Patents by Inventor Robert J. Monson

Robert J. Monson 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: 6852382
    Abstract: A shock isolator for simultaneously isolating shocks and for supporting a static load in an axial offset compression mode comprising a four-sided elastomer having a first elongated support surface and a second elongated support surface with the laterally offset from each the elastomer rotated at a point between the first support surface and the second support surface to thereby simultaneously provide shock and vibration attenuation while providing axially offset support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Publication number: 20040165836
    Abstract: A method of positioning an optoelectronic device, for example a vertical cavity surface emitting laser, onto an optical fiber connector and maintaining that exact alignment while testing the quality of the optical output prior to applying an adhesive to make the interface permanent. The method includes the utilization of a multi-piece fixture which clamps the elements into position, allows for testing, and provides a fixture to maintain position throughout the curing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Richard L. Cellini, Jianhua Yan, Thomas Derco, Charles Kryzak, Brian Leininger
  • Publication number: 20040156594
    Abstract: A tool and method for the alignment and placement of optoelectronic devices with attached fiber optic connectors onto the electronic interface substrate of a parallel optical transceiver package. The optoelectronic devices are connected to the substrate through a flexible circuit. The tool is comprised of a mounting frame, which includes a recess for the parallel optical transceiver package, and a rotatable clamp assembly for positioning a pair of optoelectronic devices with attached fiber optic connector and flexible circuit. Rotation of the rotatable clamp assembly properly places the flexible circuit onto the attachment point of the substrate. The rotating clamp assembly is then fixed in place by securing the actuator arm to the mounting frame. Once the clamp is secured, the flexible circuit is bonded to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Jianhua Yan
  • Publication number: 20040115383
    Abstract: A shock isolator for simultaneously isolating shocks and for supporting a static load in an axial offset compression mode comprising a four-sided elastomer having a first elongated support surface and a second elongated support surface with the laterally offset from each the elastomer rotated at a point between the first support surface and the second support surface to thereby simultaneously provide shock and vibration attenuation while providing axially offset support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: 6749924
    Abstract: A stack of sheet elastomers, each having multiple holes therein, dissipates shock forces applied to it. The elastomeric sheets are formed with identical holes each of which have a periphery that is symmetrical around the centers of the holes that extend over a shock dissipation area of the device. The sheets are stacked so that one, or more continuous material passageways are formed through the stack that extend from one support surface to a parallel support surface. This allows for the elastomer material of these passageways to transmit sheer shock forces when a compressive force is applied normal to the support surfaces. Elastomeric, or other material of a composition different, preferably elastomeric, from the material of the stacked sheets, may be filled into holes of the sheets to adjust the characteristics of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Trevor J. McCollough, Wesley E. Revely
  • Publication number: 20040062883
    Abstract: A shock isolator for simultaneously isolating shocks and for supporting a static load in an axial offset compression mode comprising a four-sided elastomer having a first elongated support surface and a second elongated support surface with the laterally offset from each the elastomer rotated at a point between the first support surface and the second support surface to thereby simultaneously provide shock and vibration attenuation while providing axially offset support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Publication number: 20030211283
    Abstract: A stack of sheet elastomers, each having multiple holes therein, dissipates shock forces applied to it. The elastomeric sheets are formed with identical holes each of which have a periphery that is symmetrical around the centers of the holes that extend over a shock dissipation area of the device. The sheets are stacked so that one, or more continuous material passageways are formed through the stack that extend from one support surface to a parallel support surface. This allows for the elastomer material of these passageways to transmit sheer shock forces when a compressive force is applied normal to the support surfaces. Elastomeric, or other material of a composition different, preferably elastomeric, from the material of the stacked sheets, may be filled into holes of the sheets to adjust the characteristics of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Trevor J. McCollough, Wesley E. Revely
  • Patent number: 6578813
    Abstract: An improved shock isolation system having an operator platform wherein an operator chair is interposed as a physical barrier between the operator's graphic terminal and the processing equipment that controls the graphic terminal so that the processing equipment is maintained in a normally non-operator contactable position by interpositioning an operator's chair therebetween thereby minimizing the opportunity of the operator being injured by being accidentally thrown in to the processing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Scott J. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 6570999
    Abstract: A soil analysis system for determining one or more categories of soil based upon the particle sizes in a soil sample. The soil analysis system includes an image sensor and an image analysis assembly. The image sensor produces an image to distinguish individual particles of a soil sample and calculates particle size. The image analysis assembly is coupled to the image sensor to determine a category for each particle based upon the size of the particles, percentage of each category of particles, and one or more categories of soil for the soil sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: 6543590
    Abstract: A circular cylindrical container having sealed ends provides a device for dissipating mechanical forces. The container is filled with particulate material and has circular wheel-like structures having rims and spokes located in the interior of the container in which the rim circumferences of the wheel-like structures increase as they are located further and further away from the centroid of the container along the elongated axis of the container toward one of the sealed ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Publication number: 20030051953
    Abstract: A circular cylindrical container having sealed ends provides a device for dissipating mechanical forces. The container is filled with particulate material and has circular wheel-like structures having rims and spokes located in the interior of the container in which the rim circumferences of the wheel-like structures increase as they are located further and further away from the centroid of the container along the elongated axis of the container toward one of the sealed ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: 6412616
    Abstract: An energy dissipation system for limiting forces applied to object; includes a piston rod that extends out of a pneumatic cylinder which contacts the object, the piston rod is forced from its initial position against a return spring and air is forced into an air line. The force transmitted to the object is consumed by an energy transformation device that responds to the air in the air line. [One such energy transformation device as an air accumulator, which is coupled to the air line trough a check valve. An orifice or release valve, releases air up a predetermined flow rate so that the linear motion of the protected object is transformed into work, which is dissipated.] [Another] The energy transformation device consists of an air-driven motor coupled to a heavy flywheel [through] that is driven by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Noel L. Allen, Allen L. Arndt, Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: 5995902
    Abstract: A swath planning system accepts curved path information to synthesize and generate parallel curved paths. The swath planning system terminates the generation of parallel curved paths which exceed physical limitations of the associated machinery. The swath planning system provides an operator with significant advance information to create a more efficient and relaxed product application. The swath planning system further provides environmental advantages to all through enhanced resource management by eliminating or significantly reducing ground and/or water contamination and by eliminating or significantly reducing product waste due to more precise and accurate placement of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: 5887491
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a soil anslysis system for determining various soil characteristics. Various soil characteristics may include moisture content, organic matter content and the presence of nitrogen phosphate, potassium and other elements. The soil analysis system includings a plurality of testing assemblies for determining soil characteristics. The soil analysis system further includes a soil testing device or probe which is operatively inserted into the soil to support the testing assemblies. Preferably, the soil analysis system is used in cooperation with a positioning system and a data collection system for recording soil characteristic data based upon the geographic location to which the soil characteristic data relates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Ag-Chem Equipment, Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Norman A. Bauer
  • Patent number: 5870686
    Abstract: An intelligent mobile product application control system capable of controlling product application by calculating control values on a per position basis from data that has traditionally been used to generate digital land area maps. The system includes a vehicle having coupled thereto at least one distributed network including at least one intelligent control module having a geographic raw data processor. The intelligent control module is responsive to raw geographic information data for controlling at least one actuator device in a manner that results in at least one predetermined product being applied to a predetermined geographic land area at variable rates determined by the raw geographic information data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson
  • Patent number: D455423
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Cellini, Robert J. Monson, Michael E. Smith
  • Patent number: D476325
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Michael E. Smith, Jianhua Yan, Trevor J. McCollough, Richard L. Cellini
  • Patent number: D487434
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Douglas H. Azinger, Julia A. Neuman, Michael E. Smith, Jianhua (Jack) Yan
  • Patent number: D492676
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Douglas H. Azinger, Julia A. Neuman, Michael E. Smith, Jianhua (Jack) Yan
  • Patent number: D419055
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Robert J. Monson