Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Cornelius P. Quinn
  • Patent number: 6695313
    Abstract: A playing card deck particularly suited for the play of the card game of blackjack where indicia that is irrelevant to play of the game has been eliminated to facilitate play and increase the pace of play of the game. The invention comprises a deck of fifty two playing cards with the cards of the deck having no indications for suits and having four cards each with value indications of ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine, with the remaining sixteen cards having value indications of ten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: James M. Blane
  • Patent number: 6695538
    Abstract: A drainage support/diverter system for use in connection with a perforated pipe drainage system within a drainage trench, comprising a number of drainage support/diverters that create impermeable barriers to moisture flow along the length of the trench outside the perforated pipe, such drainage support/diverters are positioned upon intervals along the drainage trench with their lower ends placed to a depth at least as deep as lowest depth of the drainage trench where each drainage support/diverter is placed, extend laterally at least as wide as the widest point of the drainage trench where each drainage support/diverter is placed and are formed at their upper ends with a recess corresponding to a portion of the diameter of the perforated pipe such that moisture outside the perforated pipe is forced to enter the perforated pipe at the point of each drainage support/diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Donald Edward Coffey
  • Patent number: 6692678
    Abstract: An asbestos free, calcium silicate insulating material suitable for use in the casting of molten non-ferrous metals, and suitable for use in applications where a fire resistant, heat insulating, electrical insulating, and corrosion resistant material is desirable. The calcium silicate insulating material is produced by combining lime, a siliceous component, alumina silica microspheres, wollastonite and organic fibrous material in the presence of water to form a slurry. The slurry is then placed under steam pressure, to react the lime, siliceous component and water, dried, and heat treated if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: BNZ Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Krowl, Bryan K. Doerr, Michael W. Borski
  • Patent number: 6681926
    Abstract: The integral keyboard and storage organizer of the present invention provides a keyboard with a housing that can be hingably or slideably opened to access an integral storage organizer cavity. It provides for convenient organized storage of traditional desktop supplies, sundry computer related items and personal items, at no appreciable additional cost to that of a standard keyboard, and without occupying any valuable desktop space in addition to that required by the footprint of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Dean R. DeVolpi
  • Patent number: 6517283
    Abstract: A drainage system for collecting, isolating and relocating moisture incorporating cascading chutes which collect moisture and create an inner channel from which collected moisture cannot escape to re-infiltrate surrounding soil prior to its discharge point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Donald Edward Coffey
  • Patent number: 6357831
    Abstract: An excavation machine for hard rock mining which is relatively inexpensive, is mobile and versatile, is relatively light in weight (weighing no more than eight metric tons including power and control units and equipment for automation) and has the ability to make tight turns in any direction to follow a mineral vein and thereby avoid needless evacuation of undesired rock. The machine uses a cutter and reaming head mounted on a boom with two activator or rocker cylinders and excavates by applying a large impact or crushing cutting force in a repetitive manner, generally known as impact ripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Hans Dieter Stoebe
  • Patent number: 6201468
    Abstract: A low cost analog deflection sensor assembled from a single component part which lends itself for use as a joystick. A central contact is surrounded by peripheral contacts and aligned by a dielectric spacer. Application of deflectional force results in one or more signals of measurable resistance which can be translated into speed and directional vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Dean R. DeVolpi
  • Patent number: 6198391
    Abstract: A self service sales and security system for use in the retail sales environment including a means for identifying the presence, removal, and addition of each item of inventory on a merchandise rack and correlating the removal or addition of each item of inventory to an identifiable customer so that the customers can be automatically billed or charged for the items of inventory that the customer removes, and a report of which items need to be ordered to replenish inventory can be automatically prepared. The self service sales and security system includes customer records which may include credit information to selectively allow customers to remove only such items of inventory as their credit information allows; and an alarm is included to indicate tampering or the unauthorized removal of any item of inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Dean R. DeVolpi
  • Patent number: 6101847
    Abstract: A method for melting and refining glass, such as E glass, comprises feeding glass batch materials into a melting and refining tank for melting and refining the glass batch materials into glass and a forehearth, downstream of the tank, for further refining the glass and delivering the glass to fiberizing means. The melting and refining tank is heated with oxygen fired burners. The oxygen fired burners in the melting and refining tank are located in the sidewalls at the upstream end of the tank and extend for about one-third, one-half or two-thirds the length of the tank. In one embodiment, burners are also located in the upstream end wall. This arrangement of the oxygen fired burners at the upstream end of the melting and refining tank moves the melter hot spot upstream for better refining of the glass and enables the furnace to produce a higher output of glass than can be obtained in a conventional E glass furnace of the same size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ellsworth Shamp, Thomas Fowler Stark, Jack Roy Elliott, Larry Edward Howard
  • Patent number: 5955011
    Abstract: Fine fibers are formed and carried in a high energy, high temperature gaseous stream to a primary fine fiber collection surface where fine fibers are collected from the gaseous stream. Gases of the gaseous stream along with fine fibers not removed from the gaseous stream by the primary collection surface are drawn through the primary collection surface and formed into an exhaust gas stream which is passed through a secondary fine fiber collection surface to remove additional fibers from the exhaust gas stream before it is discharged to the atmosphere. To reduce the operating temperatures at and surrounding the primary and secondary collection surfaces, the gas streams are cooled by evaporative cooling. Water is sprayed into the gas streams by nozzles, shielded from the gas streams by scoops, so that fibers do not collect on the nozzles and form fiber wads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Andrew Clocksin, Michael J. Cusick
  • Patent number: 5728187
    Abstract: An air filtration media is formed of a blanket of fibers, preferably glass fibers, bonded together at their points of intersection with a binder. The blanket has a weight between about 2.5 and about 4.0 grams per square foot and the average diameter of the fibers in the blanket is within a range from 3.0 .times.10.sup.-5 to 4.1.times.10.sup.-5 inches. The blanket has an average air filtration efficiency of at least 80% and the pressure drop across the thickness of the blanket is no greater than 0.30 inches of water. The blanket can be used alone; with a permeable backing sheet; or with a second layer or blanket of filtration media, as part of a dual-phase or multi-phase air filtration media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Kern, Michael John Cusick, Jack E. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 5719228
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a glass fiber binding composition having an effective binding amount of an aqueous compatible furan resin mixed with sufficient water to result in a binding composition having from 0.5 to 80% nonvolatile. The aqueous compatible furan resin is the reaction product of a source of ammonia and a first reaction product, the first reaction product being derived from the reaction of an acidic furan resin, a source of reactable formaldehyde, and a formaldehyde scavenger. The invention further pertains to a process of binding glass fibers at junctions of the fibers comprising the steps of providing glass fibers, applying an effect binding amount of the binding composition of the invention to the glass fibers such that the binder is present at a portion of the junctions, and curing the resin at the junctions of the glass fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignees: Schuller International, Inc., QO Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas John Taylor, William Henry Kielmeyer, Carl A. Rude
  • Patent number: 5703147
    Abstract: A low density, high temperature resistant insulation material that is very thermally efficient, is easily moldable and is unaffected by water. The insulation material is especially suitable for use in aviation, aerospace and automotive applications. The insulation material contains inorganic fiber; inorganic binder; hydrophilic particulate inorganic material; hydrophobic particulate inorganic material; polymer; and preferably a setting agent and an opacifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Charles Martin, Monroe W. Shumate, William Michael Gregg
  • Patent number: 5698298
    Abstract: A fibrous, non-woven thermal insulation comprises synthetic polymeric resin microfibers, staple fibers and bonding fibers which are randomly oriented and randomly intermingled in a single layer. The microfibers comprise between 0% and 95% by weight virgin synthetic polymeric resin and between 5% and 100% by weight recycled polyethylene teraphthalate. In one embodiment the microfibers have an average diameter between 1 to 10 microns and comprise between 5% and 80% by weight of the insulation; the staple fibers have an average diameter between 10 and 30 microns and comprise between 5% and 90% by weight of the insulation; and the bonding fibers have an average diameter between 0.9 and 15 denier and comprise between 5% and 95% by weight of the insulation. The bonding fibers have thermoplastic surfaces with a lower temperature softening point than the microfibers and staple fibers and bond the fibers together to form the insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Lee Jackson, Kevin Patrick McHugh, John Stuart Robertson, Joseph Rumiesz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5670585
    Abstract: A process for preparing binder-coated fiber-glass products employs as a binder aqueous polymer systems comprising a nitrogenous formaldehyde resin such as a urea-extended alkaline phenol/formaldehyde resole together with an acidic polyacrylate which cocure to form a thermoset polymer while synergistically reducing ammonia emissions which normally occur during cure of the nitrogenous formaldehyde resin. The polymer system may be used in applications other than fiberglass where reduced emissions are desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Taylor, Paul Nedwick
  • Patent number: 5659564
    Abstract: The bottoms of exhaust stacks and systems on glass melting furnaces usually collect slag that is produced by volatiles in the exhaust gases condensing out and forming a glassy substance on the cooler walls of the stacks, etc. which then runs down the walls picking up refractory and forming a slag in the lowest places. This slag often cools to hardness or a high viscosity, tough mass. It has to be removed periodically to prevent building up to the point that slag would run back into the furnace damaging the glass and removal is a hot, dirty, time consuming job. This problem is worse on oxy-fuel furnaces which the industry is trending towards for other advantages. The present invention eliminates this problem by reducing the size of the reservoir in the bottom of the stack and adding a heated bushing with an orifice that continually drains the slag from the small reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack R. Elliott
  • Patent number: 5643348
    Abstract: An oxygen-fuel firing system for a furnace comprising separate, spread apart nozzles for introducing gaseous streams of oxygen and fuel into the furnace at spaced apart locations. The gaseous streams merge within the furnace away from the furnace walls and crown. Thus, the main combustion within the furnace takes place in the central portion of the furnace where a broad flame cloud is created. The broad flame cloud provides a more uniform temperature profile within the furnace for a more efficient processing of materials being melted in the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ellsworth Shamp, Thomas Fowler Stark, Harry Earl Swisher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5639291
    Abstract: In a method of and an apparatus for forming composite and other fibers, individual filaments from two or more sets of continuous primary filaments of two or more heat-softenable fiberizable materials are brought together lengthwise to form pairs of continuous primary filaments. The groupings of continuous primary filaments are fed into a high energy attenuation blast where the filaments are heated, attenuated and formed into composite or other staple fibers of the heat-softenable fiberizable materials. Preferably, the individual continuous primary filaments of the groupings of continuous primary filaments are fused, adhesively bonded or otherwise joined together, prior to being introduced into the high energy attenuation blast, to prevent the individual primary filaments of the groupings of continuous primary filaments from separating in the high energy attenuation blast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Henry Kielmeyer, Michael Dean Peterson, Dennis Robert Larratt
  • Patent number: 5634954
    Abstract: Air filtration media is formed by collecting a layer of fine diameter glass fibers directly on a foraminous, reinforcing, backing layer and subsequently collecting a layer of relatively coarse diameter glass fibers directly on the layer of fine diameter glass fibers. A bonding agent carried by the glass fibers is then cured to bond the glass fibers within each layer together at their points of intersection, to bond the layers of fine and coarse glass fibers together and to bond the layer of fine diameter fibers to the backing layer. This method of forming the composite air filtration media permits the particle efficiency and the dirt loading capacity of the composite air filtration media to be adjusted during the production of the media by adjusting the diameters of the glass fibers in one or both of the layers and/or by adjusting the density of one or both of the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles F. Kern
  • Patent number: 5620493
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved device and method for detecting fiber breakouts and fiber restarts in processes or systems for making fibers from a molten thermoplastic material. In these processes the running fibers induce ambient air into the array of hot fibers close to the nozzles where the fibers are formed, but this air flow essentially ceases when the fiber breaks out. A thermocouple junction located in the path of this airflow will sense temperature changes caused by fiber breakouts and fiber starts. The present invention simplifies and increases the accuracy of prior art sensor systems by eliminating hardware holding this thermocouple and instead uses one or more small holes in a bushing frame plus the refractory used to hold the fiberizing bushing in the frame to hold the thermocouple in the appropriate place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Schuller International, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell D. Arterburn