Patents by Inventor Reuben F. Burch

Reuben F. Burch 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: 11861549
    Abstract: Drone-based systems and methods are described for providing an airborne relocatable communication hub within a delivery vehicle for broadcast-enabled devices maintained within the delivery vehicle. Such a method has an aerial communication drone paired with the delivery vehicle transitioning to an active power state, uncoupling from a secured position on an internal docking station fixed within the delivery vehicle and then moving to a first deployed airborne position within the delivery vehicle. At a first position, the method has the aerial communication drone establishing a first wireless data communication path to a first broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle, then establishing a second wireless data communication path to a second broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle. The drone then couples the first and second wireless data communication paths it established operating as the airborne relocatable communication hub for the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: 11827264
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Publication number: 20230367366
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include wearable devices and methods for performing courier services. In one implementation, the device includes a depth camera for detecting object depths in a field of view, a scanner for decoding visual codes, a speaker for producing audible sounds in response to an electrical signal, memory, and a processor. The processor may execute instructions to detect a scanning event based on a first signal received from the depth camera, determine a scan region associated with the scanning event, provide a second signal to the scanner causing the scanner to decode a visual code located within the scan region, generate scan data based on a third signal received from the scanner, and provide a fourth signal to the speaker causing the speaker to emit a notification sound. The wearable device may also capture signatures, dimension objects, and disable device functions based on time and place restrictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicant: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reuben F. Burch
  • Patent number: 11775919
    Abstract: Drone-based systems and methods are described for providing an airborne relocatable communication hub within a delivery vehicle for broadcast-enabled devices maintained within the delivery vehicle. Such a method has an aerial communication drone paired with the delivery vehicle transitioning to an active power state, uncoupling from a secured position on an internal docking station fixed within the delivery vehicle and then moving to a first deployed airborne position within the delivery vehicle. At a first position, the method has the aerial communication drone establishing a first wireless data communication path to a first broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle, then establishing a second wireless data communication path to a second broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle. The drone then couples the first and second wireless data communication paths it established operating as the airborne relocatable communication hub for the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V., David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: 11747820
    Abstract: An improved retrofit assembly for ground support equipment providing autonomous operation of the logistics ground support equipment (GSE). The assembly has a refit control system attached to the GSE (with a vehicle dynamics control processor and a data preprocessing control processor), retrofitted proprioceptive sensors coupled to the vehicle dynamics control processor monitoring operating parameters and characteristics of the GSE, retrofitted exteroceptive sensors coupled to the data preprocessing control processor that monitor an exterior environment of the GSE, and refit actuators for different control elements on the GSE and to autonomously alter motion of the GSE. The refit control system programmatically receives sensor data from the proprioceptive sensors and exteroceptive sensors; optimizes a path for the GSE based upon the different sensor data; and activates at least one of the actuators according to the optimized path for the GSE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Sherif Abelwahed, John E. Ball, Matt Doude, James R. Gafford, Tyler J. Hannis, Yucheng Liu, Michael S. Mazzola, Howard McKinney
  • Publication number: 20230227090
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2023
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Patent number: 11672480
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel system and device for wearables for humans and animals that capture and store kinematic and kinetic data and movement during training, rehabilitation, real-time events, and the like, analyze such data and movement in real-time during and after such activities, and provide output, feedback, assessment, and actionable biomechanical data and information about the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Tony Luczak, David Saucier, John Ball, Harish Chander
  • Patent number: 11608101
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Patent number: 11567534
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include wearable devices and methods for performing courier services. In one implementation, the device includes a depth camera for detecting object depths in a field of view, a scanner for decoding visual codes, a speaker for producing audible sounds in response to an electrical signal, memory, and a processor. The processor may execute instructions to detect a scanning event based on a first signal received from the depth camera, determine a scan region associated with the scanning event, provide a second signal to the scanner causing the scanner to decode a visual code located within the scan region, generate scan data based on a third signal received from the scanner, and provide a fourth signal to the speaker causing the speaker to emit a notification sound. The wearable device may also capture signatures, dimension objects, and disable device functions based on time and place restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventor: Reuben F. Burch
  • Patent number: 11526833
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing logistics information related to a container using a container interface display apparatus. A scanner on the container interface display apparatus identifies an item during loading of the container. An association between the container and the item is recorded in memory of the container interface display apparatus as part of managed logistics information related to the container. A scale within the container detects a weight of the item and sends a signal to the container interface display apparatus indicating the detected weight of the item (which is also recorded in memory as part of the managed logistics information related to the container). Electronic logistics monitor information (e.g., at least a portion of the managed logistics information) is then generated on the display screen of the container interface display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Mark E. Scott
  • Publication number: 20220348244
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Publication number: 20220324500
    Abstract: An improved auto-chocking enabled cargo dolly that is towable by ground support equipment. The dolly has a frame, wheels attached to the frame that support the frame and rotate to allow movement of the frame, a tow bar, a linkage in communication with the tow bar and that actuates when the tow bar is raised, and a wheel engagement chocking system fixed to the dolly frame and disposed to selectively engage at least one of the wheels attached to the dolly frame. The wheel engagement system is responsive to a position of the linkage, where the wheel engagement chocking system applies pressure directly to at least one of the wheels to hold the wheel(s) in place when the linkage is actuated by the tow bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Patent number: 11433935
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Patent number: 11414120
    Abstract: An improved auto-chocking enabled cargo dolly that is towable by ground support equipment. The dolly has a frame, wheels attached to the frame that support the frame and rotate to allow movement of the frame, a tow bar, a linkage in communication with the tow bar and that actuates when the tow bar is raised, and a wheel engagement chocking system fixed to the dolly frame and disposed to selectively engage at least one of the wheels attached to the dolly frame. The wheel engagement system is responsive to a position of the linkage, where the wheel engagement chocking system applies pressure directly to at least one of the wheels to hold the wheel(s) in place when the linkage is actuated by the tow bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Kevin Frommelt, Shaq Khan
  • Patent number: 11404891
    Abstract: A replaceable charging panel is provided for a unit load device having a plurality of walls. The replaceable charging panel may have a base member that is configured to removably attach to a first wall of the plurality of walls of the unit load device; and an electrical charging device mounted to the base member. A unit load device is also provided that has a plurality of walls and a replaceable charging panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, Charles Hawk, Katherine King, Howard McKinney, Aaron Prather, Ronald W. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20220221900
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include wearable devices and methods for performing courier services. In one implementation, the device includes a depth camera for detecting object depths in a field of view, a scanner for decoding visual codes, a speaker for producing audible sounds in response to an electrical signal, memory, and a processor. The processor may execute instructions to detect a scanning event based on a first signal received from the depth camera, determine a scan region associated with the scanning event, provide a second signal to the scanner causing the scanner to decode a visual code located within the scan region, generate scan data based on a third signal received from the scanner, and provide a fourth signal to the speaker causing the speaker to emit a notification sound. The wearable device may also capture signatures, dimension objects, and disable device functions based on time and place restrictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reuben F. Burch
  • Patent number: 11320858
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include wearable devices and methods for performing courier services. In one implementation, the device includes a depth camera for detecting object depths in a field of view, a scanner for decoding visual codes, a speaker for producing audible sounds in response to an electrical signal, memory, and a processor. The processor may execute instructions to detect a scanning event based on a first signal received from the depth camera, determine a scan region associated with the scanning event, provide a second signal to the scanner causing the scanner to decode a visual code located within the scan region, generate scan data based on a third signal received from the scanner, and provide a fourth signal to the speaker causing the speaker to emit a notification sound. The wearable device may also capture signatures, dimension objects, and disable device functions based on time and place restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventor: Reuben F. Burch
  • Publication number: 20220004980
    Abstract: Improved systems, apparatus, and methods for enhanced positioning of an airborne relocatable communication hub supporting wireless devices are described. Such a method begins with moving an aerial communication drone operating as the airborne relocatable communication hub to a first deployed airborne position, detecting a first signal broadcast by a first wireless device using a communication hub interface on the drone, and detecting a second signal broadcast by a second wireless device using the communication hub interface. The method has the drone comparing a first connection signal strength for the first signal and a second connection signal strength for the second signal, and repositioning the aerial communication drone to a second deployed airborne position based upon the comparison. Once repositioned at the second deployed airborne position, the method has the drone linking the first and second wireless devices using the communication hub interface on the aerial communication drone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: D991057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Charles Freeman, Reuben F. Burch, V, Landon Casey
  • Patent number: D1007280
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Mississippi State University, Office of Technology Management
    Inventors: Will Carroll, Erin Parker, John Carver Middleton, Reuben F. Burch, V, John Ball