Patents Represented by Attorney Domingue & Waddell, PLC
  • Patent number: 6035776
    Abstract: A refuse and grinding system. The system will contain a hydraulic fluid supply for supplying a hydraulic fluid and a first compactor adapted for containing a refuse. The first compactor will have a first ram assembly and a first hydraulic valve, with the ram assembly having a first cell and a second cell. The first hydraulic valve is operatively connected with the hydraulic fluid supply, as well as the first and second cell. The system will contain a second compactor adapted for containing a hydrocarbon refuse such as oil filters. The second compactor contains a second ram assembly and a second hydraulic valve, with the second ram assembly having a first cell and a second cell. The second compactor will include a second hydraulic valve that is operatively connected, and in series arrangement with, the first hydraulic valve. The compactor will also comprise a grinder having a blade member contained therein. The blade member is responsive to the hydraulic supply that is fed to a hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Victor J. Segura
  • Patent number: 6024394
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasing an attached load, with the load being attached with a sling is described. Generally, the apparatus comprises a plate having an underside face, and a latch member, operatively associated with the underside face, for latching and unlatching the sling from the load. The apparatus may contain an activating line attached with the latch member, and activating member, operatively associated with the activating line, for activating the latch member. In the preferred embodiment, the latch member comprises a first member mounted on the plate, with the member having an opening therein, a second member mounted on the plate, with the member having an opening therein, and a third member mounted on the plate, with the member having an opening therein. A load pin is placed within the openings. A fulcrum point is provided so that the load pin may be pivoted for latching and unlatching. A gravity centering system is also included that allows for a single point release system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Joseph E. Marler
  • Patent number: 6015018
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating a pulling force on a bottom hole assembly contained within a bore hole is disclosed. Generally, the apparatus comprises a housing, a piston having a first section and a second section, and a venturi member, operatively associated with the piston, adapted for creating a zone of low pressure. In one embodiment, the housing is attached to a work string and the piston is attached to a bottom hole assembly. The first section of the piston and the housing forms a first chamber. The second section of the piston and the housing forms a second chamber. The venturi member contains a first passageway for communicating the zone of low pressure created by the venturi member with the first chamber; and a second passageway for communicating the inner diameter of the venturi means with the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Michael J. Gazewood
  • Patent number: 6004035
    Abstract: A flexible bulk shipping container having supporting side beams positioned vertically about the side wall panel of the container. The side beams are made of a rigid material and act to distribute lateral bulge forces evenly throughout the container to prevent bulging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventors: Harold Franklin Hafer, Peter Roman Apostoluk
  • Patent number: 6004086
    Abstract: A breakable-stem blind rivet (5) is having a mandrel (10) with an enlarged head (12) which is positioned in a shell (20). Before the beginning of the setting operation, the shell (20) is having an exterior diameter which at all points is smaller than the interior diameter of the hole (4) in which the breakable-stem blind rivet is to be set. The breakable-stem blind rivet therefore without any preformed set head has basically the form of a hollow cylinder. Preferably the shell (20) on both sides of a central section (21) is provided with areas (23, 25) in which the shell (20) is more easily deformable than in the central section (21). An apparatus for setting the breakable-stem blind rivets of this kind is provided with a workpiece pressing means (32) surrounding a mouth piece (30) which with respect to the mouth piece (30) is relatively movable and is exerting a force onto the front side of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Avdel Verbindungselemente GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Gand, Torsten Gand, Harald Knoblauch
  • Patent number: 5970573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cost effective and simple apparatus for cleaning surfaces, engines or other machinery parts of environmentally sensitive materials and also containing this material with its cleaning agent for shipment to a permitted recycling facility. Generally the invention comprises a device for cleaning a hazardous material contained on a surface. The device comprises a wash assembly, a vacuum member operatively adapted with said wash assembly, and a delivery member, operatively associated with the wash assembly, for delivering a cleaning agent to the surface. In the preferred embodiment, the wash assembly comprises a hood adapted to engage the surface and a conduit, operatively associated with the hood, for channeling the hazardous material and the cleaning agent into the vacuum member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: John C. Lahaye
  • Patent number: 5964763
    Abstract: A fully implantable, incrementally adjustable osteotomy fixation apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a first plate member, and a second plate member being telescopically received within the first plate member. The osteotomy fixation apparatus may further comprise a ratchet assembly, operatively associated with the first and second plate member, which allows for advancement of the first plate member relative to the second plate member, but prevents retraction. Attachment means operatively associated with the first and second plate members are provided for attaching the apparatus to the bone. The apparatus may also include an external extension brace, operatively associated with the ratchet, for extending the second plate member relative to the first plate member so that post-operative angular correction of the bone may be achieved. A method of performing an osteotomy to the bone is also disclosed utilizing the fixation apparatus herein disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventors: Stephen J. Incavo, David L. Churchhill, Bruce D. Beynnon
  • Patent number: 5965029
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a system and process for removing contaminants from an oil and gas well bore stream. The system comprises a vessel adapted to receive the stream from the well bore. The system also contains a centrifuge separator for breaking the emulsion of the stream, the centrifuge separator having an input for receiving the output stream from the vessel. A media filter member, which is adapted to receive the stream from the output of the centrifuge separator is also included with the system. The system further contains a carbon adsorption means, adapted to receive the output stream from the media filter, for adsorption of contaminants contained within the output stream. Also included is a level controller switch for measuring the level within the various tanks and generating a signal once a predetermined height is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventors: Jules A. Simon, Mark G. Arceneaux