Patents Represented by Attorney Isaf, Vaughan & Kerr
  • Patent number: 6074491
    Abstract: Provided is a parts washer that includes a multi-tiered basin, a cleaning fluid and a biological component, living within the fluid, that breaks down organic waste. The multi-tiered basin includes a sink member with a false bottom, and a support grid and filter are interposed between the false bottom and a bottom panel of the sink member. The false bottom, support rid, and filter are readily removable from the sink member. The tank is partially filled with the cleaning fluid and a pump and conduit assembly direct a flow of the cleaning fluid to the basin. The cleaning fluid discharged into the basin flows through a drain hole in the false bottom, through the filter and support grid, and then through a drain hole in the bottom panel of the sink member back into the tank for reuse. The cleaning fluid includes, at least, a surfactant that functions to remove organic waste from the parts being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignees: Chemfree Corporation, Advanced Bioremediation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. McClure, Thomas W. McNally
  • Patent number: 6044854
    Abstract: Provided is a parts washer that includes a multi-tiered basin, a cleaning fluid and a biological component, living within the fluid, that breaks down organic waste. The multi-tiered basin includes a sink member with a false bottom, and a support grid and filter are interposed between the false bottom and a bottom panel of the sink member. The false bottom, support grid, and filter are readily removable from the sink member. The tank is partially filled with the cleaning fluid and a pump and conduit assembly direct a flow of the cleaning fluid to the basin. The cleaning fluid discharged into the basin flows through a drain hole in the false bottom, through the filter and support grid, and then through a drain hole in the bottom panel of the sink member back into the tank for reuse. The cleaning fluid includes, at least, a surfactant that functions to remove organic waste from the parts being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignees: Chemfree Corporation, Advanced Bioremediation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis A. Marks
  • Patent number: 6019110
    Abstract: Provided is a parts washer that includes a multi-tiered basin, a cleaning fluid and a biological component, living within the fluid, that breaks down organic waste. The multi-tiered basin includes a sink member with a false bottom, and a support grid and filter are interposed between the false bottom and a bottom panel of the sink member. The false bottom, support grid, and filter are readily removable from the sink member. The tank is partially filled with the cleaning fluid and a pump and conduit assembly direct a flow of the cleaning fluid to the basin. The cleaning fluid discharged into the basin flows through a drain hole in the false bottom, through the filter and support grid, and then through a drain hole in the bottom panel of the sink member back into the tank for reuse. The cleaning fluid includes, at least, a surfactant that functions to remove organic waste from the parts being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignees: Chemfree Corporation, Advanced Bioremediation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. McClure, Thomas W. McNally
  • Patent number: 5967031
    Abstract: An improved stencil set and method of applying stenciled designs to a surface is provided. A plurality of stencil sheets are provided wherein each stencil sheet has a distinct portion of the design represented by cutout areas in the sheet and remaining portions of the design visibly printed on the sheet. The sheets are used in sequence to apply the design to a surface and, in the preferred embodiment, with each sheet, the portions of the design not being immediately applied to the surface are visible to the user on the stencil sheet itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jane Gauss
  • Patent number: 5961733
    Abstract: Provided is a parts washer that includes a multi-tiered basin, a cleaning fluid and a biological component, living within the fluid, that breaks down organic waste. The multi-tiered basin includes a sink member with a false bottom, and a support grid and filter are interposed between the false bottom and a bottom panel of the sink member. The false bottom, support grid, and filter are readily removable from the sink member. The tank is partially filled with the cleaning fluid and a pump and conduit assembly direct a flow of the cleaning fluid to the basin. The cleaning fluid discharged into the basin flows through a drain hole in the false bottom, through the filter and support grid, and then through a drain hole in the bottom panel of the sink member back into the tank for reuse. The cleaning fluid includes, at least, a surfactant that functions to remove organic waste from the parts being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignees: Chemfree Corporation, Advanced Bioremediation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Leland Strange
  • Patent number: 5933098
    Abstract: An airport security system for monitoring and securing airplanes stowed at various site airports within a security network is provided. Each of the planes is fitted with a transmitter or transmitters that transmit coded signals upon detecting an intrusion. In addition, the transmitters transmit periodic check-in signals. The signals are received by a receiver at the site airport, which conveys the coded signals to a local site main computer that, in turn, is connected to a central facility computer coupled to all of the site main computers within the network. If an alarm condition occurs or if an aircraft in the system fails to check-in at its designated time, appropriate alarms are generated and appropriate action taken. Aircraft can also be tracked by the central facility computer as they fly from one site airport to another within the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Phil Haxton
  • Patent number: 5873397
    Abstract: An improved wood pulverizer is provided with a rotating disc studded with a plurality of curved tapered hammers. One or more anvils is secured to the pulverizer with the anvil having teeth and slots located adjacent the surface of the disc. The hammers of the rotating disc pass through the slots of the anvils as the disc rotates to tear and shard wood into bits and pieces for subsequent use or processing. The anvils of the present invention are formed with two or more useable surfaces so that the anvils can be removed, rotated, and replaced to present fresh cutting surfaces to the disc. Further, the anvils are formed by a series of bolted together anvil segments to allow replacement of only single segments in the event of damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Dana Lequin
  • Patent number: 5867403
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser is disclosed. The fuel dispenser has a housing which contains two chambers, one contains a computer and the other the hydraulic parts of the dispenser. Fiber optic cables connect a fiber optic switch which detects the cradling of a nozzle to a computer, and other fiber optic cables connected to a pulser signal the flow of fuel in the meter of the dispenser to the computer. The computer controls a liquid crystal display which prompts the customer to actuate keys on a keyboard adjacent to the display. A pivotal boot supported by a horizontal shaft receives the nozzle. This boot pivots to permit better access to the hydraulic area of the housing. The shaft, itself, is rotatable to actuate a switch to indicate, through fiber optic cable, to the computer that the nozzle is stored and to shut down pumping. A fiber optic pulser feeds light signals to the computer for indicating the flow of fuel through the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Universal Epsco, Inc.
    Inventors: Bolling H. Sasnett, Jr., Bolling H. Sasnett, III, Richard M. Huff, Bruce A. Works, Randall C. Watts
  • Patent number: 5865656
    Abstract: A small, lightweight, reusable marker buoy is provided for marking a selected location on a body of water. The marker buoy has a buoyant float formed with an upwardly open well within which is mounted a rotatable anchor line spool. A conduit directs anchor line from the spool, through the float body, and out the bottom of the float where it is attached to a weighted anchor. A spring biased friction plate within the well provides resistance to rotation of the spool and a nut that secures the spool on an upwardly projecting spindle can be tightened to press the spool against the friction plate with a predetermined force to provide a preselected resistance to rotation of the spool and thus a preselected tension on the anchor line. In use, the resistance is set to allow the weighted anchor to draw anchor line from the spool as the anchor sinks but to resist further deployment of anchor line from the spool due to wave and wind action after the anchor has fully deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: American Bandit, Inc.
    Inventor: John Timothy Sims
  • Patent number: 5857291
    Abstract: An improved astragal assembly for use with a double door installation includes an astragal strip secured along the vertical edge of the inactive door. A lock block is slidably disposed in at least one end of said astragal strip and can be moved between an extended position for securing the door and a retracted position for freeing the door. The lock block has a projecting bolt receivable in a receptacle in the door frame when the lock block is slid to its extended position. A gasket is secured to the end of the lock block and the bolt passes through an opening in the gasket. The gasket engages and seals against the door frame when the lock block is in its extended position. Gaskets are also provided on the sides of the lock block for engaging and sealing against the doors of the double door installation. When the doors are closed and secured in place, the lock block and gasket assembly prevents drafts from flowing under the door installation beneath the astragal thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Headrick Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: J. Charles Headrick
  • Patent number: 5850866
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for reclaiming substantially pure sand from a heat treating furnace; wherein a casting with sand core and/or sand mold, comprising sand bound by a combustible binder, attached thereto is introduced into the heat treating furnace; or, wherein portions of sand core and/or sand mold that are not attached to a casting are introduced into the heat treating furnace. Wherein, the reclaiming within the furnace is carried out, in part, by a fluidizer that promotes binder combustion by one or more process of agitating, heating, and oxygenating. Wherein, the characteristics of the reclaimed sand are selectively controlled by controlling the dwell time of the sand within the heat treating furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Consolidated Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott P. Crafton
  • Patent number: 5849007
    Abstract: A handpiece for the distal end of a laser light guide includes a handle and a tube connected to the handle. The light guide enters the tube through the handle. The handpiece further includes opposed part of friction rolls for detachable fixing the light guide to the handle and a lever connected to one of the friction rolls for adjusting the position of the distal end of the light guide with respect to the distal end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Fuhrberg Teichmann Windolph LISA laser products oHG
    Inventors: Gerald Fuhrberg, Heinrich-Otto Teichmann
  • Patent number: 5847309
    Abstract: An electro-explosive device has two serpentine resistors fabricated on a thermally conductive substrate with the resistors being interconnected by a central bridge element. The resistance of the bridge element is much lower than that of the serpentine resistors and the serpentine resistors have a much larger surface area to volume ratio. A layer of zirconium is placed on the bridge element and explodes into a plasma along with the bridge element in order to ignite a pyrotechnic compound. The resistance of the bridge element increases with temperature whereby the bridge element receives more of the energy from the applied signal as the temperature increases. The EED is insensitive to coupled RF energy and to an electrostatic discharge since most of the energy from these stray signals is directed to the serpentine resistors and not to the bridge element. In another embodiment, two of the resistors are metal-oxide phase variable resistances and a third resistor is formed from a bowtie-shaped layer of zirconium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventor: Thomas A. Baginski
  • Patent number: 5843306
    Abstract: A temporary silt guard for temporarily enclosing the open upper end of a drop inlet during the construction of a road system in commercial and residential developments is adapted to fit over and seat upon the open end of the drop inlet to enable storm runoff water to drain into the drop inlet while preventing silt and debris from being carried into and collected therein. The silt guard includes a body having a filter box portion formed from a series of radially spaced slats. A silt screen material is encircled about at least the slats of the filter box portion and secured to the body portion, with the slats providing rigidity and strength to the silt screen material. The silt screen material filters out silt and debris while enabling storm water and runoff to drain into the drop inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Earl R. Singleton
  • Patent number: 5843314
    Abstract: A suction strainer includes a hollow internal core tube and an external filtering surface built around the internal core tube. A plurality of openings are defined through the side wall of the internal core tube core. In some cases the openings through the side wall are constructed and arranged such that there is somewhat less open area near the downstream end than the upstream end of the internal core tube, and the amount of open area tapers between the upstream end and the downstream end. As a result, when liquid is drawn into the internal core tube through the plurality of openings, a substantially uniform inflow distribution may be defined along substantially the entire length of the internal core tube. The internal core tube functions as a rigid structural support for the external filtering surface, enabling the apparatus to withstand post-LOCA hydrodynamic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Performance Contracting, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Dwyer, Gordon H. Hart, Carl E. Nuzman, Gordon P. Pinsky
  • Patent number: 5839427
    Abstract: An artificial ember bed (5) for use within a fireplace (7) is disclosed. The fireplace will include a burner (12, 13) positioned below an elevated log grate (19), on which at least a pair of spaced artificial logs (20, 21) will be positioned. Situated in the space defined by, and between the logs will be an ember bed support grate (24), having an elevated surface on which a plurality of non-combustible artificial embers (25) will be disposed such that in use they will glow to create the visual appearance of glowing embers within the fire. The ember bed support grate may be constructed with a Z-shaped or a C-shaped geometry, or may include a pair of bifurcated legs (33, 34), or a pair of spaced legs (36, 37) for supporting the ember bed support grate on the log grate within the fireplace. In addition, the ember bed support grate can be fashioned as a planar grate, supported either on the logs, or received within notches (39) defined within opposed faces of the logs when situated atop the log grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: American Gas Log Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Shorts
  • Patent number: 5835572
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing customized, billing-controlled call bridging services through a bridging node which includes a node interface for connection through incoming and outgoing telephone trunks to a carrier switch of a public switched network, an audio peripheral for recording, playing, and analyzing audio signals, and a node controller for controlling operation of the node interface and the audio peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: United States Advanced Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Thomson Richardson, Jr., Kevin Lee Austin, Samuel F. Billingsley, III
  • Patent number: D401941
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Arnold R. Slappey
  • Patent number: D402294
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Arnold R. Slappey
  • Patent number: D402354
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Delta Engineering Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Leonard W. Strong, Simon R. Day