Patents by Inventor Robert R. Smith

Robert R. 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).

  • Patent number: 10632494
    Abstract: An adaptive hot melt feed system includes a melt system, a feed system, a gas control device, a sensor, and a controller. The melt system includes a heated vessel. The feed system is configured to deliver a solid material to the vessel of the melt system for melting. The gas control device is configured to control a supply of gas provided to the feed system to drive the solid material from the feed system to the melt system. The sensor can be configured to detect an amount of material in the vessel of the melt system. The controller is in electronic communication with the gas control device and is programmed to signal the gas control device to vary the supply of gas to the feed system based on a fill metric determined by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lind, Matthew R. Smith, Nicholas P. Peterson, Benjamin R. Godding, Mark J. Brudevold, Matthew R. Theisen
  • Publication number: 20200124721
    Abstract: An interferometric synthetic aperture acoustic imager is disclosed. Specifically, an acoustic imaging system includes an acoustic transmitter, an acoustic receiver array, a signal processing system, a navigation data system, and a meteorological data system. The acoustic transmitter and the acoustic receiver array are mounted on transceiver array. The navigation data system includes a Position and Orientation System for Land Vehicles system which receives data from two Global Positioning System antennas, an inertial measurement unit, and a wheel encoder mounted on a vehicle wheel. The system also includes meteorological data system that records temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure. The meteorological data may be used to adjust the received acoustic data based on atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Steven S. Bishop, Timothy R. Moore, Peter M. Gugino, Robert H. Luke, III, Brett T. Smith, Mehrdad Soumekh, Murray S. Korman, Kathryn P. Kirkwood
  • Patent number: 10626715
    Abstract: A downhole communication tool is provided. The downhole communication tool may include a cylindrical housing, a plurality of ridges, and a plurality of flow control assemblies. The cylindrical housing may have an inner surface, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The inner surface may define a flowbore extending axially between the first and second end portions. The plurality of ridges may extend radially outward from the cylindrical housing between the first and second end portions. Each ridge may have a ridge outer surface and define one or more ports that extend radially between the flowbore and the ridge outer surface. Each flow control assembly may be mounted about a respective port of the one or more ports and include a dissolvable seal member extending across the respective port. Each dissolvable seal member may be configured to prevent fluid communication between the flowbore and a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PETROFRAC OIL TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10625793
    Abstract: An aerodynamic structure attached to the sides and top of a truck cargo body (either a stand-alone trailer or a “straight truck” with the cab and cargo area as a fixed vehicle) at the aftmost region, which rear typically contains a rolling door assembly, which rolls upwardly. An aerodynamic structure is permanently attached to the sides and top of the trailer in a manner that extend past the aftmost plane of the truck cargo body and retract to the aftmost plane of the truck cargo body when subjected to a force, allowing this device to be backed into structures. The retracted orientation allows for the rear of the trailer to be fully accessible for loading and unloading, and does not reduce the size of the opening of the trailer. The various embodiments of the invention allow for automated deployment once the force used to compress the structure is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Stemco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F. Smith, Jared A. Niemiec, Jeffrey J. Grossmann, Robert R. Cholnoky, Michael W. Polidori, Barrie J. Dickinson
  • Patent number: 10615530
    Abstract: An electrical connector or electrical connector assembly that has a housing, a contact carrier, one or more spring members, and an interposer. The contact carrier is movable with respect to the housing between unmated and mated electrical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald I. Frank, James R. Meszaros, George L. Goulart, Jr., Braden J. Ishaug, Robert G. Hennemuth, III, Michael D. Smith, Michael A. Yashin, Gordon J. Udall, Daniel R. Mcnevin
  • Patent number: 10602877
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10595676
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10595673
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10595674
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10595672
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Patent number: 10595675
    Abstract: A self-contained system is provided for cleaning a food flow path in a food processor. The system can be operably engaged without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor or can be operably engaged after a partial disassembly of the food processor. The system includes a control assembly for directing passage of a solution through the food processor without requiring constant operator oversight. The system can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through a food flow path in the food processor, though typically countercurrent to the normal processing food flow. A manifold assembly includes an intake manifold and a distribution manifold, with an induction port and/or access port in the distribution manifold for introducing additives or agents into a controlled motive stream passing through the manifold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon, Richard T. Aab, Alfred S. Mustardo, Nathan E. Smith, Jacob R. Parisi, Edward F. Ruppel, III, Gary M. Russotti, William Salminen
  • Publication number: 20200078451
    Abstract: A streamlined method for purifying alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) from an AAT-containing protein mixture, such as Coh fraction IV precipitate, is provided. In the method of the invention, contaminating proteins are destabilized by cleavage of disulfide bonds with a reducing reagent, such as dithiol, which does not affect AAT. The destabilized proteins are then preferentially adsorbed on a solid protein-adsorbing material, without the addition of a salt as a precipitante. Spearation of the solid absorbent from the solution leaves a purified AAT solution that is directly suitabale for chromatographic purification, without the need for extensive desalting as in prior art processes. A process incorporating this method, which provides pharmaceutical grade AAT in high yield on a commercial scale, is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Scott M. KEE, Paul I. COOK, James R. SMITH, Robert KLING, Scott A. FOWLER, David WEBER
  • Patent number: 10585984
    Abstract: A technique of improving input text processing in a data processing system that answers questions includes receiving a question from a user. The question has associated supporting original input text that is utilized in answering the question. Corrective measures are applied to the supporting original input text to create supporting revised input text. The supporting revised input text documents corrective measures applied to the supporting original input text. An answer to the question is generated based on, at least in part, the supporting revised input text. The supporting original input text is recreated from the supporting revised input text based on the documented corrective measures in the supporting revised input text subsequent to generating the answer. The answer and the supporting original input text as recreated are transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Contreras, Robert C. Sizemore, Sterling R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200066119
    Abstract: A device for signaling including a top member adjacent to a bottom member, a button adjacent to the top member, a sensor adjacent to the top member, a radio adjacent to the top member, a microprocessor board adjacent to the radio, a battery adjacent to the microprocessor board, and a switch adjacent to the bottom member. A button slot and sensor hole formed through the top member. The button is received in the button slot and the sensor in the sensor slot. The microprocessor board further comprises a light emitting diode. The bottom member has a bottom recess and a switch slot. The switch is received in the switch slot. The top member has a sensor recess and a screw hole. The sensor is retained in the sensor recess. The bottom member has a screw recess. The radio, microprocessor board, and battery are slidably received in the bottom slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Laura C. Tolliver, Peyton B. Cavaroc, Kevin P. Votapka, Robert R. Regal, Lucas D. Powell, Hunter J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10561313
    Abstract: A refraction device includes a main body, a spherical power lens coupled to the main body, an astigmatic power lens movably coupled to the main body, and a visual display coupled to the main body and oriented toward an optical pathway extending through the spherical power lens and the astigmatic power lens. The visual display is configured to display an image for testing visual acuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ACCUVISIONDESIGNS LLC
    Inventors: Richard James Mackool, Richard Jonathan Mackool, Brice Kaleski, Robert R. Towle, Evan Rittenhouse Jones, Christopher Dean Smith
  • Patent number: 10563476
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a plug body, a slip, a sealing element, and a flapper. The plug body may have an inner surface, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The inner surface may define a bore extending axially between the first end portion and the second end portion. The slip may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to expand and couple the frac plug to a tubular section. The sealing element may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to compress and create a seal between the plug body and an inner surface of the tubular section. The flapper may be coupled to the plug body proximate to the first end portion and configured to seal the bore of the plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PETROFRAC OIL TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10564613
    Abstract: System and method provide wireless distributed lighting control systems implementing a secure peer-to-peer, self-organizing and self-healing mesh network of actuators and system inputs. The system and method can be designed specifically for indoor and outdoor lighting where actuators include in-fixture, on-fixture and circuit control modules with ON/OFF and full range dimming capabilities, and system inputs include occupancy/vacancy sensors, daylight sensors and switches. A unique messaging protocol facilitates wireless and wired communication between actuators and system inputs, and provides web-based commissioning and monitoring of the lighting control system using a wireless access point accessible from a local network or Internet which can provide an intuitive and easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Theodore E. Weber, Terrence R. Arbouw, Ronald K. Bender, Ronald J. Cummings-Kralik, Michael D. Crane, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Robert A. Martin, Peter A. Moyle, Gregory F. Smith, Stephan K. Zitz
  • Publication number: 20200048981
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a plug body, a slip, a sealing element, and a compression ring. The plug body may have a first end portion and a second end portion. The slip may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to expand and couple the frac plug to a tubular section. The sealing element may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to create a seal between the plug body and an inner surface of the tubular section. The compression ring may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body proximate to the first end portion and abut the sealing element. The compression ring may be configured to expand when shifted along the plug body to compress the sealing element and retain the sealing element in a compressed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith, Antonio B. Flores
  • Publication number: 20200040713
    Abstract: An isolation device and assembly for isolating a production casing in a hydraulic fracturing process includes a hemispheric or tapered first end and a cylindrical second end. The isolation device is constructed of a dissolvable material. The hemispheric or tapered first end seats in a plug to effect the isolation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10553090
    Abstract: A device for signaling including a top member adjacent to a bottom member, a button adjacent to the top member, a sensor adjacent to the top member, a radio adjacent to the top member, a microprocessor board adjacent to the radio, a battery adjacent to the microprocessor board, and a switch adjacent to the bottom member. A button slot and sensor hole formed through the top member. The button is received in the button slot and the sensor in the sensor slot. The microprocessor board further comprises a light emitting diode. The bottom member has a bottom recess and a switch slot. The switch is received in the switch slot. The top member has a sensor recess and a screw hole. The sensor is retained in the sensor recess. The bottom member has a screw recess. The radio, microprocessor board, and battery are slidably received in the bottom slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Laura C. Tolliver, Peyton B. Cavaroc, Kevin P. Votapka, Robert R. Regal, Lucas D. Powell, Hunter J. Smith