Patents by Inventor Malcolm H. Hodge

Malcolm H. Hodge 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: 11372171
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly has a first ferrule assembly and a second ferrule assembly. Each ferrule assembly has a ferrule body, a plurality of optical fiber receiving bores, and an array of optical elements. One of array of optical elements has a plurality of data lens elements and a cross-focusing indicator lens element. Another of the array of optical elements has a plurality of data lens elements and a mirror system configured to reflect light from the indicator lens element. Upon mating the first and second ferrule assemblies, light from the indicator lens element is primarily reflected back to an output lens element by the mirror system. Upon only partially mating the first and second ferrule assemblies, light from the indicator lens element is not primarily reflected back by the mirror system to the output lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, Russell K. Stiles
  • Publication number: 20220011523
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly has a first ferrule assembly and a second ferrule assembly. Each ferrule assembly has a ferrule body, a plurality of optical fiber receiving bores, and an array of optical elements. One of array of optical elements has a plurality of data lens elements and a cross-focusing indicator lens element. Another of the array of optical elements has a plurality of data lens elements and a mirror system configured to reflect light from the indicator lens element. Upon mating the first and second ferrule assemblies, light from the indicator lens element is primarily reflected back to an output lens element by the mirror system. Upon only partially mating the first and second ferrule assemblies, light from the indicator lens element is not primarily reflected back by the mirror system to the output lens element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. HODGE, Russell K. STILES
  • Publication number: 20210372074
    Abstract: A foundation lifting method includes the steps of cutting an existing concrete pile below the building foundation, inserting two sleeve portions over ends of the cut pile, placing a lifting device, such as a jack, between the ends of the cut pile and jacking vertically within the cut out section, and then fixing the two sleeve portions to reinforce the cut area. The method can be performed simultaneously or consecutively on plural existing concrete piles below the building foundation. The sleeve portion couples the lower pile portion with the upper pile portion to resist vertical and transverse loads. A computerized interface can coordinate the actuation scheme for multiple piles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventor: Malcolm H Hodge
  • Publication number: 20200301065
    Abstract: A multi-core optical fiber includes a plurality of optical waveguides that are at least partially fused to an adjacent optical waveguide. At least some of the optical waveguides are aligned to form a linear array having a major axis generally parallel to the linear array and a minor axis generally perpendicular to the major axis. A linear support structure is fused to the linear array of optical waveguides. A buffer engages and surrounds the outer perimeter defined by the optical waveguides and the linear support structure. The buffer has a buffer modulus of elasticity substantially less than the waveguide modulus of elasticity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, John SHANNON
  • Publication number: 20200264386
    Abstract: An optical lens plate includes a body having a front face and an oppositely facing rear face with a plurality of lenses adjacent the front face. A plurality of alignment sockets are disposed adjacent the rear face, with each alignment socket being aligned with one of the lenses and having a first end adjacent the rear face and a second end within the body. Each alignment socket includes a tapered lead-in section, a stop surface, and a lateral alignment section, with the stop surface defining the second end and the lateral alignment section having a non-tapering cross-section between the lead-in section and the stop surface. An optical transmission recess is disposed between one of the lenses and one of the alignment sockets and extends from the stop surface towards the front face of the body. An optical fiber assembly including a ferrule body and the lens plate is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, Russell K. Stiles
  • Patent number: 10488603
    Abstract: A multi-tiered optical assembly includes a ferrule body having a mating face, a rear face, and a pair of spaced apart sidewalls, with the mating face, the rear face, and the sidewalls defining an opening. The ferrule body further includes a first support level, and a second support level, with the second support level being vertically spaced from the first support level. First and second flexible optical waveguide members each include at least one waveguide. The first waveguide member is disposed at the first support level and extends between the mating face and the rear face, and the second waveguide member is disposed at the second support level and extends between the mating face and the rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Patent number: 10386577
    Abstract: A waveguide support and reflector member is provided for optically connecting a first optical component having at least one optical waveguide including an optical axis with a second optical component. The waveguide support and reflector member includes a body having a waveguide retention section and a reflector section. The waveguide retention section is configured to support the first optical component and defines an optical plane along which each optical waveguide is disposed upon positioning the optical component at the waveguide retention section. The reflector section has an optical reflector surface aligned with the optical plane and is configured to optically connect the at least one optical waveguide with the second optical component. An optical assembly incorporating a waveguide support and reflector member and a sheet metal blank for forming a waveguide support and reflector member are also provided. An in-line waveguide support and alignment member is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, Calob Lostutter, Daniel Tillotson, Eric A. Deichmann
  • Publication number: 20190086617
    Abstract: A multi-tiered optical assembly includes a ferrule body having a mating face, a rear face, and a pair of spaced apart sidewalls, with the mating face, the rear face, and the sidewalls defining an opening. The ferrule body further includes a first support level, and a second support level, with the second support level being vertically spaced from the first support level. First and second flexible optical waveguide members each include at least one waveguide. The first waveguide member is disposed at the first support level and extends between the mating face and the rear face, and the second waveguide member is disposed at the second support level and extends between the mating face and the rear face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. HODGE
  • Publication number: 20190072719
    Abstract: Optical waveguide termination module assemblies include a plurality of optical fibers with each having a retained first portion and a movable second portion. The movable second portions are configured to be mounted on an optical waveguide member. Optical assemblies and methods of forming the optical assemblies with the optical waveguide termination module assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. HODGE, Calob LOSTUTTER
  • Patent number: 10197735
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling an optical fiber embedded within a member to a waveguide is disclosed. The embedded optical fiber has a core and a cladding surrounding the core. A block includes an engagement surface for positioning adjacent the member to facilitate removal of a portion of the cladding surrounding the core of the embedded optical fiber, a monitoring region adjacent which a portion of a waveguide is positioned, and a waveguide having a first section positioned at the monitoring region and a second section configured to be connected to an optical measuring element for measuring a transmission through passing through the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Publication number: 20180372955
    Abstract: A waveguide support and reflector member is provided for optically connecting a first optical component having at least one optical waveguide including an optical axis with a second optical component. The waveguide support and reflector member includes a body having a waveguide retention section and a reflector section. The waveguide retention section is configured to support the first optical component and defines an optical plane along which each optical waveguide is disposed upon positioning the optical component at the waveguide retention section. The reflector section has an optical reflector surface aligned with the optical plane and is configured to optically connect the at least one optical waveguide with the second optical component. An optical assembly incorporating a waveguide support and reflector member and a sheet metal blank for forming a waveguide support and reflector member are also provided. An in-line waveguide support and alignment member is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. HODGE, Calob Lostutter, Daniel Tillotson, Eric A. Deichmann
  • Patent number: 10007062
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly includes a ferrule and a plurality of optical fibers. Each optical fiber has an end portion positioned generally adjacent a front face of the ferrule. The end portion of each optical fiber has an end face for engaging a mating optical component and an enlarged portion with at least a portion thereof engaging the ferrule generally adjacent the front face of the ferrule. A method of fabricating an optical fiber assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Publication number: 20180172926
    Abstract: An illumination sleeve includes an elongated, hollow, flexible cylindrical body with the body formed of a resin and having an optical source end, an illumination end, and a central axis. An annular wall extends around the central axis and includes a plurality of optical cores therein. Each optical core is formed of a resin and includes a core axis generally parallel to the central axis. The annular wall further includes a plurality of cladding portions, with each cladding portion being formed of a resin. The plurality of optical cores have a core index of refraction and the plurality of cladding portions have a cladding index of refraction. The cladding index of refraction is less than the core index of refraction and each optical core is surrounded by and in contact with one of the cladding portions to form an optical waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Publication number: 20180147474
    Abstract: A neck support for a sport player, includes a fabric treated with a dilatant material, the fabric sized and shaped to be deployed about the player's neck to be supported by the player's shoulders and to be supportive of the player's head. The fabric can be disposed within a neck collar, the neck collar disposed between a helmet worn by the player and the player's shoulders. The collar can include a first component connected to a player's helmet; a second component connected to a player's torso; a ball bearing assembly interposed between the first and second component; and dilatant material arranged between the first component and the ball bearing assembly or between the second component and the ball bearing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9977194
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly comprises an optical fiber having a forward end, a ferrule supporting the optical fiber, a beam expanding element aligned with the forward end of the optical fiber, and a thermal expansion compensation element adjacent the optical fiber to compensate for thermal expansion differences between the optical fiber and the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Waldron, Malcolm H. Hodge, Wenzong Chen, Dean A. Richardson, Jannick Armand, Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9759870
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly includes a ferrule body with a plurality of optical fibers and an end of each optical fiber positioned adjacent the front face of the ferrule body. A beam-expanding element is positioned adjacent the front face of the ferrule body including a lens array aligned with the optical fibers. The lens array is spaced from the optical fibers by a predetermined distance to form a gap with an index-matched medium within the gap. A method of manufacturing the optical fiber assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Wenzong Chen, Dean Richardson, Malcolm H. Hodge, Thomas Coughlin
  • Patent number: 9625654
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly includes a housing with a mating face, a ferrule having a plurality of optical fibers, and a beam expanding element generally aligned with each optical fiber. A cover is slidably mounted on the housing adjacent the mating face. One of the housing and the cover includes a retention member. Another of the housing and the cover includes a guide and retention member. The guide and retention member interacts with the retention member to retain the cover to the housing and permit sliding movement of the housing relative to the cover. An assembly of connectors, a method of mating and a tool for mating are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, B. Daniel Szilagyi
  • Patent number: 9575261
    Abstract: An embedded optical fiber termination device includes a fiber holder with an inner bore and an outer surface. The inner bore is configured to receive a length of optical fiber therein. A removable armature is positioned about a portion of the outer surface of the fiber holder and is removably positioned around a portion of the fiber holder. A composite structure and a method of using the embedded device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm H. Hodge, James P. Clarkin
  • Publication number: 20170045693
    Abstract: A multi-layer optical circuit includes a plurality of stacked flexible substrates and an adhesive between adjacent substrate layers. A plurality of optical fibers are positioned between adjacent substrate layers. The flexible substrates of adjacent substrate layers are secured together by the adhesive and directly engage the plurality of optical fibers between the adjacent substrate layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9563026
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first cable assembly with a first housing having a first mating face and a retention member. A first ferrule has a plurality of first optical fibers positioned therein. A first beam expanding element is generally aligned with each first optical fiber, and each first beam expanding element expands an optical beam generally to a beam diameter. A second cable assembly including a second housing with a second mating face. A second ferrule has a plurality of second optical fibers positioned therein. A second beam expanding element is generally aligned with each second optical fiber, and each second beam expanding element expands an optical beam generally to the beam diameter. A second retention member interacts with the first retention member to retain the first cable assembly to the second cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge