Patents by Inventor Kenneth Leone

Kenneth Leone 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: 20200149483
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing degradation and issues related to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a fuel tank pressure control valve configured to seal a fuel tank from atmosphere. In one example, a method may include depressurizing the fuel tank of a vehicle by duty cycling a tank pressure control valve and routing fuel vapors from the fuel tank to an engine, while controlling a timing of opening and closing events of the tank pressure control valve to coincide with pressure differences across the tank pressure control valve less than a threshold pressure difference in terms of pressure oscillations across the tank pressure control valve. In this way, higher loads and stress on the tank pressure control valve may be avoided, thus reducing degradation and NVH issues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Thomas Leone, Kenneth Miller
  • Publication number: 20200130833
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for package delivery using unmanned aerial vehicles. Example methods may include positioning a first component at a first elevation, and operatively connecting the first component to a winch; positioning a second component at a second elevation higher than the first elevation; and configuring cable of a lifting component to: operatively connect to the first component and the second component, connect to and disconnect from a vehicle, and lift the vehicle from the first component towards the second component using the winch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Thomas Leone, Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10612479
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for cleaning one or more valve(s) that regulate an amount of fuel vapor routed to an engine of a vehicle in response to an indication that the one or more valve(s) are exhibiting degraded sealing properties. In one example, a method includes timing opening and closing events of the valve to coincide with higher than a threshold pressure differences across the valve as compared to lower than the threshold pressure differences in terms of pressure oscillations across the valve, the pressure oscillations stemming from an intake of the engine. In this way, the one or more valve(s) may be controlled to open under higher loads and stresses on the valve(s), which may dislodge debris, carbon buildup, etc., thus serving to clean the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Thomas Leone, Kenneth Miller
  • Patent number: 10570872
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the operating range of an electric vehicle having an engine wherein waste heat generated during motor operation is transferred to pre-heat the engine. Engine starting is predicted based on the electrical torque demand of the vehicle relative to the actual and predicted electrical energy consumption of the electric vehicle. Prior to starting the engine to charge a battery of the motor, various engine components are pre-heated in an order that improves vehicle range while also optimizing fuel economy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Thomas Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10550776
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing degradation and issues related to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a canister purge valve configured to regulate a flow of fuel vapors from a fuel vapor canister to an engine in response to a request to purge the fuel vapor canister of fuel vapors. In one example, a method may include purging the fuel vapor canister by synchronizing a timing of opening and closing events of the canister purge valve to correspond with instances where a pressure difference across the canister purge valve is lower as compared to higher in terms of pressure oscillations across the canister purge valve during the purging. In this way, higher loads and stress on the canister purge valve may be avoided, thus reducing degradation and NVH issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Leone, Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth Miller
  • Publication number: 20190308640
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting vehicle noises to notify the vehicle operator of speed changes in human-in-the-loop cruise control and semi-autonomous vehicle operation. In one example, a method for drive unit of a vehicle may include responsive to a vehicle speed meeting a predefined condition relative to a threshold vehicle speed, adjusting one or more drive unit actuators to modulate engine noise while maintaining desired wheel torque within a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Thomas Leone, Aed Dudar
  • Publication number: 20190285020
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a fuel system of a vehicle to diagnose whether a fuel filter is functioning as desired. In one example, a method may include, in response to a fuel rail pressure decreasing below a threshold pressure while an engine of the vehicle is running, diagnosing whether degradation of fuel injectors or a fuel pressure regulator of the vehicle has occurred while the engine is not running. Then, only if degradation of the fuel injectors and fuel pressure regulator has not occurred, a fuel filter cleaning routine is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Aed Dudar, Thomas Leone, Kenneth Miller
  • Publication number: 20190249638
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the operating range of an electric vehicle having an engine wherein waste heat generated during motor operation is transferred to pre-heat the engine. Engine starting is predicted based on the electrical torque demand of the vehicle relative to the actual and predicted electrical energy consumption of the electric vehicle. Prior to starting the engine to charge a battery of the motor, various engine components are pre-heated in an order that improves vehicle range while also optimizing fuel economy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Thomas Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Publication number: 20190249640
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the operating range of an electric vehicle having an engine wherein waste heat generated during motor operation is transferred to pre-heat the engine. Engine starting is predicted based on the electrical torque demand of the vehicle relative to the actual and predicted electrical energy consumption of the electric vehicle. Prior to starting the engine to charge a battery of the motor, various engine components are pre-heated in an order that improves vehicle range while also optimizing fuel economy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Thomas Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Publication number: 20190249639
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the operating range of an electric vehicle having an engine wherein waste heat generated during motor operation is transferred to pre-heat the engine. Engine starting is predicted based on the electrical torque demand of the vehicle relative to the actual and predicted electrical energy consumption of the electric vehicle. Prior to starting the engine to charge a battery of the motor, various engine components are pre-heated in an order that improves vehicle range while also optimizing fuel economy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Thomas Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Publication number: 20190248359
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the operating range of an electric vehicle having an engine wherein waste heat generated during motor operation is transferred to pre-heat the engine. Engine starting is predicted based on the electrical torque demand of the vehicle relative to the actual and predicted electrical energy consumption of the electric vehicle. Prior to starting the engine to charge a battery of the motor, various engine components are pre-heated in an order that improves vehicle range while also optimizing fuel economy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Thomas Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 9387297
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kenneth Leone, Marci Emily Palm, Peter Doyle
  • Publication number: 20140034056
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kenneth Leone, Marc Palmer, Peter Doyle
  • Patent number: 8539949
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kenneth Leone, Marc Palmer, Peter Doyle
  • Patent number: 8511306
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a removable primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information and a novel method for controlling a ventilator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, David Hyde, Donna Cleveland, Kenneth Leone
  • Patent number: 8453643
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilation system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a removable primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information and a novel method for controlling a ventilation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, David Hyde, Donna Cleveland, Kenneth Leone
  • Publication number: 20110265024
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Leone, Marc Palmer, Peter Doyle
  • Publication number: 20110259333
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a removable primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information and a novel method for controlling a ventilator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, David Hyde, Donna Cleveland, Kenneth Leone
  • Publication number: 20110259332
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilation system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a removable primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information and a novel method for controlling a ventilation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, David Hyde, Donna Cleveland, Kenneth Leone
  • Patent number: D656237
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, Peter Doyle, Kenneth Leone, Donna Cleveland, Marc Palmer, David Hyde