Patents by Inventor Christopher James Allington

Christopher James Allington 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: 10518115
    Abstract: An eddy-current braking mechanism including a rotor, rotatable about a rotor axis; at least one electrically conductive member coupled to the rotor for rotation therewith; at least one magnet configured to apply a magnetic field extending at least partially orthogonal to the plane of rotation of the conductive member, and characterised in that upon rotation of the rotor, the conductive member is configured to move at least partially radially from the rotor axis into the applied magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Eddy Current Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Bruce John Robertson
  • Patent number: 10498210
    Abstract: Described herein is a device comprising members in a kinematic relationship. The kinematic relationship is at least partially governed by at least one magnetic flux interaction that, in effect, may provide a tunable resistance to movement, changing the rate of relative movement between the members. In one embodiment, the device comprises a first member in a kinematic relationship with at least one further member to form a system. The system moves within a limited range of motion and the system interacts when an external energizing force is imposed on the system causing the members to respond due to their kinematic and dynamic characteristics and thereby creating relative motion between the members. The trigger member is coupled to the at least the first member and moves in response to a pre-determined system movement. When the trigger member moves, the trigger member imposes a braking action on the system or a member or members thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington
  • Publication number: 20190257046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to posts, carriages, methods of manufacturing the components and their assembly into a barrier. The invention also includes a Z post attachment includes an attachment tab 8.016 and end engagement flange 8.024, 8.026 adapted to engage the end of the post. The arrangement can include a delineator 8.030 which is skew in relation to the tab 8.016, so as to provide reflector faces 8.032 which face oncoming traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Industrial Galvanizers Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Terry Colquhoun, Hayden Wallace, Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Chris Williamson, Mark Whiteside, Henry John Hare, Wouter Von Toor, Ryan Ayres, John Rafferty
  • Publication number: 20190211559
    Abstract: Described herein is a coupling device, associated parts and a method of use thereof. In one aspect, a coupling device is described comprising a sleeve with an inner surface that encloses at least part of at least one elongated element to be coupled; and at least one deformation means fitted with interference between, and causing local deformation about, at least part of the inner surface of the sleeve and/or an adjacent outer surface of the at least one elongated element. A deformation means insertion tool, a coupling sleeve, a deformation means, and a method of coupling at least one element are also described. The described coupling device, associated parts and a method of use offer the ability to couple together different elements in a strong and/or ductile manner, coupling being tuneable as needed to suit the preferred application. The coupling described may overcome art issues associated with bulky size of coupling, in particular, radial protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Peter John Scott, Benjamin Woods, James Gray Gibson
  • Patent number: 10329722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to posts, carriages, methods of manufacturing the components and their assembly into a barrier. The invention also includes a Z post attachment includes an attachment tab 8.016 and end engagement flange 8.024, 8.026 adapted to engage the end of the post. The arrangement can include a delineator 8.030 which is skew in relation to the tab 8.016, so as to provide reflector faces 8.032 which face oncoming traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Galvanizers Corporation Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Terry Colquhoun, Hayden Wallace, Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Chris Williamson, Mark Whiteside, Henry John Hare, Wouter Von Toor, Ryan Ayres, John Rafferty
  • Publication number: 20190173355
    Abstract: Described herein is a device comprising members in a kinematic relationship. The kinematic relationship is at least partially governed by at least one magnetically induced force that introduces a force threshold that, in effect, provides a threshold to part movement and confers a degree of hysteresis, preventing movement until a sufficiently large energizing force is applied. The effect may be further altered by use of an additional magnetically induced force interaction with at least one further member to urge or slow movement once started and/or to prevent movement once a new position is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington
  • Publication number: 20190145070
    Abstract: Described herein is a longitudinal beam barrier system that comprises a longitudinal beam and a post linked together via a fastener incorporating at least one deformable washer. The link is made in a releasable and tunable manner dependent on an applied force via the at least one deformable washer. Release may be made dependent on both the magnitude and direction of the force so that release may be a result of different release forces in different force angles. The deformable washer may be designed to transfer a longitudinal beam load force from a fastener to a post wall, the washer extending around the fastener and having a first face that bears on the fastener or a part thereof (or forms part of the fastener) and an opposing face that at least partly bears on a part of the post wall or walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Andrew Sarratt, Emerson Ryder, Ken Readman, Nathan King
  • Publication number: 20190032292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wire rope barrier using a cable hanger or hangers retaining a cable against a post and releasing the cable from the post in a tuneable and controllable manner when the barrier is subjected to an impact force and displacement. The hanger includes at least two legs, each with a different axis of rotation relative to the post where the legs are hooked, so the hanger in an impact releases the post from the cable at a predetermined loading and in a controllable and repeatable manner. In one embodiment, the hanger legs extend from a cable holding portion, the legs attaching to opposing sides of the post. In another embodiment, when subjected to a predetermined impact force, at least one hanger releases a retained cable when the at least one leg or a part thereof deforms allowing the cable holding portion to in turn release the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher James ALLINGTON, Matthew James BRADBURY, Jason Joseph LOOIJ, Troy Douglas WHEELER
  • Publication number: 20190020259
    Abstract: Described herein are latching devices where relative speed of movement between members is in part controlled or reduced via eddy current formation and in part controlled or relative motion stopped via a latch arrangement. Various embodiments are described, one being use of a conductive member; at least one magnetic field and a latch member that, prior to latching, moves independently to the at least one conductive member. A kinematic relationship exists between the conductive member and at least one magnetic field that enables the conductive member to move at a different speed relative to the magnetic field on application of an energizing force, thereby inducing an eddy current drag force by relative movement of the conductive member in the magnetic field. The eddy current drag force resulting causes movement of the conductive member causing the conductive member to engage the latch member thereby halting movement between the at least one conductive member and the at least one latch member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Kevin Andrew Wright
  • Patent number: 10110089
    Abstract: Described herein is a device comprising members in a kinematic relationship. The kinematic relationship is at least partially governed by at least one magnetically induced force that introduces a force threshold that, in effect, provides a threshold to part movement and confers a degree of hysteresis, preventing movement until a sufficiently large energizing force is applied. The effect may be further altered by use of an additional magnetically induced force interaction with at least one further member to urge or slow movement once started and/or to prevent movement once a new position is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington
  • Publication number: 20180269769
    Abstract: Described herein are eddy current brakes and associated methods of their use, particularly configurations that have a kinematic relationship with at least two rotational degrees of freedom used to tune operation of the brake or apparatus in which the brake is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Kevin A. Wright, Weston Hill, Dave Walters
  • Patent number: 10065054
    Abstract: An eddy-current braking mechanism including a rotor, rotatable about a rotor axis; at least one electrically conductive member coupled to the rotor for rotation therewith; at least one magnet configured to apply a magnetic field extending at least partially orthogonal to the plane of rotation of the conductive member, and characterized in that upon rotation of the rotor, the conductive member is configured to move at least partially radially from the rotor axis into the applied magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Bruce John Robertson
  • Publication number: 20180221743
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments of novel line dispensing devices and methods for dispensing and retracting a line of a line dispensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Bruce John Robertson
  • Patent number: 10020720
    Abstract: Described herein are latching devices where relative speed of movement between members is in part controlled or reduced via eddy current formation and in part controlled or relative motion stopped via a latch arrangement. Various embodiments are described, one being use of a conductive member; at least one magnetic field and a latch member that, prior to latching, moves independently to the at least one conductive member. A kinematic relationship exists between the conductive member and at least one magnetic field that enables the conductive member to move at a different speed relative to the magnetic field on application of an energizing force, thereby inducing an eddy current drag force by relative movement of the conductive member in the magnetic field. The eddy current drag force resulting causes movement of the conductive member causing the conductive member to engage the latch member thereby halting movement between the at least one conductive member and the at least one latch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Kevin Andrew Wright
  • Patent number: 9962588
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments of novel line dispensing devices and methods for dispensing and retracting a line of a line dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Bruce John Robertson
  • Publication number: 20170338728
    Abstract: Described herein is a device comprising members in a kinematic relationship. The kinematic relationship is at least partially governed by at least one magnetic flux interaction that, in effect, may provide a tunable resistance to movement, changing the rate of relative movement between the members. In one embodiment, the device comprises a first member in a kinematic relationship with at least one further member to form a system. The system moves within a limited range of motion and the system interacts when an external energizing force is imposed on the system causing the members to respond due to their kinematic and dynamic characteristics and thereby creating relative motion between the members. The trigger member is coupled to the at least the first member and moves in response to a pre-determined system movement. When the trigger member moves, the trigger member imposes a braking action on the system or a member or members thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington
  • Publication number: 20170328424
    Abstract: Described herein is a system, method of use and Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) apparatus using a system that governs a dynamic response between members causing a halt in relative motion between the members. Magnetic interactions, eddy current drag forces and centrifugal and/or inertial forces may provide various mechanisms of governing movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Kevin A. Wright, Weston Hill, David Walters
  • Publication number: 20170274261
    Abstract: An eddy-current braking mechanism including a rotor, rotatable about a rotor axis; at least one electrically conductive member coupled to the rotor for rotation therewith; at least one magnet configured to apply a magnetic field extending at least partially orthogonal to the plane of rotation of the conductive member, and characterised in that upon rotation of the rotor, the conductive member is configured to move at least partially radially from the rotor axis into the applied magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Bruce John Robertson
  • Publication number: 20170244313
    Abstract: Described herein are latching devices where relative speed of movement between members is in part controlled or reduced via eddy current formation and in part controlled or relative motion stopped via a latch arrangement. Various embodiments are described, one being use of a conductive member; at least one magnetic field and a latch member that, prior to latching, moves independently to the at least one conductive member. A kinematic relationship exists between the conductive member and at least one magnetic field that enables the conductive member to move at a different speed relative to the magnetic field on application of an energizing force, thereby inducing an eddy current drag force by relative movement of the conductive member in the magnetic field. The eddy current drag force resulting causes movement of the conductive member causing the conductive member to engage the latch member thereby halting movement between the at least one conductive member and the at least one latch member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Kevin Andrew Wright
  • Publication number: 20170237313
    Abstract: Described herein is a device comprising members in a kinematic relationship. The kinematic relationship is at least partially governed by at least one magnetically induced force that introduces a force threshold that, in effect, provides a threshold to part movement and confers a degree of hysteresis, preventing movement until a sufficiently large energizing force is applied. The effect may be further altered by use of an additional magnetically induced force interaction with at least one further member to urge or slow movement once started and/or to prevent movement once a new position is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Karl DIEHL, Christopher James ALLINGTON