Patents Examined by Carmine Cuda
  • Patent number: 5371920
    Abstract: A safety system of roll guards protecting an anesthesia machine's wheel assemblies from being obstructed or snagged by objects lying upon a floor surface or dangling above the floor surface that are in the path of movement. Each roll guard is loosely connected to part of the wheel assembly or anesthesia machine, and has a vertically upstanding cylindrical portion whose bottom rests upon the floor surface. The cylindrical portion surrounds and freely receives therein the wheel assembly, and has a top portion closed by a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Donald Rainville
  • Patent number: 5368349
    Abstract: A door stop assembly adapted for introduction into the space between the lower edge of a door and the adjacent floor surface. It has a wedge shaped block whose top surface and bottom surface are oriented toward each other at an acute angle. A flat strip of spring steel has a top leg and a bottom leg that are bent back upon each other in an acute angle. The bottom leg is secured to the bottom surface of the wedge shaped block. The too leg of the spring has a slightly concave curvature that spaces its bottom surface from the top surface of the wedge shaped lock so that any pressure applied to the top surface of the top leg member adjacent its front end will transfer all that pressure directly to the rear edge of the top leg member and force it downwardly against the top surface of the wedge shaped block. There is also structure secured to the bottom surface of the wedge shaped block for preventing it from sliding with respect to a support surface upon which it would be placed adjacent the bottom edge of a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventors: Robert Hebert, Paul G. Hebert
  • Patent number: 5361456
    Abstract: The invention regards a hinge interconnecting a first member and a second member for pivotal movement about an axis of rotation. The hinge comprises:(a) a first member having a first pivot retaining portion and a second pivot retaining portion, each of the pivot retaining portions being fixed to the first rotatable member along the axis of rotation; and(b) a second member having a first post member matable with and axially insertable into the first retaining portion, and further having a second post member matable with and laterally insertable into the second retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Southern Case, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Newby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5355553
    Abstract: A hand implement having an adjustable handle which is selectively movable by operation of improved retention devices therefor to any of a variety of use positions, each of which corresponds to a handle position perpendicular to one of a plurality of abutment faces formed on an implement base portion and located in non-parallel planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Frederick G. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 5355556
    Abstract: Hinges on the door have pairs of pins facing in opposite directions. One of each pair of pins is inserted in a socket of a hinge knuckle. The end of the pin bears against an interior surface of the knuckle. The pins can be connected by a post. A slot is provided in the knuckle for receiving the post. The door is reversed by removing the pin from the socket, inverting the door, and inserting the opposite pin in a knuckle on the opposite side of the opening. The enclosure or the door is provided with a flange or seal to engage the door when it is closed, thereby inhibiting movement of the door in the plane of the door. Thus, disengagement of the pintle from the socket is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Aircom Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald W. Lyon
  • Patent number: 5355559
    Abstract: A hinge for an inset cabinet door includes door and frame wings which enable the door to be adjusted both horizontally and vertically relative to the surrounding face frame of the cabinet. An angled wall of the frame wing enables a locking screw to be driven into the frame at an angle by a power-operated driver without the driver being obstructed by the adjacent side panel of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Amerock Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Bowers, Jeffrey L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5355552
    Abstract: An air cushion grip with a cubic structure and shock-absorbing function for fixing around the handle of a tennis racket, a hammer, a bicycle or the like, and comprising an outer flat layer and a bottom layer provided with a plurality of round and/or straight grooves, the vertical walls of which form a plurality of air cells which may be either independent or communicating with one another. The air cells may be inflated or deflated with an air pump which may be permanently attached to one of the air cells for adjusting the elasticity and shock-absorbing ability of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Ing-Chung Huang
  • Patent number: 5353474
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes a main body portion and a gripping portion. The gripping portion formed on a sleeve which is adapted to be removably frictionally returned on the main body portion of the handle assembly. The gripping portion is molded to include the contour of a hand of a specific user and can readily be transferred among various tools which are adapted to receive the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Wayne T. Good, Albert C. DeClerck, Harold F. Burden, John A. Watson
  • Patent number: 5351364
    Abstract: A caster-supporting device includes a connector which is adapted to be connected to a stroller frame, a caster-mounting member which is mounted rotatably to the connector and which is adapted to carry rotatably a caster, and a locking unit which locks releasably the caster-mounting member on the connector to set a direction of the caster. The connector extends rotatably into a first upright tube of the caster-mounting member and is formed with a retaining notch. The locking unit includes a spring-loaded control piece provided in a second upright tube of the caster-mounting member, and a lever connected pivotally to the second upright tube adjacent to a top end of the latter. The control piece is axially movable in the second upright tube and has a raised cam portion that extends normally out of an open top end of the second upright tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: Hong-Fu Zun
  • Patent number: 5351365
    Abstract: A universal drag handle for assisting in lifting and moving heavy or difficult to handle loads that includes an elongated flexible shank that further includes a heavy duty cable enclosed within a coiled spring member that is preloaded to normally support the shank in a straight line configuration. The proximal end of the cable is secured in a handle and a hook is secured to the distal end of the cable which can be used to engage an article or can be turned back and attached to the flexible shank to create an adjustable load encircling loop therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: Timothy G. Hauck
  • Patent number: 5347687
    Abstract: A hinge housing for installation in an opening in a thin sheet wall of a door is provided. The hinge housing has a liner plate for installation along an underside thereof against an inside face of the wall, the liner plate having an opening which generally conforms to the opening in the wall, the liner plate having at least two first locking projections extending from the underside of the plate which can grip an outside face of the wall upon rotation of the lining plate. The hinge housing also has a fastening flange for installation against the upper side of the liner plate, the fastening flange having a cup portion and a flange portion extending radially from a rim of the cup portion, the outside perimeter of the cup portion generally conforming to the opening in the wall, such that when the fastening flange is installed against the liner plate, the flange portion covers the liner plate and the cup portion extends into the opening and through the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Mepla-Werke Lautenschlager GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerhard W. Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 5345654
    Abstract: A furniture hinge comprises a cup (12) which is flush-mounted in a door (17). The cup (12) comprises lateral protrusions (13, 14) having slots (15, 16) into which are inserted a shank with a button-shaped end (21, 22) protruding from the surface of the door (17) on either side of the housing (18) of the cup. The cup (12) is rotatable in the housing (18) from a first position in which the button-shaped ends fit into the slots (15, 16) to an operative or locking position with the wing (11) generically perpendicular to the edge of the door (17) and the button-shaped end locked in the slots (15, 16). A base (34) is provided for securing an articulated wing (11) of the hinge to the piece of furniture. Said base (34) comprises slots (47, 48) into which are inserted a shank (49, 58) of a button-shaped end (63, 64) protruding from the surface of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Franco Ferrari
    Inventors: Franco Ferrari, Carlo Migli
  • Patent number: 5343593
    Abstract: A door closer having a housing defining a fluid containing chamber and a fluid reservoir and including a piston supported in the chamber for movement in one and an opposite direction in response to respective opening and closing movements of a door. A first fluid passageway defined by the housing provides communication between the chamber and the reservoir for the free passage of fluid from the chamber to the reservoir in response to initial movement of the piston in the one direction. A second fluid passageway spaced in the one direction from the first fluid passageway contains a ball check valve spring biased to closed position for resisting the flow of fluid from the chamber through the second passageway to the reservoir. The valve is threadably adjustable relative to the housing to regulate the resistance to fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventor: Zakhary Fayngersh
  • Patent number: 5343594
    Abstract: A sliding panel includes top, bottom and side members. A corner roller arrangement has integral corner keys, whereby a corner member abuts the ends of the panel members at each of the corners thereof. Each of the corner members includes a spring biased roller whereby the rollers are self-leveling at each of said corners. A clip is arranged to adjust the roller to a plurality of inwardly and outwardly extensions relative to the top and bottom panel members. The arrangement is such that the corner members are effective as an installation guide for the sliding panel and impart an anti-rattle feature thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Metal Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel H. Harvey
  • Patent number: 5341542
    Abstract: An anti-tip hinge device for a door or a shelf, which is pivotally moved to obtain a horizontal cantilever position. The hinge device has a channel which fits into a sheath of and is connected to the door or shelf. A lever arm carries cam followers which engage a cam in the channel. The cam is supported in the channel by a pin and a spring located on opposite ends of the cam. The cam has a recess and a ramp disposed adjacent to the recess. When an overload is applied to the cantilever end of the door or shelf, the cam followers are disengaged from the recess of the cam, and push the cam inwardly within the channel at an angle to allow the door or shelf to be titled downwardly below the horizontal. This action interrupts the counterbalance spring effect on the door. A pin-hole arrangement resets the hinge device, and a lug-slot arrangement prevents the door from disengaging the hinge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Keystone Friction Hinge Co.
    Inventors: Edward J. Hannan, George H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 5339491
    Abstract: A sealed retainer grommet apparatus for securing a standard retainer member to a vehicle body panel. The apparatus generally includes a frusto-conical portion, an intermediate portion and a top portion. Both the top portion and a first end portion of the frusto-conical portion are generally circular in shape and have outer diameters which are larger than an outer diameter of the intermediate portion, which is also preferably circular in shape, to thereby form a channel. The apparatus 10 is secured to the body panel by inserting the frusto-conical portion through an opening of the body panel where the channel receives a section of the body panel member lockably therein. A bore extends through the top portion, the intermediate portion and at least a portion of the frusto-conical portion to define an interior sidewall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Sims
  • Patent number: 5337450
    Abstract: A handle for turning on and off a faucet has a push button release for removal of the handle from a stem of the faucet structure. Pressing down upon the push button causes a latch attached to the handle to disengage from a slot in the stem allowing removal of the handle. Following removal of the handle, the faucet structure and/or the handle can be repaired and/or cleaned if necessary. The original handle or a new replacement handle can then be quickly and easily put back into place by reengaging the latch on the handle with the slot in the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Paul E. Martin
  • Patent number: 5337452
    Abstract: Panels (10, 12, 16, 20) are joined on several hinge axes (14-22, 18-24), and may fold around either axis. A spherical ball (26) fits within a ball receiving socket (28) in the corner of each panel. Sealing against leakage, from one side of the panels to the other, is accomplished at this multiple axis point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George LeBlanc, Gwyn Gallagher
  • Patent number: 5337448
    Abstract: A door closer has a cam and follower mechanism for transmitting movement between a spring and an operating member which is connected with a door. Guide elements for the cam follower can be adjusted relative to a housing to adjust the orientation relative to the housing to which the operating member is urged by the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Jebron Limited
    Inventor: Peter E. Brown
  • Patent number: 5337447
    Abstract: A grommet including an elastic grommet body and a clamp, the grommet body having a cylindrical portion for closely receiving an outer periphery of a wire bundle, a flange provided at one end of the cylindrical portion, an annular groove formed on an inner face of an outer peripheral portion of the flange and a seal lip projecting from a distal end of the annular groove such that a seal lip clamping portion of the clamp is fitted into the annular groove, the grommet body comprising: an outer peripheral wall which extends axially from an outer peripheral edge of the flange; and a wall portion which is bent radially inwardly from a distal end of the the outer peripheral wall such that the annular groove is defined by the flange, the outer peripheral wall and the wall portion; the seal lip projecting from a distal end of the wall portion; the flange having a large thickness, while the outer peripheral wall has a thickness smaller than that of the flange; wherein when the seal lip has been turned up over the flang
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Tanaka, Syunji Kitoh