Patents by Inventor William F. Gallagher

William F. Gallagher 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: 8716618
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Sr., Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Patent number: 8348727
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an airflow generation and particle dispersion arrangement for a power tool (e.g., an angle grinder). The arrangement includes a motor, an airflow generation assembly, and a particle dispersion assembly. The airflow generation assembly includes a fan driven by the motor. When engaged, the driven fan generates an airstream that is drawn through the power tool. The particle dispersion assembly includes a passive fan that is not driven by the motor, but instead is driven by the airstream. In operation, the passive fan generates centrifugal and mechanical forces sufficient to remove particles from intake air passing through the particle dispersion assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Paul K. Trautner, Phillip T. Miller, William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20120302147
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an airflow generation and particle dispersion arrangement for a power tool (e.g., an angle grinder). The arrangement includes a motor, an airflow generation assembly, and a particle dispersion assembly. The airflow generation assembly includes a fan driven by the motor. When engaged, the driven fan generates an airstream that is drawn through the power tool. The particle dispersion assembly includes a passive fan that is not driven by the motor, but instead is driven by the airstream. In operation, the passive fan generates centrifugal and mechanical forces sufficient to remove particles from intake air passing through the particle dispersion assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: BLACK AND DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Paul K. Trautner, Phillip T. Miller, William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8292700
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Publication number: 20120077424
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Patent number: 8087977
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Patent number: 8087976
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Patent number: 7817384
    Abstract: A motor control module designed to control operation of a plurality of different motors in a plurality of different tools a power tool uses an electronic clutch in the module in conjunction with a mechanical clutch in the tool to protect the tool against an overload event. The module is adapted to implement methods to provide aural and/or tactile feedback to a tool user as a warning of an impending or current fault condition in the tool. The module can prevent power from inadvertently turning on either after an overload event has cleared with the tool plugged in and its power switch on, or after plugging in the tool within the power switch on. The control module is adapted to provide torque control for the power tool, to estimate tool motor temperature and to inform a tool user when a servicing need in the tool is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Woods, Jason K. Leh, David R. Beers, Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, William F. Gallagher, William G. Kalbfleisch, Robert A. Usselman, Zollie W. Privett
  • Patent number: 7722444
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Publication number: 20090265943
    Abstract: A portable band saw includes a serviceable/replaceable bumper system for allowing the band saw to be easily repaired if damaged from being dropped. An auxiliary handle is adjustably mounted to the band saw and is releasable from its position if subjected to a large force so as to avoid damage to the handle and tool housing. An adjustable guide shoe includes a toolless adjustment. The front and rear section of the band saw are disposed on opposite sides of a polymeric field case. Compression rods are used to isolate compression forces from the polymeric field case. An electric box assembly including a plastic component box is disposed between the field case and a front section of the band saw. A crash guard is mounted adjacent to the field case and includes a sight guide along an edge thereof and a rear blade guard formed integrally therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Philip T. Miller, David R. Beers, Spencer G. Maid, Paul S. White, Dennis A. Bush, William F. Gallagher, Thomas R. Kaye, JR., Paul J. Korick, Timothy J. Seeley, Dennis J. Gulbin, JR., Jason R. Melvin
  • Publication number: 20090224703
    Abstract: A motor control module designed to control operation of a plurality of different motors in a plurality of different tools a power tool uses an electronic clutch in the module in conjunction with a mechanical clutch in the tool to protect the tool against an overload event. The module is adapted to implement methods to provide aural and/or tactile feedback to a tool user as a warning of an impending or current fault condition in the tool. The module can prevent power from inadvertently turning on either after an overload event has cleared with the tool plugged in and its power switch on, or after plugging in the tool within the power switch on. The control module is adapted to provide torque control for the power tool, to estimate tool motor temperature and to inform a tool user when a servicing need in the tool is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Woods, Jason K. Leh, David R. Beers, Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, William F. Gallagher, William G. Kalbfleisch, Robert A. Usselman, Zollie W. Privett
  • Patent number: 7551411
    Abstract: A motor control module designed to control operation of a plurality of different motors in a plurality of different tools a power tool uses an electronic clutch in the module in conjunction with a mechanical clutch in the tool to protect the tool against an overload event. The module is adapted to implement methods to provide aural and/or tactile feedback to a tool user as a warning of an impending or current fault condition in the tool. The module can prevent power from inadvertently turning on either after an overload event has cleared with the tool plugged in and its power switch on, or after plugging in the tool within the power switch on. The control module is adapted to provide torque control for the power tool, to estimate tool motor temperature and to inform a tool user when a servicing need in the tool is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Woods, Jason K. Leh, Daniel R. Beers, Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, William F. Gallagher, William G. Kalbfleisch, Robert A. Usselman, Zollie W. Privett
  • Publication number: 20080142351
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Publication number: 20080146127
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Publication number: 20080146126
    Abstract: An angle grinder is provided including a trigger assembly for selectively actuating the angle grinder. A particle separation assembly is provided for the removal of any dust, particle, or artifacts that may have entered into the housing of the angle grinder. A brush biasing system is also provided to ensure proper and efficient operation of the motor of the angle grinder. An overload monitoring system is included to monitor the loading on the motor. A clutch mechanism is also included to prevent overloading on the motor of the angle grinder. A gear wheel lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the wheel spindle from rotating during installation or removal of a grinding wheel on the wheel spindle. An anti-locking flange system is also included to prevent the over-tightening of the flanges and the grinder wheel during the operation of the angle grinder. A gear case labyrinth feature is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Michael C. Doyle, Eric E. Hatfield, David C. Tomayko, Daniel L. Krout, Tanika Malloy
  • Patent number: 7079009
    Abstract: Arbitration of multiple transponders, such as RFID tags, occurs in an interrogation field. The arbitration process is custom-tailored for individual applications, under software control, by the transponder reader or tag reader. Different wake-up slots are calculated for each tag during successive transmission cycles based upon the tag ID and the transmission cycle number. The tag reader may also send a special command to a tag to read its data and cause the tag to become decoupled from the environment. The tags may be selectively placed in either a tag-talk-first mode or a reader-talk-first mode. Furthermore, the tag reader may send a special fast read command to the tag which includes a read request and at least one parameter of the read request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignees: Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, III, Ronald Salesky, Shinichiro Inui, Riccardo Benedetti, Samuel Alexander, Lee R. Furey, Youbok Lee
  • Patent number: 6963270
    Abstract: Arbitration of multiple transponders, such as RFID tags, occurs in an interrogation field. The arbitration process is custom-tailored for individual applications, under software control, by the transponder reader or tag reader. Different wake-up slots are calculated for each tag during successive transmission cycles based upon the tag ID and the transmission cycle number. The tag reader may send a special fast read command to the tag which includes a read request and communications control parameters including the number of time slots for transponder communications, the number of transmissions that an individual transponder is allowed to issue, and the data rate at which the reader communicates to the transponder. The tag reader may also send a special command to a tag to read its data and cause the tag to become decoupled from the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignees: Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, III, Ronald Salesky, Shinichiro Inui, Riccardo Benedetti, Samuel Alexander, Lee R. Furey, Youbok Lee
  • Publication number: 20040140884
    Abstract: Arbitration of multiple transponders, such as RFID tags, occurs in an interrogation field. The arbitration process is custom-tailored for individual applications, under software control, by the transponder reader or tag reader. Different wake-up slots are calculated for each tag during successive transmission cycles based upon the tag ID and the transmission cycle number. The tag reader may also send a special command to a tag to read its data and cause the tag to become decoupled from the environment. The tags may be selectively placed in either a tag-talk-first mode or a reader-talk-first mode. Furthermore, the tag reader may send a special fast read command to the tag which includes a read request and at least one parameter of the read request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Applicant: Microchip Technology Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, Ronald Salesky, Shinichiro Inui, Riccardo Benedetti, Samuel Alexander, Lee R. Furey, Youbok Lee
  • Patent number: 6700931
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag device having a pulse position modulation (PPM) decoder circuit which calculates a relative frequency relationship between an internal clock-oscillator of the RFID tag device and an external PPM source such as a RFID tag reader, and then synchronizes the RFID tag device PPM decoder circuit to the required precision for reliable PPM symbol decoding. The PPM decoder is synchronized by measuring the “counts per pulse” (CPP) from a calibration cycle having a plurality of pulses in a single symbol frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Youbok Lee, Lee Furey, Sam Alexander, William F. Gallagher, Ron Salesky, Shinichiro Inui
  • Patent number: 6166706
    Abstract: A rotating field antenna is provided which includes a figure eight shape loop, a center loop magnetically coupled to the figure eight shape loop, and a drive element for driving the figure eight loop. The figure eight shape loop has an upper loop, a lower loop and a crossover region therebetween. The center loop overlaps at least a portion of the crossover region and at least a portion of one or both of the upper and lower loops. The center loop has no direct or physical electrical connection to the offset figure eight shape loop. Magnetic induction produces a 90-degree phase difference between the phase of the figure eight loop and the phase of the center loop. The antenna thereby produces a rotating composite field when driven by the drive element. The figure eight loop and the center loop are coplanar. The drive element may be an amplified voltage source which has a fundamental frequency of about 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Gallagher, III, Russell E. Barber