Patents Represented by Attorney Bruce G. Klaas
  • Patent number: 4267771
    Abstract: A can printing machine of the type having a rotating assembly of mandrels contacting a rotating printing blanket for transferring decoration from the blanket to cans on the mandrels is provided with mandrel assemblies which are axially alignable with the printing blanket to permit axially uniform decoration of the cans. Each mandrel assembly comprises a rigid central member; a cylindrical sleeve mounted on the central member for receiving thereon a can to be printed; first mounting means pivotably mounting the sleeve to the central member at an axial midline of the can; and second mounting means accommodating pivoting and positioning the sleeve in a rest position to permit loading and unloading of the cans. Since the sleeve rotates relative to the central member to transfer circumferential decoration from the printing blanket to the can, the first and second mounting means permit rotation of the sleeve and rotatable pivoting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventor: James S. Stirbis
  • Patent number: 4268012
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding a first object or objects in a fixed position relative to a second object comprising an elongated continuous length strap for engaging and holding the first object; strap attachment apparatus connected to opposite ends of the strap for attaching the strap to the second object; winch-type strap tightening apparatus operatively associated with an intermediate loop portion of the strap for adjustably tensioning the strap; the winch-type strap tightening apparatus comprising a rotatable split shaft assembly for winding and unwinding the strap to adjustably tension the strap defining a slot for receiving an intermediate, variable length loop portion of the strap to enable adjustment of the effective length of strap; ratchet apparatus associated with the shaft assembly for releasably holding the shaft against unwinding rotation during and after tensioning of the strap; a one piece frame member for supporting the shaft assembly and the ratchet apparatus; and the split shaft assembly comprising
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Inventors: Walter J. Ruehle, Robert E. Bronson
  • Patent number: 4260419
    Abstract: A composition whereby aluminum scrap, including consumer scrap, is recycled into aluminum sheet and aluminum containers. Aluminum scrap is melted in a heated furnace to form a melt composition. The melt is adjusted to form the present composition, consisting essentially of silicon, 0.1-1.0%; iron 0.1-0.9%; manganese 0.4-1.0%; magnesium 1.3-2.5%; copper 0.05-0.4%; and titanium, 0-0.2%, the balance being essentially aluminum. Aluminum scrap comprising consumer scrap, plant scrap, and can making scrap is heated to form the melt composition, which requires a minimum amount of adjustment to arrive at the present alloy composition. The composition is suitable for fabrication into sheet having strength and formability properties making it suitable for container manufacture. Container manufacture according to the process and composition of the present invention comprises drawn-and-ironed can body manufacture and easy-opening end manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventor: King G. Robertson
  • Patent number: 4254173
    Abstract: A secondary container packaging material for use in six pack can wraps, six pack bottle carriers, twelve pack carriers, etc., comprising a composite of a paper material laminated to a plastic film. The plastic film provides tear resistance to the composite, so that paper material may be used which has a tear resistance less than that of other secondary packaging paper materials. The reduced tear resistance allows the use of paper having a lower caliper, basis weight, and, therefore, cost than conventional secondary container packaging material. Natural kraft paper and recycled paper of 12-16 point caliper are preferred for use with the present composite. The plastic film may be 0.25-2 mils thick and is preferably formed of polyethylene terpthalate, polyethylene, polyvinylchloride, polypropylene, or cellophane. The preferred films are transparent and permit reverse printing on their inner surface to provide abrasion resistant decoration visible through the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventor: A. Dean Peer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4250831
    Abstract: Apparatus for continuous heat transfer of ink images onto outer surfaces of continuously moving generally cylindrical members from a length of continuously moving heat transfer sheet material having thereon a series of uniformly spaced heat transferable ink images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Danny L. McMillin, James S. Stirbis
  • Patent number: 4250157
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enriching the iron carbonyl content of a recycle gas stream produced in an iron carbonyl decomposition or reaction process to enable reuse of the recycle gas stream in the iron carbonyl decomposition or reaction process by cooling the recycle gas stream, adding carbon monoxide to the recycle gas stream, compressing the recycle gas stream to a pressure of about 20 to about 38 atmospheres under conditions suitable to prevent substantial decomposition of residual iron carbonyl, and contacting the compressed gas stream at a temperature of about 65 to about C. with a reduced iron containing material in the presence of hydrogen sulfide under conditions suitable to produce substantially condensed iron carbonyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Pentanyl Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Ruskin, Humayon Z. Zafar, Duane N. Goens, David E. Hyatt, Charlie W. Kenney
  • Patent number: 4245946
    Abstract: Apparatus for separating a wrapper from articles contained therein and especially applicable to the manufacture of cans wherein the can ends are formed at one location and transferred in bags of stacked ends to another location where the bags are removed and the ends are joined to the can bodies. Wrapped articles are laterally received in a receiving structure; the wrapped articles therein are longitudinally positioned so that an end of the wrapper is clamped by a clamping structure; a rod penetrates the wrapper and engages the articles therein; and transporting structure to transport the clamping structure and the wrapper clamped therein relative to the rod to separate the wrapper from the articles, which are retained in the receiving structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Adolph Coors Company
    Inventors: Davey L. McCullough, R. Wayne Rouse
  • Patent number: 4241821
    Abstract: Apparatus for receiving used metallic containers and for dispensing a token or the like for the value of used containers received and comprising: a free fall passage structure for receiving the containers and for enabling free fall of a container therethrough; sensor apparatus associated with said free fall passage structure for determining the presence of an acceptable container in the said passage structure and for differentiating between an acceptable container and other unacceptable articles during free fall therethrough; separator gate controlled by said sensor apparatus during free fall for separating an acceptable container from other unacceptable articles; and dispensing apparatus operative in response to the presence and separation of an acceptable container for dispensing a token or the like for the value of the acceptable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1980
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Samuel C. Wu, Stephen A. Holick, Robert A. Bottelsen
  • Patent number: 4241185
    Abstract: The activity of mycelial bound .alpha.-galactosidase is stabilized by treating .alpha.-galactosidase containing mycelia with about 5 to about 25 percent by weight glutaraldehyde based upon the dry weight of the mycelia. The glutaraldehyde treated mycelia may be used in the hydrolysis of oligosaccharides containing .alpha.-galactoside linkage without incurring substantial .alpha.-galactosidase activity loss during hydrolysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Assignee: The Great Western Sugar Company
    Inventors: Brooks M. Stein, James C. Linden
  • Patent number: 4230476
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for use in a triple gob feeder of a glass forming apparatus for forming molten glass gobs of uniform size, weight, volume and shape by equalizing the temperatures of the molten glass flowing through orifices in a triple gob orifice ring. Molten glass is retained in a middle reservoir of the triple gob orifice ring for a relatively longer average period of time than in end reservoirs of the ring preferably by providing a middle reservoir having a relatively larger volumetric size than the end reservoirs. In addition, the middle reservoir is cooled by directing a coolant through channels in a bottom surface portion of the orifice ring and onto external surfaces surrounding the middle reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventor: Peter Vischer
  • Patent number: 4230038
    Abstract: A wire matrix print head assembly in which armatures are mounted between pairs of magnetic pole members and wire printing members with coplanar radially spaced pole member end surfaces facing the direction of movement of the armatures and the wire printing members during printing movement from a non-print position to a print position and the pole member end surfaces providing a first radially innermost pivotal support means engageable with the armature members only during an initial portion of the armature movement and also providing a second radially outermost pivoted support means engageable with the armature members only during a terminal portion of the armature movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: Helmut Falk
    Inventor: Donald G. Hebert
  • Patent number: 4230412
    Abstract: A wire matrix print head assembly having a plurality of circumferentially spaced armature members in which each armature member is operatively associated with a pair of radially spaced magnetic pole members and a coil associated therewith, each armature member being mounted between the pole members and the wire printing members with the end surfaces of the pole members facing the direction of movement of the armatures during printing movement from a non-print position to a print position, the inner pole member end surface providing a pivotal support surface for the armature member and also providing a locating surface engageable with a portion of the armature housing opposite thereto, a resilient biasing member mounted on the armature housing portion and engaging the armature member opposite the pivotal support surface, a resilient support and locating member engaging the radially innermost end portion of the armature opposite the associated wire printing member, and an axially adjustable sleeve means for sup
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: Helmut Falk
    Inventor: Donald G. Hebert
  • Patent number: 4223501
    Abstract: In a self-supporting concrete form of foamed polymeric material, a one piece transverse connecting member is provided which mechanically holds fastening members inserted into the form providing mechanical support for finish material such as furring strips, paneling, etc. The connecting member is formed from one piece of sheet material, preferably cold rolled steel, and comprises a central connecting web portion extending between and embedded in sidewall members of the form and first and second imperforate flat attachment flange portions extending perpendicularly from the web portion and embedded near the outer surfaces of the sidewall members for supportably receiving fastening members penetrating the sidewall members. The web portion of the connecting member comprises an array of relatively large openings to permit the flow of concrete through the form units and to provide a high strength web of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: Rocky Mountain Foam Form, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard K. DeLozier
  • Patent number: 4222479
    Abstract: A container conveying and transfer system for conveying and transferring decorated containers from a continuously rotatable mandrel wheel of container decorating apparatus to a continuously moving continuous loop container conveying belt member having container holding vacuum cups fixedly mounted thereon in association with an elongated vacuum plenum extending along a container carrying portion of the path of movement of the belt member whereby the containers are transferred from the belt member to pins carried by a continuously moving continuous loop chain member, the belt member being driven in synchronized, timed relationship to the rotatable mandrel wheel and the chain member by vacuum cup attachment nut members received in driving slots in a drive wheel member and in guide slots associated with the vacuum plenum and belt guide wheel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Larry M. Dugan, Danny L. McMillin
  • Patent number: 4210684
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of applying a thin narrow width coating to can body members comprising a feed control means associated with a guideway means for causing rotating moving of the can body members across an elongated coating applicator roller member extending parallel to the path of movement of the can body members, the rotation of and spacing of the can body members and the rotation of the applicator roller member being controlled to apply the coating during substantially only one revolution of the can body member and less than one revolution of the roller member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventor: Frank L. Shriver
  • Patent number: 4206660
    Abstract: It is a purpose of this invention to provide for highly efficient transmission of power delivered either manually or thru any other means from the source to the output point, whether either is rotary or reciprocating, thru an infinitely variable range beginning with zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Brown
  • Patent number: 4206242
    Abstract: Harvested sugar beets are treated to reduce storage losses of recoverable sucrose by contacting the beets with propylene. The treatment may be effected by spraying an aqueous solution of propylene onto the beets, by dipping the beets into an aqueous solution of propylene, by contacting the beets with gaseous propylene, or by other suitable means. Propylene concentrations less than about 750 ppm, preferably in the range of about 10 to about 500 ppm, and more preferably about 20 to about 200 ppm, are effective to reduce storage loss of recoverable sucrose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Assignee: The Great Western Sugar Company
    Inventors: Arthur H. Freytag, Walter R. Akeson
  • Patent number: 4199961
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for continuously freezing and melting a fluid mixture, for use in separating a fluid mixture into dilute and concentrated components which have been made separble due to the freezing. A turbine is used to produce mechanical energy to drive a refrigeration compressor, while exhaust heat from the turbine is used for secondary cooling. Heat from a refrigeration condenser is used to melt the liquid frozen by a refrigerant evaporator. The evaporator and condenser may comprise a plurality of plates or may comprise a bubbler for bubbling refrigerant directly into contact with the fluid mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1980
    Assignee: Roldiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Carter, Silas W. Clark
  • Patent number: 4185929
    Abstract: A wire matrix print head assembly having bearing and guide apparatus for a plurality of circumferentially spaced reciprocable wire members comprising one or more elongated bearing members each having a plurality of elongated passages, there being one passageway in each bearing member for each wire member and the passageways for each wire member in each bearing member being aligned and interconnected to provide a continuous wire passage receiving a majoral portion of each wire member and comprising in sequence a relatively long length enlarged first inlet and guide portion; a relatively short length intermediate second bearing portion; a relatively long length intermediate third guide portion; a relatively short length intermediate fourth bearing portion; a relatively long length intermediate fifth guide portion; and a relatively short length terminal sixth bearing portion, the guide portion enabling continuous uninterrupted slidable insertion of the wire member during assembly while also enabling free recipro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignees: Helmut Falk, Donald G. Hebert
    Inventor: Donald G. Hebert
  • Patent number: 4179914
    Abstract: A metallic container having an outwardly flexible bottom wall adapted to flex to an outwardly generally convex position under pressure from within the container is provided with integral tripod-type support structure for the container in the bottom wall comprising an inwardly concave center portion of compound curvature having a generally equilateral triangular shaped bottom wall area extending generally radially outwardly therefrom and providing three equilaterally spaced support areas in the outwardly flexed convex position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1979
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Joseph F. Dulmaine, Michael E. Bagrosky