Patents by Inventor Robert A. Price

Robert A. Price 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: 20180165968
    Abstract: A flight plan analysis system is configured to determine a flight plan decision regarding a proposed flight plan for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The flight plan analysis system includes a flight plan database that stores risk factor data, and a flight plan analysis unit communicatively coupled to the flight plan database. The flight plan analysis unit receives a proposed flight plan for the UAV and determines the flight plan decision based on an analysis of the proposed flight plan and the risk factor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Andres Chapiro Fermon, Matthew Robert Price, Jonas Hatzenbuehler
  • Publication number: 20180135477
    Abstract: An engine assembly includes an air-cooled engine and an external oil reservoir. The engine includes a vertically-oriented crankshaft a crankcase cover having a front portion and a rear portion, wherein the front portion of the crankcase cover and the cylinder head are located forward of a vertical plane that includes the crankshaft axis, a return pump housing formed in the exterior of the crankcase cover, a return pump positioned in the return pump housing, and a return pump inlet formed through the crankcase cover, wherein the return pump inlet is located in the front portion of the crankcase cover and the return pump inlet is located closer to the camshaft than to the crankshaft. The external oil reservoir includes an oil tank and an oil filter assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J. Hellman, John Schneiker, Tim Kwiatkowski, Casey Groh, Robert Price, Ryan Sullivan, Gary Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180130359
    Abstract: A flight range-restricting system is configured to control a flight range of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The flight range-restricting system includes a database including a UAV capabilities storage area that stores UAV capabilities data indicative of technical specifications of the UAV, and a restricted airspace storage area that stores restricted airspace data indicative of a restricted airspace. A range-restricting control unit is communicatively coupled to the database. The range-restricting control unit controls the flight range of the UAV based on a current location of the UAV, the UAV capabilities data, and the restricted airspace data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Andres Chapiro Fermon, Matthew Robert Price, Jonas Hatzenbuehler
  • Publication number: 20180106152
    Abstract: A hydraulic device can include two or more rings, a rotor having a plurality of vanes, and an adjuster. The two or more rings can be rotatably mounted within the hydraulic device and arranged adjacent one another configured for relative rotation with respect to one another. The rotor can be disposed for rotation about an axis within the two or more rings and can have a plurality of circumferentially spaced slots, each slot having at least one of the plurality of vanes located therein. The plurality of vanes can be configured to be movable between a retracted position and an extended position where the plurality of vanes work a hydraulic fluid introduced adjacent to the rotor. The adjuster can be configured to translate linearly to rotatably position the two or more rings relative to one another to increase or decrease a displacement of the hydraulic fluid between the rotor and the two or more rings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Norman Ian Mathers, Robert Price
  • Patent number: 9903241
    Abstract: An engine assembly includes an engine, an external oil reservoir, a supply pump, and a return pump. The engine includes an oil gallery configured to distribute oil and a crankcase chamber. The external oil reservoir includes an oil tank defining an oil chamber and an oil filter assembly including a housing at least partially defining a filter chamber, and a filter positioned within the filter chamber. The supply pump is in fluid communication with the oil chamber and the oil gallery and the supply pump is configured to draw oil from the oil chamber and provide pressurized oil to the oil gallery. The return pump in fluid communication with the crankcase chamber and the filter chamber and the return pump is configured to draw oil from the crankcase chamber and provide pressurized oil to the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J. Hellman, John Schneiker, Tim Kwiatkowski, Casey Groh, Robert Price, Ryan Sullivan, Gary Johnson
  • Patent number: 9885263
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system is provided that includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly, an actuation piston, and a reset device. The actuation piston includes an actuation piston body that is slidably received by the rocker arm to define a piston cavity in the rocker arm and is movable between piston retracted and extended positions. The actuation piston is configured to be operatively associated with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state. An actuation piston check valve is configured to move between closed and open positions to permit hydraulic fluid flow through an actuation piston communication port to the piston cavity. The reset device includes a reset check valve and a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Pacbrake Company
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price
  • Publication number: 20180010676
    Abstract: Various vehicle systems capable of different operation modes are disclosed. According to one example, the system can include at least one input shaft, at least one output shaft, a plurality of hydraulic devices, and one or more accessories. The plurality of hydraulic devices can be configured to be operable as vane pumps in a retracted vane mode of operation and can be configured to be operable as a hydraulic couplings to couple the at least one input shaft with the at least one output shaft in a vane extended mode of operation. The plurality of hydraulic devices can be simultaneously operable as the hydraulic couplings and the vane pumps. The one or more accessories can be in fluid communication with the plurality of hydraulic devices and can be configured to receive a hydraulic fluid pumped from one or more the plurality of hydraulic devices when operating as the vane pumps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Norman Ian Mathers, Robert Price
  • Publication number: 20170362971
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system is provided that includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly, an actuation piston, and a reset device. The actuation piston includes an actuation piston body that is slidably received by the rocker arm to define a piston cavity in the rocker arm and is movable between piston retracted and extended positions. The actuation piston is configured to be operatively associated with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state. An actuation piston check valve is configured to move between closed and open positions to permit hydraulic fluid flow through an actuation piston communication port to the piston cavity. The reset device includes a reset check valve and a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price
  • Patent number: 9752471
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system is provided that includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly, an actuation piston, and a reset device. The actuation piston includes an actuation piston body that is slidably received by the rocker arm to define a piston cavity in the rocker arm and is movable between piston retracted and extended positions. The actuation piston is configured to be operatively associated with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state. An actuation piston check valve is configured to move between closed and open positions to permit hydraulic fluid flow through an actuation piston communication port to the piston cavity. The reset device includes a reset check valve and a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Pacbrake Company
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price
  • Publication number: 20170182920
    Abstract: A vehicle floor mat is provided for placement on a vehicle floor having surface irregularities, and includes a floor mat body having an upper surface, a peripheral edge, and a bottom surface. The bottom surface has an integral depending support structure provided with a variable height such that the shape of the support structure complements the irregularities in the vehicle floor. Upon the vehicle floor mat being placed on the vehicle floor, said support structure engages the irregularities and upper floor mat surface is generally level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: David A. REBAND, Robert PRICE
  • Patent number: 9676163
    Abstract: A plastic injection molded part is provided, including a first portion having a front surface and a rear surface, the front surface including border formations defining a space, and having at least one bleed hole in communication with said rear surface; and a second portion disposed within the space defined by the border formations and including areas filling the at least one bleed hole, such that when the part is formed, molten plastic forming the second portion enters the space through at least one bleed hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: THERMOFLEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Milella, Jr., David A. Reband, Karl J. Mazur, Amanda C. Stingel, Robert A. Price
  • Publication number: 20170157044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simple, robust and effective process for preparing a dry powder inhalation formulation containing at least one drug, preferably a highly active drug, more preferably Tiotropium bromide or Tiotropium bromide monohydrate, and a lactose carrier. The process is characterized in that a three-layered composition containing a drug layer in between layers of the lactose carrier is mixed and the obtained preblend is mixed with additional lactose carrier. The process combines a simple manufacturing procedure with an excellent content uniformity obtained over a wide range of mixing parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicants: Alfred E. Tiefenbacher GmbH & Co. KG, Nanopharm Ltd.
    Inventors: Claudia Meyer, Robert Price, Jagdeep Shur
  • Patent number: 9671106
    Abstract: A steam generator apparatus for generating steam from a feedwater inlet stream including impurities is disclosed. The apparatus includes a tubing circuit in communication with an inlet for receiving the feedwater stream, the tubing circuit having a substantially unrifled bore defined by a metal wall, and a heat source operable to deliver a heat flux to the feedwater stream through the metal wall of the tubing circuit, the heat flux being operable to cause evaporation of feedwater within the tubing circuit and to produce an outlet stream at an outlet of the tubing circuit, the outlet stream includes a steam portion and liquid phase portion, the steam portion being greater than about 80% of the outlet stream by mass, the steam portion providing sufficient cooling of the metal wall to maintain a wall temperature at less than a threshold temperature associated with safe operation of the steam generator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FCCL PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Glenn Robert Price, Susan Wei Sun, Michael John Wasylyk
  • Publication number: 20170143632
    Abstract: A process for the production of particles comprises the steps of formation of a solution of a desired substance in a suitable solvent; ii) generation of an aerosol from the solution of said substance; iii) collection of the aerosol droplets in a vessel containing a non-solvent of said substance; and iv) the application of ultrasound to the droplets dispersed in the non-solvent to effect crystallisation of said substance. The particles produced find application in for example pharmaceutical and agrochemical formulations, especially in inhalation formulations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Robert PRICE, Joerg Sebastian KAERGER
  • Publication number: 20170138232
    Abstract: An engine assembly includes an engine, an external oil reservoir, a supply pump, and a return pump. The engine includes an oil gallery configured to distribute oil and a crankcase chamber. The external oil reservoir includes an oil tank defining an oil chamber and an oil filter assembly including a housing at least partially defining a filter chamber, and a filter positioned within the filter chamber. The supply pump is in fluid communication with the oil chamber and the oil gallery and the supply pump is configured to draw oil from the oil chamber and provide pressurized oil to the oil gallery. The return pump in fluid communication with the crankcase chamber and the filter chamber and the return pump is configured to draw oil from the crankcase chamber and provide pressurized oil to the filter chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J. Hellman, John Schneiker, Tim Kwiatkowski, Casey Groh, Robert Price, Ryan Sullivan, Gary Johnson
  • Patent number: 9562448
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system for effectuating a compression-release engine braking operation in connection with an internal combustion engine. The system includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly including a rocker arm, an actuation piston slidably received by the rocker arm to define part of a piston cavity in the rocker arm and movable between a piston retracted position and a piston extended position, the actuation piston configured to operatively associate with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state, and a reset device received by the rocker arm and operatively associated with the actuation piston to return the exhaust valve to the seated state by the end of the expansion stroke in the brake-on mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Pacbrake Company
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price
  • Publication number: 20160356187
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system is provided that includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly, an actuation piston, and a reset device. The actuation piston includes an actuation piston body that is slidably received by the rocker arm to define a piston cavity in the rocker arm and is movable between piston retracted and extended positions. The actuation piston is configured to be operatively associated with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state. An actuation piston check valve is configured to move between closed and open positions to permit hydraulic fluid flow through an actuation piston communication port to the piston cavity. The reset device includes a reset check valve and a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price
  • Publication number: 20160305293
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system for effectuating a compression-release engine braking operation in connection with an internal combustion engine. The system includes a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly including a rocker arm, an actuation piston slidably received by the rocker arm to define part of a piston cavity in the rocker arm and movable between a piston retracted position and a piston extended position, the actuation piston configured to operatively associate with the exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state, and a reset device received by the rocker arm and operatively associated with the actuation piston to return the exhaust valve to the seated state by the end of the expansion stroke in the brake-on mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent MENEELY, Robert Price
  • Patent number: 9460053
    Abstract: A model-based control system for controlling a production system is disclosed. The production system provides jobs and objectives to the model-based control system. The model-based control system includes, a planner operative to provide the production system with a plan, the planner generating the plan using a depth-first target value search. The depth-first target value search being configured to generate the plan with a failure probability most closely approximating a target value. Also provided is a system model operative to model the behavior of the production system. Another aspect of the model-based control system is a diagnosis engine operative to estimate failure probabilities for plans and provide diagnostic guidance to the planner. The model-based control system including the planner, the system model and diagnosis engine are implemented via a digital processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Tim Schmidt, Rong Zhou, Lukas D. Kuhn, Robert Price, Johan de Kleer
  • Patent number: 9429051
    Abstract: A compression-release brake system comprises an exhaust rocker arm, an actuation piston slidable in a piston bore in the exhaust rocker arm so as to press an exhaust valve, a supply conduit formed within the exhaust rocker arm, and an exhaust valve reset device mounted to the exhaust rocker arm. The actuation piston defines an actuation piston cavity within the actuation piston bore between the piston bore and the actuation piston. The exhaust valve reset device includes a reset check valve disposed between the supply conduit and the actuation piston cavity to hydraulically lock the actuation piston cavity by closing the reset check valve when a pressure of the hydraulic fluid within the actuation piston cavity exceeds the pressure of the hydraulic fluid in the supply conduit. The reset check valve is biased closed by the pressure of the hydraulic fluid within the actuation piston cavity during the brake-on mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Pacbrake Company
    Inventors: Vincent Meneely, Robert Price