Patents by Inventor C. Knowles

C. Knowles 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: 20190151175
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a connector system of a patient support apparatus for inflating and/or deflating a mattress and facilitating the installation, detachment and interchange of various inflatable mattresses of the patient support apparatus, particularly inflatable mattresses for hospital beds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Randall Paul KELCH, Glenn C. STROH, Kenneth Michel KNOWLES
  • Patent number: 9528700
    Abstract: A reactor (110) serves to combust residual carbon in fine particulate matter, remove a contaminant from fine particulate matter, or change the composition of fine particulate matter. The reactor output is processed by particle collection devices (115, 125, 140, 155, 175) and heat exchangers (135, 150, 165) to provide particle outputs (118, 124, 131, 144, 159) of different sizes. A contaminant, such as carbon or a metal, is combusted, vaporized, volatized, broken down, or substantially appears on one particle output (144) so that another particle output and the exhaust gas (142) are substantially contaminant-free. Different outputs can also be selectively mixed, as desired, to product a combined output (171). Fly ash and silica fume can be processed separately or together to reduce the amount of unburned carbon in both. Metals can also be removed from the fine particulate matter. Kaolin can also be processed to produce metakaolin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: The SEFA GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Knowles, John M Castleman, III
  • Publication number: 20150073333
    Abstract: An expandable trocar includes a trocar body defining a hollow trocar stem having a cross-sectional inside area, and an outwardly projecting rib disposed on an outside surface of the trocar body. The trocar body is constructed to expand the cross-sectional inside area of the hollow trocar stem upon an application of an expanding force. The trocar body is formed of a resilient material such that when the expanding force is removed, the trocar body retracts the cross-sectional inside area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Robert C. Knowles
  • Publication number: 20150073332
    Abstract: A headless, flexible, two-part, semi-flexible trocar is formed from two semi-circular sections to form a hollow tubular body having a flared proximal end and a tapered distal end. The sections may temporarily move with respect to one another to increase the diameter of the tubular structure. A top portion protruding beyond the body may readily be trimmed as desired to allow a greater range of motion for an optical or surgical instrument within the body cavity. A valve/fulcrum within the tubular structure helps control the optical or surgical instruments. When tissue needs to be removed from the body cavity, the stem of the trocar may be expanded to allow passage of the tissue being removed, which stretches the incision. The insufflation gas is injected into the body cavity at a point other than through the trocar, which further optimizes intraoperative optics while minimizing tissue trauma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Robert C. Knowles
  • Publication number: 20150007759
    Abstract: A reactor (110) serves to combust residual carbon in fine particulate matter, remove a contaminant from fine particulate matter, or change the composition of fine particulate matter. The reactor output is processed by particle collection devices (115, 125, 140, 155, 175) and heat exchangers (135, 150, 165) to provide particle outputs (118, 124, 131, 144, 159) of different sizes. A contaminant, such as carbon or a metal, is combusted, vaporized, volatized, broken down, or substantially appears on one particle output (144) so that another particle output and the exhaust gas (142) are substantially contaminant-free. Different outputs can also be selectively mixed, as desired, to product a combined output (171). Fly ash and silica fume can be processed separately or together to reduce the amount of unburned carbon in both. Metals can also be removed from the fine particulate matter. Kaolin can also be processed to produce metakaolin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: The SEFA Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Knowles, John M. Castleman, III
  • Publication number: 20150012287
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems including at least one mobile computing device and methods of using the same for (1) in a secure first mode, collecting confidential information from a user and transmitting said information to a secured storage device and (2) in a second mode, providing the user with secondary content (such as entertainment, informational and/or educational content), where once the device transitions from the secure first mode to the second mode, all confidential information on the device is deleted. In some further embodiments, non-confidential data relating to the secondary content may be collected and transmitted to a storage device. The mobile computing system may have a software platform for laying on top of the native operating system of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kelly N. Vucovich, Brian C. Knowles
  • Patent number: 8833279
    Abstract: A reactor (110) serves to combust residual carbon in fine particulate matter, remove a contaminant from fine particulate matter, or change the composition of fine particulate matter. The reactor output is processed by particle collection devices (115, 125, 140, 155, 175) and heat exchangers (135, 150, 165) to provide particle outputs (118, 124, 131, 144, 159) of different sizes. A contaminant, such as carbon or a metal, is combusted, vaporized, volatized, broken down, or substantially appears on one particle output (144) so that another particle output and the exhaust gas (142) are substantially contaminant-free. Different outputs can also be selectively mixed, as desired, to product a combined output (171). Fly ash and silica fume can be processed separately or together to reduce the amount of unburned carbon in both. Metals can also be removed from the fine particulate matter. Kaolin can also be processed to produce metakaolin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The SEFA Group Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Knowles, John M. Castleman, III
  • Patent number: 8389780
    Abstract: The invention is directed to polyalphaolefins (PAOs) and processes for forming PAOs. In one embodiment, the invention is to a process for forming a PAO comprising polymerizing C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers in the presence of hydrogen, a C8-C12 saturated hydrocarbon, e.g., a C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon, and a catalyst system in a reaction vessel, wherein the C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon has about the same number of carbon atoms as the C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers. The C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon optionally is derived from a crude PAO product formed by the process of the invention. The invention is also directed to reaction systems for performing the processes of the invention, to processes for controlling PAO viscosity based on residence time, and to the removal of spent catalyst using a solid adsorbent particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Knowles, Jesus R. Fabian, Vilan Kosover, Susan Ferrarotti, E. Brian Fox, Frank DeBlase
  • Patent number: 8234986
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing fly ash comprising a heated refractory-lined vessel having a series of spaced angled rows of swirl-inducing nozzles which cause cyclonic and/or turbulent air flow of the fly ash when introduced in the vessel, thus increasing the residence time of airborne particles. Also disclosed is a method of fly ash beneficiation using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: The Sefa Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Knowles, Richard F. Storm
  • Publication number: 20120059388
    Abstract: A method of laparoscopically introducing a piece of surgical mesh into the abdominal cavity of a patient through a small incision. The mesh is tightly rolled after having traction sutures placed therein and being hydrated. The surgical mesh is pulled into a prelubricated insertion tube having been ligated adjacent its proximal end. A grasper is used to pull mesh into the tube. The tube/mesh is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a small incision. Once inside the abdomen, the insertion tube is split to release the surgical mesh that may then be used in the surgery. Also provided is an insertion tube having a thinned or otherwise weakened region extending along a longitudinal axis thereof. A ripcord extending along the insertion tube from its ligated, proximal end to beyond the distal end is utilized to spilt the insertion tube to facilitate freeing the surgical mesh from within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Robert C. Knowles
  • Patent number: 8080699
    Abstract: A final polymer product is formed using a two-stage process and system. In the first stage, a catalyst system is used to polymerize an alpha-olefin monomer to form an effluent. In the second stage, additional alpha-olefin monomer is supplied and is polymerized in the presence of the effluent from the first stage. The second stage produces the final polymer product, which may have a lower molecular weight and viscosity than the polymer formed in the first stage. The final polymer product may be used as a base stock for lubricant compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Knowles, Jesus R. Fabian
  • Publication number: 20110092752
    Abstract: The invention is directed to polyalphaolefins (PAOs) and processes for forming PAOs. In one embodiment, the invention is to a process for forming a PAO comprising polymerizing C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers in the presence of hydrogen, a C8-C12 saturated hydrocarbon, e.g., a C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon, and a catalyst system in a reaction vessel, wherein the C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon has about the same number of carbon atoms as the C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers. The C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon optionally is derived from a crude PAO product formed by the process of the invention. The invention is also directed to reaction systems for performing the processes of the invention, to processes for controlling PAO viscosity based on residence time, and to the removal of spent catalyst using a solid adsorbent particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel C. Knowles, Jesus R. Fabian, Vilan Kosover, Susan Ferrarotti, E. Brian Fox, Frank DeBlase
  • Publication number: 20110054126
    Abstract: A final polymer product is formed using a two-stage process and system. In the first stage, a catalyst system is used to polymerize an alpha-olefin monomer to form an effluent. In the second stage, additional alpha-olefin monomer is supplied and is polymerized in the presence of the effluent from the first stage. The second stage produces the final polymer product, which may have a lower molecular weight and viscosity than the polymer foamed in the first stage. The final polymer product may be used as a base stock for lubricant compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. KNOWLES, Jesus R. FABIAN
  • Patent number: 7880047
    Abstract: The invention is directed to polyalphaolefins (PAOs) and processes for forming PAOs. In one embodiment, the invention is to a process for forming a PAO comprising polymerizing C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers in the presence of hydrogen, a C8-C12 saturated hydrocarbon, e.g., a C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon, and a catalyst system in a reaction vessel, wherein the C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon has about the same number of carbon atoms as the C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers. The C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon optionally is derived from a crude PAO product formed by the process of the invention. The invention is also directed to reaction systems for performing the processes of the invention, to processes for controlling PAO viscosity based on residence time, and to the removal of spent catalyst using a solid adsorbent particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Knowles, Jesus R. Fabian, Vilen Vilan Kosover, Susan Ferrarotti, E. Brian Fox, Frank DeBlase
  • Publication number: 20100069687
    Abstract: A process for reducing the level of residual catalyst comprising one or more 1-halo-2-methylpropanes and a Group 13 metal catalyst from a crude polyolefins product, the process comprising contacting the crude organic product with a solid adsorbent in an adsorbent system. Also provided is a co-catalyst system for polymerizing alpha olefins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Vilen KOSOVER, Jesus R. FABIAN, Daniel C. KNOWLES, Mitchel COHN, Werner A. THURING
  • Publication number: 20090281360
    Abstract: The invention is directed to polyalphaolefins (PAOs) and processes for forming PAOs. In one embodiment, the invention is to a process for forming a PAO comprising polymerizing C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers in the presence of hydrogen, a C8-C12 saturated hydrocarbon, e.g., a C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon, and a catalyst system in a reaction vessel, wherein the C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon has about the same number of carbon atoms as the C8-C12 ?-olefin monomers. The C8-C12 saturated straight-chain hydrocarbon optionally is derived from a crude PAO product formed by the process of the invention. The invention is also directed to reaction systems for performing the processes of the invention, to processes for controlling PAO viscosity based on residence time, and to the removal of spent catalyst using a solid adsorbent particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Knowles, Jesus R. Fabian, Vilen Kosover, Susan Ferrarotti, E. Brian Fox
  • Patent number: 7601255
    Abstract: A process for reducing the level of residual catalyst comprising one or more alkylhalide, alkoxyhalide, metal halide, metal oxyhalide, alkyl metal, alkoxy metal, boron compound and coordinated metal compound wherein the metal is a Group III, Group IV, Group V, Group VI and/or Group VIII metal, from a crude organic product (e.g., polyolefins, alkylated aromatic compounds, alkylated amines, etc.) comprising the residual catalyst is provided, the process comprising contacting the crude organic product with a solid adsorbent in an adsorbent system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Chemtura Corporation
    Inventors: Vilan Kosover, Jesus R. Fabian, Daniel C. Knowles, Mitchel Cohn
  • Publication number: 20080110994
    Abstract: A method of illuminating objects using adaptively controlled mixing of spectral illumination energy to form and detect digital images of objects at POS environments with sufficiently high image contrast and quality. The method comprises provides, at a POS environment, a digital image capture and processing system having a system housing with an imaging window, and an area-type illumination and imaging station disposed within said system housing, for projecting a coextensive area-type illumination and imaging field (i.e. zone) through said imaging window into a 3D imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. As the object is moved through the 3D imaging volume, its motion is automatically detected, and signals indicative of said detected object motion are generated. In response to the generated signals, a first field of visible illumination is produced from an array of visible LEDs, simultaneously with a second field of invisible illumination from a array of infrared (IR) LEDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: C. Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080110992
    Abstract: A method of illuminating objects using adaptively controlled mixing of spectral illumination energy to form and detect digital images of objects at a POS. The method comprises providing, at a POS environment, a digital image capture and processing system having a system housing with an imaging window, and an area-type illumination and imaging station disposed within said system housing, for projecting a coextensive area-type illumination and imaging field (i.e. zone) through said imaging window into a 3D imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. As the object is moved through the 3D imaging volume, its motion is automatically detected, and signals indicative of said detected object motion are generated. In response to the generated signals, a first field of visible illumination is produced from an array of visible LEDs, simultaneously with a second field of invisible illumination from a array of infrared (IR) LEDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: C. Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080053873
    Abstract: A process for reducing the level of residual catalyst comprising one or more alkylhalide, alkoxyhalide, metal halide, metal oxyhalide, alkyl metal, alkoxy metal, boron compound and coordinated metal compound wherein the metal is a Group III, Group IV, Group V, Group VI and/or Group VIII metal, from a crude organic product (e.g., polyolefins, alkylated aromatic compounds, alkylated amines, etc.) comprising the residual catalyst is provided, the process comprising contacting the crude organic product with a solid adsorbent in an adsorbent system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Vilan Kosover, Jesus R. Fabian, Daniel C. Knowles, Mitchel Cohn