Patents Examined by Douglas W. Hanson
  • Patent number: 4726409
    Abstract: An exterior roll-up shutter consists of positioning strips that can be mounted on an outside wall on or next to the reveals and of a housing that rests against the strips. The housing is constituted of side walls, a floor, a rear and front wall, and a ceiling. The housing accommodates the shaft and panels of the shutter itself. It has a shutter exit extending along its floor in alignment with guide channels in the positioning strips. The shutter also consists of the paneled shutter itself, which is accommodated in the housing. To facilitate both installation of an exterior roll-up shutter of the same overall type and replacement of the paneled shutter itself, each positioning strip, which consists of a length of section with a shutter offset that is accessible from inside the window aperture, has an accommodation that extends along the whole strip. The accommodation is accessible from the weather side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Inventor: Armin Besler
  • Patent number: 4708372
    Abstract: A cross piping for a header in a boiling water reactor has a main pipe coaxially connected to a center branch pipe at a cross portion. A plurality of transversely extending branch pipes also connect to this cross portion. The cross portion has a reduced diameter with respect to the main distributor pipe. In one embodiment, the cross portion is in the shape of a hemisphere having a radius equal to that of the main distributor pipe, the center of the hemispherical surface being positioned adjacent an upstream intersection of the main distributor pipe axis and an extension of the circumferential surfaces of the branch pipes. In another embodiment, the cross portion has a throttle portion which is either a flat surface or a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahisa Arima, Susumu Ninomiya, Yuji Horikawa, Tadasi Aoki
  • Patent number: 4684089
    Abstract: A computer which is portable and transportable by a person and which can be used on a table has a universally movable computer input device such as a spherically shaped input member surrounded by sensors which is attached to the computer housing to enable use of the computer/input device combination in further operating conditions such as may occur in association with a vehicle. One or more sensors suitable for mounting on the vehicle and providing operating data involving the vehicle can be connected with computer inputs for continually computing and displaying results of the vehicle's operations during such operations and in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Inventor: Cornelis van der Lely
  • Patent number: 4674722
    Abstract: A mounting clamp particularly suited for mounting medical accessories on support poles comprises a stationary clamping surface which can be attached to an accessory housing. A cam is pivotly mounted on a trunnion connected to the stationary clamping surface has a spiral clamping surface, the stationary clamping surface and spiral clamping surface being positioned to constitute a clamping means when the clamp is in a clamping position. A spring means having one end connected to the trunnion and the other end connected to the cam is provided for biasing the cam to the clamping position. A lever pivotly mounted on the trunnion has a projection which engages the cam and causing it to pivot with the lever when the lever is pivoted to a clamp releasing position. The cam preferably has two spiral surfaces, one generated by a line parallel to the axis of rotation of the cam and the second cam surface by a line forming an angle with the axis of rotation of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Critikon, Inc.
    Inventors: Hal C. Danby, Carl Ritson
  • Patent number: 4667987
    Abstract: A device for connecting pipes with fittings or fixtures for mixing fluids for use in cleaning, washing and rinsing basins, sinks or the like wherein the fitting has a casing supported over an opening of the washing basin or the like by clamping means capable of being tightened against the underside of a washing table top or the like and water-conducting pipes extending through said opening, the pipes being constructed as connecting conduits capable of being plugged into the pipes and having a collar extending around the conduits at least near their ends to be plugged, and being secured in position by a molded part which can be supported on the casing of the fitting and a clamping device acting on said molded part, so as to be able to dispense with additional sealing elements within the zone of connection of the pipes, the pipes being composed of plastic material with thickened collars molded therearound and having toward the free end of the pipe a sealing surface capable of being clamped against a sealing sea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Knebel & Rottger GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Werner Knebel
  • Patent number: 4664428
    Abstract: A pipe joint includes a novel sealing plate for sealing the axial joint or joints of a cylindrical coupling. The sealing plate carries on its upper surface a pair of axial gaskets which seal against the coupling above the sealing plate and against O-rings on the pipe sections below the sealing plate. In an alternate embodiment, the axial gaskets can be adhered to the inner surface of the coupling so as to engage the edges of the sealing plate. In another embodiment, in lieu of a separate sealing plate, one end of the coupling can carry a single axial gasket and be lapped under the other end of the coupling to form the axial seal. The sealing assemblies of the invention ar particularly useful in situations in which the pipe ends are subject to movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Brico Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Y. Bridges
  • Patent number: 4664426
    Abstract: A retaining piece 6 is urged against a pipe A by a push bolt 5, which has an inclined engagement surface 20 in forced engagement with a complementarily inclined engagement surface 16 of a push bolt insertion hole 14. When the pipe A experiences a force tending to dislocate it, the piece 6 is turned such that a ridge-like edge 25 formed at the bottom 23 of the piece 6 wedges into the pipe A, thus preventing the dislocation of the pipe A. The bottom 23 of the piece 6 and also ridge-like edges 24 and 25 formed at the bottom have curved shapes conforming to the outer periphery of the pipe A, so that the edges 24 and 25 can be readily in close contact with the pipe outer periphery. The piece 6 is retained in a ring body 4 by a retainer 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Kanto Chuutetsu Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noboru Ueki
  • Patent number: 4657146
    Abstract: A series of laterally spaced elongated inverted T-shaped bars are coupled together at opposite ends by transversely extending hollow tubes projecting within thin wall tube clamps fixed to the upper surface of the bars at respective ends to form a printed circuit board carrier or rack. The clamps may be loosened for spreading the inverted T-shaped support bars to conform to the width of the printed circuit board whose edges lie adjacent a slotted spline or rail with the edges of the board supported by the base of the inverted T-shaped bars. Alternatively, the plurality of printed circuit boards may be inserted within aligned transverse slots within the splines. Headed bolts projecting upwardly through the ends of the bar, each bear a nut for clamping the thin wall tube clamp onto the top of the base portion of the bars on the ends remote from the spline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Inventor: Richard Walters
  • Patent number: 4653776
    Abstract: A safety joint for a control umbilical which separates the umbilical and severs internal control hoses when a predetermined tension is exceeded. The control hoses are severed by opposing cutting edges on mating slots formed by an inner cutting tube and an outer cutting tube which separate when the sfety joint separates. The safety joint can be installed at any point along the control umbilical without cutting the control hoses during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Multiflex International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Borg
  • Patent number: 4653650
    Abstract: A rack for supporting wafers has a pair of parallel struts with kerfs therealong for supporting the wafers. A dummy wafer is attached to the struts near each end of the struts to connect the struts structurally as the rack and serve as rack-handling handles. The dummy wafers are parallel to the adjacent kerfs and thus the wafers therein and dimensioned similarly to the wafers for providing favorable gas and heat distribution when a wafer loaded rack is placed in a furnace. This adapts the rack for diffusion treatment of semiconductor wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Heraeus Quarzschmelze GmbH
    Inventor: Karl A. Schulke
  • Patent number: 4652020
    Abstract: A pipework junction (10, 11) has internal insulation to limit the effect of thermal shock in the form of a two part (14, 15) internal sleeve in which the parts of the sleeve are joined (34) and are, for the most part of their external surfaces, spaced from the junction by a small clearance (20) adequate to ensure that they do not lock to the junction when subjected to thermal shock. Piston rings (62) may be provided to restrain flow along the small clearance and the sleeve may be stabilized in the junction by having an expanded part (63) engaging a recess (64), which also serves to restrain flow along the small clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: National Nuclear Corporation Limited
    Inventor: John E. Gilroy
  • Patent number: 4650227
    Abstract: Arrangements for maintaining an annular sealing gasket in some predetermined position intermediate and substantially coaxial with opposed annular sealing beads extending axially from each of a pair of coupling components. One disclosed arrangement comprises a retainer element having an annular end wall and a cylindrical side wall which define a cavity for closely receiving a flat annular gasket. A plurality of axial retaining legs facilitate retainer mounting to one of the coupling members so that the gasket is captured in the retainer cavity substantially coaxial with the one coupling member and with the associated sealing bead engaging one of the gasket faces. In a second arrangement, a plurality of axial retaining legs are formed integrally with the gasket member. The legs are positioned circumferentially about the gasket for engaging the one coupling member coaxial with the associated sealing bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Cajon Company
    Inventors: Gerald A. Babuder, Jeffrey L. Weigl
  • Patent number: 4634091
    Abstract: The invention uses a laser frame which has a central opening about its sensing axis. There is a structural support member in the shape of two substantially conical frustums attached together at their largest diameter portions, with their axes coaxial, and attached to the periphery of the central opening of the frame. The support member is slotted with axially and radially directed slots to form therebetween axially and radially directed struts. The struts have surfaces at their smallest diameter portions for attachment to a post member. The angles of the frustums and the struts are such that when the support member is attached to a post member, thermal expansion of such post member would produce substantially pure bending of the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred L. Butler
  • Patent number: 4632437
    Abstract: A pipe coupling, suitable for manufacture entirely of plastics material, for any diameter of pipe and internal pressure, has a gripping ring housed in a socket with projections extending through apertures in the socket and terminating in camming portions, which cooperate with camming portions inside a sleeve rotatable on the socket to cause the gripping ring to be urged inwards into gripping contact with a pipe inserted into the socket, which also houses a sealing ring for effecting sealing between the inserted pipe and the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventors: Anthony R. Robson, George M. Marsden
  • Patent number: 4629225
    Abstract: A pipe joint especially suited for coupling two high strength, corrosion resistant pipes. The box end is expanded by a cold working operation thereby eliminating metallurgical problems and changes associated with hot working operations. A sleeve is nested into the internal transition section of the box end to form a sealing surface between the two pipes. Moreover, the sleeve presents a smooth uninterrupted, internal flow surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Inco Alloys International, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Rowsey
  • Patent number: 4627647
    Abstract: A feedthrough assembly for a conduit has, as is known, a wall formed with a throughgoing passage extending along an axis and having a radially inwardly directed wall surface. An elastomeric adapter sleeve has an outer surface complementarily radially outwardly engaging the wall surface, an inner surface snugly surrounding and engaging a conduit passing axially through the passage, and an axially backwardly open and annular groove between the surfaces and of a predetermined radial width in a relaxed condition of the sleeve. A tightening ring of a radial dimension greater than the width of the groove fits so tightly in the groove as to press the sleeve radially outward against the surface of the passage and inward against the conduit. The ring is formed of at least two similar sector-shaped ring parts having the same radius of curvature as the groove and having ends provided with angularly interfitting formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Inventor: Werner Hauff
  • Patent number: 4627648
    Abstract: A saddle joint assembly is disclosed which comprises a branch pipe and a main pipe disposed at right angles to one another, the main pipe having a hole through its wall facing one end of the branch pipe, the assembly including a saddle joint interconnecting the pipes. The latter joint has a branch pipe insertion part and a main pipe connecting part coaxial with the insertion part, the parts defining an inward shoulder therebetween and the connecting part being mounted in the wall hole of the main pipe while the branch pipe is mounted in the insertion part. The connecting part has bolt passages that extend between the shoulder and its outer end. An equal number of L-shaped anchor bolts, each having a stem portion threaded at one end and a bent portion at the other end are provided, the stem portions extending through the bolt passages while the threaded ends project above the inward shoulder, the bent ends facing the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: Uroplast Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Montpetit
  • Patent number: 4626134
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for withdrawing existing outdated water pipe provides a frame assembly for mounting in a first shaft excavated at the water pipe. The frame includes a ram for inserting and withdrawing rod sections from the water pipe. A head assembly for mounting on the rods includes leaf spring centering devices and a plurality of single tooth dogs spring biased outwardly. When inserted into the existing pipe, the dogs spring outwardly so that the teeth engage a radially end face at the far end of a pipe section so the pipe section and head can be withdrawn. A severing device for clamping and fracturing a portion of the pipe withdrawn into the shaft is positioned adjacent a front face of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Martin Coumont
  • Patent number: 4616858
    Abstract: A flexible pipe coupling for the end portions of two pipes has an elastic sleeve whose open ends receive the end portions of the pipes and which has a centrally located partition extending from its internal surface and abutting against the end faces of the inserted pipes. The partition is flanked by two internal grooves which are formed in the internal surface and are flanked by annular surfaces sloping inwardly toward the partition. The external surface of the sleeve has a centrally located outer groove and is surrounded by a split ring forming part of a clamp and having apertured lugs extending outwardly from the two end portions of the ring to be moved nearer to each other by a bolt and nut assembly whose shank extends through the apertures so that the sleeve is compressed and its internal surface sealingly engages the external surfaces of the pipes. The split ring has a corrugation which extends into the outer groove of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: Rasmussen GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Sauer
  • Patent number: 4615447
    Abstract: Holding rods (4) are mounted to swing on a supporting device (1 to 3), the upper end portion (4.1) of which rods is inclined upwards at an angle .alpha. between and to the horizontal. On each of these upper end portions (4.1) there can be put a coat hanger (5), which is intended to receive a garment to be displayed. For this purpose the coat hanger (5) is provided with a reception opening (9), which is formed along one of the two carrier arms (5.1), in its interior. The end portion (4.1) is provided with a circumferential latching groove (42), in which the bolt (46) of a locking device (10) is intended to engage, when the coat hanger (5) has been fully pushed onto the holding rod (4) up to an end abutment (49). The coat hanger (5), together with the garment on it, can only be removed from the holding rod (4) after unbolting of the locking device (10) has been effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Protoned B.V.
    Inventor: Herbert Walter