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: 20190257096
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) apparatus including a catwalk pivotally attached to the HVAC apparatus such that the catwalk is configured to be folded toward the HVAC apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Curtis W. Caskey, Kevin R. Stockton, Kristen Velez-Diaz, Julie A. Shirey, Rajiv K. Karkhanis, Brian J. Zinn, Troy E. Smith
  • Patent number: 10372501
    Abstract: Provisioning of computing resources for a workload in a networked computing environment. A method receives a set of provisioning requests in a computer data structure of a networked computing environment, wherein the provisioning requests relate to a workload request. The method further identifies a set of provisioning operations for computing resources in the networked computing environment to perform the provisioning requests. The method determines, for each provisioning operation of the provisioning operations, a respective provisioning time, the respective provisioning time being an amount of time for a particular computing resource to become prepared and equipped to perform a job. The determining the respective provisioning time for each provisioning operation provides a plurality of determined provisioning times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Shaffer, Kevin B. Smith, David R. Waddling
  • Patent number: 10361103
    Abstract: A thermal system includes: a base member including at least one fluid passageway in which a two-phase fluid is disposed; a tuning layer secured to the base member; and a control system. The pressure of the two-phase fluid is controlled such that the two-phase fluid provides at least one of heating and cooling to the base member. The tuning layer includes a plurality of zones. The control system includes a plurality of sets of power lines in communication with the tuning layer, and a plurality of addressable control elements in electrical communication with the power lines and with the tuning layer. The control elements provide selective control of the tuning layer zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Smith, Kevin Ptasienski, Ray Alan Derler, Cal T. Swanson, Philip S. Schmidt, Mohammad Nosrati, Jacob R. Lindley, Allen N. Boldt, Sanhong Zhang, Louis P. Steinhauser, Dennis S. Grimard
  • Patent number: 10343634
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle structure, a bumper, an elongate structural member, and an extension portion. The elongate structural member is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in a longitudinal direction. The extension portion is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in the longitudinal direction, is connected to the elongate structural member such that the elongate structural member and the extension portion support the bumper with respect to the vehicle structure, and is operable to move the bumper between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the vehicle structure to change a distance between the bumper and the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Mikael Fermer, Alice C. Watts, Joel Frederic Jensen, Ronald Jack Smith, Mark B. Rober, Sung Hoon Kim, David Jennings Dostal, Russell Cranstoun Mead, Jr., Todd Elliot Lewis, Jesse T. Buehler, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Tommaso P. Rivellini, Robert R. Mayer, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Donald J. Parr, Bryce A. Woollard, Adam J. Golman, Kevin P. Makowski, Daniel E. Rivera
  • Patent number: 10328567
    Abstract: A power tool motor is provided including a stator assembly and a rotor assembly rotatably disposed within the stator assembly. The stator assembly includes: a generally-cylindrical lamination stack having a stator ring and stator teeth extending radially inwardly towards a center bore arranged to receive the rotor assembly therein; an end insulator disposed at an and of the lamination stack and having an outer ring and teeth portions extending radially inwardly from the outer ring towards a center of the end insulator; and stator windings wound around the stator teeth and the teeth portion of the end insulator. A generally cylindrical seal member is disposed to interface with an end of the stator, which includes a mating surface having indents configured to mate with ends of the stator windings or ends of the teeth portion of the end insulator to substantially seal respective gaps therebetween from entry of workpiece particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Oktavec, David J. Smith, Jarrett A. Dunston, Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley
  • Publication number: 20190185077
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a suspension system coupled to the chassis, a front axle, a first rear axle, and a second rear axle coupled to the chassis by the suspension system, and a powertrain coupled to the chassis and at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The powertrain is configured to drive the at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The chassis, the suspension system, the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle provide a payload capacity rating of at least 1,750 pounds. The vehicle has an overall width between 60 inches and 80 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Chad K. Smith, Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Mark J. Charniak, Neil E. DeKarske, Mike A. Koenigs, Michael S. Poetter, Devon C. Palmer, Jesse D. Gander, Jason J. Zuleger, Megan N. Schultz, Troy D. Lind, Michael R. Yanacek, Kevin L. Pennau, Andrew L. Drach, Steve Volkman, Nathaniel J. Harter, Justin N. Rittenhouse, Peter K. Kramer, Annelise L. Kotenberg, Christopher J. Rukas
  • Publication number: 20190177853
    Abstract: The invention relates to use of an adhesion promoting organic compound comprising at least one tertiary amine group, bonded via a bridge-constituting divalent radical, with the carbonyl carbon atom of an amide group, wherein the bridge-constituting divalent radical comprises two carbon atoms as bridge atoms, for anticorrosion pretreatment of metallic materials before painting and to aqueous compositions containing the adhesion promoting organic compound which generate conversion layers based on the elements Zr, Ti and/or Si. The present invention further comprises a process for anticorrosion coating of components at least partly manufactured from metallic materials comprising a pretreatment using acidic aqueous compositions according to the invention and subsequent painting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Moeller, Kristof Wapner, Juergen Stodt, Natascha Henze, Kevin D. Murnaghan, Ralf Posner, Jan-Willem Brouwer, Thomas S. Smith, II, Donald R. Vonk
  • Patent number: 10291279
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a housing, a motion sensor configured to sense motion of the housing, and a processor configured to determine an impact geometry based on the motion. A countermeasure system comprises an actuator coupled to an actuated member. The actuated member is operable by the actuator to modify the impact geometry, so that impact energy is redirected away from an impact sensitive component of the electronic device to an energy absorbing component of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Carl R. Peterson, Justin R. Wodrich, Kevin D. Gibbs, Samuel G. Smith
  • Patent number: 10154542
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a substrate in a process chamber and regulating surface temperature of the substrate and method of making the same is provided. The apparatus includes a base support having a surface adapted to support the substrate and a heater for heating the substrate with the heater being disposed proximate the base support. The base support is made of a composite material comprising a plurality of thermally conductive arcuate members embedded within a matrix, each of the plurality thermally conductive arcuate members being arranged concentrically and defining predetermined intervals in a radial direction such that the composite material provides an anisotropic thermal conductivity in radial (?), azimuthal (?) and axial (z) directions in a cylindrical coordinate system of the base support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Sanhong Zhang, Kevin Ptasienski, Kevin R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170236732
    Abstract: A thermal system includes a base member, a two-phase fluid, a tuning heater, and a chuck. The base member includes at least one fluid passageway. The two-phase fluid is disposed within the fluid passageway. A pressure of the two-phase fluid is controlled such that the two-phase fluid provides at least one of heating and cooling to the base member. The tuning heater is secured to the base member. The chuck is secured to the tuning heater opposite to the base member. The tuning heater includes a plurality of zones to fine tune a heat distribution provided by the base member to the chuck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin R. Smith, Kevin Ptasienski, Ray Alan Derler, Cal T. Swanson, Philip S. Schmidt, Mohammad Nosrati, Jacob R. Lindley, Allen N. Boldt, Sanhong Zhang, Louis P. Steinhauser, Dennis S. Grimard
  • Publication number: 20170111958
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a substrate in a process chamber and regulating surface temperature of the substrate and method of making the same is provided. The apparatus includes a base support having a surface adapted to support the substrate and a heater for heating the substrate with the heater being disposed proximate the base support. The base support is made of a composite material comprising a plurality of thermally conductive arcuate members embedded within a matrix, each of the plurality thermally conductive arcuate members being arranged concentrically and defining predetermined intervals in a radial direction such that the composite material provides an anisotropic thermal conductivity in radial (?), azimuthal (?) and axial (z) directions in a cylindrical coordinate system of the base support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sanhong Zhang, Kevin Ptasienski, Kevin R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170092514
    Abstract: A thermal system includes: a base member including at least one fluid passageway in which a two-phase fluid is disposed; a tuning layer secured to the base member; and a control system. The pressure of the two-phase fluid is controlled such that the two-phase fluid provides at least one of heating and cooling to the base member. The tuning layer includes a plurality of zones. The control system includes a plurality of sets of power lines in communication with the tuning layer, and a plurality of addressable control elements in electrical communication with the power lines and with the tuning layer. The control elements provide selective control of the tuning layer zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin R. Smith, Kevin Ptasienski, Ray Alan Derler, Cal T. Swanson, Philip S. Schmidt, Mohammad Nosrati, Jacob R. Lindley, Allen N. Boldt, Sanhong Zhang, Louis P. Steinhauser, Dennis S. Grimard
  • Patent number: 9518946
    Abstract: A thermographic inspection system includes a heat source configured to be removably attached to an exterior surface of an object. A thermal imaging device obtains a thermal image of the object, and an analyzing device determines a location of a defect in the object based on the thermal image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mohammad Nosrati, Cal Swanson, Kevin Ptasienski, Kevin R. Smith, Louis P. Steinhauser
  • Publication number: 20160358761
    Abstract: A support pedestal device for an electrostatic chuck includes a base housing defining an internal cavity, and a base insert disposed proximate the internal cavity of the base housing. A fluid pathway is formed in the internal cavity and includes a plurality of linear-parallel cooling channels separated by corresponding plurality of linear-parallel cooling fins, a fluid supply channel, and a fluid return channel. A cooling fluid flows through the fluid supply channel, through the plurality of linear-parallel cooling channels, and back through the fluid return channel to cool the support pedestal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Boris Atlas, Mohammad Nosrati, Kevin R. Smith, Ken Ames, Kevin Ptasienski
  • Publication number: 20160082692
    Abstract: A multi-layer sheet for forming an expanded foam container, the multi-layer sheet comprising a first layer of an expanded foam material comprising a first polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer and a second layer of an unexpanded material comprising a second polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer that is co-extruded, extrusion coated, or laminated on a first side of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: CHENGTAO LI, GARY R. WILKES, WAYNE J. MYER, TIM E. ACKLEY, CARL E. STEVENS, WILLIAM I. WOLFE, MICHAEL HARVEY, MARK S. DECKER, RYAN P. GINGRAS, KEVIN R. SMITH, PETER MATYSIAK, TOBIN L. EMRICK, STEVE K. MAKELA, RICK L. MEIRNDORF, ERIK J. DURFEE, JAMES W. HUERTA, ALEX C. FENKER
  • Publication number: 20160082693
    Abstract: A multi-layer sheet for forming an expanded foam container, the multi-layer sheet comprising a first layer of an expanded foam material comprising a first polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer and a second layer of an unexpanded material comprising a second polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer that is co-extruded, extrusion coated, or laminated on a first side of the first layer, wherein an exterior surface of the second layer has a low gloss level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: CHENGTAO LI, GARY R. WILKES, WAYNE J. MYER, TIM E. ACKLEY, CARL E. STEVENS, WILLIAM I. WOLFE, MICHAEL HARVEY, MARK S. DECKER, RYAN P. GINGRAS, KEVIN R. SMITH, PETER MATYSIAK, TOBIN L. EMRICK, STEVE K. MAKELA, RICK L. MEIRNDORF, ERIK J. DURFEE, JAMES W. HUERTA, ALEX C. FENKER
  • Publication number: 20160082621
    Abstract: A process for forming a multi-layer sheet for forming an expanded foam container, the process comprising: extruding a first layer comprising a first polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer and at least one blowing agent; providing a second layer comprising a second polyolefin-based material comprising at least one polypropylene-based polymer onto a first side of the first layer; and expanding the first layer to form the multi-layer sheet comprising an expanded first layer and an unexpanded second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: CHENGTAO LI, GARY R. WILKES, WAYNE J. MYER, TIM E. ACKLEY, CARL E. STEVENS, WILLIAM I. WOLFE, MICHAEL HARVEY, MARK S. DECKER, RYAN P. GINGRAS, KEVIN R. SMITH, PETER MATYSIAK, TOBIN L. EMRICK, STEVE K. MAKELA, RICK L. MEIRNDORF, ERIK J. DURFEE, JAMES W. HUERTA, ALEX C. FENKER
  • Publication number: 20150153293
    Abstract: A thermographic inspection system includes a heat source configured to be removably attached to an exterior surface of an object. A thermal imaging device obtains a thermal image of the object, and an analyzing device determines a location of a defect in the object based on the thermal image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Applicant: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mohammad Nosrati, Cal Swanson, Kevin Ptasienski, Kevin R. Smith, Louis P. Steinhauser
  • Patent number: 7950693
    Abstract: A dual stage inflator device including a housing defining first and second chamber each containing a quantity of gas generant material ignitable to produce combustion products. A divider plate, separating the first chamber from the second chamber, is disposed and fixed within the housing. The divider plate includes an opening to allow gas flow communication from the second chamber to the first chamber. A removable plug element is normally disposed in the divider plate opening to prevent gas flow communication between the first chamber and the second chamber when in a static state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jackson, Kevin R. Smith
  • Patent number: D649160
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin R. Smith