Patents by Inventor Richard L. Sauer

Richard L. Sauer 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: 20190152401
    Abstract: An in-vehicle locking safe system comprising a lockbox having one or more walls defining an enclosure, wherein the lockbox is configured with one or more apertures in one or more lockbox walls. The in-vehicle locking safe system further comprises a vehicle structural element including one or more studs configured to be inserted within one or more apertures in one or more lockbox walls, and a fastener component coupled to a portion of the one or more studs at a location inside the enclosure of the lockbox. In some embodiments, the vehicle structural element includes one or more of a vehicle chassis, a slider rail, a slider track, and/or a floor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jared L Gargano, Pontus Anthony Fontaeus, Richard S Kim, Juergen W Sauer, Claudio Carbone, Skyler Reed Lund
  • Patent number: 6077478
    Abstract: A device and method for elimination of contamination during transfer of materials either into or from bioreactors, food containers, or other microbially vulnerable systems. Using microwave power, thermal sterilizations of mating fixtures are achieved simply, reliably, and quickly by the volatilization of small quantities of water to produce superheated steam which contacts all exposed surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Richard L. Sauer, James E. Atwater, Roger W. Dahl, Frank C. Garmon, Teddie D. Lunsford, William F. Michalek, Richard R. Wheeler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5882937
    Abstract: Ammonia monitor and method of use are disclosed. A continuous, real-time determination of the concentration of ammonia in an aqueous process stream is possible over a wide dynamic range of concentrations. No reagents are required because pH is controlled by an in-line solid-phase base. Ammonia is selectively transported across a membrane from the process stream to an analytical stream under pH control. The specific electrical conductance of the analytical stream is measured and used to determine the concentration of ammonia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Richard L. Sauer, James R. Akse, John O. Thompson, James E. Atwater
  • Patent number: 5176836
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for maintaining continuous, long-term microbial control in the water supply for potable, hygiene, and experimental water for space activities, i.e., space shuttle, orbiter lab, Lunar base, Mars base, deep space missions, etc., as well as treatment of water supplies on earth. The water purification is accomplished by introduction of molecular iodine into the water supply to impart a desired iodine residual. The water is passed through an iodinated anion exchange resin bed. The iodine is bound as I.sup.-.sub.n at the anion exchange sites and releases I.sub.2 into the water stream flowing through the bed. Suitable anion exchange resins are Amberlite IRA 401S (Rohm & Haas); Dowex SBR (Dow Chemical); and Ionac ASB-1P (Sybron Corp.). The concentration of I.sub.2 in the flowing water gradually decreases and the ion-exchange bed has had to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Richard L. Sauer, Gerald V. Colombo, Clifford D. Jolly
  • Patent number: 5049492
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for biofilm monitoring of a water distribution system which includes the mounting of at least one fitting 61 in a wall port 65 of a manifold 19 in the water distribution system with a passage 62 through the fitting in communication with the manifold flow stream and the insertion of a biofilm sampling member 77 through the fitting with planar sampling surfaces 91,92 of different surface treatment provided on linearly arrayed sample couplons of the sampling member disposed in the flow stream in edge-on parallel relation to the direction of the flow stream of the manifold under fluid-tight sealed conditions. The sampling member 77 is adapted to be aseptically removed from or inserted in the fitting and manifold under a positive pressure condition and the fitting passage 62 sealed immediately thereafter by appropriate closure device 60 so as to preclude contamination of the water distribution system through the fitting 61.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Richard L. Sauer, David T. Flanagan