Patents by Inventor James A. McClung

James A. McClung 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: 10888913
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion. The tooling includes a pressure concentrating forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher, Patrick K. McCarty
  • Patent number: 10695818
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Gregory H. Butcher, Paul L. Ripple
  • Patent number: 10690352
    Abstract: A heating appliance generally includes a housing having a compartment and a door for selectively accessing the compartment. The compartment is sized to receive a food product. The heating appliance also includes a heating element disposed within the compartment for cooking the food product, and a control unit for operating the heating element to cook the food product without preheating the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Smith, Gerald Joseph McNerney, William James McClung, III, Casey Aaron Klock
  • Publication number: 20200147665
    Abstract: A container, such as a beverage or food can is provided, which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom portion extending between the first and second sidewalls. The material of the bottom portion is stretched relative to the first sidewall and the second sidewall to form a thinned preselected profile, such as a dome. The material of the container at or about the dome has a substantially uniform thickness. The container is formed from a blank of material, which has a base gauge prior to being formed. After being formed, the blank of material of the container at or about the dome has a thickness less than the base gauge. Tooling having a clamp bead, or a progressive clamp bead, for selectively forming a blank of material into a container, as well as an associated method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Patrick K. McCarty, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: 10525519
    Abstract: A container, such as a beverage or food can is provided, which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom portion extending between the first and second sidewalls. The material of the bottom portion is stretched relative to the first sidewall and the second sidewall to form a thinned preselected profile, such as a dome. The material of the container at or about the dome has a substantially uniform thickness. The container is formed from a blank of material, which has a base gauge prior to being formed. After being formed, the blank of material of the container at or about the dome has a thickness less than the base gauge. Tooling having a clamp bead, or a progressive clamp bead, for selectively forming a blank of material into a container, as well as an associated method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Publication number: 20190091750
    Abstract: A domer station having a domer assembly, a housing assembly, and a stacked piston assembly is provided. The domer assembly is movably disposed within a domer body passage located in the housing assembly and structured to move between a forward, first position and a retracted, second position. The stacked piston assembly includes a plurality of pistons, preferably three pistons, disposed in series and a pressure supply. The pistons are disposed behind the domer in pressure chambers. The pistons have a constant pressure applied thereto and are biased towards the domer. The pistons are, however, each restrained by a stop and do not contact, or operatively engage, the domer when the domer is in the domer first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: GREGORY H. BUTCHER, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple
  • Patent number: 10160022
    Abstract: A domer station having a domer assembly, a housing assembly, and a stacked piston assembly is provided. The domer assembly is movably disposed within a domer body passage located in the housing assembly and structured to move between a forward, first position and a retracted, second position. The stacked piston assembly includes a plurality of pistons, preferably three pistons, disposed in series and a pressure supply. The pistons are disposed behind the domer in pressure chambers. The pistons have a constant pressure applied thereto and are biased towards the domer. The pistons are, however, each restrained by a stop and do not contact, or operatively engage, the domer when the domer is in the domer first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple
  • Publication number: 20180236523
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion. The tooling includes a pressure concentrating forming surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher, Patrick K. McCarty
  • Publication number: 20180170606
    Abstract: A formed blank is provided. The formed blank includes a stretched portion and/or a truncated protrusion, a tooling assembly structured to form a formed blank including a stretched portion and/or a truncated protrusion, and a method of forming a formed blank including a stretched portion and/or a truncated protrusion. The formed blank includes a base and a depending sidewall. The stretched portion and/or the truncated protrusion is disposed on the formed blank base and the thickness of the stretched portion and/or the truncated protrusion is less than the sidewall. The stretched portion and/or the truncated protrusion utilizes less material relative to an unformed base that has about the same thickness as the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: 9975164
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion. The tooling includes a pressure concentrating forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher, Patrick K. McCarty
  • Patent number: 9776235
    Abstract: A tab is provided for a can end. The can end includes an end panel and a scoreline defining a tear panel in the end panel for providing an opening in the can end. The tab includes a body having first and second opposing ends, a nose portion located at or about the first end, a lift portion located at or about the second end, and a rivet receiving portion disposed proximate the nose portion. The rivet receiving portion includes a rivet hole. A first rivet extends outwardly from the end panel and fastens the rivet receiving portion of the tab to the can end. A second rivet extends outwardly from the end panel to cooperate with a portion of the body proximate the lift portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Dennis C. Stammen, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Publication number: 20170128999
    Abstract: A domer station having a domer assembly, a housing assembly, and a stacked piston assembly is provided. The domer assembly is movably disposed within a domer body passage located in the housing assembly and structured to move between a forward, first position and a retracted, second position. The stacked piston assembly includes a plurality of pistons, preferably three pistons, disposed in series and a pressure supply. The pistons are disposed behind the domer in pressure chambers. The pistons have a constant pressure applied thereto and are biased towards the domer. The pistons are, however, each restrained by a stop and do not contact, or operatively engage, the domer when the domer is in the domer first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple
  • Publication number: 20170113261
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Gregory H. Butcher, Paul L. Ripple
  • Publication number: 20170095852
    Abstract: A container, such as a beverage or food can is provided, which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom portion extending between the first and second sidewalls. The material of the bottom portion is stretched relative to the first sidewall and the second sidewall to form a thinned preselected profile, such as a dome. The material of the container at or about the dome has a substantially uniform thickness. The container is formed from a blank of material, which has a base gauge prior to being formed. After being formed, the blank of material of the container at or about the dome has a thickness less than the base gauge. Tooling having a clamp bead, or a progressive clamp bead, for selectively forming a blank of material into a container, as well as an associated method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: 9573183
    Abstract: A shell, a container employing the shell, and tooling and associated methods for forming the shell are provided. The shell includes a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall. The material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell is selectively stretched relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Gregory H. Butcher, Paul L. Ripple
  • Patent number: 9550222
    Abstract: A domer station having a domer assembly, a housing assembly, and a stacked piston assembly is provided. The domer assembly is movably disposed within a domer body passage located in the housing assembly and structured to move between a forward, first position and a retracted, second position. The stacked piston assembly includes a plurality of pistons, preferably three pistons, disposed in series and a pressure supply. The pistons are disposed behind the domer in pressure chambers. The pistons have a constant pressure applied thereto and are biased towards the domer. The pistons are, however, each restrained by a stop and do not contact, or operatively engage, the domer when the domer is in the domer first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple
  • Publication number: 20160327280
    Abstract: A heating appliance generally includes a housing having a compartment and a door for selectively accessing the compartment. The compartment is sized to receive a food product. The heating appliance also includes a heating element disposed within the compartment for cooking the food product, and a control unit for operating the heating element to cook the food product without preheating the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Smith, Gerald Joseph McNerney, William James McClung, III, Casey Aaron Klock
  • Patent number: 9481022
    Abstract: A container, such as a beverage or food can is provided, which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom portion extending between the first and second sidewalls. The material of the bottom portion is stretched relative to the first sidewall and the second sidewall to form a thinned preselected profile, such as a dome. The material of the container at or about the dome has a substantially uniform thickness. The container is formed from a blank of material, which has a base gauge prior to being formed. After being formed, the material of the container at or about the dome has a thickness less than the base gauge. Tooling and a method for selectively forming a blank of material into a container, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, David Groetsch
  • Patent number: D827685
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: D839935
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, James A. McClung, Paul L. Ripple, Gregory H. Butcher