Patents by Inventor Daniel M. Smith

Daniel M. Smith 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: 20220239336
    Abstract: A system for transmitting power and data between two circuit boards may include a fixed circuit board having a primary coil and a rotatable circuit board having a secondary coil. The system may further include a sensor in communication with the secondary coil of the rotatable circuit board. The fixed circuit board's primary coil may be inductively coupled to the secondary coil and may provide power and receive data from the sensor when inductively coupled to the secondary coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Richard T. Smith, Daniel C. Shnidman, Kevin G. Obrigkeit, Neil M. Cole, Nathan V. Goslee
  • Publication number: 20220210941
    Abstract: An example cable enclosure is provided that includes a chassis, a front cover coupled to the chassis, and first and second slide rails slidably coupled relative to the chassis. The cable enclosure includes a first release lever mounted to the chassis. The first release lever is capable of being positioned into a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first release lever engages the chassis to prevent sliding of the chassis and the front cover relative to the first and second slide rails. In the second position, the first release lever disengages the chassis to allow for sliding of the chassis and the front cover relative to the first and second slide rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Knychalski, Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge
  • Patent number: 11370588
    Abstract: Advantageous packaging assemblies for use in optical fiber applications are provided. More particularly, the present disclosure provides for improved packaging assemblies (e.g., bandolier-style packaging assemblies) that are configured and adapted to house a plurality of splice-on connector members (e.g., fusion splice-on connector members). The present disclosure provides for improved systems and designs for packaging assemblies for use with splice-on connector members, and where the packaging assemblies are cost-effective, efficient and/or user-friendly. In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides for improved, convenient, low-cost and effective systems and methods for easily packaging a plurality of splice-on connector members for later use (e.g., termination).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge
  • Patent number: 11369034
    Abstract: An example ejectable cassette, guide column, and ejectable cassette system is provided. The ejectable cassette includes a housing including a proximal end, a distal end, a first side, and a second side. The ejectable cassette includes a first locking mechanism assembly at the first side of the housing. The first locking mechanism assembly includes a first locking tab slidably disposed along the first locking mechanism assembly. The first locking tab is biased towards the proximal end of the housing. The ejectable cassette includes a second locking mechanism assembly at the second side of the housing. The second locking mechanism assembly includes a second locking tab slidably disposed along the second locking mechanism assembly. The second locking tab is biased towards the distal end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Thomas Knychalski, Ryan J. Grandidge, Rudolph A. Montgelas
  • Publication number: 20220151093
    Abstract: An example single-board computer cartridge is provided that includes a housing, a single-board computer, a Power-over-Ethernet receptacle, and a power conversion circuit board. The housing includes a front surface and a rear surface on opposing sides of the housing. The single-board computer is disposed within the housing and includes at least one data output port, the at least one data output port oriented to face the front surface of the housing. The Power-over-Ethernet receptacle is disposed within the housing and is oriented to face the rear surface of the housing. The power conversion circuit board is disposed within the housing. The power conversion circuit board is electrically connected to the single-board computer and the Power-over-Ethernet receptacle such that power and data input are provided to the single-board computer from the Power-over-Ethernet receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220146750
    Abstract: An example single-station splicing unit is provided that includes a housing, an alignment element, a first electrode, and a second electrode. The housing includes an interior space and at least one cover configured to be interlocked with the housing to enclose the interior space. The alignment element is disposed within the interior space of the housing. The first electrode is disposed on one side of the housing, and the second electrode is disposed in the housing on an opposing side from the first electrode and in a facing relationship with the first electrode. The housing is configured to receive fibers in an opposing and abutting relationship to splice the fibers, and the housing remains secured to the fibers after splicing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Grandidge, Daniel M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210302647
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an optical fiber and a method of fabricating an optical fiber. The method includes providing an optical fiber, the optical fiber defining a length having a proximal end and a distal end. The optical fiber includes a first core profile zone defining a first core diameter, and a second core profile zone defining a second core diameter different from the first core diameter. The optical fiber includes a first transition zone connecting the first core profile zone to the second core profile zone. The first core profile zone, the second core profile zone, and the first transition zone are formed as a single, continuous fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Huang, Daniel M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210149123
    Abstract: Systems and methods for angle polishing of the end faces of a plurality of optical connectors are provided. Systems are provided that include a connector defining a longitudinal axis, and at least two ferrules mounted with respect to the connector and arranged in a side-by-side orientation. The end faces of the connectors are movable relative to the connector and such movement facilitates lateral orientation of the angle polished end faces of the ferrules relative to the connector when in the mating position. Various mechanisms and methods for facilitating movement of the ferrules relative to the connector are disclosed to achieve the desired lateral polish orientation of the ferrule end faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, Thomas Knychalski, Robert E. Abel
  • Publication number: 20210084788
    Abstract: An example ejectable cassette, guide column, and ejectable cassette system is provided. The ejectable cassette includes a housing including a proximal end, a distal end, a first side, and a second side. The ejectable cassette includes a first locking mechanism assembly at the first side of the housing. The first locking mechanism assembly includes a first locking tab slidably disposed along the first locking mechanism assembly. The first locking tab is biased towards the proximal end of the housing. The ejectable cassette includes a second locking mechanism assembly at the second side of the housing. The second locking mechanism assembly includes a second locking tab slidably disposed along the second locking mechanism assembly. The second locking tab is biased towards the distal end of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Thomas Knychalski, Ryan J. Grandidge, Rudolph A. Montgelas
  • Patent number: 10788640
    Abstract: Improved cable management assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides advantageous systems for the design and use of splice managers configured to provide for user-friendly access for the splicing of media cables (e.g., optical fiber cables), while also providing for the management and storage of the spliced cables. An exemplary splice manager includes two integral spools, the splice manager being removable from the assembly housing (e.g., from the splice cassette/tray) to allow for the splicing of the fibers to be performed out in the open, and then enable the fiber excess from both the input cable and the fiber harness of the assembly housing to be spooled independently of one another on a respective spool, and then allow the splice manager to be re-mounted to the assembly housing (e.g., within the enclosure space of the splice cassette).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, Rudolph A. Montgelas
  • Publication number: 20200247599
    Abstract: Advantageous packaging assemblies for use in optical fiber applications are provided. More particularly, the present disclosure provides for improved packaging assemblies (e.g., bandolier-style packaging assemblies) that are configured and adapted to house a plurality of splice-on connector members (e.g., fusion splice-on connector members). The present disclosure provides for improved systems and designs for packaging assemblies for use with splice-on connector members, and where the packaging assemblies are cost-effective, efficient and/or user-friendly. In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides for improved, convenient, low-cost and effective systems and methods for easily packaging a plurality of splice-on connector members for later use (e.g., termination).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge
  • Patent number: 10585257
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides improved color-coded labels, and improved systems and methods for utilizing such color-coded labels. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for utilizing printable color-coded pattern label arrays for patch field applications and the like. The present disclosure provides improved methods for labeling data center applications (e.g., patch field applications). In exemplary embodiments, by fabricating a pre-printed, repeating pattern of the colors defined by industry specification TIA-598 to a roll/sheet of printable labels, this color coding can be advantageously applied to an array of patch field labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190324208
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides improved optical devices (e.g., discrete passive optical devices), and improved systems/methods for fabricating such optical devices. Systems/methods are provided for fabricating discrete passive optical devices by utilizing an advantageous cyclic core variance fabrication process/method. The cyclic core variance process/method employs a continuous process, but instead of having one constant core profile of the optical fiber, the core profile of the optical fiber varies cyclically, going back and forth between two or more core profile zones, with a gradual and properly-shaped transition zone in between. The core profile zones and transition zone can be custom formed (e.g., user-defined) to fabricate a variety of optical effects of the optical devices as desired, allowing a large variety of optical devices to be fabricated utilizing the exemplary cyclic core variance process/method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10187706
    Abstract: Improved fastener assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved fastener assemblies configured to mount to patching systems and/or enclosures for media connections (e.g., copper-based and/or fiber optic connections), and related methods of use. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of snap clip fastener assemblies configured to mount to media patching systems/enclosures that support media cables and/or facilitate cable management. The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for the design and use of improved fastener assemblies having advantageous attachment features and structures that are configured and dimensioned to easily mount with respect to a media patching system or enclosure or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10168502
    Abstract: Advantageous fiber optic connector assemblies (e.g., fiber cassette or adapter modules) are provided for use in communication systems, and improved methods for using the fiber optic connector assemblies are also provided. More particularly, improved systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having connector assemblies that include a slide lock member are provided. The connector assemblies are easily secured and/or unsecured to or from a media system (e.g., to or from a panel member of a media system). In exemplary embodiments, improved systems and methods are provided for easily securing and/or unsecuring fiber optic connector assemblies to or from a panel member or the like by utilizing advantageous connector assemblies that include a slide lock member, and related assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Grandidge, Normand James Roy, Michael James Moldoch, Daniel M. Smith, James P. Quinn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10162129
    Abstract: Advantageous optical fiber harnessing members for connector assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies, and related methods of use. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of internal harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies. Disclosed herein are advantageous harnessing members providing bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies (e.g., duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies), thereby allowing optical fiber cable (e.g., light-construction cable, such as coated fiber with a 250 ?m diameter) to be successfully and reliably deployed in such connector assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, James Lucy, Alex Richard, Randy L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20180196213
    Abstract: Advantageous fiber optic connector assemblies (e.g., fiber cassette or adapter modules) are provided for use in communication systems, and improved methods for using the fiber optic connector assemblies are also provided. More particularly, improved systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having connector assemblies that include a slide lock member are provided. The connector assemblies are easily secured and/or unsecured to or from a media system (e.g., to or from a panel member of a media system). In exemplary embodiments, improved systems and methods are provided for easily securing and/or unsecuring fiber optic connector assemblies to or from a panel member or the like by utilizing advantageous connector assemblies that include a slide lock member, and related assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Grandidge, Normand James Roy, Michael James Moldoch, Daniel M. Smith, James P. Quinn, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180129005
    Abstract: Improved cable management assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides advantageous systems for the design and use of splice managers configured to provide for user-friendly access for the splicing of media cables (e.g., optical fiber cables), while also providing for the management and storage of the spliced cables. An exemplary splice manager includes two integral spools, the splice manager being removable from the assembly housing (e.g., from the splice cassette/tray) to allow for the splicing of the fibers to be performed out in the open, and then enable the fiber excess from both the input cable and the fiber harness of the assembly housing to be spooled independently of one another on a respective spool, and then allow the splice manager to be re-mounted to the assembly housing (e.g., within the enclosure space of the splice cassette).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, Rudolph A. Montgelas
  • Publication number: 20180052287
    Abstract: Advantageous optical fiber harnessing members for connector assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies, and related methods of use. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of internal harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies. Disclosed herein are advantageous harnessing members providing bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies (e.g., duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies), thereby allowing optical fiber cable (e.g., light-construction cable, such as coated fiber with a 250 ?m diameter) to be successfully and reliably deployed in such connector assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, James Lucy, Alex Richard
  • Publication number: 20180020269
    Abstract: Improved fastener assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved fastener assemblies configured to mount to patching systems and/or enclosures for media connections (e.g., copper-based and/or fiber optic connections), and related methods of use. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of snap clip fastener assemblies configured to mount to media patching systems/enclosures that support media cables and/or facilitate cable management. The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for the design and use of improved fastener assemblies having advantageous attachment features and structures that are configured and dimensioned to easily mount with respect to a media patching system or enclosure or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Smith