Patents Represented by Attorney Charles C. Garner
  • Patent number: 6003804
    Abstract: A storage system for organizing, handling and storing small electrical appliances with powercords and adapters, in an orderly and efficient manner for ease of access, and especially for handling and storing loose powercords. The system comprises a powercord storage tool, and an appliance storage container. The powercord storage tool provides efficient means for gripping, winding and retaining a powercord. It also provides means for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to an electrical appliance, and alternately for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to the outside of the appliance storage container. The appliance storage container provides storage of the appliance inside, and a rack on the outside for attaching and holding the tool, with powercord wound thereon, onto the outside of the container. The tool also provides manual guiding and direct sensory feedback to the operator of the tension on the powercord while it is being wound onto the powercord storage tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: James E. Vara
  • Patent number: 5826520
    Abstract: An apparatus and process are provided for non-combustion, high-temperature cleaning of organic contaminants from fragile parts which are resistant to heat below the temperature of combustion but which may not be resistant to burning or heat above the temperature of combustion, by pyrolysis in a self-inerting atmosphere not supporting combustion, and by oxidization at a controlled temperature below the temperature of combustion for the contaminants preventing fires, explosions, and difficult-to-control temperature variations, with means for removing smoke and fumes from effluent gases, and equivalently for cleaning non-fragile, heat resistant parts as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Tempyrox Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Mainord
  • Patent number: 5727745
    Abstract: A storage system for organizing, handling and storing small electrical appliances with powercords and adapters, in an orderly and efficient manner for ease of access, and especially for handling and storing loose powercords. The system comprises a powercord storage tool, and an appliance storage container. The powercord storage tool provides efficient means for gripping, winding and retaining a powercord. It also provides means for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to an electrical appliance, and alternately for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to the outside of the appliance storage container. The appliance storage container provides storage of the appliance inside, and a rack on the outside for attaching and holding the tool, with powercord wound thereon, onto the outside of the container. The tool also provides manual guiding and direct sensory feedback to the operator of the tension on the powercord while it is being wound onto the powercord storage tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: James E. Vara
  • Patent number: 5531333
    Abstract: A storage system is provided for interfaced storage of powercords with electric appliances and electric adapters. The system comprises an powercord storage tool and an appliance storage bin rack. The powercord storage tool provides means for gripping, winding and retaining an electrical powercord; means for interfacing with and attaching to said electrical appliance; and means for interfacing and attaching to said appliance storage bin rack; as removable means for receiving, handling and retaining an electrical appliance and its powercord, for typical small electrical appliances, without change or modification to the appliance. The storage bin comprises a container for holding the appliance, and a rack for holding and retaining the powercord storage tool. The storage tool includes a retaining member comprising a pair of flanges attached one to each end of said retaining member. One of said flanges is rotatably attached to the end of said retaining member by pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: James E. Vara
  • Patent number: 5516114
    Abstract: A game board and plurality of game pieces, are provided, called "jumpertop clipper disks". A jumpertop clipper disk is fun because it may be jump-flighted by flexing it between thumb and forefinger, aiming, and quick-releasing, so that it will jump forth as an aimed, self propelled projectile, toward positively scored targets and negatively scored hazards. This requires skill in aiming and quick-releasing to hit targets and avoid hazards. Clipper disks may be decorated with indicia and logo. They may be clipped onto clothes, hair, school books, and personal effects as decorations. They may be linked, one to another, to form a chain of identifiable, collectible disks, for team identity. Score is kept for each jump-flight. The highest net score for player or for team, is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Lulirama, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer Michlin, Mark A. Celeste, Mark Domiteaux
  • Patent number: 5488911
    Abstract: A structurally reinforced railroad car is provided which interfaces with the output of a typical refuse compactor and is capable of being thus forcibly filled with compacted refuse which efficiently fills and conforms to the interior, making maximum volumetric use of the car for efficient transportation to a disposal site. At the disposal site, hydraulic cylinders of the car cause the lid assembly of the car to pivot upwardly, leaving one side and top open, while a powered ejection panel from within the car pushes the refuse toward the open side until it falls over the edge. The car is equipped with engagable seals for containment of leachant and liquids which may form or be present in the refuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Loren E. Riggin
  • Patent number: 5454445
    Abstract: An elevated observation stand is made in the form of a tubular ladder member with an eccentrically mounted seat and platform at the upper end, extending obliquely for safe access. A strap, engaged and tightened from the ground, binds the tubular ladder member to a tree at mid-span with sufficient force that the resulting friction supports the platform under load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Larry O. Berryman
  • Patent number: 5454400
    Abstract: A fluid directional control valve has at least one working fluid control port and a pressure inlet controlled with respect thereto by a poppet valve where zero leakage sealing is achieved by provision of a poppet seat which combines a resilient seal portion with a non-deformable poppet supporting portion; has a second, axially aligned valve, which may also be a poppet assembly, for controlling fluid exhaust flow from the controlled port and has an extended plunger whereby actuation of the second valve blocks exhaust flow while unseating the pressure control poppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Michael F. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 5377104
    Abstract: Using geologic hydraulic fracturing methods and subterranean waste injection and disposal processes well known in the petroleum production industry, hazardous wastes are pulverized, mixed to create a slurry, and injected into a subsurface hydraulic fracture rock formation via a perforated deep well. Injection of the slurry at pressures exceeding the rock's minimum principle stress generates microseismic signals whose sources correspond to the locations and geometry of an expanding hydraulic fracture zone. These signals are detected with seismic sensors. Advanced, Real Time, Passive Seismic Imaging (PSI) methods are applied for automatic data acquisition, compression, analysis and calculation to locate the sources of the signals and to map the dimensions and geometry of the fracture zone in real time. Computer visualization codes are employed to present injection data and the fracture zone location, dimensions and geometry for human interpretation and decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Teledyne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon G. Sorrells, J. Craig Woerpel
  • Patent number: 5372104
    Abstract: A rotary valve arrangement for engines and the like has sealing members and rings inset into the valve rotor which rotates within a loosely fitted rotor sleeve so that only the sealing elements are in contact. The rotor sleeve is mounted between a cylinder head, affixed by a conventional bolt pattern, and a rotor cover so that the rotor sleeve is placed between the cylinder bolts and the valve rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Bill E. Griffin
  • Patent number: 5372589
    Abstract: A transparent, self-adhesive film dressing with a special aerating fenestra, is provided for efficiently securing an percutaneous catheter to the skin of the patient, for continual and complete visual inspection of the insertion penetration site and catheter, without encouraging growth of bacteria. The film is configured with an open aperture located directly over and surrounding the insertion penetration site, to provide continual aeration and allow the incision site to remain uncovered and accessible to ambient air, and thus remaining dry, preventing accumulation and maintenance of a warm moist environment, discouraging growth of bacteria, and decreasing relative risk of penetration site infection. The surrounding film is transparent for visual inspection, and is adhesive and large enough to serve as an efficient anchor to prevent accidental dislodgement of the catheter, but is no longer an infection hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: W. Gordon Davis
  • Patent number: 5317919
    Abstract: A precision, low cost, capacitor sensor comprised of two parallel plates, with an air dielectric, with preferably both substrates comprised of vitreous materials and electrically conductive coating, but with at least one of the substrates and coating being transparent. The coatings are preferably of identical material, thickness and pattern to offset stress distortion of the sensor plates from thermal expansion and contraction. Uniform spacing between the plates is provided by means of glass fibers of uniform diameter, dispersed in a matrix of adhesive and bonded under pressure, deposited between the plates as two thin semicircular seal rings surrounding the dielectric and separated by a diametrical gap, allowing entrance or escape of air dielectric. A novel feature, provided by at least one plate and coating being transparent, is use of optical measuring techniques during fabrication to verify acceptability of the manufacturing process and uniformity of the sensor product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Teledyne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Awtrey
  • Patent number: 5301538
    Abstract: Duel sensor detector tube systems are installed along the path length of a pipeline, storage tanks, or other fuel system to be monitored for leaks. One sensor detector tube system is constantly evacuated and passed through a sensor detector to test for presence of vapors or gaseous indications of large leaks. Concurrently, the other sensor detector tube system is permitted to lie dormant for a predetermined period to absorb and receive diffusion of vapors or gases from medium to small leaks that are too small to be detected by the continuous air flow system of the first tube. Periodically the flow of the two sensor detector tube systems is interchanged to evacuate the dormant tube, and it then becomes the continually aspirated system. Signal output from the sensor detectors provide data to the control alarm system which compares concentration profiles of current on-going tests with recorded profiles of prior tests, and any significant deviation is recognized as a problem, sounding an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Teledyne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Recla
  • Patent number: 5133145
    Abstract: A lighted, submerable fish attracting device is provided for attracting fish from greater distances and for rapidly concentrating them around the bait. The device uses encapsulated live bait under a combined lighting arrangement from a light source. The combined direct spotlighting of the baitfish, and brilliant reflected floodlighting of a broad area, provides brilliant visibility and attraction from afar, concurrently with centralized attraction and focusing around the baitfish. The device provides underwater dynamic vertical plumb stabilization for improved dynamic handling and for elimination of tumbling during rapid submersion under water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: David E. McDonald