Patents Represented by Law Firm Crisman & Moore
  • Patent number: 4247096
    Abstract: A swimmer training apparatus for securement substantially within the side walls of a swimming tank. The apparatus comprises a collapsable support frame including at least one upstanding support arm having a lower side wall engaging element and an upper lateral restraint means for pivotal coupling with either the side wall lip, the outside of the deck, or the rope junction receptacle of the swimming tank side wall. Extending from the tank side wall towards the middle of the swimming tank, the support frame is attached to the swimmer by means of a flexible tether connected to a detachable, load distributing harness which is disposed about the waist of the swimmer. Such a portable swimmer training apparatus provides the swimmer with a commodius means of shock-dampened restraint confining the swimmer to a particular area of the pool while allowing him lateral maneuverability for the practice of various swimming strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Inventor: Larry Schmitt
  • Patent number: 4230385
    Abstract: A solderless electrical connector comprising a printed circuit board and electrical contact terminals mounted therein. A printed circuit board is fabricated to the construction stage wherein conductive circuitry interconnects plated through holes formed therethrough. The exposed circuitry and plated through holes are covered with a conformal coating of insulative material which seals the outer surfaces of the conductive materials from the environment and its effects. The insulative coating obviates the need for solder to protect the conductive materials as well as precludes the use of solder for electrical interconnection therewith. The plated through holes are constructed for press fit insertion of contact terminals in tight frictional engagement therein. The press fit insertion of a contact having an angular edge portion effectively penetrates the insulative coating by deforming it away from that portion of the plated through hole brought to bear against the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4226496
    Abstract: An edge connector for a circuit board includes a plurality of contact terminals each having a contact head, each contact head having a loop portion. The contact terminals are supported in a cavity in an insulative housing in such relation that the loop portion of the contact head bears against a shoulder portion of the housing. In one form of the connector, the contact terminals are fixedly mounted in a mounting substrate in such an arrangement that the loop portion of the contact heads bias the insulative housing against the substrate to hold the assemblage. In another form of the connector, the substrate may be eliminated, and the contacts include a lower flange portion adapted to bear against lower surface of the housing and an upper tongue portion adapted to bear against an upper shoulder surface of the housing between the tongue portion and the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventor: Arvin L. Langham
  • Patent number: 4220393
    Abstract: Press fit contacts having upper mating portions are stamped, formed and oriented out of sheet material for simultaneous insertion and housing in a removable connector insulator. Receiving sleeves formed in the insulator are constructed to permit the contacts to be bottom loaded into the sleeves, seated and lightly held therein. Each contact includes an intermediate press fit collar portion which engages a mating shoulder in the insulator. The insulator serves as a holding fixture and seating tool for transmitting insertion force applied to the top of the insulator to each one of the contacts for press fitting them into contact receiving apertures in a mounting substrate. The contacts held by each insulator are all simultaneously press fitted into the substrate by continuing to apply pressure to the top of the insulator until it is mounted flush upon the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver, Claude Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 4218013
    Abstract: Fluid mixing and dispensing shower head and suspendible supply reservoir for portable connection to a conventional shower head. The valve block is constructed for quick, intermediate securement between the shower head and supply pipe and is adapted to be operated in conjunction with the shower fixture for selectively dispensing one of a plurality of select liquids into the water stream discharged by the shower nozzle. A plurality of separately accessible containers are provided in a storage bracket suspended beneath the shower head to store distinct quantities of fluids to be dispensed. A suitable selector valve is provided adjacent the storage reservoir to channel the select fluid into the shower head. The containers are housed in a transparent bracket, suspended from the shower head, to permit the user to determine the amount of liquid remaining in each container and the type of liquid selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Inventor: Charles A. Davison
  • Patent number: 4216576
    Abstract: A solderless electrical connector comprising a printed circuit board and electrical contact terminals mounted therein. A printed circuit board is fabricated to the construction stage wherein conductive circuitry interconnects plated through holes formed therethrough. The exposed circuitry and plated through holes are covered with a conformal coating of insulative material which seals the outer surfaces of the conductive materials from the environment and its effects. The insulative coating obviates the need for solder to protect the conductive materials as well as precludes the use of solder for electrical interconnection therewith. The plated through holes are constructed for press fit insertion of contact terminals in tight frictional engagement therein. The press fit insertion of a contact having an angular edge portion effectively penetrates the insulative coating by deforming it away from that portion of the plated through hole brought to bear against the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4198636
    Abstract: A pivotal mounting bracket is provided for the mounting and concealed storage of an audio antenna upon and within the trunk of an automobile. The bracket comprises an orthogonally pivotal structure, a first end of which is adapted for mounting upon the underneath side of an automobile trunk lid. A second, opposed end of the bracket is adapted for positioning outside the automobile and supporting an antenna upstanding therefrom. The intermediate bracket portion between said ends is configured for interpositioning between the trunk lid and automobile body portion adjacent thereto for facilitating the use of the trunk without interfering with the antenna mounted thereon. The orthogonal pivotability of the bracket then permits the rotation of the antenna from vertical to horizontal positioning and the rotation of the bracket and antenna from a position outwardly extending from the trunk lid to a secured orientation thereunder and in close proximity thereto for efficient concealed storage within the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Inventors: Robert W. Canterbury, Jimmy J. Johnston
  • Patent number: 4197548
    Abstract: An antenna mounting structure is supported and oriented by three linear hydraulic actuators responsive to linear position transducers of a passive stabilization system serving as a vertical reference for keeping an antenna precisely pointed at a geostatically satellite during motion disturbances. The antenna is assembled with each of the linear actuators connected thereto through a gimbaled mount which facilitates accommodation of the requisite angulation thereof necessitated by motion in adjacent actuators. Response in each actuator is derived through an independent linear servo loop directly communicating with a linear position transducer constructed in scaled replication of the respective antenna actuator geometrical configuration and assembled to an inertially stabilized platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Assignee: B. E. Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dorsey T. Smith, William B. Stuhler
  • Patent number: 4188715
    Abstract: Press fit contacts having upper mating portions are stamped, formed and oriented out of sheet material for simultaneous insertion and housing in a removable connector insulator. Receiving sleeves formed in the insulator are constructed to permit the contacts to be bottom loaded into the sleeves, seated and lightly head therein. Each contact includes an intermediate press fit collar portion which engages a mating shoulder in the insulator. The insulator serves as a holding fixture and seating tool for transmitting insertion force applied to the top of the insulator to each one of the contacts for press fitting them into contact receiving apertures in a mounting substrate. The contacts held by each insulator are all simultaneously press fitted into the substrate by continuing to apply pressure to the top of the insulator until it is mounted flush upon the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver, Claude Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 4186522
    Abstract: A storm window having a peripheral frame including an integral, angulated leg portion for extension, abutment and securement to the jamb of an interior window. The storm window of the present invention includes a window frame extrusion having a plurality of integrally formed slide tracts for receiving a window unit therein, and an inwardly facing flange portion extending therearound at a selected angle relative thereto. The angulated flange includes an outer planar flange portion in generally parallel spaced relationship with said slide track portions for direct securement to a window jamb of an existing window. This particular construction facilitates the flush securement and sealing of the storm window of the present invention to the existing window in a manner facilitating installation and reducing thermal conductivity between the adjacent window structures as well as air infiltration therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Assignee: Home Craftsman Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy W. Hooks
  • Patent number: 4186879
    Abstract: A towable spraying device for attachment to a tractor, truck, or the like, for drift free spraying of chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides in a confined area in any wind condition. An elongated surface engaging spray housing is provided for attachment to a towing vehicle and includes an inner tubular member having a plurality of nozzles thereon for dispensing spray therefrom between fore and aft, elongated flexible baffles constructed upon the housing. The flexible baffles comprise lower portions of the fore and aft wall sections of the housing which permit same to engage and glide over rough terrain while substantially confining the spray therein. Spray such as insecticides can therein be applied to foliage and other ground surfaces in a controlled manner wherein extraneous contamination must be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Inventor: Leon Kinder
  • Patent number: 4184735
    Abstract: Contacts and receiving sleeves within a discrete connector insulator are sized to permit the contacts to be inserted into the sleeves of the insulator and secured therein by a small force applied to the top of the contacts. Receiving sleeves formed in the insulator are constructed to permit the contacts to be top loaded therein and lightly forced over detent means comprise a downwardly facing shoulder having an upper body portion tapering to the edge of the shoulder region complementarily formed for abutting engagement against the insulator shoulder for securing the contact in the insulator. The contacts are inserted into the insulator simultaneously while depending from a common support strip for facilitating assembly of the connector. The connector receives and electrically connects a mating printed circuit board through insertion thereof into the upper part of the insulative housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1980
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4183226
    Abstract: Means for chilling and insulating a canned or bottled beverage such as beer including a cylindrical sleeve of reusable refrigerant disposed within an insulative beverage can holder and displacing the annular "dead air" cavity between a beverage can situated therein and the side walls of the holder. The reusable refrigerant is a substance which may be frozen in conventional refrigerator freezers whereby the refrigerant in a frozen state will chill and keep chilled beer or the like disposed therewithin. In this manner, a beverage may be quickly chilled whether initially refrigerated or not and while being consumed out of doors. Moreover, the chilled temperature is normally unachieveable in conventional refrigerators and is especially not maintainable for any length of time in conventional "dead-air" insulative holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Assignee: Freeze Sleeves of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley R. Moore
  • Patent number: 4181179
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for instantaneous response and control of an aircraft and/or airfield fire. An array of fire retardant nozzles interconnected to a fire retardant supply system is provided alongside a runway of an airport and interconnected with a computerized control network for remote actuation thereof. A series of different types of sensors is provided in conjunction with the retardant nozzle system for detecting heat of the type produced from an aircraft and/or runway fire or incident and permitting fire retardant response thereto. The sensors are constructed in conjunction with orientation and angulation drive systems for positioning the separate fire-retardant nozzles in a configuration for spraying fire retardant upon the selected combustion. The system is provided with a smoke and fume evacuation system for use in conjunction therewith whereby toxic by-products of aircraft fire may be removed from the vicinity of the fire hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Christopher L. Batte
  • Patent number: 4180937
    Abstract: A snare type animal trap actuatable by a solenoid trigger mechanism having a plurality of sensor elements interconnected with a plurality of snares. The trigger mechanism includes a spring biased T-bar structure over which a snare loop is disposed and triggered by an electrical sensor or switch. The T-bar structure is actuated by the movement of a solenoid which is responsive to said switch disposed in the vicinity of the snare loop. Conventional bait such as animal scent is utilized for urging the animal into the snare loop, or noose, for actuation of the trigger. A backup or secondary trigger mechanism is also incorporated wherein the bait is tied to a mechanical trigger associated with the T-bar structure. In this manner, a plurality of bait and noose elements may be disposed relative to a single trigger structure and operated by a single spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Jady Webster
  • Patent number: 4174589
    Abstract: A planter box for bathrooms is provided wherein a specially adapted planter structure is constructed for positioning atop the flush tank of conventional commodes in place of the cover therefor. The box includes drainage ports depending from the lower portion thereof for fluid flow communication into the commode tank. The box is constructed to matingly mount atop the commode tank to serve as a lid therefor. The drainage ports thereof are provided with a mesh screen or the like and a replaceable filter to prevent the transfer therethrough of the soil and related material housing the plants therein. A small hand pump is provided in conjunction with the planter box to siphon water from within the commode tank for being dispersed upon the plants within the box. In this manner, selected plants may be displayed and cared for in the bathroom without concern of transferring water thereto and/or the drainage therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1979
    Inventor: Lonnie J. Daharsh
  • Patent number: 4168748
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for instantaneous response, evacuation and control of a fire in a conventional multi-story building, having substantial side wall portions formed of glass or brick. A suspendable and/or connectable personnel platform is provided with telescoping fire suppressant nozzles adapted for coupling to a fire suppressant supply system constructed in the corners and/or side walls of a building. A computerized control network facilitates fire detection and remote actuation of the system and positioning of the platform at the necessary building level. The platform includes a cage for the protection of the evacuees of the particular floor of the building being serviced. In addition, the platform includes a horizontal supply line which couples to the building fire suppressant supply system for permitting the telescoping nozzles to spray the subject combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1979
    Inventor: Christopher L. Batte
  • Patent number: 4163374
    Abstract: Means for insulating and chilling a canned beverage such as beer or soft drink including a cylindrical cup-shaped liner structure disposed within a conventional foam beverage can holder and lying within a portion of the annular "dead air" cavity between a beverage can situated therein and the side walls of the foam holder. The outer wall of the inner cup wall and the inner wall of the outer foam cup walls define an annular space containing a reusable refrigerant. The reusable refrigerant is a freezable fluid, preferably a liquid chemically treated into a gellatenous state for being frozen in conventional refrigerator freezers. In the frozen state the gel will chill and keep chilled beverage disposed within a container placed within the inner cupshaped liner. The top portion of the liner is constructed for light press fit engagement with the side walls of the foam holder for sealably containing the gel therein in a non-frozen state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1979
    Assignee: Freeze Sleeves of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley R. Moore, Thomas L. Crisman, Donald R. Zivney
  • Patent number: 4156553
    Abstract: Press fit contacts having upper mating portions are stamped, formed and oriented out of sheet material for simultaneous insertion and housing in a removable connector insulator. Receiving sleeves formed in the insulator are constructed to permit the contacts to be bottom loaded into the sleeves, seated and lightly held therein. Each contact includes an intermediate press fit collar portion which engages a mating shoulder in the insulator. The insulator serves as a holding fixture and seating tool for transmitting insertion force applied to the top of the insulator to each one of the contacts for press fitting them into contact receiving apertures in a mounting substrate. The contacts held by each insulator are all simultaneously press fitted into the substrate by continuing to apply pressure to the top of the insulator until it is mounted flush upon the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1979
    Assignee: Elfab Corporation
    Inventors: J. Preston Ammon, Harry R. Weaver, Claude Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 4143490
    Abstract: Apparatus for polishing or grinding an optical lens through multi-directional, coplanar movement of a lens support frame relative to a polishing head. A pair of drive cams are rotated with an eccentrically mounted shaft while mounted upon orthogonal alignment braces for converting the rotation of the cam into a circular point pattern. A lens support table upstands from each cam for the support of a lens thereon in abutting relationship with a grinding or polishing head thereabove and is driven in said circular point pattern while in engagement therewith. The polishing head and cam base are likewise bidirectionally driven in orthogonal directions for permitting polishing of the entire surface area of the lens mounted thereon. In this manner lens polishing or grinding may be effected in a totally planar configuration for preventing lens slapping and edge aberation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1979
    Inventor: W. N. Wood