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).

  • 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
  • Patent number: 7999684
    Abstract: A test fixture and electronic tag assembly includes an electronic tag comprising an electronic device and a half wave dipole antenna of antenna length L. The antenna is configured as first and second coiled dipole antenna segments connecting with and extending in opposite directions from the electronic device. The assembly further includes a support frame; first and second electrically conductive pads positioned in spaced apart relationship within the support frame; and apparatus for fixedly holding end segments of the first and second coiled dipole antenna segments respectively against the first and second conductive pads in an overlapping relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Rajat Jain, Richard Nicholas Crano, Dale Roy Norton
  • Publication number: 20110148592
    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: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Joseph Carmine Lettieri, John Michael Fenkanyn, Mario Vincent Orosa, Richard Nicholas Crano, Joseph Paul Batcho, SR.
  • Publication number: 20110148593
    Abstract: A method of reading a data transmission from an electronic transmitting device mounted to a vehicle tire assembly includes: positioning a convex upper surface of a stand to intercept a vehicle tire of the vehicle tire assembly; establishing rotational engagement between the vehicle tire and the convex upper surface of the stand to slow the speed of the vehicle and reduce the rotational rate at which the vehicle tire rotates to a targeted reduced rotational read rate; and directing an antenna field from at least one antenna toward an approach path (and at least one antenna toward the exiting path) of the vehicle tire to the convex upper surface and lower surface of the stand to receive data transmission from the electronic transmitting device as the vehicle tire passes over the stand upper surface then down the lower surface at the reduced rotational read rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Joseph Carmine Lettieri, John Michael Fenkanyn, Mario Vincent Orosa, Richard Nicholas Crano, Joseph Paul Batcho, SR.
  • Publication number: 20110095891
    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: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Publication number: 20110095870
    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: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Publication number: 20110074550
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Richard Nicholas Crano
  • Publication number: 20110074549
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Richard Nicholas Crano
  • Publication number: 20100123585
    Abstract: A test fixture and electronic tag assembly includes an electronic tag comprising an electronic device and a half wave dipole antenna of antenna length L. The antenna is configured as first and second coiled dipole antenna segments connecting with and extending in opposite directions from the electronic device. The assembly further includes a support frame; first and second electrically conductive pads positioned in spaced apart relationship within the support frame; and apparatus for fixedly holding end segments of the first and second coiled dipole antenna segments respectively against the first and second conductive pads in an overlapping relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Rajat Jain, Richard Nicholas Crano, Dale Roy Norton
  • Publication number: 20100108211
    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: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Publication number: 20090322480
    Abstract: An electronic tag for a vehicle includes an antenna; a data transmitter coupled to the antenna; and an elastomeric coating layer encapsulating the transmitter and antenna. The tag may attach to the vehicle by means of a tire or otherwise affixed to the body of the vehicle. The antenna may be configured as a dipole accessible by an external signal from substantially a 360 degree sphere surrounding the tag package. An adhesive material layer may be included to encapsulate the elastomeric material coated transmitter and antenna and utilized to attach the tag to a vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Mario Vincent Orosa, John Michael Fenkanyn, Joseph Alan Incavo
  • Publication number: 20080105345
    Abstract: An optical fiber device is affixed to a tire sidewall and powered by a light source affixed to the wheel or tire. Optical fiber cable(s) within the device in a preferred configuration emit a light in one or more colors in response to light signals from the light source. The optical fiber cable(s) may be energized by a controller having multiple color LEDs that are selectively activated by a biasing voltage to transmit colored light from the controller to the optical fiber cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Robert Leon Benedict
  • Patent number: 7021164
    Abstract: A tool for insertion of a sensor to a predetermined depth within a bore includes an elongate tool tip terminating at a tip end, a handle affixed to the tip, and an axial passageway extending through the tip and handle to a tool end. A window is provided extending transversely into the tool tip at a location between the tip end and the handle and provides visual access to the passageway. The tool is capable of use in two modes of operation. In a first mode, a bore is drilled into an object body such as a tire to the required depth. The sensor leads are fed through the tip of the tool and pulled through the handle until the sensor touches the tip of the tool. Thereafter, the tip of the tool with the sensor is inserted into the pre-formed bore. The tool tip is then removed out of the bore, leaving the sensor within the bore at the pre-determined desired depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Patent number: 6644106
    Abstract: A thermal detecting device can be used to detect standing waves in a tire. A one degree F. differential has been found to exist between the high flexing points and the low flexing points in a standing wave, and thermal imaging can be used to map the wave. Information on the standing waves can be used by the tire designer to improve a design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Tuck Foo Thum, John Michael Fenkanyn
  • Publication number: 20020162398
    Abstract: A thermal detecting device can be used to detect standing waves in a tire. A one degree F. differential has been found to exist between the high flexing points and the low flexing points in a standing wave, and thermal imaging can be used to map the wave. Information on the standing waves can be used by the tire designer to improve a design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: Tuck Foo Thum, John Michael Fenkanyn