Patents by Inventor Kenneth Hanson

Kenneth Hanson 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: 11072102
    Abstract: Non-time dependent measured variables are used to effectively determine an optimal ejection time of a part from a mold cavity. A system and/or approach may first measure at least one non-time dependent variable during an injection molding cycle. The part is ready to be ejected from the mold upon the measured variable reaching a threshold value indicative of, for example, a part temperature dropping below an activation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: IMFLUX, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Mulkern Unkovic, Gene Michael Altonen, Daniel Lumpkin, William Francis Lawless, III, H. Kenneth Hanson, III, Chow-Chi Huang
  • Publication number: 20210206041
    Abstract: A method and system for adjusting melt pressure in an injection molding material that allows calculating a melt pressure of a molten plastic material to be injected and based on the calculated melt pressure and a desired melt pressure adjusting operation of an injection molding machine. This control of an injection molding cycle using the method and system of plastic melt pressure determination allows production of parts of increased quality and consistency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Bryler Collins, Ethan David Stiefel, Herbert Kenneth Hanson, III, William Francis Lawless, III
  • Patent number: 10991517
    Abstract: Transmission of low energy light is one of the primary loss mechanisms of a single junction solar cell. Molecular photon upconversion via triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC)—combining two or more low energy photons to generate a higher energy excited state—is an intriguing strategy to surpass this limit. The present disclosure is directed to self-assembled multilayers, e.g., bi- or trilayers, on metal oxide surfaces as a strategy to facilitate TTA-UC emission and demonstrate direct charge separation of the upconverted state. A three-fold enhancement in transient photocurrent is achieved at light intensities as low as two equivalent suns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Hanson, Sean Hill, Tristan Dilbeck
  • Patent number: 10916381
    Abstract: Forward and back electron transfer at molecule oxide interfaces are pivotal events in dye-sensitized solar cells, dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells and other applications. Disclosed herein are self-assembled multilayers as a strategy for manipulating electron transfer dynamics at these interfaces. The multilayer films are achieved by stepwise layering of bridging molecules, linking ions, and active molecule on an oxide surface. The formation of the proposed architecture is supported by ATR-IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Time-resolved emission and transient absorption establishes that the films exhibit an exponential decrease in electron transfer rate with increasing bridge length. The findings indicate that self-assembled multilayers offer a simple, straight forward and modular method for manipulating electron transfer dynamics at dye-oxide interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation. Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Hanson, Jamie Wang, Tanmay Banerjee, Omotola Ogunsolu
  • Publication number: 20200368951
    Abstract: An additive injection system for use in injection molding machines to inject additive materials, such as fluids or powders, downstream of a nozzle of the injection molding machine. The additive injection unit has an additive tank to store or contain additive material and additive injectors that inject an additive material into an injection molding machine. A pump pumps the additive material from the tank through a common manifold connected to the additive injectors to be injected into the injection molding machine. A controller controls operation of the additive injection device and one or more sensors coupled to the additive injection device can provide feedback to the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Milko Gergov, Gene Michael Altonen, Herbert Kenneth Hanson, III, William Francis Lawless, III
  • Publication number: 20200188896
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are metal-organic frameworks and methods of making and use thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Fernando Javier URIBE-ROMO, Matthew W. LOGAN, Kenneth HANSON, Suliman AYAD
  • Publication number: 20200172450
    Abstract: Provided herein are photochemical separations. The methods herein can include exposing a first metal complex and a second metal complex to light to facilitate an irreversible chemical reaction to form a modified first metal complex. The modified first metal complex then may be separated from the second metal complex. Compositions also are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth Hanson, Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt, Sahan Salpage
  • Publication number: 20200094452
    Abstract: A molding system and a method for operation of the molding system are provided. The method includes flowing a molten polymeric material from an upstream device into an in-mold tuning chamber in a filling position where the in-mold tuning chamber is positioned at least partially within a mold cavity. The method also includes adjusting at least one of a temperature of and a pressure applied to the molten polymeric material in the in-mold tuning chamber to create a first tuned molten polymeric material and releasing the tuned molten polymeric material into the mold cavity from the in-mold tuning chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Hossein A. Baghdadi, Joseph Thomas Muth, Bradley C. Tutmark, H. Kenneth Hanson, III, Danny David Lumpkin, Robert L. Ritchie, Shawn J. Schnee
  • Publication number: 20200094458
    Abstract: A molding system and a method for operation of the molding system are provided. The method includes flowing a molten polymeric material into a shot tuning chamber from an upstream device, adjusting a temperature of and/or pressure applied to the molten polymeric material in the shot tuning chamber, and flowing the molten polymeric material from the shot tuning chamber into a mold cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Hossein A. Baghdadi, Sami Mohamad Fakhouri, Joseph Thomas Muth, Bradley C. Tutmark, H. Kenneth Hanson, III, Danny David Lumpkin, Robert L. Ritchie, Shawn J. Schnee
  • Patent number: 10584077
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of altering enantiomeric excess. The methods may include irradiating an atropisomer that includes at least one chiral substituent to alter the enantiomeric excess of the atropisomer. The at least one chiral substituent may be removed following irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Hanson, Suliman A. Ayad, Victoria A. Posey
  • Publication number: 20190366607
    Abstract: A controller for an injection molding system is in communication with a melt flow control unit, a gas assist control unit, and a gas counter pressure control unit. The controller can effect real-time adjustments to gas assist pressure and/or gas counter pressure as a function of melt pressure or flow front position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: William Francis Lawless, III, H. Kenneth Hanson, III, Gene Michael Altonen, Chow-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 10449707
    Abstract: A injection molding method involves measuring, using at least one strain gauge sensor, a change in strain in a mold side of a mold cavity, approximating a pressure within the mold cavity based on the change in strain, comparing the approximated pressure to a pre-set trigger point, and if the approximated pressure equals or exceeds the pre-set trigger point, activating a virtual cavity sensor having an optimal pre-defined pressure-time curve, wherein upon activation, the virtual cavity sensor tracks approximated pressures calculated from the change in strain measurements measured by the at least one strain gauge sensor over time and compares the results of the approximated pressure tracking to the optimal pre-defined pressure-time curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX, INC.
    Inventors: Rick Alan Pollard, Joshua Douglas Raker, Gene Michael Altonen, H. Kenneth Hanson, III
  • Patent number: 10427341
    Abstract: An injection molding machine uses a controller to effectively control its operation. The controller may determine and/or receive information regarding the machine's maximum load capacity, and may also determine a current operational load value of the machine. The controller may cause the machine to operate at any number of combinations of settings of operational parameters which result in the machine operating at or below the maximum load value by adjusting any number of machine parameters associated with the injection molding machine based on feedback sensors measuring real-time operating conditions of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Brian Matthew Burns, H. Kenneth Hanson, III
  • Patent number: 10427342
    Abstract: An injection molding machine uses a controller to effectively control its operation. The controller may determine and/or receive information regarding the machine's maximum load capacity, and may also determine a current operational load value of the machine. The controller also may determine a number of set points used to operate the machine. The controller may cause the machine to operate at these set points, thereby resulting in the machine operating at or below the maximum load value by adjusting any number of machine parameters associated with the injection molding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Brian Matthew Burns, H. Kenneth Hanson, III
  • Patent number: 10256421
    Abstract: A compound that can be used as a donor material in organic photovoltaic devices comprising a non-activated porphyrin fused with one or more non-activated polycyclic aromatic rings or one or more non-activated heterocyclic rings can be obtained by a thermal fusion process. The compounds include those having the following structure By heating the reaction mixture of non-activated porphyrins with non-activated polycyclic aromatic rings or heterocyclic rings to a fusion temperature and holding for a predetermined time, fusion of one or more polycyclic rings or heterocyclic rings to the non-activated porphyrin core in meso,? fashion is achieved resulting in hybrid structures containing a distorted porphyrin ring with annulated aromatic rings. The porphyrin core can be olygoporphyrins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Mark E. Thompson, Viacheslav Diev, Kenneth Hanson, Stephen R. Forrest
  • Patent number: 10226889
    Abstract: A injection molding method involves measuring, using at least one external sensor, a change in a parameter of a mold side of a mold cavity, approximating a condition within the mold cavity based on the change in the parameter, such as pressure within the mold cavity or flow front position, and comparing the approximated condition to a trigger point. If the approximated condition equals or exceeds the trigger point, activating a virtual cavity sensor having an optimal pre-defined pressure-time curve, and upon activation, the virtual cavity sensor tracks an approximated condition calculated from the change in parameter measurements measured by the at least one external sensor over time. In an embodiment, results of the approximated parameter tracking can be used in conjunction with an optimal pre-defined pressure-time curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX, INC.
    Inventors: Rick Alan Pollard, Joshua Douglas Raker, Gene Michael Altonen, H. Kenneth Hanson, III
  • Patent number: 10169721
    Abstract: An injection molding machine uses a native controller and a retrofit controller to effectively control its operation. The controllers may determine and/or receive information regarding the machine's maximum load capacity, and may also determine a current operational load value of the machine. The retrofit controller may cause the machine to operate at any number of combinations of settings of operational parameters which result in the machine operating at or below the maximum load value by adjusting any number of machine parameters associated with the injection molding machine based on feedback sensors measuring real-time operating conditions of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX, INC.
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Brian Matthew Burns, Herbert Kenneth Hanson, III
  • Publication number: 20180281257
    Abstract: Non-time dependent measured variables are used to effectively determine an optimal ejection time of a part from a mold cavity. A system and/or approach may first measure at least one non-time dependent variable during an injection molding cycle. The part is ready to be ejected from the mold upon the measured variable reaching a threshold value indicative of, for example, a part temperature dropping below an activation temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Mulkern Unkovic, Gene Michael Altonen, Daniel Lumpkin, William Francis Lawless, III, H. Kenneth Hanson, III, Chow-Chi Huang
  • Publication number: 20180179120
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of altering enantiomeric excess. The methods may include irradiating an atropisomer that includes at least one chiral substituent to alter the enantiomeric excess of the atropisomer. The at least one chiral substituent may be removed following irradiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Kenneth Hanson, Suliman A. Ayad, Victoria A. Posey
  • Publication number: 20180056567
    Abstract: An injection molding machine uses a controller to effectively control its operation. The controller may determine and/or receive information regarding the machine's maximum load capacity, and may also determine a current operational load value of the machine. The controller also may determine a number of set points used to operate the machine. The controller may cause the machine to operate at these set points, thereby resulting in the machine operating at or below the maximum load value by adjusting any number of machine parameters associated with the injection molding machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Brian Matthew Burns, H. Kenneth Hanson, III