Patents Examined by John S. Brown
  • Patent number: 4364586
    Abstract: A status record system in which master record cards and a series of operation description status cards associated with each, is provided to furnish significant information with flexibility to inform a user of certain manufacturing aspects, involving for example, sales, inventory, material and supplies, the status of each being quickly ascertained and readily changed to maintain records as events occur to assist in coordinating the production of parts or mechanisms, status information being furnished by the size, shape, relationship and position of status cards with suitable indicia, readily observable to quickly pinpoint areas requiring attention and those which have been attended to as well as those which do not momentarily demand such attention, the indicia being arranged in a helpful relationship for information purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Inventor: Clyde E. Ott
  • Patent number: 4360242
    Abstract: A self-fastening electrical connector suitable for connecting an appliance to a standard AC wall receptacle has prongs pivotally mounted on a moulded body in which there is a channel adapted to receive one end of an insulated wire, the other end of which may be connected to an electrical appliance. The prongs have inwardly directed projections adapted to pierce the insulation of the wires in the channel when the prongs are urged from an open to a closed position and outwardly extending projections adapted to engage complementary notches in a plug housing. The moulded body has additional projections which engage additional notches in the plug housing, when the body and contact prongs are inserted therein, simultaneously to prevent retraction of the assembly formed by the contact prongs and moulded body from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1982
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Poliak, Juan M. Lopez
  • Patent number: 4359181
    Abstract: An improved method of making a cross-flow heat exchange surface of modified perforated or expanded metal is described. One form comprises multiple layers of the metal, stacked and laminated together by brazing. Advance in the state-of-the-art is the novel manufacturing process designed to optimize heat transfer at reduced manufacturing cost. Prior knowledge on manufacture of porous metal laminates has principally involved the weaving, layering, and bonding of wire meshes. This process obviates the need for weaving and results in a more rigid, open, low-fouling structure suitable to withstand the rigors of vigorous cleaning. The unique characteristic of this exchanger lies in the design of the lamina. A lamina comprises two expanded metal areas with a section of solid metal between. The purpose of the solid section is to provide a thermal conduction path between the two open sections. It also serves as a partition to separate the two gas streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Inventor: John Chisholm
  • Patent number: 4359257
    Abstract: An improved electrical connector is disclosed for terminating multi-conductor flat flexible cable. The connector includes a housing which is pre-loaded with a plurality of terminals, each having an insulation displacing portion extending from a mating face, and a cover which is adapted to be held on the housing in a spaced position, in an unterminated condition, and which fully seats against the housing upon termination. The cover further includes both cable stop means and conductor positioning means. The connector further can include a snap-in handle member which makes it easier to remove the assembled connector from an associated header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward J. Lopinski, Kenneth R. Parmer
  • Patent number: 4355853
    Abstract: A junction box assembly for an automobile comprising a main junction box releasably coupled mechanically and electrically to an auxiliary junction box, the main junction box comprising an insulating housing enclosing at least one circuit board providing distribution networks for electrical supplies to main appliances and having plugs or sockets for connection to sockets or plugs terminating main appliance leads, and the auxiliary junction box comprising an insulating housing enclosing at least one circuit board providing distribution networks for electrical supplies to auxiliary appliances, the housing of the main junction box having means projecting from a rear face to attach the main junction box to the bulkhead of an automobile engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Friedrich J. A. Kourimsky
  • Patent number: 4355916
    Abstract: The present loose leaf binder consists of two main sections each provided with spaced half rings and held together by means of metal links or a length of suitably bent metal wire. Between the two main sections of the binder there is an elongated strip selectively movable to open and close complementary pairs of the binder half rings. The free ends of the complementary pairs of half rings are duly fitted with protruding extensions which overlap when the binder is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Inventor: Claudio B. Cardellini
  • Patent number: 4355821
    Abstract: A loose-leaf display binder formed of a cover of flexible sheet material, preferably of one piece and of uniform bendability from top to bottom, which forms front and back cover panels hinged to a spine panel, and also a triangular brace panel hinged to the lower edges of the cover panels and foldable flat against their inner faces to permit the binder to be opened and closed as a book. The binder also includes a stiff spine bar having means such as loose-leaf rings for binding leaves thereto. The upper portion of the spine bar is fixedly connected to the upper portion of the cover spine panel, and the lower portion of the cover is left free to be flexibly bowed rearward away from the lower end of the spine bar to form a rear display support for the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: Crawford Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Z. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4355824
    Abstract: The record indexing system includes a substrate sheet with a plurality of removable labels adhered on one surface of that sheet. The labels are substantially uniform in size and each extends along an associated longitudinal axis. Each label includes three zones on its top surface. The first zone extends from one end of the label along its longitudinal axis, the second zone extends from the other end of the label along that axis and the third zone separates the first and second zones and has a predetermined length in the direction of the axis. The first and second zones are characterized by one optical absorption spectrum and the third zone is characterized by another optical absorption spectrum. The separator zones for the labels are offset from one end of the labels by a different distance for each label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Inventors: Joseph Weber, Maria L. Weber
  • Patent number: 4355822
    Abstract: A protective book cover includes a pair of pocket sections for removably receiving the front and back covers of a book with the open ends of the pocket sections disposed toward but spaced from each other by a distance less than the width of each pocket and with the pocket sections connected together by a spline joined to the outer members of the pocket sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Inventor: Edward L. McHugh
  • Patent number: 4354783
    Abstract: An improvement on commerical machines which bind documents using plastic strips. The punch mechanism may be automatically actuated when the paper sheets are properly aligned on a punch platen or actuated manually at the user's discretion. Distance of the holes from the edges of the sheets may be indexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Assignee: Velo-Bind, Inc.
    Inventor: Elmer G. Szanto
  • Patent number: 4352582
    Abstract: A loose leaf binder for apertured loose leaves comprises a pair of hinged plastic back sections having a substantially angular cross section, and a cover pivotally connected to each of said back sections. An elongated metal plate which is rigidly secured to each of said back sections is provided with a plurality of arcuate prongs lying in planes substantially perpendicular to the hinge axis. The binder also comprises a locking member and an elongated, slidable latch member for interengagement with said locking member. Means are provided for manually displacing said latch member in its longitudinal direction between a locking position and a release position against the action of spring means for resiliently biasing the latch member towards its locking position. At least one of said arcuate prongs is secured to said metal plate nearer, and extends at a smaller radial distance from, the hinge axis of said hinged back section than the other prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Inventor: Erik Eliasson
  • Patent number: 4352538
    Abstract: A low profile connector for a printed circuit board is attached to the insulated conductor wires of a wiring harness passive between a connector body and a cover. The terminals have contact bows attached to the leading edges of channel-shaped portions which mount the terminals on ribs in the terminal cavities. The channel-shaped portions have projecting tails under the cover which have aligned slots for making electrical and mechanical connections with the insulated conductor wires. The connector includes a strain relief feature and a panel mounting feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Charles E. Fowler
  • Patent number: 4352540
    Abstract: An improved electrical plug comprises two housings, wherein the lower housing has two stop blocks formed symmetrically on the inside rim thereof, a cross-shaped division plate on its center portion, a plurality of protrusions provided on both surfaces of the stop blocks and the division plate for securing two twisted conducting prongs in their appropriate position by engaging orifices at the end surfaces of the conducting prongs with the protrusions for quick and safe connection and/or disconnection with respect to the lower housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Inventor: Liang-Huang Liu
  • Patent number: 4352583
    Abstract: This invention in general relates to improvements in telephone directory binders for telephone books used in public telephone facilities and like books, where the books and binders are subjected to hard use and often are the target of vandalism and theft; and to improvements in lanyards for hanging the binders, the securing thereof in the binders, and improved wall mounting members to secure the opposite ends of the lanyards on a wall or other surface, e.g., adjacent the public telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Inventor: Dominic R. Errichiello
  • Patent number: 4351546
    Abstract: In a channel clip report binder of the type wherein the marginal edges of a stack of leaves to be bound together are clipped between a pair of resilient side walls of a channel clip member, a cover is provided by hinging together major and minor portions of front and back cover sheet portions, respectively. The minor portions of each of the front and back cover sheets are bonded to the outer faces of the channel side walls in mutually opposed face-to-face relation. The hinges of each of said front and back cover sheets are disposed generally parallel to and adjacent to the base portion of the channel clip member. In one method of cover construction, a unitary cover sheet is pleated to provide a minor cover portion having one inwardly directed inverted V-shaped pleat adapted to receive the channel clip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Inventor: Richard Cognata
  • Patent number: 4351547
    Abstract: An improved copy-proof document is disclosed having a cancellation phrase with an alternating dot pattern which enhances both the detail rendition and protection of such documents. The method of making such a document by preprinting the cancellation phrase in a single tone pattern of alternating dot sizes is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Burroughs Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Brooks, II
  • Patent number: 4350405
    Abstract: A connector for self-stripping insulated electric conductors, said conductor including a fork or clip type conductive connection part with at least two resilient arms between which is provided a slot for inserting the electric conductor to be connected, the connection part being designed for inserting in a cavity in a stand made of insulating material. The double fork type connection part (75) has two inclined slots (64, 65) whose axes converge towards the top of the connector. Application to electric connections, in particular in telecommunications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme dite: MARS-ACTEL
    Inventors: Claude Yapoudjian, Roger Pochet
  • Patent number: 4350408
    Abstract: There is disclosed a pin connector particularly suited for use in automotive ignition wiring. The pin connector comprises a metal shaft for insertion into the standard wire receiving sleeves of distributors, coils and the like and, for this purpose has a metal shaft with a diameter less than that of the sleeve to be received loosely therein with a groove intermediate its length to oppose the annular slot of the receiving sleeve and a resilient retainer seated in this groove and resiliently projecting into the slot to retain the pin connector in the sleeve. The pin connector has a prong connector end having a bulbous end with a reduced diameter neck to receive a box connector that has a mating socket with a detent to be received over the prong connector and to complete the connection to an ignition wire. The pin connector is sized of lesser diameter than the internal diameter of the receiving sleeve to provide a tolerance therebetween, accommodating manufacturing imprecisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Bill J. Hays
  • Patent number: 4349940
    Abstract: A faucet handle assembly includes an open-ended sleeve connectable to a valve stem by a screw inserted and removed through the open end. A handle projects laterally through openings in the sleeve, and a removable thimble covers the open end, the handle passing through openings in the thimble to hold the thimble in place. In the preferred embodiment, the handle and sleeve openings are non-circular and there are spacers and decorative end nuts to hold the handle axially. The invention is also useful for other items such as towel racks and robe hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Gary A. Fleischmann, Clarence E. Klessig
  • Patent number: 4349237
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector into which a printed circuit board or card may be inserted and card guides associated with the connectors which guide and support the inserted card. More particularly, the connector consists of two housings having a common center card-receiving slot with terminals lining the walls thereof. Pins on the terminals pass through the base of the housings for insertion into a printed circuit mother board or the like. The guides have slots into which the edges of the printed circuit board slide. A flexible latch on the guides lock the boards against inadvertant movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert F. Cobaugh, Norwood C. Graeff