Patents by Inventor Elizabeth Ann Paton

Elizabeth Ann Paton 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: 20220146256
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for the inspection of holes in transparent materials, the apparatus including a processor, an illumination probe, and a detection probe. The illumination probe includes a laser light source and a reflective surface and is configured to be inserted into a first hole in the transparent material. The detection probe includes a second reflective surface and a photodetector and is configured to be inserted in a second hole in the transparent material. Laser light is directed onto the first reflective surface within the first hole and is reflected through a wall of the first hole, into the transparent material, and reflected by the second reflective surface to the photodetector. The photodetector transmits a measured light intensity value to the processor, which compares the light intensity value to a standard intensity value to determine whether or not a crazing condition exists in the second hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, Elizabeth Ann Paton, Christopher M. Vaccaro
  • Patent number: 10768121
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for detection of a condition in a hole defined by a transparent material that is at least partially enclosed by one or more substantially opaque materials. The method may include positioning a light source in a first hole in the transparent material, directing light from the positioned light source through the transparent material and toward a second hole that is adjacent to the first hole. A prism may be positioned so that the light transmitted from the light source through the machined inner surface of the second hole is visible through a viewing face of the prism. By observing the transmitted light, a surface condition of the machined inner surface of the second hole may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Paton, Roger W. Engelbart, Christopher M. Vaccaro
  • Publication number: 20190360945
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for detection of a condition in a hole defined by a transparent material that is at least partially enclosed by one or more substantially opaque materials. The method may include positioning a light source in a first hole in the transparent material, directing light from the positioned light source through the transparent material and toward a second hole that is adjacent to the first hole. A prism may be positioned so that the light transmitted from the light source through the machined inner surface of the second hole is visible through a viewing face of the prism. By observing the transmitted light, a surface condition of the machined inner surface of the second hole may be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Paton, Roger W. Engelbart, Christopher M. Vaccaro