Patents by Inventor Michael Orlando Cimini

Michael Orlando Cimini 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: 8244488
    Abstract: A thermal inspection system includes a fluid source configured to supply a warm flow and a cool flow, indirectly or directly, to internal passage(s) of a component. The system includes an imager configured to capture a time series of images corresponding to a transient thermal response of the component to the warm and cool flows. The system further includes at least one flow meter configured to measure the warm and cool flows supplied to the component and a processor operably connected to the imager. The processor determines the transient thermal response of the component around a transition time. The flow supplied to the component switches from the warm flow to the cool flow at the transition time. The processor compares the transient thermal response around the transition time with one or more baseline values or with an acceptable range of values to determine if the component meets a desired specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Randolph Allen, Jared Michael Crosby, Christopher Joseph Uhl, Michael Orlando Cimini, Bianca Mary McCartt, James Walter Caddell, Jared Reece Reynolds, Robert William Tait, Andrew Frank Ferro
  • Patent number: 7984657
    Abstract: A wireless-enabled tightening system for fasteners is disclosed. The system includes a visual designator configured to project an indicator onto a workpiece. The system also includes a torque wrench comprising a wireless transmitter and a means for identifying whether the correct torque has been applied to a fastener on the workpiece and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system also includes a camera configured to capture an image of the workpiece when an appropriate amount of torque has been applied to the fastener. The system further includes a microprocessor for determining sequence of the fastener and identifying the tightened fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Janet Sue Bennett, James Nelson Bratton, Michael Orlando Cimini, Douglas Roy Forman, Brandon Stephen Good, Morgan Frederic Intrator, Lee Roy LaPierre, Gregory Alan Richardson, Craig Douglas Young
  • Publication number: 20110125423
    Abstract: A thermal inspection system includes a fluid source configured to supply a warm flow and a cool flow, indirectly or directly, to internal passage(s) of a component. The system includes an imager configured to capture a time series of images corresponding to a transient thermal response of the component to the warm and cool flows. The system further includes at least one flow meter configured to measure the warm and cool flows supplied to the component and a processor operably connected to the imager. The processor determines the transient thermal response of the component around a transition time. The flow supplied to the component switches from the warm flow to the cool flow at the transition time. The processor compares the transient thermal response around the transition time with one or more baseline values or with an acceptable range of values to determine if the component meets a desired specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Randolph Allen, Jared Michael Crosby, Christopher Joseph Uhl, Michael Orlando Cimini, Bianca Mary McCartt, James Walter Caddell, Jared Reece Reynolds, Robert William Tait, Andrew Frank Ferro
  • Publication number: 20080115589
    Abstract: A wireless-enabled tightening system for fasteners is disclosed. The system includes a visual designator configured to project an indicator onto a workpiece. The system also includes a torque wrench comprising a wireless transmitter and a means for identifying whether the correct torque has been applied to a fastener on the workpiece and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system also includes a camera configured to capture an image of the workpiece when an appropriate amount of torque has been applied to the fastener. The system further includes a microprocessor for determining sequence of the fastener and identifying the tightened fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Janet Sue Bennett, James Nelson Bratton, Michael Orlando Cimini, Douglas Roy Forman, Brandon Stephen Good, Morgan Fredric Intrator, Lee Roy LaPierre, Gregory Alan Richardson, Craig Douglas Young
  • Publication number: 20080115636
    Abstract: A radio identification enabled wrench system is disclosed. The system includes a template having multiple RFID tags. The template also corresponds to a part associated with a particular fastener that is associated with each of the multiple RFID tags. The system further includes a torque wrench having a RFID reader and a RFID antenna and a means for identifying what fastener the wrench is being used upon and whether the correct torque has been applied to the fastener and configured to provide a feedback for a user. The system includes a means for transferring data that may be either wired or wireless.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: General Electric
    Inventors: Lynn Ann DeRose, Douglas Roy Forman, Craig Douglas Young, Michael Orlando Cimini, Gregory Alan Richardson, James Nelson Bratton, Lee Roy LaPierre
  • Publication number: 20030055718
    Abstract: A method for evaluating performance of a production process by users includes using a system including a server and at least one device connected to the server. The method includes determining evaluation area categories, receiving information relevant to the performance of the production process within the evaluation categories, compiling the received information, comparing the received information to reference information, and displaying the results to the user via the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Orlando Cimini, Lowell Wilson Bauer