Patents by Inventor Eric C Lobner

Eric C Lobner 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: 20230290242
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a plurality of articles of personal protected equipment (PPE) that are each assigned to a particular worker. The system may also include a data hub that detects an input that initiates a broadcast of diagnostic self-check messages; identifies, in response to the input, each article of PPE of the plurality of articles of PPE; broadcasts, based on identifying each article of PPE, the diagnostic self-check messages to the respective articles of PPE, wherein each article of PPE receives its respective self-check message at its communication component; in response to receiving a set of diagnostic acknowledgement messages from one or more of the plurality of articles of PPE that have performed a diagnostic self-check, determines whether the set of diagnostic acknowledge messages satisfy one or more self-check criteria; and performs one or more operations based on whether the self-check criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm
  • Publication number: 20230276151
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2023
    Publication date: August 31, 2023
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20230267817
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes: an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes a communication component; a computing device communicatively coupled to the article of PPE, wherein the computing device: receives context data that is based on one or more of the article of PPE, a work environment for the article of PPE, or a worker assigned to the article of PPE; selects, based at least in part on the context data, a set of programmable safety rules that are contextually associated with the at least one article of PPE; sends the programmable safety rules to one or more of the article of PPE or a data hub communicatively coupled to the article of PPE; and wherein the programmable safety rules are configured at the article of PPE or the data hub to perform one or more operations based at least in part on PPE data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2023
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, MIchael G. Wurm, Kenneth J. Gamberini
  • Patent number: 11724136
    Abstract: A fall-protection apparatus that includes a computing device configured to detect a mechanical command signal, and methods of using such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Blackford, Steven T. Awiszus, Ronald D. Jesme, Eric C. Lobner
  • Patent number: 11722807
    Abstract: A system and a computer-implemented method for providing responder information are disclosed herein. The method includes receiving, via a computing device, a sensor data generated by one or more safety devices corresponding to one or more responders. The computer-implemented method further includes analyzing, via the computing device, the sensor data to generate an analyzed sensor data. The computer-implemented method further includes establishing, via an application programming interface (API), a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one server or establishing, via a local application, a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one third party server. The computer-implemented method further includes transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one server or transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one third party server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Longin J. Kloc, John R. Wasco, Dana C. DeMeo, Mark Penna, Eric C. Lobner, Matthew D. Moore
  • Publication number: 20230217141
    Abstract: A system and a computer-implemented method for providing responder information are disclosed herein. The method includes receiving, via a computing device, a sensor data generated by one or more safety devices corresponding to one or more responders. The computer-implemented method further includes analyzing, via the computing device, the sensor data to generate an analyzed sensor data. The computer-implemented method further includes establishing, via an application programming interface (API), a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one server or establishing, via a local application, a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one third party server. The computer-implemented method further includes transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one server or transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one third party server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2023
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Inventors: Longin J. Kloc, John R. Wasco, Dana C. DeMeo, Mark Penna, Eric C. Lobner, Matthew D. Moore
  • Patent number: 11694536
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a plurality of articles of personal protected equipment (PPE) that are each assigned to a particular worker. The system may also include a data hub that detects an input that initiates a broadcast of diagnostic self-check messages; identifies, in response to the input, each article of PPE of the plurality of articles of PPE; broadcasts, based on identifying each article of PPE, the diagnostic self-check messages to the respective articles of PPE, wherein each article of PPE receives its respective self-check message at its communication component; in response to receiving a set of diagnostic acknowledgement messages from one or more of the plurality of articles of PPE that have performed a diagnostic self-check, determines whether the set of diagnostic acknowledge messages satisfy one or more self-check criteria; and performs one or more operations based on whether the self-check criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm
  • Patent number: 11689833
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20230199348
    Abstract: A system and a computer-implemented method for providing responder information are disclosed herein. The method includes receiving, via a computing device, a sensor data generated by one or more safety devices corresponding to one or more responders. The computer-implemented method further includes analyzing, via the computing device, the sensor data to generate an analyzed sensor data. The computer-implemented method further includes establishing, via an application programming interface (API), a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one server or establishing, via a local application, a direct communication link between the computing device and at least one third party server. The computer-implemented method further includes transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one server or transmitting, via the computing device, the analyzed sensor data to the at least one third party server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2022
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Inventors: Longin J. Kloc, John R. Wasco, Dana C. DeMeo, Mark Penna, Eric C. Lobner, Matthew D. Moore
  • Patent number: 11676468
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes: an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes a communication component; a computing device communicatively coupled to the article of PPE, wherein the computing device: receives context data that is based on one or more of the article of PPE, a work environment for the article of PPE, or a worker assigned to the article of PPE; selects, based at least in part on the context data, a set of programmable safety rules that are contextually associated with the at least one article of PPE; sends the programmable safety rules to one or more of the article of PPE or a data hub communicatively coupled to the article of PPE; and wherein the programmable safety rules are configured at the article of PPE or the data hub to perform one or more operations based at least in part on PPE data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, MIchael G. Wurm, Kenneth J. Gamberini
  • Patent number: 11666486
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes: a plurality of different articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) that are all controlled by a particular user, and a computing device. The computing device may include one or more computer processors configured to receive sets of data from each of the different articles of PPE, wherein each set of data is based at least in part on a type of each of the different articles of PPE; generate for display a user interface that contemporaneously includes a plurality of graphical elements that are based at least in part on at least two sets of data that correspond to at least two different articles of PPE of the plurality of different articles of PPE; and in response to receiving an indication of user input that corresponds to at least one of the plurality of graphical elements, perform at least one operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Eric C. Lobner, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Micayla A. Johnson, Susan R. Johnson, Patric AnvegÄrd, Emil R. Eriksson, Daniel E. G. Gullberg, Anton P. Backlund, Derek S. Baker, John M. Kruse
  • Patent number: 11568080
    Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure feature systems and methods for obfuscating data. The method includes the steps of receiving an input data stream including a sequence of n-grams, mapping at least some of the sequence of n-grams to corresponding dictionary terms using a dictionary, and disposing the corresponding tokens to an output data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Eric C. Lobner, Richard H. Wolniewicz, William L. Schofield
  • Patent number: 11529580
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods for estimating a replacement status of an HVAC air filter. Outdoor weather data (e.g., outdoor temperature information), is obtained. A Total Runtime Value of the HVAC system is determined based upon the obtained outdoor weather data. Finally, a replacement status of the air filter is estimated as a function of a comparison of the Total Runtime Value with a Baseline Value. By correlating air filter replacement status with an estimated runtime of the HVAC system, a credible predictor of air filter usage is provided. By estimating fan runtime based on easily-obtained outdoor weather data, the methods are readily implemented with any existing HVAC system and do not require installation of sensors or other mechanical or electrical components to the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fox, Eric C. Lobner, Theresa M. Meyer, Brian J. Stankiewicz
  • Publication number: 20220256257
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20220164746
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of hearing protection assigned to a worker, and a portable computing device assigned to the worker; a remote computing device communicatively coupled to the portable computing device, the remote computing device configured to receive sound level data that indicate different sound levels at different, respective locations of a work environment; determine, based on location data received from the portable computing device, an amount of sound received by the worker over a period of time; identify an updated location in the work environment having a sound level that is different from a current location, based at least in part on the article of hearing protection, the amount of sound, and the sound level data that indicates different sound levels at different, respective locations; and generate a notification that instructs the worker to move from the current location to the updated location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven R. Digre, Darcey L. Holloway, Eric C. Lobner, Ted K. Madison, Philip J. Savoie, Pegeen S. Smith, Lauraine L Wells, Michael G. Wurm, Cameron J. Fackler, James D. Brown, Matthew J. Blackford, Steven T. Awiszus, Elliott H. Berger
  • Patent number: 11343598
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11324421
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring impairment indicators. The method comprises, during a first time window, measuring a first movement signal related to movement of a person with a movement sensor associated with the person, and measuring a first environmental signal with an environmental sensor. The method further comprises electronically storing at least one numerical descriptor derived from the first movement signal and the first environmental signal as reference data for the person. The method further includes, during a second time window, measuring a second movement signal related to movement of the person with the movement sensor and measuring a second environmental signal with the environmental sensor; and comparing at least one numerical descriptor derived from the second movement signal and the second environmental signal to the reference data to identify an impairment indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James W. Howard, Eric C. Lobner, Jennifer F. Schumacher
  • Publication number: 20220088524
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods for estimating a replacement status of an HVAC air filter. Outdoor weather data (e.g., outdoor temperature information), is obtained. A Total Runtime Value of the HVAC system is determined based upon the obtained outdoor weather data. Finally, a replacement status of the air filter is estimated as a function of a comparison of the Total Runtime Value with a Baseline Value. By correlating air filter replacement status with an estimated runtime of the HVAC system, a credible predictor of air filter usage is provided. By estimating fan runtime based on easily-obtained outdoor weather data, the methods are readily implemented with any existing HVAC system and do not require installation of sensors or other mechanical or electrical components to the HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fox, Eric C. Lobner, Theresa M. Meyer, Brian J. Stankiewicz
  • Patent number: 11263568
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of hearing protection assigned to a worker, and a portable computing device assigned to the worker; a remote computing device communicatively coupled to the portable computing device, the remote computing device configured to receive sound level data that indicate different sound levels at different, respective locations of a work environment; determine, based on location data received from the portable computing device, an amount of sound received by the worker over a period of time; identify an updated location in the work environment having a sound level that is different from a current location, based at least in part on the article of hearing protection, the amount of sound, and the sound level data that indicates different sound levels at different, respective locations; and generate a notification that instructs the worker to move from the current location to the updated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven R. Digre, Darcey L. Holloway, Eric C. Lobner, Ted K. Madison, Philip J. Savoie, Pageen S. Smith, Lauraine L. Wells, Michael G. Wurm, Cameron J. Fackler, James D. Brown, Matthew J. Blackford, Steven T. Awiszus, Elliott H. Berger
  • Patent number: 11260251
    Abstract: A system including a head-mounted device having a face shield; a respirator coupled to or embodied in the head mounted device; a light having a light intensity; a light detector, and a computing device communicatively coupled to the at least one light detector that receive from the light detector data indicting a type and intensity of light, and determine that the light matches a particular type of light and whether it exceeds a threshold, and on the basis of this determination, modifies the intensity of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Eric C. Lobner, Robert J. Quintero, Micayla A. Johnson, Caroline M. Ylitalo, Britton G. Billingsley