Patents by Inventor Alan Lyons

Alan Lyons has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10590941
    Abstract: An air blower includes a blower housing, impeller fan, and pressure tap. The blower housing defines a blower housing interior and includes a housing wall portion, an air inlet and an air outlet. The impeller fan is positioned within the blower housing interior. A first end of the pressure tap is outside the blower housing interior and a second end is inside the blower housing interior. A through passage extends through a body portion and a base portion. The base portion includes a radius portion extending both from the body portion towards the second end and radially outward from the body portion. The second end of the pressure tap is positioned closer to the impeller fan than the housing wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Leslie Alan Lyons, David Allen Fisher
  • Publication number: 20180340543
    Abstract: An air blower comprising includes a blower housing, impeller fan, and pressure tap. The blower housing defines a blower housing interior and includes a housing wall portion, an air inlet and an air outlet. The impeller fan is positioned within the blower housing interior. A first end of the pressure tap is outside the blower housing interior and a second end is inside the blower housing interior. The through passage extends through the body portion and the base portion. The base portion includes a radius portion extending both from the body portion towards the second end and radially outward from the body portion. The second end of the pressure tap is positioned closer to the impeller fan than the housing wall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Leslie Alan Lyons, David Allen Fisher
  • Publication number: 20180306464
    Abstract: A combustion air blower includes a blower housing, an impeller fan within the blower housing, and an embossment to restrict airflow from the combustion air blower. The blower housing has a discharge conduit defining a discharge passageway. The discharge conduit is adapted and configured to receive a baffle such that, when the baffle is received, the baffle extends inwardly into the discharge passageway from a first wall towards a second wall opposite the first wall. The baffle restricts airflow within the discharge passageway. The embossment is in the discharge passageway and in the second wall and extends towards the first wall such that the embossment restricts airflow within the discharge passageway. The embossment cooperates with a baffle to provide a reduced cross sectional area of the discharge passageway in comparison to an upstream portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Leslie Alan Lyons, David Allen Fisher, Jeffrey Jay Long
  • Patent number: 9765881
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit is disclosed for use with a powertrain having an engine, a transmission, and an output transfer group. The hydraulic circuit may have a first sump configured to collect fluid drained from the transmission, and a second sump configured to collect fluid drained from the output transfer group. The hydraulic circuit may also have a primary pump configured to draw fluid from the first sump and generate at least one flow of pressurized fluid directed to the transmission and to the output transfer group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Meyer, David Michael Thaler, Kendall Robert Harrell, Scott Alan Lyons, James David Hill
  • Patent number: 9651057
    Abstract: A blower assembly includes a housing including an outlet and a cutoff point positioned proximate the outlet. The blower assembly also includes an impeller including a plurality of blades that each includes a tip portion including a radially outer edge and a transition point that divides the radially outer edge into a first portion and a second portion. The impeller is positioned within the housing such that a first radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the first portion and a second radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the second portion. The first radial gap includes a constant width that is shorter than a width of the second radial gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Alan Lyons
  • Publication number: 20160250923
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit is disclosed for use with a powertrain having an engine, a transmission, and an output transfer group, The hydraulic circuit may have a first sump configured to collect fluid drained from the transmission, and a second sump configured to collect fluid drained from the output transfer group. The hydraulic circuit may also have a primary pump configured to draw fluid from the first sump and generate at least one flow of pressurized fluid directed to the transmission and to the output transfer group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick MEYER, David Michael THALER, Kendall Robert HARRELL, Scott Alan LYONS, James David HILL
  • Publication number: 20160166113
    Abstract: The THE SALAD DRYER uses a de-watering process which provides very dry and crisp salad greens in an automated appliance. The general process used in THE SALAD DRYER is evaporation due to wind/air being forced through a salad tumbling perforated drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventor: ALAN LYONS
  • Publication number: 20150176586
    Abstract: A blower assembly includes a housing including an outlet and a cutoff point positioned proximate the outlet. The blower assembly also includes an impeller including a plurality of blades that each includes a tip portion including a radially outer edge and a transition point that divides the radially outer edge into a first portion and a second portion. The impeller is positioned within the housing such that a first radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the first portion and a second radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the second portion. The first radial gap includes a constant width that is shorter than a width of the second radial gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Alan Lyons
  • Publication number: 20140290925
    Abstract: A heat sink comprising a base, fins attached to the base and a flow diverter in contact with the base or at least one of the fins. The flow diverter has a rectangular cross-sectional profile in a plane that is coplanar with and elevated above a plane of the base and spanning the entire separation distance, and, a segment of the flow diverter is angled towards the base to direct the fluid flow towards the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Marc Hodes, Alan Lyons, Alan O'Loughlin, Shankar Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20140262194
    Abstract: A heat sink comprising a base, fins attached to the base and a flow diverter in contact with the base or at least one of the fins. The flow diverter has a rectangular cross-sectional profile in a plane that is coplanar with and elevated above a plane of the base and spanning the entire separation distance, and, a segment of the flow diverter is angled towards the base to direct the fluid flow towards the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Marc Hodes, Alan Lyons, Alan O'Loughlin, Shankar Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20130299148
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a base and a heat exchange element coupled to the base. The heat exchange element includes a foam structure that is coupled to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Alan Lyons, Shankar Krishnan, Marc Hodes, Alan O'Loughlin
  • Publication number: 20120279683
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a rack having one or more shelves, a plurality of electronics circuit boards and heat conduits and a cooler. Each board is held by one of the one or more shelves, some of the boards having a localized heat source thereon. Each heat conduit forms a heat conducting path over and adjacent to a particular one of the boards from a region adjacent to the heat source thereon to a connection zone, the zone being remote from the heat source. The cooler is located on a side of the rack and coupled to the zones such that heat is transferable from the paths to the cooler. The cooler is configured to flow a cooling fluid therein to cool localized thermal interfaces at the cooler, each interface being adjacent to and at a corresponding one of the zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Susanne Arney, Jen-Hau Cheng, John Daly, Domhnaill Hernon, Marc S. Hodes, Christian Joncourt, Paul R. Kolodner, Krishna-Murty Kota-Venkata, Alan Lyons, Todd R. Salamon, William Scofield, Maria E. Simon, Oliver Taheny
  • Publication number: 20090321044
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a surface and a first active element connected to the surface. The first active element is configured to move from a first position relative to the surface to a second position relative to the surface. The movement alters the heat transfer characteristics of the heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Marc Hodes, Alan Lyons, Alan O'Loughlin, Shankar Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20090321046
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a base and fins attached to the base. A flow diverter is in contact with the base or at least one of the fins and is configured to disturb a laminar flow region of a fluid flowing adjacent to at least one of the fins or the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Marc Hodes, Alan Lyons, Alan O'Loughlin, Shankar Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20090321045
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a base and a heat exchange element monolithically connected to the base. The heat exchange element has a surface that at least partially bounds first and second paths through the heat exchange element. The surface forms an upper boundary of the first and second paths and includes an opening therethrough connecting the first and second paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Domhnaill Hernon, Marc Hodes, Alan Lyons, Alan O'Loughlin, Shankar Krishnan
  • Patent number: 7365918
    Abstract: A fabrication process for zone plate lenses is based on controlled thin layer deposition for fabricating structures as small as 2 nanometers (nm) in width, and potentially smaller. The substrate for deposition will take the form of a precision hole, fabricated in a substrate, such as silicon by electron beam lithography and subsequent reactive ion etching. A controlled layer deposition is then used to form the required zone plate structure. A subsequent thinning process is used to section the hole and produce a zone plate with the required layer thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Xradia, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbing Yun, Michael Feser, Alan Lyon
  • Patent number: 7365909
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating refractive element(s) and aligning the elements in a compound optic, typically to a zone plate element. The techniques are used for fabricating micro refractive, such as Fresnel, optics and compound optics including two or more optical elements for short wavelength radiation. One application is the fabrication of the Achromatic Fresnel Optic (AFO). Techniques for fabricating the refractive element generally include: 1) ultra-high precision mechanical machining, e.g,. diamond turning; 2) lithographic techniques including gray-scale lithography and multi-step lithographic processes; 3) high-energy beam machining, such as electron-beam, focused ion beam, laser, and plasma-beam machining; and 4) photo-induced chemical etching techniques. Also addressed are methods of aligning the two optical elements during fabrication and methods of maintaining the alignment during subsequent operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Xradia, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbing Yun, Yuxin Wang, Michael Feser, Alan Lyon
  • Publication number: 20080094694
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating refractive element(s) and aligning the elements in a compound optic, typically to a zone plate element. The techniques are used for fabricating micro refractive, such as Fresnel, optics and compound optics including two or more optical elements for short wavelength radiation. One application is the fabrication of the Achromatic Fresnel Optic (AFO). Techniques for fabricating the refractive element generally include: 1) ultra-high precision mechanical machining, e.g,. diamond turning; 2) lithographic techniques including gray-scale lithography and multi-step lithographic processes; 3) high-energy beam machining, such as electron-beam, focused ion beam, laser, and plasma-beam machining; and 4) photo-induced chemical etching techniques. Also addressed are methods of aligning the two optical elements during fabrication and methods of maintaining the alignment during subsequent operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: XRADIA, INC.
    Inventors: Wenbing Yun, Yuxin Wang, Michael Feser, Alan Lyon
  • Publication number: 20070263963
    Abstract: Method, apparatus and system for self-aligning components, sub-assemblies and/or assemblies wherein actuators are used to physically move the components, sub-assemblies and/or assemblies such that an appropriate alignment is provided. The efficiency of the alignment may be determined with respect to a qualitative measurement (e.g., bit error rate, optical intensity and the like) of an output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Inventors: Patrick Hughes, Grace Jordan, Alan Lyons
  • Publication number: 20070259156
    Abstract: Apparatus including: a conduit body having a lining that bounds a channel having a longitudinal axis; the lining including a lining base; the lining including raised micro-scale features monolithic with the lining base. Apparatus including: a cavity body at least partially enclosing a cavity; the cavity having a lining that bounds a channel having a longitudinal axis; the lining including a lining base; the lining including raised micro-scale features monolithic with the lining base. Process including: providing a three-dimensional graphics design for a device having a superhydrophobic pattern of raised micro-scale features on a base, the base and the raised micro-scale features being monolithic; inputting the three-dimensional graphics design to a three-dimensional rapid prototype fabrication apparatus; and laying down build material and monolithically fabricating the base and the raised micro-scale features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Applicant: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Kempers, Alan O'Loughlin, Alan Lyons