Patents by Inventor James S. Ellis

James S. Ellis 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: 20210123441
    Abstract: A dual motor system includes a first motor providing a lower speed range and a second motor providing a higher speed range, wherein the motors are coaxially arranged and aligned on and drive a common shaft, and a motor control system controlling the speed of the first motor and engaging the second motor as needed. The first motor is a variable speed motor providing a lower two-thirds of a full speed range, and the second motor is an induction motor providing the upper one-third in the form of one or more discrete fixed speeds. The system may include a transformer including a first winding tap which provides a first higher speed, and a second winding tap which provides a second higher speed. The system may also include a flow control system for automatically controlling the speed of the motors for particular applications, such as flow control in a pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Coupart, James D. Ellis, II, Pranesh Rao, Bret S. Clark, John G. Schrader
  • Patent number: 7444961
    Abstract: A system that compares, ranks, sorts and grades animals into groups of like kinds according to previously determined predicted maximum values. The system uses a single method such as multi-dimensional single voxel(s) of MR, NMR, MRI, ultrasound, C.A.T. scan, CT scan, P.E.T. scan, or a combination of these, or any equivalent internal measuring device, on a single occasion, to evaluate the animal and determine a number of days the animal must be fed to reach a maximum value. The system also combines internal evaluation with an external animal evaluation system to refine the number of days remaining for the animal to reach a maximum value, and the system, when used in a feedlot, will direct the animal to a feed pen based on the number of days remaining for the animal to reach maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6954733
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a computer component exchange in a network for executing buy orders for purchasing computer components is disclosed. A plurality of owner-processors are electrically connected to the network. At least a first owner-processor is adapted to transmit electronic buy orders through the network for purchasing computer components. At least a second owner-processor is adapted to receive buy orders from the network. The system comprises an exchange server complex that is electrically connected to the network having plurality of investment instruments comprising shares of ownership interests in the exchange server complex that are stored as data records in an accounting database. At least some of the owner-processors are capable of being associated with at least one of the shares, thereby defining an ownership interest in the exchange server complex for a proprietor of the respective owner-processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Western Digital Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Ellis, Wolfgang Nickl
  • Patent number: 6877460
    Abstract: A system that compares, ranks, sorts and grades animals or carcasses into groups of like kinds according to previously determined predicted maximum values. For live animals, the system uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on a single occasion to evaluate the animal and determine a number of days the animal must be fed to reach a maximum value. For carcasses, the system evaluates the carcass to grade the quality and quantity of meat the carcass will provide. The system also combines MRI imaging with a three-dimensional system to refine the number of days remaining for the animal to reach a maximum value, and the system, when used in a feedlot, will direct the animal to a feed pen based on the number of days remaining for the animal to reach maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6549289
    Abstract: A system for determining a three-dimensional image of an animal, or other symmetric object, by projecting a pattern of light on the object and capturing two images of the reflected light with two cameras located a fixed distance apart. Using triangulation, the x, y, and z locations of each element of the light pattern is measured, thus creating a three-dimensional image of the surface of the object. Because animals are symmetric, an image need only be taken of one side of the animal, and the image mirrored, to determine the complete three dimensional characteristics of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6377353
    Abstract: A system measures the three-dimensional linear, angular and volumetric characteristics of an animal or carcass, such as a beef animal. The system uses light spots from a structured light camera to measure multiple points on the animal. The system locates the vertical, horizontal and depth dimension for each point and uses this data to calculate the desired linear and volumetric measurements for conformation of the animal by combining measurements of some of the light spots projected on the animal. The system also provides rapid consecutive three-dimensional motion pictures of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6288539
    Abstract: A computerized system that scans the animal using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The scan data is analyzed within the computer to determine if an embryo is present or to determine if scar tissue is present, or to determine the size of organs within the animal. The scan data is produced as digital pixel values, coded as gray scale values, within scan wave lines wherein the gray scale values represent types of tissue. The size of the embryo is defined by separating the embryo tissue from the surrounding muscle tissue of the uterus. The embryo is classified by size by comparing and ranking within like kinds of animals to determine the age of the embryo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6084407
    Abstract: A computerized system scans an animal using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to produce digital pixel values representing internal tissue. The pixel values are coded as gray scale values representing of the density of tissue scanned. The computer system then classifies each pixel, based upon its gray scale value, as representing fat, muscle, cartilage or skeletal tissue. Once classified, the percentage of intramuscular fat is calculated and presented on the screen of the computer system. Once the pixel data is classified, a perimeter around the muscle being scanned is defined by separating the muscle tissue from the surrounding tissue, and, the area of the muscle is calculated and presented to the user of the system. Multiple scans are performed along one dimension of the animal to determine the volume of the muscle. The system also ranks the animal with animals of like kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5412420
    Abstract: A system measures the three-dimensional phenotypic characteristics of an animal, such as a dairy cow. The system uses a large number of modulated laser light beams from a lidar camera to measure approximately 100 points per square inch of the animal. Each laser beam measures intensity, horizontal, vertical, and depth dimensions, and by combining the measurements, the system composes a very accurate three-dimensional image of the animal. The systems calculates the desired phenotypic measurements for conformation of the animal by combining measurements of selected points on the animal. The system then stores the measurements for each animal in a computer data base for later use. The system also stores a light intensity image of the animal's markings which is compared to other stored images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5098335
    Abstract: A processing assembly for use in processing poultry parts by separating the parts into different portions comprising an elongate roll with helically extending teeth and a cover defining a recess therein for the discharge end of the roll with a size such that the discharge end of said roll is rotatably received in the recess and a depth such that the teeth on the discharge end of the roll extend a prescribed distance into the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Cantrell Machine Company, Inc
    Inventors: James S. Ellis, Julius A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5041053
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for processing the heart from poultry viscera by removing the connecting structure and any lungs connected to the heart with a pair of processing rolls to pull the connecting structure between the processing rolls and the heart down against the processing rolls and pinch off the connecting structure from the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Cantrell Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Ellis, Julius A. Ellis, Jimmie C. Hewell
  • Patent number: 5041052
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for removing the liver from poultry viscera by mechanically stretching the viscera connected to the liver to pull the gall bladder away from the liver; and, mechanically cutting between the liver and the gall bladder to separate the liver from the viscera and the gall bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Cantrell Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie M. Conner, Tommy N. Hulsey, James S. Ellis, Julius A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4538325
    Abstract: A system for processing a gizzard with the viscera attached where the viscera is conveyed along a poultry processing line by conveying means including adjusting means for adjusting the viscera to a predetermined length while the viscera is conveyed by the conveying means; viscera separating means for separating the gizzard from the rest of the viscera; transfer means for automatically transferring the viscera from the conveying means into said viscera separating means; conveyor means for moving the gizzard along a processing path; gizzard splitting means for splitting a gizzard moved along the processing path by the conveyor means to open the pocket in the gizzard; gizzard washing means for washing the contents from the open pocket in the gizzard moving along the processing path by the conveyor means; gizzard peeling means operatively associated with the conveyor means to receive the split and washed gizzard therefrom and peel the lining from the gizzard; transfer means for transferring the gizzard from the r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1985
    Assignee: Centennial Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Grover S. Harben, Jr., James S. Ellis, Joe M. Emmett
  • Patent number: 4382313
    Abstract: A system for processing a gizzard with the viscera attached where the viscera is conveyed along a poultry processing line by conveying means including adjusting means for adjusting the viscera to a predetermined length while the viscera is conveyed by the conveying means; viscera separating means for separating the gizzard from the rest of the viscera; transfer means for automatically transferring the viscera from the conveying means into said viscera separating means; conveyor means for moving the gizzard along a processing path; gizzard splitting means for splitting a gizzard moved along the processing path by the conveyor means to open the pocket in the gizzard; gizzard washing means for washing the contents from the open pocket in the gizzard moving along the processing path by the conveyor means; gizzard peeling means operatively associated with the conveyor means to receive the split and washed gizzard therefrom and peel the lining from the gizzard; transfer means for transferring the gizzard from the r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Centennial Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Grover S. Harben, Jr., James S. Ellis, Joe M. Emmett