Patents by Inventor Robert K. Nichols

Robert K. Nichols 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: 8033059
    Abstract: A paneling system for use as a wing and/or return panel for dividing large open office areas into smaller work stations. The paneling system includes a frame having top and bottom surfaces, and side surfaces. Attachment assemblies are used for removably attaching one or more paneling system to one or more of a spine wall, post, wing panel, return panel, and work surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: James Contois, Robert K. Nichols, Teresa Falck, Gregory Ferris, Matthew C. Brown, Ronald Hartman, Mark Roumfort, Christopher J. Mefford
  • Patent number: 7122149
    Abstract: A fluid processor, suitable for the production of sterile water for injection, having a processor assembly and a process control system comprising a pump, a flow splitter, flow restrictors and a pressure relief valve. In a preferred embodiment, the processor assembly comprises a heat exchanger, a reactor and a heater arranged in a nested configuration. The preferred embodiment of the present invention also include a treatment assembly having a combination of filter, reverse osmosis and ion exchange devices and further incorporates an assembly and method allowing for the in situ sanitization of the fluid processor during cold start and shutdown to prevent bacteria growth during storage of the fluid processor. The fluid processor may include an electronic control system comprising a touch screen operator interface, a programmable logic controller and sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, flow rate, conductivity and endotoxin level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Lixiong Li, Timothy J. Campbell, Robert K. Nichols, Jr., Kristopher S. Cozart
  • Publication number: 20040109788
    Abstract: A fluid processor, suitable for the production of sterile water for injection, having a processor assembly and a process control system comprising a pump, a flow splitter, flow restrictors and a pressure relief valve. In a preferred embodiment, the processor assembly comprises a heat exchanger, a reactor and a heater arranged in a nested configuration. The preferred embodiment of the present invention also include a treatment assembly having a combination of filter, reverse osmosis and ion exchange devices and further incorporates an assembly and method allowing for the in situ sanitization of the fluid processor during cold start and shutdown to prevent bacteria growth during storage of the fluid processor. The fluid processor may include an electronic control system comprising a touch screen operator interface, a programmable logic controller and sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, flow rate, conductivity and endotoxin level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Lixiong Li, Timothy J. Campbell, Robert K. Nichols, Kristofer S. Cozart
  • Patent number: 5930963
    Abstract: A panel system includes a rigid generally rectangular frame assembly formed from a pair of spaced upright members and a plurality of transverse members connecting the upright members. One of the transverse members is positioned intermediate the ends of the upright members and has a generally H-shaped configuration in cross-section. A generally elongate channel fits within the intermediate transverse member and has an upwardly projecting portion which is narrower in width than the transverse member. The projecting portion serves to provide for the mounting of electrical devices and also creates a light stop when decorative tiles are used to form a gap or slot in the frame assembly for passage of electrical cables and wiring into the interior of the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: HON Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Robert K. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5569505
    Abstract: A panel or slab construction includes a fiber core glued between two facing sheets of thin metal and having edges of the core spaced inwardly of the slab from the associated edges of the metal facing sheets thereby defining a recess. A decorative molding member having a predetermined shaped edge extends into the recess and is fixed to the edges of the metal sheets thereby concealing the adjacent edges of the core. At least one side of the molding is stepped approximately the thickness of the metal sheet such that the sheet overlies the molding with its exposed surface forming a flush transition with the surface of the shaped molding edge. A seamless veneer may thereby be formed and fixed to the steel facing sheet and associated molding as a single piece to finish the panel in a manner simulating the appearance of a solid slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Hon Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert K. Nichols
  • Patent number: 4977582
    Abstract: A high capacity metroplita, area network (MAN) is described. Data traffic from users is connected to data concentrators at the edge of the network, and is transmitted over fiber optic data links to a hub where the data is switched. The hub includes a plurality of data switching modules, each having a control means, and each connected to a distributed control space division switch. Advantageously, the data switching modules, whose inputs are connected to the concentrators, perform all checking and routing functions, while the 1024x1024 maximum size space division switch, whose outputs are connected to the concentrators, provides a large fan-out distribution network for reaching many concentrators from each data switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Robert K. Nichols, Bruce R. Zelle
  • Patent number: 4894824
    Abstract: A high capacity metropolitan area network (MAN) is described. Data traffic from users is connected to data concentrators at the edge of the network, and is transmitted over fiber optic data links to a hub where the data is switched. The hub includes a plurality of data switching modules, each having a control means, and each connected to a distributed control space division switch. Advantageously, the data switching modules, whose inputs are connected to the concentrators, perform all checking and routing functions, while the 1024.times.1024 maximum size space division switch, whose outputs are connected to the concentrators, provides a large fan-out distribution network for reaching many concentrators from each data switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Jayant G. Hemmady, Michael J. Knudsen, Robert K. Nichols, Gaylord W. Richards, Gary A. Roediger
  • Patent number: 4893302
    Abstract: A high capacity metropolitan area network (MAN) is described. Data traffic from users is connected to data concentrators at the edge of the network, and is transmitted over fiber optic data links to a hub where the data is switched. The hub includes a plurality of data switching modules, each having a control means, and each connected to a distributed control space division switch. Advantageously, the data switching modules, whose inputs are connected to the concentrators, perform all checking and routing functions, while the 1024.times.1024 maximum size space division switch, whose outputs are connected to the concentrators, provides a large fan-out distribution network for reaching many concentrators from each data switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Jayant G. Hemmady, Michael J. Knudsen, William P. Lidinsky, Robert K. Nichols, Gaylord W. Richards, Gary A. Roediger, Scott B. Steele, Ronald C. Weddige, Bruce R. Zelle
  • Patent number: 4875206
    Abstract: A high capacity metropolitan area network (MAN) is described. Data traffic from users is connected to data concentrators at the edge of the network, and is transmitted over fiber optic data links to a hub where the data is switched. The hub includes a plurality of data switching modules, each having a control means, and each connected to a distributed control space division switch. Advantageously, the data switching modules, whose inputs are connected to the concentrators, perform all checking and routing functions, while the 1024.times.1024 maximum size space division switch, whose outputs are connected to the concentrators, provides a large fan-out distribution network for reaching many concentrators from each data switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Comopany, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Robert K. Nichols, Gary A. Roediger
  • Patent number: 4872157
    Abstract: A high capacity metropolitan area network (MAN) is described. Data traffic from users is connected to data concentrators at the edge of the network, and is transmitted over fiber optic data links to a hub where the data is switched. The hub includes a plurality of data switching modules, each having a control means, and each connected to a distributed control space division switch. Advantageously, the data switching modules, whose inputs are connected to the concentrators, perform all checking and routing functions, while the 1024.times.1024 maximum size space division switch, whose outputs are connected to the concentrators, provides a large fan-out distribution network for reaching many concentrators from each data switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Jayant G. Hemmady, William P. Lidinsky, Robert K. Nichols, Gaylord W. Richards, Gary A. Roediger, Scott B. Steele, Ronald C. Weddige, Bruce R. Zelle