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: 20200187689
    Abstract: Induction-heated vessels, and processes for manufacturing induction-heated vessels and vessel components, are provided. The vessels can include a ceramic outer layer and a conductive heating element, which can be provided as a conductive glaze or coating, a conductive inner layer, or a label comprising a conductive element and an RFID tag, to allow the thermal transfer or conduction of heat from the heated surface directly to the contents of the vessel, while the ceramic outer layer of the vessel insulates the contents of the vessel. Also, systems and methods for heating and controlling induction-heated vessels and for tracking loyalty, use, and/or sales using RFID-enabled induction-heated vessels are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Gregory L. Clark, Benjamin C. Moes
  • Publication number: 20200128629
    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: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20200053839
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 10555380
    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: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Inductive Intelligence, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 10530188
    Abstract: A remote device in accordance with the present invention includes an adaptive power receiver that receives wireless power from the wireless power supply by induction. The adaptive power receiver may be switched among two or more modes of operation, including, for example, a high-Q mode and a low-Q mode. By controlling the switching between modes, the amount of energy received by the adaptive receiver may be controlled. This control is a form of adaptive resonance control or Q control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Philips IP Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Thomas J. Leppien, Scott A. Mollema, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Benjamin C. Moes, A. Esai Umenei, John James Lord, Robert D. Gruich
  • Patent number: 10505385
    Abstract: A contactless power supply has a dynamically configurable tank circuit powered by an inverter. The contactless power supply is inductively coupled to one or more loads. The inverter is connected to a DC power source. When loads are added or removed from the system, the contactless power supply is capable of modifying the resonant frequency of the tank circuit, the inverter frequency, the inverter duty cycle or the rail voltage of the DC power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philips IP Ventures B.V.
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20190353605
    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: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David W. BAARMAN, Brian B. STEKETEE, Kevin STEPHENS
  • Patent number: 10481189
    Abstract: A wireless remote sensor (110) that is powered by an inductive transmitter (112) and is configured to produce an oscillating wave that varies based on one or more sensed parameters. The oscillating wave is communicated to the inductive transmitter (112) by reflected impedance, where it can be detected to determine the sensed value(s). In another aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with a Wheatstone bridge arrangement having an internal resonant circuit to produce an electromagnetic field indicative of the sensed value. In a third aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with optical feedback from a reference circuit and a sensor circuit. In a fourth aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote temperature sensor having coils printed on a material with a high coefficient of thermal expansion so that the size and/or shape of the coils varies as the temperature increases or decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Philips I.P. Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Cody D. Dean, David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Hai D. Nguyen, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joshua B. Taylor, Joseph S. Melton, Jr., Ronald L. Stoddard
  • Patent number: 10477627
    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: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Inductive Intelligence, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20190335297
    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: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Bruce A. Patterson, Robert J. Zuker, Thomas E. Deater
  • Patent number: 10439437
    Abstract: An adaptive inductive ballast is provided with the capability to communicate with a remote device powered by the ballast. To improve the operation of the ballast, the ballast changes its operating characteristics based upon information received from the remote device. Further, the ballast may provide a path for the remote device to communicate with device other than the adaptive inductive ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20190288560
    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: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Scott A. Mollema
  • Patent number: 10401315
    Abstract: A track pin sensor for monitoring an operational status of a track pin of a track chain for heavy equipment. The track pin sensor may be incorporated into a communication system for monitoring a plurality of track pins of the track chain. A method of monitoring operational status of a track pin is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Brian B. Steketee, Kevin Stephens
  • Patent number: 10397741
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Shoreline Tracking Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Bruce A. Patterson, Robert J. Zuker, Thomas E. Deater
  • Publication number: 20190234559
    Abstract: A system and method relating to a saw system, the saw system including a saw blade configured for cutting, a shaft connected to the saw blade, a motor configured to rotate the saw blade by rotating the shaft, and at least one processor configured to control the motor. The saw system further comprising a detector configured to detect when a body part of a person is adjacent to or touching the saw blade. The at least one processor is configured to control the motor to stop rotation of the saw blade in response to the detector detecting that the body part is adjacent to or touching the saw blade. The saw blade including at least one hole that is filled with a weight-reduction insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: HOLLYMATIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Victor GUYNN, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 10312732
    Abstract: An inductive power supply system includes a non-contact power supply for energizing a device. The inductive power supply system includes a communication system for enabling communication between a device and the system. The device transmits an identifier to the system. If the device does not have a transmitter, the system attempts to determine the type of device from a characterization of the power consumption by the device. If the device cannot be characterized, the inductive power supply system can be operated manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, John J. Lord, Nathan P. Stien, Wesley J. Bachman
  • Patent number: 10305329
    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: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Scott A. Mollema
  • Patent number: 10277070
    Abstract: A wireless power distribution and control system may be used to supply power wirelessly to various devices. The devices in the system may have control over the system and/or over certain features of other devices. For example, a smartphone charging in the wireless power distribution and control system may have access to and control over other devices in the system, such as the overhead lights, or a projector in a conference room. The identification of other devices, as well as commands for controlling these devices may be communicated over the wireless power link. The type and degree of control of each device in that system may vary based on access control levels for the power supplies and connected devices. The devices that receive power may be configured to automatically connect with the power distribution system and to monitor the other devices connected to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Publication number: 20190104572
    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: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: GREGORY L. CLARK, DAVID W. BAARMAN
  • Publication number: 20190104571
    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: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory L. Clark, David W. Baarman