Visteon has been granted a patent for electric pruning shears that allow users to adjust the opening/closing width of the blade for improved satisfaction. The shears feature a control board that can change the blade’s position and width based on user input, providing a customizable cutting experience. The patent also includes a mode switching feature for different stages of opening/closing width. GlobalData’s report on Visteon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Electric pruning shears with adjustable blade opening/closing width

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Visteon Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11684017B2) describes an electric cutting device for pruning. The device includes a cutting portion with two blades, one of which is movable, that performs cutting by sandwiching an object. It also features a cutting operation portion that receives a cutting input, an operation mechanism that operates the movable blade in an opening and closing direction, a power supply unit, and a control unit. The control unit operates with power from the power supply unit, receives the cutting input, operates the operation mechanism, and controls the cutting operation.

One notable feature of the device is the opening/closing width operation portion, which receives a change input for adjusting the opening/closing width of the movable blade. The control unit is configured to perform a setting changing operation that moves the movable blade to a maximum opening angle with the opening/closing width before and after the change. When the cutting operation portion is operated, the control unit opens or closes the movable blade between the maximum opening angle and a maximum closing angle with the adjusted opening/closing width.

The control unit is also capable of changing the opening/closing width stepwise every time the opening/closing width operation portion receives a change input. Additionally, it can switch between two or more modes of the number of stages of the opening/closing width that can be changed by the opening/closing width operation portion.

In claim 2, it is mentioned that the control unit is configured to prevent the selection of a fully closed state as an opening/closing width option. Claim 3 specifies that the control unit changes the opening/closing width of the movable blade incrementally, starting from a minimum width and progressing to a maximum width. Claim 4 states that when a reset input is received, the control unit opens the movable blade to the maximum opening angle and changes the opening/closing width to the maximum width.

The patent also includes a method of operating the electric cutting device, which involves the same operations performed by the control unit as described in the claims.

Overall, this granted patent describes an electric cutting device for pruning that offers adjustable opening/closing widths and various modes of operation. The device aims to provide efficient and precise cutting for pruning purposes.

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