Patents Examined by Roscoe V. Parker
  • Patent number: 5367927
    Abstract: A clutch removal tool formed of an elongated member having a center portion with opposing semi-circular portions. A hole is formed in this center portion for engaging over the pushrod adjusting screw of a motorcycle clutch assembly. The clutch removal tool also includes opposing end portions tapering inwardly away from the center portion. The length of clutch removal tool enables the end portions to make contact against the clutch assembly spring collar without interference with the spring tension adjusting nuts. In use, the clutch removal tool is installed over the pushrod adjusting screw. The end portions engage against the spring collar. The pushrod adjusting screw locknut is tightened against the clutch removal tool. This releases the pressure against the spring tension adjusting nuts. The spring tension adjusting nuts can be easily removed without interference from the clutch removal tool. Once the spring tension adjusting nuts are removed, the pressure plate assembly is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Vincent T. Frettered
  • Patent number: 5367923
    Abstract: A corkscrew for simultaneously cutting a capsule on a neck of the bottle and removing a cork from the bottle including a screw handle having a screw at one end for engaging the cork, a pair of force lever arms for the extraction of the cork after the screw engages the cork, a covering for sliding on the neck of the bottle such that the screw handle is in alignment with the cork, a cutter positioned within the covering, and an engagement member affixed to the screw handle and interactive with the cutter so as to cause the cutter to rotate during a rotation of the screw handle. The screw handle has gear teeth positioned in generally coaxial alignment with the screw. The force lever arms engage the gear teeth of the screw handle. The screw handle is rotatable relative to the covering. The covering includes a portion having a generally conical configuration. The cutter is affixed to an interior support member interconnected to the force lever arms. The cutter includes freely rotatable wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Alberto Fabbro
  • Patent number: 5363600
    Abstract: In a floor polisher for polishing a floor by rotating a pad by a motor while running the floor polisher by way of pushing an operation handle, a dust scattering prevention device in the floor polisher comprising a dust scattering prevention cover which is provided at least a lower end portion thereof with a ring-shaped core bar and the whole of which is formed into a generally skirt-like shape widened toward a lower end thereof, using a flexible cloth, the cover being attached to a lower end opening of a pad covering an upper surface side of the pad in such a manner as that a lower end portion of the cover is in contact with the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Amano Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Shishido, Satoshi Arai, Yuugo Tomaru, Eiji Nagayama
  • Patent number: 5363725
    Abstract: Corkscrew (10) with a fitting (16) to shear tinfoil, plastic or other caps (17) on the upper part of the neck (18) of bottles (14) possibly including a collar, the corkscrew (10) comprising an at least partly flat grip (11) having a possible zone to contain a drawing screw (12), an element to anchor the drawing screw (12) and a short supporting element (13), cutting fitting (16) being included and consisting of small shearing wheel (22) cooperating with recess (19), which are substantially coherent with the outer diameter of the neck (18) of the bottle (14) and are associated with positioning and guide members (19-20-30-23) cooperating with the upper part of the neck (18) of the bottle (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Ferdinando Cellini
  • Patent number: 5361653
    Abstract: An apparatus strips the surface of an element made of an electric-conducting material covered with a protective or insulating element such as a film, a sheath or similar. The apparatus includes a cutting device made of an electric-conducting material, a mechanism for applying and moving the cutting device on the protective and/or insulating element, and a detecting device made of an electric-conducting material. The cutting and detecting devices are placed side-by-side and at short distance from one another, while being electrically insulated from each other and simultaneously moved by the applying and moving mechanism of the devices on the protective and/or insulating element. The detecting device is shaped as a cutting device. A circuit applies a potential difference to the devices and detects a current conduction generated by a micro-contact between the cutting and detecting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Societe Nationale Industrielle et Aerospatiale
    Inventor: Louis Pradin
  • Patent number: 5361658
    Abstract: A hand tool adapted to guide a rubber hose being wound on a reel, the tool being T-shaped with the cross bar as a handle and the stem having at its distal end a helix designed to be easily connected to the hose such that the hose runs lengthwise along the axis of the helix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: James K. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5357715
    Abstract: A sander includes a body and a drive device mounted on the body. A spindle is rotatably driven by the drive device. A connecting shaft is mounted on the spindle and is rotatable relative to the spindle around an axis displaced from the rotational axis of the spindle. An abrasive disc is fixedly mounted on the connecting shaft. A sun gear is fixedly mounted on the connecting shaft coaxially therewith. An internal gear is rotatably supported by the body and is in engagement with the sun gear. An engaging device is operable to prevent and permit rotation of the internal gear relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 5355634
    Abstract: A tool holder unit for a robot includes a pantograph linkage which is made up of a frame, a pair of parallel spaced links and a holder block. Each end of the parallel spaced links is connected to the holder block. The tool holder also includes a drive source which drives a tool and an offsetting member which offsets the gravitational force caused by the force of gravity on the tool. The tool moves relative to a workpiece when a force from the drive source moves the pantograph linkage. The pantograph linkage and offsetting member reduce the load on the drive source and move the tool quickly and smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hisashi Araki, Shinobu Kawase
  • Patent number: 5355750
    Abstract: An improved earth-boring bit the rolling cone variety and an insert for use therein is provided. A superabrasive element is coated with at least one layer of metallic material. The superabrasive element then is placed in a receptacle cavity in a pre-formed hard metal jacket. The superabrasive element then is brazed or infiltrated to the hard metal jacket. Metallurgical and mechanical bonds between the superabrasive element, the at least one layer of metallic material on superabrasive element, the braze or infiltrant binder material, and the fracture-tough material of the hard metal jacket retain the superabrasive element in the cavity of the hard metal jacket. Improved earth-boring bits according to this embodiment of the present invention provide abrasion-resistant earth-boring bits of the rolling cutter variety. Such improved bits, and the inserts therefore, are formed without resort to high-temperature, high-pressure processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Danny E. Scott, Redd H. Smith, Gordon A. Tibbitts
  • Patent number: 5353665
    Abstract: An automated container closure opener for screw-type bottle or container caps, lids, caps, covers and the like comprising a housing having a base portion and a relatively vertically movable top portion operatively connected thereto by at least one telescoping shaft. A first motorized drive is provided for actuating the telescoping shaft so as to vertically move the top portion of the housing relative to the base portion, and a second motorized drive is provided for rotatably actuating a bottle cap engagement member which depends from the top portion of the opener housing. A circuit serves to actuate the first motorized drive to lower the bottle cap engagement member from an inoperative position adjacent the top portion of the housing into engaging contact with the cap of a bottle and to then deactuate the first motorized drive and actuate the second motorized drive to at least partially remove the cap from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: William D. Heebner
  • Patent number: 5351579
    Abstract: A rechargeable electric corkscrew for removing a cork from a bottle comprises a reversible drive having a switch for switching the drive between rotation in a first sense and an opposite sense. A body houses the drive and a rechargeable power source and has a rotatably mounted auger extending in a longitudinal direction. A sleeve has a first end adapted for slidably mounting onto the body. The sleeve has a second end surrounding the auger comprising cantilevered members each having an abutment surface adapted to abut a mouth of the bottle. The cantilevered members are adapted to flex for positioning the abutment surfaces relative to each other about the mouth. The cantilevered members has a base end having a radial extent for stably supporting the corkscrew in an upright condition. The corkscrew is also provided with a cutter for cutting a foil wrapper which covers the mouth of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventors: Robert Metz, Dusan Nikolic
  • Patent number: 5351580
    Abstract: An electrically heated thermal wire stripping hand tool device is provided which uses electrically heated ceramic blades or jaws having severing edges to remove insulation from electrical wire. The tool includes a pair of arms hingedly connected which removably mount stripping jaws thereon at their distal ends. Each jaw has an insulation severing edge which when heated will melt or otherwise degrade the insulation on the wire when it coacts with the severing edge on the mating jaw. Electrically heated wires and circuitry are provided which heat the severing edges of the jaw. Contacts are provided which removably secure each jaw to one of the arms to provide electrical power thereto. The jaws and contacts are also provided with alignment devices which coact with each other when the jaws are mounted on the arms to provide alignment in both the x and y axes of the plane on which the jaws mate for severing insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Milbar Corporation
    Inventors: Richard E. Potesta, Gary E. Medved
  • Patent number: 5349785
    Abstract: In the construction of a motor driven tool, a bucket-shaped housing having upper and lower parts, a preassembly of a motor support, and a motor assembly including an armature and stator mounted on the support and in coaxial relation to the housing parts, and bearing means for supporting the opposite ends of the armature, respectively, in the motor support and in one said housing part, the armature being fixedly connected to the support and the stator being magnetically retained to the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Nickels, Jr., David M. Rider
  • Patent number: 5349786
    Abstract: A resilient coupling having a cup-shaped sleeve and an elastomeric pad disposed within the cup-shaped sleeve. A threaded hub is embedded with in the elastomeric pad. The bottom of the hub generally registers with an end of the elastomeric pad which is directly exposed to the atmosphere and is not covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventor: James M. Dorrah
  • Patent number: 5347671
    Abstract: A bag opening and resealing device is formed of a longitudinally elongated body member having a longitudinally extending bag-receiving slot that extends from one end of the body, where the slot is flared to facilitate entry of a bag to be cut, and terminates inwardly of the opposite end of the body. Perpendicular to the slot, the body is provided with a guide slot which terminates inwardly of the opposite ends of the body and extends transversely through the body, and a knife holder is received slidably in the guide slot and mounts a knife blade in position to intercept the bag-receiving slot, wherein, with a bag contained in the bag-receiving slot, movement of the knife holder along its guide slot effects cutting of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Larry D. Hunts
  • Patent number: 5347765
    Abstract: A device is used to adapt a portable angle grinder for use with a drill chuck and associated drill chuck accessories. The device engages the spindle of the grinder to the drill chuck and provides the interface necessary to permit the grinder to be compatible with the drill chuck. The device and method of using the device is described for a variety of trades and tasks associated with those trades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Harold W. Mixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5347889
    Abstract: A device is described for removing either a cork or a mushroom-shape stopper from a bottle. It includes a support frame having a bottom ring member adapted to engage the neck of a wine bottle, a top cap member with a threaded hole extending therethrough and at least two circumferentially spaced longitudinal support members extending between the top cap and bottom ring. A threaded shaft having an upper end and a lower end is mounted in the top cap threaded hole, this shaft having a handle mounted on the upper end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Andrew R. St. Denis
  • Patent number: 5347764
    Abstract: An air tool includes a housing containing an air motor with a shaft rotatable about a longitudinal axis and connectable to an implement for working the surface of a workpiece. Power handle and idle handles have upper and lower ends connected to the housing at angularly spaced locations. Air power is supplied to the motor by an air passage extending through the power handle to an intake at the top of the housing. The upper and lower connections of the handles to the housing have axes extending generally perpendicular to each other and vibration insulators prevent metal to metal contact with the housing. One of the vibration insulators also is used in sealing against the loss of power air before entering the motor. Between their upper and lower ends, the handles are slanted at an angle of about fifteen degrees (15.degree.) relative to the axis of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Indresco Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Pennison
  • Patent number: 5347887
    Abstract: A process for shaping a blade edge and coating the: blade edge to improve the properties thereof is provided. The process includes an ion etching step using a collimated beam to reduce microcracks and an ion assisted processing step wherein ions are used to enhance the properties of a coating. The blade can then be sharpened again. The blade can be made from materials such as metal, ceramic of glass-ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Microsurgical Techniques, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Rosenthal, Gerald L. DePoorter, Ronald I. Christy
  • Patent number: 5347890
    Abstract: A puller for removing the scored portion from "easy open" beverage cans which can be positioned on the finger of the user and has a hook portion for engaging the ring on the can top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Bernard O. Rufkahr