Patents Examined by Roy D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 4351441
    Abstract: A display stand for garments is provided with a plurality of support arms (3) having carrier rods (5) which serve to accommodate the hooks of coat hangers (7). The carrier rods (5) and the support arms (3) enclose an angle (.alpha.) which in the horizontal projection is the complementary angle to 180.degree. of the angle (.beta.) enclosed between two adjacent support arms (3) arranged on a central stand.The carrier rods (5) can be inclined at about 10.degree. to 25.degree. to the horizontal plane and are provided with detents (26) distributed on the carrier rods (5) along a generatrix which is associated with a diameter plane turned with respect to the horizontal plane through about 20.degree. to 50.degree., preferably about 35.degree. to 40.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: PFP-Anstalt Fur Produktentwicklung und Verwertung
    Inventor: Werner Schramm
  • Patent number: 4351440
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a merchandise hook for the display of carded and/or bagged merchandise having highly desirable safety features and being highly compatible with computerized inventory management under the Universal Product Code system. The merchandise hook is formed of a single, continuous wire-like element and includes upper and lower outwardly extending arms. The upper arm is a safety arm and has, at its outer extremity, a downwardly extending guard means, which may in part comprise an integral, downwardly extending portion of the wire. The lower portion of the display hook comprises a merchandise supporting arm, which terminates at least slightly inward of the guard means carried by the upper arm. Typically and desirably, the merchandise supporting arm will terminate in an upwardly inclined end portion, so that the end extremity of the lower wire is located behind and, in some cases, just slightly below the guard means depending from the upper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Trion Industries Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Thalenfeld
  • Patent number: 4350388
    Abstract: A chair backrest having a rigid rectangular base plate and a flexible back support member attached to but movable relative to the base plate, and a spacer between the base plate and the support member, which spacer is movable to adjust the contour of the support member, cooperating locking members being provided on the base plate and spacer to lock the spacer in a number of chosen positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Spina-Trac AB
    Inventor: Hans Weiner
  • Patent number: 4349943
    Abstract: A coupling element for a slide fastener has a grooved head adapted to receive tongues of opposed elements to prevent lateral shifting of the elements. The tongues, as well as tapes embedded in the elements, are upwardly offset from the center of the elements so that the top edges of the tapes, the tongues and the grooves are coplanar. Flat abutment surfaces at the rear of the head absorb transverse loads and stabilize the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Talon, Inc.
    Inventor: George B. Moertel
  • Patent number: 4350252
    Abstract: A storage rack for displaying flat, rectangular articles such as record jackets along a wall surface. The rack is comprised of at least two elongated rack members mountable to a support in transverse alignment for receiving opposed side edges of the article. The rack members are grooved to receive the opposed article side edges. The openings are spaced outwardly of integral support surfaces at bottom ends of the grooves. These support surfaces bear the weight of the articles at corners thereof adjacent the opposed article side edges. An article can be removed from the rack simply by moving the article longitudinally clear of the support surfaces, shifting the article outwardly into alignment with the access opening and pulling the article longitudinally from between the rack members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventors: Grant Hopkins, Mark Cantrell
  • Patent number: 4349925
    Abstract: This invention relates to a pillow so designed as to allow a person to sleep comfortably in a prone position. The pillow is shaped to relieve pressure on the sleeper's eyes, nose, throat, shoulders and blood vessels and glands of the neck. Several of the most common causes of snoring are eliminated, so a person sleeps more soundly and quietly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: James K. Macomber
    Inventor: James K. Macomber
  • Patent number: 4349926
    Abstract: A waterbed mattress adapted to fit within a rigid frame comprises a water-containing main chamber and at least one supplemental chamber along the perimeter of the main chamber for containing a fluid giving structural rigidity to the perimeter, particularly along the upper boundary abutting the frame. The supplemental chamber is established by an imperforate flexible membrane internally spanning the mattress corner between the top panel and the adjacent side panel. The cross sectional length of the membrane is not greater than the dimension of the adjacent top and side panel segments which constitute the outer walls of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Liberty Vinyl Corporation
    Inventor: Howard A. Winther
  • Patent number: 4349113
    Abstract: A support rail for the cantilevered mounting of material handling totes to a wall or similar vertical surface having slotted standards thereon. The support rail includes a pair of spaced, two-part brackets mounted to each end of a pair of spaced, parallel rails having a predetermined spacing therebetween. The brackets are mountable to the slotted standard by a plurality of hook-shaped connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Charles P. Schreiner
  • Patent number: 4346807
    Abstract: A flatware processing system is provided for commercial food service wherein a pre-soaking unit for the flatware is provided in combination with a dishwashing machine and the flatware is pre-soaked with hot detergent water prior to being introduced into the dishwashing machine. Additionally, a flatware basket is provided for use in the dishwashing machine which allows better washing and rinsing of the flatware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Inventor: Clyde R. Weihe
  • Patent number: 4346501
    Abstract: A strain relief clamp for supporting the signal cable dependent from a communications headset. A unitary, integrally molded plastic structure is provided having a pair of toothed jaws joined by a hingeless support member and lever actuated to effect a secure clamp action on the wearer's apparel. A pair of yieldable clamp arms with a cooperating clamp retainer ring are provided to adjustably position and secure the signal cable to the unitary strain relief clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Inventor: Robert F. Saiya
  • Patent number: 4347412
    Abstract: A handle lock device for a switch, to be mounted to a switch manipulation handle protruded through a handle manipulation opening of a case in which a switching mechanism of the toggle-type is contained, is a lock cover which has a portion elongated so as to be introduced into the handle manipulation opening, whereby the lock cover prevents sufficient handle swing to effect the switching, since one of the side surfaces of the elongated portion is adapted to abut one of the end surfaces of the handle manipulation opening before the toggle-link goes over its dead center. The handle lock device makes it possible that a single lock cover can be used to lock handles of switches having different angles in the "on" and "off" states, and also that the handle may be easily and simply locked by a locking means having a simple constitution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunobu Mihara, Kazuyoshi Sugihara
  • Patent number: 4346867
    Abstract: An improved high resolution rotating head ultrasonic scanner is provided for use in an ultrasonic scanning subsystem of an ultrasonic breast scanning system. The scanning subsystem of the breast scanning system includes a pair of high resolution ultrasonic rotating scanning heads mounted on a transport mechanism. A scan is conducted by moving the transport mechanism while the scanning heads rotate so that a series of parallel uniformly spaced cross-sectional scans of the tissue of the breast are conducted from the inferior to the superior border of the breast. Each scanning head has three ultrasonic transducers uniformly spaced around its perimeter. The focal ranges of the transducers of a given scanning head are chosen so that a sector scan conducted by each head is divided into slightly overlapping zones with the depth of each zone corresponding to the focal range of one of the transducers on each scanning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Inventors: Donald E. Dick, Robert L. Metz, D. Scott RoJohn, Raymond D. Elliott
  • Patent number: 4346868
    Abstract: A display device suitable for use in a bicycle reflector or the like incorporating a backing plate with integral mounting means and a bracket means slidably engageable into a locking engagement therewith. The device avoids the use of auxiliary tools in assembling bracket with backing plate and the device requires no auxiliary holding means such as a screw, rivet, adhesive or the like. A durable, reliable, locking engagement is achieved between backing plate and mounting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Beatrice Foods Co., Div. of Elgin Molded Plastics
    Inventor: Henry Lindner
  • Patent number: 4345688
    Abstract: A compact tool holder for storage of hand tools in an organized, accessible and compact manner. The holder includes a wire mesh body with a top face to support most tools in the cross wires of the mesh with portions of the tools extending downward through openings in the mesh for stabilizing the tools in an upright manner. A hanger assembly is provided to support larger tools from hooks extending from a front face of the holder body and a support plate is provided to support items which would otherwise fall through the mesh openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Inventor: Albert De Boer
  • Patent number: 4345617
    Abstract: A lock apparatus for attachment to the top of an input pipe communicating with a storage tank includes an open-ended cylindrical housing for mounting to the top of the input pipe, a butterfly valve mechanism pivotally mounted in the housing with a butterfly valve activating axle protruding through an orifice in the housing, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes a latch pivotally attached to the protruding end of the axle, a lock flange attached to the outside of the housing and, a tamper prevention flange in linear alignment with the axle and the latch to prevent unauthorized tampering with the axle and attached latch. The latch may be coupled to the lock flange and locked to maintain the butterfly valve in the closed position across the interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Inventor: Sergio M. Bravo
  • Patent number: 4344540
    Abstract: A display unit used with an apertured support for displaying a plurality of elongated objects such as fan belts comprising a plurality of open-ended vertically spaced-apart sleeves each connected to the apertured support by two brackets. Each of the brackets is a one-piece wire having two free ends thereof formed into vertically spaced-apart engagement prongs for extending through apertures in the apertured support, the end of the bracket away from the prongs being a closed end constructed to support a sleeve thereon and lying in a plane parallel to the apertured support when the bracket is mounted thereon. The closed end of the bracket is connected to the engagement prongs by two legs respectively extending therebetween, each of the legs having a bracing portion thereof parallel to the closed end and proximate the apertured support when the bracket is mounted for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Inventor: Howard J. Marschak
  • Patent number: 4344559
    Abstract: Mailbox has a hinged front gate with a casing receiving a flag with lateral play for movement into raised and lowered positions to indicate "no mail" and "mail delivery", respectively. Provided on the flag and box are two ferromagnetic strips, respectively, of which at least one is a permanent magnet, with these strips being coordinated to be in the raised flag position in magnetic engagement for supporting the flag, and the strip on the flag will on opening of the gate turn with the latter and thereby disengage from the strip on the box for release of the flag for its gravitational drop to its lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Inventor: Ernest G. Widham
  • Patent number: 4343135
    Abstract: A support frame and method of making and packaging such frame which comprises a pair of similarly constructed end supports formed of readily bendable structural members, each having a specifically constructed notch configuration about which the structural members can be readily bent to define an inverted U-shaped end support. The arrangement is such that the ends of side rails for maintaining opposed end supports in predetermined spaced relationship are disposed within the respective notches whereby the notches closed about the end of a corresponding side rail to positively secure the rails to the end support during the bending and forming of the U-shaped end support. The structural members and side rails defining the complete support frame are packaged as elongated rectilinear members in complementary pairs with the side rails packaged between a pair of elongated unbent end support members so as to occupy a minimum of space for shipping or packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Daniel F. Ilich
  • Patent number: 4343404
    Abstract: A portable bicycle repair rack is disclosed which suspends a bicycle from and in spaced relation to a conventional door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Folsom
  • Patent number: 4342397
    Abstract: Fastenings for storage racks having upright columns or posts connected in pairs with diagonal bracing are disclosed and which include gussets or locking plates for locked engagement with vertical portions of the posts and with horizontal crossbeams to connect pairs of connected posts at selected levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Inventor: Robert T. Halstrick