Patents Represented by Law Firm Jenkins, Hanley & Coffey
  • Patent number: 4055273
    Abstract: A spill-resistant container having a truncated conical base for receiving liquid, and a generally cylindrical neck extending upwardly from said base. A tip ring is integrally carried on the container between the base and the neck, and provides an overall container diameter approximately equal to the container height. Thus, when tipped, the container rests on the ring in a partially upright position to prevent liquid from spilling therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Assignee: Tumble Not Tumbler, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Jones
  • Patent number: 4052868
    Abstract: A door knob is machined from solid stock to provide a tubular neck, an intermediate portion which is internally recessed to reduce its wall thickness, and a solid-section end portion having a large axial end opening which provides tool access for recessing the mid-portion and clears the pin tumbler lobe of a key-removable core mounted in the knob sleeve with its key plug concentric with the knob. The end opening has an axially-outward facing shoulder and an adjacent radially-inward opening groove. A knob locating, bevelled-edge ring lies against the shoulder with its edge partially closing the mouth of the groove. An end face member having a peripheral bevelled skirt is pressed into the end opening and against the edge of the ring so as to deform the skirt outward into the groove and thereby secure both the end face member and the ring in the knob. The end face member may have an opening for a core mounted in the knob sleeve, or for other usual knob accessories, or may completely close the end of the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Assignee: Best Lock Corporation
    Inventors: Walter E. Best, R. Gene McCullum
  • Patent number: 4048863
    Abstract: A friction drive having a drive wheel with annular friction bands peripherally mounted on opposed sides thereof. A friction chain comprises a plurality of inverted generally V-shaped friction links swingably interconnected in series by side plates. The friction chain is receivable about the drive wheel with the V-shaped links matingly and frictionally engaging the friction bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1977
    Inventor: Robert E. Pemberton
  • Patent number: 4035994
    Abstract: Mounting and control apparatus for a driven element such as a lawn mower blade mounted coaxially on an engine drive shaft, in an arrangement in which, under control of a deadman lever, the driven element is normally de-clutched from the shaft and stopped by a brake, as when the driving engine is idled, and for operation is released by the brake and clutched by a centrifugal clutch to the drive shaft, as when the engine is speeded up. The compact nested assembly includes a driven drum element having an outer cylindrical brake and clutch drum and an inner bearing ring which lies within the axial length of the drum and is mounted on the outer race of a ball bearing carried by a reduced-diameter bearing sleeve on a main hub fixed to the motor shaft. A clutch carrier plate on the hub carries centrifugal shoes engageable with the inside of the drum and partially nested between it and the bearing ring. The hub carries a flywheel when the engine is designed to depend on the mower blade for flywheel mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1977
    Assignee: Hoffco, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Hoff
  • Patent number: 4033475
    Abstract: In a vented cap for closing the filler neck of a liquid containing tank, the cap including a valve housing providing a venting passageway extending therethrough, the improvement comprising a roll-over valve member for closing the passageway when the filler neck is tilted. The valve housing provides a valve seat in the passageway facing inwardly and against which the valve member moves. The housing also provides a tubular portion extending inwardly from the valve seat, the valve member being moveable in that portion between a position in closing engagement with the seat and a position away from the seat. The tubular portion is provided with at least one vent port located between the positions of the valve member, the port being of a size sufficient readily to pass vapor therethrough and insufficient readily to pass liquid therethrough. When liquid enters the port from the tank, a pressure differential is created to drive the valve member into its closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1977
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Evans
  • Patent number: 4029229
    Abstract: A lift blade assembly for engaging a stack of cartons to be lifted by a lift truck. The lift blade assembly comprises a supporting framework, a transmission mechanism and first and second lift blades. The first lift blade has a front portion and a bottom portion and is fixedly attached to the supporting framework. The second blade has a top portion and a front portion and is pivotally attached to the supporting framework upwardly from the first blade. A pusher bar is disposed above the bottom portion of the first blade for upward and downward reciprocation relative thereto. The transmission mechanism is linked to the pusher bar and second blade for transmitting downward motion of the pusher bar into forward and downward motion of the second blade. A spring is provided for urging the pusher bar upwardly from the bottom of the first blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Inventor: Lloyd L. Hobson
  • Patent number: 4026132
    Abstract: A high security lock which is guarded against picking. A disk shaped body is fixed to a hasp and contains a diametric bore with a lock core-receiving chamber at each end. Two cores in such chambers have key plugs which lie on the axis of the bore and are both solidly connected to each other through a rotary bolt which lies between them. The bolt partially intersects a post-receiving recess in the rear face of the body so as to lockingly engage a grooved post over which the hasp is engaged, and has a side-cut-out to clear such post when the bolt is rotated with both of the two key plugs to an unlocked position. A guard casing is rotatably mounted over the lock body and the two lock cores, and has only a single key opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventor: Walter E. Best
  • Patent number: 4025016
    Abstract: Ladder attachments including holding assemblies designed to be fastened in various orientations on several different types of ladders. The attachments require no modification of the ladders. Each attachment comprises a clamp block having an alignment portion including an alignment surface for aligning the block against a ladder leg, a clamping portion and a web portion which joins the clamping and alignment portions. A second clamp portion is attached to the block by a bolt. The clamp block and second clamp portion are disposed on the bolt intermediate its ends and are adjustable relative to one another to clamp a ladder leg. The holding member is attached to one of the bolt ends and is proportioned and designed to hold an article outwardly from the ladder leg. In one embodiment, the holding member and second clamp portion are combined to create an easel tool which, when used in pairs, converts a ladder into an easel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Inventor: Alvin O. Brothers
  • Patent number: 4024972
    Abstract: For use with a lift truck, a lifting apparatus which combines compact height when not fully extended with extended height exceeding that of a conventional mast and frame assembly. The apparatus includes a selectively engageable transmission which drives a load-engaging and lifting member vertically with respect to the frame apparatus. The transmission is engaged to convert relative motion between the mast and frame into motion of the engaging member with respect to the frame. A significant increase is achieved in the maximum elevated height of the assembly, while maintaining the compact unelevated height of the conventional mast and frame assembly. In one embodiment of the invention, the transmission drives load-engaging members laterally to accommodate wider loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Inventor: Lloyd L. Hobson
  • Patent number: 4023640
    Abstract: Wheel and axle assembly for small vehicles such as riding lawnmowers including a frame and an engine and transmission mounted upon the frame, the assembly comprising an axle having opposite first and second ends mounted upon the frame for rotation and drivingly connected to the output of the transmission. First and second wheels are provided for mounting, respectively, on the first and second axle ends. The first wheel is rigidly connected to the first axle end for rotation therewith such as by pinning or by key. A torque-limited driving connection is provided between the second wheel and the second axle end, the torque-limited driving connection permitting relative rotation between the second wheel and axle when a predetermined torque level is exceeded. This torque-limited device may include a frictional drive connection between the second wheel and the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Carlisle Corporation
    Inventors: Ray D. Frazee, Charles Russell Ford
  • Patent number: 4018298
    Abstract: Wheel and axle assembly for a small vehicle such as a riding lawnmower which includes a frame and an engine mounted upon the frame, the assembly comprising an axle having opposite first and second ends journalled mounted upon the frame for rotation and drivingly connected to the output of the engine conventionally through a transmission. First and second wheels are provided for mounting, respectively, on the first and second axle ends. The first wheel is rigidly connected to the first axle end for rotation with the axle such as by pinning or by a key. A torque-limited driving connection is provided between the second wheel and the second axle end, the torque-limited driving connection permitting relative rotation between the second wheel and axle when a predetermined torque level is exceeded. This torque-limited device may include a frictional drive connection between the second wheel and the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1977
    Assignee: Carlisle Corporation
    Inventor: Ray D. Frazee
  • Patent number: 4014095
    Abstract: An artificial tooth for use in a denture comprising a base portion, an occlusal portion, and an intermediate portion sandwiched between and secured to the base portion and occlusal portion, the intermediate portion being resilient to permit the occlusal portion yieldably to move relative to the base portion. The intermediate portion is disposed generally at equal vertical distances from the occlusal surface of the occlusal portion and the ridge lap surface of the base portion. Two connecting members, spaced apart in the mesial-distal direction, are provided for limiting the movement of the occlusal portion relative to the base position. Such members are rigidly connected to the occlusal portion and loosely pivotally connected to the base portion. The loose pivotal connection permits the occlusal portion to move from its normal portion toward the base portion even by tipping movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1977
    Assignee: Indiana University Foundation
    Inventor: Henry C. Heimansohn
  • Patent number: 4014193
    Abstract: A locking mechanism in which a series of disks each having a radial hole therein are mounted on the inside of a door. Said disks are connected to dials on the outside of the door which are associated with numbered indicia and rotatable to vary the rotatable and axial positions of the holes in the disks. A locking bolt is slidably mounted on the inside of the door and interconnected to a series of pins which are receivable in the holes in said disks when said holes are aligned therewith. A lever is connected to the locking bolt and operable from outside the door to slidably move the bolt from a locked position to an unlocked position when the dials are set at preselected numbers on the indicia to rotatably align the holes in said disks for reception of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1977
    Inventor: Clinton L. Carter
  • Patent number: 4013372
    Abstract: A tubing connection for an article of furniture in which a tubular leg is perpendicularly connected to the external surface of a tubular support member. An elastomeric insert is press-fit into the open end of the leg, and is retained therein by tabs on said leg. A screw is received through the support member and threaded into the insert to bindingly retain said leg and support member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1977
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph B. Lay, Donald L. Moore
  • Patent number: 4011821
    Abstract: A table having a plurality of legs receivable in sockets on the underside of a table top to place said table in an upright condition. The legs are removable from the sockets and storable within clips on the underside of the top to place the table in a knocked-down condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1977
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry L. Neal
  • Patent number: 4010582
    Abstract: A building structure comprising a plurality of frame members and wall panels secured together generally in accordance with the teachings of United States patent 2,832,445, each frame member being an elongated generally rectangular cross section frame member defined by front and back walls and side walls with the front wall being slotted and each enclosing panel member having a flange along a longitudinal edge thereof for insertion into the slot of the adjacent frame member. The improvement comprises a protrusion extending outwardly from and longitudinally along each frame member sidewall to serve as a support against which the wall panel cross braces rest and to which the cross braces are clamped. Each protrusion is formed to have a front surface parallel with and facing the front, slotted wall of the frame member and a rear surface which inclines, from its outer edge, inwardly and toward the front slotted surface. Spring-like clamps are attached to the cross members to engage these rear surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1977
    Inventor: Kermit H. Burgin
  • Patent number: 4009732
    Abstract: A method of tying over an individual customer service connection from a live outer gas main to an inner gas main inserted therein. The inner main is centered within the outer main and an annular region is defined upstream from the customer service connection which is to be tied over. An opening is formed in the side wall of the live outer main intermediate the ends of the annular region and a quantity of a high-density froth foam such as, for example, urethane foam, sufficient to fill the annular region is injected into it. The foam is allowed to harden to prevent gas from flowing downstream below the annular region to the service connection to be tied over. The outer main may then be cut away downstream from the annular region and the new customer service connection made through the side wall of the inner main exposed by cutting away the outer main. In the first embodiment of the method, a special centering tool contains a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Inventors: Luther W. Martin, Richard L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4009874
    Abstract: Apparatus for making propellers having a base plate with an upstanding central shaft for receiving a blank propeller hub. A plurality of blocks are radially arranged on the plate about the central shaft, and each block has an upwardly projecting pin near one end thereof. The blocks each have vertical set screws therethrough opposite their pins to allow swingable movement to adjust the pin radial distances from the central shaft. The heads of said set screws are positioned on the top of said blocks, and provide positioning means for locating a cylindrical collar on said blocks. The collar has a plurality of radially arranged and adjustable arms, one for each block, extending inwardly therefrom, with each of said arms having a collet thereon with an inwardly presented slotted face.A propeller is made by positioning a plurality of propeller blade blanks each with its root in contact with the blank hub and its tip resting upon one of said blocks in contact with the pin thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Inventor: Emerson Dee Hughey
  • Patent number: 4008525
    Abstract: A ware tester comprising a testing station and a conveyor for moving ware past the station, the station including a ware testing tool, and a drive for moving the tool toward and away from the conveyor to engage and disengage the ware and parallel to the conveyor while the tool is engaged with the ware. The drive includes first and second cranks spaced in the direction of conveyor movement and having first and second crank pins, respectively, with adjustable throws to determine the extent of tool travel in the conveyor direction. The tool is mounted on an orbital link for shifting movement toward and away from the conveyor, and the orbital link is supported by the first and second crank pins. The drive also includes a third crank having a third adjustable throw crank pin connected to the tool to drive the tool toward and away from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1977
    Assignee: Ball Brothers Service Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony T. Zappia
  • Patent number: 4003610
    Abstract: A terminal housing has top and bottom walls shaped as inverted pans, which support between them a forwardly-arched arrangement of terminal block panels providing a rear cable-connection space and a front service-connection face. A peripherally-continuous side-wall enclosure includes two doors which are hinged adjacent the rear of the panel arch and extend forward and across into overlapping relation at the front. A cap or cover having a depending peripheral flange is supported above the top wall by springs in a normally raised position in which it clears the doors and allows them to swing open. A manual actuating lever swings forward below the bottom wall and actuates linkage to move the cap downward to a closed position in which its peripheral flange overlaps the top edges of the doors to secure them closed. A latch finger on the actuating lever engages the edges of the doors to secure them closed at the bottom. The lever is padlocked in closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1977
    Assignee: General Cable Corporation
    Inventor: Harold M. Main