Patents by Inventor Daniel W. Cunningham

Daniel W. Cunningham 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: 10327834
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an end effector assembly includes providing first and second jaw members moveable relative to one another about a pivot between a first, spaced-apart position and a second, approximated position. One of the first and second jaw members includes a cavity defined therein and the other of the first and second jaw members includes a stop member configured to be inserted into the cavity. A gap-setting gauge is grasped between the first and second jaw members to define a gap-distance between the jaw members equivalent to a thickness of the gap-setting gauge. The first and second jaw members are set such that the jaw members are prevented from approximation beyond the gap-distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joanna Ackley, James D. Allen, IV, Ryan C. Artale, Kim V. Brandt, Dennis W. Butcher, Edward M. Chojin, Gary M. Couture, James S. Cunningham, David M. Garrison, Keir Hart, Russell D. Hempstead, Glenn A. Horner, Daniel A. Joseph, Duane E. Kerr, Dylan R. Kingsley, Peter M. Mueller, Jessica E. C. Olson, Sean T. O'Neill, Jason T. Sanders, Robert M. Sharp, John R. Twomey, Jeffrey R. Unger
  • Publication number: 20130213459
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat and a method of making a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device includes a transparent layer for receiving solar energy, and at least one photovoltaic cell disposed below the transparent layer. The photovoltaic device also includes a polymeric mat disposed below the at least one photovoltaic cell, and a backsheet disposed below the polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device also includes an encapsulant bonding the transparent layer, the at least one photovoltaic cell, the polymeric mat, and the backsheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Xia, Daniel W. Cunningham, John H. Wohlgemuth
  • Publication number: 20110088744
    Abstract: Photovoltaic module failure detection devices and methods provide reliable, low cost, and effective solutions with visual indication of a temperature of diodes during installation, commissioning, operation, and/or maintenance. Indication of diode temperatures and/or detection of diode failures assures proper installation, improves output, expedites maintenance, increases safety, and/or raises reliability. A photovoltaic module for converting light into electricity includes one or more solar cells, and a transparent front sheet disposed over the one or more solar cells. The photovoltaic module includes a back sheet opposite the transparent front sheet, and one or more electrical circuits with one or more diodes connected to at least a portion of the one or more solar cells. The module includes one or more temperature indication devices in communication with at least a portion of the one or more diodes and disposed between the transparent front sheet and the back sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Xia, Eric E. Daniels, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20100300533
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat and a method of making a photovoltaic device with a polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device includes a transparent layer for receiving solar energy, and at least one photovoltaic cell disposed below the transparent layer. The photovoltaic device also includes a polymeric mat disposed below the at least one photovoltaic cell, and a backsheet disposed below the polymeric mat. The photovoltaic device also includes an encapsulant bonding the transparent layer, the at least one photovoltaic cell, the polymeric mat, and the backsheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: ZHIYONG XIA, Daniel W. Cunningham, John H. Wohlgemuth
  • Publication number: 20100294340
    Abstract: This invention relates to a frame for mounting a solar panel where a tubular frame member has a generally triangular cross section. The frame member includes a riser element, a span element and a truss element. 5 The frame meets the IEC 61215, Second edition standard for wind and snow loadings without significantly increasing the weight of the solar module compared to conventional frames with an open channel. This invention also relates to an array of solar modules mounted on a structure as well as a method of mounting the frame with a connection channel for slidably accepting an anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cunningham, Kai H.W. Duponte, Neil V. Placer, Andy E. Parr, Roy Duncan, Seigfried Ebner
  • Publication number: 20100243052
    Abstract: A sealed photovoltaic module comprising: a first substrate, a second substrate, at least one photovoltaic element positioned between the first and second substrates, and an edge seal between the first and second substrates positioned at or near an edge of and between the substrates, the edge seal comprising a moisture resistive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Gittings, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7771593
    Abstract: A moss and debris removal device having an elongated member with a top edge and a bottom edge wherein the top edge and bottom edge have teeth. A line is mounted to the elongated member. The elongated member has a plurality of holes. In one embodiment, the teeth of the top edge and bottom edge of the elongated member have a V-shaped cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Howard Coffman, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7687709
    Abstract: This invention is a layered thin film semiconductor device comprising a first transparent layer; a thin, second transparent layer having a conductivity less than the first transparent layer; an n-type layer; and a p-type layer comprising one or more IIB and VIA elements. This invention is also a method for making such semiconductor device. The thin film semiconductor devices of this invention are useful for making photovoltaic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cunningham, Marc P. Rubcich
  • Publication number: 20100043871
    Abstract: This invention relates to solar panels with improved encapsulants and back sheets for greater power output and/or increased efficiency by using materials with higher thermal conductivity than conventional solar panels. According to certain embodiments the improved materials include fillers while maintaining sufficient dielectric properties. According to certain other embodiments, the invention includes a solar panel with the improved encapsulant between solar cells and the improved back sheet. The invention also includes a method of making a solar panel including the improved materials. The invention also includes solar modules and methods related to encapsulants and the back sheets including filler materials with an enhanced particle size distribution, a brightening agent, or an infrared extinguisher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Xia, John H. Wohlgemuth, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20090255571
    Abstract: This invention relates to solar panels with improved encapsulants and backsheets for greater power output and/or increased efficiency by using materials with higher thermal conductivity than conventional solar panels. According to certain embodiments the improved materials include fillers while maintaining sufficient dielectric properties. According to certain other embodiments, the invention includes a solar panel with the improved encapsulant between solar cells and the improved backsheet. The invention also includes a method of making a solar panel including the improved materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Xia, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20080115822
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module having reliable connections between internal electrical terminals and output cables. The module is comprised of a backing sheet and a cover transparent sheet with a bus bar positioned therebetween. A plurality of photovoltaic (PV) cells are connected in series which, in turn, are connected to a positive and a negative terminal on the bus bar. Male connectors are connected to the positive and the negative terminals. The components are then laminated to form the module with the male connectors inside the backing sheet. To expose the male connectors, openings are formed through the backing sheet and the tapered ends of the male connectors are bent outward to be mated with female connectors on the respective cables. The connections are then soldered to provide output connections for the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cunningham, George J. Kelly, Dinesh S. Amin
  • Patent number: 6913943
    Abstract: This invention is a layered thin film semiconductor device comprising a first transparent layer; a thin, second transparent layer having a conductivity less than the first transparent layer; an n-type layer; and a p-type layer comprising one or more IIB and VIA elements. This invention is also a method for making such semiconductor device. The thin film semiconductor devices of this invention are useful for making photovoltaic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cunningham, Marc P. Rubcich
  • Publication number: 20030079772
    Abstract: A sealed photovoltaic module comprising: a first substrate, a second substrate, at least one photovoltaic element positioned between the first and second substrates, and an edge seal between the first and second substrates positioned at or near an edge of and between the substrates, the edge seal comprising a moisture resistive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Bruce E. Gittings, Daniel W. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20030011047
    Abstract: This invention is a layered thin film semiconductor device comprising a first transparent layer; a thin, second transparent layer having a conductivity less than the first transparent layer; an n-type layer; and a p-type layer comprising one or more IIB and VIA elements. This invention is also a method for making such semiconductor device. The thin film semiconductor devices of this invention are useful for making photovoltaic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cunningham, Marc P. Rubcich