Patents by Inventor James R. Collins

James R. Collins 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: 20220389839
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides pumped thermal energy storage systems that can be used to store and extract electrical energy. A pumped thermal energy storage system of the present disclosure can store energy by operating as a heat pump or refrigerator, whereby net work input can be used to transfer heat from the cold side to the hot side. A working fluid of the system is capable of efficient heat exchange with heat storage fluids on a hot side of the system and on a cold side of the system. The system can extract energy by operating as a heat engine transferring heat from the hot side to the cold side, which can result in net work output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Mert GEVECI, Bao H. TRUONG, Erhan KARACA, Sebastian W. FREUND, David M. BRANTZEG, James J. UNDERWOOD, John S. BOWEN, Roy T. COLLINS
  • Publication number: 20220378632
    Abstract: A powered balancing mobility device that can provide the user the ability to safely navigate expected environments of daily living including the ability to maneuver in confined spaces and to climb curbs, stairs, and other obstacles, and to travel safely and comfortably in vehicles. The mobility device can provide elevated, balanced travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Stewart M. Coulter, Brian G. Gray, Dirk A. van der Merwe, Susan D. Dastous, Daniel F. Pawlowski, Bob Peret, Dean Kamen, Derek G. Kane, David Doherty, Matthew A. Norris, Alexander D. Streeter, David J. Couture, Matthew J. Myers, Matthew B. Kinberger, Constance D. Pitenis, Allison E. Key-Wallace, David E. Collins, Erik N. Sabin, Katie A. DeLaurentis, Catharine N. Flynn, Elizabeth Rousseau, Thomas A. Doyon, Dale B. McGrath, Ryan Adams, Prashant Bhat, Trevor A. Conway, David J. Meehan, Tania M. F. Zirn, Paul R. Curtin, Zachary E. Cranfield, James J. Dattolo, Atlant G. Schmidt, III, Steven B. Meuse, George W. Marchant, JR., Jeffrey C. Marrion
  • Publication number: 20220293397
    Abstract: Embodiments of substrates supports for use in process chambers are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate support includes: a dielectric plate having a first side configured to support a substrate having a given diameter and including an annular groove disposed in the first side, wherein the annular groove has an inner diameter that is less than the given diameter and an outer diameter that is greater than the given diameter, wherein the dielectric plate includes a chucking electrode; an insert ring disposed in the annular groove of the dielectric plate; and an edge ring disposed on the dielectric plate, wherein the edge ring has an inner diameter that is greater than the given diameter and less than the outer diameter of the annular groove such that the edge ring is disposed over a portion of the insert ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Michael R. RICE, Kenneth S. COLLINS, James David CARDUCCI, Shahid RAUF, Kartik RAMASWAMY
  • Patent number: 11424104
    Abstract: A plasma reactor includes a chamber body having an interior space that provides a plasma chamber and having a ceiling, a gas distributor to deliver a processing gas to the plasma chamber, a pump coupled to the plasma chamber to evacuate the chamber, a workpiece support to hold a workpiece, and an intra-chamber electrode assembly. The intra-chamber electrode assembly includes an insulating frame, a first plurality of coplanar filaments that extend laterally through the plasma chamber between the ceiling and the workpiece support along a first direction, and a second plurality of coplanar filaments that extend in parallel through the plasma chamber along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. Each filament of the first and second plurality of filaments includes a conductor at least partially surrounded by an insulating shell. A first RF power source supplies a first RF power to the conductor of the intra-chamber electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Collins, Michael R. Rice, Kartik Ramaswamy, James D. Carducci
  • Publication number: 20220262474
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is disclosed that includes a pill-dispensing mechanism, a receptacle, an identifying camera positioned to capture an image of an area adjacent to the pill dispenser, and a processor in operative communication with the pill-dispensing mechanism and the identifying camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, James G. Turner, Erik N. Sabin, Gregg W. Rivinius, David E. Collins, Benjamin Zaslow, Jonathan Zobro, Alexander R. Therrien, Jared N. Farlow
  • Patent number: 11399995
    Abstract: A powered balancing mobility device that can provide the user the ability to safely navigate expected environments of daily living including the ability to maneuver in confined spaces and to climb curbs, stairs, and other obstacles, and to travel safely and comfortably in vehicles. The mobility device can provide elevated, balanced travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Stewart M. Coulter, Brian G. Gray, Dirk A. van der Merwe, Susan D. Dastous, Daniel F. Pawlowski, Bob Peret, Dean Kamen, Derek G. Kane, Dave Doherty, Matthew A. Norris, Alexander D. Streeter, David J. Couture, Matthew J. Myers, Matthew B. Kinberger, Constance D. Pitenis, Allison E. Key-Wallace, David E. Collins, Erik N. Sabin, Katie A. DeLaurentis, Catharine N. Flynn, Elizabeth Rousseau, Thomas A. Doyon, Dale B. McGrath, Ryan Adams, Prashant Bhat, Trevor A. Conway, David J. Meehan, Tania M. F. Zirn, Paul R. Curtin, Zachary E. Cranfield, James J. Dattolo, Atlant G. Schmidt, III, Steven B. Meuse, George W. Marchant, Jr., Jeffrey C. Marrion
  • Patent number: 10201815
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, William Scott Stalnaker, John R. Walker, Dennis Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Patent number: 10189026
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SPT Group LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, Scott Stalnaker, John R. Walker, Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20180245729
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, William Scott Stalnaker, John Rodney Walker, Dennis Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20180243752
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, William Scott Stalnaker, John Rodney Walker, Dennis Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20180056305
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, William Scott Stalnaker, John R. Walker, Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20180056304
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: SPT GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, William Scott Stalnaker, John R. Walker, Dennis Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20170365458
    Abstract: A system and method to screen a plurality of molecules in datasets obtained from mass spectroscopy, including selecting and receiving at least one dataset of mass spectral data, and selecting customizable m/z mass tolerance peaks to assign initial compound assignments from at least one adduct ion hierarchy database for at least one compound having a parent molecule. Adduct ion hierarchy screening is applied to at least a portion of the dataset, wherein selected dataset features are tested to determine if they represent the most abundant expected adduct of the parent molecule class and if the expected adduct assignment hierarchy are present in the dataset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Collins, Bethanie R. Edwards, Helen F. Fredricks, Benjamin AS Van Mooy
  • Publication number: 20160377217
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a novel pig design and method of retrieval based on thermal ablation. The pig comprises an external layer and an inner core, where the inner core further comprises at least one incendiary charge comprising at least one exothermic material. When ignited via an ignition source, the incendiary charge releases the exothermic material into one or more thermal dispersion channels. The exothermic material melts the interior of these thermal dispersion channels thereby distributing the exothermic material throughout the pig device causing its destruction via thermal ablation. The destroyed pig can then be easily retrieved from its location in a pipe, as detected via radio signals, without the need for costly excavation of large sections of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Mark S. Sankey, James F. Stewart, Andrew J. Pounds, Scott Stalnaker, John R. Walker, Aubrey Walker, James R. Collins
  • Patent number: 8383556
    Abstract: A high carrying capacity temperature-stable breakable gel of selectable viscosity with exceptional lubricity and high-temperature stability for varied use as a carrier of solids and particulate matter, as well as semi-solids and liquids in water and petroleum well drilling, completion and production such as gravel pack fluid, drilling fluid, fracturing fluid, pigging fluid, sweep for coiled tubing, and other uses. A preferred formulation comprises a formulated “Base Concentrate” which is added to water or drilling fluids to be viscosified and an “Activator” which is added in amounts to develop the desired gel consistency. When breaking of the gel is desired a “Breaker” composition containing multivalent ions collapses the gel into a free-flowing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jock R. Collins, James R. Collins, Beverly A. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8003001
    Abstract: An easily breakable variable viscosity gel composition comprising a mixture of water, pH adjusting agents, gelling agents, and property enhancing additives evenly dispersed into the mixture, and an alkaline electrolyte viscosity increasing agent that raises the pH of the mixture to instantaneously trigger formation of a smooth homogeneous stable gel of desired viscosity for firefighting and fire suppression, explosion suppression and other uses. The gel also has the capacity to cling to, and build upon, vertical and horizontal surfaces which deprives fires of air while simultaneously profoundly and almost instantly lowering the temperature of the burning fuel, yet when effortlessly broken to a liquid by the simple addition of calcium or similar compositions, is easily rinsed away as a non-hazardous environmentally safe liquid. Additionally, when used to surround explosives, the gel grants exceptional explosion suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventors: Conard E. Kaiser, Jock R. Collins, James R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20080076665
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for improving cotton fiber length comprising applying to cotton a composition comprising a mixture of (A) cyclanilide or one of its agriculturally effective salts, (B) mepiquat chloride or one of its agriculturally effective salts, (C) optional additives for plant-protection compositions, and (D) optional adjuvants for plant-protection compositions, and wherein the mixture is applied at an application rate such that the total of components A and B is from about 4 to about 200 g/hectare.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: James R. Collins, Keith W. Vodrazka
  • Patent number: 7329690
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the promotion of a continuous chemical barrier of a soil-born invertebrate pest control agent in soil in a locus where soil-borne invertebrate pests are suspected or known to exist. In particular the present invention relates to compositions of liquid soil-borne invertebrate pest control agents and selected adjuvants wherein the adjuvant improves the downward and lateral movement in the soil of the soil-born invertebrate pest control agent contained in the liquid soil-borne invertebrate pest control agent. The invention set forth herein finds particular utility with soil-born invertebrate pest control agents with a water solubility of 3 ppm, or less, such as bifenthrin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Ballard, John F. Wright, James R. Collins, Terry K. Porter
  • Patent number: 7004950
    Abstract: A surgical stapler having a tissue spacer at its forward end. The spacer is inserted between lateral sides of a wound to be closed and holds the tissue on lateral sides of the wound apart while the tines of a staple are driven into the tissue margins and bent around the staple bending surface of the staple anvil to draw the tissue captured between the tines toward each other. The tissue spacer has a width greater than the width of the staple bending surface of the anvil and less than the distance between the tines of the staple in an unbent condition such that when inserted between lateral sides of the wound it will space the facing tissue margins of the wound apart a distance sufficient to provide a metered amount of tissue lateral sides of the wound that will be captured between the tines and drawn together as the tines are bent toward each other to close the wound without crushing or overlapping of the captured tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventors: James R. Collins, Jock R. Collins, Conard E. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6641650
    Abstract: A smooth stable viscous gelled printing ink composition comprising a mixture of water, a gelling agent, a chelating agent, and a colorant or pigment, property enhancing additives evenly dispersed into the mixture, and an alkaline electrolyte viscosity increasing agent that raises the pH of the mixture and forms a smooth homogeneous stable gel with a viscosity level having the consistency of a custard or jelly. In addition to the colorants or pigments, additives may also include drying oils, resins, surfactants, film forming components, water flight agents, and other additives. The stabilized gel prevents separation and settling of the homogeneously suspended colorants, pigments, and property enhancing additives, and significantly improves storage stability. The ink compositions do not require shaking, stirring, or mixing prior to use are fast drying on paper, and do not dry on the printing press, in the storage containers, or in the ink jet or bubble jet injector nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventors: Conard E. Kaiser, Jock R. Collins, James R. Collins