Patents Represented by Attorney Robert P. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5467576
    Abstract: A machine for making a package of food casing strands, wherein the package has a hexagonal-like cross section, comprising a product holder for initially holding a plurality of the strands in a configuration having a hexagonal-like cross section, wherein the holder has an opening therein for admitting the strands into the holder; means for transporting the strands to the holder and for depositing the strands into the opening; shaker means for shaking the holder at predetermined times to ensure that the plurality of strands settle into the holder in the configuration having a hexagonal-like cross section; means for measuring and cutting a predetermined amount of stretch film, where the stretch film is a closed loop used to encase the package of food casing strands; means for stretching and holding the stretch film into a shape of a polygon having a perimeter which is larger than the perimeter of the holder; means for moving the stretched film into a position proximate the holder; means for pushing all of the st
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Teepak, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivo G. Hendriks
  • Patent number: 5447007
    Abstract: A machine for filling and closing packs for liquids, wherein an opening is arranged in an upper surface which can be connected to a pouring device. The device has a first feed conveyor (3) with a base for open, empty packs (8). It has a conveyor (12) for intermittently moving the packs (8) from a base position (I) into individual intermediate positions (II-X, XI), an end position (IX), and has a filler station, a stoppering station and a carry off conveyor (25). A transverse sliding conveyor is arranged in the path of movement behind the feed conveyor (3), and transverse conveyors and entrainment devices are arranged between the feed conveyor (3) and the carry off conveyor (25) for the purpose of intermittently moving transportation boxes (14), and, in addition, the filler and stoppering stations are arranged in the region of the transverse conveyors at a level above the transportation boxes (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Wilhelm Reil, Ulrich Deutschbein, Udo Liebram, Gerd Knobloch
  • Patent number: 5436936
    Abstract: A method for compensating a clock's operating error, the method comprising the steps of: producing a clock frequency (f2) from a frequency (f1) of a high-frequency oscillator by dividing it with a constant (K) and; at predetermined times synchronizing the clock to an external reference frequency, characterized in that during the course of clock synchronization, there is measured a clock operating deviation, which is created during a period defined to be a synchronizing interval, by comparing the phase of the clock to that of the reference frequency and, during the synchronizing interval, i.e., the interval between synchronization steps, the oscillator frequency (f1) is adjusted by means of a controlled variable, such as voltage, based on the measurement of an oscillator operating error, in a manner that the effect of the oscillator operating error on the clock frequency is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Tecnomen Oy
    Inventor: Sakari Haapanen
  • Patent number: 5407187
    Abstract: A separating apparatus having a magazine in which stacked sheets made of plastics material or the like are arranged, and having movable suction means for moving the separated sheets to a workplace, where the sheets in the stack are supported in a horizontal position by holding means on the bottom edge of the magazine, and therebetween the bottom most sheet is freely disposed and is accessible to the suction means. The holding means comprises a rotatably driven shaft arranged along the two bottom edges of the magazine, the cross-section of which shaft, in the region of the length of the sheet, is recessed so as to form a shoulder, the depth of the shoulder being equal to the thickness of the sheet to be separated, and arranged approximately in the center between the edges of the magazine are the suction means which are able to move toward and away from the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Wilhelm Reil, Udo Liebram, Heiko Bub
  • Patent number: 5404575
    Abstract: A method for radiosynchronization of base stations in a simulcasting network which includes a plurality of base stations to be synchronized, comprising the following steps: a.) a first set of base stations transmitting respective synchronization signals; b.) a second set of base stations receiving at least one of the respective synchronization signals for the purpose of determining several estimates of synchronization error, where each of the several estimates is an estimate of synchronization error between one of the first set of transmitting base stations and one of the second set of receiving base stations; and, c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Tecnomen Oy
    Inventor: Pekka Lehto
  • Patent number: 5388335
    Abstract: A device for precisely adjusting an optical sight on a small arm or a hand firearm, characterized by an adjusting plate (2) mounted on the arm and having a slot, a sight holder (3) with a bottom plate (3.sup.a) having a plug (16) formed at its bottom side which when being in engagement with the slot allows a horizontal turn and a vertical tilt of the sight holder (3) relative to the adjusting plate (2), and a set-up for fixing the sight holder (3) in a definite turning and tilting position with respect to the adjusting plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Theo Jung
  • Patent number: 5325550
    Abstract: A carriage for a person which may be attached to a transporting device, comprising a frame, structure attached to the frame for holding the torso of the person in an essentially vertical position, and thigh retaining structure having first and second attachment members secured to the frame and operatively arranged such that when the thigh retaining structure is engaged, and the straps are properly secured, the thighs of the person are held in a substantially horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventors: Robert C. Dearstyne, Abir Mullick
  • Patent number: 5311799
    Abstract: A process and apparatus are provided for transferring material cut in transverse strips and located on an exit zone of an apparatus for the cutting of stacked sheet-like material, to an entry zone of the apparatus for the purpose of cutting such material into longitudinal strips. The apparatus has a cutting table with a table surface possessing a work zone, above which a cutting knife and a press bar are located. An advance device located in the entry zone is provided for the material to be cut. The material present in transverse strips is brought from the exit in zone onto a thin-walled, plate-shaped transport base. The transport base, together with the material, is fed, via at least one table which is arranged laterally of the apparatus and the table surface of which can be arranged level with that of the cutting table of the apparatus, to the entry zone of the apparatus and there, aligned with the entry zone, is removed from the transport base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mohr
  • Patent number: 5303206
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus for determining the combination of distance and relative direction between two locations in a fluid medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventors: Richard Bemb, Edward Crovella
  • Patent number: 5301581
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for cutting stacked, sheet-like material, having a table surface which has a working zone, above which a cutting blade and a press beam are located, an entry zone behind the working zone for receiving the material to be cut and an exit zone in front of the working zone for receiving the cut material, a feed device for the material to be cut, which feed device has teeth which engage grooves of the press beam when the feed device is in its foremost position, and also a side stop for aligning the material to be cut by means of a pressing slide movable in the area of the working zone in the direction of the line of cut, where the feed device extends essentially over the entire width of the table surface, and the pressing slide is effective solely in the area of the working zone formed between the cutting plane and the foremost position of the feed device, thus allowing alignment of the material to be cut in direct proximity to the cutting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mohr
  • Patent number: 5295291
    Abstract: A tool for centering and aligning a clutch assembly of a motor vehicle during clutch installation and removal, comprising a tripartite elongated cylindrical shaft having a threaded section at a first end of the shaft, a generally smooth cylindrical section at a second end of the shaft for mating with a pilot bearing of a crankshaft of the vehicle, and a splined section therebetween for mating with a splined throughbore of a clutch disc; and, a hollow cylindrical housing, open at one end, and having a flat circular plate at its other end, the plate having a throughbore therein to receive the threaded section of the shaft, the housing operatively arranged to surround the splined section of the shaft when the threaded section passes through the throughbore, with the open end in position to contact a surface of the clutch disc; and, a nut operatively arranged to be threaded onto the threaded section and into contact with the flat circular plate to force the open end of the housing into contact with the surface of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Earl C. Harris
  • Patent number: 5281425
    Abstract: Skeletal remains, in unrendered condition, which are a by-product of the deboning of uncooked poultry, pork, or beef, are ground to a hamburger-like consistency and processed through sausage stuffing apparatus to form an encased and sealed bait product which provides olfactory stimulation to crabs or lobsters or other related species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignees: Teepak, Inc., BTH Bait, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth V. Stribling, Keith H. Brown, J. Lloyd Tysinger, Jr., Bill Heriford
  • Patent number: 5279196
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting stacked sheet-like material has a table surface which includes an entry zone for receiving the material to be cut, a working zone above which a cutting blade and press beam are located, as well as an exit zone for receiving the material after it is cut. The exit zone comprises a first zonal area adjacent to the working zone and a second zonal area adjacent to the first zonal area, and a first straightedge arranged below the exit zone in the area of a parting surface of the two zonal areas. The second zonal area can be lifted from an initial position where it forms a plane with the first zonal area and the first straightedge can be lifted and moved into a working position with the first zonal area. The exit zone can be moved as a whole perpendicular to the cutting plane to form a gap between the exit zone and the working zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mohr
  • Patent number: 5275501
    Abstract: A quick opening manhole cover assembly is provided which is suitable for use with virtually any shape manhole cover of a pressure vessel. The assembly broadly includes a manhole cover having outer dimensions which are less than the inner dimensions of the manhole so that the cover can pass freely therethrough. The assembly also includes a structure for raising and lowering the cover into and out of the manhole. A sliding lock mechanism is located above the cover and is engageable to prevent axial movement of the cover. A safety mechanism is provided to prevent the lock from disengaging when the vessel is under pressure. Once the lock is engaged, the cover is raised and a seal carried atop the cover provides a fluid tight sealing engagement of the cover. The pressure within the vessel urges the cover further upward to further ensure the integrity of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: The Pfaudler Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklyn J. Amorese, Robert R. Loomis
  • Patent number: 5269031
    Abstract: The present invention is a drive unit for an adjustable bed, comprising motor means and a clutch assembly comprising a toothed gear jack drive coupling, a toothed gear drive coupling and means for engaging and disengaging the jack drive coupling and the drive coupling, wherein the drive coupling is driven by the motor means and wherein the jack drive coupling, when engaged with the drive coupling by the clutch assembly, drives a controller shaft of the adjustable bed to raise or lower a section of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: James H. Alexander
  • Patent number: 5214992
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for cutting stacked, sheet-like material, having a table (3) for receiving the material to be cut, a cutting blade (7) movable perpendicularly to the plane of the table, a press beam (8) arranged adjacent to this cutting blade (7) and lowerable onto the material to be cut, and also a plate-shaped front pusher (12) for aligning the material at the feed unit, which front pusher (12) can be brought into contact with the front face of the material to be cut, allowing the material to be cut to be aligned at the feed unit without removing or moving the cut material (5); provision is also made for the front pusher to be movable at an angle from above the table towards the front face of the material to be cut and, in its lower end position, to be positioned with its abutting surface (14) essentially in the cutting plane (10) of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mohr
  • Patent number: 5209149
    Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus for cutting stacked sheet-like material, including:a table having a surface upon which the material may be laid, the table being defined to be within a work zone, a cutting knife and a press bar located above the work zone, an entry zone located behind the work zone for receiving the material to be cut, an advance device for advancing the stack of material into the work zone in the direction of the cutting knife, an element having a surface for receiving the material after it is cut, the element being defined to be within an exit zone, the element being movable relative to the work zone to form a gap therebetween, a first straight guide, tiltable about a horizontal axis in order to support the stack of material during cutting and to subsequently erect the cut stack, a second straight guide which is located behind the first straight guide which is operatively arranged to be brought into its working position after the gap has been opened, to form a transverse channel between
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mohr
  • Patent number: 5197321
    Abstract: The invention proposes a control device having a monitored operating element (1, 10). The operating element is used for introducing and forwarding an input command (14) to control systems, particularly of machines, plant or the like. In this arrangement, an oscillating movement (13) is imparted to the operating element by a drive (3, 4), which is constructed, for example, as a magnetic system, which movement is detected by the control system, particularly by means of a sensor (5, 6) which can also be constructed as an electromagnetic system. If an input command (14) is introduced into the operating element, it experiences a restriction in mobility by coming to rest against a fixed stop (8), so that no or only a smaller signal is introduced into the sensor and thus the control system. The same effect occurs if the mobility is reduced unintentionally by internal or external influences such as corrosion in the bearing points, fracture of the operating element and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Helmut Both
  • Patent number: 5190524
    Abstract: In a device for combining a plurality of liquid infusions to form a mixture comprising a chamber having a circumference and a plurality of separately closable inlets for various infusion liquids and an outlet for the mixture, and improvement is provided which comprises a chamber having a first chamber portion having inlets, a second chamber portion and an elastic sealing element held in an outer region of the circumference and interposed between the first and second portions, the sealing element extending over and covering the inlets, and segments of the sealing element being prestressed against such inlets to close same, each of the inlets communicating with the chamber and the outlet when the elastic sealing element is removed from covering each such inlet, wherein the separately closable inlets are disposed radially about an axis and the outlet is disposed longitudinally along the axis, wherein the inlets are located proximate the circumference of the chamber and each inlet ends in a sealing element openin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Roland Wex
  • Patent number: D347068
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: AG Fur Turautomation
    Inventor: Michele Rota