Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Rohm & Monsanto
  • Patent number: 8237305
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for improving the fuel economy of a vehicle of the type having a vehicle electrical system that includes a generator senses a vehicle voltage of the vehicle electrical system during determined intervals, and supplies an offset current from an external source of electrical energy to the vehicle electrical system in response to the sensing of a vehicle voltage of the vehicle electrical system. In this manner, the electrical power output of the generator, and its effect on fuel consumption, are reduced in response to supplying of the offset current. A source of electrical energy external to the electrical system of the motor vehicle is controlled by an electronic control unit coupled to the source of electrical energy. A power converter receives on and off commands from the electronic control unit in response to vehicle voltage measurements by the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Alexander Kade, Ruth Anne Kade
  • Patent number: 8066513
    Abstract: A method of producing a customized environment for a client includes the steps of identifying the psychological profile of the human client as at least one of a plurality of predetermined psychological profile types. A plurality of selectable personal environment types are determined, and a psychological profile type of the human client is correlated to one of the selectable plurality of personal environment types. An arrangement for selecting the customized environment for the human client includes an input arrangement for inputting client information into a computer, a client information memory areas for storing the client information, an environment memory area for storing information relating to a plurality of environment types, each environment type having a respectively associated memory address, and a processor coupled to the client information memory area and the environment memory area, the processor converting the client information into a memory address, such as a database address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: John R. Berry
  • Patent number: 8032422
    Abstract: A method of transacting sales over a computerized network correlates in a first database record a first product and a plurality of first purchasers to form a pool; further correlates a plurality of second purchasers; issues an offer to a vendor of the first product; and consummates a transaction between the vendor and the first and second purchasers. The offer is issued to the vendor responsive to a time rate of accumulation of buyers in the pool. A first commitment price for buyers is responsive to historical sales performance of the first product; a price trend of an article similar to the first article; or a price trend of the first article itself over time. A second product desired to be purchased by a first purchaser is defined, and an offer is made to a vendor for the purchase of the second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: Stuart G. Pickard, Raphael A. Monsanto
  • Patent number: 7955482
    Abstract: A water-proof electrochemical sensor for in situ analysis and real-time monitoring of chemical and biological compounds in a liquid analyte, such as a water column, or a water column/sediment interface, or sediment. The water-proof electrochemical sensor assembly comprises an electrode body that is resistant to high temperatures and pressure and includes a semi-hard o-ring or collar. A resilient elastomeric boot, that has an internal groove which is adapted to form a tight pressure-fit with the collar is installable on the electrode body. One end of the boot has an opening adapted to form an interference fit with a pin contact for electrical connections with external equipment and the other end of the boot has an opening adapted to form an interference fit with the electrode body whereby a water-proof seal is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Analytical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald B. Nuzzio
  • Patent number: 7887588
    Abstract: A pair of flat support plates in a spinal fusion implant device contact and rest against the softer, central cancellous bone portion of respective endplates of adjacent vertebrae. Each support plate has a front template that is orthogonal to the plate and is bent to communicate with the anterior surface of the hard cortical endplate the vertebrae. A wedge-shaped support strut in a central channel between the two plates is configured to vary the distance between the support plates such that the height of the device proximate the anterior end is greater than the height of the device at the posterior end to maintain the natural lordosis of the spine. Channels formed on either side of the support strut are filled with bone graft material and contact the endplates of the vertebrae through large openings in the flat support plates to facilitate fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Rapp
  • Patent number: 7827039
    Abstract: A system generates one or more of a plurality of wellness programs for a user. Personal data items are entered into a computing system corresponding to a personal profile of the user. A selected one or more of the plurality of wellness programs desired by the user is identified. Selected ones of the plurality of personal data items are then extracted in response to the selected one of the plurality of wellness programs. Then a corresponding plurality of wellness program data elements in response to the selected ones of the plurality of personal data items is determined. The selected plurality of wellness program data elements are then assembled to form a customized wellness program responsive to the step of identifying a selected one of the plurality of wellness programs and the selected ones of the plurality of personal data items. The customized wellness program is recorded on media for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Jon David Butcher, Patrick Gentempo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7779728
    Abstract: An arrangement for orienting a device angularly is provided with a back element on which the device to be oriented is installed. A ball and a spherical gear are arranged concentrically. A base portion has a socket that engages with the ball. Also, a motor having a rotatory shaft is installed on the base portion, and a worm drive element is coupled to the rotatory shaft and arranged to engage the spherical gear when the ball and socket are engaged, whereby the spherical gear is urged along the longitudinal axis of the tapered worm drive element and the tapered worm drive element slides along the gear teeth of the spherical gear. The motor enhances the rigidity of the base portion. The worm drive element and the spherical gear disengage in response to the application of a force through the first spherical gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: FlexSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel A. Hetrick, Gregory F. Ervin
  • Patent number: 7680565
    Abstract: A method of determining variations in operating characteristics of a mechanical system having a rotatory mode of operation and bearing balls entrained within a bearing balls recirculation system. There are provided the steps of first monitoring operating impulses generated by the mechanical system during a first interval of operation; first analyzing the operating impulses obtained during the first interval to determine the intensity and frequency of the operating impulses; first correlating the operating impulses obtained during the first interval to corresponding angular positions of the rotatory mode of operation; and first producing a first record of the intensity and frequency of the operating impulses obtained during the first interval correlated to the corresponding angular positions of the mechanical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Mitchell Gabriel Mircea Balasu, Raphael A. Monsanto
  • Patent number: 7648120
    Abstract: An iris arrangement has first and second annular carrier elements annular elements coaxially arranged and circumferentially interlocked with one another so as to be independently rotatable. A plurality of iris elements each have a first compliant beam element coupled at a first end thereof to the iris element and at a second end thereof to the first annular carrier element, and a second compliant beam element coupled at a first end thereof to the associated iris element and at a second end thereof to the second annular carrier element. Rotatory motion of the carrier elements relative to each other results in substantially radial displacement of each of the iris elements. The plurality of iris elements communicate with one another when disposed in a radially innermost position. A web covers a region between the plurality of iris elements and the circumference of the first and second annular elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventors: Sridhar Kota, Zachary Kreiner, Yong Mo-Moon
  • Patent number: 7547305
    Abstract: An arrangement and method of use for supporting a plurality of vertebrae in a cervical column in predetermined spatial relation and for facilitating a spinal fusion procedure. A plurality of templates (12, 14) couple to respectively associated vertebrae at anterior lateral surfaces thereof. Such coupling is effected with fasterners, such as bone screws (19). The templates are slidingly coupled to each other by a coupler assembly (22) whereby they are displaceable along a path over a limited distance that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cervical column. The sliding displacement between the templates is limited by a pair of protruding tongues (27) that extend through elongated apertures (29). The elongated dimension of the apertures determines the extent of sliding travel, which extent is established to accommodate subsidence of the bone fusion and to prevent separation of the sliding elements of the coupler assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Rapp
  • Patent number: 7436143
    Abstract: A robotic system has a drive chassis having a drive motor and a drive element attached to the first drive motor. Additionally, a motor controller system provides drive signals to the first drive motor. A logic controller provides control signals to the motor controller. A network system is provided for communicating with the logic controller. At least one peripheral element communicates with the network system. There is additionally provided a wireless arrangement for communicating wirelessly with the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: M-Bots, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Lakshmanan, Vin Joe Varghese, Narasimhamurthi Natarajan
  • Patent number: 7431140
    Abstract: A combiner conveyor arrangement for conveying articles of product has a first longitudinal conveyor for urging a plurality of the articles of product in parallel in a predetermined direction of travel. First and second bilateral guide ways urge the articles translongitudinally. A switching arrangement selects articles of product from between the first and second bilateral guide ways. A plurality of actuatable fingers block or open the first and second bilateral guide ways synchronously. A switching arrangement directs a product being conveyed to a selectable conveyance pathway, and has a gate that is pivotally displaceable between first and second positions in response to the conveyance of the product. A first spring applies a position restoration force and locking arrangement locks the gate. In a dual gate arrangement, a further pivotable gate has applied thereto a spring that is stronger than the first spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Nedco Conveyor Company
    Inventor: Curtis S. Tarlton
  • Patent number: 7417536
    Abstract: A system for distinguishing between a first condition corresponding to a living subject being directly in contact with an object of interest, and a second condition corresponding to the absence of contact between the living subject and the object of interest. A transducer, which may be a MEMs sensor, is disposed in predetermined relationship to the object of interest and produces a transducer signal responsive to a pressure wave resulting from the living subject being directly in contact the object of interest. A database stores data corresponding to the first condition and may contain additional data corresponding to the second condition. A processor calculates an algorithm of a non-linear short-term frequency-selective energy distribution of the transducer signal over time to produce transducer signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventors: Sridhar Lakshmanan, Bing Ma, Narasimhamurthi Natarajan, Srini Naidu
  • Patent number: 7384016
    Abstract: Variation in the contours of first and second compliant surfaces is produced by a compliant frame having a first resiliently variable frame element (120) having a corresponding first outer surface (122) and a first inner surface (124), and a second resiliently variable frame element (130) having a corresponding second outer surface (132) and a second inner surface (134). The first and second outer surfaces (122, 132) communicate with respective ones of the first and second compliant surfaces. A linkage element (141-144) having a predetermined resilience characteristic is coupled at a first end thereof to the first inner surface (124) and at a second end thereof to the second inner surface (134). A frame coupler (151) couples the first resiliently variable frame element (120) to a support element (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: FlexSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Kota, Joel A. Hetrick
  • Patent number: 7366590
    Abstract: A method of determining variations in operating characteristics of a mechanical system having a rotatory mode of operation. There are provided the steps of first monitoring operating impulses generated by the mechanical system during a first interval of operation; first analyzing the operating impulses obtained during the first interval to determine the intensity and frequency of the operating impulses; first correlating the operating impulses obtained during the first interval to corresponding angular positions of the rotatory mode of operation; and first producing a first record of the intensity and frequency of the operating impulses obtained during the first interval correlated to the corresponding angular positions of the mechanical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Mitchell Gabriel Mircea Balasu
  • Patent number: 7360272
    Abstract: A windshield wiper arrangement has a windshield wiper blade coupled thereto. A resilient windshield wiper blade support has a primary beam (405) coupled in a coupling region of the primary beam (405). A first compliant beam portion (406) is formed of three compliant sections arranged as an end-point triangle. A second compliant beam structure (404) is arranged as a triangle. A third compliant beam (402) structure is formed as a triangle with a portion of the primary beam forming a leg of the triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: FlexSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Kota, Joel A. Herrick
  • Patent number: 7299703
    Abstract: An arrangement for detecting a load bearing failure includes a primary load-carrying system for bearing axially translatably a coaxial load, said primary load-carrying system having a rotor portion and an axially displaceable stator portion. A plurality of bearing balls is interposed between the rotor and axially displaceable stator portions. A detector, which may include any of a laser measuring, an ultrasonic measuring, or a linear variable transformer or electrical contact detects wear or actual or impending failure of the primary load-carrying system. A secondary load-carrying system may be provided for bearing the coaxial load upon the event of a failure of the primary load-carrying system. The primary load-carrying system is a recirculating ball screw arrangement wherein the plurality of bearing balls is disposed in part in respective helical grooves of the rotor and axially displaceable stator portions. Wear or escape of the bearing balls is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Mircea G. Balasu, Raphael A. Monsanto
  • Patent number: 7275295
    Abstract: A system for assembling a vehicle drive shaft is provided with the steps of installing yokes on respective ends of a drive shaft tube, each yoke having first and second bores therethrough for receiving respective distal ends of respective spider arrangements, and rolling the outer edges of the bores using carbide rollers to urge a portion of the material of the yoke to overlie radially the respectively associated distal end of the spider arrangement. Datums are defined on the yokes and the shaft tube for determining a spatial relationship between the yokes and shaft tube. The rolling of the bore of the yoke is performed while the spider, the bearing caps, and the retention elements are maintained in preload to achieve zero tolerance. Prior to roller forming the outer edge of the bore, the spider arrangement is supported on the true rotating center of the drive shaft tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 7275677
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for friction welding termination elements at first and second ends (21, 23) of a cylindrical shaft (15) in alaignment with an axis. A shaft receiver (17) receives the cylindrical shaft (15), and a first chuck (70) grips and rotates the cylindrical shaft (15) in alignment with the axis. A second chuck (75) grips the cylindrical shaft (15) and translates the second chuck (75) between first and second axial positions. A first termination receiver (155) receives the first termination (30) and axially translates same to a first installation position. An installation drive (90) urges the first termination (30) axially toward the cylindrical shaft (15) as it is rotated. A second termination receiver axially translates second termination (32) to a second installation position in allignment with the axis. A second installation drive (91) urges the second termination element (32) axially toward the cylindrical shaft as it is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Veri-Tek International Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Juranitch, Robert D. Olschefski
  • Patent number: 7262845
    Abstract: A miniaturized diffractive imaging spectrometer (DIS) has a footprint less than 2×1 mm2, is about 2.5 mm tall (excluding an image detector, which in some embodiments may be a CCD matrix), and covers the entire visible spectral range from 400 nm to 700 nm with resolution of approximately from 2 nm to 4 nm across the field. The DIS is able to function with multiple input waveguide channels, and is flexible in its various possible configurations, as it can be designed to achieve better resolution or higher number of channels or wider spectral range or smaller size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventor: Ivan Avrutsky