Instrument Casing (e.g., For A Meter, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/664)
  • Patent number: 10386566
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device includes a storage member with an opening for receiving an object and a support bottom portion; a light source; and a light guide member including an incident portion positioned on an outer peripheral portion side of the light guide member, a light emission surface arranged along an edge of the opening, and a shielding wall positioned between the outer peripheral portion and the inner peripheral portion and extending along the receiving opening. The light guide member further includes a portion where a distance between the inner peripheral portion and the outer peripheral portion is gradually reduced as it moves in from the incident portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Taeko Ueno, Sachiko Koyama
  • Patent number: 9731601
    Abstract: An assembly structure for an assembly member includes a locking protrusion disposed in a protruding manner on a speedometer ring portion of a decorative ring and a locking portion formed in a meter case and configured to lock the locking protrusion. The locking protrusion includes a substantially quadrangular prismatic portion, which is disposed in a hanging manner from the speedometer ring portion, and a locking depression, which is formed by means of notching across two adjacent lateral faces of the substantially quadrangular prismatic portion. The locking portion includes a locking wall, which extends inward from an opening edge of a locking hole that is formed in the meter case, and a locking protruding part, which is disposed in a protruding manner on the locking wall and which engages with the locking depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Yasufumi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9386634
    Abstract: An electrical resistance heating assembly comprises a heater ribbon woven through a first mica board. The heater ribbon extends upwardly from a top surface of the first mica board to provide heat to a fluid passing over the upwardly extending heater ribbon. The heat ribbon on an underside of the first mica board is electrically isolated by a second mica board positioned adjacent the first mica board. The first and second mica boards are held together with by a clamp-containing metal place positioned adjacent the second mica board with the clamps bent over the first mica board to keep the mica boards together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: TUTCO, INC.
    Inventor: James Patrick Lollar
  • Publication number: 20150114363
    Abstract: A fuel tank for an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The fuel tank may have a first fuel compartment defining a first convex volume. The first convex volume may be configured to provide fuel having a first fuel temperature to the internal combustion engine. The fuel tank may also have a second fuel compartment defining a second convex volume. The second fuel compartment may be disposed above the first fuel compartment. The second fuel compartment may also be configured to receive excess fuel from the internal combustion engine. The excess fuel may have a second fuel temperature higher than the first fuel temperature. In addition, the fuel tank may have a fluid passage configured to fluidly connect a first gravitationally upper most portion of the first fuel compartment to a second gravitationally upper most portion of the second fuel compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Sven Voss, Thomas Mann
  • Patent number: 8813984
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a waterproof box capable of improving waterproof performance and workability, and space-saving. When high-pressure washing is performed, washing water injected toward the waterproof box hits a peripheral wall of a box main body, and then washing water is increased along the peripheral wall. Since the increased washing water hits a lower surface of a first waterproof portion of a main body side waterproof structure, some force of the water is reduced. Furthermore, a part of the increase washing water passes through a space arranged inside of a wall upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kouki Satoh, Noriaki Akamine
  • Patent number: 8706176
    Abstract: A cell phone protector case including a combination of an interior hard shell and an exterior soft shell with three protrusion visible on each side o the rear surface of the exterior soft shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Valor Communication, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Jia, Lihui Zhang
  • Patent number: 8550288
    Abstract: A beverage container with an electronic display device and methods for its use are described. The beverage container includes an electronic display device disposed in a sidewall of the container and a control module disposed in a hollow base portion. A liquid sensor senses the presence of a liquid in the container and a motion sensor is provided to sense movements of the container caused by, for example, transporting, holding, or drinking from the container. When the control module receives appropriate signals from the liquid and motion sensors an image or video is displayed on the display device. The container is thus useable to display pictures, videos, slide shows, advertisements, or the like in personal or commercial applications. A communications port is also provided to enable coupling of the container with a computing device for management of images and videos displayed on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Scott & Scott Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Michael Briar, William Scott
  • Patent number: 8424705
    Abstract: A cover retention mechanism for releasably locking a cover to a base such as a gage housing. The cover retention mechanism includes a base lock having a receiver and a receptacle, and a cover lock having a latch attached to an end of a flexible arm. The latch is selectively movable between a retracted position wherein the latch engages the receptacle to prevent rotational movement of the cover with respect to the housing from the closed position toward an open position, and an extended position wherein the latch is removed from the receptacle and the cover is rotatable with respect to the housing from the closed position toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lee Palmer, Michael A. Popp
  • Patent number: 7707974
    Abstract: A housing forming a portion of an animal training device having a framing wall adapted to frame an LCD disposed internally of the housing. The framing wall defines an interior surface and a window for viewing of the LCD. A window pane is integrally formed with the window about the outer perimeter of the window and extends laterally outwardly of the perimeter of the window to overlie a portion of the inner surface of the framing wall proximate the window thereby integrating the pane with the framing wall, thereby effecting an extended seal between the pane and the framing wall and simultaneously enhancing the strength and rigidity of the framing wall. In one embodiment, the pane is integrally molded with the framing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Steven M. Schrick
  • Patent number: 7021489
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Pamela R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6186357
    Abstract: A hatch assembly with a removable cover comprises a generally rectangular frame member, a pair of two piece hinge assemblies and a mating cover which is rotatably attached to the frame member by the hinge assemblies. Each of the two piece hinge assemblies include a first hinge element which has a generally J-shaped pivot member and a second hinge element having a longitudinally extending generally cylindrical recess and a longitudinally extending slot along one side thereof. The generally cylindrical recess and slot are adapted to receive the J-shaped pivot member therethrough and into the recess when the cover is in a first position as for example 120° from its closed position. When the cover is rotated toward closure, the J-shaped pivot member is retained within the recess so that the cover can be rotated between about 110° and 0°. Then when rotated to 120° the cover can be readily removed from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Pompanette, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Kyle
  • Patent number: 6074246
    Abstract: A meter extender mount unit which is positioned between the ordinarily supplied electrical meter and the utility, meter mounting socket. The extender mount provides a male, push-in connection to the existing utility socket mount and the meter is received into female connectors on the opposite side thereof with a capture ring positively locking the meter to the extender mount. The frontal closure panel of the utility socket is designed to captured the extender without requiring a capture ring. A quick connect is provided directly on the extender mount for delivery of power to the meter socket from a remote. A control unit is provided between the generator and utility socket which insure activation of the generator following loss of power from the utility, insures generator shut off upon restoration of utility company power to prevent feedback of power to the utility line and allows or periodic testing of the generator to insure its operability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Electro Industries Inc
    Inventors: William J. Seefeldt, Larry R. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 5937893
    Abstract: A shield for a pressure relief device for containing and deflecting released fluids is described. The shield includes an enclosure for surrounding the pressure relief device, the enclosure having a first port for engaging the enclosure to a relief duct while permitting the shield to be positioned in a necessary orientation on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Qualitrol Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua J. Herz
  • 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: 5810193
    Abstract: A sconce for mounting on a wall and concealing a thermostat provided on the wall to prevent viewing and undesired manipulation of the thermostat. In a first preferred embodiment the sconce is characterized by a sconce bracket which is mounted on the wall above the thermostat and includes a generally semicircular bracket panel which extends perpendicularly from the wall, parallel to the floor. A quarter globe-shaped sconce panel is removably mounted on the sconce bracket and abuts the wall below the sconce bracket to enclose and conceal the thermostat. The sconce bracket and bracket panel are each provided with multiple air vents for allowing ambient air to enter the sconce and contact the concealed thermostat. A decorative object such as a flower arrangement may be supported and displayed on the bracket panel. In a second preferred embodiment the sconce panel is provided with a lockset for locking the sconce panel on the sconce bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Paul W. Gordon
  • Patent number: 5353953
    Abstract: A sealed display device comprises a case for encasing a meter such as a speedometer, tachometer, odometer and the like, viewable through a display window or opening formed in the case, with a transparent cover sealed over the opening. The case has an annular lip surrounding the opening and adapted to receive a peripheral edge of the transparent cover. A layer of sealant is placed between the lip and the cover to seal the cover to the case. A plurality of spaced support members support the cover in spaced relationship to the lip so that a sufficiently thick layer of sealant may be placed between the cover and the lip to prevent breakage of the seal due to differences in thermal expansion and contraction between the case and cover. Angled areas may be milled from the case in surrounding relationship to the lip to define areas for accommodating a thicker layer of sealant than could otherwise be accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Moriyama Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masafumi Sakaemura
  • Patent number: 5092458
    Abstract: A waterproof case for a camera, such as a television camera, comprises a case body having a pair of half cases hinged together so as to form a watertight space therein, a camera mounting shoe having a screw to engage the tripod receptacle of the camera, and a back plate having a flexible retaining tongue, a camera seat formed on one of the half cases to hold the camera mount, and a locking member provided on the camera seat so as to engage the flexible retaining tongue to lock the camera mounting shoe in place so that the camera is held securely in the half case provided with the camera seat. In placing the camera in the waterproof case, the camera mounting shoe fastened to the camera by screwing the screw in the tripod receptacle of the camera is inserted into the camera seat provided on one of the half cases, and then the waterproof case is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 5058758
    Abstract: A removeable protective cover for attachment to the valve and gauge assembly commonly used with portable compressed gas cylinders. The protector is easily attached to an existing valve, regulator and gauge assembly in basically two mating elements constructed for strength to absorb unexpected impact to the valve assembly. The protective cover is removeably attached to the gas cylinder and is placed adjustably into counter opposing contact with the valve assembly so that the force of any impact to the valve assembly area is transmitted through the protective cover, rather than into potentially damaging contact with the valve assembly. The mating halves of the protective cover are clamped around the threaded neck of the cylinder for basic support, constructed to totally enclose the valve assembly, and include contact between the cover and the valve assembly which may be adjusted by means of locking screws, while still exposing the reporting gauges through openings in the protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: Bucky D. Suddeth