Central Garden & Pet has been granted a patent for a scraper apparatus that includes a rotatable scraper blade and scraper blade holder. The blade and holder are connected by a pivot connection and can be fastened together using fasteners. The fasteners create a releasable positive mechanical engagement that locks the rotation of the blade relative to the holder. GlobalData’s report on Central Garden & Pet gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A patent for a scraper apparatus with releasable mechanical engagement

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Central Garden & Pet Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771293B2) describes a scraper apparatus that includes a scraper blade and a scraper blade holder. The scraper blade and holder are rotatable relative to each other about a pivot connection formed by the two components. The scraper blade has at least one fastener, and the scraper blade holder also has at least one fastener. These fasteners can be connected to each other to create a releasable positive mechanical engagement, which locks the rotation of the scraper blade relative to the scraper blade holder.

The patent claims also describe various configurations and features of the scraper apparatus. For example, the pivot connection can extend along a pivot axis that is transverse to the leading and/or trailing ends of the scraper blade. The scraper blade or the scraper blade holder can include a pivot pin and a pivot pin receptacle, which form the pivot connection. In one embodiment, the scraper blade has the pivot pin, while the scraper blade holder has the pivot pin receptacle.

The fasteners on the scraper blade and the scraper blade holder can be male or female fasteners, and they can be connected to each other by rotating the components about the pivot connection. The fasteners may include annular rings and projection receptacles. The annular ring can be a split annular ring, and the projection receptacle can have engagement tabs that fit into engagement tab recesses on the projection.

The scraper apparatus can also have multiple fasteners on both the scraper blade and the scraper blade holder, allowing for secure connections between the components. Additionally, the scraper blade holder may include a pedestal that supports the pivot connection, as well as scraper blade mounting walls that hold the fasteners.

The patent also includes a method for providing the scraper apparatus, which involves obtaining the scraper blade and the scraper blade holder, forming the pivot connection, rotating the components, and fastening the fasteners while rotating the components about the pivot connection.

Overall, this patent describes a scraper apparatus with a releasable positive mechanical engagement that locks the rotation of the scraper blade relative to the scraper blade holder. The various configurations and features outlined in the patent provide options for securely connecting the components and allowing for efficient scraping operations.

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