Patents Represented by Law Firm Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall
  • Patent number: 8176626
    Abstract: A terminal reel cart that supports a reel of terminals and a terminal applicator such that the terminal applicator can be loaded with the strip of terminals and moved into position relative to a wire processing system. The terminal reel cart supports the reel of terminals and a terminal applicator. The reel cart includes a plurality of wheels that allow the cart to be easily moved throughout a processing facility. The reel cart includes a paper take up reel that is driven by a motor and collects the paper backing from the strip of terminals. The paper take up reel is driven by a drive motor on the wire processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Artos Engineering Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Kirst
  • Patent number: 8178706
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for forming a fatty acid, a fatty acid ester or a mixture thereof from a soap-comprising starting material, in which process a metal-ion forming agent is added to the starting material, whereby a mixture is formed, which contains an insoluble phase and a liquid phase, the insoluble phase is separated from the liquid phase, and an acid is added into the insoluble phase to form a fatty acid, or a monohydric alcohol and an acid catalyst are added to form a fatty acid ester, whereby two phases are formed, an aqueous phase and an organic phase, or, first, an acid is added and then a monohydric alcohol and an acid catalyst are added into at least a portion of the formed fatty acid to esterify the fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Aalto University Foundation
    Inventors: Ossi Pastinen, Simo Laakso, Sanna Hokkanen, Marjatta Vahvaselkä
  • Patent number: 8172343
    Abstract: A mobile storage unit for a mobile storage system includes a pair of axially extending wheel units, each of which defines spaced apart end areas and includes a wheel arrangement. A storage unit support structure is interconnected with the wheel units, and includes upright support members and shelf support members. A pair of upright support members are engaged with and supported by the end areas of each wheel unit. A lowermost shelf support member is secured to an end area of one of the wheel units. The lowermost shelf support members are secured to the upright support members and to the end areas of the wheel units. Each end area of each wheel unit includes an upwardly facing engagement surface, and the lowermost shelf support member is secured to the upwardly facing engagement surface. The upright support members are also supported by the upwardly facing engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Muth
  • Patent number: 8172810
    Abstract: A safety device (10) for a medical needle (11) has a sleeve (28) defining an internally tapering forward portion (30) and a needle carrier (14) located within the sleeve (28) for axial movement relative to the forward portion (30). A locking member (23) is mounted on the needle carrier (14) and has a plurality of resiliently deformable fingers (25) bearing on the internal surface of the sleeve and slidable along the tapering forward portion (30) as the carrier moves relative thereto, so as to impart a force between the carrier (14) and forward portion (30) to restore those components to their initial position. A cam arrangement (33) turns the locking member (23) following initial axial movement between the carrier (14) and forward portion (30) so that the forward ends of the fingers drop behind abutments (35) provided at the rearward end of the forward portion, upon the carrier and forward portion returning to their initial positions. This then blocks further axial movement between those components (14, 30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Barry Peter Liversidge
  • Patent number: 8172331
    Abstract: An article of seating furniture that is particularly desirable for use with bariatric patients is disclosed. The seating furniture includes a seat portion that includes a front seating area and a rear seating area. The front seating area is defined by a generally semi-elliptical front perimeter surface while the rear seating area is defined by a different, generally semi-elliptical rear perimeter surface. The surface area of the front seating area is less than the surface area of the rear seating area to provide enhanced ingress and egress for a bariatric patient. The seating furniture includes a back portion and two pair of support legs that further enhance the desirability of the seating furniture for a bariatric patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Daniel Cramer, Paul A. James
  • Patent number: 8171907
    Abstract: A starting system for outdoor power equipment that has a controller and a start button to control the activation of an internal combustion engine. The starting system includes a controller that receives a start signal from a start button. The controller monitors for the presence of an enable device in an enable device receptacle and, upon activation of the start button and the presence of the enable device in the enable device receptacle, the controller provides electric power to the electric load of the power equipment. When the start button is depressed for longer than a minimum engagement period, the controller initiates operation of the engine. If the start button is pressed for less than the minimum engagement period, the controller activates the electric load for an auxiliary period without starting the engine. During engine operation, if the start button is depressed, the controller terminates operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Briggs and Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Koenen, Stephen J. Ryczek, Bruce S. Lydy, Eric R. Slegelis, Steven J. Weber
  • Patent number: 8166804
    Abstract: A method for detecting separation in a structure that comprises at least two portions or layers affixed together comprises forming a cavity into the structure that passes through an interface formed between the two portions and plumbing the cavity to a monitoring system. A pressure differential is established between the cavity and a reference pressure to which the structure is exposed. A monitoring system monitors for a change in the pressure state of the cavity. Changes in the pressure state are indicative of a separation between the portions or layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Structural Monitoring Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence John Walker, Nigel Laxton
  • Patent number: 8166798
    Abstract: Method of making a structure, a structure and a gas analyzer comprising cavities and volumes in which a multilayer structure is made by laminating single layers on top of each other to form the multilayer structure and combining them all together, in which method before the laminating step at least one layer is processed by cutting pneumatically constrictive openings therein to form pneumatic filters comprising constrictive cavities and volumes with the surfaces of the adjoining layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Heikki Haveri
  • Patent number: 8167073
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for a snowmobile is provided that rotatably supports a closed-loop track in the rear tunnel of the snowmobile and also supports both vertical and horizontal travel of said closed-loop track during suspension system travel. The suspension assembly includes at least one elongated ground contact that supports rotational travel of the closed loop track and at least one swing arm angularly disposed in the closed-loop track and having a front end portion pivotably coupled to the rear tunnel and a rear end portion coupled to the at least one ground contact. In the preferred arrangement, a front resilient member is arranged to bias against displacement between the chassis and the at least one ground contact during suspension assembly travel and a rear resilient member arranged to bias against displacement between the chassis and the swing arm during suspension assembly travel. A tensioner couples the rear end portion of the swing arm to the at least one ground contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Great Lakes Sound & Vibration, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Polakowski, Steven G. Mattson, Christian Muehlfeld
  • Patent number: 8168007
    Abstract: A multi-function washing and decontamination system for a hose is provided. The multi-function system includes a wash unit, a submersion unit, a hose test unit and a control unit. The control unit controls a motor driven pump and a blower unit in one embodiment. In another embodiment, the multi-function system is portable and is mounted on a trailer having at least one wheel. The wash unit of the multi-function washing and decontamination system of the present application includes a plurality of adjustable rollers and a flexible track defining a hose path that includes at least one nozzle for washing the hose and at least one air knife for drying the hose. The multi-function washing and decontamination system also includes a submersion unit for pre-soaking a hose prior to entry of the wash unit in a solution that decontaminates the hose. The multi-function washing and decontamination system may also include a hose test unit for testing a hose after washing and decontamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Pump Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Riha, Michael J. Hucovski
  • Patent number: 8170655
    Abstract: A data acquisition module for use in monitoring a plurality of physiological signals is disclosed herein. The data acquisition module may include a first signal processing path for biopotential data, a second signal processing path for therapeutic event data, and a processing unit that receives and processes the data from the first and second signal processing paths. The data acquisition module may further compare identified likely therapeutic events in each of a plurality of psychological signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: The General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Ricke, Gordon Ian Rowlandson
  • Patent number: 8168927
    Abstract: An apparatus, arrangement and method for supporting a helical wire coil heating element is provided. The apparatus includes a generally circular support frame having an open center portion and a plurality of supporting arms extending radially inward into the open center portion. Insulating standoffs are supported on the supporting arms such that the standoffs extend into the open center portion of the frame. A helical wire coil heating element is attached to each end of the standoff. An arrangement for supporting a helical wire coil heating element includes a substantially closed elongated tubular wrapper having an open interior. One or more generally circular support frames are arranged in the open interior of the wrapper and support insulating standoffs. A method for assembling an arrangement for a supporting a helical wire coil heating element is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Nova Coil, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Kutz
  • Patent number: 8168915
    Abstract: A cutting torch splatter and glare guard includes a collar that is structured for releasable engagement with a cutting torch. The collar has first and second collar portions that are biased towards a first position for engagement with the cutting torch and movable against the bias towards a second position for disengagement with the cutting torch. A guard plate coupled to the collar and structured to block splatter and cutting debris emanating from a cutting surface. A plurality of shield plates is pivotably attached to the guard plate so as to pivot info and out of an orientation extending generally perpendicular downwardly relative to the guard plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Messer Cutting Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Janecek
  • Patent number: 8163824
    Abstract: Multipurpose hot melt adhesive compositions which are suitable for use as both a construction and elastic attachment adhesive for disposable soft goods, such as disposable diapers, feminine sanitary napkins, surgical drapes, hospital pads, and adult incontinent products. The multipurpose hot melt adhesive compositions have a high level of creep resistance, high bond strength, and relatively low viscosity, and are composed of endblock resin in combination with a linear styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) copolymer wherein the copolymer has a styrene content greater than about 35% by weight, and preferably about 38% to about 50% by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Bostik, Inc.
    Inventors: Genta Okazaki, Mark D. Alper
  • Patent number: 8162241
    Abstract: A seashell collecting and crushing apparatus includes a collection device having a hollow body and an inlet for introducing seashells into the hollow body. A fan assembly is operable to provide a suction airstream for drawing seashells into the hollow body. A crusher is positioned to receive seashells from an outlet of the collection device and pulverize the seashells received from the collection device into a fine particulate matter releasable through an outlet of the crusher. The fan assembly and the crusher are driven by a common driving arrangement. A method includes using the apparatus for removing seashells from the beach using the suction airstream to introduce seashells through the inlet into the hollow body, separating the seashells entering the hollow body from the suction airstream, pulverizing the seashells into a fine particulate matter using the crusher and exhausting the fine particulate matter through the outlet of the crusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Robert J. Elsing
  • Patent number: 8158366
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of identifying peptides and compositions that bind to oocytes of animals in a species-specific manner. The methods utilize phage libraries and oocytes isolated from target species and non-target species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: Tatiana I. Samoylova, Henry J. Baker, Nancy Cox, Stephen Ditchkoff
  • Patent number: 8152086
    Abstract: The invention concerns an arrangement for the joining and attachment of a wear lining element (1) onto a surface that is subject to wear, a supporting surface (5) of a supporting construction (2), comprising attachment means (9) that when anchored in the wear lining element are each one intended to be inserted into attachment holes (10) arranged in the supporting construction whereby the wear lining element is held fastened against the supporting surface by means of supplementary fastening means (16) that are associated with the attachment means positioned to interact with the tensioning surface (11) located on the opposite side of the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Metso Minerals (Wear Protection) AB
    Inventors: Tage Möller, Klas-Göran Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8152098
    Abstract: A torque limiter device for an aircraft wing-mounted flap includes a drive input, an output rotatable in response to rotation of the drive input, and a roller-jammer operable in the event that the torque transmitted between the drive input and the output exceeds a predetermined level to apply a braking load to the drive input and/or the output, and a brake device operable to apply a braking load to the roller-jammer device to cause activation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Actuation Systems Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Richard Hadley
  • Patent number: 8156439
    Abstract: A computer for use in the transfer and monitoring of data and a method of verifying the transfer of patient physiological data is herein disclosed. The computer comprises a display for displaying data, a controller for controlling the display of the data, a graphical user interface being disposed to display data, a first input device connected to the controller for entering data that is recorded and displayed by a data recording device and a second input device connected to the controller for entering data into the controller that is indicative of the spatial arrangement of the display of the data by the data recording device, wherein the controller uses the data indicative of the spatial arrangement of the display of data by the data recording device to display the data in the graphical user interface according to the data by the data recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: The General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Booth
  • Patent number: D659491
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph J. Hausch