Patents by Inventor Richard B. Bylsma

Richard B. Bylsma 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: 10160667
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Publication number: 20180319678
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Patent number: 10035715
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Publication number: 20180133607
    Abstract: An inductively powered toy vehicle and an associated track with inductive charging segment. The vehicle may include a secondary coil, a drive motor, an electrical power storage device connected between said secondary coil and said drive motor, and a wireless communications unit. The charging segment may include a primary coil, a sense circuit operable to detect the presence of the vehicle based on a change in the detected impedance of the primary coil, and a power control unit operable to provide a time-varying current to the primary coil when the vehicle traverses the charging segment. The primary coil is positioned within the race track adjacent the track upper surface. The vehicle drive motor may be operable at first and second speed settings, and a remote control device can provide operating instructions to the vehicle wireless communications unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Richard B. Bylsma, Hai D. Nguyen, Joshua B. Taylor, William T. Stoner, JR.
  • Patent number: 9901838
    Abstract: An inductively powered vehicle and an inductive charging segment. The vehicle may include a secondary coil, a drive motor, an electrical power storage device connected between said secondary coil and said drive motor, and a wireless communications unit. The charging segment may include a primary coil, a sense circuit operable to detect the presence of the vehicle based on a change in the detected impedance of the primary coil, and a power control unit operable to provide a time-varying current to the primary coil when the vehicle traverses the charging segment. The primary coil is positioned adjacent a track upper surface. The vehicle drive motor may be operable at first and second speed settings, and a remote control device can provide operating instructions to the vehicle wireless communications unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Richard B. Bylsma, Hai D. Nguyen, Joshua B. Taylor, William T. Stoner, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170015566
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Patent number: 9493366
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Jr., Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Patent number: 8882378
    Abstract: A heating and dispenser system including base unit and an applicator assembly. The applicator assembly may include an applicator tip, a dispensing module, and an applicator housing. The applicator assembly may be integral or separable, and may also house a heating module. Alternatively, the heating module may be separate from the applicator assembly. The system also includes a control system for heating and dispensing various products. The applicator assembly may be replaceable, interchangeable, or single-type for applying product to a surface. The applicator may also be constructed of materials that impact heat transfer or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Bylsma, Steve O. Mork, David W. Baarman, Thomas A. Niezgoda, Jesse Leverett
  • Publication number: 20140084949
    Abstract: A surface impedance sensor and method are provided. The surface impedance sensor generally includes first and second electrodes, a driver circuit to drive the electrodes at a plurality of driving frequencies, and a detection circuit to measure the impedance across the first and second electrodes for comparison against a plurality of reference profiles. The method generally includes measuring the localized surface impedance for each of a plurality of driving frequencies to generate a measured profile, and correlating the measured profile with a reference profile. The system and method can verify contact with a particular surface and can be used with a variety of host devices, including for example ultrasound delivery devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew T. Smith, David A. Meekhof, Richard B. Bylsma, David J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140045405
    Abstract: An inductively powered vehicle and an inductive charging segment. The vehicle may include a secondary coil, a drive motor, an electrical power storage device connected between said secondary coil and said drive motor, and a wireless communications unit. The charging segment may include a primary coil, a sense circuit operable to detect the presence of the vehicle based on a change in the detected impedance of the primary coil, and a power control unit operable to provide a time-varying current to the primary coil when the vehicle traverses the charging segment. The primary coil is positioned adjacent a track upper surface. The vehicle drive motor may be operable at first and second speed settings, and a remote control device can provide operating instructions to the vehicle wireless communications unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Richard B. Bylsma, Hai D. Nguyen, Joshua B. Taylor, William T. Stoner, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130331740
    Abstract: A wand for delivering therapeutic ultrasonic energy to a target area includes a module and a transducer. The transducer converts electrical energy into ultrasonic vibrations that are delivered to the module. The module includes a fluid chamber that houses an ultrasonic fluid. In order to reduce or eliminate the deleterious effects of bubbles that may form in the ultrasonic fluid, one or more bubble traps are defined in the fluid chamber that capture, store, and/or assist in keeping the bubbles outside of the direct transmission path of the ultrasonic energy through the fluid. One or more barriers may be included in the trap(s) that obstruct movement of the bubbles into the transmission path when the wand is tilted to different orientations. After passing through the fluid, the ultrasonic energy is delivered to the skin of a patient, or other surface to which the ultrasonic energy is being directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Bradley J. Pippel, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Patent number: 8545284
    Abstract: An inductively powered toy vehicle and an associated track with inductive charging segment. The vehicle may include a secondary coil, a drive motor, an electrical power storage device connected between said secondary coil and said drive motor, and a wireless communications unit. The charging segment may include a primary coil, a sense circuit operable to detect the presence of the vehicle based on a change in the detected impedance of the primary coil, and a power control unit operable to provide a time-varying current to the primary coil when the vehicle traverses the charging segment. The primary coil is positioned within the race track adjacent the track upper surface. The vehicle drive motor may be operable at first and second speed settings, and a remote control device can provide operating instructions to the vehicle wireless communications unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Richard B. Bylsma, Hai D. Nguyen, Joshua B. Taylor, William T. Stoner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8375970
    Abstract: A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system, protects water treatment systems and other fluid flow devices from unnecessary fluid pressure, and regulates or prevents fluid flow to a dispenser or outlet in response to a particular event, such as a leak. The valve system includes a housing having ports for: (1) receiving a supply fluid, (2) supplying the fluid to a device, such as a water treatment system, (3) receiving the fluid from the device and (4) supplying fluid to a dispenser. The valve system also includes an automatic shutoff device within the housing that prevents water from flowing into the housing and the water treatment system when the dispensing outlet is closed and that allows water to flow through the housing and into the water treatment system when the outlet is open. The valve system may also include a second actuator connected to the automatic shutoff that is capable of moving the automatic shutoff to a partially or fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, David O. Godfrey, Michael E. Miles, Steve O. Mork, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Patent number: 8319857
    Abstract: A process for measuring skin color parameters from a digital photograph using novel color correction algorithms is described. The process includes measuring color values of a digital color photo, correcting the color deviation of each picture to that of a standard color, and converting the corrected RGB values and generating an output that is useful to L*a*b* values to describe changes in the color properties of the photographed skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Di Qu, Richard B. Bylsma, James R. Mayne
  • Patent number: 8224481
    Abstract: A miniaturized fluid dispensing system for dispensing customized fluids. The dispenser may include first and second reservoirs containing constituent fluids; a drive motor; at least two pump assemblies commonly driven by the drive motor and in communication with the first and second reservoirs; first and second valve assembly in communication with the first and second pump assemblies; and a control system for selectively controlling the valve assemblies to blend and discharge a composition from the constituent fluids. The system may include a dispensing header to house the valves and to define ‘discharge’ and ‘recirculation’ flow paths for each constituent fluid. The present invention also provides a method for dispensing a fluid regimen (e.g. a plurality of compositions) by periodically blending and discharging varying compositions over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Bylsma, David W. Baarman, Mark G. Marshall, Pierre Becker
  • Publication number: 20120179519
    Abstract: A method for product information retrieval with a mailable item. The method includes providing a mailable item with a communication system and memory, transferring product usage information from the product to the mailable item, and mailing the mailable item to a recipient who can retrieve and analyze the product information. Incentives can be offered to entice a user to obtain the mailable item and/or to return the mailable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Simon S. Vance, Harold E. Morse, Karlis Vecziedins, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Michael E. Miles, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Publication number: 20120179665
    Abstract: A health monitoring system can include an intake tracker, an output tracker, a personal monitor, and a recommender. The health monitoring system can track food, exercise, and personal characteristics in order to provide health assessments and recommendations. The intake tracker can include a camera for capturing images of products. A data acquisition system can be used to acquire data about products that are photographed using a variety of methods. The data can be entered into a database with a picture of the product for later look-up. The data acquisition system can include a user-assisted segmentation method of an image to identify the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Publication number: 20110297844
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, JR., Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Publication number: 20110200381
    Abstract: A heating and dispenser system including base unit and an applicator assembly. The applicator assembly may include an applicator tip, a dispensing module, and an applicator housing. The applicator assembly may be integral or separable, and may also house a heating module. Alternatively, the heating module may be separate from the applicator assembly. The system also includes a control system for heating and dispensing various products. The applicator assembly may be replaceable, interchangeable, or single-type for applying product to a surface. The applicator may also be constructed of materials that impact heat transfer or storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Bylsma, Steve O. Mork, David W. Baarman, Thomas A. Niezgoda, Jesse Leverett
  • Publication number: 20100214421
    Abstract: A process for measuring skin color parameters from a digital photograph using novel color correction algorithms is described. The process includes measuring color values of a digital color photo, correcting the color deviation of each picture to that of a standard color, and converting the corrected RGB values and generating an output that is useful to L*a*b* values to describe changes in the color properties of the photographed skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Di Qu, Richard B. Bylsma, James R. Mayne