Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Pauley Petersen Kinne & Fejer
  • Patent number: 6379833
    Abstract: A molten carbonate fuel cell having an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and an electrolyte matrix disposed between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode. An electrode support constructed of a high porosity reticulated foam material is disposed on an anode electrode face of at least one of the anode electrode and the cathode electrode facing away from the electrolyte matrix and forming a plurality of pores. An electrolyte is disposed within at least a portion of the plurality of pores, whereby at least a portion of the electrolyte flows into the electrolyte matrix during initial conditioning of the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Institute of Gas Technology
    Inventors: Andy H. Hill, Chakravarthy Sishtla, Leonard G. Marianowski
  • Patent number: 6358449
    Abstract: A polymeric film extrusion die having a die body with a molten polymer inlet, a molten polymer exit, and forming a molten polymer conduit providing a fluid communication between the molten polymer inlet and the molten polymer exit. The die body includes a peripheral edge at a periphery of the molten polymer exit, which peripheral edge has a thickness less than or equal to about 0.005 inches. The apparatus further includes a molten polymer exit heated gaseous fluid supply adapted to provide heated gaseous fluid proximate the molten polymer exit so as to maintain the die temperature at the molten polymer exit as low as possible without affecting the processability/integrity of the product film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Edward Tinsley, Charles H. Ellison, Charles John Morell, Silverio D. de la Cruz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6352239
    Abstract: A gate valve hydraulic actuator having a stem extension accessible from outside the actuator body to provide override operation of the gate valve, for example in the event of hydraulic failure. The stem extension is lockable to a spring compression hub in a valve open position and a valve closed position by locking dogs selectively engageable in recesses. The locking dogs are operated by a cam spindle coaxially received in the stem extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin John Liam McIntosh, Graeme John Collie
  • Patent number: 6352150
    Abstract: A continuous single-ply endless belt made of a woven material and coated with a non-stick material. The continuous single-ply endless belt has a uniform thickness in a peripheral direction. The woven material of the endless belt is made of a plurality of warp fibers and fill fibers of at least one of a fiberglass material, an aramid material, a lightweight fire-resistant nylon fiber material and a new high temperature fiber. The non-stick material coats at least a portion of the fibers positioned at or near an outer periphery of the woven material and mechanically attaches to the fibers of the woven material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventor: William J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6350711
    Abstract: A personal care absorbent article, such as a sanitary pad or napkin, wound dressing, and the like having an absorbent material treated with a fluid treatment agent, which fluid treatment agent causes red blood cells in a blood-containing fluid to agglomerate or lyse as the fluid passes into and/or through the absorbent article. In accordance with one preferred embodiment, the absorbent material is a porous nonwoven web material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Charles Potts, Jack Nelson Lindon, Emmanuelle Cecile Damay, Dmitry Yavich, Matthew David Young
  • Patent number: 6349570
    Abstract: A wet batch material charging apparatus having a charger screw housing having a batch material inlet and a batch material outlet, a dry batch material supply device adapted to deliver a dry batch material through the batch material inlet, a rotatable charger screw shaft having at least one screw flight disposed within the charger screw housing and adapted to convey the batch material from the batch material inlet to the batch material outlet, and a liquid supply apparatus for introducing at least one liquid into the charger screw housing. The liquid supply apparatus independently controls the liquid flow rate and the liquid flow duration based upon the batch material charging speed and rotation of the rotatable charger screw shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Merkle Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Coates, Jake Ross, Anthony Sushel, Joseph Sewchok, Fred Lindeman
  • Patent number: 6348258
    Abstract: A breathable film having improved processing properties and reduced cost includes a breathable film-forming layer composition including a matrix polymer, a particulate organic filler, and a compatibilizer. The particulate organic filler is incompatible with the matrix polymer and tends to agglomerate when mixed with the matrix polymer alone. The compatibilizer achieves thermodynamic equilibrium between the matrix polymer and filler within a defined filler particle size range suitable for producing stretched breathable film. The film processes more easily than breathable films containing inorganic fillers, and is less expensive to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily Aramovich Topolkaraev, Kevin Matthew Harrington, Glynis Allicia Walton, Sandy Chi-Ching Ying, Kevin George Hetzler
  • Patent number: 6346882
    Abstract: A switchgear cabinet monitoring arrangement with a monitoring unit (ÜE) having a control device (ST), an indicator control and inputs for connecting sensors, outputs for connecting actuators, and a programming unit which is or can be connected with the monitoring unit, and with an indicator device. An improved adaptation to various uses of the switchgear cabinet is achieved because visual and/or acoustical notices for the distribution via the indicator device can be provided and changed by the programming unit and can be transmitted to the monitoring unit and stored in a memory device. As a function of the switchgear states detected via the sensors, the notices can be transmitted by the control device to the indicator device and can be displayed on the indicator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Hain, Michael Seelbach
  • Patent number: 6338453
    Abstract: A winding device, having a winding shaft, which can be inserted into and removed from the winding device, and a winding element and bearing journals protruding from both ends in the direction of the center axis of the winding shaft. The winding device has two outer bearings for receiving the bearing journals for rotatable seating of the winding shaft in the winding device, and an additional bearing for the winding shaft is assigned, spaced apart, to each outer bearing. Each outer bearing has a coupling device, and the coupling devices are displaceable along the center axis of the winding shaft and can be connected with or disconnected from the respective ends of the bearing journals. The additional bearings, acting as inner bearings, are formed between the ends of the bearing journals, which can be connected with the outer bearings, and the winding element on the bearing journal of the winding shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Helmut Meyer
  • Patent number: 6327828
    Abstract: A structural member having a top flange, a web and a bottom support. The top flange transitions into the web and the web transitions into the bottom support. The overall height of the structural member varies to accommodate structural panels, including insulation and acoustical panels, of similar or different thicknesses. In one preferred embodiment, an apparatus having a plurality of structural members attached to corresponding bearing plates is used as a sub-purlin to provide an economical roofing system which allows for retrofitting and easy detection and replacement of damaged roofing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Decks, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 6329895
    Abstract: A releasing magnet for anti-theft devices for sales goods with a permanent magnet and a housing having a disc-shaped collar and a fastener for securing the housing to a table. The housing is made of plastic and at least almost surrounds the permanent magnet which prevents corrosion and allows the releasing magnet to be washed so that its use is hygienic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventors: Albert Maurer, Heinz Hofstetter
  • Patent number: 6329783
    Abstract: An electric motor and its controller are specially adapted for variable speed applications. The stator of the motor has its main windings controlled by triacs. The triacs are placed to allow the main windings to operate in series at low speed and in parallel at high speeds. The firing delay of the operating triacs is controlled in both series and parallel winding operations to aid in smooth operation of the motor. The auxiliary winding is preferably left uncontrolled to contribute a regular sinusoidal component to the windings power at all times. The controller receives the speed command and figures firing delay and outputs triac control pulses at one of a plurality of settings to bring the motor to the selected speed. In this manner a simple, inexpensive, and continuously variable speed motor may be realized with good performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: Nickolas G. Vrionis, Ronald L. Eichorn
  • Patent number: 6329785
    Abstract: A commercial application for a four-step switching PWM single phase AC controller for a load such as an induction motor or the like has a digital microcontroller for PWM signal generation and enhanced MOSFET switching control, and provides a multiplicity of discrete speed settings to make any single phase AC driven device easily and cheaply converted to efficient variable speed operation. Only two MOSFET gate drive optocouplers are provided on the high side of line voltage for reduced cost. Series transistors are programed to be left full on at maximum motor speed for increased efficiency. Current limit and under voltage sensing for fault protection are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: Alan Starkie, Nickolas G. Vrionis
  • Patent number: 6326096
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell interconnector having a superalloy metallic layer with an anode-facing face and a cathode-facing face and metal layer on the anode-facing face of the superalloy metallic layer. The metal layer is a metal which does not oxidize in a fuel atmosphere, preferably nickel or copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: Anil V. Virkar, Diane M. England, Karun Mehta, Jai-Woh Kim, Kuan-Zong Fung
  • Patent number: 6322305
    Abstract: A mounting element used in furniture building which is inserted into a bore of a furniture element and fixed in place therein. The mounting element includes a fastening sleeve and a connecting pin wherein the fastening sleeve is divided into deflectable holding springs and is inserted into the bore of the furniture element. The holding springs have tooth elements on an exterior and enclose a centered receptacle for the connecting pin. The connecting pin has a fastening receptacle or threaded receptacle and is connected in one piece with the fastening sleeve by gates which act as predetermined breaking points. The connecting pin is secured by the gates in a prepared position, ready to be driven. A connecting pin produced separately from the fastening sleeve is secured by partially inserting the connecting pin into the receptacle of the fastening sleeve in a prepared position, ready to be driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Karl Simon GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Bantle
  • Patent number: 6323422
    Abstract: A cable entry for a switch cabinet having an opening positioned in a floor of the switch cabinet and surrounded by a connecting layer. The opening can be closed off with bottom plates which can be placed one next to each other and connected to the connecting layer. The sides of adjoining bottom plates assigned to each other have angled edges fitted with sealing strips. The cables are fed into the switch cabinet between the sealing strips and sealed by deformation of the sealing strips. This invention provides for the edges of the bottom plates to be configured as a double fold, a first section of which points towards the upper or lower side of the bottom plate while the second end section of the double fold extends across the first section and protrudes from the lower or upper side of the bottom plate. The sealing strips extend across the width of the end section of the double fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Reuter
  • Patent number: 6317915
    Abstract: An energy efficient deck framing system and method is disclosed. In a deck framing system having structural framing members that support a deck panel structure, individual deck panels are inserted between pairs of the framing members. Supporting rods extend downward through the top of the framing members and are provided with a support nut that is sized to maintain the framing member in a supported fashion. An insulating subassembly is provided having an insulating washer interposed between a conventional washer or a secondary nut and the top of the framing member, and an insulating retainer clip received in the lower portion of the top of the framing member and the support nut. The insulating retainer clip is constructed and arranged to be securably received within the contours of the framing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Multuloc International Systems
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Grearson
  • Patent number: 6319216
    Abstract: A pelvic bracing system having a first hip plate connected with respect to a second hip plate. The first hip plate and the second hip plate are laterally and/or rotationally adjustable with respect to a posterior panel to properly fit a posterior pelvic region of a patient. The first hip plate and the second hip plate are laterally and/or rotationally adjustable with respect to an anterior panel to properly fit an anterior pelvic region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hipbolt Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Coligado
  • Patent number: D451076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Sommer GmbH Mechanische Fertigung
    Inventors: Frank-Uwe Sommer, Frank Sommer, Thomas Billi, Jörg Teufel
  • Patent number: D451177
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: La Difference Vertriebsgesellschaft für innovative Produkte m.b.H.
    Inventor: Werner Scholpp