Abstract: An intramedullary device for use in internal fixation of a fracture transverse to the longitudinal axis of a long bone which includes a substantially rigid center rod having a plurality of longitudinal slots extending along the length thereof. One of a plurality of generally flexible outer rods is received and retained within one of the longitudinal slots and thereby extend outwardly from the center rod. Each outer rod has a retention section angulated from the longitudinal axis of the long bone which penetrates through and is retained by the cancellous bone thereby stabilizing the fracture at the distal and proximal ends of the long bone. In order to install the intramedullary device within the endosteal canal, each end of the generally flexible outer rods are coupled to one of a plurality of extension rods of an installation device. The generally rigid center rod is introduced through the central opening of the installation device and thus extends into the endosteal canal.
September 18, 1989
Date of Patent:
May 26, 1992
Gerard T. Hannon, James Molnar, deceased, Lucienne Molnar, executrix
Abstract: An automatic faucet is disclosed which includes a faucet body having a water discharge end and sensors mounted on the faucet for sensing the presence or absence of an object adjacent the faucet. A water supply valve is located in the faucet body which includes a diaphragm type primary valve to control discharge of water from the faucet. Operation of the prinmary valve is controlled by a motor operated in response to a signal produced by the sensor when an object, e.g., hands, are placed beneath the faucet.
Abstract: A valve assembly includes a tubular member, a hollow case connected to an open end of the tubular member, a linkage having a first end pivotally connected to the hollow case, a float connected to a second end of the linkage, and a control valve member movably mounted in the tubular member. A plate member is connected to the open end in the case to close the open end. The plate member has a smaller hole communicating with the open end. A narrower end of the control valve member passes through the open end and a through hole of the case, being pivotally connected to the linkage. The wider end of the control valve member is moved to close the hole of the plate member when the linkage is rotated by the float in a first direction, and to open the hole of the plate member when the linkage is rotated in an opposite second direction.
Abstract: A bakery oven system is disclosed which includes a bakery oven through which an endless conveyor may pass that carries bakery products to be treated in the oven. The conveyor includes a conveyor section located out of the oven and adapted to pass through a grid burn-off unit which serves to clean the grid on the conveyor. The grid burn-off unit includes a separate enclosure having a burner arrangement for applying heat to the conveyor to burn off residue on the conveyor. A plurality of brushes are located downstream of the burn-off enclosure, in the direction of travel of the conveyor, to clean carburized material off of the conveyor.
Abstract: A recessed lighting fixture including a housing having spaced apart generally vertical walls defining an interior and an open bottom end. The walls have generally vertical slots through them. The fixture has lip means for maintaining the bottom end of the housing against a lower surface of a ceiling. The fixture further includes a plurality of mounting members disposed on an exterior surface of the wall means. Each of these mounting members has a first end, an outwardly curved elongated body portion made of resilient material and a second end. The first end of each mounting member is attached to the housing near the bottom end of the housing. The second end of the mounting member extends at least partially through the slot into the interior of the fixture so that at least a portion of the second end is accessible from the interior through the open bottom end.
Abstract: An electronic water faucet including an infra-red sensor to detect the presence of an object near the faucet outlet. When an object is sensed an electric motor via a transmission operates a pilot valve to control a main water faucet valve of the piston type to allow water delivery.
Abstract: An improved contact body element, for use in forming the fill of a gas and liquid contact apparatus to produce interaction between a gas and liquid flowing through the apparatus, of the type having formed sheet members with a longitudinally extending edge of the sheet member folded over on a longitudinally extending surface of the corrugated member. This provides a strip of sheet material secured in overlapping relationship to the surface of the formed sheet member forming a full gap therebetween. An adhesive with intumescent qualities, which are triggered by heat, is applied within the fold such that the longitudinal edge and longitudinal surface in cooperation with the adhesive form a substantially rigid ply that is substantially resistant to erosion and can withstand higher compressive forces and which will expand in the event of fire, to block the openings between the sheets. The sheet edge may be slitted along its length to facilitate this blockage.
Abstract: A gas and liquid contact body for use in a gas and liquid contact apparatus in which gas and liquid flow in cross flow relationship to one another is disclosed. The contact body is formed of a plurality of sheets of corrugated material having first and second opposed edges with corrugations formed in the sheets extending at an angle to the edges and abutting each other at points in adjacent sheets to form through-passing channels for gas and liquid. The first and second edges of the sheets define gas inlet and outlet edges in the contact body. Either the gas inlet edge or the gas outlet edge, or both, have a plurality of generally channel shaped notches formed therein so that liquid flowing through the contact body will agglomerate at the notches. The agglomerated liquid will flow downwardly along the gas inlet edge of the contact body to clean the sheet at that gas inlet edge.
Abstract: A sanitary conveyor system is disclosed in which a conveyor bed, with or without curves, is mounted on a frame for movement of food trays between a plurality of work stations or movement of soiled trays from the cafeteria to the ware-washing area. A central box channel is mounted remote from the work stations and is provided juxtaposed to and below the pair of conveyor beds. The conveyor system includes a first set of pulleys being disposed adjacent to the tail end of the conveyor beds which are horizontally aligned and angled upwardly from the box channel to the conveyor beds such that each belt in the lower return flight path of the box channel are moved upwardly to the corresponding upper flight path of the conveyor bed. A second set of pulleys is disposed adjacent to the drive end of the conveyor bed and operatively connected to a belt drive unit such that belts are moved from the upper flight path of the conveyor bed to the lower return flight path of the box channel.
Abstract: A magnetic recording medium such as a magnetic recording tape or disk is demagnetized by applying a saturating magnetic field to the magnetic recording medium, then applying an unsaturating magnetic field to the magnetic recording medium in a direction opposite to the direction of the saturating magnetic field, and finally applying an alternating magnetic field to the magnetic recording medium to remove residual magnetism which has been produced on the magnetic recording medium by the unsaturating magnetic field. The saturating, unsaturating, and alternating magnetic fields are generated respectively by a first DC erasing head, a second DC erasing head, and an AC erasing head, which are arranged at spaced intervals in the order named in the direction in which the magnetic recording medium is continuously moved.
Abstract: A bakery oven of the type employing a continuous conveyor therein for carrying goods to be baked through an oven enclosure includes an air distribution system adapted to direct heated air from near the top wall of the oven enclosure to the bottom and sides thereof. The air distribution means includes a fan mounted on the top wall of the oven which includes at least one fan blade located within the oven enclosure, a fan shaft secured to the fan blade and extending through the enclosure top. The fan shaft is mounted on the top of the oven for rotation and is driven by a separate motor also mounted on the top of the enclosure in spaced relation to the shaft. A drive belt is provided to transmit rotary power from the motor to the shaft. As a result, the shaft is fully exposed for air cooling and heat from the interior of the oven is not transmitted to the motor.
Abstract: A television device for the display of monoscopic and/or stereoscopic images in pairs, possibly along with sound, comprising a receiver unit, including highly integrated circuits for the reception and/or generation and distribution of video signals corresponding to said images, possibly along with sound, and a display unit, including possible optical means, adapted to produce one image for each eye of a human being, said display unit being assembled and mounted in a frame adapted to be placed in sufficiently close proximity to the eyes to enable separate display of each image for each eye. The receiver unit is incorporated together with said display unit in the frame.
Abstract: During a normal waste collection service, an automated loading mechanism is used to empty the contents of a bin into a refuse vehicle. The bin has a closable lid which includes a message on its underside such that the message is displayed when the lid is open. The message indicates that recyclable wastes, such as glass, paper or the like are to be collected in a subsequent collection to the normal waste collection. A lid opening device including a lever arm which operates to automatically open the lid of the bin is employed during an emptying operation so as to display the message. This message indicates to the homeowner that the required recyclable waste can be placed into the bin, and by closing the lid, the collection service is signaled to empty the contents of the bin.
Abstract: An electric light fixture is disclosed which includes a lamp head housing, a lamp or bulb within the housing and an elliptical reflector for focusing light from the lamp to a predetermined focal point. A transparent lens is positioned across the open end of the housing and and extension ring is removably mounted on that open end of the housing and extends away from the housing and the lens. This ring creates an air space beneath the lens within the confines of the ring that traps heat generated from the bulg and reflected to a position within the ring whereby dust particles are deflected away from the lens by convection air flow created as a result of the heat trapped in such space.
Abstract: An exercise bicycle includes an elongated base frame, two support frames mounted on the front portion of the base frame and an adjustable seat mounted on the rear portion of the base frame. A driving assembly, a hand operated assembly, a transmission assembly and a load applying assembly are mounted to the support frames in a compact manner. The driving assembly has a first wheel and a second wheel rotated with the first wheel. The hand operated assembly has a third wheel with a peripheral groove mounted to the second shaft, a rope member wound around the third wheel in the peripheral groove. The transmission assembly has a fourth wheel and a fifth wheel rotated with the fourth wheel. The load applying assembly has a sixth wheel and a seventh wheel rotated with the sixth wheel. A damping fan is coaxially connected to the seventh wheel.
Abstract: An impact screw driver includes a tubular handle, an impact rod slidable axially within the handle, and a handle cap mounted detachably on the top end of the handle. A driving rod rests on the top end of the impact rod and has an open top end and a lower end spring seat, on which a torsion spring is provided to bias a driving head to move upward. The impact rod and the driving rod are both guided to move axially in the handle. A sleeve head connects a tool bit to the driving head. A compression spring is sleeved on the driving head and placed over the driving rod so as to bias the driving rod and the impact rod to move downward. A ball is retained on the wall of the driving rod. A cam slot is formed in the driving head so as to receive the ball slidably in the cam slot. The cam slot is shaped so as to convert axial movement of the driving rod into rotational movement of the driving head.
Abstract: A contact body for liquid and gas, primarily for cooling towers, the body comprising at least two separate contact body packs supported one upon the other and defining an interface therebetween, the packs each being formed of a plurality of formed sheets positioned in contact with each other and defining passages therebetween. The packs are positioned such that their sheets extend at an angle to one another; the sheets in the packs each having edge portions at the interface, and selected sheets in each pack having their edge portions at the interface offset with respect to the remaining sheets, whereby enlarged passageway segments are formed at the interface.
Abstract: A bakery oven is disclosed which includes an oven enclosure having opposed end and side portions, with conveyor inlet and outlet openings formed therein. An endless center drive chain conveyor is provided which includes a first section located outside of the enclosure with portions thereof passing through the inlet and outlet openings. The conveyor includes a second main portion located within the enclosure which follows a generally spiral path of travel including a first sequential set of spiral flights having a generally continuously increasing elevation rising in the enclosure to a predetermined elevation, a second set of spiral flights having a generally continuously decreasing elevation in the enclosure, with the flights of said second set being located between the flights of the first set.