Patents Represented by Attorney R. B. Megley
  • Patent number: 5264910
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed which includes two side-by-side planar light sensors. A light stop is spaced from one light sensor in position to stop or shade half of the light sensor surface from a projected light beam when the beam is orthogonal thereto. The other light sensor is completely exposed to the projected light beam. The one light sensor is exposed to more or less of the light beam dependent upon the beam's departure in one direction or the other from orthogonality to the plane of the one light sensor. A ratio of the output from the one light sensor to the output from the other provides beam angle information relative to the plane of the one light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry M. Hill
  • Patent number: 5261526
    Abstract: A conveyor system with driven balls, in which each driven ball is supported by at least one driving roller. The point of contact between the driving roller and the ball is located at some distance below the horizontal plane through the center of the ball, which distance is smaller than the radius of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Nico Rombouts
  • Patent number: 5262602
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrical switch which reduces arcing by utilizing slidably mating members. In addition the switch provides large area gold contacts. Because of the above characteristics the invention provides a switch that can handle high and low current and allows dry current switching. In addition the inventive switch provides a switch which closes an alternative circuit to indicate that the normal circuit is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Lynton G. Mattson
  • Patent number: 5261315
    Abstract: The apparatus and method disclosed herein relates to a precision capillary discharge switch to deliver a predetermined power across a gap at the ends of electrodes enclosed in a containment envelop with a fluid media therein. A method of calibration is used to assign specific operating and arc triggering voltages based on a given gap dimension, ionization properties of the fluid or gas media and pressure within the containment envelope. The ends of the electrodes at the calibrated gap include tip geometry designed to reliably transfer power across the gap when the desired operating voltage range is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Charalampos D. Marinos
  • Patent number: 5259301
    Abstract: A steritort with a single spiral which allows the automatic loading of several rows of containers, the simulation of a rotary retort, and an indexed unloading of the containers by a push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Joost Veltman
  • Patent number: 5259475
    Abstract: The invention provides a harvester or other such vehicle with front wheel, and front and rear wheel steering. Steering, at various times, is only provided by the front wheels and at other times provided by the front and rear wheels. For four wheel vehicles, this is called two wheel and four wheel steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Lee D. Butler
  • Patent number: 5249151
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which functions in two distinct yet interrelated modes. In a modeling mode the system provides a customized multi-body model, wherein problem specific functions are created for analysis of complex real-world machines. A preprocessor facilitates the multi-body model description and a symbolic generator then generates model specific code in FORTRAN of some other convenient computer language. The model code is portable and self contained. In a numerical simulation mode actual multi-body system data are combined with the model code, whereby the system is manageable by a user not necessarily familiar with the modeling techniques, but familiar with the multi-body system modeled. Simulation operations by the system produce outputs descriptive of the multi-body system without redundancy, which outputs may then be utilized by the user through a post processor to compute further quantities of interest and to apply visualization to interpret results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Chung Chang, Ting-Hong K. Chung, James L. Wiederrich
  • Patent number: 5245916
    Abstract: A cartridge-carrier is disclosed for maintaining at least one filled and sealed, plastic container within at least two segments which are joined together to define a tubular cartridge having at least one container supporting plate therein for receiving a body of said at least one sealed container and thereafter closing at least the two segments for encompassing at least one container within a tubular cartridge which is then moved into a cylindrical carrier that enables the containers to be processed within a reel and spiral sterilization system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Rey A. Elizondo, Terry L. Heyliger, Joost Veltman
  • Patent number: 5243665
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which operates to collect high resolution three-dimensional surface mesh data from mechanical components which are used for component evaluation. The system includes a multidimensionally movable fixture mount for holding the mechanical components. A structured light pattern emitting projector is provided together with an image sensing camera for detecting impingement of the light pattern on the mechanical component and for generating the surface data. A set of software tools analyzes the data to provide numerical or quantitative component analysis and further presents the data in display form to allow intuitive or qualitative analysis for product and process improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Maney, Elizabeth A. Downing, Christian Fortunel, Donald J. Christian, Melvin H. Lill
  • Patent number: 5242202
    Abstract: A grabber for a wheel clamp of a wheel aligner has a tip including a body shaft with first and second wheel engagement ends. The body shaft includes a circumferential groove formed thereon. A barrel attached to a carrier of the wheel clamp has a bore sized to slidingly receive the body shaft. The bore has a groove formed in its wall. An elastic "O" ring is fitted within the body shaft groove and, when an engagement end of the shaft is inserted in the bore, the "O" ring resiliently retains the shaft within the bore. Alternatively the grabber tip includes first and second cross shafts, each with first and second wheel engagement ends. The first and second cross shafts and body shaft have axes which are mutually perpendicular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Gary C. Ettinger
  • Patent number: 5233328
    Abstract: A method for processing compacted data without converting the data into uncompacted form. A first set of digital data is converted into compact form by recording a set of points at which the signal level changes. A second set of digital data is likewise converted into compact form by recording the points of signal level change. A logic function is then used to compare the first set of compact data with the second set of compact data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley P. Turcheck, Jr., Randy K. Baird, James P. Martin
  • Patent number: 5231242
    Abstract: The apparatus disclosed herein relates to plasma injection and distribution systems which release high energy plasma into a combustible mass to promote efficient combustion and maximize the muzzle velocity of a projectile. The devices inject plasma streams into a combustible mass in a coherent and directed manner such that pressure peaks and the resultant thermal and dynamic stresses are eliminated. Particularly, strategically positioned outlet orifices and nozzles enable the invasion of a propellant mass by plasma jet streams to create controllable uniform ignition and combustion therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: George S. Chryssomallis, James P. Warren, Dennis Borgwarth
  • Patent number: 5225624
    Abstract: The apparatus and method disclosed herein relates to the generation of primary and fuel-enriched plasma to provide ignition and delivery for large amounts of electrical and electrothermal power to a propellant mass. Particularly, the present invention enables the creation of zones of controlled combustion by initially incubating primary plasma in a capillary chamber and mixing the primary plasma with fuel in a fuel chamber thus creating a fuel-enriched plasma. The primary plasma and the fuel-enriched plasma are segregatively, collectively and substantially simultaneously injected into the propellant mass via outlet ports and nozzles. The capillary and fuel chambers, and the nozzles and outlet ports undergo staged disintegration at reaching predetermined pressures and temperatures and are thereby consumed in the combustion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Schneider, Steven R. Stricker, Michael R. Triviski, Chris S. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 5220126
    Abstract: The apparatus and method disclosed herein relates to axially aligned electrical contacts which connect a high electrical power pulse forming network to an electrothermal ammunition integrated plasma injector in a combustion augmented plasma gun for launching projectiles thereof. The contacts transfer high energy, intermittent pulses without arcing because structure provides for axially preloading the contacts to reduce contact resistance, for axially stiffening the contacts to eliminate contact bounce and for providing complementary conical contact surfaces to facilitate a high current density transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Borgwarth, Mark E. Schneider, Steven R. Stricker, Steven R. Zelenak
  • Patent number: 5220399
    Abstract: A wheel alignment system is disclosed which measures the angles between the planes of the wheels on the same side, at the front and diagonally opposite on a four wheel vehicle. The measurements are processed to provide wheel toe, relative wheel plane orientation, front wheel offset and front and rear wheel setback relative to the vehicle frame to assist in damage assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Inventors: Donald J. Christian, James L. Dale, Jr., Steven W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5218556
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to apparatus and method for finding the orientation of a steering pivot axis for a wheel in a pair of steerable wheels in a vehicle suspension system, wherein arbitrary steering directions are imparted to the wheels and measurements are taken of the steering directions and the other steerable wheel alignment characteristics of interest. The measurements are transmitted to a computer which serves to calculate caster, steering axis inclination and the orientation of the steering pivot axis relative to a defined three dimensional alignment coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Dale, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5215002
    Abstract: The invention provides a rotary processor which is able to both cook and cool containerized food in a single vessel. The rotary processor comprises a single vessel with a rotatable reel, which has barrier walls disposed within the reel. The barrier walls allow one side of the vessel to heat and another side of the vessel to cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Joost Veltman
  • Patent number: 5208646
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to an alignment system and method which provides improved accuracy measurement of vehicle wheel alignment characteristics, guidance for an operator through known yet obscure adjustment procedures, an interface between system alignment sensors and the system controller which provides efficient handling of system generated data and system inputs and outputs, and live measurements and display of all alignment quantities so that interdependent changes between adjustable alignment quantities are observable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Rogers, James L. Dale, Jr., Hanford D. Monroe, Carl W. Pruitt, Sherman Paul
  • Patent number: 5201224
    Abstract: A force sensing apparatus and method in a vehicle wheel balancer is disclosed which in one embodiment includes use of a voltage controlled oscillator connected to drive a piezoelectric crystal at an oscillation frequency which is compared in phase to a frequency generated by the wheel balancer spin shaft encoder. When unbalance force imposed changes occur in the crystal oscillation frequency, an unbalance output is provided by the comparison which contains the unbalance force magnitude and angular orientation information. The unbalance output is processed to provide operator indications for facilitating application of counterweights to the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Rogers, Hanford D. Monroe
  • Patent number: 5199346
    Abstract: A carrier for holding irregularly shaped containers for movement through a hydrostatic sterilizer. The carrier adapts irregularly shaped containers for movement through a sterilizer which can also process contents of cylindrical food cans. A plurality of openings in the carrier allows fluid and steam to surround the containers for uniform processing of the contents of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery A. Hadley, William C. Kreamer