Patents by Inventor Michael B. Uffer

Michael B. Uffer 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: 4288733
    Abstract: A battery charger system suited for use in a sterilized environment such as an operating room includes a sterilizable battery-containing pack adapted for connection to a non-sterilized battery charger through a sterilizable tray-interface. The tray-interface includes connecting structure on an upper side for mechanical and electrical connection to at least one battery pack and additional connecting structure on a lower side for mechanical and electrical connection to the charger. The upper side and lower side electrical connections are inter-connected to effect electrical coupling between the sterilized battery and the non-sterilized charger so that the battery may be charged, discharged, or tested. A sterilizable drape is adapted to be constrained between the tray-interface and the charger to isolate the charger from the sterilized environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Silvio G. Bilanceri, Gary L. Kanner, Michael B. Uffer
  • Patent number: 4254460
    Abstract: A controller is disclosed for controlling the operation of selected electro-mechanical devices without the use of a microprocessor or similar computing machines. The controller includes a memory programmed to output a data word each time the memory is advanced to its next successive memory address. Responsive to the data word, an electro-mechanical device, identified by the data word, is actuated to perform its function. As the function of an electro-mechanical device is completed, a sensor develops a control signal for altering the internal count of a counter. The counter, in turn, advances the memory to its next address for outputting its next data word. The cycle continues as the memory is advanced through its addresses and selected electro-mechanical devices are successively actuated to perform their assigned functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene K. Achter, David A. Lohr, Michael B. Uffer
  • Patent number: 4185629
    Abstract: The blood processing method, and the apparatus for performing the steps of the method are utilized in separating whole blood into its components and include the steps of, or component parts of the apparatus for carrying out these steps of: pumping whole blood from a donor; passing the whole blood through a first chamber in a centrifuge device: centrifuging the whole blood in the centrifuge device to cause sedimentation of red blood cells from the whole blood in, and separation of platelet rich plasma from the whole blood in, the first chamber; pumping the separated platelet rich plasma from the first chamber and out of the centrifuge device where it is monitored and then back into the centrifuge device and through a second chamber in the centrifuge device where the platelet rich plasma is centrifuged to cause sedimentation of the platelets therein while passing the remaining blood fluid though the first chamber and back to the donor; recombining the plasma passed through the second chamber with the blood flui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert M. Cullis, James H. DeVries, David A. Lohr, Rodolfo R. Rodriquez, Michael B. Uffer
  • Patent number: 4151844
    Abstract: The method, and the apparatus for carrying out the steps of the method, are utilized in the centrifugal liquid processing of whole blood wherein whole blood is withdrawn from a donor, passed through a fluid system and the blood is centrifuged to separate the same into at least three components. One component which is to be collected is withdrawn at a fixed rate of volumetric displacement while the other two components are withdrawn at variable rates of volumetric displacement. The other two components are recombined and returned to the donor. The withdrawal of the one component is optically monitored to determine whether or not either one of the other components is being mixed with the one component. When such a mixing is sensed, the rate of withdrawal of one of the other two components is increased while the rate of withdrawal of the other components is decreased thereby to ensure withdrawal of the desired one component, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1979
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert M. Cullis, Almond, Anthony L., Michael B. Uffer, Mirza A. Kohja, Rodolfo R. Rodgriguez
  • Patent number: 4081660
    Abstract: The heater shutdown circuit is connected between an electric current source and a heating element in an electric heater and is operable to shut off the flow of current to the heating element when the heating element reaches a predetermined temperature and to maintain the flow of current shut off after the heating element cools to a temperature below the predetermined temperature. The heater shutdown circuit will maintain the electric current shut off until the heater shutdown circuit is disconnected from the current source for a predetermined period of time after which the heater shutdown circuit can be re-energized. The heater shutdown circuit includes a control circuit connected to the current source, a switching circuit coupled between the control circuit and the heating element, and a current sensing circuit coupled between the heating element and the junction between the control circuit and the switching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Uffer, Clarence Wang
  • Patent number: 4018684
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an improved electronic control system for the autoclaving sequence of a kidney dialysis machine, during which water is circulated at high temperature and pressure to clean and sterilize the machine. The circuit ensures that the machine will be autoclaved for a minimum period of time, such as 20 minutes, measured only while the temperature is above a minimum, such as centigrade. The circuit will remember the time of autoclaving previous to a power interruption, and will continue to time the autoclaving function only when the temperature has again exceeded the set minimum. Once an autoclaving sequence is initiated, the circuit prevents normal use of the machine until the sequence is completed. During the autoclave timing sequence, the kidney by-pass solenoid is energized and de-energized on a 50% duty cycle to make sure all flow paths in the machine are cleaned and sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1977
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael B. Uffer