Patents Examined by Brian W. Brown
  • Patent number: 5821509
    Abstract: A tooth mold is selected by operating a device consisting of a card having a first and second side and a plurality of strips disposed therebetween. Each side of the card and each side of the strip is provided with descriptive material for specific data. The sides of the card are also provided with windows so that manipulation of the strips will provide the necessary form of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: American Tooth Industries
    Inventor: Rudy Razo
  • Patent number: 5739487
    Abstract: A switching assembly having an on switch with a separate off release actuator. The switching assembly has a switch which has both an on position and an off position. Connected on the switch is an on button which has both a released position and a depressed position. The moving of the on button into the depressed position causes the switch to toggle into the on position. Also connected to the switch is an actuator rod which provides for the locking and releasing of the switch from the on position. The actuator rod is connected to an off button which has both a depressed position and a released position. Moving the off button into the depressed position causes the switch to toggle into the off position. Furthermore, a spring is connected to the actuator rod for maintaining the on switch in the on position until the actuator is forced to release the on switch from the on position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary R. Best
  • Patent number: 5654532
    Abstract: The movable nozzle of a puffer circuit interrupter has a coaxial cylindrical shield connected to its downstream end and the main movable contacts connected to its upstream end. The shield is electrically connected to the stationary contact terminal. The movable contact ring and coaxial shield at the upstream end of the nozzle define a well shielded open gap when the interrupter gap opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: ABB Power T&D Company Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffry R. Meyer, Joachim Stechbarth, Kurt Kaltenegger
  • Patent number: 5604473
    Abstract: Double pancake coils include a pair of pancake coils of different outer dimensions, and are wound from the same continuous length of superconducting wire. The double pancake coils are coaxially positioned and electrically interconnected along a longitudinal axis to provide a multi-coil superconducting magnetic coil assembly. Each of the double pancakes has at least one of its pancake coils electrically connected to at least another pancake coil of an adjacent double pancake coil having substantially the same outer dimension. The electrical connections between adjacent pancake coils are provided with relatively straight or "unbent" segments of superconducting wire even though the outer dimension profile of the superconducting magnetic coil assembly along its longitudinal axis varies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: American Superconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony J. Rodenbush
  • Patent number: 5592207
    Abstract: A laser printer can record high definition and high quality images without requiring any increase of electrical and mechanical design precision for increasing a scanning line density thereof. The laser beam is deflected in a primary scanning direction and a subsidiary scanning direction. With such scanning, an artificial scanning line along an edge of a recording image can be established for accurately recording an oblique line, a curved line, a barbel portion of a character, a half-tone image or so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Kobayashi, Akira Arimoto, Hiroo Fujisaki, Susumu Saito
  • Patent number: 5591943
    Abstract: A weight-sensing member is made from material with good toughness and elastic deformability characteristics and has a top end, a bottom end and a broadened portion located between and integral with the first and second ends. The broadened portion has a pair of opposed peripheries between the top and bottom ends, a horizontally extending through-hole, and a pair of S-shaped slots formed symmetrically on both sides of the through-hole. Each of the slots begins with an open end at a respective one of the opposed peripheries adjacent to a corresponding one of the top and bottom ends and terminates with a closed end near the through-hole. Each S-shaped slot divides partially the weight-sensing member into two separated parts, namely a higher part near the top end and a lower part near the bottom end. The lower part has a higher portion with a protrusion that extends into an opening that is formed in the higher part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Liang-Chieh Cheng
  • Patent number: 5591944
    Abstract: A load cell assembly for measuring force loads between two elements includes a four-bar linkage with connection arms mounted at opposite corners. Each of the connection arms include a first end rigidly connected to the four-bar linkage and a free end. An overload stop assembly rigidly connected to the four-bar linkage selectively limits displacement of at least one of the free ends when excessive force loads are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5592136
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electromagnet apparatus having a coil wound around a bobbin, a core fixed to and supported by the bobbin to cover at least a portion of the surface of the coil and having a slant serving as a first pole head, the force of which acts in a direction of the surface of the coil, and a rotatively supported around a center of winding of the coil around the bobbin and having a slant serving as a second pole head, the force of which acts in a direction of the surface of the bobbin, wherein the slant of the core and that of the rotor are disposed to face each other with a predetermined air gap maintained with which the rotor is able to attractively rotate with respect to the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Moriya Katagiri
  • Patent number: 5589673
    Abstract: A self-blow-out switch having a compression device has a pressure chamber heated by electric arc energy connected to a compression space, optionally with valve control. The compression space is connected to a low-pressure space via a pressure relief valve and a refill valve. Two valve disks of the relief and refill valves, which are located between the compression space and the low-pressure space are designed as two concentric washers of different diameters, lying in direct contact with each other and partly overlapping each other, and integrated to form a single valve unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Lehmann, Heiner Marin, Ingolf Reiher
  • Patent number: 5587568
    Abstract: An interlock switch for electrically coupling opposing surfaces of a circuit card assembly, wherein each of the surfaces includes a contact pattern defining circuit and switch functions. The interlock switch comprises a pair of contacts which engage the contact patterns on the circuit card assembly to electrically couple the circuits located on the oppositely facing surfaces thereof and a switch body for housing the contacts. The switch body includes a slot for solder-free coupling the switch to an edge of the circuit card assembly. The slot enables the switch to selectively reciprocate among three switch positions on the edge of the circuit card assembly to provide either an open circuit or a closed circuit on the circuit card assembly in any one of three switch positions for each contact. A spring is housed within the switch body for biasing the switch from one of the three positions making it a momentary position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: ITT Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lothamer, Carl A. Pontecorvo, Thomas L. Schattke, Richard A. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 5587569
    Abstract: A safety switch assembly for fitting to a safety enclosure. The switch includes a rotatable cam which operates electrical contacts. An actuator is insertable into the switch housing through either of two apertures to engage locking members. The locking members move in a rectilinear direction perpendicular to the cam axis away from the actuator and our of locking engagement with the cam. Ears on the actuator then engage in pockets in the cam and rotate the cam which causes movement of the electrical contacts to the ON position. Each locking member comprises a pair of locking components one of which is slidable on the other and both of which define elongate slots through which a cam shaft extends. The slots are inclined such that when the actuator pushes either one of the components away from a first aperture the other component is forced to move away from the other aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: E. J. A. Engineering PLC
    Inventor: Mehdi Mohtasham
  • Patent number: 5585604
    Abstract: A method of determining a load measurement value in dynamic weighing of an object passing over a weighing platform supported by load-sensing means generating a load-dependent weighing signal (S) which rises from a basic level to a peak level, to subsequently fall to the basic level. An at least approximative signal peak value (S.sub.peak) is determined as representing the weighed load. The weighing signal is integrated at least during a time interval (t.sub.1 -t.sub.5) about the point where the signal peak value is determined in order to produce a summation result, the time interval being recorded as a measurement time factor (M). Further, a form factor (F) for the weighing signal is calculated in the form of the ratio of the summation result, i.e., the integrated area under the weighing signal (S) for the time interval (t.sub.1 -t.sub.5), to a corresponding rectangular area that would be obtained in static weighing, i.e., the product of a peak value and the above time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Frontec Lulea AB
    Inventor: Lauri Holm
  • Patent number: 5585609
    Abstract: A circuit breaker including a base having an operating mechanism mounted thereon, a line contact blade assembly coupled to the operating mechanism for movement between open and closed positions, and a load contact blade assembly pivotally supported by a terminal strap for movement between an open and closed position with respect to the line contact blade is disclosed herein. A load blade return spring is positioned to bias the load contact blade assembly into engagement with the line contact blade. Furthermore, a multi-force spring device is disposed to apply a first force to the load contact blade while the load contact blade is in the closed position and a second force to the load contact blade in the blow open position, wherein the first force is greater than the second force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Ferree
  • Patent number: 5585603
    Abstract: A method and system for weighing an object as it is carried on a conveyor past an x-ray source. X-rays from the x-ray source pass through the object, are attenuated in proportion to the mass of the object through which they pass, and impinge upon an x-ray detector array. X-ray detector array includes a layer of scintillating material that produces light in response to the intensity of the x-rays and a plurality of photodiodes to detect the light. The intensity of the x-rays received at the x-ray detector array is indicated by signals produced by the photodiodes, which are periodically scanned by a processor. The photodiode signals are each converted to a value representing the average areal density for a volume element extending above the photodiode into the object. Using the average areal density for each volume element and the size of each volume element, the processor determines the mass of the volume element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur W. Vogeley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5585611
    Abstract: An interrupter assembly comprises an interrupter switch and at least one condition sensing device embedded within a body of solid dielectric material. Preferably, the solid dielectric material is a polymer concrete or an epoxy-concrete. The condition sensing device may comprise a current sensor and/or a voltage sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: ABB Power T&D Company Inc.
    Inventors: Ian J. Harvey, Lexie W. Crowe, Keith E. Lindsey
  • Patent number: 5583475
    Abstract: The method comprises producting a linear coil (4) by winding around a cylindrical mandrel (5) a conductor wire coated with a thermo-adhesive varnish, opening the toroidal magnetic circuit (1), withdrawing the linear coil (4) from the cylindrical mandrel (5), heating the linear coil (4) so as to render it flexible, slapping the linear coil over the open toroidal magnetic circuit (1), reclosing the toroidal magnetic circuit, and allowing the assembly to cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Mecagis
    Inventors: Rouelle Raholijaona, Luc Colombel, Roger Deon
  • Patent number: 5583322
    Abstract: A top-loading precision balance with a draft protection device which includes several walls connected to each other at the edges thereof, and a cover which closes the opening defined at the top of the walls. The cover is fastened through a horizontally extending hinge to one of the walls. The hinge of the cover includes a spring which acts against the direction of movement for closing the cover. The spring mounted in the hinge is a torsion spring which is fixed at both ends thereof. The frame forming the bottom of the draft protection device has on its bottom side a groove into which lugs mounted on the balance housing engage when the draft protection device is placed on the balance housing. A spring is fastened at the groove of the frame under the front side of the draft protection device. The spring engages in a groove of one of the lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Roger Leisinger, Bruno Mattle
  • Patent number: 5581060
    Abstract: A shock sensor capable of detecting a shock in a number of directions includes a reed switch, which is fixed inside a body and has a reed contact part with is magnetically changed from a first to a second state by way of a magnet, which is fixed inside the body at a specified distance from the reed switch. A shield member, having a sufficiently large area, prevents the magnetic force of the magnet from affecting the reed contact part when the shield member is in its regular position. A resilient member, in a normal state, keeps the shield member at its regular position between the reed contact part and the magnet, at which the reed contact part is kept in the first state. When a shock is applied to the shock sensor, the resilient member allows the shield member to move to a position where the reed contact part changes over to the second state.In a second embodiment, the magnet is movably held in the main casing at a specified distance from the reed switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Kobayashi, Kiyotaka Nakamura, Hisaharu Matsueda, Kayoko Makiki, Isamu Hamazaki, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5581222
    Abstract: A solenoid valve assembly having a rapid assembly clip. The clip is a spring clip which is pivotally secured to a housing for the solenoid valve assembly. The clip engages an annular groove in an extending portion of a solenoid element, with the clip being appropriately shaped to engage the groove to retain the solenoid element in place in the housing. In the described form of the invention, the spring clip is a wire element which engages the annular groove on opposite sides. Where there is engagement, the wire element is curved to conform to and firmly seat in the annular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Danfoss Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Pinaud
  • Patent number: 5578979
    Abstract: An improved electromagnetic apparatus includes a core and an armature which is movable relative to the core. A shading ring is connected with the core to provide magnetic flux which is out of phase with magnetic flux from the core. The shading ring includes a base formed a first metal and a layer of a second metal clad to the base. The first metal forming the base work hardens and has a greater resistance to fatigue failure induced by vibration than the second metal of the layer which is clad to the base. However, the second metal forming the clad layer has a greater electrical conductivity than the first metal of the base. The base may be formed of aluminum and the layer of metal clad to the base may be formed of copper. The layer of copper may be clad to the base by an extrusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Adams, Jerome K. Hastings