Patents by Inventor Richard C. Abbott

Richard C. Abbott 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: 10492787
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to battery packs for use with surgical instruments. The battery packs may comprise a plurality of cells and at least a portion of the plurality of cells may not be electrically connected to one another. The battery packs may comprise a switch or other mechanism for interconnecting the plurality of cells and may also comprise, or be used in conjunction with, a discharge switch or plug configured to electrically connect an anode of the battery pack to a cathode of the battery pack, for example, via a resistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Bret W. Smith, David C. Yates, Daniel J. Abbott, Richard F. Schwemberger, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20190318852
    Abstract: A double-switching heater includes a double-switching PTC ink deposited on a substrate to form one or more resistors. The double-switching PTC ink has a first resin that provides a first PTC effect at a first temperature range and a second resin that provides a second PTC effect at a second temperature range, where the second temperature range is higher than the first temperature range. The substrate may be a flexible substrate or a rigid substrate, and may bedeformable to generate a three-dimensional structure. The substrate may be: polyester, polyimide, polyamide, polypropylene, thermoplastic polyurethane, fiberglass, cement board, carbon composite materials, polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene, aluminum, steel, glass composite, molded plastic, high-density polyethylene or styrene ethylene butylene styrene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Shuyong Xiao, Lee M. Sisler, Richard C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 10373745
    Abstract: A double-switching heater includes a double-switching PTC ink deposited on a substrate to form one or more resistors. The double-switching PTC ink has a first resin that provides a first PTC effect at a first temperature range and a second resin that provides a second PTC effect at a second temperature range, where the second temperature range is higher than the first temperature range. The substrate may be a flexible substrate or a rigid substrate, and may bedeformable to generate a three-dimensional structure. The substrate may be: polyester, polyimide, polyamide, polypropylene, thermoplastic polyurethane, fiberglass, cement board, carbon composite materials, polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene, aluminum, steel, glass composite, molded plastic, high-density polyethylene or styrene ethylene butylene styrene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LMS Consulting Group
    Inventors: Shuyong Xiao, Lee M. Sisler, Richard C. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20190183506
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to battery packs for use with surgical instruments. The battery packs may comprise a plurality of cells and at least a portion of the plurality of cells may not be electrically connected to one another. The battery packs may comprise a switch or other mechanism for interconnecting the plurality of cells and may also comprise, or be used in conjunction with, a discharge switch or plug configured to electrically connect an anode of the battery pack to a cathode of the battery pack, for example, via a resistive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Bret W. Smith, David C. Yates, Daniel J. Abbott, Richard F. Schwemberger, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20190031903
    Abstract: A thermal substrate that comprises a high-resistance magnification (HRM) positive-temperature coefficient (PTC) ink and a substrate, wherein the HRM PTC ink has a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) and a resistance magnification of at least 15 in a temperature range of at least 20 degrees Celsius above a switching temperature of the HRM PTC ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Shuyong Xiao, Richard C. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20170258268
    Abstract: A heater is provided having at least one thermally sprayed resistive heating layer, the resistive heating layer comprising a first metallic component that is electrically conductive and capable of reacting with a gas to form one or more carbide, oxide, nitride, and boride derivative; one or more oxide, nitride, carbide, and boride derivative of the first metallic component that is electrically insulating; and a third component capable of stabilizing the resistivity of the resistive heating layer. In some embodiments, the third component is capable of pinning the grain boundaries of the first metallic component deposited in the resistive heating layer and/or altering the structure of aluminum oxide grains deposited in the resistive heating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Athinodoros Chris KAZANAS, Pierre MARCOUX, Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20170158898
    Abstract: A double-switching heater includes a double-switching PTC ink deposited on a substrate to form one or more resistors. The double-switching PTC ink has a first resin that provides a first PTC effect at a first temperature range and a second resin that provides a second PTC effect at a second temperature range, where the second temperature range is higher than the first temperature range. The substrate may be a flexible substrate or a rigid substrate, and may bedeformable to generate a three-dimensional structure. The substrate may be: polyester, polyimide, polyamide, polypropylene, thermoplastic polyurethane, fiberglass, cement board, carbon composite materials, polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene, aluminum, steel, glass composite, molded plastic, high-density polyethylene or styrene ethylene butylene styrene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Shuyong Xiao, Lee M. Sisler, Richard C. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20150264747
    Abstract: A radiant heating system comprises a thermally sprayed resistive heating layer bonded to an underlayment building material substrate. The substrate can comprise a sub-flooring material and the heating system can comprise a radiant floor heating system. The resistive heating layer can be thermally sprayed directly onto a sub-floor or similar underlayment material, including a cementitious backing material or a sound reduction board. A finished floor surface, such as a tile, wood or laminate surface, can be provided over the substrate and thermally sprayed heater to provide a radiant floor heater. In other embodiments, a radiant heating system includes a thermally sprayed heater bonded to a flooring overlay, such as a laminate board, to a heater insert, such as a flexible polymer film or a mica-based material, or to a concrete substrate. Methods of fabricating radiant heating systems include thermally-spraying a resistive material on a sub-floor or flooring overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 8890038
    Abstract: A heating apparatus assembly and method are provided for heating a surface. The heating apparatus contains a substrate with a multiplicity of heating elements disposed upon at least one surface of the substrate where each element is individually controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thermoceramix Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 8588592
    Abstract: Method for thermally spraying a heater onto a substrate, comprising providing a metallic material having a core and an insulator therein and thermally spraying the metallic material and the insulator onto a substrate to form a heater. Method of fabricating a thermally sprayed gas heater, comprising providing a gas flow apparatus that propels a gas through a housing; thermally spraying a material to form a resistive heating layer; bonding the resistive heating layer to a surface of the apparatus, the heating layer being positioned to heat the gas flow in the housing. Method of fabricating a heater system of a turbulent gas flow duct, comprising providing a duct having a gas flow channel, the channel having a shaped surface providing a turbulent gas flow therein; thermally spraying a material to form a resistive heating layer; positioning the resistive heating layer to heat the gas flow in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Thermoceramix Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 8428445
    Abstract: A thermally sprayed gas heater comprises a gas flow apparatus that propels a gas through a housing; and a thermally sprayed heater bonded to a surface of the apparatus, the heater positioned to heat the gas flow in the housing. In other aspects, a heater system for a turbulent flow gas duct comprises a duct having a gas flow channel, the channel having a shaped surface providing turbulent gas flow in the channel, and a thermally sprayed heater positioned to heat the gas flow in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Thermoceramix, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 8306408
    Abstract: A radiant heating system comprises a thermally sprayed resistive heating layer bonded to an underlayment building material substrate. The substrate can comprise a sub-flooring material and the heating system can comprise a radiant floor heating system. The resistive heating layer can be thermally sprayed directly onto a sub-floor or similar underlayment material, including a cementitious backing material or a sound reduction board. A finished floor surface, such as a tile, wood or laminate surface, can be provided over the substrate and thermally sprayed heater to provide a radiant floor heater. In other embodiments, a radiant heating system includes a thermally sprayed heater bonded to a flooring overlay, such as a laminate board, to a heater insert, such as a flexible polymer film or a mica-based material, or to a concrete substrate. Methods of fabricating radiant heating systems include thermally-spraying a resistive material on a sub-floor or flooring overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Thermoceramix Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20120217234
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a kinetic-sprayed resistor for use in a heater, the method including kinetic spraying a powder in a pattern on an electrically-insulating substrate to create a resistive coating on the substrate in the pattern. A kinetic-sprayed resistor for use in a heater having been fabricated via the aforementioned method. A heater including the aforementioned kinetic-sprayed resistor, wherein the resistor is connectable to a power source to generate heat when electrical current runs through the resistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Abbott, Pierre Marcoux
  • Publication number: 20120074127
    Abstract: A heating apparatus assembly and method are provided for heating a surface. The heating apparatus contains a substrate with a multiplicity of heating elements disposed upon at least one surface of the substrate where each element is individually controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20110188838
    Abstract: A radiant heating system comprises a thermally sprayed resistive heating layer bonded to an underlayment building material substrate. The substrate can comprise a sub-flooring material and the heating system can comprise a radiant floor heating system. The resistive heating layer can be thermally sprayed directly onto a sub-floor or similar underlayment material, including cementitious backing material or a sound reduction board. A finished floor surface, such as a tile, wood or laminate surface, can be provided over the substrate and thermally sprayed heater to provide a radiant floor heater. In other embodiments, a radiant heating system includes a thermally sprayed heater bonded to a flooring overlay, such as a laminate board, to a heater insert, such as a flexible polymer film or a mica-based material, or to a concrete substrate. Methods of fabricating radiant heating systems include thermally-spraying a resistive material on a sub-floor or flooring overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX, INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20110180527
    Abstract: An electric grill is provided having a grate, a first electrical insulator layer located above the grate, a heater layer deposited on a top surface of the first electrical insulator layer, and a top layer located over the heater layer for protecting the heater layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20110129620
    Abstract: Method for thermally spraying a heater onto a substrate, comprising providing a metallic material having a core and an insulator therein and thermally spraying the metallic material and the insulator onto a substrate to form a heater. Method of fabricating a thermally sprayed gas heater, comprising providing a gas flow apparatus that propels a gas through a housing; thermally spraying a material to form a resistive heating layer; bonding the resistive heating layer to a surface of the apparatus, the heating layer being positioned to heat the gas flow in the housing. Method of fabricating a heater system of a turbulent gas flow duct, comprising providing a duct having a gas flow channel, the channel having a shaped surface providing a turbulent gas flow therein; thermally spraying a material to form a resistive heating layer; positioning the resistive heating layer to heat the gas flow in the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20110127251
    Abstract: A thermally sprayed gas heater comprises a gas flow apparatus that propels a gas through a housing; and a thermally sprayed heater bonded to a surface of the apparatus, the heater positioned to heat the gas flow in the housing. In other aspects, a heater system for a turbulent flow gas duct comprises a duct having a gas flow channel, the channel having a shaped surface providing turbulent gas flow in the channel, and a thermally sprayed heater positioned to heat the gas flow in the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20110129203
    Abstract: A room heater comprising a housing having an lower opening at the bottom of the housing forming an inlet to admit a gas into the housing and an upper opening positioned above the lower opening forming an outlet through which the gas exits the housing, and a thermally sprayed heater that provides heat to the gas inside the housing. A method of fabricating the room heater is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20110120987
    Abstract: A substrate for a heating assembly comprising a mixture of a mica material with an electrically insulating material, the substrate having a thermal coefficient of expansion that is higher than pure mica. A method of manufacturing the substrate is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: THERMOCERAMIX INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. ABBOTT