Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Mark Kusner
  • Patent number: 6727983
    Abstract: An adjustment table for aligning a body in a horizontal plane. The adjustable table includes an external frame, an intermediate frame moveable in a first horizontal direction in the external frame along a first path, and a holding unit for the body movable in a second horizontal direction that is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction in the intermediate frame along a second path. The intermediate frame can be positioned according to the external frame via a first adjustable device pivoted/hinged to the intermediate frame at a freely definable position along the first path. The holding unit can be positioned according to the intermediate frame via a second adjustment device pivoted/hinged to the holding unit at a freely definable position along the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Erich Thallner
  • Patent number: 6720514
    Abstract: A feed tray (22) for guiding tribo electrified plastic pieces (2) to a drum electrode (6) is provided with a vibrator (23), thereby making it possible to vibrate the plastic pieces (2) to form a thin uniform layer, and to reliably apply appropriate image force and centrifugal force to the plastic pieces (2) fed to the drum electrode (6); thus, the plastic pieces (2) can be separated according to kind with high precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Inoue, Hiroyuki Daiku, Masanori Tsukahara, Hiroaki Arai, Hidehiko Maehata, Tsuyoshi Kato
  • Patent number: 6715254
    Abstract: A roof jack system that provides a safety barrier that is conveniently installed upon and removed from a pitched roof. The roof jack system includes a guard assembly that is releasably attachable to an auxiliary support assembly of a first embodiment of the present invention that is secured to an existing roof jack. Alternatively, the guard assembly is releasably attachable directly to a roof jack according to a second embodiment of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Gordon Regular
  • Patent number: 6696013
    Abstract: A Preheater-Steelmaking Furnace and closed loop Process System for semi-continuous melting of integrally preheated recycled or virgin ferrous charge, by using highly energy efficient combustion process of natural gas combusted by oxygen as the main heat source, after preheating of the cold charge, by fully exploiting thermal energies of the melting process off-gases, in a gas tight, low noise, ecologically friendly PSF with scant CO and drastically reduced CO2 in exhaust gases for semi-continuous, batch self-charging, sealed pairs of eccentrically rotating quasi cylindrical, permeable half drums hoppers creating separate preheating chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: EMPCO (Canada) Ltd.
    Inventor: Edgar R. Wunsche
  • Patent number: 6691874
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device, comprised of a sheet support bed having a plurality of side-by-side rollers that are freely rotatable about an associated roller axis. A drive assembly moves the sheet support bed in a predetermined direction along a closed path. The path has a horizontal upper run and a horizontal lower run, and is dimensioned such that a space exists between the first end and the second end of the sheet support bed as the sheet support bed moves along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Nikko Materials USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Hermann Wursthorn
  • Patent number: 6688884
    Abstract: Rotary kiln heat exchangers having precast hub and leg assemblies are disclosed. The hub and leg assemblies include interlocking features which secure the heat exchanger components together. A method of installing such heat exchangers in rotary kilns is also disclosed. Installation is relatively fast and simple, and the heat exchangers are capable of withstanding the harsh operating conditions of rotary kilns for extended periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
    Inventors: John Thibault, John Stephansky, John N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 6684409
    Abstract: An easy-to-use and inexpensive work glove is provided. For this purpose, the work glove integrally comprises a first section for covering a region extending from a forearm middle portion between the wrist and an elbow to a hand, and a second section for covering an upper arm above the elbow, the second section extending from the first section. The first and second sections are each formed by applying a coating material such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber or synthetic resin onto a surface of a knitted fiber glove portion. The fiber glove portion of the second section is knitted from a thinner yarn to be smaller in thickness and has a higher stitch density than the fiber glove portion of the first section, and the second section has a thinner coating film formed on the surface of the fiber glove portion than that of the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Showa Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Terukazu Fujihana
  • Patent number: 6684756
    Abstract: An infuser vessel (1) for containing solid particles (2) while immersed in a liquid, such as loose tea leaves in hot water, where the perforated infuser vessel (1) includes a manually movable piston (7) operated with a flexible wire (11) topped with a manual grip (12) extending upwardly from the liquid, whereby tea leaves (2) within the vessel (1) may be manually agitated to increase the speed and efficacy of infusion, while the manual grip (12) remains high and dry above the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Browne & Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Helen Kerr
  • Patent number: 6673488
    Abstract: A battery comprised of a generally rectangular electrochemical cell that has two battery leads attached to current collectors extending from one side thereof. A package formed from a sheet laminate has a cavity formed therein that defines an opening for receiving the cell and portions of the leads. A flange extends around the opening. A cover overlays the cavity and the flange. The cover is joined to the flange and forms a seal that hermetically seals the electrochemical cell within the cavity. The package has two, non-rectangular corners. The cover and the flange in the vicinity of the corners are shaped to allow the flange to be bent along the at least three sides in a manner wherein the flange is positioned adjacent the three sides, but the flange is not tucked or overlapped onto itself at the two, non-rectangular corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keizo Furusaki
  • Patent number: 6672866
    Abstract: A Conveyor furnace for firing pipe-shaped objects with the following characteristics: 1.1.1 a furnace floor, 1.1.2 a furnace ceiling, 1.1.3 a two lateral furnace walls, which connect the furnace floor with the furnace ceiling, forming a furnace channel, 1.2 the furnace floor has at least one opening running in the axial direction of the furnace channel, 1.3.1 at least one transport unit that extends from a motor section below the furnace floor through the opening to a transport section in the furnace channel, and 1.3.2 which can be driven along the opening, 1.4 the transport section is designed to hold, in a horizontal position, at least one pipe-shaped object, 1.5 in the furnace channel below at least one part of the object to be fired, which is freely achievable, a device is arranged, onto which the object first rolls up, with its freely achievable part, and then rolls down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Riedhammer GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Fink, Hans-Georg Hartmann, Jörg Ridder
  • Patent number: 6673471
    Abstract: A component for use in manufacturing articles such as printed circuit boards, the component comprising: a sheet of copper foil which, in a finished printed circuit board, constitutes a functional element; a substrate sheet of aluminum which constitutes a discardable element, and a protective coating layer on a surface of said substrate, one surface of the copper sheet and the coating layer on said substrate aluminum sheet being essentially uncontaminated and engageable with each other at an interface, and the uncontaminated surfaces of the sheets being manufactured together to define a substantially uncontaminated central zone inwardly of the edges of the sheets and unjoined at the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Nikko Materials USA, Inc.
    Inventor: R. Richard Steiner
  • Patent number: 6673306
    Abstract: A lining for a bottom of a metallurgical vessel, comprising an impact pad having a plurality of close-packed, pre-formed, high-temperature, high-density refractory bricks, the pad having an upper impact surface, and a monolithic slab of a high-temperature refractory material encasing the pad, the slab encasing the pad wherein the upper surface of the impact pad is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: North American Refractories Co.
    Inventors: Donald E. Abrino, John Crooks, Ronald Barrett, Shyam Miglani
  • Patent number: 6659141
    Abstract: A tool for bending ceiling support rods. The tool includes a first lever and a second lever. The first lever has a first handle portion and an associated first jaw portion, the first jaw portion has a contoured surface. The second lever has a second handle portion and an associated second jaw portion, the second jaw portion has an edge. Means are provided for pivotally mounting the first lever with the second lever, wherein the first jaw portion and the second jaw portion are opposite each other and are movable relative to each other when the first and second handle portions are compressed. The edge of the second jaw portion is movable toward the contoured surface of the first jaw portion when the first and second handle portions are compressed toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Dayle Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6660429
    Abstract: A method of forming battery leads, comprising the steps of: forming a plurality of aligned, spaced-apart elongated openings in a rectangular, metallic sheet, the metallic sheet having side edges and a width between the side edges equal to a desired length of a battery lead, the openings extending between the side edges and being aligned in a row that extends parallel to the side edges; treating areas of the surfaces of the metallic sheet between the openings to enhance the adhesive properties thereof; applying a strip of an adhesive/sealant material to each side of the metallic strip over the area and the slots; and cutting a battery lead from the metallic sheet by cutting the metallic sheet widthwise through each opening from one side edge to the other side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald V. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 6655297
    Abstract: In a transfer system using movable bodies supported and guided by a rail through a plurality of guided devices so that they are capable of moving in a given path, when a movable body taken out from the given path is transferred to a separate given path or restored to the original given path, the movable body needs be separated or joined while being longitudinally moved, thus requiring a long path for separating or joining. The invention provides a system comprising a group of guided devices relatively turnably connected to main bodies of the movable bodies through vertical shafts, a plurality of divisional rail bodies capable of supporting the group of guided devices and disposed in a set path portion in the given path, turning means for turning these divisional rail bodies around vertical axes, and a group of transverse rail bodies disposed laterally of the set path portion such that the divisional rail bodies turned for separation from the rail can be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kawato, Takashi Uehara, Hisashi Kyotani, Takaharu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6651805
    Abstract: A screw conveyor apparatus including a ribbon screw (4) provided in a cylindrical casing (1). The ribbon screw (4) has rotation rings (12) attached to an intermediate portion thereof. Outer peripheral supporting sections (11) are provided for rotatably supporting the corresponding rotation rings (12) on the casing (1). This configuration prevents the ribbon screw (4) from being bent or expanded under a load of conveyed materials, thereby enabling the materials to be conveyed along a steep slope up to a high portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventor: Tadao Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 6649842
    Abstract: A cable for use in a high-frequency current feeding equipment constituted by passing an inner bundle (A) of wires (2) disposed at the same distance from the center of multiconductor cable (1) and outer bundles (B and C) of wires (3) through a ferrite (5) in such a way that the ampere-turns thereof are the same. The counter-electromotive force generated because of the difference of the spatial arrangement between the inner wires (2) and the outer wires (3) caused when stranded is canceled, and the current phases and current values of the wires (2 and 3) are forced to be exactly the same. Therefore, an increase in the resistance due to the proximity effect is prevented, and thereby the multiconductor cable (1) can be used as a high-frequency current cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuzo Nishino
  • Patent number: 6641027
    Abstract: A method of connecting a generally flat battery lead to at least one flat current collector of a polymer battery, comprising the steps of: bending a generally planar lead about at least one generally planar current collector tab to form a layered area, wherein at least one planar tab is disposed between planar portions of the lead with the lead wrapped around one edge of at least one tab; clamping the layered area between two weld fixtures of an ultrasonic welder; and vibrating the weld fixtures to ultrasonically weld together the battery lead and at least one current collector tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronald V. O'Connell, Mark L. Daroux, Shawn E. Thomas, Xuekun Xing
  • Patent number: 6629502
    Abstract: A pair of rail members have upward wheel supporting surfaces and inward roller guide surfaces, respectively. A fixed path includes linear path portions and a branching-and-joining path portion. Linear-side guide members extending along the linear path portions and a branching-and-joining-side guide member extending along the branching-and-joining path portion are provided in a branching-and-joining section. A moving body is provided with wheels and side guide rollers supported and guided on a wheel supporting surface and a roller guide surface, respectively. A direction restricting member guided by sideward guide sections of the guide members is driven by a lateral-movement unit to move freely in a lateral direction between a location corresponding to the linear-side guide member and a location corresponding to the branching-and-joining-side guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazufumi Matsukawa
  • Patent number: D486986
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Saraya Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Arbore