Patents by Inventor David Heatherington

David Heatherington 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: 9172820
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer implemented methods for identifying an account and destination for a communication based on a dialed number and origination number associated with the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Network Enhanced Telecom, LLP
    Inventors: Andrew Ford, Robert W. Cuthbert, Jr., Kevin Matthew Ravnsborg, Brian Patrick Kirk, Brent David Heatherington
  • Publication number: 20150055767
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer implemented methods for identifying an account and destination for a communication based on a dialed number and origination number associated with the communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Ford, Robert W. Cuthbert, Jr., Kevin Matthew Ravnsborg, Brian Patrick Kirk, Brent David Heatherington
  • Publication number: 20070257497
    Abstract: A bumper system for a vehicle comprising a stamped metal component and a second polymeric component fixedly attached to form a beam with particular localized energy absorber characteristics. The metal component is formed from a sheet and has a thickness in a width direction along a majority of the length when in a vehicle-mounted position. The second polymeric component engages a face of the first component and is rigidly attached to the first component in at least several locations along the length to form a structural beam with the first component. The second polymeric component has sufficient structure to form an integral part of the structural beam and interconnected walls extending in the width direction to form energy-absorbing cells at centered and corner locations configured to crush and absorb energy upon a vehicle impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: David Heatherington, Scott Glasgow, Bruce Lyons, Darin Evans
  • Publication number: 20070236025
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous material, such as heat-treatable steel. The tube has first and second ring sections connected by an intermediate section. In one aspect, the intermediate section is flared and/or pinched to cause one tube section to predictably telescopingly roll upon impact. In another aspect, one section is annealed to optimize elongation and yield properties to facilitate rolling upon impact. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second ring sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse. Methods related to the above are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20070095001
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a press with dies configured to deform a strip of material by drawing material primarily from a width direction, a slitter set to cut the deformed strip to a uniform desired width dimension, and a roll-former with rolls configured to shape linear portions of the deformed and now uniform-width strip into a continuous beam. The apparatus further includes a welder for welding abutting edges of the sheet together to form a permanent tube, a sweep station for imparting a longitudinal shape to the continuous beam, and a cut-off for cutting the continuous beam into segments useful as vehicle bumper beams. A controller controls timing of various components. The beam segments are optimized in specific regions for local strength and minimized weight, and features can be incorporated into the beam segments such as coplanar mounting surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventor: David Heatherington
  • Publication number: 20070074556
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a press with dies configured to deform a strip of material by drawing material primarily from a width direction, a slitter set to cut the deformed strip to a uniform desired width dimension, and a roll-former with rolls configured to shape linear portions of the deformed and now uniform-width strip into a continuous beam. The apparatus further includes a welder for welding abutting edges of the sheet together to form a permanent tube, a sweep station for imparting a longitudinal shape to the continuous beam, and a cut-off for cutting the continuous beam into segments useful as vehicle bumper beams. A controller controls timing of various components. The beam segments are optimized in specific regions for local strength and minimized weight, and features can be incorporated into the beam segments such as coplanar mounting surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventor: David Heatherington
  • Publication number: 20060237976
    Abstract: A crush member for a vehicle having frame rails comprising a tube having a first end configured to be connected to the frame rails of the vehicle and a second end configured to be connected to a bumper. The tube has a constant thickness from the first end to the second end. The tube further has a taper along a axial direction from the first end to the second end, the tube having a larger cross section at the first end and a smaller cross section at the second end. The tube is configured to crush to absorb impact energy upon an axial or near axial load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20060125251
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous material, such as heat-treatable steel. The tube has first and second ring sections connected by an intermediate section. In one aspect, the intermediate section is flared and/or pinched to cause one tube section to predictably telescopingly roll upon impact. In another aspect, one section is annealed to optimize elongation and yield properties to facilitate rolling upon impact. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second ring sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse. Methods related to the above are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20060028038
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous polymeric material. The tube has first and second tube sections connected by an intermediate tube section. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second tube sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons, Darin Evans, Ranier Nees
  • Publication number: 20050285417
    Abstract: A bumper beam includes an open front section made from a high-strength material such as ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) material, and further includes a mating back section made of lower-strength material attached to a rear side of the front section along abutting flanges. The front and back sections combine to define different tubular cross sections. The front section can be roll-formed, and the back section can be stamped, thus taking advantage of roll-forming processes' ability to form high-strength materials, while allowing the back section to have a more complicated shape and be stamped. The abutting flanges telescopingly overlap in a fore-aft direction of the vehicle and are welded together at locations that potentially experience shear upon impact, but the flanges of the front section are captured within the flanges of the backs section, thus providing impact strength even if the attachment locations shear off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Inventors: David Heatherington, Scott Glasgow, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050285416
    Abstract: A bumper beam includes an open front section made from a high-strength material such as ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) material, and further includes a mating back section made of lower strength material attached to a rear side of the front section along abutting flanges. The front and back sections combine to define different tubular cross sections along their length, thus providing selected stiffness and strength at critical areas of the bumper beam. The front section can be roll-formed, and the back section can be stamped, thus taking advantage of roll-forming processes' ability to form high-strength materials, while allowing the back section to have a more complicated shape and be stamped. For example, the back section can be made from a material selected from a group consisting of HSLA steel, aluminum, and/or polymeric material. The back section is attached to the beam using welding or mechanical attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Inventors: David Heatherington, Scott Glasgow, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050213478
    Abstract: An energy management system comprising a longitudinally extending beam including a first beam portion and a second beam portion. A first one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a first face, a first side wall and a second side wall. A second one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a second face. The first side wall has a first U-shaped section spaced from the first face and the second side wall has a second U-shaped section spaced from the first face. The first side wall rolls to enlarge the first U-shaped section and the second side wall rolls to enlarge the second U-shaped section during an impact force directed against the first face of the first beam portion or the second face of the second beam portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050110285
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous material, such as heat-treatable steel. The tube has first and second ring sections connected by an intermediate section. In one aspect, the intermediate section is flared and/or pinched to cause one tube section to predictably telescopingly roll upon impact. In another aspect, one section is annealed to optimize elongation and yield properties to facilitate rolling upon impact. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second ring sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse. Methods related to the above are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons