Patents by Inventor Robert F. Johnson

Robert F. Johnson 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: 10808097
    Abstract: Carbon nanoparticles made in a one step process. A method of making carbon black nanoparticles is described, including adding a hydrocarbon to a heated gas to produce carbon nanoparticles that are less than 1 micron volume equivalent sphere and have an Lc greater than 3.0 nm. Elastomer composites containing such particles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MONOLITH MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Ned J. Hardman, Roscoe W. Taylor, Alexander F. Hoermann, Peter L. Johnson, Christopher J. -P. Cardinal, Robert J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20200169076
    Abstract: A method for detecting an open-phase condition of a transformer having a grounded-wye high voltage side connection including monitoring current flowing in a neutral connection on the high voltage side of the transformer in real time by voltage relaying and current relaying to identify an open phase condition signature in a signal capable of characterizing change of current magnitude. A current signal may be injected onto the neutral terminal and the zero-sequence mode of the transformer monitored to detect an open-phase condition indicated by an increase in network impedance and decrease or elimination of the injection current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. ARRITT, Roger C. DUGAN, Wayne E. JOHNSON, Gregory A. FRANKLIN
  • Publication number: 20200140691
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making carbon black. A plasma gas is flowed into a plasma forming region containing at least one, magnetically isolated, plasma torch containing at least one electrode, and forming a plasma. Collecting the plasma formed in a cooled header and flowing the plasma through at least one reaction region to heat the reaction region, and injecting carbon black forming feedstock into the reaction region, resulting in the formation of at least one grade of carbon black. An apparatus for making carbon black is also described including a plasma forming section containing at least one, magnetically isolated plasma torch containing at least one electrode, in fluid flow communication with at least one carbon black forming reactor section, the plasma section and reactor section separated by a plasma formed collection header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Peter L. Johnson, Alexander F. Hoermann, Roscoe W. Taylor, John J. Moss, Robert J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20200099535
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system obtaining and identity verification request that include a specification for one or more electronic identity documents including one or more requested document types to fulfill the identity verification request. One or more processors locate at least one electronic identity document including each of the requested document types. Each electronic identity document in the repository includes machine readable metadata that includes the document type of that document. The one or more processors perform a deterministic match to select one electronic identity document including each of the one or more requested document types to utilize in formulating a response to the identity verification request and formulate a response to the identity verification request, based on the selected electronic identity document(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: William F. Abt, JR., Robert W. Harris, JR., Asher C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10581614
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system obtaining and identity verification request that include a specification for one or more electronic identity documents including one or more requested document types to fulfill the identity verification request. One or more processors locate at least one electronic identity document including each of the requested document types. Each electronic identity document in the repository includes machine readable metadata that includes the document type of that document. The one or more processors perform a deterministic match to select one electronic identity document including each of the one or more requested document types to utilize in formulating a response to the identity verification request and formulate a response to the identity verification request, based on the selected electronic identity document(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William F. Abt, Jr., Robert W. Harris, Jr., Asher C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10517779
    Abstract: An absorbent article (10) can include a pocket (64) disposed in the front waist region 12. The pocket (64) can include a first side edge (70), a second side edge (72), an upper lateral edge (74), and a lower lateral edge (76). The pocket (64) can be closed with respect to the absorbent assembly (44) at least at the first side edge (70) and the second side edge (72) and can be open with respect to the absorbent assembly (44) at least at the lower lateral edge (76). In one embodiment, at least a portion of the upper lateral edge (74) can be closer to the front waist edge (22) of the absorbent article (10) than is the first end edge (40) of the absorbent body (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Nicole J. Barna, Sara Stabelfeldt, David F. Bishop, Nancy E. Dawson, Robert M. Hill, Eric D. Johnson, Paul A. Weber, Georgia L. Zehner
  • Patent number: 10522998
    Abstract: A method for detecting an open-phase condition of a transformer having a grounded-wye high voltage side connection including monitoring current flowing in a neutral connection on the high voltage side of the transformer in real time by voltage relaying and current relaying to identify an open phase condition signature in a signal capable of characterizing change of current magnitude. A current signal may be injected onto the neutral terminal and the zero-sequence mode of the transformer monitored to detect an open-phase condition indicated by an increase in network impedance and decrease or elimination of the injection current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Robert F. Arritt, Roger C. Dugan, Wayne E. Johnson, Gregory A. Franklin
  • Publication number: 20190375285
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20190307955
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device includes an automatic needle retraction mechanism configured to automatically retract a delivery end of a needle into a housing. In one embodiment, the needle assembly is configured to automatically withdraw the delivery end of the needle into the housing upon an actuator moving from the first position to the second position. In one embodiment, the needle assembly is configured to automatically withdraw the delivery end of the needle into the housing upon decoupling a bottom surface of the housing from a skin surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Valeritas, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Levesque, Geoffrey H. Jenkins, Robert L. Standley, Matthew P. Johnson, Daniel A. Dube, JR.
  • Patent number: 10421349
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10376638
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device includes an automatic needle retraction mechanism configured to automatically retract a delivery end of a needle into a housing. In one embodiment, the needle assembly is configured to automatically withdraw the delivery end of the needle into the housing upon an actuator moving from the first position to the second position. In one embodiment, the needle assembly is configured to automatically withdraw the delivery end of the needle into the housing upon decoupling a bottom surface of the housing from a skin surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: VALERITAS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven F. Levesque, Geoffrey H. Jenkins, Robert L. Standley, Matthew P. Johnson, Daniel A. Dube, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190239767
    Abstract: A system for sensing multiple local electric voltages from endocardial surface of a heart, includes: an elongate tubular member having a lumen, a proximal end and a distal end; a plurality of flexible splines; an anchor for securably affixing the proximal portions of the splines, where the anchor is securably affixed within the lumen of the elongate tubular member at the distal end of the elongate tubular member; and a metallic tip for securably affixing the distal portions of the splines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Topera, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kordis, Ruchir Sehra, Eric T. Johnson, Darrin J. Kent, Robert Ryan Ragland
  • Patent number: 10370539
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making carbon black. A plasma gas is flowed into a plasma forming region containing at least one, magnetically isolated, plasma torch containing at least one electrode, and forming a plasma. Collecting the plasma formed in a cooled header and flowing the plasma through at least one reaction region to heat the reaction region, and injecting carbon black forming feedstock into the reaction region, resulting in the formation of at least one grade of carbon black. An apparatus for making carbon black is also described including a plasma forming section containing at least one, magnetically isolated plasma torch containing at least one electrode, in fluid flow communication with at least one carbon black forming reactor section, the plasma section and reactor section separated by a plasma formed collection header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MONOLITH MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter L. Johnson, Alexander F. Hoermann, Roscoe W. Taylor, John J. Moss, Robert J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10322627
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegell, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert A. Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20190153234
    Abstract: A torch stinger apparatus may comprise one or more sets of plasma generating electrodes and at least one hydrocarbon injector contained within the electrodes. The electrodes may be concentric. The at least one hydrocarbon injector may be cooled. A method of making carbon particles using the apparatus is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Monolith Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander F. HOERMANN, Roscoe W. TAYLOR, Christopher J.-P. CARDINAL, Peter L. JOHNSON, Ned J. HARDMAN, Robert J. HANSON
  • Patent number: 9564071
    Abstract: A support device for a hollow traffic marker utilizing a base having a foot positioned at the ground surface. A boss extends from the base. A flexible sleeve positions over the outer surface of the boss, the hollow traffic marker lies within the flexible sleeve. A gap within the flexible sleeve separates the first and second spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Robert F Johnson
  • Patent number: 9165488
    Abstract: A support device for a hollow traffic marker utilizing a base having a foot positioned at the ground surface. A boss extends from the base and includes a cavity. A first spacer is held within the boss cavity by a fastener. A flexible sleeve positioned over the outer surface of the boss a hollow traffic marker connected to a second spacer by a fastener lies within the flexible sleeve. A gap within the flexible sleeve separates the first and second spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Robert F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6719484
    Abstract: A marker support for use on a ground surface utilizing a base member having a flexible body. The base member includes a first surface with a plurality of flaps which extend outwardly from the same. The second surface is intended to contact the ground. An upright member is positioned to extend outwardly from the first surface and includes an area for accommodating the plurality of flaps. The plurality of flaps are linked to the base member by an element located within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Robert F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5443111
    Abstract: For a steel mold, one or more titanium melt inlet-forming members are provided for cooperating with the steel mold members to form an melt ingate that communicates to the mold cavity for supplying the melt thereto in a manner to avoid harmful iron contamination of the melt during casting. The mold body-to-mold cavity volume ratio is controlled between 10:1 to 0.5:1 to minimize casting surface defects and mold wear/damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Howmet Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory N. Colvin, Leonard L. Ervin, Robert F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5287910
    Abstract: Titanium based and nickel based castings are made by casting a suitable melt having a relatively low melt superheat into a mold cavity defined by one or more low carbon steel or titanium mold members where the melt solidifies to form the desired casting. The melt super-heat is limited so as not to exceed about 150.degree. F. above the liquidus temperature of the particular melt being cast. For a steel mold, one or more titanium melt inlet-forming members are provided for cooperating with the steel mold members to form an melt ingate that communicates to the mold cavity for supplying the melt thereto in a manner to avoid harmful iron contamination of the melt during casting. The mold body-to-mold cavity volume ratio is controlled between 10:1 to 0.5:1 to minimize casting surface defects and mold wear/damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Howmet Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory N. Colvin, Leonard L. Ervin, Robert F. Johnson