Patents Represented by Attorney James P. McAndrews
  • Patent number: 6148443
    Abstract: An item of lower body golf wearing apparel to which certain golf tools necessary and/or desirable for the game are attached. The garment can be in the form of a skort, skirt, shorts, pants or dress. The tools attached are: 1) a stroke counter, 2) a tee pocket with tee loops, 3) a ball marker, 4) a back pocket wide enough to hold a golf glove, and/or 5) two side pockets containing an elasticized sub-pocket in each, in which golf balls may be stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Eileen A. Maastricht
  • Patent number: 6083184
    Abstract: An ankle orthotic of substantially resilient material is provided comprised of a heel portion, an ankle support portion, and a talofibular support portion. The heel portion is substantially rigid and form fitting, preventing excessive inversion forces from being generated at the subtalar joint. The ankle support portion is relatively resilient and extends vertically from the heel portion, with the medial aspect extending higher than the lateral aspect. This form results in creating a three-point pressure system, which resists inversion forces from displacing the ankle mortise. The proximal end of the ankle support portion is enclosed via a fastening strap to customize fit. The talofibular support portion extends laterally and distally from the heel portion and reinforces the relatively vulnerable anterior talofibular ligament, providing stabilization and decreasing injury to the lateral ligamentous complex of the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Michael J. Kenosh
  • Patent number: 5131990
    Abstract: A humidity sensor composed of interdigitated electrodes and a material therebetween which is composed of Nafion wherein H+ cites have undergone ion exchange with at least one of NH4+ and Li+, Na+, Ag+ and Mg+.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Bernard M. Kulwicki, Robert T. McGovern, Thomas C. Conlan
  • Patent number: 5112234
    Abstract: A printed circuit board connector is shown having an elongated body of electrically insulating material in which several rows of apertures extend from a flat surface on one side, each row extending to one of a series of platforms on an opposite side spaced at progressively greater distances from the flat surface in order to accommodate contact pins having right angle bends with the same spacing beyond the right angle bend as on the flat surface. The contact pins received in the apertures communicating with the flat surface may be of the male pin or female receptacle type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry K. Johnson, Austin S. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 5107237
    Abstract: A sub-miniature circuit breaker particularly suited for use with aircraft simulators is shown which has the same look and feel of circuit breakers used in aircraft. The circuit breaker has a push-pull/actuator and ball latch mechanism and a solenoid operated trip mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Peterson
  • Patent number: 5101549
    Abstract: A pressure responsive switch having upper and lower contact assemblies with a snap acting member and an electrically conductive member sandwiched therebetween. The assemblies each include an insulating body with a hollow center and an electrically conductive member having a contact in the center portion and extending externally of the body. The snap acting member is in constant engagement with the sandwiched conductive member and normally in engagement with the electrically conductive member of the upper assembly. When a pressure is applied which is sufficient to cause the snap acting member to snap into its second stable state, the connection thereof with the electrically conductive member in the upper contact assembly is broken and connection is made with the electrically conductive member in the lower assembly. The switch is normally closed by removing the portion of the electrically conductive member in the lower assembly which extends externally thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Dale R. Sogge, Edward F. O'Brien, David A. Czarn
  • Patent number: 5101318
    Abstract: A connector for mounting an i.c. unit on a circuit board is made by providing an electrically insulating, thermoplastic body with a plurality of apertures arranged in a pattern and with contact members disposed in the apertures so that terminal portions of the members extend from the apertures at one side of the body. A heated tool having hollow cylindrical portions spaced in the same pattern at one side of the tool is advanced to accommodate the extending terminal portions of the contact members in the hollow portions of the tool and to engage ends of the hollow cylindrical tool portions with individual parts of the body surrounding the respective apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert M. Fife
  • Patent number: 5092174
    Abstract: A capacitive acceleration sensor using a common PWB as one of the plates of the capacitive transducer and the wiring connections thereto. An acceleration input moves a capacitor plate to produce a measurable change in capacitance. An electronic signal conditioner accurately converts the capacitance output to a voltage signal to provide an acceleration sensor featuring accurate DC performance. The transducer and electronics are disposed on a PWB making up a complete sensor package. In a first embodiment, the capacitor comprises a fixed electrode on the PWB and a movable acceleration responsive electrode secured to a support by a conductive resilient member, the support coupled to an electrically conductive region on the PWB spaced from the fixed electrode by a guard ring to minimize stray charge between the capacitor electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric P. Reidemeister, Keith W. Kawate
  • Patent number: 5093782
    Abstract: A method for storing and accessing data in the operation of a program driven computer system for carrying out an industrial process, which system includes a non-volatile, long access time memory medium and a volatile, short access time memory medium, which method includes: configuring the non-volatile and volatile memory media into a unitary, relational database composed of a plurality of tables each composed of an ordered set of data elements; storing in the non-volatile memory medium a set of data elements which forms at least a first table of the database and which is required by the process infrequently and/or need not be accessed rapidly; storing in the volatile memory medium a set of data elements which forms at least a second table of the database which must be rapidly accessed; executing a plurality of programs in cooperation with data elements forming the database in order to control the process; and establishing communication between the programs and the database via an interface which causes the pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: William C. Muraski, William F. Raines
  • Patent number: 5086747
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a channel member such as a plenum chamber or cylinder head or the like with an inlet receiving air and fuel to form an air-fuel mixture and with a pair of outlets furnishing the air-fuel mixture to respective cylinders or groups of cylinders or to respective cylinder intake valve openings of two-intake engine cylinders or the like. A heating device mounted on the channel member has a heat-exchange surface which intercepts the air and fuel from the inlet to heat and fully vaporize the fuel to form the air-fuel mixture and also to divide the fuel mixture between the two outlets for furnishing the fuel mixture to the individual cylinders, groups of cylinders or intake valve openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Curhan
  • Patent number: 5078115
    Abstract: A thermally and electrically conductive housing having a solid tip portion is shown mounting a heating element thermally and electrically coupled to the tip portion which in turn is electrically coupled to a switch mechanism mounted within the housing. The switch mechanism includes a thermostatic snap acting disc adapted to bias a movable electrical contact away from a stationary electrical contact at preselected temperatures. The housing is shown mounted in a carburetor of an automobile to contact energization of a honeycomb heater disposed in the carburetor, however; the device can be used in other locations where it is desired to maintain a body within a selected temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamashita, Kazuo Kayanuma, Yasushi Hibino
  • Patent number: 5077537
    Abstract: A probe thermostat is shown having a single, stamped metal channel having a first coefficient of expansion coupled to a rod having a second, different, coefficient of expansion. An electrically insulating block is mounted on the channel which in turn cantilever mounts a pair of electrically conductive arms spaced one over the other with electrical contacts disposed on the arms in facing relation to one another. A molded plastic adjustment cam snaps into slots formed in the channel to adjust the position of the lower arm. A hinge formed in the channel and connected to the rod causes movement of the top arm as the temperature of the thermostat changes to cause the contacts to move into and out of engagement with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas J. Slack
  • Patent number: 5068589
    Abstract: A supplementary heating system particularly suitable for an automotive vehicle comprises a step down transformer coupled to the stator windings of the vehicle's alternator and a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) of resistivity heater electrically connected intermediate the stator windings and the transformer in parallel with the transformer. Due to the presence of the transformer the voltage regulator causes the alternator to operate at a higher than customary voltage to provide the conventional 14.4 volts for the vehicle's normal electrical loads with the high voltage used to energize the heater. The heater can be in the form of a so-called "honeycomb" having a plurality of parallely extending passages or cells disposed in the air stream going from the main heater into the passenger compartment and can be either a multiphase, single phase or direct current type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen B. Offiler, Peter G. Berg, Keith W. Kawate
  • Patent number: 5060520
    Abstract: A pressure sensing element having a housing including a flexible membrane receiving portion, a flexible disc member of predetermined shape secured within the housing, and a flexible membrane disposed within the housing, the flexible membrane being substantially more flexible than the disc member, the membrane having an outer portion hermetically secured to the membrane receiving portion, a central portion impinging against the disc member and conforming to the shape thereof and an intermediate unsupported portion joining the interior portion of the outer portion and the exterior portion of the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Werner Strasser
  • Patent number: 5060108
    Abstract: A pressure transducer having a capactive pressure sensing moudle disposed in a housing is biased against a sealing ring disposed in a chamber circumscribing a fluid pressure inlet by a retainer ring mounted in the housing. A selected back-up washer may be used to accommodate various size pressure sensing modules. The housing is sealed from the environs by means of a hermetic glass-to-metal header which mounts terminals to provide electrical coupling to electronics mounted in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary A. Baker, Peter G. Berg
  • Patent number: 5057746
    Abstract: A three pole relay is shown which operates in response to the flow of normal operating current across fluorescent lamps to energize a coil which actuates a relay to open switches disposed in all of the filament lines associated with the lamp to shut off filament current while maintaining current flow across the lamps themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Lawrence P. Kleven, Mark C. Carlos
  • Patent number: 5057811
    Abstract: An electrothermal sensor is shown having an electrically conductive substrate, an electrically insulating layer disposed on the substrate, a first thermistor disposed on a central region of the electrically insulating layer, a second thermistor disposed adjacent an edge of the electrically insulating layer, an electrical coupling device on the electrically insulating layer for coupling the first and second thermistors externally of the electrically insulating layer and a pair of electrical connecting devices coupled to the substrate and passing through the electrically insulating layer, the first thermistor being disposed between the pair of electrical connecting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas B. Strott, Timothy White, Keith W. Kawate, Thomas Wiecek, Carleton M. Cobb, III, Sepideh H. Nott
  • Patent number: 5056495
    Abstract: A fuel supply device and heating device or system for an electrically controlled fuel injection engine has an air intake and a fuel injector arranged to direct air and fuel respectively into a cylinder inlet passageway leading to a cylinder inlet valve opening in an engine cylinder and has a heating device located in the passageway having a heating surface arranged to receive fuel from the fuel injector for heating the fuel and deflecting it or directing it into the cylinder through the cylinder inlet valve opening substantially free of condensing contact with walls of the passageway, thereby to assure that the proper ratio of air and fuel as provided by the electronic controls of the engine are properly received in the engine cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamashita, Kazuo Kayanuma
  • Patent number: 5054458
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combustion engine with fuel injection system, having at least one cylinder with an air inlet passage, into which passage opens a fuel spray valve which is connected to a fuel pipe with pump. Disposed in the fuel pipe or on the spray valve is a fuel heating element with which the infed fuel can come into direct contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Guus V. Wechem, Gerrit Beunk, Fritz Van Den Elst, Philips M. Gerson
  • Patent number: 5055726
    Abstract: Electrical terminal pins (start, main and common) mounted in a glass header to provide electrical connection to a compressor motor are shown with a motor protector disposed on one of the pins in such a fashion that opposite-direction-oriented right angle female flag quick connectors are required for the start and main terminals, thereby avoiding the possibility of miswiring the terminal pins. The opening temperature of the motor protector is adjustable and the protector has a fail safe mechanism to avoid subjecting the motor to overtemperature conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: John R. D'Entremont, Joseph G. Nield, Jr.