Patents by Inventor Robert T. Fayfield

Robert T. Fayfield 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: 20210293662
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a vibrational sensing system (VSS) including an accelerometer and a data processor, which determines an “operational state” of a mechanical drive unit, the processor further employing the “operational state” to gate learning of long-term vibrational data to exclude collection of non-operational data, the long-term data collected to calculate alarm thresholds. For example, vibrations from a target motor are sensed by a coupled accelerometer. Vibrational data from the accelerometer is fed into a data processor which determines the operational state of the motor. The operational state (e.g., on/off indication) may gate data collection such that data is only acquired during on-time, which may advantageously create accurate baselines from which alarm thresholds may be generated, and nuisance alarms may be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Ryan Kornetzke
  • Patent number: 11002634
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a vibrational sensing system (VSS) including an accelerometer and a data processor, which determines an “operational state” of a mechanical drive unit, the processor further employing the “operational state” to gate learning of long-term vibrational data to exclude collection of non-operational data, the long-term data collected to calculate alarm thresholds. For example, vibrations from a target motor are sensed by a coupled accelerometer. Vibrational data from the accelerometer is fed into a data processor which determines the operational state of the motor. The operational state (e.g., on/off indication) may gate data collection such that data is only acquired during on-time, which may advantageously create accurate baselines from which alarm thresholds may be generated, and nuisance alarms may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: BANNER ENGINEERING CORP
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Ryan Kornetzke
  • Patent number: 10805262
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a networked system having a master and multiple slaves, where each slave stores a unique (actual) slave address and a non-unique (virtual) slave address in memory, such that each slave is configured to respond to request messages addressed to the slave's non-unique slave address if a sensor device associated with the is in an active state when the slave receives the request message. In an illustrative example, the networked system may be a Fieldbus-style network (e.g., a network implementing the Modbus protocol). A sensor device may be a break-beam, capacitive touch, or push-button device, for example. An output indicator/actuator may be associated with a sensor device to indicate the status of the sensor device to a user. A networked system implementing sensor-activated response gating may beneficially expand the number of slave devices on the network while achieving low latency response times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BANNER ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Mark Richard Rue
  • Patent number: 10783758
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a tower light assembly having an output indicator responsive to an onboard sensor in accordance with a predetermined environmental parameter threshold. In an illustrative example, an augmented sensing tower light assembly (ASTLA) may include a light tower assembly having a controller configured to receive status data from monitored equipment. The controller may further receive environmental data from the onboard sensor. In response to the received status data and the received environmental data, the controller may actuate the output indicator in accordance with one or more predetermined criteria. Advantageously, the ASTLA may provide supplemental low-cost sensing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Robert T. Fayfield
  • Publication number: 20190304266
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a tower light assembly having an output indicator responsive to an onboard sensor in accordance with a predetermined environmental parameter threshold. In an illustrative example, an augmented sensing tower light assembly (ASTLA) may include a light tower assembly having a controller configured to receive status data from monitored equipment. The controller may further receive environmental data from the onboard sensor. In response to the received status data and the received environmental data, the controller may actuate the output indicator in accordance with one or more predetermined criteria. Advantageously, the ASTLA may provide supplemental low-cost sensing capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Robert T. Fayfield
  • Patent number: 10373451
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a tower light assembly having an output indicator responsive to an onboard sensor in accordance with a predetermined environmental parameter threshold. In an illustrative example, an augmented sensing tower light assembly (ASTLA) may include a light tower assembly having a controller configured to receive status data from monitored equipment. The controller may further receive environmental data from the onboard sensor. In response to the received status data and the received environmental data, the controller may actuate the output indicator in accordance with one or more predetermined criteria. Advantageously, the ASTLA may provide supplemental low-cost sensing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Robert T. Fayfield
  • Publication number: 20190139377
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a tower light assembly having an output indicator responsive to an onboard sensor in accordance with a predetermined environmental parameter threshold. In an illustrative example, an augmented sensing tower light assembly (ASTLA) may include a light tower assembly having a controller configured to receive status data from monitored equipment. The controller may further receive environmental data from the onboard sensor. In response to the received status data and the received environmental data, the controller may actuate the output indicator in accordance with one or more predetermined criteria. Advantageously, the ASTLA may provide supplemental low-cost sensing capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Robert T. Fayfield
  • Publication number: 20190064034
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a vibrational sensing system (VSS) including an accelerometer and a data processor, which determines an “operational state” of a mechanical drive unit, the processor further employing the “operational state” to gate learning of long-term vibrational data to exclude collection of non-operational data, the long-term data collected to calculate alarm thresholds. For example, vibrations from a target motor are sensed by a coupled accelerometer. Vibrational data from the accelerometer is fed into a data processor which determines the operational state of the motor. The operational state (e.g., on/off indication) may gate data collection such that data is only acquired during on-time, which may advantageously create accurate baselines from which alarm thresholds may be generated, and nuisance alarms may be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Ryan Kornetzke
  • Patent number: 9466213
    Abstract: Indicator light devices are useful in many applications for indicating properties of physical spaces respectively associated therewith and in physical proximity thereto. The indicator light devices are network-enabled and self-powered, and capable of participating in coordinated power-managed operation to provide a sufficient service life and lower installation and replacement costs. The indicator light devices may be used with or without associated sensors. The various embodiments described herein use various power management techniques singly or in combination to greatly increase the service life of self-power indicator light devices without diminishing their effectiveness in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Roman York Marjamaa
  • Publication number: 20160148509
    Abstract: Indicator light devices are useful in many applications for indicating properties of physical spaces respectively associated therewith and in physical proximity thereto. The indicator light devices are network-enabled and self-powered, and capable of participating in coordinated power-managed operation to provide a sufficient service life and lower installation and replacement costs. The indicator light devices may be used with or without associated sensors. The various embodiments described herein use various power management techniques singly or in combination to greatly increase the service life of self-power indicator light devices without diminishing their effectiveness in the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Roman York Marjamaa
  • Patent number: 9286804
    Abstract: Indicator light devices are useful in many applications for indicating properties of physical spaces respectively associated therewith and in physical proximity thereto. The indicator light devices are network-enabled and self-powered, and capable of participating in coordinated power-managed operation to provide a sufficient service life and lower installation and replacement costs. The indicator light devices may be used with or without associated sensors. The various embodiments described herein use various power management techniques singly or in combination to greatly increase the service life of self-power indicator light devices without diminishing their effectiveness in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Roman York Marjamaa
  • Publication number: 20120280793
    Abstract: Indicator light devices are useful in many applications for indicating properties of physical spaces respectively associated therewith and in physical proximity thereto. The indicator light devices are network-enabled and self-powered, and capable of participating in coordinated power-managed operation to provide a sufficient service life and lower installation and replacement costs. The indicator light devices may be used with or without associated sensors. The various embodiments described herein use various power management techniques singly or in combination to greatly increase the service life of self-power indicator light devices without diminishing their effectiveness in the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Roman York Marjamaa
  • Publication number: 20090207770
    Abstract: A wireless sensor and actuator network includes a number of wireless nodes, each of which may be connected to any one or combination of analog sensors, digital sensors, and actuators, and is powered by an autonomous power supply such as a battery or solar panel. Since autonomous power sources may not have sufficient voltage for powering many types of analog sensors, digital sensors, and actuators, power management techniques are used in the node and in the autonomous power supply as needed to enable effective and long life operation of the node and connected devices. These power management techniques include the use of a low impedance energy reservoir and a variable voltage boost converter whose output voltage magnitude, duration, and operating times are software configurable and controllable. The power management techniques are particularly useful for operating a wide range of different types of sensors and actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Gregory Robert Storms
  • Patent number: 7107666
    Abstract: An ultra-miniature magnetic device generally comprises a conductive winding and a magnetic core. The conductive winding includes an upper conductor and a lower conductor. The magnetic core is of an elongate rectangular or oval shape having two elongate sections and two short sections. The lower conductor is preferably positioned below the elongate sections of the magnetic core while the upper conductor is preferably positioned above the elongate sections of the magnetic core. The lower and upper conductors are electrically connected by conducting via structures that are formed in sequential steps using semiconductor processing technology. The result is a coil winding around the elongate sections, with the short sections being preferably free of windings. The process provides an advantage of avoiding shorting between the via structures and the magnetic core caused by overetching when etching the via holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: BH Electronics
    Inventors: Fred C. Hiatt, John E. DeCramer, Robert T. Fayfield, Richard J. Rassel
  • Patent number: 7025831
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for conditioning a generally planar substrate, contained in a chamber isolatable from the ambient environment and fed with a conditioning gas which includes reactive gas. The apparatus includes a support for supporting the substrate in the chamber, the substrate being in a lower pressure reaction region of the chamber. A gas inlet is provided for feeding conditioning gas into a gas inlet region of the chamber which is at a higher pressure than the lower pressure reaction region so that the pressure differential causes the conditioning gas to flow toward the surface of the substrate wherein the conditioning gas component will chemically react with and condition the substrate surface, both said higher and lower pressure regions operating in a viscous flow regime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: FSI International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery W. Butterbaugh, David C. Gray, Robert T. Fayfield, Kevin Siefering, John Heitzinger, Fred C. Hiatt
  • Patent number: 7005850
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor system and a method for installing magnetic sensors for detecting metal objects that allows ease of manipulation, control and access. A carrier conduit is used to position a magnetic sensor in an outer conduit. The outer conduit may be disposed beneath a surface where objects to be detected may be positioned. Alternatively, a conduit having multiple channels may be placed in a pathway. Magnetic sensors may be placed in the channels and a top placed over the conduit. Multiple embodiments for orienting the magnetic sensor systems are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Sensonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Charles R. Dolezalek
  • Publication number: 20040164734
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor system and a method for installing magnetic sensors for detecting metal objects that allows ease of manipulation, control and access. A carrier conduit is used to position a magnetic sensor in an outer conduit. The outer conduit may be disposed beneath a surface where objects to be detected may be positioned. Alternatively, a conduit having multiple channels may be placed in a pathway. Magnetic sensors may be placed in the channels and a top placed over the conduit. Multiple embodiments for orienting the magnetic sensor systems are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Sensonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Charles R. Dolezalek
  • Publication number: 20040084211
    Abstract: A z-axis package for an electronic device and a method for making the z-axis packaging for the electronic device. The z-axis package is inexpensive to manufacture and can be assembled with automated surface mount equipment by the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Sensonix, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Fayfield
  • Patent number: 6713195
    Abstract: A ferromagnetic thin-film based magnetoresistive device with a first ferromagnetic material based film having electrically conductive, ferromagnetic material nanogranules embedded in an intergranular material of a smaller electrical conductivity first nonmagnetic. The device may have an intermediate layer adjacent the first ferromagnetic material based film and a second film is on the other side of the intermediate layer of a substantially ferromagnetic material. The first film is less than 1.0 &mgr;m thick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: NVE Corporation
    Inventors: Dexin Wang, Zhenghong Qian, James M. Daughton, Robert T. Fayfield
  • Patent number: 6663792
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention provides for the dual use of a UV source to heat a substrate and to facilitate photochemistry necessary for the treatment of the substrate. The present invention also provides a method for processing a substrate by heating the substrate to a temperature above ambient via UV radiation at a first power level and conditioning the substrate by exposing the substrate to a photochemically (UV) reactive chemical, or a reactive chemical that can react with a compound on the surface of the substrate to form a photochemically reactive compound, in the presence of UV radiation at a second power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: FSI International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Fayfield, Brent Schwab