Sight Glass Patents (Class 220/663)
  • Patent number: 10352753
    Abstract: Embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention generally include a primary lens assembly disposed within a hot zone of a sight port component, wherein the primary lens assembly comprises a primary lens positioned between two annular flanges; the gas sealed hot zone is defined between a cavity closure plate, which may comprise a secondary lens, and the primary lens assembly; a jacketed heating means is disposed circumferentially around the gas filled zone and the primary lens; the primary lens assembly is positioned adjacent a process stream chamber or pipe segment; and a process fluid flowing through the process stream chamber may be visually observed through the primary lens, and the secondary lens if present. Embodiments comprising two opposing primary lens assemblies are also disclosed. Embodiments of a method of using embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10246223
    Abstract: A monolithic blow molded container is configured to hold liquids. A majority portion of the container is opaque and the container has an upper opening configured and adapted to allow liquid to be dispensed from the cavity of the container. The container also has a vertically oriented viewing stripe that bulges outward from the majority portion of the container in a manner such that liquid in the container can be observed through the transparent viewing stripe from two opposite viewing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KESSLER CONTAINERS, LTD.
    Inventor: Robert H. Kessler
  • Patent number: 9738417
    Abstract: A tank rack apparatus provides a liquid storage tank. The tank includes a tank vessel having a top wall, bottom wall, side walls, and tank corners at the interface of each pair of adjacent side wall, each side wall defining a wall plane. A tank alcove provides a recess that is spaced away from a tank corner and inwardly from a tank wall plane. This inwardly spaced recess provides an alcove space having an alcove wall, an alcove top, and an alcove bottom. A sight glass gage is contained within the alcove space, below the alcove top and above the alcove bottom and inwardly of the tank wall plane. A screen occupies a position in or near the wall plane, the screen extending between a position next to alcove top and a position next to the alcove bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Danny Ness
  • Patent number: 9335024
    Abstract: A lens includes a light incident face, a light exit face opposite to the light incident face and a plurality of annular stepwise portions formed on the light exit face. The stepwise portions are located at or near a periphery of the light exit face and each stepwise portion has an annular flat surface. A plurality of micro patterns are arranged on the flat surface of one stepwise portion to scatter light exiting from the periphery of the light exit face. A light source module incorporating the lens is also provided. The light source module includes an LED light source. Light from the LED light source enters the lens from the light incident face and leaves the lens from the light exit face after the light is divergently refracted by the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Ying Wang He
  • Patent number: 9222492
    Abstract: A fluid cooling device (1) as a structural unit has a drive motor (2) driving a rotatable fan impeller (3) and has a storage tank (4) with a filling opening (6) and a fill-level indicator (7). Fluid can be conveyed from the tank into a hydraulic working circuit. In the hydraulic working circuit, the fluid is heated and is cooled via a heat exchanger (5) of the structural unit, and returned into the storage tank (4). The structural unit is designed as a turning assembly in which the filling opening (6) for fluid and the fill-level indicator (7) are disposed on the storage tank (4) such that they can be used and read in a first vertical installation direction (X, Y) of the structural unit, and in a second installation direction (Y, X) inclined with respect to the first installation direction (X, Y), preferably at a right angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: HYDAC AG
    Inventors: Guiseppe Zeolla, Luca Mariani
  • Patent number: 8506761
    Abstract: An assembly for recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution includes a recycler module including a distillation assembly and an air handler assembly. The distillation assembly includes a distiller and a conduit that includes a condenser and a sight glass. The air handler assembly includes a duct having an intake port, an exhaust port and a source of air flow. The condenser is disposed within the duct and the sight glass is disposed external to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Tim Rothwell, Greg Merz, Gary Myers
  • Patent number: 8328042
    Abstract: A port and closure device for a vessel that is configured for use with a glove bag. The port comprising includes a first annular flange with an opening, a second annular flange disposed a predetermined distance from the first flange and also having an opening, and a seal ring disposed adjacent the first annular flange and having an additional opening. At least a portion of the openings are aligned so that a path is provided through the flanges and the seal ring. A slideable door is included in the port between the seal ring and the second annular flange. The slideable door has a first position that obstructs the path and a second position that is outside of the path. Springs are disposed between the first flange and the seal ring that urge the seal ring toward the slideable door. To reduce contamination sites, the springs may be sealed within an annular interface between the first annular flange and the seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: J.M. Canty, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Canty, Richard Marinelli
  • Publication number: 20120018438
    Abstract: The product container, in particular for spices, is made of opaque material, wherein one wall (2) of the container (1) comprises a viewing window (3) made of transparent material. A dispenser (6) which is secured pivotably on a pivot axis (7) between two limit positions, is shaped and dimensioned so that in one limit position it completely covers the viewing window (3) and in the other limit position completely exposes the viewing window (3). The dispenser (6) is connected in a non-rotatable manner to an closing flap (8), which is pivoted at the same time as the dispenser (6) and closes an outlet opening (5) in one limit position and releases it in the other limit position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: WIBERG Besitz GmbH
    Inventor: Leon Widdison
  • Publication number: 20110174825
    Abstract: A liquid storage system. The liquid storage system includes a storage tank having an upright section and a base section. A volume extends between the upright and base section. An inlet and outlet are coupled to the volume for adding and extracting fluid from the storage tank, respectively. There is at least one shelf coupled to the upright section of the storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Martin W. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7967164
    Abstract: A leakage containment device for containing leakage from an oil tank supplying oil to a heating system includes a container including a bottom wall and a perimeter wall being coupled to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall to define an interior space. An upper edge of the perimeter wall defines an upper open end of the container to permit an oil tank to be placed in the interior space. A lid is hingedly coupled to the upper edge of the perimeter wall. The lid selectively closes the upper open end of the container when the lid is in a closed position over the upper open end. The lid is pivoted away from the upper open end to permit access to the upper open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Fulton T. Mountain
  • Publication number: 20100275845
    Abstract: UV-resistant materials are disclosed that include at least one self-supporting film of UV-resistant clay particles and that are substantially non-reactive to incident UV radiation. An exemplary material is substantially non-transmissive to at least one UV wavelength of less than 300 nm, can include a polymeric material for enhanced flexibility, and can include an additive that is non-transmissive to at least one UV wavelength of greater than 300 nm. The material can be multiple layers of respective clay films. The materials can be used to form UV-resistant devices such as seals, mounting cushions, and light-shields for use in any of various UV-illumination sources and process systems. An example UV-illumination source is an excimer laser. An example system is a light-CVD system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: HOYA CANDEO OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Kogure
  • Patent number: 7726477
    Abstract: The media disc package is a container for holding a media disc, a media disc with fine prints on top, and a magnifier formed of a transparent plastic material with a bar shape, a length of at least 4 inches, and a width of at least ½ inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Deborah L. Gaither
  • Publication number: 20090289072
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vessel having transparent windows, which has a beautiful appearance and can be manufactured easily at low cost thanks to a structure in which an exterior vessel is molded integrally with a transparent interior vessel, which contributes to obviation of a separate assembling process. The vessel having transparent windows includes an interior vessel made of transparent material by injection-molding so as to have an inlet in an upper end thereof for introduction of contents and a protrusion oriented in a longitudinal direction on one side thereof, and an exterior vessel injection-molded integrally with the interior vessel so as to cover a peripheral surface of the interior vessel except the protrusion so that a front surface of the protrusion of the interior vessel is exposed to outside, in which an amount of the contents in the interior vessel can be checked by a user through the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Hae Lyong Jo
  • Publication number: 20080110906
    Abstract: An inspection port is for use in connection with a panel having a mounting hole. A base ring has a circular wall with base inner and base outer surfaces. The base ring has a plurality of flexible annular ridges extending transversely outward. The annular ridges each have a diameter greater than the mounting hole diameter. A cover has a circular wall with cover inner and outer surfaces. The cover outer surface is adapted for sliding engagement with the base inner surface. The cover has a plate extending transversely across the cover. An O-ring removably seals the cover to the base ring. The cover plate can be opaque, or transparent, and includes at least one finger recess for rotating the plate. The cover can include a plurality of louvers in the plate. To latch the cover, the base ring has four key slots 90 degrees apart on the base inner surface. The key slots are each L-shaped, with an axial leg and a transverse leg. The cover has four pins 90 degrees apart on the cover outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: David M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6870695
    Abstract: An optical configuration suited to the monitoring of a process flow through the wall of a containment vessel for producing a high-quality, high-NA sample focus and reduced residual positive spherical aberration. The invention includes an optical path with a window extending through, and sealed to, the wall of the containment vessel, and an optical surface disposed in the optical path associated with minimizing aberration, increasing numerical aperture, or both. The window has a surface facing into the process flow and a surface facing away from the process flow and, the surface facing away from the process flow is associated with minimizing aberration or increasing numerical aperture. A lens is disposed outside the containment vessel and in the optical path, with the surface of the window facing the lens being substantially spherical. With such an arrangement, the light rays of the optical path are generally normal to the surface of the window facing the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Kaiser Optical Systems
    Inventors: Joseph B. Slater, Kevin L. Davis
  • Patent number: 6763962
    Abstract: A container with double layers includes a metallic outer layer having through holes on a surrounding portion, and a plastic inner layer formed directly over an inner side of the outer layer by means of injection molding with a mold; the mold is shaped such that three-dimensional projecting portions are formed over corresponding ones of the through holes of the outer layer to project beyond the outer layer in the injection molding, and that the edges of the three-dimensional projecting portions cover those portions of the outer layer that define the through holes; thus, the layers can't easily separate from, or move relative to, each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Duo Yeu Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 6741411
    Abstract: A process window unit for the spectroscopic study of process mixtures The process window is comprised of a window frame for holding a window, a screw cylinder, with a radiation passage in its core and an external thread for screwing the screw cylinder into the window frame as well as an elastic seal between the window and the screw cylinder, the window being designed with a conically tapering profile on the process side opposite the screw cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl Isbert, Lutz Spauschus, Ulrich Heesen
  • Patent number: 6639745
    Abstract: An observation window of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber includes a frame, and a transparent member. The frame is fixedly joined to a wall of the chamber. The frame includes an outer annular connecting portion, and an inner annular holding portion, which is encircled by the outer portion, and which defines a central observation hole; an annular space is formed between the connecting portion and the holding portion to help reduce effects of deformation of the connecting portion on the holding portion so that the transparent member can still be fitted into the holding portion with precision after solder welding is used to secure the frame in position. An O-shaped ring is fitted between the transparent member and the holding portion to prevent compressed gas inside the chamber from leaking and to prevent the transparent member from falling off the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Kuo-Chung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20030150867
    Abstract: A magnification device for use with a container, particularly a container for medicine, having a housing adapted to receive the container, where the housing is at least partly constructed of a magnifying material, and a structure for inhibiting the rotation of the container relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: Pamela R. Wilson, Marrion S. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6598242
    Abstract: A low profile transportable holding tank for accepting waste from portable toilets. The holding tank is carried on a flatbed vehicle and has a flat deck for cargo, thus effectively increasing the cargo-carrying capacity of the vehicle compared with that available if the vehicle were carrying a conventional holding tank. Internal reinforcement enables the holding tank to withstand a partial vacuum imposed for pumping waste into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Robert P. Denome
  • Patent number: 6508085
    Abstract: A door for a horizontal axis laundry appliance that includes an inner panel that closes the appliance and an outer panel spaced from the inner panel. The inner and outer panels are connected adjacent their upper edges by an upper panel. The inner panel includes a first window in the form of a wide-angle lens. The upper panel includes a second window. Light-transmissive devices including a negative mirror are disposed between the inner and outer panels so as to direct light received through the lens upwardly and outwardly through the second window. The interior of the appliance is illuminated by low-voltage halogen lights mounted on the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: American Trim, LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Byrne
  • Patent number: 6471488
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compressor comprising a housing including a main housing body having an interior reservoir for receiving an oil supply and an upright cover fixedly attached to the main body. The cover has an oil discharge opening extending through a lower portion thereof. The lowest surface defines the oil discharge opening being disposed at substantially the same level as a bottom surface defining the reservoir. The highest surface defines the oil discharge opening being above the normal static free surface level of the oil within the reservoir. A removable plug in the oil discharge opening which when removed allows oil in the reservoir to flow outwardly of the oil discharge opening. The cover has an upwardly facing oil flow engaging and configuring surface extending from the opening for defining the discharge flow configuration of oil flowing out of the opening when the plug is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, LP
    Inventor: Patrick B. Nolan
  • Patent number: 6375031
    Abstract: A container for liquids having a receptacle suitable for containing a liquid, the receptacle having a wall portion and a floor portion joined to contain liquid, the wall portion having an aperture suitable for allowing a substantial portion of the liquid to be viewed therethrough; and a window means for allowing a user to view the liquid contained in the receptacle, the window means being located contiguous with the aperture so as to prevent liquid from escaping from the receptacle through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Merry Chance Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Kwan
  • Patent number: 6359742
    Abstract: The invention provides a sightglass assembly for viewing the interior of a vessel, such as a reaction vessel for chemical or biochemical reactions, and is adapted to be welded to a vessel wall. The sightglass assembly comprises a window disc fused to a metal frame having a flange extending radially therefrom. The assembly is set into an appropriately sized opening in the vessel wall and the outer perimeter of the flange is welded to the vessel wall. An annular groove in the flange, surrounding the frame and window disc, absorbs stresses created by the heat of welding and thus protects the integrity of the entire unit. When installed, the sightglass assembly and inner face of the tank wall provide an easily cleanable smooth continuous surface, free of recesses and crevasses where bacteria can collect and grow or product from previous batches can accumulate and cause contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: J. M. Canty, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Canty, Paul J. O'Brien, Michael Rizzo
  • Patent number: 6341712
    Abstract: A multi-layer container having an outer container shell, an inner container shell mounted within the outer container shell, and a transparent intermediate bonding layer filled up the space defined between the outer container shell and the inner container shell and peripheral through holes on the inner container shell and a bottom through hole and peripheral through holes on the outer container shell, the outer container shell and the inner container shell showing a contrast in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Ja-Ling Huang
  • Patent number: 6301961
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an insulated beverage carafe adapted for use in an automatic drip coffee maker fabricated from non-reactive metal, having a heat resistant plastic handle that includes a detachable substantially transparent tubular gauge adapted to measure the amount of beverage within the carafe. Also taught is a method for preparing and serving hot coffee suitable in beverage service in individually dispensed portions, reading the gauge to determine when the carafe is empty; and, cleaning the empty carafe in a commercial dishwasher. An article of manufacture comprising packaging material containing an insulated beverage carafe with a handle that includes a gauge adapted to measure the amount of beverage within the carafe is also taught. The packaging material includes a brochure that provides directions for the use of said carafe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventors: Patrick J. Rolfes, Douglas K. Blair, Paul E. Rolfes, Jack B. Lovley
  • Patent number: 6092646
    Abstract: A magnifying contact lens storage unit that comprises a body having at least one cavity with a top opening, at least one magnifying lens, and a fluid-tight closure lid fixedly attached to the top opening. The body may further have a planar flange, and the magnifying lens may be within the flange, the cavity, the closure lid, or within any combination of those structures. The magnifying lens has a predetermined magnification power for permitting viewing and inspection of the contact lens after removal of the contact lens from the storage unit. The body, flange, and/or closure lid may be optically transparent, and may fit exteriorly within an orbital aperture of a contact lens wearer's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Alan N. Glazier
  • Patent number: 5974877
    Abstract: A sight window assembly and a method of making same, the assembly being comprised of a windowpane panel mounted directly and under radial compression within an annular window-opening of a vessel wall panel and having cooperative annular peripheral portions which are complementary in shape to the window-opening defining portions of the wall panel, said panels having cooperative, mechanical, annular, positive interlocking elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Food Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Ralph D. Burgess, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5960785
    Abstract: A door for the oven of a cooking range includes an inner panel that closes the oven and an outer panel spaced from the inner panel. The inner and outer panels are connected adjacent their upper edges by an upper panel. The inner panel includes a first window in the form of a wide-angle lens. The upper panel includes a second window. Light-transmissive devices including a prism and a mirror are disposed between the inner and outer panels so as to direct light received through the lens upwardly and outwardly through the second window. The interior of the oven is illuminated by low-voltage halogen lights carried by the inner panel. The door is insulated by disposing a microporous metal oxide thermal insulation material against the oven side of the inner panel. The insulation is held in place by a plate. The door includes an oven-contacting gasket that extends beyond the boundaries of the plate to provide a thermal barrier when the door off the oven is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: American Trim, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Byrne, Scott A. Calvert, Craig A. Blazakis, Bret E. Kline
  • Patent number: 5913447
    Abstract: An instrument casing assembly and a method of forming the casing that includes a case for receiving a lens having an integral peripheral shoulder engageable with a sidewall of the case. The sidewall when crimped about the shoulder, providing a gasketless water-tight seal to protect the internal parts of the instrument assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 5895058
    Abstract: A gasket (20) is provided for sealing a member with a rough micro-surface to a member with a smooth micro-surface. The gasket (20) has a layer (24) of graphite material and a layer (32) of an elastomeric or fibrous gasket material. An inner surface (28) of the graphite layer (24) is laminated to an inner surface (30) of the elastomeric or fibrous layer (32). When used for sealing, the graphite layer (24) is placed adjacent the member with the smooth micro-surface and the elastomeric or fibrous layer (32) is placed adjacent the rougher member. Alternatively, in addition to having a layer (32) bound to an inner surface of the graphite layer (24), a layer (38) of elastomeric or fibrous gasket material may be bound to the outer surface (26) of the graphite layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Penberthy, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary G. Sanders
  • Patent number: 5860550
    Abstract: Containers for storing and displaying an object are provided which include a first base member having a transparent area located such that an object to be placed within the container is visible through the transparent area when the container is in a closed position. The containers also include a second base member and a hinge interconnecting the first and the second base members. The first base member is movable with respect to the second base member between a closed position in which the peripheral edges are releasably latchable and an open position in which the base members are at least partially spaced from each other. The closed position defines a hollow interior space for receiving an object to be placed therein. Containers for storing objects which, while not including a transparent area, also include overlapping flanges coextensive with each base member are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Daniel Miller, Joseph M. Kornick, Robert W. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 5740941
    Abstract: An article includes a base substrate having an outer surface, a visible marking placed on the outer surface, a coating of transparent synthetic diamond material bonded to the outer surface and over the visible marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Jerome Lemelson
  • Patent number: 5713483
    Abstract: A transportable brominator is provided for storage and transport of a hazardous product and subsequent feeding of the product. A tank is provided having inlet and outlet valves for filling and feeding of the product. The tank has an exterior wall having a first layer formed of a plastic, such as polyethylene, and a second reinforcing layer. The tank is placed within a shell, preferably stainless steel, with cushions arranged between the exterior walls of the tank and the interior of the shell. As a result, the brominator may be transported without damage to the shell. A sightglass is arranged in an exterior wall of the tank to view product therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Naolco Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Ata, Mark Hermiller, Lonnie A. Veldhouse, Robert Witaszczyk
  • Patent number: 5680957
    Abstract: Drawer type storage bins suitable for stacking one on another and each includes an inner case and an outer housing, the case is placed in the housing, a handle is exposed out of an opening on the front side of the housing and can be drawn out of it, above the handle, a slightly outwardly bending semi-transparent curved surface is provided for magnifying images of the goods stored in the case; a set of protruding buckles are provided on the top edge of the rear side of the housing to be interengaged with a locking strip, thus the storage bins can be locked to get firmer stacking of them, the locking strip can be formed in passing during injection molding of the housing and is attached thereon, effect of the product is improved without increasing of cost of production, yet a novel style of the drawer type storage bins can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventor: Cheng-Chia Liu
  • Patent number: 5590782
    Abstract: A vial holder assembly (2) includes a generally conventional vial (4) housed within a vial holder (6). Vial holder includes a cup-shaped body (8) and a removable lid (16) mounted to the open end (14) of the body to enclose the vial therein. In one embodiment the lid is designed to coact with or engage with a plastic removable cap (46) mounted to the top of the vial. The removable cap is attached to an annular, frangible central region (42) of the metal closure (38) used to secure the resilient septum (40) to the vial. Removing the cap simultaneously removes the lid and frangible central portion to provide user access to the septum. Another embodiment positions the vial within the body using locating/shock absorbing members (18, 24) situated between the sidewalls (10, 23) and the bottoms (26, 12) of the body and the vial. These accommodate different size vials and help to prevent damage to the vial from physical abuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Habley Medical Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Terry M. Haber, William H. Smedley, Clark B. Foster
  • Patent number: 5449088
    Abstract: A container for gasoline with extended viewing capabilities comprising: a container having an essentially flat base, large generally rectangular side walls, and short parallel front and rear walls, the lower edges of the walls being in a rectangular configuration and coupled to the periphery of the base, the container also having an upper surface having a generally rectangular periphery coupled to the upper edges of the walls, one wall having a rectangular aperture therein extending vertically for the majority of the height of one wall, the upper surface having a circular aperture with an upstanding threaded flange adjacent to one wall and an upstanding handle adjacent to the rear wall; and a hollow nozzle having an upper free end and a lower end formed with the coupling components having internal threads adapted to be removably coupled to the threads of the container; and an imperforate cap having internal threads adapted to fit over the threads of the container for sealing purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventors: Marion Howard, Carolyn M. Howard
  • Patent number: 5406994
    Abstract: A pour spout for conducting a liquid, such as fuel, from a portable ventless container to a tank which includes a mechanism for enabling a user to readily determine when the tank is full and when fluid flow from the portable container into the tank has stopped. The mechanism includes a window in a wall of the container and a deflector connected to the pour spout which extends into the interior of the container for directing air bubbles entering the container through the pour spout toward the window. The window permits a user to visually determine when the displaced air bubbles stop flowing which is an indication that the tank is full and flow of the liquid has stopped. The window may be in the form of a translucent thin wall section, a transparent pane mounted in the wall, or the container itself may be translucent throughout so that the displaced air bubbles may be seen when directed to a location adjacent a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert K. Mitchell, John H. Thiermann
  • Patent number: 5275277
    Abstract: A drinking glass includes a side wall having a transparent circuitous path directed therealong extending from entrance of the drinking glass to a second position in adjacency to a floor portion of the drinking glass to indicate fluid level within the drinking glass structure. Various nomenclature and educational indicia spaces are provided along the circuitous path. A modification includes the drinking glass having a spacing to permit various webs positionable within the drinking glass side wall structure to vary the information and educational indicia available to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Benjamin Gallegos
  • Patent number: 5099987
    Abstract: A device for storing and examining contact lenses comprises a (1) with at least two cavities (2) in each of which one contact lens can be stored. The cavity (2) can be sealed by an air-tight, water-tight lid (3) and has a base specially shaped (21) to allow storage of the contact lenses. A liquid container (4,6) which communicates with the cavities through channels (5, 7) is arranged in the body. To examine the contact lenses stored in the cavities, the body (1) is held with the mat surface of the lid (3) pointing toward a light and the observer facing the lower surface of the body (1). At least one convex lens (10) which magnifies the image of the contact lens can be mounted on the lower surface (9). The contact lens can also be examined directly in the storage container (contact lens case) under focal illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Fritz Bieri
  • Patent number: 4987777
    Abstract: A liquid level sight gauge useful in the fuel tank of a recreational vehicle such as a snowmobile is molded in two parts and can be installed without special tools in simple cylindrical holes provided in the wall of the tank or container. The gauge has a tubular body communicating with projecting cylindrical spigots which are passed through sleeves of a resilient gasket which sleeves secure them in the holes of the container wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Bombardier Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Bourret, Bernard Guy
  • Patent number: 4986636
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a viewing glass having a transparent pane and a pair of flanges. In order to facilitate simple manufacture of the viewing glass, it is proposed that the pane be arranged in an inside step of the one of the flanges and be surrounded by an O-ring for producing a vacuum-tight connection. The edge of the pane and the step of the flange preferably have corresponding frustoconical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Leybold AG
    Inventors: Franz-Peter Contzen, Katrin Wilmers
  • Patent number: 4960224
    Abstract: A tissue staining cassette includes a container for reagent, a slide retainer for securing a plurality of slides and for suspending the slides in reagent in the container with tissue specimens immersed in the reagent. The slide retainer consists of an open ended cylindrical body having channel containing inserts disposed in the body with the channels opposed for receiving the edges of slides. Depending spring arms corresponding to each of the channels are affixed in the cylindrical body and the end of each spring arm extends into its respective channel. As slides are inserted into the channels the spring arm is displaced and responsive to the displacement the slide is clamped between the end of the spring arm and a wall of the channel. In another embodiment resilient wall members extend across the bore of the slide retainer body to divide the bore of the retainer body into slide receiving areas corresponding to the opposed channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas Boenisch