Patents by Inventor Eric A. Reiners

Eric A. Reiners 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: 11389953
    Abstract: A construction system includes an excavator having a hydraulically controlled linkage and a hydraulic robot. The hydraulic robot includes a plurality of arms extending from a base, each arm having a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic robot further includes a robot control system directing movement of the plurality of arms and an end effector platform movable by rotation of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Zhijun Cai, Daniel P. Sergison, Daniel J. Martinez, Corey L. Gorman, Rustin G. Metzger, Eric A. Reiners
  • Publication number: 20210256884
    Abstract: A portable, non-anchored support structure for positioning a retractable banner assembly and selectively deploying the assembly on a walking surface, comprises a base member and a stanchion supported by the base member in an upright position, wherein the stanchion orients the banner assembly in an upright position substantially normal to the walking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew Eric Reiner
  • Patent number: 10794022
    Abstract: A non-anchored, self-supporting screen assembly for selective placement by a user on a walking surface. The assembly includes a housing having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween and having an elongate opening. A base independently supports and disposes the housing in an upright position substantially normal to the walking surface during use. A rotatable rod is disposed within the housing and coupled to a trailing edge of a flexible screen. The flexible screen may be coupled to an external attachment point upon extension of the screen through the elongate opening and decoupled upon retraction. A spring is coupled to the rotatable rod to exert a force in a direction opposite a direction of extension of the flexible screen. The flexible screen of an adjacent assembly may be coupled to the assembly to form a screen system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew Eric Reiner
  • Publication number: 20200246967
    Abstract: A construction system includes an excavator having a hydraulically controlled linkage and a hydraulic robot. The hydraulic robot includes a plurality of arms extending from a base, each arm having a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic robot further includes a robot control system directing movement of the plurality of arms and an end effector platform movable by rotation of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Zhijun CAI, Daniel P. SERGISON, Daniel J. MARTINEZ, Corey L. GORMAN, Rustin G. METZGER, Eric A. REINERS
  • Patent number: 10246937
    Abstract: An improved barrel bolt assembly and extensible gate comprising the same wherein the assembly includes a washer having at least one inward or outward projection annularly disposed about an internal periphery thereof, a fastener having a head portion and a shank portion extending therefrom, and a barrel having a head portion and a boss portion extending therefrom, wherein the boss portion is operative to receive the fastener shank portion and the barrel boss portion further includes at least one inward or outward projection annularly and complementarily disposed and formed with respect to the inner periphery of the washer, to receive and mate with the washer, whereby the washer and barrel interlock to prevent rotational movement with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Glide Rite Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Wen Hong Zeng
  • Publication number: 20190063018
    Abstract: A retractable barrier assembly comprises a substantially upright stanchion supported by a base wherein the stanchion includes a removable housing having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween and having an elongate opening disposed therein, a rotatable rod disposed within the removable housing, a flexible screen having a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a top edge extending between the leading edge and trailing edge, the trailing edge coupled to the rotatable rod, and the leading edge having an edge attachment mechanism for selectively coupling and decoupling with a receiving member, and a winding mechanism coupled to the rotatable rod for retractably receiving and extending the flexible screen through the elongate opening of the sidewall, wherein the barrier assembly may be placed indoors or outdoors and interconnected to one or more additional such assemblies to define designated pathways, which assembly further functions to inhibit unauthorized or undesired ingress to and egress
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Eric Reiner
  • Patent number: 10100574
    Abstract: A retractable barrier system for inhibiting access to designated private and public areas both indoors and outdoors, including by way of example but not limitation, retail and warehouse aisles and the like, includes a flexible screen retractable and extensible from a rotatable rod coupled to a mounting member, the mounting member having an attachment mechanism for coupling with a receiving member, wherein a winding mechanism is coupled to the rotatable rod for retractably receiving and extending the flexible screen, the flexible screen is comprised of material having a sufficient modulus of elasticity to promote substantially smooth retractably receiving thereof and may further include tapering between ends thereof, and the winding mechanism may include a guide member having a surface of sufficient diameter oriented substantially perpendicular to the flexible screen to guide the flexible screen upon retractably receiving the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Glide Rite Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Thomas Rose
  • Patent number: 10094166
    Abstract: A retractable barrier system and method for inhibiting access to designated private and public areas both indoors and outdoor, including retail and warehouse aisles and the like, includes a flexible screen retractable and extensible from a rotatable rod coupled to a mounting member, the mounting member having an attachment mechanism for coupling with a receiving member such as storage rack assembly support post or bracket or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Thomas James Rose
  • Publication number: 20180171700
    Abstract: An improved barrel bolt assembly and extensible gate comprising the same wherein the assembly includes a washer having at least one inward or outward projection annularly disposed about an internal periphery thereof, a fastener having a head portion and a shank portion extending therefrom, and a barrel having a head portion and a boss portion extending therefrom, wherein the boss portion is operative to receive the fastener shank portion and the barrel boss portion further includes at least one inward or outward projection annularly and complementarily disposed and formed with respect to the inner periphery of the washer, to receive and mate with the washer, whereby the washer and barrel interlock to prevent rotational movement with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Glide Rite Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Wen Hong Zeng
  • Publication number: 20170284154
    Abstract: A retractable barrier system for inhibiting access to designated private and public areas both indoors and outdoors, including by way of example but not limitation, retail and warehouse aisles and the like, includes a flexible screen retractable and extensible from a rotatable rod coupled to a mounting member, the mounting member having an attachment mechanism for coupling with a receiving member, wherein a winding mechanism is coupled to the rotatable rod for retractably receiving and extending the flexible screen, the flexible screen is comprised of material having a sufficient modulus of elasticity to promote substantially smooth retractably receiving thereof and may further include tapering between ends thereof, and the winding mechanism may include a guide member having a surface of sufficient diameter oriented substantially perpendicular to the flexible screen to guide the flexible screen upon retractably receiving the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: GlideRite Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Thomas Rose
  • Publication number: 20170284153
    Abstract: A retractable barrier system and method for inhibiting access to designated private and public areas both indoors and outdoor, including retail and warehouse aisles and the like, includes a flexible screen retractable and extensible from a rotatable rod coupled to a mounting member, the mounting member having an attachment mechanism for coupling with a receiving member such as storage rack assembly support post or bracket or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Reiner, Thomas James Rose
  • Publication number: 20160356889
    Abstract: The measuring system may include an input unit configured to receive an indication of a desired measurement and a reference point. The measuring system may include a laser unit including one or more lasers, and may be configured to emit laser light and detect laser data. The measuring system may include a measurement control unit connected to the laser unit. The measurement control unit may be configured to adjust the laser unit such that the laser light is deposited onto a location corresponding with the reference point. The measurement control unit may be configured to determine the desired measurement based on the laser data. The measuring system may include an output unit configured to output the determined desired measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Magenium Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Thomas C. LaMantia, Timothy Traxinger, Eric Reiner, Matthew R. Goeringer, Mark Miller
  • Publication number: 20150276936
    Abstract: A cascaded coupled positioning system is provided for acquiring a position of a vehicle. In the current disclosure, a global navigation satellite system is coupled with a first inertial measurement unit. The global navigation satellite system is coupled with the first inertial measurement unit by using a first signal processing unit configured to provide a tightly coupled positioning solution. The tightly coupled positioning solution of the first signal processing unit is integrated with a second inertial measurement unit. The integration is performed using a second signal processing unit configured to provide a loosely coupled positioning solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Friend, Eric A Reiners
  • Patent number: 9131119
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assisted positioning of a haul machine at a destination position for receiving materials from a loading machine are provided. The method includes obtaining from at least one perception device information reflecting a location or orientation of a first fiducial attached to the loading machine; determining a location or position of the first fiducial based on the information provided by the at least one perception device; determining the destination position based on the location or position of the first fiducial; and issuing guidance to an operator of the haul machine indicating an adjustment in steering angle based on the determined destination position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Friend, Qi Chen, Eric A. Reiners
  • Patent number: 8990796
    Abstract: A method of deploying a new operating system on a plurality of data processors. Hardware and driver information is determined from the data processors. A general disk image for all of the data processors is prepared in a preinstallation environment. Hardware and software components for a specific target data processor are added to or associated with the preinstallation environment to create an installation operating system for that data processor. The components of the installation operating system are installed on the target data processor, thereby replacing the data processor's operating system with the new operating system of the preinstallation environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Lamantia, Derek Fournier, Rick Schendelman, Kyle Haroldsen, Alan Batson, Phuoc Lieu, Justin Merritt, Kan Mongwa, David Norling-Christensen, Eric Reiner
  • Publication number: 20150020605
    Abstract: A system for locating a cable tethered from a mobile machine along a worksite is disclosed. The cable transmits electric power to the mobile machine from a power source. A fiber optic cable is disposed between the power source and the mobile machine along with the cable to detect a position of the electric cable along the worksite. The system includes a shape sensing device to communicate with the fiber optic cable and generate a position data set. A positioning device determines a position of one of the mobile machine and the power source. A controller communicates with the shape sensing device and the positioning device and determines an avoidance region based on the position data set and the position of one of the mobile machine and the power source. The avoidance region corresponds to a region for avoidance by equipment or personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Braunstein, Eric A. Reiners
  • Publication number: 20140146167
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assisted positioning of a haul machine at a destination position for receiving materials from a loading machine are provided. The method includes obtaining from at least one perception device information reflecting a location or orientation of a first fiducial attached to the loading machine; determining a location or position of the first fiducial based on the information provided by the at least one perception device; determining the destination position based on the location or position of the first fiducial; and issuing guidance to an operator of the haul machine indicating an adjustment in steering angle based on the determined destination position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Friend, Qi Chen, Eric A. Reiners
  • Patent number: 8688332
    Abstract: A management system for use at a worksite is disclosed. The management system may have at least one object detection sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a feature of a roadway traversed by the mobile machine, a positioning device configured to generate a second signal indicative of a position of the mobile machine, and at least one performance sensor configured to generate a third signal indicative of a performance parameter of the mobile machine as the mobile machine traverses the feature. The management system may also have a controller configured to determine a surface condition of the roadway based on the first signal, index the surface condition to a particular location on the roadway based on the second signal, and generate a map of the roadway providing a representation of the surface condition and the performance parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Reiners, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Publication number: 20120271504
    Abstract: A management system for use at a worksite is disclosed. The management system may have at least one object detection sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a feature of a roadway traversed by the mobile machine, a positioning device configured to generate a second signal indicative of a position of the mobile machine, and at least one performance sensor configured to generate a third signal indicative of a performance parameter of the mobile machine as the mobile machine traverses the feature. The management system may also have a controller configured to determine a surface condition of the roadway based on the first signal, index the surface condition to a particular location on the roadway based on the second signal, and generate a map of the roadway providing a representation of the surface condition and the performance parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Eric A. Reiners, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Publication number: 20090139207
    Abstract: An auxiliary power unit disclosed. The auxiliary power unit includes an exhaust passage configured to direct a flow of exhaust from a primary mover, a catalyst substrate disposed within the exhaust passage, and a heater configured to heat the catalyst substrate. The auxiliary power unit also includes a cooling jacket associated with the exhaust passage. The auxiliary power unit further includes a thermo-electric device disposed between the cooling jacket and the exhaust passage. The thermo-electric device is configured to generate electrical power from a temperature gradient created by the heater and the cooling jacket when the primary mover is non-operational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Eric A. Reiners, Kris W. Johnson, Mahmoud A. Taher