Patents Represented by Attorney John F. A. Harding, Earley Follmer & Frailey Earley III
  • Patent number: 6156446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-part, fire resistant ceramic composite structure consisting of at least two adjacent layers. The substantial mass portion of the layers consists of an identical, fire-resistant ceramic material, and the remaining mass portion is selected in relation to each layer in such a manner that at least one layer couples inductively subject to the influence of a magnetic field, whereas at least one other layer does not couple subject to the influence of said electromagnetic field. However, all layers have the same thermal coefficient of expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Didier-Werke AG
    Inventors: Raimund Bruckner, Daniel Grimm
  • Patent number: 6152507
    Abstract: A conveying device for thin disk-like articles (60), characterized by the llowing features: a support (10) having a plain surface (12), in the support (10) there is formed at least one gas channel (20) which channel, in running towards the plain surface in outwardly slanting manner, terminates at one of its ends in at least one gas outlet opening in the plain surface (12), the at least one gas channel being connectable to a gas supply pipe (28) at its other end, wherein at least three guiding arms (30) are disposed adjacent the at least one gas outlet opening(s) outside the at least one gas outlet opening and wherein the at least three guiding arms project beyond the plain surface (12) of the support (10) and are adjustable radially with respect to the plain surface (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: SEZ Semicondcutor Equipment Zubehor fur Die Halbleiterfertigung AG
    Inventor: Willibald Pirker
  • Patent number: 6129889
    Abstract: The invention concerns a gas purging bottom for metallurgical vessels, the gas purging bottom comprising a monolithic refractory ceramic lining having channels formed therein by chemical or physical processes. At their ends associated with an adjacent vessel wall, the channels are designed for direct or indirect fluid connection to a gas supply pipe. At their other ends the channels lead into the corresponding outer layer of the refractory ceramic lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Veitsch-Radex Aktiengesellschaft fur Feuerfeste Erzeugnisse
    Inventors: Manfred Slamenik, Franz Reiterer, Walter Hammerer, Karl-Heinz Dott, Klaus Dosinger, Michael Heiligenbrunner
  • Patent number: 6129207
    Abstract: A package for a trash bag rod which is flexible and resilient for opening a trash bag and for forming a hoop shape for holding the trash bag open while it is being filled with fallen leaves, lawn clippings, and other trash, comprises a trash bag rod which is normally straight but which is wound into a coil that springs back toward straight position when released from the coil, an enclosure holding the trash bag rod in coiled position with at least one end portion of the rod being held in straight position to form a straight end portion of the rod within the enclosure, whereby after the coiled rod is released from the enclosure the straight end portion is more easily threaded through a perimeter portion of the open end of a trash bag than a rod with a curved end portion. The method includes preforming a series of openings around the top perimeter portion of the trash bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Floyd Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 6116894
    Abstract: A continuous furnace for baking ceramic molded parts has a heating area (14), a baking area (16) and a cooling area (18). At least one smoke gas duct (22) extends from the heating area (14) into a combustion chamber (24) and at least one hot air duct (28) leads back from the combustion chamber (24) to the heating area (14). Hot air loaded with binder fractions is extracted from the heating area at one or several spots. The combustion gases are then led into a combustion chamber where they are burned, so that a largely purified hot air may then be led back to the heating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Riedhammer GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Kolln, Henning Richter
  • Patent number: 6109677
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling and transporting plate like substrates comprises a first flat carrier member and a second flat carrier member, the second flat carrier member being arranged at least along one side wall of the first carrier member, the first and second carrier members being arranged horizontally and provided with at least four vertically extending guiding members, arranged at spaced locations to each other in two sets of at least two guiding members each, whereby each carrier member comprises at least one guiding member of each set of guiding members, the first and second carrier member being mounted on a robot and moveable relative to each other in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Sez North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt G. Anthony
  • Patent number: 6095350
    Abstract: A non-metallic wear plate assembly for railroad car couplers comprises a wear plate of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene having an upper surface with side edges and a middle portion therebetween, the upper surface of the wear plate sloping downwardly from the side edges to the middle portion, and a number of counter-bored holes in the wear plate with a larger diameter and a smaller diameter with the larger diameter of the counter-bored holes facing up, the wear plate being mounted on a steel filler plate by weld washers which are positioned in the holes and are welded to the filler plate, with optional weld washer plugs being positioned in the holes above the weld washers and flush with the upper surface of the wear plate. A method of using the non-metallic wear plate for railroad car couplers to center a coupler and protect it against wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Pennsy Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Sauer, John W. Rudibaugh
  • Patent number: 6090028
    Abstract: A bag suitable for use in microwave cooking is constructed of an elongated tube of flexible material closed at one end by means of a cold seal closure and having a heat seal adhesive deposit applied to the other end thereof for use in closing the bag after filling thereof; and methods of making the same are described, including the making of a roll from which said bags can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: American Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Gilbert N. Yannuzzi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6089754
    Abstract: A thrust bearing for use with a shaft having a collar mounted thereon, comprises a base ring, a series of thrust bearing shoes positioned on the base ring, each shoe having a leading edge connected to a trailing edge by an inner diameter edge and an outer diameter edge, each thrust bearing shoe having a working face with a bearing liner on its surface, a shoe pivot member on each shoe allowing the shoe to pivot in any direction, an oil distribution groove formed in the working face of each shoe near the leading edge of each shoe and extending radially for substantially the entire distance between the inner and outer diameter edges of each shoe, each oil distribution groove having an inner end and an outer end connected by a leading edge and a trailing edge, an oil feed line leading to each oil distribution groove for feeding oil to each oil distribution groove, and a recess formed in the working face of each shoe commencing at the trailing edge of the oil distribution groove and extending rearwardly therefrom
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Kingsbury, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Wilkes, Ascanio M. DeCamillo
  • Patent number: 6061882
    Abstract: The invention concerns a clamping device for sheet products and an associated holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Padis Preisauszeichnung + Display Systeme GmbH & Co. Vertriebs-K.G.
    Inventor: Klaus Otte-Wiese
  • Patent number: 6047695
    Abstract: For use with a fireplace, a heat exchanger mounted across the top portion of the fireplace with the heat exchanger comprising a heat exchanger core with four identical extruded core sections connected together around an inner spin chamber for the passage of combustion gases and surrounded by an outer spin chamber for the passage of combustion gases, with each core section having a center core passageway for the passage of room air and the heating of the room air by the heat from the combustion gases being transferred to the room air through the heat exchanger cores, and tortuous passageways between the core sections from the outer spin chamber to the inner spin chamber to increase the area of contact by the hot combustion gases to the core sections and to increase the dwell time of the combustion gases in the core to increase the amount of heat transferred to the combustion gases to the room air in the core sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: H. Alfred Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 6039976
    Abstract: A non-toxic edible enteric film coating dry powder composition for use in making an aqueous enteric coating suspension which may be used in coating pharmaceutical tablets and the like comprises an enteric film forming polymer, a detackifier, a viscosity modifier, and an alkalizing/anti-coagulating agent. Advantageously, the inventive dry powder compositions may include a solid plasticizer, a lubricant, an anti-caking agent, a liquid plasticizer, and a pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: BPSI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dev K. Mehra, Chittamuru Ramireddy, Li-Juan Tang, Stuart C. Porter
  • Patent number: 6023865
    Abstract: A round label for providing identifying indicia on a bottle having a bottom wall having a flat, annular edge portion and a concave depression in the middle of the annular edge portion. The label has an attachment for attaching the label in the concave depression of the bottle. The attachment includes a ring-shaped edge portion having a layer of adhesive on at least one side to affix the label to the side walls of the concave depression, and a circular interior labeling portion which is surrounded by the ring-shaped edge portion and which traverses the concave depression. A plurality of notches are provided in the edge portion of the label. The notches extend radially-inwardly towards the center of the label. The edge portion of the label is bent transverses to the labeling portion of the label and fastened to the side walls in the concave depression such that the labeling surface traverses the concave depression and is spaced apart from the flat annular edge portion of the bottom wall of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Jurgen Preuss
  • Patent number: 6001427
    Abstract: A process for powder coating selected portions of a substrate comprises the steps of electrostatically applying a controlled thickness of a powder to an entire surface of a transfer member to form a powder coating thereon, said powder having a gel point, the temperature at which the powder turns into a gel, heating a substrate to a temperature above the gel point of the powder, pressing the heated substrate against the powder coating of the transfer member to melt the powder coating on the transfer member and cause the melted powder to stick to the substrate and coat selected portions of the substrate, and polymerizing and curing the coated portions of the substrate to fix the melted powder to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: C. L. Breazeale
  • Patent number: 5994686
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for heat treating products by microwave radiation with a heating chamber to take the products in which the microwaves (16) can be coupled to a device (12) in the heating chamber (2) and the heating chamber (2) has at least one wall (13) which reflects the microwaves (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Riedhammer GMBH
    Inventor: Rene Salina
  • Patent number: 5979437
    Abstract: Air control apparatus for a fireplace prevents or inhibits the buildup of soot and dirt on the inside surface of the glass doors of the fireplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: H. Alfred Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 5980923
    Abstract: Elastomeric sheeting materials are described which are formed from the process of (1) creating a membrane comprising a semi-interpenetrating polymer network ("IPN") of polytetrafluoroethylene ("PTFE") and polydimethylsiloxane ("PDMS") by causing a matrix of PDMS to be formed in situ with a matrix of PTFE; (2) causing a surface of substantially pure PDMS to be formed on at least one side thereof; (3) allowing said PDMS compositions to vulcanize; and (4) converting said structure into useful shapes suitable for application to anatomical areas of the body. The product of the process is suitable for the treatment of dermatologic scars, such as those associated with traumatic or surgical injuries of the skin. The pure PDMS layer provides desired therapeutic effects. The semi-IPN membrane provides improved physical integrity, durability, and elastic behavior in comparison to prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Bio Med Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Dillon
  • Patent number: 5981285
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses are disclosed for determining an anticoagulant therapy factor (ATF), a corrected anticoagulant therapy factor (CATF), and a modified anticoagulant therapy factor (MATF), all selectively used for monitoring oral anticoagulant therapy to help prevent excessive bleeding or deleterious blood clots that might otherwise occur before, during or after surgery. The anticoagulant therapy factor (ATF), the corrected anticoagulant therapy factor (CATF), and a modified anticoagulant therapy factor (MATF) are based upon disclosed methods for determining the fibrinogen transformation rate (FTR) which, in turn, is dependent on a maximum acceleration point for fibrinogen (FBG) conversion. The ATF, CATF, and MATF quantities are also based upon the prothrombin time (PT), but have no need for the difficulty to obtain prior art International Normalized Ratio (INR) and International Sensitivity Index (ISI) parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Wallace E. Carroll, R. David Jackson
  • Patent number: 5967578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for the free support of plate-like substrates, comprising a flat plate-like body with at least one supporting surface wherein at least one gas channel is provided within the body, extending from an outer gas supply end to an inner gas discharge end, the gas discharge end being in fluid communication with a gas distribution chamber, through which gas passes into a dynamically balanced gas slit being arranged radially with respect to the gas distribution chamber predominantly parallel to the supporting surface and opening into the supporting surface at its outer end at an angle >90 and <180.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Sez North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Helmut Frey
  • Patent number: D416307
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Richard T. Williams