Patents by Inventor John Mallard

John Mallard 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: 20210254988
    Abstract: A plurality of items includes a first item deliverable to a first delivery destination and a second item deliverable to a second delivery destination. The value of a first vehicle parameter dependent on a mass of the first item and a mass of the second item is calculated for a first delivery route, the first delivery route being configured to stop at the first delivery destination before the second delivery destination to thereby deliver the first item before the second. The value of a first vehicle parameter for a second delivery route is calculated, the second delivery route being configured to stop at the second delivery destination before the first delivery destination to thereby deliver the second item before the first. A delivery route is determined that comprises the first and second delivery destinations that optimizes the value of the first vehicle parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Owen David Styles, William John Mallard
  • Publication number: 20210194073
    Abstract: A method for a battery system for a vehicle is provided. The battery system can include a plurality of battery modules and a heat transfer assembly. Each of the battery modules can include one or more cells. The battery modules are selectively electrically connectable to a terminal of the battery system in order to provide electrical power to the vehicle. The heat transfer assembly can selectively adjust thermal energy levels of one or more of the battery modules. The method can include determining a desired capacity of the battery system, determining a number of the battery modules to have thermal energy levels adjusted by the heat transfer assembly according to the desired capacity of the battery system, and operating the heat transfer assembly to adjust thermal energy levels of the determined number of battery modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: William John Mallard, Owen David Styles
  • Patent number: 10935066
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The fastener assembly comprises a fastener configured to couple a first component to a second component of the motor vehicle, the fastener comprising a shank configured to be received within a bore of the first component; and a retaining member, the retaining member being couplable to the fastener and the first component, the retaining member comprising an opening configured to receive the fastener shank and to provide a resistance against the removal of the fastener shank from the bore of the first component, wherein the retaining member comprises a deformable portion configured to deform from a first state to a second state by virtue of the operating environment of the first component such that the fastener may be removed from the bore when the deformable portion is in the second state following operation of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company Limited
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Patent number: 10723082
    Abstract: A cover for a housing of a vehicle and a method of sealing a cover to the housing, where in at least one example, the cover comprises a cover body configured to cover an opening of the housing and to engage the housing at an interface around the opening. The cover may comprise a heating element embedded within the cover body and operable to at least partially melt a portion of the cover body as a part of a process for sealing the cover to the housing. The portion of the cover body may deform and conform to an interface feature at the mating surface of the housing due to the at least partial melting of the portion of the cover body, and, in some examples, the heating element may be configured to fail and be inoperable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Patent number: 10151278
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system for an internal combustion engine. In one example, the EGR system comprises an inlet air duct configured to provide the internal combustion engine with inlet air, an EGR diffuser configured to provide recirculated exhaust gases from the internal combustion engine to the inlet air duct through an outlet, and a resilient element, the EGR diffuser and resilient element adapted to provide homogenous mixing of EGR gases and inlet air at a specific operating condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Publication number: 20180290389
    Abstract: A cover for a housing of a vehicle and a method of sealing a cover to the housing, where in at least one example, the cover comprises a cover body configured to cover an opening of the housing and to engage the housing at an interface around the opening. The cover may comprise a heating element embedded within the cover body and operable to at least partially melt a portion of the cover body as a part of a process for sealing the cover to the housing. The portion of the cover body may deform and conform to an interface feature at the mating surface of the housing due to the at least partial melting of the portion of the cover body, and, in some examples, the heating element may be configured to fail and be inoperable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Publication number: 20170356484
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The fastener assembly comprises a fastener configured to couple a first component to a second component of the motor vehicle, the fastener comprising a shank configured to be received within a bore of the first component; and a retaining member, the retaining member being couplable to the fastener and the first component, the retaining member comprising an opening configured to receive the fastener shank and to provide a resistance against the removal of the fastener shank from the bore of the first component, wherein the retaining member comprises a deformable portion configured to deform from a first state to a second state by virtue of the operating environment of the first component such that the fastener may be removed from the bore when the deformable portion is in the second state following operation of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Publication number: 20170022941
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system for an internal combustion engine. In one example, the EGR system comprises an inlet air duct configured to provide the internal combustion engine with inlet air, an EGR diffuser configured to provide recirculated exhaust gases from the internal combustion engine to the inlet air duct through an outlet, and a resilient element, the EGR diffuser and resilient element adapted to provide homogenous mixing of EGR gases and inlet air at a specific operating condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventor: William John Mallard
  • Patent number: 6195718
    Abstract: A multiple docking system allows multiple dock units to be connected to the bus of a primary unit notebook computer. This is accomplished using multiple bridges between the primary bus of the primary unit and secondary buses in each of the dock units. Importantly, the system allows for hot docking or docking of the multiple dock units to the primary unit while the primary unit is operational. It accomplishes this, however, without the latency impact associated with buffers on the primary bus. Instead, a docking signal is generated to a bridge in first dock unit as the second dock unit is docked. This causes the bridge to complete bus transactions between the primary bus and the first dock unit's secondary bus. The bridge also generates a float request signal to the primary unit and then floats the secondary bus only after receiving a float grant signal back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hennessy, John Mallard
  • Patent number: 6178469
    Abstract: A computer has a processor having a bus port operatively connected to a first bus and being operative to selectively access one of a plurality of peripheral devices operatively connected to the bus via at least one of a series of identifiers. The computer also has a peripheral selector for detecting the presence of one or more of the peripheral devices operatively connected to the first and second peripheral ports, for assigning a first of the identifiers to the first peripheral port if one of the peripheral devices is operatively connected to a first peripheral port that is connected to the bus, and for assigning the same first identifier to a second peripheral port that is operatively connected to the bus if the presence of one of the peripheral devices at the first peripheral port is not detected and the presence of one of the peripheral devices at the second peripheral port is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Rick Hennessy, David LeClair, Sanjeev Kumar, John Mallard