Patents by Inventor Lee Roy LaPierre

Lee Roy LaPierre 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).

  • Patent number: 7984657
    Abstract: A wireless-enabled tightening system for fasteners is disclosed. The system includes a visual designator configured to project an indicator onto a workpiece. The system also includes a torque wrench comprising a wireless transmitter and a means for identifying whether the correct torque has been applied to a fastener on the workpiece and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system also includes a camera configured to capture an image of the workpiece when an appropriate amount of torque has been applied to the fastener. The system further includes a microprocessor for determining sequence of the fastener and identifying the tightened fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Janet Sue Bennett, James Nelson Bratton, Michael Orlando Cimini, Douglas Roy Forman, Brandon Stephen Good, Morgan Frederic Intrator, Lee Roy LaPierre, Gregory Alan Richardson, Craig Douglas Young
  • Publication number: 20080115589
    Abstract: A wireless-enabled tightening system for fasteners is disclosed. The system includes a visual designator configured to project an indicator onto a workpiece. The system also includes a torque wrench comprising a wireless transmitter and a means for identifying whether the correct torque has been applied to a fastener on the workpiece and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system also includes a camera configured to capture an image of the workpiece when an appropriate amount of torque has been applied to the fastener. The system further includes a microprocessor for determining sequence of the fastener and identifying the tightened fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Janet Sue Bennett, James Nelson Bratton, Michael Orlando Cimini, Douglas Roy Forman, Brandon Stephen Good, Morgan Fredric Intrator, Lee Roy LaPierre, Gregory Alan Richardson, Craig Douglas Young
  • Publication number: 20080115636
    Abstract: A radio identification enabled wrench system is disclosed. The system includes a template having multiple RFID tags. The template also corresponds to a part associated with a particular fastener that is associated with each of the multiple RFID tags. The system further includes a torque wrench having a RFID reader and a RFID antenna and a means for identifying what fastener the wrench is being used upon and whether the correct torque has been applied to the fastener and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system includes a means for transferring data that may be either wired or wireless.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: General Electric
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Douglas Roy Forman, Craig Douglas Young, Michael Orlando Cimini, Gregory Alan Richardson, James Nelson Bratton, Lee Roy LaPierre