Patents Examined by David A. Scherbel
  • Patent number: 7246756
    Abstract: A water sprinkler for irrigating lawn and garden areas has two axes of movement, one transverse to the other. A barrel moves or oscillates on one horizontal axis to direct water spray from nozzles carried on the barrel across the length of the area, and the nozzle outlets also simultaneously move or oscillate on axes transverse to the barrel axis to spray water across the width of the area. As the nozzle outlets move or oscillate in the two transverse directions, the ground area is irrigated uniformly over time by application of water in a criss-cross pattern. The area sprayed can be surprisingly large compared with single-axis oscillators, or the area may be limited to a single row or a narrow rectangular area, by adjustment of the barrel and outlet movement and/or the water pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. DeWitt
  • Patent number: 7237731
    Abstract: A fuel injector has a housing extending along a longitudinal axis between an inlet and an outlet. A seat assembly is disposed in a body proximate the outlet. The seat assembly includes a flow portion and a securement portion. The flow portion extends along the longitudinal axis between a first surface and an orifice disk retention surface at a first length. The flow portion has a seat orifice extending therethrough and an orifice disk coupled to the orifice disk retention surface so that the orifice plate is aligned in a fixed spatial axial orientation with respect to the flow portion. The securement portion extends along the longitudinal axis away from the orifice disk retention surface at a second length greater than the first length. A method of maintaining a fixed spatial axial orientation and dimensional symmetry of at least one of the seat and orifice disk in the body is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Dallmeyer, William J. Imoehl, James P. Fochtman, Fredrick L. Barnes
  • Patent number: 7201336
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid spray gun with several improved features, including (1) non-cylindrical air passageways on air horns included in an air cap portion of a body assembly that provide improved shape and uniformity for the wide elongate stream of liquid formed by the spray gun; (2) the air cap portion of the body assembly being mounted for manual rotation on a nozzle portion of the body assembly between positions defined by stops and retained at those positions by friction; and (3) the body assembly through which passes liquid sprayed by the spray gun being molded of polymeric material and being manually releasable from a metal platform portion of the spray gun through which air is fed to passageways through the body assembly to spray the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Russell E. Blette, Franklyn L. Frederickson, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Jameel R. Qiblawi
  • Patent number: 7175107
    Abstract: The high-pressure multi-function head especially for water-cleaning machines comprises a first main body which exhibits a conduit for a washing liquid, extending along a longitudinal axis from an inlet to an outlet and a portion having a narrowed transversal section; a nozzle housed in the conduit; an auxiliary body inserted in the conduit and constituting a frustoconical seating for a front end of the nozzle; means for conveying the washing liquid interpositioned between the inlet and the portion having a narrowed transversal section and forming upstream of the nozzle at least one oblique jet with respect to the longitudinal axis in order to give the nozzle a rotating and conical motion with a vertex in the frustoconical seating; and means for regulating a trim of the head for translating the auxiliary body and the nozzle along the longitudinal axis between a retracted first operating position for obtaining a high-pressure rotating jet, an intermediate second operating position, for obtaining a high-pressure
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Arrow Line S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Amaduzzi
  • Patent number: 7175111
    Abstract: A manually operated sprayer for a container of liquid to be sprayed includes variable volume pump means having liquid inlet and outlet means for discharging the contents of the container. The sprayer further includes a control module having product and vent valves reciprocably disposed therein, the product and vent valves being simultaneously reciprocable by means of the manual actuator between valve open and valve closed positions. In the valve open position, the product and vent valves respectively prevent flow of product and air respectively into the liquid inlet means and into a vent passage in communication between atmosphere and an interior of the container, and in the vent closed position, the product and vent valves respectively enable flow of product and air respectively into the liquid inlet means and into the vent passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Linn D. Wanbaugh, Robert J. Good, Steve Sweeton
  • Patent number: 7168637
    Abstract: A nozzle for a low pressure fuel injector that improves the control and size of the spray angle, as well as enhances the atomization of the fuel delivered to a cylinder of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lakhi N. Goenka, Jeffrey Paul Mara, David Lee Porter, David Ling-Shun Hung, John Stefanski
  • Patent number: 7168500
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for removing oil, extinguishing fire and containment for oil spills using crushed glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Glass Plus, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Arnott
  • Patent number: 7168633
    Abstract: A spraying device comprises a spraying plate, having a plurality of tiny holes, a vibrating element, set on a periphery of the spraying plate, and driving a vibrating movement thereof, a wrapping layer, made of soft material and tightly surrounding the vibrating element, sealing the vibrating element from the liquid, and a fastening cap, allowing for quick mounting and dismounting of the spraying device; wherein the vibrating movement of the spraying plate causes liquid adjacent to a lower side of the spraying plate to be periodically compressed and thereby to be pressed through the holes of the spraying plate, and wherein the wrapping layer prevents external interference with the vibrating movement, at the same time minimizing transmission losses of vibrational energy, enhancing effectivity of spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Ran Wang, Chien-Shien Yeh, Yi-Cheng Chen, Sheng-Chih Shen, Chi-Hsiung Teng, Ming-Jye Tsai
  • Patent number: 7168636
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for applying a biologically active or chemical substance to a relatively large volume harvested or pre-harvested crop includes relatively small container of a mixture biologically active or chemical substance and water in fluid communication with fluid conduit. A pump moves mixture from the bottle through the conduit. A source of pressurized air is in fluid communication with the conduit to aerate the mixture. The aerated mixture is expelled through a nozzle at distal end of the conduit. In one aspect, the controller can monitor speed of the pump by monitoring operating voltage of the pump. Speed of the pump can be adjusted to adjust application rate. In one aspect, a process combines a flow of air through an orifice with the metering of a low volume of additive, such as an aid to preservation, to a crop as it is being cut or harvested to provide for even distribution of the additive to the crop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Lebeda, James M. Oepping, Jeffrey S. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7165732
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for connecting a fluid supply assembly to a fluid applicator. The adapter assembly includes an outer lid for the fluid supply assembly and an adapter. The adapter assembly provides a connection between the fluid supply assembly and the fluid applicator that can be engaged quickly, easily, and securely, and which has a strong tight seal around the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kosmyna, Ralph A. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 7165625
    Abstract: A method of stopping and containing fires involving, in one embodiment, taking the fumes from a turbine, jet or any chemical source, and running it through a giant muffler, radiator, or pipe. The radiator cools the fumes down from the engine or chemical store. This is a system that uses the fumes to cool the fire down, it will suck the heat and oxygen away, and replace it with a non-combustible gas. This system can also be used to put out architectural fires, by blowing the fumes in the building from one side, keeping oxygen from entering the building, by building up pressure, until no more oxygen can enter the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Julius Long
  • Patent number: 7159801
    Abstract: An assembly for a fuel injector includes a fluid transportation member having a first portion that defines an internal passageway configured to convey fluid through the first portion, and a second portion in fluid communication with the first portion. The second portion defines at least one conduict configured to communicate fluid from the internal passageway out of the fluid trasnsportation memeber and a structural reinforcement portion is colocated with the second portion. A housing is configured to receive at least a portion of the transpotation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Synerject, LLC
    Inventor: Jordi J. Catasus-Servia
  • Patent number: 7159791
    Abstract: A system for retaining and locating a jewel of the type comprising a nozzle for a water cutting system includes a first support structure component having a water discharge passageway extending therethrough and having an exterior locating surface formed at the water receiving end of the water directing passageway. A second support structure component has a water directing passageway formed therein and has a jewel receiving cavity formed therein at the discharge end of the water receiving passageway. The second support structure component further comprises a chamber for receiving and retaining the first support structure component with the locating surface thereof positioned in engagement with the locating surface of the jewel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Perfect Score Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard L. Lambden
  • Patent number: 7159798
    Abstract: A nebulising dispenser head (1; 100) for a bottle that is elastically deformable by squeezing, comprising a channel of the liquid and a channel of the air obtained in a machine block of the dispenser head (1; 100) and an ejection tip (3) provided with a sealing door (8) hinged in its distal part (35), the sealing door (8) being able to rotate by 180 DEG from an open position to a closed position of a discharge orifice of the dispenser head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: EMSAR S.p.A.
    Inventor: Lamberto Carta
  • Patent number: 7159792
    Abstract: A method for providing a desired fragrance includes securing a tacky attachment surface of a pad of an air freshener to a surface by mechanical or specific adhesion. The air freshener includes a scent material carried by and dispersable through a coherent, flexible and resilient polymer carrier material. The pad is selectively removed from the surface. The pad can be selectively re-secured at a different position on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7156323
    Abstract: A spray rack suitable for testing a window in a building includes a plurality of spray bars and at least one stand-off leg. The plurality of spray bars each include at least one nozzle for spraying fluid. The at least one stand-off leg is coupled with the plurality of spray bars and includes a plurality of pre-measured settings each corresponding to a distance between the at least one nozzle and the window. The at least one stand-off leg is configured to be set at one of the plurality of pre-measured settings to interface with the building and to position the plurality of spray bars a desired distance from the window for testing the window by spraying the fluid from the at least one nozzle of each of the plurality of spray bars toward the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: The RM Group LLC
    Inventor: Todd Mikkelson
  • Patent number: 7156322
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler unit includes a tubular housing enclosing a speed reducing drive which is driven by a water actuated turbine wheel and rotates a rotary nozzle head at a substantially slower speed. The drive also rotates a tubular valve member within an annular valve body within the housing, and the valve member and valve body have cooperating radial ports which automatically and continuously vary the flow rate of water through the housing for continuously varying the radial distance of a water stream discharged from the nozzle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Charles J. Heitzman
  • Patent number: 7156328
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the center and radius based on a least squares approach is disclosed. In one embodiment, a farmer drives through a given arc of a circular field in question and periodically takes position measurements. In another embodiment, a Least-Squares Algorithm is used to estimate the best-fitting center and radius given the set of position measurements input by the farmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Ltd.
    Inventor: Alain Samaha
  • Patent number: 7156320
    Abstract: A clog-resistant injector spray nozzle allows relatively unobtrusive insertion through a small access aperture into existing ductwork in occupied buildings for atomized particulate sealing of a ductwork. The spray nozzle comprises an easily cleaned and easily replaced straight liquid tube whose liquid contents are principally propelled by a heated propellant gas, such as heated air. Heat transfer is minimized from the heated propellant gas to the liquid tube until they both exit the injector, thereby greatly reducing the likelihood of nozzle clogging. A method of duct sealing using particles driven by heated propellant gas is described, whereby duct-sealing operations become both faster, and commercially practicable in inhabited commercial and residential buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Duo Wang, Mark P. Modera
  • Patent number: 7150409
    Abstract: The invention in general relates to various injection systems and devices that can be used, for example, in needleless injection systems for human, and for domestic and farm animals. In certain embodiments, the invention provides an injection device comprising: an injector defining a first cavity and an orifice; a movable member in the first cavity; a housing defining a second cavity proximal of the movable member; and a charge in the second cavity, the charge comprising at least two discrete materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: BioValve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Gonnelli, David Lipson, Vasu Nishtala, Ciro Dimeglio