Patents by Inventor Kyle J. Sedlacek

Kyle J. Sedlacek 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: 20160033660
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods, systems, and apparatus for collecting seismic data in a marine environment. An ocean bottom cable (OBC) comprising a plurality of sensor nodes for collecting seismic data may be deployed to and retrieved from an ocean bottom during seismic operations using a winch. Such deployment and retrieval operations may exert substantial stress on the OBC at an interface between the sensor nodes and cable segments of the OBC. A reinforcement sleeve is provided to reduce the mechanical stress at such interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: ION Geophysical Corporation
    Inventors: André W. OLIVIER, Kyle J. SEDLACEK
  • Patent number: 7575113
    Abstract: A modular belt constructed of belt modules having a large open area, making the belt suitable for use as a traveling water screen. The modules include an intermediate portion composed of intersecting sets of link elements and transverse elements that form a gridlike pattern. Openings bounded by the walls of consecutive link elements and transverse elements form channels through the belt for the flow of water. The modules are connected together by hinge rods to form a belt that can be used as a water screen. Detachable flights or scoops for lifting debris or fish out of a stream are attachable to base modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kyle J. Sedlacek, Mitchell G. Pansano, Jr., Gilbert J. MacLachlan
  • Patent number: 7300572
    Abstract: A traveling water screen comprising an endless foraminous belt with flights. The foraminous belt forms a water screen extending from a lower end in a flowing stream to an upper end above the surface of the stream. The stream flows through openings in the foraminous screen. The flights, which may be scoops, are arranged in spaced apart relation on the outer surface of the water screen. The water screen is driven in a direction so that its upstream portion advances upward and its downstream portion downward. The flights form inclined surfaces across the width of the screen from a point of highest elevation to one or more points of lowest elevation at one or both side edges of the screen. As the screen moves, the flights lift fish toward the surface. As a flight breaks the surface, fish slide down the inclined flights toward one or both side edges of the screen to be diverted safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph M. DePaso, Omair Zubair, Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 7234589
    Abstract: A modular conveyor belt with a self-adjusting edge for bearing against a conveyor side rail. An edge pad, which can be made of a durable material for long wear life, pivotably attaches to the side edge of a belt row. The pivotable attachment allows the pad to adjust itself to maximize its contact area with the side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 7048850
    Abstract: A traveling water screen comprising an endless foraminous belt with flights. The foraminous belt forms a water screen extending from a lower end in a flowing stream to an upper end above the surface of the stream. The stream flows through openings in the foraminous screen. The flights, which may be scoops, are arranged in spaced apart relation on the outer surface of the water screen. The water screen is driven in a direction so that its upstream portion advances upward and its downstream portion downward. The flights form inclined surfaces across the width of the screen from a point of highest elevation to one or more points of lowest elevation at one or both side edges of the screen. As the screen moves, the flights lift fish toward the surface. As a flight breaks the surface, fish slide down the inclined flights toward one or both side edges of the screen to be diverted safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph M. DePaso, Omair Zubair, Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 7040480
    Abstract: A conveyor comprising an outer roller-top belt loop and an inner drive belt loop inside the outer belt loop for accurate and smooth control of conveyed articles. Rollers on the outer belt loop extend beyond outer and inner sides of the roller-top belt. The inner drive belt has an outer surface that frictionally contacts the rollers beneath the inner side of the outer belt loop along an article-conveying carryway portion of the conveying path. Relative motion between the two belts causes the drive belt to rotate the rollers it contacts. The outer belt loop and the inner belt loop can be driven at different speeds by separate drives. The relative speeds of the two belts determine the direction and speed of rotation of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 6986420
    Abstract: Modular plastic conveyor belts constructed of split belt modules. Each module includes a first piece and a second piece. Side-by-side first pieces mate with side-by-side second pieces to form a row of belt modules. Each row has sets of hinge eyes along opposite ends. Hinge pins extending through the hinge eyes at the ends of each row connect the pieces in the row together to adjacent belt rows. Other components, such as rollers, can be inserted into and removed from the unmated pieces and retained in place by retention structure when the module pieces are mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David C. Weiser, Kyle J. Sedlacek, Andrew A. Corley
  • Patent number: 6966435
    Abstract: A modular plastic conveyor belt hingedly interconnected by hinge pins made of a highly oriented polymer material. The hinge pins are preferably extruded from a material including a highly oriented polymer, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. Alternative materials include highly oriented acetal or polyurethane. Plastic hinge pins made with these polymers having their long molecules oriented along the axis of the shaft of the hinge pin are exceptionally strong and resistant to deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David C. Weiser, Kyle J. Sedlacek, Sandra A. Christiana, Andrew A. Corley
  • Publication number: 20040200698
    Abstract: A modular plastic conveyor belt hingedly interconnected by hinge pins made of a highly oriented polymer material. The hinge pins are preferably extruded from a material including a highly oriented polymer, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. Alternative materials include highly oriented acetal or polyurethane. Plastic hinge pins made with these polymers having their long molecules oriented along the axis of the shaft of the hinge pin are exceptionally strong and resistant to deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: David C Weiser, Kyle j Sedlacek, Sandra A Christiana, Andrew A Corley
  • Publication number: 20040129539
    Abstract: Modular plastic conveyor belts constructed of split belt modules. Each module includes a first piece and a second piece. Side-by-side first pieces mate with side-by-side second pieces to form a row of belt modules. Each row has sets of hinge eyes along opposite ends. Hinge pins extending through the hinge eyes at the ends of each row connect the pieces in the row together to adjacent belt rows. Other components, such as rollers, can be inserted into and removed from the unmated pieces and retained in place by retention structure when the module pieces are mated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: THE LAITRAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew A. Corley, Ryan M. Jones, Angela L. Marshall, Kyle J. Sedlacek, David C. Weiser
  • Patent number: 6681922
    Abstract: Split belt modules used to construct modular plastic conveyor belts. Each module includes a first piece and a second piece, each of which has sets of hinge eyes on opposite ends. The module pieces mate to form complete belt modules. Hinge pins extending through the hinge eyes at the ends of each module connect the pieces together. Other components, such as rollers, can be inserted into and removed from the unmated pieces and retained in place by retention structure when the module pieces are mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: The Laitram Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew A. Corley, Ryan M. Jones, Angela L. Marshall, Kyle J. Sedlacek, David C. Weiser
  • Patent number: 6648129
    Abstract: A two-material hinge pin for hingedly interconnecting consecutive rows of belt modules together into a modular plastic conveyor belt. The hinge pin includes an interior rod surrounded by an outer tube. The interior rod is made of a rigid material, such as acetal, nylon, polypropylene, PVC, or steel. The outer tube is made of urethane, which provides inherent abrasion resistance in contact with the belt modules and is especially effective in abrasive environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: The Laitram Corporation
    Inventor: Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Publication number: 20030085106
    Abstract: Split belt modules used to construct modular plastic conveyor belts. Each module includes a first piece and a second piece, each of which has sets of hinge eyes on opposite ends. The module pieces mate to form complete belt modules. Hinge pins extending through the hinge eyes at the ends of each module connect the pieces together. Other components, such as rollers, can be inserted into and removed from the unmated pieces and retained in place by retention structure when the module pieces are mated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Andrew A. Corley, Ryan M. Jones, Angela L. Marshall, Kyle J. Sedlacek, David C. Weiser
  • Publication number: 20030085107
    Abstract: A two-material hinge pin for hingedly interconnecting consecutive rows of belt modules together into a modular plastic conveyor belt. The hinge pin includes an interior rod surrounded by an outer tube. The interior rod is made of a rigid material, such as acetal, nylon, polypropylene, PVC, or steel. The outer tube is made of urethane, which provides inherent abrasion resistance in contact with the belt modules and is especially effective in abrasive environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Kyle J. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 6398015
    Abstract: A low backline pressure conveyor belt and modules therefor characterized by modules having thin upstanding supports supporting a transverse axle on which article-conveying rollers are rotatably mounted in a closely-spaced relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: The Laitram Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle J. Sedlacek, Andrew A. Corley