Patents by Inventor Michael D. Hall

Michael D. Hall 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: 10897176
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide systems and methods for cooling a drive end bearing. The system may include an alternator including a drive end bearing, a drive end fan and a front housing face. The drive end fan may include a shaft aperture and auxiliary air flow inlet apertures positioned circumferentially around the shaft aperture. The front housing face may include auxiliary fins coupled to the drive end bearing. The auxiliary fins may protrude from the front housing face. The auxiliary fins may be arrayed axially on the front housing face. In various embodiments, the drive end fan is rotated to draw air through the auxiliary air flow inlet apertures and adjacent to at least a portion of auxiliary fins of the front housing face. The at least a portion of the auxiliary fins transfers heat from the drive end bearing to the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PRESTOLITE ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Robert D. Hall, Michael J. Hanchett, Andrew Cawse
  • Publication number: 20200354174
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotary dumping of rail cars, including a material receiving pit. A rotary rail car dumper includes a rotational frame supporting at least one baffle. The rotational frame is configured to dump a load from a rail car during rotational motion of the rotational frame between an upright position wherein the entire load is in the rail car and a dumping position wherein the load can exit the rail car. A backside airflow diverter is located beneath the rotational frame and includes a curved upper surface. A lower margin of the at least one baffle contacts the curved upper surface during at least part of the rotational motion of the rotational frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Michael R. Harris, Dennis D. Hall, Kal N. Ugargol
  • Patent number: 10759614
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotary dumping of rail cars, including a material receiving pit. A rotary rail car dumper includes a rotational frame supporting at least one baffle. The rotational frame is configured to dump a load from a rail car during rotational motion of the rotational frame between an upright position wherein the entire load is in the rail car and a dumping position wherein the load can exit the rail car. A backside airflow diverter is located beneath the rotational frame and includes a curved upper surface. A lower margin of the at least one baffle contacts the curved upper surface during at least part of the rotational motion of the rotational frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Air-Cure, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael R. Harris, Dennis D. Hall, Kal N. Ugargol
  • Patent number: 10731420
    Abstract: A drill bit may include a bit body and at least two cones assemblies including at least two drive cylinders having at least two cones. The at least two cone assemblies are mounted on the bit body. The drill bit may also include an indexing mechanism coupled to the bit body and configured to rotate and lock at least one drive cylinder. A method of operating the drill bit may include providing fluid to the drill bit, rotating the drill string to drill formation, moving the indexing mechanism an axial distance within a central chamber of the drill bit, rotating the at least two indexable structures as the indexing mechanism moves, and locking the at least two indexable structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott S. Dahlgren, David R. Hall, Joshua J. Hanson, Jonathan D. Marshall, John J. Pierce, Yuelin Shen, Balasubramanian Durairajan, Geoffrey Charles Downton, Michael George Azar
  • Patent number: 10677494
    Abstract: A water heater with a leak detection system includes a leak sensor assembly that is disposed in an insulation cavity between an inner storage tank and an outer protective jacket of the water heater. The leak sensor assembly is configured to detect water that leaks from the storage tank. Further, the water heater includes a barrier that is disposed in the insulation cavity and wrapped around the inner storage tank to channel the water that leaks from the storage tank towards the leak sensor assembly, and prevent the water that leaks from the storage tank from flowing through an insulation material that is disposed in the insulation cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Gardner, Michael C. Mitchell, Timothy D. Scott, William Jason Hall
  • Publication number: 20200114181
    Abstract: A wearable body harness may include a first shoulder strap; a second shoulder strap; at least one adjustment mechanism having a first end connected to at least one of the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap and a free, second end opposite the first end; a belt strap connected to the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap via the at least one adjustment strap; and an adjustment mechanism configured for selectively raising or lowering a position of the belt strap relative to the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap. The adjustment mechanism may be connected to at least one of the first shoulder strap and the second shoulder strap. The second end of the at least one adjustment strap is connected to the adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael D. Monahan, Mark Allen Hall
  • Publication number: 20200114180
    Abstract: A wearable body harness has first and second shoulder straps arranged in an X-shape, a back plate on a rear portion of the shoulder straps with the first shoulder strap crossing over the second at the back plate. The back plate includes a pair of lower guide slots, having a first lower guide slot side and a second lower guide slot side contiguous with the first and arranged at an angle relative thereto, and a pair of upper guide slots, having a first upper guide slot side and a second upper guide slot side contiguous with the first and arranged at an angle relative thereto. A first of the pair of upper and lower guide slots route a webbing material of the first shoulder strap. A second of the pair of upper and the pair of lower guide slots route the webbing material of the second shoulder strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael D. Monahan, Mark Allen Hall
  • Patent number: 10485616
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for performing robotic surgery. In general, a surgical system is provided including an electromechanical tool with a first mode of operation in which the electromechanical tool mimics movement of a controller, and a second mode of operation in which the tool mirrors movement of the controller. A hybrid surgical device is also provided including an adapter matable to a handle assembly such that the adapter is electronically coupled to a motor of the handle assembly and is configured to communicate with the motor. A robotic laparoscopic surgical device is also provided including a motion sensor configured to sense movement of an electromechanical tool and an electromechanical arm that assists movement of the tool. A robotic surgical device is also provided including an electromechanical driver associated with a trocar and being configured to rotate and to translate a tool disposed through a passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Auld, Kevin D. Felder, Steven G. Hall
  • Patent number: 10448623
    Abstract: An insert for use in an insect habitat. The insert usable to increase the overall surface space within a habitat available to cultivate the insects. The insert formed from including a plurality of members formed to mate or otherwise couple together to form a gird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Aspire Food Group USA Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Duncan Selby, Michael Todd Hall, Gabriel Mott, Paul T. Williams, Redza Shah, Anna D. Cardinal
  • Patent number: 10391543
    Abstract: A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture is accomplished using synchronized automated vehicles guided in a predetermined manner to move and, locate wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions. Multi-axis assembly positioning systems (MAPS) are used at each assembly position to support and index components in the wing structure and determinant assembly techniques are used for indexing of the components. Modular automated manufacturing processes employing magnetic assembly clamping, drilling, fastener insertion, and sealant application are employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Philip W. Boyd, John W. Hall, Clayton L. Munk, James C. Roberts, Michael J. Fant, Richard D. Fiedler, Barry A. Lewis, Samuel R. Dobbs, Gary E. Mansell
  • Patent number: 10339662
    Abstract: A method of registering first and second cameras in a multi-camera imager comprising generating virtual fiducials at different locations relative to the multi camera imager and using coordinates of the virtual fiducials to determine a fundamental matrix for the cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilson, Michael Anthony Hall
  • Publication number: 20190195533
    Abstract: A water heater with a leak detection system includes a leak sensor assembly that is disposed in an insulation cavity between an inner storage tank and an outer protective jacket of the water heater. The leak sensor assembly is configured to detect water that leaks from the storage tank. Further, the water heater includes a barrier that is disposed in the insulation cavity and wrapped around the inner storage tank to channel the water that leaks from the storage tank towards the leak sensor assembly, and prevent the water that leaks from the storage tank from flowing through an insulation material that is disposed in the insulation cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph D. Gardner, Michael C. Mitchell, Timothy D. Scott, William Jason Hall
  • Patent number: 8800566
    Abstract: Airway devices and securing devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices and securing devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: David Alan Daugherty, Patrick John Miller, Michael D. Hall
  • Patent number: 8549179
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a communication network comprises a state machine capable of transitioning between a plurality of states. The plurality of states comprises at least two concurrent states. The state machine operates in the at least two concurrent states concurrently. Each of the concurrent states may be associated with a task. At least a portion of the task associated with one of the concurrent states may be performed concurrently with at least a portion of the task associated with another of the concurrent states when the state machine operates in the concurrent states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandregula, Michael D. Hall
  • Patent number: 8522789
    Abstract: Airway devices and tube securing devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices and tube securing devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick John Miller, Michael D. Hall, David Alan Daugherty
  • Patent number: 8356597
    Abstract: Airway devices and tube securing devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices and tube securing devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Microtek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick John Miller, Michael D. Hall, David Alan Daugherty
  • Publication number: 20110120474
    Abstract: Airway devices and securing devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices and securing devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: David Alan Daugherty, Patrick John Miller, Michael D. Hall
  • Patent number: 7793301
    Abstract: A method for providing efficient object-based network management is provided. The method includes receiving a request for a reference to an object that represents at least one managed network element. A determination is made regarding whether the object is currently activated. The object is activated based on the request for a reference to the object when the object is not currently activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kong-Posh Bhat, BalaSubrahmanyam Gattu, Michael D. Hall
  • Publication number: 20100212671
    Abstract: Airway devices and tube securing devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices and tube securing devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick John Miller, David Alan Daugherty, Michael D. Hall
  • Publication number: 20090101140
    Abstract: Airway devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using airway devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Patrick John Miller, Michael D. Hall