Abstract: An automatic system for processing poultry carcasses such as turkeys and the like which vary in size and shape as they are being conveyed on a conveyor is disclosed. The weight of the carcass is determined by a weighting system and the relative position of a preselected portion of the anatomy of the carcass such as the anterior or posterior edges of the breast is ascertained by a photosensor as the carcasses are being conveyed. A data processing computer receives the weight and position data for each carcass and causes a tool such as a needle to inject a basting additive to move to a position where the tool can perform the desired task, i.e., insertion of the needle at the preselected position on the carcass. A measured amount of the basting additive is automatically injected depending upon the measured weight of each of the carcasses. The carcasses are removed from the conveyor at discharge points depending on the weight and rated quality of the carcass.
Abstract: A mechanical toy dragstrip having a base, and a starting tower disposed on the base. As in drag racing, two parallel car tracks and two car loading or starting positions are provided. The starting tower is used to signal the beginning of the race by displaying, in sequence, red, yellow and green marbles which simulate the lights of a dragstrip "Christmas tree". The marbles roll down a path in the tower and are displayed in apertures to simulate lights. As the green marble is displayed, a set of starting flags raise automatically, and toy vehicles may be launched from sets of trigger assemblies. The toy is arranged such that the cars may be released manually upon perception of the green "go" marble or such that one of the cars is released automatically after display of the green "go" marble upon raising of the starting flags to race against the other car which is released manually.
Abstract: A ground fault current interrupter circuit is provided in which open neutral and open ground conditions create actuation of the interrupter circuit, as well as a ground fault. This is achieved by utilizing a supplemental secondary winding on the differential transformer of a common type of ground fault interrupter circuit. An open neutral lead or an open ground lead produces a current flow through the supplemental secondary winding that induces a trip signal in the secondary winding to initiate opening of the power line. In a second embodiment the supplemental secondary winding induces a trip signal in the transformer only for an open ground lead, while tripping for an open neutral is achieved by directly gating an SCR switch. The circuit arrangements also protect against other conditions, such as a potential in excess of a predetermined voltage between the neutral and ground leads or a reversal of the input connections.
Abstract: A railroad car brake system operable by an air bag which includes double acting brakes operable on the wheels. Links suspend the brakes and the live and dead levers connected by an adjustable connecting link mechanism are operable by the air bag. Slack as a result of wear in the brakes is automatically taken up.
September 24, 1984
Date of Patent:
June 24, 1986
Trailer Train Company
Rene H. Brodeur, Boris S. Terlecky, Gerald R. Misner
Abstract: A railroad car having universal coupling capability through provision of a coupling arrangement which permits connection to a standard coupler or a drawbar. The coupling arrangement includes facing sill side frames which define key slots and spaced stops to accommodate force transfer of traction and buff loads from either a coupler or a drawbar.
Abstract: An air turning vane assembly in which the vanes are attached to rail tabs by integral locking clips formed upon the rail tabs. The rail assembly is constructed from nestable rails having cutout portions to receive the tabs of similar rails to permit compact nesting. A locking tool has a cutting tooth which cuts a ribbon in a vane wall to form an integral locking clip for securing the vanes to the rails.
Abstract: A doll or toy action figure, transformable from a first character, to a second character. A hard molded head has a facial countenance of a character. A flexible latex mask is positioned around the neck and is fixedly attached. The outer surface of the latex mask has facial characteristics of another character. Means are provided for moving the mask from a first position at least partially covering the head and displaying the facial countenance on the mask, to a second position about the neck of the head wherein the facial characteristics of the head are exposed. Articles of clothing may be removed or rearranged to augment the effect.
Abstract: Control valves for a plurality of outlets supplied from a single fluid source are combined in a single manifold. Each outlet conduit is selectively connected to an inlet conduit by an independently actuatable source valve. Each outlet conduit is also provided with an independently actuatable discharge valve and a safety relief valve. A pressure gauge may also be connected to each of the outlet conduits. The conduits may be channels formed in a solid manifold, and the independently actuatable valves may be manually actuatable push button valves. A locking mechanism is provided for each of the push button valves.
Abstract: A resettable contact closing device opens a load circuit connected to a power line protected by a ground fault interrupter circuit, if the neutral conductor is broken. The contacts are closed by a mechanical reset actuator only if a solenoid is energized by a potential proportional to the line-to-neutral voltage to hold the actuator in a contact closing position. If the neutral conductor is broken, the solenoid will not be energized and the contacts, and hence the power line to the load circuit, will be opened.
Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a cementitious material, such as those quick-setting cementitious materials utilizing a volatile liquid, has a solid frame as the top of a mixing chamber. An inlet end of the solid frame is pivotably mounted on a vehicle. An auger or mixing screw is mounted in the frame, the auger being removable from the frame due to the mounting of one bearing in a removable plate member and the provision of a releasable flexible coupling between this end of the auger shaft and the drive motor. A low pressure gas may be inserted into the housing of the other bearing to prevent seepage of liquid or fumes into that bearing. A removable elastomeric trough forms the bottom of the mixing chamber and contains a discharge opening. A substantially dry material is inserted into the mixing chamber through an inlet hopper and a liquid injection arrangement introduces a liquid into the mixing chamber.
Abstract: An articulated railroad car including a plurality of platforms each supported by a single axle wheel truck at each end. The platforms are connected to rigid drawbars which allow relative motion therebetween in both horizontal and vertical directions. The drawbars and the platforms have cooperable surfaces which engage when the car is being pushed and tend to align the platforms and drawbars to prevent jackknifing and derailment.
Abstract: A separable connector for use in conveying beverage concentrate from a pressurized source to a dispenser has the bias springs for valve actuation isolated from the concentrate. This feature, coupled with a removal of areas that can cause a congregation of concentrate and the use of relatively large flow path areas, provides a connector that has a minimum of blockage problems. Other important aspects of this connector include poppet valve structure, sealing arrangements, easy cleaning by back flow, a simple and effective engaging of connector sections, easy disassembly of connector sections and an interlock arrangement to insure a proper sequence for valve actuation.
Abstract: A monitoring electrode system is provided in which just two electrodes and their corresponding lead lines may be utilized for a monitoring unit, such as an ECG, having three input terminals and normally requiring signals from three electrodes. To achieve such a two lead system, a body tissue impedance simulating circuit is included to provide an automatic reference line signal at the third input terminal. Protection against high voltages and radio frequency interference is provided by various circuits, such as a high voltage protection circuit, a low pass filter network or an RF choke filter network. In the preferred embodiment hereof, a pair of electrodes are provided with a connecting plug which engages a corresponding connector at the end of a cable extending from the ECG monitor. Preferably, the body tissue impedance simulating circuit and any protective circuits are located in the connector at the end of the ECG cable.
Abstract: An external clamping device for high pressure inflatable air bags utilizes opposed bracket members. An engaging structure, such as a set of teeth designed to grip the material of the inflatable air bag without damaging it, is formed adjacent one end of each of the bracket members. A stepped shoulder is formed at the other end of each of the brackets, so that when the opposing brackets are brought together the stepped shoulders abut one another to preclude pivoting of the bracket members during tightening. Tightening of the bracket members to firmly grip the air bag is achieved by a bolt threaded into openings intermediate the ends of the bracket members. When the bracket members are joined together, a connecting hole is formed for attaching the clamping device to a positioning arrangement.
Abstract: A safety seal for a shaft passing through a housing. The seal is normally maintained in a non-sealing relationship to the shaft, but may be actuated during emergency conditions by levers. The seal includes an annular, split housing having a radially extending compartment which contains at least two seal members which are held together by a bias to define a seal annulus. The seal members are radially contracted into sealing engagement and expanded to a non-sealing position by cams or levers mounted in the seal members.
Abstract: A game board having a plurality of spaces upon which a plurality of primary and secondary playing elements move. The structure of the primary elements is such that the secondary elements can be placed inside of them. In the center of the game board is placed a control device. The control device has a hingedly mounted spinner which controls the amount of movement of the playing elements. The control device further includes a means for ejecting the secondary elements from the primary elements.
Abstract: A cooking grill structure for utilizing the heat from deep fat fryers has a grill plate and a heat pipe extending into the cooking oil. Water is utilized as the liquid medium in the heat pipe, and condensation is distributed over the grill plate to provide uniform heating and prevent accumulated forces. Distribution is achieved by a relatively small channel that uniformly spreads the heat while preventing the production of unduly large pressure forces. To achieve greater transfer of heat from the cooking oil to the liquid medium in the heat pipe, heat transfer assistance approaches, such as fins or small diameter tubes to provide a flash boiler effect may be used. Also, more than one heat pipe may be used, and the grill plates may be interlocked to provide a continuous grill surface.
Abstract: Physiological electrode systems are based upon the utilization of a single pair of electrode elements to provide for physiological function monitoring of a patient, electrical stimulation of the patient, and electrical therapeutic treatment of the patient. The monitoring instrument, the stimulating instrument and the therapeutic instrument may be connected to the electrode elements separately or in various combinations. Preferably, the electrode elements are provided as a disposable set which are connected to the various instruments through appropriate cables. These cables may be interrelated to permit combinations of the instruments to be simultaneously connected to the electrode elements, with suitable protection being provided to prevent the instruments from adversely affecting one another. Aspects of the cables and electrode sets may be utilized to provide separate monitoring, stimulating and therapeutic electrode systems.