Patents Examined by Thomas J. Holko
  • Patent number: 4690167
    Abstract: In the preferred and illustrated embodiment, a protective anti-theft device for installation on a fireplug is shown. In the preferred and illustrated embodiment, a nut suitable for installation on a fireplug is provided, the nut having an external groove to receive a snap ring therein. A sleeve is joined to the nut by means of a cooperative groove receiving the snap ring therein. This enables the sleeve to free wheel around the nut. The free wheeling sleeve prevents theft and pilferage of the nut once it is installed on a fireplug at the top end to support the stem in the fireplug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Productive Instrument & Machine Inc.
    Inventor: Claud Skipper
  • Patent number: 4683730
    Abstract: A short-term security system according to the present invention utilizes first and second mutually engageable locking members affixed to the garment at spatially separate locations (e.g., opposite sleeves) so that the garment may be locked around a stationary object such as the arm of a chair, with the garment forming a closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Inventor: Michaelina Lee
  • Patent number: 4682520
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mechanically lockable fastener assembly for maintaining workpieces assembled, when an elongated bolt with threads formed along a length thereof, and substantially axially aligned rotation resisting surfaces formed along another length thereof, is mechanically assembled with a cooperating nut having a threaded portion and a compressible portion deformable into engagement with said rotation resisting surfaces of said bolt to cause the bolt and the nut of the assembly to be inseparable by untorqued unthreading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Northrop Corporation
    Inventor: Warren E. Gray
  • Patent number: 4681493
    Abstract: A dowel assembly to be anchored in a borehole in a receiving material includes a container positioned around the axis of the borehole and located between an abutment at one end of the dowel assembly and the receiving material into which the assembly is inserted. The container is formed of two parts with one part being telescopically displaceable into the other. An hydraulic mass capable of expanding when mixed with a reaction liquid is filled into the container. The expandable hydraulic mass maintains the force acting on the dowel assembly when there is relaxation of the force originally generated between the dowel assembly and the receiving material. The container has openings through which the reaction liquid can pass into contact with the hydraulic mass. The hydraulic mass can be activated by immersing the container in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Vollmer, Heinz Kousek, Elmar Maier
  • Patent number: 4681497
    Abstract: An encapsulated metal bolt comprises a head portion having an encapsulating cap thereon with a plurality of conductive fibers therein electrically isolated from the head but electrically exposed to the surface of a complementary aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Microdot Inc.
    Inventor: Imre Berecz
  • Patent number: 4680818
    Abstract: A device for moving a recumbent person comprises a baseplate, an insertion plate formed integrally of two flat plates stacked vertically with a small gap therebetween and attached to the baseplate to be horizontally extensible and retractable with respect thereto, a pair of rollers disposed one above the other at the proximal end of the baseplate, a first belt fixed to the upper of said pair of rollers at one end so as to be windable thereon, passed outward across the upper surface, around the distal edge and back along the lower surface of the upper flat plate of the insertion plate, and fixed to the lower of said pair of rollers at the other end so as to be windable thereon, and a second belt encircling the lower flat plate of the insertion plate and having its opposite ends fixed to the baseplate near the distal end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignees: Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
    Inventors: Akihiro Ooka, Kenji Okamoto, Koji Yamada
  • Patent number: 4679420
    Abstract: An improved force immune door knob/latch is provided which, by use of resiliently-biased ratcheting means, is rendered immune to force resulting from the application of excess torque to the door knob. These resiliently-biased ratcheting means are such that their biasing force is oriented in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the door latch shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 4678384
    Abstract: The invention is a blind fastener of the type having a hollow sleeve, spindle, and locking collar. The fastener differs from conventional blind fasteners in that the spindle has a cold work mandrel portion between the pull stem and shear pin portions thereof. Furthermore, all the principle dimensions and tolerances thereof are based on the sleeve shank outer diameter. The more important dimensions are the sleeve inside diameter of between 0.9000 times the minimum sleeve outer diameter and 0.8964 times the maximum sleeve outer diameter, the shear pin diameter of the spindle is between 0.9632 times the minimum sleeve outer diameter and 0.9534 times the maximum sleeve outer diameter and the tapered cold work mandrel portion larger diameter is between 0.9684 times the minimum sleeve shank outer diameter and 0.9585 times the maximum sleeve outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Lockheed Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Sparling, David G. Richardson, Angelo Incardona, Ronald E. Wood, Garth D. Kikendall, Leon Bakow
  • Patent number: 4678383
    Abstract: An expansion anchor assembly for use in a bore with an undercut section adjacent the base of the bore, includes an axially elongated expansion sleeve and an anchor bolt positioned within the sleeve with an expansion cone at one end of the bolt. The expansion sleeve is slit from one end for a portion of its axial length. By drawing the expansion cone into the slit end of the sleeve, the sleeve can be expanded. An expansion element is seated within a recess in the outside surface of the sleeve. The base of the recess has a decreasing depth in the direction toward the slit end of the sleeve. The expansion element secures the expansion anchor assembly within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Arndt Bergner
  • Patent number: 4677700
    Abstract: A hospital bed with a built-in toilet to be used in conjunction with disposable sanitary diaper funnels which comprises a mattress with a recess in its center portion, a ring shaped comfort cushion for sitting on while using the bathroom which fits into the recess, pipes for channeling wastes into a waste container, a water line which carries heated water from a tank to a spray nozzle which automatically cleans the anal area after defecation, an air dryer for drying the anal area after cleaning, a power switch for turning the dryer on and off, and a power switch for turning the water on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Su
  • Patent number: 4676083
    Abstract: The lock housing has a slot in a top wall via which a coded card key can be inserted to bring into alignment coded magnetic areas on the card with magnetically responsive elements of the lock to unlock the locking mechanism and enable rotation of either a knob or lever arm to open the door. The card moves a spring actuator against a coupling spline to engage it with a spindle spline carried by a shaft interconnected with the knob or lever arm handle. The sliding coupling spline is integral with parts which interrelate with the door lock mechanism such that rotation of the knob or lever arm will now effect release of the door locking mechanism. When the card is fully inserted, the mechanism is maintained in the unlocked condition and the card may be released to turn the knob or handle with the same hand. Spring-loaded members separate the coupling and spindle splines as the magnetic card key is withdrawn from the housing slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventors: Bruce S. Sedley, Armin Eisermann
  • Patent number: 4676706
    Abstract: A clip nut comprises a body having a channel-shaped part having two opposed portions and an extension part united by a hinge portion to one of said opposed portions. The extension part has a nut retaining section, and it can be overlapped over one of the opposed portions with a nut accommodated in the nut retaining section. In this state, a panel is fitted in the space between the two opposed portions, and a bolt can be inserted through the channel-shaped part and panel and screwed into the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Nifco, Inc.
    Inventor: Akio Inaba
  • Patent number: 4674308
    Abstract: A cover mechanism for covering a lock, having a key opening, on a lock support surface includes a cover plate which may be pivoted between a closed position in which the key opening of the lock is covered, and an opened position in which the key opening is exposed. A detent arrangement engages the cover plate at a first point to hold it in its opened position until a key is inserted into the key opening and rotated towards an unlatching position, whereupon the detent arrangement engages the cover plate at a second point and prevents movement of the cover plate into its closed position. The cover plate is released when the key is withdrawn from the lock such that the cover plate is free to move into its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: The D. L. Auld Company
    Inventor: Richard D. Peters
  • Patent number: 4673320
    Abstract: An anchor dowel assembly includes an axially elongated sleeve with window-like openings extending through its wall transversely of the axial direction. Locking members are positionable within the window-like openings for displacement radially outwardly from the sleeve for effecting the anchoring action. The locking members are displaced radially outwardly by an expansion tool driven between the locking members by a force directed in the axial direction of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Froehlich
  • Patent number: 4672696
    Abstract: A convertible sitting/reclining furniture article comprises a main frame and a seat element which is supported at a predetermined elevation above ground. A bed frame can be pulled out of and pushed into the main frame in a drawer-like manner and includes a front side, a rear side and two lateral sides. An extension element is mounted on the bed frame for displacement between a retracted position and an extended position in which the extension element is disposed at the predetermined elevation to form an extension of the seat element by a five-bar kinematic linkage at each of the lateral sides of the bed frame. Each of the kinematic linkages includes a steering lever pivotally mounted at a first region of the extension element and at a first portion of the bed frame, and two steering links more remote from the front side of the bed frame than the steering lever and adjacent to the steering lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Ferdinand Lusch GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Franz Horenkamp
  • Patent number: 4672697
    Abstract: A frame for holding a body which lies thereon is pivoted on a transverse horizontal axis supported by a couple of vertical parallel uprights, on one of which a fixed electrical device having a rectilinear vertical stroke is provided. The remote controlled driver causes its push rod to move up and down, said push rod being connected with a slider that moves along the uprights.A connection rod is hinged to the slider at one end, and to the frame at the other end, so as to cause the rotation of the frame through an arch in clockwise or counterclockwise direction, depending on slider motion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Inventor: Ernesto Schurch
  • Patent number: 4671090
    Abstract: A cylinder lock includes a rotor rotatably mounted in a bore of a stationary casing. A key passage in the rotor is blocked by a biased shutter which is caused to pivot against the action of a spring when a key is introduced into the key passage. The rotor includes a plurality of separated, spring-urged tumblers which engage with the key in the key passage. A soft-elastic wiper for removing water from the key is positioned in a lateral slot between the entrance of the key passage and a first tumbler. Flaps of the wiper form a normally closed slit which is openable by the force of the key when the key is advanced towards an operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Kokusan Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikio Masaki, Toshikazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 4671716
    Abstract: The locking screw for the adjustable connection of a hinge strap to a base plate of a hinge has an external thread, with which the locking screw is screwed into a corresponding threaded hole in the hinge flap. The end face of the bolt portion of the locking screw abuts on the corresponding face of the base plate. In order to ensure a secure seating of the locking screw even under changing loads, a plate spring is attached to the end face of the locking screw and is spring-loaded axially, which abuts the base plate with its spring front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Alfred Grass GmbH Metallwarenfabrik
    Inventor: Alfred Grass
  • Patent number: 4671717
    Abstract: A screw receiver made of a synthetic resin to be fitted in a mounting hole formed in a panel to receive a setscrew when screwed comprises a hollow main body portion having a receiving space and open at one end, the main body portion having a flange provided at the end at which the receiving space is open, and a plurality of screw receiving portions each formed on one side surface in the longitudinal direction thereof and also having a raised portion on the other side surface, a screw receiving section being formed in the receiving space of the main body portion by inserting the screw receiving portions into the receiving space along the wall surfaces thereof through the open end of the main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kunihiro Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 4671715
    Abstract: A shear type separation fastener having a punch piston which shears a ring of material from the head of a bolt to face the shank of the bolt. The punch piston has a face with a shearing edge that presents an advancing point of contact with the bolt head to reduce the maximum force needed to shear the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Hi-Shear Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Berg