Patents by Inventor James D. King

James D. King 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: 6573715
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (10) for detecting and measuring the amount of crude oil in underground rock formations. EPR measurements are used to calculate the amount of crude oil, and may be calibrated to determine the particular type of crude oil. These measurements may be used in conjunction with NMR measurements, to provide accurate estimations of pore size and permeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: James D. King, Qingwen Ni, Armando De Los Santos
  • Publication number: 20030057947
    Abstract: Magnetic resonance technology can be used to non-invasively measure bone porosity, pore size distribution, and other bone properties, including aging, in situ. Spin-lattice (T1) as well as spin-spin (T2) relaxation time data and spectra are used to determine porosity and pore size distribution in human bones, including compact bones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Qingwen Ni, Xiaodu Wang, James D. King
  • Patent number: 6322831
    Abstract: The invention is a basket lifting apparatus having a supporting beam mounted substantially perpendicular and adjacent to an upper rear edge of a vat and a pair of supporting chamber extending perpendicular to the supporting beam and above and parallel to the upper rear edge of the vat. A motor is suspended from each of the supporting chambers, and a drive shaft from each motor extends into the associated supporting chamber. A jacking screw is rotatably mounted on and extends below each of the supporting chambers. A combination of gears and a drive chain transfers the rotational movement of the drive shaft to rotational movement of the jacking screw, and a shielding sleeve engages threads on the jacking screw, such that the sleeve is raised or lowered by the rotational movement of the jacking screw. Each sleeve includes a fixing pin or bolt for engaging a basket mounting hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Ned M. Mote, William M. Casey, James D. King, Gary L. Mercer
  • Publication number: 20010028247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (10) for detecting and measuring the amount of crude oil in underground rock formations. EPR measurements are used to calculate the amount of crude oil, and may be calibrated to determine the particular type of crude oil. These measurements may be used in conjunction with NMR measurements, to provide accurate estimations of pore size and permeability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventors: James D. King, Qingwen Ni, Armando De Los Santos
  • Patent number: 6254790
    Abstract: A method for filtering suspended materials from a cooking substance, e.g. oil or shortening, in a central filtration system 100. The method including the steps of (i) receiving the cooking substance in a first tank 106 from a deep fryer and filtering in a first filtration stage through a separator 112 and returning to the first tank 106; (ii) transitioning to a second stage by filling a second tank 118; (iii) filtering in a second filtration stage through filters 120 and 112; and (iv) holding the cooking substance in a heated tank 126 before returning to the deep fryer. Each stage commences when a certain condition is met, e.g. a predetermine level or weight of cooking substance in a tank or a predetermined clarity of the cooking substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, William Casey
  • Patent number: 6193284
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a heat exchanger tube to a heating vessel bulkhead, includes a connector housing, a sealing and locking nut, and a first and second o-ring. The connector housing includes a first conduit having an exterior surface, on which are formed a threaded portion, a peripheral bulkhead seating surface, and a first o-ring receiving cavity, such that the first o-ring receiving cavity is positioned between the threaded portion and the peripheral bulkhead seating surface. A bulkhead sealing ring has a second o-ring receiving cavity. A second conduit has a cross-section corresponding to the cross-section of the heat exchanger tube. The sealing nut engages the threaded exterior of the first conduit, and the locking nut engages and locks the sealing nut against the exterior surface of the bulkhead. The first o-ring is positioned within the first o-ring cavity, and the second o-ring is positioned within the second o-ring cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: 6112646
    Abstract: A horizontal stabilizing system for a fryer lifting lid is disclosed. The horizontal stabilizing system includes a vertical support and a U-shaped bracing member having central bracing member and a first and a second guide arm. The central bracing member has a first member face and a second member face. A mounting bracket is positioned on the second member face. A first stabilizing support is attached to the first guide arm, and a first guide rail is in slidable contact with the first stabilizing support. A second stabilizing support is attached to the second guide arm, and a second guide rail is in slidable contact with the second stabilizing support. In another embodiment, a cooking device having a horizontal stabilizing system comprises a fryer housing and a cooking vessel in the fryer housing. A vertical support having a central opening and extending in a substantially vertical direction is provided. A receiving bracket is inserted in the central opening of the vertical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, Stephen D. Werts
  • Patent number: 6105488
    Abstract: A supporting brace is employed to pivotally mount a fryer lifting lid on a monorail lifting device. The supporting brace includes a central bracing member having a first and a second member face and having a first and a second member end. A monorail mounting bracket is positioned on the second member face. A first pivot arm extends substantially perpendicular to the first member face at the first member end, and a second pivot arm extends substantially perpendicular to the first member face at the second member end. The first member end has a first member end height, and the second member end has a second member end height. The first pivot arm has a first pivot arm height and the second pivot arm has a second pivot arm height, such that the first member end height is greater than the first pivot arm height and the second member end height is greater than the second pivot arm height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, Stephen D. Werts
  • Patent number: 6085640
    Abstract: A carrier for product trays of a fryer is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the carrier includes a first and a second upper horizontal support. The front portions of the upper horizontal supports are connected by a front stabilizing means, and a rear portion of the upper horizontal supports are connected by a rear stabilizing device. A rear vertical support extends downwardly from the rear of the carrier. At least one tray securing point is located on the rear vertical support and is adapted to detachably receive a product tray. The product tray may be placed in the carrier in from the side of the carrier or from an oblique angle to the carrier. In another embodiment, a carrier includes a first and second upper horizontal support. The front portions of the upper horizontal supports are connected by a front stabilizing device, and a rear portion of the upper horizontal supports are connected by a rear stabilizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: 5974955
    Abstract: A supporting brace is employed to pivotally mount a fryer lifting lid on a monorail lifting device. The supporting brace includes a central bracing member having a first and a second member face and having a first and a second member end. A monorail mounting bracket is positioned on the second member face. A first pivot arm extends substantially perpendicular to the first member face at the first member end, and a second pivot arm extends substantially perpendicular to the first member face at the second member end. The first member end has a first member end height, and the second member end has a second member end height. The first pivot arm has a first pivot arm height and the second pivot arm has a second pivot arm height, such that the first member end height is greater than the first pivot arm height and the second member end height is greater than the second pivot arm height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, Stephen D. Werts
  • Patent number: 5973297
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooking device including a vessel for heating a cooking substance. The cooking substance is divided between a heating zone, a transition zone, and a cold zone. A first heating element is used to heat the cooking substance in the heating zone, and a transition zone heating device is used to heat the cooking substance in the transition zone. The transition zone heating device may be a pump for introducing a mixing medium into the cooking substance in the transition zone whereby the cooking substance in the heating zone mixes with the cooking substance in the transition zone. The mixing medium may be air, whereby the cooking substance in the heating zone is turbulently mixed with the cooking substance in the transition zone. The mixing medium also may be a portion of the cooking substance withdrawn by the pump from the transition zone and then reintroduced to the transition zone, thereby creating turbulence in the transition zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Winter, James D. King, Robert W. Stirling
  • Patent number: 5710413
    Abstract: An H-field electromagnetic heating system for fusion bonding, particularly useful in the sealing of telecommunications cables and closures, comprises a composite bonding material having a bonding matrix and susceptors, the susceptors being magnetically reactive at a frequency above 50 MHz, and an applicator for applying radiant electromagnetic energy to the composite bonding material, at a frequency above 50 MHz (preferably 75-500 MHz). The applicator may take the form of a quarter-wave resonator having an inner conductor and an outer conductor which at least partially surrounds the inner conductor, the two conductors being shorted at a common end. The material to be heated is placed between the conductors. The inner conductor may include a resonator tube which is capacitively coupled to the power supply by a capacitive probe connected to the center conductor of a coaxial connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James D. King, Harold F. Donoho, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5629471
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sampling and measuring a physical property of a product in a container (11). The container (11) has an aperture (11a) in its bottom surface, to which a sampling tube (13) is affixed. A piston (14) moves back and forth in the sampling tube (13), thereby withdrawing and replacing samples of product via the aperture (11a). While a sample is in the sampling tube (13), a sensor (15) senses a measured value of the physical property of interest. The piston (14) has a calibration layer (14a) that is made from a material having a property that is similar to that of the product with respect to the property of interest. For calibration, the piston (14) is positioned so that the sensor (15) senses a measured value that can be compared to a reference value to determine if the sensor output is properly calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: 5617776
    Abstract: A deep fat fryer is disclosed that employs an interior array of heat exchanger tubes arranged in a "U" configuration along the sides and back of the vat. The heat exchanger tubes are located in the interior of the vat with the ends attached to the front vat wall. Combusting fuel and oxygen are directed through the heat exchanger tubes using either a premix burner located at one end of each tube or by using an atmospheric burner generally adjacent to one end of each tube and inducing a draft through each tube. The combustion gases produced by the burners travel through the heat exchanger tubes and exit into a combustion channel. The combustion channel directs the gases exiting the heat exchanger tube around and in contact with at least a portion of the exterior wall of the vat and then to an exhaust flue at the rear of the vat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: James D. King, Stephen Werts
  • Patent number: 5594340
    Abstract: An apparatus for corring aqueous surfactant composition and sampling moisture content wherein the apparatus includes a device for delivering composition to a main collection port; a device for coring the composition in the main collection port to form a sample; a device for delivering the sample into an NMR sensor area; a device for measuring moisture level of the sample in the NMR sensor area; and a device for extracting the sample from the NMR sensor area or returning the sample to a main collection port which includes a cross feed piston assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Lever Brothers Company, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurie Coyle, Kevin M. Finucane, James D. King, Harold F. Donoho, Armando De Los Santos
  • Patent number: D409440
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: D412642
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: D413225
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: D414649
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King
  • Patent number: D418366
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventor: James D. King