Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Phillips

Thomas E. Phillips 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: 10492631
    Abstract: A wall panel system including a first wall panel, the first panel including at least a first panel hook portion. The system also including a second wall panel having a different configuration than the first wall panel. The second panel includes at least a second panel hook portion and a third panel hook portion opposing the second panel hook portion. The first wall panel is configured to engage with the second wall panel to create a wall panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Velderman, Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Sean Bailey, Steven J. Phillips, Daniel J. White, Thomas Delmont, Andrew E. Seman, Jr., Julian Olyansky, Shalin Chikhalkar
  • Publication number: 20190166758
    Abstract: A utility machine, such as an outdoor power equipment unit such as a lawn mower, includes a work unit performing work in addition to motive power for the utility machine and a trailer occupied by an operator in a standing position. The operator may seamlessly step onto the trailer to operate the machine in stand-on mode and step off the trailer to operate the machine in walk-behind mode. The trailer remains in the deployed condition in both stand-on mode and walk-behind mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillip, Aric Hamburg, William D. Maile, Craig Key, Brent P. Berglund, Michael Rukamp, Andrew Donati, Jeffrey M. Berchem, John Adams
  • Patent number: 10064334
    Abstract: A bag assembly for a utility machine includes a bag for collecting lawn debris and a frame supporting the bag. The frame defines a mouth configured to receive the lawn debris from the utility machine. The frame is expandable to vary a size of the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ariens Company
    Inventors: Anne Jarvey, Alex Huss, Paul Ferrier, Thomas E. Phillip
  • Publication number: 20170245430
    Abstract: A bag assembly for a utility machine includes a bag for collecting lawn debris and a frame supporting the bag. The frame defines a mouth configured to receive the lawn debris from the utility machine. The frame is expandable to vary a size of the mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Anne Jarvey, Alex Huss, Paul Ferrier, Thomas E. Phillip
  • Patent number: 9284079
    Abstract: A turntable assembly for a stretch wrapping machine comprises a frame, a hub rotatably mounted to the frame on a shaft, a turntable mounted to the hub, and a plurality of rollers rotatably mounted to the frame defining a generally horizontal supporting plane for the turntable. Each roller has an axis of rotation generally parallel to the supporting plane and generally passing through the turntable axis of rotation. The frame is constructed so as to elastically deform, upon a load being placed upon the turntable that results in the load not being evenly supported by the rollers, to permit the roller axis of rotation to tilt relative to the horizontal supporting plane while still passing through the turntable axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Hendren, Gary L. Peters, Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9206598
    Abstract: The Construction Block Lock deals with a method to build block walls without the use of mortar by inserting a separate part between the bottom of a block and the top of the block it is resting on that fits the cores in the blocks locking the blocks in alignment. Assembly, disassembly and reassembly is clean and simple; essentially a stacking operation. For temporary assemblies and shipping no additional treatment would be necessary and in some cases for permanent assemblies may not be either.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150082733
    Abstract: The Construction Block Lock deals with a method to build block walls without the use of mortar by inserting a separate part between the bottom of a block and the top of the block it is resting on that fits the cores in the blocks locking the blocks in alignment. Assembly, disassembly and reassembly is clean and simple; essentially a stacking operation. For temporary assemblies and shipping no additional treatment would be necessary and in some cases for permanent assemblies may not be either.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8898989
    Abstract: Gusset Block Construction deals with a block that is cored from all sides. The blocks are cubes and elongated cubes with a pyramid or elongated pyramid shaped cavity on each side resulting in a block in which each of the twelve edges is central on a gusset shape extending from said edge to the central axis of the block. With the use of a second octahedron block that fits within the pyramid shaped cavities a wall that requires no fastening can be built by placing octahedrons in the top cavities of a layer of blocks and placing another layer of blocks on it. These blocks will be able to come apart at the joints during an earthquake without completely disassembling and can return to original position when the earthquake stops. They can be molded in a two piece split mold and are scaleable; tapered piers could be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas E Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140208696
    Abstract: A film dispenser for stretch wrapping machines includes at least one roller and a first brake engageable with a braking surface the one roller. The first brake may include a flat brake pad that is pivotally movable for engagement with the braking surface, and is adjustable between a first configuration engaged with the braking surface and applying a first braking force, and a second configuration disengaged from the braking surface or only minimally engaged with the braking surface such that any braking force applied is substantially less than the first braking force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillips, Daniel R. Hendren, Robert D. Janes, Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Curtis W. Martin
  • Publication number: 20130300047
    Abstract: A turntable assembly for a stretch wrapping machine comprises a frame, a hub rotatably mounted to the frame on a shaft, a turntable mounted to the hub, and a plurality of rollers rotatably mounted to the frame defining a generally horizontal supporting plane for the turntable. Each roller has an axis of rotation generally parallel to the supporting plane and generally passing through the turntable axis of rotation. The frame is constructed so as to elastically deform, upon a load being placed upon the turntable that results in the load not being evenly supported by the rollers, to permit the roller axis of rotation to tilt relative to the horizontal supporting plane while still passing through the turntable axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Hendren, Gary L. Peters, Thomas E. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20120233935
    Abstract: Gusset Block Construction deals with a block that is cored from all sides. The blocks are cubes and elongated cubes with a pyramid or elongated pyramid shaped cavity on each side resulting in a block in which each of the twelve edges is central on a gusset shape extending from said edge to the central axis of the block. With the use of a second octahedron block that fits within the pyramid shaped cavities a wall that requires no fastening can be built by placing octahedrons in the top cavities of a layer of blocks and placing another layer of blocks on it. These blocks will be able to come apart at the joints during an earthquake without completely disassembling and can return to original position when the earthquake stops. They can be molded in a two piece split mold and are scaleable; tapered piers could be made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: THOMAS E. PHILLIPS
  • Patent number: 6745548
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an implement such as a snow thrower, the control apparatus comprising a handle having at least two substantially upright portions and a cross portion extending between the upright portions. A first bail is pivotally connected to both upright portions of the handle to pivot about a first axis. A second bail is also pivotally connected to both upright portions of the handle to pivot about a second axis that is not co-linear with the first axis. The first and second bails are both separately movable between an engaged condition and a disengaged condition. Both the first and second bails are independently operable from one another, and move in the same direction with respect to the handle when moving from the disengaged condition to the engaged condition. The first bail may control a first mechanism, and the second bail may control a second mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Ariens Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillip, Paul F. Koltz, Scott Deschler, Perry Prochnow, John Adrian
  • Publication number: 20040093767
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an implement such as a snow thrower, the control apparatus comprising a handle having at least two substantially upright portions and a cross portion extending between the upright portions. A first bail is pivotally connected to both upright portions of the handle to pivot about a first axis. A second bail is also pivotally connected to both upright portions of the handle to pivot about a second axis that is not co-linear with the first axis. The first and second bails are both separately movable between an engaged condition and a disengaged condition. Both the first and second bails are independently operable from one another, and move in the same direction with respect to the handle when moving from the disengaged condition to the engaged condition. The first bail may control a first mechanism, and the second bail may control a second mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillip, Paul F. Koltz, Scott Deschler, Perry Prochnow, John Adrian
  • Patent number: 6497956
    Abstract: Plastic lumber having sufficient stiffness and strength to allow its use in structural and load-bearing applications. The plastic lumber is composed of a thermoplastic polymer, a thermosetting polymer cured with reinforcing fibers and, preferably, a coupling agent and foaming or blowing agent. As a preferred embodiment, the thermosetting polymer and reinforcing fibers are sourced from recycled materials, specifically, sheet molding compounds and bulk molding compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Biolumber Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillips, Prabhat Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 6175679
    Abstract: An optical keyboard includes an optical panel having optical waveguides stacked together. First ends of the waveguides define an inlet face, and opposite ends thereof define a screen. A projector transmits a light beam outbound through the waveguides for display on the screen as a keyboard image. A light sensor is optically aligned with the inlet face for sensing an inbound light beam channeled through the waveguides from the screen upon covering one key of the keyboard image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates
    Inventors: James T. Veligdan, John D. Feichtner, Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5691533
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a detection system for locating and counting identification marks attached to a written or printed item. A signal processing method and apparatus is described which allows detection of multiple character marks as a single event in continually moving linear materials. The marks are passed between the path of a detection zone comprising a light source and a photodetector to precipitate a voltage drop and feeding that drop to a circuit that recognizes the drop and simultaneously triggers a time window during which changes in voltage are ignored, which time window is no longer than the time it takes for a full mark to pass under the zone and shorter than the time it takes for the leading edge of the next multicharacter marks to reach the detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis R. Freeman, Warren Kosel, Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5509371
    Abstract: A set of ring shaped flag holders which surround a flag pole used to attach a flag to a flag rope. The flag eyelets rest over the rings and the flag is able to rotate around substantially the entire diameter of the pole without rubbing on it or wrapping around it. The flag is held close to the pole by the rings while it is moved up or down the pole or is hanging. Attaching the top flag holder is accomplished by slipping the ring through a simple loop configuration in the rope and pulling the rope tight forming an attractive and secure knot. Attaching the bottom flag holder is accomplished by simply slipping a slot in the ring over the rope. Attachment and removal of the flag is accomplished by hooks and eyes provided at opposite ends of the rings. When the eyes are engaged over the hooks the flag is locked on the rings; when it is unlocked the flag will easily slip off the rings. Construction of the rings is from a one piece wire form with no parts to stick or wear out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4765120
    Abstract: A device for perforating a film web while wrapping a load which the film web includes a web dispenser for dispensing the film web and an arrangement for providing relative rotation between the load and the web dispenser to wrap the film web on the load. It also includes electrodes positioned proximate to the film web and an arrangement for generating an arc at the electrodes to perforate the film web with the arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Lantech, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4647966
    Abstract: A three dimensional large screen liquid crystal projection display utilizes wo liquid crystal light valves in tandem to produce polarization-type stereoscopic images in a large screen display format. Each light valve, driven separately by video input derived either from live scenes or computer generated data, presents one view of a stereoscopic image pair. Using one projection lamp, one projection lens, and a polarizing beamsplitter cube, the two images are optically combined and projected simultaneously onto a non-depolarizing screen. The particular optical geometry used results in orthogonal linear polarizations for the two images, so they can be viewed stereoscopically using polaroid glasses with appropriately oriented polarizing axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillips, John Marez
  • Patent number: 4240357
    Abstract: A rail car having an interior cavity defined partially by vertical rail car side walls and a roof structure with an inwardly and upwardly directed portion to improve car clearance is disclosed. Access to the cavity for loading and unloading lading is through an end opening. A pair of door assemblies, each of which includes a plurality of panels, each panel of which is pivotally movable with respect to the others, are included for closing the end opening. Pivot means for mounting each of the door assemblies are provided to move the door assemblies between their respective folded open positions and unfolded closed positions. The pivot means are mounted for movement toward and away from the interior of the rail car to permit storage of the folded door assemblies within the rail car along the car side walls. Top panel portions extend from the top of the door assemblies angularly inwardly relative to the opening and in spaced relation with each other and the roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Assignee: The Youngstown Steel Door Company
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips