Patents by Inventor James W. Teetzel

James W. Teetzel 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: 11612207
    Abstract: A ballistic helmet system having an integrated circuit layer electrically coupled to one or more powered devices, where the ballistic helmet is configured to operate and control the powered devices. The ballistic helmet system comprises a base layer configured to retain the circuit layer. The circuit layer comprises one or more circuit substrates, which may be formed of a flexible material capable of withstanding elevated temperatures that may result from the bonding and curing process of the helmet components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, John P. Bousquet, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 11606997
    Abstract: A helmet mount system for attaching a device to a helmet comprises a threaded interface assembly having an outer portion and a threaded insert received within a cavity formed in the outer portion. The outer portion has an inward facing surface configured to receive an adhesive layer for coupling the inward facing surface to a surface of the helmet. In a further aspect, a ballistic helmet having the helmet mount system herein is provided, wherein the helmet mount system does not penetrate a ballistic layer of the ballistic shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Publication number: 20220412696
    Abstract: A pressure pad accessory controller for a weapon includes a rail interface, a pressure pad portion, a keypad having one or more user-depressible control elements disposed on the pressure pad portion, and one or more electrical connectors for operably coupling the keypad to one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Publication number: 20220412695
    Abstract: An accessory control handgrip apparatus for weapon includes a rail clamp assembly, a grip base extending from the grip base assembly, a grip sleeve slidably received on the grip base, a keypad disposed on the grip sleeve, and one or more connectors for operably coupling the keypad to an accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Publication number: 20220341708
    Abstract: A laser accessory device comprises a housing having a front side having a port, a rear side opposite the front side, a left side, a right side opposite the left side, a top side, and a bottom side opposite the top side. One or more laser emitters within the housing are configured to emit a beam through the port. A first cover assembly is positioned on the front side, the first cover assembly including a first safety cover and a first frame securing the first safety cover to the housing. The first safety cover is movable between a closed position covering the port and an open position not covering the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 11419382
    Abstract: A helmet mounting system for attaching an accessory device to a helmet includes one or more cables with a hook for removably engaging the brim of the helmet. Each cable has an end attached to a spool which is rotatable in a first direction for winding of the cable(s) around the spool and a second direction for unwinding the cable. A tensioning mechanism is coupled to the spool. In certain embodiments, one or more accessory devices are electrically coupled to a power and data management module for routing power, data and control signals to the one or more accessory devices. Accessory devices are interchangeable, providing a modular system that can be customized to meet mission requirements and accessory devices are removable and replaceable as mission requirements change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Edward R. Hall, Ned A. Dalzell
  • Patent number: 11396375
    Abstract: A modular unmanned aerial system includes a chassis for attaching components of the modular unmanned aerial system and one or more rotary wings. Each of the one or more rotary wings is drivable by a respective motor. A central controller is provided for controlling operation of the modular unmanned aerial system. A modular interface portion attached to the chassis and adapted for removably mounting one or more modular devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventor: James W. Teetzel
  • Publication number: 20220202126
    Abstract: A shroud assembly for headgear includes a frame having a first side configured to face toward an exterior surface of the headgear and a second side opposite the first side and configured to face away from the headgear, the first side having a shape that matches a contour of the headgear. An insert separately formed from the frame is removably attached to the first side of the frame, the insert configured for removable attachment to a mounting assembly. The frame includes first and second spaced apart walls disposed on the front side of the frame on opposite sides of the insert, the first and second walls spaced a sufficient distance apart to provide an interference fit between the mounting assembly and the first and second spaced apart walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 11330857
    Abstract: A modular helmet interface with a mounting cleat, threaded insert, and adhesive layer is provided. In one aspect, a mounting cleat is affixed to a helmet, such as a ballistic helmet, by an adhesive layer, the mounting cleat having an outer portion and a threaded insert within a cavity formed in the outer portion. The outer portion has an inward facing surface configured to receive an adhesive layer for coupling the inward facing surface to the helmet surface. In another aspect, a mounting cleat is secured to a helmet by way of a cleat-receiving securing member, the securing member affixed to the helmet by an adhesive layer. In a more limited aspect, a helmet having multiple mounting cleats configured to support an accessory mounting rail or a helmet mount assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Publication number: 20220120533
    Abstract: A fire control system comprises a fixed base and a sight assembly rotatably attached to the fixed base. The sight assembly includes an optical range finder for calculating a distance to a selected target and a camera having a zoom lens assembly and an optical sensor for generating an image signal representative of a target scene including a selected target. The zoom lens assembly includes a zoom controller and zoom lens optical elements, wherein the zoom controller is configured to change a magnification of the zoom lens optical elements responsive to a calculated distance to the selected target. In a further aspect, a method for imaging a target is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 11168960
    Abstract: A torpedo apparatus comprises a propulsion module operable to propel the torpedo apparatus through water and a steering module operatively coupled to the propulsion module. The steering module including a plurality of fins which are controllable for controlling a direction of travel of the torpedo apparatus through water. A plurality of head modules are removably and interchangeably attachable to the torpedo apparatus, wherein each of the head modules houses at least one guidance assembly and at least one utility assembly. A power supply module is configured to provide power to the propulsion module, the steering module, and an attached one of the head modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, David G. Kent, John P. Bousquet, Christopher Jay Palmer
  • Publication number: 20210315314
    Abstract: A helmet mounting system for attaching an accessory device to a helmet includes one or more cables with a hook for removably engaging the brim of the helmet. Each cable has an end attached to a spool which is rotatable in a first direction for winding of the cable(s) around the spool and a second direction for unwinding the cable. A tensioning mechanism is coupled to the spool. In certain embodiments, one or more accessory devices are electrically coupled to a power and data management module for routing power, data and control signals to the one or more accessory devices. Accessory devices are interchangeable, providing a modular system that can be customized to meet mission requirements and accessory devices are removable and replaceable as mission requirements change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Edward R. Hall, Ned A. Dalzell
  • Patent number: 11131518
    Abstract: A modular barrel system for firearm includes a first barrel segment and a second barrel segment. Each barrel segment comprises a tubular member having an axial bore, a proximal end, and a distal end. The proximal end of the first barrel segment has a first threaded element for removably attaching the first barrel segment to a firearm. The distal end of the first barrel segment has a second threaded element and the proximal end of the second barrel segment has a third threaded element which is complementary with the second threaded element, the third threaded element for removably attaching the second barrel segment to the first barrel segment. In a further aspect, method for the manufacture of a modular barrel system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Jared Majcher
  • Patent number: 11035646
    Abstract: A grenade launcher system comprises a grenade launcher receiver and a grenade launcher barrel attached to the grenade launcher receiver. A trigger assembly is attached to the grenade launcher receiver at a position adjacent the grenade launcher barrel. The grenade launcher receiver has an elongate channel disposed on an upper surface of the grenade launcher receiver, the elongate channel extending parallel to the grenade launcher barrel and configured to slidably and removably receive a mounting rail. In certain embodiments, the grenade launcher system is configured to operate in an underslung configuration relative to a firearm. In certain embodiments, the grenade launcher system is configured to operate in a standalone configuration without a firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, John P. Bousquet
  • Publication number: 20210172704
    Abstract: An optical bench for supporting a reflex sight in a weapon-mounted sight assembly includes a reflex sight mounting portion having a first surface for receiving a reticle light source and a first reticle lens mounting arm spaced apart from a second reticle lens mounting arm. The first and second reticle lens mounting arms are attached to the reflex sight mounting portion and the first and second reticle lens mounting arms are configured to engage opposite sides of a reticle lens to support the reticle lens in an optical path of the reticle light source. The first and second reticle lens mounting arms are sufficiently resilient to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction of the reticle lens. In further aspects, a weapon sight assembly employing an optical bench and a method for manufacturing an optical bench are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Michael C. Nackel, James W. Teetzel
  • Patent number: 10969202
    Abstract: A weapon system for a firearm having a barrel includes a powered accessory rail interface having an upper accessory rail and a lower accessory rail. A first accessory device is removably attachable to the upper accessory rail and is configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A second accessory device is removably attachable to the lower accessory rail, the second accessory device configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A power supply is electrically coupled to the powered accessory rail interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, John P. Bousquet, Daniel M. Desrosiers, Marvin S. Carter, III, Jansen Habrial
  • Patent number: 10956803
    Abstract: A rescue system includes a wearable article, such as a wristband, which includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, a radio frequency (RF) beacon, and a power supply. One or more RFID readers (collectively, an RF network) are located on a vessel, the RFID readers being configured to communicate with the RFID tag. Should the RF network detect a passenger overboard event, a modular rocket system is deployed. The modular rocket system comprises a guidance module, the guidance module including a guidance system for guiding the modular rocket system toward a target. A flight control module is removably attached to the guidance module, said flight control module including a plurality of airfoils. A flotation module is removably attached to the flight control module, said flotation module including a flotation device. A rocket motor module removably attached to the flotation module, said rocket motor module including a rocket motor configured to propel the modular rocket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventor: James W. Teetzel
  • Patent number: 10948253
    Abstract: In one aspect, a sensor system for advanced smart weapons barrels includes one or more sensors, the sensors connected to a processor by way of conductive elements. The smart weapons barrel system may include one or more barrel segments, such segments being removably attached to each other. In certain embodiments, the sensors are positioned along the barrel segments and generate an electrical signal in response to a projectile being fired by the host firearm as the projectile moves past the respective sensor. The processor receives raw data from the sensor signal and may extrapolate and/or calculate further information in order to determine any number of a variety of metrics or other data analysis, including, but not limited to, round count projectile velocity, rate of fire, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Jared Majcher
  • Patent number: 10939718
    Abstract: A modular helmet interface with a mounting cleat and adhesive layer is provided. In one aspect, a mounting cleat is affixed to a helmet, such as a ballistic helmet, by an adhesive layer, the mounting cleat having a cavity filled with the adhesive used to secure the cleat to the helmet. In a further aspect, the mounting cleat has one or more annular grooves for improving the bond between the cleat and the helmet. In another aspect, a mounting cleat is secured to a helmet by way of a cleat-receiving securing member, the securing member affixed to the helmet by an adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 10942005
    Abstract: A combined reflex and laser sighting device with co-aligned iron sights is provided. In one aspect, the laser elements are co-aligned with each other, the reflex sight is co-aligned with the laser elements, and the iron sights are then co-aligned with the reflex sight and lasers, such that both the reflex sight, laser sight, and iron sights can all be calibrated or boresighted to a weapon together in a single operation. In another aspect, one or more laser elements are mounted to a laser bench and aligned with a reflex sight and iron sights attached to the laser bench. In yet another aspect, a plurality of laser elements are provided on the laser bench and are co-aligned with each other, the reflex sight, and the iron sights. In yet another aspect, an elevation adjustment apparatus for a laser sight includes selectable primary and secondary adjustment assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire