Patents Assigned to Sears Manufacturing Co.
  • Patent number: 9757600
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a fire extinguisher which has a base configured for attachment to a vehicle or seat; an endcap pivotably mounted to the base, wherein the endcap includes at least one receptacle which is configured to accommodate a fire extinguisher tank; and a neck clamp configured to engage a bottle neck on a fire extinguisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Mark A. Copeland, Dennis J. Gryp
  • Patent number: 9527416
    Abstract: A vehicle seat suspension comprises a scissors assembly connecting lower and upper housings and permitting vertical movement of the upper housing; reciprocating means; an elongated guide member; and guide engaging rollers. Laterally extending front and rear cross members engage upper ends of the scissor links. The reciprocating means allows the upper housing to move fore and aft, and includes horizontally disposed rollers supported by the scissors assembly and received within side tracks forming part of the upper housing. The guide member is mounted to the upper housing and oriented parallel to the fore and aft travel path. Two vertically disposed guide engaging rollers are mounted to the scissors assembly cross members. The guide engaging rollers cooperate with the guide member at spaced locations to stabilize the upper housing in a direction generally perpendicular to its fore and aft travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Cole T. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 9469227
    Abstract: A seat suspension system for a vehicle comprising a system frame, an elongated seat bracket having one end pivotably mounted to said system frame and the opposite end adapted to support a seat, and a dampening device attached between said system frame and a location on said seat bracket between said one end and said opposite end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Donald Linnberg
  • Patent number: 9321375
    Abstract: A vehicle seat apparatus comprising a base, a seat, a fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism, an armrest bracket, and a fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism connects the seat to the base and includes seat slide rails and spacers thereby defining a vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails. The armrest bracket is positioned below the seat in the vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails and includes side supports to which armrests or armrest associated components may be mounted. The bracket also has a plurality of slots positioned coincident with the spacers of the fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism connects the bracket to the seat and includes a pair of armrest slide rails, whereby the position of the armrest bracket relative to the seat may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lucas
  • Patent number: 9254767
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest and integrated seat belt D-ring for a seat including a height adjustable headrest, D-rings on either side of the headrest and attached to the headrest for unitary movement with the headrest, slots in the D-rings configured to receive harness webbing which are also slanted to accommodate spacing adjustment between the two harnesses fed through the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: William W. Tuman, II, Daniel J. Alexander
  • Patent number: 9168847
    Abstract: A seat tilt mechanism comprising a cam connected to a lever wherein the lever moves horizontally from a first position to a second position to actuate the cam; a latch configured to engage with the at least one detent and disengage with the cam when the lever is in the first position and configured to engage with the cam and disengage with the at least one detent when the lever is in the second position; said detent includes at least two positions which can be selectively engaged by the latch; and a seat rod configured for attachment between a seat frame and the at least one detent such that when the latch is engaged with the selected position, the tilt of the seat is defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Mark A. Copeland
  • Publication number: 20150197166
    Abstract: A seat tilt mechanism comprising a cam connected to a lever wherein the lever moves horizontally from a first position to a second position to actuate the cam; a latch configured to engage with the at least one detent and disengage with the cam when the lever is in the first position and configured to engage with the cam and disengage with the at least one detent when the lever is in the second position; said detent includes at least two positions which can be selectively engaged by the latch; and a seat rod configured for attachment between a seat frame and the at least one detent such that when the latch is engaged with the selected position, the tilt of the seat is defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Mark A. Copeland
  • Publication number: 20150115126
    Abstract: A seat suspension system for a vehicle comprising a system frame, an elongated seat bracket having one end pivotably mounted to said system frame and the opposite end adapted to support a seat, and a dampening device attached between said system frame and a location on said seat bracket between said one end and said opposite end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SEARS MANUFACTURING CO.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Donald Linnberg
  • Publication number: 20150001901
    Abstract: A vehicle seat apparatus comprising a base, a seat, a fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism, an armrest bracket, and a fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism connects the seat to the base and includes seat slide rails and spacers thereby defining a vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails. The armrest bracket is positioned below the seat in the vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails and includes side supports to which armrests or armrest associated components may be mounted. The bracket also has a plurality of slots positioned coincident with the spacers of the fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism connects the bracket to the seat and includes a pair of armrest slide rails, whereby the position of the armrest bracket relative to the seat may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lucas
  • Publication number: 20130306825
    Abstract: A vehicle seat suspension comprises a scissors assembly connecting lower and upper housings and permitting vertical movement of the upper housing; reciprocating means; an elongated guide member; and guide engaging rollers. Laterally extending front and rear cross members engage upper ends of the scissor links. The reciprocating means allows the upper housing to move fore and aft, and includes horizontally disposed rollers supported by the scissors assembly and received within side tracks forming part of the upper housing. The guide member is mounted to the upper housing and oriented parallel to the fore and aft travel path. Two vertically disposed guide engaging rollers are mounted to the scissors assembly cross members. The guide engaging rollers cooperate with the guide member at spaced locations to stabilize the upper housing in a direction generally perpendicular to its fore and aft travel path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Cole T. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 8240764
    Abstract: A vehicle seat suspension assembly comprises a base, a support member, first and second latch members, and first and second actuators. The seat support member slides forward horizontally and pivots vertically upward. The first latch member has horizontally spaced locking elements and a movable first latch cooperating with one of the locking elements to lock the support member in one of a plurality of horizontal positions. The second latch member has vertically spaced locking elements and a movable second latch cooperating with one of these locking elements to lock the support member in one of a plurality of vertical or tilted positions. The first and second actuators are mounted adjacent the front end of the support member and operatively connected to the first and second latches, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Dale Ropp, Cole T. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 8056980
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly comprises a base; a seat mounted to swivel relative to the base; and a console having first and second segments, the first segment mounted to swivel with the seat relative to the base and the second segment being mounted to remain in fixed position as the seat and first console segment swivel. The console's two segments lie in a generally common horizontal plane and are separated by an arcuate spacing so that the first segment is located proximate the operator and the second segment is located distally of the operator. This arrangement of the seat assembly components allows the seated operator to rotate in the seat through a substantial arc, with the first console segment rotating as well while the second console segment remains stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: L. John Koutsky, Dale R. Ropp, Bradley T. Hebeler
  • Patent number: 7922142
    Abstract: In accord with the present invention, a vehicle seat suspension apparatus is provided comprising: a seat suspension base; an isolator plate disposes above the base and adapted to support a vehicle seat; means for allowing reciprocating horizontal movement of the isolator plate relative to the base; an elongated guide mounted to one of either the base or the isolator and oriented along the travel path of the isolator; and a guide engaging member mounted to the other of the base or the isolator and engaging the guide to stabilize the isolator as it moves along its travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: L. John Koutsky, Cole T. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 7669823
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a seat and seat suspension assembly comprising a seat mounted to a seat supporting platform and suspension mechanism, the platform and suspension mechanism being rotationally mounted to a base by a pedestal so that the platform, suspension mechanism and seat may rotate through 360 degrees. The pedestal comprises two swivel housings, the first swivel housing being mounted in fixed position on the base and the second swivel housing being rotationally mounted to the first and supporting the suspension mechanism, platform and seat. A suspension spring and damper are associated with the suspension mechanism to enhance the ride characteristics of the seat, with the damper being positioned inside the pedestal and having one end connected to the first swivel housing and the other end connected to the suspension mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Cole T. Brodersen
  • Patent number: 7594755
    Abstract: An adjustable bearing system, one ideally suited for use in vehicle seat suspension for aft positioning assemblies and isolator assemblies, and having an adjustment mechanism that is readily accessible and easy to use. The adjustable bearing system includes a first structure, a second structure, and a bearing adjustably disposed between said first and second structures for facilitating movement of one structure relative to the other. A bearing driver is positioned to engage a non bearing surface of the bearing and to adjust the position of the bearing relative to said first and second structures, and an actuator cooperates with the bearing driver to permit adjustment of the bearing's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Dale Ropp
  • Patent number: 7556233
    Abstract: A fore and aft vehicle seat adjustment apparatus comprising a base having a plurality of opposingly located tracks disposed thereon. Also provided is a fore and aft adjustment apparatus in communication with the base. The adjustment apparatus includes a first member connected to an opposingly located second member. The first member is positionable with respect to the second member between a first and second position. The first member also includes a plurality of locking mechanisms which are adapted to releasably engage the tracks. In the first position, the locking mechanisms engage the tracks to lock the seat in position. In the second position, the locking mechanisms are disengaged from the tracks to permit fore and aft adjustment of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Dennis Gryp, Ryan Morris
  • Patent number: 7444700
    Abstract: A seat cushion is provided having a foam cushion body with a perimeter section. A cover is disposed over the body and has a border that extends around the periphery of the cushion body and juxtaposed with the perimeter section of the cushion body. An insert is positioned within the cushion body and has an outer wall extending along and spaced from the periphery of the cushion body to accommodate the cushion body perimeter section. The perimeter section has a foam density greater than that of the main cushion body and the border of the cover is bonded directly to this perimeter section. In addition, a support wall or pan is used having a size and configuration to receive the covered cushion with the border of the cover disposed within the support wall when the seat is fully assembled. A method of forming such a seat cushion is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: L. John Koutsky, William Tuman, Lysle R. Hinkhouse
  • Patent number: 7338126
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vehicle seat suspension apparatus that is mechanically simple, inexpensive, occupies little space, and operates effectively with force inputs from any horizontal direction. The invention comprises a base, an isolator, and a plurality of links connected to both the base and isolator so that the isolator is suspended from the base and can move or swing horizontally in all directions relative to the base. The isolator has an upper plate with two flanges that depend from the plate. The base is positioned directly below the upper plate and between the two flanges. The links are connected to the base and the flanges of the isolator by means of ball and socket connectors that permit the isolator to move in all horizontal directions relative to the base. A travel limit system is used to permit adjustment in the travel of the isolator relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Dale Ropp
  • Patent number: 7256686
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a system for measuring the vibration an operator of a piece of the equipment encounters while operating the equipment. The system includes at least one motion measuring means, such as an accelerometer. The accelerometer may be affixed to the equipment or integrated into the equipment. In addition, motion data recording equipment that is in electrical communication with the accelerometer may also be provided. An alarm may be used to indicate that a preset limit has been or is about to be exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: L. John Koutsky, Cole T. Brodersen, William Tuman
  • Patent number: 7211753
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vehicle seat assembly comprising a seat support pan, a seat cushion, a spring biased lever and an operator present switch. Both the lever and the switch are located between the cushion and the pan, effectively integrated within the seat. The lever is movable between upper and lower positions, with its associated spring biasing the lever toward its upper position. The switch is designed and located so that all of its components are housed within the support pan and none of these components extends below or outside of the pan. When the seat is occupied, the occupant's weight depresses the cushion and, in turn, the lever moves against the force of the spring toward its lower position and the switch is actuated. Because the switch is located completely within the seat cushion, the seat assembly's vertical dimension or envelope is minimized and the design of the seat support and/or suspension located below the seat pan is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Cole T. Brodersen, William Tuman