Patents by Inventor Philip M. Metzler

Philip M. Metzler 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: 20110162456
    Abstract: An ultrasonic dimensioning system and method by which objects can be quickly and accurately measured (dimensioned). The system includes at least a stable object support surface, a number of ultrasonic receivers, and an ultrasonic transmitter. The ultrasonic transmitter is preferably part of a pointer device that is properly positioned relative to an object to be measured, the proper position(s) depending on the shape of the object. Subsequent transmission of ultrasonic pulses (waves) from the pointer device are received by the ultrasonic receivers. The time intervals between transmission and reception of the ultrasonic pulses (waves) are used to determine the distance of the pointer from the receivers, which distances are subsequently used to calculate the dimensions/volume of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: METTLER-TOLEDO, INC.
    Inventors: Wenquan Li, Philip M. Metzler, Hugh G. Hindmon, John Scott Churan, Helen Winfrey
  • Publication number: 20090306929
    Abstract: An ultrasonic dimensioning system and method by which objects can be quickly and accurately measured (dimensioned). The system includes at least a stable object support surface, a number of ultrasonic receivers, and an ultrasonic transmitter. The ultrasonic transmitter is preferably part of a pointer device that is properly positioned relative to an object to be measured, the proper position(s) depending on the shape of the object. Subsequent transmission of ultrasonic pulses (waves) from the pointer device are received by the ultrasonic receivers. The time intervals between transmission and reception of the ultrasonic pulses (waves) are used to determine the distance of the pointer from the receivers, which distances are subsequently used to calculate the dimensions/volume of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: METTLER-TOLEDO, INC.
    Inventors: Wenquan Li, Philip M. Metzler, Hugh G. Hindmon, John Scott Churan, Helen Winfrey
  • Patent number: 6156058
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blanket is sized to accommodate pediatric patients. The blankets according to the present invention may be used both over or under the patient, thereby facilitating use in the operating room or outside the operating room. The present invention also relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems which is nonflammable and laser resistant. In addition, the present invention relates to methods of prevention hypothermia and hyperthermia and to a method of making a blanket for use with forced air convection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Dennis S. Chivetta, Scott D. Dikerhoff, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 6013098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blanket is sized to accommodate pediatric patients. The blankets according to the present invention may be used both over or under the patient, thereby facilitating use in the operating room or outside the operating room. The present invention also relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems which is nonflammable and laser resistant. In addition, the present invention relates to methods of prevention hypothermia and hyperthermia and to a method of making a blanket for use with forced air convection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Dennis S. Chivetta, Scott D. Dickerhoff, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5735890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to blankets for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blankets allow for access to portions of a patient's body before, during or after surgery. In addition, the blankets according to the present invention allow versatility in use by providing access to portions of the patient's body before, during, or after surgery, but which may also completely cover the patient after the surgical procedure is complete. To accomplish these purposes, the blankets according to the present invention include seals or separation lines which extend into the interior of the blanket and which may be separated to allow access to portions of the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5716387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blanket is sized to accommodate pediatric patients. The blankets according to the present invention may be used both over or under the patient, thereby facilitating use in the operating room or outside the operating room. The present invention also relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems which is nonflammable and laser resistant. In addition, the present invention relates to methods of prevention hypothermia and hyperthermia and to a method of making a blanket for use with forced air convection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Dennis S. Chivetta, Scott D. Dickerhoff, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5715812
    Abstract: A respiratory apparatus (10) operable for delivering a breathable gas to the airway of a patient includes a status monitor (24,26) for determining the status of usage of the unit by the patient and a timer (32) for determining the accumulated time of usage of the unit by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett
    Inventors: Joseph Deighan, Steven L. Phillips, Linn D. Wanbaugh, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5643337
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blanket is sized to accommodate pediatric patients. The blankets according to the present invention may be used both over or under the patient, thereby facilitating use in the operating room or outside the operating room. The present invention also relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems which is nonflammable and laser resistant. In addition, the present invention relates to methods of prevention hypothermia and hyperthermia and to a method of making a blanket for use with forced air convection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Dennis S. Chivetta, Scott D. Dickerhoff, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5632769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems, wherein the blanket is sized to accommodate pediatric patients. The blankets according to the present invention may be used both over or under the patient, thereby facilitating use in the operating room or outside the operating room. The present invention also relates to a blanket for use with forced air convection systems which is nonflammable and laser resistant. In addition, the present invention relates to methods of prevention hypothermia and hyperthermia and to a method of making a blanket for use with forced air convection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kappel, Dennis S. Chivetta, Scott D. Dickerhoff, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5517983
    Abstract: A respiratory apparatus (10) operable for delivering a breathable gas to the airway of a patient includes a status monitor (24,26) for determining the status of usage of the unit by the patient and a timer (32) for determining the accumulated time of usage of the unit by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Puritan Bennett Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Deighan, Steven L. Phillips, Linn D. Wanbaugh, Philip M. Metzler
  • Patent number: 4782832
    Abstract: An improved nasal puff assembly is provided which is of particular benefit in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and which is characterized by a gas-delivery puff which fits only in the nose of the patient and is therefore of relatively small size and can be comfortably worn. The nasal puff of the invention advantageously includes a plenum chamber having an inlet and a pair of laterally spaced outlets; a pair of soft synthetic resin nares elements or pillows are operatively coupled with the spaced plenum outlets and are designed for ready adjustability so that the effective positions thereof can be altered individually for permitting custom fitting of the nares elements with respect to the nares of different patients. In this way a relatively small number of different sizes of nasal puff can be modified to meet the needs of virtually all patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Puritan-Bennett Corporation
    Inventors: Russell L. Trimble, Roger J. Dolida, Frederick R. Rose, Philip M. Metzler