Patents Represented by Law Firm Christel, Bean & Linihan
  • Patent number: 4914804
    Abstract: A method of making a surface mountable electronic device comprising the steps of providing a discrete electronic device comprising a body and a pair of spaced apart leads each of substantially circular cross-section and extending axially outwardly from the body in generally opposite directions, shaping each of the leads to provide a plate-like section in each of the leads at a location axially outwardly from the body, encapsulating the device body in electrical insulating material in a manner shaping the material to provide a body having first and second spaced apart ends and a mounting surface extending between the ends, the plate-like sections of the leads extending from the ends, and shaping each of the plate-like sections of the leads to have a contact portion extending along the mounting surface for making electrical connection to a circuit having a portion defined on a surface to which the device is mountable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: American Precision Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. McElheny, Dale A. Ponivas
  • Patent number: 4909247
    Abstract: An emergency breathing assembly adapted for use in an aircraft to automatically present a breathing mask to a user upon a loss of cabin pressurization. The assembly includes a storage container having an access opening for deployment of the mask stowed within the container. The container is mounted in the aircraft cabin such that the access opening is positioned in a generally vertical plane of orientation relative to the user. The assembly further includes a door connected to the container for closing the access opening and thereby retaining the mask therein, means for moving the door from a closed to an open position relative to the access opening in response to a change in cabin pressurization, and means automatically operable upon movement of the door to an open position to eject the mask from the container through the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Figgie International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Terrisse, James W. Ballinger
  • Patent number: 4908928
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for riveting two workpieces (10, 12) together by simultaneously upsetting both ends of a slug rivet (R) while maintaining the outer surface (16) of one of the workpieces (10) in a substantially constant fixed work plane (20) during riveting. The workpieces are held between two clamps (18, 28), one of the clamps (18) establishing the fixed work plane. After drilling, a slug rivet is placed within the drilled hole, and then a first riveting ram (42) is moved to establish a desired die cavity. A second riveting ram (58) is then moved until it just contacts the rivet. The rams (42, 58) are then simultaneously moved towards each other at equal rates to simultaneously form upset heads on both ends of the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventors: Frank T. Mazurik, Mark J. Andrews, James L. Birke
  • Patent number: 4898319
    Abstract: A brazing oven includes an arrangement employing a gas curtain or barrier to cover the port or opening of the oven whenever the door is opened. The curtain or barrier is formed by a region of flowing conditioned air directed across the opening. The flowing air curtain or barrier prevents gas from exiting the oven interior when the door is opened, and it also serves to replace or replenish any conditioned air which happens to escape from the oven interior. The air curtain or barrier is generated by a ported manifold and supply located either on the oven housing exterior adjacent the opening or inside the oven housing adjacent the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Bruce T. Williams
    Inventor: Robert T. Williams
  • Patent number: 4885670
    Abstract: A portable electric lamp of explosion-proof construction including an elongated hand grip, an elongated flourescent bulb having a U-shaped light-generating portion supported at one end of the hand grip and a transparent tube positioned about the light-generating portion of the bulb utilizes an elongated tubular protector element positioned about the transparent tube and which cooperates with the hand grip to maintain the transparent tube in position about the light-generating portion of the bulb. The lamp further includes a power cord routed through the end of the hand grip opposite the light-generating portion and the lamp includes an amount of magnesite base cement positioned in the hand grip and interposed between the light-generating portion and a section of the power cord entering the hand grip. The lamp further includes a ballast assembly having a ballast interconnected in the power cord at a location remote of the hand grip and wherein the ballast is encased in magnesite base cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: K & H Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Karl A. Baake
  • Patent number: 4885557
    Abstract: A broadband, constant voltage multicoupler including an input port and a plurality of output ports wherein the impedance rises in the same proportion as the power falls in the internal branches so that the voltage is substantially constant therein. The multicoupler comprises a signal splitter transmission line network having an electrical characteristic which maintains the same voltage throughout and a plurality of active devices associated therewith. In particular, the signal splitting network comprises a first transmission line connected at one end to the input and terminating at the opposite end, and a plurality of additional transmission lines having an impedance equal to n times the impedance of the first transmission line where n equals the number of the outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Daniel A. Barczys
  • Patent number: 4879996
    Abstract: A closed circuit breathing apparatus such as that worn by personnel in irrespirable atmospheres. The apparatus is mounted on a backframe and housing 14 and is adapted to be interconnected with a face mask 12. The apparatus includes exhalation and inhalation passageways 18, 20, a source of breathing gas 50 which is released into the breathing apparatus at a constant volumetric flow rate, a carbon dioxide scrubber 38 and an ejector pump 40 which is driven by the source of pressurized breathing gas and which causes the pressurized breathing gas and exhaled air to be driven through the carbon dioxide scrubber at a relatively constant flow rate. The apparatus further includes a spring biased inhalation gas accumulator or counterlung 46 on the downstream side of the carbon dioxide scrubber, which counterlung is in communication with the inhalation passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventors: Van N. Harwood, Jr., Jeffrey J. Dosch, Loyal G. Netteland
  • Patent number: 4878017
    Abstract: A non-contacting electrostatic voltage follower employs a vibrating capacitance detector coupled to a measured surface containing both wideband electrostatic A.C. data and D.C. potentials. A detector amplifier having an inverting input is connected to the detector, while its output is connected to the input of a high bandwidth amplifier. A first feedback path is provided from the output of the high bandwidth amplifier to the non-inverting input of the detector amplifier which provides both a signal which is equal to and follows the wideband electrostatic A.C. potentials on the measured surface, and a signal, at the vibrating capacitance modulation frequency, representative of the D.C. potential of the measured surface. A second feedback path is provided including a demodulator and integrator to monitor the first feedback path to provide a D.C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventor: Bruce T. Williams
  • Patent number: 4875240
    Abstract: A pair of pants and an associated method of construction utilizes an hourglass-shaped panel and a pair of leg sections each including a tube-like portion operatively attached to the hourglass-shaped panel. The hourglass-shaped panel defines, when placed in a planar, spread condition, two relatively broad parallel edges at opposite ends thereof and a pair of generally C-shaped side edges extending between the broad end edges. Furthermore, the side edges of the hourglass-shaped panel are arranged relative to one another so that the Cs thereof open generally away from one another and so that a neck region is defined substantially midway between the broad edges. Each of the leg sections define an endless upper edge for encircling the corresponding one of the legs adjacent the top thereof, and each leg section is joined to a corresponding one of the C-shaped edges and along seams extending the entire length thereof to operatively join the leg sections to the hourglass-shaped panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Joseph B. Barrett
  • Patent number: 4875709
    Abstract: A novel fluid coupling assembly in combination with a fluid line provided with a controlled leak path. The fluid coupling assembly includes a coupling body 12 having generally concentric first and second bores 36, 38, of greater and lesser diameters, respectively, there being a radial surface 40 between the bores, the first bore also being provided with a generally cylindrical groove 44. A resilient retainer is assembly with in the generally cylindrical groove, the retainer having a plurality of prongs 52 which extend inwardly towards the second bore. A bushing 15 is force fit into the first bore between the cylindrical groove 44 and the radial surface. A seal 16 is disposed within the coupling body between the bushing and the radial surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventors: James E. Caroll, Steven R. Zillig
  • Patent number: 4874351
    Abstract: A continuously variable belt-drive transmission of the type having spaced apart sheaves each provided with a plurality of sheave segments which may be moved radially inwardly and outwardly. A novel control is provided for selectively moving the segments inwardly or outwardly while the sheaves are rotating, the control including a motor carried by the body of each of the sheaves, the motor being operatively interconnected with the associated sheave segments. Power is transmitted to the motor by electrical wires, slip rings and brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Patrick H. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4871104
    Abstract: The invention provides an automatic vertical glass cutting machine, including a cutting-wheel holder carriage which is movable vertically over a predetermined height of a vertical rap under the action of an actuator of the pneumatic kind, the cutting-wheel holder being fixed to the carriage by means of a rocker arm movable with respect to the body of the carriage which has a mechanism for locking said rocker against the carriage controlled by a fixed cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Antoine Cassese
  • Patent number: 4871032
    Abstract: A deep tillage earth engaging implement having a frictional attachment to a tine of an agricultural machine in which the attachment portion incorporates a socket with a cross-section tapering toward the earth engaging portion. The foot of the tine is of complementary shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Ralph McKay Limited
    Inventors: William G. McGuire, Hartley F. Young
  • Patent number: 4869245
    Abstract: An expolosively-activated mechanism for releasing a breathing mask from a protective helmet to permit the user to breathe the ambient atmosphere independently of the mask utilizes coacting mechanisms in the form of a bayonet and a bayonet receiver and an explosive charge mounted in the bayonet receiver for explosively separating the bayonet receiver and permitting the bayonet to drop from the helmet upon the occurrence of a predetermined event. The bayonet receiver includes components defining a bayonet-receiving channel which is held in assembled relationship by a plurality of shanked fasteners and a cutting blade interposed between the explosive charge and the shanked fasteners. The cutting blade is adapted to receive the explosive force generated by the explosive charge and sever every shanked fastener of the bayonet receiver upon receipt of the explosive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Nowakowski, Carlton W. Naab
  • Patent number: 4864713
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for positioning tooling and riveting the apparatus including a frame provided with opposed riveting rams (96, 86) and clamps (34, 36). The first clamp (34) is extended above the work plane established by the outer surface of one workpiece (10) with the lower ram retracted. Next, the frame (26) is moved downwardly until the first clamp touches the workpiece. An encoder (140) measured the amount of first clamp collapse during overtravel of the frame after the first touch is sensed. The frame is now backed off this distance to establish a work line coextensive with the work plane. The lower clamp (36) is then raised to clamp the workpieces (10, 12) and drill carried by a sub-frame (66) will now drill aligned apertures through the workpieces. The subframe is indexed to another position to place rams (96, 86) is alignment with the apertures. The upper riveting ram (96) is then advanced to its full down position to set an upper cavity and is locked under high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Bradley M. Roberts, Robert J. Kellner
  • Patent number: 4864702
    Abstract: Riveting apparatus for operation on a workpiece having opposite sides and supported vertically on a horizontal surface comprising a frame having a pair of spaced apart sides movable along the supporting surface and straddling the workpiece, first and second carriages movably mounted on respective sides of the frame and riveting tools on first and second heads on the first and second carriages, respectively, the tools being movable toward and away from the workpiece. The frame travels in a first direction along the supporting surface and along the workpiece, the first and second carriages are movable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and toward and away from the supporting surface, and the frame is movable in a third direction transverse to the first direction and toward and away from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Speller, Sr., John W. Davern, Jeffery P. Weaver, Mark J. Andrews
  • Patent number: 4863324
    Abstract: Quick change attachment for clamping chucks on a machine spindle in which a locking bush (32) is actuated by an axially shiftable locking piston for actuating the chuck clamping, while an adjusting rod (44) adjustable from the clamping cylinder is provided for actuating the clamping jaws of the chuck. Axially secured at the end of the adjusting rod to connect the clamping piston rod with the adjusting rod (44) are coupling pieces (50) which execute plier-like gripping and expanding movements by means of a tipping edge and are actuated from a control bush 58 overlapping them together with the locking bars for the chuck clamping driven by the locking bush (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventor: Hermann Blessing
  • Patent number: 4860585
    Abstract: A measuring and indicating device for a snow skier including a rotatable roller attachable to the rear of a ski and adapted to rotate in rolling contact with the underlying snow utilizes an indicator unit positionable remote of the roller such as upon the wrist of the skier. The device further includes elements supported adjacent the roller for sensing the rotation thereof and generating signals corresponding to the sensed rotation. The indicator unit includes a calculator for receiving the signals generated by the sensing elements and calculating a predetermined characteristic, such as speed or distance, of travel by the snow skier corresponding to the received signals. The indicator unit further includes a display for displaying the calculated characteristic in the form of a numerical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventors: William W. Tuyn, Richard R. Tuyn
  • Patent number: 4858641
    Abstract: A shut-off valve for liquids and other substances to be attached to the outlet flange of a container, with a cylindrical valve body (2) which extends through the valve housing inclined at an acute angle to the vertical and whose cylindrical guide (14) ends in an upper elliptical opening of the inlet flange (12), with the face (18) of the valve body also exhibiting an elliptical circumference adjusted thereto. Connected to the lower side of guide (14) is a generally vertical cylindrical downpipe (16), and the valve body (2) is turned from its closed position blocking the valve passage by via actuating means and then shifted axially until completely open. During the closing process, which involves the above process in reverse, the circumferential edge of the valve body shaves all material off the sealing ring (3) and the sealing surface (20) prior to reaching the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Titus
  • Patent number: D304056
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Jane P. Seifert