Patents Examined by William H. Schultz
  • Patent number: 4624436
    Abstract: An aircraft engine mount is disclosed which has removable struts attached between the front upper and lower portions of the engine and the airframe during servicing, and a front lower mount having a spherical bearing which permits the engine to pivot about a generally vertical axis at the front of the engine. A rear mounting ring attached to the engine is detachable from the airframe during servicing, accomplished by rotating the aft portion of the engine outward through an access door about an axis at the front of the engine. An angled load bearing pin attached to the rear portion of the engine supplements the rear mounting ring so as to transmit to the airframe the forward loads of the engine experienced during a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Lear Fan Corp. (U.S.)
    Inventors: Daniel E. Cooney, Russell D. Miller
  • Patent number: 4621786
    Abstract: A device for mounting a camera in a vehicle subject to vibration such as a helicopter, including a base plate, a vertically upstanding cylinder adapted to receive a plunger assembly including a vertically extending shaft where the plunger is suspended within the cylinder by opposed bias forces and extends outwardly from the top of the cylinder with a fulcrum to receive a generally horizontally extending arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Inventor: Wilfred E. Greenlee
  • Patent number: 4570895
    Abstract: The specification discloses a chair control in which the pretension on the bias means can be adjusted by means of a bolt having a hollow shank with a retractable lever normally stored therein. There is a slot extending from the opening of the hollow shank down one side which can be engaged by said lever when the lever is retracted from the hollow shank and pivoted to one side. There is a retainer cap on the end of the hollow shank which includes an inwardly projecting annular lip which engages an annular rib on the lever to normally hold the lever in its stored position within the hollow shank of the bolt, even though the bolt is oriented upside down when the chair control is mounted on a chair. The lip is yieldable so that one can grasp the lever and pull it out past the lip when one wants to pivot it to one side and into the slot and thereafter rotate the bolt by applying a force to the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Whitwam, Charles C. Pergler
  • Patent number: 4561624
    Abstract: An improved platform (10) for mounting a motor (13) and a driven device (11) to facilitate adjusting tension on a drive belt 20. The motor (13) is mounted by means of bolts (14) which pass through a motor base (30) and slots (26 or 27) in the mounting platform (10) and engage openings (32) in a sub-plate (31). A screw (22) positions the sub-plate (31) to tension the belt (20). Two of the mounting platform slots 26 are offset relative to two other mounting platform slots 27 to maintain motor alignment as the belt tension is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Champion Spark Plug Company
    Inventor: Frederick O. Freeman
  • Patent number: 4557447
    Abstract: A pipe clamp having two clamp segments held together by a bridge piece. The bridge piece features interlocking segment ends. Opposite the bridge piece, a tensioning member is used to tighten the pipe clamp. The tensioning member includes two axially parallel, back-to-back bolts connected at their heads and passing through portions of opposed clamp segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Inventor: Hubert Combe
  • Patent number: 4557455
    Abstract: A device for releasably and adjustably securing objects relative to each other such as hanging a picture frame relative to a wall. The device includes a flexible elongated strap slidably received by a latch mechanism. The strap and latch mechanism have complementary locking teeth permitting movement of the latch mechanism in one direction on the strap but preventing movement in the opposite direction. Means are provided to maintain the teeth in disengaged relationship so that the latch mechanism may be freely moved in both directions relative to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: Schmelzer Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 4550894
    Abstract: A trivet is made from a continuous ring having an opening which forms a dead air space between an object supported by the trivet and an underlying structure, such as a table or counter top. The trivet is also preferably made from a heat-resistant, anti-slip material, such as silicone rubber, so that it can be used in vehicles, such as trains, boats and automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: John J. Barlics
  • Patent number: 4549712
    Abstract: Apparatus for mounting display devices on retail store modular shelving of the type that has hollow steel upright supporting posts each having a line of spaced longitudinal slots; with posts of laterally adjacent modules abutting one another or with adjacent modules hung on a single post. The mounting apparatus has a pair of fittings which engage vertically spaced post slots, a bracket which has an upright mounting arm is fastened to the fittings by two screws and has a display device supporting arm at right angles to the mounting arm, and a leveling screw goes through a threaded hole near the bottom of the mounting arm so as to bear against the post for leveling the bracket and fixing it firmly relative to the post. The fittings are constructed so two of them may be placed in coplanar slots of abutting posts in order to mount abutting display devices on laterally adjacent modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: Thomas A. Schutz Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Virgil S. Simon, Arthur C. Gutowsky, Nestor T. Haluzak
  • Patent number: 4549709
    Abstract: A device (210) for attaching to a wall (212) the end (214) of a sheath (216), in which a control cable (218) is slidably received, comprising a sheath end fitting (211) associated with said end and designed to be received in an aperture (220) provided in said wall, said sheath end being slidably received in an inner bore (226) of the end fitting, the latter being provided with locking means (230) for fixing the end of the sheath axially with respect to the end fitting after installation of the control cable, characterized in that it comprises an adjustment spring (56) bearing on said end fitting and urging said sheath end resiliently away from said wall when the cable is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme DBA
    Inventor: Jean Deligny
  • Patent number: 4542871
    Abstract: A self-supportable cable clamp for attaching a cable transversely across inwardly directed flanges of a U-shaped support channel includes an elongate base having a rigid lower portion adapted to reside within the channel and a pair of flexible, cantilevered arms adapted to lie exteriorly of the channel. The base lower portion has a pair of longitudinally spaced engagement surfaces that together with opposed contact surfaces on the flexible arms define a pair of openings for resiliently receiving the inwardly directed channel flanges. The base is adapted to be installed by insertion thereof into the channel and rotation thereabout until the channel flanges are received in the base openings. A cable strap of the self-locking type is supported by the base for attachment to a cable and for securing such cable to the base as mounted on the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventor: William A. Fortsch
  • Patent number: 4541602
    Abstract: A pipe clip is provided having means for retaining the clip on a stud. Means for retaining a pipe on the clips comprises a flexible finger which embraces the pipe, and the means for retaining the clip on a stud includes a locking portion which is movable from a position allowing the finger to flex for admission of the pipe to a position in which it locks the finger in embracing engagement with the stud and firmly secures the clip to the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: USM Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Potzas
  • Patent number: 4541597
    Abstract: An adjustable, self-supporting stand adapted to provide for instantaneous adjustment of its ground-support polygon as a function of the dimensions of the apparatus to be supported, for example, a television, a piece of furniture, or a machine. This adjustable stand has four legs, each angled substantially in a right angle, and an assembly device which connects in diametrically opposed pairs the horizontal arm portions of the legs. The assembly device provides for a first angular adjustment with respect to a vertical axis and a second adjustment of the spacing between diametrically opposed legs by sliding the horizontal arm portions within sleeves integral to the assembly device. The assembly device is the only necessary part for connecting the legs and allows for the legs to be adjusted in accordance with an optimum, maximum spacing distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventor: Robert Davanture
  • Patent number: 4540147
    Abstract: A jack stand attachment for use with a conventional support stand is disclosed, the attachment having a socket means that is slidably received on the load rest of the support stand. On the upper surface of the socket means, there is found a V-shaped rest and link means are pivoted to the attachment which have apertures therein near the terminus thereof that will accept a wheel lug bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Inventor: William R. Lincourt
  • Patent number: 4538786
    Abstract: Apparatus for mounting a fan or similar device to the ceiling of a building or mobile home, the invention also includes methods for installation of the apparatus and encompasses related embodiments of the apparatus. The several apparatus embodiments of the invention find utility within differing environments within which the apparatus is to be installed, certain of the embodiments being particularly useful for mounting a fan to the ceiling of a mobile home or the like and certain other embodiments being configured to facilitate mounting within the structural confines of standard building structures having one or more levels. In an embodiment useful for buildings having clearance above ceiling joists, the invention comprises an elongated bar configured to fit over upper surfaces of adjacent joists and to suspend an electrical outlet box beneath the bar with the fan being supported on a hook or double prong mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1985
    Assignee: Man-Mor Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph H. Manning
  • Patent number: 4537380
    Abstract: A needlework booklet holder comprising front and rear panels that are comparable to those of looseleaf notebook binders, and with the front and rear panels being associated with a magnetic material containing mounting panel, that overlies the inside surfacing of the rear panel, and a rigid brace plate in the form of an angle member having its sections at approximately 120 degrees, with the mounting panel and one of the brace plate sections being anchored to the holder rear panel along its inner edge, and the holder front and rear panels being hinged about a swing axis that is positioned adjacent the front panel inner edge, whereby when the front and rear panels of the holder are swung about the swing axis from an essentially flat, closed relation to open the holder for use, the holder rear panel and the mounting panel itself are disposed in easel forming, upwardly inclined relation relative to the front panel to receive and mount the pattern booklet in three possible positions for appropriately disposing the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Assignee: Sales Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward C. Erickson
  • Patent number: 4535964
    Abstract: A vibration-damped suspension of a drive aggregate in the body structure includes a forward and rear bearing installation; the forward bearing installation supports the transmission by way of two bearing supports whereas the rear bearing installation includes a cross-bearer supported on the side of the body by way of lateral outwardly arranged bearing supports. The cross-bearer is connected with a bracket receiving the engine by interposition of a decoupling device, whereby the bracket is decoupled from torsional stresses of the body so that the drive aggregate stands completely quiet notwithstanding twisting of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche A.G.
    Inventors: Matthias Schutz, Rolf V. Sivers, Dirk Roesems, Rolf Rebmann
  • Patent number: 4534533
    Abstract: This invention discloses a novel cover for use with legs of a chair base, particularly for use with chairs having a plurality of legs extending radially outwardly from a central column. The cover is adapted to surround and cover one leg and comprises a cover portion, a first end portion to cover the end of the leg, spacing means to space the cover portion from the top surface of the leg, and retaining means to releasably retain the cover to the leg. A retaining ring is also provided and adapted to retain the second ends of all of the covers in the desired position. Securing means may also be provided to secure the cover to the leg to prevent longitudinal movement once the cover is in place. The use of the cover allows the user to select the desired look of any shape and color and also protects the chair legs and prevents damage thereof. The use of the cover has reduced the cost of manufacturing a chair since, with the cover, the legs may be unfinished and need not be replaced over the life of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: Frank Doerner
  • Patent number: 4534534
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a vehicle seat assembly including an electrically operated seat adjusting device which permits expedient fastening of the seat assembly to a vehicle floor and which essentially consists of lockable engaging connections provided on at least one side of the seat adjusting device as the fastening mechanism between the seat adjusting device and the vehicle floor and/or between a seat shell of the seat assembly and the seat adjusting device. On the opposite side of the seat adjusting device there are provided fastening connections preferably formed as screw connections which may be tightened to lock said engaging connections for a firm fastening of the assembly. The seat adjusting device is adapted to be manually operated by an auxiliary actuating device in the event of malfunction of elements thereof such as drive motors, gear units or interconnecting flexible shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: Metallwerk Max Brose GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Peter Hess, Volkmar Schulz, Hans Rampel
  • Patent number: 4534529
    Abstract: A support bracket is mounted to a vertical wall structure which includes an inner surface and a plurality of spaced slots through the use of a bracket retainer. The bracket has a pair of L-shaped projections extending from its proximal end for hooking through respective slots. Each of the projections includes an edge facing the distal end of the bracket. A recess is provided in the bracket and has a locking edge extending at a downwardly convergent angle with respect to the proximal end of the bracket. The bracket retainer has first and second spaced plates interconnected by a wedge-shaped structure which has a locking surface complemental to the locking edge. The bracket is received between the plates and the locking surface engages the locking edge to force the edges of the L-shaped projections against the inner surface of the wall structure in response to a tap on one end of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: Steven C. Dorner
  • Patent number: 4533110
    Abstract: A resiliently suspended, tiltable and tethered vehicle operator's seat assembly which includes a sub-frame slidably mounted on a pedestal, a seat support frame resiliently supporting an operator's seat, the seat support frame being pivotally mounted about a transverse horizontal axis to the slidable sub-frame to permit the seat support frame and its resiliently mounted seat to tilt as a unit about the transverse axis; and a tether belt is connected between the seat and the slidable sub-frame for limiting the tilting movement of the seat support frame, the seat and the resilient support regardless of the position of the slidable sub-frame relative to the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Milsco Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kevin E. Hill