Patents by Inventor Bob J. Overton

Bob J. Overton 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: 10029942
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and a related method provide increased UVLED intensity to promote efficient curing of a coated glass fiber. The apparatus employs a plurality of UVLED sources, each UVLED source emitting an oscillating output of ultraviolet radiation. Typically, at least two of the UVLED sources have oscillating outputs of ultraviolet radiation that are out of phase with one another. During curing, an incompletely cured coating on a glass fiber absorbs electromagnetic radiation emitted from the UVLED sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Draka Comteq B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Publication number: 20170029326
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and a related method provide increased UVLED intensity to promote efficient curing of a coated glass fiber. The apparatus employs a plurality of UVLED sources, each UVLED source emitting an oscillating output of ultraviolet radiation. Typically, at least two of the UVLED sources have oscillating outputs of ultraviolet radiation that are out of phase with one another. During curing, an incompletely cured coating on a glass fiber absorbs electromagnetic radiation emitted from the UVLED sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 9244220
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reduced-diameter optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Drake Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 9067241
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and method provide efficient curing of an optical-fiber coating onto a drawn glass fiber. The apparatus and method employ one or more UVLEDs that emit electromagnetic radiation into a curing space. An incompletely cured optical-fiber coating, which is formed upon a glass fiber, absorbs emitted and reflected electromagnetic radiation to effect improved curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Bob J. Overton, Xavier Meersseman
  • Publication number: 20140097361
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and method provide efficient curing of an optical-fiber coating onto a drawn glass fiber. The apparatus and method employ one or more UVLEDs that emit electromagnetic radiation into a curing space. An incompletely cured optical-fiber coating, which is formed upon a glass fiber, absorbs emitted and reflected electromagnetic radiation to effect improved curing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Bob J. Overton, Xavier Meersseman
  • Publication number: 20140086548
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reduced-diameter optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 8604448
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and method provide efficient curing of an optical-fiber coating onto a drawn glass fiber. The apparatus and method employ one or more UVLEDs that emit electromagnetic radiation into a curing space. An incompletely cured optical-fiber coating, which is formed upon a glass fiber, absorbs emitted and reflected electromagnetic radiation to effect improved curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Bob J. Overton, Xavier Meersseman
  • Patent number: 8600206
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reduced-diameter optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 8467650
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved optical fiber possessing a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optical fibers in accordance in the present invention may be incorporated into a reduced-diameter optical-fiber cable that possesses a high fiber count and a high cable fiber density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Olivier Tatat, Jean-Marc Testu
  • Patent number: 8385705
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved, single-mode optical fiber possessing a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Louis-Anne de Montmorillon, Simon Richard, Denis Molin, Marianne Bigot-Astruc, Pierre Sillard, David Boivin
  • Patent number: 8314408
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and method provide efficient curing of an optical-fiber coating onto a drawn glass fiber. The apparatus and method employ one or more UVLEDs that emit electromagnetic radiation into a curing space. An incompletely cured optical-fiber coating, which is formed upon a glass fiber, absorbs emitted and reflected electromagnetic radiation to effect improved curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Bob J. Overton, Xavier Meersseman
  • Patent number: 8265442
    Abstract: A bend-insensitive glass fiber with a novel coating system yields exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against micro-bending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations. The improved coating system provides optical fibers that offer significant advantages for deployment in most, if not all, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTx) systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Publication number: 20120189258
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved, single-mode optical fiber possessing a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Louis-Anne de Montmorillon, Simon Richard, Denis Molin, Marianne Bigot-Astruc, Pierre Sillard, David Boivin
  • Patent number: 8195018
    Abstract: A buffer tube arrangement includes an adhesive material to adhesively bond a water-swellable element to a plurality of optical fibers and/or a buffer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Wayne Cheatle, Greg DeChristopher
  • Patent number: 8165439
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The improved coating system provides optical fibers that are useful in all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 8145027
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved, single-mode optical fiber possessing a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The secondary coating provides improved ribbon characteristics for structures that are robust, yet easily entered (i.e., separated and stripped). The optional dual coating is specifically balanced for superior heat stripping in fiber ribbons, with virtually no residue left behind on the glass. This facilitates fast splicing and terminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Louis-Anne de Montmorillon, Simon Richard, Denis Molin, Marianne Bigot-Astruc, Pierre Sillard, David Boivin
  • Patent number: 8145026
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The improved coating system provides optical fibers that are useful in reduced-size drop cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Jeffrey Scott Barker
  • Patent number: 8145022
    Abstract: An optical-fiber cable includes an adhesive material that adhesively couples a water-swellable element to a plurality of optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Bob J. Overton, Wayne Cheatle, Greg DeChristopher
  • Publication number: 20120040105
    Abstract: A UVLED apparatus and a related method provide increased UVLED intensity to promote efficient curing of a coated glass fiber. The apparatus employs a plurality of UVLED sources, each UVLED source emitting an oscillating output of ultraviolet radiation. Typically, at least two of the UVLED sources have oscillating outputs of ultraviolet radiation that are out of phase with one another. During curing, an incompletely cured coating on a glass fiber absorbs electromagnetic radiation emitted from the UVLED sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 8081853
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The improved coating system provides optical fibers that offer significant advantages to single-fiber drop cables, such as those employed for Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton