Patents by Inventor Frank R. Williams

Frank R. Williams 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: 10760340
    Abstract: An apparatus including a rotating segment having a first radial surface, a non-rotating segment having a second radial surface, a housing disposed around the first and second radial surfaces, and one or more rolling elements disposed between and in contact with the first and second radial surfaces for transferring the non-rotating segment in an axial direction upon rotation of the rotating segment. The non-rotating element may be a second rotating element that rotates at a different rotational rate than the rotating element. Each rolling element moves 360 degrees along a circular path relative to the first radial surface and the second radial surface. The first or second radial surface has a tapered section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ashmin Holding LLC
    Inventors: Gunther H H von Gynz-Rekowski, Michael V. Williams, Russell Koenig, Chaitanya P. Challa, Frank R. Vignal
  • Patent number: 10760363
    Abstract: Ratchet locking segments permit one direction relative movement and then prevent reverse movement to hold a set position of a tool. The segments are axially supported in a surrounding housing using an exterior profile on each segment meshing with a conforming profile on the outer housing. The meshing is loose to allow the segments the ability to move radially while supported axially. Biasing of opposed ratcheting segments toward each other is provided by a spring or springs at opposed axial ends of each segment or within the exterior profile between the axial ends. The end biasing can be done with coiled springs or bent tabs that store potential energy when assembled or with wave springs between the segment outer profile and a surrounding outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Andy Tom, Christopher R. Hern, Frank J. Maenza, Mahmoud Marzouk, Jeffrey C. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190336270
    Abstract: Devices, systems, implants and methods for achieving ligament fixation are disclosed. An implant includes a head member and an anchor member coupled to the head member. The implant includes tension member that couples the head member to the anchor member. The head member and the anchor member include a cannulation that receives the tension member therein. The implant may include a coupling member positioned between and coupling the head member and the anchor member, the coupling member including a cannulation that receives the tension member therethrough. Insertion instruments for inserting an implant for ligament fixation are also disclosed. Methods of using an implant for achieving ligament fixation are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Paragon 28, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert DACOSTA, Sean GILL, Richard David HUNT, Frank BONO, Thomas R. WILLIAMS, Randy ALLARD, Benjamin MAJORS
  • Publication number: 20190257164
    Abstract: Ratchet locking segments permit one direction relative movement and then prevent reverse movement to hold a set position of a tool. The segments are axially supported in a surrounding housing using an exterior profile on each segment meshing with a conforming profile on the outer housing. The meshing is loose to allow the segments the ability to move radially while supported axially. Biasing of opposed ratcheting segments toward each other is provided by a spring or springs at opposed axial ends of each segment or within the exterior profile between the axial ends. The end biasing can be done with coiled springs or bent tabs that store potential energy when assembled or with wave springs between the segment outer profile and a surrounding outer housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Andy Tom, Christopher R. Hern, Frank J. Maenza, Mahmoud Marzouk, Jeffrey C. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190179345
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling movement of a vehicle. Movement, orientation, and position data of the vehicle is collected. A model of kinematics of the vehicle and its environment is created and a Theory of World model is produced and updated. The model includes geometric algebra multivectors. Errors and noise are stored as geometrically meaningful first-class objects within the multivectors. Geometric algebra operations are used to manipulate the model during operation. Error and noise data are propagated and manipulated using geometric algebra operations to reflect measurement and processing errors or noise. The models are used in generation of control data with a primary intent of ensuring stability. Operations such as intersections are used to compare position, orientation, and movement of the vehicle against position, orientation, and movement of objects in its environment. System tasks include, but are not limited to, kinematics, inverse kinematics, collision avoidance, and dynamics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Ian J. McEwan, Thomas D. Williams, Jeffery J. Alholm, John C. Blessing, Jacob B. Davisson, Frank C. Glazer, Jay D. Manifold, Laurence R. Williams
  • Patent number: 5468240
    Abstract: A manual control device for laparoscopic patient treatment by use of electrical curetage or coagulation, with means for clearing the surgical sight by irrigation or suction, finger operated buttons controlling the various functions, and an interlock mechanism disabling the electrical functions when a push button is depressed to enable irrigation or suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Gentelia, Ronald E. Eggan, Jr., Frank R. Williams, William Wheatley
  • Patent number: 5300070
    Abstract: A trocar assembly includes an elongate trocar device and a surrounding cannula. The trocar device incorporates an electrosurgical cutting element which is used to make a guide hole for the cannula and thus enables the remainder of the trocar assembly to enlarge the puncture. The cutting element comprises a bi-polar electrode assembly. An electronic control circuit senses the current flow to the cutting element and, when the trocar device breaks through the wall of the body cavity being cut into, this circuit cuts off the connection to the associated electrosurgical generator. Further control circuitry prevents a surgeon from resuming electrosurgery until a predetermined time period has elapsed. Multiple trocars of different diameters are provided for the same assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Gentelia, Frank R. Williams, William C. Wheatley, Ernesto G. Sevilla, Sharyn E. Longo, Deborah E. Forbey
  • Patent number: 5225796
    Abstract: An improved coplanar transmission structure has a coplanar transmission line formed on one surface of a substrate and a lossy resistive material formed on the opposite surface of the substrate for suppressing spurious electromagnetic modes propagating through the substrate. The lossy resistive material may be nichrome or the like and is patterned on the substrate using thin or thick film processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank R. Williams, Thomas G. Ruttan
  • Patent number: 5201703
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self-contained, totally disposable apparatus for the collection and reinfusion of blood which is suitable for use with a chest drainage unit to provide for the autotranfusion of autologous blood and the method of using the apparatus. The blood collection and reinfusion apparatus is separate in structure from the chest drainage unit and comprises a rigid outer container and an inner flexible container in conjunction with portals for blood collection, reinfusion, and attachment to a vacuum source. The apparatus and method of the invention provides a closed system, requires minimal handling of the blood, and provides for greater patient safety in that no interruption of the operation of the chest drainage unit is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Gentelia, Stephen J. Roberts, Frank R. Williams
  • Patent number: 5078677
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self-contained, totally disposable apparatus for the collection and reinfusion of blood which is suitable for use with a chest drainage unit to provide for the autotransfusion of autologous blood and the method of suing the apparatus. The blood collection and reinfusion apparatus is separate in structure from the chest drainage unit and comprises a rigid outer container and an inner flexible container in conjunction with portals for blood collection, reinfusion, and attachment to a vacuum source. The apparatus and method of the invention provides a closed system, requires minimal handling of the blood, and provides for greater patient safety in that no interruption of the operation of the chest drainage unit is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Gentelia, Stephen J. Roberts, Frank R. Williams
  • Patent number: 4370308
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an improved furnace process for producing carbon blacks by the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbonaceous feedstock wherein the resultant blacks either have higher surface areas than the carbon blacks normally prepared from the feedstocks or are produced more economically. The blacks produced by the process are suitable for use in all of the typical applications such as rubber plastics, inks and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Assignee: Cabot Corporation
    Inventors: Frank R. Williams, Ronald C. Hurst
  • Patent number: 4196013
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are carbon black-containing asphalt compositions having improved properties of resistance to thermal and actinic oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: Cabot Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dannenberg, Frank R. Williams
  • Patent number: 4165141
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for an electrode having a headed stud thereon in which a slot is provided between electrical contact plates mounted on the connector. The headed stud of the electrode fits within this slot and a slidable locking bar having a cam surface thereon is moved to a locking position wherein the headed stud is forced into a narrowed portion of the slot and is locked in contact with the electrical contact means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Consolidated Medical Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Frank R. Williams, William Abraham
  • Patent number: 4117846
    Abstract: A disposable skin conducting electrode assembly and electrode therefor for use on a patient wherein the electrode assembly comprises an electrolyte pad, an electrode and an adhesive pad. In one embodiment of the invention the electrode is a thin stainless steel plate having a periphery shaped to provide a plurality of recesses in the contour thereof and the adhesive pad is a solid sheet having greater overall length and width dimensions than the electrode. Thus the adhesive pad extends over the recesses in the periphery of the electrode and provides greater adhesive area for adhering the electrode assembly to the skin of the patient. An external conductor is connectable to a conductive, single piece, solid metal stud or post attached to the electrode extending through an orifice in the adhesive pad. A pair of washers are mounted on the stud on either side of the adhesive pad for mechanically retaining the stud and electrode in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Assignee: Consolidated Medical Equipment
    Inventor: Frank R. Williams