Patents Examined by Milton L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4392661
    Abstract: An electrical supply apparatus particularly for hand-tools, in the form of a housing having a handle at its upper end and a bottom constituting a skid, the housing having a vertical, longitudinal median plane along which the skid bottom is elongated. An electrical cable can be wound in a recess above this bottom and emerges from an opening below the center of gravity of the apparatus by being connected to the housing by a stress relief. The curvature of the skid is greater in the longitudinal direction than in its transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Inventor: Max Langenstein
  • Patent number: 4386789
    Abstract: A ski binding mounted on a carriage reciprocally supported on a guide rail secured to a ski. A ski brake having a cam surface thereon is pivotally secured to the ski binding. An operating cam is secured to the guide rail or a component fixed to the ski and operatively engages the cam surface to (1) hold the ski brake in the retracted position when a ski boot is clamped in the ski bindings on the ski, and (2) effect a movement of the ski brake to the braking position when the thrust springs urge the ski binding and supporting carriage to its forwardmost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Assignee: TMC Corporation
    Inventor: Hans Horn
  • Patent number: 4386794
    Abstract: A skating velocipede apparatus to facilitate skating propulsion of a skater along a smooth, hard underlying ground surface while in a seated position taking the form of a longitudinal support member having wheels at the rear, a handle at the front end, a seat at an intermediate location, and a thigh-receiving abutment positioned shortly forwardly of the seat whereby to make it possible for a skater having skates fastened to each of his shoes to sit down on the intermediately positioned seat and move his thighs forwardly until they forcibly strike the thigh-receiving abutment while he places his hands on the front-positioned handle and leans back so that the rear positioned wheels will be forced downwardly into rolling contact with the underlying hard ground surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Inventor: Hermand Roberts
  • Patent number: 4385675
    Abstract: An actuator which forms part of speed control apparatus for controlling the forward speed of a vehicle, or the rotational speed of an engine, where it is desired to bring the speed control apparatus into operation at the discretion of the operator, has a reversible electric motor which receives a speed correction signal related to the difference between the actual speed and the desired speed. An electromagnetic clutch is provided which includes a rotor driven by the motor, and a clutch ring mounted via a spring from a pulley having a double-acting connection to the throttle lever of the engine. The clutch is energized on engagement of the speed control to bring the rotor and clutch ring into driving engagement, whereby the throttle lever is driven by the electric motor via the pulley and double-acting connection.At any instant, the position of the clutch ring and pulley corresponds with that of the throttle lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Assignee: Associated Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Timothy J. Blee
  • Patent number: 4383699
    Abstract: A retractable ski brake includes a pair of pivoted brake arms disposed symmetrically on either side of the ski and freely journaled on the ski top surface in bearings, the operative ends of the brake arms being adapted to be raised and retracted inwards of the ski so as not to protrude from the side edges thereof when inoperative. The opposite ends of these arms are interconnected by hinge means through a flexible, suitably shaped portion of the same metal wire constituting the brake arms. A strap fastened to clamps rotating about these opposite ends forms a control pedal, and the hinge means is anchored to one end of resilient return means normally urging the brake arms to their operative position and the control pedal to its raised position, these positions being obtained when the ski boot is lifted off the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1983
    Assignee: Ste Look
    Inventor: Jean J. A. Beyl
  • Patent number: 4383702
    Abstract: A safety binding for a ski the disengagement of which for the release of a skier's boot is controlled by a signal provided by an electrical circuit. The safety binding has a stress detection device located on or in a test member which serves as a connection member between the boot and ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1983
    Assignee: S.A. Etablissements Francois Salomon & Fils
    Inventor: George P. J. Salomon
  • Patent number: 4381829
    Abstract: A system for use in a motor vehicle, made up of a group of sensors such as accelerometers, a microprocessor, and a group of passenger-safety devices. The sensors' inform the microprocessor of the levels of acceleration at different points in the vehicle. The microprocessor processes this information, checks the sensors' functioning, the power source and the safety devices. In the case of a strong shock, the microprocessor triggers the safety devices suited to the particular situation: electromagnetic door-openers, safety belts with pyrotechnic tightening action, inflatable air bags, and loosening devices for safety belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Assignee: Regie Nationale des Usines Renault
    Inventor: Bernard Montaron
  • Patent number: 4381041
    Abstract: An electric power generating system adapted for use in a vehicle including at least one electric generator and one battery; and at least one energy converter for receiving superfluous movement of the vehicle and producing pressure fluid flow from such movement, and a power transmitting means for receiving and changing the fluid flow into rotational power. The power transmitting means transmits rotational power to the electric generator only when stored rotational power reaches a predetermined level. Therefore, the generator is operated by superfluous movement of the vehicle to generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Inventor: Aristotel Butoi
  • Patent number: 4379570
    Abstract: In a ski stopper having a pivoted spur spring-biassed to swing to a braking position in the absence of a ski boot on a pedal connected to a spur extension, a coupling member displaceable on the spur extension by the biassing spring and the pedal is secured to the ski, or a part fixed thereto, by a connection which is only deliberately releasable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Assignee: Marker-Patentverwertungsgesellschaft mbH.
    Inventor: Gerhard Sedlmair
  • Patent number: 4372574
    Abstract: A safety ski binding having a pair of sole holders pivotally secured to a base plate. Structure is provided for damping the movement of the sole holders to the ski boot releasing position. The damping mechanism includes a chamber having a fluid therein and a member movable in the chamber. The movable member in the chamber is connected through linkage to the sole holders and moves in response to a movement of the sole holders. The fluid on one side of the movable member will flow in a restricted manner to the other side thereof in response to sudden movements of the sole holders. The initial movement of the movable member is, therefore, restricted due to the fact that the fluid on the aforesaid one side of the movable member is restricted in its flow to the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: TMC Corporation
    Inventors: Josef Svoboda, Franz K. Edinger
  • Patent number: 4369559
    Abstract: A conventional production car is converted to a reproduction of asa vintage car by severing the frame of the production car near the firewall. Longitudinal extension segments are welded to each end of the severed frame to lengthen the wheelbase and the engine compartment. The radiator, emission canister, radiator overflow bottle, and windshield washer bottle are relocated in the engine compartment. The engine is mounted on a cross member which extends from one longitudinal extension segment to the other. Vintage outer body panels, vintage grille, vintage wheels and vintage door panels are secured to the frame to provide a reproduction of a vintage car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Inventor: Charles W. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4369989
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, stabilizing jacks (60) are pivotally mounted on the frame assembly (14) of a skid steered vehicle (10) to stabilize the vehicle. A jack (60) is pivotally mounted at a first end of each of the elongate load bearing frames (18) of the frame assembly (14). The jacks (60) may be released from a storage position so that a first edge (65) of the jack engages the surface. Propelling the vehicle (10) forward pivots the jacks (60) onto a support surface (68). In this position, the vehicle (10) is supported on the jacks (60), middle wheel members (44) and the rear wheel members (46). The vehicle (10) may be propelled rearward to pivot the jacks (60) out of the support position. A cylinder (30) having a piston connected to a cable (70) maintains the jacks (60) in a storage position after use. In a second embodiment, jacks (92) are mounted on a cross tube (88) extending between the load-bearing frames (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Assignee: Standard Manufacturing Company, Incorporated
    Inventor: Harry S. Mankey
  • Patent number: 4367880
    Abstract: A detachable wheeled dolly device for separable connection to the base portion and the handle of relatively larger and heavy wheelless power driven handle manipulated machines, whereby a downward push on the handle tilts such machines from out of surface contact and facilitates transport of such machines from one location to another as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Equipment Development Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward M. Harding
  • Patent number: 4367885
    Abstract: A ski binding for use both in downhill skiing and cross-country skiing which can be used with either conventional downhill skiing boots or with non-skiing boots through the use of a leg cast which conformably grasps the lower leg of a skier. The leg cast is selectively pivotal relative to a boot plate for cross-country skiing, and vertically releasable from the ski during downhill or cross-country skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Alpine Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Ramer
  • Patent number: 4366881
    Abstract: A tractor control structure is provided including a pivotal flip-up control console that automatically engages a parking brake and shuts off the fuel supply to the engine when the console is moved to a vertical inoperative position. The console is selectively movable to a vertical inoperative position where it is out of the way when the operator is getting onto or out of the operator's seat. Further, the console is movable to a generally horizontal operative position where conventional transmission control handles are easily accessible from the operator's seat. When the console is moved to its vertical inoperative position, a push-pull cable attachment is automatically pushed forward to actuate an on-off valve for shutting off the fuel supply to the engine and thereby making the machine inoperative. A parking brake is also attached to the pivotal console by means of a tension brake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventor: Claude M. Frisbee
  • Patent number: 4365821
    Abstract: A ski binding for a touring or cross country ski in which a front extension of the sole of the boot enters a region in an archplate of the same size as the extension. The archplate is fixed to the ski and a fastening element holds the extension in the archplate. The extension has beveled edges and a reduced thickness area to enhance flexing at a location between the boot tip and the archplate engaging part of the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Adidas Fabrique de Chaussures de Sport
    Inventor: Armand Kreyenbuhl
  • Patent number: 4365681
    Abstract: A structure for supporting a plurality of rows of batteries includes a frame having side rails and cross members releasably supported beneath the vehicle. Aligned pairs of I-type beams are cantilevered from the side rails of the frame. The lower flanges of parallel aligned pairs of beams underlie and support a respective edge of a row of batteries placed therebetween with the top flanges of the beams located below the upper edges of the batteries. The top flanges of the beams are narrower than would be necessary for an equivalent simple beam, thus maximizing the number of batteries containable in the available space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Harmahendar Singh
  • Patent number: 4365825
    Abstract: A vehicle, especially a cab-over engine commercial vehicle, with a steering wheel which is disposed generally horizontally in a normal operating position and a steering column which is generally vertical and displaceably supported in the direction of the vehicle from in the vicinity of the steering wheel. A steering assembly formed by the steering wheel and steering column is displaceable to a protective position in which position the steering wheel assumes a fixed position when the steering column is displaced in the direction of the front of the vehicle. The steering column and steering wheel are automatically and positively displaced into their protective positions as a function of the deceleration of the vehicle and/or deformation of the vehicle front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Merkle
  • Patent number: 4365823
    Abstract: A structure for securing one end of a safety strap to a ski or to a component fixedly mounted on the ski. The other end of the safety strap is presumed to be secured to the skier by any conventional means. The structure by which the safety strap is secured to the ski structure enables the strap to hold the ski to the skier should the ski become disconnected from the skier while travelling on a chairlift or at slow speeds. However, this same structure will facilitate a release of the strap from engagement with the ski structure should the ski be pulled away from the skier with a sufficient magnitude of force, such as will occur during falls at high speeds. The thereafter released ski will be stopped by, for example, a ski brake mechanism mounted on the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: TMC Corporation
    Inventor: Heinz Wittmann
  • Patent number: RE31156
    Abstract: An energy efficient passenger carrying vehicle for road use. The vehicle basically comprises a long, narrow body carrying two passengers in a back-to-back relationship. The vehicle is basically a battery powered electric vehicle that can be charged by all free energy sources; namely, the sun, the wind, human muscles and momentum. The vehicle comprises four modules, namely body, solar, and two power modules. An electric power module is located within each end of the body module. This module includes electric motors driving the vehicle supporting wheels and rechargeable batteries to power the motors. Pedals, similar to those on a bicycle, located at each power module, drive generators to help recharge the batteries during operation of the vehicle, or directly help drive the vehicle wheels. A solar module comprising a large electricity generating solar cell panel covers most of the vehicle roof to aid in charging the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1983
    Inventor: Richard Dessert