Patents by Inventor Kenneth L. Kramer

Kenneth L. Kramer 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: 20210393916
    Abstract: A wearable sound therapy device includes a housing, and a loop cord coupled to the housing for supporting the sound therapy device pendant from the neck of a user upon a torso of the user. Audio electronics are resident in the housing and include a bone-conduction transducer, an audio file storage medium storing an audio file, a power supply, and a transducer control unit structured to energize the bone-conduction transducer based on the stored audio file to bone-conduct sounds to the body of the user. The stored audio file can include a compressed audio file such as an MP3 or MP4 file of pure tone sounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: Simple Learning, LLC
    Inventors: Tina S. Kramer, Kenneth L. Kramer, Thomas Walker
  • Patent number: 11116322
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress assemblies and processes including an adjustable mattress foundation dimensioned to support a mattress configured to accommodate two supine users during use thereof includes a foundation frame including a first sub-foundation configured with at least one motorized actuator to effect inclination or declination of the mattress support surface and an abutting second sub-foundation free of a motorized actuator. The second foundation is mechanically coupled to the first foundation such that articulation of the first sub-foundation results in a similar articulation in the second foundation. The first and second foundations have similar length, height and width dimensions, which collectively approximates the size of the oversized mattress configured to accommodate two supine users, e.g., king size, queen size, California king size, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Publication number: 20210277207
    Abstract: Described are very high molecular weight (e.g., over 2 million, such as 3-20 million g/mol) starch-based materials, and formulations including such, which can be spun in spunbond, melt blown, yarn, or similar processes. Even with such very high molecular weights, the formulations can be processed at commercial line speeds, with spinneret shear viscosities of 1000 sec?1, without onset of melt flow instability. The starch-based material can be blended with one or more thermoplastic materials having higher melt flow index value(s), which serve as a diluent and plasticizer, allowing the very viscous starch-based component to be spun under such conditions. The particular melt flow index characteristics of the thermoplastic diluent material can be selected based on what type of process is being used (e.g., spunbond, melt blown, yarn, etc.). The starch-based material may exhibit high shear sensitivity, strain hardening behavior, and/or very high critical shear stress (e.g., at least 125 kPa).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Donald R. Allen, Leopoldo V. Cancio, Fehime Vatansever Ozaltun, Bradford LaPray, Bruno R. Pereira, Kenneth L. Kramer, Steven P. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20210277556
    Abstract: Described are very high molecular weight (e.g., over 2 million, such as 3-20 million g/mol) starch-based materials, and formulations including such, which can be spun in spunbond, melt blown, yarn, or similar processes. Even with such very high molecular weights, the formulations can be processed at commercial line speeds, with spinneret shear viscosities of 1000 sec?1, without onset of melt flow instability. The starch-based material can be blended with one or more thermoplastic materials having higher melt flow index value(s), which serve as a diluent and plasticizer, allowing the very viscous starch-based component to be spun under such conditions. The particular melt flow index characteristics of the thermoplastic diluent material can be selected based on what type of process is being used (e.g., spunbond, melt blown, yarn, etc.). The starch-based material may exhibit high shear sensitivity, strain hardening behavior, and/or very high critical shear stress (e.g., at least 125 kPa).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Donald R. Allen, Leopoldo V. Cancio, Fehime Vatansever Ozaltun, Bradford LaPray, Bruno R. Pereira, Kenneth L. Kramer, Steven P. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20210269944
    Abstract: Described are very high molecular weight (e.g., over 2 million, such as 3-20 million g/mol) starch-based materials, and formulations including such, which can be spun in spunbond, melt blown, yarn, or similar processes. Even with such very high molecular weights, the formulations can be processed at commercial line speeds, with spinneret shear viscosities of 1000 sec?1, without onset of melt flow instability. The starch-based material can be blended with one or more thermoplastic materials having higher melt flow index value(s), which serve as a diluent and plasticizer, allowing the very viscous starch-based component to be spun under such conditions. The particular melt flow index characteristics of the thermoplastic diluent material can be selected based on what type of process is being used (e.g., spunbond, melt blown, yarn, etc.). The starch-based material may exhibit high shear sensitivity, strain hardening behavior, and/or very high critical shear stress (e.g., at least 125 kPa).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Donald R. Allen, Leopoldo V. Cancio, Fehime Vatansever Ozaltun, Bradford LaPray, Bruno R. Pereira, Kenneth L. Kramer, Steven P. Sherman
  • Patent number: 10973336
    Abstract: Mattress assemblies including static and adjustable mattress foundations generally include a foundation frame including side frame members and transverse frame members attached at respective ends by a corner bracket at each of the respective ends to define a generally rectangular shape. An adjustable support leg coupled to each one of the corner brackets for automatically elevating the foundation frame relative to ground. The adjustable support leg can include an outer tubular member fastened to an interior facing portion of the corner bracket including an end cap, wherein the end cap includes an aperture. A motorized linear actuator can be coupled to the outer tubular member, which can include a motor and an extendible portion coupled to the motor. The extendible portion is configured to selectively retract from and extend through the end cap to change the elevation of the foundation frame relative to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan, Brian Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10973716
    Abstract: Mattress assemblies including static and adjustable mattress foundations generally include a foundation frame including side frame members and transverse frame members attached at respective ends by a corner bracket at each of the respective ends to define a generally rectangular shape. An adjustable support leg coupled to each one of the corner brackets for automatically elevating the foundation frame relative to ground. The adjustable support leg can include an outer tubular member fastened to an interior facing portion of the corner bracket including an end cap, wherein the end cap includes an aperture. A motorized linear actuator can be coupled to the outer tubular member, which can include a motor and an extendible portion coupled to the motor. The extendible portion is configured to selectively retract from and extend through the end cap to change the elevation of the foundation frame relative to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall
  • Patent number: 10638851
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section 20 is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10639221
    Abstract: A coil spring mattress and adjustable foundation assembly includes a coil spring mattress; and an adjustable foundation including a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Publication number: 20200121092
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress assemblies and processes including an adjustable mattress foundation dimensioned to support a mattress configured to accommodate two supine users during use thereof includes a foundation frame including a first sub-foundation configured with at least one motorized actuator to effect inclination or declination of the mattress support surface and an abutting second sub-foundation free of a motorized actuator. The second foundation is mechanically coupled to the first foundation such that articulation of the first sub-foundation results in a similar articulation in the second foundation. The first and second foundations have similar length, height and width dimensions, which collectively approximates the size of the oversized mattress configured to accommodate two supine users, e.g., king size, queen size, California king size, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Publication number: 20200107645
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section 20 is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10568434
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Patent number: 10537184
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress assemblies and processes including an adjustable mattress foundation dimensioned to support a mattress configured to accommodate two supine users during use thereof includes a foundation frame including a first sub-foundation configured with at least one motorized actuator to effect inclination or declination of the mattress support surface and an abutting second sub-foundation free of a motorized actuator. The second foundation is mechanically coupled to the first foundation such that articulation of the first sub-foundation results in a similar articulation in the second foundation. The first and second foundations have similar length, height and width dimensions, which collectively approximates the size of the oversized mattress configured to accommodate two supine users, e.g., king size, queen size, California king size, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Patent number: 10506884
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head/back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg/foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first second portions, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head/back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg/foot section. The intermediate section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head/back section and/or the leg/foot section from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate section is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head/back section and/or the leg/ foot section from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10463164
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress foundations generally include a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end. The intermediate seat section includes spaced apart upper and lower panels, wherein the lower panel is hingedly connected to the head and back section and slideably engaged with side frame members of the foundation, and wherein the upper panel is stationary and hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. A linear actuator is operatively coupled to a linkage assembly to independently effect inclination or declination of the head and back section relative to the intermediate seat section and is further operative to effect an increase or decrease in a length of the intermediate seat section by movement of the lower panel relative to the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Darrell L. Metz, Jeffrey M. Woodall
  • Publication number: 20190326045
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting a cross in a magnetic field is provided comprising the positioning of at least one electromagnet above the cross to be levitated and connecting the electromagnet to a switchable electrical power source. The display stand preferably has a support base, a pair support members extending upwardly from the base, and an electromagnetic housing positioned between the support members and disposed over the base, spaced a distance apart from the base. A permanent magnet is disposed in an upper portion of the cross. Rotational stability magnets are positioned on distal ends of each arm of the cross, and corresponding magnets are positioned on the support members adjacent the distal ends of the cross arms, in order to provide rotational stability to the cross during levitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: William Dudley, JR., Kenneth L. Kramer, Thomas Walker, Brian Thomas Wiggins, John B. Wilker, Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Publication number: 20190133331
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress assemblies and processes including an adjustable mattress foundation dimensioned to support a mattress configured to accommodate two supine users during use thereof includes a foundation frame including a first sub-foundation configured with at least one motorized actuator to effect inclination or declination of the mattress support surface and an abutting second sub-foundation free of a motorized actuator. The second foundation is mechanically coupled to the first foundation such that articulation of the first sub-foundation results in a similar articulation in the second foundation. The first and second foundations have similar length, height and width dimensions, which collectively approximates the size of the oversized mattress configured to accommodate two supine users, e.g., king size, queen size, California king size, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Patent number: 10251797
    Abstract: A patient support includes a frame and a mattress supported by the frame. The frame includes a deck support and a deck supporting the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L Kramer, Eugene E Osborne, James K Findlay, Glenn C Suttman, Jeffrey R Welling, Robert A Kinker, Jr., John W Koenig, Matthew C Visca, John B Wilker, Jr., Gregory W Branson, Bruce E Dickman, Jr., Dean M Valvano, William L Jacques, II, Francis C Ganance, Douglas J Menkedick, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David A Albersmeyer, Roger S Philbeck, Aziz A Bhai, Nicholas C Batta, Terry L Richter, Thomas F Riggs, Kenith W Chambers, Steven J Schwartz, Matthew R Knue, Steven A Dixon, Joshua W Shenk, Brent E Goodwin, Andrew F Skinner, Gregory J Figel, James R Stolpmann, Brian J Hoffman, Irvin J Vanderpohl, III, David W Hornbach, Paul R Weil, Eric R Meyer, David P Lubbers, Roberta M Murnyack, Cami S Bright
  • Publication number: 20190059601
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress foundations generally include a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end. The intermediate seat section includes spaced apart upper and lower panels, wherein the lower panel is hingedly connected to the head and back section and slideably engaged with side frame members of the foundation, and wherein the upper panel is stationary and hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. A linear actuator is operatively coupled to a linkage assembly to independently effect inclination or declination of the head and back section relative to the intermediate seat section and is further operative to effect an increase or decrease in a length of the intermediate seat section by movement of the lower panel relative to the upper panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan, Brian Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10111530
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress foundations generally include a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end. The intermediate seat section includes spaced apart upper and lower panels, wherein the lower panel is hingedly connected to the head and back section and slideably engaged with side frame members of the foundation, and wherein the upper panel is stationary and hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. A linear actuator is operatively coupled to a linkage assembly to independently effect inclination or declination of the head and back section relative to the intermediate seat section and is further operative to effect an increase or decrease in a length of the intermediate seat section by movement of the lower panel relative to the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DREAMWELL LTD
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan