Patents by Inventor Andrew H. Smith

Andrew H. Smith 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: 20200264607
    Abstract: A system and method for operation of an autonomous vehicle (AV) yard truck is provided. A processor facilitates autonomous movement of the AV yard truck, and connection to and disconnection from trailers. A plurality of sensors are interconnected with the processor that sense terrain/objects and assist in automatically connecting/disconnecting trailers. A server, interconnected, wirelessly with the processor, that tracks movement of the truck around and determines locations for trailer connection and disconnection. A door station unlatches/opens rear doors of the trailer when adjacent thereto, securing them in an opened position via clamps, etc. The system computes a height of the trailer, and/or if landing gear of the trailer is on the ground and interoperates with the fifth wheel to change height, and whether docking is safe, allowing a user to take manual control, and optimum charge time(s). Reversing sensors/safety, automated chocking, and intermodal container organization are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew F. Smith, Lawrence S. Klein, Stephen A. Langenderfer, Martin E. Sotola, Vikas Bahl, Mark H. Rosenblum, Peter James, Dale Rowley, Matthew S. Johannes, Gary Seminara, Jeremy M. Nett
  • Patent number: 10727715
    Abstract: A brushless motor includes a stator assembly including a generally-cylindrical stator body having a center bore, teeth extending from the stator body towards the center bore and defining slots in between, and windings wound around the teeth; and a rotor assembly rotatably received within the center bore and includes a rotor shaft and a generally-cylindrical rotor body. The motor further includes at least one rotor bearing mounted on the rotor shaft, and at least one bearing support member supporting the rotor bearing. The bearing support member includes a radial body forming a bearing pocket for receiving the rotor bearing therein, and axial post inserts received within the slots of the stator assembly between adjacent sets of windings and in contact with an inner curved surface of the stator body to support the rotor bearing with respect to the stator assembly along a center axis of the center bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Crosby, Merritt J. Tennison, Ryan F. Schroeder, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Barak N. Gohn, Andrew M. Palich, Justin H. Ayers
  • Patent number: 10716568
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a staple cartridge carrier, an anvil, an outer surface, a closure member, a staple cartridge, and a firing system is disclosed. The anvil is rotatable between a first position and a second position. The closure member is slideable along the outer surface to hold the anvil in the second position. The closure member comprises a clearance opening. The staple cartridge is positioned within the staple cartridge carrier. The staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein. The staple cartridge and the anvil define a tissue gap therebetween when the anvil is in the second position. The clearance opening is aligned with the tissue gap when the anvil is in the second position. The firing system is configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke. The firing system engages the staple cartridge carrier and the anvil during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Charles J. Scheib, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K. Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm
  • Publication number: 20200169142
    Abstract: A brushless motor includes a stator assembly including a generally-cylindrical stator body having a center bore, teeth extending from the stator body towards the center bore and defining slots in between, and windings wound around the teeth; and a rotor assembly rotatably received within the center bore and includes a rotor shaft and a generally-cylindrical rotor body. The motor further includes at least one rotor bearing mounted on the rotor shaft, and at least one bearing support member supporting the rotor bearing. The bearing support member includes a radial body forming a bearing pocket for receiving the rotor bearing therein, and axial post inserts received within the slots of the stator assembly between adjacent sets of windings and in contact with an inner curved surface of the stator body to support the rotor bearing with respect to the stator assembly along a center axis of the center bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Colin M. Crosby, Merritt J. Tennison, Ryan F. Schroeder, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Barak N. Gohn, Andrew M. Palich, Justin H. Ayers
  • Patent number: 10587163
    Abstract: A brushless motor includes a stator assembly including a generally-cylindrical stator body having a center bore, teeth extending from the stator body towards the center bore and defining slots in between, and windings wound around the teeth; and a rotor assembly rotatably received within the center bore and includes a rotor shaft and a generally-cylindrical rotor body. The motor further includes at least one rotor bearing mounted on the rotor shaft, and at least one bearing support member supporting the rotor bearing. The bearing support member includes a radial body forming a bearing pocket for receiving the rotor bearing therein, and axial post inserts received within the slots of the stator assembly between adjacent sets of windings and engaging an inner surface of the stator body to support the rotor bearing with respect to the stator assembly along a center axis of the center bore of the stator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Crosby, Merritt J. Tennison, Ryan F. Schroeder, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Barak N. Gohn, Andrew M. Palich, Justin H. Ayers
  • Patent number: 10493923
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a vehicle seat hook assembly for hanging an associated object on the vehicle seat includes a seat back having a front side, a rear side, and an upper distal portion and a headrest moveably secured to the upper distal portion for movement between a headrest retracted position and a headrest extended position. A seat hook is disposed on the seat back and is moveable between a seat hook retracted or collapsed position and a seat hook extended or sprung position. Movement of the headrest from the headrest retracted position to the headrest extended position causes movement of the seat hook from the seat hook retracted position to the seat hook extended position and movement of the headrest from the headrest extended position to the headrest retracted position causes movement of the seat hook from the seat hook extended position to the seat hook retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Frank D. Moburg, Yuri A. Starik, Joan R. Smith, Andrew E. Barrow, Jeffrey H. Scheurer, II, Adam M. Parker, Andrea S. Martin, Samuel D. Goodrow
  • Publication number: 20190302764
    Abstract: A system and method for operation of an autonomous vehicle (AV) yard truck is provided. A processor facilitates autonomous movement of the AV yard truck, and connection to and disconnection from trailers. A plurality of sensors are interconnected with the processor that sense terrain/objects and assist in automatically connecting/disconnecting trailers. A server, interconnected, wirelessly with the processor, that tracks movement of the truck around and determines locations for trailer connection and disconnection. A door station unlatches/opens rear doors of the trailer when adjacent thereto, securing them in an opened position via clamps, etc. The system computes a height of the trailer, and/or if landing gear of the trailer is on the ground and interoperates with the fifth wheel to change height, and whether docking is safe, allowing a user to take manual control, and optimum charge time(s). Reversing sensors/safety, automated chocking, and intermodal container organization are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew F. Smith, Lawrence S. Klein, Stephen A. Langenderfer, Martin E. Sotola, Vikas Bahl, Mark H. Rosenblum, Peter James, Dale Rowley, Matthew S. Johannes, Gary Seminara, Jeremy M. Nett
  • Publication number: 20190211161
    Abstract: Vulcanizable elastomeric formulation are disclosed. The formulations comprise at least one elastomer; a vulcanizing agent comprising cyclododecasulfur; and a prevulcanization inhibitor, present in an amount, for example, from about 0.01 phr to about 10 phr.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Scott Donald Barnicki, Frederick Ignatz-Hoover, Robert Thomas Hembre, Andrew Neil Smith, Henk Kreulen, Aruna M. Velamakanni, Chenchy Lin, Ronald H. Arthur
  • Patent number: 10307431
    Abstract: An improved lyophilized cyclophosphamide solid composition is described. The lyophilized cyclophosphamide solid composition is thermally stable, contains anhydrous cyclophosphamide and mannitol, and is substantially free of cyclophosphamide monohydrate. A method for preparing the lyophilized cyclophosphamide solid composition is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AMPAC Fine Chemicals LLC
    Inventors: Andrew M. Smith, Timothy S. Dutill, Edward H. Trappler
  • Patent number: 10299796
    Abstract: Described herein are endoscopic plicators passed transorally into the stomach and used to plicate stomach tissue by engaging tissue from inside of the stomach and drawing it inwardly. In the disclosed embodiments, the tissue is drawn inwardly into a vacuum chamber, causing sections of serosal tissue on the exterior of the stomach to be positioned facing one another. The disclosed plicators allow the opposed sections of tissue to be moved into contact with one another, and preferably deliver sutures, staples or other means for maintaining contact between the tissue sections at least until serosal bonds form between them. Each of these steps may be performed wholly from the inside of the stomach and thus can eliminate the need for any surgical or laparoscopic intervention. After one or more plications is formed, medical devices may be coupled to the plication(s) for retention within the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, David H. Cole, Samuel T. Crews, Bretton Swope, Andrew C. Smith, John P. Lunsford, Fiona Sander
  • Patent number: 9903700
    Abstract: A fixture enables a stylus extension to be angularly aligned relative to an adapter plate that mounts onto a CMM probe head. Alignment may be carried out on a flat surface remotely from the CMM. The adapter plate is mounted to the fixture, which includes an access hole providing access to adjustment screws at the rear of the adapter plate. One or more lateral extensions are connected to the stylus extension to define a calibration axis perpendicular to a probe axis of the stylus extension and perpendicular to a central axis of the adapter plate about which angular alignment is desired. Angular adjustments of the stylus extension are made while the adapter plate is mounted to the fixture, and a degree to which the calibration axis is parallel to a plane of the flat surface is detected, for example using a dial indicator engaging points on the lateral extension(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Moog Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160195383
    Abstract: A fixture enables a stylus extension to be angularly aligned relative to an adapter plate that mounts onto a CMM probe head. Alignment may be carried out on a flat surface remotely from the CMM. The adapter plate is mounted to the fixture, which includes an access hole providing access to adjustment screws at the rear of the adapter plate. One or more lateral extensions are connected to the stylus extension to define a calibration axis perpendicular to a probe axis of the stylus extension and perpendicular to a central axis of the adapter plate about which angular alignment is desired. Angular adjustments of the stylus extension are made while the adapter plate is mounted to the fixture, and a degree to which the calibration axis is parallel to a plane of the flat surface is detected, for example using a dial indicator engaging points on the lateral extension(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew H. Smith
  • Patent number: 6859438
    Abstract: A flexible, policy-based, mechanism for managing, monitoring, and prioritizing traffic within a network and allocating bandwidth to achieve true quality of service (QoS) is provided. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method is provided for managing bandwidth allocation in a network that employs a non-deterministic access protocol, such as an Ethernet network. A packet forwarding device receives information indicative of a set of traffic groups, such as: a MAC address, or IEEE 802.1p priority indicator or 802.1Q frame tag, if the QoS policy is based upon individual station applications; or a physical port if the QoS policy is based purely upon topology. The packet forwarding device additionally receives bandwidth parameters corresponding to the traffic groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Extreme Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haddock, Justin N. Chueh, Shehzad T. Merchant, Andrew H. Smith, Michael Yip
  • Publication number: 20040081093
    Abstract: A flexible, policy-based, mechanism for managing, monitoring, and prioritizing traffic within a network and allocating bandwidth to achieve true quality of service (QoS) is provided. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method is provided for managing bandwidth allocation in a network that employs a non-deterministic access protocol, such as an Ethernet network. A packet forwarding device receives information indicative of a set of traffic groups, such as: a MAC address, or IEEE 802.1p priority indicator or 802.1Q frame tag, if the QoS policy is based upon individual station applications; or a physical port if the QoS policy is based purely upon topology. The packet forwarding device additionally receives bandwidth parameters corresponding to the traffic groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haddock, Justin N. Chueh, Shehzad T. Merchant, Andrew H. Smith, Michael Yip
  • Patent number: 6678248
    Abstract: A flexible, policy-based, mechanism for managing, monitoring, and prioritizing traffic within a network and allocating bandwidth to achieve true quality of service (QoS) is provided. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method is provided for managing bandwidth allocation in a network that employs a non-deterministic access protocol, such as an Ethernet network. A packet forwarding device receives information indicative of a set of traffic groups, such as: a MAC address, or IEEE 802.1p priority indicator or 802.1Q frame tag, if the QoS policy is based upon individual station applications; or a physical port if the QoS policy is based purely upon topology. The packet forwarding device additionally receives bandwidth parameters corresponding to the traffic groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Extreme Networks
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haddock, Justin N. Chueh, Shehzad T. Merchant, Andrew H. Smith, Michael Yip
  • Patent number: 6104700
    Abstract: A flexible, policy-based, mechanism for managing, monitoring, and prioritizing traffic within a network and allocating bandwidth to achieve true quality of service (QoS) is provided. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method is provided for managing bandwidth allocation in a network that employs a non-deterministic access protocol, such as an Ethernet network. A packet forwarding device receives information indicative of a set of traffic groups, such as: a MAC address, or IEEE 802.1p priority indicator or 802.1Q frame tag, if the QoS policy is based upon individual station applications; or a physical port if the QoS policy is based purely upon topology. The packet forwarding device additionally receives bandwidth parameters corresponding to the traffic groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Extreme Networks
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haddock, Justin N. Chueh, Shehzad T. Merchant, Andrew H. Smith, Michael Yip
  • Patent number: 6034957
    Abstract: A packet switching device having a central shared memory and a number of medium access controllers each coupled to a communications medium to exchange data packets therewith, and a controller coupled to each medium access controller via a data path to exchange data packets with the media access controller. The controller has a number of data path controllers each connected to each medium access controller via a separate and like portion of the data path to exchange a corresponding portion of the data packets with the medium access controller. The data path controllers each have a number of buffers each connected to one of the medium access controllers to which the data path controller is connected, to hold the portion of the data packets exchanged with the corresponding medium access controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Extreme Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haddock, David K. Parker, Andrew H. Smith, Erik R. Swenson, Michael Yip
  • Patent number: 5854899
    Abstract: A system for managing virtual circuits and determining proper routing of packets in a network environment. The network includes a connection-oriented subnetwork and an arrangement of routers coupled to the connection-oriented subnetwork. The system determines paths to each exit router by considering all possible paths through the connection-oriented subnetwork. The system also determines paths to each exit router by considering existing virutal circuits through the connection-oriented subnetwork. Finally, the system determines and establishes a most beneficial new virtual circuit for the network. Additionally, the rate at which new virtual circuits are established may be regulated by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Bay Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross W. Callon, William M. Salkewicz, Andrew H. Smith, Asher Waldfogel
  • Patent number: 5732115
    Abstract: In a bulk material analyzer in which bulk material is received in an activation region between a pair of neutron sources laterally disposed on one side of the activation region for emitting neutrons for bombarding the bulk material within the activation region to cause gamma-rays to be emitted from the bombarded bulk material and a pair of gamma-ray detectors laterally disposed on another side of the activation region for detecting gamma-rays emitted from the bulk material, a primary neutron moderator is disposed about the neutron sources for reducing the velocity of the emitted neutrons; and a secondary neutron moderator is disposed about the primary neutron moderator for further reducing the velocity of the neutrons and is further disposed adjacent the lateral edges of the activation region for channeling and reflecting the neutrons into the activation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Gamma-Metrics
    Inventors: Thomas L. Atwell, Raymond J. Proctor, Chaur-Ming Shyu, Chris A. Isaacson, Andrew H. Smith
  • Patent number: RE36943
    Abstract: A bulk material analyzer of the type in which the bulk material is transported through the material analyzer assembly on a conveyor belt between at least one radiation source and at least one radiation detector, includes a plurality of lower and upper modules that contain radiation shielding material and are so shaped as to define a passageway for the conveyor belt between the upper modules and the lower modules when the upper modules are placed on the lower modules. A primary centrally located lower module also includes the radiation sources and a primary centrally located upper module also includes the radiation detectors. Some of the outwardly located modules contain less radiation shielding material. The radiation shielding material includes a plurality of personally portable blocks. The conveyor belt is supported by compressed air passed through central upper wails in the outwardly located lower modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Gamma-Metrics
    Inventors: Thomas Atwell, Chris A. Isaacson, Andrew H. Smith, James P. Stronski, Richard E. Ackerman, Richard L. Conwell, Chaur-Ming Shyu