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United States Patent 4,862,979
Borchard Sept. 5, 1989

Combination dust cover and air screen

Inventors: Borchard; John S. (36 Whitney Tavern Rd., Weston, MA 02193).
Appl. No.: 188,538
Filed: Apr. 29, 1988
Intl. Cl.: G01G 23/32;
U.S. Cl.: 177/181.; 177/238.;
Field of Search: 180;181;182;238

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

3,165,225 Mar., 1963 Reitzel 220/331
3,882,947 May, 1975 Appius 177/238
3,994,415 Nov., 1976 Hodge 220/331
4,253,568 Mar., 1981 Long 220/340

Primary Examiner: Marcus; Stephen
Assistant Examiner: Reece; Gilbert W.


A hinged dust cover used in combination with an electronic balance whereby the cover converts to an air screen during weighing operations. In the fully closed position the cover protects the weighing pan and various controls and displays from the ingress of dust and other contaminants as well as inadvertent operation. In the fully open position full access by the balance's operator is available to the weighing pan and controls. In the cover's intermediate position, the cover forms an enclosure about the weighing pan thereby isolating the weighing pan and mass being weighed from dust and air movement while at the same time making the various controls fully available to the balance's operator.

6 Claims, 12 Drawing Figures

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