With Transversely Displaceable Piston Or Movable Platen Patents (Class 100/226)
  • Patent number: 10669052
    Abstract: A modular baler comprises a baling chamber; a displaceable pusher block in the baling chamber interior; a hydraulic cylinder comprising a cylinder rod displaceable into and out of a cylinder casing; a shear module; and wherein the baling chamber is attachable to the cylinder frame, with the cylinder rod attached to the pusher block. The baler fits in elevators unlike prior art. The shear module cuts material that is placed into the baling chamber. When the baling chamber is full, the baling chamber top is closed. Pressurized hydraulic oil flows into the cylinder rod, causing its longitudinal displacement, causing the longitudinal displacement of the pusher block which is attached to the cylinder rod, thereby compressing material in the baling chamber. The material is removed from the baling chamber, providing volume reduction of scrap waste metal over prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Michael A. Goodhind
  • Patent number: 10661984
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments that relate to apparatus for compacting materials. The apparatus comprising a mechanical linkage designed to be mounted within the interior of an existing waste receptacle, a compression surface operably connected to the mechanical linkage, and a motor operably connected to the mechanical linkage, wherein the motor is capable of extending and retracting the mechanical linkage, thereby lowering and raising the compression plate. Some embodiments will take advantage of integrated sensors and processors in order to capture and analyze large amounts of data related to the compactor operations. This data may lead to refinements and greater efficiency in the waste disposal processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Avangard Innovative LP
    Inventors: Chung Wah Chan, Ricardo J. Perez
  • Patent number: 10577108
    Abstract: An aircraft monument comprising a desk and a movable part that is mounted to the aircraft monument by means of an attachment device. The movable part is pivotable about an axis between a first position in which the movable part covers a first area of the desk and is essentially arranged inside of the aircraft monument such that its front faces in a first direction towards the back of the aircraft monument, and a second position in which the movable part is at least partially arranged outside of the aircraft monument and its front faces in a second direction that crosses the first direction. The movable part, in its second position, covers a second area of the desk that is less than the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Johannes Gonnsen
  • Patent number: 10512580
    Abstract: The chiropractic device includes an elongated flat base, and a front stopping block and a back stropping block at the base's two ends. The front and back stopping blocks have a semi-circular cylindrical shape, with 45-degree slant support face on one end and a vertical face on the other end. Between the front and back stopping blocks, there are a main block and a number of stopping plates of different lengths. Along a top edge of the front and back stopping blocks, the main block, and the stopping plates, an end-to-end trough is provided. The chiropractic device is able to adapt its length so that users of different heights may lie on the chiropractic device for spinal relaxation and correction to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Kun-Yen Chung
  • Patent number: 10138057
    Abstract: A garbage can lid having garbage compressing mechanism includes a main body, a pivoting lid, a top lid, a pressing pad, and a pressing rod. The pivoting lid is pivotally arranged above the opening of the main body. The pivoting lid is formed with a receiving room, and a through hole is formed on a bottom of the receiving room. The top lid selectively covers the receiving room. The pressing pad is arranged below the pivoting lid and is connected with the pivoting lid via a restoring element. The pressing rod is able to be folded to be received in the receiving room. The pressing rod is able to be straight to push the pressing pad through the through hole in order to compress garbage. Thus, garbage can be compressed without opening the garbage can lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Shek
  • Patent number: 9789981
    Abstract: A toilet for use on a space vehicle has a toilet bowl having a storage canister at a remote end for receiving human waste. The compactor includes a cable connected to a lever which pulls the cable in a direction forcing the compactor into the storage canister to compact the captured waste when the lever is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: David Autrey, Terrell Lee Morrison, Cory Kaufman
  • Patent number: 9694921
    Abstract: The present invention relates, generally, to a method and apparatus for filling and/or tamping product in a container. More specifically, the present disclosure is related to a device for filling a container with a material including a conduit comprising a top opening and a bottom opening, and a tamper integrally coupled to the conduit, wherein the tamper is configured to move laterally in a straight path horizontally, wherein a tamping face is configured to tamp in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jesus R. Oropeza
  • Patent number: 9687896
    Abstract: One embodiment of a brake press for bending and forming sheet metal is disclosed. The brake press includes a movable frame including an upper cross member and a lower cross member and a stationary press positioned between the upper and lower cross members. A punch edge secured to the upper cross member moves towards and away from a die positioned on the stationary press to bend a sheet metal workpiece into a desired configuration, In some embodiments, a hydraulic control assembly provides precise and accurate control of the brake press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GrishamWorks, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Grisham, Keith Smith
  • Patent number: 9266671
    Abstract: A trash container that allows the user to compress trash when the user manually pushes the top cover down. When an indoor trash container seems full, people would normally press the garbage down into the container using their hands in order to create more room inside the container. That is unsanitary. Our invention is a trash container that allows the user to compress trash when the user manually pushes the top cover down. A user's hands don't touch the trash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Sherley Louise Prescott, Robert A. Prescott
  • Patent number: 8967040
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for compacting trash are disclosed. A disclosed example trash compacting system includes a trash receptacle, a collection bin, a compaction bin proximal to the collection bin, having a receiving opening to receive trash via the trash receptacle, and having an ejection opening through which compacted trash is ejected into the collection bin, and a compactor mechanism operatively coupled with the compaction bin to compact the trash within the compaction bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Fritz, Michael T. Zimmerman, Jr., William Godecker
  • Patent number: 8869691
    Abstract: A mushroom compost compacting system and method includes a hydraulically activated tamper platen to compact compost held within a mushroom compost receptacle. The tamper platen has engageable arms extendable from opposite ends of the top surface of the platen and that each connect to a respective hydraulic piston or cylinder. The hydraulic pistons or cylinders link to respective ends of a brace bar disposed beneath the floor portion of the compost receptacle. Tamping compression of the tamper platen compresses compost between the tamper platen and the brace bar. In one embodiment, the hydraulic pistons are installed in or joined to fixtures, which fixtures may have trolley wheels therein to permit relative movement between the fixtures and guide rails supporting the fixtures so that the mushroom compost compacting system may be traversed along the length of all or a portion of the compost receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Pannell Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Robert T. Pannell
  • Patent number: 8627767
    Abstract: The apparatus forms a unitary bale of agricultural or forestry biomass of uniform density and having a level top. The apparatus includes packer apparatus configured and supported in the chamber for reciprocating movement through a compacting chamber and progressive movement upwardly to form the bale. A crop deflector is supported in the chamber above the packer apparatus for deflecting a stream of the biomass downwardly, and is configured and operable so as to move continuously with the packer apparatus between the ends of the chamber and to substantially constantly reconfigure as a function of a position of the packer apparatus and a direction of the movement thereof so as to deflect the stream of the biomass directly in a path of the packer apparatus in the current direction of the movement thereof so as to be immediately compacted thereby onto the floor or the bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Kevin S. Richman
  • Patent number: 8584582
    Abstract: A lid construction is described for compression of the content of a container, where a body in connection to the lid of the container is set up to create a pressure down onto the content such that it is compressed. It is characterized in that it comprises a moment arm construction which on rotation is set up to push the element down to its active position, and to be pulled up to its passive, rest position. The moment arm construction is preferably integrated in the lid, and it comprises compacting a relatively longer arm part (40a,40b) which is firmly connected to the relatively shorter arm part (48a,48b), and where the moment arm is rotary mounted in the lid. Also described is a construction of a docking station for a waste container and where the lid construction is integrated. Application of the inventions is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: MPE Prodvers AS
    Inventor: Arvid Johannesen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8549997
    Abstract: A compacting system compacts particulate matter in open-top railroad gondola cars rolling on rails. The compacting system comprises a compacting station adjacent the rails and a scanning system that scans the gondola cars as they move along the rails toward the compacting station. The scanning system transmits data of the gondola car to an electronic control system. The compacting station has at least one compaction member, e.g., a plate structure or a roller, configured to contact an upper surface of the particulate matter in the gondola cars. The electronic control system controls the compacting station so that the compaction member engages with and applies force to the upper surface of the particulate matter in the gondola car so as to compress the particulate matter in the gondola. A method for compacting particulate matter in a gondola car is also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Products & Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Wayne Nyquist, Mark D. Stephen, Zachary Johnston Renner, Michael A. McCurdy
  • Patent number: 8516956
    Abstract: A power drill-operated can crusher comprises a frame, a plate, and a screw drive mechanism. The frame comprises a hollow cylindrical structure having an inner radius sized to contain a standard aluminum can and an opening on a bottom end for the insertion of an aluminum can into the interior of the frame. The plate comprises a rigid circular plate with radius equal to the inner radius of the frame. The screw drive mechanism comprises a screw mechanism which produces a linear mechanical action of the plate via rotational motion of the screw mechanism. The plate is connected inside the frame and parallel to the circular faces of the frame via the screw drive mechanism. The top end of the screw drive mechanism comprises a power drill adapter, which allows a user to rotate the mechanism with a standard power drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Clarence Kanae
  • Publication number: 20130199385
    Abstract: Exemplary presses, e.g., for applying indicia to garments by application of heat, are disclosed. For example, a press may include an upper platen, and a lower platen disposed below and generally aligned with the upper platen. The press may further include a support head adapted to move the upper platen between an open position, wherein the upper and lower platens are spaced away from one another, and a closed position, wherein the upper platen is pressed against the lower platen. In some exemplary approaches, the support head may extend from an axial support of the press. The support head may be configured to rotate about the axial support while maintaining the platens in a parallel alignment with one another as the support head rotates about the axial support. In some examples, the operation of the press is generally automated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Stahls' Inc.
    Inventor: Stahls' Inc.
  • Patent number: 8485232
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling and/or tamping product in a container is described herein. More specifically, the present disclosure is related to a device for filling a container with a material including a conduit comprising a top opening and a bottom opening, and a tamper integrally coupled to the conduit, wherein the tamper is configured to move laterally in a straight path horizontally, wherein a tamping face is configured to tamp in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jesus R. Oropeza
  • Publication number: 20130145939
    Abstract: System and methods for piling and compressing pieces of insulation wool. The system includes a piling tower for receiving and piling multiple pieces of insulation wool and means for compressing multiple pieces of insulation wool. The system includes a first and a second compression plate having plane and smooth upper and lower surfaces, whereby the compression plate can be slid out from between two compressed pieces of insulation wool. The compression plates receive a batch between the compression plates and compress the batch by moving one compression plate towards the other. The pressure on the insulation wool does not need to be relieved after the pieces have been compressed once as the system and method makes it possible to gradually increase compression toward the bottom of the piling tower by shifting between the first and second compression plate being used for compressing a batch of pieces of insulation wool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: SEELEN A/S
    Inventor: Per Nissen
  • Publication number: 20130118365
    Abstract: A self-contained compactor apparatus which includes a charge chamber and a compacting chamber for compacting and storing waste contained within the chamber. The charge chamber and the compacting chamber are integrally formed as a compacting/storage container. The compacting/storage container has a top wall, a bottom wall, a sidewall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall, and a protective coating provided on at least a portion of an interior surface of the bottom wall and on at least a portion of an interior surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicants: PTR BALER AND COMPACTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Marvin HEPPNER, Richard KLOSINSKI
  • Patent number: 8336453
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press having a loading device, wherein the press is configured particularly for pressing the pressing product forming residual or recyclable materials, such as used paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, foils and the like, and has a press housing including a pressing chamber, having a loading opening for feeding the pressing product and a pressing shield displaceable in the pressing chamber, wherein the loading device includes at least one rotatably driveable rotor roller equipped with conveying prongs. By means of a rotation of the roller pressing product can be conveyed from the outside of the press housing through the loading opening into the pressing chamber. The press has the rotor roller is disposed directly in front of or in the loading opening of the press. The loading device has a feeding space connected upstream of the rotor roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SIB Strautmann Ingenieurbuero GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Strautmann
  • Patent number: 8267010
    Abstract: A self-contained compactor apparatus which includes a charge chamber and a compacting chamber for compacting and storing waste contained within the chamber. The charge chamber and the compacting chamber are integrally formed as a compacting/storage container. The compacting/storage container has a top wall, a bottom wall, a sidewall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall, and a protective coating provided on at least a portion of an interior surface of the bottom wall and on at least a portion of an interior surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: PTR Baler and Compactor Company
    Inventors: Marvin Heppner, Richard Klosinski
  • Publication number: 20120167787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electro-mechanical waste compactor which can operate also with 28 V power and of particularly reduced dimensions and weight. In particular, the invention relates to a waste compaction device which can be employed for civil uses, in particular for domestic use or on board of all the transportation means that require a big space economy for the auxiliary service equipment, as, for example, trains, ships and vessels in general, aircrafts, coaches, caravans etc. The compaction device of the invention can be conveniently installed in appropriate bays, fixed or movable on wheels, such as a trolley, to allow its ease of movement in a transportation means, and its insertion in the appropriate service spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: IACOBUCCI HF ELECTRONICS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Lucio Iacobucci
  • Patent number: 8156863
    Abstract: A manually-actuated waste compressing system includes a waste receptacle; a waste bag; a lid removably mated to the waste receptacle and a compression implement. The manually-actuated compression implement includes an elongated dowel and a disc, and is centrally aligned within an inner perimeter of the waste receptacle and linearly reciprocated along a linear travel path of the waste receptacle to compress garbage contained within the receptacle. A light source is electrically communicated by a pair of contacts and alerts a user when an undesirable compression of the garbage is reached. The apparatus provides the benefit of compacting garbage without having to make direct contact therewith thus allowing more garbage to be stored within the waste receptacle before disposal. The light source additionally ensures that the apparatus may not be unduly damage by excessive pressure when compacting garbage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Gwendolyn M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8122823
    Abstract: A space-saving in-flight trash compactor, comprising a trash chute, a compactor mechanism, and a storage chamber that includes an interface for the trash chute. Trash deposited in the trash chute is channeled into the storage chamber. Either or both of the compactor mechanism and the storage chamber are rotatably attached to one or two axles. During maintenance or trash removal, the compactor mechanism or storage chamber may swivel around an axle to permit ease of access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Cunningham, William Godecker, R. Bruce Thayer, III, David Wang, Grant West, Steven Whisler
  • Patent number: 8065859
    Abstract: An agricultural bagger apparatus and method for compacting feed into a horizontally deployed bag including a moving hopper wall and mechanism for moving the wall at an input end of hopper. The wall moving mechanism and the moving wall of the hopper sweeps the feed adjacent to the sloping wall to prevent feed bridging. A safety enclosure isolates the wall moving mechanism from contaminants and prevents exposure to the wall moving mechanism. Some embodiments also compact feed in the upper portion of a tunnel, for example, by reciprocating a hinged piston above a primary compression mechanism. A tunnel-adjustment mechanism varies a cross-section area of the tunnel exit in order to control the amount of compaction on the feed as it leaves the tunnel and enters the bag. In some embodiments, dual counter-rotating toothed compression mechanism force feed between the rotors and into the tunnel at a rate and pressure greater than what is possible with only one multiple-toothed compressor rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Paul R. Wingert
  • Patent number: 7913617
    Abstract: A container with a door forms an operating chamber. A crushing zone within the chamber is defined below by a support and above by a vertically reciprocable ram. A driving assembly raises and lowers the ram to compact a plastic bottle in the crushing zone. A heating element softens the plastic bottle. A programmer is operatively coupled to a plurality of controls for receiving operating instructions and to the heating element and the driving assembly to thereby cause an appropriate cycle of operation for crushing and compacting the plastic bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: John R. Espey
  • Publication number: 20100307350
    Abstract: A space-saving in-flight trash compactor, comprising a trash chute, a compactor mechanism, and a storage chamber that includes an interface for the trash chute. Trash deposited in the trash chute is channeled into the storage chamber. Either or both of the compactor mechanism and the storage chamber are rotatably attached to one or two axles. During maintenance or trash removal, the compactor mechanism or storage chamber may swivel around an axle to permit ease of access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Cunningham, William Godecker, R. Bruce Thayer, III, David Wang, Grant West, Steven Whisler
  • Patent number: 7717034
    Abstract: A pallet nail press for embedding outwardly extended fasteners of a pallet, particularly a block-type pallet having a top surface formed by a plurality of top-deck panels. The press includes a main support frame and an anvil surface having a plurality of plates resiliently attached to the press frame. The hammer beam and the anvil plates are vertically aligned. A mechanism for compressing the pallet between the hammer beam and the plurality of anvil plates is used for pressing the outwardly extended fasteners against the resiliently mounted anvil plates for embedding the fasteners in the top surface of the top-deck panels of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Millwood, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam J. Madgar
  • Patent number: 7677169
    Abstract: A cotton module building apparatus, utilizing imaging apparatus operable for capturing real-time images of the module building process, including accumulated cotton in the module building chamber, cotton inflow, and the in-process cotton module, and a method for building a cotton module using the images. The imaging apparatus includes a camera or cameras disposed at advantageous locations about the module building chamber, and cotton is distributed and moved within the chamber responsive to the images, for advantageous placement and distribution for forming a module having a desired consistency and top shape. Imaging apparatus can also be provided for observing unloading of a module from the chamber, and for facilitating maneuvering and positioning the unloading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Covington, George H. Hale, Jimmy Ray Hargett
  • Patent number: 7597045
    Abstract: A compactor comprising a base structure having a compaction chamber mounted thereto is provided. The compactor further comprises a ram which is horizontally movable through the compaction chamber between a withdrawn position and an extended position. An actuator is pivotally movable mounted to the ram at a first end portion. The actuator moves the ram from the withdrawn position to the extended position. An actuator frame is pivotally movable mounted to the base structure at a first end portion such that the pivot of the actuator frame is aligned with the pivot of the actuator when the ram is in the withdrawn position. A second opposite end portion of the actuator is mounted to a second opposite end portion of the actuator frame. The actuator frame is movable between a transport position where the actuator is oriented substantially vertical and an operating position where the actuator is oriented substantially horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: K. C. Sargent Sales Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin Sargent
  • Patent number: 7562621
    Abstract: A bidirectional lens pressing system for use in pressing a lens into a port housing is disclosed. The lens pressing system includes a frame that supports a top motor stage, a bottom motor stage, and an indexing stage. The indexing stage is interposed between the top and bottom motor stages and includes a hole that retains a port housing or other component. The top pressing tool is selectively movable in a first direction by the top motor stage and includes a first engagement surface for engaging the lens. Correspondingly, the bottom pressing tool is selectively movable in a an opposing second direction by the bottom motor stage and includes a second engagement surface for engaging the port housing. The first and second engagement surfaces of the top and bottom pressing tools cooperate to press the lens into the port housing while imposing no net force on the indexing stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventors: Heide E. Moller, legal representative, Ting Shi, Zhiqiang Zheng, Pavel Ploscariu, John Moller
  • Patent number: 7552676
    Abstract: A power operated container crushing device, the device comprising: an upper housing; a lower housing integral with the upper housing; and a crushing mechanism comprising a motor attached to and retained in upper housing, wherein said motor includes a motor hear for rotational engagement with a drive gear; a drive axle with the drive gear fixably attached at one end for rotation thereof and means to attach the drive axle to a threaded sleeve at the other; an elongated threaded sleeve fixably attached to the drive axle for rotation thereof; a threaded shaft for threadably engaging the threaded sleeve; and a crushing plate fixably attached to the threaded shaft; wherein when the motor rotates the motor gear in one direction, the crushing plate moves in a downward direction, and when the motor rotates in the opposite direction, the crushing plate moves in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7540234
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a compactor for a restaurant facility may include one or more of the following features: (a) a base, a first side panel, and a second side panel, (b) a first door for access to the compactor to place trash into the compactor for compacting, (c) a second door for access to the compactor to remove compacted trash, (d) at least one door operably coupled to a counterbalance weight to provide easy movement of the at least one door to move along a track, and (e) at least one continuous channel beginning in an upper portion of a back wall and traversing to a front of the base, the channel having a curved portion transitioning from the back wall to the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Buhl Hardwick LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Fox
  • Patent number: 7536949
    Abstract: A pressing cylinder, preferably for use in a refuse compressor, which when in use is preferably in a vertical position, and at the bottom is coupled to a pressing plate and at the top to a secured top plate and which can activate the pressing plate in upward and downward directions, includes preferably three cylinder sections, a first, lower cylinder section which at the bottom is attached to the pressing plate, a second, intermediate cylinder section which can be displaced telescopically in the cylinder's longitudinal direction on the first cylinder section, and a third, upper cylinder section which at the top is attached to the top plate, and which can be displaced telescopically on the second cylinder section. The cylinder can have a large diameter and operate at a correspondingly low working pressure and can therefore have a small wall thickness or be produced of materials other than steel. The pressing cylinder consequently becomes light, easy to operate and cheap to produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Mil-TeK Balers A/S
    Inventor: Kristian Skannerup
  • Patent number: 7500429
    Abstract: A split-trash compacting system for a vessel having a plurality of compartments comprising a trash compacting assembly disposed in a first compartment of the vessel readily accessible to persons on the vessel for receiving and compacting trash. At least one fluid actuator unit is provided for forcing the compacting head downward into a trash bin for compacting trash during a compaction cycle and retracting the compacting head during a retraction cycle. A fluid actuating assembly is disposed in a second compartment of the vessel remote from the trash compacting assembly for supplying pressurized fluid to the trash compacting assembly for actuating the fluid actuator unit. At least one fluid line connecting the fluid actuator in the first compartment and the fluid actuating assembly in the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Martin A. Willamor
  • Patent number: 7490545
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for crushing waste material that is manual and portable. On the underside of the lid to the apparatus is a detachable handle with a plate attached thereto that has a series of rough ridges. The handle can descend down the height of the apparatus through a pair of parallel channels located down the front and rear of the apparatus. At the bottom of the apparatus on the interior is a mating plate that has a second series of rough edges that fit like a zipper with the ridges of the top plate for crushing of waste. The handle is lockable through latches to the lid of the apparatus when not in use. A second lock holds the handle in place on the rear of the apparatus when not in use. An interior removable basket with foldable handles and/or gripping holes on the side. The interior basket has channels on the front and rear walls that correspond to the main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Sossy L. Baghdoian
  • Patent number: 7475633
    Abstract: An exemplary method, apparatus and system of crushing a bottle may include a barrel for surrounding a bottle. The barrel may have a main body with a threaded outer surface. A plate may be slidably engaged with an inner surface of the barrel at a first end of the barrel. A nut may be operably engaged with the threads on the outer surface of the barrel. A tab portion may be integral with the plate and the tab portion engaged the nut. A cap may be repeatably attachable to an end of the barrel opposite the plate. Movement of the nut may facilitate movement of the plate and moving the plate in the direction of the lid may crush a bottle within the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Morgan Weinberg
  • Publication number: 20080276812
    Abstract: A pressing cylinder, preferably for use in a refuse compressor, which when in use is preferably in a vertical position, and at the bottom is coupled to a pressing plate and at the top to a secured top plate and which can activate the pressing plate in upward and downward directions, includes preferably three cylinder sections, a first, lower cylinder section which at the bottom is attached to the pressing plate, a second, intermediate cylinder section which can be displaced telescopically in the cylinder's longitudinal direction on the first cylinder section, and a third, upper cylinder section which at the top is attached to the top plate, and which can be displaced telescopically on the second cylinder section. The cylinder can have a large diameter and operate at a correspondingly low working pressure and can therefore have a small wall thickness or be produced of materials other than steel. The pressing cylinder consequently becomes light, easy to operate and cheap to produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Kristian Skannerup
  • Patent number: 7437992
    Abstract: A compactor for compacting material includes a trough adapted to hold the material for compaction. A feed channel is coupled to the trough. A shearing die assembly having a first aperture aligned with the feed channel is adapted to receive material and a second aperture is adapted to receive a ramming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacuturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane G. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7415925
    Abstract: A refuse compactor especially designed for use in fast-food restaurant environments includes a hydraulic pump driven by an electric motor for actuating a hydraulic ram to compress restaurant waste materials. The compactor includes a unique outer support structure that derives strength from the outer housing skins to support a compaction plate assembly. The compaction plate assembly maintains the platen inclined at a predetermined angle to the vertical when the platen is elevated and which forces the platen to a horizontal disposition during a downward compaction stroke. A motor operated closure member selectively blocks and unblocks a refuse-receiving opening formed in a front door of the compactor unit and with a motion detector controlling the opening and closing of the refuse entry door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Buhl Hardwick, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Fox
  • Patent number: 7409813
    Abstract: An apparatus stacks, compresses and packages compressible batts. The batts, once at least partially compressed, remain under compression during the stacking, compressing and packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital LLC
    Inventors: Weigang Qi, Charles R. Weir
  • Patent number: 7395757
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for crushing aluminum cans, plastic containers and other crushable waste that is manual and portable. On the underside of the lid to the apparatus is a detachable handle with a plate attached thereto that has a series of rough ridges. The handle can descend down the height of the apparatus through a pair of parallel channels located down the front and rear of the apparatus. At the bottom of the apparatus on the interior is a mating plate that has a second series of rough edges that fit like a zipper with the ridges of the top plate for crushing of waste. The handle is lockable through latches to the lid of the apparatus when not in use. A second lock holds the handle in place on the rear of the apparatus when not in use. The bottom of the apparatus has one or more pairs of wheels to allow for easy portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Sossy L. Baghdoian
  • Patent number: 7377214
    Abstract: The bulk volume of large numbers of loose, separated, multiply bent, irregularly shaped scrap sheet metal is temporarily reduced, for transportation and storage of the metal for recycling purposes, by compressing the metal into temporary, compacted wafers formed of successively compacted layers. The apparatus includes a load chamber which is axially aligned with a compression chamber and a reciprocating ram which passes through the chambers towards an anvil plate which closes the discharge end of the compression chamber. A pre-determined quantity of loose pieces is placed within the load chamber. The reciprocating ram compresses the pieces of that batch into a thin layer. Successive batches are compressed into overlapping layers which are temporarily bound together, face-to-face, to form a unitary wafer, by temporarily bending and intertwining the peripheral edges of the layers. The layers are subsequently separated for recycling by depositing into a melt furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Professional Management Disposal Systems L.L.C.
    Inventors: Donald R Schomisch, Jonathan A Little
  • Publication number: 20080053318
    Abstract: A waste bin, comprising a container for holding waste and having a cover, and further comprising compressing means for compressing the waste inside the container, wherein the compressing means are displaceable between a nominal position and a compression position, wherein the compressing means in the compression position are configured to be moved inwards with respect to the nominal position to compress waste inside the container, wherein the compressing means comprise a part of the container that is movable at least transversely to the longitudinal axis of the waste bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: BRABANTIA NEDERLAND B.V.
    Inventor: Robert-Jan Willem Antoine van Beuningen
  • Patent number: 7337714
    Abstract: An apparatus for pressing coffee has a base and housing supporting a filtercup and a pressing cylinder. The pressing cylinder has a forked end engaging a cylindrical body and attached to a rocker arm. A counterweight is attached to an end of the rocker arm. The cylindrical body has a rack engaging a ring gear activated by a lever. Movement of the lever causes movement of the cylindrical body and pressing cylinder. A pinion attached to the cylindrical body moves along a second rack. Movement of the pinion is translated to a bevel gear pair and a pin between the prongs of the forked end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Mazzer Luigi S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Mazzer
  • Publication number: 20080041246
    Abstract: A refuse compactor especially designed for use in fast-food restaurant environments includes a hydraulic pump driven by an electric motor for actuating a hydraulic ram to compress restaurant waste materials. The compactor includes a unique outer support structure that derives strength from the outer housing skins to support a compaction plate assembly. The compaction plate assembly maintains the platen inclined at a predetermined angle to the vertical when the platen is elevated and which forces the platen to a horizontal disposition during a downward compaction stroke. A motor operated closure member selectively blocks and unblocks a refuse-receiving opening formed in a front door of the compactor unit and with a motion detector controlling the opening and closing of the refuse entry door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Anthony Fox
  • Patent number: 7331282
    Abstract: A compacting mechanism for fitting a surface over a refuse container comprising a support member (10) for fitting to the surface, the support member having an aperture (16) which in use is in register with an aperture in the surface. A compacting plate (12) is mounted under the support member, and is coupled to an actuator rod (14) through the aperture in the support member such that the rod may be manoeuvred from a storage position wherein the rod lies along the support member across the surface and the plate is drawn up under the surface to an operative position wherein the rod stands upright over the aperture in the support and may be pushed downwardly through the registering apertures to push the plate down into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Garbage Genie Concept 2000 Limited
    Inventors: Koen De Winter, Tibor Ernst, Yvan LaPorte
  • Patent number: 7320208
    Abstract: An automatic end of row detection and compacting sequence for a cotton harvesting machine which is initiated responsive to the machine ceasing harvesting at the end of a crop row, as represented by a condition such as raising a picker drum of the machine from a harvesting position to a non-harvesting position. Steps of the sequence can include ceasing operation of augers of compactor apparatus located in the cotton receiver are turned off, and moving the compactor apparatus downwardly within a cotton receiver of the machine and against cotton accumulated in the lower region of the receiver, one or more times, for further and better compacting the cotton. Then, when the machine is aligned with a new swath or row and a condition such as the picker unit being lowered to the harvesting position, normal operation of the compactor apparatus can be resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Covington, Tracy R. Archer, Timothy A. Meeks, Dwight D. Lemke
  • Publication number: 20070277683
    Abstract: An electrically driven mechanical servo press machine including a brake and a clutch is arranged such that a motor shaft of a servomotor is connected to a drive shaft or a sleeve of the mechanical servo press machine on a clutch side. With this arrangement, safety in control can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Kawabata
  • Patent number: 7299746
    Abstract: A refuse bin comprises a refuse container (10) having a top opening (12) and a lid (14) hinged relative to the container to cover the opening. A compacting mechanism is fitted to the lid and comprises a compacting plate (22) mounted under the lid and an actuating rod (24) coupled to the compacting plate through an aperture (26) in the lid. The coupling is such that the rod (24) may be maneuvered from a storage position wherein the rod lies across the top surface of the lid and the plate is drawn up under the lid to an operative position wherein the rod stands upright over the aperture in the lid and may be pushed downwardly through the aperture to push the plate down into the container. The compacting mechanism further comprises a ratchet mechanism (50, 52, 54) for releasably locking the actuating rod (24) against movement upwardly through the aperture in the lid such that refuse in the container can be compacted by force applied to an edge (48) of the lid opposite the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Garbage Genie Concept 2000 Limited
    Inventor: Yvan LaPorte