Patents Examined by John M. Jillions
  • Patent number: 7070142
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is magnetic clamp device for clamping at least one first article to a ferromagnetic second article, comprising a housing, at least one magnet means located in the housing, handle means extending from the housing, the magnet means being of sufficient magnetic strength to form a couple between the magnet means and the second article with the first article there between, the handle means being of sufficient length to permit a user to install the device on an outer free end portion of a roll of sheet steel and to provide sufficient leverage to remove the device, the housing means including a pair of housing portions, each to extend along a corresponding peripheral region of the magnet element so as to substantially encircle the peripheral region of the magnet element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Schnurr
  • Patent number: 7048224
    Abstract: A process for assembling wave-cut trash bags for overlapping dispensing includes the steps of providing a flattened blown-film polymeric tube; providing sets of closely spaced, parallel seals extending across the entire width of the flattened blown-film polymeric tube at periodic intervals there along; providing a transversely extending line of perforations between the seals comprising each set of closely spaced, parallel seals; and providing a wave shaped line of perforations extending transversely across the entire width of the flattened blown-film polymeric tube at a location equidistance between adjacent closely spaced, parallel sets of seals. The flattened blown-film polymeric tube is separated along each transversely extending line of perforations and along each wave shaped line of perforations after which the leading end of each following trash bag is positioned in an overlapping relationship with the trailing end of the preceding trash bag to facilitate overlapping dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Olympic General Corporation
    Inventor: Charles D. Allgood
  • Patent number: 7017855
    Abstract: Successive machine reels are reeled from a paper web (W) so the machine reel (R) that is becoming full is reeled in contact with a movable pressing device (5) at a second reeling nip (N2) in a final stationary reeling station apart from a device (1) forming a first reeling nip (N1). A new, empty reel spool (2) is taken to a transfer device (6) and the change is conducted when the reel spool is located in the transfer device (6). The reel spool (2) with machine reel (R) is transferred after the change by the transfer device (6), while in nip contact with the pressing device (5) away from the first nip contact (N1) to the final reeling station, where the machine reel is reeled so that it becomes full, in nip contact (N2) with the pressing device (5), whereafter the transfer device returns to the change station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Teppo Kojo, Janne Veräjänkorva
  • Patent number: 7004421
    Abstract: To provide a winding appearance inspection device of a tape capable of gathering a line speed in an inspection process, as well as capable of inspecting a winding appearance of the tape wound on a roll body core, even in a reel having a flange formed in a roll body core (a roll body core). Winding appearance inspection device 10 serves as a device that evaluates the winding appearance of the tape such as film T or the like wound on roll body core H, comprising light projector 12 that irradiates a light along winding surface S of the tape such as film T or the like that at least partially passes near the roll body core H, and receiver 13 that receives the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Hayashi, Nobuyuki Tada
  • Patent number: 6991196
    Abstract: The storage device is provided in the form of a reel for dispensing electrical wire. The reel includes a small disk at one end rotatably mounted to an eyebolt for suspension by hook from an overhead structure and a large thick circular disk at a second end. Slots are provided through the small disk adjacent the perimeter edge. The large thick disk is provided with a plurality of recessed pockets symmetrically arranged around the center of the top face of the large disk. A divider divides each pocket into a plurality of storage compartments. Each pocket includes a compartment cover closing the storage compartments. A plurality of flexible straps is provided. One end of each strap is secured to the large disk. A second end of each strap is rotatably received around the shaft of the eyebolt after passage through corresponding slots in the small disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: David L. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 6981670
    Abstract: A linear material reel design promotes the uniform spooling of a linear material around a reel drum, while also reducing stress acting on the end of the linear material that is connected to the drum. A connector ramp has a connector face generally perpendicular to the outer surface of the drum and is configured to orient the connecting section of a linear material substantially parallel to the outer surface of the drum. A guide groove promotes uniformity of spooling. A retraction limiting band maintains a length of the linear material wrapped around the drum. The retraction limiting band, guide groove, and connector ramp can be employed together or independently. Methods of spooling linear material with the use of such apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Great Stuff, INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Harrington
  • Patent number: 6971605
    Abstract: A cable take-up device has a central spool situated between opposing first and second spool end walls, wherein the first spool end wall is rotatable and bears a cable guide thereon which reciprocates along the length of the spool during such rotation. Cable inserted through a cable guide aperture in the cable guide is thereby wound about and along the length of the spool when the first spool end wall is rotated to cause the cable guide to orbit the spool. The first spool end wall preferably bears a feed aperture therein which feeds cable into the cable guide aperture in a direction oriented generally axially with respect to the spool, with the feed aperture being defined within a feed tube which protrudes from the first spool end wall to define a cranking handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Jay K. Martin
  • Patent number: 6969023
    Abstract: A locking pawl for a mechanism for blocking a belt retractor of a safety belt comprises a first locking pawl element made of a first material and adapted to block said belt retractor, and a second locking pawl element made of a second material and adapted to control a movement of said locking pawl. The first material is different from the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: TRW Occupant Restraint Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hermann-Karl Weller
  • Patent number: 6966475
    Abstract: A draw roller for pulling web-shaped material with at least one pull ring arranged on at least one part of the circumference of the roller. The at least one pull ring can be displaced on the draw roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik WIFAG
    Inventors: Hans Zweifel, Thomas Treuthard
  • Patent number: 6959885
    Abstract: A double-wound center-feed roll is disclosed which is formed from at least two webs each having lines of weakness which allow the webs to be separated into a plurality of sheets. The lines of weakness of one web are offset from those of the other such that in use the sheets can be dispensed singly from alternate webs. A first portion of the webs at the center of the roll is lightly bonded together while a second portion of the webs on the outside of the roll remains unbonded. The center-feed roll of the present invention reduces the occurrence of both web orientation reversal and streaming dispensing problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy James King
  • Patent number: 6955322
    Abstract: For use in a media tape cartridge reel, a hub and flange assembly including a hub and a flange. The hub having a first lip and a second lip at opposite ends of the hub. The flange is integral with the hub at the first lip, the hub includes an inner coupling having a hole at the center, and the inner coupling is offset towards the first lip where integrated with the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventor: William Joseph Vanderheyden
  • Patent number: 6948675
    Abstract: The invention proposes an apparatus (100) for winding a cable-like material (200), having a winding arrangement (150), a first gripping arrangement (130), for linearly advancing the leading end of the cable-like material (200) and for transferring the same to the winding arrangement (150), and a second gripping arrangement (140), for receiving the abovementioned leading end of the cable-like material from the winding arrangement (150) and for moving this leading end linearly away from the winding arrangement (150). It is possible for the first gripping arrangement (130) to grip the trailing end of the cable-like material (200) and, in conjunction with the second gripping arrangement, even it out to a predetermined difference between the ends. In specific configurations, the winding arrangement (150) has a coil gripper (154), with which the winding operation can be carried out on a winding container (152).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Komax Holding AG
    Inventor: Franz Frommenwiler
  • Patent number: 6945490
    Abstract: A traveling yarn tension compensating system having a pair of vertically disposed, horizontally spaced ball-type yarn tensioning units and a yarn tension compensating device disposed therebetween. The device has a yarn engaging element with a yarn engaging surface that is downwardly convex for engaging a yarn thereunder. The surface is fixed so as not to rotate or otherwise move in the direction of travel of the yarn and is made of a material that imposes a tension increasing frictional drag on the traveling yarn. The surface engaging element is mounted to be freely movable vertically in response to tension in the traveling yarn. The convex shape of the yarn engaging surface results in a greater extent of surface engagement of the yarn when the surface engaging element is in a lower position resulting from lesser tension in the yarn and at which position it deflects the yarn downwardly over the yarn guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Richard V. Zollinger
  • Patent number: 6942173
    Abstract: A device for storage of earpiece cords normally used with cellular telephones, portable radios and such. The device (8) includes an elongated base (11) with keeper tangs (10) on its top surface, each having outwardly pointing. The cord (4) is wrapped around the keeper tangs (10) and its free end is secured by two compliant tangs (12), (12a) provided for this purpose on the base (11). The device (8) is attached to the case of the cellular phone or portable radio with an adhesive layer (13). In alternate embodiment, the device (8a) has a pivoting keeper tang (18) which enables quick and easy release of the cord from its wound position. Another embodiment (8b) has a hinged keeper tang (38) which also serves to quickly remove the cord. Additional embodiment (8d) consists of two parts (52), (54) where part (52) slides into part (54) in order to adjust the overall length of the device to conform to the case of the cellular phone or portable radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Igor Abramov
  • Patent number: 6935545
    Abstract: A pinch roller unit of a magnetic recording/reading apparatus disposed on a main deck on which a head drum and a capstan are disposed to move in association with a sub-deck which is disposed to slide on the main deck. The pinch roller unit operates to bring a tape into close contact with the capstan, and comprises a pivoting lever rotatably disposed on the main deck to pivot towards the capstan in relation to movement of the sub-deck being loaded, a pinch roller rotatably disposed at an end of the pivoting lever and brought into contact with the capstan at the time of loading process, and a torsion spring stressed by being pushed by the sliding member sliding along the left and right directions of the main deck for pushing the pivoting lever towards the capstan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bong-joo Kim, Young-ho Cho, Byeng-bae Park
  • Patent number: 6935590
    Abstract: A flexible member sensor for detecting motion and tension of a flexible member includes a rigid member pivotally connected to a base, in contact with the flexible member. A sensor detects pivotal motion of the rigid member in response to movement of the flexible member. The sensor may provide a corresponding signal to a motion control system that adjusts the tension of the flexible member accordingly. In one implementation, the flexible member sensor is integrated with a feedback control system for an electric seat belt retractor that includes a feedback control loop. The flexible member sensor measures tension in seat belt webbing retained by the retractor. A motor coupled to a servo amplifier rotates a spool of the electric retractor to extract or retract webbing in accordance with the output of the flexible member sensor. The seat belt tension may thus be continuously maintained at a desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Krzysztof W. Karwaczynski
  • Patent number: 6932293
    Abstract: The yarn feeder having a plastic housing, preferably made of two clamshells, with a plastic fastening device for connecting the yarn feeder to a retaining device of a textile machine. The fastening device is made rigid by suitable shaping and without the necessity for metal inlays. The two clamshell halves of the housing each have a bearing for a continuous shaft, which on one end carries a yarn guide drum and on its other end carries pulleys for a drive device. Fasteners serve to hold the two housing parts together in the correct position for enabling easy opening of the housing for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Memminger-IRO GmbH
    Inventors: Herman Schmodde, Richard Kaufmann, Gunter Leopold
  • Patent number: 6929203
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a spool having a continuous fabric strip is disclosed which produces an extended length fabric strip made from a plurality of seamed standard lengths of the fabric, the extended length fabric strip being substantially spirally wound upon a hollow core with consecutive windings of the extended length fabric strip being located close adjacent each other, and with consecutive rows of the extended length fabric strip overlaying each other on the hollow core. In a first embodiment, the standard length fabric strips are joined together at their respective contiguous ends using a small strip of heat-activated seaming tape. In a second embodiment, the standard length fabric strips are stitched together at their respective contiguous ends using thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Monterey, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale C. Jelinek, Marcus L. Skildum, Theodore S. Heitzler
  • Patent number: 6929212
    Abstract: Method of transferring a moving web a new core wherein the method includes introducing at least one initial cutting piece between the moving web and a winding roll in such a way that a region of the at least one initial cutting piece remains uncovered by the moving web, connecting the at least one initial cutting piece to the new core, the connecting utilizing at least a temporary connection and occurring in the region of the at least one initial cutting piece which remains uncovered by the moving web, and cutting the moving web to form a new web start at least one of before the nip and before the moving web is wound onto the new core, wherein the connecting connects a new web start to the new core and thereafter allows the moving web to be wound onto the new core. This Abstract is not intended to define the invention disclosed in the specification, nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH.
    Inventors: Zygmunt Madrzak, Matthias Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 6929209
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatically retracting cardholder or accessory holder which, when worn, retains and automatically reestablishes the desired orientation of the card or accessory to user. A longitudinally flexible tape is used, with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry having a long and short axis and lateral stiffness. The tape passes through an orifice in the housing that geometrically corresponds to the shape of the tape, thereby obviating the tape from passively rotating about its long axis, or, due to the inherent memory of the long axis rotation of the tape, automatically reestablishing the desired orientation of the tape rotation if the tape is twisted by the user. The means for attaching the card or other accessory to the tape is such that the orientation of the accessory to the tape is fixed. Thus, the orientation of the card or accessory to the housing, and consequently the user wearing the housing, is fixed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: David Baumgarten