Patents by Inventor John Michael Fenkanyn

John Michael Fenkanyn 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: 20190131687
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire and radio frequency identification tag combination is provided. The combination includes a ground-contacting annular tread, a central rim and at least one spoke disk disposed between the rim and the tread. The at least one spoke disk includes an inner ring mounted on the central rim, an outer ring, and a plurality of spokes extending radially between the inner ring and the outer ring. A shear band is disposed between the outer ring of the at least one spoke disk and the tread. A radio frequency identification tag is attached to the inner ring or the outer ring of the at least one spoke disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Mario Vincent Orosa
  • Patent number: 10105997
    Abstract: A standalone tire identification tag and standalone sensor module are mounted to a tire and configured to share and store tire identification and tire parameter-measuring sensor data through a common data sharing interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Peter Jung-min Suh, Amrita Patel
  • Publication number: 20170174013
    Abstract: A standalone tire identification tag and standalone sensor module are mounted to a tire and configured to share and store tire identification and tire parameter-measuring sensor data through a common data sharing interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Peter Jung-min Suh, Amrita Patel
  • Patent number: 9358846
    Abstract: A load estimation system and method for estimating vehicle load includes a tire rotation counter for generating a rotation count from rotation of a tire; apparatus for measuring distance travelled by the vehicle; an effective radius calculator for calculating effective radius of the tire from the distance travelled and the rotation count; and a load estimation calculator for calculating the load carried by the vehicle tire from the effective radius of the tire. A center of gravity height estimation may be made from an estimated total load carried by the tires supporting the vehicle pursuant to an estimation of effective radius for each tire and a calculated load carried by each tire from respective effective radii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Kanwar Bharat Singh, John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Peter Jung-min Suh, Arthur Allen Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9183423
    Abstract: A drive over stand for a TAG reader has a lead-on ramped surface and an exit-off ramped surface aligned and operative to intercept and engage the vehicle tire as the vehicle tire traverses over the upper surface of the stand. One or more pockets are disposed within the stand base, each receiving an antenna assembly. The antenna assembly is positioned within the pocket of the base, seated at a tilt angle operative to direct a read field toward a vehicle approach path to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Batcho, Sr., John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Mario Vincent Orosa
  • Patent number: 9135479
    Abstract: An antenna assembly includes a stand having a convex outer surface positioned to intercept and engage a vehicle tire as the vehicle tire passes over the convex stand surface. The height and contour of the convex stand surface slows the rotational rate of the vehicle tire, and thereby a transmitting device carried by the tire, to a preferred rotational read rate as the vehicle tire passes over the convex surface. One or more antenna members mount to the stand proximal to the convex surface, each antenna having a directionally aimed tilted antenna field positioned to continuously receive data transmission from the electronic transmitting device as the vehicle tire passes over the convex stand surface at the reduced rotational read rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Joseph Carmine Lettieri, John Michael Fenkanyn, Mario Vincent Orosa, Richard Nicholas Crano, Joseph Paul Batcho, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9120356
    Abstract: Estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire includes an inflation pressure measuring sensor for measuring tire inflation pressure and generating a measured tire inflation pressure signal; a deformation measuring sensor mounted in a tire region of the vehicle tire, the deformation measuring sensor in the form of a piezoelectric bending sensor generating a deformation signal estimating a length of a tire contact patch length as the senor rolls through a tire footprint. Tire rolling speed is estimated from the deformation signal and a peak to peak amplitude variation within the deformation signal is detected and measured. An artificial neural network receives the tire rolling speed estimation, the contact patch length estimation, the amplitude variation within the deformation signal, and the measured inflation pressure of the tire. The artificial neural network adaptively interprets the input data and generates an output load estimation based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Amrita Patel, John Michael Fenkanyn, Kanwar Bharat Singh, Peter Jung-min Suh
  • Patent number: 8963688
    Abstract: A product management system and method for reading electronic identification tags from a vertical stack of tires. Each tire has an electronic identification tag secured at a position to operative to electronically transmit data to an antenna element positioned internally within a toroidal opening of each tire in the stack. An elongate read wand is positioned in a substantially vertical orientation within the aligned toroidal openings of the tires. The antenna element is carried by the read wand and is thus positioned by the read wand to receive an electronic transmission from each electronic identification tag in the aligned tire stack. The read wand may be ceiling-mounted, floor mounted, or hand held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Joseph Paul Batcho, Sr., Mario Vincent Orosa, Jennifer Kaye Flowers
  • Publication number: 20150028101
    Abstract: A drive over stand for a TAG reader has a lead-on ramped surface and an exit-off ramped surface aligned and operative to intercept and engage the vehicle tire as the vehicle tire traverses over the upper surface of the stand. One or more pockets are disposed within the stand base, each receiving an antenna assembly. The antenna assembly is positioned within the pocket of the base, seated at a tilt angle operative to direct a read field toward a vehicle approach path to the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Batcho, SR., John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Mario Vincent Orosa
  • Publication number: 20140114558
    Abstract: A load estimation system and method for estimating vehicle load includes a tire rotation counter for generating a rotation count from rotation of a tire; apparatus for measuring distance travelled by the vehicle; an effective radius calculator for calculating effective radius of the tire from the distance travelled and the rotation count; and a load estimation calculator for calculating the load carried by the vehicle tire from the effective radius of the tire. A center of gravity height estimation may be made from an estimated total load carried by the tires supporting the vehicle pursuant to an estimation of effective radius for each tire and a calculated load carried by each tire from respective effective radii.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Kanwar Bharat Singh, John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Peter Jung-min Suh, Arthur Allen Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20140069181
    Abstract: A system and method of estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire includes an inflation pressure measuring sensor attached to the tire for measuring a tire cavity inflation pressure level; and one or more piezofilm deformation measuring sensors mounted to one or both of the tire sidewalls. The deformation measuring sensor generates within the tire footprint a deformation signal having signal power level indicative of a level of sidewall deformation within the footprint contact patch. Power-to-load maps adjusted for tire inflation pressure are generated and stored for the tire, the maps correlating a range of load levels to a range of signal power levels whereby operatively enabling a load level to be identified for each signal power level on an inflation pressure adjusted basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Kanwar Bharat Singh, John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Peter Jung-min Suh
  • Patent number: 8661885
    Abstract: A system and method of estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire includes an inflation pressure measuring sensor attached to the tire for measuring a tire cavity inflation pressure level; and one or more piezofilm deformation measuring sensors mounted to one or both of the tire sidewalls. The deformation measuring sensor generates within the tire footprint a deformation signal having signal power level indicative of a level of sidewall deformation within the footprint contact patch. Power-to-load maps adjusted for tire inflation pressure are generated and stored for the tire, the maps correlating a range of load levels to a range of signal power levels whereby operatively enabling a load level to be identified for each signal power level on an inflation pressure adjusted basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Kanwar Bharat Singh, John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Peter Jung-min Suh
  • Publication number: 20140049375
    Abstract: A product management system and method for reading electronic identification tags from a vertical stack of tires. Each tire has an electronic identification tag secured at a position to operative to electronically transmit data to an antenna element positioned internally within a toroidal opening of each tire in the stack. An elongate read wand is positioned in a substantially vertical orientation within the aligned toroidal openings of the tires. The antenna element is carried by the read wand and is thus positioned by the read wand to receive an electronic transmission from each electronic identification tag in the aligned tire stack. The read wand may be ceiling-mounted, floor mounted, or hand held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Joseph Paul Batcho, SR., Mario Vincent Orosa, Jennifer Kaye Flowers
  • Publication number: 20140005956
    Abstract: Estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire includes an inflation pressure measuring sensor for measuring tire inflation pressure and generating a measured tire inflation pressure signal; a deformation measuring sensor mounted in a tire region of the vehicle tire, the deformation measuring sensor in the form of a piezoelectric bending sensor generating a deformation signal estimating a length of a tire contact patch length as the senor rolls through a tire footprint. Tire rolling speed is estimated from the deformation signal and a peak to peak amplitude variation within the deformation signal is detected and measured. An artificial neural network receives the tire rolling speed estimation, the contact patch length estimation, the amplitude variation within the deformation signal, and the measured inflation pressure of the tire. The artificial neural network adaptively interprets the input data and generates an output load estimation based thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Amrita Patel, John Michael Fenkanyn, Kanwar Bharat Singh, Peter Jung-min Suh
  • Publication number: 20140002242
    Abstract: A product management system and method for reading an electronic identification tag secured to a manufactured product is provided and includes a portal having a portal opening positioned and dimensioned to permit the product to be transported through the portal opening; a flexible curtain consisting of an array of flexible, transparent strips pivotally suspended at the portal to depend downward into the portal opening, the curtain strips within the portal opening having an antenna incorporated therein. The curtain strips are positioned for contacting engagement with the manufactured product or each product within a stack of such products as the product/stack passes through the portal opening. An intimate contacting engagement by antenna-bearing strips with each product enables receipt of electronic data transmission from the electronic identification tag of each of the products as the products move through the portal opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Patent number: 8441355
    Abstract: A host article and electronic tag assembly includes an article portion of rubber-based material composition. The electronic device and antenna attach to or are embedded within the article portion. The antenna is constructed to be flexible and at least partially composed of a flexible conductive material such as conductive rubber. The flexible antenna conductive material is selected to provide material composition properties substantially equivalent to the rubber-based article portion, whereby rendering the antenna mechanically compatible for incorporation into the article portion. A change in compression within the rubber-based article portion changes compression forces exerted from the article portion on the antenna arms which, in turn, results in a detectable change in signal strength from the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Patent number: 8269610
    Abstract: A method for sensing pressure in a pressurized article utilizing an electronic tag includes: calculating the impedance of a tag antenna, the tag antenna being flexible and at least partially composed of a flexible conductive pressure sensitive material including rubber; measuring changes in antenna impedance resulting from changes in pressure exerted on the tag antenna; calculating changes in tag transmission signal strength resulting from changes in antenna impedance; at least partially embedding the electronic tag within a wall portion of the article, the wall portion at least partially defining an article cavity and exerting a compressive force on the tag antenna of a magnitude determined by the magnitude of air pressure within the cavity; measuring the tag transmission signal strength with the tag antenna subjected to pressure from the article wall portion; determining the magnitude of air pressure within the cavity required to effect a compressive force on the tag antenna by the article wall sufficient t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Patent number: 8157172
    Abstract: A tire and RFID tag combine as an assembly to include a tire and a tag package mounted to a tire tag mounting surface. The tag package includes a carrier substrate having a die receiving surface and one or more interconnection tabs mounted to the die receiving surface. The tag package further includes a dipole antenna or other antenna configuration formed by first and second antenna members having inward ends connected to respective first and second interconnection tabs on the die receiving surface and outer antenna segments extending outward from the carrier substrate. An integrated circuit die mounts to the die receiving surface and has electrical contact(s) in contacting engagement with the interconnection tab(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Patent number: 8063742
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes an elongate carrier strip encapsulating an electronic device such as an RFID tag therein. The apparatus includes multiple rollers positioned in sequence and defining a serpentine path for receiving and supporting a carrier strip mid-portion. A drive mechanism engages the end portions of the strip and reciprocally moves the strip mid-portion in a forward direction and a reverse direction against curved surfaces of the rollers. A reader is further provided and positioned to detect the presence or absence of transmission error by the electronic device as the strip mid-portion reciprocally moves in the forward and reverse directions over the apparatus support surface during a testing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Richard Nicholas Crano
  • Patent number: 8063743
    Abstract: A method of testing an electronic tag includes: embedding the electronic tag within an elongate carrier strip composed of a material having material properties simulating an end product material within which the tag resides embedded during end product use; positioning the embedded tag substantially within the carrier strip at a mid-portion between opposite end portions of the strip; positioning the mid-portion of the strip and the embedded tag over at least one curved support surface; engaging the end portions of the strip; and positioning a reader in a position operative to receive information from the electronic tag during a testing transmission sequence; reciprocally moving the strip mid-portion in a forward direction and a reverse direction over the curved support surface; and rendering the reader operational to receive information transmitted from the electronic tag as the strip mid-portion reciprocally moves in the forward and reverse directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Richard Nicholas Crano