Abstract: A boat hoist including a four-post rectangular frame structure having a pair of rails connected between pairs of posts in a parallel manner, a hydraulic piston and cylinder unit mounted within one rail and operationally connected to a level lift pulley and cable suspension system interconnected between the frame and a vertically movable platform mounted on the frame, the piston and cylinder unit provided with either a switch or a valve to prevent accidental lowering of the platform.
Abstract: A double lead leash construction (10) including a pair of generally elongated lead members (20), (20′) having looped distal ends (21) engaging a respective pair of snap swivels (22), (22′). The proximal ends of the lead members (20), (20′) are joined together as at (23). A rigid support arm (30) connected on its opposite ends to opposed surfaces of the lead members (20), (20′) proximate to, but spaced from the juncture (23) of the lead member s (20), (20′) and a generally rigid main shaft member (60) having a distal end attached to the juncture (23) of the lead members (20), (20′) and a looped proximal end (61) that captively engages a double swivel element (62) that is adapted to be attached to a conventional control handle unit (14), (14′) to prevent the entanglement of the pair of lead members (20), (20′) while walking a pair of animals.
Abstract: An angularly adjustable traction apparatus (10) for applying traction forces to a patient's limb wherein the apparatus (10) includes a base platform member (20) provided with a rail unit (14) that is raised relative to the base platform member (20) and a limb immobilizing unit (12) and pulley unit (13) slidably disposed on the rail unit (14) and adapted to be angularly adjusted relative thereto; wherein, the pulley unit (13) includes a support post member (50) and a pulley member (60) suspended from the support post member (50) and provided with a bracket element (61) whose height can be varied to the base platform member (20).
Abstract: A method and apparatus 10 for installing and trimming a plurality of wooden mounting blocks 110 within a roughed out door frame 100 to prepare the roughed out door frame to 100 to receive a finished door frame: wherein, the apparatus 10 includes a pair of vertical standard units 11 11′ connected together by a pair of horizontally adjustable spreader units 12 12′ that are adapted to cooperate with one another to conform to the outside dimensions of the finished door frame; wherein, each of the vertical standard units 11 11′ is provided with a plurality of router templates 27 and means for plumbing each vertical standard unit relative to one of the vertical studs 101 101′ in the roughed out door frame 100; such that the wooden mounting blocks 110 can be glued to the vertical studs 101 101′ and then trimmed using the router templates 27 so that the trimmed mounting blocks 110 are perfectly aligned to receive the finished door frame.
Abstract: A display stand (10) for storing and displaying a plurality of artificial tied flies in a practical and humorous manner wherein the display stand (10) includes: a spherical shaped display member (30) fabricated from Styrofoam (35) and having an exterior surface provided with simulated stitched seams (36) to resemble a baseball; and, a stand member (20) having a shallow curved recess (21) dimensioned to receive the lower portion of the display member (30) and a front face (22) having the legend “Fly Ball” which qualifies as a double entendre.
Abstract: An ice scraper construction (10) for cleaning ice and/or snow from vehicle windows wherein the construction (10) includes a handle member (20) having a pair of slots, (25), (28) whose upper ends are provided with an elongated cylindrical recess (29), a generally straight blade member (30), and a contoured deflector member (50). Both the blade member (30) and the deflector member (50) have elongated cylindrical beads (34) and (54), respectively, that are dimensioned to be laterally received within the cylindrical recesses (29) in the handle member (20).
Abstract: An orthotic foot support construction having a sole, an orthotic unit for a foot of the wearer, a propulsion component adhered to the sole and located to provide upward propulsion of the forefoot of the foot support wearer in response to forefoot pressure on the component, and a covering for cooperating with the sole to provide a unitary construction. The orthotic foot support construction may be custom-made with the orthotic unit especially prescribed.
Abstract: A method for transmitting mechanical energy between a transfer piston of a Stirling machine and a moveable member of a generator or of an electric motor. A subject of this invention is also a device for implementing this method. The replacing of the driving piston by a completely static pneumatic resonator makes it possible not only to considerably simplify the device, since this method makes it possible to dispense with the driving piston, but also to facilitate the servocontrol as will be explained subsequently. This signifies that not only does the invention make it possible to substantially simplify the device and to reduce the production costs thereof, but also that the reliability of the device is thereby increased. However, for such a device to have an economical benefit, not only must it be possible to produce it at a competitive price, but it must also be capable of operating for many years without requiring any servicing or adjustment.
Abstract: A utility line guide chute disposed behind a plow for installing multiple utility lines. Divider members disposed between guide chute-side walls are provided for guiding the multiple utility lines in the top of the guide and out a lower rearward portion of the guide whereby utility lines can be laid into the ground at predetermined depths in vertically spaced relationships with respect to each other as the plow and guide chute move forward. A sidewall of the guide chute is composed of separate parts, the shape of respective ones of said separate parts corresponding at least in part to the position of each of more than one respective utility line within the guide whereby the separate parts of the second wall can be selectively removed to facilitate removal of selected ones of the utility lines without removing other ones of the utility lines.
February 1, 2001
Date of Patent:
January 28, 2003
Vermeer Manufacturing Company
Brian Kenkel, Keith A. Hoelting, James V. Reeves
Abstract: A Christmas tree stand construction (10) including a housing member (20) in the shape of a miniature house and having a roof (21) provided with an enlarged chimney (22) having a central opening (23) and a plurality of peripheral apertures (24) dimensioned to receive fastening elements (41) for captively engaging the trunk (101) of a Christmas tree (100) in an upright fashion within the chimney (22); wherein, the central opening (23) in the chimney (22) is adapted to be in open fluid communication with an enlarged fluid reservoir (40) in the case of a live cut Christmas tree (100) or adapted to receive a cup-shaped receptacle element (42) that supports the bottom of the trunk (101) of an artificial tree.
Abstract: The present invention has several aspects to it, one of which is the provision of a chisel point which is straight and tapered from its thinnest part at the extreme front to a thicker part at the rear thereof for causing a sweep to wear longer than prior art sweeps. This sweep also improves soil penetration and is self-sharpening. Another aspect of the present invention is to provide an earth working sweep having a front end, a right side, a left side, and a central upper portion for connecting the sweep to an implement. It also has a right rear wing portion and a left rear wing portion with an intermediate portion connecting the front end to the central upper rear portion and the left and right rear wing portions. A right edge and a left edge have concave edges on the front and convex edges on the back so as to form a somewhat S-shaped configuration which reduces scrap when being made and adds to the longevity and performance of the sweep.
Abstract: Accurate and effective antisurge control for turbocompressor stages is augmented by measuring the flow rate of fluid entering or leaving the stage of compression. On the other hand, turbocompressors with sidestreams, such as ethylene, propylene, and propane refrigeration compressors, pose unique antisurge control challenges; in particular, measurements for the flow rate entering (or leaving) the compressors' middle stages are not available in most cases. Furthermore, the methods used to cope with this lack of flow measurements are prone to introducing errors and producing false transients, as well as being cumbersome and difficult to implement. For these reasons, this disclosure relates to a method for protecting turbocompressors with sidestreams from the damaging effects of surge.
Abstract: This self-compensating spiral for a mechanical spiral balance-wheel oscillator in watchwork or other precision instrument, made of a paramagnetic alloy, contains at least one of the elements Nb, V, Ta, Ti, Zr, Hf and is covered with a substantially uniform oxide layer having a thickness greater than or equal to 20 nm, formed by subjecting the said spiral to an anodizing treatment.
August 3, 2001
Date of Patent:
January 7, 2003
Montres Rolex S.A., Manufacture des Montres Rolex S.A.
Abstract: A process for the conversion of an organic material comprising an oxidation step during which an organic material undergoes the oxidising action of an enzymatic means capable of generating hydrogen peroxide, wherein said oxidation step is carried out, wholly or partly, in the presence of 0.001% to 1% of a metal selected from ruthenium, palladium and mixtures thereof.
December 1, 2000
Date of Patent:
December 31, 2002
Catherine Fouache, Rodolphe Tamion, Guy Fleche, Didier Moine, Patrick Fuertes