Patents by Inventor Michael William Ries

Michael William Ries 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: 20200289274
    Abstract: A tibial insert includes a base and a post extending from the base along a longitudinal axis. The post has a medial surface, a lateral surface, and a height along the longitudinal axis. The medial surface has a medial section, and the lateral surface has a lateral section oriented substantially parallel to the medial section. The medial section and the lateral section each have a width in a substantially anterior-posterior direction that is sufficient to enable varus/valgus constraint over a flexion/extension range from extension to about 90 to 120 degrees of flexion when the tibial insert is mated with a femoral component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Brian William McKinnon, Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Scott Kennedy Laster, Michael D. Ries, Steven B. Haas
  • Patent number: 10702389
    Abstract: A tibial insert includes a base and a post extending from the base along a longitudinal axis. The post has a medial surface, a lateral surface, a height along the longitudinal axis, and a rotational offset in a superior-inferior aspect of the post. The medial surface has a medial section, and the lateral surface has a lateral section oriented substantially parallel to the medial section. The medial section and the lateral section each have a width in a substantially anterior-posterior direction that is sufficient to enable varus/valgus constraint over a flexion/extension range from extension to about 90 to 120 degrees of flexion when the tibial insert is mated with a femoral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian William McKinnon, Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Scott Kennedy Laster, Michael D. Ries, Steven B. Haas
  • Publication number: 20180100275
    Abstract: A scraper coupled to a drum surface of a compactor is provided. The scraper includes an inlet port. The scraper includes a first channel fluidly coupled to the inlet port. The first channel extends across the scraper in a first direction. The scraper includes at least one second channel fluidly coupled to the first channel. The second channel extends across the scraper in a second direction. The scraper further includes at least one outlet port fluidly coupled to the second channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 9630657
    Abstract: A tire skirt system configured for attachment to a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a first skirt bracket adapted for attachment to the vehicle, a skirt panel having a first edge adapted for attachment to the first skirt bracket, and a transparent window in the first skirt bracket, the window having an outside face and an inside face. The window may be aligned with at least a portion of a tire when the tire skirt system is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20160251809
    Abstract: A ballast system for a machine is provided. The ballast system includes a plurality of ballast assemblies interlocked with one another. Each of the plurality of ballast assemblies includes a body defining a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is distal to the second surface. The body includes a hollow configuration. The ballast assembly includes a first cover plate affixed to the first surface. The ballast assembly also includes a second cover plate affixed to the second surface. The ballast assembly further includes a passage provided on at least one of the first cover plate and the second cover plate. The passage is adapted to interlock with a passage of an adjacent ballast assembly of the plurality of ballast assemblies. The passage is further adapted to allow flow of a ballast material therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20160200368
    Abstract: A tire skirt system configured for attachment to a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a first skirt bracket adapted for attachment to the vehicle, a skirt panel having a first edge adapted for attachment to the first skirt bracket, and a transparent window in the first skirt bracket, the window having an outside face and an inside face. The window may be aligned with at least a portion of a tire when the tire skirt system is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20150126330
    Abstract: A pneumatic compactor includes a power source configured to generate power, a pneumatic tire configured to rotate, a chain drive assembly that couples the power source to the pneumatic tire, a proximity sensor, an indicator, a braker controller, and a controller. The chain drive assembly has a chain case and a chain housed in the chain case. The proximity sensor is coupled to the chain case and configured to detect a breakage of the chain and generate a signal signifying the breakage of the chain. The indicator is configured to indicate the breakage of the chain. The brake controller is configured to stop rotation of the pneumatic tire. The controller is configured to receive the indication from the proximity sensor signifying the breakage of the chain, command the indicator to indicate the breakage of the chain, and command the brake controller to stop rotation of the pneumatic tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 8838347
    Abstract: A ground contact pressure controller may be configured to automatically manage tire inflation pressure in a pneumatic compactor machine. The controller may determine a target tire inflation pressure for the machine according to the parameters of, inter alia, machine weight, number of tires on the machine, ground contact area of the tires, compaction surface type, and ambient temperature. The machine may include a compressor and vent unit coupled to the pneumatic tires, and the compressor and vent unit may be configured to adjust the tire pressure of the pneumatic tires according to a target tire pressure. A unified pressure subsystem coupled to the compressor and vent unit may be configured to measure pressure of the tires, and to adjust tire pressure to the target pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lee Norton, Jon Michael Scharf, Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20130103268
    Abstract: A ground contact pressure controller may be configured to automatically manage tire inflation pressure in a pneumatic compactor machine. The controller may determine a target tire inflation pressure for the machine according to the parameters of, inter alia, machine weight, number of tires on the machine, ground contact area of the tires, compaction surface type, and ambient temperature. The machine may include a compressor and vent unit coupled to the pneumatic tires, and the compressor and vent unit may be configured to adjust the tire pressure of the pneumatic tires according to a target tire pressure. A unified pressure subsystem coupled to the compressor and vent unit may be configured to measure pressure of the tires, and to adjust tire pressure to the target pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS
    Inventors: Mark Lee Norton, Jon Michael Scharf, Michael William Ries