Patents by Inventor Don Becker

Don Becker 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: 20190211131
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, the present invention provides a novel approach to the addition of plasticizers for softening TPUs, i.e., lowering the durometer and the melt viscosity. This approach involves incorporating bonded sulfonate groups with quaternary ammonium counterions into the TPU. In one or more embodiments of the present invention, the softening of TPU is achieved by incorporating an ionic diol, such as N,N-bis (2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane-sulfonic acid (BES), coupled with various bulky alkyl ammonium cations, during the chain extension step of the TPU synthesis. It is believed that that steric hindrance of the bulky quaternary ammonium groups weakens the dipole-dipole interactions of the sulfonate groups and/or lowers the crystallinity of the hard block, thereby creating additional free volume that softens the polymer and lowers the melt viscosity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Becker, Robert A. Weiss, Zachary Kurtiss Zander, Don S. Wardius, Karl W. Haider, Bruce D. Lawrey
  • Publication number: 20190185609
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, the present invention provides a novel approach to the addition of plasticizers for softening TPUs, i.e., lowering the durometer and the melt viscosity. This approach involves incorporating bonded sulfonate groups with quaternary ammonium counterions into the TPU. In one or more embodiments of the present invention, the softening of TPU is achieved by incorporating an ionic diol, such as N,N-bis (2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane-sulfonic acid (BES), coupled with various bulky alkyl ammonium cations, during the chain extension step of the TPU synthesis. It is believed that that steric hindrance of the bulky quaternary ammonium groups weakens the dipole-dipole interactions of the sulfonate groups and/or lowers the crystallinity of the hard block, thereby creating additional free volume that softens the polymer and lowers the melt viscosity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew BECKER, Robert A. WEISS, Zachary Kurtiss ZANDER, Don S. WARDIUS, Karl W. HAIDER, Bruce D. LAWREY
  • Patent number: 5444642
    Abstract: A system for monitoring events which is capable of automatically configuring itself responsive to changes in system hardware comprising: a plurality of input circuits for detecting events and a plurality of output circuits for indicating the presence of the events; a computer means, including a microcontroller connected to the input circuits for two-way communication with the input circuits and further connected to the output circuits; a front panel and means at the front panel for further indicating the events; and means within the computer means for automatically configuring the system responsive to changes in system hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Montgomery, Don Becker, Cathy Robins, Mike Slack, Tim Lee, Bill Oliver
  • Patent number: 5297252
    Abstract: A color graphics terminal for monitoring a system in which a graphics monitor is connected to a computer, the graphics and at least two separate graphics windows which are capable of representing simultaneously two geographically, hierarchically related graphic displays of the system, with an arrangement for controlling the computer to automatically display on the graphics monitor the related graphic displays in response to certain inputs received by the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Don Becker
  • Patent number: 5194846
    Abstract: A communication system in which a controller is coupled over a communication path with two or more transponders, at least two of which transponders have different addresses, which controller and transponders communicate by periodically transmitting a broadcast message simultaneously to all transponders, transmitting an acknowledge message indicative of a new input received by at least one of the transponders, and individually polling all of the transponders using a polling technique which incorporates time periods to allow communication between the controller and a selected transponder, wherein the polling is only activated subsequent to the transmission of the acknowledge message. Periodic polls of all transponders in sequence provide supervision of the integrity of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Lee, Don Becker, Cathy Robins, Leo Mullins, Bill Oliver, Mike Slack