Patents by Inventor Steven A. Best

Steven A. Best 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: 20210284770
    Abstract: A system and method of producing polyethylene, including: polymerizing ethylene in presence of a catalyst system in a reactor to form polyethylene, wherein the catalyst system includes a first catalyst and a second catalyst; and adjusting reactor conditions and an amount of the second catalyst fed to the reactor to control melt index (MI), density, and melt flow ratio (MFR) of the polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Boller, Ching-Tai Lue, Francis C. Rix, Daniel P. Zilker, JR., C. Jeff Harlan, James M. Farley, Fathi David Hussein, Dongming Li, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 11034783
    Abstract: A system and method of producing polyethylene, including: polymerizing ethylene in presence of a catalyst system in a reactor to form polyethylene, wherein the catalyst system includes a first catalyst and a second catalyst; and adjusting reactor conditions and an amount of the second catalyst fed to the reactor to control melt index (MI), density, and melt flow ratio (MFR) of the polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Boller, Ching-Tai Lue, Francis C. Rix, Daniel P. Zilker, Jr., C. Jeff Harlan, James M. Farley, Fathi David Hussein, Dongming Li, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 10865281
    Abstract: Films made from metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene polymers, optionally, with other polymers, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Etienne R. H. Lernoux, Wen Li, Achiel J. M. Van Loon, Steven A. Best, Xiao-Chuan Wang
  • Publication number: 20200291211
    Abstract: Sheets made from metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene polymers, optionally, with other polymers, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Giriprasath Gururajan, Wen Li, David B. Dunaway, Steven A. Best, Etienne R.H. Lernoux
  • Patent number: 10556665
    Abstract: A dry bay sealing assembly is provided that includes a first end plate and a second end plate that are configured to be disposed on respective opposite first and second sides of a structural member proximate to a joint defined between the structural member and a fitting. The first end plate and the second end plate are configured to define an interior volume therebetween containing at least a portion of a fastener joining the structural member and the fitting. The first end plate and the second end plate are configured to cooperate with the structural member to seal the interior volume from an exterior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven A. Best, Jesse Randal Wiseman, Hugh Christopher VanValkenburgh, John R. Lowell
  • Patent number: 10501209
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining a selected configuration for a structure. Metrology data for a support system is received while the support system holds the structure. A determination is made as to whether a current configuration of the structure is within selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure based on the metrology data. The support system is moved to move the structure held by the support system into the selected configuration in response to a determination that the current configuration of the structure is not within the selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, Clayton Lynn Munk, Dan Dresskell Day, Eric M. Reid, Matthew Ray DesJardien, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 10442555
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting a structure. The apparatus may comprise a support, a load-balancing structure associated with the support, and a set of connection devices associated with the load-balancing structure. The set of connection devices may be configured to connect to the structure to form a set of control points. Each of the set of connection devices may be configured to independently control a location of a corresponding control point in the set of control points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew Ray DesJardien, Eric M. Reid, Steven A. Best, Jaeeun Shin
  • Publication number: 20190300664
    Abstract: Films made from metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene polymers, optionally, with other polymers, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Etienne R.H. Lernoux, Wen Li, Achiel J.M. Van Loon, Steven A. Best, Xiao-Chuan Wang
  • Publication number: 20190177452
    Abstract: A system and method of producing polyethylene, including: polymerizing ethylene in presence of a catalyst system in a reactor to form polyethylene, wherein the catalyst system includes a first catalyst and a second catalyst; and adjusting reactor conditions and an amount of the second catalyst fed to the reactor to control melt index (MI), density, and melt flow ratio (MFR) of the polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Boller, Ching-Tai Lue, Francis C. Rix, Daniel P. Zilker, JR., C. Jeff Harlan, James M. Farley, Fathi David Hussein, Dongming Li, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 10253121
    Abstract: A system and method of producing polyethylene, including: polymerizing ethylene in presence of a catalyst system in a reactor to form polyethylene, wherein the catalyst system includes a first catalyst and a second catalyst; and adjusting reactor conditions and an amount of the second catalyst fed to the reactor to control melt index (MI), density, and melt flow ratio (MFR) of the polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Boller, Ching-Tai Lue, Francis C. Rix, Daniel P. Zilker, Jr., C. Jeff Harlan, James M. Farley, Fathi D. Hussein, Dongming Li, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 10208143
    Abstract: Disclosed are polyethylene polymers with good melt strength that can provide enhanced properties for compositions including such polyethylene polymers and films made therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Wen Li, Steven A. Best, Robert J. Wittenbrink
  • Publication number: 20180354654
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting a structure. The apparatus may comprise a support, a load-balancing structure associated with the support, and a set of connection devices associated with the load-balancing structure. The set of connection devices may be configured to connect to the structure to form a set of control points. Each of the set of connection devices may be configured to independently control a location of a corresponding control point in the set of control points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Ray DesJardien, Eric M. Reid, Steven A. Best, Jaeeun Shin
  • Publication number: 20180312277
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining a selected configuration for a structure. Metrology data for a support system is received while the support system holds the structure. A determination is made as to whether a current configuration of the structure is within selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure based on the metrology data. The support system is moved to move the structure held by the support system into the selected configuration in response to a determination that the current configuration of the structure is not within the selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, Clayton Lynn Munk, Dan Dresskell Day, Eric M. Reid, Matthew Ray DesJardien, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 10017277
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting a structure. The apparatus may comprise a support, a load-balancing structure associated with the support, and a set of connection devices associated with the load-balancing structure. The set of connection devices may be configured to connect to the structure to form a set of control points. Each of the set of connection devices may be configured to independently control a location of a corresponding control point in the set of control points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew Ray DesJardien, Eric M. Reid, Steven A. Best, Jaeeun Shin
  • Patent number: 10000298
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining a selected configuration for a structure during a manufacturing process for forming a product using the structure. Metrology data for a support system is received. The support system holds the structure during the manufacturing process. A determination is made as to whether a current configuration of the structure is within selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure based on the metrology data. The support system is reconfigured to move the structure into the selected configuration in response to a determination that the current configuration of the structure is not within the selected tolerances of the selected configuration for the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, Clayton Lynn Munk, Dan Dresskell Day, Eric M. Reid, Matthew Ray DesJardien, Steven A. Best
  • Patent number: 9956732
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for creating a foamed part. An example method includes providing a polymer processing system, providing a mold having at least one expandable mold cavity in fluid communication with the polymer processing system, mixing polymeric material and blowing agent within the polymer processing system to produce a unfoamed mixture, injecting a volume of the mixture of polymeric material and blowing agent from the polymer processing system and into the expandable mold cavity, and expanding the mold cavity to expand the unfoamed mixture within the mold cavity and form a foamed preform. Thereafter, the foamed preform may be inserted into a compression mold to press-form the foamed preform into a finished part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean B. Murphy, Brian Steven Best, Sam Fisher
  • Publication number: 20170361916
    Abstract: A dry bay sealing assembly is provided that includes a first end plate and a second end plate that are configured to be disposed on respective opposite first and second sides of a structural member proximate to a joint defined between the structural member and a fitting. The first end plate and the second end plate are configured to define an interior volume therebetween containing at least a portion of a fastener joining the structural member and the fitting. The first end plate and the second end plate are configured to cooperate with the structural member to seal the interior volume from an exterior volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven A. Best, Jesse Randal Wiseman, Hugh Christopher VanValkenburgh, John R. Lowell
  • Patent number: 9839986
    Abstract: A low-profile, automated guided vehicle (AGV) performs surface treatments over large areas of a structure having limited access, such as an aircraft underbelly. The AGV includes a movable gantry provided with automated robot. The robot has interchangeable end effectors for carrying out the surface treatments. Travel of the AGV relative to structure is controlled by a ground guidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven A. Best, Eric M. Reid, Donald Joe Best, III, Daniel M. McDonagh, Paul Edward Jennerjohn, David McCaig, Paul G. Solecki, Eric J. Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20170327246
    Abstract: A mobile fixture configured to move a structure in a manufacturing environment may include a motorized base configured to move on a surface and a support system connected to the motorized base, the support system being configured to support the structure, the support system being configured to position the structure along at least one of an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis, the support system being configured to position the structure about the Z-axis, and the support system being configured to provide free rotation of the structure about at least one of the X-axis and the Y-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Best, Eric Reid, James N. Buttrick, Daniel M. McDonagh, Matthew DesJardien
  • Patent number: 9745081
    Abstract: A mobile fixture configured to move a structure in a manufacturing environment may include a motorized base configured to move on a surface and a support system connected to the motorized base, the support system being configured to support the structure, the support system being configured to position the structure along at least one of an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis, the support system being configured to position the structure about the Z-axis, and the support system being configured to provide free rotation of the structure about at least one of the X-axis and the Y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Best, Eric Reid, James N. Buttrick, Daniel M. McDonagh, Matthew DesJardien