Patents Represented by Law Firm Griffin, Branigan & Butler
  • Patent number: 5132882
    Abstract: An auxiliary brake lamp for motor vehicles comprises a holder which includes a track (7) which has a double-T-shape in cross section and which is adherable to a rear window. A lamp housing (2) is engagingly shoved onto the holder. A holding spring (5) arranged in the lamp housing clamps a first flange of the double-T-track between it and the housing. An electrical coupling of the lamp to a vehicle power supply is provided by a flat plug engagement device (12). That is, the double-T-track is electrically coupled with a current source of the motor vehicle and the holding spring is electrically coupled with a light bulb (17) of the lamp. A contact plate formed as a flat lug (11) as part of the first flange of the double-T-track produces a conductive coupling between the lamp and the holder by sliding contact on the holding spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Hella KG Hueck & Co.
    Inventor: Dietmar Alder
  • Patent number: 5132504
    Abstract: An irradiator furnace is connected to a square waveguide for propagation of microwaves and provided through a top wall with a slot. A conveyor bucket conveys sealed containers along the slot with lower portions of the sealed containers being inserted through the slot into the irradiator furnace. The irradiator furnace includes therein a rail which extends from a lower level of the furnace thereof at the inlet thereof to a higher level of the furnace at the outlet so as to support the sealed containers in a vertical direction. A hot air furnace is provided above the irradiator furnace. A narrow passage extending from the outlet of the irradiator furnace is directly followed by a thermostatic station utilizing an IR heater. So the sealed containers are sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Eisai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Iijima
  • Patent number: 5129503
    Abstract: A turnover module for turning over envelopes comprises a plurality of pulleys and disposed thereabout a driven endless belt in the general shape of a flattened figure `8`. The belt includes a crossover region and a first and a second reach extending therethrough. The reaches contact one another resiliently along length portions thereof while crossing over and twisting about one another. Envelopes are received in a first orientation at an entry end of the reaches; nipped between the reaches; transported thereby through the crossover region while being turned over by virtue of the twist of the reaches about one another; and, delivered from the turnover module in a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5129585
    Abstract: A spray-forming output device for fluidic oscillators to provide relatively wide-angle three-dimensional output spray patterns is connected to the output of a fluidic oscillator. The device comprises mutually counter-directed conduits whose entry regions are fed from the oscillator output and whose exit regions are connected to an interaction outlet region that includes a common outlet, the common outlet being directed substantially orthogonally with respect to the plane in which the counter-directed conduits are disposed. In one embodiment, the interaction outlet region includes an impact wall disposed at the exit regions of the counter-directed conduits proximally to the common outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventor: Peter Bauer
  • Patent number: 5130558
    Abstract: In an inserter, a skew and misalignment detector for measuring skew misalignment of inserts that are conveyed on and along a conveyor comprises a plurality of photosensors disposed above the insert-conveying path in transverse relation thereto and a plurality of retroreflective targets disposed beneath the insert-conveying path in transverse relation thereto and directed toward the photosensors. Inserts obstruct the targets while being conveyed thereover. The photosensor signals are sampled in synchronism with the insert-conveying motion. The obtained signals are evaluated in relation to pre-established skew rejection threshold criteria in dependence on insert conveying speed. Inserts are diverted when the skew detector arrangement provides measures of skew and misalignment of inserts that exceed rejection threshold criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5129478
    Abstract: A restraining device for limiting forward movement of an operator of a wheeled mechanical vehicle in case of a collision includes two restraining bars pivotally mounted at opposite sides of a seat and extending toward one another. The restraining bars are mounted so as to pivot in a vertical plane about axes which are parallel to each other and lie on opposite sides of the seat. The restraining bars are synchronized or interlocked so that when one bar is raised or lowered by the occupant of the seat the other bar is also moved. A lock or retention device on one side of the seat holds the restraining bars in the lowered or raised position after they have been positioned by the occupant. The vehicle may be a forklift or front end loader and the run controls and load controls of the vehicle are interlocked with the synchronizing mechanism so that the run and load controls cannot be operated when the restraining bars are not in the occupant restraining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Toyo Umpanki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Suenaga, Osamu Uno, Koji Hirose
  • Patent number: 5127640
    Abstract: An inserter with collation tracking comprises a programmable computer, means for tracking handled items including individual tracking and collation tracking, sensing means for sensing individual items in different locations, as well as for sensing defective, multiple or missing items, corrective action means, and, means for updating tracking information in correspondence with corrective action taken. The inserter performs corrective action in the form of the rejection and diversion of defective items. Further, the inserter provides for complementarily associating envelopes with particular inserts intended for insertion thereinto, for collation tracking of such complementarily-associated items, and for the diversion of such associated items if at least one of the associated items has been stigmatized as defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Phillipsburg Co.
    Inventors: Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5128925
    Abstract: A process for the pseudo-synchronization of a time multiplexing communication network comprises the steps of measuring a time shift TM in reception by a mobile station of synchronization signals from first and second fixed stations, measuring the propagation times t1 and t2 of a synchronization signal between the fixed stations and the mobile station, and calculating the transmission time shift TR between the synchronization signals in accordance with the relationship TR=TM+t1 -t2. The pseudo-synchronization process can also be employed for geographically locating a mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Matra Communication
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Dornstetter, Michel Mouly
  • Patent number: 5125827
    Abstract: An insulative and resilient spacer member to be mounted between a heated manifold and a cooled clamp plate in an injection molding system. The spacer member has a plurality of V-shaped concentric rings. It has a uniform cross section with a number of web portions extending diagonally between alternate forward and rearward ridge portions. The outer surfaces of the alternate ridge portions are aligned to provide forward and rearward sides of the spacer member which extend parallel a predetermined distance apart. Some of the outer surfaces have an inwardly extending insulative circular groove. The spacer member is formed of steel to have a predetermined combination of strength, resilience and reduced thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Jobst U. Gellert
  • Patent number: 5125215
    Abstract: An envelope flap opener comprises a revolving gripper drum for conveying envelopes thereupon in flap-up orientation with flap edge trailing and a revolving rotor disposed vicinally to the gripper drum, the rotor having at least one sucker cup extending from its periphery. Vacuum is valved to the sucker cup at a time when an envelope is conveyed upon the gripper drum past the rotor, the sucker cup grabs and opens the envelope flap, and subsequently the flap is released. Prior to release of the flap, a plow device intercepts the flap and further unfolds it. The plow device includes a photo-sensor for checking of proper flap opening and for detecting missing envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Phillipsburg Co.
    Inventors: Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5125214
    Abstract: An inserter station for inserting inserts into envelopes comprises an insert conveyor for conveying inserts to an inserting location, a gripper drum for delivering envelopes to the inserting location, vacuum means for holding bottom surfaces of envelopes, suction cups for lifting top sides and opening envelopes, and an insert pusher for pushing inserts into opened envelopes. The insert pusher moves along a noose-shaped path in a vertical plane. The path has a horizontal, forwardly-directed portion along which the pusher moves to engage and push inserts into evelopes. The path has a retracting portion that curves downwardly and backwardly out of the way of envelopes and inserts being provided to the inserting location. In operation, an envelope is delivered to the inserting location and has its bottom surface held by vacuum applied thereto. The top side of the envelope is lifted by suction cups so that the envelope is opened to receive inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5125642
    Abstract: A feeder module for feeding sheet inserts and having a thickness detector for measuring the thickness of inserts comprises: a gripper drum disc for transporting the inserts upon its periphery; a detector caliper assembly including a pivotable arm having a follower roller borne at one end and a magnet mounted at the other end, the arm being spring loaded with the follower roller against the periphery of the gripper drum disc; and, a stationary Hall sensor to measure relative displacement between the sensor and the magnet. As an insert is transported upon the periphery of the gripper drum disc, the insert is interposed between the periphery and the follower roller and the Hall sensor senses the consequent magnet displacement as a measure of the thickness of the insert. In one embodiment, an adjustable anvil having a peripheral surface is mounted on a face of the gripper drum disc. The anvil is pre-adjusted so that its peripheral surface is disposed at a constant radius from the axis of rotation of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Winston A. Orsinger, Richard B. Hawkes, Eric A. Belec, James S. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Noll, Jr., David P. Nyffenegger, George Fallos
  • Patent number: 5124954
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of, and apparatus for, detecting the position of an object relative to a detector device, in which a pulse signal is transmitted to such object by a transmitter means, and a receiver means receives a signal reflected by the object, the position of the object being determined in dependence upon the time difference between the moment the transmitter means transmits the pulse signal and the moment the receiver means receives the reflected signal. According to the invention, to eliminate the effect of spurious signals, a reference signal stored in a memory means is subtracted from the signal received by the receiver means, which reference signal has previously been received by the receiver means in response to a signal transmitted by the transmitter means in the absence of an object whose position is to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Staalkat B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Hordijk
  • Patent number: 5122135
    Abstract: An apparatus having a first generator designed to produce a first beam of coherent light, the energy of which is concentrated in a succession of impulses each capable causing a microexplosion in organic tissue at the point to be treated, a second generator designed to produce a second beam of coherent light able to penetrate the thickness of this organic tissue, an optical system designed to focus the first or the second beam on the point to be treated and a beam switch able to selectively direct the first or the second beam towards the optical system. The second beam enables ophthalmologists to perform operations that could not hiterto be performed with know apparatuses, notably operations involving the penetration of a treatment beam into the thickness of the tissues of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Lasag AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Durr, Taoufik Nouri, Jurg Steinger
  • Patent number: 5119830
    Abstract: An analytical specimen cup (10) has outer and inner partitions (26, 34) in a lid (14) thereof, with the outer partition being flexible and transparent and the inner partition having a valve (46) comprised of a frangible portion (50) of the inner partition. A chemical test strip (24) is mounted in a test space (42) between the outer and inner partitions and a fluid specimen in the cup can be introduced to the chemical test strip in the test space by manipulating the frangible valve (46) to break it open via the flexible outer partition. The inner partition is formed as a one-piece lid main member (22) with most of the rest of the lid whereas the outer partition is mounted to cover an indentation (30) into a top surface of the lid main member to define the test space in the indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Code Blue Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Richard C. Davis
  • Patent number: 5119350
    Abstract: A timepiece including a decorative pattern (30) rotating with the arbor (8) for one of the hands under a first crystal (1). In order to avoid permanent deformation of the arbor brought about by shocks, the decorative pattern is surrounded by a protective wall (11) which may be in the form of a bore in a second crystal (2) located between the first crystal and the dial (5) of the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Charles-Henri Delacretaz, Yves Meystre
  • Patent number: 5119351
    Abstract: This arrangement for attaching the strands (1) of a bracelet to the watch case (3) includes, for each of the strands, at least one horn (4) attached to the caseband (10) and a lug (5) for connecting the horn to the strand. The horn comprises at least two thin plates (6) cut out to shape and juxtaposed. A part of such plates is introduced into a blind housing (7) formed in the caseband to receive a pin (8) which is introduced into a first hole provided in the caseband and second holes (15) provided in the plates in order to secure the horn to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Gogniat
  • Patent number: D327257
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Robert Riess, Mario Ricciardi, James Feely
  • Patent number: D327387
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Karl Hofer
  • Patent number: D327859
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Swatch SA
    Inventor: Jean Robert