Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Dinnin & Dunn
  • Patent number: 6925812
    Abstract: A radially-extending arm is adapted to rotate within a stream of first fluid flowing thereacross. In one embodiment, the arm comprises a plurality of lands located at different radial distances from the axis of rotation, and a port located on each land is operatively coupled to a source of a second fluid. The second fluid is sprayed from the rotating arm into the stream of first fluid that flows across the lands, and is thereby atomized. In another embodiment, the arm comprises a land stepped into the trailing edge thereof, and a port for injecting the second fluid is located on the land. In another embodiment, the land comprises a groove located between the port and an associated riser surface stepped into the trailing edge. In another embodiment, the arm comprises a port in the trailing edge thereof from which the second fluid is injected, and a groove is located on the trailing edge in a radially increasing direction from the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Williams International Co., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jamey J. Condevaux, Guido J. Defever
  • Patent number: 6901810
    Abstract: A part that is subject to at least a cyclic thermal stimulus is numerically simulated to determine extremum states of stress therein that would be suitable for an associated life cycle test. The assembly of the part in a fixture is then numerically simulated to determine a part holding condition by the fixture, and first and second test rotational speeds of the part and fixture as necessary to create states of stress in the part that are comparable to the extremum states of stress. The part is assembled in the fixture in accordance with the part holding condition, and the fixture and part are rotated in accordance with a control schedule by which the rotational speed thereof is isothermally cycled between the first and second test rotational speeds for a predetermined number of cycles so as to simulate a cyclic stress condition in the part that is representative of a life cycle test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Williams International Co. L.L.C.
    Inventor: David P. Harrold
  • Patent number: 6871783
    Abstract: A method of dispensing medical prescriptions that includes scanning the prescription at a location remote from a dispensary, and providing an electronic communication of the prescription to the dispensary, followed by delivery or patient pick up of the prescription medicine or prescription devices. The invention further provides a process for controlling a system of processing medical prescription information that utilizes software that controls scanning of the prescription information and electronic communication of the prescription information to a dispensary. In both embodiments, the patient controls the steps in prescription filling, preferably including entry of the prescription information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventors: William Kaafarani, Mohamad Bazzi
  • Patent number: 6843143
    Abstract: A lever is adapted to rotate about a first pivot at a first location responsive to a tension load from a webbing applied to an attachment pivoted or arcuately slotted about a second location. Tension load is reacted by a spring against a reaction element, and is sensed by either a displacement sensor or a force sensor. The sensed load range can be limited by a stop that engages the lever. The anchor bolt can be utilized as a stop in cooperation with a slot in the lever, wherein the lever is adapted to rotate about a stud depending from the reaction element. A tang portion of the lever engages a slot of a slide, and the displacement of the slide caused by a rotation of the tang reacted by springs at the ends of the slide is measured by a magnetic field sensor on the reaction element in cooperation with a pair of magnets on the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan N. Steele, James G. Stanley, Kurt L. VanVoorhies
  • Patent number: 6832539
    Abstract: A cylinder locking device for use in a clamp. The cylinder locking device includes a cylinder member and a first end cap on one end thereof and a second end cap on another end thereof. A piston is arranged within the cylinder member and a piston rod is engaged with the piston. The piston rod is capable of movement with respect to the piston. The cylinder rod lock device also includes a plunger contacting the second end cap. A spacer contacting the second end cap is also included in the locking device. The locking device also includes at least one locking arm contacting the spacer. The locking device also includes a mounting plate contacting the locking arm and a fastener on an opposite side thereof. The cylinder locking device will be capable of locking the cylinder in a fully retracted position and a fully engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas D. Colby
  • Patent number: 6829952
    Abstract: An anchor plate operatively coupled to a seat belt incorporates a slot that slideably engages an anchor bolt, which is biased therein by a spring. A tension in the seat belt causes a deflection of the spring and an associated motion of the anchor bolt in the slot, which is sensed by a proximity sensor on the anchor plate. In another aspect, a carriage is adapted to slide relative to a bracket, and a first spring is operative between the carriage and the bracket so as to bias the carriage relative to the bracket in a direction opposite to a first direction. Either the bracket is operatively coupled to a vehicle frame with an anchor bolt and the seat belt operatively engages the carriage, or vice versa. A tension in the seat belt, when reacted by the anchor bolt, causes an associated motion of the carriage in the first direction, which is sensed by a displacement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Stanley, David S. Wilson, Ryan N. Steele, Donald A. Duda, Judson G. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 6825765
    Abstract: An occupant detection system comprises a weight sensor and an electric field sensor, each operatively coupled to a seat. The electric field sensor generates an electric field from at least one electrode in the seat bottom of the seat, provides for generating a response to an influence of the occupant thereupon, and is adapted to provide for discriminating from the response a seated infant or child seating condition from another seating condition. If a measure of weight from the weight sensor is less than a threshold, or if a seated child seating condition is detected by the electric field sensor, then a signal processor provides for disabling an associated restraint actuator. The electric field sensor may comprise a plurality of electrodes over separate first and second regions of differing proximity to a seated infant or child, or at least one electrode in cooperation with a shield or void over at least one of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Stanley, Robert A. Stopper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6821196
    Abstract: A molded tooth design of generally pyramidal form made of various hard grit materials for use on a grinding wheel for grinding non-metal materials. The tooth structure generally includes a raked face having a neutral to positive rake angle that terminates to a sharp point. The tooth structure also includes on the raked face edge portions below the point extending from both sides thereof having a predetermined clearance angle to increase penetration and reduce friction of the tooth during the grinding process. The tooth structure may also include at a top end of the rake face a truncated clearance surface which will produce a wider cutting edge that is flat, for use in attacking the work surface of the work piece being ground. The rake face of the tooth generally may also be formed to have positive rake in the truncated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: L.R. Oliver & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd R. Oliver
  • Patent number: 6814362
    Abstract: A wheeled agricultural cart for transporting plant materials having at least one removable shelf. The shelf includes a planar shelf element for supporting the plant materials attached to a shelf frame by an adhesive material having a resiliently deformable thickness. The material maintains a vertically spaced part relationship between the shelf element and the frame, preventing them from rattling against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Wellmaster Pipe and Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery G. Hanson, Anthony M. Platteeuw, Ernest L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6805377
    Abstract: An inflator 10 of a vehicle occupant protection system contains an elongated housing 12 having a plurality of gas exit orifices 14 spaced along the length thereof. An ignition body 30 and propellant 16 are provided in lengths substantially equivalent to the length of the housing 12 wherein the ignition body 30 is placed in physical contact with the propellant body 16 for all or most of their respective lengths. Once the ignition body 30 is ignited upon a crash event, resultant uniform ignition and combustion across the length of the propellant 16 results in uniform gas generation and uniform inflation of an airbag 26, wherein the airbag 26 is at least substantially coextensive with and in fluid communication with the housing 12. Preferred mixtures of propellant 16 contain silicone, a perchlorate oxidizer, and a coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Krupp, Sean P. Burns, Graylon K. Williams, Donald B. Patterson, Chris A. Adamini, Paresh S. Khandhadia, Indu B. Mishra
  • Patent number: 6802459
    Abstract: The invention provides a sprayer for spraying mold wall treatment agent or another liquid. The liquid is sprayed onto, for example, the walls of a mold or some other article. The sprayer includes a spray element body and a rotor mounted with freedom to rotate around an axis of rotation in the spray element body. An atomizing element is attached to one end of the rotor. A first feed line for mold wall treatment agent or another liquid to be sprayed is provided, as well as a second feed line for control air which directs mold wall treatment agent atomized by the atomizing element in the desired spray direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Acheson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Renkl, Douwe Marten Kok, Thomas Junker, Karl-Heinz Keim
  • Patent number: 6801557
    Abstract: A laser driver for laser sensing system having two lasers on a single PCB, thermo-electric temperature control, rapid activation, and pulse power and duration safety tables embedded in the microprocessor controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 6797789
    Abstract: This invention relates to the process of preparation and application of a plural component, fast cure phenolic/polyurea elastomer coating co-polymer system. The disclosed coating system is prepared from the reaction of an isocyanate component and an amine terminated resin blend component. Each of the two components may individually or both contain a phenolic resin based product as part of the active hydrogen donation for the reaction with the isocyanate. These phenolic/polyurea co-polymers are characterized as having significantly improved chemical resistance and lower moisture vapor transmission through the coating system over conventional polyurea elastomer coating systems, thus making the coatings suitable for highly corrosive environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Visuron Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Davis, Dudley J. Primeaux, II
  • Patent number: 6796095
    Abstract: An elongate tile mounting strip that includes a center body with two extension edges, the extension edges being oriented substantially perpendicular to one another and positioned at opposite corners of the body. A first of the extension edges and a substantially perpendicular mud face of the body define a first ledge, and a second of the extension edges and a substantially perpendicular tile face of the body define a second ledge. The tile face is a reference surface for positioning a layer of adherent material along the first ledge in a predetermined thickness, the thickness being equal to a width of the mud face, and an inner surface of the second extension edge is a locating surface for aligning a plurality of tiles longitudinally therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: Sammy Azar, Joseph Albo
  • Patent number: 6789485
    Abstract: Assembly of a gas generator 10 includes the step of adding uncured silicone to a propellant cup 25. Granulated oxidizer is then added over the top of the silicone and allowed to disperse therein. Afterwards, the silicone is cured to provide flush communication with an inner wall 14 of the propellant cup 25. Other granulated gas generant constituents may be added as well. A gas generator 10 assembled in this manner provides more predictable burn rates of a gas generant composition 26 and therefore more predictable performance of the gas generator 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Moquin, Bruce A. Stevens, Steven M. Dunham, Jeffery S. Blackburn, Sean P. Burns, Graylon K. Williams
  • Patent number: 6777927
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor comprises at least one first coil and at least one magnetic sensing element, operatively connected to respective first and second locations of a body of a vehicle and to a ferromagnetic element of the body. The first and second locations are distinct from one another and are in magnetic communication through a first portion of the vehicle and through a second portion of the vehicle, wherein the first portion of the vehicle comprises a portion of the body that is susceptible to deformation by a crash, and the first portion is distinct from the second portion. At least one signal is applied to the at least one first coil, and the at least one magnetic sensing element generates a second signal responsive thereto, from which a crash is discriminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Bomya
  • Patent number: 6769506
    Abstract: An all wheel drive system for a motor vehicle having a front differential and rear differential, a pair of front and rear halfshaft assemblies, a power takeoff unit, a constant velocity joint connected to the power takeoff unit, a first propshaft, a plunging constant velocity joint, a second propshaft, a flexible coupling, a self contained speed sensing torque transfer assembly connected to the flexible coupling wherein torque is selectively transferrable when the self contained speed sensing torque transfer assembly is engaged, and a torque arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: GKN Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Gassmann, Brent Peura
  • Patent number: 6764096
    Abstract: A dual chamber inflator 10 contains a housing 12 having a base 14 and a cap 16. A divider disc 18 divides the inflator 10 into a first chamber 20 and a second chamber 22. Divider 18 contains at least one aperture 60 thereby facilitating fluid communication between chambers 20 and 22 for simultaneous operation of chambers 20 and 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo L. Quioc
  • Patent number: 6755406
    Abstract: A power clamp for use in a manufacturing environment. The power clamp includes a unitized body having a bore in one end thereof The power clamp also includes a piston arranged within the bore and an end cap secured to the body on the end having the bore. The power clamp has a plurality of first links, one of the first links connected to the piston and at least one second link connected to the first link at a pivot point. A plunger is arranged within an orifice of the body and that plunger is connected to a second link. The power clamp also includes a plurality of identical pins with the pins connecting the links. The power clamp also includes a side plate connected to the body to enclose the clamp and protect it from the manufacturing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Rentz, Henry Dykstra
  • Patent number: 6752421
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inflator 10 for an inflatable restraint system in an automobile. The inflator includes an elongate inflator body 11 having a plurality of inflation apertures 40 and defining a first combustion chamber 25 wherein a first propellant charge 28 is positioned. A partitioning assembly 26 is nested within the inflator body 11, and positioned proximate the second end 17. The partitioning assembly 26 defines a second combustion chamber 35 wherein a second propellant charge 38 is positioned. First and second initiators 12 and 9 are provided, and are selectively operable to ignite the propellant charges 28 and 38 respectively, thereby supplying an inflation gas via the first chamber 25 to an inflatable restraint cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Paresh S. Khandhadia, Donald B. Patterson, Robert M. Krupp