Abstract: A buckle for receiving a tongue. A pair of helical springs are positioned between a latch and a main body having first slots for receiving one edge of a reinforcement plate pivoted downward depressing the latch springs and snapping into place into a yieldable hook shaped portion. A push button is positioned between the reinforcement plate and the cover having a skirt interferingly extending between the plate and main body securing the assembly together. The plate includes a pair of legs extending on opposite of the tongue mouth and into the main body transferring plate load into the main body of the buckle. The push button includes two legs fitting adjacent and inward of two arms of the latch in turn limiting outward travel of the button legs. An alternate embodiment includes a third leg depending from the plate.
Abstract: A tell-tale wear monitor for pipes having wear resistant inner linings. A plurality of wear monitors is provided spaced apart along the length of a pipe section or spool and angularly spaced apart about the pipe circumference. Each of the wear monitors includes a plug member attached to the outer pipe casing and covering a tell-tale hole which extends through the pipe casing. The plug members are made of a material which, relative to the inner lining material, is readily worn away by abrasive contact with the material conveyed within the pipe. When the plug member is worn through, fluid flow is permitted through the tell-tale hole. The wear monitor provides a means for determining when maintenance of the pipe section should be scheduled and allows for extended useful life of the pipe section.
Abstract: A vented, nestable-extendable pouring spout for use with a container having an opening therein includes an annular mounting portion adapted to be secured to an annular lip encompassing the opening of the container. A generally funnel shaped flexible body portion is secured at its larger circumferential edge to the mounting portion and at its smaller circumferential edge to a tubular neck portion located inwardly of the mounting portion. The body portion has an invertible fold portion adjacent the mounting portion to which is attached a plurality of circumferentially spaced ears, each ear having a pair of cylindrically shaped nibs extending therefrom. In the nested orientation of the spout, the ears extend downwardly out of the way of the nested neck and body portions. As the spout is extended, causing the invertible fold portion to invert, each ear rotates inwardly about its point of attachment until the ears extend inwardly perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the spout.
Abstract: A color-sensitive currency verifier operating with a plurality of narrowband light sources optically coupled to a single broadband photodetector and including means for automatically balancing the color outputs of the various light sources. Color balancing is accomplished just prior to the examination of a specimen bill. The data samples are taken under the control of a microprocessor and used to authenticate the specimen bill both on the basis of pattern and color information stored in memory. Multiple data samples from a single target area are divided to compensate for soiling condition of the bill, and further compensation for condition of the bill is provided by adjusting the conversion scale factor of an A/D converter on the basis of data samples taken from a reference target area on the surface of the specimen bill before test or data samples are taken.
Abstract: A corner bracket for use as part of a support system wherein a plurality of corner brackets are used in combination with connecting members in the form of lengths of 2.times.4 lumber, the corner bracket includes a three-sided hollow frame member wherein two of the sides are arranged so as to face one another in a substantially parallel manner with the third side being disposed therebetween and at a right angle thereto so as to define an enclosed channel. Each of the two first sides includes a generally rectangular opening which is compatibly sized to receive a length of 2.times.4 lumber. The third side has a top edge in common with the top edge of the first and second sides, while the lower opposite edge of the third side is elevated above the lower edge of the first two sides. This configuration creates a third opening which is also sized and arranged to receive a length of 2.times.4 lumber. The final length of 2.times.
Abstract: An anchor retriever for deploying an anchor from a boat into the water and for retrieving the anchor from the water includes a base portion having a metal plate for attachment directly to the boat and a synthetic material guide providing a sliding channel arrangement for a movable carriage. Pivotally attached to the movable carriage is an anchor retention assembly which provides the actual anchor holder portion which pivots from a substantially horizontal to a substantially vertical orientation as the anchor goes from a stowed orientation to a deployed orientation into the water. When the anchor is retrieved it applies force on certain portions of the retriever assembly, these portions are then allowed to come out of locking engagement whereby the anchor retention assembly pivots from its vertical orientation to its horizontal orientation as it goes from a deployed condition to a stowed condition.
Abstract: A pivot fastener construction useful in coupling two parts. The pivot fastener prevents unwanted separation of the parts coupled while permitting the parts to rotate relative to each other. The blind pivot fastener has bushing members which can be secured in fixed relationship to the parts coupled by threading, press fitting, expansion fitting or the like. The advantages of the construction may be utilized in both assembled and unassembled pivot fasteners. By changing specific aspects of the design, such as assembled/unassembled, means of securing the bushing members, use of a separate bearing post member, etc. the specific construction may be altered in response to specific application needs.
Abstract: A support housing for a fluid-dispensing container that includes a pump for delivery of the fluid from the container. The container has a specifically contoured D-shaped neck portion flange which mounts to the support housing which has a receiving flange adapted to hold the neck portion flange. The housing also includes a front housing portion that is deformable and able to snap on and off of a back housing portion.
Abstract: A cab guard alternatively adaptable for a wide-bed pickup truck with a pair of front stake pockets and a mini-pickup truck with a pair of bed rails. The cab guard including a rigid screen structure, a pair of rigid end brackets, and mounting means for mounting the screen structure in alternate first and second operating positions. In the first operating position, the end brackets are attached to the ends of the screen structure and extend outwardly of the screen structure in a plane coplanar with the screen mesh and the cab guard is mounted in the front stake pockets of a wide-bed pickup truck. In the second of the operating positions, the end brackets are attached to the ends of the screen structure and extend in planes perpendicular to the screen mesh and the end brackets are mounted to the bed rails of a mini-pickup truck.
August 12, 1985
Date of Patent:
September 16, 1986
The Bloomfield Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Abstract: A roller assembly for mounting carriages to rails is provided with a clamp having a pair of jaws securable to the rail by a handwheel. The length of bearing of the jaws on the rail is relatively small so that, upon loading a clamped assembly in a direction tending to move it along the rail, the clamp will rotate into tighter biting engagement with the rail to prevent slippage thereon. Release is achieved, even after the biting action, by positive separation of the jaws in response to loosening rotation of the handwheel with screw thread action driving the jaws apart from each other and from the rail.
Abstract: An apparatus and method for flame treating a material web. A burner comprising a tube within a tube construction with the tubes spaced apart to form a heat sink chamber. The burner produces a continuous lean flame of relatively high velocity and is designed to minimize thermal bow along the length of the burner. The burner is mounted to a frame and is positioned to have a continuous flame extending therefrom toward the material web. The burner treats all the facing web surface while minimizing the uneven treatment of the web.
Abstract: Disclosed is an open-back restraining vest having posterior wings which overlap in back to close the vest. Attached to the end of each posterior wing is a tie-strap, one of which is disposed through a loop on the exterior of the other posterior wing, the other tie-strap being disposed through a slot in the first posterior wing, whereby the application of tension to the tie-straps serves to draw the vest closed. The tie-straps are anchored to the rails of a bed, the amount of slack determining the limits of the patient's range of movement. Additional monitor straps attached to the vest may be connected to an alarm to indicate when the patient is approaching the limit of his permissible range of movement.
Abstract: A row crop cultivator for use in farming which includes a pair of weeding disks associated with each cultivator unit of which a plurality is ganged together in series. Each weeding disk is bearingly supported by a vertical shaft which is received by a cross bar in a manner which permits the shaft associated with the weeding disk to be adjusted as to depth and angular orientation. Such changes in the vertical shaft for the weeding disks are directly transferred to the weeding disk itself. Disposed adjacent the uppermost point of the shaft is a degree gauge plate and adjacent thereto is a depth gauge structured out of angle iron. The vertex edge of the depth gauge serves as a pointer for the graduations on the degree gauge plate, while the top surface of the degree guage plate serves as a pointer or alignment marker for the graduations on the depth gauge.
Abstract: A seat caddy for stadium type bleacher seating, comprises a rack having depending and article supporting bottom portions of lattice construction. The depending portion extends downwardly from the seat, the upper end being connected to the seat by suitable fastening means. The bottom portion extends forwardly from and is integrally formed with the lower end of the depending portion. The caddy further includes one or more hangars each having upper and lower ends. The hangars are attached at their respective lower ends to the front of the bottom portion and attached at their respective upper ends to the front portion of the seat. The rack integrally includes means at each end thereof for interlocking to other similarly formed racks in order to form a rack of increased length which extends along substantially the full length of the seat. The hangars, seat and bottom portion defining an access opening therebetween for storage of articles in the rack.
Abstract: A pocket-sized, self-contained electrocardiogram monitor with a dot-matrix, liquid-crystal display. The monitor uses dry electrodes and is suitable for direct placement against the patient's chest without the use of paste or gel to insure electrical contact. An A/D converter converts an ECG signal to a digital signal which is then processed by a microprocessor and then displayed on the liquid-crystal display in real time. The microprocessor is programmed to select the maximum and minimum digital values from four consecutive samples from the A/D converter and to supply data representative of the maximum and minimum values to the display at one-fourth the conversion sampling rate.
Abstract: An automatic starting system for a vehicle includes a starter circuit, a battery and an internal combustion engine with a throttle-gas pedal linkage. The starting system includes a clock and remote-control receiver and transmitter combination which are electrically connected to the battery and operable to be energized for selectively connecting a current signal from the battery to the balance of the system. An arrangement of timer circuits is provided and suitably arranged for electrically coupling the current signal from the system energizing means to the starter circuit of the vehicle. An actuator and vacuum pump combination enables the throttle-gas pedal linkage to be pumped when such pumping is the required or appropriate as a part of the recommended method to start the vehicle engine.
Abstract: A stone cutting device including a continuous flexible cutting belt for cutting a slot in stone which is in the ground. The device includes a main frame, a jib pivotally mounted to the main frame, aligned sheaves rotatably mounted to the main frame and jib, a continuous flexible cutting belt extending around and in driven engagement by the sheaves, and a means to rotate at least one of the sheaves. The continuous flexible cutting belt includes a plurality of spaced apart abrasive cutting elements extending across the top and sides of the belt. The cutting elements are flush with the remainder of the top and side surfaces of the belt which includes a molded-in-place resilient material. Belt strength is provided by a flexible cable extending through the length of the belt.
Abstract: In an automotive engine, an apparatus for changing the shift position of the gear shift lever for an automatic or semi-automatic transmission from a first drive position to a second drive position automatically when the engine reaches a preselected rotational speed sensed by an engine RPM speed sensor. The apparatus includes a cut-out switch to automatically disable the apparatus once the gear shift lever has been shifted to the second drive position and a manually operable disconnect switch to disable the apparatus when automatic shifting of the gear shift lever is not desired.
Abstract: A readily mountable and removable portable boat dolly for mounting to a boat to aid in transporting the boat over land is shown, including a pair of wheel support units, each having a mounting surface for frictionally engaging the bottom of the boat. A pair of wheels are rotatably mounted to each of the wheel support units. A mounting strap engages the wheel support units below the mounting surfaces thereof, with the strap having hooks at both ends configured for hooking over the gunwales of the boat. Levers are provided for applying and maintaining tension in the mounting strap, whereby the mounting surfaces of the wheel support units are held in frictional engagement with the bottom of the boat.