Patents by Inventor Nicholas Alan OETKEN

Nicholas Alan OETKEN 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: 20190170569
    Abstract: A vibration monitoring system at a work site is provided. The vibration monitoring system includes a vibration detection sensor associated with a structure provided at the work site. The vibration detection sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of vibrations in an area proximate to the structure. The system includes a stationary alert assembly provided at the work site. The stationary alert assembly is proximate to the structure and the stationary alert assembly is positioned such that an alert provided by the stationary alert assembly is perceivable by users operating at the work site. The system also includes a controller coupled to the vibration detection sensor and the stationary alert assembly. The controller is configured to receive the signal indicative of the vibrations and compare the signal with a predetermined threshold. The controller is configured to provide the alert to the users through the stationary alert assembly based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, Derek Kenneth Huhn
  • Patent number: 10161087
    Abstract: A paver machine includes an engine, a hopper for receiving a volume of asphalt, and a screed element for spreading the asphalt into an asphalt mat. The machine also includes an induction heating element positioned within the hopper for maintaining a predetermined temperature of the asphalt during operation of the paver machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Alan Oetken
  • Patent number: 10072386
    Abstract: A vibration system for a compactor drum including a central support structure fixedly mounted within the compactor drum. The vibration system also includes a first vibratory exciter coupled to the central support structure. The vibration system further includes a second vibratory exciter coupled to the central support structure. The second vibratory exciter is longitudinally spaced apart from the first vibratory exciter. The vibration system includes a stabilizer element coupled to, and extending between, the first and second vibratory exciters. The stabilizer element is parallel to the central support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Alan Lehtola, Nicholas Alan Oetken
  • Patent number: 10036129
    Abstract: A vibratory compacting machine may include an engine, a main frame supporting the engine, and a compacting element mounted on the main frame and driven by the engine. The vibratory compacting machine may further include a vibratory system housed within the compacting element and configured to rotate about a rotation axis to vibrate the compacting element. The vibratory compacting machine may further include a control system configured to control a direction of rotation of the vibratory system. The control system may reverse the direction of rotation of the vibratory system when a predetermined number of pass counts is reached or when a predetermined density of the compactable material is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, Federico Rio
  • Patent number: 10024004
    Abstract: A vibratory mechanism may include a support housing extending between a first end and a second end and disposed along a common axis of the drum assembly, a first shaft coupled to the first end of the support housing and rotatably movable about the common axis, a second shaft coupled to the second end of the support housing and axially movable along the common axis, an eccentric mass disposed between the first shaft and the second shaft and rotatable about a travel radius, a first link pivotally coupling the eccentric mass to the first shaft, and a second link pivotally coupling the eccentric mass to the second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, Katie Lynn Goebel
  • Publication number: 20170306572
    Abstract: A vibratory compacting machine is described. The vibratory compacting machine may include an engine, a main frame supporting the engine, and a compacting element mounted on the main frame and driven by the engine. The vibratory compacting machine may further include a vibratory system housed within the compacting element and configured to rotate about a rotation axis to vibrate the compacting element. The vibratory compacting machine may further include a control system configured to control a direction of rotation of the vibratory system. The control system may reverse the direction of rotation of the vibratory system when a predetermined number of pass counts is reached or when a predetermined density of the compactable material is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, Federico Rio
  • Patent number: 9550522
    Abstract: A system and method for limiting a turning speed of a compactor is disclosed. The compactor includes a steering member configured to receive operator steering input. The system may comprise a speed sensor, and a controller in communication with the speed sensor. The speed sensor may be mounted on the compactor and configured to measure a travel speed of the compactor over a surface. In some embodiments, a temperature sensor, configured to measure a temperature of the surface, may be mounted on the compactor and in communication with the controller. The controller is configured to receive the travel speed and/or temperature, and to limit a turning speed of the compactor when a condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, John Lee Marsolek
  • Patent number: 9476168
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a paving operation includes applying asphalt to a surface using a screed mounted on a paving machine, scanning a surface of the asphalt as it is applied by the screed immediately behind the paving machine using a thermal scanner mounted on the paving machine, and transmitting a signal indicative of a scanned temperature of the asphalt from the paving machine. The signal is received at the compactor and is indicative of the scanned temperature of the asphalt. The signal is used to notify a compactor operator at the compactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, Ronald Utterodt
  • Publication number: 20160244091
    Abstract: A system and method for limiting a turning speed of a compactor is disclosed. The compactor includes a steering member configured to receive operator steering input. The system may comprise a speed sensor, and a controller in communication with the speed sensor. The speed sensor may be mounted on the compactor and configured to measure a travel speed of the compactor over a surface. In some embodiments, a temperature sensor, configured to measure a temperature of the surface, may be mounted on the compactor and in communication with the controller. The controller is configured to receive the travel speed and/or temperature, and to limit a turning speed of the compactor when a condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, John Lee Marsolek
  • Patent number: 9367042
    Abstract: An alert system in equipment used in an asphalt paving environment, such as a compactor, signals an operator when the equipment is stopped on hot asphalt, potentially over-compacting the area where the equipment is located. The alert system includes a surface temperature sensor so that the alert is only activated when there is a risk of over-compaction because the asphalt is still above a threshold temperature. The alert system may also include a timer so that the operator is not signaled during routine stopping associated with changing direction during compacting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, John Marsolek, Travis Ohlgren
  • Publication number: 20160109858
    Abstract: An alert system in equipment used in an asphalt paving environment, such as a compactor, signals an operator when the equipment is stopped on hot asphalt, potentially over-compacting the area where the equipment is located. The alert system includes a surface temperature sensor so that the alert is only activated when there is a risk of over-compaction because the asphalt is still above a threshold temperature. The alert system may also include a timer so that the operator is not signaled during routine stopping associated with changing direction during compacting operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan Oetken, John Marsolek, Travis Ohlgren
  • Publication number: 20160060819
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a paving operation includes applying asphalt to a surface using a screed mounted on a paving machine, scanning a surface of the asphalt as it is applied by the screed immediately behind the paving machine using a thermal scanner mounted on the paving machine, and transmitting a signal indicative of a scanned temperature of the asphalt from the paving machine. The signal is received at the compactor and is indicative of the scanned temperature of the asphalt. The signal is used to notify a compactor operator at the compactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alan OETKEN, Ronald UTTERODT