Patents Represented by Law Firm Poms, Smith, Lande & Glenny
  • Patent number: 4121463
    Abstract: A thermometer for measuring a surface temperature having in its lower portion a spiral bimetallic strip mounted centrally on the lower end of a spindle whose upper end carries an indicating pointer. The spindle is journaled in an elongated tubular stem carrying at its upper end a dial face bearing angularly spaced indicia with which the pointer cooperates for indicating temperature. The lower end of the stem has fixed thereto a cup-shaped shield, downwardly open, surrounding the bimetallic strip, and including means restraining angular movement of the outer end of the bimetallic strip, but permitting limited axial movement of the strip and spindle relative to the stem and shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Pacific Transducer Corporation
    Inventor: George A. Argabrite
  • Patent number: 4121444
    Abstract: A manually operable tool for installing blind anchor nuts by pulling an internally threaded part of the nut into a body part of the nut to expand the latter. The tool includes a body member having a bore extending therethrough, an anvil at one end of the bore for engaging the body part of an anchor nut, the anvil surrounding an aperture aligned with the bore, and a grip by means of which an operator can hold the body member to prevent rotation thereof about the bore. A mandrel, which may be changed without the need for external tooling, is positioned in the aperture in the anvil, the mandrel having an externally threaded portion extending outwardly of the anvil and a socket facing into the bore. A shaft is rotatable and reciprocable in the bore of the body member which shaft is provided at one end with a key which fits into the socket on the mandrel in driving engagement therewith, the key being interchangeable without the need for external tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Avibank Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Duran
  • Patent number: 4120171
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a flexible line, such as a multiconductor electric cable for power and control circuits, a single flexible hose, or conventional flexible cables to a subsea station by remotely controlled means and without the assistance of divers or diver capsules or submarines. The apparatus includes a cable connecting frame structure upon which is pivotally mounted a socket-like container means which receives a receptacle means connected at one end of a flexible power cable or line. The frame structure is adapted to be releasably attached to the subsea station. A plug assembly is receivable by the socket-like container for electrical engagement with the receptacle means, and lock means holds the socket-line container in a selected position with respect to the subsea station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine (Production)
    Inventors: Georges M. Chateau, Chester B. Falkner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4120068
    Abstract: A cleaning implement including a cylindrical member having brush bristles on its exterior and interior surfaces and bristles on the front and rear edge surface of the cylinder. A handle element is reversibly connected to a threaded bore in a centrally located disc fixed to the interior of the cylinder. The interior bristles are used to clean lug nuts on a rally wheel and the bristles extending from the front and rear edge surfaces are used to clean the edges of the openings through which the lugs extend. The exterior bristles can be used to clean larger openings in the rally wheel, all without removing the rally wheel from a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Inventor: Philip Michael Kaczmarek
  • Patent number: 4120362
    Abstract: A subsea station or installation in which one or more rigid elongated base template frames are adapted to be permanently positioned on a sea floor. Each base template frame includes a plurality of framed receptor openings, each adapted to receive a module guide base for aligning and releasably connecting thereto module unitary assemblies, each of which carries selected equipment in a protected manner. Extending along each side of the base frame are elongated side structures releasably connected to the base frame and recoverable for maintenance and service, each side structure extending outboardly of the sides of the base frame and being adapted to carry fluid conducting lines, power lines, and a rail means for guidance of a submarine capsule along the length of the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine (Production)
    Inventors: Georges M. Chateau, Chester B. Falkner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4120970
    Abstract: A composition for simultaneously controlling molds and fungi, which cause decay of fruit, and inhibiting sporulation of said molds and fungi on said fruit, said composition containing 2-(4-thiazolyl) benzimidazole and an alkali metal salt of ortho-phenyl phenol tetrahydrate, the weight ratio in said composition of 2-(4-thiazolyl) benzimidazole to the alkali metal salt of ortho-phenyl phenol tetrahydrate (expressed as ortho-phenyl phenol) being 1:0.5-15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1973
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Brogdex Company
    Inventors: John R. Bice, Philip J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4120524
    Abstract: A device for opening, closing, and latching a roof vent closure member for vehicles and including an upper latch member pivotally connected to the closure member, a lower latch member pivotally connected to the frame defining the opening in the roof, said upper and lower latch members being pivotally interconnected and a bar connected to said upper latch member in offset relation to its pivotal connection to the lower latch member for actuating the device. The pivotal connections of the latch members are arranged to provide a toggle or off center relationship in closed position of the closure member. The latch members and pivotal connections thereof are so arranged to permit the crossbar to be positioned below and outwardly of the frame defining the roof opening to provide headroom, non-obstructed vision, and aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: D G Shelter Products Company
    Inventor: Elwood W. Buck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4119024
    Abstract: A conveyor carries cans or other refuse from a source of cans to a jaw crusher. The conveyor is adapted to drop cans generally one at a time into a bin, and the bin has an opening to release each can when the jaws open to receive it. In the open position, the jaws are spread far enough apart so that the can drops to the bottom thereof. A flap is provided at the bottom to hold the can between the jaws. The end of the flap extends to a position above the bottom of the stationary jaw. As the jaws come together in crushing, the moving jaw cams the flap downward along the stationary jaw. However, the flap is not cammed entirely out of the area beneath the jaw until the jaws have come together to hold the can. The flap ensures that no lip is formed on the can. After the jaws close, the flap is moved out from beneath the jaws so that when the jaws open, the crushed object can fall out of the jaws for carrying away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Inventor: Harry B. White
  • Patent number: 4119275
    Abstract: An improved fluid spray head for sprinkler apparatus is disclosed adjustable both as to the flow rate of fluid to the discharge orifices and the precipation rate over the ground area sprayed, and particularly adapted to spray a specifically shaped non-circular area. The spray head has a plurality of circumferentially-spaced discharge orifices having cross-sectional areas equally proportional to the square of the distance that their respective spray streams are desired to travel whereby the perimeter of the ground area sprayed defines the preselected shape and receives a substantially uniform coverage of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventor: Edwin J. Hunter
  • Patent number: 4118170
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of controlling and abating gasoline vapor emissions which occur at a gasoline service station during transfer of liquid gasoline from a gasoline supply tank truck to underground storage tanks at the station and also during transfer of liquid gasoline from the underground storage tanks to the gasoline tank of an automobile through a service station gasoline pump. Vent outlet pipes of the underground storage tanks are manifolded to a common vent pipe where vapor pressure is sensed by a plurality of preset pressure sensing means to direct vapors from the vent pipe to a burner means under predetermined below atmospheric pressure or vacuum conditions. A compressed air source provides pressure air for directing the gasoline vapors to the burner means as by suction pumping and to also actuate valve means in the gas vapor line to permit flow of vapors to the burner means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Assignee: Hirt Combustion Engineers
    Inventor: John H. Hirt
  • Patent number: 4117888
    Abstract: Relates to a method of accurately and rapidly thinning commercial plantings of field crops by a motor-driven apparatus wherein the r.p.m. of the motor is converted into timing pulses and utilized in maintaining a virtually uniform rate of travel, the pulses being also utilized in energizing circuitry which controls instants of timing of the operation and deactivation of plant-sensing mechanisms and thinning knives through a control register which is presettable for mechanical lag and complete operating time whereby heretofore unattainable accuracy of thinning operations is attained under varying field conditions at high rates of progress. Also provides an apparatus which embodies a novel combination of mechanical improvements which overcome problems of weight, stability, flexibility, durability and dependability under various field conditions, and which employs the mode of operation above referred to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Inventors: Lawrence W. Fuller, E. Dale Hawley
  • Patent number: 4117763
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for decoding and duplicating a key wherein the notches in the shank of the key are coded to a predetermined coded depth and spacing therebetween. An index card having a sequential index thereon corresponding to the predetermined coded depth is inserted into a housing and the key to be duplicated is inserted into a slot in the housing where it engages an indexing member which enters one of the notches on the key and indicates on the card the coded depth of that notch. The angle of cut of the same notch may also be determined. The remaining notches of the key may be decoded in like manner. The same index card is then inserted into a housing associated with a grinding wheel. The depth of the cut made by a grinding wheel on the blank key is indicated on the card by a pointer pivotally secured in the housing.In an alternate embodiment, the same index card is inserted into a housing and the position of the key to be duplicated is calibrated with respect to the grinding wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Assignee: Klaus W. Gartner
    Inventor: Tim M. Uyeda
  • Patent number: 4118067
    Abstract: An inertia-responsive vehicle seat back latch mechanism for a vehicle seat assembly having a seat back pivotally supported for forwardly tilting movement, wherein said latch mechanism includes a seat back stop for cooperating with an inertia-responsive member to prevent forward tilting of said seat back when said inertia-responsive member is in its seat back locking position. The inertia-responsive member is adapted for moving into the seat back locking position during a vehicle deceleration. The latch mechanism further includes a device for maintaining said inertia-responsive member in its seat back locking position subsequent to said vehicle deceleration. The seat back latch mechanism may also include a device for releasing said seat back from its locking position subsequent to said vehicle deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Assignee: American Safety Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Tanaka
  • Patent number: 4116432
    Abstract: A stablized gasoline powered model airplane and pylon assembly has a thin vertically extending pylon of substantially uniform cross-section, a base for supporting the pylon vertically without circumferential lateral interference, a gasoline powered model airplane mounted for powered flight around the pylon by a small ring freely mounted on the pylon and a restraint line extending between the model airplane and the ring. A circular element of resilient plastic is secured near the upper end of the pylon for engaging the ring on the restraining wire to limit vertical travel, and oscillation of the model during flight. The model airplane is constrained to take-off, circle about the pylon, climb to the height of the pylon, and, following engagement with the flexible damping and stop element, to continue circular flight about the upper end of the pylon until fuel is exhausted and then to glide to a landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Inventor: John J. Feeney
  • Patent number: 4116052
    Abstract: The present test apparatus is connected to a jet engine to perform a large number of tests of the mode of operation of the jet engine on both a static and dynamic basis. The multifunctional tester includes four sets of numerical displays on the face of the instrument. The first of these displays shows a sequence number and represents the specific test sequence which is being undertaken by the test apparatus at a particular time. An advance switch is provided to advance to the desired test sequence; and the initiate switch which starts the displayed test sequence. Both the advance switch and the initiate switch have indicator lights associated with them indicating that the test apparatus is ready either to have the sequence advanced, or to initiate a test represented by the sequence number. Input switches are also provided on the face of the test instrument for entering the trim RPM for the particular jet engine under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: Semco Instrument, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles F. Paluka
  • Patent number: 4117287
    Abstract: A combined electrical-hydraulic connector means including separable, elongated body members for making and breaking electrical contacts carried by said body members in spaced relation with respect to the longitudinal axis thereof, said body members providing a separable joint means transverse to said longitudinal axis. Said body members conduct pressure fluid which passes across said joint means. Seal means are provided at said joint means and are adapted to be energized to a selected compressive state. The means for actuating seal means and the electrical contact includes fluid actuating means for simultaneously energizing or de-energizing the seal means and the electrical contact means. A rapid connection or disconnection of electrical power and hydraulic power is thereby afforded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: Compagnie Francaise des Petroles
    Inventors: Raymond W. Walker, Robert M. Beard
  • Patent number: 4116708
    Abstract: Disclosed are: (1) A primer coating composition containing an air-blown, solvent extracted asphalt having a penetration of about 1 to about 12 and a softening point of about 150.degree. to about 270.degree. F; (2) a blend of 70-92 parts by weight of an air-blown, solvent extracted asphalt having a penetration of about 0 to about 7, and a softening point of about 200.degree. to about 250.degree. F., and about 8 to about 30 parts by weight of a non-air-blown, solvent extracted asphalt having a penetration of about 40 to about 150, and a softening point of about 105.degree. to about 130.degree. F., the blend having a ductility at 77.degree. F., using a speed of one cm per minute of at least 2.5, a penetration of about 7 to about 15, and a softening point of about 200.degree. to about 220.degree. F.; (3) metallic substrates coated with the primer composition set forth above; and (4) metallic substrates having a coating containing the blend set forth above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: Lion Oil Company
    Inventors: Gilbert W. Tarver, Russell E. Koons
  • Patent number: 4114801
    Abstract: A retractable mailbox assembly includes three concentric cylinders with the outer mounted underground and the middle and inner cylinders telescopically mounted to rise out of the ground in response to air pressure with the middle cylinder mounted to rise linearly a predetermined height and latched at that height by magnetic latches and the inner cylinder mounted to rise an additional predetermined height beyond that of the middle cylinder to permit a rotatable mailbox pivotally mounted at the top of the inner cylinder to be opened by a rack and pinion mechanism to permit depositing or withdrawal of mail. Air pressure to raise the middle and inner cylinders is transmitted from water cooled air storage means, illustratively a plurality of storage pipes, through an air diffuser controlled by a pneumatic solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: John J. Van Orden
  • Patent number: 4115870
    Abstract: A small lightweight hand-held data processing terminal is provided with several visible field display registers, one entry register, and a keyboard. When used by a route salesman, for example, the salesman initially enters information from the keyboard into the entry register, and then upon verifying that the information is accurate the salesman shifts the information up to the individual field registers which might for example relate to product code information, the number of units which are being purchased or sold, the type of transaction whether it is cash, check, credit card, or the like, and other desired information. The transaction information is initially entered in the entry register and is then shifted up to the appropriate field register. Finally, the customer identification number is entered in the entry register, the entire transactional entry is rechecked visually, and then entered into storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Assignee: Wordsmith, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur C. Lowell
  • Patent number: 4114480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a correcting device for controlling the normal operating speed of an automotive engine with a variable speed transmission.The variable speed transmission incorporates a hydraulic control mechanism of which a movable member is connected to the actuating member of the speed reduction ratio control device, and is capable of being placed in communication selectively with a pressure fluid source and a reservoir through a distributing valve. A slide of the distributing valve is so connected that their actions oppose one another to a centrifugal governor and a resilient member connected to the acceleration control pedal of the vehicle through a pivotal lever. A movable part is connected to the speed reduction ratio control device and is disposed opposite the lever and serves as an abutment limiting the pivotal movement of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Automobiles Citroen
    Inventor: Andre Estaque