Patents by Inventor Robert A. Koontz

Robert A. Koontz 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: 10995560
    Abstract: A drill-pipe communication assembly includes a first drill pipe segment. A conductor extends at least partially along a length of the first drill pipe segment. An antenna is electrically coupled to the first drill pipe segment. The antenna facilitates wireless transmission of signals from the first drill pipe segment to an adjacent second drill pipe segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: REI, INC.
    Inventors: Randall Johnson, Randy Richardson, Daniel J. Brunner, Alex Schumacher, Robert Koontz
  • Publication number: 20200363278
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a fastener. A sensor is coupled to the fastener. A circuit board is electrically coupled to the sensor. An antenna electrically coupled to the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Alex SCHUMACHER, Daniel J. Brunner, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 10768062
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a fastener. A sensor is coupled to the fastener. A circuit board is electrically coupled to the sensor. An antenna electrically coupled to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Schumacher, Daniel J. Brunner, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 10724836
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some of the embodiments employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations, compositions, and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into entire cook-off mitigation systems for insensitive munitions improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz, Eric K. Wooding, Que T. BuiDang
  • Publication number: 20200141881
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for wear monitoring, includes a wear surface, a metallic reflector embedded in the wear surface, a radio-wave transmitter, and a radio-wave receiver. The metallic reflector reflects radio waves transmitted by the radio-wave transmitter for detection by the radio wave receiver. Attenuation of the radio waves between transmission by the radio-wave transmitter and detection by the radio-wave receiver indicates a degree of wear of the wear surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brunner, Randy RICHARDSON, Robert KOONTZ, Alex SCHUMACHER, Jeffrey J. SCHWOEBEL, Randall Lee JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 10605004
    Abstract: An intelligent blast-hole drill bit that includes a housing embedded into a cavity in a bit body. A controller is disposed in the housing. An external antenna is disposed in the housing and coupled to the controller. An internal antenna is disposed in the housing and coupled to the controller. A wear transducer is disposed in the housing and coupled to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brunner, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Randall Johnson, Alex Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10557804
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for wear monitoring, includes a wear surface, a metallic reflector embedded in the wear surface, a radio-wave transmitter, and a radio-wave receiver. The metallic reflector reflects radio waves transmitted by the radio-wave transmitter for detection by the radio wave receiver. Attenuation of the radio waves between transmission by the radio-wave transmitter and detection by the radio-wave receiver indicates a degree of wear of the wear surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brunner, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Alex Schumacher, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Randall Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190242196
    Abstract: A drill-pipe communication assembly includes a first drill pipe segment. A conductor extends at least partially along a length of the first drill pipe segment. An antenna is electrically coupled to the first drill pipe segment. The antenna facilitates wireless transmission of signals from the first drill pipe segment to an adjacent second drill pipe segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Randall JOHNSON, Randy RICHARDSON, Daniel J. BRUNNER, Alex SCHUMACHER, Robert KOONTZ
  • Patent number: 10316624
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a drilling-information-management system. The drilling-information management system includes a probe assembly disposed on a drill rod, a first computer interoperably coupled to the probe assembly via a conductor disposed in a drill rod, and a second computer in communication with the first computer. The second computer includes a barcode scanner. The drilling-information management system includes a database in communication with the second computer. Drilling-project data is transferred from the database to the second computer and calibration data is transferred from the second computer to the first computer. The first computer executes a drilling plan according to the drilling-project data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Paul Schumacher, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Michael J. Hardin, Daniel J. Brunner, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Alex Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10228223
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some embodiments of the invention employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into an entire cook-off mitigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz
  • Patent number: 10175034
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some embodiments of the invention employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into an entire cook-off mitigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz
  • Patent number: 10132123
    Abstract: A drill-pipe communication assembly includes a first drill pipe segment. A conductor extends at least partially along a length of the first drill pipe segment. An antenna is electrically coupled to the first drill pipe segment. The antenna facilitates wireless transmission of signals from the first drill pipe segment to an adjacent second drill pipe segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Johnson, Randy Richardson, Daniel J. Brunner, Alex Schumacher, Robert Koontz
  • Publication number: 20180313707
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a fastener. A sensor is coupled to the fastener. A circuit board is electrically coupled to the sensor. An antenna electrically coupled to the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Alex Schumacher, Daniel J. Brunner, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 10101139
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some embodiments of the invention employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into an entire cook-off mitigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz
  • Patent number: 10088285
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some embodiments of the invention employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into an entire cook-off mitigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz
  • Publication number: 20180252077
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a drilling-information-management system. The drilling-information management system includes a probe assembly disposed on a drill rod, a first computer interoperably coupled to the probe assembly via a conductor disposed in a drill rod, and a second computer in communication with the first computer. The second computer includes a barcode scanner. The drilling-information management system includes a database in communication with the second computer. Drilling-project data is transferred from the database to the second computer and calibration data is transferred from the second computer to the first computer. The first computer executes a drilling plan according to the drilling-project data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Paul SCHUMACHER, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Michael J. Hardin, Daniel J. Brunner, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Alex Schumacher
  • Publication number: 20180172605
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for wear monitoring, includes a wear surface, a metallic reflector embedded in the wear surface, a radio-wave transmitter, and a radio-wave receiver. The metallic reflector reflects radio waves transmitted by the radio-wave transmitter for detection by the radio wave receiver. Attenuation of the radio waves between transmission by the radio-wave transmitter and detection by the radio-wave receiver indicates a degree of wear of the wear surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brunner, Randy Richardson, Robert Koontz, Alex Schumacher, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Randall Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180151047
    Abstract: A system that includes a sensor. The sensor includes an electrode embedded in a wearable garment, a first transmitter, and a processing unit. The processing unit includes a receiver that receives information from the first transmitter relating to at least one of a physiological and an environmental condition of an individual wearing the garment. The processing unit includes a second transmitter that provides the information to a central monitoring location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. BRUNNER, Randy RICHARDSON, Robert KOONTZ
  • Publication number: 20180010401
    Abstract: A drill-pipe communication assembly includes a first drill pipe segment. A conductor extends at least partially along a length of the first drill pipe segment. An antenna is electrically coupled to the first drill pipe segment. The antenna facilitates wireless transmission of signals from the first drill pipe segment to an adjacent second drill pipe segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall JOHNSON, Randy Richardson, Daniel J. Brunner, Alex Schumacher, Robert Koontz
  • Patent number: 7334261
    Abstract: By providing a secure EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) device or other non-volatile memory (NVM) in an arrangement of a master key system operation key (SOK) plus any subsequently installed SOK to control the configurable machine option attributes, various problems associated with machine option configuration and updates may be accommodated. At the initial install of either SOK type the identity of the machine is written to the NVM, i.e. the machine serial number. This is performed during the initial machine power up or reboot sequence. If the SOK type is a subsequently installed SOK, the option code(s) from the subsequently installed SOK are written to the master key SOK. As part of the power on or reboot routine the machine will check to ensure no tampering has taken place and that the machine identity and the NVM serial number location data match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Koontz, James A. Long, Heiko Rommelmann