Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Woodling Krost & Rust
  • Patent number: 8327887
    Abstract: The hose includes an outer jacket which includes warp and weft fibers made of Vectran®. The process for making the hose, includes: forming an inner liner and coating the exterior thereof with adhesive; weaving, in a twill weave pattern, Vectran® yarn, in a repeating 2-4-2-4-2 pattern in both the warp and the weft directions; extruding polyurethane onto the woven vectran yarn, the polyurethane extending into pillars between the warp and weft yarn, forming an outer liner; inserting the inner liner coated with adhesive within the outer liner; and, pressurizing the inner liner with steam expanding the inner liner and the adhesive into engagement with the Vectran® yarn and polyurethane pillars of the outer liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: All-American Hose LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lockhart, Josef Schomaker
  • Patent number: 8322689
    Abstract: A line stringing apparatus includes in combination an electric motor, motor controller and a processor switchable between a pulling mode and a tensioning mode. An electric motor expends electrical energy when pulling the line and generates electrical energy when tensioning the line. The processor outputting commands to the motor controller for control thereof and for application of electrical energy from the batteries to the electric motor when in the pulling mode and for application of electrical energy generated by the electric motor to the plurality of batteries when in tensioning mode. The processor limits electric motor torque and speed based on operator commands for speed and torque in said pulling mode; and, the processor controlling electric motor torque in the tensioning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: TSE International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dutch Johnson, John J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8323143
    Abstract: A wheel drive assembly includes a rotatable spindle-carrier affixed to a wheel. A fixed housing includes an output ring gear and the spindle-carrier resides generally within the housing. An output sun gear driven by an input carrier drives output planetary gears which, in turn, interengage the output ring gear driving and rotating the spindle-carrier. A fixed drive end housing includes an input ring gear and houses a noise reducing radially floating input carrier and a plurality of input planet gears rotatably mounted in the input carrier. The input sun gear is driven by an electric motor and drives the plurality of input planet gears which mesh with the input ring gear causing rotation of the input carrier about its true center. The input carrier is partially nested within the spindle-carrier and the motor is partially nested within the fixed drive end housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Warren Schoon
  • Patent number: 8245353
    Abstract: A hinge has a pivoting leaf (2) and a fixed leaf (3), a hollow axle (7) fixedly connected to the pivoting leaf and rotatably connected to first and second journal bearings (5-1, 5-2) of the fixed hinge leaf, a spiral torsion spring (8) arranged in the hollow axle. One end of the spring is fixed to the hollow axle and the other end of the spring is fixed to a worm wheel (9) that is arranged in the first journal bearing. An endless screw (6) resides in the first journal bearing and engages with the worm wheel. Rotation of the endless screw drives the worm wheel and the spiral torsion spring to rotate, thereby adjusting the tension of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: S-Fasteners GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Homner, Dimitri Svyrsky, Robert Bonfert
  • Patent number: 8237981
    Abstract: In a partial image, certain image dots are deflected optically in x direction with reference to imaginary undeflected image dots, and the x deflection of an image dot is less than the length of the side of an image dot. The image is traced by a light-controlling unit (preferably a semiconductor chip with tilting-mirror elements) with light-controlling elements arranged similar to a matrix. A computer program loads the light-controlling unit with a control pattern for tracing each partial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Miva Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Robin Pagan
  • Patent number: 8230724
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus comprising a measurement chamber and a resonator, which can be integrated in the measurement chamber via a quick-action closure, for the liquid sensor system and for verification and measurement of the concentration of materials, substances, particles and/or microorganisms in liquids. The invention is characterized in that the resonator is held only on its outer circumference by a thin elastomer ring, and in that at the radial distance of the external diameter of the resonator, the elastomer ring on the one hand rests on an upper sealing ring of the measurement chamber, forming a seal, and on the other hand rests on a holding ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Andreas Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank K. Gehring
  • Patent number: 8232796
    Abstract: A conduit sensor device includes first and second pairs of permanent magnets. First and second rotor shunts include first and second rotatable magnets and interposed between the first and second pairs of permanent magnets, respectively. A shunt shaft includes a first helical worm gear and a second helical worm gear mounted thereon. The first rotor shunt includes a first rotatable magnet and a first rotor gear locked together. The first helical worm gear meshing with the first rotor gear driving the first rotor gear and the first rotatable magnet. The second rotor shunt includes a second rotatable magnet and a second rotor gear locked together. The second helical worm gear meshes with the second rotor gear driving the second rotor gear and the second rotatable magnet. The surface areas of the first and second pairs of permanent magnets equals the surface area of the first and second rotatable magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Invodane Engineering Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Laursen, Corry Comello, Roderick Lee
  • Patent number: 8220243
    Abstract: The invention provides a cable protection and guide device that steadily protects and guides a cable by rigidly anchoring and preventing a connecting arm from being disengaged upwardly. The device smoothly flexes and reduces torsional deformation. The hinged connecting arm extends across the flexional outer peripheral side of a pair of spaced apart right and left link plates and has a hook portion at one end of an arm body and a hinge portion at another end. An engaging circular arc portion of the hook portion engages with an engaging shaft of the link plate. Engaging projecting portions extend from the edge of the engaging circular arc portion and interengage with engaging step portions provided on the engaging shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Shoichiro Komiya, Katsuhide Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8220989
    Abstract: A hot plate method and apparatus for the measurement of thermal conductivity combines the following capabilities: 1) measurements of very small specimens; 2) measurements of specimens with thermal conductivity on the same order of that as air; and, 3) the ability to use air as a reference material. Care is taken to ensure that the heat flow through the test specimen is essentially one-dimensional. No attempt is made to use heated guards to minimize the flow of heat from the hot plate to the surroundings. Results indicate that since large correction factors must be applied to account for guard imperfections when specimen dimensions are small, simply measuring and correcting for heat from the heater disc that does not flow into the specimen is preferable. The invention is a hot plate method capable of using air as a standard reference material for the steady-state measurement of the thermal conductivity of very small test samples having thermal conductivity on the order of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Robert A. Miller, Maria A. Kuczmarski
  • Patent number: 8220617
    Abstract: The invention provides a device (10) for feeding sample containers (18) with an analysis sample (P) to be treated, to a treating apparatus (12) for treating the analysis sample (P), in particular to a centrifuge. The device comprises a conveyer (26, 27) for conveying at least one sample container (14) or at least one carrier containing a sample container (14), wherein the conveyer (26, 27) is configured for receiving multiple sample containers (14) and/or carriers and forms a circulating endless conveyer track. The device further comprises an input station (18) for handing over a sample container (14) or a carrier to the conveyer (26, 27). The input station (18) is displaced (V1, V2), with respect to the conveyer (26, 27), obliquely to the conveying direction (26b, 27b) Hof the conveyer (26, 27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Andreas Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus-Gunter Eberle
  • Patent number: 8133143
    Abstract: A compact gear reducer electric motor assembly with an internal brake disclosed and claimed wherein a high speed electric motor is interconnected with a gear reducer having substantial gear reduction. The assembly includes a spindle, a brake mounted substantially within said high speed electric motor and operable against a spring biasing said brake into engagement with ground. The brake is electrically actuated to permit transmission of energy to the gear reducer. The gear reducer includes an input, intermediate and output planetary stages. The input and intermediate stages residing within the spindle, and, the output planetary stage drives an output ring gear. Releasing means for releasing the output ring gear from the brake allowing rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Warren Schoon
  • Patent number: 8131145
    Abstract: The present invention is a lightweight, cordless security camera comprising a lightweight stand or tripod, a video camera with pan, tilt, and zoom articulation and an audio microphone, a wireless networking interface enabling wireless access to the camera controls, video, and audio data streams, an antenna enabling transmission and reception of the aforementioned data via the aforementioned wireless networking interface, and a lightweight, battery power supply providing power to the video camera and wireless networking system. The lightweight, battery power supply includes one or more quickly coupled and uncoupled lightweight batteries which can be easily and quickly interchanged to provide continuous power to the security camera. This enables security forces such as police and military forces to safely and continuously monitor and surveil areas including crime scenes and combat theaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Karl Frederick Scheucher
  • Patent number: 8102307
    Abstract: A Mixer structure (210) for Doppler radar applications and a Doppler radar sensor (30) having an oscillator input port (LO) for output signals from an electric oscillator (32), having an radio frequency input port (RF) for output signals from receiving means (34), having an output port (IF) for an overall output intermediate signal produced in the mixer structure (210) and having two mixer branches (12a, 12b) each with a diode (18a, 18b). The mixer branches (12a, 12b) are connected to the oscillator input port (LO) and to the radio frequency input port (RF) in such a manner that intermediate signals (IF1, IF2), which are produced in these mixer branches (12a, 12b) and correspond to a Doppler shift between the oscillator signal and the radio frequency signal, are processed to the overall output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: BEA S.A.
    Inventor: Yves Borlez
  • Patent number: 8084154
    Abstract: A process of controlling the temperature of a battery pack includes the steps of determining the operating mode and present temperature of the battery pack. Optimal temperature for the battery pack depends on the operating mode and the difference between the present temperature and the previously identified optimal temperature. The battery pack is warmed if the temperature difference (measured minus optimal) is large. The optimal time interval over which the battery pack should be warmed is a function of the operating mode and the previously calculated temperature difference. A heater is switchably operated enabling and disabling the heat generating element to warm the pack to the previously identified optimal temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Karl Frederick Scheucher
  • Patent number: 8077034
    Abstract: The invention refers to a sensor (10) for presence detection, and a method for presence detection, in a detection area (18) comprising at least an image generator (14) for generating an image on a detection area (18) formed by illuminated structures reflecting from said detection area (18), a detector (20) for detecting signals of the image reflected from the detection area (18), an image processing unit (24) for comparing the signals based on the reflected and received image with signals of a reference image stored in storing means of the image processing unit (24), wherein the image generator (14) generates a pattern (16) on the detection area (18) having illuminated and non-illuminated zones, the image processing unit (24) uses triangulation technique to detect changes of the pattern (16) within the detection area (18) over the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: BEA SA
    Inventors: Yves Borlez, Olivier Gillieaux, Christian Leprince
  • Patent number: 8077103
    Abstract: A cup waveguide antenna with integrated polarizer and OMT for simultaneously communicating left and right hand circularly polarized electromagnetic waves is adjustable to obtain efficient propagation and reception of electromagnetic waves. The antenna includes a circular waveguide having an orthomode transducer utilizing first and second pins longitudinally spaced apart and oriented orthogonally with respect to each other. Six radially-oriented adjustable polarizer screws extend from the exterior to the interior of the waveguide. A septum intermediate the first and second pins is aligned with the first pin. Adjustment of the polarizer screws enables maximized propagation of and/or response to left hand circularly polarized electromagnetic waves by the first pin while simultaneously enabling maximized propagation of and/or response to right hand circularly polarized electromagnetic waves by the second pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Roberto J. Acosta, Carol Kory, Kevin M. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8056418
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring the functionality of an actuator (1) having a pneumatic drive (2), in particular for monitoring an actuator (1) for a safety valve, including a magnetic valve (4) for controlling the pneumatic drive (2), wherein the magnetic valve (4) is monitored by means of a pressure measurement and is, for this purpose, connected to a first pneumatic conduit (16) to a position controller (3) of the actuator (1) as well as to the pneumatic drive (2) to a second pneumatic conduit (17). The magnetic valve (4) is switched off and on again with a switching time (t2-t1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Samson AG
    Inventors: Jörg Kiesbauer, Domagoj Vnucec
  • Patent number: 8056662
    Abstract: A bearing lubrication device in a right angle gear reducer includes a gear housing having an interior portion and a lubricating fluid reservoir therein. An oil slinger, rotating pinion shaft, pinion shaft housing, and bearings for supporting the pinion shaft within the pinion shaft housing work together to provide a continuous supply of oil to the bearings. The pinion shaft includes two radially and longitudinally extending passageways therethrough which supply oil from a recess in one end of the pinion shaft to the bearings. Oil is slung from the reservoir into the recess of the rotating pinion shaft where it is forced outwardly and through the passageways to a chamber formed by the rotating pinion shaft, shaft housing and bearings. The roller bearings pump the oil from the chamber back to the fluid reservoir. Oil passageways in the shaft housing enable the return of oil from one bearing set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Warren Schoon, James R. Dammon
  • Patent number: 8052854
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes a substrate and a pair of interdigitated metal electrodes selected from the group consisting of Pt, Pd, Au, Ir, Ag, Ru, Rh, In, and Os. The electrodes each include an upper surface. A first solid electrolyte resides between the interdigitated electrodes and partially engages the upper surfaces of the electrodes. The first solid electrolyte is selected from the group consisting of NASICON, LISICON, KSICON, and ??-Alumina (beta prime-prime alumina in which when prepared as an electrolyte is complexed with a mobile ion selected from the group consisting of Na+, K+, Li+, Ag+, H+, Pb2+, Sr2+ or Ba2+). A second electrolyte partially engages the upper surfaces of the electrodes and engages the first solid electrolyte in at least one point. The second electrolyte is selected from the group of compounds consisting of Na+, K+, Li+, Ag+, H+, Pb2+, Sr2+ or Ba2+ ions or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Gary W. Hunter, Jennifer C. Xu, Chung Chiun Liu, Benjamin J. Ward
  • Patent number: D671487
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Karl F. Scheucher, Greg Guyette