Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm James R. Young
  • Patent number: 4914584
    Abstract: An intermediate code memory for taking instructions from main memory and supplying them inline to a processing element is disclosed. Inputting instructions into the intermediate code memory from main memory is done using a DMA channel and may be done simultaneously with outputting instructions to the processing element. Outputting can be done from any location that is outside a dynamic window, whose position and size depend on the area in the code memory to which the code is currently being input. In addition, the code memory contains a LIFO stack and executes all subprogram call and return instructions so that the instructions presented to the processing element are inline. Normally, the instructions are output sequentially from the code memory, however, subprogram calls and returns, certain unconditional branch instructions executed by the intermediate code memory, and addresses passed from the processing element may change the instruction sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: Glenn A. Gibson
  • Patent number: 4905522
    Abstract: A flowmeter has an elongated probe with a rotor positioned at the distal end of the probe for insertion into a fluid flow and an elongated conductor in the probe that terminates adjacent the rotor. A signal generator induces a standing wave on the conductor, and rotation of the rotor, which acts as a capacitor, induces a reciprocating phase shift in the standing wave. The rate of reciprocation of the phase shift, as well as the change in amplitude at a point on the conductor, is proportional to, and indicative of, the flow rate of the fluid and is detected and measured as an instrumentation signal. The probe, rotor, circuit insulation, and seal components are all fabricated of materials that withstand extreme temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Engineering Measurements Company
    Inventors: Gerald L. Schlatter, Robert L. Poland
  • Patent number: 4902165
    Abstract: A rotatable driver cup rotatably mounted in the top plate of a valve box cover or manhole cover with the open top of the cup opening above the top plate and the rest of the cup extending downwardly through a hole in the top plate to a position thereunder, a cup-shaped crank positioned concentrically around the portion of the driver cup that extends below the top plate, but the crank is too large to be pulled up through the hole. The driver cup and the crank are connected together so that they are axially immovable in relation to each other, but such that the driver cup can normally rotate freely in the crank. There are radially aligned apertures in both the driver and the crank, and a lock mechanism, such as a key and tumbler pin type cylinder lock, is positioned in the cup-shaped driver with a lock-actuated, radially extendable and retractable, tongue that can protrude through both apertures in the driver and the crank to engage the driver and crank together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Lewis A. Embree
  • Patent number: 4901980
    Abstract: Portable car hoist convertible to a trailer which has wheels for towing a vehicle. The hoist includes a trailer with a suspension, a wheel assembly, a base frame assembly, a liftable platform assembly, and a lift apparatus. A foldable ramp, a platform, and extension channels support a vehicle to be lifted, and a chock assembly retains the vehicle on the platform. A safety latch prevents accidental lowering of the platform assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Johnson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: N. Larry Hansen
  • Patent number: 4897678
    Abstract: A mensuration apparatus for converting film images and paper drawings into digital photogrammetric arrays to be computer processed, displayed, mensurated and analyzed. This mensuration apparatus includes a table on which a translatable camera and a reseau assembly are mounted. The reseau assembly includes an object mounting plate for mounting an object such as a photograph, map, or the like, and a grid mark system for superimposing grid marks on the object. The translatable camera includes a solid state camera having a two-dimensional array of light sensor elements mounted over the reseau assembly in a translatable mounting apparatus. Said translation camera can be moved to any desired position over the reseau assembly, as well as toward and away from the reseau assembly, forming three coordinate systems, which are correlated together for precise mensuration of an object image digitized by the solid state camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Franz W. Leberl, Dana Meyer, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 4886420
    Abstract: A protected, but unsealed rotor bearing for flowmeter turbine rotors and the like has an annular shoulder protruding axially from the rotor in concentric relation to the rotor axis in a manner that defines a cavity protruding axially into the rotor. An elongated bearing body with a cylindrical peripheral surface is mounted in a supporting frame and protrudes axially into the cavity. An axle on which the rotor is mounted protrudes into a bore in the bearing body such that the bearing interface is between the surface of the axle and the surface of the bore in the bearing body. A ball in the bore between the bearing body and the axle bears axial thrust. The peripheral surface of the bearing body does not contact the annular shoulder, but a face on the annular sholder that extends radially outward from adjacent the peripheral surface of the bearing body acts as a centrifugal flinger to dynamically divert contaminant particles away from the bearing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: Engineering Measurments Company
    Inventor: John B. Catch
  • Patent number: 4876642
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for prefetching and buffering instructions between a code store and a processing element's decode logic. The apparatus is a code buffer that consists of a code RAM and its supporting logic that implements rules for bringing instructions into the code RAM from the code store and outputting them to the decode logic. These rules determine when writing to the code RAM is blocked and reading from the code RAM is blocked by using the write and read addresses and loop information stored in the supporting logic. The rules guarantee that the instructions to be executed are not overwritten, instructions being executed have, in fact, been brought into the code RAM, and loops are kept in the code RAM until they have been exited. The code buffer handles two types of branch instructions, inside branches to instructions that are within the code RAM and outside branches to instructions in the code store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Glenn A. Gibson
  • Patent number: 4867242
    Abstract: A gas lock breaker for oil well pumps includes a stationary barrel with a standing valve on the bottom, a reciprocating piston in the barrel with a traveling valve on the bottom of the piston, an unseating rod positioned above the standing valve and adapted to protrude into the traveling valve to unseat the ball closure thereof near the bottom extremity of the downstroke of the piston. For a conventional well of any normal depth equipped with a pump jack for piston displacement anywhere in the range of 1 to 5 meters (3.3 to 16.4 feet), the unseating rod protrudes through the traveling valve a distance of about 1 to 15 percent of the piston stroke, or about 5 to 13 cm. (2 to 5 in.). The standing valve cage is preferably 12 to 20 cm. (4.75 to 8.0 in.), and the traveling valve is set to approach within 15 to 30 cm. (6 to 12 in.) of the standing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Amerada Minerals Corporation of Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon E. Hart
  • Patent number: 4849912
    Abstract: An image digitizing and stereo mensuration system for analyzing hard copy photographic, transparency, paper drawing, radar, and other images, features an improved mensuration frame grabbing system utilizing a reseau grid location reference system in which individual reseau detection and location is automatic. One or more specific sub-areas of a large macro-area stereo image, or an entire large format macro-area stereo image can be digitized, correlated and displayed as a stereo image, such as a three-dimensional display or other stereo overlapping images, on a CRT, graphic display device or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Franz W. Leberl, Milan Karspeck, Bryan Johns, Scott Lee, Denis Henrot, Sean Curry
  • Patent number: 4841455
    Abstract: A mensuration apparatus for converting film images and paper drawings into digital photogrammetric arrays to be computer processed, displayed, mensurated and analyzed. This mensuration apparatus includes a table on which a translatable camera and a reseau assembly are mounted. The reseau assembly includes an object mounting plate for mounting an object such as a photograph, map, or the like, and a grid mark system for superimposing grid marks on the object. The translatable camera includes a solid state camera having a two-dimensional array of light sensor elements mounted over the reseau assembly in a translatable mounting apparatus. Said translation camera can be moved as any desired position over the reseau assembly, as well as toward and away from the reseau assembly, forming three coordinate systems, which are correlated together for precise mensuration of an object image digitized by the solid state camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Franz W. Leberl, Sean Curry, Denis Henrot, Milan Karspeck, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 4839512
    Abstract: Apparatus for sensing locations and magnitudes of forces applied on a surface includes a grid comprised of energy input devices running in one direction and energy output devices running another direction with the input and output devices crossing each other. Transducers that meter energy from the input devices to the output devices as a function of the magnitude of forces applied thereon are positioned at the intersections of the input devices with the output devices. Interrogation apparatus is also included, along with energy output detectors and measuring devices, for sensing and determining locations, as well as magnitudes, of forces applied on the grid. Several embodiments of energy input and energy output devices are shown and described, as well as several embodiments of transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Tactilitics, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard P. Speck
  • Patent number: 4839896
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for providing fast decoding of Reed-Solomon and related codes. Cases of one and two data symbol errors are decoded directly from the remainder using a large pre-computed table without calculating syndromes. Techniques for decoding cases of more than two errors are given where an optimized Chien search is used when more than four errors remain; when four or fewer errors remain, the Chien search is eliminated in favor of locating an error by direct solution of the error locator polynomial. The error locator and syndrome polynomials are adjusted after each error is found, and the error evaluator polynomial need not be computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Data Systems Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Neal Glover, Trent Dudley
  • Patent number: 4836778
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring, storing and displaying movements of a person's mandible in relation to the cranium, comprises a plurality of infrared LED's securely mounted to the cranium and to the jaw, in immovable relation to the mandible. The location of each LED, as determined by photodiodes as the LED's are sequentially turned on and off, is compared against an established three dimensional system frame of reference and through distinct local frames of reference associated with the cranium and the jaw, respectively, within the system frame of reference. A pointer, also provided with LED's is used to locate specific points on the mandible in reference to the movement described by the LED's attached to the lower jaw. The data is collected, calibrated and stored by a computer for subsequent display and analysis, either alone or in conjunction with a video display of the person's actual head and jaw as the data was taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Sheldon Baumrind, Sean Curry
  • Patent number: 4829373
    Abstract: A mensuration apparatus for converting film images and paper drawings into digital photogrammetric arrays to be computer processed, displayed, mensurated and analyzed. This mensuration apparatus includes a table on which a translatable camera and a reseau assembly are mounted. The reseau assembly includes an object mounting plate for mounting an object such as a photograph, map, or the like, and a grid mark system for superimposing grid marks on the object. The translatable camera includes a solid state camera having a two-dimensional array of light sensor elements mounted over the reseau assembly in a translatable mounting apparatus. Said translation camera can be moved to any desired position over the reseau assembly, as well as toward and away from the reseau assembly, forming three coordinate systems, which are correlated together for precise mensuration of an object image digitized by the solid state camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Franz W. Leberl, Milan Karspeck, Bryan Johns, Scott Lee, Denis Henrot, Sean Curry
  • Patent number: 4826601
    Abstract: A method of treating sewage is disclosed that is particularly suitable for one or a small group of residential dwellings in environmentally sensitive areas. The raw sewage is flowed first into an aerobic first cell where it is aerated and forced into a highly aerobic condition where aerobic bacteria grow and consume phosphorus in a vigorous life cycle and then die. Substantial primary unloading of B.O.D., T.S.S., coliform, and phosphorous is accomplished in this first cell. The fluid from the first cell overflows into a second cell where additional sedimentary clarification occurs and it goes anaerobic. A third cell has an upwelling flow through a porous medium substrate where anaerobic bacteria converts nitrogen in nitrates and nitrites to nitrogen gas, and the fluid then flows into a fourth holding cell. The effluent in the holding cell can then be flowed intermittently through a sand filter that has a bed of dolemite for final removal of residual phosphorus before it flows into a drain field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Waste Treatment Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc M. Spratt, Geoffrey W. Harvey, Thor A. Jackola
  • Patent number: 4809066
    Abstract: The method of this invention includes the steps of positioning a reseau with grid marks on the object and sequentially illuminating the grid marks separate from the object and illuminating the object separate from the grid marks or in a manner that the grid marks are not visible with the object. The image of the grid mark positions, when illuminated, are digitized and stored in computer memory and correlated with the image of the object when it is illuminated and digitized. The scale of the image can also be correlated to the scale of the grid marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Vexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Franz W. Leberl, Sean Curry, Milan Karspeck
  • Patent number: 4785245
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for determining the cut (percentage) of one component of a multiphase fluid flowing in a pipeline, for example, oil or other hydrocarbon in a fluid flow that comprises oil, water, gas, and soil components, by use of NMR analysis. The fluid is flowed through an apparatus specifically designed to perform the analysis on the flowing fluid. Carefully sequenced 90.degree. pulse series are used to take advantage of the different spin relaxation times of the selected atomic species when they are constituent parts of molecules having inherently different levels of random molecular motion. The timing between pulses in a series and between series of pulses is chosen so that NMR emissions from unwanted matter do not occur, and FID peaks from the desired matter are registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Engineering Measurement Company
    Inventors: Hyok S. Lew, Gerald L. Schlatter
  • Patent number: 4780982
    Abstract: A fishing line dispenser having an elongated shaft that is pivotally mounted on a tackle box tray for pivoting from a folded storage position to an extended position where a spool of fishing line can be positioned on the shaft. A removable mounting frame has clips at each end for attaching the shaft to a partition of the tackle box tray. A shelf is provided on which the shaft lays in its folded-down position. Detent structures yieldingly maintain the shaft either in folded or extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventors: Wesley F. Black, Ronald L. Black
  • Patent number: 4777635
    Abstract: Disclosed is a serial encoder and time domain syndrome generator circuit utilized in a Reed-Solomon code application where the code has been defined with the conventional or standard representation of a finite field. The encoder will process k bits of an m-bit symbol per clock cycle, where 1.ltoreq.k.ltoreq.m and k evenly divides m. The encoder will process data in an interleave mode wherein data symbols of multiple codewords are interleaved in an interleaved data block. The encoder allows pipeline processing of register data within the encoder and time domain syndrome generator circuit to minimize circuit delay, and a linear network within the encoder is reduced in complexity by selecting a self-reciprocal code generator polynomial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Data Systems Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Neal Glover
  • Patent number: 4773601
    Abstract: A mini-sized hammer mill apparatus is adaptable for both rotatable tub feeding of hay, fodder, feed grains, and the like, as well as for chute feeding of wood and debris for comminution. A number of features optimize the mini size for effective, reliable, and smooth operation by small horsepower tractors, including: side feed tangentially out of a cylindrical hopper under a rotatable tub into the periphery of a large diameter, narrow rotor, or through a chute with tensioned roller feeder; radially adjustable grinding and metering finger/grate bar combination, secondary grinding fingers and breaker bar, self-sharpening hook-like pointed hammers, rotatable tub mounting structure, and enhanced energy dissipating, down-sized cyclone with reverse-louvered pressure dissipators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: S.B.O., Inc.
    Inventors: Oren D. Urich, Ralph T. O'Donnell, Roy D. Cash