Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Patent number: 5911581
    Abstract: An interactive automatic system and technique for measuring and training of mental ability. In the illustrative embodiment, the invention is implemented on a computer which automatically presents a variety of visual and auditory stimuli. The system then measures reaction to the stimuli, adjusts certain stimulus parameters, and provides scores in response thereto. The scores are tabulated and displayed for analysis. In particular embodiments, the invention tests for physical reaction time, perceptual awareness thresholds, attention level, speed, efficiency and capacity of information processing by the brain and elementary cognitive processes, including memory, memory access and decision-making speed. The invention measures, identifies and quantifies noise in the subject's brain and elementary cognitive processing system, and the information exchange rate between the subject's left and right brain hemispheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Braintainment Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Reynolds, Jeremy Knight
  • Patent number: 5873730
    Abstract: A career guidance organizer comprising a bag for storing career guidance information having an open top end and a closing flap extending from a rear wall of the bag body over the open top end to close the open end and a plurality of spaced apart dividers extending between opposite side walls of the bag to present compartments within the bag. Each divider has a different career guidance indicia thereon. Each indicia is indicative of a type of career guidance publication positioned adjacent a corresponding divider. A first indicia relates to mistakes and solutions therefor during career transitions, a second indicia relates to career sourcing options, a third indicia relates to resume preparation, and a fourth indicia relates to interview preparation and post-interview, follow-up procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Michael B. Strong
  • Patent number: 5860810
    Abstract: A mechanical procedure is performed using a sequence of instructions generated from a relational data base. The data base includes at least one unit operation file containing data associated with the performance of a single unit operation, indications of prior operations that must be performed, and any support files that are required by each unit operation file. There is a generic instruction file containing a plurality of generic instructions. A sequence of unit operations to perform the mechanical procedure is first defined, using the information in the unit operation files. After this arranging of the unit operations, a series of task-specific instructions is generated for each of the unit operations by selecting and completing a series of generic instructions using information in each pertinent unit operation file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company
    Inventor: Maynard L. Faul
  • Patent number: 5851117
    Abstract: A building block training system and method of training of cleaners of facilities to be used on the job which utilizes a plurality of pictorial displays showing a specific set of steps to accomplish a cleaning operation in an efficient safe manner, e.g., dusting or vacuuming of a facility as well as a plurality of pictorial displays as to what must not be missed and must be avoided in performing the cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: The Butcher Company
    Inventors: Keith A. Alsheimer, Andrianne H. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 5807114
    Abstract: A virtual reality system provides effective exposure treatment for psychiatric patients suffering from a particular anxiety disorder. The system is characterized by a video screen disposed in front of the patient to display an image of a specific graphical environment that is intended to trigger anxiety within the patient as a result of the particular patient phobia. A headset is worn by the patient, and has sensors disposed to detect movement and positioning of the patient's head. A computer program controls the operation of the system, and is designed to control the display of the graphical environment on the video screen, monitor the headset sensors and determine the position of the patient's head, and controllably manipulate the graphical environment displayed on the video screen to reflect the movement and position of the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Emory University and Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Larry F. Hodges, Barbara O. Rothbaum
  • Patent number: 5795155
    Abstract: Assessment tool (12) for measuring effectiveness of a target. The assessment tool (12) includes a first part (14) and second part (16). The first part (14) includes a plurality of independent objects (35) each displaying a statement (36) directed toward a characteristic of the target. The second part (16) includes at least one inquiry (52) directed toward the verifiable performance of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Palmer Morrel-Samuels
  • Patent number: 5788504
    Abstract: A Computerized Training Management System (CTMS) for providing a procedurally defined process that is employed to develop accreditable performance based training programs for job classifications that are sensitive to documented regulations and technical information. CTMS is a database that links information needed to maintain a five-phase approach to training-analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation independent of training program design. CTMS is designed using R-Base.RTM., an-SQL compliant software platform. Information is logically entered and linked in CTMS. Each task is linked directly to a performance objective, which, in turn, is linked directly to a learning objective; then, each enabling objective is linked to its respective test items. In addition, tasks, performance objectives, enabling objectives, and test items are linked to their associated reference documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates LLC
    Inventors: Harold B. Rice, Robert C. McNair, Kenneth White, Terry Maugeri
  • Patent number: 5785530
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for visually depicting a health care treatment regimen for a given medical diagnosis including a substantially flat planar platform and a plurality of groupings of geometric members which are representative of various events which go to make up the treatment regimen. The geometric members of a particular grouping preferably are equally sized and of a coloring that is unique to the grouping. All geometric members are releasably securable to the platform and/or one another to permit their securement to the platform and/or to one another in positions denoting the existence of, position of and order of occurrence of their represented events within the treatment regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Lowell Smith
  • Patent number: 5746603
    Abstract: A narcotics flash card including a card which is folded in half so as to present to the user, at least initially, a photographic image of the drug through an opening in the upper portion of the card, and a three-dimensional textured surface simulating the feel of the drug on the upper portion of the card. Upon opening of the card, a wealth of information is provided concerning a particular illegal drug by which an individual may be taught and tested on the name and properties of a particular drug based upon a viewing of a small fraction of a photograph of the illegal drug through the opening in the upper portion of the card and feeling a textured surface which simulates the actual drug. Upon opening of the flash card, the individual's suspicions as to the name and properties of the particular illegal drug will be confirmed and additional information provided or an explanation will be provided to the individual as to what the individual should have known about a particular drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Foster, Darlene S. Duncan
  • Patent number: 5741135
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus for animating and coloring hydraulic, electrical, electromechanical and similar schematic systems, components and designations to anble repeatable visual review and study. The invention provides, inter alia, a training aid for study, evaluation, design and maintenance of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: United Defense LP
    Inventor: Steven James Bennett
  • Patent number: 5738525
    Abstract: A simulator for simulating the attenuation characteristics of a length of coaxial cable in a cable television (CATV) network employs a diplex filter to separate the CATV signal and AC power into at least two separate signal paths. The AC power path has a resistance selected to simulate the DC loop resistance of the desire length of cable. The CATV signal path is in parallel with the AC power path, and has an attenuation selected to simulate the characteristics of the cable at CATV frequencies. In the preferred embodiment, the simulator is equipped with separate signal paths for the upstream and downstream CATV signals that have attenuations selected to simulate the characteristics of the cable within the frequency bands used for upstream and downstream CATV signals, respectively. The resistor in the AC power path has a sufficiently high power rating to handle realistic AC power levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Versacom, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Daniel Davies
  • Patent number: 5730604
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correlating requirements of educators, guiding documents, and educational resource providers is described. The apparatus includes a central correlator accessed by each of the external entities using keys established according to a uniform protocol. The correlator includes a central database including a range of elements describing in varying levels of detail a field of study. Each of the external users correlates a set of components, such as the components of a teaching plan, to the elements in the central database. The apparatus correlates the several sets of components to the external user's set of components and provides the various correlations through a variety of outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: MediaSeek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Jay, Robert J. Collins, Richard S. Jeffrey, Colin Ramsay
  • Patent number: 5722658
    Abstract: A board game apparatus for teaching industrial safety rules and procedures includes a game board, playing pieces, question cards and a score card. The game board includes a representation of various component parts of an industrial organization, and a path connecting the component parts. During the course of the game, the playing pieces are moved along the path and the players answer questions from the question cards relating to various safety topics for the workplaces within the organization. The first player to answer questions successfully to each of the safety topics and return to the start position wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: CPC International Inc.
    Inventors: Roberta Talmage, Mark Bosse, Michael Hugdahl, Edward A. Kuske, Felix C. Legge, Frank A. Pyrz, Tom Siil, Barbara Uicker, Ellen Carol Ann Young
  • Patent number: 5722835
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that simulates a radioactive, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical source and a radioactivity, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical detector, to train individuals in the correct use of a real radioactivity, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical detector. A magnet, ultrasound emitter, or passive radio identification device (PRID) is used to simulate the hazardous material source. The PRID may include a magnet. The simulated detector includes a Hall effect device to detect the magnet when used. When the magnet is detected as a trainee moves the simulated detector close to the PRID, the simulated detector outputs a 50 ms RF burst to activate the PRID. The simulated detector may transmit the burst every 250 ms when the magnet is not used in the PRID. Once activated, the PRID waits for completion of the 50 ms pulse, and then transmits a signal that identifies the type of contamination to the simulated detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Steven D. Pike
  • Patent number: 5681168
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tethered ball training device that has an adjustable chaotic motion. The invention includes a supporting frame and a non-elastic line suspended from the frame. A resilient ball is mounted at the bottom end portion of the line and a weight slidably attached to the line is positioned in between the lower ball and the upper frame. In a method of training, a player first hits the tethered ball in a first direction of rotation. The ball will undergo chaotic motion as it rotates in this first direction. The player then tries to hit the ball to rotate it in the opposite direction and provide it with a different chaotic motion. This hitting of the ball is repeated. In a method of training a crane operator, a load is placed in motion and a trainee practices bringing the load under control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventor: Alton R. Brown
  • Patent number: 5679003
    Abstract: A simulator for training emergency response personnel in handling hazardous materials leaks includes a housing with a door. A cylinder, of a type used to contain a hazardous material, is within the housing and has a leak hole intentionally made therein. The cylinder includes a standard outlet valve, a regulator and a hose connected to the housing. In addition, the cylinder has been modified with a first fitting through which air can be introduced and a second fitting through which water can be introduced. Conduits are provided to supply air and water to the first and second fittings, respectively, in order to force air and/or water into the cylinder and exit through the hole to simulate a hazardous materials leak. A fog generator produces fog within the housing to simulate a gas haze of a material leak. Electrical devices normally found in housing for these cylinders also can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Miller Brewing Company
    Inventor: Donald J. Schwechel
  • Patent number: 5671409
    Abstract: A method for accessing career information located in a computer database through interactive CD-ROM technology or other suitable computer-accessible means. The method involves the use of several levels of inquiry from which a user can select various careers, and for each career ask specific questions. The answers to these questions can be answered through digitized speech and video enactments of a person employed in a particular career field, or through text displayed on a computer screen. The textual material contained in the database can be printed through an attached printer. The user may also operate the method in various selectable languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventors: Ted Fatseas, Amy E. Fatseas, Peter Kreklow, John E. George
  • Patent number: 5667387
    Abstract: A teaching aid which will familiarize students with the various types of electrical connectors and cables used in modern data and voice network wiring. It consists of a training aid which will give students hands on training with all the various types of electrical connectors and cables used in networks. Users will work with the various cable types such as Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP), Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) and coaxial cables available for use in wiring buildings for telecommunications. The training aid will also familiarize students with the different types of outlets, patch panels, and terminal blocks which are used to terminate these different types of cables, and the use of the outlets which may be wired in a number of different "standard" configurations. Also included is a tester which will verify proper installation of connectors and will help locate the source of trouble in previously installed connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Klemm
  • Patent number: 5644693
    Abstract: The instructional method of the present invention demonstrates each portion of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to the user, using a multimedia equipped computer, in an interactive manner. The MSDS is displayed on the screen and the user can use the mouse, for example, to click onto various portions of the displayed MSDS. Once the user has clicked onto an MSDS portion, the multimedia computer presents the user with an instructional demonstration, using, for example, spoken word, computer graphics, photographs and video, of the information contained in that portion of the MSDS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: The Butcher Polish Company
    Inventors: Andrianne H. Fitzgerald, Edward Boyajian
  • Patent number: 5611691
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular electronic construction kit having modular control circuit boards or modules capable of achieving various types of electrical control for controlling movement of mechanical elements and the like. Each module includes cut-out plastic or metal templates to accommodate the introduction of a modular integrated electronic circuit board(s). A printed self-adhesive label is placed on the cut-out plastic or metal template. The printed labels represent the coded symbols for identification of the modular integrated circuit boards, including their functions and their electrical connections. In the preferred embodiment, the kit has a minimum of 6 different and numbered basic modules, but the kit may include up to 30 different modules which are intended for the optimization of complex control circuits. All of the modular circuit boards are electrically compatible with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Serge A. Atlan
    Inventor: Bernard Poulain
  • Patent number: 5562454
    Abstract: An educational mechatronics apparatus comprises a plurality of circuit boards respectively corresponding to blocks appearing on a block diagram of an automatic control system, the circuit boards being arranged along the direction of signal transfer, each of the circuit boards being provided with circuit components including input and output terminals and having a center area and opposite end portions, and a transparent protective plate covering the center area of the circuit board to inhibit a learner to touch the circuit components other than the input and output terminals located in the end portions of the circuit board. The input and output terminals located in the center portion of the circuit board are wired in advance of assembly of the apparatus, and the input and output terminals located in the end portions are adapted to be wired for learning by leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Kanazawa Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kazuo Kanzaki, Haruhisa Kawasaki, Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 5518402
    Abstract: The present invention is a fire fighter trainer. The fire fighter trainer is used to train fire fighters to extinguish a simulated fire scenario. The fire fighter trainer includes a burner assembly for providing fire and a mechanism for detecting application of fire suppressant, suppressing agent or surrogate suppressing agent. The detecting mechanism is disposed adjacent to the burner assembly, such as below it. The fire fighter trainer also includes a control system for controlling the burner depending on a signal from the detecting mechanism. The control system also comprises a mechanism for determining if a burning object simulated by the burner assembly would reignite based on application of fire suppressing agent and parameters defining a simulated burning object. The control system is in communication with the detecting mechanism and the burner assembly. Preferably, there is a mechanism for reigniting the burner assembly based on an output of the determining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Contraves, Inc.
    Inventors: Domenic A. Tommarello, Walter Sobkiw
  • Patent number: 5484290
    Abstract: An animal packing dummy comprising a replica of a packing animal; a saddle coupled to the packing animal; a plurality of pack boxes coupleable to the saddle; a plurality of lash lines for securing the pack boxes to the replica using knots; and an instruction manual describing how to tie knots for securing the pack boxes to the replica.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: Simon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5484293
    Abstract: A mobile learning laboratory for multi-discipline self-study through exploratory and experiential methods. The learning laboratory is permanently pre-configured eliminating installation or set-up; has physical equipment and consumables for complex investigation. The learning laboratory requires no teacher and can be self-taught or can be used with groups. The lab provides access to remote library resources, and gives operational feedback on its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventors: M. Barnecut Ford, R. Hirst
  • Patent number: 5456605
    Abstract: A telephone training device to be operated by children or someone without a working knowledge of telephones, uses at least one working telephone, and a memory to store a first set of numbers, a receiver to accept a second set of numbers, a comparator to compare the second set of numbers to the first set of numbers, and a tone generator. The tone generator generates one tone when the handset is removed from the telephone, a second tone when the second set of numbers is different from the first set of numbers, and a third tone when the second set of numbers is the same as the first set of numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: The Board Room Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Borbas, Edward A. Pekol, David A. Rogala
  • Patent number: 5433612
    Abstract: An electronic accountability apparatus for use by an incident manager in the timing and tracking of multiple teams of personnel and equipment, such as in a fire fighting operation. The apparatus includes a timing system for tracking and selecting active teams and timing their task times, including monitoring the use of supplementary breathing apparatus as required. The apparatus also includes a tracking system to monitor the movement of active teams through various zones of a building, including the ability to determine the hazardous or hot zones, the current location of active teams, and the past locations of current teams. The data that is generated from the above "events" such as active team assignments, time in intervals, zone movement etc. are all stored in the battery backed up RAM that can be downloaded to a personnel computer to provide a complete history of the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Commandl Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hartley Daku
  • Patent number: 5423683
    Abstract: A health physics instrument simulator system permitting an operator to simulate measurement of radiation levels of a plurality of radiation types includes a memory for storing first data corresponding to an n-dimensional training space representing a predetermined physical location, second data defining a radiation source including source strength, source type and source location with respect to the training space and radiation intensity data based on the second data, where each of the radiation intensity data corresponds to one respective location in the training space, a selecting device for selecting a predetermined simulated radiation sensing instrument, a pointing device for identifying a location within the training space defining a current location of the simulated radiation sensing instrument and a display for displaying both an instrument display corresponding to the simulated radiation sensing instrument and radiation intensity data corresponding to the current location in the training space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Consultec Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Samuel Hurst, Harvel A. Wright, John D. Morris
  • Patent number: 5413482
    Abstract: A method of training an operator in the use of first detection apparatus responsive to a first sensible emission of a hazardous nature, e.g. radio-active or ionizing radiations or toxic gases or vapors from war gases or nerve gases, and involves training the operator in the use of an alternative second detection apparatus responsive to a second sensible emission of a non-hazardous nature. For use in such a training method, there is provided, in combination, a self-contained movable supply of chemical, e.g. gaseous, material that in use provides a second sensible emission, and a detector responsive to the second sensible emissions and providing an indication commensurate with the level of those emissions, the indication being provided in units of the said first sensible emission. The self-contained movable supply may include one or more of: activated carbon, or silica gel, or a molecular sieve, or a nut or bolt, or a particulate material (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: David R. Ward
  • Patent number: 5378157
    Abstract: A device for simulating electrical characteristics of an electrical, electronic or electromechanical component comprising circuitry (21) adapted to reproduce electrical characteristics which are produced by, or may be sensed in, the component, the device (1) being configured so as to substantially resemble the component in appearance and/or size. The device may have two substantially flat opposed surfaces (3,27), one of which carries a picture (5)of the component and the other a sectional view through the component to illustrate its technical construction or operation, and/or other data relating to the component. A kit may be provided comprising a number of such devices each to simulate a component forming part of an equipment or system so as to simulate the electrical characteristics and/or performance of the equipment or system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: The Automobile Association Limited
    Inventor: Stephen R. Russell
  • Patent number: 5372507
    Abstract: A method for teaching the practical application of a subject. The student is furnished an introductory body of information encompassing the subject and presented with a simulated life-like situation having a stated goal. Attaining the goal requires the completion, in order, of a series of steps utilizing the information. Each of the steps except for the first can be undertaken only upon the completion of a previous step, and once completed, a step cannot be repeated. Each completed step thus effectively becomes a part of the body of information comprising the subject. The student is able to exit any of the steps at will for the purpose of reviewing the body of information and thereafter to return directly to the exited step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: F. Alexander Goleh
  • Patent number: 5354203
    Abstract: Apparatus for training an operator in use of hydraulic and electrohydraulic fluid power systems that includes a vertical panel upstanding from a wheeled base. A first plurality of electrohydraulic devices are mounted on one side of the panel, and second plurality of hydromechanical devices are mounted on the opposing side of the panel. Both of the device pluralities include fluid flow control valves that are distinct from each other between the respective pluralities, and fluid load devices such as rotary hydraulic motors and linear hydraulic cylinders that are shared by the respective pluralities. A fluid power source is carried by the base, as are a multiplicity of hoses for connecting the fluid power source to the devices among either or both of the first and second pluralities. Thus, a hydromechanical trainer and an electrohydraulic trainer are provided in a single device with shared components for loading the valves of the respective training sections, which may be used simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Vickers, Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard J. Kotch, John A. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5344324
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for testing human performance by measuring ability to employ job-related skills in an environment requiring skill switching in the presence of a forced attention shift. A human operator is tested by use of a monitor display upon which are presented an alternating sequence of primary tasks requiring utilization of different skills. A keyboard and a joy-stick are disclosed for use in performing the tasks. A danger indicating icon is presented along with the primary task, and the operator is forced to respond to danger indications thereof by operating a switch which is provided for that purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Nova Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. O'Donnell, Samuel L. Moise, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5326270
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for evaluating the task-processing style of an individual by presenting that individual with a simulated situation and recording the individual's responses while resolving the situation. A subject undergoing the assessment is asked to assume the responsibilities of an Assistant Superintendent of Parks, replacing an individual who has unexpectedly left that position. The subject is first trained in the use of a touch-sensitive screen display for accessing data that may be useful in fulfilling the responsibilities of the simulated position and for providing input data used in the exercise. Each action by the subject undergoing the assessment is recorded in a raw data stream, along with the time that it occurred, and is statistically analyzed with respect to several parameters that define the subject's task-processing style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignees: IntroSpect Technologies, Inc., Shari Marihugh
    Inventors: David L. Ostby, Shari Marihugh, Paul S. Ostby
  • Patent number: 5318449
    Abstract: Diagnosis of an electronically fuel-injected engine equipped with sensors connected to an on-board microcomputer. Use of a standard personal or portable computer and a connector for electrical connection to the sensors and the on-board computer. An interface device is connected between the connector and the computer to enable the computer to read the values of the operational parameters of the engine as detected by the sensors, and to perform a diagnostic software comparison of the measured values with predetermined values or ranges. The interface device is switchable to a selected sensor or the on-board computer under software control from the computer, and includes a multiple mode measurement device which is also selectively switched to a desired measurement mode by the computer. The computer is then able to selectively measure the operational parameters of the engine, test for correct operation, and display the appropriate diagnostic or tutorial instructions for fault location and rectification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Electra International Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Edwin T. Schoell, Carl D. Andrewes, Gary I. McLeish
  • Patent number: 5312257
    Abstract: A color-coded system of training illiterate, mentally handicapped or dyslexic individuals in the performance of certain tasks includes specifying colors designating particular objects and the task or operation to be performed with the object bearing a particular color. Color-coded visual indicators such as flash cards may be used to teach the individual to associate the color with the object and the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: 1-2-3 Training Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Diana J. Tarvin, Ronald E. Goerne
  • Patent number: 5306154
    Abstract: An intelligent education and simulation system which is capable of executing an optimized follow-up reeducation to the learner reflecting his/her idiosyncrasy toward understanding in learning. The intelligent education and simulation system has an execution instruction to execute a curriculum comprising a plurality of instruction courses regarding the subject teaching of an educational object and its simulation-based instruction. According to this execution instruction, intelligent computer assisted instruction of the subject teaching and the simulation-based instruction are implemented. The degree of understanding of these instructions by the learner is evaluated, and according to the degree of understanding thus comprehended, a pertinent follow-up instruction course(s) is chosen for reeducation. In this way, a pertinent reeducation instruction course(s) optimized for each learner is capable of being selected, and the time required for reeducation of the learner is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ujita, Takeshi Yokota, Kanji Kato, Toichi Shida, Nasho Tanikawa, Toshiya, Kurakake
  • Patent number: 5304066
    Abstract: A method for managing work progress of separate work jobs in a machine shop having a plurality of separate machining operations comprises applying to a work order document a row of colored labels with each colored associated with a respective one of the machining operations. The operator of an operation can therefore readily select jobs that require that operation by simple visual observation. Once that operation is effected, the label is removed and available for the next operation which is readily apparent due to the colored label. The selection of the colors associated with the various operations is effected so that ready recollection is available due to associated by alliteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Walter A. Sontag
  • Patent number: 5286202
    Abstract: A system (10) for simulating an operating environment, such as aircraft cockpit for use in training. The system (10) includes a video storage device (46) for storing and transmitting an image of the operating environment. The video storage device (46) is coupled to a video monitor (58) for displaying the stored image. A graphics generator (54) generates an overlay image simulating the appearance of displays and manipulable controls in the operating environment in a plurality of its manipulative states. The graphics overlays may be manipulated by means of a touch sensitive screen (64) to simulate the operation of the manipulable controls. The system also includes an interactive system (12) for authoring and editing the overlays as well as the simulation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Hughes Training, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor S. de Gyarfas, Randy Saunders
  • Patent number: 5275571
    Abstract: A portable fire trainer for use in training by an instructor of a company employee in the use of a fire extinguisher for extinguishing a Class A trash can paper fire or a Class B spilled combustible liquid fire or a Class C electrical panel fire. The trainer includes a housing subassembly, and includes an equipment subassembly which has a burnable simulated multifire array of items and which has a flame generating and distributing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Symtron Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominick J. Musto, William Rogers, Thomas J. Lynch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5261824
    Abstract: A portable sales promotion apparatus for electronic systems comprises electronic control modules and electronic output devices that are transported from the retailer's supply storeroom to the outside site of the customer's parked mobile vehicle where they are placed in the passenger area of the: vehicle for demonstrations of system performance, for experimental determination of any modifications required of the vehicle for installation of the system, and for the subjective evaluation of the customer or occupant of the vehicle prior to execution of a contract for purchase of a system to be installed. The demonstration vehicle, operable by the salesperson, is a roll-about cabinet that houses supporting electronic modules of the systems being demonstrated, an independent power supply, and control accessories subject to operation by the salesperson for conductiong the demonstrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Inventor: Allan H. Ness
  • Patent number: 5254193
    Abstract: Assembly fixtures for assembling and stuffing a ribbon into a ribbon cartridge for use with a typewriter, or a printer, comprises a base plate, stops on the base plate forming a space for receiving a ribbon cartridge, and an instruction card mounted on the base plate for instructing the operator how to assemble and stuff a ribbon cartridge. The instruction card may include three-dimensional drawings of the ribbon cartridge and its parts. A method of assembling and stuffing a ribbon cartridge includes the steps of providing an assembly fixture having a base plate and a ribbon cartridge space providing instruction cards mounted on the base plate for instructing an operator, guiding the ribbon cartridge into the cartridge space on the base plate, and following the instructions mounted on the base plate to assemble and stuff the ribbon cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Pelikan, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. Carter, Bruce S. Jones, Allen W. Putnam
  • Patent number: 5249330
    Abstract: A paint roller applicator to create in a user's mind that a paint roller applicator is a tool that can replace a paint brush for applying paint to large or small surfaces, with the invention including a socket housing for holding a paint roller frame, with the socket housing mountable on the base of a conventional paint brush handle, so that a user has a conventional paint brush handle as a hand grip on a paint roller applicator to acquaint the user that a paint roller applicator can be used on large or small surfaces. The user can mount the frame of the paint roller applicator directly in the base of the paint brush handle or in a socket housing that is frictionally held in the normal ferrule band on a flat blade paint brush handle with the socket housing including a member for interlocking connecting the frame of a paint roller applicator thereto and lips for holding my paint roller applicator on the edge of paint tray when the paint roller applicator is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Robert I. Janssen
  • Patent number: 5240419
    Abstract: An interactive training system (10) for simulating an operating environment. The system (10) can operate in both freeplay and procedural modes. The system (10) includes a plurality of simulated displays (18) simulating actual displays in the operating environment. The simulated displays (18) indicate the state of various components of the operating environment to the user. A plurality of manipulable input devices (20) permits the user to interact with the training system (10). Simulation software (22) responds to the input devices (20) and controls the displays in response thereto. Procedure monitoring software (26) determines the status of the input devices as a result of the user's manipulation of the input devices. Condition monitoring software (24) monitors conditions within the procedure monitor (26) and simulation software (22). These conditions may occur directly or indirectly as a result of the manipulation of the input devices (18) by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Hughes Training, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor S. deGyarfas
  • Patent number: 5230628
    Abstract: An apparatus produces an operational manual of a certain machine and supplies the same to an operator of the machine. The operational manual teaches how to operate a minimum procedure in order to obtain one of functions with which the machine is equipped. Each of the functions including the plurality of minimum procedures which can no longer be segmented. The apparatus stores a help information item for every minimum procedure. Each help information item indicates how to operate a corresponding minimum procedure. The apparatus further stores operations input to the machine by the operator. Thus, the operator analyzes the operations and detects a predetermined function desired by the operator. Then, the apparatus produces the operational manual containing help information items corresponding to the predetermined function, and supplies it to the operator. The operational manual is produced if the apparatus has judged that the predetermined condition has been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kaneko, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Nobuhiko Nagata
  • Patent number: 5226818
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for providing control of a fuel-operable burner assembly of a firefighter trainer in accordance with a sensed environmental parameter such as the temperature of an object such as a metal grating or prop that is positioned adjacent to the burner assembly. The control system and method are particularly advantageous to simulate fire reflash following substantial extinguishment of the fire, as operational parameters such as the rate of flame growth, maximum flame height, and reflash delay can be selected and varied from one scenario to the other to modify the training scenario in accordance with such factors as trainee proficiency and the type or class of fire. Burner control is preferably accomplished by an automated processing system in accordance with the foregoing environmental and operational parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas H. Feiock, Mark R. Layton, Lester L. Smith, Ramon L. Palmer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5192210
    Abstract: A training apparatus is provided for cattle roping to be used by a roper. The training apparatus includes a frame assembly and straps for securing the frame assembly to the body of the roper. A saddle horn is attached to the frame assembly at a location representing the distance relationship between the roper and the saddle horn when the roper is actually on a saddle on horseback. The apparatus allows a roper to simulate a variety of roping conditions likely to be encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventors: Darrell E. Thomas, Donald E. Standley, Leon J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5147206
    Abstract: The invention features an engine operation simulation system for training maintenance and service personnel to diagnose and repair engines. The engine operating simulation system utilizes an actual electronic control unit for controlling an engine. A processor is provided to perform an simulation of engine operating parameters. The processor interfaces with the engine electronic control unit. A mechanism is provided for generating inputs and is connected to the processor and to the engine electronic control unit to provide parameters that represent engine operating characteristics. The parameters are applied to the engine electronic control unit. The input generating mechanism provides a plurality of simulated input signals that monitor the engine operation. There is also provided a mechanism for simulating a malfunction in the engine so that the processor can alter the desired operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Stephen S. Golenski
  • Patent number: 5145377
    Abstract: A color-coded system of training illiterate, mentally handicapped or dyslexic individuals in the performance of certain tasks includes specifying colors designating particular objects and the task or operation to be performed with the object bearing a particular color. Color-coded visual indicators such as flash cards may be used to teach the individual to associate the color with the object and the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: 1-2-3 Training Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Diana J. Tarvin, Ronald E. Goerne
  • Patent number: 5122341
    Abstract: A device for demonstrating the operation of gas contaminant testing apparatus and for training persons to use such apparatus. The device can be portable and allows demonstration of and training on testing apparatus in a location removed from the environment in which the gaseous medium and its gaseous and vaporous contaminants are normally found. The device uses very small contaminant samples for demonstration in order to minimize personnel exposure and inadvertent or deliberate releases to the environment. The device allows the substitutions of, for training and demonstration purposes, a harmless gaseous medium for the actual gaseous medium of interest. In a preferred embodiment, designed for demonstrating the operation of a refrigerant contaminant testing apparatus, air is susbstituted for refrigerant as the gaseous medium in which contaminants are entrained when using the device. In that embodiment, air is caused to flow through a container holding a contaminant sample of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Harry F. Klodowski, Philip A. Hider, Patricia A. Morin
  • Patent number: 5100621
    Abstract: A test kit for performing a diagnostic procedure. The kit comprises a plastic base which has an upper surface. The base is formed from a plastic material and a plurality of upwardly opening nests are provided in the upper surface of the base. A test component is provided in each of the nests in a manner such that the components may be displayed and made available for use. The test components are preferably displayed in essentially the plane of the upper surface of the base and an instruction booklet is provided so as to overlie the test components at the beginning of the procedure. The arrangement of the components and the size and shape of the pages of the booklet are such that as the user follows the instructions and turns pages in the booklet, components remain hidden from view until needed in conducting the procedure. The pages of the booklet are progressively shorter from front to back in the booklet so that as the pages are turned components of the kit come into view as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Hygeia Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl M. Berke, Thomas L. Collins, David P. Leja, Ronald W. Mink