Patents by Inventor Howard Thomas

Howard Thomas 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: 10890157
    Abstract: A system for enabling servicing of a rotor of a wind turbine has a rotor blade sling with at least one strap configured to be placed over the top of a rotor blade in a ten o'clock position or a two o'clock position. One or more rigid bars extend from the hub and out away from the hub, and the one or more rigid bars are coupled to the at least one strap. One or more support straps are coupled to the at least one strap, and the one or more support straps are configured to couple and support a rotor blade in a six o'clock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gaylon Mitchell Pfeiffer, Ulrich Werner Neumann, Brent Hamilton Holloway, Michael Royce Johnson, Kevin Thomas Costain, Forrest Christopher Hach, Howard Lee Hansen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10883665
    Abstract: A method consistent with the present disclosure may include: (a) equalizing pressure between a nozzle inner void and a receptacle main inner void by pressing a nozzle check against a receptacle check to open the nozzle check and the receptacle check; (b) extending the nozzle into the receptacle such that a receptacle main body surrounds at least a portion of the nozzle probe; (c) flowing fluid from the nozzle inner void into the receptacle main inner void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Engineered Controls International, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Thomas, Howard M. Konishi, Jeffrey S. Howard
  • Patent number: 10877530
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor includes at least one core and power management logic. The power management logic is to receive temperature data from a plurality of dies within a package that includes the processor, and determine a smallest temperature control margin of a plurality of temperature control margins. Each temperature control margin is to be determined based on a respective thermal control temperature associated with the die and also based on respective temperature data associated with the die. The power management logic is also to generate a thermal report that is to include the smallest temperature control margin, and to store the thermal report. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tessil Thomas, Robin A. Steinbrecher, Sandeep Ahuja, Michael Berktold, Timothy Y. Kam, Howard Chin, Phani Kumar Kandula, Krishnakanth V. Sistla
  • Patent number: 10791735
    Abstract: Polymeric materials are described which have a bioflavonoid coating, the bioflavonoid content of the coating comprising at least naringin and neohesperidin. The use of such coated polymeric materials is also described as well as the process for making the coated polymeric materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CITROX BIOSCIENCES LIMITED
    Inventors: Howard Thomas, Denis Dowling, Marie G. Katsikogianni
  • Publication number: 20200301490
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor includes at least one core and power management logic. The power management logic is to receive temperature data from a plurality of dies within a package that includes the processor, and determine a smallest temperature control margin of a plurality of temperature control margins. Each temperature control margin is to be determined based on a respective thermal control temperature associated with the die and also based on respective temperature data associated with the die. The power management logic is also to generate a thermal report that is to include the smallest temperature control margin, and to store the thermal report. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Tessil Thomas, Robin A. Steinbrecher, Sandeep Ahuja, Michael Berktold, Timothy Y. Kam, Howard Chin, Phani Kumar Kandula, Krishnakanth V. Sistla
  • Patent number: 10760520
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling fuel injection in an engine equipped with a dual injector system including a port injector and a direct injector. A ratio of port injected fuel to direct injected fuel is adjusted based at least on intake valve temperature. The proportion of fuel port injected into a cylinder is increased as the intake valve temperature for the given cylinder increases to improve fuel vaporization in the intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Eric Krengel, Joseph Lyle Thomas, Todd Anthony Rumpsa, Michael Howard Shelby
  • Patent number: 10737560
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Henry W. Hausler, John Thomas Ricks, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr., Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200164590
    Abstract: A system for additive manufacturing a three-dimensional object includes pre-fabricated supports arrangeable to support the three-dimensional object during additive manufacturing; and a computer configured to at least: access a computer geometric model of the three-dimensional object, and geometric parameters of the pre-fabricated supports; and generate an arrangement of the pre-fabricated supports with respective coordinates in a coordinate system, to support the three-dimensional object in the coordinate system during additive manufacturing, the computer being configured to generate the arrangement based on the computer geometric model of the three-dimensional object and the geometric parameters of the pre-fabricated supports, the computer being configured to generate different arrangements of the pre-fabricated supports for different three-dimensional objects having different computer geometric models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Leung, Howard Thomas Rolleston
  • Patent number: 10641042
    Abstract: An external ladder assembly for a nacelle of a wind turbine includes at least one ladder having parallel side legs and a plurality of rungs arranged between the parallel side legs. The ladder assembly also includes a ladder platform arranged with the ladder and configured for placement atop the nacelle. Further, the ladder assembly includes a mounting assembly for affixing the ladder platform atop the nacelle. More specifically, the mounting assembly is adjustable between multiple positions so as to level the ladder platform atop the nacelle. Thus, the ladder assembly provides access to one or more uptower, external features of the wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian William Manikas, Gregory Clarence Thomas, Paul Howard Davidson
  • Patent number: 10598158
    Abstract: A method for detaching or installing a rotor blade from or to a hub of a wind turbine includes positioning the rotor blade toward a ground location between a three o'clock position and a nine o'clock position. The method also includes mounting a mechanical arm to an uptower location of the wind turbine. Further, the mechanical arm includes a torqueing tool at a distal end thereof. Thus, the method also includes removing or installing, via the torqueing tool, each of the plurality of hub fasteners so as to detach or attach the rotor blade from or to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Howard Davidson, Stephanie Lohberg Willman, Santiago Murcia, Joshua Adam Klinghagen, Gregory Clarence Thomas, Michael Royce Johnson, Don Conrad Johnson, Ulrich Werner Neumann, Adam Sean Davis, Dean Thomas Roney, Kathleen Lynne Bentzel
  • Publication number: 20200063551
    Abstract: System and methods for optimizing flow distribution across multiple production zones are provided. A flow distribution is assigned to a plurality of production zones along a wellbore within a formation. A temperature value is estimated for each of the production zones, based on the assigned flow distribution. The estimated temperature value is compared with an actual temperature value determined for each production zone. An error amount for the estimated temperature value is calculated based on the comparison. Based on the error amount, it is determined whether or not the flow distribution has reached a global optimum. The assigning, the estimating, the comparing, the calculating, and the determining are repeated until it is determined that the flow distribution assigned to the plurality of production zones has reached the global optimum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Hongyan Duan, Donghong Pei, Eric Howard Holley, Dion Clarence Thomas Billard
  • Patent number: 10551196
    Abstract: Technology for correcting a misalignment between an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and a moving platform is described. A first attitude of the moving platform can be identified based on a truth source. A second attitude of the moving platform can be calculated using IMU measurements. A delta attitude can be calculated from a difference between the first attitude and the second attitude. Natural error can be removed from the delta attitude to produce an angular misalignment value between axes of the IMU and axes of the moving platform. A total misalignment value can be determined by adding the angular misalignment value to a baseline misalignment value. The IMU can incorporate the total misalignment value for subsequent attitude measurements of the moving platform in order to produce substantially accurate attitude measurements of the moving platform when the axes of the IMU are misaligned with the axes of the moving platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Shuwu Wu, Ji Li, Tyler Thomas, Howard E. Wan
  • Publication number: 20200030676
    Abstract: The technology provides practice aids for developing croquet skills and on-mallet playing aids for improving croquet play. The practice aids are used while practicing croquet and offer benefits such as immediate feedback and practice shot repeatability. The practice aids may include a swing trainer, a single ball shot trainer, a croquet shot maker, a cannon shot maker, a mallet alignment tool, a take-off trainer, a hoop maker, and a wiring trainer. The on-mallet playing aids are used while practicing and during croquet games since the rules of croquet allow a player to mark a mallet. The on-mallet playing aids offer benefits such as improved in-game shot setup and improved shot precision. The on-mallet playing aids may include a single ball shot playing facilitator, a take-off playing facilitator, and a croquet-shot playing facilitator. The practice aids and the on-mallet playing aids may offer different ways of achieving a same result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Howard Brian Sosin, David Thomas Bent
  • Publication number: 20200022676
    Abstract: An intravascular Doppler ultrasonic device comprises a tip region forming a fraction of a catheter body at a distal end thereof and carrying an ultrasound probe. The tip region is bendable in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction. An actuator is provided in the tip region, which is configured to receive actuation drive power provided through the catheter body and to exert to the tip region a bending moment of a controllable amount. An actuation controller is configured to control actuation drive power delivery to the actuator so as to control the amount of the bending moment. A Doppler spectrum analysis unit is configured to receive Doppler spectrum data and to determine from it a Doppler signal quality measure indicative of a signal quality of the Doppler spectrum. The actuation controller is configured to determine the actuation drive power in dependence on the determined Doppler signal quality measure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Cornelis Petrus HENDRIKS, Arjen VAN DER HORST, Roland Alexander VAN DE MOLENGRAAF, Mark Thomas JOHNSON, Franciscus Johannes Gerardus HAKKENS, Daan Anton VAN DEN ENDE, Howard ALPERT
  • Publication number: 20190360642
    Abstract: A method consistent with the present disclosure may include: (a) equalizing pressure between a nozzle inner void and a receptacle main inner void by pressing a nozzle check against a receptacle check to open the nozzle check and the receptacle check; (b) extending the nozzle into the receptacle such that a receptacle main body surrounds at least a portion of the nozzle probe; (c) flowing fluid from the nozzle inner void into the receptacle main inner void.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Chad Thomas, Howard M. Konishi, Jeffrey S. Howard
  • Patent number: 10471321
    Abstract: The technology provides practice aids for developing croquet skills and on-mallet playing aids for improving croquet play. The practice aids are used while practicing croquet and offer benefits such as immediate feedback and practice shot repeatability. The practice aids may include a swing trainer, a single ball shot trainer, a croquet shot maker, a cannon shot maker, a mallet alignment tool, a take-off trainer, a hoop maker, and a wiring trainer. The on-mallet playing aids are used while practicing and during croquet games since the rules of croquet allow a player to mark a mallet. The on-mallet playing aids offer benefits such as improved in-game shot setup and improved shot precision. The on-mallet playing aids may include a single ball shot playing facilitator, a take-off playing facilitator, and a croquet-shot playing facilitator. The practice aids and the on-mallet playing aids may offer different ways of achieving a same result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Howard Brian Sosin, David Thomas Bent
  • Publication number: 20190299758
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Henry W. Hausler, John Thomas Ricks, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr., Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10386017
    Abstract: A method consistent with the present disclosure may include: (a) equalizing pressure between a nozzle inner void and a receptacle main inner void by pressing a nozzle check against a receptacle check to open the nozzle check and the receptacle check; (b) extending the nozzle into the receptacle such that a receptacle main body surrounds at least a portion of the nozzle probe; (c) flowing fluid from the nozzle inner void into the receptacle main inner void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Engineered Controls International, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Thomas, Howard M. Konishi, Jeffrey S. Howard
  • Publication number: 20190249463
    Abstract: A powered latch system for motor vehicles includes at least one powered latch that can be controlled based, at least in part, on vehicle operating conditions. The system may be configured to control unlatching of the vehicle doors utilizing data relating to the vehicle speed and/or the existence of a crash event. The powered latch system can be configured as required for various vehicles, and to accommodate specific operating requirements with respect to child locks in various geographic jurisdictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Kleve, John Thomas Ricks, Jim Michael Weinfurther, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, Lisa Therese Boran, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden
  • Patent number: 10369870
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Henry W. Hausler, John Thomas Ricks, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr., Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr.