Patents by Inventor James Mercer

James Mercer 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: 10478536
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an apparatus may include a panel with integrated fluid channels, wherein the panel and the fluid channel consist only of surfaces that can be manufactured with a straight-pull mold. A port may also be integrated into the panel to facilitate coupling the fluid channel to pneumatic components in an assembly. A seal may be secured to the panel over the fluid channel to form an integrated fluid conductor. The seal is preferably an adhesive label that can also be used for product labeling. Such an apparatus may be used in a control unit of a therapy system, employing several integrated fluid conductors. A method of manufacturing may include molding a panel, wherein the mold forms a channel integral to the panel. The panel and the channel preferably consist of surfaces that can be molded with a straight-pull mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Andrew Pratt, James Killingworth Seddon, Christopher Brian Locke, David Mercer, Loren Francis
  • Publication number: 20190293327
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is provided and includes a header, a tubular element and an expansion disc assembly. The expansion disc assembly includes a disc body and an actuator. The disc body includes two or more leaves fluidly interposed between the tubular element and the header and configured to cooperatively assume a closed condition by a first shuttering action at which the disc body exclusively inhibits a flow of the fluid, a fully open condition by a second shuttering action at which the disc body permits the flow of the fluid and partial open conditions between the closed and full open conditions by third shuttering actions at which the disc body exclusively inhibits a portion of the flow of the fluid. The actuator is controllable to cause the disc body to execute the first, second and third shuttering actions to assume the closed, fully open and partial open conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Mercer, James Amick
  • Patent number: 10377647
    Abstract: Methods and systems for use of switchable water, which is capable of reversibly switching between an initial ionic strength and an increased ionic strength, is described. The disclosed methods and systems can be used, for example, in distillation-free removal of water from solvents, solutes, or solutions, desalination, clay settling, viscosity switching, etc. Switching from lower to higher ionic strength is readily achieved using low energy methods such as bubbling with C02, CS2 or COS or treatment with Bronsted acids. Switching from higher to lower ionic strength is readily achieved using low energy methods such as bubbling with air, inert gas, heating, agitating, introducing a vacuum or partial vacuum, or any combination or thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Queen's University at Kingson, Greencentre Canada
    Inventors: Philip G. Jessop, Sean M. Mercer, Tobias Robert, R. Stephen Brown, Timothy James Clark, Brian Ernest Mariampillai, Rui Resendes, Dominik Wechsler
  • Patent number: 10333184
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a heat flux assembly for an energy storage device. The energy storage device includes a housing with a plurality of side walls that define an internal volume and a plurality of cells configured within the internal volume. The heat flux assembly includes a plurality of heat flux components configured for arrangement with the side walls of the housing of the energy storage device and one or more temperature sensors configured with each of the plurality of heat flux components. Thus, the temperature sensors are configured to monitor one or more temperatures at various locations in the plurality of heat flux components. The heat flux assembly also includes a controller configured to adjust a power level of each of the heat flux components as a function of the monitored temperature so as to reduce a temperature gradient or difference across the plurality of cells during operation of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kristopher John Frutschy, James S. Lindsey, David Charles Bogdan, Jr., James Thorpe Browell, Patrick Daniel Willson, Amin Ajdari, Narayan Subramanian, Michael Stanley Zanoni, Lukas Mercer Hansen
  • Patent number: 10175135
    Abstract: A leak detector includes a sensor assembly including at least one sensor configured to sense acoustic signals; and at least one printed circuit board coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to support a processing device, the processing device comprising at least a microcontroller unit (MCU) and a digital signal processor (DSP), wherein the MCU is configured to continually receive acoustic signals from the sensor assembly, and wherein the DSP is configured to remain in a sleep mode except when the MCU wakes the DSP from the sleep mode at predetermined times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurt, Shabbir Yusuf, Steven James Mercer
  • Patent number: 10120718
    Abstract: A resource management computer node obtains hardware utilization values measured for a hardware resource of a computer system being used by a software application. For a set of the utilization values that were measured during a same time-of-day range on a same day of week, the node determines a count value indicating a number of times the utilization values in the set exceed a count threshold, determines a count percentage based on a ratio of the count value to a sum of count values determined for the same day of week, compares the count percentage to a busy threshold, and, responsive to if the count percentage is determined to exceed the busy threshold, sets a busy indicator object at a location in a resource utilization data structure having a defined correspondence to the time-of-day range. The node controls reservation of hardware resources for the software application responsive to whether the busy indicator object has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Esterkin, David Rich, James Mercer
  • Publication number: 20180224349
    Abstract: Examples of a leak detection system are disclosed. In one example according to aspects of the present disclosure, a leak detection system includes a housing defining an interior, the housing connected to a component of a water distribution system. The leak detection system also includes a leak detection sensor contained within the interior of the housing and configured to detect a leak within the water distribution system. Additionally, the leak detection system includes a digital signal processing circuit in communication with the leak detection sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, JR., Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurti, Werner Guenther Richarz, James O. Williams, Shabbir Yusuf, Timothy Scott Edward Hiller, Steven James Mercer, Stefan Erik Janhunen
  • Publication number: 20180129759
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining speed benchmark values and throughput benchmark values for a plurality of computing systems, and generating a plurality of sets of first processor scalability factors. For each set of first processor scalability factors, a predicted throughput value is generated for each computing system based on the set of first processor scalability factors and the speed benchmark value of the computing system. The throughput benchmark value is compared to the predicted throughput value for each of the plurality of computing systems, and a set of first processor scalability factors is identified from among the plurality of sets of first processor scalability factors for which, for a largest number of the computing systems, the predicted throughput value of the computing systems is less than a predetermined difference from the throughput benchmark value of the computing systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Esterkin, David Rich, James Mercer
  • Publication number: 20180060452
    Abstract: A method includes providing a hierarchy of pattern definitions, wherein each pattern definition in the hierarchy of pattern definitions is associated with a parameter that is used to simulate operation of a computer system, and wherein each pattern definition in the hierarchy of pattern definitions comprises at least a value producer and a time interval, and traversing the hierarchy of pattern definitions for each parameter to select a pattern definition. The method further includes generating an event associated with the parameter in accordance with the value generator of the selected pattern definition, and transmitting the event to a system testing platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Esterkin, David Rich, James Mercer
  • Publication number: 20180060127
    Abstract: A resource management computer node obtains hardware utilization values measured for a hardware resource of a computer system being used by a software application. For a set of the utilization values that were measured during a same time-of-day range on a same day of week, the node determines a count value indicating a number of times the utilization values in the set exceed a count threshold, determines a count percentage based on a ratio of the count value to a sum of count values determined for the same day of week, compares the count percentage to a busy threshold, and, responsive to if the count percentage is determined to exceed the busy threshold, sets a busy indicator object at a location in a resource utilization data structure having a defined correspondence to the time-of-day range. The node controls reservation of hardware resources for the software application responsive to whether the busy indicator object has been set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex ESTERKIN, David RICH, James MERCER
  • Patent number: 9291520
    Abstract: A leak detection system includes a housing for installation within a hydrant; at least one leak detection sensor within the housing; and a transmitter circuit in communication with the at least one leak detection sensor for communicating leak detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, Jr., Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurti, Werner Guenther Richarz, James O. Williams, Shabbir Yusuf, Timothy Scott Edward Hiller, Steven James Mercer, Stefan Erik Janhunen
  • Publication number: 20160018283
    Abstract: Examples of a leak detection system are disclosed. In one example according to aspects of the present disclosure, a leak detection system includes a housing defining an interior, the housing connected to a component of a water distribution system. The leak detection system also includes a leak detection sensor contained within the interior of the housing and configured to detect a leak within the water distribution system. Additionally, the leak detection system includes a digital signal processing circuit in communication with the leak detection sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurti, Werner Guenther Richarz, James O. Williams, Shabbir Yusuf, Timothy Scott Edward Hiller, Steven James Mercer, Stefan Eirk Janhunen
  • Patent number: 8647326
    Abstract: One or more caps can be used to cover and sterilize one or more separated medical connectors. A pair of caps can be connected to each other and sealed when in a pre-use state. The paired caps can be unsealed so as to permit connection to the medical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett
  • Patent number: 8523830
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect a male protrusion portion of a medical connector. Some caps can create a seal with the male protrusion to prevent antiseptic from entering a lumen the protrusion. A biasing element can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 8523831
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect medical connectors. Some caps can create a seal with the medical connectors to prevent antiseptic from entering a fluid paths defined by a connector. Support members can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections, Inc., The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett, Robert Hitchcock, James Kennedy, Richard Lasher
  • Publication number: 20130049968
    Abstract: A leak detection system includes a housing for installation within a hydrant; at least one leak detection sensor within the housing; and a transmitter circuit in communication with the at least one leak detection sensor for communicating leak detection data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: MUELLER INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, JR., Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurti, Werner Guenther Richarz, James O. Williams, Shabbir Yusuf, Timothy Scott Edward Hiller, Steven James Mercer, Stefan Erik Janhunen
  • Publication number: 20130041601
    Abstract: A leak detector includes a sensor assembly including at least one sensor configured to sense acoustic signals; and at least one printed circuit board coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to support a processing device, the processing device comprising at least a microcontroller unit (MCU) and a digital signal processor (DSP), wherein the MCU is configured to continually receive acoustic signals from the sensor assembly, and wherein the DSP is configured to remain in a sleep mode except when the MCU wakes the DSP from the sleep mode at predetermined times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: MUELLER INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurti, Shabbir Yusuf, Steven James Mercer
  • Patent number: 8343112
    Abstract: Some assemblies can include a male cap and a female cap, each of which can be used to cover separated medical connectors. In certain arrangements, a male cap can include a movable carriage that transitions from a retracted position when an assembly with which the male cap is associated is in a closed state to an extended position when the assembly is in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections, Inc., The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8231587
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect a male protrusion portion of a medical connector. Some caps can create a seal with the male protrusion to prevent antiseptic from entering a lumen the protrusion. A biasing element can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignees: Catheter Connections, The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett
  • Patent number: D695398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections, Inc., The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett, Robert Hitchcock