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Title: US6393950: Color coded tools
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Crosser, Larry G.; Perrysburg, OH 43551

Assignee: None

Published / Filed: 2002-05-28 / 1999-08-03

Application Number: US1999000368020

IPC Code: Advanced: B25B 13/56; G09F 3/00;
IPC-7: B25B 13/06;

ECLA Code: B25B13/56; G09F3/00;

U.S. Class: 081/119; 081/121.1; 081/177.1;

Field of Search: 081/121.1,119,122,123,124.3,DIG. 5,177.1

Priority Number:
1999-08-03  US1999000368020

Abstract:     The tools (wrenches) of this invention provide a one color instant identification of color coded tools. Preferably, the tools have a portion of their outer surface colored. Typically, the color impregnates the metal or plating during the manufacturing process. Another embodiment is a colored applique, band or sleeve on the outer surface of the tools. The key of this coloring is to identify the tool quickly by coloring a large area of the tool. This provides for quick identification of the tool even if the numerical designations are illegible because of small sizing or dirt obliteration. In a preferred embodiment, virtually the entire tool is colored during manufacturing. In another preferred embodiment, large raised numbers combine with the overall color scheme to make the tools quickly identifiable. Dirting the large colored surface is very unlikely as is obliterating the large raised fractional numbers.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Emch, Schaffer, Schaub & Porcello Co., L.P.A. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hail, III, Joseph J.; Ojini, Anthony

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First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A one color instant identification of a color coded tool comprising a tool having an outer surface wherein a portion of the outer surface is colored and wherein the colored portion of the outer surface is impregnated into the tool.

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Forward References: Show 19 U.S. patent(s) that reference this one

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 4pp US4117791  1978-10 Current et al.  The Singer Company Dual color coded sewing machine needles
Get PDF - 15pp US4836059  1989-06 Arnold  Easco Corporation Elastomeric sleeve for conventional wrench sockets
Get PDF - 4pp US4936170  1990-06 Zumeta   Color coding system
Get PDF - 8pp US4947713  1990-08 Arnold  Easco Hand Tools, Inc. Elastomeric sleeve on rearward portion of wrench socket to facilitate recognition and selection of the socket
Get PDF - 6pp US4982627  1991-01 Johnson   Color coded tools
Get PDF - 7pp US5079978  1992-01 Kupfer   Double-coded wrenches and sockets
Get PDF - 10pp US5762796  1998-06 Zraik  Parker-Hannifin Corporation Color coded side seam label for filter element
Get PDF - 7pp US5775935  1998-07 Barna  Computer Data Exchange, Inc. System and method for connecting color coded cables to a device
Get PDF - 10pp US5819606  1998-10 Arnold  Hand Tool Design Corporation Plastic identification insert for sockets
Get PDF - 7pp US5839629  1998-11 Zuckerman  Carlisle Plastics, Inc. Color-coded hanger assembly and apparatus for making same
Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • Bahco Tools Catalog No. 1/1986 US, May 1986.

  • Continuity Data:
    Application Number Filed Notes

    US2006000501500 2006-08-08  is a division of
    US2004000935368  2004-09-07   (pending)
         US20050028651A1 issued 2005-02-10   Color coded tools

    US2004000935368 2004-09-07  is a division of
    US2002000080134  2002-02-21   (granted)
         US6792831 issued 2004-09-21   Color coded tools

    US2002000080134 2002-02-21  is a division of
    >US1999000368020<  1999-08-03   (granted)
         US6393950 issued 2002-05-28   Color coded tools

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