Patents Represented by Attorney Herbert E. Messenger
  • Patent number: 5551278
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, Eugene K. Achter, David P. Lieb, David H. Fine, Eugenie Hainsworth, Alf L. Carroll, Gregory J. Wendell
  • Patent number: 5348765
    Abstract: A method for forming composite articles, particularly ceramic articles, from particles or fibers mixed in a thermally activated reactant gas stream. The particles or fibers are codeposited with material produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) onto a heated substrate until the desired thickness of composite is obtained. Removal of the substrate yields a near-net shaped codeposited composite article having a chemical vapor deposition produced matrix with particles or fibers embedded therein in a generally uniform distribution. The method provides high deposition rates, and the composite articles produced may have enhanced strength, thermal shock resistance, and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Thermo Electron Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Reagan, Ann N. Scoville, Rebecca Leaf
  • Patent number: 5310681
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, Eugenie Hainsworth, David P. Lieb
  • Patent number: 5154862
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for forming composite articles, particularly ceramic articles, from particles or fibers mixed in a thermally activated reactant gas stream. The particles or fibers are codeposited with material produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) onto a heated substrate until the desired thickness of composite is obtained. Removal of the substrate yields a near-net shaped codeposited composite article having a chemical vapor deposition produced matrix with particles or fibers embedded therein a generally uniform distribution. The method provides high deposition rates, and the composite articles produced may have enhanced strength, thermal shock resistance, and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: Thermo Electron Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Reagan, Ann N. Scoville, Rebecca Leaf
  • Patent number: 5123274
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surface coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyroloyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Alf L. Carroll, Gabor Miskolczy, Freeman W. Fraim, Eugene K. Achter, David P. Lieb
  • Patent number: 5108705
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for high speed, selective detection of vapors of specific compounds, particularly nitrogen-containing compounds, utilizing, a bypass branch and high speed gas chromatography for improved selectively and sensitivity of detection. A system with two gas chromatographs (GC's) alternating in series with two pyrolyzers provides two time intervals of detection in a downstream detector, with the second time interval containing signals delayed and further separated relative to signals from the first time interval. The bypass branch, in diverting a portion of the flow of gas samples from passage through the second gas chromatograph and second pyrolyzer, avoids interferences in the first time interval of detection from non-GC-retained compounds decomposed in the second pyrolyzer. Also disclosed is an arrangement for rapid, precise heating of vapor concentrator tubes in which vapors are rapidly focussed and then injected into a GC, and for rapid, precise heating of the GC's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, David P. Lieb, Eugene K. Achter, David B. Gernes, Abdul Tafreshi
  • Patent number: 5099743
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, Eugenie Hainsworth, David P. Lieb
  • Patent number: 5098451
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, David P. Lieb, Eugene K. Achter, Gabor Miskolczy, Eugenie Hainsworth, Gregory J. Wendel
  • Patent number: 5092156
    Abstract: (C) A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, ater which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventor: Gabor Miskolczy
  • Patent number: 5092218
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Fine, David P. Rounbehler
  • Patent number: 5092219
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detetion of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, David H. Fine
  • Patent number: 5092155
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Rounbehler, Eugenie Hainsworth
  • Patent number: 5092217
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene K. Achter, Gregory J. Wendell
  • Patent number: 5092157
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatrograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene K. Achter, Alf L. Carroll, David P. Rounbehler, David H. Fine, Freeman W. Fraim
  • Patent number: 5092220
    Abstract: A highly selective, sensitive, fast detection system and method are disclosed for detecting vapors of specific compounds in air. Vapors emanating from compounds such as explosives, or stripped from surfaces using heat and suction from a hand-held sample gun, are collected on surfaces coated with gas chromatograph (GC) material which trap explosives vapors but repel nitric oxide, then are desorbed and concentrated in one or more cold spot concentrators. A high speed gas chromatograph (GC) separates the vapors, after which specific vapors are decomposed in two pyrolyzers arranged in parallel and the resulting nitric oxide is detected. A low temperature pyrolyzer with silver produces NO from nitramines or nitrite esters; a high temperature pyrolyzer decomposes all explosives vapors to permit detection of the remaining explosives. Also disclosed is a series arrangement of pyrolyzers and gas chromatographs and an NO detector to time-shift detection of certain vapors and facilitate very fast GC analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Rounbehler
  • Patent number: 5016860
    Abstract: Disclosed is a part-handling apparatus for a heat-treating furnace system and its use in transferring parts such as bearing races into, through, and out of a quench tank while avoiding any part-to-part contact and thus preventing nicking of parts. The apparatus includes a charge elevator formed of closely-spaced rails divided into lanes and which lowers parts into a quench fluid. A walking beam system for moving parts along the tank has movable rails which mesh with stationary rails and with the rails of the charge and discharge elevators when the elevators are located in their lowermost positions and includes a frame which is movable vertically and longitudinally. A push-off device near the tank discharge end pushes parts from the discharge elevator either directly onto an in-line conveyor of a washer or tempering furnace or onto a rotatable arm which alters the travel path of the parts a selected angle such as 90 degrees before delivering the parts to the conveyor of the washer to temper furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Holcroft Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Smith
  • Patent number: 4909089
    Abstract: Disclosed is a walk-in inspection apparatus for active production of air samples containing vapors of explosives, drugs, or other substances carried by a person. The apparatus includes a U-shaped booth with an open end through which a person walks past walls which may contain a metal detector, then stands facing a vertical end wall. In the collection of an air sample a blower outside the booth sucks a large volume of air around the person and horizontally through a vertical array of shaped funnels in the end wall and through ducts connected to a collection manifold for subsequent analysis. Infrared heaters in the end wall heat the clothing and skin of the person during sampling, and many small nozzles extending through the end wall direct low volume, high momentum pulsed jets of puffs of air at the person to dislodge vapors, expel air from beneath clothing, and disrupt stagnant boundary layers of air near the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene K. Achter, Edward J. Burke, Gabor Miskolczy, Ain A. Sonin
  • Patent number: D313766
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Thermedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel D. Arney, Gianfranco Zaccai
  • Patent number: D319796
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: James B. McGown, Edward E. A. Bromberg, David H. Fine, A. Lindsay Carroll, Jr., Michel D. Arney, Lynn Noble
  • Patent number: D329391
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Thermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Edward E. A. Bromberg, Dale N. Larson, David A. Sutton, Michel D. Arney