Abstract: A collapsible stand for holding beverage cans or the like is provided. The stand is comprised of a table top or deck having cup shaped openings for receiving beverage cans. A collapsible supporting stand is removably connected by a column to the table top. The supporting stand has a collapsible tripod support in order that the stand may be supported on the ground. The tripod is comprised of a base member connected to the bottom of the column and three legs pivotably connected to a yoke slidable along the column. As the tripod is erected or collapsed the legs slide through openings in the base to effect an erect or collapsed position.
May 1, 1995
Date of Patent:
June 22, 1999
Daniel J. Franssen, Alan W. Inkenbrandt
Abstract: A cover for shielding the interior of an electrical wire junction box from foreign material during wall construction. The cover is flexible and has a shape and size approximating that of the interior walls of the junction box housing so that it may be held within the housing in a snug press-fit relationship. The cover has a frangible portion that can be bent back to create a slot for ease in removal of the cover from the junction box housing.
Abstract: A golf iron brush designed to clean all golf club irons of loose and embedded debris is provided. The device comprises a housing with top and bottom openings and a front slot extending from top to bottom. The housing has interior opposing brushes which define a central gap through which a golf club iron head is swiped. The housing allows the club head to be passed through, in horizontal alignment of the club shaft, in the direction of the control grooves on the face of the club. This allows the brushes to clean within the grooves for a thorough cleaning.
Abstract: A concrete crack control system is provided. The system comprises a vane or angle projecting from a wall, such as a pedestal or column or other wall surfaces against which a concrete floor or slab is poured. After the concrete has set to firm consistency, a saw cut is provided of a substantial depth in line with the projecting vane. The exposed saw cut may be filled with conventional filler, such as grout or the like. Any tendency of the floor to crack upon aging will be along the line of the vane and saw cut, thereby preventing crack damage to the floor.
Abstract: A rotary valve for musical instruments is provided. The valve is specially designed to have three internal passages with gentle curves and continuously circular passageways to provide true tonal qualities and a minimum of distortion. The valve passages have a bend radius of at least the diameter of the valve passage and the casing of the valve approximates three times the diameter of the passages. The valve passages to and from the loop are positioned on opposite sides of and cross over a through passage from the mouthpiece to the bell for economy of space and gentle passage curvature. The inlet and outlet openings or end holes in the loop engaging passages are located approximately 45.degree. from one another along their axes to avoid substantial changes in the direction of air flow. The 45.degree. angle is between diameters of the openings and can also be expressed as 135.degree. around the circumference of the rotor. Continuous flow during valve operation is provided in a modification.
Abstract: A casino type board game is provided in which chips may be purchased from the house. Three dice are employed which may be hexagonal and have an equal number of sides bearing the same indicia of one to three. The board is arranged with an area for wagering on triples of pre-selected identical one, two or three indicia. The central area is flanked by one or two side sections for wagering on Pass, Don't Pass and Any Triples. Additional proposition bets such as Straights, HI-LO and the like may be provided as desired. Winning wagers are paid by the house while losing wagers are collected.
Abstract: An erotic stimulator in the form of a tongue is provided. The stimulator comprises a flexible, elongated member having a mouthpiece at its base end whereby a user can manipulate the stimulator while leaving the hands free during gynecological stimulation with the device. The device has a plurality of raised projections on its surface to provide enhanced stimulation to the more sensitive areas of the female anatomy.
Abstract: A portable cordless cardiopulmonary arrest recorder is provided by this invention. The arrest recorder is used by the attending personnel at the treatment site for a cardiac-arrest patient. It has multiple chronometers for recording the time and duration of significant events and three sections for recording the patient's rhythm, medication and cardiovert/defibrillation. A visual screen and keyboard for typing additional data is provided. The recorder is designed to manually interface with a central processing unit to transfer data, and recharge the recorder. The recorder subsequently interfaces with a printer and allows for entry of additional information. Optionally the recorder may have provisions for receiving a conventional computer disk capable of storing data which may be interfaced with the central processing unit.
Abstract: A gutter screen is provided for building gutters having an outer edge with an inwardly turned lip and gutter supports attaching the gutter to the building. The screen has a straight downwardly sloping intermediate gutter covering section, substantially vertical rear portion biased against the rear of the gutter and gutter support and a front portion biased against the lip of the gutter and gutter support and extending underneath the lip in biasing relation. The intermediate gutter covering section terminates flush with the lip to provide a substantially co-extensive surface for the screen and the top of the gutter.
Abstract: A vest garment with pivotable seat member is provided. The seat member is connected to the interior aspect of the dorsal member of the vest garment and is pivotable between positions for use and for stowing away. Straps support the seat member from the vest to create an effective chair when the seat member is lowered for use, and the straps are adjustable so that the angular orientation of the seat member with respect to the vest can be adjusted for comfort to the user. When not in use, the seat member is swung back inside the vest and stowed against the dorsal member. The dorsal portion of the vest fabric and the seat member are reinforced with rigid edges for seating comfort and structural support.
Abstract: A sealing system for a multi-panel T-bar ceiling. The panels are supported upon arms of the T-bar supports and a locking system is used for sealing the peripheral edges of the panels upon the arms of the T-bar. The sealing is in compressive relation of the panels upon the arms against upward forces that might tend to move the panels off the T-bar such as in cleaning operations and the like. The locking system is comprised of an operating rod, such as a screw or the like extending through the T-bar which can turn a threaded locking member, such as a clip or the like into forceful relation against the edge of the panel into sealing engagement against the arms of the T-bar. When sealed, only the head of the screw is visible from the bottom of the panel. A resilient seal may be employed between the panel and the arm of the T-bar.
Abstract: A combination gear pack and pivotable seat member is provided. The seat member is connected at the bottom of the gear pack and is pivotable between positions over a range in respect to the front and the rear of the pack. Straps support the seat member from the pack to create an effective chair, and the straps are adjustable so that the angular orientation of the seat member with respect to the pack can be adjusted for comfort to the user. The pack and the seat member are reinforced with rigid edges for seating comfort and structural support. The seat member, when not in use as a chair, can also be swung back to compressively secure a load against the pack.
Abstract: A process is provided for producing contrasting, long lasting, glassy heat fused images on the surface of ceramic materials such as bricks using a laser to vitrify the substrate material. The process is accomplished in three stages: Stage 1) the laser produces a non-adherent, highly light absorptive layer by heating and removing material from the marking field to create depth into the brick's surface; Stage 2) melting of the main portion of the substrate material along the marking field using the non-adherent light absorptive layer from Stage 1 as an effective light absorber/heat transducer to cause vitrification along the marking field; Stage 3) residue from the melting in stage 2 is removed by laser ablation to produce the vitrified finished mark.
February 22, 1995
Date of Patent:
September 10, 1996
Laser Light Technologies, Inc.
William C. Fields, Dan Fredrick, Steve Grannemann, Phyllis Hannan, Igor Lukashevsky
Abstract: A sampling mill for grinding discrete materials to obtain a representative sample is provided by this invention. The mill is particularly useful for grinding various foodstuffs such as corn, peanuts, animal foods and the like. The material to be sampled is fed to a rotary worm gear of substantial length connected to a burr plate to feed the material between a second plate. By varying the worm gear with comminuting means, the placement of burrs on the burr plate and the distance between the burr plates, the size of the ground sample can be varied and different types of foodstuffs can be ground and sampled as compared to a grinder with limited adjustability. The ground sample is distributed to a main discharge chute and a sampling chute with an adjustable valve to provide a selected small percentage of the total ground foodstuff.
Abstract: A method is provided for wrapping a plastic bag about a piece of luggage to leave the handle grip exposed. A heat shrinkable plastic bag is used with the luggage being loosely enclosed and the edge of an open top of the bag being folded over the top surface of the luggage around the sides of the grip to leave the grip exposed. The bag may be dispensed from a roll and may be in the form of a flat bag having an open top or in the form of a flat tube having an open top and bottom. A hot air gun is employed to seal the folded over edges and the loosely enclosing bag to a tight seal around the luggage. A pressure sensitive tape may be employed to tack together the folded over edges. Measurements are taken along the length, width and height of the luggage to provide a formula for the size of the plastic bag to be employed. The shrink wrapped luggage is used to prevent theft and provide visual signs of breaking into and also to provide protection against marring or scuffing.
Abstract: A soap grip to prevent dropping the soap when bathing is provided. This is effected by sandwiching a soap bar between two or more pieces of cloth, preferably a polyester felt. The polyester felt is sewn or heat sealed together near the center in a U-shaped pocket with one end open to receive the soap bar leaving flaps at the outside of the pocket. The perimeter of the outwardly extending flaps of the soap grip is not sewn to allow more efficient soap flow through the material. The polyester felt around the soap bar provides a good grip, prevents dropping and is soft, stretchable and drapeable. This cloth allows good sudsing as the material was designed to provide flow through the thickness even when under pressure. In use, the soap grip retains the bar of soap as it is used up and ensures that 100% of the soap bar is employed thereby preventing waste.
Abstract: A hot solvent tank for cleaning various objects such as metallic parts is provided. The solvent is a bio-degradable detergent aqueous solution which is environmentally acceptable. The solvent tank is an open top steel barrel mounted on casters for easy moving and employs a thermostatically controlled heating element. A bottom drain valve is connected at the bottom. The various parts to be cleaned may be immersed in the solvent and supported by chains or baskets hooked over the rim at the top of the barrel. The drain valve may be connected to an accessory cleaning unit comprising a pump and replaceable automotive filter for pumping solvent through a hose and flow through a brush for cleaning parts supported above the solvent at the top of the tank. The filter, which can be discarded when dirty, is effective for removing heavy metal contaminants and providing a purified recirculating solvent.
Abstract: A pivotable clamp for securing a trailer ramp in a stowed position on the surface of a dovetail-type trailer is provided. The trailer and ramp on which the clamp is used are of the type having a surface constructed of spaced apart cross-pieces. The clamp is comprised of an arm member and a pivot bar member. The arm member features a handled shaft member with a claw member at its end for engaging the edge of a crosspiece of the trailer surface. The arm member is rotatably received within a strap member of the pivot bar member. A spring and a tightening nut with handles are mounted on the shaft member for varying the degree of tightness with which the claw member engages the crosspiece. The pivot bar member allows the clamp to be swung in and out of position.
Abstract: A rear access step configuration for pontoon boats is provided. The hollow cylindrical hulls of the boat are modified to form a slightly forward slanting truncated end at the rear of the boat. Steps are formed at the rear end and internally of one of the cylinder hulls to allow a person in the water to climb directly onto the boat at the rear end thereof. A pivotable step is positioned at the rear bottom edge of the step configuration to assist a person in the water to mount the hull end. It can be retracted up and out of position when not in use to avoid drag and spray when the boat is on motion. Hand rails are also provided along the step configuration with a slight forward slant to aid a person in climbing on the boat.
Abstract: A pivotable seat member for a backpack frame is provided. A seat member is pivotally attached to the backpack frame to provide seating support for the user during times of rest and, when used with a sling, to provide support to a carried load during use. The seat member is supported from the frame by adjustable straps to form a backed chair structure. The seat member is pivotable between positions on either side of the frame so that the backpack frame can be used as a free standing chair or by securing against a tree to provide an elevated seated position.