Patents Represented by Attorney Myron E. Click
  • Patent number: 5887942
    Abstract: An assembly and a system for improving the cleanliness of a facility. A flexible trash receptacle uses a trash bag which is attached to the bottom of the folding seat via an extension flap and seat attachment. When the seat is in the closed position, the trash bag flexes back toward the seat to allow unobstructed passage. When the seat is lowered to the open position, the trash bag flexes forward and hangs down from the bottom of the folding seat. The extension flap allows the user to have improved access to the opening in the trash bag by distancing the opening in the trash bag from the bottom of the seat. In one embodiment, the trash receptacle is located closer to the forward edge of the folding seat by using an adhesive on the front side of the seat attachment. Optional sealing methods such as plastic zip lock seals can be used to securely close the trash receptacle when full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: James Allegro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5697411
    Abstract: A workpiece support apparatus, which may be adjustable, for mounting on a base to facilitate the handling of long or unwiedly stock or other workpieces advancing from a processing station. The support apparatus includes a workpiece engaging member having an upper planar surface which extends generally laterally with respect to a travel path of a free end of a workpiece advancing from a processing station. The engaging member is pivotally supported in the travel path with the planar surface inclined toward the processing station. The planar surface is yieldingly biased into the inclined position, whereby the free end of a workpiece engages the inclined surface to overcome the bias and pivot the engaging member to a substantially horizontal position. When the workpiece is removed, the engaging member is biased back into the inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Daniel Vandaele
  • Patent number: 5620277
    Abstract: A device adapted to be at least partially inserted into an aggregation of material and retained therein. The device has an opening formed therethrough to receive a novel anchoring component. The device may be a marker which advantageously has a Miles Utility configuration, and which has the opening formed in a stake portion of the marker. The anchor has a bridge element which extends through the opening to hold a pair of legs in an opposed and upright position. The legs resiliently grasp the opposite sides of the marker to prevent the anchor from falling out or being bumped out of the opening. There is also disclosed a two-piece marker with the Miles Utility configuration for the post which is resiliently joined to a support to provide a universal hinge action to prevent the wings from being crumpled or permanently deformed to prevent or inhibit the post from returning to an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventors: Novice J. Cole, Sr., Gary J. Wonzer
  • Patent number: 5556280
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for removably mounting a dental appliance in a mouth. An abutment member has a tapered support surface which extends away from the affixation area of the abutment. The tapered support surface is formed to be received in and mate with a complementary surface formed in an appliance to provide co-acting support surfaces for the appliance, so that the appliance need not depend upon gum tissue for support thereby enabling design of an appliance to fully conceal the area of affixation for esthetic appearance while providing the look of natural teeth. First and second coupling devices are adapted to be respectively secured to the abutment member and the appliance for removably retaining an appliance on the abutment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Mark S. Pelak
  • Patent number: 5516315
    Abstract: Apparatus for further improving the efficiency of a propulsion unit having a driveshaft depending from the stern of a boat, while protecting flora and fauna in the water as well as the propulsion unit. A plate member has an upper end adapted to be positioned forward of a driveshaft housing, and to depend downwardly and rearwardly to terminate in a trailing lower end below a propeller. The plate member tapers outwardly along lateral edges from the upper end to the lower end to divert flora and fauna around and under a housing and a propeller attached thereto. A lower portion of the plate member is divided into a plurality of spaced plate-like components defining passageways therebetween to enable water to flow therethrough for more efficient operation of a propeller. At the same time, the forward surfaces of the plate-like components react with passage of water when under way to urge a boat's stern upwardly to a more efficient hull operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Clarence A. Griffin
  • Patent number: 5499885
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for joining a first structural element, having a passageway formed therein which opens to the exterior thereof, to a second element. A plurality of members are assembled into a joining device which is then nested inside of the passageway. The members are then moved with respect to each other to enlarge the size of the joining device so that the members engage the wall of the passageway in supporting contact therewith. The members of the enlarged joining device are then secured together into a unitary support block, with the members in supporting contact with the passageway wall. The unitary support block is connected to the second element. Unique member components, member securing means, member moving means, and the like form a new and useful apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: William A. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5383509
    Abstract: A kit, for use with a building having a sectional overhead door and at least one vertically disposed strut for reinforcing the door against wind damage, unauthorized entry and the like, enabling quick installation in and easy removal of the strut from a door reinforcing position. Structure is are provided for releasably securing the top of the strut to the building and the bottom of the strut of the floor. Further, structure is provided to releasably secure the hinges of the sectional door to the reinforcing strut by using members having a finger portion for insertion into the hollow pin joining the hinge leaves at the knuckles. Structure is also provided for releasably securing the top and bottom of the strut to the top and bottom of the door. Similarly, apparatus for reinforcing an overhead door with a strut and releasable securing structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventors: Thomas W. Gaffney, Thomas E. Killen
  • Patent number: 5344346
    Abstract: Apparatus for improving the efficiency of a propulsion unit having a driveshaft housing depending from the stern of a boat, while protecting swimmers and the propulsion unit. A plate member has an upper end to be positioned forward of a driveshaft housing and to depend arcuately downwardly and rearwardly to terminate in a trailing lower end below a propeller. The plate member tapers outwardly along lateral edges from the upper end to the lower end to divert swimmers around and under a housing and a propeller attached thereto. The plate member reacts to the passage of water when under way to urge the boat's stern upwardly toward a more efficient operating position. The outer corner areas of the upper and lower ends are connected by outwardly curved rods to define a protection zone to protect body parts of swimmers by diverting them outwardly and downwardly under a propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Clarence A. Griffin
  • Patent number: 5341649
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the condition of a heat transfer fluid in the liquid line of a heat transfer system. The operation of the system is controlled in response to the results of the remote monitoring which may be used to indicate excessive moisture in the heat transfer fluid, low levels of heat transfer fluid, and non-condensed transfer fluid in the liquid line. Based upon the monitoring of the transfer fluid for non-condensed fluid, the rate of movement of a cooling fluid past a condenser for the transfer fluid is varied so that the temperature of the heat transfer fluid is kept as low as possible without formation of bubbles of non-condensed transfer fluid in the liquid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Future Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James N. Nevitt, Laurel R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5328185
    Abstract: A golf putter, with an extended length shaft having an upper end adapted to be held against the front of the golfer's body in an anchor position during the putting stroke.A club head is affixed to the lower end of the shaft, and has a planar ball-striking face formed thereon. A shaft grip is positioned intermediate the upper and lower ends. The shaft grip extends backwardly from the shaft means away from and transverse to the ball-striking face of the club head. The shaft grip is positioned along the length of the shaft to enable gripping thereof by the golfer's other hand. The shaft grip may be one elongated member, or a pair of vertically spaced elongated members. When the spaced elongated members are used, the shaft may be separated at the inner ends of the elongated members while the outer ends are connected together to form a U-shaped shaft grip whereby the shaft grip becomes a part of a continuous shaft having a U-shaped bend intermediate the club head and the upper end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventors: Harry J. Finnigan, Thomas A. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5146710
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling access to a parking space which may utilize either a vehicle body or a tire access blocking barrier. In one embodiment a barrier is pivotally mounted on a parking space floor for movement between an upwardly extending and horizontal position. The barrier is held upright by a spring biased locking pin, which is retracted by a remote control by a vehicle driver to allow the barrier to fall to the horizontal position. Spaced forward and rear plates are pivotally mounted on the space floor and are connected by a bell crank linkage. So, when one plate is pivoted to the floor by a vehicle wheel driving over it, the other plate is pivoted to an upright position. A latch member is carried by the front plate which engages the barrier as the front plte is pivoted to the floor by wheel contact. The front plate and the engaged barrier are pivoted to an upright position when the vehicle backs out and pivots the rear plate to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Wesley A. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 4517492
    Abstract: A gas discharge display/memory device is shown wherein the discharge is selectively and advantageously controlled, particularly for increased light output and panel brightness. The device comprises an ionizable gaseous medium in a thin gas chamber between a pair of opposed dielectric charge storage member, each member backed by an array of electrodes with each array oriented relative to the other so as to form a multiplicity of gas discharge cells. Both opposing storage surfaces of each cell are coated with a first layer of low electron yield material and a second layer of high electron yield material--in the geometric form of dots, lines, strips, etc.--the second layer being appropriately positioned such that it is surrounded by the first layer of low electron yield material and such that two opposing surfaces of high electron yield material at or near a discharge cell site cause the cell discharge to occur at the pair of opposing surfaces of high electron yield material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard W. Byrum, Jr., Roger E. Ernsthausen
  • Patent number: 4507137
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for receiving and transporting cylindrical stock or articles past work stations includes a plurality of rollers disposed along spaced-apart parallel axes. The rollers are driven through one-way or overrunning clutches and rotate cylindrical stock disposed between adjacent pairs of rollers. At a work station, a moving member such as a belt engages the stock and rotates it at a speed higher than the speed imparted to it by the rollers. The overrunning clutches release the conveyor rollers and rotate with the stock at a correspondingly higher speed. The constant, non-slipping contact between the rollers and stock minimizes such difficulties as scoring of the stock and significantly improves product quality and appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralston G. Edwards, Jr., John R. B. Walkden, Walter H. Carstensen, Gregory E. Murphy, John E. Lisi
  • Patent number: 4503985
    Abstract: A tamper indicating package comprising a container having a neck finish with a large opening and threads on the exterior thereof, and an annular bead spaced axially from the threads and away from the open end of the container and a plastic closure having a top wall and a peripheral skirt formed with interrupted threads adapted to engage the threads on the container and an integral tamper indicating band on the periphery of the skirt connected thereto by an internal groove which defines a weakened line and having an interrupted radially extending bead adapted to engage the bead on the container. The bead on the tamper indicating band is interrupted along the same axial plane as the threads on the skirt so that the tamper indicating band is without a bead in substantially the same areas as the portions of the skirt are without threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Swartzbaugh, Edward M. Hehl
  • Patent number: 4502624
    Abstract: An improved octagonal bulk bin container is shown, the bin being made from a foldable blank. The blank forms a bottom closure including four generally rectangular connecting flaps, each connecting flap being located between an end flap and a side flap. Each connecting flap has a score line running from its outer edge diagonally to an interior flap corner. A slot is provided in the plane of the diagonally running score line to help secure the bottom closure when a portion of the end flap is inserted into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Burrell
  • Patent number: 4501371
    Abstract: A non-reusable tamper indicating package comprising a container and a closure. The container has a body portion and a neck portion defining an opening and having an annular bead spaced from the end of the neck. The closure has a top wall and a peripheral skirt and a retention and holding bead on the skirt adapted to engage the annular bead on the container. The closure includes spaced score lines on the skirt and a portion of the top wall defining a severable portion of the skirt between the score lines such that when the severable portion is pulled outwardly and upwardly, the closure is severed along the score lines. A foil sheet having a layer of thermoplastic material on each surface thereof and is thermally bonded to the upper end of the container. A liner ring overlies the foil sheet and is thermally bonded to the thermoplastic material on the foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned J. Smalley
  • Patent number: 4500203
    Abstract: Apparatus for inspecting glass containers for irregularities in shape, wherein the containers are moved, in line, on a conveyor past a viewing station where there are three strobed light sources positioned at one side of the conveyor. One light is at 90.degree. with respect to the conveyor while the other two are at 45.degree. angles on either side thereof. Between the lights and the container being inspected are positioned Fresnel lenses; solid state discrete array cameras are positioned behind Fresnel lenses mounted on the opposite side of the conveyor with their viewing axes directed toward the light sources.Each backlighted container is viewed by the three cameras simultaneously and provides a profile scan of the container at a plurality of planar elevations. These scans are processed and compared electronically with input data fed to a central processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Bieringer
  • Patent number: 4499920
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling the aperture size of a valve in a fluid exhaust line from an individual section of glass forming machine is disclosed. The apparatus controls the aperture size of the valve in response to first and second control signals and comprises a driver connected to the valve for decreasing the aperture of the valve from a preset size to a restricted size by a series of discrete steps and then for increasing the aperture of the valve from the restricted size back to the preset size by a series of discrete steps. The driver is responsive to a directional signal and a series of electrical pulses each actuating a corresponding discrete step to decrease the size of the aperture when the directional signal is applied thereto and to increase the size of the aperture when the directional signal is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard D. Steffan, Robert D. Kohler
  • Patent number: 4499806
    Abstract: A multiple gob glass shearing mechanism in which the sets of opposed shear blades are supported for movement toward and away from each other in a straight line or with parallel motion. One set of shears is mounted on a shear guide that can be adjusted up or down relative to the holder of the opposed set of shears. This adjustment is for the purpose of adjusting the tension on all the sets of blades simultaneously and can be affected when the shears are in operation. The drive for the shears may be unlatched for safety purposes when out of position and when put back into operation the shear blades will not close unless the latch is refastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Eustace H. Mumford
  • Patent number: 4497681
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of applying a preformed conical heat-shrinkable plastic label to a container is disclosed to provide a tamper resistant cover, the label being applied by a transfer arm and head that rapidly supplies labels to the containers with a woodpecker-like action. There is also disclosed the novel container and cover therefore, the conical label being efficiently applied to the container and easily heat shrunk thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Kontz, Gary L. Moore