Patents by Inventor Robert E. Smith

Robert E. Smith 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: 10457059
    Abstract: For various embodiments of a printhead assembly or ink stick assembly of the present teachings, each an ink stick assembly can be a self-contained assembly, of which a plurality of self-contained ink stick assemblies can be readily interchanged into a printing system during a printing process. Various embodiments of a self-contained ink stick assembly can have a fluidic system that can include a local ink reservoir, which can be in fluid communication with a bulk ink reservoir. Filling of a bulk ink reservoir can be done in a manual or automated mode. According to the present teachings, a bulk ink reservoir can have a volume sufficient to provide a continuous supply of ink to a local ink reservoir over the course of a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Todd, Stephen Mark Smith, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Robert B. Lowrance, Eliyahu Vronsky
  • Publication number: 20190327559
    Abstract: Described herein is a device that includes: a storage with a data repository of BlueTooth (BT) listening device identification and corresponding features; and an audio processor coupled to the storage. The audio audio processor is further configured to execute instructions to: scan, connect, and receive an identification of a connected BT listening device; detect features of the connected BT listening device based from the received identification; manipulate an audio signal based from the detected features; and facilitate transmission of the manipulated audio signal to multiple connected BT listening devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventor: Robert E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190320681
    Abstract: A plurality of bypass lines are configured to selectively engage a corresponding plurality of food flow paths in a food processor. Each bypass line fluidly communicates with an inlet of a pressure regulating valve such that a common pressure occurs at a spaced position in each food flow path providing an equal pressure at the pressure regulating valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan E. Smith, Robert Tuchrelo
  • Patent number: 10451250
    Abstract: A variety of light-emitting devices for general illumination utilizing solid state light sources (e.g., light emitting diodes) are disclosed. In general, the devices include a scattering element in combination with an extractor element. The scattering element, which may include elastic and/or inelastic scattering centers, is spaced apart from the light source element. Opposite sides of the scattering element have asymmetric optical interfaces, there being a larger refractive index mismatch at the interface facing the light emitting element than the interface between the scattering element and the extractor element. Such a structure favors forward scattering of light from the scattering element. In other words, the system favors scattering out of the scattering element into the extractor element over backscattering light towards the light source element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Quickstar LLC
    Inventors: Roland H. Haitz, George E. Smith, Robert C. Gardner, Louis Lerman
  • Patent number: 10436550
    Abstract: A holster system that comprises a holster and an accessory configured to be fixed to a mounting rail of a handgun. The holster has a holster body with a pair of opposing wall portions defining a cavity. A retention mechanism of the system has a blocking portion movable between a blocking position and a non-blocking position. The blocking member at least inhibits removal of the handgun and accessory if the handgun and accessory are urged rearwardly before a thumb receiving portion is depressed. The blocking portion is on a spring member that is deflected by an elongate exteriorly extending sliding member that has a cam surface that selectively deflects the spring member from the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Troy E. Lance, Liam Yarbrough, Robert Kincaid, Paul N. Smith, Christopher J. Michael
  • Publication number: 20190293386
    Abstract: A holster for receiving and withdrawing a handgun has a proximal wall portion with a handgun retention mechanism thereon. The mechanism having a first lever with a tab portion for actuation and release of a trigger guard, the lever having a snap fit into a lever region without a separate pin. A belt engaging member covers the lever region capturing the first lever therein. If a second retention mechanism is used, another lever with a tab portion is positioned so the tabs are stacked, depressing one also depresses the tab behind it, such that both mechanisms are released. Overmolded polymer layers in the holster body provides a softer interior handgun engagement surfaces. The holster body is split forwardly with a threaded fastener for clamping onto the handgun. No holster body is beneath or rearward of the tab portion, configured as a thumb button, allowing smooth transition to gripping the handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Troy E. Lance, Oscar C. Woods, Daniel D. Sereday, Christopher J. Michael, Robert J. Meinert
  • Publication number: 20190293263
    Abstract: A light-emitting device includes a lens of refractive index n having a spherical exit surface of radius R and a luminous element positioned such that at least a portion of an edge of an emitting surface of the luminous element lies on a sphere of radius R/n opposite the exit surface, whereby that portion of the edge of the emitting surface is aplanatically imaged by the spherical exit surface. The light-emitting device may further include one or more reflective sidewalls arranged to reflect a fraction of light emitted from the luminous element before it is refracted by the exit surface. A luminaire incorporating a housing and a light-emitting device of this type is also provided, which may include one or more additional optical elements such as reflectors or lenses to further direct and shape light from the light-emitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: George E. Smith, Robert C. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10415715
    Abstract: A subsea hydraulic system comprises a dual (or dual action) check valve on a port for connection to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The check valve provides backpressure to flow in either direction. This keeps hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic system, and seawater out. If flow needs to return to the ROV, it may flow out the port, subject to a selected back pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: National Coupling Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Smith, III, Timothy Goggans, Frank Harold Hollister
  • Publication number: 20190277277
    Abstract: A water pumping system, a motor drive, and a method of starting pumping by the motor drive. The method includes performing repeated starting attempts to overcome stiction in a progressive cavity pump by attempting to supply power to an electrical motor at increasing power levels in each starting attempt and supplying the power at the increasing power levels if the power is available in from a power source; and after each starting attempt: reducing the power applied to the electrical motor to a reduced power level; determining a rotational speed of the electrical motor; determining if the rotational speed matches a speed corresponding to the reduced power level applied to the electrical motor; if the rotational speed does not match and a predetermined number of starting attempts has not been reached, performing a next starting attempt; and if the rotational speed does match, entering a normal mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jason L. Coney, Jared E. Evans, Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10408428
    Abstract: A variety of light-emitting devices for general illumination utilizing solid state light sources (e.g., light emitting diodes) are disclosed. In general, the devices include a scattering element in combination with an extractor element. The scattering element, which may include elastic and/or inelastic scattering centers, is spaced apart from the light source element. Opposite sides of the scattering element have asymmetric optical interfaces, there being a larger refractive index mismatch at the interface facing the light emitting element than the interface between the scattering element and the extractor element. Such a structure favors forward scattering of light from the scattering element. In other words, the system favors scattering out of the scattering element into the extractor element over backscattering light towards the light source element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Quarkstar LLC
    Inventors: Roland H. Haitz, George E. Smith, Robert C. Gardner, Louis Lerman
  • Patent number: 10400541
    Abstract: A female undersea hydraulic coupling member is equipped with a plurality of pressure-energized metal seals configured to seal between the body of the female member and the probe of a corresponding male hydraulic coupling member in response to ambient hydrostatic pressure and/or hydraulic fluid pressure. Pressure-energized metal seals may also be provided to seal between the body of the female coupling member and a removable seal retainer or seal cartridge. In one particular preferred embodiment, the pressure-energized seals are back-to-back metal C-seals separated by annular seal supports having a generally T-shaped cross section and retained on one or more shoulders in the body of the female member by a removable seal cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: National Coupling Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Smith, III, Scott Stolle, Chris Roy
  • Patent number: 10398256
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10392971
    Abstract: A nacelle for a turbofan gas turbine engine, having in flow series an intake lip, a diffuser and a fan casing. The diffuser has, in flow series, a main section and a recessed section adjacent to the fan casing. A transition region, such as a step, slope or curve, is provided between the main section and the recessed section. In some arrangements the transition region may be configured to promote flow separation and the formation of a separation bubble in the recessed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Angus R Smith, Christopher T Sheaf, David G MacManus, Robert E Christie
  • Patent number: 10368564
    Abstract: A plurality of bypass lines are configured to selectively engage a corresponding plurality of food flow paths in a food processor. Each bypass line fluidly communicates with an inlet of a pressure regulating valve such that a common pressure occurs at a spaced position in each food flow path providing an equal pressure at the pressure regulating valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan E. Smith, Robert Tuchrelo
  • Publication number: 20190212096
    Abstract: A holster system that comprises a holster and an accessory configured to be fixed to a mounting rail of a handgun. The holster has a holster body with a pair of opposing wall portions defining a cavity. A retention mechanism of the system has a blocking portion movable between a blocking position and a non-blocking position. The blocking member at least inhibits removal of the handgun and accessory if the handgun and accessory are urged rearwardly before a thumb receiving portion is depressed. The blocking portion is on a spring member that is deflected by an elongate exteriorly extending sliding member that has a cam surface that selectively deflects the spring member from the blocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Troy E. Lance, Liam Yarbrough, Robert Kincaid, Paul N. Smith, Christopher J. Michael
  • Patent number: 10343634
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle structure, a bumper, an elongate structural member, and an extension portion. The elongate structural member is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in a longitudinal direction. The extension portion is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in the longitudinal direction, is connected to the elongate structural member such that the elongate structural member and the extension portion support the bumper with respect to the vehicle structure, and is operable to move the bumper between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the vehicle structure to change a distance between the bumper and the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Mikael Fermer, Alice C. Watts, Joel Frederic Jensen, Ronald Jack Smith, Mark B. Rober, Sung Hoon Kim, David Jennings Dostal, Russell Cranstoun Mead, Jr., Todd Elliot Lewis, Jesse T. Buehler, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Tommaso P. Rivellini, Robert R. Mayer, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Donald J. Parr, Bryce A. Woollard, Adam J. Golman, Kevin P. Makowski, Daniel E. Rivera
  • Publication number: 20190195406
    Abstract: A probe seal for a female hydraulic coupling member has both internal and external pressure-energized seals. The outer wall or opposing ends of the seal have one or more pressure-energized seals for sealing between the body of the probe seal and the body of a coupling member in which the probe seal is installed. Annular, L-shaped, T-shaped or angled grooves in the inner wall of the seal form cavities and sealing projections that can be urged in an inward, radial direction by fluid pressure within an associated cavity to increase the sealing effectiveness between the body of the seal and the probe of a male hydraulic coupling member inserted in the receiving chamber of the female coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventor: Robert E. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 10330094
    Abstract: Described is a method for manufacturing a diaphragm assembly through the use of injection molding. The method can avoid the use of PTFE as a chemically resistant coating. Further, the method can increase overall adherence of a polymer diaphragm to an insert through the use of an interference surface on at least the surface of a head of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Blue-White Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert E. Gledhill, III, John T. Nguyen, Steve L. Smith
  • Patent number: D860374
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Robert J. Meinert, Troy E. Lance, Christopher D. Laack
  • Patent number: D860641
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Troy E. Lance, Oscar C. Woods, Daniel D. Sereday, Christopher J. Michael, Robert J. Meinert