Patents by Inventor Frank Knoll

Frank Knoll 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: 20210123540
    Abstract: A device for controlling a valve with an electromagnet having a coil fed by a current, includes a closed-loop control unit configured to control the current using a closed-loop control circuit, the closed-loop control circuit having a plurality of elements which are set by a plurality of control parameters to generate an actual pressure value at the valve, the actual pressure value depending upon the dead volume. The device includes a dead volume setting unit configured to adapt to a change in dead volume while accounting for a nonlinear relationship between the dead volume and the plurality of control parameters by simultaneously setting the plurality of control parameters based upon a single dead volume parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Manuel Gruber, Frank Knoll, Peter Ommert
  • Patent number: 9453314
    Abstract: A novel design and construction method for the creation of a deployable flexible flood mitigation wall manufactured from textile and membrane materials. The flexible flood mitigation wall system comprises a textile/membrane wall and support posts configured to be movable between a stowed position and a deployed position and wherein, in the deployed position, the wall forms a leak-free barrier against flood water or other fluids. A series of posts that are manually deployed is used to support the fabric wall when hydrostatically challenged, and transfer loads to the ground. The wall is stored at the point of use in a surface box or trench box and keeps the loading from the flood water off the building, structure or equipment being protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ILC DOVER LP
    Inventors: David Phillip Cadogan, Jonathan Michael Hinkle, Charles Ralph Sandy, Carl Frank Knoll, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160083918
    Abstract: A novel design and construction method for the creation of a deployable flexible flood mitigation wall manufactured from textile and membrane materials. The flexible flood mitigation wall system comprises a textile/membrane wall and support posts configured to be movable between a stowed position and a deployed position and wherein, in the deployed position, the wall forms a leak-free barrier against flood water or other fluids. A series of posts that are manually deployed is used to support the fabric wall when hydrostatically challenged, and transfer loads to the ground. The wall is stored at the point of use in a surface box or trench box and keeps the loading from the flood water off the building, structure or equipment being protected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: David Phillip Cadogan, Jonathan Michael Hinkle, Charles Ralph Sandy, Carl Frank Knoll, JR.
  • Patent number: 7878828
    Abstract: An electrical socket with a safety feature that prevents accidental shock due to insertion of an object or objects other than a typical electrical plug configuration. The socket ‘hot’ side conductor is not energized if an object is inserted into any single plug tang location, or if multiple objects are inserted independently, in any combination, of the socket plug tang locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Carl Frank Knoll, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20060011781
    Abstract: An energy attenuating apparatus for use with a seat includes an elongated attenuator having a resistance to bending which varies along its length. A bending mechanism defining a nonlinear path receives the attenuator. Translation of the bending mechanism relative to the attenuator in a lengthwise direction of the attenuator produces bending of the attenuator to absorb energy applied to the energy attenuating apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Applicant: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Knoll, Joseph Gaito
  • Patent number: 6830216
    Abstract: A method and kit for retrofitting an inertia reel door onto the seat back of a pre-constructed ejection seat. The method includes removing existing rivets from the seat back exposing rivet holes. Alignment holes are then drilled into the seat back. An aperture is cut into the seat back along flanges of an upper support bracket and a drogue chute bracket. A doubler is aligned with the rivet holes and alignment holes in the seat back and then attached to the seat back. A track is attached to a wall of the aperture and an inertia reel is mounted to the track. An inertia reel door is attached to the doubler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic Spinosa, Frank Knoll, Jeffrey F. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20040056145
    Abstract: A method and kit for retrofitting an inertia reel door onto the seat back of a pre-constructed ejection seat is disclosed. The method includes removing existing rivets from the seat back exposing rivet holes. Alignment holes are then drilled into the seat back. An aperture is cut into the seat back along flanges of an upper support bracket and a drogue chute bracket. A doubler is aligned with the rivet holes and alignment holes in the seat back and then attached to the seat back. A track is attached to a wall of the aperture and an inertia reel is mounted to the track. An inertia reel door is attached to the doubler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Dominic Spinosa, Frank Knoll, Jeffrey F. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6446910
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat back for supporting a back of a seat occupant and a shoulder harness including at least one shoulder strap for restraining a shoulder of a seat occupant. The shoulder strap has a rear portion anchored in a manner enabling it to move in a height direction of a seat occupant. When the seat occupant tightens the shoulder strap, the rear portion can move in response to the tension to a position in which the shoulder strap extends substantially perpendicular to the back tangent line of the seat occupant. In this manner the shoulder strap can be automatically be adjusted in position for a wide range of seat occupants of varying heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Knoll, Joseph Gaito
  • Patent number: 6378939
    Abstract: An energy attenuating apparatus for use with a seat includes an elongated attenuator having a resistance to bending which varies along its length. A bending mechanism defining a nonlinear path receives the attenuator. Translation of the bending mechanism relative to the attenuator in a lengthwise direction of the attenuator produces bending of the attenuator to absorb energy applied to the energy attenuating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Knoll, Joseph Gaito
  • Patent number: 6327764
    Abstract: A method of assembling and installing a flip-up pitots system in an ejection seat. A flip-up pitot mount may be fastened to any existing recovery parachute container assembly. Mounting holes are created for the various parts that comprise the flip-up pitots system using the sub-parts as templates. The flip-up pitot system sub-parts are then easily installed on the recovery parachute container assembly irrespective of the make or model of the recovery parachute container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Knoll, Dominic Spinosa
  • Patent number: 6016820
    Abstract: An aqueous cleaning system and process for cleaning critical application gas systems and components, critical application fluid systems, and cryogenic systems. The aqueous cleaning system comprises multiple cleaning and rinsing stations, and a water purification and recycling system to implement a multi-step aqueous cleaning process. The multi-step aqueous cleaning process includes a pre-cleaning step, a rinsing step, a final cleaning step, and a final rinsing step. The rinsing step includes primary and secondary rinsing stages. The aqueous cleaning system is portable and self-contained and the aqueous cleaning process may be utilized in batch or lot type cleaning as well as in situ system level cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Knoll, Norman R. Wieder, Jeffrey F. Walsh
  • Patent number: 5791597
    Abstract: An energy attenuation system for absorbing at least a portion of the force impulse imparted to an occupant of an aircraft during a crash. The energy attenuation system comprises a seat and an air bag module. The air bag module includes an air bag positioned and deployable below the seat. The air bag allows the seat and its occupant to move in the direction of the applied impact forces under a controlled stroking force. Accordingly, the occupant may be exposed to a force having a magnitude substantially less than the magnitude of the force on the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 5758785
    Abstract: A lifting system for removing and installing equipment on aircraft. The lifting system comprises a base and a lifting assembly supported by the base. The lifting system also comprises linear outriggers and at least one offset outrigger. The linear outriggers and the at least one offset outrigger are connectable to the base to provide additional stability for the lifting system during operation. The lifting assembly includes a boom having telescoping sections. The boom may be tilted about a horizontal axis relative to the base and rotated about a vertical axis relative to the base for increased maneuverability around and increased access to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventors: Dominic Spinosa, Frank Knoll, Joseph Gaito
  • Patent number: 4934030
    Abstract: A projection for use as a restraining tooth in a compression-type belt restraint assembly which includes a base secured against movement and having a size and dimension appropriate for insertion of the projection in the interstices provided between the warp and weft of a woven fabric belt. The projection also includes a load-bearing surface, preferably an omnidirection load-bearing surface, projecting from the base at an angle from the perpendicular to the base so that a substantial component of the restraint force imparted by the surface on a fabric belt fiber under compression restraint is in the horizontal direction. Also the projection includes a nonabrasive top which terminates the omnidirectional surface so fibers comprising a fabric belt are not abraided or cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Assignee: East/West Industries
    Inventors: Dominic Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4750447
    Abstract: An inflatable life raft which forms a passenger receptacle, has a removable canopy for covering the passenger receptacle and is formed from a flexible walled housing which includes inner and outer walls, with a plurality of chambers being formed between the walls. A bleeder mechanism, in the form of a plurality of cords disposed in the chambers keep substantially all of the areas of the chambers in communication with each other so that inflation and more especially deflation, can be readily accomplished without forming air pockets caused by the inner and outer chamber walls sticking together precluding the free flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4747565
    Abstract: A powered retractable passenger restraint system for securing the occupant of a vehicle seat, especially a seat in a high performance aircraft, in an upright sitting position against the seat, which includes an upper body harness and a retraction apparatus connected thereto, which, upon actuation, forcibly retracts the upper body. a lower body harness and a retraction apparatus which, upon actuation, forcibly retracts the lower body into the seat, and apparatus responsive to the forces of inertia for actuating the upper body and lower body harness retraction apparatus. Furthermore, a manual apparatus is included in the restraint system for selectively actuating the upper lower body harness, as well as an override actuation apparatus for actuating the upper and lower body retraction apparatus regardless of the condition of the other actuation apparatus, so that in emergency conditions such as ejection, the passenger is retracted to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Assignee: East/West Industries
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4738413
    Abstract: An improved harness restraint system for a vehicle seat occupant which includes a unique single-point release device having laterally spaced connectors for attachment of shoulder harness straps. The system also includes an improved harness belt system employing a cross-chest belt configuration as well as a gross adjustment feature for pre-adjusting the harness assembly straps to substantially approximate the occupant. The new system also provides diverging lower restraint belts which encircle each leg of the occupant for anti-gravity and crash restraint. The single-point release device also includes an automatic release mechanism which is activated in a water environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: East/West Industries
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4715561
    Abstract: A drain assembly for aircraft which is operable to provide a drainage outflow course for discharge of cabin collecting liquids in an aircraft to the outside environment when the aircraft is at ground level or operating at altitudes up to a certain height but which is operable to seal tight that drainage course when the aircraft is operating above that certain height so that cabin depressurization cannot occur through the drainage course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4709818
    Abstract: A container and method for compression packaging a compressible article which includes use of a container having two rigid sides each connected to the other at a first end establishing a spaced-apart, parallel, and substantially co-extensive relationship between the sides. The container also includes closure means at the other end of each side for releasably holding the sides in the relationship established by the first end against the face of the compressible article held therebetween, and retaining mean fixed along the sides of the container. The retaining means has an open condition which permits compression packaging of the article and a closed condition which retains the compressible article under pressure in the container until released by the closure means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4648160
    Abstract: A closure assembly useful as a means for sealing a pressurized package which includes clamping means shiftable between an open position to receive an open portion of the pressurized package and a closed position to substantially hermetically seal the open portion of the pressurized package. The assembly also includes a retaining means coupled to the clamped means and adapted to be actuated by a force substantially independent of the force associated with the pressurized package whereupon the actuating force will maintain the clamping means in the closed position. Another part of the present closure assembly is an actuation means which is engageable with the retaining means in a manner which supplies the force enabling the retaining means to keep the clamping means in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: East/West Industries
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll