Abstract: A dispenser for viscous liquids in which a hollow cylindrical body is provided with stationary walls. A rotatable member with vanes is situated within the body so that rotation of the vanes will cause the liquids contained within the body to be squeezed out through a nozzle in one end of the main body. The other end of the main body is provided with a rotatable cap to turn the vanes within the body.
Abstract: A multiple purpose portable grill hanger which is constructed of tubular aluminum members. A horizontally disposed rectangle is formed by the aluminum members for supporting the grill. Vertically extending supporting arms extend over the top of a railing, vertically extending tail gate, etc. to support the hanger. Additional vertically extending arms help to keep the grill in place during use and a handy shelf is located on top of the supporting arms.
Abstract: Apparatus for imprinting patient or subject identifying information in the form of a barcode on unexposed X-ray film employing a light and lens system utilizing a negative LCD to cast the shadow for exposure on the film. The light and lens system employs a point light source and a light path which is extended by folding the path and using mirrors. A double convex lens is employed in one embodiment at the end of the light path to direct the light through the transparent LCD containing the information in barcode form.
Abstract: Apparatus for magnetically conditioning incoming air and fuel to an internal combustion engine to improve engine operation. The air and fuel, including diesel fuel, are subject to the lines of force from opposite poles of permanent magnets mounted on the air and fuel inlet lines. In another embodiment, to reduce unwanted emissions, the exhaust leading to the catalytic converter and the catalytic converter are subject to the magnetic fields from opposite poles of permanent magnets. Another embodiments provides for the use of magnets in furnaces to improve the efficiency and reduce unwanted emissions is such devices.
Abstract: An X-ray cassette 30 has a window 32 for mounting a back-lit LCD 34 to expose the film therein with patient identifying information in the form of a barcode. A strip of lead 38 opposite window 32 shields film 37 when cover 31 is closed. The LCD is activated after a sensor 56 connected to an X-ray tube 54 detects the discharge of X-rays. The patient identifying information may be read directly from the patient's bracelet 47 at the same time the X-ray is taken using barcode scanner 44.
Abstract: An evacuated vial for collecting a fluid sample and a method for manufacturing the vial comprising a cylindrical glass tube, one end of the tube formed into a frangible tip, a glass bottom closing off the other end of the tube, and a depression formed in the bottom forming an internal breaking tip extending into said tube. The bottom of the tube is sealed in a manner permitting convenient puncture thereof to break the tip when a sample is to be delivered.
Abstract: A method of effecting the coloration of a restoration to be mounted on a tooth including the steps of forming a mixture of powdered dental porcelain and a photonucleable silicate glass and shaping the mixture into a dental restoration. The dental restoration is heated in an oven to its fusing temperature and allowed to cool. Selected areas of the restoration are exposed to ultra-violet light. The dental restoration is reexposed to high energy while the color of the selected areas changes.
Abstract: A sealed indicator vial to detect the presence of a predetermined contaminant in water containing a mixture of reagents reactive in the presence of water, the mixture being sufficiently dehydrated to prevent the reaction of said reagents while sealed in said vial. The vial contains an inert atmosphere at less than atmospheric pressure. Also described is the method of producing such an indicator vial in which a tube containing the dehydrated reagents is heated and stretched to form a narrow waist while under vacuum.
Abstract: This invention discloses an extremely simple chemical heat pump system utilizing the chemical reaction heat of a perfectly reversible chemical disassociation reaction system wherein one gaseous compound is involved in the reversible reaction. The present system can realize a large coefficient of performance over a very attractive temperature range and level for general use, by absence of any phase transition. Reaction kinetics of the system are excellent since only one reversible non-flammable gaseous compound is involved in the chemical heat pump system. The system can be provided with a computer controlled system for changing the restriction value of the expansion valve. The system utilizes jet ejectors in combination with the compressor in the same or different loops to reduce the capacity requirements on the compressor.
Abstract: A torque multiplying wrench having a jaw at one end and an adaptor at the other end for receiving torque input. The wrench employs a rotatable shaft extending the length of the wrench with bevel gears at the proximate end to engage the input adaptor and a bevel gear arrangement at the distal end to transfer torque from the shaft to the jaw which is toothed. The bevel gear arrangement at the distal end of the wrench employs a pair of shafts engaged at one end to said rotatable shaft through bevel gears. The shafts fan out to opposite sides of the jaw and employ worm gears to transmit the output torque to the jaw. The worm gears are especially designed to increase the number of teeth engaged with the jaw in order to reduce the load on individual teeth.
Abstract: A stake assembly that when used in conjunction with a properly equipped blanket fitted with eyelets will anchor the blanket to either a beach surface or a lawn surface.The stake assembly includes a short member for use on a lawn and a sleeve member which is added to the short member for use on a beach.
Abstract: A light intensity control device for an endoscope or similar instrument comprising a light source, a fiberoptic cable connected at one to the light source, and a non-electrical diaphragm assembly connected between the end face of the fiberoptic cable and the end face of the fiberoptic bundle within the endoscope. The diaphragm assembly comprises an adjustable opening for receiving light from the end face of the cable for the transmission of light therethrough. A solid member of transparent material between the adjustable opening and the end face of the fiberoptic bundle within the endoscope transmits the light from the cable to the endoscope.
Abstract: Vacuum cleaning animal grooming apparatus comprising a source of a vacuum, a generally cylindrically shaped tool open at its proximal end for engagement to the vacuum source, and the distal end of the tool being closed. The tool is flattened for a distance from the closed distal end and a slotted opening extends from the closed distal end along the flattened portion of the tool adjacent the outer periphery of the tool. An extended comb having a base from which teeth extend is supported at its base by a groove formed in the flattened portion with the teeth extending across the slotted opening.
Abstract: A mailing envelope for being stuffed with a bulky insert comprising a rectangular envelope having cutouts formed in the bottom two corners, the cutouts being cut in a straight line at a 45 degree angle to an edge, and the depth measured along an edge from the corner being no more than 0.158 of the height of the envelope. In another embodiment of the invention, slits along a diagonal are utilized instead of the cutouts.
Abstract: Apparatus and method for the disintegration of waste by subjecting the waste within a closed chamber to plumes of an electrically generated high temperature plasma. The chamber is lined with an array of nozzles to produce the plumes and the nozzles are supplied with a cooling gas at all times. The nozzles are energized to produce the plumes in a predetermined sequential manner so that the waste is destroyed in steps, or bites. The gas containing the products of disintegration is withdrawn and filtered. One embodiment comprises a portable device capable of disintegrating waste over a large area such as at a waste dump site.
Abstract: A rotary internal combustion engine having spherical pistons mounted in radially arranged cylinders formed in a stacked series of rotatable cylindrical members. A stationary cam surface is located around the rotatable member to maintain contact with the pistons. A stationary member located with the rotatable cylindrical member provides fresh fuel mixture, withdraws exhaust products, and provides ignition as required. Power is taken from the rotating cylindrical members at the end of the engine through a planetary gear train.
Abstract: A failsafe or self-monitoring sensing edge for an overhead door comprising a channel mounted on the bottom edge of the door having a pair of downwardly extending arms which are spaced. An outer covering of soft material is attached to said channel for enclosing the arms. The covering supports within a rigid member extending upwardly through said arms terminating in an actuating member. On one end of the channel is a light source and the other end is a photoswitch. When the covering is depressed upwardly as a result of an obstacle in the path of the door, the actuating member blocks the light beam and the photoswitch gives off a signal which can be used to terminate or reverse motion of the door.
Abstract: A water filtration system for an aquarium which combines mechanical and biological filtration in a compact and economic assembly. In one embodiment, aquarium water is utilized by a pump assembly to rotate a wheel which rotates in and out of the water to promote the growth of aerobic bacteria which removes dissolved ammonia from the water. The water is also passed through a mechanical filter to provide mechanical filtration. In another embodiment, adsorptive foam separation to remove soluble waste is combined with mechanical filtration. Other embodiments include an arrangement to extend the life of a filter.
Abstract: A rotating positioning platform apparatus for providing stimultion to a client population consisting of non-ambulatory persons having a mental age in the range of zero to five years. The apparatus consists of a rotating platform having a mattress therein and a bolster mounted on the periphery thereof to permit one or more of said persons to be placed and remain comfortable. A pole and canopy is mounted above said rotating platform. Under the canopy there are formed a number of quadrants each one of which is provided with a source of stimulation such as feel, sight, and sound. As the platform is rotated the person thereon is subject to each different kind of stimuli in sequence when the pole is stationary.
Abstract: A bed which is articulated in two places capable of placing the occupant in an infinite number of positions including the standing position. The bed has a head portion and an intermediate portion both of which rotate about a shaft. A foot portion of the bed rotates about a second shaft. The bed pivots about a third shaft supported by the frame. Two power drives are provided, one for the head portion and the other for the foot and intermediate portions. A pantograph arrangement connected to the second power drive rotates the foot portion. The occupant is raised to a standing position by having the foot end of the bed touch the floor and raise the foot end of the frame off the floor.