Patents Assigned to Sperry Rand Corporation
  • Patent number: 4171115
    Abstract: The outputs of a pair of linear accelerometers are utilized to provide measures of craft vertical acceleration and body axis pitch angular acceleration. The pitch angular acceleration signal is integrated to provide a measure of body axis pitch rate. The pitch rate signal is in turn integrated to provide a measure of body axis pitch attitude. An earth referenced pitch attitude sensor provides a measure of earth referenced pitch attitude and through a rate taker a measure of earth referenced pitch rate. The earth referenced sensor is utilized to calibrate out errors and effectively align the linear accelerometers so that in the event of a loss of the earth referenced sensor, the calibrated accelerometers have adequate accuracy to compute pitch rate and pitch attitude within the long period bandwidth needed to provide the stability augmentation function for a relaxed static stability aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen S. Osder
  • Patent number: 4169410
    Abstract: In a crop roll forming machine of the type having a bale forming region defined by bale forming means movably mounted on a mobile frame and wrapping means to bind a formed roll of crop material with a binding material there is provided a plurality of independently operable severing means that, in synchronization, will be activated by triggering means to concurrently sever the binding material. The severing means are comprised of a plurality of cutting blades and striker plates which cooperatively interface at the conclusion of a bale wrapping cycle to sever the binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: John S. Richardson
  • Patent number: 4169264
    Abstract: An air traffic control transponder includes a synchronous digital delay line decoder for providing mode selection signals in response to pulse space coded transmissions from the ground station. The decoder comprises a shift register delay line having a plurality of delay taps along which a first received pulse is shifted. A continuously running high frequency clock pulse generator via a frequency divider provides the shifting clock to the delay line. The first received pulse synchronizes the shifting clock via the frequency divider. A plurality of monostable multivibrators connected to selected taps of the delay line provide pulse detection windows in response to the first received pulse being shifted through the stages of the shift register to which the window generating monostable multivibrators are connected. The outputs from the window generators are applied as inputs to respective pulse coincidence detection devices, the second inputs thereof being connected to receive the incoming pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Ted E. Parker
  • Patent number: 4168107
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solid state apparatus for and a method of (1) modulating the intensity of a multimode light beam; (2) coupling the light beam to an input optic fiber that is butt coupled to a diffraction grating that is formed of a plurality of stripe domains in a magnetic film; (3) altering, by the application of suitable magnetic fields, the angular orientation of the stripe domains in the plane of the magnetic film, and (4) multiplexing the diffracted light beam to a selected one of a plurality of several output optic fibers. The apparatus uses a liquid-phase epitaxially (LPE) grown film of bismuth substituted rare earth iron garnet to form a magnetizable layer in which stripe domains may be generated, sustained and moved about. The stripe domains form a diffraction grating. The angular orientation of the stripe domains in the plane of the diffraction grating may be altered by the application of external magnetic fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald F. Sauter
  • Patent number: 4168457
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling the velocity of a moveable load, such as the magnetic head assembly of a disk drive, comprising means for providing velocity command and velocity feedback signals which are combined to produce a velocity control signal for moving the load at desired velocity and additional means including an integrator and sample and hold circuit for detecting error in the feedback signal and varying the command signal to compensate for such error so that the load is controlled to move at the desired velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew M. Rose
  • Patent number: 4167844
    Abstract: In a crop roll forming machine having cooperating upper and lower bale forming means there is provided an improved automatic twine wrapping mechanism for binding a completed crop roll with binding material. The automatic twine wrapping mechanism is triggered by one of either two trip devices to automatically effect the serial steps of the twine wrapping cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Freimuth, Willis R. Campbell
  • Patent number: 4167778
    Abstract: A read-only memory, adapted to be addressed by the operation code portion of a computer instruction word, stores at addressable locations therein a flag indicating whether a particular combination of operation code bits is a valid combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Ralph E. Sipple
  • Patent number: 4167761
    Abstract: In a magnetic recording system having a medium for storing information in the form of encoded digital data, an improvement in the recording head control circuit including means and a method for determining the temporal occurrence of a major write transition of the encoded digital data and producing a minor write pre-transition and a minor write post-transition each having a lower amplitude and an opposite direction to that of the major write transition thereby providing a readout pulse corresponding to the combined write transitions having a narrower pulse width and improved symmetry which enhances the accuracy in reading out the recorded digital data and increases the packing density in the storage medium of the recording system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Donald T. Best
  • Patent number: 4167296
    Abstract: A protective control system is provided in a magnetic suspension system having a permanent magnetic and an electro-magnetic circuit for levitating a spinning rotor; normally effective axial stability between limiting positions is provided by a feed back servo system supplying control currents to a pair of solenoids for modulating the permanent magnetic field in the suspension gaps. The physical support system and the suspended apparatus are protected from damage due to excessive axial oscillatory translation of the suspended rotor by detection of such non-linear events and by the removal of the suspension command for a suitable time period. The suspension control is then returned to its initial state and is again set into operation to translate the suspended element asymptotically and smoothly to its desired central location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Joe B. Dendy
  • Patent number: 4165751
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a combine of the axial flow type in which rotor means extend longitudinally within the combine in association with concaves, the rotor having in axial alignment, a threshing portion and a separating portion rearward thereof and mounted for coaction with respective concaves disposed beneath the rotor. Tailings which are discharged from the separator section of the rotor and concave normally contain a worthwhile amount of crop material intermixed with waste chaff, straw and the like, and further threshing to separate the crop material from the waste material is effected by a rotatable beater and coacting grate which extend transversely to the axis of the rotor and rearward of the discharge end of the separator portion of the rotor and concave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. Todd
  • Patent number: 4166228
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing surface acoustic waves includes input and output transducers mounted on a piezoelectric substrate so as to launch and receive acoustic waves, respectively. Two pairs of reflective arrays are positioned in the propagation path between the input and output transducers so as to provide an S-shaped propagation path in which the directions of propagation of the waves launched by the input transducer and received by the output transducer are essentially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Leland P. Solie
  • Patent number: 4165270
    Abstract: The test device is an electrolytic apparatus for the simultaneous non-destructive testing of the integrity of pluralities of circuit boards for continuity and anti-continuity or short circuits, including such circuit boards as employ multi-layer or multi-level interconnection wiring, whether it be printed wiring or screen printed or thermally deposited circuits. Transient electro-deposition of one ion from an alkali halide water solution temporarily modifies the optical reflectivity of exposed circuit terminals or metal parts of the circuit boards under test in a characteristic and easily recognized manner according to the continuity status of the associated circuit paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Ost, Robert F. Perry
  • Patent number: 4165491
    Abstract: A circuit for accurately detecting the zero crossing points of a data signal. Noise in the signal is eliminated by deleting all noise present on the signal having an amplitude or a width less than a predetermined value prior to detecting the crossover points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur P. Geffon
  • Patent number: 4164022
    Abstract: Electronic digital apparatus for computing an approximation of the arctangent of a given tangent number, N, being in the range of 0 to 1 and in binary form, operates in two stages to provide a solution of the expression: ##EQU1## During the first stage, steps are taken by the apparatus to find out where within the range of 0 to 1, divided preferably into four equal increments, the known tangent number N is located. When the correct increment represented by one of a plurality of increment numbers I.sub.j stored in a ROM unit of the apparatus is found, then one of a like plurality of center numbers C.sub.k of that increment also stored in the ROM unit may be readily selected, as can also be the corresponding one of a plurality of stored numbers A.sub.i representing the arctangents of the stored center numbers C.sub.k. During the first stage, the product number C.sub.k (N) is also formed. In the second stage of operation of the apparatus, the dividend and divisor numbers N-C.sub.k and 1+C.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Glen D. Rattlingourd, John W. Zscheile, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4163147
    Abstract: An improvement to a semiconductor memory subsystem containing single bit error correction/double bit error detection (SBC/DBD) which provides correction of double bit errors through the utilization of a modest amount of additional circuitry. The present invention accomplishes this result through the technique of sequentially complementing each double bit pair within the semiconductor memory subsystem data word determined to contain a multiple error and rechecking the modified data word with the existing SBC/DBD circuitry, one double bit pair at a time, until it is determined by the SBC/DBD circuitry that such double bit pair complementing has corrected the double bit error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Scheuneman, John R. Trost
  • Patent number: 4162725
    Abstract: An improved bale thrower for use with a hay baler is disclosed. The thrower affixes to the discharge end of the bale case of the baler and can be selectively pivoted vertically about at least one horizontal axis between a first operative position for directionally ejecting bales and a second inoperative position which allows the bales to be deposited directly on the ground behind the baler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Charles A. Smith, Clair S. Adams
  • Patent number: 4162135
    Abstract: Apparatus functioning in combination with a crop bale forming machine to receive an ejected bale of crop material moving along a predetermined path of travel from a bale outlet in a crop bale forming machine and, via conveying means, turn it a predetermined angle about a vertical axis from the predetermined path of travel prior to the bale's assuming a position of rest on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Shaun A. Seymour
  • Patent number: 4162474
    Abstract: 1. Apparatus comprisingA pair of signal sensors spacially displaced from each other,Means connected to each sensor for quantizing the signals at the output thereof,First and second two-mode reversing switches, each switch having two inputs respectively connected to two outputs in one mode and having said two inputs inversely connected to said two outputs in the other mode,Each quantized signal being applied to a respective input of said first switch,One output of said first switch being connected to one input of said second switch,Variable delay means connected between the other output of said first switch and the other input of said second switch,Means for controlling the delay of said variable delay means and the modes of said first and second switches,A signal correlator connected to the outputs of said second switch to produce an output signal representing the correlation function of the signals at the outputs of said second switch,And signal integrating means responsive to said output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1964
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Broder, Paul Shapiro, Seening Yee
  • Patent number: 4162438
    Abstract: The servomotor outputs of two substantially identical servo channels, are connected through a differential mechanism to position an attitude control surface of an aircraft in response to common or separate, normally identical, command signals applied to the respective channels. Position and rate feedback means responsive to the movement of the control surface and each servomotor provides position and rate feedback signals to their respective channels. The primary position rate feedback term for each servomotor channel is derived from the position feedback means rather than from a servo tachometer to increase the stiffness of the output in resisting the motions commanded by a failed servo channel and to improve fault detection capability by increasing the difference velocity between a good and a failed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen S. Osder
  • Patent number: RE30056
    Abstract: A crop harvesting machine has a mobile frame adapted to move across a field, an elongated crop material harvesting header and an improved pair of assemblies laterally spaced apart along the frame for suspending the header from the frame. Each of the assemblies includes a lower link pivotally interconnecting a lower portion of the header and a lower portion of the frame and an upper link pivotally mounted on an upper frame portion and having front and rear portions which respectively extend forwardly and rearwardly from the location of pivotal mounting of the upper link on the upper frame portion. The front portion of each upper link is pivotally connected to an upper header portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Halls