Patents by Inventor Charles A. Cummings

Charles A. Cummings 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: 20190219082
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fastener assembly (20) for a prefabricated service module. The fastener assembly (20) comprises a first arm (21) having a flange (211) at a first end (221) thereof; a second arm (22) having a flange (221) at a first end (222) thereof; and a retainer mechanism (23). The second arm (22) is arranged parallel and opposite to the first arm (21); and the flanges (211, 221) of the first and second arms (21, 22) are arranged opposite from one another and extend in a direction away from each other. The first end (212) of the first arm (21) is moveable between a first position wherein said first end (212) is spaced apart from the first end (222) of the second arm (22) at a first distance, and a second position wherein said first end (212) is spaced apart from the first end (222) of the second arm (21) at a second distance, the first distance being greater than the second distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: BLUESKY SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Marks, Paul Cummings, Charles Van Blerk, James Samuel, Bruce Renfrew, Shaun Phillips, Hugo Swift
  • Patent number: 10309031
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of apparatus for electroplating semiconductor substrates includes operating in a high mode of operation in which an off-the-shelf power supply provides current or voltage that is directly used to produce the channel control signal and in a low mode of operation in which the off-the-shelf power supply biases a circuit that provides a current or voltage to produce the channel control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20180298516
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of apparatus for electroplating semiconductor substrates includes operating in a high mode of operation in which an off-the-shelf power supply provides current or voltage that is directly used to produce the channel control signal and in a low mode of operation in which the off-the-shelf power supply biases a circuit that provides a current or voltage to produce the channel control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Patent number: 10023969
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of apparatus for electroplating semiconductor substrates includes operating in a high mode of operation in which an off-the-shelf power supply provides current or voltage that is directly used to produce the channel control signal and in a low mode of operation in which the off-the-shelf power supply biases a circuit that provides a current or voltage to produce the channel control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20170342589
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of apparatus for electroplating semiconductor substrates includes operating in a high mode of operation in which an off-the-shelf power supply provides current or voltage that is directly used to produce the channel control signal and in a low mode of operation in which the off-the-shelf power supply biases a circuit that provides a current or voltage to produce the channel control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Patent number: 9801642
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter may include a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly may have a plurality of preconnected components including a tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto. A barcode reader may sense specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and may provide an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West, Chad Nicolas Grant
  • Patent number: 9770552
    Abstract: Air-in-line sensor systems and methods of using same are provided. The system includes an adapter (60) including first and second cylindrical portions defining a fluid flow channel, the first cylindrical portion comprising two adjacent wedge-shaped protrusions (68). Each wedge-shaped protrusion is infrared transmittive and defines an outer surface and an inner surface. The system further includes a tube and an infrared reflective sensor having an infrared light emitter (42,52) and an infrared light detector (44,54). The infrared light emitter and the infrared light detector are positioned at or near an adapter so that an infrared light can be transmitted to the adapter and at least a portion of the infrared light reflected off the adapter can be detected by the infrared light detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Adam Hartman, Paul Nguyen, David Charles Cummings
  • Patent number: 9641764
    Abstract: Adaptive optical zoom systems and methods are described herein. One example of a system for adaptive optical zoom includes a number of variable focal length elements aligned to receive an image through an aperture, wherein the aperture is smaller than at least one of the number of variable focal length elements, a focal plane array aligned to receive the image, and a computing device coupled to the number of variable focal length elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. L. Jungwirth, Alan Cornett, Charles Cummings
  • Publication number: 20160261804
    Abstract: Adaptive optical zoom systems and methods are described herein. One example of a system for adaptive optical zoom includes a number of variable focal length elements aligned to receive an image through an aperture, wherein the aperture is smaller than at least one of the number of variable focal length elements, a focal plane array aligned to receive the image, and a computing device coupled to the number of variable focal length elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew E. L. Jungwirth, Alan Cornett, Charles Cummings
  • Publication number: 20160038163
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter may include a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly may have a plurality of preconnected components including a tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto. A barcode reader may sense specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and may provide an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West, Chad Nicolas Grant
  • Patent number: 9161765
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement of disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 8986252
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides cassettes and methods of using same for the delivery of fluids to a patient using fluid delivery systems. In a general embodiment, the cassettes of the present disclosure include a flexible tube, a housing having a recessed area and first and second ends for holding the flexible tube, and at least two additional components including, for example, different sensors, false reading components for sensors, anti-flow valve means, insertion guides, directional indicators, latch mechanisms, kink-prevention notches, etc. Such additional components provide the cassettes of the present disclosure with several advantages including, for example, quality control, efficiency of use, cost effectiveness, and safety of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: David Charles Cummings, Alan P. Halbert, Seralaathan Hariharesan, James Allen Higgins, Brian Highley, Michael Rueben Jedwab, Russell Paul Meyer, Andrew Peter Nelson, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 8859972
    Abstract: Occlusion sensor systems and methods of using the occlusion sensor systems are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a sensor device includes a tube and an infra-red reflective sensor comprising an infra-red light emitter and an infra-red phototransistor receiver or photo-diode. The infra-red reflective sensor and the infra-red phototransistor receiver or photo-diode are positioned at or near the tube so that an infra-red light can be transmitted to a portion of the tube and at least a portion of the infra-red light reflected off the portion of the tube can be detected by the infra-red phototransistor receiver or photo-diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: David Charles Cummings, Andrew Peter Nelson, Russell Paul Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140155865
    Abstract: Air-in-line sensor systems and methods of using same are provided. The system includes an adapter (60) including first and second cylindrical portions defining a fluid flow channel, the first cylindrical portion comprising two adjacent wedge-shaped protrusions (68). Each wedge-shaped protrusion is infrared transmittive and defines an outer surface and an inner surface. The system further includes a tube and an infrared reflective sensor having an infrared light emitter (42,52) and an infrared light detector (44,54). The infrared light emitter and the infrared light detector are positioned at or near an adapter so that an infrared light can be transmitted to the adapter and at least a portion of the infrared light reflected off the adapter can be detected by the infrared light detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Adam Hartman, Paul Nguyen, David Charles Cummings
  • Patent number: 8628562
    Abstract: A medical device delivery system comprises an inner tube, a medical device disposed about a portion of the distal region of the inner tube, a medical device sheath disposed about the medical device, a medical device sheath retraction device extending proximally from the medical device sheath and an outer sheath disposed about a portion of the medical device sheath retraction device. The distal end of the outer sheath terminates at least one medical device length proximal of the medical device. The medical device sheath is movable relative to the outer sheath and relative to the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Cummings
  • Publication number: 20130310845
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement of disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Frederick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 8585875
    Abstract: A system for electroplating a substrate includes one or more controllers, with each controller having an FPGA with one or more output channels. A bulk power supply is connected to each controller. One or more transistors are associated with each output channel. An electroplating chamber has one or more electrodes, with each electrode connected to at least one output channel. The system may include a waveform capture and viewing circuit providing built-in process verification and diagnostic tools. The system may also have a throttle back mode which attempts to maintain proper anode current ratios by reducing setpoints of all anodes by the same percentage, if a fault condition causes a reduction in current to one of the anodes. Blackbox logging may also optionally be used for recording selected data values into a circular buffer having a selected amount of memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Patent number: 8491523
    Abstract: Methods of conducting thrombectomy procedures and deploying a thrombectomy catheter are disclosed. A thrombectomy procedure is conducted with a thrombectomy catheter deployment system. A drive unit configured to operate an infusion pump is provided. The drive unit is operable according to one or more operating modes. A preconnected and consolidated pump and catheter assembly configured for loading in the drive unit is also provided. The assembly is separate from the drive unit prior to loading. The infusion pump and a catheter of the assembly are in communication prior to loading. The assembly provides one or more digital instructions to the drive unit. The drive unit is operable according to the one or more operating modes referenced by the one or more digital instructions. The assembly is loaded into the drive unit, and the drive unit is engaged to the infusion pump for operation of the infusion pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Publication number: 20130075264
    Abstract: A system for electroplating a substrate includes one or more controllers, with each controller having an FPGA with one or more output channels. A bulk power supply is connected to each controller. One or more transistors are associated with each output channel. An electroplating chamber has one or more electrodes, with each electrode connected to at least one output channel. The system may include a waveform capture and viewing circuit providing built-in process verification and diagnostic tools. The system may also have a throttle back mode which attempts to maintain proper anode current ratios by reducing setpoints of all anodes by the same percentage, if a fault condition causes a reduction in current to one of the anodes. Blackbox logging may also optionally be used for recording selected data values into a circular buffer having a selected amount of memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles A. Cummings, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20120280130
    Abstract: Occlusion sensor systems and methods of using the occlusion sensor systems are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a sensor device includes a tube and an infra-red reflective sensor comprising an infra-red light emitter and an infra-red photo-transistor receiver or photo-diode. The infra-red reflective sensor and the infra-red phototransistor receiver or photo-diode are positioned at or near the tube so that an infra-red light can be transmitted to a portion of the tube and at least a portion of the infra-red light reflected off the portion of the tube can be detected by the infra-red phototransistor receiver or photo-diode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: David Charles Cummings, Andrew Peter Nelson, Russell Paul Meyer