Patents by Inventor Michael P. Murray

Michael P. Murray 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: 8140412
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a storage medium having instructions for a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Patent number: 8086506
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response; and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast. The method also includes monitoring inventory levels at a replenishment service center by a supplier based upon a formal commitment, refilling inventory items at the replenishment service center, and facilitating delivery of the inventory items to the enterprise site by transmitting a pull signal to the replenishment service center whereby inventory items are delivered in response to the pull signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Patent number: 7941334
    Abstract: A method and structure for coordinating materials ordering requirements for multiple divisions of an organization, comprises a merging unit in communication with the divisions of the organization, wherein the divisions supply the merging unit with parts demand data and wherein the divisions produce the parts demand data utilizing independent demand calculation systems. An information warehouse is connected to the merging unit. The merging unit combines the parts demand data from the divisions to produce an overall demand data for parts needed by the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Jollie, Paul J. Markowski, Stephen T. McDonald, Michael P. Murray
  • Patent number: 7904350
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response; and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast. The method also comprises monitoring inventory levels at a replenishment service center by a supplier based upon a formal commitment; refilling inventory items at the replenishment service center; and facilitating delivery of the inventory items to the enterprise site by transmitting a pull signal to the replenishment service center whereby inventory items are delivered in response to the pull signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Patent number: 7870041
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method and storage medium for integrating forecasting and replenishment activities for a networked supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method comprises receiving a demand forecast for a first manufacturing cycle from the enterprise, performing a hub inventory assessment, performing a capability assessment, and transmitting a commitment response to the enterprise based upon the demand forecast, the results of the hub inventory assessment, and the results of the capability assessment. The demand forecast is utilized to manage hub inventory for use in a second manufacturing cycle. Other embodiments include a storage medium for implementing the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Henderson, Thomas A. Jobson, Jr., Michael P. Murray
  • Publication number: 20090307063
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response; and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast. The method also includes monitoring inventory levels at a replenishment service center by a supplier based upon a formal commitment, refilling inventory items at the replenishment service center, and facilitating delivery of the inventory items to the enterprise site by transmitting a pull signal to the replenishment service center whereby inventory items are delivered in response to the pull signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Publication number: 20090307040
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a storage medium having instructions for a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Publication number: 20040117273
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method and storage medium for integrating forecasting and replenishment activities for a networked supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method comprises receiving a demand forecast for a first manufacturing cycle from the enterprise, performing a hub inventory assessment, performing a capability assessment, and transmitting a commitment response to the enterprise based upon the demand forecast, the results of the hub inventory assessment, and the results of the capability assessment. The demand forecast is utilized to manage hub inventory for use in a second manufacturing cycle. Other embodiments include a storage medium for implementing the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Henderson, Thomas A. Jobson, Michael P. Murray
  • Publication number: 20030069775
    Abstract: A method and structure for coordinating materials ordering requirements for multiple divisions of an organization, comprises a merging unit in communication with the divisions of the organization, wherein the divisions supply the merging unit with parts demand data and wherein the divisions produce the parts demand data utilizing independent demand calculation systems. An information warehouse is connected to the merging unit. The merging unit combines the parts demand data from the divisions to produce an overall demand data for parts needed by the organization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventors: Edward Jollie, Paul J. Markowski, Stephen T. McDonald, Michael P. Murray
  • Publication number: 20030018546
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method for facilitating supply chain collaboration in a network environment, said supply chain including an enterprise and at least one supplier. The method includes generating and transmitting an unconstrained forecast to a supplier; receiving a supplier capability statement in response; and generating a constrained forecast utilizing the supplier capability statement. The constrained forecast is transmitted to the supplier which responds with a formal commitment to product a needed supply indicated in the constrained forecast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Publication number: 20030018516
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention relates to a method for managing inventory of a stock item over a number of convenient time periods. The method comprises receiving an updated demand forecast and updating projected forecast data; determining for a given time period: projected inventory level using the projected forecast data, supplier commitment data, and prior periods' projected inventory levels; and days of supply of inventory using the projected inventory level for a current period and forecast data for subsequent periods. If the days of supply is out of a predetermined range for a given time period, then corrective actions are taken. Corrective actions include modifying the supplier commitment data by increasing the amount of commitment or delaying shipments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Ayala, Michael P. Murray, Mauricio Alejandro Villalobos
  • Patent number: 6011699
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a radiotelephone (100) includes a bottom housing (108) defining a first hinge aperture (2207) and a slot (2208) adjacent the first hinge aperture. A top housing (102) defines a second hinge aperture (2223) having an inner rotation surface (2226). A shaft (2210) extends from the first housing at the first hinge aperture. The shaft is sized for insertion in the second hinge aperture and terminates in a bearing surface (2216), the inner rotation surface pivoting on the bearing surface as the second housing moves in relation to the first housing. The shaft and the bearing surface both define a shaft slot (2218) aligned with the slot in the first housing for routing a flexible circuit element (216) between the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Murray, Steven C. Emmert
  • Patent number: 5967549
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device control system for use in a vehicle to selectively control the operation of safety devices such as one or more airbags includes a seat position sensor device which detects the position of a seat relative to a selected component of the vehicle, and a controller which receives signals from the seat position sensor device. A controller device processes the signals from the seat position sensor device and determines whether to activate, deactivate or modify the deployment of one or more vehicle occupant restraint devices, such as airbags or seat belt pretensioners, depending upon the position of the vehicle seat relative to a selected component of the vehicle structure, such as the steering wheel or instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Allen, Said Shafik Nakhla, Harald Snorre Husby, Michael P. Murray, Craig Robert Roble
  • Patent number: 5746129
    Abstract: A compliant doctoring cup particularly suited for inking non-flat plates includes a body defining a cavity for containing ink and a blade with two free ends coupled to the body along a periphery of the cavity. The body of the cup defines a channel generally along a periphery of the cavity and the blade is positioned within the channel. A resilient member, for example, a liner, interfaces the blade to the body of the cup. The liner contains the ink and defines the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Markem Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Murray
  • Patent number: 5701244
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) (100) has a housing (111) that supports the major electrical components of the UPS (100), i.e., a transformer circuit (207), a switching circuit (217), and a battery (209). Furthermore, a connector (107;115;117) affixed to the housing (111 ) is capable of removably affixing the UPS (100) to an alternating-current (AC) outlet (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Emmert, Louis J. Lundell, Michael P. Murray
  • Patent number: RE37466
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device control system for use in a vehicle to selectively control the operation of safety devices such as one or more airbags includes a seat position sensor device which detects the position of a seat relative to a selected component of the vehicle, and a controller which receives signals from the seat position sensor device. A controller device processes the signals from the seat position sensor device and determines whether to activate, deactivate or modify the deployment of one or more vehicle occupant restraint devices, such as airbags or seat belt pretensioners, depending upon the position of the vehicle seat relative to a selected component of the vehicle structure, such as the steering wheel or instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Allen, Said Shafik Nakhla, Harald Snorre Husby, Michael P. Murray, Craig Robert Roble