of the same with retainer members used to secure a display sign face and gas filled lighting tube structures in proper location onto the base. A rigid polyester resin is cast as a ring encircling the letter walls, located and supported by the flexible foam to stabilize and support the thin nature of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Colite Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Witt
  • Patent number: 4713850
    Abstract: An improved portable bathing apparatus useful for washing toxic substances from a patient in a prone position includes a support platform mounted on a support frame, a circumferential rail with a sheet attached to the rail, the rail being movable between a position parallel with the table to a position above the table to define a vessel. Specialized liners may be positioned within the vessel for use when bathing a patient to wash toxic substances therefrom. A stretcher with a special stainless steel construction and configuration is provided for support of a patient within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Morton Metalcraft Company
    Inventors: Patrick Flaherty, Jon D. Bridgwater
  • Patent number: 4712945
    Abstract: Process and device for sealing barrier constructions in subterranean galleries, especially in salt mines. In the process, a fluid sealing medium is filled into a hollow space and is maintained at overpressure relative to the pressure of a stressing medium. With the device, a hollow space is filled with a sealing medium, maintained below overpressure, and positioned between the part of the gallery to be protected and the part of the galley in which a stressing medium is present. The sealing medium is stressed with a preset pressure and at the pressure of the stressing medium. The hollow space has a pressure shaft, in which the sealing medium stands at a predetermined level. The part of which is located above the level of the sealing medium is connected with the gallery in which the stressing medium stands. Through this, it is ensured that a specific overpressure is always present in the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Leine & Konig
    Inventor: Christian Schrimpf
  • Patent number: 4712231
    Abstract: A teleconferencing system for connection to telephone lines or other communication links. Directionally gated microphones receive local speech for audio send signal transmission to the far end on the telephone line, and audio receive signals from the far end are output locally via a loudspeaker. The outgoing send signals and incoming receive signals are automatically suppressed in accordance with user and setup controls (volume and suppression) and in accordance with the strength of the incoming receive signal. When the system is in a send mode, the receive signals are suppressed to a lower audible level; when the system is in a receive mode, the send signals are suppressed. The mode of the system is switched during conversation. When simultaneous talking (speech from both ends) occurs, priority is given to the interrupting party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Shure Brothers, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen D. Julstrom
  • Patent number: 4708071
    Abstract: A sewing machine for securing annular rings to a curtain along a line is provided with feed chute means for receiving the annular rings and feeding them sequentially to a sewing position. The feed chute means comprises a chute body having a track defined therein, a retaining tab adjacent the open end of the track for at least partially blocking the track to prevent discharge of annular rings from the chute body, a spring biasing the retaining tab to a track block position and a slot defined in the chute body adjacent said open end.In use, the retaining tab blocks the track, with an annular ring in position over the slot so that the sewing machine can secure the annular ring over the slot to the curtain. After the annular ring is sewn to the curtain, the curtain is pulled to cause the retaining tab to yield while the sewn annular ring is removed from the chute body and the next annular ring is advanced to the position over the slot for sewing to the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: McKee Machinery Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore F. McKee
  • Patent number: 4706822
    Abstract: This invention relates to a frame for the transport and storage of pipes consisting of profile frame parts, of which the upper and lower profile frame parts are connectable with one another by bolting rod means. Recesses are provided on both ends of the profile frame parts for receiving the bolting rod means. The bolting rod is rotatably arranged with an end having a transverse crosspiece that is detachably positioned into lateral transverse bores of the lower profile frame part. The crosspiece has at least one bevel end for facilitating insertion of the crosspiece into the transverse bores of the lower profile frame parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignees: Wilfried Dreyfuss, Thomas Remp
    Inventors: Thomas E. Remp, Jr., Wilfried Dreyfuss, Kurt Muller
  • Patent number: 4706996
    Abstract: This invention is concerned with a business form assembly for use in hospitals and capable of recording details of a medical test, for example, a blood test. The assembly comprises a forms sheet and a bag capable of receiving a container containing a test sample and having closure means at the mouth of the bag to secure the container in the bag. The bag is secured to the forms sheet by adhesive. The business forms assembly is conveniently mounted on a retainer system comprising a continuous bar with a plurality of removable limbs with the lower limb passing through respective apertures in the assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Moore Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas I. K. Fasham
  • Patent number: 4706358
    Abstract: A vehicular exhaust hanger tool for swift, facile removal and installation of vehicular exhaust hangers by which vehicular mufflers are mounted. A hanger hook member with a curved hook is slidably movable along a guide member away from a mounting bracket abutting portion of the guide member to position and flex a hooked hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Maremont Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Johnson, David J. Brummel
  • Patent number: 4705256
    Abstract: An improved swivel seat pedestal is disclosed. The pedestal has a swivel plate rotatable about a pivot pin secured to a fixed base plate. Two bearing clamps are secured to the underside of the swivel plate and extend under the base plate to add lateral bending, and torsional stability to the pedestal. A stop clamp is mounted under the base plate to limit rotation of the swivel plate to a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Seats, Inc.
    Inventor: James Hofrichter
  • Patent number: 4706151
    Abstract: A bias control circuit controlling the power transistor Q2 in a transistor amplifier circuit for supressing the arc formed across the contacts 12, 14, 16 in a glow plug controller 10 for diesel engines. The bias circuit generates a load line for the contacts 12, 14, 16 which has a high voltage, low current portion and a high current, low voltage portion. The arc is formed when the contact 14, which may be slow operating, is required to break a high current, high voltage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Allied Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Roberts
  • Patent number: D293319
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Shure Brothers, Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Matsuda, Carl J. Whitaker
  • Patent number: D293536
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Joost R. Ritman