Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Donald C. Casey
  • Patent number: 6024367
    Abstract: An eccentric device of a gear set of a bicycle is described. The device includes a braking disk, a transmission gears set, an eccentric shaft set and a hub assembly. The eccentric shaft set is disposed within the hub assembly and can be rotated with respect to the hub assembly. When the eccentric shaft is located at the center of the hub assembly the hub assembly can be readily rotated by the flywheel. When the braking disk is braked, the eccentric shafts set can be rotated with respect to the hub assembly through the transmission gears set. The shifting effect is thereby attained. The shifting displacement can be readily controlled by the braking time of the braking disk. When the braking disk is released the hub assembly can be readily rotated as centered on the eccentric shafts. The rear wheel will be oscillated upward and downward when it is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Hsi-Tsuan Tsan
  • Patent number: 6016999
    Abstract: A spacecraft platform essentially having two or more panels hinged at the base and contained for launch in a fairing. The panels are hinged and latched in an open deployment and bear, for example, a SAR antenna or an interferometer. The rear faces of the panels are provided with stiffening ribs, webs and struts and carry elements of the payload module and service module which are normally separate structures on a conventional satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Matra Marconi Space UK Limited
    Inventors: David M. Simpson, Joseph Daniel McCaughey, Charles David Hall
  • Patent number: 6016192
    Abstract: An external calibration system for a photo multiplier tube is described. The calibration system uses a light emitting diode and a photo cell wherein the diode is domed shaped. The light sensitive face of the photo multiplier tube is contained in the plane disposed at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the light emitting diode, and the photo cell is mounted substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A source of electrical energy then illuminates the light emitting diode over a range from, for example, 0 to 5 volts to generate light of known intensity and the light being generated is simultaneously measured by the photo cell and the light sensitive face of the photo multiplier tube. A feedback circuit is provided and associated circuitry so that a number of readings can be taken over a wide variety of light intensities to generate a calibration for the photo multiplier tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Dynex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter W. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5988154
    Abstract: An improvement for a combination steamer and convection oven is described. The improvement includes double access doors in the front of the oven for controlling access to the cooking cavity within. The doors are cam actuated between a closed position, a first open position wherein the doors are cracked to release hot gases from within the cavity and a second open position wherein the doors are fully open. The admission of steam to the cavity is controlled by a positive displacement flapper valve and one or a pair of the ovens can be used, and if a pair is used a single steamer provides steam for either or both cooking cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: G.S. Blodgett Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Douglas, Jonathon Haas, Charles Kingdon
  • Patent number: 5975727
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting an exterior luminare on a support pole is described. The bracket is intended to be secured by compression fastening within the hollow upper end of the pole and to mount a support for individual luminares. The compression connection includes a lower compression plate, an intermediate cylindrical sleeve, and an upper compression plate which rests on the open top of the support pole. O-rings are disposed respectively between the lower plate and the sleeve and between the upper plate and the sleeve, and an axial rod is provided which extends through both plates and the sleeve so that the rod can be used to draw the plates together, and cause the O-rings to expand into a wedging relationship with the interior surface of the pole. The rod then in turn mounts an upper support for the luminare fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Site Photometrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome N. Morstein, Douglas Jerry Daly, George Allen Scott
  • Patent number: 5975400
    Abstract: A follow block structure of a magazine for stapling guns adapted for use in a fastener feed structure of a stapling gun, the magazine including a slide groove along which a follow block may slidably displace. The follow block includes a pull tab extending from one side thereof, a recess at a central portion thereof for mounting a slide element. The slide element is insertably fitted to the follow block to aid the follow block in slidable displacement along the slide groove to push fasteners forwardly. The slide element is made of engineering plastics so that there is a relatively small friction coefficient when it slides along the slide groove which is made of aluminum alloy. The slide element has good wear resistance and can ensure the smooth displacement of the follow block. Besides, the slide element can be easily and conveniently replaced when worn so that maintenance cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Testo Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Brad Yang
  • Patent number: 5973326
    Abstract: A gas monitor includes an infra-red source enclosed within a housing having inner surfaces which are reflective. Radiation emitted from the source reflects off ellipsoidal surfaces and intermediate planar surfaces to be focussed at a sensor, being reflected five times. Radiation is absorbed by gas within the housing and a comparison of the source intensity and detected intensity gives a measure of the gas concentration. Use of ellipsoidal reflective surfaces directs emitted radiation along a plurality of routes having substantially the same path length, hence giving an accurate measure of the gas concentration with a compact device. In another embodiment, off axis parabolas are used to direct the radiation through the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: EEV Limited
    Inventors: Michael Parry, Alan Mason Doncaster
  • Patent number: 5951113
    Abstract: A hollow brushware article and its method of construction are described. The brushware article is constructed from a thin thermoplastic base having arms radiating from a center portion and tufts integrally fused on the upper surface of the base. The terminal portions of the arms mount segmented threads at ends thereof on the upper surface, and the lower surface mounts an aligning member so that when the ends are drawn together with the aligning member abutting, a hollow brushware article will be formed with a threaded male portion for receipt in a female handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Tucel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Lewis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5951901
    Abstract: A control system for steam production in a oven combination is described. The control is adapted for use with a single source of steam and a plurality of oven cavities wherein cooking is achieved by a combination of convection oven and steam heat or by steam alone. The control system activates steam production in response to a temperature requirement for a particular oven and opens a valve permitting the inflow of steam into that oven alone. The control system can also be used to admit steam simultaneously to all oven cavities if required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: G.S. Blodgett Corp.
    Inventors: Scott Douglas, Jonathon Haas, Charles Kingdon
  • Patent number: 5899371
    Abstract: A pack for carrying valuables and golf accessories by a golfer is described. The pack includes a pouch having a zippered closure for retaining non-golf accessories such as keys, change, glasses, and the like and an external pocket for retaining golf accessories during play. The pouch is elongated and concave with a rigid backing material having an integral clip thereon for affixing the pouch to the wearer's belt or to the golf bag. The pack is intended to make the golf accessories readily available during play while securing the golfer's valuables and to be easily removable from the golf bag after play so that the valuables can be maintained on the golfer's person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Par 4 Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Weliver
  • Patent number: 5878540
    Abstract: A mounting pan for a hollow utility pole to mount the same on a concrete support is described. The pan includes an upper mounting plate for securing the same to the pole base, and simultaneously to the concrete support wherein a toroidal recess is provided between the base of the plate and the concrete support for the accumulation of moisture within the pole structure and gravity drains therefrom are provided to eliminate the accumulatedd moisture from the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Site Photometrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome Neil Morstein
  • Patent number: 5876598
    Abstract: An improved modular system of solids separation is described. In the invention, a settling tank is provided which consists of one or more hoppers having sloped sides downwardly to a drain. Liquids with entrained solids are permitted to accumulate within the hopper as the solids settle until the settling has been completed; whereupon a pump lowered into the liquid is used to decant the liquid. The pump is suspended from a flexible conduit and is lowered as the liquid level lowers so that it remains submerged until the pump reaches a predetermined level above the level of the suspended solids. The sludge is removed from the hopper by gravity flow by opening a drain valve in the bottom therein and an anti-vortexing cap is provided over the drain. The cap has sides which conform to the hopper vessels but slope in the opposite direction so that the lower edge of the cap side is a predetermined distance from the hopper side adjacent the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Environmental Treatment Facility, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Baxter
  • Patent number: 5872428
    Abstract: An actuator for rotation of coupling means such as a loop in a high frequency resonant cavity includes a rotatable member to which the loop is fixed and a rod located adjacent it. The member and rod have interengaging teeth such that when the rod is moved inwardly or outwardly by an operator it causes the member, and hence the loop, to rotate. This is a compact assembly having components which are simple and easy to facilitate. In a preferred embodiment, the rod is located in a groove in the cavity wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: EEV Limited
    Inventor: David Ward Carr
  • Patent number: 5865562
    Abstract: A device for mounting a wide variety of different window dressings is described. The device is intended to use conventional mounting brackets to mount the window dressing without the necessity of providing holes to mount the same in the face of the window molding or frame. The device includes either a comer or linear mounting plate which, respectively, may be used either on the right hand or left hand corner, or horizontally or vertically on the frame. Each plate is U-shaped in cross-section and intended to cover the sides and front of the window frame or molding. The front face of the plate is provided with a plurality of mutually spaced dimensioned cut-outs. The second clement of the invention is a universal clip which is a channel shaped member having integral projections extending from the back surface thereof. The projections are also mutually spaced and dimensioned to register on the cut-outs in the mounting plate and to be received therein to secure the clip to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Paul Mallek
  • Patent number: 5860826
    Abstract: An electric connector fastener including a female retaining plate made for fastening up with a male retaining plate, and a press block fastened to the female retaining plate for release control, the female retaining plate having a hook hole extended from an angled front end thereof adapted for receiving the male retaining plate, an arched notch at an inner side of its angled front end in communication with the hook hole for engagement with a raised portion of the male retaining plate, an axle housing transversely disposed in the middle for installation, a returned springy tail having an angled end piece, and two retaining holes longitudinally spaced between the springy tail and the axle housing, the press block having a longitudinal track defined within a bottom channel thereof into which a part of the female retaining plate is inserted, and two sloping retainer blocks spaced inside the bottom channel and respectively forced into engagement with the retaining holes of the female retaining plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Warren Chang
  • Patent number: 5845566
    Abstract: A multi-slot closed type powerful garbage compression structure including a housing, an inner cylinder internally provided with guide plates and being inclined forwardly, and a push bar behind the inner cylinder. The housing is provided with four slots at a rear section adapted to receive garbage, and a garbage outlet at a front end, the outlet being provided with a slide plate, and a waste water receiving trough at a bottom side. When garbage is dumped into the housing via the slots, the push bar rotates to push the garbage into the inner cylinder which rotates to compress the garbage. When the garbage inside the inner cylinder is full, the push bar may prevent reverse flow of the garbage. By the use of both the push bar and the guide plates inside the inner cylinder, better compression effects are achievable to reduce garbage storage space and eliminate use of hydraulic cylinders and thrust devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Ming-Fong Lee
  • Patent number: 5841221
    Abstract: A collector for an electron beam tube includes a ceramic cylinder within which are located rings of a first material, such as copper, and rings of a second material, such as molybdenum, arranged alternately along the longitudinal axis of the cylinder. The ratio of the axial lengths of the rings at the inner surface of the ceramic cylinder is selected so as to provide temperature compensation. The rings of one material surround part of adjacent rings of the other material to confine thermal expansion in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: EEV Limited
    Inventor: Alan Griggs
  • Patent number: 5838212
    Abstract: In a high frequency transmission arrangement such as that used to deliver microwave energy from a magnetron to a waveguide, a ceramic probe is covered with a non-ceramic dielectric material such as PTFE. This allows the magnetron to operate satisfactorily at low Pressures where arcing would otherwise be expected to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: EEV Limited
    Inventors: Hugh Richard Pettit, Neil John Holloway
  • Patent number: D406606
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Full Create Enterprise, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronson Lee
  • Patent number: D417830
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Testo Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Brad Yang