Patents by Inventor Galen K. Brown

Galen K. Brown 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: 5146731
    Abstract: An apparatus for bagging produce or other articles susceptible to damage upon impact. The apparatus includes a bag receiver and transfer assembly adapted to receive, hold upright, and gently transfer an open topped bag of articles, such as from an automatic bagger, to a bag closer and optional conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Dale E. Marshall, Galen K. Brown, Richard J. Wolthuis
  • Patent number: 5105605
    Abstract: An apparatus for bagging produce or other articles which minimizes the impact received by the articles as they are put into bags. The apparatus includes a bag support which may be positioned at a reduced angle to the horizontal to decrease the height of fall of the produce into the bag, but which also eliminates the problem of the formation of a single layer of the articles in the bag. The bag support may be used in conjunction with other produce bagging devices conventional in the art for automated or semi-automated bagging of produce or other articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Michigan State University
    Inventors: Dale E. Marshall, Patrick V. Gilliland, Richard J. Wolthuis, Galen K. Brown
  • Patent number: 5095686
    Abstract: An apparatus for the mechanical bagging or packaging of produce or other articles susceptible to damage upon impact. The apparatus includes a tiltable support for temporarily holding a quantity of produce and having an end portion for discharging the produce or articles when tilted. A bag positioning assembly is provided to position a bag around the support such that the end portion of the support is nearly adjacent the closed end of the bag. When the support is tilted, the produce or articles will settle towards the closed end of the bag. Because the bag is positioned around the support, the impact and damage to the produce or articles is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Dale E. Marshall, Galen K. Brown, Richard J. Wolthuis, Clyde L. Burton
  • Patent number: 4776156
    Abstract: Means to control imbalance of an eccentric mass connected to a rotating shaft in a shaker housing wherein the eccentric mass is adjacent to but is not fixedly connected to the shaft, wherein a first end of the mass is connected to a mass moving means which can move one end of the mass to a plurality of different distances from the rotating shaft, and is able to hold that end of the mass at each of these distances during rotation; wherein a second end of the mass is restrained from centrifugal movement during rotation of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Galen K. Brown, Henry A. Affeldt, Jr., Thomas A. Esch, Richard J. Wolthuis
  • Patent number: 4745564
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring and recording accelerations or other physical quantities experienced by easily damaged items of commerce such as fruit and electronic computers. A triaxial accelerometer or other suitable sensor produces signals which are sampled by a microprocessor operating according to a program stored in a read-only memory. When the sampled accelerations or other physical quantities exceed a predetermined threshold, samples are stored in a random access memory, along with their times of occurrence. The apparatus provides a serial port for reading out the recorded acceleration data. The data may then be subjected to further processing externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Board of Trustees Operating Michigan State University
    Inventors: Bernard R. Tennes, Galen K. Brown, Joseph R. Clemens, Henry A. Affeldt, Siamak Siyami, Brian A. Klug, Hans R. Zapp
  • Patent number: 4400983
    Abstract: An automatic vegetable buncher for use in combination with a mechanical harvester of leafy green vegetables conveys the greens to a packing station where a pair of packer fingers driven by a novel rectangular motion generator incrementally feeds the greens into one of a plurality of pockets mounted on a rotatable wheel. When a predetermined bunch size is accrued, the wheel rotates to position an empty pocket at the packing station and to advance the vegetable bunch to a device which ties it into a marketable bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Donald L. Peterson, Ajit K. Srivastava, Galen K. Brown
  • Patent number: 4275649
    Abstract: An automatic vegetable buncher for use in combination with a mechanical harvester of leafy green vegetables conveys the greens to a packing station where a pair of packer fingers driven by a novel rectangular motion generator incrementally feeds the greens into one of a plurality of pockets mounted on a rotatable wheel. When a predetermined bunch size is accrued, the wheel rotates to position an empty pocket at the packing station and to advance the vegetable bunch to a device which ties it into a marketable bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Donald L. Peterson, Ajit K. Srivastava, Galen K. Brown
  • Patent number: 4208861
    Abstract: A mechanical shaker assembly adapted for use with an over-the-row power frame for the continuous harvesting of horticultural crops uniquely combines oscillating sway bars for dislodging the crops with a pendulum system for absorbing vibrations otherwise transmitted to the power frame by the sway bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Bernard R. Tennes, Galen K. Brown