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SUNY Canton Inventor Receives Patent for Slick Chainsaw Device

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney is known for creating innovative solutions to complicated problems.

The Canino School of Engineering Technology staff member was recently notified that his lubricating device designed for commercial chainsaws had been assigned U.S. Patent No. 10,307,931.

Neil Haney holds his prototype.
SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney holds a working prototype of his chainsaw oiling invention used on his large-scale lumber processing machine.

“Neil embodies the college’s spirit of innovation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are a place where students can work toward fully developing a new concept or device. He’s set a great example for our students and alumni alike.”

Haney, who is an alumnus of the Automotive Technology program, came up with the idea to utilize a positive displacement pump to provide oil for a chainsaw bar and chain while building a firewood processing machine. His invention delivers more oil to the surfaces than traditional methods through an automatic mechanical process.

“I was looking at all the other solutions out there, but none of them fit my needs,” Haney said, recalling how he came up with the idea. “Innovation is something that has always interested me, and the students here are always eager to help with new projects.”

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Neil A. Haney, a SUNY Canton alumnus and employee shows the inner-workings of his innovative mechanical chainsaw oiling device, which was recently assigned U.S. Patent No. 10,307,931.

Haney worked through the SUNY Research Foundation and SUNY Canton to file a provisional application through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015. Several companies have researched the project and contacted him about incorporating his device into their products.

“Congratulations to Neil on achieving this critical milestone in the technology transfer process,” said Steven Wood, associate director for innovation and entrepreneurship at the SUNY Research Foundation.  “Neil’s applied research and hands-on involvement with students in building his prototype exemplifies how SUNY innovations spark new opportunities. SUNY research produces more than 100 new technologies every year, and we always welcome the chance to assist faculty and staff inventors across the SUNY system to move ideas and inventions to the marketplace.”

In addition to constructing a lumber processing machine, Haney is currently working with Mechanical Engineering Technology and Sustainable Energy Technology students on constructing a biomass refinery system. The device uses burning wood to replace gasoline for electric generation. He estimates that biomass fuels are 33% more efficient than fossil fuels.

“I’ve been afforded many opportunities as a student and as a staff member at SUNY Canton,” he said. “I’ve been able to build machines at the next level. That’s why any of the profits I make off of that pump will be donated back to the college.”

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws.

Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. The college and the SUNY Research Foundation assisted him with filing a provisional application through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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“Neil is one of the very first SUNY Canton faculty members to work toward patenting an invention through the Research Foundation,” said SUNY Canton president Zvi Szafran. “His vision and innovation is exactly what we encourage at the college. He’s set a wonderful example for our students as future inventors.”

Haney said there are currently two other ways of delivering oil to the chainsaw blade, but conventional methods require more maintenance than his solution. “The strength of this design is that you can adjust it to the flow you need and it should be bulletproof for years to come.”

His invention utilizes a positive displacement pump or generated rotor, commonly known as a gerotor, to provide the oil necessary to reduce friction and extend the life of the saw’s cutting parts.

Haney, who is an alumnus of the Automotive Technology program, has worked with the Powersports Performance and Repair program for 10 years. He devised the gerotor as a solution based on his extensive experience with oil pumps used in all-terrain vehicles.

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Many of the parts for his chainsaw and the prototype pump were manufactured in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Several students have assisted him with the project.

“Neil challenged students to design a bigger and better wood processor,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Neil had all the concepts and the students really helped him take it to the next level.”

The entire firewood-processing machine is operated via a hydraulic system powered by an up-cycled six-cylinder, 90 horsepower diesel engine. It will advance a tree trunk, cut a 16-inch section and then split it into fire-ready logs.

The provisional application establishes a filing date for the invention with the USPTO. Haney now has one year to file a patent application. He will be working with the college to partner with interested entrepreneurs and other industry representatives to produce and market the new technology. Interested parties are encouraged to contact SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger by phone, (315) 386-7951, or email fassingerj@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Powersports Club Continues Tradition of Holiday Giving

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair club decided to help spread cheer to young patients at Canton-Potsdam Hospital during the holidays.

By collecting donations from local businesses, and holding numerous raffles, 10 students raised approximately $1,340. The students used the funds to purchase two well-equipped Xbox video-game systems and a handful of games.

SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair Club members stand with two mobile Xbox systems that they will be donating to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Pictured are (l to r) Gaige Gonyeau of Hailesboro, Frederick A. Dashnaw of Massena, Ben M. Breckenridge of Canton, James P. Levy of Canton, Erich J. Mattice of Norwood and SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney.

SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair Club members stand with two mobile Xbox systems that they will be donating to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Pictured are (l to r) Gaige Gonyeau of Hailesboro, Frederick A. Dashnaw of Massena, Ben M. Breckenridge of Canton, James P. Levy of Canton, Erich J. Mattice of Norwood and SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney.

“We had a lot of support from the community and the college,” said James Levy, one of the students who helped acquire the systems. “When people found out what we were doing they either gave us money or items to raffle.”

The portable gaming machines are fitted with attached flat-screen televisions, so children can play in their hospital rooms. They plan to deliver the systems to the hospital on Monday (Dec. 22).

Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney said it was the second time the students had come together to help young patients. Last year, the group raised approximately $800 to purchase toys that they distributed to children at area hospitals.

“There are so many people that we need to thank for helping us continue this tradition,” Haney said, naming about a dozen area businesses and organizations. “I’d especially like to thank Robert Morley for his continued support of our club.”

Club members not pictured include:

  • Morgan Stinson of Richville
  • Tyler R. Shwartzott of Canton
  • William C. Pharoah of Chase Mills
  • Craig Fountain of hermon
  • Jordan Fifield of Ogdensburg

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.

Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katelyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katlyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.