Patents Represented by Attorney Ernest E. Helms
  • Patent number: 7721701
    Abstract: A rotary machine is provided having rotating forward and rearward work members having cyclic non-constant angle motion there between, the machine includes a rotating shaft and a first gear eccentrically mounted with the rotating shaft. A reaction gear in mesh with the first gear causes the first gear to rotate with respect to the rotating shaft. First and second connecting rods are pivotally connected with the first gear. First and second crank arms are pivotally connected with the respective first and second connecting rods. First and second coaxial shafts are connected with the respective first and second first crank arms. The first shaft is connected with at least one forward work member. The second shaft is connected with at least one rearward work member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Andrzej Dec
  • Patent number: 7121953
    Abstract: A golf practicing apparatus is provided which includes a club with a latch member. A target is provided which is held by a mount. When the golf club is swung in a predetermined manner, the target is released from the mount and is connected with the golf club. When the golf club is swung in an improper manner the target pivots downward and is retained by the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Timothy A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 6460940
    Abstract: A supplemental brake system for a vehicle having its own primary braking system by which the vehicle may be slowed from a towing vehicle. The supplemental brake system includes a vacuum-operated servo unit that is connected to the brake pedal of the vehicle and has a pneumatic connection by which it can be connected to the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Ernest E. Snmith
  • Patent number: 5993452
    Abstract: A cerclage system for securing a fractured or weakened bone within a patient's body is provided. In a preferred embodiment the cerclage system includes a band formed to encircle the bone. Typically the band will be fabricated from a material having a high tensile strength such as a metal wire. A jacket supports the band in a spaced relationship from the bone. The jacket is resorbed by the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Biomet Inc.
    Inventor: Mark V. Vandewalle
  • Patent number: 5895351
    Abstract: A distracting cannula is provided which includes a first penetrating member having a first end and a second end. The first penetrating member has an internal surface providing a through bore operative to receive an elongated surgical instrument. The first penetrating member has an external gripping surface disposed between the first and second ends that is provided by a helical thread. A generally conical shroud has an open end for contacting the patient's skin. An opposite end of the shroud is attached to the first penetrating member near the second end. The first penetrating member first end is inserted into a portal incision of the patient's body until the shroud open end contacts the patient's skin. Torquing the tissue distracting cannula further caused the tissue gripping surface of the first penetrating member to pull the surrounding tissue upward into a cavity created by the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Arthrotek Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Nottage, James A. Boucher
  • Patent number: 5867834
    Abstract: An elongated, somewhat flexible frame member generally bowed along its length is comprised of a forehead covering member having a pair of first and second orifices receivable of a pair of elastic bands for being removably secured on said frame member, and a first and second ear erection member having a sleeve along a longitudinal edge for being removably attached to the frame member. The ear erection members being of sufficient length to extend behind the neck of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5827311
    Abstract: A two piece construction disposable carpal tunnel ligament tome is provided. In a preferred embodiment the tome has a handle, stem, cutting head with two forward extending and parallel spaced upper and lower forks. The handle, stem, cutting head and forks are injection molded as one plastic piece. Mounted in the cutting head is a blade fabricated from flat stock metal with a forward facing cutting edge concealed by the forks. Extending forward from the blade are upper and lower fork reinforcement members. The fork reinforcements are encapsulated by the molded upper and lower forks. The inventive carpal tunnel ligament tome provides very rigid forks, yet does not require the extensive machining required by tomes with metal forks. Since the blade and fork reinforcement can be fabricated from a flat stock material, fabrication costs can be lowered with extremely high performance of the tome being maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Biomet Inc
    Inventors: Brian K. Berelsman, Daniel E. Williamson
  • Patent number: 5810821
    Abstract: A bone fixation screw system and method of utilization thereof is provided for a bone having first and second sections with a fracture interface there between. A preferred embodiment of the bone fixation screw system includes a side plate having a first part for placement adjacent the bone second section and a second part angled from the first part providing a barrel. The barrel is adapted for insertion into a transsectionally extending bore into the bone in at least the second section of the bone. A lag screw is also provided for positional retention of the first section of the bone with respect to the second section of the bone. The lag screw also has a first part of a resorbable material for threaded connection of the lag screw within the bore of the bone in at least the first section of the bone, the lag screw having a second part connected with the first part made from a stronger nonresorbable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Biomet Inc.
    Inventor: Mark V. Vandewalle
  • Patent number: 5785064
    Abstract: A high temperature externally heated hair-styling device is provided which has a hair-styling body. An over-temperature alarm is mounted in the hair-styling body. The over-temperature alarm has a temperature sensor which is thermally connected to the hair-styling body. The sensor provides a voltage signal representative of the temperature of the hair-styling body. A variable reference voltage signal generator is powered by a DC battery power source. The reference signal generator has an adjustable range and the reference voltage signal is calibrated to coincide with a predefined operating temperature range. A comparative device comparing the representative and reference voltage signals is used to determine when the predefined operating temperature range is exceeded. An indicator device responsive to the comparative device is used to indicate a temperature of the hair-styling body exceeding the predefined operating temperature range of the hair-styling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventor: Timothy A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5775763
    Abstract: An arrangement for connecting a vehicle seat in at least two positions is provided. The arrangement includes a floor first surface; a cross pin having a cross section with a first larger width and a second smaller width; a chair leg having a slot which has a first end wider than the cross pin first width, the slot also having a neck and a closure section divided away from the slot first end by the neck, the closure section having a dimension less than the cross pin first width and greater than the cross pin second width; and a lock arm with a finger for locking on to the pin about the second width to entrap the pin in the closure section of the slot. Thus, in a normal first seating position, the seat leg is positioned to place the cross pin in close proximity to the neck of the slot, and in a second fold-up storage position, the seat leg is held in a second position extending more vertically upward than in the first position by the latch locking on to the second width of the cross pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Glinter, Kevin John Van Nieulande
  • Patent number: 5741046
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle rear seat with a divided back rest, the individual back rest parts are connected for pivoting about at least one horizontal pivot axis running horizontally and transversely to the travel direction via an inner hinge arranged in the region of the division plane of the back rest and an outer hinge in the region of the side wall of the motor vehicle on the vehicle body, each hinge having a fastening part on the back rest side and a fastening part on the vehicle body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Leuchtmann, Hans-Peter Gimbel
  • Patent number: 5735500
    Abstract: A six-way powered seat adjuster slide unit which in a preferred embodiment includes a top rail with first and second ends for mounting a vehicle seat; a bottom rail with first and second ends for supporting the top rail; a floor rail for slidably mounting the bottom rail in a fore and aft position; a first forward powered jack screw unit pivotally connected to the bottom rail and having a rotative shaft, the first jack screw unit having an upper pivotal axis in a position axially fixed with respect to the first end of the top rail; an elevator arm pivotally connected adjacent to the second ends of the top and bottom rails; a second rearward powered jack screw unit with a rotative shaft having a pivotal axis with the bottom rail and the elevator arm; and a motor fixed with the bottom rail allowing a gear to mesh with a portion of the bottom rail for providing selective fore and aft adjustment of the adjuster slide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hans Juergen Borlinghaus, James Peter Nini, Thomas Bernard Blake
  • Patent number: 5720623
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided including a first connector body for mounting a first terminal, the first connector body having a lock ramp, a second connector body for mounting a second terminal, the second connector body having a base portion with a flexible lock arm, the lock arm having a slot to receive the lock ramp of the first connector body to secure the first and second connector bodies together upon relative movement of the first and second connector bodies toward one another, and a connector assurance clip slidably mounted on the second connector body with a pusher block and a target, the connector assurance clip being slidably mounted on the second connector body adjacent the lock arm, the connector assurance clip having a first detented position with respect to the second connector body securing the connector assurance clip with the second connector body with the pusher block of the connector assurance clip being positioned within the slot of the lock arm, and wherein a force applied to the t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Richard James Polenick, William Leonard Stein, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5720634
    Abstract: An electrical female terminal of a one-piece construction is provided including a contact portion at one end and an attachment portion at an opposite end for attaching the terminal to a cable; the contact portion including a split outer barrel that is attached to the attachment portion by an intermediate neck of reduced diameter; the outer barrel having a pair of longitudinal edges defining the split and an annular lip at its front end defining an entrance for plugging a mating terminal pin into the outer barrel; the contact portion also including a connection strap joined to the outer barrel along the front end of the outer barrel generally opposite the longitudinal edges defining the splits, the connection strap being folded rearward into the outer barrel; and the contact portion further including two spring contact beams juxtaposed by the connection strap, the spring contact beams and connection strap being formed into an inner barrel encircled by the outer barrel, the spring contact beams having front edg
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Leroy Sten
  • Patent number: 5716044
    Abstract: A vehicle door arrangement is provided including inner and outer panels. The inner panel has a through opening, a tubular grommet which is received in the opening and snap-fittingly secured to the inner panel, and a plurality of electrical conductors extending through the grommet. The through opening in the inner panel extends inwardly from a side edge of the inner panel. The inner panel has at least one ear extending transversely into the opening adjacent the side edge. The grommet is resilient and has a groove which extends inwardly from its outer periphery and whose outwardly facing bottom is shaped substantially complementary to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignees: General Motors Corporation, Saturn Corporation
    Inventors: David Robert Peterson, Richard Allen White, Robert Louis Adduci, Timothy James Kline, Michael Allen Peters
  • Patent number: 5709450
    Abstract: An arrangement of an automotive lamp assembly is provided including a reflector housing with a central opening; a discharge light assembly mounted to the reflector through the opening; a base supporting the discharge light assembly in the reflector, the base having a concentric conductor connected to the discharge light assembly at one end and a pin first terminal on an opposite end of the first conductor, and the base having a second eccentric conductor connected to the discharge light assembly on one end with a collar connected on an opposite end; a socket sealed with the base, the socket having a concentric conductor for mating with the base concentric conductor, the socket concentric conductor having a collar terminal at a first end toward the base and a blade terminal at a second opposite end, the socket also having an eccentric conductor having a collar terminal at a first end toward the base and a blade end at a second opposite end; an annular high voltage insulation member surrounding the first end of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignees: General Motors Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Michael Eugene Francis, Dany Paul Delaporte, Richard Charles Brennan, III, Russell Mistretta Abbott
  • Patent number: 5706918
    Abstract: A brake apply mechanism for a power transmission is provided which includes a planetary gear set having a ring gear member, a carrier assembly member and a sun gear member; an operator-controlled brake apply mechanism operatively connected to the sun gear member to selectively enforce rotation thereof; an auxiliary spring applied hydraulically released brake apply mechanism selectively operable to enforce rotation of the ring gear member to initiate brake engagement; and a brake apply mechanism operatively connected to the carrier assembly member to enforce brake engagement when either the operator control brake apply mechanism or the auxiliary brake apply mechanism is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: James Allan Redelman
  • Patent number: 5673971
    Abstract: A hinge for a backrest of a seat in which the backrest can pivot between an upright position and a horizontal position and in which the backrest can be latched at one edge in the upright position. The hinge includes a first member securable to an opposed edge of the backrest; a second member securable to a vehicle body; a third member positioned between the first and second members; a fourth member positioned adjacent the third member below the first member; a first pin secured to the third member about which the first member can pivot; a second pin secured to the second member about which the third member can pivot; a third pin secured to the third member about which the fourth member can pivot; and a fourth pin secured to the second member about which the fourth member can pivot; wherein the axes of the pins are parallel; wherein the edge of the first member toward the fourth member has teeth; and wherein the edge of the fourth member toward the first member has teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Delphi Automotive Systems Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Stanislaw Andrzej Wieclawski
  • Patent number: 5669668
    Abstract: A headrest is provided that can be folded by a pivot mechanism, in particular for a motor vehicle seat having a backrest, which can be attached by posts on the backrest or on a component connected to the car body in the region of the backrest upper edge and can be locked by a locking mechanism at least in an approximately vertical position of use. For simplicity of production and to increase the convenience of using the headrest, the locking device is arranged inside the pivot mechanism which has a sleeve-shaped housing with at least one journal pin rotatably mounted in it and is arranged outside the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Leuchtmann
  • Patent number: 5667389
    Abstract: A modular buss center for an automotive vehicle is provided including a first plug connector; an intermediate terminal having a first male end and a second female end and at least one arm, the first end being electrically connected to the first plug connector; a first template with a hole for receipt of the intermediate terminal; at least one flex circuit, the flex circuit having at least one cut-out flag, the flag making contact with the intermediate terminal arm; a second template separated from the first template by the flex circuit, the second template having a hole for receipt of the intermediate terminal second end; and an electrical component positioned on the second template opposite the flex circuit, the electrical component being electrically connected to the intermediate terminal second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Louis Kidd, Daniel Griffith Mathey, Paul Di Liello, David Glen Siegfried, Robert William Rimko, Anthony Joseph Corso