Patents Examined by John P. Darling
  • Patent number: 6311917
    Abstract: A tape reel for a tape cassette wherein a pair of such reels are contained, comprising an upper flange and a hub which consists of a drum formed integrally with (formed in one piece with, or solidly joined to) a lower flange. The drum comprises an outer cylindrical part on which a tape is wound and an inner cylindrical part which permits the insertion of a driving shaft of a recording-reproducing device for the tape cassette. The inner cylindrical part has projections adapted to engage with the driving shaft, each said projection having a groove formed on the back side for thickness reduction, and the inner cylindrical part and inner ends and both side walls of the projections all have the same thickness. A plurality of connecting ribs are provided joining the outer and inner cylindrical parts of the drum, and extensions are formed outwardly on the inner cylindrical part, on both shoulder portions close to each said connecting rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: Kenji Hashizume, Shinichi Sato, Hiroshi Kaneda, Masatoshi Okamura
  • Patent number: 6254275
    Abstract: A drill bit for use in an earthen annulus that contains loose particles is connected to a fluid supply source and includes a bit body having at least one journal segment and at least one fluid conduit in fluid communication with the fluid supply source. A roller cone is rotatably mounted upon the journal segment and forms at least one bearing cavity therebetween. An annular primary seal is disposed between the roller cone and the bit body and between the bearing cavity and the earthen annulus, and an annular gap is disposed between the annular primary seal and the earthen annulus. The annular gap is in fluid communication with the fluid conduit and the earthen annulus. An annular secondary seal is disposed between the annular primary seal and the earthen annulus and is capable of substantially preventing the ingress of debris from the earthen annulus to the annular primary seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Slaughter, Jr., Peter Cariveau, Roger Didericksen
  • Patent number: 6142407
    Abstract: A web winding apparatus and a method of operating the apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus can include a turret assembly, a core loading apparatus, and a core stripping apparatus. The turret assembly supports rotatably driven mandrels for engaging hollow cores upon which a paper web is wound. Each mandrel is driven in a closed mandrel path, which can be non-circular. The core loading apparatus conveys cores onto the mandrels during movement of the mandrels along the core loading segment of the closed mandrel path, and the core stripping apparatus removes each web wound core from its respective mandrel during movement of the mandrel along the core stripping segment of the closed mandrel path. The turret assembly can be rotated continuously, and the sheet count per wound log can be changed as the turret assembly is rotating. The apparatus can also include a mandrel having a deformable core engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, James Robert Johnson, William Joseph Butsch, Robert Daniel Mynes
  • Patent number: 6089499
    Abstract: A paper towel dispenser, comprising:a support structure;a platform forming a part of the support structure and adapted to support two rolls of center pull paper toweling in side-by-side relationship, the platform having a bottom, a first opening in the bottom, and a second opening in the bottom, each opening capable of receiving paper toweling from an inner end of a roll of center pull paper toweling; anda selectively positionable access-blocking member attached to the support structure, the access-blocking member having a first position and a second position for alternatingly blocking access to one of the first and second openings while providing access to the other one of the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Robert S. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6086013
    Abstract: A frame that folds to a compact, folded, generally flat shape, and that unfolds to an A-frame with spool-receiving bars hung preferably on both the front side frame and back side frame of the A-frame. The spool-receiving bars are removably received in the cradle spaces of open-topped brackets that extend from the frames. Preferably, no connection is made between the A-frame and the bar or spools, except that the bar rests securely in the brackets due to gravity. Each bar has at least one, and preferably only one, set of radial plates near one end. The plates are spaced to abut the sides of the bracket and/or the side surfaces of the preferred square tubing of the frame legs, so that the plates prevent axial movement of the bar so that the bar ends do not slide or fall out of the brackets. The plates may be sized to also act as a retainer for holding the spools from falling off of that end of the bar when the bar-spool unit is being removed from the caddy and transported or otherwise handled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventors: Lloyd R. Looney, Jr., Joe V. Yrazabal
  • Patent number: 6086006
    Abstract: For use in obtaining and maintaining evidentiary integrity as admissible evidence of audio and/or video recorded factual events on a recording tape, feed and a take-up reels each has two paired separate female bearing surfaces. For each of the feed reel and the take-up reel when utilized in paired or cassette arrangement, one of the paired two female bearing surfaces is of a differing shape and/or dimension than the remaining one. One of the paired female bearing surfaces is permanently detachably from the other. The other of the paired female bearing surfaces is inaccessible for the spindle-gear driving thereof by a drive spindle prior to removal or detachment of the initially utilizable drive or feed surface(s). The feed reel removable female bearing surface has a different size or shape or inner diameter of the female bearing surface than that of the female bearing surface of the drive reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Frank C. Scerbvo, III
  • Patent number: 6047920
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing toilet tissue and at least one other product includes a top wall and two opposing side walls connected together to form a housing. The apparatus is readily attachable to ordinary toilet tissue roll holders using a spindle of the roll holder and without the need for adhesives or the like. The apparatus receives at least one roll of toilet tissue by a spindle or by other known hardware. The top wall is adapted for holding additional products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald David Dearwester, John William Toussant
  • Patent number: 6039286
    Abstract: A strap tensioning apparatus for a strapping machine comprises a large pulley which is power rotated during strap feeding by powered rollers pulling strap off of a feed strap coil. Tension is maintained on the end of the strap being pulled from the feed strap coil by inertial movement of the large pulley and other rotating elements after power to the rollers is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Abrams, Timothy Pearson, Ronald Gurak
  • Patent number: 6003804
    Abstract: A storage system for organizing, handling and storing small electrical appliances with powercords and adapters, in an orderly and efficient manner for ease of access, and especially for handling and storing loose powercords. The system comprises a powercord storage tool, and an appliance storage container. The powercord storage tool provides efficient means for gripping, winding and retaining a powercord. It also provides means for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to an electrical appliance, and alternately for attaching the tool, with powercord on it, to the outside of the appliance storage container. The appliance storage container provides storage of the appliance inside, and a rack on the outside for attaching and holding the tool, with powercord wound thereon, onto the outside of the container. The tool also provides manual guiding and direct sensory feedback to the operator of the tension on the powercord while it is being wound onto the powercord storage tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: James E. Vara
  • Patent number: 5996930
    Abstract: To dispense optical fiber, electrical wire, or the like between two desired points, a line dispenser and dispensing method for dispensing a line preliminarily housed inside to the outside of the line dispenser is provided. Particularly, the line dispenser is characterized by provision of a guide member, which is provided between a body portion of a reel and an aperture for dispensing the line to the outside of the line dispenser and which is rotatable about the center axis of the reel. This rotatable guide member enables smooth dispensing of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Katayama, Kenji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5996932
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a chamber filled with fluid and cascading contents, such that when tape is dispensed, the chamber rotates, thereby causing the cascading contents to cascade through the fluid. Furthermore, the cascading chamber assembly includes a display portion and a clear chamber cover whereby indicia inscribed on the display portion are viewable through the chamber cover. Also, the dispenser may include a sound-producing mechanism for producing an entertaining sound or sounds when the chamber rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Paul Wang
  • Patent number: 5975450
    Abstract: An x-y positioning system having a reduced footprint for use in a tape library mountable in standard electronics racks incorporates a cantilevered x-axis frame movably mounted to a single y-axis rail. A rotation preventer is mounted to one end of the frame for stability. An elevator mounted to the x-axis frame for translation in that axis carries a gripper for cartridge handling. The gripper is aligned with individual cartridges contained in tape library magazines by the x and y motion of the elevator. The gripper mechanism provides pass-through handling of tape cartridges for insertion and removal from tape transport units and storage magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Plasmon LMS, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Leger, Scott R. Patterson, Ryan S. Porter
  • Patent number: 5967437
    Abstract: A machine for winding film, a method of manufacturing spools of pre-stretched film, and spools of pre-stretched film obtained as a result, are disclosed. The method of winding spools of pre-stretched stretchable film includes importing oscillation to the film with a component perpendicular to the axis of the film. For example, during pre-stretched and winding of the film on a take-up spool, a feed spool, i.e. a spool from which the stretchable film for stretching is taken, is caused to oscillate, and/or the take-up core is caused to oscillate. This ensures that successive layers of film are offset, in particular at the margins of the film. Spools of film obtained in this way do not have portions of extra thickness and lower tension at the margins as is the case prior art spools of pre-stretched film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Thimon
    Inventors: Jean Paul Martin-Cocher, Georges Jaconelli
  • Patent number: 5961065
    Abstract: A method for winding a web onto a spool at least partially supported on a support roll in which the web passes through a nip formed between the support roll and a roll formed by the web winding on the spool. The roll being formed is loaded and/or supported by at least one loading/supporting unit which is/are displaced during initial winding stages in a direction substantially in a plane passing through a central axis of the support roll and a central axis of the roll being formed. Thereafter, the loading/supporting unit(s) is/are displaced in a direction substantially along a path parallel to a circumference of the roll being formed, and during final winding stages, the loading/supporting unit(s) is positioned to support the roll being formed from a bottom region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Valmet Corporation
    Inventors: Kauko Tomma, Pauli Koutonen, Seppo Saukkonen, Jarmo Malmi, Arto Leskinen, Jari Sinkko
  • Patent number: 5950953
    Abstract: A reel for receiving, storing, and paying out a cable, hose at a predetermined fleet angle between upper and lower guides which control the position of said cable, hose on a drum, said predetermined fleet angle being adjustable to a higher or lower angle by moving the guides from position to position around a portion of the circumference of the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Benton F. Baugh
    Inventors: Benton F. Baugh, Scott L. Coates
  • Patent number: 5950955
    Abstract: A tensioning unit (10) with automatic control of the tension (T) of yarn-formed fabrics (F), having a first electric card (50) mounted in an electromechanical cubicle (60) and used to set the drawing parameters or store and load applicational drawing programs, and a second electronic card (50A), identical to the first and mounted on the tensioning unit (10), and which utilizes a processing program to control an inverter (28), that is connected to a drawing motor (25), in response to a feedback signal originating from a linear position transducer (P) rigid with a spring (30) for tensioning the yarn; a third electronic card (40A) is provided to establish communication between the first electronic card (50) and the second (50A) via a serial line (54) using an infrared optical coupling system. The speed of the motor (25) is controlled on the basis of information received to the position of the spring (30), in such a manner as to maintain the yarn tension (T) constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Orizio Paolo S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Favalli
  • Patent number: 5947401
    Abstract: A motion picture film platter assembly having a base, an upright oriented post and at least three vertically spaced support arms. A hub-shaped case is supported on the top surface of each of these support arms. A cylindrical platter having a central bore hole is journaled on an external annular flange of the hub-shaped case and the upper cylindrical wall of the hub-shaped case passes through the bore hole of the circular platter. Each platter has its own drive motor for rotating it. A modular film feed-out unit is removably positioned in the bore hole of one of the circular platters. The film feed-out unit has a top plate and mounted at predetermined positions thereon are a pair of 35 mm or 70 mm film idler rollers and an upright oriented film proximity sensor that is laterally spaced from an upright oriented first keeper roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Richard E Niccum
  • Patent number: 5947408
    Abstract: A recording device operable with continuous paper in the form of a roll includes a pair of drive rollers for selectively rotating the roll in the forward direction for paying out the paper or in the reverse direction. A controller causes the drive rollers to rotate in the reverse direction in response to a preselected signal. Bar codes representative of serial numbers are printed on one side edge of the paper. While the roll is rotated in the reverse direction, a number identification circuit reads the bar codes 41 and detects the leading edge of the paper on the basis of one bar code positioned at the leading edge and another bar code adjoining a roll position which the leading edge overlies. When the number identification circuit detects the leading edge, the controller switches the direction of rotation of the roll from reverse to forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromasa Miyake
  • Patent number: 5944277
    Abstract: A self-locking belt reel has a housing and a reeling shaft rotatably supported in housing. A vehicle sensitive, belt sensitive, or vehicle and belt sensitive control system for locking a movement of the reeling shaft is provided. The control system includes a control disk connected to the reeling shaft. A control pinion is connected to the control disk. A control member meshes with the control pinion. The control member is moveable from a rotational position into a locking position. The control member is moveable between a rotational position and a locking position, wherein in the rotational position the control member releases the control disk and wherein in the locking position the control member locks the control disk to block rotation of the reeling shaft. The control member is in the rotational position when the belt is in an initial state wound onto the reeling shaft. The control member is in the locking position when the belt has been removed by a predetermined amount from the reeling shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Ronald Jabusch
  • Patent number: 5944276
    Abstract: In a driving arrangement for belt tensioners, a working chamber (32) is formed in a housing being assembled of several parts (10, 16), as well as an accommodation space (20) for a gas generator capsule (22), said space being in fluid connection with said chamber. The gas generator capsule (22) is encased by a sleeve (24) which is inserted in sealing contact between said parts (10, 16) of the housing in its accommodation space (20). A pre-chamber (26) is formed in the sleeve (24) opposite the bottom of said gas generator capsule (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Artur Fohl