Patents Represented by Attorney Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP
  • Patent number: 7414799
    Abstract: A lens holder, which supports a light receiving lens, is screwed into a barrel portion of a body holder by respectively engaging hooks, which are provided in a screwing piece, with engaging-grooves formed in an end surface of the lens holder and then rotating the screwing piece. The screwing position of the lens holder is controlled so that the rotational direction position of a set of the engaging grooves is coincided with a reference position of an adjusting piece. Subsequently, the adjusting piece is engaged with the lens holder at the reference position. Then, a focus adjustment is performed by rotating the lens holder in a positive rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakuni Tokida, Takahiro Kamakura
  • Patent number: 7361885
    Abstract: A Pb plate and a base board loading electronic components such as a signal processing circuit and a power supply circuit are disposed on a case side so as to decrease the weight and the thickness of a sensor section. Besides, the case has a mechanical strength enough to support the active matrix substrate without deformation. Further, a small-signal amplifier control substrate and a gate driver control circuit substrate are inserted inside the case through slits and electrically connected to the electronic components loaded on the base board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Toshinori Yoshimuta
  • Patent number: 7351581
    Abstract: The invention provides an in'vivo method whereby female offsprings can be produced in bovines said method comprising the step of administering a therapeutically effective amount of a material comprising acetic acid, or its pharmaceutically acceptable derivatives to female bovines just after or before insemination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Balwinder Singh Aulakh
  • Patent number: 7347087
    Abstract: A system and method for testing partially assembled engines for possible oil leaks. The system includes engine pressurizing devices that are automatically controlled by a controller according to a predetermined control program based upon the engine model type being tested. The pressurizing devices introduce pressurized air into the engine oil system. A leak testing unit monitors the pressurized engine for pressure drops indicative of an oil seal leak. Air pressure leaks resulting from inherently air-porous EGR valves are compensated for by an EGR compensating unit, which provides pressurized air to an intake side of the EGR valve. The flow of pressurized air through the EGR compensating unit is monitored to determine whether there is a problem with the EGR valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brent C. Rankin, Heather W. Thomas, Chuck Hoke
  • Patent number: 7348583
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing wavelength stabilized electromagnetic radiation is provided, the apparatus comprising a broadband semiconductor radiation source configured to produce broadband electromagnetic radiation having a mean wavelength ?m, and a bandpass radiation filter, an input of said bandpass radiation filter being in optical connection to an output of said radiation source, and a common temperature stabilizer being in thermal contact with both, the radiation source and the radiation filter. In a preferred embodiment, the radiation source—which is, for example, a superluminescent light emitting diode—and the bandpass radiation filter are provided on a common mount which is in contact with a thermoelectric cooler acting, together with temperature sensing means and control means, as temperature stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Exalos AG
    Inventors: Christian Vélez, Lorenzo Occhi, Christopher Armistead
  • Patent number: 7338099
    Abstract: A bumper beam structure has a metal and molded bumper beam main body extending in a width direction of a vehicle, wherein a rear face of the main body is joined to side frames of the vehicle; and a center gusset joined to a center portion of the bumper beam main body in the length direction of the main body so as to produce a closed section at a front face of the bumper beam main body. The center gusset has a pair of support walls which are respectively adhered and fastened to upper and lower walls of the bumper beam main body in a manner such that the support walls are respectively laid over the upper and the lower walls. Preferably, in each support wall, ends in a length direction of the support wall are inclined with respect to a plane which is perpendicular to the length direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kojiro Okabe, Katsuhiko Shiotsuki, Nobuyuki Tsuichihara, Noboru Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7339290
    Abstract: There is provided a linear motor in which the number of armature windings can be reduced, and an armature iron core can be readily fixed to a member for supporting the armature iron core. Each of three inductors 1A to 1C is so arranged that a tooth row 7 therein is located on each side thereof in a width direction thereof orthogonal to a moving direction of an armature 3. The three inductors are arranged spaced apart from each other by a predetermined spacing in the width direction. An armature iron core 9 of the armature 3 includes four magnetic pole portions 15A to 15D and three yoke portions 17A to 17, and is constituted by a plurality of electromagnetic steel plates laminated in the moving direction of the armature 3. The four magnetic pole portions 15A to 15D are arranged in parallel and spaced apart from each other by a predetermined spacing so that each of the three inductors 1A to 1C is positioned within the spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sugita, Yasushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 7339780
    Abstract: A reduction resistant lead-free and cadmium-free glass composition that is particularly suitable for use in conductive ink applications is disclosed. The invention includes a capacitor, which includes a conductive copper termination. The copper termination is made by firing an ink including a glass component, which may include ZnO, provided the amount does not exceed about 65 mole %; B2O3, provided the amount does not exceed about 61 mole %; and, SiO2, provided the amount does not exceed about 63 mole %. The molar ratio of B2O3 to SiO2 is from about 0.05 to about 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: Srinivasan Sridharan, Umesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 7334464
    Abstract: The aircraft tank and gauge system of the present invention provides a fuel tank with a gauge chamber located generally aligned with the tank center of gravity and that has a general vertical orientation when the aircraft is level. The gauge chamber extends from the top of the tank to a height generally equivalent to a high collection point on the tank and/or extends from the bottom of the tank to a height generally equivalent to a low collection point on the tank. As the aircraft pitches and rolls, fuel within a complex-shaped tank, will be measured by a sensor in the gauge chamber. In order to prevent any type of vapor blockage in the gauge chamber, a first vent extends from the bottom of the gauge chamber to the low collection point of the tank and a second vent extends from the top of the gauge chamber to the high collection point of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Goto
  • Patent number: 7336087
    Abstract: The invention relates to printed circuit board test devices (1) comprising a support (4) receiving a circuit board (5) by said board's edges, said board being designed to be fitted as needed with electrical or electronic components (20), said devices further comprising at least one needle (15) which is connected to an electrical test device (17) and which shall electrically contact contact areas (21) on the board (5), the needle (15) being obliquely displaceable by a needle drive (13) in the needle direction, the needle drive being adjustable—by at least one holding-fixture drive (8)—in a adjustment plane (7) which is parallel to the circuit board (5), the drives (8, 13) being actuated by a needle control (10) to spatially position the needle tip (18) at a predetermined spatial coordinate, said devices (1) being characterized in that it includes a distance measuring device (25, 13?) designed to measure the distance between the adjustment plane (7) and the circuit board (5, 5?) at least at one site and to tran
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Scorpion Technologies AG
    Inventors: Torsten Körting, Clayton Depue, Thomas Lück
  • Patent number: 7334677
    Abstract: In a conveyor chain, which includes chain links (1) being connected to one another via pivoting bearings (4), each chain link (1) has two link plates (2 and 3) and a bolt (5) which connects the two bolt ends (2.2 and 3.2) of the link plates (2 and 3) and is articulately mounted in the bearing ends (2.1 and 3.1) of the link plates (2 and 3) of an adjacent chain link. The bearing housing of the pivoting bearing (4) comprises two bearing housing parts (8 and 9), and each bearing housing part (8 and 9) comprises a part flange (17). The part flange (17) of the bearing housing parts (8 and 9), and the bearing ends (2.1 and 3.1) of the link plates (2 and 3) are held together with the help of a common fixation means, in a manner such that, alone by way of this fixation means, the bearing housing parts (8 and 9) firmly enclose the bearing body (6) and are fastened in the bearing ends (2.1 and 3.1) of the link plates (2 and 3), secured against rotation and axial displacement, and the bearing ends (2.1 and 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mader
  • Patent number: 7335205
    Abstract: Implants (7) for forming a positive connection with human or animal parts include a material, such as thermoplastics and thixotropic materials, that can be liquefied by means of mechanical energy. The implants (7) are brought into contact with the tissue part, are subjected to the action of ultrasonic energy while being pressed against the tissue part. The liquefiable material liquefies and is pressed into openings or surface asperities of the tissue part so that, once solidified, the implant is positively joined thereto. The implantation involves the use of an implantation device that includes a generator (2), an oscillating element, and a resonator (6). The generator (2) causes the oscillating element to mechanically oscillate, and the element transmits the oscillations to the resonator (6). The resonator (6) is used to press the implant (7) against the tissue part to transmit oscillations to the implant (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Antonino Lanci, Jörg Mayer
  • Patent number: 7337040
    Abstract: Based on a detected or estimated value of an actual posture of a predetermined part, such as a body 3, of a robot 1 and a deviation the actual posture from a posture of a desired gait, a posture rotational deviation's variation is determined as the temporal variation of the deviation, and the position of the robot 1 (for example, the position where the robot comes into contact with a floor) is estimated on the assumption that the robot 1 rotates about a rotation center by the rotational deviation's variation. In addition, in accordance with the difference between the estimated position and the estimated position of the robot 1 determined by an inertial navigation method using an accelerometer or the like, the estimated position of the robot 1 determined by the inertial navigation method is corrected, thereby improving the precision of the estimated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Takashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7337039
    Abstract: There are provided device for determining a desired trajectory of a translation floor reaction force's vertical component of a legged mobile robot 1, a vertical component of the total center-of-gravity acceleration or a body acceleration vertical component of the robot 1, device for determining a desired vertical position of the total center-of-gravity of the robot 1 or a body 24 thereof so as to satisfy the desired trajectory, and means for determining a desired vertical position of the total center-of-gravity of the robot 1 or the body 24 thereof based on a geometrical condition concerning a joint of a leg 2. Depending on the gait mode, such as walking or running, one of the desired vertical positions is selected, or the desired vertical positions are combined by taking the weighted average thereof or the like, thereby determining a final desired vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Takashi Matsumoto, Takahide Yoshiike
  • Patent number: 7331244
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for testing a stamping press die that has includes a plurality of mechanical devices. The apparatus includes a plurality of pneumatic connections for supplying pressurized air to each of the plurality of mechanical devices; a plurality of valves for regulating pressurized air to associated connections at a predetermined pressure and flow, so as to actuate the associated mechanical devices; and a control system for selectively controlling the plurality of valves, so as to implement a predetermined sequence of valve actuations. In this way, the control system simulates a predetermined sequence of mechanical device operation while the die is removed from the stamping press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jimmy Little, Chris Current
  • Patent number: 7331841
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transformable toy of which a figure is transformed between a doll robot toy and a four-legged walking robot toy with rear-leg sections thereof of a more natural shape. One of a pair of leg sections 11 of the doll robot toy 1 is provided with a knee-position connecting mechanism 114 for connecting a thigh section 111 and a shin section 112 and an ankle-position connecting mechanism 115 for connecting the shin section 112 and a foot section 113. The knee-position connecting mechanism 114 includes a connecting link 118 connected to both of the thigh section 111 and the shin section 112 respectively with turning pairs 116 and 117. The ankle-position connecting mechanism 115 is so constructed as to connect the shin section 112 and the foot section 113 with a turning pair 119. Then, the shin section 112 is length-adjustably constructed so that it can become long in a figure of the doll robot toy and become short in a figure of the four-legged walking robot toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Okamoto, Ryosuke Toriyama, Shinya Saito, Shinichi Hanamoto
  • Patent number: 7332110
    Abstract: An annular insert (4) is arranged in the optical component molding cavity of a mold to surround an outer periphery of raw material resin in a direction in which the resin is distributed in the cavity to limit the distribution of the raw material resin and define an outer profile of a lens (L). With this arrangement, it is only necessary to provide raw material resin only by a quantity equal to the volume of the region surrounded by the molding surfaces of upper and lower mold inserts (14, 24) and the inner peripheral edge of the annular insert (4) of the mold, so that the required volume of the raw material resin can be reduced. Since the pressure is preserved at the outer periphery of the distributed resin by the presence of the annular insert (4), the residual strain of the resin is minimized to prevent generation of sink mark, thereby providing excellent optical characteristics on the lens (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Inoue, Kiyohiro Saito, Tadayoshi Uehara
  • Patent number: D562098
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Richard W. Ballas, Craig Warner
  • Patent number: D562572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Till Nöthel
  • Patent number: D574867
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Lewis