Patents by Inventor George E. Hanson

George E. Hanson 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: 7918401
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7920496
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7885242
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson, Ronald E. Luse, Guy J. West, Charles D. Gollnick, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson
  • Patent number: 7796396
    Abstract: A latch for retaining moving parts on an enclosure service module (ESM) is provided. This latch comprises a retaining groove in the latch that holds a self-clinching standoff fastener attached to the ESM. A return spring is contained within a molded cavity in the latch, and an alignment groove in the latch is placed at one end of the return spring. The alignment groove guides an alignment pin on the ESM into a secure position, and the return spring applies pressure against the pin while the pin is in the alignment groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: George E. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20100167782
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20100105444
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held data terminal of modular structure includes a base module with a keyboard and a display screen. A data and communications module may be selected from a number of different data and communications modules, each having different types of data communications transceivers, or including in addition data collection devices, such as shelf label readers or bar code readers. The base module includes a microprocessor-controlled data communications and control interface having a predetermined protocol. To adapt the various types of data and communications modules for selection of any one thereof to become attached to the base module and function therewith, each of the data and communications modules includes a microprocessor operable to function as an emulator to interact with the microprocessor of the base module and communicate with the microprocessor of the base module in accordance with the protocol of the data communications and control interface of the base module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, George E. Hanson, Darald R. Schultz, Jeffrey S. Krunnfusz
  • Patent number: 7672257
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7641117
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held data terminal of modular structure includes a base module with a keyboard and a display screen. A data and communications module may be selected from a number of different data and communications modules, each having different types of data communications transceivers, or including in addition data collection devices, such as shelf label readers or bar code readers. The base module includes a microprocessor-controlled data communications and control interface having a predetermined protocol. To adapt the various types of data and communications modules for selection of any one thereof to become attached to the base module and function therewith, each of the data and communications modules includes a microprocessor operable to function as an emulator to interact with the microprocessor of the base module and communicate with the microprocessor of the base module in accordance with the protocol of the data communications and control interface of the base module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, George E. Hanson, Darald R. Schultz, Jeffrey S. Krunnfusz
  • Publication number: 20090175318
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, JR., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7510121
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Publication number: 20090046609
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7471651
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson, Phillip Miller
  • Patent number: 7004395
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 6969928
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method employing a magnetic proximity switch to enable the transfer of power between a power supply unit and a docking unit or to transfer data between a docking unit and a peripheral module such as a disk drive or controller module. Power may be transferred through the switch, or a signal from the switch may be employed to enable a control circuit. The control circuit may control a plurality of voltages or currents and may ramp voltages or currents to limit surge current when a module is installed or removed. The control unit may also be employed to place data and control signals in a high impedance state when a module is not docked, limiting electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventor: George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 6910632
    Abstract: A data communications device includes a base unit having a first microprocessor and a data and communication module received by the base unit that includes a second microprocessor and a transceiver. The data and communication module is selected from a plurality of data and communication modules each having different types of transceivers. A program is stored in one of the base unit and the data and communication module to control communication of control signals and data between the first microprocessor and the second microprocessor according to a uniform data protocol that is understandable to the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, George E. Hanson, Darald R. Schultz, Jeffrey S. Krunnfusz
  • Publication number: 20040182936
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 6775131
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a customer replaceable unit (CRU) within a computer system is provided. The sealing mechanism comprises a faceplate for the CRU, wherein insertion and extraction latches are recessed into a trench within that faceplate. The backside of the faceplate has a protruding rim around the perimeter. The rim engages a groove in the subsystem enclosure, which surrounds the aperture that the CRU engages. Since the faceplate incorporates a perimeter ridge and a trench structure, the interacting groove follows the contour of the trench. Thus the rim and groove both trace the faceplate trench around the faceplate. The groove in the subsystem enclosure has an entrenched section at both ends of the receptacle perimeter that accommodate sections of the faceplate rim that trace the trench in the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventor: George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 6749122
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Publication number: 20040100764
    Abstract: A spring for mounting a computer customer replaceable unit (CRU) is provided. The spring comprises a laminated sandwich material that includes three layers: a first outer layer of metal, a second middle layer of polymeric material, and a third outer layer of metal. The spring is attached to the CRU and retains the CRU within a computer system chassis, and the spring dissipates vibration energy through fluid friction within the second layer. The fluid friction within the second layer can be the result of either opposing lateral movement of the first and third layers due to vibration, or different mode shapes of the first and third layers due to vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: George E. Hanson, Sean G. 'Winter
  • Publication number: 20040100759
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a customer replaceable unit (CRU) within a computer system is provided. The sealing mechanism comprises a faceplate for the CRU, wherein insertion and extraction latches are recessed into a trench within that faceplate. The backside of the faceplate has a protruding rim around the perimeter. The rim engages a groove in the subsystem enclosure, which surrounds the aperture that the CRU engages. Since the faceplate incorporates a perimeter ridge and a trench structure, the interacting groove follows the contour of the trench. Thus the rim and groove both trace the faceplate trench around the faceplate. The groove in the subsystem enclosure has an entrenched section at both ends of the receptacle perimeter that accommodate sections of the faceplate rim that trace the trench in the faceplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventor: George E. Hanson