Patents by Inventor Gregory Herman

Gregory Herman 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: 11334048
    Abstract: A method for ensuring safety critical functionality for a laser engraver includes obtaining a command from a laser motor controller; obtaining sensor data from a plurality of sensors, the sensor data corresponding to an operating status of various components of the laser engraver; determining a functioning status for each component; and as a result of determining the functioning status for all of the components, enabling supply of power to a laser, where the method is performed by a safety controller that is embodied in hardware completely separate from hardware in which the laser motor controller is embodied. One example required functioning status is that a power button has been selected twice in quick succession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rattapong Sangern, Gregory A. Herman, Bradley Padget
  • Patent number: 11279122
    Abstract: A support bridge for supporting an in-air surface of a three-dimensional (3D) object during a print process includes a first end, a second end, and a horizontal span that spans between the first end and the second end. The first end, second end, and span are situated in an intermediate layer, and the first end and second end of the support bridge contact, respectively, first and second surfaces of an abutment layer of the 3D object. The support bridge is constructed during the print process and is configured to support the in-air surface of the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORTATION, ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Gregory A Herman, Balazs Nagy
  • Publication number: 20210316394
    Abstract: A laser cutter and safe power system therefor are disclosed. The power system of the laser cutter includes a resistive device arranged in a return line and configured to prevent anomalous tripping of a GFCI device by significantly minimizing electrical noise transmitted through the GFCI device when the laser cutter is operated in certain modes, such as a pulsing mode. The resistive device includes end caps that form a shroud around the connection between a return wire and the contact at each end of the resistive device. A main control board for a high voltage subsystem of the power system includes two isolated and independent enable signals, which are provided to different controllers on the main control board such that the different controllers can independently and redundantly respond to an unsafe condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory A. Herman, James Randall Cooper, Walter Bernardi, Bradley D. Padget, Richard M. Ness, Emory Wheeler
  • Patent number: 11078983
    Abstract: A shock absorbing apparatus includes a flexible membrane defining an accumulator cavity, and a compression assembly defining a compression cavity. The compression assembly is disposed within the flexible membrane such that viscous fluid contained within the cavities may be exchanged therebetween by a damping orifice, fluid conduit and or valve mechanism. The accumulator cavity deforms in response to the application of a transmitted impact load, and is capable of storing and releasing potential energy in response to the application and cessation of the transmitted impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Kudla, Jeffrey T. Kelly, Marshall W. Downing, John T. Koscielniak, Jeffrey N. Weisbeck, Gregory Herman, James Senneff
  • Publication number: 20210034033
    Abstract: A method for ensuring safety critical functionality for a laser engraver includes obtaining a command from a laser motor controller; obtaining sensor data from a plurality of sensors, the sensor data corresponding to an operating status of various components of the laser engraver; determining a functioning status for each component; and as a result of determining the functioning status for all of the components, enabling supply of power to a laser, where the method is performed by a safety controller that is embodied in hardware completely separate from hardware in which the laser motor controller is embodied. One example required functioning status is that a power button has been selected twice in quick succession.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Rattapong SANGERN, Gregory A. HERMAN, Bradley PADGET
  • Patent number: 10807310
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling a 3D printer includes a processor obtaining from a sensor respective sensor values for each of a plurality of distances between a nozzle of the 3D printer and a build plate of the 3D printer, which sensor values each characterizes a characteristic of deposition of filament from the nozzle and onto the build plate at the respective distances to which the sensor values correspond; identifying, based on the obtained sensor values, a maximum and/or minimum value of the characteristic; and setting, based on the identified maximum and/or minimum, an initial gap between the nozzle and the build plate at which to deposit a first layer of an object to be synthesized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gregory A. Herman
  • Patent number: 10703044
    Abstract: A 3D printer for synthesizing objects includes: an extruder configured to extrude layers of filament through a nozzle onto a build surface; a build platform; and a build plate that is structured for being removably clamped to the build platform and that includes the build surface, where the build platform includes a base, a heating layer, at least one compressible biasing element arranged between the base and the heating layer, and a clamp, and where the build platform is configured for receiving the build plate into a clamping position in which the clamp is configured to releasably clamp the build plate onto the build platform above the heating layer, causing the at least one compressible biasing element to compress and bias the heating layer upwards towards the clamped biasing plate for even distribution of heat by the heating layer over the planar extension of the build surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory A. Herman, Christopher R. Crowell
  • Publication number: 20190085930
    Abstract: A shock absorbing apparatus includes a flexible membrane defining an accumulator cavity, and a compression assembly defining a compression cavity. The compression assembly is disposed within the flexible membrane such that viscous fluid contained within the cavities may be exchanged therebetween by a damping orifice, fluid conduit and or valve mechanism. The accumulator cavity deforms in response to the application of a transmitted impact load, and is capable of storing and releasing potential energy in response to the application and cessation of the transmitted impact load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Kudla, Jeffrey T. Kelly, Marshall W. Downing, John T. Koscielniak, Jeffrey N. Weisbeck, Gregory Herman, James Senneff
  • Publication number: 20190030806
    Abstract: A 3D printer for synthesizing objects includes: an extruder configured to extrude layers of filament through a nozzle onto a build surface; a build platform; and a build plate that is structured for being removably clamped to the build platform and that includes the build surface, where the build platform includes a base, a heating layer, at least one compressible biasing element arranged between the base and the heating layer, and a clamp, and where the build platform is configured for receiving the build plate into a clamping position in which the clamp is configured to releasably clamp the build plate onto the build platform above the heating layer, causing the at least one compressible biasing element to compress and bias the heating layer upwards towards the clamped biasing plate for even distribution of heat by the heating layer over the planar extension of the build surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory A. Herman, Christopher R. Crowell
  • Publication number: 20190030818
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling a 3D printer includes a processor obtaining from a sensor respective sensor values for each of a plurality of distances between a nozzle of the 3D printer and a build plate of the 3D printer, which sensor values each characterizes a characteristic of deposition of filament from the nozzle and onto the build plate at the respective distances to which the sensor values correspond; identifying, based on the obtained sensor values, a maximum and/or minimum value of the characteristic; and setting, based on the identified maximum and/or minimum, an initial gap between the nozzle and the build plate at which to deposit a first layer of an object to be synthesized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory A. Herman
  • Patent number: 10145443
    Abstract: A shock absorbing apparatus includes a flexible membrane defining an accumulator cavity, and a compression assembly defining a compression cavity. The compression assembly is disposed within the flexible membrane such that viscous fluid contained within the cavities may be exchanged therebetween by a damping orifice, fluid conduit and or valve mechanism. The accumulator cavity deforms in response to the application of a transmitted impact load, and is capable of storing and releasing potential energy in response to the application and cessation of the transmitted impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Kudla, Jeffrey T. Kelly, Marshall W. Downing, John T. Koscielniak, Jeffrey N. Weisbeck, Gregory Herman, James Senneff
  • Publication number: 20180154589
    Abstract: A support bridge for supporting an in-air surface of a three-dimensional (3D) object during a print process includes a first end, a second end, and a horizontal span that spans between the first end and the second end. The first end, second end, and span are situated in an intermediate layer, and the first end and second end of the support bridge contact, respectively, first and second surfaces of an abutment layer of the 3D object. The support bridge is constructed during the print process and is configured to support the in-air surface of the 3D object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory A. Herman, Balazs Nagy
  • Patent number: 8969865
    Abstract: A semiconductor film composition includes an oxide semiconductor material. At least one polyatomic ion is incorporated into the oxide semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Herman, David Punsalan, Randy Hoffman, Jeremy Anderson, Douglas Keszler, David Blessing
  • Publication number: 20140296823
    Abstract: A sensing assembly (10), including a body (12) and one or more first indicating electrodes disposed on the body (26). The first indicating electrodes include an electrochemically active layer (32) and a layer (38) of an active functioning enzyme of a first enzyme type on top of the electrochemically active layer. Also, one or more second indicating electrodes (24) are disposed on the body and include an electrochemically active layer (32) and a layer (36) of an inactivated enzyme of the first enzyme type on top of the electrochemically active layer. A reference electrode (22) is also disposed on the body. Finally, an electrical and data processing system (18) is adapted to bias the electrodes and measure electrical signals from the electrodes, and uses said signals to determine an analyte concentration and communicates the analyte concentration to a location apart from the first and second indicating electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: PACIFIC DIABETES TECHNOLOGIES INC., The State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Orego
    Inventors: William Kenneth Ward, Peter G. Jacobs, Robert S. Cargill, Jessica R. Castle, John Conely, Gregory Herman
  • Patent number: 8823100
    Abstract: In one method of forming a semiconductor device, a first electrode is formed electrically coupled with a semiconductor material. After the first electrode is formed, an insulator is formed over the semiconductor material adjoining the first electrode and extending a selected distance from the first electrode. After the insulator is formed, a second electrode is formed electrically coupled with the semiconductor material adjoining the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Herman, Peter Mardllovich, Randy Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8686412
    Abstract: A microelectronic device includes a thin film transistor having an oxide semiconductor channel and an organic polymer passivation layer formed on the oxide semiconductor channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Herman, Benjamin Clark, Zhizhang Chen
  • Patent number: 8587093
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, apparatuses, devices, and/or systems for forming a solution processed device are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Mardilovich, Randy Hoffman, Gregory Herman
  • Patent number: 8101947
    Abstract: A thin-film device includes a plurality of circuit components defining an operational region of the thin-film device, an unpatterned channel portion (108, 340) disposed on the plurality of circuit components, and a patterned passivation dielectric (380,385) selectively disposed on the unpatterned channel portion (108, 340) to electrically pattern an active region of the unpatterned channel portion (108,340).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Randy Hoffman, Gregory Herman
  • Publication number: 20120012835
    Abstract: A top gate and bottom gate thin film transistor (TFT) are provided with an associated fabrication method. The TFT is fabricated from a substrate, and an active metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) layer overlying the substrate. Source/drain (S/D) regions are formed in contact with the active MOS layer. A channel region is interposed between the S/D regions. The TFT includes a gate electrode, and a gate dielectric interposed between the channel region and the gate electrode. The active MOS layer may be ZnOx, InOx, GaOx, SnOx, or combinations of the above-mentioned materials. The active MOS layer also includes a primary dopant such as H, K, Sc, La, Mo, Bi, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Dy, or combinations of the above-mentioned dopants. The active MOS layer may also include a secondary dopant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Gregory Herman, Jer-shen Maa, Kanan Puntambekar, Apostolos T. Voutsas
  • Patent number: 8058096
    Abstract: A thin film transistor is manufactured by a process including forming an oxide semiconductor channel, patterning the oxide semiconductor channel with a photolithographic process, and exposing the patterned oxide semiconductor channel to an oxygen containing plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Herman, Randy Hoffman, Tsuyoshi Yamashita, J. Daniel Smith