Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Hill & Simpson
  • Patent number: 6184762
    Abstract: A relay and control module combination wherein the control module has an essentially cuboid housing with a coupling side for plug connection to an auxiliary connection side of a cuboid relay housing. Mutually complementary plug connector elements, which can be connected mechanically and electrically, are provided in both the coupling side and in the auxiliary connection side, The plug connector elements allow mechanical and electrical coupling between the control module and the relay. In this way, a universal relay can be converted into a special relay having a specific function by plugging on the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Heiko Reiss, Jürgen Breitlow-Hertzfeldt
  • Patent number: 6183454
    Abstract: A urinary collection device for human females has a collecting basin with an oval inlet and a skirt around the outside of the oval inlet. A projection is provided from a short side of the oval inlet for insertion into the entrance to the vaginal opening to position the inlet about the urethral opening. A back of the collecting basin has a portion for receiving pressure to urge the inlet into a liquid tight seal against the user. The outlet of the collecting basin has a portion for connecting to a collecting tube which leads to a collecting reservoir. Some embodiments include a bellows between an outlet of the collecting basin and the portion for connection to the collecting tube. The bellows flexes to permit changes in angular orientation between the collecting basin and the collecting tube. An embodiment of the bellows may flex into a conical void within the back of the collecting basin to draw urine into the collection device upon unflexing, or expanding, of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Laurence Levine, Verne Anderson
  • Patent number: 6179410
    Abstract: A printer comprising a printing head for discharging ink alone or ink and diluent according to the present invention employs a polyimide polymer at least around nozzle opening(s) on the nozzle opening side of the printing head so as to enable to form a recorded image of a high resolution as well as to enhance the productivity. It is preferable that the polyimide polymer have a coefficient of water absorption as 0.4 (%) or below when dipped in water of 23 (°C.) for 24 hours. Furthermore, it is preferable that the printing head excluding the portion made from the polyimide polymer be made from polysulfone, polyethersulfone, or a polyimide polymer having a coefficient of water absorption as 1.0 (%) or above when dipped in water of 23 (°C.) for 24 hours. Moreover, it is preferable that nozzles are formed by ablation processing using eximer laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Toshio Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6176570
    Abstract: A printer apparatus comprising a discharge nozzle; a pressure chamber communicated with this discharge nozzle; vibrating plates covering the pressure chamber; and a piezoelectric element arranged corresponding to the pressure chamber via the vibrating plates, the vibrating plates comprising a plurality of layers, at least one layer of the vibrating plates covering the entire pressure chamber, and the remaining layers of the vibrating plates being partially removed by using the piezoelectric element as the mask and controlled to substantially the same width as that of the piezoelectric element and, in addition, a method of production of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Tetsuo Nakayama, Takaaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 6177914
    Abstract: The plasma addressed electro-optical display includes a panel having a plasma cell and a liquid crystal cell joined to each other with a dielectric sheet interposed in between. While the plasma cell has display channels arranged thereon in rows, the liquid crystal panel has signal electrodes arranged thereon in columns, which define pixels at the intersections with the display channels to thereby form an image. A scanning circuit is connected to the display channels and sequentially drives the display channels to discharge over the image and select pixels in each row through the dielectric sheet. A signal circuit is connected to the signal electrodes and drives the signal electrodes in synchronism with the driving for discharge and in accordance with one image of picture data, and, thereby, it writes signal voltages into the selected pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Iwama, Hironobu Abe
  • Patent number: 6177791
    Abstract: Current sensor according to the compensation principle, in which the magnetic field produced by a primary winding (1) through which the current to be measured flows is compensated by the compensation current in a secondary winding (6), and in which for the controlling of the compensation current at least one sensor (3) that is influenced by the magnetic field acquires deviations from the zero current and supplies this measurement value to a driver circuit (5) for the production of the compensation current, whereby at the output of the driver circuit (5) the secondary winding (6) is connected in series to a terminating resistance (7), a voltage (Ua) that is proportional to the current to be measured is present at the terminating resistance (7), two amplifiers (5a,5b) in a bridge circuit, which are controlled by the measurement value and which supply output signals in phase opposition to one another, are used as a driver circuit (5), and the series circuit of the secondary winding (6) and terminating resistance
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Vacuumschmelze GmbH
    Inventor: Friedrich Lenhard
  • Patent number: 6175697
    Abstract: A printer or copier has a developer station for a toner image wherein a photoconductive drum is provided with a latent charge image that is developed by applying a toner/air mixture to a developer drum that in turn applies the toner to the photoconductive drum. The toner is charged by a charging device as it is applied to the developer drum. A sensor senses the toner on the developer drum and a control varies the quantity of toner applied. The sensor is an optical sensor or a capacitive sensor, and the charge applied to the toner by the charging device is varied depending on the sensor output. A voltage applied to the developer drum may also be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Oce Printing Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Kopp, Martin Schleusener, Reinhard Apel
  • Patent number: 6174069
    Abstract: A light fixture includes down lighting for directing light downwardly from the light fixture and includes an auxiliary side light to direct light onto wall surfaces having blackboards, bulletin boards and the like. The side light includes a refraction lens to wash the wall in light. Separate controls for the down light and side light are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventors: Carlton Plunk, George Preston, David Dean
  • Patent number: 6172166
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermally resistant resin composition containing PS and PPO, wherein at least one of PS and PPO has an acid group and the acid group is neutralized with a basic metal compound containing a metal element of the group 2B, 3B, 4B or 5B of the periodic table; thermally resistant PS and PPO each with an acid group which is also neutralized in the same manner as described above; and a method for miscible preparation of PS and PPO, wherein at least one of PS and PPO has an acid group and the acid group is neutralized similarly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhito Inagaki, Tsutomu Noguchi, Hidemi Tomita
  • Patent number: 6173033
    Abstract: An X-ray computed tomography apparatus having a two-dimensional detector allows X-ray shadowgraphs to be alternatively produced with using one or several detector rows. For this purpose, a slot diaphragm near the tube and a slot diaphragm near the detector are provided. For the superposition of the shadowgraphs of the individual detector rows, an on-line computing method is used that includes a deblurring filter for the reduction of image blurring due to table motion, and a method for scatter radiation correction in a multirow or matrix detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Klingenbeck-Regn, Guenter Dehner
  • Patent number: 6172814
    Abstract: A piano lens according to the present invention includes a transparent base member disposed on a light emission side thereof or light incidence side thereof and a minute-transparent-ball disposing layer having at least minute transparent balls two-dimensionally in a single grain layer on the transparent base member so that the minute transparent balls disposed adjacent to each other should be disposed in contact with or close to each other, and a colored layer disposed so as to expose the minute transparent balls to outside on the light incidence side. The minute-transparent-ball disposing layer has an improved light transmission at a light emission side end portion of the minute transparent ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Watanabe, Hirotsugu Suzuki, Koji Ashizaki, Takeshi Matsui, Tomotaka Ito, Shunichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6168332
    Abstract: A transfer printing station is provided which has two pairs of tractor drives movably arranged side-by-side on two drive shafts. During operation with only a single paper web, the unused tractor drives can be moved to a lateral parking position. The two pairs of tractor drives can be easily moved to match two different webs of paper of different widths. The structure enables a user to adapt the paper conveyor of a transfer printing station to operate with only a single paper web or two parallel webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Oce Printing Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Puritscher, Adolf Höfler, Josef Windele
  • Patent number: 6169978
    Abstract: A process and device for automaticaly posting virtually and item of mail wherein the item of mail is deposited on a handling surface and images of the item of are processed by an electronic camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernhard Lutz, Udo Tewes, Uwe Urban, Holger Kremer, Hans Walter Fl{umlaut over (u)}ckiger, Stefan Sieber
  • Patent number: 6166769
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device has a matrix of pixels arranged in rows and columns, a first signal holding circuit for holding a first signal transferred from each of the pixels through a vertical signal line, a second signal holding circuit for holding a second signal transferred from the each pixel through the vertical signal line, and a horizontal signal line group connected to the first signal holding circuit and the second signal holding circuit. The first signal holding circuit and the second signal holding circuit are axially symmetrically positioned one on each side of the horizontal signal line group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Yonemoto, Ryoji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6165581
    Abstract: In a magnetic recording medium such as a floppy disk, a fatty acid ester compound having at least one side chain group with a molecular weight of 70 or more is added as a lubricant to a non-magnetic under layer or a magnetic recording layer in order to prevent migration of a lubricant to a liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Futoshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6164585
    Abstract: A roll storage arrangement for sheet-like articles, in particular banknotes, having two roll cores, each of which is connected to a drive whose driving direction can be reversed, and between which a common storage tape can be rereeled. The storage tape is subdivided into logical sectors, which follow one another in the tape longitudinal direction and each accommodate an article to be stored. Arranged between the roll cores is an input/output feed unit, which is optionally adjustable between a rest position and an input/output feed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Siemens Nixdorf Informationsystem Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernhard Lutz
  • Patent number: D435855
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Warren Rupp, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Donelson, Curt T. Young
  • Patent number: RE37020
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for providing nutrition to elderly patients. Pursuant to the present invention, the enteral composition includes a protein source, a lipid source, and a carbohydrate source. Preferably, the protein source includes at least 18% of the total calories. In an embodiment, the carbohydrate source includes a source of dietary fiber including a balance of soluble to insoluble fiber ratio of approximately 1:3. Still further, the composition of the present invention also includes increased levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec, Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul M. Lin, Shen-Youn Chang, Chris Kruzel
  • Patent number: D436582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Boris Angele
  • Patent number: D436998
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventors: Markus Franciscus Brouwer, Eelco Han De Man