Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jansson, Shupe, Bridge & Munger, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 6247178
    Abstract: The invention is an improved process for promoting bonding between parent and infant. The invention is also a garment for use with this process. The garment is a shirt made from scent-absorbing fabric. The shirt's sleeves and torso portion are secured together using hook and loop fasteners, allowing the sleeves to be detached. The parent wears the shirt for a period of time long enough for the shirt to absorb the scent. The parent then detaches a sleeve, using it or the torso of the garment to form an infant's blanket. After wrapping the infant in the blanket, the parent can then leave the infant in the care of someone else, and the infant will still be able to smell the scent of the parent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Victoria J. Bilda
  • Patent number: 6221822
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to novel detergent compositions having polyalkoxylated amine foam stabilizers. The new foam stabilizers of the inventive detergent compositions build or enhance foaming and are particularly useful because of their surprisingly mild, non-skin-irritating characteristics. Mildness is a requirement of components to be included in or used in applications such as liquid dish detergents, hand cleaners and car washes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Tomah Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Crutcher, James A. Krogh
  • Patent number: 6189181
    Abstract: A door retaining structure is provided for limiting the path of a door pivotably mounted on a door frame. The door retaining structure includes a connection structure for interconnecting the door and the door frame. An inertial locking device is operatively connected to the connection structure for preventing movement of the door toward the open position in response to the predetermined force on the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Kevin J. Bissett
  • Patent number: 6189329
    Abstract: A cascade refrigeration system is provided. The cascade refrigeration system includes a low stage having a first refrigerant flowing therethrough and a high stage having a second refrigerant flowing therethrough. The low stage includes a compressor and evaporator coils. The input of the evaporator coils is operatively connected to the output of the compressor by an input conduit and the output of the operator unit is operatively connected to the input of the compressor by an output conduit. A bypass line has an input in communication with the input conduit and an output in combination with the output conduit. A bypass heat exchanger effectuates the heat exchange relationship between the first refrigerant flowing through the bypass line and the first refrigerant flowing through the input conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Venturedyne Limited
    Inventor: Clinton A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6191099
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an improved method for removing hydrocarbon-containing soils. The invention consists of preparing a detergent composition and applying the composition to the surface to be cleaned. Broadly, the detergent composition consists of from 1 to 99% by weight of at least one polyalkoxylated amine and from 99-1% by weight of at least one water-soluble surfactant. Other constituents may be added to enhance performance. The invention has desirable foamability characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Tomah Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Crutcher
  • Patent number: 6186360
    Abstract: Disclosed is a machine for unloading a bulk-material bag of the type having a bottom portion, a side portion and a transition portion between the bottom and side portions. The machine includes an apparatus aiding discharge of the material from the bag. In the improvement, the apparatus includes a tri-section panel mounted for movement on the machine, thereby configuring the panel to sequentially contact the bottom, transition and side portions of the bag. The panel has first, second and third segments angle-mounted to one another. In a specific embodiment, the segments are substantially planar. A microprocessor-based controller is coupled to the actuator and regulates its movement as a function of a process parameter, e.g., the compressibility of the bag and/or the weight of the material contained in the bag. A highly preferred embodiment of the machine also has a bag lifting mechanism above the tri-section panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Schenck AccuRate, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Becker, Thomas G. Kelly, Jeffrey M. Nauman
  • Patent number: 6186591
    Abstract: An institutional table is of the type in which the table tops and the seats for table users are assembled as an integral (as well as foldable and storable) structure. The table has first and second flat table tops pivotally coupled to one another at a hinge section. A center leg component is coupled to the table tops at the hinge section and supports the table at such hinge section when the table is erected ready for use. The table has a plurality of seat support frames coupled to the table tops. At least one of those seat support frames includes a self-adjustable frame coupled to the first table top by a sliding joint. In a specific embodiment, the seat support frames includes first and second endframe seat supports coupled to the first and second table tops, respectively. Two of the seat support frames, i.e., the first and second midframe seat supports are, respectively, between the center leg component and one of the endframe seat supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Palmer Snyder Furniture Co.
    Inventor: Francis L. Pajerski
  • Patent number: 6182397
    Abstract: A removable security bar apparatus for preventing ingress through a building opening such as a window or door. The apparatus includes a grille and latch mechanism permitting quick removal of the grille from the building opening in the event of an emergency. The grille is held in place across the opening by a stop member which secures one side of the grille structure to the opening and a latch mechanism. The latch mechanism includes at least one removable rod positioned through a wall mounted bracket and into a fixed rod secured to the grille thereby securing the grille over the building opening. The grille is rapidly removed by sliding the at least one removable rod away from the fixed rod and bracket allowing the grille to be gripped and moved away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Gary L. Almond
  • Patent number: 6178610
    Abstract: A method of and device for removing burrs from metal work-pieces processed by a metal processing machine is provided. The method and device both include the burrs being removed by a high pressure stream of liquid that exits a high pressure nozzle and is directed at the work-piece that is to have the burrs removed. An integration of the burr removal step into the manufacturing sequence of the parts on commercial metal processing machines is made possible by the fact that the high pressure stream of liquid that is used has a proportion of oil of greater than 50% and a high pressure of greater than 400 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Piller Entgrattenchnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Piller, Rolf Wankm{umlaut over (u)}ller
  • Patent number: 6179371
    Abstract: A motor vehicle sidewall product for use in making a recreational vehicle includes a fiberglass sheet having first and second surfaces. A bonding sheet adheres to the second surface and such sheet comprises between 25% and 60% resin and between 75% and 40% paper. The bonding sheet may be a natural bonding sheet having, ideally, between 38% and 42% resin and between 62% and 58% paper. Or the bonding sheet may be a compressed bonding sheet made of two or more sheet components adhering together and comprising between 25% and 44% resin and between 75% and 56% paper, ideally between 40% and 42% resin and between 60% and 58% paper. Most preferably, the sidewall product is then rolled onto a storage roll. A method for making a motor vehicle sidewall product includes providing a fiberglass sheet having first and second surfaces, providing a bonding sheet of either of the types described above and adhering the bonding sheet and the second surface to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Fiberesin Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Leland R. Miller
  • Patent number: 6179060
    Abstract: Sod-laying apparatus for mounting on a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes a pair of support arms, each with a proximal end secured to the frame for pivoting arm movement in spaced parallel vertical fixed planes, a horizontal transverse guide member secured to the distal end of each of the support arms, loading members on each of the guide members movable along the axis of the sod roll on opposite sides thereof between roll-unloaded and roll-loaded positions, and roll-insertable members on each of the loading members. Preferred embodiments include the guide members as sleeves and the loading members as bars slidably therein; hydraulic cylinders actuating the loading members; and certain advantageous configurations, including of the loading and guide members with the preferred vehicle tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas E. Halter
  • Patent number: 6181028
    Abstract: A transfer mechanism is provided for transferring the supply of power between a generator and utility source. The transfer mechanism includes a monitoring system for monitoring the power supplied by the utility source. The monitoring system starts the generator in response to a power outage from the utility source and stops the generator in response to the restoration of power from the utility source. A power relay has a utility input connectable to the utility source, a generator input connectable to the generator, an output connectable to a load, and a movable contact for selectively interconnecting one of the inputs to the output in response to the generation of power by the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Generac Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Kern, Gerald C. Ruehlow, Francis X. Wedel, Jeffrey J. Jonas, John G. Bagley, Steven J. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6175102
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a cooking surface is provided. The mounting arrangement is mounted in a cut-out of a work plate in the top of a kitchen range. The mounting arrangement includes a one-piece frame connected to an assembly unit to form a sub-assembly. The cooking surface is supported on a supporting section of either one of the frame or the assembly unit. The frame can be joined to the assembly unit in a simple manner by providing catch projections and catch receptacles on both the frame and the assembly unit in order to form a catch connection. The frame and the assembly unit form a one-piece sub-assembly, being connected to each other via the catch connection formed by the catch projections and catch receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignees: Schott Glas, LKH Kunststoffwerk GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Stedron, Peter Nass, Ulrike Bader, Bernd Schultheis
  • Patent number: 6170230
    Abstract: A medication dispensing apparatus of the present invention contains a plurality of different kinds of medication separately, dispenses the medicament to pack them into package belt, and discharges the package belt. The medication dispensing apparatus comprises a cutting device for cutting the package belt into short package belt including at least one medication package for specified period in accordance with prescription data, a stacking device for stacking the short package belts and a bundling device for bundling the stacked short package belts. According to the medication dispensing apparatus, it is possible to cut off medication packages and empty packages from the package belt automatically and rapidly, reducing medication distributing job in a hospital. The medication dispensing apparatus is applicable to a medicament collecting system comprising a tray feed station, a medication dispensing station and a tray recovering station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignees: Automed Technologies, Inc., Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Shoji Yuyama, Shigeru Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 6169064
    Abstract: The disclosure involves a novel amine ether acid salt surfactant. The amine constituent of the surfactant may include ether amines or fatty-based amines. The ether acid constituent of the surfactant, in particular, imparts liquidity to the surfactant. Hydrophobic regions may be included on both the amine and ether acid enhancing the surfactancy of the composition. The novel surfactant is versatile and is useful in many different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Tomah Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Krogh, Michael R. Sipe
  • Patent number: 6164285
    Abstract: A control console for a mobile machine includes a lower support device, a first platform and a pair of links pivotally coupled between the support device and the first platform. A second platform is mounted atop the first platform for sliding movement parallel thereto and a compression mechanism coacts with the platforms and secures them in respective positions. More specifically, each platform includes a horizontal support member and a web extending downwardly from such members. The platform webs are closely proximate one another and when the compression mechanism is tightened, the webs and one of the links are compressed together. Web/link compression prevents up-down movement of the platforms in unison and also prevents movement of the second platform with respect to the first platform. A new method for moving the position of a control lever mounted on the console is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan J. Garberg, Thomas G. Lykken, William B. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6163129
    Abstract: A method for controlling the starting, stopping and operation of an AC motor is provided. Each winding of the AC motor is interconnected to an AC source by a thyristor switch and a bypass contactor for providing voltage and current to the AC motor. The method includes a steps of sequently firing a pair of tyristor switches to bring the AC motor to full operating speed. Once at operating speed, the bypass contactors are closed. Upon detection of a voltage drop across a thyristor switch, the thyristor switch is fired immediately to transfer motor current from the bypass contactor to the thyristor switch in order to maintain voltage and current to the AC motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles T. Younger, Guy A. Moore, Peter J. Unsworth
  • Patent number: 6160365
    Abstract: An interface module is provided for allowing a user to remotely set the operating parameters of a motor driven by a motor control. The interface module includes a micro-controller having a plurality of input devices interconnected thereto. Each input device provides a control signal to the micro-controller which, in turn, generates an instruction signal in response thereto. A communications link transmits the instruction signal from the micro-controller to the motor control over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles T. Younger, Thomas M. Ruchti, Erik W. Linske
  • Patent number: RE37353
    Abstract: Disclosed is a particle sensor having a light beam with a beam long axis and an air flow tube with an inlet end and a particle exit mouth. In an aspect of the invention, the cross-sectional area of the flow passage at the inlet end is greater than the cross-sectional area of the exit mouth. This enlarged area dramatically reduces pressure drop along the tube. The exit mouth is in registry with the light beam and is elongate in a direction substantially parallel to the beam long axis. Thus, particles flowing through the mouth pass through the beam. In another aspect, the invention includes a centrifugal blower which is light in weight and which may be battery powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Venturedyne, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gerhard Kreikebaum, David L. Chandler
  • Patent number: D434658
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Coster Tecnolognie Speciali S.p.A.
    Inventor: Adalbert Geier