Patents by Inventor Jerome Johnson Tiemann

Jerome Johnson Tiemann 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: 7426838
    Abstract: An icemaker assembly is disposed within a refrigerator having a freezer compartment, a fresh food compartment and respective freezer and fresh food door assemblies. The icemaker assembly comprises a conveyor assembly positioned within the freezer compartment having a flexible conveyor belt with a multiplicity of individual ice cube molds for creation of individual ice cubes. An ice cube storage bin is positioned below the conveyor assembly for storing the ice cubes and a fullness sensor is positioned for determining the fill level of ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Walter Whipple, Timothy Scott Shaffer, William Merritt Nall, Jr., Eayre Bruce Voorhees, Steven Paraszczak
  • Patent number: 7085497
    Abstract: A communication system includes an optical “LAN” (50) interconnecting a plurality of information sources (16a) and sinks (22a) with a light-to-electrical converter (36a) associated with an electrical RF transmitters (32a) and an RF-to-light converter (38a) to a receiver (34a). The transmitter is coupled by way of electrical-to-light converter (46a), and the receiver is coupled by way of light-to-electrical converter (44a), and by way of a directional coupler (76a), to an end of an optical bus (74a), so that light signals representing signals to be transmitted flow in one direction, and light signals representing received signals flow in the other direction through the bus. A directional coupler (72a) at the other end of the optical bus routes the transmit light signals to a light-to-RF converter (47a) which feeds a sink or antenna (12a), and received signals from a source or antenna are routed by way of an RF-to-light converter (40a) and the directional coupler (72a) onto the optical bus (74a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Louis Frey, William Sven Barquist, Jr., William Taylor Lotshaw, Sandra Freedman Feldman, John Jesse Soderberg, George Allan Whittaker
  • Patent number: 6644917
    Abstract: A on-line method is provided for detecting wear and/or damage to gas turbine parts. Preferred embodiments of the invention provide a gas turbine comprising parts with smart coatings and collection and detection means to measure wear and erosion of gas turbine parts. In other preferred embodiments, smart coatings are provided comprising chemical taggants that can be collected and detected downstream, thus providing an on-line or in situ evaluation technology for wear and damage to gas turbine parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ji-Cheng Zhao, James Anthony Ruud, John Eric Tkaczyk, Ann Melinda Ritter, Melvin Robert Jackson, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6639770
    Abstract: A current transformer for a ground fault circuit breaker used on a circuit having at least one line conductor and a neutral conductor includes a toroidal core having a circular opening defining a center point and a multi-turn winding wound on the core. A first guide member is disposed on one side of the core, and a second guide member is disposed on another side of the core. The first and second guide members each have a hole for receiving the line conductor and a hole for receiving the neutral conductor formed therein. The guide members thus position the conductors with respect to the core. The present invention also includes a method of correcting asymmetries in the current transformer. The method includes measuring the magnitude and orientation of any asymmetries, and then altering the current transformer based on the measured magnitude and orientation of the asymmetries so as to eliminate the asymmetries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Dudley Baertsch
  • Publication number: 20030198475
    Abstract: A communication system includes an optical “LAN” (50) interconnecting a plurality of information sources (16a) and sinks (22a) with a light-to-electrical converter (36a) associated with an electrical RF transmitters (32a) and an RF-to-light converter (38a) to a receiver (34a). The transmitter is coupled by way of electrical-to-light converter (46a), and the receiver is coupled by way of light-to-electrical converter (44a), and by way of a directional coupler (76a), to an end of an optical bus (74a), so that light signals representing signals to be transmitted flow in one direction, and light signals representing received signals flow in the other direction through the bus. A directional coupler (72a) at the other end of the optical bus routes the transmit light signals to a light-to-RF converter (47a) which feeds a sink or antenna (12a), and received signals from a source or antenna are routed by way of an RF-to-light converter (40a) and the directional coupler (72a) onto the optical bus (74a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Louis Frey, William Sven Barquist, William Taylor Lotshaw, Sandra Freedman Feldman, John Jesse Soderberg, George Allan Whittaker
  • Publication number: 20030118440
    Abstract: A on-line method is provided for detecting wear and/or damage to gas turbine parts. Preferred embodiments of the invention provide a gas turbine comprising parts with smart coatings and collection and detection means to measure wear and erosion of gas turbine parts. In other preferred embodiments, smart coatings are provided comprising chemical taggants that can be collected and detected downstream, thus providing an on-line or in situ evaluation technology for wear and damage to gas turbine parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Ji-Cheng Zhao, James Anthony Ruud, John Eric Tkaczyk, Ann Melinda Ritter, Melvin Robert Jackson, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6550681
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a scanning device for reading a tag disposed upon a cooking item, which tag includes cooking instructions, and a network connection for receiving updated information relative to a respective cooking item. Circuitry is coupled to the scanning device and to the network connection for updated and implementing the cooking instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Anderson Fergus Ross, Kirby Gannett Vosburgh, Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Kristina Helena Valborg Hedengren
  • Patent number: 6550496
    Abstract: A rotary doser valve includes a stator with a plurality of ports therein which cooperates with a rotor having a plurality of channels therein. The rotor is rotatable against the stator in first and second positions which alternately channel water to and from a doser for refilling an icemaker in a preferred use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Andrew Philip Shapiro, Walter Whipple, III, Richard DeVos
  • Patent number: 6472882
    Abstract: The fail-safe electronic circuit breaker includes a test circuit connected to a fault detection circuit. The test circuit selectively generates a simulated circuit fault that is supplied to the fault detection circuit. The fail-safe electronic circuit breaker also includes a trip mechanism disabler that is connected to the test circuit. The trip mechanism disabler permanently disables the fail-safe electronic circuit breaker when the fault detection circuit fails to detect the simulated circuit fault after about a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Dudley Baertsch
  • Patent number: 6442954
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a freezer compartment and access door. An icemaker is disposed in the freezer compartment. An upper hopper is disposed inside the freezer door below the icemaker, and includes a rotary auger and first and second ice ports below opposite ends thereof. A receptacle is disposed outside the freezer door below the upper hopper, and a lower hopper is disposed inside the freezer door below the receptacle. A chute joins the second port of the upper hopper to the lower hopper for storing ice cubes therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Steve Paraszczak, Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Lorina June White, Martin Scott Mershon, Scott Russell King, Samuel Vincent DuPlessis
  • Patent number: 6442006
    Abstract: A ground fault circuit breaker for use on a circuit having at least one line conductor and a neutral conductor includes a first transformer having a first toroidal core and a second transformer having a second toroidal core. The first and second cores are arranged concentrically with one another on a printed circuit board, which is disposed with a compact circuit breaker housing. The line and neutral conductors pass through both transformer cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Dudley Baertsch, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6438976
    Abstract: An icemaker assembly is disposed within a refrigerator having a freezer compartment, a fresh food compartment and respective freezer and fresh food door assemblies. The icemaker assembly comprises a conveyor assembly positioned within the freezer compartment having a flexible conveyor belt with a multiplicity of individual ice cube molds for creation of individual ice cubes. An ice cube storage bin is positioned below the conveyor assembly for storing the ice cubes and a fullness sensor is positioned for determining the fill level of ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Walter Whipple, Timothy Scott Shaffer, William Merritt Nall, Jr., Eayre Bruce Voorhees, Steven Paraszczak
  • Publication number: 20020092869
    Abstract: A rotary doser valve includes a stator with a plurality of ports therein which cooperates with a rotor having a plurality of channels therein. The rotor is rotatable against the stator in first and second positions which alternately channel water to and from a doser for refilling an icemaker in a preferred use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Andrew Philip Shapiro, Walter Whipple,, Richard DeVos
  • Patent number: 6414579
    Abstract: A current transformer for a ground fault circuit breaker used on a circuit having at least one line conductor and a neutral conductor includes a toroidal core having a circular opening defining a center point and a multi-turn winding wound on the core. A first guide member is disposed on one side of the core, and a second guide member is disposed on another side of the core. The first and second guide members each have a hole for receiving the line conductor and a hole for receiving the neutral conductor formed therein. The guide members thus position the conductors with respect to the core. Also included is a method of correcting asymmetries in the current transformer. The method includes measuring the magnitude and orientation of any asymmetries, and then altering the current transformer based on the measured magnitude and orientation of the asymmetries so as to eliminate the asymmetries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Dudley Baertsch
  • Publication number: 20020057162
    Abstract: A current transformer for a ground fault circuit breaker used on a circuit having at least one line conductor and a neutral conductor includes a toroidal core having a circular opening defining a center point and a multi-turn winding wound on the core. A first guide member is disposed on one side of the core, and a second guide member is disposed on another side of the core. The first and second guide members each have a hole for receiving the line conductor and a hole for receiving the neutral conductor formed therein. The guide members thus position the conductors with respect to the core. Also included is a method of correcting asymmetries in the current transformer. The method includes measuring the magnitude and orientation of any asymmetries, and then altering the current transformer based on the measured magnitude and orientation of the asymmetries so as to eliminate the asymmetries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: JEROME JOHNSON TIEMANN, RICHARD DUDLEY BAERTSCH
  • Publication number: 20020057182
    Abstract: A current transformer for a ground fault circuit breaker used on a circuit having at least one line conductor and a neutral conductor includes a toroidal core having a circular opening defining a center point and a multi-turn winding wound on the core. A first guide member is disposed on one side of the core, and a second guide member is disposed on another side of the core. The first and second guide members each have a hole for receiving the line conductor and a hole for receiving the neutral conductor formed therein. The guide members thus position the conductors with respect to the core. The present invention also includes a method of correcting asymmetries in the current transformer. The method includes measuring the magnitude and orientation of any asymmetries, and then altering the current transformer based on the measured magnitude and orientation of the asymmetries so as to eliminate the asymmetries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome Johnson Tiemann, Richard Dudley Baertsch
  • Patent number: 6366231
    Abstract: An analog to digital conversion circuit for converting an analog input signal into a plurality of binary output bits includes an operational amplifier and an integrating capacitor for storing a charge proportional to the integral of the input signal. A charge subtracting circuit removes a first predetermined charge from the integrating capacitor when an output charge of the operational amplifier is substantially equal to a second predetermined charge. The first predetermined charge level is removed from the integrating capacitor a number of times. The removal of the first predetermined charge from the integrating capacitor allows the integral of the analog input signal to be larger than a maximum charge capable of being stored by the integrating capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Naresh Kesavan Rao, Daniel David Harrison, Donald Thomas McGrath, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6357720
    Abstract: An ice tray includes mold cells each having an open top and closed bottom. The bottom is air permeable for venting released air during formation of ice cubes therein. And, external sides of the ice tray may be thermally insulated for enhancing directional solidification of the ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6349550
    Abstract: An ice tray is filled with water and exposed to freezing temperature in a freezer. The freezing temperature is measured and integrated over time to obtain a monitoring parameter. The parameter is compared with a predetermined freezing standard for detecting transformation of the water into ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Jerome Johnson Tiemann
  • Patent number: 6333990
    Abstract: A method for removing “grid line artifacts” from x-ray images without changing the diagnostic quality of the x-ray image is presented. The method utilizes the Fourier spectrum of the image to detect the grid line frequencies and employs spectral domain filtering to remove the grid line spectral components. The diagnostic information is preserved by modifying the grid line spectral components to be indistinguishable from local variations in image intensity values, and edge density of the x-ray image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Birsen Yazici, Wen-Tai Lin, Jerome Johnson Tiemann