Patents Examined by Kris R. Schulze
  • Patent number: 4455716
    Abstract: The invention contemplates a unitary cable-clamp fitting adapted for equipment or other connection to an overhead-suspension cable or messenger wire. The fitting comprises two side panels integrally connected by a single bend establishing an initially acute angle between the side panels. In a preferred form, the outer edge of each panel is characterized by an elongate flange bent inward and generally toward the opposite side panel, and the initial space between flanges is slightly less than the cable diameter to be accommodated, so that cable assembly and loose retention are achieved via snap-action insertion between the flanges. A nut and bolt, loosely engaged via aligned openings in the panels, is tightened to set the clamp to the cable. Bracket hardware having a mounting opening may be clamped with the same nut and bolt, and the bolt itself may be formed for simple accessory or guy-wire connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Diamond Communication Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ignazio Leonardo
  • Patent number: 4455967
    Abstract: Animal feeding apparatus including a base portion, a support portion, a divider portion and a trough portion; the base portion including a pair of spaced substantially horizontal longitudinal sections, the longitudinal sections being disposed substantially parallel to each other, each of the longitudinal sections having a height significantly greater than the thickness thereof; the support portion including a plurality of spaced transverse members, each of the transverse members extending between the longitudinal sections along the length thereof, an undercarriage disposed adjacent one end of the base portion, the undercarriage including a transverse axle and wheels disposed adjacent the ends of the axle, a hitch disposed adjacent the end of the base portion remote from the undercarriage; the divider portion including an elevated longitudinal center section, the center section being supported on and affixed to the transverse members, the center section being disposed in a generally horizontal orientation inte
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Inventor: Lee H. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 4454634
    Abstract: A safety belt buckle fitted with belt straps and two interlocking parts. These are designed for releasably connecting the belt strap. One interlocking part consists of a locked part and the other interlocking part consists of a locking part. The latter is fitted with a locking member pivoted in the locking part and able to be reset between the position releasing and the position locking the locked part. The locking member is spring loaded so as to attempt to pivot to its releasing position. A detent member is able to be reset between a detent position in which the locking member is prevented from being reset from its locking position and a releasing position in which the locking member is permitted to pivot to its releasing position. An ejector is arranged so as to eject the locked part by the action of a spring when the locking member is rest to the locking position. A link connects the detent member to the ejector. The link is loaded by a spring which attempts to move the ejector to its outer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: AB Stil-Industri
    Inventors: Lennart Haglund, Sigvard Johansson
  • Patent number: 4452390
    Abstract: A portable safe adapted to be disposed and locked within a housing located at a work station receives currency deposited directly into the safe without exposing the contents of the safe. The safe includes a currency transfer tray movable into and out of the container and a pivoting wiper element for sweeping or wiping the tray to discharge currency from the tray into the safe. The tray serves to block the opening through which currency is passed into the safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Boxlox, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. West
  • Patent number: 4450790
    Abstract: Animal food dispensing apparatus is provided which includes a tray with a plurality of food receptacles therein, upper openings generally similar in configuration, and a cover positioned over the tray with an aperture generally like the receptacle openings in configuration and size. The cover is movable among a plurality of successive positions in each of which the cover aperture is in general registration with a receptacle opening, the cover being indexed among these positions by indexing apparatus. Apparatus is provided for selective delivery of liquid to the receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Assignee: Adon Sanchez
    Inventor: Benjamin H. Stansbury, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4449481
    Abstract: A cart for transporting a new-born calf permitting its mother to closely follow it in a natural manner which includes a frame having a front ground-engaging portion, rear ground-engaging portions and at least one central longitudinal member interconnecting the same, and a pair of horse-shoe shaped cradle arms having cradle straps thereon for cradling the new-born calf in an upright position with its legs dangling and unable to touch ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Inventors: Buck Dear, Tim Spencer
  • Patent number: 4449273
    Abstract: The hydraulic device comprises a pumping element which, through a selector assembly, is caused to communicate with one or more driving members provided on a boot and wherewith there is connected a respective hook element for effecting the fastening of the boot, the selector assembly being adapted to allow the releasing of one or all the fastening elements by connecting the respective driving members to a reservoir of a selected working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Baggio
  • Patent number: 4448152
    Abstract: An apparatus for rearing small animals comprises a main structure having rearing spaces disposed one above another and having respective inclined floors, and a nozzle unit is disposed alongside the main structure so as to undergo reciprocation along the same. The nozzle unit carries a plurality of nozzles for ejecting cleaning water toward the respective floors and onto filth scraping blades, which are secured to the nozzle unit and are slidable on the floors, to wash away filth scraped off the floors by the scraping blades, whereby the scraping and washing away of the filth are carried out concurrently. Thus cleaning of the floors is carried out automatically after initial adjustments have been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Inventor: Motohiro Niki
  • Patent number: 4448150
    Abstract: An animal activity housing and monitor includes several vertically displaced levels of animal cages 32 which are angularly disposed about a core 28. The core is mounted for rotation relative to the animal cages and for fiberoptic communication with the cages. The fiberoptic filaments provide for at least one light beam to be sequentially transmitted across the cages within each level for detecting animal position. Surrounding the central core are animal activity stations 36 which may be used for animal weighing, feeding, or experimentation. The cage support structure 24 is mounted for rotational positioning so that cages may be positioned at animal activity stations 36.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Trustees of Boston University
    Inventor: Nicholas Catsimpoolas
  • Patent number: 4446643
    Abstract: A large sized display device including a number of heat generating display elements such as lights, etc. is provided internally with a cooling mechanism which prevents external moisture, etc. from creating problems in the internal equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shozo Fujita, Shunichi Futatsuishi, Takashi Takushima
  • Patent number: 4446798
    Abstract: An improved safe bolt mechanism characterized by: slide bolts coupled to an inner surface of the safe's door by an elongated channel member; guide bars intespaced with the slide bolts and guided by the channel member for movement perpendicular to the slide bolts; elongated, bent cam rods journaled within apertures provided in the slide bolts and connected at their ends to successive guide bars; and a lockable bolt actuating mechanism for moving the guide bars within the channel member and thus extending or retracting the slide bolts due to the interaction of the cam rods and the slide bolts. Each of the slide bolts is individually locked by the cam rods to make forced entry into the safe more difficult. Optional locking pins attached to the guide bars can engage transverse bores provided in the slide bolts to lock the individual slide bolts even more securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Inventor: Clinton E. Withington
  • Patent number: 4447005
    Abstract: A mailbox having a mail carrier door and an owner's door with a signal flag moveably mounted thereatop to indicate the presence or absence of mail therein. A mechanism within the mailbox has a pair of slidable members mounted to a downwardly extending bracket with a flag rod extending through each member and moveable thereby. A pair of springs urge the first member toward the mail carrier door and the second member against the owner's door. A pivotable extension mounted to the mail carrier door is engaged by the mechanism to prevent opening thereof until the owner's door is open allowing the second member to slide therethrough releasing the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Inventors: James B. Kelly, Viola F. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4446642
    Abstract: A peripheral decorative article such as a framing member adapted to be disposed around an article to be framed which is formed integrally and incorporates an inner article engaging portion adapted to frictionally engage the outer surface of the article being framed and having sufficient flexibility to permit insertion of the framing member over the article and sufficient resiliency to retain the framing member in place without incidental movement thereon with respect to the article being framed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Selfix, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Chap
  • Patent number: 4444269
    Abstract: This invention relates to animal hoof covers characterized in that provided a base, a toe cap fixed to the base and first and second fastener support means having tabs extending to either side thereof to which tie means can be mounted for securing the hoof cover to an animals hoof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Inventor: Geoffrey J. Laurent
  • Patent number: 4439898
    Abstract: A slide fastener stringer having a continuous thermoplastic molded coupling element strip attached to a longitudinal edge of a tape. The strip includes a row of spaced coupling elements interconnected by a pair of series of first and second thermoplastic molded connecting portions. Each first connecting portion extends between first legs of two adjacent coupling elements and each second connecting portion extends between second legs of two adjacent coupling elements. A pair of connector threads extends parallel to the first and second connecting portions, respectively, along the full length of the strip and is embedded in the first and second legs, respectively, of each coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Takeshima, Akira Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 4440111
    Abstract: A mineral supplement distributor has a weighted hemispherical base for biasing the distributor into an upright position. A pan spanning the upper portion of the base receives the mineral supplement. A hood affixed to the base extends over the pan to protect the contents of the pan while permitting access by livestock to the mineral supplement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Meyer's Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Donald A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4438726
    Abstract: A cover grating for manure removal canals in stables is formed of elongated lower supports disposed in lateral spaced relation with elongated upper supports mounted on and extending transversely of the lower supports. The upper supports can be inserted downwardly into the lower supports in a direction extending transversely of the longitudinal directions of the upper and lower supports. Openings are formed in the lower supports extending transversely of their elongated direction. The upper supports have downwardly projecting longitudinally extending flanges supported on the lower supports. Further, downwardly extending pawl strips in the upper supports extend through the openings in the lower support and are lockably engaged with walls within the lower support. The walls within the lower support divide it into individual box-like chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventor: Herbert Osthoff
  • Patent number: 4438550
    Abstract: A lockable slider includes a cylindrical plug rotatably mounted in a slider body and a locking member urged at its fore end by a spring member against a cam face of the cylindrical plug for pivotal movement about the one end in response to the rotation of the cylindrical plug, whereby a locking pawl disposed at the rear end of the locking member is brought into and out of locking engagement with a pair of coupling element rows of a slide fastener. The cam face includes a recessed central portion in which the fore end of the locking member is received with the slider in locked position, and a flat peripheral portion over which the fore end of the locking member lying across the recessed central portion is disposed with the slider in unlocked position. The cam face allows the cylindrical plug to be rotated bidirectionally for either locking or unlocking the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Oda
  • Patent number: 4437210
    Abstract: A bridge top stop for slide fasteners comprising: a body including a sidewall inwardly curved to define a substantially inverted U-shaped opening and a pair of plates connected at one edge by the sidewall, each of the plates including a pair of laterally spaced first and second wing portions extending away from said opening and forming in confronting pair together with the sidewall a pair of grooves for receiving therein the reinforced edges, respectively; a bulged rib projecting from the sidewall into the opening and extending longitudinally along the sidewall; and ridges disposed on the respective free ends of the wing portions and extending longitudinally along the grooves respectively for clamping engagement with the stringer tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Takeo Fukuroi
  • Patent number: 4435865
    Abstract: Device for making comb honey includes sections arrangeable in a super. The section combines into a single unit a number of presently used separate components, namely the section perimeter, the foundation, spacing elements, the separator, the package, and a serving dish. A comb forming section is provided with the foundation at the bottom thereof and portions cooperating with an adjacent section to effect appropriate spacing of same. In one embodiment, the foundation is backed by a suitably sloped bottom wall for cooperation with an adjacently positioned section and projecting portions at the bottom of the section engage the top of the adjacent section to effect such spacing. In another embodiment, the foundation may lie flat and projecting portions at the top of one section engage the bottom of the adjacent section to effect such spacing. A cover removably fits over the top of a section to form a closed container for marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Inventor: John A. Hogg