Patents Examined by James M. Kannofsky
  • Patent number: 5269636
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an unloading pan for bulk dry particulate matter, such as soda ash. The pan comprises a pan inlet and a pan outlet. The pan is preferably designed wherein the source of particulate matter is a railroad car having a car outlet at the bottom to gravity unload therethrough. There is a means to position, and preferably attach, the pan container at the outlet to the source of particulate matter, i.e., the outlet of the railroad car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: General Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Shepard, Michael J. Schunk
  • Patent number: 5265983
    Abstract: A system and method for continuously transporting fine solids in dense phase includes a blow bottle having an upper inlet for receiving fine solids under pressure, an intermediate inlet for receiving process media, and a lower inlet for receiving fluidizing media. The media is preferably air, but other gases or inert gases may be used. The fine solids are conveyed from a feed hopper through a variable speed rotary feeder into a drop chute having an expansion joint and thereafter through a constant speed rotary feeder to the inlet of the bottle. The variable speed feeder controls the rate of fine solids being discharged in dense phase from the bottle. The fluidizing media fluidizes the fine solids in the bottle, and the process media conveys the fine solids out of the bottle in continuous, dense phase flow to an outlet conduit. A signal corresponding to the weight of the bottle is provided to a control valve connected in the process media supply line to maintain a constant solids level inventory in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Jerald M. Wennerstrom, Michael G. Radin
  • Patent number: 5247998
    Abstract: An apparatus arranged to orient a closure cap over an entrance opening of a chimney stack to prevent a fire from projecting through the stack with the apparatus to include a spring-biased member and a fusible link permitting release of a plug member to secure the plug member within the chimney stack upon release of the fusible link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Inventor: Edward C. Fallon
  • Patent number: 5244317
    Abstract: A slurry supplying device by which a uniformly mixed slurry can be supplied to a blasting gun in a pressure-type wet blasting machine. The slurry supplying device comprises a substantially closed vessel which contains the slurry and has a conical section in at least one part of the vessel. A conical stop valve is freely movable up and down to close the bottom of the slurry settling section by sealingly fitting its conical edge on the conical section of the vessel. An air duct supplies low pressure air for agitating the slurry at a lower part of the closed vessel by raising the stop valve body. An air duct is provided for supplying highly pressurized air into the closed vessel for pressurizing the slurry. A slurry supply pipe is provided for supplying the pressurized slurry to the blasting gun. A pressure relief valve is mounted on the top plate of the vessel for maintaining a maximum air pressure in the upper portion of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Fuji Seiki Machine Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matao Kuboyama, Narihiro Morimoto, Shigeharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5242250
    Abstract: The plant, which is used in the working of fruits such as applies and similar, collects the fruits (9) from water conveyor channels (6), and inserts them below a bell (3), from which the fruit will successively be transferred, by force of gravity, inside container bins (1); the bell (3), apart from being capable of axial movement, is capable also of translation movement which allows it to be positioned over various transport channels, with which a plant is usually equipped; the bell (3) further comprises an aspiration pump (10) which creates a vacuum inside it, so as to favor the accumulation of fruit inside the bell (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Felice Compagnoni
  • Patent number: 5242023
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for delivering compressed particulate solid fire fighting agent includes a pneumatic system for entraining particulate fire fighting agent in a high pressure gas stream, compressing the agent into quasi-discrete quasi-solid slugs, and delivering the compressed slugs in a constant stream at a high rate of speed to the center of the fire being fought from a safe distance. The system includes a high pressure gas supply, a pressure regulator, a pressure compensator, a pressure sink, an agent storage vessel, and a multi-stage delivery nozzle including a pressure imbalance mechanism. Particulate agent is sequentially compressed in the multiple nozzle stages by virtue of a pulsating gas supply effect, and ejected in a constant stream of solid slugs at speeds near or above Mach 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventors: Roy D. A. Terry, Roger G. Terry
  • Patent number: 5240355
    Abstract: A dense phase conveying system for particulate material utilizes air at high pressure and low volume to transport particulate material between a source and a receiver through a conveying line that can range in length to several hundred feet. A series of air assists are provided to reduce the tendency of the material to build up in locations and form large slugs that cause high energy impacts on the interior of the conveying tube at corners or at the bin receiver. The air assists are positioned to provide a flow of air under regulated pressure and which use plant line pressure for a source. The air assists are intentionally zoned to provide for reducing air assist pressure in two or more zones from the source to the receiver. A plurality of air assists are provided in each zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Nol-Tec Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon R. Hudalla
  • Patent number: 5238333
    Abstract: An improved pneumatic outlet (10) is for use on a railcar (C) for discharging a lading from a hopper (H) of the railcar. The outlet comprises an integrally formed bottom cover (12) extending the length of the outlet. A pair of outlet valves (50A, 50B) are installed in the cover. The valves are mounted on respective valve shafts (54A, 54B) and are installed in the cover in a diagonal arrangement. Accordingly, each valve allows discharge of lading from one side of the hopper. A bulkhead (40) is also installable in the cover and supports an inner end of the respective valve shafts. The cover is severable into two sections (36A, 36B). One of the sections is reversible with respect to the other section. Thereafter, the two sections are joined together to form a unified cover through which lading flows during discharge. The bulkhead fits within the reunified cover such that no gaps or other deformities are present which would collect material that may contaminate a lading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard H. Dugge, William U. Casseau
  • Patent number: 5236286
    Abstract: A high pressure transfer device for feeding wood chips to a digester in the production of paper pulp has enhanced efficiency. A rotor having first and second sets of through extending conduits is mounted for rotation in a housing having first through fourth ports associated with each set, with a screen at the third port of each set for screening wood chips out of liquid passing through that third port. The third port of each set is connected to its own distinct source of suction, so as to enhance filling efficiency of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Kamyr, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Prough
  • Patent number: 5236287
    Abstract: A pneumatic outlet (10) is for use on a railcar (C) for discharging a lading from a hopper (H) of the railcar. An improvement to the outlet comprises a bottom cover (16) extending the length of the outlet. This cover is severable into two sections (44A, 44B) one of which is reversible with respect to the other. The two sections are joined together to form an integral cover through which lading flows during discharge. A bulkhead divider (48) is installed in the cover at the juncture between the two cover sections. A pair of outlet valves (12A, 12B) are installed in the cover. The valves are mounted on respective valve shafts (54A, 54B) which are installed in the cover with the inner end of each valve shaft being removably mounted on the divider. An end closure (64A, 64B) is installed at each end of the outlet, and the outer end of each valve shaft is located adjacent a respective closure. Each end closure is pivotally mounted to an end wall (90A, 90B) of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard H. Dugge, Gary J. McClain
  • Patent number: 5236049
    Abstract: There is described an electronic fire reporting and sprinkling control module to be connected to a control bus of a fire alarm system, and to a flow control valve which controls flow of extinguishing fluid into a sprinkler system. The sprinkler system can be monitored by pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Securite Polygon Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Asselin, Sylvain Coupal, Claude Labonte, Andre LaPlante, Yves Lauzier
  • Patent number: 5236285
    Abstract: A high pressure transfer device for feeding wood chips to a digster in the production of paper pulp has enhanced efficiency. A pocketed rotor is mounted for rotation in a housing having first through fourth ports, with a screen at the third port for screening wood chips out of liquid passing through that third port. This screen is blanked at the leading edge in the direction of rotation so that as a pocket rotates into operative association with the first and third ports, the pocket inlet has an arcuate extent of about two inches which is exposed to the first port --large enough to allow chips to start flowing freely into the pocket--before the outlet of that pocket is exposed to a suction source in communication with the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Kamyr, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Prough
  • Patent number: 5234059
    Abstract: A quick response frangible bulb sprinkler head includes a tubular body connected to a water line. The body has an outlet that is enclosed by a cap or closure, which is held in the closed position by a lever assembly. The lever assembly includes a pair of lever arms which are disposed in an X-configuration, with one end of each arm engaged with the body and the opposite ends of the lever arms are spaced apart and engaged with the opposite ends of an elongated glass bulb. The axis of the bulb is disposed normal to the axis of the outlet in the body. A screw is threaded in the closure and the tip is engaged with a channel-shaped pressure member that is connected to the central portions of the lever arms. Through adjustment of the screw, the compressive force on the bulb can be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Star Sprinkler Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence R. Eynon
  • Patent number: 5234292
    Abstract: A pneumatic tube conveyor system comprises a dispatching station (13) for spatching conveying cases, a receiving/dispatching station (22) for receiving conveying cases, and an intermediate store (42). A tube system comprising a bidirectional line connects the dispatching station the receiving/dispatching stations and the intermediate store. The tube system is associated with a plurality of gates (21, 33, 40, 51, 54, 55, 57, 58). Control means serve for connecting the dispatching station to the receiving/dispatching station, the receiving station to the intermediate store, and the intermediate store to the dispatching station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Infotronic Vertriebsgesellschaft fuer Kommunikationssysteme mbH
    Inventor: Hartmut Lang
  • Patent number: 5232053
    Abstract: An explosion protection system including a container adapted to contain an explosion suppressant under pressure and defining a discharge outlet; a primary storage volume, and an auxiliary storage volume disposed between the discharge outlet and the primary storage volume and communicating therewith; a closure member covering the discharge outlet; an explosive charge disposed in the container adjacent to the closure member and adapted to create explosive forces that rupture the closure member; and a dispersible explosion suppressant retained under pressure in the primary storage volume and having a given degree of compressibility. Also included is an explosive force transmitting agent filling the auxiliary storage volume and having a degree of compressibility less than the given degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Fenwal Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Gillis, Jordan N. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 5232315
    Abstract: An adapter (10) is useful to prevent formation of a static electrical change on an outlet valve (V) during discharge of lading from a railcar on which the valve is installed. A unitary member (12) has an inlet end (14) formed for attachment to the outlet valve, and an outlet end (16) formed for connection with a hose (H) into which discharged lading flows. A passage (28) is formed in the member and extends from the inlet end to the outlet end. The passageway is of an irregular shape at the inlet end of the adaptor. It is of a generally circular shape at its outlet end. The member is formed of an electrically non-conductive, resilient material so that it prevents the build-up of any static electrical charge as lading flows through the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: ACE Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard H. Dugge
  • Patent number: 5232052
    Abstract: A fire-fighting system in which a liquid chemical foamant is introduced into the water stream in varying amounts so as to maintain a predetermined percentage mixture irrespective of variations in the water flow includes a motor-driven pump where the motor is controlled over a first speed range by pulse width modulating the drive to the motor and over a second speed range, producing intermittent motion, by burst width modulating the drive signal when it is operating at its minimum pulse width modulated duty cycle. Using this technique the range of available motor speeds is extended well beyond that which can be achieved using pulse width modulation of the motor drive signal alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Hypro Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Arvidson, Robert S. Horeck
  • Patent number: 5228520
    Abstract: The invention concerns a sprinkler system for refrigerated spaces and sets the task of assuring a longer minimum-time functional capacity for such devices after they have been switched to the operating state. This objective is resolved by an overdimensioning of the piping in combination with special dry sprinklers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Holger Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 5226757
    Abstract: The invention is a yard waste removal vehicle capable of being used to collect various types of yard waste. The vehicle includes a box-like hopper that is adapted to receive materials from a conveyer system, vacuum system, a side access door and a towed chipper machine. The interior of the hopper includes a movable partition that enables a segregation of the hopper's contents with a concomitant ability to separately dump the contents of each portion of the divided hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: John W. Tarrant
  • Patent number: 5226758
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer handling apparatus and method for transferring a wafer, one of whose faces has been already polished, from a wafer holder, which holds the wafer with the wafer's polished face facing downward, to a wafer cassette submerged in water contained in a water tank; the apparatus includes a wafer receive assembly and a water tank and the wafer receive assembly has a flat surface and is adapted to swing between an up-facing position at which the flat surface faces upward and a down-facing position at which the flat surface faces downward, and the wafer receive assembly is provided with ejection nozzles which eject water with a force sufficient to keep the wafer floating, and the water tank contains a wafer cassette to receive the wafer, and is capable of forcing the wafer which is left to sink in the water to enter the wafer cassette; whereas the method comprises: dropping the wafer from the wafer holder with the polished face facing downward onto a thin water layer formed over the wafer receive
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohichi Tanaka, Makoto Tsukada, Fumio Suzuki