Patents by Inventor Michael A. Bacik

Michael A. Bacik 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: 20190147061
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for presenting feature images corresponding to visual depictions of features or products matching a particular room type and décor style. The techniques may be used assist homeowners in the design or decoration of their home, thereby improving home improvement results and the user experience. The techniques described herein allow the homeowner or user to adequately select building materials and décor items by themselves because they can rely on other users' experiences, a form of crowdsourcing that promotes satisfactory results. The techniques disclosed herein may provide a crowdsourced starting point based on an iterative process and customization options based on the particular user's own taste and budget.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Michael DiBenedetto, Jared Bacik
  • Patent number: 9669119
    Abstract: A sterilizer for sterilizing medical instruments, the sterilizer having a pressurizable chamber having an opening communicating therewith. A door is provided for closing and sealing the opening to the chamber. A sterilant inlet and a sterilant outlet communicate with the chamber. A container holds medical instruments to be sterilized. The container is comprised of a tray and a lid dimensioned to rest on the tray. The tray and lid define an interior area for holding medical instruments. The tray has connection means for connecting the sterilant inlet to the interior area of the tray when the tray is inserted in the chamber, and the lid is movable from the tray when pressurized sterilant is introduced into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN STERILIZER COMPANY
    Inventors: William Amor, Michael A. Bacik, Michael W. Butler, J. D. Cunningham, Evan Kessick
  • Patent number: 9671167
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for reducing the temperature of an effluent stream flowing out of a sterilization chamber. The process involves the use of a mixing tank and heat exchangers which provide for cooling the effluent to a temperature required by local drain or sewer requirements (e.g., below about 60° C.) while saving on the amount of cooling water needed to cool the effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Michael Bacik, Shadruz Daraie, Peter J. Buczynski
  • Publication number: 20170138669
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for reducing the temperature of an effluent stream flowing out of a sterilization chamber. The process involves the use of a mixing tank and heat exchangers which provide for cooling the effluent to a temperature required by local drain or sewer requirements (e.g., below about 60° C.) while saving on the amount of cooling water needed to cool the effluent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Bacik, Shadruz Daraie, Peter J. Buczynski
  • Publication number: 20150320896
    Abstract: A sterilizer for sterilizing medical instruments, the sterilizer having a pressurizable chamber having an opening communicating therewith. A door is provided for closing and sealing the opening to the chamber. A sterilant inlet and a sterilant outlet communicate with the chamber. A container holds medical instruments to be sterilized. The container is comprised of a tray and a lid dimensioned to rest on the tray. The tray and lid define an interior area for holding medical instruments. The tray has connection means for connecting the sterilant inlet to the interior area of the tray when the tray is inserted in the chamber, and the lid is movable from the tray when pressurized sterilant is introduced into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: AMERICAN STERILIZER COMPANY
    Inventors: William AMOR, Michael A. BACIK, Michael W. BUTLER, J.D. CUNNINGHAM, Evan KESSICK
  • Patent number: 9075813
    Abstract: A mechanism for saving a snapshot of free space of a file system on persistent storage is disclosed. A method of the invention includes determining whether generation numbers stored in each of a free space cache inode of an on-disk free space cache of a block group, a free space cache item, and a free space cache header are valid, determining whether a checksum generated for a first page of the free space cache matches a checksum stored in the file system and associated with the free space cache, and adding entries stored in the on-disk free space cache to an in-memory free space cache for the block group kept in volatile memory of a computing device, wherein the on-disk free space cache is stored in persistent data storage indexed by a file system of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Josef Michael Bacik
  • Patent number: 8815174
    Abstract: A sterilizer having a cassette for holding metal instruments or medical devices. The cassette includes a metallic container that defines a sterilization chamber. The container has at least one outer surface. A plurality of spaced-apart, elongated rails extend along the at least one outer surface of the container. Each of the rails includes a free, longitudinal edge wherein the edges of the rails lie in a first plane. An insulating shell encases the metallic container and the plurality of rails. An outer surface of the insulating shell lies in the first plane. A receiving unit includes a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface engages the edges of the rails and the outer surface of the insulating shell when the cassette is disposed within the inner housing. A plurality of spaced-apart elongated ribs extends along the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Michael A Bacik, Peter J Buczynski, Francis J Zelina, Jeffrey C Robertson
  • Publication number: 20140050634
    Abstract: A sterilizer having a cassette for holding metal instruments or medical devices. The cassette includes a metallic container that defines a sterilization chamber. The container has at least one outer surface. A plurality of spaced-apart, elongated rails extend along the at least one outer surface of the container. Each of the rails includes a free, longitudinal edge wherein the edges of the rails lie in a first plane. An insulating shell encases the metallic container and the plurality of rails. An outer surface of the insulating shell lies in the first plane. A receiving unit includes a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface engages the edges of the rails and the outer surface of the insulating shell when the cassette is disposed within the inner housing. A plurality of spaced-apart elongated ribs extends along the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: AMERICAN STERILIZER COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Peter J. Buczynski, Francis J. Zelina, Jeffrey C. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20130073813
    Abstract: A mechanism for saving a snapshot of free space of a file system on persistent storage is disclosed. A method of the invention includes determining whether generation numbers stored in each of a free space cache inode of an on-disk free space cache of a block group, a free space cache item, and a free space cache header are valid, determining whether a checksum generated for a first page of the free space cache matches a checksum stored in the file system and associated with the free space cache, and adding entries stored in the on-disk free space cache to an in-memory free space cache for the block group kept in volatile memory of a computing device, wherein the on-disk free space cache is stored in persistent data storage indexed by a file system of the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Josef Michael Bacik
  • Patent number: 8275968
    Abstract: A computing device executing a file system maintains a search tree that includes extents for managing first regions of unallocated storage space and bitmaps for managing second regions of unallocated storage space. For each region of unallocated storage space, the file system determines whether to manage that region using an extent or a bitmap based on one or more space management criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Josef Michael Bacik
  • Patent number: 8182743
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a portable decontamination unit. The invention also relates to a decontamination process. The decontamination unit may employ a shipping container for transporting a decontaminant generator and optionally a power generator, and for functioning as a decontamination chamber. The decontamination unit may be ruggedized for use in hostile environments such as those that may be anticipated for military applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Michael A. Centanni
  • Publication number: 20120121462
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a portable decontamination unit. The invention also relates to a decontamination process. The decontamination unit may be ruggedized for use in hostile environments such as those that may be anticipated for military applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Aaron L. Hill, Peter J. Buczynski, Richard A. Weiss, Timothy W. Meilander, Paul W. Wiget, Iain F. McVey, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 8163236
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a portable decontamination unit. The invention also relates to a decontamination process. The decontamination unit may be ruggedized for use in hostile environments such as those that may be anticipated for military applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Aaron L. Hill, Peter J. Buczynski, Richard A. Weiss, Timothy W. Meilander, Paul A. Wiget, Iain F. McVey, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 8153078
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a portable decontamination unit. The invention also relates to a decontamination process. The decontamination unit may employ a shipping container for transporting a decontaminant generator and optionally a power generator, and for functioning as a decontamination chamber. The decontamination unit may be ruggedized for use in hostile environments such as those that may be anticipated for military applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: STERIS Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 8132870
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a bidirectional shelf assembly which may be used in a single door or double door cabinet. The cabinet may comprise the decontamination chamber of a decontamination unit. The cabinet may comprise a sterilizer and/or washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: STERIS Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Buczynski, James M. Szumigala, Joseph B. Ott, Michael A. Bacik, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 8128888
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a portable decontamination unit. The invention also relates to a decontamination process. The decontamination unit may be ruggedized for use in hostile environments such as those that may be anticipated for military applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: STERIS Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bacik, Aaron L. Hill, Peter J. Buczynski, Richard A. Weiss, Timothy W. Meilander, Paul W. Wiget, Iain F. McVey, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 7981361
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for circulating a carrier gas containing a chemical deactivating vapor or gas in a chamber. The apparatus includes a housing defining a flow path therethrough. The housing has an inlet end and an outlet end. A blower is provided for conveying a carrier gas containing a chemical deactivating vapor or gas along the flow path. A filter that includes a filter element is provided. The filter is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the filter element is fluidly isolated from the flow path when the filter is in the first position, and the filter element is disposed in the flow path when the filter is in the second position. An actuator is provided for moving the filter between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Bacik
  • Publication number: 20110131387
    Abstract: A computing device executing a file system maintains a search tree that includes extents for managing first regions of unallocated storage space and bitmaps for managing second regions of unallocated storage space. For each region of unallocated storage space, the file system determines whether to manage that region using an extent or a bitmap based on one or more space management criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Josef Michael Bacik
  • Publication number: 20100166602
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for circulating a carrier gas containing a chemical deactivating vapor or gas in a chamber. The apparatus includes a housing defining a flow path therethrough. The housing has an inlet end and an outlet end. A blower is provided for conveying a carrier gas containing a chemical deactivating vapor or gas along the flow path. A filter that includes a filter element is provided. The filter is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the filter element is fluidly isolated from the flow path when the filter is in the first position, and the filter element is disposed in the flow path when the filter is in the second position. An actuator is provided for moving the filter between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Michael A. Bacik
  • Patent number: D716964
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: William Amor, Michael A. Bacik, Michael W. Butler, Evan Kessick