Patents Represented by Law Firm Christel, Bean & Linihan
  • Patent number: 4858289
    Abstract: Dimpling and riveting a workpiece wherein the workpiece is clamped, the dimpling, drilling and riveting occur sequentially while the workpiece is clamped, and the workpiece is heated prior to dimpling. During clamping a pressure foot force is applied to one side of the workpiece, and during dimpling a force is applied to the opposite side causing slight movement of the workpiece against the pressure foot force. The dimpled recess in the workpiece is about the shape of a truncated cone and a rivet-receiving hole is drilled through the workpiece in the recess. To provide a fluid-tight seal, the minor diameter of the truncated cone is made slightly greater than the diameter of the rivet-receiving hole thereby providing an annular step between the hole and the outwardly diverging wall of the dimpled recess. During upsetting of the rivet the workpiece material is compressed radially around the annular step to provide a fluid-tight seal between rivet and workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Speller, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4856991
    Abstract: An orthodontic finishing positioner for maloccluded teeth to which are secured coupling members having portions protruding from the sides thereof, the positioner comprising an arcuate body of elastomer base material positioned about the teeth and coupling member of at least one dental arch and defining a recess for receiving teeth of at least one dental arch. The recess includes walls defining teeth-engaging surfaces shaped generally complementary to the surfaces of the teeth of the one dental arch when the teeth therein are positioned in a predetermined or ideal orientation. A series of indentations in the walls are disposed across the teeth-engaging surfaces, each indentation being shaped to nestingly accept a corresponding coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Great Lakes Orthodontics, Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter R. Breads, Gerard P. Abbatte, Stephen P. Warunek
  • Patent number: 4853637
    Abstract: Apparatus for sensing the electrical conductivity of fluid wherein when electrodes of the apparatus are exposed to fluid a voltage is developed on a capacitor which voltage has a magnitude determined by the condition of the electrical conductivity of the fluid to which the electrodes are exposed. A portion of the developed voltage is obtained, such as by means of a voltage divider connected across the capacitor, and this voltage portion is compared by means of a voltage comparator to a reference voltage. When the comparison indicates a predetermined relationship, for example equality, between the developed voltage portion and the reference voltage, a signal is produced which can be utilized to operate a load. In particular, the signal can operate a semiconductor controlled rectifier to complete a discharge path from the capacitor to the load. The load can be an electro explosive device included in a release mechanism for uncoupling a parachute canopy from its load upon landing in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventor: Merrick A. Endres
  • Patent number: 4837961
    Abstract: A recoil assembly which is adapted to be removably secured to a pump gun such as an assault shotgun. The recoil assembly includes a tubular slide handle, a body portion and a handle. The slide handle is mounted about the magazine tube for reciprocating movement thereof. The body portion is secured to the slide handle by mounting means so as to dispose the handle which is connected to the body portion directly above the barrel for gripping with the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: James P. Keenan
  • Patent number: 4835662
    Abstract: A light assembly for illuminating an industrial smokestack or the like having a ladder attached thereto utilizes an obstruction light and an elongated member having one end which is pivotally connected to the outside surface of the smokestack and another end which supports the obstruction light. The elongated member is pivotally movable between a first condition at which the other end of the elongated member is positioned remote of the ladder and a second condition at which the other elongated member end is positioned adjacent the ladder. The assembly further includes a rod member having one end which is pivotally connected to the elongated member and another end which is positionable adjacent the ladder so as to be accessible to a serviceman standing upon the platform. By selectively pulling or pushing upon the rod member, the serviceman moves the elongated member between the first condition and the second condition at which the light is accessible for servicing purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: International Chimney Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Krapf
  • Patent number: 4832653
    Abstract: A toy musical instrument of the type commonly known as a kazoo having an open-ended turret section, a resonating membrane positioned within the turret section and a retainer member for installation within the turret section and for releasably securing the membrane within the turret section utilizes a turret section having a plurality of protuberences and a retainer member defining an embossment which cooperates with the protuberences to secure the retainer member in a snap-fit relationship with the turret section when the retainer has been inserted a preselected distance through the open end of the turret section. The embossment and the protuberences are so shaped to permit the retainer and the turret section to be disassembled from snap-fit relationship only if the retainer body is positioned in a preselected rotational orientation relative to the turret section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Brimms Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Berghash, Dan A. Jachimowicz
  • Patent number: 4832926
    Abstract: A chlorine gas filtering material suitable for use in a high temperature oxygen environment, and a method of making the filtering material. The filtering material is prepared by impregnating a porous manganese dioxide and copper oxide hopcalite catalyst prepared by the carbonate method with sodium hydroxide. The process of making includes the steps of mixing the catalyst into a sodium hydroxide solution and then vacuum baking the impregnated catalyst for at least 8 hours, and preferably for 16 hours at a temperature of 240.degree. F.-260.degree. F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Figgie International Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel P. Schillaci
  • Patent number: 4830940
    Abstract: A solid cathode liquid organic electrolyte lithium cell for delivering high current pulses comprising a casing, a cathode structure inthe casing comprising a plurality of plates in spaced apart relation, a lithium anond comprising a plurality of anode sections interposed between the cathode plates, a non-aqueous liquid organic electrolyte comprising the combination of a lithum dalt and an organic solvent in the casing operatively contacting the anode and the cathode an electrical connection provided to the anode and an electrical connection provided to the cathode. In accordance with one aspect of the invention the cathode includes as active material Ag.sub.x V.sub.2 O.sub.y where x is in the range from about 0.5 to about 2.0 and y is in the range from about 4.5 to about 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Wilson Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Pamela P. Keister, Ralph T. Mead, Barry C. Muffoletto, Ester S. Takeuchi, Steven J. Ebel, Michael A. Zelinsky, John M. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 4828120
    Abstract: An office accessory system for attachment to a wall-mounted load bar for suspension from a vertical surface includes an office accessory suitable for use in either a vertical or horizontal orientation and a pair of mounting brackets. The mounting brackets are attached to the load bar, and the office accessory has two opposite sides which cooperate with the mounting brackets to permit the accessory to be supported from the load bar in either its vertical or horizontal positions of use. When utilized to attach the accessory to the load bar, the mounting brackets are substantially hidden from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: McDonald Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentine Beil, Peter Kotas, Douglas Rudz
  • Patent number: 4827844
    Abstract: A circuit for operating a load device comprising an operating circuit including an energy storage device for providing electrical energy for operating the device and a voltage responsive switch having a control terminal and connected between a voltage source and energy storage device of the operating circuit to provide energy to the storage device and opening when the stored energy causes the voltage on both sides of the switch to be essentially the same thereby disconnecting the source from the operating circuit so that any short circuit in the load does not affect the source or the remainder of the circuit associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventor: Francis M. Miller
  • Patent number: 4829194
    Abstract: A device for detecting a thickness variation of a piece of fabric passing under the presser foot of a sewing machine. The device includes a transmitter and receiver between which the fabric passes. The receiver stores maximum and minimum signals in memory units generated when the fabric passes between the transmitter and receiver. A computing unit calibrates the thresholds as a function of the stored maximum and minimum signals. A comparator compares the incoming signals with the calibrated thresholds and sends a signal to a logic unit to control the sewing operations accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Prouvost S.A.
    Inventor: Charly LeClaire
  • Patent number: 4821408
    Abstract: A programmable or flexible fixture for holding a plurality of details comprising an assembly during assembly processes thereon comprising an elongated base supported in a predetermined position, a plurality of positioning units located at spaced locations along the base, each of the positioning units having a clamp adapted to engage the details, the positioning units being located to allow access to the details from two directions of movement of tools of assembly apparatus moving with respect to the workpiece during assembly processes thereon, a robot operatively associated with the positioning units for moving the positioning units relative to the base for accepting the various members of a family of details which all have the same configuration and differ by increments in size and for holding the details together as an assembly and holding the assembly in the proper detail location and assembly position for assembling, and an actuator for moving the clamp into and out of engagement with the details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Speller, Sr., Jeffrey P. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4819856
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for inserting fasteners into holes in a workpiece. The apparatus includes a finger carrying device which is carried by an anvil for telescoping movement relative to the anvil, the finger carrying device includes a bore coaxial with the anvil and through which the anvil may pass as it moves from a raised position to a lowered position. The finger carrying device is provided with a side port through which fasteners may be inserted by a gravity injector, the side port being disposed below the anvil when it is in its raised position. A plurality of annular arrays of resilient fingers are mounted in the bore below the side port. A fastener, after being injected into the bore of the finger carrying device, is pushed by the anvil through the fingers as the anvil moves to its lowered position, the annular arrays of resilient fingers properly orienting the fastener in coaxial alignment with the anvil and with a hole in a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: John W. Davern, Frank T. Mazurik
  • Patent number: 4817965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for assembling mouldings incorporating several rabbets, which comprises a table for positioning the mouldings, slides supporting this table, rendered fast with two columns which are connected in their lower part by a base under which is mounted a jack whose rod is connected to a hammer which penetrates in a clip magazine, and in their upper part by a piece provided with a presser member located opposite the hammer. According to the invention, a clipping assembly is provided which bears the hammer and a sliding guide fast with the hammer, as well as a sensor; two small columns on which the clipping assembly may slide vertically; balancing means mounted on each small column below the clipping assembly; and a plate disposed at the top of the rod, and on which the hammer and the sliding guide rest, and which comprises a matching member opposite the sensor. The invention is more particularly applicable to the manufacture of wooden frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventor: Antoine Cassese
  • Patent number: 4816259
    Abstract: This invention provides a new gelatin capsule formulation and subcoating for producing soft gelatine capsules having better mechanical strength and an improved capacity for adhering to known coating compositions, particularly enteric coating compositions. The finished capsule shell formulation comprises gelatin 65%-70%, glycerin 22%-25% and water 8%-10% and the subcoating is a suspension of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. The subcoating may also be used to manufacture improved enteric coated hard gelatin capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Chase Chemical Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Matthews, Gerald Vergilio
  • Patent number: 4812376
    Abstract: In an alkali metal/halogen or oxyhalide electrochemical cell wherein an alkali metal anode, preferably lithium, has a surface in operative contact with a halogen-containing or oxyhalide cathode/electrolyte including a solvent if necessary, a coating on the anode surface comprising a thin film or substrate material impregnated with organic material, for example organic electron donor material, or other suitable coating material. The substrate material is flexible, preferably a synthetic open mesh fabric material, and the film is prepared by contacting the substrate material with a solution of the organic material and solvent followed by drying. The resulting film is flexible and is applied to the operative surface of the anode thereby coating the same, preferably adhered to the surface by pressing. The flexible film can be applied equally well to anode surfaces which are either smooth and flat or irregular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Wilson Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank W. Rudolph
  • Patent number: 4810446
    Abstract: Procedure for the manufacture of briquettes or pills for stoking made of stems from grain or straw or similar cellulosic waste material with the admixture of a binding agent. Compressing, principally by trace or piston pressing, at a pressure temporarily raising the temperature in the straw briquette to an area between 75.degree. C. and 200.degree. C., characterized by mixing stems with straw or similar waste material from pulses and/or protein plants to be used as binding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Hans E. Sylvest
  • Patent number: 4810000
    Abstract: A training wheel assembly for a bicycle including brackets for attachment to the body of the bicycle and a pair of auxiliary wheels supported by the brackets for engagement of the ground distally of and to opposite sides of the bicycle utilizes a link member connected between each auxiliary wheel and a corresponding bracket and cables operatively attached between the front wheel of the bicycle and the link member. Each auxiliary wheel is journaled at its center to a link member for rotation relative thereto, and each link member is connected to the corresponding bracket for pivotal movement relative thereto so that when the brackets are operatively attached to the bicycle body, the center of the auxiliary wheels are pivotally movable relative to and about the bracket between a raised condition and a lowered condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Stephen R. Saunders
  • Patent number: D300438
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Brimms Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Berghash, Dan A. Jachimowicz
  • Patent number: D301258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Brimms Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Olney