Patents Represented by Attorney Kremblas, Foster, Phillips & Pollick
  • Patent number: 7692339
    Abstract: To provide a less expensive and high-efficient free-piston Stirling cycle machine with an outer diameter of entire machine being relatively small. In a Stirling cycle cooler as a free-piston Stirling cycle machine including a cylinder 7, a piston 18 which is reciprocable inside said cylinder 7 and an electromagnetic driving mechanism 19 for reciprocating said piston 18, said electromagnetic driving mechanism 19 is comprised of a mover 20 and a stator 35, said piston 18 and said mover 20 formed by disposing a permanent magnets 24 outside an inner yoke 23 made of magnetic flux conducting material are disposed in an axial alignment, and said stator 35 and said cylinder 7 are disposed in an axial alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignees: Global Cooling BV, Twinbird Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Berchowitz, Mamoru Saito
  • Patent number: 7685818
    Abstract: The reciprocatable power piston of a free-piston Stirling machine is drivingly linked to a reciprocatable component body of an associated apparatus by at least one spring with no rigid connection linking the piston to the component body. The spring drive linkage allows the power piston and the reciprocatable component body of the associated apparatus to reciprocate at different amplitudes of oscillation. Therefore, the Stirling machine and the associated apparatus can be optimized at different amplitudes of piston and the component body oscillation thereby improving the optimization of two very different dynamic systems that are drivingly connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sunpower, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Beale
  • Patent number: 7687432
    Abstract: A metal-organic framework-based mesh-adjustable molecular sieve (MAMS) exhibiting a temperature-dependent mesh size. The MAMS comprises a plurality of metal clusters bound with a plurality of amphiphilic ligands, each ligand comprising a hydrophobic moiety and a functionalized hydrophilic moiety, and wherein the metal clusters and amphiphilic ligand functionalized hydrophilic moieties form a metal cluster layer, the metal cluster layer forming at least one hydrophilic pore. On each side of the metal cluster layer, a plurality of associated amphiphilic ligand hydrophobic moieties cooperate with the metal cluster layer to form a tri-layer and a plurality of tri-layers are packed in a facing-spaced apart relationship to form at least one hydrophobic pore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Miami University
    Inventors: Hong-Cai Zhou, Shengqian Ma
  • Patent number: 7674162
    Abstract: An apparatus for spitting whole poultry mid-wing sections into a first radius portion that includes the radius bone of the mid-wing and its surrounding muscle, tissue, and skin and a second ulna portion that includes the ulna bone of the mid-wing and its surrounding muscle, tissue, and skin. The apparatus is provided with a rotatably driven carrier wheel having a plurality of product carrier slots formed therein for accepting mid-wings and moving them along a predetermined arcuate path. A splitting blade is mounted in the arcuate path for engaging and splitting the mid-wings into the desired portions. The apparatus is additionally provided with a retention fender for preventing mid-wings from exiting the carrier slots while the mid-wings are being split, and an ejector comb for forcing the mid-wings out of the carrier slots after they have been split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Remington Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Geno N. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 7672106
    Abstract: A circuit and method for controlling a smart, high side driver with current and temperature sensing so that it can turn ON a relatively high current load of incandescent lamps or similar loads within a practical time. The output of the high side driver is sensed. In response to the coexistence of an ON command applied to the control input of the high side driver and the output terminal of the high side driver switching to an OFF state, an OFF command is applied to the control input of the high side driver. That OFF command is maintained for a selected cooling time interval. An ON command is applied to the control input of the high side driver after the selected cooling time interval. The selected cooling time interval is at least long enough to allow the MOS/FET temperature to cool to the thermal reset of its status temperature TRS, which is the temperature below which the driver operates with its highest current limit ILIMH when it is turned back on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: James D. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7665252
    Abstract: A wall bracing apparatus for mounting between a wall and the floor during construction. The wall bracing apparatus includes a tube that is mounted to a wall-mounted device and a floor-mounted device. The wall-mounted device has a backing plate and a front plate on opposite sides of the wall. A t-bar having a head at one end and a shaft through which a hole is formed extends through aligned central apertures in the plates and a wedge is inserted in the hole near the front plate end of the t-bar. A pair of ears on the front plate has aligned holes through which a pin extends that is also inserted through the tube. A duplicate of the front plate can be mounted to the floor and the opposite end of the tube can pivotably mount to the ears thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Damian L. Lang
  • Patent number: 7662031
    Abstract: An automated poultry defatting apparatus which includes a housing having a product feed inlet and discharge outlet and housing a conveyor aligned to engage the upper surface of a piece of poultry product entering the feed inlet. The apparatus is provided with upper and lower peeling members for engaging the upper and lower surfaces of the poultry product passing between the conveyor and the peeling members. The peeling members have a plurality of grooved rollers that rotate in a cooperative manner to pinch and pull fat off the product while leaving the underlying muscle intact. The conveyor is pivotably mounted to the housing to permit automatic adjustment to a range of sizes of poultry product while maintaining a controlled downward force against the product to maintain firm engagement with the peeling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Remington Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Geno N. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 7662032
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing selectively sized multiple portions of meat from a larger piece of meat. A plurality of product carriers having open-top recesses are mounted on a conveyor for travel along a path. At least two transverse sets of parallel slots are provided in each carrier. Each product carrier is moved through a pair of cutting stations having a number of spaced knife edges extending downwardly into a passage that receive the product carriers. The blades are removably mounted to removable knife blocks. The product carrier is rotated via engagement between a rotation gear on the carrier and a rotation bracket along the path of travel. In this manner, a plurality of laterally spaced cuts are made in two directions through the larger piece of meat to produce a multiplicity of smaller portions having a similar size, shape and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Remington Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Geno N. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 7657309
    Abstract: A method for detecting a quantitative measure of a physiologic state of a human myocardium or coronary artery. Implementations of the method detect the extent of change of myocardial electrical impedance from a mean baseline value to provide diagnosis of the extent of ischemia, stenosis, tissue rejection, and reperfusion and the effectiveness of cardioplegia and ischemia pre-conditioning as well as the general effectiveness of coronary bypass surgery as measured by post-operative reperfusion. Electrodes are attached to the myocardium, baseline measurements of the mean myocardial electrical impedance are stored and the variance of the myocardial electrical impedance and a baseline value of mean myocardial electrical impedance are computed from the baseline measurements and stored. Mean myocardial electrical impedance values are periodically measured between each electrode pair over an interval of time and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Ohio State University
    Inventors: Roger R. Dzwonczyk, Carlos L. del Rio, Patrick I. McConnell, Michael B. Howie
  • Patent number: 7641001
    Abstract: A tool for boring has an axle for drivingly linking at a first end to a portable rotatable machine. At a second end, the axle has a shaft-receiving bore into which a nose shaft is inserted. The nose has a cutting tip and a flight cutter that aligns with a flight on the axle. An insulator is electrically interposed between the cutting tip and the nose shaft, thereby electrically insulating the nose shaft from the cutting tip. The flight cutter performs the high-wear cutting at the leading edge of the flight, thereby causing the flight to merely remove the soil or other particulate from the hole being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas B. Mash
  • Patent number: 7635812
    Abstract: A divider for keeping current-carrying conductors separated transversely in raceways, such as walker ducts and cable trays, in which multiple conductors extend, in order that air can flow around the conductors and cool the conductors. The divider is mounted in the raceway to form passages through which some of the conductors can extend spaced from other conductors. Two separators are mounted together and preferably mounted to the raceway sidewall, forming at least a base passage between the separator and the sidewall of the raceway, and an elevated passage between the walls of the separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: CVC Limited 1 LLC
    Inventor: Carl V. Cardi
  • Patent number: 7631469
    Abstract: Spacing device has a body (2) and at least two guiding flanges (3, 4) which extend from the upper surface (5) of the body. The flanges are spaced approximately the width of the support means and are configures to locate the support means and the spacing body with respect to the mounting means. The spacing device can be used in ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventors: Dennis Raymond Prout, Mark Neville Biddle
  • Patent number: 7633173
    Abstract: A feedback control method and circuit for inclusion in a control system of an electrical power generating source that comprises a free piston Stirling engine driving a linear alternator. An instantaneous value of a variable, Vinternal, is continuously derived from other sensed and computed parameters and used in a negative feedback control loop of the control system to control engine piston stroke in order to maintain the power produced by the engine equal to the power transferred from the engine to the alternator. Vinternal is the sum of the voltage induced on the alternator winding and the voltage across the equivalent circuit lumped resistance of the alternator winding. A switching mode rectifier connects the alternator winding to an energy storage capacitor or battery. A negative feedback, alternator current control loop has an output connected to the pulse width modulator of the switching mode rectifier and has a feedback circuit comprising a current sensor for sensing instantaneous alternator current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Sunpower, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas E. Keiter, Ezekiel S. Holliday
  • Patent number: 7625297
    Abstract: A golf club shaft having adjustable stiffness. An elongated tensioning member extends through the shaft and is mounted to both ends of the shaft. A tensioner assembly is mounted to the shaft and is connected to the tensioning member for allowing manual adjustment of the axial tension in the tensioning member, thereby allowing a technician or a user to increase or decrease the stiffness of the shaft as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Steven F. Simonis
  • Patent number: 7600464
    Abstract: The concentricity and coaxiality of a central bore through a piston for a free piston Stirling machine is improved with a piston that has a sleeve with a core constructed from at least two, separate, axially-engaging core components sealed within the sleeve. During fabrication, a central bore is machined through each of the core components. The piston is assembled by heating the sleeve and cooling the core components, inserting the core components into the sleeve and then allowing the sleeve to cool and the core components to warm. This drives the core components into sealed engagement with each other and with the sleeve and aligns the central bore coaxially with the outer cylindrical surface of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Sunpower, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Todd Cale, Aaron M. Courtney, Jerry A Royse
  • Patent number: 7600459
    Abstract: A food slicing machine using a linear servo motor to reciprocate a carriage holding food products through a path that includes a slicing blade. The slicing apparatus is a modular apparatus that can be mounted to and removed from slicing machines as a unit without the need for disassembly of the components of the slicing apparatus. An adjustment mechanism for the blade guide uses two shafts that extend from a bearing plate into a finger that is mounted to the blade guide. The lower shaft has a cam nut that displaces the finger about the upper shaft to bend the blade guide. There is also an adjustment mechanism for the idler pulley of the band blade apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: J. E. Grote Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd L. Bodey, Tony L. Thomas, David J. Petty
  • Patent number: 7602198
    Abstract: An optical interferometer used to measure the current in a conductor, where the gap between the mirror and the quarter wave plate is minimized, and the gap is shielded magnetically. Additionally, at least the modulator is shielded, and preferably the case containing many of the components, such as the integral number of turns of optical fiber in a coil, is magnetically shielded. By shielding the components, and reducing the gap between the quarter wave plate and the mirror, the error in the current measurement is substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: DynAmp, LLC
    Inventors: Farid E. Masri, Christopher S. Sherman
  • Patent number: 7576458
    Abstract: A coolable housing shell for an electric machine, which is produced as a cast part, accommodates a concentric interior rotor/stator arrangement, coils, and end windings, and comprises a clear, open, through passage that is embodied in a symmetric, concentric, and/or coaxial manner relative to an imaginary axis of rotation of the machine. Said housing shell is interspersed with one or several cooling channels so as to form a coolant circuit. The inner surfaces of the shell and the inner walls of the channel/s have a coating via a cathodic dipping varnish method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Baumuller Nurnberg GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Wehner, Günter Sonnauer
  • Patent number: PP20489
    Abstract: A new plant variety of Juniperus chinensis that is distinguished from its parent and all other varieties of Juniperus chinensis by having bright yellow-green needles combined with unusually slow growth and compact habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Ned D. Rader
  • Patent number: D611661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Link Llewellyn