Patents by Inventor Gregory S. Smith

Gregory S. Smith 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: 11045850
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus to increase the efficiency of roll-forming and leveling systems are described herein. An example strip material processing apparatus includes a first drive system to drive an exit workroll at an exit of the strip material processing apparatus, and a second drive system to drive an entry workroll at an entry of the strip material processing apparatus, where the strip material is to travel through the strip material processing apparatus from the entry to the exit. The example strip material processing apparatus also includes a controller to provide a first command reference to the first drive system to drive the exit workroll at the first command reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Zachary Williams, Roger Downing
  • Patent number: 10767962
    Abstract: A digital turret having an adjustment selector configured to adjust a main optical axis of a riflescope relative to a bore line of a shooting device. The digital turret may be configured to determine a position of the adjustment selector relative to a zero point of the adjustment selector. The digital turret may be further configured to transmit an electronic signal corresponding to the position of the adjustment selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sig Sauer, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. York, Gregory S. Smith, Richard Brumfield, Joseph Fruechtel, Chia-Kan Chang
  • Publication number: 20200094303
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are disclosed herein that flexibly form variable component geometries in a roll-forming process. An example roll-forming apparatus includes a forming unit to move along a stationary component to form a cross-section in the component, a first roll operatively coupled to the forming unit to engage the component, and a second roll operatively coupled to the forming unit to set a forming angle for movement along the component, the component formed between the first roll and the second roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Jamie Wollenberg, Dustin Krug
  • Patent number: 10378873
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a continuous strip material positioned between an entry and an exit of an apparatus. A sensor determines a measured distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a reference location, where the sensor is downstream from the exit of the apparatus. A controller determines a difference value between the measured distance and a predetermined distance to detect material curvature in the strip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Clarence B. Cox, III, Gregory S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10357812
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a continuous strip of material positioned between an entry and an exit of an apparatus. A sensor is positioned downstream from the exit of the apparatus. The sensor measures a first distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a predetermined reference. The sensor measures a second distance between the upper surface of the strip material and the predetermined reference. The first and second distances is measured at at least one of two different locations or two different instances in time as the strip material exits the apparatus. A controller compares the first distance and the second distance to detect material curvature or longbow in the strip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Clarence B. Cox, III
  • Publication number: 20190201955
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus to increase the efficiency of roll-forming and leveling systems are described herein. An example strip material processing apparatus includes a first drive system to drive an exit workroll at an exit of the strip material processing apparatus, and a second drive system to drive an entry workroll at an entry of the strip material processing apparatus, where the strip material is to travel through the strip material processing apparatus from the entry to the exit. The example strip material processing apparatus also includes a controller to provide a first command reference to the first drive system to drive the exit workroll at the first command reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Zachary Williams, Roger Downing
  • Publication number: 20190186871
    Abstract: A digital turret having an adjustment selector configured to adjust a main optical axis of a riflescope relative to a bore line of a shooting device. The digital turret may be configured to determine a position of the adjustment selector relative to a zero point of the adjustment selector. The digital turret may be further configured to transmit an electronic signal corresponding to the position of the adjustment selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew W. York, Gregory S. Smith, Richard Brumfield, Joseph Fruechtel, Chia-Kan Chang
  • Patent number: 10252306
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus to increase the efficiency of roll-forming and leveling systems are described herein. An example strip material processing apparatus includes a first drive system to drive an exit workroll at an exit of the strip material processing apparatus, and a second drive system to drive an entry workroll at an entry of the strip material processing apparatus, where the strip material is to travel through the strip material processing apparatus from the entry to the exit. The example strip material processing apparatus also includes a controller to provide a first command reference to the first drive system to drive the exit workroll at the first command reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Zachary Williams, Roger Downing
  • Patent number: 9370813
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling flare in roll-forming processes are disclosed. An example method involves predefining a plurality of position values to adjust a tilt angle of a flange roller and adjusting the tilt angle of the flange roller based on one of the pre-defined position values to change an amount of flare in a zone of a component. The one of the pre-defined position values is associated with the zone of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Jason E. Green
  • Patent number: 9295184
    Abstract: A power electronic building block includes a housing; a power module mounted within the housing; a controller mounted within the housing and coupled to the power module; a capacitor assembly coupled to the power module and mounted within the housing; an AC bus bar mounted within the housing; and a DC bus bar coupling the capacitor assembly to the power module and mounted within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Korich, Vicentiu Grosu, David Tang, Gregory S. Smith, Konstantinos Triantos
  • Publication number: 20150251235
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus to increase the efficiency of roll-forming and leveling systems are described herein. An example strip material processing apparatus includes a first drive system to drive an exit workroll at an exit of the strip material processing apparatus, and a second drive system to drive an entry workroll at an entry of the strip material processing apparatus, where the strip material is to travel through the strip material processing apparatus from the entry to the exit. The example strip material processing apparatus also includes a controller to provide a first command reference to the first drive system to drive the exit workroll at the first command reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Zachary Williams, Roger Downing
  • Publication number: 20150231678
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a continuous strip of material positioned between an entry and an exit of an apparatus. A sensor is positioned downstream from the exit of the apparatus. The sensor measures a first distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a predetermined reference. The sensor measures a second distance between the upper surface of the strip material and the predetermined reference. The first and second distances is measured at at least one of two different locations or two different instances in time as the strip material exits the apparatus. A controller compares the first distance and the second distance to detect material curvature or longbow in the strip material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Clarence B. Cox, III
  • Publication number: 20150231677
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a continuous strip material positioned between an entry and an exit of an apparatus. A sensor determines a measured distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a reference location, where the sensor is downstream from the exit of the apparatus. A controller determines a difference value between the measured distance and a predetermined distance to detect material curvature in the strip material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Clarence B. Cox, III, Gregory S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9109776
    Abstract: The present invention is a segmented LED lighting system. In particular, the present invention is directed to a set of channel segments connected by a flexible lens sleeve that can be positioned in a variety of ways. A printed circuit board with at least one LED is mounted in each channel segment. Each segment preferably has a base with two ribbed vertical sides. The lens sleeve is preferably coextruded from flexible acrylic and has opaque side grips that grip the ribbed vertical sides and a translucent lens portion with an air gap. Pairs of encapsulated PCB modules are preferably connected in series to allow the system to be cut in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9050638
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus to increase the efficiency of roll-forming and leveling systems are described herein. An example strip material processing apparatus are described herein includes a first drive system to drive a first plurality of workrolls and a second drive system to drive a second plurality of workrolls. A controller provides a first command reference to the first drive system. The controller measures a first output parameter of the first drive system when the first drive system operates at the first command reference. The controller determines a second command reference based on the first output parameter and the controller drives the second drive system based on the second command reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Zachary Williams, Roger Downing
  • Patent number: 9021844
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a strip material. A first sensor detects a first distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a first reference location and a second sensor detects a second distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a second reference location. A controller determines a difference value between the first distance and the second distance to detect material curvature of the strip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Clarence B. Cox, III
  • Patent number: 8967453
    Abstract: Methods of bonding components for fabricating electronic assemblies and electronic assemblies including bonded components are provided herein. In one example, a method of bonding components for fabricating an electronic assembly comprises the steps of disposing a first layer of a first high temperature metal-containing paste adjacent to a first component. A second layer of a second high temperature metal-containing paste is disposed adjacent to a second component. A nanostructured multilayer reactive foil is disposed between the first and second layers. The nanostructured multilayer reactive foil is activated to sinter the first and second layers and bond the first and second components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Khiet Le, Vicentiu Grosu, Gregory S. Smith, Yunqi Zheng, Gregory D. Rosdahl
  • Publication number: 20140290324
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling a hem profile in roll-forming processes are described. An example roll-forming apparatus includes a first plurality of work rolls to form a first hem on a material and a second plurality of work rolls. One of the second plurality of work rolls is adjustable relative to an opposing work roll and to the first plurality of work rolls to adjustably control a profile of the first hem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Verne D. Voth, Gregory S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140260473
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor conditioning machines are disclosed herein. An example system includes a plurality of work rolls to process a strip material. A first sensor detects a first distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a first reference location and a second sensor detects a second distance between an upper surface of the strip material and a second reference location. A controller determines a difference value between the first distance and the second distance to detect material curvature of the strip material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory S. Smith, Clarence B. Cox, III
  • Patent number: D897481
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SIG SAUER, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew W. York, Gregory S. Smith, Richard B. Brumfield, Joseph Fruechtel