Patents by Inventor Richard L. Jones

Richard L. Jones 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: 10316405
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for manufacturing an integrated computational element (ICE) core. The method comprises varying a distance between a thermal component relative to a substrate holder that holds at least one substrate during a thin film deposition process to improve uniformity of the ICE core. In one embodiment, varying the distance between the thermal component relative to the substrate holder that holds at least one substrate includes moving at least a portion of the substrate holder in at least one direction relative to the thermal component and also moving the thermal component in at least one direction relative to the substrate holder during the thin film deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Robert Paul Freese, Christopher Michael Jones, Richard Neal Gardner
  • Publication number: 20190169555
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus for preserving the aroma of a fermentable beverage is provided. The fermentation apparatus comprises a flow passage fluidly connectable to the headspace located above a fermentable beverage in a fermentation container. A carbon dioxide scrubber in the flow passage receives a headspace fluid mixture comprising at least carbon dioxide gas and an aromatic fluid originating from the fermenting beverage. When the headspace fluid mixture contacts the carbon dioxide scrubber, the carbon dioxide scrubber retains a modified fluid in the flow passage. The modified fluid has a lower carbon dioxide gas concentration and a higher aromatic fluid concentration than the headspace fluid mixture. The flow passage directs the modified fluid back to the headspace to at least partially retain the aromatic fluid in the fermentable beverage in the fermentation container. A method for preserving the aroma of a fermentable beverage is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventor: Richard L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150322390
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus for preserving the aroma of a fermentable beverage is provided. The fermentation apparatus comprises a flow passage fluidly connectable to the headspace located above a fermentable beverage in a fermentation container. A carbon dioxide scrubber in the flow passage receives a headspace fluid mixture comprising at least carbon dioxide gas and an aromatic fluid originating from the fermenting beverage. When the headspace fluid mixture contacts the carbon dioxide scrubber, the carbon dioxide scrubber retains a modified fluid in the flow passage. The modified fluid has a lower carbon dioxide gas concentration and a higher aromatic fluid concentration than the headspace fluid mixture. The flow passage directs the modified fluid back to the headspace to at least partially retain the aromatic fluid in the fermentable beverage in the fermentation container. A method for preserving the aroma of a fermentable beverage is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140379512
    Abstract: A system, device and method involve the management of formulas. In one embodiment, the formulas are buildable through the selection of mathematical components. A formula list facilitates formula management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: ZAKIYA S. VALLIER, RICHARD L. JONES, FAZAL GUPTA
  • Patent number: 8267129
    Abstract: Some methods and related apparatus for manipulating a fluid conduit for insertion into a substantially re-sealable membrane include determining an orientation and position of a fluid conduit relative to the membrane. In an illustrative example, a syringe needle having a beveled leading edge may be manipulated by an automated device to be oriented and aligned with an aperture made upon a previous insertion of a needle into a membrane. In some examples, a predetermined number of insertions may be made in the same aperture by aligning and orienting one or more needles with the aperture. In some examples, multiple needle insertions may be controlled to produce apertures that are substantially spaced apart. Such procedures may, for example, advantageously extend the integrity of the membrane against leakage and/or contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Thom Doherty, Walter W. Eliuk, Richard L. Jones
  • Patent number: 8271138
    Abstract: Gripper devices for handling syringes and automated pharmacy admixture systems (APASs) that utilize such gripper devices. The gripper devices may include various gripper finger profiles, substantially tapered or angled gripping surfaces and/or gripper fingers interleaving to reduce radial distortion of the syringes to be grasped while opposing axial motion of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Richard L. Jones, Dustin Deck
  • Patent number: 8252246
    Abstract: A portable steam sterilizer for surgical and dental instruments includes an outer casing and a pressure chamber configured to receive steam therein. A tray is configured to hold the instruments and is releasably received within the pressure chamber while a boiler is in fluid communication with the pressure chamber for providing steam thereto. The sterilizer further includes a container for receiving condensed steam evacuated from the pressure chamber. The container is spaced from the outer casing and includes a main body and a lid that is substantially non-rotationally coupled to the main body. A conduit is coupled to the lid and fluid communicates the container with the pressure chamber. The main body of the container may include a base while the lid may include a wall oriented generally orthogonal to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Coyle, Ronald A. Gatchell, Richard L. Jones, Philip Marc Stewart, James E. Clapp, Dennis L. Harris
  • Patent number: 8236253
    Abstract: A portable steam sterilizer for surgical instruments includes a tray configured to hold the instruments and a pressure chamber. The pressure chamber includes a cavity portion and a handle portion. The cavity portion includes a set of walls and is configured to releasably receive the tray, while the handle portion is coupled to the tray for selectively inserting and removing the tray respectively into and from within the cavity portion. The handle portion is sealingly engageable with the cavity portion to thereby define the pressure chamber. A steam inlet fluidly communicates the pressure chamber with a source of steam to selectively permit steam to flow from the source of steam and into the pressure chamber. A steam outlet fluidly communicates the pressure chamber with a steam management assembly to selectively permit steam to flow from the pressure chamber and into the steam management assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Coyle, Ronald A. Gatchell, Richard L. Jones, Philip Marc Stewart, James E. Clapp, Dennis L. Harris
  • Patent number: 8225824
    Abstract: Automated system and techniques for controlling fluid transfers among medical containers such as syringes, vials and IV bag are disclosed. In one aspect, an automated method for substantially balancing a pressure within a medical container such as a vial with ambient pressure using a fluid transfer device such as a needled syringe is disclosed. In another aspect, an automated method for substantially removing a volume of air from a medical container such as an IV bag using a fast pull technique is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Dustin Deck, Richard L. Jones, Thom Doherty
  • Patent number: 7951342
    Abstract: A sterilizer (20) is provided having a steam filled sterilizer chamber (24) for sterilizer articles placed within the chamber (24). An electronic air valve (186) is provided to control the venting rate of the steam is vented back to a water reservoir (140) after the articles have been sterilized. The electronic air valve (186) also vents the chamber (24) in a controlled manner during the heat up portion of the sterilization cycle to obtain an optimum saturated steam environment with the chamber (24) for the sterilizing process. The sterilizer (20) has pre-programmed and programmable sterilization cycles. And the drying times of each of these cycles is programmable by a user. The programmable sterilization cycles also provide a programmable vent rate which may be selected by the user to minimize damage to the sterilized articles. A steam condensing coil (200) is associated with the water reservoir (140) to minimize pressure build up within the water reservoir (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Gary W. Benning, Michael J. Coyle, Ronald A. Gatchell, Richard L. Jones, Philip Marc Stewart
  • Publication number: 20100213129
    Abstract: A water purification apparatus comprising a semi-permeable membrane capable of being contacted with a water source; a superabsorbent polymer capable of absorbing water across said semi-permeable membrane; a pressure application surface capable of transmitting pressure to the gel; and a permeable membrane through which absorbed water is capable of being released from the gel upon application of pressure thereto from said pressure application surface, wherein said permeable membrane is isolated in use from the water source by an isolation means
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: The University of Sheffield
    Inventors: Richard A. L. Jones, Anthony J. Ryan, Helen Storey, Malcolm Butler, Colin James Crook
  • Publication number: 20090126825
    Abstract: Automated system and techniques for controlling fluid transfers among medical containers such as syringes, vials and IV bag are disclosed. In one aspect, an automated method for substantially balancing a pressure within a medical container such as a vial with ambient pressure using a fluid transfer device such as a needled syringe is disclosed. In another aspect, an automated method for substantially removing a volume of air from a medical container such as an IV bag using a fast pull technique is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Dustin Deck, Richard L. Jones, Thom Doherty
  • Publication number: 20090067973
    Abstract: Gripper devices for handling syringes and automated pharmacy admixture systems (APASs) that utilize such gripper devices. The gripper devices may include various gripper finger profiles, substantially tapered or angled gripping surfaces and/or gripper fingers interleaving to reduce radial distortion of the syringes to be grasped while opposing axial motion of the syringes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Richard L. Jones, Dustin Deck
  • Publication number: 20080299003
    Abstract: A portable steam sterilizer for surgical instruments includes a tray configured to hold the instruments and a pressure chamber. The pressure chamber includes a cavity portion and a handle portion. The cavity portion includes a set of walls and is configured to releasably receive the tray, while the handle portion is coupled to the tray for selectively inserting and removing the tray respectively into and from within the cavity portion. The handle portion is sealingly engageable with the cavity portion to thereby define the pressure chamber. A steam inlet fluidly communicates the pressure chamber with a source of steam to selectively permit steam to flow from the source of steam and into the pressure chamber. A steam outlet fluidly communicates the pressure chamber with a steam management assembly to selectively permit steam to flow from the pressure chamber and into the steam management assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: MIDMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Coyle, Ronald A. Gatchell, Richard L. Jones, Philip Marc Stewart, James E. Clapp, Dennis L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20080267817
    Abstract: A portable steam sterilizer for surgical and dental instruments includes an outer casing and a pressure chamber configured to receive steam therein. A tray is configured to hold the instruments and is releasably received within the pressure chamber while a boiler is in fluid communication with the pressure chamber for providing steam thereto. The sterilizer further includes a container for receiving condensed steam evacuated from the pressure chamber. The container is spaced from the outer casing and includes a main body and a lid that is substantially non-rotationally coupled to the main body. A conduit is coupled to the lid and fluid communicates the container with the pressure chamber. The main body of the container may include a base while the lid may include a wall oriented generally orthogonal to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: MIDMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Coyle, Ronald A. Gatchell, Richard L. Jones, Philip Marc Stewart, James E. Clapp, Dennis L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20080114328
    Abstract: Some methods and related apparatus for manipulating a fluid conduit for insertion into a substantially re-sealable membrane include determining an orientation and position of a fluid conduit relative to the membrane. In an illustrative example, a syringe needle having a beveled leading edge may be manipulated by an automated device to be oriented and aligned with an aperture made upon a previous insertion of a needle into a membrane. In some examples, a predetermined number of insertions may be made in the same aperture by aligning and orienting one or more needles with the aperture. In some examples, multiple needle insertions may be controlled to produce apertures that are substantially spaced apart. Such procedures may, for example, advantageously extend the integrity of the membrane against leakage and/or contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Thom Doherty, Walter W. Eliuk, Richard L. Jones
  • Patent number: 7364140
    Abstract: A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) apparatus to supply pressurized breathable gas to a patient includes a flow generator having a gas inlet and a gas outlet, a humidifier having a gas inlet coupled to the gas outlet of the flow generator, and a filter operatively positioned between the gas outlet of the flow generator and the gas inlet of the humidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lipscombe, Richard L. Jones
  • Patent number: 7311011
    Abstract: An access casing assembly structured for placement at least partially within a subterranean formation by forcing the access casing assembly thereinto, comprising a plurality of casing sections operably coupled to form a central elongated cavity for providing access to the subterranean region is disclosed. Further, a tip portion of the access casing assembly may include a porous filter through which liquid or gas may communicate with the central elongated cavity. Also, a receiving member or at least one engagement hub may form a portion of the central elongated cavity and may include an engagement feature configured for selectively and lockingly engaging a locking structure of a device to be positioned within the access casing assembly. Methods of use are disclosed. A tensiometer is disclosed including a chamber structured for allowing at least partially filling with a fluid subsequent to contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Don T. Clark, Richard L. Jones, Terry D. Turner, Joel M. Hubbell, James B. Sisson
  • Patent number: D550596
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Richard L. Jones, Cecilia L. Brocklehurst
  • Patent number: D572544
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Richard L. Jones