Patents Examined by Leo James Peters
  • Patent number: 4678010
    Abstract: A gas-liquid piston accumulator having improved piston lubrication by providing a plurality of blind hole lubricating passages around the periphery of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignees: Gene Purvis, Russell Phelps, Tim Dupler
    Inventors: Gene Purvis, Russell Phelps, Tim Dupler, Patrick Landoll, Leonard Landoll
  • Patent number: 4658860
    Abstract: A workman safety tool for use in the maintenance and repair of open pipelines, and comprising an anchor and a seal that are simultaneously operable and actuated by remote pressure application to ensure securement of the tool while work proceeds, with a pressure test plug and valve to determine and/or to release pressure before release of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Inventor: James R. Reaux
  • Patent number: 4656676
    Abstract: The pressure activated cleaner discharge device is used in a standard toilet water tank, the tank having a ballcock for discharging water to fill the tank from a minimum water level to a maximum water level. The tank also includes a flush valve connected to a toilet bowl for flushing water therein from the tank, and an overflow pipe projecting above the maximum water level having a ballcock refill tube connected thereto for directing a pressure flow of tank water to refill the toilet bowl after said flushing. The cleaner discharge device includes a container in the tank having an inlet and outlet, an inlet water tube connected between the refill tube and the container inlet, and an outlet cleaner tube connected between the container outlet and the refill tube downstream of the inlet water tube connection. The refill tube and its connections and the container and its connections are all liquid-tight from the ballcock to the refill pipe substantially throughout the downstream flow of water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar R. Dufau, Kabir Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 4644977
    Abstract: A reinforced, lightweight, flexible hose that is also abrasion and stain resistant. The hose properties, because of the component nature of the hose, can be varied to provide the most durable and economical hose for a specific application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: The Gates Rubber Company
    Inventor: Robert B. Arterburn
  • Patent number: 4630646
    Abstract: A bevel end protector for protecting the bevel end of a pipe includes an expansible portion inserted into the pipe. The protector is provided with a portion which can be expanded outwardly to secure the protector within the pipe by application of a force thereto using a removable cooperating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: Berg Steel Pipe Corp.
    Inventor: Siegfried E. Koehle
  • Patent number: 4630649
    Abstract: A guide tube for guiding the movement of an endoscope into a passageway includes a tubular body having a front end slanted with respect to an axis thereof. At least that portion of the tubular body adjacent to said front end is axially compressible resiliently and resiliently bendable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Machida Seisakusho
    Inventor: Toshio Oku
  • Patent number: 4622704
    Abstract: A portable sanitary device for cleansing the lower torso of the human body by a stream of warm water extracted from a reservoir of water heated by an electrical heating device is disclosed. The reservoir of the device comprises an enclosed lower compartment containing a heating device and a constant volume of warmed water. An upper compartment open at the top receives a supply of cold water. The upper compartment is detachable from the lower compartment to permit filling with cold water. The upper cold water reservoir contains a tubular extension which extends downward and when mounted to the sanitary device, extends to the bottom of the lower warm water reservoir. A hollow breathing tube extending from the lower compartment to the top of the upper compartment permits gravity feed of the cold water into the warm water reservoir as warm water is pumped from the lower compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Assignee: Health Jet, Inc.
    Inventor: Jing-Yau Chung
  • Patent number: 4616369
    Abstract: A device (15, 18) for use in a body of water (10) as one of a plurality of such devices assembled in axial alignment with one another along a restraining element (16) to suppress incident wave turbulence, the devices having a hub (19, 119) adapted to receive the restraining element, a plurality of planar vanes (23, 123) for directing incident water extending generally radially and axially of the hub, an annular baffle (21, 121) disposed proximate the radial extremity of the vanes, a web (20, 120) for suppressing turbulence extending radially of the hub and oriented substantially perpendicular to the vanes, and elements (30, 130) on the hub precluding relative rotation between adjacent of such devices assembled along the restraining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: McNeil Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas P. Rademacher
  • Patent number: 4613994
    Abstract: A portable enema seat is provided, comprising a base, foldable support secured at one end of the base, and a foldable seat supported by the base and positioned from the foldable support to create a space in which the user can easily access or egress the seat. The seat has a downwardly directed opening therethrough, said seat being discontinuous at a central rearward position remote the pivotable support. The foldable support secures the user of the enema seat when the user is leaning on or against it. A waste receptacle support is also provided to sustain a waste receptacle below the downwardly directed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Inventor: Otto G. Oates
  • Patent number: 4612961
    Abstract: The sealing device for a tube of the invention is constructed bowl-shaped and consists of a jacket, which can be pressed areally against the inner wall of a tube to be sealed. The jacket on the forward side extends into a sealing lip. There is an end partition. The sealing lip has a free end, and by means of a spreading device can be pressed, including the free end, against the inner wall of a tube. In a preferred embodiment, the device has a hydraulically or pneumatically fillable inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Inventor: Manfred Vetter
  • Patent number: 4607664
    Abstract: A plug to be temporarily located in a blocking manner within a pipe of a sewage pipe system of a building. The plug is to be installed within the pipe system as it is constructed. The plug is mounted within a flexible, enclosing wall, sleeve. The plug is constructed to be frangible and totally dissolvable within water. A clamping device is mounted exteriorly on the sleeve directly in the area of the plug. When the plug is no longer needed, the clamping device is operated to effect breaking of the plug and then disposing of the plug through the pipe system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Inventors: Joseph H. Carney, Rudy Lozano
  • Patent number: 4606376
    Abstract: A self-contained integral accumulator assembly includes a two-part housing joined by a central partition. One housing part encloses high pressure nitrogen. The other housing part encloses a volume which is divided by a flexible bladder into an oil chamber and a precharge chamber. The partition includes a recharge passage and a recharge valve for automatically repressurizing the precharge chamber from the high pressure nitrogen when the precharge pressure falls below a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jerald D. Bernard, Sarkis A. Koltookian, Kenneth S. Mealhow
  • Patent number: 4586677
    Abstract: A take-up system for drip irrigation lines consisting of a mobile frame supported on wheels or skids. A predetermined number of take-up bays are provided along the frame. Each bay includes a cable spindle which is positively driven across a clutch by a hydraulic or pneumatic motor. A disk brake is hydraulically actuated to allow the operator to control the speed of the reel. A bearing support assembly is detachably secured to the reels. Each reel bay further includes a leveler which consists of a mechanically oscillatable carriage having a guide at the bottom through which one tubing line passes. The leveler applies the line on the reel evenly as the reel rotates. Cable reels may be removed and replaced with empty reels as required. The device is also operable to control pay-out of lines when the lines are being placed in the field at the beginning of the growing season.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignees: Enrique F. Nevarez, Gordon W. Crossman, Billy C. Nall
    Inventor: Enrique F. Nevarez
  • Patent number: 4573645
    Abstract: A ribbon tension control for controlling the tension of ribbon traveling between a rotating supply spool and a rotating take-up spool varies the amount of braking torque applied to the supply spool to hold ribbon tension constant as the distribution of ribbon between the spools changes. A generator rotationally coupled to the supply spool produces braking torque to resist the rotation of the spool when the generator windings are electrically loaded. The loading of the generator is controlled by processing feedback signals emitted by the generator to provide periodic load switching signals. Processing of the feedback signal is accomplished in the exemplary embodiment by a drag lookup table which is addressed by the feedback signal. The drag lookup table produces a duty cycle value which is used to determine the duty cycle of the switching signal, which, in turn, controls the electrical loading of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Genicom Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel C. Harris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4571751
    Abstract: A drain assembly for sinks, tubs, basins and similar vessels utilizes a strainer body which is of thin wall metal construction, in combination with a plastic housing subassembly, to provide significant savings in manufacturing costs. The spout portion of the stainer body has a thread of relatively coarse pitch, which preferably makes less than a full revolution thereabout and cooperates with an internally threaded metal insert, the latter being permanently affixed within an enlarged portion of the plastic housing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Inventor: J. Bruce Barlow
  • Patent number: 4570272
    Abstract: A toilet bowl flushing device capable of discharging automatically a large amount of flushing water to the bowl immediately after termination of use of the bowl and a small amount of water continuously from the beginning of the use until a predetermined time has elapsed after the large amount discharge. Valve means for controlling the amount of water provided to the bowl includes a small-amount water discharging means and a large-amount water discharging means, and is coupled to a control means including a timer means suitably energizing the small-amount and large-amount water discharging means so that an auxiliary bowl flushing is performed with a small amount of flushing water to prevent sticking of filth to the bowl during the use, a main bowl flushing is realized with a large amount of flushing water immediately after the use, and a small amount of flushing water is kept discharged still after the main flushing to avoid any generation of water hammering phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shojiro Kawaguchi, Kuniyuki Odaka
  • Patent number: 4564961
    Abstract: An appliance for washing the posterior parts of the human body with water is equipped with an outer nozzle and an inner nozzle that is rotatable inside the outer nozzle. The outer nozzle is provided with holes, while the inner nozzle is formed with a plurality of sets of holes. Any desired one set of the sets of holes in the inner nozzle can be brought into registry with the holes in the outer nozzle by rotating the inner nozzle, whereby the area through which washing water is spurted can be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kaneko, Yuji Hirashiba, Shinji Kawai
  • Patent number: 4563166
    Abstract: An extra-resilient shaft coupling. Two rigid parts are interconnected by a resilient intermediate member which transmits torque. The intermediate member includes two external metal ring members which are in the form of one or more peripheral parts and are interconnected by an elastomeric material, preferably vulcanized in situ. To avoid over-stressing the elastomeric material at the regions adjacent to the metal parts, the ring members, near the outer peripheral surface of the rubber element, are provided with an axially projecting annular shoulder which abuts an edge region of the rubber element. The inner peripheral edge of the ring members has an approximately V cross-section, the point of the V being rounded and the outer side surface being recessed relative to the outer surface of the ring member to thus form a peripheral recess for receiving a lip formed on the rubber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Assignee: Hackforth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jurgen Walter, Ulrich Falz, Manfred Lunke
  • Patent number: 4561136
    Abstract: An adjustable shower head assembly is provided which includes a minimum of parts for enabling the adjustment of a shower head to accommodate persons of varying stature. A housing including a front panel, having a slot therein, is provided along which a conventional-type shower head is adjustably mounted therealong, the position of the shower head being maintained at any preselected position along the slot by a flexible hose which is contained within the housing by interior surfaces of the housing sides. The interior surfaces, in effect, provide abutment and a guide means for restricting the shape and position of the hose within the housing. In addition, the force of water through the hose during operation of the shower head exerts sufficient pressure against the housing sides to stabilize the shower head along the slot, despite the forces generated against the shower head by exiting water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Inventor: Martin D. Baer
  • Patent number: 4560365
    Abstract: A speed sensor and cable assembly that connects to an opening in automobile transmission housings and includes a one-piece plastic molded ferrule and gear bearing for supporting the cable and a speed sensor gear in the housing opening. This ferrule has a plurality of spaced integral rigid rings that support the ferrule in the housing opening and it also has an integral shaft projecting in the housing for supporting the speed sensor gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Assignee: Stewart-Warner Corporation
    Inventor: Frank C. Weaver