Patents by Inventor Timothy J. Burleson

Timothy J. Burleson 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: 20190127148
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are systems and methods for automated storage receptacle processing. Sensors, disposed with respect to storage receptacles scan the storage volume of a storage container and detect physical objects disposed in the storage volume of the storage receptacle. The sensors can determine an amount of unoccupied space in the storage volume of the storage receptacle and transmit an indication of the determined unoccupied amount of space to a computing system. The computing system can calculate a percentage of occupied storage volume in the storage receptacle and transmit a command to control the operation of a motor of the door at which the at least one storage receptacle is disposed based on the calculated percentage. The computing system may also be configured to transmit a message to a vehicle tasked with moving the storage container based on the determined amount of unoccupied space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy J. Burleson, Andrew B. Millhouse, Jacob R. Schrader, Jeffery Alan Ward
  • Patent number: 10219561
    Abstract: Methods and systems of detection of presence in and delivery to location are provided. A method detects a presence of a mobile device within a perimeter of a geographic region. The method searches a database to determine whether the first mobile device is associated with any existing account. Responsive to determining that the mobile device is associated with a first account, the method searches the database to determine whether there is any pending task associated with the first account. Responsive to determining that there is a pending task associated with the first account, the method transmits a first message indicating the detection of presence of the mobile device associated with the first account. The method determines that the mobile device is at least approximately at a first location of a plurality of predefined locations within the perimeter. The method transmits information associated with the first location to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Shaffer, Rachael Ulman, David J. Carr, Richard Ramsden, Timothy J. Burleson, Mark J. Valentine, Corey L. Peach, Kuleni Gebisa
  • Publication number: 20190061998
    Abstract: A concave pallet with an inwardly sloping surface and lip is disclosed. The concave pallet includes a plurality of inwardly sloping surfaces meeting a surface plane equidistantly from the center point of the pallet. A lip encompasses the perimeter of the pallet and secures packages on the pallet. The lip interlocks with the bases of alike pallets for efficient stacking and storage when not in use for package shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob R. Schrader, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20190016502
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing cargo on a pallet using a series of interconnected inflatable members. The system is secured to the pallet using securement straps connected to a fastener. The system prevents cargo from damage or loss as a result of falls from the pallet or collisions with other objects in the environment. Walls of the system can be gradually raised or lowered as cargo is added or removed to provide access to the highest cargo in a stack while protecting the cargo in a lower part of the stack. In some embodiments, the inflatable members can be filled with heated or cooled liquids to improve environmental storage conditions of cargo on the pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Millhouse, Jacob R. Schrader, Timothy J. Burleson
  • Publication number: 20180268360
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to verify accuracy of a shipment. In some embodiments, items loaded to and/or unloaded from a delivery vehicle are scanned and compared to a delivery schedule, and a unique identifier is provided to confirm proper loading/unloading at a subsequent scheduled stop of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith, Todd D. Mattingly
  • Publication number: 20180247254
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided for facilitating delivery of loads from product distribution facilities to retail stores. A central computing device transmits a notification over a network to computing devices of the carriers to notify the carriers of availability of outbound loads that can be delivered by the carriers from product distribution facilities to the retail stores. After the carriers receive this notification, the carriers are permitted to log in to the central computing device, access a graphical interface including a listing of the available outbound loads, browse through the listing of the available outbound loads in the graphical interface, and accept one or more of the available outbound loads listed in the graphical interface. After an outbound load is accepted by a carrier, the central computing device assigns this outbound load to the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20180247350
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided that provide for delivering products to customers while analyzing and satisfying product-associated and/or delivery location-associated restrictions. The delivery attempt of the products is commenced after the product-associated restrictions are determined to be satisfied. The delivery of the product or products to the customer or an authorized person is authorized after the delivery location-associated restrictions are determined to be satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20180247279
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided for facilitating submission of repair requests by carriers having to repair trailers to domicile facilities associated with the trailers. A central computing device provides a first graphical interface accessible by a computing device of a carrier having to repair a trailer in order to permit the carrier to submit a repair request indicating repair needed for the trailer. The central computing device then generates an invoice for the repair to the trailer directed to a domicile facility associated with the trailer. The central computing device also transmits an alert including the invoice to a computing device of the domicile facility associated with the trailer, receives a response from the computing device of the domicile facility associated with the trailer, and transmits a notification indicating whether the repair request has been approved by the domicile facility associated with the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20180014154
    Abstract: Methods and systems of detection of presence in and delivery to location are provided. A method detects a presence of a mobile device within a perimeter of a geographic region. The method searches a database to determine whether the first mobile device is associated with any existing account. Responsive to determining that the mobile device is associated with a first account, the method searches the database to determine whether there is any pending task associated with the first account. Responsive to determining that there is a pending task associated with the first account, the method transmits a first message indicating the detection of presence of the mobile device associated with the first account. The method determines that the mobile device is at least approximately at a first location of a plurality of predefined locations within the perimeter. The method transmits information associated with the first location to the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Jason D. Shaffer, Rachael Ulman, David J. Carr, Richard Ramsden, Timothy J. Burleson, Mark J. Valentine, Corey L. Peach, Kuleni Gebisa
  • Publication number: 20170344934
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to monitoring the loading conditions of merchandise in a delivery vehicle. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for monitoring load quality of merchandise delivered to shopping facilities, the system including: a delivery location at a shopping facility configured to receive a delivery vehicle; a mobile device configured to: input identification information regarding delivered merchandise transported in the delivery vehicle; input a description of how delivered merchandise is loaded and arranged in the interior of the delivery vehicle; capture and input an image of the interior of the delivery vehicle showing loading and arrangement of merchandise; a control circuit operatively coupled to the mobile device and configured to transmit the identification information, description, and image; and a database configured to receive and store the identification information, description, and image from the control circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, Timothy J. Burleson, John S. Meredith