Patents Examined by Kevin Weldon
  • Patent number: 6159292
    Abstract: A taper ruler coating nylon resin forming structure that includes mainly a forming structure body, a guide locator stem body, a positioning block, a forming die, and a stopper. The structure provides an improved forming structure for producing pre-printed tape ruler strips that are coated with a layer of nylon resin. The coating give the strips improved suppleness and increased wear resistance against frictional abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Cheng-Hui Hsu
  • Patent number: 6155299
    Abstract: A valve device, in particular a window and lens cleaning device in motor vehicles, includes a housing (1) with a duct (2) and at least one nozzle (3), and also a tubular connecting piece (4) for feeding a pressurized fluid, in particular a cleaning liquid, into the duct and to the nozzle. The connecting piece (4) is provided at its nozzle-side end with a nonreturn valve which blocks a return flow from the nozzle to the connecting piece, wherein the connecting piece (4) is open at its nozzle-side end. The nonreturn valve comprises of an elastic shaped part (8) with a mouth which is normally closed and can be opened by the pressure of the cleaning liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventor: Uwe Martin
  • Patent number: 6155494
    Abstract: A rotary nozzle device containing an outer casing (5) having an internal chamber (10) with a liquid exit (11) and a lateral surface of revolution upstream of the exit (11), and a rotary nozzle (20) positioned within the internal chamber (10) and traversed by an axial conduit (21) for liquid passage, and having its upper end, into which the axial conduit opens, positioned against and closing the exit (11), its final portion (24) being inclined to the nozzle axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Annovi E Reverberi S.R.L.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Fabbri, Filippo Cavallini
  • Patent number: 6155497
    Abstract: A sprayer tank is molded with a threaded boss. A hose adapter is coupled with the boss and possesses several attributes including the ability to swivel independently of the tank fitting hose nut, and ability to remove the swivel part, supply tube and hose without removing the tank fitting hose nut. A pressure relief valve is associated with the adapter for venting the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Robert Clive Hudson, Jr., Alan Lonneman, Lester Robert Small
  • Patent number: 6152384
    Abstract: A spraying device for windscreen washer nozzles of automobile vehicles has a fixing body and a spraying body which are coupled coaxially to each other and to a nozzle body attachable to a body work and connectable to a cleaning liquid tube. The coupling of the fixing and spraying body forms a cleaning liquid inlet chamber, a plurality of independent intermediate chambers which lead into the inlet chamber, and an outlet chamber which links with intermediate chambers by ducts, while an outlet of the cleaning liquid in spray form is implemented through an orifice in the spraying body superimposed on the outlet chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Fico Transpar, S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel Mota Lopez, Juan Jesus Elvira Peralta
  • Patent number: 6152385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering device (1) for a spray nozzle passage opening (64) of a headlight washer system (66) for a motor vehicle. The covering device has a hinged door (14) which fits flush into a pivoting mounting frame (10) placed in the opening (64) and which, in the closed position under spring tension visibly covers the entire opening (64) in which the mounting frame (10) is inserted. In this way, the covering device (1) fits flush into the surrounding exterior skin (80), thus ensuring a smooth and even seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft and Magna Pebra GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Nuber, Manfred Huttner, Andreas Langer
  • Patent number: 6149069
    Abstract: A humidifier bottle assembly and a method for operating a humidifier are presented. The humidifier bottle assembly includes a humidifier bottle adapted to hold water and a humidifier bottle receptacle adapted to receive the humidifier bottle. The receptacle includes a pivot point about which the bottle pivots and a biasing member adapted to situate the bottle in a given angular position in response to the amount of water contained in the bottle. In particular embodiments, the biasing member causes the bottle to assume the given angular position within the receptacle when the bottle is empty, and further, the biasing member is adapted such that the bottle pivots from the given angular position within the receptacle when the bottle contains water. The amount of angular displacement of the bottle from the given angular position is a function of the amount of water present within the bottle, and thus, may be used to communicate the amount of water contained in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Terrence L. Stanek, Mark J. Tomasiak
  • Patent number: 6149073
    Abstract: A wear and scuff-resistant plunger for use in high pressure fuel system components in internal combustion engines is provided. The plunger, which is formed of a high thermal expansion, high hardness ceramic with a thermal expansion coefficient preferably greater than 6.times.10.sup.-6 /.degree. C. and a hardness preferably greater than 800 Kg/mM.sup.2, maintains a desired optimum minimal diametral clearance while avoiding excessive fuel leakage and efficient plunger function without scuffing or sticking under the high axial, side and pressure loads and variable quality fuels encountered in the fuel system operating environment. Preferred high thermal expansion, high hardness ceramics are zirconia, alumina-zirconia and alumina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan K. Hickey, J. Victor Perr, David M. Rix, Joseph C. Bentz, Thomas M. Yonushonis, Malcolm G. Naylor, Katsuhiro Shinosawa, John T. Carroll, III
  • Patent number: 6145763
    Abstract: An automotive fuel injector having a fluorine-coating amphorous hydronated carbon film coating to resist the formation of carbonaceous deposits thereon. The fluorine-coating amphorous hydronated carbon film is made in part form trifluoromethyltrimethylsilane. The coating helps the fuel injector resist coking or the growth of hard carbonaceous deposits. This reduction in coking and deposits improves the fuel economy and engine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Edward Fleming, Michael Howard Parsons, Robert Eugene Hetrick, William Martin Sheeran, Xia Zhang
  • Patent number: 6142386
    Abstract: A rotary drive sprinkler comprising a housing with a water inlet for coupling to a water irrigation supply and an outlet nozzle. A drive shaft is rotatably retained within the housing and has a portion extending from the housing through the outlet nozzle, around which water is adapted to flow. A rotary distribution member is fixedly articulated to the portion of the shaft and has at least one deflection surface in stream communication with the outlet nozzle. The housing also accommodates a rotary drive mechanism for rotating the drive shaft and a speed regulating mechanism for regulating the speed of rotation of the distribution member. The arrangement is such that the sprinkler is devoid of any dynamic seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Dan Mamtirim
    Inventor: Benjamin Spenser
  • Patent number: 6142388
    Abstract: A two-fluid atomizing nozzle incorporating a novel nozzle cap is described. The nozzle cap comprises support spokes which couple a pintle to the outer frame of the nozzle cap for holding the pintle in position. The support spokes comprise dams which prevent liquid from flowing along the length of the support spokes to the outer frame of the nozzle cap. This improves atomization by causing any liquid which flows along the spokes to reenter the high disturbance region of the nozzle. Additionally, it reduces erosion of the support spokes, particularly near the end of the spokes adjacent to the outer frame of the nozzle cap. Moreover, it reduces erosion of the interior wall of the outer frame of the nozzle cap. In another embodiment the support spokes have a non-planar inlet surface to improve atomization and to reduce erosion of the support spokes and the interior wall of the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: EnviroCare International, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Schwab
  • Patent number: 6138766
    Abstract: Apparatus including two containers, two liquids or liquid mixtures pressued within the containers, a blending section for dispersing intimately one liquid into the other, and a nozzle providing sufficient flow resistance so that the moieties remain liquid in the blending section, and vaporization of the vaporizable moiety occurs within and/or beyond the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Anthony E. Finnerty, Warren W. Hillstrom, Lawrence J. Vande Kieft
  • Patent number: 6135357
    Abstract: Apparatus which is selectively operable at low frequencies (less than 5,000 Hz and preferably between about 100 Hz to about 1,000 Hz) breaks up jets of high-viscosity fluid into monodisperse droplets. The apparatus includes a housing having a chamber, a piston disposed in the chamber, a magnetic-coil system operably attached to the housing and to the piston, and an oscillator for driving the magnetic-coil system. The housing and the piston define a reservoir for receiving a supply of high-viscosity fluid which is acted upon by oscillating motion of the piston to impart pressure perturbations on the supply of fluid so that the fluid upon discharge from the reservoir separates and breaks up into a plurality of monodisperse droplets. Also disclosed is a method for optimizing the performance of the apparatus to minimize the power required for droplet formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeff Lee Herrin, Michael Joseph Molezzi, John Lawrence Dressler
  • Patent number: 6135358
    Abstract: A nasal atomized shower apparatus has a body defining an atomizing chamber, a pressurized air injector arranged at the region of feed of washing liquid to be atomized and facing the atomizing chamber and a conduit for discharging the washing liquid. The apparatus further includes a valve associated with the body, and adapted to control the pressure of the pressurized air for releasing the excessive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Mefar S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fausto Ballini
  • Patent number: 6131819
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative water display having many degrees of freedom. The water display has one or more water display nozzles mounted so that the direction of the nozzle may be controlled such as by a computer. In the preferred embodiment, the pressure of the water delivered to the nozzle may also be controlled as desired. Also controllable with the nozzle direction is appropriate lighting to illuminate the discharge from the nozzle for night time use. The elevation of the entire assembly is controllable, preferably between an operative position, a withdrawn position totally below the water surface and a service position extending above the water surface. Various embodiments and features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, John Canavan, James Doyle, Keith Kalis, Terry Van Blaricom
  • Patent number: 6131821
    Abstract: An agricultural appliance, in particular a field sprayer, that includes a boom construction (1) with a central portion (20) which may, by means of a suspension device, be mounted on a support construction (40), such as a tool bar on a tractor or the like, which is located posteriorly of the boom construction (1). The suspension device includes a pivot (150) that allows for turning of the boom construction (1) about the axis of the pivot which extends substantially perpendicularly to the boom construction (1) and horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Hardi International A/S
    Inventor: Lars Nejsum
  • Patent number: 6129154
    Abstract: A spray nozzle, especially for spraying water in fire prevention systems, has a housing in which there is a vortex chamber into which a first channel into which a first channel for supplying water opens essentially tangentially at a distance from the axis of the vortex and which has a first outlet orifice coaxial with the axis of the vortex. The spray nozzle also has a second outlet orifice arranged inside the vortex chamber so it is coaxial with the first outlet orifice and is located at the end of a second channel that is coaxial with the axis of the vortex. The second channel has an enlarged area upstream from the second outlet orifice, where the cross-sectional area at right angles to the axis of the channel increases in the direction of flow. furthermore, the cross-sectional area of the second channel at right angles to the axis of the channel does not decrease further downstream from the enlargement as seen in the direction of flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Minimax GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Hoffmann, Jorg Mucke, Wilfried Heize
  • Patent number: 6129293
    Abstract: A rotary nozzle head has a rotor nozzle (50) through which flow can take place, two radially adjustable sheet metal deflector plates (30, 32) and a nozzle bearing (42), the axial position of which is adjustable. An axially adjustable functional element carrier (20) is formed at its downstream end as an actuation housing (22) and has the nozzle bearing (42) at the upstream end thereof. In addition, the functional element carrier (20) supports the sheet metal deflector plates (30, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Anton Jager
  • Patent number: 6125879
    Abstract: A release mechanism is provided for a portable sprayer having a pump unit removably connected to a fluid tank. The release mechanism provides locking for the connection between the tank and the pump unit. Moreover, the release mechanism unlocks the connection between the pump unit and the tank, and operates in conjunction with a pressure relief mechanism to concurrently de-pressurize the tank to ease disconnection from the pump unit. Further, the compass of the pressure relief mechanism also serve to automatically relieve pressure when the pressure in the tank exceeds a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob R. Prosper, Tri Nguyen, Colin Dyke, Jerry N. Moscovitch, Rene Allen, Gabriel E. Concari
  • Patent number: 6126093
    Abstract: The invention involves a flow regulator (80) with a flow dispersion device (9) as well as with a flow regulation device (1) that forms the face of the flow regulator (80) which is connected downstream in the flow direction and has several flow-through holes (3). For the flow regulator according to the invention it is characteristic that the flow regulation device (1) has a perforated plate (2) on the outlet side, that has, in at least a partial area constructed as the perforated field of its planar surface that is oriented transversely to the flow direction, several flow-through holes (3) whose guide walls (4) that separate adjacent flow-through holes from each other and extend in approximately the flow direction. Each guide all has a wall thickness that amounts to a fraction of the internal hole diameter of a flow-through hole (3) limited by the guide walls (4), and that the ratio h to D between the height (h) of the guide walls and the overall diameter (D) of the flow regulation device is smaller than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Dieter Wildfang GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Grether, Christopher Weis