Patents Represented by Attorney Kenneth W. Hairston
  • Patent number: 4800350
    Abstract: A flexible low-loss dielectric waveguide is made from a flexible low-dielectric constant hollow cylinder filled with high-dielectric constant powder. Alternatively, a rigid or semi-rigid waveguide comprises a groove formed in a low-dielectric constant substrate filled with high-dielectric constant powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William B. Bridges, William M. Bruno
  • Patent number: 4272813
    Abstract: A combined communicating typewriter/dictation system which utilizes a common modem as an interface between an electronic typewriter, a mass media recorder and a communications line. The modem replaces digital logic and audio tones are recorded on the mass media recorder instead of digital tones. When the system is in a local mode, the digital keystroke signals from the typewriter are modulated by the modem and recorded by the mass media recorder. In a communications mode, the recorded keystroke signals are demodulated and then remodulated before transmission over the communications line to eliminate noise and other extraneous signals that tend to increase the error rate of the transmitted signals. When data is received by the system for storage on the mass media recorder, the transmitted data is demodulated and then remodulated by the modem to eliminate noise from the transmitted signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dan M. Howell, Robert A. Kolpek, William M. Schuller
  • Patent number: 4272204
    Abstract: In a typewriter environment, a carrier mounted sensor for calculating the width of a sheet of paper on the platen and for thereafter setting-up margins for that sheet of paper. In addition to supporting the sensor, the carrier supports the printhead and associated apparatus for detecting the position of the carrier relative to the platen at each escapement position of the carrier. The sensor starts its scan at the extreme left position of the carrier and senses the left edge of the paper at a transition from dark-(the platen surface) to-light (the sheet of paper). This transition point is detected and stored. The carrier continues its rightward scan and the right edge of the sheet of paper signals a transition from light-to-dark. This position is detected and stored. The carrier and sensor continue scanning to the right for a specific distance to eliminate errors that are caused by dark areas on the paper that prematurely trigger light-to-dark transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Quinn, Jr., Walter J. Wipke
  • Patent number: 4265556
    Abstract: In a typewriter environment, a carrier mounted sensor for calculating the width of a sheet of paper on the platen and for thereafter setting-up proportional margins for that sheet of paper. In addition to supporting the sensor, the carrier supports the printhead and associated apparatus for detecting the position of the carrier relative to the platen at each escapement position of the carrier. The sensor starts its scan at the extreme left position of the carrier and senses the left edge of the paper at a transition from dark (the platen surface)-to-light (the sheet of paper). This transition point is detected and stored. The carrier continues its rightward scan and the right edge of the sheet of paper signals a transition from light-to-dark. This position is detected and stored. The carrier and sensor continue scanning to the right for a specific distance to eliminate errors that are caused by dark areas on the paper that prematurely trigger light-to-dark transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Krieg, Paul A. Quinn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4154575
    Abstract: An apparatus which provides for a constant center distance between all drive components in a hot roll fusing assembly during fusing nip opening/closing. This apparatus includes a roll closure device which utilizes a high mechanical advantage toggle mechanism in conjunction with a cam drive. The toggle mechanism is comprised of a pivot arm pinned to the fuser frame and a force-cell attached to the pivot arm and the shaft through the backup roll. The backup roll is constrained to rotate about the cam shaft. When the cam rotates, it rotates the pivot arm, which in turn drives the backup roll either towards or away from the hot roll while maintaining a constant center distance between the backup roll center line and a center line through the cam shaft. The drive means for the backup roll includes a first gear drivingly coupled thereto which rotates on the same axis and which meshes with a second gear rotating on the same shaft as the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1979
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Earl G. Edwards, Michael R. Headrick, Charles E. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4121089
    Abstract: Apparatus in a copier fusing assembly for distributing the wear on a hot roll occasioned by the use of variable length copy sheets. This wear is distributed over the horizontal length of the hot roll by reversing the hot roll, end-for-end. Easy reversal of the hot roll is made possible by utilization of a hot roll subframe which is removably mounted in the copier fuser mainframe. A handle on the subframe allows for manual removal of the subframe and hot roll from the mainframe and out of the copier where they are reversed and inserted back into the mainframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Eugene Bishop
  • Patent number: 4113614
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are four embodiments of a system specifically applicable to the hemodialysis procedure. Two embodiments, configured as single pass and recirculating dialysate systems, control ultrafiltration rate to a preset value and measure ultrafiltration rate and the total quantity of ultrafiltrate removed. These embodiments are useful when the filtration characteristics of the dialyzer, i.e., semipermeable membrane, are constant and known. However, when the filtration characteristics of the dialyzer, i.e., semipermeable membrane, are not constant and known, two other embodiments, configured as single pass and recirculating dialysate systems, control transmembrane pressure to a preset value and measure ultrafiltration rate and total quantity of ultrafiltrate removed. All embodiments are closed systems requiring sealed dialyzers. Each of the foregoing systems include, inter alia, a unique flow measurement pressure control unit which controls fluid pressure and simultaneously meters fluid flow therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anita Hand Rollo, David Burrell Stearns
  • Patent number: 4086660
    Abstract: An automatic format control for controlling text format upon playout from a text buffer loaded from segmented media, such as magnetic cards. At the beginning of a job and during input keying, format information made up of tab set locations, a measure length, index values, adjust modes, etc., is stored in a text buffer. The keying of this information causes appropriate printer format control settings. Text to be formatted and controlled by the printer according to this format information is then keyed and stored in the text buffer. A later change in format for the same page of the job is handled by keying new format information. This results in new printer tab, etc., settings. This new format information is also stored in the text buffer. Upon later recording onto a magnetic card, all format information is stored on the card along with the text. Also, the last format information recorded on the card is written into a format buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Eudell McBride
  • Patent number: 4076046
    Abstract: A valve assembly having a small volume cavity formed therein which communicates with two valves, one of which is closed completely before the other one is opened and vice versa. An actuating mechanism holds a valving member in one of the valves in an opened condition to thereby maintain a fluidic path through the one valve and the cavity. The other valving member at this time lies in a closed position preventing communication between this valve and the cavity. The actuating mechanism when actuated moves away from the valving member in the open valve allowing the open valve to close completely. The fluidic path through the one valve is thereby broken. A second fluidic path is made when the actuating mechanism moves the other valving member to an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Whitfield Hieronymus, Michael Lynn Sendelweck, James Everett West, Joe William Woods
  • Patent number: 4065708
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for determining the speed and position values of a stepping motor for controlling or regulating the same. These values are derived from induced voltages within the bifilar windings of the stepping motor combined with voltages across and currents through the same bifilar windings. The speed values are derived from the amplitude of the induced voltages and the position values are derived from the zero transitions of the induced voltages. A desirable advance of the motor is distinguished from an undesirable oscillation of the motor by determining whether the induced voltages in the bifilar windings become zero simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hartmut Ulland, Volker Zimmermann, Rainer Zuehlke
  • Patent number: 4035710
    Abstract: Instability effects over a wide range of static load current conditions in a conventional pulse width modulated (PWM) voltage regulator-converter/power converter circuit configuration having cascaded LC--LC filter networks are eliminated by replacing an inductor, in the averaging filter section of the voltage regulator-converter with the primary winding of a transinductor and by placing the secondary winding thereof in series with an inductor in the output filter section of the power converter. The aforementioned transinductor, in combination with other elements of the system, is designed and configurated such that the closed-loop stability characteristics approach that of a two pole system while maintaining the superior filtering characteristics of a four pole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1977
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James Maurice Joyce
  • Patent number: 4030015
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an improved pulse width modulated (PWM) voltage regulator-converter system which can function, alone, as a switched voltage regulator system or in combination with a switched power converter, synchronized therewith to form an improved voltage regulator-converter/power converter system. In the pulse width modulated voltage regulator-converter embodiment of the invention, secondary windings of a "current mode" regulator-converter interstage transformer are coupled to regulator-converter power transistors in a push-push circuit configuration. Signals generated by a system clock means and an error signal, derived from the output of an averaging filter, drive a pulse width modulated control means connected to the primary windings of the regulator-converter interstage transformer to thereby increase the maximum regulated output voltage of the voltage regulator-converter system after conditioning in the averaging filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Herko, James Maurice Joyce
  • Patent number: H391
    Abstract: A hydrophone comprising a tubular thin-walled member of a piezoelectric polymer such as polyvinylidene with electrodes covering the interior and exterior surfaces of the tubular member. An elastomeric core is inserted into the interior of the tubular member and then brought into radial compression against the interior surface of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Theodore A. Henriquez, Allan C. Tims