Patents by Inventor Kenneth W. Krause

Kenneth W. Krause 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: 20190389066
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) system for visualizing and modifying robot operational zones. The system includes an AR device such as a headset in communication with a robot controller. The AR device includes software for the AR display and modification of the operational zones. The AR device is registered with the robot coordinate frame via detection of a visual marker. The AR device displays operational zones overlaid on real world images of the robot and existing fixtures, where the display is updated as the user moves around the robot work cell. Control points on the virtual operational zones are displayed and allow the user to reshape the operational zones. The robot can be operated during the AR session, running the robot's programmed motion and evaluating the operational zones. Zone violations are highlighted in the AR display. When zone definition is complete, the finalized operational zones are uploaded to the robot controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Derek Jung, Bruce Coldren, Sam Yung-Sen Lee, Leo Keselman, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20190389069
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) system for production-tuning of parameters for a visual tracking robotic picking system. The robotic picking system includes one or more robots configured to pick randomly-placed and randomly-oriented parts off a conveyor belt and place the parts in an available position, either on a second moving conveyor belt or on a stationary device such as a pallet. A visual tracking system identifies position and orientation of the parts on the feed conveyor. The AR system allows picking system tuning parameters including upstream, discard and downstream boundary locations to be visualized and controlled, real-time robot pick/place operations to be viewed with virtual boundaries, and system performance parameters such as part throughput rate and part allocation by robot to be viewed. The AR system also allows virtual parts to be used in simulations, either instead of or in addition to real parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Ganesh Kalbavi, Derek Jung, Leo Keselman, Min-Ren Jean, Kenneth W. Krause, Jason Tsai
  • Patent number: 10475240
    Abstract: A system and a method for displaying a three-dimensional robotic workcell data includes generating the robotic workcell data, a display device including a web browser for receiving the robotic workcell data in a standard format and displaying a three-dimensional rendering of the robotic workcell data, and manipulating the three-dimensional rendering on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Judy A. Evans, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20190336142
    Abstract: A system and method for harvesting autologous tissue, mincing it into fragments that are visible and measurable when filtered, and delivering a portion of the tissue back into the patient without the need to directly touch the tissue. During the same surgical procedure, the tissue can be mixed with a biocompatible agent before introduction into the repair site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Alexander Torrie, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20190258221
    Abstract: Methods and systems include ways to implement change analysis of an automated production line including at least one robot. Monitoring a plurality of operating parameters associated with the automated production line including the at least one robot followed by recording at least one change to the plurality of operating parameters. A notification is then provided identifying the at least one change to the plurality of operating parameters. The notification can include mapping the at least one change onto a graphical representation of the automated production line, thereby identifying a portion of the automated production line affected by the at least one change. As a result, at least one of the operating parameters can be adjusted in response to the notification. An action can also be performed in response to the notification. In this manner, the change analysis can optimize operation of the automated production line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Ashok Prajapati, Kenneth W. Krause, Michael B. Longo, Rick E. Wunderlich, Judy Evans, Glenn Nowak
  • Publication number: 20190008371
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Patent number: 10076237
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Patent number: 9980740
    Abstract: A system for treating tissue includes a device including a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member to treat tissue. The system also includes a processor configured to automatically control movement of the second member relative to the first member using position control methodology. A method of treating tissue includes providing a device having a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member, moving the second member relative to the first member, and automatically controlling the movement of the second member using position control methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Krause, Kenneth R. Woodland, Michael S. Garcia, Michael A. Brodsky, Uday Hegde, Melanie Meier, Elangovan Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 9936861
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Patent number: 9855383
    Abstract: A fluid flow device includes a housing configured to releasably mate with a surgical control unit for controlling fluid flow during a surgical procedure. First and second ports measure fluid pressure within a fluid path provided within the housing. The fluid flow device includes a restrictor for restricting fluid flow at a restriction location along the fluid path. The first port is located upstream of the restriction location and the second port is located downstream of the restriction location. A fluid pump is provided within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Cemal Shener, Kenneth W. Krause, Petter Hedstrom, Brian J. Loreth
  • Patent number: 9655640
    Abstract: A dual function arthroscopic blade provides multiple cutting surfaces of differing cut aggressiveness for selective engagement of the desired cutting blade without retracting the instrument for changing cutting members to apply a different set of cutting edges, or blade. An inner rotating member within a stationary outer cutting member provide cutting edges defined by cutting windows on the inner and outer cutting members, and a rotational drive applies an oscillating rotation such that one of the cutting windows, corresponding to one of the sets of cutting edges, engages an extraction region such as tissue or bone. The use of different sized cutting windows allows variance in the aggressiveness of the cut, and allows selection of another cutting window by rotating the cutting member to align the selected cutting edges without requiring extraction and reinsertion in order to attach a different blade with a different cut aggressiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Petter A. Hedstrom, Rafal Z. Jezierski, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Patent number: 9415509
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for displaying three-dimensional workcell data includes a hand-held pendant that is provided with 3-D workcell data representing a model of a machine and associated components in a workcell. The hand-held pendant has a display that generates a 3-D visual representation of the workcell data. The pendant can be operated by a user to manipulate the visual representation to change a user viewpoint and to show motion of the machine with associated process information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Fanuc America Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Krause, Bradley O. Niederquell, Gordon Geheb, Ganesh Kalbavi, Claude Dinsmoor, Scott M. Dreslinski, Charles R. Strybis, H. Dean McGee, Glenn Nowak, Judy Evans, Rick E. Wunderlich
  • Publication number: 20160220102
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20150327752
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Patent number: 9125550
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a first instrument defining a first channel and a second instrument receivable by the first channel. The second instrument defines a second channel. A valve coupled to the first instrument controls fluid flow through the first channel, such that impedance of fluid flow through the first channel is substantially the same without the second instrument received in the first channel and with the first channel partially blocked by the second instrument. In another aspect, a surgical apparatus includes an outer member and an inner member received within the outer member to define a first channel therebetween. The inner member houses an optical lens and defines a second channel for receiving a surgical instrument. The first and second channels are configured such that a pump having an inflow rate of up to about 0.7 L/min connected to the second channel can maintain fluid pressure inside an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Cemal Shener-Irmakoglu, Christopher R. Newell, Petter Hedstrom, Kenneth W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20150216546
    Abstract: A system for treating tissue includes a device including a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member to treat tissue. The system also includes a processor configured to automatically control movement of the second member relative to the first member using position control methodology. A method of treating tissue includes providing a device having a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member, moving the second member relative to the first member, and automatically controlling the movement of the second member using position control methodology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Krause, Kenneth R. Woodland, Michael S. Garcia, Michael A. Brodsky, Uday Hegde, Melanie Meier, Elangovan Ramanathan
  • Publication number: 20150174314
    Abstract: A fluid flow device includes a housing configured to releasably mate with a surgical control unit for controlling fluid flow during a surgical procedure. First and second ports measure fluid pressure within a fluid path provided within the housing. The fluid flow device includes a restrictor for restricting fluid flow at a restriction location along the fluid path. The first port is located upstream of the restriction location and the second port is located downstream of the restriction location. A fluid pump is provided within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Cemal Shener, Kenneth W. Krause, Petter Hedstrom, Brian J. Loreth
  • Patent number: 9050123
    Abstract: A system for treating tissue includes a device including a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member to treat tissue. The system also includes a processor configured to automatically control movement of the second member relative to the first member using position control methodology. A method of treating tissue includes providing a device having a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member, moving the second member relative to the first member, and automatically controlling the movement of the second member using position control methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Krause, Kenneth R. Woodland, Michael S. Garcia, Michael A. Brodsky, Uday Hegde, Melanie Meier, Elangovan Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 9046890
    Abstract: A robot control system includes a line tracking encoder that measures a reference position of a conveyor line and transmits a tracking signal representing tracking data including the reference position of the conveyor line. A master controller is in communication with the encoder to receive the tracking signal, process the tracking data represented by the tracking signal, and generate a data packet in response to processing of the tracking data. A slave controller is in communication with the master controller and at least one robot for receiving the data packet and controlling the movement of the at least one robot in response to the data packet. A communications network directly interconnects the master controller and the slave controller and transmits the data packet from the master controller to the slave controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Krause, Jim Huber, Ho Cheung Wong, Randy Graca, Scott J. Clifford
  • Patent number: 8979798
    Abstract: A fluid flow device includes a housing configured to releasably mate with a surgical control unit for controlling fluid flow during a surgical procedure. First and second ports measure fluid pressure within a fluid path provided within the housing. The fluid flow device includes a restrictor for restricting fluid flow at a restriction location along the fluid path. The first port is located upstream of the restriction location and the second port is located downstream of the restriction location. A fluid pump is provided within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Cemal Shener, Kenneth W. Krause, Petter Hedstrom, Brian J. Loreth