Abstract: A golf cup retaining system for use with artificial putting greens. The golf cup retaining system includes a retaining tube positioned in the ground at a selected area of the artificial green. An anchor plate secures with the upper portion of the retaining tube to secure it against lateral movement. Flaps of artificial carpet extend into the upper opening of the retaining tube and the golf cup is positioned against the carpet and into the retaining tube. The carpet acts to secure the cup in position while the cup acts to retain the carpet about the opening into the retaining tube in a taut and smooth condition.
Abstract: Apparatus for distributing yard care material is disclosed using a yard blower having a hand held blower tube. A dry material feed system is affixed to a tube section of the blower tube which introduces dry material into an air flow generated by the blower by means of a feed opening formed in the tube section. An injection gate controls the amount of dry material dispensed from the feed hopper into the air flow. The use of a slopping wall allows the dry material to be fed by gravity. Additionally, a liquid feed system may be provided which is secured to the dry material feed hopper to feed a liquid yard treatment material is also feed. Advantageously, a liquid feed conduit is formed on the exterior of the blower tube and has an outlet end disposed a distance from the air exit end of the blower tube so that the liquid is injected into the air flow as it exits the blower tube for atomization and distribution to a treatment area.
Abstract: A keyboard for use with a computer which includes a housing and having an upper surface. Pivotally attached to the housing is a pointer pad which is positionable between a position which covers at least a section of the keys displayed on the upper surface of the housing and a second position in which all keys on the upper surface are all uncovered while the pointer pad is positioned adjacent to the housing. Each position provides a working surface for the pointer which is in the proximity of the keyboard.
Abstract: A variable length drive shaft for a rolling mill roll including: a driven first end including a universal joint connecting with an end of a first splined shaft having an axial bore and counter bore and a driving second end including a universal joint connecting with a torque tube and a second spline shaft which engages with the first splined shaft for axial movement. A pilot rod is mounted in the counter bore adjacent to the end of the first splined shaft and extending along the length of drive shaft. A reaction tube is connected with the driving end and located within the torque tube. The reaction tube allows movement of the pilot rod within the drive shaft. Disk springs are mounted on the pilot rod and exert outward pressure against the driving and driven ends while allowing axial movement of the drive shaft.
March 23, 2000
Date of Patent:
September 11, 2001
The Cline Company
Michael E. Faulkenberry, Todd A. Gillespie
Abstract: The invention is directed to an animal carrier for use inside and outside of vehicles which comprises a cage-like enclosure having a top, a front, a rear, and a pair of sides intersecting with at least the front and a carriage for supporting the enclosure having a bottom, a front, a rear, and a pair of sides intersecting with at least the rear. Attachment members removably connect the cage with the carriage. At least one wedge is secured with the carriage rear and is adapted to be engaged with a seat belt of the vehicle for removably securing the carrier within the vehicle.
Abstract: A resilient base flooring for assembly on a base surface having a plurality of sub-floor panels carried above the base surface in substantial side-by-side and end-to-end arrangement to form a base floor having continuous uninterrupted surfaces. A plurality of flooring boards are secured with and are arranged to extend transversely of the sub-floor panels to define an integral flooring system. Resilient members are disposed between the sub-floor panels and the base surface to provide resilient support for the integral flooring. A first limit bar is connected with the base surface and a second limit bar is supported by an inner surface of the sub-floor panels. The limit bars have overlying edges which interact beneath the lower surface of the sub-flooring panels to limit vertical movement of the integral flooring.
Abstract: A mote knife for use with a cleaning system including a rotating cylinder which creates a binary air flow while which entrains a fiber web formed of fibers of various fiber lengths about a circular path. A waste removal duct is arranged adjacent the periphery of the cylinder. A mote knife, which includes a contact surface positioned adjacent the periphery of the cylinder, a front edge located a first distance from the periphery of the cylinder, an intermediate edge located a second distance from the periphery of the cylinder and a rear edge located and a third distance from the periphery of the cylinder. A first channel is formed between the periphery and the front and intermediate edges which converges toward the intermediate edge. A second channel is formed between the periphery and the intermediate and rear edges which diverges toward the rear edge. Rotation of the cylinder creates a venturi effect at the intermediate edge which brings the flow of binary air to its greatest velocity.
Abstract: A sleeper system, used to attach covering flooring with a base floor. The improved arrangement comprises a metallic channel secured with the base floor. The channel comprises a horizontal base, spaced vertical and parallel sides, and an inwardly directed tab formed with the upper end of each of the sides. The tabs extending along a plane which is parallel with the plane of the base of the channel. A resilient pad is located within and extends along the channel. A wooden stud having an upper surface of a first width, a lower surface of a lesser second width and a pair of side surfaces with inwardly extending portions connecting with the lower surface is provided for placement within the channel. The stud has a plurality of attachment clips secured with each of its side walls. Each attachment clip includes a longitudinal extension having a portion spaced laterally from each side wall. An outwardly directed hook is formed at the lower end of each attachment clip.
Abstract: A wheelchair restraint system for a mass transportation vehicle having a securement area for a wheelchair is disclosed which includes a barrier carried at a rear portion of the securement area disposed generally transverse to the longitudinal vehicle axis. A rear wheelchair attachment assembly is carried by the rear barrier for anchoring the wheelchair to the barrier. A personal securement belt assembly secures a seated wheelchair occupant to the wheelchair in the securement area. A front bulkhead extends generally transverse to the longitudinal vehicle axis at a front portion of the securement area which includes an extendable anchor member which extends transverse relative to the longitudinal vehicle axis. The anchor member is extendable between a stored position in which the anchor member is stowed within the bulkhead and a deployed position wherein the anchor member is extended from the bulkhead.
Abstract: An arrangement of sewing successive edges of material which extend in two directions. The arrangement comprises a stationary sewing table having a prescribed sewing area. The sewing table supports a carriage. A sewing machine is supported by the carriage. Drives are provided for the carriage and the sewing machine and are operative to move the carriage selectively in the X and Y directions while operating the sewing machine to sew. A material feeding assembly having an independent drive is provided to feed material into the sewing area and to maintain the fed material in the sewing area in a flat fixed position for a prescribed period of time. A control operates to actuate the feeding assembly to position the material, to actuate the sewing machine to sew and to actuate the carriage carrying the sewing machine to move in the X and Y directions about the sewing area forming automatically a folded fabric having all edges stitched.
October 26, 1998
Date of Patent:
July 4, 2000
Diversified Systems, Inc.
Stephen J. Root, Kenneth Herring, William Rogers, Kirk Yedinak, Charles Smith, Furman E. Burgess
Abstract: A decorative border strip for adorning room walls consisting of a three dimensional embroidered strip having a single layer of yarns inter-engaged in a weblike transparent repetitive pattern inter-engaging with multi-layered yarns interlaced to form non-transparent repetitive patterns. The border strip has a transparent adhesive strip secured with a rear surface thereof and a removable non-adhesive strip adhered to the exposed adhesive surface of the adhesive strip. When located on a wall, those wall portions behind the transparent pattern areas are visible.
Abstract: An arrangement for sorting a first category of fibers having a first set of properties into at least a second category of fibers having a second set of properties and a third category of fibers having a third set of properties. The arrangement comprises a sorting channel including at least one travelling teeth laden carrier surface driven in a first direction within the sorting channel. The sorting channel further includes at least a first inlet and at least first and second outlets. A first energy field flows through the sorting channel in a second direction. The first category of fibers are plied to the travelling teeth carried on the driven carrier surface and the first energy field causes at least the longer fibers from the first category to be held latched onto the travelling teeth as it washes and strips away shorter fibers and impurities producing the second category of fibers.
Abstract: A resilient flooring formed over a non-resilient base floor comprising an upper surface of hardwood flooring secured with a subsurface of plywood panels and a plurality of spaced parallel sleepers arranged across the base floor for supporting the flooring and subsurface. Each sleeper is formed with an upper surface and lower surface of equal width and opposed vertical sides. The upper surface supports and is secured with the subsurface. The lower surface of each sleeper includes a pillow of resilient material secured therewith which act to separate the sleeper from the sub-floor. Parallel grooves are formed in the opposed sides of each sleeper and securing clips having upper extensions are arranged along opposite sides of each sleeper with the extensions extending to the parallel grooves. The securing clips are secured with the sub-flooring.
Abstract: The portable collapsible self-assembling desk having a desktop, base unit, pivotal side supports, a tray and a lower shelf The desk in its collapsed configuration allows for easy transportation and storage and can be carried by a handle in a suitcase-like manner. The desk in its erected configuration provides a substantially horizontal work space. The pivotal side supports are automatically extended to provide support to the desktop allowing the desk to be easily converted between the collapsed and erected positions. These two configurations allow the desk to be in a collapsed configuration providing a small footprint and occupying substantially less space than when in the erect position.
Abstract: A preassembled, foldable entertainment stand for a computer printer and the like is disclosed having a folded and erect configuration wherein a vertical back panel pivotally carries a plurality of vertical shelf panels. The shelf panels fold upwardly to a generally vertically position disposed near the front surface of the back panel while a top shelf panel folds upwardly to overlay the rear surface of the back panel. A pair of side panels are pivotally carried by the back panel. Panel hinges with displaced pivots secure the top panel and the side panels to the back panel so that the top panel lies flush against the back panel and the side panels fold generally flat over the shelf panels when the stand is folded for a compact folded configuration.
March 26, 1998
Date of Patent:
March 21, 2000
Charles R. Brown, Marion O. Fogle, Thomas F. Salley
Abstract: A valve housing assembly for use with permanent watering systems for yards, gardens, etc. The watering system includes underground substantially rigid conduits for supplying water to the system and delivering water to the delivery units. The valve assembly interconnects the supply and delivery conduits. The valve assembly includes a housing supporting a control valve and having outlet and inlet pipes which interconnect with the valve and the inlet and outlet conduits. The inlet and outlet pipes are flexible which allows connection with conduits which are slightly misaligned. The pipes also have quick release connectors which provides quick connect and disconnect with the valve and inlet and outlet conduits. The valve mount is interchangeable between other valve mounts to accommodate a plurality of value case structures.
Abstract: A variable length light weight drive shaft for a rolling mill roll including: a driven first end including a universal joint connecting with an end of a male splined shaft having an axial bore and counter bore and a driving second end including a universal joint connecting with a torque tube and a female spline shaft which engages over the male splined shaft for axial movement. A gas cylinder is mounted in the counter bore adjacent to the second end of the male splined shaft. A cylinder rod extends from the cylinder and is connected to with the universal joint at the driving end. The piston rod includes a self aligning coupler. The gas cylinder and cylinder rod exert continuous outward pressure against the driven and driving ends which maintains them in pressure contact with the driving and driven members while allowing axial movement of the drive shaft.
Abstract: A tool for spreading apart opposed spring biased brake drum shoes adjacent one end to facilitate access to a brake cylinder. The tool includes a pair of fork members having depending prongs mounted on a shaft having screw threads along its length. A first of the fork members is carried in a stationary position relative the length of the shaft while the second of the fork members is carried for driven motion by the screw threads longitudinally of the shaft. In operation the fork members are positioned to be substantially together so that they may be engaged with a projectioning surface of each opposed brake shoe. The shaft is rotated causing the fork members and said brake shoes to be moved in diverging directions a distance sufficient to separate the brake shoes from the cylinder.
Abstract: A forming fabric for use in papermaking machines having a paper support surface and a machine contact surface. The support surface comprises first weft yarns interwoven in a weaving pattern with warp yarns to form a weft dominated surface having alternating weft floats of first and second lengths. These floats are formed by the first weft yarns passing over different numbers of adjacent warp yarns in each pick of the weft across the weave pattern. The contact surface is woven with the second weft yarns weaving with the warp yarns in a weave pattern which also forms a weft dominated surface. The second weft yarns are passed under a greater number of adjacent warp yarns in each pick across the weave pattern than the first weft yarns are passed over forming the contact surface with very long weft floats.
Abstract: A columbarium which includes a pair of end walls disposed along substantially vertical planes resting on a base and supporting a top forming an enclosed open area. A plurality of containers which are arranged in horizontal and vertical rows are positioned within the open area. A pair of side walls which are supported solely by the base are disposed along substantially vertical planes forming the outer limits of the open area. The side walls are formed of a plurality of removable cover plates which are arranged in horizontal and vertical rows which substantially correspond with the horizontal and vertical rows formed by the containers.