Patents by Inventor James E. Owen

James E. Owen 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).

  • Publication number: 20200240937
    Abstract: Non-destructive inspection systems (10) and methods for inspecting structural flaws that may be in a structure (15) based on guided wave thermography. The method may include sweeping a frequency-phase space to maximize ultrasonic energy distribution across the structure while minimizing input energy, e.g., via a plurality of actuators. The system may include transducer elements (12, 14, 16, 17) configured to predominantly generate shear horizontal-type guided waves in the structure to maximize thermal response from any flaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: James F. LANDY, Paul J. ZOMBO, Cody J. BORIGO, Joseph L. ROSE, Steven E. OWENS
  • Publication number: 20200130278
    Abstract: According to one aspect, there is provided a method of adding build material to a rotatable 3D printing build material container having an internal build material storage reservoir, the method comprising: providing a supply of build material to an input port of the container; rotating the container about its rotation axis at a first speed sufficient to cause build material within the container to be centrifugally forced against the outside of the internal storage reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin E. Swier, James R. Owen, Brad Benson
  • Publication number: 20200114579
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to a container. The container has a chamber for storing build material for a three-dimensional printing system. The container comprises an opening coaxial with the chamber for coupling to the three-dimensional printing system. The container is configured such that rotation of the chamber in a first direction conveys build material in the chamber to the three-dimensional printing system and rotation of the chamber in a second direction conveys the build material away from the three-dimensional printing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Brad Benson, Kevin E. Swier, James R. Owen, Wesley R. Schalk
  • Publication number: 20200033176
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a system for monitoring and detecting a level of a tank storing a material. The system may be used in making a determination of whether and/or when to provide additional material to the tank, to refill the tank partially or entirely. In some embodiments, the tank may be disposed at a premises such as a residence or commercial building and the system may be disposed in part at that premises to monitor the level of the material in the tank. In some embodiments, the material may be a fuel and the tank may be a fuel tank, to provide fuel to utilities equipment at the premises. In other embodiments, the tank may include other materials, such as other utilities materials. In some embodiments, the utilities material may be potable water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Tank Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McBride, James E. McMann, Steven Cratus Owens, Michael Varanka
  • Publication number: 20190178696
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a system for monitoring and detecting a level of a tank storing a material. The system may be used in making a determination of whether and/or when to provide additional material to the tank, to refill the tank partially or entirely. In some embodiments, the tank may be disposed at a premises such as a residence or commercial building and the system may be disposed in part at that premises to monitor the level of the material in the tank. In some embodiments, the material may be a fuel and the tank may be a fuel tank, to provide fuel to utilities equipment at the premises. In other embodiments, the tank may include other materials, such as other utilities materials. In some embodiments, the utilities material may be potable water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Tank Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McBride, James E. McMann, Steven Cratus Owens, Michael Varanka
  • Patent number: 9811238
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for interacting with a digital marking surface, in particular, to methods and systems for deactivating an ink tool. According to a first aspect of the present invention, a tap gesture, or other gesture, on an ink mark associated with an ink tool may deactivate the ink tool, if the ink tool is active. According to a second aspect of the present invention, a deactivation ink tool may effectuate the deactivation of an active ink tool when a first ink mark associated with the deactivation ink tool is placed on a first ink mark associated with the active ink tool. According to a third aspect of the present invention, a deactivation ink tool may effectuate the deactivation of an active ink tool when an ink mark associated with the deactivation ink tool is placed on a user-input solicitation mechanism associated with the active ink tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Henerlau, James E. Owen
  • Patent number: 9213050
    Abstract: Systems and devices for, and methods of, delayed meter reporting to a remote site via a local data-gathering device. The local data-gathering device is configured to: (a) sample, at a first sample rate, energy consumption related data of the local site; (b) store, at the data store, energy consumption related data of the local site; (c) filter the stored data based on the defined rule; and (d) transmit, at a second sample rate, the filtered data, wherein the first sampling rate is equal to or higher than the second sampling rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Owen
  • Patent number: 9081043
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for calculating power using a voltage waveform shape measurement from a contactless sensor. An electrically conductive medium carries alternating current (AC) electrical current, associated with an AC voltage, from a source node to a destination node. AC current is measured through the electrically conductive medium. Using a contactless sensor, an AC voltage waveform shape is measured. The power usage at the destination node is calculated in response to the AC current measurement, the measurement of the AC voltage waveform shape, and an AC voltage potential. For simplicity, the AC current and AC voltage waveform shape may both be measured at a first node located between the source node and the destination node. The AC voltage potential used in the power usage calculation may be an estimate, an actual measurement, or a value supplied by an external source (e.g., the power utility).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Park, James E. Owen, David Elrod
  • Publication number: 20150067593
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for interacting with a digital marking surface, in particular, to methods and systems for deactivating an ink tool. According to a first aspect of the present invention, a tap gesture, or other gesture, on an ink mark associated with an ink tool may deactivate the ink tool, if the ink tool is active. According to a second aspect of the present invention, a deactivation ink tool may effectuate the deactivation of an active ink tool when a first ink mark associated with the deactivation ink tool is placed on a first ink mark associated with the active ink tool. According to a third aspect of the present invention, a deactivation ink tool may effectuate the deactivation of an active ink tool when an ink mark associated with the deactivation ink tool is placed on a user-input solicitation mechanism associated with the active ink tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. HENERLAU, James E. OWEN
  • Publication number: 20150067592
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for interacting with a digital marking surface, in particular, to methods and systems for activating an ink tool. According to a first aspect of the present invention, an activation gesture proximate to an ink tool may activate the ink tool. According to a second aspect of the present invention, an activation gesture may initiate a determination of whether or not an ink mark proximate to the activation gesture is associated with an ink tool and may effectuate activation of the ink tool when the ink mark is associated with an ink tool. According to a third aspect of the present invention, a plurality of ink tools may be activated as a group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. OWEN, Craig Thompson WHITTLE, John E. DOLAN, Paul R. HENERLAU
  • Patent number: 8725303
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional energy control system is provided with an energy management software application that organizes the consumption of energy by a device as an n-dimensional energy space, where n is an integer greater than 2, and each axis in the energy space represents an energy consumption characteristic. The energy management application generates instructions for a device in response to calculating a compromise operating point in the energy space. A user interface (UI) connected to the energy management application has a display to receive a graphical representation of the energy space and compromise operating point, and an input to receive user commands for moving the represented compromise operating point in the represented energy space. The energy management application calculates the compromise operating point in the energy space to match the displayed compromise operating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Park, James E. Owen, Carl Mansfield, David Elrod
  • Publication number: 20130211751
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for calculating power using a voltage waveform shape measurement from a contactless sensor. An electrically conductive medium carries alternating current (AC) electrical current, associated with an AC voltage, from a source node to a destination node. AC current is measured through the electrically conductive medium. Using a contactless sensor, an AC voltage waveform shape is measured. The power usage at the destination node is calculated in response to the AC current measurement, the measurement of the AC voltage waveform shape, and an AC voltage potential. For simplicity, the AC current and AC voltage waveform shape may both be measured at a first node located between the source node and the destination node. The AC voltage potential used in the power usage calculation may be an estimate, an actual measurement, or a value supplied by an external source (e.g., the power utility).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel J. PARK, James E. OWEN, David ELROD
  • Patent number: 8446631
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a driver for a printing device receives a print job comprising a poster document. The print job is designated to be printed on a printing device. The driver identifies the size of the paper for which the poster document is initially formatted. The driver determines whether the target printing device is capable of printing on larger paper. If the target printing device is capable of printing on larger paper, the driver reformats the poster document for printing on the larger paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Ashton, James E. Owen
  • Patent number: 8411319
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered “out-of-order” or concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Uoc H. Nguyen, James E. Owen, Paul R. Henerlau
  • Patent number: 8392924
    Abstract: A method and system for implementing custom scheduling policies including making alterations to internal task scheduling policies or firmware operating within the MFP throughout the lifetime of the MFP. Internal task scheduling policy alterations can be made either remotely or on-site at a customer location. Custom scheduling policies can be implemented for different periods of time. The MFP includes a task run-time controller to receive and process the internal task scheduling policy alterations. The task run-time controller includes a task tuner, which may implement the internal task scheduling policy alterations responsive to usage characteristics of the MFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Klave, James E. Owen, Kim Phuong Wells, Mary Bourret, Rono J. Mathieson
  • Publication number: 20130030583
    Abstract: An energy management system is augmented with sharing of non-binding consumer premises (CP) energy forecasts. Generally speaking, information sourced at a CP is received by CP equipment. The CP equipment creates a non-binding energy forecast for the CP using the CP-sourced information. The forecast is transmitted from the CP equipment to management premises (MP) equipment. The MP equipment may use the forecast to regulate at least one of electricity supply or demand at the CP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: James E. Owen
  • Publication number: 20130013124
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional energy control system is provided with an energy management software application that organizes the consumption of energy by a device as an n-dimensional energy space, where n is an integer greater than 2, and each axis in the energy space represents an energy consumption characteristic. The energy management application generates instructions for a device in response to calculating a compromise operating point in the energy space. A user interface (UI) connected to the energy management application has a display to receive a graphical representation of the energy space and compromise operating point, and an input to receive user commands for moving the represented compromise operating point in the represented energy space. The energy management application calculates the compromise operating point in the energy space to match the displayed compromise operating point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel J. Park, James E. Owen, Carl Mansfield, David Elrod
  • Patent number: 8339672
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered “out-of-order” or concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Uoc H. Nguyen, James E. Owen, Paul R. Henerlau
  • Patent number: 8339670
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered “out-of-order” or concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Uoc H. Nguyen, James E. Owen, Paul R. Henerlau
  • Patent number: 8339653
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered “out-of-order” or concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Uoc H. Nguyen, James E. Owen, Paul R. Henerlau