Total 5079 patents for "2005-05-12"

Valve gear of internal combustion engine

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098129

There is provided a valve gear of an internal combustion engine, comprising a cam mechanism for converting rotational motion of an electric motor into linear motion to drive a valve for opening and closing a cylinder against a valve spring, and a torque reduction mechanism for adding an opposite torque, which serves so as to reduce a torque applied to the cam mechanism from the valve spring at the time of driving the valve, to the cam mechanism.

Bone marrow mixing instrument

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101963

The bone marrow mixing instrument having a handle housing with a trigger mounted thereto. The handle housing contains a ratchet drive feed mechanism with a pawl assembly and a moveable ratchet bar. The other end of the ratchet bar is secured to mixing housing which holds syringes filled with material and defines channels leading from the syringe area to a mixing nozzle removably mounted to the mixing housing. A piston rod and piston are mounted in each syringe containing bone defect material with a piston being advanced within the respective syringe by the feed mechanism to discharge bone defect material from the syringe into the adjacent channels in the mixing housing and into the mixing nozzle.

Endoscope cover

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101838

The present invention provides a technique for a covering and identifying an endoscope. In one embodiment, a cover may be placed onto the probe portion of an endoscope. Advantageously, the cover may protect the probe portion against inadvertent damage. Additionally, the cover may comprise an indicium indicative of a status of the endoscope or endoscope components, such as the probe portion. For example, the indicium may comprise colors, such as red and green, respectively assigned to indicate a sterile or contaminated condition of the endoscope or endoscope components.

Precision dive gear-strong cottrell-scuba buoyancy compensator system

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098597

The Precision Dive Gear Strong Cottrell SCUBA Buoyancy Compensating System is a product that will forever change the SCUBA community. The system supports SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) equipment with the use of semi rigid shoulder hooks and rigid back plate (see DWG 25/27) keeping the chest area clear of straps. The system allows users to don and remove SCUBA equipment with speed and ease not found in current industry products. In emergency situations, the equipment can be removed in a fraction of the time that conventional equipment can take. The system is comprised of rigid shoulder hooks, rigid back plate, shoulder pads, back plate pads, waist belt, ballast weight pockets and optional crotch strap. The system is adjustable for a wide range of male and female users. The Back Plate is designed to accommodate single and double tanks and a wide range of equipment and accessories.

Self-propelled swabbing device and method

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098322

A self-propelled swabbing device and method for use in removing liquid to surface from within an installed wellbore casing. The device includes a longitudinally extending plunger sized to fit within the wellbore casing, and includes an internal surface defining an internal flow passage extending longitudinally therethrough. The device further includes a seal between the plunger and the casing and a valve stem having a valve operative to be shuttled between an opened position and a closed position to seal the internal flow passage. The stem extends longitudinally through the plunger to form a piston and sealed chamber maintained at a pressure below that desired for closing the valve. A biaser is further provided for biasing the valve in the opened position until a set pressure is reached, at which point the valve, is shuttled to the closed position and flow through the internal flow passage is stopped. The device may include snap-closed and snap-open magnetic devices for ensuring that the valve remains either fully closed or fully open.

Vehicle related services system and methodology

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050102075

A vehicle-related services system and methodology employing at least one sensor automatically sensing at least one of the time during which a vehicle is not being operated and where the vehicle is located when it is not being operated and at least one data processor receiving information sensed by the sensor, indicating at least one of the time during which the vehicle is not being operated and where the vehicle is located when it is not being operated and providing a billing data output in respect of a vehicle-related service which is dependent on at least one of the time during which the vehicle is not being operated and where the vehicle is located when it is not being operated.

Method for dynamic channel allocation

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101266

A method designated as Dynamic Rate Repartitioning (DRR) is provided, which allows temporary allocation of temporarily not-in-use time-multiplex based transmission channels of telephone or ISDN-links like channeled voice over DSL/CVoDSL to a simultaneously active ATM-link, in an SDSL/SHDSL- or ADSL frame of a corresponding DSL-link. The method increases the data rate and makes a more intensive use of the transmission capacity of the DSL-link. Switching is carried out with frame synchronization and without data loss, wherein bit positions can be maintained.

Coin dispensing device

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101242

A coin dispensing device is provided that prevents a returning of a first coin to prevent a clink noise. The coin dispensing device has a rotating disk that dispenses coins to a guiding unit one by one. The dispensed coins are guided upwards by the guiding unit in a line. A coin return preventing unit prevents the first coin going backward which is located adjacent to the rotating disk. The first coin dispensed by the rotating disk is prevented from moving backwards.

Method and Compositions for ordering restriction fragments

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050102336

Method and apparatus for providing random bits are described. In one embodiment, random bits are provided by storing a succession of random bits in a buffer. A quantity of bits is selected from the buffer at a source location and used as a basis of a new quantity of random bits. The content of the buffer is altered and the source location is advanced to the next position in the buffer. The source location is placed at the beginning of the buffer plus an offset when the next location is beyond the limit of the buffer.

Fuser cleaning method and system in image-forming device

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100371

A fuser roller surface is cleaned immediately before and or after the fusing operation. The separate cleaning sequence assures that the fuser roller surface is substantially free from residual toner that has accumulated from previous fusing operation. A number of image-transfer sheets is counted, and the cleaning sequence is also optionally activated after a number of detected image-transfer sheets has reached a predetermined number.

Apparatus and method for image optimization of samples in a scanning electron microscope

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098724

A system and method for identifying an optimal landing energy of a probe current in a scanning electron microscope system. A probe current having a known landing energy is directed at a sample for producing a signal electron beam. The current of the signal electron beam is measured by directing the beam to a current detector for calculating a current yield, which is the ratio of the signal current to the probe current. The landing energy can then be changed for subsequent measurements of the signal current to identify the landing energy which produces a desired current yield. Once identified, the landing energy value can be used to produce a signal electron beam directed towards an imaging detector to generate topographic images of samples.

Light-amount control device for photographing

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100334

A light-amount control device includes a plurality of lighting units each of which emits light for illuminating a photographing area of a photographing optical system. Further, the light-amount control device includes a peripheral light amount data calculator and a lighting unit controller. The peripheral light amount data calculator calculates a peripheral light amount data defining ratios of light emission intensities for the lighting units, to make the illuminance of an image plane of a standard object that has a flat surface being perpendicular to the optical axis of the photographing optical system and having a constant reflecting light ratio, constant when the standard object is illuminated by the lighting units. The image plane is formed by reflected light from the surface of the standard object that enters the photographing optical system. The lighting unit controller controls the lighting units so that the intensity of light at a wider illuminating angle to an optical axis of the photographing optical system becomes higher, based on the peripheral light amount data.

Scroll compressor

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100469

A scroll compressor enabling decrease of a flow path loss in a communication groove extending from a suction port toward a suction chamber to decrease a loss of suction power is disclosed. In the scroll compressor, a movable scroll is provided so as to perform a swivel motion relative to a fixed scroll, a fixed scroll lap and a movable scroll lap are engaged with each other to form a suction chamber and compression chambers, a suction port communicating with the suction chamber is formed in the fixed scroll, and a communication groove extending from the suction port toward the suction chamber is formed in the fixed scroll. The communication groove has a shape such that the bottom thereof is inclined so as to become shallower from the suction port side to the suction chamber side.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE OF A DEVICE

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098681

A system receives information regarding current flight conditions of a device such as an aircraft and determines the acoustic level of the sonic boom and/or other noise generated by the device during operation. The current acoustic level is compared to a desired level, and various cues are displayed to operators regarding corrective actions that can be taken to reduce or maintain the acoustic level at the desired level. The system also predicts future acoustic levels based on current operating conditions, and varies the urgency of the cues based on whether and how quickly the device will exceed the desired acoustic level. Options to limit maneuvers and to automatically adjust operating condition parameters can be enabled. Options to display additional information regarding past, current, and predicted acoustic levels can also be selected. Signals that can be used to automatically control the acoustic level of a device during operation can also be generated for use in devices that can operate autonomously.

Modular connector

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101194

A modular connector (100) includes an insulative housing (1) defining a chamber (10). A terminal module insert (3) is fixedly received in the chamber and defines a plurality of passageways (330) therein. A plurality of terminals (34) are received in the passageways of the insert. Each terminal includes a mounting end (341), a fixing portion (342) engaging with a corresponding passageway of the insert and a mating end (344) downwardly and rearwardly extending from the fixing portion for engaging with a contact of a mating connector in a front-to-rear direction. The terminals have positioning portions at the fixing portions. The positioning portions are oriented perpendicularly to the front-to-rear direction.

Method for manufacturing semiconductor device

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101157

An insulating-film composition containing an insulating-film precursor and a pore-generating material is applied onto a surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a first heat treatment is performed to polymerize the insulating-film precursor without vaporizing the pore-generating material, to form a non-porous insulating film. Next, a resist pattern is formed on the non-porous insulating film, and dry etching is performed, using the resist pattern as a mask, to form a trench in the non-porous insulating film. After removing the resist pattern by ashing, the surface of the semiconductor substrate is cleaned. Next, a second heat treatment is performed to remove the pore-generating material from the non-porous insulating film and to form a porous insulating film. Thereafter, a copper layer is deposited in the trench on a barrier-metal film to form copper wiring.

Function generating circuit and temperature characteristic controlling method for function generating circuit

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050099239

In a function generating circuit which comprises a temperature sensor 1 for outputting an output current (Ilin) with a linear temperature characteristic or an output voltage (Vlin) with the linear temperature characteristic, a cubic function generating circuit 2 for receiving the output current (Ilin) or the output voltage (Vlin) of the temperature sensor 1 as an input and generating a cubic temperature characteristic voltage (Vcub), and a control data storing circuit 3 for recording control data to control the output characteristic of the cubic function generating circuit 2, an external control signal is applied to the temperature sensor 1 from an external control terminal 4 to cause the sensor to output variably the output current (Ilin) or the output voltage (Vlin) such that the temperature characteristic of the cubic function generating circuit 2 can be controlled at the ordinary temperature.

Method of affinity separation and ligands for use therein

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100970

Methods of affinity separation wherein the affinity ligand is immobilized proteinaceous ligand wherein one or more of its asparagine (Asn) residues has been modified. Methods of making a stabilized combinatorial protein by a) modification of Asn residues within a protein molecule to increase stability of the protein in alkaline conditions, and b) randomization of the protein molecule to modify its binding characteristics, and combinatorial proteins wherein in a step separate from the randomization step, the stability of the protein in alkaline conditions has been increased by modifying one or more of its Asn residues.

Depth control for seed planter

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098076

A disc opener assembly connected to a tool bar linked to a vehicle for movement over the ground for opening a seed trench therein, the assembly comprising a main arm member attached to the tool bar, a disc mounted for rotation on the main arm, a gauge arm member having proximal and distal ends, the proximal end mounted for pivotal motion about a pivot axis to the main arm member, a gauge wheel mounted to the distal end of the gauge arm member, a first coupler mounted to the main arm member, a second coupler linked to the gauge arm member and juxtaposed proximate and for movement with respect to the first coupler along a coupling axis that is substantially parallel to the pivot axis, the second coupler configured to engage the first coupler when biased there against and a retainer for maintaining the first and second couplers engaged.

Coating dispensing system and method using a solenoid head for coating medical devices

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100655

System and method for coating a medical appliance are provided. In accord with one embodiment, a system for applying a coating to a medical appliance having accessible patterned surfaces is provided. The system may include: a processor, an appliance support, and a solenoid type fluid dispensing head having an electromagnetically controlled valve. In the system, the appliance support may be adapted to hold the medical appliance and to provide direct access for a coating to contact the exposed external patterned surfaces of the medical appliance. The solenoid type fluid dispensing head in this system may move with respect to the medical appliance and may be in communication with a source of coating and with the processor. The processor in this system may contain commands that instruct the solenoid type fluid dispensing head to force coating onto the accessible patterned surfaces of the medical appliance in a pattern that correlates with the accessible patterned surfaces of the medical appliance.

Communication apparatus, communication system, certificate transmission method and program

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050102503

A communication apparatus includes an authentication part for authenticating another communication apparatus with a first digital certificate, and a certificate transmission part for transmitting a second digital certificate when the authentication part succeeds in authenticating the other communication apparatus with the first digital certificate.

Semiconductor device and the fabricating method thereof

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098894

The object is to pattern extremely fine integrated circuits by forming fine contact holes. The dry etching method is employed to form contact holes to pattern a wiring (114), using a mask made of metallic film (112) and an organic material as an inter-layer insulating film (111) for covering switching elements and each of the wirings.

Disk alternator

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050099081

A power disk alternator includes a rotor arranged to rotate about an axis, having a circular cross section, and having at least two disks facing each other and defining at least one gap therebetween. The rotor has a shaft connected to an external source for driving the shaft in rotation about the axis. A circular array of magnetized elements is located in equally arcuately spaced relation adjacent to the periphery of each disk, each of the magnetized elements having surfaces of opposite polarity and being disposed in side-by-side relationship in an alternating polarity configuration. Magnetized elements of one disk face magnetized elements of the other disk of opposite polarity to create between the two disks in the air gap the magnetic fields of the opposite polarities. The alternator also includes a stator having at least one fixed disk made of a nonmetallic material having a conductor path on at least one surface thereof, each of the stators being located in one of the at least one air gap. A connector is provided for connecting the conductor path to a load. When the external source drives the shaft in rotation about the axis, the rotor rotates and the resulting rotating magnetic field induces a current in the conductor path.

Ammunition primer composition for small arms

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098248

A heavy-metal free primer composition consisting essentially of potassium dinitrobenzofuroxane as a primary explosive, diazodinitrophenol as a secondary sensitization explosive, and an inert sensitizer is disclosed. The preferred mix is comprised of 50% of potassium dinitrobenzofuroxane, 30% of diazodinitrophenol and 20% of ceramics powder as the inert sensitizer. This composition has sufficient sensitivity, good ballistic properties for all types of cartridges and very strong stability in high temperature and high humidity conditions.

Photoluminescent polymetalloles as chemical sensors

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101026

A method to develop inexpensive inorganic polymeric sensors that can provide a sensitivity and selectivity for explosive nitroaromatic compounds. Selectivity is provided by the arrays of 12 different reactive fluorescent sensors to mimic the human olfactory system. The sensors are based on photoluminescence quenching of polymers containing metalloid-metalloid backbones such as Si-Si, Si-Ge, or Ge-Ge. The sensor employs a thin film of photoluminescent copolymers, which is stable in air, water, acids, common organic solvents, and even seawater containing bioorganisms. The detection method involves measurement of the quenching of photoluminescence of the polysilole by the analyte.

Method and system for frequency offset estimation

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101275

A method and system for estimating a frequency offset between a receiver and a transmitter, including the steps of, or means for: (a) receiving a first signal from said transmitter and demodulating the first signal; (b) performing a frequency shift on said first signal by a predetermined frequency factor to generate a second signal; (c) filtering each of said first and second signals; (d) determining the power of each of the filtered first and second signals; (e) determining an upper corner frequency value of the first signal using the power of the filtered first and second signals; (f) determining a lower corner frequency of the first signal using the determined power of the filtered first and second signals; and (g) determining a frequency offset value based on said upper corner frequency value and said lower corner frequency value.

Golf ball

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050101412

A golf ball 2 has dimples A having a diameter of 4.65 mm, dimples B having a diameter of 4.45 mm, dimples C having a diameter of 4.25 mm, dimples D having a diameter of 4.05 mm, dimples E having a diameter of 3.95 mm, dimples F having a diameter of 2.80 mm, and dimples G having a diameter of 2.65 mm. When all the dimples 8 are arranged in decreasing order of the diameter Di, the mean diameter of the dimples 8 ranking in the top 10% is represented by Dx (mm), and the mean diameter of the dimples 8 ranking in the bottom 10% is represented by Dn (mm). Dx/Dn is equal to or greater than 1.30. Standard deviation of diameters of all the dimples 8 is equal to or less than 0.52. Mean value of the diameters of all the dimples 8 is equal to or greater than 4.00 mm.

Pontoon boat

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050098077

A multi-hull boat having a plurality of pontoons. The pontoons are coupled together by cross members that are recessed within the pontoons. A multi-panel floor or deck is coupled to the pontoons with joints that receive edges of the panels.

Functional dependency data profiling

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050102325

Processing data includes identifying a plurality of subsets of fields of data records of a data source, determining co-occurrence statistics for each of the plurality of subsets, and identifying one or more of the plurality of subsets as having a functional relationship among the fields of the identified subset.

Method and apparatus for interrupting a transmission of a multicast signal

Pub Date: 2005-05-12

Pub Number: US20050100037

A method and apparatus for interrupting a transmission of a multicast signal includes a common channel selector (106) coupled to a receiver (102) to receive common channel information (116) therefrom. A repetition value calculator (108) receives measurement occasion information (118) from the common channel selector (106) to calculate a repetition factor (120). A system frame number comparator (110) determines if a channel measurement occasion (128) should be performed based on the repetition factor (120), a common identifier (124) and a largest common channel transmission time interval (122). The method and apparatus further includes a measurement occasion generator (112) coupled to the system frame number comparator (110), wherein if a measurement occasion is to be performed, a measurement occasion command signal (126) is provided to the measurement occasion generator (112) and the measurement occasion generator generates the channel measurement occasion (128).