Patents Examined by Eileen Dunn Lillis
  • Patent number: 6758630
    Abstract: A snow and ice melting system for roads including a system of heating coils disposed below an upper surface of a roadway. The system of coils are arranged in a serpentine configuration whereby a majority of a surface area of the roadway is in contact with the heating coils. A system of laser heaters are disposed within side surfaces of curbs of the roadway in a spaced relationship. The laser heaters direct a ray of heat over the upper surface of the roadway. A weather sensitive activation sensor is secured to a top surface of a traffic light. The activation sensor is in communication with the system of heating coils and the system of laser heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Marlene Vega
  • Patent number: 6186703
    Abstract: An improved method and system for attaching a welded wire grid-work panel to a plurality of face panels of a retaining wall. The method first begins by providing a plurality of stackable face panels, each face panel having a plurality of anchor links fixed within a back portion of the face panels. Each of the anchor links forms a vertical loop extending outwardly generally perpendicular to the back portion of the face panels. Additionally, each anchor link includes two legs extending laterally from each anchor link within the face panel. Next, a first tier of the face panels is disposed at the bottom of the embankment being erected. Soil is then back-filled behind the first tier of panels to a level of the anchor links disposed within the first tier of face panels. A welded wire grid-work panel, which extends perpendicularly from the back portion of the face panels into a soil embankment, is positioned so that a plurality of wire loops at the edge of the grid-work panel aligns with the vertical loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Shaw Technologies
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6179523
    Abstract: A method for installing an offshore pipeline is disclosed in which the inner and outer pipes are structurally connected at a terminal end of a pipe-in-pipe flowline and centralizers are placed in the annulus to provide lateral support and maintain concentricity between the two pipes and to prevent buckling of the inner pipe. The working end of the pipeline is suspended under construction in a substantially vertical position within slips at the weld floor of a J-lay installation barge and sections of inner and outer pipe are added. Inner pipe is added by sections by grasping and orienting the section of inner pipe to a vertical position and the section is brought into abutting position with the inner pipe at the working end of the pipeline under construction, welded in place, and the weld is coated with an arc resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Carl Gottlieb Langner, Ronald Marshall Bass
  • Patent number: 6176551
    Abstract: A compact, easily transportable, surface preparation apparatus which includes a surface treatment unit having a cutter drum powered by its own power source. The apparatus includes transport/support wheels and a tow bar preferably interconnected at each end, of the surface treatment unit the rearward connection being a pivotal connection. The surface treatment unit has a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis, with the longitudinal axis perpendicular to the towing direction and the transverse axis coincident with the towing direction. The cutter drum has a rotational axis and is contained within the surface treatment unit and arranged such that the rotational axis is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the surface treatment unit. The cutter drum is off-set relative to the transverse axis of the surface treatment unit such that the cutter drum operates at one end of the surface treatment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: James H. Page
  • Patent number: 6149346
    Abstract: A drawing device 4 is mounted in a drawing shaft 3, and pipe replacement device A connected with new pipes is arranged on the side of starting shaft 2, wherein the drawing device 4 and the pipe replacement device A is connected through pull-rods 5 inserted into existing pipes with each other. The pipe replacement device A is comprised of a cutting part 11 including cutter bodies 14 (shanks 14a to 14i) arranged in the axial direction and at angular intervals in the circumferential direction, an expanding part 12 having expanding rollers 18a to 18f, and a connecting part 13. Each cutter body 14 has a plurality of cutting edges, wherein distances between the respective cutting edges and the center of the circle become larger in order from the forward side toward the backward side. While the pipe replacement device A is traveled in the inside of cast iron pipes, the inner wall of cast iron pipes is cut by the cutter bodies 14 to form grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignees: Toho Gas Co., Ltd., Kabushiki Kaisha Isekikaihatsukohki
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Takamatsu, Takayuki Kurobe, Toshio Hirai, Toshio Akesaka
  • Patent number: 6145934
    Abstract: A method comprising a step to form a hole (2) for charging a breaking substance (4) into an object to be fractured (1), a step to insert a pair of electrodes (6) having a thin metal wire (5) connected between ends thereof into the hole (2), a step to dispose the breaking substance (4) and the thin metal wire (5) into a bag-like container (22) made of rubber at a stage to supply electric energy accumulated in a capacitor to the electrodes (6) for fusing and vaporizing the thin metal wire (5), thereby swelling a volume of the breaking substance (4) and breaking the object to be fractured (1), and a step to fit the bag-like container (22) into the hole (2). This method assures secure transmission of an expansion force to the object to be fractured even when the hole formed in the object to be fractured is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Arai, Hidehiko Maehata, Tetsuya Inoue, Tsuyoshi Kato, Hiroyuki Daiku
  • Patent number: 6139112
    Abstract: A continuous type mining machine which includes a pair of articulated support arms extending forwardly from a self-propelled chassis and rotatably carrying a transverse drive shaft divided into two half-shafts, on which a central drum between the two arms, and an end drum beyond each arm, are mounted, the drums being provided externally with a plurality of replaceable mineral cutter picks, and with a plurality of water spray nozzles, and also having a water supply network to the nozzles. The machine includes a third support arm, which incorporates a water supply, located between the pair of articulated support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignees: Minnovation Limited, Kennametal, Inc.
    Inventor: George Albert Parrott
  • Patent number: 6138387
    Abstract: A portable and ice resurfacing device including an integrally constructed body having a first upper reservoir capable of storing a volume of water. A water dispensing bar extends in a generally horizontal and lengthwise fashion and is mounted within an open and lower-most location of the body proximate an ice-covered surface. A handle extends from the body and is capable of being grasped by a user to translate the body across the ice-covered surface in a drag-along fashion. The water dispensing bar is in fluid communication with the stored volume of water and is separated by a flow valve. The flow valve is actuated by a lever secured to the handle and a cable extending from the lever to the flow valve to dispense the volume of water at a specified flow rate upon the ice-covered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventors: Paul G. Fox, Louis H. Fox
  • Patent number: 6138752
    Abstract: The invention is a method to determine stress within a formation, the method comprising the steps of: providing a closed reference pressure volume within the formation; providing a flexible diaphragm which can be exposed on one side to formation, and on the other side to the closed reference pressure volume; providing a switch wherein the switch generates a signal based on the diaphragm being in a position indicative of the diaphragm being flexed by pressure on one side of the diaphragm being greater than pressure on the other side of the diaphragm; cycling a pressure within the reference pressure volume to between a pressure at which a signal is generated and a pressure at which a signal is not generated; and determining the formation stress as the pressure at which the signal changes. Another aspect of the invention is the apparatus useful in this method. The switch is preferably an electrical contact that is activated by movement of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Ronald Marshall Bass, Arthur William Galloway, II
  • Patent number: 6132140
    Abstract: A water dam includes a number of loading pallets arranged side-by-side and inclined outward from the water supported by supports. Membranes are placed on loading pallets and extend a distance in front of the pallets under the water. The membranes may be held down in the front edge by stones, sand bags, etc. initially to hold the membrane in place. The supports are triangular and made of U-shaped sheet metal beams. The one on which the pallets rest grips over the adjoining legs of two loading pallets to hold these together. To the rear the support is extended sufficient to secure that it cannot be tilted by the water. To achieve this and achieve a good grip on the ground the inclination is preferably 45.degree., resulting in great vertical forces on the ground, a good grip on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Sten Kullberg
  • Patent number: 6129486
    Abstract: A pipe pulling and pushing apparatus and method of operation, which apparatus includes a spring-loaded wedge device seated in a driving apparatus and fitted to a rod or pipe for forcing the rod or pipe beneath a road, pipeline or other barrier where trenching is not feasible. The spring-loaded wedge is characterized by a housing which receives a coil spring positioned to intermittently engage a wedge defined by wedge segments collectively having a rod bore and teeth for selectively gripping the rod or pipe when the spring is fully extended, and releasing the rod or pipe when the spring is compressed. Repetitive gripping and releasing of the rod or pipe by the wedge is effected responsive to operation of the driving apparatus to incrementally drive the rod or pipe through the terrain beneath the barrier. The spring-loaded wedge can also be positioned on the rod or pipe in the driving apparatus to pull the rod or pipe through the terrain beneath the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Samuel W. Putnam
  • Patent number: 6129163
    Abstract: A flightless rock auger For drilling postholes through rock without the use of hydraulic pressure. The rock auger has a plurality of teeth extending downwardly at a selected angle from the edge of a cylinder connected to a quick connect shaft. The rock auger is utilized for drilling through rock and used in combination with a conventional flighted auger used for drilling postholes in dirt and clay. During a posthole drilling operation, the rock auger is substituted for the flighted auger as needed for drilling through and remove rock or other hard material such as concrete fron the posthole. The rock auger is designed for use at very low revolutions per minute and utilizes only the weight of the auger and shaft and does not require any additional hydraulic pressure for cutting a circular hole through the rock and forming a plug which is to be lodged in the cavity of the rock auger cylinder to be removed from the posthole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Gary Hamilton, Charles Hamilton
  • Patent number: 6126361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for installing a fluid dispenser (10) in a submerged relation in wastewater of a wastewater chamber (14). The fluid dispenser (10) is secured to a bracket (44) which slides along a vertical post (32) in the wastewater to a desired depth at which a stop (46) positions and blocks further sliding movement of the bracket (44) and fluid dispenser (10). Fluid dispenser (10) and sliding bracket (44) move downwardly from the upper end of post (32) and when sliding bracket (44) hits the stop (46), bracket (44) and dispenser (10) pivot relative to the post (32) to a desired position and direction of the dispenser (10). Serrated knife edges (100) on propeller (92) cooperate with serrated knife edges (112) on collar (90) on opposed sides of an orifice (106) to cut and remove any solid particles obstructing the orifice (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Jack C. Gardiner
  • Patent number: 6122848
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive type working vehicle, with speedy responsiveness in an excavating operation, includes: a pouring changeover valve (10), which is switchable between (a) a pouring position, wherein pressurized oil of a travel hydraulic circuit (5) is poured into a working machine hydraulic circuit (8), and (b) a shutoff position, wherein the travel hydraulic circuit (5) and the working machine hydraulic circuit (8) are isolated from each other; a first changeover valve (16), which is switchable from its shutoff position to its communicating position when the oil pressure of the travel hydraulic circuit (5) exceeds a predetermined oil pressure; a pouring command switch (14); and a second changeover valve (17), which is connected in series with the first changeover valve (16) and which is switchable from its shutoff position to its communicating position upon receipt of a pouring command from the pouring command switch (14); and wherein the pouring changeover valve (10) is switchable to the pouring position whe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Fukuda, Hiroaki Inoue, Nobuo Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 6122789
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger boarding bridge includes a cab portion which can slide laterally and includes retractable floor members to allow a single bridge system to be used for both commuter aircraft and jet airplanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignees: Johnnie C. Telford, Richard Lamont Telford
    Inventors: Jon Stephenson, Richard Telford
  • Patent number: 6120213
    Abstract: A diver's buoyancy control device (BCD) comprises a jacket configured to be worn by a diver. The jacket includes a back portion for overlying a diver's back and a pair of side portions connected to the back portion for overlying the diver's chest. A scuba tank can be releasably connected to the back portion of the jacket. An inflatable bladder is connected to the back portion of the jacket and a mechanism is provided for selectively inflating and deflating the bladder with a pressurized gas from the scuba tank. The base of a shoulder yoke that includes a pair of shoulder straps is adjustably connected to the back portion of the jacket at a plurality of preselected vertical positions for permitting easy and rapid size adjustment. A waist belt has a pair of segments each of which has a rear end that is attached to a corresponding location on a corresponding side of the back portion of the jacket. A first mechanism is provided for releasably coupling a pair of mating forward ends of the waist belt segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Diving Unlimited International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Stinton
  • Patent number: 6119443
    Abstract: A corn harvesting attachment for attachment to a self-propelled harvesting machine such as e.g. a combine harvester is described, which can cut independently of the rows and pick the corn ears off the stalks in order to process them separately from the rest of the plants, for example thresh them out. Picking units are associated with the individual feed regions of the cutter bar, which comprise large conveying discs provided with edge recesses. The cut-off whole plants, which are picked upright, are transferred to the picking units either by means of clearing discs or by the fact that the receiving sections of the picking units enter the circle in which the conveying discs move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: CLAAS Saulgau GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Rauch
  • Patent number: 6113315
    Abstract: In a system for mooring offshore drilling units, a first mooring assembly is installed at a first drilling venue, after which the mobile offshore drilling unit is moored by connection to the mooring lines. A second mooring assembly is installed at a second drilling venue while drilling operations are carried out at the first drilling venue. In this manner the mobile offshore drilling unit can be relocated between successive drilling venues with minimum down time. Less than complete mooring assemblies can be used to temporarily secure the mobile offshore drilling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Aker Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Fulton, Peter George Scott Dove, Gordon R. Wilde, Johannes Jacobus Treu
  • Patent number: 6113317
    Abstract: A retaining wall system and method for stabilizing earthen walls comprises box members assembled together to form a reinforcing wall assembly and anchor mesh connected to the box members and buried within the earthen wall. The box members define an interior cavity and a rear wall that engages the face of the earthen wall. Waste material such as used tires or waste dirt may be placed within the interior chambers of the box members. The anchor mesh is attached to the rear wall to inhibit lateral movement of the reinforcing wall assembly. The box members are connected to the anchor mesh by locking pins that extend through loop portions of the anchor mesh and engage a front face of the wall panels. Anchor bars are connected to the loop portions of the anchor mesh. These anchor bars engage a back face of the box members to control and limit the movement of the box members relative to the anchor mesh as earth is back-filled against the box members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Clinton Charles Myers
  • Patent number: 6112833
    Abstract: The geothermal heat transfer system comprises a plurality of heat exchange loops placed in the ground at an angle of less than a 20 degrees, but greater than a 5 degrees. Each loop has an out flow line and a return line, and a fluid tight, tapered end, U-turn juncture connecting the lines. A pair of distributors connects to inlet and outlet lines at a lower end and a plurality of outlet members at the upper end. A heat exchange device connects to the loops through the inlet and outlet lines. A liquid-oil-gas separator uses cup member and deflector to create a Venturi fluid inlet to separate the oil, returning it to the compressor. A bore hole drilling device comprises an hollow drilling bit with a cutting member at one end, a central fluid passage, and connecting means. The bore hole drilling device has a swivel member with a body portion and housing with a central bore and an inlet, connect to a water line. The body is position within the central bore and mounted for rotational motion within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth W Lambert