Patents Examined by Francis J. Bartuska
  • Patent number: 4122978
    Abstract: A pressurized dispensing package includes a container in which the product to be dispensed and a gaseous propellant are stored. The product is dispensed through a discharge passage that extends from a control valve to a terminal orifice. A plural passage flow control member is disposed in the discharge passage. Each passage of the flow control member has a flow dimension in the range of one to one hundred microns and the length of the flow control member several times the passage flow dimension so that a significant pressure drop occurs across the flow control member as the product flows through the member. The total flow area of the flow control passages disposed in the discharge passage is greater than the area of the terminal orifice but less than fifty percent of the area of the discharge passage in which the flow control member is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1978
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Ronald N. Guimond, Harold R. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4121738
    Abstract: Apparatus for the continuous feeding of plural liquids in separate streams of adjustable quantity and ratio, comprises a drive unit that drives a main pump, and that also drives at least one secondary pump. The drive unit has an oscillating or reciprocating movement, and so the pumps are piston pumps or oscillating vane-type pumps. The stroke of the secondary pump or pumps may be selectively shortened without shortening that of the main pump, so as to predetermine the proportions of the liquids to each other. The system is particularly applicable for the feeding of separate streams of synthetic resins by the main pump, and the associated hardeners, catalysts, accelerators or other auxiliary liquids by the secondary pump or pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Muanyagipari Kutato Intezet
    Inventor: Gyorgy Virag
  • Patent number: 4121536
    Abstract: A demand feed and moistening apparatus is adapted to advance successive gummed labels from a stack to a ready position at a label dispensing station from which each label may be readily manually withdrawn and thereby moistened. Thereafter the next label in said stack is automatically advanced to said ready position and remains in this position until it also is manually removed. The use of such a label dispensing and moistening arrangement greatly facilitates the manual grasping of successive moistened labels and the application thereof to items that are to labeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Pitney-Bowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Chamberlain, Richard B. Smith
  • Patent number: 4121643
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire and wheel rim assembly comprises a one-piece wheel rim comprising a pair of annular flanges, inwardly of the outboard rim flange a bead seat adjacent and axially inwardly of which is a circumferential notch, a center portion of diameter substantially equal to the diameter of the bead seat, a well wide enough to accept a single tire bead adjacent the inboard rim flange and a blanking member blanking off said well and acting as at least a part of a bead seat for the inboard bead of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Dunlop Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Holmes
  • Patent number: 4121639
    Abstract: A tire and wheel construction for vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, farm equipment, etc., which includes a wheel comprised of inner and outer disc portions, bolted together in their central portions, a rim portion formed in two annular, opposed half sections from the respective disc portions, and an outwardly turned flange from the outer periphery of each rim half section. The tire comprises an inner annular wall, including opposed, annular edge projections, configurated for clamped engagement between the rim flanges, an outer annular tread wall and opposed side walls, integrally connecting between the inner and tread walls to define a completely enclosed annular chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Inventor: Avelino Fernandez
  • Patent number: 4121722
    Abstract: An improved unit counter, which includes a bottom tray having two adjoining upstanding sides secured thereto, provides an included angle of 60.degree. to define a first corner in which a plurality of generally rounded pills or the like may be nested in such a manner to form an equilateral triangle of pills. A third upstanding side is secured to the bottom and adjoins one of the first two sides to provide an included angle of 90.degree. defining a second corner in which a plurality of generally oblong capsules or the like may be nested. A fourth upstanding side is secured to the bottom and adjoins the third side and converges towards the first side but remains spaced apart to provide an opening through which the pills or capsules contained within the tray may be poured therefrom. A storage area is included to retain the surplus of pills or capsules over and above a desired amount counted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Inventor: Meyer Sussman
  • Patent number: 4120336
    Abstract: A traction device having a base that attaches to the wheel of a vehicle and a shaft projecting from the base has a moveable member on the shaft that forces a traction member to cover a portion of the tire tread when extra traction is desired, as in ice and snow. The traction member may be attached either to the base, in which case the moveable member pushes against it to radially spread it, or to the moveable member itself, in which case the device is moved toward the tire and spread at the time it is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Inventor: William C. Baskall
  • Patent number: 4120422
    Abstract: A system for storing and transporting flat board-like elements of predetermined thickness, such as printed circuit boards, comprising a rack for storing and transporting the boards and apparatus for feeding boards to and removing boards from the rack. The rack comprises a plurality of upright partition members mounted on a frame in a uniformly spaced relation so as to define a plurality of side-by-side stalls each of a width adequate to accommodate a board-like element in an upright storage position. Supports associated with the partitions support a plurality of board-like elements in the stalls so that the rack can be moved without the board-like elements falling off. The elements are edgewise accessible in the stalls and a pivoted body member is on the rack in a novel manner which enables it to function as a ratcheting apparatus movable successively from stall to stall for the purpose of moving the elements therein in directions to facilitate removal thereof from the stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Propst, Paul L. Propst
  • Patent number: 4120424
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing pump is disclosed and is powerable by pressurized fluid intermittently applied to the pump, the pump has a pumping chamber, a pressurizing chamber, a movable member for transferring pressure to the pumping chamber, a fluid conduit to the pressurizing chamber for applying pressure to the pump, a valve in the conduit for preventing reverse flow of fluid and an open drain in fluid communication with the pressurizing chamber; any fluid used to power the pump is exhausted out of the drain both during and after pumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: The Cornelius Company
    Inventor: Alfred E. Zygiel, deceased
  • Patent number: 4120427
    Abstract: A powder dispersing device having an open ended container adapted to contain a powder, a diaphragm movable toward and away from the open end of the container whereby the powder is agitated and air is caused to flow into an annular outlet passage, there being venturi openings between the interior of the container and the outlet passage whereby the powder is sucked into the outlet passage and caused to flow outwardly therefrom in the form of a powder-in-air dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Republic Tool & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: John W. McRoskey, Leonard H. McRoskey, Delbert D. Swartz
  • Patent number: 4120392
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a coil spring feeding apparatus comprising a plurality of elongated magazines supported by a frame in parallel relation to each other and each including a bottom and a discharge end, a conveyor assembly extending transversely of and adjacent to the discharge ends of the magazines for receiving the endmost coil springs from the magazines and for transporting the coil springs transversely of and away from the magazine ends, which conveyor includes a pair of spaced, parallel endless belts each having a top surface and supported for intermittent travel transversely of the magazine ends, an elongated platform having and upper surface, a cylinder for locating the platform, during belt movements, in a lower position with the platform upper surface beneath the belt top surfaces, and for locating the platform between belt movements, in a raised position, and a transfer device for withdrawing the endmost coil springs from the magazines and for transferring the endmost coil springs onto the conveyor
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Frank L. Wells Company
    Inventor: Helmut Sturm
  • Patent number: 4119264
    Abstract: A container divider is described which is formed from a single blank of foldable sheet material. The divider is adapted to be used with containers for storage of tubular materials which are to be retained in a curved configuration during storage. Additionally, the divider and container assembly provide a dispensing container for unitary dispensation of the tubular articles. The divider can be automatically set up for insertion in the container by a simple folding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Assignee: Will Ross, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4119192
    Abstract: A completely mechanical coin mechanism for newspaper dispensing racks and the like embodies a coin slide which is activated by a door operated lever when proper coins are utilized, movement of the slide being positively blocked by a system of overhead gravity biased pawls when improper or faulty coins are used so that the rack door cannot be pulled open. The system of pawls can detect in all cases whether a proper or improper combination of coins has been inserted in the mechanism by a customer. The entire mechanism is characterized by simplicity and ruggedness of construction as well as reliability of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Inventor: Paul G. Hickman
  • Patent number: 4114780
    Abstract: This device is a container for dispensing new industrial razor blades and for receiving used razor blades for later disposal. It consists principally of a vertical blade compartment. A large stack of new blades may be inserted therein, which has a floating divider for the new blades, used blades being inserted through a slot adjacent the top and adding their weight to the floating divider, thus insuring that the bottom new blade of the stack will be in alignment with a blade dispensing slot in a side wall. A blade ejector is located in a lower sub-compartment and has a blade ejecting finger extending up through a slot in the bottom of the blade compartment in a position to be manually operated against the bottom new blade to eject it. At the top, there is a removable roof super compartment having a slit in its top for inserting the corner of a dulled used blade, so it can be manually broken off to provide a new sharp cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: Shaul Sharon
  • Patent number: 4113144
    Abstract: A syringe of the slide piston pump type is adapted to overcome a pressure resistance at its outlet as may be provided, for instance, by a filter in communication with the outlet and through which the syringe is to pump a medium, particularly a liquid medium, for filtration. The syringe comprises a cylinder containing a piston, and a piston rod. The piston rod is fixed to a second piston sliding within a longitudinal bore in the first-mentioned piston. The bore and the second piston cooperate to define an air-filled pressure chamber connected to a cylinder chamber, defined by the first piston and the cylinder, by a valve. Inward movement of the piston rod produces an over-pressure (e.g. 16 atmospheres) in the pressure chamber to open the valve to apply the over-pressure to the liquid or other medium in the cylinder chamber to overcome the pressure resistance of the filter and enable the liquid to be forced through the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hein, Peter Grundmann, Claus Cosack
  • Patent number: 4113141
    Abstract: A device, and method for assembling same, is disclosed for the itemized dispensing of tabs having an adhesive coating on one side thereof, which tabs are polygonally shaped and obliquely, releasably mounted on a rolled strip of backing material. The device comprises a roll of such tabs disposed within a box having one side thereof with a triangularly shaped opening in its lower end. The triangular opening is defined by the box edge adjacent the opening and the lower side edge, which intersects the box edge at the angle of obliquity at which the tabs are disposed on the backing strip. As the backing strip is drawn through the opening, the leading edge of a tab will be exposed free and clear of the box edge, and the entire tab will be exposed free and clear of the lower side edge, whereby the tab may be peeled from the backing strip. As the leading edge of a tab is exposed free and clear of the lower box edge, one, and only one, entire tab is exposed exterior of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Assignee: Nortronics Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Mervin B. Kronfeld
  • Patent number: 4111332
    Abstract: A small-article receiving hopper is mounted on the upper surface of an inclined support and is rotated by connection with the drive shaft of a motor projecting through the support. The disk-like bottom of the hopper is undercut to form a circumferential series of radial and angularly spaced article receiving slots with the innermost end of the slots in overlying relation with respect to an outlet opening formed in the support. A centralized electrical control means controls operation of a selected motor hopper of a plurality of motors, each associated with a different hopper for dispensing different drugs. The motor of the selected hopper is rotated until a desired number of pills is dispensed and is then stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Inventors: Kerney J. Hurst, Walter G. Pearson
  • Patent number: 4109826
    Abstract: A container and dispensing package comprising an outer carton, an inner wrapper and an expendable tray. The outer carton comprises an enclosure to house the inner wrapper and expandable tray containing cube sticks of foodstuffs such as butter. The expandable tray comprises a single or unitary cardboard member folded to form a plurality of separate substantially U-shaped compartments of troughs. The inner wrapper is attached to the rear of the outer carton such that light pulling of the outer flap by the user pulls the expandable tray out of the carton in an accordion-like fashion leaving the cube sticks on the floors of the troughs whose sides or partitions have fallen away. Retainers are formed by cutting away portions of adjacent partitions to form flaps which lie against the top of the outer carton and act as guards to prevent the cube sticks from sticking to the inner wrapper so that they won't tumble out of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Leo V. Maisonneuve
  • Patent number: 4108231
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wheel having two staggered rows of surface-gripping, radially-yielding feet. When the wheel encounters an obstacle, a spring compresses, thereby permitting the feet to deflect and absorb shock that would have otherwise been imparted to the vehicle. While travelling on a smooth surface, the feet deflect an amount depending upon the load carried by the wheel. Since the shock absorbing spring is recessed in a cavity in the foot, the distance that a foot can deflect is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Leonard J. Holchuk
  • Patent number: 4108333
    Abstract: An article vendor, particularly for food products such as sandwiches, salads, lunch platters and dessert items, wherein the articles are stocked on endless belt conveyors extending in rear-to-front direction in a cabinet having a front window for merchandising display of the articles. The conveyors are arranged in tiers one above another and side by side in each tier, and the vendor includes an elevator movable up and down at the front of the conveyors for receiving an article from any one (or more) of the conveyors and transporting it to a delivery station. Upon selection by a purchaser of an article on a particular conveyor, the elevator is raised to the level of the tier which includes the selected conveyor, and that conveyor is indexed forward one step to dispense the forward article therefrom on to the elevator, after which the elevator is lowered to the delivery station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: UMC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard P. Falk, Robert L. Stadler, James R. Alford