Patents by Inventor Jeffrey M. Zeiler

Jeffrey M. Zeiler 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: 9368842
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 9339874
    Abstract: A cutting tool including a body, a blade, a feed shaft, and a locking member. The body defines an axis and is adapted to be received by a spindle of a power tool. The blade is removably supportable on the body and rotatable about the axis for cutting a workpiece. A feed shaft is removably supportable in the body and rotatable about the axis for engaging a workpiece, the feed shaft being mountable in the cutting tool to engage and at least partially restrain the blade. The feed shaft further includes an opening transverse to the axis. The locking member is engageable with the body and with the opening in the feed shaft. Advancement of the locking member into the opening tightens both the blade and the feed shaft to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas Allen, Richard Hohnl, Jr., Jeffrey M. Zeiler, David B. Griep, Mark D. Willer
  • Patent number: 9312721
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The electrical combination comprises a battery pack configured to be interfaced with a hand held power tool, a control component, and a semiconducting switch. The transfer of power from the battery pack to the hand held power tool is controlled by the control component and the switch based on one of a battery pack state of charge and a respective state of charge of one of a plurality of battery cells. A discharge current of the battery pack is regulated based on the switch being controlled into one of a first state and a second state by the control component to selectively enable the transfer power from the plurality of battery cells to the hand held power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Publication number: 20160088482
    Abstract: A method and system for wirelessly tracking power tools and related devices to aid with inventory management and to help minimize, prevent, and recover misplaced or stolen tools throughout the job site. The tools and/or batteries include wireless transmitting capabilities (e.g., an ISM unit) to transmit data to a fob, puck repeater, and/or gateway over an ISM network. The gateway is operable to translate and output the ISM communications over a cellular network to a remote monitoring unit, such as a personal computer or smart phone. Additionally, the gateway is further operable to translate and output cellular communications from the remote monitoring unit to ISM communications over the ISM network. A wireless tethering system and method is also disclosed whereby an ISM battery places a power tool in a lock-out or limp mode after the ISM battery remains outside of ISM communications for a prolonged period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Publication number: 20150318521
    Abstract: A battery system for use with outdoor power equipment includes a base including a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a battery receptacle electrically coupled to the positive terminal and the negative terminal, wherein the positive terminal and the negative terminal are spaced apart by a distance substantially the same as a standard distance between terminals of a standard lead-acid battery, and a lithium-ion battery removably attached to the battery receptacle, wherein when attached, the lithium-ion battery is electrically coupled to the positive terminal and the negative terminal via the battery receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Richard J. Gilpatrick
  • Publication number: 20150318581
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The combination comprises a hand held power tool, a battery pack and a controller. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing connectable to and supportable by the hand held power tool, a plurality of battery cells supported by the battery pack housing, each of the plurality of battery cells having a lithium-based chemistry, being individually tapped and having an individual state of charge. A communication path is provided by a battery pack sense terminal and a power tool sense terminal. The controller is operable to monitor a state of charge of a number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells and to generate a signal based on the monitored state of charge of the number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells, the signal being operable to control the operation of the hand held power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Jonathan A. Zick, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20150288038
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20150263544
    Abstract: A method for conducting an operation including a power tool battery pack. The battery pack can include a housing, a first cell supported by the housing and having a voltage, and a second cell supported by the housing and having a voltage. The battery pack also can be connectable to a power tool and be operable to supply power to operate the power tool. The method can include discharging one of the first cell and the second cell until the voltage of the one of the first cell and the second cell is substantially equal to the voltage of the other of the first cell and the second cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Patent number: 9112248
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The combination comprises a hand held power tool, a battery pack and a controller. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing connectable to and supportable by the hand held power tool, a plurality of battery cells supported by the battery pack housing, each of the plurality of battery cells having a lithium-based chemistry, being individually tapped and having an individual state of charge. A communication path is provided by a battery pack sense terminal and a power tool sense terminal. The controller is operable to monitor a state of charge of a number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells and to generate a signal based on the monitored state of charge of the number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells, the signal being operable to control the operation of the hand held power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Jonathan A. Zick, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 9048515
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Schuecher
  • Patent number: 9018903
    Abstract: A method for conducting an operation including a power tool battery pack. The battery pack can include a housing, a first cell supported by the housing and having a voltage, and a second cell supported by the housing and having a voltage. The battery pack also can be connectable to a power tool and be operable to supply power to operate the power tool. The method can include discharging one of the first cell and the second cell until the voltage of the one of the first cell and the second cell is substantially equal to the voltage of the other of the first cell and the second cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Publication number: 20140262388
    Abstract: A tool including a first portion housing, a second portion housing, and a driveshaft housing. The first portion housing includes a motor, configured to provide a top rotational movement at a first angular speed, and a controller. The controller operates the motor at a second angular speed. The second portion housing includes a gear box and a tool head. The driveshaft housing, including a driveshaft, connects the first portion housing to the second portion housing. The driveshaft transmits the rotational movement at the second angular speed from the first portion housing to the second portion housing. The gear box receives the rotational movement at the second angular speed and outputs the rotational movement at a third angular speed. The tool head receives the rotational movement at the third angular speed from the gearbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sven A. Krause, Jeffrey M. Zeiler
  • Patent number: 8822067
    Abstract: A battery pack including a housing connectable to and supportable by a hand-held power tool; a first battery cell defining a first axis and having opposite first cell ends; a second battery cell defining a second axis and having opposite second cell ends; a third battery cell defining a third axis; and a terminal for electrically connecting the battery pack to the hand-held power tool. The second battery cell and the third battery cell may be arranged with the second axis and the third axis in a common plane, the first battery cell may be arranged with the first axis non-parallel to the common plane and have one remote first cell end. The terminal may be supported on the housing, in the direction of the first axis, between the one first cell end and the common plane and, in a direction of the second axis, between the second cell ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Jonathan A. Zick, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20140240125
    Abstract: A power distribution box includes a power input configured to receive power from an external power source, an alternating current (AC) output electrically coupled to the power input, a power-line adapter and a gateway device. The power-line adapter is coupled to the power input and configured to receive power via the power input and communicate with an external network. The gateway device is coupled to the power-line adapter and is configured to communicate with the external network. The gateway device includes a wireless network module configured to communicate with at least one power tool device in a wireless network, and a translation controller configured to enable communications between the wireless network module and the external network through the power-line adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Publication number: 20140159507
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The electrical combination comprises a battery pack configured to be interfaced with a hand held power tool, a control component, and a semiconducting switch. The transfer of power from the battery pack to the hand held power tool is controlled by the control component and the switch based on one of a battery pack state of charge and a respective state of charge of one of a plurality of battery cells. A discharge current of the battery pack is regulated based on the switch being controlled into one of a first state and a second state by the control component to selectively enable the transfer power from the plurality of battery cells to the hand held power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Patent number: 8653790
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The electrical combination comprises a battery pack configured to be interfaced with a hand held power tool, a control component, and a semiconducting switch. The transfer of power from the battery pack to the hand held power tool is controlled by the control component and the switch based on one of a battery pack state of charge and a respective state of charge of one of a plurality of battery cells. A discharge current of the battery pack is regulated based on the switch being controlled into one of a first state and a second state by the control component to selectively enable the transfer power from the plurality of battery cells to the hand held power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Publication number: 20140041887
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Schuecher
  • Publication number: 20140006295
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying and tracking ownership of a power tool, a power tool battery pack, or another device (“the device”) by storing a chain-of-custody in a memory therein. Initially, a serial number that uniquely identifies the device as well as first owner information, such as the manufacturer, are stored in the chain-of-custody memory. When ownership changes, such as when the device is received by a retailer, the chain-of-custody memory is updated to include the new (second) owner information. When the device is sold by the retailer, the ownership information is updated again to include the new (third) owner information. Reading and writing to the chain-of-custody memory may be performed wirelessly using an external wireless device, such as a handheld unit. Additionally, reading and writing to the chain-of-custody memory may occur via a secure transmission to avoid improper access to the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Publication number: 20130244070
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The combination comprises a hand held power tool, a battery pack and a controller. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing connectable to and supportable by the hand held power tool, a plurality of battery cells supported by the battery pack housing, each of the plurality of battery cells having a lithium-based chemistry, being individually tapped and having an individual state of charge. A communication path is provided by a battery pack sense terminal and a power tool sense terminal. The controller is operable to monitor a state of charge of a number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells and to generate a signal based on the monitored state of charge of the number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells, the signal being operable to control the operation of the hand held power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Jonathan A. Zick, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20130241499
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The electrical combination comprises a battery pack configured to be interfaced with a hand held power tool, a control component, and a semiconducting switch. The transfer of power from the battery pack to the hand held power tool is controlled by the control component and the switch based on one of a battery pack state of charge and a respective state of charge of one of a plurality of battery cells. A discharge current of the battery pack is regulated based on the switch being controlled into one of a first state and a second state by the control component to selectively enable the transfer power from the plurality of battery cells to the hand held power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow