Patents by Inventor Brian Jennings

Brian Jennings 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: 20200386271
    Abstract: A sealed and lubricated rotatable track engaging element includes a roller and a roller shaft extending through the roller to support the roller for rotation about a major axis. A first thrust surface is fixed relative to the roller, and a second thrust surface is fixed relative to the roller shaft. A seal cavity extends between the roller and the roller shaft and is formed in part by each of the first thrust surface and the second thrust surface, and a thrust washer stack is within the seal cavity and trapped between the first thrust surface and the second thrust surface. The thrust washer stack includes an inner thrust washer contacting the roller to rotate at a first fractional speed of a speed of rotation of the roller, and an outer thrust washer contacting the inner thrust washer and the collar to rotate at a second fractional speed that is less than the first fractional speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Abello, Paul Palthey-Glomeau, Brian Loeffler, David Jennings Hakes
  • Patent number: 10626562
    Abstract: A concrete patching robot has a multi-axis robotic manipulator mounted on a powered, movable, platform that can be raised and lowered to access the underside of structures that may be substantial distances above the ground, for example, the underside of an elevated highway. The entire assembly is maneuverable under the work area and the platform may be raised to access the concrete. Once the work area is in reach of the arm, the device is able to use numerous tools to complete essential steps to repair the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: RevolutioNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Publication number: 20200109972
    Abstract: A facade gantry allows for close inspection of a facade using remotely operated cameras, probes, and/or sampling devices. These devices are located in a housing that is positioned in front of a facade by a system of cables, from which it is suspended, that allow for movement in any direction in a plane. Two cables are attached to the housing containing the sensors and tools and are wound onto two separate spools located on the roof at the vertical boundaries of the inspection area. By winding and unwinding these spools, the housing can be raised, lowered, and moved from side to side. The invention further has an optional “shed” located on the ground that protects pedestrians in the case of a suspension system failure. The shed moves to maintain a position directly under the housing. The gantry optionally allows for repair of the facade by using remotely operated repair tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Patent number: 10612197
    Abstract: A chipping robot has a chipping gun attached to the end of a multi-axis robotic manipulator mounted on a powered, movable, platform that can be raised and lowered to access the underside of structures that may be substantial distances above the ground, for example, the underside of an elevated highway. The entire assembly is maneuverable under the work area and the platform may raised to access the concrete. Once the work area is in reach of the arm, the device is able to use numerous tools to complete essential steps of chipping portions of the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: RevolutionNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Patent number: 10613501
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing equipment maintenance are disclosed. The method receives data that is captured by at least one sensor deployed at a location, wherein the data is associated with at least one parameter of an equipment, receives atmospheric data for the location, monitors the at least one parameter of the equipment and the atmospheric data for the location, determines for the at least one parameter, whether an update to a risk measure associated with the equipment is needed, when a deviation from a baseline is detected that is greater than a threshold for a maximum deviation from the baseline, performs the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment, when the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment is needed, and generates a ticket for a remedial action based on the risk measure, when the risk measure triggers the scheduling of the remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anoop Viswanath, James Gavillet, Otis Jennings, Satya Vivek Kanakadandila, Weiping Liu, Brian Lois, Muhammad Sabir, John Schinter, Christopher Tsai, Vinu Varghese
  • Patent number: 10575545
    Abstract: Dry stabilizing compositions for bioactive materials include sugars and hydrolyzed proteins, and may be formed into tablets or other forms providing enhanced stability for the bioactive material. Compositions containing the bioactive materials may be produced by a method that includes (a) combining the bioactive material with other ingredients in an aqueous solvent to form a viscous slurry; (b) snap-freezing the slurry in liquid nitrogen to form solid frozen particles, beads, droplets or strings; (c) primary drying by water removal under vacuum of the product of step (b) while maintaining it at a temperature above its freezing temperature; and (d) secondary drying of the product of step (c) at maximum vacuum and a temperature of 20° C. or higher for a time sufficient to reduce the water activity to below 0.3 Aw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced BioNutrition Corp.
    Inventors: Moti Harel, Qiong Tang, Trisha Rice, Kimberly Jennings, Brian Carpenter, Roger Drewes, Elizabeth Raditsis, January Scarbrough
  • Publication number: 20200038280
    Abstract: Actuators and methods of use are provided. An actuator may include an inner member made from an elastic material and defining a compartment for receiving an actuating fluid, the inner member being moveable in a longitudinal direction from a relaxed state to an expanded state by introducing an actuating fluid into the inner member, and an outer member made from an inelastic material and being disposed around the elastic inner member to control expansion of the elastic inner member in a radial direction, the outer member being moveable from a folded relaxed configuration to an unfolded extended configuration as the inner member moves from the relaxed state to the expanded state, wherein the movement of the actuator between the relaxed state and the expanded state causes a movement of a structure to which the actuator is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Marko Popovic, Cagdas Onal, Daniil Effraimidis, Brian Jennings, Gregory D. McCarthy, Nicholas Corso
  • Patent number: 10538417
    Abstract: A construction beam robot, such as for steel erection, comprises a pair of thrust producing fans located at either end of a beam to be installed. The fans' thrust and direction of thrust is controlled and/or coordinated by a computer with custom control software. By altering the direction and amount of thrust, the orientation of the beam is controlled. Workers on site who possess a controller are able to rotate or fix the orientation of a beam from a distance and do so wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: RevolutioNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Patent number: 10522801
    Abstract: A modular energy storage system includes a housing, a plurality of energy storage devices, a first door assembly and a second door assembly. The housing includes a first end and a second end. The plurality of energy storage devices are coupled within the housing. The first door assembly is pivotally coupled to the first end of the housing. The second door assembly is pivotally coupled to the first end of the housing adjacent the first door assembly. The first and second door assemblies each comprise an air distribution member configured to distribute and direct a cooling air flow toward the plurality of energy storage devices to absorb heat energy from the plurality of energy storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Younicos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Kronke, Sriram Sarma Emani, Stephen Frank, Melaku Mihret, Eric Schrock, Richard Jennings, Randal Lee, Brian Taraba
  • Patent number: 10507804
    Abstract: A cleaner finger assembly for cleaning compactor teeth on a compactor wheel of a compactor machine includes a cleaner finger base having a tip engaging surface and a base longitudinal axis, a cleaner finger tip having a base engaging surface and a tip longitudinal axis, and a finger tip anchoring mechanism attaching the cleaner finger tip to the cleaner finger base with the base engaging surface facing and engaging the tip engaging surface. The finger tip anchoring mechanism fails and the cleaner finger tip detaches when the cleaner finger tip is engaged by debris with a force parallel to the tip longitudinal axis, or with a force perpendicular to the tip longitudinal axis, to cause a tip shear force greater than a tip anchor shear capacity of the finger tip anchoring mechanism or a tension force greater than a tip anchor tension capacity of the finger tip anchoring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Chandler, Marcus John Guethle, Yingzhou Liu, Bradley J. Miller, Mindong Pi, Jonathan Jennings, Amit Kashyap
  • Patent number: 10486182
    Abstract: A shroud device (e.g., a paint sprayer shroud), according to particular embodiments, is configured to capture overspray (e.g., paint or other material that is applied to an unintended location) and/or increase an amount of paint that is delivered to a desired location (e.g., on a wall being painted, etc.). In various embodiments, the shroud device is configured for use in conjunction with a sprayer (e.g., such as any suitable paint spryer or other sprayer). In particular embodiments, the shroud device may comprise a blower portion and a suction portion that work in conjunction to recirculate overspray into a sprayer flow and onto a medium, for example, via a recirculation shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: RevolutioNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Brian Jennings, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Leonard Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10456316
    Abstract: Actuators and methods of use are provided. An actuator may include an inner member made from an elastic material and defining a compartment for receiving an actuating fluid, the inner member being moveable in a longitudinal direction from a relaxed state to an expanded state by introducing an actuating fluid into the inner member; and an outer member made from an inelastic material and being disposed around the elastic inner member to control expansion of the elastic inner member in a radial direction, the outer member being moveable from a folded relaxed configuration to an unfolded extended configuration as the inner member moves from the relaxed state to the expanded state, wherein the movement of the actuator between the relaxed state and the expanded state causes a movement of a structure to which the actuator is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Marko Popovic, Cagdas Onal, Daniil Effraimidis, Brian Jennings, Gregory D. McCarthy, Nicholas Corso
  • Patent number: 10378935
    Abstract: A facade gantry allows for close inspection of a facade using remotely operated cameras, probes, and/or sampling devices. These devices are located in a housing that is positioned in front of a facade by a system of cables, from which it is suspended, that allow for movement in any direction in a plane. Two cables are attached to the housing containing the sensors and tools and are wound onto two separate spools located on the roof at the vertical boundaries of the inspection area. By winding and unwinding these spools, the housing can be raised, lowered, and moved from side to side. The invention further has an optional “shed” located on the ground that protects pedestrians in the case of a suspension system failure. The shed moves to maintain a position directly under the housing. The gantry optionally allows for repair of the facade by using remotely operated repair tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: RevolutioNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Publication number: 20190234029
    Abstract: A concrete patching robot has a multi-axis robotic manipulator mounted on a powered, movable, platform that can be raised and lowered to access the underside of structures that may be substantial distances above the ground, for example, the underside of an elevated highway. The entire assembly is maneuverable under the work area and the platform may be raised to access the concrete. Once the work area is in reach of the arm, the device is able to use numerous tools to complete essential steps to repair the concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Publication number: 20190227509
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing equipment maintenance are disclosed. The method receives data that is captured by at least one sensor deployed at a location, wherein the data is associated with at least one parameter of an equipment, receives atmospheric data for the location, monitors the at least one parameter of the equipment and the atmospheric data for the location, determines for the at least one parameter, whether an update to a risk measure associated with the equipment is needed, when a deviation from a baseline is detected that is greater than a threshold for a maximum deviation from the baseline, performs the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment, when the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment is needed, and generates a ticket for a remedial action based on the risk measure, when the risk measure triggers the scheduling of the remedial action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Anoop Viswanath, James Gavillet, Otis Jennings, Satya Vivek Kanakadandila, Weiping Liu, Brian Lois, Muhammad Sabir, John Schinter, Christopher Tsai, Vinu Varghese
  • Patent number: 10314912
    Abstract: Described herein are coating compositions for consumer and/or medical products. The coating compositions can be used to confer desirable properties to the consumer and/or medical products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ariste Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Jennings, Jonathan McCanless, Brian Best, Timothy Fabian, Michael Cole
  • Patent number: 10253462
    Abstract: A concrete patching robot has a multi-axis robotic manipulator mounted on a powered, movable, platform that can be raised and lowered to access the underside of structures that may be substantial distances above the ground, for example, the underside of an elevated highway. The entire assembly is maneuverable under the work area and the platform may be raised to access the concrete. Once the work area is in reach of the arm, the device is able to use numerous tools to complete essential steps to repair the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: RevolutioNice Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater
  • Publication number: 20190076868
    Abstract: An automated mobile paint robot, according to particular embodiments, comprises: (1) a wheeled base; (2) at least one paint sprayer; (3) at least one pump; (4) a vision system; (5) a GPS navigation system; and (5) a computer controller configured to: (A) generate a room painting plan using one or more inputs from the GPS navigation system, vision system, etc.; (B) control movement of the automated mobile paint robot across a support surface: (C) use the vision system to position the wheeled base in a suitable position from which to paint a desired area using the at least one paint sprayer; and (D) use the at least one pump to activate the at least one paint sprayer to paint a swath (e.g., swatch) of paint from the suitable position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Brian Jennings, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Elie Cherbaka, Thomas C. Slater, TianHao Ye
  • Patent number: 10124359
    Abstract: An automated mobile paint robot, according to particular embodiments, comprises: (1) a wheeled base; (2) at least one paint sprayer; (3) at least one pump; (4) a vision system; (5) a GPS navigation system; and (5) a computer controller configured to: (A) generate a room painting plan using one or more inputs from the GPS navigation system, vision system, etc.; (B) control movement of the automated mobile paint robot across a support surface: (C) use the vision system to position the wheeled base in a suitable position from which to paint a desired area using the at least one paint sprayer; and (D) use the at least one pump to activate the at least one paint sprayer to paint a swath (e.g., swatch) of paint from the suitable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Brian Jennings, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Elie Cherbaka, Thomas C. Slater, TianHao Ye
  • Patent number: 9995047
    Abstract: A construction board installation robot comprises a frame with attached devices to securely hold and subsequently affix to a substructure a construction board, a robotic system consisting multiple joints and links to position the frame, and a cart containing ancillary equipment needed for the completion of the desired task and the ability to move and position the entire assembly under its own power. Positioning is determined dynamically utilizing a series of laser scanners and optical sensors. To assist a laborer with the mounting of boards, the arm and cart are capable of being easily maneuvered either through the use of integrated sensors that direct the actuation of the arm and/or cart wheels as determined by the push or pull of the operator on the device, a method of remote control, and/or independently with control software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Integrated Construction Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenivas Raman, Elie Cherbaka, Ryan J. Giovacchini, Brian Jennings, Thomas C. Slater