Patents by Inventor Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend 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: 10920377
    Abstract: An interlocking paver system including polygon and spacer pavers. The polygon paver has a longitudinal axis extending from a first to a second side and a transverse axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis and extending from a third to a fourth side. The spacer paver has a longitudinal axis extending from a first to a second side and a transverse axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis and extending from a third to a fourth side. Both the polygon and spacer pavers are symmetrical about the longitudinal and transverse axes. The spacer paver is configured to selectively interlock with the polygon paver with either of the third or fourth side of the polygon paver adjacent either of the first or second side of the spacer paver and either of the first or second side of the polygon paver adjacent either of the third or fourth side of the spacer paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Craig Technical Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Townsend, Matthew Nugent, Thomas Lippitt, Robert Mueller, Nathan Gelino, Jason Schuler, Jonathan Smith, Andrew Nick
  • Patent number: 10925147
    Abstract: An example method includes: receiving, from a treatment planning process, information that is based on a dose distribution for an irradiation target; and performing at least one of the following operations: moving structures to trim spots of a particle beam so that the spots of the particle beam approximate pre-trimmed spots for which characteristics are obtained based on the information received; moving structures to produce a trimming curve for a layer of an irradiation target based on a specification of a trimming curve for the layer included in the information received; moving structures to produce a single trimming curve for all radiation fields of an irradiation target based on specifications of the single trimming curve included in the information received; or moving structures based on configuration information for the structures in the information received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cooley, Gerrit Townsend Zwart, Stanley J. Rosenthal, Mark R. Jones, Lionel G. Bouchet, Robert Cessac, Joseph Jachinowski
  • Patent number: 10919014
    Abstract: A feedthrough for use in a vacuum chamber including a hollow tube, a first O-ring, and rod, and a vacuum fitting. The hollow tube having a first recess located along an entirety of an inner circumference. The first O-ring captured by the first recess. The rod carried by the hollow tube wherein an outer circumference of the rod is configured to contact an entirety of an inner circumference of the first O-ring. The vacuum fitting fixedly secured to the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Craig Technical Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Townsend, Jason Schuler, Robert Cox
  • Patent number: 10920665
    Abstract: A method and system for exercising a standby generator is disclosed. The standby generator can be exercised in at least two different exercise cycles, including an express exercise cycle and an extended exercise cycle. The system and method operates the generator for an express exercise cycle having a first duration when the ambient temperature at or near the standby generator exceeds a minimum threshold temperature. If the ambient temperature does not exceed the minimum threshold temperature, the express exercise cycle does not begin. In addition to the express exercise cycle, the engine of the standby generator is started and run for an extended exercise cycle having a duration that exceeds the duration of the express exercise cycle. The extended exercise cycles are separated by a first interval while the express exercise cycles are separated by a second interval, where the first interval is longer than the second interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Miller, Dean Weigand, Rick Jungmann, Robert Townsend
  • Publication number: 20210038915
    Abstract: An example particle therapy system includes a particle accelerator to output a particle beam having a spot size; a scanning system for the particle accelerator to scan the particle beam in two dimensions across at least part of a treatment area of an irradiation target; and an adaptive aperture between the scanning system and the irradiation target. The adaptive aperture includes structures that are movable relative to the irradiation target to approximate a shape to trim part of the treatment area. The part of the treatment area has a size that is based on an area of the spot size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Townsend Zwart, Mark R. Jones, Miles S. Wagner, James Cooley, Eros Pedroni, Robert Silva
  • Patent number: 10876797
    Abstract: A system for heat transfer including a compressor, a regolith inlet, a first storage hopper, and a load. The compressor is in fluid communication with a closed loop system. The regolith inlet is in fluid communication with the closed loop system. The first storage hopper is adapted to carry an amount of regolith and is in fluid communication with the regolith inlet. The load is in fluid communication with the closed loop system between a compressor inlet a compressor outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Craig Technical Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Townsend, Philip Metzger, Robert Mueller, Jason Menzies, James Mantovani
  • Publication number: 20200392968
    Abstract: The gas turbine compressor for an aircraft gas turbine engine includes a compressor rotor having a plurality of compressor blades circumferentially distributed around a hub. Each of the compressor blades has an airfoil extending radially outward from the hub to a blade tip. A circumferential row of the compressor blades includes two or more different blade types, at least one modified blade of the two or more different blade types having means for generating different shock patterns between adjacent ones of the two or more different blade types when the gas turbine compressor operates in supersonic flow regimes. The means for generating different shock patterns on the modified blade aerodynamically mistune the two or more different blade types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Ignatius THERATIL, Krishna Prasad BALIKE, Aldo ABATE, Sean KELLY, Peter TOWNSEND, Ronald DUTTON, Anthony BROWN, Paul STONE, Myron KLEIN, Milica KOJOVIC, Robert VENDITTI
  • Patent number: 10865807
    Abstract: A compressor rotor for a gas turbine engine is described which includes sets of blades having different airfoil thickness distributions, each including a frequency modifier forming a thickness differential relative to a baseline blade thickness. The frequency modifiers provide different natural vibration frequencies for each of the blades, and facilitate modifying natural vibration frequency separation between adjacent blades of the compressor rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Ignatius Theratil, Krishna Prasad Balike, Sean Michael Kelly, Richard Ivakitch, Peter Townsend, Ronald Dutton, Paul Stone, Robert Venditti, Daniel Fudge, Milica Kojovic, Aldo Abate
  • Patent number: 10863031
    Abstract: This document is directed to, among other things, communication systems involving networked contact center interfaces. One example method includes presenting a frame on a user interface to present information in a selectable format. Another example method includes using a circuit device to detect selection of a frame as displayed and causing display of further graphical information in an un-selectable format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventors: Mansour Salame, Richard Southwick, William James Fernandez, Robert Townsend
  • Patent number: 10786689
    Abstract: An example particle therapy system includes a particle accelerator to output a particle beam having a spot size; a scanning system for the particle accelerator to scan the particle beam in two dimensions across at least part of a treatment area of an irradiation target; and an adaptive aperture between the scanning system and the irradiation target. The adaptive aperture includes structures that are movable relative to the irradiation target to approximate a shape to trim part of the treatment area. The part of the treatment area has a size that is based on an area of the spot size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Townsend Zwart, Mark R. Jones, Miles S. Wagner, James Cooley, Eros Pedroni, Robert Silva
  • Publication number: 20200293769
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for occupancy detection are described herein. One device includes instructions to receive an image of a portion of a facility captured by an imaging device, the image defined by a field of view, and set a first occupancy detection threshold for a first part of the field of view and a second occupancy detection threshold for a second part of the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Townsend, Sahand Ghanoun
  • Patent number: 10762147
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving a request for access to data, (b) identifying a data store that stores the data, and (c) communicating with the data store, by way of an electronic communication, to access the data. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage medium that includes a program module for controlling a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: D&B BUSINESS INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, U.C.
    Inventors: William Morgan, Robert Tam, Nina Gerasimova, Keith Gastauer, Stacey Rasgado, Ken Einstein, Chip Swanson, Neil Lamka, Dave Horowitz, Jim Longo, Emmet Townsend, Julian Prower
  • Publication number: 20200228656
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, limiting contact to a networked contact center that is a host to multiple tenants. In an example embodiment, a communication is received by a networked contact center. In determining whether to allow the communication to reach contact center resources, a contact rate value may be examined. The contact rate value may represent an allowable quantity of contact within a time interval. For some example embodiments, a determination of whether the network contact center is to accept or reject the communication is made based on the contact rate value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Townsend
  • Patent number: 10670041
    Abstract: A compressor rotor, such as a fan, for a gas turbine engine is described which includes alternating at least first and second blade types. The leading edge of the second blade types includes a leading edge tip cutback extending to the blade tip thereof. The leading edge tip cutback of the second blade type defines a chord length at the blade tip of the second blade types that is less than that of the first blades types. The first and second blade types generate different shock patterns when the fan or compressor rotor operates in supersonic flow regimes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Ignatius Theratil, Krishna Prasad Balike, Aldo Abate, Sean Kelly, Peter Townsend, Ronald Dutton, Anthony Brown, Paul Stone, Myron Klein, Milica Kojovic, Robert Venditti
  • Publication number: 20200165997
    Abstract: A method of exercising a generator includes detecting a temperature of the generator by a temperature sensor, if the temperature of the generator is above a predetermined temperature, activating, by a controller, a starter motor of the generator, and performing, by the controller, an exercise test, and if the temperature of the generator is below the predetermined temperature, not activating, by the controller, the starter motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Miller, Dean Weigand, Robert Townsend, Richard Jungmann, Todd Plichta
  • Patent number: 10650229
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for occupancy detection are described herein. One device includes instructions to receive an image of a portion of a facility captured by an imaging device, the image defined by a field of view, and set a first occupancy detection threshold for a first part of the field of view and a second occupancy detection threshold for a second part of the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Townsend, Sahand Ghanoun
  • Patent number: 10646728
    Abstract: An example particle therapy system includes a particle accelerator to output a particle beam having a spot size; a scanning system for the particle accelerator to scan the particle beam in two dimensions across at least part of a treatment area of an irradiation target; and an adaptive aperture between the scanning system and the irradiation target. The adaptive aperture includes structures that are movable relative to the irradiation target to approximate a shape to trim part of the treatment area. The part of the treatment area has a size that is based on an area of the spot size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Townsend Zwart, Mark R. Jones, Miles S. Wagner, James Cooley, Eros Pedroni, Robert Silva
  • Publication number: 20200122392
    Abstract: A three-dimensional print head apparatus including a securing mechanism, a hopper, a nozzle, a barrel, and a heating system. The securing mechanism is adapted to secure to a wrist joint of a robotic arm. The hopper is secured to the securing mechanism and has a cavity and a lower aperture. The nozzle has an upper aperture and a lower aperture. The barrel has an elongate, hollow member with a first end secured to the lower aperture of the hopper and a second end secured to the upper aperture of the nozzle. The heating system is positioned along the barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Craig Technical Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Townsend, Robert Mueller, Nathan Gelino, Jonathan Smith, Matthew Nugent, Andrew Nick, Jason Schuler, Bradley Buckles
  • Publication number: 20200115925
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a combination lock including a housing configured to lockingly receive a locking link. The lock includes a plurality of outer dials and a plurality of inner dials, each selectively coupled to a corresponding outer dial. A spindle is positioned radially internal to the inner dials. A multiplier link is pivotably connected between the spindle and a locking bolt. Some forms of the combination lock include a tactile feedback mechanism and/or a combination reset mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Manjunatha Ramakrishna, Robert Townsend, Kavya M
  • Publication number: 20200104550
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an electronic identification card or electronic card having various features. The electronic card may include an integrated circuit and a contact plate for electrically interfacing with the integrated circuit. The contact plate may include an array of terminal electrodes that are offset with respect to the edges of the contact plate. The electronic card may be coated with a coating layer that extends at least partially over a ferromagnetic element or film. The electronic card may also include a metal substrate having exposed chamfer portions that may provide a visual contrast to the coating layer and also improve the handling and use of the electronic card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Rafael L. Dionello, John Groff, Liliya Lyandres, Mark Townsend, Matthew Saucier, Robert Reichenbach, Travis Pedley, Michael S. Nashner