Patents by Inventor Brent A. Smith

Brent A. 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).

  • Patent number: 10410447
    Abstract: A system and method for using a portable device to communicate with a vehicle to authorize one or more vehicle operations. The portable device may authorize the vehicle to unlock/lock doors, start the vehicle engine, or mobilize the vehicle, or a combination thereof. The vehicle may include a vehicle transmitter system with one or more transmitters disposed at various locations on the vehicle, and the portable device may be configured to monitor a communication strength between the portable device and the one or more transmitters of the transmitter system. Based on the monitored signal strength, the portable device may determine location information about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: J. Michael Ellis, Eric Smith, Aaron Day, Kurt Dykema, Warren E. Guthrie, Brent Bouws, David L. Klamer, Kent D. Pilcher
  • Patent number: 10400397
    Abstract: A boltless brace assembly for a rail includes a base block interlocked with a brace, and further includes a wedge to be inserted between an upper surface of the base block and a lower surface of the brace, thereby applying an upward force to the brace and a resultant downward force to secure the rail base. The brace assembly may be modified to provide a universal brace assembly, a resilient brace assembly, or a frog base clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: voestalpine Nortrak Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Click, Brent Duffner, Bradley Smith, Derek Cameron
  • Patent number: 10335629
    Abstract: An exercise device and methods for using the exercise device. The exercise device is a spherical structure having a rigid surface and an opening therein for the user's hand to grasp a handle affixed in the center of the spherical structure. A series of exercises may be performed with the exercise device, including push-ups, rows and swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Publication number: 20180339182
    Abstract: An exercise device and methods for using the exercise device. The exercise device is a spherical structure having a rigid surface and an opening therein for the user's hand to grasp a handle affixed in the center of the spherical structure. A series of exercises may be performed with the exercise device, including push-ups, rows and swings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Publication number: 20180323816
    Abstract: A smart attachment, or more particularly a wireless beacon for coupling with at least one of an attachment and a work vehicle that operates in rugged environments. The beacon comprises a cylindrical housing with a proximal surface and a distal surface coupled with a fastener. This beacon may further comprise a power source, a printed circuit board, an antenna, and an accelerometer, all located within the cylindrical housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Keith N. Chaston, Brent A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10058727
    Abstract: An exercise device and methods for using the exercise device. The exercise device is a spherical structure having a rigid surface and an opening therein for the user's hand to grasp a handle affixed in the center of the spherical structure. A series of exercises may be performed with the exercise device, including push-ups, rows and swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Patent number: 9970277
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is pumped from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SEAWATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Patent number: 9862871
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is extracted from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SEAWATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Patent number: 9641962
    Abstract: Sensor information is received from a set of sensors. First and second sets of machine monitoring data are generated from the sensor information. The first set of machine monitoring data is sent to a control system with a display in an operator compartment of a mobile machine. The second set of machine monitoring data is sent to a processing system that is separate from the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kilworth, Scott Pilarczyk, Jason D. Walter, Tim Roszhart, Gerald E. Rains, Brent A. Smith, Sean Mahrt, James Lawrence Sachs, David C. Smart
  • Patent number: 9457841
    Abstract: A vehicle and drive system control method for a vehicle including first and second traction elements coupled to the vehicle, a variable displacement pump, a bi-directional variable displacement first motor coupled to the first traction element, and a bi-directional second motor coupled to the second traction element. The pump, and first and second motors are coupled fluidly in series with one another. A control unit can determine a desired speed for the traction elements, and determine pump, first and/or second motor displacements based on the desired speed. First and second speed sensors can sense output speeds of the motors, and the pump, first and/or second motor displacements can be determined based on the motor output speeds. Articulation and steering sensor signals can also be used to determine pump, first and/or second motor displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Brent A Smith, Mark E Hull, Nathan J Horstman, Jeffrey A Bauer, Trent A Luoma, Neil V Harber
  • Publication number: 20160044448
    Abstract: Sensor information is received from a set of sensors. First and second sets of machine monitoring data are generated from the sensor information. The first set of machine monitoring data is sent to a control system with a display in an operator compartment of a mobile machine. The second set of machine monitoring data is sent to a processing system that is separate from the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kilworth, Scott Pilarczyk, Jason D. Walter, Tim Roszhart, Gerald E. Rains, Brent A. Smith, Sean Mahrt, James Lawrence Sachs, David C. Smart
  • Publication number: 20150363982
    Abstract: Sensor information is received from a set of sensors. First and second sets of machine monitoring data are generated from the sensor information. The first set of machine monitoring data is sent to a control system with a display in an operator compartment of a mobile machine. The second set of machine monitoring data is sent to a processing system that is separate from the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kilworth, Scott Pilarczyk, Jason D. Walter, Tim Roszhart, Gerald E. Rains, Brent A. Smith, Sean Mahrt, James Lawrence Sachs, David C. Smart
  • Publication number: 20150336609
    Abstract: A vehicle and drive system control method for a vehicle including first and second traction elements coupled to the vehicle, a variable displacement pump, a bi-directional variable displacement first motor coupled to the first traction element, and a bi-directional second motor coupled to the second traction element. The pump, and first and second motors are coupled fluidly in series with one another. A control unit can determine a desired speed for the traction elements, and determine pump, first and/or second motor displacements based on the desired speed. First and second speed sensors can sense output speeds of the motors, and the pump, first and/or second motor displacements can be determined based on the motor output speeds. Articulation and steering sensor signals can also be used to determine pump, first and/or second motor displacements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Brent A. Smith, Mark E. Hull, Nathan J. Horstman, Jeffrey A. Bauer, Trent A. Luoma, Neil V. Harber
  • Patent number: 9196100
    Abstract: Sensor information is received from a set of sensors. First and second sets of machine monitoring data are generated from the sensor information. The first set of machine monitoring data is sent to a control system with a display in an operator compartment of a mobile machine. The second set of machine monitoring data is sent to a processing system that is separate from the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kilworth, Scott Pilarczyk, Jason D. Walter, Tim Roszhart, Gerald E. Rains, Brent A. Smith, Sean Mahrt, James Lawrence Sachs, David C. Smart
  • Publication number: 20150114473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is extracted from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SEAWATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Publication number: 20140332208
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is pumped from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SEAWATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Patent number: 8833456
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is extracted from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site via a pipeline, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Seawater Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Patent number: 8820057
    Abstract: A method and device for raising the temperature of exhaust gas from an engine by increasing parasitic loading on the engine without significantly increasing engine speed. This may be accomplished by increasing a demand on a hydraulic fan powered by a variable displacement hydraulic pump and meeting the demand by adjusting the displacement for the variable displacement hydraulic pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Andrew J Hageman, Brent A Smith, Nathan J Horstman, Neil V Harber
  • Patent number: 8807221
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transporting seawater from a seawater source to an inland site for utilization as a drilling and/or fracturing fluid are disclosed. In an aspect, systems and methods are disclosed wherein seawater is pumped from an ocean at a coastal location and transported to an inland drilling and hydraulic fracturing site, thereby providing a consistent, large volume supply of seawater for use in drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing operations. Such systems and methods may eliminate usage of locally-sourced fresh water, eliminating the unsustainable burden that drilling and hydraulic fracturing places on local water tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Publication number: 20140180948
    Abstract: A method of operating an employment system is provided. The method includes generating a score for each of a plurality of possible results compared to information associated with a user, enabling the user to access a result of the plurality of possible results if the score generated for the result meets a threshold condition, enabling the user to adjust the threshold condition and preventing the user from adjusting the threshold condition beyond a minimum threshold condition. The score can be a bi-directional matching score. The minimum threshold condition can include a minimum score. The minimum score can be determined based on the percentage of the plurality of possible results that would be accessible to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Career Management Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. McGovern, Brian Farmer, Leslie Ferry, Erik Anderson, Pamela Koczara, Brent Smith