Patents by Inventor Mark J. Bartonek

Mark J. Bartonek 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: 10597054
    Abstract: A system and method for inspecting components of a moving train having a locomotive and a plurality of rail cars is disclosed. An inspection unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be deployed from the locomotive or one of the rail cars of the train, and the inspection UAV may fly to an initial inspection position relative to the moving train. The inspection UAV performs an inspection function on components of the moving train via inspection equipment mounted on the inspection UAV and starting at the initial inspection position. The inspection UAV then returns to the locomotive and the rail car after the inspection of the components of the moving train is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Patent number: 10458852
    Abstract: A system for detecting a temperature of a railroad train wheel or bearing includes a thermal line scanner and a processor. The thermal line scanner is positioned to capture a plurality of thermal line scans of the wheel or bearing. The processor is configured to analyze each of the plurality of thermal line scans, identify a selected line of the plurality of thermal line scans, and calculate the temperature of the wheel or the bearing based on the selected line. Thus, the system and method disclosed herein reduce the acquired thermal data first to a single line for one or both of the wheel temperature and bearing temperature and then to single values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Roland Frank O'Connell, Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20180170414
    Abstract: A system and method for inspecting components of a moving train having a locomotive and a plurality of rail cars is disclosed. An inspection unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be deployed from the locomotive or one of the rail cars of the train, and the inspection UAV may fly to an initial inspection position relative to the moving train. The inspection UAV performs an inspection function on components of the moving train via inspection equipment mounted on the inspection UAV and starting at the initial inspection position. The inspection UAV then returns to the locomotive and the rail car after the inspection of the components of the moving train is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Patent number: 9518947
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for detecting a condition associated with a wheel bearing on a train car. The method may include detecting a size and a location of the wheel bearing. The method may also include detecting a temperature associated with the wheel bearing based at least in part on the size and the location of the wheel bearing. The method may further include determining a wheel bearing condition based on the detected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J. Bartonek, Donald J. Arndt, Roland F. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9415784
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for detecting a condition associated with a wheel on a train car. The method may include detecting a position of the wheel. The method may also include detecting a position of a rail on which the wheel travels. The method may further include comparing the position of the wheel relative to the position of the rail, and determining a wheel condition based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J. Bartonek, Donald J. Arndt, Roland F. O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20160103083
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for detecting a condition associated with a wheel bearing on a train car. The method may include detecting a size and a location of the wheel bearing. The method may also include detecting a temperature associated with the wheel bearing based at least in part on the size and the location of the wheel bearing. The method may further include determining a wheel bearing condition based on the detected temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Mark J. BARTONEK, Donald J. ARNDT, Roland F. O'CONNELL
  • Publication number: 20160101792
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for detecting a condition associated with a wheel on a train car. The method may include detecting a position of the wheel. The method may also include detecting a position of a rail on which the wheel travels. The method may further include comparing the position of the wheel relative to the position of the rail, and determining a wheel condition based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Mark J. BARTONEK, Donald J. ARNDT, Roland F. O'CONNELL
  • Patent number: 9151681
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a temperature detector for detecting a temperature of a component. The temperature detector may receive a first signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the first signal being received from a first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may further receive a second signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the second signal being received from a second type of temperature sensor different from the first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may combine the first and second signals to generate an output indicative of the temperature of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Patent number: 8927936
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of retrofitting an existing single-beam infrared scanner assembly for detecting the temperature of an object. The method may include removing optics and optoelectronic components contained within an existing housing of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly. The optics and optoelectronic components of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly may be replaced with optics and optoelectronic components for a multi-beam infrared scanner assembly. The replacement optics and optoelectronic components for the multi-beam infrared scanner assembly may be installed in the existing housing of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20140321501
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for identifying a hot bearing. A processor may be configured for receiving a plurality of infrared (IR) signals emitted by a bearing as the bearing passes through a view window being monitored by one or more IR sensing elements positioned to receive IR radiation emitted from a target area of the bearing. The processor may extract IR data from IR signals emitted from an area within the target area of the bearing defined by a narrow window extending along a longitudinal axis for a length corresponding to substantially an entire length of the bearing. The processor may also establish a characteristic thermal profile from the extracted IR data, the characteristic thermal profile exhibiting identifiable boundaries of an area of interest on the bearing. The processor may compare temperatures of the bearing within the area of interest to a threshold, and produce an alarm signal if temperatures of the bearing within the area of interest exceed the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: MARK J. BARTONEK, Donald J. ARNDT, Steven C. HAMERLE, Roland O'CONNELL
  • Publication number: 20140169398
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a temperature detector for detecting a temperature of a component. The temperature detector may receive a first signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the first signal being received from a first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may further receive a second signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the second signal being received from a second type of temperature sensor different from the first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may combine the first and second signals to generate an output indicative of the temperature of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20140166885
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of retrofitting an existing single-beam infrared scanner assembly for detecting the temperature of an object. The method may include removing optics and optoeleetronic components contained within an existing housing of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly. The optics and optoelectronic components of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly may be replaced with optics and optoelectronic components for a multi-beam infrared scanner assembly. The replacement optics and optoelectronic components for the multi-beam infrared scanner assembly may be installed in the existing housing of the single-beam infrared scanner assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Patent number: 7789348
    Abstract: A system for verifying the operation of a railroad gate is provided. The system includes a tilt device for measuring a tilt of the railroad gate and a controller coupled to the tilt device. The controller is selectively operable in a calibration mode and a monitoring mode. In the calibration mode, the controller measures a predetermined tilt of the railroad gate. In the monitoring mode, the controller measures a current tilt of the railroad gate to determine deviations between the current tilt and the predetermined tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Lawrence Ruggiero, John Charles Hounschell, 2nd, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20080296442
    Abstract: A system for verifying the operation of a railroad gate is provided. The system includes a tilt device for measuring a tilt of the railroad gate and a controller coupled to the tilt device. The controller is selectively operable in a calibration mode and a monitoring mode. In the calibration mode, the controller measures a predetermined tilt of the railroad gate. In the monitoring mode, the controller measures a current tilt of the railroad gate to determine deviations between the current tilt and the predetermined tilt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Andrew Lawrence Ruggiero, John Charles Hounschell, II, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20030168584
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering a constant radiant energy delta to calibrate a railway hot box detector. A wheel including an aperture is rotatingly supported within the apparatus. A temperature sensor senses the temperature of the wheel, and a radiant energy source is mounted within the apparatus such that the wheel, when rotated, periodically allows radiant energy to be transmitted directly from the energy source through the aperture to a hot box detector being calibrated. A processor is provided to receive the temperature sensed by the temperature sensor and operate the energy source at a radiant energy setpoint by determining the present temperature of both the energy source and the present temperature of the wheel and the desired radiant energy delta.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark J Bartonek
  • Patent number: 6412332
    Abstract: A dragger detects objects dragging beneath a train as the train travels along a track. The dragger includes at least one stationary impact element and a detection circuit including at least one sensor coupled with impact element for sensing the force of the impacts between the objects and the impact element. A method for detecting objects dragging beneath a train involves positioning the stationary impact element along the track in a fixed position intersecting the path of movement of the objects. The method also involves sensing the force of each impact and generating an output signal if the magnitude of any impact is greater than a predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Mark J. Bartonek