Patents Examined by M. Spisich
  • Patent number: 4958556
    Abstract: Baked goods and in particular hard biscuits and crackers which are hollow and which are adapted to contain a filling are inverted subsequent to baking so that the biscuit or cracker can have a filling inserted therein from the side of the biscuit or cracker that had been contacting the bottom of the oven. It is preferred to insert a filling by means of needle injection into hollow biscuits and crackers through the side that had been in contact with the bottom of the oven since the other side in many instances will contain a fanciful design. The baked hollow forms as they emerge from the oven are inverted by being flowed to a wheel containing longitudinal stepped sections which upon rotation deposit the baked hollow forms on a lower conveyor belt in an inverted form. The hollow baked and inverted forms are then moved to an indexing mechanism which holds the hollow baked forms while they are pierced by a needle and filled with a desired filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Nabisco Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Agostino Aquino, Karl U. Lang
  • Patent number: 4951558
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening on a cooking pot raises and lowers a basket into the pot under the control of a temperature sensor and timer. The lifting and lowering mechanism includes a hollow outer rod and threaded inner rod, the inner rod being driven by a motor. Various arrangements of controls, housing shapes, and a fastener to the cooking pot are provided, as is a stirring mechanism which plugs in place of the lifting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Vincent D. Figliuzzi
  • Patent number: 4951344
    Abstract: Presented is a device for cleaning dirt and debris from the top surface and side surface portions of a beverage can from which the contents are to be drunk directly by placing the mouth on the end of the can surrounding the opening therein. Included is a flange portion that overlaps the side of the can so that a towel sandwiched between the cleaning device and the can wipes away contaminants. Also included is a bead that projects into the groove found on most cans within the rim to thereby press a layer of paper toweling or facial tissue into the groove so that upon rotation of the cleaning device on the end of the can, any contaminants are wiped away, thus preventing them from being entrained with and consumed with the beverage. A concave surface on the cleaning device presses paper towel or facial tissue against the top of the can in the area surrounding where the opening will be formed when the beverage can is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Youbert Alkhato
  • Patent number: 4951341
    Abstract: A wall and ceiling mop is comprised of a plurality of folded flap elements removably secured to a support base. The folded flap elements are segmented and aligned to form radially transverse bands on the support base with intermediate interlocking elements securing the flap elements to the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Mary Shears
  • Patent number: 4949417
    Abstract: An abrasive and/or scouring pad, comprising a core of foam between two nonwovens, wherein the core is a polyurethane foam and the nonwovens are based on a mixture of polyamide and polyester fibers. The polyamide has physical properties similar to those of the polyurethane foam. The nonwovens and the foam are bonded together at their periphery by thermal-welding, either directly, or by two layers of heat-fusible or heat-softening material placed on either side of the foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Spontex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Wertz, Jacques Baudonnel
  • Patent number: 4945600
    Abstract: The pane wiper apparatus for the windshield of a motor vehicle has a driven wiper implement in the form of a wiper strip which is moved over the height of the windshield. The strip is guided and driven by guide and drive elements arranged in side or edge regions of the windshield, and a prescribed tension is imparted to the wiper strip. The wiper can be guided so that it does not lift off of the pane surface even at high vehicle or operating speeds, and the wiped field is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Cedar Grove Limited
    Inventor: Gunter Gastmann
  • Patent number: 4945825
    Abstract: Disclosed is a machine for moving bakery pans in a stepwise fashion to enable rows of cups in the pans to be filled with dough packets. The rows of cups are spaced apart a predetermined distance which will vary depending upon the type of bakery product being made. The pans are carried by a converter and an indexing device is used to prevent these pans from being moved by the conveyor until individual rows of cups are filled with dough packets. The indexing device includes a helical arm mounted on a shaft which is removably coupled to an indexing motor that revolves the shaft through a 360.degree. turn and then momentarily stops to enable the cups to be filled with dough packets. The flights of the arm are spaced apart a distance corresponding to the spacing between rows of cups, with each flight having an edge which will engage a raised lip along the perimeter of the pan. The edge of the flight bearing against the lip of the pan prevents the pan from moving until the arm is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Augusto Florindez
  • Patent number: 4936202
    Abstract: A drip-pan apparatus is used to collect meat drippings from meats placed on a grill positioned above the apparatus. The apparatus has several inclined channel members each of which includes a lower section of a wide, U-shaped cross-section, and an upper section of a narrow, U-shaped cross-section placed within the upper end of the lower section at the lower end thereof. Each of the lower and upper sections has several positioning holes formed along the length thereof. A pin is inserted through selected positioning holes of the lower and upper sections. The side walls of the lower ends of the lower sections have oval holes which are positioned in a line. A lower coupling rod is inserted through all of the oval holes of the lower sections and has several cavities formed along the length thereof which are engaged with the side walls of the lower sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Inventor: Paul Lin
  • Patent number: 4935983
    Abstract: A windshield wiper system for a vehicle has a wiper arm and a wiper blade connected to one end of the wiper arm. The wiper arm is mounted on a wiper pivot mounted on the vehicle body near an edge of the windshield of the vehicle and adapted to be pivoted back and forth about the wiper pivot between a first position and a second position to swing the wiper blade between a first reverse position and a second reverse position on the windshield when wiping the windshield. The wiper arm is arranged to be further pivoted to swing the wiper blade beyond the first reverse position to a concealed position below the windshield and to be held there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Takeshi Konishi, Shosuke Nomura, Susumu Okazaki, Shinshi Kajimoto
  • Patent number: 4930408
    Abstract: A large capacity pressure cooker in which an open-topped vat having an upper cooking zone and a lower cool zone for collecting contaminants is provided with a counterbalanced vertically moveable lid, operator-actuatable locking means having a single operating handle being provided to lock the lid in a closed and sealed position, including latching mechanism for maintaining the lid locking mechanism in the closed position when the vat is pressurized, the latching mechanism additionally serving to depressurize the vat if the latching mechanism is accidentally released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, Stephen D. Werts
  • Patent number: 4922570
    Abstract: A vehicular windshield washer system in combination with a windshield wiper having a wiper arm. The washer system is comprised of a pair of washer nozzles mountd on the wiper arm and so directed to eject washer fluid to opposite sides of the wiper arm upon being supplied with washer fluid. The washer fluid from a washer fluid source is selectively supplied to the washer nozzles in accordance with movement of the wiper arm. The washer fluid is suppliable to one of the washer nozzles upon rotational movement of the wiper arm in one direction and to the other washer nozzle upon rotational movement of the wiper arm in the other direction. The rotational movements turn at a turning position of the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Jidosha Denki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Hirohama, Eiichi Ono, Yukiho Murata
  • Patent number: 4913695
    Abstract: A self-contained liquid vapor purging system for use in such electromotive apparatus as integrated drive generators, or the like, which include a casing and a rotatable shaft extending into the casing. A charge pump circuit communicates with the casing for circulating liquid from the casing and charging liquid back to the casing. An aspirator is located in the charge pump circuit between a charge pump and an inlet to the casing for mixing fresh air with the liquid to deliver an air-liquid mixture to the casing. A centrifugal separator and check valve are incorporated in the rotatable shaft for separating liquid and vapor. The separator includes a vapor-liquid inlet from the casing, a liquid outlet to the casing, and a vapor outlet draining outside the casing. The centrifugal separator includes a centrifugal valve in communication with the vapor outlet for opening only at a predetermined rotary speed of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Charles J. Gantzer
  • Patent number: 4908899
    Abstract: A tool for cleaning grooves having different cross-sectional profiles formed in the face of golf clubs which may also be used as a ball marker, for tightening cleats and repairing ball marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: Donald Killen
  • Patent number: 4908900
    Abstract: A cleaning tool particularly for removing snow and ice from cars and other vehicles has brushes which can be disposed perpendicularly or parallel to the tool handle. A handle mounted device allows easy interchange from one position to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventors: Daniel McLaughlin, Jean-Marie Allard
  • Patent number: 4907315
    Abstract: A wiper arm device of the kind including a rotatable arm head connected to a wiper motor, a retainer rockingly connected to the arm head through a hinge pin, a spring with one end connected to the retainer and the other end connected to a roller pin, and a link supporting the roller pin and being rockable around a pivot shaft which is mounted on the arm head. The link can be forcibly displaced in response to the movement of the wiper arm from the rock-back condition toward the normal operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Nippon Wiperblade Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Arai, Itsuro Saita
  • Patent number: 4903972
    Abstract: A sealing device for an enclosure containing an expandable fluid, particularly for high-voltage connectors, ensures fluid-tightness over a broad temperature range and provides a safety function by accommodating variations in volume of the fluid by the use of an O-ring seal displaceably clamped within an annular recess. A sectional length L1 of the recess in which the seal can take up n positions is constituted by an initial-clamping space and by a clearance space into which the seal can penetrate under the pressure of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Thomson-CGR
    Inventor: Etienne Ombredane
  • Patent number: 4899416
    Abstract: This handrail polishing flap is designed to depend from boat handrails when the boat is not in use, so as to clean and polish the handrails by wind power only. Primarily, it consists of a panel with a bristled plastic strip in the longitudinal middle portion that contains a cleaning and polishing agent that engages with the handrail. Mating hook and loop pile fasteners are secured to the flap for holding it together on the handrail, and pockets are provided in the end portion that depends downward from the handrail, for returning the flap to its full downward position after each movement back and forth caused by the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Inventor: Charles Francis
  • Patent number: 4900298
    Abstract: Centrifuge drive apparatus including a support including a plurality of resilient mounting members that are spaced around a rotation axis and are intersected by a mounting plane that is perpendicular to the rotation axis, and a centrifuge bowl and drive motor assembly having a combined center of gravity in the vicinity of the mounting plane to reduce vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Cobe Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Langley
  • Patent number: 4897893
    Abstract: Paint roller frame includes a snap-on cover for the outboard end cap. The cover has an end wall which extends the full radial extent of the outboard end cap and an axial skirt portion which has a greater axial length than the radial outermost surface of the outboard end cap. The cover is retained on the outboard end cap by an internal annular rib which has an axially outwardly facing inclined surface that engages a correspondingly axially inwardly inclined surface on the axial inner end of the radial outermost surface of the outboard end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: The Wooster Brush Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Barker