Patents by Inventor Charles E. Thomas

Charles E. Thomas 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: 10931041
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector may include a connector body, a coupler, and a slider. The connector body may include a forward end and a rearward end. The rearward end may be configured to receive a portion of a coaxial cable, and the connector body may be configured to receive at least a portion of the post. The coupler may be configured to be rotatably coupled to the forward end of the connector body, and the slider may be configured to receive the connector body. The slider may be configured to move relative to the connector body in a rearward direction from a first position to a second position and to compress a portion of the coaxial cable between the connector body and a post as a result of the slider being moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Publication number: 20190036241
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector, in one embodiment, includes a connector body, a coupler and a slider. The slider is configured to cause compression of the connector body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. THOMAS, Timothy TREMBA
  • Patent number: 10090610
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector may include a post, a connector body, a coupler, and a slider. The connector body may extend along an axis and include a forward end and a rearward end. The rearward end may be configured to receive a portion of a coaxial cable, and the connector body may be configured to receive at least a portion of the post. The coupler may be configured to be rotatably coupled to the post, and the slider may be configured to receive the connector body. The slider may be configured to move along the axis in a rearward direction from a first position to a second position and to compress a portion of the coaxial cable between the connector body and the post as a result of the slider being moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Publication number: 20170062956
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector, in one embodiment, includes a connector body, a coupler and a slider. The slider is configured to cause compression of the connector body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. THOMAS, Timothy TREMBA
  • Patent number: 9496631
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes a connector body extending along an axis and having a forward end and a rearward end. The rearward end is configured to receive a coaxial cable. A rearward end diameter is greater than a forward end diameter. A post is received by the connector body, and a coupler is rotatably coupled to the post. A slider receives the connector body and is positioned rearward of the coupler and between the forward and rearward ends of the connector body. The slider has an inner diameter that is less than the rearward end diameter and is configured to be slid along the axis from a first position to a second position. A portion of the coaxial cable is compressed between the connector body and the post as a result of the slider being slid from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Patent number: 9484646
    Abstract: A connector includes, in one embodiment, a body assembly configured to be secured to a prepared end of a coaxial cable. The connector has a coupler assembly connected to the body assembly for connecting the body assembly to an interface port. The connector also has a flexible interlock to facilitate repeated assembly and disassembly of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150207243
    Abstract: A connector includes, in one embodiment, a body assembly configured to be secured to a prepared end of a coaxial cable. The connector has a coupler assembly connected to the body assembly for connecting the body assembly to an interface port. The connector also has a flexible interlock to facilitate repeated assembly and disassembly of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Applicant: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140349508
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector, in one embodiment, includes a connector body, a coupler and a slider. The slider is configured to cause compression of the connector body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Patent number: 8840429
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector, in one embodiment, includes a compressible component, a coupler and a slider. The slider is configured to cause compression of the compressible component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Publication number: 20140038457
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector is attachable to a coaxial cable. The connector, in one embodiment, includes a compressible component, a coupler and a slider. The slider is configured to cause compression of the compressible component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Patent number: 8556656
    Abstract: A connector body includes an inside surface, an outside surface, an intermediate portion, and a cable receiving end. An annular post is fixedly received within the connector body to form a cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body. The connector body and the post are configured to receive a portion of a coaxial cable in the cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body. A compression ring is positioned on the outside surface of the connector body. Movement of the compression ring from the intermediate portion of the connector body toward the cable receiving end of the connector body causes inward compression of the cable receiving end of the connector body to reduce a size of the cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Belden, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Patent number: 8287309
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes a terminal pin secured in a nut by an insulator inserted in a half-spool retainer, a cylindrical housing connected to the half-spool retainer that receives a terminal post having a flanged first end and a cylindrical body with an axial bore, a metal ferrule, a plastic sleeve and a retaining ring. The ferrule is positioned over the body of the terminal post to form an annular space, the plastic sleeve fits over the ferrule and the retaining ring fits into the end of the plastic sleeve. The center conductor of a prepared coaxial cable is inserted into the axial bore of the terminal post and the outer conductor is positioned in the annular space. The retaining ring is pressed into the plastic sleeve to connect the center conductor to the terminal pin, collapse the ferrule to form an electrical connection between the outer conductor and the housing through the metal ferrule and secure the coaxial cable and plastic sleeve in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Belden Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Allen L. Malloy
  • Publication number: 20120083154
    Abstract: A connector body includes an inside surface, an outside surface, an intermediate portion, and a cable receiving end. An annular post is fixedly received within the connector body to form a cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body. The connector body and the post are configured to receive a portion of a coaxial cable in the cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body. A compression ring is positioned on the outside surface of the connector body. Movement of the compression ring from the intermediate portion of the connector body toward the cable receiving end of the connector body causes inward compression of the cable receiving end of the connector body to reduce a size of the cavity between the annular post and the inside surface of the connector body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Timothy Tremba
  • Patent number: 7997282
    Abstract: A smoking article such as a cigarette comprises a tobacco rod and a filter component having a cavity filled with spherical beaded carbon. As mainstream tobacco smoke is drawn through the filter component, targeted gas phase smoke constituents are removed as the smoke passes through the carbon. During the filter manufacturing process the spherical beaded carbon flows like a liquid and substantially completely fills the cavity. Point-to-point contact between the spherical beads together with substantially complete filling of the cavity produces minimal channeling of ambulatory gas phase as well as maximum contact between the gas phase and the carbon surface of the spherical beads during smoking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Paine, III, Zuyin Yang, Kent B. Koller, Jay A. Fournier, Charles E. Thomas, Jr., Timothy S. Sherwood, Zhaohua Luan, Shuzhong Zhuang, Jose G. Nepomuceno, Diane L. Gee, Georgios D. Karles
  • Patent number: 7784470
    Abstract: A smoking article such as a cigarette comprises a tobacco rod and a filter component having a cavity filled with spherical beaded carbon. As mainstream tobacco smoke is drawn through the filter component, targeted gas phase smoke constituents are removed as the smoke passes through the carbon. During the filter manufacturing process the spherical beaded carbon flows like a liquid and substantially completely fills the cavity. Point-to-point contact between the spherical beads together with substantially complete filling of the cavity produces minimal channeling of ambulatory gas phase as well as maximum contact between the gas phase and the carbon surface of the spherical beads during smoking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Paine, III, Zuyin Yang, Kent B. Koller, Jay A. Fournier, Charles E. Thomas, Jr., Timothy S. Sherwood, Zhaohua Luan, Shuzhong Zhuang, Jose M. G. Nepomuceno, Diane L. Gee, Georgios D. Karles
  • Patent number: 7784471
    Abstract: A smoking article such as a cigarette comprises a tobacco rod and a filter component having a cavity filled with spherical beaded carbon. As mainstream tobacco smoke is drawn through the filter component, targeted gas phase smoke constituents are removed as the smoke passes through the carbon. During the filter manufacturing process the spherical beaded carbon flows like a liquid and substantially completely fills the cavity. Point-to-point contact between the spherical beads together with substantially complete filling of the cavity produces minimal channeling of ambulatory gas phase as well as maximum contact between the gas phase and the carbon surface of the spherical beads during smoking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Paine, III, Zuyin Yang, Kent B. Koller, Jay A. Fournier, Charles E. Thomas, Jr., Timothy S. Sherwood, Zhaohua Luan, Shuzhong Zhuang, Jose G. Nepomuceno, Diane L. Gee, Georgios D. Karles
  • Publication number: 20100175703
    Abstract: A process of impregnating fine adsorbent particles such as carbon dust or APS silica gel powder into the micro-cavities of shaped fibers comprises the steps of continuously conveying shaped fibers with micro-cavities to a reservoir of the fine adsorbent particles. The fibers pass through the reservoir to thereby produce relative motion between the fibers and the particles. Additionally, impact forces are created between the shaped fibers and the fine particles to assist in impregnating the particles into the micro-cavities of the fibers. Any excess particles are removed from the fibers outside the reservoir, and subsequently the shaped fibers impregnated with fine adsorbent particles are collected for later use in filter applications such as cigarette filter and air filter applications, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lixin Luke Xue, Kent B. Koller, Qiong Gao, Tim Sherwood, Charles E. Thomas, George R. Scott, Liqun Yu
  • Patent number: 7455549
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes an annular post defining an axial bore therein, a cylindrical connector body coupled to the post, a nut rotatably coupled to the post and a sleeve movably connected to the connector body. The sleeve includes at least one radially outwardly extending ridge formed on an outer surface thereof, which frictionally engages an inner surface of the connector body. As a result, the inner surface of the connector body does not require a recess or other engagement structure formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Julio F. Rodrigues, Allen L. Malloy, Charles E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7347729
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes a connector body and an annular post coupled to the connector body. The connector body has a rearward cable receiving end and an internal threaded surface defined in the rearward cable receiving end. The internal threaded surface is adapted to threadably engage an outer surface of a coaxial cable. The annular post has a rearward cable insertion end disposed within the connector body, which preferably defines a sharp edge adapted to penetrate an end of the cable as the connector body is threaded on the outer surface of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Thomas, Brian T. Thayer
  • Patent number: 6913784
    Abstract: A process of impregnating fine adsorbent particles such as carbon dust or APS silica gel powder into the micro-cavities of shaped fibers comprises the steps of continuously conveying shaped fibers with micro-cavities to a reservoir of the fine adsorbent particles. The fibers pass through the reservoir to thereby produce relative motion between the fibers and the particles. Additionally, impact forces are created between the shaped fibers and the fine particles to assist in impregnating the particles into the micro-cavities of the fibers. Any excess particles are removed from the fibers outside the reservoir, and subsequently the shaped fibers impregnated with fine adsorbent particles are collected for later use in filter applications such as cigarette filter and air filter applications, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lixin Luke Xue, Kent B. Koller, Qiong Gao, Tim Sherwood, Charles E. Thomas, George R. Scott, Liqun Yu