Patents by Inventor Michael J. Gardner

Michael J. Gardner 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: 9977194
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly comprises an optical fiber having a forward end, a ferrule supporting the optical fiber, a beam expanding element aligned with the forward end of the optical fiber, and a thermal expansion compensation element adjacent the optical fiber to compensate for thermal expansion differences between the optical fiber and the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Waldron, Malcolm H. Hodge, Wenzong Chen, Dean A. Richardson, Jannick Armand, Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9496667
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector, each of which include a plurality of terminal receiving cavities for receiving a plurality of terminal lead wires. The electrical connector system further includes a connector link comprising a twisted pair differential cable for providing a data rate high data rate signal transmission transfer with the connector system, in addition to standard power and signal transmission, wherein the connector link is modularly connected within the electrical connector system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20150155670
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector, each of which include a plurality of terminal receiving cavities for receiving a plurality of terminal lead wires. The electrical connector system further includes a connector link comprising a twisted pair differential cable for providing a data rate high data rate signal transmission transfer with the connector system, in addition to standard power and signal transmission, wherein the connector link is modularly connected within the electrical connector system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Applicant: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8939340
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and apparatus for discharging a fastener. In particular embodiments, the invention comprises a fastener-dispensing device comprising a fastener striker in operational communication with a striker driving means. The fastener-dispending device also includes a device body comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion containing the striker driving means and the lower portion containing the striker, wherein the upper portion is pivotable in a sideways direction relative to the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeffrey W. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20140294395
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly comprises an optical fiber having a forward end, a ferrule supporting the optical fiber, a beam expanding element aligned with the forward end of the optical fiber, and a thermal expansion compensation element adjacent the optical fiber to compensate for thermal expansion differences between the optical fiber and the ferrule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Waldron, Malcolm H. Hodge, Wenzong Chen, Dean A. Richardson, Jannick Armand, Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8413867
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: HALEX/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko L. Champa, James C. Bias, Jeffrey W. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8317526
    Abstract: A clamp may include two clamping members that are pivotally connected at one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Halex Co.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Patent number: 8282328
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeffrey Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8220757
    Abstract: A conduit hanger may include a retaining portion with two walls and a connecting member that is adjustable between: (1) a first condition where an object is enclosed between the two walls; and, (2) a second condition where the object is not enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Halex Co.
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8192210
    Abstract: A ground clamp kit may include a first clamp having a wire reception member suitable to receive and electrically connect to an associated electrical wire to be grounded and a second clamp. Each clamp may be suitable to be clamped to an associated grounding component. The ground clamp kit may also include an electric conductor that electrically connects the first clamp to the second clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Halex Co./a Scott-Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Publication number: 20110294364
    Abstract: A ground clamp kit may include a first clamp having a wire reception member suitable to receive and electrically connect to an associated electrical wire to be grounded and a second clamp. Each clamp may be suitable to be clamped to an associated grounding component. The ground clamp kit may also include an electric conductor that electrically connects the first clamp to the second clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Patent number: 7992829
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus including a first strap and a second strap. The first strap including an attachment end for attachment to an associated structural member, an intermediate portion having a first radius of curvature for contacting an elongate article, and a connection end having a first aperture for receiving a fastener. The second strap including an attachment end for attachment to an associated structural member, an intermediate portion having a second radius of curvature for contacting the elongate article, and a connection end having a second aperture for receiving the fastener. The first radius of curvature is different from the second radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Halex Co./a Scott-Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Glenn A. Baker, Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7883380
    Abstract: A wire coupling device which may be used joining at least a separate first wire and second wire comprising: a housing having at least a first port and a second port, each port configured to receive a separate wire; a camming member disposed between the at least first and second ports, the camming member rotatable between a first, open position and a second, closed position, where the camming member provides electrical contact between the at least first wire and second wire when in the second, closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Halex Co./a Scott-Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Publication number: 20100264278
    Abstract: A conduit hanger may include a retaining portion with two walls and a connecting member that is adjustable between: (1) a first condition where an object is enclosed between the two walls; and, (2) a second condition where the object is not enclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20100260573
    Abstract: A utility strap which may be used to retain utility lines may include a finger defining a receiving section wherein the receiving section is sized to hold utility lines; a tab extending from one end of the finger wherein the tab defines an attaching surface and the tab contains at least one aperture on the attaching surface; a bushing sized to fit into the at least one aperture and the bushing having a through hole sized to receive fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Gregory E. Williams
  • Publication number: 20100261368
    Abstract: A wire coupling device which may be used joining at least a separate first wire and second wire comprising: a housing having at least a first port and a second port, each port configured to receive a separate wire; a camming member disposed between the at least first and second ports, the camming member rotatable between a first, open position and a second, closed position, where the camming member provides electrical contact between the at least first wire and second wire when in the second, closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Publication number: 20100261390
    Abstract: A clamp may include two clamping members that are pivotally connected at one end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Publication number: 20100258685
    Abstract: A utility holder which may be used to retain utility lines may include a holder having a first portion having at least two pairs of fingers defining at least two receiving sections wherein the receiving sections may be sized to accept utility lines; a second portion having a base wherein the pairs of fingers extend from the base with the longitudinal axes of the receiving sections being substantially parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker
  • Publication number: 20090285655
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeffery Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7432452
    Abstract: In a snap-in electrical connector for attaching helical metal cable and conduit to a junction box or the like, the connector having the locking ring with flexible tabs engageable with the cable/conduit, the improvement wherein the tabs have legs angled inwardly of the ring at specified angles, tips that form specified angles with the legs, and tip ends that are biased relative to the legs in the same direction. The specified angles of the legs, tips and tip ends provide improved pull-out strength, electrical conductivity and stability for a wide range of sizes and types of cable and conduit, including metal clad cable, armored cable, and flexible metal conduit, made of aluminum and steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner