Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Rohm & Monsanto
  • Patent number: 7246391
    Abstract: A prayer pillow, or cushion, has knee pads placed in the interior of the pillow filling, spaced apart and adapted to receive the knees of a user while kneeling. The knee pads provide further cushioning and support for the knees of the user so that kneeling for a protracted time is more comfortable. The pillow has a removable cover that may, in preferred embodiments, incorporate a pleasant design and verses of Biblical scripture. The spacing between the knee pads maybe adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Leslie M. Brown
  • Patent number: 7222718
    Abstract: A conveyor system transports a multiplicity of product items from an input portion to an output portion and is provided with a first conveyor that transports the product items from the input portion to a distal turnaround region. A second conveyor transports the product items from the distal turnaround region to a redistribution region. A first product transfer arrangement urges the product items from the first conveyor to the second conveyor. A plurality of exit conveyors are arranged to be parallel to each other for transporting the product items from the redistribution region to a product exit region located at the output portion, and are arranged to transport the product items at a respectively associated rates of transport. A product redistribution arrangement directs the product items to respective input ends of the plurality of exit conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Nedco Conveyor Company
    Inventor: Curtis S. Tarlton
  • Patent number: 7204161
    Abstract: A gear system having a rotatory input is isolated while subjected to test for torsional and linear vibration. The gear system is installed on an isolation support that affords multiple degrees of freedom with respect to a base, whereby torsional and linear vibrations are analyzed. The resonance of the isolation support can be configured to simulate a vehicle, or to be significantly different therefrom. The gear system is clamped in a manner that permits the multiple degrees of freedom with respect to the base, via an engagement arrangement that secures the gear system to the isolation support. Rotatory energy is provided as torque without significant axial or transaxial bias. Processes for signal analysis enable “pass/fail” determinations with respect to torsional vibration, linear vibration, noise of the system under test, and the presence of bumps or nicks in the gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 7162903
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a drive shaft (11) for a vehicle, the drive shaft (11) having a longitudinal axis and first and second ends. There is provided a drive arrangement for coupling to the first end of the drive shaft and applying a rotatory force to the drive shaft (11). A second end support arrangement rotationally supports the drive shaft (11) at its second end. Also, a transaxial drive (35) for applying a transverse force in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft (11). The transaxial drive includes a transaxially displaceable roller arrangement for communicating with an outer surface of the drive shaft (11) in a region thereof intermediate of the drive arrangement and the support arrangement, via which the transverse force is applied. The transverse force has a magnitude sufficient to cause bending of the drive shaft (11) in the direction transverse to the longitudinal axis thereof as the drive shaft is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 7159728
    Abstract: A support arrangement for a hair styling salon has a stanchion for forming a substantially central support member for an annular rim member. The annular rim member has notches along its periphery for accommodating respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair. Each notch is dimensioned to grasp a respective skein of braiding/weaving hair. A radial support arrangement configured as spokes that extend radially from the stanchion supports the annular rim member rotatably and removably on the stanchion. A tray is concentrically disposed with respect to the annular rim member and is vertically adjustably supported on the stanchion. The tray supports beauty products and implements, such as needles and thread, that are used during the braiding/weaving process. An elastomeric portion is annularly configured and arranged to overlie the annular rim, and has a plurality of slit-like notches that grasp resiliently and securely respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Brenda A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7082809
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for a hemming press uses a ballscrew drive arrangement with a longitudinal axis. A first gimbal connected to the externally threaded screw shaft connects the externally threaded screw shaft to a stationary member. The platen is movable with respect to the stationary member. A second gimbal connected to the internally threaded nut connects the internally threaded nut to the platen. The gimbals accommodate transaxial displacement of the screw drive arrangement. A motor applies torque to the ballscrew drive arrangement. Transaxial loading of the screw drive arrangement is accommodated by the first and/or second gimbals. Severe forces resulting from crashes are accommodated by force limiting arrangements and resilient devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc.
    Inventor: Mircea G. Balasu
  • Patent number: 7074272
    Abstract: Device quality, single crystal film of cubic zinc-blende aluminum nitride (AlN) is deposited on a cubic substrate, such as a silicon (100) wafer by plasma source molecular beam epitaxy (PSMBE). The metastable zinc-blende form of AlN is deposited on the substrate at a low temperature by a low energy plasma beam of high-energy activated aluminum ions and nitrogen ion species produced in a molecular beam epitaxy system by applying a pulsed d.c. power to a hollow cathode source. In this manner, films having a thickness of at least 800 ? were produced. The lattice parameter of as-deposited films was calculated to be approximately 4.373 ? which corresponds closely to the theoretical calculation (4.38 ?) for cubic zinc-blende AlN. An interfacial layer of silicon carbide, specifically the cubic 3C—SiC polytype, interposed between the epitaxial film of zinc-blende AlN and the Si(100) wafer provides a template for growth and a good lattice match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventors: Margarita P. Thompson, Gregory W. Auner
  • Patent number: 7017426
    Abstract: A drive coupling arrangement for transmitting torque from a drive arrangement to a gear assembly under test has a first coupler portion attached to the gear assembly under test. The coupler has a polygonal cross-sectional configuration and a plurality of substantially planar surfaces that extend parallel to the predetermined length of axis, in the form of an assembly nut of the gear assembly under test at a rotatory terminal thereof. A second coupler portion is coupled to the drive arrangement and has an internal cross-sectional configuration that accommodates the polygonal cross-sectional configuration of the first coupler portion. The second coupler portion has a plurality of engagement portions that communicate exclusively with a predetermined number of the substantially planar surfaces of the first coupler portion, and is axially translatable along the first coupler portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 7019641
    Abstract: A human being presence detection system automatically determines the presence of human beings without directly attaching sensors to the human body and detects human drowsiness. The detection system characterizes the occupancy of a vehicle seat to determine the characteristics of deployment of vehicle airbags and restraints in the event of a crash/accident. In other applications, the presence of persons hiding in a predetermined space is detected, including caves, underground bunkers, tunnels, etc. The rescue of military personnel or of persons trapped under rubble, behind barriers, within building, etc., is facilitated. In one embodiment, human beings are detected using data obtained from pressure transducers in the space of interest. The pressure signals are processed by a novel signal processing algorithm to determine the presence or absence of a human being, using information from different types of pressure transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: M-Vision Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Lakshmanan, Bing Ma
  • Patent number: 6988302
    Abstract: A system for verifying the quality of a pressing operation of a press-fit part onto a receiving portion of a receiving assembly. The system is applicable to the installation of a bearing cup onto a shaft, or a valve seat into a cylinder head. A probe measures a predetermined dimension of the press-fit part to establish a first measurement value. In the case of a valve seat installed a receiving pocket of a cylinder head, a measuring probe is inserted into the receiving pocket of the cylinder head to measure its depth. The depth is recorded as a second measurement value. The valve seat is then pressed into the pocket, and the residual depth is measured to determine the distance between the outermost surface of the pressed in valve seat and the outer surface of the receiving pocket. A computation compares the depth of the pocket against the thickness of the valve seat to determine a difference which is then compared to the residual depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 6935158
    Abstract: Hydrogen gas sensors employ an epitaxial layer of the thermodynamically stable form of aluminum nitride (AlN) as the “insulator” in an MIS structure having a thin metal gate electrode suitable for catalytic dissociate of hydrogen, such as palladium, on a semiconductor substrate. The AlN is deposited by a low temperature technique known as Plasma Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy (PSMBE). When silicon (Si) is used the semiconducting substrate, the electrical behavior of the device is that of a normal nonlinear MIS capacitor. When a silicon carbide (SiC) is used, the electrical behavior of the device is that of a rectifying diode. Preferred structures are Pd/AlN/Si and Pd/AlN/SiC wherein the SiC is preferably 6H—SiC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventors: Flaminia Serina, Gregory W. Auner, Ka Yuen Simon Ng, Ratna Naik
  • Patent number: 6877368
    Abstract: An arrangement for isolating a differential axle system while it is subjected to a test process for noise, also reduces the noise contribution of the differential gear set by coupling a load directly to the differential gear set shaft. The isolation arrangement has a suspension arrangement that supports the differential axle system above the base supports. In a different embodiment, the isolation support supports the differential axle system, yet affords multiple degrees of freedom with respect to the base. The differential axle system is clamped in a manner that permits the multiple degrees of freedom with respect to the base, via an engagement arrangement that secures the differential axle system to the isolation support. The engagement arrangement has a first position with respect to the base wherein the differential axle system is installable on, and removable from, the isolation support, and a second position wherein the differential axle system is secured to the isolation support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 6772644
    Abstract: A drive coupling arrangement for transmitting torque from a drive arrangement to a gear assembly under test has a first coupler portion attached to the gear assembly under test. The coupler has a polygonal cross-sectional configuration and a plurality of substantially planar surfaces that extend parallel to the predetermined length of axis, in the form of an assembly nut of the gear assembly under test at a rotatory terminal thereof. A second coupler portion is coupled to the drive arrangement and has an internal cross-sectional configuration that accommodates the polygonal cross-sectional configuration of the first coupler portion. The second coupler portion has a plurality of engagement portions that communicate exclusively with a predetermined number of the substantially planar surfaces of the first coupler portion, and is axially translatable along the first coupler portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 6754948
    Abstract: A system for verifying the quality of a pressing operation of a press-fit part onto a receiving portion of a receiving assembly. The system is applicable to the installation of a bearing cup onto a shaft, or a valve seat into a cylinder head. A probe measures a predetermined dimension of the press-fit part to establish a first measurement value. In the case of a valve seat installed a receiving pocket of a cylinder head, a measuring probe is inserted into the receiving pocket of the cylinder head to measure its depth. The depth is recorded as a second measurement value. The valve seat is then pressed into the pocket, and the residual depth is measured to determine the distance between the outermost surface of the pressed in valve seat and the outer surface of the receiving pocket. A computation compares the depth of the pocket against the thickness of the valve seat to determine a difference which is then compared to the residual depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International, Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 6744358
    Abstract: A system for enabling communication between one of a plurality of riders of a vehicle and an operator of the vehicle, wherein each rider has associated therewith at least one of a plurality of predetermined conditions, which may be normal and handicapped conditions. A first memory stores a first message associated with a first one of the predetermined conditions, and a second memory stores a second message that is associated with a second one of the predetermined conditions. An announcement system issues an indication perceptible to the operator of the vehicle and to the plurality of riders of the vehicle. A coupling arrangement couples the first and second memories to the announcement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Lester E. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 6736002
    Abstract: An arrangement for isolating an energy transfer system while it is subjected to a test process for noise. The energy transfer system is of the type having an energy input and at least one energy output, and may be mechanical or electrical. The isolation arrangement has a base that supports the energy transfer system. An isolation support supports the energy transfer system, yet affords multiple degrees of freedom with respect to the base. The energy transfer system is clamped in a manner that permits at least one degree of freedom with respect to the base, by means of an engagement arrangement that secures the energy transfer system to the isolation support. When mechanical or electrical energy is applied to the energy transfer system, acoustic energy in the form of sound and/or vibration is issued by the energy transfer system under test, which acoustic energy is monitored by an acoustic sensor that issues a corresponding electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corp.
    Inventor: James C. Juranitch
  • Patent number: 6699122
    Abstract: A gaming machine has variable display devices for variably displaying a plurality of symbols necessary for a game, a controller for controlling variable action of the variable display devices, and a display device for displaying optional images. The images displayed by the display device are necessary for a secondary game different from a principal game executed by the variable display devices and are determined in relation to the symbols displayed when the variable action of variable display devices is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Aruze Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Osawa
  • Patent number: 6694371
    Abstract: A communication interface device connects communication object machines to communication networks that interconnect the communication object machines and management devices that operate or monitor the communication object machines. The communication interface device includes a socket server for converting signals between the communication object machines and the communication networks. A WWW server is connected to the communication networks, and a memory is connected to the WWW server. The memory stores application programs to be transferred to the management devices via the communication networks according to client programs stored in the management devices for execution on the client programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Yamatake Corporation
    Inventor: Daiji Sanai
  • Patent number: 6683451
    Abstract: A high resolution magnetic resonance force microscope is adapted to study biological systems, such as isolated cells, sub-cellular organelles and other sub-cellular structures, or cellular receptors and proteins, at resolutions ranging from 1 micron to 1 Å. The proposed magnetic resonance force microscope allows the direct, non-destructive, chemical specific, three-dimensional imaging of biological systems. In some embodiments, the biological sample may be altered to enhance its ability to be detected by its nuclear or electron spin resonance. In a particularly preferred embodiment, a paramagnetic agent is incorporated into cells by endocytosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventors: Gregory J. Moore, Stanley T. Fricke
  • Patent number: 6659867
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a principal display that displays a plurality of symbols in varying and stopped states. The player is rewarded when the stop state corresponds to a specific stop state. A predictive display displays whether the specific stop state is to be displayed. Start and stop devices are manipulated by a player, and a controller determines whether the specific stop state is to be permitted and a predictive display mode based on the result of the determination. The controller determines whether the likelihood of appearance of the specific stop state is changeable in conjunction with a change in the game resulting from the passage of time. The player adjusts the stop manipulation while confirming changes of the predictive display or expecting the appearance of a known predictive display. In this manner, an effective variable demonstration is achieved, and the fun of the game is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Aruze Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kodachi, Humio Nakano