Patents Examined by Joseph A Greenlund
  • Patent number: 10870029
    Abstract: A hose nozzle test system having a housing with a plurality of hose nozzles therein. The housing has a first side for attachment of hoses to the hose nozzles and a second opposite side has openings which allow tips of the hose nozzles to extend out of the housing for the discharge of water. A diffuser may be attached rotatably to the second opposite side, allowing the diffuser to open and close to access the interior of the diffuser. A first portion of a trailer hitch is attached at a front end of the housing and a second portion of the trailer hitch is attached rotatably to the first portion so that the system can be rotated vertically for transportation by a vehicle or by an attachable wheel. The system is small, portable, stable, easy to use and maintain, and a user has control over where discharge water is flowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: FlowHitch, LLC
    Inventor: Travis D. Walker
  • Patent number: 10857551
    Abstract: A sprinkler head having a spool assembly for nutating within the sprinkler head. The spool assembly has a spool attached by one or more arms to a distribution disc. The sprinkler head has a nozzle configured to spray a fluid stream through a central bore of the spool onto the distribution disc, causing nutation of the spool assembly within the sprinkler head. The spool assembly is configured with two friction bands that are each configured to radially roll in or on a respective race within the sprinkler body. The friction bands can be integrally formed with the spool assembly or positioned on the spool surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Don Duffin, Roger Duffin, Casey Nutt
  • Patent number: 10857507
    Abstract: In one example, a liquid mixture nozzle for flowing a liquid mixture therethrough includes a body having a flow inlet and a flow outlet. The flow inlet is configured to couple to a first piece of piping and the flow outlet is configured to couple to a second piece of piping. The liquid mixture nozzle also includes a converging section having a decreasing diameter positioned adjacent the flow inlet, an orifice positioned at a narrow end of the converging section, an intermediate section having a constant diameter positioned adjacent the orifice, a diverging section having an increasing diameter positioned adjacent the intermediate section and the flow outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Ashok Vellaiah Retnaswamy
  • Patent number: 10849319
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of applying liquid product to a crop growing in a field. A plurality of drop assemblies are laterally spaced along the boom structure, each of the plurality of drop assemblies include a boom mounting bracket which supports a vertical support member and a spray assembly disposed at a lower end of the vertical support member, the boom mounting bracket having a first pivot axis oriented substantially perpendicular to the boom structure. The drop assemblies are movable from a working position to a transport position. In the transport position the vertical support member is pivoted about the first axis such that the vertical support member is oriented toward the boom structure. In the working position the vertical support is oriented substantially perpendicular to the boom structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: 360 Yield Center, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Dahlhauser, Lucas Helton
  • Patent number: 10835906
    Abstract: A foaming unit for producing foam from a mixture of gas and liquid. The foaming unit comprising a housing, a slide, a foaming element, an inlet for the mixture of gas and liquid and an outlet, the slide and the housing being movable relative to each other, the foaming element being arranged hydraulically between the inlet and the outlet, wherein an active volume of the foaming element can be adjusted by changing the relative position of a control edge and an end face of the foaming element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: S O L O Kleinmotoren Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung
    Inventor: Samuel Schinkel
  • Patent number: 10820585
    Abstract: The sprayer system associated with a work vehicle having a boom and a fluid source may include a spray device configured to selectively apply a fluid from the fluid source on the work vehicle to an agricultural crop. The sprayer system may further include a drop apparatus having a linkage assembly with a top portion coupled to the boom and a bottom portion coupled to the spray device. The linkage assembly may be selectively repositionable between a retracted position and an extended position to raise and lower the spray device relative to the boom along an upright reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark E. Barker, Richard A. Humpal
  • Patent number: 10813350
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer arrangement includes a chassis, at least one ground engaging traction member carried by the chassis, a liquid tank carried by the chassis, a boom carried by the chassis, a fluid conduit associated with the boom that is fluidly connected to the liquid tank, a spray nozzle that is fluidly connected to the fluid conduit and includes a nozzle body, a differential pressure sensor with a first pressure sensor in the fluid conduit associated with the spray nozzle and a second pressure sensor in the nozzle body, and an electrical processing circuit coupled to the differential pressure sensor. The differential pressure sensor is configured to output a pressure difference signal and the electrical processing circuit is configured to report a blocked nozzle when the pressure difference signal is less than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Bingcheng Ni
  • Patent number: 10745875
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a hopper spreader apparatus for spreading granular material is provided. The hopper spreader apparatus includes a hopper, a spreading unit, and a dispensing unit. The hopper has a storage cavity for storing the granular material to be spread. The spreading unit spreads the granular material. The dispensing system transports the granular material from the hopper to the spreading unit. The dispensing system includes a conveying unit and a rotating first roll. The conveying unit conveys the granular material toward the spreading unit. The rotating first roll controls a flow of granular material from the hopper to the conveying unit. The use of the rotating roll allows for control of high flow material (such as for example dry salt) while allowing for improved collapse and break-up of low flow material (such as for example wetted sand).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sno-Way International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert N. Gamble, II, Terry C. Wendorff
  • Patent number: 10746353
    Abstract: A remotely controlled material delivery system having at least one canister, for containing a material; a nozzle; a manifold to direct movement of the material from the canister to the nozzle; a valve mechanism to control the flow of material; a signal receiver; a power source; a mounting adapter; and a remote controller operable to generate a signal wherein the signal is transmitted from the remote controller to the signal receiver, wherein the receiver can open and close the valve in response to the remotely generated signal and wherein the signal can be transmitted through a wired connection, an optical connection, or wirelessly from the remote controller to the signal receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: First Power Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert H. Kinner, John W. Harley
  • Patent number: 10736263
    Abstract: A spreader includes a frame having wheels mounted on an axle. A gear assembly on the axle is coupled with a shaft. A hopper is mounted on the frame and holds particulate that empties through an opening within the bottom wall. An impeller is mounted on the shaft and receives the particulate emptied from the hopper. A controlled-release assembly is mounted about the shaft and includes a drive housing secured to the hopper. The drive housing has a funnel opening to dispense the particulate therethrough. A transfer wheel within the drive housing is rotatably coupled to the shaft. When the shaft is rotating, the transfer wheel rotates whereby the particulate is delivered to the funnel. When the shaft is stationary, the transfer wheel is stationary whereby particulate is not delivered to the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Chapin Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ed Horeth, David Dubiel, William James Campbell
  • Patent number: 10729078
    Abstract: Water is emitted directly onto the soil from drip lines pulled from a mobile drip irrigation device. The forward ends of the drip tubes are anchored and retained to establish relatively fixed intervals of spacing between the forward ends of the adjacent drip tubes to guide the drip tubes across the soil and through growing plants. A pressure-regulated constant-volume flow of water is emitted from ports in the drip tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Monty J. Teeter
  • Patent number: 10721856
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a work vehicle where an operator can, on the work vehicle side, confirm which working machine is engaged and set which working machine to engage. A tractor, to which a working machine can be mounted, is provided with: a liquid crystal panel selectably displaying an engageable working machine mounted and displaying the currently engaged working machine so as to be identifiable; an operation unit (encoder dial, enter button, and command buttons) for carrying out selection and determination operations for the working machine displayed on the liquid crystal panel; and a control device that, when a determination operation is carried out by the operation unit for a desired working machine, disengages the currently engaged working machine, and configures the working machine for which the determination operation has been carried out to be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Miwa
  • Patent number: 10717092
    Abstract: A spray nozzle for a system for dispensing a pressurized product is provided with a pushbutton. The nozzle includes a dispensing orifice and a vortex chamber emerging on the dispensing orifice. The chamber includes a conical part defined by a conical side surface. The conical side surface converges from an upstream end toward a downstream supply end of the dispensing orifice. The nozzle further includes at least one supply channel of the vortex chamber, each supply channel emerging in the upstream end of the conical part, the conical side surface having at least one stepped portion provided with multiple levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ALBEA LE TREPORT
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Songbe
  • Patent number: 10690099
    Abstract: A metal valve body having a fuel injection port includes a nozzle plate accommodation part accommodating a nozzle plate of synthetic resin and aligning a center of the nozzle plate with a central axis of the valve body. A front end surface abutting against the nozzle plate is accommodated in the nozzle plate accommodation part. A swage projection fixes the nozzle plate to the front end side on which the fuel injection port is formed. The nozzle plate is swage-fixed in the state in which a spring action part is elastically deformed on the front end side of the valve body by the swage projection, and a nozzle hole formation part is constantly pushed against the front end surface of the valve body by the elastic force of the spring action part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10667507
    Abstract: A front-boom sprayer is provided that includes a boom center section and lift arm arrangement that provides a field of view below the boom when the boom is in a raised state that is substantially free of view obstructions from torque tube or other crosswise-extending components. The lift arm arrangement may provide different link tube geometries so that the respective left and right pairs of upper and lower lift arms align with each other in the line of sight of the in-cab operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Blaine A. Schwalbe, Roy A. Bittner
  • Patent number: 10661288
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a single step process for the synthesis of furan derivative from carbohydrate comprises stirring the reaction mixture of carbohydrate in solvent in presence of catalyst at temperature in the range of 170 to 190° C. for the period in the range of 23 to 25 hrs to afford corresponding furan derivative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Patel, C Ghanshyam, Pawan Kapur
  • Patent number: 10646735
    Abstract: Wet fire protection systems and methods for the protection of a stored commodity are provided. The system includes a supply portion coupled to a water supply and a demand portion including a plurality of sprinklers disposed above the commodity with each sprinkler having an operating pressure range. The plurality of sprinklers are interconnected by a network of pipes filled with water to provide each sprinkler with an initial pressure of water. A pressure control assembly is disposed between the supply portion and the demand portion to withhold fluid pressure from the supply portion from pressurizing the demand portion for a predetermined withholding period following actuation of at least one sprinkler in response to a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Zachary L. Magnone, Jeremiah P. Crocker, John Desrosier, Sean E. Cutting, Manuel R. Silva, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10632479
    Abstract: A droplet generator apparatus and droplet generation method based on high aspect ratio induced droplet self-breakup are provided. The droplet generator apparatus includes a channel (1) and a nozzle (2) connected to the channel(1), and the aspect ratio of the channel (1) can be 3.0 or greater. The apparatus may further include a blocking rail (10) that is positioned in front of the nozzle (2), a supplying rail(9) that is positioned in front of the nozzle (2), and a supplying trench (8) formed in a space between the nozzle (2) and the supplying rail (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Shuhuai Yao, Hongbo Zhou, Xiaonan Xu, Jianjie Lu
  • Patent number: 10631473
    Abstract: An irrigation drip emitter, and methods relating to same, are provided for delivering irrigation water from a supply tube to an emitter outlet at a reduced and relatively constant flow rate. The emitter defining an inlet, outlet and flow passage extending between the inlet and outlet. In one form, the emitter includes a root growth inhibiting member disposed in the outlet of the emitter. In another form, the emitter includes stepped flippers for controlling fluid flow through the emitter. In yet another form, the emitter includes disconnected or freestanding outlet walls disposed in the outlet for preventing the outlet from collapsing under increased fluid line pressure without creating dead ends where grit can build-up. In other forms, the emitter defines one or more recess within which inserts may be disposed so the emitter and insert collectively define a fluid flow passage. Related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Mark M. Ensworth, Jae Yung Kim, Mark Richard Edris, Joseph Nazari, Samir Shah
  • Patent number: 10612504
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly of a fuel injector includes a nozzle body in which a needle member is adapted to translate. The nozzle assembly is further provided with an electrical circuit so that an electrical signal enabling contact detection is measurable between the needle member and the nozzle body. The nozzle assembly also includes a piezoresistive device which continuously varies the electrical signal during the final closing displacements, or the initial opening displacements, of the needle, the variations of the signal being a function of a differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Oge, Jorge Martinez