Patents Examined by Robert L. Spruill
  • Patent number: 5077864
    Abstract: A swing door hinge is provided comprising a first hinge member having a projection of approximately rectangular block shape and provided with at least two engaging recesses, the first hinge member being intended to be mounted to either a wall frame or a swing door, and a second hinge member having at least two engaging arms inserted into respective engaging of the first hinge member for pivotal movement and guide openings provided in the engaging arms. The second hinge member, which is also intended to be mounted to the wall frame or the swing door whichever does not carry the first hinge member, has pivot pins mounted in the guide openings and yieldingly urged by respective springs in the inward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Junzaburo Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5075941
    Abstract: The outer portion of a die stamped metal frame encompassing the outer ends of the electrical connecting pins is subjected to press striking for re-establishing planarity and parallelism of the opposite faces of the patterned pins which have become deformed during the die stamping, before proceeding to the assembly operations. The eventual bending of the pins of the finished product between a bending punch and a contrasting punch is performed on pins having planar and parallel faces thus preventing twisting and slanting of the bent pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: SGS-Thomson Microelectronics
    Inventor: Angelo Massironi
  • Patent number: 5075929
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for a portable apparatus having a keyboard base and a display unit pivotable between open and closed positions. The hinge mechanism comprises a rod disposed within a bearing and connected to a bracket mounted on the base. A spring is disposed over the base to provide a compression force against the bearing in the axial direction of the rod to provide frictional engagement between the rod and bearing to hold the display in the open position. The outer wall of the rod is tapered to cooperate with the tapered inner wall of the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventor: Shao-Wei Chung
  • Patent number: 5076091
    Abstract: A unit (1) for bending sheet metal (38) comprises a bending press (2), a device (4) for manipulating the sheet metal (38), and an auxiliary gripping device (16) for turning the metal sheet through about an axis (D) perpendicular to the bending line (B) of the press (12). The auxiliary gripping device (6) includes a plurality of grippers (36). The grippers (36) are carried by a support (24) fixed to the base structure (8) of the press (12) above the manipulation space (MS) at a height so that, when the grippers are above the manipulation space (MS), the auxiliary device (16) does not obstruct access of operators to the press (2) if the press is used manually. A device (111) for manipulating sheet metal (222) for a bending press (444) includes a main device (100) which is slidable along a guide beam (160) fixed parallel to the bending line (J) of the press (444) and an auxiliary gripping device (240) for turning the metal sheet over about an axis (L) perpendicular to the bending line (J).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventor: Franco Sartorio
  • Patent number: 5076084
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a long tube having a small diameter, such as a tube for use in a heat exchanger, by cold working. A plug drawing using a pressurized lubricating oil of 500 kgf/cm.sup.2 or more accompanied by the reduction in wall-thickness is adopted as at least the final cold work. In the case where a tube having desired dimensions is not obtained by this plug drawing, subsequent free-loaded drawing can be conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Munekatsu Furugen
  • Patent number: 5075924
    Abstract: A caster for supporting an article of furniture and for rolling over a surface including a body having a first axle and a second axle with the first axle being disposed at an angle to a second axle and the first and second axles being disposed at acute angles to the surface. Two or more wheels are mounted for rotation about the first axle with each wheel being relatively rotatable with respect to each other wheel. Two or more wheels are also mounted for rotation about the second axle with each wheel being relatively rotatable with respect to each other wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Shepperd Products U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Estkowski, Christopher G. Estkowski
  • Patent number: 5075923
    Abstract: A door positioning device comprising a housing concealed in a door jamb and a mechanism mounted in the housing for holding the door open in one or more selected positions. The mechanism comprises a cylinder mounted in the housing wherein a slidable piston is mounted. Linkage connects the piston to linkage mounted onto the door, in such a way that when the door opens, the linkage forces the piston upward in the cylinder. A shaft integral with the piston depends from the piston and is moveable with it. The shaft has a plurality of vertically spaced roller receiving recesses formed thereon. The housing has a movably mounted roller biased toward the shaft so as the door opens, the shaft moves upward in the cylinder until the roller moves into one of the vertically spaced recesses whereby the door is held open at a selected position. In this way when a slight pressure is exerted on the door it overcomes bias holding the roller in a recess formed in the shaft, allowing the door to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 5074009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for assembling a pull adapted to be received within an opening in a furniture article. The pull comprises a back element, a frame element and a grip element. The system comprises a plurality of at least one of the elements, the elements of the plurality being interchangeable with one another. Each element of the plurality has a finish different from that of at least one other element of the plurality such that a selection of finishes for at least one element of the pull is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Simonton, Mark G. Stasko
  • Patent number: 5072488
    Abstract: A hinge preparation assembly is mounted in hinge cutouts of a steel door frame. The hinge preparation assembly is capable of mounting either standard weight hinges or heavy weight hinges. Set screws are provided for positioning a standard weight hinge leaves and for adjusting a door clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Amweld Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney W. Winyard
  • Patent number: 5072490
    Abstract: A bale opener includes a housing moved along a travelling path, and an opening roll which is mounted in the housing for removing fiber tufts from faces of fiber bales arranged in a series along the travelling path and which has a longitudinal axis lying in a plane oriented perpendicularly to the travelling path. There is further provided a suction device that generates a suction stream within the housing for removing, from a zone of the opening roll, fiber tufts detached by the opening roll from the fiber bales. A pressurized air stream generating device blows air in an upwardly inclined direction into the housing for essentially preventing fiber material from dropping off the fiber bales over upper edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Trutzschler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ferdinand Leifeld, Josef Temburg
  • Patent number: 5072489
    Abstract: Hinge for a door, window or the like, the sash of which is partially overlapping the sash-frame and outwardly tiltable about a horizontal spindle located at the height of its upper rail including a) hinged lower compass arms imparting to the sash, at the very beginning of its opening, a path with vertical components, b) and upper hinge elements capable of simultaneously outwardly projecting the upper rail of the sash during the substantially vertical movement thereof. The hinge includes an assistance mechanism to push back, vertically and upwards, the sash at the end of closing, and to simultaneously position and center the sash with respect to the sash-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Ferco International Usine de Ferrures de Batiment
    Inventor: Laurent Aumercier
  • Patent number: 5070576
    Abstract: A hedge trimmer extension handle for use with hand held hedge trimmers provides extended reach for the operator when used in connection with the hedge trimmer. The extension handle device is adapted for use with Black & Decker electric hedge trimmers and provides an easy to use extension handle that the user can quickly attach to the hedge trimmer to reach vegetation which is beyond the user's reach either vertically, horizontally, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Jerry W. Banta
  • Patent number: 5070578
    Abstract: A hinge which includes a plurality of hinge members which are spaced apart and parallely aligned with each other. Each hinge member includes a mounting plate connected to a base for attaching the mounting plate to a wall. The mounting plates are further connected by link members to cuplike pieces which are designed to be inserted into bores cut in a door. The cuplike pieces are integral with an elongate member which secures the cuplike pieces in the door and further maintains the spaced apart parallel relationship between the hinge members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Yoshiji Tutikawa
  • Patent number: 5070680
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening flatly folded tubes of synthetic resin or the like material and fitting same on containers or the like objects. Operation of fitting opened tubes on the objects can be performed without requiring any complicated movement of the objects. Each opened tube and each object are transported in same direction and, in the course of this transport, either the tube or the object is moved gradually toward the other so that the one is fitted on or inserted into the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Fuji Seal Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Nagano
  • Patent number: 5070644
    Abstract: A bouquet holder assembly (10) with a holding element (14) within a cylindrical cage (12A) and a conical wall (12B) of a head (12) and a handle assembly 17 attached to the head (12) with an inner, relatively rigid, plastic inner handle member (17A) and an outer handle (17B). The outer handle member (17B) is made of flexible material, such as cloth, in the form of a sheath to cover both the inner handle member (17A) and the conical wall (12B) of the head (12). The outer handle member (17B) is formed of two layers, an outer decorative layer (26) with decorative elements (30, 32) and a padded sponge-like moisture absorbent inner layer (28). The outer handle members (17B) are made in multiple styles at one location (38) and then assembled at a retail distribution center (40) with uni-style inner holder elements from another location (36) pursuant to special customer orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Doris M. Hasty
  • Patent number: 5068943
    Abstract: A dual wheel tilted axle caster in which the bearing members are formed as an integral component of, and are initially connected to the retainer, for separation upon assembly or use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Shepherd Products U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Estkowski, Christopher G. Estkowski, Michael Gaishin
  • Patent number: 5068944
    Abstract: The carrying handle comprises a handle strip and two terminal legs, which are articulated to the narrow side of the container. The legs are subdivided into two portions, which are interconnected by means of an intermediate joint. The articulation axis of the intermediate joint and of the container side joint are parallel to the handle strip. The leg portions are bent in the inoperative position of the carrying handle, so that they come to rest parallel to one another. Thus, the legs are shortened in the inoperative position, so that they do not project over the outer edges, particularly in the case of narrow containers and are instead located within the predetermined dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Knurr-Mechanik fur die Elektronik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans Knurr
  • Patent number: 5067311
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming packaging material into a tubular form includes angularly disposed forming rollers for causing the longitudinal edges of the packaging material to overlap one another so that they can be sealed together. To prevent the packaging material tube from being trapped between adjacent rollers, each of the forming rollers can be provided with one straight roller edge and one chamfered roller edge. The rollers are positioned such that the chamfered roller edge of one forming roller cooperates with the straight roller edge of the adjacent roller, thereby defining a nip directed generally tangentially to an adjacent portion of the packaging material tube. Alternatively, to achieve the same objective, two different types of forming rollers can be employed, one type in which both roller edges are straight and another type in which both roller edges are chamfered. In this latter case, the two types of rollers are alternated with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Tetra Pak Holdings S.A.
    Inventor: Helge Andersson
  • Patent number: 5065476
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a rearward handle arrangement for a handheld portable tool defining a horizontal axis and having a motor housing and a forward handle fixedly attached to the housing so as to permit two-handed operation of the tool by an operator. The rearward handle arrangement includes: a carrier part for attaching the rearward handle arrangement to the housing of the tool; a rearward handle; and, a bearing journal for rotatably journalling the rearward handle in the carrier part so as to permit the rearward handle to rotate about the horizontal axis relative to the carrier part and the forward handle. The carrier part and the reaward handle conjointly define an interface and an unlatchable detent is disposed at this interface for self-latching the rearward handle on the carrier part at any one of a plurality of predetermined angular positions about the horizontal axis. These angular positions correspond to respective work positions in which the tool can be held by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Dohse, Jochen Kramer
  • Patent number: 5063768
    Abstract: A tooth for use in a comminuter roll comprises a roll of spring steel having a first end formed into a point or other abrading shape. The tooth is compressed upon insertion into a mounting hole in the roll and the inherent spring of the steel tends to force the tooth back to its original size, thereby creating forces on the interior of the mounting hole to form an interference fit that holds the tooth in place in the mounting hole. In a preferred embodiment, the tooth is formed of a roll of spring steel having a G-shaped cross section. This shape provides an opening through the length of the tooth and also leaves a solid piece in the center of the tooth to aid in tooth removal. A rod can be slipped through the lengthwise opening of the first tooth so that its end abuts the solid center portion of the second tooth that is colinearly mounted in the other end of the hole that the first tooth is mounted in. Tapping the rod will force the second tooth out of its hole without disturbing the first tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: ComCorp, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Hughes