Patents Examined by Gary L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5083704
    Abstract: An automatic trash disposal system (20) employing a trash discharge station (56) located internally of a building structure (22) and having a plurality of dedicated trash disposal ports (60P, 60M, 60G, 60NR) for receipt of different categories of recyclable trash items and/or non-recyclable trash items; a remotely located trash housing (21) exterior of the building structure (22) and housing a plurality of dedicated removable trash receptacles (36, 38, 39, 40); conduits (64P, 64M, 64G, 64NR) coupling the trash disposal ports (60P, 60M, 60G, 60NR) with respective different ones of the remotely located dedicated trash receptacles (36, 38, 39, 40); and, a blower/motor combination (68/79) for drawing a vacuum in the enclosed remotely located trash housing (21) and the conduits (64P, 64M, 64G, 64NR) for vacuum transferal of items of trash inserted into a particular one of the interior trash disposal ports (60P, 60M, 60 G, 60NR) to a particular one of the remotely located dedicated trash receptacles (36, 38, 39, 40
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Inventor: George Rounthwaite
  • Patent number: 5083515
    Abstract: An inexpensive light weight system for attaching, supporting and suspending an item on or from a host surface without the need for tools to secure said item. The system comprises: (1) a base member attached to a host surface, the base member having a means for receiving a removable spacer member; (2) the spacer member having a first end for manually securing to the base and a second end opposite the first end which is provided with a means for receiving a coupling means, the spacer member being capable of damping vibrational energy originating with the host surface; and (3) the coupling means for manually attaching the item to the second end of the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Seksaria, Henry Burgert, James D. Klingensmith
  • Patent number: 5083332
    Abstract: A hospital bed has a frame mounted on a base. Articulating head, seat and leg patient support panels are mounted on the frame. Side guards are mounted on the panels. Patient support panels have longitudinal edges that are collapsible to narrow the bed for transporting a patient. The side guards are inwardly movable to contribute to the narrowing of the bed while still protecting the patient from falling out of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Dale Foster, James H. Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 5083331
    Abstract: A mobile patient support system includes a table plate, a support column for supporting the table plate and a transport carriage for transporting the table plate. Two pin-shaped connecting elements arranged on the table plate are receivable in complementary pin receivers of the support column for connection therewith. The table plate is transferrable by relative motion between the transport carriage and the support column from the support column to the transport carriage and the reverse. The table plate and the support column on one hand are provided with latching means and the table plate and the support column on the other hand are likewise supplied with latching means for exchangeable engagement with one another. On each connecting element are at least two latching members supported for movement between a latching position and a free position, and during the transfer process they are simultaneously insertable in a pin receiver of the column and a pin receiver of the transfer carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Stierlen-Maquet AG
    Inventors: Eberhard Schnelle, Reinhard Pfeuffer
  • Patent number: 5081792
    Abstract: A guide attached to a vehicle window slides along a slotted vertical track and is pulled by a cable to raise and lower the window. A pulley-like cable holder is rotatably mounted on the guide and the cable is wrapped on the holder to impose a rotational moment on the holder. The holder carries a pin which rides in the track slot to prevent rotation during window raising and lowering so that only vertical movement occurs. A lateral slot arm extending from the slot receives the pin when the window is fully raised and allows the holder to rotate. A cam responsive to the holder rotation moves the window horizontally to or from its outer closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Wickes Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Mark fA. Huebner
  • Patent number: 5082171
    Abstract: A book return is disclosed which has a book storage container which has a support structure. A collapsible container has an upper peripheral edge which is affixed to the upper edge of the support structure. An elastic cord provides support between a first attachment point located at the bottom of the collapsible container and a second attachment point located on the support structure and spaced from the first attachment point so that the collapsible container is held in a substantially collapsed condition when the container is empty and expands to substantially fill the volume defined by the support structure as additional books are added. The book return also has a casement which defines a door compartment having a frontal access opening and a rear discharge opening. A sector-shaped door has a book guide surface and is attached to the casing about a horizontally-pivoted axis. A gate is pivotally attached to the rear of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Highsmith Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall J. Homel, Jeffrey R. Swagel
  • Patent number: 5081855
    Abstract: A slide fastener lock assembly comprises a slider pull tab having an engaging pin and a lock having a locking lug releasably engageable therewith. The lock has a latch movable toward and away from the locking lug to lock and unlock the pull tab. A lock tumbler is rotatable by a key to releasably lock the latch with the engaging pin. The pull tab and the lock can be joined together simply by flipping the pull tab down with its aperture fitted over the locking lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Terada, Yoshiyuki Horita
  • Patent number: 5081852
    Abstract: An article of jewelry, namely a bracelet having a band containing plurality of individualized transparent compartments with removable transparent windows for displaying on the wrist numerous pictures, photographs, or other decorative or useful items. Further, the windows of the compartments are easily interchangeable and may be transparent, flat, convex for magnification, or some other suitable design. The invention constitutes a multipurpose and easily customized bracelet. Also the inner wall of the band is transparent to permit display of photographs or pictures back-to-back on both sides of the bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Michael F. Cox
  • Patent number: 5082232
    Abstract: An apparatus for linking a cable to an object comprising a first element having a first channel passing therethrough which receives a connector that fixedly links the first element to the object. The first element also has a second channel passing therethrough which intersects the first channel and through which the cable extends. In addition, the apparatus is comprised of a blocker disposed in the first channel for preventing the connector from being removed. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes a second element having a chamber, and a third channel passing therethrough and intersecting the chamber such that the chamber can receive the first element, and the second channel and third channel align so the cable can extend through the first element and the second element by way of the second channel and third channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Minatronics Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin P. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5081725
    Abstract: A padded rail arrangement used in combination with a common water bed characterized as selectively detachable pad sections having a longitudinal cut-out undersurface adapted to be received on the upper portions of the rails defining the framework of the water bed. The invention is presented in two basic forms, to-wit, where, in one form, a pad section is adapted to continuously define a corner section of the water bed framework and, in another form, the corners of the water bed framework are exposed or uncovered. An independent mitered corner pad section utilizing the longitudinal cut-out undersurface is also presented. The pad section is typically covered by material for durability and appearance purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Eric J. Neese
  • Patent number: 5082215
    Abstract: An information display bracket is disclosed having a base portion for securing the information display bracket to the base of a product display bracket. An elongated arm extending over the product display bracket is pivotally secured to the base of the information display bracket at a proximal end by a living hinge and an information display plate is provided at a distal end extending past the end of the product display bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5081882
    Abstract: A damper device for a motor having a boss section attached to a rotary shaft of the motor, a mass inertia section rotatably supported by the boss section such that it surrounds the outer periphery of the boss section with a gap left therebetween, a magnetic fluid filling up the gap, and magnets provided in either the boss section or the mass inertia section for preventing leakage of the magnetic fluid. Furthermore, the boss section and the mass section facing each other through the gap are made of materials differing in the coefficient of thermal expansion, even if the magnetic fluid is heated by heating of the motor, an external temperature variation and the like so that its viscosity is decreased, such a decrease in viscosity can be canceled out by a change in gap dimension caused by the difference in expansion between the boss section material and the mass section material differing in the coefficient of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Seiko Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiharu Kogure
  • Patent number: 5082170
    Abstract: A device is provided for automatically signalling the opening of the door of a conventional mailbox. The device consists of a stationary member that pivotably interacts with a signal member. The stationary member attaches to the mailbox using existing holes intended to accommodate a conventional manually operated mailbox signal flag. A torsion spring housed within the device causes the signal member to be urged to a vertical position when the door of the mailbox is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: D. Leroy Goss
  • Patent number: 5082317
    Abstract: A magnetic door stop and catch has a helically coiled spring mounted on a base board or wall through which a flexible cable extends to hold a swivel mounted magnet at the end of the spring. The magnet is pivotly mounted at the swivel which allows 360 degrees rotation and deflection of the magnet in all directions as the magnet engages a magnetically attractable strike plate mounted to a door opposite the door stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Robert G. Delaney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5080407
    Abstract: A casement window locking system includes a rotatable locking cam mounted in the frame jamb with a window catch access opening on one side and a locking lever access opening on the opposite side. The locking lever has a U-shaped inner end which embraces the locking cam when the two members are engaged and a tab on the locking cam engages a shoulder on the locking lever to prevent withdrawal of the locking lever until a tool is used to raise the locking cam when the tool is inserted through the catch opening. In an alternative embodiment, a spring clip may be placed on top of the locking cam and it includes a shoulder for engaging the shoulder on the locking lever. The removable locking lever makes it possible to install and finish the window without the locking lever and change locking levers to color coordinate with the room interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Rolscreen Company
    Inventor: Robert S. Evers
  • Patent number: 5080518
    Abstract: An earring device comprises an ornamental element bearing means from which at least two thin ornamental elements are hung. These ornamental elements are thin cross-sectional (x,y -axes) depictions of animals, which when arranged on the bearing means, provide a three-dimensional illusion. In a preferred embodiment, the animal head and front quarter are depicted on a first thin ornamental element, and the animal rear quarter is depicted on a second element. When hung from the bearing means, spacers are provided to create a separation between the thin ornamental elements in a z-axes. This separation creates an illusion of depth along the z-axis, leading to a three dimensional depiction of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Harry Mason, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Mason
  • Patent number: 5080314
    Abstract: This invention relates to molded papier-mache supports for holding and spacing a plurality of rolls in a secure multi-layer stack. The supports are made of first and second sections connected to each other along a seam line. These sections are foldable to move a first section to a position beneath and in register with a second section. To strengthen the structure, the sections are formed with depressions which create lands. When in folded position, the lands on one support engage the lands on the other support. This stabilizes the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Henry Molded Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Moyer, Michael P. Grubb
  • Patent number: 5079936
    Abstract: A cylinder lock is provided which comprises a cylindrical housing; a core which is rotatably mounted in the housing, thereby defining a shear line; a first tumbler slidably disposed in a first aperture; means for moving the first tumbler between a locked and an unlocked position; a second tumbler slidably disposed in a second aperture; and means for moving the second tumbler between a locked and an unlocked position. When the lock is in the locked position, the first tumbler extends across the shear line into the first aperture of the core. When a correct key is inserted into the keyway, the first tumbler is urged completely into the core below the shear line. The second tumbler is arranged such that when the lock is in the locked position, the second tumbler extends across the shear line and such that when the correct key is inserted, the second tumbler is urged completely into the housing above the shear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Folger Adam Company
    Inventor: Ronald T. Stefanek
  • Patent number: 5079787
    Abstract: A support structure is provided which effects a pressure equalization. It mprises an enclosure filled with a large number of loose pieces. In a special embodiment the loose pieces are surrounded by a low friction material, such as nylon fabric, and are made of a deformable material, preferably foam-material. Another embodiment provides balloon-shaped pieces. Further an outer cover surrounding the enclosure may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Stichting Revalidatiecentrum Amsterdam, Regional Centrum voor Revalidatle
    Inventor: Huibert P. M. Pollmann
  • Patent number: RE33809
    Abstract: A fastener, comprising an expander part having a saucer-shaped head and a shank extending from the head and formed with a male thread thereon, and a fastener part having a flange and opposite stem portions branched from the back of the flange and connecting through hinge portions to guide portions which join each other at the other ends thereof, the expander part and fastener part each being made of a resin, the fastener part having a circular bore extending from the flange to the stem portions to permit the expander part to be inserted in and temporarily retained in the stem portions, the circular bore having therein opposite bulges positioned ahead of the hinge portions to spread the stem portions outward away from each other when the expander part is pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Kato Hatsujou Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeo Okada, Katsuo Sato