Abstract: The invention is a pipe coupling particularly adapted for coupling together the ends of pipes that may or may not have annular end ribs, i.e. spigot beads. The coupling embodies a gasket into which the ends of the pipes are fitted. Deformable (semi-rigid) clamping members clamp around the gasket and the ends of the pipe. These members have shallow internal annular recesses. The gasket has diametrically opposed extending ears which are clamped between mating end parts forming lugs on the clamping members. The gasket has an integral external annular rib which fits into the annular recesses in the clamping members; pipes with spigot beads are accommodated in the annular recesses of the clamping members. The clamping members when clamped (torqued) deform to apply clamping pressure to the gasket throughout the entire circumference.
Abstract: The invention is an improvement in mechanisms or apparatus for transporting articles or products between points such as work stations in an industrial plant or the like. A track or trackway is provided running between different points or work stations, the track provides fixed rail members. A truck or trolley equipped with rollers on its underside is movable on the trackway between different points or work stations, the trackway being supported at spaced intervals. The truck or trolley is provided with wheels or rollers that are engageable with the track. The truck or trolley is provided with additional wheels positioned so that the truck can move at right angles to the track into a shunt position at a particular work station. Articles such as devices being produced can thus be very readily moved about from one point to another, that is, from one work station to another in a plant area.
Abstract: A filter assembly or unit having end caps or fittings which are held together by tie rods with a filter casing between them and sealed to them. A filter cartridge is within the casing. Each end fitting or cap is constructed to provide a slideway to receive a sliding member that seals to the end fitting and which sealing engages an end of the filter casing. The sliding members can be secured to the end fittings. The sliding members along with the filter casing can be removed laterally from the assembly, the end fittings or caps remaining coupled in an air or gas line containing fluid to be filtered. In this manner the cartridge or cartridges can be replaced in the filter casing without uncoupling the end fittings from the an air or gas line and without disassembling the cage formed by the end fittings and the tie rods.
Abstract: A system utilizing a dry steam jet for cleaning, sterilizing and related purposes. A steam generator in the form of a flash boiler with a heat source is utilized. A reservoir containing a mixture of water and containing a cleaning agent or other chemical is provided. A motor driven reciprocating pump, pumps the liquid mixture into the flash boiler. The mixture immediately is vaporized and then is discharged through the jet nozzle. The system is coordinated to be operated electrically under manual control. The flash boiler is internally etched in a non-uniform manner to enhance the flashing of the liquid. The pump speed, water flow, etched boiler size, and applied heating temperature are coordinated to achieve the result that a steady flow at the desired pressure and temperature from the jet nozzle can be had.
Abstract: An improved crashworthy helicopter seat primarily for combat aircraft includes at least upper, intermediate and lower pairs of energy absorbers attached between the seat bucket and the frame of the aircraft and operable in both tension and compression. The energy absorbers comprise a plurality of telescoped tubes interfitted into one another and having coils of wire frictionally engaged between adjoining tubes such that energy is dissipated by motion of the tubes relative to one another through the plastic deformation of the coils of wire. The energy absorbers are adjustable to optimize safety parameters of occupants of the seat under a range of potential crash conditions including the most probable crash condition, for occupants having a substantial range of weight and size.
Abstract: A double barrel firearm provides a selector mechanism so that either barrel can be selected to be fired first. A pair of sears is provided cooperating with hammers. The trigger can actuate either sear that has been selected by the selector mechanism for firing either barrel first. The trigger actuates a connector. The connector can actuate the selected sear. Each sear has engagement with a part of the connector whereby when a sear is actuated, it will move the connector rearwardly, the connector being biased forwardly so that it will then come into a more forward position for engagement with the second sear. Even if the barrel selected to be fired first does not fire, the second barrel will be fired on the second pull of the trigger. The connector also serves as an inertia block so it has the capability of responding to inertia to be repositioned for actuating the second sear in the event the first barrel fires in response to the first pull of the trigger.
Abstract: A dispensing container or box for pills or capsules having multiple individual compartments, which can be individually opened for extracting or dispensing a pill or capsule. The individual compartments are formed by partitions within the container. A top or cover is provided which is initially integral and which provides a plurality of tabs arranged so that an individual tab covers each compartment, the tabs being attached to the cover by a frangible part that can be manually broken free. Each tab is provided with means in the form of a depending rib shaped to snugly fit into the top of its respective compartment to provide an air tight fit. Latching detent means are provided as between the integral cover and the container so that when the cover is positioned it cannot be taken off or removed from the container.
Abstract: An office accessory or utility constructed in the form of a frame or holder that forms a trackway for a plurality of individual modules. Modules are provided individually designed for holding different office items such as pencils, ashtray, photograph, clock, memo pad, calendar, business cards, tape dispenser, paper organizer, etc. The frame structure is constructed to be utilizable either on a horizontal surface or suspended from a vertical surface or vertical columns. The modules are positionable in any desired order in the accessory and are readily slideable along its length. Separate individual divider members are provided that are insertable in the accessory trackway to provide individual compartments of desired size and position for holding office supplies or items used.
Abstract: An air deflector for vehicles to reduce wind resistance while moving. Two flat panels are provided hinged to upright posts, preferably mounted on the bumper of a vehicle. The panels are collapsable or retractable. In one position they are swung outwardly into a v-shaped configuration with the apex at the front. In retracted position they are folded back in a position parallel to each other adapted for parking or storage. Guide means are provided on the back side of the panels to facilitate their being deployed outwardly. The outer edges of the panels are mounted on rotatable posts having sprockets on them and a sprocket chain mechanism is provided with connections to the interior of the automobile so that the panels can be deployed outwardly or retracted from within the vehicle.
Abstract: A cabinet or container particularly adapted for holding in an organized manner video game consoles of different sizes and shapes and also for holding accessories constructed for use with different systems. The cabinet has a top opening particularly shaped and constructed to receive and accommodate different control consoles or systems such as different Atari control consoles and also a Mattel Intellevision control console. Typically the dimensions of the control consoles vary and typically they have a base part of different dimensions. The open top of the cabinet is particularly configurated to receive and accommodate the different consoles. The base part of a control console can extend down through the opening. The console may be supported on peripheral surfaces of the opening itself or on ledges extending inwardly with respect to the opening at a level below the surface of the top. The lower part of the cabinet is preferably compartmentalized uniquely to hold different cartridges.
Abstract: An appliance or utensil for removing remaining relatively viscous materials in bottles or containers having a relatively restricted neck. The appliance embodies a handle which is insertable through the neck of the bottle and an operative element in the form of a channel member having flexible side walls so that it can be rotated against the interior surface of the bottle with a side wall of the channel rubbing against the surface so as to pick up or gather in the channel the remaining viscous material in the bottle. The channel member is then removed through the neck of the bottle carrying the gathered material with it. The material is then removed from the channel by means of a pusher moved along the length of the channel member.
Abstract: An integral molded base plate or platform for carrying a set of roller skate wheels and which is attachable to a shoe. The base plate or platform is in a single piece. It has a flat upper surface and it has bores normal to the surface to which the chassis members carrying the wheels are attached by through bolts. The base plate has an integral longitudinal reinforcing rib on its under side which has formed in it receptacles to receive the ends of brace members that extend from the chassis frames that carry the roller skate wheels. There is an integral slanting or beveled front surface having a slant bore for attachment to the base plate of a toe stop member, preferably formed of plastic.
Abstract: A cushion having beneficial purposes for both persons having physical disabilities and persons who do not. It is an expandable cushion having a lower chamber for air and an upper chamber for liquid, preferably ordinary water. The water chamber or container is configurated to be over the air container and to have portions at the sides and back of the cushion, which are filled with and forced up by pressure when a person is seated on the cushion to provide a containment for the upper thighs, buttocks and lumbar region for beneficial purposes, as identified herein.
Abstract: A compact antenna system for use in connection with pay television reception comprises a resonant cavity including a small dipole, the latter being connected to a circuit board containing circuitry for converting the received pay television signal to a frequency usable by the television receiver of the subscriber. The member defining the cavity is affixed to the circuit board, which in turn is mounted upon a holder attached to the exterior of the structure in which the television receiver is located. The circuit board includes a preamplifier-filter stage to filter extraneous signals and to promote preamplification of the signal from the antenna. The preamplified signal goes to the input of a mixer and from there is filtered to the frequency of the channel selected by the user of the television receiver. At least one triangular circuit element is utilized in the preamplifier and in the mixer.
November 28, 1980
Date of Patent:
January 18, 1983
Tanner Electronic Systems Technology, Inc.
Abstract: A production workbench is associated with a production cart which is mounted on castors to be movable from one work station to another. In a preferred form, the bench is provided with a slot or cutout to receive the production cart. Inter-engaging guide track apparatus and rollers are provided between the bench and the cart operative to serve as self-leveling apparatus to bring the surfaces of the bench and the cart to the same level when the production cart is inserted into the cutout.
Abstract: Ratchet wrench, having a motor drive and having a member which oscillates angularly, cooperating with a rotor, which intermittently drives a shaft angularly through a pre-determined number of degrees, the shaft being configurated to carry a socket to fit a nut to be turned. The wrench has a head which carries the oscillating member and a ratchet pawl. A manual adjustment is provided to adjust the pawl for driving the shaft in either direction as desired. The ratchet pawl is carried in the rotor member which is mounted in the head and which carries the shaft on which is mounted the socket for fitting on the nut to be turned. All of the parts are held within the head with appropriate friction being applied to the rotor by use of a wave washer.
Abstract: An automatic or fully automated machine for fabricating flexible containers sometimes known as squeeze containers. The containers are fabricated from flexible plastic tube stock. The machine embodies stages or stations arranged in line at which operations are performed on the stock material, the final operation being the filling and sealing of the container. The stations include an initial heating station for producing the desired flexibility in the material. As the stock is advanced, an initial slit is made part way through the tubing. Initial sealing is performed at a further station which fabricates the discharge end of the container. The stock is advanced in steps. At a final station, the fabricated container is filled and sealed. All of the operations are automated and are sequenced by way of automatic, pneumatic, and electrical controls.
Abstract: A system for sailboats for the purpose of maintaining the trim or attitude of the hull in a level position and at the same time adjusting the rigging and keel. The mast is made so that it can tilt to port or starboard and apparatus is provided to produce a force or torque tending to urge the mast back to its upright position and to produce a righting moment on the hull. Alternative apparatus is provided to produce these forces. A rotatable keel is provided which is automatically adjusted when the mast tilts to compensate for the tendency of the craft to make leeway while under way. An auxiliary mast is provided, suspended from the top of the regular mast which is swung to port or starboard to keep the mainsail substantially upright. A horizontally movable jib boom is provided for the foresail and sheets are provided so that the helmsman can adjust the aspect of the foresail to keep it aligned with the mainsail when the mast tilts.
Abstract: Test apparatus for microbiological cultures includes a vibrating member for placement thereupon of a vessel, such as a petri dish, containing a microbiological culture medium in the form of a liquid film, whereby vibration of the vessel will tend to equalize the thickness of a film formed by solidification of the medium, thereby promoting accuracy of test results. The apparatus further includes a table for placement thereupon of a plurality of vessels containing cultures, the table having a plurality of guides for use in accommodating vessels after removal from the vibrating members. Ramps are disposed on the table adjacent the vibrating members to guide the vessels to the desired position on the vibrating members and to elevate the covers of the vessels so that vibration can occur in a vertical as well as horizontal mode, thereby fostering the desired equalization of the thickness of the culture film in the vessel.
August 25, 1980
Date of Patent:
August 17, 1982
The Regents of the University of California
Steven D. Shaffer, L. Michael Kienitz, James N. Pitts, Jr., Richard D. Bliss
Abstract: A method for detecting the change in the capacitance of an antenna caused by the approach of a person to the antenna, including the step of charging said antenna to a predetermined voltage relative to ground or a reference antenna, the step of discharging the antenna through a capacitor such that the voltage developed across the capacitor is proportional to the initial charge on the antenna, said charging and discharging steps being sequentially repeated, and the step of comparing the instantaneous voltage across the capacitor to the long term average voltage to detect transient changes caused by an increase in the antenna capacitance resulting from the approach of a person.