Patents Represented by Attorney William J. Miller
  • Patent number: 5050331
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for a gun or pistol which cleaning apparatus has a base and a vise for securing the barrel of the gun in parallel relationship to the base. A cleaning rod is positioned axially with the barrel of the gun and slideably attached to a mounting which is affixed to the base. A stiffening rod is likewise slideably attached to the base through the same mounting used to support the cleaning rod. One end of the cleaning rod and the stiffening rod is coupled to a crank, so that rotation of the crank will move the cleaning rod into and out of the barrel of the pistol being cleaned. The vise used to support the pistol is rigidly secured to the base through either a slot or a rail. Apparatus is provided for varying the full stroke of the cleaning rod to accommodate various length barrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventor: Randall W. Burkhalter
  • Patent number: 5014482
    Abstract: An insulation supporting apparatus for use in attaching blankets of insulation to a surface, such as a wall of a high temperature furnace, which includes a bracket with means at one end to attach the bracket to the surface of the high temperature furnace and the remaining end having an opening therethrough for inserting a cylindrical tube or rod which has a taper on each end for ease in inserting the rod through a folded insulation blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Michael E. Alexander
  • Patent number: 4947564
    Abstract: A calendar for orienting selected sheets upon the happening of an event of program, is made from three portions: (a) a lower portion which contains a plurality of sheets where each sheet represents a selected period of time such as a mouth (b) an upper portion which contains a plurality of sheets containing printed and/or pictured information on both sides of the sheet and (c) a center portion which interconnects the upper portion and the lower portion using a ring or spiral binding system. Upon the happening of a selected event, such as conception, the particular mouth when conception occurs can be selected and the preceding sheets can be folded against the center portion, then the particular upper sheet containing the information relating to conception can be selected and along with the following remaining sheets of the upper section can be folded against the preselected unneeded sheets from the lower portion of the calendar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventors: James S. Reece, Jonathan T. Reece
  • Patent number: 4909696
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for loading a refrigerator box which has a door along one side and insulation in all of the surfaces of the box including the bottom. The invention specifically relates to devices for loading the box using a pallet loaded with prepackaged material such as ice. The insulation in the bottom of the box is divided into three parts; the insulation along one side, the insulation along the opposite side and then the center insulation portion.The method is accomplished by removing the center insulated portion and rolling a pallet loaded with prepackaged material into the refrigerated box using an ordinary transportation vehicle such as a lift cart. Once the vehicle has moved the pallet of prepackaged material into the refrigerated ice box or container, the transportation device is then lowered so that the pallet will settle onto the pieces of insulation on each side of the box. The transportation device is then removed and a piece of insulation is inserted under the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: Freddy J. Wigley
  • Patent number: 4903494
    Abstract: A method for preparing a quantity of ice for transportation to a remote location consisting of bagging a plurality of bags of ice, then stacking the frozen bags of ice vertically on a pallet to a predetermined height. The pallet is wrapped with a material to form a first assembled unit. The unit is then placed in a freezer having a temperature at or below F. for a period of time sufficient to set the product. Once "set", the unit is boxed in a rigid container having sidewalls and a lid. The sidewalls are banded to form a rigid second assembly and the second assembly which is returned to the freezer for storage until it is transported to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Freddie J. Wigley
  • Patent number: 4904322
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a printing plate to a flexographic press cylinder includes a first and second end formed of a flexible plastic strip. An elastic strip has first and second ends and a mid-portion. Heat pressure and a liquid solvent are utilized for fusing the first and second ends of the elastic strip to a portion of each of the first and second flexible strips, respectively. The first and second ends of the plastic strips are then bent to form a fold useful for securing the apparatus to the printing plate and to the flexographic press cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Richard O. Mertens
  • Patent number: 4894994
    Abstract: A sealed cycle gaseous medium engine comprising a device capable of receiving atmospheric heat (solar or other), converting said heat through a heat exchange system into a pressurized working medium, i.e. CO.sup.2 or freon, and, using valves, rectifying this output to a receiver system, thus developing a pressurized gaseous medium capable of operating pneumatic motors, refrigerating equipment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Inventor: Lonnie S. Carter
  • Patent number: 4861061
    Abstract: This invention is an improvement over the triangularly shaped tow bar which has the hitch connected to a towing vehicle at the apex of the triangle and the base connected to the towed vehicle with two arms extending from the apex to the towed vehicle. The improvements in the tow bar consist of constructing each of the arms so that they can be telescoped during the connecting or disconnecting phases of the tow bar and also can be automatically locked in the extended position when the towing vehicle begins to pull the towed vehicle. The telescoping portion of each of the arms on the tow bar has attached ball joint connectors at the extremity where the tow bar arms can attach to pins on a base plate, a second part of this invention to be described hereafter. These ball or swivel joints allow the tow bar to be attached or detached with ease regardless of the horizontal position of the tow bar or angle of the towed vehicle in relation to the tow bar arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventor: Marvin O. Frantz
  • Patent number: 4843639
    Abstract: This invention relates to a door or a gate for an enclosure, controlled remotely by a vehicle using an electronic control for moving the door to an open or closed position with a switch for initiating the operation of the control. The invention particularly relates to an improvement for opening and closing the door or gate and essentially includes a light transmission means mounted on the vehicle for generating a light beam, with a first light receiving apparatus mounted in the enclosure for receiving the generated light when the vehicle is clear of the door or gate. When the first light receiver detects the light beam, it either switches the control to close or open the door or gate. A second light receiving apparatus is mounted outside the enclosure in the normal path the vehicle travels while entering or leaving the enclosure. The second light receiving apparatus is mounted in a position to receive the beam of light when the vehicle passes the mounted location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Richard G. Beals
  • Patent number: 4834334
    Abstract: A turn and tilt easel has a box base which has parallel and oppositely spaced sides and a bottom. The easel is attached to the base and is formed of upwardly extending members which are pivotally attached at one end midway along the length of the base. The easel is formed with first and second writing surfaces attached between and on each side of the upwardly extending members to form writing surfaces on each side. The writing surfaces are attached above the upper surface of the base by an amount which will permit the easel to rotate about the pivotal attachment at least fifteen degrees from the vertical or normal to the surface of the base. In the preferred embodiment, one writing surface will comprise a chalkboard, while the remaining side will comprise a dry-wipe board. A handle may be attached to the top of the easel for ease in transportation from one location to another. The base face can be used for storing writing material, such as "Magic Markers" for the dry-wipe board or chalk for the chalkboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Floyd D. Robins
  • Patent number: 4815331
    Abstract: A right-hand steering wheel for an automobile which is generally equipped with a left-hand steering wheel and at least a front right door, includes a clamp which is releasable attached to the left-hand steering wheel. A right-hand steering wheel is provided with a frame interconnecting the clamp with the right-hand steering wheel. Apparatus is provided for turning the left-hand steering wheel when the right-hand steering wheel is turned. The frame is attached to the right-hand door using an angle member which slips between the glass and the weather stripping belt of the right-hand automobile door. A telescoping rod is mounted in the frame and is connected pivotally to the angle member in a manner so that any misadjustment of the clamp on the left-hand steering wheel which would cause a lateral motion is accommodated by the telescoping apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: John F. Land
  • Patent number: 4802787
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a pavement breaker which includes a carriage, a lifting means for raising and lowering an impact arm which impact arm includes a tool for impacting a surface, mounted on one end and an oscillating member mounted on the other end. The control apparatus basically includes electrical apparatus for measuring the total weight being applied through the lifting means to the tool when it is in contact with the surface to be impacted and apparatus for limiting the amount of horizontal force that can be applied to the impact arm during the process of impacting the surface of the earth. A processor receives an electrical signal from the electrical apparatus which is applied to the lift control apparatus in a manner to stabilize the lifting force. A signal output is generated by the horizontal force limiting apparatus when a predetermined amount of horizontal force is received by the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Mertz, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin G. Bays
  • Patent number: 4781597
    Abstract: This invention relates to an article of manufacture and a method for making same, such as an artificial bird body used in taxidermy and essentially made to represent a plucked bird body using a polyurethane foam casting of the plucked carcass. The final foam casting is made in a two (2) step process. The first step consists of plucking the feathers from a bird so that the skin, muscles, connecting tissue and bones are intact in the bird body. Next, a casting is made using a specific procedure so that the bird is cast in the final pose desired. Special slots are made to insert the tibia and the tail portions of the bird. An additional provision is made for the insertion of a heavy wire for giving structural strength to the bird body and for mounting the neck and/or head of the bird. A second casting is then made of the reconfigured first casting and the second casting used for the final product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: David M. Cowley
  • Patent number: 4773008
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling the environment of a tank adapted to be filled with water where the tank includes a plurality of control apparatus. The invention specifically utilizes a microprocessor having a plurality of control signal inputs and a plurality of control signal outputs. Apparatus is provided for coupling each of the control signal outputs to each of the plurality of control apparatus. A program device is coupled to the microprocessor signal input such that data can be entered for the control of each of the plurality of control signal outputs and a timing apparatus is likewise coupled to one of the plurality of signal inputs in a manner to allow the microprocessor to calculate the time of day such that data entered by the program device will selectively control the function of each of the control apparatus as necessary to maintain the environment within the limits set by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventors: Rondon L. Schroeder, Bernie R. Goheen, Robert D. Nasby
  • Patent number: 4742904
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus is disclosed for turning an articulated self-propelled conveyor which is adapted either for conveying materials or for movement along the surface of the earth, including a plurality of segments pivotally joined to form an elongated housing. The housing has an upper and lower surface with jacks attached to the segments for selectively lifting or lowering the elongated housing. A conveying apparatus is mounting along the upper and lower surfaces and connected between the upper and lower surfaces. Transverse flights are mounted to the conveying apparatus such that when the jacks have elevated the elongated housing the conveying apparatus will move material along the upper surface of the elongated housing and when the jacks have lowered the elongated housing against the surface of the earth, the conveyor apparatus will move the elongated housing along the surface of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Assignee: Consolidation Coal Company
    Inventor: Thomas R. Miller
  • Patent number: 4741167
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the refrigeration of perishable materials which are stored on a cart having a top, a bottom and a side. The apparatus consists of a first insulation extending over the bottom of the cart and a second insulation material surrounding the sides and top of the cart. Refrigeration material such as dry ice is added at the top around the second insulation in a manner so that the refrigerated gases expelled by the dry ice fall in the space between the second insulation material and the cart, thereby expelling any hot air which passes through the second insulation material or into the refrigerated space around the bottom of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventor: Freddie J. Wigley
  • Patent number: 4732506
    Abstract: This invention describes an apparatus for breaking a hard surface such as a concrete road or bridge deck and essentially consists of a support for a torsional spring which is horizontally fixed to the support with a spaced rotational journal so that the torsional spring is mounted substantially horizontally. An oscillating member of desired mass characteristics is attached to the torsional spring with a force generating apparatus such as a hydraulic vibrator on one end of the oscillating member and a road crushing tool on the opposite end of the oscillating member. The oscillating member is attached rigidly to the torsional spring. Apparatus is also provided for positioning the impact or road crushing tool against the surface to be crushed and for maintaining the tool in that position during the crushing operation.The hydraulic vibrator, when it is operated, causes an axial oscillation in the torsional spring/mass system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Mertz, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin G. Bays
  • Patent number: 4722302
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus has a floor with first and second sides, ends and a top. A side wall is attached to the floor and encloses the floor means with the side wall permitting limited access there through. Opposite ends of the side wall are pivotally secured so that they can be unlocked and opened thereby allowing a tractor to enter the enclosure for depositing hay within the enclosure. The remaining side wall is slidably attached in a manner to permit the side wall to urge toward the opposite side wall so that access can be had at all times to the hay contained therein as it is eaten by the animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventor: Theodore R. Gee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4664639
    Abstract: A tube Fisherman's foot fin is made of resilient material with one end attached to a shoe and a free end extending backward over the heel and a substantial distance behind the shoe; so that when the foot is extended forward the fin exerts little resistance against movement of the foot in the water. When the leg is extended backward or toward the rear of the fisherman, the fin provides a maximum resistance to movement of the foot to through the water; thereby propelling the fisherman forward through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Inventor: John D. Schneider
  • Patent number: 4611955
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are described for removing material from a sump. The sump has substantially parallel and elongated sidewalls and has a longitudinal axis. The sump is enclosed with ends and a bottom and is adapted for filling with a water-solid mixture to form a slurry. A suction pump is mounted above the sump and extends into the sump for removal of water and solid material. Apparatus is attached to the suction pump for moving the suction pump along the longitudinal axis of the sump. The actual rate at which the suction pump is trammed is determined by apparatus which measures the concentration of the slurry near the pump and transmits a signal to a control unit which operates the tramming control circuit to maintain the concentration at a predetermined ratio of material to water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Doerr