Patents Assigned to Black & Decker Inc.
  • Patent number: 11407094
    Abstract: A fastening tool having a low nail lockout mechanism pivotably mounted to the magazine assembly that prevents the tool from driving a fastener with there are less than a predetermined number of fasteners in the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Peng, Kuo-Sheng Shih
  • Patent number: 11406203
    Abstract: A wall panel system including a first wall panel, the first panel including at least a first panel hook portion. The system also including a second wall panel having a different configuration than the first wall panel. The second panel includes at least a second panel hook portion and a third panel hook portion opposing the second panel hook portion. The first wall panel is configured to engage with the second wall panel to create a wall panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Velderman, Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Sean Bailey, Steven J. Phillips, Daniel J. White, Thomas Delmont, Andrew E. Seman, Jr., Julian Olyansky, Shalin Chikhalkar
  • Patent number: 11402507
    Abstract: A position tracking system has a laser transmitter, a control tracker and a layout indicator. The laser transmitter has a laser for emitting a laser beam, a controller controlling the laser, and a motor for rotating the emitted laser beam. The control tracker has a housing, at least two photo diodes disposed on the housing, and a laser assembly for generating a beam to be projected unto a surface. The layout indicator has a housing, and at least two photo diodes disposed on the housing. A network server communicates with at least one of the laser transmitter, the control tracker and the layout indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Scott M. Forster, Christopher R. Walter, Craig A. Schell
  • Patent number: 11400572
    Abstract: A fastening tool includes a contact trip operatively associated with a contact trip switch to enable a fastener drive system to be fired when the contact trip reaches a firing position, after having engaged a work surface. If a dry-fire condition exists in a magazine connected to the fastening tool, the movement of the contact trip is completely taken up or absorbed by a biasing agent so that the contact trip switch is not closed. The biasing agent also limits the amount of force that can be applied to the contact trip switch in the event an operator slams the contact trip against a work surface or drops the fastening tool nose-first onto an unyielding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Jaskot, Michael P. Baron, Stuart E. Garber
  • Patent number: 11398786
    Abstract: A power tool includes a housing, a motor disposed in the housing, an output spindle configured to be driven by the motor, an input switch, and a controller configured to control power being delivered to the motor. The controller is operable in one of: (a) a normal mode where the controller causes continuous electric power to be delivered to the motor during actuation of the input switch in a first range of positions; and (b) a feathering mode where the controller causes discontinuous electric power to be delivered to the motor during actuation of the input switch in a second range of positions that is different from the first range of positions motor to simulate feathering the input switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Karim Najjar, Tal Gottesman, Scott M. Rudolph, Craig A. Schell, Paul G. Gross
  • Patent number: 11394338
    Abstract: In a loaded condition, the controller increases at least one of the conduction band or the advance angle from a baseline value up to a maximum value within a first torque range below a torque threshold to as to maintain the output speed of the motor at a linear speed-torque profile. After the at least one of the conduction band or the advance angle reaches the maximum value, the controller maintains the at least one of the conduction band or the advance angle at the maximum value within a second torque range greater than or equal to the torque threshold so as to maintain the output speed of the motor at a naturally-curved speed-torque profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Cox
  • Patent number: 11394336
    Abstract: A battery pack and charger system includes a first battery pack having a first set of battery cells and configured to provide only a first operating voltage and a second battery pack having a second set of battery cells and configured to provide the first operating voltage and a second operating voltage that is different from the first operating voltage and a battery pack charger configured to be able to charge the first battery pack and the second battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. White, Matthew J. Velderman, Andrew E Seman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11389039
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner comprising: a housing; a motor-fan assembly arranged to generate an airflow between an air inlet and an air outlet; a dirt collection chamber mounted to the housing and having a door; and a filter assembly located within the dirt collection chamber, the filter assembly comprising a coarse filter having a first gripping portion and a fine filter having a second gripping portion, wherein the first and second gripping portions are capable of being gripped by a user, wherein the first gripping portion and the second gripping portion are isolated from an airflow path between the air inlet and the air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Cavan Grey, Derek Muir
  • Patent number: 11375660
    Abstract: According to examples, a machine may include a base housing and a handle assembly mounted to the base housing and extending at an angle from the base housing along a handle plane. The handle assembly may include a mating component having a plurality of slots arranged at multiple angular positions along a slot plane, the slot plane being parallel to the handle plane. The mating assembly may also include a handle segment rotatably mounted to the mating component, the handle segment housing a locking member, in which the handle segment is rotatable along the slot plane relative to the base housing and the locking member is removably insertable into a first slot of the plurality of slots when the handle segment is in a first angular position and is removably inserted into a second slot of the plurality of slots when the handle segment is in a second angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Hamilton, Justin Barkley, Tyler Knight, Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, David A. Miller
  • Patent number: 11370100
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a motor housing having a substantially-cylindrical main body having an open end and a rear end. A brushless DC motor is provided including a stator assembly received through the open end of the motor housing and secured within the main body of the motor housing. A motor control and power module disposed proximate the rear end of the motor housing includes a printed circuit board (PCB) on which power switch and a controller are mounted. A mounting bracket is secured to the motor housing at the rear end to support the module such that the PCB is substantially parallel to the rear end. The mounting bracket includes a mating portion projecting axially to come to contact with the motor housing around the rear end to structurally support the mounting bracket with respect to the motor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley, David J. Smith, Dennis A. Bush, Mark T. Cherry, Scott Eshlemann, Tal Gottesman
  • Patent number: 11374514
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a brushless motor having a stator defining a plurality of phases and a rotor. A power unit is provided including power switches and a control unit outputs a drive signal to the motor switches to drive the phases of the motor using a trapezoidal control scheme over a series of sectors. The control unit sets a conduction band within which each phase is commutated to a baseline value that is greater than 120 degrees, sets at least one commutation transition point as a function of the set conduction band, and within each sector, monitors an open-phase voltage of the motor to detect a back electromotive force (back-EMF) voltage of the motor and control commutation of at least one phase based on the open-phase voltage of the motor in relation to the at least one commutation transition point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Vanko
  • Patent number: 11374462
    Abstract: A Brushless Direct-Current (BLDC) motor is provided for a power tool, including a stator comprising a coil, a rotor configured to rotate with respect to the stator, terminals secured to the stator, and a sensor circuit mount attached to the stator. The sensor circuit mount defines a plane having a first side and a second side, the sensor circuit mount including Hall sensors mounted on the first side of the plane of the sensor circuit mount facing the stator. Power-supply lines are secured to the terminals to supply electric current to the coil, the power-supply lines being routed from the terminals without traversing the second side of the plane of the sensor circuit mount. The sensor circuit mount is attached to the stator by at least one fastener that extends through an opening of the sensor circuit mount and a receptacle of the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Eric E. Hatfield, Earl M. Ortt
  • Patent number: 11374519
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a housing, a brushless motor disposed within the housing, a power switch circuit that supplies power from a power source to the brushless motor, and a controller configured to receive at least one signal associated with a phase current of the motor, detect an angular position of the rotor based on the phase current of the motor, and apply a drive signal to the power switch circuit to control a commutation of the motor based on the detected angular position of the rotor. The controller detects an initial sector within which the rotor is located at start-up, apply the drive signal so as to rotate the motor to a parking angle associated with the detected initial sector, and control a commutation sequence to drive the motor beginning at the parking angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Girish Yajurvedi, Mehdi Ramezani, Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, Tal Gottesman, Levent Gokdere
  • Patent number: 11374520
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a housing, a brushless motor disposed within the housing, a power switch circuit that supplies power from a power source to the brushless motor, and a controller configured to receive at least one signal associated with a phase current of the motor, detect an angular position of the rotor based on the phase current of the motor, and apply a drive signal to the power switch circuit to control a commutation of the motor based on the detected angular position of the rotor. If the supply of power to the motor is turned OFF to cause the motor to slow down and is turned back ON while the rotor speed exceeds a speed threshold, the controller electronically brakes the motor for a time interval to measure the phase current of the motor and detects the angular position of the rotor based on the measured phase current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Girish Yajurvedi, Mehdi Ramezani, Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, Tal Gottesman, Levent Gokdere
  • Patent number: 11374413
    Abstract: A battery pack charger system includes one or more charging ports for charging one or more removable battery packs. A set of indicators may be arranged on a housing, with a subset of the set of indicators being associated with each charging port. Each subset of indicators may output an indication of a state of charge of a battery pack received in an associated charging port of the charger system. A first indication may indicate that the battery pack is charging. A second indication may indicate that the battery pack has achieved a preset level of charge. A third indication may indicate that the battery pack has achieved a substantially full level of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Hennesy, Sean Byrne, Brian K. Wohltmann, Regina Gracia C. Cunanan
  • Patent number: D956501
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Puzzitiello, Neal Hassel, Samantha Cunningham, Alvero Haesbaert, Seth M. Robinson, Daniel L. Krout
  • Patent number: D956681
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Christian V. Elder
  • Patent number: D956682
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Roberts, Timothy J. Hennesy, Abhisheka Moturu, David A. Miller
  • Patent number: D958085
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventor: Chao Lein Liu
  • Patent number: D959073
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Evan G. Eskridge, Samuel P. Thompson, Tylan A. Tschopp