Patents Examined by Todd J. Burns
  • Patent number: 5284514
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and process for making foods coated in bread crumbs.The apparatus has a crumbing apparatus for converting loaves, of bread into breadcrumbs; a coating location whereto fresh crumbs are delivered from the crumbing apparatus; and a conveyor for transporting substrate food to the coating location for coating with the crumbs and for transporting coated food away from the coating location.The process involves the steps of obtaining baked and staled bread; inserting the bread into an apparatus which converts the bread into crumbs and substantially immediately coats the crumbs onto a substrate food. For conversion into crumbs, bread is supported on rods over a rotating drum having teeth which project between the rods to engage the bread. Thus bread too moist for grinding can be crumbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Eurotaste Limited
    Inventor: Sybil M. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 5284520
    Abstract: An electroless plating device which comprises an electroless plating tank for accommodating an electroless plating solution; a draft pipe provided in the electroless plating tank for blowing air into the electroless plating solution; and a shield plate having perforations provided between an object of plating and bubbles blown out from the draft pipe, a size of each of said perforations being of dimensions whereby the bubbles cannot pass through the perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5282888
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for holding a hollow cylindrical body with openings at both ends during a dip coating apparatus having a flange member, a first pressing member fastened to the flange member, a shaft member extending from the flange member in the direction of the first pressing member, a second pressing member fastened to the shaft member, a flexible bag member located between the first pressing member and the second pressing member, and means for moving the shaft member in a direction of the shaft to move the first pressing member to cause the flexible bag member to expand laterally to contact the inside of the hollow cylindrical body to hold the hollow cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Fukawa, Hiromitsu Uchimoto
  • Patent number: 5281273
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for marking recyclable books permits the user to retain the recyclable value of the books while effectively deterring third-parties from reselling books which are intended to be recycled. The method includes transporting recyclable books past a designated marking location and marking at least a portion of the covers of the books with a distinguishing mark, and then transferring the marked books away from the marking location. The apparatus includes a marking device for marking the covers of the books, a transport device having a first and a second end for transporting the books past the marking device so that the covers of the books become marked thereby, and a removal device for moving the books away from the marking device after the covers of the books have been marked thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Fail-Safe Bookmarker, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Emposimato, George Carlson
  • Patent number: 5281272
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved wiper head comprising a laminated wiper including a plurality of discrete layers of a fibrous material, an inner resilient solid block layer, and means for bonding said discrete layers to said resilient solid block layer to provide a unitary structure. The wiper includes an outermost layer in contact with the wire and a plurality of inner fibrous layers spaced from the wire and located between the outermost layer and the resilient solid block layer. A wiper holder is mounted adjacent the exit end of the tank and includes means for supporting the wiper in a path of movement of the wire so that the wiper outermost layer removes excess plating material from the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Oklahoma Steel & Wire Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Beverly L. Moore
  • Patent number: 5277758
    Abstract: A method for recycling waste plastic material, from polymeric film or hydropulper waste, including plastic and cellulosic fiber or organic contaminants. The method includes the steps of introducing the waste plastic material into a size reduction unit, and reducing the size of the waste plastic material to particles having a maximum dimension ranging between about 1 inch and about 8 inches; mechanically hammering and rubbing the plastic material for separating a portion of the cellulosic fiber from the plastic; separating another portion of the cellulosic fiber from the plastic by flotation with agitation; further reducing the particle size of the plastic to a maximum dimension of about 1/2 inch; dewatering the plastic; drying the plastic to a moisture content of less than about 10 weight percent; and rolling the plastic into pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe G. Brooks, Billy D. Goforth, Charles L. Goforth, J. Douglas Brooks
  • Patent number: 5275664
    Abstract: An apparatus for application of material to the external diameters of cylindrical items of manufacture. The apparatus includes a frame, a transport system having work stations supporting the items, an application system, and a curing system for curing the material applied to the cylindrical items. The application system includes first and second horizontally, axially spaced application rolls engagable with the items external diameter, and an adjustable reservoir system for supplying a desired thickness of material to be applied to the external diameter of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Brown, David E. Baxter, Todd A. England
  • Patent number: 5275660
    Abstract: A coating apparatus for coating a predetermined amount of a coating liquid uniformly onto a continuously running web, said coating apparatus being formed of a ceramic material obtained by sintering at a temperature of not less than 1, C., said ceramic material having a coefficient of linear thermal expansion of not more than 11.times.10.sup.-6 /.degree. C. at temperatures of to C., and said ceramic material having a Vickers hardness of not less than 700 kg/mm.sup.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Ozaki, Kazuhiko Nojo, Hideaki Usui
  • Patent number: 5275657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a process for applying at least one adhesive component to a honeycomb half-cell structure. The half-cell structure has a plurality of peaks and valleys on each side thereof and a diagonal surface between each consecutive peak and valley. The apparatus comprises a first and second back-up roll and a first and second gravure roll. The first and second gravure rolls are disposed in a bath of a first adhesive component and a second adhesive component, respectively. Each of the first and second back-up rolls includes a plurality of spaced bars. The peaks of the half-cell structure face away from the bars of each respective back-up roll, and the peaks on the other side of the half-cell structure contact each respective first and second gravure roll, so that the first adhesive component contacts the peaks on the one side and the second adhesive component contacts the peaks to apply the first and second adhesive components to the half-cell structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Joseph J. Duffy, Birol Kirayoglu, Pui-Yan Lin
  • Patent number: 5273582
    Abstract: A polyurethane foam is used in combination with an ink tray having a housing having a first and second chamber. The first chamber has an overflow baffle extending laterally within said chamber to divide the first chamber into an inlet side and an outlet side. An inlet port is provided for receiving replenishing ink in the inlet side of the chamber and an outlet port is provided for removal of excess ink from said ink tray. A plurality of portals extending between the first and second chambers for directing replenishing ink to the second chamber from the inlet side of the first chamber and excess replenishing ink from the second chamber to the outlet side of the first chamber. An elongated inking roller is mounted to the housing. The absorption material is mounted in the second chamber to contact the replenishing ink. The absorption material has a portion extending from the second chamber and contacting the inking roller to allow the transfer of replenishing ink to the inking roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Bernard
  • Patent number: 5273583
    Abstract: Apparatus for the continuous coating of charge transport solutions onto a substrate to form an electrophotographic imaging member, including a pump to a flow of a first highly doped charge transport solution and a pump to a flow of a second undoped or lowly doped charge transport solution at predetermined rates to a common junction at which the flows intermix into a common flow upon contacting each other; piping connecting the pumping means to the common junction; and mixing device associated with the junction for continuously mixing the common flow during its movement through the mixing device, the mixing device having a short spiral flow path of less than about 200 cm for the solutions sufficient to substantially complete mix the common flow during its movement through the mixing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edouard E. Langlois, Kathryn T. Kehoe, Warren R. Smith, Mark Muscato, Barbara D. Ceglinski, Alan C. Kirchoff, Robert F. Dunham, Michael D. Stair
  • Patent number: 5268074
    Abstract: A method for producing rolled plastic pellets comprising from about 5 to about 10 weight percent cellulosic fiber and less than about 10 weight percent water from mixed plastic waste comprising polymeric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe G. Brooks, Billy D. Goforth, Charles L. Goforth, J. Douglas Brooks
  • Patent number: 5266114
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying gravure coating material in which coating material is directly supplied to a contacting portion of a doctor blade and a gravure roll. The apparatus includes a gravure roll, a doctor blade, supporting means for supporting the doctor blade in such a manner that contacting state of the doctor blade relative to the gravure roll is adjustable, a coating material primary reservoir for temporarily reserving coating material, measuring means for measuring and controlling the quantity of coating material fed from said coating material primary reservoir, and a coating material secondary reservoir for supplying coating material through the measuring means to a contacting portion of the doctor blade and the gravure roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Yasui Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 5266112
    Abstract: A portable latent fingerprint fuming apparatus for developing white-colored crystallized prints on nonporous, flat and uneven surfaces as well as objects has an air-tight housing. The housing has a sidewall, a ceiling, an aperture through the housing and an open bottom with an expansible, pliable boot or flange therearound extending downwardly and having a lowermost pliable flange adapted to air-tight sealably engage the nonporous, flat and uneven surfaces. A receptacle may be provided for holding super glue or cyanoacrylate within the housing. A vacuum pump is in flow communication with the aperture, suitably by tubing, for vacuuming air out of the housing sealably engaged with the nonporous surface, for creating negative pressure within the housing and about the latent fingerprint, and for vaporizing the cyanoacrylate for deposition upon, and crystallization of, the ridges of the latent fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: David B. Crosbie
  • Patent number: 5264081
    Abstract: This invention relates to the paper-making domain and especially to a forgery-proof safety paper, which includes on its surface and/or in its mass, at least one compound responding to formula: ##STR1## in which: R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3 may be either H, OH, or OR,R being a hydrocarbon chain, substituted or not, straight, cyclic or aromatic,with A forming one or more cycles, substituted or not. This invention is particularly applicable to forgery-proof safety papers such as cheques or handwritten documents for payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme: Aussedat-Rey
    Inventors: Andre Honnorat, Claude R. Riou
  • Patent number: 5264035
    Abstract: A doctor holder for a surface coating device or a web coating device has a guide body with a guide path channel through it. A leaf spring like doctor strip is advanced along the length of the channel and across the width of the web being coated. The doctor strip has a row of cutouts in it for enabling it to be advanced through the guide body. One of various forms of guide elements advance the doctor strip. The guide elements may be projections from an endless chain, or may be teeth of a sprocket wheel, or may be individual separate guide elements like balls and the guide elements extend into the cutouts and then into a guide groove in the guide body. The doctor strip is wound onto a reel after leaving the guide body. The guide element balls, or the like, are installed at the beginning of the guide path and are removed e.g. by an air blast, at the end of that path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: J. M. Voith GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Beisswanger, Zygmunt Madrzak
  • Patent number: 5261958
    Abstract: For applying adhesive to a shoe bottom an applicator (708) is provided which comprises a plurality of fingers (732) spring-urged towards the work and end portions thereof providing an adhesive-applying surface (736) to which adhesive is supplied via tubes (738) to outlets in said end portions. The applicator is capable of rotation about an axis which passes through the adhesive-applying surface (736) and in addition, the applicator can tilt about a further axis (P) which intersects said axis of rotation at the adhesive-applying surface. Drive means is also provided for effecting relative lengthwise, heightwise and widthwise movement between a shoe support (18) and a tool holder (670) by which the applicator is supported. For controlling the flow of adhesive a valve (744) is provided which is pneumatically operated and also has a suck-back feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: British United Shoe Machinery Ltd.
    Inventor: John Davies
  • Patent number: 5259878
    Abstract: An ink pad device for a high speed mailing machine is disclosed. The ink pad device includes an ink pad and an ink chamber in which the ink pad is at least partially disposed to sorb ink therefrom. The ink pad device may also comprise an ink reservoir and/or a pump for pumping ink from the reservoir to the ink chamber. The ink pad device is attachable to a drive for moving the ink pad horizontally and vertically from a horizontal home position to a horizontal inking position in which the ink pad is tamped against a printing device which imprints postage indicia. The ink pump comprises a deformable chamber which is compressed to pump ink from the reservoir to the ink chamber. In one embodiment, the ink pad and the ink chamber are provided as a disposable, non-replenishable, non-refillable unit containing a limited amount of ink for limited use. In another embodiment, the ink chamber, the ink pad, the reservoir and the pump form a unit in which ink is replenished from the reservoir to the ink chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Danilo P. Buan, Betty A. Terry, Jerome E. Jackson, Charles F. Murphy, III
  • Patent number: 5259877
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming phosphor layers in cathode-ray tubes includes a table having a plurality of operating positions for processing panels for cathode-ray tubes to coat phosphor layers thereon. A plurality of angularly spaced clamp heads for holding the panels, respectively, are supported on the table for rotation about a first axis and angular movement about a second axis in each of the operating positions. A cam, which is operatively connected to the clamp heads, has a first cam groove for angularly moving the clamp heads through different angles about the second axis in the operating positions and a second cam groove for keeping the clamp heads in a fixed angular position with respect to the second axis in the operating positions. Joint cam groove mechanisms are combined with the cam for selectively switching between the first and second cam grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuru Ozaki
  • Patent number: 5256203
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying an anaerobic adhesive to the inside of the necks of cartridge cases preparatory to insertion of bullets therein to provide a seal between the inside of the necks and the bullets, the cases being held standing on end, mouth end up, in a holder arranged in a rank and file format, the holder being indexed to bring successive rows of cases under a set of adhesive dispensing nozzles which are lowered for entry of the tips of the nozzles into the upper ends of the cases in a row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Thomas B. Moore Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Moore, Kevin E. Craig, Gerard J. Gragnani