Mobile Distributor Patents (Class 239/722)
  • Patent number: 11752527
    Abstract: A mobile pressure washer can include a wheeled chassis, a power plant supported by the wheeled chassis, a fluid pump a fluid pump coupled to and driven by the power plant, a sprayer in fluid communication with the pump, a chemical solution container, and a container holder for supporting the chemical solution container. In some examples, the container holder has a frame operably connected to the wheeled chassis and has a container support mounted to the frame, the container support including a base wall and a sidewall defining a receptacle for receiving and supporting a container in fluid communication with the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Generac Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Nushart, Matt Fritsch, Keith Muellenbach
  • Patent number: 11613143
    Abstract: A wheel for a cart comprises a hollow cylindrical body. The hollow cylindrical body is formed of a stiff material and has a corrugated outer surface and a corrugated inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Land to Sand Easy Carts, LLC
    Inventors: Shirley Miller Kurtz, David Lee Stoner
  • Patent number: 11541432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cleaning machine capable of selecting a spray head independently of a rotational phase of a nozzle. The cleaning machine includes a slide, a pump, a main valve, a nozzle switching valve, a compressed air source, a swivel joint, a motor, and a nozzle block. The nozzle switching valve has an inflow chamber, a first chamber, a second chamber, a stem, a conical first valve element abuttable against the first valve seat, a conical second valve element abuttable against the second valve seat, a piston, and a spring. The swivel joint has a swivel housing, a swivel shaft, a first nozzle flow path and a second nozzle flow path. The nozzle block has a first nozzle connected to the first nozzle flow path and a second nozzle connected to the second nozzle flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Toyoaki Mitsue
  • Patent number: 11529036
    Abstract: A robotic device for working on a surface includes a body including: a tool for working on the surface; a controller moving the body along the surface; a first set of at least two rotors mounted to the body and generating thrust in a first direction towards the surface; and a second set of at least two rotors mounted to the body and generating thrust in a second direction away from the surface. A sensor measures a distance between the body and the surface, and a computer adjusts the first set of rotors and the second set of rotors in response to the sensor to place the body in position to work on the surface. In particular, the first set of rotors and the second set of rotors generate a net force on the body to it in non-contact position to work on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Bofill Strauss LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Bofill, Mark Strauss
  • Patent number: 11420743
    Abstract: An aerial dispensing method includes obtaining a wind velocity of a wind that causes a drift to a substance dispensed from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and controlling one or more components of the UAV based on the obtained wind velocity to cause at least mitigation to the drift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Xumin Wu, Guang Yan, Zhuang Feng
  • Patent number: 11384816
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a gearbox for an irrigation system can comprise a housing, a worm gear within the housing, a bull gear within the housing and configured to be engaged with the worm gear, a diaphragm, and a vent. The diaphragm can define a chamber configured for expansion and contraction and configured to be positioned inside the housing to relieve pressure build-up within the housing. The vent can be configured to allow air to flow between the atmosphere and the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: William F. Smith, Raymond Lee Call, II
  • Patent number: 11225306
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic intelligent robot and a control method thereof, the robot includes a moving platform, a hydrodynamic system and a dynamic intelligent system. The hydrodynamic system includes at least one nozzle mounted on the moving platform and a hydrodynamic device electrically connected to the dynamic intelligent system and connected to the at least one nozzle by a pipeline for spraying water so that the moving platform is rotated and moved by spraying water through the nozzle; the dynamic intelligent system is configured to control the hydrodynamic device according to input instructions, so as to indirectly realize vector control of the nozzle's water quantity and control the moving platform to move autonomously and intelligently. The present disclosure can monitor states of the moving platform by pre-inputting control instructions, and automatically determine numerical parameters needed to be adjusted by algorithm, so as to realize autonomous intelligent motion of the moving platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Xi'an Mingdu Photoelectric Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongmao Chen, Kai Sun, Keqin Huang, Yuzhen Ren, Ming Zong
  • Patent number: 11142877
    Abstract: A steering mechanism and guidance system for a milling attachment device provides steering capability without impeding cutting depth control. The steering mechanism has at least one wheel that is rotated by an actuating mechanism such as an extending cylinder, synchronized actuators, or the like. The steering mechanism may be integrated with depth control by using a parallelogrammic structure with pivot points to assist in the depth control or may operate independent of and without impeding depth control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: J. Tron Haroldsen, Matthew H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11014665
    Abstract: A UAV-based external wall spray printing system and a spraying method thereof, wherein a spray nozzle is disposed on the UAV. The method comprises: A. controlling a UAV to fly along edges of an external wall, and measure an area to be sprayed; B. calculating a spray trajectory for a pattern, before acquiring various positioning coordinates, establishing corresponding relationships between the coordinates and spray feature data; C. controlling the UAV to fly to positions of the area according to the respective coordinates of the spray trajectory, and calling the corresponding spray feature data to control the nozzle to spray a coating material, thus completing spraying the pattern. The spray printing system and method can rapidly spray and print an advertisement on a wall by using a UAV, thereby reducing the labor intensity and construction difficulty for construction workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Zhihui Zhao
  • Patent number: 10982416
    Abstract: A method to distribute water from a private water tank to a user site includes connecting the private water tank to three parallel low pressure Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) pumps, two parallel high pressure VFD pumps, a pressure reducing valve (PRV), a tank level control valve, a flow meter, two pressure gauges, and two pressure transducers; controlling the three parallel low and two high pressure VFD pumps using a PLC programmed with at least first, second, and third low pressure pump set operation curves (LPPSOCs) each specifying a low pressure pump operation set point (B) and a PRV operation set point (F) at each of first, second, and third flow rates and first and second high pressure pump set operation curves (HPPSOCs) each specifying a high pressure pump operation set point (G) and a high pressure pump energizing set point (E) at each of fourth and fifth flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Jin Fu Xiang
  • Patent number: 10895316
    Abstract: A single axis driving system includes a housing with a central portion defining a cavity and a pair of parallel spaced apart flanges formed as an integral part. Coaxial openings are formed through the flanges to define a mounting structure for an axle rotatably mounted in the coaxial openings. An opening is formed between the flanges in the surface of the central portion extending into the cavity. A gear plate is affixed to the axle and positioned to extend through the opening into the cavity for limited rotation with the axle. The gear plate has an arcuate set of gear teeth positioned along a periphery thereof. A driving gear is rotatably mounted in the housing so as to mesh with the arcuate set of gear teeth and a drive motor is mounted on the housing and attached to the driving gear for rotation of the driving gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Kinematics, LLC.
    Inventors: Adam Plesniak, Mark Henderson
  • Patent number: 10821463
    Abstract: A UAV includes a body and rotor coupled to the body. The UAV may include a boom coupled to the body, and a nozzle coupled to a distal end of the boom, wherein an operational configuration of the nozzle is responsive to a second control signal. The rotor, boom, and nozzle are arranged such that the nozzle is disposed further away from the body than the rotor. The UAV may further include a sensor disposed on either the body or the boom, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a detection signal associated with a distance between the sensor and a surface disposed proximate to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LURYTO, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Andrew Busby, Todd J. Iverson, Ryan McMaster
  • Patent number: 10814980
    Abstract: Provided is a seeder assembly for an aerial vehicle as shown and described. The distribution assembly includes a frame selectively attachable to an aerial vehicle and at least one distribution device attached to the frame. The distribution device having a body defining a cavity to receive a plurality of products and a barrel to discharge the plurality of products. A control device configured to communicate with the aerial vehicle and the distribution device to coordinate the timing that products are discharged and a spacing of a subsequent discharged product relative to the speed of the aerial vehicle. A system, method, and cartridge device associated with the distribution assembly are also contemplated by this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Zvara
  • Patent number: 10751742
    Abstract: A system for painting an interior wall of housing is disclosed. The system includes a semi-automatic painting robot 106 and a user device 104. The semi-automatic painting robot 106 includes a microprocessor 304, a servo drive module 306, a DC motor drive module 316, a magnetometer 312, a distance sensor module 318, a first servo motor 708, a second servo motor 714, a spray gun 710, and a belt driven linear actuator 804. A user device 104 captures one or more images of the interior wall to be painted, processes and sends the one or more images to the microprocessor 304 in co-ordinates of the interior wall. The microprocessor 304 receives the co-ordinates and performs the operations of painting on the interior wall using one or more painting strokes. The user 102 may control the semi-automatic painting robot 106 with the user interface present in the user device 104.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Sai Srikar Reddy Mettu, Puneeth Bandikatla, Nitesh Boyina, Ravi Teja Yaramaneni, Akhil Varma Nallaparaju, Pradeep Maripi
  • Patent number: 10618652
    Abstract: A surface washing drone with a modular cleaning head unit. The surface washing drone may also include a safety failover mechanism. The surface washing drone communicates and works together with other surface washing drones in a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DRONE WASH, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott J. Tamkin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10478841
    Abstract: A modular sprayer system for use with heavy-lift unmanned aerial vehicles includes a liquid storage tank for receiving and storing any type of agricultural products. A mounting unit is located along the top of the tank and includes hardware for securing the system to a UAV. Skid-type landing gear is permanently secured to the outside of the tank, and an electric pump is disposed within the tank. The location of the pump dampens movement of fluid within the tank during flight. One or more elongated booms are in fluid communication with the pump and terminate into dispensing units having one or more nozzles for releasing the fluid. A control unit is in electrical communication with one or both of the UAV to which the system is secured and a system operator. A tank level sensor and imaging systems are communicatively linked with the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Harris Aerial LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Harris
  • Patent number: 10420274
    Abstract: A rotational joint is provided for an agricultural machine having hinged frame sections, each frame section carrying one or more plumbing lines for moving a carrier fluid. The rotational joint includes first and second joint parts. Each joint part has a coupler defining a flow passage leading to an interface opening. The joints parts are coupled to allow for relative rotation about a rotation axis passing through the interface openings. In at least one angular orientation of the joint parts, the flow passages of the couplers are in fluid communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Tyler G. Groves, Juan Quintanilla, Elia Mayela Nieblas, Myrna Yadira Said
  • Patent number: 10186348
    Abstract: Systems and methods of coating an installed overhead conductor with an unmanned aerial vehicle are disclosed. The unmanned aerial vehicles can attach to an installed overhead conductor and can apply a coating composition from one or more canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Cable Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Cody R. Davis, Srinivas Siripurapu, Sathish Kumar Ranganathan, Vijay Mhetar
  • Patent number: 10172274
    Abstract: A vehicle platform comprises a central body that can support one or more implement configurations, such as sprayer booms, or planting row units. A plurality of adjustable legs extends downward from the central body. An arm assembly has a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is pivotably coupled the central body and the second end coupled to a support beam. A plurality of nozzle assemblies is supported from the support beam. An arm actuator is arranged to control a transverse position of the support beam and the nozzle assemblies with respect to a reference point on the central body, such that each nozzle assembly may be aligned with a row of seeds or plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Connell, Shayne C. Rich, Brandon M. McDonald, Newton L. Lingenfelter, Michael M. Miller, Austin N. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9037304
    Abstract: A method of controlling a fluid delivery machine configured to deliver fluid on a worksite is disclosed. In the method, operation of a power source of the fluid delivery machine is controlled with a control module. Fluid delivery on the worksite is also controlled by the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Peter William Anderton, Khanh Tu Ngo, Apostolis Kouvelis, Marcin Domink Blaszkowski
  • Patent number: 9022048
    Abstract: Device for cleaning solar modules, of both the photovoltaic and solar thermal type, by projection of a cleaning liquid onto the surface of said modules in the form of spray, is described. The device is of the towed type, for mounting on a tractor vehicle or similar, and is implemented based on an articulated unit which comprises a coupled parallelogram structure, having the possibility of pivoting around a support structure solidarily joined to the carrier vehicle, joined by the opposite end to a telescopic arm which articulately includes a projection bar on its distal end, with variable positioning, integrating a multiplicity of nozzles for projecting cleaning liquid. The projection bar includes mechanical sensors for positioning thereof on the surface. The different movements are carried out in a controlled manner by actuation of hydraulic cylinders and the articulated joint between the projection bar and the telescopic bar includes a means for adjusting the maximum inclination angle of the projection bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael Ma Mendez De La Cuesta
  • Patent number: 9004378
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automated control of application of fluid to a surface. A surface map is annotated with shapes designating zones for spraying, and excluding others. A control system in a vehicle uses the annotated map and GPS to assist the operator of the vehicle avoid spraying on excluded zones, and provides a record of the spraying operation including locations sprayed and fluid spray rates. The control system operates valves to control spraying from a container on the vehicle, based on several parameters, so as to avoid spraying excluded zones and steep slopes, to avoid overlaps, and to limit fluid spray rates below pre-determined maximums. The system further assists the operator by providing a visual guide on a display. A kit can be provided to retrofit a vehicle for landspraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Liability Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel Lloyd Orcutt, Jason Pecht
  • Publication number: 20150083452
    Abstract: Handle configurations are disclosed for powered implements having a shaft, allowing the implements to be holdable by both hands of a user. An exemplary implement has an elongated shaft having first and second end portions. A first handhold is adjustably mounted to the shaft and extends outwardly therefrom. A second handhold is adjustably mounted either to the shaft or to an elongated member coupled to the shaft. The elongated member can include a mounting portion and a handle portion providing the second handhold. The mounting portion mounts to the first end portion at a mounting location. The first and second handholds allow operation of the implement by a user with arms in respective neutral arm positions and hands in respective neutral gripping positions. The elongated member allows transmission of a force applied to the second handhold by the user through the elongated member and to the elongated shaft at the mounting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Todd Rader
  • Publication number: 20150014450
    Abstract: A mobile pressure washer wand holder for securely holding the wand of a pressure washer which provide physical assistance in holding the wand while allowing for more consistent and effective cleaning. The pressure washer wand holder comprises a hollow base structure mounted on two weighted plastic, and a wand holding clamp securely attached to the top of the base structure. The hollow base structure is configured to be filled with liquid prior to be operated so as to increase the weight so that it, in addition to the wheels, can effectively counteract the upward force created by the spraying of pressurized water. The wheels allow the base structure with any wand being held to be moved. The clamp is configured to receive the wand, provide for it to be locked in place, and hold it securely at a 45 degree angle relative to the surface below the base structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen M. Suden
  • Patent number: 8882006
    Abstract: A hose-fed lateral move irrigation system and method that utilizes a pipe with a plurality of sprinklers attached to a wheeled cart that drags a flexible hose assembly therebehind while traveling laterally with the pipe and sprinklers relative to a field so that alternating the flexible hose assembly from one side of the cart to another as the cart traverses back and forth along a cart path is facilitated while kinking in the flexible hose assembly is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 8864889
    Abstract: A dust suppression apparatus comprising: (a) a turntable; (b) an engine; (c) a water mist blower comprising an air conduit, a plurality of water nozzles positioned so as to supply a spray of water to the air conduit, and a fan positioned so as to supply a stream of air through the air conduit, the water mist blower and the engine mounted on the turntable, the turntable adapted to permit the air conduit to be rotated horizontally, and the air conduit mounted so as to permit the air conduit to tilt vertically; (d) a water conduit adapted to supply pressurized water to the plurality of water nozzles; (e) a belt drive connected to the engine and adapted to supply power to the fan, and (f) a constant velocity joint connecting the belt drive to the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: C.W. Machine Worx, Ltd.
    Inventor: Brad Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8849467
    Abstract: A control system for stopping or reversing movement of an irrigation system comprises an electronic proximity sensor and a control device. The electronic proximity sensor is configured for mounting to the irrigation system and operable to detect a target. The control device is responsive to the electronic proximity sensor for stopping or reversing movement of the irrigation system when the electronic proximity sensor detects the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Publication number: 20140261574
    Abstract: The present invention is a device which has an extended tube structure attached at one end to a manifold with wheels and slits to allow substance to enter or exit and attached at the other end to a source of air, vacuum, or liquid substance. The device is designed to allow ease and efficiency in storing and shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TEBBENS STEEL LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Tebbens
  • Publication number: 20140252140
    Abstract: An orifice selector module for use with flow gauges in a sprayer environment. The orifice selector module is retrofit into existing or new flow gauge assemblies and is placed in line between the spray nozzles and the flow gauges. The orifice selector module includes a rotatable cap which rotates a rotor which in turn rotates an orifice plate which features numerous orifices of different sizes. These orifices can be switched on the fly manually by the vehicle operator to increase or decrease flow through a particular hose from a particular flow gauge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CDS-John Blue Company
    Inventor: Jason T. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8823220
    Abstract: A positioning system for positioning a positioning unit along a longitudinal axis includes: a linear guide arrangement for enabling a linearly guided motion parallel to the axis; a motor includes a moving motor member operatively connected to the linear guide arrangement and an elongated stationary motor member extending parallel to the axis; and a force transmission arrangement operatively connecting the moving motor member to the positioning unit, wherein the force transmission arrangement is arranged to provide a semi-rigid engagement between the positioning unit and the moving motor member, wherein the positioning unit and the moving motor member, respectively, are operatively connected to the linear guide arrangement by at least two guide engaging carriages, and wherein the positioning unit is attached to the guide engaging carriages by rigid or resilient positioning unit holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventors: Niclas Yman, Robert Axelsson
  • Publication number: 20140231554
    Abstract: A manifold trailer comprises at least one main line having a plurality of discharge connectors and a plurality of articulating arm assemblies which are each connected to a corresponding discharge connector. Each arm assembly comprises a connector member which includes an inlet port, an outlet port and a third port which is located generally opposite the outlet port and is closed by a removable plug member. Each arm assembly also includes an articulating conduit assembly which comprises a first end that is connected to the inlet port and a riser swivel which is connected to the outlet port. During deployment of the arm assembly, a second end of the conduit assembly is connectable to a pumping unit to thereby fluidly connect the pumping unit to the main line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, William H. Garner, Paul A. Crawford, James R. Soltau
  • Patent number: 8807465
    Abstract: A hose-fed lateral move irrigation system and method that utilizes a pipe with a plurality of sprinklers attached to a wheeled cart that pulls a flexible-hose assembly therebehind using at least one onboard winch and travels laterally with the pipe and sprinklers relative to a field so that a sufficient amount of hose may be used to enable total automation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Korus, Wayne T. Jarecki
  • Patent number: 8783587
    Abstract: A mobile pressure washing system is provided. The system comprises a frame with hinged elements for transitioning the frame between an upright position of use and a compact position for secure transport and storage of the system. System features further include a removable and replaceable tank adapted to fit on a portion of the frame, storage features, and pressure washing features such as a motor and pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Karcher North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Dean Bearup, Glenn Richard Schmierer, Roger Pedlar, Agustin Garcia Arellano, Jerry G. Gradwohl, Gerardo Angel Gonzalez Chapa
  • Patent number: 8763929
    Abstract: A riding rotary pressure washer comprising of a four wheeled powered vehicle, a circular cover that houses a balance spray bar assembly, the circular cover is adjustably attached to the four wheeled vehicle and is positioned between the wheels of the vehicle, a first L-shaped hose guide, the first L-shaped hose guide is attached to the rear of the four wheeled vehicle, a hose, the hose is attached to the balance spray bar assembly and guided through the first L-shaped hose guide, and a remote pressure washer system, the remote pressure washer system attaches to the hose of the riding rotary pressure washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Llopiz-Capote, Onier Llopiz
  • Publication number: 20140174346
    Abstract: A powder spray for lengthy parts includes a booth wall structure comprised primarily of doors. A moveable roof may be raised and lowered to clean powder overspray from the interior surfaces of the booth. A cleaning process may be performed with a sideways extraction mode and a downward extraction mode. The mode change occurs when a bulkhead that travels with the moveable roof blocks the inlet duct to the recovery system. The recovery system may be a cyclone system for example. The doors of the booth are hinged so that they can be positioned for spraying operations and cleaning operations. Live hinge designs are provided and hose stress relief designs are also provided. The roof may carry accumulators for pressurized air that feed cleaning nozzles as the roof descends. In addition, exhaust air may be used to assist cleaning the interior surfaces as the roof descends. All of the energy provided for cleaning and color change may be provided by accumulators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Shutic, Joseph G. Schroeder, Jeffery E. Dailidas, Kenneth Kreeger
  • Publication number: 20140165324
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a supply tank and a distributor for delivering fluid to a surface to be cleaned. A constant flow of fluid can be delivered from the supply tank to the distributor via a regulator tank in fluid communication with the supply tank for exchanging liquid and air with the supply tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Ming Luo, Wing-Hei Cho, Jeffrey A. Scholten
  • Patent number: 8727245
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attachment for a pressure washer wand comprising: a plate having a front end, a rear end, top end, and a bottom end; a first wheel connected to the front end of the plate; a second wheel connected to the rear end of the plate; an angle bracket connected to the plate; a clamp connected to the angle bracket; and optionally a spray wand connected to the clamp. The design of the spray wand attachment of the present invention allows for cleaning a narrow area (only a few inches wide) from the edge of the hard surface. The edger of the present invention is not designed to clean the entire areas of the hard surface because the plate needs to be in contact with the edges of the hard surface, which prevents the device from moving away from the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert S Hogan
  • Patent number: 8727233
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for starting and stopping a high pressure spray washer having a combustion engine driving a pump to provide high pressure fluid to a spray gun activated by a trigger. Pulling the trigger causes water to flow through the nozzle and pump and a sensor by the pump sends a flow start signal to a control module that activates an electric starter when an engine switch is turned on, thus starting the engine when it wasn't running. When the trigger is released flow to the pump stops and the sensor sends a flow stop signal to the control module. If a predetermined time passes before the sensor detects fluid flow to the pump as occurs when the trigger is pulled, then the engine is shut off. The time can be varied to adjust the time between releasing the trigger and shutting off the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Champion Power Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G. Karp
  • Patent number: 8720803
    Abstract: A multiple-line irrigation system includes a plurality of spans extending from a central pivot, a first pipeline for carrying water, and a second pipeline for carrying chemicals. Each span includes a distribution assembly which draws water and chemicals from the first and second pipelines independently of distribution assemblies in the other spans so as to distribute the water and chemicals as a mixture onto a field according to the requirements of the field under each span. Auxiliary lines coupled to the pipelines in the distribution assembly in each span include valves to regulate the supply of water and chemicals from the pipelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: John S. Standley
  • Patent number: 8657941
    Abstract: A dust suppression apparatus comprising: (a) a turntable; (b) an engine; (c) a water mist blower comprising an air conduit, a plurality of water nozzles positioned so as to supply a spray of water to the air conduit, and a fan positioned so as to supply a stream of air through the air conduit, the water mist blower and the engine mounted on the turntable, the turntable adapted to permit the air conduit to be rotated horizontally, and the air conduit mounted so as to permit the air conduit to tilt vertically; (d) a water conduit adapted to supply pressurized water to the plurality of water nozzles; (e) a belt drive connected to the engine and adapted to supply power to the fan, and (f) a constant velocity joint connecting the belt drive to the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: C.W. Machine Worx, Ltd.
    Inventor: Brad Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20140044867
    Abstract: A rolling spray applicator has a low profile so that it can be utilized between closely spaced upper and lower surfaces so that a spray coating can be applied thereto simultaneously. The spray applicator includes an elongated spray bar including a plurality of nozzles on upper and lower surfaces thereof. A fluid supply is connected to the elongated spray bar. A frame supports the elongated spray bar and includes a plurality of wheels for rollingly supporting the frame. A handle is attached to either one of the frame or the elongated spray bar so that the device can be rolled between closely spaced upper and lower surfaces for applying a spray coating thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: CHEM-TREND, L.P.
    Inventors: Jon LYTLE, Derek WESTERBUR, Amber FERGUSON
  • Publication number: 20130299601
    Abstract: The invention relates to an agricultural machine for spraying a phytosanitary liquid over cultivated land, said machine comprising means for moving the machine, a spray boom having at least one arm, a mechanism for inclining the boom and/or at least one of the arms in relation to a frame of the machine and vertically when the machine is on a flat and horizontal surface, and a mechanism for raising/lowering the boom along an axis fixed in relation to the frame of the machine. At least one of the arms is provided with at least one sensor, each sensor measuring a distance between the surface of the land and said sensor or, if necessary, between the crop and the sensor. The control unit is connected to each sensor, provided with a memory for storing information provided by each sensor, and able to control the raising/lowering mechanism according to information stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: EXEL INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Patrick Ballu
  • Publication number: 20130270354
    Abstract: A vegetation control system for use with chemically-based treatments includes at least one distribution apparatus and at least one reservoir mounted onto a mobile unit. Routed within a passageway or passageways in the distribution apparatus are one or more conduits. These conduits are configured to route the chemically-based treatment from the reservoir through the passageway(s) to an end of the distribution apparatus, having one or more nozzles. The vegetation control system may be used by an operator to target specific branches and other specified areas of vegetation for treatment. The distribution apparatus is mounted onto the mobile unit for application of the treatment in various areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Helena Holding Company
    Inventors: Burnett Geer DuBose, JR., Joseph Roy Weakland, III, William Reeves Roy
  • Patent number: 8490899
    Abstract: A track assembly for a mobile tower of an irrigation system includes: a mounting bracket configured to be attached to the mobile tower; a gearbox assembly and rotatable drive wheel hub attached to the mounting bracket; a drive wheel attached to the drive hub; rotatable tension wheel hub attached to the mounting bracket and spaced from the drive hub; a tension wheel attached to the tension wheel hub; and a track trained over the drive wheel and the tension wheel and driven by the drive wheel to propel the mobile tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Patent number: 8453593
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved method and robotic apparatus for preparing and applying a structural member while significantly mitigating hazardous emissions. The remotely controlled robot comprised a series of expandable and interchangeable chambers that allow of site-specific customization. The chambers are linked together by means of flexible interface that allow for the apparatus to conform to the tank radius. A set of synchronized steerable tractor drives are at each end of the apparatus and provide motion across the surface. The chambers have a flexible vacuum seal for the mitigation of harmful emissions. A detachable umbilical with product delivery lines, pneumatic lines, electrical power and signal and video lines contained within remains attached to the robot during the lining operation. The system is suspended from the surface by means of a support structure and center trunnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Kent Weisenberg
  • Publication number: 20130133187
    Abstract: A positioning system for positioning a positioning unit along a longitudinal axis includes: a linear guide arrangement for enabling a linearly guided motion parallel to the axis; a motor includes a moving motor member operatively connected to the linear guide arrangement and an elongated stationary motor member extending parallel to the axis; and a force transmission arrangement operatively connecting the moving motor member to the positioning unit, wherein the force transmission arrangement is arranged to provide a semi-rigid engagement between the positioning unit and the moving motor member, wherein the positioning unit and the moving motor member, respectively, are operatively connected to the linear guide arrangement by at least two guide engaging carriages, and wherein the positioning unit is attached to the guide engaging carriages by rigid or resilient positioning unit holders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
  • Patent number: 8408478
    Abstract: A product distributing apparatus is described as well as a system and method of automatically calibrating the meter of the apparatus which does not require the operator to leave the operator station of the towing vehicle. One application of such an apparatus and method is in an agricultural air seeder and it is in this context that the apparatus is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Grant J. Wonderlich
  • Publication number: 20130055619
    Abstract: Scent-dispersing systems include a pulley/line assembly and one or more scent-dispensing elements. The pulley/line assembly includes two or more pulleys that mount to trees or other fixed structures at positions above the ground and a laterally disposed line that is routed around the pulleys. The scent-dispensing elements couple to the lateral line and, upon the lateral line being pulled around the pulleys in one direction or the other, are extended out away from or retracted back toward a base one of the pulleys. Thus, by winding out or retracting the lateral line relative to the base pulley, the scent-dispensing elements can be moved out to desired elevated positions at certain distances away from the base pulley, all without having to walk across the ground out to those positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Keith J. STEWART
  • Patent number: 8353470
    Abstract: A mobile irrigation apparatus includes a frame assembly supporting at least one sprinkler and adapted for movement in a first direction along a path in a field to be irrigated; a docking station suspended from the frame assembly and adapted to engage and open one or more supply valves in a hydrant located in or adjacent the path for movement in a second direction substantially transverse to the first direction, and at least one power actuator arranged to move the docking station in the second direction in response to at least one sensor to thereby facilitate lateral alignment of the docking station with the hydrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nelson Irrigation Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Sinden, Rex D. Ness, Chad D. Leinweber, Craig B. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20120325924
    Abstract: A fluid application apparatus, a spray head system, and a method of applying a fluid to a surface are disclosed. The fluid application apparatus, the spray head system, and the method involve applying a fluid to a surface and adjusting the spray header system between a transport configuration and an application configuration, wherein the adjusting modifies a distance between the spray header system and the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory D. Baltus