Patents by Inventor Andrew Long

Andrew Long 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: 20090273488
    Abstract: An onboard system for a rotary wing aircraft detects a limit cycle oscillation in the tail mast and provides a timely indication of the limit cycle oscillation to an aircrew before serious damage to the airframe is likely to occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Robert Michael Riser, Matthew Joseph Stepura, Mark Andrew Long, Allen James Landers
  • Publication number: 20090238338
    Abstract: A reference phantom includes CT-imageable detail together with light-reflective spheres. This item can be placed on a patient table in a known location, following which the diagnostic source can be activated to detect the phantom position relative to the isocentre and camera employed to detect the PSS position. A synthetic image of the phantom can be used for comparison with the CT dataset. This allows improved correlation of the source and the patient support, enable further steps to be taken in enhancing the clinical effectiveness of the apparatus. In-use variations of the isocentre location can be corrected in real time by adjustment of the patient support. Thus, as the isocentre moves, the patient can be moved so as to track the moving isocentre. The linac arm could also be designed differently, as the existing design constraint (that isocentre movement must be limited as far as possible) could potentially be relaxed in order to achieve other aims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Michael Vogele
  • Patent number: 7498478
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of an insult within an absorbent article is disclosed. An electrical property is monitored and the electrical property is compared to a wet/dry threshold value to determine either a wet characteristic or a dry characteristic of the article. If a dry characteristic, then a first and possibly a second test are applied. If a wet characteristic, then the second test is applied. The electrical property is compared to a first threshold value and a second threshold value is set based upon the function of the comparison. A change in the electrical property of the article is monitored to determine if the electrical property has stabilized after activation of an insult alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Meghan E. Collins
  • Publication number: 20090039652
    Abstract: Embedding electrical machines in gas turbine engines has particular advantages by avoiding the need to provide mechanical connections. However, electrical machines such as switched reluctance electrical machines require relatively large electrical capacitors to accommodate and filter voltage variations in the phases of the electrical machine. Generally, the electrical machine will have a motoring period or generating period with a spacer period between. By injecting electrical current as electrical power in the spacer period, there is limited effect upon net torque within the electrical machine or electrical power generation. However, such stored electrical power in an inductive winding element of the electrical machine augments power pulses provided by a power source incorporating an electrical capacitor. In such circumstances, a smaller sized electrical capacitor can be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: David Reginald Trainer, John James Anthony Cullen, Stephen Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20090005748
    Abstract: An absorbent article may include one or more circuits formed on the exterior of the article that are configured to connect to a monitoring device. When connected to a monitoring device, the circuit(s) can be used to provide input data to the monitoring device. The monitoring device may provide audio, visual, and other feedback that changes based on user input data. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can further connect to one or more circuits internal to the article to sense changes in the state of the article. For example, interactive features supported by the monitoring device may relate to the wetness state of the article and/or may be used to control the type of indication(s) provided by the monitoring device when wetness (or another state) is detected. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can be used to provide interactive games for the user of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Ales, Shirlee Ann Weber, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20080269706
    Abstract: A collection insert for use in a diaper for the testing of the urine of a baby is generally disclosed. The collection insert is configured to collect and temporarily retain the urine, allowing the urine to be later tested for the presence of absence of an analyte. The collection insert is fluidly isolated from the absorbent core of the diaper, and can be positioned between the bodyside liner and the outer cover or located in a pocket defined by the bodyside liner. The collection insert can include an insert cover and a collection core, such as a sponge, cellulosic material, polymeric nonwoven material, and the like. Additionally, the collection insert can be substantially free of superabsorbent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Publication number: 20080091261
    Abstract: An implantable valve prosthesis (10) having a deformable body (12) defining an upstream opening in fluid communication with a downstream opening wherein the deformable body (12) has a first configuration that permits fluid flow in one direction only and a second configuration that prevents retrograde fluid flow in the opposite direction is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Attila Csordas
  • Patent number: 7355090
    Abstract: A method of determining the presence of an insult in an absorbent article is disclosed. The amount of time that elapses between the activation of an alarm and the determination of the presence of a subsequent insult is determined. This elapsed time is compared to a time threshold value and either an insult alarm or a saturation alarm is activated as a function of the comparison. After activation of the alarm for an alarm period, the electrical property of the article is determined at a second time occurring at least a preset period after the end of the alarm period to allow the electrical property to stabilize before determining the electrical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew Long, Meghan E. Collins
  • Publication number: 20080077042
    Abstract: Presented is a method for quantifying breastfeeding between a mother and a baby, the method including measuring a physiological volume indicative of stomach fullness volume for the baby; setting a signal threshold value of the physiological volume to correspond to a stomach level that is less than or equal to the stomach fullness volume; obtaining an objective measurement of the physiological volume indicative of a level of fullness of the baby's stomach; and providing an indication to the mother when the objective measurement equals or exceeds the signal threshold value. In one embodiment, for instance, a conductivity sensor may be used to determine the amount of breast milk available in a breast and/or the amount of breast milk that has left the breast during a breastfeeding event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph Feldkamp, Jeffrey Heller, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Long, Brenda Nelson, Richard Mosbacher, Sridhar Ranganathan
  • Publication number: 20070252711
    Abstract: A monitor, for use with an absorbent article having a wetness sensor, includes a power management system. The monitor may include a hinge, a housing, and a power management system. The power management system may include an integrally activated and deactivated power circuit. The power circuit includes a first contact associated with the hinge and a second contact associated with the housing. The first contact is electrically connected with the second contact when the monitor is in a closed condition. The first contact is electrically disconnected with the second contact when the monitor is in an open condition. A monitor having a power management system may further include an attachment circuit and/or a continuity circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Christopher Olson, Thomas Ales, Shirlee Weber, Jens Hauvn
  • Publication number: 20070255242
    Abstract: A method for assisting a caregiver who is addressing a lack of urination control in a subject includes manufacturing a plurality of wetness sensing systems, each including a plurality of wetness sensing components; providing the wetness sensing systems to a plurality of geographically-distributed retail outlets; and increasing consumer awareness of the wetness sensing systems by promoting the wetness sensing systems through a plurality of channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Ales, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20070252710
    Abstract: A monitor, for use with an absorbent article having a wetness sensor, includes a microprocessor and a current source, the microprocessor forms part of a wetness monitoring circuit and part of a continuity monitoring circuit. A method of providing a system for monitoring an absorbent article with a wetness sensor includes programming a microprocessor to (1) provide notification when the monitor is not electrically connected with the wetness sensor, (2) provide notification when the monitor is electrically connected with the wetness sensor, and (3) provide notification when the absorbent article is wet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Christopher Olson, Thomas Ales, Shirlee Weber
  • Publication number: 20070252712
    Abstract: A wetness sensing system includes a first wetness sensing article; a first signaling device producing a first signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the first signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article; and a second signaling device producing a second signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the second signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article. Also, a method for enhancing a wetness sensing system includes producing a wetness sensing absorbent article compatible with at least one component of the wetness sensing system, wherein the wetness sensing system includes as components a wetness sensing article and a first signaling device compatible with the wetness sensing article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Ansley Allen, Andrew Long, Shirlee Weber, Thomas Ales
  • Publication number: 20070255241
    Abstract: An absorbent product having a wetness sensing system includes a disposable absorbent article including a wetness sensing component and an article theme and a signaling device adapted to be coupled to the absorbent article, the signaling device having a signaling device theme, wherein the signaling device theme coordinates with the article theme. Also, an absorbent product having a wetness sensing system includes a package having a packaging theme and a disposable absorbent article including a wetness sensing component and an article theme, wherein the absorbent article is disposed within the package, and wherein the packaging theme coordinates with the article theme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Shirlee Weber, Andrew Long, Ansley Allen
  • Patent number: 7277448
    Abstract: Conventional schedulers propagate entries by either polling until an entry is ready, or alternatively, by attaching a so-called “readiness time” to entries. A scheduler which recognizes the readiness time avoids consuming a parent schedule with polling, or with burdening entries with a future readiness time. The system of the present invention employs a deferral queue for deferring entries in response to pop requests from a parent schedule. The child schedule defers entries via the deferral queue when it is not ready to push an entry to the parent schedule, and sets the readiness time corresponding to the entry. Upon the expiration of the readiness time, the child schedule redetermines whether to push the deferred entry corresponding to the deferral queue or optionally to push an interim entry having since arrived. Accordingly, a child schedule receiving a pop requests retains the ability to push an entry at an earlier or later readiness time, and further retains the ability to reconsider which entry to push.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew A. Long, Christopher J. Kappler, Robert T. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20070149936
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a liquid impermeable outercover, a liquid permeable bodyside liner, and an absorbent assembly. The absorbent assembly has a front portion, a rear portion, and a central portion extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the front portion and rear portion. The central portion has an opening therein to define a gap between the front portion and the rear portion. The absorbent assembly front portion is disposed intermediate the outercover and the liner in a front region of the article. The absorbent assembly rear portion is disposed intermediate the outercover and the liner in a rear region of the article. A temperature change member containing a temperature change substance is disposed in the opening of the central portion of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Shirlee Weber, Christopher Olson, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20070142796
    Abstract: Garments may include signaling devices. The signaling device may be configured to indicate to a user that a body fluid is present in the garment. The garment may include a chassis including an outer cover having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The chassis may include a crotch region positioned in between a front region and a back region. The garment may also include a signaling device including at least one first terminal and at least one second terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Richard Mosbacher, Christopher Olson, Robert Schlaupitz, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20070142797
    Abstract: Garments may include signaling devices. The signaling device may be configured to indicate to a user that a body fluid is present in the garment. The garment may include a chassis including an outer cover having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The chassis may include a crotch region positioned in between a front region and a back region. The garment may also include a signaling device including at least one first terminal and at least one second terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Darold Tippey
  • Publication number: 20070090009
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compressed package of articles having a packaging component with a seal, and a plurality of compressible articles in an array having an uncompressed length. The compressible articles are compressed to a first compressed state having a first compressed length and disposed within the packaging component in the first compressed state. The packaging component retains the plurality of compressible articles in the first compressed state, and the packaging component and the plurality of compressible articles in the first compressed state form a package having a first package volume. Vacuum compression is used to compress the packaging component and the plurality of compressible articles in the first compressed state disposed in the packaging component together to a second compressed state having a second package volume. The array of compressible articles has a second compressed length after the vacuum compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Inventors: Timothy Clare, Duane McDonald, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20070049884
    Abstract: In a method of a caregiver interactively toilet training a wearer of a disposable absorbent article, in response to liquid insult of the article a tactile signal is perceptible from within the article, a corresponding similar tactile signal is perceptible from an exterior of the article, and an active graphic is visually perceptible at the exterior of the article which relates to both the tactile signal and the corresponding tactile signal to thereby communicate the insult event to the caregiver and provide an interactive toilet training opportunity. An absorbent article of the present invention generally has a tactile signal tactilely perceptible from the inner surface of the article and a corresponding tactile signal tactilely perceptible from the exterior of the article. An active graphic is located adjacent the outer cover and is externally visually perceptible and relates to both tactile signals to provide an interactive toilet training opportunity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Publication date: March 1, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Christopher Olson