Patents by Inventor John R. West

John R. West 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: 20190249240
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for producing ultrashort optical pulses are described. A high-power, solid-state, passively mode-locked laser can be manufactured in a compact module that can be incorporated into a portable instrument for biological or chemical analyses. The pulsed laser may produce sub-100-ps optical pulses at a repetition rate commensurate with electronic data-acquisition rates. The optical pulses may excite samples in reaction chambers of the instrument, and be used to generate a reference clock for operating signal-acquisition and signal-processing electronics of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Quantum-Si Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rothberg, Jason W. Sickler, Lawrence C. West, Faisal R. Ahmad, Paul E. Glenn, Jack Jewell, John Glenn, Jose Camara, Jeremy Christopher Jordan, Todd Rearick, Farshid Ghasemi, Jonathan C. Schultz, Keith G. Fife
  • Publication number: 20190217123
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment planning using four dimensional imaging data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jay B. West, John Allison, John R. Dooley, Calvin R. Maurer, JR.
  • Patent number: 10352608
    Abstract: An embodiment of method used to control operation of a screw compressor of a refrigeration system may include receiving status signals regarding operation of the screw compressor of the refrigeration system. The method may further include determining an operating point of the screw compressor based upon the received status signals, and selecting a torque profile for the screw compressor based upon the operating point. The method may also include driving the screw compressor per the selected torque profile. Refrigeration systems and compressor systems suitable for implementing the method are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: David M. Foye, Nathan T. West, Dennis M. Beekman, John R. Sauls
  • Publication number: 20190056256
    Abstract: A fuel storage system has a tank access chamber with improved monitoring, servicing and maintenance capabilities. In particular, the chamber includes a sump monitored by a liquid sensor whose proper function can be automatically checked remotely, e.g., via an electronic controller or remote manual operation. In cases where such a check indicates a need for physical inspection of the sump sensor, the present system provides for sensor removal and installation by service personnel from a location outside the tank access chamber. Thus, the present system facilitates regular inspection and routine or unplanned maintenance without the need for a person to physically enter the tank access chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Lee B. Markham, John R. West, Bill Nelson, Paul Ridge
  • Patent number: 9243817
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SOLARCITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. West, Hans-Christoph Haenlein
  • Patent number: 9109371
    Abstract: Foothold system on a sloped roof includes first flashing block with hole, second flashing block with hole, moveable foothold with hook portion removably inserted into first flashing block hole and lower portion comprising a step portion extending down-roof from hook portion, the moveable foothold moveable from first flashing block to second flashing block via unhooking hook portion from first flashing block and hooking hook portion to second flashing block; flashing blocks may include mounting portion to receive mounting foot for photovoltaic array, and/or step portion sized to receive and support weight of foot of human working on sloped roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Tyrus Hudson, John R. West
  • Patent number: 9097441
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed regarding an attachment system for solar equipment, sometimes referred to as a flashing device allowing quick and easy assembling of the solar equipment into an array or other combination in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, a flashing device may include a flashing plate which may contain one or more raised features to further direct and control the flow of liquid over the flashing plate. The flashing device may also contain a fluid restrictor such as a seal or part of a seal usually held within an aperture of a block having a skyward facing essentially or substantially flat surface. One or more various items of solar equipment may be attached to the essentially flat surface of the block. Also disclosed are adjustable mounting feet which may be installed in connection with other solar equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina, Ian Capsuto
  • Patent number: 8991114
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for quickly and easily assembling PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the system includes various couplings having a first engaging portion adapted to engage a first PV module and a second engaging portion adapted to engage a second PV module. At least one of the engaging portions allows variable positioning of the engaged PV module along the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventor: John R. West
  • Publication number: 20150041251
    Abstract: Foothold system on a sloped roof includes first flashing block with hole, second flashing block with hole, moveable foothold with hook portion removably inserted into first flashing block hole and lower portion comprising a step portion extending down-roof from hook portion, the moveable foothold moveable from first flashing block to second flashing block via unhooking hook portion from first flashing block and hooking hook portion to second flashing block; flashing blocks may include mounting portion to receive mounting foot for photovoltaic array, and/or step portion sized to receive and support weight of foot of human working on sloped roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tyrus Hudson, John R. West
  • Patent number: 8946540
    Abstract: An imitation solar module for structural and aesthetic use in an array of electricity generating solar modules. The imitation solar module having a non-standard shape and a visual representation such as a decal of an actual solar module surface thereon. The imitation solar module includes triangular shapes for use in staggered module arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Alex Haines, Kyle Tripp
  • Patent number: 8919052
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed including PV modules having a frame allowing quick and easy assembling of the PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the PV modules may have a grooved frame where the groove is provided at an angle with respect to a planar surface of the modules. Various couplings may engage within the groove to assemble the PV modules into the PV array with a pivot-fit connection. Further examples of the present technology operate with PV modules having frames without grooves, or with PV modules where the frame is omitted altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventor: John R. West
  • Patent number: 8919053
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed for quickly and easily assembling PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the system includes a leveling foot for engaging a PV module and supporting the PV module on a support structure. The leveling foot allow adjustment of the height of engaged PV modules relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventor: John R. West
  • Publication number: 20140251431
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The inventive apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The inventive coupling member may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Christina C. Manansala, Hans-Christoph Haenlein
  • Publication number: 20140223838
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed regarding an attachment system for solar equipment, sometimes referred to as a flashing device allowing quick and easy assembling of the solar equipment into an array or other combination in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, a flashing device may include a flashing plate which may contain one or more raised features to further direct and control the flow of liquid over the flashing plate. The flashing device may also contain a fluid restrictor such as a seal or part of a seal usually held within an aperture of a block having a skyward facing essentially or substantially flat surface. One or more various items of solar equipment may be attached to the essentially flat surface of the block. Also disclosed are adjustable mounting feet which may be installed in connection with other solar equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina, Ian Capsuto
  • Publication number: 20140182662
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for forming and mounting a photovoltaic (PV) array of this invention is disclosed and provides, without limitation, (i) a PV module framing and coupling system which enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array and (ii) an ancillary device attachment bracket, system, and method. One embodiment may provide a slidable parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement, thereby enabling the formation of a PV array with improved structural load distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Zep Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, Brian West
  • Patent number: 8756881
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed regarding an attachment system for solar equipment, sometimes referred to as a flashing device allowing quick and easy assembling of the solar equipment into an array or other combination in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, a flashing device may include a flashing plate which may contain one or more raised features to further direct and control the flow of liquid over the flashing plate. The flashing device may also contain a fluid restrictor such as a seal or part of a seal usually held within an aperture of a block having a skyward facing essentially or substantially flat surface. One or more various items of solar equipment may be attached to the essentially flat surface of the block. Also disclosed are adjustable mounting feet which may be installed in connection with other solar equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina, Ian Capsuto
  • Publication number: 20140053891
    Abstract: A PV module framing and coupling system which enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array and a cable management system that holds, directs, organizes, and otherwise manages cables, wires, cord, and similar components of and relating to a PV array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, Brian West
  • Publication number: 20130180573
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, INC.
    Inventor: John R. West
  • Publication number: 20130180572
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, INC.
    Inventor: John R. West
  • Publication number: 20130180574
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: John R. West, Hans-Christoph Haenlein