Patents by Inventor Mark Joseph Bartonek

Mark Joseph 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10012546
    Abstract: A temperature detection system for railway applications is provided. The system may include at least one infrared (IR) sensing element configured to detect IR signals emitted by a rail or a railcar, and a controller in communication with the at least one IR sensing element. The controller may be configured to receive the IR signals from the at least one IR sensing element, extract IR data corresponding to at least one of a rail and an undercarriage of the railcar from the IR signals, and generate a characteristic thermal profile of at least one of an ambient temperature and a rail temperature based on the IR data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Donald J. Arndt, Steven Conrad Hamerle
  • Patent number: 9991696
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an enclosure and a device disposed within the enclosure. The memory module may also have an orifice in a wall of the enclosure and a wire passing through the orifice. One end of the wire may be attached to the device. The memory module may further have a stopper attached to the wire. The stopper may be located abutting an outer surface of the enclosure. The memory module may also have a filler disposed within the enclosure. The filler may be configured to expand and be ejected out of the orifice when subjected to a threshold temperature. The filler may also be configured to push the stopper away from the outer surface and disconnect the wire from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20170284868
    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: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Donald J. ARNDT, Roland Frank O'CONNELL, Mark Joseph BARTONEK
  • Publication number: 20170115166
    Abstract: A temperature detection system for railway applications is provided. The system may include at least one infrared (IR) sensing element configured to detect IR signals emitted by a rail or a railcar, and a controller in communication with the at least one IR sensing element. The controller may be configured to receive the IR signals from the at least one IR sensing element, extract IR data corresponding to at least one of a rail and an undercarriage of the railcar from the IR signals, and generate a characteristic thermal profile of at least one of an ambient temperature and a rail temperature based on the IR data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Donald J. Arndt, Steven Conrad Hamerle
  • Patent number: 9484164
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an enclosure having a slot in a wall of the enclosure. The memory module may also have a device disposed within the enclosure. The memory module may further have a thermal cutoff disposed in the slot. The thermal cutoff may have a first end attached to the device. The thermal cutoff may also have a second end attached to a wire configured to electrically connect to the device. The thermal cutoff may disconnect the wire from the device when subjected to a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Todd Charles Goergen
  • Patent number: 9263358
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an insulator. The memory module may also have a device disposed within the insulator. The memory module may further have a filler disposed on the device. The filler may be configured to expand and flow into one or more cracks in the insulator, when the filler is subjected to a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20160018858
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an insulator. The memory module may also have a device disposed within the insulator. The memory module may further have a filler disposed on the device. The filler may be configured to expand and flow into one or more cracks in the insulator, when the filler is subjected to a threshold temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Joseph BARTONEK
  • Publication number: 20160020598
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an enclosure having a slot in a wall of the enclosure. The memory module may also have a device disposed within the enclosure. The memory module may further have a thermal cutoff disposed in the slot. The thermal cutoff may have a first end attached to the device. The thermal cutoff may also have a second end attached to a wire configured to electrically connect to the device. The thermal cutoff may disconnect the wire from the device when subjected to a threshold temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Joseph BARTONEK, Todd Charles GOERGEN
  • Publication number: 20160018244
    Abstract: A memory module is disclosed. The memory module may have an enclosure and a device disposed within the enclosure. The memory module may also have an orifice in a wall of the enclosure and a wire passing through the orifice. One end of the wire may be attached to the device. The memory module may further have a stopper attached to the wire. The stopper may be located abutting an outer surface of the enclosure. The memory module may also have a filler disposed within the enclosure. The filler may be configured to expand and be ejected out of the orifice when subjected to a threshold temperature. The filler may also be configured to push the stopper away from the outer surface and disconnect the wire from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Joseph BARTONEK
  • Patent number: 9168937
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a dragger. The dragger may have a plurality of sensors configured to be located adjacent a railroad track. Each of the plurality of sensors may be oriented at an angle relative to a horizontal plane. The dragger may also have a controller in communication with the plurality of sensors. The controller may be configured to receive signals from the plurality of sensors, determine a parameter based on at least one of the received signals, and detect a fault condition when the parameter exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Patent number: 9090271
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method and apparatus for characterizing an object protruding beneath a train traveling along a rail. The method may include receiving one or more signals indicative of a detected horizontal force component and a detected vertical force component generated by impact of the object with a stationary impact element. The method may also characterize the object based on the detected horizontal and vertical force components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Patent number: 9090270
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method of detecting an object beneath a train. The method may include receiving a first signal indicative of a speed of the train, receiving a second signal indicative of a three generated by impact of the object with an impact element, and selecting a threshold value based on the speed of the train. The method may also include processing the second signal in accordance with a first procedure if the first signal indicates a speed of the train less than the threshold level, and processing the second signal in accordance with a second procedure different from the first procedure if the first signal is equal to or greater than the threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20150204024
    Abstract: A detector tie is provided for use in a railway. The detector tie may have a tie base, and a detector operatively coupled to the tie base. The detector tie may also have a vibration damper connected to a least one of the tie base and the detector. The vibration damper may be configured to protect the at least one detector from vibrations induced within the railway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Joseph BARTONEK
  • Patent number: 8922384
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a moving object impact detector is disclosed. A controller may receive input indicative of movement of an impact element from a first position to a second position. The controller may also receive an activation signal corresponding to the movement of the impact element. The controller may further receive input indicative of instructions to correlate the activation signal with the movement of the impact element. The controller may selectively set the activation signal as a reference signal for the detector, with the reference signal being indicative of an impact the moving object impact detector is set to detect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Donald John Arndt, Steven Conrad Hamerle
  • Patent number: 8818585
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a flat wheel detector. The flat wheel detector may have a first sensor configured to be located adjacent a rail of a railroad track. The first sensor may be oriented at a first angle relative to a horizontal plane. The flat wheel detector may also have a second sensor configured to be located adjacent the rail. The second sensor may be oriented at a second angle relative to the horizontal plane. In addition, the flat wheel detector may have a controller in communication with the first and second sensors. The controller may be configured to receive signals from the first and second sensors. The controller may also be configured to detect a flat wheel on a railroad car based on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Don Arndt
  • Patent number: 8800362
    Abstract: A method for detecting precipitation is disclosed. The method may include receiving a signal from a sensing module positioned in the vicinity of a railroad track, the signal being indicative of a capacitive dielectric property of a form of precipitation that has accumulated in the vicinity of the railroad track. The method may further include processing the signal from the sensing module to determine the type of precipitation that has accumulated in the vicinity of the railroad track as a function of the indicated capacitive dielectric property. The method may still further include sending a signal indicative of a recommended action based on the type of precipitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20140165717
    Abstract: A method for detecting precipitation is disclosed. The method may include receiving a signal from a sensing module positioned in the vicinity of a railroad track, the signal being indicative of a capacitive dielectric property of a form of precipitation that has accumulated in the vicinity of the railroad track. The method may further include processing the signal from the sensing module to determine the type of precipitation that has accumulated in the vicinity of the railroad track as a function of the indicated capacitive dielectric property. The method may still further include sending a signal indicative of a recommended action based on the type of precipitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: MARK JOSEPH BARTONEK
  • Publication number: 20140118152
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a moving object impact detector is disclosed. A controller may receive input indicative of movement of an impact element from a first position to a second position. The controller may also receive an activation signal corresponding to the movement of the impact element. The controller may further receive input indicative of instructions to correlate the activation signal with the movement of the impact element. The controller may selectively set the activation signal as a reference signal for the detector, with the reference signal being indicative of an impact the moving object impact detector is set to detect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: MARK JOSEPH BARTONEK, DONALD JOHN ARNDT, STEVEN CONRAD HAMERLE
  • Publication number: 20140110535
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method of detecting an object beneath a train. The method may include receiving a first signal indicative of a speed of the train, receiving a second signal indicative of a three generated by impact of the object with an impact element, and selecting a threshold value based on the speed of the train. The method may also include processing the second signal in accordance with a first procedure if the first signal indicates a speed of the train less than the threshold level, and processing the second signal in accordance with a second procedure different from the first procedure if the first signal is equal to or greater than the threshold level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventor: MARK JOSEPH BARTONEK