With Work-engaging Guide Patents (Class 401/193)
  • Patent number: 9515393
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present disclosure for assembling conformal arrays utilize an outer tool for insertion into an open cell of a conformal array, an inner tool for insertion into the outer tool, and an adhesive source for delivering adhesive to the edges of the open cell via the inner tool and the outer tool. An assembled conformal array includes adhesive extending along the edges of the open cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Marshall, IV, Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Manny Salazar Urcia, Jr., Paul Chih-Yung Chang
  • Patent number: 9234359
    Abstract: A tile floor adhesive spreader device and method of spreading tile adhesive in a defined pathway comprises a rectangular frame having a first and second set of roller wheels, removable side inserts, a rear trowel blade and a defined railway for guiding the second set of wheels along a straight pathway. The frame is one comprising four side panels having width adjustment, an open interior section for retaining pouring adhesive and upstanding posts for slideably retaining the frame side inserts and allowing the inserts to slide against and follow the subfloor surface. The rear trowel blade is adjustably mounted to the rear of the frame for defining the upper surface of the adhesive aft of the frame, while the first set of wheels rolls along a surface placed over installed tile and the second set of wheels travels along an upstanding portion of an L-shaped guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Marvon Bourelle
  • Patent number: 8974133
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing device (1) for dispensing glue or adhesive onto a substrate surface for the laying of floor coverings, in particular parquet or laminate in board format, comprising a glue cylinder (103) into which at least one pouch filled with glue or adhesive can be inserted, and comprising a plunger (10) which is disposed such as to be axially displaceable within the glue cylinder (103) so as to compress a pouch located within the glue cylinder (103) and so to push its contents out of the glue cylinder (103), an electric drive (9) being provided which is coupled to the plunger (10) in order to displace the plunger (10) axially within the glue cylinder (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verwaltungsgesellschaft Fuggerstrasse GBR
    Inventor: Thomas Schreitter Ritter von Schwarzenfeld
  • Patent number: 8834054
    Abstract: A paint trimmer with a three-part edging guide includes a paint applicator, a paint distributing manifold and a handle. The three-part edging guide includes a paint mask, a spacer, and a beveled trimmer guide. The three-part edging guide components work together to allow the paint trimmer to create a straight edge of paint along a surface without any extra traditional masking needed to prevent paint from being applied to any unwanted areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Arigala Painting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Patent number: 8647005
    Abstract: The paint trimmer includes a rigid base and a handle removably attachable to the base. The handle includes a bladder for storing paint. A paint applicator is associated with the base and fluidly coupled to the bladder via a manifold. Accordingly, a user may selectively dispense paint from the bladder to the paint applicator via the manifold for application to a surface to be painted. A paint mask associated with the base and offset from the paint applicator prevents paint from dispensing to undesired locations of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Arigala Painting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Patent number: 8529148
    Abstract: A device for applying paint includes a paint applicator and a guiding means, the guiding means consists of two guiding rollers, the axis of rotation of each roller being fixed in use such that the two axes are disposed at an angle to one another in the range from 50° to 130° . The device is particularly suitable for applying paint in a linear strip of predetermined width along architectural objects such as window sills and sashes, lintels and beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Akzo Nobel Coatings International B.V.
    Inventors: Amerik Hoek, Lennox J. Alblas, Bernard J. Den Ouden
  • Patent number: 8480325
    Abstract: The paint trimmer includes a rigid base and a handle removably attachable to the base. The handle includes a bladder for storing paint. A paint applicator is associated with the base and fluidly coupled to the bladder via a manifold. Accordingly, a user may selectively dispense paint from the bladder to the paint applicator via the manifold for application to a surface to be painted. A paint mask associated with the base and offset from the paint applicator prevents paint from dispensing to undesired locations of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Arigala Painting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Patent number: 8424483
    Abstract: A paint edging apparatus includes a body having front and rear ends defining a longitudinal axis therebetween, the body receiving a paint reservoir for supplying paint to an applicator portion of the apparatus, the body including a handle extending rearwardly at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis. An urging mechanism selectively engages the paint reservoir to discharge paint therefrom. A vibrator mounted to the body and operatively connected to the paint applicator portion of the apparatus imparts an oscillatory motion to the paint applicator. A trigger is pivotally mounted to the handle for activating the vibrator, wherein a user can move the apparatus over a work surface to apply paint to the work surface and also pivot the trigger at the same time by grasping the handle with a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Depingo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Ling, Britt K. Norton, Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 8403583
    Abstract: An assembly structured to clean the head portion of a stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes during cleaning. A supply of cleaning fluid associated with a dispenser assembly is cooperatively disposed relative to an activating assembly. The activating assembly is operated in moveable engagement with the head portion, and activates the dispenser assembly when engaged by the head portion as it passes along the path of travel. The dispenser assembly delivers the cleaning fluid to an applicator assembly which distributes the cleaning fluid to the head portion and facilitates the cleaning thereof and removal of excess cleaning fluid there from. At least one disinfectant agent is dispersed within or comprises a portion of the housing and is formulated to be destructively effective against pathogenic bacteria, such as in the spore form, which is generally not affected by the cleaning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seedlings Life Science Ventures, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Patent number: 8393818
    Abstract: An assembly structured to restrict contamination of individuals from association with the heads of stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes. Different embodiments include the dispensing of cleaning fluid or the delivery of protective barriers onto predetermined portions of the stethoscope heads, while passing along the path of travel. A dispenser assembly and a cooperatively disposed activating assembly are manually operated by moveable, driving engagement with the head portion passing through the housing. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by a head passing along the path of travel. Differently structured dispenser assemblies function to either deliver the cleaning fluid or individually dispense the barriers onto different heads, so as to either facilitate the cleaning or protective covering of exposed surfaces of the stethoscope heads, dependent on the embodiment utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seedlings Life Science Ventures, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Patent number: 8177451
    Abstract: The brush applicator has a tapered inner wall and inwardly extended flange inside of a nozzle, which secures a molded or crimped brush assembly. Two edge applicators apply a substantially uniform thin layer of adhesive or glue only on the edge surface of a workpiece. A first edge applicator applies glue through an exit and a second embodiment of the edge applicator has a roller with side flanges and with a reduced portion in-between. A flat surface applicator may have plural vanes and channels inside of two outer walls to distribute adhesive to a wider flat exit. A biscuit applicator applies glue on two side surfaces of elliptical slots that are formed by biscuit cutters. The glue flows through plural vanes or plural transversely positioned openings and passes to form two opposite layers of glue. A dowel applicator applies a thin substantially uniform layer of glue on the wall of a dowel-receiving hole prior to installation of dowel pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Joon Park
  • Patent number: 8057117
    Abstract: An assembly structured to clean the head portion of a stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes during cleaning. A supply of cleaning fluid associated with a dispenser assembly is cooperatively disposed relative to an activating assembly. The activating assembly is operated in moveable engagement with the head portion, and activates the dispenser assembly when engaged by the head portion as it passes along the path of travel. The dispenser assembly delivers the cleaning fluid to an applicator assembly which distributes the cleaning fluid to the head portion and facilitates the cleaning thereof and removal of excess cleaning fluid there from. At least one disinfectant agent is dispersed within or comprises a portion of the housing and is formulated to be destructively effective against pathogenic bacteria, such as in the spore form, which is generally not affected by the cleaning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Patent number: 8047735
    Abstract: Applicator tip for applying fast curing adhesive of low viscosity to a surface. The applicator tip comprises a body with an inner canal for feeding the adhesive to an orifice. Spikes in various shapes and placements are arranged around the orifice for preventing the orifice from contacting the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co., KGaA
    Inventors: Kenneth N. Broadley, Michael Mulvey, Nico Zinndorf
  • Publication number: 20110243640
    Abstract: A device and method for holding a writing implement, such as a marker, and placing markings on an elongated object such as electrical wire and cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Richard W. Bogert
  • Publication number: 20110179919
    Abstract: A pattern creating implement may include a pattern creating tip on a first end, a connection member on a second end, and an engagement member between the first and second ends. The engagement member may be configured to be engaged by an implement placement member for detachably coupling the connection member to an implement receptor of a pattern creating device. According to various embodiments, a pattern creating device controls the rotational, vertical and planar movements of the pattern creating tip to transfer a digital pattern to a media. A tool may be configured to receive, resupply, and/or insert a pattern creating implement. According to one embodiment, in conjunction with an optional cap, a body of a tool may be configured to house a pattern creating implement when it is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: MAKING MEMORIES
    Inventors: Dan Nelson, Josh Malone
  • Patent number: 7909529
    Abstract: A hand-held paint tool has an integral adjustable masking guide adjacent to at least one edge of a painting material such that paint being applied to a surface is not simultaneously applied to adjoining or abutting surfaces. The paint mask guide is adjustable through the action of a lever or trigger connected thereto and positioned under a handle of the painting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Patent number: 7866908
    Abstract: An assembly structured to clean the head portion of a stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes during cleaning. A supply of cleaning fluid is associated with a dispenser assembly which is cooperatively disposed relative to an activating assembly. The activating assembly is manually operated due to moveable engagement with the head portion as it travels along the path of travel. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by the head portion as it passes along the path of travel. The dispenser assembly delivers the cleaning fluid to an applicator assembly which distributes the cleaning fluid to the head portion and facilitates the cleaning thereof and removal of excess cleaning fluid there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Patent number: 7743586
    Abstract: A mortar applying machine incorporating housing, having a rotatable drive wheel mounted therein, the drive wheel adhered upon a pivot shaft located within the housing, and the drive wheel being disposed through the bottom of the housing for mortar and engagement with the surface of a row of blocks previously applied in the forming of a building wall. Fixedly mounted to the same shaft are a pair of paddles, formed of blades, which assure the proper shifting and movement of the fluid mortar into position within the housing, for passage out of its lower openings, and onto the transverse lands of the row of blocks as previously applied into the building wall. A diverter is provided within the housing to assure that the fluid mortar flows towards the front of the housing with respect to the direction of its movement when depositing a layer of mortar onto a previously laid row of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Save Block, LLC
    Inventor: Norman Hancock
  • Publication number: 20100104349
    Abstract: Applicator tip for applying fast curing adhesive of low viscosity to a surface is described. The applicator tip comprises a body with an inner canal for feeding the adhesive to an orifice. Spikes in various shapes and placements are arranged around the orifice for preventing the orifice from contacting the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth N. Broadley, Michael Mulvey, Nico Zinndorf
  • Patent number: 7695210
    Abstract: A seam sealing applicator for dispensing chemical sealant into seams between adjacent sheets of flooring is comprised of a sealant reservoir mounted atop an improved seam sealer applicator tip. The applicator tip of the invention has an elongated, hollow, rigid plastic body with a pair of laterally projecting wings or flanges between its proximal end which receives the sealant reservoir and its opposite, distal sealant dispensing end. The distal end of the plastic body terminates in a flat face, preferably oriented at an angle of about seventy degrees relative to the alignment of the linear sealant delivery duct formed within the body. A thin, hollow, narrow metal insert is set into the distal end of the body. A keel or fin portion of the metal insert protrudes beyond the flat face and projects into a seam between adjacent sheets of flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Leo Martinez
  • Publication number: 20100021225
    Abstract: The device comprises an accessory support including detachable cosmetic accessories. It includes a distributor for cosmetic accessories, defining a guide path for the accessory support. The accessory support includes at least one chain of cosmetic accessories disposed end to end, being connected to one another by breakable linkages. The breakage of one of the breakable linkages in order to detach a cosmetic accessory from the support results in a reduction in the length of the chain of accessories, viewed along the guide path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Vincent DE LAFORCADE, Laure Thiebaut
  • Publication number: 20090145009
    Abstract: A package for use in distinguishing among beverage containers, using elastic bands to wrap around the beverage containers. These bands have a non-fungible difference in at least one of color, texture, and patterning. The package would be supplied with guidance, in the form of textual and/or graphical instructions, for use of the elastic bands to distinguish among the beverage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Cynthia Zinszer Desatoff
  • Patent number: 7534063
    Abstract: A glue dispenser (40), for dispensing adhesive in assembling a lens module, includes a dispensing portion (41). The dispensing portion has a top side (411), a bottom side (412) positioned opposite to the top side, and a sidewall (413) connected to the top side and the bottom side. The dispensing portion further includes a main flow passage (415) for transporting adhesive therethrough and a plurality of feed flow passages (416). The main flow passage runs perpendicular from the top side toward the bottom side of the dispensing portion. The feed flow passages communicate with the main flow passage and radially extend to a joint of the side wall and the bottom side. At such a joint, the respective feed flow passages terminate and form a plurality of output ports (417) along an outer circumference of the bottom side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mong-Tung Lin
  • Publication number: 20090086209
    Abstract: A defect marking device includes a flaw inspection device which has a plurality of light-receiving parts that identify reflected lights coming from an inspection plane of a metal strip under two or more of optical conditions different from each other; a signal processing section that judges the presence/absence of surface flaw on the inspection plane based on a combination of reflected light components identified under these optical conditions different from each other; and a marking device which applies marking that indicates information relating to the flaw on the surface of the metal strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: NKK Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Uesugi, Shoji Yoshikawa, Masaichi Inomata, Tsutomu Kawamura, Takahiko Oshige, Hiroyuki Sugiura, Akira Kazama, Tsuneo Suyama, Yasuo Kushida, Shuichi Harada, Hajime Tanaka, Osamu Uehara, Shuji Kaneto, Masahiro Iwabuchi, Kozo Harada, Shinichi Tomonaga, Shigemi Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20080189892
    Abstract: A coating applicator comprising a substrate removably mounted to a frame, where the frame includes an actuator repositionable between an engaging position and a disengaging position, where the engaging position is operative to maintain the substrate in mounting engagement with the frame, where the disengaging position is operative to discontinue the substrate in mounting engagement with the frame, and where the substrate includes a receptor for retaining a coating composition for application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph Leon Lutgen, Robin E. Smith, Brandon Cory Hoover, Brandon Seth Cross, George Andrew Hartel, Matthew Shute
  • Patent number: 7293929
    Abstract: A paint striper has a main body having a head portion, an interior cavity, and a slot in fluid communication between the head portion and the interior cavity. The slot is configured for receiving a wheel, and the interior cavity is configured for receiving paint. A wheel is rotatably mounted in the slot with a portion of the wheel extending into the interior cavity. A shoulder extends from the main body, and a guide extends from the shoulder for following a guide track formed in a strip positioned on a surface of the vehicle, wherein the track is substantially parallel to the desired position of the pinstripe. The strip is secured in position on the surface of the vehicle using adhesive which permits removal of the strip from the surface of the vehicle without leaving a residue, and re-use of the strip on a surface of another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventors: Philip Lee Atkinson, Kenneth C. Dingle, III
  • Patent number: 7121484
    Abstract: A carriage designed for supporting a power washer wand and its nozzle a predetermined, though adjustable, distance from a surface which is to be cleaned by high velocity water exiting a discharge orifice of the nozzle. The carriage is defined by a one-piece body molded from substantially high strength synthetic polymeric/copolymeric plastic material. The carriage body includes a platform having a converging front end nose upwardly from which projects a wand support having a channel in which a power washer wand is located and adjustably clamped. The platform includes two wheels at a rear end thereof and a single wheel beneath the front end nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Howard Daley
  • Patent number: 6997227
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a method and apparatus for seaming together abutting side-by-side layers of planar material with adhesive and a backing tape to form a finished seam extending along the line of abutment. The method consists of laying a backing tape underneath the line of abutment between adjacent layers of planar material, such as floorcovering, followed by dispensing an adhesive along the edges of the abutting layers while simultaneously centering the backing tape with the line of abutment and dispensing adhesive on top of the backing tape. The edges of the abutting layers are then pressed together and against the backing tape until the adhesive has at least partially set thereby forming a finished seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Maurice Despins, David Despins
  • Patent number: 6981611
    Abstract: A caulking gun includes a tip which enables an adhesive, or other extrudable compound, to be laid down consistently, accurately, and rapidly along a base or base board or other elongated structure. The tip includes at least one guide which extends outside the plane of the surface of an outlet portion of the tip. The guide engages an edge of the base or base board, as the caulking gun is moved along the base or base board, and as the compound is extruded. As long as the guide is firmly engaged with the base or base board, the compound will be laid down consistently in neat, straight lines. In another embodiment, an attachment converts a caulking gun tip of the prior art into one having the essential features of the present invention. The invention enhances the productivity of construction personnel, and improves the quality of work, by virtually insuring that adhesives, or other compounds, are applied consistently and accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Carruth, Bradley George Carruth, David Paul Carruth, Brennen George William Carruth
  • Patent number: 6953298
    Abstract: A device for applying a painted pinstripe to a surface includes a paint applicator having an adaptor for attaching a paint striping wheel head to a low profile paint container. A traveler adjustably coupled to the applicator is moveable along a magnetized flexible guide track in order to control direction of the paint applicator as an annular paint carrying surface of the striping wheel is rolled against the surface being pinstriped. The paint applicator is adjustably positionable on a connecting arm extending from the traveler for controlling and adjusting the distance of the striping wheel relative to the guide track. The paint applicator is also pivotally adjustable relative to the connecting arm and the guide track to accommodate for variations in surface configuration and contour so that the annular surface of the striping wheel is maintained in flat contact with the work surface to produce a uniform painted pinstripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Z-Stripe Licensing Corp.
    Inventor: Daniel Healy
  • Patent number: 6944904
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a chalkboard cleaning device that is mountable to a conventional chalkboard 12 providing means for selectively cleaning parts thereof. The present invention 10 is comprised of a rail 18 mounted to the top edge of an existing chalkboard 12 having the cleaning apparatus 20 attached thereto and extending from the top to the bottom edge of the board 12. The present invention 10 is comprised of an adjustable frame 30 and sponge 20 which is trimmed at the time of installation to fit the adjusted frame size. The frame 30 has a tensioned 40 rail 18 engaging element 27 for selectively moving the cleaning apparatus 20 to a desired point to be cleaned. Once positioned the apparatus 10 has a pump 26 and fluid containing reservoir 22 in communication with sponge 20 whereby pressure applied to the pump button 48 releases fluid 54 into the body of the sponge 20 whereupon movement of the cleaning apparatus by means of the handle 24 cleans the selected area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Gaylord A Williams
  • Patent number: 6932280
    Abstract: A needle foot assembly for a dispensing system includes a needle nut, a rotatable bearing, a friction brake, and an end piece holding the needle foot. The needle foot assembly attaches the needle to a dispensing head of the dispensing system. Rotation of the bearing alters the orientation of the needle foot and needle. The needle foot is removeably attached to the end piece and can be adjusted with respect to height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Speedline Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Crouch
  • Patent number: 6877923
    Abstract: A flowable media dispensing device is shown that includes a removable sealing device that seals a dispensing opening of the dispensing device when not in use, and is removed to expose the dispensing opening during application of the flowable media. The use of a sealing device permits the user to leave unused media such as drywall joint compound inside the dispensing device when not in use. The time consuming step of cleaning the dispensing device after every use is therefore eliminated. Further, media such as drywall joint compound that would previously have been wasted during the cleaning process is saved, providing more efficient use of the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Monte Grayden
  • Patent number: 6866716
    Abstract: A tool and method for painting pinstripes on vehicles or other objects includes a wheel which cooperates with a paint reservoir. As the wheel is rolled along a surface, the wheel picks up paint from the reservoir and deposits it upon the surface. The wheel has rounded edges to prevent damage to the surface being striped. The tool has a rectangular shape which prevents it from rotating in the hand of the user, and has a slim transverse profile so that a pinstripe may be placed close underneath an obstruction such as a side view mirror. The guide bar of the present invention, which cooperates with a magnetic guide strip, is flat and has a rounded distal end. As such, the guide bar provides a more positive fit in the groove of the magnetic guide strip, and also allows the tool to be turned substantially perpendicular to the surface being striped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Montemurro
  • Patent number: 6789974
    Abstract: A paint striper has a main body having a head portion, an interior cavity, and a slot in fluid communication between the head portion and the interior cavity. The slot is configured for receiving a wheel, and the interior cavity is configured for receiving paint. A wheel is rotatably mounted in the slot with a portion of the wheel extending into the interior cavity. A shoulder extends from the main body, and a guide extends from the shoulder for following a guide track formed in a strip positioned on a surface of the vehicle, wherein the track is substantially parallel to the desired position of the pinstripe. The strip is secured in position on the surface of the vehicle using adhesive which permits removal of the strip from the surface of the vehicle without leaving a residue, and re-use of the strip on a surface of another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Philip Lee Atkinson, Kenneth C. Dingle, III
  • Publication number: 20040169053
    Abstract: A guide device attached to the end of a caulking tube to aide an individual in the application of a substance to a surface, thereby minimizing the amount of time involved to apply the substance and further minimizing unnecessary waste of the substance. The guide device being a detachable application guide with a protrusion that may be draw along a straight edge to help keep the nozzle steady during application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Lance Liljeqvist
  • Patent number: 6702495
    Abstract: An orbital marking pencil includes a body assembly, a rotator assembly and a rotational support. The body assembly includes a plunger, a main spring and a support spring. A convoluted race is formed on an inner surface of the body assembly. The rotator assembly includes a rotator spring and at least two ball bearings. The rotator spring opens a collet that retains a piece of lead. The ball bearings are received in the convoluted race. The depression of the body assembly in a vertical movement actuates the ball bearings within the convoluted race, thereby rotating the lead in an orbital movement. The support spring provides resistance to return the rotational support to a starting position, the main spring provides resistance for and returns the rotator assembly to a starting position, and the rotator spring provides resistance for and returns the plunger to a starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Kurt P. Lychwick
  • Patent number: 6572298
    Abstract: A uniquely designed optical lens tracing pen in conjunction with a specifically designed tracing template to render a consistent method of measure with respect to the outermost ridge of a traced optical lens. The lens is traced utilizing the specifically designed invention pen, and scanned into a software system which retrieves the traced image and plots a lens shape based upon a calculated distance between first color template axis indicators and a second color pen tracing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Virgil Thomas Yancy
  • Publication number: 20030086746
    Abstract: A paint striper has a main body having a head portion, an interior cavity, and a slot in fluid communication between the head portion and the interior cavity. The slot is configured for receiving a wheel, and the interior cavity is configured for receiving paint. A wheel is rotatably mounted in the slot with a portion of the wheel extending into the interior cavity. A shoulder extends from the main body, and a guide extends from the shoulder for following a guide track formed in a strip positioned on a surface of the vehicle, wherein the track is substantially parallel to the desired position of the pinstripe. The strip is secured in position on the surface of the vehicle using adhesive which permits removal of the strip from the surface of the vehicle without leaving a residue, and re-use of the strip on a surface of another vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Philip Lee Atkinson, Kenneth C. Dingle
  • Patent number: 6450720
    Abstract: An applicator for applying fluid or paste product to hair or hair-like objects on a surface comprises a handle, an application member for holding an amount of product and applying the product to the objects, and a shield for covering at least part of the application member to prevent the surface from contacting the application member during the use of the applicator, thereby preventing the surface from being contaminated by the product. The shield has at least one opening configured to allow the hair or hair-like objects to reach the product on the application member, thereby causing the objects to be coated by the product. A product loading system is used to load an amount of product selectively to the application member while leaving the shield substantially free of the product. The loading system has a dosage indicator for showing the user how much product is used for a particular application and a level indicator for showing the user how much product is left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Edward Zhihua Cai
  • Patent number: 6394681
    Abstract: A herbicide applicator assembly (10) includes a liquid applicator (14) in the form of a resiliently compressible, unitary, porous foam mass with a substantially cylindrical applicator surface (20) for applying liquid from a source thereof. The liquid applicator (14) is rotatably mounted. A spacer wheel (30) extends radially beyond the applicator surface (20) to space the applicator surface (20) from any flat surface with which the spacer wheel (30) is engaged. The spacer wheel (30) is in fixed connection with a bush (52) with the liquid applicator (14) seated on the external periphery of the bush (52). The liquid applicator (14) is attached to the spacer wheel (30) to rotate in unison with the spacer wheel (30). The liquid applicator (14) is provided with an external edge (42) defined between the substantially cylindrical applicator surface (20) and an end surface (40) of the applicator (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Rex Warren Moore
  • Patent number: 6390709
    Abstract: An adhesive dispenser includes a dispenser body having a reservoir containing an adhesive, and a tip. The tip has a guide member that extends in a first direction away from the body and is shaped to fit within a groove of a grooved flooring plank. The guide member has opposing top and bottom surfaces and opposing end surfaces. An orifice is in communication with a conduit that opens into said reservoir. An elongated channel intersects the top surface of the guide member and extends in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The elongated channel has a sidewall and the orifice includes an opening that is at least partially formed in the sidewall. A method of applying adhesive into the groove of a grooved flooring plank includes the steps of inserting the guide member into the groove of a grooved flooring plank, and expelling adhesive from the reservoir though the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Zerebecki, James Giordano
  • Patent number: 6368004
    Abstract: A pen point for a marking pen having a pen tip which includes a base portion formed by bundling polyester-type synthetic fibers having a fiber diameter of denier between about 1 and about 10, dipping the bundle in a synthetic resin adhesive and drying and solidifying the bundle. The resulting bundle is molded into a knife cut shape and integrally coated, together with the base portion, with a coating member formed of a thermoplastic synthetic resin, the thickness of said coating member being between about 0.01 and about 2.00 mm. In the present invention, the tip of the pen point for the marking pen is coated with a coating member formed of a thermoplastic synthetic resin such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyacetal or vinyl chloride, whereby the side surfaces in which the ink in the pen point is soaked are not exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yoshida, Tomohiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6276858
    Abstract: The invention is an applicator and process used to fill in the edges of composite panels with resin or emulsions. The applicator is attached to a source of resin that forces the resin through the applicator's delivery channel, into a space between the applicator's spatula and the panel's edge. The sidewalls of the applicator guide the applicator along the edge of the panel as it is drawn along to fill the edge and also to prevent spill over. The underside of the main body of the applicator aft of the delivery channel is a spatula that tapers toward the panel's edge and acts to smooth the resin into and flush with the panel's sidewalls. A finger guide allows the applicator to work using finger pressure. The applicator is drawn along with the hands, and where the leading edge of the applicator body rests on the panel there is a rounded lip to allow the applicator to traverse smoothly over roughness and imperfections on the panel's edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Matthew Gordon Charles Kennedy
  • Patent number: 6270272
    Abstract: A crown or holder that is adapted for supporting a bingo dauber in a vertical marking position. The crown is twisted onto the end of the bingo dauber with the marking tip. The crown is adapted to receive the dauber in such a manner that when the crown is placed on a bingo card, the dauber is vertically disposed and the marking tip of the dauber is disposed just above the bingo card. A bingo player simply aligns the crown with a number and presses down on the dauber to mark the number imprinted on the bingo card below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventors: David W. Dunican, Jr., Domingos Joaquim
  • Patent number: 6250830
    Abstract: A device for marking hidden delaminations in a structure subject to hidden delaminations comprising a wheeled spray paint can holder, wherein said holder is adapted to hold a paint can containing a nozzle which when depressed releases an upward spray of paint, and wherein said holder is fixedly connected to an outer tube containing therein an inner tube adapted for freely sliding inside said outer tube, wherein said inner tube contains a section extending beyond said outer tube in an upper axial direction, and wherein said inner tube is mounted on top of a spring in said outer tube, and wherein said inner tube contains a protrusion in said section, and wherein said inner tube contains one or more wheels, at or near the upper end of said section, for rolling said holder on an overhead surface, and wherein said outer tube contains means fixedly attached thereto for engaging said spring and located inside said outer tube and below said spring, and wherein when said outer tube is adapted through said means to con
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Philip Clark
  • Patent number: 6220485
    Abstract: An improved piggyback dispensing feature for extended dispensing devices of tile type having a housing with a downwardly extending handle, a trigger pivoted to the handle, an extension bracket attached forwardly of the housing, a barrel assembly attached to the extension bracket opposite the housing, and a piston rod slidably supported in the housing and extension bracket and protruding into the barrel assembly. The improvement comprises an interchangeable push-disk piston mounted on the distal end of the piston rod, and a smaller barrel assembly adapted to be seated inside the other larger barrel assembly to accommodate a smaller-sized cartridge. The smaller barrel assembly piggybacks in the larger, and the push-disk piston swaps out, thereby making it possible to use one extended gun for at least two different-sized cartridges, such as the typical ¼ gallon cartridges and {fraction (1/10)}th gallon cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Peter J. Chang
  • Patent number: 6170221
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering mortar to blocks or bricks used for forming a wall. The system includes a pressurized tank which is used for receiving and dispensing the mortar at an elevated pressure. A delivery hose is attached to the tank. The delivery hose serves for carrying the mortar from the pressurized tank to a desired location. A bifurcated nozzle having an inlet and a pair of outlets is used for concurrent delivery of the mortar. The nozzle is attached to the delivery hose. The inlet of the nozzle is in fluid communication with the delivery hose. The mortar is delivered from the pressurized tank through the hose and then discharged as a plurality of streams or beads of mortar from the outlets of the nozzle onto the block used for forming the wall. The streams of mortar are placed on the ends and opposite edges of the side face of the block. Each block is placed end to end next to each other forming a first course of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Gage Behunin
  • Patent number: 6135659
    Abstract: A wide faced applicator adapted for various kinds of fluids having a main body with a flat face on both sides of the front axis to form a narrow attachment face, the axis of the main body from top to bottom forms a multiple funnel shaped axial hole in which a pin shaped core body is inserted, the core body is spring biased so that the shoulder portion on the front end of the core body contacts tightly against the funnel shaped axial hole on the front axial end of the main body to form a closed position. A guiding orifice is provided on the wide attachment face at the front end of the closed segment. By pressing the front end of the core body, the fluid in the container tank is released to flow through a guiding orifice and further permeate into the attachment face. The front end of the pin shaped core body forms a plane with rounded angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Tro-Kung Ku
  • Patent number: 6117490
    Abstract: A coating material application method is for forming a film while guides disposed at both ends of the tip of a nozzle in the direction of application width and protruding to a substrate are contacted with the substrate, and while the gap between at least the outlet-side edge at the tip of the nozzle and the surface of the substrate is maintained constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nishida, Masaru Watanabe, Tsumoru Ohata