Patents by Inventor Robert L. Miller

Robert L. Miller 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: 20200405379
    Abstract: A method comprising sealing a vessel residing within tissue between jaws of forceps by sensing an amount of tissue held within the forceps, the sensing by passing electrical current through the tissue by way of the forceps. The method comprises heating the tissue using electrical current, the heating such that impedance of the tissue changes at a first predetermined rate, the first predetermined rate selected based on the sensing. The method comprises desiccating the tissue using electrical current, such that the impedance of the tissue changes at a second predetermined rate different than the first predetermined rate. The method comprises ceasing application of the electrical current to the tissue when impedance of the tissue reaches a predetermined value. Sensing the amount of tissue held within the forceps comprises varying electrical current flowing through the tissue through the forceps such that impedance of the tissue changes at a third predetermined rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Robert P. Lathrop, Thomas P. Ryan, David J. Miller, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Publication number: 20200394517
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprising: controlling input of at least a portion of a first training data set into a first machine learning algorithm, the first training data set including: data quantifying damage to a first compressor; and data quantifying a first operating parameter of the first compressor; executing the first machine learning algorithm; receiving data quantifying the first operating parameter as an output of the first machine learning algorithm; and training the first machine learning algorithm using: the received data output from the first machine learning algorithm; and data quantifying the first operating parameter of the first compressor, the trained first machine learning algorithm being configured to enable determination of operability of a second compressor of a gas turbine engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Christopher R HALL, Malcolm L HILLEL, Bryce D CONDUIT, Anthony M DICKENS, James V TAYLOR, Robert J MILLER
  • Publication number: 20200393385
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprising: controlling input of data quantifying damage received by a compressor of a gas turbine engine into a first machine learning algorithm; receiving data quantifying a first operating parameter of the compressor as an output of the first machine learning algorithm; and determining operability of the compressor by comparing the received data quantifying the first operating parameter of the compressor with a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Malcolm L. HILLEL, Bryce D. CONDUIT, Anthony M. DICKENS, James V. TAYLOR, Robert J. MILLER, Christopher R. HALL
  • Publication number: 20200392907
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprising: receiving an operability determination for a compressor of a gas turbine engine, the operability determination being determined using an output from a machine learning algorithm trained using data quantifying damage received by compressor blades of a compressor; determining one or more actions to be performed using the received operability determination; and generating control data using the determined one or more actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Christopher R. HALL, Malcolm L. HILLEL, Robert J. MILLER, James V. TAYLOR, Bryce D. CONDUIT, Anthony M. DICKENS
  • Publication number: 20200378675
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the cabinet, an ice compartment disposed within the cabinet, and an electronic control system associated with the refrigerator and adapted to monitor and control the fresh food compartment, the freezer compartment and the ice compartment. The control system provides for energy efficient control and operation through various means, including by monitoring state of an ice maker associated with the ice compartment and controlling temperature within compartments of the refrigerator based on the ice maker state. A damper controls air flow between the fresh food and freezer compartments. The control system can direct heat to the damper if the damper becomes frozen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Robert L. Wetekamp, Kyle B. Van Meter, Alan G. Tarrant, Ryan D. Schuchart, Mauro M. Oliveira, Alvin V. Miller, Brent A. Koppenhaver, Carl J. Franken, Nelson J. Ferragut, II, Tim L. Coulter, Greg Berardi, Thomas Carl Anell
  • Patent number: 10806506
    Abstract: A method comprising sealing a vessel residing within tissue between jaws of forceps by sensing an amount of tissue held within the forceps, the sensing by passing electrical current through the tissue by way of the forceps. The method comprises heating the tissue using electrical current, the heating such that impedance of the tissue changes at a first predetermined rate, the first predetermined rate selected based on the sensing. The method comprises desiccating the tissue using electrical current, such that the impedance of the tissue changes at a second predetermined rate different than the first predetermined rate. The method comprises ceasing application of the electrical current to the tissue when impedance of the tissue reaches a predetermined value. Sensing the amount of tissue held within the forceps comprises varying electrical current flowing through the tissue through the forceps such that impedance of the tissue changes at a third predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Robert P. Lathrop, Thomas P. Ryan, David J. Miller, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Patent number: 10775092
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the cabinet, an ice compartment disposed within the cabinet, and an electronic control system associated with the refrigerator and adapted to monitor and control the fresh food compartment, the freezer compartment and the ice compartment. The control system provides for energy efficient control and operation through various means, including by monitoring state of an ice maker associated with the ice compartment and controlling temperature within compartments of the refrigerator based on the ice maker state. A damper controls air flow between the fresh food and freezer compartments. The control system can direct heat to the damper if the damper becomes frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert L. Wetekamp, Kyle B. Van Meter, Alan G. Tarrant, Ryan D. Schuchart, Mauro M. Oliveira, Alvin V. Miller, Brent A. Koppenhaver, Carl J. Franken, Nelson J. Ferragut, II, Tim L. Coulter, Greg Berardi, Thomas Carl Anell
  • Patent number: 10767084
    Abstract: The present invention related to CNT filled polymer composite system possessing a high thermal conductivity and high temperature stability so that it is a highly thermally conductive for use in 3D and 4D integration for joining device sub-laminate layers. The CNT/polymer composite also has a CTE close to that of Si, enabling a reduced wafer structural warping during high temperature processing cycling. The composition is tailored to be suitable for coating, curing and patterning by means conventionally known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James L. Hedrick, Robert Dennis Miller, Deborah Ann Neumayer, Sampath Purushothaman, Mary E. Rothwell, Willi Volksen, Roy R. Yu
  • Patent number: 10751824
    Abstract: A hardfacing metal composition and method of restoring worn work string tubing by application of a hardfacing metal to the worn regions of the work string tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Postle Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Miller, James D. Allen, Steven L. Stefancic
  • Publication number: 20200249270
    Abstract: A hardfacing metal composition and method of restoring worn work string tubing by application of a hardfacing metal to the worn regions of the work string tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. Miller, James D. Allen, Steven L. Stefancic
  • Patent number: 10730185
    Abstract: A system for inspecting, cleaning, and/or repairing one or more blades attached to a rotor of a gas turbine engine. The system includes a track disposed adjacent to the rotor, a mechanical arm moveable along the track, a number of tools attachable to the mechanical arm, and a controller configured to control a position of at least one of the tools that is attached to the mechanical arm about the one or more blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Zachary L. Walters, Maxwell E. Miller, Robert E. Huth
  • Publication number: 20200238110
    Abstract: A support assembly for a self-contained breathing apparatus includes a back frame for supporting the self-contained breathing apparatus on a user's back, the back frame having upper and lower regions, a waist pad removably attached to the lower region of the back frame, and a first elongate securing member arranged to removably secure the back frame to the waist pad, wherein the first elongate securing member is configured to allow the waist pad to move within a predetermined range of motion with respect to the back frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Darrill L. Plummer, Robert D. Williams, Jhansi R. Arikatla, Elliott Chase Miller, Joseph S. Toro, Jason R. Cannon
  • Publication number: 20200222055
    Abstract: An example system for applying an occlusion clip to an anatomical structure may include a visualization tool configured to allow visualization of an anatomical structure using a scope; a clip applier configured to apply an occlusion clip on the anatomical structure; an introducer connectable to the clip applier and configured to aid in positioning the clip applier; and a positioner configured to apply at least one of a linear force and a torsional force to at least one of the clip applier and the clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Dwight P. Morejohn, Matthew Monti, Kenneth L. Miller, Michael J. Banchieri, Brian Flores, Ara Stephanian, Kimberly Gray, Robert M. Trusty, Stefan Stefanov, Anthony Sticca
  • Publication number: 20200165494
    Abstract: The present invention relates to CNT filled polymer composite system possessing a high thermal conductivity and high temperature stability so that it is a highly thermally conductive for use in 3D and 4D integration for joining device sub-laminate layers. The CNT/polymer composite also has a CTE close to that of Si, enabling a reduced wafer structural warping during high temperature processing cycling. The composition is tailored to be suitable for coating, curing and patterning by means conventionally known in the art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: James L. Hedrick, Robert D. Miller, Deborah A. Neumayer, Sampath Purushothaman, Mary E. Rothwell, Willi Volksen, Roy R. Yu
  • Patent number: 10653165
    Abstract: Young animals such as calves may be fed milk replacers containing soy having been preserved through treatment with acid-producing bacteria that reduces a pH of the milk replacer through microbial digestion of sugars present in soy to thereby produce a fermented milk replacer. The milk replacer is edible for at least 48 hours and its digestibility in the young animals is increased due to the microbial digestion of sugars in the soy that are otherwise indigestible in the gut of the young animals. The fermented milk replacers may be ingested by young animals in group settings. In addition, the milk replacers containing soy may be treated with enzymes adapted to hydrolyze complex indigestible carbohydrates within the milk replacer, potassium sorbate or both. Feeding systems incorporating these fermented milk replacers may result in increased gain and increased dry matter intake without negatively affecting animal health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PURINA ANIMAL NUTRITION LLC
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Robert C. Musser
  • Publication number: 20200078609
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions. A first response is triggered when the first set of logic conditions is met. A parameter is determined from the at least one electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10584582
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing lost circulation materials (“LCMs”) for use in a formation is disclosed. The apparatus may comprise a LCM cell that contains at least one formation simulation component. A pressurized tank may be in fluid communication with the LCM cell, and may force a sample LCM slurry into the LCM cell. An LCM receiver may also be in fluid communication with the LCM cell, and may receive the LCM slurry that flows through the LCM cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Murphy, Dale E. Jamison, Matthew L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200051143
    Abstract: A method of operating a price estimation system includes obtaining service requests from consumers, and obtaining bids from service professionals based on the service requests obtained from the consumers. The method additionally includes generating a training set based on the bids and the service requests, and generating a model for generating price estimates based on the training set. The method also includes employing the model to generate the price estimates based on additional service requests provided by additional consumers. In some aspects, the method further includes communicating the price estimates to the additional consumers during performance of a process for obtaining the additional service requests from the additional consumers. In other aspects, the method further includes communicating the price estimates to additional service professionals during performance of a process for obtaining additional bids from the additional service professionals based on the additional service requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Robert L. Miller, John S. Schulte, Mika Illouz
  • Publication number: 20190378781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to CNT filled polymer composite system possessing a high thermal conductivity and high temperature stability so that it is a highly thermally conductive for use in 3D and 4D integration for joining device sub-laminate layers. The CNT/polymer composite also has a CTE close to that of Si, enabling a reduced wafer structural warping during high temperature processing cycling. The composition is tailored to be suitable for coating, curing and patterning by means conventionally known in the art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: James L. Hedrick, Robert Dennis Miller, Deborah Ann Neumayer, Sampath Purushothaman, Mary E. Rothwell, Willi Volksen, Roy R. Yu
  • Publication number: 20190368563
    Abstract: A friction material has a first outermost surface and a second outermost surface spaced apart from the first outermost surface. The friction material includes a base which forms at least a portion of the first outermost surface. The base includes fibers present in an amount of from 20 to 80 weight percent, a filler present in an amount of from 20 to 80 weight percent, and a deposit which forms at least a portion of the second outermost surface and includes a friction adjusting agent. The friction material further includes a resin disposed throughout the friction material. The deposit is disposed in the friction material in a gradated pattern. At least a portion of the deposit is exposed to the environment and the second outermost surface has a surface roughness of from 2 to 11 micrometers as determined by non-contact laser measurement according to ISO 25178.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Deanna L. MILLER HIGGINS, Feng DONG, Robert LAM