Patents by Inventor Daniel K. Farley

Daniel K. Farley 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: 20190226699
    Abstract: A gas-fired atmospheric pressure steam humidifier having high efficiency and ultra-low NOx(3) emissions is disclosed. In some examples, the gas-fired humidifier can have an efficiency of greater than 90 percent and a NOx(3) output of less than 20 parts per million (ppm). In one aspect, the humidifier includes a secondary heat exchanger having a first heat exchange section for pre-heating combustion air and a separate second heat exchange section for pre-heating make-up water, wherein the first and second heat exchange sections are in heat transfer communication with exhaust gases generated by the gas-fired burner and combustion blower assembly. In some examples, the first heat exchange section includes orifices for enabling flue gas recirculation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: James M. Lundgreen, Cole K. Farley, Alvin J. Klisch, David Pflum, Daniel W. Celotta
  • Patent number: 9480576
    Abstract: A bone graft system for providing bone graft material to a site of interest includes a multiple unit bone graft material loading device and a conduit. The multiple unit bone graft material loading device may be configured to accept a plurality of pre-formed bone graft material units and includes a plurality chambers configured to accept a pre-formed bone graft unit. The conduit may include a first opening and second opening. The first opening may be operably connected with the multiple unit bone graft material loading device to accept bone graft material from the multiple unit bone graft material loading device. The second opening may be configured to deliver bone graft material to a site of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: THOMPSON MIS
    Inventors: John R. Pepper, Daniel K. Farley, Christopher T. Martin, Stephanie Zalucha, Miguelangelo J. Perez-Cruet
  • Patent number: 9320506
    Abstract: A retractor system includes a retractor blade that is securable to a portion of a patient's anatomy during a surgical procedure. The retractor system includes a manipulator that is releasably securable to the retractor blade for positioning and securing the retractor blade. The retractor system includes a flexible securement arm that movably secures the retractor blade to a frame, wherein a proximal end of the retractor blade is non-rigidly constrained. The securement arm is secured to the retractor blade proximate to one end of the securement arm, and is secured to a retractor frame proximate to another end of the securement arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: THOMPSON SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Rudolf Bertagnoli, Steve Nowak, Daniel K. Farley
  • Patent number: 9241619
    Abstract: A retractor system includes a frame and first and second retractor blades. The frame includes first and second securement features. At least one of the first and second securement features is movable with respect to the frame when the at least one of the first and second securement features is mounted to the frame. The first and second retractor blades each have a distal portion and a proximal portion. The proximal portions of the first and second retractor blades are configured to be secured proximate to the first and second securement features respectively, such that the first and second retractor blades may be positioned in a first position wherein the first and second retractor blades are laterally opposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Steve Nowak, Christopher T. Martin, Daniel K. Farley, Stephanie Zalucha, John Thalgott, Josh Delickta
  • Patent number: 9089299
    Abstract: A retractor system includes a frame and first and second retractor blades. The frame includes first and second securement features. At least one of the first and second securement features is movable with respect to the frame when the first and second securement features is mounted to the frame. Proximal portions of the first and second refractor blades are secured proximate the first and second securement features respectively. In a first position the first and second refractor blades are laterally opposed. Movement of the securement feature adjusts the angle of at least one of the retractor blades so that at least one of the retractor blades may be adjusted between an acute angle and an obtuse angle to horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Steve Nowak, Christopher T. Martin, Daniel K. Farley, Stephanie Zalucha, John Thalgott, Josh Delickta
  • Patent number: 8852282
    Abstract: A spacer for implantation between adjacent vertebrae is provided. The spacer includes a distal end and a proximal end. The spacer also includes top and bottom surfaces spaced by sides. The top and bottom surface define a height, and the sides define a width. Each of the sides of the spacer may include a depressed region sunk into the side including a sloped surface at least toward the proximal end of the spacer. The distance between the sloped surfaces of the sides may decrease proximally to form a web having a leading edge proximate to the proximal end of the spacer. The web may be sized and configured to aid distribution of bone graft material to either side of the spacer, wherein bone graft material is supplied to a site of interest is distributed to at least one side of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel K. Farley, Christopher T. Martin, Stephanie Zalucha, Miguelangelo J. Perez-Cruet
  • Publication number: 20140180017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for adapting a non-cylindrical serrated surgical retractor blade handle to the cylindrical bore of a universal joint. The apparatus includes an adaptor housing having a retractor handle passageway, at least a portion of the retractor handle passageway being configured to receive the slideable insertion of a non-cylindrical retractor blade handle. The adaptor housing is configured for rotational insertion into the cylindrical bore of a clamping member, thereby allowing the adaptor housing, the non-cylindrical retractor blade handle, and an attached retractor blade, to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the non-cylindrical retractor blade handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony J. Mulac, Daniel K. Farley
  • Patent number: 8753272
    Abstract: A retractor clamp is provided for a low profile retractor system including a spreader including first and second arms joined by a cross-bar. The first and second arms define an arm level. The refractor clamp includes a gripping assembly, a main body, an extension arm, a retractor blade arm, and a securement assembly. The refractor clamp is movably and securably joined along the at least one of the first arm, second arm, and cross-bar at substantially the arm level. The refractor blade arm is joined to the main body by the extension arm, and is positioned at a refractor blade arm level above the arm level. The refractor blade arm accepts a blade clamp. The securement assembly includes an adjustment member accessible by an operator substantially at the arm level. The securement assembly is operatively connected to the gripping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel K. Farley
  • Patent number: 8740908
    Abstract: A bone collection system includes a plunger, a tube, and a manifold. The plunger has a bore therethrough, an insertion portion, and an inlet that accepts material being harvested from a patient. The insertion portion includes a filter to prevent passage of bone fragments. The tube accepts the insertion portion, defining a first and a second chamber of the tube. The filter separates the first and second chambers of the tube. The manifold is accepted by the tube, and has an outlet accepted by a suction source. The inlet of the plunger is in fluid communication with the first chamber, the first and second chambers are in fluid communication through the filter, and the second chamber is in fluid communication with the outlet. Material being harvested is drawn through the bone collection system, and bone fragments of the desired size collected in the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Thompson MIS
    Inventors: Daniel K. Farley, Christper T. Martin, Steve Nowak, Stephanie Zalucha
  • Patent number: 8702725
    Abstract: A method of positioning a device for pedicle access includes securing a clip in an adjustable frame assembly and securing the device in the clip. The method also includes positioning the device at an initial position having a trajectory estimated to allow the device to penetrate a pedicle without damaging the nervous system, and determining whether the trajectory of the initial position is proper to avoid damage. Further, the method includes re-positioning the device to a new position if the trajectory of the initial position is not proper to avoid damage to the nervous system, and determining whether the trajectory of the new position is proper to avoid damage. The method also includes repeating the steps of re-positioning the device and determining whether the trajectory of the new position is proper as required until a proper trajectory is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel K. Farley
  • Patent number: 8696562
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for adapting a non-cylindrical serrated surgical retractor blade handle to the cylindrical bore of a universal joint. The apparatus includes an adaptor housing having a retractor handle passageway, at least a portion of the retractor handle passageway being configured to receive the slideable insertion of a non-cylindrical retractor blade handle. The adaptor housing is configured for rotational insertion into the cylindrical bore of a clamping member, thereby allowing the adaptor housing, the non-cylindrical retractor blade handle, and an attached retractor blade, to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the non-cylindrical retractor blade handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Mulac, Daniel K. Farley
  • Publication number: 20130303859
    Abstract: A retractor system includes a frame and first and second retractor blades. The frame includes first and second securement features. At least one of the first and second securement features is movable with respect to the frame when the at least one of the first and second securement features is mounted to the frame. The first and second retractor blades each have a distal portion and a proximal portion. The proximal portions of the first and second retractor blades are configured to be secured proximate to the first and second securement features respectively, such that the first and second retractor blades may be positioned in a first position wherein the first and second retractor blades are laterally opposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Nowak, Christopher T. Martin, Daniel K. Farley, Stephanie Zalucha, John Thalgott, Josh Delickta
  • Publication number: 20130096619
    Abstract: A method of positioning a device for pedicle access includes securing a clip in an adjustable frame assembly and securing the device in the clip. The method also includes positioning the device at an initial position having a trajectory estimated to allow the device to penetrate a pedicle without damaging the nervous system, and determining whether the trajectory of the initial position is proper to avoid damage. Further, the method includes re-positioning the device to a new position if the trajectory of the initial position is not proper to avoid damage to the nervous system, and determining whether the trajectory of the new position is proper to avoid damage. The method also includes repeating the steps of re-positioning the device and determining whether the trajectory of the new position is proper as required until a proper trajectory is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel K. Farley
  • Publication number: 20130030254
    Abstract: A retractor system includes a frame and first and second retractor blades. The frame includes first and second securement features. At least one of the first and second securement features is movable with respect to the frame when the first and second securement features is mounted to the frame. Proximal portions of the first and second refractor blades are secured proximate the first and second securement features respectively. In a first position the first and second refractor blades are laterally opposed. Movement of the securement feature adjusts the angle of at least one of the retractor blades so that at least one of the retractor blades may be adjusted between an acute angle and an obtuse angle to horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: John Thalgott, Steve Nowak, Josh Delickla, Christopher T. Martin, Daniel K. Farley, Stephanie Zalucha
  • Patent number: 8360971
    Abstract: Surgical retractor systems including removable angling devices and methods of use are provided. A surgical retractor system can include a head with an opening, a blade including a nipple, and an angling device including a handle. The nipple can include a first recess that runs circumferentially around an exterior surface of the nipple and terminates at a flange. The opening can be configured to receive the nipple. The nipple can be longer than the opening such that the flange and at least a portion of the recess extend beyond an end of the opening when the blade is attached to the head. The angling device can be configured to receive the flange such that the angling device can be removably attached to the flange. The angling device can be used to manipulate the position of the blade when the angling device is attached to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel K. Farley, Steven Nowak
  • Publication number: 20130018408
    Abstract: A novel dilation system for providing access to a surgical site of interest is provided. The dilator includes a body, an arm, and a plurality of articulating dilation members pivotally connected to the body. The body includes a cavity, and the arm is configured to be accepted by the cavity of the body. The arm includes a distal portion and a proximal portion. The plurality of articulating dilation members are operably connected to the distal portion of the arm, and are movable between a closed position and an open position. The dilator may define a distally tapering generally conical volume in the closed position, and a generally cylindrical volume in the open position. The articulating dilation members are moved from the closed position toward the open position by the arm when the arm is articulated distally, and moved from the open position to the closed position by the arm when the arm is articulated proximally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel K. Farley
  • Publication number: 20130006365
    Abstract: A bone graft system for providing bone graft material to a site of interest includes a multiple unit bone graft material loading device and a conduit. The multiple unit bone graft material loading device may be configured to accept a plurality of pre-formed bone graft material units and includes a plurality chambers configured to accept a pre-formed bone graft unit. The conduit may include a first opening and second opening. The first opening may be operably connected with the multiple unit bone graft material loading device to accept bone graft material from the multiple unit bone graft material loading device. The second opening may be configured to deliver bone graft material to a site of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: John R. Pepper, Daniel K. Farley, Christopher T. Martin, Stephanie Zalucha, Miguelangelo J. Perez-Cruet
  • Publication number: 20130006366
    Abstract: A spacer for implantation between adjacent vertebrae is provided. The spacer includes a distal end and a proximal end. The spacer also includes top and bottom surfaces spaced by sides. The top and bottom surface define a height, and the sides define a width. Each of the sides of the spacer may include a depressed region sunk into the side including a sloped surface at least toward the proximal end of the spacer. The distance between the sloped surfaces of the sides may decrease proximally to form a web having a leading edge proximate to the proximal end of the spacer. The web may be sized and configured to aid distribution of bone graft material to either side of the spacer, wherein bone graft material is supplied to a site of interest is distributed to at least one side of the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel K. Farley, Christopher T. Martin, Stephanie Zalucha, Miguelangelo J. Perez-Cruet
  • Publication number: 20120310351
    Abstract: A spacer includes a distal end and a proximal end. The spacer also includes top and bottom surfaces spaced by first and second sides. The top and bottom surfaces define a height, and the sides define a width. The height generally increases distally and from the second side to the first side. The top and bottom surfaces are curved, and include multiple radii of curvature. A lateral curvature is defined as the curvature along the top or bottom surface at a given point along the length of the spacer, taken along a plane extending between the first and second sides and generally perpendicular to the sides. The radius of the lateral curvature for at least one of the top and bottom sides varies along the length of the spacer. For example, the radius of curvature may generally increase distally along the length of the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel K. Farley
  • Publication number: 20120282830
    Abstract: A board leash system for attachment to a recreational water board includes an ankle strap for securing the leash system to an ankle of a board user and a connection member for attaching the leash system to the recreational water board. The system also includes a cable interposed between the ankle strap and the connection member. A shock absorber is coupled to the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel K. Farley, Geoff Turner