Patents by Inventor Robert J. Myers

Robert J. Myers 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: 10512209
    Abstract: A planting unit includes a seed meter for singulating and dispensing seed. Opening wheels or discs are included to create an opening in the field, such as a furrow. The unit includes one or more continuous tracks for supporting the row unit as it moves through the field. The tracks can be positioned on opposite sides. The tracks reduce compaction around the created furrow and provide better control of seed depth placement. One or more motors are included to operate the tracks to move the planting unit through a field for planting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustan Hahn, Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Susanne Veatch, Rhett Schildroth, Robert Blackwell, Michael J. Myers
  • Patent number: 10485159
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a number of row units. The row units include one or more seed meters for receiving, singulating, and dispensing seed to the ground such that preferred spacing of subsequent seed is attained. Seed delivery systems are included to aid in transporting the seed from the seed meter to the ground in a controlled manner to mitigate skips and to aid in controlling the spacing of the seeds, which can be based upon the ground speed of the implement as it moves through the field. The seed delivery systems can control the transport of the seed to a furrow in the field such that the seed can experience zero or near zero relative velocity so that the seed will have little to no movement once positioned in the furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Marvin Bachman, Dustan Hahn, Michael J. Myers, Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Blackwell, Courtney N. Achen
  • Patent number: 10464707
    Abstract: A shaped metal container comprising less metal than prior art shaped metal containers while still able to handle sufficient axial load and undergo shaping processes, including necking, without wrinkling, buckling, collapsing or other physical defect is disclosed. Processes for shaping a metal container having a sidewall of variable thickness, wherein a portion of the sidewall having a variable thickness is shaped using a die or dies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Alcoa USA Corp.
    Inventors: Robert E. Dick, Anthony J. Fedusa, Gary L. Myers
  • Publication number: 20190186258
    Abstract: A riser joint system, comprising: a riser joint assembly defining a channel and comprising a first ultrasound module for transmitting a first ultrasound signal to obtain first ultrasound data and a second ultrasound module for transmitting a second ultrasound signal to obtain second ultrasound data, wherein a beam direction of the first ultrasound signal is perpendicular to an axial line of the channel and a beam direction of the second ultrasound signal is oblique to the axial line of the channel; and a processing module for receiving the first ultrasound data and the second ultrasound data and obtaining first information and second information. A well drilling system and a method for the well drilling system are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ran Niu, Weihua Shang, Yan Mei, Jing Ye, Xing Yu, Heng Wu, Gregory Ronald Gillette, Robert Arnold Judge, Gregory J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20190184078
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are heart pumps that can include a catheter body and an impeller coupled with a distal end of the catheter body. The impeller can include a tip that is resealable or that includes a resealable member. The heart pump can also include a diffuser disposed between the distal end of the catheter body and the impeller, wherein the diffuser includes a flow directing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Campbell, Jeremy J. Koncoski, Thomas M. Mallison, Mark W. McBride, Daniel Metrey, Eric C. Myer, Kevin J. Powell, Adam Roslund, Daniel A. Walters, William James Repka, Phyllis Yuen
  • Publication number: 20180129215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an automated vehicle such as an autonomous vehicle may include an autonomous guidance system, a method of automatically controlling and autonomous vehicle based on electronic messages from roadside infrastructure or other-vehicles, a method of automatically controlling an autonomous vehicle based on cellular telephone location information, pulsed LED vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication system, a method and apparatus for controlling an autonomous vehicle, an autonomous vehicle with unobtrusive sensors, and adaptive cruise control integrated with a lane keeping assist system. The systems and methods may use information from radar, lidar, a camera or vision/image devices, ultrasonic sensors, and digital map data to determine a route or roadway position and provide for steering, braking, and acceleration control of a host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Hazelton, Craig A. Baldwin, Robert J. Myers, James M. Chan, Patrick M. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8843110
    Abstract: A communications method that gathers status information on a telematics-equipped vehicle before establishing a mobile-terminated data connection with that vehicle. In general, the communications method sends a status request message to a wireless carrier system that asks for certain status information on a particular telematics-equipped vehicle. After the wireless carrier system gathers the status information, it sends back a status response message. If the status response message indicates that the telematics-equipped vehicle is able to receive certain data-related services, then a mobile-terminated data connection is established and the services are provided. If the telematics-equipped vehicle is unable to receive the data-related services, then attempts are made to identify and resolve the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Fahd Z. Laghrari, Kevin R. Krause, Robert J. Myers
  • Patent number: 8675514
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring wireless network performance that provides a real-time detection and identification of problem areas within a wireless carrier's network. The method involves receiving and attempting to fulfill requests for vehicle services data sent via the wireless carrier system between vehicles and a call center or other remote facility. The success or failure of these attempts are recorded and associated with the geographic region in which the vehicle was located during the attempt, and this information for a multitude of vehicles is then analyzed in conjunction with other inputs and stored data to determine whether a particular geographic region is experiencing a wireless service outage or other degradation in performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Myers, Dalia Poulis, Delano K. Kado, Kevin R. Krause, Fahd Z. Laghrari
  • Patent number: 8244412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing pre-flight dispatching are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for on-board dispatching of an aircraft includes a flight dispatching apparatus positioned within the aircraft that is configured to perform one or more flight dispatching tasks. A communications apparatus is configured to exchange wireless signals between the dispatching apparatus and one or more ground-based facilities. In another embodiment, a method of dispatching an aircraft includes designating a person to perform predetermined dispatching tasks, and establishing a wireless data connection between the aircraft and at least one ground-based facility. Information obtained from the at least one ground-based facility is then processed to perform the one or more dispatching tasks, and at least a portion of the processed information is communicated to the at least one ground-based facility using the wireless data connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Myers, Michael P. Snow
  • Patent number: 8185258
    Abstract: A system may generate a modified flight plan for an aircraft based on an original flight plan. The system may provide an automatic strategic offset function that includes an autoflight system; a sensor system including at least one of a global positioning system, an inertial reference unit, or an air data computer; and a flight management computer. The flight management computer may be operably coupled with the autoflight system and/or the sensor system. The flight management computer may process a flight plan of the vehicle and generate a non-uniform offset value in the vertical and/or lateral orientation between the flight plan and a boundary. The offset value may be used to create an offset flight plan for navigating an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Dey, Bradley D. Cornell, Peter D. Gunn, Robert J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20120008509
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring wireless network performance that provides a real-time detection and identification of problem areas within a wireless carrier's network. The method involves receiving and attempting to fulfill requests for vehicle services data sent via the wireless carrier system between vehicles and a call center or other remote facility. The success or failure of these attempts are recorded and associated with the geographic region in which the vehicle was located during the attempt, and this information for a multitude of vehicles is then analyzed in conjunction with other inputs and stored data to determine whether a particular geographic region is experiencing a wireless service outage or other degradation in performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Myers, Dalia Poulis, Delano K. Kado, Kevin R. Krause, Fahd Z. Laghrari
  • Patent number: 8048369
    Abstract: A cobalt-nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy useful in surgical implant applications includes, in weight percent based on total alloy weight, at least 20 cobalt, 33.0 to 37.0 nickel, 19.0 to 21.0 chromium, 9.0 to 10.5 molybdenum, and less than 30 ppm nitrogen. Embodiments of the alloy lack significant levels of titanium nitride and mixed carbonitride inclusions. The alloy may be cold drawn to thin-gauge wire without damage to the die as may be caused by hard particle inclusions in certain conventional alloy formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ATI Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin M. Forbes Jones, Henry E. Lippard, Timothy A. Stephenson, Robert J. Myers, David J. Bradley
  • Patent number: 7745732
    Abstract: A wire for use in medical applications. The wire is formed by forming a bundle from a plurality of metallic strands and positioning the bundle within an outer tube. The tube and strands are then drawn down to a predetermined diameter to form a wire for use in medical devices. The wire may be covered with an insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignees: Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation, W.C. Heraeus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Mark S. Michael, Hans-Juergen Wachter, Robert J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20100161159
    Abstract: A system may generate a modified flight plan for an aircraft based on an original flight plan. The system may provide an automatic strategic offset function that includes an autoflight system; a sensor system including at least one of a global positioning system, an inertial reference unit, or an air data computer; and a flight management computer. The flight management computer may be operably coupled with the autoflight system and/or the sensor system. The flight management computer may process a flight plan of the vehicle and generate a non-uniform offset value in the vertical and/or lateral orientation between the flight plan and a boundary. The offset value may be used to create an offset flight plan for navigating an aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael E. Dey, Bradley D. Cornell, Peter D. Gunn, Robert J. Myers
  • Patent number: 7698026
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for providing an automatic strategic offset function are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for enhancing the collision avoidance capability of an aircraft includes determining a flight plan, determining a boundary for the flight plan, generating a variable offset from the flight plan that is within the boundary, the variable offset including a lateral offset distance, and navigating an aircraft based on the variable offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Dey, Bradley D. Cornell, Peter D. Gunn, Robert J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20100036547
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing pre-flight dispatching are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for on-board dispatching of an aircraft includes a flight dispatching apparatus positioned within the aircraft that is configured to perform one or more flight dispatching tasks. A communications apparatus is configured to exchange wireless signals between the dispatching apparatus and one or more ground-based facilities. In another embodiment, a method of dispatching an aircraft includes designating a person to perform predetermined dispatching tasks, and establishing a wireless data connection between the aircraft and at least one ground-based facility. Information obtained from the at least one ground-based facility is then processed to perform the one or more dispatching tasks, and at least a portion of the processed information is communicated to the at least one ground-based facility using the wireless data connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Robert J. Myers, Michael P. Snow
  • Publication number: 20090133899
    Abstract: A wire for use in medical applications. The wire is formed by forming a bundle from a plurality of metallic strands and positioning the bundle within an outer tube. The tube and strands are then drawn down to a predetermined diameter to form a wire for use in medical devices. The wire may be covered with an insulating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicants: FORT WAYNE METALS RESEARCH PRODUCTS CORPORATION, W. C. HERAEUS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Mark S. Michael, Hans-Juergen Wachter, Robert J. Myers
  • Patent number: 7501579
    Abstract: A wire for use in medical applications. The wire is formed by forming a bundle from a plurality of metallic strands and positioning the bundle within an outer tube. The tube and strands are then drawn down to a predetermined diameter to form a wire for use in medical devices. The wire may be covered with an insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignees: Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation, W.C. Heraeus GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Mark S. Michael, Hans-J├╝ergen Wachter, Robert J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20090012675
    Abstract: A communications method that gathers status information on a telematics-equipped vehicle before establishing a mobile-terminated data connection with that vehicle. In general, the communications method sends a status request message to a wireless carrier system that asks for certain status information on a particular telematics-equipped vehicle. After the wireless carrier system gathers the status information, it sends back a status response message. If the status response message indicates that the telematics-equipped vehicle is able to receive certain data-related services, then a mobile-terminated data connection is established and the services are provided. If the telematics-equipped vehicle is unable to receive the data-related services, then attempts are made to identify and resolve the problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fahd Z. Laghrari, Kevin R. Krause, Robert J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20080312777
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for providing an automatic strategic offset function are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for enhancing the collision avoidance capability of an aircraft includes determining a flight plan, determining a boundary for the flight plan, generating a variable offset from the flight plan that is within the boundary, the variable offset including a lateral offset distance, and navigating an aircraft based on the variable offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael E. Dey, Bradley D. Cornell, Peter D. Gunn, Robert J. Myers