Patents by Inventor Jeffrey R. Joyce

Jeffrey R. Joyce 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: 20190275550
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a residue of a substance, extrudable through a nozzle of an automated end-effector, from an exterior of the nozzle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a dispenser. The dispenser comprises a platform to support at least one cleaning pad. The dispenser further comprises a cage to maintain at least the one cleaning pad on the platform. The platform is movable relative to the cage. The apparatus also comprises a constricting device to circumferentially squeeze one of at least the one cleaning pad, adhesively picked up from the platform by the nozzle, around the nozzle once the nozzle is inserted into the constricting device. The apparatus additionally comprises a disposal receptacle to collect the one of at least the one cleaning pad, released from the constricting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John J. DeForest, Fei Cai, Cameron J. Moore, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Publication number: 20190262966
    Abstract: Processe and system for preparing a vehicle surface (e.g., an aircraft fuselage) for painting include a preparation booth (100) which is sized and configured to house the vehicle (F). At least one robotic assembly (200a, 200b) is reciprocally movable within the preparation booth (100) relative to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle (F), and is provided with a robotic hand (230) having at least one abrasive disc (242a) attached to an attachment pad (242) of the robotic hand (230), and at least one nozzle (252a, 252b, 252c) for discharging a stream of rinse fluid. Operation of the at least one robotic assembly (230) will cause the at least one abrasive disc (242a) of the robot hand (230) to abrade the surface of the vehicle (F). The robotic hand (230) may thereafter be maneuvered so that the at least one nozzle (252a, 252b, 252c) is directed toward the abraded vehicle surface (F).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Rogério SCAFUTTO SCOTTON, Rodrigo Cesar GONCALVES POLI, Vitor Inacio VALDECIR, Jaime LEITE FILHO, Luis GUEVARA WATTS, Jeffrey R. JOYCE, Anthony George STEWARD
  • Patent number: 10357794
    Abstract: A method for removing a residue of a substance, extrudable through a nozzle of an automated end-effector, from an exterior of the nozzle, the method including steps of (1) establishing contact between the nozzle and a cleaning pad; (2) adhering the cleaning pad to the nozzle; (3) inserting the nozzle, with the cleaning pad adhered thereto, into a constricting device; (4) circumferentially squeezing the cleaning pad around the nozzle with the constricting device; (5) withdrawing the nozzle from the constricting device to separate the cleaning pad from the nozzle and remove the residue of the substance from the exterior of the nozzle; and (6) transferring the cleaning pad from the constricting device to a disposal receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John J. DeForest, Fei Cai, Cameron J. Moore, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Publication number: 20180281005
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for removing a residue (508) of a substance (510), extrudable through a nozzle (500) of an automated end-effector (502), from an exterior (512) of the nozzle (500) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises a dispenser (108). The dispenser (108) comprises a platform (114) to support at least one cleaning pad (102). The dispenser (108) further comprises a cage (116) to maintain at least the one cleaning pad (102) on the platform (114). The platform (114) is movable relative to the cage (116). The apparatus (100) also comprises a constricting device (104) to circumferentially squeeze one of at least the one cleaning pad (102), adhesively picked up from the platform (114) by the nozzle (500), around the nozzle (500) once the nozzle (500) is inserted into the constricting device (104). The apparatus (100) additionally comprises a disposal receptacle (106) to collect the one of at least the one cleaning pad (102), released from the constricting device (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John J. DeForest, Fei Cai, Cameron J. Moore, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Publication number: 20150375390
    Abstract: A robotic system for performing surface finishing processes on a large object, is provided, the system includes at least one platform having a connected robot, the robot performing a surface finishing process on the large object. Also included is an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) separable of the platform movable independent of the platform for moving under the platform, lifting up the platform and moving the platform multiple locations along or around the large object to extend a useful working envelope of the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Becroft, Jeffrey R. Joyce, Arthur P. Scafe, Michael E. Reich, Sean P. Parke, Kevin M. Wichers
  • Patent number: 7273339
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a powder paint delivery method and apparatus employing a pressurized reservoir pump that supplies a controlled stream of densely fluidized or dense phase powder paint to the applicator though a powder delivery conduit. The powder flow rate is a function of the pressure in the reservoir and the flow resistance from the reservoir to the applicator, and is therefore very stable over time, and simple to control. The powder flow can be controlled by holding the resistance of the powder flow path constant and varying the pressure in the reservoir, or by holding the reservoir pressure constant and varying the resistance of the powder flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Haden Schweitzer Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Johnson, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Publication number: 20040174862
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a powder paint delivery method and apparatus employing a pressurized reservoir pump that supplies a controlled stream of densely fluidized or dense phase powder paint to the applicator though a powder delivery conduit. The powder flow rate is a function of the pressure in the reservoir and the flow resistance from the reservoir to the applicator, and is therefore very stable over time, and simple to control. The powder flow can be controlled by holding the resistance of the powder flow path constant and varying the pressure in the reservoir, or by holding the reservoir pressure constant and varying the resistance of the powder flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Johnson, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Patent number: 6099898
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for allowing a powder paint system to utilize reclaimed oversprayed powder paint of various colors by collecting it in a common reclaim collector system. The reclaimed powder paint is then applied to a work piece as a base coat to attain a portion of the total film build required. The remainder of the film thickness is then applied in subsequent application of virgin powder paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Haden, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Joyce, Jeffrey C. Johnson