Patents by Inventor Christopher W. McNutt

Christopher W. McNutt 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: 10714232
    Abstract: A communication cable suitable for Power over Ethernet (“PoE”) applications may include one or more twisted pairs of individually insulated conductors that are insulated with a material that includes fluorinated ethylene propylene. Additionally, a jacket that includes foamed polyvinylidene fluoride may be formed around the one or more twisted pairs. The PoE cable may have a higher maximum temperature rating and be capable of transmitting higher amperage signals than conventional PoE cables while satisfying applicable electrical performance criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Bernhart A. Gebs, Christopher W. McNutt
  • Patent number: 10714874
    Abstract: Methods for forming continuous shields for use in a cable are provided. A first layer of longitudinally extending dielectric material may be provided, and a second layer of longitudinally extending electrically conductive material may be formed on the first layer. At a plurality of spaced locations along a longitudinal direction, respective gaps may be formed through both the first layer and the second layer, and each gap may span partially across a width of the second layer. Additionally, at each of the plurality of spaced locations, the gaps may result in the formation of one or more fusible elements of the electrically conductive material spanning between an adjacent set of longitudinally spaced segments of the electrically conductive material. Each fusible element may provide electrical continuity between the adjacent set of longitudinally spaced segment and may further have a minimum fusing current between 0.001 amperes and 0.500 amperes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Thibaut Oscar Lanoe, Bernhart A. Gebs
  • Patent number: 10593441
    Abstract: A hybrid or composite cable may include a core component and a plurality of buffer tubes positioned around the core component. The core component may include a plurality of insulated conductors and a filling compound positioned between and around the plurality of insulated conductors. The filling compound may have a density of less than approximately 0.70 g/cm3 and may further include a plurality of microspheres. Each of the plurality of buffer tubes may be configured to house at least one optical fiber. Additionally, a jacket may be formed around the core component and the plurality of buffer tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Robin D. Gainsford
  • Patent number: 10593502
    Abstract: Electrically continuous shielding elements for use in communication cables are described. A shielding element may include a base layer of dielectric material extending in a longitudinal direction, and a plurality of longitudinally spaced segments of electrically conductive material may be formed on the base layer. A respective fusible element may be positioned between each adjacent set of longitudinally spaced segments included in the plurality of longitudinally spaced segments. Each fusible element may provide electrical continuity between the adjacent set of longitudinally spaced segments, and each fusible element may have a minimum fusing current between 0.001 amperes and 0.500 amperes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Thibaut Oscar Lanoe, Bernhart A. Gebs, Christopher W. McNutt
  • Publication number: 20190299513
    Abstract: An extrusion assembly may include an extrusion die and an extrusion tip at least partially positioned within the die. The extrusion tip may include a base portion having a tapered end and an opening positioned approximately at an apex of the tapered end. An insert may be adjustably positioned within the base portion and configured to extend through the opening to form a land. A length of the land may be variable as the position of the insert within the base portion is adjusted. Additionally, a length of an end portion of the extrusion die may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne Patrick Cheatle, Christopher W. McNutt
  • Publication number: 20190291323
    Abstract: An extrusion assembly may include an extrusion die and an extrusion tip at least partially positioned within the die. The extrusion tip may include a base portion having a tapered end and an opening positioned approximately at an apex of the tapered end. An insert may be adjustably positioned within the base portion and configured to extend through, the opening to form a land. A length of the land may be variable as the position of the insert within the base portion is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne Patrick Cheatle, Christopher W. McNutt
  • Patent number: 10388429
    Abstract: A hybrid or composite cable may include a core component and a plurality of buffer tubes positioned around the core component. The core component may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulated conductors and a filling compound positioned between and around the plurality of twisted pairs. The filling compound may have a density of less than approximately 0.70 g/cm3 and may further include a plurality of microspheres. Each of the plurality of buffer tubes may be configured to house at least one optical fiber. Additionally, a jacket may be formed around the core component and the plurality of buffer tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Robin D. Gainsford
  • Patent number: 10121571
    Abstract: A cable may include a plurality of longitudinally extending twisted pairs of individually insulated conductors. A longitudinally extending separator may be positioned between the plurality of twisted pairs. The separator may include at least one portion that extends beyond and is wrapped at least partially around an outer periphery of the plurality of twisted pairs. The at least one extending portion may have a variable thickness or one or more ribs may be formed on a surface of the extending portion. Additionally, a jacket may be formed around the plurality of twisted pairs and the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 10102946
    Abstract: Methods for forming discontinuous shields or shield structures for use in a cable are provided. A layer of dielectric material may be provided that extends in a longitudinal direction and has a first width across a width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. Additionally, a layer of electrically conductive material may be formed on the dielectric material, and the layer of electrically conductive material may extend in the longitudinal direction and may have a second width across the width direction that is less than the first width. Respective gaps may be formed through both the electrically conductive material at a plurality of locations along the longitudinal direction, and each gap may span across the width direction by a distance greater than the second width but less than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 10031303
    Abstract: Methods for forming tight buffered cables containing a strippable buffer layer are described. An optical fiber may be provided, and a buffer layer formed from a polymeric material may be extruded around the optical fiber. The buffer layer may be compressed while the polymeric material is cooling following extrusion. The compression may facilitate subsequent loosening of the buffer layer from the optical fiber based at least in part upon stress relaxation of the buffer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventor: Christopher W. McNutt
  • Patent number: 10008307
    Abstract: A cable may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulating electrical conductors, and a respective individual shield formed around each of the twisted pairs. Additionally, each individual shield may include electrically conductive material that is continuous in a longitudinal direction. An overall shield may be formed around the plurality of twisted pairs and individual shields. The overall shield may include a dielectric layer, a first layer of electrically conductive material that is continuous in the longitudinal direction formed on a first surface of the dielectric layer, and a second layer of electrically conductive material that is continuous in the longitudinal direction formed on a second surface of the dielectric layer opposite the first surface. The first and second layers of electrically conductive material and each of the individual shields may be in electrical contact with one another. Additionally, a jacket may be formed around the overall shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Thibaut Oscar Lanoe, Christopher W. McNutt, Frank Thomas McIntire, Bernhart Allen Gebs
  • Patent number: 9928943
    Abstract: A cable may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulated conductors and a separator positioned between the plurality of twisted pairs. The separator may include a first longitudinally extending tape structure having a first longitudinal fold formed between its widthwise edges and a second longitudinally extending tape structure having a second longitudinal fold formed between its widthwise edges. Additionally, the first tape structure and the second tape structure may be bonded together along a longitudinally extending line proximate to the first and second longitudinal folds. A jacket may be formed around the plurality of twisted pairs and the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 9922754
    Abstract: Communication cables incorporating a plurality of twisted pair components formed around a central member are described. A central member may extend lengthwise along a longitudinal length of a cable, and the central member may include a channel extending lengthwise that defines a longitudinal cavity through the central member. A plurality of unjacketed twisted pair components may be formed around the central member, and each component may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulated electrical conductors Further, a jacket may be formed around the central member and the plurality of twisted pair components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 9824794
    Abstract: Twisted pair cables incorporated separators with cooling channels are described. A cable may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulated electrical conductors, and a separator extending lengthwise along a longitudinal length of the cable may be positioned between at least two of the plurality of twisted pairs. The separator may include a flexible body configured to maintain the at least two pairs in a predetermined configuration. A first channel extending lengthwise may define a longitudinal cavity through the separator, and at least one second channel may extend from the first channel through the flexible body to an outer surface of the separator. Additionally, the cable may include a jacket formed around the plurality of twisted pairs and the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 9734940
    Abstract: Communication cables incorporating a plurality of twisted pair components formed around a central member are described. A central member may extend lengthwise along a longitudinal length of a cable, and the central member may include a channel extending lengthwise that defines a longitudinal cavity through the central member. A plurality of twisted pair components may be formed around the central member, and each component may include a plurality of twisted pairs of individually insulated electrical conductors and at least one shield layer. The shield layer may include electrically conductive material, and the shield layer may be formed around at least one of the plurality of twisted pairs. Additionally, the shield layer may be in direct contact with the central member. Further, a jacket may be formed around the central member and the plurality of twisted pair components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Amir Sekhavat
  • Patent number: 9728302
    Abstract: Flame retardant communications cables may include at least one transmission media and at least one other component, such as a separator, buffer tube, jacket, shield layer, or wrap. The at least one other component may include a body portion, and at least one cavity formed in the body portion in which an extinguishant is positioned. Additionally, the at least one transmission media is not positioned within the at least one cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Essex International IP
    Inventor: Christopher W. McNutt
  • Patent number: 9659686
    Abstract: Cables incorporating twisted pair separators that function as shields are describes. A cable may include one or more twisted pairs of individually insulated conductors. A respective separator may be associated with at least one of the twisted pairs. The separator may include a dielectric portion positioned between the conductors of the twisted pair and at least one shielding portion that includes electrically conductive material. The shielding portion may extending from the dielectric portion to form a shield around an outer circumference of the twisted pair. Additionally, the cable may include a jacket formed around the twisted pair and the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Essex International LP
    Inventor: Christopher W. McNutt
  • Patent number: 9520210
    Abstract: Shielded twisted pair communication cables are described. A cable may include at least one twisted pair of insulated conductors, and an outer circumference may be defined by the twisted pair along a longitudinal length of the cable. A shield may be formed around the twisted pair, and a jacket may be formed around the shield. Additionally, a dielectric film may separate the insulated conductors of the twisted pair, and the dielectric film may extend beyond the outer circumference of the twisted pair and contact the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Superior Essex Communications LP
    Inventors: Paul E Neveux, Christopher W McNutt
  • Patent number: 9435978
    Abstract: Water-resistant optical fiber cables and associated methods for forming water-resistant optical fiber cables are provided. A cable may include an outer jacket that defines a cable core. At least one optical fiber may be positioned within the cable core and encapsulated within a suitable sheath, such as a buffer tube. Additionally, a plurality of discrete water swellable fibers may be loosely positioned within the cable to provide water-resistance for the at least one optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Superior Essex Communications LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Laws, Christopher W McNutt
  • Patent number: 9424963
    Abstract: Premise cables for installation in indoor environments, such as risers and plenums, are described. A premise cable may include an outer jacket and at least one twisted pair of individually insulated conductors positioned within a cable core defined by the jacket. Moisture mitigation material is positioned between an outer surface of the jacket and the twisted pair(s), for example, within the cable core. The moisture mitigation material is configured to absorb water vapor that penetrates the jacket, thereby improving electrical performance of the cable. However, the moisture mitigation material does not provide water blocking for the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Superior Essex Communications LP
    Inventors: Christopher W. McNutt, Wayne Patrick Cheatle