Patents by Inventor Robert M. Smith

Robert M. Smith 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: 20140209160
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide a photovoltaic cell made up of an array of photovoltaic bristles. The photovoltaic bristles may be configured individually and in an array to have a high probability of photon absorption. The high probability of photon absorption may result in high light energy conversion efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Q1 NANOSYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. SCHROEDER, Robert M. SMITH
  • Patent number: 8770041
    Abstract: A fluid meter includes a housing which comprises a cavity that defines a flow bore through which a fluid to be metered is directed, a rotor which is rotatably supported in the cavity and is set into rotation by the fluid flowing through the flow bore, a first magnet which is connected to the rotor, a second magnet which is magnetically coupled to the first magnet, a cap member which is positioned over the first magnet and separates the second magnet from the cavity, and a rotary encoder which is operatively coupled to the second magnet. Rotation of the rotor is magnetically transmitted through the cap member from the first magnet to the second magnet and is detected by the rotary encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Jeffrey W. Lantz, James C. Breter
  • Patent number: 8721515
    Abstract: An implantable aortic blood pump includes a rigid body having wall extending along a long axis and defining an inflation port portion with an inflation aperture therethrough. The aperture is fluid communication with an inner surface of the body and on a fluid supply, the body is preferably independent of an external brace or an external stiffener, yet still has a cantilevered deformation of less than 8 millimeters in response to a 200 gram weight suspended from a front body edge. A deflecting structure of a membrane deflects in response to fluid pressure so as to pump blood when the pump is secured to a subject aorta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: L-Vad Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Allen B. Kantrowitz, Paul S. Freed, Jean Kantrowitz
  • Publication number: 20120240689
    Abstract: A fluid meter includes a housing which comprises a cavity that defines a flow bore through which a fluid to be metered is directed, a rotor which is rotatably supported in the cavity and is set into rotation by the fluid flowing through the flow bore, a first magnet which is connected to the rotor, a second magnet which is magnetically coupled to the first magnet, a cap member which is positioned over the first magnet and separates the second magnet from the cavity, and a rotary encoder which is operatively coupled to the second magnet. Rotation of the rotor is magnetically transmitted through the cap member from the first magnet to the second magnet and is detected by the rotary encoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Jeffrey W. Lantz, James C. Breter
  • Publication number: 20120209129
    Abstract: A system and method for a BP monitoring cuff that has an integrated acoustic sensor used to acquire Korotkoff sounds during partial occlusion of the arterial vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Michael Jorgensen
  • Publication number: 20120123489
    Abstract: An energy storage component for use with an implantable intravascular medical device that maximizes the useful volume available in the implantable intravascular medical device by providing a bore in a capacitor or battery that allows connections between various segments of the implantable intravascular medical device to be connected with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Terrance Ransbury, Robert M. Smith, Kenneth C. Armstrong, John Miller
  • Patent number: 8134225
    Abstract: A QFN package with improved joint solder thickness for improved second level attachment fatigue life. The copper leadframe of a QFN chip carrier is provided with rounded protrusions in both the chip attach pad region and the surrounding lead regions before second level attachment. The rounded stand-off protrusions are formed from the copper itself of the copper of the leadframe. This may be achieved by punching dimples into one surface of the copper plate of the leadframe before plating to form protrusions on the opposing surface. This method of forming the rounded protrusions simplifies the process of forming stand-offs. The protrusions provide a structure that increases wetting area and allows the use of a larger quantity of solder for increased solder joint thickness and better die paddle solder joint area coverage. As a result of the increased solder joint thickness, second level fatigue life is significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Maloney, Robert M. Smith, Charles H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8088263
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for controlling sputter coating deposition to at least one surface of at least one substrate. The device includes a magnetic structure having a plurality of electrically isolated and magnetically coupled magnetic pole piece structures. A plurality of magnetic concentric rings is mounted behind at least one target surface. A central upright common magnetic core connects the plurality of magnetic pole piece structures. A plurality of upright pole pieces arranged parallel to each other is attached to each of the magnetic pole piece structures and arranged at midpoints of the plurality of magnetic concentric rings. The magnetic structure includes a plurality of electromagnetic coils wound over the plurality of magnetic pole piece structures arranged to form sets of coils. The sets of coils can be energized in forward or reverse mode thereby impacting the target at a greater angle resulting in higher angle particle ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8070668
    Abstract: A drive unit to control the peak pressure of air for the inflation of a left ventricular assist system is disclosed. The control of the peak pressure can address the problem of the “kick” experienced by patients when the peak inflation pressure reaches approximately 200 mm Hg. The peak pressure of the air released for the inflation cycle of the system is reduced either by the reduction of the inner diameter of the interconnect line running from the compression tank to the valve manifold or the use of a multi-valve manifold with independently controlled valves and an electronic controller to selectively open and close the valves of the manifold. Either technique, whether used alone or in combination, reduces the peak pressure of the air released for the inflation cycle to below the levels associated with the “kick,” while still meeting the operating specifications to properly inflate and deflate the system's blood pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: L-Vad Technology
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Roger W. Snyder, Paul G. DeDecker
  • Patent number: 8025304
    Abstract: An improved power transfer mechanism for use on a human-powered machine, adapted to be drivingly connected to a power take-off device of said machines, includes: a housing adapted in use, to be disposed within a frame of said human-powered machine; at least one crankshaft adapted to be disposed within said housing; respective left-side and right-side crank arms each adapted to be drivingly associated with an end of said at least one crankshaft; and drive transfer means adapted to co-operate with said at least one crankshaft and each associated crank arm, the arrangement being such that a first member of the group comprising and left-side and right-side crank arms and said power take-off device is adapted to be attached to said at least one crankshaft, such that each of the second and third of said members is adapted to be rotatable relative to said first of said members, and each other, only to a limited and controlled degree, whilst not be movable axially or in a longitudinal direction relative to said at le
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8019554
    Abstract: A predictive indicator tool for predicting the risk of a manufacturing process producing products having defects. Manufacturing sub-processes are identified for the process and s a series of 12 questions is applied to each sub-process. The questions are generated using Six Sigma statistical techniques. The questions are scored and an associated algorithm is applied to produce a quantitative score is indicative of risk. The quantitative risk score is compared to an alert level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Lea Ann Conway, David W. Powell, Susanne Manz, Robert M. Smith, Mizanu Kebede
  • Patent number: 8009857
    Abstract: An audio loudspeaker having an induction motor whose yoke components are formed of powdered iron or other material which is highly magnetically permeable and highly electrically resistive. The oscillating magnetic flux caused by the alternating current applied to the primary coil induces eddy currents in the shorted turn secondary coil but not in the yoke components. This reduces heating of the yoke components, reduces flux modulation, and reduces wasted power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Wisdom Audio Corp.
    Inventors: Jack T. Bohlender, Thilo Christian Stompler, David J. Graebener, David J. Michno, Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7846083
    Abstract: A pump has an elongated shell with a generally elliptical shape, an outer convex surface and an inner concave surface. A peripheral side edge located between the inner and outer surfaces terminates in a bead edge. A flexible airtight membrane has a membrane edge bonded to the outer shell surface adjacent to the bead edge. Preforming the membrane edge looped with a maximum linear span of curvature that is greater than a maximal transverse linear extent of the bead edge, membrane operational wear during inflation and deflation cycles is reduced in the region around the bead edge. A process of forming a blood pump with a membrane preform is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Roger W. Snyder, Adrian Kantrowitz, Allen B. Kantrowitz
  • Patent number: 7799455
    Abstract: An alkaline battery includes a cathode, an anode, a separator between the anode and the cathode, and an alkaline electrolyte contacting the anode and the cathode. The separator includes a first generally cylindrical body. The first generally cylindrical body includes a first wall section, a second wall section, and a first folded section. The first folded section is radially outwardly disposed from the first wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Curtis G. Lorenzen, Terence Grant Lee Soon
  • Publication number: 20100119930
    Abstract: An alkaline cell with improved separator. The separator is formed of two sheets. The two sheets are wound into a tube shape and the bottom edge of the wound separator is folded and heat sealed. The facing surfaces of the two sheets forming the separator body are not glued or bonded together. The two separator sheets may overlap laterally so that a portion of each sheet forms a different portion of the separator outside surface. Alternatively, the separator may be formed of two sheets wherein the first sheet forms an outer layer which completely covers the second sheet. One sheet is preferably composed of a blend of polyvinylalcohol fibers and rayon fibers and the other sheet composed of polyvinylalcohol fibers and wood pulp fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: David L. Anglin, James J. Cervera, Alexander Shelekhin, Terry L. Hamilton, Robert M. Smith, Daniel W. Gibbons
  • Publication number: 20080281412
    Abstract: An implantable aortic blood pump includes a rigid body having wall extending along a long axis and defining an inflation port portion with an inflation aperture therethrough. The aperture is fluid communication with an inner surface of the body and on a fluid supply, the body is preferably independent of an external brace or an external stiffener, yet still has a cantilevered deformation of less than 8 millimeters in response to a 200 gram weight suspended from a front body edge. A deflecting structure of a membrane deflects in response to fluid pressure so as to pump blood when the pump is secured to a subject aorta.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Adrian Kantrowitz, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Allen B. Kantrowitz, Paul S. Freed
  • Publication number: 20080265396
    Abstract: A QFN package with improved joint solder thickness for improved second level attachment fatigue life. The copper leadframe of a QFN chip carrier is provided with rounded protrusions in both the chip attach pad region and the surrounding lead regions before second level attachment. The rounded stand-off protrusions are formed from the copper itself of the copper of the leadframe. This may be achieved by punching dimples into one surface of the copper plate of the leadframe before plating to form protrusions on the opposing surface. This method of forming the rounded protrusions simplifies the process of forming stand-offs. The protrusions provide a structure that increases wetting area and allows the use of a larger quantity of solder for increased solder joint thickness and better die paddle solder joint area coverage. As a result of the increased solder joint thickness, second level fatigue life is significantly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Maloney, Robert M. Smith, Charles H. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20080203546
    Abstract: A QFN package with improved joint solder thickness for improved second level attachment fatigue life. The copper leadframe of a QFN chip carrier is provided with rounded protrusions in both the chip attach pad region and the surrounding lead regions before second level attachment. The rounded stand-off protrusions are formed from the copper itself of the copper of the leadframe. This may be achieved by punching dimples into one surface of the copper plate of the leadframe before plating to form protrusions on the opposing surface. This method of forming the rounded protrusions simplifies the process of forming stand-offs. The protrusions provide a structure that increases wetting area and allows the use of a larger quantity of solder for increased solder joint thickness and better die paddle solder joint area coverage. As a result of the increased solder joint thickness, second level fatigue life is significantly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Maloney, Robert M. Smith, Charles H. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20080199039
    Abstract: An audio loudspeaker having an induction motor whose yoke components are formed of powdered iron or other material which is highly magnetically permeable and highly electrically resistive. The oscillating magnetic flux caused by the alternating current applied to the primary coil induces eddy currents in the shorted turn secondary coil but not in the yoke components. This reduces heating of the yoke components, reduces flux modulation, and reduces wasted power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jack T. Bohlender, Thilo Christian Stompler, David J. Graebener, David J. Michno, Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7405106
    Abstract: A QFN package with improved joint solder thickness for improved second level attachment fatigue life. The copper leadframe of a QFN chip carrier is provided with rounded protrusions in both the chip attach pad region and the surrounding lead regions before second level attachment. The rounded stand-off protrusions are formed from the copper itself of the copper of the leadframe. This may be achieved by punching dimples into one surface of the copper plate of the leadframe before plating to form protrusions on the opposing surface. This method of forming the rounded protrusions simplifies the process of forming stand-offs. The protrusions provide a structure that increases wetting area and allows the use of a larger quantity of solder for increased solder joint thickness and better die paddle solder joint area coverage. As a result of the increased solder joint thickness, second level fatigue life is significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Maloney, Robert M. Smith, Charles H. Wilson