Two Pivoted Jaws And One Sliding Jaw Patents (Class 81/309)
  • Patent number: 8434391
    Abstract: A hand operated gripping tool includes a first jaw fixedly connected with a first jaw handle, a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw such that the first and second jaws cooperably define a variable size space therebetween for receiving a part to be gripped, a second jaw handle pivotally connected with the second jaw for moving the second jaw relative to the first jaw, a link system pivotally connected to the second jaw handle and having a guided portion selectively engageable with a plurality of guide portions provided on the first jaw handle. The guided portion being engageable with a first of the guide portions to define a first range of movement of the second jaw towards the first jaw and a second of the guide portions to define a second range of movement of the second jaw towards the first jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: American Grease Stick Company
    Inventor: Nigel A. Buchanan
  • Publication number: 20090277310
    Abstract: A combination pipe cutter and can lid opener comprising a means for cutting and a means for opening a can having a lid. The combination pipe cutter and can lid opener comprises two handles, one having a holder to hold a pipe and the other having a blade, wherein the blade is utilized to cut the pipe in the holder. The insides of the handles comprise semicircular openings having gripping teeth for opening the lid of a container. To open the lid of the container, the semicircular cutouts of the first handle and second handle are positioned around the perimeter of the lid, wherein the gripping teeth cooperatively engage the lid thereby opening the container by turning the combination pipe cutter and can lid opener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy Bell
  • Patent number: 7434440
    Abstract: A heavy-duty hose clamp installation tool is described. A pair of lever arms operates a pair of jaw members to engage a pinch clamp ear. The installation tool includes a pair of jaw members with clamp edges forming a lip for receiving the clamp ears. A pair of extension arms connects the jaw members to a pair of lever arms. The extension arms are pivotally interconnected intermediate the jaw member section so that closing the handle ends of the lever arms translates the jaw members towards a closed position thereof, thus squeezing the clamp ear. Once the ear of the clamp is crimped, an auxiliary form punch is used to flatten the ear, resulting in a tighter clamp configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Murray Corporation
    Inventor: Robert F. Fay
  • Patent number: 6205892
    Abstract: The invention is an adjustable wrench comprising a stationary arm with a terminal end and a grip end, the terminal end defining a lower bolt claw. A ratchet arm is slidably coupled to the stationary arm, the ratchet being movable to control the movement of upper and central bolt claws. The upper, central, and lower bolt claws are fitted to the shape of a standard hexagonal bolt head, being adjustable to different sized bolts upon up or down movement of the ratchet arm relative to the stationary arm. The central bolt claw is fitted through a slot in the upper bolt claw which defines an inclined ramp surface such that movement of one claw is coupled to movement of the other claw. The claws move cooperatively in reaction to the stationary, lower bolt claw to form a tightly fitted surface for a bolt head. The stationary arm has a complex profile on its lower surface for contact with a ratchet pawl pivotally attached to the ratchet arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Johnnie F. Davidson
  • Patent number: 6135607
    Abstract: A lightweight tool extending apparatus comprising an outer member having a lower end structured for interconnection with a drive ratchet, an inner member structured for insertion into the outer member in sliding relation thereto and having an upper end structured for interconnection with a drive head, a universal joint structured to rotate and pivot about its longitudinal axis so that the outer member may be angled relative to the inner member, a light mounted to the inner member structured to generate a focused light beam above the upper end of the inner member, and a depressible button in a side of the inner member structured to protrude through one of a plurality of holes in a corresponding side of the outer member, thereby securing the inner and outer members in place relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Jesse James Cook
  • Patent number: 6116116
    Abstract: An improved corkscrew having a main body or lever (1), whose intermediate section has a shaft (2) on which a helicoidal thread (3) swings and in whose end there is another shaft (7) by which a second ribbed arm (8) swings, having on its two sides two grooves (12) opposite to each other, along which the two extensions of the shaft (7) run, with several locking points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventors: Ramon Brucart Puig, Marta Bonich Linares
  • Patent number: 6109139
    Abstract: A tool for use in removing a plurality of spaced apart caps while said caps are in locked engagement with a plurality of corresponding tubes comprises a body have a first portion adapted to be engaged by the user and a second portion having a plurality of spaced apart pegs extending from the body, the pegs being of such size, shape and relative spacing as to be closely received within a corresponding hollow in the cap, whereby, upon insertion of the pegs into the caps and application of a rocking force to the tool, the tubes are uncapped nearly simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Qualicon
    Inventors: David J. Regester, W. Mark Barbour
  • Patent number: 6105468
    Abstract: A multi-purpose closure opener for use with a variety of containers including twist-top bottles, vacuum-sealed jars and tab-top cans. A rigid elongated main body supports a twist-top opening section, a jar lid opening section and a tab-top can closure opening section for convenient opening of a selected one of these several containers in a single unitary construction. The twist-top opening section allows engagement of at least two bottle cap types, while the tab-top can closure opening section is designed to engage a variety of different sized and shaped tabs. The jar lid opening section permits easy jar lid seal-breaking convenience on the same opener. A magnet secured to the elongated body allows the opener to be mounted for storage on a kitchen appliance, such as a refrigerator, having a metal surface, or other suitable metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: The Pampered Chef, Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott R. Fohrman, Kevin M. Hess
  • Patent number: 6105200
    Abstract: A can cleaning device having a main body and front edge, and a wall depending from the main body along the front edge for use with a disposable moist towelette to clean and sanitize a top surface and a tight circumferential groove on the top of a pop top beverage can. The can cleaning device is guided into place on top of the moist towelette, forcing a portion of the moist towelette into the tight groove on the top of the can, rotating the can cleaning device relative to the can effects cleaning and sanitizing or disinfecting of the top surface and groove on the can. The can cleaning device may be attached to a counter top, vending machine, vending cart, store counter, cooler, refrigeration unit, serving cart or similar place for storing or dispensing pop top beverage cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Byron W. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6101900
    Abstract: A corkscrew assembly contains the combination of a body, a corkscrew and a lever, in which the lever has a lever extension slidably nested within a recess therein, the extension being movable between a first and second position and the extension extends beyond the free end of the lever in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Francisco Jose Traspuesto Miguel
  • Patent number: 6070497
    Abstract: A multipurpose implement for opening containers for foodstuffs and other products has one end with a ring and tab for removing lift-off bottle caps, an opposite end with an outer edge having a hook, a lug and serrations for opening cans, and an intermediate portion having an oval aperture with additional serrations, for twisting off caps and lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Cesare Farelli
  • Patent number: 6032553
    Abstract: A manually operated corkscrew is disclosed with a substantially U-shaped body having first and second ends. A rack with teeth is moveable within the body. The rack has first and second ends and is biased to move toward the second end of the body. Two symmetrical wings are provided on the second end of the rack with an extension spike mounted therebetween. A handle, pivotally attached at a pivot to the body adjacent to the first end of the body also has an axis joint disposed adjacent to the pivot. A ratchet claw, with a claw end, is pivotally disposed on the axis joint and biased so that the claw end engages the teeth on the rack. The handle acts as a first-class lever when activated about the pivot to gradually push the rack toward the first end of the body through progressive engagement between the ratchet claw and the teeth on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventors: Ramon Brucart Puig, Marta Bonich Linares
  • Patent number: 5996169
    Abstract: A can cleaning device for cleaning the top surface and groove of pop top cans. The can cleaning device comprises a main body having a front edge and a perpendicular wall depending from the main body along the front edge wherein the perpendicular wall and front edge have a curvature substantially equal to the radial curvature of the circumferential groove on the top of a beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Byron W. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5967001
    Abstract: A tool is provided for use in near simultaneous removal of a plurality of caps from a strip of PCR reaction tubes held in a tube rack (and, in an alternate embodiment, for also recapping the tubes) without disturbing the contents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Qualicon
    Inventor: David J. Regester
  • Patent number: 5950504
    Abstract: A pipettor attachable microcentrifuge tube opener adapted to fit on a common pipettor, allowing the user to open a microcentrifuge tube without the need to open the tube solely by hand or through use of an additional instrument. Alternatively, the features of the microcentrifuge tube opener may be integrated into an originally manufactured pipettor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: James A. Italia
  • Patent number: 5893301
    Abstract: A bottle opener for opening bottles of the type having a threaded cap secured to a threaded opening and a seal provided by sheet material secured over at least a portion of the cap and a portion of the bottle. The opener includes a cap engaging member for unthreading the cap and an edge movably positionable against the seal for disruption of the seal during unthreading of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Carroll Gene Hensley, Constance Ann Hensley
  • Patent number: 5887305
    Abstract: Portable corkscrew with accessory to shear the caps on the neck of bottles, the corkscrew comprising a grip (11), on substantially one end of which are pivoted a drawing screw (12) and a supporting lever (13), the shearing accessory (14) being located substantially at the other end (11a) of the grip (11) and comprising a plurality of shearing wheels, the shearing accessory (14) comprising at least two assemblies of wheels, a first assembly of wheels (15) and a second assembly of wheels (17) respectively, these two assemblies of shearing wheels (15, 17) being associated with respective supports, which are reciprocally movable and positionable and which define a first closed inactive position forming substantially a continuity of line together with the outer shape of the grip (11) of the corkscrew (10) and at least one second opened working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Ferdinando Cellini
  • Patent number: 5862720
    Abstract: A hand tool for removing the stopper, foil and wire basket all together simultaneously from a bottle of champagne in a safe, quick and easy manner, the tool consisting of a first and a second half. Each half provides a handle means for grasping and manipulating the tool, an angled portion at which point the halves overlap and are pivotally secured together, and one of a pair of curved gripping heads designed to engage with the stopper. Each of the gripping heads has an in facing curved surface to accommodate the stopper therebetween and a pair of elongated pointed teeth extending inwardly therefrom. The teeth on each of the gripping heads are spaced apart a sufficient distance to straddle a wire rib of the wire basket. A concave groove is positioned between each set of teeth so as to allow the teeth to penetrate and firmly grip the stopper, penetrating to the full length of each of the teeth into a cork stopper, while accommodating the ribs within the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Jessie L. McNellis
    Inventor: Kenneth M. McNellis
  • Patent number: 5806380
    Abstract: A device for removing and storing a boat's drain plug having a wrench body with an integral wrench head at one end and a plug retaining ring the other end. The retaining ring includes a grommet, formed from an elastomeric material, of a shape and configuration to grip the sides of a boat drain plug and hold it securely in place. A magnet assembly is permanently mounted on bottom side of the wrench body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Gary Alan Wilsey
  • Patent number: 5799551
    Abstract: A combined corkscrew and stopper comprises a central body 10 with two handles 12 and 13 pivotably mounted to the body. When the handles are closed together, the handles surround a corkscrew and remote ends 16 and 17 form a bottle stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Impex Handelsgesellschaft Mbh (F.E.) Ltd.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Vitrac
  • Patent number: 5778472
    Abstract: A tool for removing lids from containers is formed from a single piece of planar rigid material by stamping or cutting therefrom a pattern and thereafter bending portions of the pattern into operative elements including a handle portion and a head portion. The head portion includes a first flange having a first flange flap, an inward projecting recess, a cutting flange having a cutting edge, a second flange, and a third flange, wherein the third flange and the cutting flange are bent to the same side of the tool to perform a cutting function while the first flange and the second flange are bent to the opposite side to facilitate a prying function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Frank J. Lang
  • Patent number: 5771759
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a can tab opener is provided, having a handle portion 12, and an upper outwardly extending first opening member 14. A second lower opening member 16 is provided, having a distial end 18 which is inclined downwardly. The upper member 14 includes a extension 15 which is inclined upwardly at its distal end portion, as indicated at 17. An optional feature is a bottle cap opener 20 which includes an arcuate cut-out portion 22 to engage a bottle cap and an opening 24 to facilitate storing the device at a convenient place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: John F. Warren
  • Patent number: 5661863
    Abstract: A tool for opening cans having crimped overlying lids--specifically lids having perforated edges crimped over the open top of the can. The tool includes an edge adapted to cut open the perforated edges and a vane offset from the handle of the tool is adapted to raise the crimped edges to release the edges from the top of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventors: Willard L. Tracy, Andrew Mouw, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5621936
    Abstract: A utensil is adapted to be held by a user and manipulated by the user's hand to operate on a workpiece. One feature of the utensil enables the user to gain mechanical advantage when locking and unlocking key-operated locking mechanisms by displacing a key from its stowed state to its extended state. Other features include a letter opener, a cap remover, and an abrasive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventors: Janet L. Penaligon, Jerry L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5568665
    Abstract: A tool designed primarily to be used in conjunction with paint cans to not only open the lid of a paint can but also to puncture the rim groove of the paint can forming openings that permit any paint that accumulates in the rim groove to flow back within the paint can. The tool is formed into an elongated housing that has a back end adapted to be struck by a hammer and a front end formed into a plurality of sharply pointed ends. The sharply pointed ends are deflected slightly from the remaining portion of the front end which facilitates usage of the tool to open the lid of the paint can. The front end also is to include a conventional bottle opener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fick
  • Patent number: 5535644
    Abstract: An opener can remove a container cap with a discrete, rigid tab mounted in a notch formed in a handle. The notch is formed in a first end of the handle and extends transversely across the handle for engaging the container cap. The tab is mounted at one of a pair of banks bordering the notch. The tab extends partially into the notch for engaging the container cap. The handle can have a centrally located transverse bore adapted to hold a corkscrew coaxially. For a hollow handle, the corkscrew can be stored inside the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventors: Raoul Paul-Alexandre, Anthony Cifelli
  • Patent number: 5528961
    Abstract: An ice bucket champagne opener apparatus, comprises: A cylinder ice bucket structure base to contain ice and a bottle of champagne. A lid attached and secured on the top of the ice bucket as an elevated base. The lid has a center round hole opening for the upper part of the champagne bottle to be set above the lid. A post support base is connected to the top of the lid to support an adjustable lever post. An elongated lever bar with a rear handle is connected pivotally across the top of the lever post. A cork container, which has the grasping means connected, is hung by a flexible connector with the front end of the lever bar. The cork container is floated above the lid and can be adjusted to slide to cover the champagne cork. The grasping means has a pair of cork grip flanges, which can be set to grasp and lock on the champagne cork. Whereby one can press the bottle down with one hand and press the lever bar with the other hand to tilt the cork container in pulling the cork off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Sam Paramest
  • Patent number: 5483854
    Abstract: The invention herein provides an apparatus and method for effectively removing the cork and its stoppering elements from a bottle containing a pressurized beverage such as champagne and/or sparkling wine. The apparatus has a support structure configured to be grasped by the operator. The support structure supports at least three blades made of a metal material which extend obliquely upwardly and convergingly inwardly into a space in the apparatus. Due to the relative positioning of the blades, the apparatus screwingly crimps the structure of the stoppering elements in the apparatus when it is applied and rotated. The cork and stoppering elements can then be pulled from the bottle in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: K2 Development Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy P. King, Stacy Walsh
  • Patent number: 5454282
    Abstract: In a pocket corkscrew, a handle 1 is pivotally operated around two fulcra (4, 6)--around the first one (4) during a first run of the cork (14) and around the second one (6) during the second and definitive run of the same cork. Increase of the arm 2-4 into the arm 2-6 allows the cork (14) to run a further path d2, avoiding a second screwing of the extracting means 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Effegi s.r.l.
    Inventor: Licinio Del Mistro
  • Patent number: 5390567
    Abstract: Device for opening cans and the like, of the type having a ring on the lid for its opening, which is comprised of a body (1) with a curved surface, receiving at one end a lever arm (2) and a hook (3) susceptible of being coupled to the opening loop of the container, thereby enabling its controlled tearing; the curved structure body (1) has the shape of a curved plate which, by one end, is integral with the lever arm (2) with a curvature opposite to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Robert P. Martorell
  • Patent number: 5388297
    Abstract: A container opening tool having a wrench end portion with at least one central opening therethrough and with each such opening having teeth spaced around the interior of the opening; a puncture and cut end portion and a handle interconnecting the wrench end and the puncture and cut end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Phillip N. Ross
  • Patent number: 5372054
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening a wine bottle includes a cork seal remover assembly, comprising a housing having a cavity therein, the cavity including opposed side walls that taper downwardly to a bottom opening and converge rearwardly toward a rear wall. A blade assembly is received within the cavity, the blade assembly including a pair of spring arms disposed to impinge resiliently on the side walls of the cavity. The spring arms include arcuate blades in confronting relationship to define a gap therebetween. A bottle neck is inserted between the blades and urged rearwardly, causing the spring arms to converge and the blades to impinge on the seal, severing the end of the seal. The cork remover portion of the invention includes a corkscrew blade disposed coaxially within a tubular housing. The corkscrew blade is operated by a reversible motor, and a sensor within the inner end of the tubular housing is connected to reverse the rotation of the motor and blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: George J. Federighi, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5367923
    Abstract: A corkscrew for simultaneously cutting a capsule on a neck of the bottle and removing a cork from the bottle including a screw handle having a screw at one end for engaging the cork, a pair of force lever arms for the extraction of the cork after the screw engages the cork, a covering for sliding on the neck of the bottle such that the screw handle is in alignment with the cork, a cutter positioned within the covering, and an engagement member affixed to the screw handle and interactive with the cutter so as to cause the cutter to rotate during a rotation of the screw handle. The screw handle has gear teeth positioned in generally coaxial alignment with the screw. The force lever arms engage the gear teeth of the screw handle. The screw handle is rotatable relative to the covering. The covering includes a portion having a generally conical configuration. The cutter is affixed to an interior support member interconnected to the force lever arms. The cutter includes freely rotatable wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Alberto Fabbro
  • Patent number: 5365806
    Abstract: The device is a three-in-one mechanical remover for bottle caps, bottle corks and jar caps of various sizes. The main frame metal structure has a vertical support post (6) with a pair of connected horizontal bars (8) and (9). The vertical post (6) and the upper T bar (8) are used to support the two different system for the different purposes. The shorter wing of the T bar (8) is installed with a vise system. The system has a vise screw (10) installed on the upper T bar and connects to a movable vise grip housing unit (16). The housing grip is affixed with a toothed rubber grip as an adjustable grip (24a). Another matching toothed grip at the foot of the post is installed as a stationary grip (24b). The vise grip system can be utilized to open jar caps of the various sizes. Whereas the other longer wing of the upper T bar is installed with a cork screw shaft rod (32) with a wing type cap opener (29) as a handle (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Sam S. Paramest
  • Patent number: 5363725
    Abstract: Corkscrew (10) with a fitting (16) to shear tinfoil, plastic or other caps (17) on the upper part of the neck (18) of bottles (14) possibly including a collar, the corkscrew (10) comprising an at least partly flat grip (11) having a possible zone to contain a drawing screw (12), an element to anchor the drawing screw (12) and a short supporting element (13), cutting fitting (16) being included and consisting of small shearing wheel (22) cooperating with recess (19), which are substantially coherent with the outer diameter of the neck (18) of the bottle (14) and are associated with positioning and guide members (19-20-30-23) cooperating with the upper part of the neck (18) of the bottle (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Ferdinando Cellini
  • Patent number: 5347889
    Abstract: A device is described for removing either a cork or a mushroom-shape stopper from a bottle. It includes a support frame having a bottom ring member adapted to engage the neck of a wine bottle, a top cap member with a threaded hole extending therethrough and at least two circumferentially spaced longitudinal support members extending between the top cap and bottom ring. A threaded shaft having an upper end and a lower end is mounted in the top cap threaded hole, this shaft having a handle mounted on the upper end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Andrew R. St. Denis
  • Patent number: 5337632
    Abstract: An opener, especially for opening tab-top beverage containers and certain vehicle door handle systems has an essentially flat, rectangular handle portion with a curved tail end and a hook disposed at an opposite end of the handle portion. The inventive opener simplifies the tasks of opening tab-top beverage containers end certain vehicle door handle systems, while protecting a user's hands and fingernails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Nailco, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Thomas, Jane Ryan
  • Patent number: 5313858
    Abstract: A device for removing a rubber stopper from a test tube is mountable to an upright wall, has a generally horizontal splash guard, and a lower plate spaced parallel to and below the splash guard. A slot in the lower plate has spaced-apart opposing edges that converge towards each other from the plate outer edge to a narrowed portion, the opposing edges shaped to make engagement between the bottom of the stopper flange and the top edge of the test tube to wedge therebetween and to grasp the stopper in the slot narrowed portion to hold the stopper as the test tube is manipulated downwardly and pulled from the stopper. The opposing edges extend inwardly to adjoin an opening having a diameter significantly larger than that of the stopper flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Midwest Research Institute
    Inventor: Robert R. Stitt
  • Patent number: 5313859
    Abstract: A device for removing a child resistant closure from a container, including a tab to receive the protrusion of a closure of the line-up-the-arrows type, a recess to receive the closure adjacent the tab, an inclined side of the recess to bear against the closure and maintain the tab in engagement with the protrusion, and an end of the device opposite the tab to receive a force. The recess is such that it can accept varying sizes of closures. Applying a force to the forcereceiving end in the downward direction levers the tab upward to pry the closure off the container. The tab is positioned on the device in such a way that the user can readily see the engagement of the tab with the closure protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Senetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gage Garby, Jeffery T. Ballas
  • Patent number: 5285827
    Abstract: A multi-stage, batch or continuous, manual or automated process and apparatus for safely depressurizing, de-capping (decrimping plus pulling caps), and recycling aerosol cans, propellants, solvents, chemicals, dip tubes, and can tops. The apparatus includes a synchronized sorting and loading unit for guiding the cans onto an advancing line. The cans are first depressurized by a vacuum head unit comprising a vacuum seal and a reciprocable hollow needle which punctures the can recessed top cap and removes the propellants by suction for later reuse or disposal. The cans are advanced to a decapping unit where the cap member is removed by decrimping to crack the seal followed by being vertically pulled off without damage to the can's rolled lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Depressurized Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter E. Gonzalez-Miller, Jacques M. Dulin
  • Patent number: 5277083
    Abstract: A tool for assisting people in opening pull tab actuated cans of two types. The tool is provided with structural features for engaging a pull tab ring to facilitate pivotal movement of a pull tab. The tool is also provided with structural features including a hook for engaging a pull tab ring of a pull tab to facilitate substantially linear movement of the pull tab for removing tear-away lids of cans so equipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Joseph Madonia
  • Patent number: 5277324
    Abstract: A bottle cover arranged for securement about an upper portion of a bottle member in a complementary relationship, wherein the bottle cover includes a body cavity and is formed of a fluid absorbing sponge material having a head portion to receive the bottle cap therewithin, with the head portion having a cylindrical cavity, including a cylindrical resilient insert arranged coextensively about an interior wall of the head portion for enhanced engagement of the bottle cap to permit rotation of the bottle cap relative to the associated bottle, with the sponge body arranged to absorb fluid in an overflow from the associated bottle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Gary D. Cash
  • Patent number: 5267494
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an improved bottle opener incorporated on a key having a head and a body. The head has a U-shaped cutout at a downward angle in the range of about 30.degree. to about 60.degree. with fulcrum and lifting edges. The cutout has a width of about -5% to about +8% that of the thickness of a bottle cap. The fulcrum edge has a radius at the cutout opening that engages the top of a bottle cap without puncturing it. The lifting edge passes beneath the rim of the bottle cap, and the body is long enough to provide leverage sufficient to remove the bottle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: CEW Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Casey E. Waluda
  • Patent number: 5261299
    Abstract: A bottle opening device with a bottle opener having a handle supported on a flexible sheet of material. The sheet of material has two straps and an intermediate part. The intermediate part has the handle of the bottle opener fixed to it and rests in the palm of the user's hand. The intermediate part extends from the palm and has two spaced openings to receive the middle finger and the ring finger of the user's hand. The intermediate part extends under the wrist of the hand and has two straps fixed to it. The straps are for example, like VELCRO-type material by which the straps can be attached together to hold the opener in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Inventor: Stephen Kondos
  • Patent number: 5257566
    Abstract: An opener accessory for opening containers designed with flip-top opening mechanisms. The accessory is formed in the shape of a finger band having a pry end extending from the finger band for urging a pull-tab member of a flip-top opening mechanism. The opener accessory is preferably produced from a flat, thin, narrow, one-piece construction metallic structure formed having a pry end at one end and a finger band end at the other end. The finger band is formed as a rounded portion and a straight portion for encircling a user's finger, such as a thumb. The straight portion extends across the rounded portion and terminates at the finger band end. The pry end is formed as an integral extension of the finger band's rounded portion and is preferably machined stamped and chamfered for facilitating snagging a pull-tab member of the flip-top opening mechanism. In certain respects the accessory's pry end resembles a fingertip and fingernail, but accomplishes the same function without the normal prying discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Inventor: Edward F. Schultz
  • Patent number: 5253551
    Abstract: An ultracentrifuge with a snap can and a tool for removing or installing the snap cap. The tool also is formed for installing and removing screw caps from centrifuge tubes, test tubes or the like. The ultracentrifuge tube has a balanced positive securement structure with a support collar that supports the tube independently of the cap securement structure. The tool has manually grippable, elongated body constructed of a semi-rigid material, and one end of the tool body includes a slot and a tab protruding from the tool end directly above the slot. The tool tab is formed to engage the top of the snap cap when a pry lip of the snap cap is inserted into the slot. The user can swing the tool up to unsnap the cap from the tube. The opposite end of the tool includes an open ended socket dimensioned and tapered to grippably receive the outer circumferential perimeter of a screw cap for a centrifuge tube thereby facilitating easy removal or installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Bio-Pias, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald H. DeVaughn
  • Patent number: 5241719
    Abstract: A new and improved tool for rapidly removing sealed covers from large paint buckets, oil buckets, and the like and comprising a handle having a hammer member affixed to one end thereof and a hook member extending away from the handle at a predetermined angle. The hook member has a slot therein defining a pair of hook ends, and a cutting blade member is located in the slot and is joined to the hook member. The blade member has a cutting edge of the same general contour as that of the pair of hook ends, and the blade member is thus partially protected from exposure to users during both transport and operation. A first upward torquing motion of the tool member is used to pull the cutting edge of the blade through slots or grooves in the edge of the lid being removed, whereas a second upward torquing motion of the tool is made after the lid edge has been inserted between the end of the cutting blade and a pair of hook ends located on each side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Herman K. Memmelaar
  • Patent number: 5222265
    Abstract: A lid prying tool is disclosed having a handle at one end, a hook at the other end, and a first fulcrum located in between. The tool further includes a knife edge, and a second fulcrum located between the handle and the knife edge. In one embodiment of the invention, the first fulcrum and the associated hook are located on the opposite side of the tool from the second fulcrum and the associated knife blade. In this manner the tool is reversible to accomplish both cutting and prying actions on opposite sides of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Edward Hermansson
  • Patent number: D373290
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Scott Ballin
  • Patent number: D406025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Chung-Sung Hung