Patents by Inventor Robert Erickson

Robert Erickson 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: 11596088
    Abstract: A cold plate having a manifold includes a recess extending from a first side to a second side of the manifold, where the recess includes openings to the recess positioned lengthwise along the first side and a single opening to the recess on the second side, an inlet and an outlet fluidly coupled to the recess, a plurality of plates fastened to the first side enclosing the openings, a heat sink fastened to the second side enclosing the single opening on the second side, and a plurality of fluid cores one of each positioned between each of the plurality of plates and the heat sink. The plurality of fluid cores include a flow distribution insert, a first plate fin positioned between the flow distribution insert and the heat sink fastened to the second side, and a second plate fin positioned between the flow distribution insert and the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Ercan Mehmet Dede, Hiroshi Ukegawa, Robert Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic, Vivek Sankaranarayanan, Yucheng Gao
  • Patent number: 11556102
    Abstract: Various implementations power homes and businesses without needing to connect to electric utility company-provided power, i.e., they can operate off-grid. Generally the system includes solar panel racks (e.g., photovoltaic cells on sheets stabilized using ballasts, anchors, or mounting) that generate electrical power used to provide power to a building or that is stored on batteries. The system includes the solar panel racks and an enclosure to be installed at the premises and separate from the building. The enclosure includes the batteries and inverters that are electronically connected to the solar panel racks and batteries. The inverters are configured to convert direct current (DC) electricity from the solar power racks and batteries to alternating current (AC) electricity to provide power to the building via wires electrically connecting the inverters to the main panel of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: United Renewable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: William Grant Silva, Neal Robert Erickson
  • Patent number: 11545297
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to apparatuses for enhanced thermal management of an inductor assembly using functionally-graded thermal vias for heat flow control in the windings of the inductor. In one embodiment, a PCB for an inductor assembly includes a top surface and a bottom surface. Two or more electrically-conductive layers are embedded within the PCB and stacked vertically between the top surface and the bottom surface. The two or more electrically-conductive layers are electrically connected to form an inductor winding. A plurality of thermal vias thermally connects each of the two or more electrically-conductive layers to a cold plate thermally connected to the bottom surface. A number of thermal vias thermally connecting each electrically-conductive layer to the cold plate is directly proportional to a predetermined rate of heat dissipation from the electrically-conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
    Inventors: Ercan Dede, Yucheng Gao, Vivek Sankaranarayanan, Aritra Ghosh, Robert Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic
  • Publication number: 20220386509
    Abstract: A double-sided cold plate includes a manifold comprising openings extending from a first surface of the manifold through the manifold to a second surface of the manifold forming recesses within the manifold and an inlet channel and an outlet channel fluidly coupled to the recesses within the manifold, a plurality of first heat sinks coupled to the first surface of the manifold enclosing the openings on the first surface, and a plurality of second heat sinks positioned adjacent each other along a length of the manifold and coupled to the second surface of the manifold, enclosing the openings on the second surface, a width of the plurality of second heat sinks is greater than a width of the manifold thereby forming an overhanging portion on each lengthwise side of the manifold, the overhanging portion configured to mechanically support a plurality of electrical components positioned around a perimeter of the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicants: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., University of Colorado Boulder
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Yuqing Zhou, Ercan Mehmet Dede, Robert Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic, Vivek Sankaranarayanan, Yucheng Gao
  • Patent number: 11513333
    Abstract: A system for characterizing at least one particle from a fluid sample is disclosed. The system includes a filter disposed upstream of an outlet, and a luminaire configured to illuminate the at least one particle at an oblique angle. An imaging device is configured to capture and process images of the illuminated at least one particle as it rests on the filter for characterizing the at least one particle. A system for characterizing at least one particle using bright field illumination is also disclosed. A method for characterizing particulates in a fluid sample using at least one of oblique angle and bright field illumination is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Optofluidics Inc.
    Inventors: Colby Ashcroft, Brian DiPaolo, Gjergji Konica, Thomas Castner, Bernardo Cordovez, Christopher Earhart, David Erickson, Robert Hart
  • Patent number: 11516306
    Abstract: An event processing system is provided for providing resilient message processing using asynchronous communications. The event processing device includes a processor and a memory. The event processing device is in communication with a publisher microservice and subscriber microservices. The processor is configured to receive an event including a collection of data from the publisher microservice. The processor is also configured to process the event to identify a recipient microservice. The processor is configured to update a queue with a queue entry for each of the at least one recipient microservices for the event. Each queue entry is associated with a priority. The processor is also configured to attempt to transmit the event to each of the at least one recipient microservices until a transmission confirmation message is received. The processor is further configured to update the queue by removing the queue entry for which the transmission confirmation message is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnu Celestine, Surya Teja Reddy Kotha, Dmitry Milman, Robert W. Scanlon, Daniel E. Powers, David Erickson
  • Publication number: 20220372686
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet defining a front opening in a front panel. The front opening is defined by a lip having a curved edge. The lip defines a plurality of apertures spaced-apart around the front opening. A tub is disposed within the cabinet. The tub defines an access opening aligned with the front opening. A drum is disposed within the tub. A bellows assembly extends between the cabinet and the tub. The bellows assembly includes a projection coupled to the curved edge of the cabinet. A deflector has a rim and a chute wherein the chute extends toward the drum. The rim is configured to snap-fit over the projection of the bellows assembly. The rim includes a plurality of hooks where each hook is configured to extend through an aperture and interlock with the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Donald Erickson, Gregg P. Fitzgerald, Eric A. Hill, Patrick A. McCormick, Stephen D. Ostdiek, Anna C. Schelling, Robert J. Schneider, Mohaideen Abdul Khadaar Sikkandar Batcha, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Patent number: 11434594
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet defining a front opening in a front panel. The front opening is defined by a lip having a curved edge. The lip defines a plurality of apertures spaced-apart around the front opening. A tub is disposed within the cabinet. The tub defines an access opening aligned with the front opening. A drum is disposed within the tub. A bellows assembly extends between the cabinet and the tub. The bellows assembly includes a projection coupled to the curved edge of the cabinet. A deflector has a rim and a chute wherein the chute extends toward the drum. The rim is configured to snap-fit over the projection of the bellows assembly. The rim includes a plurality of hooks where each hook is configured to extend through an aperture and interlock with the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Donald Erickson, Gregg P. Fitzgerald, Andrew C. Kubasiak, Patrick A. McCormick, Stephen D. Ostdiek, Anna C. Schelling, Robert J. Schneider, Mohaideen Abdul Khadaar Sikkandar Batcha, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20220278602
    Abstract: Inverters that interface dc and ac power sources and loads are provided. An example application is solar power systems, in which a dc source of power is an array of solar panels; the inverter converts the dc power supplied by these panels to ac power that is fed into the utility grid. Another example is battery energy storage; the inverter changes the dc power of the batteries into ac power that is fed into the grid, and also can convert (rectify) ac power from the grid for charging the batteries. In one embodiment, for example, an inverter comprises slow switches that generate a three-level ac voltage, followed by a plurality of fast-switching half-bridges that introduce high-frequency pulse-width modulation into a plurality of ac output voltages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Inventors: ROBERT ERICKSON, AARON ROGERS, ROGER BELL
  • Patent number: 11423210
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically generating, defining and customizing forms and workflows based on a user's input and design, and to facilitate content management through real-time artificial intelligence and machine learning processing across a variety of field-force industries and the like. The system and method can be used on a wide variety of physical devices, including web browsers, mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, and can be embedded in software applications. An example system and method allows for the designing, routing, filling out, and recording of forms to update back-end systems, and dramatically expands the number of users who can design complex, enterprise-grade forms and workflows for complex processes, thus lowering costs and accelerating adoption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Mirata Software, LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Padula, Robert J. Padula, Randall Fredrick, Ronald Erickson
  • Publication number: 20220248560
    Abstract: A cold plate having a manifold includes a recess extending from a first side to a second side of the manifold, where the recess includes openings to the recess positioned lengthwise along the first side and a single opening to the recess on the second side, an inlet and an outlet fluidly coupled to the recess, a plurality of plates fastened to the first side enclosing the openings, a heat sink fastened to the second side enclosing the single opening on the second side, and a plurality of fluid cores one of each positioned between each of the plurality of plates and the heat sink. The plurality of fluid cores include a flow distribution insert, a first plate fin positioned between the flow distribution insert and the heat sink fastened to the second side, and a second plate fin positioned between the flow distribution insert and the heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., University of Colorado Boulder
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Ercan Mehmet Dede, Hiroshi Ukegawa, Robert Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic, Vivek Sankaranarayanan, Yucheng Gao
  • Patent number: 11164225
    Abstract: A method and system for deploying high volume listings in a network based commerce system are described. The system uploads listing data that includes a first listing. Next, the system creates a first profile and a second profile based on the listing data. Finally, the system automatically generates a second listing based on the first and second profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Sacco, Sonia Wong, Robert Erickson
  • Publication number: 20210184578
    Abstract: A bidirectional composite converter is provided. The bidirectional composite converter can be used with power electronics, such as but not limited to electric vehicles and other applications. In some implementations, for example, the composite converter may be used in a powertrain of an electric vehicle to couple batteries to a high voltage bus of the vehicle to provide power to the motors and to one or more integrated charging ports (e.g., ac grid wired connections or a wireless charging port) for extremely fast charging. In various implementations, the bidirectional converter architecture may comprise one or more dc transformer modules (DCX's) arranged with output port(s) coupled in series at an output port of the composite converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Robert ERICKSON, Dragan MAKSIMOVIC, Vivek SANKARANARAYANAN, Aritra GHOSH, Yucheng GAO
  • Patent number: 11023831
    Abstract: A method and system for operating an enterprise via an optimized business model. An output benchmark value is generated. An initial benchmark value for a resource of an enterprise is updated based on the output benchmark value. The business model is updated. A process is iteratively performed based on the updated benchmark value and model, until the benchmark value is changed by less than a predetermined threshold to generate the optimized business model. The enterprise is operated in accordance with the optimized model which includes: generating performance measures of usage of a computer resource, dynamically displaying a dashboard of the performance measures, determining from the displayed performance measures that the computer resource is a current bottleneck or is likely to become a bottleneck in the near future, and optimizing the computer resource's usage using the displayed performance measures to reduce data throughput delay and increase throughput of bottleneck operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mohammed Farooq, Raghunath Sapuram, Manish Modh, Robert Erickson
  • Publication number: 20210159007
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to apparatuses for enhanced thermal management of a planar inductor assembly. In one embodiment, a cooling package for an inductor assembly includes a cold plate and a heat-spreading bracket mechanically coupled to the cold plate at a first end of the heat-spreading bracket. The cold plate has a slotted recess for mounting a first inductor core along a first end thereof. The heat-spreading bracket is configured to apply a clamping force to a second inductor core at a second end opposite to the first end of the heat-spreading bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., University of Colorado Boulder
    Inventors: Ercan M. DEDE, Tsuyoshi NOMURA, Robert ERICKSON, Dragan MAKSIMOVIC, Vivek SANKARANARAYANAN, Yucheng GAO, Aritra GHOSH
  • Publication number: 20200409325
    Abstract: Various implementations power homes and businesses without needing to connect to electric utility company-provided power, i.e., they can operate off-grid. Generally the systems includes solar panel racks (e.g., photovoltaic cells on sheets stabilized using ballasts, anchors, or mounting) that generate electrical power used to provide power to a building or that is stored on batteries. The system includes the solar panel racks and an enclosure to be installed at the premises and separate from the building. The enclosure includes the batteries and inverters that are electronically connected to the solar panel racks and batteries. The inverters are configured to convert direct current (DC) electricity from the solar power racks and batteries to alternating current (AC) electricity to provide power to the building via wires electrically connecting the inverters to the main panel of the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: William Grant SILVA, Neal Robert ERICKSON
  • Patent number: 10864962
    Abstract: An electronic throttle control assembly for a vehicle has a housing that mounts to a handlebar of the vehicle and defines an interior. A rack gear is mounted in the interior for movement in a linear, translational, and/or radial direction. A pinion gear within the interior moves the rack gear upon rotation of the pinion gear. A sensor target is coupled to the rack gear. A sensor detects a position of the sensor target and generates an electric signal for a vehicle control unit. A grip is coupled to the pinion gear, rotation of the grip moving the rack gear and sensor target in a linear, translational, and/or radial direction, the electric signal varying based on the change in position of the sensor target. Opposing springs within the housing resist movement of the rack gear and rest in a normally preloaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Pankratz, Edmund Charles O'Neill, Joshua Gayle Boltz, Paul Robert Erickson, Andrew Reid Daavettila, Jeremiah Thomas Rau, Gerald Scherbing
  • Publication number: 20200388432
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to apparatuses for enhanced thermal management of an inductor assembly using functionally-graded thermal vias for heat flow control in the windings of the inductor. In one embodiment, a PCB for an inductor assembly includes a top surface and a bottom surface. Two or more electrically-conductive layers are embedded within the PCB and stacked vertically between the top surface and the bottom surface. The two or more electrically-conductive layers are electrically connected to form an inductor winding. A plurality of thermal vias thermally connects each of the two or more electrically-conductive layers to a cold plate thermally connected to the bottom surface. A number of thermal vias thermally connecting each electrically-conductive layer to the cold plate is directly proportional to a predetermined rate of heat dissipation from the electrically-conductive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., University of Colorado Boulder
    Inventors: Ercan DEDE, Yucheng GAO, Vivek SANKARANARAYANAN, Aritra GHOSH, Robert ERICKSON, Dragan MAKSIMOVIC
  • Patent number: 10750755
    Abstract: A continuous method for improving the firmness of vegetable products uses a continuous vegetable product treatment device comprising a vegetable product treatment chamber having a vegetable product inlet, a vegetable product outlet, a vegetable product transport mechanism for urging the vegetable product toward the vegetable product outlet, and at least one liquid introduction orifice for introducing a liquid. Vegetable product is continuously treated in the chamber at a temperature of from about 125° F. to about 160° F., and the liquid in the treatment chamber is maintained at a pH of from about 5 to about 7. Individual vegetable products reside in the treatment chamber for a time of from about 20 minutes to about 60 minutes. The heat-treated vegetable products are blanched in a subsequent blanching step at a temperature ranging from about 190° F. to 210° F. for a time of from about two to about 10 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: General Mills, Inc., Oregon Potato Company
    Inventors: Lily Leung Fee, Donald F. Steenson, Robert Erickson, Mark Stueber, Anita J Hall, Frank Tiegs, Steve Harris, Craig Bolt
  • Patent number: D961256
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Brian Bresnahan, Patrice Erickson, Anne Gray, Robert Grosso, Angelo Sallese, Harshad Thacore, Derek Riemer, Amy Potts, Nick Casco