Patents by Inventor James E. Johnson

James E. Johnson 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: 6550235
    Abstract: A turbofan engine includes a pulse detonation system to create a temperature rise and a pressure rise within the engine to generate thrust from the engine. The system includes a pulse detonation augmentor including a shock tube sub-system. The shock tube sub-system includes a plurality of shock tubes which mix air and fuel introduced to the pulse detonation augmentor and detonate the mixture. The detonation creates hot combustion gases which are directed from the engine to produce thrust for the engine. Alternatively, the system includes a pulse detonation augmentation system that replaces a core engine of a turbo-fan engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Lawrence W. Dunbar, Lawrence Butler
  • Publication number: 20030072679
    Abstract: A removable secondary liquid dispensing module for use with an existing, automated liquid handling system that defines a work area having a plurality of discrete work stations. Each of the work stations of the automated liquid handling system includes a lab ware site and alignment structure enabling the removable securing standardized microtiter-plates at respective lab ware site. A plate positioning mechanism is configured to move and position the microtiter plates to and from the lab ware sites of the respective work stations thereof and into engagement with the respective carrier alignment structure thereof. Further, a primary liquid dispensing device is configured for selective contact-type dispensing of discrete quantities of fluid, in the range of about one (1) microliter to about ten (10) milliliters, into the test sites of the microtiter plates secured in the respective alignment structure of the respective work station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Applicant: INNOVADYNE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Neil R. Picha, David A. Martin, Joel McComb
  • Publication number: 20030029160
    Abstract: A turbofan engine includes a pulse detonation system to create a temperature rise and a pressure rise within the engine to generate thrust from the engine. The system includes a pulse detonation augmentor including a shock tube sub-system. The shock tube sub-system includes a plurality of shock tubes which mix air and fuel introduced to the pulse detonation augmentor and detonate the mixture. The detonation creates hot combustion gases which are directed from the engine to produce thrust for the engine. Alternatively, the system includes a pulse detonation augmentation system that replaces a core engine of a turbo-fan engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Lawrence W. Dunbar, Lawrence Butler
  • Publication number: 20020177356
    Abstract: A funeral procession warning apparatus includes a base unit having top and bottom sides and defining an interior cavity. A hollow pole extends upwardly from the top side and includes a light at its free end. A rechargeable battery is positioned within the cavity and is electrically connected to the light for delivering current thereto when a switch is properly positioned. A flag having indicia indicative of a funeral procession is coupled to the pole. A male connector is electrically connected to the battery and extends through the bottom side of the base unit. The apparatus includes a recharging unit having a socket for selectably mating with the male connector for recharging the battery when the recharging unit is connected to a power source. A receiver may be positioned in the cavity for allowing current delivery to the light source upon receiving a signal from a remote transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventor: James E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6453929
    Abstract: A wash system for a fluid handling system that permits simultaneous washing of a plurality of parallel fluid channels is disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, a specialized rotary wash valve is described. In another aspect of the invention a system which incorporates wash and selector valves is described which permits a plurality of separate fluid lines emerging from the selector valve to be washed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Innovadyne Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Neil Picha, Jon Nichols
  • Patent number: 6442930
    Abstract: A turbofan engine includes a pulse detonation system to create a temperature rise and a pressure rise within the engine to generate thrust from the engine. The system includes a pulse detonation augmentor including a shock tube sub-system. The shock tube sub-system includes a plurality of shock tubes which mix air and fuel introduced to the pulse detonation augmentor and detonate the mixture. The detonation creates hot combustion gases which are directed from the engine to produce thrust for the engine. Alternatively, the system includes a pulse detonation augmentation system that replaces a core engine of a turbo-fan engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Lawrence W. Dunbar, Lawrence Butler
  • Publication number: 20020112767
    Abstract: A wash system for a fluid handling system that permits simultaneous washing of a plurality of parallel fluid channels is disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, a specialized rotary wash valve is described. In another aspect of the invention a system which incorporates wash and selector valves is described which permits a plurality of separate fluid lines emerging from the selector valve to be washed simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: Innovadyne Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Neil Picha, Jon Nichols
  • Publication number: 20020070745
    Abstract: A burn-in apparatus for burning-in or testing at least one device-under-test (DUT) that is mounted on a burn-in-board comprising a chamber, a board support affixed within the chamber so as to support a burn-in board in an installed position, a blower for creating a circulating gas flow in the chamber, a heat exchanger that removes heat generated during burn-in, and at least one gas flow linearizer upstream of the board support in the circulating gas flow. The linearizer has a first axis substantially parallel to the circulating gas flow and is at least of sufficient length in the direction of the first axis to substantially linearize the circulating gas flow in the vicinity of the installed burn-in board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Ronald J. Darcy
  • Publication number: 20020046702
    Abstract: A powder coating system includes a booth and one or more powder-recovery modules that are insertable into an equipment-receiving space of the booth. A color change method includes removing a first powder-recovery module from the equipment-receiving space and positioning a second powder-recovery module in the equipment-receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: James M. Browning, Timothy C. Buyck, James E. Johnson, Michael S. Smith, Michael J. Thies
  • Publication number: 20020046701
    Abstract: A booth of a powder coating system is designed for quick color changes. The booth includes a bottom wall supported above a floor. An inner space of the booth is defined above the bottom wall and an equipment-receiving space is defined beneath the bottom wall. The bottom wall has an opening providing communication between the inner space and the equipment-receiving space. The booth is adapted to receive a powder-recovery module beneath the bottom wall in the equipment-receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: James M. Browning, Timothy C. Buyck, James E. Johnson, Michael S. Smith, Michael J. Thies
  • Patent number: 6323665
    Abstract: A system and method for burning-in an integrated circuit chip including at least a socket capable of receiving and supporting the chip, electrical leads in the socket for connecting to corresponding leads on the chip, and a heat sink in thermal contact with a cooling medium. The heat sink includes a thermal interface in releasable thermal contact with the integrated circuit in the socket. The heat sink removes more heat from the integrated circuit than is generated during the burn-in process and the integrated circuit is maintained within a predetermined desired temperature range by monitoring the temperature of the integrated circuit and supplying make-up heat as needed. Multiple sockets can be grouped together and cooled by a manifolded cooling system, with the temperature of each integrated circuit being individually monitored and controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Reliability Incorporated
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Ronald J. Darcy
  • Patent number: 6210261
    Abstract: The present invention, a tool safety shield, comprises a clip with at least one shield. The clip further comprises vent ribs. The shield extension further comprises a vacuum port. Both one piece and two piece embodiments are disclosed. The tool safety shield is attachable to a tool or to an adapter from the tool to the tool safety shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: James E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6133045
    Abstract: A sample treatment system for automated extraction of compounds is disclosed. The system includes a housing defining an enclosure including a top cover having an open ended well for allowing a sample plate to nest therein, a automated shuttle means for lateral transportation and vertical lifting of both a waste and a collection plate to selectively address an area below the sample plate for the through passage of fluid from the sample plate and a digitally controlled variable speed vacuum pump operatively coupled to said housing for evacuating air from the enclosure to a degree below atmospheric pressure for through passage of fluid from the sample plate to either the waste plate or collection plate. The shuttle means includes motor drives and positive position feedback for precisely laterally and vertically positioning both the waste and collection plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, James M. Salika, Chih-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 6080029
    Abstract: A spark plug for an internal combustion engine is provided with a double ringed ground electrode permanently affixed to the spark plug base. One ring is used for the attachment and the other, held apart by one or more legs, is suspended circumferentially and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the spark plug a set distance from the center electrode. The method of manufacturing a spark plug comprises the steps of providing a spark plug base, providing a ring shaped ground electrode with enhancements to accomplish shielding and centering of the piece, providing a welding apparatus for rotable welding of said ring shaped ground electrode to said spark plug base, providing an alignment tool for aligning said ring shaped ground electrode with said spark plug base, aligning the ring shaped ground electrode with said spark plug base and welding the ring shaped ground electrode to said spark plug base to form a spark plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Halo, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Charles R. Rasnic
  • Patent number: 6033911
    Abstract: An automated assaying system is disclosed having a multiplicity of lumens oriented and controllable in clusters. The lumens are portrayed in a matrix, wherein each row of the matrix consists of one such cluster that is individually controllable for aspiration and dispensation purposes. Also provided is a unique wash system capable of flushing the entirety of the system. A method is also depicted for accomplishing this unique assaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: Harold R. Schultz, Gregory Gulla, James E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5809772
    Abstract: A multiple bypass turbofan engine including a core engine assembly has a fan bypass duct radially outward of the core engine assembly and has first and second inlets disposed between forward and aft fans driven by a low pressure turbine and a core engine turbine respectively. An inlet duct having an annular duct wall is disposed radially inward of the bypass duct and connects the second inlet to the bypass duct and has disposed within a supercharger means for compressing air which is drivingly connected to the core turbine. One embodiment of the aft fan may have radially inner and outer rows of aft fan vane airfoils separated by a non-rotatable portion of the annular duct wall such that the outer row of aft fan vane airfoils are disposed in the inlet duct and at least one of the aft fan vane airfoils is and, preferably, all of which are, independently variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rollin G. Giffin, III, James E. Johnson, David W. Crall, John W. Salvage, Peter N. Szucs
  • Patent number: 5806303
    Abstract: A multiple bypass turbofan engine including a core engine assembly has a fan bypass duct radially outward of the core engine assembly and has first and second inlets disposed between forward and aft fans driven by a low pressure turbine and a core engine turbine respectively. An inlet duct having an annular duct wall is disposed radially inward of the bypass duct and connects the second inlet to the bypass duct and has disposed within a supercharger means for compressing air which is drivingly connected to the core turbine. The engine has an duct with an afterburner in an upstream portion and at a downstream end it has an exhaust nozzle with a fixed geometry throat. The nozzle may also have a fixed geometry exhaust nozzle outlet with or without a means for blowing at the throat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5760299
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for solid phase extraction chromatography is disclosed in which the flow rate of a fluid, such as the motive pressurized gas is monitored, adjusted and compared with a standardized pressure curve which is correlative of a sample being processed. By monitoring and adjusting changes in flow rate, which can correspond to process initialization, beginning, ending and key fractionating points, and correlating to a standard, the cycle time for assaying the sample in question can be maximized and multiple samples can pass through analysis automatically and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Christopher B. Shumate, Andy W. Siu, Ronald Gundlach
  • Patent number: 5613098
    Abstract: A process is provided for developing a new computer system based on a new (Y) architecture. A Y computer prototype is developed with a design in accordance with the Y architecture.A multi-code processing system is developed for use on an existing X computer system designed in accordance with an X architecture and having an operative X operating system and operative X support routines. The processing system includes a Y simulator component, a debugger component, and an environment manager component. A Y code module is developed for each of a plurality of predetermined Y program modules during the Y prototype development.The multi-code processing system and at least one of the Y code modules are loaded into the X computer system during the Y prototype development. A related X code module may also be processed for loading into the X computer at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Robert V. Landau, James E. Johnson, Michael V. Iles
  • Patent number: 5531959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for solid phase extraction chromatography is disclosed in which the flow rate of a fluid, such as the motive pressurized gas is monitored, adjusted and compared with a standardized pressure curve which is correlative of a sample being processed. By monitoring and adjusting changes in flow rate, which can correspond to process initialization, beginning, ending and key fractionating points, and correlating to a standard, the cycle time for assaying the sample in question can be maximized and multiple samples can pass through analysis automatically and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: James E. Johnson, Christopher B. Shumate, Andy W. Siu, Ronald Gundlach