Patents Examined by C. J. Husar
  • Patent number: 4710051
    Abstract: A device for fastening a closed casing, such as a wire cloth, which should form the circumferential surface of a cylinder, such as a screening drum, has a supporting member with a circularly cylindrical outer surface which is intended to be inserted in the casing at one end thereof and has substantially the same circumference as the casing. The supporting member has a circumferential groove in its outer surface. A circumferential engagement element which is made of an elastic material is so mounted in the groove that its outer surface is located on substantially the same level as the outer surface of the supporting member. A mounting ring is disposed around the engagement element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Inventor: Jan E. L. Karmazin
  • Patent number: 4557631
    Abstract: An off-center rock bolt anchor includes a wedge nut having a modified frusto-conical lower end portion having a first surface portion with an enlarged radius of curvature matching that of the mine roof bolt hole. A threaded hole for receiving the shaft of a roof bolt extends longitudinally through the wedge nut parallel to and close to the first surface. A locking cam with outwardly oriented teeth is pivotally connected to an off-center portion of the top surface of the wedge nut. A plurality of expansion wings are positioned around the lower conical portion of the wedge nut and expand outwardly to engage the walls of the bolt hole as the wedge nut is tightened onto the roof bolt. Initial rotation of the bolt causes eccentric rotation of the wedge nut that urges the teeth of the locking cam to engage the side of the bolt hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Inventors: David C. Donan, Jr., David M. Donan
  • Patent number: 4488835
    Abstract: A fish diversion system for a penstock housing a hydroelectric turbine employs large area screens to shunt fish to a bypass conduit above the turbine. The screens are disposed generally lengthwise of the penstock and the upstream screen is inclined upwardly at a shallow angle to maximize water flow velocity along the upstream screen while minimizing the approach velocity normal to the screens. Fish and debris are thus swept along the screens rather than impinged on them. The bypass conduit is sized and positioned to minimize bypass water flow volume while maintaining sufficient volume and velocity to discharge fish from the upper portion of the penstock. The upstream screen can be tiltable for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Assignee: Eicher Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: George J. Eicher
  • Patent number: 4365963
    Abstract: A speed change pulley is disclosed in which, for relative centering of the movable side plate with respect to the diaphragm, the diaphragm is provided with engagement members projecting therefrom and axially received in notches in the movable side plate. The engagement members also comprise weight members for enhanced sensitivity to centrifugal force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Francaise du Ferodo
    Inventor: Jacques J. M. Thirion de Briel
  • Patent number: 4355991
    Abstract: A hydraulic tensioning arrangement for an endless drive belt for a vehicle accessories drive system. The vehicle alternator is pivotally mounted on the engine and is driven by a pulley which is drivingly engaged with the drive belt. A hydraulically actuated piston is mounted in a generally fixed position on the engine closely adjacent to the alternator and is operatively connected to the alternator for pivotally moving it to a belt tensioning position. Hydraulic fluid is supplied to the piston cylinder from the vehicle's power steering fluid supply. A ratchet bar is mounted on the piston cylinder and is slidably engaged in a guide bracket mounted on the alternator. A spring-biased pawl is mounted on the guide bracket and is engageable with a series of teeth formed on the extended end of the ratchet bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: Dyneer Corporation
    Inventor: Derald H. Kraft
  • Patent number: 4353705
    Abstract: An improved drive assembly for a powered chain saw or the like, which drive assembly includes a drive sprocket having a hub portion centrally and presenting a hub extension at one end for coaxially registering within the centered opening of the end wall of a clutch drum, and an axially extending apertured reinforcing washer disposed between the teeth of the sprocket wheel and surrounding the tips thereof in the region of abutment of the drive sprocket and clutch drum so as to register within the recesses of the sprocket teeth and present an extended joining area therebetween for securing same against separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: Windsor Machine Company Limited
    Inventors: Dennis G. Scott-Jackson, Hui C. Lim
  • Patent number: 4351637
    Abstract: A precision roller chain with parallel runs and with an even number of links is trained around a sprocket wheel and an idler wheel and is driven around a racetrack-shaped path. To compensate for the inherent tendency of the chain to tighten and loosen in a cyclic manner, the idler wheel is formed with a smooth periphery and has a somewhat smaller diameter than the effective diameter of the sprocket wheel. In addition, compensating ramps hold the chain outwardly away from the idler wheel adjacent the tangency points of the idler wheel and keep the chain tight when the rollers of the chain are in angular positions which otherwise would cause the chain to inherently loosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Dixon Automatic Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul H. Dixon
  • Patent number: 4351636
    Abstract: A belt tensioning device including a mounting bracket, a pulley support arm pivotally mounted at one end on the mounting bracket and having an idler pulley rotatably mounted at its other end. A spring yieldably biases the arm in a direction to press the idler pulley against the belt. The arm has opposed wall faces disposed in planes perpendicular to the pivot axis of the arm and mounted on the bracket and have pad faces pressed into engagement with respective ones of the opposed wall faces on the arm to dampen vibration or oscillation of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Inventor: Clarence H. Hager
  • Patent number: 4350399
    Abstract: A furniture is provided of a door formed by a series of uniformly sized panels which are movable from a closed position, in which they are coplanar one with another, to an open position, in which they are parallel and folded on one side of the furniture itself. The panels are connected together by means of a parallelogram linkage system which allows the panels to be moved from the closed position to the open position by means of a single control. The panels slide in an upper guide and a lower guide of the furniture and fold onto the left hand side of the furniture, allowing full access to the furniture itself. The parallelogram system comprises two sets of rods which are substantially identical and arranged between an upper side of the panels and the upper guide of the furniture and between a lower side of the panels and the lower guide, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Ing. C. Olivetti & C., S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Berton, Dino Bertozzi
  • Patent number: 4348197
    Abstract: A torque-sensing pulley is disclosed wherein one of the pulley sections is attached to a central shaft, the other pulley section has a cam operatively connected to a matching cam carried by the shaft, means are provided for biasing the cams apart and biasing the pulley sections together, and including damping means for preventing sudden change in the axial spacing of the pulley sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Dayco Corporation
    Inventor: Larry R. Oliver
  • Patent number: 4347760
    Abstract: A tractor locking differential (12, 18) is controlled by a solenoid operated hydraulic valve (34). The solenoid valve is in turn controlled by a logic circuit (36) which is responsive to signals received from a differential lock floor switch (32), application of brake lights (26) through the closing of a contact (28 or 30), and also from powering up the tractor. When the ignition (20) is turned on a flip-flop (50) within the circuit (36) will be cleared by action of a power up to clear circuit (58, 60, 64, 66) to dispose valve (34) in its unlocked position. After power up the operator can selectively lock or unlock the differential by application of momentary contact switch (32) which causes flip-flop (50) to toggle. When a brake light switch (28 or 30) is closed the flip-flop (50) will be cleared causing valve (34) to be disposed in its unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Massey-Ferguson, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark D. Jewett
  • Patent number: 4348133
    Abstract: A highway median barrier construction is disclosed wherein the barrier is formed as integral U-shaped shell sections of polymer concrete which are placed end-to-end at the construction site and are then filled with hydraulic concrete or other ballast through filling holes which are then capped with polymer concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Plastibeton Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Trent, Raymond Charlebois
  • Patent number: 4344761
    Abstract: In a side-bar chain for an infinitely variable cone pulley transmission, which chain is composed of packs of side bars forming successive links which are articulatedly connected with one another, and thrust pieces acting transversely of the longitudinal direction of the chain for friction force transmission between cone pulleys and the side-bar chain, the lengths of selected ones of the links, between associated articulations, are made different from those of the remainder of the links of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: P.I.V. Antrieb Werner Reimers GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Herbert K. Steuer
  • Patent number: 4344335
    Abstract: A power distributing device for four-wheel-drive vehicle including an input shaft, a first output shaft for transmitting power to rear wheels, a second output shaft for transmitting power to front wheels, a plane planetary gear set, a power train changing means and a synchronizing means. The plane planetary gear set includes a sun gear having a hollow shaft, a ring gear connected with the first output shaft, a planet carrier drivably connected with the input shaft, and planet gears carried by the planet carrier and engaged with the sun gear and the ring gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunichi Kawai
  • Patent number: 4343344
    Abstract: A drapery tie back holder is disclosed. The tie back holder includes a base that can be attached to a wall or other surface by a single screw, and one arm extends beneath a drapery to hold one end of a tie back, and another arm extends from the base outside the drapery to hold the other end of a tie back. A stanchion may be provided extending from the base and mounting a pleat holder to support the last pleat in the drapery to prevent crushing of the pleats by the tie back. The pleat holder is cylindrical, and preferably malleable to be bent to the precise shape desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Andrew B. Shelton
  • Patent number: 4342356
    Abstract: A bracket structure for use in hanging and pleating decorative wall fabrics, providing an elongated flat sheet metal backing strip with a plurality of generally U-shaped cross section extensions formed at uniformly spaced intervals along the length of the strip, a plurality of tabs formed in the strip both in the intermediate flat sections and in the curved portion of the U-shaped extensions for engaging and securing fabric with the outer end portions of the tab having a reversed bend which locks the fabric in position, and a rigid facia strip having the same configuration as the sheet metal backing strip and secured thereto with the fabric between the backing and the facia strips to provide protection for the connection of the fabric to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Assignee: Soundfold, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Sickels, Anthony R. Sickels
  • Patent number: 4342238
    Abstract: An automotive drive system is disclosed including a continuously variable drive system including input and output pulleys and a belt intercoupling the pulleys, a hydrodynamic device, a forward-reverse gear set, a reduction gear set and a differential assembly where the elements are mounted along two axes. The hydrodynamic device, forward-reverse gear set and the input pulley of the continuously variable drive system are mounted along the first axis. The output pulley, the reduction gear set and the differential assembly are mounted along the second axis which is coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the axle shafts. The reduction gear set includes both a high-speed and a high-torque gear train, and the high-torque gear train is an integral element of the final drive differential. The hydrodynamic device includes a lock-up clutch for direct drive through the hydrodynamic device at operating road speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Assignee: Borg-Warner Limited
    Inventor: Derek Gardner
  • Patent number: 4341253
    Abstract: A cover for servicing holes in automotive service stations consists of a band of pivotably connected support members, the ends of which are supported on the longitudinal hole edges. The band is displaceable longitudinally in opposite directions by at least one motor drive to open and close the servicing hole. During the opening movement the band is moved downwardly at one front end of the longitudinal hole. In order to avoid a broadening of this region of the hole the support members are telescopically assembled and are compressed to a reduced length in this region than in the covering region of the servicing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Inventor: Anton Eyerle
  • Patent number: 4341488
    Abstract: A guidepost device to be located and positioned in a garage, or other vehicle-parking area, which is arranged to be engaged by the vehicle being parked, the device including a support-base member having an elongated flexible rod secured to the support base at one end and an indicator mounted to the opposite free end of the rod, the indicator being positioned to indicate a reference point for the driver of the vehicle. The indicator can be provided by an illuminated sphere or by a flat reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Autopost International, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Ryan
  • Patent number: 4341254
    Abstract: A venetian blind has a blind head and slats, brackets for supporting the blind head, and a frame having side channel members to receive the ends of the slats. Clip means connect both the bracket to window opening structure and to the side channel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Levolor Lorentzen, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Schaller, Victor Debs, Leo Abate, James Dodich, Regino Rodriguez, Joseph A. Anderle