Patents by Inventor Gerald D. Miller

Gerald D. Miller 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: 10422649
    Abstract: First and second sets of data are collected in a vehicle from respective data sources. Each of the first and second sets of data are provided for determinations respectively selected from first and second categories of autonomous vehicle operations. A determination is made to take an autonomous action selected from the first category of autonomous vehicle operations. Data is used from each of the first and second data sets relating respectively to the first and second categories of autonomous vehicle operations to determine the autonomous action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald H. Engelman, Alex Maurice Miller, Richard Lee Stephenson, Levasseur Tellis, Timothy D. Zwicky
  • Patent number: 9394062
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting device in an aircraft. In one aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for assembling a metal securement member of the mounting device. In another aspect of the invention, a mounting device is disclosed. In another aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for installing and using a mounting device in an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brad L. Kirkwood, Paul S. Gregg, Gerald D. Miller, Jeff D. Will, David W. Evans
  • Publication number: 20150259079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting device in an aircraft. In one aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for assembling a metal securement member of the mounting device. In another aspect of the invention, a mounting device is disclosed. In another aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for installing and using a mounting device in an aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Brad L. Kirkwood, Paul S. Gregg, Gerald D. Miller, Jeff D. Will, David W. Evans
  • Publication number: 20140251110
    Abstract: A machine includes a frame, a conveyor with a plurality of open-top bottom-apertured recesses for receiving, conveying and dropping skin-containing berries. Upper and lower needle assemblies are supported on the frame above and below the conveyor. Each needle assembly includes a plurality of needles with five-star-knife-edged sharp tips and an actuator mechanism for oscillatingly moving the needles as the recesses pass the needles, the needles being movable between an extended position where the sharp tips penetrate opposing sides of the skin of the berries but with a stroke causing the tips to only penetrate partially into an interior of the berries causing star-shaped slit patterns. The actuator mechanism also moves the needles to a retracted position where the sharp tips are fully retracted. A related method is provided for piercing multiple sides of the skin of berries without unacceptably damaging the appearance or shape or internal mass of the berries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 8333348
    Abstract: The disclosure provides in one embodiment a wing tip device for a wing of an air vehicle. The device comprises a tip tail element, a boom element attaching the tip tail element to a wing tip, a hinge element connecting the tip tail element to the boom element, and an actuator element connected to the hinge element. One or more wing load sensors sense wing loads, and a flight control system controls the actuator element. A load alleviation method and system for an air vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 7810757
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting device in an aircraft. In one aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for assembling a metal securement member of the mounting device. In another aspect of the invention, a mounting device is disclosed. In another aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for installing and using a mounting device in an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brad L Kirkwood, Paul S. Gregg, Gerald D. Miller, Jeff D. Will, David W. Evans
  • Patent number: 7806365
    Abstract: Hydrogen powered air vehicles that in some embodiments can fly with very long endurance (10 or more days) at altitudes over 60,000 ft carrying payloads of up to 2,000 pounds. Embodiments may include features such as large wingspan relative to fuselage and an all composite or partial composite structure for light weight and strength. The aircraft of the invention use one or more internal combustion engines adapted for hydrogen combustion, each engine driving propellers. The hydrogen fuel is stored on board in containers, located within the fuselage, as a cryogenic liquid, and is vaporized in a heat exchanger before delivery to the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gerald D. Miller, Wesley Moore, Adrian Viisoreanu, Russell W. Morris, Ronald W. Davidson, Shailesh Atreya, Albert D. Olsen, William Bigbee-Hansen
  • Patent number: 7762495
    Abstract: A solar powered aerial vehicle includes an elongated airframe incorporating lifting and control surfaces, a mechanism for propelling the airframe through the air such that lift developed by the lifting surface is equal to or greater than the weight of the aerial vehicle, a planar solar sail coupled to the airframe and having at least one surface adapted to collect solar energy during the day and to power the propelling mechanism with a first portion of the energy collected, and an apparatus such as a fuel cell/electrolyzer for storing a second portion of the solar energy collected by the solar sail during the day and for powering the propelling mechanism with the second portion of energy during the night. The vehicle is capable of continuous operation at northern latitudes and during the winter months for extended periods without landing or refueling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gerald D Miller
  • Patent number: 7607608
    Abstract: Ground carts to support skid equipped aircraft and to maneuver these craft safely on the ground during taxiing for take off, recovery, servicing, and transport to maintenance or storage. The ground carts provide the capability to minimize risks of damage to aircraft during towing by lifting the aircraft off the ground. Further, an embodiment of the ground cart of the invention includes the ability to rotate the aircraft on a cart platform up to 90° from the direction of forward motion of the cart to facilitate movement in and around the airport apron/hanger and to counter cross winds during take off. In addition, carts may be controlled from the aircraft, for example to provide for steering control until the aircraft is launched, cart braking, platform rotation, and other maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Morris, Gerald D. Miller, Wesley F. Moore
  • Publication number: 20090179395
    Abstract: Ground carts to support skid equipped aircraft and to maneuver these craft safely on the ground during taxiing for take off, recovery, servicing, and transport to maintenance or storage. The ground carts provide the capability to minimize risks of damage to aircraft during towing by lifting the aircraft off the ground. Further, an embodiment of the ground cart of the invention includes the ability to rotate the aircraft on a cart platform up to 90° from the direction of forward motion of the cart to facilitate movement in and around the airport apron/hanger and to counter cross winds during take off. In addition, carts may be controlled from the aircraft, for example to provide for steering control until the aircraft is launched, cart braking, platform rotation, and other maneuvers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Russel W. Morris, Gerald D. Miller, Wesley F. Moore
  • Publication number: 20090026316
    Abstract: A solar powered aerial vehicle includes an elongated airframe incorporating lifting and control surfaces, a mechanism for propelling the airframe through the air such that lift developed by the lifting surface is equal to or greater than the weight of the aerial vehicle, a planar solar sail coupled to the airframe and having at least one surface adapted to collect solar energy during the day and to power the propelling mechanism with a first portion of the energy collected, and an apparatus such as a fuel cell/electrolyzer for storing a second portion of the solar energy collected by the solar sail during the day and for powering the propelling mechanism with the second portion of energy during the night. The vehicle is capable of continuous operation at northern latitudes and during the winter months for extended periods without landing or refueling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20080006743
    Abstract: Hydrogen powered air vehicles that in some embodiments can fly with very long endurance (10 or more days) at altitudes over 60,000 ft carrying payloads of up to 2,000 pounds. Embodiments may include features such as large wingspan relative to fuselage and an all composite or partial composite structure for light weight and strength. The aircraft of the invention use one or more internal combustion engines adapted for hydrogen combustion, each engine driving propellers. The hydrogen fuel is stored on board in containers, located within the fuselage, as a cryogenic liquid, and is vaporized in a heat exchanger before delivery to the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Gerald D. Miller, Wesley Moore, Adrian Viisoreanu, Russell W. Morris, Ronald W. Davidson, Shailesh Atreya, Albert D. Olsen, William Bigbee-Hansen
  • Patent number: 6718661
    Abstract: A new and improved appliance boom having opposite ends. One of the ends is adapted to be secured to the bucket of an articulated powered bucket loader. The other end is adapted to be secured to an appliance. The boom has means for guiding appliance control cables from end to end. At least one control cable having opposite ends is trained through the means. One of the control cable ends is attached to the appliance; the other of the control cable ends is attached to a control in the cab of the bucket loader to which the boom is attached. The appliance cradle may be secured to appliances ranging from crane pulleys, chain saws, and rotary drills, reciprocating saws, to other rotary or reciprocating equipment. The appliance boom may be secured to the bucket of a conventional bucket loader and unattached conveniently and stored when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 5741778
    Abstract: Methods are provided for preventing or reducing N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor agonist-mediated neuronal cell death by administering a glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) protein product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Amgen Inc.
    Inventors: David Martin, Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 5484509
    Abstract: A method for treating paper which comprises applying to the surface of the paper an aqueous medium containing a sizing composition consisting essentially of 75 to 99.9 wt % polyvinyl alcohol which is at least 95 mole % hydrolyzed and 0.1 to 25 wt % ketene dimer represented by the formula: ##STR1## wherein R and R.sup.1 are the same or different hydrocarbyl groups having 8-30 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Famili, Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 5281307
    Abstract: An improved papermaking process has been developed to enhance the properties of the resultant paper or paper-type products. The process involves adding a polyvinyl alcohol/vinylamine copolymer along with a crosslinking agent at the dry end step of a conventional papermaking process. Improvements in the properties of the resultant paper products are observed, especially at low levels of copolymer addition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Smigo, Lloyd M. Robeson, George Davidowich, Gerald D. Miller, William E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 5057570
    Abstract: A method for preparing a high solids, aqueous paper coating composition which comprises adding dry particulate solids of a partially hydrolyzed, low molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol to a high solids, aqueous paper coating composition and mixing without external heating until dissolved, preferably by mixing the polyvinyl alcohol solids into the aqueous pigment dispersion followed by the addition of binders and other additives to make the paper coating composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald D. Miller, Michael M. Baas
  • Patent number: 4609704
    Abstract: Aqueous vinyl ester/acrylate copolymer emulsions possessing enhanced wet pick strength in paper coating compositions comprise a vinyl ester/acrylate copolymer colloidally dispersed in an aqueous medium, the copolymer consisting essentially of (a) a vinyl ester of a C.sub.1 -C.sub.12 alkanoic acid, (b) 2 to 50 wt % of an alkyl acrylate, and (c) 0.1 to 10 wt % of an ethylenically unsaturated mono- or dicarboxylic acid or half ester thereof. The copolymer is prepared by an aqueous emulsion polymerization process comprising the use of a stabilizer system consisting essentially of an alkylphenoxy polyethoxy ethanol and an anionic surfactant and, in the preferred embodiment, the use of a seeding procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary L. Hausman, William E. Lenney, Gerald D. Miller
  • Patent number: 4599378
    Abstract: Aqueous vinyl ester copolymer emulsions possessing good dry pick and wet pick strengths in paper coating compositions comprise a vinyl ester copolymer colloidally dispersed in an aqueous medium, the copolymer consisting essentially of (a) a vinyl ester of a C.sub.1 -C.sub.12 alkanoic acid, (b) about 0.1 to 10 wt % of an ethylenically unsaturated mono- or dicarboxylic acid or half ester thereof, (c) about 0.05 to 10 wt % of a dicyclopentadienyl acrylate, and (d) 0-50 wt % of an alkyl acrylate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary L. Hausman, Gerald D. Miller, Lawrence K. Wempe
  • Patent number: D372218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventors: James S. Herzberg, Gerald D. Miller