Patents by Inventor Ronald Francis Konopacki

Ronald Francis Konopacki 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: 20180117661
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing boiler tubes includes the steps of removing end caps from a plurality of tubes, the plurality of tubes including at least a first tube and a second tube, cleaning an outer surface of the first tube and the second tube, forming a weld preparation on an upstream end of the first tube, forming a weld preparation on a downstream end of the second tube, welding the upstream end of the first tube to the downstream end of the second tube to form a butt weld, to produce a long tube, and with an automated device, measuring a parameter of at least the first tube and the second tube. The steps of removing the end caps, cleaning the outer surface of the tubes, forming the weld preparations, welding the first tube to the second tube, and measuring the parameter are performed autonomously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: RONALD FRANCIS KONOPACKI
  • Publication number: 20180112936
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tube is provided. The method includes: selecting a core pipe having a thickness that is initially less than a desired thickness of the tube; and building-up an outer layer over an exterior surface of the core pipe via additive manufacturing so as to increase the thickness of the core pipe such that the thickness of the core pipe is equal to the desired thickness of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: RONALD FRANCIS KONOPACKI, PHILIP FREDERICK GILSTON, XIAOLING LI
  • Publication number: 20180111708
    Abstract: A system for preserving and capping tubes includes a compressed air reservoir for storing compressed air, a preservative reservoir containing a supply of a preservative, a nozzle in fluid communication with the compressed air reservoir and the preservative reservoir for injecting the preservative into the interior of a tube, and a capping device configured to insert a cap onto the end of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: RONALD FRANCIS KONOPACKI, ALLAN GUNN FERRY
  • Publication number: 20180101943
    Abstract: A system for locating the position of a component includes, an image capture device, the image capture device being configured to capture an image of a component, a working implement mounted in fixed relation to the image capture device, a positioning system configured to adjust a position of the image capture device and the working implement in relation to the component, and an image processing module in communication with the image capture device, the imaging processing module being configured to receive the image from the image capture device and to identify at least one feature of the component. The positioning system is configured to adjust the position of the image capture device based on a location of the identified feature within the image to align the image capture device with the identified feature, and to align the working implement with the identified feature based upon an offset between the image capture device and the working implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: RONALD FRANCIS KONOPACKI, ALLAN GUNN FERRY, MATTHEW DAVID ALLEN
  • Publication number: 20170350588
    Abstract: A waterwall panel welding apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an inlet assembly, a welding assembly, an outlet assembly, and a heating system. The inlet assembly is for receiving a plurality of tubes. The welding assembly is for receiving the tubes from the inlet assembly and for allowing the tubes to be welded together to form a waterwall panel. The outlet assembly is for receiving the waterwall panel from the welding assembly. The heating system heats the tubes and operates via magnetic induction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: RONALD FRANCIS KONOPACKI, RUSSELL BRUMFIELD
  • Patent number: 9491412
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system having a first housing that includes an optically transparent substrate having a first side and a second side that is opposed to the first side, a camera disposed on the first side of the optically transparent substrate and a source of illumination. The source of illumination is disposed in a ring on the periphery of the first housing and located on the first side of the optically transparent substrate. The system further has a second housing having a circuit board that is operative to process the image captured by the camera, and a battery pack that is operative to supply electrical energy to the source of illumination and to power the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Allan Gunn Ferry, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Robert F. Crocker
  • Patent number: 9485473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system having an optically transparent substrate having a first side and a second side that are opposed to each other, a microprocessor, a database, a camera disposed upon the first side of the optically transparent substrate and a source of illumination. The source of illumination is disposed in a ring around the camera on the first side and is operative to illuminate the object disposed on the second side of the optically transparent substrate. Further the camera is in operative communication with the microprocessor and the database. The camera is operative to capture an image of an object disposed upon the second side of the optically transparent substrate. The microprocessor is operative to calculate dimensions and geometry of the object from the image and facilitate acceptance or rejection of the object based upon a standard, a parameter or a calibration chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Matthew David Allen, Allan Gunn Ferry, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Robert F. Crocker
  • Publication number: 20140071267
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system having a first housing that includes an optically transparent substrate having a first side and a second side that is opposed to the first side, a camera disposed on the first side of the optically transparent substrate and a source of illumination. The source of illumination is disposed in a ring on the periphery of the first housing and located on the first side of the optically transparent substrate. The system further has a second housing having a circuit board that is operative to process the image captured by the camera, and a battery pack that is operative to supply electrical energy to the source of illumination and to power the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Allan Gunn FERRY, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Robert F. Crocker
  • Publication number: 20140071266
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system having an optically transparent substrate having a first side and a second side that are opposed to each other, a microprocessor, a database, a camera disposed upon the first side of the optically transparent substrate and a source of illumination. The source of illumination is disposed in a ring around the camera on the first side and is operative to illuminate the object disposed on the second side of the optically transparent substrate. Further the camera is in operative communication with the microprocessor and the database. The camera is operative to capture an image of an object disposed upon the second side of the optically transparent substrate. The microprocessor is operative to calculate dimensions and geometry of the object from the image and facilitate acceptance or rejection of the object based upon a standard, a parameter or a calibration chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Matthew David ALLEN, Allan Gunn Ferry, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Robert F. Crocker