Patents Examined by Lisa Douglas
  • Patent number: 6540109
    Abstract: Rechargeable containers and dispensers, in particular spray bottle dispensers including at least one chemical reservoir for recharging the spray bottle dispenser. Preferably, a plurality of separate chemical reservoirs containing chemical concentrate are provided within the spray bottle dispenser to fully contain any inadvertent spillage of chemicals, and to insure a high degree of safety against accidental spills, and/or accidental ingestion by children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Sunpat L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Klima, Walter F. Klima, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6533193
    Abstract: A solution fertilizer introduction system for use with automatic lawn watering systems which include an attachment arrangement for introducing liquid fertilizers to underground lawn watering systems. The system may also be used with other chemicals such as weed killers, bug killers or the like that are available in a liquid state for application to lawns. The system includes a quick connect arrangement from the supplied material source to the watering system for removal and replacement of the same and a flow measurer for correlating the additive introduction or flow to water flow with metering and a timer for controlling the additive to produce a desired lawn. A microprocessor may be utilized for control of the additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Dan White
  • Patent number: 6533190
    Abstract: A sprayer. An annular tube is installed at a water outlet of a water main tube. The annular tube is installed with spraying holes. The annular tube is formed with at least one annular tube. The surface of the annular tube is installed with spraying holes. In one embodiment, a first annular tube rotates around the water main tube. Another annular tube rotates around the first annular tube so that water beams from the spraying holes to present a changeable three dimensional effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Yu-Tzu Wang
  • Patent number: 6533196
    Abstract: A dispenser head (1) designed to be mounted on the plunger stem of a dispenser, such as a pump or a valve, for dispensing a fluid substance, the dispenser head (1) includes a body (2) provided with a recess (21) serving to receive the plunger stem, and with at least one duct (22) causing the recess (21) to communicate with a dispenser orifice (45; 35), the dispenser head being characterized in that the body (2) is received securely in an over-cap (3) which covers it while leaving the recess (21) unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Valois S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Ouin, Olivier de Pous
  • Patent number: 6527201
    Abstract: A color selection mechanism for an integrated color selecting and blending system utilizes a disc having a flat surface with an axial projection therefrom for connection to an airbrush in order to supply selected color paint under regulated air pressure from a group of bottles storing different colors of paint. An opening in a convex surface of the disc opposite the flat surface thereof at a predetermined radial distance from the axis of the projection is connected by a slant bore to the axial projection for passing paint under pressure to an airbrush. A cylindrical block having a concave surface for a tight matching fit with the convex surface of the disc has bores parallel to its axis at the predetermined radial distance. By turning the cylindrical block on its axis, the parallel bores, to which the paint tubes are connected, can be individually selected to supply paint by aligning any one of those bores with the slant bore opening of the convex surface of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Max A. Lieber
  • Patent number: 6523759
    Abstract: A fuel injector having a reduced bounce armature is disclosed. The fuel injector includes an upstream end, a downstream end, and a valve seat located at the downstream end. The armature located between the upstream end and the downstream end and includes an upstream armature end; a downstream armature end; and a longitudinal channel extending therethrough. The longitudinal channel includes an upstream portion having a first cross-sectional area and a downstream portion having a second cross-sectional area, with the second cross-sectional area being smaller than the first cross-sectional area. The downstream portion includes at least one interior wall. The armature also includes a flow restrictor element inserted into the downstream portion of the longitudinal channel such that liquid flow from the downstream armature end to the upstream armature end is restricted. The fuel injector further includes a needle located in the longitudinal channel downstream of the transverse channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Corporation
    Inventor: Angelo D'Arrigo
  • Patent number: 6523758
    Abstract: A fuel injector is provided. The fuel injector includes a fuel metering member having first and second ends disposed along a longitudinal axis, a seat located within the fuel metering member proximate the second end, and a needle reciprocably disposed within the fuel metering member. The needle has a longitudinal needle axis. The fuel injector also includes a guide disposed within the fuel metering member proximate to the seat. The guide includes a generally planar disk having a first surface, a second surface, and an outer perimeter. The guide also includes a generally concentric central opening extending therethrough. The central opening is sized to allow the reciprocating element to reciprocate therein. The guide also includes at least one inner opening extending between the first and second surfaces from the central opening toward the outer perimeter. The at least one inner opening extends generally parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Corporation
    Inventor: Didier J. de Vulpillieres
  • Patent number: 6520423
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuated fuel injector is provided for use in conjunction with an internal combustion engine. The fuel injector includes a piezoelectric actuator for actuating an injector valve, and a hydraulic assembly for interfacing between the piezoelectric actuator and the injector valve, where the injector valve axially separates from a discharge outlet in response to longitudinal expansion of the piezoelectric actuator, thereby allowing fuel flow from the fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Giulio Angel Ricci-Ottati, Russell Harmon Bosch
  • Patent number: 6508415
    Abstract: A spray head with a pivotal nozzle having a body and a nozzle assembly pivotally connected to the body. The direction of the nozzle assembly relative to the body is able to be adjusted by a user in order to meet different situations. A switch is coupled to the body to provide convenient control of the water flow. A cap with various kinds of outlets is disposed on the nozzle assembly to produce different types of water jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Tzu-Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 6505782
    Abstract: An aquavision fountain pot is constructed to include a pot body holding an amount of water, a face panel mounted in the pot body, the face panel having separated waterways and top jet nozzles respectively disposed in communication with the waterways, a plurality of motor pumps installed in a watertight chamber defined in the pot body and controlled by a function controller to pump water from the pot body to the waterways and the jet nozzles to show a water dance, and dashboards provided around the jet nozzles to buffer fallen water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Jen-Yen Yen
  • Patent number: 6505783
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for internally sealing live low pressure residential gas supply lines, including gas main tap and associated fittings, by applying sealant to the inside surface of the gas line. Sealing assemblies allow tapping and insertion of tools without gas escape to atmosphere, as well as application of sealant under gas pressure passed through a supply line which has the ability to rotate in order to feed itself through elbows and fittings to the point where sealing is required, as well as achieve uniform spray coverage of the target pipe's inner surface with sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: Richard M. Lazarski, Jr., Thomas V. Gobin, Alan J. Spivey
  • Patent number: 6502765
    Abstract: In one embodiment a spray apparatus includes a nozzle assembly (12) containing six nozzles (14) coupled to a high pressure water feed line (16) and one or more chemical nozzles (20) coupled to chemical feed lines (18). The apparatus includes first and second rotators (22, 32) for rotating the nozzle assembly about generally perpendicular first and second axii (30, 36) through ranges of rotation that are less than 360 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Chase Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Chase
  • Patent number: 6491235
    Abstract: A top serviceable pop-up sprinkler includes a main cylindrical outer housing having a female threaded inlet at a lower end thereof A spring biased tubular riser is mounted inside the outer housing for vertical reciprocation through an opening in an upper end of the outer housing. A nozzle is fixed in a nozzle head rotatably mounted at an upper end of the riser for ejecting a stream of water. The nozzle is rotated over an adjustable arc by a conventional turbine, gear drive and arc adjustable reversing mechanism. A valve actuator component assembly, including a pilot valve, solenoid and pressure regulator is mounted in a generally rectangular component housing that is connected to the side of the cylindrical outer housing. A lid of the component housing aligns with, and effectively forms a part of, a circular ground support flange that extends horizontally from the upper end of the outer housing. The riser opening is eccentrically located in the circular ground support flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Loren W. Scott, Phillip A. Hope
  • Patent number: 6491232
    Abstract: A garden sprinkler includes a housing member, a driving member, a transmission member, and two spray members. The housing member is provided with a receiving space in which the driving member and the transmission member are mounted such that the driving member is engaged with the transmission member. The two spray members are fastenend pivotally to the housing member and are engaged with the transmission member. The spray members are actuated by the transmission member to swing up and down to bring about a uniform irrigation of a garden, lawn, golf course, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Shin Tai Spurt Water of the Garden Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 6478238
    Abstract: A miniaturized ion sprayer device is suitable for coupling with chip-based analytical separation devices, multi-well plates, or surfaces containing residues of prepared samples. One embodiment, a “micro sprayer” device which is suitable for coupling to the terminal edge of a capillary electrophoresis (CE) chip is constructed from modified HPLC tubing and associated fittings and employs a free-standing liquid junction formed via continuous delivery of a flow (1-6 microliters/min) of suitable solvent which carries effluent through a pneumatically-assisted electrospray (ion spray) needle. A second embodiment employs the same features as the microsprayer, but with an extended sampling capillary tube which can reach into the depths of 96, 384, and 1,536 multi-well plates containing either sample solutions or dried sample residues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Wachs, Jack D. Henion
  • Patent number: 6478234
    Abstract: A powder injector assembly for delivering powder into an axial flow of heated gas of a powder coating applicator. The assembly includes a powder injector rotatable in a plane whose centerline is perpendicular to the gas flow for issuing powder thereto. An injection nozzle exit port is integral with and leads from the injector and is disposed in the centerline for angular rotation thereabout, and is alignable into the gas flow for powder melting and subsequent substrate deposition. An integral cooling system maintains the powder in a non-melted state until its exit. The injector is independently movable laterally, axially, and angularly for respective radial, axial, and angular movement of the injection nozzle exit port. Angular movement occurs along a centerline passing through the tip of the nozzle exit port to thereby permit independent angle adjustment without changing axial or lateral locations of the injection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Klein, Hans M. Siewertsen
  • Patent number: 6478240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for generating a gas-droplet stream, wherein the said device includes a gas-dynamic nozzle (1), which is connected to a chamber (2) for mixing gas and liquid and containing a liquid flow dispersion system (3). The chamber (2) is connected to a liquid and gas supply system through a controlled valve, wherein the said valve ensures an early inlet of a gas flow prior to that of the liquid when the device is turned on, and cuts off the liquid supply when the said device is turned off. The valve comprises two closure members (5,6) which interact with the seats provided on the walls of sealed chambers (8,9) and which communicate respectively with liquid and gas supply ducts (10,11). The member (5) is rigidly connected to a rod (7) so as to be brought in contact with the seat in the gas supply chamber (8), while the member (6) is coaxially mounted on the said rod (7) so as to be capable of displacement along the same upon interaction with a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Nauchno-Issledovatelsky Institut Nizkikh Temperatur pri MAI
    Inventors: Eduard Alexandrovich Dorkin, Alexandr Vladimirovich Karpyshev, Igor Alexandrovich Lepeshinsky
  • Patent number: 6474567
    Abstract: A water cooling device for a controlled cooling of wire, small sections, and ribbed concrete wire guided along a wire rod guiding line out of the rolling heat has a support frame that is parallel-slidable or rotatable. Parallel, adjacently arranged cooling water pipelines are provided each having a different inner diameter and mounted on the support frame. Each cooling water pipeline has arranged thereat water boxes. The cooling water pipelines have cooling water pipes having an inner pipe diameter matching the inner diameter of the correlated cooling water pipeline. The cooling water pipes are arranged in the water boxes. Each cooling water pipeline has guide grooves positioned between the water boxes for connecting the cooling water pipes of each cooling water pipeline with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: SMS Demag AG
    Inventors: Rüdiger Grimmel, Karl Keller, Klaus Küppers, Meinert Meyer, Uwe Plociennik
  • Patent number: 6474571
    Abstract: A mechanism for the treatment of materials by pressurized water jets includes a body (1) for supplying water under pressure which includes a feeding chamber (2) extending over the whole length of the body, and wherein water under pressure is fed to the feeding chamber through a filter (4). The body also includes a distributing zone for distributing water under pressure over a whole treatment length against a plate (7) provided with micro-perforations which define water needles (8) directed against the surface (S) of the material to be treated. The material is supported by a carriage element subjected to a suction source eliminating the treatment water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Rieter Perfojet
    Inventors: Laurent Schmit, Bruno Roche
  • Patent number: 6467704
    Abstract: A nozzle for guiding molten metal flowing from a vessel into a mould, the nozzle comprising a conduit which is elongate along an axis which is oriented substantially vertically during use, the nozzle having at least one upper inlet, at least two lower outlets which are inclined to the axis, and at least one lower outlet located generally axially between the inclined outlets, the minimum combined cross-sectional area of the inclined outlets being at least twice as great as the minimum combined cross-sectional area of the one or more generally axially located outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Foseco International Limited
    Inventors: Yogeshwar Sahai, Shuchi P. Khurana