Patents by Inventor Kevin S. Callahan

Kevin S. Callahan 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: 20220362434
    Abstract: A power management system and method for a vehicle includes a plurality of ultraviolet (UV) light sub-systems within an internal cabin of the vehicle. A power management control unit is in communication with the plurality of UV light sub-systems. The power management control unit is configured to adaptively control power supplied to the plurality of UV light sub-systems based on power usage data. The power supplied to the plurality of UV light sub-systems changes. The power usage data includes information regarding adaptable power requirements for the plurality of UV light sub-systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jamie J. Childress, Kevin S. Callahan, Teresa A. King
  • Patent number: 11491249
    Abstract: In an example, a method of operating a UV light source for a vehicle includes measuring an amount of power on a commodity power feeder, determining when the measured amount of power is greater than a threshold amount of power and, responsively, actuating a switch to a first state in which the switch decouples the UV light source from the power on the commodity power feeder. The method also includes determining when the measured amount of power is less than the threshold amount of power and responsively actuating the switch to a second state in which the switch couples the UV light source to the power on the commodity power feeder. The method also includes, while the switch is in the second state, activating the UV light source, using the power from the commodity power feeder, to emit UV light in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kevin S. Callahan
  • Patent number: 11465771
    Abstract: A flight control surface position sensor assembly for an aircraft including a position indicator positioned on a pulley wherein the pulley is secured to the aircraft and the pulley engages a cable associated with a flight control surface of the aircraft. The flight control surface position sensor assembly further includes a sensor which senses rotation of the position indicator with rotation of the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Pierce Nichols
  • Publication number: 20220268140
    Abstract: A heater for heating a conductive liquid includes a two-dimensional array of rod-like electrodes (22, 122, 322, 422, 522) extending parallel to one another, an electrical power supply having a plurality of poles, and power switches to connect different ones of the electrodes to different poles so that current flows between the poles through the liquid. The array desirably includes outer electrodes defining the boundary (24, 424) of the array and inner electrodes disposed within this boundary. The array may have regular or irregular spacings between the electrodes. The array can provide numerous different connection schemes to vary the electrical resistance between the poles and thus vary the heating rate. The array can be arranged to provide substantially equal currents through three poles of a three-phase power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: Heatworks Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah M. Callahan, Eric J. Doesburg, Gregory S. Lyon, Michael J. Wieckowski, Julie Klions, Weston Scott Catron, Kevin James Hammer, Jesse Flynn
  • Publication number: 20220194561
    Abstract: Within examples, a system is described that includes a control lever for controlling operation of a device, a first actuator coupled to the control lever via a rod, and a resettable frangible link coupling a second actuator to the control lever via the rod. The resettable frangible link enables separation of coupling of the second actuator from the control lever based on an applied force to the rod by the first actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher E. Plass, Kevin S. Callahan
  • Patent number: 11338052
    Abstract: An excimer lamp includes a dielectric tube, an end cap, a conductive hollow tube, and an electrode grid. The dielectric tube has a closed end and an open end, and defines a cavity. The end cap sealingly covers the open end. The conductive hollow tube passes through the end cap and into the cavity of the dielectric tube, with a volume defined between an exterior surface of the conductive hollow tube and an interior surface of the dielectric tube. The volume is configured to hold a gas. The electrode grid is disposed on an exterior surface of the dielectric tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Edward Brockschmidt, Jr., Kevin S. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20220152240
    Abstract: There is provided a portable wand system having a wand applicator, a wand controller subsystem, a selector assembly, an indicator element, and a power assembly. The wand controller subsystem includes a computer program, and a memory unit storing paths learned and recorded during a learn mode, by an operator manually moving the wand applicator. The paths include desired paths in stay-in zones to be surface treated, and include stay-out zone paths in, or near, stay-out zones to be avoided. The portable wand system is used in an operation mode to measure the operator manually moving the wand applicator in operation paths, based on the desired paths. For a selected stay-in zone, the portable wand system compares the operation path to the desired path, and indicates when the operation path deviates from the desired path, and when the wand applicator is in proximity to, and oriented towards, the stay-out zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Michael K. Klein, Christopher E. Plass
  • Publication number: 20220111087
    Abstract: A system and method for disinfecting one or more components include one or more ultraviolet (UV) lamps. The one or more UV lamps include one or more UV light emitters configured to emit UV light, and a mounting interface removably securable to a securing mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jamie J. Childress, Kevin S. Callahan, Teresa A. King
  • Publication number: 20220105212
    Abstract: A sanitizing system and method include a sanitizing head including an ultraviolet (UV) lamp, and a cooling manifold configured to deliver air to the UV lamp. The sanitizing system can also include an exhaust sub-system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Michael Kipling Klein, JR., Christopher Edward Plass
  • Patent number: 11258787
    Abstract: A computing device determines whether or not to authorize a network request. In particular, responsive to the computing device receiving the network request from a mobile device, the computing device controls a plurality of light fixtures to each optically transmit a respective challenge code. The computing device approves or rejects the network request based respectively on whether or not a group of the challenge codes is received from the mobile device, each challenge code in the group being optically receivable at a location authorized for approving the network request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Melanie L. Kimsey-Lin, Kevin S. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20220047746
    Abstract: A portable sanitizing system and method include a wand assembly including a sanitizing head having an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. A container includes an internal chamber. The wand assembly is coupled to the container. One or more component modules are configured to be removably secured within the internal chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jamie J. Childress, Kevin S. Callahan, Douglas Alan Brown
  • Publication number: 20220023458
    Abstract: A portable sanitizing system, comprising a wand assembly including a sanitizing head having an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. A case assembly includes a cover coupled to a main body. The cover is configured to be moved between an open position that exposes a storage chamber and a closed position. The wand assembly is configured to be stored in the storage chamber when not in use and removed from the storage chamber to disinfect one or more components with UV light emitted by the UV lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Edward Brockschmidt, JR., Kevin S. Callahan, Jamie J. Childress, Michael Kipling Klein, Douglas Alan Brown, Christopher Edward Plass, Teresa A. King
  • Publication number: 20220023459
    Abstract: An ultraviolet (UV) light sanitizing cart includes a UV light array, a body, actuators, and a control unit. The UV light array includes UV lamps configured to emit UV light to sanitize a surface of a component. The body includes a mobile base and multiple interconnected rigid members supported by the base. The UV lamps are mounted to at least one of the rigid members. The actuators are mechanically connected to the body. One or more of the actuators are configured to move the rigid members relative to the base. The control unit is configured to generate control signals for controlling the actuators to move the UV light array along a cleaning path that follows a contour of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Paul Colletti, Kevin S. Callahan, Jamie J. Childress, Teresa A. King
  • Publication number: 20220023479
    Abstract: There is provided a portable wand system including a wand applicator containing a surface treatment application element. The portable wand system further includes a wand controller subsystem coupled to the wand applicator. The wand controller subsystem includes a computer program, and a depiction of one or more surfaces to be surface treated with the surface treatment application element. The portable wand system further includes a user input button coupled to the wand applicator, an indicator element, a power assembly coupled to the wand controller subsystem, and one or more registration features to register the wand applicator against known location(s) at the one or more surfaces in the depiction. The portable wand system measures positional data of the wand applicator in real-time, and compares the positional data against the depiction, to indicate to a user when a predetermined surface treatment application is achieved for the one or more surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kevin S. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20210394924
    Abstract: A power management system has a controller including one or more processors. The controller is configured to monitor electrical power on a power bus of a vehicle. The power bus is electrically connecting a power source to multiple subsystems of the vehicle for powering the subsystems via the electrical power on the power bus. The controller is further configured to determine that the electrical power on the power bus exceeds a designated power generation limit, and, in response, generate a reduction command message for communication to a lowest-priority subsystem of the subsystems. The reduction command message instructs the lowest-priority subsystem to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Teresa King
  • Publication number: 20210393837
    Abstract: An excimer lamp includes a dielectric tube, an end cap, a conductive hollow tube, and an electrode grid. The dielectric tube has a closed end and an open end, and defines a cavity. The end cap sealingly covers the open end. The conductive hollow tube passes through the end cap and into the cavity of the dielectric tube, with a volume defined between an exterior surface of the conductive hollow tube and an interior surface of the dielectric tube. The volume is configured to hold a gas. The electrode grid is disposed on an exterior surface of the dielectric tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Edward Brockschmidt, JR., Kevin S. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20210394103
    Abstract: An apparatus for irradiating air flow in a vehicle includes a filter unit configured to couple to a recirculating-air conduit connected to a manifold of an air circulation system, the filter unit having an inlet end, and a filter disposed in the inlet end of the filter unit, including an outer wall of filter media having a shape that defines an interior volume of the filter. The apparatus further includes an ultraviolet light disposed on an end plate, configured to be mounted with the ultraviolet light positioned in the interior volume of the filter and the end plate against an open end of the filter. The ultraviolet light is configured to emit ultraviolet radiation substantially at between 222 nm and 265 nm for irradiating air flow through the filter into the air circulation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Bryce A. Vandyke, Kevin S. Callahan, Stephen M. Trent
  • Publication number: 20210399440
    Abstract: A system for connecting an ultraviolet (UV) lamp with an electrical coupling includes a braid attachment coupled to the UV lamp, and one or both of a compressive wrap secured around at least a portion of the braid attachment, or a clamp secured around at least a portion of the braid attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Edward Brockschmidt, JR., Kevin S. Callahan, Jamie J. Childress
  • Publication number: 20210393825
    Abstract: An excimer lamp includes a first electrode, a dielectric plate, and a second electrode. The dielectric plate has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The dielectric plate is spaced a distance from the first electrode to define a volume configured to hold a gas. The first side of the dielectric plate is oriented toward the first electrode. The second electrode is oriented toward the dielectric plate, wherein the dielectric plate is interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Arthur Edward Brockschmidt, JR.
  • Patent number: 11203415
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a flight control cable sensor for detecting actuation of a flight control cable of an aircraft. The flight control cable sensor comprises a draw wire encoder, comprising an extendable-retractable wire. The flight control cable sensor further comprises a first connector, co-movably fixed to the extendable-retractable wire, and a second connector, co-movably fixable to the flight control cable and configured to removably co-movably engage the first connector up to a predetermined pull-off force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin S. Callahan, Jeff Yoo