Patents by Inventor Franklin R. Koenig

Franklin R. Koenig 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: 20100241269
    Abstract: A load balancing technology segregates various inventory types (e.g., potatoes vs. milk, vs. pretzels, vs. tissue paper, etc.) based upon how frequently they are ordered in a distribution center. Inventory types that are ordered at the slowest rate are not “replicated” over multiple pods in the distribution center. Rather, they are constrained to reside at a single pod within the distribution center. Items that are ordered somewhat more frequently than those in the slowest group are replicated in multiple pods across the distribution center. In other words, these items are separately stocked at locations on more than one pod in the distribution center. This means that a container passing through the distribution center can obtain each of the items in the second group of item types at multiple pods in the distribution center. Thus, these items do not create a bottleneck in the order fulfillment process. Inventory types in a third group, the fastest movers, are segregated from items in the first two groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Peter Ham, Boris Klots, Radhakrishna Hari, Franklin R. Koenig, Gautam Bhargava, Gerry Perham
  • Publication number: 20080154709
    Abstract: A load balancing technology segregates various inventory types (e.g., potatoes vs. milk, vs. pretzels, vs. tissue paper, etc.) based upon how frequently they are ordered in a distribution center. Inventory types that are ordered at the slowest rate are not “replicated” over multiple pods in the distribution center. Rather, they are constrained to reside at a single pod within the distribution center. Items that are ordered somewhat more frequently than those in the slowest group are replicated in multiple pods across the distribution center. In other words, these items are separately stocked at locations on more than one pod in the distribution center. This means that a container passing through the distribution center can obtain each of the items in the second group of item types at multiple pods in the distribution center. Thus, these items do not create a bottleneck in the order fulfillment process. Inventory types in a third group, the fastest movers, are segregated from items in the first two groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Ham, Boris Klots, Radhakrishna Hari, Franklin R. Koenig, Gautam Bhargava, Gerry Perham
  • Patent number: 7370005
    Abstract: A load balancing technology segregates various inventory types (e.g., potatoes vs. milk, vs. pretzels, vs. tissue paper, etc.) based upon how frequently they are ordered in a distribution center. Inventory types that are ordered at the slowest rate are not “replicated” over multiple pods in the distribution center. Rather, they are constrained to reside at a single pod within the distribution center. Items that are ordered somewhat more frequently than those in the slowest group are replicated in multiple pods across the distribution center. In other words, these items are separately stocked at locations on more than one pod in the distribution center. This means that a container passing through the distribution center can obtain each of the items in the second group of item types at multiple pods in the distribution center. Thus, these items do not create a bottleneck in the order fulfillment process. Inventory types in a third group, the fastest movers, are segregated from items in the first two groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Ham, Boris Klots, Radhakrishna Hari, Franklin R. Koenig, Gautam Bhargava, Gerry Perham
  • Patent number: 6293941
    Abstract: This invention is an improved method and apparatus for tissue electrical impedance determination and electrical power control in a surgical device. In an embodiment of the invention an apparatus for controlling power delivery in an electro-surgical instrument is disclosed. The electro-surgical instrument includes a first channel and a second channel for delivery of energy to a surgical site. The apparatus includes: a switch, a measuring unit, a processor and a drive unit. The switch electrically isolates the second channel during a first measurement interval and the first channel during a second measurement interval. The measuring unit is coupled to the first and the second channel. The measurement unit measures a first power level of the first channel during a first measurement interval and a second power level of the second channel during a second measurement interval. The processor is coupled to the measuring unit and to the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Somnus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Strul, Franklin R. Koenig
  • Patent number: 6231569
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an electro-surgical instrument with a rich graphical user interface (GUI) capability and a verifiable hardware and software platform meeting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. The rich GUI makes for a device which is more easily operated than prior art devices which lacked a sophisticated user interface. The increased functionality is achieved without sacrificing the ability to validate the device for FDA purposes. This goal is achieved by a dual processor design. In the dual processor design a control or master processor with verifiable source code implements the functions of: power delivery, temperature measurement, power measurement and power control. A display or slave processor, is functionally isolated from the first processor receiving only messages from the first processor. In a first embodiment of the invention an electro-surgical instrument is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Somnus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Bek, David Wills, Franklin R. Koenig
  • Patent number: 6228079
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention an apparatus for power measurement in an electro-surgical instrument is disclosed. The apparatus includes: sensors, a first summer and differencer, a peak detector, a second summer and differencer, and a multiplier. The sensors produce a voltage signal and a current signal proportional to a voltage and a current delivered by the first channel to the surgical site. The first summer and differencer sum the voltage signal together with the current signal to produce a first signal and difference the voltage signal with the current signal to produce a second signal. The peak detector couples to the first summer and differencer to form a third and a fourth signal proportional respectively to peak voltage levels in the first and the second signals. The second summer and differencer produce a fifth signal and a sixth signal proportional respectively to a difference and a sum of the third signal and the fourth signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Somnus Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Franklin R. Koenig
  • Patent number: 6139546
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivery of energy by an electro-surgical instrument to a surgical site is disclosed. The apparatus delivers power to electrodes of an electro-surgical instrument during an operation performed at a surgical site. The apparatus includes a processor and a plurality of power delivery channels. The processor signals the onset of an impedance interval and a heating interval. The processor determines a target value of a control parameter to be delivered to a corresponding one of the electrodes. The plurality of power delivery channels are each coupled to the processor and to a corresponding electrode. Each of the power delivery channels responsive to signaling from the processor transitions between the impedance interval and the heating interval. Each of the power delivery channels measures, during the impedance interval, an impedance associated with a delivery of energy to the surgical site by a corresponding electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Somnus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin R. Koenig, Bruno Strul, Robin Bek
  • Patent number: 4898471
    Abstract: A particle detection on a periodic patterned surface is achieved in a method and apparatus using a single light beam scanning at a shallow angle over the surface. The surface contains a plurality of identical die with streets between die. The beam scans parallel to a street direction, while a light collection system collects light scattered from the surface with a constant solid angle. The position of the collection system as well as the polarization of the light beam and collected scattered light may be arranged to maximize the particle signal compared to the pattern signal. A detector produces an electrical signal corresponding to the intensity of scattered light that is colelcted. A processor constructs templates from the electrical signal corresponding to individual die and compares the templates to identify particles. A reference template is constantly updated so that comparisons are between adjacent die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Tencor Instruments
    Inventors: John L. Vaught, Armand P. Neukermans, Herman F. Keldermann, Franklin R. Koenig
  • Patent number: 4752898
    Abstract: A system for finding the orientation of a substantially circular disk shaped wafer with at least one flat region on an edge thereof, in which the wafer is spun one 360 degree turn on a chuck and the edge position is measured by a linear array to obtain a set of data points at various wafer orientations. The rotation axis may differ from the wafer center by an unknown eccentricity. The flat angle is found by fitting a cosine curve to the data, subtracting the expected data derived from the cosine curve from the actual data to obtain a deviation. The angle of maximum deviation of the data from the cosine curve is a first estimate of the flat angle. The estimate may be corrected for errors due to a finite number of data points and wafer eccentricity by calculating an adjustment angle from data points on the wafer flat. After determining the flat angle, the wafer is spun to the desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Tencor Instruments
    Inventor: Franklin R. Koenig
  • Patent number: 4285053
    Abstract: A gauge for measuring variations in distance of a surface relative to a reference by means of phase shifts in a zone of high acoustic impedance. A gauge head is provided with a first orifice for emitting acoustic waves, driven by a reference signal, toward a surface positioned very close to the gauge head, forming a high impedance zone. A second orifice in the gauge head picks up acoustic waves subjected to the zone and these waves are converted to electrical signals for comparison to the reference signal in a phase detector. The phase error between the two signals is indicative of surface distance variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Assignee: Tencor Instruments
    Inventors: George J. Kren, Franklin R. Koenig