Mounted By Vacuum, Adhesive Or Magnet Patents (Class 248/683)
  • Patent number: 6572943
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a device and a method for hanging an object, such as a mirror or frame or other like objects. The present invention further relates to an object for incorporating such a hanging device. More specifically, the present invention provides an apparatus for mounting objects to a surface by adhesively attaching the object to a bracket. An aperture on the bracket may be used to hang the object on a surface, such as a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Andy Shaffer
  • Patent number: 6562249
    Abstract: In an improved method of etching apertures in a thin metal sheet to form a shadow mask for a color picture tube, the metal sheet has a first acid-resistant stencil on one major surface thereof and a second acid-resistant stencil on the other major surface thereof. At least one of the stencils has openings therein at locations of intended apertures. The improvement comprises the steps of magnetically holding the metal sheet with a flat magnetic assembly, and moving the magnetic assembly magnetically holding the metal sheet thereon through an etching chamber. The magnetic assembly includes a magnetic layer that is supported on an acid-resistant board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignees: BMC Industries, Inc., Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventors: Craig Clay Eshleman, Charles Michael Wetzel, Randall Eugene McCoy, Leo B. Kriksunov, Lance Benjamin, Derek Harris, Thomas R. Sage
  • Patent number: 6553929
    Abstract: A compact and convenient hazard marker has a housing and a suction insert. The bottom end of the housing covers the suction insert where the releasing tab for the suction is hidden within the housing. Another embodiment of the invention has a spring-loaded mechanical device attached to a flag inside the housing. The flag is extendable and retractable outside the housing. The flag is retained by a locking means. There are grooves on the exterior wall of the housing for easy storage. The housing and the flag are painted in fluorescent color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Kevin Louis Harp
  • Patent number: 6540372
    Abstract: An electrical track lighting system. The track lighting system includes a flexible track that includes a foamed adhesive strip on the upper surface separating two conductor rails. The track is cut to length and secured to the desired surface by the adhesive strip. Light fixtures having spring clip members with electrical contact surfaces engage onto the upper surface conductor rails of the track. An elastomer body provides a resilient force to ensure the engagement of the spring clip members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Lites Now, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Joseph
  • Publication number: 20030010887
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically loading and unloading wafer crystals to and from a double-sided polishing machine of the type having an upper and a lower polishing plate, runner disks with reception openings for the wafer crystals, and a drive to move runner disks to a predetermined loading and unloading position. The position of the centers of the reception openings in a runner disk located in the loading position is measured and stored by means of an optical identification system. A gripping means of a robot arm is successively oriented towards the measured center positions of the reception openings, and the position of the centers of the individual openings is determined and stored by first and second optical identification systems. The individual wafer crystals are tilted while being inserted by the gripping means of the loading arm into the reception openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Eberhard Potempka
  • Patent number: 6506467
    Abstract: A label for displaying information regarding a container and suspending the container from a support and a method for forming the same. The label includes a base label having a lower surface. A base adhesive is disposed on the lower surface for affixing the label to the container. The label further includes a hanger having at least two interconnected legs defining an opening therebetween, each of the legs having a respective end. Each of the ends of the legs are secured to the base label. The hanger includes at least first and second superimposed layers. The layers are preferably formed of polymeric film. Preferably, the first layer has a tensile strength greater than the second layer and the second layer has a tear resistance greater than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Pharmagraphics (Southeast), L.L.C.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Grosskopf, Carl W. Treleaven
  • Patent number: 6502794
    Abstract: A hanger device includes a suction cup, a faceplate, and a rotary operating member. The suction cup includes a disc portion, an externally threaded post, and a peripheral flange. The externally threaded post extends rearwardly from a rear side of the disc portion. The faceplate is disposed to rest against the rear side of the disc portion, and has an intermediate part formed with a through-hole for allowing the externally threaded post to pass therethrough. The rotary operating member is formed with an internally threaded hole, and engages threadedly the externally threaded post so as to enable the rotary operating member to urge the faceplate toward the suction cup, thereby securing the suction cup on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: Tzu-Kuang Ting
  • Patent number: 6499707
    Abstract: An article support adapted for adhering to a substrate is described. The article support preferably includes a base member, a stretch release adhesive tape adhered to that base member, and some mechanism for gripping the stretch release adhesive tape. These items are arranged so that when the base member is adhered to the substrate by the stretch release adhesive tape, the base member can be removed by pulling on the gripping means at an acute angle from the surface of the substrate. Gripping means which resist disassociation from the stretch release adhesive tape during the removal of the base from the substrate are disclosed, including handle types. The base member can be generic, suitable for attaching various types of support members via, for example, complimentary dovetail slides. In such cases, provision such as a latch can be made to temporarily lock the support member to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Hamerski, James L. Bries, Alex Rodriquez, Jr., Bruce W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6494424
    Abstract: A structure for removably securing a container to a planar supporting surface comprises a flexible plastic tape having an adhesive coating on a first portion of each of its two sides, and a second portion where there is no adhesive coating. The second portion forms a graspable tab to facilitate removal of the container from its supporting surface, and is retained in a position which is generally out of sight. De-adherence of the flexible plastic tape is achieved by stretching the tape from the graspable tab. Retaining means for the graspable tab may comprise a slot which is parallel to the back face of the container, located a distance away from the back face which is less than the length of the graspable tab; or it may also comprise a pair of opposed tabs spaced away from and substantially parallel to the face against which the graspable tab is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventors: Robert G. Dickie, Kirk Tierney
  • Patent number: 6491280
    Abstract: A flexible guard panel which may be releasably fastened to or about the front panel of a PC computer tower to protect the buttons on drive openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Lee Fishman
  • Patent number: 6488288
    Abstract: A chuck key tool includes a hub with a magnet positioned on the hub. Spokes project radially from the hub and include chuck keys defined at the end of each of the spokes. The magnetic hub enables storage and easy access to the chuck key tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin L. Tally
  • Patent number: 6478271
    Abstract: A mounting sucker is adapted to be mounted on a smooth surface and composed of a suction devices (10), an intermediate member (20), and a rotating boss (30). When the rotating boss (30) is rotated, the central part of the suction devices (10) is pulled away from the smooth surface, creating a partial vacuum space. The intermediate member (20) pushes down on peripheral edges of the suction devices (10). An outer periphery of the rotating boss (30) extends beyond the range of the suction devices (10) so that the outer periphery of the rotating boss (30) can contact the smooth surface and transmit force from an object suspended on the mounting sucker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Free-Free Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Ian Mulholland
  • Publication number: 20020162939
    Abstract: A magnet mount according to the related art comprises two pieces. A magnet mount (1) according to the invention comprises a single piece and thereby reduces the number of to be installed and simplifies the installation procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Markus Heidrich
  • Patent number: 6468614
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying paper, fabric, photographs or the like, comprises a long, narrow strip of thin ferromagnetic spring steel, and a number of small tacks embedded with rare earth magnets or other magnets. A tape-like dispenser stores unused tacks and a portion of the strip that has yet to be used. The strip of spring steel is covered on one face by a strong adhesive. The adhesive side, when the strip has not been used, is covered by a protective layer, such as wax paper. The spring steel is rolled up inside the dispenser. The strip may be divided at regular intervals by a cut through the protective paper and adhesive layer, the cut line scoring the spring steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Anna L. LeVine, Kermit S. Westergaard
  • Publication number: 20020145090
    Abstract: Provided is a magnet mounting assembly including a ferromagnetic support plate having a periphery, two opposite faces, and a ferromagnetic plate extension depending from the periphery, and a permanent magnet disposed on the support plate, in which the plate extension has a plurality of heights forming a plurality of legs. A terminal edge of the legs is engagable with a rounded magnetic surface at four non-contiguous locations thereon. The plate extension may form a V-block. Also provided are methods of utilizing such a magnet mounting assembly to securely and stably attach a device, such as a measurement device, to a rounded ferromagnetic surface, such as the exterior surface of a storage tank. A measurement device/storage tank assembly including such a magnet mounting assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventor: William P. Schenk
  • Publication number: 20020113181
    Abstract: The invention provides a sucker structure comprising a sucker body made from flexible materials including a base portion having a central blind hole being of a T-shaped cross-section; a rim portion having an annular projection, a recess and a flat outmost edge; and a declining intermediate portion connected between the base portion and the rim portion, wherein the recess is located between the projection and the declining intermediate portion; a supporting disk including an annular edge portion comprising a first annular groove for engaging the annular projection of the sucker body therein and a second annular groove outside of the first annular groove; a sealing filler engaged with the semi-circular groove; a threaded rod including a rod body with a male thread thereon and an flange at one end thereof, wherein the flange is inserted into the central blind hole of the base portion of the sucker body and formed as an integral with the sucker body; and an adjusting nut member engaged with the threaded rod by a
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Dejun Zou
  • Patent number: 6435464
    Abstract: An improved device for placing and removing ceiling displays. The device includes an installation head with one or more seats that house ferromagnetic metal snap rings or a ferromagnetic material insert capable of attaching to magnetic mounting elements able to support a ceiling display from the metal components of an acoustical ceiling or the like. Furthermore, in conjunction with a handle extending from the head, multiple magnetic elements can be suspended from an elevated ceiling. Multiple seats allow receipt of a ceiling display of substantial width with multiple magnetic mounting elements. Consequently, the system allows for convenient and efficient placement and removal of ceiling displays in an efficient, safe, and convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: Eric A. Sullivan, Cyril B. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20020100134
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a brush portion, a handle, a suction cup pedestal and a flexible transition portion connecting a lower end of the handle to the suction cup pedestal. The handle, suction cup pedestal and flexible transition portion are constructed and arranged so that the toothbrush will normally be oriented in a substantially upright position when the suction cup pedestal is affixed to a horizontal surface. Advantageously, though, the flexible transition portion is sufficiently flexible so as to permit the toothbrush to be deflected when the suction cup pedestal is affixed to a horizontal surface so that the central longitudinal axis of the handle is at least 20 degrees from vertical. A novel packaging assembly for such a toothbrush is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Steven Dunn, Charles Davis, Zoltan Pavlakovich
  • Publication number: 20020100856
    Abstract: A hanging device (20) for suspending a banner (22) or other signage item from elevated anchors. The hanging device (20) includes a strip (40) made from a suitably strong by relatively thin gauge material (e.g., a multi-axial polyethylene or a polyester film) and a non-foam pressure sensitive adhesive (42) applied to the inner surface of the strip's outer tab portions (44, 46). The strip (40) can have an asymmetrical shape, can have a shortened neck portion (48) and/or the tab portions (44, 46) can each be in the shape of rectangle with a cut-off corner in the shape of a triangle. A plurality of the hanging devices (20) can be provided on a sheet of release liner (52) and each hanging device (20) can be peeled therefrom in one step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventor: Richard J. Hatton
  • Patent number: 6406781
    Abstract: An adhesive article adapted for removable adhesive bonding on a support surface, such as a wall, includes a base member and a stretch release adhesive tape strip. The adhesive tape strip is a sequential release-type adhesive strip having a non-adhesive end portion which allows the base member to release from the adhesive strip during the removal process while the adhesive strip remains adhered to the support surface, therefore reducing the incidence of unwanted catapulting. To prevent relative movement between the base member and the adhesive strip during the removal process and therefore increase the likelihood of successful controlled sequential release of the base member, the base member includes a stabilizer arranged to abut the adhesive strip if the base member shifts as the adhesive strip is stretched during removal. The stabilizer can be a generally rigid projection or a compressible stop member which extends outwardly from the end of the base member adjacent the end of the adhesive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Michael D. Hamerski
  • Patent number: 6394519
    Abstract: Provided is a fully adjustable pick-and-place tool for an automated robotic device or the like which is capable of picking and placing various kinds of parts. The tool includes a plate and a magnet movably attached to the plate to pick-and-place parts having all sorts of configurations. A part manipulator including a suction cup or gripper mechanism or the like may be coupled to the magnet to pick-and-place the part. In one aspect of the present invention, the part manipulator is adjustably positionable with respect to the plate without having to move the magnet to a different location on the plate thereby further enhancing the ability of the tool to pick-and-place parts of different types having various shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: R&D Engineering & Macining, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney L. Byers, David L. Dennis
  • Patent number: 6390434
    Abstract: The present invention provides a magnetic note paper holder comprising a seat and a movable pressing component wherein the top edge of the seat and the bottom edge of the movable pressing component are built in with one magnet respectively, and the magnetic polarities of the surfaces of the magnets are of opposite polarities so as to fix the movable pressing component to hold the paper from opposite sides, and wherein at least one end of one magnet is shaped to be a convex spherical arc and the end of the arc and the other magnet attract each other such that a point contact is formed to weaken the friction, therefore, providing convenience for drawing out the piece of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Chin-Jen Tan
  • Patent number: 6386494
    Abstract: A bath towel hanger base with a strong suction disc includes a base, a suction disc and a handling rod. The base and the suction disc are assembled together, with the handling rod added in the two components, to rotate the handling rod to control the suction disc to suck on or release from a wall so as to secure the base on a wall or release the base from the wall without harming the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Pao Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 6385793
    Abstract: A tub cover support device for preventing the collapsing of a tub cover. The tub cover support device includes a foot for positioning on the bottom wall of a tub. A pipe is generally hollow and has an open first end and open second end. A coupler is attached to the foot and removably couples the first end of the pipe to the foot. A support portion is removably coupled to the second end of the pipe. The support portion has a pair of bars extending outward horizontally with respect to a vertical orientation of the pipe when the support portion is coupled to the second end of the pipe. A bottom surface of a cover abuts the support portion when the cover is positioned over an open top side of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Sanddal
  • Patent number: 6381890
    Abstract: A product marking system particularly for marking delicatessen or cheeses at a manned service counter for the purpose of displaying the identity or price of the product. The marking system includes a sign (4) that has a foot (41). A connecting element (2) is adapted to stably embrace the product (1) and to carry an attachment means (3) for releasable magnetic connection with the foot (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Agneta Sjöstedt
  • Patent number: 6382574
    Abstract: Device and methods are provided in which a motorized suction device is suctionally mounted to a static surface, and an article supporting portion other than a handle is employed to support one or more articles above the ground. The vacuum is preferably provided by a battery operated electric vacuum pump, and the article supporting portion preferably comprises a shelf, a channel, a magnet, a ring, a hook and loop fastener, or a hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Richard Pando
  • Patent number: 6382482
    Abstract: An eyeglass case assembly includes an eyeglass case and a case seat. The eyeglass case has a coupling portion with a first magnetic member attached thereto. The case seat has a face which is disposed adjacent to the coupling portion of the eyeglass case and which is provided with a second magnetic member that is attached thereto and that attracts magnetically with the first magnetic member, thereby fixing the eyeglass case to the case seat. The case seat further includes a clamping device which is adapted to hold a sun visor thereon, thereby mounting the case seat fixedly on the sun visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: David Yinkai Chao
  • Patent number: 6352746
    Abstract: Treated, especially painted, sandwich of two or more joined parts, which a) is fixed with the formation of a spaced joint between the joined parts, where b) fixing of the parts to be joined takes place by means of an adhesive film which can be detached again by pulling in the direction of the bond plane, and c) the thickness of the spaced joint between the joined parts is determined by the thickness of the adhesive film, d) the untreated sandwich fixed in this way is treated in this form, and e) the treated joined parts are separable from one another without residue or damage by pulling on the adhesive film in the direction of the bond plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Beiersdorf AG
    Inventor: Edda Thiel
  • Patent number: 6352229
    Abstract: A spring clip has a base member attached by a flexible connector to a clip member which has a body portion and a flexible tail portion. The base member preferably includes magnets for holding the spring clip against a metal surface. The flexible tail portion has a distal end which is normally biased toward the base member for holding an object therebetween. A gap can be created between the distal end and the base member by pushing on the body portion to cause the clip member to pivot about the flexible connector such that the flexible tail portion moves away from the base member. The gap can also be created by pulling on the distal end which causes the flexible tail to flex away from the base member. Further, the body portion can be pushed to create the gap and the flexible tail portion also flexed to make the gap wider such that thicker objects can be held in the gap. The distal end can be hook shaped to hold a writing instrument or other object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Patent number: 6350502
    Abstract: A label for displaying information regarding a container and suspending the container from a support and a method for forming the same. The label includes a base label having a lower surface. A base adhesive is disposed on the lower surface for affixing the label to the container. The label further includes a hanger having at least two interconnected legs defining an opening therebetween, each of the legs having a respective end. Each of the ends of the legs are secured to the base label. The hanger includes at least first and second superimposed layers. The layers are preferably formed of polymeric film. Preferably, the first layer has a tensile strength greater than the second layer and the second layer has a tear resistance greater than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pharmagraphics (Southeast), L.L.C.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Grosskopf, Carl W. Treleaven
  • Patent number: 6349445
    Abstract: A toothbrush which has a brush head to which is mounted an elongated handle. At the free end of the handle is mounted a suction cup mounting device. The handle is integrally attached to the suction cup at the peripheral edge of the suction cup so that when the toothbrush is removed from a vertical surface on which it is attached by merely canting of the handle will result in breaking of the seal of the suction cup facilitating its disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventors: Spencer L. Mackay, Scott E. Winslow
  • Patent number: 6335068
    Abstract: Redetachable, self-adhesive device having a plate, the sides and/or front side of which have fastening means, if appropriate, and the rear side of which has a strip of an adhesive film which is adhesive on both sides and is adhesively attached in such a way that one end of the adhesive film protrudes beyond the plate as a grip, the adhesive film being of such a kind that the adhesive bond achieved with it can be released again by pulling in the direction of the bonding plane, stretching the strip, characterized in that the rear side of the plate (1) has laterally alongside the adhesively attached adhesive film (5) spacers (3A, 3B), the height of which is less than the thickness of the adhesive film (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Beiersdorf A.G.
    Inventors: Bernd Lühmann, Andreas Junghans, Thomas Raadts
  • Patent number: 6305864
    Abstract: A writing implement support system for releasably positioning a writing implement with respect to a recipient surface comprises a suction cup that has a generally hemispherical shape. The suction cup is configured to be compressed against a generally flat recipient surface. The compression forms a first bond having a holding force of an intermediate magnitude. A connector is located on the outer convex surface of the suction cup. A writing implement has a writing end and a non-writing end. A writing implement cap is configured to form a second bond with the writing implement. The second bond has a holding force of a weak magnitude. The cap is also configured to form a third bond with the connector. The third bond has a holding force of a strong magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Michael H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6305656
    Abstract: A magnetic coupler having various holding device embodiments to be quickly magnetically coupled and uncoupled with an industrial strength magnetic base that is fixedly attached to a desired nonferrous surface, such as a dashboard of an automobile. The magnetic base includes a nonferrous low or soft durometer shell that encases the magnet. Preferably, the shell's outer surface is textured, which provides friction for superior magnetic coupling with a ferrous disk. If the device to be held is relatively heavy or has a high profile, the holding device/object to be held includes a support collar assembly that is fixedly attached to an external portion of the holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Dash-It USA Inc.
    Inventor: Roy D. Wemyss
  • Publication number: 20010028022
    Abstract: An article support adapted for adhering to a substrate is described. The article support preferably includes a base member, a stretch release adhesive tape adhered to that base member, and some mechanism for gripping the stretch release adhesive tape. These items are arranged so that when the base member is adhered to the substrate by the stretch release adhesive tape, the base member can be removed by pulling on the gripping means at an acute angle from the surface of the substrate. Gripping means which resist disassociation from the stretch release adhesive tape during the removal of the base from the substrate are disclosed, including handle types. The base member can be generic, suitable for attaching various types of support members via, for example, complimentary dovetail slides. In such cases, provision such as a latch can be made to temporarily lock the support member to the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventors: Michael D. Hamerski, James L. Bries, Alex Rodriquez, Bruce W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6296223
    Abstract: A label for suspending an article from a support has a lower surface and includes an adhesive on the lower surface to secure the label to the article. The label further includes a hanger defining an opening therein and an interlock tab. The interlock tab is adapted to selectively engage the opening to interlock with the hanger to form a hanging loop including the hanger and the interlock tab. A molded suspendable assembly includes a molded article and an in-mold label secured to the article. The label includes a hanger defining an opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Pharmagraphics (Southeast) L.L.C.
    Inventor: Glenn A. Grosskopf
  • Patent number: 6264055
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capture and containment canister which reduces the risk of radiation and other biohazard exposure to workers, the need for a costly containment hut and the need for the extra manpower associated with the hut. The present invention includes the design of a canister having a specially designed magnetic ring that attracts and holds the top of the canister in place during modifications to gloveboxes and other types of radiological and biochemical hoods. The present invention also provides an improved hole saw that eliminates the need for a pilot bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Stanley B. Dozier
  • Patent number: 6237885
    Abstract: This window covering cord tie-down device permits a cord to be wrapped out of reach of a small child or pet. The preferred embodiment includes a base with two cleats to enable the wrapping of a window covering cord, two suction cups for holding the device in place on a glass window pane, and two side clips to prevent the cord from unraveling. The key aspects of the invention include a removable, reusable, and universal cord tie-down device that is hidden when the window covering is lowered and is neat in appearance and relatively unobtrusive when the covering is raised; that can be mounted directly on a glass window pane without the need for tools; and that effectively secures the window cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Howard Scott Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6234435
    Abstract: A sucking disk support comprises a base and a sucking disk in front of the base wherein base includes a cone-shaped body with rear side attached to a sleeve. The sleeve has a front end attached to body, a central engagement portion on front end. A rear post of sucking disk is received in sleeve. Press protruded actuation member to engage head portion thereof with the rear of engagement portion such that a push forward force is exerted on sucking disk by base for pushing sucking disk to strongly adhere to a fixed object through a spring biased therebetwen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Ta Kuang Yeh
  • Patent number: 6193202
    Abstract: A magnetic drinking vessel holding device including a bottle holding portion adapted for holding a beverage container therein. A magnetic securement device is coupled with the rectangular base of the bottle holding portion. The magnetic securement device has an arcuate outer surface for adhering to curved metallic surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Joni M. Rogers
  • Patent number: 6187404
    Abstract: Holding device, comprising a one-part hook body and a one-part baseplate, the baseplate for the bond with an adhesive strip which releases on pulling being designed such that a grip tab of the adhesive strip protrudes beyond the baseplate, the hook body being designed such that it covers over the baseplate and also the grip tab protruding beyond the latter, characterized in that a) on the baseplate there are integrally formed at least four extensions, which b) respectively lie opposite one another in pairs and which c) protrude laterally beyond the baseplate, and in that in the hook body there are formed guides in which the extensions of the baseplate are guided such that a) the hook body is released by a movement parallel to the baseplate from the basic position, in which the hook body is anchored on the baseplate and thereby covers over the baseplate and the grip tab of the adhesive strip, and during this release lifts itself off the underlying surface, at least on one side, so that b) access to the g
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Beiersdorf AG
    Inventor: Jörn Schumann
  • Patent number: 6182393
    Abstract: A wrapping material for wrapping an item, such as a floral grouping, is provided. The wrapping material has a bonding material on a surface so that, when the wrapping material is formed into a wrapper, the wrapper may be releasably attached to a mounting surface, such as a board or wall, by way of the bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6182392
    Abstract: A wrapping material for wrapping an item, such as a floral grouping is provided. The wrapping material has a bonding material on a surface so that, when the wrapping material is formed into a wrapper, the wrapper may be releasably attached to a mounting surface, such as a board or wall, by way of the bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6162534
    Abstract: A stretch releasing adhesive article for removably adhesively bonding an object to a surface includes a stretch release adhesive strip and a secondary release member. The stretch release adhesive strip includes a first adhesive end portion having oppositely facing major surfaces arranged to adhesively bond with the object and the surface and includes a non-adhesive tab portion. The secondary release member includes oppositely facing adhesive major surfaces having temporary or repositionable adhesive which allows the adhesive article to be repositioned on the surface and object prior to adhesively bonding the stretch release adhesive strip to the surface and object. The adhesive strength of the secondary release member is sufficient to maintain the secondary release member in adhesive contact with the object and surface when the stretch release adhesive strip is stretched during the removal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Michael D. Hamerski
  • Patent number: 6149116
    Abstract: A holder for a mobile telephone is provided, which includes a main body to which a mobile telephone is magnetically attached, and an angle controllable attachment supporting means for attaching the main body to the surface of an object such as a vehicle dashboard. The magnetic attachment means includes a magnet fixed to the main body, and a piece of iron attachable to the back of the mobile telephone and attachable to the magnet by magnetic force. The angle controllable supporting means comprises a pair of independently moveable hinge-connected supports which are also hinge-connected to the bottom of the main body. The main body can be attached to the dashboard of a vehicle without regard to the curvature of the surface of the dashboard, and the mobile telephone can be securely attached magnetically and easily separated from the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: D.L. Telecom Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryu Byung Won
  • Patent number: 6136397
    Abstract: Redetachable, self-adhesive device having a plate, the sides and/or front side of which have fastening means, if appropriate, and the rear side of which has a strip of an adhesive film which is adhesive on both sides and is adhesively attached in such a way that one end of the adhesive film protrudes beyond the plate as a grip, the adhesive film being of such a kind that the adhesive bond achieved with it can be released again by pulling, stretching the strip, characterized in that the plate (1) has at its end, or on its rear side (2) at least in the region (3A, 3B) which bears against the grip (6) of the adhesive film strip (5), low stick and slip friction with respect to the adhesive film strip (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Beiersdorf AG
    Inventors: Bernd Luhmann, Andreas Junghans
  • Patent number: 6110553
    Abstract: A label for displaying information regarding a container and suspending the container from a support and a method for forming the same. The label includes a base label having a lower surface. A base adhesive is disposed on the lower surface for affixing the label to the container. The label further includes a hanger having at least two interconnected legs defining an opening therebetween, each of the legs having a respective end. Each of the ends of the legs are secured to the base label. The hanger includes at least first and second superimposed layers. The layers are preferably formed of polymeric film. Preferably, the first layer has a tensile strength greater than the second layer and the second layer has a tear resistance greater than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignees: Pharmagraphics (Southeast), L.L.C., Pharmagraphics (Midwest), L.L.C.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Grosskopf, Carl W. Treleaven
  • Patent number: 6106937
    Abstract: An adhesive article adapted for removable mounting on a support surface includes a stretch release adhesive tape strip and a base member. The adhesive article includes an abutment adapted to engage the support surface when the article is pressed against the support surface, and thereby prevents the base member from rebonding to the adhesive strip. The abutment thereby allows the article to be pressed against the support surface during removal to hold the article in place without interfering with the removal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Michael D. Hamerski
  • Patent number: 6076223
    Abstract: A self-standing toothbrush having a cup-shaped member disposed of on its base is disclosed. The cup-shaped member substantially enhances the stability of the toothbrush when it is disposed in an upright position relative to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Dair, Daniel J. Formosa
  • Patent number: 6065242
    Abstract: A wrapping material for wrapping an item, such as a floral grouping is provided. The wrapping material has a bonding material on a surface so that, when the wrapping material is formed into a wrapper, the wrapper may be releasably attached to a mounting surface, such as a board or wall, by way of the bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder