Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Robert W. Becker & Associates
  • Patent number: 7878101
    Abstract: A weapon system, especially for a ship, having a rocket launcher and an ammunition compartment for storing rocket containers designed to each accommodate at least one rocket. Disposed in the ammunition compartment is a guide mechanism on which at least two ammunition carriages, designed to accommodate the rocket containers, are displaceably disposed, whereby they can be shifted out of a parked position into a loading position in which the rocket container is disposed essentially below a slide-in structure of the rocket launcher. Securing mechanisms are provided for securing the ammunition carriages in place on the guide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heinrich Heldmann, Siegfried Süss, Georg Scheidemann
  • Patent number: 7874801
    Abstract: A device for measuring the displacement travel of a hydraulic displacement mechanism for blades of an impeller of an axial-flow fan, wherein the displacement mechanism includes as components a displacement cylinder and a piston rod having a piston, one of the components being axially displaceable and the other component not being axially displaceable. Respective spindles of the blades are secured to a displacement disk to which is connected the axially displaceable component of the displacement mechanism. An oil transfer element surrounds an extension of the piston rod that extends out of the displacement cylinder. A magnetostrictive displacement-measuring device that includes a sensor housing with a wave guide, sensor head, and an annular magnet is coupled to the displacement mechanism. The sensor housing and the sensor head are connected to the oil transfer element. Either the oil transfer element or one of the displacement mechanism components is axially displaceable relative to the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: TLT-Turbo GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7784433
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for cooling reaction gas, wherein the respective ends of heat exchanger tubes, through which the reaction gas flows, are inserted in a respective tube plate and are surrounded by a jacket, at the two ends of which are provided a respective end chamber that is partially delimited by one of the tube plates and serves for the supply and withdrawal of the reaction gas; water, as cooling agent, flows through the inner chamber of the heat exchanger that is surrounded by the jacket and that is divided by a partition, extending perpendicular to the heat exchanger tubes, which extend through it, into two partial chambers disposed one after the other in the direction of flow of the reaction gas, each partial chamber being provided with its own supply connectors and outlet connectors for the cooling agent; boiling water flows through the partial chamber that is disposed on the inlet side for reaction gas and that is connected via a supply line and withdrawal lines with a water/steam drum; feed water flo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: BORSIG GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Birk
  • Patent number: 7566061
    Abstract: A workpiece gripping apparatus comprising a base, two centering jaws displaceably guided on the base so as to be movable toward and away from one another, and an actuator jaw displaceably guided on both of the centering jaws. The actuator jaw is movable toward and away from the base, with movement of the actuator jaw causing movement of both of the centering jaws, which are adapted to center a workpiece between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: SMW Autoblok Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Townsend
  • Patent number: 7552520
    Abstract: An extruded seal member having a corrugated axial surface exhibiting alternating peaks and valleys extending longitudinally along the axial surface of the seal member; a method for manufacturing the seal member which comprises extruding a tubular structure having a corrugated axial surface, crosslinking the extrude tubular structure, cutting the tubular structure to provide a plurality of uniform seal members and recovering the seal members; and a method of using such multilayer seal members, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Dayco Products, LLC
    Inventors: Edi J. Wink, Francis V. Rolland, John Mobley, Eric Frey, Kenneth Scott Jackson, Jeremy Duke
  • Patent number: 7513178
    Abstract: A hydraulic screw tensioning device for adjusting screws or bolts includes a cylinder supported on a machine part to be clamped by a threaded bolt and nut, at least one piston guided in the cylinder, a change sleeve threaded onto a threaded end of the bolt, a rotary sleeve in the cylinder for positive connection with the nut, first and second gear mechanisms for driving connection with the rotary sleeve and the change sleeve, respectively, a drive motor for the gear mechanisms, a connecting shaft between gears in the second gear mechanism and first gear mechanism, a device for alternative coupling of the drive motor with the change sleeve or the rotary sleeve, and respective recesses or extensions on a gear secured to the change sleeve and on the gear in the second gear mechanism to positively receive a tool for driving the connecting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventors: Jörg Hohmann, Frank Hohmann
  • Patent number: 7472892
    Abstract: A carburetor of an internal combustion engine for operating a manually-guided implement, including an intake channel having a venturi section for combustion air, a fuel channel that opens into the intake channel via a fuel opening, and an accelerator pump that is in flow-conducting communication with the fuel opening. During operation of the carburetor, the fuel channel is adapted to have fuel flow continuously therethrough. The fuel channel is guided through a pump chamber of the accelerator pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Paa
  • Patent number: 7441518
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine having an intake channel that opens into a crankcase. A first fuel channel opens into the intake channel to supply fuel thereto as a function of underpressure in the intake channel. An auxiliary channel opens into a transfer channel that fluidically connects a crankcase to the combustion chamber. A second fuel channel opens into the auxiliary channel and is connected to a storage reservoir for fuel. At least one valve controls the quantity of fuel to be supplied to the engine via the auxiliary channel. Largely fuel-free air is supplied to the engine via the intake channel during idling. During a first revolution of the crankshaft, fuel is supplied via the auxiliary channel, so that a combustible mixture can form in the combustion chamber. During a second revolution, largely fuel-free air is supplied via the auxiliary channel and the combustion chamber is scavenged with largely fuel-free air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Claus Naegele, Hans Nickel
  • Patent number: 7429012
    Abstract: A self stopping seat belt retractor is provided with a belt shaft for winding a seat belt thereonto and unwinding a wound seat belt therefrom and a housing rotatably supporting the belt shaft and having a locking device that includes a locking means for the belt shaft that can be controlled in a vehicle sensitive and/or belt sensitive manner into engagement with a toothed gearing system on that side of the housing. A tightening device operating on the belt shaft includes a drive wheel, which is, prior to the release of the tightening device, secured in a force-transmitting manner on the housing, is connectable upon release of the tightening device with the belt shaft, whereby the drive wheel of the tightening device is connectable via the locking device with the belt shaft for the transmission of force to the belt shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Kay Löffler, Michael Pech, Martin Schmidt, Thomas Schmidt, Thomas Schneider, Stefan Suhr, Stefan Bösch
  • Patent number: 7412959
    Abstract: A manually guided implement having a housing that accommodates an internal combustion engine for driving a tool. At least an upper handle extends in a longitudinal direction of the implement on an upper side thereof. A first antivibration element connects the handle to the housing, wherein a longitudinal central axis of the antivibration element is inclined relative to a longitudinal central plane of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Günter Wolf, Bernhard Dürr
  • Patent number: 7406742
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a blower fan, a motor for driving the blower fan, a blower tube for conveying an air stream from the blower fan, and a potential compensation device that is electrically connected with the motor. The potential compensation device includes a charge compensation element having a free end that projects in an exposed manner into the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Joos, Uwe Gaese
  • Patent number: 7404546
    Abstract: A carburetor arrangement for a manually-guided implement operated by an internal combustion engine. A carburetor supplies a fuel/air mixture to the engine, with a butterfly valve being disposed in the intake duct of the carburetor and with a choke valve being disposed upstream of the butterfly valve. A start lever is provided for actuating the carburetor in a start phase, and acts upon the choke valve. The start lever can be shifted in a direction of actuation and in an unlocking direction that is independent of the direction of actuation. The start lever can be locked in a rest position relative to the direction of actuation, and after being shifted out of the rest position in the unlocking direction is shiftable in the direction of actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: André Prager, Thomas Sonnenkalb
  • Patent number: 7380572
    Abstract: An energy attenuation apparatus in fluid communication with tubing adapted to convey a liquid under pressure, and including a liquid-conveying unit in fluid communication with the tubing and having a diameter greater than the tubing diameter. The liquid-conveying unit has four chambers in series, at least one of which contains a tube, wherein an annular space is formed between the inner peripheral surface of the unit and the outer peripheral surface of the tube. One end of the tube is connected to and in fluid communication with an inlet or outlet end of the chamber, and another, free end is spaced by an open gap from the outlet or inlet end of the chamber. The tube has at least one aperture in the free end and/or on the peripheral surface thereof for providing fluid communication between the tube and the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Yungrwei Chen
  • Patent number: 7350382
    Abstract: A turnbuckle lock for use on a thin-walled door includes a locking tongue and actuating mechanism that are formed as one piece with one another. An inner seal disposed between the housing and actuating mechanism is formed by being sprayed onto the housing. The actuating member and the housing member enclosing the actuating mechanism are permanently connected to each other, and the inner seal is placed inside at least one free space formed on the actuating mechanism. The inner seal and outer seal also may be formed as a one-piece element. By the permanent connection of the housing and the component made up of the actuating mechanism and the locking tongue, it is ensured that the locking tongue cannot be detached from the actuating mechanism, so that the locking function of the turnbuckle lock is always provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: EMKA Beschlagteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7347222
    Abstract: An energy attenuation device for a conduit that is adapted to convey a pressurized fluid therethrough, comprising a hose section disposed about a portion of the conduit, wherein such conduit portion is made of flexible material and is provided with at least one aperture, for example in a surface thereof, and wherein in a non-pressurized state of the conduit, the hose section rests against the portion of the conduit over essentially the entire length of such portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Yungrwei Chen, Curtis William Schlak
  • Patent number: 7338089
    Abstract: A pipe interruption fitting having a flange is removable after pipe maintenance work has been completed. The fitting includes an upper reinforcing plate, an inner surface of which has a curvature corresponding to an outer surface of the pipe, and a vertical pipe welded to the upper reinforcing plate. The fitting further includes an adaptor welded to the vertical pipe. Bolt holes are formed in an upper surface of the adaptor. A through hole is formed through the adaptor. An annular groove is formed in an inner surface of the through hole. The flange is removably coupled to the adaptor. Coupling holes are formed in the flange for installation of a boring machine or a stopple machine. The fitting further includes a plug fitted into the through hole of the adaptor and having an expansion plate to be inserted into the annular groove. A cover is adapted to be inserted into the through hole of the adaptor and to be welded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Woo Kag Lee
  • Patent number: 7331419
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steer-by-wire steering system comprising a hydraulic control unit that acts on the steerable wheels (1, 20), the control unit having at least one cradle (4, 23), which is displaceably mounted on at least one guide rod (5, 24) that passes through the respective cradle (4, 23). The respective cradle (4, 23) and the corresponding guide rod(s) (5, 24) form working chambers (A11, A12, A21, A22) of a piston-cylinder system, whereby each respective guide rod (5, 24) has at least one channel (KA11, KA12, KA21, KA22), each terminating in the vicinity of a working chamber (A11, A12, A21, A22). The cradle or cradles (4, 23) adjust the steerable wheels (1, 20) directly or by means of steering tie rods (2, 21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Presta Steertec GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Sikora, Jochen Horwath
  • Patent number: 7331276
    Abstract: A piston for a two-cycle engine having a piston head and a piston wall in which are disposed wrist pin eyes. At least one undercut is formed between the underside of the piston head and the wrist pin eyes at a distance from the piston head. The undercut extends from the interior of the piston toward the piston wall. A respective thickened portion is provided in at least one region of the piston that is rotationally shifted about the longitudinal axis of the piston by 90° relative to one of the wrist pin eyes. The thickened portion is disposed at a distance below the piston head and extends into the interior of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Helmut Schleβmann, Tobias Wurster, Andreas Bähner, Ralf-Rainer Kemmler
  • Patent number: 7325674
    Abstract: A plate conveyor having overlapping plates and a plate-supporting sprocket chain composed of two parallel chain strands formed of inner link members and outer link members, facing ones of which are connected by link pins. The chain is in the form of at least two preassembled portions that are to be interconnected by terminal link segments. A first terminal link segment is comprised of two parallel, outwardly projecting terminal inner link members, with a plate connected to at least one of them. A second terminal link segment is formed by a terminal outer link member, one end of which is connected to a link pin. The terminal outer link member projects outwardly on one side of the second terminal link segment and is connected to a plate. An outer closure link member is disposed across from the terminal outer link member and has an end adapted to be placed on the link pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Aumund-Fördererbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl-Josef Dufhaus
  • Patent number: 7320246
    Abstract: An on-board vehicle diagnostic system includes sensors for detecting vehicle operating parameters, such as speed, wheel speed, yaw rate, transverse acceleration, and/or tire operating parameters, such as the tire inflation pressure and the temperature at the belt edge. Relationships between the parameters are stored in a diagnostic model so that depending on the complexity level of the system and performance requirements, predictions regarding the wear condition of the tire and/or defective vehicle adjustments are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: TÜV Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Schick, Lars Netsch