Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Dyer

Thomas J. Dyer 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: 20220341534
    Abstract: A method to reduce slugging in a pipeline, including flowing a fluid flow through a pipeline having a fluid flow path extending therethrough and determining a presence of a slug within the fluid flow path of the pipeline. Launching a chokeable pig into the fluid flow path, anchoring the chokeable pig at a predetermined location within the fluid flow path, and adjusting the pressure drop through the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas J. Danielson, Brian P. Dyer, Probjot Singh
  • Publication number: 20220230825
    Abstract: A method for performing a low energy pulse testing in a power distribution network that causes contacts to close and then open in about one fundamental frequency cycle of current flow time and close on a voltage waveform that produces symmetrical fault current. The method includes energizing a magnetic actuator to move the actuator against the bias of a spring to move a movable contact towards a fixed contact. The method also includes de-energizing the actuator when the movable contact makes contact with the fixed contact so as to allow the spring to move the movable contact away from the fixed contact so that the amount of time that the current conducts is about one fundamental frequency cycle of the current, where energizing the magnetic actuator occurs when an applied voltage on the switch assembly is at a peak of the voltage wave so that the current is symmetric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: David G. Porter, Stephen E. Williams, Peter J. Meyer, Martin T. Bishop, Thomas J. Dyer, Andrew B. Berman, Joseph W. Milton, Lauren Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 11328885
    Abstract: A method for performing a low energy pulse testing in a power distribution network that causes contacts to close and then open in about one fundamental frequency cycle of current flow time and close on a voltage waveform that produces symmetrical fault current. The method includes energizing a magnetic actuator to move the actuator against the bias of a spring to move a movable contact towards a fixed contact. The method also includes de-energizing the actuator when the movable contact makes contact with the fixed contact so as to allow the spring to move the movable contact away from the fixed contact so that the amount of time that the current conducts is about one fundamental frequency cycle of the current, where energizing the magnetic actuator occurs when an applied voltage on the switch assembly is at a peak of the voltage wave so that the current is symmetric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: David G Porter, Stephen E Williams, Peter J Meyer, Martin T Bishop, Thomas J Dyer, Andrew B Berman, Joseph W Milton, Lauren Abramczyk
  • Publication number: 20220104619
    Abstract: A center post assembly for eliminating sagging of a roof panel in a cabinet, where doors of the cabinet latch to the post assembly. The post assembly includes a base portion and a post portion, where one of the base portion or the post portion includes a plurality of slots and the other one of the base portion or the slot portion includes a plurality of threaded studs. The base portion further includes a first bracket and a jackscrew threaded into a threaded opening in the first bracket and the post portion further includes a second bracket, where the jackscrew engages the second bracket so that rotation of the jackscrew causes the second bracket to move relative to the first bracket so that the studs slide in the slots and increase the length of the post assembly to remove the sag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Joseph W. Milton
  • Publication number: 20220109292
    Abstract: A duct assembly for covering electrical connections between electrical equipment enclosures having a gap therebetween. The duct assembly includes a first frame configured to be mounted to one of the enclosures, where the first frame includes a flange mounted to the enclosure and a flange to which a gasket is secured that extends all of the way around the first frame. The duct assembly also includes a second frame configured to be mounted to the other enclosure, where the second frame includes a flange mounted to the enclosure and a flange to which a gasket is secured that extends all of the way around the second frame. The duct assembly further includes a duct that compresses and is coupled only to the gaskets that enclose each end of the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas J Dyer, Joseph W Milton
  • Publication number: 20220102961
    Abstract: A switch assembly that is part of a transformer in an underground residential power distribution circuit and that provides fault isolation and restoration. The switch assembly includes first and second switching devices each having an outer housing, a transformer interface electrically coupled to the transformer, a connector interface electrically coupled to a first connector and a first vacuum interrupter having a fixed contact and a movable contact, where the fixed contact is electrically coupled to the connector interface and the movable contact is electrically coupled to the transformer interface. A control board controls the first and second switching devices, where the control board is responsive to voltage signals from capacitors in the first and second switching devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Desmond, John French, Konstantin Lakirovich, Michael Quinlan, Alejandro Montenegro, David G Porter, Joseph W Milton, Thomas J Dyer
  • Publication number: 20220102960
    Abstract: A switching device that is part of a transformer in an underground residential power distribution circuit and provides fault isolation and restoration. The switching device includes a transformer interface for coupling the device to the transformer and a connector interface for coupling the device to a connector. The device also includes a vacuum interrupter having a fixed terminal and a movable terminal, where the fixed terminal is electrically coupled to the connector interface and the movable terminal is electrically coupled to the transformer interface. A control rod is coupled to the movable terminal, an actuator assembly is coupled to the control rod and is operable to move the control rod to open and close the vacuum interrupter. A capacitor is electrically coupled to the fixed terminal, and provides an interface for power line communications signals, voltage sensing, help determine power flow direction and help determine the distance to a fault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Alejandro Montenegro, Michael R. Maroney, Nicholas Seng, Daniel Desmond, Goran Djogo, Thomas J. Dyer, Joseph W. Milton, Michael Quinlan
  • Publication number: 20210175033
    Abstract: A method for performing a low energy pulse testing in a power distribution network that causes contacts to close and then open in about one fundamental frequency cycle of current flow time and close on a voltage waveform that produces symmetrical fault current. The method includes energizing a magnetic actuator to move the actuator against the bias of a spring to move a movable contact towards a fixed contact. The method also includes de-energizing the actuator when the movable contact makes contact with the fixed contact so as to allow the spring to move the movable contact away from the fixed contact so that the amount of time that the current conducts is about one fundamental frequency cycle of the current, where energizing the magnetic actuator occurs when an applied voltage on the switch assembly is at a peak of the voltage wave so that the current is symmetric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: David G. Porter, Stephen E. Williams, Peter J. Meyer, Martin T. Bishop, Thomas J. Dyer, Andrew B. Berman, Joseph W. Milton, Lauren Abramczyk
  • Publication number: 20120180981
    Abstract: A distributed energy storage or community energy storage unit incorporates a geothermal temperature regulation system. The system includes a sealed, chemically inert storage energy container or “pack” disposed within an underground chamber. The underground chamber is defined by a support structure or box pad 14 that includes side walls and a top or pad. Mechanical and electrical interfaces both to the utility connections and to the CES converter unit are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, William Yadusky, David Porter, Matthew K. Murphy, Ali Nourai
  • Patent number: 8177939
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Michael R. Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel, Johan Vanrijsbergen
  • Publication number: 20110308751
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Patent number: 8029646
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Patent number: 7837832
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed comprising a sheet and an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the sheet by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the sheet. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the sheet after the sheet has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the sheet as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the sheet and/or improve the perceived softness of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fetner, Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7803249
    Abstract: Wiping products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the base web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the wiping product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7803250
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7678231
    Abstract: Sheet-like products are disclosed containing an additive composition. In accordance with the present disclosure, the additive composition is applied to a creping surface. The additive composition includes at least an aqueous dispersion containing a thermoplastic polymer. A base sheet is then pressed against the creping surface for contact with the additive composition. The base sheet is then creped from the creping surface causing the additive composition to transfer to the base sheet. In particular, the additive composition is transferred to the base sheet in amounts greater than about 1% by weight, such as from about 2% to about 50% by weight. The additive composition may further include a lotion, a debonder, a softener, or mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough
  • Publication number: 20080216977
    Abstract: Wiping products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the base web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the wiping product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 6118643
    Abstract: A surge suppression module is provided for connection to a wall receptacle and interconnection with other modules. Each module includes a top portion rotatably connected to a bottom portion. A male electrical plug extends from a top surface, and a female plug from a bottom surface. The top and bottom surfaces of the top and bottom portions, respectively, form opposing top and bottom surfaces of the module when the module is in an in-line orientation with an in-line axis through the module passing through the female and male plugs. The top and bottom portions are rotatable about an axis of rotation angled at 45.degree. to the in-line axis, and rotate from the in-line orientation to a wall mounting orientation, wherein the male plug extends from a side of the module and is perpendicular to in-line axis. Surge suppression and filtering circuitry is carried within the bottom portion along with connectors for connection of electrical equipment used with the surge suppression module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Kui Hwan Shin
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, William B. Hawkins, II, John N. Park