Patents by Inventor William M. Poteat

William M. Poteat 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: 7237369
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5495701
    Abstract: A clipper apparatus is provided which is convertible between single and dual punch operation and includes a single pneumatic cylinder for driving both punches. One of the punches is driven directly by the cylinder. The second punch is connected to the first punch by means of a pin and key assembly which enables coupling or decoupling of the second punch to the first punch. Thereby the punches can be made to operate simultaneously. Alternatively, only the first punch will be driven by the pneumatic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Poteat, Thomas E. Whittlesey, Kim L. Poling, Edward P. Brinson, Bryan E. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 5269054
    Abstract: Clip attachment apparatus for attaching a U-shaped metal clip about gathered material includes a frame, a channel supported on the frame for receiving a clip, a punch for driving the clip in the channel against a die, and a pair of pivot gates which are driven by an eccentric cam and follower responsive to independent actuators. The gates are moveable between a closed position wherein the gates form a part of the channel and position the die at the end of the channel, and an open position for inserting casing material into the clip apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Poteat, Bryan Wilkins, Kim L. Poling, Edward P. Brinson, Thomas E. Whittlesey