Patents by Inventor Donald E. Johnson

Donald E. Johnson 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: 20190200818
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of wipes dispensers are disclosed herein. An exemplary wipes dispenser having a self-centering nozzle includes a container, a plurality of wipes contained within the container, a fluid for wetting the plurality of wipes, a receiving member connected to the container, and an outlet nozzle housing for holding an elastomeric outlet nozzle. The nozzle housing is connected to the receiving member so that the nozzle housing is movable between two or more positions. A biasing member is connected to one of the receiving member, the nozzle housing and the elastomeric outlet nozzle. The elastomeric outlet nozzle moves from a centered upright position, the biasing member deflects and biases the outlet nozzle toward a centered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mann, Aaron D. Marshall, Nick E. Ciavarella, Jonathan Michael Johnson, Donald R. Harris, Kevin Michael Vail, Jenna Ann Matus
  • Publication number: 20120310129
    Abstract: A device for exerting therapeutic pressure on a user's elbow, the device comprising a sleeve sized for snugly encircling an arm in the region of the elbow, a pocket disposed on a length of a surface of the sleeve, sized for accommodating a pressure wad, which under control of the user can be registered and exert pressure on an anatomical point of an elbow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7644291
    Abstract: An array of electronic devices includes at least one throttlable device in the array of devices and a management module connected to the at least one throttlable device for reducing heat effects to an overheating device from neighboring devices in the array of electronic devices device. The management module is configured to detect the overheating of the overheating device, detect at least one throttlable device neighboring the overheating device and in the array of devices, and throttle the at least one throttlable device. The array of devices are an array of blade servers within a blade center, and the management module is separate from the at least one throttlable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Keith M. Campbell, Jeffery M. Franke, Donald E. Johnson, Brooks Johnston
  • Publication number: 20030139966
    Abstract: Advertisements of various time lengths, preferably consumer tailored, are pre-cached on consumer client systems of a streaming program. Selected ones of advertisements are synchronously rendered at advertisement time slots of the streaming program, effectively substituting or replacing advertisements, if any, included with the streaming program for the advertisement time slots. In various embodiments, the advertisements are downloaded to the client systems in an adaptive manner, such that the downloads are substantially non-interfering to the receipt and rendering of the streaming program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Peter L. Sirota, Donald E. Johnson, Sudheer Tumuluru, Paul S. Vandergrift
  • Patent number: 6568531
    Abstract: A box for storing sandpaper sheets, open at the front and top, and containing a series of indexing dividers with integral tabs annotated with appropriate sandpaper grit sizes. At the aft portion of the index divider are two lateral tabs which project outward and are retained in a vertical groove along the right and left sides of the box. The lateral tabs prevent the index dividers from sliding forward and allow the index dividers to ride up or down in the vertival slots as the stack of sandpaper sheets changes. The lateral tabs function as a unique lifting mechanism to permit the index divider to be raised enough to provide ample clearance to easily insert or remove a sheet of sandpaper. When the index divider is lowered into place it compresses all sandpaper sheets below it to keep the sandpaper sheets from curling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Donald E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20020168487
    Abstract: A box for storing sandpaper sheets, open at the front and top, and containing a series of indexing dividers with integral tabs annotated with appropriate sandpaper grit sizes. At the aft portion of the index divider are two lateral tabs which project outward and are retained in a vertical groove along the right and left sides of the box. The lateral tabs prevent the index dividers from sliding forward and allow the index dividers to ride up or down in the vertival slots as the stack of sandpaper sheets changes. The lateral tabs function as a unique lifting mechanism to permit the index divider to be raised enough to provide ample clearance to easily insert or remove a sheet of sandpaper. When the index divider is lowered into place it compresses all sandpaper sheets below it to keep the sandpaper sheets from curling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Donald E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6360418
    Abstract: Conventional gas compressors use dry gas sealing arrangements mounted on a shaft of the gas compressor. Functionally, for the dry gas sealing arrangement to properly seal, the concentricity of shaft and the dry gas sealing arrangement must be maintained at a close tolerance. Past assembly techniques have failed to mount such dry gas sealing arrangement to the shaft in an effective and efficiently manner to control the concentricity during operation. The present method and apparatus for controlling the concentricity of a member with a centering device effectively and efficiently controls the concentricity between the member and the shaft. The structure of the centering device includes a first cylindrical portion, a second cylindrical portion and a transition portion. The first cylindrical portion is cantilevered about the shaft and centers a first end of the member. The second cylindrical portion and the transition portion form a mid-support for a second end of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Jess L. Freeman, Donald E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6139256
    Abstract: Conventional gas compressors use dry gas sealing arrangements mounted on a shaft of the gas compressor. Functionally, for the dry gas sealing arrangement to properly seal, the concentricity of shaft and the dry gas sealing arrangement must be maintained at a close tolerance. Past assembly techniques have failed to mount such dry gas sealing arrangement to the shaft in an effective and efficient manner to control the concentricity during operation. The present method and apparatus for controlling the concentricity of a member with a centering device effectively and efficiently controls the concentricity between the member and the shaft. The structure of the centering device includes a first cylindrical portion, a second cylindrical portion and a transition portion. The first cylindrical portion is cantilevered about the shaft and centers a first end of the member. The second cylindrical portion and the transition portion form a mid-support for a second end of said member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Jess L. Freeman, Donald E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5619851
    Abstract: A diverging rocket engine nozzle has a system to allow ambient gases to flow from the outside to the inside of the nozzle's chamber. The system includes a plurality of coolant conduits adjacent the inside surface of the nozzle. The conduits are spaced apart to provide a plurality of vent openings which extends from the inside to the outside of the nozzle's chamber. A plurality of valves controls gas flow through the vent passages when the pressure outside of the nozzle is greater than the pressure directly adjacent the inside surface of the nozzle. The coolant conduits cool and shield the valves at their points of attachment to the outside of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Johnson, Rafael A. Bustamante, Edward B. Thayer, Richard J. Peckham
  • Patent number: 5267832
    Abstract: A retainer (76) is disclosed for retaining a first element to a second element. Various construction details are developed which provide means to secure a second element to a first element wherein the elements are highly stressed, such as the rotating components of a turbomachine. In one particular embodiment, the retainer has a deformable portion (86) on one end, an internally threaded portion (88), and a shoulder (84) disposed on the end opposite the deformable portion and having a flat surface (92) to prevent rotation of the retainer during assembly. The deformable portion extends through cooperating retainer apertures (52, 68) in the two elements. The deformable portion is flared in place to produce a clinching force between the deformable portion and the shoulder and thereby secure the two elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Johnson, Richard J. Bergmann
  • Patent number: 5201799
    Abstract: A U-shaped clip secures the posts of floating segments to a surrounding shell. The inboard leg has a slot engaging the post and is compressed against the shell. The outboard leg has a hole engaging the post to resist backward movement of the clip. A resilient finger on the clip abuts the post in the installed position, causing the clip to stay with the post as it moves with respect to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Donald E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4863698
    Abstract: A multiple station disinfector apparatus simultaneously heats a plurality of devices such as contact lenses. Each of these devices is disposed in a quantity of liquid within a closed container. The apparatus comprises a housing having a base portion and a recloseable cover portion and a plurality of similar recessed receptacles in the base for receiving the containers. Each receptacle has a bottom wall and sidewall of complementary shape for surroundingly engaging a bottom wall part and a substantial portion of a sidewall part of one of the containers. Heating elements are disposed for heating the receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Ryder International Corporation
    Inventors: Francis E. Ryder, Donald E. Johnson, Gerald L. Krupp
  • Patent number: 4106290
    Abstract: A protective cap assembly for an exhaust pipe. The cap assembly includes an inverted generally conical cap which is adapted to engage the upper end of the exhaust pipe to close off the pipe during periods when exhaust gas is not being discharged from the exhaust pipe. A series of supports are connected to the periphery of the cap and extend downwardly along the inner surface of an outer housing and are connected to a ring which is mounted for sliding movement with respect to the housing. During periods when the exhaust gas is being discharged from the exhaust pipe, the pressure of the exhaust gas will raise the cap from the exhaust pipe and upward movement of the cap is limited by engagement of the ring with a stop formed on the inner surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventor: Donald E. Johnson