Patents by Inventor Michael A. Webb

Michael A. Webb 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: 20140268308
    Abstract: The adjustment of tilt in an optical signal path of a repeater. The repeater includes an optical pump that optically powers a rare-Earth doped fiber amplifier, which amplifies the optical signal. The optical signal path also includes Raman gain stage implemented in a previous optical fiber span in the optical signal path, and which contributes tilt with respect to wavelength. Adjusting the Raman gain and/or the rare-Earth doped gain also adjusts the combined tilt contributed by these gain stages. However, the rare-Earth doped gain operates at least partially in the saturated regime, thereby stabilizing the gain at the output of the rare-Earth doped amplifier. Thus tilt control may be employed by adjusting optical pump power with reduced effect on overall gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: WAYNE S. PELOUCH, DO-IL CHANG, STEPHEN MICHAEL WEBB
  • Patent number: 8813946
    Abstract: Elongate packs of circular biscuits are fed at high speed from a wrapping output conveyor to a transverse indexing conveyor. The indexing conveyor has a series of compartments with inclined sides, each compartment receiving a pair of packs end to end. The conveyor indexes each time that it receives a pair of packs, the compartments holding the packs against movement longitudinally of the conveyor. The packs are removed in groups from the indexing conveyor and urged together on a tray of adjustable dimension. Orientation of the packs is maintained, for consistent presentation of printing ABCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Quin Systems Limited
    Inventor: Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8770911
    Abstract: A collating conveyor (4, 6) receives products (2) sequentially from a delivery point and collates them into groups (8). A pusher (9) transfers groups (8) of products from the collating conveyor (4, 6) to a receiving trough (10), where they are turned through a predetermined angle B. The collating conveyor (4, 6) is inclined to the horizontal and is provided with lugs (5, 7), each of which supports a stack (8) of products under the effect of gravity. A pick-and-place head (11) picks up a group (8) of products from the trough (10) by gripping and clamping the products (2) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Quin Systems Limited
    Inventor: Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8726784
    Abstract: A howitzer suitable for deployment on a ground plane, the howitzer having an ordnance for firing a projectile. The ordnance can include a barrel defining a barrel axis and having a muzzle towards the front end of the howitzer and a breech assembly at the back end of the barrel; a cradle for holding the ordnance at a traverse and an elevation; two trunnion pins located on the cradle, which co-locate with receiving trunnion bearings on a saddle, wherein in a first position said breech is located forward of the trunnion, in a second position, at the end of the recoil stroke, the breech is retracted substantially behind the trunnion, wherein a recoil stroke is variable depending on the selection of the elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Keith Dawson, Frederick Herbert, John Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8718601
    Abstract: A fuel pump having a unique cellular telephone calling number operable in response to receiving a cellular message. The pump includes a cellular phone component and may include a SIM card slot and SIM card. A number of pumps may each be equipped with a cellular phone component each having a unique calling number and a cellular phone system provider configured to authorize sending of information representing a pre-authorized amount of fuel to be dispensed as a wireless cellular signal to one or any of the pumps. A method of selling fuel includes sending a cellular telephone signal to a unique telephone number associated with the fuel pump and assessing a charge to the cellular telephone of a user prior to authorizing the sending of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: U-Fuel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb
  • Publication number: 20140102286
    Abstract: A howitzer suitable for deployment on a ground plane, the howitzer having an ordnance for firing a projectile. The ordnance can include a barrel defining a barrel axis and having a muzzle towards the front end of the howitzer and a breech assembly at the back end of the barrel; a cradle for holding the ordnance at a traverse and an elevation; two trunnion pins located on the cradle, which co-locate with receiving trunnion bearings on a saddle, wherein in a first position said breech is located forward of the trunnion, in a second position, at the end of the recoil stroke, the breech is retracted substantially behind the trunnion, wherein a recoil stroke is variable depending on the selection of the elevation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Keith DAWSON, Frederick Herbert, John Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8693984
    Abstract: A dispenser having a unique cellular telephone calling number (or multiple unique calling numbers) operable in response to receiving a cellular message. The dispenser includes a cellular phone component and may include a SIM card slot and SIM card. A number of dispensers may each be equipped with a cellular phone component each having a unique calling number and a cellular phone system provider configured to authorize sending of information representing a pre-authorized amount of items to be dispensed as a wireless cellular signal to one or any of the dispensers. A cell pod is configured to enable a cellular telephone to communicate and control a vending machine. A method of selling items includes sending a cellular telephone signal to a unique telephone number associated with the dispenser and assessing a charge to the cellular telephone of a user prior to authorizing the sending of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: U-Fuel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb
  • Publication number: 20140057496
    Abstract: An improved method is employed to attach an enclosure to a connector body having relatively small geometry. One or more bonding channels are disposed in the outside surface of the connector body. During assembly of an enclosure over the connector body, a bonding material is distributed within the bonding channels and subsequently cured. The bonding channels and the bonding material are designed to employ capillary wicking to aid in the distribution of the bonding material within the bonding channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Siahaan, Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8643468
    Abstract: An access control device for a closure such as a frame mounted door having a latch bolt. The device has a electric strike in a housing, the electric strike having a cavity cooperable with the latch bolt. A proximity reader is integrated into the electric strike housing and, when installed in the door frame, is located in a secure position at least partially shielded by the electric strike. The antenna for the proximity reader may be integrated into the electric strike housing or may be remotely installed in the frame or other convenient location proximate the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua T. Peabody, Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 8562040
    Abstract: An electric lock for remote access control to a container wherein a U-shaped latch is mounted on a door in alignment with a slot in a housing mounted in the container. Upon closure, the latch enters the housing to engage a slotted keeper therein and causes rotation of the keeper. Rotation of the keeper causes a release lever to engage a stepped protrusion on the keeper and secures the keeper and latch. Activation of a solenoid or drive motor coupled to the release lever permits withdrawal of the latch from the housing. The axes of rotation of the keeper and release lever are located to greatly reduce the impact of pre-release forces to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Michael Webb, Joshua Peabody, Ryan Sims
  • Patent number: 8465067
    Abstract: An electric strike which provides vertical adjustability of the position of the strike relative to the latch bolt in the closure with modification to the doorframe on the dust box. A ramp element in the strike housing is adjustable relative to the strike and is securable at the time of installation to align the center of the latch bolt and strike. The ramp element has a channel to allow entry and exit of a latch bolt having a dead latch. A keeper engages the dead latch and maintains it in a retracted position when the closure is locked and is released when the electric latch solenoid is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Webb, Joshua T. Peabody, Scott Sullivan, Steve Whisel
  • Patent number: 8448382
    Abstract: A device for transferring electrical power between a frame and a closable member such as a door includes a first housing and face plate disposed in an opening in the frame and a second housing and face plate disposed in an opening in the closable member edge. The openings are positioned so that when the closable member is closed the openings are aligned. A hollow elbow assembly is rotatably disposed and secured in each hole. A tube having a pivot guide at each end is rotatably and axially slidable in each elbow assembly. A slot in each elbow assembly allows the tube to pivot. A wire bundle in the tube is connectable to wire leads. Boots may be supplied around the tube/elbow assemblies' junctions to exclude water. Thus, the wire bundle is fully contained within a protective, articulated, armored sheath to prevent wear, chafing, breakage, and vandalism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Securitron Magnalock Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Justus Rodgers, Thomas Edward Roth, Larry Gene Corwin, Jr., Michael A. Webb
  • Publication number: 20130127260
    Abstract: An access control device including an electromagnetic lock module for selectively locking and unlocking a door in a door frame is provided. The access control device provides a lower profiled electromagnetic lock module to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the module, supports and integrates modern accessories such as CCTV, CCD cameras, passive motion detection with automatic background correction, digital notification display, automatic source voltage selection, door and lock status indicators, and ease of installation. The present invention further provides components and circuitry to enable connection of the electromagnetic control module to 12 or 24 volts DC or to an unfiltered rectified AC power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Michael A. Webb, Larry Gene Corwin, JR., Matthew Lynn Petersen
  • Patent number: 8442405
    Abstract: A polarization mode dispersion compensator that includes two stages, one for reducing or eliminating first order polarization mode dispersion of an optical signal, and second stage for reducing or eliminating higher order polarization mode dispersion of the optical signal. In each stage, the polarization is adjusted so as to reduce polarization mode dispersion. Based on the power levels of various polarization states generated at the second polarization controller, the optical signal to noise ratio may be estimated. Furthermore, based on the amount of adjustment used to control the polarization controllers and the differential group delay, the polarization mode dispersion may be estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Xtera Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Ellison, Stephen Michael Webb, David Winterburn, Stephen Desbruslais
  • Publication number: 20130112528
    Abstract: Elongate packs (3) of circular biscuits are fed at high speed from a wrapping output conveyor (1) to a transverse indexing conveyor (2). The indexing conveyor (2) has a series of compartments (12) with inclined sides, each compartment (12) receiving a pair of packs (3) end to end. The conveyor (2) indexes each time that it receives a pair of packs (3), the compartments (12) holding the packs (3) against movement longitudinally of the conveyor (2). The packs (3) are removed in groups from the indexing conveyor (2) and urged together on a tray (19) of adjustable dimension. Orientation of the packs (3) is maintained, for consistent presentation of printing ABCD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: QUIN SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Webb
  • Publication number: 20130091768
    Abstract: A door control apparatus and methods for controlling a door motion device for a hinged door and, optionally, illuminating a designated area on the floor. During the time the designated area is illuminated, a person can expect that the door will not close. The door control apparatus may include control circuitry, and a sensor, and optionally a light emitter and/or a sound emitter. The sensor detects a person proximate to the door and signals the control circuitry upon a detection event. The light emitter is also connected to the control circuitry. Upon a detection event, the control circuitry signals the light emitter to produce light and signals the door motion device to hold the door open. The light emitter directs light to form an image on the floor in the designated area. The light emitter may be, for example, a laser generator or a light emitting diode lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: YALE SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Blue Houser, Tommy McNally, Michael Webb, Max Smith, Asa Christiander
  • Patent number: 8403071
    Abstract: An aboveground fueling facility for storing and dispensing a combustible fluid such as gasoline includes a double-wall storage tank provided in a fuel storage section where the tank is constructed and arranged to store the combustible fluid in a fire resistant tank and box. The facility further includes a dispenser section for dispensing the fuel and an isolating wall which separates the fuel storage section from the dispenser section. The isolating wall is preferably a fire wall and in part defines a fuel supply chamber. An access door provides access for a person to enter or exit the fuel supply chamber. A user may obtain self-service of fuel at the dispenser section which may also be secured by a door. Fire resistant panels are also used as the exterior box structure for the facility and also provide a display or advertising function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: U-Fuel, Inc. NV
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb
  • Patent number: D680557
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb
  • Patent number: D706305
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: U-Fuel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb
  • Patent number: D706306
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: U-Fuel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Michael Webb