Abstract: A safety gas valve for gas burners for providing a "super safe" operation wherein upon the main valve being turned to an off position and the safety valve is held in an operative position by the residual heat of the thermocouple, means is provided for preventing the manual member for opening the main valve until the safety valve returns to the inoperative position.
Abstract: An ionizing type smoke detector device has an output voltage which is compared with a reference voltage and upon the output dropping below the reference, a horn is energized. The reference voltage is normally quite low to reduce the number of false alarms and thus the smoke detector is relatively insensitive to smoldering fires which may require a high sensitivity of the smoke detector device. A timer means periodically modifies the reference voltage to a high value for a short period of time to make the smoke detector more responsive to smoldering fires and yet with the higher sensitivity for the short period of time the number of false alarms are kept at a minimum. Additionally a counter circuit is provided for counting the outputs of the smoke detector over three timing periods and if an output exists for three consecutive periods, an output to the horn is provided.
July 31, 1978
Date of Patent:
September 9, 1980
B. Hubert Pinckaers, Stephen A. Haglund
Abstract: A flame detecting thermocouple for use with a gas valve to insure that the pilot flame exists before the gas valve can turn on the main burner. The thermocouple has a first rod shaped element which is composed of a high potential side thermoelectric material such as Chromel, Inconel, iron-chromium alloy and a second rod shaped element composed of a low potential side thermoelectric material formed of a 0.7 to 2% yttrium, 45-70% copper and the remainder of the alloy is nickel, and the elements are welded together at their ends to provide a junction which can be heated by a flame to produce a thermoelectric output at the other ends of the element.
Abstract: A microwave radar type of intruder detection system incorporating signal sensing, storing and comparison logic which enables the system to self-adapt to any preselected environment and produce a signal in the event of a predetermined change from the ambient conditions of the preselected environment.
Abstract: A pressure regulator has a diaphragm controlled valve and a temperature responsive means for adjusting the loading on the diaphragm to provide a pressure control from a maximum pressure to a minimum pressure in a modulating manner as the temperature changes. The temperature responsive means operates a lever for varying the spring loading on the diaphragm which is accomplished by a resilient biased pin and a C-shaped spring so that when the pin is lifted by the lever to reduce the force on the C spring, the C spring provides for a broadening of the force on the diaphragm and thus widening the modulation range of pressure for a given range in temperature.
Abstract: A thermostat adapted for controlling heating and cooling apparatuses has a temperature control point adjustment means connected to a changeover switch means whereby upon the adjustment of the temperature control point adjustment means in a first range to select a cooling control point, the changeover switch means only connects the thermostat to the cooling apparatus and when the temperature control point adjustment means is in the heating range, the changeover switch means only connects the thermostat to the heating apparatus. The limited range of temperature selection in the first and second range is an energy conservation feature of the thermostat.
February 15, 1978
Date of Patent:
December 11, 1979
Vern C. Johnson, Virgil K. McCormick, John M. Whitney
Abstract: A radar altimeter having a tracking circuit which includes a controllable reference signal generator which is adapted to selectively control the tracking circuit so that there will be no indication of an altitude change in the event of a momentary loss of a received video signal due to the fading of the video signal or other condition requiring the locking of the tracking circuit because of a lack of reliability of the received video signal.
Abstract: A multiple path input/output switching circuit particularly adapted for use with a serially accessed content addressable memory where the switching circuit embodies logical circuitry for implementing a plurality of control and data transfer functions to enhance the communication between the memory and a host system.
Abstract: A circuit for a rechargeable battery backup power source used with an ionization smoke detector device whereby upon the failure of the main alternating current power source, a battery which is normally charged from the power source during standby operation is connected to an ionization smoke detector circuit to maintain its energization upon the loss of the alternating current power source.
Abstract: A multiple path input/output switching circuit particularly adapted for use with a serially accessed content addressable memory where several simultaneous data transfers may be carried out between the memory and a host system.
Abstract: An adapter wall plate for mounting a replacement thermostat on a wall wherein the adapter wall plate attaches to the existing wall plate of the thermostat being replaced thereby eliminating the necessity of disconnecting the wires leading from the existing wall plate to the remote control apparatus.
Abstract: A holographic optical memory utilizes an optical heterodyne technique to significantly increase the signal-to-noise ratio during the readout stage of operation. A light source provides a coherent light beam which is split into a readout beam and a local oscillator beam. The readout beam is directed to one of the holograms stored in the memory medium and a portion of the readout beam is diffracted by the hologram to form a reconstructed image of the bit pattern stored in the hologram at the reconstructed image plane. The local oscillator beam is superimposed with the diffracted portion of the readout beam. An optical frequency translator is positioned in either the readout beam or the local oscillator beam to cause the beams to have different optical frequencies. Therefore, when the two beams are superimposed, a beat frequency signal is produced. An array of detectors is positioned at the reconstructed image plane to receive the superimposed beams.