Including Means To Adjust Scale Position Patents (Class 116/292)
  • Patent number: 8292494
    Abstract: A method of calibrating an adjustable control device using a knob assembly with adjustable temperature scale. A knob and a bezel that bears the temperature scale are assembled and the temperature scale is calibrated without physically changing any internals within the adjustable control device. The knob and bezel are secured to the adjustable control device so that the knob and bezel assembly can transmit an input load from a user through to the adjustable control device and so that the bezel can be rotated relative to the knob which remains fixed to an input shaft of the control for calibration purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Garland Commercial Industries LLC
    Inventors: Paulo Jorge Rosa, David Popowich, Joseph Felix Scheuring, III
  • Patent number: 7072246
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device for conveying information in an analog manner at least in part by the use of at least one display hand positioned on the dial side of a dial, and a rotatable ring positioned on the opposite side of the dial, wherein the wearable electronic device uses the coordination of the display hand(s) and the ring to convey information that is stored in the controller of the device and/or provided by sensors and/or an external transmitter. An actuation mechanism, preferably a stepper motor, is used to rotate the display hand and ring in the clockwise and/or counterclockwise directions in predefined increments to convey the information. In the preferred embodiment, the wearable multimode electronic device is a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 6055925
    Abstract: An improved new wheel (10) is disclosed which has an integral air pressure gauge (24, 100, 200). A passage (34) extends from the rim surface (22) exposed to the tire interior directly to the tire gauge (24, 100, 200) mounted within a recess (26) within the wheel hub portion (12). An adjustable numericaless colored scale (32) is adjusted to indicate proper inflation at the position of the indicator needle (30) when the tire is first inflated to the proper pressure to calibrate the scale. The tire gauge (200) can be precalibrated at the factory by positioning the dial scale (202) in a predetermined orientation to the case so that, at the desired predetermined pressure, the indicator needle (30) is aligned in the area (116) of proper inflation along the center line (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: William E. Horton
  • Patent number: 5054653
    Abstract: A system including a nonelectrical sensor for sensing the position of a needle of a gauge as it moves along a path and providing the sensed nonelectrical signal to a nonelectrical annunciator for annunciating when the needle is not at a predetermined position. The sensor is adjustably mounted with respect to the path of the needle by mounting the sensor to an adjustable transparent face plate of the gauge. A range portion is provided on a standard needle. A nonelectrical flush alarm includes a sensor to sense that the pump of a spraying or dispensing system is operating. If this sensor does not provide a signal to a timer for a preset period, the timer will produce a timed out signal which will be annunciated by an annunciator. .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Graves Spray Supply, Incorporated
    Inventor: John G. McNab
  • Patent number: 5033402
    Abstract: Instruments are readable in either feet or meters by printing a metric altitude scale on the inner surface of a rotating protective crystal that shields the English altitude scale and the indicating needle. The metric altitude scale covers 1,000 meters and extends 33.7.degree. beyond a full circle. A series of kilometer index marks is formed at intervals of 33.7.degree. on the face of a bezel which surrounds the English scale. To use the metric scale, the user holds the bezel to align the index arrow line with the appropriate kilometer index mark, according to the user's elevation. Subsequently, if the needle moves beyond either limit of the metric scale, it is only necessary to rotate the crystal 33.7.degree. in the appropriate direction, thereby aligning the "0" meter line with the adjacent index mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Peet Bros. Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Peet, II
  • Patent number: 4950085
    Abstract: A temperature sensing device having a gauge and a stem assemblies and utilizing a flexible coupling to transmit rotation through predetermined angles from a helical temperature sensitive element, to an indicator, further utilizing means to rotate the gauge assembly relative to the stem assembly. The gauge assembly includes a dial and the stem assembly includes the indicator, a stem, and the helical temperature sensitive element whereby rotation of the gauge assembly with respect to the stem assembly allows calibration of the dial to the indicator to reflect the appropriate temperature reading on the dial of the gauge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Rochester Gauges, Inc.
    Inventor: Agoston Horvath
  • Patent number: 4528755
    Abstract: A dial gauge according to the present invention wherein moving ranges of a dial plate and a needle are determined to be within predetermined limits.In this dial gauge, the dial plate is interposed between an inner frame and an outer frame in a manner to be rotatable relative to either the inner frame or the outer frame, and a projection formed on the undersurface of this dial plate is positioned within a groove formed on the top face of an outer frame mounting portion of the inner frame to thereby control the dial plate in its moving range. On the other hand, a slot is formed in a gear for enlarging and transmitting a movement of a spindle in the circumferential direction of the gear and the forward end of a pawl affixed to the inner frame is loosely inserted into the slot to thereby restrict the needle in its turning to less than one turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitutoyo Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tikara Kanda, Toru Igarashi
  • Patent number: 4450721
    Abstract: Apparatus for indicating quantity of liquified gas contained in a storage container for supplying gas to a consuming appliance, the apparatus including a pressure sensor for sensing gas pressure within the container and being arranged to operate an indicator which gives a desired indication, the indicator being calibrated to indicate the quantity by weight or volume of liquified gas contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Assignee: Energy Innovation Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: John Gaunt, Kenneth E. Gregory
  • Patent number: 4445455
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the calibration of a thermostat used for controlling the temperature of an oven. Calibration is provided for in the invention by two slots cut out in the oven wall or range faceplate through which screws pass to mount the thermostat to this wall or faceplate. Also passing through this wall or faceplate is the operating shaft of the thermostat to which the control knob will be attached. The screws further position an indicating dial. The screws may be loosened to allow the thermostat to be rotated relative to the oven wall. The indicating means is rotatable with the thermostat relative to the oven wall. A reference point is provided on the oven wall so that the amount of recalibration is readily determined. The present thermostat provides a novel calibration arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Camco Inc.
    Inventor: Trever E. Cannon
  • Patent number: 4236481
    Abstract: A dial type indicator in which the zero point on a scale fixed to a rotatable tubular outer frame can be set to the position of the pointer by rotating the outer frame around a circular inner frame. An elastic element at one side of the inner frame is pressed against the inner peripheral face of the outer frame by compressing the element in the thickness direction of the inner frame, using a manually adjustable arrangement to compress the element and cause it to extend laterally. In this manner the inner and outer frames can be reliably fastened together without damage to the outer frame and the operability of the outer frame is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Mitutoyo Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tadao Nakaya, Takashi Kobashi
  • Patent number: 4213089
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus for adjusting the scale and range of D'Arsonval pointer-type meters providing an uncluttered accurate readout particularly adapted for compact hand-held meters. Display wheels imprinted with numerals for a plurality of different scales are provided enabling the user to set, by manual rotation of a drive gear engaging a ring gear one of a plurality of desired ranges. The invention also provides for the simultaneous automatic selection or interconnection of circuit elements for driving the meter movement in accordance with the selected range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Assignee: TIF Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard N. Liebermann