Patents Represented by Attorney Orrin M. Haugen
  • Patent number: 4933846
    Abstract: A network communications adapter interconnects a plurality of digital computing resources for mutual data exchange in which a high performance, large capacity common memory is provided with a pair of external buses which allows multiple processors to store information in and read information from the common memory. The common memory is configured into two banks, each bank operating independently and concurrently under control of bus switching logic with separate address, control and data buses. The common memory typically provides 400 megabits per second of bandwidth to the multiple attached thirty-two and sixteen bit processors which may be coupled either to both buses simultaneously or individually to the two buses. The bus switching logic then allocates all of the available bandwidth to the individual processors coupled to the buses based upon a predetermined profile established at the time of system installation. Also included in the bus switch logic is circuitry for broadcasting a processor I.D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Network Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Humphrey, James P. Hughes, Wayne A. Peterson, Wayne R. Roiger
  • Patent number: 4930519
    Abstract: A method of graphically displaying cardiopulmonary function data by providing a plurality of axes radially projecting from a common point of origin, there being one such axis for each cardiopulmonary parameter to be plotted, each axis having scale markings thereon whereby the normal value for each parameter will lie an equal distance from said point of origin, and straight line segments connected between said normal values on adjacent axes will form a generally regular polygon. The cardiopulmonary function data to be displayed are then plotted on the same appropriate axis and to the same scale such that deviations of any such data from normal will result in an irregular polygon when the segments are joined between plotted values on adjacent axis. Deviations of the irregular polygon from the regular polygon thus provides a clinician with a readily visible display of possible cardiopulmonary disfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Medical Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Catherine A. Anderson, Jay O. Millerhagen
  • Patent number: 4920724
    Abstract: A spacer is provided for locating a reinforcing cage or fabric, with respect to a form, when manufacturing reinforced concrete articles such as piping, manhole sections, walls and the like. The spacer is formed from a single length of heavy gauge steel wire, and includes a mounting section which wraps around a longitudinal rod of the reinforcing framework and abuts a transverse rod at its junction with the longitudinal rod. An intermediate section of the spacer extends transversely from the mounting section and is approximately parallel to the transverse rod. A hook at the end of the intermediate section remote from the mounting section is positioned to latchingly engage the transverse rod responsive to elastic deformation of the spacer, thereby to securely maintain the spacer on the reinforcement framework. A spacing loop of a predetermined dimension is provided along the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventors: Christopher B. Leach, John L. Kaines
  • Patent number: 4919441
    Abstract: An anti-sway system for a steerable vehicle of the type employing a torsion bar suspension system. Operatively coupled to the torsion bar for each of the vehicle's steerable wheels or skis is a mechanism for increasing the effective spring rate of the suspension upon cornering over that prevailing when steering a straight line course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Gregory J. Marier, Wayne L. Warnke, Tetsuo Imai
  • Patent number: 4907137
    Abstract: An adjustable neck is provided for adjusting a lamp, in particular a lamp plugged onto a low-voltage rail, in as many alternative directions as possible. The adjustable neck is mounted between a clamping socket of the lamp and the replaceable incandescent body or bulb. The adjustable neck includes several joint members, each consisting of a ball portion that can be plugged into a corresponding joint seat portion of a next adjacent joint member and held there by a friction fit. The incendescent body can be surrounded by a lamp shade provided with ventilating slots. The clamping socket is embodied such that a positive anchoring is achievable even in the case of larger, heavier lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Rolf Winter
    Inventors: Klaus Schladitz, Rolf Winter
  • Patent number: 4903851
    Abstract: A support and stabilizing apparatus for an electrical outlet box, such as a conventional electrical outlet box having a plurality of side walls and a back wall defining a chamber with an open front and having an access bore formed through at least one of the walls. The support and stabilizing apparatus comprises a stud apparatus having a shaft with forward and rearward opposed ends and generally cylindrical forward and rearward abutment plates secured to the shaft in predetermined spaced apart relationship. The rearward plate is disposed at the rearward end of the shaft, and the forward plate is disposed near and spaced inwardly from the forward end of the shaft so as to create a mounting segment between the forward plate and the forward end of the shaft. A flexible retainer is provided for supporting the mounting segment, to grippingly engage that portion of the mounting segment which projects into the outlet box chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Donovan L. Slough
  • Patent number: 4898166
    Abstract: A controller for self-refilling resuscitation enclosures has a pair of arms pivotable between open and closed positions, an inside strap fixed to both arms, and an outside strap fixed to one arm. The outer strap can be releasably coupled at any one of a series of locations along the other arm, to selectively limit the amount of resuscitation bag recovery and thereby adjustably control the expansion or recovery volume of the enclosure. The straps, along with portions of the arm inside surfaces, maintain a contiguous wrapping engagement about the resuscitation enclosure throughout its compression and expansion, to positively secure the enclosure. The arms afford a mechanical advantage to reduce user fatigue, and provide for the tactile sensing of lung compliance during resuscitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Physician Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Rose, Larry A. Sundsrud
  • Patent number: 4896559
    Abstract: A mechanism for adjusting vehicle handlebars includes a lower hub intergral with a vehicle steering column, and an upper hub formed as an integral part of the handlebars. Two opposed diamond-shaped plates rotationally receive both hubs. Two locking gears, one integral with each hub, form various interlocking engagement with one of the plates, corresponding to different handlebar position settings. A release lever, pivotally attached to one of the plates, is pivotable to urge the plates away from one another to release the locking engagment of the gears and projection groove, enabling movement of the handlebars to different settings. A spring loaded detent prevents inadvertent release of the mechanism, and must be moved against the force of a torsion spring prior to the pivoting of the release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Gregory J. Marier, Tommy O. Moats
  • Patent number: 4893968
    Abstract: An improved end mill which is less subject to breakage in that its helical flutes in the cutting protion are tapered in depth from a maximum proximate the cutting tip to a minimum proximate the transition to the end mill's shank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Inventor: Zadok H. Levy
  • Patent number: 4884611
    Abstract: A machine for facilitating the removal and replacement of tire casings from and on the rims of vehicle wheels. The machine incorporates a first hydraulically actuated tool for breaking the bead of the tire casing to be removed free from the rim. Subsequently, the wheel is placed upon a motor driven turntable and clamped in place relative thereto by a second hydraulically actuated mechanism. Once the wheel and tire are clamped in place, a tool support head is brought into play for supporting a tire iron, the end of which is introduced between the rim and the tire's bead. Now, when a hydraulic motor is actuated, the turntable with the wheel and tire clamp thereto is rotated causing the tire bead on one side of the tire to be lifted free of the rim. The process is repeated for the tire bead surrounding the opposite side wall, at which point the old tire has been totally removed from the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Raymond H. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4875476
    Abstract: A support bandage for providing temporary support and at least partial immobilization of the ankle joint which comprises an "L"-shaped bandage, the entire underside of which is coated with adhesive of the type typically used for adhesive bandages. One segment of the "L" bandage is applied over the ankle joint and continuously across the underside of the arch of the foot, and up to the opposite side of the ankle joint. The other segment of the "L"-shaped support bandage is thereafter wrapped about the periphery of the ankle joint, securing the free end of the first-to-be-applied segment. The arrangement employs wide elongated strips of adhesive-backed tape which are fixedly arranged in a generally right angular relationship, one to the other in order to form the "L"-shaped arrangement. The utilization of a single wide strip provides for a more secure and uniform application of immobilizing force to the ankle area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Prevent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario C. Garcia
  • Patent number: 4876109
    Abstract: A biocompatible covering, soluble in body fluids, surrounds the fixation helix of an implantable cardiac electrode as the electrode, and its adjoining lead, are inserted intravenously to a selected cardiac chamber. The covering size and shape are selected for protection of blood vessels and other body tissues during insertion, and for exposure of the fixation element shortly after its proper positioning. The covering may be applied to the fixation element by a dip coating process, or formed separately by casting or injection molding, for later attachment to the lead distal end using an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Mayer, Byron L. Gilman, Susan M. Walgren, June M. Berglund
  • Patent number: 4876099
    Abstract: Disclosed is the process for popping wild rice to make a puffy snack food or breakfast cereal which has a nutty flavor. The process includes curing, roasting and parching the wild rice in roasting ovens, sorting the wild rice into differing lengths and widths so it will have uniformity prior to popping, heating the wild rice on a conveying means at a temperature between 500.degree.-800.degree. F., and immediately removing the popped product to avoid scorching the product and creating a bad taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: MacGregor Wild Rice Co.
    Inventors: Robert J. MacGregor, Darlene M. MacGregor, Arnold Lueck
  • Patent number: 4874368
    Abstract: An improved fibrin glue delivery system is disclosed. The delivery system is comprised of a pair of syringe tubes which can be actuated by plungers simultaneously or independently, a connecting member which holds the syringe tubes in parallel alignment and a unique needle assembly which ensures the components in the syringe bodies will not be comingled until they reach the treatment site. The unique needle assembly also permits the user to manipulate the needles to enhance visibility when the surgeon is working through a speculum or when direct access is difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Micromedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis H. Miller, I. Kaufman Arenberg, John H. Altshuler
  • Patent number: 4865036
    Abstract: A cardiac stimulator apparatus for effecting cardioversion or defibrillation in the event of pathologic tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in which the rate of heart depolarization signals is compared to a predetermined heart rate value indicative of the onset of tachycardia while, simultaneously, the heart's pre-ejection period is monitored to sense whether an increase in heart rate above the predetermined value is accompanied by a decrease in the pre-ejection period. If not, a pathologic rather than a physiologic episode is diagnosed and a cardioversion pulse protocol is initiated. By also monitoring the mechanical pulse of the heart, if an inordinately high heart rate is accompanied by a low or non-existing mechanical pulse, ventricular fibrillation is diagnosed and the cardioverter is triggered to shock the heart back into sinus rhythm. If the mechanical pulse rate tracks the electrical rate of depolarization, tachyarrythmia is confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Raul Chirife
  • Patent number: 4864775
    Abstract: An endless abrasive cross-belt surface treating apparatus which includes a platen assembly arranged to move in an oscillatory or epicyclic pattern relative to the work surface. The apparatus includes means for drivably oscillating the platen as well as a pair of laterally disposed belt guiding rolls positioned immediately adjacent the platen, with such oscillatory or epicyclic motion being continuously applied to the cross-belt while workpieces are being carried or conveyed through the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Timesavers, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene C. David
  • Patent number: 4862890
    Abstract: A surgical cutting blade for use in an electrosurgical scalpel includes a thin flat ceramic substrate having a rounded tip where the edge portion of the substrate on the opposed major surfaces thereof are beveled. A pattern of metallization is provided on the opposed major surfaces of the blade substrate with the metallization extending over the tapered portions. The substrate is then back-ground to form a blunt edge extending between the tapered surfaces at the edge of the substrate. The metallization pattern further includes traces extending from the conductors along the blunt working edge of the blade to the handle receiving portion thereof and provide a means whereby RF energy may be conducted to the metallized working edge of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Everest Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Stasz, Jeffrey J. Solberg, Scott R. Grabinger
  • Patent number: 4862112
    Abstract: A microstrip oscillator utilizing a Gunn diode as its active element for operation in the W-Band. A microstrip shunt resonator is dimensioned to resonate the Gunn diode at either its fundamental frequency or second harmonic frequency while a matching circuit, including a quarter wavelength transformer and a coupled microstrip transformer is employed to match the complex impedance of the Gunn diode device to the load. A radial hat on the Gunn diode effectively prevents radiation of electromagnetic energy from the system to thereby maximize the energy delivered to the load while, at the same time, functioning as a transformer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Honeywell, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Singh
  • Patent number: 4862225
    Abstract: A fusing system for a xerographic printer in which the energy from a plurality of flash lamps is used to melt and fuse toner particles to paper sheets as said sheets travel through the fusing station. Each flash lamp has an associated storage capacitor and a charging circuit for that capacitor which is operative to develop a charge on its associated storage capacitor depending upon the length dimension of the paper sheets flowing through the system. Moreover, the capacitor charging circuits are rendered operative in a predetermined serial order so as not to unduly load down the alternating current source for the system. A lamp triggering circuit synchronized with the zero-crossings of the alternating current supply voltage provides the ignition potential for the flash lamps such that firing takes place at a time when the supply voltage is at a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Check Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn H. Heiller, Michael P. Petersen
  • Patent number: D304770
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Robert J. De brey
    Inventors: Robert J. De brey, Bruce W. Carlson