Patents Examined by Steven E. Nichols
  • Patent number: 4679291
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming articles of filament reinforced thermosetting plastic, wherein the articles have a core member and the filament reinforcement is applied by a filament placement process. The filament reinforcement is attached to the core member by means of staples especially in concaved portions of the core member. The thermosetting resin may be applied to the article, before, during, or after the filaments are attached to the core member. The filament placement and attachment of the fasteners are carried out by robots that can be adjusted for various shapes by means of programmable controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Walter R. Schmeal, Nazim S. Nathoo, John A. Neate
  • Patent number: 4532706
    Abstract: An automated apparatus for forcing snap rings onto pins or rods of the type adapted to receive a snap ring. Apparatus is provided for moving or transferring successive snap rings to a position wherein they are aligned with the ends of the pins. Apparatus is further provided for then forcing the snap rings over a mandrel and onto the ends of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Aladdin Engineering
    Inventor: Edward R. Horn
  • Patent number: 4510662
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a slide fastener making machine designed to produce space sections of required span devoid of coupling elements at predetermined intervals in the interengaged slide fastener chain and a method for the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventors: Masao Matsumoto, Shigeru Imai
  • Patent number: 4509246
    Abstract: A method of securing a double-wall panel having a plurality of hollow chambers to a substructure of a greenhouse or the like, which has a number of crossing rods. A number of clamping devices spaced from each other are mounted on the transversal rods of the substructure. Each clamping device includes a hooked anchor inserted into the wall of the panel and a U-shaped clamp connected to the anchor and placed over the transversal rod. One clamping device is positioned on the rod in the center of the lower wall of the panel and is secured to that wall to produce a central anchorage, which is immovable in all directions. Two lateral clamping devices are positioned on the same rod at each side from the central clamping device. The U-shaped clamps of the lateral clamping devices are placed over the rod with play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Artur Fischer
    Inventors: Artur Fischer, Horst Walther
  • Patent number: 4509245
    Abstract: In a method intended particularly for securing an eraser and/or a sheath eiving it on a pencil in one continuous operation, it is provided that the pencils are conveyed through a work station and during that time, several sheaths or erasers and associated tools are simultaneously moved along with the pencils at the same speed as the pencils during a first work phase and are attached to the pencils during this time via the tools; in a second work phase, after the attachment process is completed, the tools are returned rapidly to the outset point, counter to the conveyance direction. The invention is furthermore directed to an apparatus for performing this method, which assures a very high operating speed. This apparatus includes at least one feeder device connected with a supply magazine for supplying one eraser or sheath to each of n feeder recesses having closed rear sides and being disposed beside one another in the feeder device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Bleistiftmaschinenfabrik Dipl. Ing. Karl Zuber GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Walter Barth, Harald H. Kremser
  • Patent number: 4506427
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for threading a lamp cord through links in a lamp-supporting chain, for example, swag lamps. Selected links may be chosen to receive the lamp cord, that is, every fourth link, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Modulite Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Castillo
  • Patent number: 4506428
    Abstract: Prefabricated concrete wall panel and method of forming same having a continuous peripheral metallic skeletal panel frame with its opposite sides being adjustably disposed/constrained during fabrication to provide a substantially parallelogram shaped wall panel. A plurality of spaced transversely extending, for example, nut and bolt type clamping means are disposed between opposite sides of the panel frame at least during the fabrication process to maintain the sides generally straight and parallel until the concrete has attained sufficient set strength. A plurality of hook means are affixed to opposite sides of the panel frame and extend inwardly into the concrete for holding the parallelism of the opposite sides following removal of the clamping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Bank Constructors, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Gerhard
  • Patent number: 4502199
    Abstract: A rod, preferably made of metal and partially or completely threaded, is introduced into a body that is preferably wooden and previously drilled, applying a rotary motion at one end of the rod, the rod and the wooden body being thus intimately joined through the effect of self-threading. When one or several rods pass through a number of wooden elements, a very effective union is obtained between the elements. In this way, the mechanical resistance of a piece can be increased and units can be produced through the assembly of elements joined by this method. The units can be articulated about the rod as a pivot. A machine is disclosed which can do the job automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Inventor: Angel A. Basarte
  • Patent number: 4501057
    Abstract: A carpenter's level holding device and method for plumbing a wall partition is disclosed, characterized by use of a bracket to hold a conventional carpenter's level to removably attach and self-register the level on a wall partition and a method providing for the positioning, plumbing, and securing of a wall partition by a single user. The bracket includes a first portion adapted to mount one end of the level and a second portion formed to be selectively rested upon the top of a wall partition to thereby hold the carpenter's level securely against and parallel to the vertical timbers of the wall partition with the bracket maintaining the carpenter's level in position upon the wall partition, an individual user has both hands free to properly plumb and temporarily secure the wall partition in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Inventor: Louis M. Palomera
  • Patent number: 4499646
    Abstract: A method of attaching a metal shaft (10) to a ceramic shaft (12) having a first diameter (d.sub.1) is characterized by the following steps. A shaft portion (16) is formed on the ceramic shaft with a second diameter (d.sub.2) less than the first diameter. The shaft portion extends from a free end (18) thereof along a portion of the length of the ceramic shaft to a terminal end (20) thereof where the ceramic shaft has a raised portion (22) formed thereon having a third diameter (d.sub.3) less than the first diameter but greater than the second diameter. The free end of the shaft portion has threads (24) thereon. A circular shaped expansion sleeve (26) is placed on the shaft portion in an encircling relationship therewith, the expansion sleeve extending from the raised portion of the metal shaft to a location (28) adjacent a termination of the threads on the shaft portion. All of the members are cooled and then assembled with the metal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Allor, John C. Caverly
  • Patent number: 4498234
    Abstract: An apparatus for fitting receptacles at a predetermined spacing with respective substantially identical objects each having a bottom face has a plate generally centered on an upright plate axis and having a substantially planar, smooth, and horizontal upper face with a generally circular outer edge. A feeder deposits the objects on the upper face of the plate radially inward of the edge thereof such that these objects sit on this upper plate face by their bottom faces. A plurality of individual seats distributed at the spacing of the receptacles along the outer edge of the upper face of the plate each have a floor coplanar with the upper plate face and a shape complementary with that of one of the objects. A guide member has an inner edge above the upper face of the plate immediately adjacent same, and a plurality of respective passages which each open at one end at this inner edge and at the other end at the respective seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin
    Inventors: Bernard P. Greslin, Daniel J. Rohmer
  • Patent number: 4497103
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel method for manufacturing a heat insulating sash bar for window frame constructed with two oppositely positioned metal-made face members, one facing inside of the room and the other facing outside of the room, connected together only with a connecting member of a heat insulating material and not with any metal-made part to ensure heat insulation between the two face members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Shuuichi Hosooka, Tetsuji Imai, Haruo Hori
  • Patent number: 4495695
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for producing a slide fastener having a separable end stop through the steps of attaching a pin, box pin, a slider and a box to a pair of stringers while the stringers are being fed in a parallel state by grippers, in which the stringers have a space portion devoid of fastener elements and upper stoppers affixed adjacent to the space portion. A slider attaching unit of this apparatus has a transfer holder for carrying the slider into the path of travel of the stringers from a slider supply device and a retaining device for retaining the slider between itself and the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Mitsugu Umino
  • Patent number: 4495688
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing this panel by pouring concrete in a mold where a reinforcement has been introduced. According to the method there are first of all provided rectangular molds in which at least two of the opposite sides are flared. Concrete is thereafter poured into one of the molds while introducing the reinforcement and this operation is continued until the mold is completely filled. On the other hand, there are provided steel trusses having seating pads at both ends thereof, each truss being formed of a base and a head connected together by a system of metallic rods mounted in zigzag. Then, the two trusses are spacedly mounted parallel to one another as well as with the two flared sides of the mold, above the surface of the concrete which has been freshly poured in the mold and the head of the truss is caused to penetrate therein by means of a U-shaped winch mechanism until the seating pads of the trusses come flush with the surface of the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Inventors: Francois Longpre, Yves Longpre, Pierre Longpre
  • Patent number: 4494292
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing a bottom end stop to an indefinite length of fastener chain including alternately space portion where elements are removed and engaging element portion are disclosed. The feeding movement of the fastener chain is arrested by protruding a chain stopper into the space portion downstream of one of the element portions while slidably guiding and opposite edges of the element portions. The fastener chain is then resiliently held down at its space portion or element portion downstream of the space portion by an element stopper and the chain stopper is pulled out of the space portion. By this, the fastener chain is allowed to move until its element portion upstream of the space portion abuts against the element stopper, where upon a bottom end stop is driven into the end of the element portion upstream of the space portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Toishi
  • Patent number: 4494293
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are method and apparatus for attaching pin fittings to a slide fastener having a separable end stop, in which a pin fitting is attached to a slide fastener by the steps of holding the pin fitting by a pin fitting holder, moving the stringer tape gripped by a gripper for introducing a core portion of the tape into the pin fitting, and deforming the pin fitting to secure it to the core portion. In these method and apparatus, attachment by deforming the pin fitting is performed under a condition where a first fastener element of a fastener element row affixed to the stringer is abutted against an end portion of the pin fitting with a force of a predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Koichi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 4494294
    Abstract: The method of manufacture of a hydraulic cylinder in which a piston for the cylinder is formed from a steel workpiece which is rotated and a bronze overlay fused into its surface while it is rotating, the overlay being continuously monitored and machined to a precise diameter. Thereafter, spaced ring grooves are cut into the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Inventor: James O. Sims
  • Patent number: 4492010
    Abstract: A device is described with which a gas check can be squarely placed onto the shank of a cast bullet in a bullet sizing apparatus. The device is a gas check seating body with a laterally located slot so as to fit into the apparatus while partially enclosing a push rod below its head while resting on a shelf. The head of the push rod rests on the gas check seating body and supports an ejector rod located in the bore of the swaging die with an upper end so located that a gas check can be conveniently placed thereon. A bullet shank can then be forced into the gas check so it will squarely fit onto the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1985
    Assignee: Lyman Products Corporation
    Inventor: C. Kenneth Ramage
  • Patent number: 4490899
    Abstract: The two coupling member supporting bands are led between a guide block and two clamping members in a vertical position and having the coupling members located at the lower side. The coupling members are aligned with the path of cutting members by means of a countersupport having two gripping members and positioned relative to the cutting members by means of a scanning apparatus. The clamping members clamp the supporting bands as well as the coupling members which are to be removed. After the coupling members have been clamped by the clamping members, the cutting members sever the coupling members at their foot section and thereafter the cut coupling members are pulled off the supporting band by means of the countersupport and the clamping members. This allows an impeccable cutting of the coupling members and that all cut coupling members can be drawn off the supporting band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1985
    Assignee: Hans Horlacher
    Inventor: Gilbert Schelling
  • Patent number: 4489486
    Abstract: A manually operative tool for attaching a coupling element to a concealed slide fastener lacking of one or more coupling elements and hence to be repaired. The tool includes a pair of relatively pivotable first and second members, each having at one end a handle. A lower jaw is secured to the other end of the first member and has at least two first recesses laterally spaced apart from one another by a predetermined distance equal to the element-to-element pitch of a concealed slide fastener to be repaired, each first recess being receptive of a prospective coupling element. An upper jaw is pivotally connected to the other end of the second member and has at its free end a second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Kihei Takahashi