Patents by Inventor Keith E. Fecteau

Keith E. Fecteau 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: 7878195
    Abstract: A heat management system for industrial safety equipment is described, including an industrial safety article (e.g., a full face respirator), a power source and a fan unit, wherein the fan unit is mounted on the industrial safety article such that the fan directs air within a confined or other interior space of the industrial safety article, and wherein the fan unit is powered by the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Alvey, Keith E. Fecteau, Julie Tremblay
  • Patent number: 7527057
    Abstract: An adjustable mask provides a unique configuration, whereby one hand may be used to both doff the respirator and to securely don the mask. In one embodiment, such configuration is facilitated by a reel attached to one or cords, the cord attached at a second end to a harness designed to engage a portion of the head. Rotation of the reel in one direction causes the one or more cords to tighten, while rotation of the reel in an opposite direction causes the one or more cords to loosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Jon Taylor, Dave Honan
  • Patent number: 7055952
    Abstract: An improved temple piece is provided, including an elongated temple piece, including at least a first and a second region, the at least first and second regions comprising materials having different Shore A durometer hardnesses, wherein the first region has a Shore A durometer hardness less than that of said second region, and wherein the first region extends substantially the length of the temple piece. An elongated temple piece is also provided, including at least a first and a second region, wherein the first region does not predominantly extend, in at least one of the portions where the first region extends along the lower edge of said temple, from the lower edge over an interior surface of the temple piece such that contact between the first region and the side of a wearer's head and the wearer's hair is otherwise reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Chet Nadkarni, Glen Stanley
  • Publication number: 20040144382
    Abstract: A heat management system for industrial safety equipment is described, including an industrial safety article (e.g., a full face respirator), a power source and a fan unit, wherein the fan unit is mounted on the industrial safety article such that the fan directs air within a confined or other interior space of the industrial safety article, and wherein the fan unit is powered by the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Alvey, Keith E. Fecteau, Julie Tremblay
  • Publication number: 20040105069
    Abstract: An improved temple piece is provided, including an elongated temple piece, including at least a first and a second region, the at least first and second regions comprising materials having different Shore A durometer hardnesses, wherein the first region has a Shore A durometer hardness less than that of said second region, and wherein the first region extends substantially the length of the temple piece. An elongated temple piece is also provided, including at least a first and a second region, wherein the first region does not predominantly extend, in at least one of the portions where the first region extends along the lower edge of said temple, from the lower edge over an interior surface of the temple piece such that contact between the first region and the side of a wearer's head and the wearer's hair is otherwise reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Chet Nadkarni, Glen Stanley
  • Publication number: 20030089089
    Abstract: A filtration element of a respirator or breathing mask including rear and front walls and a pleated separating layer that is not coextensive with the walls. The pleated separating layer maintains the front and rear walls in a spaced-apart relationship resulting in high filtration performance and reduced breathing resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Don Seeto
  • Publication number: 20030084903
    Abstract: An adjustable mask provides a unique configuration, whereby one hand may be used to both doff the respirator and to securely don the mask. In one embodiment, such configuration is facilitated by a reel attached to one or cords, the cord attached at a second end to a harness designed to engage a portion of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Jon Taylor, Dave Honan
  • Patent number: 6536435
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism and headpiece for use with a respirator. The quick release mechanism uses a cam latch pivotably attached to a yoke to control the tension in an upper tension strap. In the latched position the upper tension strap traverses the yoke and, together with a pair of lower tension straps and neck catch, support and seal the respirator mask against the face of the wearer. In the unlatched position the upper tension straps loosely support the mask below the chin of the wearer in a parked position. The upper strap is attached to a circular shaped headpiece having a crown piece fitting to the top of the head of the wearer. The lower straps are attached to a rounded neck catch secured behind the neck of the wearer. The upper and lower straps preferably and advantageously comprise a material or materials having a low maximum elongation to ensure a snug and comfortable mask fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, Kevin Krauss, Alan Levin, Ryan Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6497232
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism and headpiece for use with a respirator. The quick release mechanism uses a cam latch pivotally attached to a yoke to control the tension in an upper tension strap. In the latched position the upper tension strap traverses the yoke to support and seal the respirator mask against the face of the wearer. In the unlatched position the upper tension straps loosely support the mask below the chin of the wearer in a parked position. In one embodiment, a guide is provided on the yoke to ensure that the mask may be consistently donned and doffed with minimal effort (e.g., potential one-handed donning and doffing). An opening may also be provided in the face mask and optionally in the yoke, and a filter may be disposed within the opening to provide the desired filtration of inhaled gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, Kevin M. Krauss, Alan Levin
  • Publication number: 20020078953
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism and headpiece for use with a respirator. The quick release mechanism uses a cam latch pivotally attached to a yoke to control the tension in an upper tension strap. In the latched position the upper tension strap traverses the yoke to support and seal the respirator mask against the face of the wearer. In the unlatched position the upper tension straps loosely support the mask below the chin of the wearer in a parked position. In one embodiment, a guide is provided on the yoke to ensure that the mask may be consistently donned and doffed with minimal effort (e.g., potential one-handed donning and doffing). An opening may also be provided in the face mask and optionally in the yoke, and a filter may be disposed within the opening to provide the desired filtration of inhaled gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, Kevin M. Krauss, Alan Levin
  • Patent number: 6338342
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism and headpiece for use with a respirator. The quick release mechanism uses an over center latch pivotly attached to a yoke to control the tension in a pair of upper tension cords. In the latched position the upper tension cords traverse the yoke and together with a pair of lower tension cords support and seal the respirator mask against the face of the wearer. In the unlatched position the upper tension cords loosely support the mask below the chin of the wearer in a parked position. The upper and lower tension cords are attached to a circular shaped headpiece having a crown piece fitting to the top of the head of the wearer and a base portion fitting to the back of the head of the wearer. The headpiece is advantageously comprised of multiple layers wherein the outer layer is comprised of a rigid material and the inner layer is comprised of a compliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, Kevin Krauss
  • Patent number: 6161540
    Abstract: The filter medium of the present invention includes a pleated filter layer and a flat filter layer adjacent to the pleated filter layer. Both the pleated filter layer and the flat filter layer may contain a thermoplastic material allowing the filter layers to be joined using ultrasonic welding or heat sealing and facilitating manufacturing. The filter medium has a small height which makes it appropriate for use in flat fold respirators and flat filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventor: Keith E. Fecteau
  • Patent number: D440301
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, James D. Hall
  • Patent number: D515615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Chet Nadkarni, Glen Stanley
  • Patent number: D473299
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, Dave Honan
  • Patent number: D473937
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corp.
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, Kevin Krauss, Alan Levin, Ryan Sullivan
  • Patent number: D434493
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Fecteau, David Honan, James D. Hall