Patents by Inventor Robert Bland

Robert Bland 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: 10723396
    Abstract: A pair of master track links includes one master track link that has a rail portion that defines a length that is greater than 80% of the length of the body of the master track link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Robert Parrott, Paul Prest, Arthur James Bland
  • Publication number: 20200205949
    Abstract: A combination electric toothbrush and water irrigation device that combines a battery powered water irrigation device with a vibrating electric toothbrush, both of which are housed in a self-contained compact hand-held device. The pump for the water irrigation device and the DC motor with an off-center weight are contained within the handle of the toothbrush. A slide out water reservoir allows the user to fill the extended handle portion with water. A flexible water inlet tube is capable of compressing when the water reservoir is in the storage position. A weight fixed to the end of the inlet tube causes the tube to bend via gravity enabling it to be in constant contact with water while the handle is held at various angles. An LED at the underside of the pump housing illuminates the water contained within the transparent water housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Wood, Jason Bland, Kenneth A. Tarlow
  • Publication number: 20200182468
    Abstract: A method of optimizing a premix fuel nozzle for a gas turbine is provided including the step of providing a nozzle that provides, when the gas turbine is in operation, an axial flow field of an air and fuel mixture flows through the burner tube and around the nozzle tip, and at least two recirculation zones with at least two differing radial extents as part of a toroidal vortex generated on the nozzle tip to provide strong flame holding and flame propagation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Robert BLAND, John BATTAGLIOLI, Shanshan ZHANG, Xiaochen ZHA
  • Publication number: 20200113519
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a chain segment having wires that connect various electrical devices and connectors together are disclosed. The wires are arranged in a pattern to facilitate strain relief. The wires, electrical devices, and connectors are encased in an injection molded material, and they are preferably coupled with a flexible material such as a fabric that can be stitched into a garment. The chain segment facilitates collection of movement data when stitched into an article of clothing. A method of manufacturing the chain segment that is modular to enable different configurations and different lengths of chains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert SNYDER, Scott BLAND, Robert C. DeMott, II
  • Publication number: 20200063964
    Abstract: A nozzle tip for a premix fuel nozzle includes an outer body having an outer body external face facing the downstream end of the burner tube, the outer body external face having a smaller cross-sectional area than the cross-sectional area of the burner tube; and at least one segment radiating radially outwardly toward the internal wall of the burner tube from the outer body, wherein each segment has a proximal end disposed adjacent to the outer body external face and a distal end disposed in a direction toward the burner tube, wherein each segment has a segment downstream face angled relative to the longitudinal axis of the burner tube towards the downstream end of the burner tube. When the gas turbine is in operation, an axial flow field of an air and fuel mixture flows through the burner tube and around the nozzle tip, and two or more recirculation zones of differing radial extent are generated on the nozzle tip by the segments to provide strong flame holding and flame propagation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert BLAND, John BATTAGLIOLI, Shanshan ZHANG, Xiaochen ZHA
  • Publication number: 20200041468
    Abstract: Valves, pumps, detectors, sample loops, fraction collectors and the like are individually incorporated into modules that are mountable at individual mounting sites on a base unit which also supports one or more chromatography columns. Each module includes fluid connections to other modules and a microcontroller joining the module to a computed and monitor through an electronic connector at each mounting site. The fluid connections between the modules and the column(s) are removed from the electronic connections and accessible to the user. A software platform may recognize the modules and their locations, coordinate fluid connections between the modules, and provide a variety of control, monitoring, data generating and data processing functions to generate chromatographic data. The software platform may also provide graphical tools for designing chromatographic methods from a library of phases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert IOVANNI, Alec GORDON, Bob AVARBOCK, Wayne BLAND, Glenn PRICE, Ken BAKER, Farah MAVANDADI, Christof SCHULTZ
  • Patent number: 10531829
    Abstract: A chain segment having wires that connect various electrical devices and connectors together. The wires are arranged in a pattern to facilitate strain relief. The wires, electrical devices, and connectors are encased in an injection molded material, and they are preferably coupled with a flexible material such as a fabric that can be stitched into a garment. The chain segment facilitates collection of movement data when stitched into an article of clothing. A method of manufacturing the chain segment that is modular to enable different configurations and different lengths of chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NEXTGEN AERONAUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Snyder, Scott Bland, Robert C DeMott, II
  • Patent number: 10444204
    Abstract: Valves, pumps, detectors, sample loops, fraction collectors and the like are individually incorporated into modules that are mountable at individual mounting sites on a base unit which also supports one or more chromatography columns. Each module includes fluid connections to other modules and a microcontroller joining the module to a computed and monitor through an electronic connector at each mounting site. The fluid connections between the modules and the column(s) are removed from the electronic connections and accessible to the user. A software platform may recognize the modules and their locations, coordinate fluid connections between the modules, and provide a variety of control, monitoring, data generating and data processing functions to generate chromatographic data. The software platform may also provide graphical tools for designing chromatographic methods from a library of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Iovanni, Alec Gordon, Bob Avarbock, Wayne Bland, Glenn Price, Ken Baker, Farah Mavandadi, Christof Schultz
  • Patent number: 10401335
    Abstract: Valves, pumps, detectors, sample loops, fraction collectors and the like are individually incorporated into modules that are mountable at individual mounting sites on a base unit which also supports one or more chromatography columns. Each module includes fluid connections to other modules and a microcontroller joining the module to a computed and monitor through an electronic connector at each mounting site. The fluid connections between the modules and the column(s) are removed from the electronic connections and accessible to the user. A software platform may recognize the modules and their locations, coordinate fluid connections between the modules, and provide a variety of control, monitoring, data generating and data processing functions to generate chromatographic data. The software platform may also provide graphical tools for designing chromatographic methods from a library of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Iovanni, Alec Gordon, Bob Avarbock, Wayne Bland, Glenn Price, Ken Baker, Farah Mavandadi, Christof Schultz
  • Publication number: 20190185079
    Abstract: A pair of master track links includes one master track link that has a rail portion that defines a length that is greater than 80% of the length of the body of the master track link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Robert Parrott, Paul Prest, Arthur James Bland
  • Patent number: 10231936
    Abstract: Delivery of a drug is controlled to impart a delay before release after administration by formulating the drug with a disruption agent to provide a core, and coating the core with a regulatory membrane comprising a water-soluble gel-forming polymer and a water-insoluble film-forming polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Euro-Celtique S.A.
    Inventors: Derek Allan Prater, Mohammed Hassan, Christopher Robert Bland
  • Patent number: 8813417
    Abstract: A water toy comprises an elongated buoyant body, a front attachment point, a weighted figurine, and a fin. The elongated buoyant body has a nose, a tail, a top surface, and a bottom surface. The top surface and the bottom surface meet at an outer edge. The front attachment point is disposed upon the bottom surface at the nose. The front attachment point comprises an aperture. The weighted figurine is disposed upon the top surface toward the nose. The fin extends from the bottom surface toward the tail. The water toy may comprise a rear attachment point for attaching a fish hook or lure and/or a water foil disposed upon the bottom surface at the tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Reel Surf Design LLC
    Inventor: Robert Bland
  • Publication number: 20140000147
    Abstract: A water toy comprises an elongated buoyant body, a front attachment point, a weighted figurine, and a fin. The elongated buoyant body has a nose, a tail, a top surface, and a bottom surface. The top surface and the bottom surface meet at an outer edge. The front attachment point is disposed upon the bottom surface at the nose. The front attachment point comprises an aperture. The weighted figurine is disposed upon the top surface toward the nose. The fin extends from the bottom surface toward the tail. The water toy may comprise a rear attachment point for attaching a fish hook or lure and/or a water foil disposed upon the bottom surface at the tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Bland
  • Patent number: 8499565
    Abstract: A turbine engine having a plenum for passing fluids from an outlet of a compressor to an inlet of a combustor that may increase the efficiency of the turbine engine. The turbine engine may include a combustor, a compressor positioned upstream of the combustor, a transition channel extending from the compressor to the combustor, and a shell extending between the compressor and a combustor portal and positioned around the at least one transition channel. The turbine engine may also include an axial diffusor in the shell near the at least one transition channel, wherein the axial diffusor may include a fluid flow recess in a trailing edge of the axial diffusor. The turbine engine may also include a wave protrusion extending from a surface positioned radially inward of the axial diffusor. The fluid flow recess and the wave protrusion may reduce fluid flow loss within the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bland, John Battaglioli
  • Publication number: 20110239654
    Abstract: An aft liner seal for a combustor for a gas turbine includes an inner shell having an inner and outer surface and central axis. The aft liner seal has an outer shell positioned over the inner shell that has an inner and outer surface and central axis coaxial with the inner shell. One of the outer surface of the inner shell or the inner surface of the outer shell has grooves angled relative to the central axis. The angled grooves and adjacent portions of the inner surface of the outer shell or the outer surface of the inner shell form cooling passages. The cooling air exits the cooling passages at an exit angle that is matched to a swirl angle of the combustor flow. Matching of the exit angle and the swirl angle minimizes shear of cooling air with respect to flow exiting the combustor liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Bland, John Battaglioli, John Barnes, Andrew Hamer
  • Publication number: 20100326083
    Abstract: The present invention is spray system such as a nozzle array, for more effectively and efficiently delivering liquid spray to air before its intake into an engine, a power augmentation system for an engine comprising the spray system and a method for more effectively humidifying air. The system is comprised of a plurality of independently-operable nozzle stages, which divide the flow path into a plurality of subsections. A group of nozzle stages comprise a unit of the system, which is comprised of a plurality of repeating units. The units are spaced to allow air flow through. The nozzle array is configured to substantially equally humidify the air through each subsection. The design of the nozzle array achieves more uniform mixing of air and water close to the point of injection of the air and water across the entire water injection range. As such, it maximizes the time available for evaporation by the drops in air that is not oversaturated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Bland
  • Publication number: 20100192582
    Abstract: A secondary nozzle is provided for a gas turbine. The secondary nozzle includes a flange and an elongated nozzle body extending from the flange. At least one premix fuel injector is spaced radially from the nozzle body and extends from the flange generally parallel to the nozzle body. At least one second nozzle tube is fluidly connected to the fuel source and spaced radially outward from the first nozzle tube with a proximal end fixed to the flange. The second nozzle tube has a distal end, spaced from the proximal end, with at least one aperture therein. A passageway extends between the proximal end and the distal end of the second nozzle tube, with the passageway fluidly connecting to the fuel source and the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Bland, John Battaglioli
  • Patent number: 7712314
    Abstract: A combustor for a gas turbine is provided having a nozzle assembly located at one end and a combustion chamber defining a second end of the combustor. A venturi is positioned within the combustor, between the nozzle and the combustion chamber. The venturi defines a passageway therein having a first side facing the nozzle and a second side facing the combustion chamber. Compressed air is directed into an inlet in fluid communication with the first and second sides of the venturi passageway. The venturi passageway directs the compressed air from the inlet in opposite directions within the first and second sides of the passageway for cooling the venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Gas Turbine Efficiency Sweden AB
    Inventors: John Barnes, Adam Bailey, John Battaglioli, Robert Bland
  • Patent number: 7707836
    Abstract: A combustor for a gas turbine is provided having a nozzle assembly located at one end and a combustion chamber defining a second end of the combustor. A venturi is positioned within the combustor, between the nozzle and the combustion chamber. The venturi defines an internal passageway therein having a first side facing the nozzle and a second side facing the combustion chamber. Compressed air is directed into an inlet in fluid communication with the first and second sides of the internal passageway. The internal passageway directs the compressed air from the inlet in opposite directions within the first and second sides of the internal passageway for cooling the venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Gas Turbine Efficiency Sweden AB
    Inventors: John Barnes, Adam Bailey, John Battaglioli, Robert Bland
  • Patent number: 7707833
    Abstract: A secondary nozzle is provided for a gas turbine. The secondary nozzle includes a flange and an elongated nozzle body extending from the flange. At least one premix fuel injector is spaced radially from the nozzle body and extends from the flange generally parallel to the nozzle body. At least one second nozzle tube is fluidly connected to the fuel source and spaced radially outward from the first nozzle tube with a proximal end fixed to the flange. The second nozzle tube has a distal end, spaced from the proximal end, with at least one aperture therein. A passageway extends between the proximal end and the distal end of the second nozzle tube, with the passageway fluidly connecting to the fuel source and the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Gas Turbine Efficiency Sweden AB
    Inventors: Robert Bland, John Battaglioli