Patents Represented by Attorney Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP
  • Patent number: 7287618
    Abstract: A collision object protection assembly inflates and expands an air bag on a vehicle if a collision with the vehicle is detected or predicted. The collision object protection assembly includes a retainer positioned in a space between a bonnet hood and a front window glass of the vehicle and accommodating the air bag, and a cowl top arranged around the retainer to close the space between the bonnet hood and the front window glass. The retainer has an upper opening to be covered by a lid member. The lid member is a separate member from the cowl top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Okamoto, Yuji Kikuchi, Kazutada Sasaki, Ken Nakane
  • Patent number: 7285583
    Abstract: A multiple component adhesive composition is comprised of a polymeric reinforcing phase component and an adsorbent phase component, both as heterogeneously dispersed particulates in an adsorbed liquid component. The reinforcing phase component is substantially incompatible with the liquid component, the adsorbent phase component is compatible or substantially more compatible with the liquid component than is the reinforcing phase component, and the reinforcing phase and adsorbent phase components are partially compatible with one another. The composition has the rheological characteristics of a liquid dispersion and is capable of forming a molten blend at elevated temperatures that solidifies into a solid adhesive upon cooling. Hot-melt or other liquid compositions may also include nanoparticles at least partially exfoliated as a result of shear mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Liquamelt Licensing LLC
    Inventors: William C. Stumphauzer, Anthony A. Parker
  • Patent number: 7284561
    Abstract: A detergent dispenser system is disclosed in which a dispensing valve is provided for fluidly connecting to a detergent supply container. A receptacle is connected to the dispensing valve for receiving a predetermined quantity of detergent from the detergent supply container. A motor is provided for displacing the receptacle between a fill position, connected to the dispensing valve, and a dispensing position, where the detergent is dispensed from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: American Trim, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert M. Byrne, Kurt Hafeken, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7281756
    Abstract: Provided is an automotive rear body structure which can effectively increase the torsional and bending rigidity of a rear part of the automotive body. A damper stiffener 21 is attached to an outer wall of each wheel house inner 15a so as to jointly define a closed cross section. A floor cross member 22 is attached to the outer walls of floor frames 14 and a rear floor panel 6 so as to jointly define a closed cross section. Each damper stiffener 21 extends to such an extent that its lower end overlaps with the upper end of the corresponding floor frame 14 and is spot welded to the corresponding wheel house inner 15a along with the floor cross member 22. Thereby, a closed cross section frame 23 having ridge lines 1 and 1? continually extending from the bottom wall of the trunk room 13 to each side wall thereof firmly connects the right and left wheel houses 15 and the rear floor panel 6 to the floor frames 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Fukushi, Mikio Shibaoka, Kenji Ohkura
  • Patent number: 7282655
    Abstract: An electronic balance of an electromagnetic force balancing type comprises electromagnetic force generators for applying electromagnetic forces for controlling to move a balance beam in a longitudinal direction (X axis) and a horizontal direction (Y axis) orthogonal thereto, PID controllers for controlling the electromagnetic force generators by a PID control, and a three axes directions position detector for detecting displacements in three directions of X, Y axes directions of the balance beam and a gravitational force direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Satoh, Kimitoshi Tamura, Kunio Shimauchi
  • Patent number: 7282242
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multilayer polymer structure including an inner structural layer (A) of a rigid polymer composition, an intermediate or tie layer (B) of a polymer composition including a thermoplastic polyurethane, and an exposed or surface layer (C) of a polymer composition including a thermoplastic elastomer, which is preferably a partially cross-linked chlorinated olefin interpolymer alloy. Layer (B) is disposed between and bonded to layers (A) and (C). Preferably, layer (C) and layer (B) are bonded to layer (A) under pressure, at a temperature at which both the layer (C) and layer (B) are at or near their respective melting or softening points, but layer (A) is maintained at a temperature at which it remains dimensionally stable. Multilayer polymer structures according to the invention can be formed into decking material, conveyor belting and a variety of other products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: W. Robert Abell, III, E. David Santoleri, Jeffrey S. Armour
  • Patent number: 7281709
    Abstract: A stream of flat articles is to include imbricated formations (26.1, 26.2, 26.3) of different article types (A, B, C) and differing numbers of articles of the different types. For establishing such a stream a succession of supply devices (23.1, 23.2, 23.3) and a conveying surface are provided, the supply devices being equipped for preparing the imbricated formations (26.1, 26.2, 26.3) and for depositing whole preformed imbricated formations on the conveying surface. A device for establishing the stream of flat articles includes a main conveyor (21) with the conveying surface (21) and for each other device (23.1, 23.2, 23.3) an article source (25) and an intermediate conveyor (24), wherein the supply devices are controlled independently of each other and wherein the intermediate conveyor (24) and the article source (25) of one supply device may be driven independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Patent number: 7278954
    Abstract: A generated torque control method for a leg body exercise assistive apparatus enabling a person to make a leg motion in such a feeling that the person is not wearing the leg body exercise assistive apparatus as much as possible by reducing the weight of the leg body exercise assistive apparatus attached to the person acting on the person. On the assumption that a person (A) not wearing the assistive apparatus (1) is making the same motion as a leg motion of the person (A) wearing the leg body exercise assistive apparatus (1) during the leg motion of the person (A), an estimation is made for a person-side joint moment to be generated in each joint of the leg of the person (A), and on the assumption that the assistive apparatus (1) is independently making the same motion as the leg motion, an estimation is made for an apparatus-side joint moment to be generated in the joint regions (4), (6), and (10) of the leg sections of the assistive apparatus (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Kawai, Yasushi Ikeuchi
  • Patent number: 7279181
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing particles from solution-in-supercritical fluid or compressed gas emulsions. In accordance with the method of the invention, a solution that includes a solute dissolved in a solvent is contacted with supercritical fluid or compressed gas to form a solution-in-supercritical fluid or compressed gas emulsion. The emulsion is sprayed through an orifice to create spray droplets. The supercritical fluid or compressed gas and the solvent are removed from the spray droplets resulting in the formation of particles that include the solute. In one embodiment of the invention, the solvent is removed from the spray droplets by lyophilization. In another embodiment of the invention, the solvent is removed from the spray droplets by evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: Pratibhash Chattopadhyay, Boris Y. Shekunov, Jeffrey S. Seitzinger
  • Patent number: 7278979
    Abstract: In a walking assistance device that includes a pelvis support member adapted to be worn around a hip of a wearer and at least one actuator having a base end mounted on the pelvis support member and a free end engaging a thigh of the wearer, the pelvis support member comprises a substantially U-shaped base portion having a relatively high rigidity and adapted to be worn around the hip of the wearer and a pair of flaps having a relatively high resilient flexibility and extending from either end of the base portion toward each other; free ends of the flaps defining a gap smaller than a width of the hip of the wearer. Therefore, the wearer can bend the flaps outward so as to define a gap wide enough to pass the hip of the wearer, and once the wearer is fit into the pelvis support member, the flaps are allowed to return to their original shape owing to their resiliency, and engage the front side part of the hip of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Shimada, Takashi Hirata
  • Patent number: 7275976
    Abstract: The present invention provides a play toy system using a remote-controlled traveling toy, which enables the remote-controlled traveling toy to make a movement that is more unexpected than before, for play. The remote-controlled traveling toy 1 includes one front wheel 5 and two rear wheels 7 and 9. The traveling toy is remotely controlled by remote control signals and is so constructed as to travel on a traveling surface of a play board. The diameter sizes of the two rear wheels 7 and 9 are different. With one front wheel 5 and two rear wheels 7, 9 having a different diameter, the remote-controlled traveling toy 1 can move most unexpectedly that anyone has ever experienced, according to the state of the traveling surface of the play board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Toriyama, Ryoji Hayashi, Makoto Umeno
  • Patent number: 7275764
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a knee protection device for protecting the knees of an occupant when a vehicle collides. The protection device includes a knee protecting member which has a hollow cross-section outer frame composed of a front plate, a load-bearing plate, an upper plate and a lower plate, and a hollow cross-section inner frame integrally formed within the outer frame. The inner frame is integrally formed with the outer frame by connecting adjacent middle portions of the front plate, upper plate, load-bearing plate and lower plate, using plate-shaped ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamada, Takashi Saso, Yasuyuki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 7275912
    Abstract: The invention relates to a management system for the operation of a wind turbine, which regulates the power output of the turbine. The wind turbine includes a rotor with at least one rotor blade that is positioned at an adjustable angle to the rotor. The management system regulates the rotor speed within a predefined wind speed range by varying the rotor blade angle in order to set a nominal output and reduces the output in excess of a defined wind-speed-dependent threshold value. The threshold value is a defined rotor blade limiting angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Repower Systems AG
    Inventor: Dirk Steudel
  • Patent number: 7275378
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a cooling fan that cooperates with an air conditioning condenser in a vehicle. The present embodiments include steps and corresponding implementations for determining a speed of the vehicle, determining a discharge pressure of the air conditioning condenser, determining an ambient temperature of air surrounding the vehicle and determining an outlet temperature of a vehicle air conditioning system. The cooling fan is operated in one or more desired fan speed modes corresponding to one or more respective discharge pressure ranges. The fan speed modes are a function of vehicle speed and one or more of ambient temperature, outlet temperature, and discharge pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bradley C. Errington, Daniel Yelles
  • Patent number: 7276701
    Abstract: A method of infrared-optically determining the concentration of at least one analyte in a liquid sample, wherein the infrared absorption of the analyte(s) is measured and compared with a standard, which is characterized in that the liquid sample is sampled with an infrared radiation of high light density, wherein the infrared radiation has a sharp intensity peak at at least one wave length, as well as an arrangement for the infrared-optical transmission determination of the concentration of at least one analyte in a liquid sample, with a sample cuvette flowed through by the sample liquid, the sample cuvette being arranged in the radiation path between a radiation source for providing the infrared radiation and a detector for measuring the infrared absorption induced by the analyte in the sample cuvette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignees: Innovationsagentur Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Bernhard Lendl
  • Patent number: 7277818
    Abstract: The invention provides an aspherical workpiece leveling method for leveling an aspherical workpiece mounted on a tilt correction table. The method includes three-dimensionally measuring a surface of the aspherical workpiece containing an extreme value; deriving a secondary curved surface from the obtained three-dimensionally measured values to obtain an extreme value of the secondary curved surface as a temporary extreme value; obtaining three-dimensionally measured values at three or more points from the surround about the obtained temporary extreme value; obtaining a plane defined by the obtained three-dimensionally measured values at three or more points; and adjusting the tilt correction table for leveling the obtained plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Sakata, Fumihiro Takemura
  • Patent number: 7275294
    Abstract: A parts holding device that includes a holder with a row of spaced-apart cavities, within which parts may be disposed. A bar containing a plurality of spaced-apart permanent magnets is movably mounted to the holder and is disposed parallel to the row of the cavities. The bar is movable in the direction of the row of the cavities between first and second positions. When the bar is in the first position, the magnets are aligned with the cavities and the magnetic attraction forces generated by the magnets hold the parts in the cavities, and when the bar is in the second position, the magnets are not aligned with the cavities and the magnetic attraction forces generated by the magnets do not hold the parts in the cavities. The parts holding device is connected to a movable mounting structure for movement therewith. The bar is biased to the first position and is moved to the second position by movement of the bar against a cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David K. Okuley
  • Patent number: 7276808
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tower for a wind power station comprising a machine pod disposed on the tower and a rotor mounted on the machine pod so as to be rotatable about an essentially horizontal axis. Said rotor is provided with at least one blade. The tower is composed of a tubular upper section that is connected to a lower section which is embodied as a lattice tower in a transition zone. The lattice tower encompasses at least three corner posts. The upper tower section forms at least one sixth of the entire tower. The cross section of the lower tower section below the transition zone is greater than the cross section of the upper tower section while the transition zone is configured such that the cross section of the lower tower section is adjusted to the cross section of the upper tower section so as to optimize power flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Repower Systems AG
    Inventors: Roland Weitkamp, Uwe Hinz, Stephan Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7276820
    Abstract: A movable assembly used in a cylinder type linear motor is provided which can be manufactured at low cost without requiring a cutting process while preventing its magnetic characteristics from deteriorating. The movable core is constructed of a laminated yoke which is formed of a plurality of electromagnetic steel plates laminated in an axial direction of the first and second direct drive shafts. A plurality of permanent magnets 31 fixed to the laminated yoke 29 are arranged in such a manner that the polarity appearing on the outer surface of the two permanent magnet 31 opposing each other through the laminated yoke 29. The first and second direct drive shafts each have a yoke mounting portion and paired supported portions at both axial ends of the yoke mounting portion. The first and second direct drive shafts are so shaped that the cross section of the yoke mounting portion orthogonal to the axial direction is smaller than that of the supported portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuqi Tang, Satoshi Sugita
  • Patent number: 7276832
    Abstract: There is provided a permanent magnet rotary motor in which manufacture of a stator core is facilitated. The permanent magnet rotary motor includes P rotor magnetic pole sections and N slots. In this permanent magnet rotary motor, a least common multiple LCM (P, N) is set to be different from a least common multiple LCM (P/2, N), and an exciting winding is wound on each of N stator magnetic pole sections arranged in a peripheral direction so that a 120° current phase difference is obtained. N/2 divided cores 13A, 13C, 13E, 13G, 13I, and 13K of a first divided core group and N/2 divided cores 13B, 13D, 13F, 13H, 13J, and 13L of a second divided core group constitute a stator core 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihito Miyashita, Shintaro Koichi