Abstract: A basketball shooting aid device including an elongated tape member having a loop at one end adapted to fit over the thumb, or a finger adjacent the thumb, and being long enough to wrap around the thumb and the wrist of the weak or non-shooting hand of a basketball player, and fastener devices for securing the free end of the tape member about the wrist of the weak hand when the loop member secures the thumb in a restrained position relative to the fingers on the weak hand.
Abstract: A holder adapted to be detachably secured to a stringed musical instrument, such as a guitar, for holding a plurality of picks and an Allen wrench upon the body of a stringed musical instrument. The holder includes an elongated base and an elongated clip arm secured at one set of edges in spaced apart relationship by a connecting arm in such a manner that the clip arm is elastically biased toward the base in order to yieldably support a plurality of guitar picks between the base and the clip arm. The same holder includes in the top surface of the clip arm, an elongated recess uniquely shaped to receive an Allen wrench snugly received within the recess and which may be inserted and removed from the recess either longitudinally or transversely of the recess.
Abstract: A toy animal having a main body part and an oscillating body part movably mounted upon the main body part by a mounting mechanism which will permit the oscillating body part to have relative rotary and oscillating movement relative to the main body part when a small force or vibration is imparted to the main body part. The oscillating body part could be the toy animal's head mounted upon the neck portion of the main animal body part to permit the head to rotate about a vertical axis and also to oscillate or vibrate relative to the main body part.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming high accent pile loops at spaced intervals in a tufted pile fabric. The apparatus for carrying out this method includes separate yarn feed rolls for being selectively driven at a high speed, a low speed, and a minimal speed, by a pattern control mechanism for selectively forming regular high pile loops and low pile loops and also for braking the loops in a single row in order to produce sequentially pile loops of minimal height followed immediately by accent pile loops of heights at least as great as the regular high pile loops, and then by additional minimal height pile loops.
Abstract: A mounting apparatus for fluorescent lamp holders in a fluorescent sign frame including a stationary and a compressible lamp holder for each lamp detachably connectable to an attachment bracket having a forward projecting pair of parallel latch tongues adapted to snap-fasten into a pair of corresponding slots in a mounting plate or raceway cover from the rear of the raceway cover.
October 29, 1990
Date of Patent:
November 5, 1991
Cummings Incorporated, The International Sign Service
Thomas L. Cummings, III, Ned S. Al-Orfali
Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming a battery terminal bushing from a molten lead alloy in order to substantially eliminate the porosity in the material of the finished bushing. This method and apparatus includes the heating of the lead alloy until molten, pouring the molten alloy into a mold cavity, forcing a punch centrally and longitudinally through the center of the mold cavity not only to remove the core from the center of the material which will form the bushing, but also to simultaneously force the remaining alloy within the mold cavity campactly against the inner surface of the mold cavity, withdrawing the punch and ejecting the finished bushing of high density and a polished exterior surface, substantially free of air pores within the bushing material.
Abstract: A belt cradle cloth roll support apparatus for a cloth spreading machine including a pair of first and second endless belt members defining a V-shaped trough and trained about a plurality of rollers, including an adjustment mechanism for moving one of the belt members toward and away from the other belt member in order to decrease the angle of the V-shaped trough in order to better contain and control smaller diameter cloth rolls which have diminished in size as they are unwound while supported on the V-shaped belt cradle.
Abstract: A battery charging system incorporating a unijunction relaxation oscillator circuit and an electronic current limiting control circuit for de-energizing the relaxation oscillator circuit when the battery charging current exceeds a certain minimum value. The system preferably also includes a voltage control circuit and a temperature control circuit all of which are connected in parallel with the electronic current limiting control circuit in order to de-energize the relaxation oscillator circuit when the respective voltage and temperature of the system exceeds certain predetermined minimum values. The electronic current limiting control circuit, the voltage control circuit and the temperature control circuit are included in corresponding solid state integrated circuits.
Abstract: A dispenser for rolls of sheet material including an upright roll chamber adapted to support at least three stacked rolls of sheet material, such as toilet paper, including a lower dispensing station, a primary reserve station above the dispensing station, and a secondary reserve station above the primary reserve station. Mounted for operative movement on opposite sides of the roll chamber at each station is a pair of eccentric rotary actuators, each adapted to rotate about a rotary axis extending front-to-rear, each actuator having a radial projection for entry into and withdrawal from the roll chamber on opposite sides of the rolls at the corresponding station in order to dispense sheet material from the roll at the dispensing station and to feed rolls downward from the upper reserve stations to the dispensing station when the lowermost roll is empty and its empty core has been discharged.
Abstract: A process and apparatus for the vitrification of fly ash produced from an incineration system for solid waste materials, including the combining of fly ash extracted from the pollution control device in the incineration system with fusible material, particularly glass, and preferably recycled glass extracted from the solid waste material before it is incinerated, and subsequently melting the combined glass and fly ash in a vitrification furnace in order to vitrify the fly ash and its toxic contaminants, including lead, mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals, to produce an inert vitrified ash product. The flue gas from the vitrification furnace is returned to the flue gas stream from the incinerator for introduction into the pollution control device.
Abstract: A protective truck bed liner incorporating a plurality of spaced rib members in the bottom, opposite sides, and front liner walls of the truck bed liner, as well as their interconnecting juncture portions, in order to substantially reinforce the walls of the liner when installed in a truck bed. The rib members in the bottom wall of the liner are also provided with alternating depressions and lands to minimize slidable movement of a load received on the bottom liner wall, particularly during movement of the truck bed in which the liner is mounted.
Abstract: A vehicle washing apparatus particularly adapted for the thorough washing of vehicle wheels including a wheel washing device or unit including a pivotally mounted carrousel supporting a rotary spray head and control means for actuating the carrousel to sweep the spray head across and along the wheel as the wheel moves past the washer unit. The carrousel is preferably computer controlled to move in response to the increments of travel of the vehicle so that the washer unit consistently tracks the vehicle wheels regardless of the length of the wheel base or the speed of travel of the vehicle.
Abstract: The storage device is a device used in pickup truck beds, for the purpose of protecting items from the outside elements. The two main elements are the compartment, and the lid. The compartment and lid are made of materials such as sturdy lightweight injection molded plastics. The lid is ribbed across the top to add strength. The capacity of the compartment is approximately the same as the trunk of most small to medium size cars. It has a metal security tube system with locks, and rubber boot suction cups in the front and back of the device, to prevent theft or unauthorized removal from the bed. The lid has a front end locking mechanism that secures the contents. The lid is hinged at the rear end, allowing the lid to be opened and closed, from the tailgate area of the truck bed. A metal rod in the lid, allows the lid element to be raised to various positions (openings) as desired, when putting items into or taking items out of the compartment. The storage device is a portable device.
Abstract: A styled shoe construction designed for comfort including a flexible, durable, synthetic outsole member having a narrow heel or tongue portion received in the recess of a styled leather heel. The shoe construction further includes a synthetic fiberboard insole member in which its backpart area is substantially rigid while its forepart area is substantially flexible, is lightweight, breathable, and water-absorptive, and is cement-lasted between the inturned marginal edges of a styled leather upper and the top surfaces of the marginal edges of the outsole member and heel. A highly resilient elongated urethane foam bottom filler is received within the cavity between the insole member and the outsole member, and a heel cushion member preferably of the same material as the bottom filler is secured to the top backpart surface of the insole member.
February 21, 1989
Date of Patent:
July 24, 1990
Michael D. Brandon, Robert A. Dorris, Robert T. Garrett, Roy N. Helton, Don G. Roney, James R. Vinson
Abstract: A seed collector device for a mower apparatus having an elongatged cutter blade, including a seed collection tray having an elongated transverse front edge mounted above the cutter blade and declining rearward in order to collect seed from the seed heads of the vegetation encountered by the front edge of the tray and the cutter blade, causing the seeds to drop upon the tray, and a transverse declining trough at the rear end of the tray for routing the seeds from the tray to a receptacle below the discharge end of the trough.