Patents by Inventor Bruce DeBoard

Bruce DeBoard 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: 20200215531
    Abstract: A digital dispense system for preparing and analyzing a plurality of samples. The system includes two or more fluid droplet ejection devices. Each fluid droplet ejection device contains a fluid droplet ejection cartridge containing at least one fluid to be dispensed. The fluid droplet ejection cartridge is attached to a translation mechanism for moving the fluid droplet ejection cartridge back and forth over a sample holder in an x direction. A sample tray translation mechanism is provided for moving a sample tray along a production path in a y direction orthogonal to the x direction through the two or more fluid droplet ejection devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A. DEBOARD, John Glenn EDELEN, Michael A. MARRA, III, Sam NORASAK
  • Publication number: 20200215532
    Abstract: A system and method for ejecting one or more fluids from a digital dispense device. The method includes a) inputting to a memory a volume per unit area for each of the one or more fluids to be ejected from the digital dispense device; b) matching the volume per unit area to a device resolution for the digital dispense device; c) formatting fluid ejectors for the digital dispense device for the device resolution; and d) ejecting fluid from the digital dispense device to provide the volume per area for each of the one or more fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Deboard, Brian T. Jones, Michael A. Marra, III
  • Publication number: 20200217764
    Abstract: A digital dispense system and method for preparing samples for analysis. The system includes a fluid droplet ejection system housed in a compact housing unit. The fluid droplet ejection system contains a fluid droplet ejection head and fluid cartridge containing one or more fluids to be dispensed, a cartridge translation mechanism for moving the fluid droplet ejection head and fluid cartridge back and forth over a sample holder in an x direction; and a sample holder translation mechanism for moving a sample back and forth beneath the fluid droplet ejection head and fluid cartridge in a y direction orthogonal to the x direction. A digital display device is attached to the fluid droplet ejection system for displaying fluid volume information to a user. The fluid volume information is selected from relative fluid volume, absolute fluid volume, and a combination of relative and absolute fluid volumes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A. DEBOARD, Michael A. MARRA, III, Pramod K. SHARMA
  • Patent number: 10525716
    Abstract: A system tracks the fluid information in fluid cartridges used in digital dispense devices connected to a network. Each device stores a history of cartridges that have been used in the device. Each cartridge stores a fluid information value and/or an indicator that indicates whether the cartridge has been used before in any device. When a device receives a previously-used cartridge, the device broadcasts a request for information about that cartridge from the other devices. Each device having the matching cartridge identification value in its history reports over the network the latest fluid information value associated with the matching cartridge identification value. The requesting device chooses the most up-to-date response based on the latest value of fluid information. The requesting device then updates its memory using the latest value and begins incrementing the information from that latest information for subsequent fluid dispense jobs performed using the installed cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bruce Deboard, Brian Jones
  • Patent number: 10429810
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a microfluidic device. A first computing device receives commands from a user interface in a relatively high level protocol using a standardized command language, converts the commands from the standardized command language into a relatively mid-level protocol, sends the commands in the relatively mid-level protocol, receiving data, converts the data into the standardized command language, and sends the data to the user interface according to the standardized command language. A second computing device receives the commands from the first computing device in the relatively mid-level protocol, converts the commands from the relatively mid-level protocol to at least one relatively lower level protocol that is understood by a microfluidic device that is connected to the controller, receives data from the microfluidic device, and sends the data to the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: J. Glenn Edelen, Bruce A. Deboard, Lucas D. Barkley
  • Patent number: 10289592
    Abstract: A location-based address adapter for use in a system to facilitate communication between a host computer and one peripheral device of a plurality of peripheral devices includes a body and an electrical circuit. The body is removably attached to one peripheral device at a time. The electrical circuit includes a communications interface circuit and an adapter memory circuit. The communications interface circuit has a respective pass-through wired connection between each of a plurality of input connectors and a plurality of output connectors to facilitate bi-directional communications between the host computer and the peripheral device. The adapter memory circuit stores a unique physical location address for association with a physical location associated with the peripheral device to which the body is attached. The unique physical location address is a non-network based address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Brian T. Jones, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard, James J. Tocash, Lucas D. Barkley
  • Publication number: 20190138478
    Abstract: A location-based address adapter for use in a system to facilitate communication between a host computer and one peripheral device of a plurality of peripheral devices includes a body and an electrical circuit. The body is removably attached to one peripheral device at a time. The electrical circuit includes a communications interface circuit and an adapter memory circuit. The communications interface circuit has a respective pass-through wired connection between each of a plurality of input connectors and a plurality of output connectors to facilitate bi-directional communications between the host computer and the peripheral device. The adapter memory circuit stores a unique physical location address for association with a physical location associated with the peripheral device to which the body is attached. The unique physical location address is a non-network based address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Brian T. Jones, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard, James J. Tocash, Lucas D. Barkley
  • Patent number: 10255014
    Abstract: A system tracks the exact amount of ink remaining in printhead cartridges used in printers connected to a network. Each printer stores a history of cartridges that have been used in the printer. Each cartridge stores a status indicator that indicates whether the cartridge has been used before in any printer. When a printer receives a previously-used cartridge, the printer broadcasts a request for information about that cartridge from the other printers. Each printer having the matching printhead identification number in its history reports over the network the last recorded ink dot count associated with the matching printhead identification number. The requesting printer chooses the most up-to-date response based on the highest dot count or the latest time-stamp. The requesting printer then updates its memory using the dot count from the most up-to-date response and begins counting dots from that updated count for subsequent print jobs performed using the installed cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lucas Barkley, Bruce Deboard, Brian Jones
  • Publication number: 20190018634
    Abstract: A system tracks the exact amount of ink remaining in printhead cartridges used in printers connected to a network. Each printer stores a history of cartridges that have been used in the printer. Each cartridge stores a status indicator that indicates whether the cartridge has been used before in any printer. When a printer receives a previously-used cartridge, the printer broadcasts a request for information about that cartridge from the other printers. Each printer having the matching printhead identification number in its history reports over the network the last recorded ink dot count associated with the matching printhead identification number. The requesting printer chooses the most up-to-date response based on the highest dot count or the latest time-stamp. The requesting printer then updates its memory using the dot count from the most up-to-date response and begins counting dots from that updated count for subsequent print jobs performed using the installed cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Lucas BARKLEY, Bruce DEBOARD, Brian JONES
  • Patent number: 10108384
    Abstract: A system tracks the exact amount of ink remaining in printhead cartridges used in printers connected to a network. Each printer stores a history of cartridges that have been used in the printer. Each cartridge stores a status indicator that indicates whether the cartridge has been used before in any printer. When a printer receives a previously-used cartridge, the printer broadcasts a request for information about that cartridge from the other printers. Each printer having the matching printhead identification number in its history reports over the network the last recorded ink dot count associated with the matching printhead identification number. The requesting printer chooses the most up-to-date response based on the highest dot count or the latest time-stamp. The requesting printer then updates its memory using the dot count from the most up-to-date response and begins counting dots from that updated count for subsequent print jobs performed using the installed cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lucas Barkley, Bruce Deboard, Brian Jones
  • Publication number: 20170351235
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a microfluidic device. A first computing device receives commands from a user interface in a relatively high level protocol using a standardized command language, converts the commands from the standardized command language into a relatively mid-level protocol, sends the commands in the relatively mid-level protocol, receiving data, converts the data into the standardized command language, and sends the data to the user interface according to the standardized command language. A second computing device receives the commands from the first computing device in the relatively mid-level protocol, converts the commands from the relatively mid-level protocol to at least one relatively lower level protocol that is understood by a microfluidic device that is connected to the controller, receives data from the microfluidic device, and sends the data to the first computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: J. Glenn Edelen, Bruce A. Deboard, Lucas D. Barkley
  • Patent number: 9833998
    Abstract: A method of operating an ink jet printer with an included printer controller, where the ink jet printer prints using a replaceable print head that includes a nozzle plate and an ink reservoir. The printer controller tracks a usage of ink from the ink reservoir and a number of completed nozzle plate wiping operations. The print controller determines, prior to initiating each nozzle plate wiping operation, whether to initiate an inter-layer spitting operation instead of the nozzle plate wiping operation. The printer controller initiates the determined one of the wiping operation and the spitting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bruce A Deboard, Stephen T Olson, Lucas D Barkley, Shingo Setono
  • Publication number: 20170341400
    Abstract: A method of operating an ink jet printer with an included printer controller, where the ink jet printer prints using a replaceable print head that includes a nozzle plate and an ink reservoir. The printer controller tracks a usage of ink from the ink reservoir and a number of completed nozzle plate wiping operations. The print controller determines, prior to initiating each nozzle plate wiping operation, whether to initiate an inter-layer spitting operation instead of the nozzle plate wiping operation. The printer controller initiates the determined one of the wiping operation and the spitting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Deboard, Stephen T. Olson, Lucas D. Barkley, Shingo Setono
  • Patent number: 9830113
    Abstract: A system for printing an image. A printer includes a controller for motion in an X axis, components for motion in the X axis, a print head for printing image data in a swath, and a communication module for receiving image data and communications indicating that printing the swath is authorized and that printing is completed. A substrate unit includes a controller for motion in a Y axis, components for motion in the Y axis, and a communication module for receiving image data from a source. The communication module sends at least a portion of the image data to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Bruce A Deboard, Lucas D Barkley, Michael A Marra, III
  • Publication number: 20170300273
    Abstract: A system for printing an image. A printer includes a controller for motion in an X axis, components for motion in the X axis, a print head for printing image data in a swath, and a communication module for receiving image data and communications indicating that printing the swath is authorized and that printing is completed. A substrate unit includes a controller for motion in a Y axis, components for motion in the Y axis, and a communication module for receiving image data from a source. The communication module sends at least a portion of the image data to the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A Deboard, Lucas D Barkley, Michael A Marra, III
  • Patent number: 9764544
    Abstract: A printer that includes a motor assembly for moving a print head relative to a medium, and a processor for receiving a data structure for a pixel to be printed on the medium. The data structure includes perception data and classification data for the pixel. The processor adjusts at least one printing parameter of the printer based upon the classification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce A Deboard, Lucas D Barkley, Michael A Marra, III
  • Patent number: 9757955
    Abstract: A method for reducing printing defects in inkjet printing includes determining a respective colorant density for each colorant of a plurality of colorants for a region to be printed; determining a colorant dry-time signal strength as a function of a combined colorant density value based on the respective colorant densities of the plurality of colorants for the region to be printed; determining a respective colorant swath contraction strength for each colorant as a function of the respective colorant density; selecting a dry-time threshold which if met by the colorant dry-time signal strength indicates that a dry-time defect may occur; selecting a respective colorant density threshold for each colorant which if met by the respective colorant density indicates a visible swath contraction may occur; and determining a printing action to be taken based on whether the dry-time threshold is met and whether at least one respective colorant density threshold is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lucas D. Barkley, Michael A Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard, Yu Ito
  • Publication number: 20170165990
    Abstract: A method for reducing printing defects in inkjet printing includes determining a respective colorant density for each colorant of a plurality of colorants for a region to be printed; determining a colorant dry-time signal strength as a function of a combined colorant density value based on the respective colorant densities of the plurality of colorants for the region to be printed; determining a respective colorant swath contraction strength for each colorant as a function of the respective colorant density; selecting a dry-time threshold which if met by the colorant dry-time signal strength indicates that a dry-time defect may occur; selecting a respective colorant density threshold for each colorant which if met by the respective colorant density indicates a visible swath contraction may occur; and determining a printing action to be taken based on whether the dry-time threshold is met and whether at least one respective colorant density threshold is met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Lucas D. Barkley, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard, Yu Ito
  • Patent number: 9659241
    Abstract: A method for operating a portable large format inkjet printer includes determining an output image size of an output image to be printed on a stationary flat media; selecting a source image to serve as the output image; displaying a preview of the output image superposed with an output image grid defining a plurality of output image area portions; selecting a serial order of printing each of the output image area portions; selecting a next output image area portion based on the serial order; printing the selected next output image area portion at a media print area of the stationary flat media; and repeating the acts of selecting the next output image area portion and printing, for each of the plurality of output image area portions, until an entirety of the output image area has been printed at the media print area of the stationary flat media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sam Norasak, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard
  • Publication number: 20170140255
    Abstract: A method for operating a portable large format inkjet printer includes determining an output image size of an output image to be printed on a stationary flat media; selecting a source image to serve as the output image; displaying a preview of the output image superposed with an output image grid defining a plurality of output image area portions; selecting a serial order of printing each of the output image area portions; selecting a next output image area portion based on the serial order; printing the selected next output image area portion at a media print area of the stationary flat media; and repeating the acts of selecting the next output image area portion and printing, for each of the plurality of output image area portions, until an entirety of the output image area has been printed at the media print area of the stationary flat media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Sam Norasak, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard