Patents by Inventor Michael Bray

Michael Bray 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: 10921829
    Abstract: A blow case with an inlet pipe positioned to gravity direct debris to an outlet pipe. The inlet pipe having a discharge end sealed by gravity open clapper style check valve that is closed by activation of pneumatic pressure through a float style pneumatic valve. The check valve has a top mounted access port and aperture allowing for direct above ground servicing access to both the clapper inside the valve and has a removable clapper and access port for servicing the outlet pipe. The float style pneumatic valve is also top mounted for ease of service and removal and is remotely positioned from the outlet pipe to allow for removal of the valve for flushing of the debris from the blow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jeremie Thornburg, Jerry Michael Bray
  • Publication number: 20200393307
    Abstract: There is provided a temperature sensor comprising: an optical fiber; and a sensing element spaced from the optical fiber; wherein the optical fiber is aligned with the sensing element to deliver a source beam to interact with the sensing element and detect a return beam, the return beam exhibiting a temperature dependent property that is measured to determine a temperature of a measured object thermally coupled to the sensing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Photon Control Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshua ICHIHASHI, Michael FEAVER, Yi LIU, Timothy BRAY, Pranshu Vyomesh SHELAT, David YEATON-MASSEY, Lewis Vernon Milino JANZEN, Hamed AKBARI KHORAMI
  • Publication number: 20200393308
    Abstract: The description pertains to an optical temperature sensor probe having a shaft and a tip. The shaft houses the optical fibers while the tip is made of a thermally conductive material and includes a sensing material therein. The sensing material is in optical communication with the optical fibers of the shaft, however the shaft is spaced from the tip to reduce heat transfer from the tip to the shaft. Furthermore, the sensing material is sealed from the surrounding atmosphere to protect it therefrom. In a preferred embodiment, a window is hermetically sealed to the tip to isolate the sensing material from the environment surrounding the probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshua ICHIHASHI, Michael FEAVER, Yi LIU, Timothy BRAY
  • Patent number: 10505881
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for generating message envelopes for heterogeneous events are disclosed. A plurality of events are received. The events are associated with computing resources in a multi-tenant environment. The events comprise an event formatted using a content schema and a different event formatted using a different content schema. A message is generated comprising a message envelope and the event. The message envelope comprises a plurality of field names and one or more field values formatted using an envelope schema. A different message is generated comprising a different message envelope and the different event. The different message envelope comprises the field names and one or more different field values formatted using the envelope schema. The message is filtered based at least in part on the message envelope, and the different message is filtered based at least in part on the different message envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy William Bray, Marvin Michael Theimer, Mustafa Ugur Torun, Curt Richards Carpenter, Sing Yoong Khew, Mihir Rajendrabhai Patel
  • Publication number: 20190345000
    Abstract: One robotic destination dispatch system for elevators comprises a destination dispatch module configured to determine an optimal elevator for a passenger. The robotic destination dispatch system includes a guide robot in wireless data communication with the destination dispatch module. The guide robot has a processor in communication with a propelling device, a sensory device, and a memory comprising software. The software includes computer-readable instructions executable by the processor to: (a) implement an auction-based scheduling algorithm; (b) determine an identity of the passenger; (c) receive from the destination dispatch module the optimal elevator for the passenger; and (d) activate the propelling device to cause the guide robot to move and physically guide the passenger to the optimal elevator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Shawn Park, Michael Bray, Akansel Cosgun, Henrik Christensen
  • Patent number: 10457112
    Abstract: A configurable evaporator unit for a secondary heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that provides conditioned air within a cabin portion of a vehicle is provided. The configurable evaporator unit includes an evaporator unit and a blower assembly disposed within a housing. The blower assembly houses an evaporator blower for directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit. The blower assembly includes a plurality of blower openings for directing conditioned air out of the blower assembly. The housing includes a plurality of housing openings. One or more of the plurality of housing openings is prevented from directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Srinivasa Rao Koppineedi, Michael R. Weiss, Peter J. Loomis, Terrence Bray
  • Publication number: 20190100419
    Abstract: An elevator machine lifting assembly constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a guide assembly, a frame assembly and a first jack assembly. The guide assembly include a guide base that supports the elevator machine and at least one roller. The frame assembly has a first vertical support member and a first baseplate. The first vertical support member provides a first track that receives the at least one roller thereon. The first jack assembly has a first lifting member that selectively moves relative to a first vertical column between a first position and a second position, the second position having a higher elevation than the first position. Movement of the lifting member from the first position to the second position causes the guide base and elevator machine to be raised relative to the frame assembly while the at least one roller rolls along the first track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: William E. Bowling, Michael Bray, James Cherniss
  • Patent number: 10036406
    Abstract: A blow case with an inlet pipe positioned to gravity direct debris to an outlet pipe. The inlet pipe having a discharge end sealed by gravity open clapper style check valve that is closed by activation of pneumatic pressure through a float style pneumatic valve. The check valve has a top mounted access port and aperture allowing for direct above ground servicing access to both the clapper inside the valve and has a removable clapper and access port for servicing the outlet pipe. The float style pneumatic valve is also top mounted for ease of service and removal and is remotely positioned from the outlet pipe to allow for removal of the valve for flushing of the debris from the blow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Jeremie Thornburg, Jerry Michael Bray
  • Patent number: 10017358
    Abstract: A hydraulic elevator system is operable to selectively raise and lower an elevator car. The system raises and lowers the elevator car by actuating a hydraulic jack. The system retracts a hydraulic jack that is fixed to an upper portion of the hoistway by pressurizing hydraulic fluid within the hydraulic jack via a hydraulic fluid pump. When retracting the hydraulic jack the elevator car travels upward. An accumulator usable with the system is operable to store energy during the downward travel of the elevator car for later use during the upward travel of the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Bray
  • Publication number: 20170343434
    Abstract: A system for determining tension in a suspended rope includes an acceleration measuring device for measuring the acceleration of rope movement and an adapter for attaching the acceleration measuring device to the suspended rope. The system optionally includes a user device communicatively coupled to the acceleration measuring device. The user device computes rope tension based on the measured acceleration. The acceleration measuring device and user device can be combined into a single smart device. Examples of the system can accurately determine the tension in ropes used to suspend an elevator cabin, allowing a field technician to tighten the ropes to equal tension and to determine the weight of the cabin. In turn, a smoother and more secure operation of the elevator can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: CHRISTIAN BREITE, MICHAEL BRAY, MICHAEL THUMM, JAMES MILLER WATTS, III, SHAWN PARK
  • Patent number: 9526148
    Abstract: An exemplary system comprises a power regulator and an emitting apparatus. The emitting apparatus is typically attached to or integrated with a display object, such as a merchandise package or container. A support structure, such as a point of purchase display, typically contains or supports one or more power regulators and display objects. The power regulator comprises a controller and a primary inductor, and the controller is adapted to provide a voltage or current to the primary inductor to generate a first primary inductor voltage. The emitting apparatus comprises an illumination source and a secondary inductor coupled to the illumination source. The illumination source is adapted to emit visible light when the power regulator is in an on state and when the secondary inductor is within a predetermined distance of the primary inductor. In exemplary embodiments, the first and second inductors are substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: NthDegree Technologies Worldwide Inc
    Inventors: Mark David Lowenthal, William Johnstone Ray, Peter Michael Bray, David R. Bowden
  • Publication number: 20160102808
    Abstract: A holding assembly releasably attaches a monitoring device to a surface of an elevator system for monitoring conditions of the elevator system. The holding assembly includes a platform body coupled to the monitoring device. A suction cup is coupled with the platform body to affix the platform body with the surface of the elevator system to be monitored. A plurality of protrusions extend from the platform body and are held by the suction cup against the surface of the elevator system to be monitored so as to transmit, through the protrusions, vibrational energy from the elevator system to the monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Bray, Christian Breite
  • Publication number: 20150366033
    Abstract: An exemplary system comprises a power regulator and an emitting apparatus. The emitting apparatus is typically attached to or integrated with a display object, such as a merchandise package or container. A support structure, such as a point of purchase display, typically contains or supports one or more power regulators and display objects. The power regulator comprises a controller and a primary inductor, and the controller is adapted to provide a voltage or current to the primary inductor to generate a first primary inductor voltage. The emitting apparatus comprises an illumination source and a secondary inductor coupled to the illumination source. The illumination source is adapted to emit visible light when the power regulator is in an on state and when the secondary inductor is within a predetermined distance of the primary inductor. In exemplary embodiments, the first and second inductors are substantially planar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Mark David Lowenthal, William Johnstone Ray, Peter Michael Bray, David R. Bowden
  • Publication number: 20150353324
    Abstract: A hydraulic elevator system is operable to selectively raise and lower an elevator car. The system raises and lowers the elevator car by actuating a hydraulic jack. The system retracts a hydraulic jack that is fixed to an upper portion of the hoistway by pressurizing hydraulic fluid within the hydraulic jack via a hydraulic fluid pump. When retracting the hydraulic jack the elevator car travels upward. An accumulator usable with the system is operable to store energy during the downward travel of the elevator car for later use during the upward travel of the elevator car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Bray
  • Patent number: D745883
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robb Anderson, Erik Bergman, Michael Bray, Holger Kuehnle, Jeremy Knudsen, Anh Ly, Gaurang Prajapati, Andrew Salituri, Tanya Test, Cindy Wong, Rich Zarick, Britt Hansing
  • Patent number: D753689
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gaurang Prajapati, Erik Bergman, Michael Bray, Holger Kuehnle, Jeremy Knudsen
  • Patent number: D767602
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gaurang Prajapati, Erik Bergman, Michael Bray, Holger Kuehnle, Jeremy Knudsen
  • Patent number: D872102
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaonan Wang, Eric Knudtson, Nathan Bailey, Bobby Bray, Meghan Cartlidge, Heather Daggett, Michael Dulin, Dawn Ressel
  • Patent number: D872737
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Dawn Ressel, Xiaonan Wang, Eric Knudtson, Nathan Bailey, Bobby Bray, Meghan Cartlidge, Heather Daggett, Michael D. Dulin
  • Patent number: D877871
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Srinivasa Rao Koppineedi, Michael R. Weiss, Michael James Vanous, Peter J. Loomis, Terrence Bray