Patents Represented by Attorney Ronald P. Rader, Fishman & Grauer Kananen
  • Patent number: 6164327
    Abstract: A meter-out flow control valve is provided that is compact and possesses a regenerative function. A poppet valve 70 for establishing and blocking fluid communication between a first actuator port 73-1 and a tank port 74 is urged by a spring 71 into a pressure contact with a seat 72. The poppet valve 70 is moved away from the seat 72 under pressure in a first pressure receiving chamber 80-1. A cylindrical valve 103 is fitted with the poppet valve 70 to provide a regenerative switching valve 101 that may establish and block fluid communication between the first actuator port 73-1 and a first regenerative port 100. A meter-out flow control valve having a poppet valve 70 and a cylindrical valve 103 fitted together is thus provided that is compact in form and yet capable of regenerating pressure fluid in a first actuator port 73-1 into a first regenerative port 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobumi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 6167547
    Abstract: An automatic self-testing system includes a plurality of sensor processing channels or paths each having a sensor for providing, either directly or indirectly, a digital value to a comparator which compares the measured value with predetermined value that is, in turn, provided to coincidence logic that evaluates the output of its comparator with the output of the comparators of the other paths to provide an output indicative of a pass/fail condition. Each sensor processing path includes two sub-paths that can be associated with or switched into the processing path while the disassociated sub-path undergoes off-line testing by a test processor. Testing is effected by providing a digital value to the sub-path under test while sensing the output to determine the functional validity of the sub-path under test. The combinational logic state of the system is monitored and converted into a decimal value that is compared with the set of decimal values corresponding to the finite known-good logic states of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: CE Nuclear Power LLC
    Inventors: Raymond R. Senechal, Stephen J. Wilkosz
  • Patent number: 6166887
    Abstract: A magnetic head unit is provided in which the distance between a surface of the gimbal plate put touching the pressing member and a surface of the magnetic head facing the first or second disc-shaped recording medium is set to fall in a range of 0.3 to 0.8 mm and thus the coil winding concavity can be formed in the intermediate portion of the magnetic head in the direction of the head thickness and the magnetic heads can be kept stably in place in relation to the disc-shaped recording medium. Also, a recording and/or reproducing apparatus using the magnetic head unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Masayoshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 6163469
    Abstract: A rush current limiting device capable of restraining increased power consumption and heat generation caused by resistance for limiting rush current, and effectively limiting rush current caused on any conditions has. A resistance for limiting rush current caused by switching of a power switch between a rectifier diode bridge and a smoothing condenser. A triode AC switch and the relay are provided in parallel with the resistance. The on-operation of a power switch is monitored by the input monitoring circuit, and an triode AC switch is turned on at the zero crossing point of input signals after the on-operation by the zero crossing circuit to short-circuit the resistance. After a delay of the relay due to sensitive time, the relay is turned on by a relay driving circuit, and the triode AC switch is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yuki
  • Patent number: 6163181
    Abstract: A frequency divider circuit, and a digital PLL circuit including the same, which can suppress jitter occurring in an output signal, including a first circuit module which drives D-FFs connected in series using an input signal as a reference clock signal and divides the input signal by a frequency division ratio selected by a frequency division ratio determining signal to produce a first divided signal; a second circuit module which drives D-FFs connected in series using the first divided signal as a reference clock signal and divides the first divided signal by a frequency division ratio corresponding to the number of D-FFs connected in series to produce an output signal; and an OR circuit which produces a frequency division ratio determining signal based on the outputs of the D-FFs of the second circuit module and a frequency division ratio selecting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Seiichi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 6163735
    Abstract: It is the object of the invention to correct a quadrantal protuberance depending on machining conditions, to improve a machining efficiency, and to improve the accuracy of a machining operation. A numerically controlled machine tool is provided with quadrantal protuberance correction storage means (301a and 301b) that stores a plurality of sets of the amount of quadrantal protuberance correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Kitamura Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Yamada, Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 6159088
    Abstract: A polishing pad for chemical mechanical polishing capable of simultaneously realizing a reduction of process costs by the reduction of the amount of usage of a polishing slurry and an improvement of a polishing quality of a wafer surface, and a polishing apparatus and a polishing method using the same, provided with a first area A at a side of a predetermined radial line R of the polishing pad in the direction of rotation or advance 30 of the polishing pad, a second area B at an opposite side thereof, and grooves having projecting portions 203 in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation or advance 30 of the polishing pad formed only in the second area B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hideharu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 6160863
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor coolant system includes a primary coolant circuit connected to a secondary coolant circuit. A desired amount of coolant is bled from the primary circuit to the secondary circuit for purification and controlling chemical composition of the coolant. Variable speed charging pumps are provided in the secondary circuit to pump coolant back into the primary circuit at variable pressures and flow rates. A pressurizer level control system is also disclosed for controlling pump speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: CE Nuclear Power LLC
    Inventor: Philip H. Hepner
  • Patent number: 6160534
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display drive circuit capable of reducing deviation between channels and realizing a liquid crystal display of a high image quality without requiring an adjustment step on a manufacturing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Katakura
  • Patent number: 6159775
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to effectively prevent a progress of corrosion due to a local cell produced between a copper raw material (30) of a lead frame and a plating layer (29) on the surface, secure an anchor effect necessary for a chip loading surface without providing a palladium or palladium alloy film (29) with an excessive thickness and improve the reliability of a semiconductor device while achieving a reduction of production cost of a semiconductor device.Ground plating layers (27), (28) of multilayer structure of nickel are formed entirely on the surface of the raw material and then the palladium or palladium alloy plating layer (29) is formed on the surface thereof. A first ground plating layer (27) is formed so as to have an elaborate quality by supplying a DC current of a predetermined current value thereto as a plating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Noge Electronic Industries Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akagi Kazuto, Yasushi Umeda, Mitsuyuki Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 6155390
    Abstract: An incremental braking method and system in which a braked member which is in motion, e.g., a brake drum, is engaged by a series of flexible stops on a braking member, e.g., a brake shoe, to brake the braked member. A rigid stop on the braked member sweeps past the flexible stops on the braking member to cause vibrations. The vibrations are damped as the flexible stops engage the braked member, thereby inhibiting the motion of the braked member. The flexible stops are of unequal lengths and are provided on springs which allow them to retract into the braking member. In this way, the stops incrementally engage the braked member for smoother and more efficient braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Russell Ozechowski
    Inventor: Russell Ozechowski
  • Patent number: 6155134
    Abstract: A rotation control device capable of suppressing vibrations of a rotation unit produced due to changes in weight unbalances of the rotation unit. On a disc rotation control device 2, made up of a driving shaft 8 rotated along with an optical disc 90, a turntable 9, a motor rotor 10 and a magnet 15 mounted on the motor rotor 10, balancer members 6, 7 are mounted so that the balancer members 6, 7 are rotatably supported on the driving shaft 8. The disc rotation control device 2 causes rotation of the rotation unit such that a synthesized center of gravity of the rotation unit offset from the center of rotation by the unbalances of the optical disc 90 and the balancer members 6, 7 will coincide with the center of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikuta, Mitsuhiro Ueno, Fumiharu Sudo, Toru Nakahara
  • Patent number: 6157610
    Abstract: A disk 1 comprised by a substrate 11, a signal layer 12 made of aluminum in which pits 14 are formed, and a protective plate 13. The information reproducing apparatus emits an electron beam E from an electron gun 40 to the signal layer 12 of the disk 1, detects a change of the incident intensity of the reflection thereof via a detector 42, and reproduces the information of the disk 1 by a reproducing circuit 5. A recording medium 20 comprised by a conductive layer 22, an insulating layer 23, and island-like fixed electrodes 24 thereon electrically insulated from the periphery with a memory function imparted to the fixed electrodes. For the writing, electrons are injected into the fixed electrodes by the electron gun. For full erasure, a voltage is applied to the conductive layer 22. For the reading, the electrostatic effect of the counter electrodes and the fixed electrodes is utilized. This enables an increase of the volume of information and an enhancement of precision of the reading of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 6157358
    Abstract: Since each driving circuit has corresponded to the entire range of signal voltage, the dynamic range is large, it is difficult to constitute it by high Vth transistors, and a circuit having sufficient driving capacity for both input and output of current must be used, leading to increased circuit area and current consumption. To solve the problem, a circuit for driving column lines is divided into two in response to signal voltage with, for example, the common voltage as a reference, and these two column line driving circuits are arranged on the upper and lower sides of the LCD effective screen portion every two columns, and when the output end of the one column line driving circuit is connected to one of two column lines the analog switches are open-close timing controlled so that the output end of the other column line driving circuit is connected to the other of the two column lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Nakajima, Toshikazu Maekawa
  • Patent number: 6157173
    Abstract: A power accessory for apportioning electrical current between an electronic device and a rechargeable battery used in connection with the device includes two current limiting circuits. The first current limiting circuit limits the current supplied to the device to the peak current that device may demand. Any remaining current from the first current limiting circuit is passed through the second current limiter to the recharge the battery based on a charging algorithm. When the battery is fully charged, the second current limiting circuit stops providing current to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Baranowski, Clayton R. Karmel
  • Patent number: 6156153
    Abstract: A chemical treatment apparatus including a treatment tank filled with chemical with which wafers are treated, and a jet pipe having chemical jetting holes which is provided at the bottom portion of the treatment tank and jets the chemical from the jetting holes thereof, the jetting holes containing at least first jetting holes for jetting the chemical upwardly and second jetting holes for jetting the chemical in a direction different from that of the first holes. The second direction is set to a direction within the range from the horizontal direction of the jet pipe to the obliquely downward direction at 45 degrees with respect to the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Iwamoto, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 6156194
    Abstract: A magnetic filtration system for separating radioactive cut material from a fluid stream containing a mixture of the radioactive cut material and an abrasive cutting material. The system comprises a magnetic filter in fluid communication with the fluid stream. By selecting an abrasive cutting material having a different magnetic susceptibility than the radioactive material being cut, the abrasive cutting material can be separated from the radioactive cut material with the magnetic filter. The amount of high level radioactive material is thereby reduced for handling and disposal. The magnetic filter is part of a closed-loop system that extracts a fluid stream containing a mixture of abrasive cutting material and radioactive cut material from an enclosure in which an abrasive waterjet cutting tool is operated. Other filters are provided in the system for removing the radioactive cut particulate from the fluid stream in multiple stages according to a size of the particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: CE Nuclear Power LLC
    Inventor: Edward F. Lamoureux
  • Patent number: 6155974
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus of monitoring brain wave activity in a patient allows the patient to be mobile during the monitoring. A size adjustable skull cap is fitted to the patient. In the skull cap a plurality of sensors monitor the patient's brain waves and transmit the data with a polydirectional antenna over a wireless connection to a supporting system. The supporting system processes, correlates and allows a physician to review, edit and annotate the data obtained from monitoring the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Michael Fish
  • Patent number: 6154192
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device and a data line drive circuit of the same capable of individually reducing offsets between a video signal input and outputs, reducing a difference of offsets among outputs, and accordingly obtaining a good image quality, provided with a plurality of output blocks provided with sample-and-hold circuits connected in series for sampling the input video signal and holding the sampled data for a constant period; a drive circuit for outputting the held data of the sample-and-hold circuit as a signal of a predetermined level; and an output level adjustment circuit for comparing voltages V1 and V2 set in the switching period of the horizontal synchronization signal in the input video signal and an output signal voltage of the drive circuit and adjusting the level of the output signal of the drive circuit to a constant level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Katakura, Yuichi Takagi, Genichiro Ohga
  • Patent number: 6152183
    Abstract: A nozzle cap for sealing a nozzle which penetrates a nuclear reactor vessel, and a method of using such, is provided, and includes a closure portion suitable for closing an open end of the nozzle under pressure associated with the nuclear reactor vessel, a skirt portion that is cylindrically formed beneath the closure portion, a flexible element that is secured to the skirt portion and may include concave portions to accommodate vibration movements between the nozzle and the nozzle cap, and a weldment lip that is secured to the flexible element, and welded to the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: CE Nuclear Power LLC
    Inventor: Edward G. Sirica