Patents Represented by Attorney Kenneth W. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6767212
    Abstract: System and method allowing parents, teachers, and helping professionals to automatically incorporate rewards selected from an electronic catalog into a network-assisted behavior management system to motivate children to perform selected behaviors and third party performance programs. Selected rewards are automatically purchased by and shipped to the parent or teacher. System is delivered to multiple remote devices, including personal computers, personal data assistants, network computers, terminals, screen phones, web pads, smart phones, interactive television, interactive game consoles, two-way pagers, or e-mail-only devices. The system is comprised of a set of modular components that are organized into session sets for a parent/teacher and for a particular child or groups of children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Glenn Roy Thomas
  • Patent number: 6423047
    Abstract: A reusable diaper product created to fit premature and newborn babies, toddlers, young youth, young adults, adults, the elderly, and patients with special problems such as a colostomy bag. The diaper comprises an all fabric stretchable shell which in the preferred embodiment is secured to the wearer by an encased elastic waistband with hook and loop VELCRO tabs. The legholes on the shell are encased elastic designed to fit many different leg sizes. Within the shell is disposed a soft breathable liquid impervious layer encasing multiple layers of a absorbent material. The sides of the absorbent material are permanently affixed to the shell and finished with elastic edges forming a body gusset of sorts. Several embodiments of the diaper are disclosed to fit special needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Patricia Mae Webster
  • Patent number: 6409162
    Abstract: In accordance with this invention an eccentrically immobilized hinge-type device is provided having a yoke shaped hinging element with cylindrical peripheral surfaces and a channel shaped hinging element with an eye-ended connecting rod, and a relatively eccentric hinge-pin. The cylindrical peripheral surfaces of the yoke shaped hinging element seats in the channel shaped hinging element and both elements pivot on the relatively eccentric hinge-pin which penetrates the bore of the yoke and the eye-end bore of the connecting rod. The eccentric hinge-pin is connected to an activating means that controls the eccentrically applied tension on the connecting rod, consequently the friction between the cylindrical peripheral surfaces of the yoke shaped hinging element and the seat of the channel shaped hinging element, thus affecting hinging ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: David Herman Belusko
  • Patent number: 4506524
    Abstract: An absorption type heat transfer and thermally powered temperature pressure potential amplifier system for storing energy by distilling and separating solute from a solution of the solute and a solvent at a low temperature, then amplifying and recovering the temperature and/or vapor pressure potential difference between the solute and the solution at a higher temperature in the form of heat transfer or its mechanical power equivalent. One working fluid is a solute having a low boiling point, the other a solution of the solute in a solvent having a high boiling point such that mutual solubility is poor at low temperatures as indicated by a small vapor pressure difference between solute and solution, and in which the vapor pressure difference between solute and solution greatly increases at higher temperatures. This permits the vapor pressure potential difference to be released in the form of mechanical work when vapor from separated solute is reabsorbed into solution in an absorber at the higher temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Inventor: Ralph C. Schlichtig
  • Patent number: 4305177
    Abstract: A hinge assembly between a lifting foil (12) and an associated flap (14) wherein the flap (14) includes a series of sections (20, 22). In one embodiment, each section (20,22) may be rotatably mounted by a single hinge (24) to the foil (12) and interconnected by a coupling device (34) to an adjacent flap section. Additionally, a shear key coupling device (40) may be arranged between each pair of sections (20, 22) substantially extending to the trailing edge of each section (20, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Winfried M. Feifel
  • Patent number: 4202172
    Abstract: Protectors for certain elements such as fuel injectors and flameholders used in conjunction with the ramjet phase of an integral rocket ramjet.In the preferred embodiment slip-on caps of a high temperature material such as graphite are used to protect the fuel injectors and flameholders. The caps are installed and the solid boost propellant packaged about them. Following boost burnout the initial fuel pressurization for transition to ramjet operation would remove the caps allowing operation in a ramjet mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dietrich W. Brunner
  • Patent number: 4089422
    Abstract: An air classifier for separating a heterogeneous mixture of particles into heavier and lighter fractions includes an air passageway through which a horizontal primary air stream is flowing, a pair of air deck sections extending along the bottom of the passageway through which deck air is flowing upwardly within and downstream of the passageway, air nozzles located between the air deck sections through which a primary vertical air stream is flowing, the latter also preferably flowing with a horizontal component moving downstream of the passageway, a heavy particle deflector and remover downstream of the second air deck section, and a light particle trapping and removal arrangement downstream of the heavy particle deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles Raymond Harmke, Daniel Edward O'Neill
  • Patent number: 4050397
    Abstract: A predetermined-sized and shaped foil-fence structure which is substantially perpendicularly mounted at the foil-tip of a hydrofoil craft and projects downward, upward or partly downward and upward from the foil-tip. The fence surfaces are generally disposed parallel to the longitudinal axis of the craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1977
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Siebold Vanderleest
  • Patent number: 4045356
    Abstract: Fracture promoting media are comprised of mercury and an alkali metal selected from the group consisting of cesium, lithium, sodium and potassium. A modification of the foregoing media is achieved by the addition of a metallic sulfate solution selected from the group of gold sulfate, silver sulfate and copper sulfate. A method of achieving failure of a material at greatly reduced energy requirements comprises contacting the material at a desired place for failure with a medium of mercury and an alkali metal selected from the group of cesium, lithium, sodium and potassium and applying force to the material. A modification of the foregoing method comprises contacting the material at a desired place for failure with a medium of mercury, an alkali metal selected from the group of cesium, lithium, sodium and potassium and a metallic sulfate solution selected from the group of gold sulfate, silver sulfate and copper sulfate and applying a force to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1963
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1977
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steve Eisner, James LeRoy Powell
  • Patent number: 4039171
    Abstract: An improved rotating drum dryer and/or mixer for drying or mixing materials on a continuous basis is disclosed. The dryer and/or mixer includes a rotatable drum having an inlet end for receiving materials and a forced air burner for directing a stream of heated gases axially through the drum. A heat dispersing means such as an array of spaced deflecting bars is disposed downstream from the source of heated gases. The dispersing means provides the interior of the drum with a more uniform radial temperature distribution and minimizes the central high temperature zone normally associated with such drum dryers and/or mixers. Minimization of the central high temperature zone results in lowered production of smoke and other noxious emissions by an operating dryer or mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Assignee: Boeing Construction Equipment Company
    Inventor: Herbert Neil Shearer
  • Patent number: 4030687
    Abstract: An exhaust nozzle used in conjunction with an upper surface blown aircraft for directing the exhaust gases from the aircraft engine over the wing and flap surfaces of the aircraft. The nozzle can occupy two positions. The first position, for use in cruise mode, directs the exhaust gases rearwardly in a normal manner. In the second position, used for takeoff and landing, the nozzle outlet area is slightly increased and the nozzle tilted to direct the exhaust gases rearwardly and downwardly across the wing and flap surfaces thereby increasing lift due to the Coanda effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Donald William Hapke
  • Patent number: 3974793
    Abstract: An anchor cradle unit which restrains an anchor in a folded flat horizontal position on a deck. The cradle is pivotally mounted at the deck edge and adapted to be positioned by a controlled force about the pivot so that the cradle extends at a predetermined angle beyond the deck edge. Upon predetermined release of the anchor from the cradle, the anchor will swing away from the cradle and drop by gravity. Upon stowing, the anchor will be raised and connectedly received in scabbards against the cradle, pivoted therewith onto the deck and thereafter secured to the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1976
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Alan Aring