Patents by Inventor Robert J. Thomas

Robert J. Thomas 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).

  • Publication number: 20190287043
    Abstract: A system for assigning tasks to one of a plurality of workers. The system includes a processor configured to receive a first set of attributes related to a task. The processor is configured to determine whether the first set of attributes satisfies one of the stored exception rules. The processor is configured to determine whether the first set of attributes satisfies one of the stored escalation rules. The processor is configured to determine whether the first set of attributes satisfies one of the stored escalation rules after determining whether the first set of attributes satisfies the stored exception rules so that the task is driven down if one of the exception rules is satisfied even if the first set of attributes would have satisfied one of the escalation rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Continental Casualty Company
    Inventors: Paul J. EDWARDS, Robert M. THOMAS, II
  • Publication number: 20190287045
    Abstract: A method for load balancing using a dynamic allowed deviation. The method includes identifying tasks to be assigned to workers and identifying a first set of attributes for each task. The method further includes the step of identifying a second set of attributes for each worker. The allowed deviation between the highest number of tasks assigned to a worker and the lowest number of tasks assigned to a worker based on the number of tasks being assigned during a predetermined time period is computed. Each of the plurality of tasks is assigned to a worker based on matching at the first set of attributes with the second set of attributes. The assigning of the tasks is conducted so that the difference between the highest number of tasks assigned to a worker and the lowest number of tasks assigned to a worker does not exceed the allowed deviation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Continental Casualty Company
    Inventors: Paul J. EDWARDS, Robert M. THOMAS, II
  • Publication number: 20190264434
    Abstract: A flush toilet includes a bowl, a tank coupled to the bowl, a flush valve positioned within the tank, and a flush device configured to initiate a flush cycle. The automatic toilet further comprises an electronic sensing assembly having a sensing member positioned on the bowl for detecting an overflow condition of the bowl, an overflow device operably coupled to the flush device, and a controller in electronic communication with the electronic sensing assembly and the overflow device for controlling the flush device in response to a condition of the toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Veros, Kurt Judson Thomas, Robert W. Rodenbeck, Garry Robin Marty, Derek Allen Brown
  • Publication number: 20190250937
    Abstract: In a virtualized environment where multiple guest virtual machines receive security services from multiple security virtual machines, a guest virtual machine automatically transitions to a new virtual security machine under various conditions. For example, the guest virtual machine may select a new security virtual machine when connectivity to the current security virtual machine degrades below a predetermined threshold, or in response to a request from the current security virtual machine indicating, e.g., that the current security virtual machine is about to shut down or otherwise terminate security services to the guest virtual machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew J. Thomas, Chloe Bell, Robert William Allsworth, Mark Andrew Gill, Timothy Edward Cobley, Trevor Neil McGing, Daphne Kyriaki Allamenou, Andrew Colin Piper
  • Publication number: 20190240548
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a head that includes a face configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face, the body being adapted for connection of a shaft proximate a heel thereof. The face has a thickened portion including an annular tapered area that tapers in thickness between an upper boundary and a lower boundary and encloses an elevated area bounded by the upper boundary. The upper and/or lower boundary defines a shape having two lobes, each with an outer edge with a convex profile, and a connecting portion extending between the lobes, such that the connecting portion is defined by two outer edges extending between the outer edges of the lobes, wherein at least one of the outer edges of the connecting portion has a concave outer profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Robert M. Boyd, Jeremy N. Snyder, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, James S. Thomas, Raymond J. Sander, Rick S. Wahlin, Akira Shimozuuma
  • Publication number: 20190216774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pyrrolidine sulfonamide analogs, pharmaceutical compositions containing them and their use as TRPV4 antagonists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Edward J. BRNARDIC, Carl A. BROOKS, Brian Griffin LAWHORN, Guosen YE, Lisa S. BARTON, Brian W. BUDZIK, Jay M. MATTHEWS, John Jeffrey McATEE, Jacyln R. PATTERSON, Joseph E. PERO, Robert SANCHEZ, Matthew Robert SENDER, Lamont Roscoe TERRELL, David J. BEHM, James V. THOMAS
  • Patent number: 10307648
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a head that includes a face configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face, the body being adapted for connection of a shaft proximate a heel thereof. The face has a thickened portion including an annular tapered area that tapers in thickness between an upper boundary and a lower boundary and encloses an elevated area bounded by the upper boundary. The upper and/or lower boundary defines a shape having two lobes, each with an outer edge with a convex profile, and a connecting portion extending between the lobes, such that the connecting portion is defined by two outer edges extending between the outer edges of the lobes, wherein at least one of the outer edges of the connecting portion has a concave outer profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Boyd, Jeremy N. Snyder, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, James S. Thomas, Raymond J. Sander, Rick S. Wahlin, Akira Shimozuuma
  • Publication number: 20190153899
    Abstract: A turbine shroud for positioning radially outside of blades of a turbine rotor includes a carrier, a blade track, and a track attachment system. The blade track is moved radially outwardly into a cavity of the carrier, and the track attachment system is adjusted to block radially inward movement of the blade track out of the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron D. Sippel, Ted J. Freeman, David J. Thomas, Robert J. Shinavski, Zacheriah A. Cole
  • Patent number: 10286168
    Abstract: An improvement for existing breathing therapy machines which allows the machine to determine a patient's dominant respiratory phenotype using an auto-titration mode and flow sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DEVILBISS HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Michael B. Knepper, James P. Froehlich, Robert Joseph Thomas, Joseph J. Boring
  • Patent number: 10227934
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for controlling operation of dual fuel engines are disclosed. One embodiment is a method for controlling operation of a dual fuel engine based upon a combustion index value. The combustion index may be empirically determined to provide desired engine operation at a plurality of ratios of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel. The desired engine operation may include a number of criteria including, for examiner an engine knock criterion and/or an exhaust emissions criterion. The combustion index value may be determined during operation of the engine based upon measured, estimated or predicted engine operating parameters. The combustion index value may be utilized to interpolate between a first engine operating map for a first ratio of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel and a second engine operating map for a second ratio of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Axel Otto Zur Loye, Timothy P. Lutz, Christopher Pollitt, Phanindra V. Garimella
  • Publication number: 20180135541
    Abstract: Control of a spark ignited internal combustion in response to an exhaust manifold pressure measurement of an engine is disclosed. An engine out NOx amount for at least one cylinder is determined at least in part in response to the exhaust manifold pressure measurement and a brake mean effective pressure of the at least one cylinder. An operating condition of the engine is adjusted in response to the engine out NOx amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Ming-Feng Hsieh, Andrew G. Kitchen, Axel Otto zu Loye, Jinghua Zhong, Richard A. Booth, Robert J. Thomas, Jisang Sun
  • Publication number: 20170339583
    Abstract: A communications system having a network of nodes that may transmit and receive wireless signals. RF channel quietness may be measured at each node. A channel that is the best for all of the nodes may be selected. However, if all of the nodes except for one node determine that a particular channel is the best and not acceptable to the one node but that another channel is acceptable to all of the nodes, then the entire network may choose to operate on the other channel. The network may choose to operate on more than one channel in a time slotted fashion if a single acceptable channel cannot be found for all of the nodes. Channel quietness measurements may be facilitated by and uploaded to a host controller. The host controller may build a profile of measurements from the nodes for each channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Jeffrey M. Reeder
  • Patent number: 9763112
    Abstract: A communications system having a network of nodes that may transmit and receive wireless signals. RF channel quietness may be measured at each node. A channel that is the best for all of the nodes may be selected. However, if all of the nodes except for one node determine that a particular channel is the best and not acceptable to the one node but that another channel is acceptable to all of the nodes, then the entire network may choose to operate on the other channel. The network may choose to operate on more than one channel in a time slotted fashion if a single acceptable channel cannot be found for all of the nodes. Channel quietness measurements may be facilitated by and uploaded to a host controller. The host controller may build a profile of measurements from the nodes for each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Jeffrey M. Reeder
  • Publication number: 20170204792
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment is a system comprising a dual-fuel engine structured to selectably combust a first fuel type and a second fuel type, and an electronic control system in operative communication with the dual-fuel engine. The electronic control system is structured to control a transition of the dual-fuel engine from a dual-fuel mode to a single-fuel mode. After initiating the transition from the dual-fuel mode to the single-fuel mode, the control system stops provision of the second fuel type, requires combustion using control parameters configured for the dual-fuel mode until a transition ventilation condition is satisfied, permits non-emergency commanded engine shutdown only if the transition ventilation condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, David Lambert
  • Publication number: 20170089273
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for controlling operation of dual fuel engines are disclosed. One embodiment is a method for controlling operation of a dual fuel engine based upon a combustion index value. The combustion index may be empirically determined to provide desired engine operation at a plurality of ratios of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel. The desired engine operation may include a number of criteria including, for examiner an engine knock criterion and/or an exhaust emissions criterion. The combustion index value may be determined during operation of the engine based upon measured, estimated or predicted engine operating parameters. The combustion index value may be utilized to interpolate between a first engine operating map for a first ratio of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel and a second engine operating map for a second ratio of gaseous fuel and liquid fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Axel Otto Zur Loye, Timothy P. Lutz, Christopher Pollitt, Phanindra V. Garimella
  • Publication number: 20160215723
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling fuelling of dual fuel internal combustion engines are disclosed. The control techniques maximize the substitution rate of gaseous fuel for the liquid fuel by determining a target fuelling amount for the liquid fuel and then regulating an actual fuelling amount of the liquid fuel in response to engine speed and power variations and by modulating the flow rate of the gaseous fuel to the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Axel Otto zur Loye, Christopher Pollitt, Robert C. Borregard
  • Publication number: 20150230103
    Abstract: A communications system having a network of nodes that may transmit and receive wireless signals. RF channel quietness may be measured at each node. A channel that is the best for all of the nodes may be selected. However, if all of the nodes except for one node determine that a particular channel is the best and not acceptable to the one node but that another channel is acceptable to all of the nodes, then the entire network may choose to operate on the other channel. The network may choose to operate on more than one channel in a time slotted fashion if a single acceptable channel cannot be found for all of the nodes. Channel quietness measurements may be facilitated by and uploaded to a host controller. The host controller may build a profile of measurements from the nodes for each channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Jeffrey M. Reeder
  • Publication number: 20130319369
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for managing engine output that includes a machine manager module and a combustion module. In one embodiment, the combustion module includes a slow response pathway and a fast response pathway. The slow response pathway includes managing air and fuel actuators and the fast response pathway includes managing spark timing. According to one embodiment, managing spark timing comprises bringing a spark actuator to the middle of a spark timing range for bi-directional control and involves sacrificing engine efficiency for engine responsiveness. Further, the fast response pathway may be selectively enabled based upon an optimization index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: David J. Stroh, Zach Schwab, Govindarajan Kothandaraman, Robert J. Thomas, Richard S. Fox, Craig M. Calmer, Rohit Zope
  • Publication number: 20120246524
    Abstract: In an encrypted wireless system, when a wireless node detects that it is having problems, it may be programmed to transmit one or more diagnostic messages without encryption, or with reduced encryption. The transmitted diagnostic messages may be received and interpreted by a technician troubleshooting the system. Once the technician troubleshoots and repairs the system, the affected wireless node may detect that it is operating normally, and may cease transmitting the unencrypted, or reduced-encryption, diagnostic messages. In most cases, the wireless system does not need any particular input to initiate the unencrypted, or reduced-encryption, diagnostic message transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Patrick Gonia
  • Patent number: 8219244
    Abstract: A system for surrogate control of a space that incurs an ineffective sensor connection with its controller for running environmental conditioning equipment to maintain the space at one or more certain environmental parameters such as temperature. A selection of a surrogate space from which the surrogate control is obtained, may be made by correlation of data over time and specifications of other spaces in a building complex. The surrogate control may be from the controller of the space selected for control of the space having the ineffective sensor connection. The surrogate space may be a construct of one or more spaces. It may be based on a virtual space that combines behaviors of other spaces for a good match. Diagnostics may be effected from information about spaces in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Thomas, Mark A. Behar, Stuart G. Donaldson