Patents by Inventor Robert A. Simms

Robert A. Simms 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: 10662627
    Abstract: A water dispensation system includes a water dispenser including a water conduit defining a water channel between a water inlet and a water outlet. A light emitter is coupled to the water conduit proximate to the water outlet. The light emitter is configured to emit sanitizing light into water that passes out of the water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen L. Hills, Daniel Robert Keenan, Stephen I. Philips, Richard K. Simms, Douglas Alan Brown
  • Publication number: 20200124335
    Abstract: A system and method for managing the distribution of ice is provided. Generally, the system and method of the present disclosure are designed to easily and conveniently produce and distribute ice to users who pay a fee. The system generally comprises an ice maker, a processor operably connected to at least one of a weight measuring device and a motor, a distributor operably connected to the motor, a power supply, a nozzle, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium coupled to the processor and having instructions stored thereon. In another preferred embodiment, a Point-of-Sale interface may be operably connected to the processor. A user may operate the system by compressing the trigger mechanism of the nozzle and pointing the nozzle at the container in which the user desires to fill with ice. The user may decompress the trigger when the desired amount of ice has been distributed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicants: Auburn University, precICE, LLC
    Inventors: Samford T. Myers, Roy F. Bennett, III, Benjamin Lembke, Connor Brown, Amr Hisham Abdul-Gaffar, Hunter Shelley, Jackson Walraven, Benjamin Waddell, Robert Simms, David Dyer
  • Patent number: 10471562
    Abstract: A guiding system for portable machine tools has at least one guiding apparatus which is fixable on a portable machine tool. The guiding system also has at least one positive guidance unit to which the at least one guiding apparatus is connectable in a positive-locking manner to positively guide the portable machine tool. The guiding system also has at least one position fixing unit configured to fix a position of the at least one guiding apparatus on the at least one positive guidance unit. The at least one position fixing unit has at least one fastening unit configured to releasably fix the at least one position fixing unit on the at least one guiding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart
  • Publication number: 20190329440
    Abstract: A portable power tool, in particular a hand-held planing machine, includes at least one workpiece contact unit and at least one handle unit. The workpiece contact unit has at least one workpiece contact surface, and the handle unit has at least one main handle. The main handle has at least one maximum distance point that, in a direction extending at least substantially perpendicularly to a workpiece contact surface, has a maximum distance from the at least one workpiece contact surface. The maximum distance is less than 150 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Tom Staeubli, Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart, Nico Spinelli
  • Patent number: 10430504
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving an input via a computing device indicative of a request to display a plurality of visual identifiers, each visual identifier corresponding to a different respective version of a document stored in at least one remote document management system. The method also includes receiving information from the document management system, determining a chronological sequence associated with displaying the plurality of visual identifiers; and generating a respective visual identifier representative of each version of the document. The method also includes displaying the visual identifiers on a display of the computing device according to the chronological sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Subha Narayanamurthi, Preetam J. D'Souza, Brendan Donald Lee, Olivier Suritz, Kyu Simm, Cynthia Zhang Taylor, Robert Norris Lance Krentler, Kevin George Gillett, Noah Eisner
  • Patent number: 10391667
    Abstract: A portable power tool, in particular a hand-held planing machine, includes at least one workpiece contact unit and at least one handle unit. The workpiece contact unit has at least one workpiece contact surface, and the handle unit has at least one main handle. The main handle has at least one maximum distance point that, in a direction extending at least substantially perpendicularly to a workpiece contact surface, has a maximum distance from the at least one workpiece contact surface. The maximum distance is less than 150 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tom Staeubli, Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart, Nico Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20180028032
    Abstract: An extraction connection system for portable machine tools includes at least one tool connection element, at least one suction apparatus connection element, and at last one fixing unit. The at least one tool connection element is configured to be connected to the at least one suction apparatus connection element. The at least one fixing unit includes at least one movably mounted fixing element configured to fix the at least one tool connection element and the at least one suction apparatus connection element against a movement relative to each other in at least one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Manfred Schuele, Robert Simm, Andreas Zurbruegg, Michael Laett, Hardy Schmid, Anna Heszler, Pasquale Oliverio, Theo Tagscherer
  • Patent number: 9855649
    Abstract: A spindle locking device for a portable machine tool includes a locking unit and a movement activation unit. The locking unit has a movably mounted locking element configured to lock a spindle of the portable machine tool in at least one direction, and an operating element configured to actuate the locking element. The movement activation unit is configured to pretension the locking element in a direction towards a locking position, at least when the operating element is in an unactuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Pascal Schnell, Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart
  • Patent number: 9687995
    Abstract: A portable planing machine has a rotatably mounted planing shaft in a housing. The planing shaft is driven by a drive motor. Furthermore, a fan wheel is configured to generate a cooling airflow. At least one cooling duct is integrated into the planing shaft. An outflow opening of the cooling channel is at a greater radial spacing from the rotational axis than an inflow opening of the cooling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Simm
  • Publication number: 20170144325
    Abstract: A portable power tool, in particular a hand-held planing machine, includes at least one workpiece contact unit and at least one handle unit. The workpiece contact unit has at least one workpiece contact surface, and the handle unit has at least one main handle. The main handle has at least one maximum distance point that, in a direction extending at least substantially perpendicularly to a workpiece contact surface, has a maximum distance from the at least one workpiece contact surface. The maximum distance is less than 150 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Tom Staeubli, Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart, Nico Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20170129129
    Abstract: A portable machine tool, in particular a hand-held planing machine, includes at least one workpiece positioning unit and at least one insert tool unit. The at least one workpiece positioning unit has at least one workpiece positioning surface. The at least one insert tool unit projects at least partially over the at least one workpiece positioning surface in order to permit processing of workpiece. The portable machine tool further includes at least one adjustment unit that is configured, in at least one state, to set at least one orientation of one or more of the insert tool unit and the workpiece positioning surface relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Simm
  • Patent number: 9475164
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool is equipped with a dust extraction device which includes a dust box for holding dust. A closing flap is arranged in a tube section which lies in the flow path to the dust box, and this closing flap can be adjusted between the closed position and the open position. The closing flap is pivotably held in the region of the inner wall of the tube section and can be opened in the direction of the dust box. In the closed position, the closing flap bears against a stop which protrudes into the tube section, extends at an angle with respect to the direction of flow through the tube connection piece, and forms a stop line or stop area against which the closing flap correspondingly bears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Weihong Li, Qun Zhou, Yi Lv, Gendang Zhang, Achim Duesselberg, Xuejing Chen
  • Publication number: 20150245753
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an extraction connection system for portable machine tools, and comprises at least one tool connection element, at least one suction apparatus connection element, and at least one fixing unit. The at least one tool connection element is configured to be connected to the at least one suction apparatus connection element. The at least one fixing unit includes at least one movably mounted fixing element configured to fix the at least one tool connection element and the at least one suction apparatus connection element against a movement relative to each other in at least one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Manfred Schuele, Robert Simm, Andreas Zurbruegg, Michael Laett, Hardy Schmid, Anna Heszler, Pasquale Oliverio, Theo Tagscherer
  • Patent number: 9108283
    Abstract: A guide device to guide portable power tools on a constrained guidance unit includes at least one base body unit and at least one guide unit. The base body unit, in at least one operating state, is disposed on a side of a seating unit of a portable power tool that faces away from a housing of the portable power tool. The guide unit is configured to positively connect to the constrained guidance unit. The guide unit is also movably mounted to the base body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart
  • Publication number: 20150183106
    Abstract: A spindle locking device for a portable machine tool includes a locking unit and a movement activation unit. The locking unit has a movably mounted locking element configured to lock a spindle of the portable machine tool in at least one direction, and an operating element configured to actuate the locking element. The movement activation unit is configured to pretension the locking element in a direction towards a locking position, at least when the operating element is in an unactuated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Pascal Schnell, Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart
  • Publication number: 20140331508
    Abstract: A portable planing machine has a rotatably mounted planing shaft in a housing. The planing shaft is driven by a drive motor. Furthermore, a fan wheel is configured to generate a cooling airflow. At least one cooling duct is integrated into the planing shaft. An outflow opening of the cooling channel is at a greater radial spacing from the rotational axis than an inflow opening of the cooling duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Simm
  • Patent number: 8772989
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric tool, in particular a hand-held electric tool, having a housing, which has a rear housing part and at least one front housing part arranged in front of the rear housing part in the longitudinal direction of the electric tool, and an electric drive motor having an armature shaft that extends in the longitudinal direction of the electric tool. The armature shaft is rotatably mounted together with a rear bearing arranged at the rear housing part. According to the invention, the rear bearing is designed as a fixed bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Bruno Sinzig, Christian Ackermann
  • Publication number: 20140097565
    Abstract: A guiding system for portable machine tools has at least one guiding apparatus which is fixable on a portable machine tool. The guiding system also has at least one positive guidance unit to which the at least one guiding apparatus is connectable in a positive-locking manner to positively guide the portable machine tool. The guiding system also has at least one position fixing unit configured to fix a position of the at least one guiding apparatus on the at least one positive guidance unit. The at least one position fixing unit has at least one fastening unit configured to releasably fix the at least one position fixing unit on the at least one guiding apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart
  • Publication number: 20130319711
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool is equipped with a dust extraction device which includes a dust box for holding dust. A closing flap is arranged in a tube section which lies in the flow path to the dust box, and this closing flap can be adjusted between the closed position and the open position. The closing flap is pivotably held in the region of the inner wall of the tube section and can be opened in the direction of the dust box. In the closed position, the closing flap bears against a stop which protrudes into the tube section, extends at an angle with respect to the direction of flow through the tube connection piece, and forms a stop line or stop area against which the closing flap correspondingly bears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Weihong Li, Qun Zhou, Yi Lv, Wei Liu, Gendang Zhang, Achim Duesselberg, Xuejing Chen
  • Publication number: 20130234381
    Abstract: A guide device to guide portable power tools on a constrained guidance unit includes at least one base body unit and at least one guide unit. The base body unit, in at least one operating state, is disposed on a side of a seating unit of a portable power tool that faces away from a housing of the portable power tool. The guide unit is configured to positively connect to the constrained guidance unit. The guide unit is also movably mounted to the base body unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Simm, Thomas Bannwart