Abstract: Escapement device of a timepiece movement includes an escapement wheel, a first mobile having means of locking with the escapement wheel and of mechanical transmission with the escapement wheel, a second mobile and the balance roller. The second mobile has means of locking with the escapement wheel and means of mechanical transmission with the escapement wheel and the first mobile. The mobiles are driven by the escapement wheel tangentially.
Abstract: A magnetic resonator, for a timepiece, is disclosed which comprises an oscillator of the tuning-fork type having first and second branches in the form of a U of which at least a first branch supports a first permanent magnet defining a first magnetic field, an escape wheel, designed to be arranged in engagement with a watchwork gear train in order to allow it to be driven by a power source of the timepiece and, situated within range of said first permanent magnet in order to undergo the influence of the first magnetic field. In particular, provision is made for the escape wheel to be free and support at least two permanent magnets, preferably at least four, arranged so that the vibrations of the first branch of the tuning fork, on the one hand, control the rotation speed of the escape wheel and, on the other hand, are sustained periodically by the magnetic interaction between the first permanent magnet of the tuning fork and the permanent magnets of the escape wheel in order to define a free escapement.
Abstract: A mechanism for advancing, by periodic jumps, a pivoting cage for an escapement mechanism, including: a retaining mechanism authorizing or preventing the pivoting of the cage, depending on its movement; and a stopping mechanism authorizing or preventing the pivoting of the retaining mechanism, depending on its angular position. A constant force device causes periodic cooperation of the retaining mechanism, which includes a flirt arranged to perform complete revolutions and is connected to an input thereof, with the stopping mechanism, which includes a star wheel and is connected to an output thereof, whose trajectories interfere with each other, to pivot the cage when the stopping mechanism allows the pivoting of the retaining mechanism and to stop the cage when the stopping mechanism locks the retaining mechanism.
Abstract: A reusable parcel harness for securing a parcel to a dog's chest generally includes at least one pin bar having first and second mounting pins extending therefrom towards a latch housing, a spring-loaded latch to releasably secure the pin bar to the latch housing or pin bar in a closed configuration, a latch release mechanism, and a harness attached to the latch housing to secure the apparatus on a dog. The spring-loaded latch biases the pin bar and the latch housing towards an open configuration. A latch release processor actuates the latch release mechanism upon receipt of a locally or remotely generated latch release signal. A parcel to be secured to the harness includes a parcel body and straps extending from opposing sides of the parcel body. Each strap terminates in a mounting loop that can be secured about a mounting pin on the harness.
November 14, 2008
July 2, 2009
Alexander Ferworn, Devin James Ostrom, Kevin Terrence Barnum
Abstract: A self latching latch mechanism is disclosed which includes a latch mounted to a first wing and a strike mounted to a second wing or a fixed member. The latch has a latch tongue which can move between a latching position in which the latch tongue can engage the strike to secure the first wing relative to the second wing or fixed member, and a free position which allows relative movement between the first wing and the second wing or fixed member. Latch tongue biasing means are provided to bias the latch tongue towards the latching position. Operating means are also provided to move the latch tongue from the latching position to the free position, and there is a hold back member which can move between a first position in which the latch tongue is prevented from moving to the latching position, and a second position in which the latch tongue can move to the latching position. The hold back member is biased to the first position.
Abstract: A latch release for allowing two latched members to be unlatched from each other. The latch release includes a bubble body comprised of an elastic material. The bubble body is adapted to deform such that depressing of a first section of the bubble body in a first direction deforms a second section of the bubble body to push the latched members apart.
December 4, 2006
May 29, 2008
Jari Ijas, Terhi Wallin, Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Jani C. Maenpaa, Esa-Sakari Maatta
Abstract: The escapement (1) arranged between a motor gear train and a roller (2) to which is attached a sprung balance of a timekeeper, the balance being able to describe an arc of free oscillation and to receive oscillation maintaining impulses, this escapement including first (3) and second (4) toothed wheels meshing with each other, one of these wheels being driven by the motor gear train and a rocking member (5) having:
first (41) and second (42) contact means able to receive impulses generated alternately by the first (3) and second (4) wheels,
impulse means (11, 12) capable of co-operating with the roller (2) to transmit said impulses to said roller to drive it in rotation and to maintain the oscillations of the balance,
and first (43) and second (44) blocking means for alternately blocking said first (3) and second (4) wheels after each impulse transmitted by said impulse means to said roller,
said first and second contact means and said first and second blocking means being arranged at the periphery of the
Abstract: A self-contained automatic lubricator for automatically dispensing fluent lubricant over a period of time is provided. The lubricator comprises a cylinder having a front wall with a discharge outlet, a rear wall and cylindrical side walls. A piston is movable within the cylinder from a rear position to a forward position. The piston and the side and front walls of the cylinder define a variable volume chamber for containing the lubricant to be dispensed, and a spring for moving the piston from its rear position towards it front position to reduce the volume of the variable volume chamber over a period of time for expelling lubricant through the discharge outlet. The lubricator further comprises a controller including gearing and an escapement mechanism, for controlling the transfer of energy from the spring to the piston and an electrical element controlling operation of the escapement mechanism (12).
September 18, 2002
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October 12, 2004
Denis Arthur John Patterson, Simon Stone
Abstract: The escapement includes first (3) and second (4) escapement wheels meshing with each other, one of these wheels being driven by the gear train. It further includes a lever (5) capable of receiving the impulses generated alternately by the first and second wheels and to transmit these impulses to a plate (2) which carries a sprung-balance. The lever is arranged to lock alternately the first and second wheels after each impulse transmitted.
Abstract: Improved oil drainage structure and method of drainage for a combustion engine crank case oil pan or the like. This drainage structure provides safe operation along with simple and low cost manufacture and installation in both already existing and newly manufactured crank case oil pans. The improved drainage structure consists of an improved oil drain plug and holding means. The head of the oil drain plug possesses an additional recess designed to facilitate operational engagement with a correspondingly designed elongated holding means. The oil drain plug, elongated holding means, and associated method for unscrewing and removing the oil drain plug allow for the safer, simpler, and cleaner drainage of the used and hot oil.
May 6, 2002
November 7, 2002
Scott Nightlinger, Agnieszka Nightlinger, Piotr Loniewski, Grzegorz Loniewski
Abstract: A vertical reciprocating conveyor having a safety mechanism for automatically locking the carriage of the conveyor at an elevated level upon uncontrolled vertical movement of the carriage. The conveyor includes a safety mechanism having a locking device mounted onto the movable carriage. The locking device includes a safety cam that is movable between an engaging position and a non-engaging position, such that when the safety cam is in the engaging position, the safety cam prevents the carriage from moving along the vertical support columns. The safety mechanism further includes a speed-sensing device that detects the speed of vertical movement of the carriage. When the speed of the conveyor exceeds an upper speed limit, the speed-sensing device releases the locking device. The speed-sensing device includes a cylindrical housing having a weighted shaft that slides into and out of the housing.
Abstract: The escapement (10) includes first (6) and second (7) wheels meshing with each other. One (6) of these wheels is driven by the gear train. First (9) and second (11) rollers secured to a common arbor (1) support a sprung balance. The wheels (6, 7) and the first roller (9) are provided with means allowing said first roller to receive direct impulses supplied alternately by the first and second wheels for the purpose of maintaining the oscillations of the balance. The second roller (11) is provided with means for driving a locking and rocking member arranged to lock said first and second wheels alternately.