Patents Examined by Michael J. Gonet
  • Patent number: 4507979
    Abstract: An arrangement for adjusting the angular position of a shaft, such as a potentiometer shaft, by frictional coupling to a driving shaft. Grooved pulleys are mounted on each of the shafts, and a tensioned cord is wrapped in a figure of eight fashion about the two grooves. The shafts are spaced apart a distance equal to the sum of the pulley rim radii, and the cord tension holds the pulley rims together in frictional engagement. In studio control panel applications, the driving pulley may be five times the radius of the driven pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Tadeusz Zebrowski
  • Patent number: 4503720
    Abstract: A pushbutton-operated waveband or station selector which comprises a three-armed link with three arms pivotally disposed on a frame of the station selector by means of a pivotal shaft; the first and third arm at the opposite ends of the three-armed link being formed with guide portions for being slidably coupled with guide portions formed in a first and third members for movement to different directions and extending perpendicularly to the moving directions, the second arm at the center of the three-armed link being formed with a guide portion for being slidably coupled with a second member for movement to a different direction from those of the first and third members and extending perpendicularly of the moving direction of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Chaki
  • Patent number: 4503726
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-tensioning motor transmission control system having a manually positioned driver member that moves planarly to remotely move a driven member that is operably connected to a gear change mechanism and moves planarly to effect a change in the transmission gears by means of a plurality of flexible force transmitting members, such as cables, that are connected to the driver and driven members in such a manner that the force transmitting members are self-tensioning and are subjected only to tensional pulling forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Edward A. Green
  • Patent number: 4503724
    Abstract: A power transmission unit with a power input lever which oscillates about a first axis. A driven member of the transmission unit oscillates about a second axis, parallel to the first axis, embodied within a rockshaft. The range of arcuate travel imparted to the rockshaft is determined by the proximity of a drive pin coupling a lever carried drive member to a driven member carried by the rockshaft. An oscillating sector gear on the rockshaft drives a spur gear which, in turn, drives ratchet teeth equipped ring gear means. The gear means cooperate with pawl means on an output shaft to rotate the shaft in a unidirectional, incremental manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Inventor: Russell G. Ward
  • Patent number: 4503721
    Abstract: A valve actuator for a dosing pump for a paint toning machine, wherein the dosing pumps (3) are mounted in a sled movable with respect to the frame of the machine and a dosing mechanism (21-24) displacing the pistons (4) of the dosing pumps and an actuator rotating the valves (8) of the dosing pumps are mounted in the frame. The actuator comprises a crank (13) mounted rotatably in the frame and two cam rods (15, 16) which are mounted pivotally in the frame and of which one (15) is located in the path of movement of the crank and the other (16) is provided with a transfer mechanism (26) for transferring the cam rod optionally into and out of the path of movement of the crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Oy W. Rosenlew AB
    Inventors: Esko Hietanen, Pentti Airaksinen
  • Patent number: 4502342
    Abstract: A pulsed shaker shocker is provided in which an intermittent pulsed action is provided to the containers carrying liquid to enhance the shaking action for the liquid carried in the containers. Such shaking action is found for separatory type shakers, and the pulsed action enables a more efficient shaking action to be obtained. The pulsed nature of the shaker shocker more closely resembles the manual shaking action, and this way, more efficient shaking may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Assignee: Templeton Coal Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack A. Kraft, Harold D. Kraft
  • Patent number: 4499784
    Abstract: A split-ball type wrist and manipulator assembly (FIG. 6) includes a first ball portion 2, a second ball portion 4 rotatable independently and relative to the first ball portion, and end effector 52 rotatably carried by the second ball portion 4, the first ball portion 2 being controlled in its rotation by the hollow outer shaft 38, the second ball portion 4 being controlled in its rotation by rotation of an inner shaft 39 coupled to the second ball portion by the hollow, flexible coupling 45, and the end effector rotation being controlled by the innermost hollow shaft 42 rotation connected to the end effector by the inner flexible coupling 53, and with power line means 58 for controlling tool operation extending totally internally of the wrist and arm to the source of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Lanson Y. Shum
  • Patent number: 4498358
    Abstract: An arrangement for use in a conveying and filling device where a conveyor is provided which travels along a linear path in a selected direction to carry articles, for example, recepticles to be filled. A dispensing device is carried by a mounting arm located in spaced relation from the conveyor and is carried by crank means to travel in an orbital path where the orbit carries the mounting arm in the direction of movement of the conveyor for the first portion of the orbit at the termination of which the orbital path returns the mounting arm to a second position relative to the conveyor for a second cycle over the conveyor, including a height adjusting arrangement to adjust the clearance between the mounting arm and the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Raque Food Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Glen F. Raque, Edward A. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4497216
    Abstract: In a manual transmission having a gear which is axially slidable from its neutral position to its operating position, there is provided a gear operating mechanism which is constructed to positively prevent the undesirable "gear disengagement".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Tamio Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 4495832
    Abstract: In a manual transmission having a gear which is movable within a range from its inoperative position to its operating position, there is provided a gear operating mechanism which is constructed to positively prevent the undesirable "gear disengagement".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Hiraiwa, Akio Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 4494418
    Abstract: A multi-directional single lever control for a transmission with at least two modes of operation comprises two juxtaposed sets of speeds correlating to these modes. The shift lever pivoting with a lever mount in one direction engages speeds working in one mode and pivoting about the lever mount selectively engages oppositely aligned speeds in either mode of operation. A switch actuated by the shift lever rotation about the mount lever controls, a valve assembly for rerouting fluid flow into passages corresponding to a selected mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: International Harvester Co.
    Inventors: Glen R. Bellah, Richard H. Mylander, Lloyd B. Idelman, Robert R. Coons
  • Patent number: 4494420
    Abstract: A remotely controlled rearview mirror tilting device comprises two identical mechanisms, mounted within a housing, for converting the bidirectional rotation of motor-driven worms into rectilinear reciprocation of plungers in order to tilt a mirror holder relative to the housing about two orthogonal axes. Each rotary-to-linear converter mechanism comprises a hollow rotor integral with a worm wheel in mesh with one of the worms. The hollow rotor has an open end rotatably fitted in an opening in the housing and thereby restrained from axial displacement in one direction. For improved rainproofness and reduced frictional resistance the other end of the hollow rotor is closed and makes point contact with the housing via conical boss on either of the rotor and the housing. One of the plungers is mounted in the hollow rotor for simultaneous rotation therewith and for sliding motion in its axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: Koito Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toranosuke Sakuma
  • Patent number: 4493346
    Abstract: In a coupling arrangement for a textile machine, a drive shaft can be intermittently rotated and a connecting member encircles and is connected to the drive shaft by an eccentric hoop located between them. A coupling key is displaceable between a first coupling recess associated with the drive shaft and a second coupling recess associated with the connecting member. The coupling key is retained in the recesses by lead cams. A retaining key, independent from the coupling key, is supported by the eccentric hoop. The retaining key cooperates with a first retaining recess on the drive shaft or with a second retaining recess on the connecting member. The retaining key and/or the retaining recesses have control surfaces which provide the displacement of the retaining key when the drive shaft overtakes the eccentric hoop or the eccentric hoop overtakes the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: Textilma AG
    Inventor: Francisco Speich
  • Patent number: 4493224
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mechanism for manually shifting gears of a transmission from a remote operating station control lever. The mechanism features a rotatable slideable member having a protuberance that extends through an opening in the transmission casing and is adapted to move rail members within the transmission for engaging the gear combinations desired. The slideable member is preferably connected to the control lever by flexible cables such that movement of the lever along one axis causes the slideable member to rotate so as to position the protuberance adjacent the rail member desired. In one embodiment the slideable member is pivotally mounted to a rotatable member which is preferably connected to the control lever by a flexible cable such that movement of the control lever along a different axis causes the rotatable member to rotate which causes the slideable member to slide along a defined path and move the rail member to which the protuberance is adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Paul L. Speelman
  • Patent number: 4492125
    Abstract: In a push-button tuner including a tuning slide member which has a positioning portion in one side edge and which is slidable in a predetermined direction, a lock member which is movable in a direction orthogonal to the sliding direction of the tuning slide member and which is provided with cam member grasping means, and a cam member which is turnably supported by the lock member. The cam member comes into engagement with the positioning portion of the tuning slide member and has its position in its turning direction fixed by the cam member grasping means. The positioning portion of the tuning slide member is provided with an elastic piece. When the lock member has been thrust to the tuning slide member, the cam member comes into pressed contact with the elastic piece, and the elastic piece retreats. Thus, the abutting force between the tuning slide member and the cam member is lightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1985
    Assignee: Sanshin Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Miyata, Akio Yamaguchi, Keizo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4487084
    Abstract: A push-button type tuner comprises a tuning slide member having a positioning portion on one side edge thereof and being capable of sliding in a predetermined direction, a locking member supporting a cam member and capable of moving in a direction substantially perpendicular; to the sliding direction of said tuning slide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Sanshin Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Miyata, Keizo Watanabe, Akio Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 4485693
    Abstract: A vibrating apparatus e.g. for shaking the forming wire of a paper machine, comprising a body (1) and a drive shaft (2) rotatably mounted in the body. The drive shaft supports an eccentric bushing (3) displaceable along but nonrotatably fixed to said drive shaft. A reciprocating rod (9) positioned transversely with respect to the drive shaft is provided with a ring-shaped end (10) rotatably mounted around an outer mantle surface of said bushing stationary in the axial direction (D) of said bushing. The apparatus further comprises adjusting means (11-20) for displacing said bushing along the drive shaft in its axial direction in order to adjust the eccentricity between the drive shaft and the ring-shaped end of the reciprocating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Oy Tampella AB
    Inventor: Hannu Heikkila
  • Patent number: 4485689
    Abstract: A shift control assembly for automatic transmissions having three shifting sticks which are sequence interlocked wherein each stick is shifted to perform a single gear change. Each of the shifting sticks is manually operated to rotate a common control shaft which is rotatably supported in a housing of the assembly. A mechanism is provided for transmitting the rotary motion of the control shaft to the automatic transmission to control the gear position of the automatic transmission. A button and plunger assembly and an interlock plate is provided for each of the shifting sticks to selectively allow the sticks to rotate the control shaft upon shifting of the sticks in a predetermined sequence and otherwise prevent rotation of the control shaft. A detent mechanism is provided to give each of the shifting sticks "feel". An optional staging stick may be provided with an over-center locking mechanism, the staging stick bypassing the interlock system provided for the three shifting sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Hurst Performance, Inc.
    Inventor: Emanuel F. Cambria
  • Patent number: 4484490
    Abstract: A brake operating device for a bicycle, comprising: a fixing member comprising a bracket member, a mounting member retained thereto, and a tightening band, and an operating lever; the lever being provided with a support member which supports a retainer at one end of a control wire, the mounting member being provided with an outer stop for an outer sheath guiding the wire, so that the wire and outer sheath are drawn out from below the bracket member toward a handle bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: Shimano Industrial Company Limited
    Inventor: Keizo Shimano
  • Patent number: 4484492
    Abstract: Means are provided for coupling at will a driven shaft (2), intended more particularly for adjusting the orientation of the blades of a boat propellor, either to the output shaft (1) of a motor or to a hand operable member (3). To this end there are provided three coaxial inwardly splined ring-wheels juxtaposed axially and integral respectively, the first two (13,14) with the two shafts and the third one (16) with said member, an outwardly splined hub (15), a tangent wheel (22) integral with said member and coacting with an endless screw (23) operable by means of a crank and screw means actuated by the rotation of a crank mounted on a head (28) and arranged so as to control the axial sliding of the hub by means of thrust bearings (32) and springs (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: Societe d'Exploitation des Procedes Felix Amiot
    Inventor: Raymond Cadic