Patents by Inventor Kevin Myhill

Kevin Myhill 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: 10427258
    Abstract: Feed tools and methods of use for initiating a change in a spindle feed direction from an advance direction that moves the spindle towards a workpiece to a retract direction that moves the spindle away from the workpiece. The tool and methods may use a thrust overload force that is generated on one or more of the components to initiate the shift from forward to retract and/or a lift ring that acts on one or more of the components. The tool and methods may also include a two-stage piston to accomplish the shift. The various components may be used independently or in combination within the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Jason Allen Matthews, Kevin Myhill, Marc Djabri
  • Publication number: 20180071907
    Abstract: A power tool may include a modular controller, an end effector, and a multi-function cable. The modular controller may include a power unit and a motor. The motor may be powered by the power unit. The end effector may be physically separated from the modular controller. The multi-function cable may operably couple the end effector and the modular controller. The multi-function cable may include a flexible drive assembly and a communication link. The flexible drive assembly may be configured to transfer mechanical power from the motor to the end effector. The communication link may be configured to provide communication between the modular controller and the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Myhill
  • Patent number: 9808896
    Abstract: Positive feed tools that include gear heads configured to be driven by a motor. The gear heads further include a pneumatic manifold that provides for access to input/output signals to add on additional components that include additional air logic functionality. The gear head includes first and second interface positions. Each interface is configured to receive either the motor for powering the gear head or an add-on component to provide additional functionality to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Myhill
  • Publication number: 20170274488
    Abstract: Feed tools and methods of use for initiating a change in a spindle feed direction from an advance direction that moves the spindle towards a workpiece to a retract direction that moves the spindle away from the workpiece. The tool and methods may use a thrust overload force that is generated on one or more of the components to initiate the shift from forward to retract and/or a lift ring that acts on one or more of the components. The tool and methods may also include a two-stage piston to accomplish the shift. The various components may be used independently or in combination within the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Jason Allen Matthews, Kevin Myhill, Marc Djabri
  • Patent number: 9707654
    Abstract: Positive feed tools that include gear heads configured to be driven by a motor. The gear heads further include a pneumatic manifold that provides for access to input/output signals to add on additional components that include additional air logic functionality. The gear head includes first and second interface positions. Each interface is configured to receive either the motor for powering the gear head or an add-on component to provide additional functionality to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Myhill
  • Patent number: 9662756
    Abstract: Feed tools and methods of use for initiating a change in a spindle feed direction from an advance direction that moves the spindle towards a workpiece to a retract direction that moves the spindle away from the workpiece. The tool and methods may use a thrust overload force that is generated on one or more of the components to initiate the shift from forward to retract and/or a lift ring that acts on one or more of the components. The tool and methods may also include a two-stage piston to accomplish the shift. The various components may be used independently or in combination within the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill, Marc Djabri
  • Patent number: 9604334
    Abstract: Positive feed tools and methods of use that include a spindle with a distal end configured to receive a tool bit. The spindle is movable in a forward direction for the tool bit to act on a workpiece, and a retract direction to move the tool bit away from the workpiece. The spindle is configured to retract to a home position at which an air motor that drives the spindle is shut off. The feed tool includes a clutch to prevent jamming of the spindle at the home position in the event the air motor is not shut off at the proper time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill
  • Patent number: 9539683
    Abstract: A positive feed tool that includes a spindle that is axially moved along a feed path to perform work on a workpiece. The tool includes a gear head with a plurality of gears configured to rotate and axially move the spindle. The gear head is designed to change the changing gears within the gear head to change feed rates on the spindle. The gears can be interchanged without a complete disassembly of the gear head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill
  • Publication number: 20160001408
    Abstract: Feed tools and methods of use for initiating a change in a spindle feed direction from an advance direction that moves the spindle towards a workpiece to a retract direction that moves the spindle away from the workpiece. The tool and methods may use a thrust overload force that is generated on one or more of the components to initiate the shift from forward to retract and/or a lift ring that acts on one or more of the components. The tool and methods may also include a two-stage piston to accomplish the shift. The various components may be used independently or in combination within the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill, Marc Djabri
  • Publication number: 20160001435
    Abstract: Positive feed tools and methods of use that include a spindle with a distal end configured to receive a tool bit. The spindle is movable in a forward direction for the tool bit to act on a workpiece, and a retract direction to move the tool bit away from the workpiece. The spindle is configured to retract to a home position at which an air motor that drives the spindle is shut off. The feed tool includes a clutch to prevent jamming of the spindle at the home position in the event the air motor is not shut off at the proper time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill
  • Publication number: 20160001409
    Abstract: A positive feed tool that includes a spindle that is axially moved along a feed path to perform work on a workpiece. The tool includes a gear head with a plurality of gears configured to rotate and axially move the spindle. The gear head is designed to change the changing gears within the gear head to change feed rates on the spindle. The gears can be interchanged without a complete disassembly of the gear head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Jeremy Watford, Kevin Myhill
  • Publication number: 20160001436
    Abstract: Positive feed tools that include gear heads configured to be driven by a motor. The gear heads further include a pneumatic manifold that provides for access to input/output signals to add on additional components that include additional air logic functionality. The gear head includes first and second interface positions. Each interface is configured to receive either the motor for powering the gear head or an add-on component to provide additional functionality to the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Myhill
  • Publication number: 20140238711
    Abstract: Positive feed tools that include gear heads configured to be driven by a motor. The gear heads further include a pneumatic manifold that provides for access to input/output signals to add on additional components that include additional air logic functionality. The gear head includes first and second interface positions. Each interface is configured to receive either the motor for powering the gear head or an add-on component to provide additional functionality to the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Myhill