Patents Examined by C. McKee
  • Patent number: 4637540
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling a structure of rolling stock or other vehicles. The method includes: supporting the structure with a long box through fastening devices to a framework on the side of the structure, rotating the structure around an axis passing closely through the center of gravity of the structure and the long box, and bringing the structure to a halt in an arbitrary position to perform various assembly operations. The apparatus includes: a structure retaining system having a long box which supports the structure lengthwise; cylindrical shafts attached at both ends of the long box and passing through the center of gravity of the structure and the long box; rotational drive devices each having a drive mechanism for driving cylindrical rollers which support the cylindrical shafts on the retaining system; and a pedestal supporting the entire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitada Fujita, Sadashi Hanada, Yoshiaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 4619066
    Abstract: Float release devices which are releasible from submerged articles in order to mark the location of the articles, which devices include in a first embodiment, a double pressure-actuated float attached to a bracket by means of a pair of pressure-actuated release mechanisms for releasing the float when the float and bracket are submerged. Straps attached to the bracket serve to secure the float to a non-floating article and a plug in the release mechanism facilitates equalization of pressure in the release mechanism housing. In another embodiment of the invention a single pressure-actuated release mechanism is provided in cooperation with a float and bracket, which bracket is located on the exterior of the article to be protected, such as a fishing rod. In an alternative design for protecting a fishing rod, the pressure-release mechanism is located in the fishing rod handle for release when the fishing rod falls overboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Inventors: Donald R. Kirkland, Paul J. Morcom
  • Patent number: 4609028
    Abstract: An evaporative pattern assembly for use in sand casting and comprising a pattern fabricated from evaporative material and including portions forming a cavity, and a member for preventing distortion of the pattern during aging and during sand compaction around the pattern and in the cavity. The distortion preventing member is fabricated from nonevaporative material, extends between the portions of the pattern, and only partially fills the cavity so that sand can flow around the distortion preventing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Russell J. VanRens
  • Patent number: 4607683
    Abstract: A thin metal wire having a circular cross section is produced by a method which comprises spouting molten metal through a spinning nozzle and bringing the resultant flow of molten metal into contact with a layer of liquid cooling medium formed on a grooved conveyor belt in motion thereby quenching and solidifying the flow of molten metal. This method is capable of continuously producing a thin metal wire of high quality economically on a commercial scale. It is highly effective in directly producing a thin metal wire having an amorphous, non-equilibrium crystalline, or microcrystalline structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Unitika Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Hamashima, Hisayasu Tsubata, Michiaki Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 4607447
    Abstract: A food decoy apparatus (10) used to attract waterfowl, wherein the apparatus comprises an enlarged flexible member (11) having transparent portions (12) and opaque portions (13), wherein the opaque portions are representative of scattered individual kernels and/or piles of grain. In addition the apparatus (10) is adapted to be operatively connected to a waterfowl decoy (20) in its deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Inventor: William H. Wright
  • Patent number: 4601128
    Abstract: An animal trap having a hollow elongated body; a snare having a cable with a mechanism at one end for slidably engaging one end of the cable to the cable so as to form a loop of variable diameter, the loop encircling an interior cross section of the body; a spring biased spring arm pivotally mounted to the body, the free end of the spring being engageable with the free end of the cable; and, a trigger mounted interiorly of the body and extending through the body and engageable with the spring arm, the trigger holding the spring arm in tension with the spring biasing, and releasing the spring arm when pulled by an animal appendage inserted into the hollow body, so as to tighten the snare around the appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Inventor: Carl L. Danison
  • Patent number: 4598858
    Abstract: For protecting the surface of a soldering bath a covering means is used which comprises two phases (3,4), which are placed one on top of the other, are not soluble in each other and are liquid at the soldering temperature. The bottom phase (3) is produced by spreading over the top phase (4), which consists of a liquid synthetic polyalphaolefin, a powder of a chemically active component of sebacic acid and/or suberic acid which is solid at room temperature and liquid at the soldering temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: LGZ Landis & Gyr Zug AG
    Inventors: Tomas Stratil, Milos Pisinger, Peter Fehr
  • Patent number: 4598493
    Abstract: A retrieving device for a snagged fishing apparatus such as lures and hooks wherein a weighted body is self-guided along a snagged line as it is lowered by a retrieving line connected to the retrieving device. When the retrieving device contacts the end of the snagged line, it either jars the hook or lure free from the snag, or flexible chains suspended from the weighted body engage in the vicinity of the snag as the main body is jostled. By engagement of one or more hooks through apertures in at least one of the chains, the hook or lure is unsnagged as the retrieving line pulls on the retrieving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Inventors: William O'Brien, Kevin Pozulp
  • Patent number: 4597217
    Abstract: Liquid nitrogen is poured in an amount sufficient to suffocate the field mouse to death into one of the openings of a burrow formed in the ground, and the poured liquid nitrogen is then evaporated to thereby fill the burrow with the evaporated nitrogen and cause the evaporated nitrogen to issue from the other openings by expansion thereof, whereby the field mouse in the burrow is suffocated to death. The method gives no adverse effect on living creatures except the field mice to which the method is applied and enables efficiently getting rid of mice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1986
    Assignees: Nihon Sanso Kabushiki Kaisha, Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruyoshi Narita
  • Patent number: 4594806
    Abstract: A fishing lure shaped to provide a side to side movement which drawn through the water without spinning is formed from a flat metal blank having an elongate body portion defining a front end and a tail end with a pair of opposed fins extending outwardly from the sides. The front portion is turned downwardly and slightly spooned, the tail portion is turned downwardly so that the body portion as a whole is arched and the fins are turned upwardly at a shallow angle with trailing edges turned further upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: John L. Brown
  • Patent number: 4592407
    Abstract: A full automatic die casting machine including a fixed die, a movable die, a melting furnace and an injection cylinder. At least either one of the fixed die and the movable die is provided with a first recess for forming an article and second recess for forming an engageable portion on the article. The die casting machine further includes an article supporting device, a coating device for coating die lubricant on the first recess and the second recess, a finishing device, a packing device and a recycling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Terumoto Yamaguchi, Tuneo Terashima
  • Patent number: 4592162
    Abstract: A base has a transverse shaft secured thereto and a U-shaped jaw member is spring loaded on the shaft. A trigger mechanism is pivotally supported on the shaft and has a catch releasably engageable with a trigger arm which holds the jaw member in spring loaded position. The trigger mechanism has a forwardly extending bait bar which holds the trigger mechanism into engagement with the spring loaded jaw member when bait is disposed under the bait bar. Guards are provided on the trigger mechanism rearwardly of the bait bar to discourage a rodent from traveling to the bait bar from the rear of the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: Arvo J. Hallback
  • Patent number: 4591088
    Abstract: A particular plastic material is formed into the desired component shape and then is plated by a process comprising; a particular surface preparation step, electroless deposition and electrolytic deposition which results in excellent plating adhesion. The plated component is then assembled with other components manufactured in the same manner or with compatible metal components such as aluminum and soldered together in a disclosed hot oil dip soldering process. In the soldering process, the plated plastic substrate is completely immersed in a hot oil medium at a temperature of approximately 243.degree. C. (470.degree. F.) for a time of approximately 60 seconds for solder reflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Richard R. Mulliner, James S. Ajioka
  • Patent number: 4589221
    Abstract: A fishing lure having a sealed tubular container of chemicals for generating chemiluminescent light upon mixture, and a body having an elongated, cylindrical portion with a cavity for removably retaining the tubular container therein. The cavity has an end wall opening for insertion of the tubular container and the cavity is sized to slidably receive and frictionally engage the tubular container. The body is flexible and translucent, and has a flexible tail portion attached thereto. In a second embodiment, the body has flexible side walls with a longitudinal opening therethrough for insertion of the tubular container into the cavity. In both embodiments, the cavity is oriented substantially coaxial with the elongated body. In another embodiment of the fishing lure, the body has a rigid spoon shape, and retainer clips are fixedly attached to the body and releasably engage the chemiluminescent light tubular container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Inventor: Robert N. Mattison
  • Patent number: 4586286
    Abstract: A lure depth control, used primarily for trolling, for an outrigger of the type having a base, a boom including a fixed member engaging the base and a rotatable member carrying a pulley, and a reel carrying a cable strung over the pulley. The lure depth control includes a vane-like first marker which is secured to the fixed member of the boom and a second marker, also vane-like, which is secured to the rotatable member of the boom. The first marker preferably carries a spirit level for leveling relative to earth and the second marker carries indicia, which may be in the form of straight lines sloped relative to one another about the longitudinal axis of the boom, indicating, relative to the fixed first marker, percentage increase in length of sloping cable needed to reach a known vertical depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Inventor: James L. Cheatham, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4583314
    Abstract: A rod flotation device which is designed to locate a non-floating fishing rod, which rod flotation device is characterized by a shaped float provided with a centrally located neck having line wound thereon and one end of the line attached thereto, and a shaped bracket cooperating with the float and secured to the rod, with the opposite end of the line secured to the bracket. A water soluble pin and a plunger with a blade biased against the pin cooperate to retain one end of the float in the bracket, while the opposite end of the float is seated in a shaped ring retainer also attached to the bracket. When the pin softens due to the action of the water and is severed by the blade, the float is released from the bracket and floats to the surface as the line unwinds to provide a means for locating and retrieving the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Inventor: Donald R. Kirkland
  • Patent number: 4581838
    Abstract: A ground mountable fishing rod holder comprising an elongate stake member having a lower portion thereof insertable into the ground and an upper portion receiving a fishing rod. A ground brace member pivotally engages the stake member at one side thereof and a rod support member slidably and pivotally engages the stake member at the opposite side and coacts with the upper portion of the stake member to support a fishing rod in an upright fishing position. Said ground support and rod support members are thereby foldable against opposite sides of the stake member whereby to permit the fishing rod holder to be collapsed to a relatively flattened arrangement for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: Young H. Moon
  • Patent number: 4581839
    Abstract: Fishing lures which include means for releasably securing chemiluminescent capsules therein. Releasable mountings are sized to receive and snuggly hold the resilient chemiluminescent capsules and enable them to be readily popped out and replaced, despite possible variances in length.In one group of preferred embodiments, the chemiluminescent capsules are releasably mounted within a reflective plate to illuminate both sides of the plate. In another group of preferred embodiments, the chemiluminescent capsules are mounted in the interior of an opaque lure for easy insertion and removal. Another preferred embodiment enables a chemiluminescent capsule to be readily affixed to a segment of fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: Robert N. Mattison
  • Patent number: 4574516
    Abstract: An outrigger or downrigger fishing clip comprises a U-shaped arm pivoted to a body to define a cavity between the arm and body in which is positioned a roller journaled in the arm so that a fishing line extending through the clip between the arm and body rides friction-free over the roller. Shrouds extend from the body over the roller ends to prevent a line from slipping over the ends of the roller and getting caught between the roller ends and the pivoted arm. A latch link spans the arm and body, extending through outwardly opening mating recesses in the arm and body and has a cam element engaging the free end of the roller of the shaft. The latch link is resiliently pressed against the body within the recess to provide a selectively adjustable force that resists pivotal release of the arm and of the tensioned fishing line entrained over the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: AFTCO Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Shedd, Robert C. Eschbach
  • Patent number: 4574512
    Abstract: A fishing device, used by fishermen for gaffing a fish, which has two hooks at one end of a shaft at an angle to positively engage and retrieve fish; and a handle at the other end of the shaft with a strap to wrap around wrist to secure gaff to fisherman to avoid loss of gaff by pull of fish or slipping of gaff from hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Inventor: Paul L. Hahn