With Vertical Pointer Slit Patents (Class 177/233)
  • Patent number: 9394935
    Abstract: A hook assembly made up of a hook subassembly with a hook having a first axis, a support subassembly, and an indexing mechanism. The indexing mechanism: a) releasably biasably maintains the hook and support subassemblies in a first operative relationship wherein the hook has a first angular orientation around the first axis; and b) permits the hook and support subassemblies to be changed from the first operative relationship to be releasably maintained in a second operative relationship, wherein the hook has a second angular orientation around the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ancra International LLC
    Inventor: Howard T. Knox
  • Patent number: 8431838
    Abstract: A combination fishing net and weight scale with length measuring ruler. The weight scale components are incorporated at a distal end of the handle of the fishing net opposite the end incorporating the net basket. A fish may be retained in the net basket and the distal end of the handle is held up to allow the major portion of the handle and the fishing net basket to extend downward under gravity. The weight of the fish is shown on an indicator positioned in the end (movable) component of the handle that shows through an aligned aperture on the main (fixed) handle component. An internally fixed spring extends between the movable component and the fixed component of the handle. Alternately, a solid state electronic scale may be used in the same position. A length measuring device may be positioned along the length of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventors: Jared Bond, Kirk Bond
  • Patent number: 7752924
    Abstract: A load indicator for a spring loaded tensioning device. The indicator comprises an o-ring displaceable along a spring loaded tensionable shaft in a turnbuckle device. When the turnbuckle is unloaded, the indicator device is placed in a known position relative to an indicating mark. When the turnbuckle is loaded, the load causes the load indicator to be displaced a known distance for a known load on the spring loaded turnbuckle. For camper tie-downs, a displacement of about one-quarter inch is desirable for a load of about 300 pounds tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Jon D. Kay
  • Patent number: 7009120
    Abstract: A scale includes a housing, a first pressing element, a second pressing element, an adjusting unit, a spring, a carrying unit and an indicator. The housing includes a graduation provided thereon and has a lower portion. The adjusting unit is secured to the lower portion of the housing and has a first thread. The first pressing element is slidably secured in said housing and has a second thread engaged with the first thread of said adjusting unit. The adjusting unit can be rotated relative to the first pressing element for moving the first pressing element in the housing in the direction where the spring can be compressed. The second pressing element is slidably received in the housing. The spring is received in the housing and between the first and second pressing elements. The carrying unit is suited for carrying an object to be weighed and is engaged with the second pressing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Rayjen International Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Lee
  • Patent number: 6989495
    Abstract: A portable scale includes a spring member coupling a grip device to a weighing device, to allow the grip device to be moved relative to the weighing device against the spring member to weigh objects. The grip device includes a fixed jaw having a hook member for attaching to the objects, and a pivotal jaw pivotally attached to the fixed jaw and having a hook member movable toward the hook member of the fixed jaw, to grip the objects, and to allow the objects to be solidly attached to the grip device before conducting a weighing operation. A latch may be used to latch the pivotal jaw to the fixed jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: A Mei Yang
  • Patent number: 6978671
    Abstract: A device for measuring and indicating the volume of the contents of a tank includes a fixed base. A spring deflectable with to the base is also provided. The spring supports at least a portion of the tank weight. A visible connector is connected to the spring such that movement of the visible indicator is coupled to movement of the spring. Thus, as the deflection in the spring changes with an increase or decrease in the tank weight, the indicator moves to reflect the change in tank weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventors: Daniel Meggs, Kenneth Lee
  • Patent number: 6649850
    Abstract: The spring scale according to present invention comprises an outer tube (1), an inner tube (4) with an O-ring (7), an end eye (20), a spring holder (9), a spiral spring (11), a set screw (13), a hanger (19), a holder bearing (35) as well as a cover (41) with spur (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Pesola Prazisionswaagen AG
    Inventor: Rolf Martin Strohmeier
  • Patent number: 6564509
    Abstract: A new and improved apparatus is disclosed for reminding people to water a house plant. A user would hang a house plant from an eye hook located at the bottom of the bottom of the present invention, and an included readout would indicate when a user would need to water the house plant. The top half of the readout would be red and would not be visible when the houseplant would have sufficient water. The lower half of the readout would be green and would be visible through the bottom of the apparatus when the would have sufficient water. However, the top half of the readout would start to become visible through a transparent central portion of the apparatus when the houseplant would need to be watered. At the same time, the bottom half of the readout would be pulled into the apparatus and would gradually disappear as the need for water for the houseplant would increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Edward Zahner
  • Patent number: 6246017
    Abstract: A scale includes a housing having a cap detachably secured to a lower portion and having a graduation. A stem is engaged through the cap and has a lower hook for engaging with an object to be weighed and includes an upper portion having a head slidably received in the housing for aligning with the graduation and for indicating a weight of the object. A spring may bias the head away from the cap. The head and the spring and the stem may be assembled onto the cap before the cap is secured to the housing, for allowing the scale to be easily and quickly assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Ah Mi Yang
  • Patent number: 5922999
    Abstract: A scale includes a housing having a graduation disposed beside a groove and a casing secured on the housing for receiving a band tape. A slide is slidably received in the housing and has a projection slidably engaged in the groove for indicating the graduation. A hook is secured to the slide for hooking an object to be weighed. A spring is coupled between the slide and the housing for allowing the projection to be moved along the groove and for weighting the object. A calibrating device may be used for calibrating the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Ah Mi Yang
  • Patent number: 5864097
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring the amount of medication in a sealed metered dose inhaler dispenser comprises a housing in which a mounting platform is located. An aperture in the housing allows the dispenser to be placed on the platform. Displacement of the platform is correlated with the weight of the dispenser and contents. The weight is displayed as an indication of the amount of medication in the dispenser from full to empty. The platform means may rest on a compression spring, the deflection of the spring being correlated with the applied weight. Tabs associated with the platform align with indicia on the exterior of the housing to indicate the degree of dispenser fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Frank J. Alvino
  • Patent number: 5753869
    Abstract: A panel having a suspending hook at a lower end thereof slidably receives an optimum-weight comparison chart. The hook is used to support a basket or sling in which a child is held for weighing. A spring-loaded limb overlies the panel, and has a stylus in an end thereof, with a second hook at the opposite end thereof. The second hook is used to suspend the panel from a tree branch, a beam, or such, and the weight of a child causes the panel to descend, against the biasing of the spring-loaded limb. The stylus is depressed to make a hole in the chart for comparison with an optimum trajectory of weight/development of children of like age, and to keep a record of the measured weight, and to track weight gain or loss with successive weighings and stylus hole-punching of the chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Richard Hollerith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5691510
    Abstract: A tension scale device particularly suitable for measuring pan tension on a leghold trap. The device comprises a housing with a slot and an open front end, a compression member preferably a spring in the housing, and a movable member having a rear portion that telescopes in the housing and a front portion that extends beyond the front end of the housing. The spring is compressed by moving the movable member into the housing. A scale is provided on the movable member together with a slidable indicator. When the front end of the movable member is pressed onto a trap pan or like tension member being measured, the scale indicates the amount of weight or tension being applied to a tension device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: John W. Turman
  • Patent number: 5686704
    Abstract: A weighing device for indicating a weight of a tank and compensating for the empty tank weight. The inventive device includes a weight indicating assembly for suspending a tank and indicating a gross weight thereof. A calibration assembly is coupled to the weight indicating assembly and can be adjusted in accordance with an empty weight of the tank to indicate a net weight of the contents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: Daniel C. Simser
  • Patent number: 5576521
    Abstract: The invention concerns a spring scale with two tubular housing parts enclosing a spring, which can be slid within one another telescopically, with play, but which are unable to rotate due to their cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Createchnic AG
    Inventor: Werner F. Dubach
  • Patent number: 4964479
    Abstract: A hollow housing with openings at opposite ends has progressive indications of weight at progressive positions along an opening in the housing. A threaded shank of a bolt extends longitudinally into the housing through the opening at the first end. A spring disposed in the housing is attached at one end to the bolt shank and at the other end to a rod which extends through the second end of the housing. A coupling member is attached to the rod to hold an article to be weighed. A retaining nut is disposed within the housing at the first longitudinal end of the housing to receive the bolt shank. A packing member retained by the nut is partially tapped to receive the bolt shank. By only partially tapping the packing member, the bolt is retained in fixed position relative to the nut. The bolt is changed from this fixed position only by applying a rotary force to the bolt to compensate for tare. A nut is disposed on the shank of the bolt externally of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventor: Kunio A. Sumida
  • Patent number: 4765420
    Abstract: An improved weigh scale and fish landing device wherein the spring scale can be adjusted or zeroed in a tamper-proof manner. In one embodiment the fish landing device is a fish landing net having an elongate handle. The weigh scale includes a cylinder axially journalled on the handle with the handle extending completely through said cylinder. There is an annular chamber within the cylinder exteriorly of said handle with the annular chamber being closed at one end of said cylinder by a bearing end fixed to said cylinder and fitting closely about said handle while allowing free axial movement of said handle. A coil compression spring is positioned in said chamber about said handle and bearing at one end against said bearing end. A transverse pin is disposed slidably in said chamber extending from said handle and protruding therefrom, the other end of said coil spring bearing against said pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Mengo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred Mengo
  • Patent number: 4454831
    Abstract: A watering indicator for hanging plants, with two support elements (e.g., an upper hook attached to a tubular housing and a lower hook integral with a rod extending into the housing), a spring resisting separation of the support elements (e.g., located within the housing and surrounding the rod), a mask element connected to one support element and adapted to be moved along that element when the two elements move relative to one another, an indicator element with an indication indicia (e.g., a brightly-colored band) mounted to the other support element, all adapted so that the indication indicia is covered by the mask element when the plant is watered and is later exposed when the plant dries out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventor: Joseph S. Gallo
  • Patent number: 4163347
    Abstract: A combined fastener and tension indicator means employed for securing the ends of a band having undulations formed therein. The band is employed for retaining insulation panels which have been applied over the exterior surface of a structure to be insulated thereby. The structure to be insulated is caused to expand and/or contract depending upon the surrounding atmospheric conditions. A tension is applied to the band to insure the band always being in close contact with the exterior surface of the structure to which the panels have been applied. The undulations formed in the band together with the amount of tension applied to the band will permit for the structure to which the panels have been applied to expand and/or contract while still retaining the insulation panels in close contact with the exterior surface of the structure to which the panels have been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1979
    Inventor: Emil Marcmann
  • Patent number: 4078625
    Abstract: An apparatus having a spring biased shaft provides vertical support to a hanging plant container. The weight of the container reflects the moisture content of the soil stored within the container. A plurality of bars are secured to the shaft providing a sight utilized in conjunction with a scale calibrated in terms of the moisture content of the soil, thereby advising the user when the plant needs water, or when a dangerous drought condition exists. An eye-hook is swivelably secured to the apparatus permitting the apparatus to be suspended downwardly from an overhead supporting surface, and permitting the plant to be rotated. A hook is formed at the lowermost end of the shaft, facilitating convenient support for the hanging plant container. Means are provided to adjustably vary the compression of the spring thereby allowing various size plant containers and plants to be utilized by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Inventor: Robert D. Loeb
  • Patent number: 4056155
    Abstract: A portable scale is provided, to be used in conjunction with the jack tube on a trailer hitch, to provide trailer tongue weight. The tongue weight scale is constructed to accept the trailer tongue support and guide it directly onto a weighing device. The scale is formed with an elongated housing surrounding the jack tube guide and a weighing device. The jack tube guide receives the trailer jack tube and guides it onto the weighing device. The jack tube guide is formed to have an inner dimension just slightly larger than the outer dimension of the jack tube so that during a weighing operation when a load is applied from the jack tube to the weighing device, the jack tube guide sleeve functions to maintain alignment and keep the scale and jack tube together. A scale, disposed on the outside of the elongated housing, operates in conjunction with an indicator connected to the weighing device, to provide a visual indication of the trailer tongue weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1977
    Inventor: Martin H. Wahl