Severing By Manually Forcing Against Fixed Edge Patents (Class 225/6)
  • Patent number: 10426300
    Abstract: Modular toilet paper dispenser with shelf has a modular. Modular toilet paper dispenser with shelf has four main modules: a dispenser, a stanchion, a shelf, and a base. Each module may be disassembled and assembled by hand without tools. All components of each module may be disassembled and assembled by hand without tools. The modular aspect of modular toilet paper dispenser with shelf allows the user to easily assemble toilet paper dispenser with shelf with variously colored modules according to the user's taste or according to the season of the year. For instance, during the Christmas season, the user may assemble modular toilet paper dispenser with shelf 5 with red and white modules or modules with Christmas décor on them. During Halloween the user may assemble modular toilet paper dispenser with shelf 5 with orange and black modules, or modules with Halloween décor on them, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: George Edward Young
  • Patent number: 10307929
    Abstract: A punching apparatus, including: a punching portion configured to punch a sheet; and a chad box configured to store a chad of a sheet punched by the punching portion, wherein the chad box includes: a first inner wall portion formed of an insulator; and a second inner wall portion formed of a conductor and arranged above the first inner wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventor: Yutaka Akaike
  • Patent number: 9986874
    Abstract: A hands-free dispenser for dispensing lengths of absorbent sheet products, includes: a dispenser body containing a dispensing mechanism; a hand sensor for detecting the presence of a user's hand in the vicinity of the dispenser; an elongated metallic conductive element having a proximate end in electrical communication with at least one metal surface of the dispenser positioned at a first location relative to the hand sensor, and a distal end in electrical communication with at least one charge receiver positioned at a second location relative to the hand sensor, the second location being at a greater distance from the hand sensor than the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SCA TISSUE NORTH AMERICAN LLC
    Inventors: John S. Formon, Scott Wagner
  • Patent number: 9610786
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing part that performs printing on recording paper, a cutter that cuts the recording paper, a first roller provided on the side to which the recording paper is discharged from the cutter, a second roller that is in contact with the first roller and is rotated by the rotation of the first roller, a third roller that is in contact with the first roller and is rotated by the rotation of the first roller, and a connecting arm that connects the center of the first roller and the center of the second roller, wherein the recording paper is discharged between the first roller and the second roller or between the first roller and the third roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masaru Kihara, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yoshinari Takabatake, Toshio Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9010601
    Abstract: A tape dispenser includes a hollow body and a blade unit. The body has a frame, a blade seat and an opening. A reception portion is formed between the body and the frame so as to accommodate the tape. The opening communicates with inside of the body and the blade unit is located in the blade seat. The blade unit has a blade for cutting the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Chen-Hsiung Chen
  • Patent number: 8864006
    Abstract: A container puncturing device for efficiently and safely emptying the contents of a container into a storage tank or other structure. The container puncturing device generally includes a cross bar having a pair of tank attachment assemblies, a pair of bucket attachment assemblies and a puncturing member secured thereto. The bucket attachment assemblies are adapted to allow the present invention to be lifted and moved by a loader bucket such as one attached to a skid steer loader. The tank attachment assemblies are utilized to secure the present invention to the upper end of a tank. When a container is lowered onto the puncturing member, any particulate materials stored therein will be dispensed into the tank through the punctured opening. The present invention may then be lifted off and away from the tank through use of the bucket attachment assemblies and a loader bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: James H. Page
  • Patent number: 8650995
    Abstract: A sandpaper cutting tool having a substantially rectangular multi-tiered platform including a first and second measuring surface, a top surface, and a back. The second measuring surface is positioned between the first measuring surface and the top surface. The first measuring, second measuring, and top surfaces vertically align and define the back. The first measuring surface has a front cutting edge and a first blade having a serrated edge vertically aligned adjacent the front cutting edge. The second measuring surface has a front cutting edge and a second blade having a serrated edge vertically aligned adjacent the front cutting edge. A first backstop is defined between the first measuring surface and the second measuring surface. A second backstop is defined between the second measuring surface and the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Gillum
  • Patent number: 8430288
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus may permit the storage of flexible sheet materials in a space-efficient manner and may provide a continuous point-of-use dispensing capability of such sheet materials at such stored location. Serially joined sheet materials may be separated from one another at sheet materials separation zones utilizing interference tabs having yieldable configurations, intra-planar configurations, trans-axial configurations, movement resistive configurations, and projective configurations. Such interference tab configurations may permit the simplified design and construction of a sheet materials dispensation apparatus, and multiple flexible sheet materials may be serially joined for use with such configurations. A substantially rigid enclosure for storing such serially joined sheet materials and incorporating an interference tab having one or more of such configurations may be dimensioned to dispense sheet materials from within an open-ended receptacle, for example a refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Lazy Daniel, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Barella
  • Patent number: 8113400
    Abstract: A dual food storage sheet goods dispenser (100) having a housing comprising a lower cartridge containing section (101) and an upper cartridge containing section (118). The lower cartridge containing section (101) includes a dispensing slot (112) located horizontally across a bottom (110) of the housing. A cutting edge (108) and respective carrier (106) are assembled to the exterior of the bottom (110) between the slot (112) and a front edge. Access to the lower section (101) is provided via an access door (124). An upper cartridge containing section (128) includes a dispensing clearance (126) located horizontally between an upper edge of a front wall (122) and an access door (124). A cutting edge (128) is assembled to a top of the front wall (122).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Santolalla
  • Patent number: 8104657
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus may permit the storage of flexible sheet materials in a space-efficient manner and may provide a continuous point-of-use dispensing capability of such sheet materials at such stored location. Serially joined sheet materials may be separated from one another at sheet materials separation zones utilizing interference tabs having yieldable configurations, intra-planar configurations, trans-axial configurations, movement resistive configurations, and projective configurations. Such interference tab configurations may permit the simplified design and construction of a sheet materials dispensation apparatus, and multiple flexible sheet materials may be serially joined for use with such configurations. A substantially rigid enclosure for storing such serially joined sheet materials and incorporating an interference tab having one or more of such configurations may be dimensioned to dispense sheet materials from within an open-ended receptacle, for example a refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Lazy Daniel, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Barella
  • Patent number: 7837077
    Abstract: A hands-free dispenser has a body and a cover connected to the body. A sensor element is attached to the body. The cover has an opening that enables the sensor to protrude through the cover and extend beyond a plane of the cover when the cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Formon, Russell G. Weiser
  • Patent number: 7784659
    Abstract: The invention is an accessory facilitating manual, sanitary dispensing of toilet paper from a dispenser rotatably holding a toilet paper roll, the accessory including front and back guide-members defining a paper-movement channel therebetween and having access openings allowing manual engagement of paper in the channel, a paper-detaching edge at the lower end of the guide members, and a dispenser-attaching device at the upper end of the guide-members. In another form, the invention is a complete dispenser incorporating similar apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: John D. Bilotti
  • Patent number: 7740158
    Abstract: A manual dispenser for severing a segment of paper from a note paper roll comprised of a narrow elongate sheet of paper helically wound upon itself, with one surface of the sheet having one or more strips of low-tack pressure adhesive extending longitudinally thereof. In one embodiment, the manual dispenser includes a tear bar that that is manually engagable with one side of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Maurice S. Kanbar
  • Patent number: 7614331
    Abstract: The invention is an organizer for dispensing rolled goods. The organizer has first and second carousels positioned adjacent opposing ends of an axle. Additionally, each of the first and second carousels comprises a plurality of connector hubs, each adapted to receive a hollow end of a respective roll of rolled goods. A preferred embodiment of the organizer has a lock that selectively restricts rotation of the carousels relative end panels that receive the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Lloyd G Schaefer
  • Patent number: 7383868
    Abstract: A tape dispenser includes base plate, a handle, a tape reel and a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly includes a base, a cutter with a blade at an end, a shield, a shield base and a wiper plate. The shield is moved between a first position, in which the shield covers the blade of the cutter to protect users from hurt by the cutter, and a second position, in which the shield exposes the blade of the cutter to cut a tape off. The wiper plate has an elastic member with an end urging the shield toward the first position. No independent spring is included to reduce a number of elements and a cost of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Harrison Huang
  • Patent number: 7370782
    Abstract: The inventive tape dispenser includes a cover and a base. The cover includes a forward section, a saddle, a rounded back section, and first and second sidewalls extending downwardly from the forward section and saddle. The forward section of the cover includes a first end from which a means for cutting extends. The base includes a semicircular tape holding portion having a first side opposite a second side, a mounting surface and an inner surface. The inner surface of the base includes a means for gripping the dispenser. The base also includes an arm, a land area extending at an angle from the arm and an edge extending an angle from the land area. The edge is disposed substantially parallel to and proximate to the second sidewall of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Craig Thompson, Dennis L. Crawford, Peter Newbould, Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, Steven E. Turch
  • Patent number: 7357285
    Abstract: The adhesive tape cutter comprises a body bracket with a support that rotatably supports an adhesive-tape roll and a cutting section to cut adhesive tape pulled out from the adhesive-tape roll supported. A path to pull out the adhesive tape from the support to the cutting section is a double-portion forming section that comprises adhesive face-side members disposed on a side faced by an adhesive face of the adhesive tape and non-adhesive face-side members disposed on a side faced by a non-adhesive face thereof that folds a longitudinal side edge of a predetermined width of the adhesive tape in a direction that the adhesive face is facing to stick when the adhesive tape is inserted between both the member groups and pulled out pressing against the members. A tape cover is provided outside the support and pivotably coupled to the body bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventors: Hidejiro Namekawa, Mitsuaki Imazeki
  • Patent number: 7275671
    Abstract: A pill splitter splits a pill in quarters along a major axis and a minor axis The pill splitter has a lower body, and an upper body, integrally affixed to the lower body. A rotating bed receptacle is rotatingly affixed in the pill splitter, and contains a bed substantially conforming to the pill shape. A membrane, disposed below the bed, contains a cruciate cutout into which are formed a major axis slit and a minor axis slit. A long, thin cutting blade is disposed below and in proximity to the bed receptacle. In use the, receptacle is rotated to a position so that the cutting blade is disposed beneath the one axis slit and beneath the corresponding axis of the pill. A blow struck to a plunger aligned with the blade by plunger slots and guides cuts the pill along the chosen axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Carmen T Reitano
  • Patent number: 7195677
    Abstract: The wipe-dispensing device comprises a dispenser or container that keeps wipes isolated from the exterior of the device. The wipes are kept in the interior compartment of the dispenser or container. The top or lid of the device isolates the wipes in the interior compartment from the exterior of the device. This top or lid also secures the container from air, and seals the interior and exterior compartments of the device. Wipes are exposed when user manually presses a button on the lid or activates a sliding door which in turn shall expose the wiping surface of the wipe inside of the container. Therefore, the rest of the wipes are not exposed to the exterior, only the wipe that is in use. User may manually handle the device, expose the wipe for cleaning the desired surface, and thereafter user may pull the wipe and detach it from the device by tearing it off with a cutter slot of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Priscilla Morrisey-Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7059794
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for bursting perforated paper stock are provided. A feed mechanism is provided for feeding perforated paper stock in a feed direction along a paper path in a printer. The perforated paper stock has sections separated by perforations. A loop area is provided in the printer for accumulating one of the sections of the perforated paper stock. A burst element is provided for bursting a perforation of the accumulated section. In order to burst the perforation of the accumulated section, the feed direction is reversed to draw the perforation of the accumulated section against the burst element, thereby separating the section from the perforated paper stock. A paper dispensing mechanism is provided for advancing the separated section out of the loop area and dispensing the section from the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: TransAct Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: David E. Weeks, Bruce Harris, Steven P. Hilsdorf
  • Patent number: 6978071
    Abstract: An apparatus to cleave an optical fiber includes a base plate, a jig slidably provided on the base plate and holding the optical fiber, a stripper provided near the jig, and including a hot plate heating a sheath of the optical fiber, a sheath cutter cleaving the sheath of the optical fiber to be stripped, a cleaning part cleaning the optical fiber after the sheath of the optical fiber is stripped according as the jig slides, and a cleaver provided on the base plate and cleaving the optical fiber whose sheath is stripped by the stripper. With this configuration, an apparatus is provided to cleave an optical fiber, in which stripping and cleaning processes are simultaneously performed in a stripper, so that the whole process of cleaving the optical fiber is decreased, and the structure of the apparatus is simplified without the conventional cleaning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myeon-soon Hwang, Byung-gon Kim, Hong-suk Sun
  • Patent number: 6901836
    Abstract: A device is presented including a first support element, a second support element (110) which is separate from the first support element, a structure placed in tension between the two support elements and a rupture device associated with the structure in tension so as to rupture the structure in tension on demand. The device additionally includes a beam working in compression, inserted between the two support elements in parallel with the structure to be ruptured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Etienne Lacroix Tous Artifices S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Valembois, Pascal Gendre, Régis Riffet
  • Publication number: 20040151901
    Abstract: An adhesive tape comprising a backing and a layer of adhesive on the backing. The backing comprises a biaxially oriented substrate which comprises an isotactic polypropylene composition. The tapes and backings of this invention can be severed readily using commercial tape dispensers having metal or plastic cutting teeth to produce cleanly serrated cut edges on the tape. The biaxially oriented substrate is preferably made from a resin comprising an isotactic polypropylene homopolymer having a melt flow rate greater than 8 grams/10 minutes, more preferably greater than 12 grams/10 minutes, and still more preferably greater than about 20 grams/10 minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott D. Pearson, Patrick J. Hager
  • Publication number: 20040129750
    Abstract: This device for controlling the rotation of the drum in an apparatus for dispensing wiping material being arranged with a profiled lever articulated at its base against the action of an elastic return means (13), the said lever being arranged in the upper part with a support spindle (14) for a pair of pulleys (15-16) that are mounted to rotate freely, is a device characterized in that it is arranged in the form of a lever (20) arranged to be articulated at its base (20a) by two spindles (20b) (20c) arranged in an angular sector concentric with the point and with the spindle (4a) of articulation of the drum, and in that the end plate (2c) housing the drum is arranged with two oblong slots (2g-2h) formed in sectors concentric with the opening and region (2f) of housing of the spindle of the drum, and in that the said spindles (20b) (20c) are introduced into and guided in said slots (2g-2h) and in that the upper end (20d) of the lever protrudes beyond the upper edge face of the end plate (2a) holding the roll, w
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Publication number: 20040060955
    Abstract: A tape-cutting device includes a bladed main body and a holding member. The main body straddles an outer circumferential surface of a ring-shaped tape, and includes a top portion having a blade provided at a front edge thereof and two legs downward extended from two rear lateral sides of the top portion with a plurality of locating slots vertically spaced thereon. The holding member has two insertion slots formed near two lateral ends for engaging with the two legs of the main body so as to extend across an inner circumferential surface of the ring-shaped tape. Each insertion slot has a locating block provided at an outer side thereof for selectively engaging with one of the locating slots on the legs of the main body. The tape-cutting device has small volume for mounting on the ring-shaped tape to quickly find a tape beginning and cut the tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventors: Fang-Kun Cheng, Chang-He Jou, Chih-Hung Lo
  • Publication number: 20030141337
    Abstract: An automatic cutting device for an adhesive-tape holder includes a handle, a blade holder, a blade and a press plate. The blade holder is provided with two fixing studs and a receiving groove. The blade has two oval holes fitted around the fixing studs of the blade holder. The blade slide base is mounted on the blade to activate the blade to move forward, and provided with two oval holes, a projecting stud and a spring. The press plate is formed with a push plate at the lower end for pushing the blade slide base. The blade is sandwiched between the blade slide base and the blade holder to be guided and restricted in shifting, so that it can automatically cut off an adhesive tape with precision when the press plate is pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Hsiu-Man Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20030141336
    Abstract: An adhesive-tape cutting device of an adhesive-tape holder includes a side plate provided on one side of a blade holder of the adhesive-tape holder. The side plate is provided with a support rod and a pivotal shaft. A press plate is formed with a push plate at its lower end to push a slide base together with a blade to move forward, with a curved support member formed between the press plate and the push plate and rested against the support rod of the side plate. The curved support member rests against the support rod serving as a fulcrum, operating the press plate with a little force to let the blade cut off an adhesive tape easily. The press plate is sandwiched between the support rod and the slide base, so it is needless to be additionally provided with any fixing member, economizing cost and facilitating assembling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Hsiu-Man Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 6592013
    Abstract: The perforated roll dispensing system comprises a hinged cradle within a housing enclosure with easily releasable latch lock. The semi-circular cradle trough provides a stable storage means for perforated roll products. The textured surface of the trough gives useful braking from the friction with the rotating roll for controlled metering and provides adequate resistance to tear and extract unity of the sheet material from the dispenser without unraveling. The hinge and latch feature make it easy to deploy and retract the cradle trough to the loading mode or the dispensing mode. The right angled top enclosure and back panel of the housing can be mounted on a vertical and horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Leslie H. Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20030127485
    Abstract: A device for dispensing tickets from a continuous strip of paper, the device comprising a mechanism for pinching the paper, a cutter blade extending substantially across the strip and having a cutting edge against which the strip bears, the cutting edge of the blade intersecting the plane of the strip of paper coming into contact with the blade before cutting starts, and a support element for supporting the strip between the pinch mechanism and the cutter blade. In the device, the support element also comprises a flap hinged about a fixed axis, the surface of the flap being of a shape such that after about half of the cut has been achieved, the zone of contact between the flap and the strip remaining to be cut moves away from the blade as cutting progresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: AXIOHM
    Inventor: Dominique Daret
  • Publication number: 20030019898
    Abstract: A toilet paper holder, which can be handled by one hand, comprising a holder H for holding a rolled paper R, a paper holding shelf T monolithically formed at a bottom portion of the holder H for holding the downwardly drawn folded rolled paper R as being wound and a cutter for cutting the downwardly drawn paper R arranged between the holder H and the paper holding shelf T, can cut the downwardly drawn folded paper R on the paper holding shelf T by pulling the folded paper R forwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Yutaka Ito
  • Patent number: 6460800
    Abstract: A tape dispenser having a novel display ability. The tape dispenser of the present invention may be of a common size, shape and construction typically associated with dispensers for dispensing adhesive cellulose tapes, or may be of alternate shape. The body of the dispenser may be made of plastic or other materials and may be transparent, translucent or opaque. At least one rotatable display component, such as a wheel, is preferably located between the tape roll and an inside wall of the dispenser body. One or more graphics, such as images, wording or both, are located on the rotatable display component. The rotatable display component may be rotated, either independently or in conjunction with rotation of the tape roll, such that the graphic or graphics will periodically appear through the body of the dispenser or through an aperture or other opening located therein. One or more fixed graphics may also be affixed to the body of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Elmer's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiro Watanabe, John E. Elleman, Gina Beckerink, Travis Brausch
  • Patent number: 6451120
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for batch processing semiconductor lasers producing substantially contamination free laser bar end surfaces for optimal growth of end surface layers are provided. The method includes loading a laser cell comprising a plurality of laser bars and an empty cassette capable of holding a plurality of laser bars into a cleaving chamber and pumping the cleaving chamber down to a desired pressure. Next, a cleaving cycle is performed in which an end laser bar is cleaved off the laser cell. The laser bar is deposited in the cassette, while the laser cell is positioned for a subsequent operation. The cleaving cycle repeats until a plurality of laser bars are cleaved off the laser cell and loaded into the cassette. The cassette is then moved into a deposition chamber where a layer of material is deposited on at least one end surface of all of the laser bars in the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hubbard, Mark McElhinney, Scott W. Priddy, Paul E. Colombo
  • Publication number: 20020074375
    Abstract: An improved pop-up system for dispensing sheet products from continuous perforated web material. A perforated web (12) is drawn through a slit-like dispensing opening (14) which, though close-fitting, does not constrict the web (12). Catch flaps (18) capable of swinging out of plane with the web are formed in the web by two symmetrical cuts (20) in the same line extending perpendicularly inward from the longitudinal edges of the web; the cuts each extend through one-third of the web (12) and are bridged by a perforated region (16). When the pop-up presentment (24) is pulled, the catch flaps are drawn to the opening (14) where they catch, bend backward, and jam, becoming caught flaps (22). This causes enough tension in the perforated region (34) drawn outside the opening (14) to break the dispensed individual sheet (10) free, leaving another pop-up presentment (24). A number of different, more developed dispensers for rolls and folded stacks using this system are further detailed in additional embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: Aram J. Irwin
  • Patent number: 6363991
    Abstract: A multi-purpose stationary assembly, wherein the paper weight, adhesion tape rack, and paper stand & memo holder are combined as a whole, by including a casing and a weight is connected to a bottom of the casing so that the casing can serve as a paper weight. A slot is defined in a top of the casing for sheets of paper to be held therein. A roll of adhesive tape is received in the casing and an extension arm is pivotally engaged with a cut-away in the casing, wherein the extension arm has a toothed edge so as to cut the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Te-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 6235369
    Abstract: A dispenser for strip materials, e.g. hook and loop fastener material, which automatically finds formations in a continuous fastener strip during its dispensing and, at that point in the dispensing procedure, produces a resistance to the remaining supply, that enables parting of the lead unit from the remaining supply, thus dispensing a discrete unit. The dispenser has a receptacle to hold the supply of fastener strip material; it employs a retarding device to provide light drag against the motion of the strip as the leading strip unit moves from the dispenser in response to pull by a user. A detent downstream of the retarding device engages a corresponding formation in the strip material to resist movement of the remaining strip material, so that the strip ruptures along a line of weakness under a user's tension. Also disclosed are dispensable fastener strips of various forms, some advantageously formed by use of needled bat, and methods of forming the fastening strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: William H. Shepard, Paul R. Erickson
  • Patent number: 6076717
    Abstract: A pet refuse bag dispenser attachable to a leash provides a device for conveniently carrying a roll of plastic bags when exercising one's pet. The dispenser includes a housing which defines an inner cavity and has an aperture therethrough which permits access to the inner cavity. The roll of plastic bags is disposed within the inner cavity such that the bags may be individually removed therefrom through the housing aperture. The plastic bags are wound about a tubular axle which is positioned centrally within the inner cavity of the housing such that the tubular axle, and thus the roll of plastic bags, may rotate therein. In one embodiment, the housing is formed of a cylindrical base into which the roll of bags is inserted, and a removable lid which encloses an open end of the cylindrical base. In another embodiment, the housing includes a blister pack affixed to a backing so as to capture the roll of plastic bags therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventors: Timothy Edwards, Mary Edwards
  • Patent number: 5280741
    Abstract: A dispenser for a quantity of a retraction cord where the cord is impregnated with a medicinal substance. The outer free end of the cord is conducted through an outlet hole formed within a cover which closes the access opening into the internal chamber of the housing where the cord stored. A lid is mounted on the cover with this lid including a cutting blade. This lid is movable between an open and a closed position and when in the open position the free outer end of the cord can be pulled from the dispenser a desired amount. As the lid is closed, the cutting blade severs the cord permitting the severed strand of the cord to be utilized. The remaining cord within the dispenser is closed to the ambient thereby keeping the stored cord in the dispenser from contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Belport Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph V. Bell, Eric Groth
  • Patent number: 5180090
    Abstract: A cap for a bottle of mouth wash or the like is disclosed having a floss dispenser on the top thereof. The floss dispenser includes spool of floss and a knife on the outer surface of the dispenser. The dispenser has a lower half and an upper half hingedly connected to the lower half so that the dispenser may be opened to removably receive the spool of floss. A shield which surrounds the knife also serve as a fingerhold which may be pushed upwardly to open the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: 7L Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry A. Douglas, Walter R. Pfitzinger
  • Patent number: 5135134
    Abstract: A package and dispenser for a continuous roll of plastic bags has a generally cylindrical shape and a longitudinal slot for dispensing the bags. Adjacent bags on the roll are attached by a perforated tear line. The dispenser is deformable to allow the operator to grip the roll by squeezing the dispenser, preventing further rotation of the roll, and allowing a bag to be removed from the roll. The dispenser is transparent, allowing indicia to be seen from a flyer inserted into the dispenser and around the roll. The flyer also blocks the slot so that bags cannot be removed during storage or shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: H. Gordon Dancy
  • Patent number: 5054674
    Abstract: A dental floss dispenser system including a dental floss dispenser for retention on or attachment to a surface. The dental floss dispenser includes a self-contained disposable dental floss container or cassette, the container enclosing dental floss gathered for storage therein prior to being dispensed, and a support member. The support member includes a support mechanism for supporting and receiving the container. The container preferably includes a housing including a cap and a receptacle or upper and lower portions which can be joined together to form a single self-contained housing enclosing a spool of dental floss within an enclosure created thereby. A method of dispensing dental floss is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Eugene J. Fortman
  • Patent number: 4944440
    Abstract: A dental floss dispenser system including a dental floss dispenser for attachment to a surface is provided. The dental floss dispenser includes a self-contained disposable dental floss container or cassette, the container enclosing a spool of dental floss gathered for storage therein prior to being dispensed, and a support member for attachment to the surface, the support member including a support mechanism for supporting and receiving the container. The container includes a housing including a cap and a receptacle which can be joined together to form a single self-contained housing enclosing a spool of dental floss within an enclosure created thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: Eugene J. Fortman
  • Patent number: 4858806
    Abstract: The ticket display and dispenser is a box forming one or more compartments for containing one or more ticket chains made up of a plurality of end-to-end or side-to-side interconnected tickets arranged in series-connected fashion. Each chain of tickets is fed forwardly through a ticket-entry slot for upward travel over a display structure and then rearwardly through a ticket-re-entry slot for exit through a ticket-exit slot at the rear of the box. The open front of the box is closed by a transparent cover that overlies the display structure and tickets displayed thereon. The ticket exit is located at the rear of the apparatus and the cover is lockable in place to prevent unauthorized access to the tickets, usually of the lottery type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Christopher E. Schafer
  • Patent number: 4715256
    Abstract: Horizontal fuel element bundle shears have a stepped blade and a horizontal agazine for accommodating an undismantled uclear reactor fuel element which is to be cut up. In the fuel element bundle shears, the nuclear reactor fuel element, for the cutting operation to be performed, is pushed with a stepwise movement through a magazine opening in front of which the stepped blade is displaceable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fuel element. Each portion of the stepped blade has a cutting edge. In order to achieve a lower rate of wear of the stepped blade while at the same time obtaining a good cut and a low cutting force, the stepped blade has two cutting edges which are separated from each other by a step, thereby forming two blade portions which are in superposed relationship with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Peter Kunze, Werner Kirsch
  • Patent number: 4541157
    Abstract: A method of splitting bearing rings in a direction obliquely crossing their axes. This method comprises forming a notch of substantially V-shaped cross-section in the inner or outer peripheral surface of a bearing ring obliquely or in a V-direction, or forming a notch of substantially V-shaped cross-section in an end surface of a bearing ring at a predetermined angle with respect to the surface, heat-treating the bearing ring, and exerting wedge stress along the notch by a wedge type press-breaking tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: NTN Toyo Bearing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Tsushima, Toshiharu Hirose
  • Patent number: 4023299
    Abstract: A device for attachment to a fishing reel for cutting fishing line is disclosed. The device comprises a flat portion adapted to engage the flat side of the reel; an arcuate portion adapted to engage the round edge or surface of the reel next to its flat side; and a slotted portion having a slot formed therein for cutting fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Inventors: Robert E. Maserang, Norman L. Fitzjarrald