Abstract: A toilet bowl ventilating and deodorizing apparatus comprises an odor collector for extracting air from a toilet bowl, a filter assembly for deodorizing the air extracted from the toilet bowl, and a neck coupling the filter assembly to the odor collector, with the odor collector and the neck supporting the filter assembly adjacent the toilet bowl. The odor collector includes a base attachable to the toilet bowl, an air intake carried by the base and positionable adjacent an interior of the toilet bowl, and a sleeve carried by the base in gaseous communication with the air intake. The filter assembly includes an air duct, an impeller assembly for providing air flow through the apparatus, the air duct is coupled to the filter assembly, and a filter is carried between the impeller assembly and the air duct.
Abstract: An apparatus for fluid transfer including a valve assembly, receivable by a container, having a check valve for unidirectional flow of material, and a release valve having a closed position, and an open position, a coupler, receivable by the valve assembly to move the release valve to an open position, having a sliding valve.
November 28, 1993
Date of Patent:
April 11, 1995
John W. Pickrell, Gregory E. Hogue, William M. Finch
Abstract: Improvements in a snow cone making machine including a retaining collar which interacts with a cone cup to prevent relative movement with respect to each other; an automatic cone cup dispenser having opposing forceps for extracting cone cups singly from a cup canister; and a scanning activation system for reading a product code on the cone cup to activate the preparation of a snow cone.
Abstract: A shelter which repays its construction costs in energy savings over a period of five to seven years. Except for entryways, the shelter is enclosed and has no vented attic or similar spaces below its roof. Roof and walls are skin-stressed panels having a closed cell insulation core between selected structural facings, for example steel. Interior insulation is at the walls and the roof line. Any ceiling below the insulated roof line is at nominal room temperature. Natural lighting enters the shelter via sun-tracking, sun-reflecting skylights. Preferable a plurality of air conditioners, concentric about the skylights, heats and cools the interior of the shelter. An energy program manager monitors and controls electrical usage. The shelter lends itself to many building types and functions.Those skilled in the art will conceive of other embodiments of the invention which may be drawn from the disclosure herein.
Abstract: An apparatus which includes a growing container in which plants are hydroponically grown on a support medium is disclosed. The growing container includes a plurality of openings in which seals are installed. The seals include holes through which the plants grow. When seeds are planted, a hollow tube is placed through the seal hole to maintain the seed in position. After the seed germinates, it grows through the tube. As continued growth expands the plant's stem to the size of the tube, the tube breaks apart and does not constrain future plant growth. Moreover, as the plant grows further, the seal hole expands to accommodate the plant stem. The seal surrounds and contacts the plant stem to reduce evaporation of nutrient solution from the growing container and to keep insects and contamination out of the growing container. A holding container is positioned above the growing container and coupled to the growing container through a manifold arrangement.
Abstract: A remotely controlled floating decoy having a buoyant body resembling a game bird and having a receiver disposed within the buoyant body. The receiver is responsive to commands from a transmitter and provides electrical control signals to a plurality of servomechanisms and associated linkages in response to the commands. The apparatus also has a propulsive device coupled to the buoyant body and electrically coupled to the receiver. The propulsive device is responsive to the electrical control signals. The apparatus also has a rudder coupled to a rear end of the buoyant body. The rudder is responsive to the electrical control signals. The propulsive device and the rudder cooperate to provide directed locomotion for the buoyant body in response to commands transmitted from the transmitter.
Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for folding vehicle air bags so that a small folded bag profile in a desirable bag deployment pattern results. A machine having a holding fixture for receiving the retainer of an air bag assembly, and a plurality of upright members. A flattened bag with pleated sides is supported above the upright members, and sequentially inserted between the upright members forming undulating folds. The upright members are removed while retaining the undulating folds. The folds are then compressed, sharpening the folds and forming a compact package. The machine also includes an inserter assembly which inserts the folded bag into the retainer.
April 7, 1993
Date of Patent:
December 27, 1994
Automated Solutions, Inc.
William F. Baker, Robert A. Rhinefrank, Larry P. Hulsey
Abstract: A housing including an inlet conduit and an outlet, carrying a reservoir for collecting filtered liquid. The reservoir is secured within the housing by a lid. A separator assembly is carried by the reservoir and includes a strainer assembly for removing materials from a liquid inflowing from the inlet conduit, an inner container and an outer container. The outer container is covered by a lid having an opening for sealably receiving the inlet conduit. The inner and outer container cooperate to hinder the flow of liquid, giving materials more dense than the fluid time to settle, and materials less dense than the liquid time to rise to and be contained by the lid.
Abstract: An illuminated fabric article (10) includes a flexible substrate sheet (34) to which conductive ink traces (38) and lights (20) attach. The substrate sheet (34) has a low resilience so as not to press against skin (12) after it wrinkles or otherwise deforms to accommodate body (14) curves and movement. A cloth material having a thin flexible polymer film (40) applied over a woven cloth backing (42) represents one example of a suitable substrate sheet (34). A conductive ink which remains flexible after curing is applied to the substrate sheet (34) to form the conductive traces (38), which convey electrical energization to the lights (20). Each light (20) attaches to the substrate sheet (34) and to the conductive traces (38) through the use of a non-conductive adhesive patch (64) and two conductive adhesive patches (66). The lights (20) on the substrate sheet (34) are arranged to be visible from an exterior side (28) of a textile ( 26) so that they may be visually perceived from a distance.
Abstract: A PN modulated signal is applied to an end of a network electrical distribution circuit. The signal produces a snapshot trace of energy reflected from various discontinuities along the circuit, including a fault. Because the fault absorbs a large part of the energy in the applied signal, reflections from discontinuities in the same branch as the fault but farther from the input are reduced in amplitude. By knowing the position of the branches and various discontinuities, such as transformers, the position of the fault can be logically determined. If the fault is a high resistance fault a high voltage pulse is applied to the end of the circuit. The PN signal is initially sensed at a time when the fault has a low resistance because of arcing due to the high voltage pulse.