Special Scale Markings Patents (Class 33/494)
  • Patent number: 11320249
    Abstract: A measuring ruler, tape or other instrument having a straight edge located along at least one length of the ruler. The ruler has a first surface having a background color, and a second opposed surface. The ruler also has a set of spaced apart indicia located on the first surface along the at least one length. The indicia are oriented perpendicular to the straight edge. The width of the first indicium and last indicium of a whole number unit measurement length appear half as wide as the width of all remaining fractional indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph Hall
  • Patent number: 11311676
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device including a vessel configured to contain a drug to be dispensed by the medicine dispensing device. The dispensing device includes a first series of zones of varying widths on a first portion of a surface of the vessel, with each zone of the first series of zones corresponding to a pre-determined treatment dose of the preselected drug, the treatment dose of the preselected drug correlated to a physical characteristic of a patient. A second series of zones of varying widths are also provided on a second portion of the surface of the vessel, with each zone of the second series of zones corresponding to a pre-determined prophylaxis dose of the preselected drug, the prophylaxis dose of the preselected drug correlated to the physical characteristic of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Certa Dose, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb Hernandez, Daniel Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11161365
    Abstract: A ruler with a slot is described herein. The slotted ruler may include a plurality of widthwise and lengthwise lines that form different sized rectangles and squares located above and below the slot for measuring. The lines may be spaced at fractional metric or imperial intervals. The slotted ruler may further include a plurality of hatch marks. The slotted ruler may further include a set of at least the numbers one, two, three and four spaced 1 centimeter or 1 inch apart located above the slot, an aligned set of numbers located below the slot, as well as an offset set of numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: My Sweet Petunia, Inc.
    Inventor: Iliana Garza
  • Patent number: 10228227
    Abstract: In a scale constituted by a plurality of scale lines, to provide such a scale capable of easily reading scale values. In a scale main body having a predetermined size and a plurality of scale lines formed thereon, temporary numbers are put one by one from 0 in an ascending order on the respective scale lines formed at each scale value interval desirably determined, with the scale line defined as 0 in the scale value being set as a starting point, and display methods between the scale line with the numeral 2, 3, 7 or 8 set at the lowermost position of the temporary number and the scale line with the numeral 1, 4, 6 or 9 set at the lowermost position of the temporary number are made different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Kazunori Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10017951
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a panel framing device. The device comprises a portable framing table that can be driven in a trailer to remote locations and a pre-printed roll of framing tape that is used to tell a worker where different parts of a framed panel will go. The goal of the device is to facilitate the building of structures using a panel approach, with the framing table and template tape minimizing the chances that a worker will make a mistake in either the selection of materials or the location of the materials. The technology can also be used to construct entire walls, which are then either transported to the site, or merely “tilted-up” into place, having been constructed on the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Youngborg
  • Patent number: 9975233
    Abstract: A power tool includes a motor, a foot plate, a detent system, and an accessory. The motor is configured to move a saw blade in a repeating pattern of movement. The foot plate defines a saw blade opening and includes a guide surface that defines a storage space. The detent system is supported by the foot plate and has a detent member. The accessory defines (i) a first detent structure configured to receive the detent member therein, and (ii) a second detent structure configured to receive the detent member therein. The accessory is positionable between (i) a use position in which the accessory is spaced apart from the foot plate, and (ii) a storage position in which the accessory is located in the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Nanjing Chervon Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Powell
  • Patent number: 9964400
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for height-measurement are provided. The apparatus, and method includes initiating, and calibrating a height-measuring-device to capture and store a one-time calibration-mode distance. Then, in operation-mode, a foot-platform connected to a retractable-tape is pulled atop an object/user. Electronic signals from a laser-device are generated as a means to measure both calibration-mode and operation-mode distances. These distances are then resolved and stored as a height-measurement for a user/object, and the resulting height-measurement is displayed on a screen. The height-measurement data from each object/user are compared to one another. The height-measuring-device also includes a predictive algorithm that determines the future height of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Conrad Jones
  • Patent number: 9909850
    Abstract: A measuring device and method for simultaneously measuring both a slice lip opening and a setback of a headbox slice in a headbox of a papermaking machine are provided. The measuring device is formed by a block having a stop depending from the bottom at the back of the block that is adapted to be placed against the apron lip tip. A height measurement scale is located on a side surface and extends in a direction from the front to the back adapted for measuring the slice opening b. A setback distance measurement scale is located at the top extending from a zero position aligned in a fixed relation with the stop surface toward a front of the block for measuring the setback L. A movable sliding indicator connected to the block slides includes a slice lip locator adapted to move into sliding contact with the slice lip to indicate the setback distance L on the setback distance measuring scale while simultaneously indicating the slice opening b on the height measurement scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Paperchine, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Prescott
  • Patent number: 9719765
    Abstract: A method for measuring an antler rack having a plurality of beams includes the steps of providing a flexible measuring tape that includes a front surface having graduated indicia printed thereon and a rear surface having an adhesive layer. A free end of the measuring tape is positioned at the tip of a selected beam of the antler rack and the tape extended to a terminal point/end of the tape. The measuring tape is severed at the terminal point so as to determine a length of the selected beam. Then, the severed portion is adhered to the selected beam to indicate that the selected beam has been measured. These steps are repeated until all beams have been measured and respective severed portions have been adhered to the antler rack. The adhered portions are then viewed and the highest numerical graduation indicates the score of the antler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher R. Carney
  • Patent number: 9658333
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for measuring height of one or more objects/users. Once the height-measuring device is calibrated, a retracting foot platform is positioned atop a user/object and its distance is captured, stored, and calculated by a laser sensor to determine the resulting heights of the objects/users. The height measurements may be displayed on a screen, including the screen display of the height-measuring device itself, or other devices such as a tablet, smartphone, or scale. The height data from each user/object may be compared to one another. The height measuring device also includes a predictive algorithm that determines the future height of one or more user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Conrad Jones
  • Patent number: 9615923
    Abstract: Valve retainers and delivery systems with valve retainers are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a portion of the valve retainer can rotate about a central axis of the delivery system relative to a different portion of the valve retainer. In certain embodiments, a first portion of the valve retainer can include a plurality of first orientation markings. In certain embodiments, a second portion of the valve retainer can include a second orientation marking, which can be aligned with a first orientation marking on the first portion of the valve retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular Galway
    Inventors: Marian Creaven, Niall Duffy
  • Patent number: 9578863
    Abstract: A fish measuring tape and a method for using the same is provided. The fish measuring tape comprises an elongated body portion having a first end and a second end. The body portion includes a plurality of markings designating increasing length from the first end towards the second end. The body portion further includes a plurality of graphic representations that allow a user to identify different fish species. The plurality of graphic representations is aligned with a specific marking of said plurality of markings to indicate the regulated length and size of a specific fish species that can be retained for personal use. The body portion further comprises a plurality of bag limits configured to identify a quantity for each said specific fish species that can be kept.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Keith Ostfeld
  • Patent number: 9360293
    Abstract: The invention is directed to tools and methods for matching a first ring to a second ring. The apparatus comprises a plurality of contour bands, each contour band having a contoured portion that differs from the contoured portion of the other bands. Preferably the bands differ by increments such that a wide range of matching can be performed to identify a correct contour, which is then provided to a manufacturer for creation of the matching band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Quality Casting, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Morfino, Barry W. Smith, Edward Yosevitz, Peter Morfino
  • Patent number: 9335144
    Abstract: A plastic hand-held measuring device, can measure the depth of a hole or bore or the length of a fixing, having particular application with composite aircraft components. A hook or tang, at the end of an elongate portion, can engage with the far end of the bore allowing the depth ascertained from a first measurement scale. A first formation can engage with a fixing, allowing measurement of the length of the fixing from a second measurement scale. A plastic slide can abut against a portion of the component to be measured and indicate the distance on the measurement scale that corresponds to the length of the dimension being measured. The slide may be arranged to engage with successive indexed formations along the length of the device, so that it is inclined to remain in a position corresponding to an indexed formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Lee Wagstaff, Philip Lee Bradbury, Gareth Towlson
  • Publication number: 20150135544
    Abstract: The Ride Stick Poster combines a picture, image and or art with a straight edge ruler printed, or placed, vertically on top of the background picture, image and or art, The horizontal lines that make up the straight edge ruler may obscure the background picture, image and or art but in an aesthetically pleasing way, usually printed or placed to one or more sides of the poster. Notes are printed or placed on the poster at or near the height requirements of various rides and or attractions for a particular amusement park, theme park or fair. Notes including ride and or attraction heights, trademarks, copyrights, logos, sales and marketing information, and or other information can be displayed on top of the background picture, image and or art. The notes should be placed on the poster so as not to obscure the straight edge ruler(s) and in a location that makes the poster aesthetically pleasing. The straight edge ruler, or rulers, do not have to start at zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Everett Albert Jesse, Tamera Heller Jesse
  • Patent number: 9032634
    Abstract: A tool for measuring, marking, or cutting material, the tool formed of a rigid sheet of transparent material having a plurality of lines formed thereon, and a plurality of windows formed in the lines to enable viewing of material underlying the tool. The windows can be outlined in opaque lines, and alternating windows can be filled with contrasting transparent colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Rulersmith IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmer J. Norgard, David A. Ray
  • Patent number: 8904661
    Abstract: A tool for measuring, marking, or cutting material, the tool formed of a rigid sheet of transparent material having a plurality of lines formed thereon, and a plurality of windows formed in the lines to enable viewing of material underlying the tool. The windows can be outlined in opaque lines, and alternating windows can be filled with contrasting transparent colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rulersmith IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmer J. Norgard, David A. Ray
  • Patent number: 8908197
    Abstract: A system and method for determining top of form while printing on continuous feed media. In one embodiment, a computer-readable storage device is encoded with instructions that when executed cause a processor to: 1) cause a selected printer to produce a print on continuous feed media; 2) determine, based on a compensation factor that accounts for movement of the continuous feed media through the printer in excess of a length of the data of the print, the distance to advance the continuous feed media such that a succeeding print starts at a top of form location of the continuous feed media; and 3) cause the selected printer to advance the continuous feed media in accordance with the determined distance to advance such that the succeeding print starts at the top of form location of the continuous feed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: System Development Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ferrer, Paul R. Boutan
  • Patent number: 8863397
    Abstract: A gauge is provided for measuring the thickness of roofing shingles and vinyl siding. The gauge includes a main body having at least two elongated slots, one slot functioning to receive and measure the thickness of roofing shingles and the other slot functioning to receive and measure the thickness of vinyl siding. Both slots are open from a respective edge of the main body and include a width that progressively decreases from the open edge to a terminating point in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Wall
  • Publication number: 20140250705
    Abstract: Apparatus for manufacturing a hydrogen 21 line precision measuring device, comprising: a hydrogen 21 line generator, which may be a hydrogen maser, which generates an emission spectrum comprising a spectral line at substantially 1420.40575177 MHz and communicates the spectral line to a frequency counter; which is adapted to receive the spectral line, measures frequency of the spectral line, and communicates an indication of the measured frequency to a computer, which receives the indicated frequency, calculates wavelength of the indicated frequency and communicates control signals to a laser or other marking device to scribe markings on a measuring device substrate at one or more intervals of the calculated wavelength and subdivisions thereof, resulting in the measuring device substrate having a plurality of scribed markings, each pair of the scribed markings at an interval of substantially the calculated wavelength and each of the subdivisions thereof equaling a portion of the calculated wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Carl F. Landeck, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140230260
    Abstract: An apparatus for marking conveyor belt ends to be bias angle finger spliced including a first rigid body marked with indicia including a centerline marking for alignment with a conveyor belt centerline and equally spaced measurement indicia marked outward from the centerline marking corresponding, respectively, to conveyor belt finger base points and a second rigid body marked with a centerline marking and equally spaced measurement indicia marked outward from the centerline marking corresponding, respectively, to conveyor belt fingertip points, wherein the measurement indicia between the first and second bodies is offset by half a spacing measurement from the centerline marking outward to differentiate the first and second bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Fenner Dunlop Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley W. Bundy
  • Patent number: 8732973
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention relates to a measuring device for determining the bend length of a rod or pipe based on the actual desired length of the rod or pipe without the need to perform a calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Mark G. Kucik, Martin A. Trlak
  • Publication number: 20140101952
    Abstract: A multi-axis educational graphing ruler is described. The ruler includes: a first set of markings placed such that the markings extend vertically if the ruler is placed in a first orientation; and a second set of markings oriented such that the markings extend horizontally if the ruler is placed in a second orientation that is perpendicular to the first orientation. A ruler includes: a first set of markings and labels associated with a first axis; and a second set of markings and labels associated with a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis. A plotting tool includes: a first set of markings and labels along a first surface of the tool; and a second set of markings and labels along a second surface of the tool, wherein the second surface is perpendicular to the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Margaret Schmitten
  • Patent number: 8677641
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a plurality of approximately evenly spaced graduation marks disposed along the length of an art implement handle. Some embodiments may enable an artist to more accurately compare the relative sizes of different portions of his subjects so that he may depict them to scale, and or create a to-scale representation of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas J Panno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8601707
    Abstract: A cooking time measuring scale includes a bendable ruler with cooking times marked at regular intervals. A cooking time pointer is located at a first end portion of the bendable ruler. When the bendable ruler is wrapped around a vegetable body or a fruit body with the cooking time pointer aligned with the cooking times, an ideal cooking time is measured by using the cooking time pointer to indicate a corresponding cooking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: East 2 West LLC
    Inventor: Ron Meritt
  • Patent number: 8468705
    Abstract: A ruler has a first incremented surface, a second incremented surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a bottom surface. All the surfaces connect together forming the general structure of the ruler. The ruler also includes a keypad having a plurality of buttons. In one mode, the ruler measures points on scaled drawings and calculates a scaling factor from those two points. In another mode, the scaling factors are entered directly for use with scaled drawings. The ruler is particularly useful for distorted scaled drawings such as those that have been altered by electronic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: John Schneider
  • Patent number: 8458921
    Abstract: An insulation work tool is disclosed that is marked for measurement and comparison with charts thereon for different ratios and grades of pipes, clamps, and insulation as used in the insulation industry, and includes other devices for determination of the proper relationships of dimensions of the insulation, pipes, clamps, and sheet metal, as well as other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Luis Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20130125407
    Abstract: A ruler assembly comprising a ruler having a top extending along a ruler width and a ruler length. The top has an inner top surface and an outer top surface. The assembly has at least one side wall extending along the ruler length. The side wall extends from a side wall bottom edge to a side wall top edge proximal to the outer top surface. The outer top surface comprises a plurality of step surfaces, each having a step height measured from the side wall bottom edge to the side wall top edge of each of the plurality of step surfaces. In some embodiments, the inner top surface and the inner side wall surface define a ruler cavity configured to removably couple to an insert ruler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alan F. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 8438745
    Abstract: A tape measure calibrator includes a base with a slot with a pull reference surface and a push reference surface, the slot being configured to receive an end hook of a tape measure. The base also includes a pull calibration band on the base with a centerline of the pull calibration band indicating a first distance from the pull reference surface. The base also includes a push calibration band on the base, a centerline of the push calibration band indicating a second distance from the push reference surface, n which the first distance and the second distance are substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas J. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 8438744
    Abstract: A ruler includes a base which has a plurality of one-inch wide measurement stations which include numerical indicia. The numerical indicia can be selectively exposed or covered by an associated pivoting flap. When a measurement is made, the appropriate flap is opened so the numerical indicia can be utilized in making a measurement. The numerical indicia can include both fractional numbers and decimal numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kynan W. Mann
  • Publication number: 20130036618
    Abstract: A gauge is provided for measuring the thickness of roofing shingles and vinyl siding. The gauge includes a main body having at least two elongated slots, one slot functioning to receive and measure the thickness of roofing shingles and the other slot functioning to receive and measure the thickness of vinyl siding. Both slots are open from a respective edge of the main body and include a width that progressively decreases from the open edge to a terminating point in the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Wall
  • Publication number: 20130008039
    Abstract: A ruler has a first incremented surface, a second incremented surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a bottom surface. All the surfaces connect together forming the general structure of the ruler. The ruler also includes a keypad having a plurality of buttons. In one mode, the ruler measures points on scaled drawings and calculates a scaling factor from those two points. In another mode, the scaling factors are entered directly for use with scaled drawings. The ruler is particularly useful for distorted scaled drawings such as those that have been altered by electronic media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Schneider
  • Publication number: 20120151787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mathematics tool such as a geometric mathematics template. The tool comprises a body having a 360 degree protractor with angularly spaced graduations and tracing edge extends about the protractor and includes a first tracing edge and a second tracing edge. The first and second tracing edges extend continuously over arcs covering at least 90 degrees and are marked with the angular graduations. In addition, the first and second tracing edges have different radii about a common centre. The mathematics tool enables a user to mark out any angle with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Geoff Phillips
  • Patent number: 8156657
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a measuring tool includes a transparent sheet; a first pattern of markings on the transparent sheet for measuring characteristics of a test sheet; and a second pattern of markings on the transparent sheet for measuring characteristics of a target image printed on the test sheet. In another embodiment, a measuring tool includes a transparent substrate and a reference image on the transparent substrate. The reference image includes an alignment pattern for aligning the reference image, a first scale for measuring distances in a first direction, a second scale for measuring distances in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a skew pattern for measuring perpendicularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ittai Wiener, Alex Feygelman, Peter Nedelin
  • Publication number: 20120005909
    Abstract: A collaboration tool is presented for accurately guiding two or more communicating users to reference common locations in similar but separate architectural drawings. The collaboration tool includes a transparent planar sheet having at least one squared corner, and a grid of squares imposed on at least one side of the transparent sheet. The grid of squares has an X axis and a Y axis originating from the at least one square corner. Each square in the grid of squares is associated with a unique X-axis designator and a unique Y-axis designator. The apparatus further includes an aperture provided within each square of the grid of squares, for allowing a marking instrument therethrough for making a mark at a designated location on an architectural drawing underneath the transparent planar sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Aldo Gomez
  • Publication number: 20110232114
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a measuring tool includes a transparent sheet; a first pattern of markings on the transparent sheet for measuring characteristics of a test sheet; and a second pattern of markings on the transparent sheet for measuring characteristics of a target image printed on the test sheet. In another embodiment, a measuring tool includes a transparent substrate and a reference image on the transparent substrate. The reference image includes an alignment pattern for aligning the reference image, a first scale for measuring distances in a first direction, a second scale for measuring distances in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a skew pattern for measuring perpendicularity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Ittai Wiener, Alex Feygelman, Peter Nedelin
  • Patent number: 8024867
    Abstract: A tape measure calibrator includes a base with a first reference surface and a second reference surface. A pull calibration mark is made on the base which indicates a first distance from the first reference surface. A push calibration mark is also made on the base which indicates a second distance from the second reference surface, in which the first distance and the second distance are substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas J. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 8021158
    Abstract: A multi-scaled instructional apparatus is provided in which a plurality of measurement scales are disposed on a base medium. Each of the measurements scales are longitudinally aligned such that equal units of measure are commonly aligned among all of the measurement scales. A first measurement scale is provided in which a plurality of uniquely color-coded base units of measurement are periodically disposed on the base medium. A second measurement scale, uniformly aligned and adjacent to the first measurement scale includes a plurality of color-coded subunits of measurement periodically disposed on the base medium. Each set of subunits equaling one half of each base unit and color-coded in a color shade corresponding to the color of the base unit. An elongated element is provided to receive the base medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Laura Eras, Charles Eras
  • Patent number: 8011111
    Abstract: A transparent measuring apparatus for material includes a planar structure including a top surface, bottom surface, a left edge, a right edge, a top end, a bottom end and a plurality of holes for attachment of accessories. A plurality of measurement lines is formed on at least one of the top and bottom surfaces. A material alignment guide is attached to the bottom surface. The material alignment guide includes a first edge for aligning the material and is configured for moveably aligning the first edge with the measurement lines. Protrusions extend below the bottom surface a sufficient distance from the bottom surface to facilitate movement of the material alignment device. A plurality of accessories adds width to the planer structure, adds length to the planer structure, provides a safety barrier when cutting along an edge and provides a slot for guiding cutting along an edge of the planer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: John R. Brady
  • Patent number: 7963046
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tape measure having a tape, housing, and an input, has an OLED strip overlaid on top of the tape. The housing contains a programmable controller and a rolled-up portion of the tape. A specified fraction of the length of the linear target is provided to the controller using the input. The tape may be extracted from the housing to generate an exposed portion of the tape corresponding to the total length of a linear target. The controller receives information indicative of the total length of the linear target. The controller controls the OLED strip to show, i.e., light up along the tape, a fractional portion corresponding to the specified fraction of the linear target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Roger A. Fratti, John A. Michejda
  • Publication number: 20110083332
    Abstract: A combined scale has nine wings, which are assembled around core cylinder in rotatable manner by rings. Core cylinder fixed to edge supporters on each side. Varied scale markings are machined along each side of the wings. The scales are identified by markings at the ends of each side of the wings for ease in selecting particular desired scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: NAZIM TEMIZ
  • Patent number: 7895760
    Abstract: A sheet material holder assembly comprising a top body having a top surface, a handle projecting generally upward from the top surface, and a first magnetic piece affixed to the top body opposite the top surface and a base having a second magnetic piece, at least a portion of the first magnetic piece aligned atop at least a portion of the second magnetic piece. The base may also include a cradle for receiving a tab of the top body which may be a straightedge having markings. A sheet material may be placed between the top body and the base for use in cutting or other use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kathryn M. Bareis
  • Publication number: 20110023312
    Abstract: The digital scale is an improved, digital measuring device for all aspects of construction and construction estimating. Every scale used for construction today is included in this digital device. Instead of requiring several different scales for all types of engineering and architectural projects, with this device, one scale is all that is needed. This device also includes the capability to measure every part of a construction roof. All rafters, including hips, valleys, common and mixed pitch valley and hip rafters can be easily measured by simply setting this device on the drawings themselves. Square footage of the roof area for figuring roof felt, roof decking, shingles, and nails is quick and easy with this tool. Whether the rafters are being measured from the bird's eye view (top of roof) or the elevation views (all 4 sides), this device is accurate within 0.032?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Chris Lewis Turner
  • Patent number: 7793421
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for drawing an instrument across a curve in a surface for constructing an arch. The apparatus comprises a base member having a pivot and a plurality of first indicators and a slidable member having a plurality of second indicators. The slidable member is slidably positionable on the base member. The method comprises pivotably securing the base member to a surface, selecting one of the plurality of first indicators corresponding to the chord height and selecting one of the plurality of second indicators representing the chord height and length of the arch to be scribed. The method further comprises aligning the first and second selected indicators, and rotating the apparatus about the pivot hole so as to draw across an instrument located at a distal end of the slidable member across an arc so as to define the arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Derek Hardy
  • Publication number: 20100223798
    Abstract: A measuring device of transparent material has a first set of numbers of uniformly increasing values from right to left with a beginning at the right and an end at the left. The numbers are aligned with lines marked at an edge of the material with inch and increment of inch spacing. The right end of the first set of numbers are located at least one-quarter of an inch from the right edge of the material. A second set of numbers of uniformly increasing values from left to right has a beginning at the left and an end at the right are aligned with the lines marked at the top edge of the material with inch and increment of inch spacing. The left end of the second set of numbers are located at least one-quarter of an inch from the left edge of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Darlene Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7779547
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a desired height of a height adjustable furniture item, characterized in that it includes: a scale adapted to measure a length of the lower leg of a patient, means to determine a desired height of said item of furniture from said length and a means to translate said desired height to said furniture item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Robin Townsend
  • Patent number: 7774948
    Abstract: A universal design straightedge comprising a body having a top surface and a perimeter bounded by at least one edge, the top surface comprising evenly spaced apart linear rulings perpendicularly disposed to and extending from the edge, some of the linear rulings corresponding to a unit of measure, and some of said linear rulings corresponding to a fraction of the unit of measure, and numerical indicia associated with substantially all of the rulings, substantially all of the numerical indicia substantially centered about a centerline of respective linear rulings, the numerical indicia oriented in standard upright reading position with respect to the edge where the straightedge is arranged with the edge in an underlying relation with respect to the numerical indicia. The numerical indicia associated with the linear rulings corresponding to a fraction of the unit of measure may include a composite of full and fractional numerical indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Kathryn M. Bareis
  • Patent number: 7770301
    Abstract: A portable system for documenting the height of one or more children during their growth. The system comprises an elongated frame that can be disassembled into segments for travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Lee A. Grandberry, Sandi R. Grandberry
  • Patent number: 7773829
    Abstract: Image-centric rulers are described, including a method comprising detecting a position of a pointer relative to an image, drawing a ruler extending outward approximately from the position of the pointer, and moving the ruler in response to detecting a movement of the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan W Brandt
  • Patent number: 7631437
    Abstract: An electronic ruler has a generally rectangular-solid shape defining a length, width, and thickness. A straight edge exists along the length as do distance markings in at least one unit of measurement. A user input interface 1) receives user inputs of measurement in a format corresponding to the unit of measurement, and/or 2) shows a measurement made automatically by the ruler. A plurality of visual indicators, such as fiber optics, LEDs, etc., extend along the length and light in an amount corresponding to the user inputs or the measurement made. In this manner, basic rulers for school-aged children provide measurement capability in the absence of sufficient gradations. It also gives feedback regarding correctness to stimulate learning in adolescent students. An optical array also serves to transmit/receive light to automatically take the measurements upon indications from a user. A processor connects to the indicators and array for controlling lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Dylan L. Sanderson