Patents Examined by Steven Nichols
  • Patent number: 4706366
    Abstract: An inner tube (1) and an outer tube (6) are provided of suitable shape and size for the inner tube to be received coaxially inside the outer tube, thereby causing the outside face of the inner tube to face the inside face of the outer tube. A neutron-absorbing screen (2) is fixed to one of said faces. The inner tube is inserted into the outer tube, and the inner tube is radially expanded into the outer tube while leaving the outer tube externally free to expand, and thereby plastically deforming both tubes and obtaining a solid single block assembly of desired shape and size for the container. The container may be used for storing radioactive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Establissements Lemer & Cie
    Inventors: Andre Madiot, Joel Kerjean
  • Patent number: 4704781
    Abstract: In the process for mounting a slide fastener segment or slide fastener near the opposing edges of two pieces of material, particularly on a slit in a piece of clothing, a slide fastener strip, the slide fastener segment or the slide fastener and the pieces of material are fed to the sewing stations of a two needle sewing machine. The pieces of material in the region between the sewing stations are positioned to form a gap and are curved so that a portion of each hangs substantially vertically from two fold edges or creases in an intervening space between both of the sewing stations. Both slide fastener halves of the open slide fastener segment or the open slide fastener are sewn on from above on the horizontal portion of the pieces of the material along the fold edges. Apparatuses for performing the process according to my invention are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Opti Patent- Forschungs-und Fabrikations-AG
    Inventor: Alfons Frohlich
  • Patent number: 4703558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for assembling products of various raw materials and components, mainly for so-called light industry. Raw materials and components are transported on standard-size pallets, by means of conveyor robots, all through the system from storages to packing stations wherefrom assembled products are shipped. The system preferable includes a number of production preparation stations for serving a plurality of subsequent intermediate handling stations each of which serves an assembly line with a plurality of work stations pairwise on opposite sides of respective assembly line conveyor robots. Display terminals are provided for communication between the different kinds of stations, as well as control means for operating the conveyor robots. Even a fully automated production is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: Matti Makinen
  • Patent number: 4700471
    Abstract: Disclosed is device (10) for orienting and conveying a headed fastener (14), wherein the device is positioned beneath any suitable dispenser (12) whereby headed fasteners are removed from a supply container and successively dropped with random orientation onto the device. The device (10) is configured to receive the headed fasteners (14) within a selected groove (32, 132) so that the headed fastener will assume a predetermined orientation within the device. The oriented fastener is then conveyed from the point it is received in the groove to a conduit (55, 57) which directs the headed fastener into the feeder tube (16) of the fastening machine. The fasteners are rotated as they are conveyed along the device in order to create a gyroscopic effect in the fastener as a means of maintaining the relative orientation of the fastener as it moves through the groove toward the feeder tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul J. Shemeta, Daniel A. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 4700447
    Abstract: A unitary support pad constructed of synthetic foam is described especially for use as a mattress pad for hospital patients. The pad has a number of discrete upstanding projections being independently compressible and formed in the pad so as to provide a generally flat surface with voids between the projections, preferably extending entirely through the pad, formed by compressing the foam, in discrete areas, which is severed as through the action of a transverse band saw while compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Span America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald C. Spann
  • Patent number: 4700472
    Abstract: A working apparatus provided along a workpiece conveyor which includes a carrier for carrying a workpiece. The apparatus includes a carriage supporting a working robot. A gripper is provided on the carriage for gripping the carrier moving on the conveyor. The gripper is movable on the carriage in the direction of movement of the conveyor. The carriage is also movable in the direction of movement of the conveyor. A clamping device is provided between the carriage and the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Kozo Muranaka
  • Patent number: 4698893
    Abstract: Sport fishing rods such as whip rods, cast rods having a good grip adapted to each user for more efficiency and improved comfort. The process of the "do it yourself" type is comprised of a set of 5 components which are differentiated by separate bags, and which amalgamate according to a predetermined method of using and being adjusted by moulding prints on the original handle. The process may also be applied to other instruments such as shooting guns, bows, handles for ski sticks, and all personal objects requiring a cold moulding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventors: Angel Camacho, Serge Camacho
  • Patent number: 4698905
    Abstract: A fastener-assembling apparatus has a safety device including a vertically movably safe-confirmation member which is normally disposed in its lowermost position in which the gap between the safe-confirmation member and a die is substantially equal to the thickness of a garment fabric. In its lowermost position, the safe-confirmation member maintains a limit switch closed to continue a power supply to a drive for a punch. When the operator's finger or a tool is inadvertently inserted into the gap between the safe-confirmation member and the die, the safe-confirmation member is raised to open the limit switch to discontinue the power supply to the punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Yukio Taga
  • Patent number: 4698894
    Abstract: This disclosure depicts a novel method and apparatus for aligning and locating a die set in a press used in the manufacture of materials. In particular, this method and apparatus is intended for locating a die set with respect to a bolster plate or bed and with respect to a ram of a punch press for securely clamping the die set on the bolster and ram. The method comprises mating a keyway cut in a lower die plate with a corresponding key fixed on the bolster plate and hydraulically clamping the die set to the bolster plate and ram once mated. The hydraulic clamping is accomplished by moving a hydraulic clamp in a T-slot on the bolster plate until the clamp contacts a receiving area on the die set, and then activating the hydraulic clamp. The apparatus is disclosed for implementing the described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Hubbell-Bell Inc.
    Inventors: Bhartoor H. Lingaraju, Robert J. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 4697337
    Abstract: The invention relates to a apparatus for manufacturing thermo-insulated compound profiles for windows, doors and facades, wherein two metal profiles to be joined to form a compound profile are provided with longitudinal grooves into which connecting webs forming an insulating chamber together with the metal profiles are inserted, and secured at their base portions, engaging in the longitudinal grooves, by means of the deformation of the retaining strips bounding the longitudinal grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Manfred Muhle
  • Patent number: 4697326
    Abstract: This invention is an improved screen means for greenhouses and similar structures. Cam locks are provided preferably on both the upper and lower edges of the screen means, and are mounted on strong backs which in turn are secured to the structure itself. This arrangement eliminates loose spots, wrinkling, wind flapping, and similar problems that are common to screen means of this general type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: F. Craige Faircloth
  • Patent number: 4694571
    Abstract: A film changing apparatus automatically replaces an exposed X-ray film accommodated in a cassette with a new or unexposed X-ray film. Unloading and loading of a film is effected in the vertical direction. Thus, the apparatus saves space in the horizontal direction. Furthermore, unloading of a film from the cassette is effected by gravity, thereby simplifying the structure of the mechanism for changing films, and thus allowing the size of the apparatus to be reduced as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: Nagase Medical Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Kanai, Toshinori Komba, Eiji Mogi
  • Patent number: 4692988
    Abstract: A method of protecting mating screw threads at least under tightening torques is described in which a dry lubricant such as molybdenum disulphide is applied to one screw thread, and a liquid lubricant is applied to the other screw thread. The screw threads are then tightened to the required torque value. When completely mated the leakage path will not be masked as a result of volatilization of any of the components of either lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Nowsco Well Service (U.K.) Limited
    Inventors: Roderick L. Shulver, John Misselbrook, Robert Standen
  • Patent number: 4689870
    Abstract: Honeycomb floor panels for use in elevated floors or the like are disclosed. The honeycomb structure provides similar metal strips providing lateral cuts along one edge providing angulated tabs. The angulation of the tabs provides an angulated throat having a width substantially greater than the thickness of the strips so that the strips can be assembled in an interfitting relationship while the strips of the two arrays are angulated with respect to each other. After assembly, the arrays are moved to a substantially perpendicular position, and in such position a tight fitting relationship is achieved to eliminate looseness. Such honeycomb is provided, in accordance with one embodiment, with upper and lower metal sheets which are welded or otherwise fastened to the honeycomb itself. In such embodiment, an additional upper surface sheet is provided to prevent denting and to distribute concentrated loads to prevent crushing of the honeycomb. Sound deadening is provided between the two upper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Donn Incorporated
    Inventor: David F. Mieyal
  • Patent number: 4689868
    Abstract: The invention pertains to the attachment of a wrenching nut to a metal conduit wherein torque forces can be applied to the conduit through the nut. An annular nut member is located upon a conduit and the conduit is radially deformed to force the conduit material into engagement with keying surfaces defined upon the nut. Conduit deformation occurs on both sides of the nut for axial positioning thereof, as well as establishing a torque transmitting relationship between the nut and conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Aeroquip Corporation
    Inventors: Brett A. Hughes, David L. Gilbert, Eugene A. Ellerbrock
  • Patent number: 4689881
    Abstract: This invention is found in the construction or configuration of the elements in the head of a driver apparatus utilized in securing screws in wooden members and to its relationship with a wire magazine loader mounted to the driving apparatus itself. The invention comprises a head member having a top and an outer wall which encompasses a cavity that forms crossed passageways extending to the top, openings in the outer wall communicating with cavity, atmosphere and magazine loader. The first of such cavity passageways is formed by vertically-oriented walls and a bottom, for containing an eyelet screw. A bar is provided at the bottom, in alignment with the first passageway for supporting the screw eyelet to which a hanger wire is to be threaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: James C. Fall
  • Patent number: 4688327
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing the damaged tubes of a steam generator. This apparatus includes a sleeving tool for inserting sleeves in the tubes, a high-roller tool for rolling the sleeves at their upper ends where they have been expanded, and a low-roller tool for rolling the sleeves at their lower ends in the tube sheet. Each tool is provided with locking pins which engage tubes adjacent to a tube to be processed and suspend the tool in processing position. The sleeves are inserted in the tubes and are rolled by rolls driven by a hydraulic motor. For sleeve insertion and for high and low rolling, the motor is controlled by a servo control valve. The feedback signal to this valve is derived from a flow transducer in the feed line for the motor. The feedback for the force of sleeve insertion is the pressure across the motor derived from pressure transducers in the conductors through which the motor is supplied. For insertion speed and for rolling speed, the feedback is derived from a fluid-flow transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Frank W. Cooper, Jr., Bruce A. Howard, David A. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4688319
    Abstract: A method for production of a multi-layer gap-less steel pipe. An inner pipe and an outer pipe are formed from thermomechanically rolled steel strip with high notched bar impact strength by welding. The individual helical welding seam steel pipes of about the same lengths are matched with a difference of less than about one percent between the outer diameter of the inner pipe and the inner diameter of the outer pipe. The matched inner pipe is inserted into the outer pipe and the pipes are mechanically expanded with diameter control to a preset outer diameter of the multi-layer steel pipe. The resulting multi-layer steel pipe has the inner pipe disposed under compression and the outer pipe layer disposed under stress. The presence of a compression stress in the inner pipe provides a means opposed to hydrogen sulfide stress corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Inventors: Heinz Gross, Friedrich-Otto Koch, Adolf Peeck, Werner Wennemann
  • Patent number: 4686754
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a heat insulating shaped bar including a pair of spaced side walls and a heat insulating connecting portion formed by heat insulating material and connecting the pair of side walls together from an integrally extruded metal shaped bar having the pair of side walls and a connecting wall (or walls) extending and connecting between the side walls is disclosed. The connecting wall(s) includes on one surface thereof a recess having sloped sides and extending longitudinally of the metal shaped bar and the method includes a step of cutting the material of the connecting wall(s) from the other surface at the area of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Nagai, Nobushige Doguchi
  • Patent number: 4686751
    Abstract: A trimmer for cartridge cases indexes on the shoulder of the case as established by the resizing die and permits a rotating cutter assembly to trim the neck of cases from the inside at a controllable angle. The cutter assembly includes a cutter with a cutting edge for length, a cutting edge for inside chamfer, and an outside deburring edge. There are two alternate embodiments of the invention, one allows for the device to be assembled from several pieces while the other has as many portions as possible cast or machined into a single item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Inventor: Doyle D. Gracey