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Loadmaster Secures Patent For Automated Cart Arm Technology
NORWAY — Loadmaster Corp. of Norway has been given a patent for developing tech- nology to empty garbage carts mechanically from the driver’s seat of the vehicle, smoothly and quietly without spillage or rocking the truck, the company reports.
The U.S. Patent Office recently notified Forest Hayes and David Brisson of Loadmaster they have been awarded patent No. 9,834,377.
The patented invention utilizes a sprocket on the end of an arm that travels against a rack, according to the company. The arm is put in motion up and down by a single hydraulic cylinder. The technology is simple and clean to manufacture, controlled by a computer to pick up and replace the garbage cart with the touch of a button.
Loadmaster expects the new technology to improve sales of the company’s automated side loader.
It took several months to develop the new design from an idea brought forward by Hayes, then manufacture, test and file for the patent. The government legal process, from first application to approval, then spanned about five years.
Loadmaster utilized a Milwaukee area law firm to secure the patent, at a cost of about $23,000, the company stated. A patent applicant has to be confident the new technology will yield a return on that investment.
Automation is a growing market in the waste industry, with demand for increased operator safety and productivity. This new “sprocket arm design” should set Loadmaster apart from com- petitors in the industry.
A LOADMASTER CORP. truck equipped with a mechanism that empties garbage carts mechanically, operated from the driver’s seat. The company recently announced it has secured a U.S. patent for the technology involved in the automated system.
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