Patents Examined by J. J. Hartman
  • Patent number: 5146641
    Abstract: An assembly for immobilizing the head of a trauma victim intended to be positioned on a stretcher board. The device includes a first sheet of flexible material which is to be mounted so that, when it is affixed to the board, a pair of normally-flaccid, open-sided loops are defined therein. The loops are intended to be at locations which straddle an intended location of the trauma victim's head. A pair of compressible blocks are also included. Each block is intended to be received within one of the normally-flaccid, open-sided loops. A block can be easily inserted into, and removed from, its corresponding loop because the loops are open-sided in nature. When the compressible blocks are received within the loops and constrained thereby, the blocks, together, define a seat in which the head of the trauma victim can be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Wayne C. Zwickey
  • Patent number: 5143361
    Abstract: A power clamp is provided that clamps the workpiece when the piston rod is retracted into the cylinder housing thereby preventing damage to the rod and clamp components that could occur from weld flash and other debris created while operations are performed on the workpiece. Other features are disclosed which increase reliability and enable a variety of different arms to be used with the basic clamp construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Peninsular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. McNamara, Kosta Dimefski
  • Patent number: 5139231
    Abstract: A jack for forcing adjoining boards or sheathing into close proximity or contact with one another and holding them in such a position while they are fastened to supporting joists or rafters. The device consists of a housing that is adapted to engage the joist or rafter. A slot is formed lengthwise in the housing and adjoins a side of the joist or rafter. A wedge is positioned in the slot so as to wedge itself between the housing and the supporting joist or rafter and hold the tool in a fixed position relative to the supporting joist or rafter. A lever is pivotally attached to the housing and has an attached pusher to engage the edge of a board or sheathing and move it into proximity or contact with an adjoining board that has been already affixed to the joist or rafter. A simple wedge or inclined plane minimizes the number of moving parts in the invention and produces a wedging force proportional to the force being used to move the board in contact with an adjoining board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Temple
  • Patent number: 5139233
    Abstract: A lift jack adaptor for cradling a heavy irregularly shaped object such as an automotive transmission includes a rigid base for mounting to a lift jack and pairs of laterally spaced arms extending up from the base, the upper ends of those arms being terminated by flanges for engaging the underside of the object cradled in the adaptor. These flanges are fastened to the object and positively connect the object to the adaptor so that one can raise and lower the object using the jack and repair the object in relative safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Arthur Goss
  • Patent number: 5138752
    Abstract: The tool of this invention is used to insert an O-ring into a cylindrical housing. Generally, the slot for seating an O-ring is internal of a housing and requires some manipulations to properly seat the ring. This invention provides a tool with an adjustable stop that limits the insertion of the tool to the exact location of the slot in the housing where the O-ring will seat. The tool has a loading assembly and a movable trigger assembly that properly loads, positions and moves the O-ring when appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: Glidden Machine & Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Tasner
  • Patent number: 5137263
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame holder is provided in the form of a variable contour vice. The vice incorporates a series of parallel slideable jaw elements in two banks that may be locked in position by a single clamping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: Ocean Optical Ltd.
    Inventors: Marc Y. Savoie, Charles R. Smith
  • Patent number: 5135207
    Abstract: Apparatus for mutually aligning a pair of surfaces, e.g. kitchen counter-tops, has first and second groups of suction cups for gripping engagement with respective ones of the surfaces and a support structure connecting together said first and second groups of suction cups. The support structure includes adjustably laterally displacing the second group relative to the first group to thereby relatively displace the surfaces towards one another in a first direction at least substantially parallel to the surfaces and an adjustable abutment on the support structure for displacing one of the surfaces relative to the other in a second direction at least substantially perpendicular to the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Bleaney
  • Patent number: 5135206
    Abstract: A clamping device for use with stock to be adhesed into a position where it will be routed to form a cove or other shaped routed joint at the interface of a vertical and a horizontal surface of Corian.TM. or equal rigid plastic sheets typically at the junction of a countertop and a backsplash respectively for kitchens and bathrooms. The device includes a main body having a pair of spaced suction cups at opposite ends of the main body portion. Each of the suction cups is disposed on an extremity or terminal section of the central section of the main body at a similar but oppositely directed angle relative to the central section of the main body portion. The central section also includes a spring-loaded retaining notch disposed therethrough at about the midpoint of the central section for the stock to be routed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Ramiro H. Martinez
  • Patent number: 5131628
    Abstract: A mechanical jack comprising a base with wheels attached thereon for moving the jack, a primary arm of which an end is pivoted on the base so as to be rotatable with respect to the base, a secondary arm of which an end is pivotally mounted approximately on the middle of the primary arm so as to be rotatable with respect to the primary arm, and a threaded rod threadingly connecting between the free ends of the primary and secondary arms so that when the threaded rod is rotated, the free ends of the primary and secondary arms move towards or away from each other, depending upon the rotation direction of the threaded rod. With the pivoted ends as the rotation centers, moving the free ends of the arms will also heighten the free end of the secondary arm so as to lift a vehicle supported thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: You Jin Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen S. Huang
  • Patent number: 5131105
    Abstract: A patient support table comprising a first patient support surface. The first patient support surface, in a preferred embodiment, is comprised of an x-ray translucent material such as carbon fiber. In a preferred embodiment, the top of the first patient support surface is for supporting a patient and is slightly concave. The patient support table also comprises a support, with the support being affixed to the first end of the first patient support surface at a first end of the support and extends beyond the third end of the first patient support surface. The support is affixed in such a manner that the first patient support surface may be interchanged with a second patient support surface, wherein the second patient support surface has all of the properties of the first patient support surface. The patient support table also comprises a base. The base is affixed to a second end of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Diasonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry E. Harrawood, James R. Harvey, Blain Erikson
  • Patent number: 5127630
    Abstract: A method for inserting cables within a pipe characterized by closing one end of the pipe with a cap having an opening or port for introducing a flow of an agent and having a plurality of closed entry channels, opening one of said entry channels and inserting a cable through said opened entry channel while applying a flow through the opening or port so that the flowing agent creates a turbulence within the pipe for engaging the surfaces of the cable inserted through the opened entry channel to carry said cable along the length of said pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Oestreich
  • Patent number: 5123629
    Abstract: A screw-type jack including an auxiliary screw barrel which is engaged with a ram cap at the uppermost stage. With that construction, this screw-type jack also has such function as to overlay an upper portion of a casing by the auxiliary screw barrel when the jack is contracted, in addition to widening the lift of the jack, whereby the case can be free from dirt and protected from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Takeuchi Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masuo Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5123311
    Abstract: A flexible, axial compensating, rotary driver-type tool bit for adjusting fasteners or adjustment screws for use with a driver motor or other automatically driven system, the driver having flexible couplings between a base member, a driver member and a collar. The driver capable of both axial adjustment and lateral adjustment in response to the relative position of the fasteners or adjustment screws. The driver member moves axially within a collar relative to the base member within limits established by a limiting pin extending from the driver member and cooperating with an elongated slot in the collar and by the space between the base member and the driver member. The driver member and the collar also adjust laterally relative to the base as permitted by a spring connecting the collar and the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Andrew C. Dymek
  • Patent number: 5121901
    Abstract: A sheath for optical fibres comprises a compound sheath having an inner sheath of high modulus and density, and an outer sheath layer of low density material. The outer sheath layer may be of foamed polyethylene and the inner sheath of polypropylene, both conveniently formed by extrusion. Such fibre members are installed by first installing a conduit having one or more bores and subsequently inserting the flexible, lightweight optical fibre members containing the optical fibres into the bores. The optical fibre members are propelled by employing the fluid drag of air, or another suitable gas, passed at high velocity through the bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: British Telecommunications plc
    Inventors: Stephen A. Cassidy, Michael H. Reeve
  • Patent number: 5119554
    Abstract: An installation tool for pin and collar fastener assemblies includes an ejector rod slidably mounted in an axial blind bore in the actuator portion of the tool. Within the blind end of the axial bore is an elongated resilient bumper adapted to engage the ejector rod to absorb momentum and energy associated with high speed movement of a severed pintail. The resilient bumper minimizes shock loading of the ejector rod and thereby prolongs the ejector rod service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Huck Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Robert B. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 5118088
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a power clamp are disclosed which enable one arm or a pair of arms to be actuated for linear or rotational movement over a selected range of motion, depending on the manner in which the arm or arms are connected to the power clamp. Several embodiments, in addition to permitting actuation of various arms through various ranges of motion, further enable the arm or arms to be rotated about a transverse axis to a desired angular position, thereby further enhancing the adaptability of the power clamp device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: BTM Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin C. Sawdon
  • Patent number: 5114118
    Abstract: A hand operated, vertical lift dolly upon which objects may be placed and vertically lifted or lowered using the mechanical motion of a load handle. A load table is controlled by the load handle, and can be locked in place once it has been raised to a transport configuration. The load table remains in a substantially horizontal orientation throughout the loading and lifting process. The dolly can be moved from one location to another for loading and unloading objects, this motion facilitated by a wheeled carriage. The vertical lift dolly can, by appropriate positioning of the handle and load table, be placed in a space saving storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: V. E. (Bud) Schrader
  • Patent number: 5113561
    Abstract: The rewinder has a tubular housing defining an interior chamber which is open at the top and bottom ends and has an inboard annular shoulder and an aperture through the housing wall. A winder with a handle and an annular shoulder is received in the chamber with the handle extending out the bottom. The winder annular shoulder and the chamber form an annular rewinding compartment. The inboard end of the spring is held to the winder while the spring passes through the aperture in the chamber wall and the rewound spring is retained in the compartment by a cover. The rewinder also has an element that adjusts the effective diameter of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Wayne A. Scott
  • Patent number: 5110089
    Abstract: An extendible jacking apparatus including first, second and third normally vertical frames arranged in telescoping relationship, and containing a locking mechanism for automatically locking the first and second frames together while the third frame is being raised, locking the second and third frames together when the third frame is fully raised, and unlocking the first and second frames to allow extension of the second frame. Conversely, the locking mechanism is automatically reversible as the jack is lowered, unlocking the second and third frames and relocking the first and second frames upon the second frame being fully retracted into the first, allowing the third frame to allow be fully retracted into the first and second frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Safe-T-Jack, Inc.
    Inventor: Clyde E. Slay
  • Patent number: 5110098
    Abstract: Disclosed is a universal platen holddown apparatus that includes a first plate rotatable about its central axis, and a second plate that is rotatable about its own central axis. The first plate is mounted within the second plate so that rotation of the second plate results in the eccentric rotation of a vacuum suction cup 14 mounted at or near a rim of the first plate. This arrangement allows the suction cup to be moved to any location within the boundaries of the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventor: John-Michael Merjanian