Patents by Inventor Robert E. Dickerson

Robert E. Dickerson 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: 10118209
    Abstract: This disclosure presents methods and/or processes for forming a garage door façade using variable pressure. The forming processes, different from common stamping processes, creates a shaded design in a garage door section such that a continuous pattern is realized in the length direction (i.e., the longest side of the garage door section). The forming processes also produces significantly deep and smooth impressions that deform the center of the design. The forming process may be preceded by a texturing process, for example, each garage door section may first be textured and then sent for forming the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Andrew Haba, Dwayne Joseph Kornish, Daniel Christian, Robert E. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 9682411
    Abstract: This disclosure presents methods and/or processes for forming a garage door façade using variable pressure. The forming processes, different from common stamping processes, creates a shaded design in a garage door section such that a continuous pattern is realized in the length direction (i.e., the longest side of the garage door section). The forming processes also produces significantly deep and smooth impressions that deform the center of the design. The forming process may be preceded by a texturing process, for example, each garage door section may first be textured and then sent for forming the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Andrew Haba, Dwayne Joseph Kornish, Daniel Christian, Robert E. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 8617801
    Abstract: A radiographic X-ray film comprising a polymer support. One or more silver halide emulsion layers are coated on each side of the support. A blue dye is contained within at least one of the polymer support or in an adjacent hydrophilic layer in a sufficient amount to result in a CIELAB measurement of L* less than or equal to 80 and b* less than or equal to ?25. This configuration provides, after imaging and development, radiographic images having desirable visual contrast, image tone, b*, and image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20120064464
    Abstract: Radiographic silver halide materials coated onto a support contain a portion of the developer chemistry incorporated within the radiographic film. The remainder of the developer chemistry is contained in a developer solution. Use of a reflective support permits the developed materials to be viewed without a light box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Alan S. Fitterman, Robert E. Dickerson, Mark P. Pavlik, Lynn M. Tremblay
  • Publication number: 20110053098
    Abstract: A radiographic X-ray film comprising a polymer support. One or more silver halide emulsion layers are coated on each side of the support. A blue dye is contained within at least one of the polymer support or in an adjacent hydrophilic layer in a sufficient amount to result in a CIELAB measurement of L* less than or equal to 80 and b* less than or equal to ?25. This configuration provides, after imaging and development, radiographic images having desirable visual contrast, image tone, b*, and image quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Robert E. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 7189502
    Abstract: A radiographic material containing tabular silver halide grains also includes an amido compound as an antifoggant precursor that can slowly release an antifoggant over time. These compounds are present in reactive association with the silver halide in tabular silver halide emulsion layers, and are present in an amount of at least 0.5 mmol/mol of silver. The radiographic materials are protected from fog during storage particularly in high temperature environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, George J. Burgmaier, Steven P. Szatynski, Stephen A. Hershey
  • Patent number: 7147996
    Abstract: Photographic silver halide materials containing an incorporated black-and-white developing agent can be quickly and simply processed using unique processing compositions and methods. In a “two-step” method, the exposed material is contacted with an alkaline activator solution followed by a fixing composition. In a “one-step” method, activation and fixing are combined using a single alkaline activator-fixing composition containing the fixing agent. None of the processing solutions include black-and-white developing agents. The photographic silver halide materials are preferably radiographic silver halide materials that have a reflective support and provide black-and-white images that can be viewed without a light box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alan S. Fitterman, Robert E. Dickerson, Kenneth A. Duke
  • Patent number: 7147982
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging assembly comprises a symmetric radiographic silver halide film has an overall system speed of at least 1100 to provide images with improved contrast and sharpness and reduced fog. The imaging assembly includes a symmetric radiographic film having a speed of at least 700 that includes at least two silver halide emulsions on each side of the support that comprise tabular silver halide grains. The emulsions closer to the support comprise a suitable crossover control agent. The imaging assembly also includes a pair of phosphor intensifying screens that have an average screen sharpness measurement (SSM) greater than reference Curve A of FIG. 4. The screens can have a support that includes a reflective substrate comprising a continuous polyester phase and microvoids containing inorganic particles dispersed within the polyester phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Phillip C. Bunch, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 7118849
    Abstract: Photothermographic materials are coated with imaging layers and an antihalation layer between the support and thermally developable imaging layers on one or both sides of the support. Such materials can be arranged in association with one or more phosphor intensifying screens capable of providing emission at a predetermined wavelength in imaging assemblies. These imaging assemblies can be exposed to X-radiation and thereby excited to form a latent image in the photothermographic material that can eventually be used for medical diagnosis. The antihalation layers contain radiation absorbing compounds (such as a UV-radiation absorbing compounds) that absorb radiation at the predetermined wavelength (for example at 300 to 450 nm) and have limited absorption at higher wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Kurt M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7112399
    Abstract: Photothermographic materials are coated with thermally developable imaging layers on both sides of the support. Such materials can be arranged in association with one or more phosphor intensifying screens capable of providing emission at a predetermined wavelength in imaging assemblies. These imaging assemblies can be exposed to X-radiation and thereby form a latent image in the photothermographic material that can eventually be heat developed and used for medical diagnosis. The photothermographic materials contain an opaque material that acts as a crossover control agent that absorbs radiation at the predetermined wavelength, for example at 300 to 450 nm, and has limited absorption at higher wavelengths. When the photothermographic material is heated, the opaque material loses its opacity. Additional crossover control agents, such as UV-absorbing compounds, can also be added to the support or to an antihalation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Alphonse D. Camp
  • Patent number: 7018770
    Abstract: A reflective radiographic material is useful to provide images that can be viewed without a light box. This reflective radiographic material has a reflective support and a silver halide emulsion on one side of the support only. The material can be used with a single green- or blue-light emitting fluorescent intensifying screen as part of an imaging assembly. The reflective support enables the image in the radiographic material to be viewed without a light box and the speed of the material enables the use of low power X-radiation generating equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Kenneth A. Duke, Phillip C. Bunch, Alan S. Fitterman
  • Patent number: 7014977
    Abstract: A reflective radiographic material (at least 200 system speed) is useful especially to provide images that can be viewed without a light box. This reflective radiographic material has a reflective support, a silver halide emulsion on one side of the support only, and a photographic speed of at least 200. The reflective material also includes an incorporated black-and-white developing agent and a co-developing agent, and can be used with a single fluorescent intensifying screen as part of an imaging assembly. The reflective support enables viewing the resulting image without a light box and the high speed of the material enables the use of low power X-radiation generating equipment. The incorporated black-and-white developing agent and co-developing agent allow the radiographic material to be quickly processed after exposure using simplified processing chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Kenneth A. Duke, Alan S. Fitterman
  • Patent number: 7005226
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging assembly comprises a symmetric radiographic silver halide film has an overall system speed of at least 200 but less than 800 to provide images with improved contrast and sharpness and reduced fog. The imaging assembly includes a symmetric radiographic silver halide film having a speed of at least 700 that includes two silver halide emulsions on both sides of the support that comprise tabular silver halide grains. The emulsions closer to the support comprise a suitable crossover control agent. The imaging assembly also includes a pair of phosphor intensifying screens that have a screen sharpness measurement (SSM) greater than reference Curve A of FIG. 4. The screens can have a support that includes a reflective substrate comprising a continuous polyester phase and microvoids containing inorganic particles dispersed within the polyester phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Phillip C. Bunch, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6989223
    Abstract: A high-speed (over 700) radiographic silver halide film is useful for radiography to provide images with improved contrast and sharpness and reduced fog. The film includes at least one tabular grain silver halide emulsion layer on each side of a film support which grains are dispersed in a hydrophilic polymeric vehicle mixture comprising at least 0.05% of oxidized gelatin, based on the total dry weight of the hydrophilic polymeric vehicle mixture. Where multiple silver halide emulsion layers are disposed on each side of the film support, the emulsion layers closest to the support on each side can include crossover control agents to reduce crossover to less than 15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Robert D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6967071
    Abstract: An ultra-high-speed radiographic imaging assembly (at least 900 system speed) is useful especially for pediatric radiography to provide images with improved contrast and sharpness and reduced fog. The imaging assembly includes a symmetric film having a speed of at least 400 that includes at least two silver halide emulsion layers on each side of a film support that comprise tabular silver halide grains. The imaging assembly also includes two fluorescent intensifying screens wherein the pair of screens has a screen speed of at least 400 and the screens have an average screen sharpness measurement (SSM) value greater than reference Curve A of FIG. 4. The screens can have a support that includes a reflective substrate comprising a continuous polyester phase and microvoids containing inorganic particles dispersed within the polyester phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, Phillip C. Bunch, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6887641
    Abstract: A method of mammography imaging includes exposing a patient to a peak voltage greater than 29 kVp using X-radiation generating equipment comprising rhodium or tungsten anodes. The film used in this method comprises a cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer on one side of the support and a tabular grain silver halide emulsion layer on the other side. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer comprises a combination of first and second spectral sensitizing dyes that provides a combined maximum J-aggregate absorption on the cubic silver halide grains of from about 540 to about 560 nm. The first spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic benzimidazole-benzoxazole carbocyanine, the second spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic oxycarbocyanine. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer also includes a mixture of gelatin or a gelatin derivative and a second hydrophilic binder other than gelatin or a gelatin derivative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, William E. Moore, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6864045
    Abstract: A radiographic silver halide film comprises a cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer on one side of the support and a tabular grain silver halide emulsion layer on the other side. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer comprises a combination of first and second spectral sensitizing dyes that provides a combined maximum J-aggregate absorption on the cubic silver halide grains of from about 540 to about 560 nm. The first spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic benzimidazole-benzoxazole carbocyanine, the second spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic oxycarbocyanine. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer also includes a mixture of gelatin or a gelatin derivative and a second hydrophilic binder other than gelatin or a gelatin derivative at a weight ratio of first to second hydrophilic binder of from about 2:1 to about 5:1. The cubic silver halide grains comprise from about 1 to about 20 mol % chloride and from about 0.25 to about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, William E. Moore, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6828077
    Abstract: A method of mammography imaging includes exposing a patient to a peak voltage greater than 29 kVp. The film used in this method comprises a cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer on one side of the support and a tabular grain silver halide emulsion layer on the other side. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer comprises a combination of first and second spectral sensitizing dyes that provides a combined maximum J-aggregate absorption on the cubic silver halide grains of from about 540 to about 560 nm. The first spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic benzimidazole-benzoxazole carbocyanine, the second spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic oxycarbocyanine. The cubic grain silver halide emulsion layer also includes a mixture of gelatin or a gelatin derivative and a second hydrophilic binder other than gelatin or a gelatin derivative. The cubic silver halide grains comprise from about 1 to about 20 mol % chloride and from about 0.25 to about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, William E. Moore, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6794106
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging assembly comprises a radiographic silver halide film having a film speed of at least 100 and a single fluorescent intensifying screen that has a screen speed of at least 200. This imaging assembly is particularly useful for mammography or imaging or other soft tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, William E. Moore, David J. Steklenski
  • Patent number: 6794105
    Abstract: A radiographic silver halide film useful for mammography comprises a support having a cubic grain silver halide emulsion on one side. The cubic grains are spectrally sensitized with a combination of first and second spectral sensitizing dyes that provides a combined maximum J-aggregate absorption of from about 540 to about 560 nm. The first spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic benzimidazole-benzoxazole carbocyanine and the second spectral sensitizing dye is an anionic oxycarbocyanine. The first and second spectral sensitizing dyes are present in a molar ratio of from about 0.25:1 to about 4:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Anthony Adin, Stephen A. Hershey, Robert E. Dickerson