Mechanized (e.g., Cable-post System) Patents (Class 47/22.1)
  • Publication number: 20140259900
    Abstract: Protection system for the mechanized covering of plant crops which are usually planted in rows, of the type in which vertical poles (1) are arranged along the rows and have heights greater than those of the crowns of the plants to be protected, the poles being interconnected by longitudinal (3) and transverse (2) cables to form an overhead supporting lattice roof structure, the system comprising means for mechanizing the steps of extending flexible protective sheets (4) over the roof structure and removing them therefrom, characterized in that: the poles (1) are in a staggered or grid arrangement such that they are transversely aligned in even-numbered rows (F2, F4, etc.) only and in odd-numbered rows (F1, F3, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MAGIF S.a.s. di Cappi Angelo & C.
    Inventors: Angelo Cappi, Andrea Cappi, Roberto Luscardo, Georgi Dimitrov Todorov
  • Publication number: 20140101993
    Abstract: A method can include providing an underground vault; providing a lift mechanism; providing a crop protection system that includes a housing that houses a vertically oriented roll of material; and positioning the crop protection system in the underground vault where the lift mechanism provides for vertically adjusting the crop protection system with respect to the underground vault to raise the vertically oriented roll of material above ground. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Karen Perricone
  • Patent number: 8695281
    Abstract: The roof reflector provides selectively deployable and retractable devices for installation over the roof of a building structure to reduce the amount of solar energy transmitted to the roof proper. The roof reflector may include a thick roll of insulating material that may be unrolled to cover the roof or rolled up for storage. Alternatively, the roof reflector may have a plurality of rigid panels hinged together to extend over the roof or to fold over one another for storage. Yet another alternative is a plurality of rigid panels that telescope into one another for storage. Still another alternative includes a plurality of laterally disposed slats that may be opened and closed in the manner of Venetian blinds. The roof reflector is remotely operated, either mechanically by a hand crank and cable mechanism, or electronically by a remote signal operating an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Mehmet Dondurur, Ahmet Z. Sahin
  • Patent number: 8615923
    Abstract: A crop protection system can include a housing that houses at least one roller mechanism to carry a roll of material, a vault configured to receive the housing, and a lift mechanism configured to vertically position the housing with respect to the vault. In such a system the housing may include three roller mechanisms where each roller mechanism is configured to carry a roll of material and also include a wire roller mechanism configured to carry a roll of wire. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Karen Perricone
  • Publication number: 20130255147
    Abstract: A crop protection system can include a housing that houses at least one roller mechanism to carry a roll of material, a vault configured to receive the housing, and a lift mechanism configured to vertically position the housing with respect to the vault. In such a system the housing may include three roller mechanisms where each roller mechanism is configured to carry a roll of material and also include a wire roller mechanism configured to carry a roll of wire. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Karen Perricone
  • Patent number: 8201359
    Abstract: A shaft in a cylindrical configuration has upper and lower ends and a cylindrical passageway. A housing forms a chamber with an open top and an open bottom. The chamber is in operative communication with the passageway. A sheet has a center, a periphery and a central extent. The sheet has a deployed orientation. The deployed orientation is in a generally hemispherical configuration. The center of the sheet is supported by the housing. The periphery of the sheet is provided adjacent to ground around the shaft. In this manner the plant is covered. The sheet has a stored orientation. The center of the sheet in the passageway is provided adjacent to the lower end. The central extent of the sheet is provided there above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: William G. Bryan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110203172
    Abstract: A garden enclosure apparatus and means for assembling the same is set forth, including a circular base frame, a dome topped superstructure having a removable hatch, the superstructure resting upon the circular base frame, and in the preferred embodiment, the removable hatch is hinged to the base frame, and benefits from a spring lift assist means to open and close the removable hatch providing access to the protected area within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffery Lynn Bailey, Daniel Anthony De Grossa
  • Publication number: 20110113683
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a sheet of material is provided optionally for plant support and/or protection. A fencing device includes a rigid post and two or more flexible arms. A shading material, or a protective barrier material, such as a wire mesh, a plastic netting or a deer netting material, or a solar energy collection panel may be attached to distal ends of the flexible arms and may extend for seven feet or more from a ground plane to a top height of flexible arms above the ground plane. Flags may extend vertically above the barrier material to further discourage intrusion by animals. Horizontal lines may be extended from a plurality of fencing posts to even further discourage intrusion by animals and/or to support the barrier material. A trellising device may be coupled with and above another trellising device to provide layers of shading and plant support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Wayne Steven Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110067298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a weather protection system for crops, comprising a series of posts (1) forming rows in correspondence with the rows of the corresponding plantation, establishing at the upper part of each post (1) a roll (8) formed by a sheet rolled on a torsional tube (7) with which tensioning cables (5) are integral, such that the sheet of the roll (8) can be folded at its middle (8?) and form two branches or flaps (9 and 10) which are simultaneously rolled and unrolled, such that branches which can be separated are established in the unrolling in order to determine a covering of the corresponding crop or plantation (12), those covering or protection branches (9 and 10) being spread out by means of spreading out the arms (11) of a compass articulated to the actual post (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Victor Balbas Arroyo
  • Publication number: 20090172999
    Abstract: A weed inhibitor and weed barrier securing base having an aperture for earth working, and reusable aperture cover which may be removably affixed to the base. Anchors, removably affixed to the base, secure the base to both underlying soil and weed barrier. Further weed barrier securement is provided by additional short posts which protrude through the weed barrier from the base. When in place, the removable aperture cover inhibits plant growth in the area where the weed inhibitor is disposed as a useful weed inhibitor in areas not designated for plant growth. Removal of the aperture cover permits earth working and plant growth within the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Kendall P. Thorne
  • Publication number: 20090107038
    Abstract: An apparatus to promote plant growth in vast desert areas is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a blocking plate pivotally jointed to at least two support posts. The blocking plate is operated by an electrical motor to turn wheels secured to a rotary rod to extend or pull back cables connecting the blocking plate and the wheels in order to swing the blocking plate between an approximately horizontal position and one or two approximately vertical positions in order to protect the plants underneath and promote plant growth. The apparatus can include a solar cell layer in the blocking plate, or attach a wind turbine at the top of one of the support posts to generate electrical energy from the extreme desert sunlight and windstorm. Further, rain gutters can be formed onto the blocking plate to collect and distribute rainwater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Youbao Wan
  • Publication number: 20080148631
    Abstract: A method of desert environmental control using the apparatus as disclosed herein that can be installed in huge expanse of desert area, evenly spaced in a square matrix type formation, forming a protective layer against sunlight, and turning the sun's natural energy into electrical power by the solar panel or photo-voltaic cells that can be placed upon the shade panel as disclosed herein, creating a friendly environment that promotes plants growth and thus turning arid desert land into human friendly land at a cost lower than other current systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: You-bao WAN
  • Patent number: 6832448
    Abstract: A greenhouse on a support structure on posts with a hanging foil roof that can be opened, wherein the foil covering that forms the roof remains completely below the support structure formed by lattice girders in every position by being suspended form the rails on the underside of, and longitudinally to, the lattice girders is movable between the open and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Stefan
  • Publication number: 20040134122
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (1) for arranging or removing a screen (2) some distance above a ground, particularly provided with crops (3), comprising: -one or more supports (4) extending at least partly at the distance above the ground, wherein the supports (4) are provided with guide means; -a screen with edge suitable for being guided in or along the guide means (7) of the supports (4); and pulling means (12) which arranged on at least one side of the guide means (7) and which can be mounted releasable on the edge of the screen (2), in order to pull the screen (2) along the supports (4) into a position substantially screening the ground or into a position leaving the ground clear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Adrianus Cornelius Gabriel Van Bergen-Henegouwen, Hans Jan Pieter Kolk