Abstract: A portable male urinal assembly includes a conventional portable male urinal, having a urine receiving reservoir and a spout extending therefrom with an inlet in the spout for receiving the urine, and a urinal attachment having a valve assembly contained therein being secured in fluid communication to the inlet of the spout. The urinal attachment may be secured to the inlet of the spout either by friction fit, snap fit or threads securing the attachment to the inlet. The valve assembly includes a valve element, a hinge pin and a torsion spring for biasing the valve element into position. The urinal attachment may be composed of a bendable resilient material and the reservoir may be composed of a flexible material.
Abstract: Methods of creating tamper resistant informational articles and related products are disclosed. In one method a metal foil has a hologram formed therein after which information is created on the metal foil at least partially over the hologram and the foil is encapsulated in a resinous plastic material. Encapsulation may be effected by extruding the resinous plastic material. The assembly may be separated into individual informational articles which resist tampering and resist undesired counterfeiting as by photocopying. In another embodiment, a tamper resistant informational article is provided by creating a base having an upper surface and a lower surface with an elongated metal core having extruded therearound a resinous plastic material. A magnetic media storage element is secured to this base. A lens is created by providing an elongated transparent layer, forming a hologram in the lower surface thereof and applying information to the hologram.
Abstract: A boat includes a hull and a unique integrated, molded, floor and stringer system for positioning in the hull for providing structural support and stiffening thereto. The floor and stringer system may include first and second stringers and at least two bulkheads extending therebetween. The first and second stringers include a floor surface integrally molded therewith so that once the floor and stringer system is positioned in the interior of the hull, the floor surface remains exposed to serve as part of the boat's floor. Associated methods for manufacturing the boat and integrated floor and stringer system are also disclosed.
Abstract: A seal arrangement is disclosed that provides a seal between a bore and a rod movable in the bore with a gap formed between the bore and the rod. The seal arrangement includes a floating elastomeric sealing ring which is accommodated in a circumferential groove around the rod. The sealing ring sealingly engages the wall of the bore. An annular resilient biasing device is also accommodated in the groove. The biasing device acts between one wall of the groove and the sealing ring to urge the sealing ring against an opposing wall of the groove. In addition, the biasing device is configured to allow passage of fluid past the biasing device between a region of the groove disposed radially inwardly of the sealing ring and the gap between the rod and the bore on the side of the sealing ring opposite the opposing wall. The biasing device has, at least at some circumferential positions therearound, a cross-sectional profile that reduces in radial width towards one wall of the groove.
Abstract: A method of performing a surgical procedure includes providing an instrument supporting tray having a plurality of surgical instruments positioned thereon adjacent to a plurality of instrument-identifying indicia disposed in predetermined relative positions. In performing the surgical procedure, the surgical instruments will be employed generally in the sequence in which they are positioned on the tray. The surgical instruments are identified by at least one of (a) graphics corresponding generally to the shape of the particular surgical instrument, (b) recesses conforming generally to the shape of the surgical instrument and (c) words and/or numbers providing identification thereof. In a preferred embodiment, the instrument-identifying indicia will be provided with different instruments in different sequences, depending upon the specific surgical procedure.
Abstract: A time release orally administrable drug containing product comprising a core, a drug layer attached to the core, and first and second coating layers is disclosed. The first coating layer is directly adjacent to the drug layer, and has a limited permeability to water. The second coating layer is directly adjacent to the first coating, and is more permeable to water than the first layer. A method for using this drug in the treatment of a patient is also disclosed.
Abstract: A vehicular validation tab has an outer film provided with an outer surface and an inner surface. Adhesive enhancing tie coat means are secured to the inner surface in some, but not all portions thereof. A layer of adhesive is secured to an inner surface of the outer film with identifying information interposed therebetween. A strippable film may be secured over the adhesive which may be pressure-sensitive adhesive and a write-resistant material may be secured to the outer surface of the outer film. Portions of the inner surface of the outer film not having the tie coat are provided with a release material to provide for differential bonding of the identifying information. The tie coat and release coat portions facilitate destruction of portions of the identifying material when the outer film is separated from the adhesive.
Abstract: A peristaltic pumphead (31) comprises a pumphead body (311), a flexible tube which extends through the body, a rotor (314) which engages with the tube, and a hub (318) which supports the rotor (314) for rotation within the pumphead body. The hub (318) is directly connected to or is integrally formed with the pumphead body. The pumphead body or the hub is adapted to support directly a drive assembly (33, 35).
Abstract: The invention also discloses compounds and pharmaceutically acceptable salts having the generic formula (2) ##STR1## wherein X and Y may be the same or different and are selected from the group consisting of OH and NH.sub.2 ; wherein Z is one of either nitrogen or carbon and Q is one of either nitrogen or carbon but when Z equal nitrogen, Q does not equal nitrogen and when Q equals nitrogen, Z does not equal nitrogen; wherein A is selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur and B equals carbon when A is selected from the group consisting of sulfur, carbon, and nitrogen, B equals nitrogen when A equals carbon and B equals sulfur when A equals carbon; wherein R.sub.3 is one of either hydrogen or methyl except where Z is nitrogen wherein R.sub.3 is zero; wherein R.sub.4 is one of either a hydrogen or a first lower alkyl group except when A equals sulfur wherein R.sub.4 is zero; wherein R.sub.
Abstract: An electric distribution system which includes an elongated generally channel-shaped busway having a top wall and a pair of side walls with bus bars secured to the interior of the side walls. An electrical take-off is slidably secured within the busway with the take-off having a housing, a pair of spaced rotatable electrical contact supports having a circuit selection portion for rotating the contact support. At least one electrical contact passing through a passageway in the support and a spring which surrounds a portion of the support adjacent the passageway, urging the electrical contact in a first direction. The contact support is structured to be rotated to a first position wherein the electrical contact is disposed within the take-off housing and a second position wherein it projects outwardly into contact with a bus bar.
Abstract: Apparatus for progressively manufacturing fabricated or semi-fabricated articles, such as a rotor or stator assembly, includes a punch press and a progressive stamping die for creating the assemblies from sheet stock moving therebetween. A microcontroller board or network, including a plurality of microcontroller boards, is secured to the die for controlling operation of the apparatus responsive to information provided to them. Sensors are provided for monitoring operation of the apparatus and providing such information to the microcontroller boards. The communication system provides for communication between the sensors and the logic chips, among the logic chips and among the microcontroller boards and between the microcontroller boards and other portions of the apparatus which are to be subjected to responsive control.
Abstract: An oarlock for a rowing shell has an elongated housing with a screw member secured therewithin for rotational movement, but not axial movement therewithin. At least one guide member is secured within an elongated slot member and is threadedly secured to the screw member, such that rotation of the screw will cause responsive movement of the guide member or members within the slot or slots. By rotatably securing the oarlock either below a sole guide member or between the guide members around the exterior of the housing, rotation of the screw will effect translational movement of the oarlock pin to facilitate desired adjustment thereof. A manually rotatable adjustment element permits rotation of the screw while the rowing shell is in the water to thereby permit adjustment to the rowing conditions, such as the weight and size of the rower and water conditions. A rigging has struts securing the rigger to the rowing shell and the oarlock rotatably secured to the oarlock pin of the present invention.
Abstract: This invention discloses compounds, and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, useful in therapeutically and/or prophylactically treating patients with an illness. Such illnesses include cancer, and secondary infections caused by Pneumocystis carinii and Toxoplasmosis gondii in immunocompromised patients. The compounds themselves, methods of making these compounds, and methods of using these compounds are all disclosed. More specifically, furo[2,3-d[pyrimidines are disclosed.
Abstract: The invention provides a system for notifying intended recipients, such as clinicians, about information or events of a medical enterprise, such as a hospital. The system includes an information processing system for receiving information as received information. A database stores the received information as stored information. A clinical event monitor employs the stored information for determining an event and generating a responsive message. A plurality of communication channels, such as e-mail or pager communication channels, may be employed to communicate the message. A notifier function cooperates with the clinical event monitor and selects one or more of the communication channels to communicate the message as a function of the type of message and a user's preference for one or more communication channels to communicate that message.
October 24, 1997
Date of Patent:
July 18, 2000
University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of forming a ceiling. The method comprises the steps of setting a tool for a desired length of crimp of a tee or main by adjusting a plate in a slot of the tool. Then the tee or main is cut to a desired length. An end of tee or main is inserted into a slot in the tool to a desired length. Then the crimping tee or main is rotated about 90.degree. with the tool without removing any length from the tee or main. The tool is separated from the tee or main. The present invention also relates to a tool to crimp a tee or main. The tool comprises a housing having an end, with a first slot disposed in the end. Additionally, the tool comprises a plate disposed in the first slot of the housing. The plate is adjustable in regard to position in the first slot so the tee or main can be inserted into the first slot a desired distance defined by where the plate is disposed in the first slot.
Abstract: The invention provides a method of determining longitudinal spin relaxation time or imaging longitudinal spin relaxation time or producing images which substantially reflect longitudinal spin relaxation time contrast. The method includes establishing a main magnetic field with respect to a specimen and employing a plurality of magnetic resonance (MR) gradients to spatially encode magnetic resonance signals from at least one position within the specimen. A plurality of pairs of pulses including a first radio frequency (RF) pulse having a first predetermined flip-angle and second RF pulse having a second predetermined flip-angle, which is different from the first predetermined flip-angle, are employed. One of the first RF pulses is applied to the specimen to produce a corresponding first MR signal and first MR information is acquired from the first MR signal corresponding to the first RF pulse.
Abstract: A vehicle having glare-reducing apparatus has a windshield and a driver's seat disposed rearwardly of the windshield. An elongated light source is disposed adjacent to and extends across a substantial portion of the windshield such that light emitted by the light source will impinge on both eyes of the driver generally equally and constrict the pupils of the driver's eyes. In a preferred form, the light source is substantially continuous and may be a fluorescent bulb or a neon bulb. The light source is preferably positioned above the windshield and has a central axis which is about 1/2 to 1 inch from the exposed uppermost portion of the windshield. A potentiometer or other device may be employed to adjust the light intensity. A related method is provided.
Abstract: A reinforced structural composite member includes a plurality of wood members with at least one recess in a first wood member facing another wood member and a generally rectangular fiber reinforcing composite member secured within the recess. The recesses are in the aggregate of lesser width than the wood members within which they are secured. In a preferred embodiment the aggregate width of the recesses is less than about 30 percent of the width of the wood member having the recesses. A suitable adhesive, which is preferably resorcinol or a phenol resorcinol-based adhesive, may be employed to secure the wood members to each other. The elongated fiber reinforcing composites may be adhesively secured within the recesses. Corresponding methods employing either preformed recesses or in situ formed recesses are provided.
September 17, 1997
Date of Patent:
April 18, 2000
Borden Chemical, Inc.
Fred M. Covelli, Theodore H. Dailey, Jr., Raymond L. Bender, Michael R. O'Halloran, Borjen Yeh, Ronald W. Allison, Joseph Hickman
Abstract: A cervical spine traction apparatus has a generally rearwardly open collar member which has a front portion and a pair of generally rearwardly extending lateral portions. Upwardly open rod supporting housings are provided in the lateral portions. A pair of upwardly extending rods are received within the housing. A rearwardly open chin support is adjustably secured to the rods in overlying relationship with respect to the collar member. The chin support has a front portion and a pair of generally rearwardly extending lateral portions. The chin support may be independently adjusted as to each rod to thereby provide asymmetrical traction to the user or may be so adjusted as to provide symmetrical traction, if desired. A back support member is adjustably secured to the chin support and to the collar member. Such securement may be effected by adjustable straps. The collar member, chin support and back support preferably have rigid body portions with underlying padding.