Patents Represented by Attorney Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle, P.C.
  • Patent number: 7559542
    Abstract: A gas spring for providing a smooth and generally gradual load distribution between interrelated parts of a press has a casing defining at least in part a gas chamber. A housing is received at least in part in the casing. The housing has a through bore sized for receipt of the piston rod therein for reciprocation between extended and retracted positions. A piston retainer is attached for conjoint movement with the piston rod. An end of the housing flexes between a compressed position when the piston retainer abuts the housing as the piston rod moves toward its extended position and an uncompressed position when the piston retainer moves toward its retracted position and out of engagement with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Diebolt International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan P. Cotter
  • Patent number: 7520293
    Abstract: A fuel storage system for a transportation or recreational vehicle has a fuel tank that carries a vapor assembly that seeks out vapor pockets and controllably removes fuel vapor from the tank without releasing hydrocarbons to the surrounding environment. Preferably, a vent manifold attaches to a flange that sealably covers an access hole of the tank. At least one flexible tentacle extends from the manifold in the tank to a respective vapor vent valve that floats upon the surface of fuel at a vapor dome. When freely floating, the vent valve is open thus communicates the vapor dome through the tentacle and preferably with a filtering carbon canister. As fuel surface levels change or the vehicle tilts, changing the vapor dome size or location in the tank, the floating vapor vent valve is free to move generally with the vapor dome and as permitted by the flexibility of the trailing tentacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Steven R. Hilderley, James R. Osborne
  • Patent number: 7510143
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided with a wing assembly mounted in a slipstream of a source of propulsion of the aircraft. The aircraft includes a body having a longitudinal axis, a wing assembly carried by the body and including a moveable portion moveable relative to the body and a wing carried by the moveable portion. A first actuator is coupled to the moveable portion to move it relative to the body in a direction generally parallel to the axis of the body. A second actuator is coupled to the wing to move the wing relative to the moveable portion and between first and second positions. The second actuator at least selectively permits uninhibited pivoted movement of the wing relative to the body in response to aerodynamic forces acting on the wing so that the wing may pivot to a position wherein the forces acting on the wing are balanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventors: William D. Bertelsen, William R. Bertelsen
  • Patent number: 7506879
    Abstract: A portable floor surface and method of use thereof facilitates unloading side-by-side cargo carts disposed in laterally spaced relation with an aisle defined between them. The floor surface has a body with opposite front and rear ends and lower and upper surfaces extending between the front and rear ends. The upper surface is brought into a generally flush relation with the floor of the cargo cart when the lower surface is resting on a common floor surface with the cargo cart. A ramp surface extends at an upward inclination from the front end toward the rear end and a latch member operably associated with the body is adapted for operable engagement with a first cargo cart to releasably lock the portable floor surface to the first cargo cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Magline, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffry R. Frahm, Matthew A. Royalty, Barry E. Monroe
  • Patent number: 7497207
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel system having a fuel tank with an opening with a closure disposed adjacent a vehicle component with a service access opening and closure adjacent the tank closure, and an electronic controller carried by the vehicle component closure. At least one electrical device in the tank is connected by an electric wire to the controller. Preferably, a thermal protector is carried by the closure and arranged as a metal heat sink for the controller and dissipates heat to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Neuss) GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd-Juergen Lahn, Peter Schreuder, Matthias Henschel, Rainer Strauss, Dirk Neulen, Andreas Winkler
  • Patent number: 7496445
    Abstract: Waypoint navigation for a visitor to a facility is carried out according to the following steps. Distributing waypoint devices in waypoint locations of the facility. Transmitting waypoint identifier signals from the waypoint devices. Providing a mobile wayfinder device in wireless communication with the waypoint devices to receive the waypoint identifier signals. Identifying an origin and a destination in the facility. Generating a route from the origin to the destination and a return route from the destination to the origin. Determining a current location of the mobile wayfinder device. Determining a current navigation instruction along the route(s) based at least in part on the current location of the mobile wayfinder device, and communicating the current location and navigation instruction information to the visitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Proxemics, LLC
    Inventors: Rashid A. Mohsini, Omer A. Beg
  • Patent number: 7491912
    Abstract: A portable food delivery container includes a food storage compartment, a control compartment, and a temperature control source. A control compartment lies adjacent to and in thermal conductivity with the food storage compartment. A modular removable temperature control source is disposed within the control compartment, where the temperature control source effects transfer of thermal energy between the food storage compartment and the control compartment to maintain the food storage compartment at a temperature other than the ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Check Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Check
  • Patent number: 7491258
    Abstract: A gas and liquid separation device for use with a fuel tank. The separation device includes a body having at least one passage therethrough in fluid communication with the fuel tank, and a gas and liquid separator carried by the body in fluid communication with the at least one passage and being oriented at an angle with respect to horizontal when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: TI Automotive Fuel Systems SAS
    Inventors: Christophe Gouzou, Eric Renard, Humbert de Monts de Savasse
  • Patent number: 7490871
    Abstract: A pipe clamp for connecting two pipe ends together. The pipe clamp includes a clamp component in the form of an open band of metal extending from a first flange to a second flange. A sleeve is located within the band, and the pipe clamp includes a tightening mechanism for drawing the two flanges together to tighten the clamp. The clamp and sleeve components each have first and second openings that are aligned with the openings in the other component. These openings are sized to receive a button located on the outer surface of each of the pipe ends to thereby allow the clamp to be loosely attached to the pipe ends prior to tightening of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Breeze-Torca Products, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandar Avram, Brian T. Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 7484397
    Abstract: A punch, apparatus and method for forming opposing holes in a hollow part, and a part formed therefrom. The punch includes an end portion adapted to pierce an entry hole and bend material around the entry hole to form a retained slug along an inner edge of the entry hole. The punch also includes an enlarging portion adapted to enter the entry hole after the end portion to enlarge the entry hole by bending the slug and additional material towards the interior of the part. The punch has a length greater than a cross-section of the part such that further advancement of the punch through the part punches an exit hole in the part opposite the entry hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Vari-Form, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose U. Coelho, David J. Dunn, Martin L. Bliss
  • Patent number: 7480970
    Abstract: A machine for machining optical workpieces, is equipped with a workpiece spindle, by which the workpiece can be rotatably driven about a workpiece rotation axis, and with a first fast-tool assembly, by which a turning cutter is movable in the direction of the workpiece and away from it. The workpiece spindle and the first fast-tool assembly are also movable relative to each other in a direction transverse to the workpiece rotation axis. Provided adjacent to and preferably in parallel configuration with the first fast-tool assembly is a second fast-tool assembly with a graver which has its end that faces the workpiece being essentially punctiform. The graver is movable by the second fast-tool assembly, in the direction of the workpiece and away from it, so that a marking of any geometry can be produced on the latter in the same span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Satisloh AG
    Inventors: Urs Meyer, Marc Savoie
  • Patent number: 7482787
    Abstract: A generator controller for controlling a permanent magnet generator where each phase of the generator is connectable to a DC link via electrically controllable switches, the controller characterized by a data processor adapted to receive a measurement of generator current output and a demand current, and to form a current error between the demanded value and the measured generator current; derive a target voltage as a function of the current error; and form control signals for the electrically controllable switches as a function of the target voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Goodrich Control Systems Limited
    Inventors: Philip Henry Mellor, Stephen George Burrow, Philip Michael Churn
  • Patent number: 7481646
    Abstract: A machine for compression molding plastic articles includes an array of compression molds mounted on a support for movement through a defined mold path. A cam is disposed adjacent to the support to engage the molds in sequence and move at least one segment of each mold between open and closed positions. The cam has a first portion for opening the molds, a second portion for closing the molds in sequence and a pivot mounting the second cam portion to the first cam portion. A latch holds the second cam portion in a first position for closing the molds in sequence, and is responsive to excess force on the second cam portion to release said second cam portion to pivot to a second position spaced from the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Mattice, B. Jack Rote
  • Patent number: 7479887
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating closure includes a closure shell having a skirt for securing the closure to a container neck finish and a tamper band frangibly coupled to the skirt for separation from the skirt upon first removal of the closure from the container. An RFID circuit, including an RFID tag and an antenna, is carried by the tamper band for separation from the skirt with the tamper band and remaining operational on the container after the closure has been removed from the container. The RFID circuit preferably is carried by a stop flange that extends from the tamper band, and is disposed between the stop flange and the tamper band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7475919
    Abstract: A pipe clamp which includes an open band of metal, a pair of opposed flanges located at the open ends of the band, and a tightening mechanism for drawing the flanges together. Each flange extends radially from a body portion of the band to a loop formed by a portion of the band material folded back onto itself. The flanges each have an aperture at a location intermediate the loop and the body portion to accept a fastener for tightening of the band. The loops are disposed adjacent each other such that the flanges are separated by a gap that is greater at the apertures than at the loops. One or both of the flanges can have a slot that extends into the body portion of the band so that the slotted flange comprises two flange portions that can be tightened somewhat independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Breeze-Torca Products, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Hiernard, Brian T. Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 7475678
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for a combustion engine has a fuel tank which defines an access hole preferably communicating through either the top wall or bottom wall of the tank. An associated top or bottom flange, both having a fuel channel for flowing fuel out of the tank, sealably covers the access hole. A fuel pump module is located in the fuel chamber of the tank and has a universal, structural, pod which engages either the top or bottom flange while preferably maintaining an axial upright position. The pod defines an axially extending first bore for housing a fuel pump and preferably an electric pump motor and a second bore defined by a cylindrical inner face and spaced radially outward from the first chamber for housing a reversible filter cartridge of the module. The pod also has a fuel discharge nozzle which generally defines a counter bore that communicates axially with the second bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Walbro Engine Management, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Douyama, Kerry E. Grifka, Kevin L. Israelson, Ronald H. Roche
  • Patent number: 7475871
    Abstract: A rotary throttle valve carburetor has a start assist device with an operating member that interacts with a throttle lever of the throttle valve to axially displace the throttle valve, preferably without rotating it. The operating member may be rotated and moved linearly for selective engagement with the throttle lever by any one of a plurality of starting features generally spaced circumferentially about the operating member. Preferably, each starting feature has a face that faces axially outward with respect to the rotary axis and when in contact with the throttle lever. Each face is spaced at a different distance from the operating member axis thus selection of each will cause the operating member to contact and move the throttle lever a different distance. The different distances correspond to varying fuel enrichments that may be associated with different temperatures of an engine to be started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Walbro Engine Management, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Terakado, Keita Tezuka
  • Patent number: 7469907
    Abstract: A mechanically actuated workpiece holding apparatus comprising a collet at least partially composed of a plastic material. The collet may include cantilevered leaves and may be a plastic coating over a metal substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Hydra-Lock Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Laube, William M. Andre
  • Patent number: 7469577
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing a turbocharger (10) includes disconnecting the compressor outlet conduit (26) so that the engine (12) is naturally aspirated and using the engine to drive the turbine (14) of the turbocharger. The compressor outlet conduit (26) has a restriction (28) to create a backpressure which is measured along with the inlet pressure, barometric pressure and ambient temperature. The flow rate is determined and compared to acceptable parameters from a map data provided by a turbocharger manufacturer to diagnose if the turbocharger is operating within the acceptable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Detroit Diesel Corporation
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Barton
  • Patent number: D583236
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Fuchs