Collapsible Patents (Class 74/547)
  • Patent number: 11097893
    Abstract: A tool for securing a shipping container head with two extensions extending away from the head and having a space between them sufficient to accommodate a bar bracket of a container lashing turnbuckles used to secure a shipping container door. The head also has a handle that can function as a lever, so that when the tool engages the turnbuckle bar bracket, an operator can close and secure the shipping container door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Artemio Roman
  • Patent number: 10760248
    Abstract: A hydrant tool for performing fire hydrant operations. The hydrant tool includes a wheel shaped base, a selectively extensible leverage bar that extends from a lateral edge of the wheel shaped base. A wrench opening, preferably a Storz wrench opening extends is defined in a lateral edge of the base. A center portion of the base includes a configurable socketed opening for operation of the hydrant valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Eugene Deubler, IV, Miles Curtis Conrad
  • Patent number: 10655713
    Abstract: A device has a pivot lever which has a first pivot arm, a second pivot arm and a joint connecting the two pivot arms to one another, wherein the two pivot arms have opposite end faces, and each end face is divided by the joint into two sections which are oriented at an obtuse angle relative to one another. The device enables a direction-dependent transmission of torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Osman Guerbuez
  • Patent number: 10466008
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention features a weapon maintenance stand that includes a base plate, a support flange, and a wall structure. The support flange is spaced from the base plate and defines a first plurality holes extending through the support flange. A subset of the first plurality of holes are configured to match a pattern of bolt holes of a deck-mounted weapon system and at least one of the first plurality of holes is configured to receive an alignment structure of the deck-mounted weapon system. The wall structure is attached to the base plate at a first end and attached to the support flange at a second end. The wall structure defines at least one tunnel extending through the wall, with the at least one tunnel being sized to accept umbilical components of the deck-mounted weapons system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Workshops for Warriors
    Inventor: Hernán Luis y Prado
  • Patent number: 9651041
    Abstract: An operating handle assembly used with a pump to constitute a hand air pump is disclosed, including a handgrip unit having a handgrip and a pivot, and a pumping rod unit pivotally connected to the handgrip unit and turnable about a pivot center relative to the handgrip unit. The pumping rod unit includes a pivot pivotally located at the pivot of the handgrip, and a piston rod coupled to a piston hole of the pump and axially movable relative to the pump between a received position and a first extended position and turnable about the pivot center within a predetermined angle between the first extended position and a second extended position when the piston rod reaches the first extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8844402
    Abstract: A crank handle apparatus with a fold-away handle and a rotation locking mechanism. The apparatus includes an arm, a fold-away handle attached to a first end of the arm, and a crank wheel attached to a second end of the arm. The fold-away handle in a stored position can be moved to an operating position by un-folding the handle. The handle further includes a ring that can be pulled after un-folding the handle so that an index pin located inside the second end of the arm along a first axis enables rotation of the crank wheel along a second axis. The ring can be pulled to move the index pin along with the fold-away handle to secure the fold-away handle against folding back during operation of the crank handle apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Ulmann
  • Patent number: 8776437
    Abstract: An operator for a casement window is disclosed which includes a hub that frictionally receives a spindle. The hub is pivotally connected to a proximal end of a pivoting handle. The hub is disposed within a cavity that extends through the proximal end of the handle and terminates at a back wall. The cavity partially accommodates a biasing element, an actuator and the hub. The biasing element is disposed between the actuator and the back wall and biases the actuator towards the hub. The hub includes at least one open position recess and open position protrusion and the actuator includes a complementary protrusion and a recess wherein the protrusion is received in the at least one open position recess of the hub and the recess of the actuator receives the at least one open position protrusion of the hub when the handle is pivoted to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Roto Frank of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Bourgoin
  • Publication number: 20130145895
    Abstract: A crank handle apparatus with a fold-away handle and a rotation locking mechanism. The apparatus includes an arm, a fold-away handle attached to a first end of the arm, and a crank wheel attached to a second end of the arm. The fold-away handle in a stored position can be moved to an operating position by un-folding the handle. The handle further includes a ring that can be pulled after un-folding the handle so that an index pin located inside the second end of the arm along a first axis enables rotation of the crank wheel along a second axis. The ring can be pulled to move the index pin along with the fold-away handle to secure the fold-away handle against folding back during operation of the crank handle apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Pierre Ulmann
  • Patent number: 7891271
    Abstract: A slide locking motorcycle kick arm with a foot pedal and a kick arm shaft that is attachable to an engine kick starter, where the foot pedal can rotate to be in the kick start position and rotated out of the way when kick starting is completed. The foot pedal can be locked in either position, only when the foot pedal slides to the end of the kick arm shaft, and can be locked in the rotated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: John Grant
  • Patent number: 7766272
    Abstract: A rotating apparatus for a winding reel of a high-pressure cleaner, including a rotating wheel with a slideway, a slider and a handle mounted on the slider, said slider slides in the slideway, the slider has a first working position that fixes the entire slider in the rotating wheel and a second working position that makes the slider partly in the rotating wheel. When the slider is at the second working position, the arm of force is increased without occupying more space. When the rotating apparatus is not in use, the handle is placed in concave portion. Compared with conventional rotating apparatuses, the rotating apparatus is foldable, occupies less space, makes the whole body of the high-pressure cleaner beautiful, convenient to operate, and suitable for popularizing with high-pressure cleaners, and with similar devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Suzhou Kingclean Floorcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zugen Ni
  • Patent number: 7712393
    Abstract: A safety grip for a handwheel which is movable between an operating position and a home position is comprised of an elongated and ergonomic body (1) and of a support (2), which is anchored to the body of a maneuvering member, such as a handwheel. The body (1) is comprised of an outer case (1a), a rod-like inner core (3) with a head (4), a bushing (6) slidably mounted on the core (3), a sleeve (7) in sliding engagement on the bushing (6), an axial thrust spring (9) arranged between two opposite shoulders (6a) and (7a) of the bushing (6) and of the sleeve (7), and a second thrust spring (10) arranged between the head (4) and the top of the bushing (6). The body (1) is connected to the support (2) at a pivot point (5). An end of the sleeve (7) engages a contact surface of the support (2) through a collar (8). The collar (8) has an inner conical mouth surface that engages a shaped rib (11) on the top of said support (2), where the shaped rib (11) has a frusto-conical outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Elesa S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Bertani
  • Patent number: 7513484
    Abstract: A hand-operated cable winch (10) has a proximal handle part (12) with a pawl (16) that engages a toothed gear (21) which causes rotation of a cable (23) onto a drum. A distal handle part (13) is rotatably disposed between ends (31, 32) of said proximal part by a pivot (14). A retaining sleeve (27) slides over a spring latch (28), depressing it toward the distal part (13) as it slides by it. When the distal part (13) is rotated into working alignment with the distal part (12), a retaining sleeve (27) may slide proximally, depressing a spring latch (28) and sliding over it, into a locked position, which thereafter prevents the retaining sleeve from moving so that the winch may be operated by means of the distal handle part (13). To fold the handle, the operator depresses the spring latch (28), slides the retaining sleeve (27) distally to its inoperative position on the distal part, and rotates the distal part into a folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Keeper Corporation
    Inventor: Ricky W. Selby
  • Publication number: 20080022798
    Abstract: A running gear toothing for gearwheels and a process for producing such running gear is provided. In order to be able to work complex shapes (e.g. reinforcing ribs) into running gear, a preforged or precast gearwheels are produced oversized, and are then finished using an electrochemical erosion process. The invention eliminates complex machining operations and permits gear teeth finishing in highly spaced-constrained applications, thereby eliminating the need for production and assembly complex multi-component gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: DamilerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Dirk Zeise
  • Patent number: 7251860
    Abstract: A window operator handle securable to a casement window operating drive shaft is described. The handle is movable between an operating position to a folded position. The handle has a body housing that has a cavity which includes an operating mechanism. The operating mechanism has an assembly body secured to the housing, a pivotal member positioned in a first section of the assembly body and a sliding member positioned in at least a second portion of the assembly body. The pivotal member is adapted to pivot from a first position to a second position as the handle is moved from a first position to a second position. The pivotal member is held in one position and the other position by the sliding member. The sliding member is retained in contact with the pivotal member by a spring means in said assembly body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Toni Liang
  • Patent number: 7194930
    Abstract: A handle for a window operator. The handle includes a handle member 10 pivotally coupled to a base 11. A locking mechanism releasably locks the handle member 10 in a position relative to the base 11 which corresponds to an in-use position of the handle member. The locking mechanism includes a locking member 14 within the handle member 10. The locking member 14 performs a blocking action to prevent pivotal movement of the handle member relative to the base. The locking member has a push button 15 accessible to an exterior surface of the handle member whereby the locking member can be moved to remove the blocking action and allow the handle to be pivoted to a non-use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Financial Services AB
    Inventor: Guy Simon Dawson
  • Patent number: 7178752
    Abstract: A crank handle for a spinning reel includes an axle inserted through a base, an bush mounted on the axle inside the base and having two cut faces, a retaining member, which has an axial hole for receiving the axle and the bush, two notches at one end, and two flat portions for engaging the cut faces of the bush, a spring sleeved onto the bush and stopped between the base and the retaining member, and a handle, which is pivoted to one end of the axle and has two blocks for engaging the notches of the retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Okuma Fishing Tackle Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Liang-Jen Chang
  • Patent number: 7163168
    Abstract: A spinning reel handle assembly that does not expose a male threaded section to the outside includes a handle shaft portion, a cylindrical cover member, a cylindrical screw-threaded member and a cylindrical moveable member. The cylindrical cover member is mounted on an external circumference of a tip end section of the handle shaft portion. The cylindrical cover member is configured to cover at least a portion of an external circumference of the moveable member and an entire portion of the male threaded section of the cylindrical screw-threaded member on which the cylindrical moveable member is not mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Ken'ichi Sugawara, Shingo Matsuo, Masuo Ban
  • Patent number: 6971278
    Abstract: A tension applying device including a housing in which are mounted a primary shaft, a main shaft, a pinion shaft, and a load-member sheave shaft. A ratchet handle is associated with the primary shaft for imparting rotation thereto when pumped by a user. Rotation of the primary shaft causes rotation of the main shaft which, in turn, is imparted to the pinion shaft and to a load-member sheave mounted on the load-chain sheave shaft. Rotation of the load-member sheave then applies tension to the load member which, in turn, is connected to a desired application. The tension applying device further includes a plurality of drive mechanisms for achieving different mechanical advantages between the ratchet handle and the load-member sheave, thereby allowing a desired input force to attain a desired output force. Further, the load on the tension member may be used for automatically switching between the plurality of drive mechanisms and for a load limit lock-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: ALSTOM Transportation, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Robbins, Robert J. Wright
  • Patent number: 6921060
    Abstract: A winch handle for a winch has an extendable arm with an extended position and a retracted position. The retracted position of said extendable arm being equal to or within the diameter of the winch. In its retracted position, the extendable arm is shaped in a fashion that does not interfere with the operation of the winch while the handle is not needed. The extended position of the extendable arm is longer than the diameter of the standard winch and is useful for turning the winch. The winch handle may also have a grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald Thomas Weed, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6450063
    Abstract: A folding handle for attachment to a rotatable shaft element. The handle includes a handle body 10 having a cavity 17 within which a mounting block 20 is engaged. The mounting block 20 has oppositely projecting pivot members 21 slidingly engaged in recesses 19 in the walls 18 of the cavity 17. The pivot members 21 therefore engage with bearing surfaces 19a to facilitate pivotal movement of the handle body 10 relative to the mounting block 20. A clip 24 retains the mounting block 20 in cavity 17. No pivot pin is therefore visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Interlock Group Limited
    Inventors: John Harvey, Christodoulos Toulis
  • Patent number: 6382543
    Abstract: A fishing reel includes a reel body, a main shaft, a spool, a driving tube, and a swing arm device. The swing arm device includes a swing arm, a driving shaft journalled in the body, and a sleeve unit journalled on the body and disposed around the driving shaft. Each of the driving shaft and the sleeve unit has an end that is coupled to and that is rotatable with the swing arm. The driving shaft has a polygonal cross-section, and extends into a polygonal-cross-sectioned hole in the driving tube. The driving tube has an end surface, which is formed with several tongues that engage respectively and fittingly several grooves in the sleeve unit, thereby transferring smoothly the rotation of the driving shaft to the driving tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Liang-Jen Chang
  • Patent number: 6343668
    Abstract: A foldable control lever for use with a riding mower comprising a main lever tube having a lower end, an upright section and a grip portion. An upper weldment is affixed to the lower end of the main lever tube. The upper weldment comprises a support flange and a plurality of outwardly projecting ears. A lower weldment connected to the mower drive unit is adapted to receive the lower end of the main lever tube. The lower weldment comprises a receiver flange having a plurality of notches spaced about the circumference of the flange. The notches are configured so as to engage the outwardly projecting ears of the upper weldment. When the outwardly projecting ears are engaged with the notches, the main lever tube is prevented from rotating relative to the lower weldment. When the outwardly projecting ears are not engaged with the notches, the main lever tube can be rotated downward and on to the top of the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Dixon Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Clark Dean
  • Patent number: 6298749
    Abstract: A jointed hand brake release handle for a railway car hand brake mechanism, having a lever arm with an inner end attachable to a rotatable hand brake release post of a hand brake mechanism, and an extension arm pivotally attached to the outer end of the lever arm and adapted for pivotal movement such that a contact face on the inner end of the lever arm can be brought into contact with a contact face on the outer end of the lever arm, and such that continued pivotal movement of the extension arm will cause rotational movement of the lever arm and rotation of the hand brake release post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventors: W. Kurt Stroer, David C. Brabb, Howard Sommerfeld
  • Patent number: 6240803
    Abstract: A gear lever (7) is arranged between the driving seat and the passenger seat in a truck. The gear lever (7) incorporates a disengageable locking mechanism (34) by means of which it is possible to lower the gear lever (7) from a substantially vertical position of use to a position in which it does not limit the driver's mobility in the cab. When the gear lever (7) has been lowered, the driver can move from the driving side to the passenger side of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Scania CV Aktiebolag (publ)
    Inventors: Staffan Sjöström, Lars Miller, Ingemar Melander, Claes-Göran Nord
  • Patent number: 6164156
    Abstract: A window operator is disclosed. The window operator may be provided with a handle that may be folded from an operable (or extended) position to a stored (or retracted) position. In the window operator, a spring assembly having an integrally formed spring finger operates within a cavity in the body of the handle of the window operator to provide a securing (or positive locking) action at least in an operable position. The spring assembly may also provide a securing action in the stored (or storage) position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Purcell
  • Patent number: 6062615
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has an element displaceable between a locked position and an unlocked position and a bowden cable has one end connected to the element and an opposite end. A latch-actuating assembly has a housing, a main lever pivoted on the housing about a main axis between an actuated position and an unactuated position and formed offset from the main axis with an entrainment formation, and a secondary lever pivoted about a secondary axis and having an attachment point offset from both axes and connected to the bowden cable. Thus the secondary lever pivots about the secondary axis relative to the main lever synchronously with the element between locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Robert Hunt, Raja Raymond, Claus Topfer
  • Patent number: 6053069
    Abstract: A two piece hand brake release handle for a railway car hand brake mechanism having a relatively long lever one end of which is rotably fitted onto a rotatable brake release post extending from the hand brake mechanism, such that manual rotation thereof will not cause rotation of the brake release post, and a relatively short lever arm tightly fitted onto the brake release post such that rotation thereof will cause rotation of the brake release post, with the relatively short lever arm having an arm engaging flange extending transversely to receive and engage the relatively long lever arm such that manual rotation of the long lever arm in a given rotational direction will cause the long lever arm to engage the flange so that continued rotational movement of the long lever arm in the same rotational direction will cause rotational movement of the short lever arm, and accordingly, rotational movement of the brake release post as necessary to effect a brake release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventor: W. Kurt Stroer
  • Patent number: 6021691
    Abstract: A window operating system for moving a vehicle window up and down that includes an electric drive motor having a gear coupled to a window movement mechanism through a magnetic clutch assembly wherein the drive gear includes a crank extending outwardly therefrom and through the door facing surface and is selectively connectable to a roll up crank having a fold out handle and a protruding socket member. The door facing surface includes a cavity or chamber into which the emergency crank can be stored and rapidly retrieved in an emergency. The magnetic clutch is only engaged when the power is supplied to the electric motor in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Clarence Wilkerson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5937582
    Abstract: A rotary window operator to effect opening and closing of a window. A rotatable handle (14) is mounted on a housing (10) from which a link member (16) projects. The handle (14) is pivotally coupled to a cage (29) in which a bush (30) is slidingly engaged. A cam surface (25) of handle (14) forces teeth on bush (30) to engage with teeth of cage (29) when the handle (14) is pivoted from a non-use position to an in-use position. A drive shaft coupled to the bush (30) has a gear which meshes with gear wheel (18) of link member whereby rotation of the handle (14), when in the in-use position, imparts movement in link member (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Interlock Industries Limited
    Inventor: Nigel Alan Colebrooke Taylor
  • Patent number: 5823067
    Abstract: A crank handle (40) which is used in a roll-up flexible cover assembly (64) for an open container, such as a truck (68), includes a longitudinal tube (42) and a rotatable tube (44). The rotatable tube (44) has a longitudinal portion (46) being telescopically disposed in the longitudinal tube (42). The rotatable tube (44) is adjustable among a stored location, an adjusting position, and a working location. The crank handle (40) is extended at the working location, so that the operator can stand away from the side of the truck (68) and easily operate the crank handle (40). The crank handle (40) is retracted to the stored location, preferably on the side of the truck (68). The rotatable tube (44) of the crank handle (40) is turned to a desired direction at the adjusting position so that the crank handle (40) can be vertically stored in a desire location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard James Clarys, Charles Milton Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 5751078
    Abstract: A reactionless momentum compensated payload positioner adapted to be mounted on a supporting body for providing momentum compensation of an oscillatory and scanning payload and for suppressing reactions in the supporting body to the torques that occur as an aiming angle of the payload is changed. The payload positioner includes a gimbal assembly having at least two axis of rotation including an elevation axis and an azimuth axis. A pair of reactionless drive module are provided for rotating the payload about both axes. Each reactionless drive module includes a housing, a main drive shaft connected to the payload, a DC electric motor for rotating the drive shaft, and a flywheel. The main drive shaft is freely rotatably suspended within the housing by main bearings and the flywheel is freely rotatably mounted to the main drive shaft by bearings. ?In operation, the flywheel counter rotates with respect to the main drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles & Space
    Inventor: Stuart H. Loewenthal
  • Patent number: 5639392
    Abstract: An arc welder has a locking crank mechanism for adjusting and securing the adjustment of a transformer having a moveable transformer core shunt. The arc welder has an adjustment base, with a plurality of locking detents in a substantially circular planar ring configuration. The position of the base is fixed in relation to the position of the transformer. The arc welder also has a substantially circular crank plate with a lever opening, with the crank plate mounted for rotation adjacent to and concentric with the locking detents. A mechanical link operably connects the crank plate and the moveable core shunt for adjusting the position of the moveable core shunt through rotation of the crank plate. A lever is mounted to pass through the lever opening in the crank plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Century Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: William P. Weller, Chad T. Behrens
  • Patent number: 5632311
    Abstract: A fence repairing tool for wire fences is described which includes an elongate wire retaining member. The wire retaining member has an exterior surface and a transverse passage. An end of a wire is inserted into the transverse passage and the wire retaining member rotated to wrap wire around the exterior surface of the wire retaining member. A crank is provided having a handle and a shaft. The shaft is secured at an angle to the wire retaining member, such that the wire retaining member is rotated by manipulating the handle of the crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventor: George Raaschou
  • Patent number: 5582370
    Abstract: There is provided an improved hand throw device of an electric motor driven switch machine having a ratchet mechanism that permits torque to be applied to the hand throw device in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction as desired by an operator. The ratchet mechanism is a self contained module that can be easily installed to either side of the switch machine. The ratchet mechanism also permits the operator to assume a favorable position for application of force to the hand throw device with minimum stress and strain to his or her body. In addition, the ratchet mechanism has a gear system that provides a 2 to 1 mechanical advantage so that less torque is required for movement of the hand throw device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: General Railway Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Myers, Daniel W. Van Alstine
  • Patent number: 5551316
    Abstract: For the shaft of a window pivoting device, a retractable crank which includes a socket, a turning arm and a rotatable knob articulated together so that the turning arm can be pivoted between operating and retracted positions with the knob always on the side of the turning arm opposite the socket in the operating position and the same side as the socket in the retracted position, and in the retracted position the knob projects inwardly or downwardly but not outwardly away from the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Jay L. Blank
  • Patent number: 5513544
    Abstract: A retractable, locking mechanism for use with a crank handle wherein the mechanism allows the handle to be rotated from an extended position to a retracted position is comprised of a male swivel and a female swivel, a pin for joining the male and female swivels and a spring for urging the male swivel to seat with the female swivel. The pin is fixed between flanges extending from the female swivel. The male swivel extends between the flanges and rotates about the pin which extends through a cavity defined within the male swivel. When the male swivel is in an "extended" position, the male swivel is engaged with the female swivel such that their axes are aligned and an axially extending shaft on the male swivel seats in an axially extending bore in the female swivel. The spring rides in the cavity of the male swivel and is biased against the pin such that the spring urges the shaft of the male swivel into the bore of the female swivel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: J. W. Winco, Inc.
    Inventors: John Winkler, John M. Winkler
  • Patent number: 5482347
    Abstract: A roll-up assembly for covering or uncovering an open container, such as a truck, includes a roll tube transversely extending over the container, a flexible cover being rolling about the roll tube whereby one end of the flexible cover is attached to the roll tube, a cross bar transversely extending over the container whereby the other end of the flexible cover interconnects to the cross bar, a flexible arm being integral with each end of cross bar whereby the flexible arm has a pivot point mounted on the side walls of the container, a pulley being disposed on the side walls of the container, a spool being connected to each end of the roll tube, a cable whereby one end of the cable is attached to the spool and the other end of the cable is attached to tension device for adjusting tension of the cable whereby the cable is looped around the pulley whereby the tension device is disposed on the side walls of the container, and a rotating device interconnected to one end of the roll tube rotating the roll tube so t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard J. Clarys, Charles M. Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 5421180
    Abstract: A collapsible locking crank for use in locking burial caskets including a body pivotally housing a crank key arm and crank handle. The crank key arm includes a hexagonal key head on its free end for engaging the locking mechanism of the casket. The arm and handle may be pivoted away from the body to an open, operative position and toward the body to a closed, inoperative position. Rotation of the crank key arm about its longitudinal axis is had by rotation of the crank handle through the crank body when the crank is configured into a generally Z-shape. The crank is compact and lightweight for discrete and dignified use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Batesville Casket Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilija Rojdev
  • Patent number: 5368249
    Abstract: A mechanism which for collapsing a handle of fishing reel to its side perpendicularly intersecting a plane containing the axis of the handle and that of a handle shaft. A manipulation member (15) having a manipulating projection (14) constituting the inner end of the member is fitted in the hole (11) of the shaft portion of the handle (4). The shaft portion has an engagement hole (12) provided between the inner end of the hole (11) and the deep-grooved inner part (5) of the shaft portion. The jut (2) of a holder (3) is fitted in the deep-grooved inner part (5) so that the handle (4) is supported. An engagement member (9) is fitted in the hole (7) of the jut (2) so that the engagement end portion (8) of the member can be engaged in the engagement hole (12) and disengaged out of it. To collapse handle (4), the manipulation member (15) is pushed in to disengage the engagement end portion ( 8) out of the engagement hole (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Daiwa Seiko, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5345894
    Abstract: This invention is a drop-lock adjustment used on automatic feeders to adjust the feed gates either up or down and includes shielded drop locks connected to control rods that pass through a channel. An adaptor plate mounted on the channel has a downwardly projecting flange spaced from the channel with an elongated slot in the plate to prevent the animals being fed from tripping the lock to cause either more or less feed to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Staco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Evans, III, Leon S. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 5256942
    Abstract: A stabilization system for space platforms, satellites and the like. One arrangement for demonstration purposes incorporates a frame and a pair of motor/flywheel units which are pivotably mounted to the frame. These units are retained in positions of alignment with the frame axis and energized briefly to develop a torque for rotating the frame. Retraction of a retaining pin permits the units to pivot by 90 degrees, immediately generating precession forces which abruptly stop the frame at the desired angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Ross C. Wood
  • Patent number: 5253917
    Abstract: Fastening apparatus for detachably fastening a removable roof section to a vehicle body includes an elongated locking device on the roof section movable between a roof-lock position in which the locking device locks the roof section to the vehicle body and a roof-unlock position in which the locking device unlocks the roof section from the vehicle body. A bow-shaped handle has two end parts, and a rotatable device rotatably connects one end part of the handle with the locking device such that the handle is rotatable between a handle-lock position to dispose the locking device in the roof-lock position and a handle-unlock position to dispose the locking device in the roof-unlock position. A connecting device is disposed between the other end part of the handle and the connecting link, the disconnectable connecting device having a connect position which connects the other end part of the handle and a rotatable connecting link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Brueggemann
  • Patent number: 5230290
    Abstract: The invention is a crank which is flush-mounted into a work surface and provides for raising or lowering a vertically adjustable work surface. The crank can be raised from its stored position to a fixed position above the work surface and unfolded providing for rotating the crank to raise or lower the work surface by causing an adjustment screw to thread in or out of an adjustment nut. The crank is returned to its stored position or flush-mounted by folding the crank and pressing downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Leggett & Platt Incorporated
    Inventor: Philip E. Crossman
  • Patent number: 5222460
    Abstract: This invention is a drop-lock adjustment used on automatic feeders to adjust the feed gates either up or down and includes shielded drop-locks connected to control rods that pass through a channel adjacent slot-like openings in such channel to prevent the animals being fed from tripping the lock to cause either more or less feed to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Staco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Evans, III
  • Patent number: 5201241
    Abstract: A crank handle includes an extension cylinder secured to a shaft member of a window drive housing, with the extension cylinder including a second wall spaced from a first wall receiving the shaft. A second wall shaft extends into a handle cavity, with the handle cavity formed with a pivot block, with the pivot block including an axle pin directed into the pivot block, and the axle pin pivotally mounted relative to an upper distal portion of the handle. A lower distal portion of the handle includes a handle extension member arranged to rotatively drive the gear drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Edward Pollack, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5168770
    Abstract: A pivotal handle for an actuator of a window includes a triangular shaped cap member with a recess along one side of the triangle shape into which the splined shaft end of the actuator is inserted and clamped. A handle member is pivotal relative to the cap member about a transverse pin positioned directly at the end of the recess. The position of the handle relative to the cap member is controlled by a spring ball mounted within the cap member which cooperates with a straight sided slot on the inner face of the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventor: Frederick G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5074159
    Abstract: An inertial sensor block comprising a sensor block base, an inertial sensors mounting element rotatably mounted with respect to the sensor block base for rotation about a rotation axis and a gyroscope mounted onto the mounting element and having its gyroscope spin axis inclined with respect to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Wizman, Rachel Naor
  • Patent number: 4976163
    Abstract: The AZ-EL embodiment of the reactionless actuator-gimbal system is a system of gimbal structure, reactionless actuators, a reaction wheel and momentum control means rotationally articulating a payload around axes approximately through the payload's mass center while transmitting minimum reaction torques to the support structure.The EL-XEL embodiment of the reactionless actuator-gimbal system is a system of gimbal structure, and reactionless actuators rotationally articulating a payload around two axes approximately orthogonal to the payload line of sight and approximately through the payload's mass center while transmitting minimum reaction torques in response to periodic disturbances to the support structure.The payload-gimbal elevation axis in both embodiments have:1. constant payload inertia with their reactionless actuator flywheels sized to cancel the payload angular momentum with negligible reaction torques;2. azimuth axis inertia a function of payload elevation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Inventor: Larry Schumacher
  • Patent number: 4951521
    Abstract: A gimbal module for installation in a gimbal assembly and for operation by a simple type of robot device for use in a space environment. The module has a stator, which is fixedly connected to a first gimbal, and has a coaxial rotor, which is fixedly connected to a second gimbal. The stator and first gimbal have respectively a stator spline and a gimbal spline for aligning and installing the stator in the first gimbal. The stator has a bearing which rotatably supports the rotor. The first gimbal has a bearing which rotatably supports the second gimbal. The stator and first gimbal have respective connector components. A first force is applied along the gimbal axis on the module for aligning and installing the stator and its connecotr component into the first gimbal and its connector component. The rotor and the second gimbal have respective rotor connector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventor: Peter E. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 4949026
    Abstract: As a gyroscope is made to precess back and forth across a certain point; a servo, torquing about the axis causing precession, can stabilize the member containing the precession axis by maintaining the gyroscope at that point. In the subject invention, a signal generator measuring gyro movement on the precession axis, energizes the servo at the hinge between the member and its support toward the base and thus stabilizes said member against accidental oscillation of said support. After adding to the precession axis a velocity sensitive means for restraining gyro motion along with means for displacing the signal generator null, the servo will torque, and henceforth stabilize, the member to a new attitude signified by the angular displacement of the null. Momentum of the gyro wheel remembers its position in space and will return the member to its original null. In this manner, up to three orthogonally servoed robot arms may be space stabilized with attitude changes commanded remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: John A. Mead