Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Tilton Fallon Lungmus
  • Patent number: 6068004
    Abstract: In order to be able to carry out in a vessel cleaning machine with a circulating conveyor chain a safe, reliable and fast inspection of the interior of the vessel cleaning machine, an inspection device is arranged on the conveyor chain. The inspection device is provided with sensors and/or cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Krones AG Hermann Kronseder Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Norbert Wittmann
  • Patent number: 6067856
    Abstract: A float for a liquid level gauge mechanism is disclosed, along with the mechanism with which such float is used. The float takes the form of an elongated hollow body of approximately the same weight or lighter than the weight of an equal volume of the liquid involved. The elongated body has first and second ends with the first end being heavier than the second and being the end to which the filament of a spring-operated reel is connected. In a preferred embodiment, the difference in weight between the first and second ends approximates the retraction force exerted upon the filament by the spring-operated reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Morrison Bros. Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Lattner, Adam J. Koehler
  • Patent number: 6058594
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an electric motor comprising a stator with an internal permanent magnet and a tubular magnetic return sleeve surrounding said permanent magnet whereby an annular air gap is formed therebetween, said magnetic return sleeve being held at its axial and radial positions relative to said permanent magnet by a frame of plastic material injected around these two components and being connected to said permanent magnet by said plastic frame. The present invention aims at improving the manner in which the two structural components are attached to and positioned on one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Interelectric AG
    Inventors: Frank Neumann, Joachim Steffan, Jurgen Mayer
  • Patent number: 6058637
    Abstract: A machine-imprintable tape, most advantageously provided in roll or coil form, is disclosed. The tape has lines of weakness constituting tear lines that define a longitudinal series of asymmetric identification bracelets, each bracelet having a generally rectangular imprintable portion, an elongated strap portion at one end of the imprintable portion, and a connecting tab portion at the opposite end of the imprintable portion. The imprintable portion has a width equal to that of the tape; the strap and tab portions are substantially narrower and are arranged along one side edge of the tape to leave removable waste sections extending along only the opposite side edge of the tape. To control advancement of the tape through a printer, each waste section may be provided with a locator opening detectable by an optical sensor of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventor: Julie A. Duncan
  • Patent number: 6045445
    Abstract: A separation device for separating sausages at separation points, comprising at least one first separation element and one second separation element, which are driven so as to circulate in opposite directions on circular paths in such a way that, when circulating, they cooperate such that the sausage strand is cut through. The first separation element comprises a first forming element which circulates together therewith and which precedes the first separation element on its circular path, and that the second separation element comprises a second forming element which circulates together therewith and which follows the second separation element on its circular path, with the first and second forming elements holding the sausages to be separated at a desired distance. Through a corresponding method sausages can be separated at separation points and cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Karl Hummel, Klaus Schmid
  • Patent number: 6045542
    Abstract: A flat urinary drainage bag that can be worn by a patient over the abdomen with the bag suspended from a waist-encircling belt is disclosed. The device includes an inlet tube for connection to a urethral catheter and a valve-equipped drain tube that extends downwardly from the bag when the drain tube is used to drain the contents therefrom. The lower end of the bag is foldable upwardly to position the drain tube in an upwardly-facing raised position against the bag's front wall, and a retaining strap is located across the front wall for holding the drain tube in its raised position. Spot attachments that secure the ends of the strap to the bag's front wall also secure the front and rear walls of the bag together, thereby performing multiple functions of limiting bulging of the bag in use, reducing sloshing of the bag's contents, and securing the retaining strap (and the raised drainage tube) in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Cawood Family Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Charles D. Cawood
  • Patent number: 6033113
    Abstract: An improved zipper closure for plastic bags and other plastic containers is provided with fillets along uppermost and lowermost interlocking fingers of the zipper to prevent escape gaps from forming between the two sides of the zipper closure through which air or liquid would otherwise leak, especially at the bag's side seal locations. Conventional heat dies are used in combination with excess quantities of plastic material, either integrally formed, or, alternatively, co-extruded with, the zipper closure to form the fillets, thereby eliminating the need for use of a pressure differential-producing die to manufacture plastic bags without escape gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: CTI Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Brent G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6032705
    Abstract: A delivery system for dispensing controlled amounts of liquid or powder has two slidingly engaged parts which are held together as a single unit. The system is closed by pushing one of the two parts toward the other until a valve plug in the upper part of the system is received within an aperture of a valve seal membrane in the lower part of the system. The system is opened by pulling one part of the system away from the other using the sliding engagement means so that the valve plug exits the aperture in the valve seal membrane. Interior contoured walls prevent undesired collection of powder within the system, the relative orientation of the two parts of the system is adjustable to control the rate of flow of powder, and the system is particularly suitable for introducing powdered desiccants into medical waste containers without exposing the contents of the waste containers to the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: OBF Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Murphy, Leon M. Levy
  • Patent number: 6029832
    Abstract: A free standing frame assembly for a furniture network includes first and second leg members spaced apart a predetermined distance with at lease one of the leg members having a bottom portion for engaging a supporting surface. One or more cross members extend between the leg members and connect them together; and one or more intermediate members lie between the leg members, releasably secured to the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Fisher Hamilton Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Bastian
  • Patent number: 6028283
    Abstract: An assembly for welding includes a frame member and a plurality of repositionable torches supported by the frame member adjacent a linear path of travel of a metal strip. The method includes the steps of welding the metal strip, ascertaining the character of the weld and repositioning the torches to alter the character of the weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Addison Machine Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald W. Brunken, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6026867
    Abstract: In order to provide a rotary filling machine, as used for bottling liquids, by means of which high-purity bottling conditions can be maintained, an ultraclean room is provided and implemented in the area of the path on which the bottles circulate, the upper ceiling wall of said ultraclean room being defined, at least partially, by the lower surface of an annular vessel storing the liquid to be bottled and by the lower surface of the filling valves arranged immediately below said annular vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Krones AG Hermann Kronseder Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Hermann Klarl
  • Patent number: 6006805
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for first reliably and accurately aligning the shafts of golf clubs in consistent orientation relative to corresponding club heads during assembly thereof, and second for performing inductive curing on the aligned golf club. A golf club is supported in an address position in a combination alignment/inductive cure station. The club shaft is supported by an inclined V-shaped channel, and the club head is supported in a club head support which includes a gel-filled trough for conforming to the sole of the club head. The leading edge of the club head is aligned against two substantially vertical alignment posts extending from the club head support, and reference graphics on the shaft are used in combination with an alignment panel to visually obtain the desired relative orientation of the shaft and club head. The club is then clamped in place, and an inductive heating element heats the joint of the shaft and club head to activate a bonding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Tommy Armour Golf Company
    Inventors: James E. Karner, Jessica A. Laprade
  • Patent number: 6007526
    Abstract: An external catheter for a male urinary incontinence collection system is disclosed, the catheter taking the form of a tubular sheath of soft elastic material having a thin-walled cylindrical section, a reduced drainage tube section, and an intermediate section merging with both the drainage tube and cylindrical sections. The sheath also includes a thin elastic annular flap extending inwardly from the sheath's inner surface where the intermediate and cylindrical sections merge. The flap has an inner end defining a generally circular opening of a critical size in relation to the inside diameter of cylindrical section and the length of the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: James J. Passalaqua, Dustin T. Lyle, Susan C. Gorski, Teri G. Johnston, Michael A. Metz
  • Patent number: 5992651
    Abstract: A gravity flow rack system specifically designed for use in dispensers of cylindrical- or conical-shaped lightweight plastic containers such as disposable yogurt tubs has inclined shelves supporting container flow channels, each of such channels defined by a pair of elongated rails extending from a rear end to a forward lower end of the shelf and terminating at an L-shaped seat or cradle adapted to receive a lower-most of such containers as it reaches the forward end of the channel, and present that lower-most container in an inviting, easy-to-view, label-up orientation for consumer viewing, while remaining containers stacked upstream of the lower-most container in the same channel are generally obscured from view in order to deter inventory mishandling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: B-O-F Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Shaw, Henry J. Massett
  • Patent number: D416396
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Lawnware Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo P. Niemiec
  • Patent number: D416397
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Lawnware Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo P. Niemiec
  • Patent number: D416962
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventor: Robert T. Thurman
  • Patent number: D420716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Adolph Kiefer & Associates
    Inventors: Adolph Kiefer, Joyce K. Kiefer
  • Patent number: D424642
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: TearDrop Golf Company
    Inventors: Timothy R. Reed, Katrina D. Buerkle, John G. Wooster
  • Patent number: D425157
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: TearDrop Golf Company
    Inventors: Timothy R. Reed, Katrina D. Buerkle, John G. Wooster