Patents Examined by Ricahrd A. Bertsch
  • Patent number: 5391061
    Abstract: A hermetic terminal cover is arranged to be mounted onto a hermetic terminal of, such as, a closed-type compressor. The hermetic terminal cover has terminal caps for covering respective terminal strips of the hermetic terminal. Each terminal strip includes a terminal pin fixedly passing through a metallic base with an insulator interposed therebetween. The terminal caps are mutually connected by flexible ribs each having a curved shape, and preferably an arc shape. Accordingly, each terminal cap has a high degree of positional or displacement freedom to facilitate mounting of the terminal cap onto the corresponding terminal strip. Further, each terminal cap has an increased thickness at a portion corresponding to an exposed surface of the insulator holding the terminal pin. Accordingly, adverse affection of metallic powders, such as, generation of short circuits and sparks between the terminal pins and the metallic base is effectively prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Matsushita Refrigeration Company
    Inventors: Tatsuyuki Iizuka, Etsuro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5199864
    Abstract: A fluidic machine operable primarily as a pump or a fluid motor having primary and secondary vaned members hinged together within a spherical pump chamber to define four intake and exhaust spaces of varying volumes. A tracking mechanism which includes an annular raceway forces the secondary member to rotate about an oblique axis as the primary member rotates about a primary axis. Consequently, rotation of an input/output shaft extending from the primary member along the primary axis forces the secondary member to pivotally reciprocate between opposite extremes relative to the primary member, thereby increasing and decreasing the volumes of the spaces to produce a pumping action. The pump chamber is provided with four ports in positions which are coordinated with the tracking mechanism to ensure one port is in fluid communication with each space throughout each pivotal stroke of the secondary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventor: Gary L. Stecklein