Patents Examined by Caleb Weston
  • Patent number: 5352313
    Abstract: In a method of transporting vehicle windows and sealant, the sealant is preferably inserted into a sealant groove formed in a carrier. The carrier thus forms both a mold for forming the sealant and a transport device. The sealant groove includes a release agent such that the sealant easily leaves the groove. The carriers have structure such that they may be stacked in a first orientation wherein a relatively great spacing is provided between the carriers. The carriers are stacked in this orientation when a window and/or sealant is received on the carriers. After the windows and sealant have been removed from the carriers, the carriers are restacked in a second orientation wherein the distance between adjacent stacked carriers is substantially smaller. This orientation is used when the carriers are returned for re-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventors: Michael T. Tiedeck, Gene A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 5350472
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus are provided for making an improved welded joint between overlapping lengths of thermoplastic strap. The welded joint includes a central region and an adjacent peripheral region. The pressure on the strap joint during formation is released first in the peripheral region and subsequently in the central region. An embodiment of the apparatus for making such a joint includes an anvil, a central strap-engaging member, a peripheral strap engaging member, and a mechanism for moving the anvil sequentially to three positions. At a first position the overlapping strap lengths are pressed between the anvil and both the central and peripheral strap-engaging members. In the second position of the anvil the peripheral strap-engaging member does not press against the strap lengths while the central strap-engaging member continues to press the strap lengths against the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Signode Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Koblella
  • Patent number: 5350476
    Abstract: A process of producing a high gloss oxidizable extrusion coated polyethylene is provided. This process entails extrusion coating a low density polyethylene of narrow molecular weight distribution having a low melt index, a low swell ratio, and a polydispersity index below 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventor: Ray Edwards
  • Patent number: 5350475
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a component unit for heat exchanger, substance exchanger and/or bioreactor systems, with at least two walls joined together and composed of structured thermoplastic sheets, wherein a fused strip issuing from a melt shaping tool on the extruder head of an extruder is introduced, after passing through a precooling distance L, continuously into a strip molding press, and wherein the fused strip is continuously shaped in the strip molding press to form a structured plastic sheet and set by cooling. An apparatus for the practice of the method, wherein a melt shaping tool disposed on the extruder head, a continuously driven strip molding press, a system for the severing, stacking and/or winding and/or folding of the plastic sheets produced, and a cyclically operated bonding system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: 2H Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Hewing, Siegfried Broda
  • Patent number: 5350473
    Abstract: A cover forming apparatus for forming a flower pot or flower pot cover from a sheet of material by engaging a sheet of material about the outer surface of a mold, die or pot. The cover forming apparatus includes a plurality of pivotable forming members resting in a surface which supports a sheet of material upon which is positioned a flower pot mold or flower pot. When the forming members are pivotally moved from the storage position to an extended position, the forming members cause the sheet of material to be appressed to or engaged with the mold or pot. The article formed in accordance with the present invention may be separable from the mold or pot and usable as a flower pot or flower pot cover or may be more or less securely attached to the pot by adhesive, cohesive, barbs, friction pinches or other securing means thereby forming a decorative cover connected to a flower pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Highland Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Paul Fantz
  • Patent number: 5348585
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing apparatus is adapted to accurately dispense known volumes of liquid onto the receiving surface a workpiece, and comprises a cartridge having a reservoir for containing an amount of liquid. The cartridge has an outlet of known cross sectional area, and a piston adapted for longitudinal translational movement. There is a driving means for effecting movement of the piston, control means for operating said driving means, and means having a threaded portion for mechanically interconnecting the piston and driving means, so as to drive the piston within the cartridge. One of a first and second retaining means is securely connected to the piston and the other of said first and second retaining means is securely connected to said cartridge; and the interconnection means is longitudinally rigid between the first and said second retaining means so as to preclude unwanted relative movement of the piston with respect to the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Colin K. Weston
  • Patent number: 5347090
    Abstract: A method for connecting the screen of at least one screened electrical cable to an electrical link wire includes stripping insulation from the cable and the link wire, coating at least one of the stripped parts of the cable and of the link wire to be connected with an electrically conductive adhesive, after which the parts to be connected are placed facing each other. A tape of heat-shrinkable insulating material is then wound around the parts, and heat-shrunk to form the desired connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme dite: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventor: Leon G. Cerda
  • Patent number: 5344511
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a heat-shrinkable hose, wherein at least one shrinkable thread is wound around a basic hose element. A cover hose is provided that surrounds the basic hose element and overlies the heat-shrinkable thread. Longitudinal supporting threads can be provided for additional reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: RXS Schrumpftechnik-Garnturen GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Graefe, Dieter Sagemuehl
  • Patent number: 5344518
    Abstract: A pyroelectric IR-sensor in which a pyroelectric light receiving element is mounted on a MID substrate or a ceramic substrate having a thermal conductivity less than 0.02 cal/ Both ends of the pyroelectric light receiving element are supported by the substrate, with the central portion of the pyroelectric light receiving element being spaced from the substrate. Chip parts are mounted on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Ito, Michihiro Murata, Norio Fukui, Keizou Yamamoto, Tetsujiro Sawao, Satoshi Awata, Yasuo Tada, Satoru Kawabata
  • Patent number: 5342463
    Abstract: A process for fabricating manufactured articles from fiberglass reinforced thermoplastic sheets, which consists of forming said plates while they are heated at their melting point and coupled with a barrier film, by either blow-moulding or thermoforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Centro Sviluppo Settori Impiego S.r.l.
    Inventors: Antonio Addeo, Mario Vitali, Roberto Bonari
  • Patent number: 5342469
    Abstract: A composite includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a discontinuous adhesive structure disposed intermediate the first and second substrates for securing the first and second substrates together to form a composite without significantly modifying the properties of either of the first and second substrates. The discontinuous adhesive structure is an array of substantially linear filaments or strands of an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Poly-Bond, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Bodford, Stephen O. Chester, Rahul K. Nayak
  • Patent number: 5339329
    Abstract: A shallow vessel (50,52) for being horizontally disposed when containing a molten metal or metal alloy (66) for meniscus coating one side of a clean metal strip (34A) when the strip is moved vertically past one side of the vessel. The vessel includes a shell (68) such as austenitic stainless steel, a refractory lining (70), a molten metal departure lip (72) mounted on the upper surface of the side of the vessel, a spirally shaped induction coil (64) for maintaining the molten metal above its melting point and a flux concentrator (74). The induction coil is positioned below the refractory lining and the flux concentrator is positioned below the induction coil. The induction coil and the flux concentrator underlie the area occupied by the molten metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Armco Steel Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Flinchum, Gerald L. Barney, Gregory S. Burgess, Davis L. Kleinmeyer, Larry E. Parrella
  • Patent number: 5338592
    Abstract: The front surface of a wooden overlay sheet, having a wooden material on the front surface thereof, is subjected to a color treatment with a colorant comprising a primer resin; the wooden overlay sheet, which was subjected to color treatment, is positioned in a metal mold for molding, and a transparent resin layer is molded on the front surface thereof by means of injection-molding. Furthermore, a synthetic resin core material is molded on the rear surface of the wooden overlay sheet. A composite molded article is thereby produced, wherein a synthetic resin core material is molded on the rear surface of the wooden overlay material, and a transparent resin layer is molded on the front surface of the wooden overlay sheet. Thus, the present invention enables the enhancement of the outer appearance of the product and the enhancement of the adhesion of the wooden overlay sheet and the transparent resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Yamaha
    Inventors: Hisayoshi Ohsumi, Takeshi Matsumoto, Shinji Kato, Mitsuo Ishizuka, Shoichi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 5336349
    Abstract: The method of and apparatus for equipping a surface of an article with a profiled gasket, bead or a profiled frame, after appropriate pretreatment of the surface. A thermoplastic elastomer is supplied via an extruder and a heated pressure hose to a heated extrusion nozzle. The nozzle is guided by a robot, and the elastomer is extruded and laid by means of the extrusion nozzle onto the surface. The gasket is applied, for example, to an automobile glazing as a profiled frame along its border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Saint Gobain Vitrage International
    Inventors: Gerd Cornils, Heinz Kunert
  • Patent number: 5336345
    Abstract: An elongated electroluminescent light strip. An electroluminescent light element which has a layer of semi-transparent film is encapsulated in a moisture impervious material. A process for extruding such a strip is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: The Standard Products Company
    Inventors: Thomas L. Gustafson, Marc A. Brookman
  • Patent number: 5334273
    Abstract: A bonding method including pressing a pair of slices together with a liquid oxidant therebetween and subjecting the pair of slices to a temperature to bond the slices together. Preferably a liquid oxidant is applied to one of the slices before they are pressed together and then dried. The heating step for bonding is carried out at a sufficiently high temperature of at least C. to make the slices pliable so as to comply with each other during the bonding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: John P. Short, Craig J. McLachlan, George V. Rouse, James R. Zibrida
  • Patent number: 5334272
    Abstract: An easily openable container comprises (a) a multilayer container body which includes an innermost layer and an adjacent layer contacting the innermost layer, a recessed portion and a flange and (b) a lid member melt sealed to the innermost layer of the multilayer container body at the flange, where the innermost layer and the adjacent layer are peelable from each other and having between them a peel strength smaller than the peel strength between the lid member and the innermost layer. The flange has two circular notches made in the innermost layer, and the multilayer container body and the lid member are melt sealed between the two circular notches, with the proviso that a portion of the melt sealed area projects outwardly from the outer circular notch, and a depression is made in the innermost layer at the outermost edge of the projecting portion of the melt sealed area by pressing the innermost layer through the lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Idemitsu Petrochemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Takata, Takeshi Shinohara
  • Patent number: 5332591
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing flavorful instant coffee. The method includes the conventional steps of grinding and roasting the coffee beans. Also included are a step of collecting the aromatic compounds driven off during roasting and adding these aromatics to the water soluble coffee components prior to packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventor: Ralph Ogden
  • Patent number: 5330600
    Abstract: Annularly or helically ribbed or corrugated semi-rigid thermoplastic pipe is modified to have a smooth outer wall. The ribbed or corrugated pipe is passed through a heated sleeve to squash and smooth the outer profile of corrugated pipe or bend over ribs of ribbed pipe and mold a smooth outer skin of the pipe. Apparatus for forming the modified pipe includes a travelling mold tunnel for the production of ribbed or corrugated pipe and a smoothing sleeve downstream thereof. The smoothing sleeve has a heater to heat it sufficiently to mold the smoother outer skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Corma Inc.
    Inventor: Manfred A. A. Lupke
  • Patent number: RE34701
    Abstract: A magnetically detectable plastic, e.g., polyethylene, polyvinyl, etc., pipe for underground use comprises a hollow tubular plastic pipe having particles of magnetic material embedded in plastic and secured integrally with the wall of the pipe. The magnetic particles are of iron oxide or barium ferrite and of a size, shape, distribution and proportion such that the plastic pipe may be easily detected by magnetic detection apparatus on the surface when the plastic pipe is buried at a selected depth under the ground. The magnetic particles are uniformly distributed throughout the thickness and uniformly distributed around the entire circumference of the plastic pipe or the magnetic particles may be distributed in discrete portions of the plastic pipe, as for example, a uniform outer layer of the pipe or in stripes or strips extending along the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventor: William L. Goodman