Patents by Inventor Bruce Dexter

Bruce Dexter 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: 8769085
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing the health of networks and identifying Points of Interest in networks are provided. In one embodiment, a method for analyzing the health of a network is provided. The method may include: receiving status information for multiple network devices associated with a network; and analyzing the status information for at least a portion of the network devices by comparing the statuses of one or more network devices that are located downstream on the network relative to the statuses of one or more network devices that are located upstream on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Robert Michael O'Shea, Mark Steven Adams, John Milton Landis, IV, Sundeep Kizhakethalakel Sunny, Ian Derrick Tabb, Scott Allan Sternloff, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Yashin
  • Patent number: 8649257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for locating a possible failure on a power network are provided. In one embodiment, a method may include determining that a possible power network failure exists based on a first group of network devices without battery back-up capabilities having an inactive status and a second groups of network devices with battery back-up capabilities having an active status on a communications network, wherein each of the network devices are adapted for receiving at least primary power from a power network; determining addresses for at least a portion of the first or the second groups of network devices; locating the addresses on a power network grid topology; and identifying at least one power network component or power network segment as a possible power network failure location based on locations of the at least a portion of the first or the second groups of network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Ian Derrick Tabb
  • Patent number: 8635495
    Abstract: Systems and methods for classifying a possible failure in a power network are provided. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving network device status information for multiple network devices in communication with a communications network and capable of receiving primary power from a power network; and determining that a possible power network failure exists based on a first portion of the network devices associated with an inactive status and a second portion of the network devices associated with an active status, wherein the first portion comprises network devices without battery back-up capabilities and the second portion comprises network devices with battery back-up capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Ian Derrick Tabb
  • Publication number: 20110116387
    Abstract: Systems and methods for locating a possible failure on a power network are provided. In one embodiment, a method may include determining that a possible power network failure exists based on a first group of network devices without battery back-up capabilities having an inactive status and a second groups of network devices with battery back-up capabilities having an active status on a communications network, wherein each of the network devices are adapted for receiving at least primary power from a power network; determining addresses for at least a portion of the first or the second groups of network devices; locating the addresses on a power network grid topology; and identifying at least one power network component or power network segment as a possible power network failure location based on locations of the at least a portion of the first or the second groups of network devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Ian Derrick Tabb
  • Publication number: 20110119517
    Abstract: Systems and methods for classifying a possible failure in a power network are provided. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving network device status information for multiple network devices in communication with a communications network and capable of receiving primary power from a power network; and determining that a possible power network failure exists based on a first portion of the network devices associated with an inactive status and a second portion of the network devices associated with an active status, wherein the first portion comprises network devices without battery back-up capabilities and the second portion comprises network devices with battery back-up capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Ian Derrick Tabb
  • Publication number: 20110119375
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing the health of networks and identifying Points of Interest in networks are provided. In one embodiment, a method for analyzing the health of a network is provided. The method may include: receiving status information for multiple network devices associated with a network; and analyzing the status information for at least a portion of the network devices by comparing the statuses of one or more network devices that are located downstream on the network relative to the statuses of one or more network devices that are located upstream on the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter Beeco, Robert Michael O'Shea, Mark Steven Adams, John Milton Landis, IV, Sundeep Kizhakethalakel Sunny, Ian Derrick Tabb, Scott Allan Sternloff, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Yashin
  • Patent number: 7562589
    Abstract: An electronic torque wrench for engaging a workpiece, the electronic torque wrench including a wrench body and a wrench head disposed on the wrench body, the wrench head being configured to engage the workpiece. A grip handle is disposed on the wrench body opposite the wrench head and a user interface is carried by the wrench body. The user interface includes a digital display with a first readout and a second readout, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. The first readout displays a peak torque value continuously during operations and the second readout displays an applied torque value continuously during operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Muniswamappa Anjanappa, Awad Aly Gharib, Xia Chen, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Patent number: 7469602
    Abstract: A torque wrench for engaging a workpiece includes a wrench body having a first end and a second end. A wrench head is disposed on the first end of the wrench body and is configured to engage the workpiece. A display device is carried by the wrench body and includes a housing, a display, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. A torque sensor is carried by the wrench head and is electrically connected to the display device. A detent extends outwardly from one of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface and a plurality of recesses is formed in another of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface, each of the recesses being configured to releasably receive the detent. The display device is rotatable relative to the wrench head so that the detent is received by one of the recesses for retaining the display device in a desired angular position with regard to the wrench head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Awad Aly Gharib, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Publication number: 20080168871
    Abstract: A torque wrench for engaging a workpiece includes a wrench body having a first end and a second end. A wrench head is disposed on the first end of the wrench body and is configured to engage the workpiece. A display device is carried by the wrench body and includes a housing, a display, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. A torque sensor is carried by the wrench head and is electrically connected to the display device. A detent extends outwardly from one of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface and a plurality of recesses is formed in another of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface, each of the recesses being configured to releasably receive the detent. The display device is rotatable relative to the wrench head so that the detent is received by one of the recesses for retaining the display device in a desired angular position with regard to the wrench head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: EASCO HAND TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: Awad Aly Gharib, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Patent number: 7370539
    Abstract: An electronic torque wrench for engaging a workpiece includes a wrench body having a first end and a second end. A wrench head is disposed on the first end of the wrench body and is configured to engage the workpiece. A grip handle is disposed on the second end of the wrench head. A user interface is carried by the wrench body and includes a housing, a digital display, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. A torque sensing element is carried by the wrench head and is electrically connected to the display device. A detent extends outwardly from one of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface and a plurality of recesses is formed in another of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface, each of the recesses being configured to releasably receive the detent. The display device is rotatable relative to the wrench head so that the detent is received by one of the recesses for retaining the display device in a desired angular position with regard to the wrench head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Awad Aly Gharib, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Publication number: 20070119269
    Abstract: An electronic torque wrench for engaging a workpiece, the electronic torque wrench including a wrench body and a wrench head disposed on the wrench body, the wrench head being configured to engage the workpiece. A grip handle is disposed on the wrench body opposite the wrench head and a user interface is carried by the wrench body. The user interface includes a digital display with a first readout and a second readout, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. The first readout displays a peak torque value continuously during operations and the second readout displays an applied torque value continuously during operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Inventors: Muniswamappa Anjanappa, Awad Gharib, Xia Chen, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Publication number: 20070051186
    Abstract: An electronic torque wrench for engaging a workpiece includes a wrench body having a first end and a second end. A wrench head is disposed on the first end of the wrench body and is configured to engage the workpiece. A grip handle is disposed on the second end of the wrench head. A user interface is carried by the wrench body and includes a housing, a digital display, and an input device for inputting a preset torque value. A torque sensing element is carried by the wrench head and is electrically connected to the display device. A detent extends outwardly from one of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface and a plurality of recesses is formed in another of the wrench body, the wrench head, and the user interface, each of the recesses being configured to releasably receive the detent. The display device is rotatable relative to the wrench head so that the detent is received by one of the recesses for retaining the display device in a desired angular position with regard to the wrench head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: Awad Gharib, Steve Booher, Bruce Dexter
  • Patent number: 7153214
    Abstract: A universal joint to transmit force from a tool to a workpiece. A driver attachable to the tool has a spherical cavity. A plurality of inwardly facing protrusions is formed in the cavity. Each protrusion has a pair of conical sidewalls separated by an angled ramp. A driven socket has a sphere formed on one end. The sphere has a plurality of channels. The sphere is received in the spherical cavity in the driver and the protrusions in the cavity are received in the channels. The drive webs forming the channel engage the protrusions when the driver is angularly offset from the driven socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Dana L. Delaney, Bruce Dexter, Awad Gharib
  • Publication number: 20050143179
    Abstract: A universal joint to transmit force from a tool to a workpiece. A driver attachable to the tool has a spherical cavity. A plurality of inwardly facing protrusions is formed in the cavity. Each protrusion has a pair of conical sidewalls separated by an angled ramp. A driven socket has a sphere formed on one end. The sphere has a plurality of channels. The sphere is received in the spherical cavity in the driver and the protrusions in the cavity are received in the channels. The drive webs forming the channel engage the protrusions when the driver is angularly offset from the driven socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Inventors: Dana Delaney, Bruce Dexter, Awad Gharib
  • Patent number: 6869366
    Abstract: A universal joint to transmit force from a tool to a workpiece. A driver attachable to the tool has a spherical cavity. A plurality of inwardly facing protrusions are formed in the cavity. Each protrusion has a pair of conical sidewalls separated by an angled ramp. A driven socket has a sphere formed on one end. The sphere has a plurality of channels. The sphere is received in the spherical cavity in the driver and the protrusions in the cavity are received in the channels. The drive webs forming the channel engage the protrusions when the driver is angularly offset from the driven socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools Inc.
    Inventors: Dana L. Delaney, Bruce Dexter, Awad Gharib
  • Patent number: D500944
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer
  • Patent number: D501768
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer
  • Patent number: D523305
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer
  • Patent number: RE42400
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer
  • Patent number: RE43408
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer