Patents Assigned to Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10412853
    Abstract: A storage system includes a computer storage compartment, a first shelf, and a first power configuration unit. The first power configuration unit has a first base and a first bridge, the first bridge extending from the first base and spanning above the first shelf. A first plurality of dividers are connected to the first bridge and extend downward toward the first shelf, the first plurality of dividers forming first individual storage bays within the computer storage compartment and the first plurality of dividers do not contact the first shelf. The power configuration units are modular to enable the storage system to selectively contain power configuration units designed to provide AC power, DC power, or a mix of both AC and DC power within the storage system depending on the power requirements of the portable computing devices to be stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Dombrowski, Patrick Eiswerth, Cary Maguire, Matthew Banach, Joe Doran, John Sadler
  • Patent number: 10396574
    Abstract: A charging locker includes a frame, and a plurality of modular shelf units. Each modular shelf unit having an integral floor, at least one side wall, and a back wall. The plurality of modular shelf units are configured to extend vertically above one another to form a stack of modular shelf units in which the side walls and back walls of the plurality of modular shelf units form nearly contiguous first and second surfaces. A plurality of tabs on corners of each of the modular shelf units are provided to be received in notches in the frame to support the modular shelf units relative to the frame. A plurality of electrical receptacles are also provided. At least one electrical receptacle is accessible from within each of the modular shelf units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Maguire, Caleb Durante, Mike Dombrowski
  • Patent number: 10283984
    Abstract: A charging locker includes a cabinet body having a plurality of integral interior shelves defining individual charging compartments, a plurality of doors individually securing each of the individual charging compartments, a plurality of modular locking and charging systems, and a modular power supply unit. Each of the plurality of modular locking and charging systems, the modular power supply unit, and the doors are individually removable from a front of the charging system without disassembly of the cabinet body to facilitate servicing of the charging locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Maguire, Hubert Benjamin Ki Durn Ng, Jim Fisher, Robert Gabriel, Caleb Durante
  • Patent number: 10283952
    Abstract: A rapidly deployable floor power system includes a base unit for supplying low voltage DC power to one or more foldable power tracks. Each foldable power track has a set of rigid track sections with exposed track power contacts on a top surface. The rigid track sections are electrically and mechanically interconnected by flexible track connectors that enable the power track to be folded when the power track is to be moved or stored, and unfolded for rapid deployment in an area to be supplied with power. The rigid track sections lie approximately flush with the floor to minimize tripping potential. Magnetic connectors engage the track to obtain power from the track, and are used to electrically interconnect adjacent tracks. A power distribution unit supplies power via low voltage ports such as USB ports and/or via one or more power whips equipped with barrel jack tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Dombrowski, John Sadler, Cary Maguire, Patrick Eiswerth
  • Patent number: 10285297
    Abstract: A power system includes a chassis, a plurality of conductors disposed within the chassis, and apertures formed within the chassis to provide consistent access to power provided by the conductors by a modular power component when the modular power component is oriented in at least two orientations relative to the chassis. The modular power components are removable from the power system and may be implemented to provide AC or DC power at a surface. The modular power components rotate relative to the chassis to extend above the surface when in use or to be flush with the surface when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Virgil Bratcher, Christopher Petrick, Matt Banach, Andrew Goodfellow, Jeff Mowry, Yani Deros
  • Patent number: 10054982
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install electrical connectors and then reinserted into the computer cart to facilitate wiring of the cart. A numbering system is implemented to uniquely identify corresponding electrical and physical characteristics of the cart to facilitate maintenance of computers stored within the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Petrick, Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel
  • Patent number: 9911254
    Abstract: A digital keypad interface includes a keypad having a plurality of keys, a lock status indicator, a first set of LEDs set around a periphery of the lock status indicator, an unlock status indicator, and a second set of LEDs set around a periphery of the unlock status indicator. A microprocessor is provided to sequentially light LEDs of the first set of LEDs during a locking sequence of inputs via the keypad and to sequentially light LEDs of the second set of LEDs during an unlocking sequence of inputs via the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Hubert Benjamin Ki Durn Ng, Jim Fisher, Robert Gabriel, Caleb Durante, Cary Maguire, Christopher Brandel
  • Patent number: 9817740
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system for handheld electronic devices includes a multi-port hub, and a port visualizer connected to one of the ports of the multi-port hub. The port visualizer is configured to provide a host with mapping information correlating USB hub ports with physical storage bays within the storage system. A USB controller monitors the charge status of the ports and reports the charge status information both locally and to a HED status application. The port visualizer obtains device status information from the host and reports device status information to the HED status application. A client application obtains charge status information and device status information from the HED status application to enable remote monitoring of devices connected to the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David Johnson, Hubert Benjamin Ki Durn Ng
  • Patent number: 9501380
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system for handheld electronic devices includes a multi-port hub, and a port visualizer connected to one of the ports of the multi-port hub. The port visualizer is configured to provide a host with mapping information correlating USB hub ports with physical storage bays within the storage system. A USB controller monitors the charge status of the ports and reports the charge status information both locally and to a HED status application. The port visualizer obtains device status information from the host and reports device status information to the HED status application. A client application obtains charge status information and device status information from the HED status application to enable remote monitoring of devices connected to the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David Johnson, Hubert Benjamin Ki Durn Ng
  • Patent number: 9398735
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install electrical connectors and then reinserted into the computer cart to facilitate wiring of the cart. A numbering system is implemented to uniquely identify corresponding electrical and physical characteristics of the cart to facilitate maintenance of computers stored within the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Petrick, Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel
  • Patent number: 8934254
    Abstract: A computer cart has segregated computer storage areas and adapter/cord management areas. This enables the adapters and cords to be stored in an orderly fashion and also prevents the cords and adapters from being accessed or removed from the cart when the computers are being accessed. In one embodiment, extensions of shelves on which the computers are stored extend through a dividing panel into a rear compartment of the cart to create AC adapter shelves for storage of the AC adapters. In another embodiment, the AC adapters are stored in bins in a separate compartment and cords from the AC adapters extend through a dividing panel to an area designed to hold the computers, to enable the computers to be plugged in to be charted while stored in the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tad Petrick, Philip Sopicki, John Poremba, Brian Wixted, Jim Fisher, Harrison Yuan, Mike Hansen
  • Patent number: 8916991
    Abstract: An electrical system for a computer cart enables power to be diverted between electrical channels within the cart using an intelligent round robin charging scheme. All power may be diverted to individual channels one at a time for short charging intervals. When a selected primary channel does not require all available power within the cart, excess power is provided to a secondary channel. All three channels may likewise share power if excess is available. Relays are used to allow power to be controlled to the individual channels. Current sensors on each channel sense an amount of current used by the channel. The output of the current sensor is digitized and integrated to determine how much current is being used by the channel. The current is used by the control to detect uncharged laptops and to selectively divert power between channels to optimize use of power within the computer cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tad Petrick, Philip Sopicki, John Poremba, Brian Wixted, Jim Fisher, Harrison Yuan, Mike Hansen
  • Patent number: 8909842
    Abstract: A high-current Multi-Port USB hub has a microcontroller that selectively switches the hub between low current synchronizing state and high current charging state. During charging state in excess of two Amps of current can be provided to each device connected to the hub. Each USB port circuit includes a power FET to selectively provide current to the USB port according to the state of the hub. Current sensors on each of the USB ports detects an amount of current being drawn by a device connected to the USB port. Each USB port is provided with indicators to indicate the charged state of the device connected to that port. The charge state of the device is also provided to the microcontroller which provides a summary status indication of the set of devices connected to the USB hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: David Johnson
  • Patent number: 8909839
    Abstract: A desk-top storage solution for portable computing devices is formed as a storage tray. The storage tray has pockets sized to cradle individual portable computing devices. Each pocket includes a wire management system to enable an electrical connector to be provided within the pocket and secured relative to the pocket to enable the portable computing device to be quickly electrically connected to the storage tray. A USB hub is provided within the storage tray which interconnects with the electrical connectors and enables the portable computing devices to be charged while stored in the storage tray and also synchronized with an external computer while contained within the storage tray. The storage tray has a lid that is connected to the base by position control friction hinges which regulate the motion of the lid relative to the base during ascent/descent while the lid is moved between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc
    Inventors: Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel, Chris Petrick
  • Patent number: 8870195
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install portable electronic device electrical transformers, and then reinserted into the computer cart to enable multiple electrical transformers to be installed into the cart as a group. An electrical charging system uses a staggered round robin approach to control distribution of power within the computer cart without requiring the amount of power used from each power strip to be individually monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Guasta, Morad Ghassemian
  • Publication number: 20140245605
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install electrical connectors and then reinserted into the computer cart to facilitate wiring of the cart. A numbering system is implemented to uniquely identify corresponding electrical and physical characteristics of the cart to facilitate maintenance of computers stored within the cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher PETRICK, Matthew PETRICK, Chris BRANDEL
  • Publication number: 20140191729
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install portable electronic device electrical transformers, and then reinserted into the computer cart to enable multiple electrical transformers to be installed into the cart as a group. An electrical charging system uses a staggered round robin approach to control distribution of power within the computer cart without requiring the amount of power used from each power strip to be individually monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Guasta, Morad Ghassemian
  • Patent number: 8752848
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install electrical connectors and then reinserted into the computer cart to facilitate wiring of the cart. A numbering system is implemented to uniquely identify corresponding electrical and physical characteristics of the cart to facilitate maintenance of computers stored within the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Petrick, Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel
  • Patent number: 8657312
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install portable electronic device electrical transformers, and then reinserted into the computer cart to enable multiple electrical transformers to be installed into the cart as a group. An electrical charging system uses a staggered round robin approach to control distribution of power within the computer cart without requiring the amount of power used from each power strip to be individually monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Guasta, Morad Ghassemian
  • Patent number: D726118
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel, Huey Ng