Patents by Inventor Edward P. Furlani

Edward P. Furlani 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: 20190105414
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method of reducing or preventing the growth of microbes on the surface of an object, wherein the object is of such material that it can act as a working electrode. The method comprises the steps of providing a counter electrode, and a reference electrode. The object is used as the working electrode. A first electrical current is passed through the working and counter electrodes. The first current through the counter electrode is varied such that a first electric potential of the working electrode is constant relative to the electric potential of the reference electrode. In some embodiments, a second electrical current is passed through the counter electrode such that a second electric potential of the working electrode is constant relative to the electric potential of the reference electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Ehrensberger, Anthony A. Campagnari, Esther Takeuchi, Nicole Luke-Marshall, Jeremy Gilbert, Edward P. Furlani, Albert H. Titus, Amir Mokhtare
  • Patent number: 8182068
    Abstract: A printhead includes a first nozzle bore, a liquid chamber, and a second nozzle bore. The liquid chamber is positioned between the first nozzle bore and the second nozzle bore and extends beyond the opening of the first nozzle bore. The first nozzle bore is in liquid communication with the second nozzle bore through the liquid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Hrishikesh V. Panchawagh, Edward P. Furlani
  • Patent number: 8016395
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern that guides the fluid; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device by guiding the fluid using the pattern of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Patent number: 8011764
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, a portion of the fluid control surface being moveable; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device by moving the moveable portion of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the fluid control surface such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device depending on the position of the moveable portion of the fluid control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Patent number: 8007082
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow velocity characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern that changes the velocity of the fluid; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device using the pattern of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow velocity characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow velocity characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Patent number: 7988250
    Abstract: A printer includes a printhead and a source of liquid. The printhead includes a nozzle bore. The liquid is under pressure sufficient to eject a column of the liquid through the nozzle bore. The liquid has a temperature. A thermal modulator is associated with the nozzle bore. The thermal modulator is operable to transiently lower the temperature of the liquid as the liquid is ejected through the nozzle bore. An electrical pulse source is in electrical communication with the thermal modulator. The electrical pulse source is operable to provide a series of pulses to the thermal modulator that control the transient temperature lowering of the liquid. The series of pulses includes a first pulse applied at a first power level for transferring heat to the liquid, a second pulse applied at a second power level for transferring heat to the liquid, and a third pulse applied at a third power level for transferring heat to the liquid. The third power level is in between the first power level and the second power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Siddhartha Ghosh, Christopher N. Delametter, Edward P. Furlani
  • Patent number: 7946692
    Abstract: A device and method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device using the pattern of the fluid control surface that, when activated, causes adjacent fluid drops to merge or coalesce while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Publication number: 20110025779
    Abstract: A printhead includes a first nozzle bore, a liquid chamber, and a second nozzle bore. The liquid chamber is positioned between the first nozzle bore and the second nozzle bore and extends beyond the opening of the first nozzle bore. The first nozzle bore is in liquid communication with the second nozzle bore through the liquid chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Hrishikesh V. Panchawagh, Edward P. Furlani
  • Publication number: 20110025741
    Abstract: A printer includes a printhead and a source of liquid. The printhead includes a nozzle bore. The liquid is under pressure sufficient to eject a column of the liquid through the nozzle bore. The liquid has a temperature. A thermal modulator is associated with the nozzle bore. The thermal modulator is operable to transiently lower the temperature of the liquid as the liquid is ejected through the nozzle bore. An electrical pulse source is in electrical communication with the thermal modulator. The electrical pulse source is operable to provide a series of pulses to the thermal modulator that control the transient temperature lowering of the liquid. The series of pulses includes a first pulse applied at a first power level for transferring heat to the liquid, a second pulse applied at a second power level for transferring heat to the liquid, and a third pulse applied at a third power level for transferring heat to the liquid. The third power level is in between the first power level and the second power level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Siddhartha Ghosh, Christopher N. Delametter, Edward P. Furlani
  • Patent number: 7850289
    Abstract: A printer includes a printhead and a source of fluid. The printhead includes a nozzle. The fluid is under pressure sufficient to eject a column of the fluid through the nozzle. The fluid has a temperature. An asymmetric thermal modulator is associated with the nozzle and includes a structure that transiently lowers the temperature of a first portion of the fluid as the fluid is ejected through the nozzle and a structure that transiently raises the temperature of a second portion of the fluid as the fluid is ejected through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Kathleen M. Vaeth, Edward P. Furlani, Christopher N. Delametter
  • Patent number: 7845773
    Abstract: A printer includes a printhead and a source of liquid. The printhead includes a nozzle bore. The liquid is under pressure sufficient to eject a column of the liquid through the nozzle bore. The liquid has a temperature. A thermal modulator is associated with the nozzle bore. The thermal modulator is operable to transiently lower the temperature of the liquid as the liquid is ejected through the nozzle bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Siddhartha Ghosh, Christopher N. Delametter, Edward P. Furlani
  • Publication number: 20100259584
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern that guides the fluid; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device by guiding the fluid using the pattern of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Publication number: 20100259585
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow velocity characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern that changes the velocity of the fluid; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device using the pattern of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow velocity characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow velocity characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Publication number: 20100258205
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface; providing a mechanism applies a force to the fluid to cause the fluid to temporarily contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device using the mechanism such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Publication number: 20100258195
    Abstract: A device and a method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, a portion of the fluid control surface being moveable; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device by moving the moveable portion of the fluid control surface while the fluid is in contact with the fluid control surface such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device depending on the position of the moveable portion of the fluid control surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Publication number: 20100259586
    Abstract: A device and method of controlling fluid flow are provided. The method includes providing a moving fluid including a fluid flow characteristic; providing a fluid control device including a fluid control surface, the fluid control surface including a pattern; causing the fluid to contact the fluid control surface of the fluid control device; and causing the fluid to interact with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device using the pattern of the fluid control surface that, when activated, causes adjacent fluid drops to merge or coalesce while the fluid is in contact with the pattern of the fluid control device such that the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid after interacting with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device is different from the fluid flow characteristic of the fluid before interaction with the fluid control surface of the fluid control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Zhanjun Gao, Yonglin Xie, Edward P. Furlani, Kam C. Ng
  • Patent number: 7735981
    Abstract: A printhead includes a droplet-forming heater operable in a first state to form droplets from a fluid stream having a first volume traveling along a path direction and in a second state to form droplets from the fluid stream having a second volume traveling along the path direction. A droplet deflector system is positioned relative to the droplet-forming heater, which applies a force to the droplets traveling along the path direction, whereby the droplets having the first volume diverge from the path direction by a greater extent than do the droplets having the second volume. A droplet-steering heater is adapted to selectively asymmetrically apply heat to the stream such that the path direction is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Vaeth, Ali G. Lopez, Edward P. Furlani
  • Publication number: 20090046129
    Abstract: A printer includes a printhead and a source of fluid. The printhead includes a nozzle. The fluid is under pressure sufficient to eject a column of the fluid through the nozzle. The fluid has a temperature. An asymmetric thermal modulator is associated with the nozzle and includes a structure that transiently lowers the temperature of a first portion of the fluid as the fluid is ejected through the nozzle and a structure that transiently raises the temperature of a second portion of the fluid as the fluid is ejected through the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Kathleen M. Vaeth, Edward P. Furlani, Christopher N. Delametter
  • Publication number: 20090033723
    Abstract: A printhead includes a droplet-forming heater operable in a first state to form droplets from a fluid stream having a first volume traveling along a path direction and in a second state to form droplets from the fluid stream having a second volume traveling along the path direction. A droplet deflector system is positioned relative to the droplet-forming heater, which applies a force to the droplets traveling along the path direction, whereby the droplets having the first volume diverge from the path direction by a greater extent than do the droplets having the second volume. A droplet-steering heater is adapted to selectively asymmetrically apply heat to the stream such that the path direction is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Vaeth, Ali G. Lopez, Edward P. Furlani
  • Patent number: 7405480
    Abstract: A flexible electronic display device is provided comprising a substrate; an imaging layer zone; a transparent superstrate; and a thermal control layer. The device is able to resist thermal deformation caused by the heating generated by the operation of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward P. Furlani, Richard W. Wien, Tabrez Y. Ebrahim, David L. Patton