Patents Represented by Law Firm Whann & Connors
  • Patent number: 4884725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water dispensing system for an aircraft wherein hot and cold water supplied to a faucet disposed above a washbasin in a controlled manner including solenoid valves for both the hot and cold water. Two manually operated switches are employed to energize, respectively, the hot and cold solenoid valves. Two different timing cycles are employed. In one timing cycle, when one switch is actuated and then the other switch is actuated within a predetermined time period, both solenoid valves will be turned on to provide approximately equal volumes of water to the faucet for a predetermined time period. In another timing cycle, when one switch is actuated and the other switch is actuated within a predetermined time period, the solenoid valve means energized by the first switch will be turned off and the second solenoid valve will be turned on for a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventors: Munir J. Ahad, Sven A. Pettersson
  • Patent number: 4866375
    Abstract: Disclosed is a test fixture which electrically tests units which have on-grid and off-grid test sites defined by holes. The central feature of this test fixture is the use of an array of flexible test probes which are arranged in an on-grid configuration. Each probe has a conical tip which is inserted into the hole, ahead at the end of a shaft which engages electrical test equipment, and a flexible shaft which connects the head to the tip. A table provides a generally flat surface which is moved in two directions in the same plane, generally at 90.degree. relative to each other. The unit being tested is placed on the surface of the table so that the test sites are presented to the probes and are aligned so that the test sites which are on-grid are in registration with the tips of the test probes. The probes and unit are brought into engagement with each other and the table is actuated. The probes tips slide freely over the surface of the unit being tested and, when they pass a hole, drop into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: James T. Malloy
  • Patent number: 4863606
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for treating waste water containing high levels of organic waste products which employs a series of chambers through which the water flows with the upstream chambers promoting anaerobic digestion of the waste products and the downstream chambers promoting aerobic digestion of the waste products. The upstream chambers are charged with a sludge preferably which, because of the conditions maintained within the chamber, has an ash-like characteristic upon being dried and does not contain high levels of water included within it. It is sometimes desirable to recharge the chamber with sludge since this sludge acts as a buffer that can digest shock loads of waste products having a high chemical oxygen demand. The chambers include water circulators which stir the water within the chambers and the downstream chambers having floating on the water surface high surface area media which carries bacteria. Preferably the water flows through the downstream aerobic chamber in a carousel-like fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventor: Ronald W. Ryall
  • Patent number: 4842228
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for holding a plastic trash bag in an open, upright position including a tubular liner member that is placed inside the trash bag to open the bag and provide support for holding the bag in an upright position. This liner member preferably is of a hollow, truncated, conical configuration with the bottom end being adjacent the closed end of the trash bag and being slightly greater in diameter than the opposed top end of the liner. A removable cover is placed over the bottom end of the liner member after the liner member has been inserted into the trash bag. This cover includees a pair of opposed, hingedly mounted handles that move into a locking position to hold the assembly of the liner and cover together with the bag sandwiched therebetween. The device may be equipped with a lid that covers the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Stan Phillips Incorporated
    Inventor: Brenda M. Kasper
  • Patent number: 4840332
    Abstract: Disclosed is a golf ball holder comprising a generally cylindrical wall element forming a tubular member. There is an elongated aperture running along the entire length of the tubular member between opposed open ends in the tubular member. The tubular member is of a uniform diameter with the opposed open ends having a diameter slightly less than the diameter of the golf balls. The tubular member is made of a resilient material to enable the wall element to expand outwardly when a golf ball is inserted into either of the open ends. The aperture is sufficiently wide to allow the finger of the user to be inserted into it to force a golf ball out of either end but not so wide as to allow a golf ball to be inserted into the tubular member through the aperture. There is a stop member at one of the open ends which prevents a ball from passing through this end unless the user applies pressure to the golf ball and forces it past the stop member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: David D. Hoyt
  • Patent number: 4831842
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooling jacket for a beverage container comprising a hollow cylindrical structure made of a washable, durable fabric coated with a rubber-type insulating backing and lined with a receptacle member for a plurality of liquid tight packets containing a cold retention substance. The cooling jacket is placed in a freezer to allow the cold retention substance to freeze. Then the beverage container is placed in the cooling jacket and maintained at a cold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventors: James T. Kelley, James E. Barlow
  • Patent number: 4829880
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid powered linear slide employing either a rodless or rod-type cylinder. The slide includes a base which has a movable carriage mounted thereon which moves reciprocably in response to pressurized fluid being fed to the cylinder. In the embodiment employing a rod-type cylinder, a pair of tubular rods are mounted on the base in a fixed position and attached to a piston stationarily mounted inside the cylinder which is movably mounted and attached to the carriage. In the other embodiment, the carriage is mounted on a bracket which is attached to the rodless cylinder carried in the housing for the cylinder. The base has linear guideways therein, each guideway carrying one or more stop membes which are manually adjustable and electrically actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Adams Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter G. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 4830755
    Abstract: Oil contaminated ground water is purified by immersing one pump into the oil layer in the underground formation and another pump into the water layer in the underground formation and pumping the oil and water into, respectively, an oil storage tank and an oil/water separator. The water being pumped into the oil/water separator contains small amounts of emulsified oil which is separated from the water in the separator and forwarded to the oil storage tank. The water from the separator is passed through a series of filters to remove any trace amounts of oil present in the water so that the oil level in the purified water does not exceed 0.9 parts per billion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Ancon Management Incorporated
    Inventor: Bret J. Hardin
  • Patent number: 4826174
    Abstract: A device used to practice putting including a putting station and a remote target station. The putting station comprises a mat on which two parallel rows of posts are provided which straddle parallel strips that serve as guides for the putting head. The number of posts in each row may be the same or different. If there is an unequal number of posts, an entry way and an exit way is provided through which the club head may be moved by the golfer when swinging at the ball. The target station includes a body member having two ramps which lead to a collector section. One ramp serves as an entry ramp and target. The other ramp serves as an exit ramp to allow the ball to move under the force of gravity from the collector section. The collector section includes a lip which acts as a stop to prevent the ball from rolling beyond the target station if it is moving at the desired speed, but will allow the ball to roll over it if it is moving at an excessive speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Inventor: Dolph G. Hoyt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4819874
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for circulating water in a body of water including a simulated floating rock structure connected to a pump located remote from the body of water. Conduits place the pump, the body of water, and rock structure in communication so that water is drawn from the body of water and forced under pressure through the conduit connected to the floating rock structure. There is a nozzle element in the floating rock structure centrally located in the top of the floating rock structure connected to the conduit leading from the outlet of the pump so that water under pressure is forced through this nozzle. The conduit connected to the floating rock structure includes a slidable section that automatically increases or decreases the length of the conduit as the water level changes within the body of water. Valves are provided to control the flow of water so that the spray emanating from the nozzle element may be increased or decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Inventor: Emery A. Geiger
  • Patent number: 4819659
    Abstract: Disclosed is a blood withdrawing device including an elongated needle to which is bonded during molding a unitary polymeric structure. This unitary structure has a tube holding section and a locking section for locking a guard member in a permanently forward position which covers the tip of the needle. The guard member is mounted concentrically to the locking member and movable axially along the needl's shaft from a retracted position where the top of the needle is exposed and a forward position where the tip is covered. The locking member includes an elongated stem which is formed during the molding process. A second tip of the needle extends into the tube holding means and is displaced inwardly from an open mouth in the tube holding means which allows a vacuum tube to be inserted into the open mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis L. Sitar
  • Patent number: 4809371
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wall bed having a support with a collapsible side table mounted to the support. The side table is movable between a folded storage position enabling the table to be retracted into the wall with the support and an extended position with the table next to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Melvin P. Spitz
  • Patent number: 4802284
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for accurately cutting away a section of a panel opposite an electrical outlet box. This device employs a locator plate having two sets of pins, each set extending outwardly from opposite sides of the plate. With the locator plate in position, the panel is placed over the plate with one set of pins piercing the panel. The template is then placed in position with holes in the template servicing to guide the pins piercing the panel and bring the template into registration with the open side of the box so that the center of the template coincides with the center of the open side. With the template in position, the marginal edges of the template overlap the edges of the open side. The user can now use a cutting tool to cut the hole tracing a path defined by the marginal edges of the template. An extension plate is provided for a double outlet electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventor: Christopher A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4796837
    Abstract: Disclosed is a leg seat track fitting used to removably secure the leg of an airplane seat to the floor of the fuselage. The fitting has a body member, including a wall element from which a series of pairs of tabs project outwardly. These tabs engage the track in which the fitting is carried. A pivotable detent element attached to one end of the wall element secures the fitting in position when depressed. A yoke element mounted at another end of the wall is moved towards and away from the body member by a spring loaded screw. This yoke includes a pair of plungers which straddle the wall and engage the floor of the track when the yoke is moved toward the body member. The detent element and plungers resist sliding movement of the fitting in its track. To absorb energy when torque is exerted on the seat, a spherical bearing carries a pin which passes through this bearing member and attaches to the leg of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Inventor: Eugene G. Dowd
  • Patent number: 4793643
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mechanism for closing and locking two doors of the cowling of an aircraft engine. This mechanism includes a bolt which is received in a chamber of a receptacle. The bolt is connected to one door and the receptacle is connected to the other door so that, upon closure of the two doors, the bolt slips into the chamber. A cam attached to a rotary member housed within the chamber enables a single mechanic to close the doors and lock them snugly. This cam engages a finger on the bolt upon rotation of the rotary member which draws the bolt into the chamber by pulling against the finger. The cam moves into an over center position which securely locks the bolt in place without locking bolt travel. A locking device is additionally provided for locking the rotatable member in position when the bolt is locked in place. This locking device has a plunger which provides audible signals when the cam is in the fully opened position and when the mechanism is securely locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Adams Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Munir J. Ahad, Sven A. Pettersson
  • Patent number: 4790832
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for administering medication through the nasal passage of a patient into the patient's stomach. The system includes a connector having a body member with the passageway therein and extending between open ends in the body member. At each of these ends is a series of flanges with tapered edges. One of these ends is inserted into a tube extending through a patient's nose and into the patient's stomach. The other end is connected to either a suction or feeding pump at the appropriate time by a nurse. Within the body member is a port through which medication is introduced. A valve at the port either opens or closes the passageway as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: George A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 4784303
    Abstract: A sink and faucet assembly is disclosed for use in an aircraft environment. The assembly includes a source of hot and cold water that is pressurized to dispense through the faucet and also contains a vent to purge the system when the aircraft is on the ground. The faucet has a control member which regulates the flow of hot and cold water into the faucet through a mixing chamber by rotating, and which initiates the flow of water from the source by actuating a switch to energize a solenoid valve when moved rectilinearly. The solenoid valve is also timed such that it stops the flow of water after a pre-determined time period after having been actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Adams Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Munir J. Ahad, Sven A. Pettersson
  • Patent number: 4771969
    Abstract: Disclosed is a leg seat track fitting used to removably secure the leg of an airplane seat to the floor of the fuselage. The fitting has a body member, including a wall element from which a series of pairs of tabs project outwardly. These tabs engage the track in which the fitting is carried. A pivotable detent element attached to one end of the wall element secures the fitting in position when depressed. A yoke element mounted at another end of the wall is moved towards and away from the body member by a spring loaded screw. This yoke includes a pair of plungers which straddle the wall and engage the floor of the track when the yoke is moved toward the body member. The detent element and plungers resist sliding movement of the fitting in its track. To absorb energy when torque is exerted on the seat, a spherical bearing fitting snugly in its race carries a pin which passes through this bearing member and attaches to the leg of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Sabre Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene G. Dowd
  • Patent number: 4752292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connector for introducing medication into a patient in a safe, convenient way. It comprises a pair of plastic tubular members adapted to be manually pushed together to engage in a male-female relationship, and a locking mechanism that detachably secures the members together. The male member has a sealed entry port at its end, and the female member safely houses within it a needle which centrally pierces the seal of the port upon engagement of the members. Preferably, the locking mechanism provides a "click" sound when it locks the members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Virgil R. Laul
  • Patent number: D296257
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Stan Phillips, Incorporated
    Inventor: Brenda M. Kasper