Abstract: A radial piston hydraulic motor includes an in-board computer which permits monitoring and control of various operating parameters. A position code disc is associated with the shaft of the motor by means of which the position of the drive cam on the shaft, relative to the individual piston can be sensed and fed to the computer. The motor is of high versatility and performance.
Abstract: An automatic hook setting device is disclosed for setting in a fish a hook connected to a fishing line in response to a pull exerted by the fish on the line. When a fish pulls on the fishing line to pivotally move the front end of the line support member downwardly a distance exceeding a predetermined displacement, a trip element is moved to a release position and in turn releases an elastic band tension member so as to engage a fixed stop and cause the front end of the line support to jerk upwardly, thereby setting the hook in the fish.
Abstract: The disclosure teaches a method, and an apparatus for carrying out the method, for determining the time between TO and FRO received waveforms from the time reference scanning beam (TRSB) of a microwave landing system (MLS). In accordance with the invention, the time interval between the TO and FRO received waveforms is determined by correlating the received waveforms with apriori waveforms representative of the TO and FRO waveforms respectively. The apriori waveforms are generated by having a process construct matched filters for these waveforms. A FRO received waveform is used to provide an apriori representation of a TO received waveform and vice-versa. In one embodiment of the invention, the TO and FRO waveforms which are used to construct the matched filters are time reversed.
Abstract: An elongated cylindrical member, such as an axle, a bolt, stud, rivet, supporting column, etc., has means for the in situ detection and indication of cracks therein. The member is generally solid and includes, in accordance with the invention, a cavity extending inwardly from at least one end of the member and terminating in a bottom surface of the cavity. A plurality of holes extend inwardly from the bottom surface of the cavity and are disposed in circular arrangement around the bottom surface of the cavity and adjacent to the periphery of the member. A ring member is disposed in the cavity, the bottom surface of the ring member being spaced from the bottom surface of the cavity to define a chamber therebetween. An opening extends through the ring member from the top surface to the bottom surface thereof, and valve means are inserted in the opening to permit the insertion of gas under pressure into the chamber and into the holes.
Abstract: Present parameter value indicators are wasteful of space and expense and have parallax error if viewed at an angle. This invention is a vertical strip bargraph comprising separately illuminated squares of different colors to indicate values of the parameter without parallax error and economical of space and expense.
Abstract: The invention relates to a heating element for a heated chair which can be used as a covering material for the heated chair or which can be laid under the covering material or which can be draped over an ordinary chair to convert it to a heated chair. In accordance with the invention, the heating element has a glass fibre fabric layer made of intermixed glass fibre strands. An electrical resistance wire which consists of a core of glass fibre strands with a resistive wire wound around it, forms an undulating pattern in the glass fibre fabric layer, and top and bottom layers of thermoplastic material are heat fused or adhesively laminated to the glass fibre fabric layer. A metallic foil layer is applied to the side of the bottom layer which is remote from the glass fibre fabric layer. The heating element also includes a control for controlling the power delivered to the resistance wire. The said control is a simple dual proportional control which regulates the energy usage of the heating element.
Abstract: The invention relates to a matrix wipe generator for television signals. With matrix switching, the television screen is divided into a plurality of blocks, and, if the screen originally contains the picture A, then picture B is switched into the blocks one at a time until all of the blocks, i.e., the whole screen, are filled with the picture B. The novel generator in accordance with the invention provides waveforms which give a Z-axis wipe effect, that is, the B picture appears to come into the screen from behind the A picture in each block.
June 26, 1978
Date of Patent:
April 22, 1980
Central Dynamics Ltd.
Raymond L. Greenfield, John G. Lauderdale
Abstract: The invention relates to a wrist watch and thermometer arrangement. The thermometer is carried in a channel which surrounds the dial face of the watch, and the channel is formed by a platform, surrounding the dial face and disposed on one side of the thermometer, and a removable member, disposed on the other side of the thermometer. Hold down means, consisting of thin strips of a material having spring-like characteristic, extend over the thermometer from the removable means towards the platform. To remove the thermometer, it is merely necessary to lift the removable means off the platform. The removable means may be attached to the platform by a plurality of screws. The thermometer is carried in the channel by a plurality of y-shaped stands, at least the top portions of which are made of an insulating material.
Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for automatically providing a predetermined portion of a meat product in a casing, and for automatically closing and clamping closed the open end of the casing. The apparatus includes a portioning piston and cylinder arrangement including a second piston and cylinder arrangement which regulates the speed of the first piston and cylinder arrangement. Meat product is fed to the portioning cylinder from a source of the meat product by a valve arrangement, and the valve arrangement then passes the meat from the portioning cylinder to a horn. The portioned product is inserted in a casing whose end is automatically clamped closed after the complete portion is inserted in the casing.
June 13, 1978
Date of Patent:
February 19, 1980
Piereder Machinery Ltd-Machinerie L. Iereder Ltee
Abstract: The invention relates to a system for simultaneously photographing two objects on a single instant film. Such systems are used in, for example financial institutions such as banks for simultaneously photographing a transaction document, such as a cheque, and the person related to the document, such as the person cashing the cheque. In accordance with the present invention, the camera of the system includes two separate lenses, each one receiving light rays bearing the image of a different one of the objects. Associated with each lens is a separate shutter mechanism, and the f opening or the shutter speed of each shutter is separately adjustable by means which are readily accessible to the camera operator. Thus, the shutters can be separately adjusted to take into account the different lighting conditions to which the separate objects are exposed.
Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic detection and transmission system known in the art as a money clip. Presently available such money clips are pressure sensitive and transmit initiating signals on detection of a decrease in pressure. Such systems have disadvantages, and the present system overcomes certain of the disadvantages by providing a system wherein detection is accomplished by a light sensitive means such as a phototransistor. In accordance with the invention, the electronic circuitry is contained in a housing having a top surface. The phototransistor is disposed below an opening in the top surface, which is preferably centered on the top surface. When the opening is uncovered, light will enter the opening and fall on the phototransistor to activate the phototransistor. The phototransistor is connected in circuit with a transmitter which will similarly be activated to transmit an initiating signal.
August 23, 1978
Date of Patent:
January 8, 1980
Barry Katsof, Joel Matlin, Ronald Gordon
Abstract: A metal sheet for lining side walls of a freight railway car having a plurality of spaced-apart vertical wall supports. The metal sheet comprises a plurality of spaced-apart elongated channels formed across a flat surface of the sheet. Each of the channels has a bottom wall spaced from the flat surface of the sheet. A plurality of spaced-apart apertures are provided in the bottom wall of at least some of the channels to permit an attachment element to connect the sheet to an associated one of the vertical wall supports. The channels are configured to receive an anchor bar having an attachment part and securable ends. The securable ends are weldable in the channels in close proximity to an associated one of the apertures so that the anchor bar is rigidly connected, through its weld and the bottom wall, in close proximity to the support, whereby cargo retaining strapping, or the like, may be attached to the attachment part to secure cargo in the railway car.
Abstract: This invention relates to an exercising apparatus which is adapted, in use, to provide relief from backaches and to maintain general physical fitness. The apparatus includes a pair of rests on which a person using the apparatus would support himself by his armpits. The rests are retained above a floor level in a spaced parallel arrangement, and they are either suspended from the ceiling by suspension members. The rests are constrained from movement in a longitudinal direction whereas means are provided for permitting the lateral movement of the rests. Disposed on each of the rests for carrying a part of the weight of a person using the apparatus are either hand grip or elbow support members. In use, a person using the apparatus mounts the apparatus in such a manner that his armpits are disposed over the rests. As the rests are movable in the lateral direction, the spacing between the rests can be adjusted to accommodate persons of different girth.
Abstract: The invention relates to a continuous motion assembly apparatus for assembling multipart devices, such as ball point pens, lipstick cases, syringes, etc., said multipart devices comprising a main part and at least one further part. Present automatic assembly apparatus for such devices require that the apparatus be stopped for each assembly operation. This start and stop motion limits the speed, and thus the production rate, of the apparatus. In accordance with the instant invention, the assembly apparatus is performed in a continuous motion. An apparatus in accordance with the invention comprises: a first conveyor to bring the main parts, one at a time, to an assembly station. A second conveyor brings a further part to the assembly station, and means are provided at the assembly station to mount the further part on the main part by a continuously variable amount. The means can comprise a rod and carrier arrangement acting in conjunction with a cam which forces the rod in a desired direction.
Abstract: The invention relates to an improvement to an installation for preventing the ingress of super-cooled water, ice, snow and other debris as taught in U.S. Pat. No. 3,329,377. In the patent, an inertial separator effect is used to prevent ingress of super cooled water, ice, snow and other debris to an aircraft engine. The effect is obtained by an installation including a duct formed in a sub-nacelle of the engine to extend generally longitudinally of the engine. An air deflecting surface in the duct confines the incoming air to a passage of reduced cross section, and an opening in the duct wall downstream of the deflecting surface is formed between the trailing edge of the deflecting surface and the leading edge of a rearward portion of the duct, the opening in the duct wall communicating with the engine air intake. In accordance with the present invention, any or all of the following improvements are made to the above installation:A.
December 24, 1974
Date of Patent:
April 27, 1976
United Aircraft of Canada Limited
Donald Tedstone, Hans-Herman Schaum, John James Sanderson
Abstract: A system for mechanically reproducing language characters in a cursive form in accordance with the natural style calligraphy of the language. Written letters are characterized by "links" with preceding and following characters, and mathematical rules describe the cursive script in terms of the form each letter takes dependent upon the preceding and following characters. The system includes input means for inserting characters, one at a time, and for providing coded representations of the characters. The coded representations are fed to decoder means which has as an output a selected combination of concatenation properties applicable to the character. Analyzer means analyzes variables dependent on the concatentation properties of a successive string of characters which comprise a character under consideration, a preceding character and a following character.