Patents Examined by Charles Goodman
  • Patent number: 7216432
    Abstract: A culinary implement is disclosed that includes a handle, an attachment arm, and a rotatable head portion. The handle has an elongate configuration, and the attachment arm extends beyond an end of the handle. The attachment arm incorporates a first part of an attachment mechanism that is located proximal an end of the attachment arm. The head portion incorporates a second part of the attachment mechanism. The second part is joinable with the first part to secure the head portion to the attachment arm, and the second part is separable from the first part to detach the head portion from the attachment arm. When the head portion is detached, one of a plurality of alternate head portions may be secured to the attachment arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Michael A. Poteet
  • Patent number: 7174638
    Abstract: A tube-cutting circular saw device, comprising a housing, a tube-clamping device for clamping the tube in relation to the housing, a motor-driven cutoff tool pivotable about the tube axis and a tool-guide device for the radial guidance of the cutoff tool around the clamped tube, the tool-guide device comprising a rotation body rotatable about the tube axis and a swivel plate pivotable about a swivel axis and connected to the rotation body, wherein the swivel plate contains a slide for the radial positioning of the cutoff tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Singer
  • Patent number: 7165329
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a folding knife comprising a flat member within a handle thereof, the flat member comprising a latch having an open end proximate a pivot pin of a blade on the handle, the latch including a projection on its one surface, the projection being adapted to be pressed by a sliding block so as to allow the latch to exert a downward force onto the blade wherein a sliding movement of the slide is adapted to cause the sliding block to compress a resilient member toward a rear end of the handle for disengaging the sliding block from the projection and for pivoting the blade either out of or into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Chih-Chen Kao
  • Patent number: 7152512
    Abstract: A shaving system comprising a razor handle having a razor cartridge pivotally connected thereto, the normal shaving process causing the razor cartridge to be pivoted to a first, upwardly pivoted, position and a second, downwardly pivoted, position, the razor handle comprising flexible spring fingers extending toward each other having cam followers for engaging a cam surface on an underside of the razor cartridge, the cam followers providing a biasing force on the cam surface such that the pivoted cartridge is returned to a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: American Safety Razor
    Inventor: Frank Prochaska
  • Patent number: 7146890
    Abstract: A hand held pushing tool for use with cutting and abrasive tools is formed as a planar disk. The disk has a first side surface, a second side surface, a first predetermined thickness and an outer peripheral edge. The outer peripheral edge has at least one notch. The notch extends from the first side surface to the second side surface and is located orthogonally to the outer peripheral edge. The notch has a depth less than a thickness of a work piece. When the notch engages the work piece, the pushing tool will safely guide the work piece into and through the cutting or abrasive tool. The pushing tool is shaped as an octagon having a plurality of varying size notches about its outer peripheral edge. The tool may be inverted to use the notch to hook the work piece and draw it back past the cutting or abrasive tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Dennis Rowe
  • Patent number: 7146895
    Abstract: The sliding blade microtome is a tissue specimen cutting device including a specimen syringe and an adjustable cutting mechanism for diagonally slicing the specimen. The specimen syringe is a cylindrical shaft having a first end and a second end for holding and supporting a specimen. The first end has a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the shaft, forming a compressed lip for applying pressure on the specimen prior to slicing by the blade. The pressure used to compress the gelatin and the specimen holds the gelatin and the specimen in a sturdy position to slice the specimen to precision without chatter marks. The specimen is pushed out of the first end of the specimen syringe by a motor mechanism or a manually adjustable micrometer drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: George Y. Kong, Jian-Qiang Kong
  • Patent number: 7143676
    Abstract: A roller table with a vise carriage and movable roller supports for moving, positioning, and supporting material. In the preferred embodiment, a hydraulic cylinder and piston rod are used in conjunction with a rack and pinion system such that there is a doubling effect on the piston rod stroke for effectuating differential positioning of two movable roller supports and the vise carriage. One movable roller support is disposed at approximately the midpoint between the vise carriage and a fixed vise. For a given displacement of the vise carriage, the movable roller support travels half as far so as to remain essentially at the midpoint of the span. The second movable roller support is disposed on the other side of the vise carriage, more or less at the midpoint between the vise carriage and a fixed roller support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Marvel Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James K. Jourdan
  • Patent number: 7134373
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a table saw to decrease a clearance of a surface surrounding a saw blade includes a throat plate that is inserted into an elongated slot that is provided in the surface of the table saw. The throat plate includes an enlarged opening with a pair of spaced-apart rails that, together, are adapted receive a replaceable T-shaped center portion. The center portion is cut by the saw blade as the blade is raised from below the center portion resulting in a space around the blade having a clearance that approximates the kerf of the blade. Screws secure the center portion in the enlarged opening. A pair of cam screws secures the throat plate in the elongated slot. A side to side adjustable splitter is attached to the throat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: James Perry Vice
  • Patent number: 7134583
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved gift wrap storage and dispensing device, comprising a container and a lid, which are rotatable with respect to one another. Wrapping paper is stored on dowels within the container and is dispensed through openings in the side wall of the container. The wrapping paper is cut using a cutting device positioned on the outside wall of the container. Similarly, the lid contains a dispensing housing for storing rolls of tape, ribbon, etc., which can be dispensed through openings in the side wall of the lid and cut using a cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventors: David L. May, Kirstin S. May
  • Patent number: 7131363
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus is provided for cutting a sheet material. The cutting apparatus includes a bed for resting thereon the sheet material, a hollow rail structure spaced from the bed, a cutting element moved along the hollow rail structure to travel on the sheet material and cut it in a desired manner, a holding plate coupled to the hollow rail structure for depressing the sheet material on the bed to facilitate the cutting operation of the cutting element, and a sustaining element disposed in the hollow rail structure. The sustaining element sustains against an upper inner surface of the hollow rail structure to lift up the holding plate and sustains against a lower inner surface of the hollow rail structure to put down the holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Tzu-Feng Tseng
  • Patent number: 7131362
    Abstract: A punching machine includes a body frame having a table to support a workpiece. First and second work movement positioning apparatuses are mounted at both sides to move and position the workpiece in a direction of axis X. A work head is mounted on the body frame and has a ram and a tool. The work head moves on the body frame in a direction of axis Y, which is perpendicular to axis X. The first and second work movement positioning apparatuses are arranged in series in the direction of axis X. The workpiece is clamped by the first positioning apparatus, moved in the direction of axis X, punched, clamped by the second positioning apparatus, unclamped by the first positioning apparatus, and moved further in the direction of axis X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignees: Amada Company Limited, Amada Engineering Center Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morikatsu Matsuda, Eiji Matsuno
  • Patent number: 7128249
    Abstract: An ink container opener has a first portion and a second portion which are approximately perpendicular to each other. Each portion has an opening for receiving an ink container cap. The opening of the first portion comprises a plurality of ridges extending along at least one side of the opening. The first and second portions are formed of a unitary construction and form an L-shaped configuration. Force is applied to the container body to separate the cap from the body as the cap is supported by the opener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Nu-Kote International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. VanDerMeid, Martin Finkle, Carl William Holland
  • Patent number: 7127973
    Abstract: A reciprocating saw, including a housing, a spindle mounted for reciprocation relative to the housing, the spindle having an end adapted to receive a saw blade, the saw blade having a first orientation relative to the spindle to have a first cutting direction and a second orientation relative to the spindle to have a second cutting direction opposite the first cutting direction, and a drive assembly connected to the spindle and operable to selectively drive the saw blade along a first path of travel during a first cutting stroke and along a second path of travel during a second cutting stroke. The first path of travel is characterized by movement at least partially in the first cutting direction and the second path of travel is characterized by movement at least partially in the second cutting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Roger D. Neitzell, Andrew G. Gongola
  • Patent number: 7128250
    Abstract: A method for cutting the edges of a continuous glass ribbon (10), moving at a speed VR, comprising a longitudinal marking stage which generates a marking line, in particular using a cutting wheel (11), a transverse marking stage, and a subsequent transverse breaking stage. The inventive method also comprises an intermediary stage between the longitudinal marking stage and the transverse marking stage consisting in generating at least one longitudinal fissure (32) through at least a substantial part of the thickness of the continuous glass ribbon, or through the entire thickness of the continuous glass ribbon, on the basis of the marking line (30), and in spreading said longitudinal fissure at a speed VF, which is more or less equal to but in the opposite direction to the speed VR of the moving continuous glass ribbon. The invention also relates to a device designed to carry out said method. The glass plates cut using the inventive method have edges, advantageously, without any major defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Mauro Lucio Nascimento Luiz
  • Patent number: 7121182
    Abstract: A steel rule die for cutting cloth and synthetic materials. The cutting die includes a primary substrate and a plurality of cutting units that are removably attachable to the substrate in such a manner that they are easy to adjust, remove and replace. The cutting units include secondary substrates with lengths of steel rule attached to them. The cutting units are secured to the primary substrate. Each steel rule is fixedly attached to a secondary substrate that is substantially harder than the primary substrate. The secondary substrate distributes the cutting load applied to the rule over a large surface area on the primary substrate to prevent the cutting units from diving into the soft primary substrate. Substantially the entire length of the steel rule is supported by the secondary substrate, thereby yielding a rigid cutting unit that is not susceptible to deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Ontario Die International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7117602
    Abstract: A plane such as a shoulder plane having at least two set screws positioned in apertures in the body, the set screws adapted to bear against opposite sides of the blade laterally to adjust the blade in position. An adjustment assembly is also provided, where rotation of a knob adjusts longitudinal movement of a traveler component, and laterally pivoting the knob allows lateral movement of the blade to the extent permitted by the set screws. A knob for rotational readjustment of the handle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
    Inventor: Terry R. Saunders
  • Patent number: 7117777
    Abstract: A punching station for a web includes a web transport system that operates to advance the web in a first direction at a first rate. A clamp intermittently grips a portion of the web to advance the portion in the first direction at a second rate. A punch is coupled to the clamp such that the punch moves in the first direction together with the clamp. A punch block cooperates with the punch. The punch block is coupled to the clamp such that the punch block moves in the first direction in unison with the clamp. A punch actuator causes the punch to penetrate the web and then to be withdrawn from the web while the web is gripped by the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: River Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 7117778
    Abstract: A corrugated knife fixture is provided for cutting vegetable products or the like particularly such as potatoes, wherein the knife fixture includes one or more knife blades each having a cutting edge with a variable pitch and variable amplitude geometry. The knife fixture is particularly adapted for cutting whole potatoes into a plurality of wedge-shaped pieces each including a pair of wave-shaped cut surfaces which angularly intersect at a narrow cut tip located generally at a longitudinal centerline of the potato and diverge radially outwardly to an enlarged heel corresponding with the external surface of the potato which may remain unpeeled. The knife fixture, and the resultant wave-shaped cut surfaces of the potato wedges, is defined by the variable pitch and variable amplitude cutting edge wherein the pitch and amplitude increases from the cut tip of the wedge toward the heel or external surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: J. R. Simplot Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Fein, Allen J. Neel
  • Patent number: 7115083
    Abstract: A cutting tool holder for a machining center has a body and a fastening device. The fastening device is mounted in the body and has a base, at least two positioning elements and a locking element. The base has an annular wall, a through hole and at least two positioning holes. The through hole is formed through the base. The at least two positioning holes are formed in the annular wall and correspond to the through hole. The at least two positioning elements are located in the at least two positioning holes and engage an annular recess of a seat for a cutting tool to securely yet releasably retain the seat in the base. The locking element is mounted around the base to keep the at least two positioning elements from escaping the at least two positioning holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: New GIFU Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin-Jun Liu
  • Patent number: 7111534
    Abstract: The present invention entails a rotary cutting die having one or more scrap strippers secured thereon for stripping scrap corrugated board pieces from adjacently disposed scrap cutting blades during a corrugated board die cutting operation. Each scrap stripper comprises a resilient member having a base and an angled flexible finger extending from the base so as to define an open area between the angled finger and the base. During a die cutting operation, the entire scrap stripper including the angled finger and base is compressed as the stripper passes through the nip defined between the cutting die and an associated anvil. As the stripper exits the nip, it expands causing the underlying scrap piece to be stripped from adjacently disposed blades. In addition, the angled finger extending from the base extends outwardly and engages the underlying cut piece of scrap and pushes or urges the cut scrap against the underlying anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Richard Simpson