Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Oldham & Oldham Co., L.P.A.
  • Patent number: 6362241
    Abstract: The invention relates to processes and apparatus for the production of a virgin polymer substitute from cured scrap rubber, such as automobile tires, which does not involve the use of solvents or other chemicals and which substantially maintains the physical properties of the virgin material in the substitute. The process and apparatus may perform an initial analysis of the scrap material to be treated and determination of the process parameters for that particular material. Actual treatment of the material comprises grinding of the scrap rubber and preconditioning the ground material by subjecting it to warm dry air prior to subsequent treatment in a high temperature and pressure environment. The high temperature and pressure environment is created by means of a pressure vessel into which the preconditioned material is introduced, thereafter exposing the material to a variable high pressure and temperature environment which is controlled to optimize devulcanization of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: TRC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce O. Bowers, Donald F. Teets
  • Patent number: 6336537
    Abstract: An integrated wheel end assembly for a vehicle including a wheel hub, a stub shaft, a torque flange and a bi-directional overrunning clutch member is configured such that the clutch automatically acts as a hub lock. The wheel hub is drivingly engaged to a drive flange mounted at an inboard end thereof. An outer circumference of the drive flange has a plurality of external teeth spaced evenly therearound. An outboard end of the stub shaft is rotatingly supported in the wheel hub and an inboard end thereof defines a housing for a CV joint. This CV housing and the drive flange are positioned axially adjacent to each other. The bi-directional overrunning clutch member comprises two clutch plates, one drivingly connected to the CV housing and the other drivingly connected to the drive flange. In a first configuration the clutch plates are disengaged such that the rotating CV housing causes only the corresponding clutch plate to rotate and no drive torque is transferred from the half shaft to the wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Krisher, Richard Krupp
  • Patent number: 6302336
    Abstract: A watering container with a rotatable nozzle having a plurality of water delivery patterns. In particular, a rotatable nozzle having a plurality of water delivery patterns is rotationally attached to a water spout on a watering container. A user can turn the rotatable nozzle to select the desired water delivery pattern. In a preferred embodiment of the watering container, the user may select either a steady stream water pattern or a dispersed rosette water spray pattern. The watering container includes an internal fluid reservoir which can vary in volume based on the needs of the user. Water exits the internal fluid reservoir and flows through the water spout and then through the water delivery pattern selected by the user on the rotatable nozzle when the watering container is properly tilted. An integral elongated handle on the watering container enables the user to reduce stress on their hand and wrist during the tilting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Akro-Mils
    Inventors: Jerrold G. Brown, Alex P. Digiacomo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6300394
    Abstract: A modified coal tar useful in roofing applications, containing coal tar, a nitrile butadiene rubber, and in some instances an effective amount of a plasticizer is prepared by heating the coal tar to a molten temperature, adding the rubber in powder form and agitating the material in a suitable high shear mixing apparatus until adequate phase inversion occurs between the polymer and the coal tar phase. After preparation, the material is cooled in containers until use, at which time it is heated to a flowable temperature and applied using a roofing mop or squeegee. Effective plasticizers include the alkyl esters of di-functional carboxylic acids, such as di-octyl adipate and di-octyl phthalate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: The Garland Company
    Inventors: Fred A. Fensel, Frank Janoch, Nathan Schaus, Joseph W. Mellott
  • Patent number: 6298495
    Abstract: A hat is provided with an insertion hole adapted to permit a temple of a pair of glasses to be inserted therein, positioned in each lateral side of the edge portion of the crown of a hat. The hat is so formed as to permit the temples of the glasses to be positioned between the crown and the slip band that is provided along the inner surface of the edge portion of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Mate & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Totani
  • Patent number: 6296083
    Abstract: An articulated railcar has several well car units for carrying shipping containers, highways trailers, or a combination of the two. The well car units permit the nose of a long highway trailer to overhang the articulated connection between two adjacent cars. A brake valve is located in a relief formed in the main bolster of one of the articulated units, out of the way of the overhanging trailer. Each well car unit has a side beam having a roll formed top chord reinforced by a top chord plate, a downwardly extending web, and a lower sill formed of a thick angle. The service, or auxiliary, and emergency brake reservoirs are mounted in a saddle bag configuration to the outside face of the webs of the opposite side beams of the articulated unit, tucked underneath the reinforced roll formed top chord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: James W. Forbes, Richard C. Haight
  • Patent number: 6293889
    Abstract: Limited slip motor vehicle differential assemblies having a suitable high-shear strength, non-hardening, material which selectively resists slip or differentiation between the axle shafts and the differential housing, between the differential side gears and the differential housing, and/or between the differential side gears and the differential pinion gears when slip or differentiation occurs between two motor vehicle wheels mounted on the same axle. Such an arrangement provides some level of torque to each motor vehicle wheel at all times. The amount of resistance to slip or differentiation between the two motor vehicle wheels can be adjusted as desired by selecting an appropriate high-shear strength, non-hardening, material to provide the desired level of resistance to slip or differentiation between the two motor vehicle wheels in the motor vehicle differential assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Fett
  • Patent number: 6290623
    Abstract: A removable support of motor vehicle differential side gear that facilitates machining which is added after the internal features of a two-piece motor vehicle differential case have been machined to position and support a motor vehicle differential side gear in the two-piece motor vehicle differential case and preclude gear movement therein. The removable motor vehicle differential side gear support is preferably fabricated from a structurally sound material, such as steel, and has a configuration similar to a washer. The removable motor vehicle side gear support is preferably removably secured to the two-piece motor vehicle differential case by, for example, mechanical fasteners, such a plurality of threaded bolts which pass through a corresponding plurality of clearance openings in the removable motor vehicle side gear support and are received in and secured in a corresponding plurality of internally threaded openings in the two-piece motor vehicle differential case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Morse
  • Patent number: 6289949
    Abstract: A preconditioned air adapter chute for attachment to a ring connector of an aircraft has a body adapted at a first end to attach a hose for transmitting the preconditioned air. The body is provided at a second end with a flange connecting to the ring connector. A compressive gasket is affixed to a surface of the flange which faces the ring connector. At least one clamp assembly, affixed to the body, has a handle and a clamp pivotably mounted in a housing. The handle and clamp are pivoted about separate pivot points, so that a cam action is obtained as the handle is moved from an open to a closed position. The clamp of each clamp assembly passes through a slot-like opening in the flange to allow engagement of the clamp in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Hall Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley A. Shumaker, S. Mason Curry, Karoly Kebrer
  • Patent number: 6282793
    Abstract: A coping saw attachment for a hand held power jig saw which is capable of being quickly and easily attached to a standard hand held power jig saw. The coping saw attachment for a hand held power jig saw generally includes a substantially “c-shaped” coping saw blade support member which supports a standard coping saw blade, a handle which is removably attached on either side of the substantially “c-shaped” coping saw blade support member and a coping saw blade adapter which facilitates the attachment of a standard coping blade into a hand held power jig saw blade chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: James F. Flagg
  • Patent number: 6280613
    Abstract: A limited slip differential for a motor vehicle having a hydraulic medium plenum and pickup tube assembly which draws hydraulic medium from an axle sump by a vacuum generated by a hydraulic pump and transports the hydraulic medium to a hydraulic pump intake sump reservoir, the hydraulic medium plenum pickup tube assembly having a cross-sectional configuration which maintains the desired hydraulic medium flow rate, while being “thin” in at least one direction to filter out particulate contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Morse, Jun Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 6269714
    Abstract: To provide a way to use a ceramic alloy as a material for producing a cutter knife to be mounted on a thermoplastic resin pelletizer easily, with reduced costs, and also eliminating the possibility of breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Kakoh Kiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Sakai
  • Patent number: 6272409
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering box for use with light duty trucks and other vehicles is provided with a function generation means for specifically controlling Ackerman geometry by independently controlling left and right tie rod links. The invention may be employed regardless of outside ball joint location and in lieu of a conventional rack and pinion steering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Paul David Elwood
  • Patent number: 6263439
    Abstract: An audit and verification process (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120) is used to encode at least one personal identifier (70, 75) onto a media (80, 90) capable of interfacing with a personal computer, typically a floppy disk (80), encoding at least one password onto a viewable media, typically a videocassette (110) onto the floppy disk (80), displaying a prompt on a computer screen of the personal computer which requires a match of the at least one password from the videocassette (110) with the at least one password encoded on the floppy disk (80), storing multiple questions pertinent to a subject matter of the videocassette (110) on the floppy disk, displaying at least one question of the multiple questions on the computer screen of the personal computer and storing the answer to the at least one question on the floppy disk (120). The at least one password on the videocassette (100, 110) is preferably an audio password, but may include visual passwords as well as combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventors: John G. Hondros, Robert A. Wilson, Ronald E. Hill
  • Patent number: 6254171
    Abstract: A slidable room assembly comprises a vehicle body having an opening formed in an exterior wall, and a reciprocable slideout unit or compartment disposed in the opening and slidable between a retracted position and an extended position. Sliding movement of the slideout unit is controlled by means of a drive mechanism which includes either one or two endless cables. A plurality of sheaves, rotatably mounted on the slideout unit, define a path for the endless cable or cables. This path includes a pair of parallel longitudinally extending courses disposed on opposite sides of the slideout unit. Anchors, attached to respective longitudinally extending courses of the cable(s) and to adjacent portions of the vehicle body, effect relative reciprocation between the slideout unit and the vehicle body. Sliding movement of the slideout unit may be either motor driven or manually powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Norco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James Young, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6244494
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for leveling the clamping surface to obtain proper heat sink for narrow strips in a coil end joiner which includes a coil material support table and a retaining plate which is positioned against the upper surface of the coil material to be joined by, for example, one or more air cylinders. A weld clamp leveler is also provided which is adjustable to provide a preselected offset between the coil material support table and the retaining plate in a forward portion of the coil material support table. The weld clamp leveler is preferably used when relatively narrow coil material is being joined to preclude tilting of the retaining plate relative to the coil material support table and the coil material being joined and is preferably adjusted to provide approximately the same offset between the coil end support table and the retaining plate as the thickness of the coil material being joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Iron Bay, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Shaffer
  • Patent number: D445265
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph B. Yost
  • Patent number: D445862
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: John S. Ford
  • Patent number: RE37362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a book for young readers designed to make reading more enjoyable. The book of the present invention preferably includes illustrations on at least some of the pages thereof. Additionally, edible candy is provided as a part of the book pages and may be positioned to form a part of an illustration found on a page. The candy is attached to or otherwise provided as a part of the book pages in a manner so that it may be easily removed from the book and eaten by the reader. In an alternative embodiment, the book pages may include holes formed therein and the candy may be provided on an insert designed to be placed behind the page so that the candy is in registry with the holes formed in the page and so that the candy extends out through the holes when the insert is placed immediately behind the page. In this manner, after the candy has been removed from book, the insert may be removed and replaced with another candy containing insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Deborah D'Andrea
  • Patent number: D449652
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Ray Technology Group B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Daniel De Regt, Eelco Han De Man