Patents by Inventor Mark A. Heinlein

Mark A. Heinlein 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: 20190186081
    Abstract: Particulate infill from a worn down infilled artificial turf, particularly a sand/rubber mixture which includes crumb rubber from vehicle tires, is extracted from a prior field and then thereafter incorporated into the top surface of the compacted base at the same site, thereby to assure better drainage conditions in the compacted base for the subsequently installed field. The extracted and incorporated infill helps to maintain open drainage channels throughout the top of the compacted base, particularly in areas where limestone is prevalent. Otherwise, the limestone “fines” are susceptible to compacting and creating a cement-like crust at the top of the base. An existing infill extractor/collector device is modified to operate in a second mode, so that instead of merely performing the conventional bagging of the already-used infill, the already-used infill is laterally diverted back on to the base at the same site, and thereafter, distributed and tilled into the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Technology Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A Heinlein
  • Publication number: 20190186082
    Abstract: An infilled artificial turf surface [18] includes a particulate infill [24] with at least a top layer [28] that comprises a mixture of Black walnut shell particles [30] and English walnut shell particles [32], the walnut shell particles [30, 32] having been treated so as to eliminate or substantially remove tree nut allergens that are known to activate allergies in some humans. Preferably, treatment occurs via heat treatment in a rotary furnace, which also rounds and smoothes the particles [30, 32]. Particularly if used in the top layer [28] of a particulate infill [24] of an artificial turf surface [18], the shape and size and proportion of the Black walnut shell particles [30] and the English walnut shell particles [32] provide stability for the resulting turf surface [18], while also being able to absorb water applied thereto, thereby to hold moisture and to provide evaporative cooling of the artificial turf surface [18] for up to about five hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: USGreentech, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark A Heinlein
  • Publication number: 20170081808
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid turf support for use with natural grass to form a stable hybrid turf system, the hybrid turf support comprising a knitted reticulated support; and a plurality of grass-like fibers extending upwardly from the knitted reticulated support, the grass-like fibers comprising groups of fibers extending upwardly at intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Hyo-Sang Lee, Hamish Ross Sutherland, Mark A. Heinlein
  • Publication number: 20050042032
    Abstract: A method of constructing a multi-layered athletic field includes installing surface and subsurface layers over a foundation. The subsurface layer comprises a backing with a plurality of pile filaments secured thereto and extending upwardly to a desired level. A subsurface particulate fill material resides on the subsurface backing, to surround and support the subsurface pile filaments at the desired level, so that the filaments and the particulate are about the same height. This height, and the composition of the subsurface particulate fill material, are selected to achieve a desired degree of shock absorption for the athletic field. The subsurface particles may be retained, as by a hardened liquid binder sprayed thereon. Thereafter, the surface layer is installed on top of the subsurface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Applicant: Coevin Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Motz, Mark Heinlein, Stephen Linville
  • Publication number: 20040229007
    Abstract: An infilled artificial surface has natural grass-like play characteristics due to the use of two distinct groups of fibers extending upwardly from a backing, and a stabilizing fill material residing on the backing, with a first upper group of fibers simulating grass plants and extending above the infill and a second lower group of preferably texturized fibers extending upward from the backing to the top of, but not above, the fill. With this structure, substantially all of the fill material is stabilized within the vertical level of the second lower group of fibers. This second group of fibers “locks” the fill material in place and helps to promote consistent and uniform play characteristics which closely simulate natural grass, with a “foot feel” of natural turf. This structure also improves the durability of this playing surface, compared to prior infilled surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein
  • Patent number: 6800339
    Abstract: A synthetic turf comprises a backing with a plurality of pile filaments secured to the backing and extending upwardly therefrom and filled with particulate fill material. The fill material comprises a lower ballast layer of gravel residing on the backing and an upper layer of resilient particles above the lower layer. The lower layer of gravel provides weight and stability to hold down the synthetic turf without migrating to the surface. The upper layer provides cushioning and uniform resilience for the synthetic turf while the pile filaments create a grass-like appearance for the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Coevin Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Stephen L. Linville
  • Publication number: 20040028841
    Abstract: A synthetic turf comprises a backing with a plurality of pile filaments secured to the backing and extending upwardly therefrom and filled with particulate fill material. The fill material comprises a lower ballast layer of gravel residing on the backing and an upper layer of resilient particles above the lower layer. The lower layer of gravel provides weight and stability to hold down the synthetic turf without migrating to the surface. The upper layer provides cushioning and uniform resilience for the synthetic turf while the pile filaments create a grass-like appearance for the playing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Coevin Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Stephen L. Linville
  • Publication number: 20030118755
    Abstract: A synthetic turf comprises a backing with a plurality of pile filaments secured to the backing and extending upwardly therefrom and filled with particulate fill material. The pile filaments create a grass-like appearance for the playing surface. The fill material comprises a lower ballast layer of gravel residing on the backing and an upper layer of resilient particles above the lower layer. The lower layer of gravel provides weight and stability to hold down the synthetic turf without migrating to the surface. The upper layer provides cushioning and uniform resilience for the synthetic turf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Stephen L. Linville
  • Patent number: 6247267
    Abstract: A stabilized turf (10) particularly suitable for athletic fields includes a mat (18) interposed between upper (24) and lower (16) layers of growth media, the mat (18) having a horizontally disposed, biodegradable primary backing (22) and generally upwardly extending fibers (20) secured thereto, wherein the fibers (20) extend above the upper layer (24) of growth media. Natural grass plants (26) extend upwardly above the upper layer (24), with the roots extending down through the backing (22) and into the lower layer (16). The mat (18) stabilizes root growth, particularly during initial grow in. The biodegradability of the primary backing (22) results in a loss of all or most of its horizontal structural integrity within a predetermined time period. The primary backing (22) may be treated with a decomposition agent to control the predetermined time period for decomposition, a stabilizing agent to assist in holding the upright fibers (20) or a growth agent for the natural turf grass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Steve Linville
  • Patent number: 6216389
    Abstract: A stabilized natural turf surface particularly suitable for athletic fields includes a mat interposed between upper and lower layers of growth media, the mat having a woven biodegradable backing and upwardly extending artificial fibers secured thereto, wherein the fibers extend well above the top of the upper layer. Natural grass plants grow in the upper layer, with the crowns being located in the upper layer of growth media and the roots extending down through the backing and into the lower layer. The mat helps to stabilize root growth, particularly during the first few years. The biodegradability of the backing results in its eventual decomposition, so that after a predetermined time the turf surface may be aerated all the way down to the lower layer without adversely affecting the mat and the mat can be top dressed beginning immediately after turf growth occurs. The biodegradability also prevents the creation of an agronomic barrier between the upper and lower layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein
  • Patent number: 6173528
    Abstract: A stabilized natural turf surface particularly suitable for athletic fields includes a mat interposed between upper and lower layers of growth media, the mat having a woven biodegradable backing and upwardly extending artificial fibers secured thereto, wherein the fibers extend well above the top of the upper layer. Natural grass plants grow in the upper layer, with the crowns being located in the upper layer of growth media and the roots extending down through the backing and into the lower layer. The mat helps to stabilize root growth, particularly during the first few years. The biodegradability of the backing results in its eventual decomposition, so that after a predetermined time the turf surface may be aerated all the way down to the lower layer without adversely affecting the mat and the mat can be top dressed beginning immediately after turf growth occurs. The biodegradability also prevents the creation of an agronomic barrier between the upper and lower layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein
  • Patent number: 6094860
    Abstract: A stabilized turf (10) particularly suitable for athletic fields includes a mat (18) interposed between upper (24) and lower (16) layers of growth media, the mat (18) having a horizontally disposed, biodegradable primary backing (22) and generally upwardly extending fibers (20) secured thereto, wherein the fibers (20) extend above the upper layer (24) of growth media. Natural grass plants (26) extend upwardly above the upper layer (24), with the roots extending down through the backing (22) and into the lower layer (16). The mat (18) stabilizes root growth, particularly during initial grow in. The biodegradability of the primary backing (22) results in a loss of all or most of its horizontal structural integrity within a predetermined time period. The primary backing (22) may be treated with a decomposition agent to control the predetermined time period for decomposition, a stabilizing agent to assist in holding the upright fibers (20) or a growth agent for the natural turf grass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Steve Linville
  • Patent number: 6035577
    Abstract: A temporarily stabilized natural turf conforms to a foundation of uniform or nonuniform topography, for instance a golf course green, and includes a flexible biodegradable primary backing with biodegradable fibers tufted thereto, an upper sand-based fill layer extending above the primary to about the tops of the fibers, and natural grass plants supported within the fill layer. The natural grass plants have blades which extend above the fill layer and the fibers to form a natural grass playing surface. The crowns of the natural grass plants reside just beneath the fill layer. The roots of the natural grass plants extend downwardly through the fill layer and through the root permeable and water permeable primary backing. The stabilized turf is grown at a sod farm and transplanted to the use site, and the primary backing helps to carry the sand-based fill layer. Once installed, the roots grow into the foundation relatively quickly, reducing the time needed to achieve a durable natural turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, Steve Linville
  • Patent number: 6029397
    Abstract: A stabilized natural turf surface particularly suitable for athletic fields includes a mat interposed between upper and lower layers of growth media, the mat having a woven biodegradable backing and upwardly extending artificial fibers secured thereto, wherein the fibers extend well above the top of the upper layer. Natural grass plants grow in the upper layer, with the crowns being located in the upper layer of growth media and the roots extending down through the backing and into the lower layer. The mat helps to stabilize root growth, particularly during the first few years. The biodegradability of the backing results in its eventual decomposition, so that after a predetermined time the turf surface may be aerated all the way down to the lower layer without adversely affecting the mat and the mat can be top dressed beginning immediately after turf growth occurs. The biodegradability also prevents the creation of an agronomic barrier between the upper and lower layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein
  • Patent number: 5944444
    Abstract: A control system for an athletic field coordinates drainage by gravity or vacuum-enhanced and irrigation by monitoring water level with respect to a subsurface membrane, wherein a flow network resides on the membrane and is covered by a fill layer, which in turn supports the field surface thereabove. The flow network includes couplings located at the intersections of some of the pipe rows and conduit rows. The water permeability of the conduit rows allows the flow network to be used for draining, irrigating or heating the field. The heating of the fill layer and the surface thereabove minimizes energy costs and eliminates installation and maintenance costs that would otherwise be necessitated by separate heating and draining systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignees: Technology Licensing Corp., Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Murray Equipment
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, James B. Goddard, Carl Tyner, Craig Reese, Brian L. Ferry
  • Patent number: 5752784
    Abstract: A drainage system for a natural turf athletic field includes a buried drainage network located above a water impermeable membrane which conforms to the topography of a compacted subsoil, the drainage network including a plurality of water impermeable pipe rows partially recessed in depressions in the subsoil and a plurality of water permeable conduit rows oriented perpendicular to and intersecting the pipe rows. At each intersection, a low profile coupling interconnects the respective pipe row to the respective conduit row, the coupling having a vertical dimension less than the combined vertical dimension of the pipe rows and the conduit rows. A fill layer covers the membrane and supports natural turf thereabove. The drainage network connects to a a gravity drain and a water supply. The design of the drainage network results in reduced excavation and simplified construction, thereby lowering the installation cost for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: The Motz Group
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, James B. Goddard, Carl Tyner
  • Patent number: D380813
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignees: The Motz Group, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Motz, Mark A. Heinlein, James B. Goddard, Carl Tyner