Indicator Structure Patents (Class 177/173)
  • Patent number: 10274362
    Abstract: The invention discloses a measuring device for measuring the mass of a weight, comprising: a main frame; a main beam supported on main frame; a balancing system loaded on one end of the main beam; a weighting system, loaded on the other end of the main beam; a weight transportation system capable of transporting and loading a standard weight or a test weight into the weighting system and capable of unloading and transporting them away from the weighting system; and a control system comprising an optical sensor mounted in the main frame, a laser displacement sensor mounted on the main beam, a monitor, and a control unit connected electrically to the optical sensor, the laser displacement sensor and the monitor. The control system is adapted to compare a main beam first displacement data obtained by the optical sensor and a main beam second displacement data obtained by the laser displacement sensor to accurately measure the actual displacement of the main beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METROLOGY
    Inventors: Jian Wang, Changqing Cai, Xiaoping Ren, Tao Li, Manhong Hu, Xiaolei Wang, Honglei Ji, Xiang Wang, Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 10254153
    Abstract: A weight scale (100) for assisting with management of congestive heart failure and other ailments includes a housing (101) that can define a substantially flat planar surface (102). A weight measurement device (202) measures a weight of a user. A control circuit (201) stores in a memory (203) a first predefined weight threshold (205) and a second predefined weight threshold (206). The scale includes light sources (107,108,109) operable with the control circuit to selectively present one of three color-coded indications. When the weight is between the below the first predefined weight threshold, the light sources present a first color indication. When the weight is between the first predefined weight threshold and the second predefined weight threshold, the light sources present a second color indication. When the weight is above the second predefined weight threshold, the light sources present a third color indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Martie Moore, Derek Roberts
  • Patent number: 9562805
    Abstract: A scale includes a load detection unit detecting a load to a placing unit, a storage unit storing a zero point in advance, a calculation/control unit calculating a load calculation value using a load signal corresponding to the load to the placing unit, based on an output of the load detection unit, and a display unit displaying the load calculation value. When a load is applied to the placing unit, the calculation/control unit calculates a loading state load calculation value based on the load signal in a loading state and the zero point of the storage unit. Subsequently, when the load is removed from the placing unit in a non-loading state, the calculation/control unit calculates a non-loading state load calculation value based on load signals in the loading and non-loading states, and displays the non-loading state load calculation value on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TANITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosei Fukada, Masayuki Kenmochi, Kazuyasu Koyama
  • Patent number: 9212945
    Abstract: A portable luggage scale (20) comprising a lifting handle (22) or grip, a luggage support (24), a housing (28), a spring based weighing mechanism (26) within the housing (28), a weight indicating dial (30), the weight indicating dial (30) being adapted for movement relative to the housing (28) in response to spring reactions of the spring based weighing mechanism (26), and a measured weight indicating marker (36) for indicating a measured weight, that weight being readable off the dial (30) at the location of the marker (36). The lifting handle (22) can be telescopic, and the luggage support (24) can be a loop (42) of webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: DG International Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Barnaby Bevan Edwards, Steven Richard Spong
  • Patent number: 9157787
    Abstract: An interactive body weight scale is presented. The body weight scale may have computing and data communication ability to track a user's weight by connecting to a number of different electronic devices. The body weight scale is capable of recording an audio message, converting the audio message to message text, and transmitting the message to a remote social network. The scale may also receive message responses from the remote network and play the messages back based on whether a particular message is a positive message. A scale use indicator provides a reminder for a user to use the body weight scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BBY Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Anshuman Sharma
  • Patent number: 7607401
    Abstract: Load-bearing devices, each including an overload indicator of the present invention interconnecting load bearing connectors, preferably elongated load bearing connectors are provided. In preferred embodiments, the load bearing connectors are chains, ropes, wire ropes, cables, straps and the like, preferably chain. The overload indicator includes a link having a strand of wire form material. The strand of wire form material having first and second portions, the first portion having a first strength; the second portion including a weaker segment having a second strength which is less than the first strength. The weaker segment preferably has a generally predetermined load bearing capacity or capability and is calibrated to reduce the load bearing capacity or capability of the overload indicator. Methods of making an overload indicator and a load bearing device including an overload indicators of the present invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Peerless Chain Company
    Inventor: John McCauley
  • Patent number: 7544902
    Abstract: A lift measurement system is provided for determining a position of a load during a lift operation. The system includes a display that includes a scale and encloses a movable indicator that moves relative to the scale. A linkage is in communication with the load and the scale, such that movement of the load is translated to movement of the indicator relative to the scale to provide an indication of the position of the load. A plurality of displays and linkages may be installed at various load support zones such that the relative position of the corresponding indicators provides feedback related to the orientation of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventor: Frantz D. Stanford
  • Patent number: 7316169
    Abstract: Load-bearing devices, each including an overload indicator of the present invention interconnecting load bearing connectors, preferably elongated load bearing connectors are provided. In preferred embodiments, the load bearing connectors are chains, ropes, wire ropes, cables, straps and the like, preferably chain. The wire form overload indicator preferably includes a modified wire form link, preferably either a modified welded link or a modified quick link, generally having a first thickness and first and second elongated sides. The modified link preferably includes two elongated sides, one of which preferably has a portion having a diminished thickness narrower than the first thickness. The diminished thickness preferably has a generally predetermined load bearing capacity or capability and is calibrated to reduce the load bearing capacity or capability of the overload indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Peerless Chain Company
    Inventor: John McCauley
  • Patent number: 7129426
    Abstract: A weight scale with hybrid graduation includes an elastic element, a carrier mounted to the lower end of the elastic element, an indicator block mounted between the elastic element and the carrier, and a graduated housing for receiving the elastic element and the indicator block. The indicator block includes at least one auxiliary graduation. The graduated housing includes at least one primary graduation having a unit different from that of the auxiliary graduation. A weight of an object attached to the carrier is measured through vertical relative movement between the primary graduation and the auxiliary graduation to provide more accurate measuring result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Huang-Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 7122750
    Abstract: A mechanical weighing scale having mechanical parts driving a pointer rotating around a fixed disc or dial having slots or holes formed therein. The mechanical pointer operates to provide an analog display of one's weight to the user. An optical sensor system is responsive to the mechanical motion of the mechanically-rotating pointer as it passes over each of the holes or slots for determining a number of counts associated with the mechanical motion of the rotating pointer and translating the counts to a corresponding weight value for display onto a digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Petrucelli
  • Patent number: 7032466
    Abstract: A load-bearing device including an overload indicator and a wire form overload indicator are provided for interconnection of load bearing connectors, preferably elongated load bearing connectors, for bearing a load. In preferred embodiments, the load bearing connectors are chains, ropes, wire ropes, cables, straps and the like, preferably chain. The wire form overload indicator preferably includes a wire form quick-link having a first thickness, and first and second elongated sides. The first elongated side preferably includes an interconnectable gap through which connection loops of the load bearing connectors can pass when the interconnectable gap is unconnected. The interconnectable gap includes a connection end and a connectable end, the connecting end having a connector capable of connecting the connecting end to the connectable end to close the gap. The second elongated side preferably has a portion having a diminished thickness as compared to the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Peerless Chain
    Inventor: John J. McCauley
  • Patent number: 6781067
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that mounts into a floor of a room, for example in the floor of a bathroom, and that is designed to receive tiles or other floor covering materials thereon. A weighing mechanism of the body weigh scale generates weight information and transmits that weight information to a remote countertop or wall mounted display. The display may normally show a clock or another displayed item, and may convert its view to show weight units when a user steps on a platform. The display may also be configured to receive medical information from other medical devices, such as blood glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, or blood pressure monitors. The medical information may be shown by the display, may be received by the display and transmitted to another computer (e.g., at a hospital), or may be stored in the display for later transmission or evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia
  • Publication number: 20040149496
    Abstract: A digital type pointer indicator includes a signal output unit, a microprocessor unit, a digital display unit, and a pointer unit. The pointer unit includes a digital/analogue conversion control unit, a step motor, and a pointer. Thus, the digital type pointer indicator provides a digital indication manner and a pointer indication manner simultaneously, so that the user has two value reading manners, thereby facilitating the user identifying the value of the weight of the object to be measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Pin-Hsin Ho, Yu-Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 6689964
    Abstract: A mechanical weighing scale having mechanical parts driving a pointer rotating around a fixed disc or dial having slots or holes formed therein. The mechanical pointer operates to provide an analog display of one's weight to the user. An optical sensor system is responsive to the mechanical motion of the mechanically-rotating pointer as it passes over each of the holes or slots for determining a number of counts associated with the mechanical motion of the rotating pointer and translating the counts to a corresponding weight value for display onto a digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Measurement Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Petrucelli
  • Patent number: 6600110
    Abstract: A portable scale is provided that includes a fulcrum, a balance beam pivotally mounted on the fulcrum, the balance beam supporting a load pan on one end and including an elongated portion having a measurement strip extending along the elongated portion of the balance beam. The portable scale includes a dynamic weight movable along the elongated portion of the balance beam. The dynamic weight includes a display unit on the elongated portion of the balance beam for detecting the location of the dynamic weight along the measurement strip, for electrically converting the location to a weight measurement, and for displaying the weight measurement. The portable scale may include luminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Gram Precision
    Inventors: Mohan Thadani, Peter Klein
  • Publication number: 20030056994
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that displays a user's weight in a gravity system other than where the scale is being used, such as a planet, the sun, the moon, or another celestial body. The body weigh scale includes a conversion component that converts the user's weight to the other gravity system. In one embodiment, the scale utilizes a mechanical weighing mechanism, having an analog display, and also has a digital display, where weight information is generated, for example, by a pulse counter. The user's weight may be simultaneously displayed both in the “home” gravity system where the scale is used (e.g., the earth), and another, “away” gravity system (e.g., the sun). The display of the home weight may be via an analog dial, and the display of the away weight may be via a digital display such as an LCD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Janice M. Biang
  • Patent number: 6410863
    Abstract: An apparatus which measures the body weight of an individual, comprising a platform for supporting the individual to be weighed; a plurality of sensors disposed within the platform for sensing a force exerted on the platform indicative of the weight of the individual and generating an analog signal proportional to the sensed force; electronic means for combining the analog signals from the plurality of sensors to form a combined electronic signal indicative of the weight of the individual; a processor for generating a digital signal based on the electronic signal for driving an electro mechanical actuator for displaying the measured body weight on a display device, the display device comprising a graduated dial having at least one concentrically arranged scale and a rotatable pointer, the pointer driven in rotation by the actuator according to the processor to a position on the graduated dial which corresponds to the measured body weight of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Measurement Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Cappiello
  • Patent number: 5986222
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic scale for weighing an object is provided. The scale includes display assembly pivotally connected to a handle assembly for viewing the weight of an object at an optimum viewing angle relative to the eyes of the individual. The object to be weighed being supported on a support member having a hook shaped first end adapted to transfer the force of the object supported thereon to a force sensor contained within the handle assembly and transmitting a value to a micro-controller for generating an alphanumeric readout representing the weight of the object for viewing on an electronic display contained within a display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Zorix International
    Inventor: Gary L. Helberg
  • Patent number: 5895893
    Abstract: A combination flight simulating mobile device and scale formed in appearance of a variety of different birds, or like flying creatures, that may be fabricated from steel sheet or like material, readily assembled, and balanced in such manner that when suspended, the weight of the wings (12 and 14) of the bird is used to counterbalance both the body (10) of the bird and the weight of a lightweight object (74), such as an envelope, and provide a measurement of the object's weight and a realistic replication of a creature in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: John McMillian
  • Patent number: 5895892
    Abstract: A mechanical load indicator device continuously monitors the position of the frame of a vehicle relative to some point on the vehicle suspension. The load indicator device is calibrated to be triggered when a certain vehicle load limit is reached. When that load limit is reached or exceeded, the device is "triggered," providing an unambiguous visual indication to the vehicle operator that a vehicle overload condition has occurred. A method of installing, operating, and calibrating an overload detection system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Interpool Limited
    Inventor: George John Braun
  • Patent number: 5811739
    Abstract: A bale weighing device for use with a mobile baler is disclosed. The weighing device comprises a support structure which is attached to the baler and pivotably supports a pivot shaft. Two balance arms are rigidly attached to the pivot shaft and support a bale chute. One of the balance arms has a forward end and a rear end which form an angle in the balance arm. The bale chute is attached to the baler by a double hinge which allows the bale chute to move vertically relative to the baler. When a bale is resting in the bale chute, the forward end of the balance arm moves upward and a pointer indicates the relative weight of the bale on a gauge. An electronic position sensor may also be used to indicate the weight of the bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Donald Palmore
  • Patent number: 4591011
    Abstract: An optical display is provided to guide the operator during metering of a substance to a desired value. The desired value is entered into a computer and the substance to be metered is applied to a balance. The display is in the form of a clock having a coarse and fine indicator hand. During the coarse metering at the start of the metering cycle, the coarse metering hand is rotated at a first rotational speed relative to the metering rate, i.e. the rate at which the substance is being applied to the balance. During the fine metering phase, namely when the weight on the balance approaches the desired weight, either the same or another hand moves at a rotational speed relative to the metering rate which exceeds the first rotational speed, thereby expanding the sector over which the hand moves while a given amount of the substance is being applied. This greatly facilitates the operator's control over the process and decreases the possibilities that excess weight is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Mettler Instrumente AG
    Inventor: Arthur Baumann
  • Patent number: 4462475
    Abstract: A weighing scale is provided in which a horizontally disposed weighing platform contains a weighing scale dial on a side of said platform so that it can be read both from directly above and from the side, and means for transmitting weight response from a weighing mechanism mounted beneath said platform to said dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Assignee: Continental Scale Corporation
    Inventor: Walter P. Kushmuk
  • Patent number: 4223750
    Abstract: The weighing instrument has a receiving tray and an index mark displaceable in front of a fixed dial graduated in weight. It comprises means enabling the user to place, in a position enabling it to operate in association with said index mark, any one of several removable scales which are calibrated, for categories of foods of similar characteristics, in at least one of the magnitudes involved in dietetics and proportional to the weight of the foodstuffs placed on the tray. The instrument is useful in feeding in cases of obesity, diabetes, low calorie, low sugar, low protein, low fat or low residue, etc. diets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignees: Jean-Jacques Menage, Francois Le Bars
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Perego
  • Patent number: 4149605
    Abstract: In known scales, switching from a fine to a course measurement range automatically decreases the resolution by at least one place. Since the change in range takes place in dependence upon the total weight applied to the scale, displayed values after taring still lack at least one significant digit relative to the fine indication. In the present invention this digit is reactivated automatically upon activation of the tare key if the weight after taring is less than the predetermined fine range limiting weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Assignee: Mettler Instrumente AG
    Inventors: Erhard Mettler, Hans Frey
  • Patent number: 4083418
    Abstract: A beam weighing scale is provided wherein the index bars of the beam are rotatable so that different types of weight units can be displayed such as ounces and pounds, on the one hand, or grams and kilograms, on the other, or different values of the same weight units, for example, 0.1 pound and 0.25 pound. The sensitivity can also be altered by varying the center of gravity of the index bar and poise assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1978
    Assignee: Continental Scale Corporation
    Inventors: William Y. Hutchinson, Walter P. Kushmuk
  • Patent number: 4023631
    Abstract: An adjustable balance and indicating device for removably attaching to a beam scale of the type having a balance beam with a distended end thereof movable in an oscillating plane and having further a support adjacent the balance beam. The adjustable balance and indicating device includes a bracket for removably mounting to the support adjacent the balance beam and a coupler having a first end coupled to the balance beam and a second end spaced therefrom. The balancing and indicating device also includes an indicator for illustrating the displacement of the second end of the coupler from a reference position representative of the balance beam being in a balancing condition. A deformable member is included for providing a biasing force on the second end of the coupler to displace the second end to the reference position, thereby balancing the balance beam of the balance beam scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Inventor: Donald R. Langevin