Patents Examined by Debra Meislin
  • Patent number: 4753049
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for grinding the surface of a semiconductor wafer by moving a holding table and a grinding wheel relative to each other in a predetermined direction substantially parallel to the surface of the semiconductor wafer held onto the holding table to cause the grinding wheel which is rotated to act on the surface of the semiconductor wafer held onto the holding table. The semiconductor wafer is placed on the holding table with its angular position being regulated so as to direct its crystal orientation in a predetermined direction with respect to the holding table, and thus the grinding direction of the surface of the semiconductor wafer by the grinding wheel is set in a predetermined relationship to the crystal orientation of the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Disco Abrasive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 4753052
    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 filtering 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: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Dickson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne E. Dickson
  • Patent number: 4750538
    Abstract: The mechanism comprises a rotatable central shaft with pinion, racks engaging said pinion at two different levels and a change on the outside end of each rock for gripping the wheel, which clamps lie in the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Inventor: Francis du Quesne
  • Patent number: 4748877
    Abstract: A supply apparatus for supplying a screw, a rivet, or the like includes a chute in which one edge portion of an upper opening of a guide slit formed therein is located inside a stock section or thereabove, so that screws in an abnormal position can be removed by a brush member not on the upper surface of an oscillating dipper but on the upper surface of the chute. A timing between oscillation of the dipper and movement of the brush member need not be controlled. Screws of abnormal position can be removed with a simple mechanism so as to supply only those of normal position to a predetermined position, and to reliably return removed screws of abnormal position into the stock section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Choji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4745828
    Abstract: A device for the mechanical stripping of electrical or optical cables has a stop for a fed-in conductor. The conductor is fixed in position by clamping jaws, whereupon its insulation can be severed by at least one rotating stripping blade. Disposed immediately next to each blade is a centering jaw, which centers the conductor. The jaw is radially movable relative to the blade so as to permit the penetration of the blade into the layer of insulation. The blades and the centering jaws are positioned axially and the desired cutting depth of each stripping operation is adjusted by spindles, each of which is operated by a motor which is controlled by a digital controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: Jiri Stepan
  • Patent number: 4744272
    Abstract: A foldable gripping tool has compound folding handle assemblies including channel shaped handles and handle extensions which may be folded into nested relationship with each other, and folded over the gripping jaws of the tool to enclose the jaws into a compact nested assembly. The handle extensions provide a broad smooth surface to be grasped and squeezed by the user's hand. The handle extensions include integral tools such as a can/bottle opener and screwdrivers. The tool also includes tool blades such as a knife blade and a screwdriver/file blade, independent of the handle extensions, which are also foldable into the channel shaped handles and handle extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy S. Leatherman
  • Patent number: 4744402
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pneumatic device for seating tire beads on the rim portions of a wheel of a vehicle. The device includes a header attached to the rotating table of a tire changing machine and which supports a wheel and a tire assembly. A plurality of upwardly extending conduits direct air from the header to the interface between a bead of a tire and the corresponding rim portion of the wheel which are adjacent the top surface of the table. The pneumatic device also includes a system for immobilizing the table during the operation of the device for seating tire beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventor: Germain St-Hilaire
  • Patent number: 4741060
    Abstract: An articulated wrench having an elongated leg member with a slot in its shank portion and its outer end formed into a flange with a slot therein, and pivotally mounted at its inner end to the inner end portion of an arm member having a hook formed at its inner end, and having a slot in its outer end portion, and having two prongs formed at its outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventor: Jack H. Hose
  • Patent number: 4738294
    Abstract: A device for mounting and demounting tubeless tires with respect to wheel assemblies includes a wheel support structure upon which a tubeless tire and wheel assembly is positioned. An elongate vertically disposed mounting member is releasably locked to the wheel support structure and projects vertically upwardly therefrom through the tire and wheel assembly. A wheel clamping member projects through openings in the mounting member and is urged into clamping relation with the wheel by an adjustable threaded clamping bolt. An elongate lever has a tire removing member at one end thereof, which is insertable between the tire bead and the wheel rim so that, when the lever is maintained in engaging relation with the mounting member and is moved through an arc of 360 degrees, each tire bead will be successively removed from the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Clarence A. Fosse
  • Patent number: 4736480
    Abstract: The pliers form a cable wire testing tool. At the front end of a working portion (11a), a blade-type piercing member (18) is adapted to leave, in closed condition of the pliers, a free space relative to a surface of the other leg (12) serving as an abutment (17). In use, a cable wire is placed between the working portion (11a, 12a) of the pliers. Upon compressing the legs, the piercing member (18) penetrates the cable sheathing to establish with its point the electric contact between the cable core and the pliers' leg (11) which is provided with a connecting member (20) for the connection of a test cable (22). Due to the cable wire testing pliers, the customary stripping and securing of terminals may be avoided for testing cable wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Belzer-Dowidat GmbH Werkzeugunion
    Inventors: Hans Bohl, Michael Galle, Rainer Gutermuth
  • Patent number: 4735119
    Abstract: A manually operated gear wrench having a fixed hand plate and a wrench plate rotatably mounted thereon. The wrench plate carries a ring gear which meshes with a pinion gear rotatably mounted on the hand plate. Studs adapted to selectively receive socketed handles and tools are connected to the pinion gear and wrench plate. By connecting an operating handle to the pinion stud and a tool to the wrench plate stud, an input to output ratio of 3:1 is obtained. By connecting the operating handle to the wrench plate stud and the socketed tool to the pinion stud, an input to output ratio of 1:3 is obtained. A releasable locking mechanism is provided between the hand plate and pinion gear to prevent relative rotation between the pinion gear and ring gear to thereby provide an input to output ratio of 1:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventor: Alfred B. Riley
  • Patent number: 4735250
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a high production tire inflator apparatus for rapidly inflating tubeless tires wherein sealing between the tires and the wheels occurs at the tire beads. A tandem expansible chamber motor unit utilizing compressed air and hydraulic pressurized fluid vertically translates a carriage upon which an annular tire seal is mounted for displacement between tire indexing, sidewall displacement and bead seating positions, compressed air being used to displace the tire seal during rapid transverse movement, and the hydraulic fluid motor being employed to lock the tire seal to resist inflation pressures during pressurization of the apparatus. The wheel and tire are mounted upon a conveyor pallet which is of such configuration to directly sealingly engage the lower tire sidewall, and during inflation all sealing occurs between the tire sidewalls and the inflation apparatus, and no sealing of the wheel rim is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Assignee: Allied Automation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Kane
  • Patent number: 4735117
    Abstract: A tool of pliers type which is modified to include stripping jaws for removing insulation from a wire, at least one of said jaws being adjustable for different wire sizes and both jaws being so mounted that they do not substantially increase the overall dimension of the pliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventor: Lucien C. Ducret
  • Patent number: 4735118
    Abstract: An air ratchet adaptor having a slotted, semicylindrical handle with one end integrally formed into a flat, elongated, rectangular gear housing for transferring powered torque from an air ratchet which is commercially available to the general public in three-eighths inch or other size drive. The air ratchet can quickly and easily be inserted through the opening in the handle and snapped into its proper place. The handle includes the proper handle insert which provides adaptability to many different brands of air ratchets. The gear housing contains a driving gear, meshing idler gears, and a driven gear. The driving gear includes a square aperture for mating engagement with the square shank of the air ratchet head. The driven gear includes a hexagonal aperture to accept internal removable sockets. The internal removable sockets are provided for, to insure that the amount of work space needed to remove and install fasteners is kept to a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventor: Lloyd F. Broemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4733583
    Abstract: A lug wrench for loosening and tightening lug nuts on a vehicle wheel having a shaft with a socket at one end and yoke radially extending from the shaft pivotally connected to a moment arm bar such that the shaft can be rotated between a first position at an midpoint of the moment arm bar and the second position substantially at an extremity of the moment arm bar, a remote end of the moment arm bar away from the shaft having a multiplier bar pivotally connected thereto adapted to fold over on to the moment arm bar and attached thereto by means of a retaining clip. When both bars are linearly extended there is mechanical advantage when loosening the lug nut. When the bars are folded upon each other, overtightening is precluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Robert W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4733584
    Abstract: A locking socket wrench extension includes an elongated extension member having an axially aligned opening at one end adapted to receive the driving stud of a ratchet wrench or similar tool and including a socket drive stud at the other end thereof. A socket engaging ball which is adapted to lock a socket onto the extension stud is located in a transverse slot in the side wall of the extension stud. An elongated pin is contained within and coaxial with the extension member and is movable rearwardly and forwardly. When in the forward position, the pin moves the ball into its locking position. In one embodiment, the pin extends rearwardly into the stud opening. As the driving stud of a ratchet wrench is inserted into the opening, the pin is pushed forwardly to lock the ball in place. In another embodiment, the pin is biased forwardly in the locking position but can be moved rearwardly by manually sliding a button located on the exterior of the extension which is interconnected with the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Richard Karge
  • Patent number: 4732200
    Abstract: An inflation device (10, 20) for tubeless tires (200) is described. The device fits with an edge (12, 24) between the heel (201) and toe (202) of the bead (206) on the inside of the rim (101) with an inside wide side (11a, 21a) on the wheel rim flange so as to provide a temporary seal for airing of the tire. The device is expelled from between the bead and flange as a result of the airing of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: Donald R. Price
  • Patent number: 4729267
    Abstract: A device for the controlled removal and re-insertion of the cork used with the conventional champagne bottle. The device has a first member having a cavity which is sized and shaped to straddle the neck of the bottle, and specifically the circumferential rib which the conventional champagne bottle has near the spout. A second member is sized and shaped to slide onto the head of the cork. Various types of handles, linkages and gears are shown to move the two members apart, linearly, and under leverage, so that the cork can be removed and re-inserted with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Inventor: Ben F. Giebeler
  • Patent number: 4729269
    Abstract: A pipe wrenching tool adapted to be powered by a hand held power drive mechanism is formed with a support for a drive wheel and an idler wheel with the idler wheel being movable with respect to the drive wheel to adjust the tool for differing sizes of pipe. The tool is adapted to interface transversely to the axis of the pipe to be wrenched with the drive wheel engaging the pipe without requiring a part of the tool to circumscribe the pipe. The rotational axis of the idler wheel and rotational axis of the drive wheel are off-set with respect to each other to cause the pipe being wrenched to be forced into the tool. The tool is adapted at both sides to have the drive source attached at the side of the tool away from the pipe so that the tool may be used to engage and wrench pipe in confined spaces. Only the wheels of the tool are rotated; the tool need not rotate with respect to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Inventor: Richard H. Killian
  • Patent number: 4727609
    Abstract: A survival tool having a multi-function tool head secured to an elongated hollow shaft. The tool head includes a shovel blade portion with a marginal edge terminating at a rectilinear shoulder portion that is attached to the hollow shaft. An axe blade is formed in one piece with the shovel blade so as to be substantially coextensive with the shoulder portion of the shovel. The cutting edge of the axe blade is substantially continuous with the portion of the marginal edge of this shovel adjacent the shoulder portion. A hammer is formed in one piece with the shovel and axe that has a striking face extending outwardly from the shovel blade adjacent the shoulder portion thereof opposite the cutting edge of the axe. The hollow shaft includes a transverse slot adjacent the tool head which is sized to slidably receive a one-piece bow. An adjustable pressure plate within the hollow shaft engages the central portion of the bow to secure the bow in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Inventor: Frederick A. Smith, Jr.