Patents Represented by Law Firm Thomas & Kennedy
  • Patent number: 4973152
    Abstract: A method and a device for the non-contact optical measurement of paths uses light of a monochromatic coherent light source (1) to generate a light spot (7) on the object (6) to be measured, having a diffusely scattering surface. An optical system (14) is provided to image the light spot (7) on a position-determining image recorder (10). A device (5) for deflecting the light beam (2) emitted by the light source through a small angle or offset is provided in the beam path between the light source (1) and the object (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Inventor: Wolfgang Brunk
  • Patent number: 4956883
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for dispensing liquid soap into or adjacent to a water stream emitted from a primary shower head mounted to a water line of a selected size. The apparatus has an auxiliary shower head from which a branch line extends of a size smaller than the water line size. It also has a mount for mounting the auxiliary shower head adjacent to the primary shower head with the branch line in fluid communication with the water line. A liquid soap reservoir is mounted in valved fluid communication with the auxiliary shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventor: Dale Lane
  • Patent number: 4955358
    Abstract: A barbecue grill cart assembly is provided having a unique leg locking system at each corner. The locking system provides a plurality of contact points for each leg to obviate any swaying or twisting of the legs. The lower shelf includes extruded bolt receiving apertures which mate with corresponding apertures in the legs. The side shelves have a locking system including elongated slots which provide positive engagement and prevent accidental lowering of the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: W. C. Bradley Company
    Inventors: Rodney G. Harris, John Seal, Robert L. Johnston, Marvin R. Windham
  • Patent number: 4947501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for continuous wet-in-wet processing of a length of material in which a continuously regulated additional dosaging occurs using a treatment both of low content, the quantity of treatment liquor added being always exactly the quantity which has just been carried off by the outgoing length of material. In this way the bath concentration can be kept constant with a high degree of accuracy and the balance in the bath is also achieved quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Bruckner Apparatebau GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Koch
  • Patent number: 4946459
    Abstract: An intramedullary device for fixing and extending separated portions of a long bone within the body of a patient has a nail member within and affixed to one portion of the bone and an adjustment assembly within and affixed to a separate portion of the bone. The adjustment assembly has a moveable member which bears against an end of the nail and can be moved from outside the patient to adjust the separation between the portions of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Bradshaw, Raymond T. Morrissy, Christopher J. Ketchum, John R. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 4945367
    Abstract: A surveillance camera system comprises a spherical housing that has a partially transparent lower, hemispherically shaped gold coated dome with a geometric center. A camera mount is mounted in the housing for panning movements about a vertical pan axis and tilting movement about a horizontal tilt axis. A video camera is mounted to the camera mount and electric motors are mounted for panning and tilting the mount and camera. A computer and control circuit is mounted to the camera mount and coupled to actuate the electric motors to orient the camera and to actuate the camera zoom and focus as well as to enhance the camera's video image with descriptive word captions. The computer is programmed for automatic or manual operation of the system. A rotary electric connector is mounted to the housing and connects the on board computer with a joystick and control unit for issuing instructions to the computer and connects the camera to an ancillary video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: David M. Blackshear
  • Patent number: 4941233
    Abstract: Shrimp are conveyed in upright orientation upon a pair of spaced rails that revolve in upright planes and which strike bumpers. The shrimp may be size sorted by orienting the rails such that their spacing changes. The shrimp are deheaded by conveying then to a deheader that has a pinch finger that swings by a pinch block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Robert B. Kennedy
    Inventor: Reid P. Allain
  • Patent number: 4940143
    Abstract: A flatware case has a base and a hingedly attached lid. Spaced posts extend upwardly from the floor of the base adjacent one end thereof for maintaining utility ends of stacks of flatware in position. Spring biased clamps are positioned to releasibly clamp the stems of the flatware stacked within the case. Flatware may thus be securely held in stacks within the case by the posts and clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: John Stanfield
  • Patent number: 4939813
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing the legs from the back portion of poultry includes a processing station (13) for use with an overhead conveyor from which the birds are suspended by their legs. The processing station (13) has a V-shaped guide plate (12) for receiving the back portion of a bird and means for advancing and gripping the bird. The advancing and gripping means comprises a chain (16) with outwardly projecting pins (17) extending about chain wheels (14, 15). The gripping and advancing means accelerate the back portion of the bird relative to the legs, and after cutting and scoring by cutters (19, 25, 31), the back portion is torn from the legs to leave the "oysters" attached to the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: Jacobus E. Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 4938343
    Abstract: A preassembled display stand and container assembly comprises a rectangular box container including side panels and a bottom formed from interleaved flaps. A display stand has front and back walls and accordian foldable side walls with the front and back walls connected at their tops to opposed ones of the interleaved flaps. The stand is constructed and arranged to collapse to a flat configuration and wrap around the container to form a shipping configuration of the assembly, and the container and stand collapse laterally as an integrated unit to a flat stackable configuration of the assembly. When the stand is unfolded it supports the container and goods therein above the floor for display and sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: William T. Willis
  • Patent number: 4935984
    Abstract: A vacuum refuse collecting vehicle has a tank divided into two hermetically sealed compartments by an internal sloped wall. The forward compartment functions as a water tank and the rear compartment as a waste containment tank. The capacity of the compartments can be increased by the addition of spacers to the cylindrical tank to make the tank longer, by changing the angle of the internal sloped wall, or by changing the depth of the concave end walls of the tank. The rear compartment is equipped with an upwardly tilting hinged concave tail gate for emptying the waste therefrom. The airstream which deposits the waste material in the tank is directed out of the tank into one or more bag filter housings, through an air pump, a silencer, and then to the surrounding atmosphere. The bag filters are so mounted and constructed that they may be removed through the bottom of the housings, thereby maintaining the upper portions of the housings substantially free of waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Guzzler Manufactureing, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl R. Bryant, E. Nelson Hutcheson, W. Marlin Franklin
  • Patent number: 4934937
    Abstract: A system for training soldiers in the use of firearms under simulated combat conditions has an enemy representative target and a simulating enemy firearm fire generator to arrest simulated enemy fire in response to the target being shot with a round of live ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Tommy Judd
  • Patent number: 4934197
    Abstract: An indication is given of a method, and simultaneously of an apparatus, for measuring pressures and forces acting on arbitrarily shaped bodies. Employed in this connection is a piezoelectric film, which is provided on both sides with a metal coating. The piezoelectric film is bonded onto the body, and a charge variation of the piezoelectric film is evaluated in an evaluation unit, and employed as measure for the force acting on the body, or for the pressure. The metal coating (5) is partially removed from one side of the piezoelectric film (2) to form individual sensors (3, 4). Each individual sensor (3, 4) is coupled to the evaluation unit (10) via an electrical connection (8, 9). The other side of the piezoelectric film (2) with the continuous metal coating (5) serves as electronic shield and is connected to earth (7). The charge variation of each individual sensor (3, 4) serves as measure for the local force or the local pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Wolfgang Nitsche
  • Patent number: 4932102
    Abstract: The deboner (30) carries a plurality of deboning modules (31) in a closed path through a series of processing stations. Each module includes a rotary bone holder (50) which supports one end of a poultry part (106) and a stripper assembly (51) that is moved toward and away from the bone holder. Stripper blades (65, 66) engage the poultry part (106) as the stripper assembly is moved away from the bone holder to strip the meat (107) from the bone (105). As the blades (65, 66) strip the meat from the bone, the rotary bone holder is rotated by its sprocket (83) engaging sprocket turning protrusions (93).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventors: Jacobus E. Hazenbroek, Bastiaan Verrijp
  • Patent number: 4933528
    Abstract: A meat holding tray for supporting strips of meat such as bacon as the meat is being cooked in a microwave oven comprises a tray having a plurality of separator plates extending upwardly parallel to one another above the surface of the tray mounted upon holding racks. Slots are formed by the separation of the upwardly extending plates. Strips of meat are placed within the slots for cooking and are pinned in place by a skewer extending through an opening in each separator plate and engaging the strip of meat resting within each slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventor: Alton Barr
  • Patent number: 4932717
    Abstract: A truck cap [12] has an upper panel [13], rear panels [15, 15'], and an articulated door [16]. The door [16] comprises an upper section [17] and a rear section [18] and is capable of movement between a closed position, partly opened positions exposing a rear opening [28], and a fully opened position exposing both rear and upper openings [28, 29]. Support ledges [25, 26] are mounted to the upper panel [13] to support the door [16] in its closed and partly opened positions. Securing elements [19, 20] secure the door [16] in its fully opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventor: Jack D. Swann
  • Patent number: D309475
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Inventors: Nasser Salehzadeh, Dana L. Salehzadeh
  • Patent number: D309618
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: Tony Evans
  • Patent number: D309840
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Terry L. Estvold
  • Patent number: D310781
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Alpha Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Leon J. Scott, III