Patents Assigned to Midway Mfg. Co.
  • Patent number: 4828263
    Abstract: A flipper for use in pinball-type games has a plurality of grooves disposed on its top surface to permit the player to predetermine and control the path of the ball. When the ball is aligned with one of the grooves and the flipper is activated, the ball is propelled along the path indicated by the groove. The flipper is at least 31/8 inches in length and its impact surface is 1-1/16 inches high. The impact surface is substantially perpendicular to the playfield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Bally Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Dennis Nordman
  • Patent number: 4607899
    Abstract: A method of making conductors for shunt connectors including deforming a continuous strip of conductive material between lateral edges to form a plurality of electrical contacts integral at opposite ends with a pair of carrier strips. The spacing between electrical contacts is initially equal and the carrier strips are then deformed so that electrical contact assemblies having different spacings can be severed from the continuous strip with one of the carrier strips acting as a conductor between a pair of electrical contacts. The electrical contact assemblies are mounted on a non-conductive housings and locked therein by locking tabs with the housings being identical in configuration except for dimensions and having several gripping tabs formed thereon. The resultant shunt connector assemblies have center-to-center spacings between adjacent electrical contacts which are a predetermined dimension and multiples of that predetermined dimension to be capable of interconnecting pins having different spacings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Bally Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Edward L. Romine, Roger W. Byczek
  • Patent number: 4561714
    Abstract: An electrical cable assembly includes a plurality of spaced strip conductors within a supporting body of dielectric material with a contact element for each conductor, all of which are supported in a single housing. Each contact element includes a penetrating end having a plurality of tangs for piercing the dielectric material and a contact mating end, which includes a tubular body having a plurality of deflectable fingers that have free ends adjacent the penetrating end of the contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Bally Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Roger W. Byczek, Norman R. Wurz
  • Patent number: 4534609
    Abstract: A multi-terminal connector unit includes a block having a plurality of spaced terminal pins extending from a surface thereof and each terminal pin is surrounded by a socket that extends to an opposite surface of the block. The bottom of each socket has at least one opening extending to the adjacent surface of the block to provide a flow-through or drain path for cleaning liquid used to clean the socket and associated PC board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: Bally Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Johnnie W. White
  • Patent number: 4222624
    Abstract: The electric interface of the subject invention physically and electrically couples an electric connector to a printed circuit board, and employs one or more projections on the underside of the interface to engage a shoulder on the top of the connector for positively locking the interface and the connector together. This positive locking mechanism may be easily disengaged by pressing on a lever arm on the top of the interface which employs its mechanical advantage to disengage the interface from the connector and allow separation from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Robert Eme, deceased, Lloyd P. Schuman
  • Patent number: 4176844
    Abstract: A multi-station pinball game is provided by the present invention having a rotatable playfield controlled by a programmable microprocessor which selectively indexes the playfield to each individual station, in a desired order, for sequential play of the game by several players seated around the playfield at their individual playing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Allen L. Ryan, Eric G. Jansons, Ronald D. Halliburton, James H. Pearson
  • Patent number: 3957338
    Abstract: A curved tine terminal for inserting or snapping into a mounted position on a printed circuit board or other supporting surface to be securely retained therein, with the terminal being adapted to receive a plurality of electrical leads and having tines arcuate both along their length and in their cross-section, and serrations in the terminal wall opposite the tines for engaging and securely holding the leads in the terminal in conjunction with the tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1976
    Assignee: Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Paul A. Maximoff