Patents by Inventor David W. Baarman

David W. Baarman 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).

  • Publication number: 20220188588
    Abstract: A smart package and/or a smart tag may be used for inductive heating. The inductive heating may comprise heating a food product, a beverage product, and/or any other substance. The smart package and/or tag may comprise at least one of: an antenna (e.g., for radio frequency communications), a communication module (e.g., for communicating information relating to inductive heating), and/or an inductive receptor (e.g., for transferring heat to a substance). The inductive receptor may be configured to avoid/minimize contact and/or to avoid/minimize interference with the communication module and/or with the antenna, which may provide various advantages as described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Inductive Intelligence LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Gregory L. Clark, Benjamin C. Moes, Joseph Van Den Brink, Toussaint Cruise
  • Patent number: 11344641
    Abstract: An appliance disinfecting device with monitoring and safety interlock system that utilizes user detection and sensors to detect touch and can provide user feedback and decorative features. The device can include a UV transmissive material that provides disinfection of hard to reach surfaces or areas safely. The appliance disinfection device can include an automatic interlock to protect a user from UV exposure. The optics used for the UV disinfection allow the device to become a human interface. The device can be connected to the appliance control system which can be connected to a network and cloud interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Publication number: 20220148456
    Abstract: A heavy-duty interactive (HDi) system may include a heavy-duty vehicle; a work tool installed on the heavy-duty vehicle; a memory that stores a plurality of patterns representing operation events for the heavy-duty vehicle; a first sensor affixed to the heavy-duty vehicle that collects first sensor data as the heavy-duty vehicle is operated; a second sensor affixed to the work tool that collects second sensor data as the work tool is operated; and a controller operatively coupled to the first sensor, the second sensor, and the memory. The controller may be configured to identify a heavy-duty vehicle operation event by comparing at least one of the first sensor data and the second sensor data with the plurality of patterns in the memory, and associate the work tool with the heavy-duty vehicle based on a comparison of the first sensor data and the second sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brian B. Steketee, David W. Baarman, Mark Strayer, Thad Senti
  • Patent number: 11317480
    Abstract: Various smart package configurations may include a package intelligence and communication module (PICM) intelligently interacting with smart heating appliances and users. A thermodynamic load profile may correlate thermodynamic response characteristics of the package and be stored in or associated with a unique identifier in the PICM. The TLP enables efficient and safe heating of packages on a smart appliance as well as package validation and authentication. Package configurations also include structural elements for efficient heating of food, beverage, cosmetic and personal care products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Inductive Intelligence, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20220088245
    Abstract: A low dose disinfection and control system that utilizes empirical and theoretical data to compare performance, sensor data, stored patterns, historical usage, use intensity indexes over time and tracking information to provide a sophisticated data collection system for disinfection. The data can be used to dynamically control UV treatment parameters. This tracking is designed to enable a learning and feedback tool that helps to modify behavior and the understanding of infection. The present invention provides a system for integrating UV treatment into products. The product may include an outer layer of UV transmissive material forming an external touch surface. The UV disinfection system includes a UV source internal to the product. In use, the internal UV source produces UV-C light that passes into and permeates the outer layer to treat the touch surface. A UV reflective layer may be disposed beneath the outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Publication number: 20220088250
    Abstract: A disinfecting human interface device with monitoring and safety enhancement system that utilizes user detection and sensors to detect proximity and is designed to provide user feedback on safety, disinfection and decorative lighting. Also having a UV transmissive material designed to enable disinfection of hard to reach surfaces. This disinfecting human interface device has an automatic interlock to protect the user from UV exposure and logs the exposure limits versus exposure. It is connected to a bus system that collects the data and programs the options and enables communications, and potentially to other networks like the cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Patent number: 11245287
    Abstract: An inductive power supply system to identify remote devices using unique identification frequencies. The system includes an AIPS and a tank circuit capable of inductively providing power to a remote device at different frequencies, and a sensor for sensing the reflected impedance of the remote device at tank circuit. The system further includes a plurality of different remote devices, each having a unique resonance frequency. In operation, the AIPS is capable of identifying the type of remote device present in the inductive field by applying power to a remote device at a plurality of unique identification frequencies until the remote device establishes resonance in response to one of the identification frequencies. The AIPS includes a controller that recognizes when resonance has been established by evaluating sensor data, which is representative of the reflected impedance of the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Scott A. Mollema
  • Publication number: 20220031883
    Abstract: An appliance disinfecting device with monitoring and safety interlock system that utilizes user detection and sensors to detect touch and can provide user feedback and decorative features. The device can include a UV transmissive material that provides disinfection of hard to reach surfaces or areas safely. The appliance disinfection device can include an automatic interlock to protect a user from UV exposure. The optics used for the UV disinfection allow the device to become a human interface. The device can be connected to the appliance control system which can be connected to a network and cloud interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Patent number: 11173222
    Abstract: A low dose disinfection and control system that utilizes empirical and theoretical data to compare performance, sensor data, stored patterns, historical usage, use intensity indexes over time and tracking information to provide a sophisticated data collection system for disinfection. The data can be used to dynamically control UV treatment parameters. This tracking is designed to enable a learning and feedback tool that helps to modify behavior and the understanding of infection. The present invention provides a system for integrating UV treatment into products. The product may include an outer layer of UV transmissive material forming an external touch surface. The UV disinfection system includes a UV source internal to the product. In use, the internal UV source produces UV-C light that passes into and permeates the outer layer to treat the touch surface. A UV reflective layer may be disposed beneath the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20210346548
    Abstract: A disinfectant transmissive material incorporated into a case for a mobile device or a supporting surface of a disinfecting charger to enable disinfection of hard to reach areas. The case can be self-disinfecting. The disinfecting charger can have monitoring and safety systems that detect proximity and provide user feedback on safety, disinfection, and charge status along with automatic interlocks to protect the user from overexposure to disinfectant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Patent number: 11172585
    Abstract: A system for connecting and monitoring a magnetic operator interface assembly. The assembly can provide protection of an operator interface by limiting glare, UV damage, and exposure to rain. It can also protect the operator interface from high pressure cleaning equipment. The assembly is removably magnetically mountable to a sealed enclosure without breaching the enclosure's seal. The magnetic operator interface assembly can withstand operational forces, staying at a magnetically fixed position and without becoming accidentally detached. It is also easy to intentionally install and remove. The system may include sensors that can inform a local or remote dashboard about the status of the magnetic operator interface assembly, such as whether it is installed and whether the cover is open or closed. The system may also include a locking system to prevent tampering and limit access to the operator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: New Frontier Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paschal Early Smith, III, Chinh Huu Bui, Randall Kevin Sambursky, Donald Craig Walker, David W Baarman
  • Publication number: 20210282236
    Abstract: A smart inductive heating appliance includes an interface for interacting with a package intelligence and communication module on a smart package. The smart heating appliance may also detect and charge chargeable devices inductively. A number of data sets may be utilized to enhance control of heating/cooking and to enhance safety. A thermodynamic load profile of the package may include detailed data correlations established in a package testing step and utilized to control heating of the package as well as to validate and authenticate the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20210267023
    Abstract: A dynamic container, package and vessel heating method with monitoring and safety system. The system includes identification detection and sensors to detect and authenticate the proper container, package or vessel. The system is capable of adjusting the driver for optimized induction heating of the target container, package or vessel. It is connected to a cloud based system that provides appliance specific and package specific drive and control details based on the identifier. The cloud based platform monitors point of consumption data and enables user marketing consumption of data while also enabling consumption driven feedback from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes
  • Patent number: 11097026
    Abstract: A disinfectant transmissive material incorporated into a case for a mobile device or a supporting surface of a disinfecting charger to enable disinfection of hard to reach areas. The case can be self-disinfecting. The disinfecting charger can have monitoring and safety systems that detect proximity and provide user feedback on safety, disinfection, and charge status along with automatic interlocks to protect the user from overexposure to disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Patent number: 11060988
    Abstract: A method for detecting status information about a track pin of a track chain for heavy equipment includes disposing a track pin sensor within a void of the track pin; sensing with the track pin sensor a temperature characteristic of the track pin; determining status information based on the temperature characteristic; and wirelessly communicating the status information to a remote device. A method for detecting status information about a mechanical system that generates heat energy includes generating electrical energy based on the heat energy; providing the electrical energy to a control unit; sensing with the control unit a temperature characteristic of the mechanical system based on a voltage of the electrical energy; determining status information of the mechanical system based on the temperature characteristic; and wirelessly communicating the status information to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Brian B. Steketee, Kevin Stephens
  • Publication number: 20210196848
    Abstract: A disinfectant transmissive material incorporated into a case for a mobile device or a supporting surface of a disinfecting charger to enable disinfection of hard to reach areas. The case can be self-disinfecting. The disinfecting charger can have monitoring and safety systems that detect proximity and provide user feedback on safety, disinfection, and charge status along with automatic interlocks to protect the user from overexposure to disinfectant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventor: David W Baarman
  • Patent number: 11019690
    Abstract: A smart inductive heating appliance includes an interface for interacting with a package intelligence and communication module on a smart package. The smart heating appliance may also detect and charge chargeable devices inductively. A number of data sets may be utilized to enhance control of heating/cooking and to enhance safety. A thermodynamic load profile of the package may include detailed data correlations established in a package testing step and utilized to control heating of the package as well as to validate and authenticate the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Inductive Intelligence, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20210127228
    Abstract: A system to assist in monitoring and improving services in hotels, motels and other lodging facilities. The system includes a plurality of fixed-location wireless devices that are situated throughout the facility and each service provider or asset to be monitored or tracked is provided with a cooperating mobile wireless device. The mobile devices may periodically transmit beacons that are received by the fixed location devices. The system may determine location based on evaluation of signal strength across a plurality of fixed devices. The system may include premapped calibration data on signal strength to assist in determining location. The location information may help to assess employee performance, to assist in improving performance and to provide improved services. The system may also interact with an application running on a hotel guest's electronic device to allow the system to track guest location. Guest location information can be used to provide improved guest services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Bruce A. Patterson, Robert J. Zuker, Thomas E. Deater
  • Publication number: 20210083522
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling inductive power transfer in an inductive power transfer system and a method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting. The method of controlling inductive power transfer including measuring a characteristic of input power, a characteristic of power in the tank circuit, and receiving information from a secondary device. Estimating power consumption based on the measured characteristic of tank circuit power and received information and comparing the measured characteristic of input power, the information from the secondary device, and the estimated power consumption to determine there is an unacceptable power loss. The method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting including changing the distance between a primary side and a secondary side and changing a load of the secondary side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: DAVID W. BAARMAN, JOSHUA K. SCHWANNECKE, NEIL W. KUYVENHOVEN, ESAI E. UMENEI, DALE R. LIFF, ANDREW C. ZEIK, MARK A. BLAHA, JASON L. AMISTADI, ROBERT D. GRUICH
  • Publication number: 20210074180
    Abstract: A system includes moveable equipment; a plurality of work tools selectively physically coupleable to the moveable equipment; and an accelerometry network. The accelerometry network includes a primary accelerometer affixed to the moveable equipment for collecting primary accelerometer data; a plurality of secondary accelerometers for collecting secondary accelerometer data, each accelerometer of the plurality of secondary accelerometers being uniquely affixed to a corresponding work tool of the plurality of work tools; a controller configured to determine physical coupling relationships between the plurality of work tools and the moveable equipment based on a comparison of the primary accelerometer data and the secondary accelerometer data; and a communication system that effects communication between the controller and the primary accelerometer and the plurality of secondary accelerometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brian B. Steketee, David W. Baarman, Mark Strayer, Thad Senti