Patents by Inventor Chad Martin

Chad Martin 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: 20230024157
    Abstract: An e-coat line includes a frame supporting a process track configured to extend along a process direction, a workpiece rack moveably supported on the frame, and a plurality of electrodes supported on an electrode rack. The rack includes support members configured to hold a plurality of hollow workpieces in a predetermined arrangement, and the workpiece rack is moveable relative to the frame between a raised position and a lowered position. The plurality of electrodes are supported on the electrode rack in a predetermined arrangement complementary to the predetermined arrangement of the plurality of hollow workpieces on the support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Inventors: Tim Splingaire, Anthony E. Herbst, Jeffrey Alan Wienke, Chad Martin Andreae
  • Patent number: 11562619
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in gaming activities, such as in a slot machine. A first grid comprising a plurality of elements overlayed a second grid comprising a plurality of elements is presented. At least some of the elements of the first grid and the second grid are marked. Marked elements of first grid are then used to form a subportion, the subportion boundary enclosing an area and having a correspondingly marked element of the first grid at each corner. Payouts are issued for marked elements and element combinations of the second grid within the subportion. The payouts may be administered according to a pay table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Adam Martin, Ryan Strand, Chad Shapiro, Nate Norbie
  • Patent number: 11530089
    Abstract: A transport container for transporting a hub and vanes of a fan prior to assembly of the fan includes a body having a floor and defining an interior having a top opening. The transport container also includes a lid that removably covers the top opening. A divider wall is positioned within the interior so that the interior is divided into first and second internal compartments that hold the vanes of the fan. A hub post is positioned within the interior of the body. The hub post has a bottom end portion attached to the floor and a top end portion that is inserted into a central opening of the hub of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Hudson Products Corporation
    Inventors: Indian Martin, Chad Martin, Ron Kuegler, Scott Jarvis
  • Publication number: 20220389605
    Abstract: A bulk finishing system including a plurality of liquid immersion workstations defining a finishing process for a plurality of metal work pieces processed therethrough. Each of the plurality of liquid immersion workstations includes a tank, and the plurality of metal work pieces are conveyed through a group of one or more of the respective tanks of the plurality of liquid immersion workstations by non-contact magnetic conveyance provided by an inclined downstream tank end wall forming a work piece exit slide, with a magnetic conveyor extending along an exterior side of the inclined downstream tank end wall. The plurality of work pieces are introduced loosely in bulk to each one of the group of tanks of the plurality of liquid immersion workstations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Robert G. Rock
  • Publication number: 20220388025
    Abstract: A coating system includes a plurality of liquid immersion workstations positioned along an arcuate path, the plurality of liquid immersion workstations defining a single complete coating process for a sequence of objects. A plurality of curing workstations are configured to independently receive objects of the sequence of objects exiting the plurality of liquid immersion workstations. An articulated robotic arm has a base positioned inside the arcuate path in top plan view such that the robotic arm is operable to carry each object of the sequence of objects through each of the plurality of liquid immersion workstations and to exactly one of the plurality of curing workstations. An articulated robotic hand is provided at a distal end of the robotic arm and configured to grasp and hold each of the objects and to oscillate the object while submerged in each of the plurality of liquid immersion workstations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Robert G. Rock, Chad Martin Andreae
  • Patent number: 11098964
    Abstract: An air-cooled heat exchanger is connectable between an upstream fluid source and a downstream fluid destination by a plurality of external pipes having connection ends arranged in one or more external pipe connection configurations. The air-cooled heat exchanger has a cooling tubes assembly that includes a plurality of headers, a plurality of intermediate pipes connected to the plurality of headers, and a modular manifold system that connects the plurality of intermediate pipes to the plurality of external pipes. The modular manifold system includes a plurality of pipe elbows each connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of intermediate pipes, and one or more trays. Each of the plurality of pipe elbows is retained within the one or more trays in a configuration that matches the one or more external pipe connection configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Hudson Products Corporation
    Inventors: Indian Martin, Chad Martin, Ron Kuegler, Scott Williams
  • Patent number: 11072501
    Abstract: A finishing system includes a workpiece carrier configured to hold a workpiece, and a plurality of work stations arranged in a row along an axis defining a process line, each of the plurality of work stations configured to receive the workpiece and treat the workpiece. A hoist runway, including fixed and movable rail sections, extends along the plurality of work stations of the process line. A hoist is movable along the hoist runway to traverse the plurality of work stations, the hoist coupled to the workpiece carrier to raise and lower the workpiece carrier and to move the workpiece carrier along the process line. A side transfer mechanism moves the movable rail section, with the hoist situated thereon, in a direction transverse to the axis so that the hoist is movable out of the process line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SST Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Martin Andreae
  • Publication number: 20210215427
    Abstract: An industrial oven includes an oven chamber configured to receive a plurality of work pieces. A heater box of the oven has a heating element therein operable to heat air for delivery to the oven chamber. A circulation system of the oven is operable to force hot air from the heater box into the oven chamber. The circulation system includes a delivery manifold extending from the heater box to the oven chamber. A duct has an inlet coupled with an outlet of the delivery manifold, and the duct has a plurality of hot air outlet apertures therein for expelling hot air into the oven chamber. The duct is constructed of fabric sheet and suspended within the oven chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventor: Chad Martin Andreae
  • Publication number: 20210188555
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a fixed, non-powered rail defining a conveyor path. An automated conveyor carrier (ACC) is supported by the rail and drivable along the rail by an on-board motor in a self-driving trolley of the ACC, the motor powering a drive wheel. The rail defines a first section and a second section separate from the first section. The conveyor system is adapted to provide a first amount of traction for the ACC on the rail in the first section and a second amount of traction, greater than the first amount of traction, in the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210188556
    Abstract: A method of constructing a conveyor system includes decommissioning an existing conveyor system by removing electrification or a powered chain from a conveyor rail. Carriers of the existing conveyor system are removed from the rail. An automated conveyor carrier (ACC) is installed onto the rail so that a drive wheel of a self-driving trolley of the ACC is put into contact with the rail. A battery is installed on the ACC. Electrical connection is established from the battery to the self-driving trolley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210188557
    Abstract: A conveyorized industrial system includes at least one work station including a heated over chamber. A fixed, non-powered rail defines a conveyor path including an oven zone in which the rail extends through or over the heated oven chamber. An automated conveyor carrier (ACC) is suspended from the rail by a self-driving trolley having an on-board motor for driving the ACC along the rail, and by at least one additional free-rolling trolley. The ACC further comprises an enclosure containing one or both of an inverter and a battery, the enclosure having a wall defining an interior space of the enclosure. A heat protection system is provided in addition to the wall, the heat protection system operating to limit an internal temperature of the enclosure during transport along the oven zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210188559
    Abstract: A method of operating a conveyor system includes providing a fixed, non-powered first rail supporting first and second trolleys of a first carrier, at least one of which is self-driving. The first and second trolley are conveyed in line along the first rail with a load bar therebetween. The first carrier defines a length measured along the first rail and a width measured transverse. The first carrier is conveyed to a branch point where a second rail branches from the first rail. The second trolley is conveyed along the second the rail to turn the first carrier so that it is conveyed with the load bar traversing between the first and second rails. The width is substantially less than the length such that the turning of the first carrier reduces an occupancy of the first carrier along the first rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210188558
    Abstract: A method of operating a conveyor system includes providing a fixed, non-powered rail defining a conveyor path, the rail supporting first and second consecutive automated conveyor carriers (ACC), each of which includes a motor-powered self-driving trolley. First and second loads are suspended from the first and second ACCs. The first and second ACCs are driven independently along the rail by executing instructions from independent on-board controllers of the first and second ACCs, wherein a first spacing between the first and second ACCs is maintained through a first section of the rail. The first ACC is accelerated away from the second ACC to increase the spacing from the first spacing to a second spacing for navigating a second section of the rail, the second section being a curved section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210188560
    Abstract: A conveyor system including a fixed, non-powered rail defining a conveyor path, and a plurality of automated conveyor carriers supported on the rail. Each carrier includes an on-board motor and electrical power source selectively powering the motor to drive the carrier along the rail. Each of the plurality of ACCs operates to power the on-board motor from the on-board electrical power source under the direction of instructions programmed to a local controller on the respective ACC. Wherein each of the local controllers of the respective ACCs is programmed to carry out independent power level management for its own on-board electrical power source and configured to selectively operate an adaptive low power indicator to communicate a low power status based only in part on the power level of the on-board battery and further based on one or more parameters of a current work cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210078284
    Abstract: A structured tissue belt assembly including a supporting layer, a non-woven web contacting layer, and one or more laser welds that attach the bottom surface of the web contacting layer to the top surface of the supporting layer. The structured tissue belt assembly allows for air flow in x, y and z directions. In exemplary embodiments, the structured tissue belt assembly has an embedment distance between the supporting layer and the web contacting layer of 0.05 mm to 0.60 mm and a peel force between the web contacting layer and the supporting layer of at least 650 gf/inch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin, Robbie Edmonds, Allan Manninen, Chi Zhang, Hongjian Zhou, James E. Sealey, II, Byrd Tyler Miller, IV, Marc Paul Begin, Justin S. Pence
  • Patent number: 10951489
    Abstract: Compliance with a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between an ecommerce provider and its customer may be determined using real user monitoring by collecting data for each HTTP/HTTPS request and response sent to the ecommerce provider. The presence of a content delivery network (CDN), also monitoring every HTTP/HTTPS request sent from a user, through the CDN provides an external, third-party confirmation of compliance. Real user monitoring is collected at the SaaS system by triggering an event rule, collecting data regarding the performance of the request and the response, and logging the created message. The log is processed and stored in a performance monitoring system where indexed for calculations and presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DIGITAL RIVER, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Aron Beltt, Ryan Patrick Douglas, Chad Martin, Marcus Mechmann, Michael Edwin Borchert
  • Patent number: 10947049
    Abstract: A conveyor system comprising a fixed, non-powered rail defining a conveyor path and an automated conveyor carrier (ACC) supported on the rail to be movable along the conveyor path. The ACC includes an on-board motor and an on-board electrical power source selectively powering the on-board motor to drive the ACC along the rail. The ACC may include a wireless sleep mode module operable to selectively shut off power to an on-board ACC controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SST Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Stephen C. Mann, Anthony C. Scoville
  • Publication number: 20210071364
    Abstract: A structured tissue belt assembly including a supporting layer, a non-woven web contacting layer, and one or more laser welds that attach the bottom surface of the web contacting layer to the top surface of the supporting layer. The structured tissue belt assembly allows for air flow in x, y and z directions. In exemplary embodiments, the structured tissue belt assembly has an embedment distance between the supporting layer and the web contacting layer of 0.05 mm to 0.60 mm and a peel force between the web contacting layer and the supporting layer of at least 650 gf/inch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Martin, Robbie Edmonds, Allan Mannien, Chi Zhang, Hongjian Zhou, James E. Sealey, II, Byrd Tyler Miller, IV, Marc Paul Begin, Justin S. Pence
  • Publication number: 20200407177
    Abstract: A finishing system includes a workpiece carrier configured to hold a workpiece, and a plurality of work stations arranged in a row along an axis defining a process line, each of the plurality of work stations configured to receive the workpiece and treat the workpiece. A hoist runway, including fixed and movable rail sections, extends along the plurality of work stations of the process line. A hoist is movable along the hoist runway to traverse the plurality of work stations, the hoist coupled to the workpiece carrier to raise and lower the workpiece carrier and to move the workpiece carrier along the process line. A side transfer mechanism moves the movable rail section, with the hoist situated thereon, in a direction transverse to the axis so that the hoist is movable out of the process line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventor: Chad Martin Andreae
  • Patent number: 10712902
    Abstract: An augmented reality system includes a display device defining a display area, a database containing a three-dimensional model of a conveyor system, a communication link between the database and the display device, and a processor. The processor is operable to display the three-dimensional model of the conveyor system on the display area. The display allows a human user to see a real time combined view of the real physical environment, including a building and features thereof, and the three-dimensional model of the factory automation system within the building. A user interface has controls operable to effect one or both of: movement of the displayed conveyor system within the building, and measurement between features of the building and the displayed conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SST Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Jarrod G. Parks, Amy Barnard, Robert G. Rock