Patents Represented by Law Firm Jenkins, Coffey, Hyland, Badger & Conard
  • Patent number: 4384962
    Abstract: A fuel-water separator comprises a container having entry and exit ports and a progression of spaces through which the fuel moves. The spaces become progressively smaller and are arranged to direct the fuel through a series of downwardly and upwardly directed paths. The lower density fuel moves upwardly while the higher density water tends to move downwardly to drain through drainage openings provided in the lower portions of the spaces. Valves are provided for closing the drainage openings. The valves include float-valve balls which will release the water but hold the fuel. One of the spaces in the container includes a media having a downwardly directed surface upon which the water coalesces to move downwardly and through which the fuel moves to progress to the next space. Another one of the spaces includes a media providing a surface tension-discriminating surface through which the fuel will move and down which the separated water will move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Stant Inc.
    Inventor: Robert S. Harris
  • Patent number: 4383194
    Abstract: Electro-acoustic transducer element having its resonant frequency in a lower frequency range advantageously usable for diagnostic purposes comprises a polymeric piezoelectric film such as polyvinylidene fluoride film being coupled with an additional layer having a thickness specified in relation to the wavelength of sound waves within the additional layer at the free resonant frequency of the polymeric piezoelectric film, the additional layer having an acoustic impedance related to the acoustic impedance of the polymeric piezoelectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroji Ohigashi, Joshiharu Nakanishi, Miyo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4381079
    Abstract: An apparatus for atomizing and dispensing a coating material includes a turbine having a housing and a shaft for rotatably supporting an atomizing device. The shaft includes an outer end extending from the housing for mounting the atomizing device. The atomizing device is mounted on the shaft outer end. The shaft includes a passageway extending between the shaft interior end on the low-pressure side of the turbine and the shaft outer end. Air is supplied through the passageway to reduce the partial vacuum caused by high-speed rotation of the atomizing device, and to reduce effects of the partial vacuum on atomized material pattern configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Assignee: Ransburg Corporation
    Inventor: Harold T. Allen
  • Patent number: 4368873
    Abstract: A vehicular mounted pipe presser includes a pipe-pressing assembly for pressing pipe through a medium wherein the assembly is movably supported by a vehicle and positionable between surfaces which are transverse to the direction of forces employed to press the pipe. The assembly includes a frame having projectable and retractable feet for engaging the transverse surfaces to stabilize the assembly. Movably carried by the frame is a housing for receiving the pipe and a clamping mechanism which floats with the housing for clamping a portion of the pipe. Two clamp jaws of the clamping mechanism are captured within the housing and pressing forces are limited to the housing and the clamp jaws. The projection and retraction of the feet, reciprocable movement of the housing, and clamping of the pipe within the housing are each separately controllable from a stage carried on the housing by hydraulic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Inventor: Robert G. Perry
  • Patent number: 4368062
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling the rate of operation of a glassware forming system including a temperature sensing device positioned in the blank and blow molds of an I.S. machine. The mean temperature over a period of time is derived for each of the molds. The mean temperature is compared to a predetermined optimum temperature. The optimum temperature is chosen to be the highest desirable temperature at which the corresponding molds should operate. In response to the comparison of the detected and optimum temperatures, the speed of the I.S. machine is varied to increase or decrease machine speed depending upon which the mean mold temperature is, greater than or less than the optimum temperature, respectively. However, before the speed is changed, if the detected and mean mold temperatures are greater than the optimum temperature, the amount of cooling air is increased until it reaches a maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn H. Mapes, Jerome A. Kwiatkowski, J. David Haynes
  • Patent number: 4366866
    Abstract: An escutcheon system to provide a decorative surface about the sprinkler head of a fire protection system may be provided by two identical molded plastic parts and a molded plastic shim. Each of the parts can provide half of the decorative surface with end portions capable of being assembled together or capable of interlocking engagement, and with a central recess to fit about the sprinkler head. The decorative shim is capable of assembly in the system and of extending the decorative edge of the escutcheon to provide for variations in the position of the sprinkler head and the adjoining building surface. Such parts may be assembled about a sprinkler head and are capable of being removed from about the sprinkler head by manipulation of the two parts without breaking the integrity of the fire protection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas M. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 4366947
    Abstract: A calibrated gas-metering valve is disclosed which includes a two-part valve body having a gas inlet, a gas outlet, and a metering element therebetween. The metering element has a first and a second hole therein, which first and second hole intersect and together define a passage for gas flow from the gas inlet to the gas outlet. A ball of a diameter approximately equal to the diameter of the first hole is press-fitted into the first hole so as to be positioned therein solely by the fitting engagement of its surface with the wall of the first hole. The ball is located adjacent the intersection of the first and second holes so as to define a region in the passage having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of either the first or second holes. The position of the ball with respect to the intersection of the holes is fixed to achieve the desired gas-metering rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: AMP Corporation
    Inventor: Clayton B. Voege
  • Patent number: 4366894
    Abstract: A profiled upright side support rail for supporting rollers for rotation about transverse axes suitably spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of a conveyor system is generally L-shaped in cross section and is elevated in spaced relationship to a base by leg angles. The rail includes a generally inwardly extending flange and a generally upwardly extending web portion angularly formed with the flange. The web portion of the rail is generally Y-shaped in cross section and includes a side member, at least three planar sections each provided in a different generally vertical plane, an inwardly projecting shoulder section, and an inwardly extending oblique section. An upper section of the web includes a plurality of upwardly opening notches for supporting the rollers, the notches being spaced apart longitudinally along the upper section by distances equal to desired spacing between the transverse axes of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: Pentek Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Huelster
  • Patent number: 4365988
    Abstract: A body of liquid, such as an aqueous fertilizer mixture, in a tank is stirred and mixed by apparatus which produces a pattern of recirculating flow including a zone of rapid streamline flow in the tank, preferably an upwardly diverging conical pattern and preferably at an eccentric point in the tank. An addition component in fluid state, such as anhydrous liquid ammonia, is injected into the rapidly flowing liquid in a plurality of fine streams from a stationary injection manifold so as to produce an intimate dispersion of finely divided addition fluid at spaced points in the mixture which is immediately carried away from the injection area and widely dispersed in the liquid mixture. When anhydrous ammonia is thus dispersed in a fertilizer mixture containing a suitable reactant, such as phosphoric acid (H.sub.3 PO.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: 3G Corporation
    Inventors: J. Clifford Graham, Shelby W. Gallien, Maurice P. Gill
  • Patent number: 4364895
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting in the removal of an ejection-molded article from the core of a mold is disclosed in combination with a molding machine in which the mold core is fixed to a moving platen and an ejector mechanism is supplied which mechanically removes the article from the core. The assisting apparatus includes a conduit leading to a surface of the mold core which defines the bottom of the article formed. A piston and cylinder is connected to the conduit, the interior of the cylinder being dimensioned to be approximately equal to the interior volume of the article formed. The cylinder is fixed with respect to the platen, while the piston is fixed with respect to the ejector apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Inventor: J. Larry Underwood
  • Patent number: 4364327
    Abstract: In gas stripping excess coating material (such as molten zinc) from rising sheet material (such as continuous steel strip) uneven coating adjacent the strip edges is deterred by a baffle plate having a vertical portion held close to but not touching the strip and disposed normally to the strip edge, and a remainder portion trended away from that edge. The baffle plate is fixed on one end of a carrier plate suspended on a truck spring urged towards the sheet. The carrier plate extends further from the strip edge than does said remainder portion and the horizontal length of the carrier plate is from 10 to 20 times the width of said vertical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Assignee: John Lysaght (Australia) Limited
    Inventor: Richard C. Barrett
  • Patent number: 4363458
    Abstract: An airfoil structure including an elongate hollow container which, in use provides an airfoil cross-section between the longer edge regions of the container. A space is provided for so stiffening the leading edge region, that when the structure is in use the end regions of the container are permitted to deform out of the plane of the remainder of the width of the container - while this remaining part of the container width is kept substantially undeformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventors: Andrew W. Jones, Raymond Merry
  • Patent number: 4363295
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine utilizing either an Otto or a Diesel cycle contains two opposed pistons in each cylinder. The first piston drives a crank arm which drives a crankshaft. The crankshaft, through a timing means, drives an eccentric positive-motion cam which drives a movable cylinder head piston. The positive-motion cam drives the movable cylinder head piston via two roller followers, placed on opposite sides of the axis of rotation of the cam. The first piston functions as a driving piston. The movable cylinder head piston changes the volume in the cylinder between the pistons as a function of the movement and position of the first piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventor: Ernest B. Brandly
  • Patent number: 4362568
    Abstract: A petroleum distillate-free or essentially petroleum distillate-free prime coat material for application to absorptive surfaces, such as untreated road or street surfaces, which is designed to penetrate, bond, and stabilize such existing surfaces and to promote adhesion between such surfaces and construction courses that follow. This type of material is also often used as a dust palliative. For this purpose, the material is applied to an untreated surface to control dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: K. E. McConnaughay, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry F. Ostermeyer
  • Patent number: 4362327
    Abstract: A pipe or armature connection includes two interfitting connecting members. The connecting members include surfaces providing axial and radial guidance upon their assembly but require only a small space for assembly and disassembly. One of the connecting members includes a groove dimensioned to positively retain an O-ring sealing member placed therein so that it will not fall from the groove. The dimensions of the groove and the one connecting member are such that the bulging portion of the O-ring is protected from damage by the extended surface of the one connecting member. Upon assembly of the two connecting members, the O-ring is urged into the space between the two members, thereby precluding the collection of materials in the space and rendering the connection more easily cleaned. This system is particularly advantageous in pipe systems that carry food products and materials that must be hygienically cleaned after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Otto Tuchenhagen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans O. Mieth
  • Patent number: 4362124
    Abstract: A coating material quantity control system for the coating of articles in a production line operation having a plurality of coating material dispensing devices. Each device is connected to a plurality of coating material feed lines carrying various coating materials, each associated with a separate flow control device. A program control device, upon initiation of the selection of a new coating material type, assures the sequence of the necessary changeover operations. A common control is provided for the flow control devices associated with each coating material dispensing device. The program control device also controls control parameters in each such common control for the selected coating material type, and for variations in size of that portion of the article being coated which is before a particular coating material dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Ransburg Corporation
    Inventor: Gunther Fleig
  • Patent number: 4362260
    Abstract: A high speed yarn feeding apparatus for feeding yarn from a yarn supply source to a yarn take-up apparatus is disclosed which is capable of being threaded by conventionally employed suction nozzles. The yarn feeding apparatus employs at least one stepped godet roller having a small diameter portion on which the travelling yarn is initially threaded. A yarn hooking means is provided on the peripheral surface of the stepped side of the large diameter portion of the stepped roller. Means is provided upstream of the stepped roller for shifting the travelling yarn from a position aligned with the small diameter portion to a position aligned with the large diameter portion of the stepped roller. The yarn hooking means can take various conformations and more than one hooking means can be provided on a single stepped godet roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Hasegawa, Takahiro Kawabata, Hiroshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 4359242
    Abstract: A walker-jumper comprises a support member carrying a seat for a child, a base member, and a collapsible and expandable frame connecting the support and base members to allow adjustment so that the feet of the child can contact the ground to propel the walker-jumper. The frame connection to the support and base members is by way of a slidable mount for permitting the members to be expanded to a desired one of several expanded positions so that the distance to the ground may be controlled for different sized children. The frame passes through a mounting member slidably carried below the support member and a lock engages the mounting member to fix the base and support members in the desired expanded position. After being locked in place, the frame is yieldably coupled to the mounting member to allow limited movement of the frame relative to the mounting member, responsive to bouncing movements of a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Gerken, Donald L. Moore, Stephen M. Degnen
  • Patent number: RE31120
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining the amount and location of imbalance in an article which is to be balanced about its axis includes a table for receiving the article and for positioning its axis. The table is supported upon a base for substantially free tilting movement generally about a point on a vertically extending axis defined by the base. A number of proximity transducers for sensing the orientation of the table relative to the base are provided. A pair of force coils positioned in quadrature about the axis between the base and the table are responsive to the proximity transducers to apply forces between the table and the base to bring the table and the article which rests thereon into a substantially neutral orientation with respect to the base. The method of the present invention comprises the steps of placing the article on the table with the article axis at a predetermined position thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Ransburg Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bacsanyi, Edward J. Harmon, deceased, by National Bank of Detroit, joint personal representative
  • Patent number: D269188
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Bert Tisdale