Patents Represented by Attorney Rene A. Kuypers
  • Patent number: 5583590
    Abstract: A system for monitoring alertness of a human while performing certain tasks. Alertness is detected herein by determining the tracking ability of the eye with respect to a visual disturbance, and is measured with respect to head motion. A decision circuit is provided when the motor response of the eye is deemed to be impaired as a result of drowsiness, inattention, or substance abuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Wabash Scientific Corp.
    Inventor: Harold E. Clupper
  • Patent number: 5481097
    Abstract: Random partial scans of a bar code label are utilized to re-create the entire symbol. The symbol is reconstructed by a re-match operation which places partial scanned data into memory and allows the data to be examined so that it is properly loaded whether data is acquired from scanning either the left or right side of the label first. Re-match allows labels having very small aspect ratios at extreme scanning angles to be readily captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: PSC Inc.
    Inventor: Benny R. Tafoya
  • Patent number: 5317166
    Abstract: A system apparatus for altering the depth of field of a lens mechanism for use with a bar code. The altering of the mechanism allows different focal points and increased depths of field to be selected to accommodate different container sizes. The system is also designed to provide a variable threshold which adjusts the receiving circuitry based upon the amplitude of the signal received from the scanned label. Additionally, the system may be operated in a mode which introduces alternate threshold switching for allowing labels of low contrast bar and space elements to be successfully scanned along with elements of high contrast. Incorporated into the apparatus is a technique for adjusting the circuitry when there is a reduction of the power output of the beam generating laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: PSC Inc.
    Inventor: Benny R. Tafoya
  • Patent number: 5086380
    Abstract: A decorator device for adding atmosphere to various rooms of a home. The device comprises a glass bowl filled with a liquid and which may be adapted to receive long stem candle holders and is designed for placement upon a fireplace grate or alternatively, as a centerpiece or display for a tabel. Floatable candles are positioned within the candle holders to generate an aura of relative warmth to an observer within a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Inventor: Carleton R. Hedner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5077902
    Abstract: A non-binding wire saw having a back and forth cutting motion is disclosed. The saw is power driven and is found suitable for light duty such as tree trimming operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: James J. Hitt
  • Patent number: 5064071
    Abstract: A container apparatus for small items such as drug medication. The container is designed for drugs or similar small articles which allows an attendant to dispense the items in accordance with printed or pictorial information provided upon the container or a separate sheet maintained within a pocket of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Kerfoot Corporation
    Inventor: Franklin W. Kerfoot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4341518
    Abstract: An air driven dental handpiece is disclosed for rotating a bur in an angled housing that utilizes an arrangement of cooling water, chip air, and light services which are configured at their terminus into a form resembling a human eye. These services are integrated into an oval shape which is totally contained within the handle structure of the handpiece, and exit from the handle immediately adjacent the housing.In the handpiece, light is transmitted by optic fibers that are enclosed within a rigid, metallic sheath. Light is provided by a flexible fiber optic which abuts the entrance face of the handpiece sheath in a readily detachable, threaded coupling. A spring in the coupling presses the cable fibers firmly against the sheath fibers for maximum light transmission, and also holds the cable securely in the coupling.A flexible, multi-cavity supply hose includes four cavities which provide the five services of turbine air, turbine exhaust, water, chip air, and light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Inventor: Richard A. Wallace
  • Patent number: 4341520
    Abstract: A dental handpiece is disclosed for rotating a bur in a housing having an enclosing cap, utilizing an air-driven, axial-flow turbine mounted on a shaft between two ball bearings, the assembly forming a removeable cartridge. Air is directed to the turbine through a combination plenum and nozzle ring. The cartridge is acoustically isolated from the cap and housing by two elastomeric rings having separate radial segments and axial pads. The radial segments support the cartridge bearings, prevent outer race rotation, compensate for dimensional variation of the elastomeric rings and cap and housing bores, and provide a means to vary suspension stiffness. The axial pads of the elastomeric ring around the front bearing provide a bearing pre-load force independent of the radial forces exerted on the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Inventor: Richard A. Wallace
  • Patent number: 4293930
    Abstract: There is disclosed a double detection arrangement for minimizing soft errors emanating from a bubble memory. Soft errors are errors due to sporadic, periodic, and random noise which gives an erroneous indication of a bubble's presence. The arrangement provides double detection by sampling a bubble signal's wave shape on its positive and negative transition within a certain time frame. When a positive and negative transition are detected within a specified time frame, the presence of a bubble is considered to be present. Conversely, when only a single positive or only a single negative transition is detected within the time frame, the absence of a bubble or noise is assumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Van Reymersdal
  • Patent number: 4291091
    Abstract: A bubble memory device and method of fabrication are disclosed which establish that there is a correlation between bubble memory performance and the properties of a quartz film, which is interposed between the bubble film and metallic overlays, namely, the permalloy and/or conductor layers of the device. Specifically, it has been established that there is a correlation between improved device performance and a low p-etch rate which is a measurement that establishes certain elastic constants of the quartz (i.e., the response of the device to stress).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Casey, Barry F. Stein, Herman E. Wetterskog
  • Patent number: 4272347
    Abstract: A bubble memory device and method of fabrication are disclosed which establish that there is a correlation between bubble memory performance and the properties of a quartz film, which is interposed between the bubble film and metallic overlays, namely, the permalloy and/or conductor layers of the device. Specifically, it has been established that there is a correlation between improved device performance and a low p-etch rate which is a measurement that establishes certain elastic constants of the quartz (i.e., the response of the device to stress).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Casey, Barry F. Stein, Herman E. Wetterskog
  • Patent number: 4253125
    Abstract: A loading-unloading mechanism for magnetic heads used with a double-sided, rotating, flexible, magnetic disk is disclosed wherein the mechanism raises or lowers the heads for respectively executing a read/write operation or non-operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1981
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventor: Frank X. Kanamuller
  • Patent number: 4244318
    Abstract: A device for spincoating an ultra-thin iron powder film on a disk for magnetic recording. Ultra-thin films are utilized on magnetic disks in view of a high density recording that may be achieved on such devices. The invention develops an iron powder particulate composition which is pre-sheared to a particular consistency within a spin chamber which is compartmented by perforated vanes, disposed on a common axis with and above the magnetic disk, and is selectively coupled to the drive shaft of the disk spinner. Magnetic means are actuable to raise the bell-type cover of the spin chamber whereby to discharge coating material onto the spinning disk. Means decouple the chamber from the drive shaft and vary the spin rate of said shaft to effect the desired thinness of coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventor: T. F. Chen
  • Patent number: 4177297
    Abstract: The disclosure teaches how binary information may be stabilized in magnetic bubble lattice devices. In bubble lattice devices, information storage is determined by the state of the domain wall structure of the bubble. Fabrication means are disclosed for stabilizing two different types of bubbles found in such films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Josephs
  • Patent number: 4113247
    Abstract: The invention described is a guide for directing a moving flexible member along a prescribed path. Suction slots are provided along the lateral walls of the guide for enabling the member to be directed along the desired path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin R. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4079239
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an optical scanning system which is capable of reading the UPC (Universal Product Code) symbol, which is printed out of tolerance because the black bars are too wide and the white spaces are too narrow. The system provides an arrangement for selecting any one of three (3) modes of operation, wherein two (2) of the modes provide white space enhancement (a narrowing of the signals representative of the width of the black bars and a widening of the signals representative of the white spaces) and one (1) mode provides no enhancement at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Juan M. Gottschalk, Arnold H. Nicodemus
  • Patent number: 4073012
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a fault-tolerant memory organization which permits through the incorporation of redundancy the utilization of circuit chips having defective sections. The apparatus involves the use of redundant sections fabricated on the chip in conjunction with a data relocation technique. The relocation scheme utilizes a code-decode arrangement which inserts zeros into the data stream to avoid the defective sections and provides a zero delete arrangement when the previously coded information is retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1978
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Suran Ohnigian, Jerold A. Seitchik
  • Patent number: 4064800
    Abstract: There is disclosed a low to medium speed printer for use with a digital computer that is characterized by improved throughput, low cost and flexibility. These characteristics are achieved by the fact that it prints in either direction, that several print actuators are time shared among the various print columns of the paper and the print actuators can be readily added to or subtracted from depending on the performance per cost objectives desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian W. Paccione, Theodore J. Risnychok
  • Patent number: 4059888
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein an electrical connector device which is designed to provide strain relief for the connecting pins under a variety of loading conditions, such as misaligned and tolerance mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1977
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: David T. Leh
  • Patent number: 4057784
    Abstract: An optical code reader employs a flying spot scanner which traces a plurality of forward scan patterns wherein each is off-set from one another, and a plurality of reverse scans wherein each is off-set from one another and the generation of each forward scan is followed by the generation of a reverse scan. Furthermore, the forward and reverse scans are randomly positioned with respect to one another and other reverse and forward scans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Benny R. Tafoya