Patents by Inventor Kenneth D. Taylor

Kenneth D. Taylor 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: 9554843
    Abstract: An adapter includes a coupling mechanism that mates with a protruding nozzle of a gas-enhanced electrosurgical coagulation handpiece to convert the coagulation handpiece into a gas-enhanced electrosurgical cutting instrument. An adapter electrode and flow passageways of the adapter conduct electrical energy and gas from the nozzle of the coagulation handpiece to a protruding cutting end portion of an adapter electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Taylor, Stephen N. Donnigan, Alan R. Lee
  • Publication number: 20080058801
    Abstract: An adapter includes a coupling mechanism that mates with a protruding nozzle of a gas-enhanced electrosurgical coagulation handpiece to convert the coagulation handpiece into a gas-enhanced electrosurgical cutting instrument. An adapter electrode and flow passageways of the adapter conduct electrical energy and gas from the nozzle of the coagulation handpiece to a protruding cutting end portion of an adapter electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Taylor, Stephen N. Donnigan, Alan R. Lee
  • Patent number: 5575789
    Abstract: A surgical safety apparatus for use in connection with an energizable surgical device prevents inadvertent activation of a surgical tool. The energizable surgical device may include an electrosurgical system, a laser scalpel, an ultrasonic aspirator, and combinations thereof. An activation circuit is in connection with the source of energy and in connection with the handpiece. The activation circuit has two states: the first state disconnects the source of energy from the handpiece, the second state connects the source of energy to the handpiece. A sensing element is connected to the activation circuit. The sensing element signals the activation circuit to convert the activation circuit from the first state to the second state. The activation circuit may remain in the second state for a preestablished period of time followed by a reversion to the first state. The activation circuit may include a relay which may be connected to operate accessories including smoke evacuators, lights, videos or irrigators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Valleylab Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bell, Jeffrey L. Eggleston, Kamala J. Grasso, Jenifer S. Kennedy, Dale Schmaltz, Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5509916
    Abstract: A laser and electrosurgical system has a handpiece with a proximal and distal end from which laser radiation and/or electrosurgical energy is selectively or concurrently directed. The ends are along an axis; an electrode extends distally along the axis. Sources of laser and electrosurgical energy are available and controlled. An initiation circuit for the laser selectively delivers it before electrosurgery. Prior delivery targets tissue. The laser creates an ionized conductive pathway for electrosurgery. The combined concurrent application of laser and electrosurgery has a mechanism to selectively distribute energy about the axis. A laser deflecting surface or a beam deflector vibrate relative to the axis. A power switch has levels for laser cut and ionization and/or a delay therebetween for electrosurgical coagulation. A wave guide or an array thereof deliver radiation along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Valleylab Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5491320
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ventilating a robotic welding enclosure. A hood is positioned on the welding head structure of each robotic welder and includes an annular skirt portion in surrounding relation to the feed axis of the welding materials. The skirt defines a lower opening which is positioned proximate the welding locus so as to define a capture chamber extending upwardly from the skirt portion opening in surrounding relation to the feed axis of the welding materials. A vacuum condition is created in the capture chamber so as to suck the gaseous welding bi-products generated at the welding locus upwardly into the capture chamber from where the gases are moved via a flexible conduit to an overhead duct which carries the welding products to a location outside the welding enclosure for discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Apex Engineering Company
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5410120
    Abstract: A welding enclosure includes a central work chamber; a plurality of horizontally spaced welding work stations within the central work chamber; an exhaust chamber beneath and generally coextensive with the central work chamber; a floor over the exhaust chamber, underlying and substantially coextensive with the central work chamber, and including vents operative to allow air to pass through the floor between the central work chamber and exhaust chamber; an exhaust fan for exhausting air from the exhaust chamber; a blower arranged to establish a positive air pressure in the plenum chamber; and a ceiling over and substantial coextensive with the central work chamber, underlying the plenum chamber, and including air registers operative to pass air downwardly through the ceiling from the plenum into the central work chamber for passage downwardly through the central work chamber and through the floor vents into the exhaust chamber for removal by the exhaust fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Apex Engineering Company
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4874063
    Abstract: A plurality of components are mounted within a portable housing which may be mounted inside an elevator car on top of the door frame. The components comprise a people sensing means for detecting individual persons entering and leaving the elevator car and providing signals indicative of each such person and the direction of movement, and further comprise height sensing means for providing a signal indicative of the altitude of the portable housing, a clock for providing a time signal indicative of the time of day and a signal processor responsive to the person signal, the floor signal and the time signal for storing the time of day of a particular stop, the number of people entering and leaving and the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4854219
    Abstract: An optical actuator position demand signal through optic fiber 14 is focused on one side 32 of optical fluidic interface 16. A second optical signal through optic fiber 56 is attentuated 50 in proportion to actuator 38 position and focused on a second side 34 of the interface 16. Amplified fluidic signals 68, 70 drive the actuator until the demand signal 14 and actual signal 58 are in balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce D. Hockaday, Kenneth D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4749249
    Abstract: A novel fiber optic rotary coupler for coupling an optical signal between noncontacting opposing surfaces of moving first and second members, includes an optical fiber with the optical signal propagating therein disposed on a microbending means. The microbending means is formed on the first member opposing surface and induces a plurality of lossy microbends in the optical fiber. A portion of the optical signal laterally propagates therethrough across to the second member's opposing surface to a detector positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce D. Hockaday, Kenneth D. Taylor