Patents Represented by Attorney DeWitt M. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8280578
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8239093
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8200389
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8165789
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g., Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Noal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8160767
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8160769
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8135508
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8135509
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Neal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 8009280
    Abstract: A system, for determining characteristics of a beam wavefront and reshaping such wavefront, including: apparatus for sampling the wavefront curvature and generating outputs; apparatus for reshaping the wavefront; and apparatus for receiving the outputs, proportioning the outputs to match the inputs need to drive controls for the reshaping apparatus, and sending the proportioned outputs to the reshaping apparatus. The reshaping apparatus is, preferably, a deformable mirror. The sampling apparatus includes a distorted grating. The method includes: positioning the sampling apparatus in the bean path; positioning a reshaping apparatus in the beam path; sampling the curvature of the wavefront and generating outputs representative of the curvature thereof; sending the generated outputs to the proportioning apparatus; proportioning the outputs to match the inputs needed to drive the controls of the reshaping apparatus; and sending the proportioned outputs to the reshaping apparatus to change the shape thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: Gavin R. G. Erry, Paul Harrison, Boyd Hunter, Eugene W. Butler
  • Patent number: 7962271
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g., Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: Bernie C. Thompson, Noal R. Pederson
  • Patent number: 7953530
    Abstract: An analysis tool which extracts all the available parameter identifications (i.e. PIDS) from a vehicle's power train control module for diagnostic decisions. This is done by checking these PIDS and other information (e.g., calculated PIDS, Break Points, charts and algorithms) in three states; key on engine off, key on engine cranking, key on engine running. In all three modes the tool is comparing the live data from PIDS and voltage to the other information (e.g, Break Points). If any of this data are outside the programmed values a flag is assigned to the failure or control problem. The relationship between a particular PID and its associated preprogrammed value(s) may be indicated by a light. The depth of the problem (if any) is conveyed by the color of the light. Also included are tests/charts for fuel trim, engine volumetric efficiency, simulated injector, power, catalyst efficiency, and engine coolant range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Neal R. Pederson, Bernie C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7899608
    Abstract: A method of identifying misfires in an engine including: running the engine; measuring the pressure pulses from the exhaust; generating a waveform from the measured pulses; dividing the waveform into segments; associating each waveform segment with the cylinder which generated the pulse; and examining each segment for features which indicate a misfire. Also disclosed is methodology for checking the performance of an engine including cam timing and identifying the probable cause(s) of misfires. This includes generating a cylinder pressure waveform from the measured pressure changes in a cylinder and analyzing the magnitude and timing of at least one of the pressure changes in such cylinder. Further disclosed is methodology for analyzing the pressure changes in the engine's intake manifold and in the crankcase. Finally, additional diagnostic procedures are disclosed for: checking the ignition timing of an engine; and using the apparatus and methods with additional instrumentation including gas analyzers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Neal R. Pederson, Bernie C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7801671
    Abstract: Identifying fires by: measuring pressure pulses from the exhaust; generating a waveform from the measured pressure pulses; dividing the waveform into segments, one for each engine cylinder; associating each segment with the cylinder which generated the pulse; and examining each segment for features which indicate a misfire. The method further includes: generating a trigger signal; associating the trigger signal with ignition in a cylinder; measuring the time between this signal and the next trigger signal; dividing the time between these trigger signals into cylinder boxes, one for each cylinder; and shifting each of the boxes relative to the associated segment such that the peak and a portion of the rising edge and/or the falling edge falls within the box. For each box the peak, rising edge and falling edge is compared with threshold values. Each box in which at least two of the thresholds are exceeded is flagged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventors: Neal R. Pederson, Bernie C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7712900
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining whether cornea (vitro or in vivo) has been modified (surgically or otherwise). The method includes the steps of: passing a beam of collimated light through the cornea to produce a distorted wavefront; determining the characteristics of the distorted wavefront; and analyzing the distorted wavefront for characteristics that identify the presence of a modification. The analysis of the distorted wavefront can be for the presence of higher order aberrations, or Gausian characteristics which are indicative of modifications. The method includes the steps of providing an optical system that has a pupil plane and an image plane at a detector; positioning the cornea in the pupil plane; passing a collimated beam of light through the cornea to produce at least two images in the image plane; determining the characteristics of the distorted wavefront; and analyzing the distorted wavefront for characteristics that identify the presence of a modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Leonard John Otten, Gavin R. G. Erry, Simon C. Woods, Paul Harrison
  • Patent number: 7638768
    Abstract: The device and method of the present invention are useful for determining the characteristics of an infrared wavefront. The present invention involves positioning a beam of light containing the infrared wavefront to be characterized onto a distorted grating, using the grating to produce a plurality of images, determining the infrared wavefront from the plurality of images and analyzing the infrared wavefront for features that characterize the infrared wavefront.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Kestrel Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard John Otten, III, Paul Harrison, Desirae L. Cuevas, Paul Fournier
  • Patent number: 7535647
    Abstract: Optical instruments having, inter alia, optics to process wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation to produce an interferogram. The instruments include an optical path and optical elements positioned along this path for splitting and recombining the wavelengths which interfere with each other to produce a plurality of different fringes of different wavelengths. The optics include matched gratings which are positioned along the optical path outside of the interferometer optics to produce first and second sets of spectrally dispersed beams. The interferometer optics includes a beam splitter and first and second mirrors. In two embodiments the beam splitter has an internal surface including three zones. The instruments can all include a detector for detecting the interferogram and means for processing the detected interferogram to produce spectral information that is spatially distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventors: Leonard John Otten, III, Gavin R. G. Erry
  • Patent number: 7232999
    Abstract: The device and method of the present invention are useful for determining the characteristics of an infrared wavefront. The present invention involves positioning a beam of light containing the infrared wavefront to be characterized onto a distorted grating, using the grating to produce a plurality of images, determining the infrared wavefront from the plurality of images and analyzing the infrared wavefront for features that characterize the infrared wavefront.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Kestrel Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard John Otten, III, Paul Harrison, Desirae L. Cuevas, Paul Fournier
  • Patent number: 7177420
    Abstract: A hand carriable container for a portable personal audio device of the type which is normally listened to with earphones. The container includes: structure for holding the portable personal audio device; a device, separate from the personal audio device, for amplifying sound from said personal audio device; a source of power separate from the personal audio device, for the amplifying mechanism; a pair of speakers; and wiring for electrically connecting the personal audio device, the speakers, and the power supply to the amplifying mechanism. The speakers are mounted in compartments which are detachable and remotely positionable from the main portion of the container. The main portion of the container includes structure for storing pre-recorded audio material. The wires to the speaker are supported by a take-up reel supported in the main portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: James M. Carter
  • Patent number: 7144003
    Abstract: The device of the present invention is useful for facilitating the soldering of materials. More specifically, the device of the present invention is useful for the positioning and securing of at least two electrically conductive materials such that those materials can be effectively soldered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: John Meade
  • Patent number: D618088
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Gaylor