Patents by Inventor Donald A. Bender

Donald A. Bender 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: 10360800
    Abstract: A driver action system for monitoring traffic and capturing specific information about the car and the driver from a GPS device and other IoT sensors. Driver history and tendencies can provide insight into a driver's intention while on the road. The system will analyze the collected information and broadcast an alert to other drivers in the same area. A broadcast to the other devices or users in the area would include the probability or percentage of the driver taking a particular action or a lack of familiarity with the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Edward T. Childress, Rhonda L. Childress, Donald L. Muchmore
  • Publication number: 20170279335
    Abstract: A flywheel energy storage system includes a rotating assembly having a plurality of magnets and a longitudinal axis about which the rotating assembly rotates and static assembly having a stator configured to magnetically interact with the plurality of magnets of the rotating assembly. The rotating assembly includes a rotor back iron supporting the plurality of magnets and disposed further from the longitudinal axis in a radial direction than the plurality of magnets. The back iron being formed of a material having a first stiffness, relative permeability of at least 10, and an electrical conductivity 10% or less than the electrical conductivity of magnetic steel. There is composite structure supporting the rotor back iron and disposed further from the longitudinal axis in a radial direction than the rotor back iron. The composite structure comprises a composite material having a second stiffness, which is greater than the first stiffness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Donald Bender, Matthew Lazarewicz
  • Patent number: 8194258
    Abstract: Methods for processing print jobs include flagging, or not, to-be-printed objects having PDL-specified math or logic functions requiring hard processing operations, such as two or more inputs. The math or logic functions preferably reside in ink attributes of display list objects corresponding to the to-be-printed objects. To-be-printed pages of the print job become divided into bands. Bands with to-be-printed objects therein have band display lists constructed in the event the to-be-printed objects become flagged. On a band-by-band basis, if bands have band display lists flagged with hard processing operations, contone bands become constructed. The contone bands result from color information blending between overlapping pixels of to-be-printed objects or an object and a contone page. A contone page includes color information of the to-be-printed page in a first color space. To-be-printed objects are rendered in a second color space in device specific page(s) of memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Raymond Edward Clark, Robert Laurence Cook, Ning Ren, Martin Geoffrey Rivers
  • Patent number: 8138720
    Abstract: A dual-energy storage system is described, having two energy sources: (a) a fast-energy storage device (FES) such as an ultracapacitor, and (b) a long duration or steady power device, such as a fuel-cell or battery. A power converter or controller executes an energy management algorithm to determine when to provide bursts of additional power/current from the fast-energy storage device, and when to recharge the fast-energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: AFS Trinity Power Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Kenneth Snyder, Donald Bender
  • Patent number: 7990578
    Abstract: Methods for processing print jobs include flagging, or not, to-be-printed objects having PDL-specified math or logic functions requiring hard processing operations, such as two or more inputs. The math or logic functions preferably reside in ink attributes of display list objects corresponding to the to-be-printed objects. To-be-printed pages of the print job become divided into bands. Bands with to-be-printed objects therein have band display lists constructed in the event the to-be-printed objects become flagged. On a band-by-band basis, if bands have band display lists flagged with hard processing operations, contone bands become constructed. The contone bands result from color information blending between overlapping pixels of to-be-printed objects or an object and a contone page. A contone page includes color information of the to-be-printed page in a first color space. To-be-printed objects are rendered in a second color space in device specific page(s) of memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Raymond Edward Clark, Robert Laurence Cook, Ning Ren, Martin Geoffrey Rivers
  • Publication number: 20110116130
    Abstract: Methods for processing print jobs include flagging, or not, to-be-printed objects having PDL-specified math or logic functions requiring hard processing operations, such as two or more inputs. The math or logic functions preferably reside in ink attributes of display list objects corresponding to the to-be-printed objects. To-be-printed pages of the print job become divided into bands. Bands with to-be-printed objects therein have band display lists constructed in the event the to-be-printed objects become flagged. On a band-by-band basis, if bands have band display lists flagged with hard processing operations, contone bands become constructed. The contone bands result from color information blending between overlapping pixels of to-be-printed objects or an object and a contone page. A contone page includes color information of the to-be-printed page in a first color space. To-be-printed objects are rendered in a second color space in device specific page(s) of memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Raymond Edward Clark, Robert Laurence Cook, Ning Ren, Martin Geoffrey Rivers
  • Patent number: 7835030
    Abstract: Methods for processing print jobs include flagging, or not, to-be-printed objects having PDL-specified math or logic functions requiring hard processing operations, such as two or more inputs. The math or logic functions preferably reside in ink attributes of display list objects corresponding to the to-be-printed objects. To-be-printed pages of the print job become divided into bands. Bands with to-be-printed objects therein have band display lists constructed in the event the to-be-printed objects become flagged. On a band-by-band basis, if bands have band display lists flagged with hard processing operations, contone bands become constructed. The contone bands result from color information blending between overlapping pixels of to-be-printed objects or an object and a contone page. A contone page includes color information of the to-be-printed page in a first color space. To-be-printed objects are rendered in a second color space in device specific page(s) of memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Raymond Edward Clark, Robert Laurence Cook, Ning Ren, Martin Geoffrey Rivers
  • Publication number: 20090212626
    Abstract: A dual-energy storage system is described, having two energy sources: (a) a fast-energy storage devices (FES) such as an ultracapacitor, and (b) a long duration or steady power device, such as a fuel-cell or battery. A power converter or controller executes an energy management algorithm to determine when to provide bursts of additional power/current from the fast-energy storage device, and when to recharge the fast-energy storage device. A method is further described of adaptively managing the state of charge of an ultracapacitor or other Fast Energy Storage device in the dual energy storage system of a Plug-in Hybrid propulsion system. The method provides good protection of the battery, good performance, and minimizes the required capacity of the ultracapacitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Philip Kenneth Snyder, Donald Bender
  • Publication number: 20090109459
    Abstract: Methods for processing print jobs include flagging, or not, to-be-printed objects having PDL-specified math or logic functions requiring hard processing operations, such as two or more inputs. The math or logic functions preferably reside in ink attributes of display list objects corresponding to the to-be-printed objects. To-be-printed pages of the print job become divided into bands. Bands with to-be-printed objects therein have band display lists constructed in the event the to-be-printed objects become flagged. On a band-by-band basis, if bands have band display lists flagged with hard processing operations, contone bands become constructed. The contone bands result from color information blending between overlapping pixels of to-be-printed objects or an object and a contone page. A contone page includes color information of the to-be-printed page in a first color space. To-be-printed objects are rendered in a second color space in device specific page(s) of memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Raymond Edward Clark, Robert Laurence Cook, Ning Ren, Martin Geoffrey Rivers
  • Publication number: 20070068714
    Abstract: A plug-in hybrid propulsion system includes a fast energy storage device that preserves battery life, where the energy storage elements of the hybrid drive train may be charged with externally supplied electricity as well as energy from the engine or regenerative braking. Electronic switches, passive electronics, an enclosure, controller circuitry, and/or control algorithms are used to manage the flow of power between a fuel powered engine, a battery, a fast energy storage system, traction motors, a charger, ancillary systems, an electrical distribution system, and/or a drive train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Applicant: AFS Trinity Power Corporation
    Inventor: Donald Bender
  • Publication number: 20060250902
    Abstract: This invention relates to plug-in hybrid propulsion systems where the energy storage element of the hybrid drive train may be charged with externally supplied electricity as well as energy from the engine or regenerative braking. The invention is a plug-in hybrid system with a fast energy storage and delivery system. In a preferred embodiment the invention comprises a fuel powered engine, a battery, a fast energy storage system, power converters, controllers, drive motors, an electrical distribution system, and a drive train. Additionally, the invention relates to plug-in hybrids that provide services to the electrical utility when the vehicle is connected to the utility grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: November 9, 2006
    Applicant: AFS Trinity Power Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Bender, Atul Deshmane, Andrew Means
  • Publication number: 20060186751
    Abstract: The invention involves a flywheel motor/generator having a holder to maintain the permanent magnets in a circular array on the rotor. Unique aspects of the invention include the magnet shapes that are used, the liner/retainer configuration used to secure the magnets, and the construction of the rotor in the immediate vicinity of the magnets. The principal functions of the design are 1) managing stresses in the rotor and the magnets at high speed when centrifugal acceleration can exceed 100,000 g's, and 2) securing the magnets when the assembly is at rest when magnets that are not properly secured can reposition themselves in deleterious ways through mutual attraction or repulsion. Keying features are also provided on the ends of the magnets to aid in assembly of the rotor and to maintain the magnets in the proper orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: Michael Kim, Donald Bender
  • Publication number: 20050206262
    Abstract: The invention involves a flywheel motor/generator having a holder to maintain the permanent magnets in a circular array on the rotor. Unique aspects of the invention include the magnet shapes that are used, the liner/retainer configuration used to secure the magnets, and the construction of the rotor in the immediate vicinity of the magnets. The principal functions of the design are 1) managing stresses in the rotor and the magnets at high speed when centrifugal acceleration can exceed 100,000 g's, and 2) securing the magnets when the assembly is at rest when magnets that are not properly secured can reposition themselves in deleterious ways through mutual attraction or repulsion. Keying features are also provided on the ends of the magnets to aid in assembly of the rotor and to maintain the magnets in the proper orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Kim, Donald Bender
  • Publication number: 20040046471
    Abstract: The invention involves a flywheel motor/generator having a holder to maintain the permanent magnets in a circular array on the rotor. Unique aspects of the invention include the magnet shapes that are used, the liner/retainer configuration used to secure the magnets, and the construction of the rotor in the immediate vicinity of the magnets. The principal functions of the design are 1) managing stresses in the rotor and the magnets at high speed when centrifugal acceleration can exceed 100,000 g's, and 2) securing the magnets when the assembly is at rest when magnets that are not properly secured can reposition themselves in deleterious ways through mutual attraction or repulsion. Keying features are also provided on the ends of the magnets to aid in assembly of the rotor and to maintain the magnets in the proper orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Michael Kim, Donald Bender
  • Publication number: 20030094873
    Abstract: The invention involves a flywheel motor/generator having a holder to maintain the permanent magnets in a circular array on the rotor. Unique aspects of the invention include the magnet shapes that are used, the liner/retainer configuration used to secure the magnets, and the construction of the rotor in the immediate vicinity of the magnets. The principal functions of the design are 1) managing stresses in the rotor and the magnets at high speed when centrifugal acceleration can exceed 100,000 g's, and 2) securing the magnets when the assembly is at rest when magnets that are not properly secured can reposition themselves in deleterious ways through mutual attraction or repulsion. Keying features are also provided on the ends of the magnets to aid in assembly of the rotor and to maintain the magnets in the proper orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Kim, Donald Bender
  • Patent number: 6038033
    Abstract: An improved printer is provided which includes a separate hardware compression module and hardware decompression module contained within the ASIC of the print engine. A "Request Counter" register is decremented each time memory is requested to store a block of bitmap image data. When the Request Counter decreases to a predetermined value, the current size of the remaining "free memory" space is evaluated. If this free memory is less than another predetermined value (a "low water mark"), then blocks of data that have already been stored in the printer's memory are sent to the compression module to be compressed before the printer literally runs out of free memory, and the printer can continue storing and processing more incoming print job data. By thus preserving some of the free memory, the printer can continue to process or rasterize more print data while the compression hardware simultaneously operates independently to compress one or more blocks of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Christopher Mark Songer
  • Patent number: 6007440
    Abstract: A ball bat typically used in playing the game of baseball or softball is constructed of an inner layer bounded by first and second outer layers. The inner layer typically contains four inner lamina bonded together, while the first and second outer layers typically contain a single outer lamina. The inner laminas from the medial portion of the barrel of the bat, as well as the handle portion. The outer laminas form lateral portions of the barrel of the bat, and are gently tapered toward the handle of the bat. The thickness and relative position of each lamina is related to the results of non-destructive testing of the wood forming that lamina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventors: Donald A. Bender, Joe M. Sample
  • Patent number: 6006015
    Abstract: Method and apparatus facilitate alignment of a print image to a desired position. The print image includes a set of original linear groupings of pixels. A distortion of the print image is determined as compared to the desired position. Based on the determined distortion, a set of original linear groupings of pixels to warp is identified. A set of warped linear groupings of pixels is then generated, which correspond to the set of original groupings of pixels. A placement location in the print image for the warped linear groupings of pixels so generated is identified, and the print image is printed with the set of warped linear groupings of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Allen Patrick Johnson, Gregory John Sherwood, Aaron Charles Yoder
  • Patent number: 5987229
    Abstract: For a multiprocess application including a plurality of work stations at which the application processes proceed simultaneously, such as a printer including serially aligned laser and inkjet print engines, a method of controlling job throughput includes providing a queue for each work station, providing job data to the queues for a plurality of jobs, and consecutively tracking for the jobs the progress of the process corresponding to the rate-determining step for the application for each of the jobs so that as each job is completed at a particular work station the work station begins the process of the work station for the next job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, Cuong Manh Hoang, Allen Patrick Johnson, Gregory John Sherwood, Aaron Charles Yoder
  • Patent number: 5791790
    Abstract: An improved printer is provided that improves the response time before jobs are printer by providing a "fast data path" for certain print jobs while also storing on a hard disk all incoming print job data. This "fast data path" is especially useful in situations where the incoming print job lacks an "end of file" code, which could otherwise hold up the processing of either this print job or later print jobs. Once the printer becomes relatively busy, and begins to accumulate a "queue" of print jobs waiting to be processed and printed, the printer will automatically store all of the print job data on the non-volatile memory (e.g., a hard disk) before that same data is sent to the processing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Donald Bender, John Knox Brown, III, Matthew Scott Keith, Martin Geoffrey Rivers, Christopher Mark Songer, Gail Marie Songer