Patents by Inventor Thomas Rice

Thomas Rice 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: 20220193327
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to devices and systems for providing both negative-pressure therapy and instillation, In some embodiments, both negative-pressure and instillation may be provided to a tissue site in a low-profile context that may also prevent siphoning of instillation fluid during negative pressure application. For example, a single bridge may include a negative-pressure pathway with supports and an instillation pathway, and the instillation pathway may be configured with respect to the negative-pressure pathway so that at least a portion of the instillation pathway collapses upon application of negative pressure to the negative-pressure pathway. Collapse of at least a portion of the instillation pathway may be sufficient to close the instillation pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Benjamin Andrew PRATT, Justin RICE, Thomas Alan EDWARDS, Christopher Allen CARROLL
  • Publication number: 20220146290
    Abstract: An insertable flow meter assembly includes a flow measuring device configured to be inserted into a flow passage of a receiving structure. The flow measuring device is configured to enable determination of a flow rate of fluid through the flow passage, the flow measuring device is formed as a single continuous structure, and an outer cross-section of at least a portion of the flow measuring device is configured to be substantially the same as an inner cross-section of the flow passage. The insertable flow meter assembly also includes an end cap configured to engage an exterior surface of the receiving structure and to couple to the receiving structure at an end of the flow passage. The end cap is configured to block movement of the flow measuring device out of the end of the flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Kjetil Berntsen, Thomas McIlroy, Alexandre Lupeau, Phillip Rice
  • Patent number: 11314714
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a unified partitioning scheme within distributed database systems to allow a table to be horizontally partitioned and those partitions stored on and serviced by a storage group. A storage group is a subset of storage manager (SM) nodes, and each SM node is configured to persist database data in durable storage. The distributed database system assigns each storage group to a subset of SM nodes. The distributed database system can address each storage group using a symbolic mapping that allows transactions to identify a particular storage group, and to direct read and write operations to a subset of SM nodes servicing that storage group. An administrator can update this mapping on-the-fly to cause the distributed database system to dynamically adjust an implemented partitioning scheme without necessarily interrupting on-going database operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NuoDB, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Rice, Oleg Levin, Yan Avlasov, Seth Theodore Proctor, Thomas Jonathan Harwood
  • Publication number: 20220033122
    Abstract: An article packaging machine and method or turning article packs, the article packaging machine having a turner station for turning article packs moving though the packaging machine. The packaging machine includes a main conveyor extending longitudinally from an upstream end to a downstream end and through the turning station. Article packs are carried by the main conveyor spaced and sequentially in the downstream direction through the turner station. The turner station includes flight drive assembly having multiple flight assemblies. The flight assemblies are driven above upper cam plates in the upstream direction, and below lower cam plates in the downstream direction. The flight assemblies include turner rods that are moved toward the main conveyor to contact the article pack in at least two points. The turner rods progressively move toward the main conveyor center line until the distal ends of the turner rods are moved past the article pack side walls and the pack is turned 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Colin P. Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Patent number: 11161637
    Abstract: An article packaging machine and method or turning article packs, the article packaging machine having a turner station for turning article packs moving though the packaging machine. The packaging machine includes a main conveyor extending longitudinally from an upstream end to a downstream end and through the turning station. Article packs are carried by the main conveyor spaced and sequentially in the downstream direction through the turner station. The turner station includes flight drive assembly having multiple flight assemblies. The flight assemblies are driven above upper cam plates in the upstream direction, and below lower cam plates in the downstream direction. The flight assemblies include turner rods that are moved toward the main conveyor to contact the article pack in at least two points. The turner rods progressively move toward the main conveyor center line until the distal ends of the turner rods are moved past the article pack side walls and the pack is turned 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Colin P. Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Publication number: 20200333025
    Abstract: Air conditioning systems and methods for cooling a space that include a chiller, a cooling coil, a heat sink, various water conduits, and a pump. Different modes of operation are used under different conditions and the water is routed differently in different modes. In a first mode, the chiller rejects heat to water returning from the cooling coil, and in a second mode, there are separate loops of chilled and heated water with separate pumps. In a third (economizer) mode of operation, the chiller is off and water from the heat sink is delivered to the cooling coil. Control valves, check valves, or both, are used to direct the flow of water, which are strategically placed in various water conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Rice
  • Patent number: 10739024
    Abstract: Air conditioning systems and methods for cooling a space that include a chiller, a cooling coil, a heat sink, various water conduits, and a pump. Different modes of operation are used under different conditions and the water is routed differently in different modes. In a first mode, the chiller rejects heat to water returning from the cooling coil, and in a second mode, there are separate loops of chilled and heated water with separate pumps. In a third (economizer) mode of operation, the chiller is off and water from the heat sink is delivered to the cooling coil. Control valves, check valves, or both, are used to direct the flow of water, which are strategically placed in various water conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SEMCO LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Rice
  • Publication number: 20190233151
    Abstract: An article packaging machine and method or turning article packs, the article packaging machine having a turner station for turning article packs moving though the packaging machine. The packaging machine includes a main conveyor extending longitudinally from an upstream end to a downstream end and through the turning station. Article packs are carried by the main conveyor spaced and sequentially in the downstream direction through the turner station. The turner station includes flight drive assembly having multiple flight assemblies. The flight assemblies are driven above upper cam plates in the upstream direction, and below lower cam plates in the downstream direction. The flight assemblies include turner rods that are moved toward the main conveyor to contact the article pack in at least two points. The turner rods progressively move toward the main conveyor center line until the distal ends of the turner rods are moved past the article pack side walls and the pack is turned 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Colin P. Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Publication number: 20180357264
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a unified partitioning scheme within distributed database systems to allow a table to be horizontally partitioned and those partitions stored on and serviced by a storage group. A storage group is a subset of storage manager (SM) nodes, and each SM node is configured to persist database data in durable storage. The distributed database system assigns each storage group to a subset of SM nodes. The distributed database system can address each storage group using a symbolic mapping that allows transactions to identify a particular storage group, and to direct read and write operations to a subset of SM nodes servicing that storage group. An administrator can update this mapping on-the-fly to cause the distributed database system to dynamically adjust an implemented partitioning scheme without necessarily interrupting on-going database operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Rice, Oleg Levin, Yan Avlasov, Seth Theodore Proctor, Thomas Jonathan Harwood
  • Patent number: 10067969
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a unified partitioning scheme within distributed database systems to allow a table to be horizontally partitioned and those partitions stored on and serviced by a storage group. A storage group is a subset of storage manager (SM) nodes, and each SM node is configured to persist database data in durable storage. The distributed database system assigns each storage group to a subset of SM nodes. The distributed database system can address each storage group using a symbolic mapping that allows transactions to identify a particular storage group, and to direct read and write operations to a subset of SM nodes servicing that storage group. An administrator can update this mapping on-the-fly to cause the distributed database system to dynamically adjust an implemented partitioning scheme without necessarily interrupting on-going database operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NuoDB, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Rice, Oleg Levin, Yan Avlasov, Seth Theodore Proctor, Thomas Jonathan Harwood
  • Publication number: 20180195745
    Abstract: Air conditioning systems and methods for cooling a space that include a chiller, a cooling coil, a heat sink, various water conduits, and a pump. Different modes of operation are used under different conditions and the water is routed differently in different modes. In a first mode, the chiller rejects heat to water returning from the cooling coil, and in a second mode, there are separate loops of chilled and heated water with separate pumps. In a third (economizer) mode of operation, the chiller is off and water from the heat sink is delivered to the cooling coil. Control valves, check valves, or both, are used to direct the flow of water, which are strategically placed in various water conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Rice
  • Patent number: 9856047
    Abstract: A carton decasing system for removing stacks of cartons or carton blanks from cases or containers includes a case infeed conveyor on which the cases with the cartons or carton blanks stacked therein are moved to an inverting assembly. The inverting assembly reorients the cases and places the cases with the cartons stacked therein on a decasing assembly which removes the cases from the stacks of cartons. The stacks of cartons are thereafter conveyed along a magazine conveyor with the stacks of cartons supported by a stack pusher assembly as the cartons are moved to a discharge point at the distal end of the magazine conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Publication number: 20160350392
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a unified partitioning scheme within distributed database systems to allow a table to be horizontally partitioned and those partitions stored on and serviced by a storage group. A storage group is a subset of storage manager (SM) nodes, and each SM node is configured to persist database data in durable storage. The distributed database system assigns each storage group to a subset of SM nodes. The distributed database system can address each storage group using a symbolic mapping that allows transactions to identify a particular storage group, and to direct read and write operations to a subset of SM nodes servicing that storage group. An administrator can update this mapping on-the-fly to cause the distributed database system to dynamically adjust an implemented partitioning scheme without necessarily interrupting on-going database operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: NuoDB, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Rice, Oleg Levin, Yan Avlasov, Seth Theodore Proctor, Thomas Jonathan Harwood
  • Patent number: 9346580
    Abstract: A carton decasing system for removing stacks of cartons or carton blanks from cases or containers includes a case infeed conveyor on which the cases with the cartons or carton blanks stacked therein are moved to an inverting assembly. The inverting assembly reorients the cases and places the cases with the cartons stacked therein on a decasing assembly which removes the cases from the stacks of cartons. The stacks of cartons are thereafter conveyed along a magazine conveyor with the stacks of cartons supported by a stack pusher assembly as the cartons are moved to a discharge point at the distal end of the magazine conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Patent number: 8591741
    Abstract: Processes for manufacturing a thin film composite membrane comprising multi-walled carbon nanotubes include contacting under interfacial polymerization conditions an organic solution comprising a polyacid halide with an aqueous solution comprising a polyamine to form a thin film composite membrane on a surface of a porous base membrane; at least one of the organic solution and the aqueous solution further including multi-walled carbon nanotubes having an outside diameter of less than about 30 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Wang, Gary William Yeager, Joseph Anthony Suriano, Steven Thomas Rice
  • Patent number: 8580341
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite membrane comprising a porous base membrane and a polyamide coating disposed on said porous base membrane, said polyamide coating comprising a C3-C8 cyclic carbonyl compound and a C1-C8 amide compound, said amide compound comprising at least one N—H moiety. In addition the present invention provides a method of preparing a composite membrane comprising contacting under interfacial polymerization conditions an organic solution comprising a polyacid halide with an aqueous solution comprising a polyamine, said contacting being carried out on a surface of a porous base membrane, said organic solution further comprising a C3-C8 cyclic carbonyl compound, said aqueous solution comprising a C1-C8 amide compound, said amide compound comprising at least one N—H moiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Wang, Su Lu, Hua Li, Steven Thomas Rice, Joseph Anthony Suriano, Bing Zhang, Chen Wang, Lawrence Charles Costa, Steven John Harrold, David Allen Olson, Wenqing Peng
  • Patent number: 8574664
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of forming an electrolyte membrane comprising forming a mixture; the mixture comprising a polyhydroxy compound, an aromatic polyhalide compound and an alkali metal hydroxide; disposing the mixture on a porous substrate; reacting the mixture to form a crosslinked proton conductor; and sulfonating the proton conductor. Disclosed herein too is an article comprising a porous substrate; and a sulfonated crosslinked proton conductor disposed within pores of the porous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ryo Tamaki, Steven Thomas Rice, Gary William Yeager
  • Publication number: 20130247524
    Abstract: A carton decasing system for removing stacks of cartons or carton blanks from cases or containers includes a case infeed conveyor on which the cases with the cartons or carton blanks stacked therein are moved to an inverting assembly. The inverting assembly reorients the cases and places the cases with the cartons stacked therein on a decasing assembly which removes the cases from the stacks of cartons. The stacks of cartons are thereafter conveyed along a magazine conveyor with the stacks of cartons supported by a stack pusher assembly as the cartons are moved to a discharge point at the distal end of the magazine conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Publication number: 20130146530
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention includes a membrane. The membrane includes a porous support and a polymeric layer disposed on the porous support. The membrane further includes a plurality of substantially hydrophobic mesoporous nanoparticles disposed within the polymeric layer. A water treatment system and a method of making a membrane are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hua Wang, Steven Thomas Rice, Gary William Yeager, Joseph Anthony Suriano, Elizabeth Marie Dees
  • Publication number: 20120292249
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite membrane comprising a porous base membrane and a polyamide coating disposed on said porous base membrane, said polyamide coating comprising a C3-C8 cyclic carbonyl compound and a C1-C8 amide compound, said amide compound comprising at least one N—H moiety. In addition the present invention provides a method of preparing a composite membrane comprising contacting under interfacial polymerization conditions an organic solution comprising a polyacid halide with an aqueous solution comprising a polyamine, said contacting being carried out on a surface of a porous base membrane, said organic solution further comprising a C3-C8 cyclic carbonyl compound, said aqueous solution comprising a C1-C8 amide compound, said amide compound comprising at least one N—H moiety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hua Wang, Su Lu, Hua Li, Steven Thomas Rice, Joseph Anthony Suriano, Bing Zhang, Chen Wang, Lawrence Charles Costa, Steven John Harrold, David Allen Olson, Wenqing Peng