Abstract: The present invention is directed to improved apparatus and method for providing a necktie restraining apparatus. The present invention employs a fusion cloth to stiffen necktie material so that it may be employed as vertical and horizontal members on an apparatus for securing a four-in-hand necktie to a shirt button while automatically adjusting to compensate for changes in the amount of slack on the necktie. An improved method of manufacture of such a necktie restraint apparatus is also disclosed.
Abstract: The present invention provides improved apparatus and method for binding stationery items, such as stacks and rolls of paper, file folders, and the like. The invention provides an elastic strip which includes hook and loop attachment means on its ends to bind to itself to form a continuous band. In the preferred embodiment, one end of the strip is provided with a Y-shaped end to form a more secure attachment. The present invention provides all the benefits of conventional rubber bands, but is easier to use and avoids many of the problems normally encountered with existing stationery binding methods.
Abstract: The invention disclosed is a reusable cap adapted to hermetically seal the top of a standard beverage can so as to contain the carbonation within the can and to prevent spills. The cap comprises a flat topped hard outer shell, a resilient inner coating on the shell, and an elastomeric inner member adapted to mate with the entire recessed top of the can to form a liquid and airtight seal.
Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for automatically counting and permanently disposing of tickets and similar markers, such as those dispensed at arcades. The apparatus employs motor driven wheels to draw tickets through it in very rapid fashion, a sensor and counter to tally the number of tickets, and a blade to permanently destroy the tickets. The present invention lends itself to many security and accounting protections presently unavailable using conventional manual systems.
Abstract: Each glass gob is severed by a shear blade pair (6; 9). The shear blades (7, 8; 10, 11) are arranged on shear arms (12, 13) whose movement is synchronized with each other by means of a gear mechanism (16) A first shear arm (12) is drivable pivotably by a drive means (36), while a second shear arm (13) is supported by an air spring (28). The drive means (36) is carried on a carriage (39) which is displaceable by piston-cylinder units (48, 49). The drive means (36) drives a crank pin (43) which is connected by means of a coupling rod (44) with the first shear arm (12). By displacement of the carriage (39) one achieves a servicing stroke (34) which is greater than the working stroke (32) of the shears.
Abstract: A device for assisting a fluoroscope operator in orienting a fluoroscope on an object during a fluoroscope examination, and thereby reduce the time of use and exposure to radiation, which device consists of a sheet transparent to x-ray radiation, preferably disc shaped, possessing orientation indication means, such as radiopaque symbols, numbers and letters which may be combined in any combination. The orientation device is mounted on the fluoroscope's receiver, thereby positioning the sheet and orientation indicators between the receiver tube and the object being examined. The orientation indicators are visible on the fluoroscope's monitor, clearly indicating direction and providing guidance for the fluoroscope operator during the examination.
Abstract: The present invention provides a basic slag for use to protect molten steel in a tundish during continuous casting processes. The preferred slag of the present invention comprises a combination of CaO, MgO, Al.sub.2 O.sub.3, and TiO.sub.2. The resulting tundish covering has exceptional insulation, protective and Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 absorptive properties, while avoiding operational problems encountered with previous basic tundish slags, such as crusting and refractory erosion.
September 12, 1991
Date of Patent:
January 19, 1993
Atlantic Metals Corporation
Maharaj K. Koul, Franklin T. Whitaker, Richard W. Paul
Abstract: The present invention provides improved multiple stage reed valve construction for internal combustion engines. The reed valves comprise first stage reed valves with enlarged ports, enlarged second stage reed valves corresponding with the ports, and one or more webs positioned in the ports to help support the second stage reed member when it is in a closed position. The reed valves of the present invention provide significant improvements in engine operation and tremendous increase in reed valve operational life.
Abstract: The present invention provides an improved intravenous catheter which can be installed at a minimal diameter and expanded once installed to a full operational diameter. The apparatus of the present invention comprises a first catheter tube member with an expandable sidewall and a wider second member which inserts into the first member once the first member is installed in a vein to cause it to expand to an operational diameter. The apparatus and method of the present invention provide many options to medical personnel and are particularly useful when employed in trauma situations.
Abstract: A recirculation valve for cooling a centrifugal pump. The invention comprises a valve casing having a first chamber for connection to a centrifugal pump and a second chamber for connection to a fluid outlet, a recirculation port for redirecting fluid from the first chamber to the centrifugal pump. Between the first and second chambers is a check valve means for permitting fluid flow from the first to the second chamber. Connected to the check valve means is a hollow cylindrical valve stem permitting flow from the first chamber to the second chamber. The check valve means is comprised of a circular disc which opens when the fluid pressure in the first chamber exceeds the fluid pressure in the second chamber and closes when the fluid pressure in the second chamber approaches that in the first and intermediate chambers. A two angle control surface between the check valve disc and the valve casing controls the position of the check valve relative to the flow of fluid past the valve.
Abstract: An improved fold-down tailgate for use on a truck-like vehicle is disclosed. The tailgate of the present invention employs a slotted work surface which permits the ready attachment of various construction implements, such as cargo ramps, extended work surfaces, and a wide variety of vises, clamps and tie-down devices. The tailgate provides improved functionality while maximizing the amount of cargo space in the vehicle.
December 26, 1991
Date of Patent:
December 8, 1992
John Cupp, William D. Turner, John Donnelly
Abstract: A transportable remote-controlled mooring apparatus and method for water craft is disclosed. The mooring of the present invention employs a relatively large hoop of flexible material through which a water craft activation line travels. The mooring attaches to an anchor or similar secure point off-shore and allows the water craft to be unloaded at shore and then pulled to and retrieved from a safe mooring off-shore. The mooring unit is of minimal size and weight, highly reliable, and not susceptible to fouling problems from waterborne debris.
Abstract: An electro-rheological controlled shock absorber for use on motor vehicles is disclosed. The shock absorber employs a fluid filled cylinder, a piston member traveling in the cylinder, and an electro-rheological valve controlling the passage of fluid through the cylinder. In one embodiment of the present invention, the electro-rheological valve is placed in a by-pass passage to control the flow of fluid therethrough. In another embodiment of the present invention, the electro-rheological valve is placed in the piston to control the flow of fluid. The present invention is well adapted for use with all forms of shock absorbers.
Abstract: A general electro-rheological valve is disclosed used in controlling the flow of fluids in a variety of applications. The valve comprises an inlet in communication with a fluid source, an outlet for transporting the fluid out of said valve, and an oscillating valve member for opening and closing off said inlet. The valve member has a cavity containing an electro-rheological fluid, a perforated electrode member emersed in the electro-rheological fluid within the cavity, and means for electrifying the perforated electrode member such that the electro-rheological fluid within the electrode solidifies, thereby locking the position of the valve member relative to the electrode. In this manner, the valve member, which oscillates with respect to the perforated electrode member, can be frozen in an open, closed, or intermediate position with respect to the inlet. The valve member thereby controls the level of fluid flow through the valve.
Abstract: The present invention provides improved method and apparatus for the transfer and delivery of very high purity chemicals for use in semiconductor production and similar processes. By employing multiple alternating pressure vessels, chemicals are drawn from virtually any bulk source and delivered to one or more end-users. The use of a vacuum system to draw chemicals through sealed conduits eliminates the need for pumps which are a source of both maintenance problems and contamination in the system. Multiple vessels provide for a variety of flow options, which include continuous chemical delivery to the end-users, recirculation and regular filtration during periods of low use, and built-in redundancy to avoid system shut down if there is a component failure.
Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and method for the creation of appliques for quilting. Employing a shape plate with an opening in the desired shape of the applique and a corresponding template adapted to be inserted into the opening, quilting material can be easily flattened through ironing or similar methods into uniform and readily applied appliques. The present invention permits the efficient and safe production of even intricate appliques and lends itself to many improvements.
Abstract: The present invention is an Achilles tendon brace which comprises: a wrap holding a multidimensional compressive pad; an anatomically proportioned strapping system; and hook and loop fasteners such as available under the trademark Velcro. The compressive pad contains a raised portion which lays above and perpendicular to the Achilles tendon, providing a compressive conuterforce, relieving strain and dispersing pressure normally transmitted through the tendon. The pad conforms to each individual's Achilles tendon with continued use, providing a customized unit providing multidimensional support and compression of the tendon. The strapping system employs straps which are proportioned to match the contours of the Achilles tendon area of the leg, permitting full range of motion of the ankle and foot. The strapping system permits the wrap to be placed snugly around the Achilles tendon, and, in conjunction with the hook and loop fasteners (e.g.
Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus for the automatic recirculation of battery electrolyte from industrial and similar batteries. The invention employs a vacuum system to remove electrolyte from a cell of the battery, transfer it to a central location where it can be treated, and then return it to the battery for its continued use. The invention lends itself to many forms of electrolyte treatment, including temperature adjustment, filtering, and removal of excess gases. The invention may be readily employed on virtually all industrial batteries with minimal modification and effort, and it greatly decreases maintenance time and expense for such batteries while increasing their flexibility and uses.