Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Pauley Petersen Kinne & Fejer
  • Patent number: 6238604
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite bathtub having at least one steel shell and at least one acrylic shell which are solidly joined to each other. A deep-drawn acrylic blank is first reverse-drawn over a core. An outer shell mold is then placed over the acrylic blank, at a certain distance from the acrylic blank. Once the outer shell mold and the acrylic blank are sealed off from each other, a reaction resin is injected into the space between the two shells. After the reaction resin has set, the outer shell mold is removed and the steel blank is positioned. The space between the steel blank and the acrylic blank is re-sealed and a polymer foam is injected into this intermediate space. Once the polymer foam has cross-linked, the composite bathtub is complete. One advantage of the method of this invention is that the acrylic shell and the steel exterior of the composite bathtub do not have to be identical in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Franz Kaldewei GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Fritz Pieper
  • Patent number: 6237817
    Abstract: A drink or other liquid container having a surface with a separable cap. A spout is mounted beneath the separable cap and the spout unfolds outwards when the cap is separated from the container. The unfolding spout is constructed of a flexible tubular piece which folds back on itself, under the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Paul Son
  • Patent number: 6238027
    Abstract: A switching cabinet with a rack assembled from horizontal and vertical frame sections, in which a switching cabinet body enclosed by the rack is covered by a cabinet door and side walls, the cabinet door being hinged around one of the vertical frame sections and pivotal about the vertical pivot axis. To obtain improved access to the interior of the switching cabinet, at least one of the side walls is fixedly mounted on the rack or is hinged to pivot about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martina Köhler, Wolfgang Reuter, Rolf Benner
  • Patent number: 6235090
    Abstract: A kitchen hood filtration system having improved odor removal properties includes an electrostatic precipitator having negative corona which generates ozone. The ozone interacts with odor-producing moieties to help eliminate the odors. The filtration system also includes a grease remover, an odor remover which utilizes the ozone, and a fan which drives kitchen effluent through the hood filtration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: Samuel Bernstein, Gerald S. Knoke
  • Patent number: 6234945
    Abstract: A multi-packaging device capable of carrying containers having a range of diameters. The multi-packaging device is constructed from a plastic sheet having an array of apertures arranged in lateral rows and longitudinal ranks. The plastic sheet contains integral segments of a resilient polymer coextruded with respect to the plastic sheet or laminated on the plastic sheet. The plastic sheet may also contain a longitudinally arranged line of weakness under the resilient polymer. The resultant structure enables the multi-packaging device to maintain integrity when a large diameter container is inserted into an aperture because the resilient polymer laminate continues to stretch even after the plastic sheet reaches a stress level approaching neck-down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William N. Weaver
  • Patent number: 6234334
    Abstract: A single-piece plastic lid, having a lower part and a cap. The cap is connected to the lower part via a hinge. The lid has a guarantee strip to ensure that the lid cannot be opened unnoticed and that the lid cannot be removed from the container without damaging the guarantee strip. Thus, the guarantee strip has additional elements which enable a positive fit with both the lower part and the neck of the container. Corresponding positive fit elements are also provided on the container neck, for example in the form of snap-in elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Createchnic AG
    Inventor: Fernando Suarez
  • Patent number: 6233974
    Abstract: An oxy-gaseous fuel burner for a forehearth system having an oxygen conduit, a fuel conduit disposed concentrically within the oxygen conduit and forming an annulus between the fuel conduit and the oxygen conduit, a precombustor conduit disposed at the oxygen outlet end of the oxygen conduit, and a fuel tip disposed at the fuel outlet end of the fuel conduit. The outlet of the fuel tip is disposed at or upstream of the inlet to the precombustor conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Combustion Tec
    Inventors: Scott Anderson, Jack L. Nitzman, Patrick J. Mohr
  • Patent number: 6233435
    Abstract: A communications system that uses electromagnetic waves. The communications system preferably operates in the millimeter-wave frequencies, and provides relatively high signal restoration and isolation. The communications system can use polarization diversity to increase the capacity of a channel. Isolation and restoration features in the transceivers eliminate or reduce the effects of precipitation and/or reflection and diffraction from objects, and thus is well-suited for an urban environment. The transceiver will select the proper antenna and signal path for optimal information throughput as the conditions in the propagation medium of the network vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Telecommunications Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas T. Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 6230880
    Abstract: This invention relates to a package of a plurality of containers unitized with a flexible carrier. The carrier is constructed from a plastic planar sheet having a plurality of container receiving openings arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. A panel extends from a longitudinal edge of the planar sheet that is arranged to either remain flat and tight with respect to the package or, alternatively, follow an external contour of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie S. Marco, James A. Broskow, Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 6227541
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly and method for rotating a strip of material via one or more transfer elements angularly disposed relative to the initial orientation of the strip of material and placing the rotated strip of material toward a continuously moving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack L. Couillard, Brian K. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 6222448
    Abstract: A switchgear cabinet with a central control device for monitoring and controlling built-in units and/or attached units of the switchgear cabinet in a predetermined manner. A simple adaptation to various requirements is offered here, because central control device has components of a personal computer, through which it is programmable and by means of which monitoring, control and/or regulation takes place in accordance with predetermined programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beck, Markus Hain, Jörg Kreiling
  • Patent number: 6220504
    Abstract: An envelope, or envelope assembly, having a removable panel. The removable panel can be printed upon simultaneously while the envelope, or envelope assembly, is being printed upon. The removable panel can be removed from the envelope, or envelope assembly, and adhered to another surface. A protective panel and an adhesive coating partially or totally cover one side of the removable panel. Furthermore, the protective panel and the adhesive coating can partially or totally cover one side of the envelope assembly. The protective panel is preferably transparent or translucent, thereby enabling inspection of the contents of the envelope from outside the envelope once the removable panel is removed. Additionally, a tab can extend from a surface of the envelope for ease of identification and organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn, Kenneth A. Kritz
  • Patent number: 6220505
    Abstract: A versatile envelope assembly that can be printed upon either before or after the resulting envelope is assembled. The resulting envelope can be used to store a wide variety of items, including compact discs and digital video discs, and can also provide a label for labeling the items contained in the envelope. The label is specially designed to extend the life of compact discs and digital video discs when applied to these items. Furthermore, the resulting envelope can be used as a mailing envelope, a filing pocket, a ring-binder pocket, or for any other suitable use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn, Kenneth A. Kritz
  • Patent number: 6221186
    Abstract: An inflator apparatus and a method are provided using a quantity of a compensatory material to supplement a stored pressurized gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl K. Rink, Linda M. Rink
  • Patent number: 6216685
    Abstract: A common, side-wall, Category III or Category IV-vented gaseous fuel-fired furnace and gaseous fuel-fired water heater system having a gaseous fuel-fired furnace having a furnace combustion products exhaust, a gaseous fuel-fired water heater having a water heater combustion products exhaust, and a Category III or Category IV vent in communication with the furnace combustion products exhaust and the water heater combustion products exhaust for venting of the combustion products from the furnace and water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventor: Peter P. Payne
  • Patent number: 6217346
    Abstract: A solderless pin connection for a printed circuit board wherein a substrate is printed with polymer thick film. The substrate includes an inner surface defining a hole. The polymer thick film is applied along a top surface of the substrate and along the inner surface. The polymer thick film may additionally be applied along a bottom surface of the substrate with an additional layer along the inner surface. A pin, having a diameter less than a diameter of the hole, is press fit within the polymer thick film along the inner surface the pin. The pin is staked with respect to the substrate using a mechanical connection such as barbs or a folded portion on a staked end of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Cubon
  • Patent number: 6217138
    Abstract: A frame section for a switching cabinet rack having at least one inner wall which faces the inside area of the switching cabinet and is fitted with a row of regularly spaced fastening cavities. The fastening cavities do not reduce rigidity to any significant degree. At the same time fixtures can be mounted on the fastening cavities in a stable manner by designing the fastening cavities as slotted openings with clear openings larger in the longitudinal direction of the frame section than the width of the clear openings perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Benner, Martina Köhler, Udo Münch, Wolfgang Reuter
  • Patent number: 6217028
    Abstract: This invention relates to a seal apparatus for providing sealing engagement between a vessel and a rotatable shaft extending through a wall of the vessel. An insert retainer is connected with respect to the vessel and around and apart from the rotatable shaft. A shaft ring is connected to the rotatable shaft and rotatably positioned within the insert retainer. An insert is biased against the shaft ring and seated at least partially within the insert retainer. A retainer assembly is connected to the insert retainer and preferably biases the insert against the shaft ring. Seals, such as O-rings, may be placed around the circumference of the insert and/or around the interior of the shaft ring to further effectuate a seal between the vessel and the rotatable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Rudeger H. Wilke
  • Patent number: D441626
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: MOHA Moderne Haushaltwaren AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Greiner
  • Patent number: D441882
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: LumiSource, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Lee