Patents by Inventor David S. Cummins

David S. Cummins 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: 8833723
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A damping assembly configured to dampen movement of a first item relative to a second item may include an arm and a shock absorber. The arm may be configured to be located between the first item and the second item and may be configured to pivotally couple to the first item and configured to slidably couple to the second item. The shock absorber may be configured to couple between the first item and the arm, such that the shock absorber dampens rotation of the arm to dampen movement of the first item relative to the second item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toppan Photomasks, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8833722
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A method of manufacture may include providing a first platform having a substantially planar first surface. The method may also include providing a second platform having a substantially planar second surface substantially parallel to the first surface. The method may further include mechanically coupling the second surface to the first surface via a plurality of compression springs allowing movement of the second platform relative to the first platform. Additionally, the method may include mechanically coupling a bearing assembly configured to maintain registration of the second platform relative to the first platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toppan Photomasks, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8347793
    Abstract: A method of manufacture may include providing a first platform having a substantially planar first surface and a second platform having a substantially planar second surface substantially parallel to the first surface. The method may further include mechanically coupling the second surface and first surface via a plurality of compression springs allowing movement of the second platform relative to the first platform. Additionally, the method may include mechanically coupling at least one weight sensor to the second platform configured to measure a portion of weight of a load upon the apparatus. Moreover, the method may include communicatively coupling a compression spring control module to at least one compression spring of the plurality of compression springs and the at least one weight sensor configured to tune the at least one compression spring based at least on the portion of weight of the load measured by the at least one weight sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toppan Photomasks, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8172194
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A damping assembly configured to dampen movement of a first item relative to a second item may include an arm and a shock absorber. The arm may be configured to be located between the first item and the second item and may be configured to pivotally couple to the first item and configured to slidably couple to the second item. The shock absorber may be configured to couple between the first item and the arm, such that the shock absorber dampens rotation of the arm to dampen movement of the first item relative to the second item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Toppan Photomasks, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120012729
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A damping assembly configured to dampen movement of a first item relative to a second item may include an arm and a shock absorber. The arm may be configured to be located between the first item and the second item and may be configured to pivotally couple to the first item and configured to slidably couple to the second item. The shock absorber may be configured to couple between the first item and the arm, such that the shock absorber dampens rotation of the arm to dampen movement of the first item relative to the second item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: TOPPAN PHOTOMASKS, INC.
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100294176
    Abstract: A method of manufacture may include providing a first platform having a substantially planar first surface and a second platform having a substantially planar second surface substantially parallel to the first surface. The method may further include mechanically coupling the second surface and first surface via a plurality of compression springs allowing movement of the second platform relative to the first platform. Additionally, the method may include mechanically coupling at least one weight sensor to the second platform configured to measure a portion of weight of a load upon the apparatus. Moreover, the method may include communicatively coupling a compression spring control module to at least one compression spring of the plurality of compression springs and the at least one weight sensor configured to tune the at least one compression spring based at least on the portion of weight of the load measured by the at least one weight sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100294174
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A damping assembly configured to dampen movement of a first item relative to a second item may include an arm and a shock absorber. The arm may be configured to be located between the first item and the second item and may be configured to pivotally couple to the first item and configured to slidably couple to the second item. The shock absorber may be configured to couple between the first item and the arm, such that the shock absorber dampens rotation of the arm to dampen movement of the first item relative to the second item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100294175
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting equipment and a method for the manufacture of the apparatus are disclosed. A method of manufacture may include providing a first platform having a substantially planar first surface. The method may also include providing a second platform having a substantially planar second surface substantially parallel to the first surface. The method may further include mechanically coupling the second surface to the first surface via a plurality of compression springs allowing movement of the second platform relative to the first platform. Additionally, the method may include mechanically coupling a bearing assembly configured to maintain registration of the second platform relative to the first platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: David S. Cummins, Curt A. Jackson, James N. Cook, JR.