Patents Examined by Carmine Cuda
  • Patent number: 5333356
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling turn of a hinge is mounted within one section of a hinged structure such as a laptop, palm-top or handy personal computer. In the assembly housing, there are arranged an elongated pivot, a cylindric plastic sleeve having an aperture for setting the pivot, and a socket having a frusto-conical aperture. The sleeve is usually of a truncated biconical shape and has some slot extends axially to one or other end thereof. The inner surface of the housing bore inclines axially in the opposite direction to the inner surface of the socket so that the inclined inner surface can contact with the other frusto-conical outer surface of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Santo Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Katagiri
  • Patent number: 5331720
    Abstract: An auxiliary handle is provided for manual implements like rakes and brooms. The handle has a lateral arm with one end pivotally connected to the implement handle by a clamp and the opposite end connected to an upright second arm, which is in turn pivotally connected to the implement handle by a clamp. The upright second arm is telescopically adjustable in length to allow the system to be adjusted to suit most any implement configuration and personal stature. The lateral arm is also preferably telescopically adjustable. It carries one or more hand grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventor: Daryl Beckingham
  • Patent number: 5319829
    Abstract: A handle extension for a coaster wagon which allows an adult to easily control the handle thereof without having to bend and yet is quickly adaptable to any preselected shape of grip component of the handle, composed of an extension member for providing a length elongation of the tubular component of the handle of the coaster wagon, a connector member for connecting the extension member immovably to the grip component, and a hand grip for being held by the user of the coaster wagon, who may or may not be a full sized adult, but which is dimensioned to accommodate even the largest of adult sized hands. It is preferred for the extension member to be of a flat thin, elongated shape, terminating in an open hand grip. The connector member is releasably connected with the extension member at the end thereof opposite the hand grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: James W. Manuel
  • Patent number: 5311642
    Abstract: A door closer being affixable to a door for closing the door. A channel having a slide therein for engaging with a detent also in the channel for holding the door open. The slide is connected to an arm of the door closer which arm moves the slide along the channel into contact with the detent which holds the door open once the detent and the slide have engaged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Tillmann, Dietrich Jentsch, Thomas Hering, Thomas Warschewitz, Dieter Sichelschmidt, Bernd Winkler
  • Patent number: 5309602
    Abstract: A fixture for manipulating a door with a walking appliance of a disabled person. The walking appliance door fixture comprises a new receptacle having a cavity formed therein, an outer wall, and an appliance opening in the outer wall communicating with the cavity for passing the walking appliance therethrough and into the cavity. The outer wall has a ledge extending into the cavity and at least partially about the appliance opening of the fixture for engaging the walking appliance with the ledge when the walking appliance is positioned through the appliance opening and in the cavity. The outer wall includes a U-shaped front portion with the ledge positioned above the top thereof. The outer wall also includes a V-shaped bottom portion and a partial conically-shaped bottom portion extending between the U-shaped and V-shaped portions. A mounting flange extends from the rear of the fixture from the U-shaped and V-shaped outer wall portions for mounting the fixture to a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Hubert B. Von Holten
  • Patent number: 5305496
    Abstract: A caster has two spaced apart wheels with an elastomeric torsional shock and vibration isolating suspension between them. The wheel axis is spaced longitudinally from a bearing axis to subject elastomeric disks positioned between the wheels to torsional shear stresses to help absorb shocks and vibrations. A snubber is provided for limiting the angular motion of the wheels about a bearing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Applied Power Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Gagnon, David F. Cerqua
  • Patent number: 5301390
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for counter-balancing a panel e.g. a hatch cover of a boat when the latter is rotated about a horizontal axis has levers pivotally attached to the panel, to the deck and to each other, with a torsion spring arranged coaxially on the pivot between the two levers. Also at that pivot axis a friction brake is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Lewmar Marine Limited
    Inventor: Brian E. Cleal
  • Patent number: 5301389
    Abstract: A jack handle which limits the torque that can be applied to a jack so as to prevent overload and injury. The jack handle has a reduced cross-sectional portion between the handle and the jack engaging portion so that the handle will break off at the reduced cross-sectional portion, thus, preventing overloading of the jack. A portion of the handle which does not break off is provided with a jack engaging portion so that the broken portion of the jack can be removed and the second jack engaging portion can be inserted into the jack to lower it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Universal Tool & Stamping Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl L. Engel, John R. Scoville
  • Patent number: 5297313
    Abstract: A pivot hinge assembly to pivot glass structures such as shower doors. The assembly includes a first hinge member having a pivot pin projecting therefrom and secured thereto. The pin is generally cylindrical but contains two opposing flat surfaces. The pin protrudes into a bore in a central block which joins two flat plates which clamp the glass between them. The block has four bores which contain pressure assemblies to press on the flat surfaces of the pivot pin and bias the hinge assembly to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Lalique Hinge Co. Inc.
    Inventor: Gavin Brin
  • Patent number: 5297314
    Abstract: Upper and lower three-piece hinge assemblies enabling a door to be attached and removed in a precise lateral take-apart manner during a vehicle body assembly line operation. Each of the hinge assemblies each provide a body-half mounting hinge and a door-half sub-assembly. The sub-assembly comprises a link plate and a door-half mounting bracket permanently pined together by a door hinge pin. Prior to removably attaching the door-half sub-assembly to the body-half hinge an installer inserts an abutment peg in a through bore of a bracket horizontal wing. The installer then rotates the link plate about its hinge pin until it engages the peg forming, with the bracket, a wedge-shaped receptacle adapted to slidably receive therein a complementary wedge-shaped foot plate of the body-half hinge. The receptacle seats on the foot plate in a predetermined abutting manner enabling each link plate aperture to be self-aligned with an associated foot plate threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventors: Frederick F. Bender, Earl L. Watson
  • Patent number: 5295281
    Abstract: This invention relates to a support and guide element for movable, suspended door and wall elements. The support and guide element is designed so that a smooth movement can be securely executed, even in the vicinity of junctions and intersections. This is achieved because four support rollers are fastened to a square support roller cage block, but where only two of the four support rollers support the weight of the door or wall element in the running direction of the door or wall element. The other two support rollers are oriented at right angles to the running direction, and, during movement of the door in the running direction, only come into contact with the roller rail at a junction or intersection. Above the running rollers there are guide rollers, which guarantee secure guidance of the wall element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Herbert Kordes
  • Patent number: 5291630
    Abstract: A door closer comprises a housing containing a cylinder and two movable pistons. When the associated door is opened, both of the pistons and the cylinder are moved relative to the housing to draw oil into the cylinder. Expulsion of oil from the cylinder through an orifice on closing of the door controls the closing movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Jebron Limited
    Inventor: Peter E. Brown
  • Patent number: 5291632
    Abstract: A hanger device for hanging a curtain to a curtain rod via a curtain runner reciprocally mounted on the curtain rod. The hanger device comprises a hanger body attached to the curtain and a hook portion pivotally mounted on the hanger body and adapted for hooking engagement with a curtain runner. When the hook portion is angularly moved to an inclined position, the hook portion is locked to the hanger body against unnecessary oscillation, so that the hook portion is quite immune from be entangled with the curtain during laundering of the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Shunji Akashi
  • Patent number: 5291634
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge for the constraining of a hatch or door from a support structure. The hinge is of the type constituted by a first part constrainable from the support structure and by a second part constrainable from the closing door of the support structure itself. The second part is pivoted about respective parallel axes arranged near the lower edge of the door. A lower arm is rigidly and movably connectable to a lower portion of the first part. The lever has an upper edge slidably in contact with an idler wheel supported by an upper portion of the first part. The lever exhibits a first substantially straight tract, a second curved tract with at least one center of curvature arranged above the lever, and a third tract, also curved with at least one center of curvature arranged above the lever and connected to the second tract by an arched projection with at least one center of curvature arranged below the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Nuova Star S.r.l.
    Inventor: Augusto Zanetti
  • Patent number: 5289616
    Abstract: A motion limiting device for hingedly connected storage containers which includes a motion limiting protrusion, an arcuate slot, a rib, and an arcuate groove. The motion limiting protrusion and the rib are abutted and formed in the rear sidewall portion of a first member. The arcuate slot and arcuate groove are correspondingly shaped and formed in the rear sidewall portion of a second member such that the motion limiting protrusion and rib become matingly engaged with the arcuate slot and arcuate groove respectively when the first member and second member are hingedly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Taniyama
  • Patent number: 5289615
    Abstract: A hinge assembly (14) for attaching a translating-motion-type aircraft door (10) to an aircraft fuselage (12) is disclosed. The hinge assembly (14) includes a fitting (28) that is pivotally attached to the portion of the aircraft fuselage (14) adjacent the door opening (16) in the fuselage in which the door (10) is normally seated. The door is attached to the hinge fitting (28) by way of a universal shaft (30) that is rotatably attached to the free end of the hinge fitting (28). A drivebelt (32) is anchored at one end to the aircraft fuselage (12) and is attached at the opposed end to the universal shaft (30) so as to move in unison with the shaft. When the hinge assembly (14) of this invention is opened, the hinge fitting (28) pulls on the drivebelt (32) so as to cause its movement and the subsequent movement of the universal shaft (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eddie D. Banks, Tomio Hamatani, Hajime Kishi, Richard B. Odell, Takayoshi Urasawa
  • Patent number: 5287596
    Abstract: A universal hinge is a hinge with the capability of performing stop and hold mechanisms without installing extra stop and/or catch components on an object abutted to the universal hinge. The universal hinge comprises a hinge body, a stop mechanism, and a hold mechanism. Both the stop mechanism and the hold mechanism of the universal hinge are provided by specially shaped hinge knuckles while no extra component is needed. An alternative improvement of the universal hinge is provided by adding a specially designed self-locking spring-bushing assembly which comprises a conical spring and a step-configured ring bushing. The self-locking spring-bushing assembly complying with the stop and hold mechanisms can serve the improved universal hinge with the adjustable stop angle capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventors: Haw-Renn Chen, Feichu H. Chen
  • Patent number: 5282293
    Abstract: A 180.degree. concealed hinge includes two pivots which are advantageously arranged to provide a deterministic opening sequence. The hinge comprises a frame leaf member and a door leaf member which are pivotally connected to a mounting leaf member. In one embodiment of the invention, the deterministic opening sequence is obtained by employing a loose fit pivot and a friction fit pivot. The deterministic opening sequence is such that rotation occurs first about the loose fit pivot from a closed position to an approximately 90.degree. open position when an opening rotational force is applied to the door leaf member. Upon reaching the 90.degree. open position, further rotation about the loose fit pivot is prevented by a unique stop arrangement. Then, rotation can occur about the friction fit pivot for an additional 90.degree.. Further rotation about the friction fit pivot is prevented by also employing another unique stop arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventor: Albert Pedoeem
  • Patent number: 5276942
    Abstract: A roller mechanism for supporting an article on a support surface for selective movement thereon. The roller mechanism including a support member rotatably connected to the article to be supported, a bearing for providing antifriction rotation between the support member and the article to be supported, an axle or axles connected to the support member, and a plurality of roller elements mounted about the support member in a generally circular pattern, each roller element being independently rotatable about an axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Shepherd Products U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Estkowski, Christopher F. Estkowski
  • Patent number: 5276941
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for mounting a pair of casters to a tubular segment of a structure of a stroller. The mounting device consists of a first sleeve, a second sleeve and a cushion. Generally, the first sleeve is securely attached to a tubular segment of a structure of a stroller by means of a rivet or the like. The second sleeve pivotally receives the first sleeve, thereby permitting them to rotate relative to each other. The cushion consists of a cap-like element, a spring and a plug. The cap-like element has two slots longitudinally extending therein. The plug has a hole transversely extending therethrough. The cap-like element is securely connected with the second sleeve. The spring is received in the cap-like element. The plug is also received in the cap-like element. A shaft on which a pair of casters rotate is inserted through the slots in the cap-like element and the hole of the plug, whereby the spring is sandwiched-between the top in the cap-like element and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Li C. Chen