Patents by Inventor David J. Hicks

David J. Hicks 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: 10675927
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes a processing station for processing at least one of a tire and a wheel prior to joining the tire and the wheel for forming a tire-wheel assembly. The processing station includes one of a tire lubricating sub-station and a wheel lubricating sub-station. A lubrication conditioning system is fluidly-coupled to the processing station. The lubrication conditioning system includes: a lubricant reservoir, a lubricant temperature modifier arranged at least proximate to the lubricant reservoir, a lubricant temperature sensor arranged within a cavity formed by the lubricant reservoir and a controller communicatively-coupled to both of the lubricant temperature modifier and the lubricant temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Donald Graham Straitiff, Barry Allan Clark, Lawrence J. Lawson, Joshua James Hicks, Robert Reece, David Henry Larson
  • Patent number: 10574657
    Abstract: Transaction authorization systems may include a transaction processor and an authorization server system. The transaction processor obtains transaction requests authorizations for those requests from the authorization server system. The transaction processor may require an authorization be provided within a threshold time; otherwise, the transaction may be processed without authorization. The authorization server system may be hosted using one or more nodes in a distributed system. Degradation of the performance of the distributed system may cause the performance of the authorization server system to fall below the required performance threshold and transactions may not be authorized before automatic processing. Transaction authorization systems may monitor the health of the individual nodes and/or the distributed system and automatically adjust the routing of authorizations based on current and/or future performance degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lavangana Govil, David J. Hicks, Harinath R. Nallabolu, Ranvirsinh Raol, Srinivas Alladi
  • Publication number: 20140024886
    Abstract: An elastomeric device for packing the bowels of a subject comprising: a central portion and one or more flaps collectively manually positionable within the subject to retain the bowels of the subject in an operational, displaced position and to provide a surgical operational space; and a support structure disposed in at least one of the central portion and the flaps configured to provide rigidity to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony P. Deasey, Steven J. Kubisen, David J. Hicks, Dennis Smith
  • Publication number: 20120143010
    Abstract: A device for human organ packing in a laproscopic surgical procedure, including an expandable barrier configured to be laproscopically implanted into a human abdominal cavity such that a side of the expandable barrier interfaces with organs in the abdominal cavity, thereby forming a barrier between the organs and a region of the abdominal cavity on an opposing side of the barrier relative to the organs, wherein at least a portion of the barrier is configured to be controllably transformed from a first state to a second state, wherein when in the second state the barrier is in a more rigid state relative to the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony P. Deasey, Steven J. Kubisen, David J. Hicks, Dennis Smith
  • Publication number: 20120088961
    Abstract: An elastomeric device for packing the bowels of a subject comprising: a central portion and one or more flaps collectively manually positionable within the subject to retain the bowels of the subject in an operational, displaced position and to provide a surgical operational space; and a support structure disposed in at least one of the central portion and the flaps configured to provide rigidity to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony P. Deasey, Steven J. Kubisen, David J. Hicks, Dennis Smith
  • Patent number: 6290432
    Abstract: A diverless process of tapping a pressurized subsea pipeline without removing the pipeline from service. The process includes the steps of lowering and landing a measurement tool onto the pipeline in order to check ovality and straightness of the pipeline with the measurement tool. Pipe lift frames are lowered and landed onto the pipeline spaced from a chosen location. The pipeline is lifted by hydraulic actuators or mechanical screws on the lift frames. A hot tap fitting and accompanying orientation frame are lowered and landed on the pipeline between the pipe lift frames. The pipe lift frames are incrementally raised until the pipeline is fully seated in the hot tap fitting and orientation frame. A fitting clamp is secured to the pipeline. A hot tap machine is lowered onto the hot tap fitting and orientation frame. The pipeline is then tapped with the hot tap machine. The pipeline is thereafter lowered by deflating the lift frame bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Williams Field Services Gulf Coast Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gern D. Exley, Donald W. Cross, Oran Tarlton, Larry Decker, David J. Hicks, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 6290431
    Abstract: A diverless process of tapping a pressurized subsea pipeline without removing the pipeline from service. The process includes the steps of lowering and landing a measurement tool onto the pipeline in order to check ovality and straightness of the pipeline. Pipe lift frames are lowered and landed onto the pipeline spaced from a chosen location. The pipeline is lifted by hydraulic actuators or mechanical screws on the lift frames. A hot tap machine and accompanying orientation frame are lowered from the surface and landed on the pipeline between the pipe lift frames. A fitting clamp is secured to the pipeline. A hot tap machine is lowered onto the hot tap fitting and orientation frame. The pipeline is then tapped with the hot tap machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Williams Field Services Gulf Coast Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gern D. Exley, Donald W. Cross, Oran Tarlton, Larry Decker, David J. Hicks, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 6012878
    Abstract: A machine for use underwater and therefor subject to ambient hydrostatic pressure for tapping a pressurized pipeline has an elongated tubular tapping machine body with a boring bar therein that receives a cutter at its lower end. A passageway in a lower end portion of the tapping machine body senses the internal pressure of a pipeline after the pipeline is penetrated by the cutter, the passageway being connected to a pressure equalizer having communication with the interior of the tapping machine body to thereby balance hydraulic forces applied to the boring bar during a tapping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Hicks
  • Patent number: 4237936
    Abstract: A pig trap closure is disclosed which includes a collar adapted to be attached to the end of a pipe, a door for opening and closing the end of the pipe, means for clamping the door to the collar and sealing means for preventing communication between the interior of the pipe and the atmosphere when the door is clamped to the collar. A testing valve is provided for indicating the presence of pressurized fluid in the pipe and means connects the testing valve to a handle used to unclamp the door for preventing movement of the handle until after the presence of pressurized fluid within the pipe has been checked by the testing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: T. D. Williamson Inc.
    Inventors: Jack D. Lollis, David J. Hicks