Patents Examined by William E. Lyddane
  • Patent number: 4736496
    Abstract: A method for providing a wide-track integral thermoplastic closure for film or sheet stock. The closure includes ribs on either side of an element of the closure to provide the wide-track effect to assist one in ease of interlocking the closure elements. By varying the thickness of the closure element adjacent the ribs, the spacing of the ribs to provide the desired wide-track feel can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventors: Julie M. Fisher, Dennis R. Tumminia
  • Patent number: 4716841
    Abstract: In a sheet metal shelving unit with adjustable telescoping slotted uprights, the upper part of each upright has its slots in a recessed surface so that the upper part does not interfere with shelf bracket tabs projecting rearwardly through slots in the lower part of the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Suttles
  • Patent number: 4688302
    Abstract: An integral one-piece cable tie including an elongated flexible strap having a row of teeth thereon, a frame integral with one end of the strap and having an abutment wall and an entry surface and an exit surface and a strap-receiving opening extending therethrough, a pawl pivotally mounted by a hinge within the opening and having a set of teeth thereon shaped complementary to the row of teeth, wedging surfaces on the facing portions of the frame and the pawl, the thickness of the hinge being less than the thickness of the strap so as to accommodate sliding movement of the pawl toward the entry surface with the wedging surfaces in contact, thereby to move the set of teeth toward the abutment wall to grip the strap therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1969
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Roy A. Moody
  • Patent number: 4676555
    Abstract: A seat belt anchor mechanism has such a structure that a base plate connected to the side of a vehicle body is separated from its corresponding seat-side member or members subsequent to the occurrence of an emergency so as to permit free sliding of the associated set even after a load of at least a predetermined level has been applied to the webbing. The separation can be achieved by a combination of brackets which are normally kept in engagement but in the event of an emergency are readily disengaged. Alternatively, a shear pin may also be used. The seat belt anchor mechanism permits easy escape of an occupant from a vehicle even in the event of an emergency such as collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: NSK-Warner K.K.
    Inventor: Osamu Tokugawa
  • Patent number: 4671488
    Abstract: A single stage solenoid operated valve assembly of the cartridge type having a reversing flow orifice assembly with a side port, bottom port and an orifice. A poppet is adapted to seat in and close the orifice for controlling fluid flow between the side and bottom ports. A transverse flow passage provides fluid communication between the side port and the orifice and a pair of longitudinal flow passages provide fluid communication between the bottom port and a chamber above the poppet. An axis normal to the longitudinal axis of both longitudinal flow passages is also normal to the axis of the transverse flow passage. In this way pressure over the poppet is provided when fluid pressure is applied to the bottom port and pressure under the poppet is provided when fluid pressure is applied to the side port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Zeuner, Steven K. Zeuner, Thomas A. Zeuner
  • Patent number: 4640549
    Abstract: A headrest for seats for use in vehicles has a fixed frame fixedly secured to the upper ends of stays supported on a seat back, two right and left movable frames secured to a panel of the headrest, and two pairs of parallel links connecting the fixed and movable frames; a first pair connecting the right movable frame to the right end portion of the fixed frame, and a second pair connecting the left movable frame to the left end portion of the fixed frame. One of the first pair of links is connected with one of the second pair via a connecting portion. With such structure, the headrest can be moved back and forth with little change in height, and, since there are no moving parts present in all portions of the headrest except in the two end portions of the fixed frame, a throughbore can be provided in the central portion of the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Tachikawa Spring Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Masaaki Yokota
  • Patent number: 4639980
    Abstract: An improved tubing organizer for hospital use having Velcro.RTM. straps, a Teflon.RTM. loop and a stainless steel clip connected by stainless steel eyelets. The improved tubing organizer is able to withstand repeated exposure to temperatures up to two hundred eighty degrees Fahrenheit and can be permanently attached to a length of tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Hall Surgical, Division of Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Peterson
  • Patent number: 4639978
    Abstract: A device for retaining two cords, which may be opposite ends of a single cord, against longitudinal movement in a predetermined direction, and including an actuating member connected to a body for pivotal movement between locking and released positions, and two separate locking members carried by the actuating member for pivotal movement therewith and engaging the two cords respectively to retain them against movement. Each of the locking members is also free for pivotal movement relative to the actuating member and relative to the other locking member in a manner automatically tightening the grip on the corresponding cord in response to the application of longitudinal pulling force to the cord. The actuating member and locking members are connected to the body of the device by a pivot pin which extends between two side walls of the body and through a tubular mounting portion of the actuating member and is preferably retained in assembled position by a snap detent arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Ogden W. Boden
  • Patent number: 4639050
    Abstract: A trash pail for installation in a cabinet having a swingable door, the cross section of the upper opening of the pail being closed by a lid which is fastened to one cabinet wall bearing the door hinges and which is moved into the open position upon the opening movement of the door which is coupled with a support for the trash pail. The support, upon the opening of the door, displaces the trash pail out of the cabinet below the lid, which remains within the cabinet. The support is formed as an angle member having arms. Within the angular space of the arms a non-circular corner part of the wall of the trash pail at an upper edge rim of the trash pail is complementarily form-lockingly removably suspended over the upper end edge of the arms of the angle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Westermann Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Neuhaus
  • Patent number: 4639040
    Abstract: A fixing device for a vehicle seat back comprises a support element mounted on the vehicle side wall, and a pivotal hook element engageable with the support element. A set part of the support element includes a hook-preventing upward extension for preventing the hook element from slipping off the set part. A bracket is mounted on the seat back together with the hook element, the bracket having a leg supporting a cushion which engages the set part in an upright and a locked position of the seat back. The bracket leg has an edge confronting the extension and engages therewith upon application of external forward and rearward loads on the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Tachikawa Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fujita, Takaichi Nishino
  • Patent number: 4639049
    Abstract: The invention comprises functional and esthetically pleasing modular office furniture with integrated wire management. The modules include horizontal beam modules that can be rigidly connected longitudinally and laterally in configurations that suit work flow and office personnel requirements to the office space. The beam modules are supported by vertical support modules. Work surface modules are supported by the beam modules. The beam modules may also have suspended therefrom a variety of office items such as file cabinets and keyboard surfaces. The work surface modules are adapted to optionally receive service modules such as telephones, trays, and light stands. The combined furniture modules provide hidden but accessible passages for neatly and efficiently running electrical wires from the office outlets to the points of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: C.O.M. Cooperativa Operai Metallurgici S.C.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Frascaroli, Carlo Biondi
  • Patent number: 4635562
    Abstract: A tote box assembly or the like is made up of molded plastic components wherein complementary interlocking members at each end of each sidewall rigidly interlock the sidewalls in assembled relationship with each other. Coupling legs integrally formed along the bottom edge of each sidewall are detachably snap locked into openings formed along each side of the pallet platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Pinckney Molded Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Elsmer W. Kreeger
  • Patent number: 4636000
    Abstract: A side support device for use in a seat back or a seat cushion of an automotive seat is disclosed. In the side support device, two sub-panels or support panels are provided respectively in the insides of the two side portions of a seat frame, the respective inner ends of the sub-panels or support panels are engaged with the associated portions of a pad receiving member extended between the two sides of the seat frame, and the respective outer ends thereof are connected via connecting links to an operation member, whereby by means of operation of the operation lever the side support device can be adjusted so as to support an occupant uniformly from his or her side portions through his or her central or back portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Tachikawa Spring Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaishi Nishino
  • Patent number: 4635999
    Abstract: A reclinable vehicle seat that can be used in an aircraft comprises a bottom part and a back support part which are rotatable together about an axis which extends transversely to the seat and is below and towards the rear bottom part. A hydraulic cylinder is provided to secure the parts in positions angularly spaced about the axis. The back support part may additionally be pivoted about the same or a different transverse axis in relation to the bottom part. The seat preferably includes a leg support part extending downwardly from or adjacent to the front edge of the bottom part, which optionally includes a foot rest. The leg support part may be fixed or pivoted in relation to the bottom part so as to extend forwardly and downwardly when the seat is tilted rearwardly of its normal upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Flight Equipment and Engineering Ltd.
    Inventor: Leslie J. Simpson
  • Patent number: 4635398
    Abstract: A watertight window assembly adapted to be mounted in an automobile comprises a window frame, two sliding panes, weather strips which are mounted in a guide groove formed in the frame and which abut on the panes in a watertight manner, frame members mounted to the opposite ends of the panes, and a seal member of a resilient material. The seal member is mounted to one of the frame members and abuts on the other in a watertight manner. The end portions of the frame members and of the seal member are received in the weather strips. The portions of the frame members which bear on the weather strips are inclined to the direction in which the panes slide. These inclined portions face the panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4636005
    Abstract: The seat back for a motor vehicle rear seat assembly has a rear panel made of plastics. A locking mechanism housing, which is part of a seat back locking arrangement, and the rear panel are forming a one-piece structure. To provide the necessary rigidity, fiber glass mats are laminated into the plastics. The plastic material itself is polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Bolz, Walter P. Trutter
  • Patent number: 4636002
    Abstract: A vehicle seat such as an automotive seat is disclosed in which the rearward portion of a cushion frame is attached to a vehicle floor by shaft pins so that the forward portion of the cushion frame can be raised up and lowered down by link members. These link members are attached to a connecting bar for connecting these link members with a back frame. In this vehicle seat, when the back frame is reclined relative to the cushion frame, then the link members are rotated forwardly by the connecting bar so that the forward portion of the cushion frame in engagement with the respective central portions of the link members can be raised up about its pivotally mounted portion in the rearward portion thereof, that is, about the shaft pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Tachikawa Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takagi Genjiro
  • Patent number: 4635400
    Abstract: A door stop (12) for sealingly abutting a movable overhead door (11) in closed position, comprising channels (20) of resilient material having forward and rearward legs (16 and 17) with their free ends adapted for abutting a door jamb (10), said forward legs (16) adapted to abut said jamb (10) and U-shaped fastening clips (24) for abutting said jamb (10) at spaced points longitudinally of said channels (20) and detachably interfitting said channels (20) for allowing longitudinal movement of said channels (20) relative to said clips (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Inventor: Willis Mullet
  • Patent number: 4635565
    Abstract: An improved power operated vertically adjustable table which has a high degree of stability in any vertical position. The table comprises a lower support cage which rests stationary on the floor and acts as the main support for the table and an upper support cage which slides vertically within the larger lower support cage. A table top is attached to the ceiling of the upper support cage. Each of the cages comprise two round disks which are horizontally positioned, one above the other. The upper disks are inter-connected by a plurality of vertically positioned support rods; and the lower disks are similarly interconnected. When the table is in the lowermost or bottom locked position, the ceiling of the lower support cage is in contact with the ceiling of the upper support cage. When the table is in the uppermost or top locked position, the ceiling of the lower support cage is in contact with the floor of the upper support cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Interquad, Inc.
    Inventor: Warren D. Novak
  • Patent number: 4633548
    Abstract: A speed lace structure for footwear that allows the footwear to be put on and tightened up quickly. The speed lace structure comprises lacer assemblies and rivet assemblies combinatively secured to a footwear quarter. Each lacer assembly is formed with a lacer loop portion having peripheral lips and with opposed fastening portions provided with central openings surrounded by a plurality of gripping teeth. Each lacer assembly is made of metal provided with a fine coating of a plastic, so as to render it smooth and very slippery. Each rivet assembly includes a capped eyelet serving as an anchoring stem to fit in and though the opposed central openings of the lacer assembly, and a deformable eyelet designed to fit into one of the opposed central openings and over the capped eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Inventors: Leland B. M. Siskind, William A. Samaha, Thayer S. Warshaw