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Minnesota Man, 96, Obtains Patent

BEMIDJI, Minn., (UPI) — A 96-year-old Minnesota man with more than 45 patents to his credit has done it again, this time for what he says is an improved marine transmission clutch.

George Aschauer of Bemidji said he is now receiving offers to build his latest marine transmission innovation, which the U.S. Patent Office dubbed Patent No. 8,066,107 B2 last November, the Bemidji Pioneer reported Monday.

“There are four features,” he said. “The clutches don’t rotate, they’re better cooling, they engage from both of the stack[s], and the fourth one is the unique release spring.”

Aschauer said many of the patents he had received in the past 60 years were related to transmissions.

“I’m a transmission man,” he said. “I started after World War II. I work with clutches, brakes, gears, controls. I spent my whole life on transmissions.”

Versions of a marine transmission design Aschauer patented about 50 years ago are still being manufactured to this day.

“When the patent ran out, everybody copied it,” he said.

The inventor said his latest transmission would be perfect for pleasure boats, fishing vessels, drilling rig supply boats, river boats and similar craft.

“I want to see it built,” he said.

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