Patents Examined by Al Lawrence Smith
  • Patent number: 4539871
    Abstract: An upstanding support is provided and a rotary grinding head is journaled from the upper end of the support for rotation about a vertical axis. A horizontally disposed support arm is pivotally mounted from the support at one end portion for swinging about a vertical axis and the other free end portion of the support arm has a grooved support wheel journaled therefrom for rotation about a horizontal axis extending transversely of the support arm. The grooved support wheel may have a saw chain trained thereover and the grooved support wheel, during oscillation of the support arm, is swingable into registry with diametrically opposite side portions of the rotary grinding head. Also, a chain tooth engaging and positioning member is supported from each of the opposite side portions of the support arm adjacent the grooved support wheel and swingable into and out of an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Simington Products Co.
    Inventor: Jack F. Simington
  • Patent number: 4166313
    Abstract: A typical embodiment has an end fitting for a nuclear reactor fuel element that is joined to the control rod guide tubes by means of a nut plate assembly. The nut plate assembly has an array of nuts, each engaging the respective threaded end of the control rod guide tubes. The nuts, moreover, are retained on the plate during handling and before fuel element assembly by means of hollow cylindrical locking cups that are brazed to the plate and loosely circumscribe the individual enclosed nuts. After the nuts are threaded onto the respective guide tube ends, the locking cups are partially deformed to prevent one or more of the nuts from working loose during reactor operation. The locking cups also prevent loose or broken end fitting parts from becoming entrained in the reactor coolant. A tool for selectively locking and unlocking the nuts is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventor: Lewis A. Walton
  • Patent number: 4157727
    Abstract: Apparatus for recapping tires, particularly of the type used on off-the-road vehicles. Rubber strips are applied to the prepared tread surface of the tire to "smooth" the tire, after which the tire is disposed on a roller assembly to cut i.e., "groove" a tread design in the tire. The roller assembly is hydraulically displaced to dispose the tire in a pit and is rotated for indexing the tire to groove the circumference thereof. A grooving blade is heated to a controlled temperature and is hydraulically pulled across the tread surface to cut the tread grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1979
    Assignee: Bandag, Incorporated
    Inventors: John C. McDonough, James K. Rary, Arden Birth, John J. Kuzma, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4150775
    Abstract: An improved back-up tape for use in fusion welding metal sheets and structures is disclosed. The tape comprises a rolled refractory fiber fabric partially flattened against an adhesive coated surface of a wider, heat resistant, strip. In use, the tape is pressed against the back side of a joint or other weld line to be welded with the adhesive bonding the tape along strips parallel to but slightly spaced from the weld line and the roll pressed against the joint. Fusion welding is conducted without the addition of any filler wire. A flat weld underbead, with no molten metal drop-through is produced, with no melting or other significant change in the tape. The tape is then stripped off and the welded structure is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1979
    Assignee: General Dynamics Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Roden, Glenn L. Criger
  • Patent number: 4147461
    Abstract: A multiple spindle machine comprising a drive unit having a plurality of drive shafts rotatable from a motor over speed change gears and a drilling head unit carrying a plurality of tool spindles connected by universal joint shafts to coupling elements which can be brought into and out of coupling engagement with said drive shafts by moving said units relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1979
    Inventor: Dieter Maier
  • Patent number: 4146162
    Abstract: Arrangement for manufacturing spherical reservoirs from meridional petal-like flaps, wherein the base has mounted thereon a supporting frame for the reservoir, and, successively overlying this frame: a shaft for accommodating the lids of the reservoir and for rotating the latter in the process of its manufacture, and a welding unit accommodated on a support beam. The shaft is journalled on posts mounted on the base, for rotation about a horizontal axis, while the supporting frame has a curvilinear surface for the meridional flaps to be placed thereupon, the shape of this surface corresponding to the curvilinear surface of the meridional flaps, the frame being carried by vertical guides for motion therealong, to bring the meridional flaps to the lids of the reservoir. The support beam has arcuate guideways of a radius somewhat greater than that of the sphere of the reservoir, to accommodate the welding unit for motion along the guideways in the course of welding the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Inventor: Mikhail G. Skakunov
  • Patent number: 4145808
    Abstract: A utility company lineman's knife is provided for cutting the tubing or sheath of multi-conductor cable. The knife has an elongated slotted handle which receives the cutting blade and in which the blade is pivotal into any one of three locked positions, namely, closed, opened to an intermediate position for circumferential cutting, and fully opened for longitudinal cutting. The locked positions are controlled by a spring-biased J-bolt the short leg of which is adapted to enter into any one of three detent holes in the blade. The tip of the knife is provided with a protective button which functions as a bearing surface against the inner wall of the tubing and allows outward tension to be applied to the knife blade to maintain the cutting edge away from the inner conductors, thereby to protect the interior conductors and insulation against accidental cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Inventor: James R. Walsh
  • Patent number: 4144667
    Abstract: A single use disposable animal trap particularly suited for entrapment of rodents and the like, the invention comprises a housing of dimensions only slightly greater than the site of the animal which is to be trapped, the housing having an entrance opening and a pivoting inclined plane mounted internally of the housing. An animal entering the trap biases a rear portion of the inclined plane downwardly, a forward portion of the inclined plane thereby camming a door member into place over the entrance opening. In a preferred embodiment, a shoulder-like detent formed on the inner wall of the door member abuts a forward edge portion of the inclined plane, thereby to maintain the door member in place over the entrance opening and to prevent escape of the animal from the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony J. Souza
  • Patent number: 4144992
    Abstract: Method for controlling an automatic pipe welder is disclosed. In the automatic welder which requires remote control, welding conditions for butt welding pipes are stored and an actual joint geometry or groove shape is sensed. From signals relating to the stored welding conditions and the sensed groove shape, a control command signal in actual welding is produced to effect welding under an optimum condition. On the other hand, an arc condition at an actual welding point and a melting condition of a metal are monitored and displayed to modify the welding conditions in accordance with the monitored condition to control the automatic pipe welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Omae, Takanori Shibata, Keiziro Sakai, Tomio Iizuka, Takaichi Koyama
  • Patent number: 4144923
    Abstract: The present tire siping machine can rotatably support a wheel mounted and inflated tire with the tread thereof facing a driven and adjustably mounted siping blade and feeler adjustably connected to the siping blade for permitting the feeler and siping blade to engage the tire whereupon the feeler maintains the siping blade in proper relation to the tire tread for said siping blade to cut and move around the tire tread to effect minute lateral cuts or sipes in a section of the tire tread to be followed by repositioning of said blade to other sections of the tread and repetitions of the siping operation until the entire tire tread is siped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Curry
  • Patent number: 4143801
    Abstract: A pipe is fabricated from rolls of flat metal plate by continuously moving the plate into a pipe-forming station which shapes the flat plate into a pipe having a longitudinal seam therealong. A plate arc welding machine welds consecutive plates to each other thereby maintaining continuity of plate movement. Equal sections of the longitudinal seam are consecutively welded in a leapfrogging manner using two welding units movably positioned on the opposite sides of the moving pipe. The welding units alternatingly weld alternate and overlapping sections of the longitudinal seam. The welding operations are carried out without interference with the continuous movement of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1979
    Assignee: Michael P. Breston
    Inventor: Claud B. Sargent
  • Patent number: 4141484
    Abstract: A method for fabricating metallic structures, especially those having intricate shapes, utilizes a combination of flow forming and bonding. A metal preform having flow forming characteristics is positioned relative to a shaping member and a metal workpiece to be joined to the preform. The preform is heated to a temperature range suitable for flow forming. Pressure is applied to cause the preform to flow form against the shaping member and the workpiece. The preform and workpiece are maintained under coordinated temperature-pressure-time duration conditions to produce metallurgical bonding of the preform to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventors: C. Howard Hamilton, Leonard A. Ascani
  • Patent number: 4141481
    Abstract: A thin perforate, helically wound welded edge tubing is used as a filter core for a roving wound filter. The slightly roughened external edges of the spirally formed welded joint greatly adds to the ability of securing the fiber roving to the tube and prevents relative slippage therebetween. Also, the invention comprehends an apparatus for, and a method of making the helically seamed tube by first drawing a sheet metal from a supply and raising two lateral edges thereof to form flanges. The material can be guided in a helical path by engaging the inside of the flanges so that the trailing edge abuts the leading edge. The abutted edges are heated so that the flanges themselves provide the filler for a weld on the exterior surface thereof. Drive rollers are provided to move the welded tube from the welding area and to torque the tube to prevent edge separation prior to the cooling of the weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Louis B. Van Petten
  • Patent number: 4141171
    Abstract: A buoyant fish lure which is so configured that it can be caused to jump generally upwardly from a body of water in which it is floating by suddenly applying a generally forwardly acting force to the lure via a fish line rig. The lure has a wing lip which is cantilevered forwardly and upwardly from the bottom of a blunt nosed body. The wing lip functions to resolve a substantial portion of a forwardly acting force or force impulse into a vertical component which causes the lure to respond upwardly whereby, if the vertical force component is great enough, the lure is caused to jump from the water. Several alternate embodiments of the invention are shown in the figures and described in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Waller B. Hunt
    Inventor: Robert C. Muddiman
  • Patent number: 4140262
    Abstract: Size-adjustable internal pipe clamp apparatus, for use in two different nominal sizes of pipes, wherein adjustments are provided for all pipe contacting elements so that only a single apparatus need be provided for clamping abutted pipe ends of two sizes of pipes together for welding instead of the two separate and distinct apparatuses hereinbefore required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: Midcon Pipeline Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Wilson, Calvin D. Scully
  • Patent number: 4140266
    Abstract: Plates of a plate heat exchanger, defining between them a space adapted to be traversed by a heat-exchange fluid, are held together and are soldered in a chamber in which the plates are heated by passing a heating fluid, generally an inert gas, through the passages between the plates. The apparatus comprises means for heating and cooling the fluid and a temperature-monitoring device connected to the heating means for controlling the latter. Preferably the heating fluid circulation path includes a drying station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Norbert Wagner
  • Patent number: 4140265
    Abstract: Coupling of the end portion of a continuous conductive filament to an element mountable at a work station is attained in accordance with the method and apparatus of the instant invention by emplacing the conductive filament from a feed means so that the end portion of the conductive filament is congruent with a predetermined geometric location, and arranging the feed means relative to the work station so that the geometric locus defined by the position of the emplaced conductive filament is predetermined and repeatable. Advantageously, the continuous conductive filament may be emplaced by pushing or pulling. The end portion is thereafter joined to a predetermined terminal area on an element which is coextensive with the predetermined geometric location. Preferably, the conductive filament is subsequently joined to a second terminal area then cut or broken to form a permanent or temporary package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: Kollmorgen Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Morino
  • Patent number: 4139141
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a spiral member by cold working an elongated strip comprising attaching one end of the steel strip to a mounting plate on a rotatable axle and driving the axle in rotation to wind the strip onto the axle to form a spiral member from the strip. The strip is guided as it proceeds for winding on the axle by two spaced guide plates on opposite sides of the strip so that each turn of the strip will lie adjacent the previous turn. The position of the guide plates is adjusted with respect to the winding of the strip along a line which forms an angle with respect to the axis of rotation of the strip. After the formation of the spiral member, it is drawn to a predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Platmanufaktur
    Inventor: Olle Tornegard
  • Patent number: 4138792
    Abstract: An elongated strip-type body member of spiral configuration decreasing in radius of curvature toward one end thereof is provided. The strip member is of greater width than thickness and includes a generally outwardly projecting terminal end on its greater radius of curvature end extending generally axially of the spiral of the strip member. The body is constructed of resilient shape retentive, but flexible material. One longitudinal edge of the strip member comprises the inner periphery of the spiral and the other longitudinal edge of the strip member comprises the outer periphery of the spiral. The aforementioned one inner longitudinal edge of the strip is of greater thickness than the other outer longitudinal edge and the strip member tapers in thickness from the greater thickness longitudinal edge toward the lesser thickness longitudinal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Assignee: Norman Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Loren G. Hill
  • Patent number: 4139138
    Abstract: There is shown and described an apparatus for utilization with soldering equipment or the like. The apparatus includes a tray having a plurality of compartments therein for storing various components and/or tools. A suitable light arrangement is provided wherein light can be applied to any portion of the tray. A suitable cover of appropriate strength and thermal resistivity is provided over the compartments for use as a work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Inventor: Charles W. Besselman, Jr.