Patents by Inventor Thomas P. Adams

Thomas P. Adams has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6013141
    Abstract: An indefinite chill roll alloy composition is disclosed containing carbon ranging from 2.5 to 4.0% by weight of the alloy and the carbon is present as free graphite in an amount ranging from 2-7%, preferably 3-6%, of the total carbon. The composition further includes niobium which ranges from 0.3-6.0 % and is present essentially as discrete niobium carbide particles in the alloy. The present invention further includes a chill roll shell formed from the alloy and produced by a method including the steps of providing a molten indefinite chill roll composition, adjusting the composition by adding niobium in an amount sufficient to produce a molten batch containing 0.3 to 6.0% niobium based on the total weight of said molten batch, providing a stoichiometric amount of excess carbon to form niobium carbide and casting the molten batch to form the chill roll shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Akers International AB
    Inventors: Bo Tommy Kage Nylen, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 5992602
    Abstract: A coin sorter has a circular sorting track with an upstanding rim. A diverter mechanism is located at the rim and may be actuated to move a selected coin away from the rim to an off-sort depression inwardly of the rim and then to an off-sort opening at the end of the depression. The diverter mechanism is actuated by a coin recognition system that includes an induction coil located beneath the track in advance of the diverter mechanism. Signals from the induction coil are read at spaced positions of a coin passing over the coil and compared with stored ranges of acceptable signals for coins of various denominations. The diverter mechanism is actuated to divert a coin to the off-sort opening when the signals for that coin do not fall within a range of acceptable values. The ranges of acceptable values can be established by calibrating the coin recognition system by processing a plurality of known acceptable coins of a denomination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: De La Rue Systems Americas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Zwieg, Thomas P. Adams, Myron W. Spoehr, Robert F. Fredrick, Jon R. Stieber, John P. Grajewski
  • Patent number: 5830056
    Abstract: A bagging spout for a coin handling machine has an inclined chute extending between an upper inlet and a lower outlet. A spreader plate extends downwardly adjacent the outlet. A clamp member is hinged to the top of the spout adjacent the inlet. The clamp member has spaced ears that engage the outside of parallel side portions of the chute to pinch a coin bag between the ears and the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Cory A. Kohls, Joseph P. Hanus, Myron W. Spoehr
  • Patent number: 5632050
    Abstract: A body support platform comprises a foldable body support cushion formed of two wedge-shaped cushions covered with a washable fabric covering forming a hinge at which the cushion is folded. A head support cushion comprising three covered cushion components detachably affixed at one end of the body support cushion. The coverings of the body and head support cushions each have a pair of overlapping flap portions for inserting and removing foam elements into the coverings. The flap portions of the body support cushion also form a pair of pockets in the sides of the folded body support cushion for carrying the cushion components of the head support cushion and an ankle supporting bolster. A handle is provided adjacent the hinge for carrying the body support platform in its folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventors: Paul J. Zajas, Mary E. Zajas, Thomas P. Adams, Paulette Adams
  • Patent number: 5525104
    Abstract: The coin sorter includes a rotating hard disc forming the bottom of a hopper, and a stationary sorter plate to one side of the hard disc. The sorter plate includes a circular sorting track that begins at a point adjacent to the perimeter of the hard disc and which includes a series of spaced sorting openings each sized for a particular coin denomination. The track has an edge defined by a thin resilient rail held in place in a groove by an elastomer band. A second rotating disc having a series of resilient fingers depending from its underside is mounted above and in close proximity to the upper surface of the sorter plate. The fingers partially overlap the upper surface of the hard disc. Coins deposited in the hopper are formed into a single file and single layer at the outer edge a central upright portion of the hard disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Myron W. Spoehr, Daniel J. Folger, Richard P. Uecker
  • Patent number: 5501632
    Abstract: A security compartment for a coin handling apparatus mounted on a stand has a stationary enclosure attached to the rear of the apparatus and to the stand. A shroud is rotatably mounted on the stand. The shroud has an opening which may be hidden by the enclosure or exposed when the shroud is rotated to provide access to coin containers at the front of the coin handling apparatus. A locking mechanism is provided to lock the shroud in a closed position where the opening is hidden by the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Kerry Karpathian, Roger Klemp, Thomas S. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5443419
    Abstract: A coin handling machine such as a coin sorter has a plurality of collectors in the form of drawers or chutes arranged in a circular array and each adapted to receive coins of a particular denomination through its open top. A switch and switch actuator plate are mounted in the center of the array. A spring-loaded pivot lever extends radially from the plate to each collector location. The plate is normally held in a neutral position but will be moved to actuate the switch when any one of the levers is released. The levers are normally held against release by the presence of a collector at each station. Actuation of the switch will disable the operation of the machine. The machine may be mounted on a platform of a stand to which bagging spouts are removably attached beneath the chutes. The spouts are incapable of removal when the machine is in place on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Joseph P. Hanus, Kenneth G. Ebenhoch, Roger Klemp
  • Patent number: 5429551
    Abstract: A coin handling machine has an opening in the top of its housing that is normally closed by an inspection pan. The inspection pan is mounted to the housing so that it can be pivoted across the top to expose the opening and tipped to empty the contents of the pan out an exit at a corner of the pan and into the exposed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Uecker, Robert J. Wagner, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 5295899
    Abstract: The coin sorter includes a rotating hard disc forming the bottom of a hopper, and a stationary sorter plate to one side of the hard disc. The sorter plate includes a circular sorting track that begins at a point adjacent to the perimeter of the hard disc and which includes a series of spaced sorting openings each sized for a particular coin denomination. The track has an edge defined by a thin resilient rail held in place in a groove by an elastomer band. A second rotating disc having a series of resilient fingers depending from its underside is mounted above and in close proximity to the upper surface of the sorter plate. The fingers partially overlap the upper surface of the hard disc. Coins deposited in the hopper are formed into a single file and single layer at the outer edge a central upright portion of the hard disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Joseph P. Hanus, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 5163868
    Abstract: A sorter for mixed denominations of coins has an inclined feeding disc which carry coins on flights from a hopper to the entrance of an inclined track having a referenced edge comprises a rail with a lip on the rear of the rail. The surface of the inclined track is defined by a series of adjustable gates which define openings with the rail that are sized to the respective diameters of the coins to be sorted. Coins entering the track are engaged by an endless of belt or series of belts having projections, such as inclined fingers, that are spaced from the surface of the track a distance less then the thinnest coin. When the coins distort the projections upon entering the track, they are forced against the rail and are thereafter carried by the belt along the track until they reach their respective opening. At the opening, the release of the distorted projections imparts a force which lifts the coins over the lip and through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 5020412
    Abstract: A very short range missile launcher comprises a magazine (10) rotatable about a vertical axis and carrying a number of missiles (11, 35) vertically. An electronically steerable radar is mounted above the magazine. On perceiving a threat a wall member (12) hinged along its lower edge (13) and carrying a number of missiles loaded from the magazine is opened by an elevation control (18). An electro-optic tracker (17) is mounted on the hinged wall member for launch determination. Deflector plates (21) are mounted on the hinged wall to deflect the missile exhaust. In a further arrangement opposed end wall members (33, 34) carrying missiles are rotated by an elevation control (36, 37). Missiles are supported in the magazine between upper and lower conveyors (41, 42) operated by an indexing control (58, 59, 68) for loading missiles for launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: The Secretary of State for Defence in Her Britannic Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Inventor: Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 4753624
    Abstract: A coin sorter has a rotating disc with a resilient upper surface that operates in conjunction with an overlying stationary sorter plate. The plate has a nominal plane surface that is spaced from the resilient surface of the disc a distance less than the thickness of the thinnest coin to be sorted. A series of recesses are provided from the nominal surface. Each recess has inwardly and outwardly facing converging shoulders which extend from a distance at least as great as the diameter of the largest coin to a distance which is less than the contact width of the smallest coin. Coins are deposited on the disc through a central opening in the plate and are moved through the recesses. The converging shoulders form the coins into a single file against one of the shoulders and strip overlapped or interleaved coins so that a single layer of coins is formed in a single file adjacent the perimeter of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 4586522
    Abstract: A coin sorter has a hopper in which mixed coins are deposited. A resilient horizontal disc is disposed at the bottom of the hopper and a stationary sorting plate overlies the disc. Coins are carried by the rotating disc between the disc and plate and formed into a single file and single layer and carried to an exit at the perimeter of the sorting plate. A diverter plate engages the coins at the exit and tips them to a position in which they are upright against the peripheral edge of the rotating disc. The upright coins are carried by the edge of the disc past a series of sorting stations formed as openings in curved walls. The coins fall through an opening appropriate to their particular size and into drawers that are suspended beneath the openings on a rotatable collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale L. Taipale, John H. Winkelman, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: D359152
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Brandt, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, John B. Ledingham