Patents Represented by Attorney John C. Evans
  • Patent number: 5711993
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a metallized substrate using the island coating method, includes depositing a coating layer containing a radiation curable non-volatile film former. The coated part is then vacuum metallized to form the metal islands of the present invention. A layer of clear resinous protective dielectric topcoat containing a radiation curable non-volatile film former is then deposited to completely cover the layer of metal islands while maintaining the aesthetic properties of the metallizing island coating system at a reduced cost and with minimal variability among parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Textron Automotive Interiors Inc.
    Inventors: Maureen M. Lein, Mark E. Dukeshire, Richard W. Finch, Alfred T. Poliquin, Gerard L. Vachon
  • Patent number: 5131678
    Abstract: A vehicle steering wheel has a decorative panel concealing a storage compartment for an inflatable air bag. The panel has a covering which comprises a backing plate having a U-shaped cut line framing the storage compartment and defining a cover door having a hinge line connecting the ends of the cut line U. An inner layer of foam is interposed between the backing plate and an outer skin layer. The skin has a peripheral groove outlining the door and comprises a hinge section overlaying the hinge line and a weakened tear seam line overlying the cut line. The groove is cut through at the bottom along the tear seam line but not along the hinge section. Inflation of the air bag will force the door outwardly, fracturing the foam layer along the tear seam line to swing the door away from the opening about the hinge section to enable deployment of the air bag outwardly of teh panel. The cuts in the panel layers can be made before or after a molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Gardner, Richard D. Rhodes, Jr., Everett Hastings
  • Patent number: 5121942
    Abstract: An airbag cover assembly for the passenger side of an automobile. The assembly includes an exterior skin, a pair of underlying sub-assemblies, each including a U-shaped galvanized steel strip, a short nylon scrim and a long glass mat sandwiched therebetween and extending therefrom such that a narrow space exists between adjacent edges of the glass mats. A weakening notch is formed across the inside surface of the exterior skin along the center line of the narrow space. A low density polyurethane foam is injected into a foaming tool cavity bearing the skin and pair of sub-assemblies. When cured, the foam covers the nylon scrims and glass mats and becomes immersed throughout the interstices of each, serving as the body of the final assembly. The glass mats prevent fragmentation of the low density foam upon deployment of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventors: David Warnick, William Humphrey, Lawrence Nichols
  • Patent number: 5108128
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an airbag restraint system has a smooth, grained, plastic cover and a load bearing insert for covering a housing for an airbag and a gas generator which includes an inflatant for the airbag for deploying the airbag through the smooth, grained plastic outer cover member without rupturing the cover member at weakened sections therein and wherein a carriage is formed in an insert opening having a cutter thereon between the cover and the air bag; the cutter has cutting edges thereon directly contacting the cover assembly for perforating the cover during inflation of the airbag so as to form a self-piercing cover assembly which will be cut to form an opening through the cover assembly through which the airbag is deployed; the self-piercing occurring as the airbag is inflated and solely in response to such inflation prior to deployment of the airbag into the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Davidson Textron, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent L. Parker, Laurent R. Guadreau
  • Patent number: 5106137
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper assembly has a fascia covering a layer of compressible energy absorbing plastic material with a cavity formed therein; the cavity contains an inflatable bladder connected at a header plate to a fill port and an exhaust port. The exhaust port is connected to a relief valve and an orifice for controlling exhaust of gas from the inflatable bladder to control the point at which deflation of the air bag starts and the rate of deflation; the fill port is connected to a gas source operative in response to vehicle impact to generate a gas charge for inflating the bladder to fill the cavity and provide energy absorbing capacity in addition to that provided by the compressible energy absorbing plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Cass V. Curtis
  • Patent number: 5097916
    Abstract: An active suspension system for use with a mass suspended relative to a movable structure and subject to external forces such as the chassis of off-road vehicles, and in particular the hull of heavy combat vehicles, has a passive hydropneumatic suspension system (PHSS) connected to a servopump and an accumulator, and wherein the servopump transfers fluid energy between the accumulator and the suspension system, in accordance with sensed operating conditions which are inputted to a processor whose output commands the velocity of the servopump to control the pressure and volume relationships of the PHSS and accumulator to improve the ride of said vehicle and to substantially reduce energy requirements when operating off-road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Cadillac Gage Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Jack M. Brandstadter
  • Patent number: 5074773
    Abstract: An assembly (10) for molding a two-tone, thin-walled plastic shell (12) for parts such as automobile door panels, control and instrument panels and the like includes a charge box (24) for supplying dry thermoplastic material to separate casting surfaces (30, 32) on a heated mold (22) selectively connected to the charge box (24) during the casting process. A pressurized inflatable seal gasket (60) is connected to the charge box (24) for sealing a division surface (36) on the heated mold (22) which surface (36) separates the casting surfaces (30, 32) of the mold (22). The seal gasket (60) is attached to the charge box (24) on a divider wall (42) via a sliding member (80) which positions the seal gasket (60) longitudinally along the divider wall (42). The sliding member (80) is secured to the divider wall (42) via threaded pins (86). The gasket seal (60) may be removed and reinserted in the slider member (80) providing automatic adjustment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Tischler
  • Patent number: 5073325
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing decorative features in situ in a base layer of cast plastic material includes the steps of providing a heated mold tool with a selectively heated surface in the form of a desired decorative feature; depositing a covering of thermoplastic material in the recessed surface and heating the recessed surface to partially fuse the thermoplastic material on the recessed surface to form segments of plastic corresponding to the desired decorative feature; dumping excess thermoplastic material from the heated mold tool; thereafter spray coating the mold at the recessed surface to stabilize the location of the partially fused material in the recessed surface; reheating the mold tool to partially remelt the retained stabilized segments and thereafter depositing a base layer of thermoplastic material across the full surface of the mold and reheating the mold to bond the retained stabilized segments to the base layer and cooling and stripping the mold to form a finished plastic shell having a deco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Gray
  • Patent number: 5072967
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an airbag restraint has a smooth cover and a load bearing insert for concealing an airbag restraint system having a housing, an airbag and a gas generator which includes an inflatant for inflating the airbag for deploying the airbag through the smooth outer cover member. The outer cover member has weakened sections on the inboard surface and filler material is disposed against the cover member to prevent inward collapse of the outer cover member at the weakened sections. An insert is formed in situ of the filler material in an opening in a restraint member and the insert is engaged during initial inflation of the airbag to displace the filler material so as to stress the outer cover member at the weakened sections thereof for separating a hidden door segment from the cover member as the airbag is inflated and solely in response to such inflation prior to deployment of the airbag into the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Batchelder, Scott Rafferty
  • Patent number: 5067284
    Abstract: A workpiece W to be machined by a rotating cutting tool 32 is carried by a rotary workhead 22 which is in turn mounted on a rotary table 16 for movement relative thereto both rotationally about a first axis perpendicular to the rotation axis of the table 16 and rectilinearly along second and third mutually perpendicular axes. The plane of interpolation between the second and third axes lies perpendicularly to the first axis, irrespective of the angular setting of the table 16. Using a combination of movements, the machine tool is able to produce on the workpiece W an arcuate surface whose radius of curvature is different from the distance of that surface from the workhead rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Ex-Cell-O GmbH
    Inventors: Peter H. Putnam, Michael P. Durcan
  • Patent number: 5066037
    Abstract: A releasable latch (50) is provided for a door assembly (14) having an outer skin member, a foam backing member, and an inner door member. The door assembly conceals an airbag restraint system having a housing, an airbag and a gas generator producing an inflatant for inflating the airbag for deploying the airbag through the door assembly. The releasable latch has a closed U-shaped end that is press fit in an open U-shaped end on a retainer member on the housing to hold the door assembly in a mating relationship to interior trim parts. The inner door member is engaged during initial inflation of the airbag to displace the door assembly so as to bend the inner door member at a hinge joint between the outer cover member and the interior trim part and the press fit between the closed U-shaped end and the open U-shaped end provides easy opening of the door assembly as the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Castrigno, Scott E. Rafferty, Lawrence R. Nichols, Claude Bemis
  • Patent number: 5065651
    Abstract: A method for finishing the full radial surface of a face type commutator includes relatively rotating the commutator on its axis with respect to a cutter to form a finish on the commutator face which includes radially inwardly cross hatch segments which become progressively open toward the outer periphery of the commutator and which end in a series of generally radially directed single line segments at the radially outer portion of each of the conductor segments of the commutator so as to dress slot edged during cutting to prevent formation of slot burrs; thereafter brushing the commutator face to remove loose chips therefrom followed by finishing the surface to remove irregularities therefrom and to form surface roughness thereon for brush run-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: McCord Winn Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Louis F. R. Amey
  • Patent number: 5066044
    Abstract: A ski guard assembly includes two pairs of tip guard members and two pairs of tail guard members which combine to protect the metal edges of different length skis. Each of the guard members includes a base portion with two spaced side walls forming an open channel for capturing only the tips and tails of a ski so as to protect the top and corners of the tips and tails while shielding sharpened metal side edges thereof against damage to the side edges or against damage to other objects coming into contact with the skis. The side walls and bottom portion define a closed end and an open end. Grooves are formed in each of the spaced side walls adjacent the open ends of each of the guard members to accommodate a connection strap for holding a pair of skis together while retaining each one of a pair of skis within the guard members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Adasek
  • Patent number: 5064365
    Abstract: A mold apparatus for forming parts by reacting foam precursors in a mold cavity part closed by a cover has a mold breaker assembly including a member for holding a molded foam product in the mold cavity part as the cover is removed for part demolding. The member defines a slide for movement of the cover with respect to the mold cavity part to break adhesion of the cover from the top of the molded part while the molded part is firmly held in the mold cavity part. The mold breaker assembly includes a lift handle on the cover which is used to open the cover once the adhesive forces are broken so as to expose the molded part for demolding without scraping against the mold cavity part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Nichols, Terry M. Yuill
  • Patent number: 5060942
    Abstract: A stroke training device includes a guide member connected between the user's body and a stroking device which will focus the force of body rotation at a constant radius as the user's body moves between backstroke, stroking, and follow through positions; the guide member includes a reference surface located between the hand end of the stroking device and the user's body for defining a vertically extended reference plane located wholly between the hand end of the stroking device and the body within the constant radius of swing and moveable into a stroking or hitting plane including the object to be hit, which stroking and hitting plane is perpendicular to the line of contact with the object being hit for positioning the striking end of the stroking device within the stroking or hitting plane when the user's body is rotated into its stroking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Dalme, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo Dalbo
  • Patent number: 5061428
    Abstract: A method for forming a plastic coating for a foam molding insert or retainer member includes the steps of preforming an insert member having openings therethrough; partially sealing the openings and/or the perimeter edge of the insert member with protuberances formed on a conforming buck; completely sealing the openings and/or the perimeter edge by spraying polymeric material against the insert and the protuberances only in the vicinity of the hole and the perimeter edge to form seals without covering the insert with a film wrap; curing the seals to provide a leak proof patch which prevents foam leakage through the insert during a foam molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Davidson Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Batchelder
  • Patent number: 5059082
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of emptying from a case a compressible load consisting of carton blanks, prongs penetrate through a preformed perforation in opposite side walls of the case and push the load away from those walls, an upper portion of the case is partially severed by knives along respective paths at those walls, other cuts are formed across the top wall along the other two side walls of the case, suction cups pull away that upper portion, the load is received between support fingers, the load and the lower portion of the case are turned through 180 degrees in a vertical plane, the inverted lower portion is removed from the load by suction cups, and a gripping head seizes the load and removes it from between the support fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Elopak Systems A. G.
    Inventors: Pekka Tanttu, Osmo E. O. Valkeinen
  • Patent number: 5056707
    Abstract: An end press for bearing against a bottom end closure of a carton sleeve received upon a mandrel has recesses formed therein at locations corresponding to corner zones of the end closure, whereby those corner zones protrude outwards, relative to respective adjacent zones of the end closure, in an outward longitudinal direction of the carton sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Elopak Systems A.G.
    Inventor: Per O. Larsen
  • Patent number: 5052594
    Abstract: A container filling nozzle of rubber has a wide, substantially square, inlet opening and a cruciform outlet slit which, in the absence of external force, is maintained closed owing to the resilience of the rubber. In the zone of the slit, the internal surface of the nozzle wall is formed with protrusions which extend along both sides of each of the arms of the slit and constitute respective thickenings. The protrusions terminate short of the central ridge of the V-form lips of the nozzle. Thus, the lips have their outlet zones more rigid and yet retain the necessary flexibility, so that sealing of the slit is improved and yet the lips can open wide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Elopak Systems A.G.
    Inventor: Tore Sorby
  • Patent number: D326259
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: U.I. Lapp KG
    Inventor: Udo Studenski