Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Frank J. Kowalski
  • Patent number: 7597728
    Abstract: A method for using recycled lubricating oil as a fuel source includes receiving prepared recycled lubricating oil, filtering the recycled lubricating oil through a first filter. The recycled oil is pumped into the top of a first holding tank. The recycled oil is circulated from the bottom of the first holding tank through the first filter to the top of the first tank. The recycled oil is pumped from the bottom of the first holding tank through the first filter to the top of a second holding tank. The recycled oil may then be pumped or pulled through a second filter to a preheater to lower the viscosity of the recycled oil to a predetermined level. From the pre-heater the heated recycled oil may be fed to a burner for heat generation or may be fed back to a storage tank. The apparatus for using recycled lubricating oil as fuel includes a storage system having one or more holding tanks along with a filtration system having a first filter for initial contaminant removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: APAC
    Inventors: Bill L. Adams, Lee M. Cole, Jeff W. Warnock
  • Patent number: 6729051
    Abstract: An attachment for a front end loader that provides a method and apparatus for ripping solid ground that includes a hollow tube mounted between the arms of a front end loader directly behind the bucket. The hollow tube is slidably mounted on a solid shaft. Closely machined bushings are welded and braced on support brackets on the inside bottom surface of the arms of the loader. These closely machined bushings are adapted to receive the shaft which extends from the ends of the hollow tube. Ripper brackets are welded to the exterior surface of the hollow tube. On the end of each ripper bracket are mounted ripper teeth in a manner such that the pointed ends of the teeth are pointing towards the rear of the front end loader. Connecting rods are attached to both the hollow tube and the loader bucket. When the bucket is tilted toward the operator the hollow tube rotates downward to a ripping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: APAC Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Hollen
  • Patent number: 6655043
    Abstract: A moisture indicator in an air flow drying process where hot gas is circulated over and around a granular material having an undesirable amount of moisture includes a detector located in the path of the exhaust gas to determine exhaust flow temperature, a valve control device associated with the temperature detector to control the percentage of hydrocarbon gas in the hot gas intake and an indicator connected to the valve control device. A display is associated with the indicator to display the percentage of hydrocarbon gas in the gas intake which indicates the amount of moisture in the granular material. The percentage of hydrocarbon gas needed in the intake is inversely proportional to the amount of moisture in the granular material. The percentage signals the loader operator whether the granular material loaded has an acceptable amount of moisture for successful operation of the drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: APAC Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Roy Kingery
  • Patent number: 6328052
    Abstract: A valve for controlling fluid flow while permitting flow in only one direction includes a housing having a spherical central opening and connections to permit attachment to fluid flow lines at opposite ends of the housing. The spherical opening is configured to permit fluid flow through the housing. A spherical member is adapted to fit within the spherical central opening of the housing. The spherical member has an opening bored through its center and may be aligned with the housing connections to allow fluid communication between them and positioned perpendicular to the housing connections to prevent fluid communication between them. A rotation member is provided to operate in conjunction with the spherical member to rotate the spherical member within the housing. A closing member is mounted within the spherical member, and is sized to close off the opening bored through the center of the spherical member for one direction of fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Stephen M. Loyning
  • Patent number: 6298574
    Abstract: A top reading bituminous paving depth gauge is used to determine the thickness of paving layers. The gauge comprises a depressible rod operatively associated when a rod support system comprising an upper portion having a graduated measuring gauge fixed on the rod support system and a bottom support devise fixed to the lower end of the rod support system. The bottom or the support device acts as a foot for the measuring gauge and also acts to receive the lower portion of the depressible rod. The top reading bituminous paving depth gauge operates without any washers on the measuring depressible rod to prevent false measurements due to the presence of large aggregates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: APAC Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Baker
  • Patent number: 6196279
    Abstract: An electric circuit for a system to prevent accidental discharge of hot-mix asphalt at asphalt plants with multiple silos includes a manual switch which energizes a relay holding the circuit closed. A time delay relay is also energized to provide a time period to determine whether the process should continue. When the time delay times out, a solenoid is energized to open a hot mix storage silo. A closed circuit TV camera and a system of flashing lights are included to provide a fixed view of the loading area with a monitor at the control panel. When hot-mix asphalt is to be discharged into a truck, a switch is activated which causes a light beneath the bin to flash. This identifies the bin selected to open. The TV monitor is viewed and the position of the truck can now be visually confirmed along with the flashing light on the bin that has been activated. The manual switch must be pushed in order to complete the discharge of the hot-mix asphalt from the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Ashland Chemical Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Baker
  • Patent number: 5260868
    Abstract: A mechanism and method for calendaring a plurality of events such as scheduling the operation of interrelated machines which perform a process flow. Future time is divided into segments, called buckets, of increasing length. The first two buckets are of the same size and each of the following buckets twice as large as its preceding bucket. The first bucket slides so as to always cover a specified length of time following the current time. Events scheduled in the calendar is added to the appropriate bucket, depending on how far in the future it is to take place. When the current time equals the scheduled time for an event, then that event is removed from the bucket where it resides. When a bucket has become empty because all events have been removed from it, the events in the following bucket are distributed over the two buckets preceding it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporate
    Inventors: Subhash Gupta, Sanjiv S. Sidhu, Frank Vlach
  • Patent number: 5249128
    Abstract: A method and system for range detection using a passive infrared sensing device (10) is disclosed. The method includes determining a region (35,38) on a moving object, such as an automobile (13, 36, 37), the region (35, 38) having a size characteristic of the object and emitting energy (14) characteristic of the object. The next step is to characterize the region by a plurality of feature points (31, 32, 33, 34) and sense the energy emitting from the feature points. The next step is to calculate the distance between the sensing device (10) and the moving object as a function of the feature points. The method has application in adaptive cruise control for automobiles (13, 36, 37). The method includes the use of perspective projection formulae to determine the distance between the sensing device (10) and the moving object 13, 36, 37). To smooth measurements to each other, one embodiment of the method includes the use of an Euler predictor to integrate measurements across measurement firmness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Vishal Markandey, Bruce Flinchbaugh, Floyd H. Hollister
  • Patent number: 5235686
    Abstract: A computer system uses microcode subroutines to execute complex macroinstructions. Each macroinstruction is used to index a table. Simple macroinstructions have a single microinstruction counterpart in the table, and such microinstruction is performed directly in order to execute that macroinstruction. The table entry corresponding to more complex macroinstructions is a jump microinstruction, with the target of the microcode jump being an appropriate subroutine in microcode memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick W. Bosshart
  • Patent number: 5222190
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for identifying one or more boundaries of a speech pattern within an input utterance. One or more anchor patterns are defined, and an input utterance is received. An anchor section of the input utterance is identified as corresponding to at least one of the anchor patterns. A boundary of the speech pattern is defined based upon the anchor section. Also provided are a method and apparatus for identifying a speech pattern within an input utterance. One or more segment patterns are defined, and an input utterance is received. Portions of the input utterance which correspond to the segment patterns are identified. One or more of the segments of the input utterance are defined responsive to the identified portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Basavaraj I. Pawate, George R. Doddington
  • Patent number: 5222187
    Abstract: A speech system recognizes words from a spoken phrase that conform to checksum constraints. Grammar rules are applied to hypothesize words according to the checksum constraints. The checksum associated with the phrase is thus inherent in the grammar. Sentences which do not meet a predetermined checksum constraint are not valid under the grammar rules and are therefore inherently rejected. The checksum constraints result in increased recognition accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: George R. Doddington, Charles T. Hemphill
  • Patent number: 5217192
    Abstract: A baby bottle holder is designed to hold a baby bottle for an infant who cannot hold the bottle himself or herself. The design is such that the end which corresponds to the nipple end of the bottle is narrower than the end which corresponds to bottom of the bottle. In addition, the holder is constructed and balanced in such a manner that the holder is freestanding whether or not a bottle is attached. The bottle is firmly grasped but is slidably mounted so that it may be repositioned for balance. Three members of the bottle holder are joined together so that the bottle position may be changed depending on the position of the baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventor: Sharon L. Oktayuren
  • Patent number: 5218537
    Abstract: A grammar learning aid is implemented with a processor and read only memory programmed in a manner that minimizes memory space and maximizes effective teaching. The programming is based on a unification grammar, in which sentences are determined by their features. The programming is implemented with logic programming in which predicates represent data, and in which logic variables permit features to be unified. This feature-based grammar approach permits an erroneous answer to be associated with a feature and that feature used to generate a similar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles T. Hemphill, Inderjeet Mani
  • Patent number: 5216720
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for verifying the identity of an unknown user of a telephone calling card service is disclosed which receives identification information corresponding to a valid user of the service, requests the unknown user to speak an authorization phrase without disclosing the authorization phrase to the unknown user, receives the unknown user's speech signal in response to the request, and verifies the identity of the unknown user based on the received speech signal. Other apparatus, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Jayant M. Naik, Lorin P. Netsch, George R. Doddington
  • Patent number: 5210872
    Abstract: A task scheduling method for a real time computer system having automatic memory management or some other resource that is consumed in terms of a bit rate. The method ensures that non critical tasks do not prevent the timely execution of critical tasks. Each task is evaluated in terms of its rate of consumption of the resource. This rate is controlled by assigning each task a consumption quota and keeping track of the consumption of each task as it executes. The task is required to relinquish its processor time if it attempts to consume more than its quota.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Edward E. Ferguson, Dexter S. Cook
  • Patent number: 5016763
    Abstract: An office accessory is used to aid in the organization of incoming and outgoing printed material. This accessory takes the form of a printed material organizer having a flat base extending horizontally in two directions from an upright portion in vertical relationship with a shelf, desk top or the like. A second upright portion, perpendicular to the first upright portion, co-extends with the flat base in one of the two directions to form an open pocket for storing papers or pamphlets. Two of these accessories may be used in tandem to form a three sided pocket or, with one rotated one hundred eighty degrees, to form a closed pocket to store papers or other material that may require support on several sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Donald L. Martin
  • Patent number: 4965529
    Abstract: A high-current, very-wide-band transconductance amplifier includes a differential voltage to current converter and a plurality of complementary unipolar current mirror cells. The differential voltage to current converter isolates the input voltage terminal from the common side of the output load current terminal. A plurality of positive current mirror cells are connected in parallel and a plurality of negative current mirror cells are connected in parallel to avoid the need for a single low resistance current sensing resistor and the fabrication problems inherent in such resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventor: Owen B. Laug
  • Patent number: 4800539
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique for dip filtering of seismic data whereby seismic data of a selected attribute in space and time coordinates is displayed in accordance with a 3-D illumination model such that the apparent angle of illumination of the data relative to an apparent viewing position is optimally adjusted to achieve best differentiation and display presentation of seismic dipping events, fault indications, excessive multiple indications, and the like. The method requires a perceptual view of a seismic section as a 3-D surface from which a vector of images can be derived. Thereafter, vector of images surface components are derived and, in accordance with a pre-determined illumination model, i.e. composed as a function of azimuth and elevation relative to a display, the vector of images of the seismic data are transformed to produce enhancing a specific eye view/illumination alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventors: Kruger C. Corn, Gary L. Raney
  • Patent number: 4794573
    Abstract: A process for separating upgoing and downgoing seismic wave events in a vertical seismic profile, and particularly for vertical seismic profiles wherein the seismic energy source is offset from the borehole in which seismic detectors are located in vertical spaced array. The process operates on two detector signals at a time (as S.sub.1 and S.sub.2) and is based on the concept that waves traveling in opposite directions have spatial derivatives of opposite sign. The derivative is approximated by the difference of the two signals which is time integrated to recover the phase. The resulting integrated difference signal I is then amplitude scale corrected and combined by addition or substraction with a signal S.sub.0 representing the sum of the two detector signals to form a succession of filtered signals which, when recorded in alignment in order of detector depths to form a vertical seismic profile preserves either the upgoing or the downgoing seismic events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Bell, Vernon D. Cox
  • Patent number: 4786478
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for isotope separation using the combination of selective pre-excitation by light radiation with further collisional processing in a DC, rf or microwave gas discharge field to recover ionized atoms or dissociated molecules of the selected isotope. Thus, uranium atoms or molecules in gas phase are irradiated in an interaction volume with light radiation of selected wavelength to raise energy states to a relatively stable second or mid-level. At the same time a gas discharge within said interaction volume subjects raised energy atoms or molecules to a collisional process tending to raise a significant number through the energy ladder to the respective ionization continuum or dissociation light whereupon the charged atoms or molecules may be collected as an enriched bulk of selected isotopic species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Ahmed, John Gergely