Patents by Inventor Michael D. Carpenter

Michael D. Carpenter 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: 20190141403
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, JR., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20190055092
    Abstract: Parcel processing systems and methods. A parcel processing system includes a parcel transport configured to receive a flow of parcels, and transport the flow of parcels at a rate greater than a processing capacity of a downstream processing device. The parcel processing system includes a diverter configured to divert individual parcels from the flow of parcels to be recirculated. The parcel processing system includes the downstream processing device configured to process the remaining flow of parcels. The parcel processing system includes a control system configured to cause the diverter to divert the individual parcels from the flow of parcels until the remaining flow of parcels is not greater than the processing capacity of a downstream processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Francisco Grupp, Michael D. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20190039494
    Abstract: Parcel processing systems and methods. A parcel processing system includes a boom conveyor section configured to extend into a loading area, transport parcels into the loading area, and adjust a height of a discharge end of the boom conveyor section. The parcel processing system includes a sensor pod configured to scan the loading area into which the parcels can be placed. The parcel processing system includes a control system configured to determine a placement of the one or more parcels in the loading area, arrange the one or more parcels on the boom conveyor section according to the determined placement, control the boom conveyor section to transport one or more parcels into the loading area, control the height of the discharge end of the boom conveyor section, and place the one or more parcels into the loading area in the determined placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Francisco Grupp
  • Publication number: 20190039097
    Abstract: Parcel processing systems and methods. A parcel processing system includes a parcel singulation transport configured to transport a stream of singulated parcels. The parcel processing system includes a parcel sorter configured to sort individual parcels in the stream of singulated parcels into a plurality of buffers. Multiple buffers comprise a set of buffers corresponding to a single load builder, and each buffer accumulates and buffers sorted parcels before transfer to the load builder. The parcel processing system includes a parcel flow merge configured to selectively receive buffered parcels from each of the buffers in the set and feed the received parcels to the load builder. The parcel processing system includes the load builder, configured to receive the parcels from the parcel flow merge and build successive stacks of parcels on a parcel pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Tamas Eger, Carsten Aschpurwis
  • Publication number: 20180057284
    Abstract: A parcel processing system and method. A method includes receiving a plurality of items to be sorted. The method includes receiving a plurality of parcels by a parcel processing apparatus and producing parcel data corresponding to each of the parcels, the parcel data including physical dimensions and a weight for each parcel. The method includes designing a virtual stack of the plurality of parcels to occupy a working volume according to the parcel data by a volumetric modeling engine. The method includes building a physical stack of the parcels that corresponds to the virtual stack by a working volume builder, wherein the physical stack is thereafter transferred into the working volume in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Saul Stawar
  • Patent number: 9836704
    Abstract: A mail processing system and method. A method includes receiving a mailing manifest that includes mailpiece identifiers. Each mailpiece identifier corresponds to an individual mailpiece in a group of mailpieces, and the mailing manifest includes a mailer identification that identifies the mailer of the group of mailpieces. The method includes processing the group of mailpieces and tracking the status of each of the mailpieces. The method includes updating the status of the mailpiece identifiers on the mailing manifest according to the tracking, and producing mail processing data. The method includes analyzing and storing the mail processing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Dale E. Redford
  • Patent number: 9440264
    Abstract: A method and system is described for determining the physical weights of flat articles being sorted without actually weighing the articles. Such a method includes the steps of; receiving volume information for individual flat articles from sensors, comparing that resultant data to classifiers stored in computer memory, and assigning a weight value associated to the physical flat article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Michael O. Norris
  • Patent number: 9218523
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for determining authorship of a handwritten document for which the authorship is not known. A method includes scanning a document to produce a high-quality scanned image of the document, and identifying stylus information corresponding to the document. The method includes identifying authorship information corresponding to the document, and determining an authorship of the document based on the stylus information and the authorship information. In some cases, content analysis of the document is also performed and used to determine authorship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Ingolf Rauh
  • Patent number: 9085424
    Abstract: An extendable boom conveyor system having a first boom element, a controller, an input device, and a second boom element. The controller, using the input device, can adjust the position of the first boom element to maintain a distance relative to a user. A method performed by an extendible conveyor system can include detecting a position of a user using the input device, moving the first boom element to a position relative to the position of the user, detecting a user input using the input device, moving the first boom element to a new position according to the user input, and transporting parcels loaded by the user on the conveying surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Jeffrey Eugene Gilb, James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 9045289
    Abstract: An extendable boom conveyor system having a first boom element, a controller, and a movement sensor. The controller, using the movement sensor, can detect cyclic movement of a distal end of the first boom element and, in response to the detection, move the first boom element to reduce the cyclic movement. A method performed by an extendible conveyor system can include detecting movement of a distal end of a first boom element, determining whether there is a cyclic movement of the distal end in one or more axes, and moving the first boom element when there is a cyclic movement of the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9047714
    Abstract: As automated screening system and method. A method includes receiving a personal identifier from an individual at an induction kiosk and issuing a scanning unit at the induction kiosk. The method includes associating the scanning unit with the personal identifier and inducting the scanning unit, including at least one item added by the individual, at the induction kiosk. The method includes conveying the scanning unit to an imaging device, and imaging the scanning unit and the item to produce a scanned image. The method includes receiving the personal identifier at a return kiosk and returning the scanning unit and the item to the individual based on the association between the scanning unit and the personal identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Stanley W. Sipe, Floyd W. Worth, II
  • Patent number: 9002051
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for mail analysis. A method includes receiving in a data processing system an image of a first mailpiece and associated machine-recognized data. The method includes comparing the machine-recognized data with a target list to determine a match with a target individual. The method includes performing a writer identification process on the image of the first mailpiece when a match is determined between the machine-recognized data and the target individual. The writer identification process produces writer identification data associated with the first mailpiece. The method includes storing the image of the first mailpiece and associated machine-recognized data and writer identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20140346013
    Abstract: An extendable boom conveyor system having a first boom element, a controller, and a movement sensor. The controller, using the movement sensor, can detect cyclic movement of a distal end of the first boom element and, in response to the detection, move the first boom element to reduce the cyclic movement. A method performed by an extendible conveyor system can include detecting movement of a distal end of a first boom element, determining whether there is a cyclic movement of the distal end in one or more axes, and moving the first boom element when there is a cyclic movement of the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20140326580
    Abstract: An extendable boom conveyor system having a first boom element, a controller, an input device, and a second boom element. The controller, using the input device, can adjust the position of the first boom element to maintain a distance relative to a user. A method performed by an extendible conveyor system can include detecting a position of a user using the input device, moving the first boom element to a position relative to the position of the user, detecting a user input using the input device, moving the first boom element to a new position according to the user input, and transporting parcels loaded by the user on the conveying surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Jeffrey Eugene Gilb, James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 8863961
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for sorting items for delivery. A smart case module includes a plurality of bins. Each bin includes a display for a sort criteria for the bin and a first indicator to indicate that the bin is active. The bin also includes an input device for an operator to use to indicate that an item has been placed in the bin. The bin further includes a second indicator to indicate that the bin contains a sufficient number of items for a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, James M. Pippin, Dale Redford, Floyd W. Worth, II
  • Patent number: 8857706
    Abstract: Mail processing system, methods, and computer-readable media. A method includes detecting and reading a tray label of a tray being placed on or in the mail processing machine to determine a tray identifier. The tray is a mail item container containing a plurality of mail items to be processed by the mail processing machine in a current mail processing function. The method includes validating the tray identifier for the current mail processing function. The method includes, when the tray identifier is valid for the current mail processing function, activating a valid-tray indicator, and otherwise when the tray identifier is invalid for the current mail processing function, activating an invalid-tray indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Morgan H. Dunn, Stanley W. Sipe
  • Patent number: 8825200
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for enabling manual sorting items to one of several designated areas associated with delivery destinations. The system includes a conveyor for transporting a stream of items. A video camera is positioned to capture an image of an observation zone to read destination data on the item as it is transported on the conveyor and the location of the item as it continues on the conveyor. A control computer is used in which destination data is stored associating the destination data for an item with a location of the item on the conveyor, and operable to track the location of the item by video tracking with the same camera as the item moves out of an observation zone into an unloading zone. A video projector projects an image onto the item on the conveyor in the unloading zone that includes human-readable instructions for disposition of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Dale E. Redford
  • Patent number: 8818023
    Abstract: A system and method for mail processing. A method includes receiving an image of a mail piece, and identifying multiple regions of interest of the image. The method includes determining a classification key for the image based on a plurality of relationships between the multiple regions of interest and identifying a most-changing region of interest of the multiple regions of interest. The method includes processing the mail piece using the identified most-changing region of interest as the recipient address block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Brent A. Raney
  • Patent number: 8798963
    Abstract: Systems and methods for container analysis and tracking. A method includes scanning a plurality of items by a first data processing system to generate x-ray image data of the items, each of the plurality of items having a unique identifier. The method includes performing a computer implemented image recognition process on the x-ray image data to identify the items. The method includes interactively reviewing the x-ray image data with a human operator by a second data processing system, including displaying the x-ray image data to the human operator. The method includes recording the result of the human operator's review. The method includes determining, for each item, if the results from the computer implemented image recognition process and interactive review meet criteria for items that are exceptions that should not be shipped, and storing an exception indicator for each item using the respective unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Svetlozar Delianski, Matthias Krause
  • Patent number: 8767056
    Abstract: Document imaging apparatuses, systems, and methods. An apparatus includes a base having a platen on a top surface. The apparatus includes a boom having a first end and a second end. The first end is rotatably connected to the base, and the is boom movable between a first position where the second end is above the platen and a second position wherein the boom is stored within the base. The apparatus includes a camera mount located at the second end of the boom. The camera mount is configured to removably attach to a camera so that the camera is located above the platen and positioned to capture an image of the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Carpenter