Patents by Inventor Gary Borgerding

Gary Borgerding 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: 7882663
    Abstract: A water runoff deflector for use at a loading dock includes a seal suspended from a wall-mounted frame. A truck can back underneath the deflector so that the seal rests atop the truck's roof. The seal helps prevent water (snow, rain, ice, slush, etc.) on the truck's roof from flowing off the back end of the truck and spilling into the building. The seal helps block any water flowing along the truck's roof toward the doorway of the dock and redirects the flow off to either side of the truck. The deflector can be used in conjunction with or without a conventional dock seal or dock shelter. Unique front and rear bumper designs along with a pivotally yieldable frame make the runoff deflector particularly useful in adapting to trucks of various heights. In some cases, the front bumper includes multiple panels of different rigidity to ensure smooth truck departures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20100269427
    Abstract: Head curtains for dock shelters or dock seals are disclosed. An example head curtain assembly for a vehicle loading dock includes a retractable curtain stiffened by a resiliently compressible foam panel that is more flexible about a horizontal axis than about a vertical axis. The difference in directional flexibility can be created by sewing the foam panel to a pliable cover using a series of parallel horizontal thread lines. The thread lines create in the foam a series of compressed indentations that run horizontally across the curtain so that the curtain tends to bend more easily along those lines. The relative stiffness in the horizontal direction enables the curtain to exert an appreciable sealing force against two lateral dock seal members, and the vertical flexibility makes the curtain easy to retract to accommodate vehicles of various heights. Touch-and-hold fasteners make many of the individual components of the head curtain readily replaceable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Digmann, Gary Borgerding, Timothy J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20070175116
    Abstract: A water runoff deflector for use at a loading dock includes a seal suspended from a wall-mounted frame. A truck can back underneath the deflector so that the seal rests atop the truck's roof. The seal helps prevent water (snow, rain, ice, slush, etc.) on the truck's roof from flowing off the back end of the truck and spilling into the building. The seal helps block any water flowing along the truck's roof toward the doorway of the dock and redirects the flow off to either side of the truck. The deflector can be used in conjunction with or without a conventional dock seal or dock shelter. Unique front and rear bumper designs along with a pivotally yieldable frame make the runoff deflector particularly useful in adapting to trucks of various heights. In some cases, the front bumper includes multiple panels of different rigidity to ensure smooth truck departures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Patent number: 7185463
    Abstract: A water runoff deflector for use at a loading dock includes a seal suspended from a wall-mounted frame. A truck can back underneath the deflector so that the seal rests atop the truck's roof. The seal helps prevent water (snow, rain, ice, slush, etc.) on the truck's roof from flowing off the back end of the truck and spilling into the building. The seal helps block any water flowing along the truck's roof toward the doorway of the dock and redirects the flow off to either side of the truck. The deflector can be used in conjunction with or without a conventional dock seal or dock shelter. Unique front and rear bumper designs along with a pivotally yieldable frame make the runoff deflector particularly useful in adapting to trucks of various heights. In some cases, the front bumper includes multiple panels of different rigidity to ensure smooth truck departures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Patent number: 6951084
    Abstract: At a truck loading dock, a flexible draft shield helps seal a lower inner corner of a dock shelter. Instead of a foam core, the draft shield includes a resiliently flexible frame that supports a pliable cover. In some embodiments, the frame includes a spring steel loop that is able to flex upon being squeezed between two members of the dock shelter. In some cases, the draft shield is hollow and open at the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20050166488
    Abstract: A water runoff deflector for use at a loading dock includes a seal suspended from a wall-mounted frame. A truck can back underneath the deflector so that the seal rests atop the truck's roof. The seal helps prevent water (snow, rain, ice, slush, etc.) on the truck's roof from flowing off the back end of the truck and spilling into the building. The seal helps block any water flowing along the truck's roof toward the doorway of the dock and redirects the flow off to either side of the truck. The deflector can be used in conjunction with or without a conventional dock seal or dock shelter. Unique front and rear bumper designs along with a pivotally yieldable frame make the runoff deflector particularly useful in adapting to trucks of various heights. In some cases, the front bumper includes multiple panels of different rigidity to ensure smooth truck departures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20050102929
    Abstract: At a loading dock for a truck, a compressible bumper seal extends across the front face of a dock bumper to help seal an air gap that may otherwise exist between the bumper face and the rear of the truck. Without the seal, the gap may be created by the truck stopping just short of reaching the bumper or by the truck “bouncing off” the bumper before stopping. If left unsealed, such a gap can create a draft into a building that has the loading dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Inventors: David Hoffmann, Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20040134139
    Abstract: A combined dock seal and shelter structure for a truck loading dock includes a vehicle-engaging seal member that is removably or replaceably attached to a compressible side pad. A backer can be used to help mount the side pad to a wall, adjacent to a doorway. The side pad preferably comprises a resiliently compressible foam core within a pliable cover 4, while the seal member comprises a pliable curtain or semi-rigid panel that are flexible but less compressible than the foam core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Jeff Busch, Dave Hoffmann, Greg Thill, Gary Borgerding, Charlie Digmann
  • Publication number: 20040020141
    Abstract: At a truck loading dock, a flexible draft shield helps seal a lower inner corner of a dock shelter. Instead of a foam core, the draft shield includes a resiliently flexible frame that supports a pliable cover. In some embodiments, the frame includes a spring steel loop that is able to flex upon being squeezed between two members of the dock shelter. In some cases, the draft shield is hollow and open at the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20020110423
    Abstract: In order to provide a loading dock shelter with an effective seal, the shelter is provided with a side curtain that is semi-rigid. The relative stiffness of the curtain allows it to be supported along a vertical edge, while a distal vertical edge of the curtain can be cantilevered for sealing against the side of a truck. The curtain has sufficient flexibility and resilience to at least partially seal against the truck without having to rely on compressible foam. In some cases, the semi-rigid curtain is attached to a side frame by way of a sliding connection that allows for differences in thermal expansion between the curtain and the frame. A relatively pliable corner seal helps seal a gap between the side curtain and an adjacent head curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Jason D. Miller, Gary Borgerding, Timothy J. Schmidt