Patents by Inventor Charles H. Meis

Charles H. Meis 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).

  • Publication number: 20200256489
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 10690274
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 10030797
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20160066520
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20160066521
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 9279520
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 8882006
    Abstract: A hose-fed lateral move irrigation system and method that utilizes a pipe with a plurality of sprinklers attached to a wheeled cart that drags a flexible hose assembly therebehind while traveling laterally with the pipe and sprinklers relative to a field so that alternating the flexible hose assembly from one side of the cart to another as the cart traverses back and forth along a cart path is facilitated while kinking in the flexible hose assembly is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 8662424
    Abstract: An irrigation machine is selectively converted into a sprayer for applying chemicals that have been approved for use only by spraying equipment. A method is disclosed for irrigating and spraying crops using the same conduit connected to either an irrigation ground water source or a sprayer-approved chemical source, but at no time is the conduit connected to both sources simultaneously. The method includes connecting the input of a conduit to a ground water source, irrigating the crops with water from the ground water source, disconnecting the input of the conduit from the ground water source, connecting the input of the same conduit to a sprayer-approved chemical source, and spraying the crops with chemical from the chemical source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 8517289
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of moving a mobile tower using solar power are disclosed for use with an irrigation system. The disclosed improvement includes a solar panel with a collecting surface to convert light energy to electrical energy, an electrical charge source in communication with the solar panel to receive electrical energy, and a motor to drive a ground-engaging wheel in communication with the electrical charge source. The improvement also includes a direction control system for regulating rotation of the solar panel and a tilt assembly for adjusting the angle of the solar panel to maintain the disposition of the collecting surface in alignment with the direction of incoming sunlight. The method of moving the mobile tower includes collecting light energy with a solar panel, converting the light energy into electrical energy, and driving a wheel of the mobile tower with a motor powered by the converted electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20120286076
    Abstract: A hose-fed lateral move irrigation system and method that utilizes a pipe with a plurality of sprinklers attached to a wheeled cart that drags a flexible hose assembly therebehind while traveling laterally with the pipe and sprinklers relative to a field so that alternating the flexible hose assembly from one side of the cart to another as the cart traverses back and forth along a cart path is facilitated while kinking in the flexible hose assembly is avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20120067441
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe and method of fabrication that utilizes a pipe that is made of a durable material, e.g., stainless steel or aluminum. During fabrication, the pipe is equipped with a plurality of components, i.e., a flange assembly, a truss mount, and an outlet, without drilling, welding, or the like. In this manner, a method of fabrication is provided that enables a plurality of components to be assembled to the pipe without compromising the integrity of the pipe material or treated surface so that galvanizing or painting is not required after the plurality of components have been fitted to the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20110204156
    Abstract: An irrigation machine is selectively converted into a sprayer for applying chemicals that have been approved for use only by spraying equipment. A method is disclosed for irrigating and spraying crops using the same conduit connected to either an irrigation ground water source or a sprayer-approved chemical source, but at no time is the conduit connected to both sources simultaneously. The method includes connecting the input of a conduit to a ground water source, irrigating the crops with water from the ground water source, disconnecting the input of the conduit from the ground water source, connecting the input of the same conduit to a sprayer-approved chemical source, and spraying the crops with chemical from the chemical source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20110121111
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of moving a mobile tower using solar power are disclosed for use with an irrigation system. The disclosed improvement includes a solar panel with a collecting surface to convert light energy to electrical energy, an electrical charge source in communication with the solar panel to receive electrical energy, and a motor to drive a ground-engaging wheel in communication with the electrical charge source. The improvement also includes a direction control system for regulating rotation of the solar panel and a tilt assembly for adjusting the angle of the solar panel to maintain the disposition of the collecting surface in alignment with the direction of incoming sunlight. The method of moving the mobile tower includes collecting light energy with a solar panel, converting the light energy into electrical energy, and driving a wheel of the mobile tower with a motor powered by the converted electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 7878429
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of moving a mobile tower using solar power are disclosed for use with an irrigation system. The disclosed improvement includes a solar panel with a collecting surface to convert light energy to electrical energy, an electrical charge source in communication with the solar panel to receive electrical energy, and a motor to drive a ground-engaging wheel in communication with the electrical charge source. The improvement also includes a direction control system for regulating rotation of the solar panel and a tilt assembly for adjusting the angle of the solar panel to maintain the disposition of the collecting surface in alignment with the direction of incoming sunlight. The method of moving the mobile tower includes collecting light energy with a solar panel, converting the light energy into electrical energy, and driving a wheel of the mobile tower with a motor powered by the converted electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20100140370
    Abstract: An irrigation assembly has a main pipeline supported at intervals by mobile towers, a plurality of drop tube assemblies at spaced intervals along the pipeline and a collector positioned to receive water from the drop tube assembly. A plurality of targets are positioned on the ground in the paths of motion defined by the movement of the collectors. The targets may be dishes. Each dish preferably has a perforated drain that penetrates beneath the surface of the ground. Interaction between the collector and the target causes the water stored within the collector to be released into the target. The irrigation assembly may provide for underground irrigation without a collector where a dish or trough receives water from the drop tube assembly and underground drains allow for water to be dispersed below the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Lindsay Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20100096476
    Abstract: A distribution tube assembly for an irrigation system having a main supply line for conveying fluid therein includes a first end, a second end and an internal surface defining at least two fluid passageways, at least one of the fluid passageways being in fluid communication with the main supply line. The other fluid passageway may be in fluid communication with an alternate supply line. Adaptors and regulators may be attached to the distribution tube assembly. The distribution tube assembly permits irrigation to be performed by multiple fluid streams, allows for the incorporation of chemicals within the distribution tube assembly, and provides for selectable flow control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Robert E. Callies, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 7686234
    Abstract: An irrigation assembly has a main pipeline supported at intervals by mobile towers, a plurality of drop tube assemblies at spaced intervals along the pipeline and a collector positioned to receive water from the drop tube assembly. A plurality of targets are positioned on the ground in the paths of motion defined by the movement of the collectors. The targets may be dishes. Each dish preferably has a perforated drain that penetrates beneath the surface of the ground. Interaction between the collector and the target causes the water stored within the collector to be released into the target. The irrigation assembly may provide for underground irrigation without a collector where a dish or trough receives water from the drop tube assembly and underground drains allow for water to be dispersed below the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lindsay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 7588200
    Abstract: A distribution tube assembly for an irrigation system having a main supply line for conveying fluid therein includes a first end, a second end and an internal surface defining at least two fluid passageways, at least one of the fluid passageways being in fluid communication with the main supply line. The other fluid passageway may be in fluid communication with an alternate supply line. Adaptors and regulators may be attached to the distribution tube assembly. The distribution tube assembly permits irrigation to be performed by multiple fluid streams, allows for the incorporation of chemicals within the distribution tube assembly, and provides for selectable flow control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Lindsay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Callies, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20090166451
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of moving a mobile tower using wind energy are disclosed for use with an irrigation system. The disclosed improvement includes a rotor assembly operable to be rotated by the movement of passing air, a generator of electrical energy driven by the rotation of the rotor assembly, an electrical charge source in communication with the generator, and a motor to drive a ground-engaging wheel in communication with the electrical charge source. The method of moving the mobile tower includes rotating wind-receiving elements of a rotor assembly with wind energy in passing air, generating electrical energy from the wind energy, and driving a wheel of the mobile tower with a motor powered by the generated electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Publication number: 20090084615
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of moving a mobile tower using solar power are disclosed for use with an irrigation system. The disclosed improvement includes a solar panel with a collecting surface to convert light energy to electrical energy, an electrical charge source in communication with the solar panel to receive electrical energy, and a motor to drive a ground-engaging wheel in communication with the electrical charge source. The improvement also includes a direction control system for regulating rotation of the solar panel and a tilt assembly for adjusting the angle of the solar panel to maintain the disposition of the collecting surface in alignment with the direction of incoming sunlight. The method of moving the mobile tower includes collecting light energy with a solar panel, converting the light energy into electrical energy, and driving a wheel of the mobile tower with a motor powered by the converted electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis