Patents by Inventor Brian G. Parker

Brian G. Parker has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8444228
    Abstract: A wheel assembly that may be installed on, and removed from, an axle without the need for tools. The wheel assembly includes a wheel, at least one clip supported by the wheel, and a cover securing the clip in position. The wheel assembly is mountable on an axle including a circumferential groove and is retained on the axle by the extension of the clip into the groove. The clip includes an actuator arm extending away from the plane of the wheel so as to be readily accessible for actuation by one's fingers. Actuation of the arm withdraws the clip from the groove to release the wheel from the axle. Preferably two clips are provided diametrically opposite one another, enabling both arms to be actuated simultaneously in a pinching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Michael R. Featherstone, Linda R. Umlor
  • Patent number: 8430267
    Abstract: A waste cart includes a container having first and second wall portions, and first and second openings defined by the wall portions to receive and support a grab bar. The container includes at least one positioning element to constrain the lateral movement of the grab bar. During assembly, the first end of the grab bar is inserted through the opening in the first sidewall, and the grab bar is pivoted to align the grab bar with the opening in the second sidewall. During the pivoting of the grab bar, the first positioning element is deformed. The second end of the grab bar is inserted into the opening in the second sidewall, allowing the first positioning element to snap back to its original, non-deformed orientation. When the grab bar is installed, the positioning elements are positioned at the outer ends of the grab bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kilduff, Linda R. Umlor, Brian G. Parker, Jeffrey W. Miles, Joseph A. Bollo, Jr., Dean T. Miller, Michael A. Barrett
  • Publication number: 20130048654
    Abstract: A waste cart includes a container having first and second wall portions, and first and second openings defined by the wall portions to receive and support a grab bar. The container includes at least one positioning element to constrain the lateral movement of the grab bar. During assembly, the first end of the grab bar is inserted through the opening in the first sidewall, and the grab bar is pivoted to align the grab bar with the opening in the second sidewall. During the pivoting of the grab bar, the first positioning element is deformed. The second end of the grab bar is inserted into the opening in the second sidewall, allowing the first positioning element to snap back to its original, non-deformed orientation. When the grab bar is installed, the positioning elements are positioned at the outer ends of the grab bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: James R. Kilduff, Linda R. Umlor, Brian G. Parker, Jeffrey W. Miles, Joseph A. Bollo, JR., Dean T. Miller, Michael A. Barrett
  • Patent number: 8173057
    Abstract: A method of forming a container includes providing a mold including at least one bulbous protrusion. The mold is closed to form a mold cavity corresponding to the shape of the container, with the bulbous protrusion being positioned in the mold cavity. Material is injected into the mold cavity to form the container, and the material envelopes the bulbous protrusion to create an undercut slot. The container is removed from the mold and the bulbous protrusion is withdrawn from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Paul J. Rugg
  • Patent number: 8146774
    Abstract: A waste cart includes a container having a wall, with a pocket formed in an outer surface of the wall that creates a first sidewall facing a second sidewall, with an opening formed in both sidewalls. A grab bar has a free-sliding end and a retention end. The free-sliding end is inserted through the opening in the first sidewall, and the retention end is inserted through the opening in the second sidewall. The retention end includes a retainer for securing the grab bar with respect to the second sidewall. In the current embodiment, the grab bar includes a snap element near the retention end and a flange portion between the snap element and the free-sliding end. When the grab bar is installed, a portion of the second sidewall is positioned between the snap element and the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Michael A. Barrett, Larry Kooiker
  • Publication number: 20120074663
    Abstract: A wheel assembly that may be installed on, and removed from, an axle without the need for tools. The wheel assembly includes a wheel, at least one clip supported by the wheel, and a cover securing the clip in position. The wheel assembly is mountable on an axle including a circumferential groove and is retained on the axle by the extension of the clip into the groove. The clip includes an actuator arm extending away from the plane of the wheel so as to be readily accessible for actuation by one's fingers. Actuation of the arm withdraws the clip from the groove to release the wheel from the axle. Preferably two clips are provided diametrically opposite one another, enabling both arms to be actuated simultaneously in a pinching operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Michael R. Featherstone, Linda R. Umlor
  • Publication number: 20100276839
    Abstract: A method of forming a container includes providing a mold including at least one bulbous protrusion. The mold is closed to form a mold cavity corresponding to the shape of the container, with the bulbous protrusion being positioned in the mold cavity. Material is injected into the mold cavity to form the container, and the material envelopes the bulbous protrusion to create an undercut slot. The container is removed from the mold and the bulbous protrusion is withdrawn from the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Paul J. Rugg
  • Publication number: 20100230427
    Abstract: A waste cart includes a container having a wall, with a pocket formed in an outer surface of the wall that creates a first sidewall facing a second sidewall, with an opening formed in both sidewalls. A grab bar has a free-sliding end and a retention end. The free-sliding end is inserted through the opening in the first sidewall, and the retention end is inserted through the opening in the second sidewall. The retention end includes a retainer for securing the grab bar with respect to the second sidewall. In the current embodiment, the grab bar includes a snap element near the retention end and a flange portion between the snap element and the free-sliding end. When the grab bar is installed, a portion of the second sidewall is positioned between the snap element and the flange portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Michael A. Barrett, Larry Kooiker
  • Publication number: 20080251968
    Abstract: An RFID enabled waste/recycling container includes a molded plastic body; and a case containing an RFID device. The case includes a front surface and a rear surface defining a wedge-shape. The case is in-molded with the plastic body such that a substantial portion of the front surface and the rear surface are exposed. In another embodiment, the case is also designed to snap-fit to a waste/recycling container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: John E. Misner, Brian G. Parker
  • Publication number: 20080094224
    Abstract: An RFID-enabled waste/recycling cart including a container, a lid, a hinge pin, and an RFID device. The container includes a handle, and the RFID device is located within the handle. The hinge pin connects the lid to the container and also secures the RFID device within the handle. The RFID device may be attached to or separate from the hinge pin. If attached, the RFID device may be molded to the hinge pin or snap-fitted to the hinge pin. At least one of the handle, the RFID device, and the hinge pin may include structure for angularly orienting the RFID device within the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: CASCADE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, P. Charles Ammond, James R. Kilduff, Joseph A. Bollo, Michael A. Barrett
  • Patent number: 7290775
    Abstract: A stackable refuse cart includes a container, an axle, a set of wheels. The container includes first and second axle supports. The first axle support supports the axle in an operative position to rotatably support the container. The second axle support supports the axle in a stowage position enabling the container to be stacked with other containers without interference from the axles. In one embodiment, the second axle support includes a recess defined in the floor of the container. In another embodiment, the second axle support includes a pair of supports that hold the axle against a sidewall within the container. In yet another embodiment, the second axle support is a cradle integral with the container handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Mariano D. Acosta, James R. Kilduff, Joseph A. Bollo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6729702
    Abstract: A drawer pedestal including a structural support for reinforcing working surfaces of the pedestal. The drawer pedestal includes a shell and a substructure that define a cavity. The shell includes a panel that forms the top surface of the pedestal. A first structure, preferably defining a compartment, projects into the cavity. The support includes first and second side panels connected to one another by a top support panel. In a preferred embodiment, the support is frictionally fit between the first structure and the top panel of the shell to reinforce that top panel. In a more preferred embodiment, the support is constructed from expanded polystyrene foam. The support optionally includes openings that accept guide tabs on the substructure or shell of the drawer pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Tanya A. Best
  • Patent number: 6678920
    Abstract: A soft-touch drawer pull including a substantially rigid substrate and a rubber-like plastic attached to the outer surface of the substrate. The substrate preferably includes teeth or catches on an inner surface that interact with corresponding recesses or holes on a drawer unit or other article to allow the drawer pull to be easily secured to the unit or article. Preferably, the drawer pull further includes catches that interact with snaps on a drawer to further secure the drawer pull to the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Cameron Courtwright, Dean T. Miller
  • Publication number: 20030233733
    Abstract: A soft-touch drawer pull including a substantially rigid substrate and a rubber-like plastic attached to the outer surface of the substrate. The substrate preferably includes teeth or catches on an inner surface that interact with corresponding recesses or holes on a drawer unit or other article to allow the drawer pull to be easily secured to the unit or article. Preferably, the drawer pull further includes catches that interact with snaps on a drawer to further secure the drawer pull to the drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Cameron Courtwright, Dean T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6666532
    Abstract: A drawer pedestal including a shell and a substructure that snap together. The substructure includes multiple locking tabs around a peripheral flange that interlock with slots defined by a peripheral rim of the shell so that the two pieces can be easily snapped together. At least one of the shell and the substructure include guide tabs to guide the two parts into the appropriate position for interlocking. The invention also provides a method for assembling the drawer pedestal including: positioning the substructure adjacent to the shell; aligning first and second locking structures on the substructure and shell; and moving at least one of the shell and the substructure toward one another until the first and second locking structure engages one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G. Parker
  • Publication number: 20020063132
    Abstract: A waste bench for containing waste and/or recyclable materials in high density housing. The waste bench includes a sloped front wall to facilitate removal of contents from the bench and accommodate articles under the waste bench. The waste bench may also include one or more notches or slots in which necks of bags may be disposed so that those necks serve as pick-up flags to collection agency personnel. In another aspect, the bench includes a tiltable bin to easily access contents of the bench by tilting the bin forward to expose contents therein. Further, a latch that is actuatable from inside and outside the bin provides an added child-safety feature. Finally, the bench may include a label or a memory chip to provide information about the bench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventors: Michael D. Prins, Richard J. Vande Kopple, Brian G. Parker, Dean T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6280001
    Abstract: A waste container having a wheel assembly comprising an axle assembly on which are slidably mounted a pair of wheels. The axle assembly comprises a pultruded shaft with opposing end caps. The end caps have an indentation for receiving a retainer to retain the wheels on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Edward H. Wysocki, Roger D. Herrick
  • Patent number: D535448
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kilduff, Brian G. Parker, Eric S. Toth, Michael A. Johnson
  • Patent number: D582413
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Paul J. Rugg
  • Patent number: D591292
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G. Parker