Miscellaneous Patents (Class 368/327)
  • Patent number: 9703279
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool is provided. The handheld field maintenance tool includes a process communication module configured to communicate with a field device. The handheld field maintenance tool also includes a display and a user input device. A controller is coupled to the process communication module, the user input device and the display and is configured to generate a listing of task-based field maintenance operations on the display and receive a user input selecting a task-based field maintenance operation. The controller is configured to automatically traverse a menu of the field device using a fast-key sequence relative to the selected task. A method of creating a task-based field maintenance operation is provided. A method of interacting with a field device menu is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 9412663
    Abstract: Deep reactive ion silicon etching of a device wafer, laser-induced release of individual dies, and individual placement of the dies on flexible substrates facilitate formation of circuits having relatively large external inductors for powering devices such as RFID devices. Small flexible tabs enable die-inductor connection. The absorption properties of both an adhesive layer and an ablation layer may be employed to facilitate debonding of individual dies from a glass handler without damaging integrated circuits associated with the dies. Die packs including cavities for accepting individual dies facilitate fabrication processes using dies having small dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul S. Andry, Robert L. Wisnieff
  • Patent number: 9310311
    Abstract: A time validation indicator is disclosed comprising at least a receiving layer and an activating layer. The receiving layer comprises at least one or more masking colorants and one or more deactivators that cause and maintain the one or more masking colorants in an initial colored state. The activating layer comprises at least one or more migratory activators that migrate into the receiving layer upon at least a portion of the receiving layer being placed in contact with at least a portion of the activating layer to initiate a predetermined time period. The migration of the one or more migratory activators into the receiving layer causes at least a portion of the one or more masking colorants to advance to a final colorless state resulting in a visual color change of the receiving layer that indicates the predetermined time period has elapsed. Also disclosed are methods for creating and using the inventive time validation indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Performance Indicator, LLC
    Inventors: Louis Cincotta, Clifford Parker, Satish Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9098067
    Abstract: An object is to provide an escapement which can improve energy transmission efficiency, a timepiece movement including the escapement, and a timepiece including the timepiece movement. There is provided an escapement 1 including an escape wheel 11, a double roller 53 that is disposed in a balance 5 pivotally moving around a balance staff 51, and a pallet fork 12 that can pivotally move around a pallet staff 33. The double roller 53 includes a first impulse pin 57 which comes into contact with the pallet fork 12 in response to a pivotal movement of the double roller 53 and causes the pallet fork 12 to pivotally move around the pallet staff 33, and a second impulse pin 58 which can come into contact with tooth portion 23 of the escape wheel 11. The pallet fork 12 includes two pallets of an entry pallet 45 and an exit pallet 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Masayuki Koda, Shigeo Suzuki, Hisashi Fujieda
  • Patent number: 8824246
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Publication number: 20140226449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of fabricating a single-piece micromechanical component including at least two distinct functional levels. According to the invention, the method includes a LIGA process on a single level combined with the machining of the LIGA deposition directly on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre FUSSINGER, Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 8717854
    Abstract: A timing device comprises a sensing material and/or a component which is sensitive to the presence of an environmental attribute. The environmental attribute drives and speeds up or slows the timing device as the concentration of the attribute increases or decreases, respectively. Alternatively, the timing device is activated upon sensing the presence of the environmental attribute and indicates a total passage of time from exposure/activation of the timing device. Particularly, sensing materials of varying types are able to be used to indicate exposure to a variety of substances. For example, in some embodiments, the timing device comprises a sensing material which is sensitive to the presence of ultraviolet radiation. Alternatively, the sensing material is sensitive to other variables such as x-ray radiation and nuclear radiation. In further embodiments, the sensing material is sensitive to biological or physical contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Publication number: 20140016447
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device and system, in accordance with the embodiments of the invention, comprise an electrochemical component which generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage of time. The timing device further comprises a compensating element, such as a varistor, a thermistor and/or combinations thereof. The compensating element regulates the response of the device with respect to changes in temperature. The timing device is configured to indicate the passage of a single duration of time or comprises zones that are activated in a range of prescribed times and individually or collectively indicate the passage of time or the passage of a range of times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Fritz S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8619507
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stimulus-indicating device. More particularly, the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for evidencing when a product has been exposed to a designated stimulus for a certain period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Prasidiux, LLC
    Inventors: Rel S. Ambrozy, Jade Litcher, Raymond C. Jones, Srinivasa R. Raghavan, Bani H. Cipriano
  • Patent number: 8559278
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device and system, in accordance with the embodiments of the invention, comprise an electrochemical component which generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage of time. The timing device further comprises a compensating element, such as a varistor, a thermistor and/or combinations thereof. The compensating element regulates the response of the device with respect to changes in temperature. The timing device is configured to indicate the passage of a single duration of time or comprises zones that are activated in a range of prescribed times and individually or collectively indicate the passage of time or the passage of a range of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8529682
    Abstract: Indicator inks, indicators formed by printing or otherwise utilizing the inks and host products utilizing the indicators are disclosed. Reactivity-enhancing adjuvants stimulate enhanced thermal reactivity of diacetylenic or other indicator agents capable of responding to ambient thermal conditions with a visual change signaling an end point. The diacetylenic or other agents may be sensitive or relatively insensitive to ambient temperatures. Use of a reactivity-enhancing adjuvant provides a useful means for adapting the reactivities of indicator agents to the response characteristics of prospective host products, for example perishables such as vaccines or fresh fish and maturables such as fruit, cheese and wine. Some exemplary adjuvants include low-temperature polymerization initiators, for example methyl ethyl ketone peroxide and polymerization accelerators, for example cobalt compounds. Such initiators and accelerators can also be used in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Temptime Corporation
    Inventors: Thaddeus Prusik, Dawn E. Smith, Ray H. Baughman
  • Patent number: 8503269
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode trace structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode trace structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a temperature dependent resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode trace structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8339904
    Abstract: The micro-mechanical part, for example a horological movement part, includes a silicon core (1) all or part of the surface (3) of which is coated with a thick amorphous material (2). This material is preferably silicon dioxide and has a thickness which is five times greater than the thickness of native silicon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: René Rappo, Marc Lippuner, Lionel Paratte, Thierry Conus
  • Patent number: 8262282
    Abstract: A timing apparatus on a container cap which is associated with a standard push pump. The timer is activated by pushing down on the standard pump that then moves a fluid that is held within a chamber having a first compartment and a second compartment. The compartments are in fluid communication with each other. The fluid is moved from one compartment to the other compartment when the pump is pushed and the timer works because the fluid returns to the first compartment over some known range of time when the pump is no longer being pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: John M. Lynn, Thomas John Blake
  • Patent number: 8183045
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device capable of exhibiting a time-temperature dependence that comprises an upper layer carrying a first reactant selected from a group of materials such as chelating agents and a base layer carrying a second reactant adapted to react with the first reactant upon triggering. A barrier layer is provided between the upper layer and the base layer. Visual characteristic is changed depending on time and temperature after triggering had occurred while the device is not susceptible to environmental conditions and can be stored in room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Skyrad, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ori Faran
  • Publication number: 20120055394
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: VISION WORKS IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8104949
    Abstract: A time indicator device comprised of first and second interconnected reservoirs containing first and second liquids respectively. A first barrier is provided between said first and second liquids to prevent said liquids mixing. Said first barrier is connected via a conduit to a third reservoir containing a third liquid which is adapted to pass along said conduit over a first predetermined time period and to effect removal of said first barrier upon contact to facilitate mixing of said first and second liquid and generation of a liquid mixture within the second reservoir of different color to the second liquid prior to mixing and thereby provide an indication of when said first predetermined time period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Intray Limited
    Inventors: John Robinson, Alexander Roy McLennan, Nicholas Edward Richardson
  • Patent number: 8077552
    Abstract: A visual alert device includes a keypad for a user to enter a primary follow-up time period for which a user desires to be visually reminded of its progressive expiration. Based on the entered primary follow-up time period, the visual alert device computes a preliminary and a final follow-up time value, which are associated with a level of response priority that is visually represented by the illumination of corresponding illuminable color segments. Thus, when a timer of the visual alert device reaches each of the preliminary follow-up time value, the primary follow-up time period, and the final follow-up time value, the corresponding color segments are illuminated to indicate the current response priority level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Visilert, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James W. Pope, Richard T. Kessler
  • Patent number: 8077555
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying when a cleaning article, such as a sponge, should be replaced or disposed within a period of time is disclosed. A cleaning article such as a sponge is labeled with a time increment that will act as an expiration date or reminder for the user. The time increment may be in month increments that can be abbreviated or spelled. At the end of the time increment, the user will be reminded that he has used the sponge longer than the time increment by seeing the time increment on the sponge. The sponge will be replaced with a sponge having a new time increment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Wendy Lovato
  • Patent number: 8077553
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8077554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stimulus-indicating device. More particularly, the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for evidencing when a product has been exposed to a designated stimulus for a certain period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Rel S. Ambrozy, Jade Litcher, Raymond C. Jones, Srinivasa R. Raghavan, Bani H. Cipriano
  • Publication number: 20110286314
    Abstract: A timing device comprises a sensing material and/or a component which is sensitive to the presence of an environmental attribute. The environmental attribute drives and speeds up or slows the timing device as the concentration of the attribute increases or decreases, respectively. Alternatively, the timing device is activated upon sensing the presence of the environmental attribute and indicates a total passage of time from exposure/activation of the timing device. Particularly, sensing materials of varying types are able to be used to indicate exposure to a variety of substances. For example, in some embodiments, the timing device comprises a sensing material which is sensitive to the presence of ultraviolet radiation. Alternatively, the sensing material is sensitive to other variables such as x-ray radiation and nuclear radiation. In further embodiments, the sensing material is sensitive to biological or physical contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: VISION WORKS IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 8056498
    Abstract: An indicator is disclosed that detects the presence of a chemical residue. The indicator includes a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface and a first portion and a second portion joined at a fold line. The first portion is smaller in area than the second portion. An adhesive coats the upper surface of at least the second portion of the substrate. A first reactant is adhered to the upper surface of the first portion of the substrate. When the second portion is contacted with a surface containing the chemical residue, the residue adheres to the adhesive and when the first portion is subsequently folded along the fold line so that the upper surfaces of the substrate contact each other, a portion of the adhesive on the second portion remains exposed and the first reactant and chemical residue react to provide the color indicia indicating the presence of the chemical residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Holt, David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 8014234
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device and system, in accordance with the embodiments of the invention, comprise an electrochemical component which generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage of time. The timing device further comprises a compensating element, such as a varistor, a thermistor and/or combinations thereof. The compensating element regulates the response of the device with respect to changes in temperature. The timing device is configured to indicate the passage of a single duration of time or comprises zones that are activated in a range of prescribed times and individually or collectively indicate the passage of time or the passage of a range of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7974157
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a time passage indicating apparatus which comprises a substrate, a background layer on the substrate, and a time passage indicating layer on the background layer. The background layer and the time passage indicating layer bond to each other through a first and second polymer binder. The background layer displays a background color. The time passage indicating layer displays an initial color in an initial state that is different from the background color, and a final color in a final state that is substantially the same as the background color, so as to indicate the end of a time period where the time passage indicating layer transforms from the initial state to the final state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventors: Wei-Fang Su, Yulia Galagan
  • Patent number: 7963692
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus is disclosed for monitoring time by a color change indicator, comprising an observable fluid, a first reservoir holding at least a portion of the observable fluid, and a second reservoir abutting the first reservoir. The first reservoir is responsive to pressure on it such that a portion of the observable fluid flows into the second reservoir. The second reservoir is responsive to a lack of pressure in the first reservoir such that a portion of the observable fluid in the second reservoir reverses flow back into the first reservoir once the first reservoir is not under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Flotime, LLC
    Inventor: John Morris Lynn
  • Patent number: 7940605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stimulus-indicating device. More particularly, the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for evidencing when a product has been exposed to a designated stimulus for a certain period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Prasidiux, LLC
    Inventors: Rel S. Ambrozy, Jade Litcher, Raymond C. Jones
  • Patent number: 7924657
    Abstract: A cyclical or non-linear time management system and method of managing time, and a time and time management teaching system and method of teaching time and time management is disclosed. The system relates a user's schedule to an actual or imagined clock face to give the user a better perspective and understanding of the flow of events and tasks in the day, and relates intuitive concepts such as the transit of the sun to both the clock and the user's schedule. The system can be used to manage a user's time, taking advantage of the user's familiarity with telling time by an analog clock, and further can be used to educate a user about telling time drawing on the user's familiarity with a daily routine or schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Liebowitz
  • Patent number: 7898907
    Abstract: A time indicator that provides a color indicia after a predetermined period of time has passed after activation. The time indicator includes a substrate, e.g., a clear or transparent substrate, having an upper surface and a lower surface and a first portion and a second portion joined at a fold line. The first portion is of a smaller area than the second portion. An adhesive coats the upper surface of at least the second portion of the substrate. A first reactant is adhered to the upper surface of the first portion of the substrate and a second reactant is adhered to the upper surface of the second portion of the substrate. When the first portion is folded along the fold line so that the upper surfaces of the substrate contact each other, a portion of the adhesive on the second portion remains exposed. This exposed area may be used to attach the indicator to an article or documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Holt, David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 7864059
    Abstract: A portable tracking alarm apparatus in a wrist watch configuration includes a main body and a strap. The main body includes a locator transmitter module, a micro-switch, and a trigger assembly. The strap is used for the user to wear, and has a hook that extends into the main body to hook the trigger assembly, such that the trigger assembly will not contact the micro-switch. When the strap is destroyed to cause the hook parting from the trigger assembly, the trigger assembly will touch and press the micro-switch to make the locator transmitter module emit a warning message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Micro-Star Internationa'l Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hui-Chu Lee
  • Patent number: 7817498
    Abstract: The time measuring and indication device is an invention that automatically measures and indicates elapsed time and is adapted to be connected to an IV or like medical apparatus. The device measures time by means of measuring the flow of a fluid having a known fluid flow rate. Prior to actuation, the device displays a first indicia such as the word “GOOD”, and after actuation and a predetermined lapse of time, the device displays a second indicia such as the word “EXPIRED”. The device further includes a means to halt or stop the time measuring function and to permanently display the elapsed period of time once the time measuring function is stopped. The time measuring and indication device further includes a means to prevent use of an apparatus such as an IV or like medical apparatus to which the device is attached, without activating the time measuring function of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: C. Martin Hinckley
  • Patent number: 7813226
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7808861
    Abstract: An expiration date system contains a time release mechanism for marking a predetermined interval of time in the range from six months to one year. The mechanism contains a vessel, in which there are brought together in any order a) water, b) a neutralizer, c) a source of oxygen, and d) a hydroquinone compound, such that the pH of the contents of the vessel is greater than 7.0 and the interval being marked begins when the last of items a), b), c) and d) is brought into the presence of the other items and the interval is a function of the pH and of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Abraham Wien
  • Patent number: 7791984
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a time passage indicating apparatus which comprises a substrate, a background layer on the substrate, and a time passage indicating layer on the background layer. The background layer and the time passage indicating layer bond to each other through a first and second polymer binder. The background layer diplays a background color. The time passage indicating layer displays an initial color in an initial state that is different from the background color, and a final color in a final state that is substantially the same as the background color, so as to indicate the end of a time period where the time passage indicating layer transforms from the initial state to the final state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Wei-Fang Su, Yulia Galagan
  • Patent number: 7742367
    Abstract: A self-expiring badge or label is provided that includes a clear substrate, an opaque adhesive layer, a liner web, and an ink pattern is provided. The clear substrate has a back surface and a front surface with the opaque adhesive layer on the back surface. The liner web has a first surface and a second surface, where the adhesive layer secures the substrate to the first surface. The ink pattern is on at least a portion of the second surface. Upon removal of the liner web from the adhesive layer, the portion remains secured to the clear substrate by the adhesive layer and the clear substrate is foldable to place the ink pattern in contact with the adhesive layer. The ink pattern migrates through the adhesive layer in a selected time interval and is visible through the clear substrate when the ink pattern is in contact with the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Tecco, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 7742366
    Abstract: A self-expiring badge or label that includes an upper substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface and an adhesive activator layer on the lower surface. A protective layer having a first surface and a second surface is provided, with the first surface of the protective layer being removably attached to and overlaying the adhesive layer. A lower substrate is provided that has an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface being removably attached to and overlaying the second surface of the protective layer. A migrating ink pattern is on the lower surface of the lower substrate. To activate, the upper substrate and at least a portion of the lower substrate are removed from the protective layer to leave a remaining portion of the lower substrate having the migrating ink pattern thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Tecco, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 7643378
    Abstract: An at least partially flexible sealed package having an opening assembly, said opening assembly further comprising a sliding component and a lifetime indicator; the movement of said sliding component serving to open a seal of said package; the arrangement being such that the movement of said sliding component activates said lifetime indicator due to the relative motion between said sliding component and at least part of said lifetime indicator; such that said lifetime indicator can thereby providing a visual indication of the expiry status of the product within said package from the time of opening onwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Amir Genosar
  • Patent number: 7593290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device (1) for time-dependent processes, especially for displaying the change of a used toothbrush. The display device (1) consists of a storage chamber (6) containing a liquid and a porous indicator strip (7), which is provided at one point with a dye (8) which dissolves in the liquid (5), which after dissolving in the liquid (5), colors the indicator strip (7) time-dependently over its length. The material of the indicator strip (7), the liquid (5) and the dye (8) are matched to one another such that dye molecules (18) can adhere to the indicator strip (7) until the boundary surfaces (19) of the pores (18) are covered with dye molecules (21) while the remainder of the dye molecules (21) diffuse further in the liquid (5) and the adhesion process thus proceeds time-dependently. This produces a sharp color front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Pedro Stange, Klaus Horbaschek
  • Publication number: 20090086586
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device and system, in accordance with the embodiments of the invention, comprise an electrochemical component which generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage of time. The timing device further comprises a compensating element, such as a varistor, a thermistor and/or combinations thereof. The compensating element regulates the response of the device with respect to changes in temperature. The timing device is configured to indicate the passage of a single duration of time or comprises zones that are activated in a range of prescribed times and individually or collectively indicate the passage of time or the passage of a range of times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Publication number: 20090052285
    Abstract: A self-expiring badge or label that includes an upper substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface and an adhesive activator layer on the lower surface. A protective layer having a first surface and a second surface is provided, with the first surface of the protective layer being removably attached to and overlaying the adhesive layer. A lower substrate is provided that has an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface being removably attached to and overlaying the second surface of the protective layer. A migrating ink pattern is on the lower surface of the lower substrate. To activate, the upper substrate and at least a portion of the lower substrate are removed from the protective layer to leave a remaining portion of the lower substrate having the migrating ink pattern thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 7489596
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of defining a time interval includes providing a source of ionizing radiation that radiates emissions thereof; placing a radiation sensitive display material responsive to ionizing radiation in a close proximity relationship to the source of ionizing radiation whereby the radiated emissions of the source strike the radiation sensitive display material, thereby commencing a time interval; and, measuring changes in characteristics of the radiation sensitive display material that are indicative of the elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Kuczynski, David Otto Lewis
  • Publication number: 20090016176
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7463558
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device and system, in accordance with the embodiments of the invention, comprise an electrochemical component which generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage of time. The timing device further comprises a compensating element, such as a varistor, a thermistor and/or combinations thereof. The compensating element regulates the response of the device with respect to changes in temperature. The timing device is configured to indicate the passage of a single duration of time or comprises zones that are activated in a range of prescribed times and individually or collectively indicate the passage of time or the passage of a range of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7434535
    Abstract: A timing device for visually determining the passage of a preselected period of time including a redox indicator and a metal salt wherein the indicator undergoes an observable change in color which is related to the desired preselected period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Adamy
  • Publication number: 20080210152
    Abstract: A time indicator label comprises a backing layer, an active layer and a barrier layer. Removal of said barrier layer activates said time indicator label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: John Robinson, Stephen Wintersgill, Long Lin, Alexander Roy McLennan
  • Patent number: 7388814
    Abstract: The present invention provides a time indicator and method of use for determining and visually displaying the passage of a predetermined period of time. The time indicator of the present invention comprises a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion is a multi-layer segment comprising a dye support layer coated with a masking layer, which containing a viewing window therethrough, and a non-curing ink or dye permeable polymer layer containing a migrating agent. The bottom portion is a multi-layer segment comprising a base support layer and a migrating ink or dye printed on the top surface of the base segment. The time indicator apparatus further comprises a removable impervious film or middle layer, which can be removed allowing the top and bottom portions to come into contact with one another, thereby activating the time indicator. The time indicator of the present invention allows one to follow the uniform directional visual dye migration through the viewing window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventors: John Teffenhart, Benny S. Yam, Raymond S. Brown, James Mullowney
  • Patent number: 7372780
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating the passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention comprises an electrochemical component that generates a visual and/or audio indication of the passage a duration of time. The electrochemical component preferably comprises two or more electrode structures that sandwich a suitable solid-state electrolyte. In an alternative embodiment of the invention, a timing device comprises an electrochemical component with an indicating electrolyte and an indicating layer that absorbs or reacts with the indicating electrolyte when an electrode material is depleted, providing a visual indication of the passage of a duration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7362663
    Abstract: The invention provides an electronic printed chromatic elapsed time indicator device comprising a switch, a power source and a power driven elapsed time display for indicating the elapse of a limited predetermined segment of time upon activation of the switch and irrespective of the actual time of activation thereof, wherein the components are functionally interconnected and are printed on at least one substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Timestrip UK Limited
    Inventor: Michael Kagan
  • Patent number: 7352657
    Abstract: A hanger for mounting an object on a surface such as a wall. The hanger includes a slot that receives a projection such as a nail extending from the wall. The slot is nonlinear and provides an entry path through which the projection travels to reach its mounting position. The hanger also includes slot branches extending from the slot, which together with the slot create a maze through which the projection travels when the object is attempted to be removed from the wall. The slot branches provide dead end paths that the projection may encounter when the object is attempted to be removed from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Quartex, a division of Primex, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence John O'Neill
  • Patent number: 7331707
    Abstract: Provided is a bracelet comprising a band which is removably attachable to a wrist of a person. The band may have a plurality of first time indices printed about a circumference of the band. The bracelet may further comprise a first time indicator slidable along the band circumference and fixedly positionable to a selected first time indicia to indicate a time of an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: Catherine J. DelValle, Brian DelValle