Abstract: The locking tag for fastening to band material on merchandise is made of sheet material having an information part and a header part united together. The information part is for printed matter, which may include a scannable product identification marking. The header part has an open mouth in its outer perimeter edge and a holding orifice inwardly spaced from the open mouth. A slit entry channel extends from the open mouth along a line terminating as a slit entrance into the orifice. Fingers on opposite sides of the entry channel extend in opposite directions. One finger is an elongated hooking finger, and the other finger is a camming finger having a camming surface and a terminal hook lock at the entrance of the entry channel into the orifice. A band material in the holding orifice is substantially irreversibly locked in the orifice.
March 13, 1996
Date of Patent:
December 16, 1997
Bedford Industries, Inc.
Robert B. Ludlow, Brian D. Larsen, John B. Linquist
Abstract: The new bending brake comprises three basic assemblies, namely a base assembly having an upward brake surface, a cover assembly having a downward brake surface above the base assembly, and an apron assembly pivotally hinged to the base assembly and having an upward brake surface. The brake surface of each of these assemblies comprises an alignment of a plurality of movable table segments that can be moved in the linear direction of the alignment and fixed against such linear movement. A support system subordinate to the brake surfaces of the table segments includes a mounting rod on which the linearly movable table segments are mounted for independent linear movement. The support system also includes foundation rods carrying elevation and horizontal adjustment members for group adjustment of the table segments with respect to the axis of bend of the brake. The cover assembly is pivotally hinged at one end to the base assembly and equipped with a latching mechanism at the other.
Abstract: A plastic construction strip in the form of a coil of overlapped convolutions has a composition comprised primarily of polyolefin material. It is between about 20 and 80 mils in thickness and has a width of at least one-half inch. It has high resistance to tearing and a tensile strength in excess of 1,000 psi, plus sufficient stiffness to support at least a 6-inch length of itself in upright, substantially vertical condition from a holding point and sufficient flexibility to be wound upon itself in overlapping convolutions as small as 1 inch internal diameter. The coil is ideally marketed as part of a dispenser package having a peripheral wall with exit and re-entry openings, and the outermost end of the coiled strip is threaded through the exit and then back into a re-entry opening so as to lie loosely within the container but be easily withdrawn therefrom.
Abstract: The slotted orifice locking tag for fastening to a band material about merchandise is made of sheet material having an information part and a header part united together. The information part is for printed matter, which may include a scannable product identification marking. The header part has an open mouth in its outer perimeter edge and a slotted holding orifice inwardly spaced from the open mouth. A slit entry channel extends from the open mouth along a line terminating as a slit entrance into the slotted orifice. An elongated hooking finger is on one side of the entry channel and a camming surface on the other. The elongated hooking finger is easily latched over a section of a band material about merchandise to cause movement of the band material along the camming surface into the slot of the slotted holding orifice with one sweeping hand movement. A band material in the slot is resistant to escape therefrom.
April 24, 1996
Date of Patent:
April 8, 1997
Bedford Industries, Inc.
Robert B. Ludlow, Brian D. Larsen, John B. Linquist, Lloyd Tinklenberg
Abstract: This weather-shielding protective newspaper delivery receptacle serves to completely enclose its contents and has no removable or hinged door for access to its interior. The receptacle consists essentially of a tapered elongated tube having its smaller end terminating in a solid immovable wall closure and having its large end terminating at a rim edge. The rim edge is equipped with a planar flexible wall permanently united about its perimeter to the rim edge. The wall has intersecting slits that form plural flaps extending from the perimeter to a central location of the flexible wall. The flaps are deformed inwardly as a newspaper is inserted into the tube and are deformed outwardly as a newspaper is removed from the tube through the flexible wall. The flaps are sufficiently resilient to return to a non-deformed state after deformation. The flexible wall is sloped so as to extend downwardly and underneath the uppermost portion of the rim edge during use.
Abstract: A container for protecting a fishing lure from entanglement with other fishing tackle without removing the lure from its attachment to a fishing line of a fishing rod. The container comprises a relatively stiff longitudinal perimeter wall structure and spaced end walls transverse to the perimeter wall structure. The perimeter wall structure is split longitudinally into two container parts. The container may be removably mounted on a fishing rod by pivot closure of the container parts about the fishing rod shaft so as to form a protective fishing lure chamber. At least one of the transverse end walls is formed of a deformable material such that mounting the container on a fishing rod shaft causes the deformable end wall to transversely press against the rod shaft in a frictionally engaging manner that resists longitudinal slippage of the container along the rod shaft.
Abstract: A slip roller conveyor has parallel side walls and a plurality of driven slip roller assemblies mounted therein. Each driven assembly comprises a stub shaft that is threadedly mounted in the side wall and has a wrench-engageable head. A pulley with a sleeve extension is rotatably mounted on the shaft and a slip roller is mounted on the sleeve. The entire driven slip roller assembly is easily removed from its wall mounting by simply engaging the head with a wrench and unscrewing the shaft from its wall mounting. The conveyor drive system includes a positive drive belt having its grooves and teeth intermeshed with mating grooves and teeth on the driven pulleys. A side edge of the belt is guided by the inner surface of the conveyor side wall. A guide strip having an anti-camming surface keeps the drive belt intermeshed with the pulleys along the drive run of the drive belt.
Abstract: A conveyor with a straight pathway has laterally spaced side walls with opposing banks of driven roller assemblies mounted thereon. Each roller assembly has a shaft, a roller, and a driven pulley. The pulleys of assemblies on a side wall are driven by an endless positive drive belt that has teeth for meshing with the grooves on a driven pulley. The belt is maintained in its meshed relationship with the driven pulleys by an anti-camming surface that obstructs the belt from being cammed out of its meshed relationship. The belt is laterally guided by an annular ridge on the pulleys and the outside surface of the side wall. A docking station for product carriers is also described. A transitional conveyor embodiment with a curved pathway has spaced curved alignments of bearing mounts for mounting roller assemblies thereon. The roller assemblies have dual pulleys which are each paired with the dual pulley of an adjacent assembly by an endless belt, such as an O-ring.
Abstract: This digital communication method and system permits extended distance communication on a SCSI bus despite the time constraints imposed on certain bus operations such as arbitration. The bus system is comprised of discrete bus segments each having a portal node and one or more devices interfaced thereon. All nodes are connected together by a serial link. Each node seizes control of its bus segment and imposes a pseudo-busy condition to prevent bus operations such as arbitration. A token message passed over the serial link between nodes allows one node at a time to release control of its segment to permit arbitration among the devices interfaced on its segment. A source device on the released segment that gains control of the segment as a result of arbitration may communicate with a destination device anywhere on the bus system.
Abstract: This agricultural field utilization of tonnage quantities of a composite powder of coal combustion fly ash containing desulfurization residue prevents the escape of fugitive dust from the powder and effectively manages any cementitious tendencies of the powder, while raising the pH of the soil and adding plant nutrient elements to the soil. The powder is added to water at a weight ratio of 10:8-20 in an enclosed tank having a capacity of at least about 2,000 gallons. Mixing is conducted for at least about 5 minutes to form a soil treatment slurry composition easily flowable through a pipe of about 1-inch diameter. The treatment composition is applied on the agricultural soil before the composition hardens to a cementitious state, preferably by spraying directly from the mixing tank. The coating thickness is sufficient to amend just the top portion of the agricultural soil that supports plant growth, to elevate the pH above about 6.
Abstract: The exercise apparatus is for supportively aiding a patient's therapeutic upper limb movements and rehabilitation of those corresponding muscles. A skeletal frame has two exercise assemblies mounted on it. Each exercise assembly has a substantially horizontal boom, a first weight resistance assembly in depending relationship to the rearward end of said boom, a flexible connecting line extending from the first weight assembly and then along the boom to a sling for a patient's upper limb, and a depending leg to which the boom is pivotally mounted at its rearward end for pivot swinging adduction and abduction movement of the boom. An adjustable stop system is associated with the boom pivot mounting and permits step-wise setting of stop limits for the adduction and abduction pivot swinging movement of the boom. The flexible connecting line does not extend across the axis for the pivot of the boom. Color coded connecting lines for different slings and weight assemblies are used.
Abstract: Two nuisance waste products, namely sewage sludge ash and water treatment lime, are mixed together to provide an agricultural soil treatment composition which enhances the nutrient value and raises the pH of the soil for improved plant growth while simultaneously minimizing the risk of wind blown ash dust.
Abstract: The air filtering fixture is for suspension from the ceiling of a room to filter out unwanted tobacco smoke. The fixture has a housing formed of peripheral walls defining a generally vertical air path. The housing has an upper compartment portion and a lower flared hood portion. An air filter assembly is located within the upper compartment and a lighting assembly is situated within the hood portion below the filter assembly. At least one fan assembly is located above the filter assembly in the upper compartment. The fixture intakes air through a bottom opening in the flared hood portion and propels the air as an air stream upwardly out of a top opening in the upper compartment and toward the ceiling. A toroidal air movement about the housing is facilitated which induces unfiltered air laterally external to the housing to move downwardly from above the housing and enter the bottom opening to be filtered. An access opening in the housing permits easy filter replacement.
Abstract: This golf cart umbrella holder is for holding an umbrella having a shaft portion and a bulging handle portion with a butt end. The holder has a vertical spine with a lower support member for supporting the handle portion, a medial gripping member for gripping the handle portion, and an upper stop member for preventing vertical removal of the umbrella from the holder. The stop member has a U-shaped slot that is sufficiently wide to receive the shaft portion but is sufficiently narrow so as to prevent upward movement of the handle portion through the slot. The holder has a ledge member for mounting the holder on a rigid frame band of a golf cart, and installation and removal of an umbrella from the mounted holder may be accomplished with one hand.
Abstract: This fly catcher features a mating relationship between the tapered passageway of the fly entry path and the capture chamber that permits the capture chamber to be entirely separated from the passageway for easier cleaning of the catcher. The passageway is comprised of upper and lower conical wall portions so that each wall portion may have a different slope which allows the slope of each wall portion to be designed to maximize the width of the bottom entrance mouth of the passageway and minimize the width of the top exit port of the passageway without causing the height of the passageway (or the fly catcher) to become exceedingly tall.
Abstract: Two heretofore bothersome waste products, namely sewage sludge ash and water treatment lime, are mixed together to provide an agricultural soil treatment enhancing the nutrient value and raising the pH of the soil for improved plant growth while simultaneously minimizing the risk of wind blown ash dust. The ash is readily dryable and dusty but this feature is obscured by the water treatment lime which has a tendency to retain water. Mixing of tonnage quantities is conducted at a site near the facility generating the ash; and the mixture is transported to the agricultural soil to be treated and applied at a quantity between 2 and 70 tons of the water-containing mixture per acre of the soil. The application quantity is sufficient to raise the level of the soil-water pH of acid soil to a value of at least 6.5 but not above about 7.5 and insufficient to add to the soil more than the governmental limits for several heavy metals. Many nutrients needed for plant growth are contained in the mixture.
Abstract: The deadfold reclosure sticker for hand pressure application to a bag has a flexible backing liner with a low adhesion surface. On the liner is a flexible deadfold reclosure sticker having a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer forming a base surface releasably adhered to the low adhesion surface of the liner. The sticker comprises a laminate of pliable layers and at least two deadfold wires having a thickness at least twice as great as the laminate. The wires are in spaced parallel alignment and are embedded along their length in the laminate with the ends of said wires exposed to view. The flexible backing liner has a structural feature for easy removal of it for hand application of it onto a flexible bag to form a deadfold reclosable bag easily reclosed by simple folding steps.
Abstract: A flat and thin bladder device is used to cause earthworms to migrate to the earth's surface for easy collection. The bladder is laid flat on the earth's surface and has a maximum thickness between its top wall and bottom wall of not over about 5 centimeters but has area dimensions greater than 1 meter in all directions and not greater than about 4 meters in all directions. The maximum thickness of the bladder is limited by a pattern of spaced connections between the top wall and bottom wall forming the bladder. At least the bottom wall is opaque to block out light under it, and the bottom wall has a plurality of openings that are substantially uniformly distributed for the escape of water from the bladder to earth underlying the bottom wall. Water is introduced to the bladder at a rate about equal to the rate of water escaping from the bottom wall.