Patents Examined by Jason J Boeckmann
  • Patent number: 10798890
    Abstract: An eccentric swinging stepwise rollback-type reel sprinkling irrigation machine includes a chassis, a locking-type reel, a sprinkling irrigation apparatus, and a stepwise driving apparatus. A locking channel in a circumferential direction is disposed on the locking-type reel. The stepwise driving apparatus includes a water turbine gearbox, an eccentric swinging mechanism, an upper caliper, and a lower caliper. The upper caliper and the lower caliper are clamped to be mounted on the locking channel. A water turbine is used in the eccentric swinging stepwise rollback-type reel sprinkling irrigation machine to drive the eccentric swinging mechanism to realize an eccentric swing, so as to drive the upper caliper to move up and down to be engaged with the locking channel of the locking-type reel intermittently, thereby driving the locking-type reel to roll back intermittently to automatically reel in a sprinkling irrigation PE hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: JIANGSU HUAYUAN WATER-SAVING CO., LTD, China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Zhipeng Qiu, Tao Peng, Peiyong Liu, Jinxiang Zhang, Zhencai Zhu, Fan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10791727
    Abstract: An agricultural implement has a product supply chamber, and a pair of transversely extending product delivering booms, each with a plurality of conduits of varying lengths terminating in product distributing nozzles. A fan supplies air to a mixing chamber which also receives product from the supply chamber providing an air entrained flow of product to each conduit. A controller monitors product delivery and controls implement operation. Each conduit has a pressure tap near the nozzle for providing the controller with a pressure differential indication. The controller initiates a corrective action modifying the operation of the delivery system when a predetermined pressure differential threshold is exceeded. The corrective action may include an increased air flow volume, an additional burst of higher pressure air into the conduit, a temporary increase in air flow from the air flow source, or a reduction in the rate of product flow from the supply chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Rex L. Ruppert, Bradley D. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10774719
    Abstract: A side feed inlet port for an injector, which makes use of stamped parts to form a compact, high strength three-piece inlet port at a significantly reduced cost. By using an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve, injector sealing is accomplished using the interior sleeve, creating a sealing point, while allowing for inlet conduit attachment to the outer sleeve at, above, or below the sealing point of the DEF injector. The construction of the inlet port is such that there is proper sealing between the inner sleeve and one or more seals, while allowing for the connection between the inlet conduit and the outer sleeve to reduce the overall height of the inlet port, and therefore, the injector. The position of the inlet conduit may be altered without affecting the sealing connection between the inner sleeve and the seal(s), such that the desirable overall height may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies USA, LLC.
    Inventor: Robert Wayne McFarland
  • Patent number: 10743463
    Abstract: A spreader having a hopper for particulate material with discharge openings over two separate different areas along the hopper bottom, a pair of wheels upon separate drive shafts mounted for rotation to a lower frame which supports the hopper, and a rear frame extending from the hopper to provide a pair of handles. Two rotatable shafts with agitator elements are mounted over each of the different hopper areas. Each of the agitator shafts are coupled for rotation by different ones of the drive shafts. Two gates with openings are disposed below the hopper each along different ones of the areas dividing the hopper bottom. Each gate is movable to close and open the openings of the hopper in the area associated with the gate. A pair of controllers are provided each coupled to a different one of the two gates to independently move the gates between open and close positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Chapin Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Horeth, Randolf Charles Zingo
  • Patent number: 10743459
    Abstract: A hand-held spreader is provided having a housing with a compartment for particulate material, a chamber below the compartment having a bottom wall with a circular aperture, an impeller mounted for rotation in the chamber along such bottom wall responsive to a hand crank, a discharge opening, and a path along which the particulate material passes into the chamber for discharge via the discharge opening. The impeller has an outer circular periphery proximal to and extending over an outer edge of the aperture to form a gap between the impeller and the bottom wall of the chamber that seals the gap from the particulate material larger than the gap from entering under the impeller and risking obstruction of impeller rotation. Any particulate material that enters the gap passes downward through the aperture to enable self-cleaning of particulate material that would otherwise collect under the impeller in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CHAPIN MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Neil J. Rosenbaum, Howard S. Ryan, Fred A. Marconi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10743461
    Abstract: The present inventors have recognized that a spinner spreader system may be augmented with an air assist system in which an air current is generated to engage particles after they have left the spinner spreader system to thereby enhance the trajectory of the particles. In one aspect, one or more fans with appropriate ductwork may be added below one or more spinning disks to direct jets or curtains of air in the direction of the broadcast pattern of particles leaving the one or more disks. The directed air stream should preferably be faster than the particles leaving the one or more disks, thereby adding additional acceleration to the particles compensating opposing forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John Posselius, Tim Stombaugh
  • Patent number: 10730066
    Abstract: A portable nebulizer includes a nebulizer body including a nozzle hole and an atomizer plate positioned in the nozzle hole, and a dust shield coupled to the nebulizer body and movable relative to the nebulizer body between a dust protection position where the dust shield shields the nozzle hole of the nebulizer body and an open position where the dust shield is kept away from the nozzle hole of the nebulizer body, thus, the dust shield is capable of protecting the nozzle hole of the portable nebulizer against environmental contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Wen-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 10722856
    Abstract: A multi-disk spinning disk assembly for atomization and encapsulation applications. A number of disks 17a and spacers (33, 40) are stacked to form a disk stack 17 having a feed well 31 in the center core of the stack. The fluid to be atomized or encapsulated is delivered to the feed well 31. The fluid then flows into spacer channels (37, 41) within or on the surface of the spacers. The channels (37, 41) communicate the fluid toward the outer edges of the disks 17a. The disk surface past the spacers (33, 40) can have various configurations, such as teeth, weirs, or a bigger or smaller diameter, as desired for particular atomization or encapsulation characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Albert M. Zwiener, Darren E. Barlow, Mark R. Heistand, George T. Lamberson, Jeffrey N. Harris
  • Patent number: 10717097
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10702727
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an improved portable fire extinguisher adapted for persons with disabilities that for one reason or another are unable to effectively use two arms and hands to handle a standard portable fire extinguisher. The fire extinguisher is comprised of the standard main components for a portable fire extinguisher; that is, a gas cylinder, a discharge locking seal and pin, a discharge valve and actuating lever, and a discharge hose/nozzle; plus several hardware enhancements that make it easier for a user to don and use the improved fire extinguisher when the user can only use one hand and/or arm. Those hardware enhancements include an upper-handle actuator-extension member with a large vertical torso-engagement area, pivotable stabilizer arms, a cylinder-mounted retaining strap/collar, neck-strap-anchors and neck strap, a pivotable discharge hose/tube sleeve, and a pivotable stop member for preventing inadvertent actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: A Shepard's Protection LLC
    Inventor: Keith L. Holloway
  • Patent number: 10695733
    Abstract: A multi-disk spinning disk assembly for atomization and encapsulation applications. A number of patterned disks are stacked to form a disk stack having a feed well in the center core of the stack. Each patterned disk has channels defined by spacers, with the channels and spacers being of varying depths, heights, and/or widths. The fluid to be atomized or encapsulated is delivered to the feed well. The fluid then flows into the channels, which communicate the fluid toward the outer edges of the disks. The fluid exits the disk stack from a circumferential gap, which is created by interposing spacing disks between the patterned disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Southwest Research Intitute
    Inventors: Albert M. Zwiener, Darren E. Barlow, Mark R. Heistand, George T. Lamberson, Jeffrey N. Harris
  • Patent number: 10669703
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a sanitary insert unit, configured for insertion into a discharge fitting. The insert unit includes an upstream sieve connected to a throughflow regulator. The throughflow regulator includes a control gap and a throttle body that deforms under pressure to regulate throughflow by varying an opening size of the control gap. The sieve and throughflow regulator are arranged upstream of a jet diffusor which includes a plurality of radial openings. The sieve, throughflow regulator and jet diffusor are arranged to be, at least partially, received within a housing. The ratio of the overall height of the insert unit to the height of the height of the assembled sieve and throughflow regulator is approximately 2.7:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Zoller
  • Patent number: 10662913
    Abstract: The teachings of the present disclosure describe an injector having an injector housing, an actuator, and a nozzle needle, wherein the actuator is arranged in an actuator space of the injector housing. The injector may include a control piston bore in the injector housing, in which a control piston is arranged, a leakage pin bore between the actuator space and the control piston bore, and a leakage pin coupling the control piston to the actuator, the leakage pin arranged in the leakage pin bore. The control piston may be hydraulically connected to the nozzle needle in order to open or close an outlet opening of the injector housing. The injector may include a high pressure line configured to convey a fuel under pressure to the nozzle needle and a feedline in the injector housing connecting the leakage pin bore to the high pressure line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Roman Etlender, Willibald Schuerz, Werner Reim
  • Patent number: 10654068
    Abstract: Low form factor mobile electrostatic spray units and methods of using same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Bruce Whiting, Cameron D. Hobbs, Joel S. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10645867
    Abstract: A spreader device for distributing agricultural materials over a defined delivery path, the device including a container for holding the materials atop a conveyor system that distributes the material over a delivery path that is adjustable in width. In the primary embodiment the container includes telescopically adjustable sidewalls that enable a user to control the width of the delivery path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Normand Lauze
  • Patent number: 10640957
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a jet regulator (2) has a jet regulator housing with at least two housing parts (5, 6) which are rotatable relative to one another and of which an inflow-side first housing part (5) is mountable in a rotationally fixed manner on the water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting and of which an outflow-side second housing part (6), at least at its outflow-side housing outer circumference, is configured as a handle or is connected to a handle, wherein the first housing part (5) has a jet splitter (7) having a plurality of splitter openings (8), wherein spaced-apart jet ducts (9) are provided on the housing inner circumference of the second housing part (6), and wherein the individual jets coming from the splitter openings (8) are guided through the jet ducts (9) and formed into an annularly circumferential outlet jet pattern in a first rotary position of the housing parts (5, 6), and are deflected in the housing interior of the jet regulator (2) to a central outlet opening (10) in t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: David Birmelin
  • Patent number: 10634407
    Abstract: A method, in particular for generating snow from water, using a low-pressure hydraulic device having a pump unit, to which a purification system is connected, and a distribution device having at least one high-pressure pump, to which a high-pressure unit having a snow cannon and/or a different snow-generating unit is connected. In order for the bonding of the water molecules in the supermolecular water structure of the process water to change and the generation of snow to improve, according to the invention at least part of the water used is exposed to an ionization field and/or a polarization field while simultaneously being exposed to the effects of an alternating electromagnetic field so that a weaker bonding of the water molecules in the supermolecular water structure is achieved, resulting in an improvement in the absorption and transfer of heat. The invention further relates to a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: OKEANOS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Samuel Grega
  • Patent number: 10634105
    Abstract: One passage for swirling is formed in an orifice plate fixed on a nozzle body. Two swirl chambers in which fuel is caused to swirl so that the fuel has swirling force are provided at an end of the one passage for swirling on the downstream side of the flow direction of fuel. Therefore, the collision between the swirling flow in the swirl chamber and the fuel flowing in the passage for swirling is mitigated, and the swirling flow can be smoothly produced to promote pulverization of sprays injected from fuel injection ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Okamoto, Yoshihito Yasukawa, Noriyuki Maekawa, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Takahiro Saito
  • Patent number: 10625107
    Abstract: A method for supplying fire suppressing agent to the interior of a container for an extended duration includes detecting sensor signals indicative of a temperature associated with a container, determining via a controller that the fire suppressing agent should be supplied to the interior of the container based at least in part on the sensor signals, and initiating via the controller expulsion of fire suppressing agent from a chamber containing fire suppressing agent. The method may further include puncturing a surface of the container with a puncture mechanism to provide flow communication between the chamber and the interior of the container to permit supply of fire suppressing agent into the interior of the container at a first time, initiating via the controller expulsion of fire suppressing agent from a second chamber containing fire suppressing agent at a second time after the first time, and supplying fire suppressing agent from the second chamber into the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: James B. Popp, Joseph May
  • Patent number: 10625291
    Abstract: A coating system for coating objects, wherein a coating material can be dispensed by an application device with a dispensing arrangement. A supply system having at least first and second feed containers for coating material are connected via first and second supply lines and first and second material valves, respectively, to the dispensing arrangement. Also provided is a cleaning system having at least one first cleaning line and a second cleaning line, to which rinsing agent can be fed via a first rinsing agent feed line and a second rinsing agent feed line, respectively. The first and second cleaning lines are connected via first and second cleaning valves to the first and supply lines, respectively. The first cleaning line and the second cleaning line are connected via a connection line at connection points disposed in front of each cleaning valve relative to the flow direction towards the dispensing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventors: Ralph Meier, Tobias Mozer