Patents by Inventor Darrin Max Miller

Darrin Max Miller 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: 10551573
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends without there being an optical fiber present in the ferrule bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 10451814
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20190227243
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends without there being an optical fiber present in the ferrule bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 10274684
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The ferrule bore has a first section extending inwardly from the rear end of the ferrule, a second section extending inwardly from the front end of the ferrule and having a width that is less than the first section, and a transition section located between the first and second sections. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in at least a portion of both the transition section and the second section of the ferrule bore. At least some of the bonding agent in the second section of the ferrule bore has been melted and solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 10274685
    Abstract: A method of making a fiber optic connector sub-assembly involves: initially disposing a bonding agent in a ferrule bore of a ferrule; heating at least a portion of the ferrule above a melting temperature of the bonding agent so that some of the bonding agent melts; and solidifying the bonding agent that has melted to form the fiber optic connector sub-assembly, all without an optical fiber being disposed within the ferrule bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 10094984
    Abstract: A method of forming an optical fiber connector comprises preloading an adhesive plug into a ferrule bore of a ferrule. The ferrule bore extends between a first face and a second face of the ferrule and includes a large diameter bore section extending inwardly from the first face, a micro-hole section extending inwardly from the second face, and a transition section located between the large diameter bore section and the micro-hole section. The adhesive plug: a) is coupled to at least the transition section during the preloading, b) comprises an adhesive composition in a stable form, and c) blocks an entrance into the micro-hole section from the transition section. The method also comprises storing the adhesive plug in the ferrule bore for at least one day without coupling the optical connector to an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180180821
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The ferrule bore has a first section extending inwardly from the rear end of the ferrule, a second section extending inwardly from the front end of the ferrule and having a width that is less than the first section, and a transition section located between the first and second sections. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in at least a portion of both the transition section and the second section of the ferrule bore. At least some of the bonding agent in the second section of the ferrule bore has been melted and solidified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180180822
    Abstract: A method of making a fiber optic connector sub-assembly involves: initially disposing a bonding agent in a ferrule bore of a ferrule; heating at least a portion of the ferrule above a melting temperature of the bonding agent so that some of the bonding agent melts; and solidifying the bonding agent that has melted to form the fiber optic connector sub-assembly, all without an optical fiber being disposed within the ferrule bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180180823
    Abstract: A method of making a fiber optic connector sub-assembly involves: initially disposing a bonding agent in a ferrule bore of a ferrule; heating at least a portion of the ferrule above a melting temperature of the bonding agent so that some of the bonding agent melts; and solidifying the bonding agent that has melted to form the fiber optic connector sub-assembly, all without an optical fiber being disposed within the ferrule bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180059336
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180052286
    Abstract: A method of forming an optical fiber connector comprises preloading an adhesive plug into a ferrule bore of a ferrule. The ferrule bore extends between a first face and a second face of the ferrule and includes a large diameter bore section extending inwardly from the first face, a micro-hole section extending inwardly from the second face, and a transition section located between the large diameter bore section and the micro-hole section. The adhesive plug: a) is coupled to at least the transition section during the preloading, b) comprises an adhesive composition in a stable form, and c) blocks an entrance into the micro-hole section from the transition section. The method also comprises storing the adhesive plug in the ferrule bore for at least one day without coupling the optical connector to an optical fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 9880362
    Abstract: A method of securing an optical fiber to a ferrule involves heating the ferrule to cause thermal expansion. A ferrule bore of the ferrule increases in diameter as a result of the thermal expansion, and an optical fiber is inserted into the ferrule bore. The ferrule is then cooled so that the ferrule bore decreases in diameter and forms a mechanical interface with the optical fiber. Finally, the optical fiber is fused to the ferrule by irradiating the optical fiber and the ferrule with laser energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Thomas Dale Ketcham, Darrin Max Miller, Robert Michael Morena
  • Patent number: 9835805
    Abstract: A method of forming an optical fiber connector is provided. The optical connector includes a body having a passage with a first section extending inwardly from a first face of the body, a second section extending inwardly from a second face from the body, and a transition section located between the first and second sections. The first section of the passage has a first width and the second section of the passage has a second width that is less than the first width. The method comprises loading an adhesive composition into the passage and storing the adhesive composition for at least one day without coupling the optical connector to an optical fiber. The adhesive composition is a meltable, substantially solid material maintained the first passage section, transition section, or both the second passage section and transition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 9791637
    Abstract: A method of terminating an optical fiber involves providing a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends, and a bonding agent disposed in at least a portion of the ferrule bore. The method also involves applying energy to heat the bonding agent. An end section of an optical fiber is inserted into the ferrule bore and through the bonding agent when the bonding agent is heated. The end section of the optical fiber includes a primary coating prior to insertion into the ferrule bore. During insertion of the end section of the optical fiber through the bonding agent, the heated bonding agent thermally removes at least a portion of the primary coating during so that the optical fiber can be secured in the ferrule bore with the bonding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison, Kipp David Yeakel
  • Publication number: 20170131484
    Abstract: A method of forming an optical fiber connector is provided. The optical connector includes a body having a passage with a first section extending inwardly from a first face of the body, a second section extending inwardly from a second face from the body, and a transition section located between the first and second sections. The first section of the passage has a first width and the second section of the passage has a second width that is less than the first width. The method comprises loading an adhesive composition into the passage and storing the adhesive composition for at least one day without coupling the optical connector to an optical fiber. The adhesive composition is a meltable, substantially solid material maintained the first passage section, transition section, or both the second passage section and transition section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 9588303
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector preloaded with an adhesive is provided. The optical connector includes a body having a passage with a first section extending inwardly from a first face of the body, a second section extending inwardly from a second face from the body, and a transition section located between the first section and the second section. The first section of the passage has a first width and the second section of the passage has a second width that is less than the first width. An adhesive composition is located within the transition section of the passage and is configured to bind an optical fiber to an inner surface of the second section following melting and solidification of the adhesive composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 9581768
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Publication number: 20170052328
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in the ferrule bore and having first and second ends along the longitudinal axis. The bonding agent has been melted and solidified at the first and second ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Rebecca Lynn Burt, Jeffrey Dean Danley, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 9541705
    Abstract: An optical fiber includes a glass fiber, having a cladding and core, surrounded by a polymer coating. Some of the coating is removed by a laser beam so that the optical fiber comprises a first lengthwise portion covered by the coating and a second lengthwise portion where the coating is not present on at least ninety-five (95) percent of an exterior surface of the second lengthwise portion. A microstructure of the polymer coating, adjacent to the second lengthwise portion on the first lengthwise portion, tapers at an angle such that a thickness of the polymer coating decreases toward the second lengthwise portion as a function of proximity to the second lengthwise portion. The optical fiber may also be optionally cleaved with the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Zhaoxu Tian, Stephan T Toepper, Kipp David Yeakel
  • Patent number: 9429719
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector sub-assembly includes a ferrule having a front end, a rear end, and a ferrule bore extending between the front and rear ends along a longitudinal axis. The ferrule bore has a first section extending inwardly from the rear end of the ferrule, a second section extending inwardly from the front end of the ferrule and having a width that is less than the first section, and a transition section located between the first and second sections. The fiber optic connector sub-assembly also includes a bonding agent disposed in at least a portion of both the transition section and the second section of the ferrule bore. At least some of the bonding agent in the second section of the ferrule bore has been melted and solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Danley, Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Darrin Max Miller, Dennis Craig Morrison