Patents by Inventor Jameson M. Smieja

Jameson M. Smieja 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: 20160186389
    Abstract: A method to warm a paving machine is disclosed. The method includes activation of a tamper speed control mode associated with a tamper bar in a screed section of the paving machine. A temperature of hydraulic oil of a tamper hydraulic circuit is detected. In addition, a temperature of the screed section is detected. A speed of operation of the tamper bar is set to a predetermined threshold if a temperature of the hydraulic oil is greater than a first oil temperature limit and a temperature of the screed section is greater than a screed temperature limit. The paving machine transitions to a paving mode, if the hydraulic oil temperature exceeds a second oil temperature limit and a minimum operational screed temperature is attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Jameson M. Smieja, Ricky L. Mings, Toby A. Frelich
  • Patent number: 9200415
    Abstract: A method for preparing a screed assembly for starting a new paving operation is provided. The screed assembly is reset to a pre-stored screed position in response to a user command. A user defined paving depth associated with the new paving operation is received. The screed assembly is positioned to rest on a paving surface and to a float mode in response to a user command. An angle of attack of the screed assembly associated with the new paving operation is set in response to a user command. Further, a height of the screed assembly is adjusted based on the user defined paving depth. A confirmation message indicative of the screed assembly prepared for the new paving operation is provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Toby A. Frelich, Jameson M. Smieja, Ricky L. Mings
  • Patent number: 9045871
    Abstract: A paving machine including an adjustable screed assembly is provided. Actuators adjust the screed assembly into the plurality of different configurations. Sensors sense a respective configuration parameter indicative of the configuration of the screed assembly. A controller is configured to save a first set of parameters including the configuration parameters and save a second set of parameters including the configuration parameters in response. The controller is configured to recall one of the first set or second set of parameters, and adjust automatically the configuration of the screed assembly to correspond to the configuration parameters included in the recalled first set or second set of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Rick L. Mings, Jameson M. Smieja, Toby A. Frelich, Igor S. Ramos, Anthony P. Steinhagen, Jason W. Kopacz, Chad M. Thiesse, Ryan T. Thiesse, Bradley D. Anderson, Daniel D. Podany, Kea V. Chin
  • Publication number: 20150139729
    Abstract: A method for preparing a screed assembly for starting a new paving operation is provided. The screed assembly is reset to a pre-stored screed position in response to a user command. A user defined paving depth associated with the new paving operation is received. The screed assembly is positioned to rest on a paving surface and to a float mode in response to a user command. An angle of attack of the screed assembly associated with the new paving operation is set in response to a user command. Further, a height of the screed assembly is adjusted based on the user defined paving depth. A confirmation message indicative of the screed assembly prepared for the new paving operation is provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Toby A. Frelich, Jameson M. Smieja, Ricky L. Mings
  • Patent number: 8979425
    Abstract: A control system for an extendable screed includes a first input device configured to set a speed limit for the extendable screed, a second input device configured to vary a speed of the extendable screed within the speed limit. The controller further includes, a third input device configured to govern a relationship between a speed of the extendable screed and a relative position of the second input device. The control system further includes a controller configured to receive inputs from the first, the second, and the third input devices and output a command signal to move the extendable screed relative to the main screed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Igor S. Ramos, Todd M. Jennings, Kea V. Chin, Daniel D. Podany, LaTanya G. Turner, Yasin H. Mohamed, Jameson M. Smieja
  • Publication number: 20150063907
    Abstract: A method of operating a machine having at least one tool is provided. The method may store one or more job profiles or machine configurations and an auto-zero or default profile in a memory associated with the machine, where each of the job profiles and the auto-zero profile may include one or more control settings for operating one or more of the machine and the tool; recall a selected one of the job profiles and the auto-zero profile in response to user input received at a user interface associated with the machine; engage or machine reset operation of one or more of the machine and the tool according to the control settings associated with the selected one of the job profiles and the auto-zero profile; and disengage at least part of the operation based on positioning information provided by one or more feedback devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Toby A. Frelich, Jameson M. Smieja, Rick L. Mings
  • Publication number: 20150003914
    Abstract: A screed includes a frame and a plate, with the frame coupled to the plate. The plate has a top surface, a thickness, and an opening in the top surface. The opening extends into the thickness and is configured to receive at least a portion of a temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony P. Steinhagen, Tobin D. Rasmusson, Jameson M. Smieja
  • Patent number: 8864410
    Abstract: A walkway for a screed includes a main walkway and an extender walkway coupled to the main walkway and an extender frame of the screed. The extender walkway is slidable relative to the main walkway along a sliding direction. Further, the extender walkway and the extender frame are pivotable relative to each other about a walkway pivot axis, the walkway pivot axis being substantially perpendicular to the sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Kopacz, Jameson M. Smieja, Steven M. Haas, Kevin J. Magee, Anthony P. Steinhagen
  • Publication number: 20140301784
    Abstract: A walkway for a screed includes a main walkway and an extender walkway coupled to the main walkway and an extender frame of the screed. The extender walkway is slidable relative to the main walkway along a sliding direction. Further, the extender walkway and the extender frame are pivotable relative to each other about a walkway pivot axis, the walkway pivot axis being substantially perpendicular to the sliding direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Kopacz, Jameson M. Smieja, Steven M. Haas, Kevin J. Magee, Anthony P. Steinhagen
  • Publication number: 20140186115
    Abstract: A paving machine including an adjustable screed assembly is provided. Actuators adjust the screed assembly into the plurality of different configurations. Sensors sense a respective configuration parameter indicative of the configuration of the screed assembly. A controller is configured to save a first set of parameters including the configuration parameters and save a second set of parameters including the configuration parameters in response. The controller is configured to recall one of the first set or second set of parameters, and adjust automatically the configuration of the screed assembly to correspond to the configuration parameters included in the recalled first set or second set of parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Rick L. Mings, Jameson M. Smieja, Toby A. Frelich, Igor S. Ramos, Anthony P. Steinhagen, Jason W. Kopacz, Chad M. Thiesse, Ryan T. Thiesse, Bradley D. Anderson, Daniel D. Podany, Kea V. Chin
  • Publication number: 20140119826
    Abstract: A control system for an extendable screed includes a first input device configured to set a speed limit for the extendable screed, a second input device configured to vary a speed of the extendable screed within the speed limit. The controller further includes, a third input device configured to govern a relationship between a speed of the extendable screed and a relative position of the second input device. The control system further includes a controller configured to receive inputs from the first, the second, and the third input devices and output a command signal to move the extendable screed relative to the main screed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Igor S. Ramos, Todd M. Jennings, Kea V. Chin, Daniel D. Podany, LaTanya G. Turner, Yasin H. Mohamed, Jameson M. Smieja
  • Patent number: 8568058
    Abstract: In electrically heated screed assemblies, elements that are prone to failure are the temperature sensors. Typically, each screed plate has a single temperature sensor. When one temperature sensor fails, the controller will look for a working temperature sensor amongst the other screed plates and if more than one temperature sensor is working, the controller will choose the most relevant temperature sensor and use the data from the working temperature sensor to operate the resistive heating elements on the screed plate with the non-functional temperature sensor. If the temperature sensor on an outer screed plate fails, the controller will look to the other outer screed plate temperature sensor for data for purposes of operating the resistive heating elements on the outer screed plate with a broken temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jameson M. Smieja
  • Patent number: 8297875
    Abstract: A system and method to control heating of a screed assembly in a paving machine is disclosed. The system and method includes providing a plurality of screed elements in communication with a respective one of a plurality of circuit breakers through a respective one of a plurality of relays. The system and method additionally includes providing a control system in communication with the plurality of screed elements and the plurality of relays and, receiving inputs by the control system to generate an output signal based upon the inputs. Heating of each of the plurality of screed elements is accomplished in response to the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Kopacz, Anthony P. Steinhagen, Jameson M. Smieja
  • Publication number: 20120087726
    Abstract: In electrically heated screed assemblies, elements that are prone to failure are the temperature sensors. Typically, each screed plate has a single temperature sensor. When one temperature sensor fails, the controller will look for a working temperature sensor amongst the other screed plates and if more than one temperature sensor is working, the controller will choose the most relevant temperature sensor and use the data from the working temperature sensor to operate the resistive heating elements on the screed plate with the non-functional temperature sensor. If the temperature sensor on an outer screed plate fails, the controller will look to the other outer screed plate temperature sensor for data for purposes of operating the resistive heating elements on the outer screed plate with a broken temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jameson M. Smieja