Patents by Inventor Matthew J. Blackford

Matthew J. Blackford 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: 20200047006
    Abstract: A fall protection device comprises an energy harvester to generate electrical power in response to movement of an elongate member and a circuit powered by the generated electrical power; an impact indicator connected to an elongate member, a controller connected to the elongate member and/or the impact indicator to generate a message in response to impact, and a transmitter connected to the controller to transmit the message; and/or a sensor connected to an elongate member and a controller connected to the sensor to generate a message in response to movement of the elongate member. The fall protection device could include a generator to generate electrical power, an energy storage capacitor to store the generated electrical power, a controller powered by the energy storage capacitor to generate a message in response to action, and a wireless transmitter powered by the energy storage capacitor to transmit the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew J. Blackford, Jia Hu, Jay A. Esch, Ronald D. Jesme, Orlin B. Knudson, Jonathan E. Reneberg, Jared C. Ferraro
  • Patent number: 10542332
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10496045
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a self-retracting lifeline (SRL) comprising one or more electronic sensors, the one or more electronic sensors configured to generate data that is indicative of an operation of the SRL; and at least one computing device comprising one or more computer processors and a memory comprising instructions that when executed by the one or more computer processors cause the one or more computer processors to: receive the data that is indicative of the operation of the SRL; apply the data to a safety model that predicts a likelihood of an occurrence of a safety event associated with the SRL; and perform one or more operations based at least in part on the likelihood of the occurrence of the safety event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190073618
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of hearing protection assigned to a worker, and a portable computing device assigned to the worker; a remote computing device communicatively coupled to the portable computing device, the remote computing device configured to receive sound level data that indicate different sound levels at different, respective locations of a work environment; determine, based on location data received from the portable computing device, an amount of sound received by the worker over a period of time; identify an updated location in the work environment having a sound level that is different from a current location, based at least in part on the article of hearing protection, the amount of sound, and the sound level data that indicates different sound levels at different, respective locations; and generate a notification that instructs the worker to move from the current location to the updated location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven R. Digre, Darcey L. Holloway, Eric C. Lobner, Ted K. Madison, Philip J. Savoie, Pegeen S. Smith, Lauraine L Wells, Michael G. Wurm, Cameron J. Fackler, James D. Brown, Matthew J. Blackford, Steven T. Awiszus, Elliott H. Berger
  • Publication number: 20180270549
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9998804
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Jia Hu, Matthew J. Blackford, Keith G. Mattson, Ronald D. Jesme, Nathan J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20180107169
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a self-retracting lifeline (SRL) comprising one or more electronic sensors, the one or more electronic sensors configured to generate data that is indicative of an operation of the SRL; and at least one computing device comprising one or more computer processors and a memory comprising instructions that when executed by the one or more computer processors cause the one or more computer processors to: receive the data that is indicative of the operation of the SRL; apply the data to a safety model that predicts a likelihood of an occurrence of a safety event associated with the SRL; and perform one or more operations based at least in part on the likelihood of the occurrence of the safety event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jia HU, Matthew J. BLACKFORD, Keith G. MATTSON, Ronald D. JESME, Nathan J. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20170374436
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) having at least one sensor configured to generate a stream of usage data; and an analytical stream processing component comprising: a communication component that receives the stream of usage data; a memory configured to store at least a portion of the stream of usage data and at least one model for detecting a safety event signature, wherein the at least one model is trained based as least in part on a set of usage data generated by one or more other articles of PPE of a same type as the article of PPE; and one or more computer processors configured to: detect the safety event signature in the stream of usage data based on processing the stream of usage data with the model, and generate an output in response to detecting the safety event signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Steven T. AWISZUS, Eric C. LOBNER, Michael G. WURM, Kiran S. KANUKURTHY, Jia HU, Matthew J. BLACKFORD, Keith G. MATTSON, Ronald D. JESME, Nathan J. ANDERSON
  • Patent number: 9764172
    Abstract: A safety device with fall arrest and descending modes includes a housing, a drum, a lifeline, first and second brake assemblies, and a control. The drum is rotatably operatively connected to the housing. The lifeline has an intermediate portion interconnecting a first end and a second end. The first end is operatively connected to the drum. The first and second assemblies are operatively connected to the drum. The control is operatively connected to the first and second brake assemblies and has a first position and a second position. The first position selectively engages the first brake assembly in a descending mode and the second position selectively engages the second brake assembly in a fall arrest mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: D B Industries, LLC
    Inventors: J. Thomas Wolner, Scott C. Casebolt, Gabriel Grant Gamache, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Patent number: 9327147
    Abstract: A roof anchor comprises a pliable member including an interconnecting portion interconnecting a first portion and a second portion. The first portion and the second portion each include a securing portion with a plurality of apertures and a connecting portion with an aperture. A first notch and a second notch are proximate the junctures of each securing portion and connecting portion. The first notch and the second notch extend inward from opposing sides and toward proximate a middle of the respective first and second portions, and an aperture is between each first notch and second notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: D B Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Philip K. Snider, Matthew J. Blackford, J. Thomas Wolner
  • Patent number: 8181319
    Abstract: A buckle and catch used to couple webbing together is provided. The buckle includes a connecting portion, a slide and locking member. The connecting portion is configured to selectively engage an engaging portion of a first webbing. The slide of the buckle is configured to engage a second webbing and the locking member is configured to selectively press the second webbing on the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Johnson, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Patent number: 8181740
    Abstract: A fall protection system that includes at least one rail section, at least one shuttle and at least one connecting member is provided. The at least one rail section is configured and arranged to be coupled to a structure that changes in length. The at least one shuttle is configured and arranged to movably engage the at least one rail section. In addition, the at least one connecting member is configured and arranged to provide a connection point to the at least one shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Blomberg, Scott C. Casebolt, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Publication number: 20110203870
    Abstract: A fall protection system that includes at least one rail section, at least one shuttle and at least one connecting member is provided. The at least one rail section is configured and arranged to be coupled to a structure that changes in length. The at least one shuttle is configured and arranged to movably engage the at least one rail section. In addition, the at least one connecting member is configured and arranged to provide a connection point to the at least one shuttle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: John P. Blomberg, Scott C. Casebolt, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Patent number: 7946387
    Abstract: A self-retracting lifeline includes a common, central brake hub having teeth on opposing sides and a lifeline assembly on each side of the brake hub. The lifeline assemblies include centrifugal clutch assemblies with pawls. The pawls are configured and arranged to engage the teeth of the brake hub to stop the lifeline assemblies when there is a sudden acceleration or a high rate of speed at which the lifeline assemblies turn to pay-out lifeline which causes the pawls to pivot and engage the teeth. The self-retracting lifeline may be operatively connected to a safety harness with a connector interconnecting the bottom of the self-retracting lifeline and the straps of the safety harness proximate a dorsal pad assembly and straps interconnecting the housing of the self-retracting lifeline and the straps of the safety harness above the dorsal pad assembly. The lifelines of the self-retracting lifeline exit the housing proximate the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis P Betcher, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Publication number: 20100243373
    Abstract: A buckle and catch used to couple webbing together is provided. The buckle includes a connecting portion, a slide and locking member. The connecting portion is configured to selectively engage an engaging portion of a first webbing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew P. Johnson, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Publication number: 20100224448
    Abstract: A safety device with fall arrest and descending modes includes a housing, a drum, a lifeline, first and second brake assemblies, and a control. The drum is rotatably operatively connected to the housing. The lifeline has an intermediate portion interconnecting a first end and a second end. The first end is operatively connected to the drum. The first and second assemblies are operatively connected to the drum. The control is operatively connected to the first and second brake assemblies and has a first position and a second position. The first position selectively engages the first brake assembly in a descending mode and the second position selectively engages the second brake assembly in a fall arrest mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: J. Thomas Wolner, Scott C. Casebolt, Gabriel Grant Gamache, Matthew J. Blackford, Vincent G. Meillet, Joseph Robert Kaiser
  • Publication number: 20100226748
    Abstract: A safety device with fall arrest and descending modes includes a housing, a drum, a lifeline, first and second brake assemblies, and a control. The drum is rotatably operatively connected to the housing. The lifeline has an intermediate portion interconnecting a first end and a second end. The first end is operatively connected to the drum. The first and second assemblies are operatively connected to the drum. The control is operatively connected to the first and second brake assemblies and has a first position and a second position. The first position selectively engages the first brake assembly in a descending mode and the second position selectively engages the second brake assembly in a fall arrest mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: J. Thomas Wolner, Scott C. Casebolt, Gabriel Grant Gamache, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Patent number: 7665248
    Abstract: A roof anchor includes a base member and a connector. The base member has an intermediate portion interconnecting a first end and a second end. The first end and the second end are proximate one another at an end opposite the intermediate portion. A first interruption is proximate the junction of the first end and the intermediate portion, and a second interruption is proximate the junction of the second end and the intermediate portion. The first and second interruptions assist in bending the first and second ends outward from one another and from the intermediate portion. The connector is operatively connected to the intermediate portion proximate an opposing end relative to the first end and the second end thereby extending outward from the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Blackford
  • Publication number: 20080271407
    Abstract: A roof anchor comprises a pliable member including an interconnecting portion interconnecting a first portion and a second portion. The first portion and the second portion each include a securing portion with a plurality of apertures and a connecting portion with an aperture. A first notch and a second notch are proximate the junctures of each securing portion and connecting portion. The first notch and the second notch extend inward from opposing sides and toward proximate a middle of the respective first and second portions, and an aperture is between each first notch and second notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Philip K. Snider, Matthew J. Blackford, J. Thomas Wolner
  • Patent number: D679868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Blomberg, Scott C. Casebolt, Matthew J. Blackford