Patents by Inventor Kevin R. Smith

Kevin R. Smith 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: 20200305881
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The body includes a motor, a first user input feature, and a second user input feature. The first user input feature is operable to activate the motor. The shaft extends distally from the body. The stapling head assembly is positioned at a distal end of the shaft. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil coupling feature, at least one annular array of staples, and a staple driver. The second user input feature is operable to drive the anvil coupling feature longitudinally. The staple driver is operable to drive the at least one annular array of staples. The motor is operable to drive the staple driver. The anvil is configured to couple with the anvil coupling feature. The anvil is further configured to deform the staples driven by the staple driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Brian F. DiNardo, Brian W. Bear, Charles J. Scheib, Christopher C. Miller, Craig S. Smith, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason E. Zerkle, Jeffrey C. Gagel, John P. Measamer, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Joseph T. Kluener, Kevin D. Sackett, Kevin L. Houser, Mark D. Overmyer, Matthew H. Bolton, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard F. Schwemberger, Richard L. Leimbach, Rodney V. Clingaman, Timothy E. Goode, William D. Fox, William R. Stager
  • Patent number: 10772271
    Abstract: A seedling transplanting system is provided that utilizes a seedling feeder that is configured to fit between a tray of seedlings contained within a series of chain pots and a hydroponic trough. The feeder includes a ramp and a chute that direct the seedlings from the tray into the trough. A pair of guide surfaces, which form ramp sidewalls, help the seedlings to self-right as they are drawn into the hydroponic trough. A restraining jig aids in establishing and maintaining the relative positions of the seedling tray, feeder and trough during the transplanting process. A pulling tool simplifies the transplanting process by providing means for pulling a pair of media strips along with the captured chain pots into the hydroponic trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Storey, Kevin Grauberger, Damon Henry Smith, Jonah Eskin
  • Patent number: 10748068
    Abstract: An approach for predictively scoring test case results in real-time. Test case results associated with a test run are received by a software testing environment. Using predictive statistical models, test case results and attribute relationships are matched against model rules and test case history. A statistical correlation and confidence parameter provide the ability to generate test case relationships for predicting the outcome of other test cases in the test run. The test case relationships are transformed into scoring results and output for the further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin B. Smith, Andrew J. Thompson, David R. Waddling
  • Patent number: 10743851
    Abstract: A surgical tool for use with a surgical instrument including a handle assembly and an elongated body defining a longitudinal axis and a drive system is disclosed. The surgical tool comprises a carrier removably couplable to the elongated body, an anvil movably supported for selective movement relative to the carrier in response to drive motions from the drive system, a tissue thickness measuring member movably supported in the carrier and configured to move toward and away from an underside of the anvil in a direction that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, and a sensor arrangement supported between the tissue thickness measuring member and the carrier. The sensor arrangement is configured to interface with an indicator member to provide an indication of a thickness of tissue clamped between the anvil and the tissue thickness measuring member at a location that is proximal to the anvil when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra Kumar Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10738860
    Abstract: A pressure regulator is in fluid communication with a supply inlet of a hydraulic tensioner to actively control fluid to the inlet of the hydraulic tensioner. By actively controlling the pressure regulator based on engine conditions and thus the oil pressure being fed to the hydraulic tensioner, the oil pressure to the hydraulic tensioner may be reduced at low engine speeds, increasing the efficiency of the timing system, or allowing full oil pressure at high engine speeds and low engine temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Mark M. Wigsten, Kevin B. Todd, Dale N. Smith, Sean R. Simmons, Seongdo Hong
  • Patent number: 10716568
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a staple cartridge carrier, an anvil, an outer surface, a closure member, a staple cartridge, and a firing system is disclosed. The anvil is rotatable between a first position and a second position. The closure member is slideable along the outer surface to hold the anvil in the second position. The closure member comprises a clearance opening. The staple cartridge is positioned within the staple cartridge carrier. The staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein. The staple cartridge and the anvil define a tissue gap therebetween when the anvil is in the second position. The clearance opening is aligned with the tissue gap when the anvil is in the second position. The firing system is configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke. The firing system engages the staple cartridge carrier and the anvil during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Charles J. Scheib, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K. Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm
  • Patent number: 10709452
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The body includes a motor, a first user input feature, and a second user input feature. The first user input feature is operable to activate the motor. The shaft extends distally from the body. The stapling head assembly is positioned at a distal end of the shaft. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil coupling feature, at least one annular array of staples, and a staple driver. The second user input feature is operable to drive the anvil coupling feature longitudinally. The staple driver is operable to drive the at least one annular array of staples. The motor is operable to drive the staple driver. The anvil is configured to couple with the anvil coupling feature. The anvil is further configured to deform the staples driven by the staple driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. DiNardo, Brian W. Bear, Charles J. Scheib, Christopher C. Miller, Craig S. Smith, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason E. Zerkle, Jeffrey C. Gagel, John P. Measamer, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Joseph T. Kluener, Kevin D. Sackett, Kevin L. Houser, Mark D. Overmyer, Matthew H. Bolton, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard F. Schwemberger, Richard L. Leimbach, Rodney V. Clingaman, Timothy E. Goode, William D. Fox, William R. Stager
  • Patent number: 10703782
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are nucleotide sequences encoding an insecticidal protein exhibiting Lepidopteran inhibitory activity, as well as novel insecticidal proteins referred to herein as a BCW 001, BCW 002, BCW 003, and BCW toxic protein-containing chimeras and BCW toxin insecticide, transgenic plants expressing the chimeras or the insecticide, and methods for detecting the presence of the nucleotide sequences or the insecticide in a biological sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: James A. Baum, David J. Bowen, Catherine A. Chay, David J. Chi, William P. Clinton, Crystal L. Dart, Leigh English, Stanislaw Flasinski, Victor M. Guzov, Kevin A. Jarrell, Uma R. Kesanapalli, Thomas M. Malvar, Robert M. McCarroll, Jason S. Milligan, Jay P. Morgenstern, Deborah G. Rucker, Sara A. Salvador, Temple F. Smith, Carlos E. Soto, Collin M. Stultz, Brian M. Turczyk, Ty T. Vaughn, Moritz W. F. Von Rechenberg
  • Patent number: 10682142
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus for use with a surgical instrument system is disclosed. The surgical stapling apparatus comprises a housing assembly, a shaft, a proximal segment, a distal segment, and an articulation system. The proximal segment comprises a first proximal end and a first distal end comprising an articulating segment. The distal segment comprises a second proximal end and a second distal end. The second proximal end comprises a pivot segment configured to be coupled with the articulating segment. The second distal end is configured to be attached to a stapling assembly. The articulation system is operably engaged with the distal segment to transmit a first articulation motion to the distal segment to cause the stapling assembly to articulate in a first plane and a second articulation motion to the distal segment to cause the stapling assembly to articulate in a second plane that is different than the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib
  • Publication number: 20200180134
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a brushless DC (BLDC) motor having a stator assembly and a rotor; a substantially-cylindrical motor housing having an open end for receiving the stator assembly, a rear end, a substantially-cylindrical bearing pocket formed in the rear end to receive the rear bearing of the motor therein, and a radially-extending slot formed at or near its rear end; and a positional sensor board radially received within the slot along a central receiving axis. The positional sensor board includes a curved inner edge shaped to be positioned around the bearing pocket and includes positional sensors mounted around the curved inner edge and facing the rotor to sense a rotational position of the rotor. The curved inner edge is disposed on a side corner of the positional sensor board such that the positional sensor board is asymmetrically-shape in a direction of the receiving axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley, David J. Smith, Dennis A. Bush, Mark T. Cherry
  • Publication number: 20200161927
    Abstract: A brushless motor is provided including a rotor rotating around a center axis and a stator including a stator core and stator teeth radially extending from the stator core forming stator slots therebetween. Each stator tooth includes a radial main body and a tooth tip extending substantially laterally from an end of the radial main body opposite the stator core, and stator windings are wound around the stator teeth. Winding retention wedges are axially received within the slots, each winding retention wedge comprising: a first portion received within gaps formed between tooth tips of adjacent stator teeth, and a second portion received at least partially between adjacent stator windings to apply a force substantially in a range of a radially-inward direction to a lateral direction to the adjacent stator windings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Michael R. MARJOMAA, John B. FOGLE, Kevin L. PULLEY, David J. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20200148896
    Abstract: An aqueous or water-borne precursor for forming an anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coating is provided. The precursor includes a fluorine-containing polyol precursor having a functionality >about 2 that forms a branched fluorine-containing polymer component defining a continuous phase in the anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coating. The precursor also includes a fluorine-free precursor that forms a fluorine-free component present as a plurality of domains each having an average size of ?about 100 nm to ?about 5,000 nm defining a discrete phase within the continuous phase in the anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coating. A crosslinking agent and water are also present. An emulsifier may also be included. Methods of making anti-fouling heterophasic thermoset polymeric coatings with such precursors are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: April R. RODRIGUEZ, Adam F. GROSS, Ashley M. DUSTIN, Anthony L. SMITH, Andrew P. NOWAK, Kevin J. DRUMMEY
  • Patent number: 10647321
    Abstract: A transmission includes an input shaft coupled to a prime mover, a countershaft, main shaft, and an output shaft, with gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. A shift actuator selectively couples the input shaft to the main shaft by rotatably coupling gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. The shift actuator is mounted on an exterior wall of a housing including the countershaft and the main shaft. An integrated actuator housing includes a single external power access for the shift actuator. A controller interprets a shaft displacement angle, determines if the transmission is in an imminent zero or zero torque region, and performs a transmission operation in response to the transmission in the imminent zero or zero torque region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EATON CUMMINS AUTOMATED TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Paul Peterson, Graeme Andrew Jackson, Timothy Scott Smith, Paul Wilson, Christian Chimner, Andrzej Wota, Carlos H. Wink, Benjamin S. Sheen, Kevin McGovern, David L. Wadas, Troy Scott Reinoehl, James Lee Whitaker, Steven Michael Peterson, Clinton Lee McClellan, Paige Elizabeth Fernald, William A. David, Sujay Kawale, Thomas Connolly, Justin Keith Griffiths, Joseph Paul Furner, Sipei Chen, Jeff Hawarden, Yeidei Wang, Adam Christopher Maurer, Carl Christopher Smith, Ian Daniel McKenzie, Ryan Pauls, Matthew R. Busdiecker, Christopher DeBoer
  • Publication number: 20200109778
    Abstract: A transmission includes an input shaft coupled to a prime mover, a countershaft, main shaft, and an output shaft, with gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. The shift actuator is mounted on an exterior wall of a housing including the countershaft and the main shaft. A shift control circuit operates a shift actuator using a first opposing pulse command and a first actuating pulse command, and releases pressure with shift actuating and opposing volumes of the shift actuator upon determining a shift completion event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Paul PETERSON, Graeme Andrew JACKSON, Timothy Scott SMITH, Paul WILSON, Christian CHIMNER, Andrzej WOTA, Carlos H. WINK, Benjamin S. SHEEN, Kevin MCGOVERN, David L. WADAS, Troy Scott REINOEHL, James Lee WHITAKER, Steven Michael PETERSON, Clinton Lee MCCLELLAN, Paige Elizabeth FERNALD, William A. DAVID, Sujay KAWALE, Thomas CONNOLLY, Justin Keith GRIFFITHS, Joseph Paul FURNER, Sipei CHEN, Jeff HAWARDEN, Yeidei WANG, Adam Christopher MAURER, Carl Christopher SMITH, Ian Daniel MCKENZIE, Ryan PAULS, Matthew R. BUSDIECKER, Christopher DEBOER
  • Patent number: 10609961
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, apparatuses, and methods for assembling cartridges for aerosol delivery devices. The cartridges may be assembled by transporting carriages between various substations at which parts are added to a base. In another assembly method, the base may be moved between a plurality of robots which direct the base downwardly into contact with components to couple the components therewith. An inspection system may inspect the cartridges at various stages of completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Timothy Brian Nestor, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr., Wayne Douglas Brown, Nicholas Harrison Watson, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Paul Andrew Brinkley, James Robert Covino, John DePiano, Edward Louis Dickinson, Eugene R. Harris, Kevin Edward Keough, David Jay Smith, John Hook, Michael LaCourse, Robert Metcalf, Steven Hart, David Pelletier, Marc Bourque, Nathaniel Cambray, John William Wolber, James William McClellan, Steven R. Mongillo, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10615479
    Abstract: An ultra-wide band (UWB) radio frequency (RF)/optical aperture includes a substrate having a plurality of regions. The plurality of regions may have varying characteristics and properties. In some embodiments, the plurality of regions includes a first region having a first relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a first frequency range, a second region contained in the first region and having a second relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a second frequency range, and a third region contained within the second region and having a third relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a third frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Douglas Mills, Kevin R. Hopkins, Raymond A. Graffam, Michael S. Smith, David J. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20200103020
    Abstract: A transmission includes an input shaft coupled to a prime mover, a countershaft, main shaft, and an output shaft, with gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. The shift actuator is mounted on an exterior wall of a housing including the countershaft and the main shaft. A shift control circuit operates a shift actuator using a first opposing pulse command and a first actuating pulse command, and releases pressure with shift actuating and opposing volumes of the shift actuator upon determining a shift completion event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Paul PETERSON, Graeme Andrew JACKSON, Timothy Scott SMITH, Paul WILSON, Christian CHIMNER, Andrzej WOTA, Carlos H. WINK, Benjamin S. SHEEN, Kevin MCGOVERN, David L. WADAS, Troy Scott REINOEHL, James Lee WHITAKER, Steven Michael PETERSON, Clinton Lee MCCLELLAN, Paige Elizabeth FERNALD, William A. DAVID, Sujay KAWALE, Thomas CONNOLLY, Justin Keith GRIFFITHS, Joseph Paul FURNER, Sipei CHEN, Jeff HAWARDEN, Yeidei WANG, Adam Christopher MAURER, Carl Christopher SMITH, Ian Daniel MCKENZIE, Ryan PAULS, Matthew R. BUSDIECKER, Christopher DEBOER
  • Patent number: 10603777
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a tool housing; at least one battery receptacle accommodated on the tool housing, the battery receptacle being adapted to receive a battery pack having a maximum voltage of at least 60 volts; and a brushless DC (BLDC) motor disposed within the tool housing, the motor including a stator assembly and a rotor assembly rotatably disposed within the stator assembly. A motor control and power module is disposed in close proximity to the motor, including a power switch circuit electrically coupled to the motor and a first controller configured to control a switching operation of the power switch circuit for supply of power from the battery pack to the motor. A battery management control module is disposed in close proximity to the battery receptacle, including a second controller distinct from the first controller, the second controller configured to manage an operation of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley, David J. Smith, Dennis A. Bush, Mark T. Cherry, Scott Eshlemann, Tal Gottesman
  • Publication number: 20200096094
    Abstract: A transmission includes an input shaft coupled to a prime mover, a countershaft, main shaft, and an output shaft, with gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. The shift actuator is mounted on an exterior wall of a housing including the countershaft and the main shaft. A shift control circuit operates a shift actuator using a first opposing pulse command and a first actuating pulse command, and releases pressure with shift actuating and opposing volumes of the shift actuator upon determining a shift completion event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Paul PETERSON, Graeme Andrew JACKSON, Timothy Scott SMITH, Paul WILSON, Christian CHIMNER, Andrzej WOTA, Carlos H. WINK, Benjamin S. SHEEN, Kevin MCGOVERN, David L. WADAS, Troy Scott REINOEHL, James Lee WHITAKER, Steven Michael PETERSON, Clinton Lee MCCLELLAN, Paige Elizabeth FERNALD, William A. DAVID, Sujay KAWALE, Thomas CONNOLLY, Justin Keith GRIFFITHS, Joseph Paul FURNER, Sipei CHEN, Jeff HAWARDEN, Yeidei WANG, Adam Christopher MAURER, Carl Christopher SMITH, Ian Daniel MCKENZIE, Ryan PAULS, Matthew R. BUSDIECKER, Christopher DEBOER
  • Publication number: 20200096092
    Abstract: A transmission includes an input shaft coupled to a prime mover, a countershaft, main shaft, and an output shaft, with gears between the countershaft and the main shaft. The shift actuator is mounted on an exterior wall of a housing including the countershaft and the main shaft. A shift control circuit operates a shift actuator using a first opposing pulse command and a first actuating pulse command, and releases pressure with shift actuating and opposing volumes of the shift actuator upon determining a shift completion event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Peterson, Graeme Andrew Jackson, Timothy Scott Smith, Paul Wilson, Christian Chimner, Andrzej Wota, Carlos H. Wink, Benjamin S. Sheen, Kevin McGovern, David L. Wadas, Troy Scott Reinoehl, James Lee Whitaker, Steven Michael Peterson, Clinton Lee McClellan, Paige Elizabeth Fernald, William A. David, Sujay Kawale, Thomas Connolly, Justin Keith Griffiths, Joseph Paul Furner, Sipei Chen, Jeff Hawarden, Yeidei Wang, Adam Christopher Maurer, Carl Christopher Smith, Ian Daniel McKenzie, Ryan Pauls, Matthew R. Busdiecker, Christopher DeBoer