Patents Examined by Richard T. Stouffer
  • Patent number: 4697646
    Abstract: An earth engaging implement comprising an earth engaging portion located forwardly and below an integral socket portion which socket is tapered in cross-section from its top toward its junction with the earth engaging portion and includes strengthening adjacent the upper end of the socket. The socket is formed by a single piece of metal formed into a partial socket with opposing flanges defining the near face of said socket. The flanges may be closely spaced or if the tine is wide the flanges will be arranged to encompass the edges of the base of the tine. The strengthening may be an increase in the thickness of the flanges and the adjacent portion of the socket located in the top portion of the socket. Preferably, a rib is formed in the flanges just below the top portion of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Ralph McKay Limited
    Inventors: William M. Johnson, Ilmar Mere
  • Patent number: 4696350
    Abstract: A saddle construction for use in a motor grader having a fore-and-aft extending main frame comprising an upper portion having a generally longitudinal extending section forming a forward facing and a rear facing. The facings have a generally vertical orientation. The main frame has first and second pins slidably mounted transversely in the main frame in longitudinal spaced apart relationship. The forward facing of the saddle upper portion straddles the main frame and is fixably mounted to opposite ends of the first pin. In like manner, the rear facing straddles the main frame and is fixably mounted to opposite ends of the second pin. The saddle further includes a lower portion straddling the main frame and fixably mounted the rear facing. The main frame has a plurality of recesses formed in respective side walls of the main frame in longitudinal spaced apart relationship for seatably receiving inwardly directed landings formed on the facings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Martin L. Ruhter, Dennis A. Brimeyer, David W. Stubben
  • Patent number: 4696349
    Abstract: An implement-mounting linkage mechanism for pivotally connecting a frame to a wheeled implement is disclosed. The mechanism is preferably used for pivotally connecting a wheeled load-bearing frame to the backside of a wheeled farm implement. The frame includes wheels adjustable relative to the frame for raising and lowering the frame relative to the ground. The frame preferably includes a plurality of soil-engaging ground-tool implements mounted thereon. The mounting-linkage mechanism of the present invention incorporates a novel non-parallel four-point design which virtually eliminates negative hitch weight when the frame is raised above the ground, in the static case. On the other hand, the novel design results in a net downward force being imposed upon the ground-tool implements when the frame is lowered for soil engagement, in the dynamic case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: J. Richard Harwood, Frank A. Bell
  • Patent number: 4693466
    Abstract: An oscillating device comprises a body support on which opposed open bearing-receiving members are located, so that support-bearing members secured to mounting members of legs that are pivotally mounted onto a base are disposed in the bearing-receiving members and springs are mounted on spring-supporting bearing members secured to the mounting members of the legs to maintain the legs in a substantially vertical rest position and to move the body support along an arcuate path when it is moved from the vertical position in an oscillating motion. The base is formed of parallel horizontal members that have front and rear sections to which bottom ends of front and rear legs are pivotally mounted thereby forming the base into front and rear halves. Structure is provided to maintain inner ends of the front and rear sections of the horizontal members in engagement including the springs when the base is assembled and during operating of the oscillating device and to enable the base to be readily disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Donsco Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Swengel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4693239
    Abstract: An orthosis for supporting a limb of a patient having soft tissue damage includes a semi-rigid shell having lateral, medial and posterior portions, and a soft porous pad which surrounds the limb within the semi-rigid shell. The pad and shell are firmly secured around the limb by utilizing hook and pile straps. If the orthosis is utilized for a leg, a footplate is pivotally attached to medial and lateral uprights. The uprights are adjustably secured to the shell, thereby restricting the movement of the foot. An opening is provided in the shell across the anterior part of the limb to reduce the pressure on the damaged soft tissue. The shell supports a fractured limb and the pad provides comfort to the patient and enhances the healing of the damaged soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Orthomedics, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Clover, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4691785
    Abstract: There is disclosed a carriage for an agricultural implement, particularly for a reversible plow, in which the wheels at each side of the carriage are mounted to the carriage with forks which are pivotally received on a main axle and which have lift arms interconnected to a lift assembly. The wheel lift assembly has lift levers fixedly secured at opposite ends of a lift shaft and these are connected to their respective lift arms on the wheel forks by lift links having adjustable pinned connections to the lift levers whereby the fulcrum of each lift lever can be changed by insertion of pins in preselected, aligned pairs of apertures between the link arm and lift lever. The fulcrum positions of the lift levers control the elevations of the wheels on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Post Brothers Construction Co.
    Inventor: Charles R. Post
  • Patent number: 4690137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical drape suited for use in urethra surgical procedures. The drape is used in combination with a surgical sheet used for covering the torso and legs of the patient, with the patient's legs placed in a raised divergent attitude while the surgeon operates therebetween. The surgical drape is mainly characterized in that it has a substantially triangular shape and in that fastenings are provided at the corners of the triangle, these fastenings preferably having the form of a double-sided adhesive tape or coatings of bonding agent or pressure-sensitive adhesive substances. Those fastenings provided at the base corners of the triangle are intended to be secured to the surgical sheet in the vicinity of the lower legs or feet of the patient, and the fastening at the other corner at the site of the operation, so that the surgical drape hangs from its three corners in the shape of a bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Molnlycke AB
    Inventor: Martin Starzmann
  • Patent number: 4688563
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement in a surgical drape. A prime characteristic feature of the arrangement is that it consists of a separate sheet assembly comprising an apertured attachment sheet, which is intended to be fastened over the area of a patient within which a surgical procedure is to be carried out, and a protective sheet which has a working aperture located therein and which is provided in a region around the aperture with structure for firmly fastening the protective sheet to the attachment sheet at the aforementioned region, such that the aperture in the attachment sheet lies opposite the working aperture in register therewith. This region of the protective sheet around the aperture is preferably rectangular in configuration and has the same shape and size as a working aperture in the surgical drape. Prior to putting the arrangement into use, the protective sheet is folded to a shape which fills an area congruent with the aforesaid region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Molnlycke AB
    Inventor: Carl-Otto Hanssen
  • Patent number: 4687455
    Abstract: A flying model rocket includes a body made up of several telescoping segments with a model rocket engine at one end. The telescoping segments are movable between a retracted condition, for ease of transport and storage, and an extended condition, for greater visibility. A recovery system includes a collapsible recovery surface, such as a parachute or paraglider, mounted to the outside of one of the telescoping segments, and a recovery surface containment structure, secured to an adjacent telescoping segment. According to the method of recovery, the recovery surface and the containment structure are positioned so that when their associated telescoping segments are telescopically retracted, the containment structure keeps the recovery surface in a stowed condition external of, and typically next to, the outer surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Inventor: Ron Sculatti
  • Patent number: 4683957
    Abstract: A pull-type agricultural implement of the type comprising a central section and wing sections on either side, each of which includes inner and outer wing sections, can be folded into a transport position in which the inner wing section lies vertically and the outer wing section turns inwardly parallel to the central section. The coupling between the central section and the inner wing section is provided by a pair of levers which are pivotally mounted to the central section inboard of the ends thereof so as to extend in a straight line above a strut and then cranked downwardly to be coupled to the inner wing section by a pivot coupling providing two directions of rotation. Relative movement can therefore be obtained by pivoting of the levers about their pivot coupling on the central frame. A hitch for the implement includes a central hitch portion and wing hitch portions which are pivotally coupled to the central portion and are connected to the wing sections by chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Inventor: Laurent L. Bussiere
  • Patent number: 4682658
    Abstract: A tilling apparatus for preparing a ridge and furrowed field between cropping. The apparatus comprises a frame adapted to be engaged with and drawn by the three point linkage of a conventional tractor. Rotating hoeing blades which are spaced apart to coincide with ridges in the field are mounted to the frame and driven from the power take-off of the tractor in a sense opposing the drawing direction. The axis of rotation of the hoeing blades is normal to the drawing direction a plurality of L-shaped blades spaced around and direction radially outwardly from a hub. Soil displaced from the ridges into the furrows is used to reform the peaks of the ridges by listers mounted with the frame aft of the hoeing blades and spaced apart to coincide with a furrow separating adjacent ridges. Each lister comprises a corn point oriented in the drawing direction and a pair of plough discs mounted for rotation aft of the corn point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Inventor: Ward W. Erickson
  • Patent number: 4679553
    Abstract: A venipuncture site protector to be secured to a patient over a venipuncture site containing an intravenous needle for shielding the site and needle against contact by other objects which would cause trauma to the endothelial lining of the venal wall, pain and discomfort to the patient, and other adverse effects. The protector has a body including a relatively rigid cup-like shield of frustro-pyramidal shape and mounting tabs extending from the shield, these tabs are taped to the patient's body with the shield positioned over the venipuncture site and the intravenous needle entering the shield through a side opening. The protector body is constructed of relatively thin, stiff but readily bendable material having a low modulus of elasticity such that the protector may be bent without appreciable springback to accommodate the protector to the patient's body surface contour at the venipuncture site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Inventors: Raymond E. Proulx, Frank J. Rauscher
  • Patent number: 4679633
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the working depth of a soil-moving (soil-working, tilling) machine carried by a tractor includes adjusting the position of the machine in relation to the tractor in dependence upon a traction signal and upon a position signal. The traction signal corresponds to the traction produced on the machine in the soil and the position signal corresponds to the position of the machine in relation to the tractor. A portion of the traction signal above a certain cut-off frequency and a portion of the position signal below the same cut-off frequency or below a lower one are utilized in the adjusting control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Mannesmann Rexroth GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Kauss
  • Patent number: 4678043
    Abstract: A hand tool for loosening, cutting and crumbling soil or the like, includ a central bearing axle of an angular cross section, a plurality of pairs of pronged wheel arrangements having radially extending prongs and being freely rotatably mounted on the axle such that vertical central planes of the pronged wheels extending in the direction of extension of the radial prongs intersect one another at an acute angle, and wherein the edges of every two adjacent crosswisely interengaging pronged wheels slide along one another to form cutting regions; wherein a spade-type tine or prong formed with an end portion which protrudes beyond the radially extending prongs of the pronged wheels is disposed between every two pairs of intersecting pronged wheels. The spade-type prong is mounted on the axle which may be angularly orientated, as desired, by adjusting the inclination of the handle, such as a shaft non-rotatably mounted on the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Bielefelder Kuchenmaschinen-und Transportgeratefabrik vom Braucke GmbH
    Inventors: Hans vom Braucke, Manfred vom Braucke, Dieter Westerwelle
  • Patent number: 4676023
    Abstract: A cultivation device by use of water-and-air mixture. The device comprises of an air pump having an ejecting outlet end portion installed in a culture fluid tub, a water guiding tube having a cone-shaped inlet opposing to the discharging outlet in the culture fluid tub, a lever mechanism for storing culture fluid emitted from the other end portion of the water guiding tube at the location of the end portion thereof and discharging the culture fluid when the amount of the stored culture fluid comes up to the predetermined one, and cultivation pallets by use of water-and-air mixture, which are installed in an inclined state and supplied with the culture fluid discharged from the lever mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventor: Kei Mori
  • Patent number: 4676321
    Abstract: A ground working implement is disclosed, having a multiplicity of ground working tools mounted on a set of rigid bars which are maintained in substantially parallel relative position by pairs of rigid links flexibly fastened to the pairs of the rigid bars, with hydraulic cylinders attached diagonally between rigid links to control the elevation above ground of the rigid bars which are supported on normally parallel wheel axles mounted below and in front of the individual rigid bars. Operation of the hydraulic cylinders enables variation in the ground penetration of tools mounted on and beneath the rigid bars as the implement is drawn over the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Flexi-Coil Limited
    Inventor: Terrance Friggstad
  • Patent number: 4674486
    Abstract: A method for correcting ingrown toenails includes covering at least a portion of the upper surface of a toenail to be treated with an adhesive, placing a resilient sheet of fibrous reinforced material on the adhesive, where the material is fracturable in a direction cross-wise of the direction of growth of the toenail, and bending the lateral edges of the material downwardly to contact and adhere to the side edges of the toenail. When in place, the material urges the side edges of the toenail upwardly to thereby tend to flatten the toenail and eliminate the involution of the edges of the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Ronald G. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4674577
    Abstract: A turf harvester cutter assembly includes a blade assembly attached adjacent one end of a pair of parallel blade carrying arms. Structure is provided for reciprocating the blade carrying arms at input points opposite the pivot points from the blade assembly to effect cutting by the blade assembly. The blade assembly, pivot points and reciprocation input points are substantially aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: John L. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4674485
    Abstract: A patient controlled traction device in which a mechanical advantage pulley system is used to multiply the traction applied by a weight and in which a mechanical advantage pulley system is used to enable the patient to relieve the force of the traction by the application of a relatively small force, substantially less than the weight utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Robert E. Swanson
  • Patent number: RE32467
    Abstract: A rotary tiller plow attachment kit for converting into a plow a rotary tiller of the type having a frame, a pair of handle bars extending rearwardly therefrom, and a horizontal power driven axle on which a pair of cleated pull wheels may be mounted. The kit comprises a plow attachment assembly detachably mountable on the front portion of the rotary tiller frame, and a height adjusting control mounted on one of the handle bars of the rotary tiller for selectively adjusting the height of the plow attachment. Since the height adjusting control is located on the handle bars, the height of the plow attachment assembly may be conveniently adjusted by the user while the pull wheels are in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Inventor: James A. Mays