Patents by Inventor Michael D. Collier

Michael D. Collier 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: 20240164470
    Abstract: A system can include one or more image sensors, a processor system, one or more output devices, and one or more computer-readable storage media. The output devices can include a printing device configured to apply a graphic on an article. The one or more computer-readable storage media storing computer-executable instructions that when executed by the processing system, cause the system to perform a method of processing an article. The instructions can include instructions to receive an image of the article from the one or more image sensors, instructions to determine a location of one or more fiducials in the image of the article, instructions to determine a print location on the article based on the location of the one or more fiducials in the image of the article, and instructions to send a signal to the printing device to print the graphic on the article at the print location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2024
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11903446
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include positioning an article and a fiducial within a field of view of an image sensor. The method can also include generating an image of the article and the fiducial, using the fiducial to determine a print location on the article, and printing a graphic on the article at the print location. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include transforming a graphic using a shape model to produce a transformed graphic and printing the transformed graphic on the article. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include retrieving a shape model corresponding to a reference article, obtaining a configuration file corresponding to the article, transforming a graphic based on the shape model and the configuration file to produce a transformed graphic, and printing the transformed graphic on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20220153037
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include positioning an article and a fiducial within a field of view of an image sensor. The method can also include generating an image of the article and the fiducial, using the fiducial to determine a print location on the article, and printing a graphic on the article at the print location. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include transforming a graphic using a shape model to produce a transformed graphic and printing the transformed graphic on the article. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include retrieving a shape model corresponding to a reference article, obtaining a configuration file corresponding to the article, transforming a graphic based on the shape model and the configuration file to produce a transformed graphic, and printing the transformed graphic on the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11247490
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include positioning an article in a print bed of a printing device. The fiducial is disposed in the print bed. The method can also include generating an image of the article and the fiducial, locating the fiducial in the image, using the fiducial to establish a point of reference relative to a print location on the article, providing a raster or vector graphic file comprising a graphic, printing a representation of the graphic on the article at the print location, and removing the article from the print bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20210003284
    Abstract: Combustor mounting structures for gas turbine engines are described. The combustor mounting structures include a shell portion defining an outer ring arranged at an outer radius relative to a central axis, a combustor connection element defining an inner ring arranged at an inner radius that is less than the outer radius relative to the central axis, and a plurality of struts extending radially between and connecting the shell portion to the combustor connection element, wherein one or more flow apertures are defined between the shell portion and the combustor connection element in a radial direction and between adjacent struts of the plurality of struts in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Milton A. Fong, Russell B. Hanson, Eric D. Gray, Michael D. Collier, Nathan K. Galle, Salvatore Siciliano
  • Publication number: 20200391521
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include positioning an article in a print bed of a printing device. The fiducial is disposed in the print bed. The method can also include generating an image of the article and the fiducial, locating the fiducial in the image, using the fiducial to establish a point of reference relative to a print location on the article, providing a raster or vector graphic file comprising a graphic, printing a representation of the graphic on the article at the print location, and removing the article from the print bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10759190
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include selecting a shape model. The shape model is generated from a first image and includes a fiducial, a reference location, and a graphic marker, the fiducial is located in the first image. The reference location is based on a location of the fiducial in the first image, and the graphic marker is positioned at a pre-selected location relative to the reference location. The method can also include locating the fiducial in a second image of an article, by a computing device, establishing the reference location in the second image of the article, positioning the graphic marker within the second image of the article at the pre-selected location, and printing a graphic on the article at a graphic location, the graphic location on the article corresponds to the pre-selected location of the graphic marker on the second image of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190126637
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include selecting a shape model. The shape model is generated from a first image and includes a fiducial, a reference location, and a graphic marker, the fiducial is located in the first image. The reference location is based on a location of the fiducial in the first image, and the graphic marker is positioned at a pre-selected location relative to the reference location. The method can also include locating the fiducial in a second image of an article, by a computing device, establishing the reference location in the second image of the article, positioning the graphic marker within the second image of the article at the pre-selected location, and printing a graphic on the article at a graphic location, the graphic location on the article corresponds to the pre-selected location of the graphic marker on the second image of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9771829
    Abstract: A mid-turbine frame is provided. The mid-turbine frame may comprise an inner case having an annular surface with an interface section disposed on the annular surface. The interface section may include an interface feature. A balancing section may be disposed on the annular surface defining an opening and disposed circumferentially adjacent the interface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Broulidakis, Michael D. Collier, Patrick M. Devaney, Patrick M. Nadeau, Joseph J. Sedor, Christopher Treat
  • Publication number: 20160298493
    Abstract: A mid-turbine frame is provided. The mid-turbine frame may comprise an inner case having an annular surface with an interface section disposed on the annular surface. The interface section may include an interface feature. A balancing section may be disposed on the annular surface defining an opening and disposed circumferentially adjacent the interface section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Broulidakis, Michael D. Collier, Patrick M. Devaney, Patrick M. Nadeau, Joseph J. Sedor, Christopher Treat
  • Publication number: 20040074036
    Abstract: A formed material includes plural ribs or ridges. The material may be formed as a section of clothing such as a section of a hand covering or a glove. The material is usable to perform various functions including cleaning, cushioning, and abrasion resistance. A hand covering for a wearer includes a body for covering the hand of the wearer. Also included is an expanse of formed material joined to the body and including plural wipers. The expanse may include a region that covers one or both the forefinger and thumb. The wipers are formed as plural, laterally-spaced ribs extending upwardly from the body, and the wipers may extend linearly or arcuately with respect to the long axis of the body. Each rib includes a base and a blade, and the blade is constructed to flex bi-directionally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Michael D. Collier