Patents by Inventor Bruce H. Smith

Bruce H. 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: 10647105
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, Jonathan Ross Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Van Bortel
  • Publication number: 20190388405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compounds and compositions for the inhibition of NAMPT, their synthesis, applications and antidotes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Bair, Timm R. Baumeister, Alexandre J. Buckmelter, Karl H. Clodfelter, Peter Dragovich, Francis Gosselin, Bingsong Han, Jian Lin, Dominic J. Reynolds, Bruce Roth, Chase C. Smith, Zhongguo Wang, Po-Wai Yuen, Xiaozhang Zheng
  • Patent number: 10456382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compounds and compositions for the inhibition of NAMPT, their synthesis, applications and antidotes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: FORMA TM, LLC, Genentech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Bair, Timm R. Baumeister, Alexandre J. Buckmelter, Karl H. Clodfelter, Peter Dragovich, Francis Gosselin, Bingsong Han, Jian Lin, Dominic J. Reynolds, Bruce Roth, Chase C. Smith, Zhongguo Wang, Po-Wai Yuen, Xiaozhang Zheng
  • Patent number: 10273102
    Abstract: Printing devices include a media supply storing print media, a luminescent belt positioned adjacent the media supply in a location to move sheets of the print media from the media supply, a print engine positioned adjacent the luminescent belt in a location to receive the sheets from the luminescent belt, an optical sensor positioned adjacent the belt in a location to receive belt-emitted light from the luminescent belt, and a processor electrically connected to the optical sensor. The processor receives the image from the optical sensor and identifies locations of the sheets on the belt based on where the sheets block the belt-emitted light from the luminescent belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Seemit Praharaj, Paul J. McConville, Douglas K. Herrmann, Jason M. LeFevre, Chu-heng Liu, Erwin Ruiz, Paul M. Fromm, Linn C. Hoover, David A. VanKouwenberg, Jeffrey J. Bradway, Martin E. Hoover, Bruce H. Smith, Donald Thresh, James D. Van Bortel, Michael N. Soures, Jonathan R. Ireland
  • Patent number: 10245845
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of an object. The mount has a plurality of receptacles, each has a shape for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations. A head of each retainer is shaped to retain an edge of the object on the mount. A base of each retainer is shaped such that, when the base is pressed into a receptacle, the head assumes a desired orientation. The removable retainers retain the object on the shuttle mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Publication number: 20180281304
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a metallic shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of magnetic retainers are each shaped to physically secure the object to the metallic shuttle mount while the object is being moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan IRELAND, Michael N. SOURES, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VANBORTEL
  • Publication number: 20180281307
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas SOURES, Jonathan Ross IRELAND, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VAN BORTEL
  • Publication number: 20180281463
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of an object. The mount has a plurality of receptacles, each has a shape for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations. A head of each retainer is shaped to retain an edge of the object on the mount. A base of each retainer is shaped such that, when the base is pressed into a receptacle, the head assumes a desired orientation. The removable retainers retain the object on the shuttle mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan IRELAND, Michael N. SOURES, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VANBORTEL
  • Patent number: 10086558
    Abstract: 3-D printing system include development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer build and support materials to an intermediate transfer surface, a transfer station adjacent the intermediate transfer surface, guides adjacent the transfer station, and platens moving on the guides. The guides are shaped to direct the platens to repeatedly pass the transfer station and come in contact with the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station. The intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of the build and support materials to the platens each time the platens contact the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station to successively form layers of the build and support materials on the platens. The platens and the intermediate transfer surface include alignment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Thresh, Michael N. Soures, Jonathan Ireland, James D. Van Bortel, Bruce H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180272685
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Steven R. MOORE, Abu Saeed ISLAM, Bruce H. SMITH
  • Patent number: 10046547
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R Moore, Abu Saeed Islam, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 10005302
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a base plate configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A shaft passes through the base plate. A back support is fixed to an end of the base plate. A side plate is slideably attached to the base plate. The back support and side plate collectively provide support to the shaft. A suction cup is connected to one end of the shaft for holding an object to the shaft while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Vanbortel, Michael Nicholas Soures, Donald E. Thresh, Jonathan Ireland, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9908292
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing localized and directed laser welding joining techniques in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components (3D objects). A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through a targeted laser welding technique; and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Moore, Abu Saeed Islam, Bruce H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180001554
    Abstract: 3-D printing system include development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer build and support materials to an intermediate transfer surface, a transfer station adjacent the intermediate transfer surface, guides adjacent the transfer station, and platens moving on the guides. The guides are shaped to direct the platens to repeatedly pass the transfer station and come in contact with the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station. The intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of the build and support materials to the platens each time the platens contact the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station to successively form layers of the build and support materials on the platens. The platens and the intermediate transfer surface include alignment features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Thresh, Michael N. Soures, Jonathan Ireland, James D. Van Bortel, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9789701
    Abstract: A printing system includes a first member and a second member. The second member is positioned parallel to the first member. The system further includes a first extensible member and a second extensible member. The system further includes a first gripper and a second gripper. One end of the first extensible member is mounted to the first member and the other end of the first extensible member is mounted to the first gripper. One end of the second extensible member is mounted to the second member and the other end is mounted to the second gripper. A controller operates a first actuator operatively connected to the first and second extensible members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Donald Thresh, Michael N. Soures, James D. VanBortel, Bruce H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170144426
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Steven R. MOORE, Abu Saeed ISLAM, Bruce H. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20170144370
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing localized and directed laser welding joining techniques in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components (3D objects). A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through a targeted laser welding technique; and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Steven R. MOORE, Abu Saeed ISLAM, Bruce H. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20160159117
    Abstract: Apparatuses include a conveyor moving in a processing direction, a print head positioned adjacent the conveyor, a light source positioned adjacent a first side of the conveyor, a movable mirror positioned adjacent a second side of the conveyor, that is across the conveyor from the first side of the conveyor, a fixed mirror positioned adjacent the first side of the conveyor (the fixed mirror is between the light source and the print head), and a light sensor position adjacent the second side of the conveyor. The light sensor is between the movable mirror and the print head. The light source outputs light to the movable mirror across the conveyor, the movable mirror directs the light back across the conveyor to the fixed mirror, and the fixed mirror directs the light again across the conveyor to the light sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: David M. Gurak, Timothy J. Clark, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9341466
    Abstract: Apparatuses include a conveyor moving in a processing direction, a print head positioned adjacent the conveyor, a light source positioned adjacent a first side of the conveyor, a movable mirror positioned adjacent a second side of the conveyor, that is across the conveyor from the first side of the conveyor, a fixed mirror positioned adjacent the first side of the conveyor (the fixed mirror is between the light source and the print head), and a light sensor position adjacent the second side of the conveyor. The light sensor is between the movable mirror and the print head. The light source outputs light to the movable mirror across the conveyor, the movable mirror directs the light back across the conveyor to the fixed mirror, and the fixed mirror directs the light again across the conveyor to the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Gurak, Timothy J. Clark, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9069494
    Abstract: Method and systems maintain historical printing device information from a plurality of printing devices, maintain historical actions performed on the printing devices, and maintain historical print image quality produced by the printing devices within a storage medium of a computerized device. These methods and systems determine which of the historical actions increase the print image quality and which of the historical actions decrease the print image quality, using the computerized device. The methods and systems output an action effectiveness report from the computerized device. The action effectiveness report indicates which of the historical actions increase/decrease the print image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Philip Kirby, Nathan James Weldon, Jr., Timothy D. Thomas, Mehmet Anil Gungor, Cheryl Marie Koenig, Bruce H. Smith