Patents Represented by Attorney Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP
  • Patent number: 7275725
    Abstract: When a vacuum-suction tool stand (1) is to be stuck to a table (2), a valve (16) is rotated to a position so that a knob (163) comes to the right side thereof viewed from the front to establish communication between an air suction hole (132) and a cavity (131). Then, by sucking the air within the cavity (131) through the air suction hole (132) using a suction pump (not shown) to make the inside of the cavity (131) close to a vacuum state, thereby the vacuum-suction tool stand (1) is stuck to the table (2). To release suction, the knob (163) of the valve (16) is rotated clockwise by 90 degrees. Then, the communication between an air release hole (15) and the cavity (131) is established and the air is supplied to the cavity (131) in a substantially vacuum state, and thus the vacuum-suction state is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Kimura
  • Patent number: 7270632
    Abstract: A surgical retractor includes a pair of small grips that are disposed at the ends of arms that can be moved toward or away from each other. The grips engage and separate the sides of an incision that has been made in a patient. A lifting mechanism that can be attached to one of the arms enables one side of the incision to be raised relative to the other side of the incision. The lifting mechanism includes a clamp that can be connected to the retractor and a foot that is connected to the clamp and which is movable relative thereto. The foot is engageable with the patient such that extension of the foot causes a selected grip to be raised. Retraction of the foot permits the selected grip to be lowered. In the preferred embodiment, the foot is disposed at one end of a notched rack; a rotatable pinion is in contact with the notches to extend and contract the rack; and a pivotally movable pawl permits movement of the rack in one direction and prevents movement of the rack in the other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 7270361
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base with two seat legs detachably mounted on a vehicle floor, a seat cushion provided on the seat base, a backrest rotatably supported on the seat base via a backrest support member, a first operation element for releasing a fixation of the seat legs in the rotating direction, and a second operation element for releasing a fixation of the seat base to the vehicle floor. The seat legs are rotatably provided under the seat base. The first operation element and the second operation element are provided at the backrest support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Oishi, Kiyoshi Yajima
  • Patent number: 7271214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to cement dispersant that is a copolymerization product of a first monomer (A) comprising a carboxylic acid, a second monomer (B) comprising an alkoxylated allyl alcohol sulfate, and, optionally, a third monomer (C) comprising an alkoxylated allyl alcohol. The cement dispersant according to the invention provides improved slump life properties and water reduction properties in cement admixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Bair, Arpad Savoly, Bennie Veal
  • Patent number: 7270240
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device for retaining substrates (S), such as wafers or silicon substrates for the production of photovoltaic elements. The device includes opposing walls (1) that are interconnected by at least two rod-like carrier elements (2, 3) that are provided with a retaining means (5) for retaining the substrates (S) in a vertical position oriented parallel to the walls (1). At least one rod-like counter carrier element (4) is also provided and interconnects the two walls (1). The counter carrier element (4) is positioned in relation to the carrier elements (2, 3) so that vertical movement of the substrates (S) relative to the walls (1) is limited and loading or unloading of the substrates (S) is possible at a slant in relation to the vertical direction (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: RENA Sondermaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Niese, Jörg Franzke, Jürgen Schweckendiek
  • Patent number: 7267395
    Abstract: A vehicle upper body structure of the present invention includes: a step part for arranging a slide rail formed on a roof side rail; a pillar that is joined to the roof side rail in the vicinity of a standing wall that constitutes a front end part of the step part; and a roof arch that is joined to the roof side rail together with the pillar in the vicinity of the standing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kosaku Tomozawa
  • Patent number: 7264301
    Abstract: A front structure of a vehicle body having a pair of right and left front frames. Each front frame includes an axial load receiving member having first ridge lines extending substantially straight over the length thereof in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, and a moment receiving member welded to the axial load receiving member and having second ridge lines branched from substantially longitudinally central portions of the front ridge lines and curved inwardly of the vehicle body as extending rearwardly of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeto Yasuhara
  • Patent number: 7265511
    Abstract: A speed controller includes a speed integration compensation low-pass filter, an integral control system, a proportional control system, and a multiplication device means. The speed integration compensation low-pass filter has a transfer function corresponding to a delay of a speed control system. The integral control system 136 is multiplied by an integral gain by a multiplier and integrated by a speed integrator before being supplied to an adder. The adder adds an output of the proportional control system and an output of the integral control system and outputs the result to the multiplier, which in turn multiplies the output of the adder by a proportional gain and outputs the result as a torque command. The multiplication means multiplies the output of the integral control system and the output of the proportion control system by a speed proportional gain and outputting the value of the torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuji Ide
  • Patent number: 7264302
    Abstract: With an excessive impact load generated by a side impact or collision, even in the event that a falling deformation of a pillar connected to a side sill occurs at an initial stage of the side impact, triggering a twisting deformation of the side sill as the side sill is pulled along with the falling deformation of the pillar, the side sill is allowed to maintain a high rigidity against the impact load at a middle stage of the side impact due to a projecting surface of a secondary reinforcement panel being made to be oriented upwards by virtue of the twisting deformation of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chikashi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 7263898
    Abstract: A gear holding fixture is provided so that the appropriate position upon a gear tooth may be placed in line with an indenting device on testing equipment. The fixture includes a base that supports a movable rack, the rack including a plurality of teeth. The gear being tested is supported upon the movable rack in a way wherein the teeth on the gear intermesh with the teeth on the rack. The fixture also includes a gear axle restraint that is selectively movable depending on whether the gear is being tested or being replaced. The gear axle restraint in a gear testing position abuts an axle that supports the gear and extends along the gear's axis of rotation. This reduces the gear to only rotational movement. Thus, as the rack is moved incrementally along the base, the teeth on the rack drive the teeth of the gear, causing the gear to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Martin
  • Patent number: 7264848
    Abstract: The present invention provides a non-cyanide electroless gold plating solution free from a cyanide compound, comprising, as a completing agent of gold, a compound represented by the formula shown below or a salt thereof: X—(CH2)n—SH wherein n is 2 or 3 and X is SO3H or NH2, and having a pH value of 7 or less. The invention also provides a process for electroless gold plating using the non-cyanide electroless gold plating solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Sanada, Masao Nakazawa, Kei Imafuji
  • Patent number: 7265069
    Abstract: The invention provides an opalescent forehearth color concentrate comprising a non-smelted agglomerated interspersion of particles for use in coloring glass, said concentrate comprising by weight from about 10% to about 70% of a glass component and from about 30% to about 90% of one or more opalescent pigments, the glass component comprising by weight from about 10% to about 50% ZnO and about 15 to about 60% SiO2. The invention also provides a method of using the color concentrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Sakoske, Kenneth R. Ackerman, John M. Bauer
  • Patent number: 7264037
    Abstract: Made up of a step of preparing a map expressing a correlation between solid phase percentage and viscosity of a slurry-form semi-solid metal (27) for a given metal composition; a step of setting a target viscosity corresponding to a target solid phase percentage using this map; a viscosity measuring step of measuring the viscosity of a semi-solid metal in a vessel (13) while cooling it; and a step of carrying out cooling until this viscosity reaches the target viscosity, by these steps being carried out in from the preparation of the map expressing the correlation between solid phase percentage and viscosity of the semi-solid metal to the end of cooling of the semi-solid metal the solid phase percentage of the semi-solid metal is made to match the target solid phase percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kuroki, Takeshi Masaki, Hideaki Onda, Shinji Kazama, Tetsuya Muramatsu, Tetsuji Umemoto, Kenji Ohwada, Tomonori Taoka, Akira Noda, Hiromichi Baba, Kenichi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 7265338
    Abstract: A photoelectric encoder is provided, which emits light from a light source to a main scale and an index scale that can relatively move with respect to each other and obtains a light-receiving signal by interaction between the main scale and the index scale. The photoelectric encoder uses as the light source an incoherent semiconductor light source (white LED) in which a full width at half maximum of an emission spectrum is wider than that of a monochromatic semiconductor light source. Thus, it is possible to reduce an effect of a gap change on an output signal of the encoder and make positional adjustment easier, thereby improving misalignment characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kiriyama, Toru Yaku, Shingo Nihommori
  • Patent number: 7263895
    Abstract: A fluid pressure sensor (1) for measuring the pressure of a fluid comprises a diaphragm portion (12) which is a strain generating body, a silicon oxide film (21) as an insulating film, and a strain gauge (20) made of crystalline silicon, and austenitic precipitation hardening type Fe—Ni heat-resisting steel excellent in mechanical strength and corrosion resistance is used for the diaphragm portion (12). The silicon oxide film (21) is formed with the internal stress thereof adjusted to the range from ?150 to 130 MPa. With this feature, the fluid pressure sensor (1) ensures high precision and reliability, and may be used even for measurement of a highly corrosive fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagasaka, Takeshi Abe, Yoshikazu Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7264646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lubricant system in the pressing of powders to form a part. The lubricant system is a solid at ambient conditions. However, upon application of pressure during the pressing of the metal parts, the lubricant system forms a liquid phase along the walls of cavity in which the powder is being pressed. The lubricant system may also be used in connection with a polar powder thereby providing certain beneficial results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Apex Advanced Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis L. Hammond
  • Patent number: 7258691
    Abstract: A working instrument for use in a resectoscope with a pushing force-transmitting elongated support, whose proximal end area includes an attachment section for attachment in a resectoscope, and whose distal end area carries a working device. The working instrument includes, in its distal end area, a handle element. The handle element projects in a distal direction beyond the support and the working device and is connected to the working instrument so as to transmit pushing forces and can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Olympus Winter & IBE GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Aue, Felix Nussbaum, Thomas Wosnitza
  • Patent number: 7258209
    Abstract: A brake drum includes a ring-shaped drum body, and a friction member secured to the inner circumferential surface of the drum body. Because the drum body is formed of a lightweight Al alloy and the friction member is formed of an Al-base composite material, the brake drum can be reduced in weight as a whole. Further, because the friction member, having projection portions formed on its outer periphery, is cast enveloped by molten metal of the Al alloy, the friction member and the drum body can be firmly fastened together. Thus, even when a great braking force is applied to the drum brake, the friction member can be prevented from being undesirably detached from the drum body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Koizumi, Takaharu Echigo, Hiroto Shoji, Yasuhiro Nakao, Kunitoshi Sugaya
  • Patent number: 7260441
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a workpiece during a production run in which workpieces are supplied to workstations by an autoloader. In accordance with the method, the supply of the workpieces by the autoloader is performed in accordance with a supply control routine. When it is desired to inspect a workpiece in a workstation, the supply control routine is interrupted after its then current cycle and the autoloader is used to move the workpiece to a quality control station. The supply of the workpieces in accordance with the supply control routine is then resumed. While the autoloader is operating in accordance with the supply control routine, the workpiece is inspected. If the workpiece is acceptable, the supply control routine is again interrupted after its then current cycle and the autoloader is used to move the workpiece to an output area. The supply of the workpieces in accordance with the supply control routine is then resumed again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jim Hranica, Yasunori Yamazaki, Scott Costello
  • Patent number: 7259271
    Abstract: Compounds of formula I: where R1, R2 and R3 are the same or different and signify hydrogens, halogens, alkyl, alkylaryl, alkyloxy, hydroxy, nitro, amino, alkylcarbonylamino, alkylamino or dialkylamino group; R4 signifies hydrogen, alkyl or alkylaryl group; X is CH2, O or S, and n is 1, 2 or 3, with the proviso that if X is CH2, n is not 1, and a method for their preparation. The compounds have potentially valuable pharmaceutical properties for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders such as hypertension and chronic heart failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Portela & C.A., S.A.
    Inventors: David Alexander Learmonth, Patricio Manuel Viera Araújo Soares da Silva, Alexander Beliaev