Patents by Inventor Steve J. Wrobel

Steve J. Wrobel 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: 10843211
    Abstract: A sprayer includes a spray gun and a hopper. An air source provides compressed air to the sprayer to both eject fluid from the spray gun as a spray and to pressurize the hopper. The spray gun includes an airflow controller for controlling the flow of the compressed air to a nozzle of the spray gun, a pressure regulator for regulating a pressure of the compressed air flowing to the hopper, and a relief valve between the pressure regulator and the hopper. The hopper receives the compressed air through a port in the hopper, and the compressed air assists the flow of material out of the hopper and into the spray gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Becker, David M. Larsen, Steve J. Wrobel, Mark D. Shultz, Robert J. Gundersen
  • Patent number: 10815990
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a motor housing and a piston pump assembly connected to the motor housing. A motor is mounted within the motor housing. The piston pump assembly includes a pump housing, a cartridge having a first end that extends into a second end of the pump housing, a piston that extends into a first end of the pump housing and the first end of the cartridge, and a packing stack within the cartridge and adjacent an inner surface of the cartridge and through which the piston extends. The cartridge is configured to be removed from the pump housing, and removal of the cartridge removes the packing stack from within the pump housing while leaving the pump housing connected to the motor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Shultz, David M. Larsen, Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20200238315
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a gun body and valves configured to control flow of material and air through the gun body. A trigger is mounted to the gun body and is disposed relative to the valves such that the trigger actuates the valves in sequence to begin air flow and material flow. A sensor senses when the trigger is in an actuated state and the sensor causes a pump to begin pumping material to the spray gun. Release of the trigger causes the trigger to leave the actuated state. A detent mechanism holes the trigger in a detent state intermediate the actuated state and a resting state. The sensor does not sense the trigger with the trigger in the detent state. The trigger maintains the valves open with the trigger in the detent state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Jurmu, Douglas S. Ryder, Quincy A. Kesti, Robert J. Gundersen, Jeromy D. Horning, Steve J. Wrobel, Chad R. Taszarek
  • Patent number: 10717097
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20200217313
    Abstract: A paint sprayer includes an end bell, a motor connected to the end bell, a pump drive connected to the end bell, a pair of protrusions attached to an extending from the end bell such that each protrusion is cantilevered from the end bell, and a pump assembly comprising a pair of mounting holes and containing a piston. The pair of mounting holes is adapted to receive and slide onto the pair of protrusions to mount the pump assembly on the end bell as well as slide off of the pair of protrusions to remove the pump assembly from the end bell. The pump drive is configured to covert rotational motion output by the motor to reciprocal motion. The pump assembly is configured to pump paint when reciprocated by the pump drive while mounted on the end bell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Max Carideo, James M. Dalton, Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel, Christopher A. Lins
  • Publication number: 20200156095
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10634132
    Abstract: A paint sprayer includes an end bell, a motor connected to the end bell, a pump drive connected to the end bell, a pair of protrusions attached to an extending from the end bell such that each protrusion is cantilevered from the end bell, and a pump assembly comprising a pair of mounting holes and containing a piston. The pair of mounting holes is adapted to receive and slide onto the pair of protrusions to mount the pump assembly on the end bell as well as slide off of the pair of protrusions to remove the pump assembly from the end bell. The pump drive is configured to covert rotational motion output by the motor to reciprocal motion. The pump assembly is configured to pump paint when reciprocated by the pump drive while mounted on the end bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Max Carideo, James M. Dalton, Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel, Christopher A. Lins
  • Publication number: 20200102951
    Abstract: A pump rod has a head extending from a neck, and the head is received within a drive slot of a drive link. The head includes a projection, and has an area smaller than an area of the head. The projection contacts an inner surface of the drive slot. The drive link may include a projection aligned with a centerline of the drive link. The drive link projection contacts a head of the pump rod. The projections provide a reduced contact area between the pump rod and the drive link, thereby reducing any side-loading on the pump rod and increasing a lifespan of the wear parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David J. Thompson, Christopher A. Lins, Andrew J. Kopel, Glen W. Davidson, Chad R. Taszarek, Chris W. Sydow, William M. Blenkush, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20200088190
    Abstract: A wear sleeve is removably mounted on a piston rod. The piston rod includes a piston cap, a piston rod body, and a piston head, with at least one of the piston cap and the piston head being removable from the piston rod body. The wear sleeve is disposed over the piston rod body and prevents the piston rod from contacting dynamic seals disposed within a pump. The wear sleeve is mechanically secured in a cylindrical recess on the piston rod between a cap shoulder of the piston cap and a head shoulder of the piston head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jeromy D. Horning, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10589303
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10514030
    Abstract: A wear sleeve is removably mounted on a piston rod. The piston rod includes a piston cap, a piston rod body, and a piston head, with at least one of the piston cap and the piston head being removable from the piston rod body. The wear sleeve is disposed over the piston rod body and prevents the piston rod from contacting dynamic seals disposed within a pump. The wear sleeve is mechanically secured in a cylindrical recess on the piston rod between a cap shoulder of the piston cap and a head shoulder of the piston head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Jeromy D. Horning, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10502206
    Abstract: A pump rod has a head extending from a neck, and the head is received within a drive slot of a drive link. The head includes a projection, and has an area smaller than an area of the head. The projection contacts an inner surface of the drive slot. The drive link may include a projection aligned with a centerline of the drive link. The drive link projection contacts a head of the pump rod. The projections provide a reduced contact area between the pump rod and the drive link, thereby reducing any side-loading on the pump rod and increasing a lifespan of the wear parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Thompson, Christopher A. Lins, Andrew J. Kopel, Glen W. Davidson, Chad R. Taszarek, Chris W. Sydow, William M. Blenkush, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10465678
    Abstract: A piston rod assembly includes a piston rod having a first end configured to contact fluid, a packing retainer through which the piston rod extends, and one or more packing rings. The packing retainer includes one or more leakage ports forming passageways between an inner surface and an outer surface of the packing retainer. The one or more packing rings surround the piston rod, are adjacent the inner surface of the packing retainer, and are positioned between the one or more leakage ports and a bottom end of the packing retainer. The one or more leakage ports are positioned so that fluid that leaks past the one or more packing rings will flow through the one or more leakage ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota
    Inventors: Steve J. Wrobel, Justin G. Johnston, Christopher A. Lins, Brian M. Mulgrew
  • Publication number: 20190299232
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20190299233
    Abstract: A spray gun includes a valve cartridge configured to be axially installed and removed as a single piece. The valve cartridge includes the wear components of the spray gun. A trigger of the spray gun is configured to actuate a slider of the valve cartridge to control spraying by the spray gun. The trigger includes arms that are mounted to the spray gun by a pivot mechanism. The pivot mechanism can be disengaged from the arms to allow the trigger to slide between a spray position, where the trigger prevents forward axial movement of the valve cartridge, and a repair position, where the valve cartridge can move axially forward. The trigger also includes upper and lower portions that are movable relative to each other, such that the length of the trigger can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10371145
    Abstract: A piston rod for pumping paint includes an elongated cylindrical stem and a piston rod cap connected to the cylindrical stem. The cylindrical stem is formed from metal and has an outer diameter that is uniform along most or all of a length of the cylindrical stem. The piston rod cap is cylindrical and formed from metal. The piston rod cap includes an annular top portion that has an outer diameter that is larger than the outer diameter of the cylindrical stem, an annular bottom portion that has an outer diameter that is larger than the outer diameter of the cylindrical stem, and an exterior recess located between the annular top and bottom portions. The recess has an outer diameter that is smaller than the outer diameters of the annular top and bottom portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Justin G. Johnston, Andrew J. Kopel, Brian M. Mulgrew, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20190232307
    Abstract: A sprayer includes a spray gun and a hopper. An air source provides compressed air to the sprayer to both eject fluid from the spray gun as a spray and to pressurize the hopper. The spray gun includes an airflow controller for controlling the flow of the compressed air to a nozzle of the spray gun, a pressure regulator for regulating a pressure of the compressed air flowing to the hopper, and a relief valve between the pressure regulator and the hopper. The hopper receives the compressed air through a port in the hopper, and the compressed air assists the flow of material out of the hopper and into the spray gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Steven D. Becker, David M. Larsen, Steve J. Wrobel, Mark D. Shultz, Robert J. Gundersen
  • Publication number: 20190232308
    Abstract: A sprayer includes a spray gun and a hopper. An air source provides compressed air to the sprayer to both eject fluid from the spray gun as a spray and to pressurize the hopper. The spray gun includes an airflow controller for controlling the flow of the compressed air to a nozzle of the spray gun, a pressure regulator for regulating a pressure of the compressed air flowing to the hopper, and a relief valve between the pressure regulator and the hopper. The hopper receives the compressed air through a port in the hopper, and the compressed air assists the flow of material out of the hopper and into the spray gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Steven D. Becker, David M. Larsen, Steve J. Wrobel, Mark D. Shultz, Robert J. Gundersen
  • Patent number: D847303
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Becker, David M. Larsen, Steve J. Wrobel
  • Patent number: D854123
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Becker, Steve J. Wrobel