Patents Examined by Rob Swiatek
  • Patent number: 8978584
    Abstract: A system that attached to mechanized milking equipment allows its automation that solves the subclinical mastitis by “differentiating” among each individual mammary quarter the time when teat cups must be removed after the milk is over, in an asynchronous and independent manner from other teat cups. Minimize the negative consequences of over-milking as a results of not removing teat cups on time after the milk flow has stopped; reduces economic, financial and productivity problems arisen as a result of subclinical mastitis mainly caused by over-milking; thus improving the product quality and amount. Mastitis produces somatic cells in milk, the greater the amount of these cells the lower the price received by the producer. Damage to the mammary gland may be permanent resulting in the loss of the gland and may be contagious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: William Ronnie Uslar Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 8973866
    Abstract: A landing gear for an aircraft has a set of axially spaced wheels rotatable about a common axis drive by a transverse flux drive. In another feature, a transverse flux drive includes a first rotor and a second rotor. One of the first and second rotors is positioned radially inwardly of the other. A single stator is positioned radially intermediate the first and second rotors. In another feature, a landing gear combination for use on an aircraft has a nose wheel assembly including at least one nose wheel to be associated with a nose cone on an aircraft. A main landing gear assembly is also associated with the aircraft. A transverse flux motor provides on-ground propulsion and/or braking to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Lubomir A. Ribarov, Jacek F. Gieras
  • Patent number: 8973533
    Abstract: A wall panel for a livestock confinement pen made of a hollow plastic twin sheet thermoformed body with a grid divider received in an opening of the body between the two sides of the body. One side has flanges by the opening to receive a cover cut from the other side over the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: L. T. Hampel Corp.
    Inventors: Lance T. Hampel, Edward G. Wolk
  • Patent number: 8973532
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide a lighting apparatus that may be utilized with aquariums having features and functionality enabling a person to easily access the opening of an aquarium for various purposes, such as cleaning and maintenance. According to one embodiment of the invention, the lighting apparatus comprises an arm member fixedly attached to the panel, a clamp member for attachment of the device to a wall of the aquarium, a hinge member for hingedly attaching the arm member to the clamp member, and at least one light element disposed on the at least one panel such that at least one lighting element illuminates a side common to all panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Current-USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Fredricks
  • Patent number: 8973531
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the concentration of zooplankton in a continuous zooplankton culture system. The system may include a transmissiometer, a sample tube, a first sample containing water and microalgae, and a second sample containing water, microalgae, and zooplankton. The concentration of zooplankton in the system may be calculated by comparing the transmissiometer output from the first sample and the second sample, wherein each of the outputs are obtained by moving each sample into the sample tube such that the transmissionmeter is positioned to take a reading across the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventor: Kelly A. Rusch
  • Patent number: 8973302
    Abstract: The invention claim is a garden tool to assist in the removal of planting medium and plant from a planting container. The garden tool comprises a handle having a first end and a second end, a base, and a planting container. The handle and the base are connected forming a L-shape body. The base is placed inside the planting container, and the handle extends above the top of the planting container. The connection between the handle and base may be reinforced by an angle brace. The connection between the handle and base may be hinged. If the connection is hinged, the angle brace prevents the hinge movement. Located on one end of the angle brace is a hook, that connects to the base. In addition, the base has weeping holes to allow the drainage of water. The base also has raised ridges to contain the growing medium when removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Nongphangaa Boonyarit Jensen
  • Patent number: 8967547
    Abstract: A heat transfer assembly can include an equipment panel having an east end and a west end. East and west radiator panels are coupled to the east and west ends, respectively, of the equipment panel. The assembly also includes a plurality of flexible heat pipes each having a first rigid tube thermally coupled to the east radiator panel, a second rigid tube coupled to the equipment panel, a third rigid tube thermally coupled to the west radiator panel, a first flexible tube sealingly coupled between the first and second rigid tubes, and a second flexible tube sealingly coupled between the second and third rigid tubes. The equipment panel is configured to retain one or more equipment modules in thermal contact with the second rigid tube of at least one of the plurality of flexible heat pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Hamilton Wong, Neil E. Goodzeit, Rok Park Buckley, David J. Hentosh
  • Patent number: 8967539
    Abstract: A section of aircraft fuselage includes a body structure and a floor connected to the body structure. The body structure has an external skin and a framework including frames, positioned in fuselage cross-sections approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis in an aircraft reference frame. The floor has cross members extending along a lateral axis. The cross members and the frames are disconnected and each cross member, at opposite ends, is fixed to the body structure by an intermediate structural assembly connected on the one hand to the cross member and on the other hand to the external skin and/or to one or more frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Laurent Siboni
  • Patent number: 8966815
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for growing and distributing living food crops to an intended recipient prior to harvesting that includes the utilization of a production unit to grow the food crops and a transportation cart to efficiently deliver the production units. This method prevents critical losses of nutritional content resulting from extended periods of non-consumption subsequent to harvesting. Additionally, the foods created and distributed by this method have increased aesthetic appeal to the consumer and enhanced natural taste. The novel method includes planting and growing the desired food crops in production units, transporting the production units, using a novel transportation cart, to an intended recipient once the crop reaches a predetermined ripeness, and mounting the production units at a recipient desired location. The food crops remain in the production units until ready for use, purchase, or consumption, at which point the food crops are harvested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Smiles
  • Patent number: 8967544
    Abstract: A method of releasing cargo suspended from at least one cargo hook release pendant in a suspension system coupled to a cargo hook release system includes receiving a voltage release signal at a cargo hook control interface and a cargo release harness assembly; receiving an energizing voltage signal at the cargo release harness assembly; energizing a relay in response to receiving the energizing voltage signal, the relay being electrically coupled to the cargo release harness assembly; automatically transmitting the voltage release signal from the cargo release harness assembly to at least one cargo hook release pendant in response to energizing the relay; and automatically releasing the cargo from at least one cargo hook release pendant in response to automatically transmitting the voltage release signal. Also, the cargo hook release system includes the cargo hook control interface, the cargo release harness assembly, and at least one cargo hook release pendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Kelly, Jesse J. Lesperance, Ira E. Zoock, Thomas Zygmant
  • Patent number: 8967087
    Abstract: An animal leash such as, for example, for dogs, may include an elongated flexible sleeve having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end of the sleeve is configured to be held by a hand of a user and includes an opening for accessing an interior pocket of the sleeve. A rigid rod may be removably received within the interior pocket of the flexible sleeve through the opening to optionally make the animal leash rigid for training and/or controlling an animal (e.g., a dog) releasably attached to the leash. An attachment portion may be coupled at or near the distal end of the sleeve and may be configured to be releasably attached to a collar or harness on the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: John D. Church
  • Patent number: 8967545
    Abstract: A microsatellite comprising a propulsion module for moving and/or pointing the microsatellite and an imaging device (100) mounted to the propulsion module. Furthermore there is a fuel supply (210) located within the imaging device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Giulio Manzoni
  • Patent number: 8959982
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 8960607
    Abstract: A pneumatic deployment device (“PDD”) assists in ejecting containerized cargo bundles from a cargo aircraft during an airdrop. The PDD includes a first structure affixed to the aircraft and a second moveable structure, and which is positioned against a cargo bundle, referred to as a CDS bundle. Typically, a series of CDS bundles are positioned along a line in the cargo hold of the aircraft. A pressurized tank provides compress gas to an airbag that is positioned between the first structure and the second structure. Upon reaching the drop location, the gas is release from the tank to the airbag via a hose, inflating the airbag. The airbag pushes the second structure against the CDS bundle, so that the cargo bundles are ejected faster from the aircraft than would otherwise occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Dorris, III, John Anthony Skorupa, William Worden Cleary
  • Patent number: 8960589
    Abstract: An acoustic treatment panel includes an acoustically resistive layer that defines a surface of an aircraft that is in contact with an aerodynamic stream, a reflective layer (50) between which are arranged at least one alveolar structure (52) with a number of cells dedicated to the acoustic treatment, and de-icing cavities (58) in which hot air circulates in contact with the acoustically resistive layer to ensure a frost treatment, characterized in that it includes holes for supplying de-icing cavities (58) with hot air and in that the capacity to treat the frost is adjusted along the zones by modifying the open surface ratio that results from the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Alain Porte, Frédéric Chelin, Stéphane Dida, Arnaud Hormiere
  • Patent number: 8955457
    Abstract: A method for feeding farmed fish by using au automatic feeder (20), which supplies a feed to the farmed fish in accordance with a preset feeding schedule, and a feed-demand sensor (22), which detects a demand for the feed by the farmed fish, characterized in that the feed-supply by the automatic feeder (20) is controlled on the basis of the detection results from the feed-demand sensor (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Weimin Chen, Toru Mitsuboshi
  • Patent number: 8955250
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to a tree guard are disclosed. One embodiment provides an L shaped breakaway bracket for use with a modular tree guard assembly. The L shaped breakaway bracket includes a horizontal member extending substantially perpendicularly from a vertical member, wherein the vertical member is thinner and longer than the horizontal member. At least one fastener hole is provided in the horizontal member for receiving a fastener for securing the horizontal member to a rail. At least one fastener hole is provided in the vertical member for receiving a fastener for securing the vertical member to a post. The breakaway bracket is adapted to break along the intersection of the horizontal member and the vertical member and separate the rail from the post when a force that would otherwise be sufficient to deform the rail is applied to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Curb Allure LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Johnson, Bruce Bagley
  • Patent number: 8950363
    Abstract: An animal handling system (AMS), for positioning an immobilized animal in a predefined configuration therein, including: a proximal portion, held outside a medical device including: at least one inner shaft, and at least one outer shaft, the at least one inner is telescopically maneuverable within the at least one outer shaft providing a variable telescopic mechanism; and a distal portion including: a configurable encapsuable life support system (ELSS), the ELSS is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the at least outer shaft and the at least inner shaft and translationally moveable parallel to the longitudinal axis by means of the maneuverable telescopic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Aspect Imaging Ltd
    Inventors: Uri Rapoport, Itzchak Rabinovitz
  • Patent number: 8950360
    Abstract: A slightly puffed, low density, moisture-absorbing and odor-absorbing additive that can readily remove undesirable odors from a confined space is produced from re-purposed spent carbon materials obtained from other processes. The product is particularly suitable as an addition to animal litters and the like with possible uses in human applications. An aspect of the method includes a step of extruding a spent carbon mixture, optionally containing diatomaceous earth to obtain the additive. Also disclosed are de-germinated corn flour, or grits, that aid process flow and can serve as a substrate for the spent carbon materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kent Pet Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Thomas A. Wiesner, David Freeman
  • Patent number: 8950361
    Abstract: A system for organic farming of aquatic livestock has at least one substantially enclosed container structured and arranged to contain at least one input-controlled organic environment usable to organically farm such aquatic livestock. At least one pollutant-free water-supplier is structured and arranged to supply, to the at least one substantially enclosed container, water substantially free of environmental pollutants. At least one aquatic life-support unit is structured and arranged to maintain within the at least one substantially enclosed container habitable environment consistent with sustaining growth of such aquatic livestock. At least one heating system is coupled to the at least one substantially enclosed container for heating an air mixture. The air mixture is injected into the water substantially free of environmental pollutants to heat the water substantially free of environmental pollutants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Casa Grande Fish Farm JV, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Pierce