Patents by Inventor Andrew Frank Ferro

Andrew Frank Ferro 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).

  • Publication number: 20190137421
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer-readable media for detecting potential defects in a part are disclosed. A potential defect may be automatically detected in a part, and may be reported to an operator in various ways so that the operator may review the defect and take appropriate action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Frank FERRO, Xingwei YANG, Paulo Ricardo dos Santos MENDONCA, Christopher Allen NAFIS, Patrick Joseph HOWARD
  • Patent number: 10203290
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer-readable media for detecting potential defects in a part are disclosed. A potential defect may be automatically detected in a part, and may be reported to an operator in various ways so that the operator may review the defect and take appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Frank Ferro, Xingwei Yang, Paulo Ricardo dos Santos Mendonca, Christopher Allen Nafis, Patrick Joseph Howard
  • Publication number: 20160305895
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer-readable media for detecting potential defects in a part are disclosed. A potential defect may be automatically detected in a part, and may be reported to an operator in various ways so that the operator may review the defect and take appropriate action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew Frank FERRO, Xingwei YANG, Paulo Ricardo dos Santos MENDONCA, Christopher Allen NAFIS, Patrick Joseph HOWARD
  • Publication number: 20130077856
    Abstract: Processes and systems for training machine vision systems for use with OCR algorithms to recognize characters. Such a process includes identifying characters to be recognized and individually generating at least a first set of templates for each of the characters. Each template comprises a grid of cells and is generated by selecting certain cells of the grid to define a pattern that correlates to a corresponding one of the characters. Information relating to the templates is then saved on media, from which the information can be subsequently retrieved to regenerate the templates. The templates can be used in an optical character recognition algorithm to recognize at least some of the characters contained in a marking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Andrew Frank Ferro
  • Patent number: 8244488
    Abstract: A thermal inspection system includes a fluid source configured to supply a warm flow and a cool flow, indirectly or directly, to internal passage(s) of a component. The system includes an imager configured to capture a time series of images corresponding to a transient thermal response of the component to the warm and cool flows. The system further includes at least one flow meter configured to measure the warm and cool flows supplied to the component and a processor operably connected to the imager. The processor determines the transient thermal response of the component around a transition time. The flow supplied to the component switches from the warm flow to the cool flow at the transition time. The processor compares the transient thermal response around the transition time with one or more baseline values or with an acceptable range of values to determine if the component meets a desired specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Randolph Allen, Jared Michael Crosby, Christopher Joseph Uhl, Michael Orlando Cimini, Bianca Mary McCartt, James Walter Caddell, Jared Reece Reynolds, Robert William Tait, Andrew Frank Ferro
  • Patent number: 7995829
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a component is provided. The method includes generating an image of the component, generating a signal indication mask, and generating a noise mask using a signal within the signal indication mask. The noise mask facilitates reducing a quantity of prospective signals contained in the signal indication mask. The method further includes utilizing the signal indication mask and the generated noise mask to calculate the signal-to-noise ratio of at least one potential flaw indication that may be present in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Frank Ferro, Patrick Joseph Howard
  • Publication number: 20110125423
    Abstract: A thermal inspection system includes a fluid source configured to supply a warm flow and a cool flow, indirectly or directly, to internal passage(s) of a component. The system includes an imager configured to capture a time series of images corresponding to a transient thermal response of the component to the warm and cool flows. The system further includes at least one flow meter configured to measure the warm and cool flows supplied to the component and a processor operably connected to the imager. The processor determines the transient thermal response of the component around a transition time. The flow supplied to the component switches from the warm flow to the cool flow at the transition time. The processor compares the transient thermal response around the transition time with one or more baseline values or with an acceptable range of values to determine if the component meets a desired specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Randolph Allen, Jared Michael Crosby, Christopher Joseph Uhl, Michael Orlando Cimini, Bianca Mary McCartt, James Walter Caddell, Jared Reece Reynolds, Robert William Tait, Andrew Frank Ferro
  • Publication number: 20090034828
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a component is provided. The method includes generating an image of the component, generating a signal indication mask, and generating a noise mask using a signal within the signal indication mask. The noise mask facilitates reducing a quantity of prospective signals contained in the signal indication mask. The method further includes utilizing the signal indication mask and the generated noise mask to calculate the signal-to-noise ratio of at least one potential flaw indication that may be present in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew Frank Ferro, Patrick Joseph Howard