Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm D. E. Schreiber
  • Patent number: 6357164
    Abstract: Mesh bars (35, 283) of a trawl (13, 263) include at least a portion having a corkscrew-shaped pitch which exhibits a hydrofoil-like effect. Such mesh bars (35, 283) are preferably formed from a material having a substantially incompressible cross-sectional shape. By appropriately selecting the lay and leading edge of mesh bars (35, 283), movement of the trawl (13, 263) through the water entrained environment creates a pressure differential and lift across that portion of mesh bars (25, 283) which exhibit the hydrofoil-like effect. The lift thus created increases performance characteristics of the trawl (13, 263) including increased trawl volume, improved trawl shape, and reduced vibration, noise, and drag. Obtaining the greatest improvement of trawls (13, 263) requires controlling a pitch range for twisted product strands (e.g. twisted ropes) (36, 37), and for straps (284) forming mesh bars (35, 283).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: OTTR Ultra-Low-Drag, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sherif Safwat, Valentin G. Perevoshchikov
  • Patent number: 6347908
    Abstract: A series of disturbed (or rippled) air-water interface regions contiguously arranged guide anadromous fish in a selected direction. Artificial or natural light, diffusely refracted by passage through the disturbed regions, establishes an aura-dominated passage that elicits a learned response from fish which have a “silver underbody” perceive the passage being safe. Accordingly, a fish guidance system in accordance with the present invention may include shower assemblies or nozzles for spraying a fluid, such as water, onto the surface of a body of water, and light assemblies for illuminating disturbed air-water interface regions created by the sprayed fluid. A dark, light absorbing surface beneath the aura-dominated passage enhances its effectiveness as do darkened regions created alongside of and complementing that passage. The darkened regions may also be advantageously exploited for guiding dark, catadromous fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Sherif Safwat
  • Patent number: 6322435
    Abstract: A rotary polishing disc for dental grinding and polishing includes a disc-shaped piece of sheet of abrasive material fixed to a hub. In one embodiment, the hub is a hollow cylinder which is received onto a rotatable arbor. In another embodiment, the hub has a first end fixed to the sheet material, and has a second end that is received by a socketed end of the arbor. To fix the disc-shaped piece of sheet material more securely to the hub, a retainer plug may pass through a central aperture in the sheet material and enter into the hub. The retainer plug has a flat cap which becomes juxtaposed with the sheet material furthest from the hub. In another aspect, an improved arbor for the first type of hub includes protruding barbs which spear the hub when its hollow interior is disposed on the arbor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Alan L. Hanosh
  • Patent number: 6305229
    Abstract: Fatigue in a magnetically sensitive detector element (20, 172) can be evaluated using the expression H∞ log(N). Employing this method, measuring changes in magnetization of the detector element (20, 172) permit predicting fatigue with many practical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Tanaka Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 6292852
    Abstract: A multiple-media duplicating system concurrently copies digital data from a master media to several copy media. The system includes a master input/output (“I/O”) port and several copy I/O ports equal in number to the number of copy media. A special I/O port, coupled in parallel to each of the copy I/O ports, effects a concurrent transfer of digital data from the master media to all of the copy media. The system may further include a circuit which effects copying of data from the master media to the copy media while concurrently preventing conventional direct access to devices that contain the media. A particularly preferred embodiment further includes an adjustable, variable-frequency generator that is coupled to the digital logic circuit, and supplies a clock signal to the digital logic circuit which determines a rate at which digital data is copied from the master media in parallel to the copy media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Computer Performance, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Bodo, Robert A. Rosenbloom, Dennis A. Kerrisk
  • Patent number: 6272907
    Abstract: A topographic head for profilometry and AFM supports a central paddle by coaxial torsion bars projecting inward from an outer frame. A tip projects from the paddle distal from the bars. The topographic head's frame, bars and paddle are monolithically fabricated by micromachining from a semiconductor wafer. The torsion bars preferably include an integrated paddle rotation sensor. The topographic head may be carried on an XYZ stage for X, Y and Z axis translation. In a preferred embodiment, the XYZ stage is also monolithically fabricated by micromachining from a semiconductor wafer with a fixed outer base that is coupled to an X-axis stage via a plurality of flexures, and with the X-axis stage supporting a Y-axis stage also via a plurality of flexures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: XROS, Inc.
    Inventors: Armand P. Neukermans, Timothy G. Slater
  • Patent number: 6260087
    Abstract: An Application Specific Integrated Circuit (“ASIC”) (10, 30 and 40), which includes at least one hardware, non-programmable functional block (12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 32, 44, 46 and 48), also includes a programmable logic block (“PLB”) (26). The PLB (26) is electrically programmable for performing at least one function that complements a function performed using the hardware, non-programmable functional block (12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 32, 44, 46 and 48). The presence of the PLB (26) in the ASIC providing system builders with an opportunity to readily differentiate products within their respective product lines by adding particular functions to the ASIC, and to also functionally differentiate among various products offered by competing system builders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Web Chang
  • Patent number: 6239963
    Abstract: A wafer support featuring a polymer rack formed of parallel, spaced apart comb structures with spaced apart teeth into which wafers can loosely fit and a shank immediately below the teeth which is connected to lifter shafts. A conductive polymer bus bar runs along the shank less than a millimeter below the base of the teeth. The polymer rack will fit through a standard size wafer cassette for wafer transfer. The bus bar is connected to electrical ground, found at metal lifter shafts, by means of conductive polymer cross bars. The bus bar is close enough to one or more wafers to allow arcing from the wafer to the bus bar and then to ground when a wafer becomes highly charged with electrostatic charge, thereby discharging the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Fortrend Engineering Corp
    Inventor: Torben J. H. Ulander
  • Patent number: 6229139
    Abstract: A document transport for a scanner (100) has a flexible, elongated finger (226) disposed adjacent to a document (134), and a force applied to the finger (226) urges teeth (233) on the finger (226) into contact with the document (134) which urges the document (134) along a path through the scanner (100). A piezoelectric plate (222), which applies the force to the finger (226), requires only a small amount of electrical power. To traverse the scanner (100), a document (134) may also be manually fed along a guide (272). First and second speed-sensing detectors (276a and 276b), disposed along the path traversed by the document (134), permit the scanner (100) to determine a speed at which the manually fed document (134) traverses the scanner (100). To conserve electrical energy, the scanner (100) also includes a document-presence detector (274) for activating the scanner (100) when a document (134) to be scanned is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Xros, Inc.
    Inventors: Armand P. Neukermans, James P. Downing, Timothy G. Slater
  • Patent number: 6184660
    Abstract: A battery charger IC for controlling operation of a buck converter circuit that includes a series switch and a resistor for sensing battery charging current. The battery charger IC includes a pulse-width-modulation switch drive circuit that, during charging of the battery, supplies to the buck converter circuit with an electrical signal which repeatedly turns-on and then turns-off the series switch. The battery charger IC also includes a charging-current sense amplifier which receives from the current-sensing resistor and amplifies an electrical signal which represents the battery charging electrical current. The charging-current sense amplifier includes a bridge circuit to which is coupled the electrical signal received by the charging-current sense amplifier from the current-sensing resistor and an auto-zero circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Micro International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Alexandru Hatular