Patents by Inventor Kent J. Evans

Kent J. Evans 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: 20210007734
    Abstract: Devices, systems and/or methods for repairing soft tissue adjacent a repair site. In one embodiment, a repair device is delivered with a delivery device system configured to move a cartridge with the repair device disposed therein toward an anvil with soft tissue positioned thereon. The delivery device linearly moves the cartridge toward the anvil with a worm drive positioned within a housing by rotating a thumb wheel disposed around the worm drive. Such linear movement is provided with a finger element extending from the worm drive that is configured to cooperate with an internal surface of the thumb wheel. With this arrangement, upon rotating the thumb wheel, the worm drive rotates with the finger element engaged with the internal surface of the thumb wheel to linearly move the cartridge toward the anvil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Erik N. Kubiak, Roy M. Taylor, Zackery K. Evans, Richard J. Linder, Scott D. Miles, Tyler J. Cole, Kent F. Beck
  • Patent number: 10835241
    Abstract: Devices, systems and/or methods for repairing soft tissue adjacent a repair site. In one embodiment, a repair device is delivered with a delivery device system configured to move a cartridge with the repair device disposed therein toward an anvil with soft tissue positioned thereon. The delivery device linearly moves the cartridge toward the anvil with a worm drive positioned within a housing by rotating a thumb wheel disposed around the worm drive. Such linear movement is provided with a finger element extending from the worm drive that is configured to cooperate with an internal surface of the thumb wheel. With this arrangement, upon rotating the thumb wheel, the worm drive rotates with the finger element engaged with the internal surface of the thumb wheel to linearly move the cartridge toward the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CONEXTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Erik N. Kubiak, Roy M. Taylor, Zackery K. Evans, Richard J. Linder, Scott D. Miles, Tyler J. Cole, Kent F. Beck
  • Publication number: 20190223867
    Abstract: Devices, systems and/or methods for repairing soft tissue adjacent a repair site. In one embodiment, a repair device includes a plate member and an anchor. The plate member having a periphery, the plate member configured to be positioned along an outer surface of the soft tissue. The anchor includes a base and six legs extending from the base, the six legs extending from the base being moveable to a curled configuration such that the six legs wrap around separate portions of the periphery of the plate member with the soft tissue therebetween. In this manner, the repair device may be anchored to the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Richard J. Linder, Erik N. Kubiak, Roy M. Taylor, Zackery K. Evans, Tyler J. Cole, Scott D. Miles, Kent F. Beck
  • Patent number: 9228161
    Abstract: Disclosed are undercoat layers comprising a metal oxide, a polymer, and a citrate of Formula (I): wherein R1 is H, alkyl, or COR?; wherein R? is alkyl; and wherein R2, R3, and R4 are independently alkyl. The undercoat layers are useful in imaging members because they are easily separated from the substrate. This reduces the number of steps necessary to reclaim the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuhua Tong, Jin Wu, Robert P. Altavela, Edward F. Grabowski, Kent J. Evans, Adilson P. Ramos, Nancy L. Belknap, Helen R. Cherniack
  • Publication number: 20150168876
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and apparatus for forming intermediate transfer belts (ITBs) by combining a dip-coating process with a UV-curing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Geoffrey M.T. Foley, Jin Wu, Satchidanand Mishra, Kent J. Evans
  • Patent number: 9017772
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and apparatus for forming intermediate transfer belts (ITBs) by combining a dip-coating process with a UV-curing process. In an embodiment, an ITB substrate can be immersed into a liquid coating composition contained in a dip tank and then withdrawn from the liquid coating composition. When exiting the dip tank, the coated substrate can enter a UV-curing chamber for a UV-curing process. Multiple cycles of dip-coating and UV-curing can be performed such that a desired ITB substrate coating layer thickness can be obtained. After coating the ITB substrate, the UV-cured coating composition can be released from the ITB substrate, wherein the UV-cured coating composition released from the ITB substrate forms the intermediate transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey M. T. Foley, Jin Wu, Satchidanand Mishra, Kent J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20140323377
    Abstract: Disclosed are undercoat layers comprising a metal oxide, a polymer, and a citrate of Formula (I): wherein R1 is H, alkyl, or COR?; wherein R? is alkyl; and wherein R2, R3, and R4 are independently alkyl. The undercoat layers are useful in imaging members because they are easily separated from the substrate. This reduces the number of steps necessary to reclaim the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Yuhua Tong, Jin Wu, Robert P. Altavela, Edward F. Grabowski, Kent J. Evans, Adilson P. Ramos, Nancy L. Belknap, Helen R. Cherniack
  • Patent number: 8372568
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to a method for removing photoreceptor coatings from a rigid substrate, wherein the photoreceptor coatings disposed over a substrate of an electrophotographic photoreceptor, in order to recover it for re-use in photoreceptor manufacturing. More specifically, the invention discloses a photoreceptor substrate recovery methodology that includes the creation of an inner release layer over the substrate and followed by subjecting the rejected or used electrophotographic photoreceptor to a step of soaking in a non-toxic and environmentally-friendly stripping solution that separates the coatings from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. U. Yu, Kent J. Evans, Yuhua Tong, Nancy L. Belknap, Helen R. Cherniack, Robert P. Altavela, Edward F. Grabowski
  • Patent number: 8361685
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to processes for removing photoreceptor coatings from a substrate, wherein the photoreceptor coatings disposed over a substrate of an electrophotographic photoreceptor. More specifically, the present embodiments discloses a photoreceptor coatings removal process comprises subjecting an electrophotographic photoreceptor to a stripping solution that separates the coatings from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. U. Yu, Kent J. Evans, Yuhua Tong, Nancy L. Belknap, Helen R. Cherniack, Robert P. Altavela, Edward F. Grabowski
  • Patent number: 8257892
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to an imaging member that facilitates removal of the imaging member coating layers disposed over the imaging member and environmentally or “green” methods for using the same. More specifically, the present embodiments disclose an electrophotographic photoreceptor that includes a specifically formulated undercoat layer that allows easy removal of the photoreceptor layers disposed on top of the undercoat layer. The present embodiments provide a simple yet efficient method for reclaiming recycling or remanufacturing electrophotographic photoreceptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Wu, Yuhua Tong, Helen R. Cherniack, Edward F. Grabowski, Kent J. Evans, Nancy L. Belknap
  • Patent number: 8142968
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to an electrophotographic photoreceptor having a release layer. More particularly, the disclosure relates to an electrophotographic photoreceptor having a release layer which comprises an organosilane compound coated over the substrate surface. Other embodiments include methods for coating layer removal using a specifically configured electrophotographic photoreceptor having a release layer and methods for recovering a charge transport molecule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Altavela, Yuhua Tong, Edward F. Grabowski, Kent J. Evans, Adilson Ramos, Nancy Belknap, Helen R. Cherniack
  • Patent number: 8098925
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiments relate in general to electrophotographic imaging members, such as layered photoreceptor structures, and processes for making and using the same. More particularly, the embodiments pertain to an improved photoreceptor that exhibits little to no response to injected charges and demonstrates excellent ghosting properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Markus R. Silvestri, Jin Wu, M. John Hinckel, David M. Skinner, Kent J. Evans, Robert J. Meyer, Kathleen M. Carmichael, Dale S. Renfer
  • Publication number: 20120009352
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and apparatus for forming intermediate transfer belts (ITBs) by combining a dip-coating process with a UV-curing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey M.T. Foley, Jin Wu, Satchidanand Mishra, Kent J. Evans
  • Patent number: 8088542
    Abstract: A photoconductor that includes, for example, a supporting substrate, a photogenerating layer, a charge transport layer, and an overcoat layer that contains a titanocene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Wu, John F. Yanus, Kenny-Tuan Dinh, Kent J Evans, Min-Hong Fu, Susan M. Vandusen
  • Patent number: 8084173
    Abstract: Present embodiments pertain to an improved electrostatographic imaging member having low contact friction surfaces to ease sliding mechanical interaction and suppressing abrasion/wear failure and methods of preparing thereof. The improved imaging member has layers comprising one or two low surface energy polymeric materials that enhance the physical and mechanical functions and reduce the layers surface contact friction of the imaging member to extend service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. U. Yu, Stephen T. Avery, Kent J. Evans
  • Patent number: 8062815
    Abstract: A photoconductor comprising a supporting substrate, a photogenerating layer, and at least one charge transport layer comprised of at least one charge transport component, and wherein the at least one charge transport layer contains at least one imidazolium salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Wu, Edward F Grabowski, Kent J Evans, Dale S Renfer
  • Patent number: 8053152
    Abstract: A photoconductor that includes a supporting substrate, a ground plane layer, a hole blocking layer, a photogenerating layer, and at least one charge transport layer, and where the hole blocking layer includes a boron containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Wu, Dennis J Prosser, Kathleen M Carmichael, Sherri A Toates, Kent J Evans, Edward F Grabowski
  • Patent number: 8043774
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiments are directed to layers that are useful in imaging apparatus members and components, for use in electrostatographic, including digital, apparatuses. More particularly, the present embodiments provide a robust undercoat layer comprising TiSi in which the TiO2 to SiO2 ratio falls in a particular ratio range discovered to reduce both plywood print defects as well as abnormal operating parameters and print defects from micro-cracks in the undercoat layer, and methods for making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Lanhui Zhang, Richardson H. Kilis, Ma Lin, Mark S. Thomas, Kent J. Evans, Adilson P. Ramos
  • Patent number: 7989127
    Abstract: A photoconductor that includes, for example, a supporting substrate, a photogenerating layer, and at least one charge transport layer comprised of at least one charge transport component, and wherein the charge transport layer contains a carbazole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Wu, Terry L Street, Terry L Bluhm, Kent J Evans, Edward F Grabowski, Susan M Vandusen, Min-Hong Fu, Kathleen M Carmichael
  • Publication number: 20110183244
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to an imaging member that facilitates removal of the imaging member coating layers disposed over the imaging member and environmentally or “green” methods for using the same. More specifically, the present embodiments disclose an electrophotographic photoreceptor that includes a specifically formulated undercoat layer that allows easy removal of the photoreceptor layers disposed on top of the undercoat layer. The present embodiments provide a simple yet efficient method for reclaiming recycling or remanufacturing electrophotographic photoreceptors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Wu, Yuhua Tong, Helen R. Cherniack, Edward F. Grabowski, Kent J. Evans, Nancy L. Belknap