Patents Examined by Leonard D. Christian
  • Patent number: 4648540
    Abstract: A web processing line comprises a plurality of web processing modules operatively interconnected by intermodule bus. Each web processing module comprises a tool, tool drive, tractors and tractor drive. Microprocessors receive parameters from a control panel. Web movement is coordinated with tool movement by the microprocessors for web operations in variable locations on variable lengths of web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Inventor: Leonard R. Steidel
  • Patent number: 4632334
    Abstract: In a tape cassette possessing symmetrically arranged support liners, a compressive force dependent on the tape roll diameter is exerted by the liner and utilized for centering the roll and the tape. Force/diameter relationships, and embodiments of folded liners for achieving individual forces are described. A novel dynamic liner arrangement can be used in any tape cassette possessing high winding speeds and sensitive tapes, with frequently alternating rewind/playback operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Norbert Schaeffer, Dietmar Pfefferkorn, Roland Sold, Uwe Brinkmann, Ludwig Kreitner, Roland Sigwalt
  • Patent number: 4623105
    Abstract: A video cassette with two reels which are arranged in plane-parallel fashion for winding and unwinding a magnetic tape and with a locking mechanism consisting of a pivotal two-armed pawl for each reel which can be slipped on a support. One lever arm engages in a toothed reel flange in the inoperative position of the cassette and the other lever arm rests on the disengaging component of a vertically rotatable release lever. The locking mechanism also includes moulded pre-tensioning arms, the deflection points of the pre-tensioning arms rigid with the housing at the support lie close to the rotational axis of the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Assignee: Agfa Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Albert Pertzsch, Hubert Brunner, Ludwig Zeroni
  • Patent number: 4621779
    Abstract: A tape cassette, in particular a video cassette, comprises two flanged reels and, between the flanges of each reel, a spring member as a biassing means to prevent the tape from slipping off the roll or folding over. The spring members can be attached to the side walls or rear wall of the housing, and their free ends constantly bear against the peripheries of the tape rolls. In specific embodiment the spring member advantageously includes the braking spring for a reel-braking device. By using a conductive material on one or both sides of the spring member and appropriately arranging the spring member relative to a tape guide element or to an element grounded on the tape recorder, it is possible to directly prevent tape loop formation, which is a cause of tape slippage and folding-over. Moreover, tape winding and unwinding are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Fitterer, Roland Roos, Wulf Muenzner, Werner Balz, Heinz Berger
  • Patent number: 4619420
    Abstract: A pressure spring for reels in tape cassettes, for example video cassettes, possesses fastening means which are arranged in the area of a depression in the particular reel to which pressure is to be applied. In practice, the pressure spring is designed for a two-reel cassette and is in the form of a two-armed spring having fastening arms roughly parallel to these arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Schoettle
  • Patent number: 4614315
    Abstract: A bi-directional tape recorder having a single tape tension control device operable in both directions of tape transport. A flexible brake band is wrapped around a braking disc, both ends of the band being secured to the chassis. A tape tension sensing lever presses against a substantially taut part of the brake band between the braking disc and one of the two fixed ends, so that a force exerted by the lever transversely to the brake band produces a change in tensile force in the brake band which is larger than that exerted by the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Wilhelmus P. M. Gerrits, Alois Huber
  • Patent number: 4614287
    Abstract: Pin tractors which are used in various printers, typewriters, etc. for use as output devices for electronic computers, especially for personal computers. This pin tractor has a synthetic resin frame around which a belt carrying pins is wound revolvably and a presser member made of synthetic resin supported revolvably by said frame. Blank paper having feed perforations at its both edges is held between said frame and said presser member. Pins of said belt carrying pins are engaged with feed perforations of blank paper for feeding blank paper. Said presser member has pawl parts and said frame has concaves to correspond to said pawl parts. Said pawl parts are fitted in said concaves to keep said presser member opened in the specific degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Assignee: Bando Chemical Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Ueno, Sadao Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 4613095
    Abstract: A plate spring for tape cassettes advantageously consists of two long and two short spring arms whose shapes and dimensions are optimized to achieve minimum wastage of material during punching from a sheet-metal strip. The length of the fastening arms is preferably about the same as the width of the ends of the long spring arms or less or at most 1.5 times the width. The spring can be used for all types of tape cassettes, regardless of whether they contain magnetic tape, film or other recording media. A tape cassette possesses a plate spring which has this form and is fastened by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Schoettle, Herbert Dietze, Juergen Dreyer, Eugen Kamm, Peter Wieme, Volker Frank
  • Patent number: 4611737
    Abstract: A tractor for feeding perforated webs, such as perforated paper in a computer printer, typewriter or the like has a frame which locates a sprocket and a belt having pins projecting from the belt and lugs driven by the sprocket. To provide precision feeding of the web the lid is arranged with respect to the frame so that the web is maintained substantially at the pitch line of the belt where the pins enter, are engaged by and leave the perforations. The distance between the surface of the lid which faces the belt and the belt surface is limited such that the perforations contact the pin surface below a critical position where the web clings to the pins. This is the position where the angle between the surface of the belt and a line from the position of repose perpendicular to a tangent to pin surface which intersects the belt surface is equal to the art tangent of the coefficient of friction between the web and pin materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Precision Handling Devices Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hubbard, Leo J. Kerivan
  • Patent number: 4610380
    Abstract: A stagger feeder for a downstream machine such as a power press and the like is disclosed having a structure particularly suited to provide an actual linear path of movement of an activated feed head identical to the effective feed stroke of the material being moved by that feed head. Two movable feed heads are linked together mechanically, and the motion of these feed heads is controlled by a crank mechanism actuated by an indexing mechanism to trigger a pre-pressurized drive cylinder to effect feed stroking. Simplified adjustment of the effective length of the feed stroke is provided by the direct action stagger feeder of this invention to readily accommodate different size blanks in the downstream machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Pressmate, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin W. Plumb
  • Patent number: 4607809
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing toilet paper holder and roll dispenser for residential use that includes an enclosed vertical tubular body that receives the rolls, with a bracket adapted to fit over the top rim of a conventional residential toilet tank under the tank cover without the need for any special fasteners or wall damage. An actuator rod is slidable in axial slots in the body to shift the rolls upwardly so that the top roll may be easily removed, and the rod may be locked in any desired position by simply rotating the rod 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Inventors: Charles F. Sineni, Debra A. Sineni
  • Patent number: 4607808
    Abstract: A conductive, carbon-filled acetal resin capstan within a belt driven tape cartridge is rotatably supported by a pin and includes a cylindrical outer surface for engaging a drive belt. The capstan is electrically conductive to dissipate static electrical charges and includes a polytetrafluoroethylene-filled acetal resin sleeve interposed between the pin and the capstan to increase the wear resistance of the capstan where it frictionally engages the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Leslie M. Collins
  • Patent number: 4607806
    Abstract: A cable reel having cardboard ends and core which are reinforced by a hollow plastic axis having flanges secured to each end, the flanges pressing against the outer surfaces of the ends and being held to the axis by sonic-welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Merline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl F. Yealy
  • Patent number: 4605145
    Abstract: A structure is disclosed primarily but not exclusively as a supplement to an existing printer or typewriter or the like, which structure includes a clamping shaft, either for clamping endless sheet stock against the traction device for the stock, or against an added on anvil bar or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: Mannesmann AG
    Inventors: Gunther Engelhardt, Gerhard Lohrmann
  • Patent number: 4605148
    Abstract: Planetary wire-feeding device having a body with a hollow threaded shank. On the body there are two two-arm levers pivotally mounted thereon, the levers having long and short arms. The short arms of the levers are in contact with the outer faces of radially reciprocable pistons which carry wire-feeding rolls. The long arms of the two-arm levers are in contact by means of guiding rolls with a guiding cone which is mounted axially movable along the hollow threaded shank of the body. The internal side of the guiding cone is in contact with one end of a coil compression spring which embraces the hollow threaded shank. The other end of the spring is in contact with an adjustable abutment or calibrating its compressive force. The device of the invention allows a variable calibration of the pushing force as required, changing in the diameter, type of material, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: Insitute po Technicheska Kibernetika iRobotika
    Inventors: David A. Samokovlitski, Georgi I. Georgiev, Rumen P. Peychev, Sami S. Levi, Lazar O. Petrov
  • Patent number: 4595154
    Abstract: A portable molded plastic roll stock dispenser with a housing for the roll, a supporting pedestal and a hollow base which can be filled with ballast. The housing has flexible tabs formed in the sidewalls thereof, with projecting stubs which engage the open ends of the core of a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: Thomas A. Swope
  • Patent number: 4591083
    Abstract: In a threading arrangement for strip-shaped material with a timely operating overlapping of gaps of guiding for the material after a supply device for example at treatment locations, particularly at treatment devices for band-shaped photographic layer carrier, a guiding rail is provided for guiding the material at both flat sides and at a side edge, and the guiding rail is movable in the plane of the material transverse to its transporting direction with a guide for the side edge to an overlapping position and after threading from said position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert AG
    Inventors: Gunter Heidrich, Bernd Payrhammer
  • Patent number: 4588142
    Abstract: A stationary or mobile cable spooling system for winding up electrical cables used on drilling rigs comprised of an axle for insertion into a cable spool, a yoke for rotationally mounting the axle, a hydraulic motor coupled to the axle for rotating the spool and a cable guide system which evenly winds the cable onto the spool. The cable guide system is comprised of a cable guide mounted on a diamond grooved shaft which traverses from one side of the shaft to the other guiding the cable onto the spool. The hydraulic motor is driven by a pressure compensated hydraulic pump which prevents excessive force being applied to the cable as it is being wound on a spool. If the cable should catch or bind in any fashion and the stress on the cable exceeds a certain amount, the hydraulic motor will slowly stop when the pressure in the hydraulic pump exceeds a pre-determined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Inventor: Fred H. Malzacher
  • Patent number: 4580711
    Abstract: A gripper device which is a part of a slide-fastener finishing apparatus and which is used to grip and take out completed fasteners successively by grippers reciprocally moved along the fastener flow direction.The improvement comprises placing a driven belt-like member in an endless fashion over two rotation wheels, the wheels being positioned on an extended line of fastener flow at predetermined intervals, mounting two gripper-equipped members on the belt-like member at equal intervals, each gripper equipped member including a gripper which is movably mounted so as to be able to align with the center of the completed fastener outlet port, moving each gripper-equipped member to the completed fastener outlet port by rotating the rotation wheels in forward and reverse directions, and then gripping and taking out the completed fasteners with each gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Iimura
  • Patent number: 4580743
    Abstract: A spool for materials which can be wound, such as ropes, cables and the like, includes a spool core and two spool flanges positioned on its axial ends, the flanges including a support structure having radial support members positioned between an inner ring and an outer ring, and an inside surface-like casing is supported on the support structure, the casing consisting of a plurality of individual segments, each segment being disposed between the radial support members, the segments being detachably fastened to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Industriewerk Nachf. Seifert & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ernst Bauer, Joachim Burkert