Abstract: A moving system (1/101) made up of a number of separable but intergratable parts and platform sections (10-90/110-190), including an elastically biased, pivoted, integral end ramp section (10) which can be pivoted and moved down to allow the load (e.g. a copier with "convenience casters") to be rolled up onto platform sections (40 & 50/140 & 150) for movement from one location to another. The moving system also includes the following additional parts or sections--in one embodiment or the other a supplemental ramp piece (120) which is usually stored on the exterior side of the ramp end section (110) when not in use but is connectable to the end of the main ramp section to extend the effective ramping distance; a protective pad (30/130) for the ramp end section; a first platform section (40/140); a second platform section (50/150), as well as an auxiliary, pivoting, intermediate braking support member (160); a handle end section (70/170); an extendible handle (80/180); and an interconnecting, ninety (90.degree.
Abstract: A system for detecting the presence of smoke within a building and providing means to remove the smoke, into the airspace above the ceiling thereby preventing or at least alleviating smoke inhalation, property damage, and allowing more time for the safe evacuation from the premises. The system is comprised of a conventional smoke detector which activates control means for raising and lowering a generally planar panel which is installed in a ceiling. Smoke is removed from the airspace below the ceiling to the airspace above the ceiling. An optional fan, remote fan relay, exhaust vent and back draft damper further aid in the exhausting of the smoke from the building. A fusible link in the control means protects the ceiling fire rating.
Abstract: A high heat producing system which transforms a alternating current or a pulsating direct current having a relatively low voltage such as one hundred and ten (110v) volts to a very high electric volt arc wherein the very high electric volt arc has a base temperature of, preferably, at least two thousand (2,000.degree. F.) degrees Fahrenheit. A very high electric volt arc is created and encapsulated in a chamber and is propagated through a fuel medium within such chamber to a rotating arc mobilizer. The heat energy of the very high electric volt arc increases the temperature of the fuel medium to further increase the temperature of the high heat producing system. In the preferred embodiment, the high heat producing system is in direct heat transfer with a working fluid in an expansion chamber for powering a turbine or the like.
Abstract: A concealed joint construction system for installing and securing sheet material such as laminated plastic wall boards, plywood and the like for finishing off bathtub and/or shower walls, counter-tops and back-splashes, and the like. The joint construction system includes an extending channel attached to one wallboard via multiple teeth sunk into matching grooves cut out of the wallboards edge. An adjacent wallboard can be easily and quickly inserted into the extending channel and is secured by pressure flanges perforated from the wall of the channel. The joint construction system is easily installed, secure, and compact, and is completely invisible after installation.
September 18, 1996
Date of Patent:
November 16, 1999
Jacob M. Mattix, June B. Mattix, executrix
Abstract: An automated florist system, including an associated cooler (20, FIG. 1) and order taking control unit (22, FIG. 2) for automated vending and order placements specifically for flowers and gift items. The system, with the control unit being pre-programmed using appropriate logic (FIG. 3), allows a walk-up or drive-up customer to select from a variety of pre-made flower arrangements from discrete cells equipped with the necessary refrigeration for immediate purchase, or, alternatively, a selection may be made, and information entered, for remote delivery at a specified time and place (note displayed "order form" of FIG. 5). Further, the operating, host florist of the vending system can remotely monitor and conduct all business with the vending machine from the operating florist's shop (FIG. 4), with the sole exception of stocking the machine with items for immediate purchase; while the sending of an order to an affiliated florist for a distant delivery is fully automated; see FIG. 6.
Abstract: An exteriorly soft body fishing lure (1) including an internal, insert member (200, 300, 400) to which are integrally attached two eyelets (210A/B, 310A/B, 410A/B) and a bib member (220, 320, 429). The insert is generally flat, having at least in part a triangular shape when viewed from its sides (FIGS. 2A, 3A, 4A), but with a strengthening rib (202, 302, 402) extending about its periphery. The bib extends down at an exemplary angle within the range of about forty-nine to about sixty-five (.about.49-65.degree.) degrees from the "horizontal." The integrally formed bib is extended in its longitudinal dimension, with a somewhat flattened or oblong, i.e., a non-circle but nonetheless curved, leading end, tapering out to a small radii (224, 324, 424) along its rear side's peripheral edge (FIGS. 2E & 2F, 3F & 3E, 4F & 4E). The main, extended body (225, 325, 425) of the bib has an exemplary, preferred thickness in its interior within a range of about eighty-five thousandths to about one-tenth (0.085-0.
Abstract: A production pump & circulation tool (1, FIG. 1) used down-hole on the end of a production string (FIG. 10) including: a combined traveling valve assembly bottom connector (10) and fishing tool section (20) which engages gripping pins (51) for twisting the tool and is associated with a traveling ball valve (11/12); a sleeve (30); peripherally spaced, "J" slots (43) in an outer member (40) in which guide pins (52) move changing the tool's state with rotation about a longitudinal axis; a biasing spring (81); a standing valve assembly (50) which carries at its top a projector for unseating the traveling ball valve and to which the pins are attached and which encloses a standing valve ball (50A) and carries its seat (50B); a combined bushing (60) and top spring seat (70); a spring housing (80); and a standing valve projector (90) which can unseat the standing ball from its valve seat when the assembly 50 is lowered against the force of the spring. A pumping "valve locked closed" disposition (FIGS.
Abstract: Mixtures comprised of the compounds trans-1,2-dichloroethylene and/or cis-1,2-dichloroethylene and perchloroethylene are disclosed; as is a method for cleaning a solid substrate which comprises treating the substrate with said mixtures. A method for precision cleaning is disclosed, comprising the steps of showering the contaminated surfaces with said mixtures and then rinsing said surfaces with said mixtures that have been cleaned by distillation in-system. A method for dissolving and reconstituting polymers, waxes and oils by use of said mixtures or by use of mixtures consisting essentially of trans-1,2-dichloroethylene or cis-1,2-dichloroethylene is also disclosed; as is a method for delivering polymers, waxes, oils paints, pesticides, insecticides and fungicides to a surface by use of said mixtures or by use of mixtures consisting essentially of trans-1,2-dichloroethylene or cis-1,2-dichloroethylene.
Abstract: A retainer clip (1) for holding mementos and keep-sakes, such as greeting cards (7), invitations, ticket stubs, and the like, particularly multi-page ones, within a multi-ringed binder scrapbook (11) so as to typically not damage the memento in any way, while allowing the complete viewing of the memento, including the front and back pages of a multi-page item. The clip has an item clip retainer portion (3), which can be substantially similar to a conventional paper clip, with a binder ring retainer portion (5) attached to the item clip retainer portion, which binder retainer portion secures the clip to at least two of the rings (9) of the multi-ring binder scrapbook. The clip preferably has two, parallel, extended, oval-shaped portions, one longer than the other, with the shorter, ring attachment portion being shorter but having a length to extend across at least two, spaced rings of a multi-ring binder.
Abstract: A hand tool (1, FIG. 1) for use in electronics installations in a vehicle (3, FIG. 3), in which one or more wires 4 need to be run through, for example, the fire wall 5 of the vehicle, in installing, for example, car phones, stereos, and the like. The tool consists of, a hollow shaft (10) inserted into a handle (11) with supplemental adhesive (14) included to prevent the shaft from coming out of the distal end (15) of the handle and a channel (12) through the handle along its axis in alignment with the hollow interior of the shaft.
Abstract: A carpet fastening system and method of manufacture in which an exemplary two, complementary, substantially identical carpet fastening strips are fashioned along side, but opposed to, one another in interdigitated fashion from a single, longitudinally elongated or extended section of flat sheet metal in a cutting-bending process, each of which fastening strips (100, 200 & 300) is ultimately affixed to the back-side of the a wall board (10) or to a wall baseboard (8), preferably with its wall engagement tabs (101, 201 & 301) being substantially flat, presenting either a flat, face-to-face, extended surface interface (FIGS. 1A & 2A) with the back-side of the wall or at least preferably a continuous or at least substantially extended edge (FIG. 3A) in engagement with the back-side, bottom edge of the wall baseboard, in order to secure "wall-to-wall" type carpeting about the walls.
Abstract: A flingable, disk-like, flying toy (10) having a series of preferably bendable, radially inwardly directed vanes (13) extending out of the plane (11) of the disk, which can cause the toy to spiral and/or return to the user like a boomerang. The throwing disc has an open center (12), in which there is included about and in the inner, circular periphery the series of generally triangular, radially and inwardly arrayed, upwardly protruding fins or generally triangularly-shaped vanes or upwardly bent cut-outs (13) extending into the circular opening, which cause the disc to alter the normal path of a classic "Frisbee" type design, for example, causing the disc to spiral or to tend to return to the thrower. The vanes can be bent further inwardly or outwardly, i.e., up and down, about fold lines (14) to significantly vary the aerodynamic characteristics of the flying disc toy.
Abstract: An obstetrical combined disinfectant, clamp, cutter and containment system for umbilical cords, being housed in a comprehensive unit and having increased efficiency in the area of motion saving and exposure to infectious organisms during the birthing process and when exposure to infectious organisms is undesirable. A housing contains three umbilical clamps as part of the overall housing of the unit and two pair of serrated, cutting blades incorporated into the housing by way of bonding to the housing structure of the unit. After the baby's umbilical cord is placed horizontally in the unit, the disinfectant makes contact with the cutting sites of the umbilical cord, followed by the closing of the unit, simultaneously clamping and cutting the cord, whereafter the unit is twisted at the perforated midpoint, separating the fetal umbilical stump from the maternal end of the umbilical cord.
Abstract: A cover-less binder assembly system for binding together a series of sheet materials, such as, for example, paper for business reports and the like by an office worker, with the binding typically being done along one edge using a simple, cover-less and guide-less spine (10). A separate, temporary guide (20) is temporarily provided for initially guiding the sheet material or papers into the binding spine or member to be adhered thereto, after which the combination of the spine (with the edge-inserted sheet materials) and the temporary guide are placed in a heating unit for binding the sheet materials to the spine with hot melt glue. Thereafter the bound materials are removed from the separate guide, which can thereafter be re-used in connection with other materials to be bound and a different spine. A preferred guide member includes two diverging side panels (22) forming a "V" shape leading into a trapezoidal-shaped bottom in which the spine is positioned but otherwise unattached or connected.
Abstract: A sling for lifting a heavy work piece (e.g. a pipe section) including a strap of flexible, fabric-like material having first and second, looped strap ends, and first, outer & second, inner strap surfaces. The first, outer strap surface has a plurality of eye-loops also of flexible, fabric-like material affixed thereto and spaced along the length thereof. The first, looped, strap end is selectively attachable to one of the plurality of eye-loops to form a closed lifting loop. The strap preferably is made of a fabric material of Nylon.TM.. The eye-loops are preferably constructed of the same material as the strap, and are preferably attached to the strap by stitching. Each eye-loop is preferably separated from the first strap end by a distance sufficient to allow each eye-loop to be used in conjunction with the first strap end to form a snug fit about a different, standard-size pipe. An attachment device (e.g.
Abstract: A production pump & circulation tool (1, FIG. 1) used down-hole on the end of a production string (FIG. 10) including: a combined traveling valve assembly bottom connector (10) and fishing tool section (20, FIGS. 2A-2C) which engages griping pins (51) for twisting the tool and is associated with a traveling ball valve (11/12); a sleeve (30, FIGS. 3A-3C); peripherally spaced, "J" slots (43) in an outer member (40, FIGS. 4A-4C) in which guide pins (52) move changing the tool's state when one part is rotated about a longitudinal axis with respect to the other, causing it to longitudinally move with respect to the other under or against a biasing spring (81); a standing valve assembly (50, FIGS. 5A-5C) which carries at its top a projector for unseating the traveling ball valve and to which the pins are attached and which encloses a standing valve ball (50A) and carries its seat (50B); a combined bushing (60) and top spring seat (70, FIGS. 6A & 6B); a spring housing (80, FIGS.