Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 10231563
    Abstract: A curtain system may include a track system configured to be mounted to an interior structure of a vehicle. The track system may include three or more track sections oriented in at least two different directions. Each track section may be configured to support at least one curtain suspended from and slidable along the track sections. The track system may include at least one junction fitting interconnecting three or more track sections and allowing movement of a curtain from one of the three or more track sections to either one of two or more other track sections of the three or more track sections. In this regard, the junction fitting and the track sections may define different curtain paths for the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jay Colacecchi
  • Patent number: 10232954
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are described for use of an ultraviolet (UV) light source, such as in a cleaning device, in which ozone creation due to reaction of the UV light with oxygen in the air is reduced. An example method includes dispersing, by a gas outlet, oxygen-depleted gas over a UV light source, and directing UV light from the UV light source to pass through the oxygen-depleted gas onto an area. An example apparatus includes a UV light source to direct UV light onto an area, and a gas outlet to disperse oxygen-depleted gas over the UV light source, such that the UV light passes through the oxygen-depleted gas onto the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeff Siegmeth, Karen Hills, Jamie Childress, Douglas Brown
  • Patent number: 10237205
    Abstract: A method using a computer in conjunction with a non-transitory computer readable storage medium is provided comprising a computer receiving a message for forwarding at an ingress switch of a multi-stage circuit switching network. The method also comprises computer executing a first routing algorithm in transmitting the message, the algorithm comprising the computer determining at least one availability matrix for each middle switch, wherein a given middle switch comprises a switch between ingress and egress switches of the network. The method also comprises the computer assigning resources to a selected middle switch and updating the availability matrix and causing the ingress switch to transmit the message via the middle switch based on determining a first availability matrix for the middle switch using the algorithm wherein the algorithm is executed to forward messages on at least one of unicast, fan-in, and fan-out bases and minimize blocking and imbalance on middle switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kristina A. Miller, Tu Q. Le, Tae J. Roh, Helen Liu
  • Patent number: 10232428
    Abstract: A blind tack fastener includes a pull stem having an elongated shaft with an extended tail portion. The blind tack fastener also includes a crush-initiating washer, a crush sleeve, and a swage collar, surrounding the elongated shaft of the pull stem. The elongated shaft has a breakaway groove configured to create a predictive fracture point below the head-end surface of the swage collar, such that a hole in the swage collar serves as a centering lead-in for a drill that can be used to remove the blind tack fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott William Gunther, Edward John Batt, Farahnaz Sisco
  • Patent number: 10232532
    Abstract: Consolidation tooling is used in a continuous compression molding machine to produce a fiber reinforced thermoplastic part having a varying height. The tooling includes first and second tool dies adapted to compress and form a multi-ply stack of thermoplastic prepreg into a part, and at least a first tooling sleeve movable through the first and second tool dies. The tooling sleeve has at least a first tapered portion engageable with the multi-ply stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles R. Prebil, James R. Fox, Randall Dow Wilkerson, Sharon Sher Ying Wong
  • Patent number: 10232947
    Abstract: An aircraft air supply system may include a primary duct to supply a primary air flow to a flight deck of an aircraft. A nitrogen generating system may be configured for generating nitrogen enriched air and oxygen enriched air. A secondary duct may be provided for channeling the oxygen enriched air from the nitrogen generating system to the primary duct. The flow of the oxygen enriched air into the primary duct and to the flight deck may be controlled to reduce an effective altitude of the flight deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Colin W. Hart, Chao-Hsin Lin, Marcus K. Richardson
  • Patent number: 10232549
    Abstract: Sound damping structures and methods for additively manufacturing composite structures having sound damping properties. In some embodiments, sound damping structures may be manufactured according to methods that may include selecting a desired sound damping geometry, inputting a three-dimensional computer-aided design model of the geometry into an additive manufacturing machine, and additively manufacturing a three-dimensional sound damping structure corresponding to the computer-aided design model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael William Hayes, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 10232570
    Abstract: A system for additively manufacturing a composite part comprises a delivery guide and a surface, at least one of which is movable relative to another. The delivery guide is configured to deposit at least a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The print path is stationary relative to the surface. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that is partially cured. The system further comprises a feed mechanism configured to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide. The system further comprises a source of a curing energy. The source is configured to deliver the curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line after the segment of the continuous flexible line exits the delivery guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10236817
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling power transfer includes the operations of receiving a power transfer value indicating a power level to be transferred either to or from an energy storage sub-system and receiving an input comprising a rotational speed of a rotating mass in the energy storage sub-system. The operations further include calculating a torque value corresponding to the power transfer value based on the rotational speed of the rotating mass and determining whether the torque value exceeds a maximum allowed torque. The operations further include defining an adjusted torque value as the maximum allowed torque value if the torque value exceeds the maximum allowed torque value or defining the adjusted torque value as the torque value if the torque value does not exceed the maximum allowed torque value, and providing the torque value to a direct torque controller for controlling the torque of the rotating mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Krolak, Lijun Gao, Shengyi Liu
  • Patent number: 10232968
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus comprising a base surface, in turn comprising a first end and a second end is disclosed. The packaging apparatus further comprises a feed tube between the first end and the second end of the base surface, a transporter between the first end of the base surface and the feed tube, a first sealer between the feed tube and the second end of the base surface, and a second sealer between the first sealer and the second end of the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Todd S. Tiffany, Tristan E. Lee
  • Patent number: 10232897
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm. The first end effector is secured relative to the surface of the structure after moving the first end effector relative to the surface. The second end effector connected to the second end of the robotic arm is moved relative to the surface of the structure and toward the first end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10232572
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a composite filler. The method comprises applying a pressure to a first portion of a composite material blank with a pair of forming dies of a composite filler forming apparatus, the pair of forming dies having a pair of convex radii, each forming die of the pair of forming dies having a respective convex radius of the pair of convex radii. The method also repeats the applying step to a subsequent portion of the composite material blank to incrementally form the composite material blank into a desired cross-section along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles William Thomas, Gabriel Zane Forston, Benjamin Jeffrey Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10232571
    Abstract: A system and method for forming an item from a material, which may include elongated fibers and/or stretched broken fibers. The material is placed on a first clamping portion, which is placed on a fixture. A second clamping portion is placed against the material and the first clamping portion and secured together, forming a clamping assembly. The clamping assembly is removed from the fixture and placed on a first die portion, having a first profile. A second die portion is also provided, having a second profile. In forming the item, at least one of the first die portion and the second die portion are moved toward each other such that a second surface of the first die portion and a first surface of the second die portion contact and form the material into the item generally replicating the first profile and the second profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: the boeing company
    Inventors: Mike P. Matlack, Stephen J. Morgan, Thomas K. Tsotsis, James R. Fox, Randall D. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 10236822
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a reflector in a solar array. A switch device is switched from a first state to a second state. A calibration voltage is applied to each of a set of actuation devices associated with the reflector in response to the switch device switching to the second state when the calibration circuit is electrically connected to the set of actuation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott Benjamin Singer, Dimitri D. Krut, Nasser H. Karam
  • Patent number: 10232953
    Abstract: A monitoring system is disclosed for use with a mobile platform being operated by an operator. The system may make use of a database for containing operational information and procedures relating to the operation of the mobile platform by the operator. A processor may also be used that communicates with the database and with at least one subsystem of the mobile platform for monitoring operational information concerning operation of the mobile platform against stored information contained in the database. The processor may determine if the operation of the mobile platform is proceeding in accordance with predetermined standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bradley D. Cornell, Michael Ellis Dey
  • Patent number: 10232550
    Abstract: A system for additively manufacturing a composite part comprises a delivery assembly, a feed mechanism, and a source of curing energy. The delivery assembly comprises a delivery guide movable relative to a surface and is configured to deposit a continuous flexible line along a print path. The delivery assembly further comprises a first inlet, configured to receive a non-resin component, and a second inlet, configured to receive a photopolymer resin. The delivery assembly applies the photopolymer resin to the non-resin component. The feed mechanism pushes the continuous flexible line out of the delivery guide. The source of the curing energy delivers the curing energy to a portion of the continuous flexible line after it exits the delivery guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10235819
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for calculating probabilities of service interruptions based on fault event indications. Instances of fault event indications are filtered to remove duplicate indications for the same fault event. Then a probability of the fault event indication causing a service interruption is calculated by dividing a number of service interruptions caused by instances of the fault event indication by the number of fault event indications. In the event that a particular fault event indication is associated with a high probability of causing a service interruption, a message can be automatically generated and transmitted upon receipt of a future instance of the service interruption. The message can provide information related to short-term solutions to address the fault event, long-term solutions to address the fault event, and parts and tools for addressing the fault event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Leung, Brian Pontrello, Roxanne Hirst, Cameron L. Carnegie, Rashed M. Noman, Johanne Friedrichs
  • Patent number: 10233961
    Abstract: A cap for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface is provided. The portion includes threads. The cap includes an interior, a base that at least partially delimits the interior, a threaded receptacle on the interior configured to threadably engage the portion of the fastener, and a seal coupled to the base to engage the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Scott Cameron, Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Patent number: 10234432
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems to nondestructively detect cracks at or near a countersink of a fastener, such as a rivet, in a thin walled structure using Lamb waves. Generation and detection of Lamb waves at symmetric locations relative to the fastener provides signals used to calculate a symmetry parameter. The symmetry parameter represents a comparison of the relative amplitudes of the detected Lamb wave signals and provides a simple indication of whether a crack exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: the boeing company
    Inventors: Bruno Zamorano Senderos, Daniel E. Sievers
  • Patent number: D843331
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen R. Long, Roland D. Mair, Russell Warren Keck, Robert Benjamin Lanfear, Paul Bridgeman