Abstract: An assembly machine for assembling a rotatable tool has a frame with a base. A retainer on the base holds a blank tool body with the cylindrical shank thereof extending upwardly. A motor assembly at the upper end of the frame moves a cylindrical assembly member axially downwardly and a tubular lower end of the assembly member forces as annular wear ring around a compressible sleeve on the shank of the tool.
Abstract: An artificially intelligent or rule-based system to assist teams or groups become more effective by improving the communication process between members of the team or group. The system helps members share information, negotiate more effectively and make better group decisions.
Abstract: An adjustable size pitch pocket is formed by assembling together two identical pocket members to form a whole pocket. Each pocket member has a U-shaped vertical wall with a short wall section and a parallel long wall section. The long wall section has transverse scorings for cutting the length of the long walls of two mated pocket members to form a pocket of a desired size.
Abstract: A daily display is associated with a text display, the daily display comprising a specific Gregorian calendar date, the text display comprising an abbreviated name of a text reference work wherein the text display is associated with the specific Gregorian calendar date to constitute a complete bibliographic citation.
Abstract: A print pad for printing on a concave surface is molded to the forward surface of a cylindrical base. The base has a cavity therein and at least one hole extending from the forward surface thereof to the cavity. The print pad is made by filling a female mold with liquid polymer and positioning the forward surface of the base against the rear of the mold. Excess liquid polymer from the mold flows through the hole and into the cavity. As the polymer cures it contracts and draws liquefied polymer out of the cavity so that the cured print pad is not deformed.
Abstract: A fuel level detector has a float connected to an arm that rotates a pivot pin. The pivot pin rotates in a hole in the wall of the detector, and the hole is sealed by a sleeve. One end of the sleeve is sealed to the housing of the detector surrounding the hole, and the opposite end of the sleeve is sealed around the outer surface of the pin.
Abstract: A device for protecting the lit end of a cigar or cigarette has a tubular body made of a nonflammable material with an inner diameter large enough to permit air to circulate around the lit end of the smoke. The tubular body is retained around the smoke by a second compressible tubular member fitted within the tubular body.
Abstract: The cylindrical shank of a rotatable tool is retained in the cylindrical bore of a tool holder by a retainer that engages an annular groove on a portion of the shank of the tool that extends outward of the rear surface of the tool holder. The tool has an axial bore in the distal end of the shank. The retainer has a pair of spaced ridges that engage the annular groove on the shank and a panel that extends across the distal end of the shank. The retainer is held in place by a pin extending through the panel and into the bore in the distal end of the shank.
Abstract: A card game has several groups of cards with the cards of each group identified by a common color and the cards of each of the groups are successively numbered. A player is given four cards face down and four cards in his hand. In a play of the cards, a player displays one card from his hand and selects one of his face down cards to play it against. The player declares whether the displayed card is higher or lower than the selected card and wins points if his declaration is correct.
Abstract: A heat exchanger comprises at least one first fluid passage contiguous with at least one second fluid passage. The first fluid passage is separated from the second fluid passage by a common boundary, the boundary having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is described by a plurality of curvilinear surfaces joined at the ends thereof into a sinuous curvilinear surface and the second surface is described by a plurality of curvilinear surfaces joined at the ends thereof into a sinuous curvilinear surface. The curvilinear surfaces of the first and the second curvilinear surfaces are defined by a portion of an inverse square curve.
Abstract: A self-sealing nozzle for a liquid dispensing device having a valve and a discharge port, the discharge port including a plug that may be bulbous in shape, the plug being retained by a retainer at the end of the discharge passage leading to the port. An elastomeric seal has an annular inner surface that seals against the plug when liquid is not being dispensed by said valve, but expands and forms a passage around the plug when liquid is being dispensed by said valve.
March 7, 2006
Date of Patent:
August 18, 2009
James H. Martin, Yuri M. Gallegos, Jordi Romanyo i Alba
Abstract: A device for finding a home position of a moveable member includes a magnet mounted on the moveable member and two switch-type Hall effect detectors, one on each side of the home position and equally spaced from the home position. The device includes a device for measuring movement of the moveable member and a microprocessor with a memory that receives information from the two Hall effect detectors and the device for measuring movement.
Abstract: A casino gaming station includes a free standing gaming table and a free standing canopy which can be positioned above the gaming table where the canopy is supported by a pedestal positioned adjacent to the table. The gaming table has an upper surface with markings thereon for use in the playing of one of the games of chance of a casino. The pedestal supports an upwardly extending vertical post with the upper end of the post extending horizontally outward of the pedestal and over the table. At the outer end of the vertical extension is the canopy having a motion video camera therein directed downward towards the surface of the table.
Abstract: A side step for a vehicle has a forward projection that extends into the front fender well of a vehicle and a rearward projection that extends into the rear fender well of the vehicle. Quick release bolt type connectors retain the forward projection in the front fender well and retain the rear projection in the rear fender well such that the side step can be removed from the vehicle for off road driving by unthreading the retaining bolts.
Abstract: The wiring needed to control all the functions in a vehicle is reduced, especially where the input source for operating a given function is remote from the function. A control member is provided that receives the input signal and converts it to a coded message that is applied to the power line. A function controller includes a coded reader and a control circuit for reading the code applicable to its associated function and controlling the function as instructed from the input signal. The control member also monitors the power line to insure that the message has been properly sent, and the message is repeated until proper transmission is confirmed.