Attached To Closure Patents (Class 220/222)
  • Patent number: 10905597
    Abstract: A conveying device comprises: a plurality of holding mechanisms attached to a rotary shaft; a speed-changing mechanism which changes the angular speed of each of the plurality of holding mechanisms; a first cover extending from a first holding mechanism toward a second holding mechanism, such that the first cover covers a gap between the two holding mechanisms from an outside thereof in a radial direction of the rotating shaft; and a second cover extending from the second holding mechanism toward the first holding mechanism such that the second cover covers the gap from the outside thereof in the radial direction, and overlapping with the first cover. The two covers have lengths enough to be able to overlap with each other in the radial direction in a state in which the two holding mechanisms are furthest apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 10689189
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inexpensive technique and procedure to add storage capacity to existing hydrocarbon storage tanks that have a double seal floating roof. The additional storage capacity is obtained by installing an extension that is strong enough to provide the upper seal of the double seal arrangement to maintain a sealed vapor space that allows the roof to move higher within the existing peripheral wall of the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul J. Rady, Jeff McBride
  • Patent number: 10101751
    Abstract: A system. The system includes a container comprising a cylindrical shell, wherein the cylindrical shell defines an internal volume of the container, and a barrier. The barrier includes a disk slideably disposed within the interior volume of the container, the disk subdividing the interior volume of the container into a first portion and a second portion, and a seal disposed about a circumference of the disk and in sealing contact with an interior surface of the cylindrical shell. The first portion is configured to sustain an internal pressure in a predetermined range; and the second portion is configured to receive a waste material. When the internal pressure is at a maximum value of the predetermined range, the disk has a deflection less than a predetermined deflection at which the sealing contact is compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Ray Sonnenburg
  • Patent number: 9764651
    Abstract: Provided is an electric vehicle charger. The electric vehicle charger includes a lower case including a front partition wall having a cable penetration cutoff part that is cut to pass in forward and backward directions, an upper case including a front partition wall having a cable penetration cutoff part that is cut to pass in forward and backward directions, a sealing part having at least one portion disposed between the upper case and the lower case, and a cable passing though a portion of the upper case and a portion of the lower case, the cable being coupled between the upper case and the lower case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Young Moon
  • Patent number: 9174148
    Abstract: A cover arrangement is provided for a launder channel of a clarifier tank. The cover arrangement includes at least one mounting section coupled to the clarifier tank near the launder channel. A plurality of cover panel members are provided, each panel member having a surface and two stiffening flanges located on opposing lateral edges of the surface, where each of the cover panel members further includes a light seal either one of attached to or attached near one of the stiffening flanges. The cover arrangement includes arranging the plurality of cover panels around the clarifier tank over the launder channel such that the light seal attached to or near the outer surface of the stiffening flange of a first panel member among the plurality of panel members abuts against a stiffening flange of an adjacent second panel member among the plurality of panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Earle Schaller
  • Patent number: 8973771
    Abstract: A sealed floating roof for a storage tank, comprising a frame and roof panels, in which the frame provides a guide for directing an automatic welder along said structure to allow for automated welding of the roof panels to the frame, and a method of forming such a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: HMT LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Doxey, Richard P. King
  • Publication number: 20150001218
    Abstract: Floating roof tank for a volatile liquid have an outer roof and an internal floating roof with a primary seal with a support such that when the tank is empty, the floating roof will rest on the support whether the tank is in a vertical or horizontal position. The support enables the tank to be transported in a horizontal position without damage to the seal. The floating roof tank with support can be configured as a conical tank, flat bottom tank or slant bottom tank. The floating roof tank can also include a cleaning system and a flush mounted manway cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Vertical Tank, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley W. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20140190967
    Abstract: Floating roof storage vessels including a vapor emission reduction system designed to be inserted into deck leg apertures, when the legs have been removed during hydrocarbon storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Kinder Morgan Operating L.P. "C"
  • Patent number: 8727161
    Abstract: A rim seal system between the outer periphery of an internal floating roof and the bulk liquid tank wall including a laterally deployed first resilient or flexible seal member and a second laterally deployed rigid seal member interposed between the distal end of the first seal member and the tank wall where the rigid seal member provides protection from abrasion of the resilient or flexible seal member by frictional contact with the tank wall. An outwardly expanding hanger assembly mounted above the seal system maintains the rigid seal member in contact with the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: David Jon Rosenkrantz
  • Patent number: 8646642
    Abstract: A floating cover roof for a storage tank has a frame assembly and multiple floating units. The frame assembly has a holding frame and an outer rim. The holding frame has multiple longitudinal beams and transverse beams. Each longitudinal beam has a connecting seat, a first holding segment and a second holding segment. Two of the transverse beams are connected to two adjacent longitudinal beams to form a locating area between the beams. The floating units are mounted in the locating areas of the frame assembly, are connected to the beams of the holding frame and each has an outer casing and a body. The outer casing is mounted in one of the locating areas of the holding frame, is connected to the adjacent beams and has a casing body and a top board. The body is mounted in the outer casing between the casing body and the top board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Float-Tek International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Fa Su
  • Patent number: 8007668
    Abstract: A device for dialysis of a sample includes a sample chamber formed by a gasket and dialysis membranes affixed to each side of the gasket in facing relationship. A housing supports the dialysis membranes and gasket. An air chamber causes the device to float in a generally upright position when the device is immersed in a dialysate. An access port is provided through the gasket and between the dialysis membranes. The access port is accessible from outside the housing and in communication with the sample chamber such that a dispensing end of a dispensing device can be inserted through the access port to dispense sample into the sample chamber. In one embodiment, the gasket is impermeable or essentially impermeable to the sample being dialyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Pierce Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Haney, Michael Robert Johnston
  • Publication number: 20090321447
    Abstract: A vertical round container (1) for storing liquids comprises a floating cover (6) covering the surface of the liquid. The cover is sealed in relation to the container wall by means of flexible sealing elements (18, 19) and includes, on the lower side thereof, at least one compartment (62) which is open towards the liquid and contains gaseous media/vapors. Devices (40a) are provided for determining the submersion depth of the cover, and supply/discharge lines (29) are provided for modifying the quantity of the gaseous medium in the at least one compartment. The supply/discharge lines for the gaseous medium are connected to a central unit (28) provided outside the container region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Heinrich Imhof
  • Publication number: 20080047961
    Abstract: An assembly device for a power supply is composed of a rectangular case which is provided with a transversal spacer grid in a horizontal direction, with an upper spacer grid and a lower spacer grid being vertically installed above and below the transversal spacer grid, to divide the rectangular case into four rectangular positioning holes; and four rectangular power supplies which are inserted and fitted into the four rectangular positioning holes respectively, such that when the four power supplies start, four fans at their front parts can be activated, thereby allowing air inside and outside the rectangular case to be able to flow uniformly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Chien-Fa Liang
  • Patent number: 7255244
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a device for sealing paint in a can. The device or fluid cover includes a circular disk having an outer edge with the diameter of the edge being smaller than the inner diameter of the can. The cover includes a side wall that extends outwardly and upwardly and a lip that extends radially outwardly from the side wall. The diameter of the lip is greater than the inner diameter of the can. Upon insertion of the cover into the can the side wall flexes to allow the cover to be inserted into the can, whilst the lip frictionally engages the can inner surface. The fluid cover further includes a handle defining an upward cavity that can be compressed to expel air from the cavity and assists in sealing the fluid cover on top of paint by providing a partial vacuum. The side wall may be of an arcuate shape and have several sections extending radially outwardly at different angles to the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Clifton Leigh Miller
  • Patent number: 7225942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oil storage tank equipped with a floating bed type inner floating roof. The oil storage tank structure has a tank body and an inner floating roof which lies on the liquid surface inside the tank. The inner floating roof includes filling bags and a resilient sealing tube. The filling bags, separated by isolation sheets, are filled with floating plates. The resilient sealing tube is disposed around the entire circumference of the filling bags, and is in contact with and biased against the inner wall of the tank body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Zhenqi Song
  • Patent number: 7154069
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cooking vessel and a lid for covering the cooking vessel. The cooking apparatus also may include an exhaust tube for bleeding off pressure within the cooking vessel, in which a portion of the exhaust tube is positioned above the lid when said lid covers said cooking vessel. In another embodiment, the cooking apparatus includes a first O-ring gaskets for forming a first seal between the cooking vessel and the lid, and a second O-ring gasket for forming a second seal between the cooking vessel and the lid. A method for reducing pressure includes the steps of providing a vessel and covering the vessel with a lid. The method also includes the steps of positioning a portion of an exhaust tube above the lid when the lid covers the vessel and bleeding off at least a portion of the pressure inside the vessel through the exhaust tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry Gordon
  • Patent number: 7044322
    Abstract: A low-profile secondary seal for floating-roof storage tanks has a tip seal that includes a series of segmental adapter plates connected to the shoe plates. A tip seal element is mounted on the adapter plates. A fabric extends between the tip seal and the floating roof. A pusher is hinged to the floating roof, and includes a pusher bar with two ends that are disposed in a sliding arrangement against the adapter plates. A spring is connected to the pusher at an inclined angle, providing a mechanical advantage as the spring biases the pusher and pusher bar outwardly against the plates, pressing the tip seal against the tank shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
    Inventors: John E. Owens, Roger J. Orner, Terry A. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 6957909
    Abstract: Blister packaging unit (10) for at least two components packed in separate individual packages, at least one of which has a pulverulent or granular consistency, which are to be prepared before use with the further packaged component(s) in a mixer or applicator to form a ready-to-use mixture. The individual packages of the components are inserted in correspondingly pre-shaped receptacles (32; 34) in the blister (30) of a suitable film or other material and this blister is closed on the side of the open mouth of the receptacles by a cover (36) of cardboard, plastic, metal or some other suitable material which may be torn off or opened in some other manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Elvira Dingeldein, Helmut Wahlig, Christoph Sattig, Edgar Wüst
  • Patent number: 6364519
    Abstract: A relatively rigid container for packaging bone cement powder. The container is filled with the powder and then sealed with a lid. To access the powder, the nurse simply peels back the lid. Because no tearing or cutting open is required as with the current pouches used to store cement powder, the likelihood of powder loss and contamination is reduced and the quality of the resulting cement thereby enhanced. The container may be shaped to guide and/or mate with a funnel that guides the powder into the mixing chamber of the cement mixer. Additionally, the container may be shaped to allow for actual mixing of the powder and the liquid within the container. The liquid monomer is then simply added to the powder already in the container, drastically reducing the risk of powder loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Hughes, Richard A. Rocco
  • Patent number: 6247607
    Abstract: A low profile secondary seal for sealing the space between the inner wall of a tank and a roof floating on a liquid product within the tank is of relatively simple, lightweight construction and of low profile so as to maximize the possible height of the floating roof within the tank. The seal includes a plurality of resilient support plates mounted in spaced-apart relation along the edge of the floating roof at first ends thereof and extending outwardly to opposite second ends thereof which are coupled to an elongated wiper assembly. The support plates are made of resilient material such as full hard stainless steel which maintains a desired shape in resilient fashion, so as to continuously resiliently bias the wiper assembly against the inner wall of the tank. The second ends of the support plates are pivotably coupled to the wiper assembly. Angled skid plates coupled to the wiper assembly engage the inner wall of the tank to facilitate movement of the wiper assembly thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: HMT Inc.
    Inventor: Richard P. King
  • Patent number: 6193092
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floating roof (1) with non-structural characteristics, which basically comprises a peripheral ring (7) formed by the joining of a plurality of plates and which has a plurality of floats (2), and a central platform (8) formed by the joining of a plurality of floats (2), and a central platform (8) formed by the joining of a plurality of plates and which has floats (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras
    Inventor: Roger Vieira Witter
  • Patent number: 6164479
    Abstract: A floating roof storage tank which includes a peripheral sealing ring of shoes distributed around the periphery of an internal floating roof within a storage tank. Spring loaded or otherwise resilient members with essentially level horizontal travel (without vertical travel) attached to the deck of the internal floating roof keep the peripheral sealing ring of shoes pressed against the tank wall and also keep the internal floating roof centered within the tank. The space between the peripheral sealing ring of shoes and the internal floating roof is covered by a flexible material that prevents product loss. Jamming of the resilient members between the tank shell and the relatively flexible rim of the internal floating roof is reduced or eliminated due to the level horizontal travel of the hanger-pushers and their horizontal mounting to the top of the deck. Vertical movement of the individual shoe segments over each other is also reduced or eliminated due to the level horizontal travel of the resilient members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Ultra Flota Corp.
    Inventor: Ronald Carl Kern
  • Patent number: 5938062
    Abstract: A food dispensing package having a container and a dispensing cover. The dispensing cover having a lid with a through hole to allow passage of a food product from within the container as the dispensing cover is pushed into the container. A closure element is removably attached with respect to the lid so that in a closed position the closure element covers the through hole and in an open position the closure element exposes the through hole. A flexible gasket portion that is mateable with a sidewall of the container is formed around the perimeter of the lid. A rim that is engageable with an upper portion of the sidewall is positioned about a periphery of the lid and removably attached with respect to the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Walter P. Paramski
  • Patent number: 5927534
    Abstract: A seal for sealing the space between the inner wall of a tank and a roof floating on a liquid product within the tank includes a plurality of partially overlapping barrier plates mounted along a rim of the floating roof so as to extend outwardly along a first portion of each plate and then downwardly along a second portion of each plate which is relatively flat and which forms a seal against the inner wall of the tank. A plurality of resilient tension springs, mounted in spaced-apart relation along the rim of the floating roof, extend outwardly and bias the seals formed by the second portions of the plates against the inner tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: HMT, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. King, Russell D. Curtiss, John R. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 5845803
    Abstract: A waterproof casing for an electronic equipment includes a box-shaped case member and a plane-shaped cover member including a sheet-form sealing gasket extending from the overall periphery of the cover member. The cover member is inserted and fixed to the case member with the gasket sliding into and pressing against the inner surface of the case member to secure a tight waterproof seal. The cover member also can be partially plate-shaped and partially box-shaped. The waterproof casing structure reduces the size, particularly height, of the casing and simplifies assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Saito, Toshiya Inubushi
  • Patent number: 5667091
    Abstract: A sealing system for a cylindrical liquid floating roof storage tank includes a primary seal and a secondary seal mounted on a rim extending upwardly from a floating roof. The system for mounting the seals to the floating roof includes a bolt, a retainer for securing the primary seal to the rim, and a nut for securing the secondary seal to the rim, wherein installation or removal or the secondary seal does not compromise the primary seal connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Technical Services Company
    Inventors: Arthur W. Slaber, Jr., Terry A. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 5576937
    Abstract: A connector for protecting an IC comprising a connector body, a closed plate, and an annular air-tight sealing material. An air-tight chamber is formed centrally of the annular air-tight sealing material by compressing the annular air-tight sealing material between the connector main body and the closed plate. The IC is received in the air-tight chamber so as to be electrically contacted with the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Yamaichi Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 5301828
    Abstract: The space between the inner wall of a petroleum or hydrocarbon tank or similar storage tank and a floating roof therein is sealed by both a primary seal and a secondary seal. The secondary seal, which has no elastomeric parts subject to rapid deterioration, includes a flexible vapor barrier fabric having a first edge coupled to the floating roof and an opposite second edge. The secondary seal further includes a plurality of plates disposed above the vapor barrier fabric and having lower ends coupled to the floating roof and opposite upper ends coupled to a metal shoe disposed against the inner tank wall and having the second edge of the vapor barrier fabric coupled thereto. The length of each metal plate between upper and lower edges thereof is adjustable by virtue of the plate being comprised of overlapping upper and lower plates joined by bolts in elongated apertures therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: HMT, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald W. McKay
  • Patent number: 5284269
    Abstract: The space saving double seal uses a lower shoe, an upper shoe and a pair of vapor barriers joining them to a conventional outer rim plate on a floating roof. The secondary vapor barrier extends from the outer rim plate to the top of the upper shoe. A pair of pusher springs maintain the shoes against the tank's inner wall. The invention provides for liquid storage to the full height which the floating roof allows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventors: Jack G. Petrie, John R. Mulkey
  • Patent number: 5265651
    Abstract: Floating roof storage tanks are modified to include a foam surge tank, a low-pressure blower and a foam generator for generating vapor-suppressing foam during withdrawal of liquid from the storage tank and after the floating roof reaches its lowest elevation in the storage tank so that the tank space previously occupied by volatile liquid is provided with a vapor-suppressing foam blanket during liquid withdrawal and refill. The surge tank is mounted directly on the floating roof and discharges its foam through an opening in the roof into the tank storage space. During liquid refill the foam may be forced out through a vent conduit onto the roof of the tank and dissolved and recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Atlantic Richfield Company
    Inventors: Thomas K. Perkins, Sophany Thach
  • Patent number: 5199590
    Abstract: A collapsible device for securing a cover over a swimming pool includes an elongated container body having a pair of substantially rigid foot portions, each having a flat bottom wall, connected by an axially collapsible bellows portion. The device may be either extended and filled with a liquid for use in weighting a pool cover, or emptied and collapsed for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventors: Lance Grandahl, Gary Jeanfaivre
  • Patent number: 5103992
    Abstract: A shoe seal for sealing the space between a floating roof and the inner wall of an oil storage tank includes a plurality of scissors hanger assemblies for movably mounting a shoe on the floating roof. Each scissors hanger assembly includes an elongated plate suspended from a shoe clip bolted to the shoe and pivotally coupled to an opposite pair of elongated bars suspended from a rim clip bolted to the outer rim of the floating roof. In a first embodiment, the shoe is resiliently biased into contact with the inner tank wall by pusher bars bolted to the shoe and having resilient legs extending into contact with the floating roof, and pusher plates bolted to the roof and having a resilient leg extending into contact with the shoe. In a second embodiment, only the pusher bars are used and they are mounted on the rim clips bolted to the floating roof so that the opposite resilient legs thereof extend into contact with the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: HMT, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Lippiello, David W. Otto
  • Patent number: 5036995
    Abstract: A rim space sealing device comprising a peripheral sealing ring of over-lapped shoe segments attached to a floating cover within a storage tank. Spring loaded hanger-pushers and horizontal springs keep the peripheral sealing ring of shoe segments pressed against the tank wall and also keep the floating cover centered within the tank. The space between the peripheral sealing ring of shoe segments and the floating cover is covered by a flexible fabric that prevents product loss. Vertical movement of the individual shoe segments over each other is prevented by a series of circumferentially arranged rods. The over-lap of the shoe segments is restricted by a series of bars forming expansion-contraction spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: 501 Matrix Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Wagoner
  • Patent number: 5005724
    Abstract: An internal floating cover for covering and sealing the surface of a liquid stored in a tank having an external roof, has a flexible thin-walled membrane which floats on the surface of the liquid. The membrane is provided with at least one float and a seal around its perimeter edge or rim extending near and along the wall of the storage tank. The dimensions of the membrane are oversized relative to the corresponding liquid surface dimension of the tank and/or the membrane is made with a certain elasticity so that the membrane may bulge in a hood- or dome-shaped out of the plane of its contact with the inner tank surface. The movable connection between the membrane rim or edge includes clamping strips or contact elements on the floats or on a perimeter seal. The bulging of the membrane may occur upwardly under the effect of gas pressure or may occur downwardly under the effect of reduced pressure during draining of the liquid. At least one pressure relief valve is arranged in the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: Ingenieurbuero Imhof GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich L. Imhof
  • Patent number: 5002196
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a removable lid for storing objects under pressure is disclosed. The pressure vessel includes a pressure chamber having a smooth walled opening of uniform size against which the removable lid seals with an interference fit. A stop is secured to the pressure vessel and restrains one end of the removable lid from sliding along the smooth wall. At the other end of the lid there is pivotally mounted a locking member which engages under a locking projection fixed to the pressure vessel. A lever arm, pivotally attached to the locking member, uses a levering projection (fixed to the pressure vessel) as a fulcrum to assist in fitting the lid to and removing the lid from the pressure vessel. The pressure vessel is provided with a valve for manually dumping pressure from the pressure chamber and is also provided with a source of pressurized fluid for pressurizing the chamber to a predetermined amount of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: John Bassili
  • Patent number: 4978018
    Abstract: A waste container has two dividers which are adjustably mounted in the interior of the container to compartmentalize the interior for receiving segregated types of trash. Guides are provided to adjust the angle of orientation of each divider, while a detachable coupling is provided in the bottom of the container for optionally removing the dividers and allowing for pivotal movement thereof to adjust the angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Inventor: Charles L. Wood
  • Patent number: 4971217
    Abstract: Flotation covers for large bodies of liquid, e.g. reservoirs usually consist of large sheets or panels adapted to float on the surface of the liquid. Such covers are adapted to follow changes in liquid level. However, in general, the problem of covering the surface of the liquid around the periphery of the cover is not addressed. A solution to this problem involves a panel covering all but the peripheral edges of the liquid surface, cables connected to the edges of the panel and to counterweights for maintaining the panel centered on the surface, and floats for supporting the edges of the panel and the bottom edge of a skirt, which extends upwardly to the wall of the reservoir, the skirt being connected to the cables by slip rings, so that the skirt folds and unfolds as the liquid level rises and falls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Inventors: William L. Robertson, Neil D. McLeod, Geoffrey C. Agassiz
  • Patent number: 4969568
    Abstract: A modular construction which is suitable for use as a pen holder is fabricated from a plurality of flat board members detachably connected to each other by connecting members having a plurality of wing pieces disposed at a suitable angle relative to each other and provided with board member receiving grooves. The board members and connecting members may be assembled into a holder having at least one tubular compartment having a bottom member detachably secured therein. The shape of the various compartments can be varied by changing the angle between the wing pieces of the connecting members and some connecting members may be provided with upwardly and downwardly opening grooves for assembling a two tiered structure of board members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Inventor: Tsukasa Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4964528
    Abstract: A simple to use, fully adjustable, ice chest divider which provides for the isolation of food or other items from melted ice water is disclosed. The divider comprises a plurality of rectangular panels of various sizes, attached by slide hinges and additional hinging mechanisms, in such a manner as to be both continuously adjustable and collapsible. The self-supporting divider provides for unobstructed access to all compartments while permitting melted ice water to drain to drain plugs where applicable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventor: Patrick K. Wagoner
  • Patent number: 4951866
    Abstract: A compartmented container and method of packaging is provided.The container in one embodiment has first and second compartments and a removable insert to separate the two compartments. In the closed position, the second compartment is on top of the first compartment. The insert is removable when the container is closed and includes a support tab that is insertable into a slot in the container to restrain movement of the insert and to distribute forces through the sidewalls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eileen M. Rusnak
  • Patent number: 4889253
    Abstract: A divider for dividing a space, such as the interior of suitcases, drawers and the like, into individual smaller compartments of various dimensions. The divider includes a main divider of a fixed length, which divides the space into halves. A front and a rear sub-divider co-operate with the main divider for further dividing the halves into smaller compartments. Extension members co-operate with the main divider and the front sub-divider to alter their fixed lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventors: Marius Schmulian, David A. Lake
  • Patent number: 4776482
    Abstract: A storage file for diskettes and the like which includes a container, first and second side rail members, a cover, and a lock for locking the cover to the container. The storage file is arranged to be supported by a support rail which has a horizontally extending slot. When the storage file is supported by the support rail and locked, the container is simultaneously locked to the support rail by an arrangement which requires the cover to be lifted from its closed position before the container can be removed from the support rail. The storage file may be used to store floppy or rigid diskettes by arrangements which include racks for rigid diskettes which support the diskettes by their lower edges, and dividers for floppy diskettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Richard H. Wolters, Arnold J. Hooton
  • Patent number: 4763782
    Abstract: A holder device for printed circuit boards which can be easily accommodated in tote boxes and is particularly suited for the manual placement and removal of the circuit boards. In one embodiment the holder device includes a frame or holder member into which slotted holding members for the circuit boards are received by track members. In another embodiment the holder device is integrally formed with two slotted facing surfaces connected with a common hinge. The holder devices are used as common wall dividers in the tote box and can receive printed circuit boards on both sides thereof. They are attached to the box by flanged ends for insertion into the slotted facings of the tote box wall. Slotted holding members for the circuit boards having varying slot configurations can be readily inserted into the frame members or molded into the integrally formed unit to meet the requirements of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Sinchok
  • Patent number: 4732290
    Abstract: A floating as well for a covered gas storage tank is provided which rests on the tank cover until enough gas is introduced into the tank to inflate a gas collection membrane. The stress loads created by an increasing volume of stored gas on the gas collection membrane are diverted from the tank cover and through a series of cables attached to the floating gas well. The stress load is ultimately transmitted to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Rexnord Inc.
    Inventor: Walter R. Hallen
  • Patent number: 4719892
    Abstract: A cavity closure, such as an engine accessory or inspection cover, is provided having separate rim and central panel members secured together by a vibration absorbent elastomer which acts both to seal a gap between the memebrs and the outer periphery of the closed opening against leakage and to minimize noise generation by the central panel by damping panel vibrations and isolating the panel against the transmission of vibrations to it from the supporting rim and engine housing. A preferred manufacturing method involves forming the rim and central panel as a unit and then separating them by shearing to form opposed edges of identical configuration which are longitudinally displaced prior to applying the bead joining the members and providing sealing and vibration isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jose M. Lopez-Crevillen
  • Patent number: 4705168
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drawer divider system for dividing a drawer in a tool chest or the like into a plurality of compartments. The divider elements comprise one-piece plastic strips having integrally formed resilient arms at both ends for engaging the opposed sidewalls of the drawer. The divider is provided with a plurality of upwardly facing recesses in the form of inverted sawteeth along its length so that the recesses of adjacently positioned dividers may support articles therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Southern Case, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Ward
  • Patent number: 4705185
    Abstract: The invention relates to floating roof tanks for liquids, of the type comprising a cylindrical wall (2), a floating roof (3), and a flexible membrane (4) connecting the periphery of the floating roof to the wall. In accordance with the invention, means are provided for emptying the counter-pressure liquid which is located in the space (6) delimited by the membrane (4) and the wall (2) and which is open to the atmosphere. These emptying means are disposed near the top of the tank so that the membrane, under the effect of pressure exerted by the liquid contained in the tank, serves to expel the counter-pressure liquid when the roof is in abutment against a top stop. Such tanks are of particular use in the nuclear power industry for storing de-gased water to top up the primary circuit of a nuclear reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Electricite de France
    Inventor: Claude Barbillat
  • Patent number: 4648968
    Abstract: A collecting and treating tank which holds liquid and in which a vertically movable cover floats on the liquid or on a gas layer above the liquid, comprising a tank having a vertical cylindrical circular wall, a bottom at and joined to the wall, and a circular cover which fits loosely inside the circular wall so that it is vertically displaceable with change in liquid and/or gas volume beneath the cover; and a plurality of cover guides, spaced radially around the cover edge, which are adapted to maintain the cover periphery spaced from the tank wall; said cover guides being faced with a solid polymeric layer which is slippery and has a low coefficient of friction so that the cover is readily displaceable vertically solely with change in volume of liquid, gas or both beneath the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
    Inventor: Donald R. Cutler
  • Patent number: 4641751
    Abstract: A cosmetic carrier adapted for use alone or for placement in the bottom of a larger container to contain a plurality of cosmetic bottles and the like from bumping and tipping in transit. The carrier comprises an open topped resiliently rigid container having sidewalls and a bottom. A vertically disposed ribbon of elastic material horizontally crisscrosses the container between a plurality of first points on one area of the sidewalls and a plurality of second points disposed between the first points on a second area of the sidewalls opposite the first area to create a plurality of generally triangular areas within the container each being bounded on two sides by the elastic material and on a third side by a portion of the sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Mildred W. Walker
  • Patent number: 4615458
    Abstract: A vertical cylindrical liquid storage tank having a circular floating roof therein and a seal from the roof to the tank wall for preventing escape of vapor from stored liquid. The seal has metal flexible sections, which can be laterally bent, extending from the roof edge to the tank wall, with an elastomeric tip on the sections. Gaskets can fill in gaps or space between the sections to prevent escape of vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
    Inventors: Robert B. Grove, Steven W. Peters, Martin L. Tellalian