Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Charles P. Boukus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6754958
    Abstract: A safety razor has a handle formed by a refillable container (8). After filling with water a tablet (20) containing a carbon dioxide gas generating substance is added to the water and the gas pressure is used to deliver liquid from the container to the underside of the razor blade unit (1). The tablet also includes a substance which upon being mixed with water produces a fluid which may have desirable properties for application to the skin during shaving, such as lubrication, moisturizing, applying a fragrance, chemical treatment of hairs, bacterial or medicinal treatment of the skin and/or blood coagulation. The container (8) can be equipped with a dispenser (30) operable to deliver tablets into the water filled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Christopher Martin Haws, Stephen Paul Hazell
  • Patent number: 6747248
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stream nozzle (13) for an inert gas welding torch (B). The inventive nozzle is provided with a coating (S) that adheres to at least a part of the surface of said nozzle in a material fit and consists of silver, especially galvanically mounted contact silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Alexander Binzel Schweisstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 6732448
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device including a vessel, a vacuum pump (10), at least one condenser (3 and/or 8) and a heat exchanger (16) for heating and drying parts (2) with cellulose or plastic based hygroscopic insulation in transformers, condensers, instrument transformers or electric leadthroughs by means of condensation heat from the steam of a heating fluid (a solvent, kerosine). During heating, at least one higher-boiling second liquid, such as transformer oil, is removed. In order to provide a mobile system enabling local treatment of transformers (2) which are already in operation, the heat exchanger (16) heats the heating fluid in the liquid phase and evaporation occurs near to or in the vessel, for example, via expansion valves (18) and/or in an expansion container or evaporator arranged directly on the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Wilhelm Hedrich Vakuumanlagen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Helmut Strzala
  • Patent number: 6698967
    Abstract: A device (10) for length adjustment has a bar-shaped component (12) with an external profiling (14) which is received in a receptacle (16) of a base body (18). The base body (18) has at least one profiled segment (22, 24) which, under the influence of an axially slidable hollow element (28), is shifted into a locking position at a first axial position of the hollow element (28), in which the base body (18) and component (12) are axially rigidly coupled, and is shifted into an unlocking position at a second axial position of the hollow element (28), in which the base body (18) and component (12) are axially displaceable relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Küster Automotive Control Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Henrich, Bernd Bock
  • Patent number: 6657162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a burner head (9) of an electric arc welding or cutting head, with preferably a melting wire electrode, having a contact nozzle (1) and a spring chuck (2) for releasably holding the contact nozzle (1) on the burner head (9). Both of the contact nozzle and the spring chuck (2) have corresponding means to bring about positive locking between the contact nozzle (1) and the spring chuck in the contact nozzle (1) that is supported on the burner head (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Alexander Binzel Schweisstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Jung, Hubert Metzger
  • Patent number: 6601303
    Abstract: A safety razor blade unit has a guard structure (5) which includes a strip (10) of elastomeric material e.g. with projections such as fins (12) or tubes (35), and a backstop (13) disposed between the elastomeric strip (10) and the edge (20) of a leading blade (2), the backstop including a rigid wall (15) integrally moulded with the blade unit housing (1) and a resiliently deformable portion (17) integral with the elastomeric strip (10) and adapted to yield under forces experienced during shaving by being compressed against the rigid wall (15) or flexing downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Bernard Gilder, Paul Warrick
  • Patent number: 6588460
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for filling at least one cell of an accumulator (12) with electrolyte is described, having a vacuum pump (14) for evacuating the cell of the accumulator (12), and having a filler device (16) for introducing the electrolyte into a fill opening (32) of a cell, and having a container (18) for receiving the entire accumulator (12), the container (18) communicating with the vacuum pump (14) via a connection stub (20), so that the accumulator (12) can be put in its entirety under a vacuum, and the filler device (16) has at least one delivery line (22) for the electrolyte, which line is extended in vacuum-tight fashion into the container (18). The delivery line (22) on each end has a respective filler head (34) with an outlet stub (36), and the outlet stub (36) engages the inside of the fill opening (32) of a cell with play (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: CMW Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Wipperfurth, Markus Rompel
  • Patent number: 6556851
    Abstract: The invention relates to a detection probe for spectroscopy and/or spectrometry in tissue (4) with the aid of optical fibers (1,2). At least one fiber (2) transmits light into the tissue (4) and other fibers (2) receive backscattered light. According to the invention, deflection devices (mirrors 6, fibers 7, prisms 9,10,11) are provided for the light, whereby the inventive probe is substantially flatter and easier to handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: LEA Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Ott, Alfons Krug
  • Patent number: 6541930
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for regulating an electric-motor-driven adjusting device, in particular for vehicles, having a safety circuit (5) for reversing or stopping a drive motor, and to an apparatus for performing this method. To enable fast, safe detection in the event of something becoming caught or pinched, it is provided that an actual value is regulated via a closed-loop control circuit to a set-point value, the actual value or set-point value is a signal having a frequency proportional to the rpm or load on the drive motor, and the phase difference detected with a comparison member of the control circuit is utilized to activate the safety circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Küster Automotive Door Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Carmelo Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 6401605
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for dicing garlic, or similar vegetables. Said device comprises an inner section (2) which has a receiving chamber with a cutting grid (6) located at one end, an upper housing section (3) which can close the other end of the receiving chamber and has a plunger (9) and comprises a housing body (1) with a blade (7), in which the inner section (2) is accommodated in a rotating manner and thread elements which cause the plunger (9) to be driven into and out of the receiving chamber of the rotating section (2) as a result of a twisting motion of the upper housing section (3). The thread elements can be engaged or disengaged using adjustment elements (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Cedomir Repac, Branko Culig
  • Patent number: 6373220
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device (10) for forming a plurality of accumulators (14) that are combined to form a group (12) and positioned on a supporting element (60). The poles (16) of the accumulators (14) are arranged on the upper wall (20) of a housing. The device comprises a flat component (22) in the form of a plate, frame, grid or the like. A plurality of pole contacts (24,26) corresponding to the poles (16) of the accumulators (14) are arranged on said component. The pole contacts (24,26) are joined to a central electrical supply connection (32) by means of electro-conductive elements (28,30) that are fastened to the component (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: CMW Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Wipperfurth, Markus Rompel, Thomas Ohl, Frank Rompel, Horst Lampert, Eduard Wala
  • Patent number: 6311400
    Abstract: A safety razor includes a suspension structure for supporting a blade unit (2) on a handle (1) so that the blade unit (2) is able to pivot about a longitudinal axis A and is able to move downwardly towards the handle (1), but is restrained from movement in a direction perpendicular to the permitted downward movement. The suspension structure includes a pair of arms (21) each including a rigid part (22) coupled between resilient parts (23 and 24). The free ends of the arms (21) carry pivot pins (15) and are interconnected by a strut (16) which may carry a leaf spring (18) to act on the underside of the blade unit to bias the blade unit to a rest position about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Christopher Martin Hawes, Chrispin Miller
  • Patent number: 6233829
    Abstract: A safety razor blade unit includes a hair pulling member (7) located immediately in front of the cutting edge of a blade (6), the hair pulling member (7) having slots (10) through which the hairs pass defined by a series of elements (9). The edges of the elements (9) which define the slots (10) are formed to notch the hairs as they pass through the slots, and trailing end portions (14) of the elements (9) are inclined to guide the hairs to follow a path for pulling the hairs from the skin just before they are cut through by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Oliver David Oglesby, Kevin James Wain
  • Patent number: 6190246
    Abstract: Perforated sheet steel or wire mesh to which tungsten carbide grit is copper braze welded to provide a device which can be cut to a desired size and shaped into or used as a substrate for tools used for sanding, filing, grinding, deburring, deflashing, cutting, sawing, filing and the like. The sheet steel being perforated provides apertures or recesses wherein removed material can collect and/or pass through reducing the clogging of the grit and frequency of cleaning the working surface of the tool or device. The apertures also provide for the flow of air, cooling the device in certain applications. Tungsten carbide gritted wire mesh is particularly good in providing a surface which tends to renew itself due to grit adhering to the side of the wire strands but not such as to clog the holes. Welding the grit to the wire mesh or cloth also causes the strands of the cloth to be welded together providing for a strong, yet flexible device or substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventors: Brian H. Parrott, Roger W. Mason
  • Patent number: 6176014
    Abstract: A novel cutting element in or for a safety razor comprises an elongate member with a series of slots (5), each slot (5) tapering from an open forward end to a substantially closed trailing end, and each slot (5) being confined between a pair of shaped edges (6) for slicing hairs as they move through the slot as the cutting element is moved across the skin. One or more of the cutting elements may be used in a safety razor blade unit, either alone or in combination with a blade having a conventional straight sharpened edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Richard Garraway
  • Patent number: 6173498
    Abstract: A safety razor including at least one movable blade. The blade is moveable with respect to other parts of the razor. Movement of the blade increases the blade tangent angle in response to forces encountered during shaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Paul Leslie Warrick, Daniel Brian Lazarchik
  • Patent number: 6105406
    Abstract: Disclosed is a security device for securement to a door in association with a latch mechanism having a face plate and knob to selectively prevent unauthorized turning of the latch mechanism and knob. The device includes a plate for securement to the door in association with the face plate of the latch mechanism. A hood element selectively prevents rotation of the latch knob, the hood element being reciprocable relative to the plate means into and out of engagement with the latch knob. The plate and the hood element preventing rotation include cooperating locking mechanisms when the hood element is brought into contact with the latch knob. There is also a release mechanism for releasing the locking mechanisms. Preferably the locking mechanisms are of the pawl and ratchet type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: Stephen G. Thompson, Mark W. Forest
  • Patent number: 6083121
    Abstract: Disclosed is an invention relating to golf tees on practice ranges and more particularly to the construction of a golf tee having a ball support portion associated with a piston portion, the piston being adapted to be vertically moveable within a housing secured within a base of the practice tee. In one embodiment, the piston and housing have a mechanism to detachably lock the two together and to provide controlled "drag" to relative movement of the two so as to provide a "feel" to the vertical adjustment of the ball support portion. In another embodiment, the ball support and piston are integrally molded of a flexible plastic material and the housing is of a harder plastic material. The piston reciprocates within the housing and has a lower end with a slit skirt encompassing a circular wire spring which forces the skirt outwardly with contact with the housing walls to provide the desired "drag".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Gordon E. Hovey
  • Patent number: D488099
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Joshua B. Lange
  • Patent number: RE36816
    Abstract: A razor blade body in the form of a cartridge structure includes a guard member assembled thereon forward of, and extending parallel to, the blade or blades. The guard is of a two part molded structure having an upper portion of elastomeric material with a plurality of upwardly projecting protrusions formed thereon and a lower base portion of rigid plastic material having a downwardly projecting V-shaped cross-sectional portion. A pair of upwardly projecting elements are disposed in spaced relation forming a recess on the blade cartridge structure for receiving the V-shaped base portion therebetween and a latch means disposed in the recess retains the guard member in the assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Domenic V. Apprille, Jr., Gary R. Miller, deceased, Frank E. Brown, John B. Taylor