Patents by Inventor Bruce Peterson

Bruce Peterson 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: 5247434
    Abstract: A number of improvements relating to methods and apparatuses for kidney dialysis are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Althin Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Peterson, Michael E. Hogard, Harley D. Johnson, Thomas D. Kelly, Jean M. Long, William G. Preston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5125851
    Abstract: A collapsible insulation displacement terminal is disclosed for terminating an insulated wire having an electrical conductor with a sheath of insulation thereabout. The terminal includes at least one terminal wall portion deflectable for displacing the insulation and for engagement with the conductor upon application of a force on the terminal in a direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the insulated wire. The first terminal wall portion includes a blade portion deformable therefrom generally parallel to the axis of the insulated wire to present a substantial area of contact with the conductor of the wire. A second terminal wall portion is deflectable upon application of the axial force into engagement with the blade portion of the first terminal wall portion to insure contact between the electrical conductor and the first terminal wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Bruce A. Peterson, James T. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5035659
    Abstract: A generally elongated electrical terminal pin is adapted to be inserted into a plated-through hole in a circuit board. The pin is a stamped and formed metal member and includes a mating portion adapted to contact an electrically conductive element and a compliant portion adapted to make electrical contact with conductive plating material defining an interior surface of the plated-through hole. The compliant portion, in a lateral direction, is formed by a generally W-shaped curved cross-section sized such that the outer legs of the W-shape contact the interior surface of the plated-through hole. In the exemplary embodiment, the compliant portion has a substantially uniform thickness, and the outer legs of the W-shape are substantially shorter than the central portion of the W-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Bruce A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5017151
    Abstract: A floating panel mount for an electrical connector is provided. The floating panel mount includes a central support post from which a pair of helically configured inwardly collapsible vanes extend. The vanes are tapered to define a minor cross-sectional dimension less than the diameter of a mounting aperture in the panel and a major dimension which exceeds the diameter of the mounting aperture. The support post is generally circular in cross-section throughout substantially the entire length thereof and includes a bore in a distal end thereof to decrease insertion forces of the post into the mounting aperture in the panel. The vanes are spirally collapsed in response to ramping forces generated as the floating panel mount is urged into the mounting aperture of the panel. The vanes then resiliently return to their undeflected condition to engage the panel. In this mounted condition, the vanes permit radial float of the electrical connector relative to the panel, but prevent backup in response to mating forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Bruce A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4821769
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring operation of a valve is disclosed in which a signal, such as an alternating current electrical signal, is propagated through a fluid path defined by the valve. The occlusion of the fluid path is indicated by monitoring the propagation of the signal. The system is highly immune to electrical noise and to variations in fluid conductivity. The system is also well adapted for monitoring operation of valves having a plurality of ports. In installations employing a plurality of valves, as plurality of valve monitors can be used without mutual interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: CD Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Gary N. Mills, Bruce A. Peterson, William G. Preston, Jr.
  • Patent number: D295249
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Rammac Incorporated
    Inventor: Bruce A. Peterson