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US6497011B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497011B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 10/091,245
Filing date: 2002-03-05
Abstract: This invention relates to vehicles having parts connected with a sealing spring fastener, which comprises a U-shaped structure, on which an elastic body has been incorporated. The elastic body has a hermetically closed cavity within the U-shaped structure. The sealing spring fastener can form an assembly with an extension of a panel, preferably a plastic panel. The assembly or the fastener by itself can be engaged into the slot of a solid sheet, preferably a metal sheet, in a manner that one side of the sheet is sealed from the other side of the sheet in the vicinity of the slot. In a preferred version, the sealing fastener comprises a substantially non-elastic tough casing around portion of the elastic body in order to avoid rapture during insertion of the fastener into the slot. This invention relates to vehicles having parts connected with a sealing spring fastener, which comprises a U-shaped structure, on which an elastic body has been incorporated. The elastic body has a hermetically closed cavity within the U-shaped structure. The sealing spring ...more ...less
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US6497015B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497015B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/625,430
Filing date: 2000-07-25
Abstract: A coil-shaped fastener element is comprised of a coupling head bulging to both sides, upper/lower leg portions adjacent the coupling head and a connecting portion for connecting the upper and lower leg portions. With providing a stepped portion in a center of the upper leg portion, a portion of the fastener element on a side of the coupling head is formed thick while a portion thereof on a side of the connecting portion is formed thin. A coupling space is provided between the upper and lower leg portions. A protruded portion protruded into the coupling space is provided in a back of the stepped portion of the upper leg portion. A slope portion is formed such that the coupling space is expanded from an inside of an upper portion of the coupling head to a base portion of the protruded portion. A core thread is inserted between the upper and lower leg portions and sewed using a sewing yarn of multi-thread chain stitches as fixing yarn, such that a side edge of the core thread is protruded toward the coupling head. Upon coupling, the coupling head is allowed to be inserted quickly along the slope portion and an excessive insertion of a mating coupling element is prevented by the protruded portion and core thread so as to stabilize the coupling. Thus, the linear slide fastener enables a smooth and quick coupling operation. A coil-shaped fastener element is comprised of a coupling head bulging to both sides, upper/lower leg portions adjacent the coupling head and a connecting portion for connecting the upper and lower leg portions. With providing a stepped portion in a center of the upper leg ...more ...less
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US6497022B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497022B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/858,041
Filing date: 2001-05-15
Inventor: Carter, Sam W.  
Abstract: The pipe end burnishing tool has a tool shank with an axis of rotation, a first end adapted to be clamped to drill chuck, a second end, and a stop surface on the second end. A cup member is driven by the tool shank and axially moveable along the axis of rotation. An inside member is also driven by the shank and axially movable along the axis of rotation. A cup spring urges the cup toward the stop surface. An inside member spring urges the inside member away from the first end and also urges the cup member toward the first end. Conical burnishing surfaces on the cup and the inside member cooperate to burnish pipe ends. These burnishing surfaces float in line with the ends of pipes. The pipe end burnishing tool has a tool shank with an axis of rotation, a first end adapted to be clamped to drill chuck, a second end, and a stop surface on the second end. A cup member is driven by the tool shank and axially moveable along the axis of rotation. An inside ...more ...less
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US6497024B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497024B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/862,428
Filing date: 2001-05-21
Inventor: Fulbright, David J.  
Abstract: A fastening system including a two piece swage type fastener with a pin and collar with pin having a shank with relatively wide lock grooves having a generally smooth root contour with the collar having a shank with a wall thickness of excess volume of material before swage greater than the volume of the lock grooves and with the clearance between the inside diameter of the collar shank and diameter of lock groove crests being a minimum to reduce the compressive force for swaging the collar shank into the lock grooves with the excess volume providing partial fill of the lock grooves upon swage and with pin shank having a pull portion being a bore with helical grooves and an installation tool having a threaded mandrel to engage the pull grooves while moving into the collar shank to facilitate larger gap pull up between workpieces being secured. A fastening system including a two piece swage type fastener with a pin and collar with pin having a shank with relatively wide lock grooves having a generally smooth root contour with the collar having a shank with a wall thickness of excess volume of material before swage ...more ...less
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US6497025B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497025B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 08/928,784
Filing date: 1997-09-12
Abstract: The present invention provides a fixture for securing hardware to a shaped sheet. The fixture includes supports having sheet supporting surfaces generally corresponding to a desired elevational contour of selected portions of a sheet to be supported and a holder to support hardware to be secured to the supported sheet at a predetermined location and orientation corresponding to a desired location and orientation of the hardware when secured to a sheet shaped to a desired configuration. In one particular embodiment of the invention, the sheet supporting surfaces correspond to selected marginal edge portions of the supported sheet. The present invention provides a fixture for securing hardware to a shaped sheet. The fixture includes supports having sheet supporting surfaces generally corresponding to a desired elevational contour of selected portions of a sheet to be supported and a holder to support ...more ...less
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US6497027B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497027B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/667,766
Filing date: 2000-09-22
Inventor: Irwin, Earl James  
Abstract: A method for controlling an axle shaft endplay in a differential assembly is disclosed. The desired axle shaft endplay is determined by a differential manufacturer based on the specific operating conditions of the differential assembly. In accordance with the endplay controlling method of the present invention, first the differential is partially assembled by mounting side gears and a differential pinion shaft carrying pinions in a differential case. Then, the manufacturer determines a thickness of an axle shaft-retaining ring that would provide the desired endplay. The manufacturer is provided with an endplay controlling kit of a plurality of the retaining rings of assorted thickness. The appropriate retaining ring is selected from the kit having the thickness as determined in the previous step. Next, axle shafts are inserted into the differential case through the side gears, and the selected retaining ring is mounted to the axle shafts. After this step, the assembly of the differential is completed. A method for controlling an axle shaft endplay in a differential assembly is disclosed. The desired axle shaft endplay is determined by a differential manufacturer based on the specific operating conditions of the differential assembly. In accordance with the endplay controlling ...more ...less
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US6497037B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497037B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/805,882
Filing date: 2001-03-15
Inventor: Kawahara, Toshihiro  
Abstract: There is provided a production line having a plurality of mounting apparatus of electronic components in which the overall production efficiency is sustained by an alternation scheme when a mounting apparatus has a long cycle time due to a high malfunction rate. At a predetermined timing, the rate of unsuccessful pick-up procedure for an electronic component is compared to a predetermined value. If the rate is higher than the value, CPU finds out if the mounting apparatus 2, or 3 is available as an alternate. When the alternate is the apparatus 2, CPU 10 changes the command parameter of the particular mounting procedure, stored in RAM 12, from “M” to “S”, and stops mounting the same component. In the mean time, the mounting apparatus 2 accepts the alternate request from the apparatus 1, changes the command parameter as required, and mounts the same component on a print circuit board. There is provided a production line having a plurality of mounting apparatus of electronic components in which the overall production efficiency is sustained by an alternation scheme when a mounting apparatus has a long cycle time due to a high malfunction rate. At a ...more ...less
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US6497048B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497048B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/733,519
Filing date: 2000-12-07
Inventor: Romero, Gilda Yvonne  
Abstract: In a semiconductor liquid application apparatus, a calibration tool enables the rapid and accurate adjustment of height and center of a liquid dispense nozzle. In an example embodiment, the tool comprises a circular disk in which a first beveled out area corresponding to the shape of the liquid dispense nozzle is defined on the topside of the disk. Underneath the disk, a second beveled out area corresponding to the shape of the wafer chuck is defined therein. The calibration depth is determined by the thickness of the tool's substrate less the sum of the depth of the first beveled out area and the depth of the second beveled out area. This calibration depth is determined by the configuration of the nozzle used in a liquid-dispense spinner. In using the calibration tool, the nozzle height and center becomes more repeatable from operator-to-operator and machine-to-machine. In a semiconductor liquid application apparatus, a calibration tool enables the rapid and accurate adjustment of height and center of a liquid dispense nozzle. In an example embodiment, the tool comprises a circular disk in which a first beveled out area corresponding to the ...more ...less
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US6497871B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497871B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 08/460,539
Filing date: 1995-06-02
Abstract: The present invention relates to novel, stable recombinant gamma interferons exhibiting in greater or less degree the antiviral and antiproliferative activity in humans and pH 2 labile properties characteristic of native human gamma interferon. The amino acid sequence of such an interferon comprises, from the N-terminus: X-Y-Asp . . . Thr   1   2       126 wherein X is a methionine residue or hydrogen and Y is a glutamine residue, or, where X is hydrogen, Y is either a glutamine or a pyroglutamate residue. The present invention relates to novel, stable recombinant gamma interferons exhibiting in greater or less degree the antiviral and antiproliferative activity in humans and pH 2 labile properties characteristic of native human gamma interferon. The amino acid sequence of such an ...more ...less
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US6497878B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497878B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/171,629
Filing date: 1998-10-19
Abstract: Methods and compositions for treating or preventing cerebral stroke, cerebral infarction, cerebral edema, reperfusion injury and increased cerebral vascular permeability which employ an agent that prevents the binding of IL-8 to its receptor are disclosed.
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US6497879B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497879B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/589,717
Filing date: 2000-06-08
Abstract: Isolated cDNA molecules which encode the tumor rejection antigen precursor MAGE-10, the protein itself, antibodies to it, and uses of these are a part of the invention.
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US6497885B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497885B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/742,412
Filing date: 2000-12-22
Inventor: Trant, Aileen Sontag  
Abstract: In a new supplemental combination, the herb, Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), enhances hormone balance by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone release and, therefore, ovulation frequency. The antioxidants, green tea, vitamin E, and selenium, improve overall reproductive health. L-arginine, an amino acid, stimulates the reproductive organs by improving circulation. Folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, iron, zinc and magnesium help promote women's fertility. In a new supplemental combination, the herb, Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), enhances hormone balance by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone release and, therefore, ovulation frequency. The antioxidants, green tea, vitamin E, and selenium, improve overall ...more ...less
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US6497890B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497890B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/877,452
Filing date: 2001-06-09
Inventor: Youssefyeh, Parvin  
Abstract: A method for the prevention or minimization of wrinkles in the face and neck areas of a patient by topically applying to the face and neck areas of a patient finely divided safflower seeds or extract thereof in combination with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
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US6497893B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497893B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/343,861
Filing date: 1999-06-30
Abstract: The present invention relates to a topical delivery system effective in depositing a thin, tenacious and substantially continuous coating of a silk protein on skin by an aqueous emulsion mediated dissolution of protein from a substrate with subsequent transfer and deposition onto the skin. Coatings of silk protein on skin resist removal, thereby providing a protective barrier against chemically- and biochemically-induced skin damage. The treatment composition also provides a vehicle for administering an effective dose of an active agent to the skin surface. The present invention relates to a topical delivery system effective in depositing a thin, tenacious and substantially continuous coating of a silk protein on skin by an aqueous emulsion mediated dissolution of protein from a substrate with subsequent transfer and deposition ...more ...less
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US6497895B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497895B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/974,218
Filing date: 2001-10-09
Inventor: Uhrich, Kathryn E.  
Abstract: Polymeric micelles for encapsulation of hydrophobic molecules are provided. Methods and formulations for delivering hydrophobic molecules to a host via these micelles are also provided. Methods of stabilizing liposomes or lipid based formulations by addition of polymeric micelles are also provided. Polymeric micelles for encapsulation of hydrophobic molecules are provided. Methods and formulations for delivering hydrophobic molecules to a host via these micelles are also provided. Methods of stabilizing liposomes or lipid based formulations by addition of polymeric ...more ...less
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US6497902B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497902B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/452,494
Filing date: 1999-12-01
Inventor: Ma, Peter X.  
Abstract: Biocompatible hydrogels, for: scaffoldings for tissue engineering; cell encapsulation matrices; injectable bulking materials for cosmetic and functional restorations; controlled release matrices; gene delivery vehicles; immunoprotection matrices; immobilization materials; food additives; medical gels; conductive electrode gels; lubricious coatings; film forming creams; membranes; superabsorbents; hydrophilic coatings; and wound dressings. The hydrogels include: at least one water-soluble polymer/copolymer; and at least one slow and/or fast dissolving and/or releasing divalent and/or multivalent cation-containing compound. At least one of the monomers is an acid, and/or contains an acid group or a derivative thereof. Such monomer reacts with the cations to form a three-dimensional ionically crosslinked hydrogel composition. A method for preparing such a composition comprises the step of controlling a rate of gel formation by varying at least one of: solubility of the cation containing compounds; cation concentration; mixture of cation containing compounds; polymer concentration; gelation temperature. Biocompatible hydrogels, for: scaffoldings for tissue engineering; cell encapsulation matrices; injectable bulking materials for cosmetic and functional restorations; controlled release matrices; gene delivery vehicles; immunoprotection matrices; immobilization materials; food ...more ...less
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US6497904B2
Publication/Patent Number: US6497904B2
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/912,115
Filing date: 2001-07-23
Inventor: Singh, Saira Sayed  
Abstract: Novel pharmaceutical formulations for treating a cellular proliferative disease are provided comprising: a therapeutically effective amount of a Golgi apparatus disturbing agent; a biocompatible carrier; and a solvent. In preferred formulations, the Golgi apparatus disturbing agent is brefeldin A (BFA) and the biocompatible carrier is a polymer such as chitin or chitosan. Methods of treating cellular proliferative diseases using the pharmaceutical formulations are also described. Novel pharmaceutical formulations for treating a cellular proliferative disease are provided comprising: a therapeutically effective amount of a Golgi apparatus disturbing agent; a biocompatible carrier; and a solvent. In preferred formulations, the Golgi apparatus disturbing ...more ...less
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US6497909B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497909B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/392,699
Filing date: 1999-09-09
Inventor: Metzger, Lloyd E.  
Abstract: The present invention describes bleached grain products, such as bleached whole wheat flour, that are obtained having the color and taste of white flour by bleaching whole wheat kernels prior to conventional flour milling. The wheat kernels are treated with a peroxide solution to lighten the color of the bran layers. The bleached grain kernels can be tempered and milled into whole grain flours having 10% to 12% dietary fiber. The present invention describes bleached grain products, such as bleached whole wheat flour, that are obtained having the color and taste of white flour by bleaching whole wheat kernels prior to conventional flour milling. The wheat kernels are treated with a peroxide solution ...more ...less
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US6497913B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497913B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/345,114
Filing date: 1999-07-06
Abstract: Using an homogenizer operating at higher pressures (ca. 2000 bar) than those conventionally used in ice cream manufacturing, it is possible to generate smaller oil droplet sizes (ca. 0.3 &mgr;m) in an ice cream premix. It allows stabilization of a larger air:water interface, leading to smaller discrete gas cells which in turn modify the organoleptic quality of the ice cream. Using an homogenizer operating at higher pressures (ca. 2000 bar) than those conventionally used in ice cream manufacturing, it is possible to generate smaller oil droplet sizes (ca. 0.3 &mgr;m) in an ice cream premix. It allows stabilization of a larger air:water interface ...more ...less
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US6497918B1
Publication/Patent Number: US6497918B1
Publication date: 2002-12-24
Application number: 09/319,244
Filing date: 1999-06-07
Abstract: This invention concerns a process and a device for producing strip elements for electronically securing articles and a corresponding produced strip element. The aim of the invention is to present a process, a device, and a strip element which can be economically produced according to said process. As for the process, the aim is achieved in that an endless strip of electronically detectable material is fed and is cut into individual segments of a defined length, in that the individual segments are advanced by means of a conveyor, the speed of which is greater than the speed at which the endless strip is fed, the relative velocity being adjusted to provide the desired interval between two consecutive strip segments, and in that the segments separated by intervals are given a coating on one or both sides. This invention concerns a process and a device for producing strip elements for electronically securing articles and a corresponding produced strip element. The aim of the invention is to present a process, a device, and a strip element which can be economically produced ...more ...less