Patents Examined by Francis J. Bartuska
  • Patent number: 4211248
    Abstract: A dispensing machine, includes a vat 1. The vat the axis of which is vertical, encloses a slanting disk 2 which is internally tangential thereto along two distinct surfaces: a lower frustum of cone 5, and an upper cylindrical surface 6. The axis of the plate is offset with respect to the axis of the cylinder, in the direction of the highest point 11 of said plate. The coins are dropped in bulk on the lowermost part of the rotating plate, which causes them to rise again and leads them onto a rotating annular rim 7, the latter ejecting the coins according to a common direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventor: Guy Lafon
  • Patent number: 4182392
    Abstract: A protective tire chain having a running section and lateral sections which comprise at least one tensioning device for tensioning the tire chain. The tensioning device is by means of two link members linked to links of the tire chain. These two link members are continuously spring urged toward each other so that the tensioning device continuously tends to assume its shortest overall length and consequently to tighten the chain. The two link members are, however, also movable away from each other against the spring thrust into a position in which the tensioning device has its maximum overall length or at least a considerably greater length than its shortest possible length. The tensioning device is provided with an unlatchable locking device which is operable selectively to lock the tensioning device in its maximum or longer length position to facilitate the mounting of the tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Assignee: Eisen und Drahtwerk Erlau Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Anton Muller
  • Patent number: 4181218
    Abstract: A dispensing container for dispensing premoistened tissues sequentially is moulded as a base and a cap which are snap fitted together, the cap being rotatable on the base to bring into alignment respective apertures in the cap and base side wall in an open position whereby a tissue can be extracted and the cap being rotatable to a closed position in which the apertures are not aligned; the side walls of the container provide the respective apertures in frusto conical wall portions which are urged into contact by interengaging elements on the cap and base permitting relative rotation but opposing relative displacement in the axial direction at least in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Baby Products Company
    Inventor: Raymond W. Cox
  • Patent number: 4181461
    Abstract: Disposable packaging containing a granular product is fed into a trommel by a screw whose discharge end is rigid with a frustoconical member located inside the trommel. The smaller end of the frustoconical member faces the screw. Cutters for releasing the product from the packaging are located at the inlet of the trommel and cooperate with the frustoconical member. The trommel has rakes or spiral members for separating the packaging and the product from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Vibramec S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Jean B. Bernicot
  • Patent number: 4180183
    Abstract: An article vending machine, said machine having an article delivery chute, and an article delivery opening at the lower end of such shute, and a door for closing such opening, in which the improvement comprises a chute closure operable to close the chute and being moveable between chute closing and chute opening positions, and having linkage extending between the door and the chute closure whereby opening of the door automatically procures movement of the chute closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1979
    Inventor: Alois Muller
  • Patent number: 4179051
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a one-piece check valve for use in an applicator tip for fluid substances, or the like, comprises a reed portion and a valve seat portion and an interconnecting integral hinge section, permitting the respective portions to be folded over and engaged in superposed relation. Further, the valve includes a flange segment also preferably formed in halves adjacent the inlet sections of the reed and seat portions. The respective portions are molded as an integral unit, and upon assembly, the respective reed and valve seat portions are folded over at the hinge portion so that the reed portion seats on the seat provided by the valve seat portion, and the flange segment halves abut to form a valve inlet and an abutment shoulder extending outwardly of the inlet for engaging complimentary retaining shoulders, flanges or the like of the applicator or other fluid carrying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1979
    Assignee: Ryder International Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. Thomas
  • Patent number: 4177851
    Abstract: Tendency of a tire bead core to be rotated by the tire ply wrapped around the core, when the tire is expanded from a cylindrical or collapsed state to its normal toroidal operating state, particularly after the tire is cured, is inhibited, or eliminated by arrangement of the ply relative to the bead core which disposes the ply tension force direction at or nearly at the bead core center.The foregoing abstract is not to be taken as limiting the invention of this application, and in order to understand the full nature and extent of the technical disclosure of this application, reference must be made to the accompanying drawing and the following detailed description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1979
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael L. Gill, William M. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 4176670
    Abstract: A storing and feeding device for coins comprises a tube having an end that widens toward the outside, with retainers at the widened end of the tube for retaining the coins. The tube is slidably mounted on a support that has resilient pads that widen the retainers to free the coins. The coins, in turn, have a packaging comprising an opening strip and a sealing flange. The opening strip is accessible from outside the tube through a longitudinal opening in its wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: Systems and Technics S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Repetti
  • Patent number: 4175675
    Abstract: A container and dispensing package comprising an outer carton, an inner wrapper and an opening structure wherein the outer carton comprises an enclosure to house the inner wrapper to contain foodstuffs and the like, the inner wrapper is attached to the outer carton such that light pulling of an outer flap by the user actuates the opening structure to open the outer carton and inner wrapper to permit access to the contents within the container and dispensing package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1979
    Inventor: Leo V. Maisonneuve
  • Patent number: 4174567
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and supplying parallel lead circuit elements that are secured to an elongated web is provided. The apparatus is adapted to supply the parallel lead circuit elements to a mechanism particularly adapted to process and secure the parallel lead electronic circuit elements to a printed circuit board. Storage and supply of the electronic circuit elements is affected by winding each of the webs carrying the parallel lead circuit elements about a reel, which reel is enclosed in a case. The apparatus is adapted to support each of the cases at predetermined positions and further dispose appropriate guiding and feeding structure proximate to each of the cases to effect guiding and feeding of each of the webs to the mechanism for processing and securing the parallel lead electronic circuit elements to a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1979
    Assignee: Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Kamoshida, Keiichi Ihara
  • Patent number: 4174868
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus which is adapted to be connected to a source of compressed air for pneumatically applying material to an object. The apparatus includes a main conduit having one end connected to the source of compressed air, and having an opposite discharge end; a tubular wall having open ends and adapted to contain a quantity of material therewithin; and a piston slidably mounted within the tubular wall. A supply conduit communicates one end of the tubular wall with the main conduit. A pressurizing conduit is arranged to cause pneumatic pressure to be selectively applied to the piston to extrude material through the supply conduit into the main conduit. Such extruded material is propelled along the main conduit by a continuous flow of compressed air therethrough, and is ultimately discharged on to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1979
    Inventor: John M. De Nardo
  • Patent number: 4174048
    Abstract: A tablet retaining and dispensing device of generally cylindrical configuration having a disposable tablet containing cartridge removably attached to one of its ends and an ejector rod mounted within the dispenser that is selectively movable so as to eject not more than a single tablet with each selective movement of the rod. A sanitary cap is removably attached to the tablet ejecting end of the cartridge and includes an integrally formed clip member which serves to retain the dispenser in the pocket of an article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1979
    Inventor: John J. Volpe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4174057
    Abstract: A liquid measuring and dispensing device has a central flow tube sealingly surrounded by a measuring chamber slidable relative to the flow tube so as to bring respective ports in the flow tube and the chamber into register for filling and emptying the chamber through the two ends of the flow tube which form inflow and outflow ducts respectfully, and a shuttle valve within the flow tube and between the ducts and movable with the chamber to isolate the portion of the flow tube between its ports and thereby prevent direct flow along the flow tube between the ducts, the outside diameter of the flow tube surrounding the inlet duct being reduced in diameter so as to provide an air vent for the chamber during emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1979
    Assignee: Sinclair International Bar Services Limited
    Inventor: John A. Emery
  • Patent number: 4173296
    Abstract: A device for mixing and dispensing a flow of liquid concentrated beverage ingredient from a constant volume pump with a pressurized diluent supplied from a source at a preselected flow rate through a flow control device. Diluent flow and liquid concentrate flow intersect and converge into a common fluid passageway which, in turn, flows into a fluid chamber formed by a housing. A tubular spout containing first and second restrictive orifices extends into the chamber formed by the housing and is sealed thereto by a pair of seal rings. The tubular spout can be rotated to a first or second position dependent upon the consistency of the liquid concentrate desired to be dispensed, thereby selectively permitting fluid to flow through the first orifice or both orifices. The unmixed diluent and liquid concentrate in the fluid chamber flow through the orifices and are mixed therein resulting in a homogeneous and uniformly mixed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: Alco Foodservice Equipment Company
    Inventor: William A. Marshall
  • Patent number: 4173244
    Abstract: A vehicle tire chain which will fit different size tires and can be installed without moving the vehicle wheel, a single adjustable tension member acting to accommodate the tire chain to different size tires and wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Inventor: Edwin R. Schultz
  • Patent number: 4171755
    Abstract: The disclosed container for fluids has a pouring spout, the periphery of the container when empty and flat being defined essentially by straight side margins, and top and bottom margins that are curved inward and outward, respectively. A series of containers, formed of strip material, makes efficient use of the strip material by avoiding waste and by realizing a remarkably high ratio of container volume to area of wall material. The disclosed containers have a hang-up tab at the upper end of the container remote from the spout, the container being proportioned to avoid spilling of contents from the spout when the container is suspended by its hang-up tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Inventor: Richard S. Carlisle
  • Patent number: 4171756
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatus for scooping a number of small articles or a small quantity of particulate material from a larger reservoir thereof, the volume of the amount scooped and therefore its quantity being regulated by adjusting the capacity of the scoop. In a preferred example of the invention a number of scoops work simultaneously in separate reservoirs and eject the scoopfuls into a common outlet when they are swept to a packaging point by a swift current of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Assignee: Invicta Plastics Limited
    Inventor: Edward J. Jones-Fenleigh
  • Patent number: 4171758
    Abstract: An actuator for mounting on the end of a pressurized container from which a centrally located, depressible valve stem protrudes. The actuator is characterized by a base surrounding the axis defined by the stem, an actuator tab hinged to the base and extending across the axis to terminate in a finger-depressible free end, a stem-engaging member on the tab which forms with the tab a passageway terminating in a discharge orifice, and a disabling member on the base adjacent the free end and moveable between a locked position blocking tab depression and an unlocked non-blocking position. Other preferred features relate to a hinge attachment of the disabling member to the base, a snappingly engageable catch on the disabling member to engage the tab, a cam on the disabling member to direct the tab upwardly as the disabling member is moved to the locked position, a ledge at the tab free end blocking access to the catch means, and a one-piece construction of the entire structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Corba
  • Patent number: 4171066
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine which selectively delivers a cold stored canned food such as canned coffee, juice, soup and so on as it is or canned food after being heated by an induction heating coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Matsushita Reiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 4170317
    Abstract: A towel-dispensing golf bag insert comprising an elongated tubular container having a central axis, a cap removably mounted to one end of the container, a rod of about the same length as the container and located along the container's central axis, and a base mounted to the end of the rod opposite the cap. The rod is reciprocable along the central axis of the container when the cap is removed and several towels are concentrically wrapped around the shaft of the rod being securely held against the rod as it is reciprocated. The rod further includes several vertically-spaced shelves which operate to separate the towels along the rod and a handle mounted to the end of the rod opposite the base for use in reciprocating the rod within the container. An end plug is also fixedly mounted to the end of the container opposite the cap and the completed towel dispenser is insertable into a conventional golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1979
    Inventor: Stanley F. Fisher