Patents Represented by Law Firm Shenier & O'Connor
  • Patent number: 6280075
    Abstract: Storage containers (4, 14) located in a first supply station (1) are provided for mixed constituents which are characteristic of a first product. Outflow lines (8, 18) which can be closed run out of the storage containers (4, 14) via first closing devices (61, 62). A second set of storage containers (24, 34) located in a second supply station (2) are provided for mixed constituents which are characteristic of an additional product. Second outflow lines (48, 58, 68) which can be closed run out of the second set of storage containers (24, 34) via second closing devices (63, 70). Storage containers (44, 54, 64) located in the third supply station (3) are provided for mixed constituents which are available in both products to be produced. Outflow lines (48, 58, 68) are permanently open when the system is in operation. The first outflow lines (8, 18) communicate with the outflow lines (48, 58, 68) of the third supply station (3) via a transport line (20) having a stop valve (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Angelo Cadeo and Miteco AG
    Inventor: Angelo Cadeo
  • Patent number: 6052194
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling the color of an article such as a paper web includes performing a comparison between target and measured reflectance values in numerous wavelength bands spanning the visible spectrum. The comparison quantifies correspondingly numerous errors that are modified by a non-linear operation, such as squaring, and then added together. The resulting sum is minimized by individually adjusting the application of a number of colorants to the article. The number of wavelength bands is greater than the number of colorants. This avoids metameric effects which are common in conventional systems that rely on three color space coordinates such as Hunter Laboratories L, a, b; C.I.E. L*, a*, b*; chromaticity x, y, z; and tristimulus X, Y, Z. Colorant response simulators enable the effects of changes in application of colorants to be tested while the actual application of colorants to the article is unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Valmet Automation (Canada) Ltd.
    Inventor: Seyhan Nuyan
  • Patent number: 6016734
    Abstract: A food slicing machine including a housing and a disc-shaped knife which is mounted for rotation on the housing. An adjusting device moves a stop plate relative to the cutting plane of the knife to set the slice thickness. A food carriage reciprocates adjacent the knife and is pivotable between a slice cutting position and a fully retracted position. A locking disc is connected to the adjusting device and includes a slot of uniform width extending from the periphery in a generally radial direction. A locking element which is slightly smaller than the slot is arranged to enter the slot responsive to pivoting of the carriage out of the slice cutting position. Upon setting the adjusting device to a slice thickness of zero, the slot is aligned with the locking element. A relatively small amount of pivoting of the carriage from the slice cutting position toward the fully retracted position causes the locking element to enter the slot and prevent substantial rotation of the adjusting device in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Klaus Koch
  • Patent number: 6013614
    Abstract: A portable stain removal kit containing single use packets of various spotting agents and a stain guide directing use of the various spotting agents to effectively and professionally remove any type of known or unknown stain. The spotting agents include wet side spotting agents and a dry side spotting agent. Rinse solutions are provided to remove the wet side spotting agents. Non-woven, embossed, synthetic webs are impregnated with the various solutions and sealed within vapor-impervious packets. The stain guide features one side with stains removable by a single spotting agent and a second side with combination stains removable by two or more recommended spotting agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: John Mahdessian
  • Patent number: 5976780
    Abstract: A macroencapsulation device for somatic cells using ultrapurified Na alginate and polysulfone hollow fibers of 30 kDa molecular weight cutoff. Ultrapurified Na alginate material is used which has a high `G` content, low endotoxin content, low divalent metal toxins and low protein impurities. Islet cells prior to being encapsulated, are irrigated with Hank's modified solution (without Ca and Mg) containing gentamycin, vancomycin and amphotericin B and then passed through a leukoabsorb filter to reduce the donor antigen load of passenger leukocytes and to reduce the bioburden of microorganisms including viruses. Encapsulation is done in RPMI 1640 tissue culture fluid containing necessary nutritional supplements and ATP source of energy. The open ends of the fiber are covered with a porous membrane. To further improve biocompatibility, the outer wall of the polysulfone is lightly gelled with alginate gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Kumarpal A. Shah
  • Patent number: 5943966
    Abstract: A furniture system having a countertop midsection, two tower units with gliding base, a rigid screen, and flexible partitions. Using the tower unit shaft's neck, a pivoting connection is used to provide the flexibility of arrangement. The arrangement allows for any angle to be formed between each and every component part of the furniture system without disassembling furniture. A layering design of the tower units allows for multiple configurations. It also allows each component to operate independently of each other. Flexible partitions close the openings between rigid screens and change the configuration along with the system. Furthermore, any component can be upgraded to provide different functions or assume different shapes or forms. An example is the replacement of the shaft by a cage. This allows for a file cabinet inserts or another bulky item to be inserted without eliminating the function of the shaft's neck required to provide the pivoting point for all components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventors: Jaime U. Machado, Mikhail L. Marsky
  • Patent number: 5898751
    Abstract: An electronic scoring device for analyzing a player's tennis game. A group of push-buttons are used to increment corresponding counters to track statistics within six different categories. The categories may include aces, winners, unforced errors, other won points, double faults, forced errors and other lost points. The output of each counter is visually displayed along with a sum of the values contained in all the counters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventors: Solomon Yakoby, Chad Walner
  • Patent number: 5849756
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical compositions for the modulation of the immune reaction of warm blooded animals that are derivatives of the 2-oxindole-3-acetic acid or the 2-oxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline-4-carboxylic acid are described, and whereby the derivatives can optionally be in an equilibrium with each other.The derivatives included in the pharmaceutical compositions comprise those compounds which are already described in the literature and also new compounds.Furthermore, new derivatives of the the 2-oxindole-3-acetic acid and the 2-oxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline-4-carboxylic acid are described, particularly also the the pure antipodes of the mixture of enantiomeres of the 2-oxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline-4-carboxylic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Cerbios-Pharma SA
    Inventors: Ulrich Burger, Jean-Claude Jaton, Fabrizio Marazza, Ari Lewenstein, Francis M. Sirotnak
  • Patent number: 5837444
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting a subpopulation of cells larger than a predetermined size from a collagenase distended organ by circulating fluid through a closed loop system. The closed loop system includes a digesting chamber to liberate cells from the organ, a cell collection chamber, and a filter adjacent the cell collection chamber for retaining cells larger than the predetermined size. The circulating fluid transports liberated cells through the cell collection chamber to the filter. Subsequently, the cells on the filter are flushed back into the cell collection chamber by a density medium. A tube then withdraws the desired subpopulation of cells from the cell collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Kumarpal A. Shah
  • Patent number: 5780777
    Abstract: In order, in a weighing device, in particular for use in high-resolution scales, comprising an elastically deformable force transducer, a sensor arrangement for converting the deformation of the force transducer caused on account of a force F acting on the force input section of the force transducer into an electrical weighing signal and a processing unit for calculating a weighing signal corrected by the hysteresis error of the force transducer, to be able to realize a correction of the hysteresis error even with the short-term load variations occurring in practice in high-resolution scales at an acceptable cost, it is suggested that the sensor arrangement comprise a first testing unit for the high-resolution determination of the weighing signal "S" and a second testing unit for the determination of the elastic deformation of the force transducer in small time increments (high time resolution), wherein the processing unit corrects the high-resolution weighing signal of the first testing unit by the hysteresi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Peter Selig
  • Patent number: 5779073
    Abstract: A cap for the neck of a corked glass bottle constructed as a single piece by stamping a thin sheet of material having one or more layers. The sheet has at least one gas-impervious layer. The cap includes a planar portion, the lower surface of which contacts and remains unadhered to the upper surface of the neck. Depending from the periphery of the planar portion is an annular skirt. A heat-sensitive adhesive adheres the inner surface of the skirt to the annular outer surface of the neck upon heating. In a second embodiment, the adhesive layer covers the entire inner and lower surfaces of the cap. A disk is adhered to the inner surface to prevent the upper surface of the neck from contacting the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Societe Alsacienne d'Aluminium
    Inventor: Didier Milhomme
  • Patent number: 5749251
    Abstract: A locking device and security system including a cable having two ends, each end having a notched rod, and a barrel-shaped operating mechanism having a passage through its center along its longitudinal axis. Each notched rod has a length half of the length of the cylindrical body portion; one of the notched rods is insertable at one end of the body portion into the passage and the other notched rod is insertable at the opposite end of the body portion into the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Jerome F. Keefe
  • Patent number: 5747744
    Abstract: In a weighing device for the point-of-sale of a retail outlet with a reading device installed therein, the following measures are taken: Only a single weighing cell in the form of a bending bar is provided and as far as possible is disposed laterally offset in a stationary manner on the scales stand. The support for a load plate of the weighing device is designed to be intrinsically rigid and in the vicinity of its one edge is rigidly connected to the bending bar such that a window provided in the load plate and in the support is held cantilevered over the scales stand. On the scales stand the reading device lies on the one side and an electronic evaluation circuit lies on the other side of the bending bar. The electronic evaluation circuit with microcomputer and analog-to-digital converter carries out an automatic weight determination and price calculation of the weighed article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Kraft, Horst Purr, Edgar Engelhardt
  • Patent number: 5727307
    Abstract: An armature for an electric motor with a shaft, a stack of laminations arranged on the shaft, a commutator likewise arranged on the shaft and comprising several commutator segments and a plastic filling, and a wire winding wound around the stack of laminations and welded to the commutator is manufactured by first fixedly arranging a commutator blank without plastic filling by means of an auxiliary assembly device on the shaft, then attaching and welding the wire winding to the commutator blank, subsequently filling the assembly consisting of commutator blank, stack of laminations and wire winding with plastic and uniting it into an inherently stable, compact unit, and, finally, removing the auxiliary device again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Vacontec
    Inventors: Eugen Gstohl, Hans-Gerd Hoeptner
  • Patent number: 5712377
    Abstract: What are described are new glucosides and their sugar-free decomposition products, as well as synthetically produced derivatives, which can be used as active components of pharmaceutical compositions. The novel glucosides have been isolated from aqueous extracts of vegetable pollen. These novel glucosides, sugar-free decomposition products and their derivatives have the effectiveness to modulate the immune system of warm blooded animals and they can be used as active components in pharmaceutical compositions for the treatment of tumors and virus-related diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Cerbios-Pharma SA
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Jaton, Fabrizio Marazza, Ari Lewenstein, Francis M. Sirotnak, Bernhard Jaun
  • Patent number: 5709310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for opening a receptacle having a peripheral rim on which a capsule is head sealed. The capsule includes a heat-sealable bottom layer and a metal top layer that adheres to the heat-sealable layer. Above the capsule, there is provided a tongue constituted by a metal sheet suitable for completely covering the metal layer of the capsule. The sheet is bonded to the metal layer in a lateral segment by a layer of adhesive material that adheres to the metal layer and to the metal sheet. The capsule is peeled off the receptacle by pulling the tongue upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Societe Alsacienne d'Aluminium
    Inventor: Laurent Kretz
  • Patent number: 5673603
    Abstract: A device for cutting to shape advancing material webs, in particular made of fibrous materials, comprises a rotatingly driven shape cutting roller and a rotatingly driven counter cutting roller. The shape cutting roller has a shape cutting edge and the counter cutting roller a smooth cylinder surface. Both rollers are mounted in a machine frame by means of pivot bearings, and the distance between the axes of the rollers is adjustable. The rollers are rotatably mounted in separate, first and second machine frame parts which, for their part, are supported on a common machine base. One of these machine frame parts is held on an adjustable wedge-shaped guide means for adjusting the distance between the axes of the rollers. Each machine frame part is adapted to be secured separately on the machine base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Wilhelm Aichele
  • Patent number: 5665925
    Abstract: A device for performing a weight measurement in centrifuges which serve to process chemical substances of different weights and in which fluctuating gas pressures cause different interfering forces which have an interfering effect on the weight measurement. The centrifuge is mounted so as to swivel in a vertical plane, a force measuring element senses the weight-dependent swivel movements of the machine, and a compensation means equalizes the interfering forces caused by the fluctuating gas pressures such that the weight measurement remains unaffected hereby. The compensation means comprises a sensor sensing the gas pressure in the centrifuge, this sensor correspondingly correcting a weight display as a function of changes sensed in the gas pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Heinkel Industriezentrifugen GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hans Gerteis
  • Patent number: 5662991
    Abstract: A biocidal fabric in which a pattern of clusters of biocidal beads are adhered between an air pervious substrate and a cover which may be gas impervious, water-vapor pervious or gas pervious. In the method and appratus for making the fabric, a pattern of hot melt adhesive is applied to the substrate and beads of biocidal material are sprinkled over the adhesive, after which the excess beads are removed. The same pattern of adhesive is applied to the cover and the cover adhesive is brought into contact with the beads on the substrate to complete the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Tayyibe Smolik, Mark E. Carr, Robert A. Sallavanti
  • Patent number: 5659935
    Abstract: The apparatus enables a saddle-shaped parallel connection tapping to be installed on a pipe from the top of a hole in the ground. The apparatus comprises a frame having a tipping thrust device in the form of a spade controlled by rodding and designed to take up a position beneath the pipe, and a removable tapping positioner guided in the frame and including a tubular column that is split along one of its generator lines and that is fitted at its bottom end with a disconnectable module engaging the rims of the tapping. Means are provided on the frame to exert downwards pressure on the tapping support module in selective manner, and the removable module includes means for welding the tapping to the pipe. A device for driving a plug or a perforator device can be inserted in the cylindrical column of the tapping positioner from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Gaz De France
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Lo-Pinto, Jacques Foucart, Jean-Claude Puyaumont, Christian Vilchenon, Thierry Vincent