Patents by Inventor George R. Eakin

George R. Eakin 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: 20200375146
    Abstract: An animal feed mechanism with feed agitator assembly includes a feed bin, a funnel-shaped boot attached to a bottom of the feed bin, an agitator system installed in the boot, and a conveying device for conveying feed out of the boot. The agitator system is installed using boot mount brackets attached to end walls of the boot, and holes cut in the sidewalls of the boot after the boot mount brackets are attached. The boot mount brackets each include a lower ledge with a sufficient length to block the free flow of feed out of the holes cut in the sidewalls of the boot due to the angle of repose of the feed. The agitator system includes a motor driven agitator shaft with radial projections that can be inserted through the holes cut in the boot and supported at each end by bearings attached to the boot mount brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 10334818
    Abstract: A feeder for dispensing feed to livestock includes a trough and a hopper mounted above the trough. The hopper includes a sidewall, a bottom, a central feed discharge hole through the bottom, and a plurality of gravity flow feed openings arranged around the central feed discharge hole. A deflector is mounted in the hopper above and vertically spaced from the hopper bottom to cover the central feed discharge hole to restrict gravity flow of feed from the hopper through the central feed discharge hole. A sweep member is mounted for rotation about a vertical axis for sweeping feed under the deflector to the central feed discharge hole for discharge into the trough. A closure system is associated with the gravity flow feed openings to automatically close the gravity flow feed openings once animals start moving the sweep member to sweep feed to the central feed discharge hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 10182553
    Abstract: A feeder for dispensing feed to livestock includes a trough and a hopper mounted above the trough. The hopper includes a sidewall, a bottom, a central feed discharge hole through the bottom, and a plurality of gravity flow feed openings arranged around the central feed discharge hole. A deflector is mounted in the hopper above and vertically spaced from the hopper bottom to cover the central feed discharge hole to restrict gravity flow of feed from the hopper through the central feed discharge hole. A sweep member is mounted for rotation about a vertical axis for sweeping feed under the deflector to the central feed discharge hole for discharge into the trough. A closure system is associated with the gravity flow feed openings to automatically close the gravity flow feed openings once animals start moving the sweep member to sweep feed to the central feed discharge hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 10184824
    Abstract: A mechanical scale has a weighing basket with a platform having entrance and exit ends. A hanging assembly for supporting the weighing basket includes a break-over beam. A counterweight assembly is connected to the break-over beam and is adjustable to select a threshold scale weight required to trigger a scale-operated feature, such as a spray marking mechanism. The counterweight assembly has a weight selection device bracket pivotally mounted to the frame assembly about a pivot point, and a freely moveable counterweight mass supported by the bracket. The freely moveable counterweight mass is moveable from a first position to a second position when the threshold scale weight is exceeded in the weighing basket, thereby causing an abrupt triggering of the scale-operated feature when the threshold scale weight is exceeded in the weighing basket. The freely moveable counterweight mass is a rolling spherical member enclosed within a hollow chamber inside the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R Eakin
  • Publication number: 20190008116
    Abstract: A feeder for dispensing feed to livestock includes a trough and a hopper mounted above the trough. The hopper includes a sidewall, a bottom, a central feed discharge hole through the bottom, and a plurality of gravity flow feed openings arranged around the central feed discharge hole. A deflector is mounted in the hopper above and vertically spaced from the hopper bottom to cover the central feed discharge hole to restrict gravity flow of feed from the hopper through the central feed discharge hole. A sweep member is mounted for rotation about a vertical axis for sweeping feed under the deflector to the central feed discharge hole for discharge into the trough. A closure system is associated with the gravity flow feed openings to automatically close the gravity flow feed openings once animals start moving the sweep member to sweep feed to the central feed discharge hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 10132673
    Abstract: A livestock management system is provided that spray marks animals for sorting or market weight selection. The system includes a pen area partitioned into a feeding area containing at least one feeder and a common watering area containing at least one waterer. A walk-through scale has an inlet open to the watering area and an outlet open to the feeding area. The walk-through scale has a weighing device that determines if the animal is within the specified set weight for marking. The weighing device determines the weight of the animal as the animal center of mass crosses the center of the weighing platform. The system allows spray marking of the animal to be done in a stress free environment that improves overall growth potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 9360360
    Abstract: A system for measuring a level of dry bulk material within a container has a columnar device supported vertically within the container. The columnar device has a closed lower end and openings through a sidewall thereof for allowing dry bulk material within the container to flow into and out of the columnar device. A load cell is used to measure a weight of the dry bulk material within the columnar device, which is then correlated to the level of dry bulk solids within the container. The columnar device and the sidewall openings therein can be provided in various shapes and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Osborne Industries Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Publication number: 20150359191
    Abstract: A feeder for dispensing feed to livestock includes a trough and a hopper mounted above the trough. The hopper includes a sidewall, a bottom, a central feed discharge hole through the bottom, and a plurality of gravity flow feed openings arranged around the central feed discharge hole. A deflector is mounted in the hopper above and vertically spaced from the hopper bottom to cover the central feed discharge hole to restrict gravity flow of feed from the hopper through the central feed discharge hole. A sweep member is mounted for rotation about a vertical axis for sweeping feed under the deflector to the central feed discharge hole for discharge into the trough. A closure system is associated with the gravity flow feed openings to automatically close the gravity flow feed openings once animals start moving the sweep member to sweep feed to the central feed discharge hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Publication number: 20140157889
    Abstract: A system for measuring a level of dry bulk material within a container has a columnar device supported vertically within the container. The columnar device has a closed lower end and openings through a sidewall thereof for allowing dry bulk material within the container to flow into and out of the columnar device. A load cell is used to measure a weight of the dry bulk material within the columnar device, which is then correlated to the level of dry bulk solids within the container. The columnar device and the sidewall openings therein can be provided in various shapes and configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Osborne Industries Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 8584619
    Abstract: A livestock feeding station includes an entrance raceway, an exit raceway arranged at an angle relative to the entrance raceway, and a feeder located at an intersection between the entrance and exit raceways. A feed dispensing mechanism selectively dispenses an allotted amount of feed into the feeder. A scale assembly having a platform located in the entrance raceway is used to individually weigh animals within the feeding station. The scale assembly includes a hinged scale platform to allow for easy cleaning, and a cantilevered scale platform extension that extends past an end of the entrance raceway and the feeder to provide a weighing platform assembly that continues to hold an entire animal during normal feeding functions. The scale assembly also includes a basket assembly construction to ensure that an accurate weight measurement can be made even if an animal is leaning against a back or front side of the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Jason L. Moore, Ronald M. Thibault
  • Publication number: 20120241250
    Abstract: An aerial work platform assembly includes: a) a platform shaft retaining assembly; b) a mounting bracket connected to the platform shaft retaining assembly; and c) a platform connected to the mounting bracket. The platform shaft retaining assembly includes two concentric apertures for installation of a pivot shaft therein; the mounting bracket having an upper gusset member and a center gusset member that are bonded together and that include horizontal portions to which the pivot shaft is bonded; upper and lower platform pins; a valve bracket; a platform bracket; and upper platform pins that provide for pivoting on a lower platform pin and tilting down of the platform thereby. At least one of the platform shaft retaining assembly, the mounting bracket, the platform, the upper and lower platform pins, and the valve bracket are molded from at least one monomer having at least one norbornene functionality, such as polydicyclopentadiene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Jason L. Moore
  • Publication number: 20120048206
    Abstract: A livestock feeding station includes an entrance raceway, an exit raceway arranged at an angle relative to the entrance raceway, and a feeder located at an intersection between the entrance and exit raceways. A feed dispensing mechanism selectively dispenses an allotted amount of feed into the feeder. A scale assembly having a platform located in the entrance raceway is used to individually weigh animals within the feeding station. The scale assembly includes a hinged scale platform to allow for easy cleaning, and a cantilevered scale platform extension that extends past an end of the entrance raceway and the feeder to provide a weighing platform assembly that continues to hold an entire animal during normal feeding functions. The scale assembly also includes a basket assembly construction to ensure that an accurate weight measurement can be made even if an animal is leaning against a back or front side of the station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Jason L. Moore, Ronald M. Thibault
  • Patent number: 6899044
    Abstract: A swinging gate assembly is provided for use in an electronic livestock feeding station and an automated sorting system. The gate assembly has a generally V-shaped configuration in plan view with first and second side openings defined on each side of the V-shape. A gate panel has a first side edge pivotally connected to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical first pivot axis at the apex of the V-shape. The gate panel is swingable about the first pivot axis between a first position in which the first side opening is closed by the gate panel and a second position in which the second side opening is closed by the gate panel. A mechanical actuator and locking assembly is provided for moving the gate panel between the first and second positions and locking the gate panel in a selected one of the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Thibault, George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 6837190
    Abstract: A swinging gate assembly is provided for use in an electronic livestock feeding station and an automated sorting system. The gate assembly has a generally V-shaped configuration in plan view with first and second side openings defined on each side of the V-shape. A gate panel has a first side edge pivotally connected to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical first pivot axis at the apex of the V-shape. The gate panel is swingable about the first pivot axis between a first position in which the first side opening is closed by the gate panel and a second position in which the second side opening is closed by the gate panel. A mechanical actuator and locking assembly is provided for moving the gate panel between the first and second positions and locking the gate panel in a selected one of the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Thibault, George R. Eakin
  • Publication number: 20030226518
    Abstract: A swinging gate assembly is provided for use in an electronic livestock feeding station and an automated sorting system. The gate assembly has a generally V-shaped configuration in plan view with first and second side openings defined on each side of the V-shape. A gate panel has a first side edge pivotally connected to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical first pivot axis at the apex of the V-shape. The gate panel is swingable about the first pivot axis between a first position in which the first side opening is closed by the gate panel and a second position in which the second side opening is closed by the gate panel. A mechanical actuator and locking assembly is provided for moving the gate panel between the first and second positions and locking the gate panel in a selected one of the positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Thibault, George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 6583236
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method for dispersing a metathesis catalyst in an olefin to produce a catalyst-monomer mixture having a desired catalyst:monomer ratio comprising dispersing the catalyst within a solvent and mixing the dispersed catalyst with an olefin monomer. In preferred embodiments, the catalyst is of the formula wherein M is ruthenium or osmium; X and X1 are either the same or different and are any anionic ligand; L and L1 are either the same or different and are neutral electron donor; R and R1 are either the same or different and are each independently hydrogen or a substituent selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl, C2-C20 alkenyl, C2-C20 alkynyl, aryl, C1-C20 carboxylate, C1-C20 alkoxy, C2-C20 alkenyloxy, C2-C20 alkynyloxy, aryloxy, C2-C20 alkoxycarbonyl, C1-C20 alkylthio, C1-C20 alkylsulfonyl and C1-C20 alkylsulfinyl, wherein each of the substituents is substituted or unsubstituted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Cymetech, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Giardello, Christopher J. Cruce, Ronald M. Thibault, George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 5924922
    Abstract: A ceiling ventilation inlet includes a housing having an air inlet aperture, an air outlet aperture, and a baffle supported for linear movement adjacent the air outlet aperture. A spring is positioned such that the baffle moves dependant upon air pressure difference between the confinement space and the external environment. Air entering the housing opens the baffle and enters the livestock confinement building in a 360 degree dispersion pattern. The spring causes the baffle to direct the flow of air into the confinement space at a near constant rate so as to optimize ventilation. The greater the air pressure difference between the confinement space and the external environment the greater the air outlet area becomes. Since the inlet is responsive to the pressure difference and the air outlet area increases or decreases in size, the airflow velocity entering the confinement space may be optimized at a near constant rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Ronald M. Thibault
  • Patent number: 5775988
    Abstract: A ventilation inlet includes a housing having two air inlets apertures, a solid wind-deflecting rear wall, and a baffle supported for pivotal movement about a pivot point. A spring or other biasing mechanism is operatively connected to the baffle. Air entering the housing opens the baffle and enters the livestock confinement building. The baffle, positioned responsive to the amount and pressure of air entering the housing, directs the flow of air into the confinement space so as to optimize the speed and direction of the external fresh air entering the confinement space. The design of the ventilation inlet is optimized by calculating the necessary operators required to enable the baffle to properly respond to the incoming air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin