Patents Examined by Debra Meislin
  • Patent number: 4858667
    Abstract: Herein disclosed in a method for coupling a tubed tire with a wheel assuring a dynamically balanced coupling therebetween. The tube has an inflation valve and the wheel has a valve aperture. The method comprises in steps finding and marking a first portion of the wheel where the radial run-out value (RR) is the minimum and a second portion of the tire proper where the radial force variation value (RFV) is the maximum, disposing the tube in the tire proper, sliding the tube within the tire proper to a position where an angular position of the second portion relative to the inflation valve is equal to that of the first portion relative to the valve aperture, and coupling the tubed tire with the wheel having the inflation valve passed through the valve aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Nissan Motor co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Igari, Noriyuki Yamamoto, Tetshin Sakata
  • Patent number: 4854045
    Abstract: The modular pocketknife system is assembled from a number of modules. Each of these modules consists at least of a tool element (12, 13) and of at least one connecting element (8, 11). The modules can be ranged side by side in any desired number and sequence, the connecting elements being provided with an electronic contact element (1) for data transmission, a locking element (2, 4, 5), and a sealing element, so that the modules are fashioned splash-proofly mechanically and electronically interconnectible and lockable and detachable from one another again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Wenger SA
    Inventor: Michael Schaub
  • Patent number: 4852433
    Abstract: Insulation is precisely cut and stripped from insulated electrical conductors by V type stripping blades. Precision cutting and stripping is assured by forming the blades with complementary and interlocking T and U-shaped cross sections. The blades have increased stiffness compared with prior blades even though the overall thickness of the blade pair does not exceed the overall thickness of prior blade pairs. A blade stop is interlockable with either stripping blade to precisely control the cutting hole size during production. An insulation stop is also interlockable with a selected blade for precisely locating the insulated electrical conductor relative to the blade cutting edges when the blades are closed over the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Mechtrix Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Butler
  • Patent number: 4848193
    Abstract: An open-end ratchet wrench includes a handle element, a first jaw portion which is integrally formed with the handle element, a slide portion, a second jaw portion which is integrally formed with the slide portion, a restricting mechanism and a biasing spring. The slide portion is slidably mounted on the handle element so that the second jaw portion is positionable in a normal position wherein the first and second jaw portions cooperate to define a mouth for receiving the head of a fastening element and the biasing spring biases the second jaw portion toward the normal position thereof. The restricting mechanism maintains the second jaw portion in the normal position thereof when the wrench is manipulated to rotate the head of a fastening element in a first direction so that a turning force is applied to the fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Albert A. Wylie, III
  • Patent number: 4848196
    Abstract: A quick-release and positive locking mechanism adapted for use on tools for receiving removable sockets, and particularly adapted for use on extension bars of the type frequently employed with socket wrenches. One form of the mechanism comprises a drive stud having a diagonally disposed bore or opening extending therethrough and having a movable member mounted in said bore with its lower end adapted to extend beyond the contour of the bar and into a recess in the socket or like attachment to hold the same when in one position and to be withdrawn from said recess to release the socket or like attachment in another position and with its upper end extending beyond the contour of the drive stud above said socket or like attachment for access for manual movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Peter M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4848192
    Abstract: A strap-type wrench for use in removing rotatable closures is disclosed which has two rings to assist in removing the slack in the gripping strap, and a pressure plate with a frictional gripping surface positioned on the wrench to allow the frictional gripping surface to be forced radially inwardly against the object being gripped by the wrench, thereby enhancing the frictional grip of the frictional gripping surface on the object. The rings may be sequentially pulled to first tighten the gripping strap by pulling the first ring and then to pull the slack portion of the gripping strap gathered by the first ring with the second ring in a path which will resist loosening due to frictional restraint of a portion of the gripping strap located between the wrench handle and itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Keith Jeffreys
  • Patent number: 4848195
    Abstract: A spanner wrench for tightening, or loosening, of pipe coupling assemblies, particularly in tight quarters. The wrench comprises a semi-cylindrical base, an arcuate aligner, and a handle that is secured to the base for applying rotational torque to the tool. The base has a plurality of notches defined in its leading edge so that the tool may be slipped into engagement, in an axial fashion, with the lugs on a pipe coupling. The arcuate aligner possesses a radial dimension of sufficient size that the combined height of the aligner and base is equal to the distance that the pipe coupling rises above the run of the pipes to be joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Paul M. Hockenbery
  • Patent number: 4846239
    Abstract: A center post key for a tire changing apparatus is provided. The center post key includes a retractable projection on its side for preventing inadvertent dislodging of the tire iron during operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventors: Stephen H. Heller, Gregory J. Owen, Thomas O'Key
  • Patent number: 4846028
    Abstract: A fluid-operated wrench for tightening and loosening of threaded connectors, comprises a housing, drive unit arranged substantially in the housing, and engaging unit arranged to engage a threaded connector for tightening or loosening the same, the engaging unit being operatively connected with the drive unit so as to be turned and thereby to turn a threaded connector, the housing having a portion which extends to the engaging unit and forms an axle on which the engaging unit turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: John K. Junkers
  • Patent number: 4843764
    Abstract: A glass plate grinding apparatus comprises holding members attached to a chain moved by a rotationally driven sprocket, a belt conveyor for conveying a glass plate while seizing the plate in co-operation with holding members, and a grinder for grinding the edge of the glass plate being conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Bando Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Bando
  • Patent number: 4843923
    Abstract: The fastener-handling tool disclosed is for the purpose of assisting in the starting of pointed fasteners such as nails, brads, tacks, screws and the like in instances where it is difficult or impossible for a person to hold the fastener conveniently between his thumb and fore-finger while driving the fastener with, for example, a hammer, screw-driver, etc. The tool comprises a one-piece molded elastomer element in which the handle part of convenient size has attached thereto a slender finger which is of substantially reduced cross-section and which has a hole at its free end for receiving the fastener. A slot leads cross-wise to the hole to enable the finger to be separated from the partially-driven fastener in a direction radial to the fastener. By way of an added feature, the handle part includes a pin cushion for carrying a supply of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Eagle Valley Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond G. Voss
  • Patent number: 4841681
    Abstract: A surface blasting apparatus including a wheel mounted chassis carrying a detachably mounted blasting head assembly. The blasting head assembly includes a housing enclosing a blasting wheel mounted for rotation about an axis extending parallel to a surface to be cleaned. The housing further includes a return chute through which abrasive returns after impacting such surface. A baffle assembly and magnetic arresting assembly cooperate to clean the abrasive particles by air washing. The air is then directed through a gravitating curtain of abrasive particles at a second cleaning location for further cleaning. The dust and debris laden air is then passed through a cyclonic separator and fitering system to clean the air prior to atmospheric discharge. Variously sized blasting head assemblies can be interchangeably mounted on the chassis for accomplishing various types of blast cleaning operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Dickson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne E. Dickson
  • Patent number: 4841819
    Abstract: A cylindrical and blade fuse puller is disclosed. The puller is made entirely of glass filled nylon and has a one-piece body with two sets of fuse jaws extending outwardly from the body at an angle to one another. A slider slides between the body and a mid-point on one set of arms to force the arms together to clamp the outer periphery of a cylindrical fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Danny L. Williams
  • Patent number: 4840215
    Abstract: Safety apparatus for a tire changer having a support table for tire/rim assemblies and a tire inflation system includes a post having a quick disconnect mechanism for engagement with and release from the support table. The post has high pitch threads which receive a restraining cone with mating threads. The post is engaged with the table through a central rim opening and the restraining cone is moved on the threads to engage the edges of the rim opening. The post-table engagement actuates an air interlock which enables the tire inflation system. The cone is trapped on the post by structure on either end of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Tumkur R. Vijay, Bryce L. Mannen
  • Patent number: 4840093
    Abstract: A device for loosening and tightening the lids on jars or containers. The device has a handle, and a strap and brace attached to the handle. The strap is placed through the brace and formed into a loop so that it may be slipped over the lid. When a rotational force is applied to the handle, the brace pulls against the strap so as to apply a rotational force to the lid which is greater than the force applied to the handle. A spike extends from the top of the device which is placed through a hole in the strap to secure the strap to the handle. The strap has a series of holes to accommodate a large variation in sizes of lids. For loosening the lid, a counter-clockwise force, relative to the center of the lid when viewed from above, is applied to the handle. For tightening the lid, the handle is reversed and a clockwise force is applied to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: Leman Goldman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4836067
    Abstract: This invention is a socket insert to protect the finely finished surfaces of machinery and the nuts and bolts associated therewith. This protective insert is in the form of a nonmetallic material and is so sized that it will fit into a standard socket type tool with a smaller opening therein for engaging the nut or bolt to be manipulated. Because of a flare on the outer edge of the insert, the finish on the machinery that the nut or bolt is being used in conjunction with, will also be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventors: Dale R. Rogers, Delton F. Rogers, Larry L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 4836059
    Abstract: A molded elastomeric sleeve is carried on a conventional wrench socket. The sleeve has a radially extending boss, a recess formed in the boss and a peripheral rim formed about the boss defining the recess therein. The sleeve has an internal annular groove formed therein as well as a radial passageway which extends from the groove to the recess. Adhesive is injected into the annular groove via the radial passageway, whereby the sleeve is secured to the socket. A size indicia label is provided having adhesive thereon. This label is positioned in the recess below the rim of the boss covering the radial passageway, where it is secured by the adhesive. The sleeve further has suitable knurls formed on the outer diameter of the sleeve. The knurls and the boss prevent the socket from rolling, if placed sideways on a flat surface. The knurls and the boss also facilitate manual rotation of the socket. After forming, the sleeve is axially oriented and slidably positioned on a portion of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Easco Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Arnold
  • Patent number: 4836064
    Abstract: An improvement is made to jaw designs for power tongs and back-up units. The jaw is formed having a cavity whose opening is oriented toward the pipe to be gripped. An elongated die is movably mounted in the cavity effectively closing off the cavity. The die has a gripping surface adapted to contact the pipe. A resilient member, preferably synthetic rubber or other elastomer or a substantially incompressible fluid, is disposed within the cavity adjacent the die. Uneven loads on the die are redistributed through the hydraulic action of the resilient member with a resultant equal distribution of the loads on the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Damon T. Slator
  • Patent number: 4833949
    Abstract: An adjustable open-end wrench is formed with a C-shaped base jaw member having an upper base grip-forming portion and a lower tongue-forming portion which is pivotally connected to an elongated handle. An L-shaped, sliding jaw member has a horizontal leg which is slidably guided between the upper and lower portions of the base jaw member. The sliding jaw member has an upright leg forming a movable grip portion opposing the base grip portion. Corresponding, normally interengaging, tooth-like locking formations are formed on the upper end of the handle and the lower edge of the movable jaw member horizontal leg for normally locking the jaw members relative to each other. The handle may be pivoted to temporarily release the interengaging locking formations so that the movable jaw member may be slidably moved relative to the base jaw member for adjusting the distance between the grip portions to accommodate to different size bolts and nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Trajce Piperkovski
  • Patent number: 4831903
    Abstract: Pipe wrenches, particularly a pipe wrench which has a removable pull handle, such that the wrench can make four 90.degree. turns in close quarters. The wrench is characterized by a housing having a stationary lower gripping jaws, an upper clamping jaw housing pivoted to the lower gripping jaw and including an adjustable clamping jaw. Intersecting vertical and horizontal bores extend through the gripping jaw housing, such that a pull handle may be removably inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventors: George M. Dausey, Raymond B. Barrett