Patents Represented by Law Firm Neuman, Williams, Anderson & Olson
  • Patent number: 5532664
    Abstract: A modular superconducting energy storage device includes a plurality of superconducting magnet modules joined in series in axial alignment. Each module comprises a core member having a superconducting coil member wound around it and a tensioning member that retains tension in the superconductor. The ends of the superconducting magnet are adapted for connection to a current source or to the free ends of the superconducting cable of an adjacent module as required. Each module is adapted for attachment to an adjacent module for retension in axial alignment. The attachment of additional modules increases energy storage capacity accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Superconductivy, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren E. Buckles, Richard A. Lundy
  • Patent number: 5163104
    Abstract: An improved technique for gray scale compression of document image data is disclosed. The method comprises evaluating subportions of an image array as to relative levels of sameness and attempting to create sub-arrays having the same pixel value. Successively smaller sub-arrays are evaluated as to gray scale sameness unti 2.times.1 pixel arrays are encountered. At that time a code unique to each possible 2.times.1 pixel arrangement is stored. A high speed, real-time compression implementation is facilitated through described hardware. Document images are subdivided into 8 pixel by 512 pixel slices. As one document slice is stored in a first buffer RAM, a previously stored slice is compressed. As the pixel information is stored, tests are performed for 8.times.8 and 4.times.4 array sameness and one bit data stored according to the results of those tests. High speed compression is facilitated by querying the stored data as to the 8.times.8 and the 4.times.4 array sameness prior to further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: TransTechnology Corporation
    Inventors: Atish Ghosh, Girish Rai
  • Patent number: 5143770
    Abstract: An improved multilayer insulation blanket for insulating cryogenic structures operating at very low temperatures is disclosed. An apparatus and method for fabricating the improved blanket are also disclosed. In the improved blanket, each successive layer of insulating material is greater in length and width than the preceding layer so as to accommodate thermal contraction of the layers closest to the cryogenic structure. The fabricating apparatus has a rotatable cylindrical mandrel having an outer surface of fixed radius that is substantially arcuate, preferably convex, in cross-section. The method of fabricating the improved blanket comprises (a) winding a continuous sheet of thermally reflective material around the circumference of the mandrel to form multiple layers, (b) binding the layers along two lines substantially parallel to the edges of the circumference of the mandrel, (c) cutting the layers along a line parallel to the axle of the mandrel, and (d) removing the bound layers from the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Universities Research Association, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Gonczy, Ralph C. Niemann, William N. Boroski
  • Patent number: 5134293
    Abstract: An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Universities Research Association, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Anderson, Brian J. Kross
  • Patent number: 5114894
    Abstract: A granular filter aid composition for filtering liquids composed of a major amount of phosphorylated starch and minor amounts of clay and cellulosic fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Grain Processing corporation
    Inventor: Paul R. Witt
  • Patent number: 5103917
    Abstract: An agricultural implement guidance control system has a wand sensor housing which contains a vertical shaft attached to the wand bracket and thus to the sensing wands. Affixed to the shaft is a photoelectric light source which projects a beam of light at a pair of photoelectric sensors. The photoelecltric sensors are mounted on a printed circuit board which is mounted to a slide plate. The slide plate is supported by slide supports and the slide supports have grooves in which the edges of the slide plates are positioned. The slide plate is able to slide left or right inside the grooves. An adjustment screw threadably engages a flange on the slide plate. The rotation of the adjustment screw causes the adjustable positioning of the slide plate to the left or right depending upon the rotation of the screw. Calibration of the guidance system with respect to the position of the sensing wands is accomplished by selective rotation of the adjustment screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Sukup Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michael L. Moore
  • Patent number: 5103969
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus comprising a portable object, a longitudinally disposed carrying handle for the portable object having first and second ends, and first and second handle retaining means. More particularly, the apparatus can be a paint container tray which is provided with compartments suitably sized for artist's supplies. When the tray is in use by an artist, the handle may be lowered to a stowed position allowing the artist full and simple access to the entire paint container tray. When the handle is raised into the use position, it can optionally be held in that position by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Binney & Smith
    Inventor: Richard A. Tarozzi
  • Patent number: 5102210
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rugged and inexpensive filing cabinet constructed from thin, prefinished metal and the method for making the same. All component parts including the case envelope, case back, kickplate, drawers and drawer supports are designed to be cut from a minimum of four discrete coils of metal with waste attributable to trimming or removal of excess metal maintained at a minimum. Ruggedness and strength are maintained, despite the relative thinness of the metal, because the vertical corners and other potentially critical areas subjected to increased stress are reinforced with structural elements adhesively bonded in place. Certain structural elements also function as jigging members during the adhesive bonding of the component parts. In addition, the design of the present invention provides a versatile and adaptable end product due to the interchangeability of certain component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Hon Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Beals
  • Patent number: 5099730
    Abstract: In order to improve a multiple-spindle automatic lathe comprising a working area, a spindle drum having several spindles in different spindle positions, the spindles being adapted to be brought into different spindle stations on a machine frame by rotation of the spindle drum about a spindle drum axis, a bar stock feed means associated with at least one spindle, and a stop arranged in the working area and having a stop surface for bar stock, such that the stop can be arranged so as to save more space, it is proposed that the stop be mounted for rotation concentrically with the spindle drum axis, and that the stop be fixable relative to the spindle drum during bar stock feed in an initial position in which the stop surface intersects a feed direction of the bar stock located in the spindle position associated with this initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG Hahn & Tessky
    Inventors: Helmut F. Link, Guenther H. Trautmann
  • Patent number: 5097100
    Abstract: A lightweight, substantially corrosion-proof, conductive wire and terminal assembly (10) comprising a wire (12) laid on and welded to a terminal pad (18) at or near the end (16) of the wire. The wire (12) has an electrically conductive core (24) having a cylindrical surface. The cylindrical surface is substantially completely enveloped in a sheath of noble metal plating (26, 28). The terminal pad (18) has a noble metal surface where it is welded to the cylindrical surface of the wire (12), so the joint (22) formed by the weld is substantially sheathed in a noble metal, and thus is substantially as corrosion-proof as the noble metal sheath (26, 28) and terminal pad (18). The wire (12) is preferably covered with insulation (30) except at its end (16), which may be stripped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Sundstrand Data Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5095197
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a hand-held bar code reader has an elongated hand grip portion and a reader head portion which may be substantially spaced from a bar code data carrier during a reading operation. Light energy is directed outwardly through a window so as to illuminate a bar code sensing region in front of the window having a depth dimension of at least about ten millimeters. An optical system may focus bar code patterns in the sensing region onto an image photodetector in the reader unit with a resolution so as to read e.g. a bar code format with minimum bar or space width of about 0.0075 inch, or even less. Preferably the lens system provides a depth of focus for such bar code patterns of at least ten millimeters, so that a bar code pattern of marked curvature can be read in its entirety by means of an instant reading operation. Preferably the light source is of an electronically triggerred essentially instant response type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Chadima, Jr., Vadim Laser
  • Patent number: 5088417
    Abstract: Center beam railroad car having a top chord, a parallel center sill below the top chord, columns joining the top chord and center sill, and diagonal tension members connecting the upper joint between one column and the top chord to the lower joint between another column and the center sill. In one embodiment, the tension member is pivotally secured at each end to the respective upper and lower joints, preventing fatigue failure of the tension member where it is secured to the joints. In another embodiment, at least one end of the tension member is secured to a joint between one end of a column and the center sill or top chord only after the joints are defined by assembling and joining the top chord, center sill, and columns. This method allows the tension members to be installed and to function substantially without tension in the unloaded, unused car and to accept tension loads when the car is loaded and operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Thrall Car Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Shaun Richmond, Charles T. Carter, James J. Schuller
  • Patent number: 5081343
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a hand-held bar code reader has a handle portion and a reader head portion which may be held spaced from a bar code data carrier during a reading operation. Light energy is directed outwardly through a window so as to illuminate a bar code sensing region in front of the window having a depth dimension of at least about ten millimeters, and an optical system focuses bar code patterns in the sensing region onto an image photosensor in the reader unit with a resolution so as to read e.g. bar code formats with a minimum bar or space width of about 0.0075 inch, or even less. Preferably the light source is of an electronically triggerable instant response type and is located substantially within the reader head portion. The bar code image is converged through a generally rectangular optical aperture and is reflected in a folded return path to a photodetector. The reflected bar code image is decoded by a battery powered programmed decoder located substantially within the handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Chadima, Jr., Vadim Laser
  • Patent number: 5079901
    Abstract: Apparatus that uses the burster method for positioning coupons from a continuous web at a predetermined time at a predetermined location for insertion is disclosed. Positioning roll mechanism define a bight to receive the leading edge of a coupon and are driven by positioning drive mechanism at a continuous predetermined speed. Feeding roll means located upstream of the positioning roll mechanism in the excess of one coupon length are driven by intermittent feeding drive means at a speed substantially less than the speed of the positioning roll means. Controlling mechanism actuates and deactuates the feeding drive means in response to timing mechanism related to container position and coupon sensing mechanism at a sensing position between the positioning roll mechanism and the feeding roll mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Carol J. Witt
    Inventor: Thomas G. Kotsiopoulos
  • Patent number: 5078261
    Abstract: An unloader for bulk materials is provided to transfer material such as cement from a barge or other bulk container. It includes a moveable and rotatable support member such as a crane or cantilevered arm that is adjacent the bulk container. A first conveyor or auger is connected to the support for pivotal movement and extends generally horizontally. A second conveyor or auger is connected to the distal end of the first conveyor for pivotal movement and is generally vertically oriented. A feeder unit is connected to the distal end of the second conveyor for universal and rotational movement. The feeder includes an uplift portion communicating with the second conveyor, the uplift portion advancing the bulk material at a rate slower than the second conveyor, and a collector portion communicating with the uplift portion. The collector portion includes converging auger assembly to advance the bulk material towards the uplift portion and to assist in transferring it into the uplift portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Miller Formless Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Miller, Allen R. Miller, Charles P. Miller
  • Patent number: 5075647
    Abstract: A symmetrical 180.degree. microwave hybrid is constructed by opening a slot line in a ground plane below a conducting strip disposed on a dielectric substrate, creating a slot coupled conductor. Difference signals propagating on the slot coupled conductor are isolated on the slot line leaving sum signals to propagate on the microstrip. The difference signal is coupled from the slot line onto a second microstrip line for transmission to a desired location. The microstrip branches in a symmetrical fashion to provide the input/output ports of the 180.degree. hybrid. The symmetry of the device provides for balance and isolation between sum and difference signals, and provides an advantageous balance between the power handling capabilities and the bandwidth of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Universities Research Association, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Petter
  • Patent number: 5074938
    Abstract: Propellant grain consisting essentially of:A. from about 50% to about 75% by weight of an oxidizer consisting essentially of ammonium nitrate;B. from about 1% to about 20% by weight of a cured polymeric binder;C. from 0% to about 30% by weight of a nitrate ester plasticizer;D. from about 3.5% to about 8% by weight of boron in free elemental form; andE. from 0% to about 3% by weight of aluminum metal.The grain has a pressure exponent not exceeding about 0.30 at a combustion pressure between about 2500 and about 7000 pounds per square inch (between about 1700 and about 4800 N/cm.sup.2). Also, an uncured pourable slurry having the formula stated above, except that the binder is uncured. Also, a method for forming a propellant grain having the formula stated above, comprising the steps of providing the uncured pourable slurry defined above, pouring the slurry into a casing, and curing the slurry in situ to form a cured propellant grain having a pressure exponent not exceeding about 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Thiokol Corporation
    Inventor: Minn-Shong Chi
  • Patent number: 5072709
    Abstract: A mechanically pressurized electronic fuel injector is for use in internal combustion engines and is actuated by the engine valve train. The fuel injector has an injection stroke for discharging fuel into the engine and a metering stroke for receiving a predetermined volume of fuel in the injector. During the injection stroke, a coupling member contacts a timing plunger and transmits a compressive force from the engine valve train. The coupling member and the timing plunger are not mechanically connected together and are capable of independent relative movement. During the metering stroke of the injector, the timing plunger is returned to its pre-injection position under the pressure generated by the fuel entering the timing and metering plunger chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Cummins Engine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Martin W. Long, Charles B. Fry, David M. Rix, Raul Krivoy
  • Patent number: 5070798
    Abstract: A pellet burning appliance with an improved burner is disclosed. This improved burner includes an open ended retort in communication with a feed auger at the inlet end opposite the open end. The feed auger delivers solid fuel pellets through the inlet end which results in underfeeding action and cross-flow of the combustion bed. An air hole arrangement introduces primary and secondary air for highly efficient burning. The floor of the retort is flat, and colinear with the bottom of the auger tube. The burner is inclined within the appliance at approximately 22.5.degree. from the horizontal. This design promotes efficient burning as the constantly fed fuel spreads evenly whereby it combusts over substantially the entire length of the retort. The feeding action continually pushes clinkers and other combustion inhibiting particulates, in an unobstructed manner, off the retort's terminal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Heatilator, Inc.
    Inventor: Heinrich J. W. Jurgens
  • Patent number: D325488
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Richard L. Sheriff