Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Thomas E. Schatzel
  • Patent number: 6056813
    Abstract: A process for making white pigment directly from constituent materials without byproducts. The process comprises the steps of inputting three material flows comprising a sulphate source, an alkali source, and an aluminum source. And, recycling and mixing into the three material flows a process return from a separation and wash stage and vapors from a pressure let-down stage. This is followed by heating and holding a mixture of recycled process returns and the three material flows at elevated pressure in a reactor for a minimum predetermined residence time. Afterwards, letting down pressure in a flow from the reactor to produce a pre-wash flow. Then, separating, classifying, and delaminating the pre-wash flow into a first and second pigment or filler that are differentiated by their respective average particle distribution sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Solv-Ex Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Rendall, Massoud Ahghar, Jerry V. Fox, Fred A. Aiken, III
  • Patent number: 6054823
    Abstract: An apparatus for sensing the rotation of a brushless DC fan includes the fan and a sense/driver circuit and a capacitance. The sense/driver circuit is coupled to the fan to receive a sense input signal including a fluctuating electrical effect caused by fan commutation events. The sense/driver circuit processes the sense input signal to generate a sense output signal indicative of fan operation. The sense/driver circuit includes an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit includes a sense input pin, a ground return pin, a driver circuit, an integrated filter portion, a filter pin and a level detecting circuit. The capacitance is coupled to the filter pin to provide a filter with the integrated filter portion. The driver circuit includes a control terminal, a first current handling terminal coupled to the sense input pin and a second current handling terminal coupled to provide a ground return pat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Telcom Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Collings, Chuong Nguyen, Joseph James Judkins, III, Donald E. Alfano, Ali Tasdighi, Quoi V. Huynh, Sang T. Ngo
  • Patent number: 6052181
    Abstract: A number of laser beam stations emit vertically separated parallel planes and/or ray-planes of laser light that can be discriminated by their respective plane elevations, modulation of the laser light, time synchronizing, etc. Identifying the laser plane would also imply an identification of the source laser beam station, and thus a precise indication of the elevation at the point of optical intercept. Alternatively, a single laser beam station is used that can emit several different monochromatic color planes and/or ray-planes of laser light. Monochromatic laser diodes, for example, are used for point-light sources and rotating or on-end conical mirrors are used to convert the diode laser light to the required monochromatic color planes and/or ray-planes of laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Maynard, James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 6040668
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a monolithic fan controller circuit which provides the following features: a special start-up routine for the fan; a fan fault detector; a thermal fault detector; an automatic speed controller; a minimum speed controller; a routine for attempting to clear temporary fan faults; and a controllable drive signal frequency. A start-up control circuit provides an initial high duty-cycle kick to the fan in order to initiate the rotation of the fan. A temperature sensor, which may be external or internal to the monolithic fan controller, supplies a signal which is proportional to measured temperature. This signal is used to control the output pulse width of a pulse-width modulator (PWM) or control the frequency of a pulse frequency modulator (PFM). The PWM or PFM output signal regulates the speed of the brushless (or brush) DC fan motor. In a preferred embodiment, the monolithic fan controller has 8 pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: TelCom Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Quoi V. Huynh, Sang T. Ngo, Joseph James Judkins, III, Donald E. Alfano
  • Patent number: 6037732
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a brushless DC fan for cooling heat generating components of a system is provided. The method includes providing a system temperature signal indicative of a system temperature and providing an intelligent shutdown enable signal. The system temperature signal is compared with a shutdown temperature signal if the intelligent shutdown enable signal has a first value. The shutdown temperature signal is representative of a shutdown temperature value. The fan is operated at a generally temperature proportional speed after comparing the system temperature signal with the shutdown temperature signal if the system temperature as indicated by the system temperature signal is greater than the shutdown temperature value as indicated by the shutdown temperature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: TelCom Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Alfano, Joseph J. Judkins, III, Quoi V. Huynh, Sang T. Ngo
  • Patent number: 6038497
    Abstract: An aircraft turn guidance system comprises a satellite navigation receiver connected to a turn path computer. Position, velocity and waypoint headings and distances are communicated from the satellite navigation receiver to the turn path computer. Roll angle, airframe and airspace constraints are fed to the turn path computer which computes a constant roll turn for the constraints when transitioning a waypoint from the inbound to outbound legs. The effects of wind on the airmass are computed in to account for real world conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Robert Leonard Nelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6034467
    Abstract: A heat sink for an arc lamp comprises a thin-wall copper strip that is brazed in pleated folds between inner and outer cylindrical rings to create cooling fins. The thickness of the material used for the cooling fins can therefore be exceedingly thin, e.g., 0.012 inches. The cylindrical rings act as fin supports and provide mechanical sturdiness. The thinness of the fin material allows a large number of fins to be included and the efficiency is increased thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: ILC Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6031471
    Abstract: A graphical machine-user interface includes a processor connected to a display screen to generate a screen display of individual items in groups together with the selector indication. The processor and a display screen are used to advantage to provide a rich keyboard function from a very limited set of pushbuttons. For example, five pushbuttons indicating "up", "right", "down", "left", and "middle" are recursively used to reduce a large two-dimensional matrix of item choices presented on the display to some subset, e.g., a top, right, bottom, left, or middle subset. If the reduction results in a choice of one, then that item is selected and output automatically. If the reduction results in a subset with more than one item, then a recursive process is used in which the selection process is repeated until the selected subset is reduced to a single item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Mark E Wilson
  • Patent number: 6031426
    Abstract: A phase-locked-loop-stabilized voltage controlled oscillator relies on a sampling of the analog-frequency-control voltage of a voltage-controlled oscillator in a phase-locked-loop circuit to act as a reference voltage for a second free-running voltage-controlled oscillator. A vernier-adjustment voltage is injected into the control input of the second voltage-controlled oscillator to produce a finely variable derivative frequency not otherwise producible by a conventional phase-locked-loop circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Avant! Corporation
    Inventor: Sitaramarao S. Yechuri
  • Patent number: 6031601
    Abstract: An electronic distance meter comprises an integrated circuit from a GPS navigation receiver having a local pseudo-random number code generator for code demodulation that is connected to modulate either a polychromatic or a monochromatic light source. An optical system focuses the light on a distant target with an unknown range. Reflections from the distant target are focused on a light detector that produces a phase-delayed copy of the original pseudo-random number code. The time-of-flight to and back from the distant target is a function of the distance. The GPS receiver integrated circuit computes the range based on the code-phase delay to a precision better than one centimeter. The position of a remote target can be triangulated from several electronic distance meters each having known positions, e.g., determined by included GPS navigation receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael V. McCusker, James L. Sorden, Peter Raby
  • Patent number: 6016240
    Abstract: A mechanical linkage within a computer disk drive is used to ensure that the disk drive heads are parked prior to diskette ejection. An eject frame moves with respect to the chassis and drives a latch in an arcuate path. The latch engages an actuator and drives the actuator to an inner diameter position. The mechanical linkage ensures that the actuator is captured in its parked position whenever the eject frame is in an ejected position. The latch is returned to a stowed position when a diskette is installed in the disk drive. The mechanical linkage protects the heads by ensuring proper clearances from the diskette, and by positioning the actuator in a structurally rigid portion of the receiver plate. The invention has particular applicability to disk drives for portable computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: O.R. Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Jargon, Paul Andrew Wenker, Kenneth Hudson Fernalld, James Harold Bodmer, David William Paquet
  • Patent number: 6016142
    Abstract: A processor is connected to a display screen to generate a screen display of individual characters in groups together with the selector indication. Such characters typically belong in a language set, e.g., English, Japanese, Greek, etc. The processor receives from the numeric keypad a user selection of a number "1-9" that is associated with a particular one of the individual characters in a group highlighted by the selector indication. An index-and-fetch mechanism, typically implemented as a computer program sub-routine, provides for an indexed fetch of a digital data representation in a font memory of a character indexed according to the number "1-9". The fetched digital data is then available for more general use by a larger computer system, for example in the form of an "ASCII" output character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Shun-Hwa Chang, Joseph V. R. Paiva, Alan Henry Withington
  • Patent number: 6006970
    Abstract: A laptop computer harness having a left shoulder strap for providing for the support in front of a standing user of a left side of a laptop computer. An upper part of a single belt is attached at a point near a left rear corner of the laptop computer, then passes over the left shoulder and then under the left arm of the user, and with an attachment to attach a lower part of the strap to a left front corner of the laptop computer. A right shoulder strap for providing for the support in front of the user of a right side of the laptop computer. An upper part of a single belt is attached at a point near a right rear corner of the laptop computer, then passes over the right shoulder and then under the right arm of the user, and with an attachment to attach a lower part of the strap to a right front corner of the laptop computer. A chest webbing for gathering the left shoulder strap to the right shoulder strap along a transverse line in front of the user's neck near the user's chest area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: John Allen Piatt
  • Patent number: 6005346
    Abstract: A primary color lamp comprises a glass envelope with a krypton arc doped with metal halides. A cesium bromide or cesium iodide solution is included with lithium iodide (LiI) to produce red light, thallium iodide (TlI) to produce green light and indium iodide (InI) to produce blue light. The solution controls the vapor pressures of the lithium iodide (LiI), thallium iodide (TlI) and indium iodide (InI) and allows them to be balanced for light amplitude output. No mercury is used in order to eliminate a corresponding yellow light output and the filter complications that result in a system that operates on the primary colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: ILC Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard O. Shaffner
  • Patent number: 6004455
    Abstract: A sand/liquid separator provides for the conditioning of oil sands. Clean sand is separated from the ore and discharged for use as backfill. The sand/liquid separator machine includes horizontal shafts with paddles that act on a fluidized bed. The overall height of the machine is increased over prior art devices so the water volume is expanded. For a given residence time, more sand can be separated out than is otherwise possible. The water-to-sand ratio is an independent variable, water is recycled independent of the sand. The rate of water recycle depends only on the heat input needed and the clay content of the feed. The rate of water input is limited by the rise velocity needed to separate sand larger than forty-four micron from the water/liquid phase. This, in turn, determines the maximum oil sand feed rate based on the total clay in the feed at up to six percent, by weight, of clay in the middlings in the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: John S. Rendall
  • Patent number: 6002857
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for automatically reconstructing most of the power, ground and clock prerouting without significant user involvement. This enables several floorplans to be tried concurrently in a batch mode. The method automatically migrates many floorplans in increments to find the best result for each starting floorplan. The user is then free to select a floorplan that looks best from the candidates generated with all the special net routing patterns already considered and updated for each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Avant! Corporation
    Inventor: Venkateswaran ("Venky") Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 5997828
    Abstract: A process for extraction of alumina from ore bodies containing aluminum is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of acid leaching an aluminum bearing ore to produce a leach liquor that includes aluminum values and silicon values. Any ferrous sulfate in the leach liquor is oxidized with an oxidizing agent comprising ozone to ferric sulfate. The oxidized leach liquor is hydrolyzed at about 130.degree. C. to form a gel of ferric values which are then removed. Any ferric sulfate remaining in the leach liquor after hydrolyzing is reduced to ferrous sulfate. The reduced leach liquor is then hydrolyzed at 165-180.degree. C. to remove precipitated basic aluminum alkali sulfate. The basic aluminum alkali sulfate is then dried and calcined at around 950.degree. C. to produce alumina and alkali sulfate which releases any SO.sub.2 and any SO.sub.3. The alumina is washed to remove any alkali sulfate and the washed alumina is then agglomerated and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: John S. Rendall
  • Patent number: 5995138
    Abstract: A computer-automation tool for dentists and insurance companies to communicate dental patient information is provided. Such system has a specialized PC-peripheral that produces digital images from transparency films and dental intra-oral intra-oral radiographs, e.g., x-ray films, for storage, retrieval, viewing, transmission, and processing on computer networks. For example, dental intra-oral radiograph images can be captured at a local dentist's office and transmitted over the internet to support quick insurance claim processing. The digitizer peripheral is automatic enough that no special skills beyond that of an office clerk are required. To digitize an x-ray film frame, the film is simply dropped into a slot on the digitizer peripheral. No menu items or key needs to be selected on the computer. The sensing of the film insertion, its positioning, and releasing it after digitization are all automatic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Image Science Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Beer, Hassan Mostafavi, Dariush Rafinejad
  • Patent number: 5989419
    Abstract: A cartridge-filter cleaning spinner comprises a handheld spindle rod that can accommodate a variety of filter sizes. The spindle rod has two inward pointing slip-ring hand-tightened hubs. A cartridge filter is loaded on the spindle rod by removing one of the slip-ring hand-tightened hubs, slipping the cartridge filter onto the spindle snug against the other slip-ring hand-tightened hub, and then reinstalling the first slip-ring hand-tightened hub on the spindle rod. The cartridge filter is then free to spin around while the spindle rod handles themselves remain stationary. A water jet from a garden hose is then directed at one end of the cartridge filter to one side so the cartridge filter begins spinning. The water jet is then worked down slowly to the opposite end while keeping the spinning action going. The process is then repeated, but with the water jet directed to the other side so the cartridge filter spins in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventors: David E. Dudley, Joseph D. Robertson
  • Patent number: D421809
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: ILC Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy D. Roberts